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Subject: [CONVERSE-L] Re: Converse connection with Sterling Iron Mines NY 1800s
Date: 22 Apr 2002 08:04:39 -0600
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Page 38 of The Converse Family Genealogy referred to by Lady Mary is at:
It is a biography on Edward Converse s/o Hiram. I copy/pasted the information so all can see which family of Converse she is referring to below. Believe the Mrs. Converse referred to, is wife of Hiram and mother of Edward.
Can anyone help with this?
255. EDWARD CONVERSE,8(Hiram,7(91), Damon Reed,6 John,5 John,5 Maj. James,3 Lieut. James,2 Deacon Edward,1) born in Kent, Litchfield Co., Conn., 22 May 1819; died in Leray, Jefferson Co., N.Y. The following obituary is from the Watertown, N.Y., Daily Times of 12 February 1901:
On Friday night, Feb. 8 (1901) Edward Converse died at his home on Pleasant Street, Leray. His death ended the career of one who has figured prominently in the history of Jefferson County for more than sixty years.
He was born in Kent, Litchfield Co., Conn., May 22, 1819, two days before the birth of Queen Victoria, and his death followed that of the queen by only about two weeks, and since the death of the queen Mr. Converse had frequently remarked to his friends that he would outlive her majesty by only a brief period.
Mr. Converse passed his boyhood and school days in Connecticut and at the age of twenty went to New York to enter the employment of a dry goods house where he remained for a year.
His parents, Hiram and Sarah (Rust) Converse, came from Kent, Conn., to Sterlingville in 1839; the elder Converse having been induced to purchase an interest in the Sterling Iron Co., and to assume the management of the smelting furnaces then in operation in Sterlingville. After a few years in Sterlingville the elder Converse was forced to purchase a farm just over the town line in Leray, which farm was deeded by the Iron Co. to Edward Converse in 1840, and was practically all the elder Converse received for his services with the Iron Co.
At this time Edward Converse relinquished his position in New York, to join his parents in consideration of which, and agreeing to remain with them, he came into the possession of the farm which has been his home constantly since that date.
It was during the connection of the elder Converse with the Sterling IRon Co. that "Madame Antoinette Sterling"was born, and she was named by Mrs. Converse in honor of her daughter, Marie Antoinette Converse, who died in 1835.
Mr. Converse was an old-time republican, joining the party at its birth and
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served several years on the board of assessors of the town of Leray. During his later years he voted with the prohibitionist party, having been always a strong advocate of temperance. Until rendered feeble by his old age he was an active member of the Philadelphia grange. He was always actively interested in the advancement of agricultural interests. An enthusiastic lover of a good horse, having devoted a goodly portion of his life to breeding and raising horses, the driving tract on his farm has been the scene of many enthusiastic gatherings of local horsemen. His horses have been the source of one of his chief enjoyments until advancing age deprived him of their use.
He has been in vigorous health until the past two or three years, an active, enterprising agriculturist of the old school until nearly eighty years of age.
In religion he believed in Universalism in its broadest sense, and his life was measured by the "Golden Rule". He has a man who always remembered a friendly act and never forgot an injustice, loved by his family and friends, respected and trusted by every one with whom he came in contact.
His end was calm and peaceful, the machinery of his life had simply worn out and run down; the serene ending of a useful life in the full richness of more than fourscore years.
The funeral conducted by Rev. L. D. Green, of Felts Mills, was held today at 11 a.m. from the house, which has been his home for more than half a century.
The bearers were Eber T. Strickland, George Comstock, William Miller and John Bullard, neighbors and friends of the deceased.
It was in 1841 that Edward Converse came to Sterlingville. He was educated at Amenia Seminary, Litchfield Co., Conn. In 1871, he built a Yankee cheese factory on his farm, which he operated until he began raising trotting horses in 1880. He was also salesman for the cheese factory, and a member of the Board of Trade of Watertown, N.Y., and Assessor the town in which he lived. In 1882, he bought one hundred and fourteen acres adjoining his farm on one hundred acres. From 21 February 1867, he was a member of the I.O.G.T. of Sterlingville. He was married, first, in Philadelphia, Jefferson Co., N.Y., by Rev. Joseph A. Rosseele, Presbyterian Pastor, 28 September 1853, to LEtitia Ann Barbur, who was born in Antwerp, Jefferson Co., N.Y., 30 August 1824, and who died in Leray, N.Y., 17 May 1874, daughter of Abraham and Dorcas (Munson) Barbur of Philadelphia, N.Y. He was married, second, in Leraysville, by Rev. C. Phelps, 13 February 1879, to Mrs. Demetria Elizabeth (Waful) Mosher, w!
idow of Albert P. Mosher of Leraysville, and daughter of Heman and Jemima
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(Ross) Waful. She was born in Leray 24 February 1842; she is a member of the M. E. Church, of the I.O.G.T., and of the Grange.
Children of Edward and Letitia Ann (Barbur) Converse:
EMMA JANE CONVERSE,9 born in Leray, 20 Oct. 1861; a graduate from Watertown, N.Y., High School; member Trinity P. E. Church of Watertown; married in Watertown, 8 Nov. 1879, to Jerome Edward Hibbard, who was born in Leray, 21 April 1851, son of Edward and S.loma (Ruff) Hibbard. Since marriage their occupation has been mixed farming on a highly cultivated farm of 140 acres near Watertown, N.Y., of which the post office address is Evans Mills, Jefferson Co., N.Y. One son: RALPH BARBUR HIBBARD,10 b. 20 April 1881; educated at Watertown Business College; violinist; he has a fine musical education, and makes music his profession.
To Edward and Demetria Elizabeth (Waful) Mosher Converse one daughter was born:
GRACE ELIZABETH CONVERSE,9 born in Leray, 6 July 1880. She received her early education under a governess at Leray Mansion, Le Raysville, Jefferson Co., N.Y.; was graduated from Philadelphia, N.Y. High School, June 1897; graduated from State Normal School, Cortland, N.Y., 3 July 1900; teacher in Philadelphia,N. Y., High School, during the school years of 1900-1901; member Philadelphia, N.Y., Congregational Church; married, in Leray, by Rev. F. A. Hassold, Congregational Pastor of Philadelphia, N.Y., 19 July 1900, to Burton Whitney Aldrich, who was born in Philadelphia, Jefferson Co., N.Y., 23 May 1874, son of Martin E. and Ann Eliza (Whitney) Aldrich. He was educated in Philadelphia, N. Y. High School, was a member of the I.O.G.T. of Philadelphia, N.Y., is a Notary Public; holds a responsible position in the Bank of Philadelphia, N. Y..; is an agent of the New York Life Insurance Co.; and a member of the Y.P.S.C.E of the Congregational Church of Philadelphia, N.Y. Mr. and Mr!
s. Burton Whitney Aldrich reside in Philadelphia. They had one daughter, RUTH ELIZA ALDRICH,10 still-born, in Philadelphia, N.Y., 17 Feb. 1902.