Conterman, William, was born in Minden, Montgomery county, May 12, 1881, the youngest son of John A., a native
of the same place. The father of William was a descendant of the original Hollanders who settled in Amsterdam;
he served in the war of 1812, and the musket carried by him is now in the possession of William. He came to Constantia
to live in 1836. His wife was Margaret elgermot, and their children were Maria, Betsey, Katie, Adam, Margaret,
Abram, Rosanna and William. William remained at home till twenty one, then followed coopering several years, when
he and his brother purchased the homestead. He later purchased his brother's interest, and since then has lived
in the old homestead and devoted his time to farming. He served as collector and postmaster several years, and
has been president of the West Monroe Cemetery over twenty years. In 1856 he married Hannah, daughter of Rev. S.
W. Leonard of West Monroe, who deserves some special mention in the early history of the town. Rev. S. W. Leonard
was born in Shrewsbury, Vermont, in the year l800; was educated at Williams College and entered the Presbyterian
ministry when young. He came into West Monroe as a missionary, was one of the earliest settlers and founded and
erected the Presbyterian church at Whig Hill. He also instituted the first Presbyterian church at Constantia, and
dedicated the first Presbyterian church at Cleveland. He spent a long and useful life in his pastoral work and
died in the spring of 1886 at the residence of his daughter Hannah. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity,
and at the time of his death was the oldest Mason in the county. He was the father of three children, Hannah, Ellen,
and Dr. H. W. Leonard of Camden, N. Y. William Conterman was the father of five children, Margaret E., who died
at the age of three years; Dr. William H., of Cleveland, N. Y., Edwin T., of Central Square; Ellen and Arthur.
Mr. Counterman has provided his children with a liberal education. Mrs. Conterman died in 1890.
Landmarks of Oswego County
Edited by: John C. Churchill, LL.D.
Assisted by: H, Perry Smith and W. Stanley Child
Syracuse, N. Y.
D. Mason & Co., Publishers 1895
Oswego County, NY
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