Joseph Clayton Atwater was born in Scott on March 8, 1837, the second child of Joseph Atwater and Lucy Brown. He is referred to as J. Clayton in most materials referenced, though he may have been called Clayton to distinguish him from his father. For clarity, we will use Clayton when referring to him. Two Atwater brothers came to the American colonies from England in the 1600s and settled in Connecticut. One brother’s family line died out, but the other had numerous descendants, of which J. Clayton Atwater was one. Clayton’s grandfather was Joshua Atwater, who settled in Homer in the late 1790s. He wasRead More →

This new series will be focusing on people you may not have heard of, but they are at eternal rest in the cemeteries of Cortland County. We’ll be exploring their contributions and stories in Slumbering Souls. Many of the people who came to live in Cortland County beginning in the 1790s came from nearby Connecticut, including Deacon Charles Chamberlain who arrived in Homer in 1801. Deacon Chamberlain purchased fifty acres of land “embracing the site of the village,” and here he built a home. He would marry Roxsey Lyon in Brimfield, Massachusetts in 1803, and the couple would welcome their first child, Alfred Lyon ChamberlainRead More →