Biography of D. Wesley Chase
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Chase, D. Wesley, was born in Groton, April 6, 1827, a son of David K., a native of Vermont, born June 5, 1797, an axmaker and shoemaker by trade, who came to Groton with his parents about 1800. In 1819 he married Bathsheba Leonard, born in 1803, a daughter of Andrew and Anna (Morton) Leonard, natives of Vermont, and they had four children: Leonard W., Hardin W., D. Wesley, and Anna Jane. In 1838 Mr. Chase went to Toledo, O., where he spent the remainder of his life. His widow married Aaron Hotchkiss, and died in Cortland The parents of David were Amariah and Sophia Chase, of Vermont, who came to Groton and settled on the soldier's claim of Mr. Chase, he having served in the Revolution, and been in General Washington's service. The family dates back in America, to one Aquiua Chase, son of Sir Robert Chase, who was grandfather to Sir William Townley, whip joined Charles Stewart at Manchester and was taken prisoner at the Battle of Bannockburn. He was executed for high treason, his property confiscated, and in 1844 the estate was released from confiscation by Lord Brougham. Aqnilla came to Hampton, N. H. from Cornwall, England, in 1639. He was born in 1618. D. Wesley Chase was bound out at the age of seven to a farmer named Martin Howe where he remained until fourteen years of age, then learned the blacksmith's trade, farming on shares, etc., and in 1852 went to California where he engaged in mining for two years, then returned to Lansing. Later he bought two farms in Homer, which he conducted for seven years then sold and went to Groton, where he bought and sold again. In 1870 he removed to Lansing and bought a place of 106 acres, where he has since lived, and to which he has added fifty acres. In 1846 he married Phoebe Ann Howe, daughter of Martin and Zillah (Buck) Howe, of Lansing, who was born in 1823. Mr. and Mrs. Chase have had five children: Lovinns and Lovina (twins), born in 1847; Oscar E., born in 1850; John Wesley, born in 1852; Marietta, born in 1860, wife of George H. Strong, of Lansing. Lovina married J. J. Chase, of Mason, Ill. Lovinus died at the age of eleven. Oscar was killed by the cars in Cincinnati, O.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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