The family of Low, often found in the records as Lowe, Loue, etc., has been well known in New England since the earliest times, and they have contributed their share to the building of the nation. They have taken part in wars since the early Indian wars of the Colonies until the present time, and have borne themselves with credit. In the time of peace they have been represented in the professions, arts and other walks of life.
(I) Wilson Low lived in Connecticut at the time of the beginning of the revolution, and enlisted in the Continental army; being then quite young, he became a drummer boy and served under General Washington. In 1802 Mr. Low settled at Westford, Essex county, New York, at the same time as Judge Charlew H. Hatch, who was the chief pioneer of that place and who married a sister of Wilson Low. Mr. Low and his family came at the same time, settling at Brookfield, just west of Essex, where he took up land and partially cleared same before his death. Though the name of his wife is unknown, record was made of the birth of five children, namely:
1. Wilson, went west, and became father of two sons, Edgar and Gilbert, who took part in the civil war, the former having also fought in the Mexican war.
3. John Hatch.
(II) John Hatch, third and youngest son of Wilson Low, was born Sept. 18, 1799, in Brookfield, New York, and there spent most of his life; he died at Westport, Nov. 14, 1869. He was a lumberman, merchant and farmer, and held in high esteem by all his neighbors. He was the friend of progress and used his infuence for the welfare of the community. He held most of the offices of the community and was known as Squire Low. He served as justice of the peace of Westport, N.Y., during the years 1839-44-48-58: he was supervisor in 1847. In 1845 he served as town sealer of weights and measures. Mr. Low conducted a general store, and was the leading merchant of Westport. He was a man of high character and ideals, and his memory is revered by many.
John H. Low married, Feb. 1, 1823, Eliza, daughter of Asel and Hannah (Perkins) Rising, born Dec. 28, 1797, died Aug., 1882. Asel Rising was born in 1768, and went west, after which all trace of him was lost. His wife, Hannah (Perkins) Rising, was a daughter of one of the pioneer settlers of Cleveland, Ohio; she was born in 1768 and died in 1855.
John H. Low and his wife were parents of ten children, five sons and five daughters, namely:
1. Catherine M., born March 29, 1824, at Westport; married Noble Bostwick.
2. Electa S., Aug. 16, 1825, died March 9, 1849; she married D. S. Cutting.
3. Douglas S., may 6, 1827, died in 1899; he married (first) Mary Cutting and (second) Mrs. Davis.
4. Sarah B., Jan. 29, 1829, died, unmarried, in 1868.
5. Frances C., Oct. 15, 1830, died in 1905; she married Layman Cole.
6. John B., July 28, 1833, died, unmarried, March 11, 1842.
7. Charles W., July 2, 1835, at Lewis, N.Y., died in 1903; he married Sarah Cromwell.
8. Clara E., Jan. 2, 1837, at Lewis; married Foster McKinney, and resides at Ottawa, Illinois.
9. Edwin B., May 28, 1840, at Westport, died in 1898; he married Mrs. Galliett (Williams) Douglas.
10. Dr. Elliott Colburn.
(III) Dr. Elliott Colburn, fifth and youngest son of John Hatch and Eliza (Rising) Low, was born Feb. 16, `843, at Westport, New York. He spent his boyhood days in his native town and later attended the Vermont University and the Philadelphia Homeopathic College, where he graduated in the class of 1866. he commenced the practice of his profession at Keeseville, N.Y., and was there associated with Dr. H. A. Houghton for two years, In 1868 Dr. Low located in Plattsburgh, where he has built up a fine practice and won the confidence and esteem of all with whom he has become associated. He is an expert physician in the Homeopathic treatment, and stands high in the profession. He is also able to find time to take an active interest in public affairs and improvements, and is an enterprising, useful citizen. He belongs to the Homeopathic State Medical Society, and fraternaly is a member of the Kinghts Templar, of which order he is at present , commander, as well as other orders of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. In the eighties he received his Regents degree signed by George William Curtin.
Dr. Low married, May 5, 1869, Ann Eliza, daughter of Joseph Romeo Wadsworth and Emily Dian (White) Emerson, born March 24, 1850, in Ellenburg, N.Y., and they have had one daughter, Elizabeth May, born Feb. 1, 1871, at Plattsburgh, N.Y.; she died July 2, 1909. She was educated in the schools of Plattsburgh.
Joseph R. W. Emerson was a son of Joseph Emerson, born in 1782, in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, died in 1855 at Ellenburg, N.Y. He was one of the early settlers in Grand Isle, Vermont. He married Melvina Taber, sister of Elizabeth, who married William White. His father, Colonel Nathaniel Emerson, who died in the town of Candia, N.H., was an officer in the revolutionary war, and served as a minuteman in the revolution, and afterwards under General Washington, had title of Lieutenant-colonel. There has been an Emerson who took part in every war from the earliest colonial wars down to the present time. Joseph R. W. Emerson was born in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, Aug. 18, 1809, died Feb. 9, 1899, in Plattsburgh, N.Y. He was one of the pioneers of Ellenburg, N.Y.; came to Plattsburgh in 1855 and engaged in the mercantile business up until his retirement in 1889. He married, in 1838, Emily Dian, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Taber) White, born in Barre, Vermont, died Feb. 16, 1889, in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Her mother was a descendant of Captain Church. Mr. Emerson and his wife had four children, namely:
1. George Henry, born Jan. 5, 1839, at Ellenburg, N.Y., died Dec. 2, 1866, at Washington, District of Columbia; he served as lieutenant in the civil war, but resigned on account of sickness, and became attached to the staff of Colonel Baker, at Washignton, where he resided at the time of his death; he married Delia S., daughter of Colonel Godron T. Thomas, a veteran of the civil war, who was the first volunteer of Essex county and was killed at the Second Battle of Bull Run.
2. Ellen Elvira, born Oct. 5, 1844, at Ellenburg, N.Y., died at the age of 11 years at Plattsburgh.
3. Anna Eliza (Mrs. Low).
4. William Leslie, born Oct. 24, 1855, at Ellenburg; died Sept. 6, 1889 at Plattsburgh; he married Fannie S. Barnes, of Beekmantown, N.Y.
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