Knight of the woods
This is the single greatest thing I've come across in my research thus far:
The only other Scudder in Northfield was Elisha, a knight of the woods who lived along Irondequoit Bay, and is remembered chiefly for a bear story. Scudder was crossing the bay in a canoe when he saw a bear swimming towards him. He aimed a blow with his axe at the bear's head, but missed, and the axe went into the water. The bear scrambled aboard the canoe, quietly seated himself, and so remained until the canoe grated on the shore, whereupon he lumbered out and set off for the woods.
Without a doubt, a very good bear story.
Image: Winslow Homer's Bear and Canoe, 1895. Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund and Special Subscription, 11.541.
Quote from Margaret Schmidt MacNab's Northfield on the Genesee: The Story of a Frontier Town of Monroe County, NY. A publication of the Monroe County Historian's Office: Rochester, NY, 1981. With thanks to the reference librarian who unlocked the local history case for me and also found me no fewer than four copies I could actually check out if I wanted to. Librarians are wonderful.