THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   WILLIAM HAMBLIN. The interesting biography of our subject has been furnished by his widow, Mrs. Phally Hamblin, who is, as was her husband, one of the oldest, settlers of the town of Sullivan, and who still resides on the farm left to her by his provident care. Mr. Hamblin was born in the State of New York, March 6, 1803. His father was Lewis Hamblin, also a native of New York, who was a farmer, and came to Madison County, settling there when the country was more populous with Indians, bears, and wolves than white people. His first home was a log cabin on the edge of the clearing he had made; and there he and his wife reared a family of four sons and one daughter, none of whom are now living. Lewis Hamblin died at the age of eighty; and his wife, who was Mercy Selleck, died aged seventy years. They were members of the Methodist church, and Mr. Hamblin was a Whig politically.
   The subject of this memoir was but three years of age when his parents moved to the town of Sullivan, making the journey by ox-team. He attended the little log school-house of the district, and afterward owned the home farm of his father. When he was twenty-one years of age, August 24, 1824, he married Miss Phally Ransom. She was born November 24, 1805, in the town of Blenheim, Schoharie County, daughter of Russell and Elizabeth (Jones) Ransom. They were natives of Connecticut; and he was one of the first settlers in the town of Blenheim, locating there when the country was almost a wilderness. Mrs. Hamblin well remembers how, when she was a girl, they used to pen up and guard the sheep, to keep them from being eaten by wolves. Her father, Russell Ransom, went to the town of Fenner in 1810, when it was all new land; and she was educated in the ordinary log school-house of the day. Mr. and Mrs. Ransom had eight children, of whom seven grew to maturity; but only two are now living: Mrs. Hamblin, who was the eldest; and Mrs. Betsey Hodge, who is a widow, and resides at Chittenango Falls. The parents were members of the Baptist church of Fenner. They died at the ages, respectively, of eighty and sixty years.
   After his marriage William Hamblin lived on his father's farm of one hundred and thirty acres, where he remained until his health failed. He then bought the present farm of forty acres on which his widow now resides. They had no children, but adopted two boys, whom they reared and educated, namely: William H. Smith, who resides on one of the farms in the town of Sullivan owned by Mr. Hamblin; and Franklin P. Storm, a resident of the same town. Mr. Hamblin died March 3, 1880, at the age of seventy-seven years, deeply mourned by his friends and neighbors. During hi life he was an attendant at the Methodist Episcopal church, of which his widow is a member; and from their religious convictions he drew strength to die in hope and trustfulness in his Saviour, and she gained faith and resignation to bear her affliction. Mr. Hamblin was an industrious, active man; and his long life was one of usefulness in his district. He was never an office-seeker, but was a conscientious and loyal follower of the Republican party. Mrs. Hamblin is a well-preserved old lady, and is deeply reverenced and loved in the community.

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