Biography of the Royce Family
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The Royce family in Albion was descended from three brothers who left Wales about 1730 and settled in New England. Origen and Julius Royce, who for many years were identified with some of the best interests of Albion, and who alone of the family came to this county, were sons of Origen and Hannah (Fay) Royce. Origen Royce, Sr., left Mansfield, Oonn., about 1818 and settled in Broome county, thence moved to Cortland county. In his family were seven children, and of them Ozro, James Fielder, Julius Heath, and Origen, jr., came to Western New York. Ozro being the pioneer. Origen Royce, Jr., was born January 11, 1811, and when a young man learned the carpenter trade. He came to Albion in 1853, and thereafter engaged in the hardware business, and was known as one of the enterprising and successful men of the county seat. He was one of the strong Abolitionists of the county and later an equally strong Republican. At the time of his death he was an elder of the Presbyterian Church. October 6, 1833, he married Frances Henrietta Havens,and to them these children were born: Elizabeth, who married George Frederick Sawyer, and Charles, who married Alice Casey Carrington and now lives in New York City. Frances Havens Royce died December 4, 1870, and two years afterward Origen married Keziah Dunn, by whom he had one child, Orriette Stewart Royce. Origen Royce, jr., died April 19, 1884. George F. Sawyer and Elizabeth H. Royce were married November 5, 1866, and two children were born to them, Charles Royce Sawyer, of Albion, and a daughter who died in infancy. George F. Sawyer was a native of this county and spent several years of his life in the naval service. In Albion he was a merchant. He died December 8, 1878. Julius Royce was born in Broome county, January 16, 1819. His life in Albion was devoted to mercantile pursuits, he being for many years in the hardware business, a part of the time in partnership with his brother Origen. He was also identified with other interests and associated with many public improvements. Julius was the pioneer of the family in this county, first locating in Clarendon, thence coming to Albion in 1848, where he died July 2, 1888. In Hartford, Oneida county, October 25, 1848, he married Harriet Amelia Wells, by whom he had three children: Sophia, who married Talcott Williams in Philadelphia; George Fay, now in the West, and Harriet, wife of George N. Bliss, of New York City. Harriet Wells Royce died April 21, 1891.

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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