The following 10 biographical sketches were extracted from the Geographical gazetteer of Jefferson county, N.Y., 1685-1890.
Joseph Knowlton, a native of Bermont, removed to Ellisburgh among the early settlers, and finally located in this town, at Pillar Point, where he remained several years, dying in Hounsfield in 1869, aged 82 years. He was three times married. His first wife, a Miss Filmore, bore him four children, viz.: Monroe, Maria, Perry, and Asa. By his second wife, Jemima Holden of Henderson, his children were Ruth A., and Harry A. His third wife was Sally Filmore, a sister of his first wife. His son, Harry A., was born in Henderson. He married, first, Vestaline, daughter of John L. and Betsey (Mixer) Alger, who bore him children, as follows: Frank W., of Copenhagen, N. Y.; Idelia M. (Mrs. George Anderson), of Watertown; and Vesta A. He married, second, Elizabeth, daughter of William and Mary M. Jackson, and is now a general merchant at Pillar Point, where he has resided 54 years.
William Brothers, of Germany, emigrated to America and located in Middleburg, Vt., where he died. Of his three children, John, born in Vermont, emigrated to Watertown where he died at the advanced age of 90 years. He married Lucy, daughter of Ira Brant of Albany, who died at the age of 92 years. Their children were Rachel, Sarah, Robert D., and John J. The latter was born at Dutch Hill, near Albany, and in 1845 located in Watertown. In 1852 he removed to Brownville, where he now resides. He has been twice married. By his first wife, Margaret Woodard, daughter of Ebenezer, he had five children, viz.: Alton M., Ebenezer, Amy, Mansel, and Morris. He married, second, Sally, daughter of Micah and Margaret (Vebbar) Willard of Antwerp, with whom he now lives on road 59, where he has resided for 35 years. Micah Willard served in the War of 1812 at Sackets Harbor. A certificate in the possession of one of his descendants shows that he served without remuneration and clothed and fed himself. He died at the age of 72 years and his wife at the age of 67.
Solomon Gould, of Leverett, Mass., located in Lorraine in 1806, where he died in 1810, aged 85 years. His wife bore him 14 children, eight sons and five daughters, of whom grew to maturity. One son, Nathan, married Betsey Gleason, of Leaverett, and his children were Solomon, Willard, Clarissa, Lavina, Delilah, Fanny, Eliza, Deborah, Jane, Nathan, and Curtis P. The latter was born in the town of Lorraine and in 1857 removed to Brownville where he has resided for 11 years on road 33. He married, first, Catharine McComb of Lyme who bore him two children, Alice and Jane; and second, Mrs. Elizabeth Brush of LeRay, daughter of Solomon and Lucinda (Hunt) Beebee, and his children by her are Franklin, Etta, Fred, Charles, and Herbert.
Chauncy H. Fay
Chauncy H. Fay, born on Point Peninsula in 1861 located in Dexter, where he died March 29, 1876 aged 74 years. He married Julia Ann Tracy of Lyme and their children were Emily, Sherebiah, Almina, Lavina, Helen, and Sullivan D. The latter was born in Lyme and in 1860 located in Dexter where he now resides. He married Mary, daughter of Danforth P. and Amanda (Hubbard) Clark in 1860 by whom he had one son, Fred, who died in 1870, aged four years. He served in Co. B, 186th N. Y. Vols., and was honorably discharged at the close of the war. He was present at the evacuation of Petersburg, Va., April 2, 1865.
Col. Solomon Spafford
Col. Solomon Spafford, born in Rutland County, Vt., removed to Canada where he died at the age of 80 years. He married Sally Sheldon, a native of Massachusetts and of their nine children, Abijah, who was born in Vermont, died in Canada at the age of 55 years. He married Margaret, daughter of Jonathan and Polly (Young) Fergason and they had children as follows: Harvey, Solomon, William, Abijah, Alvah, Calvin, Parthenia and Sheldon. The latter was born in Canada and in 1863 removed to Brownville. He married Eliza, daughter of Alvah and Hannah (Walker) Stevens of Canada and now resides in this town. His children are Amelia, Aurelia, Evangeline and Emeline (twins), Sophronia and Horace.
Daniel Gould, son of John, born in Montgomery County, removed to Pamelia while young, and later to Watertown where he now resides at the age of 92 years. He married Fanny Denson, who bore him 10 children, viz.: Rasselas, Demster, Daniel, Jr., Horace, Madison, Nelson, Alexander, Clarissa, Fanny and John. The latter was born in Pamelia and came to Pillar Point at the close of the late war. He married Adaline, daughter of Joshua and Ruth (Freeman) Fredenburg of LeRay and their children are Daniel, Morris, Charles, Orville and Edson J.
James Bauter lived and died in La Fargeville in the town of Orleans. His wife, Mary, bore him nine children, among whom was James, who was born in Herkimer County, whence he removed to Brownville where he lived 15 years, dying in 1881, aged 56 years. He married Harriet, daughter of Elijah and Laney (House) Gray of Orleans Four Corners, who bore him five children, viz.: Esther M., Rose E., Frank W., and Ida May. His widow survives him at the age of 60 years and resides on the homestead farm with Frank W. and Ida May.
David Kennedy of Glasgow, Scotland, died in Ireland in 1857 aged 52 years. He married Mary Brown of Ireland and their children were William, Sarah, Eliza, Charles, John, David, Andrew, Robert and Hugh. Andrew Kennedy was born in Ireland. He emigrated to America and settled in Brownville where he now resides. He married, first, Sarah Orr, who bore him three children, David, Andrew and Thomas, and second, Mary M. Cave of Woonsocket, R. I., by whom he has children as follows: William, Eliza, Sarah, Mary J. and Agnes.
John Lynch, a native of Ireland, emigrated to America and located in this state, finally settling in Martinsburg, Fulton County, where he died at the age of 82 years. He married Nancy Rice, who bore him six children, viz.: Edward, John, Matthew, Robert, Mary and Thomas. The latter married Katie, daughter of Timothy and Catharine (Evans) Mangan of Martinsburg by whom he had two children. Mr. Lynch was proprietor of the Brownville Hotel. He is now deceased.
Richard Flansburg, Jr.
Richard Flansburg, Jr., was a native of Maine. He came to Watertown, N. Y. in 1835, where he remained until his death, aged 82 years. He married Jane Baucus, of Litchfield, N. Y. and their children were Elida J., Esther A., William, John, Mary, Martha, Katie and Harriet L. The latter has been twice married. By her first husband, Rufus Owens, of Wilna, she had one son, Lewis. Her second husband was Matthew Lynch, of the town of Philadelphia, by whom she had two children, Henry and Sophia. Mr. Lynch died in 1870, aged 61 years. His widow survives him and resides in this town at the age of 66 years.
Source: Child, Hamilton. Geographical gazetteer of Jefferson county, N.Y., 1685-1890, part second, p. 282-293. Syracuse, N.Y.: The Syracuse journal company, printers and binders. 1890.