Grand Lodge of New York Masonic Lodge Histories Lodge Nos. 201-230

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Masonic Temple, Rome, New York
Men in Public Life

Andrus, David L., Assemblyman

Beardsley, Samuel, Chief Justice, Supreme Court

Black, Frank S., Governor

Bliss, William B., County Judge

Brayton, George, Judge, Court of Common Pleas

Caswell, Hedding A., Mayor

Davis, George R., City Judge

Hatheway [Hathaway], Joshua, Judge, of Common Pleas

Hayden, Chester, Judge, Court of Common Pleas

Johnson, Benjamin P., Assemblyman

Kessenger, Albert R., Mayor

Klock, George S., District Attorney

Mason, John E., Deputy Attorney General

Merrill, George, Mayor

Mitchell, Frederick E., Mayor

Spriggs, J[ohn]. Thomas, Congressman

Stevens, Edward L., Mayor

Van Dresar, Stephen, Surrogate, Oneida Co.

Wager, David, Senator

Wager, Henry, Pres., National Agricultural Society

Williams, E. Stuart, Mayor

Wright, Benjamin, Judge, Court of Common Pleas


Samuel Beardsley, b. 25 Feb 1790 Hoosick, Rensselaer, NY; d. 6 May 1860 Utica, Oneida, NY; bur. bur. at Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica; m. 20 Jul 1816, Sarah Hatheway, daughter of Judge Joshua Hatheway, of Rome, NY. He taught school, studied law in Rome, NY, and served as a lieutenant in the War of 1812, taking part in the defense of Sakets Harbor in 1813. He was admitted to the bar in 1815 and commenced practice in Watertown, NY. He was a judge advocate of the New York State Militia. In 1816 he returned to Rome, NY, and continued the practice of law. He moved to Utica in 1823.

He was District-Attorney of Oneida Co., State Senator, U. S. District-Attorney, Member of Congress (being chairman of Judiciary Committee), Attorney-General of the State of New York, Judge of the Supreme Court, and Chief Justice in 1847. Children: James Beardsley, b. 1818; daughter Beardsley, b. 1820, d. in childhood; Arthur Moore Beardsley, b. 22 Jun 1822, m. April 18, 1850, Louisa Howland Adams, daughter of Francis and Mary Ricketts Adams of Alexandria, Va.

An extended biography of Judge Beardsley may be read on pages 365-390 of The Bench and Bar of New-York . . ., by Lucien Brock Proctor at:


Samuel Beardsley (OBADIAH8, OBADIAH7, JOHN6, JOHN?5, JOSEPH4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM HUGH2, THOMAS JOHN1) b. 6 Feb 1790 in Hoosick, Rensselaer, NY; d. 6 May 1830 in Utica, Oneida, NY; m.1 PHEBE ____; m2. SARAH HATHAWAY 29 Jul 1816 in Rome, NY. She was b. 10 Nov 1793 in Bennington, VT; d. 9 Mar 1869 in Utica, NY. He studied medicine in Cherry Valley, New York. Became interested in law and studied in office of Judge Hathaway of Rome. Admitted to the bar in 1815. Began practice in Watertown and latter settled in Rome, New York.

While in district school he was a hard student and later taught for a short time, then began studying medicine in Cherry Valley. After witnessing several court trials, he decided to study law. He was admitted to the practiced in 1815, and started his career at Watertown, NY and a year later he settled at Rome. In 1821, he was appointed district attorney for one year; in 1822, he was elected to the state senate serving for one year, and 1823, he located at Utica, new York and was appointed, U.S. Attorney for the northern district of New York, which office he held till 1830. Later, he served as attorney general for the state; also, Justice of the Supreme Court, and after was Chief Justice. Source: Nellie Beardsley Holt's BEARDSLEY GENEALOGY, page 204
Children :

 i. JAMES LORD BEARDSLEY, b. 18 Sep 1818; d. young.

ii. ARTHUR MOORE BEARDSLEY, b. 22 Jun 1822, Utica, NY; d. 1 Nov 1905.


Frank Swett Black b. 8 Mar 1853 near Linington, ME; d. 22 Mar 1913, Troy, NY, was a newspaper editor, lawyer and politician. He was a member of the U. S. House of Representatives from 1895 to 1897, and the 32nd Governor of New York from 1897 to 1898. He was one of eleven children of Jacob Black, a farmer, and Charlotte B. Black. He graduated from Lebanon Academy in 1871, and then taught school for several years. With the money thus earned, he entered Dartmouth College in 1875. Out of college, he moved to Johnstown, NY, and was employed as editor of the Johnstown Journal. As a follower of his fellow-Mainian James G. Blaine, he changed the political stance of the paper while the Democratic owner was out of town, but was promptly dismissed upon the latter's return. He then moved to Troy, New York, and worked for the Troy Whig and the Troy Times. At the same time he studied law, and was admitted to the bar.

Black was elected as a Republican to the 54th U .S. Congress, serving from 4 Mar 1895, to 7 Jan 1897, when he resigned. He was Governor of New York, elected in 1896 on the Republican ticket, and was in office from 1897 to 1898. In 1898, he fought for re-nomination at the Republican state convention, but was defeated by the Party machine leaders who had Theodore Roosevelt nominated. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law.


James Mc Harg served in the War with Mexico

Jesse B. Armstrong, Thomas M. Flandrau and K. C. Voget served in the Civil War

There are two Jesse Armstrongs listed in the reports of the Adjutant General, not assuming either to be the above noted one:

ARMSTRONG, JESSE J.—Age, 32 years. Enrolled [146th NY Inf. Vols.], 3 Sep 1862, at Rome, to serve three years; mustered in as Captain, Co. B, 10 Oct 1862; as Lt. Col., 23 Oct 1863; discharged, 1 Apr 1864; commissioned Captain, 3 Nov 1862, with rank from 3 Sep 1862, original; Lt. Col., 6 Oct 1863, with rank from 23 Sep 1863, vice W. L. Corning, discharged.

ARMSTRONG-, JESSE B.—Age, 33 years. Enlisted [1st NY Engr.], 14 Jan 1862, at New York City; mustered in as private, Co. H , 14 Jan 1862, to serve three years; appointed artificer, 1 Jul 1862; mustered out, 13 Jan 1865, at Varina, VA .


Dr. Thomas M. Flandrau has most illustrious ancestry, descending as it does from that of Alexander Macomb of the famed “Macomb Purchase” of northern New York. Further information of this very interesting family is given below.

FLANDRAU, THOMAS M. - Age 36 years. Enrolled at Rome [146th NY Inf. Vols.], to serve three years, and mustered in as surgeon, 25 Aug 1862; mustered out with regiment, 6 Jul 1865, near Washington, DC. Commissioned surgeon, 3 Nov 1862, with rank from 23 Aug 1862, original.

Buffalo Medical Journal, Vol. 38, page 139.

Dr. Thomas M. Flandrau, of Rome, NY, died at his residence in that city 8 Aug 1898, aged 72 years. His death was sudden and the immediate cause thereof was apoplexy, though it had been noticed that for the last few years he had begun to show a little of the approaching decrepitude of age. Dr. Flandrau was of French and Irish descent, the founder of the family in America being a French Huguenot who was driven from France in the time of Louis XIV. His mother was Elizabeth Macomb, daughter of Alexander Macomb, formerly of Detroit.

Dr. Thomas Macomb Flandrau was born in New York City, 8 Jul 1826. He passed his youth in Georgetown, DC, and was educated in the private schools and academies of Georgetown and Washington. He studied medicine with Dr. Benjamin S. Bohrer and was graduated from the National Medical College, Washington, in March, 1848. He practised his profession a short time in Georgetown and then removed to his father's home in Whitesboro, Oneida county, but on January 1, 1853, he located at Rome, and for two years was associated with the late Dr. A. B. Blair in the practice of his profession. In 1856, he moved to Brockport, where he lived nearly six years, returning to Rome in 1862.

Dr. Flandrau was commissioned as surgeon of the 146th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry, 10 Oct 1862, and his regiment in less than a month thereafter joined the Army of the Potomac and became a part of the third brigade, second division, fifth army corps. In June, 1864, he was appointed surgeon-in-chief of the division and upon the muster out of his regiment, July 1865, he was brevetted lieutenant-colonel of United States Volunteers for faithful and meritorious service.

Dr. Flandrau's skill in surgery gave him prominence during his army life and the reputation then obtained lasted him to the end of his years. His wife died suddenly, 1 May 1890, though three children survive: Miss Elizabeth Flandrau and Mrs. H. C. Sutton, of Rome, and Mrs. George Ethridge, of New York. He also leaves one brother, Judge Charles Flandrau, a distinguished citizen of St. Paul, Minn. His son-in-law, Dr. H. C. Sutton, a prominent physician in Rome, was in attendance and ministered unto him in his last moments.

Dr. Flandrau was a man of many accomplishments, a graceful writer, a linguist, courtly in manner, kindly in disposition, skilful in his profession—easily the foremost physician in his region—and a citizen respected by the community in all the various walks of life. He was a member of the several medical societies—local, state, national and international,—and died lamented by a vast acquaintance.

Flandrau, Charles E. Charles E. Flandrau and the Defense of New Ulm. Ed. Russell W. Fridley, Leota M. Kellett and June D. Holmquist. New Ulm: The Brown County Historical Society,1962. pp. 11-12:

Charles E. Flandrau Arrives in Minnesota:
In the early 1850s western New York, bordering the eastern end of the Great Lakes, served as a jumping-off point for the West. Flandrau was in daily contact with young men heeding Horace Greely's advice, and he observed the steady exodus of youths heading west in search of fame and fortune. The excitement generated by the tales of life and opportunity on the frontier kindled in the restless Flandrau a longing to share in this westward migration and a desire, which he never lost, for adventure in unknown places.

As a newly established territory, Minnesota was a chief target of this emigration, and it was to Minnesota that the twenty-five-year-old Flandrau went in the fall of 1853, Accompanied by Horace R. Bigelow, a fellow New Yorker who was also a lawyer, he reached St. Paul in November. Both men soon gained admission to the bar of Minnesota Territory, and they immediately opened a law office on Third Street in St. Paul under the firm name of Bigelow and Flandrau.

Charles Eugene Flandrau was born in New York City on July 15, 1828. His ancestry was French Huguenot on his father's side and Irish on his mother's. His father, Thomas Hunt Flandrau, was a lawyer and for several years the partner of Aaron Burr, former vice-president of the United States. His mother, Elizabeth Macomb, was a half sister of Alexander Macomb, commanding general of the United States Army from 1828 to 1841.

Little is known of his boyhood. He received what formal schooling he had in Georgetown District of Columbia, but his training virtually ended at the age of thirteen when he became a sailor. After three years at sea and another two years as a mahogany mill employee, he went to Whiteboro, New York, where in 1847 he began to study law in his father's office. He was admitted to the bar of Oneida County on January 7, 1851. Having found an absorbing vocation, Flandrau entered into partnership with his father, an arrangement that lasted until the fall of 1853.

"Minnesota Territory in 1853 looked promising to Charles Flandrau. By that time the frontier had passed by Fort Snelling on the outskirts of St. Paul and had moved westward to the newly constructed post of Fort Ridgely, a hundred and twenty-five miles or so up the Minnesota River. The foundations of government were being laid. The Whig administration of Alexander Ramsey, the first governor of the territory, had given way to that of Willis A. Gorman of the Democratic party -- the lifelong political affiliation of Flandrau."

Alexander Macomb b. 1748 in Ireland; d. 1831 in Georgetown, District of Columbia

Note: Some of his papers are at the University of Michigan; see
This from grandson Thomas Macomb Flandrau's biography:
Mrs. Elizabeth M. (Macomb) Flandrau was a daughter of Alexander Macomb, an Orangeman from Belfast, Ireland, who was married in 1773 in Detroit, Mich., where he remained until 1785 when he removed to New York City. There he was for many years actively engaged in business as a shipping merchant. IN 1788 he built No. 39 Broadway, which was occupied in 1790 by General Washington as the President's home, and which in later years was Bunker's Hotel. In 1791 he purchased a large tract of land [the Macomb Purchase] in what are now the counties of Lewis, St. Lawrence, Franklin, Herkimer, Jefferson, and Oswego, the southern boundary of which is now the northern line of Oneida county. It comprised 3,700,000 acres, cost eight cents per acre, and included all the Thousand Islands, except Carlton Island, on which stood Fort Haldiman. The map of "Macomb's Purchase" and the documents relating to it are in the Documentary History of New York. Mr. Macomb had six sons in the War of 1812, the eldest of whom, Maj.-Gen. Alexander Macomb, was the hero of the battle of Plattsburgh and afterwards commander-in-chief of the United States Army.

Alexander Macomb Jr. and Sr.

Engraved portraits by Charles Balthazar Julien Fèvret de Saint Mèmin, French Artist, 1770-1852
His ancestry and the progeny of his two marriages can be found in several trees online, including:
Marriage 1 Mary Catherine Navarre b: 1757; Married: 14 May 1773 in Detroit, Michigan


i. John Navarre Macomb b. 1774

ii. Anne Pfister Macomb b. 1775 in 1787

iii. Jane Macomb b: 1776

iv. Catherine Macomb b: 1777

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