Gaus, Fred E., was born in Stittville,
N.Y., May 3, 1861, son of Christian and Rosene (Sickenberger) Gaus, who
settled in Stittville about 1852, and whose children were Mary, Christiana,
Carrie Mularky, and Fred E. Fred E. Gaus married Mary E., daughter of John
and Sylvia Merriman, residents of Prospect, N.Y., by whom he has two children:
Winifred and John. When seventeen years of age, he engaged in the general
merchandise business, at which he now continues. He is also interested
in the Stittville Canning Company, and is one of its directors, and is
also a director of the Merchants Co-operative Fire Insurance Co., of Utica,
N.Y. He was appointed postmaster under Cleveland, in 1888. Mr. Gaus is
a member of the Remsen F.&.A.M. Lodge, No. 677, of Trenton, also I..O.O.F.,
No. 577, of Trenton, and the United Friends.
p. 13, Wager's Our County and Its People,
Hamilton W. Gifford was born in the
town of Smithfield, Madison county, NY, August 3, 1820. The father, Elihu
R. Gifford, was born in Massachusetts, October 7, 1797, and came to Madison
county when quite a young man, where he began life as a farmer, and remained
there for a few years, then removing to the town of Florence, Oneida county,
where he spent the balance of his days. He married Diana Spencer of Saratoga
county, NY and they were the parents of four children: Hamilton W., Elmira,
Jeanette, and Mary, the two latter being deceased. Hamilton W. was educated
in the district schools of Florence, and he has been a farmer by occupation.
For his first wife he married Rosana, daughter of Daniel Plumb, and they
have three children: Electa, Sarah, and Eugenie. His second wife was Mary,
daughter of Isaac Northrup, and to them have been born five children: William,
Henry, Rosanna, Elihu and Thomas. William Gifford is assistant county
clerk in Oneida county, and supervisor of the town of Camden. This family
have always advocated the principles of the Republican party.
Our County and its People, A Descriptive
Work on Oneida County, New York, edited by Daniel E. Wager, 1896
Joshua Judson Gilbert
In the first decade of the century, when
the present city of utica was a growing village, John Gilbert, an Englishman,
settled in Oneida county and erected a starch factory just outside the
western boundary of the city limits. Here shortly afterwards, in
the year 1807, he was joined by his brother, Edward Gilbert, the father
of the subject of this biography. The family was already identified
with the industry which the brothers carried on at Utica, an elder brother
having some time previously commenced the
business of starch-making at Jersey City,
N.J. Edward Gilbert, who was born in London, England, in April, 1787,
came to this country in 1794, and resided with his brother's family in
New Jersey up to the time that he joined his brother John in Utica.
His wife was Anne Maddock, the daughter of Roger Worthington Maddock and
Sarah Harwood, his wife, of Birches,
England, at which place Mrs. Gilbert was
born in the same year and month as her husband.
On the 15th of September, 1866, Edward Gilbert,
who was then residing at Lewisberg, Pa., with his daughter, Mrs. Justin
Loomis, died, survived by five children, John M. and Colgate Gilbert, of
Buffalo, N.Y., Joshua J., Mrs. Andrew Tembroek, of Ann Arbor, Mich., and
Mrs. Loomis, above referred to.
Joshua Judson Gilbert was born at Utica on
the 4th day of September, 1821. His education received at the Utica
Academy, a well-known educational institution of those days, and soon after
his graduation he went to Buffalo, where, with his brothers, he was engaged
for four years in the manufacture of soap. Returning to Utica, he
remained with his father until 1854, when he decided upon Little Falls
as an excellent point for the erection of works for the manufacture of
starch, and coming to Little Falls
in that year, he remained a resident until
his death, which occurred on February 5, 1881.
[There is much more about Joshua, but little
that pertains directly to Oneida county]
History of Herkimer County, New York," by
George A. Hardin, Syracuse, N.Y, D. Mason & Co., publishers, 1893.
Gorton, F.T. , M. D. , was born in
Brookfield, Madison County, NY, October 22, 1843, son of Thomas Rodgers
and Prudence (Treat) Gorton. His great grandfather, Samuel
Gorton, settled in Brookfield in 1796 and was an officer in the Revolutionary
War. F. T. Gorton was educated at Whitestown and Cazenovia.
He attended one course of medical lectures at Michigan University and was
graduated from the University Medical College of the city of New York in
1871, after which he commenced practice in Waterville and established a
high reputation in medical circles. He is a member of the Oneida
County Medical Society and has been coroner of the county two terms.
He has also been village trustee two terms and is a member of the Waterville
Board of Education. He held the position of United States Pension
examiner from January 1872 to October 1893, a period of nearly twenty-two
years. Dr. Gorton married Alida C., daughter of C. A. Budlong
of Cassville, NY, by whom he has one son and three daughters.
Donated by Carol Riggall
William Penn Griffith was born in
Boonville in 1846, son of Arthur Griffith, who was born in Cairffonshire,
Wales, in 1814; was left an orphan at an early age and emigrated to America
in 1824 with his grandfather and first settled in Steuben, Oneida Co. In
1837 he started for the far west; he took passage on the lake from Buffalo
to Detroit, and from there he walked across the State of Michigan, a part
of Indiana and to Chicago, where he found a small muddy village where loaded
teams would get mired in the street; then he returned to Boonville where
he engaged in farming, an occupation he pursued through life. In 1843 he
married Eleanor Hughes, daughter of William R. Hughes of Lee. He was the
father of three children: Jane and Ellen, both of whom are deceased, and
William Penn, with whom he now resides. William Penn Griffith
has devoted his life to farming and has always resided in Boonville, where
he has a farm of 200 acres. He married Fidelia Platt of Steuben, NY. Mr.
Griffith is possessed of sound common sense and unfaltering energy and
has led a remarkably busy life.
Our County and its People, a Descriptive
Work on Oneida County, New York, edited by Daniel E. Wager, 1896
Evan Griffiths (Ty Coch) came from
Llanor, North Wales in 1795. He settled at Ty Coch Corners, and in time
built a framed house and painted it red, hence the name 'Ty Coch,' or Red
House. Until very recent years the house at this place was always painted
that color and the name Ty Coch retained. Mr. Griffiths' first wife was
Margaret (Peggy), daughter of John Parry, who died within a few years after
their arrival here, and is buried on the lot at Ty Coch, only a few rods
from the house. For many years the grave was enclosed with a picket fence.
Mr. Griffiths' second wife was also a daughter of John Parry.
A Narrative History of Remsen New York including
parts of adjoining townships of Steuben and Trenton 1789-1898, by Millard
F. Roberts, pub. 1914