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Re: The courthouse basement-- Another surprise
Posted by: Adrianne (ID *****7378) Date: January 20, 2003 at 19:13:26
In Reply to: The courthouse basement by Raymond Woolson of 82

Hi Raymond,

Do you live near Lockport? I am researching my family from Niagara Co. but live in NM. I ordered a book called Niagara County: A Concise REcord of Her Progress and People written by Edward T. Williams. This except was in the biographis of the Tower family.

I hope to add to your information. If you do go to Lockport again and have a chance to find the parents/wills of Zenas P. Thrall born in 1801 in Lockport please tell me who his parents are. Thank you.

I learned that when Mandama Woolson and her new husband Orlando HOLDEN moved to Texas in the early 1870's, three of "Mannie's" siblings tagged along with them.

Peter Vandalia Tower, son of George P. and Elizabeth (Peet) Tower, is one of a family of seven children and born to his parents: Frank , who died in infancy; Fred P., who married Frankie Calleu, is living on the homestead with his father; Sarah E., who married John Thompson, living at Astoria, Long Island; Cyrus Peet, who married Agnes Lloyd, living on a part of the old homestead; Jenny Lind, who married Harry Dauson, living in England; and Porter B. and Peter Vandalia, twins, the former of whom married Myrtle Tower and resides on the Haskell farm on the Wilson road. Peter Tower has one daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, who married George E. Fry, of West Walworth, N.Y. and has one child, George E. Fry of West Walworth, N.Y., and has one child George Tower Fry. The father of these seven children, George P. Tower, was born at Porter, N.Y., May 19, 1836, a son of Peter and Olive (Baldwin) Tower, and was reared on the farm, acquiring his education in the pubic schools and at Wilson Academy. He early adopted agricultural pursuits and became the owner of 231 acres of land, of which sixty acres were devoted to the growing of fruit. After the death of his first wife, Elizabeth (Peet) Tower, in 1879, he married Mrs. Mandama (Woolson) Holden, widow of Orlando Holden, who died at Sherman, Texas, in 1880. Much of the early history of this locality is identified in some way with this barnch of the Tower family. Peter Tower, the father of George P., assisted in building the first grist mill at Niagara Falls and the first bride across to Goat Island. The first home meeting was held at the home of George P. Tower, and the first schoolhouse outside of the village was build on his farm. Peter Tower engaged in several lines of activity, for, in addition to being a farmer and fruit-grower, he made all the coffins used in this section for many years, and also added to his resources by speculating in lands. He was likewise known prominently in public affairs, serving for some time as deputy collector at Youngstown and was postmaster for along period. He kept store for many years in the house in which his son Peter now resides. Fraternally Mr. Tower was identified with the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He was a man of charitable impulses and always assisted the poor.

Please let me know if you find any Thralls in Lockport. They have to be related.


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