Staats, William H., was born in Monroe county in 1842, a son of Abram and Minerva D. (Gray) Staats, natives of New York. His mother and father came to Monroe county after marriage, where they stayed a short time, then moved to Lockport, where he was engaged in the cotton factory. He went to the war in 1861 and never returned. There were seven children in his family, four of whom are living. Sarah J. Richardson, resides in Newfane; James, resides in Lockport; William H. and Mrs. Carrie C. McCollum, reside in Newfane. William H. Staats received his education at Newfane and Lockport, after which he engaged in coopering for a number of years. In 1861 he went to Wisconsin and joined Co. E, 1st Wisconsin Regt. Vol. Infantry, and was assigned to General Buel's army. They first went to Louisville, Ky., then to Nashville, Tenn., Huntsville, Ala., Perryville, Ky., where he was at the front in this hard fought battle and in which he lost an eye. He served nearly two years and was discharged in the spring of 1863, coming at once to Niagara county. Mr. Staats is a member of Jacob Brauker Post No. 547. November 9, 1870, he married Mary C. Sherman, born in Maumee City, O., and they had one child which died in infancy. Both are members of Newfane Council No. 85, Royal Templars. Mr. Staats rents his farm and is now engaged in other business.
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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