"O" Surname Family Sketches



From the HISTORY OF ONTARIO COUNTY; compiled by Lewis Cass Aldrich; edited by George S. Conover; 1893;

Nathan Oaks, Phelps, one of two children of Thaddeus and Fanny (Dickinson) Oaks, was born in Phelps at Oaks Corners November 9, 1821. His father, Thaddeus, was born in Conway, Mass., and came to Phelps when a boy with his father, Jonathan Oaks, in 1790, and lived and died there. His mother, Fanny Dickinson, was also born in Conway, Mass. Nathan Oaks married, October 18, 1848, Susan Hemingway, of Palmyra, Wayne county, daughter of Truman and Mary (Aldrich) Hemingway. They have four children: Thaddeus, William A., Nathan, jr., and Edward P. Oaks. The farm comprising 170 acres is devoted to general farming products and seven acres of hops. Mr. Oaks has always been a enterprising and representative citizen.



From the HISTORY OF ONTARIO COUNTY; compiled by Lewis Cass Aldrich; edited by George S. Conover; 1893;

B. F. Odell, Phelps, was born in East Chester, West Chester county, N. Y., October 17, 1833. His father, Thomas, was born in the same place. He was a soldier of the War of 1812. His wife, Mary Ann (Howe) Odell, came from Connecticut. Benjamin Odell, the grandfather, was also a native of West Chester county. B. F. Odell came to Phelps in 1861, and five years later moved into the village and engaged in the grocery business, which he followed successfully until 1881, when he sold the business. Since that time he has been engaged in the real estate and insurance business. In 1874 he built the Odell Block. Mr. Odell has served the town as supervisor two terms, and is now serving a second term as president of the village. He married in 1856 M. E. Burtis, of West Chester county, and they have four children: Alice (Mrs. A. B. Jones of Syracuse; Edgar B., of Utica; Frank S. of Sandcoulee, Mont., and Charles W., of Torrington, Conn. Benjamin Odell died in his eighty-eighth year. Thomas Odell was born January 31, 1796; died March 8, 1890, in his ninety-fifth year.



From the HISTORY OF ONTARIO COUNTY; compiled by Lewis Cass Aldrich; edited by George S. Conover; 1893;

Nelson Ogden, Richmond, was born in 1822 in Kent, Conn. His father was Robert, born in 1777, and his grandfather was killed by the Indians at the Wyoming massacre, while his grandmother fled with the children to the older settlements. Nelson when thirty-three years of age came to this county. He married Charity Hoagland, of Canandaigua, daughter of Henry Hoagland. After spending ten years at Havana, where three of their children were born, they came to Richmond in 1855, where Mr. Ogden purchased a farm near Allen's Hill, on which he now resides. Of his children, Anna Jane was born in 1846; Henry G. in 1849; George N. in 1883, and Carrie G. in 1856. He built the tile factory now owned by Mr. Abbey, and conducted the business for seven years. His wife died in 1890. His son, George Nelson Ogden, was born in Havana in 1853, and came here with his parents. He was educated at LeRoy Academy and Lima Seminary, also at East Bloomfield Academy. For six years he was engaged in the grocery trade at Canadice Corners, but for the past ten years has been in charge of the homestead farm. He married in 1873 Emma C., daughter of Sebra L. Case, of West Bloomfield, and they have two children: Harry B., born in 1878, and Hattie B., born in 1883. He is custodian of the imported stock horse "Halifax," owned by a company of which he is a member. Carrie G. Ogden, daughter of Nelson, married B. F. Phillips, of Bristol, a farmer, whose grandfather, Jonathan, from Massachusetts, was a pioneer of this section and settled the farm now owned by his grandson.



 From the HISTORY OF ONTARIO COUNTY; compiled by Lewis Cass Aldrich; edited by George S. Conover; 1893;

O'Leary, Patrick, West Bloomfield, was born February 17, 1845, in County Cork, Ireland, a son of Humphrey and Mary (O'Neil) O'Leary.  He came with his parents to this country in 1849, locating first in Richmond and later in Victor, where his father died in 1881.  They had, besides Patrick, six children:  Joanna, wife of James Appleton; Ellen, wife of Daniel Webster; and Humphrey, all now in Michigan; Mary, wife of Polk O'Neil; Catharine, widow of Thomas McNamara; and Margaret, wife of Philip Scully.  Patrick was educated at the common schools, and worked at home and by the month until of age, when he worked a farm at Victor three years.  In 1872 he with his father purchased a farm in the latter town, and in 1874 removed to Miller's Corners where he has since been engaged more or less in the produce business and in farming.  He was elected on the Republican ticket supervisor for the years 1890-91.  He married, June 12, 1845, Eliza Toomey, of this town.  They have no children.



From "Cutler's History of Kansas" written about 1883.

G. W. OLIVER, farmer and Superintendent of the Poor, Bourbon County. He is a native of Geneva, Ontario County, N. Y.; was born in 1832, February 28, at the foot of Seneca Lake. When eleven years of age, his father moved to La Grange, Ind., and from there they moved to St. Joe County, Mich. After four years' residence here, he went to live with his grandfather, James Goodwin, at Geneva, N. Y.

In 1854 he returned to his father's farm, and then went into the machine shops at Sturgis' Ferry; from there he went to St. Joe, Ind., into an ax factory there; while in this place he married Miss Eller in 1858; next year going to Taweas, Iosco Co., Mich., where he farmed and worked at carpenter work. In 1864, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, at Portsmouth, N. H., serving in the barracks; was removed to the Brooklyn barracks, and soon joined the man-of-war vessel St. Mary's, and sailed in the coast service to Valparaiso, Chili; then to Panama, where he had the yellow fever; then to San Francisco.

He was transferred to the Jamestown and went to Panama, then back, and on up the Pacific coast to Sitka, where he saw a curious land and a curious people. They touched at Vancouver's Island on their return trip to San Francisco where he was transferred to the barracks, and discharged September 16, 1868, and sailed for home, arriving October 24, 1868, returning to the pursuits of civil life. In 1871, he came to Kansas, locating in Uniontown, and in 1872 he took charge of the Poor Farm, giving it up in 1874, and farming A. Chaffin's farm; taking charge of the County Poor Farm again in 1877, retaining possession to present time, 1882.

In 1880, he bought A. Chaffin's farm of 130 acres, in Section 27, which he also farms now, in blooded cattle, horses and grain. He has four children living; has buried two since living in Kansas. During his eventful life, he has been on a man-of-war forty-four months and was away from home four years.

The above information is taken from "Cutler's History of Kansas" courtesy of the Kansas State USGENWEB pages and submitted by Wilda Marshall Brown



From The Story of Geneva; compiled by E. Thayles Emmons; 1931;

Patrick O'Malley was born in Lyons Feb. 25, 1858, and attended the public schools at Lyons and Geneva and the Geneva High School. He came to Geneva when a boy of nine and worked in the various nursery grounds of the city until he was sixteen, when he became a clerk in the grocery store of Flynn and Dorsey. He then entered the employment of Daniel Higgins in the trucking business and eventually became foreman. When his employer died Mr. O'Malley was admitted to partnership by the widow, and after the entire plant of the firm was destroyed by fire, Mr. O'Malley made a start on his own account, and still continues in the heavy trucking business, which he has made a phenomenal success. Mr. O'Malley took an active part in Democratic politics and was appointed to the Board of Aldermen, was formerly Tax Collector and on Nov. 5, 1909, was elected Mayor. Since serving as Mayor he has held no public office but has been associated in many local business enterprises and is still one of the city's highly respected citizens.



From the HISTORY OF ONTARIO COUNTY; compiled by Lewis Cass Aldrich; edited by George S. Conover; 1893;

Osborne, David H., Victor, was born in the town of Austerlitz, Columbia county, November 11, 1819. He received a common and academic education. He came to Victor at the age of sixteen years and was a clerk in a general store for a while, returning to finish his studies. Afterwards he came to Rochester, where he entered the mercantile business until 1845, when he came to Victor where for a short time he conducted a general store, retiring from business to take charge of the real estate interests of the family, with this exception living a retired life. January 5, 1847, he married Lavina A., daughter of William and Lavina Bushnell, of this town. They reside on the homestead. They have had four children:  William B., who married Laura V. McDonald, of Rochester; Cora B. resides at home with her parents; Carrie B. married Mark T. Powell, an attorney of Canandaigua; and Henry B., who died when nearly three years old. Mr. Osborne's father, David, was born in East Hampton, L.I. and went to Columbia county when a young man. He married Polly Wright, of that county, and had five children:  Samuel W., Mary M., John W., David H. and Harriet A. Mr. Osborne is a member of the Presbyterian church, holds the position of deacon and elder, and is interested in all good work.



From the HISTORY OF ONTARIO COUNTY; compiled by Lewis Cass Aldrich; edited by George S. Conover; 1893;

Samuel P. Ottley, Seneca, was born on the old homestead, Seneca Castle. He was educated in the schools of his day, and has been a good farmer. May 15. 1847, he married Sarah M. Williams, of Seneca Castle, and they have had six children: Franklin, Charles, Edna Arvilla, Elsie L., Frederick S., Albert C., Nina M. who died in infancy. Franklin married Mary E. Spangle, of Hopewell, and they have eight children: George H., Sarah E., F. Maude, Elsie M., Samuel A., Charles F., Hattie B., and Edwin C. Elsie L. married Joseph Brizzee, of the town of Hopewell, where they reside. Frederick G. married Mary C. Wilson, of this town, and had one son, Albert W. Mrs. Ottley is deceased. Albert C. married Bertha L. Vangelder, of this town, and have had two children, Mildred and Marie. Mr. Ottley's father, Thomas, was born in Yorkshire, England,  in 1788, and came with his parents and brother to the United States in 1805, locating in the woods in Seneca Castle when there were no crossroads or bridges. He married Lucinda Porter, of Seneca, and had fourteen children: William, Deborah, Lucinda, Thomas, Joshua P., Samuel P., Jane P., Arvilla B., Edwin and a twin of his who died in infancy, Charles and Mary, and twins who died in infancy. Mr. Ottley's father, Thomas, was member of assembly in year of 1831, also was superintendent of Ontario county thirty years, and was surveyor of land, administrator in settlement of estates, and wrote deeds, mortgages and other writings in sale and purchase of land; was in public office most of his life. Mrs. Ottley's father, Valentine Williams, was born in the town of Pompey, Onondaga county, February 14, 1797, and married Elsie Hewitt, of Waterbury, Conn., January 1, 1818, and had four children: Mortimer, who died in infancy; Mortimer 2d, Sarah M., and Charles V. Her father died January 20, 1867; her mother June 25, 1876. Her brother Charles was a soldier in the late war and was in fifteen general battles.



From the HISTORY OF ONTARIO COUNTY; compiled by Lewis Cass Aldrich; edited by George S. Conover; 1893;

Horace D. Outhouse, Canandaigua, was born in Canandaigua June 14, 1839. His father, William, was born in Dutchess county, September 4, 1797, and came to Canandaigua when a young man, where he bought a farm of 196 acres north of Cheshire, where he died May 26, 1865, and his wife December 24, 1867. He married at about twenty-one Rebecca Mather, daughter of a Quaker preacher of Dutchess county and they had eleven children, seven of whom survive: Catharine, Abbey Jane Adams, Orrin, Maria Brockelbank, H. D. Outhouse of this county; William H. of Madison, Wis., and George H., of Grand Rapids, Mich. The whole life of our subject has been spent in this town. He was reared on the farm his father settled on, and educated in the common schools. When twenty-three years of age, he bought a farm of 101 acres in Canandaigua, which he sold three weeks later and bought his present farm. In 1886 he erected on this farm a beautiful residence, its location commanding a fine view of the lake. County history is not the place to describe works of art, but the house of Mr. Outhouse is entitled to more than passing mention. His barns and other outbuildings are on a par with his residence. The farm contains 175 acres of fertile land, the principal products being grain and fruit. He has five acres of vineyard, from a part of which he sold in 1892 eighteen tons of grapes. He married in 1862 Sarah, daughter of Joseph Housel, and they had five children: Mary, wife of Chauncey Rogers, of Canandaigua; Charles, Frank B., William and Elmer J. Mrs. Outhouse died October 19, 1883, and he married in 1886 Isabelle McJannett, of Canandaigua, by whom he has one child, Burton A., born June 13, 1887. Mr. Outhouse is a member of Academy Grange No. 62.



From the HISTORY OF ONTARIO COUNTY; compiled by Lewis Cass Aldrich; edited by George S. Conover; 1893;

Outhouse, Orrin, Canandaigua, was born at Peekskill, on the Hudson, April 15, 1832.  The grandfather was one of the most extensive land owners of West Chester county, and had a large family.  William, his son, was born at Peekskill, September 4, 1798.  In 1834 he came to Ontario county, locating near Cheshire, where he lived but a year, then bought a farm of 186 acres on lot twenty-eight in Canandaigua, where he died.  William Outhouse was married in 1818 to Rebecca Fields of Peekskill, by whom he had eleven children, eight of whom survive.  Orrin moved with his parents to Canandaigua, where he has always lived.  He assisted his father on the farm until nineteen years of age, when he started in life for himself, and farmed in different places until 1863, when he bought a farm of 100 acres on lot thirty in Canandaigua.  After about two years there removed to the old homestead, where he lived until 1880, when he bought his present farm of eight seven acres.  He married in 1865 Melvina Debow, daughter of Ansel and A. Melvina (Stanley) Debow, and they have three children:  Franc M., wife of Mark Gourley, a farmer of Farmington, Nellie J., wife of James Steele, a farmer of East Bloomfield; and Clara A., wife of W. Charles Dryer, a farmer of Victor.  Mr. Outhouse has never taken great interest in public affairs, devoting his time and energy to his farm.



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