The following article is from the Chautauqua County web site; Does anyone know who were the parents of this Amasa?
Born in the Poorhouse;
Amasa Slayton (Jamestown Journal, Friday, May 16, 1902)
Dewittville, May 15, 1902: This morning at 8:30 Amasa Slayton, an inmate
of the County Home, dropped dead. Up to the moment of his death he was
apparently as well as usual and had been around the building and grounds
as usual in the morning.
He was one of the best known characters in the County. For many years he
has been an inmate of the County House a portion of the time, although
during summers he was accustomed to working on the steamboats and taking
long tramps, and this spring was away from the institution for three weeks
on one of his pedestrian tours. Many stories are told of his capabilities
as a walker, one, that on a certain occasion he was left by a former
stern-wheel steamer "Jamestown" at Mayville and walked to Jamestown, arriving ahead
of the steamboat. His trips took him to all parts of this region and he
was a familiar figure in every town in Chautauqua County. He was strong
physically but his mental furnishing was incomplete; still he had a certain
amount of wit and not a few original and bright remarks are credited to
him. He was probably about 65 years of age, although the County Authorities
have never been able to determine exactly how old he was. A half-brother
lives at Stow and another at Ripley.
Relatives have been notified of his death and the body awaits their action.
J. J. Fri. May 23, 1902: Amasa Slayton's birthplace. To the Editor J. J.:
I notice in the Journal that Amasa Slayton is dead, and the statement that
he was born in Jamestown. Amasa was a distinguished character and it is
important that his birthplace should be correctly stated. There is a record
in the old County House Record Book, of Slayton having been born in that
institution, with the date of his birth, Dr. Steadman, then living at
Mayville, assured me many years ago that he was present on the occasion.
H. C. Taylor, Brocton, NY
NOTE: Nearly a whole page story appears in the Journal of May 20, 1902,
with a picture of Amasa Slayton, from a crayon portrait made by Emmet F.
Flagg - some years ago...
Amasa had been kicked in his head by a horse as a child
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