Biography of Walter T. Pettengill
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Pettengill, Walter T., was born in Clarendon, Orleans county, in 1849, is a son of David N., whose father, Benjamin G. Pettengill, was among the early settlers of Clarendon, he being the first of the family to settle in Orleans county. Benjamin G. Pettengill came from Lewiston, Me., and became a prosperous farmer. He was a prominent member of the Universalist Church, and in politics was an active Republican, being at one time supervisor of the town. He married Hannah Pettengill, and their children were: David N., Phoebe, Amos, and True. David N. Pettengill was a graduate of the Albany Normal School, being one of the first normal graduates in the State. He taught school for ten years, and later became a member of the firm of Copeland, Pettengill & Martin, in the milling business at Clarendon. This firm soon dissolved. For thirty years he was interested in the milling business at Clarendon. He was an active member of the Universalist Church and a prominent member of the Republican party. For thirty years he was justice of the peace transacting a large amount of business, administering estates, etc., and was supervisor of Olaren don in 1869 and 1870. He married Eliza D., daughter of Chauncy Robinson, one of the pioneers of Olarendon. Chauncy Robinson came to Orleans county, town of Clarendon, July 25, 1813, there being at that time only one house in the place. He settled about four miles south of the village and became a farmer. He was a strong temperance man, a pronounced Abolitionist, and something of a literary character. In 1829 he was supervisor of the town. He married Anna, daughter of Ebenezer Lewis, whose son. William Lewis was the first sheriff of Orleans county. The children of David and Eliza Pettengill were, Walter T. and Beatrice. Beatrice Pettengill married David N. Salisbury of Rochester. Walter T. Pettengill engaged in the manufacture of carriages at Olarendon in 1871 with Ogden S. Miller. Two years later they purchased the old Farewell Mills and engaged in the milling business and the manufacture of vinegar and evaporated apples. They built up a large and prosperous business, erecting the extensive plant in Holley in 1886 and becoming the largest producers of cider vinegar in the world. In 1891 the Genesee Fruit Company was incorporated. Mr. Pettengill is manager of the Holley and Clarendon mills and vice president of the company. In 1866 Mr. Pettengill became a resident of Holley, and is one of the enterprising and public spirited men of the village. In 1872 he married Jennie V., daughter of Alexander Miller of Clarendon, and their children are, Agnes E. and Ben M.

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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