Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY
Pages 802-809

William Richard Cutter, A. M.
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CROOK. Lieutenant William Crook, the first ancestor in this country, as indicated by the public records of New England, was born in 1736, and died at Westminster, Vermont, January 11, 1819, at the advanced age of eighty-three years. His gravestone is still standing, bearing this inscription:

"My flesh shall slumber in the ground
Till the last trumpet's joyful sound,
Then burst the chains with sweet surprise,
And in the Savior's image rise."

His wife, Rebecca, who died October 22, 1810, in her seventy-first year, has this inscription on her gravestone:

"Dear friend, don't mourn for me nor weep.
I am not dead, but here to sleep,
And I must and shall remain,
Till Christ shall raise me up again."

William Crook was a soldier in the Revolution, in Captain Abijah ---------'s company, from Putney, Vermont, on the Lexington alarm, April 23, 1775; also in Captain John Wood's Company, Colonel Philip Dudley Sargent's Regiment, in the summer of 1775, and in Captain Philip Amidon's Company, Colonel Nathan Tyler's Regiment, in 1780. In the Revolution were a number of the Crook family in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, and in all likelihood he was related to them. According tot he census of 1790 William and William Jr., were heads of families at Westminster. Charles, Reuben and Thomas, doubtless of the same family, were then living in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont.

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The foregoing record of Revolutionary service was in the Massachusetts Rolls. We find in the Vermont records that William was in Captain Azariah Wright's Company, 1768-70; ensign in John Averill's Company; also in 1777, in Captain John Perry's Company, Colonel William Williams' Regiment; also, in 1778, in Captain Jesse Safford's Company, with the rank of lieutenant; also lieutenant in Major Elkanah Day's Battalion at Westminster in 1780. Children: 1. William, married, and lived at Westminster. 2. James, mentioned below. And others.

(II) James, son of Lieutenant William Crook, was born in Westminster, February 17, 1777; died September 12, 1838. He was a farmer at Westminster, Vermont. He married, October, 1797, Hannah Martin, born June, 1767, died June 17, 1834. Children: 1. Thomas, mentioned below. 2. Sylvanus. 3. William.

(III) Thomas, son of James Crook, was born at Westminster, May 22, 1798, and died October 3, 1879. He settled in Beekmantown, Clinton County, New York, before the War of 1812, coming thither with his father and brother Sylvanus. Thomas bought a farm there. Sylvanus moved west, and little has been heard of his family since then. Thomas became a prosperous farmer and influential citizen, held the office of sheriff of Clinton County, was county clerk for a time and then deputy collector of customs, and for thirteen years in all represented his district in the state senate. He moved to Plattsburgh at the time he was elected sheriff, and made his home there the rest of his life. In politics he was d Democrat. He married, march 21, 1821, Hannah Elizabeth DeLong, born March 11, 1805, died November 2, 1874, daughter of Lawrence and Elizabeth (Jersey) DeLong. Her parents were married April 26, 1804. Her father, Lawrence DeLong, was born October 4, 1775, and died July 4, 1830; her mother was born April 1, 1786, and died August 11, 1842. Children: 1. James Lawrence, born December 29, 1822, died May 14, 1823. 2. William Thomas, June 16, 1824, mentioned below. 3. Mary Elizabeth, August 5, 1827, died November 17, 1882; married Harvey Hewitt. 4. Lawrence, born March 15, 1830, died July 4, 1830. 5. Lucy Ann, September 3, 1831; married, December 6, 1860,. Jesse, son of Jorastus and Anna (Crook) Pardy; child, George F. Pardy, born April 15, 1865, married Dollie Turner, of Rouse's Point. 6. Anna Cornelia, born November 24, 1835; died April 22, 1847. 7. Emily Amelia, September 20, 1842, died September 9, 1843. 8. Helen Augusta, born December 15, 1844; married Captain James Henton; children: Grace, Stanhope.

(IV) William Thomas, son of Thomas Crook, was born at Beekmantown, New York, June 16, 1824; died August 17, 1897. He spent his boyhood at Plattsburgh, and was educated there in the public schools. He entered the employ of Nathan Webb, of Rouse's Point, June 5, 1843, as clerk in the old general store in the old stone building now standing, opposite the New Windsor Hotel. A few years later he entered partnership with Nathan F. Webb, son of his employer, under the firm name of Webb & Crook, and purchased the business. A few years later the firm was dissolved and Mr. Crook became sole owner and conducted it very successfully until he retired in 1894 on account of ill health. He was succeeded by his sons Thomas, Ralph and Frank. He was active in town affairs, but never sought public office for himself, though he served on the school committee and in other positions of trust. He was a faithful member of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and a liberal supporter of that denomination and other churches of the community as well. He was a citizen of often demonstrated public spirit and enterprise and was highly esteemed by his townsmen.

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He married, January 4, 1849, Sarah Rebecca Kellogg, born March 4, 1825, died May 16, 1902, sister of Judge S. A. Kellogg, of Plattsburgh. (See Kellogg). Children, born at Rouse's Point: 1. William, May 1, 1850; married Martha Hawks, and had Ralph W., and Sarah Avis. 2. Carrie F., September 26, 1851; married John W. Lovell; children: John K. Lovell, Alice, Frederick K. Lovell, and William C. Lovell (twin of the preceding). 3. Ella M., born February 18, 1853, died August 12, 1871. 4. Thomas, April 25, 1855; unmarried. 5. John Henry, August 6, 1857; mentioned below. 6. Charles, March 6, 1859; died May 18, 1863. 7. Ralph, January 10, 1861; married Clara H. De les Derniers; children: William, born December 2, 1895, died September 8, 1904; John C., born April 26, 1900; Katherine R., May 12, 1906. 8. Sarah, September 11, 1862; died December 14, 1879. 9. Frank H., August 15, 1864; unmarried. 10. Helen E., November 1, 1866; died January 20, 1870.

(V) John Henry, son of William Thomas Crook, was born in Rouse's Point, August 6, 1857. He was educated in the public schools of his native town and at La-Colle, Canada. He began life as a clerk in his father's store, and was associated in business with him from 1872 to 1880, when he became cashier of the First national Bank at Champlain, New York. He has held this office to the present time, and is well known throughout this section of the state and highly respected for his ability and good judgment in banking and business circles. He is also a director in the bank. He is a Democrat in politics; a member of the board of education of Champlain for nine years, and vestryman in the Protestant Episcopal Church at Champlain for many years. He married, September 11, 1890, Helen S. Richards, born September 11, 1864, daughter of George and Harriet A. (Belcher) Richards. Children, born at Champlain: 1. Richard Henry, July 20, 1891. 2. Maurice William, August 1, 1893. 3. Helen, April 29, 1895. 4. Laura Katherine, July 6, 1897. 5. Alice Rebecca, November 2, 1902.

DUNHAM. The surname Dunham is derived from an old English place name, and is spelled in various ways--Denham, Downham, Dunham, Donham; at the present time members of the family use Donham and Dunham. The ancient coat-of-arms in England is described: Azure on a chief indented or a label gules. The arms borne by Sir John Dunham (1498) were quartered with those of Bowett, Zouche, Berge, Bellequer. The family genealogist, Isaac Watson Dunham, of Hartford, Connecticut, has traced the ancestry of the American immigrant to the beginning of the use of surname in England.

(I) Rychart Donham is of record as early as 1294, in Devonshire, England, and doubtless is ancestors lived there for many generations. He bought a large estate in Beaminster, Somersetshire, England.

(II) Robert Dunham (or Donham), son of Rychart Donham, was born in Devonshire, in 1318. Children: 1. Elizabeth, born 1345, at Beaminster, married a Maltravers, (second) Humphrey Stafford, the Silver Hand sheriff of Dorsethsire, and Somersetshire. 2. Robert, born 1348, mentioned below. 3. Geoffrey, born 1350. 4. John, born 1351, removed to Norfolk and founded Norwich and Great Dunham in that county.

(III) Robert (2), son of Robert (1) Dunham, was born in 1348.

(IV) Gregory, son of Robert (2) Dunham, was born in 1382. He married Elizabeth Marjuge, of Danby.

(V) Robert (3), son of Gregory Dunham, was born in 1430. He married Margaret Stafford, born 1435, daughter of Sir Humphrey Stafford, granddaughter of Edmund Stafford.

(VI) Sir John, son of Robert (3) Dunham, was born in 1450, in the parish of Dunham-on-the-Trent, and died at Kirklington, November 9, 1524; he married, 1471, Elizabeth, daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Zouche) Bowett. Her mother was daughter of Sir John La Touche (Zouche) and Margaret de Bergh, daughter of John de Bergh and Lucie de Bellaquer. Children: 1. Kathryn, married Ralph O'Kever, second) Henry de Rushall, of Stafford. 2. John, born 1474, mentioned below. 3. Frances, married John Hazelwood. 4. Anne, married ------ Neville. 5. Marie, married Thomas Grantham, of Lincolnshire.

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(VII) Sir John (2), son of Sir John (1) Dunham, was born in 1474. He was one of the escort of two hundred with Margaret, daughter of Henry VII, through Nottingham to become the Queen of James VI, of Scotland. Children: 1. Kathryn, born 1495, married, 1515, William Talbot. 2. Elizabeth, born 1496, married Rychert Bassett, and had three children: i. John, born 1498, mentioned below; ii. Daughter, iii. Anne, born 1502.

(VIII) Sir John (3), son of Sir John (2) Dunham, was born in 1498. He married Benedict, daughter of Adam and Kathryn Folgansbee. Kathryn was daughter of John Leake, Southwell Dale, Derbyshire. He died in 1545.

(IX) Ralph, son of Sir John (3) Dunham, was born in Scrooby, 1526. He married, about 1556, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Thomas Wentworth, whose father, Richard Wentworth, was knighted at the Battle of Spurs; her mother, Margaret (Fortescue), was a daughter of Adam and Margaret (Montague) Fortescue. Sir Thomas Wentworth resided at Scrooby.

(X) Thomas, son of Ralph Dunham, was born at Scrooby, in 1560. He removed to London and died there. He was inclined to be a reformer in religion. Children: 1. John, born 1589, mentioned below. 2. Robert, born in Scrooby, 1605, went to London with his father, and was transported to Virginia in 1635.

(XI) John (4), son of Thomas Dunham, was born at Scrooby, in 1589. He was the immigrant ancestor. Scrooby is a village in Nottinghamshire, and was the native place of Elder William Brewster and other Pilgrim Fathers. Two miles to the southward governor Bradford was born at Austerfield, and the Pilgrim church was organized at Scrooby. When the Pilgrims were persecuted, it is supposed that William Bradford and John Dunham, each then nineteen years old, were of the seven arrested at Boston (England) and imprisoned. In 1608 the Pilgrims escaped to Holland. On account of the religious difficulties the family historian states that Dunham took the name of Goodman. John "Goodman" came in the "Mayflower," signed the Compact, and died, according to Morton, soon after arrival. But three years afterward we find a lot granted to Goodman. He married Abigail Wood, who was distantly related to him, October 17, 1619, in Leyden, Holland, and their son John was born about the time of the departure of the Pilgrims for American in 1620. She followed him to Plymouth. In 1662 this son john received a grant of land as one of the first-born of the colony, though actually born in Holland. He was chosen deacon of the church in Plymouth in 1633. As early as 1632 he received a grant of pasture land. he was a useful and prominent citizen, became a large land-owner, and had much cattle. He was one of the purchasers of the town of Dartmouth. He and Governor Bradford and Elder Brewster were the only members of the original congregation at Scrooby, and they passed the whole of their lives at Plymouth. His home was on Watson Hill, southwest of the village of Plymouth. He was a weaver by trade; was deputy to the general court. He died March 2, 1668-69, aged about eighty years. His will, dated January 25, 1668, bequeathed to sons John, Benajah and Daniel; son-in-law, Stephen Wood; "to the rest of my children that are not designated in this, my last will, twelve pence apiece if they demand it"; to wife, Abigail. Children: 1. John, born in Leyden, Holland, 1620; married, March 14, 1643, Dorothy -----------. Born in Plymouth: 2. Abigail, 1623. 3. Thomas, 1626. 4. Samuel, 1628. 5. Hannah, 1630. 6. Jonathan, 1632. 7. Persis, 1635. 8. Joseph, November 18, 1637. 8. Benjamin, married October 25, 1660, Mary Tilson. 9. Daniel, born 1639. 10. Benajah, 1640.

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(XII) Joseph, son of John (4) Dunham, was born November 18, 1637. He married, November 18, 1657, Mercy, daughter of Nathaniel and Lydia (Cooper) Morton. She died February 19, 1667. He married (second) August 20, 1669, Hester Wormall, of Rowley, daughter of Joseph Rowley, who lived in Rowley, where the first child was born in 1642; in 1649 she moved to Boston and later to Scituate. Jonathan Dunham, brother of Joseph, deeded to him for twenty-five pounds land near that bought of Churchill , which he father John had owned. This was sold to Joseph, June 3, 1780. He made his will March, 1703, and left one-third profit of rents and household goods to Esther, his wife. He died at Plymouth. His will was probated June 16, 1703. He bequeathed to children and wife. Children; 1. Eleazer, born 1658. 2. Mercy, 1660. 3. Micah, about 1680. 4. Joseph, 1682. 5. Benajah, 1683. 6. Nathaniel, mentioned below. 7. Daniel, 1689.

(XIII) Nathaniel, son of Joseph Dunham, was born at Wrentham, Massachusetts, or Hebron, Connecticut, formerly Colchester, in 1685. He married Mary, daughter of Edward Tilson, of Wrentham, in 1688. She died February 5, 1756. He enlisted, 1699, for three years under Captain James Warren. He died March 12, 1731. His will was made December 12, 1727. He made an appeal in behalf of the town of Hebron before the assembly for leave to found a church, and ordain an orthodox minister among them, and the request was granted. Children: 1. Nathaniel, mentioned below. 2. Thomas, born 1695. 3. Mehitabel, 1697. 3. Obadiah, 1699. 4. Jabez, 1707. 5. Isaac, 1711.

(XIV) Nathaniel (2), son of Nathaniel (10 Dunham, was born in 1693 in Plympton. He married, December 8, 1714, Elizabeth Pratt. Children; 1. Abigail, born September 8, 1721. 2. Nathaniel, mentioned below. 3. Mary, born August 14, 1724. 4. Ansell, October 12, 1726. 5. Solomon, February 18, 1729. 6. David, June 1, 1732. 7. Bathsheba. 8. Elizabeth, April 6, 1734. 9. Patience, May 6, 1736. 10. Timothy, September 28, 1738.

(XV) Nathaniel (3), son of Nathaniel (2) Dunham, was born June 20, 1722. He married (first), September 16, 1750. Rev. Ebenezer white officiating, Sarah Freeman, at Norton; (second) December 21, 1757, Esther Partridge, of Raynham, Rev. Joseph Palmer officiating. Children: 1. Rachel, born January 6, 1751. 2. William, February 5, 1753. 3. Daniel, mentioned below. 4. Abigail, June 18, 1757. 5. Caleb, March 27, 1760. 6. Isaac, December 10, 1761. 7. Job, 1771.

(XVI) Daniel, son of Nathaniel (3) Dunham, was born January 8, 1754. He married Judith Blanchard, born May 17, 1767. He lived in Savoy, Massachusetts, in 1800, died in Adams, Massachusetts. Children; 1. Daniel, mentioned below. 2. Alvan. 3. Judith. 4. Fanny. 5. Esther. 6. Joseph. 7. Oren.

(XVII) Daniel (2), son of Daniel(1) Dunham, was born About 1780. He married Deborah MacComber. He died July 5, 1844. Children; 1. Roxie, married Isaac Ostrander. 2. Daniel, married (first) Harriet Stevens, (second) Maria Mosher. 3. Martin, married Eliza Chamberlain. 4. Macomber, married Mary Munger. 5. Shepard, married Ruth Randall. 6. Almira, married Moses Dunham. 7. Dennis. 8. Orrin, mentioned below. 9. Stephen, married (first) Matilda Rawson, (second) Mary Foster.

(XVIII) Orrin Dunham, son of Daniel (2) Dunham was born at Denmark New York, July 15, 1820, died November 10, 1872. He married, November 4, 1841, Eliza Townsend, born April 8, 1822, at Champion, Jefferson County, New York, died August 6, 1904, daughter of Josiah and Harriet (Paddock) Townsend. Harriet Paddock Townsend was born in Rutland, Vermont. Children of Orrin and Eliza Dunham: 1. Harriet, born October 31, 1842, died April 27, 1900; married George W. Parmenter, January 1, 1868. 2. Dennis H., born December 15, 1844. 3. Duane B., August 29, 1846; married Louise H. Loomis, March 19, 1869; residing at Antrim, new Hampshire; children: i. Carrie b., born September 21, 1870, married Charles E. Henry, September 25, 1889; residing at Pittsfield, Maine, and had Bernard D., born November 23, 1901; Mettie R., born 1876, died March 6, 1886; iii. Wesley L., born 1879; died December 8, 1900; married June 1, 1899, Grace Howes, child, Louise. 4. Harriet E., born March 20, 1849, died November, 1894. 5. Edgar A., mentioned below. 6. Emma A., born December 16, 1656, died November 5, 1884. 7. Marion E., married Jay E. Knapp, at Denmark, September 8, 1881; child, Harold E., born September 15, 1882; married Antoinette Quick, October 14, 1903; children: i. Ruth M., born September 23, 1904; ii. Emma, Antoinette, November 16, 1907; iii. Blanche, March 11, 1910.

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(XIX) Edgar A., son of Orrin Dunham, was born at Denmark, New York. He was educated there in the common schools and at Denmark Academy. He entered the employ of Darwin Nash as manager and salesman in his general store in Denmark village, remaining several years. Thence he went to Watertown, Jefferson County, and entered the mammoth dry goods store of Bush, Bull & Roth. Through re-organization the name of the concern changed twice, but Mr. Dunham remained for thirteen years. He was a gifted salesman, and possessed the confidence and esteem of patrons and employers to an unusual degree.

EVANS. This widely distributed surname originated in Wales, and as Evan in the Welsh tongue mean the good old Christian name of John, the English equivalent for Evans is Johns, or Johnson. Many distinct families of this name are to be found in amber, some of whom are the posterity of early immigrants, while others are comparatively recent comers. This Evans belong to the latter class.

(I) Robert Evans, a native of Denbighshire, North Wales, was for a number of years enrolled in the British Army and served in the Napoleonic Wars under the Duke of Wellington. After his discharge from the army he engaged in the peaceful pursuit of agricultural in his native country, and later in life came to the United States. In his religious belief he was a Calvinistic Methodist. He married Mary Roberts, and his children were: 1. Robert. 2. Evan. 3. John. 4. Thomas.

(II) Robert (2), eldest son of Robert (1) and Mary (Roberts) Evans, was born in Denbighshire, October 22, 1813. In the spring of 1839 he and his two brothers, Evan and Thomas, with this parents, accompanied a large party of their friends and neighbors to America, arriving in New York on June 4, that year. Thrown among strangers, with no knowledge of the language and customs of the county, these immigrants made their way as best they could to Constableville, Lewis County, New York, their point of destination, and although their progress was considerably impeded by lack of sufficient pecuniary resources, they nevertheless eventually became comfortably established in their new homes. Being a vigorous and energetic young man, young Roberts Evans overcame many obstacles which beset his path during his earlier years in America, and although he never became very proficient in the use of English he acquired a sufficient knowledge of our language to transact ordinary business affairs. He resided in the immediate vicinity of Constableville until the spring of 1848, when, actuated by a laudable desire of advancing his prospects and at the same time securing a more comfortable home, he purchased a partially cleared farm situated on Welsh Hill, about two miles west of Turin. This property he brought to a high state of fertility, and by his frugal management was enabled to meet his annual payments promptly, thus realizing an ambition characteristic of the Welsh people, of owning his own home.

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 A man of upright principle and unsullied integrity, he was never involved in dispute with his fellowmen, and throughout his long and useful life he enjoyed the sincere respect and esteem of his friends and acquaintances. He was an affectionate husband and a loving parent, and during his declining years seemed to derive his principal enjoyment from the visits of his grown-up children, who had gone forth from the parental home to solve the intricate problem of life. Robert Evans died at his home on Welsh Hill, December 14, 1887. He married March 2, 1842, Ann Edwards, born in Wales, July 3, 1821, daughter of Thomas and Ellen (Evans) Edwards. She survived him many years, dying May 25, 1905. Children: 1. John, born January 19, 1843; see forward. 2. Thomas R., see forward. 3. Mary, born May 26, 1846; married (first) Piere Davis; (second) Joseph Shepard. 4. Evan, February 24, 1849; married Mary Roberts; died 1869. 5. Owen, born April 13, 1850; married Julia Ingraham. 6. Robert N., October 13, 1855; married Clara E. Barnes. 7. David C., April 12, 1858. 8. Jeanette A., August 22, 1860; married Charles d. Hill. 9. Edwin H., September 1, 1862; married Anna Roberts.

(III) John, eldest child of Robert (2) and Ann (Edwards) Evans, was born in West Turin, New York, January 19, 1843. He was educated in the common schools, and was brought up on the home farm, where he remained until the outbreak of the Civil War. On august 21, 1862, he enlisted in the Fifth Regiment, New York Heavy Artillery, and in 1864 was with it in garrison at the famous Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. He served faithfully until the close of the war and was honorably discharged at that place June 26, 1865. Returning home he engaged in the harness trade, and conducts a successful business. He is a man of fine business ability and excellent traits of personal character, and has been frequently called to township offices, including that of clerk, to which he was first elected in February, 1878, and in which he has been continued to the present time, the very unusual period of thirty-two years, and testifying beyond question the ability and fidelity of the man. He is a Republican in politics, and is affiliated with Turin Lodge, No. 184, Free and Accepted Masons, of which he was worshipful master in 1892. Mr. Evans married, February 4, 1891, Lucinda Clark, born in West Turin, July 31, 1841. They have no children. Mrs. Evans is a daughter of Philo and Amy Ann (Hubbard) Clerk, whose other children were Julius L. Clark, and Roland H. Clark.

(III) Thomas R., second child of Robert and Ann (Edwards) Evans, was born in West Turin, July 31, 1844. He acquired his education in the Turin public schools and the Lowville Academy. In early life he was engaged in the manufacture of cheese, later conducted a butchering establishment, and still later turned his attention to the cultivation of the soil. In connection with farming he is at present carrying on a prosperous real estate and insurance business in Turin. In politics he is a Democrat. From January 1, 1880, to May 1, 1882, he represented Turin on the Lewis County board of supervision. He received the appointment of postmaster at Turin during the President Cleveland's first administration, and served in that capacity with general satisfaction until superseded by a Republican in 1889. Naturally quiet and unassuming, his genial and amiable disposition has secured for him many warm friendships, and in addition to these commendable qualities he possesses many other sterling characteristics of his race. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. July 2, 1873, Mr. Evans married Adelaide, daughter of David W. and Mary (Jones) Roberts. She died February 9, 1892. On June 20, 1894, he married (second), Adelaide Branstater, born in Boonville, December 28, 1858, daughter of Henry and Eliza (Gookins) Branstater.

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