Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY
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William Richard Cutter, A. M.
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FITCH. The first member of the Lewis County family of Fitch who settled in America was Rev. James Fitch, born in England in 1622, son

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of Thomas Fitch, born 1590. Rev. James was one of the founders of Yale College. He married (first) Abigail Whitefield, (second) Priscilla Mason; by his second wife he had a son Jeremiah.

(II) Jeremiah, son of Rev. James and Priscilla (Mason) Fitch, was born September, 1670, married Ruth Guilford, and had a son Abner.

(III) Captain Abner, son of Jeremiah and Ruth (Guilford) Fitch, was born in 1703; married, 1736, Ruth rose, had: 1. Jeremiah. 2. Jeptha, born November 22, 1740. 3. Betty, born September 1, 1743. 4. Ruth, born October 13, 1744. 5. Abner, born November 16, 1749. 6. Jeptha, born September, 1752.

(IV) Jeremiah (2), born march, 1737, married, February 1, 1759, Abigail Whitmore, and had 1. Daniel, born January 17, 1769. 2. Thaddeus, born July 21, 1761. 3. Roxanna, born January 13, 1763. 4. Thankful, born January 16, 1765. 5. Converse.

(V) Converse, son of Jeremiah and Abigail (Whitmore) Fitch, was born October 24, 1769, married Aruma, daughter of Ozias Grant, fifth in descent from Matthew Grant. ( See Grant VI). Ozias Grant served in the French and Indian War and in the Revolution. Children: 1. Augustus. 2. Russell. 3. Warren. 4. Abiel. 5. Halsey. 6. Nathan S. 7. Fanny. 8. Lorana. 9. Orson. 10. William.

(VI) Augustus, eldest child and son of converse and Aruma (Grant) Fitch, was born in Tolland, Connecticut, November 8, 1793, died May 27, 1867. He was reared on the farm and received the education furnished by the common schools of his day, supplemented by the education gained by reading, study and observation. He served as a soldier in the War of 1812-14. In 1821 he went to Rodman, Jefferson County, new York, to look after the interest of the family of his brother, Russell, who had settled and died there. He remained in New York, married and removed to St. Lawrence County, settling at Morristown in the early history of that settlement. He followed farming all the remainder of his life. The family were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and until the formulation of the Republican Party in 1850, Augustus voted and acted with the Democratic Party. He married, October 31, 1821, Emily Nims, born in Deerfield, Massachusetts, April 29, 1801, daughter of Rufus and Cynthia (Wright) Nims. Children; 1. Russell Wright, born January 12, 1825, in Rodman, New York. In 1839 the family removed to Morristown, St. Lawrence County. He was educated in the common schools; engaged in farming, which he followed with success until 875, when he retired from active life and settled in Lowville. He is a Methodist in religious faith, and a republican in politics. He married, January 12, 1846, Margaret Tyler Budlong, born in Rutland, Jefferson County, New York, November 2, 1824, died June 15, 1886, daughter of Daniel and Lydia (Tyler) Budlong, Children: i. Lamont Daniel, born September 1, 1848; married (first) Lucinda Rogers; (second) Lizzie Richter; one daughter, Nina, born May 23, 1886, ii. Deloss Augustin, born august 18, 1853, a merchant of Lowville, married Gertie Pelton, of St. Louis, Missouri, iii. Manning Eugene, born April 13, 1857; member of the firm of Fitch Brothers, Lowville; married June 14, 1905, Cora L. Young, daughter of Norman Young, of St. Lawrence County; she died August 16, 1906, iv. Warner Fayette, born January 1, 1864. 2. Leander L., born June 6, 1827. 3. Amos Nichols, born January 30, 1830; died September 10, 1909. 4. Charles Carroll, born December 5, 1832, a veteran of the New York heavy artillery during the Civil War. 5. Frederick M., born November 10, 1839; enlisted August 14, 1861, Company C, Sixtieth Regiment, New York Volunteers, was mortally wounded at Fort Stedman, died April 26, 1865. 6. Warren. R., see forward.

(VII) Warren R., son of Augustus and Emily (Nims) Fitch, was born at Rodman, New York, December 31, 1836. When he was still an infant the family removed to

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Morristown, St. Lawrence County, where he attended the public schools, afterward entering Ogdensburg Academy, and the Wesleyan Seminary at Gouverneur, New York. At the age of sixteen he began teaching, and continued in that profession until May, 1860. At that time, he entered mercantile life, operating a store at Brier Hill until March, 1873, when he removed to Lowville, where for several years he had a store with a branch at Carthage. He purchased the Lowville Times, and for twelve years was editor and publisher of that publication. While a resident of Morristown, he served as supervisor for seven years, justice of the peace twelve years, and postmaster eleven years, resigning these offices on removing from the county. He was a director of the Morristown and Black River Railroad from the time of its incorporation until the completion of the road to Philadelphia, New York, and final consolidation with the Utica & Black River Railroad Company. He was one of the incorporators of the Lowville Asbestos Burial Casket Company, and president from its organization. He has served three terms as treasurer of the village. He cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln for president, and has always stood loyally for Republican principles. In early life Mr. Fitch was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, studied theology at Wesleyan Academy, and was ordained a minister of the Methodist Church by Bishop Randolph S. Foster, of Boston. In 1892 he was a lay delegate to the general conference of his church, held in Omaha, Nebraska, where for five weeks he served on many of the important committees of the conference. For many years he has been treasurer of the Thousand Islands Park Association, and under his management it has become on of the most prosperous summer resorts on the St. Lawrence. He has devoted a great deal of time to this enterprise, and its success has been of keen satisfaction to him. He is a welcome and frequent contributor to the religious publications of his church, and is author of a work telling the story of the Savior's Life, entitled, "From Bethlehem to Bethany." He is an ardent worker in the cause of temperance and religion. He married (first), September 18, 1860, Lydia Jane, born July 18, 1836, in Morristown, New York, died April 11, 1873, daughter of Calvin and Lydia (Tyler) Blackstone. Calvin Blackstone was born in Adams, Jefferson County, New York, son of Ebenezer Blackstone. Lydia was a daughter of Frederick Tyler. Children: 1. Leone Adelle, born February 5, 1865, at Brier Hill, New York, married December 12, 1888, Rev. Herbert Greenfield Coddington, D. D., Rector of Grace Episcopal Church of Syracuse, New York; has one child, Dorothy, born April 23, 1894. 2. Inez Genevieve, born February 6, 1871; married June 7, 1893, Rutson Rea Smiley, of Lowville, has Ethel, born August 9, 1895, and Evenly, April 6, 1903. He married (second), October 1, 1874, Edna Luella, died February 12, 1895, daughter of Edwin Arthur. He married (third) January 21, 1897, Roxa A. Snow, born September 10, 1848, daughter of Ephraim and Electra (Rose) Snow, a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants through her lineal descent from Stephen Hopkins (A Mayflower passenger, 1620), and a signer of the Compact. The Fitch line began in America in 1639, with a minister of the gospel, and this review closes with a minister of the gospel, 1909. That sacred calling seems inherent in the different branches who have taken holy orders. The many-sided activities of the last generation to far to disprove the assertion that a good minister is a poor business man.

(The Grant Line.)

Aruma Grant, wife of converse Fitch

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(See Fitch V), was a lineal descendant of Matthew Grant, founder of the family in America. Nothing seems to be definitely known of the European origin of the Grants. While many writers state that they descend from the Scotch clan of Grant, no proof has ever been forthcoming. In several branches of the family there are traditions of Scotch descent, but they are vague and contradictory, while in another branch there is a particularly clear tradition of English origin. Few is any Scots emigrated to New England as early as 1630, and they would have been marked men. On the other hand it is known that Matthew Grant sailed from England ina ship that bore a Puritan Church, gathered in the extreme south of England, that he was or soon became a member of this church, and was one of its most prominent members after the removal to Windsor, Connecticut. None of his children or grandchildren bore typical scotch names, but instead bore the names then common among English Puritans, and which are still borne by a Grant family in the south of England. The only use of a coat-of-arms was by Samuel Grant, in 1739, in witnessing a will. Besides his signature is a seal on which is impressed the following coat-of-arms: On a chevron between three Fleur-de-lis five ermine spots. They are not the arms of any Grant family given by Burke, But Samuel being of the senior male line, would have been the most likely to possess any seal ring belonging to Matthew Grant. Whatever may have been the history of the family in Europe, in America it has been one that any member can review with an honest pride.

Matthew Grant was an educated man, and among his descendants but two have been found who could not write. Other characteristics of the family are absolute honesty, unflinching tenacity, and a tendency to reticence. The best known and most conspicuous member of the family was President Ulysses S. Grant (baptized Ulysses Hiram), whose career from West Point to Mr. McGregor is American history, and who imposing tomb on beautiful Riverside Drive in New York City is the American mecca. He was a son of Jesse Root Grant and his wife, Hannah Simpson, grandson of Noah Grant and his wife, Rachel (Miller) Kelly, great-grandson of Noah Grant and his wife, Susanna Delano, great-great-grandson of Noah Grant and his wife, Martha Huntington, great-great-grandson of Samuel Grant and his second wife, Mary Porter, and great-great-great-great-grandson of Matthew Grant, the immigrant and his wife, Priscilla.

(I) Matthew Grant was born October 27, 1601, died at Windsor, Connecticut, December 16, 1681. He married (first), November 16, 1625, Priscilla ----------, died April 27, 1644. On March 20, 1630, he embarked with his family on the "Mary and John" at Plymouth, England, and reached Boston Harbor May 30, 1630. He settled at Dorchester, Massachusetts, and was admitted a freeman May 18, 1631. With many other he disliked the close union of the church and state that characterized the colony of Massachusetts Bay, and in October, 1635, went overland with a party to the Connecticut River and prepared for the settlement at Windsor, where he settled with his family the following April. He was the first and for many years the principal surveyor; deacon of the First Church; recorder (town clerk), 1652 until 1677; selectman many years, and one of the most important men of the town. Stiles says: "Few men indeed, filled so large a place in the early history of Windsor or filled it so well as honest Matthew Grant.," In 1654 he compiled "A Book of Records of Towns Ways in Windsor." He was also the compiler of the "Old Church Records," which has furnished the basis for most of the families of ancient Windsor. He was a type of

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the best settlers of New England, and left to his descendants an untarnished name, and the example of an unswerving fidelity to the public trusts committed to him; for he quaintly comments on his own work: "I have been careful to do nothing on one man's desire." His first wife, Priscilla, died in April, 1644, and May 29, 1645, he married Susanna (Capen or Chapin) Rockwell, widow of Deacon William Rockwell. Children of first wife; 1. Priscilla, married Michael Humphrey, a leading man in civil and ecclesiastical matters, by whom she had seven children.. The Humphreys genealogy gives more than 76,000 of their descendants. 2. Samuel, see forward. 3. Tahan, married Hannah Palmer. 4. Matthew, died young. 5. --------, died young. 6. John, married Mary Hill; he was the first military man of the family; during Kind Philip's War he was ordered to take twenty men and march to the relief of Westfield and Springfield.

(II) Samuel, eldest son of Matthew and Priscilla Grant, was born at Dorchester, Massachusetts, November 12, 1631, died at East Windsor Hill, Connecticut, September 10, 1718. When eighteen year of age he was employed to attend the Connecticut River ferry; in 1661 he was employed to "Shingle the inside roof of the Meeting House"; was part owner of a sawmill; sealer of measures; lister; constable; surveyor; and held other offices. He joined the church at Windsor, with his wife, in 1685, and were members of East Windsor in 1700. His house was on the bank of the river in the rear of the Theological Institute, but he afterward removed to the site of the present resident of Hon. Roswell Grant. He married, in Windsor, May 27, 1658, Mary, born in England, 1638, daughter of John and Anna (White) Porter. Children: 1. Samuel, see forward. 2. --------, died in infancy. 3. John, married (first) Elizabeth Skinner; (second) May Wells; had issue. 4. Matthew, wealthiest man in Windsor; part owner of a vessel; one of the company that owned the town of Torrington, Connecticut; constable, sealer of leather, selectman and member of the church; married Hannah Chapman and had issue. 5. Josiah, removed to Stonington, Connecticut, where he was collector, lister, constable and tythingman; married Rebecca Miner and had issue. 6. -------------, died in infancy. 7. Nathaniel removed to Tolland and Ellington; where he was one of the earliest settlers; was Hayward, collector and tythingman; married Bethia Werner and had issue. 8. Mary, married Deacon Joseph skinner and had issue. 9. Sarah, died in childhood.

(III) Samuel (2), eldest son of Samuel(1) and Mary (Porter) Grant, was born in Windsor, Connecticut, April 20, 1659, died may 8, 1710. He was a carpenter, owned a cider mill, part owner of a sawmill, kept tavern, mender of the East Windsor Hill Church, having previously owned the covenant on the church at Windsor. He married (first) December 6, 1683, Anna or Hannah, daughter of Samuel and Anna (Gillet) Filley. Married (second) at Stonington, April 11, 1688, Grace, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Booth) Miner. Children of the first wife: 1. Sarah, married Thomas skinner. 2. Samuel died 1686. Children of second wife: 3. Hannah, married (first) Thomas Morton; (second) Quartermaster John Moseley. 4. Samuel; see forward. 5. Noah, removed to Tolland, Connecticut, where he as one of the earliest settlers; selectman; lister and surveyor; married Martha Huntington and had issue. 6. Abigail, married Abiel Abbott and had issue. 7. Ephraim, removed to Grant's Hill, Tolland, where he was a most important man; collector, constable, treasurer, ensign, lieutenant, captain of the militia company; married (first) Elizabeth Cady; (second) Mrs. Esther Ladd; (third) Katherine Macham, and had issue by them all. 8. Grace, married John Bowers. 9. David, removed to Bloomfield, Connecticut, where he was tythingman, surveyor and ensign; mar-

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ried Elizabeth Chapman, and had issue. 10. Ebenezer, had the homestead at East Windsor Hill; was a farmer; engaged in the East India trade as early as 1728; merchant as late of 1779, but was ruined by the war; large ship owner and builder; innkeeper; graduate of Yale college, 1726; clerk of the church, surveyor, deputy sheriff, constable, selectman, moderator, grand juror, captain of train band, member of committee of correspondence, 1774; he had charge of purchasing and forwarding clothing for the soldiers, 1776-77; on committee to consider article of confederation proposed by Congress, 1778; the British general, Prescott, was imprisoned at his house, 1777; married (first) Anne Ellsworth; (second) Mrs. Jemima (Leavitt) Ellsworth, widow of Captain David Ellsworth, and had issue by the first. His son, Roswell, was a distinguished public man and soldier of the Revolution and War of 1812.

(V) Samuel (3), eldest son of Samuel (2) and Grace (Miner) Grant, was born in Windsor, Connecticut, September 19, 1691, died at East Windsor, April 7, 1751. He removed in 1726 to Bolton (now Vernon, Connecticut), where he purchased five hundred acres of land on which a large part of Rockville now stands, and thirty-five of which was still in the family. Later he returned to Windsor. Hew as weaver, lister, hayward, surveyor, constable, tythingman, and sergeant of the train band. He married, January 1, 1718-19, Theophyle Bartlett. Children: 1. Abigail, married Joseph Prentice and had issue. 2. Azariah, of East Windsor Hill; member of the church, fence viewer, packer of tobacco, tythingman, grand juror, hayward, and poundkeeper; married (first) Abigail Beaman; (second) Eunice -----------, and had issue. 3. Aaron, of East Windsor Hill; lived opposite the homestead; carpenter and farmer, grand juror, keykeeper, tythingman, inspector; with wife, owned the covenant in the church at East Windsor, 1787 ,married (first) Mabel Easton; (second) Theodosia (baptized God's gift, and called Eudocia on the East Windsor Church record), widow of Ozias Pitkin, of Hartford. 4. Gideon, died at Wapping, Connecticut, aged ninety years; member of the church at East Windsor; fence viewer; tythingman; grand juror; married Mehitable Bowers. 5. Abiel, married (first) Elizabeth Loomis; (second) Mary Wolcott. 6. Ozias, see forward. 7. Alexander, removed to Westfield, Connecticut; was a carpenter and joiner; married (first) Thankful Lyman; (second) Miriam (Sexton) Bliss, daughter of Judge Sexton, of Enfield, and widow of Judge Bliss. 8. Elisabeth, married Sergeant Nathaniel Strong (his second wife).

(V) Ozias, sixth child and fifth son of Samuel and Theophyle (Bartlett) Grant, was born at East Windsor, Connecticut, 1733, died at Rockville, May 22, 1823. He removed in 1761 to Vernon, Connecticut; was a farmer and had grist and saw mills; was pressed into the English Army and took part in the campaign against Quebec; when the news of Lexington reached Vernon he joined the company that marched from there. He was a large, stalwart man, of simple and quaint manners and given to queer speeches. He married, in Windsor, June 30, 1761, Lorana Strong, born in Windsor, February 8, 1739-40, died in Bolton, June 25, 1817, daughter of John and Hepzibah (Walcott) Strong. Children: 1. Elnathan, farmer of Rockville; private in colonel Enos' regiment, 1778, and last survivor of the war in Tolland County, Connecticut; member of the Vernon church; "a simple-hearted, pure-mined, honest Christian man"; married Roxanna Fitch, daughter of Jeremiah and Abigail (Converse) Fitch. 2. Abiel, a miller; married Elsie King. 3. Wareham, a farmer and shoemaker; deacon of the Presbyterian Church of Vernon; married Grace Reed. 4. Aurelia, married William Thrall, a deacon of the Congregational Church, of which she

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was a member. 5. Augustus, a farmer and saddler of Rockville; principal owner of a woolen mill; member of the Vernon Church; married Asenath, daughter of Captain Jehiel Fuller. 6. Aruma; see forward. 7. Zerviah, died in infancy. 8. Zerviah, (also called Saviah), died unmarried at Vernon, September 7, 1851. 9. Elijah, died in childhood. 10. Elisha, a carpenter and builder of Vernon; married (first) Electra Fuller; (second) Roxana Wyman. 11, Francis, a farmer of Rockville; married (first) Lora Root; (second) Anna Gates; (third) Mrs. Anna (Wood), widow of Isaac Doane. 12. Lorana, died unmarried. 13. Anna, married Ebenezer Root. 14, Elvira, died young.

(VI) Aruma, sixth child and second daughter of Ozias and Lorana (Strong) Grant, was born in Vernon, Connecticut, May 4, 1769, died in Tolland, Connecticut, June 7, 1855. She married in Vernon, October 25, 1792, Converse Fitch (see Fitch V), son of Jeremiah and Brother of Roxana Fitch, wife of her brother, Elnathan Grant. Converse Fitch was farmer and innkeeper. They owned the covenant in the Vernon Church in 1794. Children: 1. Augustus, (see Fitch VI). 2. Russell, unmarried; served in the War of 1812. 3. Warren, of Coventry, Connecticut; tin-peddler, farmer, butcher, selectman, and grand juror; twice married. 4. Abiel G. 5. Fanny, married Joseph Truman. 6. Halsey, a farmer, died without issue. 7. William, died without issue. 8. Orson, unmarried. 9. Nathan Strong, a farmer and grocer of Tolland and Rockville, Connecticut; married Electra Catherine Strickland ; four children. 10. Catherine Strickland; married Nelson William Northrup, a mill operative, millowner and inventor, one of his inventions being for loading and firing heavy cannon by steam; was special dispatch bearer in the Army of the Potomac. Before her marriage Lorana Fitch successfully taught a school from which other teachers has been driven out.

ROBINSON. The Robinson family is an ancient and numerous one, both in England and America. There are several coats-of-arms belonging to different branches of the name, but in all of them an antlered stag or buck if prominent. The one which is borne by the Robinsons of then orth, from whom the early American immigrants are descended, consists of a gold field, crossed by a green chevron, with three gold cinque foils set between three bucks tripping. There were two John Robinsons of early record. One of these, with eleven others from Ispwich and Newbury, Massachusetts, made the original settlement of Haverhill, Massachusetts, in 1640.

(I) Rev. John Robinson, founder of Plymouth colony, was born 1575, probably in Lincolnshire, England. He entered Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 1592, and received a fellowship there in 1598, which he resigned in 1604. He began his ministerial labors in and near Norwich, Norfolk, in 1660, and became a leader among the Puritans, with whom he went to Leyden, Holland, as preparation for emigration to the new world. His determination to emigrate in search of religious freedom was formed about 1617, and he was preparing to sail from Leyden soon after the first voyage of the "Mayflower." He was taken ill during the prevalence of a plague at Leyden, and died February 19, 1625. He married Bridget White, who came with her three sons to American, after his death. Children: 1. John. 2. Bridget. 3. Isaac. 4. Mercy. 5. Fear. 6. Jacob.

(II) Isaac, second son of Rev. John and Bridget (White) Robinson, was born about 1610, in England, and came in 1631 to Plymouth, where he was made freeman in 1633. He went to Scituate in 1636, and, with Rev. John Lathrop and his flock, settled at Barnstable in the autumn of 1639. About 1663 he went to Falmouth, Massachusetts, then a new settlement, and was at Tisbury, in

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Martha's Vineyard, in 1673, remaining till 1703, when he returned to Barnstable, and resided with his daughter, Fear, wife of Samuel Baker. During all these changes, for a period of nearly seventy years, he was a member of the Barnstable Church, and died about 1704. He married (first) June 27, 1636, Margaret Hanford, of Scituate, who died before 1650. His second wife bore the baptismal name of Mary. Children of first marriage: 1. Susanna. 2. John. 3. Isaac. 4. Fear. 5. Mercy. 6. Infant daughter which died unnamed. Of second: 7. Israel. 8. Jacob. 9. Peter. 10. Thomas. After the death of Isaac Israel was known by the name.

(III) Lieutenant peter, fifth son of Isaac Robinson, and third child of his second wife, was born between 1633 and 1656, in Barnstable, and lived in Tisbury, until 1706. He was at Norwich, Connecticut, in 1710, and afterward resided in Preston, Connecticut, where he died bout February, 1740. He married Experience, daughter of John Manton, of Tisbury. Children: 1. Sarah. 2. Abiah. 3. Israel. 4. Peter. 5. Thomas. 6. Abigail. 7. Simon. 8. Benjamin. 9. Joseph. 10. & 11. Isaac and Ann, Twins. 12. Mary. 13. Rhoda. 14. Martha. 15. Elizabeth.

(IV) Benjamin, fifth son of peter and Experience (Manton) Robinson, was born about 1704, in Tisbury, and resided in Windham, Connecticut, until after 1742. Before 1746 her removed to the adjoining town of Lebanon, whence he disappears after 1749. He was living in Middletown in 1757, and may have moved to some other colony after that. He married Jerusha, daughter of Samuel Bingham, Children: 1. Eunice. 2. Irene. 3. Elijah. 4. Eliphalet. 5. Lydia. 6. Jerusha. 7. Benjamin. 8. Daniel.

(V) Daniel, youngest child of Benjamin and Jerusha (Bingham) Robinson, was born May 19, 1757, in Middletown, Connecticut, died March 25, 1838. He was a soldier of the Revolution, enlisting May 19, 1775, and served until June 12, 1782, when he was discharged. He removed from Middletown to Plattsburgh, New York, and lived on Margaret Street in that town, and at other points in Clinton County. He was known as "Governor" Robinson, and had a mill on the Saranac River, near Plattsburgh, and was carried down the stream in a freshet, while trying to save some of the machinery. He said he rode on the millstone for about 100 rods, and the discovery of the millstone after the flood had subsided seemed to confirm the tale. One who knows the power of waters in flood can easily conceive of their bearings a millstone one hundred rods, though no one believes it will float in still or ordinary moving waters. He married, September 25, 1783, Thankful Sage, of Middletown, born august 15, 1758, died December 20, 1837. Children: 1. Polly (died young). 2. Polly. 3. Deborah. 4. Daniel. 5. Patty. 6. Lewis Samuel 7. Lucy. 8. Leudiah. 9. Sally. 10. Thankful. 11. Ira. 12. Lydia.

(VI) Lewis Samuel, second son of Daniel and Thankful (Sage) Robinson, was born /September 7, 1791, in Plattsburgh, died June 8, 1864, at Chazy, where he owned a farm. For many years he kept a hotel on the turnpike, and from his home distinctly heard the cannonading at the battle of Plattsburgh, thirteen miles away. Ona little brook hear the hotel the trustees of the town of Plattsburgh gave a reception to President James Monroe, July 28, 1817, while he was on a tour of inspection through the northern states, en route from Plattsburgh to Sacketts Harbor. Having become tired of keeping hotel, and especially of dealing in intoxicants, Mr. Robinson closed the hotel to the public shortly before the completion of the Ogdensburg & Lake Champlain Railroad, and thenceforward occupied it as a farmhouse, while engaged in tilling his land. He married, October 15, 1812, Hannah Eldred, born February 22, 1792, died January 4, 1873. They were tenderly cared for in their old age by their youngest child, Samantha, who resided on the homestead. Children: 1. Eleazer Williams, mentioned below. 2. Lewis, born July 8m, 1816, in Chazy; married Lucy

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Meader, and had children: i. James Meader, ii. Henry Williams, iii. Helen Elizabeth. 3. Calvin L., September 9, 1819, married Caroline Lewis and had children: i. Henrietta Chloe, ii. Zina Dudley, iii. Philena, iv. Clarissa, v. Lemuel. 4. Matthew s., April 1, 1822; married Mary Ann Kellogg, of Middlebury, Vermont, and had children: i. Rufus T., ii. Brinton S., iii. Orange B., iv. George, v. Charles, vi. Frank, vii. Minnie. 5. Rosetta, April 25, 1824;m married Hiram Walker and had eight children: i. Fidelia, ii. Elvira Averill, iii. Lucy, iv. Samantha, v. Jerry L., vi. Hannah E., vii. Matthew O., viii. William P. 6. Filena, July 20, 18306; married Platt Harris and had children: i. Rosetta C., ii. Alice D. 7. Samantha, February 15, 1829, married William F. Rowlson, and lived on the paternal homestead, having a son, Frederick J.

(VII) Eleazer William, eldest child of Lewis Samuel and Hannah (Eldred) Robinson, was born September 10, 1813, at Chazy, died March 31, 1889, in Plattsburgh. He was a farmer in Chazy, and later in Altona, Clinton County, where he continued until 1874, when he sold his farm and purchased a home on Margaret Street in Plattsburgh, which was his place of abode during the remainder of his life, about fifteen years. He married, October 17, 1837, Mary Ann, born December 30, 1816, daughter of Calvin and Hannah (Cogswell) Stearns, of Vermont (see Stearns VI). They had a son and daughter, Daniel S. and Catherine Emogene. The latter, born July 5, 1853, married Chester Corydon Horges, and died March 24, 1885. They had children: i. Anna May, ii. Catherine Emogene, born March 23, 1885.

(VIII) Daniel S., only son of Eleazer W. and Mary Ann (Stearns) Robinson, was born April 12, 1839, in Chazy, and continued to reside on the paternal homestead until he was past thirty-one year of age. He moved to Plattsburgh, March 18, 1870, and engaged in the boot and shoe business, in partnership with Gilman Breed. They manufactured as well as sold shoes and carried on a successful business, under the style of Breed & Robinson. In August, 1873, Mr. Robinson purchased the interest of his partner and soon after admitted to partnership Charles K. Stearns, who continued one year and sold out to Mr. Robinson. The latter continued in trade about twenty years alone and retired, being succeeded by his son, Orrin E., and his brother-in-law, Chester Corydon Hodges, who is still continuing the business, under the firm name of Hodges & Robinson, the store continuing to be one of the leading establishments of Plattsburgh. Since his retirement from the shoe business he as given his attention to the real estate business. He made his home in Boston for four years in order to give his sons the advantages of college education. Mr. Robinson married, April 3, 1862, Margaret, born October 25, 1842, in Grenville, Canada, daughter of James and Sarah (Midgeley) Pringle, natives of Scotland and Canada, of Scotch lineage. Children: 1. Orrin Eleazer, born January 12, 1864; married Edith Smith and has two children: Robert Daniel and Harry Smith. 2. Ernest James, November 26, 1870; married Caro M., daughter of Rev.. G. H. Barrett; children: i. Margaret Barrett, ii. Harold Allen, iii. Carl E., iv. Daniel T. Mr. Robinson was town clerk from 1889 to 1901, and was appointed postmaster by president McKinley in the latter year and served nine years; was engaged in job printing. 3. LaForest George, May 28, 1874; electrical engineer; married Sarah Powers and has a daughter, Genevieve. 4. Dr. Harry Pringle, November 23, 1875; physician; married Mary M. Truex; located at Amesbury, Massachusetts.

(The Stearns Line).

(II) Isaac (2), second son of Isaac (1) (q.v.) and Mary (Barker) Stearns, was born January 6, 1633, in Watertown, where he was made a freeman in 1665. He settled at Cambridge Farms, now Lexington, and died there August 29, 1676. He married,

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June 24, 1660, Sarah, daughter of Captain Richard and Elizabeth Beers. Captain Beers was one of the original proprietors of Watertown, commanded a company in King Philip's War, and was killed in battle with the Indians at Northfield, Massachusetts, September 4, 1675. After the death of Mr. Stearns his widow married (July 23, 1677), Thomas wheeler, of Concord, Massachusetts. Isaac Stearns left an estate inventoried at three hundred pounds. Children: 1. Sarah. 2. Mary. 3. Isaac. 4. Samuel. 5. Abigail. 6. John.

(III) Samuel, second son of Isaac (2) and Sarah (Beers) Stearns, was born January 11, 1668, in Lexington, and was killed by a falling tree, November 19, 1721. For several years he was tithing man and assessor in Lexington. His widow, Phebe, was administratrix of his estate, and moved with some of her children to Littleton in 1730, and twenty years later to Chelmsford. Children: 1. Sarah. 2. Mary. 3. Abigail. 4. Samuel. 5. Ruth. 6. Rebecca. 7. Thomas. 8. John. 9. Joseph. 10. Benjamin.

(IV) Samuel (2), eldest son of Samuel (1) and Phebe Stearns, was born March 7, 1702, in Lexington, and lived in that town and Littleton before his settlement in Hollis, New Hampshire, where he died in 1787. He married, January 1, 1731, Keziah Robins, of Littleton, the ceremony performed by Joseph Wilder, Esq., of that town. Children: 1. Samuel. 2. Peter. 3. Isaac. 4. Joseph. 5. Ruth. 6. Keziah. 7. Ebenezer. 8. Phebe. 9. John.

(V) John, youngest child of Samuel (2) and Keziah (Robinson) Stearns, was born October 15, 1750, probably in Littleton, and when twenty-four years old went with his next older brother, Ebenezer, to Monkton, Vermont. He settled in that year in New Haven, an adjoining town, but the settlements in that region were broken up by Indians and Tories until after the Revolution. He lived some time in Cummington, Massachusetts, and after the war closed returned to his farm, and died there July 1, 1823. He was a soldier of the Revolution, fighting for his home and country. He married (first) July 7, 1768, Lucy Shedd, of Dunstable, New Hampshire, who died soon after. He married (second), in March, 1782, being then a resident of Cummington, Sarah Hamlin, born September 22, 1760, in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, daughter of Isaac and Sarah (Shaw) Hamlin, formerly of Bridgewater, later of Cummington, Massachusetts, and pioneer resident of Monkton. Children: 1. Polly. 2., Sarah. 3. Calvin. 4. Luther. 5. Bateman. 6. Susannah. 7. Samuel K. 8. Parsons. 9. Hamilton Joseph. 10. Orrin. 11. Clarissa.

(VI) Calvin, eldest son of John and Sarah (Hamlin) Stearns, was born August 2, 1786, in Monkton, where he resided for a time. He settled at Mooers, Clinton County, New York, and died in Hinesburg, Vermont. He was engaged in farming. He married (first) in 1813, Hannah Cogswell, of Charlotte, Vermont, daughter of Levi and Rachel F. (Whiteley) Cogswell, of Charlotte, born July 6, 1794, died December 8, 1821. He married (second) in 1825, Margaret Carleton, born September 23, 1803. There were three children of the first marriage, and eight of the second, namely: 1. Orrin. 2. Mary Ann. 3. Joseph. 4. Mandana Dorcas. 5. John Carleton. 6. Sarah Ann. 7. Catherine Delia. 8. Leonard Asa. 9. Electra Ann. 10. Alonzo Bateman. 11. Melvin Julius.

(VII) Mary Ann, eldest daughter of Calvin and Hannah (Cogswell) Stearns, was born December 30, 1816, in Ferrisburg, Vermont. She was married October 17, 1837, to Eleazer Williams Robinson, of Chazy (see Robinson VII).

 

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