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Eliza Melissa Calkins

Eliza Melissa Calkins

Female 1836 - 1916  (80 years)

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  • Name Eliza Melissa Calkins  [1
    Born 21 Jan 1836  Daysville, Richland Township, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 9 Jun 1916  Oconomowoc, Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Age 80 years 
    Person ID I40079  stewartsny.com
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2021 

    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  [1, 2
    • 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

  • Sources 
    1. [S570] Public Member Trees, Ancestry.com, (Name: Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;;), Database online.
      Record for Pamelia Andrus Price

    2. [S570] Public Member Trees, Ancestry.com, (Name: Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;;), Database online.
      Record for Pamela Andrus Price