W. H. Seward Sweet, who passed away in August, 1891, was a worthy representative of one of the prominent
and respected families of Oneida county. His birth occurred in the town of Marcy in 1838, his parents being Jeremiah
and Elizabeth (Northup) Sweet His paternal grandfather, Jonathan Sweet, brought his family to Oneida county from
Milford, Otsego county, about 1822, purchasing the old homestead farm in Marcy which is now in possession of our
subject's widow. Earlier generations of the Sweet family lived in New England and also followed general agricultural
pursuits. The mother of W. H. S. Sweet was likewise a representative of one of the early families of Oneida county,
who came to Deerfield about 1800. Jeremiah Sweet, the father of the gentleman whose name introduces this review,
was a most loyal and public spirited citizen and a prominent factor in local politics, serving at one time as a
member of the legislature. His church affiliation was with the Methodist Episcopal church of Marcy.
W. H. S. Sweet obtained his early education in the school of his native town and the Utica Free Academy and subsequently
spent two years as a student in Yale University. He next attended the Albany Law School and was admitted to the
bar in 1861. That year witnessed the outbreak of the Civil war and he enlisted in the One Hundred and Forty sixth
New York Volunteer Infantry, first serving as second lieutenant and later as captain of his company. He remained
at the front throughout the entire period of hostilities between the north and the south, proving a most brave
and loyal defender of the Union. After the close of the war he was engaged in the turpentine business in the south
for some time. Subsequently he was identified with the United States mail service for a time but eventually returned
to the old homestead place in Marcy, where he successfully carried on general agricultural pursuits until called
to his final rest in August, 1891. He won a gratifying measure of prosperity in his undertakings and his life was
upright and honorable in all its relations.
In 1869, in Marcy, Oneida county, New York, Mr. Sweet was united in marriage to Miss Emily J. Richardson, a daughter
of Horace Richardson, who was a farmer by occupation and whose family removed from Cheshire, Massaciusetts, to
Herkimer county about 1790. Mr. and Mrs. Sweet had four children, namely: Horace B., who is an electrical engineer
by profession; Arthur J., a resident of Newark, Ohio; M. Louise; and Hubert S., who died in 1901.
Mr. Sweet gave his political allegiance to the republican party, while fratenally he was identified with the Masons.
His widow resides on the homestead in Marcy during the summer months but spends the winter seasons in Utica.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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