The History of Otsego County, New York
D. Hamilton Hurd
Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia
Daniel CONE married in Scotland, and was the father of seven
sons and three daughters. He emigrated to Haddam, Conn., and
with others purchased Thirty-mile island for thirty coats. He was
one of the first settlers, as was also his son Jared, father of five
Stephen Cone, first son of Jared, married Susannah CLARK;
father of six children. Settled in Bolton, Conn.
Zachariah Cone, Sr., third son of Stephen, married Mary GILBERT.
Settled in Hebron, Conn.; father of seven sons and three daughters.
Four of the sons were among the first settlers of Unadilla, N.Y.,
and remained there till their deaths, viz., Daniel and Gilbert Cone,
farmers and manufacturers; Adanijah, physician for forty years;
Gardner, farmer - all deceased.
Gilbert was elected a member of the legislature, and filled many
important offices in town.
Zachariah, Jr., born in Andover, Conn.., and settled in Hebron;
married Wealthy KINGSBURY; was the father of seven children,
four of which are now living. A. G. emigrated to California in 1846.
Is a speculator.
H. B. emigrated to Chicago, and was largely engaged as a lumber
dealer. He died, leaving six children, five boys and one daughter.
N. K. was educated at the memorable "Old Brick schoolhouse"
in Hebron, Conn., and Bacon academy, Colchester. Was a merchant
at Valley Forge, Pa. From thence emigrated, about the year 1825,
to Alabama, at the head of navigation on the Alabama river, and
established a trading post with H. B.; leaving in 1837, and soon after
engaged in farming, surveying, engineering, land agency, etc.,
managing a large and valuable real estate of the Hon. Geo. LAW.
He has one son, a celebrated attorney, graduate of Hobart college,
both occupying the same office in the village of Batavia, where N. K.
has resided most of the time since leaving the south. One daughter
recently graduated at a celebrated college.
Harriet M. married Wm. R. PHELPS, in business on Chestnut
street, Philadelphia, Pa. Has two grown-up daughters, musicians.
Eleven of the name graduated at Yale college previous to the year 1848;
and all by the name of Cone, living or dead, so far as the writer is
informed, are Episcopalians.
S. G. Cone was born in Hebron, Conn., and educated at the
memorable "Old Brick school-house" in the same place, and Bacon
academy, Colchester, after which he taught the high schools at East
Hartford, Conn., and Middle Haddam; was also principal of the high
school at Sag Harbor, L. I., from the year 1835 to the year 1840.
By the recommendation of the Hon. John S. Peters, governor of the
State of Connecticut, to the Hon. H. Clay, of Kentucky, he taught
three years at New Castle, Henry county, Ky., teaching the highest
English branches, mathematics, and languages, etc. He came to
Unadilla, N.Y., in 1843, and married the only daughter and descendant
of Gardner and Sarah CONE; since which time has been one of the
largest, if not the largest, farmers and stock-raisers in the town.
Mercy Ann, wife of S. G., died May 1, 1847, aged twenty-three
He married, March 19, 1862, Julie E. FOWLER, third daughter
of Hiram and Sarah Fowler, of English descent. They have two
children, viz., Sarah A., born July 21, 1867; and Salmon F., Jr.,
born Jan. 12, 1876.
About twenty years ago S. G. Cone, with great characteristic
foresight, which has ever marked his business career, went to the state
of Illinois, and invested largely in real estate, purchasing 2000 acres
in Livingston county. Then it was a wild expanse of prairie, but he
has transformed it to one of the finest agricultural regions in the
Colonel North visited this locality in 1874, and in speaking of Mr.
Cone's farm says, "I rode with Mr. Cone over the entire of his 2000
acres on one of his rounds of inspection, and wherever we went nature's
first great law was plainly discernible; order had wrought out its
perfect work! Between landlord and tenants it was agreeable to see
there were feelings of mutual friendship and reciprocity. The leases between
them have been so carefully and explicitly drawn, that no doubtful
questions arise about which to cavil; so that, from his remote home
in Unadilla, Mr. Cone, like a veteran commander surveying the
battlefield from a distant standpoint, can direct with particularity
the operations on his broad acres in Illinois, with more satisfaction
and better results than did the political generals of the last war the
campaign of the Army of the Potomac from their quarters in Washington."
From the particulars that I have written we can arrive at the
conclusions, first, that he is a model farmer; and second, that he is,
beyond all contingency, a very rich man. The realization of this fact
has no effect in puffing him with pride or restraining him from labor,
for each successive day finds him at his habitual work on one or
the other of his Susquehanna valley farms, an example of industry
and thrift worthy of imitation."
Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, page 351
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