Arnold, R. B., p. o.
Whitney's Point, born in Columbia, Chenango county, N.
Y., Jan. 4th, 1826, farmer, owns 214 acres, was
enrolling officer and deputy marshal of Cortland county,
N. Y., during the war, has been highway commissioner of
Triangle eight years; wife, Drusilla Sirrine, daughter
of John and Betsey (Ross) Sirrine, of Honesdale, Pa.,
married in 1851, children six, four now living: Edwin
D., Emma D., now Mrs. Salma R. Johnson, of Triangle,
Devern and Frank J. Parents, Henry and Desire (Ellis)
Arnold, natives of Greenwich, Rhode Island.
History of Broome County
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: H. P. Smith
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1885
son Robert Bell
photos courtesy of
Robert's ggg-granddaughter Karen Mead
worked at home and went to school but little. He went to
church every Sunday after he was old enough, to pump the
pipe organ in the old Zionís Church at Mossie; it took
two boys to pump it. They got 25 cents apiece every
Sunday. When he was twenty-one years old he took his way
on foot to Pennsylvania to work at carpenters trade. He
had his extra shirt and socks tied in a red
handkerchief. He found plenty of work in barns, bridges,
wood mills etc. He found a good carpenter to work for
and was employed by him for four years.
Mother there at Honesdale Wayne Co. Pa, became
acquainted in 1851, were married and went to Willett on
the farm he had previously been up to and bought. Here
Edwin, Mary and Clemma were born. After 6 years they
sold out, rented rooms of a neighbor and father hired
out to a hardware man to peddle tin. He ran the cart for
a year then rented a large farm near Willett village. He
had a good dairy and speculated in young stock and
horses. He made pretty well at it. But while they were
there, diphtheria came in that section and took the two
little girls. They died in May and a new little girl
came to them in July. In 1863 they left the farm and
bought a house and lot down in Georgetown, a little
settlement a mile above Willett. While there Father
engaged as a clerk in Binghamton NY for a year. Then he
was appointed Deputy Provost marshal to take care of the
drafting in our county in the Civil War.
Arnold Graves, as told to her daughter Nellie Graves
Dewsnap who hand wrote it in 1933