CHARLES WILLIAMS MOTT, one of the foremost among those citizens of Oneida who are conspicuous for their intelligence, business ability, and usefulness to the community in which they live, a member of the Board of Education of Oneida, was born in Sangerfield, Oneida County, N.Y., June 7, 1835. His father was John Mott, a native of Dutchess County, New York, born July 20, 1792, son of an elder John Mott, of French ancestry, whose birth took place April 13, 1753. The family name was originally written La Motte. John Mott, Sr., emigrated to Oneida County, New York, probably from New England, and was a pioneer of the town of Bridgewater. He purchased a farm, engaged in agricultural pursuits, and resided there until his death, May 16, 1833. The maiden name of his wife was Jane Mabbitt. She was born December 24, 1759, and died March 22, 1831, in her seventy-second year, after having reared a family of nine children, whose names are as follows: Joseph, Sarah, Samuel M., Deborah, John, Jane, Anna, Parmelia, and Parmenas. All of them lived to maturity, upright men and women, good, honest Quakers. All are now deceased, John having been the latest survivor.
John Mott, Jr., was quite young when his parents removed to Oneida County, where he was reared. In early manhood he engaged in mercantile business in Bridgewater, where he remained until his marriage, after which he removed to Sangerfield. Here he secured a store, laid in a stock of general merchandise, and was engaged in business thirty-six years, being succeeded by his two elder sons, George C. and Elias Hicks. He resided in that locality until his death, July 20, 1874. The maiden name of his wife was Eliza Williams. She was born in Newport, R.I., February 3, 1799, and was a daughter of Obadiah Williams, a native of the same place, who was born February 10, 1767, son of John and
Mary Williams. Obadiah Williams married Dorcas Earle, also of Newport, a daughter of John and Dorcas Earle, Quaker settlers and pioneers of the town of Bridgewater, their farm being contiguous to the Mott farm. Mrs. Mott died April 22, 1890, at the advanced age of ninety-one years. She had well performed her duties in life, having been a faithful wife and good mother, and having reared ten children, whose names were, respectively, Emily, Martha, Maria, Eliza, George Canning, Elias Hicks, John, Charles Williams, Edward, and William.
Charles Williams Mott obtained a fair education in his youth by attendance at the district school, and later extended the range of his studies by means of a course at the Cazenovia Seminary. In 1855 he went to Wisconsin, and settled at Allen's Grove, where he became engaged in the lumber business and in the manufacture of sashes, doors, and blinds, remaining here two years. He then returned to Sangerfieid, and engaged in farming, in which occupation he continued for five years, and next came to Oneida. In this place he engaged in the lumber business, and was so occupied for a period of twenty years, being also interested at times in various manufacturing enterprises. At the present time he is a jobber in lumber, and does a large and flourishing business, his trade extending into several different States. March 24, 1859, he was united in marriage with Sarah Louisa Cleveland, who was born in Owego, Tioga County, N.Y., March 10, 1839, and is a daughter of Benjamin Franklin Cleveland, a native of the town of Madison, Madison County, N.Y.
General Erastus Cleveland, father of Benjamin, was born in Connecticut, and emigrated thence to New York State. He rode on horseback, and for a part of the way marked out a road through the wilderness by blazing the trees. Upon reaching his destination, he secured a tract of land in the town of Madison, which at that time formed a part of Herkimer County, and was an unbroken wilderness, where roamed at will and in countless numbers the wild beasts of the forest. With the energy of a typical pioneer he at once began the work of improvement. He cleared his land, constructed a waterpower, and erected the first grist and saw mill in that locality. Not only did his active mind and busy hands contribute to the development and prosperity of his country in times of peace, but in her hour of peril from foreign foes he responded to her call, and was found bravely doing his part in the field, serving as Major through the War of 1812, and was later known as "General," as a popular recognition of his military services. The maiden name of his wife was Rebecca Berry, and she was also a native of Connecticut. His son, Benjamin Franklin Cleveland, father of Mrs. Mott, was educated for a physician, but on account of ill-health abandoned practice, and engaged in the drug business in Oxford, Chenango County, N.Y., and later in Cleveland, Ohio. From Cleveland he returned to Madison, where he was similarly occupied until failing health compelled him to seek outdoor employment, when he assumed the management of his father's mills, and was thus engaged until his death, which occurred January 2, 1851. He married Elizabeth Avery Putnam, who was born in Pawtucket, R. I., and was a daughter of the Rev. Aaron and Mary (Greene) Putnam. She now makes her home in West Newton, Mass., with her children.
Mr. and Mrs. Mott have three children living; namely, Alice Williams, Lucy Cleveland, and Charles Earle, all of whom have received a good education, and have developed into intelligent and useful members of society. Mr. Mott's political views find expression in the principles and measures of the Democratic party. He and his wife are communicants of St. John's Episcopal Church of Oneida; and both occupy a high place in the regards of their fellow-townsfolk, as useful and upright citizens, people of sterling worth.
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