Daniel Whitaker, a man of distinguished New England lineage, who
was born at Trenton, N.Y., April 14, 1818, and came to
Martinsburg with his father Clemmence, in 1835 acquired the
Charles Lee Martin mansion. After purchasing the mansion, he
accumulated a farm of 550 acres. On April 10, 1849, he married
Ruth Ann Powell of Trenton. He was an outstanding citizen of
Lewis County and for many years a director and President of
Lewis County Agricultural Society.
died June 23, 1887 and the mansion went to his daughter, Mary
Alice. He did many things for Martinsburg village. One of these
was the building of a beautiful stone bridge over the Roaring
Brook that passes through the municipality. He planted trees
along the highway and improved the Town Hall at his own expense.
his will, he placed a provision that if his daughter died
without children, the house and broad acres should go to the
Town, but he imposed the condition that the Town should build
and maintain stone bridges, convert a large and picturesque
section of the farm into a sort of public park and maintain it.
This the Town Board did not do, although it attempted to assert
itself as residuary legatee after his death with the result that
Miss Whitaker took the case to the courts and won the old
mansion and a large part of the farm for herself.
the beautiful gorges on the property, the Whitakers had,
themselves, maintained a public recreation ground with
fireplaces and benches for general enjoyment and was long
frequented by many people. This was left to the Town by Miss
Whitaker on her death in 1927, in her fathers name.