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Source: "History of Fulton County," by Frothingham, Washington. (C) 1892. Syracuse, NY. D. Mason & Co., Printers and Publishers. Pg. 152

Bates, Charles A., a farmer of Northampton, was born in Preovidence, Saratoga county, March 20, 1836, was a soldier in the civil war in Company D, Ninety-third New York Volunteer Infantry, enlisting in 1863 and remaining until the close of the war. He participated in the battles of the Wilderness, and at that time was injured by being struck by a piece of timber falling across his spine. This caused paralysis, and he has been helpless ever since. He receives the largest pension paid to private soldiers. October 3, 1866, he married Julia Fitzgerald, of Pottsville, Pa. She was born May 15, 1845, and they have three children: Seward A., born February 14, 1868; Nelson E., born July 9, 1871; and Georgia A., born October 1, 1873. Mr. Bates is the son of Sylvia and Perley (Cook) Bates, natives of Massachusetts. He owns a fine farm, and is a man much respected. [sent in by Joanne Murray]

Fairchild, Eugene Irving, Johnstown, was born at Oak Hill, Schoharie Co., NY, December 4, 1864. In 1878 he came with his parents to Gloversville. He learned the jeweler's trade with Mr. Norton. Nov. 14, 1888, he came to Johnstown and opened a jeweler's establishment. June 2, 1887 he married Nellie, youngest daughter of Moulton and Elizabeth Hodder, formerly of England. They have one daughter Pauline born October 10, 1890. Mrs. Fairchild was born in Yeovil, England and came with her parents to the United States when she was fourteen months old. [sent in by Robert Fairchild]

Ingersoll, Alexander, Oppenheim, was born in Oppenheim, March 14, 1836 a son of John and Margaret Ingersoll who were the parents of the following children: Martha, Alexander, Jordan, Morgan, Delvina, William H. and Cordelia (Martha and Jordan are deceased). Daniel the grandfather of Alexander and a son of Daniel, St., was a native of Connecticut and an early settler of Oppenheim, coming here in 1788, where he died. Daniel Jr., came here with his parents when twelve years of age, where he lived and died. His wife was Elizabeth Burksdorff, whose father was a soldier in Burgoyne's army. Daniel Ingersoll had five sons and one daughter. His death occurred in 1853, and that of his wife some years earlier. [sent in by Tom Mosher]

Marvin, John H., a farmer and native of Northampton, was born September 16, 1833, a son of Dr. Langdon I. and Laura (Beecher) Marvin. The father was born in Connecticut, and came to Fulton county when twelve years of age, with his father, David, who was one of the first settlers of the township. He was a blacksmith and tool maker and lived to the age of eighty years. Dr. Marvin studied medicine under Dr. J. A. Mitchell and attended lectures at Fairfield, Herkimer, county, graduating there, and he at once began the practice of medicine at Northampton, where he was very successful. He lived to the ages of sixty-four, kindly remembered by all who knew him. His wife's people, the Beechers, were among the early settlers in the town and were related to the Rev. Lyman Beecher. John A. [sic] Marvin was a brave soldier in the late war, enlisting at the age of twenty-two in Company I, 18th New York Volunteers, and served two years, when he re-enlisted in the 2d New York Veteran Cavalry in July, 1863, and served till the close of the war. He was commissary sergeant and color corporal and participated in all the battles of the Peninsula campaign, without receiving a wound. He was discharged at Mobile, Ala., in November, 1865. He has been a pensioner for several years. In politics a Republican, he is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and of the G. A. R. [sent in by Joanne Murray]

Mosher, Fredrick, Oppenheim, was born September 8, 1832 and is the oldest of six children reared by Leonard and Adelia (Bellinger) Mosher. Fredrick was reared on a farm and received a common school education. In 1856 he married Lydia, daughter of Silas and Elisabeth (Acker) Adams. Fredick was a poor boy and worked on a farm. He is now well to do, occupying himself with farming and bee-keeping. He has no children. Leonard Mosher was the son of Peter Mosher, who was a pioneer of Oppenheim, having come to that town in 1796. His wife was a Miss Rerick, by whom he had six sons and three daughters. Leonard was born in Oppenheim in 1811 and received a common school education, afterwards following farming. In 1831 he married Adelia Bellinger, daughter of Fredrick Bellinger, an early settler of the township. Leonard was commissioner of highways and collector of Oppenheim and died September 14, 1889. His wife died March 22, 1852. Silas Adams, father of Mrs. Mosher was a shoemaker and came to Fulton County where he lived about two years, then moved to Herkimer county. Afterwards he moved to Illinois, where he died. [sent in by Tom Mosher]

Peck, Ichabod, Gloversville, was born November 26, 1761, and came to this county from New Hampshire, settling in Johnstown township. His wife was Mary Dean, whom he married in 1780. Their settlement in this county must have been about 1800; but afterwards moved to Saratoga County. Their children were Mary, Sarah, Charles, Lydia, George, Samuel, Oliver D., Sally Ann and Alexander. Charles Peck, the third of these children, was born January 14, 1786; married Phebe Seely December 10, 1815, and had children viz.: Sally Jane, John, Adeline, Esther C., Lydia A., Charles J., Mary, Mariam, Charles J. 9second), George W., Philander W., Olivia E. and Daniel A. Philander W. Peck, the well known lumberman of this vicinity, but who afterward moved west, was born January 20, 1834. He married first Lodusky Wilde, and by her had two children, William W. and Eugene W. His second wife was Sybil Plaisted, who went with him to Stockton, Cal., in 1885. Nine children were born of this second marriage: Frank L., William E., James B., Hattie J., Jerome A., Bertie P., George W., and Lillie. Eugene W. Peck was born March 6, 1859. He was brought up to such work as his father was engaged in, but afterward conducted a glove laundry, and was also engaged in the shoe leather trade. In 1887 he purchased the wood-yard which, together with his cider-mill and the city coal delivery and Burr Brothers lumber delivery, engaged his present attention. He also owns and works a farm. He owns twenty-two horses and does a large and successful business. Eugene W. Peck married October 17, 1881, Anna B., daughter of George and Jane A. Palmer. They have one child, Howard Eugene Peck, born June 28, 1890. Mr. Peck has been elected alderman of the ward in which he resides, and is a prominent member of a number of societies, being interested in whatever promotes public benefit. [sent in by Joanne Murray]

Peek, Joseph C., a farmer of Northville, was born in Amsterdam, April 19, 1835, and was a son of John C. and Catharine (Peek) Peck [sic], of Montgomery county. His father was a shoemaker by trade, and both parents were of Dutch origin. For many years Mr. Peek was a stage driver. In July 1863, he enlisted in Company B., 95th New York Volunteers, Army of the Potomac, and participated in the battles of Mine Run, Wilderness, besides other skirmishes. At the last named battle he received a gun shot wound in the right hip, and carries the ball still near his spine. He lay on the field two days and nights, and was taken prisoner by the rebels and removed to Andersonville, where he remained two months. He was taken to Savannah prison and paroled on November 19, 1864. He was at the parole camp at Annapolis, Md., where after three weeks, he was exchanged and joined the regiment at Petersburg. He was again in several battles, and had his left leg broken by a gun shot, and was disabled for actual service till the close of the war. He was mustered out of service at Albany. Mr. Peek is a pensioner and a member of the G. A. R. and is a Republican in politics. March 16, 1859, he married Sabra E. Bass, by whom he had one child, Charles. [sent in by Joanne Murray]

Vanderhoff, Ezra, is a farmer residing in Northampt. He was born in Wells, Hamilton county, July 3, 1829, a son of William and Fannie (Hutchinson) vanderhoof. William was a native of Hamilton county. He was a farmer and shoemaker, and a Democrat in politics; his wife was a native of Dutchess county. Ezra Vanderhoof was reared on the farm. December 20, 1863, he enlisted in Company D, 4th New York Heavy Artillery, serving in the army of the Potomac until the close of the war. He was engaged in the battles of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Deep bottom, in frong of Petersburg, and in many minor engagements, and at the closing scenes of the Rebellion. The only wound he received was a scratch on the left elbow by a bayonet, at the battle of Cold Harbor. He was honorably discharged at Washington, in June, 1865, and has been a pensioner since 1883, having been unable since the war to perform manual labor on account of loss of health. He recently sold a fine farm of 200 acres. He married on December 15, 1852, Matilda Parmenter, of Northampton. They have had two children: Philo, who died at seven years of age, and Hettie, born August 30, 1862, who is now the wife of Willis Hayden, a farmer and trader. Mr. Vanderhoof has been a Republican since the war. He has been highway commissioner seven full terms, justice of the peace four years, excise commissioner two years, and is now assessor of his town. He and his family are members of the M. E. church, of which Mr. Vanderhoff is one of the officials. [sent in by Joanne Murray]

Weaver, Andrew, Ephratah, was born October 1, 1824, and is a son of Thomas Weaver, who was a son of George M. Weaver, one of the oldest settlers of Oneida county. The father of George M. was captured by the Indians, taken to Quebec, and held for a number of months, when he was taken to England by the British, exchanged, and permitted to return to the Mohawk valley, where he spent the remainder of his days. Thomas Weaver was married in Herkimer county to Nancy Myers, to whom were born three children, Andrew being the youngest of the family. Thomas Weaver was a blacksmith by trade, and died in 1832. His wife died in Fulton county in 1874. Andrew, being young at the death of his father, was reared by his uncle, Frederick G. Weaver, of Deerfield. After receiving a common school education, he engaged in the merchantile business at Richfield Springs, and finally came to Fulton county in 1856, and settled on a farm in Ephratah, where he has since resided. January 27, 1852, he married in Richfield Springs, Sarah, daughter of Cornelius and Elizabeth (Furman) Tunnicliff. Mr. Tunnicliff was a prominent man, and one of the early settlers of Otsego county. He was proprietor of a saw-mill and grist-mill; was a hotel keeper and a farmer. His father, William Tunnicliff, in a very early day came to Richfield Springs. [sent in by Joanne Murray]

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