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 the last 9 months of articles including all that are on this web page.

Published August 5, 1911



The family seat has nearly always been Kinderhook, Columbia county, N. Y., one of the early Dutch settlements, where many of the members of different generations have held positions of trust and honor, and where they have owned large tracts of land. President Martin VanBuren's mother, as well as his wife, were both members of this family.

I. Jan Tyse Goes, the progenitor, son of Mattys Janse Goes, came to Resselaerwyck (Albany) as a trumpeter at Fort Orange, 1630. Married first, Breck Je Maryns (widow of Claes Cornelise Van Voorhout). She died February, first, 1663. Married, second, Stynl Je Van Hoesen (daughter of Jan Franse Van Hoesen). There were eight children, the eldest

II. Tys Janse, married Cornelia Matthewise Van Deursen, October 21, 1685. He died before November 14, 1720. They had eleven children, the tenth

III. Ephriam, of Livingston Manor and Coxsackie, Greene county, born January 9, 1709. Married, Cornelia Van Schaak, March 2, 1731. There were eight children of this union, the eldest

IV. Ephriam Goss, born 1732, at Livingston Manor. The census of 1790 gives him of Columbia county. Married, Prudence (?). She died at Penfield, September 18, 1818, age 74. He enlisted in the Revolutionary war at Great Barrington in 1777; was with Washington at Valley Forge, and either died or was killed in battle before 1779, as the last trace of him is on a payroll account of May 1, 1778.


1. Phoebe, born June 2, 1762; died June 29, 1799, at North Hinsdale. Married, first, (?) Perkins; married, second, about 1781, William LeMonte, a soldier of the Revolution.

2. Benjamin, born in 1765, at Nine Partners; died October 5, 1854, at East Bloomfield. Married, Sarah, daughter of Deacon George Codding, of Bristol, 1793. "This was the first marriage on the Phelps and Gorham Purchase and the first in the town of East Bloomfield. Mrs. Sarah Gaus died at East Bloomfield January 22, 1847, age 79. He enlisted as a soldier in the Revolutionary army at Claverack, Columbia county, when he was 16 years old, and served two years. He was in Colonel Marinus Willet's regiment and engaged in the battles of Johnstown and Sharon Springs and the unsuccessful expedition to Oswego. At the close of the war he returned to Great Barrington (or Alford). In 1789 General John Fellows, General John Ashley, Captain William Bacon, Dr. Joshua Porter and Elisha Lee, of Sheffield, Berkshire county, and Deacon John Adams, of Alford (Great Barrington), purchased the lands now comprised in the town of East Bloomfield. Benjamin Gaus was one of the party of settlers. He was one of Judge Augustus Porter's assistants in surveying and helped to harvest the first crop of wheat raised in East Bloomfield by Eben Norton. In 1793 he purchased 281 acres of land from Captain William Bacon. Applied for Revolutionary war pension August 27, 1732, which was granted. (Name spelled Goss, his descendants, however, spell it Gauss.


A. Benjamin, jr.

B. Thayer, born, April 27, 1797. During the War of 1812 was located in Buffalo. One of the trustees of the Congregational church for over forty years. He married a daughter of Ashman Beebe, an old settler of East Bloomfield. They had five children.

C. Sally, D. Phoebe, E. Mary, F. Abbie.

3. John Goss, born June 8, 1768; died June 17, 1847, at Pittsford. Married, Mary LeMonte in 1786. (She was born December 18, 1768, and died at Allen's Creek, Brighton, May 20, 1844, daughter of Robert LaMonte and (?) Brown—early settlers of Schoharie county—and sister of William, who married Phoebe (Goss) Perkins No. 1.) He resided in North Hillsdale, then Fulton, Schoharie county, on a farm which had formed part of Sir William Johnson's estate and which John Goss purchased of John Jacob Astor and others; then they removed to Monroe county. He was a member of the Baptist church at Pittsford, 1810. For a time kept a tavern on his farm.


A. Richard, born September 1, 1786; married.

B. Benjamin, born March 24, 1789; married.

C. Robert, born July 7, 1792; married.

D. Mary, born September 5, 1796; married.

E. Roseannah, born June 10, 1799; married.

F. John, jr., born June 23, 1801; married.

G. Hiram, born January 24, 1804; married.

H. Ephriam, born June 12, 1806; married, Margaret Porter.

I. Betsey, born February 21, 1809; married.

4. Samuel, baptized August 23, 1772, at Hillsdale; died, Penfield, August 6, 1835. Married, Esther Jones, of Hartford, Conn. (Born February 18, 1765; died August 27, 1843.) He removed to Penfield in 1806.


A. Prudence, died young.

B. Sybil, born 1795; married, (?) Paine.

C. Major William Whitney, born 1800; died September 12, 1860.

5. Hannah, baptized August 23, 1772.

Hon. Ephriam Goss (son of John 3), born June 12, 1806, at Middleburgh, N. Y.; died July 27, 1877, at Pittsford, New York. Married, Margaret, daughter of Chauncey and Sylvia (Brockway) Porter, born at Nassau, Renssalaer county, May 9, 1814, and died September 30, 1896. He was educated in Monroe county, where he taught school several years. Studied law in 1826, with Ira Bellows at Pittsford. Admitted to the bar in 1831 and practised until his death, 1877. Town clerk in 1832, county clerk in 1837-40. treasurer-clerk and many years elder in the Presbyterian church. Supervisor in 1835-6-47-8-55, and chairman of the board two years. For thirty years justice of the peace; state senator in 1860-1; prominent in local military affairs; colonel of the Fifty-second regiment in 1843, and for fifty years an honored resident of Pittsford.


1. Hon. George Augustus Goss, born March 3, 1834; married Kate, daughter of Henry Billnghurst, of Pittsford, 1882. Actively identified in politics with the republican party. Was town clerk in 1858, for three years; supervisor for twelve years, and chairman of the board for three years. Member of state legislature, and justice of the peace.

2. Caroline Cuyler, born February 20, 1836; died February 6, 1890. Married, Charles McLouth, of Palmyra (a lawyer).

3. Chauncey Porter, born August 5, 1838, of Waterbury, Conn. Married, Caroline Amelia, daughter of Cornelius and Caroline (Ryan) Ketcham.

4. Mary Ellen, born January 16, 1844; died June 14, 1873; married.

5. John Henry, born August 14, 1853; died September 11, 1858.

Published August 5, 1911



I. Thomas Welch was in Milford, Conn., 1639, and was one of the founders of the church that year (Trumball). Freeman, 1665. Representative, 1665. Died August 12, 1681. Married Hannah, daughter of Thomas Buckingham. She died 1684.

II. Thomas, jr., died in 1704. Will mentions son.

III. Squire, Paul, born August 26, 1697, at New Milford, Ct. Justice of the Peace many years. He was a blacksmith, and a man of influence in the town. He died August 26, 1778. He married first, Jerusha Bronson of Waterbury, Ct., July 9, 1728. She died September 28, 1755. He married 2nd, Mrs. Rachel Grant, widow of Captain Thomas Grant, of Litchfield, December 29, 1756.

IV. Paul, born January 9, 1759, died September 18, 1815. Married Abigail ——. She died April 5, 1842.


(The following record is taken from William Welch's Bible):

I. Marvin, born January 4, 1780.

II. John, born November 2, 1781, died July 6, 1829.

III. Betsey, born September 20, 1783, died August 31, 1827.

IV. Sally, born October 25, 1785, died October 25, 1789.

V. Rachel, born December 25, 1786, died May 10, 1810.

VI. Samuel, born May 12, 1789, died November 9, 1808.

VII. Captain Peter, born August 11, 1792, died February 28, 1865, in Essex, N. Y., at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. Noble.

VIII. Sally, born October 5, 1794, died September 20, 1808.

IX. Abby, born June 10, 1797, died November 15, 1808.

X. Laury, born ——, 1800, died May 9, 1879.

II. John, born 1781, married Hannah ——. (She was born February 1, 1784 and died July 19, 1856).


1. William, born September 14, 1802, died April 15, 1885. Married Abigail Smith.

2. Caroline, born August 30, 1805, died April 13, 1861, married Charles G. Perkins, September 4, 1831.

3. Abigail, born June 30, 1810, married Joseph Wightman, February 24, 1829.

4. Laury, born October 2, 1812, married Lewis Phelps, September 16, 1832.

5. Samuel, born November 3, 1814, married Delia E. Laird (?) September 22, 1842.

6. Sally, born October 24, 1816, died October 20, 1842. Married Harvey Beach, June 17, 1838.

(The following was taken from the family Bible A. B. V.):

William I. born in the town of New Milford, Fairfield county, Connecticut. Came with my father's family to the town of Lebanon, Madison county, state of New York, about 1808. From there came to the Genesee country to the town of Caledonia then Wheatland. Got here the third day of July 1815. I united with the old Baptist church of Wheatland the 6th day of September, 1818, baptized by Elder Ely Stone. I remained a member to March, 1829 (the 28th day was excluded on account of being a Mason the time of the anti-Mason excitement. Excluded on this resolutio:

"'That in the opinion of this church, it is the duty of every member of our church who is a Free Mason to dissolve all connection with the Masonic fraternity and hold himself no longer bound by any ties or obligations, laws or usages or customs and that he give to the church to which he belongs satisfactory evidence of the same thereby practically disapproving the institution.') Which I did not do. Was excluded for not walking with the church so the church book says."

"After the excitement was over, which was about two years, I was restored, May 14, 1831. I was made a Mason in due and ancient form in Tomken Loge (?), Scottsville, in November, 1824. I was married to Abigail, daughter of Comfort Smith, March 8, 1827. She was born May 22, 1796 (or 1798), died November 4, 1868. I was married again to Cynthia, daughter of Oliver Blackmer, September 21, 1870. Removed my standing to Mumford church, February 22, 1873."


A. William Wallace, born February 6, 1828, died February 9, 1901.

B. Grace Francis, born December 5, 1829, died October 27, 1863.

Published August 5, 1911



Among the many internal improvements which have already been made in our country, there are none at present of greater attractions to those who travel for amusement, for scientific information, or on business than the Rochester railroad.

This road is constructed on the East bank of the Genesee river, from the canal to the head of ship navigation, and presents within the short space of three miles, greater variety of scenery than is to be met with in the United States elsewhere. Within the above distance are two of the finest waterfalls of the North—if we except the far famed Niagara—at each of which the Genesee river makes a perpendicular descent of about one hundred feet.

The banks of this river which are from one to two hundred feet high, present to scientific travelers attractions of sufficient importance to compensate for the time required to examine them. Here are presented to view in regular order the most important secondary formations, through which the greatest water-falls in North America descend; and above this is the geodiferous lime, so famed for affording a great variety of botanic specimens than is often to be met with in the same distance; and the facility with which business is done on the road must convince every business man of the importance of its construction.

Pleasure cars leave the office, corner of Main and Water streets, at half past five, at eight, nine, ten, eleven, and twelve a. m., at two, three, four, five, seven and eight o'clock p. m. and start from North end each intermediate half hour, performing the trip in from forty-five to fifty minutes. Elegant cars are provided and every attention is paid to passengers.

Freight and baggage cars. These are at all times in readiness during the day, as the business of the road requires.

Packet boat, from the depot at the North end of the railroad to Lake Ontario, a distance of five miles. The tow-path has been constructed on the bank, and a pleasure boat, towed by a horse, plies regularly between the two points, leaving the depot at half past nine a. m. and two and seven o'clock p. m.

Steamboat—Steamboats navigating Lake Ontario have their regular hours for arriving and departure, at and from the depot. Also, most other vessels traversing the lake do business from the same place.

Tickets to be had and separate coaches engaged at the railroad office.

All baggage at the risk of the owner.

M. F. Johnson, Agent.

June 25, 1833.

Published August 12, 1911


Josiah Barce.

Applied for pension, October 16, 1832, aged 77 years. Born at New Fairfield, Fairfield county, Conn., August 17, 1755. At the age of fourteen he removed to New Milford, Litchfield, Conn., and resided there during the Revolutionary war.

In May, 1776, he enlisted for six months in company of "provincials" as they were then called, commanded by Captain Reubin Bostwick, of New Milford. The regiment was commanded by Colonel Silliman. Soon after his enlistment this regiment marched through New York to Long Island, where Washington commanded. Applicant stated that he saw General Putnam there. The regiment remained on Long Island a month or more, and he saw the British when they came down to the Brooklyn dock. The American forces evacuated Long Island in the night and crossed the Sound in flat-bottomed boats to New York and thence retreated to Harlem Heights. There was a great deal of fighting on Long Island but the deponent's regiment was not actually engaged with the enemy. He recollected that there was a battle fought at Flatbush, his regiment was stationed there the night before the battle but was removed before the battle took place. He remained at Harlem Heights till within a month of the expiration of the six months of his enlistment, when having been taken sick, he with others, was sent to Norwalk to be taken care of. He remained here until his six months' term expired, after which his brother took him home. He received no formal discharge, but when the captain aforesaid came near his home he paid deponent £12 for his services, and the deponent gave him a receipt for the same. He further stated that in the year 1777, in harvest time, he served one month under the following circumstances as near as he can recollect. News came that the enemies' vessels were threatening to burn seaport towns and that they were coming up Peekskill bay. The militia was called out. He belonged to Benjamin Stone's company, all of New Milford, and he thinks Colonel or General Fellows commanded after he got there. The enemy left the bay before the arrival of his company. After the enemy left Peekskill bay they went to Haverstraw bay, where they stole cattle, hogs and sheep at this time.

After the militia were out one month they were discharged and sent home. He further stated that he was called out at different times on sudden emergencies, resembling the one mentioned and served once as a volunteer when Danbury was burned, but the manner and occasion of such service was such that it is impossible to specify the length of time he served at each time or the particulars of each service. He often turned out without any regular organization, but he does not hesitate to say that at the times above mentioned, he must have served over two months making his whole service amount to over nine months. He lived in New Milford, Conn., until 1825, when he removed to Penfield, Monroe county, where he now resides.

In answer to the interrogatories required to be put by the court he stated:

1. That he was born at the time and place aforesaid.

2. He believed he had a record of his age on the town book of the town of New Fairfield, Conn.

3. That at the time he enlisted into the service of the United States and during the whole Revolutionary war, he resided at New Milford, as above stated.

4. That he went into service as above stated and that he never served as a substitute but hired substitutes a number of times.

5. He has stated the names of his officers and general circumstances of his service as far as he recollects.

6. That he never received a written discharge.

7. That he is acquainted with Octavius Mason, of Penfield, aforesaid a Methodist clergyman, who attends this court, and also with Ebenezer Cook, of the said town, and further that he has no documentary evidence nor does he know of any person whose testimony he can procure who personally knows of his services as a Revolutionary soldier.

He relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and he declares his name is not on the pension roll of any agency in any state.

The said court hereby declares their opinion that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary soldier and served as stated.

(Signed) (?)
Joseph Sibley
Samuel Carth

Octavius Mason, a clergyman, in the town of Penfield, county of Monroe, state of New York, and Ebenezer Cook, residing in the same county and state aforesaid, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Josiah Barce, who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration, that we believe him to be 77 years of age, that he is reputed and belived to have been a soldier of the Revolution, and that we concur in that opinion.

(Signed) Octavius Mason
Ebenezer Cook.

Subscribed and sworn before I. Cutler, deputy clerk.

And the same court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter, and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War department, that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary soldier and served as he states. And the court further certifies that it appears to them that Octavius Mason, who has signed the preceding certificate is a clergyman and resident in the town of Penfield, county aforesaid, and that the said Ebenezer Cook, who has also signed the same, is a resident in the town of Penfield and is a credible person and their statement is entitled to credit. Leonard Adams, clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of county aforesaid certifies that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said court in the matter of the application of Josiah Barce for a pension

Monroe County Affidavit of Josiah Barce.

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned, Josiah Barce, who being duly sworn deposeth and saith that the services mentioned in the annexed declaration he performed as a private and this deponent further saith that for the time during which the said services were performed, he was not employed in any civil pursuit and that from lapse of time and infirmity of age he cannot state his services more particularly than he has done in the annexed declaration.

Subscribed and sworn before Samuel L. Selden, eleventh day of June, 1833, Monroe county, New York.

I certify that Samuel L. Selden, esq., before whom the above affidavit purposes to have been sworn was at the date hereof first judge of the County courts of said county and that I am well acquainted with the handwriting and verily believe that his name above subscribed in his proper handwriting and signature.

Witness my hand and seal of office this twenty-seventh day of July, 1833, Leonard Adams, clerk.

I certify that Leonard Adams, above named clerk of Monroe county and ex-officio clerk of the Court of Oyer and Terminer of said county, and that the above is the proper seal of the said last mentioned court.

F. Whittlesey, M. C.

Rochester, June 20, 1833.

The other papers on file with his pension claim are the following:

A declaration by Freelove Barce, who made application for a widow's pension after the death of Josiah Barce.

She states that she is the widow of Josiah, who died, in said county on the 30th day of May, 1845. that she was married to him at New Milford, Conn., March 27, 1780, by Rev. Mr. Taylor, a Presbyterian clergyman; that her maiden name was Freelove Canfield, and since the death of Josiah Barce, she has never intermarried.

Sworn to before William Shepherd, judge of Monroe County, witnesses, C. H. Wisner.

Also a declaration of Nelson Smith of his personal acquaintance with Josiah and Freelove Barce sworn to before Leman W. Turrill, justice of the peace at Webster, N. Y.

Also affidavit dated June 1, 1846, by Caroline Rowe "aged forty-one years and upwards," that she was the the twelfth child of Josiah and Freelove Barce "all own children of her said parents and own brothers and sisters og this deponent."

Also affidavit of William Rowe "aged fifty-nine years and upwards" of his acquaintance with Josiah and Freelove Barce.

Both of these affidavits were sworn to before L. W. Turrill.

Also two letters addressed to J. L. Edwards, of Monroe county, from Caroline Rowe, of Elyria, Lorain county, Ohio. In one she states that in March, 1847, she removed with Freelove Barce to Ohio. In the other, dated September 2, 1847, she states that her mother was taken ill in February last and died August 3d.

There are also the following certified marriage records: "Josiah Barce and Freelove Canfield was joined in marriage on the 27th day of March, 1780, and recorded by Elisha Bostwick, town clerk. A true copy of record attest.

Jared Bostwick, Town Clerk."

"March 27, 1780, Josiah Barce married Freelove Canfield." The above is true copy of the church record in Mew Milford, Ct., as kept by Nathaniel Taylor, pastor of the First Congregational church in Mew Milford, Litchfield county, state of Connecticut.

George W. Whittlesey,
Clerk of C. Church.

Published August 12, 1911



William lived in Sheffield, Mass.; paternal, England; maternal, Holland.


I. Nathan, born ——; died in Suffield, May 11, 1813. Married Polly Dutcher. (She was born April 16, 1778, and died in Honesdale, Wayne county, Pa., December 15, 1835).


1. William, born August 16, 1798; died April 17, 1888. Married Mary Fellows Bush, January 24, 1831. (She was born November 16, 1802, and died April 25, 1879).

2. Edward, or Edmond, born January 29, 1800; died June 10, 1825, unmarried, at Williamstown, Mass.

3. Christopher, born September 6, 1801; died ——; married Caroline Benton. She died in Unadilla, January 25, 1871. Had a son, George, who married Mary A. Simmons, of Philadelphia; and daughters, Elizabeth, Mary and Caroline.

4. Jane, born October 18, 1804; died in 1856; married Franklin Clark; children: Franklin, Willie, Horace and Maria.

5. Mary Elizabeth born May 11, 1808; died ——; married B. B. Beach; had George Clark, Dwight and Jane, who married Lemuel Powell, of Milford, Conn.

II. William died in Utica in 1810. He was a merchant. Had one son, who went West and married Sally Hooper.

III. Ormel married a Stuyvesant; lived in Columbia county and then went West.

IV. Abigail married Stephen Benton; went to Unadilla, N. Y., and died in 1840, aged 66. He had a son, Albert, and daughters, Almira and Caroline.

V. Eliza, unmarried, of Penfield; willed her property to Killeyan Winey.

VI. Polly, married (?) Hunt. of Glosseter (?) Conn. Had son, R. Hunt, and daughter, Cherry.

1. William and Mary F. (Bush) Fellows's children:

(a) William, jr., born November 5, 1832; died February 7, 1911. Married Sarah Ann Lincoln December 14, 1864.

(b) George Adams, born November 5, 1832; died November. Married Jennie, daughter of Nathan Kelly, November 30, 1869, by Rev. Asa Saxe.

(c) Mary Elizabeth, born February 20, 1835; died September 1, 1836.

(d) Mary Elizabeth (again), born May 8, 1837; died. Married Thomas B. Spencer April 26, 1864, of East Saginaw, Mich. Children: William and daughters Jane and Harriet, who married Dr. Samuel Getty, of Yonkers.

(e) John Bush, born October 10, 1839. Married Bessie J., daughter of E. B. Young.

(f) Jane Adams, born February 7, 1843; died October 6, 1883; married.

(g) Charlotte Augusta, born July 31, 1846; died March 21, 1851.

Published August 12, 1911


Records from the family Bible of Horace Bush. (purchased from George Webster in Albany, November, 1816).

He came to Penfield 1816. Samuel Bush married Rachel. She died in Albany Thursday, March 1st, in her 94th year, and was buried at Sheffield, Mass. Horace Bush, born 1767; died March 19, 1844, aged 77. Married Charlotte Fellows. (See Fellows family).


I. Charlotte, born February 10, 1795.

II. Jane Keyes, born September 14, 1797; died March 15, 1842. Married Leonard Adams, June 8, 1825.

III. George Webster, born July 9, 1800; died Rahway, N. J., aged 74. Married Mary Ann Chapin, May 6, 1830.

IV. Mary Fellows, born November 16, 1802; died April 25, 1879. Married William Fellows, January 26, 1831.

V. John Fellows, born June 7, 1807, in Sheffield, Mass.; died December 11, 1885. Married Mary Stone, September 1, 1829 (she died November 19, 1867). In 1821 he was employed with his brother-in-law, Ira West. In 1827 directory gives as clerk and boarded at J. G. Christopher's. In partnership with Thomas Kempshall in Rochester, 1828. A member of the First Presbyterian church in 1835, and afterward identified with founding of the Bethel church. When it died went back to First Presbyterian church. In 1869 he was associated with his son, Horace, in the manufacturing of staves and contributed in this business until 1877.


1. Horace F., born April 13, 1833; died February 19, 1896; married, first, Martha Ann, daughter of S. Y. Alling, October 6, 1859. One son, Frederick Morrison, who married Martha Hatch, of Dorset, Vt. Married, second, Castella Flynn, of Rushville, N. Y., October 25, 1888.

2. William C., born December 3, 1835; died February 23, 1896. Married Fanny Hayden in 1863; died at Chester, England, August 29, 1876. Married, second, Fanny Emerson, February 22, 1887.

3. Daniel W., born ——; married Eloise Walbridge, June 7, 1871.

4. Mary S., born ——; married Samuel Porter, Thursday, April 29, 1869, by Rev. D. K. Bartlett. Samuel Porter died March 7, 1881; no children.

Published August 12, 1911


George lived in Sheffield, Mass. Had children:

1. John, unmarried, lived in New York.

2. Charity, who married Rev. David Fuller, died in Sheffield without issue.

3. Huldah married Eli, son of Edmond F. Ensign, and died in 1796, leaving two children, Edmond F. and Huldah F., of Sheffield.

4. Pamelia married (?) Keyes and lived in East Bloomfield. He died, leaving ten children, and she married, second, (?) Gunn, and died in Penfield.

5. Lucinda married J. S. Hopkins and died in Sheffield, leaving several children.

Published August 12, 1911



Leonard, of Rochester, married Jane Keyes Bush. Children:

1. Horace, born April 23, 1826; died ——; married, ——.

2. George, born July 14, 1828; died, ——.

3. Charlotte Bush, born February 14, 1830; died, ——; married, ——.

4. George (again) born in 1832; died, ——; married, ——.

5. Jane, born August 1, 1834; died, ——; married, Henry W. Walker, of Sanford, Mich.

6. Catherine Augusta, born January 29, 1839; died, ——; married Henry C. Sherburne, of Charlestown.


Published August 12, 1911



Captain Ruluff, of Canan, Conn., married Jane, the eldest daughter of Judge John Ashley, of Sheffield, Mass. (She had married, first, Dr. William Bull and had one son, William, also a physician).


Christopher, John, Ruluff, jr., Washington and five daughters one of whom. Mary or Polly, married Nathan Fellows. Captain Ruluff, sr., died aged 71. (Hinman and Family Records).

Published August 12, 1911



Edmond F., sr., had children: (1) Edmond F., jr., of Sheffield, who had E. F., a lawyer, about 60 years old in 1855, and was postmaster; (2) Huldah, who married D. C. Peck, and had one son and one daughter.


Published August 12, 1911



J. S. had daughters, Mrs. Hadley D. Fields, alive in 1855. Huldah F. married F. Pomeroy; had one son and one daughter and lived in Sheffield. Mary, unmarried, alive in 1855.

Published August 19, 1911



This family consisted of three brothers who were of Scotch origin, and for a time before coming to America had been in the north of Ireland.

I. Thomas, a member of the Newington, Conn. church in 1747.

II. John, a merchant of Newington.

III. William, who with his wife, settled first at Meridan, Conn. then to Newington in 1749. (It is said that General Levi Lusk, the Revolutionary soldier and officer, was a son of William, of Meriden).

II. John, of Newington, one of the first three brothers, married, first, Janet (?). She died May 2, 1742, aged 33. Married, second, Jane (?). She died February 5, 1788.


I. William, born September 12, 1744. Married Elizabeth Gibbe or Gibbs, March 30, 1769.

II. Captain James, born April 17, 1746; died September 23, 1831, aged 85. Served in the Revolutionary war. "Ensign Thirteenth company, Fifteenth regiment, October, 1775; captain, of the same in May '79. Captain of militia, Lieutenant Colonel Stanley's regiment, New Haven alarm of 1779; served with his company in Colonel Hutchins New York regiment twelve days at West Point in 1780." (Col. Rec. Conn. and Conn. State Rec.) Married, first, Abigail, daughter of Rev. Joshua Belden, of Newington, October 12, 1770. She died October 11, 1777, of grief because "of her husband's absence in the Revolutionary war." (Stiles). Married, second, Love, daughter of Rev. John Graham, of Suffield, Conn. "She was a very superior and beautiful woman and died at Ballston Spa, August 5, 1804." Married, third, Jerusha, widow of Dr. Robert Pease, of Somers, July 7, 1805. She died February 21, 1815, aged 51. Married, fourth, widow Hannah Pease, May 15, 1816. She died July 2, 18—, aged 60, (Enfield Church Rec.)


1. Abigail Belden, born July 27, 1781; married James Lockwood Reynolds, July 14, 1807.

2. Sylvester, born July 16, 1785; married Sally King, November 21, 1804.

3. Love, born August 13, 1788. Married Orrin Thompson. (See Early Rochester Rec. Additions (Page 44)).

III. John, born February 20, 1748, at Newington died in Pittsford in 1814, aged 66, Married Elizabeth, daughter of Stephen Chester Kellogg, of Weathersfield, Conn., January 27, 1774. Private in Revolutionary war, Amos Rathbun's company, Major Caleb Hyde's detachment of militia. Enlisted July 8, 1777. The company marched to reinforce the Northern army, Bennington and Stillwater. In 1787 he came with his son, Stephen, to Genesee country. "They came by the old Indian trail from Canandaigua, bringing some cows and hogs with them, passed through Pittsford and settled near the head of Irondequoit bay. They built a log hut and lived in the woods three years, seeing no white man except an occasional visit to Ebenezer Allen—in the meantime clearing twelve acres of land and sowing it with wheat. In 1790 he and Stephen returned to Connecticut, he to bring home his family and Stephen to learn the trade of tanner and currier, which they found a very essential one in the new country. Mr. Lusk had purchased of the Indians 1,500 acres around his clearing, but found his title worthless and was obliged to buy again. This time he purchased 1,000 acres at 25 cents an acre, earned mostly by carrying chains for surveying parties." In 1791 he returned to Connecticut and came back by the way of Lake Champlain, the St. Lawrence river and Lake Ontario, to the head of Irondequoit bay, and brought a stock of goods for the use of himself and other settlers. He moved to Pittsford in 1807.


1. Stephen, born April 26, 1775; died March 20, 1860. Married, first, his cousin, Chloe, daughter of Theodore and Eunice ( Lusk) Boardman. (She was born August 27, 1777, at Newington, Conn., and died at Pittsford, October 3, 1799). One daughter, Elizabeth, died in 1807, aged 17. Married, second, Sarah, daughter of William Hincher and widow of Franklin Davis, of Charlotte, in 1801. (She was born August 25, 1777, and died June 1, 1856).

2. Erastus.

3. Norman, of New Canaan, Columbia county, 1806.

4. John.

5. Aaron.

Stephen Lusk settled at Irondequoit bay in 1792, built a primitive tannery and established himself in the business of tanning and shoemaking. In 1807 he, to, removed to Pittsford and purchased the tannery of Benjamin Weeks, which he conducted many years one mile east of the village. He was supervisor, 1810-1826. For three years town clerk and a member of the Presbyterian church in 1825, which year several of his children were baptized.

Issue of Stephen and Sarah.

1. Dennis, born January 29, 1802; died October 10, 1882. Married Olivia, daughter of Jason Hazzard, in 1831. (She died October 23, 1892, aged 78).

2. Henry, twin, born August 11, 1804; removed to LePorte, Ind.; died May 16, 1867. Buried at Pittsford.

3. Harvey, twin, born August 11, 1804; died July 16, 1807.

4. Sarah Ann, born May 3, 1810; married Thomas Wilcox.

5. Heman, born August 18, 1812; died April 22, 1856; lived on the homestead. Married, first, Mehitable, daughter of Donald McKensie. She was born March 1, 1816, and die July 15, 1843. "She only lived six weeks after her marriage." Married, second, Matilda Eckler (born November 2, 1813; died March 11, 1882), Their children: Franklin B., Stephen and Heman, jr.

Published August 19, 1911



Made application for pension June 10, 1834. He stated that he was a resident of Henrietta, Monroe county, and was 74 years of age last October. He was listed in the service of the United States in the summer of 1776 for six months in Captain Amasa Soper's company, Colonel Marshall's regiment from the town of Dartmouth, Bristol county, state of Massachusetts, and served to the end of the enlistment. According to his best recollection he enlisted the fore of June and continued to serve until the same time in December. He was marched from Dartmouth to the city of Boston, thence down the river to Nantasun (?), thence to Castle Williams, where they built fortifications during the summer. He was mustered at Boston and at the end of six months he was discharged at Castle Williams, which was in the month of December, but he had no written discharge according to his knowledge and belief. In reply to the usual interrogatories he stated:

1. He was born October 30, 1759, at Dartmouth, Bristol county, Mass.

2. He has a record of his birth in his Bible and also has an indenture by which he was bound to John Fuchee (this name may be Tucker, the ink has faded and the writing is very indistinct), a Quaker farmer.

3. When called into service he lived in the town and county aforesaid.

4. He entered the service by voluntary enlistment.

5. He has no recollection of any other officers than those named except his two lieutenants, Lieutenant Snow and Lieutenant Tabor. The general service was as he has described.

6. He was discharged but had no written discharge.

7. He was well acquainted with Simeon Wheeler and Warren Hawley of Henrietta, who can testify as to his character.

Both testify before I. Cutler, deputy clerk; and the court declared them respectable citizens of the town of Henrieatta.

James Smith, Roswell Hickins, John Bowman, judges of court; L. Adams, clerk.

A certificate from the office of the secretary of state, commonwealth of Massachusetts, is also on file, which states that the name Jacob Anthony appears as a private and is borne on an "Abstract on the non-commissioned officers and privates in Captain Amasa Soper's company in Colonel Thomas Marshall's regiment in the service of the colony of Massachusetts bay," where he was allowed in 1776 (the month not mentioned), for travel and blanket money, £0-18-4.

Jacob Anthony's name is borne on the pay rolls of Captain Amasa Soper's company in Colonel Thomas Marshall's regiment, where he is allowed from June 11 to December 1, 1776, five months and twenty-four days.

These pension records are copied from the original applications on file in the pension bureau at Washington and never before published.

Published August 19, 1911



Made application for pension October 4, 1832. About the 1st of April, 1779, at the town of White Creek (now Salem), Washington county, New York, he enlisted in a company of New York troops commanded by Captain Levi Stockwell, Lieutenant Thomas Boggs, for a term of nine months. He was marched to Skenesborough, where he was stationed during the whole of the said term. He continued to serve in the said company and at the said place for a term of ten months or more, having served one month more than his term of enlistment. The said Stockwell was commandant of the said garrison, and he performed the duty of adjutant during his term, such as drilling soldiers and mounting guard. His term expired in the winter before the burning of Skenesborough which happened in the month of March, as he believed. In the spring of the year of 1781 (as he believed), at the town of "Pollet," Vermont, he again enlisted in the state troops, commanded by Captain Samuel Starks, Lieutenant Johnson, in Colonel Fletcher's regiment, for nine months. He was marched to Castleton in Vermont, where he was stationed during his whole term, from which place he was frequently engaged in scouting parties through the surrounding country. He continued to serve during the nine months. He received a regular discharge for each term, which were soon after destroyed by fire, and he has no documentary proof at that time.

In reply to the interrogatories he stated:

1. He was born at Sheffield, Mass., in July, 1763.

2. He has no record of his birth, as his family record was destroyed when his discharges were.

3. He resided in Salem, Washington county, New York, at his enlistment; in Arlington, Vt., after the Revolution; thence he removed to Colchester, Vt.; to Hillsdale, New York; then to Troy, N. Y.; to Utica, and then to Rochester, where he then resided.

4. He entered the service by enlistment.

5. His affidavits state the names of his officers.

6. He received a regular a regular discharge from his first company.

7. He refers to Charles R. Burch (Burtch), of Rochester, and to Philander Kelsey, a clergyman, residing in Penfield.

These men both testified to thirty years' acquaintance. James Smith, Joseph Sibley and Samuel Castle, judges.

Published August 26, 1911



I. William Kinge, born in Ugborough, Devonshire, England, 1622. Married October 16, 1642, Agnes Elwill. "Came to America after his wife's death, with two children, and was engaged in the fisheries on the coast, and was drowned off the banks of Newfoundland." (Dr. Alexander King).

II. James, baptized at Devon, England, November 7, 1647; died at Suffield, Conn., May 13, 1722. He was the founder of the Suffield family. Married first, Elizabeth Fuller, at Ipswich, Mass., March 23, 1674. Married second, Hannah Loomis, at Westfield, Mass., February 27, 1716.

III. James, jr., born at Ipswich, Mass. March 14, 1675; died at Suffield, July 15, 1757, Married in Suffield June 22, 1698, Elizabeth Huxley, who died in Suffield, August 20, 1745. He was a prominent citizen and held many positions of trust. Selectman, 1721 to 1731; Tithingman, 1716. He was interested in the iron works at Stony Brook, Suffield, which were in operation as late as 1770. Was also an extensive land owner. (His will, Hartford Probate Records).

IV. Joseph, born in Suffield, Conn., August 13, 1709; died in Suffield June 4, 1772. Married in Suffield July 19, 1737, Eunice, daughter of Jonathan Seymour, born 1717. She died November 13, 1813. He was a farmer. (Will dated June 2, 1772, Hartford, Conn.)

V. Gideon, born March 4, 1747, at Suffield, Conn. Died August 5, 1798, aged 51, of Genesee fever, at what was then known as King's Landing, but later on Hanford's Landing. Buried at King's Landing cemetery. He married first, at Suffield, Conn., Mary Kendall, August 31, 1767. She died August 5, 1791. Married second, Ruth Graham, December 31, 1767. She died at Rochester May 12, 1830, aged 73. (She was born August 23, 1757, daughter of Rev. John Graham, born 1722). He served during the Revolutionary war,—Lexington Alarm from Suffield, Captain Elisha Kent's company. "Gideon King first settled October 20, 1797. Proprietor of 34,000 acres The Genesee fever was mortal to most heads of families in 1798 and prevented further settlements till about 1815." (It should be 3,000 acres.) [web editor note: The tombstone actually says 4,000 acres.] (Grave stone inscription: This monument was erected after the death of Ruth Graham King, and there are some discrepancies in dates and ages from the town and G. S. records, so give both). "In the spring of 1797 Gideon King returned to his new home, built a large house for himself and family on the road leading from the present Lake avenue to the landing, graded the steep roadway down to the bank of the river, began the construction of a dock upon the lower plateau and died the following year. * * * This little hamlet, the dock below and the cluster of families on the bank above was known as King's Landing until 1809." (William F. Peck's History of Monroe Co., p. 69).

Children of Gideon King by first, Mary Kendall.

I. Thomas, born February 13, 1768 (town records), 1771 (Bible Rec.) at Suffield, Conn. Died May 22, 1839. Married Elizabeth Middleton, August 19, 1791. She was born February 5, 1777, and died December 13, 1820. Came to Rochester 1796. "Built a grist mill on the Ridge road, dressed boulders for grinding stones, and ran the mill until the stream was destroyed by the construction of the Erie canal." The family removed to Michigan. In 1819 he deeded his property to his heirs.


1. Betsey, born September 21, 1792; died July 8, 1868. Married Louis Tibbals and removed to Michigan.

2. Hiram, born 1799; died 1866. Married Margaret ——.

3. Gilbert, a mechanic (died 1849, aged 44). Removed to Michigan. Married Ann ——.

4. Simon, married Cynthia Lewis. Taught school in Genesee academy.

5. Thomas, unmarried. An early Rochester school-master.

II. Bildad, born Suffield, Conn., January 28, 1771; died 1775.

III. Simon, born Suffield, Conn, July 6, 1773; died of "Genese fever," 1805. He was collector of Northampton. Married Sally (Sarah), daughter of David Byam. After the death of Simon she married Major Farwell. She died (?). Is buried with Simon at "Belcoda," Wheatland.


1. Simon, jr., married Isabel McCrary, 1819. Removed to Flint, Mich.

2. Thomas.

3. Henry, married first, Betsey Skinner; married second, Cynthia Rose.

4. Mary, born October 22, 1799; died April 22, 1855. Buried at Caledonia. Married Thomas Faulkner, of Wheatland, 1817. All except Mary removed to Flint, Mich.

IV. Bildad (again) born Suffield, October 7, 1775; died October, 1798 (Genesee fever).

V. Mary, born Suffield, December 15, 1782; married Roswell Adams and had Simon, John, Chauncey and Lucien Adams.

Children of Gideon and Ruth (Graham) King.

VI. Bradford, born Suffield, Conn., April 30, 1793; died at Rochester, April 13, 1875. Married first, Betsey, daughter of Thadeus Remington, at Canandaigua, October 31, 1815. She died October 30, 1816, at Rochester (her wedding anniversary). One son, Thadeus, born September 19; died October 7, 1816. Married second, Aurelia, daughter of John Stone, August, 1822. She died in Greece, 1832, Had Robert Graham, born May 11, 1823; died February 7, 1850, who married Christiana Thombs, February 1, 1847. (Christina (Thombs) King was born July 17, 1821, and died September 1, 1902). (She married second, Loren Baldwin, 1851. Married third, Abigail, daughter of Cyrenus Cook, at Brockport, November 25, 1833. She was born at Plainfield, Otsego county, February 28, 1805, and died January 25, 1881, at Rochester.

Children of Bradford and Abigail.

1. Ruth Graham, born September 3, 1834; died November 9, 1834.

2. Moses Bradford, born June 7, 1836, at Nashville, Tenn. Married Rhoda Rosalia Stebbins, at Watertown, December 23, 1861. (She was born December 22, 1833; died January 28, 1907). Residence, Rochester.

3. Nelson Lovejoy, born December 19, 1837; died at Greece, N. Y., September 25, 1859.

4. Bercy Mariah, born at Brockport, November 12, 1839; died February 26, 1866, at greece. "A missionary to the colored children of Beaufort, S. C."

5. George Henry, born November 28, 1841; died September 1, 1842, in Illinois.

6. George Henry (again), born June 29, 1843; died June 15, 1909, in Gates. Married Maria Agnes Hyde, March 15, 1865.

7. Moses, born Suffield, Conn., November 4, 1794; died July 5, 1881. Married first, Bercy, daughter of Ashbel Beach, May 21, 1818, at Bloomfield. She was born March 8, 1799, and died July 16, 1841. One daughter, Bercy Beach born June 25, 1819; died April 24, 1861 (or May 4th). Married Egbert Humphrey, December 6, 1841. Married second, Mary Adeline Hitchcock, April 14, 1842. She was born September 3, 1804, and died March 20, 1865. Married third, Mary Bennett Allen, October 25, 1866.

Published August 26, 1911



A plain granite shaft, erected by the villagers, in the old cemetery at Penfield, bears the following tribute, engraved on a bronze tablet:

"In memory of Daniel Penfield, born at Guilford, Conn., and died at Penfield, N. Y., on the 24th of August, 1840, aged 81 years; and Mary Penfield, his wife (who lies deposited by his side), born at Sheffield, Mass., and died at Penfield, N. Y., on the 18th of August, 1828, aged 65 years. This town was settled under Daniel Penfield as proprietor, and takes its name from that circumstance, and the respect and good will of the early settlers, who embraced that mode of testifying their regard for a family who watched over the improvements of the town with parental solicitude: whose stores and firesides were ever acessible to the calls of charity, and whose sympathies were always attuned to the moans of grief."

Daniel Penfield was the son of Isaac Penfield, of Guilford, and was born in 1759. He married Mary, daughter of General John Fellows, 1811. (She was born September 10, 1762.)


1. Charlotte, who married Judge Samuel F. Gelston, of Black Rock. (He died, aged 73. Had grand-daughters, who married (?) Brace and (?) Vandeventer.)

2. Jane, who married, first, Francis, son of Lieutenant Matthew Brown, of Rochester, and, second, Andrew Young, of Maumee City, Ohio. She had three children—Francis Brown, second, Jane Penfield Brown, and Mary Brown, who married (?) Dwight.

3. Harriet, who married Hon. Ogden Edwards, of New York, and died in New York, leaving a son, Pierpont Edwards.

4. Henry F. (or Harry) married in New York, returned to Penfield; for a time in Buffalo; died in New York. (He had a daughter, Mary, who married Dr. James P. White, of Buffalo.)

5. George, who resides in Poughkeepsie and died in Battle Creek, Mich.

Daniel Penfield was clerk for Oliver Phelps, in the commissary department during the Revolutionary War. He located as a merchant in Hillsdale and his store was destroyed by fire during Shay's Rebellion. He then commenced a commission business in New York city which he carried on for several years. In 1809 he purchased from Samuel P. Lloyd the land that now comprises Penfield and became the proprietor and founder of the town, but did not emigrate with his family until the following year, when he came, built his house and opened a general store, the second in the town. In 1806 he built a large saw-mill, and also a grist-mill; the first in this section, situated in what was then called "Penfield Hollow," and conducted a shipping trade in partnership with his son-in-law Samuel Gelston, of Niagara Falls. They shipped flour to the Canadian ports and Irondequoit Creek was their landing place. The irons and gearings for the mills were brought by teams from Albany. For many years he also conducted a large ashery. In 1812 he erected a distillery on the site of the paper mill in the "Hollow." The first school house and pioneer burying ground was situated on the southwest corner of the village, and in 1809 when the then "new cemetery" was opened; on land given by General John Fellows many of the dead were removed, but about sixty were unclaimed, and remained until 1824 when the Presbyterian church was commenced. At the solicitation of Mrs. Penfield the sixty unknown or unclaimed dead were removed and placed beneath the church. The church was completed and dedicated in 1825. About four months before Mrs. Penfield died her husband presented the lot on which the church had been erected to the church. the deed bears the date April 7, 1828. Mrs. Penfield was an invalid and when the church was being built the doors were made extra wide to admit her wheeled chair in which she was taken to church by a slave who accompanied her to this "new country." The pew she occupied may still be seen, and was especially constructed to accommodate the chair. Mr. Penfield never changed his style of dress, always appearing in knee breaches and wearing a queue. Their home is still standing near the entrance to the village and not far from the "Hollow."

Published September 2, 1911



Deacon Daniel, the progenitor, was born in Braintree, Essex county, England. "After he came to America he lived with the Wadsworths in Hartford, Conn., until 1662, when he became one of the pioneers of Haddam, Conn., then a wilderness." He died April 1, 1715, aged 74. Married, first, Mrs. Hannah, daughter of Gerrard and Hannah Spencer, of Lynn, Mass. Married, second, Mrs. Elizabeth (Wakeman) Arnold, March 30, 1693. Married, third, Hannah (Spencer) Sexton, daughter of Thomas Spencer and widow of George Sexton, November 29, 1698.

His Son.

Captain James Brainerd, born June 2, 1669, in Haddam; died February 10, 1742-43. Married, first, Deborah, daughter of William and Mary (Roe) Dudley, of Saybrook, Conn., April 1, 1696. (She was born November 11, 1670, and died July 22, 1709). Married, second, Sarah Daniels, May 23, 1711. She died June 4, 1770. James was appointed ensign in 1705, lieutenant in 1714 and captain of the Haddam militia in October, 1722, by the assembly. Deputy to the general court in 1711, member of the legislature several years and deacon of the Congregational church.

His Son.

Lieutenant James, 2d, born in Haddam, March 25, 1697; died October 2, 1714, and captain of the Haddam 1776. Married Hannah Risley, December 23, 1717. She died October 2, 1776, aged 78. Was lieutenant of the trainband in 1714. (Col. Rec., Vol. 5, p. 427, Ct.) Represented Haddam in the general assembly in 1735.

His Son.

Dudley, the ancestor of the Rush Brainerds, was born June 5, 1732; died July 5, 1811. Married Mindwell, daughter of Benjamin and Experience Ackley, November 13, 1754. (She died in Rush about 1818), Served in the Revolution. He was a merchant in Haddam and also built a saw-mill. The father of fifteen living children.

Issue All Born in Haddam, Conn.

I. Mindwell, born September 4, 1756; died May 4, 1845; married Daniel Bill, May 1, 1782.

II. Timothy, born August 6, 1758. Served in the Revolution. Removed to Maine. Married Mehitable Metcalf, December 31, 1779.

III. Eli, born and died in 1761.

IV. Anah, born December 25, 1763; died September 10, 1844, Married, first, Jacob Tucker. Married, second, Sylvester Dudley, September 19, 1795.

V. Experience, born October 3, 1765; died in Rush in 1812 or 1817. Married Elder Squire Goff. (See Goff Family).

VI. Eli, born September 11, 1766; died in Rush, March 7, 1817. He was the first to go to Rush about 1796 to 1798. Married Anne, daughter of Joshua and Hope (Smith) Strong, of Haddam, April 10, 1784. (She married, second, Charles Goff and died in Michigan August 7, 1846). Eli settled first in Middle Haddam, Conn., then he removed to Maine, where he owned land in Farmington and taught school in 1793. As his son, Alvah, was born in Rush in 1798 (by records given me by the family), he must have been here at that date. He was a farmer and also built a flour and saw-mill about 1800.


1. Patrick, born in 1785; died in 1786 in Connecticut.

2. Alfred Eli, born February 12, 1787, in Connecticut; died in Michigan, August 15, 1875.

3. Joshua, born October 25, 1788, in Maine. Died in Rush, August 17, 1810, aged 23. (G. S. Rec.) Married Lucinda, daughter of Guernsey Goff. (She married, second, John R. Brainerd, of Rush. He died September 7, 1849, aged 60.

4. Dudley, born April 17, 1789-90; died in 1828 in Rush (leaving four infant children—Eliza Ann, Nelson, Eri and William. Widow Joicy. Peter Price appointed guardian April 24, 1828, Monroe Co. Probate Rec.) His wife was Rejoice, daughter of Daniel Diver, of Rush. Dudley was one of the first commissioners of Rush in 1818. (Judge Peter Price was town clerk in 1818).

5. Asenath, born February 29, 1791-2. Died October 5, 1827. Married, first, Charles Whitney, son of Charles and Deborah Goff (born in 1791; died in 1854). Married, second, Frederick Albertson.

6. Anah, born October 15, 1794; married David Wilcox, October 6, 1817. She had two sons, Willet and Harvey.

7. Alvah, born March 18, 1796, in Rush; died in 1799 in Rush. (Family Records).

8. Deacon Hezekiah Ackley, born October 15, 1800; died in Rush, August 14, 1847. (G. S. Records). Married, first, Laury Matilda, daughter of Jabez and Abigail (Wilcox) Green, of Scipio, December 17, 1820. She died in Sodus, March 6, 1886. He was a farrier in Rush. Deacon of the Baptist church twenty years. In 1837 he gave $160.00 to help build the church, and was chosen moderator in 1844. Had six children.


(a) Orrin Nathan, born September 3, 1821; married Lucy, daughter of Stuart Porter.

(b) Augustus Brockway, born in 1824; married Laura, daughter of Anson and Electa (Goff) Crawford.

(c) Byron Strong, 1826; married Phylinda Lovina Porter.

(d) Homer W., July 21, 1828; died in 1828.

9. Hope, born August 15, 1802; died October 8, 1865 or 7 in Michigan. Married Brainerd, son of Samuel and Eurnice (Brainerd) Rowley. (He was born November 7, 1796); November 12, 1820.

10. Rachel, born August 7, 1804. Married William, son of Obadiah and Elizabeth (Van Houlso) Force, of Rush, July 3, 1823. Removed to Michigan.

VII. Dimmis, born June 25, 1768; died unmarried August 21, 1848.

VIII. Rachel, born January 29, 1770; died in Cleveland, O. Married Amos Brainerd. Removed to Ohio.

IX. Asenath. born August 24, 1772; died in Rush, July 15, 1825. Married Guernsey Goff. (He married, second, her sister, Sophia).

X. Lydia, born July 20, 1773. Married her cousin, Jabin Brainerd. Removed to Ohio.

XI. Eunice, born June 24, 1775-6. Married Samuel Rowley, of Rush.

XII. Sophia, born June 1, 1778; died in Grand Blanc, Mich. Married Guernsey Goff, July 15, 1828.

XIII. Virtue, born June 4, 1780; died in Romeo, Mich. Married, first, (?) Powers. Had son, Lothrop Sullivan Powers. Married, second, Dr. Petre. Had son, Lathrop Petre. Married, third, Job Weed and had:

(a) Jonathan Weed, born October 17, 1813, in Rush, who married Harriet Emory, born January 11, 1821. Jonathan died March 9, 1880, at Pontiac, Mich.

(b) James Wadsworth Weed. He died at Grand Rapids, Mich., and left a son.

(c) Cynthia Weed.

XIV. Cynthia, born May 20, 1782; died February 8, 1850. Married Elijah Alvord, of Middletown, Conn., October 1, 1804, and removed to Rush.

XV. Rev. Dudley, born March 2, 1785; died in Rush, October 27, 1847. A Baptist clergyman. Was in Michigan for a time. Married, first, Fanny, daughter of Elisha and Abigail (Lee) Ayre, of Colchester, Conn., January 30, 1814. Married, second, Esther Smith, of Madison, Conn. She died in Haddam, September 5, 1860, aged 70. One daughter, Annette, born April 1, 1826.

2. Deacon Alfred Eli Brainerd, son of Eli (VI.), married Asenath, daughter of Charles and Deborah (Hill) Goff, in 1807. (She was born February 19, 1787, and died March 20, 1854). He was a cabinetmaker and justice of the peace at Rush and a volunteer in the War of 1812. He removed to Michigan in 1832 and owned land at Grand Blanc.

Issue All Born in Rush.

(a) Alvah, born February 13, 1807; married Sarah, daughter of Daniel and Hannah (Jordan) Green, July 18, 1811. Removed to Michigan.

(b) Alice, married Philo Miner and removed to Michigan.

(c) Minerva, born in 1815; died in 1816.

(d) Eli, born April 6, 1817; removed to Michigan.

(e) Ambrose, born in 1821; died in 1821.

(f) Gurdon Seymour, removed to Michigan.

(g) Ira Aldrich, born in 1826; died in 184-.

Published September 2, 1911



To the the memory of
Hiel Brockway,
who died
Aug. 19, 1842, aged 67 years, 4 mos. and 8 days.
"Founder of the village of Brock-Port Whose name is thus perpetuated.
Distinguished alike for his business talents, his enterprise and his public spirit—
Prompt and honorable in the discharge of all his obligations: In him the public have lost a valuable citizen; the village a benefactor, his wife and his family a friend and protector; whose place cannot be filed, whose loss cannot be estimated."

(The above eulogy is found in the cemetery at Brockport).

In the early settlement of the Genesee country, Clarkson or Murray's Corners, as it was then called, was the most important town west of Rochester. Here was the center of travel on the Ridge road between Canandaigua and Lewiston, and Hiel Brockway settled here soon after the War of 1812. In 1816 he erected the tavern or hotel on the southwest corner in Clarkson, and here William Stoughton first manufactured and sold his at one time famous bitters, and in addition kept a general store. Later in the bar-room of this hostelry, was edited and printed the first and last newspaper ever printed in the town by J. O. Balch. In 1817 or soon after in connection with Eli Blodgett, he constructed what was known as "Blodgett's Mills." When the Erie canal was in projection, and it was decided that at the point where Brockport is now situated, that the canal should cross the highway, making it the principal shipping center, Hiel Brockway purchased the land west of the highway (now Main street) of John Phillips for $13 an acre, and James Seymour, a cousin of Governor Seymour, the land on the east side of of Rufus Hammond for $7 an acre. This land was surveyed into village lots and the streets made the dividing line; the streets not intersecting, as some rivalry existed between the two founders. As Hiel Brockway was the largest owner of land and commanded the most means, and was also a man of great ability and public spirit, by mutual consent the village was given his name. He offered liberal terms to those who would erect buildings, and gave the land for church, cemetery; and later six acres for the erection of the Baptist college. He was a well known canal man and in 1835 owned a line of packet boats between Rochester and Buffalo. This added to the growth of Brockport as well as the boat building business carried on by Mr. Brockway in partnership with Elias B. Holmes, his son-in-law. Eight years after Mr. Brockway's death, owing to the completion of the Rochester and Niagara Falls railroad, the packet boats were discontinued.

Brockway Family.

Wolston Brockway, deposed in 1714, "aged 70 or thereabouts," at Lyme, Conn. A planter and cooper. Brockway's Ferry at Lyme still bears his name. He married Widow Hannah (Briggs) Harris, September 10, 1657. Died 1717.

I. His son, William, born Lyme, Conn., July 25, 1666; died March 29, 1755. Married Elizabeth (?), March 8, 1682. Their son (?).

II. William, born Lyme, December 26, 1693; died December 4, 1774. Buried in Brockway cemetery, at Lyme. Married first. Prudence Pratt, October 3, 1716. She died April 7, 1766. Married second, Mrs. Susanna Tinker, November 10, 1760.

III. Gideon, born Lyme about 1720. "Died of smallpox, 1783." Married Lois Beman. She died November 24, 1792, at Brockway's Ferry.

IV. Gamallel, born Lyme, Conn., October 7, 1746; died August 17, 1809. Married Azubah Peck, November 23, 1747 (sic.). (She was born November 23, 1747; died March 28, 1813).


1. Hiel, born April 16, 1775. Married Phebe Merrill (born Killingworth (now Clinton), Conn., November 3, 1774). Died at Brockport, August 9, 1851.

2. Alice.

3. Harriet.

4. George.

Children of Hiel and Phebe.

I. Augustus F., born March 19, 1797; died August 17, 1835.

II. Charles M., born October 26, 1800; died January 3, 1873. Of Greece. Married May Ann Cromwell. She was born 1811 and died 1889.

III. Elias P., born August 28, 1802; died September 29, 1836. Married Charlotte Richardson, March 9, 1823.

IV. Alice, born March 5, 1804; died September 3, 1836. Married first, Stewart L. Brown, March 9, 1819. Married second, Philo Hyde, March 8, 1829.

V. Edwin, born September 25, 1805; died June 2, 1850. Married first, Louisa C. Agwin, March 18, 1827. (A son, Edwin A., died January 13, 1845, aged 17). Married second, Ann D. Grinnell. She died August 1, 1882, aged 64.

VI. Ira, born April 22, 1807; died November 17, 1830.

VII. Mary Ann, born August 18, 1808. She died November 25, 1835. Married Frederick Wilkie, February 20, 1826.

VIII. Azubah, born March 15, 1810. She died February 11, 1881. Married Dr. Davis Carpenter, October 5, 1825. Member of congress.

IX. Hiel, jr., born August 30, 1811. Died December 13, 1843. Of Auburn.

X. Phebe, born March 14, 1813; died February 20, 1842. Married Ezra H. Graves.

XI. Maria, born November 9, 1814; died (?). Married Elias Bellows Holmes, of Brockport, May 7, 1835. He died July 31, 1866, aged 59.

XII. Nathan Reed, born April 5, 1816; died (?).

XIII. Julia, born January 24, 1818. Married Alonzo Bannister, 1835.

Hiel Brockway's will also mentioned Tryphena Maria Brockway, of Onondaga; Elizabeth, of Brockport; Willard, of Barre; Sarah and Ira, of Upper Canada; Gustavus Brown, of Ohio; Lornhama A. Brown, a grandchild, of Brockport; Maria, George, Ezra, Cornelia and Mary Graves, of Brockport; Burr and Lee Barriste, of Wayne county, and Adel Wilkie, all minors. Cornelia Brockway married Colonel N. P. Pond. She was born 1836.

Published September 2, 1911


(Penfield) William H., a brother of Daniel of Penfield, was born in Guilford, Ct., October 1773. Died October 1st, 1866, aged 93. Married Sarah Bryan, (she died August 31st, 1816, aged 89 years and 10 months). "He gave the site for the stone school house at Allen's Creek." Children: Hiram L., of Lockport, (no issue), William, of Detroit, Mich., (no issue,) Polly, who married Jesse Dutton, George W., of Lockport, Charles R., of Duluth, Wis., and Julia G., who married Peter V. Stoothoff, Ambrose, died in Kansas, left no issue.

Published September 2, 1911


(Stoothoff) Peter Vanderbilt was the grandson of Peter and Laco (Vanderbilt) Stoothoof of New York City. He removed to Jamaica, L. I., learned the printer's trade and came to Rochester to work for Luther Tucker, who established the "Advertiser" in 1826. He boarded with Russell Ensworth at the "Eagle Tavern." as did Mr. Tucker; and in Mr. Tucker's family was Julia G., daughter of Samuel Penfield, who went to live with Mrs. Tucker when she was 14 years of age. On September 27th, 1829, Mr. Stoothoof, married Julia G. Penfield in Penfield, where she was born July 29th, 1808. She died in Rochester October 4th, 1891, where she had had resided for 69 years. Mr. Stoothoff died October 24th, 1868, aged 60, and both are buried in the Brighton cemetery.


1. Saran Ann, died August 3d, 1831, aged 6 months.

2. Cornelia, died August 15th, 1834, aged 2 weeks.

3. Mary Ann, died July 10th, 1835, aged 9 weeks, 3 days, twin.

4. William Penfield, died July 11th, 1835, aged 9 weeks, 4 days, twin.

5. Ambrose Penfield, died August 15th, 1836, aged 12 days.

6. Henry Sleight, died February 15th, 1841, aged 6 months.

7. George Davis, died July 20th, 1847, aged 10 days.

"Who can read the above record without tears? I knew Mrs. Stoothoff living alone in the little house, corner of Alexander and Cobb streets, an old-fashioned gentlewoman who often said "God knew I did not know enough to bring up my children so took them from me."

Published September 2, 1911



1. Robert, of Westerly, R. I., where he was freeman 1661. Was deputy of the General Court 1680-83-85. (A son-in-law of Joseph Crandall,( where he died October 25th, 1692. Married Ruth, daughter of Samuel and Tacey (Cooper) Hubbard, November 2d, 1655. (She was born January 11th, 1640 and died 1691.)


1. Robert, married Dorcas Lewis.

2. A son, died 1683.

3. Hubbard, died 1758. Married Hanah Maxon. She died 1752.

Their children.




4. Thomas, married first, Martha; married second, Penelope Rhoades.

5. Naomi, married Jonathan Rogers and had daughter, Content.

6. Ruth, married 1682 John Phillips.

7. Benjamin, died 1741, married 1st Mary; married 2nd Jane Shelley, a widow.

By Mary, had: 1, Mary; 2, Rachel; 3, Peter; 4, Benjamin; 5, John; 6, David; 7, William; 8, Elisha. Benjamin was a deacon of the 7th Day Baptist church.

8. Samuel, married Mary.

9. Tacy, died 1747. Married Joseph Maxon. (he was born 1672, died 1750), son of John and Mary (Moshier) Maxon.


Joseph, John, Tacy, Mary, Judith, Ruth and Eliza.

10. Deborah, married Joseph Crandall, and died 1735.


1. John Crandall.

2. Joseph.

3. Jonathan, born 1774, from Rhode Island.

Published September 9, 1911



In 1803 James Wadwsorth, an agent for Jeremiah Wadsworth, who was the owner of 5,000 acres of land in what is now Rush. prosecuted a system of exchanging wild lands for farms, "when their occupants would become settlers," and went to Connecticut to induce emigration. Elder Squire Goff was then the pastor of a small Baptist church in Hartford, and Mr. Wadsworth offered such great inducements to Elder Goff that he came west to see the lands, and was so pleased he purchased for himself 130 acres at $4.50 an acre, and then returned east to induce others to come here with him. The following spring he came back and with him five brothers and their families, ten other families and his father. They settled in one locality, known as the "Goff Settlement," and here was founded the First Baptist colony with a house for worship and a settled minister in what is now Monroe county. Elder Goff preached at the different houses until 1806, when Mr. Wadsworth donated four acres of land to the town, called "The Square," and on it was erected a frame building, the lumber for which was obtained at Norton's Mills (now Honeoye Falls), that served as the "meeting and school house" until 1830. Here Elder Goff administered to his socieety until 1816, when he removed to Lewiston. He died in Canada in 1825. He was the father of fourteen children.


First Generations

Robert Goff, from Wales, married Hannah Horton, May 8, 1733. (Rehoboth Records).

Second Generations

Comfort Goff, born in Rehoboth, September 25, 1734. Married Susannah, daughter of Seth and Bethia (Lee) Garnzey, January 20, 1757. (By Elder Richard Rounds, jr.) This same year (1757) he removed to Colchester, Conn., Marlborough society. In 1783 to Winchester, Conn., Winsted society. He owned and occupied a farm on Colebrook road in 1783. He conveyed this farm to Nathaniel Russell in 1784. He died in Rush in 1819, aged 85.

Third Generation.

I. Charles, born in 1758; died in Rush, October 13, 1832.

II. Comfort, jr., born in 1759; lived in Rush in 1804. Married Amelia Pelton, March 10, 1782, in Chatham, Conn. (Can find nothing regarding him or descendants.)

III. Enoch owned property in Winchester, Conn. Sold it to Levi Norton in 1796. Of Rush in 1804. (Find nothing).

IV. Garnsey of Rush, 1804. (Spelled Guernsey on Chatham Records). Born November 13, 1766.

V. Squire (Elder), born ——; died in Canada in 1825.

Vi. Samuel D. (perhaps).

VII. Daughter (?).

Third Generations.

I. Charles, born in 1758; died October 13, 1832, Married, first, Deborah, daughter of Thomas and Deborah Hill, of Colchester. (She was born in 1756 and died January 7, 1818). Married, second, Anna (Strong) Brainerd, daughter of Joshua and Hope Strong and widow of Eli Brainerd, (one of Rush's pioneers). (She was born in Chatham, May 4, 1767, and died in Grand Blanc, Mich., August 7, 1846). Charles Goff made his will October 8, 1832; mentions wife, Anna, and five daughters, all married, three of them living in Michigan, and son.

1. Charles W.

2. Deborah Preston.

3. Hannah Remington.

4. Esther Allen.

5. Betsey Tupper.

6. Asenath Brainerd.

IV. Guernsey, born November 13, 1766, owned property in Winchester, Conn., which he sold in 1794. Married, first, Asenath, daughter of Dudley and Mindwell (Ackley) Brainerd, December 31, 1789. (She died in Rush, July 15, 1825). Married, second, his first wife's sister, Sophia, July 2, 1828. (She was born June 1, 1778; died in Grand Blanc, Mich., 1871). By trade he was a shoemaker, but lost his sight by piercing his eye with an awl, and after that became an expert cooper; was well known in Colchester, Conn, and Ontario county as the "blind cooper." He made his will July 24, 1826. It was probated August 6, 1835—called then of Rush. The petitioner was his son-in-law, Isaac Newton, of Mendon. Will mentions wife, Sophia.


1. Lucinda, born April 9, 1791, in Haddam, Conn. Married John Brainerd. Removed to Ohio.

2. Lyman, born March 3, 1793; married Polly Perrin. Removed to Michigan.

3. Philinda, married Jonathan Burdick. Removed to Michigan. (The citation gives Philinda, wife of Richard Dutcher, of Springwater, Livingston county. She may have married the second time between the making and proving of the will.)

4. Eunice married David or Daniel Lyon. Removed to Indiana.

5. Fanny, born in 1801; died in 1814.

6. Guernsey, jr., born December 13, 1803; married Lucinda Welch or Wells (?). He died in 1888.

7. Lizzie.

8. Asenath, born in Rush; married, first, Isaac Wood; second, Isaac Newton, of Mendon. She died in Michigan in 1882.

9. Cynthia, born in Rush; married Ozias Beebe, of Rush.

10. Sylvester Dudley, born January 15, 1813, in Rush; died in Brooklyn, O., April 1, 1891.

11. Mindwell, born January 9, 1814, in Rush; died in Michigan. Married, first, James Harvey Beebe; married, second, Peter Hemstead.

12. Edmund, born January 6, 1817 (a minor, aged 19, at the time of his father's death; chose Nelson Hall as guardian). Married Lucy Bellows. (She was born May 5, 1826). Removed to Michigan.

V. Rev. Squire (called Elder Goff), born (?); died in 1825. Married, first, Experience Brainerd. (She was born October 3, 1765; died in 1812 or 1817). Married, second, Eunice, his first wife's sister and widow of Samuel Rowley. (She was born January 24, 1775, and died in 1830).


1. Russell, born September 16, 1785; died January 6, 1844 or 49; married Phebe Gorton, September 15, 1806. (She died in 1878, aged 89 years and 3 months). Their children (a) Philo, born August 5, 1808; died January 3, 1885; (had a daughter, Phebe, born July 8, 1832, who married (?) Foote, of Utica, Macomb county, Mich.); (b) Hiram; (c) Lydia; (d) Sally, born January 18, 1818; married George H. Preston, October 3, 1837; had children: Marion Preston, born August 1, 1842, who married Horace J. Whiting; Flora Annette Preston, born January 25, 1850; married Martin C. Keeler; Frederick George Preston, born August 27, 1857; Hannah Betsey, Quincy and Russell Preston.

2. Roswell, born in 1786; died in 1834 in Michigan. He was a farmer. (This was not the Rev. Roswell Goff, who in 1790 was of Chemungtown and who died in 1825. See History of Chemung and Tompkins Counties.) Married, first, Fanny Davis. She died January 4, 1820, aged 37. Married, second, Betsey, daughter of Elias Thompson. Married, third, Eunice Billings.

Issue by First Wife.

(a) Orrin, who married Sally Eddy, of Michigan.

(b) Betsey, who married, first, Leander, and, second, Austin Rowley; went west.

(c) Minnoris went to Michgan.

(d) William.

By Second Wife.

(e) Henry Haight, born in 1821, at Henrietta; died in Spencerport, August 9, 1896. Married Sarah E. Wright, March 17, 1850. Their children are Frank M. and Burton H.

(f) Sanford, who married Catharine Berry, of Spencerport.

By Third Wife.

(g) Adin B., born in 1824. Resides with his wife in Clarkson, aged 87. Married Sybil, daughter of Benjamin and sister of Dr. Benjamin Barlow, of Rochester. No issue.

(h) Fanny, unmarried.

(i) Jerome, removed to Michigan.

(j) Laury Ann, married (?) Paine; to Michiagn.

(k) Almond, removed to California.

(l) Mary Jane, married (?); removed to Michigan.

(m) Roswell, removed to Michigan.

(And there may have been a Joseph).

(I am indebted to Adin B. Goff for the records of Roswell Goff).

3. Clarissa, born April 17, 1787; married Harvey Goff. She died April 8, 1871.

4. Squire, jr., born May 26, 1791; died January 31, 1878, in Mendon. Married Lodema Newton (born in Vermont May 7, 1797; died March 2, 1877). He served in the War of 1812. Was at Fort George under Captain Joel Dunks, General McClure commanding. Received a pension. He had a family of six children—one son and five daughters, three living in 1877.

5. Brainerd, born in Rush; married (?) Coon; died in Laporte, Ind., January 6, 1844.

6. Laura, married Rufus Burdick and removed to Ohio.

7. Dimmis, born in Rush; married William Kelsey.

8. David, born in Rush; died in Laporte, Ind.

9. Almon.

10. Timothy, born in Rush; died in Michigan, April 8, 1871. Married Lucena Thompson. She died in Rush, May 27, 1835, aged 27.

11. Stillman, born in Rush; married his cousin, Sophia Rowley, of Albion. Resided in Barre, Orleans county.

12. Lucretia, married Edward J. Farnum or William Furman.

13. Electa, married Anson Crawford; lived in Canada. She died in Lansing, Mich., but is buried in Prestonville, Canada.

14. Warren.

Published September 9, 1911


The Scotch Settlement of Wheatland.

Donald McKenzie was born in Bal Dru, Scotland, 1784; died in Caledonia, September 13, 1861. He married Hannah, daughter of William Hincher, 1809. (She was born in Brookfield, Mass., September 26, 1786, and died in Caledonia, September 14, 1877.) He was one of the most prominent of the early settlers and may be regarded as the earliest resident pioneer of this locality. He came to America in 1804 and remained a short time in New York as a clerk then removed to Connecticut and and in the fall of 1806, came to Honeoye Falls. For a short period he was employed in a cloth dressing and carding shop on Honeoye creek in Lima, and in the fall of 1807 he erected a log building on the present site of Mumford village, where he became the pioneer in the business of cloth dressing west of the Genesee river. His customers included all the people of a territory now included in ten counties. A carding machine (the second in this region) was added to his business in 1809, the first having been erected by William H. Bush, near Batavia. Later he built a larger building for his business on the same site and also erected a large stone factory in Geneva, to which he added the additional branches of spinning and manufacturing of all kinds of cloth. In 1827 he erected a large grist mill on Allen's creek, and conducted the business twelve years, but which he lost through some business misfortune. He also built a large saw-mill near his home on the Spring creek. He was a ruling elder in the first church organized in Wheatland, and it was also the first Presbyterian church west of the Genesee river in 1806.

Children of Donald and Hannah McKenzie.

1. Janet, born August 10, 1810; died May 23, 1886; married Daniel McNaughton, of Mumford.

2. William W., born May 7, 1812; died November, 1885, in Oakland, Cal.; married Susan McKay.

3. Mary, born February 19, 1814; died April 17, 1895; married Hector McLean, of Rochester.

4. Mehitable, born March 1, 1816; died July 15, 1843; married Heman Lusk, of Pittsford.

5. Daniel Rowe, born January 25, 1818, of Indiana; died August 8, 1891; married Adeline Travis.

6. John J., born October 22, 1820; died July 3, 1877; married Frances Crowner.

7. Simon D., born November 19, 1822; died June 9, 1879; unmarried.

8. Sarah, born December 11, 1824; died 1832.

9. Joseph S., born March 14, 1827; died September 25, 1857, in Kansas; unmarried.

10. Elizabeth, born July 31, 1829; still living at Caledonia, aged 82 years; unmarried (1911).

Published September 9, 1911


Thomas Faulkner was born in Derry, Ireland, April 28, 1793. His parents removed to Scotland, where he remained until he was sixteen when he enlisted in the First Regiment of Royal Scots and went to the West Indies. He was stationed there three years when he was removed with the British army to Quebec, Canada. He was taken prisoner August 15, 1814, at Fort Erie and "blown up with the fort." He was taken to the hospital in Batavia and on his recovery went to Scotch friends in Wheatland. Here he married February 1, 1817, May, daughter of Simon King. She died April 22, 1855. He married again—Phoebe Durand, September 12, 1855. He died April 3, 1883, in Caledonia.


1. Mary Jane, born January 4, 1818; died June 17, 1836.

2. Simon, born November 24, 1819; died 1863; married Adelaide Ensign; October 13, 1841.

3. Thomas, born July 12, 1822; died February 22, 1904; married Nancy Elmira Moore, May 28, 1846. He removed to Wisconsin.

4. John, born March 29, 1825; died July 20, 1826.

5. Seth K., M. D., born June 17, 1827; died December 7, 1896; married Cornelia J. McKay, June 29, 1854. (She was born in Caledonia, the daughter of Colonel Robert McKay, and died in Tacoma, Wash., June 20, 1899, aged 72.

6. Sarah, born June 4, 1831; married Dr. Caisus C. Tyrell, June 28, 1855. Removed to Indiana.

7. Elizabeth, born May 1, 1833; married Colonel Abraham Buritt Lawrence, March 26, 1857, of Warsaw. Colonel Lawrence was commissioned by President Grant to receive the flag at Lee's surrender and has in his possession the table on which the documents were signed at that time.

8. John Gideon, born July 24, 1838; married Ella McPherson, June 3, 1868.

Published September 9, 1911


We, whose names are undersigned, do hereby certify that the persons herein - after named are attached to the militia serving on the Niagara river, have received of Timothy Doty and Joseph Blackmer, the following donations in shoes and socks, viz.: Seven pairs of socks, three pairs of shoes.


William Hull, captain (?)
Joseph Wells, captain (?)
Abner Matteson, captain (?)

Seven pairs of socks, three pair of shoes, as a present from the inhabitants of Caledonia.

Samuel Tenny, captain
John Reynolds, lieutenant
James McNall, captain (?)
Levi Moorse, lieutenant (?)

One pair shoes and socks, James Vanetten (?).

One pair shoes, Joseph Belknap.

One pair shoes, Nathan Wakam (?).

One pair shoes, William Limbacker (?).

One pair shoes, Harmon Randall.

One pair shoes, David Youngs.

Sick and attendants in the hospital, Gardner Wells, surgeon. (Writing very faded and indistinct).

Shoes and socks for Captain Daniel Curtice's company.

Shoes and socks for Captain E. Hull's company.

William C. Guest, Ensign.


Published September 9, 1911


Westmoreland, Dec. 3, 1808

Dear Sir:— * * I had like to forget to mention that I have settled with Morse on your behalf. Mr. Jones wishes to purchase some of your wheat he calculates to carry a load of ironware to the westward and contract with you for some there if it should not be sold before good sleighing. I expect that you or Jirah will be here as soon as it will be threshed if you depend on Wightman and consequently will be enabled to make sale of it yourself or give explicit directions for it. Isaac Jones Esq. is no more (as likewise is John Joslin's, the 2d mother, who died the 25th of Nov.) he died without a will. * * Since finishing my letter things have assumed a new aspect, goods are rising and merchants shutting up their stores, and to enlighten the common people, they are now about to commence prosecution against their creditors. The stern inflexibility of the President and the rigerous adherance to the imbargo makes Federalism almost frantic. A new resort or artifice has become necessary, a disunion of the Union and insurrection are now strongly calculated on. Our assemblymen came home much disappointed after making choice of Presidential Electors. Dean has given up all for lost, he says that he does not even wish for a Federal President. Ira Brown and Aunt Sarah have become Tavern keepers in Co. Stedman Bushnell's house and all there in was burnt day before yesterday.

Zoar Blackmer.

To Joseph Blackmer,


To the Care of P. M.,

Hartford (now Avon) N. Y.

Published September 9, 1911


(Stodart or Stoddard)—

Ralph died in Groton, Conn., December 17, 1853, aged 87. He owned land in the vicinity of Gales's Ferry, the present town of Ledyard. The site he purchased was known as Stoddard's Landing. (There was also a Robert and Thomas in the same vicinity). Ralph married Mary Ames, of Boston, 1696. She died February 3, 1728, aged 64, and was the first person buried in the old cemetery at Gate's Ferry.

Ralph II, born May 31, 1697; died in Groton "as the result of sunstroke," August 24, 1744. He was a farmer. Married Hannah Lester, January 3, 1722. (She married second, (?) Williams).

Ralph III, born July 30, 1723. Was a farmer and resided in Groton, Conn. He was commander of a company in Colonel Beebe's regiment of the Revolution. He enlisted September 8, 1776, and was discharged November 17th of the same year. He married Susanna Elderkin, widow of Isaac Avery, April 3, 1746.


1. Vine, born February 27, 1749. He was ensign in the provisional regiment in Groton in his father's company.

2. Ralph, born February 4, 1751; died February 4, 1831, in Lewis county. He married Charlotte Newton. Was a sergeant in the Revolution in his father's company.

3. Elisha (I have not traced this line).

Published September 9, 1911



Jeffrey, the emigrant ancestor of the Rhode Island Champlins, born 1621; died 1695. Was of Newport and Westerly. He is mentioned in the records as early as 1638, when he and others were admitted inhabitants of the island of Aquidneck. April 28, 1639, he was in court to collect a debt due him. Made freeman September 7, 1740. Removed to Westerly, 1661. Took oath of allegiance to Rhode Island May 17, 1671, and again in 1679. Member of town council, 1680. Moderator of town meetings, 1680 to 1686. Deputy to the General court, 1681-1686. Had three sons.

I. Jeffrey, was of Westerly and Kingstown, R. I. Born 1652; died 1715. Took oath of allegiance September 17, 1679. Was captain of train-band, 1690. Was governor's assistance from 1696 to 1815, inclusive. Had one son, Jeffrey.

II. William, born 1654; died December 1, 1715. His name appears in the list of inhabitants of Westerly, 1679. Freeman, 1681, and that year the town meeting was held at his house. Member of the town council, 1684-85. He with others petitioned Sir Andrew Andros, 1687, for a town charter. Captain of the train-band, 1690. Deputy to the General court 1690-91-98-1700-03-05-07 and 1708. Conservator of the peace, 1695. One of the six appointed to settle boundary line between Connecticut and Rhode Island, 1699. Justice of the peace, 1708. Married Mary, daughter of James and Sarah Babcock, who died 1747.


1. William.

2. Mary, who married John Babcock.

3. Ann, who married Samuel Clarke Champlin (2).

III. Christopher, born 1656; died April 2, 1732, of Westerly. Married first, (?). Married second, Elizabeth Daval or Duval. A member of the town council, 1693. Constable, 1698. Deputy to the General court, 1706-07.


1. Christopher second.

2. Jeffrey.

3. William.

4. Joseph.

5. John.

Published September 16, 1911

envelopeCorrespondence in 1787.

To Mr. Joseph Blackmer
Indian World.

Ever loving Brother and Sister—

I have an opportunity to convay A few lines to you—Sense we air deprived of verble conversation we have no other way to aquaint Eache other of our wellfair only By riting I would inform you that we & the rest of your frinds or relations In this part of the world air well I heard from our Brothers & Sisters At Rieuport A few days gone that they wair well I want to heare from you & in what Situation you Live in I take it their is no quarriling Among you unles ther is more than one Divil for he is very bisy in Massachusetts which renders it very unhapy in that State it is sumthing unhelthy in this town 4 Elderly men belong'n to this town wair buried In a Short time viz. Dr. David Willcocks & Capt. Nathaniel pomeroy, Lt. James Smith & Capt. Benja. Kent. O have no news worth riting so conclude writing

Wishing you wel & desiring you to rite to me Every opportunity—fail not—

Moses Spear

Suffield Feb 27 A. D. 1787

New Marlborough June 20th A. D. 1787

Dear Children—

We are will Hoping this may find you in Good health I have been to Suffield since I wrote you My last Letter and your brother Moses Spear hath been very sick but is getting better the Rest of your friends are well I heard from Ruport when I was at Suffield and your friends in that place are well Your brother Elijah Spear sent word that he should not come to see me this summer by reason of his being choose Constable and serving in that place— Molly Sheldon we expect will soon be married to Jonathan Hastings—your brother Asahel Spear courts Miriam Phillips and we expect will marry her. Mr. Eli War (gone) died while I was at Suffield Give my Compliments to little Jirah and tell him he must come and scee his grandmother Gillet I have Lately heard from Mrs. Mudge and she and her child are well I am glad to hear of your prosperity in your Habitation I have received your letters Dated May 23d and June 7th

These from you Loving Mother

Submit Gillet

New Marlbr. 22d July A. D. 1790.

Dear Children

We rec'd your letter which inform'd us you are well and family which gives us grate satisfaction as we could wish to wright the same to you. But as our Creator is pleas'd we cannot at present—your father is and has Ben for several Day Very unwell But hope nor Dangerus—a very uncommon accident hapned in Suffield viz—in November last Mr, John Rising & Wife & Benjamin Hasting's wife all Died Within a very short time—Please to Remember me to all enquirers if any

While I Remain

your Dutiful


Submit Gillet

Published September 16, 1911


"The settlement of the town of Penfield, then a part of Northfield, was commenced in the year 1801. In the early part of that year Lebbeus Ross settled on a two hundred acre lot, two miles north of the falls of the Irondequoit creek, where he died in the year 1816. His eldest son, William, now owns and occupies the same farm. Mr. Ross left five sons, three of whom are residing in Penfield at the present time, viz., William, Lebbeus and Abijah, all in prosperous circumstances. Justis resides in Pennsylvania and Peleg died near Canandaigua about the year 1819. Calvin Clark, being the first settler under Mr. Penfield in the fore part of 1800, where he died about the year 1813. His sons now in Penfield are Alpheus, Luther and Chester. John Strowger and John Scott in November, 1800, and Daniel Stillwell next. Other settlers in 1801 and the fore part of 1802, Kasiah Barbar, Elisha Fullum, Richard Still, David Camp, John Parr, Tifany Nelleton, Mr. Mabee, Henry Lish, Mr. Fassett, Gorham Dunham, Benjamin Bailey and a few others. About the year 1804 a few families settled at the Falls, near the present village of Penfield, all of whom, it is believed, are deceased. About the year 1803 Daniel Penfield, Esq., purchased Township No. 14, fourth range, comprising the town of Penfield and a portion of the south part of the town of Webster. Mr. Penfield constituted Z. Seymour, Esq., his agent for the sale of the land, and erected a grist mill and saw mill soon after, and in the year 1800 Captain William McKinstry, of Hudson, established the first store in the town. Afterwards Oliver Kingsbury, a son of Andrew Kingsbury, then treasurer of the state on Connecticut, residing at Hartford, and son-in-law of Daniel Penfield, carried on the store a year or two when he died, and Captain McKinstry in connection with Captain J. B. Bryan recommenced business at the same store and continued it until 1818, when McKinstry removed to Hudson, where he died about 1823. Captain Bryan pursued the mercantile business until he died in the year 1843. Mr. Bryan was postmaster from the year 1814 until 1841, when D. E. Lewis was appointed."

"In the year 1810 A. C. Elliott, of Pittsford commenced the building of a forge, which was not completed, and did not go into operation. About the year 1823 Abner Cole, of Palmyra, erected a forge which he carried on two or three years without success, when he abandoned it and it is now in a state of ruin. In the year 1817 Daniel Penfield, Esq. built a flouring mill at the cost of $14,000, which is now the White mill. In the year 1836 James K. Livingston erected a three story stone mill for flouring at a cost of $30,000. It is owned by some Eastern bank and is all going to ruin. It is situated on one of the best sites in the state; water power perpetual, and would make an excellent site for a factory of any kind and could be bought for a trifling sum. The walls seem to be good yet, but the inside is completely demolished; likewise the dam. Daniel Penfield, Esq., died at Penfield, aged 81, in 1842, leaving two sons, Henry F., a lawyer, now in Buffalo, and George W., who followed the mercantile business many years in Penfield and who now resides in Poughkeepsie."

"Henry Ward, one of the clerks in the old Irondequoit store in 1801 and 1802. left the county in 1803 and returned in the month of December, 1812, and in March, 1813, went into Daniel Penfield's land office, where he continued nine years. He has kept the post-office as postmaster or agent about twenty-five years."

"The early physicians were Dr. Van Dake, who commenced the practice in 1804 and died in 1810; Dr. Rich commenced in 1808 and died in 1814; Dr. Arms commenced in 1810 and removed to Michigan in 1833, where he died 1837; Dr. Oliver Reynolds from 1815 to 1818, when he removed to the new part of the town, now Webster, where he still resides; Dr. Daniel Durfee from 1818 to the time of his death, December 17, 1851, at the advanced age of 70 years."

"The first church edifice was erected by the Baptist denomination in 1823; the first Presbyterian society in 1825; last by the Methodist denomination in the year 1843."

Henry Ward, the writer of the above, was one of the firm of Rich & Ward, of Penfield, a company that existed about three years from 1824 to 1827, and a book of accounts kept by Mr. Ward until he left the town in 1857 and many other old books and papers were left behind—among them the above sketch of Penfield; also the account book which was sold to C. W. Owen in 1863 for 5 cents.

Henry Ward was born January 20, 1782, son of William and Anna (daughter of Rev. Solomon Palmer) Ward, of Litchfield, Conn. Married Diantha Kilbourne, December 14, 1806. (She was born February 15, 1790, and died January 8, 1866.) Came to Penfield, as the above sketch states, in 1800. He was town clerk and secretary of the Penfield Union lodge, and belonged to the old Jackson school of democrats. A warden at the first organization of the Episcopal church in Penfield. When he removed in 1857 he came to Rochester, where he was a member of St. Luke's church. He died at the home of his son-in-law, Paul Richardson, in Victor, January 20, 1882.

Issue—All Born in Penfield.

1. Edwin Palmer, born March 27, 1809; died May 17, 1887. Married Minerva Millard, June 12, 1841. Had a son, Edwin Millard, born November 12, 1842, who was in the hardware business in Fairport for thirty-five years.

2. Calista Ann, born April 13, 1811. Married, first, J. Whitney Carey, of Auburn, March 24, 1835. Married, second, Paul Richardson, of Victor.

3. Diantha Jane, born January 1, 1816; died December 24, 1873. Married John C. Hayes, November 6, 1843.

4. Henry, born December 6, 1820; died in Auburn, October 10, 1887. Married Mary Jane Grandin, December 31, 1847.

(Other children who died in infancy).

Published September 16, 1911


Thomas Adams.

Thomas Adams made application for pension October 5, 1832, living in Riga, aged 71 years. In the spring of 1775 he resided in the town of Lexington, Middlesex county, Massachusetts, at the time of the alarm and the requisition for the militia to assist in driving the British out of Boston.

The applicant volunteered in the company commanded by Captain Daniel Herrington. (He did not recollect the names of the lieutenant, ensign and other officers). The company marched to Roxbury, where he was engaged in guarding the fort, while others were engaged in making fortifications at Dorchester Point. He remained here three weeks, the British having evacuated Boston without an engagement.

In May or June, 1776, he enlisted at Lexington into the United States service as a private for six months, in the company commanded by Captain Minor of the town of Lincoln, and served in the regiment of the Militia Line, as he thinks. The company marched to Dorchester Point, about fourteen (14) miles from Lexington. Here he was engaged in what was called fatigue parties in repairing what was then called Castle Williams upon Castle Island, about two miles from Dorchester Point. This castle was blown up by the British within two or three days after the evacuation of Boston. Nothing of importance or of historical nature occurred during the said six months. He was dismissed some time in the fall by the captain of his company at Dorchester. He had no written discharge. The company, all six months men, were paraded and the captain told them they were dismissed. He returned to Lexington. In the fall of 1777, he volunteered at Lexington to go upon the expedition against General Burgoyne, who was descending upon the north river from Canada with an army. The company was composed of volunteers and commanded by Captain Farrar, of Lincoln; Colonel Brooks commanded the regiment. Lieutenant Colonel William Monroe and Adjutant Wood were all of the officers he recollected. The company marched to old Concord and joined the regiment there. The next day they began their march to intercept Burgoyne upon his descent on the North river, passing through the towns of Pepperill and Hoosack in the state of Massachusetts, Bennington, Vermont, and Cambridge, as he thinks, in New York, to a place called Battenkill opposite to Saratoga on the east side of the North river. The country through which they passed being very new. They were about fifteen days on the march before they arrived at Battenkill. Here they joined the American troops on the east side of the river, who with the troops on the west side, formed a circle around General Burgoyne's army, camped at Saratoga Heights, within about gunshot of troops on the west side of the river. The American and British armies continued thus until about seven days after arrival of applicant's regiment, and the seventeenth of October, when the enemy, led by the general, marched down to the river, grounded arms and surrendered themselves as prisoners of war. They were marched by the regular troops on the west side of the river to Stillwater, where they were crossed to the east side. Here the applicant's regiment took about one-half of the prisoners and guarded them to Prospect Hill, near Boston and Charlestown, Mass. they marched back over the same route they came from Lexington, but by way of Greenbush, New York, thence to Pittsfield, Mass., thence to Worchester, and then to Prospect Hill; time, thirty-seven days. the American generals in command at Battenkill and Saratoga were Gates and (?). Gates succeeded Arnold.

He continued to act as guard for about three months and was discharged about the last of March, 1778. His regiment was stationed at Cambridge, Fort 2, about one mile from Prospect Hill. He was discharged at Cambridge by his captain, "by word of mouth."

In the forepart of July, 1778, he volunteered at Lexington as a private in the militia to serve six months. He was enrolled at Swanzey, Rhode Island, in the company commanded by Captain Smith, Lieutenant Hartwell, under Colonel Jacobs. He was taken sick and confined about a fortnight and his company marched to Swanzey without him, where he joined it soon after. The next day they crossed the river (which he believes was the Taunton), by Swanzey Ferry, to the island at Newport, to join the American troops at the fort at Omaker Hill on the island, and march against the British, who were encamped at a fort, called either Madomine, or Matomine, near Newport harbor. They marched within a mile of the British when the enemy was re-enforced by troops which landed about the night before the American troops crossed over. Here were about twenty thousand Americans, mostly militia commanded by Generals Sullivan and Cornell. They remained encamped but a day or two before it was rumored that Colonel Green had been sent as a spy to the British camp and learned their strength and movements. On his return troops were called out just before the beat of the Tatoo, and fifteen hundred men selected out of several companies a covering guard to the Picket Guard which was selected in the morning to cover them in guarding the main army in its retreat to Butts Hill, about eight miles from the encampment. Seven men, including the applicant, were selected out of his company (a lieutenant and six privates). After the Picket Guard was attacked by the enemy and a retreating fire was commenced by the Picket and Covering Guards and continued with considerable effect upon the enemy until they had retreated near to Butts Hill, when the signal was given to retreat to a Redoubt near by the Retreating guard, where was concealed a number of American troops. Here with this force they engaged the enemy and compelled to give back, the enemy retreated as soon as it was dark, as well as the Picket and Covering Guards and other troops at the Redoubt to the main army at Butts Hill. The next night the main army commenced to retreat by way of Howland's Ferry to the mainland to a fort commanded by General Cornell.

Two only out of the seven (of whom the applicant was one), reached the main army, the others were killed. They remained at the fort to which they retreated the remainder of the six months when the company was discharged in December by Colonel Jacobs. He received no written discharge. He returned to Lexington. In July, 1779, he enlisted for nine months in a company commanded by Captain Nathan Deck and Lieutenant Welch, of the Ninth Regiment of Regular troops or Continental Line, commanded by Colonel Nelson, of Brooklyn, near Boston. they marched through Worcester, Springfield, Litchfield, thence to West Point, New York, here he was stationed and employed in repairing and guarding the fort during his whole term of enlistment. He was discharged by his captain, but received no written discharge. He had no documentary evidence of his service and he knows of no one who can testify as to his service. In the forepart of the summer of 1819, he applied for pension under the act of 1818, while residing in Riga, then in Genesee county, but now in Monroe county. His pension number was 11,279. On the third of June, 1819, he was struck off the pension roll on account of owning property. He was born in Woburn, Middlesex county, Mass. He has no record of his birth and cannot remember the year, but he has kept his age in mind and will be 72 years of age next November. He believes there is a record of his age in town. His first service was as a volunteer; second as an enlistment; third and fourth as volunteer; fifth as an enlistment, all while living at Lexington.

Since the Revolution he has lived at Lexington, Mass.; Goshen, Berkshire county; and Riga, Monroe county, N. Y.

In addition to the officers already named he remembers that Colonel Jackson of Boston and Captain Varnum were in command at West Point. He states that Elihu Church, Ebenezer Clark, Billings Richmond, Enos Morse, Ichabod Sprague, Samuel Baldwin, Oliver Ide, Nehemiah Frost and others can testify as to his character.

Sworn to before I. Cutler, clerk.

Worthington Wright, clergyman, and Julius Nettleton, testify.

James Smith,
Peter Price,
Samuel Castle,
L. Adams, Clerk

His declaration for Pension in 1818, and also for reinstatement, March 1, 1823, was made before Ralph Parker, Judge; S. Cummings, Clerk.

About the time of March 18, 1818, he was owner of about eighty acres of land, new and lying in the county. On the twenty-third of May, 1823, sold same to sons, Thomas Jr., and Aretas, at about fifteen dollars per acre, on condition that they assist in his support. He was a farmer but unable to work for six or seven years past, and sons have supported him and paid for his sickness. He and his wife live with their sons. Thomas is twenty-five years of age and Aretas twenty-five.

Among the papers on file is the deed given by Thomas Adams and wife Mary to Thomas Adams, Jr., and Aretas Adams, dated May 24, 1823, for land in West Pultney, Town of Riga, east end of lot No. 57, 110 acres excepting 30 acres already deeded to Asa Adams and about 8 acres deeded to Oliver Bristol.

Published September 23, 1911


(Sheffer), so spelled in early probate and family records. (See page 43). Will of Peter, Sen. (Ontario Co. Records), of Northampton, March 20, 1799, appeared before Dudley Saltonstall, Esq., yeoman. My son, Peter, sole executor of 472 acres of land, township, No. 1, west of the Genesee river. Children of my daughter, Easter Kunkel, 200 lbs. of lawful money, also to daughters, Barbara Kunkel and Magdaleana Le Fever.

The following memorandum written by Peter Sheffer, Sen.:

1, Barbara, who married (?) Cunkle. She was born August 6, 1752.

2. John, born December 28, 1754.

3. Sarah, born November 28, 1756.

4. Madlena, born October 15, 1758.

5. Easter, who married (?) Cunkle, born January 9, 1760.

6. Peter, born March 24, 1762, who married Elizabeth Schoonhover.

7. Jacob, born August 15, 1765, died 1795.

The following records were taken from a beautiful old book, made by Peter Sheffer, the first, from leather he tanned himself, and it is held together with an iron hasp, fastened with nails all made by his own hands and used as an account book in the early part and latterly as a record book. The entries are made in German. The book is owned by second Peter's great-grand-daughters, Misses Lucia and Nancy G. Allen, of Scottsville.

1, Barbara Cunkle, born August 6, 1752.

2. John, born December 28, 1753.

3. Sarah, born November 28, 1756.

4. Madlena Le Fever, born October 15, 1758.

5. Esther Cunkle, born January 9, 1760.

6. Peter, jr., born March 24, 1762.

7. Jacob, born August 15, 1765, died 1795.

The records below taken from Misses Allen's records.

Peter Sheffer 2nd Peter, second, born March 24, 1762; died September 21, 1851; married Elizabeth Schoonover, 1790 (she was born July 8, 1772; died August 21, 1835). As the family were ill with "Genesee Fever," Peter could not leave them for any length of time, so he and his bride to be rode halfway on horseback to meet each other and returned to his home together. The marriage was legalized by Judge Chapin, of Canandaigua, the first white marriage west of the Genesee.

Their Children.

1. Nancy, born January 20, 1793; died February 22, 1867; married Philip Garbutt.

2. Jacob, born April 11, 1795; died December 6, 1824; unmarried.

3. Peter, third, born July 16, 1797; died April 14, 1878; married Amanda Bigford. Mrs. David Gray, of Shortsville, a daughter.

4. Elizabeth, born December 20, 1800; died July 22, 1822; married John Sample. Had one daughter, Marjorie, who has daughter, Fanny Dow.

5. Levi, born April 16, 1802; died December 24, 1882; married Arvilla Austin. Had sons, Peter, who died in Andersonville prison; Newell and George.

6. Daniel, born August 9, 1805; died October 22, 1861; unmarried.

7. George, born October 30, 1807; died April 6, 1882; married Almira McNall. One daughter, Mrs. Maria Caswell.

8. Hester, born June 17, 1809; died August 27, 1890; married Caleb Allen, October 10, 1839. Two daughters, Lucia and Nancy Garbutt Allen.

9. Lorence, born December 16, 1811; died October 6, 1890; married Nancy Hess. A son, Stanley.

10. Mariah, born June 8, 1813; died July 1, 1890; "Aunt Mariah," unmarried.

11. Roswell, born July 2, 1817; died April 17, 1874; married (?). Has son, Ceylon, who was in the Civil war. Resides at Shortsville. John in Rochester, Allen in Texas, Mrs. Flora Harmon and Mrs. Etta Dykeman of Clifton Springs.

Published September 23, 1911



Reuben Cobb walked with his wife from New Hampshire to Webster in 1817. His wife was Patty (Martha), daughter of Andrew Robb. Reuben was born April 9, 1795, and died in Webster, April 17, 1881. His wife was born September 11, 1794, and died March 28, 1853.


1. Lucy A., born October 19, 1822; died December 4, 1849; unmarried.

2. Jane Ann, born January 8, 1827; died December 18, 1854. Married, Chauncy Thompson, (his first wife).

3. Calvin K., born November 17, 1830 (still living in Webster); married Sarah Richardson, November 15, 1859.

4. Elizabeth (Betsey), born March 2, 1833. Married, Chauncy Thompson (his second wife).

5. Martha B., born January 22, 1836; died January 1, 1910. Martha, Philander Barrett.

Published September 23, 1911



Jonathan Russell, born in Maine, 1784. Married, Dolly Moody; born in Maine, moved to Stow, Vt., thence to Henrietta, N. Y. He was a prominent Quaker and donated the land on which the first meeting house was built. Jonathan died June, 1860, aged 76 years.


1. Clement, married Sabra Harvey. Children: Miles, Marietta, John, William, Wales, Sabra and Clement.

2. Joseph, married Arabella Gorton. Children: Hannah and Henry.

3. Affia, married Joseph Williams.

4. John Moody, first white child born in Henrietta; married Caroline Carrington.

5. Hial.

6. Royal, married Esther ——.

7. Maria, died young.

8. Marietta, married Leonard Fenner.

Published September 23, 1911



Thomas, of Newington in 1747, Wife. Had the following children:

I. John, married Mary, daughter of Ebenezer and Mary (Whittlesey) Smith, sr., August, 1763. They lived north of "Dublin Hill." He died June 8, 1797, age 67. She died December 30, 1819, aged 93. He owned land in Farmington.


1. Mary, born February 22, 1768; married Samuel Stedman.

2. Eliphalet, a brick mason, went West.

3. Rachel, married Bela Judd and died in Albany in 1848.

II. Andrew, married Mary Smith, July 1, 1763. Andrew was a drummer in Captain Patterson's company in 1762.


1. Selah, born March 25, 1764. Private in Revolution. On roll dated Pittsford. Enlisted October 12, 1781, at Saratoga and Stillwater.

2. Bela, born March 23, 1766.

III. Thomas, second, married Elizabeth Goodrich, daughter of Zebulon and Ann (Francis) Goodrich, November 23, 1758. She was born June 4, 1739. He removed to West Stockbridge, Mass., March 6, 1789. She sold her interest in her father's estate. Made her mark, X. Called a weaver. He also signed the deed and is called a carpenter. Son, Elijur, a witness. Church of W. S., 1784. "Later this family removed to Ontario or Monroe county. (Andrews G. B.)"


1. Elizabeth, baptized October 7, 1759.

2. Sylvia, baptized December 6, 1761.

3. Asahel, baptized June, 1764. Will recorded Ontario county, 1800.

4. Elijur.

5. Amos.

IV. David, married Prudence Hurlbert, May 27, 1753. David, of church at Newington, 1755. He died July 6, 1793. She was born November 26, 1730.


1. Seth, baptized September 6, 1755, at Newington; married September 6, 1781, Anna, daughter of Nathan and Ann (Hollister) Booth, born in 1754. Seth, died September 19, 1823, aged 68. She died January 28, 1822, aged 68.


1. Nancy, baptized in 1783.

2. Adna, unmarried.

3. Seth, born April 6, 1786; married, July 6, 1806, Roxy Recor or Secor. He died in New York state January 3, 1857. She removed to Illinois.

2. David, born in 1760; died July 6, 1793; married Betsey, daughter of Major Peter Curtiss, (Revolution) of Farmington. David died July 6, 1793, and she married, second, Isaac Lee, October 29, 1812.

3. Solomon, married November 25, 1784, Electa, daughter of Stephen DeWolf and Mary (Whaples) at Farmington. He was frozen to death February 8, 1788. Children: (Twins), Sophrone, November 20, 1785; married, John Francis, February 12, 1804; Salome, November 20, 1785; married, James Judd, son of John. jr. The widow taught school three seasons and then married Isaac, son of Asahel and Abigail (Gilbert) Goodrich, August 29, 1793. (Isaac Goodrich was born February 2, 1765, in Kensington, Conn. Was a blacksmith and also a Baptist minister. He married, first, March 14, 1790, Polly Wright. She died March 24, 1793, aged 26. He married, second, widow Electa Lusk, went to Avon, and then Nelson, N. Y., and died at Georgetown, Madison county, April 19, 1847.)

4. Rhoda, married John Whaples, of Newington.

Published September 23, 1911


Joel Baldwin.

October 1, 1832, appeared before Peter Price, James Smith and Samuel Castle, Judges of the Court of Common Pleas, and made application for pension. At the date of this application he resided in the town of Riga and was 73 years of age. He declared that on or about August 1, 1776, he was drafted when he was a resident of the town of Guilford, county of New Haven, state of Connecticut from the militia of said town to serve in the army of the United States. He was attached to a regiment commanded by Major Sylvanus Graves, who succeeded to its command by reason of the colonel and lieutenant colonel, whose names he could not recollect, being to the north. The name of the place he could not state nor could he recollect the names of any other of the field officers or the number of the regiment to which he belonged.

The officers of his company were Captain Augustus Collins, Lieutenant William Rosseter and Ensign Daniel Chittenden. Immediately after he was drafted, he with the regiment, by orders, marched to the city of New York passing through the towns of Milford, and Stratford in the county of Fairfield, Horseneck, Merrimack (Mamaroneck), Westchester, Kingsbridge and Harlem, and arrived there in the latter part of August.

On their arrival they learned that the British had landed on Long Island. He retreated with the troops back to Harlem, where they had a battle in which he was engaged. Then the regiment retreated to Fort Washington, about fifteen miles from New York, thence to Fort Independence on Valentine's Hill, thence to White Plains, where he was engaged in battle. None were killed until the troops were ordered to retreat, when he retreated with the troops to a place called Cromb Pond, remained here until he was discharged the latter part of the month of December.

According to his recollection and belief he received a written discharge from General George Washington, but had not had it for a number of years past. Previous to any act of congress granting pensions to Revolutionary soldiers, he gave his discharge to his children, supposing it would be of no use to him, and it had been destroyed or lost. He served as nearly as he could recollect and as he believed, four months. That in the month of April (he could nor state the day of said month, 1777, still making his home in Guilford, he enlisted in the army of the United States as a private for eight months, and served in a regiment in the Connecticut Line under the following field officers: Colonel Return J. Meigs, Lieutenant Colonel Demmery, Major Gray and Adjutant Augustus Barker. The brigade was commanded by Samuel H. Parsons, The company officers were Captain Elijah Humphrey, Lieutenant John Bale and Enos Hodgkess. After enlistment he was marched to Peekskill to join his regiment. He remained there until August, in battle of Sopus on Hudson river and Fort Montgomery, New York. He was discharged the first of January, 1778, at White Plains, by his colonel, but he had no written discharge.

In the fall of 1778 (did not remember the month), being still in Guilford, he volunteered in an expedition against the common enemy, then in the city of New York. He could not recollect the number of the regiment nor any of the officers. The orders were from General Putnam. The officers of the company were Captain Neal, Lieutenant Landon, Ensign Hodgkess. They soon marched for the city of New York through New Haven, Milford, Stratford, Fairfield, Norwalk, Horseneck, Marreneck (Mamaroneck), where they were met by the enemy. They retreated in the night in a snowstorm to Horseneck and there remained until discharged sometime before New Year's. He served about two months. Sometime in the forepart of September, 1779, he was drafted from the militia at Guilford, raised for the purpose of guarding upon the seashore at the town of Guilford against the Tories and British on Long Island to prevent them from plundering the inhabitants on the mainland, and from taking off the cattle and property. He was enrolled in the company of draftee militia, commanded by Captain Augustus Collins, Lieutenant Landon and Ensign Andrew Jackson. The company was soon stationed upon the seashore in the town of Guilford and continued there about two months. During this time about two hundred British and Tories effected a landing on Leete's Island in the town of Guilford, near to and adjoining the shore. Upon this island there were usually posted or kept a sentry belonging to the applicant's company. The enemy effected a landing early in the morning, and the company being less in numbers than the enemy, the militia were called for. They attacked the enemy and drove them from the island, but not without loss of lives to the American troops. After burning buildings, the enemy took from the island a considerable property, consisting of horses, cattle and household furniture. This was the only company there and was not attached to any enlistment. At the expiration of the term of enlistment, this company was relieved by another, raised in the same manner. They were discharged about the 1st of October at Guilford.

Some time in the fall of 1781, he believed it was the forepart of October, he was again drafted at the town of Bradford, New Haven county, for a term of two months, to assist in guarding the seashore in the town of Bradford against the enemy and Tories. He was attached to a company commanded by Captain Enoch Staples. There was no other commissioned officer in the company. The company consisted of fifty men, was the only company stationed in the said town and was attached in the said town and was attached to no regiment. For two months they guarded the shore in the town. During this time they took six Tories who came from Long Island in a boat under the pretence of friendly motives. At another time they put out in boats in chase of the enemy, attempting to land, but they escaped. At the end of the term of enlistment, they were relieved by another company as before, and were discharged at Bradford. He received no written discharge. He knew of no person who could testify to his service and he had no documentary evidence except the affidavit of Lemuel Potter, now deceased, which affidavit had been filed with the application for pension in 1818, under the act of March 18, 1818. These papers were returned.

To the required interrogatories he stated:

1. That he was born in the town of Bradford, New Haven county, Conn, July 16, 1759.

2. The record of his birth was in the family Bible and in the town records.

3. He was living in Guilford, New Haven county, Conn., at the respective times he enlisted as stated, except the last, when he had lived in Bradford. Since the Revolution he has lived in Bradford, New Haven county, Conn., Whitestown, Oneida county, New York, and in Chili, Monroe county, N. Y.

4. Under his first term he was called out by General Washington with others of "generall" militia in defense of the city of New York. His second term was under enlistment; the other two periods were as draftsmen, in all his service was not less than eighteen months.

5. Beside the other officers named he can mention Captains Fuller and Munger, and Adjutant Helyards, who were officers in the militia regiment at the time of his first service in defense of New York. The names of Generals Putnam and Lee, officers of the Continental Line and in command of the militia at New York. The names of Generals Pearsons, Putnam, Green, Major Humphrey, Colonel Samuel Webb, Colonel Charles Webbb, regimental officers with troops, where he served his eight months' term

6. He received a written discharge for his eight months' term only from Colonel Return J. Meigs, signed by George Washington, but had lost the same.

7. He referred to the following persons, to whom he was known, who could testify to his character for veracity and belief of his services as a soldier of the Revolution: Joseph Sibley, Isaac Hemingway, Alfred Scovil, Daniel W. Potter, Paul Fuller. Application was made before Judges Peter Price, Samuel Castle and James Smith.

Sworn before L. Adams, clerk: James Hemingway, a clergyman, residing in Chili and Riga, and Daniel W. Potter made affidavits as to character, sworn before I. Cutler, deputy clerk.

With this application are filed applicant's statement and affidavit made in 1818 before Ralph Parker, judge county of Genesee; Simeon Cummins, clerk, county of Genesee; by Samuel Lake, deputy clerk of Genesee. Also affidavit of Lemuel Potter that he knew Joel Baldwin was a Revolutionary soldier.

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