Giles Willlard Lane

Male 1820 - 1878


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  • Name  Giles Willlard Lane  [1, 2
    Born  25 Nov 1820  Cobleskill, Schoharie, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Residence  1837  West Monroe, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • Giles Willard Lane, born in Cobleskill, N.Y., November 25, 1820, removed with his father to West Monroe in 1837, but in 1840 settled in Oneida county. [2]
    Occupation  1861  Constantia, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Town of Constantia Supervisor 
    • [Giles] served as supervisor in 1861, as collector, as one of the village trustees and as justice of the peace from 1864 until his death, April 26, 1878. [2]
    Occupation  1860 - 1867  Hitchcock & Son, Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 6
    Turner of Wood 
    • In 1860 [Giles] located in Cleveland and with his brother, John, purchased the old chair factory of Hitchcock & Son. [2]
    1867xxxx - Village of Cleveland (Map)
    1867xxxx - Village of Cleveland (Map)
    U.S. Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918
    Various publishers of County Land Ownership Atlases
    Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 1867
    Collection: G&M_11; Roll Number: 11
    Occupation  1873  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Cleveland Village President 
    Residence  1860 - 1875  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    • According to the 1875 census, Giles Lane is living with his sister Julia Osburn and her nephew Giles W. Conkling. [1]
    Died  26 Apr 1878  [2
    • At twenty minutes of 12 o'clock yesterday morning, a noble soul parted from this life, to enter into the great Beyond: The feeble, flickering spark of life, that for many days had struggled for an existence, at last went out, in the moon-time calm of a beautiful Spring day: and the earthly duties of Justice Lane were finished.

      Probably no other event has ever caused such universal sorrow through the community, who feel his loss as a personal bereavement. Possessed of natural and acquired abilities that elevated him above the average, yet he was as modest and unassuming as a child: Endowed with the finest characteristics of manhood - the embodiment of all that was good and ennobling; with an organization keenly sensitive to the misfortune of others; - free, open-hearted, sympathetic, overflowing with genuine humanity - such were the qualities that endeared him to all, and his untimely decease is a great public misfortune.

      Giles Willard Lane was born in the town of Cobbleskill, Scoharie County, N.Y., on the 25th of November 1820, which would bring his age 57 years, 5 months and 1 day. He was next to the oldest in a family of seven children - 3 boys and 4 grils - all of whom survive him. The oldest brother is in Wisconsin, the other two, John and Spencer, reside near Camden. Two of his sisters reside here, Mrs. Osborne (with whom he lived), and Mrs. Deans; the others are Miss Louisa Lane, of Constantia, and Mrs. Merchant of West Monroe.

      In 1837, Willard, than a promising young man, moved with his father's family to West Monroe, where they lived three years and the came to what is generally known as Lenesburg, a few miles northeast of here. Willard was now in his 20th year, and soon after their arrival, engaged in the lumber business, which was carried on for a number of years. During his 20 years' residence at the Burg, he held the office of Trustee for a long time, and also taught school there.

      In the year 1860, he took up his residence in Cleveland and in partnership with his brother John, purchased the chair factory of Hitchcock & Son, which was then in operation where the planing mill stands.

      The people were not long finding him a representative man, and in 1861 he was elected to the office of Supervisor, where he served the people faithfully and well. A year or two after he was chosen Collector. In 1864, he was elected Justice of the Peace, which position he held continuously till his death. The greater part of the time through those years he was also a member of the Village Board.

      All through a period of over 15 years he was chosen by the people to positions of public trust and honor, and their confidence in him was unlimited. That his fidelity and usefulness was appreciated, is plainly evidenced in the deep expressions of sorrow from far and near.

      All through his long illness, and up to within a day of his death, he clung to the belief that he would get well. He expressed himself as fully prepared, if he must die, bu cherished a great desire to get well that he might finish up many things that remained unsettled. Although his hopes were not to be realized, Death found him not unprepared. His eminently worthy Christian life and rendered the transition sweet and peaceful -

      The funeral services will be hold tomorrow, in the Methodist Church, Rev. W.S. Titus officiating. After which, the remains will be taken to Maple Flats for burial, beside his father, mother and two sisters.
      [3]
    Buried  Maple Flats Cemetery, Tynan Road, Vienna, Oneida, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 8
    • The funeral services over the remains of Justice Lane were impressively conducted by Rev. W.S. Titus, at the Methodist Church, last Sunday afternoon. The attendance was very large, the house being completely filled. At the close of the Rev. gentleman's remarks, the people passed through the aisles to look for the last time upon the features of the honored dead. After which, the procession took its way to Maple Flats, where the remains were deposited by the side of his parents and sisters. [8]
    Person ID  I733  CHS Genealogy
    Last Modified  11 Oct 2017 

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    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1837 - West Monroe, Oswego, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Town of Constantia Supervisor - 1861 - Constantia, Oswego, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Cleveland Village President - 1873 - Cleveland, Oswego, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1860 - 1875 - Cleveland, Oswego, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Maple Flats Cemetery, Tynan Road, Vienna, Oneida, New York Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S61] 1875 New York State Census, 13 (Reliability: 2), 5 Jun 1875.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; Village: Cleveland; ED No.: 1; ED Date: 06/05/1875; Page: 13; Lines: 33

    2. [S40] Landmarks of Oswego County, Henry Perry Smith, W. Stanley Child, (Higgins Book Company - 1895), 502 (Reliability: 1), 1895.
      Town of Constantia

    3. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press (Reliability: 1), 27 Apr 1878.

    4. [S40] Landmarks of Oswego County, Henry Perry Smith, W. Stanley Child, (Higgins Book Company - 1895), 503 (Reliability: 1), 1895.
      Town of Constantia

    5. [S121] 1866 - 1867 Gazetteer and Business Directory for Oswego County, N.Y., (Hamilton Child), 95-98 (Reliability: 1), 1866 - 1867.
      Business Directory for Cleveland

    6. [S43] U.S. Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918, Various publishers of County Land Ownership Atlases, (Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.) (Reliability: 2), 1867.
      W.H. Foster, Collection: G&M_11; Roll Number: 11

    7. [S33] History of Oswego County New York with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches, (L.H. Everts and Company), 291 (Reliability: 2), 1877.
      Cleveland Village

    8. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press (Reliability: 1), 4 May 1878.