Biography of Asahel Fitch
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Asahel Fitch was a native of Connecticut and an early settler in Seneca county. He was a wool carder and cloth dresser, and in Seneca carried on a large business. He married Charlotte Squier, after which he went on foot to Ohio in search of a suitable place for permanent location. Returning he decided to locate at Eagle Harbor, and in 1819 purchased the betterments of a former occupant, and in 1821 took the deed direct from the land company. The children in this family were as follows: Emily M., who lives on the old home farm; Harriet, who married Willis P. Collins and died in Albion; Caroline, who died in infancy; Pulaski S., of Albion, and Asahel W., who died on the old homestead. Asahel Fitch, the pioneer, died of measles in July, 1826. His widow kept the family together for several years, after which she married William Penniman, and to them two children were born, viz: Julia, who married Hiram Crego, and Aurelia C., of Eagle Harbor. Pulaski S. Fitch, the subject of this sketch, was born November 24, 1824. At the age of eighteen he began as a clerk for Collins & Waters, with whom he worked two years, followed by a like term in the service of his stepfather on the farm. He was next employed in the mill in 1846, where he worked about three years. in 1848, with Albert Collins, he bought a boat and went on the canal, remaining about three years, after which he returned to the mill. Later on he was on the canal for his brother one season. About 1850 he went to farming, and in that year built the house where he now lives. Mr. Fitch married Phebe A. Hoag, daughter of Andrew Hoag, of Niagara county. Their children were Isaac Henry, who died an infant; Emma C., a music teacher of prominence in the county; Alice M., wife of William B. Aris, and Charlotte, wife of Charles A. Phipps. Pulaski S. Fitch has always been a hard worker and has always made his own way in life. He began with no means and has succeeded in accumulating a comfortable property. He is a Democrat and was the son of a Democrat, but takes no active interest in political affairs.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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