Biography of Arthur Starkweather
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Starkweather, Arthur, is descended from Seth, his grandfather, who was born in Saratoga county and died in 1855 at Gaines, aged eighty years. Seth Starkweather settled in Gaines in 1830. The father of Arthur was John, born March 11, 1806, in Saratoga county, and died in Gaines in 1856, and his mother was Aizina Taylor, born in Saratoga county in 1809 and died in September, 1891. The children of John and Alzina Starkweather were as follows: George, born in Gaines in 1831, married Eunice Castle, born in 1834, and died February 22, 1894; Amanda J., born in Gaines in 1833 and died November, 1853; Arthur T., born in Gaines in December 1835; Marion E., born in Gaines in 1837, and died in 1869; John, born in Gaines in 1839, married Anna ---- resides in Brooklyn, and has one child (Fredia); Ray D., born in Gaines in 1841, and died in 1869; Harriet, born at Gaines in 1843. died in 1869; Viola A., born in Gaines in 1845. married John Green, and resides on Long Island; Seth E., born in Gaines, June. 1853, married Sarah J. Johnson, and they have six children: Ray, Mary (deceased), George, Fred, John, Frank, and Sarah. Arthur Starkweather received his education from district schools at Long Ridge, after which he worked by the month on a farm. He then worked as steersman on the Erie Canal for two years, when he bought a boat and ran it for eighteen years, and finally bought a farm in Gaines, known as the Shelley farm, where he has since resided. He has served as excise commissioner for twelve years and as asses.sor two terms. He is a member of the A. O. U. W., Danold's Lodge, Eagle Harbor, No. 224. January 1, 1863, Mr. Starkweather was married to Amanda Shelley, born May 17, 1835. Her father, Nathan Shelley, was born in Hartford, Washington county, March 17, 1798, and died September 23, 1879. He settled in the town of Gaines with his parents in 1812, first locating on the farm now owned by John Ferris, and then moved to West Gaines on farm now owned by Fred Chaver on the Ridge road. It was at his house that the first dance in the town of Gaines was held. They commenced dancing at three o'clock in the afternoon as was then the custom, and the only one living who attended that party, is Miss Laura Shelley of Eagle Harbor. Mr. Shelley married Dorcas Tallman May 21, 1820, and died in Gaines, September 23, 1879. She was born in Thurman's Patent, Washington county, August 4, 1795, and died in Gaines March 15, 1879. The children of Nathan and Dorcas Shelley were: James Miller, born February 7, 1822; Diana Julia, born July 24, 1823; William Barnum, born March 17, 1825; Albert Nelson, born September 19, 1826; Ephraim Sanford, born July 15, 1828; Nathan Alonzo, born July 9, 1830; Charles Wesley, born December 24, 1832; Amanda Melvina, born May 17, 1835. Mr. Shelley resided on the farm on which he located in December, 1821, until his death. Arthur T. and Amanda (Shelley) Starkweather are the parents of one child, William Shelley, born October 1, 1875. When Nathan Shelley moved on his farm in 1821, he cut down two trees to make a site for the house which he built. This frame house is still standing.

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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