George Heyworth was born in Lancashire, England, in 1777, died April 25, 1838. He married, in England, Jane Hartley, also a native of Lancashire, who died Oct. 21, 1836. He came to this country with his wife and settled in Peru, New York, in 1798. He erected a mill on the site of the present Mason saw mill and manufactured woolen goods there. He was a shrewd and successful business man. Their first child was born during the voyage to America. Richard, mentioned below.
They had one other child, Sarah, born at Peru Aug. 1, 1800.
(II) Richard, son of George Heyworth, was born at sea, July 20, 1798, died at Peru, July 25, 1859. He was educated in the public schools of his native town and engaged in the lumber business, having a saw mill near his father's woolen mill. He also had a grist mill and succeeded to his father's woolen mill, which he conducted several years. He bought wood lots and cut the timber, which he used in the manufacture of lumber and boards in his saw mill, and then sold the land for farming purposes. Before 1840 he bought twelve acres of land near his mills and built a house, which is occupied by his descendants at the present time. [transcriber's note: this material was published in 1910].
In this house all his children were born. He was a prominent citizen and for many years supervisor of the town. He was industrious and enterprising in business, and a useful and public-spirited citizen. In politics he was a Republican, in religion a Quaker.
He married, Aug. 13, 1840, in Peru, Sarah Maria, born Sept. 29, 1817, at Easton, New York, died Dec. 17, 1877, daughter of Calvin G. and Catherine (Hartman) Everest. Her father was born at Ticonderoga, N.Y., Nov. 23, 1788, died April 4, 1854; married at Kingsbury, N.Y., June 26, 1808, Catherine Hartman, born Aug. 15, 1790, at Hartford, N.Y.
1. Jane, born July 27, 1841; married Sept. 10, 1872, Harlow Miner.
2. Adelaide Catherine, July 6, 1843; married June 18, 1873, Dr. O. S. Chapman; they reside in Minnesota.
3. Jeannette Everest, Aug. 22, 1846; married June 15, 1870, Albert W. Lincoln.
4. George Richard, mentioned below.
5. Hiram Everest, mentioned below.
(III) George Richard, son of Richard Heyworth, was born in Peru, May 20, 1848. He attended the district schools and Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire. He engaged in the manufacture of potato starch in the mill now occupied by Mason & Sons in Peru for about eight years. Then he established himself in business as a dealer in all kinds of carriages and vehicles, harness, etc., under the firm name of Heyworth, Smith & Company. Some years later he bought the interests of his partner and continued alone. He also engaged in the flour and grain business. He has been in active busines since 1887, and has prospered greatly. He takes rank among the leading merchants of this section. He also conducts a farm of two hundred acres west of the village and has an apple orchard of four acres. He is a Republican in politics and keenly interested in public affairs. He has been justice of the peace for the past twenty-six years and is an efficient member of the town baord. He is a member of Plattsburgh Lodge of Free Masons.
He married (first), Feb. 16, 1876, Martha Jane Day, who died April 6, 1884, daughter of Nelson and Jane (Howe) Day. He married (second), Nov. 21, 1888, Ada C. Clark, daughter of Silas and Mary (Hoag) Clark, of Peru. He has no children.
(III) Hiram Everest, son of Richard Heyworth, was born in Peru, June 18, 1851. He received his education in the public schools at Montpelier, Vermont, and Clavarick Academy, Columbia county, New York. He succeeded to the saw mill and grist mill ofhis father and conducted them for a number of years. Then he sold them and engaged in farming and the raising of fruit, adding to the acreage of the old homestead on which he has always lived, and buying another farm south of the village of Peru. He has what is undoubtedly the finest apple orchard of this section on the old homestead, comprising thirty-six acres of land and twelve hundred apple trees. He has been very successful with this specialty and is one of the most prosperous fruit growers in this part of the country. In politics he is a Republican and for some years has been a member of the town committee.
He married April 25, 1877, Mary L., born at Peru Oct. 3, 1858, daughter of Jehiel B. and Abigial (Arnold) White. Her father was born Oct. 30, 1826, died Sept. 13, 1908; married Abigail Arnold, born at Schuyer Falls, N.Y., May 8, 1838, died Oct. 17, 1899, daughter of Stuckley and Lavina (Lobdell) Arnold (see White IV).
1. Abigail White, born Jan. 8, 1878; married May 21, 1903, George C. Backus, of Boston: children: 1. Hiram Heyworth Backus, born June 29, 1904; 2. George Arnold Backus, born March 21, 1909, died in infancy. 2. Sarah G., born March 15, 1866; married Oct. 12, 1907, Charles H. Baraber, of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; child, Charles Heyworth Barber, born March 23, 1909, in Plattsburgh.
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