|HISTORY OF CATTARAUGUS COUNTY, NEW YORK|
1830-32 Gideon H. Wilson 1870 Wm. R. Burroughs 1833 Ezra Canfield 1871-72 Alvin Lattin 1834-39 Samuel Harvey 1873 G. W. G. Bowen 1840-42 James M. Smith 1874 Harlan W. Smith 1843-44 Samuel Harvey 1875-76 Charles G. Locke 1945 Alanson B. Head 1877-78 G. H. Bowers 1946-48 Elisha C. Eddy
1949 Darius Warner Justices of the Peace 1950 Peter M. Stonebreaker 1830 Prince Wm. Fish 1851-54 Elisha C. Eddy
Silas McKay 1855 Peter M. Stonebreaker 1831 James Huggins 1856 Elisha C. Eddy 1832 Oliver Tripp 1857-59 James M. Smith 1833 Andrew Harmon 1860-61 George Gray
Thomas G. Bailey 1862-63 Daniel I. Huntley
Aaron W. Stebbins 1864-65 James M. Smith 1834 Linas Lattin 1866 H. S. Huntley
William Travis 1867-73 George Gray
Amasa Smith 1874 Alvin Lattin 1835 Lockwood D Beardsley 1875-77 Addison Sprague 1836 Andrew Harmon 1878 Chauncey Smith 1837 Linas Lattin
Silas McKay Town Clerks 1838 B.B. Colton 1830-32 John F. Manley
Silas McKay 1833 Thomas C. Bailey 1839 Lazun M. Botsford
John F. Manley 1840 Lockwood D Beardsley 1834 Jacob Galloway
John F. Manley 1841 Steperd S. Wilson 1835-39 Gideon H. Wilson 1842 Andrew Gray 1840-44 William H. Robinson
Silas McKay 1845 John F. Manley 1843 Cyrus G. McKay 1846 William H. Robinson
Nathaniel Fish 1847-48 Seneca R. Wilson 1844 James Huggins 1849-50 Jebediah A. Windsor
William H. Eddy 1851 Peter Smith
James Colwell 1852-53 George C. McKay 1845 Cyrus G. McKay 1854-55 Henry W. Eddy 1846 L. M. Botsford 1856 James M. Smith 1847 Charles H. Barber 1857-59 Seneca R. Wilson 1848 Peter Bunn 1860-61 Henry W. Eddy 1849 Cyrus G. McKay 1862-63 Myron L. Newton 1850 L. M. Botsford 1864 Morris W. Butterfield 1851 Sececa R. Wilson 1865 M. K. Butterfield 1852 J. A. Windsor 1866-69 Edwn M. Bunn
C. L. Butterfeld 1855 Chauncey L. Butterfield 1852 Stepehn D. Stone
George W. Brown 1853 Cyrus G. McKay 1856 William H. Eddy 1854 James M. Wilson 1857 Stephen B. Stone
James L. Smith
1858 George W. Brown
1859 Chauncey L. Butterfield
1860 William H. Robinson
1861 Stephen B. Stone
William H. Eddy
1862 George W. Brown
1863 William H. Robinson
1864 Horace S. Huntley
1865 Stephen B. Stone
William H. Eddy
1866 Linas Lattin
1867 Enos Schofield
Addison M. Smith
James L. Smith
1868 Frencis Larabee
1869 George C. McKay
G. W. G. Bowen
1870 James L. Smith
1871 J. A. Windsor
1872 Frencis Larabee
1873 Robert B. Kidney
1874 James L. Smith
1875 J. A. Windsor
1876 Frencis Larabee
1877 Robert B. Kidney
1878 Edwin M. Burns
The following is an alphabetical list of the names of the resident land-owners of the town of Mansfield, in 1832. Showing also the number of acres owned and improved.
Owned Improved Alvord, Elijhu 173
Brown, John 100
Butler, James 50
Bunn, Peter 70 11 Bowen, Moses 130 3.5 Binney, John 99 18 Barnes, Joel 100
Bailey, Thomas G. 50
Baker, Samuel 86
Brown, Erastus 131 6 Beadsley, Lockwood 100
Balll, Roswell 50
Ball, William 60 1.5 Ball, Oreman 40 10 Ball, Salmon 123 12 Burroughts, Rufus 100 2 Brown Hosea 85 8 Bacon, Peter 75 5 Bacon, Alanson 75 3.5 Butterfield, Zenas 100
Canfield, Ezra 146 20 Clement, Solomon 100 1 Charlton, Adam 107 8 Courter, David 195
Courter, William 125 1 Clark, Weeden 50
Cook, Mr. 164
Case, William 114 10 Case, Isaac 100 12 Chapmen, John 85 15 Delap, George 248 38 Eddy, Enos 150 1 Earl, Henry 100 11 Fish, Prince Wm. 100 18 Gray, Andrew 392 33 Giles, Levi 217 1 Galloway, Jacob 150 13 Galloway, Cyrus 130 12 Griffin, Joseph 100 13 Grimes, Aaron 100 1 Gunn, Lucius 100
Gowen, Timothy 70
Harrison, Truman 100 3 Hull, Joseph 90 18 Hinman, Peter C. 100 9.5 Hollister, Samuel L. 75 10 Hollister, Josiah R. 50 5 Hinman, Truman 100 6.5 Huggins, James 200
Harmon, Andrew 245
Howe, Joseph 50
Howe Parley 50 4 Harvey, Samuel 290 53 Holister, Andrew 100
Jay, Washington 50 13 King, George 150 10 Kidney, James 85
Kibourn, Clark 30 1.5 Kidney, Robert K. 85 11 Latin, Linas 50
Larabee, Miner G. 103 3 Lyon, Nathan 131
Mitchel, Hugh 100 6 McClellan, John 453
McKay, Silas 144 19 McKay, Liverius 86 1.5 Morgan, Amos 90 13 Manley, John F. 100 7.5 Manley, Nelson 59 3 Manley, Nathaniel 185 27 Newton, Reuben 200 19 Newton, Lyman 125 3 Puddy, James 110 27 Persons, John 160
Parmelee, Erasuts 100
Parmelee, Johua 110 20 Rasey, Aaron 280 18 Riddle, Freeborn 150
Reed, Asa 50
Rice, Levi 150
Saxton, Henry 238 7 Stone, Levi 50
Skinner, David 45 6 Skinner, Isaac 12
Stone, Alexander, jr. 100 5.5 Stanard, Hiram 59 4 Swartout, Oakley 50
Smith, Amasa 188 15 Smith, Daniel 50 4 Stebbins, Aaron W. 152 12 Sprague, Argalus 207 25 Stebbins, Benjamin 100 10 Stebbins, Sylvanus 180 25 Taylor, Lyman 141
Tracey, Horace 100 7 Tripp, Oliver 75 10 Trevis, William 100 2 Van Aernam, Abram 184 24 Van Aernem, J. B. 84 5 Wade, Halsey 138
Wilson, Thomas 100
Wilson, Gideon H. 70 12 Wilson, Seneca R. 100
Walker, Nathaniel 184 6 Walker, Reuben 130 2.5 Warner, James 100 3 Warner, Darius 100 4
EDDYVILLESituated in the north part, on lot 38, contains one church, (Universalist), a district school-house, post office, cheese-box factory, saw-, shingle- and planing-mill, cider mill, blacksmith-shop, shoe shop, wagon-shop, and a population of about 100 inhabitants. Jacob Galloway was the original owner of the site, and erected the first log house. William H. and Levi Eddy built the first framed buildings. Thomas H. McKay kept the first store here, in 1848. The church edifice of the Methodist Episcopal Society, and an extensive cheese-factory, are situated about three-fourths of a mile northwest of the village.
UNION CORNERS,A hamlet in the northeast part contains a district school-house, store, wagon-shop, blacksmith-shop, two cooper-shops, a saw-mill, 10 or 12 dwelling-houses, and about 75 inhabitants. Samuel L. and Josiah R. Hollister were the first settlers in the vicinity, and James L. Smith erected the first framed building, in 1835.
SCHOOLSLefo Chase taught the first school, in 1821. The first school-house, a log structure, was built in 1825, and stood on the line between the towns of Mansfield and New Albion. Miss Polly Parmelee, daughter of Joshua Parmelee, taught the first school in it.
The town records contain no paper or reports by which anything further can be learned concerning the condition o the school at an early day.
From the report of the county school commissioners for the year ending Sept. 30, 1878, are taken the following statistics:
Number of school districts in town 10 Number of school buildings in town 10 Value of school buildings with sites $6,245 Volumes in library 87 Value of library $27 Number of teachers employed 10 Amount paid in teachers' wages $1,765.25 Number of children of school age 398 Average daily attendance 196 342/1000 Number of weeks taught 280 2/5 Amount of public money from State $1,101.20 Amount of money from tax $617
CHURCHESThe Baptist formed the first religious society, about 1827. Their meetings were held at the house of Stephen Sprague, who often conducted the services, and at Reuben Newton's. They were never strong in numbers, and soon after disbanded.
THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF MANSFIELDWho edifice is situated one mile west of Union Corners, was organized with 10 members, in 1833, by Rev. Mr. Bronson, their first pastor, a circuit preacher. The first meeting was held at the house of Daniel Smith, and among the first members were Bradley Stone and his wife, William H. Robinson and his wife, a Mr. Buell, and Widow Reed. They were connected with the Otto charge, and at one time were quite prosperous, having a membership of about 35. They are now disbanded, - no society, no pastor. The church edifice was erected in 1852, at a cost of $1500, and has sitting for 300 people.
THE EDDYVILLE UNIVERSALIST CHURCHWas organized as the Mansfield and Otto Universalist Society, by Rev. Gideon S. Gowdy, in 1850, and their house of worship, which is a frame structure, and will seat 400 persons, was erected in 1852, at a cost of $1000. The first members were William H. Eddy and wife, Levi B. Eddy, E. C. Eddy and wife, Peter M. Stonebreaker, Clark Smith, L. H. Smith, Stephen Smith and wife, Oakley Swarthout and wife, Moses Bowen and wife, George W. G. Bowen and wife, Wooster Benton and wife, Reuben Walker and wife, Darius Warner and wife, Zenas Butterfield and wife, J. M. Wilson, and G. H. Wilson, of Mansfield; and Selleck St .John and wife, David St. John and wife, F. Skeels and wife, George Skeels and wife, Truman Skeels and wife, Livingston Cross and wife, C. F. Nye and wife, Joel Walkup, and Jacob Galloway, of Otto. The society was reorganized in 1873, by the Rev. O. B. Clark, as the Eddyville Universalist Society, and has a present membership of 30. No pastor.
INTERNAL IMPROVEMENTSThe first highway laid out and improved in the town of Mansfield was surveyed by R. Burlingame, Dec. 3, 1823, and described as follows:
"Beginning at the town line on the east bounds of lot 4, and extending, in a general northwesterly course, six miles, to the north bounds of the town, tow chains west of the northwest corner of lot 48."
The Erie Railway cuts across the extreme southwest corner of the town. It was completed in 1851, and has no station in this township.
LIVERIUS MCKAYWas born in Smithfield, Madison Co., NY, June 7, 1809, being the oldest of a family of ten sons of Silas and Sally McKay. Of these children, one died in infancy; four are living at the present time in this county: Sylvester and George E., in the town of Mansfield; Cyrus J., in Allegany; Hiram V. R.,, in Little Valley; while the others are residents of the West, - John J. being located in Minnesota, Daniel B. in Kansas, Napoleon B. in Wisconsin, and Thomas H. in Iowa. His father, Silas, died in Mansfield, in the year 1843; his mother in Kansas, in 1874, at the ages of sixty and eighty-four years respectively.
In the fall of 1824 he came with his father, who that year purchased a farm in Mansfield, and settled thereon in the following spring, then removing his family thither from Madison County. He remained upon his father's farm until he was become of age, when he purchased a tract of eighty-six acres of wild land, which is a portion of his present farm, the original purchase having been increased to two hundred acres, but reduced by subsequent sales to one hundred and fifty-seven acres. He has also made large divisions of property to his children.
April 24, 1832, he married Huldah, daughter of Roswell and Huldah Ball, of Mansfield, she being a native of the State of Vermont. She passed from earth, Jan. 14, 1838. One child, the result of this union, is also deceased. He was again married, June 28, 1938, to Susan, daughter of John and Olive Johnston, early settlers of the town of Ashford in this county. She was born at Avon, Livingston Co., NY, Dec. 27, 1815. The issue of this marriage was six children, of who we give the following record: Levi, born May 1, 1839, is a farmer, and resided in Humphrey, this county; Olive M., born August 5, 1840, married Seward Harvey, of Mansfield, and since deceased; Martha, born Jan. 7, 1843, married Lysander Harman, of Randolph and died June 28, 1874; Hanford Silas, born Sept. 28, 1843; died June 14, 1854; Eugene Aram, born July 28, 1845, died Jan. 8, 1874; and Louisa Cordelia, born April 25, 1848, is the wife of Le Roy Fargo, and resides with her aged parents.
A view of the homestead of this venerable couple, surviving pioneer residents of the town of Mansfield, may be seen in this work, together with their portraits.
LIVERIUS McKAY SUSAN McKAY
Residence of Liverius McKay of Mansfield
SAMUEL HARVEYOne of the early settlers of the town of Mansfield, was born in Marcullus, Onondaga Co., NY, March 28, 1801, he being the fourth child and second son in a family of twelve children of Medad and Anar (Buell) Harvey. His parents were natives of New England. His father being a farmer, Samuel spent his early days upon his father's farm, engaged in agricultural pursuits, until the year 1823, when he emigrated to the town of Mansfield, Cattaraugus Co., and settled on the farm where he now resides. His first location consisted of three hundred acres, which he has since, by years of labor and economy, increased to eleven hundred acres, situated in this and adjoining towns. Jan. 28, 1824, he married Mary, daughter of Jonathan and Rhody Reed. Her parents were natives of Massachusetts, and settled in an early day in Carcellus, NY, where their daughter was born, April 13, 1802. They have had four children, one of whom died in early childhood. Mary J. was born Dec. 11, 1828, and is the wife of Warren D. Allen, of Chicago, a noted florist. Albert R., born Nov. 16, 1831, is married and resided with parents. Samuel Austin, born Aug. 9, 1837, is married and lives upon one of his father's farms, located in the town of Little Valley.
Mr. Harvey is a member of no church; has always been a Democrat, having cast his first vote for Andrew Jackson. He has been a justice of the peace four years, and supervisor of the town of Mansfield for eight years. But what more especially entitles him to notice is this connection is the fact of his being one of that noble army of pioneers, who, facing westward, in advance of the march of civilization, not only carved for himself a home, but helped lay the foundations of society in all its varied interests. At the advanced ages of seventh-seven and seven-six respectively, he and his wife are serenely passing down the "River of Time."
Samuel Harvey Mary Harvey
Residence of the Late Samuel Harvey of Mansfield
LYMAN NEWTONWhose lives are more worthy to be recorded on the pages of history than they who came into a country when it was in a wild state, and by manifold exertions overcame every obstacle of success and finally were triumphant at the end? Of this class the person of whom we write is a living example. He was born in the town of Truxton, Cortland Co., NY, June 11, 1807, being the second son and third child of eight children of Reuben and Eunice (Manly) Newton. His parents were natives of the State of Vermont, his father being born June 17, 1774; his mother July 15, 1782. They removed in an early day to Cortland County, and when our subject was about a year old emigrated to Maracellus, Onondaga Co., NY. He was a resident of that county a number of years; but finally, in 1823, he located in the town of Mansfield, Cattaraugus Co., and settled and commenced clearing a farm of one hundred acres, in which he was assisted by his son Lyman. The farm is still in possession of the last named. (His parents are both buried in the town; they lived to be over sixty years of age, his father passing away from earth April 21, 1833, and was followed, Aug. 20, 1846, by his worthy partner in life) Lyman lived upon his father's farm till the year 1828, when he started in the world for himself by hiring out to work by the month, in which occupation he was engaged for the space of two years. He married, July 14, 1830, to Sarah D., daughter of Robert and Bethiah Kidney, they being among the early settlers of Mansfield, having removed from Marcellus, Onondaga Co., in 1824. Their daughter was born in the latter town, Dec. 27, 1811.
In the fall after his marriage Mr. Newton purchased his first farm, consisting of one hundred acres of wild land, and commenced to clear it; he has followed the business of farming ever since, and at one time kept the largest dairy in the county, milking eighty-five cows. He has increased his worldly possessions by industry, economy, and frugality, so that he is now the owner of eight hundred acres of land, all located in a body in the town of Mansfield.
The fruit of his marriage was two sons, - Milton, born Sept 27, 1834, and Myron L., born June 15, 1836, - both of who are married, and reside on farms adjoining their father. Politically, Mr. Newton formerly belonged to the old Whig party, but joined the Republican on its organization, and through solicited a number of times to hold public offices has always steadily refused to serve his fellow-citizens in that capacity. Himself and wife were originally members of the First Baptist Church of Mansfield; they still believe in that form of Christian religion; but that church having become extinct they have never connected themselves with any other. The first religious services ever held in the town of Mansfield were at his father's house.
Mr. Newton, now at an advanced age, looks back upon a life spent with a great deal of pleasure. He, in connection with his worthy helpmate, with no other legacy than their hands, have amassed a fortune of which they may be justly proud; they have worked hard, but success has attended their efforts, and we only hope they may be permitted to enjoy for a number of years the fruits of their industry.
Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Newton of Mansfield
Residence of Addison Sprague of Mansfield
Residence of Henry L. Foote of Mansfield