There is a book "History of the town of North Harmony, Chautauqua county, New York" that has some information on this branch of the Marcy family. I've driven through the region and recommend a good map as the place name geography in New York is very confusing. The Marcy family lived in an area known as Stedman along the Open Meadows Road. This is a beautiful area of farmland and great vistas. For very specific information, please ask.
Clinton Marcy came to the region in 1822 with his wife and three very young children. Clinton was from Hartland, VT and came from a large family of ten siblings including six brothers. The Marcy's in Hartland were a large tribe, very active in town affairs, and all descended from the orginal John and Sarah Marcy of Woodstock, CT. The Hartland Marcys came from Capt. Joe Marcy, and Sam Marcy, the 4th and 7th sons respectively of John and Sarah.
Clinton Marcy stems from Sam Marcy, through William, then Willard, father of Clinton. The Willard Marcy homestead is still in use and good repair, although not owned by Marcys. The last Harland Marcy died in 1974.
Clinton Marcy must have thought that better opportunity lay west and the gamble paid off. He and especially his sons accumulated tremendous quality real estate in the form of profitable farms. His sons Hiram and James Madison Marcy were locally known as Squire and Mad, and owned some 14 farms in all. Squire died in 1887 after a long useful life. He served for many years as a Justice of the Peace, and operated sawmills. The Squire was married twice and had five children inc. two sons Willard and William L. These two Marcy Brothers were farmers and cattle raisers and it is said brought Holstein cattle into that region in the early 1870's. William L. was the secretary of the Stedman Grange for 50 years. Willard built the Victoria Hotel on Lake Chautauqua which stood until 1930. This was a very popular place in its heyday c. 1880-1910?
Clinton Marcy had five brothers, two of whom were early settlers in Ashtabula County, Ohio, even farther west. There are today many descendants from these brothers in that county, including the owners of some long established local business, Marcy Funeral Home est.1855 in Conneaut, and Marcy Chevrolet est. 1912 in Pierpont, later moved to Geneva. From another of Clintons brothers a cousin, another Willard moved to Newton Falls, Mass. and became well established and had a large family. It seems these scattered families held annual highly organized family reunions beginning c. 1883. Mrs. Karl R. Marcy of Pierpont, Ohio
showed me a printed program from the third such affair in the kitchen of her large 1885 farm house on the 400 acre Pleasant View Farm owned and operated by her husband and their sons. The 11th of these reunions was held in Stedman at William L. farm. Many cousins attended but I have no other information about these Marcy Family reunions. Any one with in
formation, please forward.
So in answer to your query about info related to James (Mad) Marcy and his wife Lydia. Mad live from 1821 until 1886. He married Lydia Butts in 1840. She died in 1885 and they had no children.
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