Biography of William W. Faunce

William W. Faunce was born September 29, 1831, in Wheeling, W. Va., a son of Jeduthan L. and Abigail (Davis) Faunce, natives of Vermont and Pennsylvania, respectively. Jeduthan L. came with his parents to Bethany about 1809 or '11. When a young man he. went to Wheeling, where he married his wife. He was a molder by trade. In 1832 he returned to Bethany, where he was engaged at farming, running a hotel, and working at his trade. He died in Pennsylvania. He was a son of Eleazer and Melinda (Kendall) Faunce, both of Vermont. Eleazer Faunce was a blacksmith and settled three miles east of Linden, where he worked at his trade, his wife often assisting him. He served as a drummer in the War of 1812. Mr. Faunce had two sons. Halsey K. and Eleazer, and one daughter, Fannie E. Roe, of Attica. He died in Linden. He also run a hotel for many years, and was engaged in hauling lumber from Pennsylvania, which be put into buildings. His father was a Frenchman. William W. Faunce lived in the hotel with his grandparents until 13 years of age, when he went on a farm, and at the age of 15 he entered the store of George Dimond, of Batavia. Returning to Bethany he attended Bethany Academy, and afterwards learned the trade of wagonmaking. When 19 years of age he came to Le Roy and worked for A. S. Upham and Charles Brindsmade, after which he entered the Eagle Hotel, where he remained two years, when he began business for himself. In 1861 he began the livery business, and soon after purchased the barn where he is now engaged. This was formerly the old stage barn, and is the oldest livery stand in the place. Mr. Faunce served nine years as deputy sheriff, beginning in 1875, and has been constable 15 years. He married Ann M., daughter of Charles Brow, of Dresden, Yates County, and they have one son, George E.

FROM: 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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