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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, Part III



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
Kathy Last


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.
Lisa Slaski


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
Kathy Last


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
Kathy Last