AUSTIN DAGGETT, farmer, P. O. Girard, was born in Greenfield Township, Erie Co., Penn., May, 1805, and is the eldest son living of Sebree and Annis (Peet) Daggett, the former born in Coventry, Conn., in 1775, the latter a native of Vermont.
The father of Sebree, John Daggett, in the cold winter of 1799, came to Erie county, following an Indian trail through the woods. On December 24, 1802, going from Erie to Colt's Station, while crossing a stream on a log, he fell into the water and had his feet so terribly frozen that when he reached his destination he made a saw out of a case knife, and cut the frozen parts away, sawing the very bones. No doctors in those days. He was a Revolutionary soldier, was married five times, and reared seven children, fruits of his first union. He made a small payment on 300 acres of land in Greenfield Twp, on which his son Sebree Daggett and family, coming from Vermont, settled in 1799. They cleared about twenty acres of this tract, and in 1814 entered the land now occupied by Hiram Daggett, which consisted of 125 acres, 100 of which were cleared by Sebree and our subject.
John Daggett departed this life in 1837, when eighty-four years old. Sebree reared a family of six sons and four daughters. The surviving are Laura (widow of Lewis Wildman), Austin, Darius, Reuben, Elner (widow of J. B. Williams), Hiram, John D. Austin married, in Conneaut, Ohio, June 3, 1830, Elvira, daughter of Joab Greene, a native of Herkimer County, N. Y., where she was born June 9, 1808, who has borne him ten children, six surviving, viz.: Julius A.; Annis R., wife of John C. Zahn( son of Christian and Barbara (Hostettler) Zahn of Bern Canton, Switz); Helen M., wife of Welcome J. Weeks; Melissa, wife of Richard Tuckey, of Coldwater, Mich.; Florence, wife of William M. Anderson, residing at home; and Josephine H., wife of James Tuckey.
In August, 1830, Mr. Daggett settled on his portion of the farm, consisting of ninety-five acres of woodland. He has endured all the privations and hardships of pioneer life, clearing away the timber, building a cabin, etc. He served in the militia for over twenty years, and had a Captain's commission at that time. He has been a member of the Universalist Church many years.
Samuel P. Bates, History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, (Warner, Beers & Co.: Chicago, 1884), Part VI, Township Biographies, Girard Township, p. 57.
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