Contributed by Roger W. WILSON
The following is a transcription from the "Dean-Fox Reunion Ledger"
Dean Family History
Laura J. Dean
history comences (sic) with the family of my great grandfather Samuel Dean. I
know not his birthplace but he was a Scotchman or of Scotch descent though the
first real history we have of them is of their living in
was my grandfather, of his family I will give you a history as I have it from
old records, some in his own handwriting. He was born in
the birth of his second daughter in 1789, he removed to
then kept house with his children until
last years of his life were spent with his children. He died
second wife died
Grandfather was a soldier in the war of 1812, had made application for a pension, his widow getting it after his death.
family by the first marriage consisted of ten children, five sons and five
daughters. Their names were. Rachel, Jane, Hannah, Hepsibah, Samuel, Amos,
(John and Rachel Graham)
Their family was ten children. Their names were, Elizabeth, William, Alvira, Jeremiah, Adaline, Phebe, Nancy, Rachel, John and Edward. All lived to grow up, all married but John and Rachel. There are now (1889) living Jeremiah, Alvira, and Edward.
(James and Jane Fox)
was the first Militia Captain in town, was known as Captain Fox. He was a
teacher of some note in his day, and held various town offices, was Justice of
the Peace from 1819 to 1843. Their family consisted of nine sons: Thomas J.,
James L., Amos D., William H., Ira S., Lewis M., Alden D., Charles H., and
Jeremiah F. There are now living, Thomas J., William and Alden D. Aunt Jane died
(Amos and Hannah Wood)
(Wm and Hepsibah Wood)
(Samuel and Martha Dean)
(Amos and Betsy Dean)
(Increase and Polly Dean)
(Davis and Hannah Dean)
(George and Nancy Carpenter)
Uncle George and Aunt Nancy celebrated their Golden wedding Nov. 1876 the only ones of the ten children.
Grandfathers family by the second marriage was on son and two daughters, Harvey Eliza and Harriet.
(Harvy and Eliza Dean)
They have twenty five grand children, and four great grand children.
(Decker and Corwin Family)
Eliza was born
(William and Harriet Caldwell)
second wife (the widow Pierce) had four children by her former husband. As they
all came to
(Martin Pierce family)
Martin married Nancy Bartlet for his first wife. They had two sons, Frances and Byron. For his second wife he married Emily Graham. Their family was six children, two sons Seymour and Martin, four daughters Emily, Mariah, Fanna and Ella. All grew up and married and all are living Honeoye.
(Valentine and Fanny Graham)
married Valentine Graham. They had a large family of children, seven are now
Valentine was the first Post Master in town, having been appointed in 1824. He also erected the first distillery in 1818. He was Justice of Peace and Town Clerk for several years. He died in 1864 his wife in 1873.
(John and Polly Bartlett)
married John Bartlett, they had a large family of children. They moved to
Wealthy married Mr. Bebee and went west. No history of their family.
The grandchildren of Samuel Dean Jr. was seventy seven, of this number seventy one grew to be men and women, sixty married.
Among them we find ministers and farmers, professional men and worthy politicians, some of them filling honorable offices in town and county.
While none have acquired great wealth, still all are in their way independent.
None of the daughters are remarkable for great beauty, but all are good housekeepers, good cooks, pleasant wives and mothers, the kind that make home pleasant.
Following is the Dean
earlier Samuel Dean was probably born in
following is a deposition from Darius Dean, Samuel Dean’s brother supporting
Samuel’s application for a Revolutionary War Pension.
Personally appeared before the subscriber,
a justice of the peace, in and for the said county, Darius Dean of
Chester in said county, aged seventy eight years this present month, after being
duly sworn according to law, deposes and says that Samuel Dean, formerly of
Taunton in the county of Bristol and state of Massachusetts, late of Chester,
Vermont, and now of Yates County State of New York, who made application for a
pension from said Yates county, is this Deponent's brother, that his said
brother Samuel Dean was born in the year 1760, that this deponent was born in
1767, being nearly seven years younger than his said brother Samuel, that this
deponent, Samuel Dean, and his father whose name was also Samuel Dean, resided
in Taunton during the War of the Revolution; that his said brother Samuel Dean,
served in the War of the Revolution in the service of the United States several
terms of enlistment; one of nine months, one of three, and some other terms
amounting to about two years in all from the year 1777 to the year 1780 or 1781
according to his now best recollection, knowledge, and belief. That this
deponent well recollects his going to the army with his said brother Samuel Dean
and encamped with him one night on
and subscribed this
day of July 1845
deposition also puts Samuel’s place of birth as
The “widow Pierce” was Jemima Round, born about 1777/78. She was the daughter of Martin Rounds and Jemima Ballou. She married Leonard Pierce of MA. They had four children: Wealthy/Weltha born 1804, Martin born 1807, Leonard, and Polly born 1810.
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