Biography of Col. David Pixley
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COL. DAVID PIXLEY was born in Stockbridge, Mass., March 6, 1741: His father, David Pixley, was a farmer and a soldier in the expedition against Cape Breton, 1745. He settled in Stockbridge before 1749. Col. Pixley married first Lois Whittlessey, December 8, 1768. He married his second wife, Lydia Patterson, in 1774. His sons died before himself, only his wife and daughter survived him. Col. Pixley was one of the "minute men" at Lexington and was commissioned lieutenant. May 19, 1775. He fought at Bunker Hill and immediately after was commissoned captain. After the state of New York purchased of the Tuscarora and Oneida Indians what is known as the Boston ten townships, about June 16, 1787, he became one of the original owuers. His oldest son came to assist in the survey in 1788 and was, the first person buried in the Tioga burying ground: In 1790 Archibald Campbell deeded him 3,000 acres, known as the Campbell location, which the deed says "is now in his actual possession" (probably by contract). He also owned part of the Palmer location and much of the land given to McMaster and Draper for their influence in bringing about a peaceable settlement with the Indians, was purchased by him. He was the largest land owner in Tioga county. He built grist mills, saw mifis, a distillery, and was a very active, energetic man. His first residence, built on the Campbell location before 1790, is still in good condition. Before 1800 he moved to the farm lying on Main and McMaster streets, which in his will he says he "purchased of Dr. Samuel Tinkham," who married his only daughter, Mary. Dr. Tinkham had bought the property owned by McMaster on Front street, extending from the Lovejoy property to John Chatfield's and where McMaster had erected the house on what is, now the Renwick lot. This Dr. Samuel Tirtkham had purchased when they removed from the Campbell location and in which he lived until the time of his death, in 1804.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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