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833 ELIZABETH 6 SAYRE, born in Orange County, N. Y., January 11, 1778; married first, in 1806, Fletcher Mathews (son of James Mathews), a merchant of Baileytown, on Seneca Lake, N. Y. He died February 16, 1814. Ten years thereafter his widow married second, Henry Towar, whose first wife was her cousin. He was by birth a Scotchman, who had founded Alloway, a very pretty village near Lyons, N. Y., where they lived in a large house built in Colonial style. She died June 12, 1870, in the ninety-third year of her age.

CHILDREN BY FIRST MARRIAGE. 2083 SELAH MATHEWS,7 b. Feb. 17, 1807; m. 1830, Mary Pitkin Hinsdale, of

Connecticut, who died in 1861.

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2084 SUSAN MATHEWS,7 b. in Seneca Co., N. Y., Sept. 10, 1808; m. Dec. 19,

1827, Alexander Hays, who was born in London, England, Feb. 16, 1804. The spelling of the family name in the old country was Heys. He was finely educated in England. At the death of his father, his mother and he sailed for America; were wrecked off the coast of Spain, but were rescued, and reached New York. They settled at Lyons, Wayne Co., N. Y., where he married. He died March 15, 1880. His widow survived him nearly twelve years, dying Oct. 24, 1891. Her children speak of her in the highest terms. In her girlhood she showed sterling qualities of character; became the main adviser of her stepfather in his business interests, and was a great friend and helper to all in trouble. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and, during the last year of her lise, though eighty-three years of age, it is said that she was absent from only one regular service of the church and Sunday-school.



ELLEN Hays,8 b. in Lyons, Sept. 13, - ; m. Dec. 19, 1850, Horace

Boardman Smith, formerly Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. “ He was born in Whittingham (Bennington), Vt., August 18, 1826; was the son of a physician, Dr. Nathaniel Smith. He was graduated from Williams College in 1847; studied law in Elmira, N. Y., and was admitted to the bar in 1850. As a lawyer he excelled in those resources which come from profound study coupled with a high degree of legal acumen. He had a passion for legal scholarship and recondite reasoning. He was twice elected to Congress (1870 and 1872). The office and honor of judgeship came to him (1859) by appointment, at the very beginning of his legal career, and two months later the wisdom of the appointment was confirmed by vote of the people of Chemung. The closing years of his life were honored by a unanimous selection (1883), by the people of this district, to a seat upon the supreme bench of the State of New York, and though compelled by ill health to resign the position, he had the satisfaction, granted to but few men, of seeing his own son made his successor, first by the selection of a political opponent, Gov. Hill, and then by the unanimous choice of the people.

" James,

“ It was while he held a seat in Congress that the famous back pay' measure came up, and Congressman Smith was one of the minority who voted against the measure, and, when it was finally passed, refused to accept the increased compensation, but presented it to the Orphans' Home of Elmira. He introduced the first resolution in Cong direct. ing the President to make efforts to settle differences between nations.

“He looked well after the interests of old soldiers during his term, introducing many private pension bills for their relief.

“Judge Smith was a man of deep religious convictions. He was greatly interested in his church, the First Presbyterian. He was also a lover of literature, and was especially fond of poetry and works of a philosophical character. In the height of his physical powers there was no better public speaker than he in this part of the State. His addresses were polished and strong. They exhibited the culture of a well-stored mind, abounded in the keenest wit, and never failed to create an impression. One of his most notable speeches was on the occasion of Washington's birthday, Feb. 22, 1862, when the war excitement was at its height. It was regarded as one of the most remarkable speeches ever made in Elmira."


Ellen Boardman Smith,9 b. Nov. 16, 1853; m. June 22, 1876,

Henry Halsey Sayles, now deceased. She is a woman of con-
siderable literary ability, and has contributed to magazines and




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Halsey Sayles, 10 b. Nov. 15, He is a student in

Princeton College.
Eleanor Sayles, 10 b. Feb.

She is a student in
Elmira College.
3 H. Boardman Sayles, 10 b. Jan. He is a student in

the Montclair, N. J., Military School. Walter Lloyd Smith, b. April 18, 1856; m. June, 1893, Jessie

Gonzales. He was graduated at Princeton and is a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, succeeding his

father. They live at Elmira, N. Y. 3 Wilton Merle Smith,9 b. April 18, 1856; m. Nov. 19, 1885, Zaidee

Van Santvoord. He was graduated at Princeton College, and received the degree of D.D. therefrom in 1889. He is (1899)

pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church of New York City. 2 ELIZABETH Hays, b. July 7, ; m. June 25, 1863, Lawrence L. Curtis.


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Susan Hays Curtis,9 b. Aug. 5, - ; m. Sept. 2, 1897, Albert R.

Bogert, of 104 Madison Ave., N. Y. 2 George Lyle Curtis,9 b. Oct. 9, -; m. June 27, 1895, Katharine

M. Strang. 3 Catharine Gordon Curtis,9 b. Nov. 23, -, a student in Elmira

College. 3 CATHARINE GORDON HAYS,8 b. Dec. 19, ; m. Oct. 14, 1852, James

B. Thompson.


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Clara Susan Thompson, b. Sept. 28, 1856; m. Oct. 4, 1880, Hec

tor Edson & Sayre, son of Charles 7 Sayre (2118), of Horse heads, N. Y., who was born June 19, 1854, at Horseheads, and lives there.


Catharine Gordon Sayre, 10 b. Jan 21, 1883, a student in

Elmira College. 2 Mary Hays Thompson, b. April 27, ; m. Oct. 4. 1894, Frank

Sayre Bently. 2085 JAMES MATHEWS,7 b. June 10, 1810; d. Feb. 16, 1873; unmarried. 2086 HANNAH MATHEWS,? b. Nov. 30, 1812; m. Nov. 6, 1832, George W.

Towar, son of Henry Towar, his wife's stepfather, who was born in Alloway,
N. Y. He is the proprietor of the Towar Wayne County Creamery, in De-
troit, Mich., where they reside at 81 Ledyard St.

GEORGE W. TOWAR, JR.,8 b. Dec. 14, 1835; m. Nov. 7, 1878, Maria Webb

Cook. They live in Detroit, Mich.
EDGAR H. TOWAR,8 b. June 4, 1840; m. May, 1866, Isabella Cardell

They live at Marquette, Mich. He is a banker.
3 FLETCHER M. Towar, b. Oct., 1842; m. Jan., 1880, Katharine Warts.

They live at Sioux City, Neb. 4. ALBERT S. TOwar, b. Nov., 1845 ; m. Catharine Yambell. He is a Major

in the U. S. Army, at Omaha, Neb. 5 FRANK J. Towar," b. Nov., 1852; m. May LeRose Jelly. They live at

26 Pitcher St., Detroit, Mich.




2087 FLETCHER MATHEWS,7 b. 1814; m. 1836, Caroline Conkling.


Mrs. JAMES Post,s of College Ave., Elmira, N. Y.

836 JONAS6 SAYRE, born in Goshen, N. Y., December 3, 1784; married September 4, 1823, Rachel Mathews, daughter of James and Mary Strong Mathews, who was born August 2, 1801, and died June 20, 1831. He died April 11, 1876, at Horseheads, N. Y.


2088 SUSAN RACHEL,7 b. Oct. 13, 1825; m. Jan. 16, 1845, William Henry Van

Duzer, son of William and Sarah Wheeler Van Duzer, who was born Feb. 16, 1821, and died Nov. 15, 1882. She died Feb. 18, 1873. They lived at Horseheads, N. Y.


1 JONAS SAYRE VAN DUZER,8 b. Dec. 2, 1846; m. March 2, 1869, Julia

Amanda Rogers. He owns and occupies the homestead and part of the farm first occupied in 1793 by James Sayre. They have adopted a

child, Julianna Van Duzer. 2 Julia Ellen Van Duzer, b. March 13, 1848; m. Sept. 23, 1873, Rev.

Adoniram Judson Titsworth, now (1894) pastor of Plymouth Church, of Milwaukee, Wis.

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Susan Sayre Titsworth.9
2 Henry Hopkins Titsworth.9
3 Julia Titsworth.9
4 Godfrey Titsworth.9

5 Adoniram Judson Titsworth.9
3 CATHARINE SAYRE VAN Duzer,8 b. June 27, 1850; m. Jan. 20, 1884,

Ralph De Witt Eastman, a physician in Berkshire, Tioga Co., N. Y.

No children. 4 SELAH HENRY VAN DUZER,8 b. May 1, 18;6; m. Aug. 28, 18/8, Emily

Bennett. She died June 23, 1888.


Josias Sayre Van Duzer.9 5 WILLIAM VAN DUZER,8 b. Feb. 26, 1858; m. June, 1883, Estelle Hickox.


I Henry Van Duzer.9
2 Ralph Van Duzer.9
3 Katharine Van Duzer.
4 Amanda Van Duzer,9

5 Susan Sayre Van Duzer.9
6 LEWIS SAYRE VAN Duzer,8 b. June 29, 1861; m. Dec. 19, 1883, Alice

Louisa Averill. No children.


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2089 CATHARINE MATHEWS,7 b. Jan. 7, 1828; m. May 15, 1850, Selah Reeve

Van Duzer, son of Selah Van Duzer, a banker of New York City. They reside in Newburg, N. Y. He is a member of the Holland Society of New York.

SELAH VAN DUZER,8 b. April 19, 1851; d. July 6, 1892.

HENRY SAYRE VAN Duzer, b. Feb. 26, 1853 ; is a lawyer in New York. 3 FREDERICK CONKLING VAN Duzer,8 b. Feb. 15, 1856; m. Sept. 12,

1878, Lois Marion Miller, the daughter of George W. and Mary
Warren Miller, of Albany, N. Y. They reside in London, England.

Selah Reeve Van Duzer,9 b. Dec. 2, 188o.

Lois Mary Van Duzer,9 b. June 5, 1884.
3 Catharine Sayre Van Duzer,9 b. Nov. 28, 1885.

4 Aline Van Duzer,9 b. June 14, 1889.
4 CATHARINE SAYRE VAN DUZER,8 b. Aug. 5, 1858; m. Jan. 20, 1887,

Frank Vincent Burton, son of Josiah H. and Lucia Clark Burton.



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838 MATTHEW 6 SAYRE, born March 8, 1790, at Sugar Loaf, near Goshen, N. Y.; married January 15, 1817, Frances Bennett, who was born in Danbury, Conn., November, 1798, and died May, 1883.

He was a farmer at Horseheads, N. Y., and died March 12, 1853.

CHILDREN. 2090 WILLIS BENNETT,7 b. near Elmira, N. Y., Oct. 2, 1817, on the farm pur

chased by his grandfather in 1793; m. Annie H. Fitch, who was born May 7,
1820, in Greene, N. Y. He was educated at Elmira, and at the Genesee
and Wesleyan Seminary, Lima, N. Y. In 1843 he bought from his father's
estate part of the ancestral farm, and has continued to live upon it till the
present time (1895). He and his family are members of the Presbyterian

ELOUISA BEEBE,8 b. Oct. 16, 1843.
LUCINA M.,8 b. June 17, 1845; m. Jan. 13, 1875, Frederick H. Wheeler.

They reside in Rutland, Vt.






Anna Sayre Wheeler,9 b. Nov. 4, 1875.

2 Fanny Sayre Wheeler, 9 b. June 30, 1878. 3 Willis BENNETT, JR.,8 b. March 29, 1850; m. Sept., 1885, Hannah

Rockwell. He is a farmer at Horseheads, N. Y. 4 GEORGE MATTHEW,8 b. June 4, 1852; m. Feb., 1885, Sarah Holden. He

is a manufacturer at Horseheads, N. Y., his factory standing on land bought by his great-grandfather in 1793.



Holden,! b. Oct. 26, 1886.

2 Grace,9 b. Oct., 1889. 5 JONAS,8 b. Sept., 1854. He is a salesman. 6 MAY,8 b. Nov. II, 1859; m. Oct. 29, 1855, Nelson Ackley Welles, who

was born at Wyalusing, Pa., April 20, 1857. They reside at Wyalusing, Pa., where he is a manufacturer of lumber.


I Sayre Welles, b. Aug. 17, 1886.
2 Mary Ackley Welles,9 b. Jan. 8, 1890.

3. Charles Fisher Welles,9 b. Jan. 17, 1896.
7 Edward Mason, b. Aug. 1, 1862. He is a manufacturer at Horseheads,

N. Y. 2091 JULIA M.,? b. 1821 ; m. about 1840, Guy Maxwell, and died, leaving no chil

dren, Jan. 4, 1889. 2092 ELOUISA OLMSTEAD,7 b. 1825; m. June 15, 1843, James W. Beebe, of

Cadiz, O., formerly a merchant in Philadelphia, and later in Lynn, Mass. They
live at Coshocton, O.

Walter BUTLER BEEBE,8 b. March, 1844; m. June 22, 1887, Carrie Kile.

They live in Paris, Ill.


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Beebe,9 b. May, 1890.
MATTHEW SAYRE BEEBE,9 b. Oct., 1845, at Bloomington, Ill.; m. Jan. 2,

1890, Lois Mayes.


Junius Beebe, 9 b. Feb. 16, 1892.

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