Cyrus and Anna lived in the little house on the left behind the new Court House in Fonda, New York. They were both very devoted to the Canawaga Church, were all of the children were baptized. however they had very bad luck trying to establish a family There was a total of 8 children. Mary A. bn 1854, James bn 1855, each died during the first few months after birth. Then Louisea born 1856 over came the odds and lived for many years. then they had Eliza 1857 she died same year. Followed by Willard C.D. born 1859 died 1861, then they had Cyrus S. born 1861 he drowned in the Mohawk River 1 Mar 1873.
In spring of 1860, Dewitt Lasher and his wife Margaret, brother of Anna, came to live with Cyrus
and they were both engaged in house painting. The civil war began and Cyrus enlisted 18 Aug 1862 with his brother in law John Lasher.
Cyrus was given a clerks position and attained the rank of Sargent. under Captain Van derVree, and Col Sammons in Co. A, 115th New York Infantry called the "Iron Hearted"
The unit did not see much combat until Petersburgh, were they were engaged by now Cyrus was Orderly and has been promoted to Lieutenant. There next engagement was Florida, here things took a turn for the worse. the 115th was fully engaged and lost a lot of men killed and captured. Cyrus was advanced to Captain after both Col. Sammons and Captain Van DerVree were badly wounded. The men fell back to Pilatka below Jacksonville and Cyrus penned this letter:
March 19th 1864
New York, to be discharged the battle roll for the 115th shows 1,493 names and left on the field 301 pretty high casualties.
Once home life soon became routine another child Gracie joined them in 1869 but her stay was shortened by death in 1872 at which time her brother Cyrus passed away. This left the family with just Cyrus and his wife and daughter Louise who lived until past 1880 census.
In 1872 Cyrus was a Deputy Sheriff in Montgomery Co. and was given the job of building the famous Montgomery County Gallows. When completed Cyrus was put in charge of the execution of one Ecker who had murdered Durdick the School Master. This launched a carrier job for Cyrus he would become famous in the Mohawk valley communities for his exceptional and professional execution of the condemned, a man who the valley sheriffs could real on to preform a safe reliable job. His most Gaulish encounter was Sam Steinburg a colored man This man had been accused by a teen age girl of molestation, the trial was short, while in Montgomery Co. Jail Steinburgh sold his skin to local tanner, to raise money that his daughter might get a education. After his death the tanner finished the leather and made several items, I personally saw a wallet and small lamp shade.[looked like any other leather to me] The sad thing is the teen age girl admitted a few years,later "it never happened".
Cyrus went on to oversee many other executions in the valley. The change to the electric chair ended this career. Cyrus then operated a steam boat excursion on Canada Lake, N. Y. he died at his home in Fonda 24 Jan 1902 A very common man swept up in war to have rank and honor bestowed on him only to,returning to his home town were he served the law as under sheriff and deputy for years.