March 31, 2014

Platt Camp, Son of Moses and Chloe Camp

The children of Moses and Chloe Camp were:
Lydia - (1814 - c 1830)
Platt - (1815 - 1876)
Harriet - (1817 - 1891)
Sophia - (1817 - 1898)
       Caroline - (1820 - 1889) 

Not much is known of Lydia Camp, except that she died at the age of 16.

Platt Camp was the only son of Moses and Chloe Stoddard Camp, born in November 1815, in Sangerfield, NY.  Platt never married, spending his whole life with his parents and his unmarried sister, Harriet, on their homestead until their later years when they moved into town.  

In 1850, he lived with his elderly parents on the farm, and he is listed on the New York agricultural census, also, on September 14, 1850.  At that time, his parents were 73 years old, so at 35, Platt was in charge of the farm.  The agricultural census indicated that he had forty improved acres on a farm valued at $1500.  Three horses, 2 milch cows, 46 sheep, and 4 swine comprised the livestock count.  Eighty bushels of Indian corn and 30 bushels of oats had been harvested in the prior year.

By 1860, Platt's parents had both died, and Platt, at 45 years old, and Harriet, also unmarried, were living alone on the farm.  Platt's real estate was valued still at $1500, but his personal goods now were at $3,139, a wealthy sum for the time.  Harriet also had a personal estate of $500.  Platt served as a supervisor for Sangerfield Township from 1863 - 1876, and seemed to be a prominent, involved member of his community.

Could this be Platt Camp? 
Because of the tax stamp, we know the above photo was taken between 1865 and 1866.  It is the only male photo among the Camp unidentified photos and the age seems right for Platt - about 50 or 51.  He would also have been wealthy enough and prominent enough to go to Utica to have this photo taken.  Only speculation...but he seems a likely candidate.

By 1870, Platt's real estate value had grown to $5000.  Perhaps he purchased more land?  His personal goods were valued at $6870, and Harriet's had grown to $1000.

Platt Camp died on 11 January 1876, at the age of 60 years, 2 months.  His obituary appeared in the Waterville Times on 13 January 1876:

"DIED.  At Waterville, on the 11th inst., Platt Camp, aged 60 years and 2 months.
Mr. Camp was born in the town of Sangerfield, in which he resided till his death.  He was a man highly esteemed in the community for his honesty and integrity; and whose prominence and usefulness in our midst will cause him to be very much missed.
For the period of seven years, prior to 1863, he held the office of Supervisor of this town, and on account of his merits and qualification to discharge the duties of the office, he ranked among the most influential members of the Board.  It is not in any respect uncomplimentary to others, to say that no man did more honestly, fairly, and faithfully consult the interests of the town, in the discharge of his duties as Supervisor, than Mr. Camp.  About two years ago, he removed from his farm to this village, where he became pleasantly situated, surrounded by the reasonable comforts of life, and somewhat retired from the more active and laborious duties to which he had previously been accustomed.

On Friday afternoon and evening, he was on the streets, and in several places of business, as genial and in as good health, apparently, as usual.  But after retiring that night, he was attacked with severe and unexpected sickness, which ended in death on Tuesday following.  By his death, the community in which he resided has sustained the loss of an upright, useful man, whose death is sincerely mourned.
The funeral services will be held at his late residence on Putnam Avenue at 11 o'clock a.m. Thursday."

Platt Camp wrote his will on the day before he died, on 10 January 1876.  The will was recorded on 11 May 1876.  The will was quite useful in determining some family members and their relationships.

(p 460, Oneida County, NY Wills)
"I, Platt Camp, of the Village of Waterville in the county of Oneida and state of New York, and being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish, and declare this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say:

First, I give and bequeath to my nephew, Delos Spink, the sum of one hundred dollars.  (son of Platt's sister, Julia)
Second,  I give and bequeath to my neice (sic), Melissa Wright, the sum of one hundred dollars.  (daughter of Platt's sister, Julia)
Third, I give and bequeath to my niece, Selinda (sic) Newton, the sum of one hundred dollars.  (daughter of Platt's sister, Julia)

Fourth, I give and bequeath to my nephew, Levi C. Lockwood the sum of two hundred dollars.  (son of Platt's sister, Chloe)
Fifth, I give and bequeath to my nephew, Samuel T. Lockwood, the sum of two hundred dollars. (son of Platt's sister, Chloe) 
Sixth, I give and bequeath to my niec (sic), Sarah Munson, the sum of two hundred dollars.  (daughter of Platt's sister, Chloe)

Seventh, I give and bequeath to my sister, Harriet Camp, in lieu of all claim for services rendered by her for me, the sum of five hundred dollars.
Eighth, I give, bequeath, and devise all the rest, residue, and remainder of my personal and real estate of what nature or knid (sic) whatsoever, to my sisters, Electa Buckley, Sophia Case, Sarah Worden, Harriet Camp and Carolina Lewis, to be divided equally between them, share and share alike.

I do hereby appoint George Lewis and Laurinda Buckley, executors of this, my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this tenth day of January in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and seventy six."

The nieces and nephews remembered in this will were those of the two sisters who lived in Oneida County, Chloe and Julia.  It was also good to know that her brother, Platt, did not forget his sister who had moved to Indiana years ago - Sophia Camp Case, our link to the Camp family and great-great grandmother.


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