The following 10 biographical sketches were extracted from the Geographical gazetteer of Jefferson county, N.Y., 1685-1890.
Duncan Campbell, who served in the Revolution war, was a native of Scotland. He first located in New Jersey, whence he removed to Washington County, N. Y. where he died, aged about 75 years. His wife, Margaret, bore him two children, Eliza and Nancy. Eliza married Daniel McGiven, of Argyle, Washington County, and they had eight children, viz.: William, Charles, Benjamin, Robert H., Joseph, Helen, Emily and Mary. Robert H. served in the late war as saddle-sergeant in the 1st Ill. Cav. and participated in the battles of Lexington, Mo., Pea Ridge, Winchester, Cedar Creek, and Appomattox Court House. He remained in the service until the close of the war. His father, Daniel McGiven, served in the battle of Plattsburgh in the War of 1812.
Phineas Osborn, from Massachusetts, was one of the early settlers of Depauville where he died. His wife was Elizabeth Thornton of Massachusetts. His son, Phineas A. Osborn, was born at Depauville where he died in 1881, aged 79 years. He was a successful farmer. He married, first, Ann Frame, of Depauville, by whom he had children as follows: Caroline, Duane, Clarissa, Eliza, Orlando, Webster, Eleanor, William, Hart and Phineas A., Jr. His second wife was Ann Goddard, of Clayton. Phineas A. Osborn, Jr., married Emoretta, daughter of Coonrad Lingenfelter, of Clayton, and he has one daughter, Jesse M. He is one of the proprietors of the flouring and plaster-mills of Dexter. Duane Osborn served in the late war from the state of Michigan. Webster, William and Hart served in the N. Y. H. A.
John Ross, born near Glasgow, Scotland, emigrated to Canada, where he died. He married a Miss Monroe, and among his children was a son, William, who was born in Canada and died there. William married Nancy McLeod, of Canada, who bore him children as follows: Espy, John, Elizabeth, Thomas, Daniel, Marcolm, Mary, Catharine, Hugh, George, Alexander and William. The latter married Elizabeth, daughter of George Allen, of Dexter, and his children are Willie D. and George T. He has resided in the village of Dexter since 1860 but has recently removed to Syracuse.
David Fluno, a Hollander, emigrated to America while young. He married Maria Wright, of Brownville, and they had eight children, viz.: Melissa, David, Richard, LaFayette, Maria, George B., Hannah and Leonora. The latter married George B. Babcock, of Dexter, son of Jesse and Mariah (Morgan) Babcock. Mr. Babcock served in Co. I, 10th N. Y. H. A., three years, and died in the village of Dexter in 1879, aged 36 years. His widow survives him at the age of 35 years and her children are Fred, Charles and Mary.
Robert Anderson, whose father served in the War of 1812, was a native of Saratoga County. He resided for a long time in LeRay, then removed to Watertown, from there to Michigan, and finally located in Oswego, where he died at the age of 73 years. He married Martha Johnson, who died in Oswego at the age of 63 years. Their children were Joseph, George, Harry, Wesley, Julia and Amanda M. The latter married Alvaro, son of Martin and Cornelia Porter, of Fort Ann, Washington County, and they had children as follows: Nelson, Cornelia, Geoge W., Julia A., Martha C., Hattie A., Elizabeth A., Charles G., Ellen S., Lizzie and Nellie. Mrs. Porter survives her husband at the age of 67 years and resides in the village of Dexter.
David Ryder, a native of Dummerston, Vt., came to Chaumont an early settler, where he remained until his death, at an advanced age. He married Esther Joslin, and their children were Benjamin, Esther, Deborah and Joseph. The latter married Mary Hill, of Boston, and they had nine children, viz.: David, Clark, Benjamin, Joseph, John, Ellis, Mary and Louisa M. The latter married John B. Kimball, of Cape Vincent, son of William S. and Lucy (Bryant) Kimball, and they had four children, viz.: Seth, Clark, Mary and Dorr. Mrs. Kimball survives her husband and resides in the village of Dexter, at the age of 73 years.
Adelbert Pettit, son of Marcus and Cornelia Pettit, was born in the town of Lyme. He married Mary Jane, daughter of Peter and Mary Keller, of Ontario, Canada, and they have one son, Ward. The family resides in this town. Mr. Pettit served in Co. D, 186th N. Y. Vols and was at Petersburg, Va., April 2, 1865 and was honorably discharged at the close of the war.
Seneca Rogers, son of Isaac, was born in Hoosac, Mass., and now resides in Champion, N. Y. He married Marietta, daughter of Henry and Clarissa Williams, of Lyme, and his children are Ann, Ida, Fred, and John W. The latter married Helen C, daughter of Sylvanus and Dorothy (Fedderly) Henderson, of this town, and their children are Hattie M. and Frank W. Mr. Rogers is a farmer in this town on road 56.
Edward Soule, who died at Grand Haven, Mich., was a resident of Sackets Harbor many years. His son, David, was born at Sackets Harbor and now resides at Pillar Point, in Brownville. David married Livia, daughter of Horatio and Wealthy (Gardner) Sprague and his children are Judilla, Lodica and Leander H. The latter married Martha, daughter of Ira and Margaret (Clemens) Barber, of Herkimer, and they have three children, Ernie, Gettie and Charles and now reside on Pillar Point.
Samuel McTaggart was born on one of the Orkney Islands, off the northern coast of Scotland. He emigrated to Canada, where he died at the advanced age of 97 years and 11 months. He married Mary Foster, of Canada, and their children were Archibald, Peter, Anson and George. Anson McTaggart, born in Belleville, Canada, died there at the age of 62 years. He married Jane Burgess, who died at Belleville at the age of 59 years. They had four children, viz.: Gilbert, John, Elizabeth and Elgin. The latter located in Watertown in 1873, and in Brownville in 1887. He married Calista, daughter of Anthony and Katie (Avery) Potter, of Worth, and is now a cheese-maker on road 55 on Pillar Point.
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.