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Loomis families in Yates Co. NY

Loomis families in Yates Co. NY

Posted: 4 Jun 2001 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 16 Feb 2002 2:13AM GMT
Surnames: Bassett, Blair, Blodgett, Brown, Craft, Douglass, French, Glover, Green, Harkness, Hobart, Lindsley, Loomis, Lord, Moore, Nevins, Nichols, Pratt, Robinson, Sartwell, Shearman, Simmons, Smith, Underwood, Watkins, Whitman, Williams, Wisewell
I am not closely related to these Loomis families, although my g.g.grandmother Rhoda (Loomis) Bunce was probably distantly related to them.

From History and Directory of Yates County, New York
published 1873, Penn Yan, New York
edited by Stafford C. Cleveland,
Vol. 2, chapter on Town of Potter, pp. 797-801

Family of Nathan Loomis

One of the earliest settlers in the vicinity of Rushvi1le, was Nathan Loomis, who was born in Ashford, Ct, in 1762, and married Dorcas Pratt of Halifax, Vt., in 1785. They lived a few year at Whitestown, and moved with an ox sled to Augusta in 1793. He bought the land located by surveyor Allen he resided thereon the remainder of his days. He was a man of consideration among the people and lived to the advanced age of eighty-eight. His wife died at ninety-one. Their children were Chester, Lucy P., James, Sally, Elisha, Amanda, Minerva and Benjamin.

Chester Loomis born in 1789 is familiar with all the early history of the country, and especially with the rise and progress of Rushville. He remembers the Indian wigwams along West River, and the venomous rattlesnakes which were numerous and much dreaded. A younger brother following his father and brother to the "clearing" was bitten by one, and finally died from the effects of the virus.

In those early days rougher views and less amenity of manners prevailed than have succeeded the pioneer times. Among the reminiscenses recalled by Chester Loomis is that of a pugilistic contest between Edward Craft and George Brown. Major Craft, father of Edward complained of unfair treatment by Brown in a wrestling match. The son challenged Brown to fight, and the day of military training was fixed for the combat. So much interest was excited that the military exercises were closed early. The fight took place on the premises of Jabez French, who was captain of the train-band. Umpires were chosen and a ring formed. The fight was a stand up pomeling by fists, no blows above the shoulder nor below the waist, and to end in fifteen minutes. After the exchange of a few blows, Craft's thumb was dislocated and time was given him to adjust it, when the fight was continued till the time was up, without an admitted victory for either side, though Craft remarked that "Brown struck like thunder." Craft was disabled for weeks, and Brown but slightly damaged. Craft was the lighter and younger man. It was a contest often referred to, and never forgotten by the parties or the spectators.

Enjoying but slender educational advantages, Chester Loomis prevailed on his father to permit him to earn for himself the means whereby he could attend the school at Peterboro, N.Y. He shouldered his ax, traveled to Canandaigua; and after some trouble found a job, and saved four dollars in four weeks, by chopping cord wood. To this fund his father added twenty shillings. He at once set off on foot for Peterboro. It was not easy to find a place where he could pay a part of his board by his labor, but by the aid of bis teacher he did; and in tbe spring hired to Peter Smith for eight dollars a month and board, his work with two others to chop and score timber for two hewers. In six months he paid his school and board bill, and again entered the school the following summer he worked for a farmer again, and earned the means to discharge all his debts. At the school he was surpassed in scholarship only by Gerritt Smith (son of Peter) and one other lad. Coming back to Canandaigua he became a clerk for Thomas Beals. Subsequently he became a merchant in Rushville, and there has passed his life a highly esteemed and influential citizen, his residence being on the Ontario side of the county line. He was an Associate Judge on the Ontario bench many years, and represented the old seventh district four years in the State Senate, to which he was elected in 1834. He was the first Postmaster at Rushville, and held the office from 1818 till 1841.

Judge Loomis married in 1815, Harriet, daughter of Rev. William Hobart. She was born in 1791, and died in 1865. Their children were Charles A., Amanda D. and Frank C.

Charles A. Loomis was educated a lawyer, studying with John C. Spencer and Jared Wilson at Canandaigua, where he was a contemporary student with Stephen A. Douglass. Loomis established himself at St. Clair, Mich., and Douglass went to Illinois. Mr. Loomis soon became State Senator and enjoyed a brilliant reputation, but declining health induced him to retire from political life. Remaining still in private life and a bachelor, he enjoys his library and his farm at St. Clair, a man of culture, of great oratorical ability and encyclopedic acquirements. For the past few years he has lived in Paris.

Lucy P. Loomis born in 1791, married Augustus Blodgett of Gorham. They emigrated to the vicinity of Milwaukie where she recently died leaving two children, Caroline and Chester.

James Loomis born in 1793, married Sarah, daughter of J. H. Williams of Rushville. They emigrated to Ypsilanti, Mich., where she recently died and he still resides. Their children were Maria, Minerva, Sarah, Elisha, Cornelia, Dwight, and James.

Sally Loomis born in 1795, married Oren Green. They settled at Pine Corners in West River Valley, and there made excellent and substantial improvements, which gave character to the place, afterwards owned by Daniel B. Lindsley. He lost his life in 1841, in the burning of the Steamer Erie, on Lake Erie. His body was recovered a month later with three thousand dollars in money and vouchers. He was a deeply religious and conscientious man, and a pillar in the Congregational church at Rushville. Together with Capt. Henry Green, he was a purchaser of the Green Tract in Jerusalem. Some years after his death his wife removed to the vicinity of Milwaukie, where she resides, giving her time and means to adopted heirs and benevolent objects.

Elisha Loomis born in 1800, married Maria, sister of Dr. Henry P. Sartwell. He served an apprenticeship as a Printer, under James D. Bemis at Canandaigua, and soon after became a teacher and printer in thc employ of the American Board of Foreign Missions. Miss Sartwell was recommended to him as a suitable wife, and he immediately began a correspondence with her which resulted in their marriage at their first interview, while on his way to take passage for the Sandwich Islands. They remained at Honolulu nine years, mastered the language, acted as teachers, and made respectable progress in printing the language. By the failure of his health they were obliged to return with four children, the oldest being the first white child born there. He afterwards conducted a few years the Rochester Christian Observer, and died in 1837. His wife and children moved to Ypsilanti, Mich., and she died there in 1862. She was a woman of sterling character and nobly endowed for the position she occupied. Their children were Levi S., Amanda, Albert S., Jeremiah E. and John H. They are intelligent and worthy citizens of the West.

A native boy brought by Mr. Loomis from the Sandwich Islands, to be educated for missionary labor, named Kopuloo, was an intelligent and preposessing specimen of the Malay race. He was short with a broad chest and great physical strength, and could perform great feats in swimming, an exercise in which he especially delighted. In school at Rochester he progressed rapidly in education, and acquired the art of Printing. He contracted a fever and died at Rochester.

Amanda married Walter P. Hobart of Potter. Minerva married Thomas J. Nevins. He practiced law in Penn Yan, where she died leaving one son, Oren G., who resides in Wisconsin. The father met an accidental death in California. He was a man of great excellence of character and devoted much of his life to the advancement of education and religion.

Benjamin died of consumption at twenty-three. He was a young man of much intellectual promise.

Judge Chester Loomis attended the first school in the vicinity of Rushville. It was kept at the house of Deacon John Blair, and William Bassett was the teacher.

From History and Directory of Yates County, New York
published 1873, Penn Yan, New York
edited by Stafford C. Cleveland,
vol. 2, chapter on Town of Potter pp. 854-56

CALVIN LOOMIS was a cousin of Nathan Loomis, and came with him from Connecticut to Whitesboro, and thence to what is now Potter. He lived many years on the Dr. Buffum Harkness place. There his first wife, whose maiden name was Moore, died leaving four children, Stephen, Laura, Norman and Maria. In 1810 he married a second wife, Mrs. Alice, widow of Beza Whitman, a woman of extraordinary energy, with wonderful health and physical vigor. She most unselfishly devoted herself to all who needed assistance. By this marriage three children were born, Erastus, who died young, Oren G. and Luther.

Stephen married Lucy Pratt of Vermont, and owned a farm many years near Rushville, which he sold in 1842, and moved to Michigan, where he and his wife died. Their children were Esther, Maria, and Caroline.

Laura married Peter Simmons who owned and occupied the farm now owned by Hiram Keeney, on lot one of the seventh range. After her death Mr. Simmons married Maria and they had one
son, Calvin, now living near Ann Arbor, Mich.

Norman never married. He was an eccentric character, a close student, and a great lover of books. He lived a blameless life, and died regretted by all.

Oren G. born at Rushville, in 1814, was educated in the schools of that place, and married in 1834, Nancy E., daughter of Dr. Gail Nichols, of Chittenden Co., Vt., whose brother, Dr. Asher Nichols was long and favorably known as a physician near Rushville, living on the farm where Moses Watkins now lives. Dr. Nichols had three sons, E. Darwin, Asher P. (now Comptroller of the State) and Dr. Henry W. Nichols of Rushville, who was a Staff Surgeon of one of the corps of Gen. Shearman, in his grand march to the sea. Asher and Gail Nichols married, the first, Lucy, and the second, Urania, sisters of Moses Wisewell long and favorably known as an active and useful citizen of Rushville. They were aunts of John Wisewell.

Oren G. Loomis soon after his marriage exchanged with his parents the old homestead at Rushville for a farm in Middlesex, on which he resided twenty-five years. His father died there in 1840, at the age of seventy-three, and his mother survived several years longer. He has been a man of prominence in Middlesex, holding office frequently in the town. In 1863 he was elected to the Assembly. For a few years past he has had the management of a large lumbering and farming business, for a New York firm, on the Big Kanahwa river in Mason Co., West Virginia. He is a man of decided views, superior intelligence and good principles. Their children are Eveline N., Luther, Alice, I. Lavina A., Sarah M., Mary A. and N. Elona. Eveline N. married Thomas Glover of Wayland, N. Y. Luther married Jane, daughter of Ephraim Lord, and lives in Mason Co., West Va. Alice married Stephen A. Underwood, and resides on the farm of her father in Middlesex. Lavina A. married George Robinson of Barrington, and lives in that town. Sarah M. and Mary A. are highly successful teachers, for three years past employed in the graded school at Mason City, West Va.

Luther, youngest son of Calvin Loomis, was remarkable for educational attainments far beyond his years. He could read well when three years old, and continued to make very rapid advancement. Before he was seventeen he was employed by a New York firm, to travel as a salesman of Agricultural implements, and served them with entire acceptability. In his nineteenth year he fell into consumption, and died in 1833, at the age of twenty-one, leaving a spotless character.

Re: Loomis families in Yates Co. NY

sam (View posts)
Posted: 6 Oct 2001 11:21AM GMT
Classification: Query
I too am related to Robinsons and am stuck on afew...Guy Robinson,son of Joseph C Robinson was my grandfather.
would love to share info with you. Write me at home.

Re: Loomis families in Yates Co. NY

Posted: 19 Apr 2006 11:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Brown, Cleveland, Lee, Loomis, McCarrick, Tindall, Wintermute
I see that the poster of the original message is interested in the Brown family. Please advise which Browns in whom you are interested. Were they of Yates Co. NY?
I have a Thomas R. Brown (1796-1862) mar. Anna Cleveland Lee (1798-1862) in May 1823 in Vienna NY.
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