Niagara County

1897 Biography - Gaston J. Bangham

Bangham, Gaston J., was born in Somerset. March 25, 1827, is a son of Joseph G. and Nancy Bangham, both of whom died when he was four years old, and who came from Seneca county, N. Y., to this town. Mr. Bangham has one brother, who is unmarried and lives with him; he was born in 1828. Gaston J. Bangham was married to Hortense C. Millard of Lockport, December 12, 1849, daughter of Oliver L. Millard (who was first cousin of President Fillmore) and Deborah (Seeley) Millard, both from Washington county, N. Y. Her father came to Lockport in 1816, helped to build a section of the Erie Canal and was superintendent for several seasons. They were married in 1813 and had six children, only two of whom are living. Mr. and Mrs. Bangham had four children, two of whom are living: Charles M., born August 4, 1851, died when eight months old; Ida Climana, born May 14. 1853, married to Allan A. Huntington, February 12, 1879, died March 30, 1886; David B. Bangham, born February 22, 1856, married Mary A. King February 18, 1890, have one child, Gladys Hortense, lives in Lyndonville, Orleans county, N. Y.; Oliver M. Bangham, born June 30, 1858, married Lizzie G. Peacock, have one child, Lillian Mae, lives in Tonawanda, N. Y. Mr. Bangham has followed farming as an occupation and taken great interest in the development of the country. Mrs. Bangham is the owner of a very interesting relic in the form of a trunk in which the first Masonic charter given to the State of N. Y. was brought from England. It is in shape like the trunks of to-day, five by three inches wide and three inches deep, is covered with cloth and a heavy brown paper over that, is bound in steel with steel handle on top of lid, and lock. She also has a chest that her grandmother Seeley had, and when Burgoyne invaded the country she filled it with clothing and fled to Fort Ticonderoga upon his approach, driving an ox team and carrying four children.

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