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Updated on March 13, 2011

The Colonel

Colonel Andrew Sylvester Warner; Son of Andrew Jr. and Elizabeth Clark Young, was born in Oneida county, New York 12 Jan 1819, and died at Sandy Creek, Oswego County New York, on December 26 1887.

At the age of eighteen, in April of 1837, he moved with his father from Vernon, to warner crossroad, in the Western part of Sandy Creek. He lived on a farm where he was later owner and where he tilled during the rest of his lifetime.

Andrew was a student at Rensselaer Oswego Academy at Mexico-ville, New York, being enrolled in 1840. He later attended a school in Rome, New York. For several years afterwards he taught in public schools around this area. Since Andrew was the oldest boy he had the responsibility of caring for the rest of the family when his father died. He was a very progressive and successful farmer, and later he sustained a reputation as a businessman of superior qualifications.

Because he was the most successful farmer he owned the first lawn mowing machine in this area. He also had several large orchards. Andrew won many prizes for his livestock and loom work at local fairs. few men in Oswego county led a more active life, and none did more for the prosperity of the community as did Andrew Warner.

In 1844 Andrew enlisted into the state militia. He served for a couple of years and was then appointed to Quarter master of the 168Th regiment, 48th brigade, 18th division, of the infantry of New York state. He was then permitted to train troops on the Courthouse Green at Pulaski. Sometime later he received his commission to the rank of Major.

Andrew was a free soiler, meannghe was opposed to everything which had anything to do with the extension of slavery. In 1848 he was a delegate to the Buffalo convention which nominated martin Van Burien for president. He was also elected as one of three superintendents to the poor of Oswego county. In 1855 and 1856 he served as a member of the state assembly, and in the exciting years of 1860 and 1861he was elected to a post in the New York State Senate. His good conduct in the legislature was characterized by his diligence and promptness in which he carried out the duties of his office, consequentlyhe gained strong political influence throughout Northern New York. Col Warner was a very close friendof Garret Smith, the great abolitionist, andnamed one of his sons after Mr. Smith.

During the Civil war, Col. Warner was active in recruiting several regiments. He was Commissioned Colonel of the 147th regiment New York state volunteers, in fact he almost completely organized it, recruiting all his men from Oswego County. The regiment left the fighting front on September 27th 1862. His regiment was famous as one of "Forty fighting regiments of the war."

Later Col. Warner contracted Typhoid fever and had to be discharged, but made an amazing recovery. Of 837 men who enlisted in the regiment 147 returned to Oswego County where his name was selected as the name for the sons of veterans camp.

Col. Warner was a large man with broad shoulders , he had blue eyes, black hair, anda beard. He was kind andsociable witheveryone whom he came in contact with. Andrew never used tobacco of any kind and he never touched liquor. He attended the congregational church in Pulsaki, just as his ancestors did. He was a member of the Sandy Creek Lodge of F. & A.M., and a member of the J.B. Butler post, G.A.R.

On October 19th 1842 Col. Warner Married his first wife Mary Elizabeth Green, Daughter of Henry Knowles Green of New Haven, Oswego County. She gave birth to both of Andrew's children and died on June 22nd 1859. He remarried on October 3 1861, to Chloe Monroe, who was born in Sandy Creek, Oswegocounty in 1840.She was the second daughter of Barnabus Monroe. Chloe Warner died on February 14 1916. and rests in Wood lawn Cemetery at Sandy Creek.

The Warners had two children. Their first boy was named Adelbert A. Warner, at the age of sixteen he accompanied his father in the 147th regiment.Their second son was named Garret Smith Warner. who was born in 1855. He died in 1907. Andrew S. Warner died December 26th 1887. he is buried in Woods Lawn Cemetery.

A miraculous recovery

Article from the Pulsaki Democrat, June 18, 1885.

One of the most remarkable instances we have ever known of recovery from what was supposed to be a fatal disease, is that of Honorable A.S. Warner, afflicted with a most severe attack of pneumonia followed by Dropsy and enfeebled heart action. Mr. Warner's Physician Dr. Low and his friends had no expectation whatever that he would recover. He has a most remarkable constitution however, and has thus far recovered from all attacks. Mr. Warner is now recovered. He has driven into town on several occasions and shows marked gains of health and strength.

Garrett's Family

On 3 May 1874 Andrew's son Garret Smith Warner married Anna Lloyd in Sandy Creek, Oswego, New York. This is an extremely old picture of Anna with her sister Mary, and their mother Hannah It seems as though Mary never got married to anyone as she spent a large portion of her life tending to her mother who was widowed early on in their relationship. As far as I can tell, most of their children were well educated. Garrett was named after the famous abolitionist Garrett Smith. His brother Adelbert served under their father in the 147th regiment of Oswego, New York. Garrett died early on at the age of 33.

Garrett and Anna had five children, they are; Andrew, Lloyed, Mary, Edwin (Ted), and Jessie.

In the picture below you can see Jessie's graduating College Class in New York, Jessie is seated in the bottom row, second person from the right.


The Doctor

Dr. Andrew Robert warner for a number of years superintendant of Lakeside hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, was appointed Execuative secratery of the American hospital association at a meeting of the association Board of trustees held in 10 oct, 1919, suceeding Mr. Howell Wright, Doctor Warner began his duties November 1, 1919

The announcment of Doctor Warner's appointment is a matter of congradulations among his many friends. his activity in hospital matters genneraly has won for him a nation wide acquaintainceship among hospital execuatives and physicians, and recognition of his ability is evidenced by the number of responsible pisitions he has been called uopn to fill.

Doctor Warner secured his medical education at the Western reserve university school of medicine, graduating in 1906. He has been president of the Ohio Hospital association, and last year was president of the American Hospital association. he is a fellow of the American Medical Association and recently was elected first vice president of the Amreican conference on Hospital service. he is especially interested in Hospital standardization and group practice of medicine, and a number of his articles on these subjects have been published.

"The Modern Hospital" 1919

The Minister

HERMAN STREETER--Born August 16, 1811, New York, probably German Flats, Herkimer County--parents possibly James and Abigail. Where his boyhood was spent we do not know, but on August 27, 1833, he married Maria Brayman (born in Rhode Island, according to most censuses, Mar 1812). In 1835 he was living in Frankfort, Herkimer County, New York (town census). His household included two males subject to military duty and entitled to vote, and also five females. (Some of his family may have been with him then.) This census states that there was one male born the preceding year--this must be in error for the first son was not born until 1842--a daughter had been born in 1834. (Children arrived regularly every two years.)

All family traditions say that Herman was a Wesleyan Methodist minister, but he apparently often combined this with farming. The 1835 census in Frankfort lists him with 12 acres of land, 5 neat cattle, 14 sheep, and 4 hogs, 10 yards of mulled cloth, 10 yards of flannel and 14 yards of linen had been produced the preceding year.

About 1846-48, the Streeter family moved to Oswego County, New York. There Herman possibly pastored a church at Boylston (see map), but they lived on a farm on the Lacona-Smartville Road. (In the course of time, he donated the land for a cemetery, where two of his daughters would be buried.) During this stay in Oswego County, the older daughters grew up and married; one son and a son-in-law lost their lives in the Civil War. In 1865, Abigail Streeter, 73, is listed in a separate household--this may be Herman's mother.

In 1867, Herman, his wife and three youngest children moved to Muskegon County, Michigan. In the 1870 census for Whitehall Village, we find Herman Streeter 59, Maria 52 (?), William 21, and Miriam 25. The adjoining household on one side had William Thompson, 23, farmer, and Lucy, 18--this was undoubtedly the youngest daughter Lucy who, with her husband, were later to move to Washington. On the other side we find Alexander Thompson, 56, lumber inspector, Emily 50 and Jesse 15. (In 1880, A.W. Thompson, widower, would be living in the same household as the Streeters.) I have not found any evidence that Herman pastored a church in Michigan.

The Muskegon directory for 1884 lists Herman Streeter, 72, Maria, 72 (in Michigan 17 years), also Susan Leigh, 48, Glenn, 13, and Lena, 11, in Michigan 1/12 year. It appears that Maria's health may have been failing and Susan (widowed for the second time) had decided to come with her young daughters for a visit. A modest gray marble shaft in Oakhurst Cemetery, Whitehall, has this inscription on one side, "Maria, wife of Herman Streeter, died October 17, 1884, aged 72 years, 7 months. Leave have their time to fall." A small headstone reads "MOTHER".

The directory for 1887 notes "Herman Streeter boards with William Streeter." According to his death certificate, Herman Streeter died June 16, 1896, 84 years old, born Vermont, parents unknown. He is presumably buried beside Maria although there is no inscription to indicate it.

The Streeter Sisters

Herman had six daughters all with elaborate stories but for this line I will focus on one of them.

CAROLINE STREETER--Fourth of the Streeter sisters, was born in Frankfort, NY, June 27, 1840. After moving with the family to Oswego County, she met and married Henry Stevens. Oswego County census records for 1865 show Henry Stevens 24, Caroline 24, and Arthur 2. Their home had a listed value of $7400 and came to be known as the "show place" of the area. Henry Stevens became widely known as a breeder of registered Holstein cattle during the time when this breed was coming to prominence in America.

At some point in his life he became afflicted with blindness but it was said that his sense of touch was so acute that he could tell the difference between black and white hair on his cattle.

The home eventually came to include three more boys--Ward, Ralph and Floyd, and a daughter Julia. Arthur married Gertrude Groat but he died in 1890 without children. Ward married Julia Loomis and they had two boys and one girl. Ralph married Minnie Chase and had three girls and one boy. (The Ward and Ralph Stevens families lived in Liverpool, NY). Floyd Stevens married Jessie Warner and had two girls and one boy. They lived in Oswego County, where Floyd became an expert in the growing of gladioli. Julia married David Hadley and lived in Lacona. Their son, Lee, became a doctor, specializing in X-ray technology. He is also interested in genealogy and I am indebted to him for much data on this family. His brother Rex was a casualty of World War I.

Henry Stevens died in 1911 and was buried in a cemetery near Lacona. Caroline died in 1924.

Julia May Stevens
Julia May Stevens
Henry Stevens
Henry Stevens

Holstein Pioneer


Pioneering a Great Industry
By Maurice S. Prescott

Source:  Centennial Souvenir History 1825 - 1925 of the Town of Sandy Creek, Oswego County, New York, Commemorating the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Founding of the Town July 2-3-4-5, 1925.  

The year 1876--just past the half-way mark in the history of the town of Sandy Creek--marked the first introduction of purebred Holstein-Friesian cattle into this township and in fact one of the first in the United States.  In that year, Stevens and Pruyn bought of Gerrit S. Miller, Peterboro, Oneida County, NY, the four-year old heifer, Juno (No. 15 in the Holstein Herd Book), and the two-year-old heifer, May, and from C. R. Payne, Hamilton, NY, the yearling bull, Baron Steuben.  At the time of these first purchases, only 405 Holsteins had been registered in the United States.  Up to the present time, over 1,500,000 animals of this breed have been registered in America and Holstein-Friesians compromise about 60 per cent of all the purebred dairy cattle in this country.  The purebred Holsteins now living are estimated to have value of a billion dollars.  

Mr. Pruyn retired shortly from the partnership and the herd was developed by Henry Stevens with the later assistance of his sons, Ward W., Ralph J., and Floyd H.  In this herd were developed a number of foundation families that have probably had more to do with popularizing the Holstein-Fresian breed in America than any other strains.  Perhaps the best known was De Kol 2d 734 H.H.B.  In 1894, she established a world's record for official butter production in 7 days and the blood of this great former champion has become so widely spread throughout the herds of the United States that all of the leading producers trace their ancestry to De Kol 2d in some line of their pedigree and the world's champion four-year-old in yearly test traces forty-six times to De Kol 2d in her extended pedigree.  This fact is mentioned to illustrate the important part Sandy Creek Holsteins have taken in laying the foundation for the present greatness of this breed.

Other foundation cows in the Stevens herd of nearly equal reputation and later influence were Belle Korndyke, Netherland Hengerveld, Helena Burke and Aaggie Grace 2d's Pieterje.  In 1894, when the Holstein-Friesian Association of America established its Advance Register under the present system of having the production figures certified to by representatives of State Agricultural Colleges and Experiment Stations, Henry Stevens & Sons' Brookside herd won more prizes for high production than any other herd.  In fact, it won a majority of all the prizes offered in competition with the whole United States.  Breeders from all  over the world came to the Stevens herd in search of foundation animals.  The New York Holstein-Friesian Association has adopted the slogan for this state "The Nursery of the Holstein-Fresian Breed."  It may be said with equal truth that Oswego County and the township of Sandy Creek in particular is "The Cradle of the Nusery of the Holstein-Fresian Breed."

This subject is of importance in connection with the history of the town of Sandy Creek because of the fact that the inspiration and example of Henry Stevens in developing the outstanding herd of Holsteins of his time converted Sandy Creek into a dairy community far above the average, impressed the black and white color markings of the Holstein-Fresian breed generally upon the dairy cattle of the community and as a result of this improved breeding, the dairymen of this community are selling each year through their own farmer-owned marketing organizations more than a quarter million dollars worth of milk each year, the largest and most important industry in this township today.   While the community does not enjoy the prominence from a Holstein breeding point it did when the industry was in its infancy, in this county, there are today close to a dozen owners of purebred Holsteins in the township that are doing their part to raise still higher the average production of the dairy herds of this community.

This pioneer activity of the Holstein industry in this township,however, has benefited the community in other ways than the improvement it has wrought in the dairy herds of the township.  Its early prominence as a Holstein center resulted in the development of the Corse Press as the leading Holstein printing establishment of the United States and was really responsible for the location of the Holstein-Fresian World in Sandy Creek.  This publication is the largest and most widely read publication devoted to any particular breed of cattle.  Each week it carries the name of Lacona into every section of the United States and to all quarters of the globe.  The township of Sandy Creek may well be proud of its Holstein traditions and should look with gratitude uponn the Holstein-Fresian breed which has meant so much to its development in many lines.

The Cattle Rancher

Floyd Harlow stevens, son of Henry and Caroline Stevens, was born March 17th 1881 in the state of New York in Lacona. He died in Bremerton, Washington in 1950. Floyd spent most of his early years helping his father in the farming and Cattle industry. According to theThe Pulaski Democrat in July of 1908 in Pulaski, Oswego, New York, Floyd married the afore mentioned Jessie Anna Warner

Floyd and Jessie had three children they are Mary Caroline Stevens, Margaret Stevens, and Harlow Floyd Stevens.

Mary and Cyril

Mary, the youngest daughter, was born September 15th, 1918 in Syracuse, Odganadgu, New York. Though the Stevens family was extreemly wealthy, most of their monetary was lost in the stock market after it colapsed in 1929. While a large portion of America was struggling, the Stevens family seemed to stay afloat. Mary wedded her husband Cyril Moss in 1941. One of her passions was Horseshoe throwing, and she competed on a professional level.

Cyril Clifford Moss lead a life of extreme sports, He was born in England where at some point he lost both of his parents, Amid his angst of being an orphan he and his brother Charles, made the decision to run away to the circus where they toured around America as acrobats on the trapeze. Later Cyril took an interest in ski jumping and contended for a chance to compete at the Olympics. Unfortunately Cyril broke his arm in training and so the chance of a lifetime passed him by. However the outcome was still good, the two moved to Batelboro, Vermont where they sucessfully raised a family of four children.

On 27 Sep 1913 Cyril arrived at the port of New York out of Liverpool, England. According to the passengers list he was 2 years and six months old. The ship he traveled on was named the Baltic. During World War Two Cyril served in the armed forces.


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    • Onusonus profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from washington

      That's great, We should get together sometime! Perhaps you could tell me some more stuff about your grandfather.

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      NIck Stevens 

      7 years ago

      Pretty well detailed man! Floyd harlow Stevens was my great grandfather and kyle here is my uncle. I see your out in Bremerton. Im here in seattle.

    • Onusonus profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from washington

      Sure thing!

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      Kyle Stevens  

      7 years ago

      Hey bro hit me up.

    • Onusonus profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from washington

      It's good to hear from family members. Floyd's wife's family has some pretty interesting history as well.

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      Kyle Stevens  

      7 years ago

      This is pretty cool. My grandfather was Floyd harlow Stevens


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