Almond Zina MADISON, 18031892 (aged 88 years)

Almond Zina /MADISON/
Given names
Almond Zina
Family with Maria Tabitha VARY
Almond Zina Madison
Birth: August 17, 1803Hebron, Washington, New York, USA
Death: March 2, 1892Fredonia, Chautauqua, New York, USA
Maria Tabitha Vary Madison gravemarker
Birth: January 19, 1814 37 29 Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York, USA
Death: December 2, 1871Fredonia, Chautauqua, New York, USA
Marriage MarriageJune 23, 1839Gouverneur, St. Lawrence, New York, USA
5 years
Sarah Maria Madison Gravemarker
Birth: 1843 39 28 New York, USA
Death: 1911Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
Family with Deborah ROWLEY
Almond Zina Madison
Birth: August 17, 1803Hebron, Washington, New York, USA
Death: March 2, 1892Fredonia, Chautauqua, New York, USA
Marriage MarriageMay 1, 1825Gouverneur, St. Lawrence, New York, USA
6 years
Birth: 1830 26 New York, USA

The Chautauqua County Historic Structures Database
Chautauqua County Historian Michelle Henry
Almond Z Madison House
12 Cushing
Fredonia, NY 14063
Town of Pomfret

An interesting neighborhood was shown on the 1881 Atlas of Chautauqua County at today’s 12 Cushing Street, 16 Cushing Street, 22 Cushing Street, and 30 Cushing Street. Two of those homes (22 Cushing and 30 Cushing) have existed into the twenty-first century, while the other two have been replaced. The former home at 16 Cushing had been conveyed from William A. Barden and Eliza M. Barden to Charles E. Benton in 1864. Charles E. Benton was the printer and publisher of the Fredonia Advertiser, a pro-slavery paper which was also a competitor to the Fredonia Censor, the latter having been an abolitionist paper published by the Frisbee and McKinstry families. The home at 16 Cushing was shown in the name of Mrs. C. Benton in 1881. The home at 12 Cushing was shown in the name of Mrs. Slighter (also spelled Sliter), and the home at 22 Cushing was shown in the name of the J. Chandler estate.

Adding to the intriguing nature of the neighborhood was the fact that A.Z. Madison, a well known abolitionist and longtime clerk of the Fredonia Baptist Church, lived at 30 Cushing. All four of these homes had been shown on the 1867 Atlas of Chautauqua County, and even earlier, on the 1854 Wall Map of Chautauqua County. The J. Chandler home and the A.Z. Madison homes were even named as such on both maps, and the other two homes were named on the 1867 Atlas as that of H. Sliter (12 Cushing), and C. E. Benton (16 Cushing), respectively. On all three maps, this section of today’s Cushing Street was still known as Greene Street.

Some records indicate that an early home at 12 Cushing had been built by Charles E. Barkley around 1840; there were a house and large lot assigned to him in the 1840 assessment roll and onward. The obituary of Egbert Wallace Barklay [sic] in May, 1897, stated that as a boy he had lived with his parents at the corner of Greene and Main Streets. After 1865, the premises appeared in the name of Henry Sliter. The 1883 Directory showed R. W. Gifford there, and the 1891 Directory listed D. Whitmarsh there. By 1899, the name shown was E. Bartlett, in 1901 it was Fred Town, and in 1906 it was John Hickey.

Names shown at 16 Cushing prior to Charles E. Benton were Abram D. Stone, Miranda Stone, Huldah Bissell, and Nelson Hamilton. The Bentons apparently lived here for many years. He died in early 1877, but his widow and daughter remained. It was later most likely a boarding house. The Federal style home at 22 Cushing, similar to that of 4 Parkway in Sinclairville (Town of Charlotte) and to the homes of many well-to-do Fredonians in the mid-nineteenth century, was shown in the J. Chandler name on the 1867 Atlas, and on the 1854 Atlas, indicating that this home had enjoyed a relatively stable occupation since its construction.

John Chandler was born in West Woodstock, Connecticut in 1804. On March 30, 1826, he married Mary Manning of Pomfret, Connecticut. They moved to Charlotte Center in the Town of Charlotte about 1833 and lived there until 1851, which explains why their names appear in records for both township Pomfret and township Charlotte in Chautauqua County. Mary Manning Chandler died on October 5, 1855. John Chandler married Mrs. Sarah D. Barker on October 20, 1856. As a child, she had moved with her father Seth Sheldon to the township of Sheridan in Chautauqua County. Her first husband was Milton Barker of Sheridan, who died at age 26 on January 9, 1838. John Chandler and Sarah Chandler were shown on Green Street (now Cushing Street) in the censuses of 1860, 1865, 1870, and 1875. John Chandler died on December 2, 1878, and Sarah D. Chandler remained on Eagle Street according to the 1883 Directory for Fredonia. She died on January 21, 1890.

The other longtime neighbor, A.Z. Madison, most likely arrived in Fredonia during the 1840s, although the “Personal Notices” of the 1881 Atlas stated the following: “Almond Z. Madison was born in Hebron, N.Y., August 17th, 1803, and is an insurance agent and notary public. He formerly lived in Gouverneur, N.Y., where he was commissioner of deeds for eight year, supervisor two years, town clerk five years, justice of the peace thirteen years, and served as coroner and superintendent of the poor, and in other official positions, including the captaincy of a fully equipped artillery company attached to an infantry regiment in the brigade of General Silas Wright, Jr. Since coming to Fredonia from Bath, N.Y., where he was a merchant, August 6th, 1862, he has been town clerk of Pomfret two years, president of Fredonia village one year, and assessor fifteen years. May 1st, 1825, he married Deborah Rowley, and June 23rd, 1839, Maria T. Vary, both of Gouverneur and both now dead.”

At one time, the A.Z. Madison home probably looked much like the home at 27 Cushing, across the street. (See separate story in this database for 32 Cushing.) Almond Z. Madison conveyed his home to his son James H. Madison in 1869 (Liber 127 Page 443), and the son conveyed it back to his stepmother Maria T. Madison in 1870 (Liber 134 Page 243). According to an affidavit by James H. Madison on March 29, 1892 (Liber 6 Misc. Page 520), Maria T. Madison died December 2, 1871, leaving her husband Almond Z. Madison and her daughter Sarah Madison. A. Z. Madison had conveyed the home to Sarah Madison in 1877 (Liber 149 Page 433), and under her will of July 9, 1903, Lolah M. Barrelle conveyed the home in 1913 to Edwin W. Easton (Liber 365 Page 324). His heirs conveyed the home to his widow Mary E. Easton in 1913 (Liber 375 Page 373).

Sarah Madison’s will also left $10,000 to be invested for her nephew George C. Madison and $10,000 to be invested for his wife Jennie Madison, both of Chicago. Another $10,000 was to be invested for Pearl Madison, the daughter of George C. Madison and Jennie Madison. Another $10,000 was to be invested for Edith Madison, the daughter of James T. Madison, and another $10,000 for his other daughter Helen Madison, and another $10,000 for his son John Rowley Madison. To her cousin Lolah Madison Barrelle of Albion, NY, Sarah Madison left an annuity of $450 per year. In “memory of the mother of my brother James H. Madison,” Sarah Madison left $1000 to the first Baptist Church of Gouverneur, NY, and in memory of “my father and mother and my brothers and also carrying out the wish of my brother James H. Madison,” Sarah Madison bequeathed $5000 to the Gouverneur Reading Room Association. She left $5000 to the Fredonia Baptist Church, $5000 to Almon C. Barrell and his sister Keziah Barrell.

To Clara A. Wilcox, she left $1000 to use in finding a suitable home. To Josephine Dawley, Almena Dawley, and Dorothy Dawley of Silver Creek, Sarah Madison left $1000 each, and also to Lillian Belle Foster of Buffalo, Nellie H. Nichols of Watertown, Josephine Reynolds of Chicago, Grace Frisbee formerly of Fredonia, and Amarintha Vary of Marion, Alabama. Sarah Madison bequeathed the astounding sum of $25,000 to the religious use of the Young Men’s Christian Association of Buffalo, $5000 to the Buffalo Historical Society, $5000 to the D. R. Barker Library in Fredonia, all sums she believed to carry out the wishes of her half-brother James H. Madison, and she requested that the funds be maintained in his name. She requested that other funds bear her brother’s name at the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy and Buffalo General Hospital. She appointed George B. Barrell and Franklin D. Locke as her executors.

By codicil dated July 2, 1908, Sarah Madison specified that Lolah M. Barrelle and Lillian Belle Foster should inherit all books and papers, and that those papers “be carefully examined.” She also changed the amounts of some of her bequests by either raising them or by noting that the money had already been given to the person specified. By this amendment, Sarah Madison also carefully specified that certain rooms in the Marine National Bank Building and in the Lenox Hotel continue to be leased for use by those who would be sorting her own papers and the papers preserved by her brother. She directed that her legatees would oversee the disposition of those papers to the Buffalo Historical Society. By codicil dated July 10, 1908, the bequest of Clara A. Wilcox was raised to $4000, to be set in trust to apply to room and board for the rest of the life of Clara A. Wilcox, and that any remainder thereafter should be divided according the wishes of Sarah Madison’s will. Sarah Madison raised this bequest to $6000 by codicil dated April 25, 1910, and she left $2000 to her friend Lydia C. Barker and $5000 to her cousin Lillian Belle Foster.

For further information about A.Z. Madison and his abolitionist friends in the Cushing Street and Eagle Street neighborhood, consult the on-line records of the Fredonia Baptist Church at Chautauqua GenWeb. For further information about early Fredonia, consult the Darwin R. Barker library, museum, and genealogical collection.