Biography of William A. Spaulding
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Spaulding, William A., a former resident of Cayuga county, came to the town of Yates in 1821 and purchased of the Holland Land Company a hundred acre tract of land. Mr. Spaulding was a successful farmer and a man of influence in this town. In politics he was a Republican and for a number of years held the office of assessor. He had ten children, viz.: Betsey, who lived and died in Yates; William, of Yates; Orange, who died before twenty one; David, who died in infancy; Erastus M., Marie, S. Emeline, Nancy, who married L. S. Barnum; Frances, who died when a child; and Renry H., of Rochester. William A. Spaulding died in Yates in 1892, aged ninety four years, and his wife the same year, aged ninety three. Erastus M. Spaulding was born June 14, 1829, and livedon the farm until he came of age. He then Went into the produce and commission business in Yates and continued it about eight years. In July, 1862, he enlisted as a private in Company A, 129th N. Y. Vol. Infantry, which in December, 1862, was transferred to heavy artillery and designated as the 8th N. Y. Vol. Artillery, and having been largely instrumental in recruiting the company, was elected its captain. In the winter of 1863 he was promoted to major, and in 1864 was retired with the brevet rank of lieutenant colonel on account of disabilities arising from a prolonged attack of malaria, which confined him to the hospital for two months. Major Spaulding has twice been elected sheriff of the county, his first election bringing him to Albion, where he has since resided. Mr. Spaulding is a Republican, and under Harrison's administration was appointed to examine the mortgaged indebtedness of this congressional district. In 1862 he married Harriet V., daughter of Rev. William Bradford, and to them two children were born, Truman H. and Louis M. The Consumers' Drug Company was organized and incorporated in 1893 through the effects of Truman H. Spaulding, he being elected the secretary and general manager. A successful business was inaugurated by the company through Mr Spaulding's energy, and at a time when the future seemed most bright and promising he was stricken ill and died March 29, 1894.

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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