Biographies of Monroe County People
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The genealogies on this page came from a newspaper column titled "Early Rochester Family Records" which ran in the Rochester Post-Express from July 9, 1910 to Apr. 13, 1912. The author, Anah Babcock Yates, was one of the founders of the Rochester Historical Society and an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She also was state genealogist of the New York Historical Society for many years. She died in August 1932.

Mrs. Yates was a good genealogist but she didn't include many references. You should check for primary sources to verify this information.

There are 2 scrapbooks with these newspaper columns pasted into them at the Rochester Public Library. One version is online here. It is missing random articles and the last 9 months of articles in the series. It also contains Mrs. Yates' handwritten corrections to the published articles.

Published February 18, 1911


The following is taken from "Landmarks of Monroe County:" "Hon.Hiram Sibley came to Lima, Livingston county, when 16 years of age and engaged in setting up and operating wool carding machinery. Earnest, ambitious and competent, his experience in three years enabled him in 1826 too venture the bold enterprise of taking over the founders and machine shop started by his father at Mendon in Monroe Co. This was a successful enterprise. and the little suburb which grew up around the shops took the name of Sibleyville. This industry occupied his attention for ten years. Having been, in 1843, elected sheriff of Monroe county. he was compelled for the time to live in Rochester, and this city became his permanent home.

While sheriff of Monroe county, Mr. Sibley was approached by Judge Henry R. Selden with the proposition to organize a telegraph company under the House patents. The plan seemed feasible. Mr. Sibley bought the patents, and with other Rochester capitalists organized the New York and Mississippi Valley Printing Telegraph company on April 1, 1851. Thee first 100 miles of line were finished that year. Three years later the company leased the lines to the Lake Erie Telegraph company. At this time Ezra Cornell was in possession of valuable grants under the Morse patent and controlled the Erie and Michigan Telegraph company. Mr. Sibley then opened negotiations with Mr. Cornell and in 1856 the companies controlled by them were united by the acts of the Wisconsin and New York legislature, under the name of the Western Union Telegraph company. Of the new corporation Mr. Sibley was a leading member of the board of directors for sixteen years and president of Western Union Telegraph company for ten years. It was he who laid before the board the proposition to construct a line to the Pacific ocean. His associates were unwilling to undertake the enterprise as a company. Cyrus W. Field, Wilson G. Hunt, Peter Cooper and others engaged in large undertakings at the time, whom he strove to interest in the matter, also deemed the project in premature, In August, 1857, Mr. Sibley laid his plans before the North American Telegraph associations with practically no result. With a persistence and confidence in the soundness of his judgment, which were characteristic of him, he then presented his project to congress and was heartily supported by Howell Cobb, secretary of the treasury, June 16, 1860, an act was passed encouraging the project and granting an annual subsidy of $40,000 for ten years. Mr. Sibley's offer to construct the lines was officially accepted on September 22d. A year later a contract was executed with Mr. Sibley by Solomon P. Chase, who had succeeded Mr. Cobb in the treasury. The Overland Telegraph company was organized in San Francisco about the same time, and the two companies uniting their interests, the Pacific Telegraph company came into existence in consequence. About five months later it was announced that the line was open from ocean to ocean, and ten years in advance of the railroad. A profitable investment from the start, this line was on March 27, 1864, merged into the Western Union Telegraph system. In 1868 Mr. Sibley retired from telegraph enterprises, and devoted his attention largely to railroad and land investments. After the war, prompted more by the desire of restoring amicable relations than by the prospect of gain, he made large and varied investments in railroads in the South, and did much to promote renewed business activity. At Saginaw, Mich., he became a large lumber and salt manufacturer. He became the owner of nearly three hundred and fifty farms in Ford and Livingston counties, Ill., including one of 40,000 acres in Ford county. He purchased the Howland Island farm in New York state, and possessed much other property of this description. He also established a large seed raising business in this city, with warehouses in Rochester and Chicago, and undertook to supply seeds of his own importation and raising and others' growth, under a personal knowledge of their vitality and comparative value. He instituted many experiments for the improvement of plants, with reference to their seed-bearing qualities, and built up a business as unique in its character as it was unprecedented in amount. He was president of the Bank of Monroe and connected with many other Rochester institutions. To Cornell university he gave the Sibley College of Mechanic Arts, and to Rochester university the Sibley hall for library purposes. A man of the highest character and exceptional abilities, he was one of the most highly respected citizens of Rochester."


Sibley Family.

The first mention of John Sibley is at Salem, Mass., in 1635, in which years he became freeman and member of the church. He was juryman in 1636; also constable. He married Rachel, daughter of Lawrence Leach, of Salem. Letter of administration were granted to her June 24, 1661. (She married, second, Thomas Goldthwait, and his will mentions Joseph Sibley). John Sibley left five daughters and four sons.—(Pope).

I. Sarah, baptized September 18, 1642.

II. Mary, baptized September 8, 1644; married Jonathan Walcot.

III. Rachel, baptized May 3, 1646; married —— Bishop.

IV. John, baptized May 14, 1648; married Rachel, daughter of Amariah Pickworth.

V. Hannah, baptized June 22, 1651; married Stephen Small.

VI. William, baptized September 8, 1653; married wdow Ruth ——.

VII. Joseph, born in 1655.

VIII. Daniel, baptized April 12, 1857; married Mary ——

IX. Abigail; baptized July 3, 1859.

VII. Joseph, born in 1655, was the ancestor of the Sibleys, who came to Western, New York. He married Susanna Follet February 4, 1684.


I. Joseph, born November 9, 1684; married ——, had John, born in 1711, who had Elisha, born in 1746, who married Lydia Carriel July 14, 1763, and went west.

II. John, born September 18, 1687; married Zeruiah Gould.

III. Jonathan, born in 1690.

IV. Samuel, born in 1697; married Martha Dike.

V. William, born in 1700; married Sarah Dike.

VI. Benjamin, born in 1703; married Priscilla Rich.

VII. Hannah, married Ebenezer Daggett in 1722.

II. John, born in 1687; married Zeruiah Gould, of Sutton, and were the parents of:

I. Colonel Timothy Sibley; born November 2, 1727; died December 6, 1818; married, first, Ann Walte, October 16, 1753; married, second, Mrs. Hannah Amidon, of Mendon; she died June 5, 1822. He served in the Revolutionary war. His son:

1. Benjamin, born April 29, 1768; married Zilpah Davis (marriage intentions published April 16, 1791). She was born April 13, 1771, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Rich) Davis. They settled first at North Adams and later removed to Mendon, N. Y.


1. Samuel.

2. Hiram, born February 6, 1807, at North Adams, Mass.; married Elizabeth Maria, daughter of Giles and Zulpah (Knight) Tinker, of North Adams. He died July 12, 1888.


1. Louise, married Hobert F. Atkinson at Rochester.

2. Hiram Watson, married Margaret D., only child of Fletcher Harper, jr., of New York.

3. Emily, married James S. Watson, of Rochester.

Published February 18, 1911


(Reynolds Library).—Ross, James came from Scotland to Brookfield, Mass. Settled in West Brookfield on a farm on "Ragged Hill." He was born May 16, 1717. Married Sarah Gilbert November 6, 1745.


1. Lernul, born November 23, 1746; married Ruth Willies January 6, 1785.

2. Persis, born July 11, 1748; married Asa Barnes December 5, 1771.

3. Amasa, born July 5, 1750.

4. Azubah, born July 24, 1752; married Elijah Clapp April 11, 1776.

5. Lydia, born June 23, 1754; died in 1757.

6. James, born January 9, 1757; married Thankful Barnes, October 23, 1788. He died October 16, 1846. She died September 18, 1840.

7. Deacon John, born July 17, 1760; married Martha Cutler, September 24, 1782. She died November 14, 1833.

8. Sarah, born March 22, 1762; married Silas Estey, of Salem, N. J., January 2, 1797.

9. Shelah, born September 28, 1765; married Fanny Gilbert January 4, 1791.

3. Amasa, born in 1750; married, first, Esther Allen September 12, 1775; she died; he married, second, Sarah Bartlet December 13, 1781.


Levi, baptized January 4, 1778. (Church Records). Married Eliza Carruth November 29, 1798, in West Bloomfield. She died Aigust 1, 1842, aged 64.


I. Esther Allen, born August 9, 1798; married William Spooner November 23, 1820.

II. William Oramel, born May 5, 1801; married Harriet Putnam May 5, 1835.

III. Sidney, born November 11, 1803.

IV. Galen, born April 14, 1811; married Huldah Goodman, of South Hadley, August 22, 1823.

V. Rebecca Gilbert, baptized April 17, 1814; married William Foster October 2, 1823.

James Ross served in the Revolutionary war. (History of Brookfield, p. 237).

Published February 25, 1911


Sibley Family.

Judge Mark Sibley was licensed to practice law in Livingston county, 1821. "His farm at the village of West Rush—a road crosses the river on his farm one mile east of Lima and one mile west of Honeoye Falls." He married a daughter of John Clark, of Canandaigua. Elisha Sibley, a brother of Judge Mark Sibley, was among the early settlers of Rush, 1810. He died August 30, 1831, aged 81. "He was a volunteer in 1812 and held the rank as first sergeant, and remained on the lines through the war."


1. Samuel A., born 1766 (of Chili), married "Polly," daughter of Ebenezer Squires. [handwritten note: Samuel Sibley & Miela Squire, marr. at Ashford, Ct., March 23, 1769.] She was born 1783. Samuel died 1831. (Mt. Hope Records). They had a daughter, Priscilla, born 1806, who married Luther Eaton, "a retired farmer from Washington county."

2. [handwritten note: Rev.] William, of Rush. [handwritten note: Marr. Mary Cox.]

3. Rev. Jeremiah, of Rush, married [handwritten note: Lucy Ann], daughter of Dr. Alexander Kelsey.

4. Elisha, jr., of Henrietta.

5. Charles, of Groveland.

6. Martin K., of Toledo, Ohio.

7. Joseph, of Michigan.

8. Daughter, married —?— Holt, of Rush.

9. Mary Ann, married Calvin Norton, of Groveland.

10. Daughter, married Jehiel Markham, of Rush.

11. Luceny, married Zenas P. Wise.

In early Massachusetts marriages I find the marriage of Elisha Sibley and Jerusha Morton, March 13, 1783, at Athol. Also the one given of Elisha and Elizabeth Twitchell at Athol, November 1, 1781.

On Lot 10, Old Brighton Cemetery

Elisha Sibley died July 13, 1822 or 1832, aged 81.

Delight Sibley died March 10, 1883, aged 85 years and 7 months.

Ezra Sibley died August 17, 1873, aged 83.

List of members Brighton church gives: Delight Sibley, Mary M. Sibley, Ezra and Ezra, jr., Chauncey, Sarah Ann, Mary, Anna, Alva and Phebe R.

Ezra Sibley, jr. of Brighton, married Delight Roberts, of Junius, Seneca county, August 28, 1818.

Census of 1790 gives Ezra Sibley, of Ashford, Conn.

This family cannot be connected with the early records without additional information.

Joseph Sibley, brother of Mark and Elisha, born 1786, came to the Genesee country from Rennsealer county in 1804. He settled first in Rush, 1806, then to Riga, 1812, and was one of the first to make a clearing near Churchville; to Chili, where he built a mill on Black creek. Served in the War of 1812. Was supervisor of Genesee and Monroe counties, member of the state legislature, superintendent of the canal five years, collector of the port of Genesee. Married Clarissa Church in 1807. (She was born 1788 and died 1855. Rush records). He died 1862. Had a family of ten children:

1. Horace J., an attorney at Rochester.

2. Eliza, born 1807, died 1888. Married John P. Stull, of Rush. (He died 1861, aged 59).

3. Hannah, married James McGill, of Cincinnati.

4. Almena, born 1811, died 1829; married Curtis.

5. Orphelia, born 1813, died 1830; married Bristol.

6. Clarissa, born 1817; died 1837; married Taylor.

7. Joseph, jr., born 1819, died 1823.

Ezekiel Sibley, of Ashford, Conn., married Mehetabel Hurlbut, October 18, 1787, of Wethersfield, Conn.

Levi W. Sibley died August 13, 1844, a printer in Rochester.

Derrick Sibley, a brother and early auctioneer, removed to Cincinnati, O.


Probate Records.

Joseph Sibley died January 31, 182. Left no will. Widow, Jane; children. Eliza Stull, Hannah McGill; grandchild, Henry S. Curtiss, only child of Almena Curtiss, a deceased daughter.

Elisha Sibley, of Rush, died August 30, 1831, leaving no will. Widow, Anna; petitioner, Elisha, jr., and Jeremiah; widow, Anna Sibley, of Rush, died November 23, 1860. Children:

1. Elisha, jr., of Henrietta.

2. Samuel A., of Rush, petitioner.

3. Jeremiah, of Rush.

4. Susan, wife of Daniel Corkins, of Battle Creek, Mich.

5. Luceny —?—, wife of Zenas P. Wise, of Minnesota.

6. Mary Ann, wife of Calvin Norton, of Groveland.

7. Martin K., of Toledo, Ohio.

8. William, of Rus.

9. Joseph, of Onondaga county, Mich.

10. Charles, of Henrietta.

Samuel Sibley died at Rush, January 7, 1825. Mary, his wife, petitioner, Samuel Sibley, of Rush, died May 23, 1827. Mary Eaton. administrator. A note against Ephraim Sibley.

Irene Sibley, of Rochester, died October 12, 1846. Son, Derrick, of Cincinnati, O., and daughter, Mary Ann, wife of Edwin Scrantom, of Rochester. Levi W. Sibley, brother of Derrick, died August 13, 1844, leaving a widow, Nancy.

Published February 25, 1911


Stephen Terry came in the "Mary and Ann," 1629, to Dorchester. Freeman 1631, Constable 1635 (Colonial records). (Pope). Removed to Windsor, Conn., then Hadley. Died September, 1668. His wife buried 1647.


Mary, born December 31, 1633, at Dorchester. Married December 8, 1659, Richard Goodman. Died at Deerfield, 1692.

Hastings R. Bender was born Jacob Bender, September 23, 1781, but took the name of Hastings when he entered Dartmouth college, from which he graduated, 1809 (Alumni of Dartmouth by Chapman p., 142). He was the son of Peter Bender, a German, who came to Marlboro, Mass., 1764, to reside with Henry Barnes, a merchant. He served in the Revolutionary war nine months in Tenth company, Plymouth county—York. Married Abigail Brigham, daughter of Jotham and Abigail Brigham, February 25, 1767. She died April 27, 1805, aged 60, and he married second, Sarah, widow of John Whitney, November 21, 1805, at Bolton, Conn., where he died 1832, aged 87.

Jacob or Hastings was his seventh child. He read law in Vermont, but settled and began practicing in Rochester, 1817. Removed to Brockport, 1823 and died November 10, 1856. Married.

(Any information will be appreciated).

E. Stanton.

Robert Stanton, born England, 1599. Came and settled to Newport, R. I., 1638, where he died, August 5, 1672. He was a Quaker. His wife's name Avis or Avice. (Friend's records).


I. Robert, born 1640.

II. Mary, born 1842.

III. John, born August, 1645, married first, Mary Harndel, 1667; married second, Mrs. Mary (Clark) Cranston, widow of Governor John Cranston and daughter of Governor Jeremiah Clark. He died. Children by first wife:

1. Mary, born June 4, 1668.

2, Hannah, born November 7, 1670.

3. Patience, born September 10, 1672.

4. John, born April 22, 1674.

5. Content, born December 20, 1675.

6. Robert, born May 4, 1677.

8. Benjamin, born March 13, 1684, by second wife.

9. Henry, born May 22d or June 25, 1688 (was the ancestor of Hon. Edwin M. Stanston, secretary of war, under President Lincoln.

4. John, born 1674, married first, Elizabeth Clark, February 9, 1698. She died September 10, 1730, aged 50. Married second, Susanna Lamphere, in 1724. He was 61 and she was 19. He died at Richmond, January 22, 1762 and his widow married Peter Ross. She died September 25, 1807, aged 91 (Wheeler's Stonington). He resided in Newport until 1733, when he removed to Westerly, R. I., now Richmond. He had twenty-five children by the two wives, the thirteenth being Robert, born at Westerly, August 18, 1835. He was a farmer and judge of the Court of Common Pleas. He died in 1802. (All the foregoing from Vital records of Rhode Island). (Austin's Rhode Island does not agree with Arnold or Wheeler). Married January 16, 1757, Elizabeth, daughter of John and Abby Whitehorn. Their son, William Penn, born Providence, married Mary Gardner, 1793. Henry Stanton, born Hudson, N. Y., 1803, removed to Rochester, 1825. Married Susan Weld Walker in Rochester, August 9, 1838. With his brother, William Stanton, he conducted a jewelry business on Exchange street, and died April 30, 1875.


George and Henry were of Wickford, R. I., 1674, and George, possibly their father, was of Rhode Island, 1638 (Savage). George Gardner, born —?—, died 1677; married Herodias Hicks. Fourth son, William, died 1711, of Kingstown, R. I. Married Elizabeth —?—. She died 1739. Called "George of Newport."

Published March 4, 1911


General Vincent Mathews, was born June 29, 1766, at Mathewsfield, Orange county, N. Y. Though not a resident of Monroe county early enough to be termed a pioneer, he bore that relation to all the western portion of this state, and as early as 1816 was a resident upon the Phelps & Gorham purchase. He was the first lawyer located in practice west of Utica, and was called "Father of the Bar in Western New York," In 1781 he became a student in an academy at Newburg, of which Noah Webster was the principal, He afterwards attended an academy at Hackensack, of which Professor Wilson was principal. In 1786 he entered the law office of Colonel Robert Troup, of New York, and after four years of study was admitted to practice in 1790. In the spring of 1791 he married Julianna Strong. That winter, leaving his wife behind, he emigrated to the newly made county of Tioga and settled at Tioga near Elmira (then Newtown). The embryo village contained but three or four log buildings, one of which was used for a court house. His practice extended to Ontario county, and he was present at the opening of the first court in Cananadaigua. He adopted at the beginning of his practice a rule which he always followed—never to plead a case in court in which he found his client was making a false or unworthy issue. In 1793-4 he was representative of Tioga in the legislature. In 1796 state senator and before the expiration of his term of service he was appointed one of the board of commissioners to settle questions of disputed land titles upon the Military tract. He was elected to congress in 1809-11. From 1812 to 1817 he was district attorney of Tioga. In 1816 he changed his residence to Bath and formed a partnership with William B. Rochester in the practice of law. In 1821 he removed to Rochester, where he was district attorney for ten years. He formed a partnership with his nephew, Selah Mathews, in 1830, and continued to practice law until his death, September 23, 1846. A monument was erected to his memory at Mt. Hope by the city of Rochester and his portrait placed in the Court house.



I. Captain Peter, born in 1665, came to Staten Island with his uncle, Benjamin Fletcher, in 1692. (Benjamin Fletcher was governor of New York state, and his cherished project was to make the Church of England the established Church of America, and through his efforts Trinity church was begun in 1696). He was made captain in 1692; lieutenant in 1702; was a special messenger to Europe for Lord Cornbury in 1702; was major with royal commission of New York troops in 1714; commissioner of indian affairs in 1715-1719. His will proved at new york June 27, 1719. His home given at Albany. Wife's name Bridget. Her will was proven January 27, 1721 or 1722; mentions only son, Vincent, eldest daughter, Catharine, and daughter, Flora. (Probate Records).

II. Colonel Vincent, born in 1700 (Of Mathew's Field, Cornwall Precinct, Orange County, Esquire). Married, first, 1728, Catalina Abell, daughter of Johannes and Catharine (Schuyler) Abell. (Johannes Abell was the first mayor of Albany). Married, second, Elizabeth (?). (Probate Records). His will proved June 21, 1784; mentions son, Fletcher, an attorney in Orange county. Children of son, David, (David was mayor of New York before the Revolution, a loyalist who afterwards removed to Nova Scotia.) Daughters, Bridget Jones and Elizabeth Boekman, and son, James.

III. James, born in 1742, died at Elmira, N. Y., in 1816. "During the Revolutionary war a contractor for supplies of troops at West Point." Married Hannah Strong February 18, 1763. She was born October 17, 1742, daughter of Selah and Hannah (Woodhull) Strong, of Orange county.


1. Selah, who married Mary Strong.

2. General Vincent, born June 29, 1766.

3. Peter, removed to Michigan.

4. Fletcher.

5. James, married (?) Hammond, a farmer near Elmira.

6. Nath, Strong died when he was 19.

7. Catharine married General Mathew Carpenter.

8. Hannah married Stebbins Tubbs.

9. Elizabeth, born October 1, 1773; married John G. Christopher.

10. Julianna Strong, born February 14, 1775; married Judge Lazarus Hammond of Hammondsport, N. Y.

11. Sarah, born May 18, 1779; married General Samuel S. Haight.

12. Bridget, married William Lowe, a lawyer.

2. Vincent, married Julianna Strong, daughter of Major Nathaniel and Amy (Brewster) Strong, August 11, 1791. She was born in 1774 and died in Rochester in December 1849-50.


I. Rebecca, born in ——; married, first, Thomas Mathews; had three children, Vincent, Elizabeth and George. All died young. She married, second, William Everett.

II. James, married Ellen Reynolds. Children: James, Harvey, Mary, Ellen and Sarah.

III. Mary died in 1813, aged 16.

IV. Elizabeth died in 1872, unmarried.

V. Julia, born in 1807; married in 1829 Albert H. Porter, of Niagara Falls. Children: Vincent, died in 1838; Julia, married John H. Osborne, of Albany; Albert Augustus, married Julia G. Jeffrey; Vincent Mathews married Bertha Kirkpatrick; Jane Howell married Arthur Robinson.

4. Fletcher married in 1806 Elizabeth Sayre, daughter of James Sayre, of Horseheads, N. Y. He was a merchant of Romulus, N. Y., where he died in 1814. His widow removed to Horseheads.


I. Selah, born in Romulus February 17, 1807.

II. James.

III. Sarah, married (?) Hayes.

IV. Hannah.

V. Fletcher.

1. Selah, born in 1807, married September 21, 1829, Mary Pitkin Hinsdale, born January 10, 1806, daughter of Bissell and Temperance (Pitkin) Hinsdale. He was our prominent Rochester lawyer; city recorder at one time, and the partner with his uncle General Vincent Mathews. He died in 1861.


Sarah Ann, born in Rochester, August 25, 1833; married in February, 1862, Joseph Harris, son of Henry Harris and Ann Webb, a farmer in Chili.

Published March 11, 1911

"I tell the tale, as I've been told."

Colonel James Rhodes, the progenitor of a large family, the active public-spirited townsman, the deputy to the trusted servant of the commonwealth, never knew his parents, or his descent—and probably the mystery which surrounds his birth will never satisfactorily be cleaned up. The account of his infancy, as handed down to his descendants, and as it has reached the writer, is as follows: Late in the year 1729 or early in 1730, there lived on the island at Conanieut in Naragansett Bay a family named Rose. One evening an English military officier, accompanied by a woman, who occupied a pillion on the same horse, and an infant a few months old, arrived at the Rose home and requested a night's lodging. The following morning the officer requested Mrs. Rose to take the child to board, agreeing to return in a short time. He gave her a green purse filled with guineas and requested her to "call the child James." A year later he returned, deposited an additional sum of money and went away, and no other tidings were ever heard of him.

The child was known as James Rose. His foster parents were poor, plain people, and James, becoming dissatisfied with his life, at the age of 13, left the Rose family and started out to make his way in the world. "The West was calling," and he went to Albany or to that neighborhood, changed his name to Rhodes, and lived with a physician, who educated him, and where he remained until early manhood, when he returned to Westerly, R. I. Later he settled in North Kingston and was made freeman of that town, May, 1756, The writer's informant states that within the last twenty years she has seen the little green purse, which was left with the Rose family, as well as some of the clothing which James Rhodes wore when first brought to the Rose home.

Signed. Edwin Rhodes Booth, 1896.

James Rhodes married first at Westerly, R. I., December 14, 1752, Ann, daughter of Joseph and Ann (Langworthy) Crandall. She was born July 21, 1733, and died November 13, 1767. He married second, at Westerly, R. I., February 21, 1768, Abigail, daughter of Captain Silas and Eunice (Babcock) Greenman. She was born April 15, 1740, and died December 17, 1799, aged 59. Married third, Martha, daughter of George jr. and Susanna (Potter) Babcock, and widow of Captain Simon Rhodes, May 12, 1800 (no relative). She died March 30, 1809, aged 80. Colonel James Rhodes died June 21, 1806, aged 75.

(Arnold's R. I Records).

In 1786 donated the ground for the first meeting house of the Church of Christ in Westerly and Stonington, and this location is now called "Rhodes's Hill." He owned the first chalse in Westerly.


By first wife.

I. William, born in Charlestown, R, I., September 13, 1753, married Sarah Champlin, January 31, 1779. He died August 16, 1835.

II. Nancy, born in North Kingston, R. I., October 20, 1755. Died October 29, 1764.

III. Joseph, born in North Kingston, R. I., September 10, 1759. Married Nancy Ann Champlin, December 9, 1781. Died in Guilford, N. Y., December 17, 1830.

IV. Sarah, born in Hopkinton, R. I., June 7, 1761. Married Amos Palmer, October 16, 1785. Died at Stonington, Conn., December 27, 1832.

V. James, born in Hopkinton, R. I., August 12, 1764. Died May 12, 1829.

VI. Paul, born September 20, 1767. Married Amy Dentson, 1793. Died in Westerly, R. I., January 21, 1817.

VII. Oliver, born in Westerly, June 16, 1769. Married Eunice Pendleton, December 14, 1796. Died in Oxford, N. Y., April 23, 1846.

VIII. Abigail, born in Westerly, January 1, 1772. Married Charles Pendleton, April 1, 1792. She died in Stonington, Conn., December 21, 1851.

IX. Nancy, born in Westerly, May 1, 1774, Married (?) Foster. Died August 10, 1835.

Family Bible Records.

III. Joseph Rhodes, born September 10, 1758-9. Died in Guilford, N. Y., December 17, 1830. Married Hancy Ann Champlin (born September 8, 1762), December 17, 1830. Married Hancy Ann 1840.


1. Elizabeth, born March 21, 1783. Died April 15, 1783.

2. Hanna, born April 19, 1784.

3. Margaret C., born September 3. 1786. Married Pendleton. Died October 9, 1841.

4. James, born July 7, 1788.

5. Nancy Ann, born June 13, 1790; married. She died September, 1868.

6. Joseph, born April 17, 1792.

7. Lucy S., born May 25, 1794.

8. Alfred, born September 27, 1796. Died February 21, 1797.

9. Amanda B., born October 19, 1797.

10. Silas B., born November 16, 1799.

11. Sarah P., born July 18, 1803.

12. Asa W., born September 21, 1805.

13. Almira M., born November 10, 1808. Married Gilbert. Died March 8, 1840.

Signed Amos Lewis Rhodes.

Published March 11, 1911



Cannot say this is the "Israel" you wish but Israel Stone married at Dudley, Mass., July 12, 1768, Lydia Barrett. Simon Stone married Hannah Whittemore, February 7, 1770, at Templeton, Mass., but we do nor know that this was Simon. of Pittsford. I have no records of Washington county.


Richard Welch owned land in Pittsford before 1800. (Records at Canandaigua). I cannot find him in New York soldiers and sailors.


Thomas Tomlinson, of Hartford, died March 27, 1685, leaving widow, Elizabeth; seven daughters but no sons, so the family in Early Rochester Records could not have been descendants of his.


Deacon Harry Pratt was the son of Captain James and Mary (Burr) Pratt. Born January 9, 1778, at Hartford, Conn. Removed to East Bloomfield, 1815, and to Rochester 1829. Married Susan, daughter of Rev. Aaron Cleveland, May 11, 1804. United with the Brick church in 1838. He died in 1854 in his 76th year. They had thirteen children.


Published March 11, 1911


Thomas Weddle, born June 24, 1791, in Hawkwell, Northumberlandshire, Eng.; married Mary Margaret Wawne (daughter of William and Mary (Barker) Wawne, November 15, 1817. He was an early merchant in Rochester (firm of Thomas Weddle & Sons). Later removed to New York city. His son, William Weddle, born in Hull, England, March 15, 1818, died in Rochester, September 7, 1863. He was in business in Rochester with his father and brother. Married Electa Lomyra Brown, September 11, 1844.


1. Mary Jane, born in Rochester April 2, 1848, married William Frederick Lawrence, of Yonkers, N. Y., November 21, 1867.

2. Lillie, born August 26, 1850, died in Rochester, March, 1855.

3. William Brownlow, born in Rochester, August 26, 1854.

4. Frederick Strong, born in Rochester, June 14, 1859.

Published March 18, 1911


Sunderland P. Gardner, the celebrated Quaker preacher, was born in Albany, July 4, 1802. With his parents he removed to the Genesee country in 1810, and settled at Farmington. His early training was that of a farmer, but upon reaching years of maturity he decided to enter the ministry and devote his life to evangelical work and teaching the Scriptures. His eloquence rendered him conspicuous, and he came in a few years to be known as the ablest and most prominent preacher in the order of Friends in the United States. At the annual assemblies of the Friends he was the ruling elder, and traveled in the interest of the belief over his own country and Canada and visited various sections of North America as a missionary. He was an active figure during the Civil war, and a firm Abolitionist. His dread and opposition of measures of war led him to refuse to participate in the regular "trainings" of these times and he was arrested and confined in the county gaol, with N. G. Cheeseboro and other leading men of Western New York who were at that time incarcerated upon the charge of having abducted William Morgan of Masonic notoriety. Mr. Gardner himself being a Mason, was probably the last person who knew the real history of the remarkable affair which has become a tradition to the generation, He died at his home in Farmington, February 15, 1901 [handwritten correction: 13, 1893], aged 91, his funeral services being held at the old Hicksite meeting house. The following two letters were written by him to relatives in Rochester, and may form a connecting link with the Gardner family records published January 14th.


I have received both of thy letters of inquiry and should have answered the first in due season had not other letters received prior to thine requiring answers.

I once went to Rhode Island to get as far as I could the genealogy of our branch of the Gardner family. I traced it back with certainty to my great-great-grandfather, William Gardner. There were five brothers, viz.: Benoni, William, Nicholas, George and Henry, who, in company with John Watson, purchased John Porter's share of what was called the Pettyquamseut purchase lying in the North and South Kingston, Washington county, Rhode Island.

When the brothers came to a division of their lands they chose George to draw for them, the lots being numbered on slips of paper and put into a hat, and lots fell to them promiscuously from North Kingston inclusive south to Point Judith.

Of these brothers, William was our ancestor. He drew a lot three miles east of Kingston and built a large house for that day, where he lived and died, March. 1748; his occupation was farrier and tanning leather. He had three sons, viz.: William, John and Thomas. John was my great-grandfather; he was born, and died on the old homestead in the month of August, 1800. He had three sons, viz,: William, John, and Thomas. William was my grandfather and had three sons, viz.: Wilkinson, William and Elisha W., who was my father. He also had four daughters, viz,: Mary, Mercy and Amy. My grandfather, William, was born in 1743, and had s twin sister, Mary, who married a Champlin—had a numerous family in the town of Blenheim, N. Y.

Bersheba was the mother of Collins Briggs and was buried on the farm of Uncle William Gardner in Westerlo, Albany county, N. Y. Mary, the grandmother, was buried at the same place. Amy died here, leaving no living children; she married John Sheffield. Mercy married John Knowles and was buried in Deerfield, east of Utica, N. Y.

My father was born 8th of May, 1779, and died 15th of twelfth month, 1859, and was buried in Farmington, Ont. county, N. Y. The direct line of them down to my father included lived to a great age. My grandfather, William, died in Exeter, Otsego county, N. Y., but I have not the date of his death. I have no date of thy grandmother Mary's marriage.

Callins Briggs died some years ago and I do not know anything of his family. He lived in the town of German not German town, and I think his residence was near or at a village called Cincinatus. Some of his family may be still there. Some information may possibly be obtained by writing to the town clerk, or postmaster.

Uncle Wilkinson had a son, John, who resides at Norton Hill, Green county, N. Y., to whom I furnished the substance of the above history. He may have records which can answer they purpose. I have another cousin, J. Addison Gardner, a son of Uncle William, who may have his father's family record. He lives at Medusa, Albany county, N. Y. I would consult them. Callins Briggs had a son named Manassah, who I think west West.

I remain.

Respectfully thy friend,
Sunderland P. Gardner

Note—I was born on the 4th of seventh month, 1802, now in my 83d year.—S. P. G.

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Ont. Co., N. Y.
29, 1, 1885.

Dear friend:

I duly received thy letter embracing quotations from a letter from B. I. Stanton, of Albany, to thee. He has got some history of the Gardner family and much of the Stanton family which I have not. It may be by his help we shall be able to trace our family line on the Gardner side from the five brothers of whom I wrote to thee, back to England from whence they came. He spoke of a George Gardner at Newport, husband of Hored Gardner, who was whipped in Massachusetts. I have a history of that circumstance but I did not know that her husband's name was George. My history speaks of a George Gardner in Rhode Island in 1660 and it is rather probable that he was the father of the five brothers, their ages would favor the suggestion. My knowledge of the Stanton, family goes no farther back than to Judge Robert Stanton, they grandfather, who married my Aunt Mary Gardner, which was the first connection of the Stanton and Gardner families that I have history of.

Our Albany friend traces the Stanton line beyond the Norman conquest. I have the English Gardner coat of arms by which I think I learn that the Gardner stock came into England at the time of the conquest from Normandy in France. And there are yet in France families by that name, spelling it "Gardenier." Our family as far as I have traced it has spelled it Gardner. The name of Stephen C. Gardner. Roman Catholic bishop I think in the same accounts of him, viz.: Gardner and Gardiner.

Lyon Gardner from the County Kent in England, settled on Gardner's Island, near the east end of Long Island, and in this state over two hundred years ago, and is now in possession of his descendants; but I have not been able to trace any connection of our line with that family. What I want is to get the the connection from William Gardner our ancestor, one of the five brothers I named to thee in a former letter to England. I am of the belief that there are records in Rhode Island which can supply the missing link in the chain, I have the third volume of this historical collection of Rhode Island by Elisha R. Potter. The two other volumes I am anxious to get but do not know how to proceed. It is not probable that I shall make another visit to Rhode Island.

If our Albany friend gets hold of anything throwing light upon the subject of inquiry he will no doubt inform us, and if I go to Albany, which is probable, I will call and have an interview.

Truly thy friend.
S. P. Gardner.

Farmington, Ont. county, N. Y., 19, 2, 1885.

T. C. Stanton.

Note—If our Albany friend knows what was the maiden name of Mary Dyre, who was hung in Boston for preaching Quakerism, I would be glad to be informed. She was sister of Mrs. Hutchinson, who was driven with her children into the forests and were destroyed by the indians.—S. P. G.

Published March 18, 1911


(B. H. H.)

David Hanford, M. D., born July 16, 1786, at Werppart, Fairfield county, Conn. Graduate, Yale Medical, 1807; settled in Orange county at Newburgh. For thirty-four years leading physician. One of the founders of the Walkill academy. Died, October 12, 1844. Married, 1812, Margaret, daughter of Captain Daniel Bailey, one of the old settlers of Phillipsburg, N. Y.

Original Prop. in Memorial History of Hartford county, page 26.

Samuel Whitehead—Cambridge, 1635—an original prop. at Hartford, where his home-lot before 1639 was on Main street on what is now the south corner of Pearl and Main streets, but he sold part of it to Richard Lord before February 1639-40, and part to John Skinner. He served in the Pequot war, 1637, and received a grant of land for his services in 1671. Removed to New Haven, where he was admitted freeman and a member of the General Court, August 6, 1642. Married in May, 1676, Sarah, widow of John Gilbert and daughter of Thomas Gregson, and died September, 1690. (With Thomas Hooker, see page 50.)


Published March 18, 1911


History of Orange county, page 604, gives a sketch of the Sanford family, from Thomas de Sanford, one of the Companions in Arms to William the Conqueror, 106, to Thomas, born 1631, settled in Dorchester, Mass.; Samuel, of Milford, Mass., and Samuel, of Newtown, Conn., down to 1792.

Richard Whitehead—1640—had a lot ten rods wide. He died early. His widow sold his place to Thomas Orton. (Early Windsor families, page 560.)

Early Germans of N. J., Page 240.

David Apgar, married Hannah Whitehead (Pea Pack.)

Thomas Jefferson Todd, born 1805, January 1st, married Sarah Whitehead.

William Whitehead married Margaret Beatty, born 1775; died 1840, at Sparta, and Jane Mills, born, 1774; died, March, 1796.

Published March 25, 1911


Abelard Reynolds Abelard Reynolds was born at Quaker Hill, near Red Hook, Columbia county, October 2, 1785. His father was a saddler and his son apprenticed to the same trade. His family lived successively at Stringer's Patent, in New York, and at Groton, Montville and Windsor, Conn. When he was 20 years old he removed to Manchester, Vt., and after a short time to Washington, Berkshire county, Mass. From there to Pittsfield, Mass., where he married Lydia Strong, October 1, 1809. (She was born in Pittsfield, September 23, 1783, and died in Rochester August 22, 1884, lacking but one month of being 102 years old).

Lydia ReynoldsIn the fall of 1811 he made a journey to Western New York, but did not settle here until 1812, when he came and purchased the land where the Arcade now stands, and erected the first frame house on the 100-acre tract. He was appointed postmaster of the village, which office he held until 1828. The next winter he brought his family, consisting of his wife, his son, William A., and his sister-in-law, Huldah Strong, from Pittsfield with his one horse and sleigh, his brother-in-law, William, bringing his household goods among which was the desk now in possession of the Rochester Historical society, which served as the first post-office. In 1815 he opened his house as a public house, the first one in the village. In 1828 he erected the Arcade, then the largest and most elegant building in the United States west of Albany. He was an active Free Mason, private of the Monroe Commandery of Knights Templar and "at the time of his death had probably received more Templars at the altar than any other prelate in the United States."

Member of assembly 1827, alderman 1838, one of the founders of the Athenaeum, Rochester's first public library. He died at his home on South Fitzhugh street (now 141) December 19, 1878.



I. John Reynolds, of Norwich, Conn., one of the first settlers, about 1659; freeman 1663, selectman 1669; died at Norwich 1702, leaving son and widow, Sarah (Backus) Reynolds.

II. Joseph, born 1660; died 1728-9; married January 10, 1688, Sarah Edgerton, born 1667; died 1714; daughter of Richard Edgerton.

III. Joseph, jr., born January 26, 1695-6; died 1756. Married Hannah, daughter of Thomas and Hannah (Backus) Bingham, November 10, 1717.

IV. Gamaliel, born Norwich, Conn., November 4, 1725. Married Sarah, daughter of Thomas and Saray (Ayer) Hazen, jr., October 31, 1749.

V. Gamaliel, jr., born Norwich, Conn., May 20, 1754; died in Rochester, N. Y., June 7, 1836. Married Mary Smith, 1783; born Groton, Conn., May 12, 1757, daughter of Nathan and Betsey (Dennison) Smith. She died in Rochester, August 29, 1847.

VI. Abelard, born 1785; married Lydia Strong, October 1, 1809.


1. William Abelard, born in Pittsfield September 2, 1810, came to Rochesterville with his parents in 1813. He was educated at Middlebury academy, Wyoming county, and at the academy at Geneseo. He was connected with M. B. Bateham in the seed business, and in 1830 established the first nursery in Rochester, which was the commencement of Hiram Sibley company and the Ellwanger & Barry nurseries. From 1838 to 1845 he was manager of the two Livingston flouring mills at Penfield. At one time he owned 300 acres of land in the city of Rochester. Married in Penfield January 12, 1841, Sophia Cynthia Clark (born in Trenton, Oneida county, May 17, 1818). She died in 1842, and he never remarried.

In 1845 he assumed the management of the Arcade. In 1848 he erected Corinthian hall, the lyceum of early days. He was a member of the Common Council three years, president of the Rochester Savings bank, president of the board of managers of the Western House of Refuge, president of the Athenaeum and Mechanics' association. One of the organizers of the Western New York Agricultural society which held annual fairs in Rochester, a trustee of the Rochester university, and interested in all public charities. He died January 12, 1872, leaving no issue.

2. Mortimer Fabricus, born in Rochester December 2, 1814, married January 12, 1841, Mary Eliza Hart (born May 11, 1821). In 1884 Reynolds library was established and to him the citizens of Rochester are indebted for their only public library. Mr Reynolds died June 13, 1892.

3. Edwin W., born 1819, died 1820.

4. Eliza, born February 20, 1822, died 1822.

5. Clarissa Strong, born in Rochester March 20, 1824. Married her cousin, Henry Loomis Strong, M. D., May 13, 1847. (He was born in Pittsfield, Mass, March 24, 1814). She died in Collinsville, Ill., December 14, 1861. Buried in Mt. Hope. He married second. He died.


a. Mary Eliza, died in infancy.

b. Mary Reynolds, died in infancy.

c. Sophia Clark, born in Rochester December 3, 1851; married Rinoldo S. Kenyon.

6. Mary Eliza, born June 20, 1826; married May 15, 1849, Byron Daniel MacAlpine, a lawyer in Rochester. She died January 6, 1867, leaving one daughter, Clara Louise, born in Rochester February 4, 1851. Mr. MacAlpine married second, Susan Potter.

Published March 25, 1911



Caleb Melvin of Phelps, N. Y., married in 1803 Elizabeth, daughter of Alexander and Sarah (Salisbury) Glover, born in Conway, Mass., April 23, 1787.


1. Lyman, born 1806, married A. Arnot.

2. Sarah, born 1809, married Horace Brewster, of Greece.

3. Harriet, born 1809, married Daniel Cleveland.

4. Mary, born 1812, married Amos Ligby (died 1836, aged 24).

5. Alexander, born 1817, married Emeline Foster.

6. Elizabeth, born 1818, died at Lyons, 1846, aged 28.

7. Bidelia, born 1821, died at Phelps, 1848.

8. Sophrona, born 1824.

9. Thomas J., born 1826.

Patent of Vincent Mathews, 800 acres, June 17, 1720, was purchased by Thomas Ellison, January 24, 1724, and erected in 1754 the stone farmhouse and mill near Vail's Gate which was subsequently occupied by his son, John Ellison, and which is known as General Knox's headquarters.

(E. M.)—

Baltus L. Van Kleeck, an M. D., Orange county, Newburgh, died 1843, aged 69. Came from Duchess county. His sister married Judge Jonathan Fisk. His wife, a daughter of Robert Boyd, of New Windsor. His son, Rev. Robert Boyd Van Kleeck, of the Episcopal church.


Published March 25, 1911



Hendrick Martensen Wiltsee, the ancestor of many of that name in America, emigrated from Copenhagen in Denmark early in the sixteenth century. He performed active service in the Esopus war of 1663, was captured and reported killed by the Indians, but effecting his escape, settled on a farm at Hell Gate, L. I. He married in 1660 and had three sons—Martin, Hendrick, Wyndert. Martin married Jane Suydam, 1733, and his descendants are the Fishkill branch numerous and prominent in Duchess county since its first settlement, having emigrated from Long Island 1734, locating at Fishkill Landing—and owning two tracts of land aggregating 1,300 acres. Johannes Wiltsee was commissioned by William Tryon, captain general and governor in chief of the province of New York on February 6, 1773—first lieutenant in Captain Joseph Horton's regiment on foot, attached to Colonel Brinckerhoff's regiment of militia in Duchess county.

(W. H.)—

Simon Hart, Charleston, Mass., 1638.

Joseph, at Norodon Hill, near Stanford, Conn., had two sons, Joseph and Hezekiah, and two daughters, Sarah and Hannah.

Hezekiah, born April 1, 1776, married Esther Sellick, born November 10, 1780, at Stanford, removed to Wallkill, Orange county, 1808; a farmer. Esther died December 24, 1824, then he went to Middletown, with his daughter, Mrs. Miller, wife of Lyman B. Miller. In the war of 1812, and died February 17, 1835.

Published April 1, 1911



Deacon Philip was the son of "Widow Walker" of Rehoboth and brother of James of Taunton, Mass. The earliest record of him is a deed bearing his signature at Rehoboth, dated 1653. One of the grand jury, 1635. Freeman, 1655. Took the oath of fidelity 1658.

Married Joan Metcalf, daughter of Michael, of Dedham, 1654. She married second, June 2, 1684, John Polly, of Roxbury, and died 1702. Deacon Philip died August 20, 1679, and is buried at Seekonk, R. I. He was a weaver and one of the wealthiest men in Rehoboth. His home was burned during "Pierce's Fight." March 28, 1676.


Ebenezer, born November [handwritten note: 15,] 1676, died March 13, 1717-8. Married first, Mehitable Willmarth, November 19, 1700. She died October 27, 1702. Married second, Dorothy, daughter of Lieutenant Preserved Abell, October 11, 1703. She was born November 18, 1677, Their eleven children all born at Seekonk, R. I.

I. Caleb, born October 30, 1706, died April 3, 1768. Married Abigail, daughter of Dr. Ezra Dean, of Taunton, Mass. She was born December 10, 1704, and died January 1, 1795. They had five children. The first, Caleb, born February 14, 1728-9, died March 4, 1753. Married Elizabeth Perrin, daughter of John and Rachel, October 16, 1750. (She was born November 17, 1728, and married second, 1756, Joshua Smith.) Judge William Walker, of Lennox, Mass. (son of Caleb) fifty years after his father's death erected a monument at Rehoboth "In token of that filial respect; for the memory of a deceased parent, he never had opportunity previously to pay, September, 1797."


1. Judge William, born June 22, 1751, died October 31, 1831, at Lennox, Mass. Married first, Sarah Woodruff, of Farmington, Conn., December 31, 1777. She was born 1749 and died 1789. Married second, Mrs. Mary (Hutchinson) Parmelee, of Goshen, Conn., March 24, 1790. She was born in Salisbury, Conn., October 14, 1760, and died December 10, 1838.

Judge William went to Lennox about 1773 and was a member of the Congress of Deputies of Berkshire county, 1774. Judge of the County Court of Sessions, 1809-1814. He joined the Revolutionary army in May, 1775, at Cambridge. Joined Washington's army at New Jersey and was as officer in the battle at Trenton and Princeton, and also at Bennington, Vt.

He was a farmer and mechanic, which occupations were often combined in those days, with also some education as a surveyor. He early enrolled his name among the minute men, and when the news of the battle of Lexington reached Lennox, marched with Captain Dibble's company to the scene of danger. Sharing the varied fortunes of Colonel Patterson's regiment in which he held the rank of first lieutenant and adjutant, he served in the Canada campaign of 1776, and was in the battles of Trenton and Princeton.

In the spring of 1777 he left the army, though serving as a volunteer in the battle of Bennington, and was soon after appointed superintendent of the recruiting service in this part of Massachusetts. He was one of the Lenox signers of the non-importation and non-consumption agreement in 1774; was a member of the convention that framed the constitution of this commonwealth, and was active on the side of government in the Shay's insurrection. After the Revolution, he was engaged in the mercantile and iron business at what is now Lenox Dale. He served in both branches of the legislature; in 1781 was appointed register of probate and in 1795 judge of probate, which latter office he held for thirty years. He was one of the founders and first president of the Berkshire County Bible society. He was interested in the development of the Western country, 1788, and was active in the Phelps and Gorham purchases. He came here and opened land offices and sold the township of Perinton to Daniel Penfield, who in 1797 sold it to a Scotchman named Duncan.

II. Caleb, born April 5, 1753. Married Huldah, daughter of John Clark, of Farmington, Conn. She died 1778 (?). He came to Monroe county the summer of 1789 and was one of the original proprietors of Perinton. He died at Cnanadaigua the summer of 1790. His death and funeral were the first of a white settler in Ontario county. "At the funeral, the physician, Dr. Adams, of Geneva. being an Episcopalian, the church service was read, which was the first religious service after settlement had commenced in the Genesee country." He was buried at Lenox, Mass. He served in the Revolutionary war under Colonel Timothy Walker. Had one son, Richard Montgomery, born February 8, 1778.

Otis Walker, born April 13, 1769, died June 25, 1842. Married April 13, 1797, Zerviah, daughter of Daniel West. She was born April 4, 1777, and died August 25, 1844. He was a shoemaker from Lennox, Mass. Removed to Brighton in the spring of 1802, but in 1829 went to Calhoun county, Mich., where he died. Justice of peace six years.


I. Chauncy, born January 17, 1798, died August 14, 1827; a farmer at Brighton, Married first, February 16, 1819, Clarissa Morse, who died June 19, 1825. Married second, 1827, Sarah Bradford.


1. Oscar A., born December 19, 1819, died January 13, 1848, in Rochester. Married Mary Eliza Heather, August 12, 1843. She died September, 1848. They had three children, Chauncey Otis, born 1844, died 1848; Frances Jane, born May 18, 1846; Oscar, born September, 1848.

II. Ansel W., born January 11, 1800. Married first, May 29, 1825, Naomi Jeffords, at Brighton. Married second, Mary D. Roberts.

III. George, born November 18, 1801, died September 14, 1836, in Rochester. Married January 13, 1826, Hannah Benton. Their children: Edward H., born November 6, 1826, removed to New York; John E., born September 27, 1830, removed to New York; Henry D., born October 13, 1832, went to New York; Adecline, born January 30, 1825.

IV. Edwin, born November 9, 1811, died August 19, 1836. Married, 1832, Sabrina Ludden in Rochester. Removed to Marshall, Mich. One daughter, Della, born 1833.

V. William H., born September 20, 1813, died 1843 in Marshall, Mich. Married, 1833, Eliza Lyport in Rochester.

Published April 1, 1911


Archibald Crandall was born September 20, 1769.

Lufanna Crandall was born September 16, 1768.

Archibald Crandall and Lufanna Maxson were married the second day of February in the year of our Lord, 1788.

Their Children.

1. Clarissa, born December 3, 1788, died November 24, 1864.

2. Erastus, born August 24, 1790.

3. Archibald, born August 3, 1793.

4. Lufanna, born November 17, 1795, died January 13, 1861.

5. Harriet, born December 20, 1799.

6. George R., born May 3, 1803.

7. Charles H., born April 16, 1805.

8. Amanda, born April 16, 1809.

Archibald Crandall died February 2, 1809, aged 40.

Lufanna Crandall died January 23, 1863, aged 95.

William Maxson was born November 16th, O. S., 1745.

Lucy Maxson was born April 16th N. S., 1746.

William Maxson and Lucy Miner were married the 16th day of September in the year of our Lord, 1767.

Their Children.

1. Lufanna was born on Saturday, September 16, 1768.

2. William Miner was born on Sunday, July 11, 1772.

3. Lois was born on Wednesday, January 23, 1776.

4. Taber was born on Thursday, April 16, 1778.

5. Hannah was born on Saturday, March 25, 1780.

6. Susanna was born on Monday, March 25, 1782.

7. Lucy was born on Saturday, April 23, 1784.

8. Aseneth was born on Thursday, June 22, 1786.

9. Elon was born on Friday, November 8, 1788.

—Lufanna Crandall's book.



Published April 8, 1911


Web editor note: This family more often spelled their name Sheffer.

It was the close of 1789 when Peter Shaeffer, originally from Lancaster [handwritten note: Co.], Pa. set out for the Genesee country to provide his sons and daughters each with an inheritance before his departure, for he was 85 years of age. He purchased a tract of 2,200 acres in Bloomfield and each of his three daughters was given 400 acres upon which they settled. Early in the winter Peter came to the mouth of Allen's Creek and purchased for his sons, Peter and Jacob, seventy acres of land from Ebenezer Allen for $1,175. This was the money that made it possible for Allen to build his mill upon the site of Rochester. The Shaeffers, father and sons, took possession of he Allen cabin and here passed the winter, in building the first framed farm dwelling from the Genesee river to Lake Erie. The father died 1798, aged 87 [handwritten note: Peter Sheffer 1st d. Sept. 15, 1798 æ 87], and Jacob died 1795 [handwritten note: Jacob Sheffer d. Oct. 20, 1795 æ 28], and Peter, jr., wealthy and enterprising and benevolent, was held in high repute in public and private life. He made the first road from Allen's Creek to the Falls in 1792.

Peter, jr., married Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob Schoonover in 1790. "This was the first white marriage west of the Genesee and was legalized by Judge Chapin, of Canandaigua." (Geo. M. Slocum.) [handwritten notes: Peter Sheffer Jr., d. Sept, 21, 1851 æ 89. Elizabeth Sheffer d. Aug. 21, 1835 æ 63.]


1. Nancy, born January 20, 1793; married Philip Garbutt.

2. Jacob, born April 11, 1795; unmarried. [handwritten note: Died Oct. 6, 1824 æ 29.]

3. Peter, third, born July 26, 1798 [handwritten correction: 1797]; married Amanda Bigford. [handwritten notes: He died April 14, 1878 æ 80 + 9m. Amanda d. April 9, 1885 æ 62.]

4. Elizabeth, born December 20, 1800; married John Sample. [handwritten note: Died July 22, 1822 æ 21]

5. Levi, born April 16, 1802; married Arvilla Austin.

6. Daniel, born August 9, 1804 [handwritten correction: 1805]; unmarried. [handwritten note: Died Oct. 23, 1861 æ 57.]

7. George, born October 30, 1807; married Almira McNall.

8. Hester, born June 17, 1809; married Caleb Allen.

9. Lorence, born December 16, 1811; married Nancy Hess.

10. Mariah, born June 8, 1813; unmarried. [handwritten note: Died July 1, 1890 æ 78.]

11. Roswell, born July 2, 1817; married Mary Hilliard.

Published April 8, 1911


Whitehead—Daniel Whitehead, of Beekman precinct, Duchess county, N. Y. "It is supposed his ancestor formed a part of the emigration from Salem, Mass., through L. I. and Westchester county into Duchess and Orange county, N. Y."

Married Esther Rogers, 1760. His name in the Duchess county road book and tax receipts 1761-1762. Children recorded in the registers of Brinkerhofville Presbyterian church in Duchess county.

I. Jemima, born November, 1761.

II. Thomas, born September 16, 1764; served during the Revolution. He removed to Upper Canada and became a prominent Methodist minister and president of the Methodist Conference there.

III. Stephen, Beekman precinct, 1774.

IV. Jesse, married Phebe Hills (sister to Stephen's wife.)

V. Henry.

VI. Lyman.

VII. Daniel, jr.

VIII. Elizabeth.

III. Stephen, born 1774. A Methodist minister; 1804 he was a farmer at Duanesburg. Removed to Schenectady, 1815. Ordained, 1806, by Bishop Francis Asbury, after which he traveled on what was known as the Delaware Circuit. He died 1823, and was buried at Schenectady. Married, 1796, Sibil, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Cobb) Hills. She died 1832, and was buried beside her husband. Her grandfather was Ebenezer Hills, a Revolutionary soldier and farmer in Duanesburg.


1. and 2. Twins died in infancy.

3. Samuel Hills, died in infancy.

4. Joanna, married Edmund H. Bailey, of Poughkeepsie.

5. Phebe, died unmarried.

6. Charles Herrick died in infancy.

7. Chauncey, removed to California.

8. Elizabeth, married Isaac Requa.

9. Angeline.

10. Edmund Bailey, born Schenectady, January 24, 1819; married Elizabeth Stainsby.

11. Deborah Ann, married James Taylor.

12. Willard Willis, died in infancy.

Published April 15, 1911


Colonel Nathaniel Rochester.

It seems almost superfluous to give any account of this venerable and honored man whose name is spoken by thousands each day, and whose life history should be as familiar to each of us as our own family history is; but he was such a great man and did so many great things that manifold repetition only makes us venerate his memory still more, and marvel that one man did so much. The family of Colonel Rochester, as the name indicates, was of English descent, and for three generations had been resident in Virginia in Westmoreland county, in which state he was born on the 21st day of February, 1752. When 13 years of age his family moved to North Carolina and three years later the boy, Nathaniel, entered the mercantile establishment of James Monroe, of Hillsboro, N. C., as a clerk where he remained fifteen years, and was then admitted into partnership with his employer and Colonel John Hamilton, who was consul for the British government after the close of the Revolution.

In 1775 war was commenced and Nathaniel Rochester was appointed a member of the committee of safety for Orange county, N. C. That same year in August he attended as a member, the first provincial convention in North Carolina. During the session of the convention he received a major's commission and was appointed a justice of the peace. At a meeting of the convention in May he was appointed deputy commissary-general of military stores and clothing for the North Carolina line. As a member of the convention, he participated in the organization of a state government of New York. Member of legislature, lieutenant-colonel of militia, clerk of Orange county. One of the board of auditors of public accounts. After the war he again engaged in the mercantile business with Colonel Thomas Hart and James Brown (minister to France), in Hagerstown, Md. He filled successively the offices of a member of assembly of Maryland, postmaster of Hagerstown, judge of the County court, sheriff of the county, elector of president and vice-president in 1808. President of the Bank of Hagerstown, which position he resigned when he removed to the Genesee country.

In 1809 he first visited Western New York, in company with Colonel William Fitzhugh and Major Charles Carroll. Colonel Rochester made large purchases near Mt. Morris and Dansville. Two years later these same gentlemen returned to this section of the country and purchased the "100-acre or Allen mill tract," then called "Falls Town," for seventeen and a half dollars per acre. In 1810, having closed up his business in Maryland, he first became a resident of Western New York, settling on the land he had purchased at Dansville, where he erected the first paper mill in the Genesee country. In 1815 he removed to a large farm in Bloomfield, Ontario county, where he remained three years, In the meantime, having surveyed and laid out and sold lots on the "one hundred acre tract at Falls Town," he became a resident in (1818) the village now bearing his name, "Rochester." In 1816 again presidential elector. In 1817 he was secretary to a convention at Canandaigua which urged the construction of the Erie canal; this same year attended the legislature at Albany as an agent of the petitioners for the erection of what is now Monroe county. First clerk of the new county, and its first representative in the legislature, 1821-22. He was one of the founders of St. Luke's church. In 1824 he was elected president of the Bank of Rochester. "He bore with patience and fortitude a protracted and painful disease which terminated in his death on the morning of the 17th day of May, 1831, in the 80th year of his age.

Published April 15, 1911


Stephen B. Bartlett first married Molly Stevens at Salisbury, Conn., February 4, 1777.


Mr, Francis Dove or Dow received land in Salisbury in the "first division" in 1640-41-42, His name appears on the list of "Commoners," 1650. Called Master Doves. In April, 1664, Captain Robert Pike was "attorney to ye worshipful, Mr. Francis Dove, of Salisbury, in old England." List gives him as coming from Salisbury, England, to this country. He returned to England but retained his land in Salisbury. He married in England (Salisbury), October 19, 1641, Alice Batt (widow of Rev. Peter Thatcher. He was mayor of Salisbury, England and "Justice." He was buried October 11, 1666. Widow, Alice, baptized January 30, 1604 or 1605, and buried September 16, 1669. One son, Peter, born in England. Probate Records: "Peter, only son and heir of Francis Dowe, gentleman; deceased, in 1674, when Peter Dowe, Esq., of New Sarum, Wilts, England sold his father's common right in Salisbury, New England, to Timothy Lindare, of Boston," (Timothy Lindare sold the property in 1677 to Captain Henry True). List of Jeremiah's

Jeremiah, born September 6, 1675, son of Joseph and Mary (Sanborn) Dow, married Susannah (?). She died in Ipswich, June 6, 1723, leaving an only child, Margaret.

Jeremiah, born March 24, 1677, died at Hampton, N. H. Married April 5, 1697, Elizabeth, daughter of Abraham Perkins. He was a "friend" at Hampton (Seabrook) 1701; was living 1735.


I. Mercy, born 1698.

II. Jeremiah, born January 9, 1699.

III. Jonathan, born 1701.

IV. David.

V. Abigail.

VI. Ebenezer, born January 31, 1708, married Lydia (?); settled in Voluntown, Conn.

VII. Gideon, born 1710, married Lydia Perkins. Died 1756 in the war.

VIII. Patience, born 1712.

IX. Elizabeth, born 1714.

X. Hannah, born 1716.


Daniel MacAlpine, born in Northeast, Duchess county, N. Y., September 8, 1792. Married Catharine Rowe in Hinsdale, N. Y., November 20, 1817. She was born in Amenia, N. Y., October 3, 1795, and died in Penfield March 7, 1838. Their son, Byron Daniel, born in Kinderhook, N. Y., March 14, 1824, married first, Mary Eliza Reynolds, May 15, 1849 (born June 20, 1826, in Rochester). She died January 6, 1867, leaving one child, Clara Louise, born in Rochester, February 4, 1851. He married second, Susan Potter, daughter of Henry Sayre and Harriet (Benedict) Potter. She was born June 7, 1835. She died (?). He died (?).


A. Reynolds Potter.

B. Florence.

Willard Boyd Clarke, born in Uxbridge, Mass., April 15, 1793. Removed to Utica, N. Y., and died in Trenton, N. Y., April 27, 1818. Married Laura Maria Shepard January 1, 1817 (born 1798 and died in Penfield, April 2, 1839). They had one child, Sophia Cynthia, who married Hon. William Abelard Reynolds at Penfield, January 12, 1841. Mrs. Clark married second, Richard Hayes Ely in 1821, a merchant in Penfield, He was born in Lyme, Conn., October 3, 1790, son of Dennison and Phebe (Lacy) Ely, and died in Penfield, February 11, 1828.

Deacon Oliver Gibbs, born (?); married Jane Spees.


Dr. Orrin E. Gibbs, of Rochester, a druggist, in the manufacture of flour, Married Tirzah Strong, New Hartford, N. Y., 1815. (She was born 1795). He died in Rochester, May 19, 1846. She died November 7, 1822. One child, Jane Clarissa, who married Hiram A. Tucker, a lawyer of Rochester, and later a banker at Chicago, Ill.

Published April 22, 1911



Rev. Comfort WilliamsRev. Comfort Williams was the first settled pastor in Rochester, being the first pastor of the First Presbyterian church. He was born in Wetherfield, Conn., January 23, 1783, and died in Rochester August 26, 1825, aged 43. He graduated from Yale in 1808, and from there went to the Theological seminary at Andover, Mass. His first pastorate was at Ogdensburg, then he came to Rochester and remained as pastor of the First church until June 1821, when he resigned. He was one of the organizers of the Brighton Presbyterian church in 1817. He was a member of the Hamilton Royal Arch Masons of Rochester and at one time an officer, and his funeral was conducted with Masonic honors. About 1820 Rev. Comfort Williams opened and conducted a school in Exchange street, which he later removed to his home on what is now Mt, Hope avenue, and Comfort street, named in his honor, still perpetuates his memory.



I. Thomas Williams, the progenitor, was a proprietor at Wethersfield, Conn., in 1661 and at Rocky Hill in 1670. Wife, Rebecca (Savage.) There were ten children. The fourth, Captain Jacob, born March 7, 1664-5; married Sarah, daughter of Josiah and Elizabeth Gilbert, December 10, 1685. He was a sea captain and died September 26, 1712. There were eight children; the third, Ephraim, born January 10, 1890-1; married Elizabeth, daughter of John Russell, February 24, 1714. They had nine children; the first, Captain Elias, born in 1718; married Prudence Robbins, April 29, 1742. (She died in 1799). Came to Stepney from Wethersfield about 1750, and before and during the Revolutionary war was a man of much prominence in both parishes; also one of the wealthiest. During the Revolutionary period he was by act of the general assembly of Connecticut, in May, 1769, appointed lieutenant of the Ninth company, Sixth Reg. Col. militia; appointed captain of the same company in May, 1772. Justice of the peace in 1779. Died December 5, 1798, issue eleven children, the third Elial, born January 30, 1745-6; married in Stepney January 26, 1789, Comfort Morton, who died August 17, 1811. He died August, 1819. He was second corporal in the Lexington alarm party from Wetherfield in 1775; also at the battle of Bunker Hill.


I. Mehitable, born September 28, 1769; died March 12, 1851. Married first, July 21, 1796, Edward Culver (born August 17, 1761, died February 28, 1823). She married, second, Justus Bulkeley, November 12, 1826. (He was born in 1754; died May 9, 1829).

II. Moses, born April 18, 1771; died January 17, 1794, at Port au Prince; (possibly the Moses who married Mary North July 2, 1789).

III. Prudence, born April 18, 1773; died October 10, 1783.

IV. Elizabeth, born October 13, 1775; married Solomon Judd November 1, 1832 (Western New York). She died August 3, 1849.

V. Olive, born March 21, 1778; died in August, 1849; married Walt Goodrich June 26, 1798.

VI. and VII. Washington and Sally; twins, born April 16, 1780. Sally married February 7, 1816 (as the second of his three wives), Joseph Blakely, of Aurora.

VIII. Rev. Comfort, born January 23, 1783.

IX. Merriam, born July 3, 1785.

X. Ackley, born January 19, 1789.

VIII. Rev. Comfort married May 20, 1811, Lucy Williams, of Rocky Hill, who died less than a year before he did, leaving four small children.

1. Alfred Morton, born August 11, 1812; died August 14, 1861, at Buffalo; married Elizabeth Francis Shepard (born in Hartford, Conn., in 1812; died in 1878).

2. Edward, died in Texas in 1860, unmarried.

3. Lucy, baptized May 3, 1818 (First Church Records). Married, first, Orlando Oatman, about 1850. He died in 1855. Married, second, Mark DeCoudres at Evanston, Ill., in 1870.

4. Charles Henry, born in 1823; married Susan, daughter of Timothy Miller, in 1848. He died September 26, 1869.


1. Charles Miller, a lawyer. Married February 3, 1881, Mary W., daughter of John Kendrick Samson, of Brooklyn. One daughter, Susie Marie, born November 12, 1894.

2. Carrie, born October 11, 1855; died in 1857.

3. Dr. Henry Timothy; married Mary Frances, daughter of Joseph B. Ward, December 22, 1891. One son, Henry Ward, born June 18, 1892.

4. Ella Boardman; unmarried; died April 5, 1881.

5. Frankie Louise; unmarried; died June 18, 1886.

6. Susie May; unmarried; died July 25, 1886.

Published April 22, 1911


Rev. Francis H. Cuming, the first rector of St. Luke's church, was the seventh and youngest child of Fortescue and Phoebe (Harrison) Cuming. Born at Cedar Hill, New Haven, Conn., October 28, 1796. His education for the ministry was acquired under the care of Dr. Rudd, of Elizabeth, N. J.; later of Columbia college. He was ordained deacon by Bishop Croes in St. John's church, Elizabeth, in 1819. His first charge was in Binghamton, whence he was called to St. Luke's and entered upon his duties as rector on the first Sunday of December, 1820. The following year on February 20th the little church was consecrated by Bishop Hobart, and the day following the rector was advanced to priesthood. In March, 1829, Rev. Mr. Cuming resigned the rectorship, after an incumbency of eight years and three months and removed to Reading, Pa., and thence to Le Roy, spending a year in each place. He was the first rector of Calvary church, New York; rector of St. Andrew's church, Ann Arbor, Mich.; St. Mark's church, Grand Rapids, for eighteen years, and chaplain of the Third regiment, Michigan infantry, composed largely of members of his congregation. He died at Grand Rapids August 26, 1862, from the effects of exposure while serving as chaplain. Married, first, Caroline A. Hulbert. She died December 26, 1827, aged 27.


1. Frances Rudd, baptized in St. Luke's, June 2, 1824.

2. Thomas Barnes, baptized in St. Luke's, February 6, 1828. (Family records say also a daughter, Caroline).

Rev. Cuming married, second, Charlotte, daughter of Roswell Hart, April 6, 1831. (By Rev. Dr. Rudd at St Luke's church).


I. Henry Colman, born in New York, June 5, 1832; died August 2, 1833.

II. Elizabeth Jeanette, born March 9, 1835; died in 1846.

III. Mary Hart, born April 7, 1838.

IV. Charlotte Rochester, born July 8, 1841; married Dr. Jacob Reed January 19, 1869. (He was born September 6, 1839; died December 12, 1906).


1. Alfred Zantinzinger, born in Colorado Springs in 1875.

2. Charlotte Hart, born in 1878; died in 1878.

V. Frances Sinclair, born March 17, 1845; married November 5, 1868, Alvin Brainard Nourse, of Grand Rapids. (He was born February 15, 1840; died August 17, 1889).


1. Francis C., born in 1869.

2. Alvin LeBrun, born in 1871.

3. Mary Dorothea, born in 1877.

4. John Cuming, born in 1882.

VI. Emily Jane, born March 6, 1848.

VII. Annie Wadsworth, born April 5, 1851.

Published April 29, 1911



The family of Rochester were resident in the county of Essex, England, in the year 1558.

I. Nicholas Rochester, born in County Kent, England, about 1640; was married to ——. He died soon after May 27, 1719. He came to the colony of Virginia in 1689. "The old homestead, which is one of the oldest (perhaps the oldest) house in Westmoreland county, still stands in excellent condition and bears in the chimney corner the legend N. R., 1746, cut in a brick near the coping stone, (1882.")

One son.

II. William, born about 1680. He came to America in 1689. Married Frances ——, widow of William McKinney.

Their oldest son.

III. John, born about 1708, died in November, 1754. Married Esther, daughter of William Thrift, esq., of Richmond county, Va. She married, second, Thomas Critcher, of North Carolina, about 1763.


1. William, died in infancy.

2. John, born in 1746; died in 1794. Married, first, Ann, daughter of Robert Jordon, of Virginia, in 1766. She died in 1789. Married, second, Ann McClanahan, June 9, 1793.

3. Ann, born in 1748; married Benjamin Rayloand.

4. Phillis, born in 1750; married Samuel Morse.

5. Nathaniel, born February 21, 1752.

6. Esther, born in 1753; married Ruben Pyles.

5. Nathaniel , born in 1752; died May 17, 1831. Married Sophia, daughter of Colonel William Beatty, of Frederick, Md. April 20, 1788. She was born January 25, 1768.


I. William Beatty, born January 29, 1780 (sic.); died June 15, 1838.

II. Nancy Barbara, born November 1, 1790; died in 1792.

III. John Cornelius, born February 28, 1792; died March 1, 1837.

IV. Sophia Eliza, born November 29, 1793; married Jonathan Child, first mayor of Rochester, May 7, 1818. She died March 3, 1850.

V. Mary Eleanor, born April 27, 1796; married Harvey Montgomery May 19, 1812.

VI. Thomas Hart, born September 23, 1797; died October 6, 1874.

VII. Catharine Kimball, born July 4, 1799; married Dr. Anson Colman September 8, 1819. She died April 7, 1835.

VIII. Nathaniel Thrift, born March 4, 1802; died ——. Married Catharine Ann Cummings June 15, 1836; one son, who married Bessie Jeffrey October 15, 1863.

IX. Ann Barbara, born January 3, 1804; died in 1805.

X. Henry Elie, born January 7, 1806; died June 3, 1889.

XI. Ann Cornelia, born February 5, 1808; married, first, William S, Bishop February 25, 1851. He died June 6, 1863. Married, second, Seth M. Gates July 11, 1867. No issue by either marriage. She died ——.

XII. Louisa Lucinda, born September 22, 1810; married William Pitkin June 20, 1848. He died May 4, 1869. No issue. She ——.

I. William Beatty, born January 29, 1789. He was prominent in political life; was the first circuit judge of the eighth district of this state under the Constitution of 1823; was appointed minister to the Congress of Panama; and was the democratic candidate for governor of New York in 1826. He was aboard the ill-fated steamer Pulaski which wrecked off the coast of North Carolina June 15, 1838, and was among the lost. Married, first, Harriet Irwin September 12, 1812. She died January 27, 1815.


Nathaniel Montgomery, born September 21, 1813; died February 28, 1823.

He (Nathaniel M.) married second, Amanda Hopkins, January 31, 1816. She died January 16, 1831.


2. James Hervey, born April 19, 1819; died March 22, 1860. Married Evelina T. Martin in 1846. (Had four children. Enos Throop, a daughter died in infancy, William Beatty and James Hervey).

3. Harriet Louisa, born March 27, 1821; died December 13, 1854. Married H. S. Bull in 1848. (Had two children, William and Harriet Rochester.

4. Sophia, born in 1824; died young.

5. William Beatty, born February 15, 1826; married Anna L. Martin. (Had four children, Annie Townsend, William Beatty, Henry Martin and Alice Davies). He died ——.

6. Nathaniel, born in 1820 (sic.); died in 1832.

Nathaniel M. Married, third, Mrs. Eliza Powers April 9, 1832.


7. Eliza Hatch, born December 18, 1833; died April 24, 1868. She married, first, William T. Pitkin in 1854. (Had one daughter, Eliza Hatch, who married Homer C. Macy). She married, second, Aug. B. Hatch in 1857. (had children, Benjamin, Charlotte, William Rochester, Evelina Throop, Augusta Belle).

8. George William, born in 1835; died in 1837.

III. John Cornelius Rochester, born in 1792. Married Nancy Kelly in 1821.


1. Thomas, born December 9, 1821; married (?) (Children, Harriet Louisa, Sarah Ann, Henry Maccabee, James Thomas, Malinda.)

2. Nathaniel James, born in 1824; died in 1878; no issue.

3. Sophia Elizabeth, born August 23, 1826, Married, first, James F. Bean in 1824. Married, second, J. N. Gannon in 1873.

4. Sarah Catherine, born November 1, 1829. Married J. B. Williams in 1868.

5. Henry Thompson, born July 12, 1833; married E. M. Wear in 1858. (Children, John Nathaniel, George H., Mary N., Amanda A., Sarah E., Franklin W., William F., Emmet B.)

VI. Thomas Hart Rochester, born in 1797; married Phebe Elizabeth Cumming, September 26, 1822.


VI.—1. Thomas Fortescue, born October 8, 1823; married Margaret Munro DeLancey May 6, 1852.


1. Nathaniel, born March 26, 1854.

2. Frances Munro, born August 8, 1855.

3. Elizabeth Cuming, born March 7, 1857.

4. DeLancey, born February 4, 1859.

5. Thomas, born and died in 1862.

6. Margaret Fortescue, born October 1, 1862.

7. Caroline M., born and died in 1863.

8. Mary Heathcote died young.

9. Emily Nichols, born February 22, 1867.

VI.—II. Nathaniel, born February 19, 1825; died September 27, 1849.

VI.—III. John Henry, born April 20, 1828; married Elizabeth Lawson Moore, January 17, 1853.


1. Thomas Moore.

2. Frances C.

3. Paul Affordby.

4. Susan.

VI.—IV. Caroline Louisa, born December 22, 1829.

VI.—V. Montgomery, born August 24, 1832; married Mary Hewson Pruyn January 13, 1857. Had one son, Montgomery Hewson.

VI.—VI. Phebe Elizabeth, born January 13, 1836; died in 1859.

X. Henry Elie, born in 1806; married Jane Hart April 17, 1833.



Published April 29, 1911


General Jonathan Fassett bought from Phelps & Gorham what is now the town of Penfield—then (Township 13, Range 4). In 1791 or 1792 he came here from Pittsford, Vt., and attempted a settlement. He was accompanied by Colonel Caleb Hopkins and his son, Jonathan, jr. He had the land surveyed into farm lots, and made preparations for its sale, but owing to the then unpromising condition of the land, became discouraged and returned to Vermont after selling his rights to Mr. Ham of New Jersey. General Fassett was the son of John Fassett. of Bennington, Vt., born in Bedford, Mass., in May, 1745. Married Mary Montague at Saratoga October 9, 1764. Jonathan, jr., born October 22, 1775; died in 1832. Married Ann Safford, of Cambridge, Vt. She died at Lewiston.


1. Anna, born July 6, 1802.

2. Frances Louisa, born February 2, 1804.

3. Alvin Fay, born February 14, 1806.

4. Chauncey Langdon, born in New York State.

5. Frances Eliza.

Dr. Fassett, of Lockport, and ? Fassett, of Rochester, were General Fassett's grandsons.

Published May 6, 1911



Jonathan Child His record is one that his descendants may look back upon with pride. The popular favor conferred upon him the honor of becoming the first mayor of Rochester in 1834, but owing to his unalterable conviction that licenses should not be granted for the sale of ardent spirits, and the common council differing with him on this point, he resigned as mayor in 1835, He removed from New Hampshire to Utica in 1806, taught school and was clerk for Waits Sherman. In 1810 he came to Charlotte, where he located as a merchant. From there he removed to Bloomfield and continued in the mercantile business until 1820, when he came to Rochester, kept a store and was also a canal contractor. In 1827 was trustee of the Third ward. When the call for volunteers came in 1812 he was enrolled and fought in the battle of Fort Erie, where he acquired the title of major. He was also a member of the state legislature from Monroe county. An ardent member of St. Luke's church.

I. Colonel Jonathan Child, the eldest son of William and Deborah (Goddard) Child, was born in Woodstock, Conn., December 17, 1731. Died at Thetford, Vt., April 5, 1814. Married June 12, 1755, Dinah, daughter of Thomas Bacon. (She was born in 1735 and died in 1814). He obtained his title of colonel in the Revolutionary war. Was in the battles of Bunker Hill and Bennington. (The Vermont "Gazetteer" gives him of Fairlee, Vt., 1770 to 1780). He removed to Lyme, N. H.

II. William, son of Colonel Jonathan, was born in Woodstock, Conn., December 10, 1757; died at Thetford, Vt., August 27, 1843. Married September 28, 1780, Mary, daughter of Captain William Heaton, born in Swansy, N. H., October 14, 1756; died at Thetford December 23, 1836. He was also in the Revolutionary war and fought with his father at Bennington. Was a very extensive property holder in Vermont.

III. Mayor Jonathan, son of William, born in Lyme, N. H., January 30, 1785. Died in Buffalo October 26, 1860. Buried at Mt. Hope, Rochester. Married Sophia Eliza Rochester May 7, 1818. (She was born November 29, 1793, and died March 3, 1850).


I. Mary Louise, born February 8, 1819. Married Washington Gibbons October 24, 1841. She died ——.


1. Jonathan Child, born October 12, 1842; died March 28, 1845.

2. Sophia Rochester, born October 19, 1844.

3. Nathaniel Rochester, born June 12, 1847; died in 1856.

4. Minnie, born May 15, 1851; died December 17, 1856.

5. Montgomery, born October 15, 1854; married Mary Burrill White May 31, 1881.

6. Emily Nichols, born April 17, 1856.

II. Nathaniel Rochester, born November 20, 1820; died October 8, 1848. Married Elizabeth S. Prince June 26, 1844. No issue.

III. William Cumming, born in 1822; died in 1823.

IV. William, born in 1824; died in 1824.

V. Emily, born July 10, 1825; married Asher Perry Nichols August 13, 1851. No issue.

VI. Sophia, born in 1827; died in 1828.

VII. Jonathan Henry, born December 26, 1828. Removed to Geneva.

VIII. Cornelia Rochester, born in 1832; died in 1856.

Published May 6, 1911


(Baker)—Thomas, born in Dorchester, Mass., February 23, 1779; died February 23, 1851, aged 72, at Perinton. He was a paper maker and in 1812 at Hoosac, N. Y., erected the first cotton factory in New York state in connection with Samuel Russell and John White. He removed to Peterborough, N. H., and remained until his death. He married June 12, 1812, Hannah Bright, born in Watertown, Mass., June 24, 1781. She died in Perinton January 11, 1860, aged 78.


I. Jeremiah Smith, born in Hoosac, N. Y., May 3, 1813. Resided in Perinton. Married, first, October 8, 1839, Adeline Sturtevant. Married, second, November 4, 1869, Almira T. Pepper. They had three children: (1) Emma B., (2) Frances A., (3) Mary E.

II. Catharine, born in Peterborough January 16, 1815. Resided at Fairport. Married (?).


Published May 6, 1911


(Carter)—Lieutenant Samuel, born in Hebron, Conn., May 31, 1734; died at Warren, Conn., April 11, 1822. Married at Warrem, May 4, 1759, Martha, daughter of Samuel and Rebecca Buell. (She was born in Hebron, Conn., July 24, 1736, and died at Warren, Conn., July 5, 1785). He received his title of lieutenant in the Revolutionary war. He was private in the 8th Com. Co., Captain Samuel Elmore, 2d regiment. Was in the French and Indian war in 1762. (Conn. Hist. So. Col., Vol. X, page 337). Represented General Warren in the general assembly in 1788 and 1797. His son, Darius, born in Warren, Conn., March 24, 1773, died at East Bloomfield, N. Y., April 28, 1832; married at Warren, Conn., December 16, 1798, Asenath Peters (born September 15, 1778l died at East Bloomfield, September 22, 1862). He was a member of the Universalist church at Bloomfield, to which he gave the ground for the cemetery. Sarah Carter married Homer Sackett and had a daughter, Sarah Sackett, born January 23, 1798, who married Frederick Starr (son of Platt and Lucinda (Finney) Starr. Frederick Starr was born May 1, 1794, and died at Rochester, November 27, 1869.

Published May 6, 1911


(Adams)—Ensign Edward, born in England, in 1630. Married, first, in 1652, Lydia, daughter of Richard and Agnes (Bicknell) Lockwood. She died March 3, 1676. Married, second, in 1678, widow Abigail (Craft) Ruggles, of Roxbury, Mass. She died in 1707. Married, third, January 6, 1709-10, Sarah Taylor.


John Adams of Medfield, born February 18, 1657. Married, first, in 1682, Deborah, daughter of John and Margaret (Bullard) Partridge. She died in 1695. Married, second, Susanna, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Hill) Breck. She died in 1744.


Thomas Adams, born in Medway, Mass., February 11, 1695 or '96. Married October 26, 1720, Abigail, daughter of Jonathan and Rachel (Fairbanks) Fisher. Settled in Ashford, then to Amherst, Mass., in 1737. He died near Leverett, Mass., in 1743 or '44.


Abner Adams, born in Ashford, Conn., August 10, 1733. Married May 9, 1754, by Rev. David Parsons at Amherst, Dorothy. daughter of General William and Hannah (Dickinson) Murray, of Amherst. (Dorothy was born August 11, 1729, and died in Marlboro, Vt., January 16, 1809). Abner died in Marlboro, Vt., in the spring of 1828 or '29. He served in the Revolutionary war from Amherst.


Dorothy Adams, born in North Amherst. Baptized April 10, 1757. Married William Ackers (or Acer, as the family spelled it later at Pittsford), of Hadley, Mass., and removed to Pittsford in 1806.


Published May 6, 1911


(S. H.)—Phineas Spalding, born April 3, 1706, in Chelmsford, Mass. Died before 1748. Wife Mary. His daughter, Sarah, born August 9, 1740. Married (?) Goold, and in 1821 removed to Rochester with her son, Abijah Goold (or Gould), who was from Hollis, Me.

(Brown)—Richard of Southampton, England, came in the Mary and John and reached Boston in May, 1834. He was the son of Joseph of Southampton; settled first at Ipswich, Mass. (then Agawant), but in 1635 was a resident of Newburg, Mass. He died April 26, 1661. Married, first, Edith, who died in April, 1647. Married, second, February 16, 1648, Elizabeth (Greenleaf) Badger, widow of Giles Badger, of Newbury, and daughter of Edmund and Sarah (Dole) Greenleaf, baptized at Ipswich, England, January 16, 1622. Their son, Joshua Brown, born in Newbury, April 10, 1642; married January 15, 1689, Sarah, daughter of William and Ruth Sawyer, Deacon Joshua's will dated May 20, 1711; probated May 9, 1720.


I. Joseph, born October 11, 1669; married Sarah Treadwell.

II. Joshua, born May 18, 1671; married Elizabeth.

III. Tristram, born December 21, 1672; married Elizabeth.

IV. Sarah, born December 5, 1676; married May 14, 1696, Thomas Wells. (In 1703 Sarah and three children killed by Indians in Maine).

V. Ruth, born October 29, 1678; married John Ayer October 31, 1698.

VI. Elizabeth, born April 2, 1682; married (?) Lunt.

VII. Samuel, born September 4, 1687; graduated at Harvard in 1705. The first minister in Abington, Mass.

Tristam, born in 1700; married Abigail Parks in 1722.

Abigail, member of Canterbury, Conn. church in 1744.

Published May 6, 1911


(Talmadge)—Jacob Talmadge was born in Branford, Conn., September 2, 1749. A soldier of the Revolution and wounded in battle. Lived for a time at Wolcott, Conn., later at Plymouth, Conn., and then removed to Monroe county to live with his son, Levi, where he died February 16, 1824. He was a member of the Episcopal church Wolcott, Conn. Was a farmer. Married, first, Elizabeth Gaylord, who died May 23, 1786. Married, second, Ruth Osborn March 8, 1789.


1. Elizabeth, born November 12, 1775; married Lemuel Larkin. She died December 8, 1833, in Connecticut.

2. Hannah, born May 12, 1778.

3. Adah, born in 1780; died in 1812.

4. Levi, born in 1781 at Wolcott, Conn. Removed to Geneseo in 1803, where he worked by the month for a year of two. Also an Indian trader. Came to Bergen in 1809. Removed to Parma Corners in 1811 and purchased the tavern kept by the Davis brothers that soon became celebrated as the only public house from Rochester to Lewiston. In 1820 he erected a larger hotel and what was long known as "the old log tavern" was discontinued. He married Mary, the widow of David Franklin, in New York. She died April 25, 1842. From August 4 to September 24, 1814, he was pressed into service as a teamster between Parma and Rochester village by Colonel Morgan of a Kentucky regiment and received 160 acres of land from the government for his services. He left no children.



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