Biography of Eliphalet House
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House, Eliphalet, with his son Eliphalet, jr., came from East Windsor, Conn., to Eaton in 1795, hence was one of the pioneers of the region. His log cabin had a blanket over the door opening, and on one occasion when his son's wife was left alone one night, she was much frightened by the breathing of a strange animal at the insecure opening; but her fears were wholly removed when she discovered the intruder to be nothing more than a large dog instead of a supposed panther or unfriendly Indian. The welcomed canine remained with her on guard during the lonely hours of the long night. The family soon left Eaton and made a settlement at the "Indian Opening" in Madison, where the pioneer died March 12, 1804, and where he was buried in private grounds. In the family there were three children: Mary, Eliphalet (who died in infancy); Eliphalet (the second child so named); Eleazer, James, and Henry. James became a graduate of West Point. He served in the army until he attained the rank of colonel. His commission, on parchment, constituting him " Captain in the Regiment of Artillerists," dated March 14, 1806, and signed by Thomas Jefferson, is now in the possession of Edward E. House. He died at Georgetown, near Washington, D.C., in 1834. Eliphalet, jr., was born March 2, 1759, and spent his later life as a blacksmith at the " Opening " in Madison. He died August 8, 1816, and was buried in the private grounds at the " Opening." His wife was Rebecca Rockwell. She came from East Windsor, Conn., and died at the " Opening" in 1843. They had nine children: Eleazer, Polly, Nancy, Clarissa, Henry, Polly (second), Henry (second). James, and Orin. Eleazer House, who was born in 1782 and died in 1827, was a blacksmith and made edge tools for the settlers. He also carried on a small farm, and by thrift became comfortably well off. His wife was Mary Porter, who came to this county with her parents from East Windsor, Conn., drawn by an ox team. She died in Brooklyn, N. Y., in 1855. Her remains were brought to Madison and interred in the village cemetery. Their children, who reached maturity, were Eliphalet, Samuel, Henry and Edward E. Edward E., the only survivor, was born in Madison village, May 28, 1827, and spent his early life in the town. In 1844 he went to Hamilton and served at the printer's trade with John and David Atwood, but in 1845 removed to Utica and worked in the office of H. H. Curtiss, book and job printer. One of his young associates here was Thomas L. James, ex postmaster general, and now president of the Lincoln Bank of New York. This acquaintance has ever been maintained, and is one of the pleasant memories of Mr. House's career. Mr. House left Utica in 1847. Part of the time between 1847 and the late spring of 1853, he was employed on the Ohio State Journal of Columbus, O., and another part of the time on the Savannah Republican, Savannah, Ga. He left Savannah in 1853 and went to New York, where he followed his occupation until 1860. From that time he became an extensive traveler on business for himself, until at last he settled down in his native place, where he now lives in comfortable retirement, enjoying the fruits of early industry and frugality. Mr. House (in November, 1854), married Mary Dudley, daughter of Rev. Ira J. Dudley. They have no children. Mr. Dudley came to Madison about 1845. He was a Methodist local preacher of some note. His wife was Laura Hurd, who died June 4, 1899, in the ninety fifth year of her age. He died in Madison in 1881. Mr. House's brothers, whom he survives, were all financially well to do at the time of their death. Samuel and Henry were in business in New York. Both left wives (who are still living) but no children. Henry's remains were brought to Madison for interment. Samuel was buried at Flushing, L. I. Eliphalet died at West Williamsfield, Ohio. His remains were also brought to Madison. He died single. James House, son of Eliphalet and Rebecca House, was a life long prominent and useful citizen of Madison village, where he manufactured and repaired edge tools for the inhabitants of the village and surrounding country. He was born in 1800 and died in 1881. His wife was Sally Berry. She was born in Madison in 1803, and died there in 1897. They had two children: Rebecca and Martha, who reside in Madison village with their husbands, respectively, Mr. Harvey Taylor and Mr. Dwight Leland. His brother Orin in early life removed to Sandy Creek, Oswego county, and followed the mercantile business there until his death.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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