The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia


SLEEPER, Hudson - Laurens

Hudson SLEEPER was born in the town of Laurens, Otsego 
Co., N.Y., July 28, 1802. His father, Joseph Sleeper, was born in 
New Jersey, Burlington county, in 1765. Irene FRISBEE was born 
in Connecticut, Litchfield county, August, 1773. His grandfather, 
John Sleeper, was born in New Jersey, Aug. 14, 1731. Hannah 
Sleeper was born March 13, 1735.
He came to Otsego county about 1774, he being one of the 
family of nine children. His father was influenced by Reed & Co. 
to come to Otsego County, and settle upon a farm of 300 acres, 
which they gave him to come and build mills. During the Revolutionary 
war he was driven from his home by Seneca Indians. After an 
absence of six years he returned to his original location, and added 
to his farm 1700 acres more, making in all 2000 acres. He lived in 
the wilderness until his death, Nov. 24, 1794. Joseph H. Sleeper 
came with his father to Otsego County about 1774; lived with his 
father until the age of twenty-one; then commenced clearing land 
where Hudson now lives; kept bachelor's hall three years.
In 1790 was united in marriage to Miss Irene, daughter of Captain 
Greekson FRISBEE, of Cherry Valley. Of this union were born 
nine children, viz.: Cynthia, Jonathan, Lucy, Reuben, Lydia, - 
Lydia, the second, - Morris, Hiram, and Hannah; of whom three 
are living, viz., Hiram, Hannah and Hudson.
The subject of this sketch now lives on the old homestead where 
he was born. He was united in marriage to Miss Manda, daughter 
of Daniel WELLER. Of this union were born three children, viz.: 
Caroline Eliza was born Jan. 9, 1833; Charlotte was born Nov. 12, 
1838; Julia was born Jan. 14, 1840; only one of whom are living. 
Julia was married to Elias COSSELLER, May 2, 1863.
Hudson Sleeper is in good health at the age of seventy-five, and 
respected by all. Politically a Democrat. Has voted fifty-four times.

Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, opposite page 174


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