Story by Fred Gahimer.
THOMAS EDWARD HUSON was born, 28 March 1796, at Queensbury, Washington County, New York, son of CORNELIUS and SARA (WING) HUSON. He married RHODA TUCKER, daughter of ABRAHAM and DEBORAH TUCKER of Queensbury, Warren County, on February 6, 1816, in Erie County, New York. Some of Abraham’s children became early settlers in Niagara (now Erie) County. The Tucker families were Quakers, and came to North Collins (from Westchester, Dutchess, and Warren Counties) in 1809, the first year of settlement there. North Collins began largely as a Quaker settlement. Because THOMAS was not yet a Quaker, RHODA was put under pressure by the Quakers for more than a decade before Thomas finally joined.
For more information about Thomas’ younger years, see this story.
5/2/1816 Queensbury, Warren Co., New York Quaker Meeting, minute of denial: Whereas Rhoda Huson formerly Tucker hath had a right of membership amongst us but hath so far deviated from the good order established amongst us as to keep company and marry one not of our society, therefore we do disown her from being any longer a member of our society until she shall make satisfaction for her outgoings.
On November 16, 1816, their first child, a daughter, Sarah Ann, was born in Queensbury. Their second child, a son, John Thompson, was born in Queensbury on February 28, 1819.
In 1820, THOMAS and RHODA HUSON, as evidenced by land records, are thought to have moved to a location near the Brant – North Collins Road near the site of the present Huson Cemetery about a half mile west of the town of North Collins. In the 1820 census they were in Niagara County (later Erie), in Eden. Eden Township is just north of the town of North Collins. Since the Quaker Meeting below states that they lived on the “verge” [edge] of Eden, they probably lived in the southwest tip of Eden Township, a little northeast of the Huson Cemetery. It was here that their third child and second daughter, Hepsibah, was born on October 21, 1820. Nothing further is known about Hebsibah other than she reportedly died in Illinois.
11/30/1820 Queensbury Quaker Meeting: Rhoda Huson forwarded to this meeting an acknowledgement with the tenor of which we are satisfied and she now resides in the verge of Eden Monthly Meeting..clerk requested to forward a copy of this minute to that meeting..
1/4/1822 Concord [later Collins] Quaker men's Meeting: the women’s meeting informed this that they are united in accepting Rhoda Huson as a member of our society...we unite (this was also noted in the Queensbury Meeting minutes of 4/4/1822)
A fourth child, Harriet, was born on September 8, 1822 in Collins.
THOMAS and RHODA’s fifth child, daughter Content, was born on August 24, 1824 in Collins. A sixth child, Anna H. was born on July 13, 1826.
1/1/1829 Collins Orthodox Quaker Meeting: Collins preparative meeting forwarded to this a request from Thomas Huson to be joined in membership with us...visit him
1/30/1829 Ibid.: ..made him a visit to good satisfaction...accept him a member
Melvin Wing Huson, seventh child, was born in Collins on January 5, 1829. One month later, Content Huson died on February 6, 1829 at age 3 1/2. On June 27, 1830, the eighth child, Phebe Jane, was born.
In 1831, THOMAS and RHODA moved to East Hamburg.
4/28/1831 Collins Orthodox Quaker Meeting: Thomas requested a removal certificate for self and family directed to Hamburgh Orthodox Quaker Meeting.
5/26/1831: removal certificate from Collins to Hamburgh Orthodox Quaker Meeting for Thomas Huson, wife Rhoda, and little minor daughter, Phebe Jane accepted, Hamburgh meeting of 6/29/1831
Their eldest daughter Sarah Ann married a local farmer, Shadrack Sherman, in Hamburg on March 11, 1832. Shadrack was a Quaker, and Sarah joined in 1834. In 1836 they moved to Collins, and joined the Collins Quaker Meeting.
In Hamburg, RHODA delivered her ninth child, EDWARD WING, on March 20, 1832. The following year, the tenth child, Charles Abraham, was born on August 16, 1833. On May 17, 1834, Hannah, the eleventh child, was born. And on March 1, 1837, the twelfth child, Deborah T. was born in Hamburg.
About 1838, their daughter Harriet married Ebenezer Cook Sprague, a Quaker ten years her senior, in Hamburg.
11/2/1838: Thomas Huson purchased land from the Holland Land Company at East Hamburg; 61 acres in Lot 32, Sub. D, T9 R7.
Finally, on March 5, 1839, the last of the Hamburg babies, and the thirteenth and last child, Byron Franklin, was born.
In the 1840 census, THOMAS (44) and RHODA (45) were living in Hamburg with their children, John Thompson (20), Anna H (14), Melvin Wing (11), Phebe Jane (10), Hannah (6), EDWARD WING (6), Charles Abraham (7), Deborah (3), and Byron Franklin (1). Later that year, John Thompson Huson married Susan Rathbarn in Hamburg.
On July 14, 1841: THOMAS HUSON and wife, RHODA; and John T. Huson and wife, Susan; all of Hamburgh, sold property to Chandler Wells, T10 R7 (Hamburgh), part of Lot 31, $1100 (Deed Book L64, p211)
After selling their property in Hamburg, THOMAS and RHODA and the children, along with their son John Thompson Huson and wife Susan, moved to Collins, which was two townships due south of Hamburg.
1/26/1842 Hamburgh Orthodox Quaker Meeting: The overseers directed to this meeting through the preparative meeting a complaint against Thomas Huson that he had failed to perform his promises and pay his just debts and has made a distinction in his creditors paying nearly all where his relations were concerned and some others none, to which the clerk is directed to forward to Collins monthly meeting requesting that meetings care in his case and inform us the result.
2/22/1842: removal certificate from Hamburgh to Collins Orthodox Quaker Meetings for Rhoda, wife of Thomas Huson, and children: Phebe Jane, Edward, Abraham [Charles A.], Hannah, Deborah, and Thomas [Byron].
8/30/1842 Hamburgh Orthodox Quaker Meeting: Collins monthly meeting informed us that Thomas Huson acknowledges the complaints sent by this meeting against him and had given that meeting such satisfaction that they concluded to continue him a member.
SERVICE IN LOCAL FRIENDS MEETINGS: THOMAS was overseer, Hamburgh 1839; appointed to attend Quarterly Meeting, 1839; appointed to investigative committees, 1829-30, 1839-41. RHODA was overseer, Hamburgh 1831; overseer of the poor, 1837-38; appointed to attend Quarterly Meeting, 1831-32, 1834, 1838-40; appointed to investigative committees, 1830-31, 1834-35, 1837-40; Sarah Ann (Huson) Sherman appointed to investigative committee, 1836.
In 1842, after the death of his brother, Wing Huson, and probably in the fall, THOMAS and RHODA moved to Southfork [now Kenosha], in the southeast corner of the Territory of Wisconsin where he acquired some government land. Making the journey were THOMAS (46), RHODA (47), Anna H. (16), Melvin (13), Phebe Jane (12), Hannah (8), EDWARD WING (10), Charles A. (9), Deborah (5), Byron (3), and the married children and their families, Sara and Shadrack Sherman, John T. and Susan Huson, and Harriet and Ebenezer Sprague. It is likely that other families from the Collins area joined them.
THOMAS died in 1843 at age 47 of kidney disease, probably in Kenosha. Afterward, RHODA moved the family to Geneva, Walworth County, Wisconsin.
In 1850, they were in Marquette County, Wisconsin, near Kingston. RHODA bought 160 acres of land on February 24, 1851 from her son, Melvin W. Huson, for $300. It consisted of the N1/4, S10, T14N, R11E in the Green Bay Land District, and was recorded on June 2, 1855. (Deed Record J-134, 135)
In the 1850 census, the children had become somewhat scattered in Wisconsin. Sarah and Shadrack Sherman were farming near Eagleville in Waukesha County with children Thomas and Etta. Harriett and Ebenezer Sprague were still living in Kenosha with their children Albert, Hulda, Horace, Emma, and Julia. Ebenezer was a carpenter. Anna and Jacob Chapin were farming in Sharon, Walworth County, with daughter Almira. Phebe Jane and George Dart were living in Kingston, Marquette County, with daughter Almira. John T. and Susan Huson were living nearby in Marquette, Marquette County, farming with children Charles E., Emery, and Sarah.
It is probable that at this time Melvin moved to Illinois, where he is reported to have died on May 8, 1855 at age 26. It may also be that his sister Hepsibah went with him, as she also reportedly died in Illinois. Also in 1855, Sarah and Shadrack Sherman had moved to Middleton in Dane County just north of Madison, Wisconsin.
RHODA and her son Charles together bought 80 acres of land on July 16, 1855 from Jesse S. Sims and his wife Ruth Ann for $400. The Quit Claim Deed for the N1/2, NE1/4, S15, T14N, R11E was recorded on July 23, 1855. (Deed Record J-332) In the 1855 Wisconsin State Census, RHODA was listed as living at Kingston as head of a household consisting of three males and two females. RHODA bought another 80 acres on September 4, 1857 from M. W. Stevens and his wife Harriet for $1. The Quit Claim Deed for the N1/2, NE1/4, S10, T14, R11 was recorded on March 12, 1860. (Deed Record S-375)
At about this same time, Harriet and Ebenezer Sprague and family moved back to East Hamburg, Erie County, New York and resumed farming there. Perhaps they were unhappy with Wisconsin, or they may have returned due to Harriet having failing health. She died on August 28, 1857 at age 35 and was buried in the East Hamburg Friends Cemetery.
In 1858, the eastern part of Marquette County was split off into a new county named Green Lake, which contained the towns of Kingston and Marquette. In the 1860 census of Kingston, RHODA HUSON was listed as the head of the household, and sons EDWARD WING and Byron (listed as Thomas) were living with her. Byron was also listed by his nickname Thomas in the list of Rhoda’s children in the Quaker removal certificate of 2/22/1842.
In the 1860 census, Sarah and Shadrack were still in Middleton, north of Madison where he was now a baptist minister (since 1853) and the only child at home was Etta. Phebe Jane and George Dart were farming in Montello, Marquette County with children Almira, Alma, Wallace, and Henry. Anna and Jacob Chapin had moved to Fremont Twp., Bremer County, Iowa with their children Almira, Eugene, Melvin, and Alice.
EDWARD WING HUSON met CLARISSA ANNE PATTENGILL in Kingston and they were married there on March 30, 1862. Prior to 1866, EDWARD and CLARISSA HUSON moved to Belle Plaine, Benton County, Iowa where he was a grocer, as listed in the 1870 census with Clarissa and their children, Willie, KATIE, and Carrie.
EDWARD’s brother Byron Huson also lived in Belle Plaine in 1866, where he met Alice Campfield. He married her on December 13, 1868 in Des Moines. They were found in the 1870 census living in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa with a daughter, Alena. Byron was a carpenter.
In 1870, RHODA (75) was listed in the census as living in Nashua, Chickasaw County, Iowa with a newlywed 28 year old wagonmaker named Edwin Treadwell, his 27 year old wife Etta, and a 21 year old housekeeper Elizabeth Parke. Their next-door neighbor was RHODA’s daughter, Sarah (53), with her husband, Shadrack Sherman (58), a clergyman. Etta was Shadrack and Sarah’s daughter, and thus RHODA’s granddaughter. Anna and Jacob Chapin were still living in Fremont Twp., Bremen County, Iowa, farming with children Eugene, Melvin, and Alice.
Since Bremer and Chickasaw Counties adjoin, it may be that prior to 1870, RHODA went with Sarah and Shadrack Sherman and they moved to Iowa to be near Anna and Jacob Chapin. There, Sarah’s daughter Etta met and married Edwin Treadwell, and they took in and cared for the aging RHODA, with the help of her parents next door. RHODA died in Iowa two years later on October 1, 1872; probably in Nashua, at the age of 77.
Children of THOMAS and RHODA (TUCKER) HUSON
- Sarah Ann (daughter), b. 15 Nov. 1816 at Queensbury, Washington Co., N.Y.
- John Thompson (son), b. 28 Feb. 1819 at ” ” “
- Hepsabah (daughter), b. 21 Oct. 1820 (as above); d. in Illinois
- Harriet (daughter), b. 8 Sep. 1822 at Collins, Erie Co., N.Y.; d. 28 Aug 1857 Erie Co., N.Y.
- Content (daughter), b. 27 Aug. 1824 at Concord, Erie Co., N.Y.; d. 6 Feb. 1829 in N.Y.
- Anna H. (daughter), b. 13 Jul. 1826 at Concord, Erie Co., N.Y.
- Melvin Wing (son), b. 5 Jan. 1829 at Concord, Erie Co., N.Y.; d. 8 May 1855 in Illinois.
- Phebe Jane (daughter), b. 27 Jun 1830 at Concord, Erie Co., N.Y.; d. 1907 in Washington State.
- EDWARD WING (son), b. 20 Mar 1833 at Hamburgh, Erie Co., N.Y.
- Charles Abraham (son), b. 16 Aug. 1834 at Hamburgh, Erie Co., N.Y.
- Hannah F. (daughter), b. 17 May 1835 at Hamburgh, Erie, N.Y.
- Deborah T. (daughter), b. 21 Mar. 1837 at Hamburgh, Erie, N.Y.; d. 14 Feb. 1856 in Wisconsin.
- Byron Franklin (son), b. 5 Mar. 1839 at Hamburgh, Erie, N.Y.
Sarah Ann was born on November 16, 1816 in Queensbury, Warren County, New York. She married Shadrack Sherman on March 11, 1832 in Hamburgh, Erie County, New York. Shadrack had been born on December 1, 1811, in Washington County, New York.
Shadrack was a Quaker in the Hamburgh Orthodox Meeting, and in 1834 Sarah joined the Quakers.
6/25/1834 Hamburgh Orthodox Quaker Meeting: Hamburgh preparative meeting forwarded a request signed by Sarah Ann Shearman signifying her desire to become joined in membership with friends (2 persons) appointed to take the necessary care.
8/27/1834 Ibid.: Sarah received into membership.
2/24/1836 (Erie Co., Clerk's record of deeds, L39, p280): Shadrack and Sarah Ann of Hamburgh sold property to Seneca Hill of Hamburgh, T9, R7, NW part of Lot 23, $1219.
6/24/1836 (Ibid., L39, p160): Shadrack and Sarah Ann Sherman of Hamburgh sold property to Noah Folsom, T9, R7, part of Lot 15, $620.
SERVICE IN LOCAL FRIENDS MEETINGS: Hamburgh; Sarah Ann (Huson) Sherman appointed to investigative committee, 1836.
2/22/1837 removal certificate from Hamburgh to Collins Orthodox Quaker Meetings for Shadrack and his wife Sarah, "having removed within the limits of your meeting."
5/1/1837 (Erie Co., Clerk's record of deeds, L44, p225): Shadrack and Sarah Ann of Evans sold property to Joseph L. Shearman [his brother] of Hamburgh, T8, R9, part of Lot 21, 10 acres, 31 rods, except 3 acres in north end, $400.
5/26/1837 (Ibid., L44, p221): Shadrack and Sarah Ann of Evans sold property to Bartholomew Fields, Sarah's uncle, at T8, R9, part of Lot 21, 3 acres, $100.
In the 1840 Census, Shadrack (29) and Sarah (24) were farming in Brant, Erie County with their children, Thomas (4), and Etta (2).
They moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin in late 1842 with her parents and others. In the 1850 census, Shadrack (37) and Sarah (34) were farming in Eagleville, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, with their children, Thomas (16), and Rhoda [Etta], and a 19 year old woman from England. Based on the locations of their children’s births in Wisconsin, they were in Wyocena, Columbia, County in May 18521; Beaver Dam, Dodge County in September 1856; and in Middleton, Dane County [just north of Madison] in April 1855. Shadrack became a Baptist in 1853 and then became a preacher and peddler of religious goods. In the 1860 census, Shadrack (49) and Sarah (43) were still in Middleton with their daughter Rhoda [Etta] (18). He was still a minister, with assets of $500 real estate and $200 personal property.
Shortly after the 1860 census, they moved to Iowa, where Shadrack became an influential minister in a large area of the state around Nashua. They may have moved there to be close to her sister Anna Chapin, as she and her family had moved into the county adjoining Chickasaw prior to 1860.
In the 1870 census, Shadrack (58) and Sarah (53) lived at Nashua, Chickasaw County, next door to their daughter Etta (27) and her husband Edwin [Clarence] Treadwell (28). RHODA HUSON 75, Thomas’ widow, was living with the Treadwells as well as Elizabeth Parke, a 21 year old woman born in Wisconsin listed in the census as keeping house. Shadrack had assets of $1,800 real estate, and $500 personal property. Edwin, a wagonmaker, had assets of $400 personal propert, and Etta had $250 personal property.
Shadrack was in the ministry twenty years, half with the Cedar Valley Association of Iowa and the last three years with the Baptist church of Riceville. In later years Shadrack was unable to travel the circuit on the prairie and retired to the Baptist church in Riceville. He died of a stroke on January 3, 1875 at 63 years.
Sarah moved to Minneapolis, Ottawa County, Kansas in 1884, and died there on April 11, 1885 at the age of 68. She was buried in the Highland Cemetery there.
Minneapolis Messenger, April 16, 1885 Mrs. Sarah A. Sherman, an aunt of the Chapin boys, died in this city last Saturday night. She came from Iowa last summer; has been an invalid for some time but in the past two weeks has been very sick, with a complication of diseases. She was 68 years old and her old age had as much to hasten death as anything. The funeral services were held at the Baptist Church last Sunday afternoon.
Children (Source: Judith M. Treadwell Paschen, Yakima, WA):
- Emma – Born Feb 16, 1838 in Brant, NY. Died Jan 18, 1844 in Brant.
- Thomas H. – Born Mar 3, 1838 in East Hamburgh, NY. Married Semira A. Thomas Feb 18, 1887. Died Mar 1922 in Whittier, CA
- Etta Rhoda – Born Dec 8, 1842 in Kenosha, WI. Died Dec 9, 1915 in Ritzville, WA. Married Edwin Clarence Treadwell
- James H. – Born Aug 12, 1845 in Eagleville, Waukesha Co., WI.; Died on Aug 18, 1846 in Eagleville.
- Alice C. – Born May 24, 1851 in Wyocena, Columbia Co., WI.; Died Aug 15, 1852 in Wyocena.
- Clarence – Born Aug 1, 1856 in Beaver Dam, Dodge Co., WI.; Died Sep 8, 1856.
- Forest Orange – Born Sep 25, 1855 in Middleton, Dane Co., WI; Died Apr 20, 1858 in Middleton.
On Feb. 2, 1916, two months after Etta’s death, 69 year old Edwin Treadwell wrote a letter to a grandniece which tells some of the story of Shadrack and also of he and Etta.
Dear Allice,This is a snowy day almost like the one described in Whittier’s “Snow Bound”. I hope it will not continue as long or be quite so severe. I think it is such a day as book lovers like to cuddle down in some cozy corner by a good warm fire and a good book, and then you can nearly bid defiance to the elements without.I am in my room with very pleasant surroundings. The walls are nearly covered with pictures. Some of them are almost sacred, as their dear faces represent years of happiness. A bed is in one end of the room, and beside it a stand and chiffonier, a few easy chairs, carpet and furs on the floor, and a table partially covered with papers and books where I sit writing. One of the most prized books is a Bible that has many places marked and interlined by her whom her Savior has taken home to be with Him. This letter is written on stationery that was hers, so it will be in part a letter from her as well as from me. Now I have given you just a brief look at my surroundings today. I haven’t any special story or book to read today, so I think I will write a story for you to read, and for not knowing a better title for it I will call it a Love Story — and who does not love to read a good love story? Its sparks touch the heart and set it aglow to the greatest faculty that God has given us.Many years ago a young Quaker [Shadrack] and his wife came from New York State to Wisconsin and started a home there. Soon after they were converted to the Baptist Faith and united with the Baptist Church. He was engaged in the merchantile business for several years and finally felt his duty to go to work more directly for his master. He entered the co-pastor work which he followed for a time, and also supplied many destitute churches on the Sabbath.After a while he felt it his duty to give all of his time to the ministry. He was ordained and held several very successful pastorates. Several children came into their home, but most of them were taken home [died] in childhood. The one I wish to speak of more particularly was a daughter, Ettie R. She was educated in the common schools and finally took a partial academic course.At the age of 18 she began teaching and taught two or three years in Wisconsin. Then her parents moved to Iowa and soon after she followed them and taught there for a year or two when her health gave out, owing to the exposures of the severe winters and deep snows. Sometimes she was obliged to stay at the schoolhouse for days and do what cooking she did on a box stove.Then followed nearly a year of illness when her parents and friends nearly despaired of her recovery. She finally took treatment from a doctor in New York City, and his remedies restored her to health again. About that time a young man came from the East to Iowa, where he had a brother residing.He visited with him for two or three weeks and then went out looking for work at his trade. After visiting several towns without success, he came to the City of Nashua, Iowa, and there found employment. After the business arrangement was completed , the young man inquired as to the Baptists in the town and was informed that there was a Baptist Church and a Baptist pastor of the church.He informed me that he was doing some work for him at the shop and that he would soon be in as he had just passed down the street. The minister soon returned and I was introduced to him. He gave me a very cordial greeting. I had left my baggage back to a town about 20 miles distant, could go back on the evening train and return on an early morning train. (I see I have given myself away.)I did, so I was kindly invited to come to the parsonage which was but a short distance away, and I gladly accepted the invitation. I was received into the home very cordially by the minister, Rev. S. Sherman, and his wife. After a while I was invited out to the breakfast table, and there for the first time I met their daughter, Ettie Rhoda Sherman. I was seated beside of her, and I think I engaged her in conversation as much as I knew how. However, I think the meal passed without any special event. I was so pleased with the home that I persuaded them to board me (and thereby hangs the tale.)My not being acqainted with the town I did not have any other place to spend my evening but at the home. So we sang some and talked a great deal. I knew something about the East but very little about the West. She knew lots about the West and of course little about the East, so we had to swap off.Time passed very pleasantly from weeks into months, and the first we knew Cupid had entered the circle and shot his arrows at both of us, and they sure were fatal shots. We discussed the matter afterwards and it was a mystery how he ever got in for we kept the doors closed and the curtains down at the windows. I had quite a severe cold for a while that winter and we drank ginger tea together. But she never made it until the old folks had retired; that might have had something to do with it. The winter passed away very happily and springtime came, also the birds and their mates. There was a grove just back of the house, and it was full of songbirds. We went out to hear and watch them, and perhaps it was them that induced us to do the same. So one beautiful April day her father gave her to me. We stayed with the father and mother a few months; then we went to a house of our own. We were very happy in each other’s love and companionship. We found many friends and enjoyed many pleasant hours with them. After nearly two years a little babe came into our hearts and home – our Clarence boy. Then we had the Golden Link to unite us closer than ever. About three years later our Allie boy came to us and we had another tie to bind us close together. Then next came little Mable, a beautiful sweet little girl. I don’t know that we loved her too dearly, for she was taken away from us when 3 1/2 years old. That was our first great sorrow, and sad indeed were our hearts at her loss.In the meantime R. A. had come to us. He was always our baby, although he is now over thirty years of age.All three of the boys have always been very kind and thoughtful of us. We lived in Iowa about thirteen years and then the climate was too severe for us, so in ’84 we moved to Kansas and lived in our home there nearly eighteen years. We had a pretty little cottage home and had flowers and fruits in abundance. We kept a horse and carriage so we could go whenever we pleased.In the spring of 1902 all three of the boys came to Washington, well knowing that we would not stay behind them very long. We were very lonely without them, so in the fall we came to Washington. We had a good home at Colville where we lived for six years. The town is located in a beautiful valley with mountains all around, fruits of all kind in abundance. The snow air that came from the mountains was too severe cold for my companion’s lungs. She took pneumonia and came very near dying. That was four years ago this winter. She partially regained her health so we were able to come here in the spring where it is much milder. A year ago this winter she took pneumonia again and we despaired of her life for weeks, but she rallied again after severe suffering last spring. As soon as she was able I took her out of her wheel chair, and we spent many happy hours together. She was of a loving temperament, easily grieved and grieved herself very much if she saw any one else grieved. Those that knew her best loved her the dearest. I did not know how much I loved her until she was taken from me.I dreamed a few nights since that I was lying on the bed and she came and bent over me and kissed me. It almost seemed to me that her blessed spirit had come back to me as a ministering angel to comfort me. When the angels took her home I wonder if she was greeted by our little Mabel and many others of our loved ones that have gone before, and will she be permitted to greet me when I go. Our Heavenly Father permitted us to love each other so dearly here that it cannot be possible that death will separate our love. God is love, and I think human love is next to God’s love. We dearly love our Heavenly Father here, and we shall love him more dearly then, and why not our dear ones also? My story is told. I hope it may be of interest to you. Kind regards to all the dear ones.E. C. Treadwell(Source: Judith M. Treadwell Paschen, Yakima, WA)
John Thompson was born Feb 28, 1819 in Queensbury, Warren County, New York. He was at times a farmer, wheelwright, and minister. He married Susan Rathbarn in 1840 in Hamburg, Erie County, New York and lived in Collins, Erie County.
In late 1842 they moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin with his parents and others. Between 1844 and 1848 they lived in Montello, Marquette County. In the 1850 census John (32) and Susan (32) were in Marquette of the same county, and were farming with their children Charles (9), Emery (7), and Sarah (1). By 1856 they had moved again to Bangor, LaCross County.
In 1868 they moved to Colfax Twp., Daviess County, Missouri. In the 1870 census John (51) and Susan (52) lived in Grand River, Livingston County, Missouri with their children Emery (28), Herbert J. (19) a school teacher, and Clara E. (11). John was farming, and had assets of $2880 real estate, and $2365 personal property. His younger brother Charles Abraham Huson (38) and his wife, Celia A. (30), and their son Custis W. (9) were their neighbors. Charles was a merchant, with assets of $600 real estate, and $800 personal property. Also nearby was John’s son Charles E. Huson and his wife Isabell and baby. Charles E. was a farmer with assets of $2,880 real estate, and $500 personal property. In the 1880 census, John (61) and Susan (62) were back living in Colfax. The only child at home was an adopted daughter, Marriettie (10). In 1886 he was the Pastor of the Congregational Church in Kidder, Caldwell County, Missouri. The town of Breckenridge was a few miles east, where his daughter Clara E. (Huson) Hoyt, and son Charles E. and family lived. John then moved to Kansas for a few years.
In 1889 John moved with his son Charles to South Bend, Pacific County, Washington. By the 1900 census, Susan had died, and John was living as a retired minister on Monroe Street in South Bend, Alta Vista Precinct, with his son, Charles E. Huson and his wife Isabell.
Charles Edward Huson (nephew of Doc Huson). Nephew of Edward Wing “Doc” Huson. Son of Doc’s older brother, John.
Isabelle (Huson) Hogue (wife of Charles E. Huson, niece of Doc Huson, and daughter-in-law of John Thompson Huson).
John died there on February 6, 1902 at the age of 83.
South Bend Journal, Feb. 7, 1902, Vol. 13, No. 3South Bend, WashingtonDied, Wednesday, February 6, 1902, John Thompson Huson, aged 82 years. Mr.Huson was one of the best known men in the upper part of the city and was always ready to offer advice and assistance to those whom he knew. While his friends were saddened by his death, for him the end came none too soon, for his malady was a most agonizing and hopeless one, commonly called dry gangreen. During the most tortuous illness, however, he showed a brave spirit and summoned all the cheerfulness possible to relieve the care and anxiety of those most dear to him, the family of his son, C. E. Huson, our county treasurer. The funeral services were held by Rev. Wright in the Congregational church yesterday at 1 p.m. and were well attended.The deceased was born near Buffalo, N.Y. in 1819, and was married in 1840. Two years later he moved to Wisconsin, where he remained till 1868 when he moved to Missouri. He remained in that state 14 years and then went to Kansas. He resided there till 1889 when he came to Washington with his son, settling first east of the Cascades. Two years later, when South Bend was a young city, he came here and has since remained. He has made his home with his son, C. E. Huson continuously for more than 20 years. Mr. Huson had always been a very active man and shored his mind with most useful knowledge. He retained his full mental faculties till the very last and it was a pleasure to hear him talk. On the 28th of this month he would have been 83 years old. He leaves three sons, C. E. Huson of this city, H. S. Huson, superintendent of the coal mines at Fairfax, this state, and C. A. Huson, now located in Montana. There are also two daughters, Mrs. Clare E. Hoyt of Kansas City, and Mrs. L. D. Morris of Canton, Montana.
- Charles Edward – Born in Brant, Erie Co., NY May 24 1842; Married Isabel Hogue; Died November 16, 1914 at South Bend, WA
- Emery Allen – Born in Brant, Erie Co., NY ca 1843; Died before 1914.
- Sarah A. – Born in Marquette Co., WI ca 1848; Married a Foster, then L. D. Morris.
- Herbert Sherman – Born in Montello, WI on May 29, 1853; Married Lide Bothwell. then Lavinia Whalley in 1892; Died in Oregon on Oct 8, 1927.
- Clara E. – Born in La Crosse Co., WI ca 1857; Married Cassius E. Hoyt Aug 27, 1875 in Daviess Co., MO.
- Marrietta (adopted) – Born in MO ca 1869.
Hepsibah was born October 21, 1820 in Eden, Erie County, New York. She may have gone from Wisconsin to Illinois with her brother Melvin in 1855. She reportedly died in Illinois.
Harriet was born September 8, 1822 in Collins, Erie County, New York. She married Ebenezer Cook Sprague, ten years her senior, circa 1838.
3/27/39 Hamburgh Orthodox Quaker Meeting: the committee in the case of Ebenezer Sprague [husband of Harriet (Huson)] report the appointment not answered and information being given to this meeting that he has since sending his acknowledgement transgressed the order of discipline this meeting concludes that the committee may return him his acknowledgement with the reasons herein stated.
In late 1842, they moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin with her parents and others. In the 1850 census Ebenezer (39) was working as a house carpenter in the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin. He had assets of $400 real estate. In his household were his wife Harriett (29), and children Albert (9), Hulda (8), Horace (6), Emma (2), and Julie (5/12). Horace was the first of the children to be born in Wisconsin.
They soon decided to return to farming in Hamburgh, Erie County, New York. Perhaps Harriet’s health was failing. Harriet died August 28, 1857 at age 35 and was buried in the East Hamburgh Friends Cemetery.
Ebenezer then married Mary Trelford. In the 1860 census, he (44) and Mary (34) were farming in East Hamburgh with his children, Horace (17), and Florence (6). He had assets of $1200 real estate and $150 personal porperty.
Ebenezer died October 15, 1902 at age 87, and was buried in the East Hamburgh Friends Cemetery near Harriet.
- Albert Huson – Born Nov 15, 1839 in Buffalo, NY.
- Hulda Ann – Born ca1841 in NY; married Edward Franklin
- Horace W. – Born ca1843 in WI; married Helen Smith.
- Emma J. – Born ca1847 in WI; married James Clark.
- Julia E. – Born Jan/Feb 1850 in WI.; married Willis L. Hampton on Sep 1, 1869 in East Hamburgh, NY; died 1876
- Flora Evelyn – Born Oct 24, 1853 in E. Hamburgh, NY; died Dec 13, 1885.
Content was born August 24, 1824 in Collins, Erie County, New York. She died there on February 6, 1829 at age 3 1/2.
Anna H was born July 13, 1826 in Collins, Erie County, New York. She moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin in late 1842 with her parents and others. She married Jacob Chapin on March 19, 1846 in Hudson, Walworth County, Wisconsin.
In the 1850 census Jacob (29) and Anna (25) were farming in Sharon Township, Walworth County with their daughter Almira (1). Jacob’s assets were $1,200 in real estate.
Prior to 1860 they moved to Iowa, and in the 1860 census they were farming in Fremont Township, Bremer County, which adjoined Chickasaw County where Sarah and Shadrack Sherman and Rhoda Huson lived in Nashua, having moved to Iowa after 1860, perhaps to be near Anna and Jacob. In Jacob (39) and Anna’s (34) household at the time were their children Almira (11), Eugene (9), Melvin (5), and Marietta [Alice] (2). Jacob died there on March 4, 1875 at age 54. Anna died January 9, 1909 at age 83 in Delphos, Ottawa County, Kansas.
- Almira Adele – Born 1848-49 in WI; married Adeline (unknown)
- Eugene Lafayette – Born 1850-51 in WI; married Eva H. (unknown)
- Melvin William – Born Jan 5, 1829; died May 8, 1955
- Alice Marietta
Melvin Wing was born January 5, 1829 in Collins, Erie County, New York. At the age of thirteen he went with his parents to Wisconsin. On February 24, 1851, Melvin sold 160 acres of land to his mother Rhoda for $300. It consisted of the N1/4, S10, T14N, R11E in the Green Bay Land District, and was recorded on June 2, 1855. (Deed Record J-134, 135) Perhaps it was his portion of government land that Thomas had acquired and distributed before he died.
It is probable that at this time Melvin moved to Illinois, where he is reported to have died on May 8, 1855 at age 26. It may also be that his sister Hepsibah went with him, as she also reportedly died in Illinois.
Phebe Jane was born June 27, 1830 in Collins, Erie County, New York She moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin with her parents in late 1842. She married George Hall Dart circa 1849, probably in Montello, Marquette County. In the 1850 census, George (30) and Jane (20) were farming in Kingston, Marquette County with their daughter Almira (6/12). George’s assets were $500 real estate. In the 1860 census, they were farming in Montello, Marquette County. Their household consisted of George (40), Jane (30), and their children, Almira (10), Alma J. (7), Wallace [George] (6), and Henry (3). George’s assets had grown to $3,000 real estate and $450 personal property.
George died October 22, 1870. Phebe Jane died in 1907 in Washington state.
- Almira L. – Born May 28, 1850 Montello, WI. Married Squire W. Peters Jul 2, 1870. Married Judge James Carr ca 1904.
- Alma Jane – Born Jun 30, 1852 Montello, WI. Married Berthold Octavius Ashdown Jun 15, 1854
- George Wallace – Born Feb 17, 1853 Montello, WI. Married Sarah Carr Aug 10, 1881.
- Henry Josiah – Born ca Sep 28, 1856 Montello, WI. Married Mary Dunavon Sep 28, 1857 or 58
EDWARD WING, born Mar 20, 1832, is covered in detail in a separate section. Follow this link.
Charles Abraham was born August 16, 1833 in Erie County, New York. He married Celia A. ___ ca. 1860, probably in Iowa.
In the 1870 census, they were living in Grand River, Livingston County, Missouri next to Charles’ brother John T. Huson. Charles (38) and Celia (30) had a son, Curtis W. (9) who had been born in Iowa.. Charles was a merchant with assets of $600 real estate and $800 personal property. He reportedly died in 1894 in Idaho.
- Curtis W. – Born ca 1860 in IA.
Hannah F. was born May 17, 1834 in Hamburg, Erie County, New York. In late 1842 she went to Kenosha, Wisconsin with her parents She married ___ Carter. She was a Quaker, and was said to “sit and wait for the Spirit to move her.” She died on March 20, 1914 at age 80 in Seattle, Washington, and was buried in the Lakeview Cemetery.
- Edith May – Born 1866. Married (?) Gilbert. Died Aug 1, 1946 Seattle, WA; buried with mother in Lakeview Cemetery
- Irwin – Born 1867. Died Dec 13, 1954; buried Lakeview Cemetery
Deborah T. was born March 1, 1837 in New York. She went to Kenosha, Wisconsin in late 1842 with her parents. She died February 14, 1856 in Wisconsin.
Byron Franklin was born March 5, 1839 in Brant, Erie County, New York. He went to Kenosha, Wisconsin in late 1842 with his parents. In the 1855 state census, he was living with his mother Rhoda and siblings Edward, Charles, Hannah, and Deborah in Kingston, Marquette County. In the 1860 census, he (21) and brother Edward (27) were still farming there with Rhoda. Byron was called Thomas in the census, just as he was in one of the Quaker Meeting minutes, so it must have been his nickname. Shortly thereafter he went to Belle Plaine, Benton County, in east central Iowa. His brother Edward Wing Huson was also living there with his family. There he met Alice Campfield, who had been born on Febraury 20, 1847 at Bucyrus, Crawford County, Ohio, daughter of William and Armelia Campfield. Byron and Alice were married on December 13, 1868 in Des Moines, Iowa. They were members of the Christian Adventist church.
In the 1870 census, Byron (31) and Alice (22) were living with their daughter Alena (8/12), in the 3rd ward of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, where Byron was working as a carpenter. By the time of the 1880 census, Byron (41) and Alice (31) were living in Ladora in Hartford Twp., Iowa County, Iowa. The children in the household , all born in Iowa, were daughter Alena (11), and sons Melvin (10), Eddie (6), Freddie (3), and Clyde (1).
In 1888 they moved to Atwood, Ottawa County, Kansas. They moved to Kensington, Smith County, Kansas in 1898, then to Minneapolis, Ottawa County, Kansas the following year. Alice died there on April 3, 1906. The next year Byron was living in Athol, Smith County, Kansas, and in 1910 was back in Minneapolis.
- Alena Alice – Born Nov 13, 1869 in Des Moines, IA. Married Aug 16, 1897 to Will J. Ratliff d. 1952 in Atwood, KS.
- Melvin Wesley – Born Mar 17, 1872 in Liberty Center, IA. Married Oct 16, 1904 to Ina Laird in Minneapolis, KS. Died Sep 27, 1921 in Medford, OR.
- Clara – Born 1872 in Liberty Center, IA. Died Sep 1873 Bedford, MO.
- Edward Byron – Born May 26, 1874 in Cariton, IA. Married Nov 29, 1905 to Elizabeth Voelker at Mankato, KS. Died Feb 7, 1928 at Eagle Pointe, OR.
- Fred William – Born Apr 28, 1877 in Ladora, IA. Married Jun 5, 1901 Edna Louise (unknown) in Minneapolis, KS. Died Jun 5, 1910 in Herrington, KS.
- Albert Clyde – Born May 14, 1879 in Ladora, IA. Married May 5, 1899 to Bertha A. Wait at Vaughn, KS. Died May 5, 1951 in Medford, OR.
- Edith Anna – Born Apr 11, 1884 in Ladora, IA. Married 1909 to Roscoe C. Hungerford at Atwood, KS. Died Nov 24, 1961 in Long Beach, CA.
- Luella May – Born Sep 16, 1886 in Ladora, (Des Moines) IA. Married Mar 7, 1910 to Harry Ward in Klamath Falls, OR. Died Nov 12, 1970 in Medford, OR.
Byron Franklin wrote the following about his life.
Written February or March, 1907I, Byron F. Huson, was born in Erie County, N. Y., and father’s name was Thomas Huson, mother’s name was Rhoda Tucker. I came to Green Lake County, Wisconsin with my parents when two years old, my father died the same year, 1841, leaving mother with eight children, the oldest boy 15 years old. [Actually went to Southfork (Kenosha) in late 1842, where his father died in 1843.]I was the youngest of thirteen children. Mother took a piece of government land, and the children would work in the field all day, and at night mother would get us all in the house, and read the Bible to us, and teach us the ways of righteousness, she kept the family together and raised us to manhood and womanhood. In the winter of 1857 and 1858, at the age of 18, I experienced religion at a Methodist revival, but would not unite with the church until I had learned God’s way, so I read my Bible constantly, until I learned the truth as it is in Christ, then in the following March, accepted the Blessed Truth of the Second Coming of Christ, to raise the dead and judge the living and the dead in righteousness, and to destroy him that hath power over death, to purify and beautify the earth, and set up his Everlasting on the new earth. In March 1858, I was buried with Christ in baptism in a beautiful lake by an Adventist elder, who name is forgotten, and I raised to walk in newness of life. I united with the Christian Adventist Church, of which I am still a member. My membership is now in Athol, Smith County, Kansas. I received many persecutions from my brothers and sisters for the truth I taught, but, later my mother received the truth. One of my brothers [John T.] became an Advent preacher, and the most of my brothers and sisters accepted the truth. At present, there are three of us left. Sister Anna is 80, brother Edward is 74, and I am almost 68, so we soon shall be all asleep with Christ. I came to Iowa in the spring of 1861 and it seemed to be my lot to always be isolated from all of those of like precious faith, although I never ceased to sow the good seed wherever I went, and the Lord gave me the increase which will be manifested in the judgement morning, but He has permitted me to see some fruits in every place that I have lived, praise His holy name.I met Alice Campfield in Belle Plain, Iowa in 1866, and we were married in Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 13, 1868. To us were born 8 children, 4 boys and 4 girls, seven of which are still living, and by the grace of God assisting us, we tried to set them a good example and teach them the ways of right. In the spring of 1888, we moved to Atwood, Kansas where we lived until the fall of 1898 when we moved to Kensington, Kansas and in the fall of 1899, we came to Minneapolis, Kansas where we lived and gained many true and loving friends, who can never be forgotten for their kindness and love shown us in our time of need and great bereavement.On April 3, 1906, my darling Alice fell asleep in Christ, leaving me in my poor health and broken heart to mourn her great loss, but I hope soon to sleep beside her, to await the coming of our blessed Lord and master to make me poor in the world’s goods, but rich in faith and the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who has by his good pleasure weaned me entirely from the world, and all worldly pleasures as the last tie that bound me to the world now sleeps in Jesus, and my only desire now is to be laid beside her to await the second coming of Christ, and now may the blessings and grace of God the father and the Lord Jesus Christ rest and abide with you all my dear children, and keep you blameless both soul, body, and spirit until the coming of Jesus is the prayers of your humble father.B. F. HusonEven so come Lord Jesus and come quickly. Amen
In July, 1912, Byron moved to Medford, Oregon, and moved in with his daughter Ina, then Luella.
When Alice was sick, Byron did not believe it, thought no one could be sick but him. He pouted, would get mad at the family, and not speak for three days, and would not take seconds when the food was passed if he was mad.
He moved to Oregon after Alice died and rented a small house, then moved in with daughter Ina. Ina could not keep him because she had two small children, so he moved in with daughter Lula. He chewed tobacco, and would spit it out, sticking it on the wall by the window and mess it up, and rechew it. Ina hated that bad habit.Ina Huson
Byron died at Medford on June 17, 1923 at age 84. Both he and Alice were buried in the Highland Cemetery in Minneapolis, Kansas.
Minneapolis Messenger, Minneapolis, KansasOBITUARY – B. F. HUSONByron Franklin Huson, born in Erie County, New York, March 5, 1839, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. W. Ward, near Eagle Point, Oregon, June 17,  due to infirmities of old age, aged 84 years, three months, twelve days.When he was two years old, the youngest of eight children, his mother took a homestead in Green Lake County, Wisconsin, where she kept the children together and reared them to manhood and womanhood.While still a young man he learned the trade of contractor and builder, which he followed practically all his life.Mr. Huson was married to Alice Camfield Dec. 13, 1868, in Des Moines, Iowa. To this union eight children were born, of which five are still living.Besides the many friends to mourn his loss he leaves two sons and three daughters: Ed B. Huson of Seneca, NE; Albert C. Huson, Eagle Point; Mrs. R. C. Hungerford, Mullen, NE; Mrs. W. J. Ratclif, Los Angeles, CA; and Mrs. H. W. Ward, Eagle Point, Oregon.Mr. Huson went to Medford, Oregon from Minneapolis, Kansas on July 27, 1912.The deceased was an active member of the Christian church of Medford until a few years ago. He was historian and Bible student.The services were held at the Perl Funeral Home June 12 at Medford, and the remains shipped to Minneapolis, reaching here Saturday evening, June 23. Interment was made in the Highland Cemetery, the burial service being read by Rev. W. M. Reynolds of the Baptist church. Mrs L. E. Harvey sang an appropriate solo.The deceased made his home in Minneapolis for many years. He was an uncle of Mrs. E. L. Chapin.