Foland, John A. -b. 1815 Schoharie County, NY
from a book found on HeritageQuestOnline.com – not in my line as far as I know
Title: The Alma story, 1795-1850
Authors: Shear, Hazel M.
City of Publication: Wellsville, N.Y.
Publisher: H.M. Shear
Page Count: 175
Notes: Bibliography: v.2, p. [iv]
Pt. 1. 1795-1850 -- Pt.2. 1850-1900
Reel/Fiche Number: Genealogy and local history; LH2998
Subject Headings: Alma (N.Y.) -- History.
New York (State) -- Allegany County -- Alma
John A. Foland, a late-comer for our period of study, was one of the most important men of Alma-Wellsville-Willing for a number of years. He was the first supervisor of Willing; when Alma was formed, he became its first supervisor, and later he served as supervisor of Wellsville.
He was a well-to-do man who evidently brought plenty of money with him. He was described by those who knew him as “a big, genial Irishman who was a friend to everyone.” He was six feet tall and had red hair, according to a close friend of one of his daughters. He was active in the Masonic Lodge in Wellsville.
John Foland was born in Schoharie County, New York, in 1815. His wife, Mary P., was b. in Tompkins County in 1823. Their children, Lucilla, Emaline (called Lina) and George were born in the Town of Southport, Chemung County; Luella and perhaps others were born in Alma. John and Mary are buried in Sunnyside Cemetery in Alma village. He was a lumberman and he established a sawmill just south of the village of Alma on arrival there. Later, he became a partner with Samuel Hubbell and later with Hubbell and Elliott.
Foland’s first deed was from Azor Hurlburt and wife for Lot 23 (Sterrett), dated Aug. 25, 1848. The deed was given Foland and H.C. Spaulding. They paid $2,000 for the property. Foland and Spaulding bought a great deal of land together over the years. It is possible that Spaulding’s wife, Clara A., was a sister of John.
In the first deed, Azor Hurlburt reserved the right of keeping up and maintaining the Azor Hurlburt dam and millpond. Part of this pond was on Lot 26 and subject to a mortgage given to Nathaniel Johnson No. 8, 1844 (?) for $487.49. He reserved the right of the Rice Mill to overflow the land “which said mill dam … now overflows … and the said Hurlburt agrees to be responsible to the said parties of the second part for all damage which Gates Hyde or his legal representatives may recover to any suit at law against them for over-flowing the lands of said Hyde from said Mill Pond.”