Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY
Pages 526-532

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WEED. Joseph Weed was a descendant of the Weed family of Stamford, Connecticut, early settlers of that town. He was born at Milton, Saratoga County, February 7, 1791, or 1792. He was reared in his native town and educated there in the public schools. He came to Essex County when a young man and bought a tract of timber land and manufactured lumber. He owned several mills. He was a Whig, and was one of the first postmasters of Ticonderoga. He died at Ticonderoga, New York, March 1, 1860. He married (first) Lucy Benedict, who died in 1843. He married (second) Mary Hay, of Ticonderoga, born 1813, died in August, 1889, daughter of Henry B. and Esther (Coats) Hay. Children of fist wife: 1. George C., mentioned below. 2. Alfred. 3. Walter. 4. Frederick. 5. Amanda. 6. Emeline. Children of second wife: 7. Alexander H., born March, 1844, of Weed Brothers, druggists. 8. Mary, married Richard Arthur, of Ticonderoga; children: i. Charles W., ii. Joseph H, iii. Jennie D. M. Arthur. Charles, died twelve years. 9. Henry, died young. 10. Albert, mentioned below.

(II) George C., son of Joseph Weed, was born at Ticonderoga, about 1816, died about 1901. He married Sarah Smith. Children: John, mentioned below. 2. Jennie. 3. Philip. 4. Alfred. 5. Joseph.

(II) Albert, son of Joseph Weed, was born at Ticonderoga, January 10, 1857. He was educated in the public schools and the Union Free Academy at Ticonderoga. He worked for a time at the trade of carpenter and for some three years in the pulp mill at Ticonderoga. He then learned the drug business, and from 1892 to September, 1909, was in partnership with his brother, Alexander H. Weed, under the firm name of Weed Brothers, druggists. He has been in the fire insurance business in addition to his other avocations since 1887, in the firm of Weed & Burleigh. He is also a partner in the firm of Stevens & Weed, dealers in clothing, Ticonderoga. He was a director of the First national Bank in Ticonderoga for a number of years. In politics he is a Republican, and he has taken a prominent part in public affairs. He was supervisor of the town, 1891-93; member of the board of trustees of the incorporated village of Ticonderoga; member of the assembly in 1895-96. Since 1901, when he was appointed by President McKinley, he has been postmaster of Ticonderoga. He is a member of Mount Defiance Lodge, No. 794, Free and Accepted Masons; of Carillon Chapter, No. 290,. Royal Arch Masons, Knights Templar, of Plattsburgh; of Oriental Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Troy. In religion he is an Episcopalian.

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Mr. Weed married, October, 1884, Ida Stevens, of Westport, New York, daughter of Charles A. Stevens. Children: 1. Charles, born 1888, died 1894. 2. Marjorie, July, 1897.

(III) John, son of George C. Weed, was born at Ticonderoga, in 1848. He was educated in the public schools, and has always lived in that place. Children: 1. Joseph Thurlow, who is mentioned below. 2. George, who was born August 12, 1882, died February 12, 1910.

(IV) Joseph Thurlow, son of John Weed, was born at Ticonderoga, August 7, 1880. He was educated in the public schools and at Middlebury College. He was admitted to the bar, September 26, 1905, at Brooklyn, New York, and is practicing at Ticonderoga. In politics, he is Republican; in religion, a Baptist. He married, May 30, 1907, Pearl L., daughter of Daniel W. and Jane (Thompson) smith, of Danbury, Connecticut; one child, Virginia Thompson Weed.

PLATT. The surname Platt is of ancient English origin, but the family is numerous neither in this country or Great Britain.

(I) Deacon Richard Platt, immigrant ancestor of all of the surname in this country, came from Hertfordshire, England, and settled as early as 1638 in New Haven, Connecticut, from there he went to Milford, Connecticut, where he lived until his death in 1784 or 1685. He was admitted a freeman before 1669, when his name appears on the list. His wife Mary died and was buried January 24, 1676. His will bequeathed to all his son, to the children of his daughter Mary by her second husband, Thomas Wetherell, and Hannah, wife of Christopher Comstock, and Sarah, who married Thomas Beach and Miles Merwin. Children: 1. Mary, married (first) May 1, 1651, Luke Atkinson; (second) January 3, 1667, Thomas Wetherell. 2. John, settled in Norwalk; married Hannah Clark. 3. Isaac, settled in Huntington, Long Island, with his brother, and has many descendants in that section. 4. Sarah. 5. Epenetus, baptized July 12, 1640; mentioned below. 6. Hannah, born October 1, 1643. 7. Josiah, 1645. 8. Joseph, 1649, married, 1680, Mary Kellogg.

(II) Epenetus, son of Deacon Richard Platt, was born in 1640, and baptized at New Haven, July 12, 1640. He died at Huntington, Long Island, in 1693. He and his brother Isaac were among the pioneer settlers in the town of Huntington, Long Island, and both were patentees there in 1672. He became a citizen of influence and substance and was among those imprisoned by Andros, in 1681, for resisting his tyranny. He married Phebe, probably daughter of Jonas Wood. Children: 1. Phebe, born March 19, 1669. 2. Mary, January 11, 1672. 3. Epenetus, April 4, 1674; represented Suffolk County, from 1717 to 1720 in the state colonial assembly. 4. Hannah, august 23, 1679. 5. Elizabeth, March 1, 1682. 6. Jonas, April 24, 16784; mentioned below. 7. Jeremiah, November 25, 1686. 8. Ruth, June 15, 1687. 9. Sarah, February 4, 1692.

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(III) Jonas, son of Epenetus Platt, was born at Huntington, Long Island, New York, April 24, 1684. He purchased the farm at Sunk Meadows owned by Jeremiah Platt, a descendant, and lived there from 1717 until the time of his death. His only son was Zephaniah, mentioned below.

(IV) Zephaniah, son of Jonas Platt, was born in Huntington, Long Island, New York, in 1704. He favored the colonies during the Revolution and was imprisoned by the British in New York. He was restored to liberty after a personal appeal made to Sir Henry Clinton by his daughter Dorothea, but he caught the smallpox while in prison and his death followed. He married (first) Hannah Saxton; (second) Anna Smith, widow of Richard Smith and daughter of Job Smith. His sons, Zephaniah, Daniel, Charles and Nathaniel, bought military land warrants on Lake Champlain in 1784, surveyed the land and established the town of Plattsburgh, named for the family. Children, born at Huntington: 1. Jonas, 1731, died 1773; married Temperance Smith. 2. Zephaniah, mentioned below. 3. Nathaniel, settled at Plattsburgh. 4. Charles, settled at Plattsburgh. 5. Hannah. 6. Elizabeth. Children of second wife: 7. Jeremiah, had the homestead at Smithtown, Long Island. 8. Daniel, settled at Plattsburgh. 9. Sarah. 10. Dorothea.

(V) Judge Zephaniah (2), son of Zephaniah (10 Platt, was born at Huntington, May 27, 1753. He settled at Poughkeepsie, New York, where he lived for many years, then removed with his brothers to Plattsburgh. He was an ardent patriot during the Revolution. He was a member of the New York convention of 1776 to form a constitution; of the committee of safety with John Jay from Dutchess County; member of the provincial congress; was senator in 1778, and was one of the convention to vote for federal constitution. He was the first judge of probate of Dutchess County, almost from its origin in 1795; regent of the state university. The patentees of Plattsburgh offered ten lots of one hundred acres each to the first ten settlers who came there with their families and a similar grant to the first male child born there. Few families in New York state have produced so many distinguished citizens in the civil service. he died at Plattsburgh, September 12, 1807, aged seventy-two years. He married (first) Hannah Davis; (second) Mary Van Wyck, born June 20,1743, died October, 18090, aged sixty-six. Children of first wife: 1. Zephaniah, born January 3, 1756. 2. Hannah, March 26, 1758. Children of second wife: 3. Theodorus, March 23, 1763; first surrogate of Clinton County, 1788. 4. Elizabeth, April 12, 1765, died February 7, 1787, married General John Smith. 5. Mary, July 12, 1767; died young. 6. Jonas, June 30, 1769; member of the New York assembly; member of congress; of the state senate; judge of the supreme court; married Helen Livingston. 7. William Pitt, April 30, 1771, mentioned below. 8. Charles, July 22, 1773, member of the New York assembly; lived in Oneida County; state treasurer in 1813. 9. Nathaniel, December 16, 1775. 10. Robert, October 21, 1778; member of the assembly from Clinton County, in 1814, from Franklin County, in 1815; married Mary Daggett. 11. Mary, August 21, 1780; married Abraham Brinkerhoff. 12. Levi, April 17, 1782. 13, David, June 6, 1784. 14. James, January 2, 1788; mayor of Oswego, in 1848, state senator, 1850-53; married Eliza, daughter of Floyd and Susan K. (Woolsey) Aucamuty

(VI) Deacon William Pitt, son of Judge Zephaniah (2) Platt, was born at Plattsburgh, April 30, 1771. He was a farmer and large land owner. His home was on Cumberland Head, the scene of the battle of Plattsburgh in 1814. He was an honest, earnest and energetic man of strong convictions and outspoken opinions. He died August 13, 1835, aged sixty-four. He married, October 11, 1790, Hannah, daughter of Moss and Hannah (Rogers) Kent. (See Rogers V.) 

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She was of superior culture and intellect, and though totally blind during the last twenty years of her life, her features were still full of the beauty of her youth to the end of her life, and she was ever bright, attractive and always a gentle, affectionate and cheerful in her spirit and her manners to all around her. She had at her command a large fund of anecdotes and pleasing reminiscences and delighted in sharing them with a charming enthusiasm of her own. Children, born at Plattsburgh: 1. James Kent, February 11, 1792, died April 4, 1824; fitted for college by his uncle, Moss Kent; graduated at the Medical College at Middlebury, Vermont, continued the study of medicine in London and Continental hospitals and schools, began to practice medicine in partnership with Dr. B. J. Mooers, of Plattsburgh; appointed professor in the medical department of Burlington College, Vermont, and gave one course of lectures before he was obliged by ill health to resign; two children, died young. 2. Zephaniah, August 12, 1794; married, February 3, 1828, Lucretia, daughter of Thomas Miller; children: i. Elizabeth, died young, ii. Mary, died March 29, 1880; married James Westcott and Edmund Hathaway. 3. Mary, July 15, 1796; mentioned below. 4. William, February 25, 1799, died February 10, 1829. 5. Elizabeth, May 16, 1806; mentioned below. 6. Hon, Moss Kent, May 3, 1809, mentioned below.

(VII) Mary, daughter of Deacon William Pitt Platt, born at Plattsburgh, July 15, 1796, died April 8, 1868, aged seventy-two years. She married Dr. Benjamin John Mooers; son of John Mooers, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, and Plattsburgh, New York. Dr. Mooers was a useful citizen and a skilled physician. Children, born at Plattsburgh: 1. Eliza Mooers, July 24, 1815; married Amherst Douglas Fouquet; children: i. Susan Abigail Fouquet, born march 9, 1837; married P. Tenney Gates, ii. Mary Platt Fouquet, October 22, 1842, married Archibald Achison, iii. Elizabeth Platt Fouquet, December 13, 1848, iv. Anna Douglas Fouquet, April 5, 1848. 2. Susan Mooers, August 27, 1818, died April 8, 1822. 3. Hannah Maria Mooers, November 27, 1821; married Theodore Platt Cady, of Plattsburgh, and (second) De Witt Clinton Boynton; children: i. Pauline Cady, born August 25, 1840, married Chauncey Stoddard, ii. Hiram Wentworth Cady, November 19, 1842, married Augusta Wood and has Theodore and Catherine Wood Cady, iii. Benjamin Mooers Cady, April 6, 1845, married Ella Wood and had Frederick Mooers Cady and Walworth Cady, iv. Theodore Cady, April 14, 1847, married Robert Bailey. 4. William Pitt Platt Mooers, January 9, 1824; married January 27, 1846, Marian Catherine Boynton; he was a merchant in Plattsburgh; member of the assembly, 1870-80; treasurer of Clinton County, 1855-57; treasurer, 1864-66, of the Whitehall & Plattsburgh Railroad Company and for nearly thirty years director of the First National Bank; children: i. John Boynton Mooers, died young, ii. Moss Platt Mooers, born 1850, died September, 1788, iii. William Boynton Mooers, 1855, married Jeanette McCain and had Benjamin Knox Mooers, iv. Catherine Maria Mooers, 1860, married Andrew Mount Platt, v. Mary Helen Mooers, 1870. 5. Mary Mooers, July 11, 1825; married, June 1, 1842, Arnold Stukeley Stoddard, born August 26, 1816, in Peru, New York, son of Chauncey and Matilda (Arnold) Stoddard, of Woodbury, Connecticut, settled in St. Louis, Missouri; children: i. Matilda Arnold Stoddard, born May 25, 1844, married P. C. Docley, lawyer, of Little Rock, Arkansas, ii. Eliza Fouquet Stoddard, March 31, 1846, married Charles H. Peck, Jr., of St. Louis, Missouri, iii. Mary Mooers Stoddard, November 3, 1851, married ---------- Drummond, of Little Rock. 6. Dr. John Henry Mooers, November 27, 1827, married Helen Boynton; he was assistant surgeon in the Union Army in 1861, Sixteenth New York Regiment, later surgeon on the One Hundred and Eighteenth Regiment of New York to the end of the Civil War; was killed in 1868 in an expedition against the Indians under Colonel Forsythe; child, John Boynton Mooers. 7. Moss Kent Mooers, died young. 8. Renmain Mooers, died young. 9. Sophia Whitside Mooers, July 26, 1829; married William Demming Morgan; children: i. Lucy Morgan, born October 29, 1850, ii. Elizabeth Morgan, February 6, 1857, died 1882, iii. Platt Morgan, September 8, 1860. 10. Robert Mooers, 1835, civil engineer and surveyor removed to Decorah, Iowa, about 1858; married Phebe Edwards, raised a company of which he was captain in the Fifth Minnesota Regiment, Colonel Sanborn, he was killed in the battle of Corinth, Mississippi, in 1862, only child, Ellen Edwards Mooers.

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(VII) Elizabeth, daughter of Deacon William Pitt Platt, was born in Plattsburgh, May 13, 1806. She married Henry Ketchum Averill, who died March 31, 1841. Of Mrs. Averill, Chancellor Kent wrote: "She has been greatly affected during her life with bodily infirmities--a fact which attracted her friends all the more strongly to her by the power of sympathy. She was a woman of strong mind and of strong feelings and of great energy and decision of character. She had won deeply upon my respect and regard for her." Children: 1. James Kent Averill, born March 10, 1825; lawyer of Champlain; married Jeanette Evans, of Grafton, Vermont, children: i. Susan A., married Sylvester Alonzo Kellogg, state senator of Nevada, 1864-66, district attorney Clinton County, 1874-75, judge in 1882 and afterward; children: Ralph Averill, Henry Theodore, George Casper and Augusta Kellogg, ii. Jeanette Evans Averill, married Royal Corbin, lawyer of Plattsburgh, iii. Mary B. Averill, married Henry Hoyle, of Champlain, iv. James Averill. 2. Henry Ketchum Averill, Jr., born March 26, 1830, civil engineer and surveyor at Plattsburgh; married Elmira Elizabeth Miller, children: Charles L. Averill, died young, Frank Lloyd Averill, Maria Elizabeth Averill, Grace Platt Averill. 3. Mary Elizabeth Averill, born July 19, 1831; married Perry E. Burch, children: Martha Laura Burch, Mary Burch, Jeanette or Jeannie Burch, William Pitt Burch.

(VII) Hon. Moss Kent, son of Deacon William Pitt Platt, was born at Plattsburgh, May 3, 1809. He began life a clerk in a country store without the advantage of a classical or college education. he attended the district school of his native town during the short terms in which it was kept during his boyhood. From 1823 to 1830 he was clerk ina store. Upon coming of age he engaged in business as a general merchant and manufacturer of iron. He was prominent in business and distinguished in public life. he was interested in politics and all public affairs and assisted every movement for the welfare of the community in which he lived. He was state senator from the sixteenth district of new York in 1966-67, serving on important committees and wielding a large and beneficial influence in the halls of legislation, by virtue of his superior judgment, his keen insight, and eloquent speech. In 1868 he was a Republican elector from the state of New York. In 1872 he was appointed inspector of state prisons and he found in this office a larger sphere of usefulness and activity. He enjoyed the active duties of the position, because he had the opportunity of accomplishing much in improving the methods and conditions of the prisons of the state and of inculcating modern views of punishment for crime. His work was of lasting benefit to the unfortunate prisoners and even more, it is believed, to the state itself. He was for many years ruling elder of the Presbyterian Church of Plattsburgh, and in his daily life and conduct an exemplary and consistent Christian gentleman. He was of kindly and almost courtly manners, full of charity and sympathy for the weak, suffering and unfortunate. 

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He gave of his substance freely in benevolence and in the church. He died March, 1876. He married (first) October 14, 1830, Elizabeth, born September 5, 1810, daughter of John George and Betsey (Denning) Freligh, of Bennington, Vermont. She died March 25, 1866, and he married (second) her half-sister, May 20, 1858, Margaret Anne, daughter of John George and Margaret Olive (Savage) Freligh. His widow died January, 1908, aged ninety-four years. Children, all by first wife: 1. Hannah Kent, born October 27, 1832; married September 26, 1853, Joseph Mathew Myers, son of Lawrence and Maria Delia (Kirtland) Myers, of Plattsburgh; she died August 9, 1856; children: i. Elizabeth Platt Myers, born January 20, 1856, died July 25, 1856, ii. Joseph Myers, resides at Plainfield, New Jersey. 2. Lucy Maria, born May 15, 1835; married, November 27, 1856, John Lemuel Stetson, son of Hon. Lemuel and Helen (Haskell) Stetson, he was a lawyer in Plattsburgh, active in raising the Fifty-ninth Regiment, and was commissioned its lieutenant-colonel, was killed in battle September 17, 1862, shouting as he fell: "Men, Rally to your colors!" 3. John Freligh, born October 10, 1837, died February 25, 1858, in senior year in Williams College. 4. Sarah Elizabeth, born October 6, 1839, married October 17, 1859, William Ainsworth Fuller, of Plattsburgh, son of William and Eliza (Orsen) Fuller, a merchant, of their nine children three grew to maturity, i. Margaret Platt Fuller, born May 27, 1866, ii. Moss Kent Fuller, may 9, 1868, iii. Elizabeth Freligh Fuller, September 9, 1874. 5. Margaret Freligh, mentioned below.

(VIII) Margaret Freligh, daughter of Moss Kent Platt, was born at Plattsburgh, November 30, 1843. She was educated in the public schools of her native city and at Montreal Seminary. She has been active and prominent in social life in Plattsburgh and in various organizations of which she is a member. She was the second regent of the Saranac Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, of Plattsburgh. She married, August 29, 1866, Michael Peter Myers, a native of Plattsburgh, son of Lawrence and Maria Delia (Kirtland) Myers, and for many years a prominent merchant there. Mr. Myers was a director of the Plattsburgh National Bank. In politics he was a Republican, in religion a Presbyterian. He took an active interest in public affairs and in early effort to improve the city, and was accounted one of its most public spirited citizens. He died in 1891, at his home in Plattsburgh. Their only child was John Platt Myers, born at Plattsburgh, June 1, 1886; graduate of Princeton College, in the class of 1908; now clerk with the American Note Company, of New York City.

(The Rogers Line.)

James Rogers, immigrant ancestor, was born in England in 1645, and came at the age of twenty to New London, Connecticut. He afterward settled at Stratford, Connecticut, and finally in Milford. He was a soldier in the Pequot War.

(II) James (2), son of James (10 Rogers, born February 15, 1652, at Milford, was baptized by Rev. John Crandall, of Westerly, Rhode Island. He was [persecuted and imprisoned by the authorities for allegiance to the faith of the sect known as the Rogerenes. He died November 6, 1714, or October 8, 1713. The date of his inventory is November 12, 1713. He married, November 3, 1674, Mary, daughter of Jeffrey Jordan. Their children were al born in New London, Connecticut.

(III) James (3), son of James (2) Rogers, was born February 2, 1675, died July 9, 1735, in Norwalk, Connecticut. he was a deputy to the general assembly and once speaker of the house. His farm was at Great Neck. He sold it in 1726 to Philip Tabor and removed about the same time to Norwalk. He married Elizabeth ------------.

(IV) Dr. Uriah, son of James (3) Rogers, was born October 10, 1710. He married, 1743, Hannah, born October 23, 1713, daughter of James Lockwood, of Norwalk, and Lydia Lockwood, daughter of Samuel Smith. He was a man of sterling character and importance in the community, and a physician of considerable reputation. He died May, 1723, aged sixty-three; his wife died at Redding, Fairfield County, Connecticut, October 8, 1794, aged eighty-one years, leaving nine children.

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(V) Hannah, daughter of Dr. Uriah Rogers, was born June 7, 1735. She married, November 27, 1760, Moss Kent, born January 14, 1733, son of Rev. Elisha Kent. His father was born July 9, 1704, and graduated at Yale college in 1729; was a Presbyterian minister, settled at Newtown, Connecticut, from 1740, and later at what was known as Kent's Parish in Putnam County, New York, where he died, July 17, 1776. His wife, Hannah, was daughter of Rev. Joseph Moss, of Derby, Connecticut. Moss Kent graduated from Yale College in the class of 1752, and was admitted to the bar of Dutchess County, New York, June, 1753; resided at Frederickstown on the Croton River, where he practiced law and conducted his arm; removed to Green's Farms in 1776 and to Lansingburg, New York; was a justice of the peace and surrogate. Mrs. Kent died December 40, 1770. Their son, Chancellor James Kent, was born July 31, 1763. Among their other children was Hannah Kent, born October 10, 1768; married, October 11, 1790, Deacon William Pitt Platt, (See Platt VI).


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