I am searching Noah Sturtevant. He is my 3rd great grandfather. I have a copy of the first page of his obit.
Following is a reminiscence of one of the early settlers of Wyoming county at that time Genesee county.
Died, at the home of his daughter in Waupun, Wis., February 28th, 1880, Mr. Noah Sturtevant, formerly of Portage, aged 95 years, 8 months and 6 days.
Mr Sturtevant was born in Coleraine, Mass. When he was about four years old his father removed to Vermont and settled on the west side of the Green Mountains, that country then being comparatively new. Here Noah was brought up well accustomed to the hardships and privations of “Mountain Life.” At the age of twenty-one he commenced work as an apprentice with a shoemaker; remaining there until he became master of his trade, then made a start in life for himself. He packed his tools and clothes and taking his pack upon his back he started for Western New York, a distance of 300 miles. It was customary in those days for people to hire a shoemaker to come to their house to do the family shoe-making. Hew was very fortunate in finding many jobs of work along his journey. In this way he traveled until he arrived at Oneida. Here he found an opportunity to purchase a small lot and building for a shoe-shop. He made the purchase, but soon learned that it was mortgaged for nearly its full value. He accordingly left it again: shouldered his pack and resumed his journey. As he proceeded West, he discovered that the times were hard, jobs of work were few and money scarce. At Moscow, Livingston county , he paid the last cent he had for a breakfast. In traveling he had blistered his ankle, which now become inflamed, swollen and very hurtful but he hobbled on as best he could, destined he knew not where. About mid-day he called at a house in the town of Perry, which proved to be the residence of a physician, they kindly invited him to take dinner, after which the sore ankle received attention. The doctor’s wife gave him bandages and salve for future use. He continued on his journey and about sunset came to a small log house near Castile Center. He rapped at the door and heard the welcome response of, “Walk In”: As he entered , who should he meet but an old acquaintance and neighbor from Vermont. One day they took their guns and went hunting. They roamed the woods without much success until they reached Wolf Creek, and the first game they killed was a partridge which Mr. Sturtevant saw and shot from the limb of a hemlock tree which stood on the spot now occupied by the Castile Sanitarium.
Where Castile village now stands was a dense wilderness, except the road that had been cut through, know many years ago as the “Alleghany Road”.
He soon after made a contract with a Mr Ewell to clear off and fence two acres of land, for which he was to receive $25.00. This two acres was on the road which now leads from Castile to the “Middle Falls”. There was no road there at that time and the land he was to clear off was two mile from human habitation; they had to guide themselves through the woods by means of tree that had been marked, this of course could only be accomplished by daylight and as he wished to save time, Mr. Ewell agreed to come at night-fall and bring some fire and provisions for the following day, then they were to build a ‘bush tent’ and remain there during the night, so he chopped away all day, giving himself no uneasiness until night and the darkness closed in around him, but Mr, Ewell did not come. He was tired and hungry and the night was piercing cold. He tried to strike fire, using his cotton handkerchief for tined, but it was damp and would not ignite. He dare not sit down; like the faithful sentinel on duty, her paced his lonely beat until day-break revealed the trees that were marked by which he was to find his way out of the woods.
Continued next week. - Unfortunately I do not have the following weeks edition of this newspaper. “The Sheldon Democrat - Official Democratic Newspaper of Wyoming County.” “Varysburg Wyoming County NY Thursday 31, 1914”
Yes this was transcribed from an original newspaper which is now very delicate. By the statement of his age in the first paragraph Noah would have been born on 25 Jul 1784.
I believe I read somewhere that this was a reprint from an earlier newspaper.