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Jeremiah Canfield marr Fidelia Chloe Blighton 1842

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William & Harvey Canfield - connections?

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Surnames: Canfield, MaClouth, Gastmann, Hemmens, Wheeler, Howard

I wasn't sure if William Canfield and his father Harvey Canfield are connected to your family or not, but thought I'd pass along this obit/bio on him from the NY Times just in case he was - it has ancestral information. There is an additional obit for Lucretia Canfield, mother of Harvey Canfield, below.

New York Times
Aug 29, 1937

{Transcribed by C. Clark, 10-7-04}

WILLIAM CANFIELD, Utica Editor, Dies
Served The Observer Dispatch for Last 24 Years-- Began His Career as Printer
Founded Weekly Paper
Assisted President Cleveland in Establishing Civil Service for Railway Mails
Special to The New York Times. Utica, N.Y., Aug. 28.—WILLIAM WALKER CANFIELD, editor of The Utica Observer Dispatch since 1913, died tonight at his home, 1 Kenyon Court, after a long illness. He was 83 years old.
He was born in Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County, July 6, 1854, a son of Harvey W. and Electa Ann Maclouth CANFIELD. Five of his ancestors, who came from England, were in the War of the Revolution and his grandfather was a captain in the War of 1812.
He was educated in a district school and worked on a farm until he was 15 years old. Then he learned the trade of printer and served his time of four years as apprentice in the office of The Cattaraugus Union at Ellicottville, doing both newspaper and job printing work. For a short time he worked as journeyman in newspaper offices in Western New York and Pennsylvania at $1 a day.
After going to Buffalo as a compositor on The Courier, he wrote an account of an accident he had witnessed and was offered a job as a reporter.
Worked in Pennsylvania During the following winter he worked in printing and newspaper offices at Bradford, Pa., where he assisted in establishing The Era at Olean. At Randolph he started The Randolph Courant, a weekly independent paper. Later he took in a partner, but in time sold out his interest to the partner.
The he took the appointment as railway postal clerk, running from Rochester, N. Y., to Punxsutawney, Pa. Finally he was named in charge of the office at Syracuse. It was during this time that he was closely associated with President GROVER CLEVELAND in establishing civil service for the railway mail service.
It was part of his work to visit the postmasters, and it was in this manner that he became acquainted with the late E. PRENTISS BAILEY, then postmaster at Utica and editor of The Observer. Upon learning Mr. CANFIELD was a newspaper man he asked him to join his paper. In the meantime he was invited to become the superintendent of mails in the Albany Postoffice and he accepted. In 1889, soon after the death of JOHN J. FLANAGAN, Mr. CANFIELD accepted Mr. BAILEY’S offer and became city editor of The Observer, starting on April 15, 1889.
Served as City Editor For nearly twenty-five years he remained in charge of the city desk of The Observer. On Mr. BAILEY’S death Jan. 17, 1913, he became editor of the paper, a position he filled up to his death. Upon the merger of The Observer and The Herald Dispatch, he became the editor of The Observer Dispatch.
Besides his newspaper work Mr. CANFIELD was an author, publishing seven books, “The Legends of the Iroquois” “The Spotter,” “Along the Way,” “The White Seneca,” “At Seneca Castle,” “Things You Should Know About Oneida County,” and “The Sign Above the Door.”
At Randolph he married MARY GASTMANN, who died in 1906, and in 1909 he married Miss FANNY G. HOWARD, of this city, who died June 2, 1928. Surviving are a son, FRED W. CANFIELD of Lawrence, Kan.; a daughter, Mrs. HERBERT R. HEMMENS of Utica, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. CHARLES P. WHEELER of Ellicottville.

Additional info:
From: The Cattaraugus Whig - 1856
CANFIELD Died at the residence of her son, Harvey CANFIELD, in this town on the 23rd of June, last, Mrs. Lucretia CANFIELD, in the 65th year of her age. Was born in Middlefield, Otsego County, NY in 1795. Aug 14, 1856. (More). Page 3a
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