Niagara County

1897 Biography - William H. Carver

Carver, William H., was born in Wilson, N. Y., March 18, 1844, and is a son of Lewis R. Carver, born in Seneca county, September 12, 1808, and Sarah A. (Alvers) Carver, born in Canada, May 18, 1823, a daughter of Alexanders Alvers, a native of France, who came to the United States with Commodore Perry, and spent his last days in Wilson, where he is buried in Greenwood Cemetery. Lewis R. Carver came to Wilson about 1830, where he died March 24, 1883, and his widow died November 4, 1894. William H. Carver was reared and educated at Wilson, and followed farming until 1862, when he engaged in the meat business for fourteen years, and for the last six years has carried on a saloon. He is a Republican and has been constable for twenty-two years. In 1862 he enlisted, as private, in the 23d N. Y. Independent Battery Light Artillery, under Capt. Ransom. He is a member of Peter A. Porter Post No. 129 G. A. R. December 25, 1866, he married Helen Wilcox, born in Wilson in 1846, daughter of George Wilcox, an early settler in Wilson. Mr. and Mrs. Carver have four children: Lillian, wife of Sylvester McGinnis of Tonawanda, N. Y.; Harriet, wife of Glen Hosmer of Tonawanda; Martha(deceased), and Albert H., born May 24, 1874, and educated at Wilson Union School. The Carver family is of German descent and the grandfather of William H. settled in Genesee county, N. Y., where he lived and died.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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