NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
The first Inman in America was undoubtedly Edward, who settled in Providence, Rhode Island, as early as 1646; was included in the list of freemen there in 1665, and if the following year took the oath of allegniance to the King. By his wife Barbara he had John and Edward, and perhaps other children. Have these webpages helped you?
The Inmans of Clinton county, mentioned below, sprung from an old Saratoga county family, which, in all probability, descended from the Rhode Island settler.
(I) Daniel Inman, great-grandfather of Curtis E. and Grace E. Inman of Plattsburgh, was living in Galway, Saratoga county, New York, during the first quarter of the last century [this was pub in 1910], and may therefore be regarded as one of the early residents of that town.
(II) John Y., son of Daniel Inman, was born in Galway, and in young manhood served an apprenticeship at the cooper's trade. After following that occupation in Galway as a journeyman for a number of years, he was for a short time located in Lansingburg, and removing to Ticonderoga he established an extensive cooperage business in that town. He subsequently removed to Ballston Spa, where he continued in the same line of business, and resided in that village until his death, at the age of sixty-three years.
He married Mary S. Weeden, a native of Massachusetts. She survived her husband, spending the sunset period of her life with her only son, Alvin L. Inman, in Plattaburgh, and passing away at the age of severnty-four years in 1888.
1. Alvin Leander, who will be again referred to.
2. Sarah M., married (first) David R. Smith of Ticonderoga, (second) Moses Rose of Ballston.
3. Susan M., married Robert Edwards of Saratoga.
The others died in infancy.
(III) Alvin Leander, son of John Y. and Mary S. (Weeden) Inman, was born in Galway, July 25, 1840. When fifteen years old he had acquired a gaod education in the public schools of Lansingburg and Ticonderoga, and immediately after leaving school he began his business training as clerk in a general store at Hague, on Lake George. A year later he accepted a clerkship in the mercantile establishment of John Simons at Shelburn, Vermont, where he remained for a period of six years, obtaining in the school of practice experience, a good knowledge of general business, which afterward proved advantageous in forwarding his advancement. From Shelburn he went to Burlington, Vermont, where for the ensuing six years he was employed as bookkeeper by the Champlain Transportation Company, and, having proved himself a capable, trustworthy young man, he was, at the expiration of that time, advanced to the responsible position of general superintendent. This postiion he retained for seven years, directing the company's affairs in a most satisfactory manner, and developing executive ability of a high order. In 1875 Mr. Inman accepted the position of general manager of the Crown Point Iron Company, and removed to that historic locality. In 1881 he became connected with the Chateaugay Ore and Iron Company in a similar capacity, still retaining, however, his position with the Crown Point Company, and he and he continued to manage the affairs of both of these enterprises until 1892, when he resigned in order to engage in business for himself. In the latter year he established himself in a wholesale and retail grocery trade at Plattsburgh, opening the Plattsburgh Supply Store, and rapidly building up an extensive mercantile enterprise. The still further development of this business, which, in the short space if two years had attained large proportions, was suddenly terminated by his death, Oct. 18, 1894, and his passing away while at the zenith of a most prosperous and useful career was the cause of general regret.
He was one of the organizers of the Plattsburgh Light, Heat and Power Company, serving as its president for a number of years, and at the time of his death was a member of the board of directors. He was also a director of the Champlain Transportation Company and vice-president of the Iron National Bank, now the Plattsburgh National Bank. During his connection with the Chateaugay Iron Company the Chateaugay railway was extended from the company's mines at Lyon Mountain to Saranac Lake, thus opening the great north woods section to summer tourists.
In politics he was originally a Democrat, but differed with that party's attitude on the tariff question, and in 1887 became a Republican. For some time he served upon the board of education and also upon the board of water commissioners, and, although his public services were limited, they nevertheless proved exceedingly valuable to the community. He was highly esteemed in social circles and was prominent in the Masonic order.
Mr. Inman married, Jan. 18, 1865, Miss Mary E. Pattridge, born in South Burlington, Vermont, Nov. 4, 1845, died Dec. 20, 1891, daughter of Curtis J. and Helen Maria (Pierson) Pattridge.
1. Curtis E., mentioned below.
2. Grace Edith, born at Crown Point, Sept. 15, 1876, is unmarried and resides in Plattsburgh. [pub in 1910].
3. John A., born at Crown Point, May 27, 1880.
The late Mrs. Mary E. Inman's ancestors settled in the Green Mountain state prior to the revolutionary war. Those on the maternal side, the Piersons, went there from New Jersey, and her line of descent from the immigrant is as follows:
(N.B. - In the early New Jersey records the name is written Peirson. The present form of spelling appears to have been adopted during the third generation of the family in America).
(I) James Peirson, born in England about the year 1699, was left an orphan in his boyhood, and at the age of sixteen years was sent to America by his unscrupulous relatives in order that they might usurp his inheritance. His earliest recollections were of living in a fine house in luxury with his father, an old man, and his mother, who was much younger, there being one or more sisters much older than himself, but no brother; of the death of his parents, and of being taken by his relatives to a farm house in Wales for his health, whence, after some time, he was conveyed by an uncle, or brother-in-law, to a ship bound for America. Upon his arrival the shipmaster, in order to secure his passage money, apprenticed him to a man in New Jersey, with whom he remained during his minority. After his majority he settled in, or near, Newark, but later removed to Hanover, N.J., and acquired considerable property. It was his intention to return to England for the purpose of recovering his inheritance, but as he grew older his interest in that direction waned, and he at length decided to send his eldest son, Moses, when of age. The latter never undertook the mission.
James, Peirson married Esther Williams. His will, which was made in Hanover, N.J., Sept. 3, 1761, provided for his wife and four daughters, and bequeathed the remainder of his estate to his son, Moses.
(II) Moses, only son of James and Esther (Williams) Peirson, was born in Newark, Oct. 17, 1733. He resided in Parsippany, N.J., until obliged to dispose of his property in order to liquidate a debt incurred by his father for the benefit of a son-on-law, and purchasing a tract of wild land at Shelburne, Vermont, containing one thousand acres or more, he and his family settler there in 1770. During the revoltionary war his family were exposed to the depradations of Tories and Indians, and, after a desperate attack upon the house, in which their assailants were temporarily driven away, the pioneers took refuge in Shoreham, later going to Rutland. His sons Ziba and Uzal, aged seventeen and fifteen respectively, were captured by the Indians and taken to Montreal, but succeeded in making their escape and finally rejoining their parents after a forty days' journey through the woods. After the close of hostilities, Moses Peirson and his family returned to their home in Shelburne and proceeded with the clearing and improving of their large estate, a considerable portion of which was brought to a good state of fertility. At one time four sons and three daughters occupied farms which had been allotted them from the original tract.
Moses Peirson died in Shelburne, Feb. 28, 1805.
He married, March 27, 1754, in New Jersey, Rachel Smith, born Oct. 13, 1735, died March 22, 1813. During the attack upon the house mentioned above, she as confined to her bed with an infant, but she preserved her self-possession, although for several hours the battle raged fiercely within a few feet of her room, and she escpaed unhurt.
Eight were born in New Jersey, and the others in Shelburne.
(III) Uzal, third son and fifth child of Moses and Rachel (Smith) Peirson, was born in Parsippany, New Jersey, May 4, 1763. At the age of seven years he accompanied his parents to their new home on the frontier, and share in their hardships and vicissitudes. having survived the terrible ordeal, previously mentioned, he took kindly to the life of a pioneer, and, after the close of the revolutionary war, receiving his portion of the family estate in Shelburne, he resided there for the remainder of his life, which terminated Jan. 11, 1836.
He married Dorcas Frisbie, born Jan. 10, 1767; died May 22, 1848.
7. Smith Frisbie.
(IV) Uzal, second child of Uzal and Dorcas (Frisbie) Peirson, was born Nov. 7, 1791; died Aug. 2, 1872; married Nov. 10, 1813, Polly Smith, born Sept. 14, 1793; died June 1, 1848.
1. Hanson C., born Oct. 8, 1814; died June 12, 1848, at Tyler, Illinois. He married Elizabeth Comstock, Sept. 12, 1844. She died Sept. 2, 1842. Child: George.
2. Addie A., born at Shelburne, Vermont, Dec. 4, 1816; died Oct. 16, 1863; married Oscar L. Holabird of Shelburne; seven children.
3. Helen Maria, born March 30, 1819; married Dec. 11, 1844, Curtis J. Pattridge. Children: Mary E., born Nov. 4, 1845, married Alvin Leander Inman; Hanson C., born Dec. 24, 1847. Frank S., born June 29, 1850; George P., born Dec. 6, 1852; Fanny C., born April 11, 1855; died May 17, 1848; Clara H., born April 26, 1860.
4. Edward, born Aug. 15, 1821.
5. Jane, born July 3, 1823; married Dec. 28, 1846, George J. Pattridge; resides at Shelburne; eight children.
6. Mary R., born Oct. 26, 1825; died July 3, 1864; married Dec. 10, 1849, Enos Peterson; seven children.
7. Cornelia, born June 27, 1828; died March 27, 1832, at Shelburne.
8. Allen Smith, born Dec. 18, 1830; died March 27, 1832.
9. Cornelia, born Aug. 8, 1833; still living [this pub in 1910]; married Horace R. Nash of Burlington, Vermont; nod children.
10. John Henry, born Oct. 6, 1838; married April 18, 1864, Eleanor L. Lawton; one son.
(IV) Curtis E. Inman, eldest child of Alvin L. and Mary E. (Pattridge) Inman, was born at Burlington, Vt., Nov. 8, 1865. Having concluded his attendance at St. Paul's School, Concord, N.H., at the age of sixteen years, he entered the employ of the Chateaugay Ore and Iron Company as a bookkeeper. Four years later he became head bookkeeper for the Crown Point Iron Company, and continued in that capacity until 1893, when he resigned his position to engage in business with his father. Succeedin to the management of his father's entire business in 1894, he carried it on successfully for some time, but finally withdrew in order to accept the appointment of cashier of the City National Bank, Plattsburgh, and has retained that position to the present  time. In 1907 he was elected treasurer of Clinton county, and is still serving in that capacity.
He married, March 8, 1894, Miss Ida C. Greene of Crown Point, daughter of Walter E. and Adeline (Clark) Greene.
1. Alvin W., born Feb. 26, 1895.
2. Edna Adeline, born June 16, 1897.
3. Helen Elizabeth, born June 12, 1899.
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