Biography of Giles Slater
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Slater, Giles, was a native of Tyringham, Mass., born in 1787. In his native State he was a farmer. He was one of the seven bachelors who settled in the town of Carlton in 1811 where he took up 124 acres of land. He died in the town in 1831. In 1812 Mr. Slater returned to Massachusetts and married Parmelia Ray, whom he brought to his then western home. Four children were born to them, only one of whom grew to maturity, viz.: Susan L., who became the wife of George F. Beckwith. Giles S1ater was a good farmer. He cleared his land, was its original settler, and had he lived would undoubtedly have been numbered among the most progressive men of the town. George F. Beckwith was a native of Great Barrington, Mass., born in the year 1817. He was a merchant before coming to this locality, and when he came to Medina in 1838 he was employed as clerk in the store of Colonel Burrows. In 1840 Mr. Beckwith married Susan L. Slater, daughter of pioneer Giles Slater, and then moved to Carlton, where he continued to live until his death in 1850. In this town he was a farmer, having abandoned mercantile life at the time of his marriage. These children were born to them: Dwight Slater, a business man of Albion; Giles, who died at twenty four; George Edwin, who died in childhood, and Emma P., living at home with her mother. George F. Beckwith was a successful business man, although he died comparatively young. He was an active member of the Presbyterian Church, and for nearly ten years was one of its deacons.

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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