Biography of Mrs. Eliza Lane (w/o William)
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Lane, Mrs. Eliza, an old, well known and highly respected lady, is a native of Lansing, born November 19, 1811, a daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Lowder) Shaver, natives of Germany and Pennsylvania respectively, who came to Lansing about 1809 and settled on what is called West Hill, where they reared a family of twelve children, Benjamin, Hannah, Sophia, Eliza, Phoebes, Martha, Lucy, Julia, Irene, Mary, George and Diana, all of whom grew to maturity except Benjamin, who died aged two years Off this large family but three are left, Eliza, Irene, wife of Robert Lane, of Lansing; Diana, wife of John Van Marter, of Cayuga county. The parents died in 1854 and 1861 respectively. Daniel and Mary Lowder were the grandparents of our subject, on her mother's side. Mrs. Eliza Lane was reared and educated in her native town. She went to Allegany county and lived a year with her sister at the age of seventeen, during which she taught school six months, then returned home and engaged in spinning, at which she was an adept. The following year she began to learn the tailor's trade, receiving her board for her work. This trade she followed many years, spinning during the summer and tailoring during the winters. In September, 1831, she married William Lane, a native of Lansing, born September 22, 1810. He was a son of Daniel and Betsey (Robinson) Lane, of Long Island, who came to Lansing at an early date, Mr. Lane was one of thirteen children, and was of an enterprising and energetic nature. In 1832 his father gave him sixty five acres of land, on which he and his wife settled. They were very prosperous, and Mr, Lane left at his death 525 acres of land. He always took an active interest in everything pertaining to the welfare of his town and county. He was a Republican, and was deacon in the Christian Church in Groton for twenty years, and was a man of sterling qualities, kind and generous, and at his death, which occurred March 12, 1877, a host of friends mourned him. Mr. and Mrs, Lane had four children: Delilah, born November 13, 1831, wife of Philip Schafer, of Genoa; Araminta, born June 2, 1838, wife of Leander Durfee, of Lansing; William Henry, born May 13, 1842; Daniel, born September 2, 1844. William Henry was drowned in the Missouri river on New Year's night in 1886, falling through an air hole while crossing the ice. Mrs. Lane's farm, where she now lives, is conducted by her son in law, Mr. Durfee. It consists of 200 acress, and is a well equipped farm. Portions of the original large farm of 525 acres have been set aside at various times and given to her children.

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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