Short Biographies #2

Various short biographies submitted by our visitors.

Arthur G. Freeman

Arthur G. Freeman was born October 1860 in Port Henry or Moriah, Essex Co., NY to James and Lura Freeman and he died October 1934 in Long Lake, Hamilton Co., NY. He married in 1892, Louisa. She was born March 1868 in NY to German born parents and she died after 1930.

Children of Arthur G. and Louise Freeman were:

  1. Ruth E. Freeman, b. January 1893 in NY. She married Ralph E. Raines abt. 1920 and had at least 2 children. In 1930 the family lived in Long Lake, Hamilton Co., NY where Ralph, a WW I veteran, was employed as a mechanic in an auto repair shop. Ruth had been a teacher in a rural school before her marriage.
  2. Unknown Freeman, born and died before 1900
  3. Unknown Freeman, born and died before 1900
  4. Harold Ellis Freeman, b. 30 March 1897 in North Haden, NY. When he registered for the WW I draft on 5 June 1918 in Essex County, he was employed with Whitney Realty Co. in Sabattis, NY. He had blue eyes and light hair. In 1920 he was still single and employed as a clerk in a department store.
  5. Frederick A. Freeman, b. 22 July 1906 in NY and d. April 1986. In 1930 he was single and living with his parents in Long Lake while being employed as an electrician.

Census records show Arthur and his family as residing in North Hudson, Essex Co., NY on the Blue Ridge Road until they are listed on the Long Lake census in 1930. Arthur gave his occupation in different years as laborer, common laborer in woods, and inspector of timber land.

Lake Placid News, Friday 2 November 1934; Pg. 7
Noted Guide Dead
    Arthur Freeman, popular woodsman and guide, died at his home in Long Lake Sunday night at the age of 74. He was born in Port Henry, but moved to Long Lake when a boy. He was well known throughout the north country as a guide, and had few equals in his knowledge of wood lore.

Submitted by Joanne Murray (not related to this family)


        Daniel Clark Vanderwarker was the son of Isaac of Minerva, Essex Co. and Phoebe Clark of Hebron, Washington Co. Born 1838 in Chestertown, Warren Co. and known most of his life as Clark, he married Deborah Shaw, born 1842, the daughter of Nathan Shaw of Hebron.

        In 1860, Deborah was living for while in Indian Lake Hamilton County, with Lewis Gerard of Canada and his wife Elizabeth Platt, and her aunt Annis Shaw was the wife of Gideon Potter, one of the pioneer founders of Indian Lake back around 1847.

        Between 1880 and 1900 Clark and his young family came to Indian Lake and built a log cabin overlooking the lake about 2 miles south of Indian Lake village on the road to Sabael.

        They had seven children in this tiny space of around 20 feet by 15 feet, one was lost to tuberculosis aged only 19 years, and another was killed by a runaway horse. Of the three which survived to adult hood, their only remaining son Marcus, became one of the early mountain and woodland guides in the Adirondacks, there were around eleven of these guides in 1915, but by 1926, Marcus remained on of the last five. His sister Lucy married James Locke, he was a descendant of Willard Locke, who partnered Gideon Potter in settling Indian Lake. James and Lucy bought some land from Marcus, and he also sold some land for the development of roads in the area.

        Marcus was to be the caretaker of a private estate by 1930 and later lost an arm, as well as being injured in an automobile accident. On Christmas Day 1902, he had married a young girl of fifteen, Margaret Bell Hitchcock, and beating his parent's record, they went on to raise nine children in the old homestead. Of these, four daughters married four sons of the well established Lanphear family, whose ancestors reside in the area to this day. Two sons served in WWII and came home relatively safely.

        The cabin fell down a while back, and although the site is grown over, somewhere the well still stands.

        They were hard times, in a difficult but nonetheless beautiful environment, but these folks, like their neighbors, sure raised some mighty fine people who today provide the hospitality for the many visitors to the region, who probably have little time to contemplate the heritage of this glorious county.

Submitted by Phillip Vanderwarker (of England)


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