10 August 2014

Gansons Of Early New York

Around 1790 the Captain came back to Western New York from Vermont and brought his two teenage boys with him.  The boys were then left in the care of friendly Seneca (Native Americans) while the father went home to nurse his wife through her last illness.  The father returned with the rest of the family and built a grist mill on the Genesee River.  Captain Ganson died in 1813 at the home of his son, John.  

description of the Gansons' New York place via the Stafford Historical Society:

"...solitary log cabin...so well known as the old "Ganson stand."  "There the weary traveler oft found refreshment, and there, too, was cradled...the first born of LeRoy."  "In 1798, the place was bought by John Ganson... . It was afterwards rebuilt by him and there was kept the first tavern in the place."

"James Ganson and Luceba Scott...pronounced the first marriage vow ever uttered in LeRoy."

"1805...a distillery was erected on the banks of the creek, by James and John Ganson... . It was the first in the county... ."

James Ganson was  in the War of 1812:

Abram Butterfield's War of 1812 pension application stated that he "volunteered on or about September 1st 1814 at Buffalo, New York...Colonel Ganson's Regiment, of New York Militia Vols... 

James and Luceba moved to Jackson, Michigan; his widow moved back to NY.

United States Census, 1850
Event Place:  Jackson, Jackson, Michigan, United States
Household Gender Age Birthplace
James Gansen M 75  Massachusetts
Luceba Gansen F 71  Vermont

FindAGrave memorial for James Ganson (1774-1858).

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