Township Sections of Mini-Biographies

The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia



DEMING - One of the first settlers after Mr. CARR was Aden
DEMING. He was born in 1768 and lived with the Quakers in 
Pittsfield until twenty years of age, when he purchased his time 
for twenty dollars. In 1791, he married Martha PHELPS, and 
after having purchased a farm in this town and made some 
improvements, sold it for $125, and in 1792 settled with his 
family in the locality now known as "Graves' Flats." He soon 
after moved across Wharton creek. He was an industrious, 
hardy pioneer, and at the time of his death, in June, 1847, he 
was the owner of 1300 acres of land in Edmeston, and 400 in 
Pittsfield. His wife died in 1848. Of their family two reside 
in the county, - Lyman, on the old homestead, and Betsy, wife 
of Edwin PHELPS, in Edmeston Centre. Nelson lives in New 
Berlin, Chenango county.
The first physician was Dr. Gains SMITH, who came with his 
family from Vermont in about the year 1800, and settled on 
the road leading from Edmeston Centre to West Burlington.
He had a large practice, and was highly esteemed in the 
community. He died in 1819, at the advanced age of seventy-
five years.
A daughter named Rachel married David BROWN, in Vermont, 
and moved to this town after her father's death. Another 
daughter, Diantha, married Benjamin ST. JOHN, in Saratoga 
county. A son, Hon. David B., St. John, became a resident of 
this town in 1820, and has done much to advance the interests 
of Edmeston, as well as the adjoining town of Pittsfield. He at 
one time resided in Pittsfield, and represented that town in the 
board of supervisors during ten successive terms, from 1835 to 
His record in the board of supervisors, together with his 
general integrity and character, won him the esteem of the 
people, and he was subsequently chosen member of assembly 
in the years 1849-59-60, and was in the constitutional convention 
in 1846.
SPENCER - Another pioneer physician and prominent citizen
was Dr. Halsey SPENCER, who came from Greene county to 
Otsego in 1814, and located in West Exeter. He remained 
there two years, and removing to this town, settled on the 
turnpike between the Centre and West Burlington, where he 
began the practice of his profession, in which he labored until 
his death in 1870. He was an esteemed and influential citizen 
of the county, and served in various capacities. He was 
supervisor in 1835-37, member of assembly in 1828, and 
sheriff in 1838.
William M. Spencer, M.D., a son, was the first resident physician 
at the Centre, where he now resides, and is in the active practice 
of his profession. He has served several years as supervisor. 
Lewis Spencer, brother of Dr. Spencer, resides at the Centre, 
and Mrs. Mary HULL, a sister, in West Exeter.
Daniel CHAPIN and wife emigrated from Richmond, Berkshire 
Co., Mass., in about the year 1800, and settled one and one 
half miles west of the Centre on lands of the Cooper patent. 
He died in 1837, aged sixty-three. His eldest son, Walter, 
remained on a portion of the old homestead until 1870, when 
he removed to Unadilla Forks, where he now resides.
John, the second son, occupies the homestead. His mother is 
living with him at the age of ninety-eight years. Alfonso is a 
resident of Sherburne, Chenango county.
Uriah Chapin was an early settler in Burlington. David Chapin 
settled near Edmeston Centre, where he conducted a tannery. 
A son, Laurentine, lives on the homestead.
Nathan LANGWORTHY, wife, and family emigrated from 
Rhode Island about the year 1805 and settled in Brookfield, 
Madison county, about half a mile below West Edmeston village, 
where he died. Two of his children subsequently moved 
across the river into this county. William F. Langworthy, a son, 
settled on a farm in sight of his father's place. He married 
Desire A. BASS in 1832. Numerous representatives of this 
honored family are residents of the town. Hollum Langworthy, 
who now occupies his father's homestead, is an enterprising 
citizen and a successful apiarian.
The HOXIE family were of English origin. The first of the 
family who came to this country located in Massachusetts. 
Stephen Hoxie, the great-grandfather of the present family 
residing in Edmeston, emigrated from Connecticut, and was 
among the first settlers in the Unadilla valley, at Leonardsville, 
upon premises now owned by his direct descendants. He was 
an honored pioneer, and lived to the advanced age of one 
hundred and one years. Nathan B Hoxie, his grandson, and son 
of Solomon Hoxie, Sr., was born in 1801. In 1826 he married 
Eliza LANGWORTHY, and in 1832 moved in this town, locating 
upon the Edmeston patent, which at that time, was a dense 
uninviting wilderness. The farm upon which he settled is now 
owned by his younger son, Samuel L. Hoxie. Nathan B. Hoxie 
had but two children, who grew to years of manhood, - Solomon, 
now residing in Whitesboro, Oneida county, and Samuel L., 
who resides upon a farm adjoining the old homestead. The 
former married Lucy P. STICKNEY, of Edmeston, and has 
three children, - C. DeForest, Jennie L. and Franklin. Mr. Hoxie 
has been an active citizen of the town, and was supervisor four 
years during the War of the Rebellion. Samuel L. married 
Rosetta E. POPE, and their family consists of two children, - 
Arthur S. and E. Ellsworth. Agnes, a daughter, died at the age 
of three years. Mr. Hoxie is one of the substantial citizens of
the town, and is ranked among the progressive agriculturists 
and stock-breeders of the country. He occupies over 400 acres 
of land lying along the Unadilla river, and is largely engaged in 
dairying, although he gives much attention to breeding of 
improved stock. His horses are of the Hambletonian and 
Golddust breeds. He is a leading member of the Unadilla 
Stock-Breeders' association, and was instrumental in its 
The TAYLORs were pioneers in the vicinity of "Taylor Hill," 
among whom are mentioned Benjamin B., William, Timothy, 
Thomas, etc. They were instrumental in organizing the first 
Baptist church of Edmeston. B. F. Taylor, the celebrated poet 
and writer, is a relative.