Contributed by Roger
following is a transcription from the "Dean-Fox Reunion Ledger"
history commences (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 New Hampshire. His family consisted of six children, three sons and three daughters. The
sons were Samuel, Darius, Brazilla. The three daughters married three brothers by
the name of Dagget. Darius married and went to Canada,
Brazilla never married.
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 New Hampshire Dec 12 1760, was married to
Rachel Chamberlain Feb 24, 1785, and went to housekeeping in Westmoreland, New
Hampshire. Grandmother Dean was born in 1763 and died Dec 13 1810 at Ellisburgh, Jeff. Co., N.Y.
the birth of his second daughter in 1789, he removed to Vermont settling on a farm in the town of Chester Windham Co., remaining there until the spring of 1810. Then he with his family came
to Ellisburgh Jeff. Co. N.Y., his wife dying Dec. 13 of the same year.
then kept house with his children until Oct 22, 1812 when he was married the second time, to the
widow Pierce of the same town (Ellisburgh) and in 1816 came to Italy settling on the farm now owned
by Warren Hayes.
last years of his life were spent with his children. He died April 18, 1846, at the home of his son,
Davis in the town of Naples on the farm now owned and occupied by
second wife died Sept. 19 1850 at the (home) of her daughter,
Polly, in Wisconsin.
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, Increase, Freeman, Davis and Nancy.
and Rachel Graham) - Rachel
was born Nov. 23 1785, was married to
John Graham Feb. 15 1803, by Esq.
John was in the war of 1812 and received a pension.
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.
Rachel died April 17 1845.
Uncle John died Nov. 4 1871.
and Jane Fox) - Jane
was born Jan. 29, 1788, was married to
James Fox, Dec 1809 by Aaron
Leland. Uncle James was a soldier
in the war of 1812, did not receive a pension.
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 Feb 11 1853, Uncle James died Feb 1868.
and Hannah Wood) - Hannah
was born March 26 1790; was married to Amos Wood, Jan 31 1819. Uncle
Amos was a soldier in the
War of 1812. Aunt Hannah receives a
pension. Their family numbers six children; two sons and four daughters. Their names
were Simeon, Freeman, Alvira, Marina, Mary, and Marion. All are living
but, Alvira. Uncle Amos died Feb 25, 1863. Aunt
Hannah is still living in her 100th year. Let us celebrate
the 26 day of March next if she still lives.
and Hepsibah Wood) - Hepsibah was born Dec 20, 1791, was married to
William Wood. Their family was two daughters; Clarica
and Nettie. They grew up and were married, and are both dead. Aunt
Hepsibah died Jan 28, 1816 and Uncle
William soon after.
and Martha Dean) - Samuel
was born Dec 12 1793 was married to
Marth Haynes, March 4 1821. Uncle
Samuel was a soldier with his father in the
war of 1812. His widow received a pension. Their family consisted of eight children; four sons and
four daughters. Their names were Alvira, Philancy, Emila, Edwin, Lyman, Aruna, Dillisand
Martha. All grew up, all married, and all are living now. The youngest
over fifty years of age. Uncle Samuel died Aug. 28, 1840. Aunt Martha or “Aunt Polly” as she was called, died Feb 11, 1881.
and Betsy Dean) - Amos was born July 3, 1796, and in the of
1814 or 15 came from Ellisburgh to Italy on foot bringing his ax with him. He was married to
Betsy Ludlow July 14, 1824. Their family was nine children; five sons and four daughters Their names
were Amos, Darius, Ezra, Thomas and Emory, Nancy, Rachel, Amanda and
Rosetta. All grew up but one, Thomas died in infancy. All married but
Ezra, he was in the late war, and has never been heard from since. Five are now living,
Amos, Darius, Emory, Rachel and Amanda.
Amos died June 26, 1858. Aunt
Betsy died Apr. 17, 1888.
and Polly (Mansfield) Dean) - Increase
was born Oct 18, 1798 and married Polly Mansfield. Their family was two children, one son and
one daughter. The son went west about 1844 at the age of 18. Uncle Increase
died Nov 1831, and Aunt Polly some years after.
Dean) - Freeman, was born Dec. 19, 1800, and was killed in a carding machine at Ellisburgh,
July 15, 1815.
and Hannah Dean)
Davis was born Apr. 13, 1803, was married to
Hannah Bradish, Feb. 1, 1827. Their family consisted of nine children, four sons and five
daughters: Freeman, Josiah, Laura, Roxa, Luther, Samuel, and
Amy and two died in infancy. The others are all living, three are married. Uncle
Davis died Nov. 1, 1874, Aunt
Hannah died Dec. 27, 1886.
and Nancy Carpenter) -
Nancy was born May 30, 1805, was married to
George Carpenter Nov. 5, 1826. Their family consisted of six children; four sons and two daughters.
Rebecca, Chester, Eastman, George, Samuel and Alice. All grew up, one daughter died, and
Samuel was in the late war, was wounded
at the battle of Gettysburg, July 2, 1863 and died of his wounds on the 10 of the same month. He was brought home
and buried at Sandy Creek.
George and Aunt Nancy celebrated their Golden wedding,
Nov. 1876 the only ones left of the ten children.
George died April 21, 1888, and Aunt
Nancy, on Nov. 3 of the same year.
family by the second marriage was on son and two daughters, Harvey Eliza
and Eliza Dean)
was born May 2, 1814 and was married to Eliza Wilkins Sept. 23, 1838. Their family consisted of five children, two sons and three
daughters. Charles, Martin, Susan, Chrisa and Caroline. All grew up, all married and
all are living. Uncle Harvey died Jan. 14, 1865 and Aunt
Eliza is still living with his children, in Wisconsin.
They have twenty five grand children, and four great grand children.
and Corwin Family) -
was born July 23, 1816, was married to
Solomon Decker, who died in Dec. 1836. She was married again
to Noah Corwin Aug 1839. Of the first marriage there was one daughter, Mary who
is married and now lives in Pulteney. Of the second marriage five children, two
and Harriet Caldwell) -
was born Nov 25, 1818, was married to
William Caldwell in 1847. Their family numbered eight
children three sons and five daughters; William, J. Parrish, and
Thomas D, Mary J., Harriet, Eliza S., Marrilla and
Emma. Six grew up, four married. Uncle William
died Apr. 8, 1881, Aunt Harriet
died Oct 13 1883.
second wife (the widow Pierce) had four children by her former husband. As
they all came to Italy and were more or less connected with the family I will a history of them.
Their names were Martin R, Fanny, Polly and Wealthy.
Pierce family) -
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.
and Fanny Graham) - Fanny married Valentine
Graham. They had a large family of children, seven are now living: Fidelia, Amy, Lydia, and Calisha, Guy, Martin and Elisha.
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.
and Polly Bartlett)
married John Bartlett, they had a large family of children. They moved to Wisconsin in 1847 or 8 and are yet living.
married Mr. Bebee and went west. No history of their family.
grandchildren of Samuel Dean Jr. was seventy
seven in number; 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.
of the daughters are remarkable for great beauty, but all are good housekeepers,
good cooks, pleasant wives and mothers, the kind that makes a home, pleasant.
Following is the Dean Family History
earlier Samuel Dean was probably born in Raynham, MA in 1735. He was of English descent. He and his wife
Hannah had eight children and three of the girls; Anna, Hepzabeth, and Polly did marry young men with
the last name of Daggett, though not all brothers.
(Anna married Simeon;
Hebzabeth married Darius, and Polly married
is no record of a Brazilla.
Darius ended up in Chester, VT (see below deposition)
following is a deposition from Darius Dean, Samuel Dean’s brother supporting
Samuel’s application for a Revolutionary War Pension.
- Windsor County ss - 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 in1767, 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 1781according 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 Rhode Island. This deponent further says that
his father’s name also being Samuel Dean Served in the
War of the Revolution in the three years service. That he knows of no other person of the name of
Samuel Dean except his father and his brother above
and subscribed this
day of July 1845
deposition also puts Samuel’s place of birth as Taunton, Massachusetts.
“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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