Biography of William D. Mount
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Mount, William Dye, a native of New Jersey came in 1828 to the town of Dryden, bringing with him his young wife to whom he had then been recently married. A short time afterward he moved to Lansing and became foreman of the tannery of John O. Christie, he being a practical tanner and currier. Five years later he returned to Dryden, but soon after (1837) located permanently at Peruville, where he became a man of much influence in town and church affairs, successful in business, and where he continued to reside until the time of his death, August 27, 1887. In 1854 he was one of the organizers of the Republican party in the town, and in the next year was elected justice of the peace and thereafter held that office for a period of twenty four years. In 1859 and the three succeeding years, and again in 1869 he was elected supervisor of Groton. He was prominently connected with the Methodist Episcopal church for more than sixty years, and was a member of what was known as the First Methodist Episcopal church of Groton and Dryden, after removing to Peruville, and continued an active and supporting connection with the society to the time of his death. He had seven children, four of whom are now living, viz.: William S., Joseph, James H., and Robert N. Joseph and James live in Peruville, and Robert N. upon a farm in the town of Grroton. Joseph is unmarried; James IL married Martha, daughter of Edward D. Lamed, and granddaughter of Sylvanus Lamed, long and prominently connected with the affairs of Groton. Robert N. married Annette, daughter of Nelson Morgan, a life long resident of the town. William E, Mount was the third child of the pioneer just mentioned, born in Dryden September 15, 1834, and moved with the family to Peruville in 1837. In 1852 he was apprenticed to the joiner's trade which he learned thoroughly, and was educated at Groton Academy and the Conference Seminary at Cazenovia. He worked at his trade several years and taught school about twelve years. During the summer of 1862 he enlisted about fifty men in Company F, 109th Regiment, and in consideration of this service was elected its captain. After serving thirty three months, Captain Mount was mustered out of service with his command, June 5, 1865. Returning home he worked at his trade and taught school until 1882, when he moved to Groton village. In 1878, and again in 1882 our subject was elected justice of the peace of the town. On October 10, 1865, Mr. Mount was married to Barbara L., daughter of James and Barbara Giles of Dryden. Three children have been born of the marriage, two of whom are now living, William Dye Mount, assistant professor in Brown University; and Joseph, who also is teaching school. James Giles was born in Orange county, September 14, 1800, and wads one of ten children of Isaiah and Sarah Giles, the latter being the pioneer heads of a family who settled in Lansing in 1802, but who soon afterward moved to Dryden. James Giles married Barbara Raymer, and to them these children were born: Lavilla, who married Arad S. Beach; Mary, who married Alanson Burlingame; Marcella, who married W. S. Brown; Susan A., the wife of A. M. Ford; Barbara L., wife of Captain W. E. Mount; John J., of Freeville; Sarah E., now Mrs. S. Skillings; and Nancy, wife of E. Hanford. James Giles was a successful farmer, an active and useful citizen, one of the first to introduce and use improved machinery in farm work, and the inventor of the churn thermometer. His death occurred October 11, 1890, his wife having died three years before, November 21, 1887.

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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