Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
History of Tompkins, Schuyler,
Chemung, Tioga 1879
Page 315 - Anthony Collson
- Eunice Mudge Biography
was born Aug. 12, 1804, at Mt. Tabor, Rutland Co., Vt. He was the third
son and fourth child of John and Susanna Collson, both of New England parentage,
who removed to Bradford Co., Pa., in March, 1817. Three months later they
removed to the town of Chemung (now Baldwin), where his parents spent their
days, and where his father died Sept. 13, 1855, and his mother July 18,
1857, both aged eighty-five years.
Our subject, being desirous of obtaining an education, and having none
of the advantages of the present day, would obtain such papers and books
as he could, and glean from them all the knowledge possible while watching
the cattle by day and during the evenings by the light of a torch. He afterwards
boarded with his uncle, Stephen Tuttle, of Elmira, attending school winters,
and working on the farm summers. He began teaching in 1826, at the age
of twenty-two, and followed it for twenty winters.
In 1828 he married Eunice, daughter of David Mudge, of
Otsego Co., N. Y., the result of which union was eight children, viz.:
David M., John W., Paul, Emma (died in infancy), Emma, Anthony (died young),
Ezra M., and Lydia.
Mr. Collson was instrumental in the establishment of the first mail-route
and the first post-office in the town of Baldwin, being the first postmaster,
and holding the office as long as he resided in the town. He also served
for several years as justice of the peace and school-inspector, and filled
many other positions in the gift of the people. In 1848 or 1849 he moved
to the town of Thurston, Steuben Co., where he resided until his death,
which occurred at the residence of his son-in-law, A. M. Collson, while
on a visit to his former home, Aug. 29, 1870, at the age of sixty-six years.
Mr. Collson was prominently identified with the interests of Steuben County
during his residence there. He was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church for over fifty years, in the various stations of class-leader, exhorter,
and local preacher. He took an especial interest in Sabbath-schools, and
all educational enterprises. He was an upright man, respected and beloved
by all who knew him, both for his moral and social qualities. His widow
survives him, and now (1878) resides in Steuben County.
Paul Collson, third son of Anthony and Eunice Collson, was born in the
town of Baldwin, in the year 1832. July 22, 1862, he was enrolled in Co.
A, 107th New York Volunteer Infantry, to serve for three years. Aug. 16,
1862, he was promoted to orderly-sergeant, and April 5, 1863, at Hope Landing,
Va., was promoted to 2d lieutenant. He subsequently received from Governor
Fenton (Dec. 16, 1866) commissions as 1st lieutenant and captain by brevet.
After the war, June 5, 1867, he was appointed captain in the 110th Regiment
New York State Militia. July 9, 1867, he received the appointment of postmaster
of North Chemung, which position he still holds. In 1873 he was appointed
by Governor Dix as Commissioner of the United States Deposit Fund for Chemung
County, which office he has held ever since, notwithstanding the changes
in the State executive. Appointed as a Republican by a Republican Governor,
he was continued by the Democratic Governors Tilden and Robinson. He has
also served as justice of the peace in Baldwin for several years. In 1872
he married Sarah, daughter of Philander Collson. Besides attending to his
official duties, Mr. Collson is engaged in farming and dairying pursuits,
and leads an active life, full of future promise.
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