This article appeared in the Homer Index
October 2, 1872,It was reprinted from a newspaper in New York It is about my
great great great grandfather Hazael Juckett's visit their.
There is often a great degree of romance in real life. We have but to look about us and obtain the history of those who settled in this region in the days of its early settlement, and we often drop on a mine of history equal in interest to many a volume of manufactured romance.
We met the other day with Mr. Hazael Juckett, who was born in Rhode Island in 1800, but who spent most of his early days in the towns of Kingsbury and Granville, Washington Co. N.Y. In 1819 he removed to the town of Kendall, when the country was a wilderness. In 1854 he removed to Homer Mich, where he has since resided. His wife, a sister of Mr. Samuel Wetherbee of Clarendon, died in October 1871, and Mr. Juckett came east a few weeks since to visit friends and relatives who were yet living.
After spending a short time in Clarendon he went to Unadilla, Otsego Co. to find a brother Elijah, who was about two year his senior, and whom he had not seen in over half a century, and heard from but a few times during the entire period. He found him at home near Unadilla Centre, where he owns a farm of 200 acres of land, and runs a dairy business on a large scale. On meeting his brother, he had some difficulty persuading him that he was not an imposter, as Elijah had supposed hem dead many years. On introducing himself, his brother told him he new nothing of him and turned and walked away. Calling him back he asked him if he remembered cutting off the end of a brothers finger when they were little boys: which he did. Mr. Juckett then showed him his shortened finger, which at once enlisted his attention; and a conversation ensued in which many circumstances came up which were familiar to both parties, and Elijah became satisfied he was conversing with his long lost brother, whom he believed had been in the other world for many years.
Mr. Juckett remained in Unadilla five weeks, during the time he visited with his brother and several of his children who are married and reside in the immediate neighborhood: the sons all being farmers, and the daughters all farmers wives. He spent the time in the most agreeable manner, and left his friends with many regrets that his engagements would not permit him to lengthen his visit.
He returned to Clarendon to finish his visit in that town, and will return to Homer Mich. Next week, carrying with him the remembrance of one of the pleasant periods of his life.
We hope he will live to enjoy many repetitions of the enjoyable time he has experienced.
Holly (N.Y.) Standard