From Palatine, NY to Avoca, NY
Contributed by Lisa Slaski
Transcribed by Joanne Murray
Saltsman, Lawrence, was born in the town of Palatine, Montgomery county, March 22, 1835. Hiram
Saltsman, his father, was born in Montgomery county June 20, 1808, and came to the town of Avoca in
1865, where he engaged in farming, which business he has followed all his life, although at
present only in a light way. He married Elizabeth Fox, of Montgomery county, by whom he had one son,
Lawrence. Mrs. Saltsman died in July, 1842, and he married for his second wife, Mary Nellis, of
Montgomery county, by whom he had these children: Alonzo and Eleanor (deceased), Eli, Elijah, William, and
Irving. Lawrence Saltsman engaged in farming until twenty years ago, since which time he has been in
the produce business, also dealing in hay, straw, etc., in the village of Avoca. He married Caroline,
daughter of Solomon Edwards, who was one of the pioneer settlers of the town, by whom he had one
son, Arnold E., who was deputy sheriff under George Holands. Mr. Saltsman has held the office of
supervisor one term, assessor six years, and overseer of the poor two terms. He is a member of Avoca
Lodge of Masons No. 673.
Source: "Landmarks of Steuben County New York," edited by Hon. Harlo Hakes, assisted by L.C. Aldrich and others. Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason & Company, Publishers, 1896. Page 78.