The Ranny Family, Generation Seven, Part 3
Middletown Upper Houses
a history of the north society of Middletown, Ct.
from 1650 to 1800
with genealogical and biographical chapters
on early families.
Charles Collard Adams
New York: Grafton Press, 1908.
[transcribed by Liz Matthews]
316 Sarah Shepherd7 Ranney (Reuben6, Jonathan5, George4, George3, Thomas2, Thomas1), b. July 28, 1825, Granville, Mass.; m. July 7, 1847, Granville, Mass., Jere Austin Scott, b. Apr. 13, 1806, Ridgefield, Conn. Horticulturist; Rep.; Cong. ch. Res. Ridgefield, Conn., to 1883; Maumee, Ohio, to 1859; Toledo, O., to 1867; Elizabeth, N. J., 1868; Ann Arbor, Mich., to death, July 25, 1892. She was mem. Cong. ch. and died Apr. 2, 1883, Ann Arbor, Mich.
559 Austin, b. Aug. 10, 1848.
Evart Henry, b. Aug. 2, 1850.
Annie Elizabeth, b. Feb. 13, 1855; d. Nov. 29, 1866.
560 Mary Eliza Horton, b. May 3, 1863; m. Dr. C. E. Davis.
Ranney Converse, b. Nov. 30, 1867.
317 Timothy Pickering7 Ranney (brother to Sarah Shepherd), b. Aug. 2, 1818, East Granville, Mass.; m. Apr. 4, 1860, Newark, N. J., Anna Pope, dau. of Samuel Hayes Pennington, M. D., LL.D. and Anna June McClellan Pope. Counsellor-at-law, 1851-1870, Newark; 1870-1874, Elizabeth, N. J.; d. Apr. 24, 1874. Widow Presby.; mem. Col. Dames of N. J.; N. J. Hist. Soc. Res. N. York City.
Sarah Pennington, b. Feb. 23, 1861, unm.
Pennington, b. May 7, 1862, grad. 1882, Princeton Uni.; Instructor in Physics, Rutgers Col.; d. July 18, 1897, Colorado Springs, Col.
Joseph Pope, b. Feb. 20, 1865, unm.; grad. 1886, Princeton Uni., 1889, M. A.; with R. R. Eng. Firm to 1891; Sec-Treas. 1891-1899 of Caledonia Mining and Mfg. Co.; adm. 1896 to Pennsylvania Bar; since 1899 Sec-Treas. of Tidewater Bldg. Co., No. 25 W. 26th St., N. Y. City.
Anna Elizabeth, b. June 10, 1868, unm.
317a Lucretia7 Ranney (Samuel Hall6, George5, George4, George3, Thomas2, Thomas1), b. June 17, 1796, Ashfield, Mass.; m. (1) 1816, Lemuel Sears, b. ----------, d. May 28, 1819; m. (2) 1820, Col. Nehemiah Hathaway, b. ----------, d. 1844, Grand Rapids, Mich. She d. May 17, 1879, Schoolcraft, Mich.
Children by 1st marriage:
Lemuel Sears, b. Aug., 1817; d. June, 1830.
Children by 2d marriage:
Caroline, b. Nov. 11, 1821; d. Aug. 21, 1850; m. June 1, 1840, Clark B. Alber of Grand Haven, Mich.
Mary Stewart, b. July 30, 1823; d. May 21, 1894; m. Feb. 12, 1845, Dr. M. Freeman.
Charles William, b. Apr. 12, 1825; d. Feb. 20, 1891; m. Nov. 28, 1846, Mary Tracy, b. 1825, Lima, O. Son is Sec. of Grand Rapids Board of Trade.
Emily Agnes, b. June 16, 1827, Ashfield, Mass.; m. Mar. 25, 1848, James D. Lyon, b. Jan. 15, 1825. Widow res. Grand Rapids.
318 William7 Ranney (Samuel Hall6, George5, George4, George3, Thomas2, Thomas1), b. Oct. 23, 1805, Ashfield, Mass.; m. (1) 1828, Ashfield, Eliza Ann Smith, b. ----------; d. April, 1833; m. (2) Oct., 1836, Canandaigua, N. Y., Ann Ostrander McCarty, b. Mar. 17, 1807, Phelps, N. Y., dau. of William Ann Roxy Ostrander and widow of --------------- McCarty, who d. Aug. 24, 1892, Osawatomie, Kan. He d. Apr. 8, 1888, Osawatomie. A son has contributed the following:
“William Ranney learned to be an edge-tool maker, then built and managed a saw mill. During winters he drove to Boston, 110 miles, with produce, using the six-horse wagon of that day, and consuming two weeks in making a round trip.
“In those days, it was the custom for men to go throughout the country and buy from the farmers their surplus live-stock. They would gather up cattle, sheep and hogs in large droves, drive them to some of the large coast markets, and sell them for slaughter, or to the farmers throughout the country for fattening purposes. In this business, he was engaged for some time. Brighton Market, which was situated four miles out of Boston, was the market used by all the New England country. These Brighton drovers bought their stock from all the New England states, and sometimes went as far west as the state of Ohio; when they had bought up and gathered together the required number they drove them across the country to Brighton Market. One of these trips took him into the Genesee Valley country of the state of New York, where he bought from the settlers of that then comparatively new country 1400 head of hogs, which he drove on down, crossing the Hudson River at Albany, and from there on to Brighton Market, to be disposed of as before stated. This took place in about the year of 1835. On this trip, he had ample opportunity to take a careful view of the Genesee Valley, and he was so favorably impressed with the country that he decided to change his location and move from Ashfield to Canandaigua, N. Y. So it happened that on his return home, he made known to his father the intentions he had in mind, and the matter, after having been talked over between them and the other members of the family, was settled by his father deciding to sell his farm and other property, and that all should move to this new location. So the following year we find them all domiciled at Canandaigua, Ontario County, N. Y. Here, forming a partnership with one Jefferson Moore, they erected a shop and applied themselves to their trade of general carpenters and builders, building dwellings and barns during the warm months of the year, and in the winter months working at wood turning and pattern making. While working in this shop, he made a pattern for a very heavy, large piece of machinery which contained 3200 pieces of wood, closely fitted, and glued together. It was a very intricate and difficult piece of work to perform, but when finished it proved perfect in all its parts. This piece of work was ever afterwards his boast and pride.
“In the same year that he settled in his new home, he met and became acquainted with Ann (Ostrander) McCarty, a widow with one child, a son five years old, by name, Levy. This acquaintance terminated in his second marriage, after which they established themselves in a home in Canandaigua and continued to live there until 1840. In this year he rem. to Menominee Falls, a few miles from Milwaukee, then having only a few inhabitants, and built a saw mill, but his means being limited he became foreman of a large force of carpenters in Milwaukee. He then began a building and contracting business for himself, but being prostrated by pneumonia he was compelled to desist for two years. In 1850 he rem. to Beloit, Wis., and established himself on new land, but soon traded it for a home in Hanover and resumed the business of a contractor.
“During his occupancy of this, his last place of residence in Wisconsin, his public life really began. He had served as a Justice of the Peace for two terms, which to all knowledge we have constituted his only official work up to this time; but while living here he was repeatedly elected, qualified and served the Township of Plymouth Rock County, as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, and also as Justice of the Peace. Up to the year 1860, he belonged to the Democratic Party, and during the administration of President James Buchanan he was appointed and served as Postmaster for Hanover Post Office for one or more years. This was about the years of 1857 and 1858. But while he had always, through life, belonged to and was affiliated with the Democratic party, he was radically opposed to the further extension of slavery; at that time this great question was the leading issue in National politics; Douglas and Lincoln were having those memorable debates throughout the country, the border ruffian war being carried on at its fiercest stage, trying to decide as to whether Kansas Territory should be received in the Union as a slave, or free state; and as Lincoln had said, it was taken up and made the slogan of the struggle, that a nation cannot long endure, half free and half slave. As his party had practically taken the side and lent their support to the slave power of the country, he, at this stage, severed his relations with the Democratic party and announced to the world that henceforth he should affiliate with the Republican party. Having made this radical declaration, he placed the seal upon it by voting for Abraham Lincoln in 1860 for President. Notwithstanding his change of political faith, the citizens of his Township continued to call him to official positions, keeping him as the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors; and during war times, when drafting had to be resorted to to make up the quota of soldiers, he was engaged in enlisting men and having them credited to his Township. By his vigilance in this matter he secured the required number each time, and thus avoided a draft being made from the citizens of his Township. He was also a fluent public speaker; not in the sense of a polished orator, but recognized as a very forcible debater. Possessing a large store of knowledge, he was always ready to meet an opponent in debate at any time.
Argumentative and logical, he almost always held his audience under his control and they remained to hear his closing words. In his private talks he was known and recognized as a very interesting conversationalist.
“His children had now grown up, yet he had not sufficient lands to supply them all with homes. Desiring that all should become the owners in fee of homes, he sold his holdings in the fall of 1865, and the following spring he bade good bye to his old Wisconsin neighbors and friends. In a covered wagon, with a part of his family (his two older sons having gone on by rail), he tracked 600 miles southwest across the country, landing at the historic town of Osawatomie, Miami County, Kansas, on the 25th day of June, 1866. After looking around a few days, he located four and a half miles southeast of the town on a new piece of land. Being well advanced in years, and feeling that it would be greatly beneficial from a business standpoint to his sons, and also a great relief to him, he retired from further active effort, stepped aside and let the boys lead the way.
“His last years were spent in much reading and study, his appetite for gleaning knowledge from books and all other sources having in no wise in his advancing years become lessened, being relieved from all business cares, surrounded by all the necessary comforts of life, and constantly having by his side her who had for nearly half a century shared the comforts and sorrows that befell them, day by day, talking over the events of their past lives, and over and over again, going through the reminiscences which were associated with and were a part of their activities, sitting side by side quietly looking out and noting the improvements of the age, and knowing that their own children were moving with the energetic throng in bringing about these changes, for which the world is being made better and better day by day, and listening to the merry peals of laughter which came from the overflow of mirth and joy expressed by playful grandchildren around them, we must say that their last days were the happiest days of their long and well-spent life, and that the world had been made better became they had lived in it.
“For thirty-five years he was a member of the Methodist church, a class leader and Supt. of the S. S. While never giving up his membership, he late in life was led to accept the beliefs of Spiritualism and had certain experiences which confirmed him in these views.
“On the 8th day of April, 1888, just as the sun was sinking to its rest in a clear western sky, with her who had been his confidant for over half a century and with some of his children standing by his bedside, the Angel of Death came and drew aside the curtain that hangs between the mortal and immortal, and said, ‘Come!’ At this announcement, the soul of William Ranney stepped across the boundary into another world.
“Not in words of rapturous shout, But voiceless and noiseless the spirit goes out, And stands in the presence of God, a child of Heaven new born; Like some petal flower opening out of the sod, Greeting the sunlight of morn.
“In concluding, we have no apology to offer for the brief record here chronicled Much more, very much more, could be told; but being cognizant of the fact that space is limited in the biographical record in which this is to be placed, we have thought it proper to use as little space as possible.
“But as a son, we feel that we could not properly say less of a father, or in any other manner than we have given it.”
Children by 1st marriage:
561 Daniel, b. 1829.
Children by 2d marriage:
Pamelia, b. 1831; m. James Barnes, long time editor in Grand Haven, Mich., where she d. Oct. 8, 1869.
562 Emily, b. Mar. 29, 1838; m. J. B. Vanalstine.
Phebe Ostrander, b. Nov., 1839; d. Sept., 1857.
563 William Ostrander, b. Oct. 24, 1841.
564 Andrew Jackson, b. July 24, 1844.
565 James Knox Polk, b. July 17, 1848.
566 Mary Ann, b. Aug. 31, 1850; m. Orville Niles.
319 Frederic Thompson7 Ranney (brother to William), b. Mar. 12, 1821, Ashfield, Mass.; m. (1) Eliza Garrison, b. 1819; d. 1854; m. (2) 1857, Frances Antill Bares, b. Dec. 26, 1839, Hopeville, N. Y., dau. of Stephen Bates and Elizabeth Tappen, who res. Greeley, Col. He rem. to Grand Haven, Mich., where for many years he was engaged in the lumber trade and was very prosperous. He d. Dec. 19, 1885. Widow res. Greeley, Col.
Children by 1st marriage:
Samuel Hall, b. Aug., 1844. Res. Detroit, Mich.
Children by 2d marriage:
566a Mary Henrietta, b. Mar. 18, 1846; m. Albert D. Reade.
Frederick Tappen, b. Apr. 19, 1859. Res. Detroit, Mich.
567 Florence, b. June 10, 1862; m. Frank A. Draper.
567a Lewis Jay, b. July 27, 1872.
Elizabeth, b. May 16, 1875.
Frances, b. May 24, 1878; grad. 1898, Olivet Coll. with first class honors. Took post grad. course. Teacher in High School, Hoquiam, Wash.
320 James Sumner7 Ranney (Jesse6, George5, George4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Thomas1), b. Sept. 15, 1799, Ashfield, Mass.; m. Sally Andrews. In 1878 he rem. to Belding, Mich., where they lived several years with a son and then with a daughter. He d. 1883, Augusta, Mich. A James Ranney of Hartford, Conn., enl. in reg. army in 1814. He did not use the Sumner name in early life.
568 Sarah Jane, b. Nov. 9, 1824; m. H. G. Woodard.
Caroline, b. ----------; m. (1) Alden; (2) Young.
569 William Edwin, b. Mar. 6, 1827.
570 Charles Sumner, b. 1829.
571 James Hamilton, b. Mar. 30, 1831.
Elizabeth, b. July 13, 1835; m. July, 1851, Israel W. Field, b. 1823, Conway, Mass.; d. Dec. 27, 1863, Conway, Mass. Builder, Baptist. Widow res. in Hartford, Conn.
Eleanor J., b. Jan. 29, 1856; m. C. G. Fisher. Res. Hartford, Conn.
572 Austin Sherman, b. Dec. 31, 1840.
Edgar J., b. Feb. 10, 1860; m. Gertrude Judd. Res. Hartford, Conn.
573 Salvador Otis, b. Sept. 15, 1846.
321 Charles7 Ranney (brother of James Sumner), b. Dec. 4, 1803, Ashfield, Mass.; m. (1) Jan. 1, 1839, Sarah Hall, b. May 9, 1814; d. Dec. 31, 1844; m. (2) Mrs. Nancy Davis, who d. 1869, Ashfield. He was a farmer, carrying his produce over the Hoosac Mountains to Albany, N. Y. He d. Apr. 14, 1869, Conway, Mass.
Children by 1st marriage:
Martha, b. July 13, 1841; m. July 29, 1869, Theodore Wood, who d. July 2, 1890. Jeweler. She res. Shelburne Falls, Mass.
Children by 2d marriage:
George, b. Aug. 8, 1843; m. June, 1874, Mary Wilson, who d. Nov. 27, 1879. He d. Aug. 14, 1902, Belding, Mich.
574 Charles Thomas, b. June 17, 1848.
575 Frederick Eli, b. July 2, 1853.
322 Hannah7 Ranney (sister of James Sumner), b. Dec. 15, 1805, Ashfield, Mass.; m. Nov., 1827, “Thanksgiving Day,” Richard Ellis, b. Mar. 20, 1805, Ashfield, son of Dimick Ellis and Polly Annable. He settled in Pittstown, N. Y.; rem. 1844, to Mich., being 21-days on the journey. Settling at Belding, where he organized a “Christian” church, of which he was deacon. He was a prominent man in the community. He d. Mar. 26, 1878. She d. Feb. 12, 1891, Belding, Mich.
576 Charles Dimick, b. Sept. 24, 1829.
577 Erastus Ranney, b. Mar. 3, 1832.
323 Erastus7 Ranney (brother to James Sumner), b. Oct. 8, 1807, Ashfield, Mass.; m. ----------. Rem. early to Eaton Rapids, Mich. He d. Dec. 20, 1893.
Charles, b. ----------. Res. Eaton Rapids, Mich.
Clementina, b. ----------; d. 1887.
324 Amanda7 Ranney (sister to James Sumner), b. Aug. 17, 1809; d. Oct. 19, 1884; m. (1) 1829, Elijah Richmond, a prominent merchant of Shelburne Falls, Mass.; m. (2) Wilson Elmer.
James Otis, b. ----------; d. infancy.
578 Alanson Andrews, b. Dec. 29, 1829.
Diadama, b. ----------; m. Joseph Whiting of Buckland, Mass.
Lucretia, b. ----------; m. Darwin Ware of Buckland, Mass.
325 Edwin7 Ranney (brother to James Sumner), b. July 25, 1811, Ashfield, Mass.; m. Jan. 29, 1844, Pittstown, N. Y., Eliza Button, b. Feb. 20, 1825, Pittstown; d. May 5, 1868, Belding, Mich., dau. of Jesse L. Button and Abbey E. Thurber. He was a cooper and rem. to Pittstown, thence to Hungerford, Mich., where he d. June 25, 1895.
579 Edwin Jesse, b. Dec. 11, 1844.
580 Marcia Abbie, b. Nov. 15, 1850; m. A. W. Smith.
581 Alvor Milton, b. Oct. 25, 1847.
581a Franklin B., b. Sept. 21, 1854.
Lowden John, b. June 14, 1858, unm. Res. on a ranch, Craig, Col.
581b Cora Eliza, b. Apr. 11, 1865.
581c Charles Allen, b. May 1, 1868.
326 Ruth Ann7 Ranney (sister to James Sumner), b. June 24, 1820, Ashfield, Mass.; m. Nov. 8, 1839, Sylvester Woodbridge Hall, b. Aug. 5, 1816, Ashfield, Mass.; d. July 21, 1899, Greenfield, Mass. He was a blacksmith by trade, but became a building mover, residing in Conway, Sherburne Falls, and Greenfield; Rep. and Baptist; she, Baptist, d. July 2, 1897.
William Harrison, b. May 4, 1843; m. Sept. 15, 1869, Juliette Elder.
Millie L., b. July 21, 1871; m. Sept. 28, 1892, Carroll Denison. Four children.
Ella Adelle, b. Aug. 29, 1845; m. Jan. 8, 1867, David G. G. Baker. Seven children. Res. Guilford, Vt.
Charles L., b. May 21, 1873; m. Dec. 2, 1897, Amelia Schuler. Have one child.
Elizabeth E., b. Feb. 24, 1875; m. June 14, 1899, Charles Warner. One child.
Lillian J., b. 1882; m. July 2, 1904, Edward Derens.
Geo. William, b. May 30, 1890.
Eva Adaline, b. Jan. 12, 1847; m. (1) 1865, Arthur A. Smead, who d. 1876; m. (2) 1890, Newton C. Carpenter. Five children.
Edwin Sylvester, b. Feb. 5, 1850; m. May 1, 1876, Hattie Sophia Robbins, b. July 4, 1849, Deerfield, Mass., dau. of Geo. Washington Robbins and Roxana Harriet Cushman; contractor and builder; res. Greenfield, Mass.,
Hattie Mabel, b. Feb. 21, 1879.
Alice Ulana, b. Aug. 4, 1852; d. July 17, 1891; m. Edgar A. Dow.
327 Samuel Allen7 Ranney (Joseph6, George5, George4, George3, Thomas2, Thomas1), b. Sept. 7, 1811, Chatham, Conn.; m. Sept. 15, 1836, Ashfield, Mass., Flora Selden, b. Aug. 21, 1817, Ashfield; d. May 14, 1888; dau. of Jesse Selden and Deborah Guerney. He was a farmer and mfr. in Goshen, Mass., and d. Apr. 13, 1897, Ashfield.
582 Joseph Lyman, b. Apr. 6, 1838.
Mary, b. Jan. 28, 1840; d. Jan. 13, 1846.
Willis, b. Nov. 4, 1841; d. Oct. 10, 1842.
583 Edward Willis, b. Aug. 9, 1843.
Mary Ella, b. Mar. 3, 1849; d. Aug. 28, 1850.
584 Josephine Idella, b. Nov. 9, 1851; m. Nelson Martin Walden.
328 Sarah Amelia7 Ranney (sister to Samuel Allen), b. Nov. 18, 1818, Ashfield, Mass.; m. Aug. 25, 1845, Levi C. Kingman, b. Mar. 15, 1819, Goshen, Mass.; mechanic and tool maker; rem. 1846 to Ashfield, 1856 to Northampton, Mass., where he d. Feb. 26, 1899. She d. July 12, 1889.
585 Elbridge Allyn, b. Aug. 15, 1847.
Augusta Fidelia, b. Dec. 24, 1852; unm.; res. Northampton.
329 Eliza Ann7 Ranney (sister to Samuel Allen), b. Sept. 9, 1820, Ashfield, Mass.; m. Sept., 1842, Samuel Kingman, b. June 16, 1816, Goshen, Mass., farmer, who d. Apr. 24, 1903, So. Ashfield. She d. June, 1881, Cummington, Mass. No children.
330 Sabra7 Ranney (sister to Samuel Allen), b. Dec. 26, 1828, Ashfield, Mass.; m. May 24, 1848, Oscar Richardson, b. Aug. 21, 1821, Conway, Mass., farmer, private Co. D, 52d Reg., Mass. Vols., 1862-63; Meth., Rep.; d. Dec. 28, 1896, So. Ashfield. Widow res. So. Ashfield.
Alice Emma, b. Apr. 25, 1853; m. Herbert Elwin Church.
Austin E., b. Dec. 12, 1886; res. So. Ashfield, Mass.
William Henry, b. June 27, 1856; unm.; res. Northampton, Mass.
Hattie Maria, b. Aug. 24, 1862; m. Mar. 27, 1883, Irving Smith Walden, b. Mar. 27, 1857, farmer. No children. Res. So. Ashfield, Mass.
331 Clarissa7 Ranney (sister to Samuel Allen), b. Dec. 7, 1832, Ashfield, Mass.; m. Oct. 7, 1855, Calvin Thomas Parker, b. Nov. 21, 1816, New Salem, Mass.; d. Feb. 8, 1902, No. Adams, Mass., machinist. She d. Sept. 5, 1892.
Henry L., b. Sept. 25, 1857; d. Dec. 21, 1859.
Frederick T., b. Apr. 7, 1859; d. Mar. 26, 1860.
Walter George, b. Aug. 28, 1868; m. Jan. 15, 1896, Margaret Elizabeth Jones, b. Nov. 4, 1869, No. Adams, Mass., dau. of David Jones and Anne Burhan; machinist; res. No. Adams, Mass.
Lloyd Lester, b. June 22, 1897.
Stanley Walter, b. Jan. 21, 1900.
Donald Earl, b. May 5, 1902.
332 Calista7 Jepson (Esther6 Ranney, George5, George4, George3, Thomas2, Thomas1), b. Aug. 16, 1821, Ashfield, Mass.; m. Feb. 10, 1841, Leonard Harvey Blanden, b. Mar. 27, 1824, Watertown, Mass., who d. May 24, 1892, Springfield, Mass., where she d. Oct. 7, 1887.
Charles Henry, b. Sept. 13, 1851; d. Sept. 13, 1851.
Lucie Marietta, b. Dec. 12, 1852.
George Herbert, b. Dec. 6, 1854; clerk, Rep., Cong., F. & A. M., I. O. O. F.; res. Springfield, Mass.
Clara Isabella, b. Nov. 29, 1856.
Henry Herschel, b. Oct. 19, 1858.
333 Alonzo Franklin7 Ranney (George6, George5, George4, George3, Thomas2, Thomas1), b. Sept. 13, 1812, Ashfield, Mass.; m. (1) July 27, 1837, Phelps, N. Y., Damaris Abigail Peck, b. May 4, 1815, Phelps, N. Y., dau. of Horace Peck, of Conn., and Seba Chapman, of Mass., who d. Jan. 12, 1847; m. (2) Sept., 1848, Louisa Race, who d. Jan. 26, 1870; m. (3) Feb., 1871, Antanette Cline, who d. Apr. 1903. He rem. to Phelps, N. Y., where he d. Sept. 24, 1901; farmer, Rep., Bapt., F. & A. M. Children by 1st marriage:
586 Henry Sears, b. July 10, 1838.
Child by 2d marriage:
587 Horace Peck, b. June 15, 1840.
588 Ella Isabel, b. Apr. 17, 1844; m. H. McBurney.
589 Emory Dayton, b. May 10, 1857.
334 Henry Sears7 Ranney (brother to Alonzo Franklin), b. Mar. 5, 1817, Ashfield, Mass.; m. (1) June 20, 1844, Maria Jane Goodwin, b. 1822; d. Jan. 14, 1855; dau. of Anson Goodwin; m. (2) June 26, 1856, Julia A. Bassett, b. ----------; d. Aug. 25, 1890; dau. of Francis Bassett. In early life he was a merchant on Ashfield Plains, was in business in Boston for four years, ret. to Ashfield, where he was town clerk and merchant for over forty years. He compiled the Ranney data for the Ellis Family of Ashfield. d. Jan. 23, 1899. Children by 1st marriage:
Ralph Henry, b. Mar. 26, 1845; d. Oct. 30, 1876; m. June 11, 1868, Rosa Sarah Bassett, b. May 7, 1843, Ashfield, dau. of Francis Bassett and Mehetable Ford; private Co. F, 34th Reg., Mass. Vols.; widow res. Ashfield, Mass.
Clara Maria, b. Jan. 28, 1869; unm.
Raymond Ralph, b. July 29, 1871; F. & A. M., U. S. mail carrier; unm.; res. Springfield, Mass.
Ella Le Mira, b. Sept. 24, 1847; d. Dec. 21, 1874; m. Albert W. Packard.
Austin Goodwin, b. ----------.
Clara Maria, b. Aug. 2, 1851; d. Sept. 28, 1855.
Ella, b. -----------.
George Goodwin, b. May 22, 1853; d. Sept. 9, 1853.
335 Lucius7 Ranney (brother to Alonzo Franklin) b. Apr. 12, 1819, Ashfield, Mass.; m. Nov. 1849, Rome, Mich., Clarissa A. Wilcox, b. June, 1830, Dearborn, Mich.; d. Dec. 10, 1893, Allen, Mich.; dau. of Albert Wilcox, b. 1802, Berkshire Co., Mass. He d. Apr. 4, 1894, Allen, Mich., where he was a farmer, and town treasurer, Rep., and Meth.
Caroline E., b. Sept., 1850; d. Feb. 2, 1858.
335a Priscilla Minerva7 Ranney (sister to Alonzo Franklin), b. Jan. 19, 1822, Ashfield, Mass.; m. Sept., 1847, Allen, Mich., Randolph Densmore, b. 1802, Hopewell, N. Y.; d. 1878, St. Ignace, Mich.; lumberman and mfr., having rem. 1840, to Mich. Widow res. Allen, Mich.
Mary, b. Nov., 1849; d. Aug., 1852.
336 Harrison Jackson7 Ranney (brother to Alonzo Franklin), b. Mar. 4, 1824, Ashfield, Mass.; m. Jan. 10, 1856, Quincy, Mich., Helen McConnell, b. Aug. 7, 1831, Penn Yan, N. Y.; d. Jan. 24, 1892, Clearwater, Minn.; dau. of James McConnell and Sarah Swartout; farmer and merchant, F. & A. M., Rep.; rem. about 1872, from Hillsdale, Mich., to Clearwater, Minn., where he d. Sept. 27, 1906.
590 Frank Herbert, b. Apr., 15, 1857.
591 Fred Albert, b. May 29, 1859.
592 Mary Minetta, b. Mar. 13, 1861; m. Chas. D. Whittemore.
Grace Adel, b. Dec. 10, 1876; d. Jan. 15, 1877.
337 Lemuel Sears7 Ranney (brother to Alonzo Franklin), b. Jan. 17, 1831, Ashfield, Mass.; m. May 24, 1882, Hillsdale, Mich., Margaret Gilmore, b. Jan. 29, 1843, Hillsdale, Mich., dau. of Samuel Gilmore and Mary Swift. He is the only surviving son of George6 Ranney. The father dying in 1842, the family rem. 1843, to Allen, Mich., where his only sister, Mrs. Priscilla M. Dinsmore resides now on the old farm. In 1852 Mr. Ranney went to California, and spent three years in mining. Returning he purchased a farm in Hillsdale, but in 1859 he returned to the gold regions of California, Nevada, and Oregon. In 1867 he returned to Hillsdale and purchased a farm, but later rem. to the city, where he now resides. For six years he was supervisor of Hillsdale Township, has been alderman, and member, 1875, of the Legislature. Since 1895 he has been a County Supt. of the Poor. He is a Rep., and has taken the higher Masonic degrees. Attends the Meth. Ch. His wife is mem. O. E. S. Res. Hillsdale, Mich.
Samuel Owen, b. June 25, 1883.
338 Anson Bement7 Ranney (brother to Alonzo Franklin), b. May 31, 1833, Ashfield, Mass.; m. Aug. 15, 1855, Hillsdale, Mich., Caroline Baggerly, b. Oct. 16, 1838, Phelps, N. Y., dau. of John Wesley Baggerly and Elizabeth Crain; farmer, Corporal Co. G, 30th Reg., Mich. Vols., Dec. 3, 1864-June 17, 1865; Rep.; d. Mar. 24, 1886, Allen, Mich. Widow and only son res. Hillsdale, Mich.
Everett Levant, b. June 8, 1856; m. Dec., 1881, Harriet King, who d. Oct., 1889. Traveling salesman. Res. Hillsdale, Mich.
339 Horace7 Ranney (Roswell6, Thomas5, George4, George3, Thomas2, Thomas1), b. May 22, 1803, Ashfield, Mass.; m. Sept. 24, 1834, Waity Phillips, b. Apr. 14, 1802, Springfield, Mass., dau. of Simeon Phillips. Soon rem. to Phelps, N. Y., and in 1839, to Penfield, N. Y., occupying a farm of 100 acres, erecting good buildings, setting out maples by the roadside, planting extensive orchards. Public spirited, but declining to accept office. Unlike the family in general he had dark eyes, of slender build, of a quiet nature. He died Nov. 24 1867. The widow d. Feb. 12, 1899, being the oldest person in town, and was known as “Grandma Ranney.”
Infant, b. Oct. 16, 1836; d. ----------.
Infant, b. Apr. 19, 1838; d. ----------.
Irinda Mary Eliza, b. Mar. 14, 1840, unm. Res. Penfield, N. Y. Has contributed to the Roswell Ranney lineage.
Waity Charlotte Almira, b. Apr. 12, 1842; d. Oct. 30, 1896.
Horace, b. Nov. 4, 1844, Penfield, N. Y.; m. Apr. 5, 1889, Avon, N. Y., Elizabeth Luitwiller, b. Aug. 15, 1856, Rochester, N. Y., dau. of Henry and Elizabeth Luitwiller from Switzerland. Farmer; Granger; Prohib.; Meth.; no children. Res. Penfield, N. Y.
340 Willis7 Ranney (brother to Horace), b. Sept. 22, 1805, Ashfield, Mass.; m. Nov. 8, 1837, Hagerstown, Md., Sophia A. Leight, b. July 8, 1811, Hagerstown, d. June 20, 1887, Louisville, Ky., dau. of Benjamin Leight and Catherine James, and was mem. Presby. ch. Willis Ranney studied at Dartmouth, taught school in New York. Rem. to Louisville, Ky., and entered upon the queensware business with Samuel Cassidy, making trips to Europe for the firm, going in a sailing vessel. After some years he went into the dry goods business. He became Sec. and Treas. of the Louisville and Nashville R. R. Co., which position he held for twenty-seven years and until a stroke of partial paralysis unfitted him for business. He was never asked to file a bond as security. He was pensioned by the company for the remainder of his life, which was eight years. He d. Dec. 3, 1893. In politics he had been an old-line Whig, then a Democrat, and his sympathies strengthened with Kentucky ideas. He was a mem. of Epis. ch.
593 Sophie, b. Sept 11, 1838; m. Preston Rogers.
Ella, b. Aug. 4, 1840, unm. Res. Louisville, Ky.
Benj. Willis, b. May 11, 1842; d. July 28, 1847.
594 Sarah Leight, b. June 8, 1844; m. F. L. Davis.
595 Edward Ellicott, b. Aug. 25, 1857.
341 Clarissa7 Ranney (sister to Horace), b. Oct. 3, 1807, Ashfield, Mass.; m. Sept. 24, 1834, Wait Bement, Esq., Ashfield. She d. Mar. 16, 1849.
Daughter, b. Oct. 26, 1835; died in a week.
Clara Isabella, b. Mar. 10, 1840; d. Dec. 31, 1841.
Maria Louise, b. Feb. 5, 1844; m. Oct. 16, 1872, Lewis Strong Ingraham; d. Apr. 18, 1907. Widow res. Springfield, Mass.
Clara Martha, b. Aug. 20, 1878; grad. 1902, Smith Coll., also at Westfield State Normal School; is a teacher.
342 Madison7 Ranney (brother to Horace), b. Oct. 9, 1809; Ashfield, Mass.; m. Sept. 9, 1840, Brattleboro, Vt., Mary Adeline Cary, b. July 8, 1816, Chesterfield, N. H., who d. Mar. 31, 1877, So. Framingham, Mass. He res. in Brattleboro, Vt., Worcester, Mass., Boston, Mass., and So. Framingham, where for 25 years he was station, freight and express agent for the Boston and Albany R. R. Co. and until his death, May 20, 1876.
Mary Emma, b. July 9, 1844; d. Jan. 5, 1851.
596 Willis Madison, b. Feb. 3, 1846.
Charles Henry, b. June 29, 1854; unm., Bank clerk. Res. Boston, Mass.
Mary Emily, b. Aug. 20, 1856; d. July 8, 1889; m. Frank Ashley Day. Broker. Res. Boston, Mass.
Helen Ranney Day, b. Feb. 17, 1881, Roxbury, Mass.; m. Apr. 20, 1904, Major Carlo Montanari of the Italian Army.
Franco Vittorio Montari, b. July 22, 1905, at 510 Fanteria leone, di Calabria, Italy.
Emma Maria, b. Mar. 9, 1907.
343 Mary7 Ranney (sister to Horace), b. Oct. 9, 1814, Ashfield, Mass.; m. Apr. 23, 1839, Dr. Milo Wilson, b. Nov. 7, 1807, Shelburne, Mass. He practiced in Ashfield to 1850, when he rem. to Shelburne Falls, where he d. Sept. 28, 1875. She d. Nov., 1877.
597 Mary Ellen, b. Aug. 14, 1840; m. Dr. C. E. Severance.
Isabella, b. Mar. 17, 1843; d. Nov. 12, 1845.
George M., b. May 6, 1849; d. Aug. 6, 1852.
598 Charles Milo, b. Feb. 19, 1852.
344 Hiram7 Ranney (brother to Horace), b. Aug. 7, 1819, Ashfield, Mass.; m. Jan. 7, 1841, Sarah Smith, dau. of Lucius Smith. He settled on his father’s farm, a couple miles out from Phelps, N. Y., and succeeded to the ownership in 1848. In 1862 he rem. about 25 miles to a 120 acre grain and stock farm in a settlement known as “Egypt.” Here he made a success of fattening stock for the market. He died Jan. 6, 1897, of pneumonia, having survived his wife a few years.
Amanda, b. June 7, 1842; m. Apr. 26, 1866, William Van Denmark, who d. Oct. 23, 1896. She res. in Rochester, N. Y.
Mary Lucretia, b. June 14, 1851; d. July, 1880; m. Sept. 5, 1870, William Woolworth Howard.
Willis Ranney, b. Oct. 12, 1873; m. Oct. 13, 1904, Florence Eglantine Curtiss, a grad. of Vassar. He grad. at Cornell, and practices law in Rochester, N. Y.
Roswell, b. June 18, 1844; m. Feb. 16, 1875, Clara Lyman Dunbar. Res. on homestead at Fairport, N. Y.
Howard Montague, b. July 13, 1881, unm.; grad. Pratt Inst., Brooklyn, N. Y. Res. Brooklyn, N. Y.
Ellen Howard, b. Sept. 30, 1876; m. Dec. 4, 1895, Ralph Knapp. Res. Fairport, N. Y.
Dorothy Ranney, b. May 5, 1898.
Carl Hiram, b. Feb. 23, 1880. Served in U. S. Navy, 1901-1905. Res. Fairport, N.Y.
Ruth, b. June 23, 1900.
Edith Sarah, b. Apr. 5, 1884, teacher.
Clara Dunbar, b. May 1, 1887.
Mary Louise, b. Dec. 3, 1888.
Hiram Francis, b. Feb. 8, 1892.
Ellen Sarah, b. Sept. 30, 1854; d. Feb., 1890; m. Sept. 14, 1876, Eli Barnum Sanford.
Emma D., b. Apr. 5, 1858; m. June 13, 1895, Jerome Woolsey, Macedon, N. Y., b. Jan. 24, 1846, son of Lorenzo and Martha Woolsey; res. Macedon, N.Y.
345 Luke7 Ranney (William6, Thomas5, George4, George3, Thomas2, Thomas1), b. Nov. 8, 1815, Ashfield, Mass.; m. May, 1844, Rebecca Lyon, dau. of Dea. Cyrus Lyon of Weedsport, N. Y. He was a prominent citizen of Eldridge, N. Y., being supervisor in 1857, mem. of Legislature in 1858, 1865, 1867, being recognized as a leading debater.
Frank F., b. ----------, 1846, farmer; res. Elbridge, N. Y.
Luke F., died while a College student.
346 Francis7 Ranney (Giles6, Francis5, George4, George3, Thomas2, Thomas1), b. Apr. 8, 1800, So. Ashfield, Mass.; m. (1) Dec. 25, 1823, Thankful Clark, b. -----------; d. Oct. 1, 1831, sister to Alvan Clark, maker of telescopes; m. (2) Jan. 19, 1832, Anna Howes, b. July 23, 1801; d. May 22, 1893, dau. of Zechariah Howes and Lavina Sears. They celebrated their golden wedding Jan. 19, 1882. He d. Feb. 24, 1885, she May 22, 1893.
Francis Lyman, b. Nov. 16, 1832; d. May 2, 1868, Northampton, Mass.; m. Jan. 24, 1867, Julia Elizabeth Clarke, b. Mar. 13, 1837, dau. of James Lyman Clarke and Elizabeth Parsons. A child died young.
599 Nathan Howes, b. Sept. 12, 1835.
600 Henry Charles, b. June 29, 1838.
601 Anna Thankful, b. Sept. 28, 1841; m. Lyman Albert Bradford.
347 Mary7 Ranney (sister to Francis), b. Oct. 3, 1810, Ashfield, Mass.; m. May 25, 1832, Alvan Dyer, b. Nov. 6, 1809; d. May 20, 1898, Ashfield; farmer, Rep. She d. Apr. 11, 1868.
Cornelia Mary, b. Sept. 17, 1833; d. Dec. 7, 1863; m. Dwight Thayer.
Willis Alvan, b. Nov. 6, 1836; d. Sept. 7, 1869; m. Jeannette Culver.
Benjamin Morris, b. June 6, 1841; d. Apr. 27, 1907; m. Nov. 1, 1871, Lois Howes Williams, b. Jan. 17, 1848, Ashfield, dau. of Ephraim Williams, 2d., and Mary Lucretia Woodward. Widow res. Ashfield.
Willis Ephraim, b. Mar. 22, 1863; m. June 7, 1894, Ella May Cole, b. Oct. 7, 1869; res. Ashfield.
Ruby May, b. Feb. 4, 1901.
Chauncey Leander, b. Feb. 2, 1876; m. Dec. 25, 1897, Maud L. Church, b. Nov. 7, 1874; no children; res. Ashfield, Mass.
Walter James, b. Nov. 15, 1879; m. Jan. 1, 1906, Florence M. Gardner; res. Ashfield.
Lydia Ann, b. July 1, 1846; m. John Sykes.
348 James Allen8 Ranney (brother to Francis), b. Jan. 28, 1813, Ashfield, Mass.; m. Sept. 24, 1839, Henrietta Hayden De Wolf, b. Feb. 29, 1816, dau. of John and Joanna Wright De Wolf; Farmer; d. Sept. 5, 1882, Ashfield.
Edgar Warham, b. Oct. 4, 1840; d. ----------.
John Lucius, b. Nov. 4, 1841; d. Oct. 29, 1861.
Ellen Elizabeth, b. July 27, 1845. Res. Detroit, Mich.
602 Darwin Allen, b. May 8, 1847.
Estelle Isabella, b. Dec. 20, 1850; d. Oct. 21, 1876.
Lewis Francis, b. June 9, 1858; unm. Res. Ashfield, Mass.
349 Charles8 Ranney (brother to Francis), b. Dec. 16, 1816, Ashfield, Mass.; d. Oct. 26, 1894; m. Nov. 3, 1840, Eliza Smith.
Hiram, b. Nov. 1, 1846; d. Sept. 10, 1900; m. Mar. 3, 1875, Celia Newell, who res. So. Hadley, Mass.
Howard Austin, b. May 27, 1880.
Clayton Newell, b. Oct. 7, 1894.
350 Joel7 Ranney (Daniel6, Francis5, George4, George3, Thomas2, Thomas1), b. Feb. 6, 1807, Ashfield, Mass.; m. Nov. 5, 1829, Bethany, N. Y., Elizabeth Peck Champlain, b. July 29, 1811; d. Feb. 19, 1902, Lansing, Mich., dau. of Isaac Champlain (descended from Samuel Champlain, who in 1609 discovered the lake named in his honor), and Sarah Peck. He was a farmer, Whig and Meth., residing in Ashfield, Le Roy and Bethany, N. Y. and Eaton Rapids, Mich., where he died Apr. 16, 1851.
Elizabeth Jane, b. Oct. 24, 1832; d. May 6, 1903; m. John Morris, who d. in 1893.
603 Dr. Hezekiah Bartlett, b. June 7, 1834.
604 Dr. Geo. Emery, b. June 13, 1839.
John Sears, b. Aug. 13, 1841; d. unm. Sept. 1, 1901. In 1869 he was seriously injured in a railroad accident at Port Jervis, N. J.; conducted a drug store in St. John’s, Mich.; rem. to Chicago and did a large business in real estate; was a companionable person.