Pioneering Families
... with Roots in Madison County

Index to
(The Winsor Line).

(I) Mary L. (Winsor) Baker is a granddaughter of Abraham and Sophia (Bigelow) Winsor, who settled in the town of Eaton, Madison county, New York, prior to the year 1805. In 1810 Abraham Winsor removed to the Holland Purchase, locating in Gerry, now Sinclairville, named in honor of Major Sinclair, brother-in-law of Abraham Winsor. Here he built an ashery and engaged in the manufacture of pearl and potash, marketing his product in Pittsburgh, which city he reached by boat. In 1820 he removed to Dexterville, where he engaged in lumbering. He lived in a log house, but soon purchased a tract of land on which, after clearing away the heavy timber, he erected what at that time was one of the best houses in the village. There he resided until his removal to Jamestown, New York; where he died.

(II) Samuel Bigelow, son of Abraham and Sophia (Bigelow) Winsor, was born in the town of Eaton, Madison county, New York. September 29, 1805, died in Jamestown, New York, July 7, 1888. He worked with his father until 1825, when he went to Kiantone to work as a carpenter on the new house being built by William Sears, his future father-in-law, where he became acquainted with his wife, then a child of twelve years. He remained in Kiantone the next winter, attending the district school, boarding with Mr. Sears. The following spring he returned to Jamestown, where, for several years, he worked at his trade. In 1830 he was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal church, of Jamestown, remaining a faithful member of that communion until his death. He married, August 25, 1831, at Jamestown, Anna Sears, born at Kiantone, Chautaqua county, New York, August 29, 1815, died, June, 1892, daughter of William Sears, born at Dover, Vermont, February 29, 1788, died at Kiantone, New York, August 10, 1827. He married, at Dover, Vermont, Rhoda Cheney, born in Dover, April 21, 1787. In 1811 they removed to New York state, with all their household goods loaded upon a sled. Which, drawn by a yoke of oxen, traversed five hundred miles of wilderness in twenty-nine days, finally reaching Chautauqua county, there they settled. The country then was wild and their home was the hunting ground of the Seneca Indians, who were numerous in the section. Mr. Sears became prominent in town. serving as highway commissioner and owning considerable land. The church, at Kiantone, is built on land donated by his widow, Rhoda (Cheney) Sears. William Sears was a son of Ebenezer Sears, who enlisted at Yarmouth, Massachusetts, and served in the war of the revolution. His application for a pension was granted, at which time he was seventy-seven years old, as stated in his application, made August 16, 1832. Children of Samuel B. and Anna (Sears) Winsor: 1. William S., born September 6, 1832, of Port Offord, Oregon. 2. Mary L., of further mention. 3. Ruby C., born May 16, 1834; married Hiram Hazzard. 4. Henrietta Maria, born December 15,1837; married, July 7, 1862, Captain Samuel T. Bailey, a veteran officer of the civil war, commanding Company I, Seventy-second Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry. She died January 22, 1878. 5. Angeline Brooks, born August 8, 1843. 6. Woodley Chandler, born June 6, 1845, of Olean, New York. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Winsor resided in Jamestown, where, on August 25, 1881, they celebrated the golden anniversary of their wedding, and received the hearty congratulations of their many relatives and friends. Colonel Winsor was a resident of Jamestown sixty-six years. He was colonel of the old One Hundred and Sixty-second Regiment, New York National Guard, when it was one of the famous regiments of the state. She joined the Methodist church, at Jamestown, the year after her husband, and, with him, constituted an important part of the early congregation.

(III) Mary, second daughter and third child of Colonel Samuel Bigelow and Anna (Sears) Winsor, was born in Jamestown, October 20, 1835. She married, in Jamestown, December 14, 1854, Richard Henry Baker, whom she survives. She is a member of the Presbyterian church, of Jamestown, and a charter member of Jamestown Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. She gains admission to this patriotic order by right of the military service of the day. She comes of patriotic ancestry, and, by marriage, allies with another family who have served their country well in time of stress and danger.

Source: Cutter, William Richard. Genealogical and family history of western New York: a record of the achievements of her people in the making and the building of a nation. New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1912, pp. 75-76.  


S. B. Winsor, son of Abraham Winsor, was born in Eaton, Madison Co., N.Y., Sept. 29, 1805, and came with his father to Sinclairville in 1810, where he resided until 1822, when he removed to Jamestown. In 1831, he was married to Ann Sears, daughter of Wm. Sears, by whom he had 7 children: William S., who lives at Puget Sound on the Pacific coast; Ruby C., wife of Hiram Hazeltine, residing at Titusville, Pa.; Mary, who married Richard H. Baker, who resides in Jamestown; Henrietta, wife of Samuel J. Bailey, Jamestown; Woodley C., at Union, Pa; Clinton B.; and Helen A.

Source: Young, Andrew W. History of Chautauqua County, New York : from its first settlement to the present time : with numerous biographical and family sketches. Buffalo, N.Y.: 1875, p. 372.


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