Biography of the Raymond Family of Elba, NY

The history of the Raymond family dates back to the third century, and we find them among the Romans, the Germans, English, Scotch, Irish, and Americans. Ferguson, an authority on names, says "that the name Raymond is derived from the old German name Raginmund." This was in the eighth century. The modern German name is Raimund. There was a long line of Counts of Toulouse of Southern France called Raymonds. The present form of the name was, in all probability, from the above mentioned counts, and translated as follows: Rai (a beam of light) and monde (i. e. world). Coming down the pages of history we find one Simeon Raymond, 9th, great-great-grandfather to William H.; and Walter H., who was born at Old Well, Norwalk, Connecticut, in 1711. He held a commission as captain under the Crown of England. At the breaking out of the Revolutionary war he resigned his command, and joined the rebels (as they were then called). For this act the tories burned all his property. At the time of his death he had 10 children, one of whom, William (24), was born at Old Well, Conn., January 11, 1747, and moved to Granville, N. Y., about the beginning of the present century. From there he came to Western New York in 1824. He married Ruth, daughter of Nathan Hoyt, of Norwalk, Conn., who was born January 22, 1749. One of their children, William (68). was born August 10, 1779, at Granville, N. Y. He married Mary Kellogg, June 20, 1805, and died at Elba. May 15, 1847. One of his sons, William C. (177), was born March 7, 1808, and July 11, 1837, married Sarah Aspinwall Southworth, daughter of Eleazer and Mary, who was born in Elba, March 8, 1815. [From Grafton County (N. H.) History: "The first known of the Southworths in the United States was a mistress Alice .Southworth, a widow with three children, who came from England in the good ship Mayflower and landed at Plymouth Rock, Mass. She was a lady preeminent for her many good qualities, and afterwards became the wife of Governor William Bradford, of Colonial fame. From her children sprang the Southworths, Southards, and Southers, some of whom went West and South."[

William C., father of William H. Raymond, settled in Elba, in October, 1831, and at once engaged in the mercantile business on Main street. He had eight children, two of whom are in Elba, who succeeded their father in business. William Henry (352), born December 15, 1839, received a commercial education, and August 2, 1862, he enlisted for the defence of his country in Co. H, 129th N. Y. V. Inf., which was changed afterwards to the 8th N. Y. H. A. He was promoted to sergeant, 1st sergeant, 2d lieutenant, and 1st lieutenant, and was honorably discharged at the close of the war. He was a prisoner of war for many months. September 1, 1878, he married Miss Waite, fourth daughter of Christopher and Rahama (Larkins), of Elba. Their children are George L., born July 14, 1879, and Winifred S., born June 14, 1887. Walter Hyde (353) was born July 25, 1845. He also received a commercial education, and July. 18, 1872, married Flora A., daughter of John Wilder, of Elba. They have two children, Maude E.. born July 19, 1874, and Grace, born December 28, 1887. Their father, William C. (177), died June 7, 1873. He had been in business in Elba for 42 years.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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