SOME OF THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF SCIPIO
CAYUGA COUNTY NEW YORK by Austin B. Comstock
I will be posting each page of this history separately. The index, posted on June 24, 2014 in 4 parts, provides the page numbers; you can also search the blog for a particular name appearing anywhere within it. I hope you find something new!
a churchyard and cemetery, but now is an orchard and garden with the gravestones being used as walks. The writer remembers when the White lot was entirely surrounded by woods, and he has an Indian tomahawk which his father found about 1865 on this lot.
Soon after Sherwood’s arrival, he sold the west part of his lot to Samuel Phelps, who immediately settled upon it. Alanson Tracy and his brother Edmund soon arrived and settled respectively on the farms known as the Calvin Tracy farm and the James A. Gould farm. Edmund Tracy sold his farm in 1815 to Marvin Warner from Connecticut and migrated to the western part of the state where his brother Alanson followed him in 1826, leaving his large estate here in charge of his son Calvin.
Capt. Alanson Tracy came back and died in the home of his son in 1852, aged 81 years. He was a man of sterling integrity and great strength, in proof of which is the well-authenticated story of his riding a bear. One day in 1798 he was out at work on the southeast part of his farm when he heard calls for help and he ran towards the cries. He saw a neighbor, Bennett by name, retreating before a huge bear. This was south of the D.C. Gould house. The bear, not noting the approach of Tracy, reared up and folded Bennett in his paws and proceeded to crush him. Tracy sprang forward and grasped the bruin’s ears. It was a critical time. Bruin dropped to all four feet and as Tracy had hold of his ears, he was astride of the bear. After many efforts to shake off his load he gave up and started to run, but Tracy dared not drop off as the bear might turn on him. The bear ran fast and Tracy called for help as he hung on. Finally when they had reached a point near where the Friend’s Church north of Poplar Ridge now stands, there was a hole filled with water where a tree had blown over. The bear plunged in. Tracy held the exhausted bear’s head under the water and drowned her. Bennett revived and sent help to Tracy.
There is another story of Capt. Tracy which is interesting. During the War of 1812, call was made for farmers to take food and clothing through to Fort Niagara. It was in the wintertime, and Capt. Tracy and many others agreed to go through with supplies. His family had just finished making a pair of woolen blankets, which were of very fancy colors, owing to the kind of coloring materials used in those days. They reached Niagara and the following day started for home. A few miles on their way they stopped at a tavern for a drink. When they came out Tracy found his blankets gone, but in their place was an Indian trade musket
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