Jesse Welden Calkins

Male 1817 - 1903  (86 years)


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  • Name Jesse Welden Calkins 
    Born 1817 
    Gender Male 
    Died 5 Mar 1903  Pulaski, Oswego, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I51186  Stewartsnydotcom
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2019 

    Father Ancestors Samuel Calkins,   b. 1772, Salisbury,Litchfield,Connecticut,USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1853, Daysville,Oswego,New York,USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ruth Weldon,   b. 27 Nov 1773,   d. 14 Sep 1855  (Age 81 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F19329  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lydia A. Gillespie,   b. 6 Apr 1821,   d. 4 Nov 1910  (Age 89 years) 
    Children 
    Married: 1x1. Estella Rosalie Calkins,   b. 22 Jun 1849, Pulaski, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1890  (Age 40 years)  [natural]
     2. R L Calkins  [natural]
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F28741  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • March 5, 1903 ~ Jesse W. Calkins, age 85 years, 6 months, 29 days, Married, Farmer, born in New York, Son of Samuel Calkins born in New York, and Ruth Weldon Calkins born in Connecticut, Died in Richland Township of old age.
      Newspaper Obituary - Wednesday, March 11, 1903 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - The death of Jesse Weldon Calkins removes one who well deserves a place in the respectful memory of the citizens of Oswego county. His father, Samuel Calkins, a soldier in the war of 1812, was one of the pioneers in the early struggles by which the country was redeemed from the forest primeval. He, himself, was the 13th and youngest child in a family of which every member reached maturity and became the head of a family. From his earliest childhood Mr. Calkins showed unusual intellectual ability and great steadfastness of purpose. As a student of Mexico Academy, he distinguished himself, and it was felt by those who knew him best that he was admirably fitted for the law, the profession to which he looked forward. As a lawyer he would undoubtedly have achieved success, for his mind ever delighted in logical processes, and for him to live was to be a student of the problems of political, social and religious life. As the young man approached manhood, however, the increasing infirmity of his father raised the question of remaining in the old home. In manly fashion he faced his duty, disregarded the voice of inclination and natural aptitude, and chose for himself the life of a farmer. For a number of years he taught most successfully schools in Baldwinsville, Orwell and Richland, and there are to be found now among our oldest citizens those who refer to Mr. Calkins as the clearest and most helpful teacher they ever had. The life of a farmer, in the days before the forests were cleared off, was by no means an easy one, but Mr. Calkins threw himself into his work and by the time of the Civil War, had become the owner of a large farm of 300 acres. His life of toil, however, did not lower his ideals. He was a Whig of the Horace Greely type, who cast his first vote for the hero of Tippicanoe. He was one of the charter members of the Republican party. As one of the organizers of the Grange Insurance company, and as assessor in Richland for many years, he came into helpful contact with a large number of our citizens, and everywhere made the impression of a man who was devoted to righteousness and justice. He believed in education and sought for his children those advantages which were denied himself. All of his six children attended either Mexico or Pulaski Academy, and all of them were given the opportunity of a college course. His choice for his children deprived him of their constant presence in his old age, but he never failed to joy in their success in the outside world, and looked upon his life work as continued in theirs. Born August 7, 1817 and passing away on the 5th of March 1903, his life covered the most important period of his country's history. He loved the good old days of homespun, but never failed to keep in sympathy with the advance in the scientific and religious worlds. He was a member of no church, but he believed in the ideals of the church and could say with Lincoln "Show me a church whose creed is Love, and I will join it." He is survived by his wife, Lydia Gillispie, to whom he was married, January 5, 1847, and five children, Gertrude, wife of Rev. Charles N. Severence of Garden City, Kansas; Jeanne, wife of George P. Smith, a wholesale grocer, of Mason City, Iowa; Robert L. in charge of Claims Department of the New York Central and allied lines, New York City; Flora, wife of Rev. W. L. Tenney, pastor of the First Congregational church, North Adams, Massachusetts; and Frederick G., in the insurance and real estate business, Los Angeles, California. Through the death of his eldest daughter, Mrs. Estelle Virgil, which occurred in 1890, his home became the refuge for her orphaned children who received the same thoughtful care, devotion and education as did his own, his youngest granddaughter, Mabel, having lived with him during the past seven years. In such sterling character, which reflects the strength and fruitfulness of the soil, lies today, as in the past, the hope of our American life.
      Last Will & Testament of Jesse W. Calkins - In the name of God, Amen. I, Jesse W. Calkins of the town of Richland in the County of Oswego and State of New York, being of sound mind and memory, do make and declare this is my last will and Testament, in manner following, that is to say: First I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid. Second, I give and bequeath rents my beloved wife Lydia A. Calkins the use, income and profits of all my estate both real and personal so long as she shall live, with the right to rise as much of the principal as she shall need for her support and maintenance which [words unreadable]. Third, all the rest residue and remainder of my estate give and bequeath and devise to my children, Gertrude Severance, Jennie A. Smith, Flora Tenney, Robert L. Calkins, and Frederick G. Calkins, and to the children of my deceased daughter, Estella E. Virgil so that her said children shall together receive one sixth of my said estate, providing that none of them claim any part of the proceeds of the sale of the house and lot that has been contracted to be sold to James Preeman, and same land as deeded to said Estella E. Virgil by Manville F. Gayles and deed recorded November 13, 1885 in Oswego County Clerk’s office in ledger 190 of deeds page 549, and this last proviso is made because I consider I have already paid out and advanced to them the amount of said house and lot. Lastly I hereby appoint my wife, Lydia A. Calkins and my son Robert L. Calkins executors of this my last will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof, I have [word unreadable] subscribed my name the 8th day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety eight. J. W. Calkins.