Submitted by Nancy Hauser
|RUFUS POMEROY BIRDSEYE has been
for many years one of
the leading financiers and business men of Utica and, as Treasurer
of the Savings Bank of Utica, is widely known throughout Central
New York. His ancestry is an old and honorable one. The
Birdseye family in America had its origin in John Birdseye, who
came from England to Stratford, Fairfield County, Conn., in the
early days of that colony. He finally removed to Middlefield,
Conn., and died in 1694, aged seventy-four, leaving two children
John, Jr., and Joanna. His wife was Phillippa, daughter of Rev.
Henry Smith, of Weathersfield, Conn. John Birdseye, Jr., born in
Stratford, March 28, 1641, married Phebe, daughter of William
Wilcoxson, December 11, 1669, and died January 9, 1697.
Joseph, their fifth child, born February 22, 1681, married Sarah,
daughter of Ambrose Thompson, and died June 25, 1757. Their
children were Dinah, Joseph, and Rev. Nathan. Rev. Nathan
Birdseye, born on Lord's day, at noon, August 8, 1714, married
Dorothy, daughter of Rev. Thomas Hawley, of Ridgefield, Conn.,
April 17, 1739, and died January 28, 1817, aged one hundred and
three years, five months, and nine days. His wife's death occurred
September 21, 1807, at the age of eighty-eight.
Ezra Birdseye, their fifth child, born in Stratford, Conn., January 28, 1749, married Phebe Curtis, and died December 28, 1832.