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 Sylvester Washburn

Sylvester Washburn

St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
Death 1859 (aged 31–32)
St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
Burial St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 25531663 · View Source
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Gouverneur Tribune Press
Pleasant Lake
Many of the Washburn Clan Meet at the Lake on Thursday August 21, 1924
The Washburn family reunion was held at Hutton's hall, Pleasant Lake, August 21, 1924. Mr. Alvin Washburn of Evans Mills entertained the guests. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Washburn and son Alvin of Pierce's Corners, Mrs. Cynthia Downing, Mrs. Fannie Fleetham, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kenney, Mr. and Mrs. lloyd Wilson and two children, Harold and Grant, and Mrs. Ernest Downing, all of DePeyster; Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Washburn and two children, Evans Mills; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Raby of Heuvelton; Mr. and Mrs. Xury Finley, Pleasant Lake, Mr. and Mrs. D. G. Mullen and four children, Francis, Dortha, Marjorie and Raymond of Rossie, mr. and Mrs. Albert Stevens of Adams; Rev. and Mrs. C. A. Stevens, and Miss Effie Fleming of Brasie Corners.

At twelve o'clock they all sat down to a bountiful dinner. The table was filled with chicken pie and a lot of other good things. After dinner they had a short program. All joined in singing "Shall We Gather at the River". Rev. R. A. Stevens read the Scripture from the 121st Psalm, Mrs. Cynthia Downing offered a prayer. Rev. R. A. Stevens gave a history of Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Washburn Sr., a part of which is as follows:

Sylvester Washburn Sr. was born in the town of Macomb in 1827. Jane Hurst Washburn, his wife, was born in Ireland in 1826. They were married in Macomb in 1847 and settled where Sylvester Washburn Jr now lives. there were born to this couple seven children, three boys and four girls, of which there are four now living, two boys and two girls. Mrs. Downing, 71; Alvin, 69; Sylvester 65; and Mrs. Kinney, 61. The four living total 266 years, making all a pretty good old age.

James died at 17 years of age, Mrs. Benton (sic) at about 62, and Mrs. Bates at about 70 years of age. Sylvester Washburn Sr died at the early age of 32 years, leaving Mrs. Washburn with the seven children to bring up along. This she did, keeping the family all together. She herself died in 1907 at the age of 81 years. Mr. Washburn, in politics, was a Republican. His religion was Protestant, he being a Universalist in belief. Mrs. Washburn was also a Protestant, being a Congregationalist in belief.

Mr. Washburn cleared the farm that is now Sylvester Washburn's home and built the old log house that is now standing and in which nearly all of the children were born. Mr. and Mrs. Washburn were among the first to settle in Macomb. Mr. Washburn labored early and late without the conveniences we now have today. Like all of the first settlers, he had for his team, oxen. They attended church and went wherever they had to go with them hitched to an ox cart. Mrs. Washburn spun the wool and wove the cloth and made the clothes for the family, also knitting the stockings and mittens. In place of a stove to cook with they had a fireplace.

Mr. Washburn had very few tools doing all his work by hand. He cut his grain with a cycle, his hay with a scythe, raking it with a hand rake, and for a fork had a two tined fork made by a blacksmith. How much different today, with all of our modern machinery.

They traveled ove rthe rough ground either wiht oxen, or followed a trail through the woods, while today we go over smooth state roads with our automobiles.

Mr. Stevens concluded his remarks by wishing the family many more reunions here and bye and bye that they might all meet in a grand Reunion in Glory where there will be no more parting.

The reununion was brought to a close by Mrs. R. A. Stevens and Miss Effie Fleming singing "Will the Circle Be Unbroken By and By". The next reunion will be held at Mrs. Cynthia Downing's at 1925.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sylvester Washburn (1827–1859), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25531663, citing Pierces Corner Cemetery, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Anne Cady (contributor 46985237) .