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Samuel Johnson Civil War Registration
Samuel Johnson Civil War Registration
Canandaigua, Ontario County, Johnson, Samuel, age 35, White, Lumber, Ireland 
Seth Daniel King and Josephine Matilda Purdy
Seth Daniel King and Josephine Matilda Purdy
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Stories about Totman and Bliss Families
Probably written by Helen Zilpha Corser (Herendeen)
Stories about Totman and Bliss Families Probably written by Helen Zilpha Corser (Herendeen)
Aunt Rena [Irena Lester Joyner] practiced medicine and was always being called to doctor someone. She paid $10.00 for the privilege of practicing. She went to Virginia to care for her son, Levi Ward Totman when he had typhoid fever. She stayed and cared for other wounded boys when she saw the great need for nurses. She was supposed to have died of stomach ulcers or cancer of the stomach. She came from Jefferson County, NY and her maiden name was Joiner (or Joyner).

Her son Lester [Totman], went to Canandaigua Academy and Ann Arbor, Michigan to study to be a doctor. He had to work his way through, writing essays for the others or tutoring. He worked so hard that he finally had to leave school. He started out to visit Aunt Kate [Catherine Louise Totman] and Uncle Flen [Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr] but after leaving Aunt Nancy [Totman]’s he was taken sick on the way to Aunt Kate’s. He stopped at Henry Reed’s and perhaps a brother of James Reed who lived about 60 miles from Aunt Kate’s. He never arrived at his destination but died there with TB of the bowels. HE also had bad throat glands. Ward [Totman and his] wife [Irena Lester Joyner] came to his funeral.

Thomas Lester was engaged to Ada Sears. The half sister of Hank and Alice, Alice was stuck by lightning and killed when she was 17. Ada is said to have been very beautiful, she later married someone else (after Lester’s death).

Ward Totman was a really factual person. He has been known to take his liquor with the best of them until he came before his wife’s praying for him to stop. She made him promise then to stop all drinking and ward was out to keep a promise. He was a farmer by trade like his parents in Jefferson county, so after his marriage to Rena Joiner [Irena Lester Joyner] and his journey to Bristol he bought the Totman homestead, then only a log cabin, and built a much larger house.

The place was about 100 acres, some of which was pasture and orchard, but for the most part the land was tilled to raise crops to feed livestock. He made the most of his money raising and selling livestock. He had 7 children, William Francis, who died young, Nancy, Sophia, Catherine, Levi, Lester, and Francis (the 2nd child same name as his brother and he died as a young boy.

After Irena [Lester Joyner] died, Ward went back to Jefferson county and married Hannah Moore, aunt of Zilpha [Merenda Moore], Levi [Ward Totman]’s wife. It was Hannah who helped Lester as much as she could to get through school when Ward refused to waste his money on college, just a postponement to get out of working.

That was the thing about Ward, he wasn’t one to waste his money, especially on such intangibles as that of an education. But perhaps the hard working man shouldn’t be blamed for not throwing his money away, they appreciated what it took to get money. It also has been said that grandfather Ward was rather selfish for when visiting Aunt Kate’s [Catherine Louise Totman], he had been known to say “Kate, save the top milk to put on my toast.” “I know” was his favorite expression.

Once when Aunt Kate [Catherine Louise Totman] & Uncle Flen [Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr] were both busy off away for the day, Ward came down driving Harry [Henry Ward Bliss] at great speed. HE wanted a load of straw and since she was the only one home at the time Aunt Mabel [Janette Bliss] drew the load down the hill for him. AS they were coming down, Mabel driving and Ward working beside her, the load slipped off. What ward said “Honey, I never saw anyone get out from under anything as fast as you did.”

His favorite spot was to sit behind the range by the window and read. He would also chew just a bit of tobacco or smoke his clay pipe, cleaning it out and throwing the ashes into the fire. He gave all his grandchildren names, Ella-Nancy, Grace-Dolly, (for his sister) Florence-Fley. Ward was also a builder and founder of the Methodist Church. It was said whiskey flowed freely as an incentive to the builders.

Aunt Nancy [Totman] married (at 19 yrs) Henry Reed, whom she had met here and who was related to Jim Reed, Rurol’s father. Nancy was married at the farm and went west and settled at [Joliet], Ilinois. Hal lives in the same house today. William died quite young, Morse [Morris A Reed] Wallace [L Reed] and Frank [L Reed] were their children. Wallace’s first wife was daughter of Randall and when she died in childbirth, Wallace inherited the Randall house. Nancy came from the west & Stayed with Wallace to settle the estate. Inez Totman, age 9, came and stayed with her and enjoyed it very much.

Aunt Nancy [Totman] was like Ella Case, being rather stout and quite friendly and cheerful. Children liked her and she liked them. She traveled to the Bristol hills many times from her western home. She loved her family and watched over them. People were kind to her in the west. Her husband had many relatives there who helped get started so the job of settling wasn’t such a hard one as many pioneers had to face and conquer.

Mrs Bradley was cousin of Uncle Henry Reed. The Reeds lived where Leon Reed now lives, that was the Reed homestead.

Aunt Kate [Catherine Louise Totman] and uncle Flen [Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr] met in Joliet, Illinois. For Aunt Kate had gone there to visit her sister, Nancy [Totman]. They were married in Aunt Nancy’s front yard on Oct 12th 1860. It was beautiful and the deep yard had pines bordering it, whose branches came clear to the grass. Ward and Rena came to the wedding also. Uncle Philenzo was born at Kankakee, Illinois. His father died when he was a few months old. His mother, Caroline Gooding, married Samuel Blount. He was always called Blount until one day he came home from school, about age 5, crying. When his mother asked him what was the matter he said someone had told him his name wasn’t really Blount. His mother told him that his real father was named Bliss and did he want to be called that? He said yes and from that time on he was called Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr.

After the two were married, they settled on the outskirts of what now is called Chicago, although Chicago of that time was about 30 miles away. One time when Uncle Flen was coming home from marketing his produce there he suddenly looked around and saw a man crouched behind him in the back of the wagon. He told him if he wanted a ride to come up on the seat with him and the man obeyed sullenly. Though Uncle Flen watched him al the rest of the ride, he didn’t try anything else. If Aunt Kate and Uncle Flen had stayed where they were they would have owned very valuable property in a very few years, but Uncle FLen got the western urge again and moved to Missouri. There the family had some real work to build a house and tame 80 acres of land.

Perhaps the worst terror to the people there were the prairie fires. When the grass got so dry that the fires seemingly were started by the sun’s rays, the danger of fire was very great. There was no stopping one once it got started. Livestock was turned loose and therefore couldn’t be caught when the fires were going so that the stock was either lost or burned usually. One fire started at the neighbors, 1 or 2 miles away. They were making sorghum and while they were eating dinner the fire under the kettles got into the dry sorghum and of course spread very quickly. The fire came to the next door neighbor’s (Mrs Koor) and the Bliss children being alone could see them beat out the fire around the house saving it, but losing the rest of the buildings and naturally they were frightened. Mabel rushed upstairs and got her red dress and button shoes to save them. She was also very sure that her friend Ransom, with whom she used to walk home from school, was being burned. That fire didn’t ever reach their place, but only because of the hard work of the grownups there about. Uncle Flen came home so tired that he fell on the floor and could not get up for a long while. Most of the farmers plowed around their buildings so that the fires wouldn’t get to them. The children would look out over the plains at night to see if there were any fires and quite often they would find them there glowing red against the dusty sky.

At the time of another fire and things got so bad that Winnie [Winifred Catherine Bliss] and Rena [Irene Carolyn Bliss] decided to put Topsey the horse in the well to save her but just about that time Ick Bliss came riding up to tell the children that the fire wouldn’t reach them.

Once when the children were quite small the girls used to sing a song their mother didn’t like and so that their mother couldn’t hear, they stuck their foot down the stove pipe hole through the floor. Mabel who was still small, stuck both her feet in and went right through. Luckily she landed on a coat which was on the floor and so she wasn’t hurt.

One other time the children were walking up a plank, over a large barrel of soft soap. The larger children had no trouble doing this, but when it came to Mabel’s turn she fell in the barrel head first. Everyone helped her get out as fast as they could and her sister got most of the soap out of her eyes.

Even at that time prairie schooners & covered wagons were still traveling for the west. For Mabel can remember being lifted in and playing in a covered wagon that belonged to some friends of her parents who were resting there a few days before pushing on west.

Uncle Flen came to Bristol and Ward gave him a horse which combined with Topsey made a team. He started to Missouri, driving the horses till he got to Erie when he received a telegram saying that his brother Jim [James Gooding Blount] had been killed in the Civil War. This made him all the more homesick for Missouri and so he put the horses on the train at Cleveland, he had to get off the train to find some hay to feed the horses. He had such a time doing this that the train went on with the horses. So he waited and got on the caboose of the next train with the hay and caught up with the first train.

The whole family suffered with malaria while they were in the west.

When Mabel was 5 years old she was taken to her first circus. A Mrs. Carston from Mexico took her to the circus in Centralia, 12 miles away. While they were in the city, Mrs Carston bought her a pair of shoes, these it was decided after Mabel walked around for a while were too small. This was remembered by going back and exchanging them for a larger pair. Then they proceeded to the circus. The thing that impressed Mabel were 5 girls who performed on racing horses. When she went home and told the rest of the family about it. Riding on the hops of the horse and trying to perform the same stunts became the favorite past time. The girls used to get the horses going on either side of a hoop and jump from one horse through the hoop to the other horse. Another time she was riding Joe a pacer to the pond. Mabel decided that was a good time to practice, so she rode on the hops and everything was all right until she suddenly lost her balance and fell in the mud with her best clothes on.

Aunt Kate and the children came back by train from Grandfather Blount’s. After they arrived, Morris Reed came to visit them and was very sick with rheumatism. Ward came to see them soon after that and made the children sleds. But because they had no hills, the kids hitched the horses to the sleds instead.

When Mabel was 8 years old the family came back to Bristol. They arrived here in March. Aunt Kate refused to go back and wanted Uncle Flen to come to Bristol. This was asking a lot for Uncle Flen had to give all the land he had worked so hard to settle and the house he had built. Of course when he sold them he did so at a loss. He had so much out there and nothing here. He had to start all over. At one time he had 14 horses and many cows. These were sold at auction. This livestock roamed over the plains since there were no or few fences. On her 8th birthday, Mabel received a pair of red wool mittens so that day she rode out and kept the livestock in a certain field of flax. Since it was in January the day was cold and watching all day must have been a tiresome job.
The Sacketts in America
The Sacketts in America
Lemuel Sackett, 1803-1882, of Berkshire, Mass., and Mt. Clemens, Mich. son of (483) Lemuel and Annie Frances Sacket, was married at Pittsford, Monroe County, N.Y., Mar. 9, 1827 to Mary Miller.

2625 Mary F Sackett, b. Dec 7, 1828; m. Robert Campbell
2626 Lemuel M Sackett, b. May 1, 1831; m. Emeline L Cole
2627 John J Sackett, b. Feb 17, 1833, d. in 1862; m. Ethel Stephens
2629 Robert Francis Sackett, b. Mar 11, 1842, d in 1864, unmarried

Robert Sacket, 1805-1843, son of (483) Lemuel and Annie Frances Sacket, was in 1842, unmarried, and residing in Detrout, Mich. Having determined to revisit his home in Pittsford, NY, he took passage on the ill-fated steamer "Erie," which was burned on the lake, and he and many others perished.

Mary Sacket, 1810-1888, daughter of (483) Lemuel and Annie Frances Sacket, was married, Nov 11, 1830 to William West Bonney I --?-1864, of Pittsford, Monroe County, NY and Oxford, Ohio.

2634 Julia Agnes Bonney, b Oct 30 1831, d in 1892; m JW Brown
2635 Elisabeth F Bonney, b. Sept 3, 1835, d in 1871; m. Albert L Adams
2636 George W Bonney, B Oct 12, 1838; m Agnes A Crist 2637 Byron W Bonney, b Sept 23, 1841; m. Emma E Keefer
2638 Marie F Bonney, b July 31, 1844, d. in 1885; m. Henry W Babcock
2639 Mary J Bonney, b Sept 30 1846, m. Benjamin Miller 
Totman Daughters and Their Husbands
Totman Daughters and Their Husbands
Back: Nancy Totman, Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr, Sophia Totman
Front: Henry Reed, Catherine Louise Totman, Benjamin Theopolis Luther 
William Henry Outhouse
William Henry Outhouse
William Henry Outhouse
William Henry Outhouse
William Sherman Steele
William Sherman Steele
William Steele and Asenath Speaker
William Steele and Asenath Speaker
William Steele and Asenath Speaker
William Steele and Asenath Speaker

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