Biography of Mrs. Francis M. Wager (w/o Benjamin)
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Wager, Mrs. Frances M., widow of Benjamin Wager, was born in Newfield, Feb. ruary 14, 1820, a daughter of Philip and Sally (Bloom) Le Bar, her great grandfather, Ephraim Bloom, having been one of the first white settlers in Lansing. Our subject attended the district schools, and in 1853 married Benjamin Wager, born February 24, 1810, and they moved to Lansing and settled on the farm which Mrs. Wager now owns. Mr. Wager's parents were old settlers in this section, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Reeves, having been the first to settle on the farm of our subject. Mr. Wager died in February, 1874. They had one child, Frances M., wife of George Cox, of Newfield. She was born December 4, 1859. Mr. Wager had five children by a former marriage: Prometheus, born December 31, 1834; George, born March 14, 1837; Mary A., born November 9, 1839; John, born April 25, 1842; Helen A., born in December, 1845. Prometheus was a lieutenant in the war, and died of fever in the service. Frances Cox has three children: Wager, Fannie L., and George. Mrs. Wager is a sprightly and well preserved old lady, living alone and doing all her own work. She has a beautiful farm of sixty five acres, commanding a fine view of Cayuga Lake. Prometheus and John completed their education in Cazenovia. Mary A. received her education and graduated at Alfred Seminary, Allegany county, N. Y. George at home district school. Frances studied at Howland College, Union Springs, N. Y., completing her musical education at the Conservatory of Music, Boston.

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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