The family of
Beriah Wilbur
of Indian Lake, Hamilton county, NY

Source: Military Records of Schoharie County Veterans of Four Wars. Compiled by George H. Warner, Late Co. C., 134th N.Y. Vol. Inf. Albany, N.Y.: Weed, Parsons and Company, Printers. 1891.

Note: unclear whether the place names before description of service are where the men enlisted from or where residing at time of enlistment. These men were alive at time of compiling this book, ca. late 1880s - 1890.

Third New York Cavalry, Company D
Beriah Wilber, Captain

Schoharie - Carriage-smith; single; age 21; enlisted as private, August 12, 1861; contracted fever and treated at Newberne, N.C.; rejoined regiment at Newberne and served regularly in line of duty until discharged as captain at Suffolk, Va., July 10, 1865; Indian Lake, N.Y.; blacksmith; married.
(Page 184)

Source: Genealogical and family history of northern New York : a record of the achievements of her people in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation, New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1910; pages 932-933

Ambrose, son of Daniel Wilbur, was born in 1800. He settled in northern New York and followed the trade of blacksmith. He married Miss Rogers. Among their children was Beriah, mentioned below.

Beriah Wilbur, son of Ambrose Wilbur, was born in Potsdam, New York. He married at Troy, New York, Mary Campion. He enlisted as a private in the Third New York Cavalry at the beginning of the civil war and continued in the service until after the close of the war. He rose to the rank of captain. Afterwards he was on the police force of Troy, New York. Children: Leonard; Jennie, married Patrick Wallace; Thomas J., mentioned below; Clarence; Beriah; Laura, married Robert Merkley; Clara, married B. W. Allen; Frank; Eva.

Thomas J., son of Beriah Wilbur, was born at Indian Lake, Hamilton county, New York, November 3, 1873. He was educated in the public schools. He began his business career as a lumberman and worked as foreman and log scaler for Finch, Pruyn & Company, of Glens Falls. Afterward he was in the emply of the International Paper Company in the same line of business at Piercefield. In 1899 he came to Harrisville, New York, and was superintendent of the International Paper Company mills, and of lumbering operations, and later became superintendent of Champlain Realty Company, controlled by International Paper Company. The saw mill at Harrisville has a capacity of two thousand logs per day. At Newton Falls the company has another mill having a capacity of sawing 1,800 logs a day for pulp wood. At Cape Vincent, New York, he handles some 30,000 cords of wood from Canada every year. He is a stockholder of the National Exchange Bank of Carthage, and the Carthage National Bank of Carthage, New York. He organized the Harrisville Electric Light and Power Company, of which he was a stockholder, afterward selling his interests. In politics he is a Republican. He has been president of the board of education for several years, and was village president two years. He is a member of Harrisville Lodge, Odd Fellows, and of Watertown Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

He married, at Utica, New York, June 2, 1900, Lillian Johnson, born at Tupper Lake, New York, daughter of Ernest H. and Nina (La Fountain) Johnson. Her father is superintendent of Whitney Park, and assistant superintendent of the state forests. Mrs. Wilbur has brothers Ernest, Alfred and Dyneley Johnson. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur: Nina, born at Utica, May 9, 1901; Donald, at Harrisville, June 15, 1908.


This is NOT intended to be a COMPLETE record. It is however, a study of this family taken primarily from sources available online on various free and fee sites. Everything in this compilation should be checked against primary sources, where available, for the best accuracy. The authors of this work are not related to this family!

Beriah Wilbur was born about 1840 and died before or by 1896 (widow applied for CW pension in 1896). Beriah married Mary Campion a daughter of Alice Campion born Sep 1824 who resided with Mary in 1900. Mary was born Jul 1850 in NY.

Beriah had the following children:

1. Leonard Wilbur (from biography only)

2. Jenny Wilbur (1880, 1892, 1900, 1910 census) was born Sep 1871 and was married about 1889 to Patrick Wallace, resided in Indian Lake in 1892 and moved to Diana, Lewis, NY county by 1900. Children: Frank (b. about 1890 and died young), Percy (b. abt 1899)

3. Thomas James Wilbur (1900 census, WWI Civ. Draft Reg.) was born 3 Nov 1873 and was married on 2 Jun 1900 to Lillian M. Johnson. He resided with his sister Jenny in 1900 in Lewis county and in Utica in 1918.

4. Clarence Wilbur (1880 census) was born Mar 1880

5. Beriah Wilbur (from biography only)

6. Laura M. Wilbur (1900, 1930 census, WWI Civ. Draft Reg.) was born Sep 1882 and was married about 1902 to Robert C. Merkley. He was born 16 Jul 1875 in Canada moving to the US about 1894. They resided in Lowville (1918) and Montague (1930), Lewis county, NY. Children: Margaret E. (b. about 1904).

7. Clara Wilbur (1900 census) was born Nov 1884 and was married to B. W. Allen.

8. Frank Wilbur (from biography only)

9. Eva Wilbur (1900 census) was born Jun 1890.


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