Biography of Willard E. Dewey
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Dewey, Willard E., Massena, was born in Potsdam, September 6, 1860, a son of James Dewey, son of Eli Dewey, born in Connecticut in 1796, who came to Canton with his parents in 1800, they being Chester and Annie (Parish) Dewey, natives of Connecticut, Mr. Dewey's father having been a native of England, and the first of the family to come to America. Chester and family settled in Potsdam, being the fifth family in the town, He was pressed into the army in the war of 1812, and met his death from exposure in the service, He and wife had six children. He died in 1813. Eli Dewey married Maranda Champion, of Vermont, who came to Potsdam and taught school. She was married in Potsdam and was the mother of one son, the father of our subject. Eli died in 1834, and his widow married for her second husband Lucius Dewey, no relation of Eli, and they had one daughter. Mrs. Dewey died in 1872. James Dewey was born in Potsdam, March 29, 1828, was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools, and, except for three years as cheesemaker, has since followed agriculture, he was the builder of the first cheese factory in the county. He lived in Postdam until 1865, then came to Massena and lived on Barnhart Island three years, and then moved to the Phelps farm, and in 1882 bought back the Earl farm of 268 acres, where he has since resided. He is a Republican and has served as highway commissioner and assessor, in 1850 he married Sarah Abbott, of Potsdam, a daughter of John and Sarah (Davis) Abbott, of Potsdam, and they had five children: Louisa L., born October 16, 1851, who married Alfred Bangle; Edna L., born September 2, 1853, married John H, Bacon, of Massena, and died January 29, 1890; Willard E., who was reared on the farm and is in partnership with his father. He is a Republican and a member of Massena Grange. December 22, 1877, he married Mary E. Harris, by whom he had three children: Elmer, Arthur and Frank. Mrs. Dewey died November 20, 1892, and he married second, January 24, 1894, Annie Elger, of Massena, daughter of Thomas and Cordelia Elger. The fourth child of Mr. Dewey was Albert J., born January 2, 1863, who was an electrician, and married Louisa Wise, of Boston, where she now lives. He died in 1889. The fifth child was Robert C., born November 25, 1868. He is a clerk for J. L. Hyde, of Massena.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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