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 Gabriel Smith Mead

Gabriel Smith Mead

Birth
Walton, Delaware County, New York, USA
Death 16 Jul 1888 (aged 77)
Walton, Delaware County, New York, USA
Burial Walton, Delaware County, New York, USA
Plot Sec. 1, Lot 189, Grave 10
Memorial ID 100492423 · View Source
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Gabriel S. Mead succeeded his father, Alan Mead, in the tanning business at Walton, Delaware Co., New York. The latter was one of the pioneer settlers of Walton, and about 1803 opened a tannery for general business. In 1810 he purchased the large tannery of John and Nathaniel Steele, and in 1815 introduced an improved process of grinding bark. Gabriel and his brother John succeeded their father in the business, and in 1842 built a more extensive tannery on "West Brook", Walton, which was burned in 1857, but rebuilt in 1858, when Mead, North & Co. became the firm name. (Source: The Ogden Family in America Elizabethtown Branch and Their English Ancestry, compiled by William Ogden Wheeler, 1907, page 317)

It becomes our painful duty to record the sudden death of another well known, old, and life-long resident of Walton, Major Gabriel S. Mead. On Monday morning, he was on the street, apparently in his usual health. About 10 o'clock he went to mow brakes in his field, on the border of this village. About half past eleven, he was seen returning, but apparently ill. At Frank Herrick's house, near the west end of Burton Street, he sat down on the comer of the piazza and asked for water, but was unable to drink when it was brought. He fell over on his side, and Mr. Herrick carried him in and laid him on a bed. Dr Morrow was hastily called, but Mr. Mead was dead before his arrival. On going to the field it was seen that he had worked a while, and then had put his scythe in the barn.

Mr. Mead was for many years, a prominent business man, and was highly respected for integrity and honorable dealing. He was engaged in tanning and the shoe trade with his brother John, and others.

Mr. Mead was the son of Allan and Mary Mead, and was born on the Hill, February 6, 1811. He was Supervisor from1848 to 1854 and was elected Justice of the Peace in 1858, but resigned the office before the end of his term. He was Sheriff of Delaware County three years, 1862-64, and President of Walton Village in 1872. He was capable and efficient in the discharge of official duties. During the war, his sympathy was on the side of the government, and he was known as a War Democrat. Several years ago, he became a member of the first Congregational Church, of Walton.

The funeral services were held at his home, the residence of his son, George O. Mead, at 2 o'clock, Tuesday P.M., conducted by Rev. J. S. Pattengill, assisted by Rev. G. W. Nims. (Source: The Walton Chronicle, July 19, 1888 issue, page 3)


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  • Created by: Christine
  • Added: 10 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100492423
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gabriel Smith Mead (6 Feb 1811–16 Jul 1888), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100492423, citing Walton Cemetery, Walton, Delaware County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Christine (contributor 47978178) .