B. WELLINGTON TABER, of honored memory, late worthy citizen of Cazenovia, Madison County, N.Y., was born in this town, December 8, 1827. He and Loyal C. Taber were the only children of Clark and Mary (Gibbs) Taber, the former of whom was born in Little Compton, R.I., April 30,
1790, and the latter in Tolland, Mass., June 1, 1796. They were married in the town of Cazenovia, February 1, 1827, and began housekeeping at Taber's Mills, now known as Juddville, in the house at present owned by Albert Judd, where their two children were born. They soon purchased a farm of their own, upon which they resided until death claimed them. Clark Taber was a carpenter and joiner by trade. His father, Philip Taber, a shoemaker of Little Compton, R.I., had married a Mary Gibbs, of an earlier generation than the above named; and their family contained seven children, four sons and three daughters. They came to Cazenovia about 1820, where Mr. Philip Taber died when he was well past middle life. His wife survived him many years, being ninety-three years old at the time of her death. They are now resting in Nelson Cemetery. Loyal C., the brother of B. Wellington Taber, was a member of the firm of Wood, Taber & Morse, manufacturers of horizontal engines, at Eaton, N.Y. The mother, Mary Gibbs Taber, died March 28, 1858, at sixty-two years; Clark Taber, January 16, 1862, at seventy-two years; B. Wellington Taber, July 12, 1885, at the age of fifty-eight; and Loyal C. Taber, January 12, 1892,'aged fifty-nine. His death occurred at his home in Syracuse. He left a widow, Mary Smith-Taber, and three sons-Welling W., Loyal C., and Clanden.
H. Amanda Taber, widow of B. Wellington Taber, was born in Northampton, N.Y., February 1, 1828, a daughter of Lemuel and Hannah (Lyon) Ward, both of whom died when she was a small child. She was united in marriage to Mr. Taber in this town, July 23, 1848. She and her husband spent many happy years together, residing here during their entire wedded life of thirty-seven years. They lived upon their farm, four miles south of Cazenovia Village, until three and a
half years before his death, when they moved into the village of Cazenovia. His trade was that of a millwright; and he was also the owner of a farm of two hundred and forty-four acres, which is still retained in the family. Their only child is Charlotte Amanda, born May 6, 1849. She is the wife of Charles H. Perkins, son of Wilson L. and Sarah Salisbury Perkins. He was born March 31,
1850, on the farm which he now owns, and upon which he and his wife reside. Mrs. Taber has made her home with them since the death of her husband. Charles H. Perkins was first married in 1872 to Alice Kingsley, of Hamilton, Madison County, who died two years after her marriage, leaving one daughter, Alice. Mr. Perkins was united to the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Taber December 2, 1879. They have lost one son, Wellington, who died August 18, 1881, aged eight months. They have a son now living, C. Taber Perkins, a bright, promising boy of eleven years. Mr. Perkins has been a practical farmer since leaving school at the age of eighteen. His wife is a cultured woman and a highly competent teacher.
Mr. Perkins is a Prohibitionist from principle, and in the interests of his party and a righteous cause has had the honor of being defeated for most of the town offices, and also for the offices of Sheriff and Member of Assembly. He has for two years been the Chairman of the County Prohibition Committee, and is at the time of this writing the nominee of his party for County Treasurer.
His wife is equally enthusiastic in the temperance cause, and by her efforts every scholar in this district school was enrolled as a member of the Loyal Temperance Legion. She is a most earnest and successful worker in Prohibition circles, and inspires both young and old with a personal interest in the erasion of that dark stain on the history of civilization--the drink traffic. Mr. Perkins was elected at Binghamton, May 19, 1892, as delegate to the National Prohibition Convention at Cincinnati, and his wife as an alternate, both attending. Their bright young son is an ardent little temperance man, and is a delegate to a county convention from the Loyal Temperance Legion.
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