Jesse Elliot Calkins

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  • Name Jesse Elliot Calkins  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Born 26 Aug 1837  Richland, Oswego, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 Mar 1920  Albion, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9
    Buried Apr 1920  [7
    Person ID I14397  Stewartsnydotcom
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2019 

    Father Ancestors Russell C. Calkins,   b. 6 Jan 1798, Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1893, Richland, Oswego, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ancestors Pamela Andrus Price,   b. 5 Sep 1800, Saratoga Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1893, Richland, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 16 Aug 1818  Richland Twp., Oswego County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 10
    Notes 
    • Newspaper Article - Thursday, August 22, 1878 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - A Rare Event - The 60th anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Calkins, old and highly respected residents of this town, was dully celebrated at their home on the 16th inst. by a re union of their family, including four generations. Of their ten children, four sons and five daughters were present. Several had made long journeys in order to join in this memorable gathering under the parental roof. One son, a resident of Wisconsin, was missed from the circle. That alone rendered perfect happiness incomplete, for thought would wander to the absent one. On the lawn a tasteful bower of evergreens had been prepared by Mr. F. D. Jones, a grandson present from Milwaukee. Beneath this was spread a table well laden with delicacies to tempt the appetite, and which gave proof that Grandma Calkins' descendants, with all their other accomplishments, have not neglected the culinary art The head of the table was graced by the aged paid. The Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Comfort of Pulaski sat at their right. Then according to their ages the sons and daughters and others were arranged, bringing the great-grandchildren at the foot. Over their childish heads was suspended the appropriate motto, "With joy we greet you." It was found that the whole number related to this venerable couple by birth and marriage just one half, or _, were present. After the repast we re-entered the house, where we were highly entertained with music and singing. Elder Comfort, of Pulaski, delivered a short but very suitable, thoughtful and pleasing address, in which he very aptly touched upon some of the historic facts relating to the aged pair, and the varied experience through which they had passed during the long years that God, in His great kindness and mercy had extended to them. Elder Comfort and his amiable wife then gave the company a rare treat in singing several songs in the A_ tongue. We would by no means omit to mention the fact that we never saw so many little human twigs together that made so little disturbance, even the babies came fully determined to copy their elders and to show their great-grandparents that they intended to walk in their footsteps and imitate their virtues.Mr. Calkins was 80 years old last January. He was born in Vermont. His father afterwards removed to Canada, where he acquired considerable property and made it his home until the breaking out of the war of 1812. He was then offered the alternative of taking the oath of allegiance or of sacrificing his property. With a truly patriotic spirit he chose the latter. Himself and family with others from the beach above Kingston, took boats for the American Shore. On their way over they were chased by a British vessel which fired several times to bring them to, but they disregarded these calls, increased their speed by double manning the oars, and finally effected a landing near the mouth of Stony Creek. Mr. Calkins was then 14 years of age and his remembrance of those exciting incidents is very vivid. The years of the war were passed in Central New York. He afterward removed to Oswego County, and in that he had made his home ever since. His personal history illustrates alike the possibilities of success that lie before the American youth who is sober, enterprising and industrious, and the vic_itudes of human life. In proof of the former, it is only necessary to say, that beginning with nothing but a brave heart and hand for toil he accumulated property until there was only one mad in the town of Richland who paid more taxes than he did As equally proof of the latter, the fact may be mentioned that he afterward lost all and began the world in advanced life hampered by heavy debts. Towards the payment of these, every dollar of his property was given, and it is refreshing in these days of loose commercial mortality to be able to point to one case in which a man would accept the greatest reverse of worldly fortune rather than sacrifice his integrity. He could have failed and secured himself, as men sometimes do, at the cost of others. He was even advised to do so by some, especially in view of the fact that he became involved through the acts of others, but he heroically refused, and in that refusal he had the approval of his faithful wife who was willing to accept poverty rather than that one _ should be dishonorably retained. Mr. Calkins has informed the writer that he paid more than $12,000 in cash for others for which he never received one cent of an equi_. Mrs. Calkins will be 78 years of age in the coming month of September. She was the daughter of Col. Rufus Price, an old revolutionary officer. And this the home of this aged pair can retain in the personal history and the family traditions of its _ much connected with the most exciting periods of our national life. Attention has already been called to the large family they have reared. These are all honorable members of the communities in which they dwell. One son and three daughters, Russell, Mrs. Douglas, Mrs. Stewart and Mrs. Jones, are residing in the West. The others, Charles, Rufus, Frank, Jesse, Mrs. Beman and Mrs. McChesney, reside in Oswego County, within a radius of perhaps 30 miles. It must have been gratifying that so many of them could participate in the interesting event of last Friday. It will be a memorable occasion to them all, and all the more so from the fact that another such a re-union is not among the probabilities of the future. And yet the numerous friends of the above highly respected couple will all join in the wish that their honored lives may be many years prolonged.
    Family ID F1021  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Ancestors Rebecca E. White,   b. 7 Jul 1841, Sandy Creek, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1929, Chadwick, Carroll, Ill Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 24 Nov 1875  Orwell, Oswego, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 8
    Children 
    Married: 2x1. Hoyt Jones Calkins,   b. 7 Dec 1881, Altmar, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1966, St. Paul, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x2. Arthur Alfred Calkins,   b. 7 Aug 1877, Albion, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1960, Chadwick, Carroll, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F4590  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Caroline Waters,   b. 1 Jan 1838,   d. 1876  (Age 37 years) 
    Married 16 Apr 1858  Oswego Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Children 
    Married: 1x1. Mary J. Calkins,   b. 30 Oct 1859, Albion, Altmar, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1931, Superior, Douglas, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x2. Walter R. Calkins,   b. 23 Jul 1862, Albion, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Married: 1x3. Perley S. Calkins,   b. 19 May 1864, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. UNKNOWN  [natural]
    Married: 2x4. James Beeman Calkins,   b. 20 May 1869, Albion, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1948  (Age < 78 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F17380  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • NEWSPAPER OBITUARY - April 7, 1920 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - Last Wednesday afternoon, at his home in Richland, occurred the death of another of our oldest inhabitants, Jesse E. Calkins, who had been troubled with heart weakness for some time. Mr. Calkins was born in this town near Richland August 26, 1837. He was the son of Russell Calkins, one of the pioneer settlers of this town. he spent the early part of his life around Richland, moving to a farm south of Sand Bank, now Altmar, fifty-three years ago. There he lived until three years ago when he came back to his native town and bought a home in the west part of the village of Richland. Mr. Calkins was twice married. By the first marriage he had four sons and one daughter, and by the second marriage to Miss Rebecca White, of Richland, he had two sons, all of whom are living, as is also the second Mrs. Calkins. The children are Mrs. Orin Potter, of Superior, Wisconsin; Walter of Paradise, Wisconsin; Pearl of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; James of Seattle, Washington; Dr. Arthur of Chadwick, Illinois; and Hoyt, a teacher in Manilla. Thus the family was so scattered that but two, Arthur and Pearl, were able to attend the funeral which was held, Sunday noon, at the home, Rev. C. A. Robinson, pastor of the Methodist church of Richland, officiating. Burial in Willis cemetery. "Uncle Hiram" is gone. We shall miss him. The Democrat's editors have had a faithful friend in him for over fifty years, as he has been a regular or occasional correspondent for the Democrat for over a half a century. He was our South Albion correspondent until he removed to Richland. He wrote for years over the name "Uncle Hiram" and that name became fixed so he was more often called "Uncle Hiram" than any other name. He was president of the Democrat's Correspondent Association and we had some grand times at the annual gatherings. When Uncle Hiram and "Aunt Jane" drove up to the picnic grounds and began taking out baskets and chicken pie pans we all knew there was going to be enough to eat. Mr. Calkins had a fond of humor and he put it to good use when he sat down to write for the Democrat. His news items read like the literary creations of A. Ward or S. Clemens. He could "fix items up" so they would be read with a relish. Mr. Calkins was a Democrat. He was nominated for member of assembly one or more times by his party. He was a man of strong convictions and he would not beat around the bush to make them known. He was fearless and outspoken. He had a heart in him bigger than the heart of an ox. Many could testify of his kindness and generosity. The last time he came to the office, in February, he came tugging into the sanctum a monstrous squash and a string of popcorn, for which exertion he paid the penalty of an almost collapse in our office. He was in town the first of March, on business, but he had a bad time getting home and was tired out so he never fully recovered. His horse got down in the snow and excited him so much it made a deep draft on his heart power. Mr. Calkins was a member of Orwell Grange and he was always very devoted to the order. He served his town as patrolman on the state road, four years ago. He will be missed, not only in his home but in the whole eastern Oswego county, where he has been a conspicuous and esteemed citizen so many years. He loved his children and was proud that out of the whole great family there is not one who caused him to blush as he spoke their names or thought of their lives.

      NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - Wednesday, January 31, 1894 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - South Albion - I will send you a copy of the Ulster County Gazette which may be of interest to you and the readers of the Democrat. The paper was among the effects of my father, recently deceased. It was formerly the property of my grandfather, Rufus Price, who was a colonel under Gen. Washington, and at one time his aid-de-camp. He was a pensioner of the revolution and came to Richland in 1808 and settled on the farm now owned by Isaac Price Douglass on the Port road. At the death of my grandfather the farm went to his eldest son, my uncle, Isaac Price. At his death he went to his son-in-law, Volney Douglas. At his death he went to his eldest son, the present owner, Isaac Price Douglass. Please return the paper as I value it highly.

      NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - December 1905 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - In Minnesota Woods - Editor Democrat - Thinking perhaps a description of my surroundings might be of interest to your many readers, I will say I am in Northern Minnesota near the Iron Range Mountains with the thermometer at 46 below. I am 38 miles from the nearest post office and 38 miles from the nearest highway. I get the good old Democrat two weeks behind time but it is always new to its many readers here and is passed around until it is worn out. Our mail reaches us by log train every day (if the train runs). The only train that carries mail and passengers is the local freight train with two cabooses. Deer are more plentiful than rabbits are in Albion, with a sprinkling of moose, elk, bear and lynx. It is solid timber for hundreds of miles to Hudson Bay. This is a lumber camp called Cloquet Lodging Camp No. 1, and they have 17 camps on this road. There are but four ladies here and they are the wives of the engineers, conductors and master machinist. There is a round house and repair shop, and 8 locomotives, a blacksmith shop, harness shop, repair shop for sleighs, freight house office, store house, boarding house, sleeping house for the woodsmen, also one for the railroad men and four dwelling houses. Now I will give the menu for one day. In the cook's shack there are 250 men to feed; it takes five men cooks. 1 1/2 barrels flour, 1 barrel sugar, 3 quarters of the finest beef, 5 sacks of potatoes, turnips, cabbage, carrots, beets, onions, 1 bushel of beans, 2 boxes of soda crackers, besides cheese and pickles, chili sauce, catsup, tea, coffee, the milk of three cows, besides condensed milk. No butter, but olives, plenty of canned goods for sauce and pies, three or four kinds of cake, three or four kinds of cookies, two or three kinds of pies, the best of homemade bread, rolls, buns, biscuits, and fried cakes; plenty of beef steak and pancakes for breakfast and on Friday about 10 bushels of frozen fresh ciscoes. So you see the men are not starved. Day before yesterday the local brought in 176 new men. They arrived about 2 o'clock p.m. without their dinner and had to be fed and lodged. Nearly every train brings from 25 to 100 men. Rush Lake is four miles long by one mile wide. It froze over in September and will stay so until June. They are filling it with pine logs and carry four or five train loads of 25 to 35 cars each to the mills at Cloquet. Every day each car contains about 10,000 feet of logs. So you see there is something doing here. There was a man shot yesterday, he was mistakes for a deer. He was carried out on the cars this morning. I will be in Deluth for Christmas and hope to again in the near future see the smiling faces of an Albion snow drift. Merry Christmas to all. J. E. Calkins, December 18, 1905

      NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - December 12, 1917 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - Letter From J. E. Calkins - Editor Pulaski Democrat, Chadwick, Illinois, Dec. 7, 1917 - Thinking you might like to hear from this neck of the woods, I will say, the first friend I met on my arrival here was a copy of the Democrat, which seemed like a visit from an old friend, as it gave one all the news from home. Some of the news was sad as it chronicled the death's of several old and respected acquaintances, also much pleasant news. In regard to this section, the N. W. corner of the state, I will say, it is a great hog country, as a farmer who has not got from 40 to 200 hogs is not in the race and the beauty of it is he has the corn to fat them on. Some of the hogs run in the field and help themselves, while others are in yards, where the corn is drawn in on wagons with a box 4 or 5 feet high and dumped on the feeding floor where they help themselves at all times. The pens are small chicken coop affairs that can be easily moved from place to place, while the hog house is a well built structure, warm and high and at the breeding season is kept warm day and night, and a man is on guard at all times to see that the little fellows are not neglected by their mother. Don't for a moment think there are no fine herds of cattle here, for they are on nearly every farm, but the calves are not shipped out as at home, for they are all raised and there is plenty of young stock here and a herd of 30 to 40 head of one and two year old steer is a common sight. As to roads, on a trip of about one hundred miles, by auto yesterday I did not see a rod of our state road, that is cement road. The roads here are well graded dirt roads and kept well oiled and seem as solid and smooth as our state roads. There is no stone here for the roads. On the trip, yesterday, we passed through MT. Carrol and took in the old Indian Head Trail, suppose to run from New Orleans to San Francisco, went to Savannah on the Mississippi River and a round about way back to Chadwick. This is prairie country, but down towards the Mississippi River it is rough and hilly. At one point we saw where they were draining a lake about three or four miles wide by ten miles long and pumping the water out to reclaim the land. Much of the land that was under water, two years ago, is today some of the finest farming land in the state and worth $300 per acre. This soil is as black as a new polished stove. The farmers here are just picking their corn, rather cold work for zero weather. The corn is husked and picked on the hill and the cattle and hogs turned in to finish the job. If this finds space in the good old Democrat you may hear from me again. J. E. Calkins

      Vitals - March 31, 1920 - Jesse E Calkins, age 82 years, 7 months, 5 days. Date of birth, August 26, 1837, born in Richland Township, New York. Sex, male; race, white; married; occupation, retired farmer. Name of father, Russell Calkins, born in Canada. Name of mother, Parmelia Price, born in Richland Township, New York. Informant, Eva L. Minot, Richland, New York. Cause of death, chronic valvular disease of heart. Signed by Percival D. Bailey, M.D., March 31, 1920, Richland, New York. Place of burial, Willis cemetery, April 4, 1920. Undertaker, G. W. Morton, Pulaski, New York.

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