Biography of Chauncey L. Wattles
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Wattles, Chauncey Lathrop, of Caroline, son of Capt. Lathrop Wattles and Jerusha Surd Wattles, his wife, was born in Virgil, Cortland county, N. Y., March 27, 1826; he was the eldest son in a family of five sons and seven daughters, all of whom grew to manhood and womanhood. Capt. Wattles removed to Caroline about 1840, and purchased a farm on Blackman Hill, in the south part of the town; the subject of this sketch was at that time a boy of fourteen, and he at once set about doing his share in paying for the homestead and in providing for the wants of a large and growing family. He lived at home until the farm was paid for, with suitable buildings; and until he was twenty four years of age; he then entered the employ of Andrus & McChain, booksellers and paper dealers of Ithaca, for whom he traveled extensively for ten years. In 1855 he purchased the farm now known as "Wattles Farm", and on which he resided from 1860 to his death, after a short illness, January 8, 1890. He married Almira J. Barker, of Tully, Cortland county, October 19, 1857; and to them were born two children, a son, Cephas B., April H, 1863, who died in infancy, and a daughter, Mary Josephine, August 29, 1864, now the wife of James W. Reed, of Ithaca. Mr. Wattles was for more than twenty years treasurer of the Caroline Cheese Factory Association, treasurer also of the Caroline Farmers' Fire Insurance Co., and a Charter member of Caroline Lodge No. 784, F. & A. M. In politics a life long Democrat, he was four times elected supervisor of a strong Republican town. Chauncey L. Wattles united a geniality of manner with a certain benignity of countenance which stamped him as a man eminently to be trusted and respected; and he was universally trusted and respected wherever known. It is the rule that each community possesses some two or three men to whom all naturally turn, as do certain flowers to the sun; Mr. Wattles was one of the choice few bearing this relation to the entire neighborhood. With an excellent knowledge of general affairs and a practical knowledge, gained in no easy school, he united a genial and sturdy integrity which invited confidence. In all his long lifetime in one locality, be never by act or omission forfeited the good will or trust with which he was invested; and by his death Caroline lost one of its most valued citizens.

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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