Obediah SIMPSON purchased 110 acres in Portland, Chautauqua Co. NY from the Holland Land Co, 21 Oct. 1815. Ethan Owen leased 40 acres "improved, frame house, 50 fruit trees" 04 Jan 1830 from Obediah and that contract was renewed in 1830
Obediah married Lydia, celebratingthe birth of their first son James in 1920, and a second son in 1822, John Pendleton. By 1830 the family numbered 5 sons. Before 1840 they moved to Ashtabula, Ohio where James married Nancy Jane Woodruff, son John went to work on the Mississippi River where he met his Irish business partner Robert White. John and Robert ultimately estabished the town of Cahto, Mendocino Co. CA.
Holland Land Co. Records
Chautauqua NY 1930 Census