Biography of James Galloway
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Galloway, James, was born April 27, 1765, in Orange county and moved to Newton, Chemung county, where he lived two years on the farm of John Jenkins, the surveyor. From Newton (now Elmira) he came to Palmyra April 27, 1790, locating on lot 37, now owned and occupied by his son James. He bought the land of Jenkin & Swift for one shilling eight pence per acre, and after clearing and planting two acres he returned to his former home for his family. They lived three months in their covered wagon, then built a log house, which was replaced in 1802 by a frame structure. His wife died in 1799, leaving five children John, Mary Ann, Hannah, Archer, and Polly; and he married in 1819 Nancy, daughter of James Forget. He had three children by his second wife, Dames, Jerome B., Julia Ann. His widow, Nancy Galloway, died December 28, 1878, aged eighty nine. His own death occurred July 21, 1840. To correct an error in another work it may be stated that James Galloway purchased a soldier's right at the close of the Revolution, of 640 acres in Onondaga county. This occurred before he moved from Orange county and has no connection with the purchase of lot 37. John, the son of James by his first wife, bought fifty acres of land near Palmyra. He married Miss Betsey Cornwell. Their children were Duane, Thomas, George and Almon. He took a contract to dig eighty rods of the Erie Canal. Thomas drove the oxen. His brother, Duane, held the scraper. Thomas was born in Palmyra, July 28, 1809, on the farm he now occupies. His mother died when he was nine years old. In 1823 he moved to Michigan with his father. In 1828 he returned to Palmyra. At the age of twenty one he came into possession of thirty two acres of land, from his grandfather (his birthplace). In 1836 he built a frame house and married Miss Ruby Gifford, by whom he had six children, Wilfred, Harriet and Carlton, Emma, Willis and Helen. His wife died July 1892. The homestead consists of 160 acres.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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