Biography of Samuel N. Tanner
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Tanner, Samuel N., was a native of Rhode Island, born September 26, 1792, and with his father's family came to Chenango county in 1810. Here and in Onondaga county he remained for three years, when he removed still farther west, to Ontario county, where he remained until 1820. At this date, then grown to young manhood, Samuel came to what is now known as the town of Albion, in Orleans county, taking an article from the Holland Land Company for the farm on which he ever afterward lived, and which is now, and always has been, owned and occupied by his descendants. Mr. Tanner came to this farm in the spring of 1820, worked that summer and fall, then returned to Ontario county for the winter. The next spring he becawe a permanent resident of the town, and in later years became one of the most prosperous and enterprising farmers of Barre (subsequently Albion), and was the owner of several good farms. May 3, 1821, he married Mary S. Spear, and by her bad six children, who grew to maturity; Edwin R., of Rochester; Robert S., of Chicago; Ann, who married Lawrence Platt, of Albion; Mortimer C, of Chicago; William A., late of Albion, and Charles C., of Cleveland, Ohio. Mary (Spear) Tanner died December 22, 1840, and April 25, 1843, Mr. Tanner married Sarah C. Mullett, of Darien, Genesee county, a sister of Judge James Mullett. She died February 14, 1863. Mr. Tanner was a Democrat in politics and a Universalist in religion, as was both of his wives. Samuel N. Tanner died in Chicago, October 7, 1854. William A. Tanner was born March 14, 1829, was brought up, lived on, and finally owned the farm his father bought in 1820. June 7, 1853, he married Clarissa E. Cole, by whom he had one child, Spencer N. Tanner, now a prominent farmer of Albion. Clarissa (Cole) Tanner died October 15, 1858, and September 20, 1859, Mr. Tanner married Polly Elizabeth, daughter of Cyrus Jaquith, of Aibion. Of his last marriage these children were born: Frank J., now a resident of Buffalo; Fred W. and Helen A. These children were given by their parents the benefit of a good academic education, and each of them is deeply interested in the educational welfare of the community in which they live; in fact all of them have been teachers. William A. Tanner died November 3, 1893. He is remembered as having been one of the most progressive and public spirited farmers of the town, yet he was in no sense a politician. He loved good roads and was active in their construction. In politics he was always a Democrat, in religion a firm and active member and trustee of the Memorial Universalist Church of Albion. Cyrus Jaquith was born in Massachusetts, June 19, 1799, and when young came with his father's family to New York State and settled in Jefferson county. He afterwards came to Albion and located where his son, Maynard A. Jaquith, now lives. This was about 1824. Here he married Amanda Bloss, and by her had three children: Austin, who died in infancy; Polly E., who married William A. Tanner, and Josiah, who was shot and killed in ) 864 by southern sympathizers for his Union sentiments, while at that time a resident of Missouri. Amanda (Bless) Jaquith died March 24, 1835. The second wife of Cyrus Jaquith was Percy Bloss, sister of his first wife, who died May 24, 1838. His third wife was Anna Bloss, sister of those he before married. By his last marriage one child was born, Maynard A. Jaquith, who lives on the old farm. Anna (Bloss) Jaquith died March 16, 1876. Cyrus Jaquith died in 1866. In politics be identified himself with the old Whig party, and later with the Republican party. In religion he was a staunch Universalist, as was also each of his wives. He was a successful farmer and a man greatly respected in the town.

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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