Biography of William Gale
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Gale, William, an early settler of Groton, came from Fairfield county, Conn., and married Polly Welch, who bore him these children: John P., Betsey, James, Maria, Peter B., Samuel S. and Hannah. Mrs. Gale died August 16, 1822, in Locke, the family having moved to Cayuga county. The second wife of William was Lydia Smith, by whom he had these children: Zenas S., who died in October, 1883; William W., Mary and Eliza, who died young; Thirza Jane, wife of C. B. Green; Amelia D., now in Michigan; Manly P. and Mary E., wife of Daniel McIntosh of Locke. William Gale died April 11, 1850, and his wife March 13, 1872. Manly P., son of William, was born in Groton April 5, 1835, and until sixteen years of age lived on the farm. In 1851 he came to Groton and learned the trade of wagonmaking with B. & J. Williams, and since that time has been connected with this important industry in the village, being now a contractor for certain work in connection with the Groton Carriage Company. His partner is F. B. Sawyer, the firm name being Gale & Swayer. Mr. Gale has served his town in various offices, notably those of trustee and member of the Board of Education. September 16, 1858, he married Mary M., daughter of David Backus, and they have two children; Ella and Walter, the latter a clerk in the First National Bank of Groton, and also one of the shoe firm of Stevens & Gale of this village. Ella Gale was educated at the Groton Academy and Union School and graduated from the Cortland Normal School. She taught school for six months on Long Island and for eight and a half years in Moravia. In the fall of 1892, as a candidate of the Prohibition party Miss Gale was elected county school commissioner of the second Tompkins county district, and she qualified and entered on her duties January 1, 1893.

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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