Biography of Mrs. Mercy Cleveland


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Cleveland, Mrs. Mercy.- The late Philander B. Cleveland was born in the town of Rutland, Jefferson county, N. Y., August 29, 1823. He obtained his education in the common schools and came to the homestead in the town of Hounsfield in 1833 and was one of the town's best farmers. October 2, 1848, he married Mercy Richardson and they had six children: Merritt A., Milo L., Stephen R., Artencia, Vaker D. (died in his second year) and Flora. Merritt A. married Ellen E. Smith of Sodus, Wayne county, N. Y., and they have four children: Milo, Helen, Harold and Florence M. Milo L. married Lucy Warren of Hounsfield and they have one daughter, Carrie. Stephen R. married Emma Baker of Watertown. and they have two children: Korleen and Louis B. Artencia married Prescott B. Potter of the town of Adams; Mrs. Potter died September 29, 1887, in Leola, South Dakota. Flora resides at home with her mother. Mr. Cleveland died February 24, 1895, mourned by a bereaved wife and family. Mrs. Cleveland's father, Stephen Richardson, was born in New Hampshire, April 15, 1795, and same to this State when nineteen years old, where he always followed the honorable occupation of farming. He married Lydia Benjamin, and they had seven children: Edmund, Jonas, Nancy, Dorothy, Lucy, Mercy and Alvira. Mrs. Cleveland's grandfather, Jonas Benjamin, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war and her father in the war of 1812. Mr. Cleveland's father, Harvey Cleveland, was in the war of 1812, and his grandfather, Isaac Cleveland, was in the Revolutionary war and was among the first settlers in Jefferson county.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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