Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY
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William Richard Cutter, A. M.
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DAVENPORT. The various recognized ways of spelling the Davenport family name has led to no little confusion, especially with the name Danforth. Although the name is derived from the town of Davenport on the banks of the river Dune in Cheshire, England, some of the variations of spelling have been Danport, Damport, Danfort, Danforth, Danford, and Damford. Most of these spellings are common in the Massachusetts colonial records, printed by the state, and in the documents in the Massachusetts archives. In the single record of a deed given by Thomas Davenport, of Dorchester, in 1681, in vol. 12, p. 125, of the Suffolk Register of Deeds, recorded by Isaac Addington, clerk (whose adopted son and heir was his nephew Addington, afterward Judge Davenport) who must have been well acquainted with the correct spelling of the Davenport family name, the name is spelled in three several ways, davenport, Danforth, and Danfort, all within the space of six lines. This has led to confusion between the families of Thomas Danforth, of Dorchester, and Thomas Danforth, of Cambridge. In vol. ixviii, p. 99, Massachusetts archives, is plainly written the name of Thomas Davenport, Jr., of

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Dorchester, as among those who went in Captain Isaac Johnson's company in the attack on the Narragansett Fort, December 19, 1675, while no Thomas Danforth appears anywhere on the list of enlisted men. On p. 104 of the same volume appears the name of Thomas Danfort, of Dorcester, as among the slain of Johnson's company, but no Danforth or Davenport. Captain Nathaniel Davenport, son of Captain Richard Davenport, was killed in the same attack. According to the Suffolk probate records the will of Thomas Davenport, Jr., of Dorcester, which was presented to the court and sworn to by its witness, November 28, 1675, speaks of his "now being by the Providence of God called forth to the wars." The inventory of his estate taken January 4, 1676, was sworn to in court by his brother, Charles Davenport, and mentions the clothing he had when he went into the service besides his sword and belt. (See first generation.)

The name is an ancient and honored one in England, dating from the time of William the Conqueror (1066). There is nothing known of the history of Thomas Davenport, of Dorcester, prior to 1640, when he became a member of the church at Dorcester, Massachusetts. It is supposed that he came from England with the other settlers of that town and was one of the founders.

(I) Thomas Davenport, born in England (date of coming to America unknown), was of Dorcester, Massachusetts, where the records show that he joined the church, November 20, 1640. Just how much earlier he arrived in America is not shown. He was made a freeman in 1642 and constable in 1670. He died November 9, 1685, leaving his widow Mary in charge of the homestead with one of his sons, John, who remained with her. She died October 4, 1691. Children: 1. Sarah, born October 10, 1643; married Samuel Jones. 2. Thomas, Jr., who was killed by the Indians during the Narragansett War, December 19, 1675. 3. Mary, baptized November 21, 1648; married Samuel Mansfield. 4. Charles, born 1651, died February 1, 1719. 5. Abigail, baptized July 8, 1655. 6. Mehitable, born December 14, 1656, died 1660. 7. Jonathan, see forward. 8. Ebenezer, born February 26, 1661. 9. John, baptized September 9, 1664.

(II) Jonathan, third son of Thomas and Mary Davenport, was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, March 6, 1659. About the time of his marriage he removed from Dorchester to Little Compton, Rhode Island, which was afterward his home. He married, December 1, 1680, Hannah Warner (or Maner). Children: 1. Thomas, born December 10, 1681. 2. Jonathan, November, 3, 1684. 3. Hannah, December 26, 1686. 4. Simeon, December 27, 1688. 5. Ebenezer, February 6, 1691. 6. John, January 12, 1694. 7. Joseph, March 25, 1696. 8. Benjamin, see forward. 9. Sarah, December 10, 1700.

(III) Benjamin, youngest child and seventh son of Jonathan and Hannah Davenport, was born in Little Compton, Rhode Island, October 6, 1698, died in Spencertown, New York, 1785. In 1730 he removed from Rhode Island and settled at Spencertown, Columbia County, New York. He for a time lived at Andover, Connecticut, most likely stopping there on his way to New York. he married, November 21, 1730, Sarah Burr. Children: i. Samuel, ii. Hannah, iii. Billa, iv. Charles, see forward, v. Jonathan. Vi. Sally, vii. Molly, viii. Sally, and 9. Zerpiah.

(IV) Captain Charles, fourth child and third son of Benjamin and Sarah Davenport was born April 15, 1751, died December 12, 1812. He settled at Stow Square on a tract of land heavily timbered, which he cleared and improved. He became well known and one of the prominent citizens of that locality. During the Revolution he served as a private in Captain John Salisbury's company, Colonel William Bradford Whiting's regiment. He was commissioned a captain of the militia by Governor Clin-

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ton. He married Elizabeth Taylor in 1778, and in 1798 settled in Lowville, Lewis County, New York, where he was one of the earliest settlers. Children: 1. Benjamin, born November 15, 1778. 2. Alexander, October 25, 1780. 3. Sally, November 7, 1782. 4. Charles, see forward. 5. Ira, May 6, 1787. 6. Betsey, November 17, 1791. 7. Ashley, August 1, 1796. 8. John, February 8, 1798.

(V) Charles (2), fourth child and third son of Captain Charles (1) and Elizabeth (Taylor) Davenport, was born in Spencertown, Columbia County, New York, October 23, 1784. When fourteen years of age he came with his parents to Lowville, where he was reared on the frontier farm and helped to reclaim a home from the wilderness. At one time he kept a hotel at Stow Square. He married, May 29, 1814, Anna Cole, of Carthage, New York, born in Pelham, Massachusetts, August 26, 1796, died April 3, 1870, daughter of John and Sarah (Thompson) Cole, formerly of Vermont. Children: 1. Caroline, born April 18, 1815, died February 15, 1890; married, July 29, 1845, Carter Blinn. 2. Harriet, born August 1, 1816; married, May 31, 1853, Stephen Brigham, who died November 28, 1892; Harriet died January 4, 1909, the last survivor of her family. 3. Charles, 1819. 4. Ira, born January 19, 1820, died in Boston, November 6, 1892; married Sarah Barnett. 5. Charles Duane, born January 26, 1822, died February 11, 1891; married, March 29, 1860, Maria Arthur, born January 13, 1834, died April 12, 1881, daughter of Warren Arthur. 6. Leonard Cole, see forward. 7. Margaret Thompson, born February 23, 1826, died March 14, 1861; married, June 6, 1848, Henry Edwin Smith, who was born in Cheshire, Massachusetts, August 6, 1822, son of William Walker and Polly (Segreave) Smith, who settled in Lowville about 1825; Henry E. Smith was a farmer, and died in Red Lands, California, June, 1901; he married (second) Mrs. Cornelia Rich Fox. Children of Margaret T. (Davenport) Smith: i. Anna Louise, born July 5, 1852, ii. Charles Davenport, October 10, 1854, iii. Herbert, September 5, 1860. 8. Louisa, born June 27, 1828; died January 13, 1847. 9. Anna, born July 17, 1831; died same day.

(VI) Leonard Cole, sixth child and fourth son of Charles (2) and Anna (Cole) Davenport, was bon in Lowville, Lewis County, New York, October 25, 1823, died July 31, 1883. He was educated at Lowville Academy, studied law and was admitted to the bar, and became one of the leading attorneys of the Lewis County bar. After the close of the Civil War he made a specialty of the laws governing the granting of pensions. He was an able and skillful general practitioner, and had a large clientage as well as the confidence and respect of the community. He was a member of the Lewis County and State Bar Associations, trustee of Lowville Academy, director of the Black River National Bank, member of Lowville Lodge, No. 134, Free and Accepted Masons, and an attendant at the Presbyterian Church. Politically he was Democrat. He married, December 29, 1857, Jerusha Lydia Avery, born in Watson, Lewis County, New York, March 25, 1829, daughter of Isaac and Mary Ann (Beach) Avery. Isaac Avery was born in Westfield, Massachusetts, died in Lewis County, New York October 18, 1832, aged thirty-four years. Mary Ann (Beach) Avery was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, September 11, 1802, married Isaac Avery, November 6, 1823, died October 4, 1891; she was a daughter of John and Lydia (Porter) Beach, the former of whom died May 15, 1845, aged seventy-three years, and the latter died in 1835. Children of Isaac and Mary Ann (Beach) Avery: i. Irene L., born September 23, 1824, died February 19, 1892; ii. Sidney J., born September 24, 1827, died January, 1889; iii. Jerusha Lydia, aforementioned as the wife of Leonard C, Davenport. Mary Ann (Beach) Avery mar-

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ried (second) March 26, 1840, Charles D. Morse. Children of Leonard Cole, and Jerusha Lydia (Avery) Davenport: 1. Anna Louise, born July 18, 1864; died August 26, 1908; married Charles E. Pelton. 2. Mary Elizabeth, born June 6, 1867; married Leon S. Miller, 3. Leonard Charles, see forward. Their eldest son died in infancy.

(VII) Leonard Charles, son of Leonard Cole and Jerusha Lydia (Avery) Davenport, was born in Lowville, Lewis County, New York, March 6, 1869. He was educated at Lowville Academy, and prepared for the practice of law in the office of T. Miller Reed. He was admitted to the bar at the April term, 1891. He at once began the practice of his profession in Lowville, which he still continues (1910). He enjoys the confidence of his numerous clients and is a leading man of the town. He is a safe counsellor and an exact, careful man of business. He has served the village as clerk for the past twelve years. He is a director of Lowville Academy, Lowville Rural Cemetery Association, member and treasurer of the Lowville Club, and a communicant of the Presbyterian Church. Politically he is a Democrat. He married, June 21, 1893, Grace E. Boshart. Children: 1. Elizabeth, born October 11, 1900. 2. Charles Boshart, January 26, 1904, died January 4, 1907.

SMITH. Henry Edward Smith, father of Anna Louise Smith, of Lowville, New York, was a lineal descendant of Henry Smith, the American founder of this branch of the Smith family. Henry Smith was from county Norfolk, England, and came to America in the ship "Diligent," in 1638, with wife, three sons, two daughters, three men and two maid servants. He settled at Hingham, where he was made a freemen March 13, 1639, representative, 1631; removed to Rehoboth, 1643, where he died, 1649. His will, made November 3, 1647, names children: Henry, Daniel, Judith, also his widow, Judith.

(II) Ensign Henry (2), son of Henry (1) and Judith Smith, was born in England, and resided in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. He was ensign, and representative in 1662, and several years thereafter. He was buried December 24, 1676. His wife was Elizabeth Cooper.

(III) Ensign Joshua, son of Ensign Henry (20 and Elizabeth (Cooper) Smith, married Joanna Redaway and had issue.

(IV) Deacon Joshua (2), son of Joshua (1) and Joanna (Redaway) Smith, married Mary Peck and had issue.

(V) Joshua (3), son of Deacon Joshua (2) and Mary (Peck) Smith, married Mary Whittaker, and had issue.

(VI) Joshua (4) son of Joshua (3) and Mary (Whittaker) Smith, married Mrs. Elizabeth Perrin Walker and had issue.

(VII) Daniel, son of Joshua (4) and Elizabeth Perrin (Walker) Smith, married Mary Bliss and had issue.

(VIII) William Walker, son of Daniel and Mary (Bliss) Smith, was born in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, December 16, 1797, died November 30, 1864. For several years he was a resident of Cheshire, Massachusetts, removing from there to Lowville, New York, and in 1826 purchasing a farm from Colonel King, on the No. 3 Road, where he resided until his death. He married, May 16, 1821, Polly, daughter of Dr. Joseph and Anna (Fletcher) Seagrave, of Woodstock, Connecticut. Children: 1. Henry Edwin, born August 6, 1822. 2. Emily Elizabeth, February 22, 1824. 3. George Seagrave, June 1, 1826. 4. Harriet Walker, February 26, 1828. 5. William Walker, December 26, 1830. 6. Sarah Bliss, December 1, 1835. The three first named were born in Cheshire, Massachusetts, the other in Lowville, New York.

(IX) Henry Edwin, son of William Walker and Polly (Seagrave) Smith, was born in Cheshire, Massachusetts, August 6, 1822, died in Redlands, California, June, 1901.

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He was a farmer. He married (first) June, 1848, Margaret Thompson Davenport; (second) Mrs. Cornelia Rich Fox, November 5, 1852. Children: 1. Anna Louise, born July 5, 1852. 2. Charles Davenport, October 10, 1854. 3. Williston Henry, October 23, 1856. 4. Herbert, September 5, 1860.

ROMEYN. The surname Romeyn is spelled Romaine, Romain, and in various other ways in the early records and down to the present time. The ancestry of the family is traced to Giacono de Ferenitino, an Italian gentleman, who settled at Rougham Manor, county Norfolk, England, early in the thirteenth century. He married Isabella de Rucham, and English woman. They had two sons, of whom peter was sent to Rome to be educated, and upon his return took the name of Romaeyn, or Peter, the Roman. He married a daughter of Thomas de Leicester and many of their descendants were noted men. Jan Romeyn went from England to Holland and settled at Amsterdam.

(I) Claes, son of Jan Romeyn, sailed from Rotterdam, Holland to Brazil, with his brother Christofer as members of an expedition to that country, commanded by Prince Maurice of Nassau. Soon after their arrival the country passed to the ownership of Portugal and the Romeyns removed to New Amersfoot, Long Island, about 1661. Christofer Romeyn married, in 1678, Gertje Pieters Wyckoff, and settled at Monmouth County, New Jersey. Claes Romeyn married, May 2, 1680, Styntie Alberts Terhune, and in 1690 went to Hackensack, New Jersey, where he bought four Indian fields between Saddle River and the Hackensack River, called in the deeds Wierimus, Passack, Gemagkie and Marroasonek. These were north of Paramus on the east side of Saddle River. He did not locate on these lands, but returned to New York and lived in the Greenwich distinct of that city, and died there. To his children he devised lands divided into farms and sold or released much land to actual settlers. Children: 1. Gerrebrecht. 2. Elizabeth. 3. Lydia. 4. Albert C. 5. John C., mentioned below. 6. Rachel. 7. Sarah. 8. Daniel.

(III) John (or Jan) Claes (or Claas), son of Claes Romeyn, was born about 1670 (probably by a first wife). He married, May, 1690, Jannetje Bogert, at Hackensack, and resided on part of his father's lands. He was member of the church and choirmaster of the Church on the Green in Hackensack, 1715. Children: 1. Nicholas, mentioned below. 2. John. 3. Christina. 4. Roelof. 5. Rachel. 6. Isaac. 7. Angenetje. 8. Christina. 9. Ursula.

(IV) Nicholas, son of Jan Claes Romeyn, was baptized February, 1699, at Hackensack; died in 1761; married, in Hackensack, 1726, Elizabeth Outwater, who died in 1732. Children: 1. Rev. Thomas, mentioned below. 2. John.

(V) Rev. Thomas, son of Nicholas Romeyn, was born at Pompton, New Jersey, March 2, 1729, died October 22, 1794. He was buried under the pulpit of the church at Fonda, New York. He graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1730 and studied theology. After preaching a few times on Long Island he went to Holland in 1752 for ordination in the Dutch Church, and he was settled at Jamaica, Long Island, until 1790. He married (first) June 29, 1756, Margaretta Frelinghuysen, who died at Jamaica, December 13, 1757; (second) Susanna Van Camppen. Children: 1. Rev. Thomas F. 2. Rev. Thomas. 3. Nicholas. 4. Abraham. 5. Rev. Broadhead. 6. Benjamin. 7. Rev. James Van Camppen, mentioned below.

(VI) Rev. James Van Camppen, son of Rev. Thomas Romeyn, was born at Minisink, Sussex County, New Jersey, November 15, 1765, died at Hackensack, New Jersey, June 27, 1840. He graduated at the Schenectady Academy in 1748; studied theology under Rev. Theodore Romeyn, his uncle. He was a trustee of Rutgers Col-

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lege. He preached at several places. His last pastorate was in the Reformed Church of Hackensack, and Schraalenburgh, from 1799 to 1833. He married (first) Susanna Maud Van Vranken, of Schenectady, and (second) Elizabeth Peck. Children: 1. Susan. 2. Harriet. 3. Amos. 4. Maria. 5. Rev. James, mentioned below. 6. Amos. 7. Eliza. 8. Caroline. 9. Theodore. 10. Sarah.

(VII) Rev. James Romeyn, D. D., son of Rev. James V. C. Romeyn, was born at Blooming Grove, New Jersey, September 30, 1797. He graduated from Columbia College in the class of 1816, and from the Theological Seminary at New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1819. He declined the honorary degree of D.D. from Columbia. He preached in various places and was pastor of the Old Church on the Green at Hackensack, 1833-1836. He was a trustee of Rutgers College, in 1842. He married Joanna Bayard, daughter of John R. B., Rodgers, M. D., graduate of Columbia College, New York. Children: 1. James Rodgers, mentioned below. 2. Theodore Bayard, born at Nassau, October 22, 1827; attended school at Hackensack, graduated from Rutgers College in 1846 and from the Theological Seminary at New Brunswick in 1849; D. D. Rutgers; had pastorates at Blawenburg and Hackensack, New Jersey; author of a "History of the Reformed Church of Hackensack"; married Amelia A. son, who died October 22, 1897.

(VIII) James Rodgers, son of Rev. James Romeyn, D. D., was born at Nassau, in 1824; died at Keeseville, New York, at the age of seventy-seven years. He married Mary Field, an adopted daughter of Edmond and Susan (Watson) Kingsland. Mr. Kingsland was an early settler at Keeseville, establishing, in partnership with a brother, a cutnail factory which they conducted for some years, but finally met with disaster; later with others Kingsland established the Ausable Horse Nail Company in 1860, and made a fortune. Mr. Kingsland was highly esteemed and a man of large influence. Mr. Romeyn was a graduate of Rutgers College at New Brunswick, and studied medicine. He practiced his profession at Keeseville for a year, but became interested in the Ausable Horse Nail Company and devoted himself to this business until his health failed a few years before his death. He was a director of the Keeseville National Bank and a prominent citizen of the town. His only child was Edmund Kingsland, mentioned below.

(IX)Edmund Kingsland, son of James Rodgers Romeyn, was born at Keeseville, Clinton County, New York, July 28, 1860. He attended the public schools of his native town and private schools at Tivoli on the Hudson and at Albany. He began his business career as a general merchant at Keeseville. He inherited a large property, and in later years was engaged in various enterprises and invested extensively in real estate. He is president of the Keeseville National Bank; director of the Ausable Horse Nail Company. He is an active and useful citizen and was at one time a member of the board of education of the town. In politics he is a Republican. He is a member of the Baptist Church, and of Ausable River Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of Keeseville. He married, in 1884, Margaret B., daughter of James and Margaret (Mathews) McKee. Children, born at Keeseville: 1. Mary F.. 2. James K. 3. Margaret. 4. Barbara. 5. Katherine.

AGENS. The Agens family of Lewis County, New York, were planted in the United States in 1827, by the grandfather of the present generation. The family was originally of Scotland, although James Agens, the founder, was born in Ireland. By trade he was a weaver. In 1827, with his uncles John and Robert Reid, he came to the United States. The uncles located on Long Island, where they engaged in mercantile life and became wealthy. James, however, came northward

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with his wife and children, finally settling in Denmark, Lewis County. He leased and improved a farm on which he lived until, late in life, he removed to the town of Harrisburg, where he died. He married, in Ireland, Jane Reid. Their first two children were born in Ireland. Children: 1. John. 2. Eliza. 3. Isabel. 4. Thomas. 5. William, see forward. 6. Robert.

(II) William, son of James and Jane (Reid) Agens, was born in Harrisburg, New York, September 14, 1845, died October 4, 1909. He was reared on the farm, and educated in the public schools. He remained with his parents until, arriving at legal age, he began farming for himself on a farm in Castorland, where he remained until 1868. In that year he purchased a farm in Lowville, which he cultivated, and operated as a dairy farm for forty-one years. In 1891, he sold his farm and moved to the village of Lowville, where he practiced as a veterinarian. He married (first), in 1865, Harriet A., daughter of Calvin Wakefield, of Lewis County, granddaughter of Peter, and great-granddaughter of Thomas Wakefield, born in New Hampshire in 1751; he served in the Revolutionary War; married Elizabeth Hardy, born 1750; came to Lewis County, New York, about 1800, and settled in what is now Pinckney, then a wilderness, where he cleared a farm; had six sons and four daughters, all born in New Hampshire. Peter, son of Thomas Wakefield, was a farmer, and in winter taught school. For several years he was justice of the peace. He married Esther, born October 8, 1786, daughter of Ephraim Whitcomb, a Revolutionary soldier. Peter and Esther (Whitcomb) Wakefield were parents of fourteen children; thirteen lived to maturity, of whom Calvin was fifth. Peter Wakefield died July 13, 1855; Esther, his wife, October 1867. Calvin, son of Peter Wakefield, was born in Pinckney, Lewis County, May 29, 1816; settled on a farm near Mill Creek, Lowville, and devoted his acres to hop culture, becoming one of the largest hop growers in Lewis County. He married Roxy, daughter of Oren Fenton, and had two children: Rowland, who met his death by drowning, and Harriet A., wife of William Agens. She died in 1873, leaving one son, Ernest A. Agens; see forward. William Agens married (second), March 16, 1875, Emma M., daughter of John and Wealthy (Clark) Williams, formerly of Oneida County, New York.

(III) Ernest A., only child of William and Harriet A. (Wakefield) Agens, was born February 20, 1868. He was educated in the public school and at Lowville Academy. His choice was for a mercantile life, and the first two years after leaving school worked as a clerk. He passed the next six years as clerk of the money order department of the Lowville post office. In 1899 he purchased the jewelry store located at State and Dayan Streets, Lowville, and has since been engaged in that business. This was a well-considered investment, and has proved eminently satisfactory. He is owner of a large farm near Lowville, and is interested in the Lowville Milk and Cream Company. He is a Lodge and Chapter Free Mason, belonging to both the Lowville bodies of the Masonic order. Politically he is a Democrat. He married, April 24, 1900, Mary Rebecca, daughter of Dr. M. P. and Eliza Crosby, of Lowville. Children: 1. Helen A., born May 27, 1902. 2. Maynard Crosby, January 10, 1909.

DUNN. In 1635 there sailed from London, England, for the new colony of Virginia, as America was then called, the ship "Barmaneston," Captain James Recroft. In order to restrict emigration, which was growing at an alarming rate, every alternate name on the list of passengers was stricken off and permission to sail refused one-half. Thus the mane of Oliver Cromwell, who became the Lord Protector, was stricken from the list, and the next name was that of Joseph Dunn. His son, Thomas Dunn, was made secretary

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of the party that went on to New England. The records tell us nothing further about Joseph. Thomas Dunn, aged twenty-five, came in the "Defense," in July, 1635, and was admitted a freeman of Massachusetts, May 26, 1647; settled at Weymouth, Massachusetts, in 1647; settled in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and thence to New Haven, and finally Fairfield, Connecticut; died in 1660 without wife of issue, leaving his property to Rev. John Jones.

(I) John Dunn, who was, according to tradition, related to Joseph Dunn mentioned above, was probably born in England. He settled about 1716 in Barnstable, Massachusetts. From his age at death we know that he was born in 1685. He died at Barnstable, July 21, 1755. His house stood on the hill at the head or south end of Straight Way, and his homestead is still called Dunn's Field. His wife Experience died August 17, 1746, aged fifty years. He was a member of the East church of Barnstable. Children: 1. Dorothy, born 1716; married Josiah smith, of Plymouth. 2. George, mentioned below. 3. Mary, baptized with Dorothy, April 17, 1726. 4. Elizabeth, baptized April 17, 1726. 5. John, baptized with Martha, April 24, 1726. 6. Martha. 7. Thomas, born October 15, 1727. 8. Thomas, September 29, 1734

(II) George, youngest son of John Dunn, was born about 1720. He settled in Oakham, Worcester County, Massachusetts. he served in the old French War in 1745; was taken prisoner, sent to France, there exchanged and returned to Quebec. He finally reached home after an absence of seven years to find his young wife had been dead for five years. He was also a soldier in the Revolution from Oakham in Captain Seth Washburn's company, Colonel Jonathan Ward's regiment. He died before 1778, but we find no record of the settlement of his estate or of his death. He married (second) Rachel -----------------, whose name we find on a deed of land at Oakham from George Dunn to Jabez Warren, of Middleborough, dated July 19, 1770. George Dunn bought his place at Oakham, eighty acres and ninety rods, of Alexander Bothwell, of Rutland West parish, (Oakham) by deed dated June 11, 1762. The names of his children are to found in the Worcester probate records. The minor children had John Blair appointed their guardian, April 4, 1778, just after the death of the older brother William, whose property they inherited. In two deeds the children of George, as heirs of William, transfer their rights in his estate. Alexander and George Dunn, of Cammelsburgh, New York, Mathew and Rachel (Dunn) Clark and Lemuel and Agnes (Dunn) Eliot, of New Braintree, Massachusetts: James Dunn, of New Braintree, deed their interests, January 14, 1793, to Jonathan and Jane (Dunn) Forbes, of Oakham. The others, Joseph and Joel Dunn, of Oakham, and John Dunn, of Cornish, New Hampshire, deed also to Forbes, February 24, 1792. The names connected with all these transactions indicate that many of the friends and relatives of Dunn were Scotch-Irish. Children of George Dunn: 1. William, died 1777-78; soldier in the Revolution in Captain Samuel Hazeltine's company, Colonel John Fellow's regiment, in 1775; in the Continental Army in 1777; and for three years enlisted in Captain Goodall's company, Colonel Putnam; said to have been killed at Saratoga in 1777. The family records tell us that the father died on the field of battle at White Plains or was taken prisoner and starved to death in one of the British prison ships in New York. Children of second wife: 2. Alexander, born September 19, 1761; at Oakham; soldier in the Continental Army, aged eighteen, height five feet seven inches, of ruddy complexion, 1780; lived at New Braintree and at Cammelsburgh, New York. 3. Rachel, born March 14, 1763, at Oakham; married Mathew Clark, of Leyden. 4. George, settled at Cammelsburgh before 1793. 5. James, born 1767; settled at New Braintree, then at Bakersfield, Ver-

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Mont, about 1795. 6. Jane, married Jonathan Forbes. 7. Joel. 8. John, mentioned below. 9. Joseph, married (intention at Oakham, October 14, 1792). 10. Agnes, married Lemuel Eliot, of Leyden.

(III) John, son of George Dunn, was born at Oakham, in 177-71. John Blair was appointed his guardian in 1778, when William died. He settled in Cornish, New Hampshire, and lived later at Bakersfield. His four sons gave one hundred and fifty years of service to the Christian ministry. He married Abigail Reed. Children: 1. Hiram, mentioned below. 2. Lewis, a Baptist minister for twenty-nine years at Fairfax, Vermont; president of Pella College, Iowa; his son, Rev. A. T. Dunn, of Waterville, Maine, was grand secretary of the state Baptist Association, and daughter, Mrs. Cornelia Henry, a minister at Tahiti. 3. Thomas, an earnest evangelist, chaplain in the Army appointed by General Butler; superintendent of Negro schools at New Orleans; died there in 1862. 4. Rev. Ransom, sixty-four years minister in Christian Church and teacher of it.

(IV) Hiram, son of John Dunn, was born at Bakersfield, Vermont, February 5, 1812, died at Valley Falls, New York, March 1, 1876. He was educated in the district schools, and early in life was attracted to the study of divinity. He was ordained a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church before he married, and at one time was pastor at Mooers, Clinton County, New York. During the Civil War he was appointed United States marshal of the district of northern New York by President Lincoln, with whom he enjoyed a personal friendship, and he left the ministry to accept the office. He was afterward collector of customs for the district of Champlain for a number of years, resigning to take up again the duties of Christian ministry at Valley Falls, New York, where he died two years later. He preached the gospel in various towns in northern New York with zeal and earnest faith for forty-five years. He was an able preacher and a beloved pastor. He married, October 20, 1836, Matilda Caroline Fitch, of Mooers, New York, born October 20, 1817, died December 30, 1903, daughter of Isaac and Agnes (Churchill) Fitch. Children: 1. Daughter, died in infancy. 2. Matilda H., married Lorenzo Baker. 3. Jerome, died aged fourteen years. 4. Pliny F., enlisted in the Seventy--seventh New York Volunteers, Company I, as a private and rose to the rank of captain, serving throughout the Civil War; married Julia Messinger; was a railroad contractor and was killed while working in Texas in 1886; children: i. Lillian, died ten years, ii. Child, died in infancy, iii. Ruth, married George McIllvaine and has two children. 5. Orville Comstock, died aged twenty-four, unmarried. 6. Nettie M., married Richard H. Angell, children: Mabel Angell, Emmett Angell, who lies in Oregon; Ralph C. Angell, who reside in Seattle, Washington; Ethel Angell. 7. Lillian, died in 1884; married Albertus B. Angell; children: Wilmer Dunn, died aged seventeen years; Bessie, married R. W. E. Rogers, of New York. 8. Wilmer Hiram, mentioned below.

(V) Wilmer Hiram, son of Hiram Dunn, was born at Mechancisville, Saratoga County, New York, September 19, 1859. He was educated in the public schools, and studied law in the office of Judge Shedden and Judge S. A. Kellogg, at Champlain. He was admitted to the bar in 1880, and has been in active and successful practice since then. He is a member of the county and state bar. He was district attorney of Clinton County from 1884 to 1890, and served for a number of years on the board of education of the town of Champlain. He belongs to the Presbyterian Church, and is a member of Modern Woodmen of America. He is a prominent Democrat, and a much respected and influential citizen. He married, October 22, 1884, Lola Frances Rich, born in Montgomery County, New York, June 10, 1861, daughter of Asa D. and

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Mary E. (Dillenback) Rich. Children: 1. Mary Louise, born September 25, 1886. 2. Orville Rich, January 21, 1888.

 

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