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 January 6, 1912



William H., a brother of Daniel, of Penfield, was born in Guilford, Conn., October 21, 1773; died October 1, 1866. Married Sarah Bryan, January 27, 1799. (She was born October 14, 1776, and die Augusry 31, 1816).


1. Sarah R., born September 30, 1799; died October 8, 1818.

2. William Riley, born August 21, 1801; died April 18, 1856.

3. Polly S., born May 21, 1802; died October 9, 1881; married Jesse Dutton.

4. Leicester P., born September 28, 1805; died September 23, 1857.

5. Julia G., born July 29, 1808; died in October, 1891; married Peter V. Stoothoff.

6. Ambrose Bryan, born September 1, 1811; died about 1889 in Kansas; no issue.

7. Hiram L., born May 22, 1817; died at Lockport, July 13, 1903; no issue.

8. William, born November 21, 1818; died at Detroit, Mich., about 1896; no issue.


Published January 6, 1912


Jesse Dutton, born in 1796; died July 15, 1866; married Polly D. Penfield about 1823.


1. Delos H., born April 1, 1829; died June 8, 1901.

2. Franklin died in infancy.

3. Lydia Ann died in infancy.

4. Lionel Udel, born October 9, 1836; resides in Rochester; no issue.

I. Delos H. married Ellen Mooney, March 20, 1860 at Collinsville, Ill.


1. Jessie H., born January 20, 1861, of Rochester.

2. Jennie and Luella, twins, born in Penfield, May 24, 1863; Jennie married Nicholas Hall, February 15, 1899, and died February 18, 1911.

3. Franklin L., born in Wayne county November 12, 1866, of Rochester. A contractor and builder.

4. Charles Penfield, born Oct. 17, 1868, at Brunswick, Mo., of Rochester.

5. Percy Bruce, born August 4, 1874, in Missouri, of Rochester.

6. Carrie, born February 8, 1877, at Rochester; died in infancy.

(Family Rec. J. H. D.)

Published January 13 and 20, 1912


John Harmon, the progenitor, born in England, 1617, died in Springfield, Mass., May 7, 1661. Proprietor and taxed 1644. A town officer. With Colonel Pynchon one of the original settlers of Springfield. Wife, Elizabeth, died May 16, 1699, aged 91. (American Ancestry, Vol. XII.) They had eight children, the seventh.

I Nathaniel, born 1654, became one of the founders of Suffield, where he died, May 2, 1712. He married Mary Skinner, November 19, 1685. (She was born Windsor, Conn., September 22, 1667, and died Suffield, May 17, 1720. She married second, John Hanchett, 1713), They had ten children.

II. Nathaniel second, born January 15, 1686-7 and died October 16, 1763. He was the ancestor of Governor Harmon, of Ohio. Married Esther Austin, August 24, 1710. (She was born January 11, 1686, and died May 20, 1761). They had nine children.

III. Deacon Nathaniel third, born Suffield, July 31, 1713, died in Bennington, Vt., November, 1792. He was one of the early settlers of New Marlborogh, Mass., where he was elected deacon of the First church, 1749. Removed to Bennington, Vt., where with others of his family, he was one of the first settlers. "There were seventeen Harmons enrolled as members of the first house of worship erected in the state of Vermont in 1768, during the first century of its existence. Deacon Harmon rendered effective service in caring for the dead at the Battle of Bennington." Married Elizabeth Bridgeman in Sunderland, Mass., December 6, 1737. (She was born Hatfield, Mass., November 7, 1714; died Bennington October 9, 1798). Eleven children, the eldest.

IV. Anan, born October 3, 1738, died New Marlborough May 14, 1802. Served as a private in the Revolutionary May 14, 1802. Served as a private in the Revolutionary war from Berkshire county, Marched to Quebec under Benedict Arnold. Married Sarah Rawson, 1762. (She was born September 25, 1745, died in Wheatland August 22, 1825).

"Religion was her chief delight
While pilgrim on this earthly ball
And now in realms of blissful light
Her Saviour's love is all in all."

(Inscription at Belcoda cemetery).


1. Samuel.

2. Deacon Rawson, born 1764. The pioneer of the Genesee country.

3. Persis.

4. Anan, jr.

5. Sarah, died October 30, 1817, aged 38.

6. Cynthia, married Harper. Was in Wheatland.

7. Samuel (again).

8. Nathaniel. Removed to Conneaut, Ohio.

Deacon Rawson and Mrs. HarmonDeacon Rawson, the second child of Anan, and the first of this family to settle in Wheatland, was born New Marlborogh, Mass., February 15, 1764, died Wheatland June 14, 1850. He was a resident of Madison county previous to 1797. Removed first to Clarence, Erie county, and settled March 22, 1811, in Caledonia, now Wheatland, where he became one of the leading and prosperous farmers of Monroe county. "He lived and died honored and respected by all. Sixty near relatives followed him to his grave." Married Lydia, daughter of Sibyl (Flint) and Amos Murdock, February 4, 1790. (She was born 1768 in Lebanon, Conn., and died in Wheatland March 13, 1843).


I. Sibyl died in infancy.

II. Ariel, born (?), died May 16, 1855.

III. Clarissa, born 1793, married General Theron Brown (see Brown Family).

IV. Rawson, jr., born 1795, died January 24, 1873.

(The above born New Marlborough, Mass.).

V. Ira, born Whitestown, N. Y., 1796, died June 13, 1868.

VI. Sylvester, born 1798, died Mumford 1881.

VII. Lydia, born December 30, 1800, died February 14, 1875; married Oliver P. Blackmer, November 23, 1826. (See Blackmer Family).

VIII. Anan, born August 16, 1803, died Clifton, January 30, 1882.

IX. Elisha, born 1804, killed in railroad accident at Painesville, Ohio, January 19, 1864.

X. Sarah, born 1806, died February 7, 1879. Married Horace P., son of Comfort Smith. a Revolutionary soldier, of Wheatland. "Comfort Smith was one of the millers in Western New York. Horace operated mills in different parts of the county, and his sons were among the first mill owners of Minneapolis." Their children:

1. Alfred H., who married Ann Hatch, died 1901.

2. Francis Elisha, married Mary Jane Russell and Eleanor Sherman, died 1904.

3. Mary Jane, married Augustus M. Leach, died 1868.

4. Sarah Affia, married Charles Henry Pierce, died 1866.

5. Hobart, died 1866.

6. Mortimer, died young.

XI. Cynthia, born 1808, died young.

XII. Mary, born 1810, died 1889. Married Captain James R. Flynn, 1839. (He died August 28, 1886).

The last six children born Eaton, N. Y.

II. Ariel Harmon, born 1791 (?). Married first, Elizabeth, daughter of William and Hylinda Winter. She died September 16, 1840. Married second, Amorett (Gridley) Avery, 1844. (She was born in Farmington, Conn., December 11, 1803, the daughter of Judah and Sarah (Beach) Gridley. (She married first, Elisha Dennison Avery. He died July 20, 1832. She died March 7, 1880).


1. William Henry Harrison, born 1816, died 1905. Married first, Jane Garbutt. She died 1861. Married second, Thankful Blackmer. She died 1905.

Their Children.

a. Elizabeth Jane, who married William Goddard.

b. Marion Estelle, who married Bryce Cox, October 30, 1866. She died September 12, 1868.

c. Hylinda L., married John A. Potter, April 5, 1870.

d. Anna H., married D. Ellsworth Rogers, June 26, 1879.

e. Will, born 1851, resided in California; died in Ashville, N. C., March 27, 1908.

The above children of first wife all born Wheatland.

Clarence, Fred, May Belle, Anan B. and Henry W. by second wife, born Wheatland.

2. Hylinda, died in Wisconsin, 1866. Married William Reed.

3. Caroline, born 1824, died in Oakland, Cal., 1897. Married Nelson King.

4. Mary, died Wheatland, 1862. Married Henry Sage.

Harmon BrothersIV. General Rawson Harmon, jr., born 1795. Married Miriam Wolcott, 1820. (She was born in Connecticut, 1795, and died (?).


1. Hortense, born 1822, died 1897. Married first, Colonel John Murdock, of New Lebanon, September 16, 1845. Married second, Nicholas Keeney, of LeRoy, February, 1881.

2. Antoinette, born (?). Married Theodore Goddard, of York; removed to South Dakota.

3. Norman, born (?), died July 3, 1888. Married Sophie Sutliff, June 1852-3. (She died 1872 or 1873).

Rawson Harmon, jr., served as a private in the War of 1812. At the first town meeting, held 1811, he with Peter Sheffer, was elected overseer of the poor. Was one of the original members of the Belcoda church. He was a progressive farmer and it was upon his farm, now owned by William H. Garbutt, that the "Western New York Agricultural school" was started, 1846.

The great ovens remain intact, and were built and operated on the same plan that the fireless cookers of this date are. The proprietors and faculty consisted of General Harmon and Professor Daniel Lee. Professor Lee was the editor of the "Genesee Farmer." published in Rochester, and taught the theory that General Harmon was to practice. This school was not a success, and the following year was removed to the Ellwanger & Barry nurseries, Professor Lee still conducting the theoretical department and Mr. Barry taking General Harmon's position as the practical worker. This, too, proved a failure, and the school was given up. The first International exposition to be held was the "Crystal Palace fair" in London, and a gold medal was awarded General Harmon for the finest exhibit of wheat, consisting of thirty-five varieties, all grown on his farm in Wheatland. The accompanying picture shows him holding wheat.

V. Ira Harmon, born 1796; died 1866. Married Corina, daughter of Rev. Solomon Brown. (See Brown family.) (She died January 15, 1884, age 77.)


1. Augustus, removed to Kansas, where he died, 1903. He was a lawyer. Married, first, Octavia Finch,. Married, second, Ruth Hewitt.

2. Colonel Oscar FitzAllen, a lawyer, in Danville, Ill. Married, Mrs. Elizabeth (McDonald) Hill. Commander of the 125th Illinois Volunteer regiment. "Killed at the battle of Kenesaw mountain leading a gallant charge in General McCook's plan, the general being dangerously wounded.

3. Edwin M., married, first, Jane Smith, of Riga; married, second, Mrs. Martha (Keeney) Robinson, of LeRoy.

4. George C., married Martha McLean. He died in Rochester in 1885.

5. Eugene E., married Marian McPherson.

6. Benjamin Franklin, married Fannie Tuttle; died in Chicago, 1885. "He was captain of Company F, 140th New York Volunteers. Served in the battles of the Army of the Potomac, wounded in the Battles of Wilderness and Peterborough. Brevetted major." Married Fannie Tuttle. Their children: Rawson, who married Mary Waldo, and resides in Detroit; Frances, of Brooklyn, unmarried.

VI. Sylvester, born 1798. Married, Lucinda Brown, 1821. She was born in 1804; died 1882.) Issue all born in Wheatland.

1. Emeline Maria, born May 18, 1823; died June 1, 1856. Married, Joseph Wynn, a farmer, December 24, 1848. (He died August, 1856.) Their children: Charles H., and Wilber S.

2. Cynthia Augustus, born September 9, 1826; died January 1, 1852, unmarried.

3. Rawson Alfred, born August 12, 1829. A photographer. Died Hollister, Cal., November 12, 1883. Married Fannie Rowland (born in Kansas), November 12, 1865. Removed to California.

4. Nancy Ann, born October 4, 1831. Married, Marvin L. Warner, a gold miner, September 12, 1850. Removed to California.

5. Cornelia Louise, born June 24, 1835. Resides in South Dakota. Married James Paul Knowles, September 20, 1855. (He was born Riga, September 25, 1836; died October 7, 1872.) A farmer. Two sons: Edgar and Paul.

6. Edgar Theodore, born April, 1837; died December 7, 1863. Probate judge, Platesmouth, Neb. Unmarried.

7. Lydia Murdock, born 1839. Resides in California. No children. Married, Nelson Watts, M. D., in Ohio, 1833. (He was born January 12, 1836, died 1901.) No children.

8. Guilford Lafayette, born 1841. A farmer. Died September 5, 1879. Married Melissa McPherson, October 20, 1872.

9. Louis Anderson, born 1843; died in South Dakota, 1884, in Riga. Married Theodore Wilkinson, September 6, 1868, of Riga.

10. Alice Dell, born 1847; died August 16, 1898. Married, Hon. William J. Calhoun in Danville, Ill., a lawyer, now United States minister to China. Resides in Chicago.

11. Kate Estelle, born June 18, 1849; died in Illinois, March 9, 1888. Married, William Mann, August, 1875. A merchant. Died April 12, 1891, in Illinois.

12. Ella A., resides in California. Married, William Gray.

VIII. Deacon Anan, born 1802, resided in Wheatland until three years after his marriage, whenhe removed to Clifton (Chili), where he was a merchant, also engaged extensively in farming and milling in Mt. Morris and Clifton; also made land-plaster. He was deacon of the Baptist church in Clifton, of which he was one of the founders. Married Abigail Wait Cheever, of Chili, May 12, 1831. (She was born Washington county, June 8, 1811, died September 11, 1872.)


1. Phidelia Calphernia, born December 25, 1833; died September 11, 1853.

2. Arvin Girard born 1838; died 1840.

3. Elmer Rushford, born March 22, 1842. A farmer. Resides Clifton. Married Charlotte Azubah Howard, July 25, 1867. (She was born February 21, 1848.) They have seven children.

4. Morton A., born, 1846; died 1847.

IX. Deacon Elisha, born 1804. Married, Ruth, daughter of Rev. James Rogers, a Baptist clergyman. (She was in Hornell, N. Y., May 13, 1809; died March 6, 1887, and is buried in Belcoda cemetery.) They are the grandparents of Mrs. Grover Cleveland. Mr. Harmon was a wealthy and influential farmer, member of state legislature, 1849 and 1850, school commissioner of the town of Wheatland prior to 1843. Was deacon of the Baptist church at Belcoda.


1. Frances, who married George E. Welch, and died in Buffalo., 1904.

2. Milford, who married Jessie Pringle, and died in Jackson, Mich., 1898.

3. Emma, who married, first, Oscar Folsom, and had daughter, Frances, who married President Grover Cleveland. Mrs. Folsom married, second, Henry Perrine.

4. Carlton, died 1852, in his 20th year.

5. Helen, who married, first, Thomas Huddleston, and second, John Cadman, of Jackson, Mich.

6. Homer, Boston, Mass., married Jessamine Lovejoy, of Houghton, Me. He died 1888, aged 39.

Published January 20, 1912



Mead Atwater was the son of Stephen and Hannah (Mead) Atwater. Born Conesville or Noblestown, Columbia county, N. Y., January 25, 1790; died in the spring of 1878. Married by Friends' ceremony, Huldah, daughter of Levi and Hannah Hoag, March 28, 1812. (She was born October 16, 1793, and died in Chicago March 16, 1870). The following letter written by their daughter Sarah A. Kelsey, in 1894:

"They were both reared in Eastern New York. Mother was a friend. Father told me she was an acknowledged minister at eighteen. They passed through great trials of poverty and sickness. They lost their first two children in the East, and when Stephen, their third child, was a babe, they with mother's brother, Benjamin L. Hoag and his wife, emigrated to Western New York, where they bought a farm in the vicinity of Rochester. The city now extends far beyond this farm. Here he carried on a milk business unstill 1835, when he sold out and went to Lockport, where he lived on a farm until his family of six children were all married and gone, except the youngest and myself. It is of these years, while residing there, that I remember any of their religious labors—though they had been engaged in traveling in the ministry previously, for I remember hearing a friend speak of father's acceptable ministry in New England shortly after the Hicksite division in 1828.

"He and mother frequently paid short visits to neighborly quarterly meetings, and in '39, as I remember mother paid an extensive visit to Maryland, Tennessee and North and South Carolina. This was done by carriage. Mother was then about forty-five. They endured many privations, but their labors were a great help on the South, both being strong anti-slavery people. Mother died in Chicago; father is buried in Somerset, N. Y."


1. Benjamin, born 1813, died 1813.

2. Mary, born 1814, died 1815.

3. Stephen, born 26th of 11th mo. 1815, died 4th of 12th mo., 1855.

4. Levi Hoag, born 25th of 9th mo., 1818, died 9th of 5th mo., 1889.

5. Hannah, born 4th of 3d mo., 1821, died 1823.

6. Joseph Hoag, born 27th of 2d mo., 1825.

7. Sarah Alma, born 21st of 10th mo., 1827.

8. John S., born 8th of 11th mo., 1827, died 28th of 5th mo., 1885.

9. Huldah H., born 31st of 6th mo., 1821, died in Ohio 25th of 4th mo., 1860

The last will and testimony of Glover Perrin, of Pittsford, August 21, 1830:

I, Glover Perrin, considering the uncertainty of human life and being of sound mind and memory, blessed be Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this, my last will and testament, in manner and form following, that is to say—

First, I give and devise, unto my beloved wife, Joanna … The village lot on which is standing the dwelling house in which I now reside, etc., and from and after the decease of my said wife, I give and devise the same to my said executors, to wit:

Elisha Beach, John Acre and George Smith—in trust forever, for the uses and purposes, hereinafter mentioned, and further I give and devise unto my said wife, that certain pew or slip in the first Presbyterian meeting-house in the village of Pittsford, known as number first, and after the decease of my said wife, I give and devise the same to the trustees for the time being, of said church, in trust forever; that the said pew or slips shall at all time be appropriated, rent free, to the use of the ministers, who for the time being, shall be the preachers to the said society and to the use of his family.

To Betsy Rowth, (the girl now residing in my family), $95.

To Elizabeth Perrin, widow of my late brother, Jacob

To my brother, Jesse Perrin.

To my brother, Calvin.

To my brother, Asa.

To my sister, Huldah.

To my nephew, Samuel Wight.

To Perrin Whitman, the son of Samuel, and Mary Whitman, of Alabama.

To Jacob Hurlbert (?) the boy now residing in my family—two months' schooling).

The residue of my pews in said meeting-house to be held in trust. Nos. 47, 49 and 51, rent free for the use of my brothers and sisters and their children, as long as they shall attend divine worship in said meeting-house, and to the use of such members of the church, as in the opinion of the trustees, shall be too poor to hire seats in said meeting-house. My executors shall purchase and cause to be erected a good and handsome grave-stone for myself, to cost not more than thirty-seven and a half dollars, and also that they purchase and cause to be erected in one year after my decease a grave-stone of like quality and cost for my deceased mother. A bequest to the American Home Missionary society, found in New York in 1826; to the American Board of Commissioner for Foreign Missions, of which Jeremiah Evarts of Boston is corresponding secretary. To the trustees of the Theological seminary at Auburn and to Glover Perrin Davis.

Published January 27, 1912



Joshua Cornell, born in 1765; died in 1828. (Mendon Family). Married Rebecca Haight.


I. Jesse, born in 1796; married Ann Wortman, of New Jersey. Removed to Canada.

II. William, born 21st of 7th month, 1799; died 28th of 9th month, 1877, aged 78. Married, first, Phebe F., daughter of Benjamin and Freelove (Fowler) Carpenter, 28th of 4th month, 1825. She died 10th of 5th month, 1844. Married, second, Sarah Ann Williamson, of Poughkeepsie, 18th of 9th month, 1845. She died 29th of 9th month, 1863. Married, third, Phebe Babcock, 28th of 10th month, 1864. (He was her third husband, the first being David Wing; second, Daniel H. Cornell, of Rochester. She died 23d of 11th month, 1902, aged 98 years and 6 months). By his first wife he was the father of Rev. John Joshua, born 20th of 9th month, 1826, the well known Quaker minister and temperance advocate, who resided in Mendon until 1892, when he removed to Baltimore, where he died 5th of 2d month, 1909.

Silas Cornell (Rochester and Greece) born 29th of 11th month, 1789, son of Benjamin and Alice (Sutton) Cornell. Died 7th of 5th month, 1864. Married Sarah, daughter of Adam and Ann Mott. (She was born 4th of 4th month, 1791, and died 17th of 3d month, 1772). He and his wife were both pupils in the Friends school at Nine Partners when they were married. After their marriage they taught school at Flushing, L. I., and removed to Rochester in 1823, the journey being made by sloop to Albany and from there by stage. He purchased a farm of 56 acres in Greece, where he cleared the land and built a house and commenced the nursery business in connection with his farming. He and his wife also had a private school in their home and he did surveying. In 1836 he purchased land and built a house on Kent street and opened a surveyor's office, and the same year removed to Rochester. For a time, five years, he left town to be the superintendent of the Rhode Island Quaker school at Providence, but returned and resumed his surveying and civil engineering . Both he and his wife are buried in Mt. Hope.


1. Thomas Clapp, born 7th of 1st month, 1819; died 29th of 12th month, 1894. Married Jane E. Bashford, May 2, 1850.

2. James Mott, born 13th of 10th month, 1820; died at Morrissanni, 5th of 9th month, 1868. Married Elizabeth A. Leavens, of Kingston, Ontario.

3. Richard Mott, born in 1822; died in 1823.

4. Ann, born 26th of 7th month, 1824; died in March, 1872. Married in Rochester Aaron Barnes, son of Samuel and Letitia, 13th of 4th month, 1847.

5. Sarah Alice, born 11th of 4th month, 1830; died in Rochester 15th of 12th month, 1874. Married Ebenezer, son of Herman and Mary (Haskins) Walbridge 13th of 1st month, 1859.

Willett Cornell, son of Joseph and Sarah (Hadden) Cornell, born in 1770. Received in 1827. Died 7th of 1st month, 1845. Of Henrietta. Married Mary Cock or Cox.


I. Rebecca, received in 1827.

II. Lydia, received in 1827; married D. W. Chase. Died 22d of 2d month, 1869.

III. Daniel F., received in 1827; married Frances P. Halstead. Died in March, 1886. (She died 25th of 12th month, 1884).


1. Cordelia, received in 1832.

2. Mary Elizabeth, born 11th of 6th month, 1834.

3. Ann Augusta, born 22d of 12th month, 1836.

4. Edward M., born 1st of 12th month, 1840; died 7th of 8th month, 1841.

5. Sarah Jane, born 17th of 6th month, 1842.

IV. Ambrose, received in 1827; died 10th of 10th month, 1866. Married Sarah Halstead. She died 12th of 9th month, 1861.


1. Halstead, born 11th of 11th month, 1832.

2. Willett, born 13th of 4th month, 1834, of Chicago.

3. Albert, born 7th of 1st month, 1837; removed in 1857.

4. Moses H., born 19th of 12th month, 1838; removed in 1872; of Henrietta; died in Minnesota in May, 1895.

5. Mary, born in ——; married —— Gardner, Rochester.

6. Anna Malvina, born 9th of 9th month, 1842; married Lyman Otis, of Rochester.

7. Albert, born ——; of Hornell; married.

8. Ansel F., born 15th of 2d month, 1842; of Minnesota.

V. Charity, married James Tompkins. (No record).

VI. Sarah; married Stephen Brady. (No record).

Published January 27, 1912


Sherman Family.

I. George Sherman, son of George, born Cumberland, R. I., July 17, 1749; died April 20, 1821, in Moriah, N. Y. Married Chloe Mason, June 4, 1768-9, in Sackville, Nova Scotia. (She was born Swansea, Mass., June 16, 1751; died August 23, 1843, at Brighton). They resided in Ira, Vt., from 1778 until after 1800, where he was town clerk. He enlisted in the Revolutionary war from Adams, Mass., 1777.


1. Olive, born September 5, 1773; married Jonathan Colvin.

2. Nathan, born Adams, Mass., February 7, 1775, and died Brighton, August 22, 1855. Married Mary, daughter of Jabez and Molly (Lawrence) Carpenter. (She was born Rehoboth, Mass., August 25, 1778; died in Brighton, May 1, 1863). Nathan came to Monroe county after 1832.


a. Henry, born Clarendon, Vt., June 6, 1800; died Mich., February 27, 1876. Married Eunice Richmond. Went to Michigan.

b. George, born Clarendon, Vt., October 22, 1801; died Saratoga, August 1877. Married Thedo Tarbell.

c. Laura, born Moriah, N. Y., June 15, 1803; died Wisconsin, June 14, 1896. Married Lucius Olcott.

d. Olive, born Moriah, N. Y., July 11, 1806; died March 4, 1885. Married Timothy Wallace, 1825. (He was born 1800 and died 1893). They removed to Brighton about 1832, where he was supervisor, 1855.


Published January 27, 1912


Jonathan Colvin married Olive, daughter of George and Chloe (Mason) Sherman. (She was born September 5, 1773).


I. Varnum, born 1791; died March 31, 1813; unmarried.

II. Hiram D., born Clarenden, Vt., November 3, 1793; died Rochester, January 3, 1871. Married first, Betsey Barker, 1817. She died 1826. Married second, Zorada, his first wife's sister.

III. Safety, born 1795; died August 21, 1836. Married Erastus Tuttle, 1814. Has son, Varnum, who married Eunice Stillman, October 1, 1836, and Ebenezer P., unmarried.

IV. Merrill, born November 11, 1797; died March 31, 1871. Married Chloe (twin sister to Betsey, his brother Hiram's wife).

V. Chloe, born 1800; died 1813.

VI. Jonathan, born 1802; died December 25, 1828. Married Almira Collins, his cousin.

VII. Jeremiah, born 1804; died October 14, 1826.

—(Family Records)>

Published January 27, 1912


Henry Barker married Lillie Mason; born Massachusetts, October 28, 1771. (She died May 20, 1838).


1. Ann, born May 2, 1795; died February 19, 1859. Married Allen C. Shepardson.

2. Orrin, born September 20, 1797. Resided in Rochester. Died October 31, 1879. Married Eliza, daughter of Elisha and Chloe (Mason) Leonard, December 25, 1828. (She was born September 17, 1809; died November 28, 1877).


a. Adolphine, born Fort Ann, August 19, 1831. Married first, Daniel Lord, February 24, 1852. He died March 10, 1860. Married second, W. W. Chittenden, January 4, 1864.

b. Hiram Leonard, born Brighton, August 12, 1840. Married Emeline L. Bell, January 27, 1879.

3. Betsey, born March 6, 1801; died September 23, 1826. Married Hiram Davis Colvin, July 9, 1818.


a. Editha Chloe Colvin, born August 30, 1819; died February 19, 1898. Married Simon Latham Brewster, October 14, 1844, president of the Traders National bank for thirty-six years.


a. Henry Colvin Brewster.

b. Jane E.

c. Hiram, died 1851.

4. Chloe, born March 8, 1801. Married Merrill Colvin, October 28, 1819.


a. Olive, born August 12, 1823. Married Hall C. Goodrich, September 12, 1844.

b. Laura M., born April 30, 1827; unmarried.

5. Zorada J., born December 4, 1807. Married Hiram Davis Colvin, 1827.


a. Henry B., born 1823; died 1843.

b. Jane B., born October 17, 1834; died February 9, 1861, in Hingham, Married Rev. Daniel Bowan, December 19, 1859. Had son, Carroll Everett Bowen.

c. William M., born March 10, 1845.

—(Family Records).


Published January 27, 1912


Ebenezer Martin, born April 12, 1762; died November 20, 1841. Married Bethany Mason, January 1, 1785. (She was born in Swansea, Mass., October 6, 1762; died December 23, 1819; daughter of Ebenezer and Bethany (Mason) Barker.

Their Only Child.

Jarvis Martin, born April 17, 1796, in Chesire, Mass.; died in Brighton July 26, 1865. Married Lucinda, daughter of Shubael and Amy (Jones) Mason, January 2, 1807. (She was born in Granville, N. Y., March 5, 1786, and died, October 5, 1868).


1. Fhidelia, born November 21, 1807; died November 30, 1836; married Henry Montgomery.

2. Leonard, born in Fort Ann, May 22, 1809; died July 22, 1881.

3. Milton, born in Fort Ann, September 24, 1811; died January 31, 1815.

4. Fanny, born in Fort Ann, March 5, 1814; died January 17, 1885; married (?) Smedley.

5. Child born in 1816; died in 1816.

6. Harry, born January 22, 1818; died April 12, 1892.

7. Mary Ann, born 1820; died in 1826.

8. Hiram, born June 13, 1823; died June 28, 1888.

9. Harriet, born August 23, 1830, in Freedom, N. Y.; married Hinman Colwell.

(Family Records).

Published February 3, 1912



I. Joshua Woodworth, born about 1755; died at Coventry, Conn., March 25, 1825. Married Esther Fuller, August 23, 1778. (She was born April 25, 1755; died February 28, 1829; a daughter of Josiah and Margaret (Rose) Fuller. (Coventry, Conn., First Church Records).

II. Spencer, son of Joshua, born 1780. Married Amanda, daughter of John Clark, of South Coventry. Conn., November 24, 1808. They removed to Gates in June, 1819, and purchased a farm on the Chili road, where they resided until his death, November 7, 1855. She died July 8, 1861.


1. Harriet Amanda, born September 10, 1809; died at Unadilla, Mich., 1876. Married Albert Noble, November 20, 1831.

2. Lucy Clark, born November 14, 1810; died May 20, 1875, in Rochester. Married Joseph B. Campbell, February 22, 1837.

3. Laura, born and died 1812, South Coventry.

4. John Spencer, born September 25, 1813; died May 9, 1873, in Gates. Married Mary L. Williams, March, 1842. She died August 13, 1887. No issue.

5. Sarah Root, born September 12, 1815; died 1816, Connecticut.

6. Rufus, born May 9 1817; died November 22, 1893, Howell, Mich. Married Lavina Armstrong September 15, 1841.

7. Chauncy Booth, born February 25, 1819.

8. Maria, born 1821; died 1822 in Gates.

9. Augustus Egbert, born October 1, 1823; died Bethany, N. Y., January 3, 1885.

10. Clark, born April 9, 1826, of Gates. Married Julia Booth, April 9, 1849

7. Chauncy Booth, son of Spencer Woodworth, born 1819. Married Martha Jane, daughter of Clark Smith, of Chelsea, Mass., at Rochester, January 5, 1841.


1. Chauncy Clark, born February 5, 1843.

2. Helen Augusta, married Elmer Smith.

3. Lilla, died young.

4. Frank Euegene, married Anna Warren.

5. Henry Spencer, married Mary Stevens.

1. Chauncy Clark Woodworth, son of Chauncy Booth Woodworth, was born in Rochester, 1843; graduated at Williams college, 1864; was a member of the firm of C. B. Woodworth & Son from 1867 to 1889; member of the executive board of the city of Rochester; in charge of the water, fire and highway department from 1876 to 1880; secretary of the Rochester City and Brighton Railroad company from 1872 to 1889; president of the Flour City National bank from 1895, and trustee of the Rochester Trust and Safe Debussy company from 1888 to the time of his death, May 7, 1902. Married Sarah Elizabeth Morey, September 29, 1868, daughter of John Evarts Morey and granddaughter of Samuel and Sarah (Miner) Smith. (Samuel Smith came to Rochester in 1823, Both were born in Connecticut. Sarah Miner Smith was born in Lyme, Conn., in 1788. Samuel Smith owned the building which was torn down to be replaced by the one now occupied by the McFarlin Clothing company. He was a contractor and interested in the Carthage railroad on the bank of the river on a line with St. Paul street. Ten children were born to him. He was the maternal grandfather of Mrs. Chauncey C. Woodworth.


1. Edward Morey.

2. Marie Elizabeth, who married Ernest B. Millard.

3. Chauncy Clark, who married Minerva B. Woodbury

9. Augustus Egbert, son of Spencer Woodworth, born 1823 in Gates; died in Bethany, N. Y., January 3, 1885. Married Amanda Malvina Smith, September 7, 1845. She was born in Chelsea, Mass., March 23, 1824; died in Rochester August 3, 1889. Both are buried at Mt. Hope cemetery.


1. Frances Amanda, born Gates.

2. George Egbert, born in Irondequoit; died September 14, 1849.

3. Henry Livingston, born Irondequoit; died 1853.

4. William Walker, born Irondequoit.

5. Cora Eugenie, born Irondequoit; died 1858.

6. Samuel Houston, born Rochester.

7. Minnie Pell, born Charlotte; died 1861.

8. Charles Augustus, born Phelps.

9. Ruby Estelle, born Phelps.

Published February 3, 1912


I. Robert Smith.

II. Robert Smith, Jr., of Bellingham, N. H., died 1794, aged 42.

III. Abner Smith, born Bellingham, N. H., 1778. Married Jemima Flak.


1. Clark Smith, born 1799; died (?).

2. Horace Smith, married Anna Hall. He died Albany, October 14, 1829. Had one daughter, Anna, who married E. H. Sprague.

3. Abner, jr., born 1813. Married first, Nancy Belcher; one child. Married second, Mary A. Goodenough; one child. Married third, Adella Mason; seven children.

4. Lavina, married Judge Abner A. Fisher. Removed to Ottawa, Ill.

5. Armilla, married first, John T. Haynes, of Penfield, and second, (?) Marsh, of Coldwater, Mich.

6. Nancy B., born 1816. Married Charles Dunning, of Penfield, 1834, and had eleven children.

1. Clark, son of Abner Smith, born 1799; died Rochester, 1845. Resided on Hudson street. Married Jane Houston, born about 1802, in Chelsea, Mass. They had two daughters.

1. Amanda, born March 25, 1824.

2. Martha Jane, born January 1, 1826, who married Chauncy Booth Woodworth.


Published February 3, 1912


The following Sherman Records are found with the Friends Records:

David Sherman, born 10th of 8th month, 1783; separated, 1829.

Chloe Sherman, born 6th of 8th month, 1784.


1. Abigail, born 22d of 10th month, 1804.

2. Levi, born 30th of 10th month, 1806.

3. Thomas, born 21st of 3d month, 1811.

4. Mary, born 20th of 12th month, 1812.

5. Lyra, born 1st of 8th month, 1814.

6. Nelson, born 29th of 3d month, 1816.

7. David, born 2d of 12th month, 1818.

8. Daniel R., born 3d of 8th month, 1820.

9. Chloe, jr., born 5th of 6th month, 1822.

10. Caroline E., born 1st of 4th month, 1824.

11. Drusilla, born 11th of 6th month, 1829.

Jacob Anderson and Elesabeth Anderson, of Westmoreland county, Pa., 1790. Susannah Furman married Robert Hobbs, at Oyster Bay, December 10, 1716. Mary Furman married William Harris, February 22, 1716. (Rev. Thomas Poyer's Records).

Hannah Garret and Alice Furman, adults, baptized by Rev. Thomas Poyer October 25, 1813, at Jamaica. Abraham, son of Aaron and Catherine Brass Furman, born April 16, 1728, at Jamaica. (Rev. Thomas Poyer's Records).

Jacob Furman, 1790, of Cortland town, Westchester Co.

Published February 3, 1912



Anthony and Alexander DeShay, two brothers.

Anthony came from Northumberland county, Pa., with his wife, Elizabeth Wallace or Wallis, from Philadelphia and settled on Crooks Rippee, Rush township, Northumberland county, Pa., on the Susquehannah river, where lumber was plenty and where he carried on his trade of ship building. He is buried in Klinesgrove cemetery.


1. Lydia, born ——; died ——. Married Abithar Poyer.

2. John.

3. James.

4. Joseph.

5. Alexander (Aleck).

6. Anthony.


Published February 3, 1912


Samuel, of Oyster Bay, 1683.

Thomas Furman, of Oyster Bay, 1683.

Aaron Furman, sr., of Oyster Bay, 1683.

Aaron Furman, born ——. Married Catharine Brass.

Abraham, born April 16, 1728, at Jamaica. (N. N. Gen. and Biog. Rec., January, 1888. Page eleven); died at Hempstead, Queens county. in 1780; married.

(Abstract of wills N. Y. Gen and Biog. S., Vol. IX, p. 124). Will made March 23, 1779, at Hempstead, Queens county. A farmer. Four sons. Proved May 20, 1780.

1. Zebulon.

2. Daniel.

3. Abraham.

4. William.

5. Phebe.

6. Sarah.

7. Teshie.

8. Hannah.

Published February 3, 1912


Lemuel Castle, was of Amenia, Dutchess county, and later of Ontario and Canandaigua; married a Laura Talmadge; he (Lemuel) born in Woodbury or Roxbury, Conn., in 1740; wanted the ancestry of said Laura and the date of birth and marriage; also date of death of Lemuel Castle and wife Laura.

David Olmstead, son of a Stephen and wife, Sarah, who settled in Schoharie; was born in 1772; moved to Pennsylvania in 1820; married a Mary Hunt; wanted, the ancestry of Stephen and wife, Sarah ——, of Miss Hunt.

James Osborne, of New York state, said to have been a surgeon in the Revolutionary army; moved to Wayne county, Pa., married Asenath Brady; wanted, the ancestry of said James and wife, Asenath Brady.

A William Tompkins, moved to the Wyoming valley; married a Hannah Osborne after the Revolutionary war. He had a son, Joseph; can any one furnish Tompkins data that might lead to the placing of said William and wife, Hannah.

Eliphalet Stephens, of New York state, married an Elsie Holloway; he was born in 1731-41; was in Colonial militia and later served in the Revolution; wanted ancestry of said Eliphalet and Elsie Holloway.

A John Culver married about 1770, Mary Ann Livingston; lived at times at New London, Norwich and Sharon, Conn., and later Schoharie county, N. Y.; wanted, information of said John Culver.


Published February 10 and 17, 1912



Nearly every Remington in the United States is a descendant of John Remington, who settled in Rowley, Mass., in 1637, when he was made freeman. He came from the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, where the family were numerous and prominent for six centuries after the Norman invasion, and was born October 23, 1617. In the old English and Latin records in Yorkshire the name is variously spelled as Remington, Reminton, Remmington, Remynton, Remyngton, etc. Lieutenant John Remington's first wife was Elizabeth. She died in December, 1657. He then removed to Roxbury and married, second, Rhoda, widow of John Gote. He died or was buried June 8, 1667. (Savage).


1. Thomas Remington, born in Yorkshire, England. He was made freeman in Rowley, Mass., in 1651. Removed to Suffield in 1876, where he was selectman in 1682. Married in Rowley, Mass., Mehitable Walker, January 19, 1658. He died at Suffield in 1721.

2. Jonathan, born in Rowley, Mass., February 12, 1639. Married Martha, daughter of Governor Andrew Belcher, July 13, 1664. She died July 16, 1711, aged 67. He was a selectman, town clerk and treasurer and lieutenant colonel in King's Philip's war. He died "much respected" April 21, 1700, aged 61. (His son, Jonathan, jr., graduated from Harvard college in 1696, was judge of probate of Middlesex county and one of the judges of the Supreme court of Massachusetts for many years. He died in 1745).

John Remington, son of Thomas and Mehitable (Walker) Remington, was born November 2, 1661, at Rowley, Mass., and died at Suffield in 1723, where he was made freeman in 1697. Married, first, Margaret Scott in 1687; died July 14, 1693. Married, second, widow Hannah Hale, December 19, 1700.

His Son.

Daniel, born February 16, 1706; died ——; married Sarah Winchett, January 7, 1731.


I. Daniel, born October 14, 1731; married Elizabeth Hastings.

II. Thomas, born May 30, 1733; married Mary Remington, February 19, 1755. (She was a daughter of Stephen Remington).

III. Sarah, born May 17, 1735.

IV. Hannah, born July 2, 1737. Married.

V. Jonathan, born May 28, 1740; died March 24, 1762.

VI. Rachel, born December 8, 1742. Married.

VII. John; VIII. Josiah. Twins, born January 24, 1745. Josiah served in the Revolution in General Spencer's regiment. Name also in Lexington alarm list.

IX. Ebenezer, born September 16, 1757.

II. Thomas, the ancestor of Monroe county family, was born in 1733. Married Mary Remington, February 19, 1755. She was born February 25, 1737.


I. Lucy, born March 5, 1757; married Joseph Hastings.

II. Mary, born February 4, 1761.

III. Thomas, 3d, born November 4, 1763; died August 12, 1821; married Olive Nelson, March 15, 1787.

IV. Sarah, born March 24, 1766.

V. Thaddeus, born August 1, 1768; married Betsey Root.

VI. Ruth, born March 7, 1771. Married.

VII. Orpha, born June 27, 1763; married Calvin Nelson.

VIII. Silas, born February 25, 1776; married Betsey Rose Gere. (See Wheatland Remingtons.)

III. Captain Thomas, son of Thomas and Mary (Remington) Remington, born November 4, 1763; died in Henrietta, August 12, 1821. Married Olive Nelson of Suffield, Conn., March 15, 1787. Removed to Rupert, Vt., about 1787. Was selectman and active in the affairs of his country for twenty-five years. Was captain of militia and removed to Henrietta between 1813 and 1816, and settled on the River road. He was one of the first town overseers of poor in 1818.


I. Thomas, born December 17, 1788; died in 1872; married Huldah Nelson.

II. Polly, born Oct. 23, 1790; died February 4, 1791. Married.

III. Silas, January 22, 1792. (Removed to Wisconsin). Married.

IV. Luther, born in 1794; died in 1820. Married.

V. Olive, born in 1795; married Colonel Parker.

VI. Alvah, born at Rupert, Vt., July 25, 1797.

VII. William, born in 1803.

VIII. Seth, born in 1807; married Maria Pickering. The Hemlups and Frederick Remington, the artist are his descendants.

IX. John, born in 1809; married Mary Marble.

X. Lucy, born in 1812; married Chauncey Bailey.

Alvah RemingtonVI. Alvah Remington, the fourth son of Thomas Remington, was born in Rupert, Vt., July 25, 1797. About the year 1817 he removed with his father's family to Henrietta, N. Y., settling on the farm upon which all of his children were born. He married Mercy Gorton, daughter of Rev. Thomas Gorton, a Baptist clergyman, September 30, 1819. Thomas Gorton was a descendant of Samuel Gorton, who was prominent in the early history of Rhode Island. The descendants of Thomas Gorton are very numerous in Western New York, Michigan and other Western states. (See record of Martin Family of Henrietta). Mercy Gorton was the mother of all of Alvah Remington's children and she died Oct. 17, 1847. He married a second time, September 3, 1848, Amy Northrup Foote, widow of Harvey Foote. Amy was the descendant of Stephen Northrup. one of the prominent early settlers of Rhode Island. She was an aunt of President George W. Northrup of Chicago and who was at one time a professor of the Rochester Theological seminary and pastor of the First Baptist church.

Alvah Remington was one of the early members of the whig party and later a republican and life long member of West Henrietta Baptist church. He died in West Henrietta, N. Y., October 4, 1888.


I. William, born July 28, 1820.

II. Sarah, born April 18, 1822; married William Fenner. (see record of Fenner Family, Henrietta).

III. Seth W., born June 16, 1824; married, first, Rhoda Webster; second, Josephine Parker; died at Versailles, N. Y., May 1, 1885.


1. Lavinia M., born May 13, 1849; died in May, 1870.

2. Viola, born May 11, 1853; died in March, 1871.

3. Harriet M., born May 10, 1854; married William Merrill, July 3, 1871. (See Genealogy of Merrill and Thrasher Families, Cattaraugus Co., N. Y.)

IV. Stephen, born January 20, 1827.

V. Mercy M.

VI. Mary J.

VII. Harriet N.

VIII. Emma E., born November 26, 1846; died in infancy.

IX. Luther F., born January 30, 1841; died July 28, 1893. Married Mandana Childs, September 26, 1866.


Issue of William Remington, who was born July 28, 1820, at Henrietta. Married, first, Susan L. Jones, October 10, 1843. Married, second, Sarah A. Foote, daughter of Harvey Foote, December 9, 1848. He died at Caledonia, October 11, 1876. His widow, Sarah, died February 10, 1904, at Rochester, N. Y.

I. Emma R., born August 31, 1851. Married Eugene H. Howard, M. D., December 25, 1879.

1. Henry Remington, born February 3, 1881. Married Sophia Kenyon June 22, 1906. Issue, one son, William Abelard Reynolds, born July 4, 1910.

II. Willie S.

III. Nellie R., born December 17, 1855. Married Clarence V. Lodge November 15, 1876. Resides at Cato, N. Y.

IV. Janet, born August 14, 1857.

V. Frank, born January 8, 1861; died in February, 1862.

VI. Harvey F.

VII. Frederick.

Stephen Remington, son of Alvah Remington, was born January 20, 1827. Taught school for a number of years. Engaged in the grocery business in Rochester, New York, and for many years was at the head of the wholesale grocery house for H. Brewster & Co., Was a member of the Common Council and actively identified with the business and commercial interest of Rochester. Married Mary A, Dunton, November 28, 1853. She died January 16, 1890.

I. Frank D. Remington, born November 4, 1855, died November 2, 1856.

II. Stanley D., unmarried.

III. Adelle, married Dr. J. M. Ingersoll, October 19, 1882.


1. Edith.

2. Edwin.

IV. Elizabeth.

V. Pierre, died April 12, 1867.

VI. Florence M., married Dr. Louis S. Goble, July 28, 1898.


1. Elizabeth, born April 22, 1900.

VII. Ward, born January 27, 1875, resides in Schenectady, N. Y.

All others reside in Rochester, New York.

Issue of Mercy M. Remington, who was born February 16, 1831. Married Jacob M. Deyo, July 13, 1851. Died June 23, 1884. Jacob M. Deyo resides at Scottsville, N. Y.

I. Alice, born July 31, 1860. Married George W. Hinkley, May 17, 1883. He died June 25, 1901.


1. Fahy, born January 14, 1885. Married June, 1904, Harry Bostwick. Children (a) Gladys Winifred, born May, 1905; (b) George Hinkley, born September, 1910.

2. Winifred, born July 14, 1890. Married Abbott Odell, August 24, 1911. Resides in Webster, N. Y.

II. Remington, born September 3, 1854. Married Ella Freeman, October 17, 1877. Resides at Shelby, N. Y.


1. Albert; 2. Adelia. Twins born, October 10, 1880. Reside at Shelby, N. Y.

Mary J. Remington, born July 16, 1833. Married Leroy W. Brown, March 31, 1853, March 31, 1853. Resides at Lafayette, Ind.

I. Alvah David, born March 9, 1855; drowned in Genesee river June 4, 1863.

II. Harriet M., born March 11, 1859. Married Charles H. Pierce, December 9, 1880.

1. Martin, born February 7, 1883; died November 26, 1911.

III. Alfred W., born August 29, 1865. Married Pauline DeGrace, March 6, 1889. Resides in Cleveland, O.

Harriet N. Remington, born July 3, 1836. Married first, Andrew Mackie, July 7, 1856. Married second, Charles F. Moon, June 22, 1876. He died February 13, 1911.


Issue of Willis S. Remington, who was born July 17, 1853. Married Margaret McKenzie, September 13, 1877.

I. Nellie M., born January 27, 1879; died August 10, 1879.

II. Roy E., born March 8, 1880. Episcopalian clergyman in Portland, Ore.

III. Genevieve McKenzie, born July 23, 1883. Married Edward Van Zandt, February 22, 1911. Resides in Rochester, N. Y.

IV. Willis E., born July 10, 1886. Officer in regular army. Stationed in Philippine Islands.

V. Ruth, born June 7, 1890.

Harvey G. Remington, born June 28, 1863. Married Agnes, daughter of Thomas Brodie, of Caledonia, N. Y., May 28, 1889.

I. William Brodie, born June 14, 1890.

II. Thomas Howard, born September 4, 1891.

III. Agnes, born September 11, 1893.

IV. Harvey Foote, jr., born June 25, 1895.

V. John Warner, born January 10, 1897.

VI. Harriet R., born July 31, 1898.

VII. Francis Kirk, born November 3, 1903.

All reside in Rochester, N. Y.

Frederick Remington, born July 3, 1866. Married Eva Potter, September 3, 1891.

I. Ezra Potter, born May 28, 1892.

2. Frederick, born September 25, 1894.

Reside in Rochester, N. Y.

Issue of Luther F. Remington, who was born January 30, 1841. Died July 28, 1893. Married Mandana Childs, September 26, 1866. He was sergeant in Company F., 21st New york Griswold Light Cavalry.

I. Winifred, born February 18, 1868. Married Howard W. Koebler, December 25, 1894. One child, Remington, born July 19, 1904.

II. Cora L., born January 13, 1870; died June 24, 1888.

III. Dr. Alvah C., born June 2, 1872. Married September 30, 1903, Mrs. Anna Scrymgeour.

1. Mildred, born June 25, 1904.

2. Elizabeth, January 12, 1907.

3. Luther Franklin, born April 30, 1910.

IV. A. Ethelyn, born August 9, 1880; died January 13, 1889.

V. Bessit M., born January 8. 1883. Married Percy W. Goldsmith, July 1907. One child, Winifred, born December 21, 1908.

(Will any person interested in supplying information for the Remington line or in obtaining information kindly communicate with H. F. Remington, Rochester, N. Y.)

Published February 17, 1912



I. Thomas Fish, of Portsmouth, R. I.; died in 1687; wife, Mary, died in 1699.

II. Thomas, of Portsmouth, R. I.,; died in 1684; married Grizzel, daughter of John and Alice Strange, in 1668.

III. Preserved, born in 1679; died in 1798. A Quaker. Married Ruth Cook, in 1699.

IV. Benjamin, born in 1716; died in 1798. A Quaker. Married, first, Priscilla Arthur, in 1739. (She was born in 1718; died in 1774). Married, second, widow Patience Sisson.

V. Elisha, born in Rhode Island February 27, 1762; died June 25, 1833. Removed to Farmington, Ontario county, 1817. He was a farmer, carpenter and surveyor and a Hicksite Friend. Married, first, Hannah Sisson, January 1, 1788. (She was a descendant of George Soule, Francis Cooke and Richard Warren, who came on the Mayflower in 1620). She died September 6, 1828. Married, second, Ruth, daughter of Jonathan Anthony.

VI. Benjamin Fish, born June 25, 1797; died in Rochester December 3, 1882. Married, first, in Friends Meeting, Henrietta, Sarah D., daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Shotwell Bills, the 9th of the of the 9th month, 1822. (She was born 11th of 9th month, 1798, and died 7th of 11th month, 1868). (She was a descendant of Anne Winthrop, a sister of John Winthrop, the first governor of Massachusetts). Married, second, Louise M. Henck. (No issue). Came to Rochester from Farmington in 1828. He with his wife were members of the Hicksite branch of Friends.


1. Catharine Ann, born 17th of 8th month, 1823; died ——. She was an early Rochester school teacher, also secretary of the first Woman's Rights meeting (held in Seneca Falls, and the second meeting in Rochester in 1848), of the Rochester Anti-Slavery society and had charge of the anti-slavery office. Married Giles Badger Stebbins, 17th of 8th month, 1846, at Sodus Bay. (He was born in Springfield, Mass., June 24, 1817; died ——; an author and lecturer.

2. Mary Braithwaite Fish, born 26th of 2d month, 1826; died 9th of 8th month, 1873. Married Joseph Curtis (as his second wife), October 5, 1848. (He was born May 27, 1817; died September 14, 1883.) His first wife was Elizabeth Gurney.


a. George Benjamin Curtis, died in infancy.

b. Mary Elizabeth, married Norman A. Seymour, of Mt. Morris, September 1, 1874. She died July 11, 1911.

c. Catharine Fish. Married Horace Crampton, son of H. Austin Brewster, June 6, 1878.

d. Wendell Joseph. Married Margaret Breese, daughter of Sidney B. and Sarah Eliza Roby February 17, 1885.

3. Albert Carey Fish, born April 24, 1832; died in Denver October 26, 1869. He was a nurseryman. Married, first, Lucy Ann Simpson, November 15, 1855. She died in 1858. Married, second, Julia Adeline Kershaw November 26, 1867.

4. Thomas Elisha Fish, born November 26, 1833; died in Minnesota, December 19, 1870. Married Isabella Douglass Marsh, December 24, 1868, of New York.

5. George Thompson Fish, born August 1, 1838. Married Elizabeth Louise, daughter of Daniel and Susan (Bartholf) Vanderbeek, in Clarkson December 31, 1867. He was the first president of the botanical section of the Rochester Academy of Science.

Published February 17, 1912



Isaac Cocks, son of Joseph and Rhoda (illegible) Cocks, was born 4th of 5th month, 1764, at Crum Elbow, N. Y. A farmer and Friend. Died in Yorktown, N. Y., 26th of 7th month, 1834. Buried in Friends' cemetery Amawalk, N. Y., of which meeting he was an elder. Married, first, 17th of 11th month, 1790, Phebe Underhill. (She was born 6th of 11th month, 1764; died in Yorktown, 24th of 4th month, 1817). Married, second, 19th of 11th month, 1818, Hannah, daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth (Dickinson) Fowler and widow of John Weeks. (She was born 18th of 10th month, 1778, on Manhattan Island, and died in Rush 4th of 4th month, 1862).

Issue by First Wife.

I. Zilpah, born 23d of 8th month, 1791; died 26th of 5th month, 1873. Married Samuel R. Frost, 18th of 10th month, 1815.

II. Martha C., born 14th of 12th month, 1792; died 26th of 9th month, 1843. Married John Hazard, 15th of 5th month, 1822. (He died 30th of 9th month, 1868, aged 75).

III. Thomas, born 8th of 6th month, 1795; died 6th of 1st month, 1865. Received in 1846; removed in 1853. Married, first, Martha Carpenter, 2d of 9th month, 1820. Married, second, Mary C. Carpenter, 20th of 10th month, 1827. Married, third, Eliza Chapman, 13th of 7th month, 1831. Had Mary C., who married (?) Martin and died in 1910; Martha H., who died 23d of 1st month, 1858. Married, fourth, Dorothy (Weeks) Cocks, widow of Reese Cocks, 23d of 12th month, 1858.

IV. Henry, born 18th of 6th month, 1797; died 14th of 5th month, 1876, aged 78 years, 5 months and 16 days. Received in 1847. Married, first, Sally Hyatt. Married, second, Mary Cooper.

V. Jesse, born 29th of 11th month, 1799; died 16th of 10th month, 1823. Married Rachel Weeks.

VI. Sarah, born 15th of 1st month, 1802; died 11th of 2d month, 1830. Married, first, Gabriel Horton.

VII. Abel. born 29th of 10th month, 1803; died 18th of 9th month, 1825; unmarried.

VIII. Mary C., born 17th of 6th month, 1807; died 3d of 4th month, 1839. Married Stephen Hallock, 18th of 2d month, 1829 (his second wife). (He died 12th of 8th month, 1863). Had a son, Richard, born 8th of 11th month, 1837; Henry J. and Isaac C., born in 1834.

By Second Wife.

IX. John, born 31st of 8th month, 1819; died 3d of 1st month, 1901. Received 26th of 7th month, 1841; released in 1870 or 76 (?). Married 5th of 10th month, 1842, Mary C., daughter of Oliver and Ann (Mosher) Cunningham, and had Stephen, Isaac, Henry, William and John, jr.

X. Stephen, born 3d of 11th month, 1821; died 27th of 8th month, 1875. Removed in 1862. Married, first, Catharine L. Denike, and had Harriet M., born 17th of 6th month, 1850. Married, second, Elizabeth N. (Taylor) Clinger, and had Jane J., born 28th of 5th month, 1855. (Quaker Records and Family Records of John Cox, jr.)

Published February 24, 1912


(Hatch))—John Hatch, born in Stockbridge, Mass., December 25, 1784. Married ——.


Jarvis Maltiah Hatch, Esq., born in Lebanon, Madison county, N. Y., July 24, 1810; died in Rochester August 11, 1862. Married Julia Anna Shapely at Hamilton, N. Y., October 20, 1836. The early education of Mr. Hatch was in the common school at Brighton, and at the age of 17 he taught the district school there. For a time he was a clerk in a dry goods store at Utica, but not finding his business congenial, and having a decided inclination for books, he entered a law office, where he made rapid progress in his studies, and was admitted to the bar after the shortest period of study which the rules of the court allowed. He practised law in Utica and also edited a democratic paper there. In 1850 he removed to Rochester again and, taking into partnership a younger brother, opened a law office and started the first daily democratic paper here. (Register, XIV—197-9).


Published February 24, 1912


(Anderson—John Anderson or Enderson came to America from Inverness, Scotland, in the fall of 1733. Married Elizabeth (Davids) Demarest January 23, 1734, in the South church at Schraalenburgh, N. J. They resided in New Milford, east of the Hackensack river.


1. Margaretta.

2. John J., baptized October 30, 1743.

3. Sarah.

4. Maria.

5. Annatie.

6. Jacobus.

7. Lydia.

John J. baptized in 1743. Married Rebecca (Jacobus) Demarest, Januaru 27, 1766.


1. John J., born December 19, 1767; died April 21, 1841. Married Maria Bogert September 20, 1792. She was born April 12, 1770; died January 3, 1845.

2. Jacobus.

3. David.

4. Daniel.

5. Peter.

6. Sophia.

Published February 24, 1912


(Anderson)—Captain John Anderson was born about 1665 in Scotland. He was a sea captian and commanded the ship Unicorn in a Scottish expedition to Darien and after a cruise of over three years he brought his vessel to Perth Amboy, N. J., and then removed to Monmouth, N. J. Married Ann, daughter of John Reed, the noted deputy surveyor of East Jersey. Captain John Anderson was a justice in 1710; member of the Colonial council in 1713; president of the council in 1736. He died in 1736, aged 70. Will dated January 20, 1733.


1. John.

2. James.

3. Kenneth became a colonel and had a daughter, Isabella, who married Colonel Nathaniel Scudder, a Revolutionary hero, and was killed October 16, 1781.

4. Jonathan.

5. Margaret.

6. Helena.

7. Anna.

8. Elizabeth.

9. Isabella.


Published February 24, 1912


(Stillwell)—Nicholas Stillwell was an Englishman who went to Leyden and thence to America.. A genealogy witten by Judge W. H. Stillwell, of Brooklyn. Samuel was a loyalist.

Published February 24, 1912


Furman in Monmouth county, 1688, there was Samuel and Aaron Furman and Thomas, 1694. Thomas married Mary Ellen, May 24, 1695. See Salter's History of Monmouth county, page XXVII, General Record.

General David Furman, was the fourth son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Lee) Forman, born November 3, 1745 (?) in Monmouth county, N. J., and died September 12, 1797. He married Ann Marsh February 28, 1767. Will of David Forman of Freehold dated February 24, 1802; proved in 1813; wife, Nellie.


Published February 24, 1912


(Smith)—Preston Smith family records given on Jan. 14, 1911 failed to give the name of 4. Simeon Smith, of South Hadley, the wife of The records taken from the family Bible gave the following: "Simeon Smith died at West Springfield March 4, 1843, aged 89. Married. Smith, died May 16, 1832, aged 71, but her maiden name was unknown." In Long Meadow records I find this record.

Deacon Aaron Colton, son of William and Mary Colton; married Mary, daughter of Deacon Jonathan and Lydia Ely, November 27, 1746. Their daughter, Mary, born February 28, 1761; married Simeon Smith, of West Springfield, January 13, 1782. Deacon Aaron Colton died of smallpox, June 28, 1778, aged 60. Mary Ely, his wife, died November 24, 1797.

Published March 2, 1912



For the first six generations see Remington Family, Henrietta (above).


Silas Remington, M. D., was born in Norwich, Conn., March 1, 1772. He married Betsy Rose Gere, of New Norwich, Mass., April 12, 1793, and removed to Rupert, Vt. He studied medicine with the Kittredges and practiced medine in Rupert, Vt. He was a surgeon in the War of 1812, and when other members of the Remington family removed to Western New York, he followed, settling, in Canandaigua in 1817. Dr. Remington was a physician of wide experience. He was an extremely handsome man and had a large circle of friends, and many physicians of the early day were associated with him as students. His widow, Betsy Rose Gere lived to be 90 years of age and died at Mumford, New York, in 1864.


I. William, born Salem, Mass., December 25, 1794; died 1869.

II. Jerusha.

III. Silas.

IV. Love, married (?) Case. Issue, two sons.

V. Maria, married (?) Case, Issue, two sons and two daughters.

VI. Margaret, married Nelson Arrowsmith. Issue 1, (?); 2, (?); 3, Frank.

VII. Betsy, married John Jameson, Canandaigua. Issue 1, Silas; 2, Oliver; 3, James.

VII. Thomas H., born 1820.

IX. Elvira, married Duncan K. McNaughton. Issue 1, Catherine; 2, William; 3, Kenneth. Reside Kalamazoo, Mich.


Issue of William Remington, who was born December 25, 1794. Settled at Mumford, N. Y., about 1821, where he founded the flouring and woolen mills with his brother-in-law, Oliver Allen first, and which were so successfully and prosperously conducted by them. This milling property is now owned by Harvey F, Remington, of Rochester, who is a grandson of a cousin of William's. William married Deborah Mansfield at Mumford, April, 1829, and die there June 12, 1869.

I. William.

II. Mary.

Issue of Jerusha Remington, who married Oliver Allen, first, December 5, 1822.

I. Elizabeth M.

II. Oliver Allen, second.

Issue of Silas Remington, who was born January 10, 1807, at Rupert, Vt. Removed with his father to Canandaigua, N. Y., about 1817. Married Louisa Hovey, at Caledonia, N. Y., January 17, 1830. He died May 21, 1882. She died April 24, 1880.

I. Sarah E., born October 4, 1832; died March 31, 1861.

II. Silas H., born January 15, 1841; married Sarah J. McCabe, November 25, 1886. Issue 1, Carroll, born March 4, 1890; 2, Frederick Silas, born January 5, 1895.

Issue of Thomas H. Remington, son of Silas, born 1820; died 1861. Buried at Belcoda cemetery. Married Elvira Hovey. She died Feb. 11, 1873.


I. Thomas, born 1843; died 1879.

II. Chauncey.

III. Elvira. (Who can supply this line?)


Issue of Rev. William Remington, who was born at Mumford, March 4, 1802. Was educated at Rochester university and Rochester Theological seminary. Graduated in the class of 1861. Ordained as Baptist clergyman in 1861 at Weedsport, N. Y. Married, first, May J. Graham, July 11, 1861. She died July 11, 1874. Married, second, Minerva A. White, July 7, 1875. She died December 8, 1909. He had various charges in Michigan, Illinois, Idaho and Montana, at present at San Diego, Cal.

I. Charles C., born July 19, 1864. Issue 1, Wilbur G.; 2, Clarence, Ceres, Cal.

II. William A., born April (?), 1867; graduated from University of Michigan. Resides Great Falls, Mont.

III. Lewis D., born August 31, 1869. Issue, Beatrice, Monrovia, Cal.

IV. Sumner Allen, born August 10, 1871. Issue, Sumner A. and two others.

V. Edward S., born September 14, 1973. Issue 1, Ruth; 2, Maud; 3, Frederick; 4, —.

Issue of Mary E., married Alexander Christie, a prominent farmer of Wheatland, September 25, 1867.

I. William R., born October 29, 1868. Married Edith Hagen. Lives at Sonyea, N. Y.

II. Janie Adelia, born March 16, 1871; died May 15, 1872.

III. Nellie A., born June 25, 1873; died March 12, 1899.

IV. Hugh Miller, born September 23, 1877, farmer at Mumford, N. Y.

Issue of Elizabeth M. Allen, who was born December 21, 1825. Married John Randolph Olmsted, a prominent lawyer of Leroy, N. Y., February 23, 1853. They celebrated their golden wedding in 1903. Mr. Olmsted was a graduate of Ingham university and the author of many poems, many of which were published in book form.

I. John Bartow, born January 28, 1854. Married Clara A. Morgan. In Public Service commissioner and resides in Buffalo.


1. John Morgan, born December 27, 1879. Married Helen M. Prescott, October 24, 1879.

a. Janet C., born September 20, 1904.

b. Prescot Seymour, born April 17, 1906.

c. John Morgan, jr., born February 7, 1910.

2. Charles Morgan, born January 19, 1881. Married M. Elizabeth McNeil, August 26, 1903.


a. Dugald McNeil, born March 21, 1904.

b. John Bartow, second, born July 10, 1905.

c. Elizabeth Allen, March 21, 1910.

d. Clarlice Huntington, September 1, 1911.

3. Remington C., born September 16, 1882. Married Florence Fay, June 3, 1910.

4. Harold Le Roy. born March 18, 1886. Married Grace Howe Legate, June 28, 1910. Issue 1, Clara Venzia, born Venice, March 8, 1911.

5. Allen Seymour, born July 9, 1888.

6. Seymour Hatch, born April 2, 1891

II. Allen Seymour, born July 2, 1856; prominent manufacturer, Le Roy and Buffalo..

III. Mary Lucy, born May 11, 1858; married Edward P. White, attorney, Buffalo, N. Y., September 7, 1887; resides Amsterdam and Buffalo.

IV. Oliver Allen, born April 20, 1860; married Florence Whitmore; resides in Chicago and Denver.

V. Elizabeth Remington, born December 16, 1863.

VI. Jacob Whittlesey, born May 25, 1866; married Alice Root Atkinson; March 25, 1901; resides in Le Roy, N. Y.

Published March 9, 1912


Sunderland P. GardnerRev. Sunderland P. Gardner, born the fourth day of the sventh month, 1802, in the town of Rensselaervill, Albany county, N. Y., son of Elisha W. and Sarah (Pattison) Gardner. In 1814 he removed with his parents, who were Friends, to Farmington, Ontario county (then Genesee country), being nine days on the way. The Farmington quarterly meeting included all the Friends in Western New York, the minister at that time being Caleb Macomber. Rev. Gardner kept a record of the funeral sermons he preached, and they have been copied and arranged alphabetically and will be given in full, "On the thirteenth of second month, 1893, he left the suffering clay and went to that other home—the place prepared for those who die in the Lord, where there is no pain, nor sorrow, nor tears." (A mistake was made in the date of his death, in the other article published on March 18, 1911.

Published March 16, 1912


Elijah Calkins (Caulkins) born 1740; married 1763 to Mehitable Heath; died July 3, 1813. Lived first in Sharon, Conn., but moved to what is now Seward, Schoharie county, N. Y., during the Revolution. Among his children was Hezekiah Calkins, born May 27, 1764; married October 9, 1788, Esther (?); died December 19, 1825; lived in Schoharie county, possibly at Canajoharie.

Hezekiah's wife was Esther (?), born August 11, 1764, and died March 28, 1830; among their children was one daughter, Polly, who married Dr. John Nichols; their daughter was my grandmother, whose name was Rhoda Bailey Nichols; the Bailey for her grandmother Calkins's maiden name she always told me.

Wanted the name of Esther; lately reported without proof, to have been Esther Hale and Esther Hall; which was it, or was it Esther Bailey?

Published March 16, 1912


Monroe Co. Revolutionary Soldiers.
Samuel Bell—Private.

Letters on file from Horace M. Soper, of Batavia, dated January 26, 1837, regarding payment of pension of Samuel Bell, then of Batavia, formerly of Greece, Monroe county; and April 12, 1837; in regard to the service of the same.

October 4, 1832, Samuel Bell, of Greece, aged 74 years, made the following statements of service:

He enlisted January, 1776, while a resident of Lime, Grafton county, New Hampshire, in the latter part of the month, in Captain Seeley's company, Colonel Seth Warner's regiment. If the regiment was raised by order the province of New Hampshire or congress he did not know, but thought probably the latter. His officers were: Captain Abner Seely; first lieutenant, Ephraim Seely; second lieutenant, Oliver Willard; orderly sergeant, John Payne. He did not recollect the field officers other than Colonel Seth Warner and Major Safford..

Part of the company was raised in the province of New Hampshire and part in Vermont. Lime (Lyme) then being on the line between New Hampshire and Vermont, then part of New York. After his enlistment he did not remain over ten days in Lime, but set out on the march for Canada. They marched through Northern New York, to Lake Champlain. The regiment did not march together but each company went off as soon as collected. They followed the lake to St. Johns, thence to Montreal. They stayed at Montreal about five days. At the end of that time the regiment got all together and then marched to Quebec. There they were stationed on the plains of Abraham, the main army being there when they arrived. They remained there till May 6, 1776, when the army retreated back into what was called the Three Rivers, where they made a stand, and which is halfway between Montreal and Quebec; they were closely pursued by the British commanded by Burgoyne, and the rear guards occasionally were engaged in skirmishes. From Three Rivers they again retreated to Sarelle, where they met General Sullivan with recruits, and there they again made a stand until General Sullivan, finding they were so closely pursued, ordered a retreat. They marched back to St, Johns by the same route, they had advanced and tore up and broke bridges to prevent the advance of the enemy. They remained in St. Johns some time, where all the troops were assembled. Thence they moved across the lake to Ticonderoga, where they remained some days or about a fortnight. This was in the month of June.

The regiment was discharged by Colonel Seth Warner. No written discharge was ever given any of the men that the applicant knew of, but the regiment was called out and then verbally discharged by the colonel saying "that he thanked them for their services and that they might all go home."

He went to Lime and stayed till August, 1776, when he enlisted at Lime in a company raised by the state of New Hampshire for three months. The company was raised for the purpose of building forts on the Connecticut river and watching the frontiers. The officers were Captain Samuel Atkinson, Lieutenant Garish and Ensign Dustin. He was chiefly employed in building forts on the Connecticut river and in scouting on the frontiers. The company built three forts, one in Piermont and two in Haverhill. The three months' term expired some time in November or December, while he was in Haverhill. He received no written discharge but was verbally discharged by his captain.

He returned to Lime and enlisted the last time in February or March, 1777, in a company of militia drafted in New York, immediately over the line in the neighborhood of Lime, and the applicant being fond of the service agreed to serve as a substitute for one month. Officers were Captain Timothy Burke and Lieutenant Hasford. They marched to Ticonderoga soon and after arrival (about a week after beginning of march) they found the ice so thick the enemy could not cross the lake, and the company was dismissed by the general commanding, either Wane (Wayne) or St. Clair, he did not recollect which. He received no written discharge but was discharged verbally. He had no documentary evidence and knew no one who could testify as to his service:

In reply to the interrogatories he stated:

1. He was born in the town of Palmer, Worcester county, Massachusetts, January 1, 1758.

2. He had no record of his birth in his possession, but believed there was a record in Palmer.

3. He lived in Lyme (Lime), Grafton county, New Hampshire, when serving. After he was discharged he lived several years in Lyme, thence he went to Chittenden county, Vermont, where he lived about four years, then in St. Armond, Lower Canada province, about fifteen years. In Avon, Genesee county, about three years; in Henrietta, three or four years; into Genesee county for about four years, then back to Monroe county, where he had remained since.

4. He enlisted into the service as a volunteer for three months, but was retained in service for the time mentioned in his declaration. He again enlisted for three months, and lastly as a substitute for one month. He served for William Cuishman.

5. The officers and services were as stated.

6. He had no written discharge.

7. He knew Jared Higbee, James McKenny and Stephen Bucklin. There was no clergymen, in the neighborhod with whom he was acquainted.

Beford I. Cutler, clerk.

Jared Higbee and James McKinney, residents of Greece, testified that they were well acquainted with Samuel Bell, believed him to be 74 years of age and that he was reputed to be a Revolutionary soldier.

James Smith, Joseph Sibley and Samuel Castle, judges. L. Adams, clerk.

Second affidavit of service Samuel Bell stated that he served not less than the periods mentioned, viz.: (1) Five months as a private; (2) Three months as a private; (3) One month as a substitute. Total, nine months.

Published March 23, 1912



With the papers on file with the application for pension by Philip Allen is a letter from F. Whittlesey, member of congress, to J. L. Edward, commissioner of pensions.

From the office of the secretary of the commonwealth of Massachusetts is the following:

Philip Allen as a private is borne on a pay abstract of Captain Nathan Hamilton's company in Colonel Samuel Brewer's regiment to return home from Fort Edward, dated Brookfield, February 6, 1777, where he is allowed for travel eight days and a half.

Philip Allen's name is borne on a pay abstract of a company of volunteers under command of Captain Asa Danforth, to join the army under General Gates, where he is allowed from September 23, 1777, twenty-two days.

Philip Allen claims for service under Captain Jonathan Packard in Colonel Ithamar Wright, Colonel Converse regiment, 1775 and '76, also under Captain Nathan Hamilton in Colonel Jonathan Brewer's regiment in 1776, and under Lieutenant Matthew Brown in 1777. But the rolls he describes are not found in this office. Signed E. D. Bangs, secretary.

Letter dated Rochester, May 13, 1833, again sending application of Philip Allen, from Addison Collins to J. L. Edwards.

Persis Allen. of Brookfield, Worcester county, Mass., aged 83, testified that she was married to Nathan Allen, late of said Brookfield, deceased, in the forepart of January, 1774, at which time Philip Allen, now of Rochester, state of New York, a brother of her husband, was living with him for an apprentice to learn the carpenter's trade. and she well recollected that Philip Allen, in the spring of 1775, at the time the British marched to Lexington, took her husband's place as a soldier, who was drafted. Philip went from home at that time and was absent a number of months; he marched under Captain Wright for the purpose of going to Roxbury. But he proving a coward, it was said, he afterwards served under Captain John Packard. She also recollected that Philip Allen again enlisted a a soldier in fore part of same (?) year and left home to go to Roxbury, as it was said, and was absent about until the spring of 1776, when he again returned home. Also recollected that he enlisted to go to Ticonderoga, and was absent a number of months. Also recollected that Philip was absent again as a soldier to go to Bennington and heard him state fact of his being at that place on his return, but cannot tell how long he was absent. Also that Philip enlisted at the time of the capture of Burgoyne and marched from Brookfield under Captain Jonathan Danforth and was absent a number of months, but she did not recollect the particular month he left home.

Subscribed before Jesse Bliss, justice of the peace.

Certified by Joseph G. Kendall, clerk of the Court of common Pleas, Worcester county, Mass.

October 2, 1832, Philip Allen, aged 75, residing in Rochester, made the following affidavit: He was born July 9, 1757, in Bridgewater, Mass., and his birth was recorded in the town records. He removed to Brookfield, Worcester county, in 1773. Last of June or early in July, 1775, he volunteered at Roxbury in place of his brother, Nathan Allen, who was then sick. in Captain Jonathan Packard's company, Colonel David Brewer's regiment of Massachusetts militia, He served at Roxbury six weeks or two months. About September of the same year he enlisted at Roxbury under Captain Ithamar Wright in Colonel Converse's regiment of Massachusetts militia (company soon after commanded by Captain Packard), and served at Roxbury from enlistment until some time in April, 1776. He was then discharged and carried home sick. At Roxbury, in that service, he knew Generals Washington, Lee and Ward. On or about June, 1, 1776, he enlisted at Brookfield in Captain Jonathan Brewster's regiment of Massachusetts militia, and served till discharged in January, 1777, in consequence of his sickness. (One Pond was second lieutenant). The company marched from Brookfield through the woods to Ticonderoga and was stationed most of the time at Mount Hope near Ticonderoga. In June, 1777, he enlisted at Brookfield in the company commanded by Lieutenant Matthew Brown, Massachusetts militia, colonel's name not recollected, nor any other officer except Captain David Gilbert and Lieutenant Lynes. He served till the month of September following when he was discharged. While in service he marched from Brookfield to North River, and was stationed at Half Moon Point, now Waterford, New York, until shortly before the battle of Bennington. Then marched to Bennington and arrived there August 16th, the day of the battle and just at the termination of the battlwe. Stationed there until in September following, when he was discharged. In the same month of September and as soon after his discharge as he could arrive at Brookfield he volunteered in Captain Asa Danforth's company of volunteers, Massachusetts militia, and rode on horseback to Stillwater, New York, and bore his own expenses. He was at the battle of Saratoga. The said company, on or about the 16th or 17th of October, was ranked in Colonel Bailey's regiment, Massachusetts militia, and served in that regiment in the battle. He was discharged after the capture of Burgoyne about the last of October. He served about six weeks and without pay. He could not state the periods for which he enlisted but spent in travel to and from the same the whole time from July, 1775, to the last of October, 1777, except about nine weeks. He traveled about fifteen hundred (1,500) miles. In the last two terms of his service he knew General Gates and Arnold and Colonel Weston. He resided at Brookfield at all of his enlistments; since then he had lived at Pollet, Vt., Salem and Rochester, New York. He had no documentary evidence, as his discharges were only verbal, and he knew of no one except Dr. Matthew Brown (whose affidavit was subjoined) who could testify to his service.

I. Cutler, clerk.

In another affidavit Philip Allen stated that by reason of old age and consequent loss of memory he could not swear positively to the precise length of his service, but according to his best recollection, not less than the periods mentioned and in each as a private. First enlistment he served two months in the garrison at Roxbury; second enlistment, seven and one-half months in the garrison at Roxbury; third enlistment under Captain Hamilton, seven months; fourth enlistment, three and one-half months; fifth enlistment, one and one-fourth months. And in all this time he was not employed in any civil pursuits.

Subscribed before Samuel L. Selden, judge, L. Adams, clerk.

Joseph Penny, a clergyman in Rochester; Jacob Gould and Edward Peck, of Rochester, testified that according to their belief he was 75 years of age and a Revolutionary soldier.

Before L. Adams, clerk.

Matthew Brown, a citizen of Rochester sixty-five (65) years of age, testified that for fifty-five years he had known known Philip Allen and believed him to be 75 years of age. He had first known him (Allen) in Brookfield, Mass., and knew of his spending some time in the army of the Revolution. That Lieutenant Matthew Brown was his father who served as above stated and afterwards became captain of his company. He recollected that said Allen served under his father, but did not recollect how long.

Peter Price, Samuel Castle and James Smith, judges, certified that they found Joseph Penny a clergyman in Rochester, and Jacob Gould and Edward Peck "credible persons."

Published April 3, 1912


Monroe Co. Revolutionary Soldiers.
Asa Burr.

May 12, 1818, Asa Burr made affidavit before the judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Ontario county. He was of Henrietta, and stated that he was aged sixty-three years, six months and eleven days. He enlisted first in the town of Granby, county of Hartford, Conn., April 1, 1777, in a company commanded by Captain Judd, in a regiment commanded by Colonel Wyllis. (the Christian name of these two officers he could not recollect). He continued to serve about nine months until January 1, 1773. He was then discharged from the said corps in the town of Reading, state of New York. He enlisted the second time at Granby, Hartford county, Conn., on or about May, 1778, in company commanded by Captain Benjamin Mills, the regiment commanded by Colonel Bezalee Beebe, and continued to serve in said company about eight months, or until latter part of December or first of January following when he was discharged at Horseneck, state of New York, He enlisted the third time at Granby, Hartford county, Conn., on or about May 1, 1780 or '81 (just which he did not recollect), in company commanded by Captain Samuel Starr, regiment commanded by Colonel John Swift, and continued to serve about seven months or until December 1, 1770, or '81 when he was discharged at West Point, N. Y. He had a regular discharge from the respective officers under whom he served, but had lost the same. No other evidence was then in his power.

Subscribed and sworn to before Timothy Barnard, judge of the Court of Common Pleas, May 12, 1818.

Ebenezer Holcomb and Ebenezer Goddard, both of Granby, Hartford county, Conn., both made affidavit that they well knew that Asa Burr was a soldier in the Revolution and that on the Continental establishment from about the seventh or tenth day of March, 1778, until about the first day of January, 1779, and that he belonged to William Judd's company and Colonel Samuel Wyllis's regiment, they having belonged to the service at the same time, and that Asa Burr was enlisted, served and discharged as aforesaid.

Subscribed and sworn August 19, 1819, before Joab Griffin, jr., J. P., Thomas Chester, clerk.

On the 7th of June, 1832, Asa Burr made a second declaration in addition to the foregoing, in which he stated that during his third enlistment he served only part of the time under Captain Samuel Starr in the regiment commanded by Colonel Swift in the Continental line for that in the month of September of that same year, with other soldiers he was sent to Newburgh on the Hudson river to erect "Hutts" for winter quarters, leaving the regiment of Colonel Swift at West Point, and when he returned he was attached to Captain Sills's company, in Colonel Huntington's regiment. He received a written discharge from General Huntington which he had in his possession until about fifteen or sixteen years prior to this time, when it was destroyed. He was aged 78 years last November.

He also enlisted in the service of the state of Connecticut and served two months at Horseneck under Captain Bates and Colonel Mead. He started at Granby then marched through, Litchfield, New Milford, to Horseneck. This according to his recollection was in the year 1775. Also, in 1776, he enlisted under Captain David Phelps, two months, for the purpose of guarding Stratford's Point, so-called. He enlisted at Granby, Hartford county, Conn., and marched to New Haven and served to the end of his enlistment. He was discharged at Strtaford. There was no higher officer in command than Captain Phelps. At Granby, in 1776, he was drafted under Captain Cook to fill quota of men for two months at West Point. He served as corporal to the end of his term. He went from Granby to Windsor, where he was mustered under Major Loomis, who died before he (Burr) returned from service. He was discharged at West Point. His time at West Point was spent in the chief engineer's department. He was in the skirmish of Dobb's Ferry and at Round Hill, so-called. While in service under nine months, in his format affidavit, he volunteered as ranger under Captain Henry Champion, Colonel Butler's regiment, under General Scott, continental service for five months, when he was ordered to join his original company commanded by Captain Judd in Colonel Wyliss's regiment. By the reason of ill health he was not able to attend court without materially injuring his health, as he resided nine miles from the seat of justice in Monroe county and had not been so far from home in ten years.

1. He was born November 2, 1753, and has the record in a family Bible formerly belonging to his father.

2, He was living at Granby when called into service.

3. He had given all names of officers as he recollected.

4. He generally received a written discharge, but all were lost.

5. He was acquainted with Rev. Thomas Gorton, a resident clergyman, and Jonathan G. Longfellow, of Henrietta, to whom he refers for his character for veracity.

Subscribed before Peter Price, judge County court of Monroe.

Rev. Thomas Gorton and J. G. Longfellow testified that they were well acquainted with applicant, and believed him to be 78 year old and a Revolutionary soldier.

Subscribed before Peter Price, judge County court of Monroe

Judge Price made affidavit that he was personally acquainted with the Rev. Thomas Gorton and Jonathan G. Longfellow, and that they are reputable persons and entitled to credit.

Ephraim Goss, clerk, certified to the signatures of Roswell Wickwire and Alfred Jones, and that they were judges of Monroe county, December 27, 1838, the widow, Malinda Burr made application for a pension on the service of Asa Burr as private and corporal. She stated that she was 70 years of age, that she was married to Asa Burr, August 1, 1784, and that he died September 22, 1835. She was not married to him before he left the service, but that the marriage took place to January 1, 1794.

Subscribed before, Roswell Wickwire.

Warren Burr, of Henrietta, made affidavit that he was 49 years of age the 5th of August last past. He was the son of Asa and Malinda Burr. Asa Burr, his father died September 22, 1836, at Henrietta, Monroe county, N. Y. Malinda Burr, his mother, was the widow and she had remained a widow. He (Warren Burr), was the second son, his elder brother having died in November last past. Asa and Malinda Burr had resided with him and Asa Burr died at his home. Subscribed before A. Jones, judge, Monroe county, July 15, 1839.

Zebina Burr, of Granby, Conn., aged 87, stated that she was present at the marriage of her brother, Asa Burr. He married Malinda Hoskins, daughter of John Hoskins, who lived in Granby and died about eighteen years ago. They were married August 1, 1784, or about that day. Asa Burr remained in town (Granby) about seventeen or eighteen years after marriage and then removed with his family to the state of New York. She knew of no record of the marriage nor believed any such record in existence.

Subscribed before Joshua R. Jewett, justice of the peace.

Elizabeth Dibble, of Granby, Conn., aged 73, stated that she was present at the marriage of her sister, Malinda, now the widow of Asa Burr. She was married August 1, 1784, at our father's house in this town (Granby) and the same house in which I now live. (They were daughters of John Hoskins, and she knew of no record of the marriage).

Subscribed before Joshua R. Jewett, J. P.

Joshua R. Jewett stated that he had carefully examined the records of the town and also the Parish church, and could find no record of the marriage of Asa Burr and wife, and he believed no record existed. He was personally acquainted with Asa Burr and wife, Malinda, while they lived in town, and on or about the time stated in the depositions of Elizabeth Dibble and Zebina Burr. Asa Burr and family removed from that place some years before and he was informed they settled in Henrietta, Monroe county, N. Y.

Subscribed before Edmund Holcomb, justice of the peace.

Published April 3, 1912



Chrystal came in 1801 from Frederick county, Md., with the Prices and Stulls and Martins, and settled on Stoney Brook, where he built the first saw mill in 1805 and in 1807 the first bridge across Honeoye creek, in the town.

His wife's name was Barbary. She died September 1, 1826, aged 69.

He died February 21, 1844, aged 85.

Their children

I. Jacob, born 1787; die October 24, 1872, aged 85. Married, 1st, Anna, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Martin. (She was born ——, 1797 and died July 17, 1838). Married, 2d, Lydia (she was born ——, and died ——).

II. Ann, born 1788, died May 10, 1842.

III. Chystal, born about 1790, died ——, married ——, (She was born ——, died ——).

IV. David C., born 1793, died August 10, 1875. Married, first, Catharine ——. Married Anna ——. She was born 1788 and died January 26, 1879). Their children:

1. David C., died May 3, 1890, aged 68. Married Mandy Ludwig. She was born April 10, 1837, died December 2, 1904. By her side 7 children.

2. Barbara.

V. Barbara, born ——, died ——, aged 82. Married Rev. Samuel Mook of Henrietta. He died June 24, 1865, aged 68.

Chystal, 1st had a grandson, David C., who married Mandy Ludwig and had sons Emery and Jacob.


Published April 3, 1912


Martin Clapp, son of Roger and Eunice (Colt) Clapp of Hartford, Ct., died in Rochester, 1844.

Married 1st, Susan Cook. She died 1833 or 1834. She was the daughter of Nathan Cook.

Married 2nd, Clarissa Smith, an early Rochester schoolmistress.

Issue all born in Rochester.

1. George Augustine, born 1816.

2, Charles Phineas, born 1818.

3. Hannah, born 1824.

4. Susan Abigail, born 1827.

5. Mary Aurelia, born 1829.

Martin Clapp journeyed from Litchfield to the Genesee Valley about 1809 on horseback, accompanied by his wife and her parents, Mr. and Mrs, Charles Ward, Nathan Cook's two daughters, Miss Lucretia Cook and Miss Sabra Cook, afterwards Mrs, Cherry. Mr Cherry was an artist and writer. Their son, now advanced in years, is in the Controller of (?) the Treasury Office, Washington; Phineas Baldwin Cook, a man named Chase and a Mr. Treat, a school teacher.

Nathan Cook, who marred Abigail (Beckwith) was the son of Captain Joseph Cook and Lucretia (Post) Cook. Captain Joseph Cook served in the Revolutionary War and was the son of Aaron and Hannah (Wadsworth) Cook. Hannah Wadsworth was the daughter of Captain Joseph Wadsworth.

First directory of 1827 gives Martin Clapp, mason. He owned a lot in the Old Buffalo burying ground and there were two removals made to Mt. Hope.

On the First Presbyterian Church record is Clarissa Clapp, 1844. Martin Clapp owned a stone quarry on Jay street.

Published April 8, 1912



Michael Erickson, the immigrant ancestor, was born at Jonkoping, Sweden, on February 14, 1700, and was a lineal descendant in numerous lines from the Sweden and Danish kings.

Married in Jonkoping, Sweden, May 5, 1724, Deborah, daughter of Thomas Hall, a native of Glastonbury, Somersetshire, England. After his father's death in 1726 he, with wife, mother, sister, brother-in-law and the latter's son, emigrated in the ship Kronan to Hull, June 17, 1727, settling in London.

Soon, however, the lure of the New World offered too great attraction. Shortly afterwards we find Michael Erickson a member of the new settlement in New Jersey, and his name first appears upon the records of Middlesex county as a land owner, being a resident of Perth Amboy, or in the vicinity. His first land transaction was the purchase from John Hamilton of 500 acres of land, lot No. 3, called Wickakinck, in Monmouth county.

His next purchase is of Samuel Leonard of a tract in Perth Amboy. In 1751 he sold a part of this tract to Jonathan Rhea Gordon.

Michael Erickson, of Monmouth county, administered the estate of Dugal McCollum, late of Perth Amboy, October 23, 1746.

Michael Erickson, Sen., of Freehold, New Jersey, made his will November 21, 1763; proved December 16, 1762.

He was twice married. His second wife was Martha (English) Cole, a widow, and they were married June 13, 1746. His children were all by his first wife, Deborah Hall.


I. Thomas; married April 9, 1761, Margaret, daughter of James Abrahams.

II. Deborah; married —— Wright.

III. Susanna; born in 1739.

IV. Hulda; married —— Catelinn.

V. Michael.

VI. John; married Lois ——.

V. Michael Erickson, jr., of Freehold, N. J., was a private in Captain Hunn's regiment in the War of the Revolution. He married October 18, 1751, Mary, daughter of Richard Francis.


I. John; born in 1752.

II. Michael, born May 1, 1755.

III. Erick.

IV. Susanna.

V. Thomas; married Hester Patterson.

VI. Hannah; married —— Sutphen.

VII. Peter; married Ann ——.

VIII. David.

II. Michael Erickson, born May 1, 1755; died November 2, 1815, aged 62, married Ann Tantum, daughter of Francis and Sarah (Hepburn) Tantum, who was the daughter of James Hepburn and Elizabeth Montgomery, a descendant of Roger de Montgomerie. "Earl of Montgomerie in Normandy before the coming of Rollo" in 912. This family is also descended from Malcolm II, King of Scotland, through his daughter Beatrix, and it is interesting to note that the Ericksons are also descended from another daughter, Dovada, who married a Swedish earl.

Michael Erickson served in the War of the Revolution as a sergeant in Captain John Burrow's company of infantry, in Colonel Oliver Spencer's or Fourth regiment of New Jersey troops, in 1779, and was in Sullivan's expedition through Wyoming to Western New York.


I. Sarah, born June 30, 1785; married Peter Lloyd.

II. Eleanor; married Howard Smith.

III. Maria, born January 29, 1788.

IV. Mary Ann, born November 30, 1789; married —— Holmes.

V. Charles, married Deborah Erickson.

VI. Michael, married Lydia Mackee.

VII. Francis, married Alice Van Kirk.

VIII. Elizabeth, married Simeon Freeman.

IX. John.

X. Aaron, born February 28, 1806; died January 27, 1880; married Hannah Bockoven.

X. Aaron Erickson, born at Freehold, New Jersey, February 25, 1806, married August 9, 1827, Hannah Bockover, daughter of John and Helena (Van der Bilt) Bockover; born at Basking Ridge, N. J., April 26, 1805; son of George Bockoven, born in Essenes, Alsace or Belgic France, September 15, 1734, and emigrated to America in 1756, first locating on Long Island at Brooklyn. George Bockoven on April 12, 1759, married Mary, daughter of Eliakein and Anna Whitenacht and removed to Basking Ridge, N. J.

This family can trace its ancestry to the ancient Teutons, who established themselves in France about the sixth century and became the dominant element in the eighth century under Charlemagne.

In 1570-80 this element in France became Protestant, and many of ots representatives fled to Holland or Belgia and Alsace near the border of Germany. As such they were called "Huguenots," which is a corruption of the Teutonic "Eidgenossen" persons associated by oath—"Covenanters."

(Helena Van der Bilt was a daughter of John and Ann (Conover) Van der Bilt, born April 26, 1779; married July 13, 1799, to John Bockoven, born December 9, 1774. Helena Van der Bilt was a descendant of Jan Aetsen Van der Bilt and his second wife, Dierbet Cornlis, from the Province of Ultrecht, Holland).

Aaron Erickson died January 27, 1880.


I. Henry Nichols, born May 20, 1828; died March 15, 1830.

II. Francis, born October 9, 1829; died August 25, 1830.

III. Mariah, born November 4, 1831; died September 27, 1835.

IV. Elizabeth, born March 31, 1832; married June 4, 1857, William Snowden, Nicholes, New York.

V. Caroline, born December 31, 1835; married July 17, 1856, Gilman Hill Perkins.

VI. Aaron, born July 12, 1838; died August 26, 1871; married July 12, 1865, Susan Wentworth, Boston.

VII. Angerona, born December 4, 1842; married July 9, 1863, William Devens Powell; second ex-Governor Alexander H. Rice, August 12, 1881, of Boston, Mass.

VII. Hannah Viola, born August 7, 1844; married September 13, 1862, General E. G. Marshall; died May 25, 1873.

Published April 8, 1912



Aaron EricksonAaron Erickson lost his father at the age of nine, after remaining with his mother and sisters on their farm in Freehold until 1823, he left them on his seventeenth birthday having made up his mind to go to the West and carve his fortune. He first went to visit his sister, Eleanor Smith, in Lyons, N. Y., and there he met the young lady whom he afterwards married. He came from Lyons to Pittsford by canal, walking from there to Rochester arriving on the birthday of his future wife, April 26, 1823.

He found work with Caleb H. Bickwell, which he gave him in his blacksmith shop, and boarded him in his home on Spring street.

As he left school when 14 years of age, his education was incomplete so his evenings were spent in his room, studying by the light of a tallow dip.

He remained with Mr. Bickwell a year, then took up a higher grade of work in the same line with Mr. Gilman on Mt. Hope avenue. At that period blacksmithing included all kinds of iron work and with Gilman he made horse collar hames. The workmen would have a "stint" to do, a certain number of hames a day, and as he and his friend Chauncey Hulbut, afterwards a leading citizen of Detroit, were active workers, they would get beyond the "stint," to secure a half day to go shooting. In a year Mr. Erickson went into the business for himself of making axes, and to dispose of them would take them in a wagon into the neighboring country to sell.

Some time during this experience he made with his own hand the iron work for the old bridge across Main street, which was taken down in 1850. About 1824 he made also the iron yoke from which was suspended the bell of St. Luke's church, which was replaced with a peal of bells, rung for the first time at the marriage of one of his daughters, July 17, 1856.

When he was 21 years old he went back to New Jersey to settle his father's estate. At this time he sold a royal grant of land inhis mother's family, the entail of which died in him, he being the youngest of ten children. He said the price of the land only covered his expenses and left about $200, which he put in a silver "oaken bucket" pitcher, as an heirloom in his family.

He remained in New Jersey for seven months, and came back to marry, the young couple going at once to house-keeping in a little home in Frankfort (now State street) just north of the house afterwards built by George J. Whitney, and now a marble office. In a year they moved next door in the north part of a double house, from there into a house built in North Clinton street. It is a singular fact that the house of his birth and everyone in which he ever lived, is still standing, the one in Clinton street moved to another site.

Quoting from a letter he wrote his Uncle Daniel Erickson, of Freehold, N. J., January 30, 1837, he says, beginning at the period of his marriage, and 21 years of age: "I borrowed $200, started a small blacksmith shop with two fires, which was manned by myself and two apprentices with one journeyman, and the result was that I cleared $500 the first year, and at about the same rate for three years after. By this time my health, which was always slender, made it necessary that I should quit the trade, so I sold off my tools, threw down the hammer and have never since taken it up. I continued, however, to manufacture one hundred dozen axes each year, by letting them out by the piece, and by keeping up my own stamp, my former reputation would easily sell them. This paid my family expenses and my own time was otherwise employed.

After one year's rest from the hammer, during which my health had greatly improved, I commenced the mercantile business, by running in debt for all my goods in New York, both dry goods and groceries to the amount of several thousand dollars, having laid out all my money in purchasing a store and lot with other real estate, but this venture I confess did not meet my hopes, yet to yield was ruin, this I knew. So I commenced the manufacture of potash and in connection with my store, soon reduced my stock of goods, and in eight months I had made more than five thousand dollars' worth of potash, selling it in New York and Montreal, the expenses of which had been paid in goods from my store, and so turned into money at a profit, this paid all my debts, and firmly established my credit in New York.

The balance of my goods I sent in the country, a distance of thirty miles where I formed a partnership with a young man by offsetting my credit and a little money against his time, and this store is still in successful operation, my half the profits having always been sufficient to pay all my family expenses, so what at one time threatened my ruin, by a little effort has been made a source of profit.

Being relieved from the personal care of my store, which had employed my time for nearly a year, and selling my storehouse and lot for $700 more than it cost me, I commenced the purchase of potash and pork, which I followed for the next two years, together with my store in the country and axes in the city, all with good success.

By this time my financial and commercial credit was was established. I now gave up the manufacture of axes, as well as the traffic in pork and potash, to give my time to the wool trade in connection with morocco manufacturing which I have done, (or rather we, for I have a partner), for not less than $50,000 a year for the last three years, and have secured to myself not a large but competent fortune.

Mr. Erickson took up the business of buying wood ashes for the making of potash, because everyone else had failed in it, and the ashes consequently sold at a low price, so he could see money in it. In about 1830 he commenced purchasing sheep skins pulling the wool and manufacturing morocco in a factory in Water street. This led to the wool business, which he started in 1834, shipping to the Boston market, the business becoming so large, it became necessary to transfer the main office to Boston, which was done under the firm name of Erickson, Livermore Co., and speedily became the largest commission house in the wool business in the country.

On one of his trips to Boston, about 1840, he brought home some silver forks, which caused general interest in the neighborhood, as in that day two and three tined forks were used, and Mr. Everard Peck was supposed to be the only other person in Rochester who had four tined silver ones.

He always lived generously as had been his custom in his father's house. The first time he was invited out in the village, was to take "tea" at the house of Elisha Johnson, who lived in South Clinton street.

Mr. Erickson's business was prosperous until 1841, when he lost quite a large portion of his ready capital. Nevertheless, at this time with characteristic courage, he purchased the lot, 221 East avenue, and began building the house in which the rest of his life was spent, which gave him greater opportunity for indulging his taste in horticulture.

In 1852 the Union Bank of Rochester was organized, Aaron Erickson, being its president.

Shortly after their marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Erickson were confirmed in St. Paul's church, where Mr. Erickson became a prominent member, and was vestryman and warden for many years, and superintendent of the Sunday school. St. Paul's church burned in 1846, at which time he went to St. Luke's church, where he remained.

He was on a commission to build Clarissa and Andrews street bridges. In politics a Henry Clay whig, and ardent republican all his life.

Mr. Erickson became interested in the Park bank, of New York, and was later elected a director of the bank, which office he filled until his death, January 27, 1880.

Published April 13, 1912


Most of the members of the society have no doubt read the Memoirs of Sunderlin P. Gardner, lately published, and as he was of local fame, I take this opportunity of saying a few words relative to his ancestry.

A letter from Rev. Gardner to Benjamin Rodman contains some account of the ancestors of Sunderlin P. Gardner, of which the following is a part:

"Esteemed Friend: I received through the kindness of Benjamin Hollowell, of Sandy Spring, Md., a note or inquiry concerning my ancestors. Some years since I went to Rhode Island for the purpose of learning their history, and traced it with a certainty to five brothers, Benoni, Henry, George, William, and Nicholas Gardner. William was my great-great-grandfather. He had three sons, William, John and Thomas. John was my great-grand­father. He had three sons, William, John and Allen. William was my grandfather, and his son, E1isha Watson Gardner, was my father."

He has this correct as far as his great-grandfather, John. I have spent some little time looking up this line and find that the William Gardner, that he claims as his great-great-grandfather and brother of Benoni, was in fact a son of Benoni, as I will show later.

George Gardner, the emigrant ancestor of the Gardner family in the United states, came to Newport, R. I., about 1638. He was admitted an inhabitant of the Island of Aquidneck, having submitted himself to the government that is or shall be established. He married Herodias (Long) Hicks. Her first husband was John Hicks, who came to Long Island in 1638 or '39, and was the ancestor of Elias H1cks the renowned Friends preacher. On May 11, 1658, she (George Gardner's wife), "being the mother of many children, came with her babe at her breast, from Newport to Weymouth to deliver her religious testimony, for which she was carried to Boston, before Governor John Endicott, who sentenced her to be whipped with ten lashes, as well as her companion, Mary Stanton, who came with her to help bear her child. After the whipping with a three knotted whip of cords, she was continued for fourteen days longer in prison." The narrator (Bishop's New England Judged) says: "The woman came a very sore journey, and (according to man) hardly accomplishable through a wilderness of above sixty miles between Rhode Island and Boston. After the savage, inhuman and bloody execution upon her of your cruelty, aforesaid kneeled down and prayed the Lord to forgive you."

There is a tradition that Herodias Hicks was a sister to Mary Dyer, who was executed in Boston, June 1, 1660, for being a Quaker, but no authority can be found for it.

It is a remarkable fact that this Herodias Hicks Gardner was the mother ancestor of two Quaker preachers who are among the greatest that this country ever produced, Elias Hicks and Sunderland P. Gardner.

I. George Gardner and Herodias Hicks had the following children: Benoni II., Henry, George, William, Nicholas, Dorcas and Rebecca.

II. Benoni Gardner (George), died about 1731; had wife, Mary ——, and children William III., Nathaniel, Stephen, Isaac and Bridget.

III. William Gardner (Benoni George) was born in 1671, died 12th month 14, 1732, and married Abigail Remington and had children: John IV., William, Abigail, Thomas, Hannah, Lydia and Sylvester.

IV. John Gardner (William Benoni George), born 7th month 8, 1696, died in 1800. This last date is given by Sunderlin P. Gardner in his account. William V., the son or John IV., was Sunderlin's grandfather. He died in 1832 and his father Elisha Watson Gardner, in 1864. If the date of the death of John IV. Gardner as given in the Memoirs is correct it would make him 104 years old, which is possible, as all the Gardners have lived to a great age. Sunderlin himself was 91 at his decease. I copy the following memoranda to prove that I am correct, made in an old family Bible 1790, 7 month, 11th, by William C. Gardner: "Benoni died 1731, aged 104. Henry died 1737, aged 101. William died at sea by pirates. George lived to see 94 years, and Nicholas and Joseph lived also to a great age." Frank B. Hicks, Macedon Center, N.Y., January 27, 1896.

Published April 13, 1912



Peter Hallock, the ancestor of the Hallock Family of America, was one of thirteen pilgrim fathers who crossed the Atlantic, arriving at New Haven, October 20, 1640.

These men left England on account of civil and religious oppression, seeking to find liberty of life and conscience in the New World.

The same autumn, they crossed Long Island sound, landing on the eastern part of the island at the harbor on Peconic Bay which is now called Southold village.

When the ship came to the shore, the passengers did not dare to land for fear of the Indians; but Peter Hallock, a strong man physically and mentally, boldly stepped ashore first; there the place was called "Hallock's Neck" or "Hallock's Beach."

Peter Hallock purchased from the Indians the tract of land since called Oyster Ponds, now Orient, the eastern end of the island.

Then he returned to England for his wife, she being a widow with one son when he married her. He promised her that if she would return with him, her son should share with his in his property.

On coming back, he found the Indians had resold what is now Orient; so he purchased a farm ten miles west of Southold and two miles west of Mattituck, on which he settled, the place being called Aquebogue.

On the voyage, in company with Peter Hallock, was their minister, Reverend John Young, who with Hallock and twelve others of the company founded an independent church. They were called Presbyterians.

The original homestead on Long Island is still occupied by Peter Hallock's descendants, but his burial place is unknown; for, in those days, graves were marked with the commonest stones, rough and unhewn, scarcely rising above the surface of the ground.

The descendant of Peter Hallock was a son named William, who died at Mattituck in 1684. His wife's name was Margaret. They had four sons and five daughters. The sons were: John, who settled at Setauket; Thomas, at Rocky Point; Peter, at Southold; and Willliam, at Brookhaven, Long Island. The five daughters were Margaret. Martha, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Abigail.

William's will is preserved in the ancient records of Suffolk county, Riverhead, and New York city. In said will he expresses deep sorrow that his eldest son, John, had married a Quakeress and joined the Society of Friends. For this reason he disinherited him, entailing his portion on the first son of his descendants whose name was John, and who was a Presbyterian.

From Peter Hallock second, descended several notable figures of history: Joseph Ha1leck, a commander of an armed vessel in the Revolutionary War; Henry Wager Halleck, Major-General U.S.A., who married a grand-daughter of the patriot, Alexander Hamilton, also a poet, Fitz Greene Halleck.

John Hallock, from whom descended the family of Hallocks of Monroe county, New York, belonged to the Westbury Monthly Meeting of Friends. He married Abigail Sweezy, a Quakeress, daughter of John Sweezy of Salem, Mass. They had three sons and six daughters. The sons, Peter, Benjamin and William, married into the families of Powell, and Willets. The daughters, also, with the exception of Abigail, who died single, married into the Willets and Powell families.

John Hallock second, was a Friends preacher. He had three sons: John, third, Edward, and Samuel; also five daughters: Sarah, Abigail, Hannah, Catherine, and Almy. They married into the families of Powell, Hunt, SaterIy, and Underhill.

Edward Hallock, son of John second, was a Friends preacher. He was born in 1717 and lived Marlborough, now Milton, N. Y. He married Phebe Clapp in 1739, and had two sons, Edward and James, and nine married daughters, most of whom had large families and lived to be very old, five having met in Milton, when over eighty years of age.

The daughters were: Hannah, Dorcas, Clement, Mary, Catherine, Phebe, Philena, Martha, and Sarah. They married into the families of Smith, Young, Sands, Carpenter, Palmer, Bedell, Thorn and Hull.

James, a Friends preacher, married Elizabeth Townsend and had six sons and four daughters. The six sons were: Nicholas, John Townsend, Nehemiah , William, Edward and Nathaniel. The daughters were: Hannah, Philadelphia, Phebe, and Martha. These married. into the families of Soule, Sherman, Mann, and Ketcham.

Martha Ketcham was the mother of Edward Hallock Ketcham and John T. Ketcham, and Phebe, the mother of Captain Nehemiah Mann. All three of these men fought and fell in the Civil war. The Ketcham boys were called the "Fighting Quakers."

Edward Hallock, was the father of Nicholas and Valentine Hallock, prominent florists of Long Island.

Nathaniel was the father of the writer and illustrator Mary Hallock Foote.

William Hallock, son of James, the preacher, was born in 1794. He married Phebe Ann Hull of New York city, daughter of John Hull, a captain of Revolutionary fame, and in 1846 removed from Milton, Ulster county, to Rush, Monroe county.

A marked feature of William Hallock's character was his firm faith in freedom—freedom of body, and freedom of mind. He was kind, humane, and hospitable, ever ready to protect the weak from the power of the strong. Many notable people of the past century have been entertained at his home.

With his three sons, James, John and William (twins), he bought a tract of land in the eastern part of the town of Rush.

James Hal1ock married Catharine Alice White, daughter of Walter White of Mendon. They had two sons: William Townsend, born 1857, and Walter, born 1860. Walter died in early youth.

William married Louise Ardelia Root. They had one daughter, Phebe Ann, who married Wayland A. Keyes and died in 1900, and one son, Frank, who died in infancy.

John Hallock married Ella P. Reynolds of Brooklyn, N. Y. They had one child, Cora, born in 1875, and died the same year.

William Townsend married Ella M. Darrohn and has one daughter, Bessie Alice. He occupies the homestead in Rush.

Published April 13, 1912



The David Sherman with wife Chloe in Riga 1816 was undoubtedly son of Daniel Sherman and Ruth Howard (widow?) whose marriage is recorded at Coventry, R. I., April, 1772. History of Danvy, Vt., gives him as an early settler there with children Phebe, Sylvia, Margaret, Stephen, David and Daniel.

The line of Daniel from Philip of R. I., is:

1. Philip and Sarah Odding.

2. Edmund and Dorcas (——).

3. Elkanah and Elizabeth Manchester.

4. Elkanah, Jr., and first wife, Margaret Saile (married Oct. 18, 1747).

5. Daniel.

To this line from Elkanah (3) belongs also the George (5), Sherman (issue of Jan. 27) whose father George (4) was son of Elkanah (3) and Elizabeth.

George (4) was son of a lieutenant in the French and Indian war and also served as captain in an independent company from Berkshire Co, Mass. (Col. Joab Stafford's regiment) which took part in the Battle of Bennington.

(See article of Feb. 3rd.)

William DeShay, born 1763, at Knowlton, N. J., enlisted in the Revolutfonary war from Sandiston, Sussex Co., N. J. served from April to October for four seasons as private in Captains Peter Westbrook's and John Westbrook's Co., Col. Rosekranz's regiment of New Jersey troops. Applied for a pension Nov. 3, 1932, while a resident of Buffalo, N.Y. Died in January 1846, "1eaving a widow whose name is not stated." (Report from Pension Bureau).

See February 3rd.

The wife of Rufus Hebard, Revolutionary soldier, who was mother of Hezekiah Hebard, was Lydia Bradford, a descendant of Gov. Bradford. Martha "consort of Hezekiah," was Martha Armstrong. Eunice must have been second wife of Rufus Hebard

Daniel Quinby, Quaker preacher of Mendon (born 1783, died 1858), was son of Moses Quinby, born March, 1749, married Bathsheba Poll, of Eastchester. Moses was son of Aaron Quinby, born 1702, married March 17, 1740, Elizabeth, daughter of Richard and Hannah Cornell. Aaron was son of Josiah Quinby, 2, (John, 1), (See chart in Bolton's Westchester Co. History) (F. S. Wallace, Buffalo.)

Published April 13, 1912


Coleman Family.

"The name Coleman was derived from the Latin word 'Colles,' a hill or mountain; therefore we find that the family were hill men or mountaineers. The name in old records frequently spelled Collesman."

I. William Coleman, the progenitor, born in England 1619; dled at Gloucester, Mass., April 16, 1680.

II. Wm. 2nd, born about 1650, died 1705, married Mary Kanes.


1. W11liam 3rd, born about 1680 of Southold, L. I., Died Aug. 1742, Cornwall, N. Y.

2. John, born about 1682, Southold, L. I., died April 18, 1733.

3· George, born in Southold, died after 1743. Married Abigail Clark Feb. 24, 1707, and removed to Goshen prior to 1732.


A. George, born about 1710, died Nov. 1778, in Little Britain, Orange Co. Married Kesiah ——, born 1724, died April, 23, 1806.

B. Joseph, born about 1718, died Nov., 1800. Married 1st


1. Joseph, born in Goshen, N.Y., and removed to Roxbury, Morris Co., N. J., prior to 1782. After living there some time he disappeared. After a long term of years, he being on his death bed, sent for his son Joseph (by a first wife) to come to him in Ohio , where the son found him with a second wife and a large family of children. Nothing is known of what became of this family.

2. Jonathan, died 1779. Wife Charity.

3. Nathaniel, born 1762 in Goshen, died Oct. l0, 1799, with smallpox. Married Martha Howell., March 12, 1782.

4. ——, daughter, married George Smith and had Levi born Sept. 1, 1773. Hannah, Nathan, Simeon, Mary and Joseph.

5. Elizabeth, who married Barnabas, son of David and Phebe (Vail) Horton.

6. Johanna married Elihu Horton, brother of Barnabas, Feb. 25, 1779, and had Mahar who married Rachel Horton, and Jehiel.

7. Mary, who married William Coleman.

8. Hannah, who married Henry J. Elsworth (he married 2nd Mary Salmon, July 11, 1779).

9. Martha.

10. Ruth.

(The above records taken from the Coleman Gen.)

Barnabas Coleman, Orange Co. Militia, 4th Regt. Revolutionary Army.


Nathan, born about 1773; supervisor and justice of peace of Pittsford; married; died.

Silas, Jr., married; died.

Caleb married a daughter of Jesihel Farr.

A daughter who married (?) Beckwith.

A daughter who married. Carmi Hart, of Pittsford.

Published April 13, 1912



Louis Chnpin, brother of Moses and son of Moses A., and Lucina (Graves) Chapin, was born at West Springfield, Mass., November 3, 1809. He came to Rochester in 1827 and engaged in the manufacture and selling of flour. He was elder in the Second or Brick Presbyterian church, and for several years president of the Monroe County Savings bank. Died August 1, 1894. Married first Mary H. Smith, January 28, 1936, daughter of Dr. James W. and Elizabeth Smith, of Rochester. She was born August 13, 1813 and died December 13, 1937. Married second Rachel L. Shepard, September 1, 1940. She was the daughter of Erastus and Eliza Shepard, born November 9, 1818; died August 21, 1898. Erastus Shepard was one of the first publishers of the "Democrat."


1. Edward Dwight, born December 14, 1842. Married Frances Mary Hitchcock, daughter of Coleman and Susan L. Hitchcock, May 29, 1866. She was born February 15, l843.

2. Louis Shepard, born April 11, 1846. Married Mary Dawson Updike, daughter of Scott W. Updike, September 14, 1870.

Mary Smith, born July 3, 1848; died November 23, 1949.

4. William Wisner, born March 13, 1851. Married Elizabeth Gale Lyon, daughter of Harrison A. Lyon, September 7, 1876.

5. Alice Elizabeth, born August 15, 1853. Married Hon. Henry C. Brewster, October·6, 1876.


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