Towsley, Thomas J., was born in Ellisburg, Jefferson county, N. Y., August 19, 1826, a son of Thomas and Clarissa
(Bemis) Towsley, both natives of Bennington, At. The father of Thomas was Hezekiah Towsley, a native of Vermont,
his being one of three families that first settled in Ellisburg, where he died at the age of eighty eight years.
The subject's maternal grandfather, Samuel Bemis, came from Bennington, Vt., and was also an early settler of Ellisburg,
where he died. The father of subject was a farmer; he was a captain in the war of 1812, and participated in the
battle at Sackett's Harbor; and both his grandfathers were in the war of the Revolution, Mr. Towsley being an aid
to General Washington, and also was with Col. Ethan Allen at the taking of Ticonderoga Thomas the father died in
Ellisburg in 1858, aged seventy eight, and his wife, Clarissa, died in 1854, in her fifty second year. Thomas J.
was reared on a farm and educated in the common school and in Belleville Union Academy, from which he graduated.
He worked in a glass factory six years, but his principal occupation has been farming. In 1856 he came to Sandy
Creek, and in 1857 bought a farm of 165 acres, which he now owns. July 21, 1893, his barns and farming tools were
burned, and the same season he built as good a barn as there is in the town of Sandy Creek. He keeps a dairy of
twenty six cows. Mr. Towsley has been twice married; first to Fecebe M. Brown, by whom he had two children, William
D., the leading physician of Camden village, Oneida county, and Alice C., wife of George D. Thomas, of Orwell.
Mrs. Towsley died October 8, 1887, aged fifty two years; Mr. Towsley married second, March 14, 1889, Hattie R.
Sprague, a native of Sandy Creek and daughter of Alonzo and Matilda Sprague.
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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