Oswego County's: Guide To Government


The subject of the notice comes of the Puritan stock which set foot upon Plymouth rock in 1620. His father Roswell Sage was born in Berkshire, County Massachusetts in the year 1789 from whence he emigrated to Lewis County, State of New York in 1812 where he was drafted into the military service of the United States and served in the war then existing with Great Britain until its close. He then settled on a small farm in Verona, Oneida County, New York where he resides at the present writing, with his youngest daughter. Here on this farm was he who is the subject of our sketch born on the 5th day of September, 1816 and in this town of Verona was he raised receiving such an education as could be obtained at the common schools of those days supplemented by one term at the Verona Academy. His four sisters are all now living.

In 1840, he became the proprietor of the Verona Centre House, a hotel built on the line of the Utica and Syracuse Railroad then just completed. He followed the business of Boniface, but a year and a half in this locality at the end of which period he exchanged his hotel for a farm near the village of Oneida and carried on farming operations for the next seven years and through the financial disasters of 1847. In 1848, Mr. Sage to better his pecuniary condition, went into the State of Illinois and bought sufficient prairie land to enable him to engage in more extensive farming operations than heretofore. But his wife and her friends not being friendly to the project, he abandoned it and in the winter of 1849 -50 turned his attention to Williamstown where in April, following he located on a small farm adjoining the village where he now resides. Mr. Sage soon after began the manufacture and sale of lumber, buying considerable tracts of timber and farming lands during the time. He also subsequently engaged in mercantile trade to a limited extent conducting his enterprises with a fair amount of success. He has also contributed somewhat to the building up of the village erecting the Sage House a store blacksmith shop and several dwellings.

Mr. Sage in politics has always been an anti - slavery man and a Republican helping to form the latter party whose principles he has ever steadily maintained and upheld. Though residing as he does in the strongest Democratic town in the County, has been especially fortunate in the hearty support received from his neighbors and townsmen without regard to party lines in the many positions of honor and trust to which their votes have elevated him tokens of respect and confidence on their part which are highly gratifying to him. In 1855, he was elected supervisor of his town and re-elected in 1856 and has since then received the support of his townsmen for the same position for three additional terms. In 1857, he was elected member of the Assembly from the third district and has also served in the Legislature during the years 1858, 1871 and 1872. He was appointed Assistant Assessor of United State Internal Revenue serving five years as such officer. In 1861, he was appointed Postmaster of the Village, which position he has continued to hold to the present time He was efficient during his incumbency in the Supervisorship in filling the quotas of the town under the calls of the President for troops and especially so in enlisting volunteers for the One Hundred and Forty eighth Regiment and with Austin Burdick, James L Humphrey and Ichabod Allen, contributed a bounty of twenty five dollars cash to each volunteer from his town in that Regiment in addition to the town bounty of fifty dollars.

In 1840, Mr. Sage was united in marriage to Mary E. Cummings by whom one son Hiram L. was born to him and who now resides in Rockford Illinois. Mrs. Sage died in 1842. In 1844, Mr. Sage took unto himself another companion, his present wife Lucy Lee who has borne to him one son and three daughters. John L. who is married and engaged in business with his father, Mary E. married and a resident of Brooklyn, Lucy L. married and residing in Williamstown and Cora E. who resides with her parents.

History of Oswego County New York with Illustrations and Biographic Sketches* Chauncey S Sage passed away on November 23, 1890 in Williamstown, Oswego County, New York, USA