Biography of Jay D. McWayne


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McWayne, Jay D., was born at Sackets Harbor, N. Y., June 21, 1834, and was educated in the common schools. He is a farmer and horse breeder; in the spring of 1861 he enlisted in Co. K, 35th Infantry, N. Y. S. Vols., was promoted sergeant, second and first lieutenant of his company, which he commanded from the 13th of September, 1862, until discharged June 5, 1863. He was also captain of Co. B, 186th Infantry, N. Y. S. Vols., and was honorably discharged at the close of the war. Before he entered upon his duties as captain he had recruited many men for different commands; he was always ready for duty, a devoted and truly loyal citizen soldier, ready for duty under all emergencies. October 23, 1867, he married Sarah E. Walsworth, and they had three children: Eva, who died at the age of ten years; Arthur died at the age of four; and Ella who resides at home. Capt. McWayne's father, Kimball De Forest Wayne, was born in the town of Houndsfleld about the year 1810; was educated in the schools of that day, and was a farmer by occupation. He married Betsey B. Wallace, and they had five children: Jay D. (as above), Phoebe, Charlotte, Justus and Elizabeth. He died in 1844; his widow survives at this date, 1897. Captain McWayne's grandfather, Josiah McWayne, was born in 1780; he married Phoebe Abbott, and they had seven children. His grandfather, John Wallace, was born in 1777; he married Anna Pecock and was in the war of 1812. Capt. Jay D. McWayne is a member of Julius Broadbent Post of Dexter, N. Y., G. A. R., Department of New York; also Sackets Harbor lodge, No. 135, and Royal Arch Chapter, No. 68. He has held the office of deputy collector of Dexter Port (of entry) two years, and highway commissioner two years.

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