Another Old Settler Gone

Transcribed from the Friendship Weekly Register, June 3, 1875.

We have again to announce another death of one of the early settlers of the town of Friendship; one who has been a resident of Allegany County, for more than half a century; Mr. Benjamin K. Stickney, who died at the residence of Daniel Dana his son-in-law, in Wirt township, May 11th.

Mr Stickney was a native of Boston, Mass., born Oct.4th, 1794. He was a graduate of Dartmouth College, beginning his studies in that institution when 17 years of age, and graduated at the age of 21.

He came to this State in 1823; fifty-two years ago this summer; purchased and settled on the farm now owned by Mr. Hiram [Sorfore?] on the North Branch, in what was then almost a wilderness. He was then a resident of the town of Friendship for 37 years, and in [1860?] removed to Wirt where he has since resided. His age at his decease was nearly 84 years, and it is an unusual fact that until his last sickness, he had never called in the service of a physician. We can hardly realized the number of changes that have occurred during the life of Mr. S. Born, within ten years from the close of the Revolutionary war, the war of 1812 occurred when he was a young man. The Florida war, the war with Mexico, and the war for the Union all occurred in his memory. Thus it is on by one the pioneers of this region are passing away, and ere long few shall be left who can speak from experience of the time when Allegany was new.