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V Eamily of N ew England 

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Life Member of New York Hi'^torical Society ; Member of Genealo(?ical and 
Biographical Society. Underhiil Society of Amcnca, Sons of the Revolution, 
Colonud Wars, Society of ihe Old Guard of Chicago, Huguenoc Society. 


New York 



This Edition is Limited to Three Hundred Copies, 
of which this is No. ^^ 


It has been not inaptly said by someone, that genealogy is 
the "life history of the dead." Certainly no apology' is 
needed in presenting this volume, in which the endeavor has 
been to perpetuate the memory of this single name and trans- 
mit to posterity an interest in those through whose veins the 
blood of their emigrant ancestor flowed. 

Genealogy, as we know, has frequent reference in the Old 
Testament, and is quite complete in the history of the gene- 
ration of man, while only two references occur in the New 
Testament. In the ancient sense, as now, it refers to pedigree, 
or line of ancestors. The genealogist necessarily must nnd a 
very limited field for his labors, restricted as he is to the rami- 
fications of a single family. 

We of this later generation realize the virtues handed down 
to us by our ancestors, whose rugged lives and struggles we 
appreciate ; therefore, in this present work, it has been the aim 
of the genealogist to secure fullness and accuracy in the rec- 
ords of those who have attained distinction, and, by diligent 
research, to rescue from oblivion those less fortunate. 

When all the difficulties of compiling such a work as this 
are considered, the gathering of scattered fragments of family 
history from all quarters and made to fit into a harmonious 
whole, it cannot but have a value and interest to the families 
concerned. It is not a complete work — no work of the kind 
can be — for much data necessary for perfecting it has been 
lost ; early records of births, baptisms, marriages, and deaths 
have been mislaid, destroyed, or are incomplete. 

The Davidsons, or Davisons, have heretofore had no col- 
lected genealogy of the family published ; therefore, in pre- 


sentiiig this volume, it is the desire of the genealof^^ist to 
awaken in all who bear the name, or who are connected with 
the family of which it treats, such pride and interest that they 
may preserve to future generations the same dignified line as 
unsullied as it has been in the past. 

In the preparation of this work I am largely indebted to Mr. 
A. H. Davison of Rock Rapids, la, ; to Mr. E. H. Davison of 
New Britain, Conn. ; and to Mr. S. M. Davidson of Fishkill- 
on-Hudson, N. Y,, for valuable aid. 

I have not altogether a disinterestedness in this work, for 
through my wife comes a share in the heritage of all the good 
done by the "giants in those days" who bore the family 

Yours respectfully, 

• • H. R. R. C. 

Wr. \" 


Early in the sixteenth century (1520) the Clan McDarmid, 
or McDavid, was prominent in the Highlands of Scotland, and 
in 1560 the county of Dingwall, Scotland, was settled by the 
descendants of this Clan. From this stock sprung Nicholas, 
son of Malcolm of Dingwall, the ancestor of this family in 
America. Nicholas, b. about 1580, upon reaching manhood, 
early in the seventeenth century, found his way to Lynn, Eng- 
land, where he married, and had, among other children, a son, 
Nicholas, born in i6ii, the emigrant who came to America 
about 1630 as the agent for Governor Craddock. 

Nicholas Davison, Davidson, or Davisson, as in his will his 
name is spelled three difTerent ways, m. Joan Hodges. 


Daniel, b. at Charlestown, Mass., 8 April, 1639. 

Sarah, b. 1647 ; rn. 24 March, 1665, Joseph Lynde, or Linds, at Charles- 
town, Mass. 

(Middlesex County B. & M. Book.) 

From Middlesex County Court Records, Vol. I., p. 113, 
Dated 1656. 

Mr. Nicholas Davison presented to the Court by the 
Troopers of the county and elected and chosen to be the 
Cornett of their Troop. 

Nicholas Davison was inhabitant at Charlestown, Mass., in 
^639; agent of Gov. Craddock. He went to Barbadoes and 
England in 1655; returned in Speedwell in 1656, as 45. 

Attorney. — Attorney (i) of Rebecca Craddock alias Gloven, 
to exchange 500 acres in Watertown in 1647; (2) of Robert 


Nash, house in Boston, Mort. 1648. dis. : witness, Eldridge ; 
(3) of Francis Johnson, farm in Salem 1648 ; (4) of R. Salton- 
stall of Boston, house in Windsor, Conn., late of Francis Styles 
of Seabrook, in occupancy of Thomas Gilbert and John 
Bancroft, 164S. (Suffolk Records.) 

2>rrt//.— Payee of draft for 8oir, 165 1-2 at Barbadoes, 
Thomas Middleton and Robt. Arundel of London, drawers, 
on Henry Shrimpton and John Harwood of Boston. 

Buys Goods. — With R. Russell buys of Capt. Paul White, 
goods at Pemaquid 150/", 1653, rec. 1657. 

Attorney. — Attorney of R. Grover, 1654 (Salem deeds). 
Attorney of Capt. John Andreues of London A. 1657 (Salem 

Bought Land at Charlestoivji. — (i) Bought of Clement Cham- 
pien, house and four acres at Mystic Side 1647. Edward 
Mellowes and Richard Harrison, witnesses. (2j Bought of 
Joseph Pain, land about Mystic ponds (bot. of E. Gibbons, 
Oct. 6, 1642) Robt. & Wm. Pain witnesses, 1649, recorded 

Entered Commons. — Entered seven commons 1656-7. 

Sold to Thomas Adams house 1658 recorded 1661, claimed 
lands of Jos. Hills 1661-2. W^ith F. Norton in name of town 
claimed land reserved to Squa Sachem for life at present pos- 
sessed by F. Glieson, 1662. 

Massachusetts Bay Records, Vol. L 

The following are extracts from Massachusetts Bay records : 
" Edward Saunders being sick at Piscataqua, Nicholas Da- 
vison had till next court to bring him, Mch. 5th, 1639. 

" Mr. Nicholas Davison being bound in \o£ for the appear- 
ance of Edward Saunders forfeited his Recognisance, June 
4th, 1639." 

" Nicholas Davison for swearing an oath was ordered to 
pay 20s. which he consented to do." 1639 — (as consequence, 
no doubt, of forfeiture declared). "On May 22, 1639, Mr. 


Matthew Craddock is freed of rates to the country for the 
year ensuing from this day in regard of his charge in build- 
ing the bridge and the country is to finish at the charge 
of the " publike," Mr. Davison and Lufler vt. Strague, to see 
it is done and bring in their bill of charges." At. Quarter 
Court June 2 1640, ** Mr. Lynge and Mr. Davi.-on are desired 
to examine the accounts between Mr. Joanes and Mr. 

" Nicho : Davison's bill of 200^ being delivered into the 

Court by Sill was ordered to be kept by the Secretary," 

at "A Perticular Court held Oct. 29, 1640." 

" It was ordered, that Nicho. Davison should have his 
2CO;{^ ; but ..." Court June 2, 1641, 

Massachusetts Bay Records, Vol. II. 

" In answer to Mr. Dunster's petition regarding amount due 
to the College from the country a number of findings were 
made by the Court." 

" 1st. Amt. due from Eng. donors 133^ 

2ndly. " " " " the country 190;^ i6s. 

3rdly. " " " " shortage on payments from 
country 56;^. 

4ly. We conceive it reasonable yt there should be $o£ 
taken out of ye 190;^ 16^. &. pd. to Mr. Davison accordg. as ye 
p'sident doth desire. 

5th 6th 

& lastly we conceive it very necessary yet such as studies 
phisick or chirugery may have the liberty to reade anatony & 
to anatomize once in four years some malefactor in case there 
be such as the court shall allow of." 

(decree of court in mystic bridge case.) 

Oc/. 27, 1648. — " In answer to the petition of Nico. Davison 
in the behalfe of Mrs. Cradocke for the repayving & Mayntayn- 
ing of Misticke bridge by the Country, the sd. Mr. Davison 


being sent for the evidence he can give having been herd & 
examined with the records of the Gcnerall Court it appears 
that though the Generall Court did engage for an exempt from 
rates for that yeare & finishing the same on theire owne charges 
which accordingly hath ben pformed ; but it appears not that 
in the least the Gcnerall Court did ingage to the repayving 
thereof the court being satisfied with the records doe order 
that the sd Mistickc bridge henceforth shall not by the coun- 
try any way be repayvcd & that the passage for Travillers 
shol be over the ford which is above the bridge. And further, 
for the preventing future charge about bridges & high ways 
it is ordered that all bridges & high ways in the limitts of the 
severall townships that now are or hereafter shall be by the 
severall townes in whose limitts such bridges & high wayes are 
by them made, repayvcd & mayntayned. By both." 

Nov. II, 1647. — "Upon ye petition of Nico. Davison for ye 
lOO;^ due to Mrs. Glover it is ordered ye \Qo£ should be paid 
him and when it is paid assurance must be taken of Mr. Davi- 
son, of ye Colledge to ye Countryes use & Mr. Petrs to pay 
50;^ to ye Colledge." 

May 10, 1648. — Mr. Davison is charged in statement of 
Cargo Ship Planter with freight (^\£ ids. 

Oct. 27, 1648. — " Mr. Davison appears as a witness in the 
matter of ye countrys liability to repair the 'Mistick' bridge 
which the court found the country not bound to do." See 

Oct. 19, 1649. — Following the courts finding of facts it was 
ordered " Mr. Samuell Mavericke, Mr. Nicholas Davison and 
Mr. Thomas Lobe are by the Court and by consent of the 
parties chosen and appointed Commissioners to regulate auditt 
and finally to determine accompts from the beginning of the 
world to this day betwinxt Mr. Sampson Lane and Mr. Rich- 
ard Cutts, &c. Sec. &c." 

Oct. 15, 1650. — Nicholas Davison presented petition to the 
court praying the satisfaction of money long since paid out 


by Mrs. Cradock, The court found the money not paid for 
country but for individuals — refused. 

May 6, 1657. — Tlic above mentioned petition was renewed 
and a like answer returned. 

May 27, 1652. — This Court having p'vsed a paper presented 
by severall gentlemen concerning the setting of trade and the 
well improvement thereof doth thankfully accept of theire 
paynes and good endevours therein & doe therefore thinke it 
meete to elect a counsell as is suggested to make a triall of 
what with God's blessing may be effected ; to which end this 
court doth desire Mr. Nathaniel Duncan of Boston, Mr. 
Thomas Broughton, Mr. Nicholas Davison, Mr. Richard Rus- 
sell, Capt. Thomas Clarke & Capt. Thomas Savage to be the 
Councell to consider all sorts of trading and to consult about 
the best ways of improving the same and to meete together in 
some place in Boston or Charlestowne, where themselves shall 
appoyant & having agreed of such things as they conceive to 
be good & profitable for the advance of trading to p'sent the 
same to the next following session of the Generall Court to be 
approved of ye sd. Court se it good." 

May 18, 1653. — On petition of Nicholas Davison authority 
was granted to any persons who would repair and maintain 
the Mystic bridge to charge toll of i c for each person & 6 c 
man and horse & 12 c carriage. 

Will. — His will was dated March 26, 1655, proved July nth, 
1664. Devised one-third to wife and two-thirds to two chil- 
dren ; in case of wife's decease, her share to his brother John, 
whereabouts unknown ; to sister-in-law Mary (Hodges), wife 
of brother-in-law John Anderson ; to two nephews, Em Rash 
and Jean Rash, abroad; to children of brother-in-law Jeremy 
of Linn, England. In default of wife and children, devised to 
town to maintain poor men's children and fatherless children 
at school. Witnesses, John Manning, Christopher Clarke, and 
John Dudley. 

Inventory. — (i) Two houses ; (2) dwelling house and wharf; 
(3) thirty acres in H. Herbert's hands, formerly Gibbons; (4) 


four commons; (5) three commons; (6) twenty-one hundred 
acres at Windsor, Conn. (7) House at Boston; (8) property 
at Pemaquid; (9) an old bark: total 1896^^. 

Partition of Property. — I. To Widow, lot between warehouse 
and Jacob Green (bot. of Thomas Bridgen) ; lot between Jacob 
Green's house and the great rock; dwelling house &:c. one 
half of great warehouse below T. Bridgen. 2. To Joseph 
Lynde, the upper lot, bd. by creek and Jones's land and land 
behind it and the highway between that Silson's house, so up 
to great rock; also the lot and house Gen. Bridgens and hay 
lot on Mystic side. 3. To D. Davison, lot behind John Jones' 
land between his own and Lynde's upper lot; and one-half of 
ground between D's house lot and J. Green's house (Lynde to 
have the other half next Green ; Lynde to pay 40J.) D. to 
have four Commons ; Lynde to pay D. for I/6 of warehouse 
8;^; D. to have one-third of wood lots. (Partition 1675, re- 
corded 1678.) 

Referees. — J. Ashbury; W. Bachelor, S. Bradstreet, and S. 
Sedgwick, Referees. 

Deed to Daniel. — Daniel received Executor's deed to rights 
out of Charlestown, 1672. 

Deed to Sarah. — Widow Joanna conveyed to Sarah Lynde 
one-half of 500 acres lande 1674 recorded 1678. 

Essex Records. 

Conveyances. — (i) With J. Lynde conveyed to D.Anderson 
wharf, 1672, recorded 16S2. 

(2) With Joseph Lynde to John Jones, land and wharf, in 
front of land b'd on N. E. by wharf and highway (to run 
between wharf and rest of land), 106 and 13 broad; S. side of 
land next Daniel Davison from inside of highway 60; W. 
108; N. W. side from inside of highway 50; three last sides 
bounded by J. L. and D. D., date 1673-4, recorded 1679. 

(3) To J. Lynde two-thirds of 35 acres gift of father and 
purchase of mother 1675 recorded 1678-9. 



(4) To Jacob Hurd land near house of D. b'd W. by high- 
way between said land and T. Barber and D. D. ; also between 
said land and J. Jones', E. by D. N. & S. forty feet; also land 
in Boston 1676-7 recorded, 

(5) Sold S. Blancherd lot 1677. 

(6) To. N. Carey, Marsh lot 1679. 

(7) Granted four commons 16S1. 

(8) " 14 acres — se 2 pole way. 

S. W. Joseph Lynde ; N. W. Richard Sprague, Jacob 
Green; N. E. A. Ludkins, 1685. 

(9) To John & Samuel Phillips, 6 acres swamp being four 
commons. South side of Mystic bridge, S. E. John Monsall ; 
S. VV. Capt. Wheeler ; N. E. R. Lowden ; N. VV. S. Carter, 

(10) To Theophilus Ivory, lot N. E. John Jones 66 ; S. E. 
D. D. and J. Hurd. 80: S. \V. street N. \V. J. Lynde. 

(11) To E. Bromfield, house 1704. 

(12) To J. Lynde, 14 acres pasture, 2d. div. in lieu of four 
commons between Charlestown & Mystic bridge 4th range ; S. 
J. L.; VV. John Cutler; N. E. Phillips 1705. 

(13) To J. Lynde, one-half of wharf and deck 1707. 

(14) To John Ashbury, 1712 (Essex Records). 

1. Daniel, s.^ of Nicholas, b. 8 April 1639, m. Ipswich, 
Mass., 8 April, 1657, Margaret, dau. of Thomas and Susannah 
Low of Ipswich. Will dated 5 Dec, 1693. ■ 

<^^ -'■ ' ' ' ' ^ Children. 

2. John. b. October, 1657 ; died 22 Nov., 1657. 

3. Margaret, b. at Ipswich, 24 Sept., 1658. Was living at the date of 
her grandfather Low's will, 1677. 

4. Sarah, b. Ipswich, 30 .March, 1660 ; prob. m. Safford. 

^_ 5. Daniel, m. 28 June. 16S5, Sarah Dodge. 

^ 6. William, m. abt. 1692, Mary . 

7. Peter, m. 6 Jan., 1695, Ann Morgan. 

8. Thomas, m. 18 Nov., 1695, Hannah Tracy ; bap. i Oct., 1699. \ 

9. John, b. Ipswich, Mass. 
10. Bridget. 

ir. Dorcas. • 



6. Daniel, s. of Daniel & Margaret Low, m. 28 June, 1685, 
Sarah Dodge. She was living on 19 April, 171 1. His will 
(Probate Records New London, Book A. p. 46), dated 25 June, 
1706, Adm. of est. of Daniel Davison of Stonington, dec. to 
widow Sarah Davison and brother Peter Davison. Division 
of Est. II Jan., 1717. In 1706 age of the children was given 
as follows: Sarah, age 20 ; Mercy, age 18, died before 1717 ; 
Daniel, age 16; Josiah, age 14 ; Andrew, age il; Hepsibah. 
age 6 ; Mary, age 3. 


, 12. Sarah, b. 26 March, 1686. 

13. Daniel, b. 23 March, 1690 ; m. prob. 1726, Sarah Plummcr. 

14. Andrew, b. 1695 ; m. 29 Jan., 1723-4, Rebecca Cheeseborough. 
; 15. Josiah, b. 1692. 

• 16." Mercy, b. 1688 ; d. before 1717. 

17. Hepsibah, b. 1700. 

i8. Mary, b. 1703. 

19. Mercy (?) 

6. William s. Daniel & Margaret Low, b. at Ipswich, 

Mass. He married about 1692, Mary , settled at Ipswich 

and died Jany. 16, 172S, at the Hamlet (Hamblett) Parish in 
that town. His name appears among the petitioners for a 
church at Ipswich in 1712; had been in habit of going to 
Wenham ; "too far." Four children are recorded in the town 

Children. "* . 

20. Mary, b. Sept. 23, 1693 ; probably m. John Hooker, or John Claf- 
lin, recorded Oct. 16, 1728. 

21. Margaret, b. June 22, 1695 ; m. Geo. Holmes, July 10, 1719. 

22. Lydia, b. Jan. 21, 1697 ; m. Pitman Howard, .Mch. 26, 171S. 

23. Annie, b. July 16, 1703. 

(Possibly other children.) * 

7. Peter, s. of Daniel & Margaret Low, carpenter, b. at 
Ipswich ; m, some say Ann of Preston, while others Ann 



Cross, but who married Ann Morgan as seen from the fol- 
lowing from Town Records of Preston, Vol. IV., p. 244, dated 
8 July, 1726: 

Dorothy Whittier of Preston, Joseph Perkins of Norwich, 
Martha Perkins of Norwich, Samuel Loomer (?), Anna 
Loomer ( ?), Annah Davison of Mansfield. Ebenezer Heberd 
of Windham, Margrct Heberd of Windham. 

All received full portion of estate of father Joseph Morgan 
of Preston, dec. and release brother Joseph Morgan from all 
right in estate, excepting only the lands which were set out to 
Peter Davison and Joseph Perkins and their wives. Anne 
Davison signed at Mansfield, 8 July, 1726, 

From Preston Town Deeds, Vol. I., p. 207, dated 15 Aug., 
1694: Thomas and Peter Davison and George Hawkins buys 
of Daniel Mason of Stonington for 30^, 300 acres laid out by 
Lieut. Jonathan Tracy in Pachogcedar Swamp, bounded by 
Lieut. Daniel Mason and Preston Town. 

Same, Vol. HI., p. 4, dated 15 June, 1704-5 : Peter Davison 
of Preston buys of Caleb Forbes of Preston, no acres S. side 
Rowantock bounded by Hugh Amas, Caleb Forbes, Isaac 
Morgan, Thomas and Jonathan Tracy. 

From Preston Town Rec. : " The marriage of Peeter Davison 
with Ann his wife was in Preston 6 January, 1695-6." 

Norwich Deeds, Vol. I., p. 186, dated 5 July, 1705: Peter 
Davison of Norwich, carpenter, buys of Samuel Bliss of 
Norwich, for 21 £ 100 acres in the Crotch of the River Ouenea- 
bauge and Shontuckett, bounded by ensign Thomas Leffing- 

Vol. I., p. 371 : Peter Davison of Preston sells to Sam- 
uel Parke of P. T. whole share Town Commonage, 20 July, 

Preston Town Deeds, Vol. II., p. 94, dated 10 June. 
1706: Peter Davison of Norwich for ;^47 sells to Ezekiel 
Parker of Preston no acres in Preston South side of Knnon- 
tack Brook, bounded by Hugh Amos, Caleb Forbes, Isaac 



24. Daniel, b. 3 March, 1697. 

25. Dorothy, b. 6 Jan., 1700; hap. Preston, 2 Feb., 1700. 

26. Joseph, b. 20 Jan., 1703 ; bap. Preston, 21 Feb.. 1703. 

27. William, b. 15 March, 1705 ; baj). Preston, 22 April, 1705, 

28. Peter, b. 9 Aug., 1709, invalid son ; bap. Preston, 1 1 Sept., 1709- 
From Conn. Col. Rec, Vol, VII., p. 57, dated 14 July, 1726: Petition 

of Ann Davison, widow of Peter Davison, and Daniel Davison, to the 
assembly, that Peter Davison, an idiot son of Peter Davison, is in a per- 
ishing condition at Mansfield and that Ann Davison could not afford to 
support him (a doubt as to place of last legal settlement), and Daniel 
Davison was authorized to care for him till next Assembly. P. 71. Daniel 
Davison demands pay for the support of Peter, the idiot, and the assem- 
bly orders Peter to be taken to Norwich, where he was born, and left 
with selectmen and cared for, 1726. 

29. Paul, b. 5 April. 1711. 

30. Ann. b. 25 April, 1714. 

31. Deborah, b. 27 Dec, 1717 ; prob. m, 2 July, 1746, Samuel Webb 
of Windham, 

8. Thomas, s. of Daniel & Maragret Low, m, 18 Nov., 
1695, Hannah Tracy, b. at Norwich, Ct., 8 July, 1697. From 
Preston Ch. Rec, : Thomas Davidson renewed covenant 
25 Dec, 1698. 

From Preston Town Rec, Vol. IV., p. 259, dated 18 Oct., 
1726: Hannah Davison, widow of Thomas Davison, of Pres- 
ton, dec for 15^^ sells to Jonathan Tracy land Preston Ch. 
He married Nov. 8, 1695, Hannah Tracy, eldest daughter of 
Jonathan Tracy and Mary Griswold of the latter place, and 
afterwards of Preston. This Mary Griswold. b. 8 26, 1656, at 
Saybrook, Conn., was second daughter of Lieut. Francis Gris- 
wold, one of the original proprietors of Norwich. He and his 
four brothers, Matthew Griswold, who settled at Lyme ; 
Thomas Griswold, who remained in England ; George Griswold, 
who settled in Simsbury ; and Edward Griswold, who settled at 
Killingsworth, Conn., were born in England, and were sons of 
Edward Griswold of Kenilworth in Warwickshire. Lieut. Fran- 
cis Griswold settled at Saybrook, where his foureldest children 


were born, and removed to Norwich in 1660, where he died 
Oct., i^^i, and where his five youngest children were born. 

Thomas Davison and wife settled at Preston, where he 
owned extensive lands, and where, during a period of several 
years, he held, at various times, nearly every office in the gift 
of his townsmen. He died Dec. 2, 1724. The time of his 
wife's death is unknown. 

32. Jonathan, bap. at Preston, 25 Dec, 1698. 
23. Thomas, bap. at Preston, 7 March, 1703. 

34. John, bap. at Preston, 10 July. 1709. 

35. Hannah, bap. at Preston, 13 April, 1712 ; prob. m. Jcdediah 

36. Samuel, bap. at Preston, 16 Oct., 1716. 

:i7. Margaret, bap. at Preston, 8 March, 1699 ; unmarried ; d. 31 
Aug., 1727. 

38. Christopher, bap. at Preston, 23 .May, i7o5(?) 

9. John,' s. of Daniel and Margaret Low, of Ipswich, d. 
Nov. 1735 (Will dated 2 Oct., 1732 ; son John Jr., Executor), 
willed to son John real estate and personal property, v.ith 
instructions to pay unto other children, viz.: Ebenezer, 
^60 in five years ; Hobakuk, ^^60 as soon as of age; Martha 
Conant, ;C5 ; Mary Clofton, ;^io. (Probate Papers of Salem 


39. John,' m. 10 April, 1734, Hannah Sofferd ; d. 1777- 

40. Ebenezer, m. Sarah . 

41. Hobakuk, bap. Ipswich. 7 Aug., 1715. 

42. Martha, m. 24 Jan., 1720-1, Benj. Conant. 

43. Mary, m. at Ipswich, 16 Oct.. 1728, Joshua Claflin. 

13. Daniel, s. of Daniel & Sarah Dodge, b. 23 March, 
1690; m. (prob. 1726) Elizabeth Plummer ; d. 1745. 

From Stonington Deeds, Vol. II., p. 463. ^9 April, 1711 
Daniel Davison, eldest son of Daniel of Stonington, deceased 


sells for 30;^ to John Meech of Preston land in Stonington, 
part of father's land north end bounded by John Parks, 
Thomas Parks, Goodman Lamb, " my mother living." 

Stonington Deeds, Vol. 2, p. 357, dated 6 Jan., 1701-2 : 
Daniel Davison of Ipsedg of the Mass. Colony for 20i^ silver 
buys a hundred acres of land in Stonington of Samuel Parks 
of Preston, bounded by Thomas Parks, Jr. and Capt. Denison. 
John Parke. Witnesses Thomas Davison, Ezekiel Parke and 
Dorothy Parke. 


44. William, bap. 13 Aug., 1727. 

45. Daniel, bap. 5 Oct., 1729. 

46. Mary, bap. 6 Feb., 1 731-2. 

47. John, bap. May, 1735. 

48. Thomas, bap. 16 May, 1736. 

49. Margaret, bap. 21 May, 1738. 

50. Abigail, bap. 9 Aug., 1741. 

(All born at Ipswich, Mass.) 

14. Andrew, s. of Daniel & Sarah Dodge, m. at Stoning- 
ton, 29 Jan., 1723-4, Rebecca dau. of Elisha & Rebecca (Ma- 
son) Cheeseborough ; d. 1727. From Town Rec. Stonington. 

From Stonington Rec, Vol. III., p. 333, dated 30 March, 
1720: Andrew Davison of Stonington, for 28i^ los. sells to 
Peter Yarrington of Stonington land bounded by my brother 
Josiah as divided and set out by Court of Probate, father de- 


51. Rebecca, 20 Aug., 1734, 

(May have had other children.) 

15. Josiah, s. of Daniel & Sarah Dodge. From Stoning- 
ton Deeds, Vol. III., p. 130, dated April, 171 5: Josiah Davison 
of Southhold L. I. yeoman, for 20i^ sells to John Starkweather 
of Stonington, 40 acres in Stonington, southeast corner of the 
piece my brother Daniel sold to John Meech of Preston to 


dividing line between me and my youngest brother as set out 
by Court of Probate, father now deceased. 

(He may have had children, but have been unable to find 
any record. — Compiler.) 

The following taken from Salmon Rec. of Southhold, L. I., 
at the Albany State Library: Died 5 Nov. 1751, Henry 
Davison of Southold, L. I. 

24. Daniel, s. of Peter and Ann Morgan, b. 3 March 1697, 
m. 7 March, 172 1, Martha Babcock. 


52. Daniel, b. 31 Nov., 1721. 

53. Peter, b. 30 Jan., 1723-4 (Mansfield Town Rec). 

54. Paul, b. 30 May, 1727. 

55. Mary, b. May, 1732. 

(Have no record of descendants.) 

26. Joseph, s. Peter and Ann Morgan; b. 20 Jan., 1703; 
d. 21 July, 1757. Buried in old burying ground, Brooklyn, 
Ct. M. 21 Feb. 1729 Mary Warren, or Warner, b. 1709. d. 
4/17/1777, buried in Brooklyn, Ct. and settled at Pomfret. 
See Pomfret Ct. Ch. Rec. 

The early records of the Society of Mortlake and of the 
township of Brooklyn show that Joseph was prominent in its 
ecclesiastical and secular affairs. He was a member of the 
committee chosen to secure the incorporation of the township. 
In 1756 " Dea Davison " was a member of a committee of five 
to hear complaints and apply the discipline of the church and 
this committee was soon called to sit in judgment upon one 
of their own numbers who was charged with drinking to e.x- 
cess in the house of "Captain Putnam," the "old Put " of 
Bunker Hill and of the Revolution. 

(This offender was probably ]Major Holland.") 

Joseph Davison was one of the organizers of the First 
Church of Brooklyn (then called Mortlake) in 1734. of which 
he was one of its first deacons. He came from the church at 
Pomfret, nine miles north of the present town of Brooklyn on a 


tract of I200 acres of land which he and Stephen Williams and 
Joseph Holland purchased in Mortlake in the year A.D. 1725. 

The following extract is taken from a letter written in 1SS6 
by E. H. Davison, one competent to speak of what he declares, 
and is an estimate that needs little variation to be applicable 
to the several collateral branches during the same genera- 
tions : 

From the early records of the Mortlake Society, it appears 
that Joseph Davison, when a young man (about 20 years of 
age), purchased the tract of land and made his home there, as 
has already appeared, and from that time to this his descend- 
ants, in direct line, have been identified with that society; and 
his bones, with those of his family and of his descendants for 
five generations, now rest in the quiet, pleasant town of Brook- 
lyn, Conn., and my father, brother, and myself own burial 
plots adjoining our grandfather's. 

I am proud to say that no descendant of Joseph Davison 
was ever accused of any misdemeanor, and without exception 
all have been industrious, respectable, and thrifty people. 

Joseph was a God-fearing man and was a deacon in the First 
Church in Brooklyn, and I believe it to be a fact that every 
one of his descendants, male and female, in the line of Peter, 
his youngest son, have become members of the Church of 
Christ in their early life ; and from what I know of the de- 
scendants of the older son, Joseph, I believe their record 
would confirm a similar statement with regard to them. 

(1886) E. H. Davison. 

Note. — He does not mean to omit reference to other brothers, except on 
account of want of acquaintance. 

Joseph Davison. 

The following is a copy of the inscriptions on the tomb- 
stones in the old burial ground south of Brooklyn Village, 
obtained from E. H. Davison of New Britain, Conn. 



The stones are of common trap rock, but are in a good state 
of preservation : 

In Memory Of 

Deacon Joseph Davison 

who died July ye 21 1757 in 
ye 54th year of his age. 

And though I sleep here 

under groun 
Yet shall wake at ye trumpet 

In Memory Of 

Mrs. Mary Davis 

late widow to Dea. Joseph 

Davison who died April ye 


in ye 67th year of her age. 

" In lettering the stones there was not room for the ' d ' of 
' ground ' and the * on ' of ' Davison,' so they were placed 
above the line as in the above copy." 

Children : 

56. Joseph, b. 26 Dec, 1730; m. 5 Jan., 1757, Lydia Goodell. 

57. Lois, b. 25 Feb., 1732 ; d. 29 Dec, 1815 ; m. 30 Sept., 1762, Stephen 
Walker of Killingly. Received into church 11 September, 1757. 

58. John, b. i Nov., 1734 ; m. 6 Jan., 1757, Mehitabel Sabin. 

59. Ebenezer, bap. 29 .April, 1737. Record of bap. Brooklyn, Ct.. by 
Rev. Ephraim Avery ; d. 12 Nov. 1760. 

60. Peter, bap. 15 May, 1739, ^V R^^'- Ephraim Avery ; m. 28 April, 
1768, Abigail Woodward. 

61. Mary, bap. 27 Sept., 1741, by Rev. Ephraim Avery; prob. m. 6 
Oct., 1764, Thomas Pellet. 

62. Phinehas, bap. 27 Feb., 1743, by Rev. Ephraim Avery. 

63. Elizabeth, b. 4 April, 1746; bap. by Rev. Ephraim Avery, n 
April, 1746. 

64. Daniel, b. 14 June, 1748 ; d. Jan., 1803 ; m. 20 Nov., 1777, Cath- 
erine Davies. 

65. Dorothy, b. 13 Oct., 1750, bap. by Rev. Ephraim Aver>- ; m. i i 
Dec, 1770, Thomas Dike. 

66. Paul, b. 12 May, 1752 ; m. 6 Nov., 1775, Sarah Hyde. 

(See Records of Brooklyn, Ct.) 


27. Captain William, s. of Peter and Ann Morgan, 
of Norwich, Conn., b. 15 March, 1705; m. at Pomfrct, Ct., 
Aug. 13, 1735, Mary Cady (dau. of Jonathan & Hannahi, 
b. 14 Oct., 1718, and settled there. Mary and Joanna were 
twins, b. 14 Oct., 1718 (see Canterbury Rec). I\Iary m. William 
Davison (see Pomfret Rec); Joanna m. 9 March, 1738, Scth 
Sabin (Pomfret Rec). Scth Sabin & William Davison of 
Pomfret sell to Nathan Cady land in 1746. He and his wife 
were received into full communion at Brooklyn church Oct. 5, 
1746. Five children are recorded to them at Pomfret, and they 
are known to have had seven from records of baptisms. 


67. William, b. Aug 9, 1737. 

68. Barzillai, b. Jan. 28, 1740 ; d. 23 May, 1828. 

69. Oliver, b. 17 May, 1742. 

70. Alpheus, b. May 17, 1746. 

71. Lucy, b. April 6. 1751 ; bap. Aug. 11, 1751. 

72. Mary, b. i April, 1744; baptized. 
Tl. Frederick, bap. 11 Aug., 1751. 

William, Barzillai, Alpheus, Oliver, and Mary were baptized 
at Brooklyn, Mch. 29, 1747. On the same occasion a daughter 
of " Israel Putnam " named Elizabeth was baptized. 

From Norwich Deeds, Vol. I., p. 186, dated 5 July, 1747 : 
Thomas Gilbert of Berkeley, Co. of Bristol, for i; 1900 sells 
to William Davison of Norwich land in Cove 45 rods at land- 
ing place. 

Vol. IX., p. 417, dated 1748: William Davison of Norwich 
sells for £\oo to Uriah Hosmer Jr. and Joseph Mayler of 
Norwich, land head of Cove bounded by Captain Bushnell. 

Vol. XV., p. 441, dated 1761 : William Davison of Norwich 
sells to Oliver and Alpheus Davison of Norwicii land in Chel- 
sea Parish in Norwich, 13 acres bounded by Uriah Hosmer, 

Vol. XXL, p. 189 : Oliver Davison of Norwich sells to brother 
Alpheus Davison of Norwich land east side brook in Chelsea 


in Norwich where my father Mr. William Davison now lives, 
Nov. 1777. 

Norwich Probate Rec, Vol. VIII, p. 44: Inv. of estate of 
William Davison of Norwich, 6 Feb., 1792, no names given. 

29. Paul, s. Paul & Ann iMorgan, b. 5 April, 171 1: d. 
Newton, N. J,, 20 Aug., 1751 ; m. Aug. 30, 1733, Abiol Phelps, 
daughter of Benjamin and Deborah Phelps, by whom he 
had three children, probably born at Mansfield, Conn. He 
married May 7, 1747, Deborah Wright, and had by her two 
children, of whom Ebenezer Wright was appointed guardian 
at his death. 

Children by First Marriage. 

74. Oliver, b. June 17, 1734 ; m. 7 Feb., 1754, Eunice Spauldir.g. 

75. Dan, b. Oct. 2, 1736 ; m. 6 Jan., 1763, Martha Goodell (Pomfre: 
Ch. Rec). 

76. Phinehas, b. July 13, 1740 (Town Rec, Mansfield). 

Children by Second Marriage. 

77. Abiol, b. Mch. 2, 1748 (probably gave name after first wifc^. 

78. Deborah, b. May 17, 1750. 

(See Pomfret & Mansfield Town Rec.) 

Deborah, the second wife of Paul Davison, m. 16 Jan., 
1753, Aaron Younglove. 

32. Jonathan of Preston and Norwich, s. of Thomas 

and Hannah Tracy. Bap. at Preston, Ct., 25 Dec, 169S : m. 

Keziah Parke, dau. of Robert and Mary (?) Parke. From 

Preston Ch. Rec. 


79. Jonathan, m. Hannah Billings. 

80. Keziah, m. 6 Nov.. 1738, David Randall. 

81. Mary. 

82. Hannah, m. 3 Jan., 1764, Joseph Witter. 

83. Margaret (or Margery or Margeen), m. 2 June, 1758, Christopher 

84. Cypron, m. Rebecca Allen or Allian. 

85. Samuel, shot by a French spy. 

86. Thomas, b. at Preston, i3 Nov., 1725. 

87. Mary Ann (?) 

88. Hezakiah. 


Norwich Probate Rec, Vol.. I, p. 254, Jan. 23, 1753 : Will of 
Jonathan Davison of Preston, wife Keziah, children : Jona- 
than, Keziah, Mary, Hannah, Margrey (nninor), Cypron (minor), 
Samuel (minor), Thomas. 

Preston Town Rec, Vol. IV., p. 435, dated 4 Oct., 1728: 
Jonathan Davison of Preston sells to brother-in-law Hezekiah 
Parke of Preston, land laid out to Robert Parke of Preston, 
dec. Keziah Davison, now wife of Jonathan Davison one of 
the daughters of Robert Parke. Vol. V., p. 276, dated 6 June, 
1743 • Jonathan and Keziah Davison, wife, of Preston, sells to 
Hezikiah Parke land of mother Mary Parke who bought of 
Thomas Parke, father Robert Parke. 

33. Thomas, settled at Pomfret, Ct. s. of Thomas & 
Hannah Tracy. Bap. 7 March, 1703 ; d. about 1750 or 51 ; m. 
31 Aug., 1726, Lydia, dau. of Stephen Herrick of Beverly, 
Mass. Preston Ch. Rec. 


89. Andrew, b. 17 June, 1727 ; d. 15 Feb., 1784; m. Eunice Kimball. 

90. Zepheniah, b. at Preston, 5 March, 1729. 

91. Christopher, b. 15 Apr., 1731 ; d. 29 .Apr., 1731. 

92. Christopher, b. 15 April, 1732. 

93. Daniel, b. 4 June. 1734. Norwich Probate Rec: Thomas Dav- 
ison, dec. 1750-1 ; Daniel Davison, s. of the above, a minor, chooses 
brother Andrew of Preston guardian. 

94. Asa, b. i Sept., 1736 ; d. at Grafton, 29 Jan., 1831. 

95. Lydia, b. i Jan., 1739. 

96. Elizabeth, b. i April, 1749. 

(Two children died in infancy.) 

34. John, s. of Thomas & Hannah Tracy. Bap. 10 July, 
1709. Preston Church Records. M. 5 Feb., 1736, Elizabeth 
Babcock. Preston Town Rec. 

* Children. 

97. Elizabeth, bap. 22 Jan., 1737. 

98. John, bap. 22 April, 1739, 

99. A son, bap. 9 Nov., 1740. 

TOO. Christopher, b. 25 Sept., 1740, went with his nephews to New- 
Brunswick about 1760. From North Stonin^ton, New London Rec. 


36. Samuel, s. of Thomas and Hannah Tracy. Bap. i6 
Oct., 1716. Preston Ch. Rec. Was living' at Preston, date of 
Roger Billings' deed to him 10 July, 1739, recorded in records 
of that town. Vol. V., p. 70, dated 1737-8. Samuel Davison 
sells to Thomas Davison of Preston land Preston bounded by 
Abial Benjamin & Benjamin & Jonathan Davison. 

39. John,' s. of John," m. ist, 10 April, 1734, Hannah 
Sofferd ; m. 2d, 2 May, 1739, EHz. Coburn. 

Children bv First Marriage. 
loi. Hannah, b. 26 Jan., 1734-5. 

102. John,' bap. 23 Jan., 1736-7- 

By Second Marriage. 

103. Samuel, b. 25 Jan., 1739-40. 

104. JEDDIAH, b. 27 Jan., 1741-2. 

105. Hannah, b. 11 May, 1746. 

40. Ebeiiezer s. of John, b. at Ipswich ; m. Sarah , 

settled at Dudley. 


106. Sarah, b. Jan. i. 1736-7. at Dudley. 

107. John, b. at Dudley, Dec. 3, 1738. 

108. Abigail, m. John Whitmore, Sept. 8, 1762. 

109. Mary. b. Jan. 26, 1739. 

no. Mehitable, m. Stephen Carter, May 4, 1762. 
III. Ebenezer, b. July 8, 1742. 

41. Hobakuk, of Dudley, Mass., b, Ipswich, 7 Aug., 
1715; m. (Thompson Ch. Rec.) 2 Feb.. 1764, Eliz. Merrill. 
May have had children. 

66. Joseph, s. of Joseph & Mary Warner, b. 26 Dec, 
1730; m. Jan. 5, 1757, Lydia Goodell (b. April 7, 1736; d. 
March 5, 1822), and settled at Pomfret, where seven chil- 
dren were born. He died Aug. 31, 1808. The village church 
records of Brooklyn, Ct., mention the employment. 1766. of 
Joseph* to repair the church, from which I conclude he was a 
joiner by trade. 



112. Joseph.' b. 3 Sept.. 1757 ; d. 24 Feb., 1841 ; m. 21 Nov.. 1784, 
Lydia Clark. 

113. Lydia, b. July 16. 1760; m. Jan. 30, 1780, Daniel Clark and had 8 
children. In 1843 slie had living 2 children, 28 grandchildren, and 12 
great grandchildren ; she d. Sept. 27. 1848. 

114. Aaron, b. Oct. 8, 1764; d. Jan., 1846. 

115. Lucy. bap. April 16, 1767 ; d. 25 Oct., 1789 ; buried, Cem. Brook- 
lyn, Ct, 

116. Mehitable. bap. May 2, 1796; d. Feb.. 1842. Lived at "old 
place"; was long helpless from rheumatism ; admitted ch. 415, 1807. 

117. John, b, 21 April, 1772 ; bap. April 26, 1772 ; d. Dec. 1857 or S. 

118. Samuel, b. July 27, 1774; bap. July 31, 1774; d. Oct. 13. 1861, 
aged 87. 

58. John, s. of Joseph & Mary Warner, b. i Nov., 1734; 
married Jan. 6, 1757, Mehitable, dau. of Wilh'am & Susannah 
(Chandler) Sabin (Pomfret Ch. Rec), by whom he had three 
children, probably at Ashford, and afterward settled at Morrison, 
Mass., where others were born. He moved shortly before his 
death to Otsego, N. Y., the home of one or more of his sons. 
One Newton, a descendant by a daughter, lived on old house- 
stead at Morrison in 1887. He died Dec. 29, 1815, andwas 
buried at Hardwick, N. Y. Admitted to Ch. John & Mehita- 
ble, 19 March, 1758 (Pomfret Ch. Rec). His wife was school- 
mate of Israel Putnam, whose daring she delighted to relate 
when she was ninety years of age. Hist. Windham, Ct.. Vol. 
II., p. I, Dec, 1760: W^illiam Sabin, John Davison, and others 
were the horse-branders of the town of Pomfret. 


119. Nathan, b. (Preston Town Rec.) 4 Nov.. 1757 ; bap. Pomfret. 19 
March, 175S. 

120. Susanna, b. 22 Sept., 1759; bap. Pomfret, 30 Sept., 1759; ^■ 
Stephen Newton. 

121. Ebenezer. 10 Oct., 1761. 

122. John, b. 30 April. 1763 ; d. July 20, 1838. 

123. Polly, or Mary, m. ■ Stevens. 

124. Nancy, m. Bachelor. 

(See Sabin Genealogy, in New York Historical Society.) 



Inscriptions taken from tombstone over John Davison's 
grave at Hardwick, N. Y. : 

Mr. John Davison, died Dec 29th, 1815, 82 years old. 
Now be administered by a friend 
The longest life must have an end. 
View this my grave. Alas ! how frail a spot of earth is now my all. 
Over his wife's grave : 

Mrs. Mehitable Davison died Feb. 28th, 1829 in the 
94th year of her age. 

60. Peter,' b. 15 May, 1739 (Joseph & Mary Warner), 
married (Canterbury Town Rec.) Apl. 28, 1768, Abigail 
Woodward (b. Apl. 4, 1743; d. Mch. 28, 1791), daughter of 
Deacon Thomas Woodward. He died May 4, 1800 (old style) 
and was buried on what was then his farm in west part of 
Brooklyn, Conn. He was a captain in the Revolutionary War. 
E. H. Davison says he has the commission signed by Jonathan 
Trumbull in 1776 as Colonel Governor of Conn. He and his 
wife were admitted to Brooklyn Church Dec. 9, 1770. 

Capt. Peter m. 2nd, 6 Nov. 1791, Mrs. Susannah Weaver. 

The following is a copy of the inscriptions from the tomb- 
stones in the family burial lot of Peter Davison, which is 
located in the west part of Brooklyn, Ct., on what was then his 
farm, known as " Ram's Head." In this little burial ground, 
which is enclosed by a substantial stone wall, are several 
other graves. 

In Memory of 

Mr. Peter Davison 

who died May 29, 1800, aged 
61 years. 

On the dear bosom of his God 
the dying saint relies ; 

There lays his feeble flesh 
to restvS: every care resigns. 

In Memory of 

Mrs. Abigail Davison, 

wife of Mr. Peter Davison who 
died March 28, 1791, in her 
48 th year. 


Children by First Marriage. 

125. Ebenezer, b. Oct. 17. 1769; d. March, 1800. Probate Rec, 
Plainficld, p. 706 : Peter D., guardian to Diadema D., dau. Ebenezer D., 
she of Springfield, age 6. 

126. Ephraim, b. Dec. 5, 1772; d. Dec, 1832. 

127. Peter, b. June 23, 1775 ; d. July 4, 1847. Tailor, unmarried. 
Brooklyn Probate Rec, Vol. II., p. 72, will of Peter Davison, proved 12 
July, 1847. To Betsey Weaver, sister Abigail Davison, to brothers & sis- 
ters now living, half sister Betsey Weaver, Geo. Martin, ex. Septimus 
Davison, appraiser. 

128. HULDAH, b. Apl. 9, 1778 ; d. Apl., 1863 ; married a Griggs. 

129. Beriol, b. July 12, 1780 ; d. Oct. 24, 1S53. 

130. Luther, b. May 28. 1783 ; d. Dec, 1784. 

131. Alpheus, b. May 20, 1786 ; d. Oct. 18, 1866. Was a physician at 
Monson, Me., where his children now reside. 

Child by Second Marriage. 

132. Abigail, b. 27 Dec, 1795 ; d. 18 Feb., 1874. 

(Probate Rec. Book IV.) 

62. Phinehas, b. 27 March, 1743 (Deacon Joseph and 
Mary Warner); m. Dec. 21, 1775, Martha Gary, and had 
6 children ; born at Pomfret. Phinehas is said to have been a 
man of considerable literary attainments. 



Elizabeth, bap. 30 Oct., 1776. 
Patty, bap. 15 Oct., 1778, 
Phinehas, b. 26 June, 1781. 
Polly, b. 21 Oct., 1783. 
Sally, b. 28 Sept., 1786. 
Lucy, b. 7 April, 1790. 

(Brooklyn Ct. Record of Baptisms.) 

Phinehas and Martha admitted to full communion 25 Aug., 
1766. Brooklyn Ct. Ch. Rec. 

64. Daniel, nail maker and farmer (Joseph and Mary 
Warner); b. June 14th, 1748, at Mortlake, Ct., m. 20 Nov., 
1777, Catherine Davis of O.xford, Mass. (see Davis Gene- 
alogy, pp. 50 and 141 (b. Oxford, Mass., March 12, 174S ; d at 


Brooklyn, Ct., Dec. 9, 1807), and settled at Brooklyn, Ct., where 
he engaged in farming and blacksmithing, or "nail making" 
as one authority gives it. To them were born eight children. 
(Chloe P. Davison writes that his prayer was that his de- 
scendants might serve God as long as the grass grew or the 
rivers ran, which he thinks has been generally fulfilled to the 
present.) He seems, like his fathers, to have been a man of 
pious and upright character and to have made an effort to 
perpetuate his principles. He died in January, 1830. 


139. Hezekiel, b. Dec. 25, 1778 ; bap. Aug. 20, 1780 ; d. Jan. 30, 1799. 
at sea (seaman) ; no issue. 

140. Tamar, b. June 13, 1780; bap. Aug. 20. 1780; d. Sept. 11, 1782. 

141. ZiPHiA, b. Dec. 3, 1781 ; bap, Dec. 9, 1781 ; d. Jan. 10, 1866; m. 
Dec. 4, 1809, Wm. Terry (b. — ; d., 8, 9, 1847), of Putnam, Ct., where they 
settled and died. He was a farmer. They had two daughters. (See 
Harris Family.) 

142. Daniel, b. Jan. 15, 1784; bap. 18 Jan., 1784; d. Dec. 10, 1838 ; 

143. Mary, or Polly, b. Sept. 17, 1785 ; d. Mch. 26, 1829 ; m. Nov. 18, 
1812, John Howe (b. 4/30, 1783 ; d. 4 17, 1867) of Pomfret, and afterward ot 
Stamford, Stofferd, and Canterbury, Ct. He was a farmer by occupation. 

_. ^. I. Catherine D., b. Nov. 3, 1813, at Pomfret; m. Dec. 30, 
*' ' 1832, Ezra Kergwin, a farmer. Settled at Griswold, Ct. 

2. Mary M., b. Apr. 22, 1815. at Stamford ; m. Mch. 24, 1840, 

Elias Burdick ; settled at Griswold, Ct. 

3. John Cotton, b. Jan. 15, 181 7, at Stafford, Ct. (farmer) ; 
' ; : m. Lodemia Smith and settled at Mansfield. 

4. Daniel, b. Jan. 8, 1819, at Stofferd ; m. 3 29, 1S47, ^lary A. 

Phillips; settled on farm at Canterbury, Ct. 

5. Frederick S. Howe, b. Aug. 9, 1821, at Canterbury; m. 

Aug. 31, 1845, at Brooklyn, Lydia A. Mason. 

6. Olive W.. b. Mch. 9, 1824, at Canterbury; m. Mch. 4, 
^. 1851, Geo. Rainsford and settled at Canterbury. 

John Howe married for second wife Melinda Davison, 
youngest sister of his first wife, but this union produced no 


144. Hannah, b. June 23. 1787 ; bap. July i, 1787 ; d. Nov. 6. 1862. 
She joined the Enfield Shakers, with whom she lived. 

145. RUFUS. b. Jan. 29, 1789 fat Brooklyn. Ct.); bap. July 3, 1791 ; d. 
Apr. 10, 1862, at Putnam, Ct. 

146. Joel, b. Nov. 13, 1790, at Brooklyn, Ct. ; bap. July 3, 1791 ; d. 
Oct. 8, 1851, at Danielsonville. Ct. 

147. Melinda, b. .Mch. 30, 1793, at Brooklyn ; bap. May 5, 1793 ; d. 
Dec. 8, 1872. She married John Howe, her sister Mary's husband. 

66. Paul (Brooklyn Ct. Rec. bap. 12 May, 1752) (Joseph 
& Mary Warner), m. Sarah Hyde, 6 Nov. 1775 by Rev. Josiah 
Whitney. He was admitted to Brooklyn Church the same day 
his first child was baptized. This child's birth is recorded at 
Pomfret. The baptisms of three children are recorded at 
Brooklyn, Ct. 


148. " Nabby," (Pomfret Town Rec.) b. June 4, 1777 ; bap. June 15, 
1777, Brooklyn, Ct. 

149. Albigeuse (son) b. ; bap. Aug. 22, 1779. 

150. HULDAH, b. 12 Jan., 1778. 

151. Paul, b. 30 Sept., 1780. 

It is generally said that Paul, Sr., was a man of considerable 
literary taste, and possibly ability, of which I have no knowl- 
edge. It is said that John Palmer of Brooklyn has a book of 
his poems. 

67. William, s. of William and Mary Cady, b. 9 Aug., 
1737; bap. 29 March, 1747; m. Hannah . 


152. Sally. 

153. GURDON, bap. private, 22 May, 1793. Capt. Erastus Davison, 

154. Lydia. 

155. Nathaniel, "* 

156. WiLLIA.M. 

157. Mariah. 

Norwich Land Rec. Vol. XXXIV. p. 212, dated Nov. 1804: 
Benjamin Snow and Hannah Davison, adm. to estate of Capt. 
William Davison of Norwich dec. and guardian to Sally, Lydia, 
Nathaniel, William, Mariah, and Gurdon Davison, children of 


William, dec. sell to Barzillai Davison of Norwich land and 
dwelling in Chelsea, adjoining 2nd and 3rd St. 

Norwich Land Rec. Vol. XLlV.p. 336, dated 29 March 1834: 
William Davison of Windham and Gurdon Davison of New 
York City, brothers and joint heirs (as is supposed) in common 
with our sister Ann Maria Spaulding. to the one-fourth part of 
sundry lots of land and houses originally belonging to our 
grandfather the late Mr. Barzillai Davison, dec. (in part) and 
to our Uncle the late Capt. Erastus Davison, dec. which by 
the late death of Nancy Davison (dau. of the sd. Erastus Davi- 
son and only heir) reverts back to the Davison family, which 
is situated in the city and town of Norwich &c. for 8200 quit- 
claim to Simeon Hubbard of Norwich, all rights in the old 
mansion and lot of Barzillai Davison Sr. situate bctw. Kin- 
ney's Hotel and the mansion house of Judge Lanman— shares 
in proprietors school house and two houses and land near 
Davison's mill— the brick house built by Barzillai Davison the 
younger and lately improved by his family, and all other 

Witness: Walter Lester, Jos. Williams, John H. Wyman, 
Jas. Van Tassel. 

68. Barzillai, s. of William & Mary Cady; b. Jan. 28. 
1740; m. Hannah or ^Lirgaret Morse; sea captain in the 
East India service; confirmed by Bishop Seabury at Christ 
Church, Norwich, Ct., 19 Sept. 1789; d. at Norwich, 23 May, 
1828 (See Hist. Norwich, Ct.). 


158. Hannah, bap. 20 May, 1770, sponsers Oliver & Mrs. Oliver 

159. Lydia, bap. 4. July. 1773. 

160. Elizabeth, b. 4 March. 1777. 

161. Oliver, b. 1779 ; m. 9 Dec, 1804, Margaret Miller. 

162. Charles, m. Hannah M . 

163. Betsy, bap. 1778. 

164. Erastus, Jan., 1792. 

165. Barzillai. 

166. Abby. 



Subscribers to Church Support; 3 Feb., 1761, William Da- 
vison, IJ-. ; 12 June, 1766, Barzillai Davison, 4^, ; 2 March, 1768, 
for ordination of Rev. John Tyler, Jr. : Barzillai Davison, loj-. ; 
Alpheus Davison, ^s. ; William Davison, 10^. ; Oliver Davison, 
4s. 6d. 

Barzillai Davison, Vestry-man 1769, Clerk 1793, Warden 
1 776- 1 782 3-4-7. 

Land Rec. Norwich, Vol. XIV., p. 475 : Daniel Kelley of Nor- 
wich for \^£ sells to Barzillai Davison land bought of Uriah 
Hosmer Jr. and John Bliss in Chelsey, 20 May 1765, Vol. XVII. ^ 
p. 184, dated 3 Feb. 1767. 

Benjamin Bushnell of Norwich to Barzillai Davison of Nor- 
wich, 13 acres. 

Witness : William Davison. 

Stonington Deeds, Vol. XXV., p. 473, dated 3 June, 1784: 
Barzillai Davison of Norwich sells to Phinehas Holden of N. 
land at the landing place, bounded by land set to heirs of 
Elizabeth Tracy, dec. & heirs of Isaac Tracy, dec. 

Vol. VIII., p. 4S2 : Barzillai Davison of Norwich, adm. of 
estate of Alpheus Davison of Norwich, i Oct. 1791. 

Vol. VII,, 1785 : Inv. of estate of Capt. Alpheus Davison. 

Vol. IV., 15 Mar. 1785 : Barzillai Davison adm. estate of Capt. 
Alpheus Davison of Norwich, also on estate of William Davi- 
son of Norwich, widow's allowance not named. 

Book I, Vol. IV., p. 176, 1790: Absolom Davison, son of 
Capt. Alpheus Davison of Norwich, deceased, a minorm, 
chooses Barzillai Davison guardian. 

Vol. XXVII., p. 68, dated 9 Oct. 1783: Barzillai Davison 
and Alpheus Davison, both of Norwich, sell to Geo. Gordon of 
Voluntown, land and house in Chelsea, East side of the brook 
from brother Oliver Davison of Norwich, bounded by our 
father's, William Davison's, house. 

From Hist. Norwich, p. 407: Capt. Davison left the River 
in a small coasting sloop 13 Nov. 1781, bound to Boston. In 
rounding Cape Cod he was blown ofT by strong winds, driven 



out to sea and after thirty-two days arrived at Guadaloupe, his 
crew in a famishing state for want of provisions. He encoun- 
tered upon the ocean neither friend nor foe, sold his sloop and 
returned to Boston in a brig. 

Land Roc. Norwich, Ct., Vol. XXVIII., p. 352. dated 1778: 
Ruth Atgate of Norwich to Barzillai Davison of Norwich, 4^^ 
acres set to me of my father's estate. 

Vol. XXXII., p. 35, dated 19 Jan. 1801 : Barzillai Davison of 
Norwich to Erastus Davison of Norwich, land Chelsea, land free 
from all encumbrance except dower of $12. to Mrs. Hannah 
Pepper during life. 

Vol. XXVIII, , p. 355, dated 14 Jan. 1791 : Uriah Austin, Jr. 
of Suffield and Abigail, wife, late Abigail Davison widow of 
Alpheus Davison of Norwich, dec. to Barzillai Davison, all 
rights estate Alpheus Davison. 

69. Oliver, s. of William & Mary Cady, b. 17 May, 1742 ; 
bap. 29 Mar. 1747, m. Hannah or Anna. 


167. Philexa, bap. 20 May, 1770 ; sponsers, Barzillai Davison & wife. 

168. Felix, bap. private, 6 Dec, 1772 ; d. 10 Dec, 1772. 

169. George, bap. 16 July, 1775. 

(From Christ Church, Norwich, Ct.). 

From Land Rec. Norwich, Ct., Vol. XX., p. 189, dated 6 Nov. 
1777: Oliver Davison of Norwich, brother of Alpheus Davison 
of Norwich, land Chelsea, bounded by my father William 

P. 184, dated 1774: Gresham Breed to William, Oliver & 
Alpheus Davison, land Chelsea, 13 acres bounded by Uriah 
Hosmer, dec 

Brooklyn, Ct. Land Rec. Vol. I., dated 6 Feb. 1779: Oliver 
Davison of Norwich to Benj. Cady of Canterbur>', land 

70. Alpheus, s. of William & Mar>' Cady, b. 17 May, 
1746; m. Jane or Abigail ; d. about 1785. 


170. Absalom, bap. private, 26 May, 1776. 

i* : 


Stonington Deeds Book, Vol. IV. p. 176: Absolom Davi- 
son, son of Capt. Alpheus Davison of Norwich, dec. a minor, 
chooses Barzillai Davison guardian. 

Norwich Probate Rec. : Inv. of estate of Capt. Alpheus 
Davison, 1785, Barzillai Davison adm. total inv. 662-18-1/2. 

Vol. VIII., p. 48, dated 2 Oct., 1791 : Abigail and Uriah 
Austin receipt for 3" £ and furniture of Alpheus Davison and 
house and rent all demands to Barzillai Davison. 

15 March, 17S5, Barzillai Davison adm. of estate of Capt. 
Alpheus Davison dec. estate insolvent. Abigail, widow of 
Capt. Alpheus & two young children, Uriah & Abigail Austin. 
She widow of Capt. Davison, lived in Suffield, Ct., 1790. 

74. Oliver, s. of Paul and Abigail Phelps, b. 17 June, 
1734; m. 7 Feb., 1754, Eunice Spalding. 

■ . Children. 

171. Sarah, b. 7 May, 1755. 

172. Eunice, b. 13 June, 1757. 

173. Paul, b. 29 Jan., 1759. 

174. Jerusha, b. 17 April, 1761. 

175. Oliver Spaulding, b. 12 April, 1763. 

(All born at Mansfield. Oliver married there.) 

75. Dan, s. of Paul and Abigail Phelps, b. 2 Oct., 1736; 
m. at Pomfret, Ct., 6 Jan., 1763, Martha Goodell. May have 
had children. 

From Conn. Roll of Soldiers in French War : In Capt. Jede- 
diah Fay's Co., 1758, 3rd Reg., Dan Davison, private; no 
locality mentioned. 

79. Jonathan, s. of Jonathan & Keziah Parke, m. 
Hannah Billings. She was b. 1729; d. Nov., 1821 ; buried at 
River Philip. She was sister of the wife of the first chief jus- 
tice, Holiberton, of Windsor, Nova Scotia. Jonathan settled 
at Falmouth, N. S. Drew 6 acre lot No. 12 at Falmouth, 
1760. He with his brothers Cyperian & Samuel went to Nova 
Scotia about 1758 or 9, 



176. Bertha, b. New London. Ct., 4 Feb., 1750; d. March. 1762. at 
Falmouth. N. S. 

177. Keziah. b. at New London, 30 July, 1755 '< f"- Charles Cannon ; 
settled at St. EUeus, Prince Edward Island, where they died and were 

Their children were : 

1. Frederick. 

2. Nathan, who died young. 

(Two others.) 

178. Nathan, b. New London, 23 Dec. 1758. 

179. Mary, b. at Falmouth. N. S., 29 Oct., 1761 ; m. Elisha Burton ; 
settled in New Horton (where his father settled late in life), Albert Co., 
New Brunswick. 

180. Hannah Billings, b. 19 Aug., 1764. 

181. Jonathan, b. 1768 ; d. Dec, 1852 ; m. Elizabeth Rockwell, 

Plainfield Probate Rec. Vol. A, p. 22. March 3, 1747-8: 
Jonathan Davison jr & Hannah wife of Preston reed of 
Nathan Babcock of Voluntown as he is the above said Han- 
nah's guardian ye full of our portion of our fathers estate late 
Windham dec. 

84. Cyperian, s. of Jonathan and Keziah Parke; m. 17 
Oct., 1765, Rebecca, dau. of William & Rebecca Allien. He 
drew Lot 58 and settled in Horton or Windsor in 1760 with 
David Randle. See Falmouth, N. S., Rec: Nov. ye 15, 1760, 
David Randall & Cypron Davison drew Farm lot No. 58 at 
Falmouth, N. S. 


182. William. 

183. Jonathan. 

184. Allien. 

185. Benjamin, 

186. JOSIAH. 

187. Elizabeth, m. 13 .Aug.. 1812, James Randal, and had issue, two 
daughters : 

1. Rebecca, b. 7 July, 1814. 

2. Eliza, b. 27 Aug.. 1816, 

86. Thomas, s. of Jonathan & Keziah Parke, b, Nov, 18 


1725, at Preston, eldest son of Jonathan Davison 1st of that 
place, m, Mrs. Mary (Kingsley) Stoddard of Lebanon, Conn., 
and settled in the latter place. By her first husband Mrs. 
D. had 2 sons, viz.: Samuel Stoddard, b. Oct. 31, 1753; 
d. at Chester, Warren Co., N. Y., about 1825 ; and Azariah 
Stoddard, b. Feb. I, 1755. 

Mr. Davison removed from Lebanon to Wilmington, Vt., in 
the fall of 1772 or spring of 1773. Thence he removed to Pow- 
nal,Vt., where he resided at the time of the battle of Benning- 
ton, Aug. 16, 1777. Thence he removed to Bennington, and 
thence to Middletown, Vt., in the spring of 1790, where he died 
April 25, 1795, "aged 69 years, 5 months, and 7 days." He 
was a farmer and mechanic, following mostly the business of a 
carpenter and millwright. He was a very pious man ; but was 
so deaf for some years previous to his death that in order to 
hear the preacher on the Sabbath he was compelled to sit or 
stand near the pulpit. His death was the occasion of a revival 
of religion at Middletown, which resulted in the conviction 
and conversion of 30 or 40 persons, who united with the Con- 
gregational Church at that place. It was remarked by a pious, 
though somewhat quaint member of the church (Joel Frisbie) 
that Thomas Davison, like Samson, had slain more at his death 
than during his life. 

Mary Kingsley, the wife of Thomas Davison, 2nd, died at 
Middletown in 1802, aged about 70. 

188. Uriah, b. at Lebanon, and drowned there while a young man. 

189. Hezakiah, b. Jan. i, 1763, at Lebanon; d. 31 Mar., 1S50; m. 
a Negus. 

190. Thomas, 3d, b. at Lebanon, Conn., July 14, 1765 ; m. Abigail 
Miner of Middletown. 

191. Mary, b. April 2, 1767, at Lebanon ; m. Thomas Parker. They 
settled at Hinesburgh, Vt. ; thence removed to Essex, N. Y. ; and thence, 
about 1808, to Ohio, near the Scioto River. 

192. Jonathan, b. Sept. 2, 1769, at Lebanon ; m. Chloe Richardson ; 
d. in the spring of 1812. 

193. Rachel, b. April 4, 1772, "at Lebanon, Conn. ; m. Dec. 5, 1793, 
Gideon Miner, Jr., of Middletown, Vt. 


88. Ilezakiah s. of Jonathan & Keziah Parke. 

The probate of his father's will, probated 1753, at Norwich, 
makes Thomas & Hezakiah the sole executors, and wills them 
"all my land, rights in land and all my movable estate." In 
1754 Hezakiah deeded the farm which his honored father, late 
of Preston, died seized, to his brother Jonathan, 

89. Andrew, s. of Thomas & l^ydia Herrick, b. 17 June, 
1727; m. Eunice Kimball and settled at Horton, New Bruns- 
wick.; d. at Horton, N. B., 15 Feb., 1784. (Horton Town Rec- 
ords.) Seems to have been elector at Preston, 175 1, and deed 
land there. 


194. Thomas, b. in Conn., 1753 ; m. 8 Sept., 1785. Deborah Rogers. 

195. Asa, b. in Conn., 1756 ; m. 30 April, 17S2, Prudence Dennison. 

196. Anna, b. at Horton, 11 June, 1762; m. Samuel Hamilton (s. of 
Jonathan, of Gabriel, of David). 

1. Asa, b, 16 May, 1772 ; went to U. S. 

2. Oliver, b. 12 Dec, 1774; m. Lavinia Lowden. 

3. Eunice, b. 8 May, 1777 ; m. a Godfrey. 

4. Sabra, b. 14 March, 1780 ; m. a Knowles. 

5. Lavinia, b. 7 May, 1782 ; m. Griffin Miner. 

6. Samuel, b. 5 Sept., 1785. 

7. Sarah, b. 30 Nov., 1788 ; m. William Patterson. 

8. Elizabeth, b. 6 Feb., 1792. 

197. John, b. at Horton, 20 Nov., 1765. 

198. Nathan, b. at Horton, 9 May. 1768 ; d. .-Vug., 1773. 

199. Sabra, b. at Horton, 17 June, 1771 ; m. Dec, 1793, Elihu Wood- 
ward (s. of Joseph, of Joseph, of Ebenezer, of Benjamin, of Walter, of 
Walter). He was b. in Horton, 17 May, 1771 ; d. in Horton, 7 July, 1852. 

1. Clarissa. 

2. Joseph. 

3. Samuel, b. 1802 ; d. 14 March, 1882. His wife d. 10 May, 

1882, aged 81. 

4. Anna. 

5. Benja.min. 

6. Eunice Rebecca. 

7. Mary Alice. 

8. Sarah. 

200. Daniel, b. 20 Nov., 1774. 


The following records were sent to A. H. Davison, Esq., on 
November 25, 1886: 

From Wiiulham Land Records, Vol. M, page 33 : A deed 
from Zephaniaii Davison and Susannah Davison, of Windham, 
Town and County, Colony of Connecticut in New England, of 
a piece of land containing eight acres, more or less, considera- 
tion thirty-nine pounds. Situated partly in Windham and 
partly in Canterbury, land formerly owned by Wm. Durkee 
and deeded as above to Stephen Durkee, bearing date January 
5th, A.D. 1759. 

Zephaniah Davison, [l.s.] 
Witnesses: SusanxNah Davison, [l.s.] 

Jeremiah Durkee, 

John Fuller. 

Saml. Gr.\Y, ToiL'?i Clerk. 

Also, in same volume, page 40: A deed from Zephaniah 
Davison, aforesaid town, county and colony, consideration 
22^ pounds, to Jeremiah Durkee of the same place, in the 
Second Society, bearing date March 20, 1758. 

Zephaniah Davison. [Seal.] 
Witnesses: SUSANNAH Davison. [Seal.] 

Eben Girffin, Jr., 
Henry Durkee. 

Saml. Gray, Tou'h Clerk. 

Also, in same volume, pages 62 and 63 : A deed from Jere- 
miah Utley to Zephaniah Davison, quit claiming all former 
bills, Mortgages, Sales, Leases, &c., bearing date 2nd day of 
Jan., 1758. 

Jeremiah Utley. [Seal.] 
Witnesses : 
Joseph Utley, 
Abiel Abbott. 

Saml. Gray, Ton'n Clerk. 

Also a deed from Joseph Utley of the same town, county 
and colony of Connecticut, consideration of 40 pounds, to 


Zephaniah Davison (blacksmith), a piece or parcel of land 
situated in Windham and in the Second Society, containing 
ten acres more or less, bearing date January 8th A.D., 1759, 
and recorded in Windham Land Records, Vol. M., pages 96 
and 97. 

IVi^n^sses : JOSEPH Utley. [Seal.] 

Oliver Durkee, 
Abraham Ford. 

Saml. Gray, Tozvh Clerk. 

Also, a deed from Zephaniah Davison to Oliver Durkee, 
bearing date October i6th, 1672, in same Vol, M., pages 324 
and 326; deeding three pieces of land, consideration of 270 
pounds; situated and lying in Windham and in the Second 
Society as heretofore mentioned. 

Zephaniah Davison. [Seal.] 
Witnesses : 
JosiAH Rogers, 
Christopher Davison. 

Saml. Gray, Toivn Clerk. 

Also, a deed from Oliver Durkee to Zephaniah Davison of 
Ashford in the County and Colony aforesaid, quit claimed to 
Zephaniah Davison the following: Deed bears date January 
26, 1765, recorded in Vol. M., p. 337. 

Oliver Durkee. [Seal.] 
Witnesses : 
Saml. Gray, 
Saml. Gray, Jr. 

Saml. Gray, Tozvn Clerk. 

Also, a deed from Zephaniah Davison of Ashford. County 
and Colony as aforesaid, for consideration of iQOi^, to full 
satisfaction of Thomas Arnold, Jun. of Smithfield in the 
County of Providence and Colony of Rhode Island in New 
England, a tract of land being and lying in Windham, Second 


Society, &c. / containing nine acres more or less. Vol. M, 
pages 335 and 336, bearing date May 21, 1765, 

Zephaniah Davison. [Seal.] 
Witnesses : 
VVm. Burgess, 
Jacob Simons. 

Saml. Gray, Tou^n Clerk 

Also, a deed from Zephaniah Davison of Ashford to 
Abraham Ford, consideration of 55^^, a piece of land with 
a dwelling-house and barn thereon, containing about two acres 
more or less, containing date May 11, A.D. 1770. Recorded in 
Vol, M, pages 549 and 550. 

f Zephaniah Davison. [Scal.J 
Jacob Simons, 
JosiAH Hammond. 

Saml. Gray, To-juyi Clerk. 

90. Zephaniah, s. of Thomas and Lydia Herrick ; b. at 
Preston, 5 March, 1729; d. at Otis, Mass., 17 April, 1793 ; m 
16 July, 1752, Susannah, dau. of Deacon William Durkee of 
Windham. She was b. 6 Dec, 1730, and d. 6 Dec, 1826. 

' ' Children. 

201. Elizabeth, b. Windham, 16 March, 1753 ; bap. 17 Apr., 1763. 

202. Lydi.\, b. Windham, 12 March, 1755 ; bap. 17 April, 1763 ; m. 
Palmer Howard. 

203. Thomas, b. Windham, 7 June, 1757; bap. 17 April, 1763; ui. 
26 Aug., 1799, Eunice Pearl ; d. 4 March, 1S40. 

204. William, b. Windham. 9 Sept., 1759 ; bap. 17 April, 1763. 
20s. Be.vjamix, b. 19 Oct., 1761 ; bap. 17 .April. 1763. 

206. John, b. at Ashford, 20 Nov., 1763 ; bap. 6 May, 1764. 

207. Zephaniah, b. at Ashford, 26 Oct., 1765 ; bap. 13 July, 1766. 

208. Hannah, b. 15 Aug., 1773 

209. Samuel, b. 15 Aug., 1773 ^ twms. 

210. Susannah, b. 8 Nov., 1778. 


211. Sarah, b. 22 July, 1781 ; m. 1799, Chandler Frisbce (b. at Harl- 
and, April I, 1777 ; carpenter ; d. Jan., 1849 > buried at Blandford). 
(Hampton Church Records.) 

1. Eli, b. Mch. 11, 1800, North Blandford ; d. Sept. 28. 1812 ; 

buried at Blandford. 

2. Lucy, b. Nov. 19, 1803, North Blandford ; m. 1820, to 

Waterman Cartler ; d. Mch. 7, 1S66, at North Blandford. 

3. Sarah, b. Aug. 28, 1805 ; m. Robert Needham, May, 1867 ; 

d. May 31, 1883 ; buried at Blandford. No children. 

4. Polly, b. July 28, 1807; m. Lorenzo Cartler; d. Jan. 10, 1844. 

5. Electa, b. July 24, 1809 ; d. July 19, 181 5. 

6. Susannah D., b. July 24, 1812 ; d. Aug. 3. 1814. 

7. Lydia a., b. Nov. II, 1815, Blandford; m. Aug. 28, 

1842, Isaac. C. Nichols, a farmer (b. Sept. 29, 1814) ; d. 
II/S/1876. Lived at Middlebury, Conn. Had children 
as follows : 5/19/1844, at Naugatuck, Conn., Sarah, who 
July 26, 1863, m. Merrit Skilton (children, Arthur N., 
8/23/1865); Charles H., 2, 22/1869 ; Mabel L, 4/18/1879 ; 
Irving H., Dec. 7, 1884. On Apr. 25, 1848, Charles L. at 
Middlebury, Conn, (a farmer) ; 9 '6/1878, m. Rebecca A. 
Waller; live at Middlebury. Have children : Bruce W., 
July 14, 1879, ^"^ Grace A., Sept. 20, 1883, all at Middle- 
bury, Conn. On Sept. 10, 1850, Caroline L. ; lives at 
' ' Southington. Conn. On Mch. 27, 1S56, Electa I., who 

m. Chas. Schoenmehl, Jan. 26, 1882 ; live at Waterbury, 
Conn., to whom were b. Agnes C. on Apr. 22, 1884, and 
Cora L., Nov. 26, 1885, at Waterbury. 

8. Lester, b. 2/24/1818 ; blacksmith ; m. Mary Needham. 

■■ _ 9. Clarissa, b. Aug. 12, 1821 ; at Blandford, July 3, 1844. m. 
George Orcutt (born on the ocean), mechanic ; lived at 

* • ' • Ansonia, Conn. ; d. Oct., 1861. Clarissa lives at Becket 
/ -. (1886); had children: 

■■' " '1. Ellen C, b. July 28. 1846; m. Reuben Daniels 
11/23/1862, by whom she has three children: 
Sophia F., Ellen C, and Sydney. 

2. Sarah A., b. June 2, 1S51 ; buried at Becket, July 23, 


3. George H., b. at Springfield. Mass., 3, 17, 1856, farmer; 

lives at Waterbury. 

4. Lucy J., b. Jan. 10, 1S59, at Ansonia ; lives at Spring- 

• ■• '"^ field. 


92. Christopher, s. of Thomas and Lydia Herrick ; m. 
first, 2 June, 1755, Lydia Hovey ; and second (from Westford 
Church Records), 24 June, 1756, Martha or Bethiah Bidlack of 
Beddock. Christopher settled at Windham, Ct., and had the 
following children by second wife. 


212. Asa. b 

213. Daniel, b. 9 Nov., 1757 ; d. 6 Dec, 1757. 

214. Levi. 

215. Calvin, by Tryphena Ford, had dau. Hannah, who m, Ralph 
Pcrilus. All children bap. at Westford, 25 Dec, 1770. 

(Of this branch nothing more is known to me.) 

93. Daniel, s. of Thomas and Lydia Herrick, probably 
lived at Stonington and New Haven, and is thought to have 
had the following 

Erastus, of Ohio. 

James, of Wellington, Ohio. 

Abel, of Maine. 

Calvin, of Wyoming. 111. 



94. Asa, s. of Thomas and Lydia Herrick, b. at Preston, 
Ct., I Sept., 1736; d. at Grafton, N. Y., Jan., 1831 ; m. Sarah, 
dau. of John & Abigail Corning Pride of Nonvich, Ct. She 
was b. at Norwich, Ct., 24 Aug., 1743. 

Asa Davison served five years in French and Indian War, 
and eight years in Revolutionary War. " Asa Davison left his 
company at Cambridge in Sept., 1775, to join the northern ex- 
pedition of Benedict Arnold, but after suffering incredible 
hardships he arrived at Cambridge on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 
23rd." (See History of Windham County.) 

" Asa Davison marched in the ' Lexington Alarm ' April, 
1775. from Ashford, was in service 10 days (p. 5). He enlisted 
in the Third Rejiiment, Col. Israel Putnam, in the Fifth Com- 



Levi, of New Haven. 222. 


Daniel, of Abington, Pa. 223. 


Thomas, of Brooklyn. 224. 


John, of Brooklyn. 225. 


Chauncey, of Albany, N. Y. 226. 


Carrington, of Altoona, Pa. 227. 



pany, under Thomas Knowlton, May 6, 1775 ; ^'^s discharged 
Dec. 10." "Connecticut Men in the Revolution," p. 55. From 
A. C. Bates, Sect. Conn. His. Society. 

The Record and Pension Office, War Department, Washing- 
ton, Feb. 4, 1897, gives the following record : "The records of 
this office show that one Asa Davison served as a private in 
Captain Nathaniel Webb's company, 4th Battalion Connecti- 
cut forces, commanded by Col. John Durkee, Revolutionary 
War. He enlisted March ist, 1778, to serve eight months, and 
was discharged Jan. 1st, 1779." The records also show " that 
Asa Davison served as a private in Captain Nehcmiah Rice's 
company. Eighth Connecticut Regiment, Revolutionary War. 
He enlisted Aug. 16, 1779, to serve six months, and was dis- 
charged Jan. 15, 1780." The records further show "that one 
Asa Davison " served as a private in the 1st company, Fifth 
Connecticut Regiment, commanded by Lieut. Colonel Sher- 
man, Revolutionary War. His name first appears on the roll 
for March, 1782, and he was discharged June 22, 1782. 

Asa Davison purchased land in Preston, Conn., in 1772. He 

died at the home of his son Ezra (2d child), aged 95, in , 

183 1. He had lived in Grafton, N. Y., during the last years 
of his life. 


228. Paul, b. 1765 ; d. 19 Feb.. 1805. 

229. Ezra, b. in Nova Scotia, 11 Aug., 1767 ; d. at Grafton, N. Y., 29 
April. 1834. 

230. Abigail. 

231. Lydia. m. Roderick Stanley. 

232. Charles. 

233. LoviNA. m. Owen. 

234. RUFUS, b. at Ashford. 20 May, 1775. 

235. Anna, m. Moses Macomber of Petersburg. N. Y. 

236. Nathan, b. at Ashford. 1 June, 1781. 

237. Louisa, m. a Phillips. 

238. Olive, m. John Stoughton. 

239. Jane. m. Gideon Style. 

240. John P. 


103. John, s. of John & Hannah, d. probably 17 April, 


241. Tamar, b. Ipswich, 12 May, 1771 ; m. John Roberts, 1788. 

242. Elias, b. 31 Oct.. 1773. 

Nothing more is known. 

112. Joseph, s. of Joseph & Lydia Goodell, b. Sept. 
1757; d. in Ludlow, 24 Feb., 1841. M. 21 Nov., 1784, Lydia 
Clark. From Brooklyn Conn. Records: Admitted full com- 
munion, Joseph & Lydia, 31 Jan. 1790. 


243. Philena, b. 7 April, 1786; d. 5 March, 1S64; unmarried; re- 
sided with her brother George. 

244. Joseph, b. 23 Feb., 1788 ; d. 12 Nov., 1876; probably left no issue. 

245. Lucy, b. 12 March, 1790; d. 17 June, 1867; m. a Mr. Brig^:?. 

246. Deborah, b. 20 July, 1792 ; d. 17 June, 1804. 

247. John Clark, b. 15 Aug., 1794 ; d. 22 June, 1825 ; m. Mary Gil- 

bert, and left no issue. 

248. Nathan, b. 20 Dec, 1796 ; 18 May, 1848 (Brooklyn, Ct.. Records). 

249. Eunice, b. i Sept., 1799; d. 15 Dec, 1865 ; unmarried. 

250. George, b. 26 June, 1804; d. 30 Feb., 1877. 

Brooklyn Probate Rec, Vol. IL, p. 11, dated 4 ^larch, 1845 '■ 
Lydia Davison, dec. 8 Feb., 1846, widow, and pensioner of the 
U. S. Children : George Davison, Philena Davison, Eunice 
Davison, and Joseph Davison, all of Brandon, Vt. ; Nathan 
Davison, of Alidon, Mich. ; Lucy Briggs, of Saratoga, N. Y. 

Vol. IIL, p. 368. dated 1865: Will of Eunice Davison of 
Brooklyn, brother George Davison of Hampton, sister Philena 
Davison of Brooklyn, brother Joseph Davison of Brandon, Vt., 
sister Lucy Briggs of Saratoga Springs, N. Y. 

114. Aaron, s. of Joseph & Lydia Goodell, b. 20 Oct., 
1764-5; d. Jan., 1846. Married 28 Oct., 1792, Lodicy Martin 
(Brooklyn, Ct, Town Rec). Lived at old home. 




251. Septimus, b. 20 March, 1794; bap. July 26, Brcroklyn.Ct. 

252. Clarissa, b. 11 Oct., 1795 ; bap. July 26, 1801, at Brooklyn. 

117. Joliii, s. of Joseph & Lydia Goodcll, b. 2 April, 
1772; d. Dec, 1857. Married (from Brooklyn, Ct., Ch. Rec. 12 
March, 1796) first, Elizabeth Williams and settled at Peru, Ver- 
mont, about 1800, his father accompanying him part way. He 
and wife were admitted to church Feby. 22, 1804. Farmer by 
occupation. Married a second wUe, by whom it is believed 
there was no issue. He is described as an exceedingly •* amia- 
ble man fond of young company." Stalwart, of Puritan order ; 
Deacon in church, and a man much thought of by all who 
knew him. Died in 1857, aged 86. 

253. John, b. i Dec. 1798; lived in Ludlow, Vt. 

254. Sarepta, unmarried. 

255. James [Dr.], unmarried ; lived Geauga Co., Ohio; d. 18S6, Hunts- 
burg, Ohio. 

256- Joseph [Rev.] . had one son, Joseph, b. about 1S40 ; Presbyterian ; 
son lived at Leroysvilie, Pa., 1855. 

257. Sarah, unmarried. 

258. Daniel, lived in Illinois. 
259. Clarissa, m. Coolidge. 

260. Mary, died Peru, Vt.. 1855, from injuries from cross sheep. 

261. Hiram, lived in Illinois. 

262. Betsy, m. Mr. Preat. Peru. Vt. 

263. Lydia, m. Daniel Coolidge. 

264. Flavel, unmarried, 

118. Samuel, s. Joseph & Lydia Goodell, bap. 31 July, 
1774; d. 13 Oct., 1862; m. June 22, 1803, Sarah Williams, b. 
5 Feb., 1773 ; d. 15 Nov., 1821 ; m. second wife, Olive Martin, at 
Hampton, 14 Jan., 1S23; second wife died 11 Feb., 1849. He 
settled at Plainfield, Mass., where he lived 60 years. He was 
by occupation a cabinet maker. He had an impediment of 
speech that caused stammering; was Presbyterian; temper- 
ate ; could read common print at 87. 

He had children as follows, all by first wife, except Jcrusha : 



265. Mehitable, b. 5 March, 1804 ; m. Stephen Dawes ; d. Feb.. 1831. 

266. Lydia G., b. 17 March, 1806 ; d. 20 July, 1813. 

267. Samuel, b. 12 Feb., 1809. 

268. ROSWELL, b. II March, 181 1; m. E. Stilt; lives at Plainfield, 

1. Mary, 1843. 

2. Sarah, 1846. 

269. Sarah, b. 12 March, 1813; m. Lorm Beols, by whom she had 
seven children ; lived Lanesboro, Mass.; d. 5 May, 1847 ; buried at Plain- 

270. Cephas, b. 17 April, 181 5 ; d. ae. 21 years. 

271. Lydia G., b. 18 Feb., 1817 ; d. 1750. 

272. Angeline, b. 27 Sept., 1819; d. Oct., 1832. 

273. Jerusha L., b. 14 Jan., 1826 ; living (1887) in Springneld, Mass. ; 

119. Nathan, s. John and Mohitobel Sabin, b. at Pom- 
fret, Conn., about 1758 (?^ ; moved to Otsego Co., X. Y., at or 
near the same time that his brother John did )probabIy about 
1790), and purchased lands adjacent. 


274. Clark, m. Abbie Tracy. 

275. Catherine, m. John Goth, by whom she had three sons, John, 
William, and George. 

121. Ebenezer, s. John & Mohitobal Sabin. Lived and 
died at Broomfield, Mass., a town adjacent to Monson, where 
his father reared his family. 

Child. , 

276. Betsy, m. John Bates. 

122. John, s. John & Mohitobel Sabin, b. Ap!. 30, 1764, 
at Beaufort ; d. July 20, 1838 ; buried HartwickSeminan.-, N. Y.; 
m. 5 Feb. 1789, Phoebe Hoar (b. June 26, 1765; d. Feby. 28. 


1877 ; buried Hartwick Seminary, N. Y.), at Monson, Mass., and 
soon after nnoved to Otsego County, N. Y., and purchased 
land of Judge Cooper, father of Fenimore, where he lived 
till his death. 

Among Chester's papers in the hands of Abner Davison is 
this memoranda : '' Mother's grandmother was scalped at Long 
Meadow, March 26th 1676; being on her way to meeting 
escorted by cavalry. They were attacked by Indians; two 
killed and several wounded. Two women falling from their 
horses were dragged into a swamp and there scalped. My 
mother recovered, and became the mother of a numerous off- 
spring that have now scattered all over the land, and one went 
as missionary to foreign lands." 

[Signed] Chester Davison. 


277. Chester, b. June 5, 1793 ; m. 11 Sept., 1817, Lorena Dunham ; 
d. 15 Nov., 1873- 

278. Marian C. b. 1,22,1795; m. 7 Feb., 1837, William Dickson; 
d. 1874. 

279. Samuel, b. 4/20, 1800 ; d. 11 Aug.. 1802 ; single. 

280. Polly, b. 12/15. 1796 ; d. 2 Oct., 1861. 

281. Emma, b. 4,6, 1802 ; d. 1833. 

282. Lucy, b. 1/18, 1791 ; m. ist, Anson Latin, and 2d. 28 Mch., 1810, 

283. Willl\M, b. I 26, 1804 ; m. 8 Sept., 1831, Mary Tickner (d. 1864); 
and 2d, Amanda Hitchcock. 

284. Hamilton, b. 3 5. 1806; m. Louisanna ; d. 1830. 

126. Ephraiiii, s. of Peter & Abigail Woodward, b. 5 
Dec, 1772; d. Dec. 1832; m. 12 March, 1795, Anna Weaver; 
bur. 14 Sept., 1806. Brooklyn, Ct., Town Rec. 


285. Susannah, bap. 20 Nov.. 1796, 

286. Benjamin \V., b. 9 Jan.. 1798 ; bap. 23 Sept., 1798. 

129. Beriol, s. Peter & Abigail Woodward, b. 12 July, 
1780; d. 24 Oct., 1853; m. April 12, 1807, Mary Utley (b. 



Hampton, Ct., Jan. 30, 1789 ; d. Jan., 1879 I t>ur. Brooklyn, Ct.). 
Settled at Brooklyn, where he worked as a blacksmith. His 
anvil and ancient buttress are in the possession of E. II. Davi- 
son, who has other family heirlooms. 



287. Mary, b. Mch. 4, 1808 ; d. 3 April, 1808 > ^.^, 

288. Eliza, b. Mch. 4. 1808 ; d. 24 Aug. 1850 f 

289. Caroline, b. 21 March, 1810; m. 27 Nov., 1845, Jo^^" Pren- 
tiss, and resides (1886) at Putnam, Ct. 

290. George Luther, b. 27 Nov.. 1811 ; m. 9 Nov., 1836. Lydia M. 
Crosby ; resides Brooklyn, Ct. ; d. 22 Feb.. 1887. 

291. Ralph Utlev, b. 11 Nov., 1814 ; m. 2 March, 1843, Dolly 
Conant ; d. 15 July. 1880. 

292. Herbert, b. 23 April, 1821 ; m. 30 Nov., 1848, Anna Dabney ; 
d. Aug. 2, 1854. 

293. Edwin, b. 24 Sept., 1824 ; m. 18 Nov., 1852, Jane Britton, of \Va- 
gegan. Ct. 

130. Luther, s. of Capt. Peter and Abigail Woodward, 

b. 28 May, 1783; d. Dec, 1874; m. Bashaby ; d. Oct., 

1852; bur. New London, Ct. 


294. Luther, b. 1800; d. 18 Jan., 1882. 

295. William P., b. 1802 or 3 ; m. four times; d. 13 April, 1884. 
From Norwich Probate Rec. : William Davison, a minor, age 16, 20 
Aug., 1819, son of Luther Davison of Preston, etc., etc. 

296. Sally. 

297. Lydia. 

298. Cynthia, d. April, 1892. 

Norwich Land Rec, Vol. XLIV., p. 273, dated 1834, Luth 
Davison of Norwich to John P. Huntington. 

131. Alpheus, s. Peter & Abigail Woodward, of Mon- 
son, Me., m. Feb. 11, 1817, Polly Hitchcock (b. at West- 
minster, Vt., March 10, 1793; d. May 8, 1867). In 1823 moved 
from Dummerston, Vt., to Monson, Mc. (where Roderick was 
born), and d. there, Oct. 18, 1866. 



299. Calvin Hitchcock, b. 11/12, 1817 ; merchant at Washington, 
D. C. ; m. May 20, 1845, Adelina D. Grammercy. 

300. Luther, b. 12 15, 1818 ; d. Sept. 24, 1837, at Monson. Me. 

301. Mary Lucona, b. May 17, 1820; m. 11/29, '4-- 

302. Roderick, b. 12 14, 1823; merchant of Willimanlic, Ct.; m. Julia 
Ann Baker, 4/3, '49; m. Octavia Webb, 2/T3, '59; lives at Willimanlic, 

303. Charles, b. i 'n, 26, clergyman ; m. 12/19, "50, Lauretta Tenny ; 
lived at Greenville, Me. 

304. Abbv Woodward, b. 1828 ; m. 1849, ^^^- ^- ^- Tenny, Oakland, 

305. Alfred Robinson, b. 12/5, '32 ; d. 9/12, '^7- 

306. Emily Francis, b. 3/1, '38 ; teacher, Portland, Oregon. 

145. Rufiis, s, Daniel & Catharine Davis, b, Brooklyn, Ct., 
29 June, 1789; d. April 10, 1862; bur, Putnam, Ct. ; married 
Sept. 30, 1813, Elizabeth Torrey (b. Killingly, 10 Aug., 1785; 
bur. Putnam, Ct., Aug., 1881), and settled at Putnam, Ct. 
In 1830 he removed to Greenfield, Pa., where he resided till 
1854, when he returned to Putnam, Ct., where he died in 1S62, 
April loth. He was by occupation a farmer and blacksmith. 


307. Elizabeth, b. 6 Dec, 1814; d. Aug. 26, 1826, Killingly. 

308. Hezekiah William, b. Aug. 19, 1816 ; d. March 25, 1821, at 

309. Susan Torry, b. Feb. 4, 1818 ; d. April i, 1821, at Killingly. 

310. Homer, b. June 11, 1820; m. Oct. 2, 1845, Susan Churchill. 

311. Elisha Howe, b. Feb. 10, 1822 ; d. Nov. 24, 1887. 

312. Oscar, b. Dec. 10, 1824; d. Aug. 18, 1826. 

313. Francis Baker, b. Thompson, July 6, 1S07; resided at Fleet- 
ville. Pa., 1889. 

(See Davis Genealogy.) 

14G. Joel,' s. of Daniel & Catherine Davis, b. 13 Nov., 
1790; bap. 3 July, 1791 ; m. 17 April, 1821, Anna Butts, b. 4 
July, 1794, at Hampton; d. April S, 1863 ^^see Brooklyn, Ct., 
Town Rec). He settled at Brooklyn and Hampton, and 
afterwards at Killingly, and died Oct. 8, 1851. at Dancil^on- 


ville, Ct. He was a farmer by occupation. He changed residence 
from Hampton to Killingly between 1835 and 1838. 


314. Sarah Ann, b. June 10, 1822; m. 4,8, 1855, Richard King ot 

315. Tamar Maria, b. Aug. 15, 1823 ; m. April 11, 1852, Richard Buci< 
of Griswold ; d, 23 Jan., 1881. 

316. Chloe Pa.melia, b. May 4, 1825 ; unmarried ; lites at Dan- 

317. Emily E., b. June 6, 1827 ; m. May i, 1855, Erastus N. Warner 
of Killingly. 

318. Joel, Jr., b. Sept. 5, 1830, at Brooklyn, Ct. 

319. Daniel Webster, b. Mch. 19, 1832 ; unmarried ; d. Sept 3, *877, 
in Kalamazoo, Mich. 

320. Mary J., b. June 9, 1835 ; d. July 16, 1839, a' Killingly. 

321. Samuel M., b. May 2, 1838 ; d. May 2. 1840. at Killingly. 

161. Dr. Oliver (s. of Barzillai and Margaret Morse), b. 
1779; d- ^t Amsterdam, N. Y., 9 Dec, 1847; bur. at Saratoga 
Springs. He m. at Plattsburg, N. Y., 9 Dec, 1804, Mar- 
garet Miller (dau. of Dr. Matthias Burnet Miller). She was 
b. 27 June, 1787 ; d. 2y June, 1844. From Town Rec. of Platts- 
burg, N. Y. 

Dr. Oliver Davidson was one of the charter members of the 
Clinton County Medical Society, organized 1807; was elected 
President of the Society, 1825 ; was delegate to State Society 
in 1809. 

^. \ ■ . Children. 

322. Ann Elizabeth, b. 13 Feb., 1806; m. 19 March, 1834. Rev. Micajah 
Townsend, rector of St. Thomas and St . Georges Church, Caldwell Manor. 
Canada. She died at the Rector)-, Caldwell Manor. Deceased had issue. 
Morris Miller Townsend, M. D., of Frostburg, Mar)-land. 

323. Poetess Lucretia Maria, b. 27 Sept., 1808; d. at Plattsburg, 
27 Aug., 1825. 

324. Morris Miller, b. 9 Aug., 1810; m. 16 June, 1840, Elizabeth 
Shrimpton Stratford, 


325. PHfEDE. b. 10 Aug., 1810; d. I Jan., 1813. 

326. Oliver, b. 27 Feb., 1814; d. 8 June, 1814. 

327. Lieut. Levi Platt, b. 22 Oct., 1816; d. 27 June, 1843; unmar- 
ried. Lieutenant ist Ref^iment of the U. S. Dragoons. 

328. Matthias Oliver, b. 8 March, 1819; m. Harrictte Smith 
Standish at Trinity Ch., Plattsburg. N. Y., 8 April, 1846. 

329. Poetess Margaret Miller, b. 26 March, 1823; d. Saratoga 
Springs, 25 Nov., 1838, age 15. 

330. Moss Kent. b. 30 March. 1827 ; d. 19 April, 1838. 

Davidson, Lucretia Maria. 

A remarkable instance of early genius ; born at Plattsburg, 
N. Y. When but four years old a number of her little books 
were found to be filled with rude drawings, accompanied with 
explanatory verses written in characters of the printed alpha- 
bet. From an early age every leisure moment was devoted to 
reading. The earliest of her productions were written when 
she was nine years old. So early, so ardent, and so fatal a 
pursuit of intellectual improvement is unparalleled, except in 
the cases of Chatterton and Kirke White. 

In October, 1824, a gentleman who knew her intense desire 
for education placed her at a female seminary, where her 
incessant application debilitated by disease, and she died be- 
fore completing her seventeenth year. A biographical sketch, 
with a collection of her poems, entitled "Amir Khan and 
other Poems, the Remains of L. M. Davidson," was published 
by S. F. B. Morse in 1829, Although a great part of her 
compositions were destroyed, 278 remain. See " Life of 
Catherine M. Sedgwick," 1843. 

*' Poems by Lucretia Maria Davidson, with Illustrations by 
F. O. C. Darley." Edited by M. Oliver Davidson, New York. 
Published by Hurd & Houghton, Riverside Press, Cambridge, 

" Poetical Remains of the Late Lucretia Davidson, Col- 
lected and Arranged by her Mother. With a Biography by 
Miss Sedgwick." Boston: Crosby, Nicholas Lee S: Co., 1S60. 

54 davison genealogy. 

Davidson, Margaret Miller, Poetess. 

Sister of Lucrctia Maria. Sharing her sister's precocity, she 
began to write at six years of age. At ten she wrote and acted 
in a passionate drama in society at New York, and notwith- 
standing the warning of her sister's fate, her intellectual ac- 
tivity was not restrained. 

Margaret's poems were issued under the auspices of 
Washington Irving, and the works of both sisters were pub- 
lished together in 1850, A volume of selections from writings 
of Mrs. Margaret M. Davidson, the mother, with a preface by 
Miss C. M. Sedgwick, appeared in 1843. Lieut. L. P. David- 
son, U. S. A,, the brother of Margaret and Lucretia, who also 
died young, wrote verses with elegance and ease. From Diet. 
Amer. Biog., Drake. 

See " Life and Poetical Remains of Margaret M. Davidson," 
by Washington Irving. London : David Bogue, Fleet Street. 
Late Filt and Bogue. 

An Original and Hitherto Unpublished Ode* 
BY Lucretia M. Davidson. 

< I. 

Awake, awake, my lyre, 
, > And tell thy silent master's humble tale ; 

In sounds they may prevail — 

Sounds that gentle thoughts inspire ; 
Though so exalted she. 
And I so lonely be. 
Tell her with different notes, make all thy harmony. 

Hark ! How the strings awake ! 
And though the moving hand approach not near, 
Themselves, with awful fear, 

A kind of numerous trembling make. 
Now all thy forces try. 
Now all thy charms apply, 
Revenge upon her ear the conquest of her eye. 

♦Original in possession of S. >L Davidson, Fishkill. 


aad ^ 


Weak lyre, thy virtue sure 
Is useless here, since thou art only found 
To cure but not to wound 

And she to wound, but not to cure. 
Too weak, too, wilt thou prove. 
My passion to remove, 
Physic to other ills, thou'rt nourishment to love. 

Sleep, sleep again, my lyre. 
For thou can'st never tell my humble tale 
In sounds that will prevail. 

Nor gentler thoughts in her inspire ; 
All thy vain mirth lay by. 
Bid thy strings silent lie- 
Sleep, sleep again, my lyre, and let thy master die. 

The following is the story of the marriage of Miss Mar- 
garet Miller to Dr. Oliver Davidson, as told by Mrs. S. H. 
Bailey, tue Piatt, who received the same from her mother : 

Miss Miller had been invited by Mrs. Bailey's mother to 
spend a year with them in Plattsburg. She was then (1803) 
a ybung and beautiful girl, fond of society, and went fre- 
quently to visit relatives in town (Plattsburg). Dr. Davidson, 
a young physician, had but lately moved to Plattsburg. They 
met at parties and other social functions, and their acquaintance 
soon ripened into a feeling of a more serious nature, namely, 
love. Mrs. Bailey's father (Mr. Piatt) felt much annoyed at 
the growing intimacy and discouraged its continuance. Mr. 
Piatt felt himself to be Miss Miller's guardian, at least for the 
time she was was absent from her mother's care and influence, 
and he knew that he would be blamed for any matrimonal 
alliance contracted during her visit at his home. One morn- 
ing Mr. Piatt was called to town on business, expecting to 
be absent all day. A few hours after he left. Dr. Davidson 
appeared at the house, on horseback, with a pillion attached 
to his saddle. His mission became apparent when he asked 


for Miss Miller, who evidently was expecting him. He invited 
her to return with him. Mrs. Piatt, who overheard the con- 
versation, became suspicious, and pleaded with her to remain 
at home ; but in vain, for she persisted in going with him. 
Soon after they had left, Mr. Piatt unexpectedly returned. 
His wife, who was watching for his return, went to meet him, 
and, before he dismounted, told him briefly of Miss Miller's 
departure and what her fears were. Mr. Piatt immediately 
turned his horse, and rode with all possible speed, in the hope 
of overtaking his ward. He went directly to his brother's 
(Mr. Theodorus Piatt) and, on entering the door, saw Dr. 
Davidson and Margaret Miller, who were standing before a 
magistrate, the marriage ceremony being then in progress. 
As the question, " If there be any objection," etc., was being 
asked, Mr. Piatt stepped forward and said, " I have one, most 
emphatically;" and then stated that he was, for the time, Miss 
Miller's guardian, and that her family had not given their 
consent to the marriage. After a full discussion, the magis- 
trate decided that, both being of age, the ceremony could 
legally go on, and pronounced them man and wife. All was 
forgiven ; and Dr. Davidson, who was a kind and excellent 
man, became a most devoted husband and father. The fami- 
h"es always lived afterward on terms of close intimacy. 

Mrs. Bailey tells of the many pleasant and happy months 
spent in that hospitable and lovely home, which everywhere 
showed evidences of a cultivated taste ; where a charming 
circle of friends gathered, and which, in after years, was to be 
known to the world in all its detail through the poetic genius 
of the talented daughters, Lucretia and Margaret. 

162. Charles, s. of Barzillai, was confirmed by Bishop 
Bronwell, July, 1821 ; m. Hannah M . 

Captain Charles Davison w^as captain of steamboats " Fanny " 
and •' Water Witch," which latter plied between New York and 
Peekskill on the Hudson. About 1848 he lived in Brooklyn, 
N. Y. 


From Land Rcc. of Norwich, Vol. XLIV., p. 537, 1834: 
Charles Davison of Brooklyn, appts. Charles T. Lester of Nor- 
wich his atty. to sell property formerly Erastus Davison, dec. 

Same, Vol. XLIIL, p. 534, dated 19 Feb., 1833, Charles Davi- 
son, formerly of Norwich, now of Brooklyn, N. Y., for $2,000 
sells to Charles F. Lester. They, with Erastus Davison, now 
dec. exec, bond to Jedediah Huntington, Luther Spaulding, 
money advanced for steamboats " Fanny " and "Victory." 

Same, dated 1832, Vol. XLIL, page 473, Charles Davison of 
Norwich, to Charles Foster and Mary, land from father Bar- 
zillai Davison in 182 1. 

Same, Vol. XLIL, page 476, dated 1832, Charles Davison of 
Norwich to Barzillai Davison of New York City, land con- 
veyed to me by said Barzillai Davison in 182 1. 


331. Charles, bap. privately, 2 March. 1819. 

332. Emma Taylor, bap. 2 July, 1820. 
Z22. Mary Judith, bap. 3 Oct., 1824. 
334. Maria, bap. 25 Dec, 1820, 

164, Capt. Erastus, of Norwich, Conn., s. of Barzillai, 
b. about 1778. Buried at Norwich, Ct., 4 April, 1832. M. 
(From Norwich Marriages) 25 November, 1823, Nancy John- 
son, bap. 15 Feb., 1829. She probably married Edwin Per- 
kins Comstock of New York, 12 Jan., 1835. He d. 1837. 

: . . ) Children. 

333. Nancy, bap. 12 July, 1829 ; d. 1839. 

336. WiLLiA.M Erastus, bap. 12 July, 1829; d. 17 Sept., 1829; aged 
16 mo., 12 days; bur. Norwich. 

Norwich Land Rec. ; Estate of Miss Nancy Davison, dec. 
Norwich, 1S39; ^^'"- ^o Elisha H. Mansfield and George 
Perkins, of Norwich. 

Norwich Land Record., p. 41, 27 July, 1833 : Nancy Davi- 
son, of Norwich, for $1,300, to Norwich Savings Bank, land 


with brick buildings, bounded by Barzillai Davison, being 
land set to me as dower of husband Erastus Davison. 

Inv. of Estate of Capt. Erastus Davison, 5 May, 1732, $25,- 
460.36. Mrs. Nancy Davison, widow. Her dower "except 
the lot bought by said dec. the Episcopal So. where the old 
Episcopal Church lately stood." 

From Hist. Norwich, page 562 : The sloop "Three Broth- 
ers," Erastus Davison, in entering New London Harbor, 22 
Dec, 1812-13, was fired at four times by the British Frigate 
" Statira," but came safely up the river with a full cargo. 

165. Barzillai, jeweler and goldsmith, s. of Barzillai. 
m. Amy Fuller; she d. 6 Jan., 1834, aged 62; buried at Nor- 

From Land Rec. Norwich, p. 527, dated 9 Dec, 1834: Bar- 
zillai Davison, late Barzillai Davison, Jr., of New York City, 
sells to Caroline A. Hubbard. Eliza Ann Hubbard, Frances 
Harriet Hubbard, and Isabella Hubbard, all of Norwich, 2 
parcels of land and dwelling East Chelsea, Norwich, property 
of Capt. Erastus Davison of Norwich, dec Witness Simeon 
Hubbard & Geo. Hill. 

Same, 11 Dec, 1834: Barzillai Davison of New York to 
Simeon Hubbard of Norwich, land of my brother Erastus 
Davison, est. and est. of his daughter Nancy Davison of Nor- 
wich. He also spelled his name Davidson. 

179. Nathan, s. of Jonathan & Hannah, b. at, Preston, 
23 Dec, 175S. 


338. Oliver. "540. Thomas. 

339. JOHK. . . 341. Abigail. 

181. Jonathan, s. of Jonathan & Hannah Billings, b. 
1768; d. 23 Dec, 1852; m. 1790, Elizabeth Rockwell, b. 1771 ; 
d. 6 June, 1853. Settled at Amherst. Nova Scotia, about 1790. 
Both buried in the graveyard at River Philip. 




342. Charles Chapma.v. h. 22 Aug^ust. 1792 ; m. 1816, Nancy Mc- 
Neill of Bediqua Island. P. E. I. ; d. July, 1866. 

343. William Billings, b. 30 July, 1795 ; m. Louisa Daily of Char- 
lottetown, P. E. I. ; d. July, 1865. 

344. Maria, b. 1797 ; m. William McKinley of Londonderry, Nova 

345. Pamelia, b. 1799 ; m. Timothy Cooper. 

346. Horatio Nelson, b. 1802 ; m. .Matilda McNutt. 

347. Henry Alline. b. 25 May, 1803 ; m. 1728. Theodora C. Morse ; 
d. 5 April. 1880. 

348. Edward, b. 1806; m. 6 Jan., 1841. Mary .McNutt; d, Oct. 9. 

349. George, b. 1808 ; m. Glennie. 

350. Ja.mes R.. b. 1810; m. Mary More. 

351. Alfred, b. 1814; m. 1843. Harriet Stephenson, St. Paul, Minn. 

182. William, s. of Cyprian and Rebecca Allen, had the 


352. Leander. 356. Andrew. 

353. Willia.m. 357. Elizabeth. 

354. Charles. 358. Benjamin. 
.355. Farlander. 

183. Jonathan, s. of Cyprian, of Falmouth, N. S., m. 
Sarah Martin, 22 April, 1803. 


359. Clarissa, b. 20 Au^., 1804. 363. Edmond. 

360. John E, b. 23 Aug., 1806. 364. Lewis. 

361. Thom.-vs, b. 21 March, 181 2. 365. Clarisy. 

362. Mary, b. 19 April, 1815. 366. Mary. 

184. Allen, s. of Cyprian and Rebecca Allen. 

367. Ja.mes Edward. 368. Sarah. 

185. Benjamin, s. of Cyprian & Rebecca Allen. 



369. Rf.becca. 

370. WiLMAM Cl.ARK, 

371. ACHSAH, or ASAYAH. m. 9 Jan., 1806, Rhoda Fox, 

372. N. Levina. 

186. Josiali, s. of Cypron & Rebecca Allen. 


373. Victory. 376. Rebecca. 

374. Allen. 377. Cypron. 

375. Edward. 

189. Hezekiah, s. of Thomas, born Jan. i, 1763, at 

Lebanon. He married Negus, and settled at Troy, 

N. Y., where they resided for several years, and then removed 
to Oswego, N. Y. He died March 31, 1850, while on a visit to 
one of his sons at Sodus; and his wife died April 25, 1852, 
at Oswego. They had eight children, viz. : 


378. Isaac, b. about 1791, at Troy; lived at Sodus, N. Y., in i860. 

379. Nathaniel, b. at Troy ; went to sea ; returned ; m. in Balti- 
more, and d. there. 

380. William V., b. at Troy ; went to sea; m. in Baltimore ; d. there. 

381. Samuel S. , b. at Troy ; married, and settled at Guilderland, N. Y. ; 
had one child, and d. there. 

382. Mary Ann, b. at Troy; m. in 1821, Captain Eno of Oswejo, 
by whom she had one daughter, Harriet, who m. March 2, 1893, William 
E. Harvey, who resided in Omaha City, Neb., in i860. Mrs. Eno, who is a 
widow, resided at Oswego the same year. 

383. Elizabeth, b. at Troy; m. in 1830. Hiram Porter, and settled 
at Lowville, N. Y., where she d. in 1849, ha.ving had nine children, seven 
of whom were living in i860. 

384. Sarah, b. at Troy ; d. in 1833, aged 26 years ; unmarried. 

385. Samuel, b. at Troy, and d. there at the age of six years. 

190. Tlioiiias, 3d s. of Thomas & Mary ^^Kingsley) 
Stoddard, born July 14, 1763, at Lebanon, Conn.; m. Jan. 19, 
1791, Abigail Miner, b. Dec. 11, 1765, at Woodbury, Conn.; 
bap. 23 March, 1766; and eldest daughter of Dea. Gideon 


Miner, senior, of Middlctown, Vt.* (Sec Ancient Hist. 
Woodbury, p. 643, for account Miner family.) Previous to his 
marriage, and owing to a stiffness in a knee joint, occasioned 
by a fever sore, while living in Bennington with his father, his 
pursuits through life were necessarily confined to such as 
required no great bodily labor. He was, however, so far suc- 
cessful as to leave his family in comfortable circumstances at 
the time of his death, which occurred at Middletown. on the 
2ist of Nov., 1790, at the age of 34. He was a professor of 
religion, as was also his wife ; and his funeral sermon was 
preached by the late Rev. Lemuel Haynes, then of West Rut- 
land, Vt. His wife died at Saratoga Springs, Jan. 31, 1844, 
aged 79. t 

♦Mr. G. M. Davison has in his possession a copy of Morse's Geography 
used by Thomas Davison at this period, containing his handwriting and 

His monument, which stands in the burying-ground at Middletown, con- 
tains the following inscription : 


, ' Mr. Thomas Davison, Junr. 

who died Nov. 21st, 1799 
in the 35th year of his age. 

An angel's arm can't snatch 

me from the grave ; 
Legions of angels can't contine 
me here." 
' f Her monument in the new cemetery at Saratoga Springs to which her 
remains were removed from the old burying-ground in 1861, bears the 
following inscription : 

- \v^' . Mother of G. AL & C. Davison, 

Died Jan. 31, 1844. 
So Jesus slept. God's dying son 

Passed through the grave and bless'd the bed ; 
Rest here, blest saint, till from his throne 
• , The morning break and pierce the shade. 



386. Gideon Miner, b. at Middletown, Vt.. Nov. 12, 1791. 

387. Clement, b. Nov. 23, 1794,31 Middletown; m. OcL 17. 1818, 
Elizabeth Newman of New York. b. in 1789 at Bedford, N. Y. She was 
a daughter of Maj. Ellas Newman, a Revolutionary soldier, and after- 
wards Sheriff and Surrojjate of Westchester County, and at one time a 
candidate for Governor of the State of New York. Mr. Davison and his 
wife resided for several years in Brooklyn, where they had two children, 
who died in infancy. They resided at Harlem, xN. Y., in 1861. 

193. JonatliJiii, s. of Thomas, b. Sept. 2, 1769, at Leba- 
non (recorded Jan. 29, 1796, Joseph Rockwell, Register; also 
at Middletown, on 13th day of Oct., 1833); m. Chloe Richard- 
son, b. June 16, 1774; a step-daughter of May & Phinehas 
Clough of Middletown, Vt., where they settled, and where 
he died in the spring of 1812 ; and his wife died March i, 1813. 

388. Jonathan. Survived his parents, and removed to the West. 

Clough's residence was about a mile south of the house 
of Thomas Davison, 3d. He was a militia Major during the 
Revolutionary War and so active a patriot as to become an 
object of hatred and vengeance among the Tories. The fol- 
lowing is an account of an eflort to take his life, but which was 
happily frustrated : 

A Tory, by the name of Irish, who resided two or three 
miles from Clough, and who had probably been instigated by 
others, was the agent selected for this purpose. Armed with 
a heavily loaded musket, he placed himself in a secluded spot 
on Clough's farm, watching the movements of the latter, and 
waiting for an opportunity to execute his design. In some 
way this fact became known to Gen. Isaac Clark of Castleton 
(an active ofihcer of the Revolution and of the War of 1812, who 
was, in turn, watching the movements of Irish). It was not long 
before Clough was seen approaching from an adjoining field, 
unconscious of the presence of either foe or friend. On his 
attempting to climb a fence, Irish drew up his gun, and while 


taking aim at his intended victim, Clark hastily pointed his 
rifle toward Irish, and shot iiim dead, thus saving the life of 
Clough. Chirk ever after this was known by the name of " Old 
Rifle." Clough lived till the early part of the present cen- 
tury, and died ripe in years and honors. 

194. Thomas, s. of Andrew & Eunice Kimball, b, in 
Conn., 1753; m. 8 Sept., 1785, Deborah Rogers. He left 
Horton and his family in June, 1790, and d. in the Island of St. 
John, as is reported, about the beginning of March, 1791. So 
says the Horton Rec, 


389. S.-XRAH, b. 5 June, 1786. 

390. James, b. 7 Dec, 1788; m. 9 March, 1811, Ruth Maxwell. 

391. Charlotte, b. 23 May, 1790. 

392. William. 

393. Nathan, m. June, 1797 ; and 2d a Miss Power. 

394. Cyrus, m. i Jan., 1806, Elizabeth Martin. 

395. Thomas, m. 27 Oct., 1814, Rebecca Gould (d. 24 March, 1881) ; 
d. 25 Jan., 1S64. 

396. Michael, m. ist, 28 Jan., 1806, a Miss Jordan (d. 26 Jan., 1813) ; 
2d, 13 Jan., 1814, Elizabeth Graham ; d. 11 Jan., 1864. 

397. Eunice, m. Andrew Woodworth. 

195. Asa, s. of Andrew & Eunice Kimball, b. 1756; m. 
30 April, 1782, Prudence, daughter of David Sherman Den- 
nison. She was b. in Conn., Jan., 1757. 


398. Joshua, b. 4 March, 1783 ; d. 18 May, 1783. 

399. Rachel, b. 12 March, 1784 ; m. ist, John Angus ; 2d, Asa 

400. David, b. 1786; m. 6 Jan., 1813, Hepzibah Merchant. 

401. Samuel, b. 17SS ; m. Eleanor Doran. 

402. Asa, b. 1800 ; m. a Miss Bates. 

403. Eunice. 

203. Thoiuas, s. of Zcphaniah & Susannah Durkee, b. 
at Windham, Conn., 7 June, 1757; d. 4 March, 1840; m. 26 


Aug., 1779, Eunice Pearl. She was b. 2 Dec, 1759, and d. 
6 July, 1840. 


404. Betsy, b. at Ashford, Conn., 5 June. 1780; m. Shubel Dininuck. 
and lived and died at Otis, Mass. 

1. Thomas, b. 1807 ; m. Harriet Corse; d. at Otis. Mass., 1S84; 

2. Lucy A.n.v Caroline, b. 1809; m. Ira Smith; lived at 

Riverton, Ct., and was buried at Otis. 
3- Shuball Zephaniah, b. 1811 ; m. Hattie Baird ; lived at 

Wellington, Ohio. 
4. Betsy May, b. 1813 ; m. Olan Northway ; lived at New 

Boston, Mass. 

7. Candis Oliver, b. 1816; lived at New Boston, Mass. 

8. Electa A., b. 1824, New Boston. Mass. 

405. Polly, b. at Ashford, 25 Jan., 1782 ; d. 17 April, 17S2. 

406. Tho.mas, b. at Otis, Mass., 25 March, 1791 ; m. 30 March, 1881, 
Susan Loveland. 

407. Dyer, b. at Otis, Mass., 23 March ; m. Polly Lyon or Jackson ; 
d. 4 Dec, 1817. 

Thomas does not appear to have been a free-holder at Ash- 
ford during his short residence before removing to Berkshire 
Co., Mass. He resided from about 1782 to 1832 at or near 
Otis, Mass. From there he went to Royaltown, N. Y., to live 
during the remainder of his life, with his oldest son Thomas. 
He was a blacksmith, having learned the trade from his father, 
with whom he afterward became associated in business. 

204. AVilliam, s. of Zephaniah & Susannah Durkee ; b. 

at Windham. 9 Sept., 1759; ^n- Sarah Warren. In 1835 he 

lived at Parma, N. Y., when he deeded his interest in his 

father's estate to W. G. Davison. 



408. Adeline, m. David Reynolds of Crawford Co., Penn. 

409. Sarah Jane, m. George Rolls of Crawford Co., Penn. 

205. Benjamin, s. of Zephaniah and Susannah Durkee ; 
b. Windham, Ct., 19 Oct., 1761 ; d. of an epidem.ic fever, 1812 

tA* '^XL.CT{I^ A->-Vv^^ 

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or 1813; bur. at Richmond, N. Y. He enlisted in the Revolu- 
tionary War with his three (or probably two) brothers. He 
was a tailor in early life, also a mechanic. He had a factor}' 
in Hemlock Lake, Western, N. Y., where he manufactured 
wooden plows. M. Ro.xy Norton, b. 1766; d. 1845. 


410. Polly, b. 8 Jan., 1785 ; m. 1802, Philo Toby of Cardiff, N. Y. ; 
d. Oswego. N. Y. 

411. ROXY, b. 20 April. 1787 ; m. Branch Edwards or Everts of 
Bristol, N. Y. 

412. Clarine, b. 23 June, 1789 ; m. John Pitts King of Syracuse, 
N. Y. ; d. Michigan City, Ind. 

413. Benjamin, b. at Otis. 4 Feb.. 1792 ; m. (i) Joanna Johnson, (2) 
Anna Dla ck m an. ^- ..^^> 

414. Jonathan, b. 27 April, 1794 ; d. young. 

^415. Abiol, b. 18 Jan., 1796 ; m. 29 March, 1819, Sophia Miller. 

416. Edward, b. 31 May. 1788 ; d. young. 

417. Sarah, b. 20 April, 1801 ; m. J. Booth of Rochester, N. Y. 

418. William, b. 2 Aug.. 1803; d. 1812. 

419. Charles Cook. b. 9 April. 1806 ; m. 1829, Mary Geer. 

206. John, s. of Zephaniah and Susannah Durkee ; b. at 
Ashford, 20 Nov., 1763 ; m. 26 Jan., 1788, Lydia, eldest 
daughter of Nathaniel and Rhoda (Brewer) Wood. She was 
b. 26 Jan., 1770; d. 6 Aug., 1853. 


420. Rhoda, b. 10 Oct., 1789; m. 26 April, 1814, William Kerry; 
d. 23 Jan., 1878. She was buried at Bunker Hill, 111. He was b. 23 Jr.n.. 
1778, at Blandford ; and d. 9 Sept., i860; and was bur. in Piscataquis Co., 
-Me. They settled at Blandford. Mass. He had five sons, all of whom, 
with their mother, died of lung disease. Previous to his marriage with 
Rhoda he had married, 7 Feb., 1802, Hannah Watson. 

1. William D., b. 5 March, 1815, at Blandford ; farmer and 


2. Lyman H., b. 26 Feb., 18x7, at Blandford. 

3. Franklin W., b. 15 Jan., 1819; farmer, preacher for the 

Christian church ; m. 15 June, 1845, N'ancy M. Gibbons. 


4. Calvin W., b. 26 Aug.. 1821 ; farmer. 

5. James N., b. 27 Oct.. 1823. 

6. Eliza, b. 22 Jan.. 1827 ; lives at Southampton, Mass. 

7. Lydia E.. b. 26 March, 1829 ; lives at Hayworth. 111. 

8. LUCINDA M.. b. 7 Jan.. 1832. 

421. John, b. at Otis, Mass., 23 Aug.. 1791 ; m. May, 1815, Mary Guile. 

422. Nathaniel, b. at Otis, Mass., Thursday. 14 Nov., 1793; m. 
Amy Guile ; d. 2 April. 1886. 

423. Lydia, b. Wednesday. 

424. Lyman, b. at Otis, Mass., Tuesday, 16 May, 1799; m. 24 Dec, 
1848, Julia Jewel ; d. 2 Aug., 1879. 

425. Percivill, b. at Otis, Mass., Tuesday, 20 Oct., 1801 ; m. April, 
1835, Hannah Fowler ; d. 26 Aug., 1876. 

426. Willia.m, b. at Otis, Mass.. Thursday. 15 March, 1804; m. 
8 May, 1832, Jane A. M. Reed; d. 2 March, 1870. 

427. Thomas, b. at Otis, Mass., Thursday, 8 Oct., 1806; m. 1826, 
Diana Roberts. 

428. Susan Eliza, b. Thursday. 

307. Zepbiiiiiah, s. of Zephaniah and Susannah Durkee ; 
b. at Ashford, Ct., 26 Oct., 1765 ; m. 18 Nov., 1790, Candis 
Dimmick; d. 3 Sept., 1S08. No children. His father lived with 
him until his death, and his mother after her husband's death. 
Zephaniah, Jr., made a will. His widow received one-third 
of his estate. She married 2d, one Gates, who squandered her 
property, then died. She not caring to live alone, the family 
got together and looked after her, but they did it so badly 
the town took it in charge. 

309. Saimiel, s. of Zephaniah & Susannah Durkee ; b. at 
Ashford, Ct., 7 Feb., 1773 ; m. 12 Sept., 1789, Sarah Clark, and 
lived during his life at Richmond and Genesee, N. Y. 

Children. ^• 

429. Clarine, b. 23 Feb., 1792. 

430. Samuel, b. 27 Nov.. 1793 ;'m. Sarah Folwell. 

43». Philo or Phylow, b. 16 Feb., 1795 ; went to West Indies. 

432. Sarah, b. 7 June, 1797 ; d. at Richmond, N. Y. 

433- William. 

434-. Daniel, left home for the West Indies, 1819. 



James, d. at the age of about 21 











228. Captain Paul, s. of Asa & Sarah Pride; b. 1765 ; 
d. 19 Feb., 1805, from injuries sustained from being thrown 
from his horse: m. about 1785, Sally Gould. She was b. 1765; 
and d. at Lima, N, Y., 21 Oct.. 1844. 

The records of Ashford, Conn., show that Paul Davison pur- 
chased land in Ashford in 1785 and 1787. In the summer of 
1778 Paul Davison and his brother-in-law Jonathan Gould went 
from Connecticut to the wilds of Western New York. They 
located on land where Lima, Livingston Co., N. Y., now 
stands, thus being pioneers in that portion of the country. 
Paul Davison was attracted to the new country while under 
the command of General Sullivan in a campaign against In- 
dians and Tories. Paul and his brother-in-law cleared a little 
space of ground, built a log cabin, and on the cleared ground 
planted corn, potatoes, beans, etc. Paul Davison then re- 
turned to assist in moving his family, which consisted of his 
wife Sally (Gould) Davison and her mother Mrs. Abbott, also 
Paul's two little children. In the spring of 1789 Paul Davison, 
wife, two children, Mrs. Abbott, and Asahel Burchard started 
in an ox-cart drawn by a span of oxen over the route of 
" Sullivan's trail " towards their new home in Genesee 
Valley. The difficulties encountered by this pioneer family 
were very great. They made slow progress during the day, 
very often being obliged to clear away fallen trees and build 
temporary bridges. At night Mrs. Davison, children, and Mrs. 
Abbott slept in the cart, while Paul Davison and Asahel Bur- 
chard slumbered beneath the ox-cart during the whole journey. 
The trip consumed three weeks. For two years the family 
pounded all their corn in a " stump mortar." Captain Paul 
Davison and some of his pioneer neighbors took six or seven 


bushels of corn in an Indian canoe down the Genesee River 
to the mill ; on their return the canoe upset, wetting the corn 
meal and unfitting it for use — a great loss to them. At the 
time of his death, Paul Davison was living on the land he 
settled. The first death in the settlement was Mrs. Abbott. 
The first white child born west of Geneva, N. Y., was Lorina, 
a daughter and third child of Paul Davison. 

From "Conn. Men in the Revolution": Paul Davison 
marched from Pomfret in the Lexington Alarm, in service 
20 days (p. 20). Paul Davison enlisted in Capt. Abbott's 
Co. Eleventh Militia Reg., 1776 (p. 463). Rec. and Pension 
Oflfice War Dep., 4 Feb., 1897: "It also appears that Paul 
Davison served as a fifer in Capt. Nathaniel Webb's 
Company, 4th Conn. Reg., commanded by Col. John Durkee. 
He enlisted 2 June, 1778, to serve three years, and was dis- 
charged 10 Jan., 1781." From the Dep. of the Interior, 
Bureau of Pensions, Washington, 11 Mar., 1897: "Martin, 
Lorina, Jonathan, Fanny, Betsy, and Olive Davison, children 
of Paul and Sally Davison, made application for pension 
12 Jan., 1852, and their claim was allowed for the actual 
service of their father as a fifer in the Connecticut troops, 
Revolutionary War, for a period of three years; a part of the 
time he served under Col. Durkee. He enlisted at Ashford, 


441. Norman, b. at Ashford, Ct., 16 Au^., 17S6 ; m. 9 Nov., 1806, Hul- 
dah Brown ; d. 26 March, 1841. 

442. Martin, b. at Ashford, 26 Sept., 1789 ; m. Nancy Emmett. 

443. LoviNA, b. 1791 ; m. Amos O. Perry ; d. at Lima, N, Y., 1S52. 

444. Sally, b. 1794; d. young. 

445. Jonathan, b. at Lima, N. Y., 1796 ; m. Nancy Gibson. 

446. Fanny, b. at Lima, N. Y., 1799; ^' ^815, Elias Fitch ; lived at 
Perry, N. Y. 

447. Betsy, b. 1801 ; m. George Chapman. 

448. Olive, b. 1804; m. Robert McCuUough, and lived at Rockport, 
N. Y. 


229. Ezra, s. of Asa & Sarah Pride, b. 14 Aug., 1767; d. 
at Grafton, N. Y. 29 April, 1834; m. in Argyle, Maine, 24 May, 
1790. She d. 30 Sept. 1853. He enlisted in the Revolution- 
ary War it is said, at the age of 16, and served during the last 
two years. 


449. Asa Lee, b. at Grafton, 3 Dec, 1792 ; m. Lydia Lewis; d. at Can- 
ton. 111.. 2 Nov., 1853. 

450. Sarah, b. i June. 1796. 

451. Lois. b. 18 Aug., 1800; m. Amos Wert; d. 4 Nov., 1834. 

452. Reuben, b. 10 Feb., 1802 ; d. Grafton, July, 1821. 

453. Daniel, b. 25 May. 1804; m. Dec, 1823. Melinda Mixon ; d. 8 
Jan.. 1844. 

454. Paul K.. b. i Jan., 1807; m. Abigail Burdick; d. at Troy, 
N. Y., 1884. 

455. John M., b. 14 Sept.. 181 1 ; m. 24 June. 1832, Sally Parks. 

456. S. Rowland, b. 26 Oct.. 1813 ; m. Amanda West ; d. April 18, 

457. Norman L.. b. 26 July, 1817 ; m. 11 Dec. 1836, Amanda Wait. 

23-4. Riifiis (farmer), s. of Asa & Sarah Pride, b. at Ash- 
ford, 20 May, 1775; m. 30 April, 1800, Polly Morgan, b. at 
Brimfield, Mass., 17 July, 1782; d. at Lima, N. Y., 19 April, 
1817. They settled at Lima, N. Y. ; afterwards removed to 
Grand Blanc, Michigan, 4 Jan., 1845. 

458. Mentor, b. 15 Dec, 1800. 

459. Norton, b. Ocl, 1802. 

460. Paul, b. 21 Nov., 1805 ; m. i May, 1837, Lucy E. Oathoudt. 

461. Morgan, b. Oct., 1807 ; d. 1827. 

462. James, b. 24 Feb., 1809. r 

463. Bradley, b. 20 1812 ; d. 1833. 

464. Abner, b. 12 April, 1825. 

23G. Niitlian, s. of Asa &. Sarah Pride, b. at Ashford, I 
June, 1781 ; d. 1S63 ; m. Elizabeth Seaman. Settled at Lickaen, 
Chenango, N, Y., where he lived till the winter of 1837, when 
he removed to Castile, Wyoming Co. (Genesee), N. Y., where 
he died. ■ • \ 



465. Alon'zo Prioe. b. 1813; m. 1844, Adelia Fuller. 

466. Bathsheba, d. young, about 1822 or 3. 

467. Olive, m. William A. Colgroeve. 

1. Julia L.. b. about 1836. 

2. Elizabeth, b. about 1840. 

3. WiLLlA.M H., b. about 1845 ; m. about 1870, Ellen Flint. 

4. Nathan E., b. about 1850 ; single. 

468. Lydia. b. at Lickaen. Chencmgo Co., N. Y.. 10 Nov., 1814; m. 
about 1834, Alonzo B. Burdick ; d. at Milwaukee, 22 Jan., 1869. 

469. Harriet, m. about 1842, George Giddings ; no children in 18S8. 

470. Elvira E.. m. about 1855, John Jaquett, and resides at Toledo, O. 

471. Nathan Henry, b. as Lickaen, N. Y., 16 Aug., 1824; m. 3 Jan., 
1852, Amanda Aikert. 

240. John p., s. of Asa & Sarah Pride, youngest son of 
Asa, and brother to Ezra, married Elizabeth Davis and resided 
on a part of Asa Davison's tract in Grafton, N. Y., until 
about 1845, when he sold his part and removed to Hoosic 
Falls, N. Y., where he kept boarders for the Tremont Colton 
Factory several years. In 1850 he removed to Illinois, bought 
land warrants, and entered land eight miles west of Minonk. 
111., a short time before the land oflEice was closed to give the 
Illinois Central Railroad alternate sections. All his children 
followed him but two. 












. 478. 






850. Georg^e, s. of Joseph & Lydia Clark, b. 26 Jan., 
1804; d. 30 Feb., 1877; m. Ardelia Ashley. 

480. Lydia Maria, b. 17 Aug.. 1837. 

481. Delia Jane. b. 20 Nov., 1839. 

■ I - (From Brooklyn, Ct., Town Rec.) 


251. Septimus, s. of Aaron & Lodicy Martin, bap. at 
Brooklyn, Ct., 26 July, 1801 ; m. at Brooklyn, Ct., 16 Oct.. 1826, 
Margaret Holbrook of Abini^ton. His sister Clarissa lived 
with him until his daughter Frances married, and then re- 
sided with her. He was Judge of the Court until he was 70. 
at which age he was released. From a newspaper clipping we 
learn that Capt. Septimus Davison died at the age of S_;. At 
the funeral Rev. Mr. Beard read the Scriptures and the Uni- 
tarian choir sang. Many citizens were present. He was a 
kind neighbor, intelligent citizen, and an honest man. He was 
a hotel keeper for twenty-two years — at South Coventry- for a 
number of years, and at Brooklyn, Ct., two years. Many omcesof 
trust were committed to him, and promptness, good judgment. 
independence, and integrity showed him to be a public man. 


4.82. Francis M., b. 23 Aug., 1828 ; m. at Brooklyn, Ct., 16 Sept., 
1850, John Palmer. 

483. Lucv, b. 3 June, 1830. 

484. Henry H., b. 19 Dec, 1835. 

(Both are single and reside at Brooklyn, Ct.) 

267. Samuel, s. of Samuel & Sarah Williams, b. 12 Feb.. 
1809; m. II Nov., 1833, Laury Hersey of Cummington. Mass. 
He was a farmer by occupation. Later in life he wen: with 
son Royal to San Diego, Cal. About the time of his marriage 
he settled at Land Lake, N. Y. ; after at Cummington. Mass. ' 
Plaintiff, Mass. ; Northampton, oMass. ; Kansas, and San Diego. 


485. Cephas E., b. 12 Aug., 1834; m. 14 March, 1869. Elizabeth 

486. Royal E., b. 4 Feb., 1836 ; m. Ellen Clark of Northamptor,. Mass.. 
by whom he had no children. She d. 1870. In 18S6 he m. Mar>- Robbins, 
and lives at San Diego, Cal. 

487. Daniel F., b. 14 July, 1842. Single in 1816; lived in San Diego. 
Cal. ; jeweler. 

274. Clark, s. of Nathan, b. at Pomfret, Ct., 175S .rj; m. 
Abbie Tracy. 




489. William. 

490. Kate. 

491. Albert. 

492. Emma, m. Fred. Derbyshire, and had two children, Kate and 

493. Delia, m. Ralph Sage, and had two children, Grace and Fannie. 

277. Chester, s. of John & PhcEbe Hoar, b. 5 June, 1793 ; 
d. 15 Nov., 1873; m. II Sept., 1817, Lorena, dau. of Abner 
and Candis Dunham. She was b. 31 May, 1798; d. at 
Davenport, 111., 29 Jan., 1887. Among his papers in the hands 
of his son Abner is this mt^orandum : 

" Mother's grandmother was scalped at Long Meadow, 28 
March, 1676." 


494. John, b. Dec. 3, 1811 ; m. 10 May, 1S4S, Clara Tuttle, by whom 
he had no children. They lived at Fredonia. N. Y.. at the time of his 
death, 20 Sept., 1874. 

495. Abner, b. 3 Jan., 1820 ; m. i Jan., 1854, Mary E. Davison. 

496. Phcebe, b. 13 Aug., 1821 ; d. 22 March, 1832. 

497. Horatio, b. 8 Dec, 1823 ; m. 16 March, 1863. Ellen Griswold. 

498. Henry Delos, b. 2 Aug., 1827 ; m. 27 April, 1851, Lorena New- 
ton ; d. 27 April, 1864. 

499. Oscar, b. 22 July. 1833 ; d. 28 Jan., 1834. 
5CO. Lorena, b. 20 Oct., 1S35 ; d. 5 Oct.. 1836. 

283. William, s. of John & Phoebe Hoar, b. 26 Jan., 
1804; m. 1st, Mary Tickner ; 2d, Amanda Hitchcock. 

Children by First Marriage. 

501. George, m. Jenny Dewey. 

502. Mary. m. Abner Davison. 

503. Charles. 

Children by Second Marriage. 

504. John. 

505. Charles. 

506. Samuel, m. a Hopgood. 


284. Hamilton, s. of John & Phccbc Hoar, b. 5 March, 
1806. In 1886 he resided at Defiance, Ohio. 


507. Emma, m. a Stronjj. 

508. John. 

509. Ste . 

290. George Luther, s. of Beriol and Mary Utley, b. 
27 Nov., 181 1 ; d. Feb., 1887; m. 9 Nov., 1836, Lydia Maria 
Crosby, b. 18 Jan., 1817. 

Extract from Hartford " Courant," November 6, 1886: 
"Mr. and Mrs. George L. Davison of Brooklyn will celc 
brate their golden wedding on the 9th inst. with a large 
family gathering. Mr. Davison's great grandfather. Deacon 
Joseph Davison, was one of the pioneer settlers of eastern 
Connecticut, and in 1723 he bought 1,200 acres of land, which 
was afterwards included in the present town of Brooklyn ; and 
with about thirty others organized its first church. Since that 
time (for 163 years) his descendants indirect line have resided 
continuously in Brooklyn, and have all been among its most 
respected citizens. Mr. and Mrs. Davison have two sons — the 
older, George W. Davison, is treasurer and agent of the Roch- 
ester Machine Tool Company, builders of steam engines and 
machinists' tools, of Rochester, N. Y. ; and the other is E. H. 
Davison, secretary and superintendent of the American 
Hosiery Company of New Britain. A niece of Mr. and Mrs. 
Davison, who was left an orphan at an early age, was brought 
up as a daughter in the family, and is now the wife of Julian 
Griggs, chief engineer of the Scioto Valley Railroad of Ohio. 
The children and grandchildren are all expected home for the 
golden anniversary." 


510. George Warren, b. 12 Feb.. 1838; m. 27 June, 1861, Abbie 
Elizabeth Fletcher. 

511. Edwin Henry, b. 3 Aug., 1841 ; m. 22 Nov., 1866, Jennie E. 

(From Rec. Brooklyn, Ct.) 


291. Ralph Utlcy, s. of Beriol & Mary Utley, b. ii 
Nov., 1814; d. 15 July, 1880; m. 1st, at Dudley, Mass., 2 
March, 1843, Dolly Hcaley, dau^i^hter of Henry and Dolly 
(Healey) Conant (b. 13 Dec, 1821 ; d. at Dudley, 29 Sept., 
1854); m. 2d, at Dudley, 26 Nov., 1856, Cordelia W. Larned. 

Children by First Marriage. 

512. Henry Herbert, b. 24 Sept., 1850; m. 28 Nov., 1S77, ^^^ F. 

513. JosiAH CoNANT, b. 13 Dec, 1847 ; d. 10 Sept., 1S49. 

Children by Second Marriage. 

514. John Eliot, b. 25 Nov., 1858 ; m. 28 Nov.. 1894. Lizzie Easton. 

515. Sarah Elizabeth, b. 19 Jan., 1S63 ; d. 17 Feb., 1874. 

516. Harriet Eton, b. 21 July 1864; m. 11 Sept., 1889. R. F. 

293. Edwin, s. of Beriol & Mary Utley, b. 24 Sept., 
1824; m. 18 Nov., 1852, Jane Britton, Wagegan, Ct. 


517. Sarah Jane, b. 25 Oct., 1858. 

(From Brooklyn Town Rec.) 

295. William Pollard, s. of Luther & Bashaby ; b. abt. 
1803; m. (i) 15 May, 1826, Abby P. Chapman ; (2)25 Feb., 1829, 
Roselle W. Richards; (3) 11 July, 1859, Cornelia Banning; d. 
13 April, 1884. 


518. WlLLl.\M H., b. 25 Jan., 1827; m. 30 Mar., 1851, Elizabeth H 
Brewster, Norwich, Ct. 

519. Abbie C, b. 25 Mar., 1830 ; m. (i) 13 Dec, 1849. J- ^- Tanner of 
Norwich, Ct. (d. 29 Jan., 1865) ; (2) 12 June, 1869. ^^- Parish, who d. 29 
Apr., 1877. 

1. Anna Augusta. 

2. , b. 24 Dec, 1850; m. 10 Oct.. 1868, Noah Chapman. 

3. Frank B., b. 21 Mar., 1S54 ; d. 27 May, 18S7. 

4. Mary B.^ b. 14 Oct., 1864 ; d. 22 Jan., 1887. 


520. Charles, b. 19 April, 1834. 

521. George W., b. 12 Sept., 1835 ; prob. m. 17 Oct., 1856, Mary E. 

522. Edw.\rd S., b. 24 Aug., 1S37 ; m. 5 June. 1S61, Emily A. Howard; 
was divorced from her, ant! m. 13 May, 1869. Lilly L Lane ; d. 26 July. 1893. 

523. Eliz.\ C, b. 24 May, 1840; m. Aug., i860, Edward A. Palmer, 
New London, Conn. 

524. George 'SI., b. 2 Aug., 1843; d. May, 1858. 

525. Silas, b. 20 April, 1846 or 1847 ; m. 2oJuly, 1870, Jennie Mulky {?); 
d. 7 Feb.. 1891. 

526. Luther A., b. 16 Oct., 1848 ; widower; lives at Hartford. Ct. 

527. Leonard B., b. 7 Oct., 1850; m. Georgina Baker; has two 
children : 

1. Leonard L., b. 28 Mch.. 1875. 

2. RosELLA, b. 3 Mch., 1S87. 

299. Calvin H., s. of Alpheus & Polly Hitchcock; b. at 
Dummerston, Vt., 2 Nov., 1817; m. 20 May, 1845, Adelina D. 
Grammercy. Lives or lived at Washington, D. C. 


528. Mary Celia, b. in Missouri, 3 Mch., 1846; m. 21 Sept., 1868, 
Henry K. Wood of Centreville, R. I. 

529. Jennie, b. 3 Mch., 1865 ; lives at Washington, D. C. 

530. Adeline G., b. 4 July, 1867 ; lives at Washington, D. C. 

302. R(Mlerick, s. of Alpheus & Polly Hitchcock; b. at 
Monson, Me., 14 Dec, 1823; m. (i) 3 April, 1849, J"^'^ ^• 
Baker, b. at Brooklyn, Ct., 5 Dec, 1824; d. 9 Nov., 1856; bur. 
Brooklyn, Ct. ; (2) 13 Feb., 1859, Octavia Webb, b. at Wind- 
ham, Ct, 26 Jan., 1829. 


531. Ella Caroline, b. at Willimantic, Ct., 6 May, 1852 ; d. 2 Sept., 
1853 ; bur. Brooklyn, Ct. 

532. E.MMA Baker, b. at Willimantic. Ct., 4 Nov.. 1853 ; m. May, 1873, 
Charles L. Hawkins, and lived at Southborough, Mass. 

533. Laura Gertrude, b. at Willimantic, Ct., 23 Oct., 1861 ; lives or 
lived at Willimantic, Ct. 

534. Mary Ella, b. at Willimantic, Ct., 28 Aug, 1866; lives or lived 
at Willimantic Ct. 


303. Charles, s. of Alpheus & Polly Hitchcock (clergy, 
man); b. at Monson, Me., i/ii, 1S26; m. 12/19, 1850, by Rev. 
H. Isley, Laura Tcnny, dau. of William & Emma (Chasc; 

From a newspaper clipping : " Davison, Charles, Greenville : 
Republican; Congregationalist clergyman; married; age 61 ; 
born in Monson ; failing health at the age of eighteen prevented 
him from pursuing an educational course as he desired ; at 
the age of twenty-two engaged in farming, intending to make 
it a life-long employment. He was a farmer for twenty-rive 
years, during which time held several town offices and some 
positions of trust. At the age of twenty-seven entered the 
ministry with neither academic nor theological training. Been 
pastor at Greenville since Oct. i, 1873. Was deacon of Con- 
gregational Church at Monson twenty-two years, and super- 
intendent of Sunday School for a longer time." 

535. Mary Emma, b. 21 July, 1852 ; m. 3 July, 1878, Charles L. Morion, 
Monson, Me. 

536. Alpheus W., b. 9 Sept., 1856 ; m. 21 July, 1881, Mary A. Monse:i ; 
d. 27 July, 1887. 

537. Abbie Francis, b. 5 May, 1857; m. 11 June, 1877, Charles C. 
Mitchell of Boston, Mass ; d. 3 Jan., 1893. 

538. Elizabeth Maria, b. 31 July, i860. 

539. Charles Tenny, b. 17 July, 1867 ; d. 2 Dec, 1871. 

310. Homer, s. of Rufus & Elizabeth Torrey ; b. at 
Killingly, Ct., 1 1 June, 1820 ; m. 2 Oct., 1845, Susan Churchill ; 
b. at Herrick, Penn., 5 Feb., 1824. 

540. Paulina, b. at Greenfield, Pa., 11 Oct., 1846; m. 7 Aug., 1876, 
John Prin\e, and lives at Binghamton, N. Y. 

541. Daniel Davies, b. at Greenfield. 3 Feb., 1850; m. 12 Nov., 1S72, 
Jennie D. Butterfield ; lives at EUenton, Pa. 

542. Mary, b. at Greenfield, 22 Dec, 1857 ; m. 25 March, 1884, Charles 
E. Curtis ; and lives at Binghamton, N. Y. 

543. Annie, b. at Waverly. Pa., 4 May, 1862 ; m. 30 June, 1882, Wii;- 
iam Pope ; lives at Paterson, N. J. -,_.„- 



311. Elisha Howe, s. of Rufus & Elizabeth Torrey, b. at 
Putnam, Ct., lo Feb., 1822 ; d. 25 Nov., 1887 ; bur. at Putnam ; 
m. 1st, 4 July, 1848, Eleanor Ann Miller, b. at Greenfield, Pa., 
22 June, 1821 ; d. 20 Feb., 1851; bur. at Clifford, Pa.; 
2d, Mary Olive, daughter of Dan and Amy (Bussy) Cutler, b. 
at Killingly, Ct., 8 April, 1831. 

Child by First Marriage. 

544. Oscar, b. at Greenfield, Pa., 14 June. 1849; d. at Putnam, Ct., 17 
Sept., 1863. 

Children by Second Marriage. 

545. William Elisha. b. at Putnam. Ct., 20 June, 1858; m. 21 Dec, 
1881. Ella N. Rhodes of U.xbridge, Mass. 

546. Elizabeth, b. Putnam, Ct., 15 Aug., i860; d. 3 June, 1861 ; bur. 
at Putnam, Ct. 

547. Augustus H., b. at Putnam. Cl, 29 April. 1863, lives at Washing- 
ton, D. C. 

548. Ella Maria, b. at Putnam, Ct., 12 June, 1866, lives at Williman- 
tic, Ct. 

549. Mary Eleanor, b. at ^Putnam, Ct., 23 Aug., 1869, m. 16 Feb., 
1897. Fred. C. Frost of Uxbridge, Mass. 

550. Calvin Parsons, b. 15 July, 1871 ; d. 11 July, 1872. 

551. Wayland F., b. at Fox, Pa., 21 April, 1875. 

Extract taken from Putnam "Patriot," of Dec. 2, 1887: 

" Elisha H. Davison. 

" There died in our village one week ago to-day one of the 
humble, unobtrusive men who so richly adorn their Christian 
profession. Elisha H. Davison, as his pastor said, was a 
great man, not in anything worldly, but in goodly character. 
About two months ago he was severely hurt while loading a 
team with logs at our station. Although he apparently 
recovered from that injury, he had continued weak and 
ailing ever since, and on Thursday night took a bad turn, as 
observed by his wife. In alarm, the doctor was sent for, but 
on his arrival he announced that his services could not avail. 
Mr. Davison had but a few hours to live. He was conscious 
when this announcement was made, and cried out, ' Praise the 


Lord ! ' He had his house in order, and had no further work to 
do to be ready for the grim messenger, and he yielded up his 
spirit to the God who gave it, trusting in the faithfulness of 
that Being whom he had so long served with pure heart to be 
rewarded at the general resurrection. He was 65 years and 
9 months old. He leaves a wife and six children, three of 
whom are with their mother. 

"The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at 
the Methodist Church, of which the deceased was a member. 
The house was crowded by the friends and neighbors of the 
family, who came to pay the last tribute of respect to their 
departed friend. After the sermon, Mr. George M. Morse in a 
most feeling manner expressed his respect for Mr. Davison, 
whom he knew and owned as a dear child of God, whose 
labors and life corresponded with his profession. He related 
some instances that came under his own observation, to show 
how zealous had been his course of life to promote spirituality 
whenever the way opened. 

"The sermon was preached by Rev. Mr. Butler, pastor of the 
Methodist Church. 

"Psalm xxxvii. 37 : ' Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: 
for the end of that man is peace.' 

" David had seen men given up to all manner of wickedness ; 
others, in a certain sense, who were upright, but were ungodly ; 
and then again those who followed but evil with their whole 
heart. He had seen those like Enoch, Elijah, Moses, and other 
worthies, and saw the great difference between the evil and 
the good man, and in comparison he had said, ' Mark the 
perfect man.' What is it makes a man upright and perfect ? 

" I aflfirm that Elisha Davison was a man of that character. 
The end of such a man is peace. 

"Who is the perfect man ? Is it he who makes loud profes- 
sions in the churches and is not respected ? But mark the 
perfect man, who brings his Christian life up to men, and does 


not degrade it in their eyes. He makes God's Word his guide ; 
Christ, his sanctified example. This man found Christ, he had 
his sins forgiven, and he found in Him a source of bliss, and 
taking the Bible as his guide was baptized. 

" There are those wlio profess perfection, and yet do it to 
gain interest with men and not God. The hfe Ehsha Davison 
lived was in Christ. He loved the Church, and stood by it in 
its struggles. He did not neglect the sanctuary nor the 
prayer meeting. These he felt he needed as a means of promot- 
ing his spiritual life, and when he stood and warned his fellow- 
men, all the Christian graces were shown perfected in him. 
And why ? Because he trusted alone in the Crucified by a 
consecration of his entire self. 

"Such a man is perfect. He was just and faithful as a 
husband and father, as a neighbor, and before all men. 

" Such is the perfect man. Not that he is without mistakes. 
No one can have perfection of mind, or will, or body, nor 
ever had, except Jesus Christ. Neither is it heart perfection ; 
but it is in his heart to be so, and God counts it for righteous- 

" Elisha Davison was a great man. Not as the world esti- 
mates greatness, but as God does. Can I say too much of this 
man? Your hearts reply in the negative. 

" The Church has lost a grand master. No man ever honored 
his church more. We shall all miss him. Many a time he 
has inspired the preacher by his devotedness, as he was seen 
with uplifted eyes and hands, continually praying that he 
might be a blessing to the people. 

" Elisha Davison was a citizen well worthy of the respect of 
the community for his uprightness and simplicity of character. 
His face, like Closes' when on the mount with God, shone with 
God's glory. 

"At nineteen years of age he became a Christian, and for 
forty-six years he had served God, and mounted higher and 
higher, and reached out continually for greater spirituality. 

" His last meeting here all will remember. He prayed to be 


like Cornelius — a just and devout man, who feared God. He 
did not deem his Christian duty done merely by being in his 
place in the church meetings. He was devout in his heart, 
and abandoned to God. 

" To show his integrity of character I will mention what an 
esteemed lady said : ' If Elisha Davison failed in his word, I 
would not know whom to trust.' So said all his neighbors. 

" Thank God, then, that there are other such men in Putnam. 
You have confidence in them as men of God. God keep them 
pure as long as they abide with us, and multiply them an 
hundred fold. 

" Elisha Davison came here thirty-five years ago a Christian 
man, and with the exception of a short period was a member 
of this church. He was a faithful, trustworthy, and humble 
man who walked out on the promises of God. 

" Sinners die and go out in the dark. A Christian meets the 
messenger of death with no disturbance; no matter when he 
comes. He has God's assurance that He will be with him in 
the valley of the shadow of death, and he knows it will be well 
with him in the end. David, who saw the difference between 
these two deaths, cried out, ' Mark the perfect man . . . 
for the end of that man is peace.' He has gone before. He 
has gone to the One altogether lovely. Whatever others may 
say, I believe his soul has gone to God. 

" Friends and relatives, most of you are resting in the same 
God whom your dear relative trusted. Commit yourself more 
fully to Him, and in the time to come you will all realize His 
supporting grace, and you will meet Him in all unending life 
of bliss. You know his constant endeavor was to promote 
your Christian welfare. Some of you have not chosen his 
way. As you look upon him for the last time, say, ' I will 
meet father in heaven.' 

" Neighbors, a great man has fallen. No, he has risen higher 
than ever before. He has attained that holiness of heart with- 
out which no man can see God. Your presence here attests 
your faith in this man's devoted Christian character and your 


wish to honor him. In your last moments may you have the 
same assurance of divine help to sustain you, and may you 
also, like our dear brother, be able to say, * Praise the Lord ! 
He doeth all things well ! ' " 

313. Dr. Francis Baker, s. of Rufus & Elizabeth 
Torrey; b. at Thompson, Ct., 6 July, 1827; m. 7 Oct., 1852, 
Nancy Gardner, b. at Junkhannock, Pa., 10 April, 1824. 

552. Adelaide, b. at Waterloo, Iowa, 10 Oct., 1856; lives or lived at 
Fleetville, Pa. 

- 553. Bertha, b. at Tomkinsville, Pa., 27 Feb., 1861 ; m. 20 July. 1887, 
Judson M. Wells, by occupation a photographer. Issue : Anna Natalie, 
b. at Scranton, Pa., 16 April, 1888. 

554. Harriet, b. at Tomkinsville, Pa., 28 June, 1862 ; occupation, a 

555. Henry Gardner, b. at Tomkinsville, Pa., 26 June, 1863; d. 22 
Oct., 1886 ; buried at Clifford, Pa. 

Francis Baker graduated from Pennsylvania Medical 
College, March 5, 1853. Was Treasurer and Recorder of 
Black Hawk County, Iowa, at Waterloo, in 1856. Was sur- 
geon of the 45th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in the 
War of 1 861. Was President of the Lackawanna County 
Medical Society in 1886. Is a member of the Pennsylvania 
State Medical Society and member of the American Medical 
Association. A Republican of the Union League, and labor- 
ing for temperance and suffering humanity. 

318. Joel,' s. of Joel & Ann Butts, b. at Brooklyn, 
Ct., 5 Sept., 1830; m. 9 Sept., 1856, Margary J. Gibson, b. 17 
Nov., 1836, at Holmes County, Ohio : farmer's daughter. Joel, 
Jr., was divorced from his wife in 1883; causes, various. 

556. S.^RAH. b. at Napoleon, Ohio, 2 Sept., 1857, occupation, milliner; 
m. 15 May, 1886, Edward Helmes. Lives or lived at Elmira, Otsego Co., 

557. William H., b. at Napoleon, Ohio. 7 Nov., 1S59 : farmer. 

558. Samuel, b. at Napoleon, Ohio ; hotel clerk. 



559. Andrew Jackson, b, at Napoleon, Ohio, 28 Nov., 1862. 

560. George Washington, b. at Napoleon, Ohio, 4 June, 1864; d. 13 
May, 1874 ; bur. Napoleon, Ohio. 

324. Morris 3Iiller, lawyer, s. of Dr. Oliver & Margaret 
Miller, b. 9 Oct., 1810; m. at St. Stephen's Church, Hallett's 
Cove, L. I., by Rev. Dr. Schroeder, 16 June, 1840, Elizabeth 
Shrimpton Stratford, dau. of Dr. John, of London, Eng, 


561. Stratford Perfect, b. 5 Aug., 1841 ; m. in Trinity Chapel, Va., 

11 June, 1866, Catharine C. Good, dau. of Rev. William Good ; no issue ; d. 

12 Jan., 1891. 

562. Morris Miller, b. 5 Aug., 1841 ; d. at Panama, C. A., of yellow 
fever, 15 June, 1867, age 25 years 9 months ; interred at Woodlawn, N. Y. 

563. Lucretia Maria, b. 7 Aug., 1843 ; lives abroad. 

564. Margaret Miller, b. 26 June, 1845 ; "i- '" Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle, N. Y., by Rev. M. Maury, 13 Oct., 1874, Elihu L. Clark; issue, 
one daughter, Lucretia, b. 26 Sept., 1875. 

565. Oliver, b. 8 July, 1847 ; m. 5 June, 1879, Catharine L. Demarest ; 
d. 7 March, 1887. 

566. Sylvanus Miller, b. 15 Jan., 1849; ^n. at Yokohama, Japan, 
Angelica ^L Ryan. 

567. Moss Kent, b. 15 April, 1851 ; d. 26 Sept., 1875 ; unmarried. 

328. 3Iatthias Oliver, s. of Dr. Oliver & Margaret Mil- 
ler, b. 8 March, 18 19; d. i Sept., 1872; m. 8 April, 1846, at 
Trinity Church, Plattsburg, N. Y., Harriet Smith Standish, 
dau. of Hon. Matthew M. Standish. 


568. Julian Oliver, b. 27 Dec, 1853 ; m. Cornelia Trimble Nina Mer- 
ritt ; no issue ; d. 30 March, 1894. He was a favorite marine artist, a pupil 
of the celebrated painter, M. F. H. de Haas. 

569. George Tri.mble, b. 21 Oct., 1863; resides in New York City ; 
lawyer. He inherited a talent for poetry, music, and the drama. His 
writings and musical compositions have attracted considerable attention. 

570. Miles Standish, b. ; d. 1862. 

571. Katharine Miller. 

572. Horatio Allen ; d. 1864. 


338. Oliver, s. of Nathan. 


573. William. 

574. Israel. 

575. Mary ; m. Capt. Cole. 

339. John, s. of Nathan, has four sons and four daugh- 

342. Charles Chapman, s. of Jonathan & Elizabeth 
Rockwell, b. 1792; m. Nancy McNeill of Bediqua, Prince 
Edward Island; d. July, 1866. His family all lived to be 
married, except one. 


576. Elizadeth, b. 1817. 

577. Maria, b. 14 April, 1819; m. S. C. Schuman. 

578. Artfmas, b. 15 Nov., 1821 ; m. Mary Davison. 

579. Eliz.\, b. 30 May, 1823 ; m. Frederick Gardner. 

580. Jessie, b. 7 March, 1825 ; m. 3 times — 'i) Joshua Button, (2) 
Samuel Mcintosh, and third not known. 

581. Emily, b. 1827 ; m. A. McLeenan ; dead. 

582. Adeline, b. 6 March, 1839; "^' Major William Dauney of Cali- 

583. Douglas, b. 3 Nov., 1831 ; m. Elizabeth Gardner ; went to Cali- 
fornia and had a large family. 

584. Ambrozine, b. 9 Aug., 1S33 ; m. Waldo Gibson of Massachusetts. 

585. Mary, b. 1835 ; d. young. 

586. Gustavus Adolphus, b. 22 March, 1836 ; m. Elizabeth Davison, 
dau. of Nelson Davison of River Philip ; went to California. 

587. Henry C, b. 1837 ; m. Charlotte Cleveland. 

588. Charles Churchill, b. 15 Sept., 1839; "^- ^lary Allingham. 

589. Mary B., b. 1841 ; m. E. M. Shaw. 

590. Frances P., b. 1843 : i"- Billings Davison & Asa Sproal. 

591. Ann Lydia, b. 1846 ; m. Frank Burdett. 

343. William Billinj^.s, s. of Jonathan & Elizabeth 
Rockwell; b. 30 July, 1795; d. July, 1S65 ; m. 29 Oct., 1823, 
at Ch. Lower P. E. I., Louisa Lyons Daily (b. 13 Feb., 1801 ; d. 
18 May, 183"; dau. of Lieut. Jeremiah Daily of County Wex- 
ford, Ireland, and Margaret [Burke] Daily). 



592. Margaret Leah, b. 24 March, 1825 ; m. James Coles of Charlotte- 
town, Prince Edward Island. Canada. He died at Boston. 

593. Henry Billings, b. 18 .March, 1827 ; d. 13 July, 1836. 

594. Ezra Rockwell, b. 14 June, 1829. 

595. Charles Edw.\rd. b. 28 March, 1832 ; living in California. 

596. Benjamina A.manda, b. iS Scpft., 1834. 

597. Willia.m Henry, b. 29 June, 1836; d. 31 May, 1839. 

598. Almira Louise Maria, b. 3 July, 1839 : ^n- 26 Oct., 1870 (?), M. 
Jost of Halifa-x ; d. 15 Oct., 1885. 

599. Henrietta Victoria, b. 12 Sept.. 1841 ; m. 26 Oct.. 1870, 
Benjamin Hartz of Charlottetown, P. E. I. 

600. James Reynolds, b. 29 Sept.. 1844; m. 7 Aug., 1S72. Mary 
Moore ; lived in 1888 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. 

34:G. Horatio, s. of Jonathan & Elizabeth Rockwell ; b. 
1802; m. Matilda McNutt. 


601. Otis Billings, m. Frances P. Davison. 

602. Elizabeth, m. Gustavus Davison. 
.603. Rebecc.\, m. Wilson Sayer. 

604. Matilda, m. Frederick Palton. 

605. Silas, d. young. 

.606. Margaret, m. Joseph Redock. 

607. Sarah, m. Schuman. 

608. Minnie. 

609. Marth.\- 

347. Henry Alline, s. of Jonathan & Elizabeth Rock- 
well ; b. 25 May, 1803 I rn- 5 Oct., 1829, Theodora Crane Morse, 
dati. of Alpheus &: Ann ; d. 5 April, 1880. She was b. 1809; 
,d. 29 March, 1873; bur. Oxford, N. S. He spelled his name 


610. OsCAR S., b. 31 July, 1830; m. 7 April, 1857, Mary C. B. Wilson, 
Yarmouth, N. S. 

611. Ali.EN C, b. 25 May, 1832; m. 25 Sept., 1865, Sarali J. McKinlay, 
Oxford, N. S. 

612. George A., b. 25 May, 1832 ; d. 20 Oct., 1834. 


613. Richard Blair, b. 31 July. 1834; m. 14 Sept., 1865, Libbie 
Fraser, Follugh Village. 

614. Jonathan W.. b. 7 March, 1837 ; d. 27 Nov., 1833. 
6^15. Cecilia, b. 11 Nov., 1839; ^- 5 J""^' ^^S3- 

616. HOR.\TIO, b. 27 July, 1842 ; d. II Nov.. 1855. 

617. Silas M., b. 5 April. 1845; m. 25 Dec, 1876, Drucilla Peck 
Hopewell of Cape Oxford, N. S. 

348. Edward, s. of Jonathan & Elizabeth Rockwell ; b. 

6 May, 1801 ; m. 6 Jan., 1841, at Mastown, Colchester Co., 

Nova Scotia, by Rev. M. Brown, Mary McNutt (b. 16 Nov., 

1815; d. 28 July, 1886; bur. at River Philip, Cumberland Co., 

N. S.); d. Oct. 9, 1887. 


618. Frederick Augustus, b. 25 Nov., 1843; at Truro, by Rev. W. 
Burrus, m. Allis Maud Cox of Truro, Colchester Co., N. S. 

1. Margearie, b. 13 Oct., 1892. 

2. Ruth, b. 13 Sept., 1895. 

619. Alfred Dexter, b. 19 July, 1845. 

620. Herbert Huntington, b. March 12, 1847. 

621. Articia, b. 9 Oct., 1848 ; m. 27 Oct., 1880, R. H. Cooper, Spring 

622. Jane McNutt, b. 23 Aug., 1850 ; m. 17 March, 1875, S. S. SuUiven. 

623. Vinton F., b. 8 July, 1852 ; m. 30 Dec, 1893, Mrs. Sarah Ralston. 

624. Charles William, b. 21 Jan., 1855 ; m. 12 Aug., 1884, Annie Kelly. 

625. Minerva, b. 17 May, 1857 ; m. 16 March, 1887, William Rayworth. 

349. George, s. of Jonathan & Elizabeth Rockwell. 


626. Glennie, b. 1838. 628. Catharine, 1836. 

627. Dixon, b. 1838. 629. Levenia. '1846. 

350. James R., s. of Jonathan & Elizabeth Rockwell : 
lives or lived at St. Paul, Minn.; b. 18 10; m. Mary More. 


630. Charles Fr.\nklin. b. 17 June, 1873. 

631. Lea .Mansfield, b. 22 July, 1876. 

632. William W\, b. 13 June, 1878. 

633. Eliza Louisa, b. 11 July, 1880. 

634. Walter B., b. 6 .^ug., 18S2. 

635. Samuel M., b. 31 Jan.. 1885. 

636. James F., b. 20 June, 1887. 


351. Alfred (lives or lived at St. Paul, Minn.), s. of 
Jonathan & Elizabeth Rockwell; b. at Cambridge, N. S., 1814; 
m. 1843, Harriet Stephenson. 


637. Thomas A., b. 1844. 640. Mary, b. 1861. 

638. Henrietta, b. 1856. 641. Hannah Howard, b. 1867. 

639. Margarite, b. 1859, 

386. Gideon Miner, eldest son of Thomas and Abigail 
Miner; was born at Middletown, Vt., Nov. 12, 1791. He be- 
came a resident of Rutland in April, 1806; was the editor and 
one of the proprietors of the "Rutland Herald" in 1813 ; mar- 
ried July 2d, 1814, Sarah Melvina (b. 22 April, 1791 ; d. 6 April, 
1861), eldest dau. of Captain John Mason and Sarah Wood- 
ward of Castleton, Vt., and removed to Saratoga Springs on 
the 2 1 St of April, 18 19. Here he established the first news- 
paper printed in that village (the "Saratoga Sentinal"), and 
was its editor and proprietor for about twenty-three years; 
during most of which time, and until 1848, he was Clerk in 
Chancery for the 4th Circuit of the State of New York. 
He also originated and superintended the construction of 
the second railroad made in the United States (the Saratoga 
and Schenectady), was the commissioner and disbursing officer 
of the Utica and Schenectady railroad during its construction, 
and originated and superintended the construction of the Sara- 
toga and Washington railroad, holding the office of president 
of the company for several years. His wife, who had proved 
his solace in every trial and sickness, who had been a sharer in 
his sorrows as well as joys; who had contributed much to- 
wards the training of her children to positions of usefulness, 
respectability, and piety ; and who had been an invaluable 
companion and mother, died at Saratoga Springs, deeply la- 
mented, but with the full assurance of a glorious immortality, 

on the 6th April, 1S61. 


642. John Mason, b. at Rutland. Vt.. 9 March. 1816; m. 13 Aug., 
1838, Sarah S. Walworth ; d. 7 March, 1890. 


643. Clemf.nt Miner, b. 9 Dec, 1817 ; m. i Dec. 1846, Mary 
Pomeroy ; d. 22 June, 1897. 

644. Charles Augustus, b. 21 May, 1824; m. 6 Jan., 1850, Mary A. 

645. Sarah Mason, b . 

646. Elizabeth Newman, b. 7 June, 1829, at Saratoga Springs ; d. 14 
Oct., 1830. 

387. Clement, s. of Thomas and Abigail Miner, b. at 
Middletown, Vt., 23 Nov., 1794; m. 17 Oct., 1818, Elizabeth 
Newman, b. at Bedford, N. Y., 1789, dau. of Major Elias New- 
man, a Revolutionary soldier, afterward sheriff and surrogate 
of Westchester Co., at one time a candidate for Governor of 
the State of New York. Mr. Davison and his wife resided for 
several years in Brooklyn ; had two children who died in 

390. James, s. of Thomas and Deborah Rogers, b. 7 
Dec, 1788 ; m. 9 March, 181 1, Ruth Maxwell. 

647. Thomas Andrew, b. 27 Dec, 1811. 

648. Asa Woodworth, b. 15 Dec, 1813. 

649. Nancy, b. 20 Oct., 181 5. 

650. Rebecca, b. 20 Dec, 1817. 

651. Amy, b. 29 Dec, 1819. 

652. Sarah, b. 25 Jan., 1822. 

393. AVilliam, s. of Thomas and Deborah Rogers : per 
haps of Jonathan of Hausport. 


653. Leonard, b. 8 Jan., 181 1. 

654. Elizabeth, b. 9 March, 181-. 

655. Charles. 

656. Benjamin. - ^^, . 

657. Philander. 

658. William. ' ''i- 

659. THOM.A.S Andrew. 

393. Nathan, s. of Thomas and Deborah Rogers, m. 17 
June, 1797. Second wife, a Miss Power. 



660. Rebecca, b. 17 March. 1798 ; m. 26 March. 1817, William Ben- 

661. James Tho.mas, b. 22 May, iSoo ; d. 26 Oct.. 1862. 

662. Cyrus Hira.m. b. 6 Oct., 1802. 

663. Sarah Ann, b. 28 May, 1805. • • 

664. James Nelson, b. i Aug.. 1807. 

665. William Andrew, b. 6 Dec, 1809. 

666. Maria, b. 26 March. 1812, , '..'..;■ 

667. William Benjamin, b. 29 Sept., 181 5. ; 

668. Douglas Woodworth, b. 7 June, 1818. 

669. Nathan Kimball, b. 29 Aug., 1820. 

394. CjTUS, s. of Thomas and Deborah Rogers, m. i Jan., 
1806, Elizabeth Martin. 


670. Julia Ann, b. 15 April, 1806. 

671. Elizabeth Wright, b. 30 March, 1807, 

672. Sarah Rebecca, b. 7 Jan., 1808. 

673. Cyrus Trueman, b. 24 Feb., 1814. 

674. Eunice Catharine, b. 25 Nov., 1817. 

395. Thomas, s. of Thomas and Deborah Rogers, m. 27 
Oct., 1814, Rebecca Gould. She d. 24 March, 1861. 


675. John Thomas, b. 7 Aug., 1815. 
676 William Edward, b. 7 Aug., 1817. 

677. Catharine Ann, b. 20 June, 1819. 

678. Rebecca, b. 3 Dec, 1821. 

679. Silas, b. 25 April, 1824. 

680. George. 

681. JEHIEL. 

396. Michael, s. of Thomas and Deborah Rogers, d. 
II Jan., 1864; m. twice: (i) 28 Jan., 1806, Jerusha Jordan; d. 
26 Jan., 1813 ; (2) 13 Jan., 1842, Elizabeth Graham. 

Child by First Marriage. 

682. Rachel, b. 29 Sept., 1808. . .., • . 


Children by Second Marriage. 

683. Daniel, b. 6 May. 181 5. 

684. Jerusha, b. II Sept., 1817. 

685. John Graham, b. 5 Oct.. 1819 ; d. 3 Nov., 1819. 

686. Sarah Olivia, b. 15 April. 1821. 

687. Mariner, b. 4 July, 1823. 

400. David, s. of Asa and Prudence Dennison, b. 1786; 
m. 6 Jan., 1813 ; Hepsabah Merchant, dau. of William and 
Betsy (Williamson) Merchant. 


688. William Asa, b. at Comwallis. 23 April, 1815 ; m. C. S. Nor- 
wood ; issue, two sons, Samuel and William, reside at Maiden, Mass. 

689. Ann Eliza, b. 2 April, 1818 ; m. George Struthers. 

690. Samuel, b. at Comwallis, 10 April. 1820. 

691. David D., b. 1822 ; m. twice : (i) Amelia Woodworth ; (2) Caroline 
Curry Gould. One son, Frank, resides at Boston, Mass. 

692. Prudence. 

693. Henry, b., 1827 ; m. Georgiana Palmer. 

694. Matilda, b. 1830. 
659. John, b., 1833. 

696. George, b. 1837; m. Jane Palmeter ; lives at San Diego, Cal., 
and has four sons, Leonard, Aubrey, Harry, and Charles. 

401. Samuel, s. of Asa and Prudence Dennison, b. 1788 ; 
m. 1813, Eleanor Doran. 

402. Asa, s. of Asa and Prudence Dennison, b. 1800. 
Lived in Kings Co., N. B. 


697. Samuel, a judge in California. 

698. William, who died of starvation in the Colorado mountains. 

406. Thomas, s. of Thomas & Eunice Pearl, b. at Otis, 
Mass., 25 March, 1791 ; d. 28 June, 1881 ; buried at Chestnut 
Ridge Cemetery, Royaltown, N. Y. ; m. 30 March, 18 16. Susan 
Loveland, b. 1794; died 16 March, 1876; buried with her hus- 

Thomas lived at Otis, Mass., where he worked at his trade 
of blacksmith till 18 16, when he removed to Augusta, Oneida 



■ Co., N. Y., where he remained but six months; then removed 
and settled at Leroy, Genesee Co., N. Y., where he remained till 
1822, when he settled at Royaltown, in Niagara Co. At this 
time the country was a wilderness, and a descendant says he 
lived for a short time in a log hut without doors or windows, 
contented in the thought that some day it would be different, 
and it was. In 1832 he went to Otis, Mass., and brought his 
aged parents to live with him. 


699. Curtis, b. at Otis, Mass., 16 July, 181 5 ; m. Sarah Coe. Had one 
son, James F., said to have lived at Tonawanda, Erie Co. (prob. N.Y.). 
He was affected with fits, from the effects of which his reason was de- 
stroyed ; d. 30 Nov., 1863, and was buried with his father. 

700. Dyer D., b. at Leroy, N. Y., 9 Oct., 1819 ; m. 24 March. 1S70, E. 
J. Day. He resided at the same place where his father settled in 182c. 
He said that his schooling was in a log hut in the woods. He cared for 
his father in his old age. 

701. Susan A., b. at Royaltown, March, 1824; d. 2 Jan., 1868, and 
was buried in the Chestnut Ridge Cemetery. 

702. George D., b. at Leroy, N. Y., 10 Dec, 1821 ; m. Susannah Lusk. 
In 1885 he resided at Eaton Springs, Michigan, and was rearing a family 
of nine. 

413. Benjamin, s. of Benjamin & Roxy Norton, b. at 
Otis, Mass.. 4 Feb., 1792; m. twice: (i) Joanna Johnson; (2) 
.-> LTAnni EhcVmnn-"- He was a Universalist. All of his children 
but one were born in Ontario Co., N. Y. 

Child by First Marriage. 

703. Benjamin, m. Fannie Curtis. 

'♦• Children BY Second >L\ 

704. Jo.'VNN-\, m. Valentine Stoddard. 

' 705. William, b. 1S17 ; m. Cynthia Nichols ; d. at Spring Green, Wis- 


706. Almorin, m. Catharine Bloomfield ; no issue. 

707. Edward, m. ist, Polly Snyder ; 2d, Eliza Goodale ; no record. ^ 

708. RiLEV, d. single at the age of 20. 


709. Oramii.LF. G., b. 5 May, 1825 ; m. i April, 1846, Rachel Snyder. 


711. Laura, m. Henry Bacon. 

712. Harriet, m. James Gootiale. 

713. Seymour L., m. Harriet Ham ; no record ; lived in southeastern 

415. Abiel, s. of Benjamin Sc Roxy Norton, b. at London, 
Berkshire Co., Mass., 18 Jan., 1796; m. 1st, 29 March, 1819, 
Sophia Miller, b. 2 March, 1799; d. 28 March, 1839; ^- -d, 
Angeline Mesnord, b. 9 April, 1812, Saratoga, N. Y. ; d. 20 
March, 1885; bur. Lion, N. Y. 

Children by First Marriage. 

714. Abiel J., b. i Sept., 1820 ; farmer ; no family. 

715. Sophia, b. 3 Aug., 1822 ; m. J. Wilkes ; d. 7 Dec, 1866. 

716. Caroline, b. 8 Oct., 1824 ; m. H. V. B. Arnold. 

717. Maryette, b. 9 Nov., 1826 ; m. Rev. F. Muse ; d. in Pennsylvania, 
21 Sept., 1854. 

718. Terrissa, b. 17 March, 1829 ; m. Stephen Toby ; d. at Waterloo, 
N.Y.. 26 Jan., 1876. 

719. Sarah, b. 21 Jan., 1833 ; m. Asa E. Curtis. 

720. Deforest, b. 11 Nov., 183S ; m. Martha Alexander, Maysville, 
N. Y. 

Children by Second Marriage. 

721. Albert, b. 16 April, 1842 ; m. Flora Dawley. 

722. Ardella, b. 31 Jan., 1844 ; ni. Miles Coe. Avon, N. Y. 

723. Charles, b. 14 Aug., 1846; d.13 Aug., 1849 ) 

724. Celestia, b. 14 Aug., 1846; d. 25 Sept., 1864 [ ^^^''"^• 

725. Ellen, b. 5 Nov., 1S49 I ^- H Dec, 1864. 

419. Charles Cook, s. of Benjamin & Roxy Norton, 
b. 9 April, 1806; m. 1829, Mary Geer of Vermont. 

Charles Cook was obliged to provide for himself after his 

father's death, he being but six years old. Went to Iowa in 

1856 ; was a carpenter and joiner. Blind after 1883. Lived in 

1S85 at New Hampton, Iowa, with his son Lorenzo Benjamin. 


726. Charles J., b. Jan., 1830 ; d. i Oct., 1882 ; single. 

727. Mary Roxy, b. Dec, 1834 ; m. 1851. ist, R.Wakefield ; no issue ; 
2d, J. Gates. / 



728. Lorenzo Benjamin. 

729. Martha C, m. 1858, John Gilford. 

421. John D., s. of John & Lydia Wood ; b. at Otis, 
Mass., 23 Aug., 1 791 ; m. May, 181 5, Anna Guile of Bcckct, Mass. 


730. John R., b. 9 Dec. 1815 or 16 ; had one child, John E., who lived 
(1880) at Lyona, Crawford Co., Penn.; had other children. 

731. Ja.mes Nelson, b. 10 April, 1817 or 18. 

732. Mary A., b. 3 Sept.. 1819. 

733. Levi. b. Sept., 1829; drowned about 1844. 

422. Xathaniel, s. of John & Lydia Wood, b. at Otis, 
Mass., 16 Nov., 1793; d. 2 April, 1886; ni. 1815, Amy Guile of 
Becket, Mass. She was b. 23 March, 1796; d. 23 Dec, 1862. 
He settled in Randolph, Crawford Co., Penn., about one mile 
from Hickory Corners, in 1S20. He came from Otis, Mass., 
with other brothers, in ox teams, being on the road 31 days. 
The " Crawford Journal," in speaking of his death, says : 

"Nathaniel Davison, the oldest inhabitant of Randolph 
township, was buried on Sunday. ' Uncle Nat,' as he was 
familiarly called, was born in Massachusetts, 16 Oct., 1793, 
making him ninety-three years, six months, and ten days at 
the time of his decease. He came to Randolph township in 
1820 and settled on the farm where he died. To write his 
history since coming to this community would be the same, as 
regards his struggles with pioneer life, as the history of all the 
first settlers. The span of his early existence stretched back 
over nearly all of the Constitutional period of our Government 
— a period in which more historical events are crowded than any 
other period of like duration in modern times. He enjoyed 
good health and a great degree of activity of body and mind 
up to within a few months of his death. He was strictly tem- 
perate and regular in his habits, firm in his purposes, polite 
and dignified in his deportment, and ever diligent in acquiring 
knowledge that would enable him to see a high idea of life." 


/ . ' 

Children. ' ' ' 

734. Charlks, b. 9 Feb., 1816; d. young at Otis, Mass. .^i 

735. Belinda, b. 29 April, 1S17; m. ist, William Keep; 2<t, Edward 

736. LORIN, b. at Otis, Mass., 25 June, 1819 ; m. 1843, Abigail Hodge. 

737. Lydia, b. 10 May, 182 1. 

. 738. Nathaniel \V., b. 4 June, 1824. 

739. Mary, b. ir Oct., 1826 ; m. C. F. Canfield. 

740. William, b. 30 Dec, 1829; m. 12 Jan., 1858. Lovina Case. 

741. Lyman, b. 27 June, 1832 ; m. Mary E. Meacham. 

742. Adeline, b. 27 July, 1836 ; m. Lyman Waters. 

424. Lyman S., s. of John & Lydia Wood, b. at Otis, 
Mass., 16 May, 1799; d. 2 Aug., 1879; ^- -4 Dec, 1848, 
Julia Jewel, b. at Murray, Orleans Co., N. Y., 7 Dec, 1816. 
Lyman came to northwest Pennsylvania as early as 1818, and 
a second time with Nathaniel in 1820. He built a carding 
mill in 1823 in Randolph, which he sold in 1848. Soon after 
marriage he went West and settled in Geneva, 111., where he 
lived until 1861, when he went to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where he 
had taken Government land as early as 1854, two miles north- 
east of Cedar Falls. He lost his left foot 4 Nov., 1861. He 
visited Iowa land for the purpose of building in 1858, but on 
account of the wet season could not. His widow was living in 
Chase, Rice Co., Kansas, in 1887. 


743. John, b. Crawford Co., Pa., 24 July, 1850 ; m. J. Van Deusen, and 
resided in 1887 in Rice Co., Kansas. 

744. Lydia M., b. 5 Aug., 1852 ; d. 9 Sept.. 1852. ■ ■ • 

745. Florence, b. 30 Dec, 1853 ; d. 14 April, 1854. 

746. Fannie J., b. 21 Feb., 1857 ; lives in Kansas. 

747. Lyman, b. 16 March, 1S60; m. 1883, Luretta Stevenson. 

425. Perci\'ill, s. of John & Lydia Wood ; b. at Otis, 
Mass., 20 Oct., 1801 ; m. (i) April, 1835, Hannah Fowler (b. 
Groveville, Mass., 21 July, 1800; d. Otis, Mass., 2 Sept., 1850); 
(2) 30 June, 1852, Harmony B. Merrill (b. 16 Dec, 1815; liv- 
ing, 1886, at Otis, Mass.); d. 26 Aug., 1876; bur. at Otis, 
Mass., where he died. 



748. M. Louise, b. at Otis. Mass., i Aug., 1838 ; m. Norman Willard. 

1. Charles N.. b. Otis. Mass., 26 Feb., 1863. 

2. Julia L., b. Otis, Mass., i8 Feb., 1865. 

3. NOR.MAN W., b. Burlington. Ct., 6 June, 1869. 

4. Harry B., b. at Island Point, Vt., 31 Aug., 1872 ; d. at 

Otis, Mass., March. 1875. 

5. Maggie F., b. Otis, Mass., 20 March, 1874. 

749. Edmund, b. at Otis, Mass., 6 Aug., 1839; m. 5 Jan., 1870. Jennie 
Chapman ; resides at oUl homestead ; one child. Katie H., b. 23 April, 1875. 

750. George H., b. 17 Aug., 1853 ; m. 4 Jan., 1874, Jennie Newton, 
b. at Cornwall Bridge, 27 May, 1851. 

I. Mary A., b. 6 Feb., 1877. 

426. William G., s. of John & Lydia Wood; b. 15 
March, 1804; m. 8 May, 1832, Jane Ann Maria, youngest 
dau. of Eliphalet and Ann (Sacket) Reed; d. 2 March, 1870. 
She died about 1S90. Remained strong until death, and was 
walking to church when she dropped dead with apoplexy. 

William G. left his home at Otis, Mass., in 1823, and went to 
Crawford Co., Pa. In 1824 he built a shop on a stream ij^i 
miles east of Blooming Valley, nearly opposite the residence of 
the late Luther Marsh. Here he manufactured wooden bowls, 
which he turned out by hand with chisels, the modern rapid 
machine for the purpose then being unknown. This shop was 
standing since his death ; it was a rather primitive affair, the 
boards being held together with wooden pins. In 1826 he re- 
turned to Massachusetts. In 1832 he married and returned to 
Pennsylvania and purchased land adjoining Mr. Thomas Dela- 
mater on the west and built thereon. In 1834, tiring of his wild 
life, he returned to Otis and bought the heirs' shares of his grand- 
father's old barn place, which were willed by Zephaniah, Jr., to 
his brothers and sisters. Not satisfied with the East, he again, 
in 1838, returned to his place, where he resided till about 1867, 
when he sold his farm (except that portion which belonged to 
his son Wesley) to Mr. Henry Delamater, and bought a small 
farm, a little farther west, in the same neighborhood. Here he 


resided until his death. His remains were interred in the new 
cemetery north of Blooming Valley. Early he became a 
devout member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, with 
which he fellovvshippcd for many years, but finally sunered 
expulsion, or of his own accord severed connection, for ques- 
tioning some points of creed not in accordance with their un- 
derstandings of scripture. Afterwards worshipped with the 
Second Adventists. His wife also united with him. 

751. Wesley, b. Richmond, Pa., 13 March. 1833; m. 18 Marc;:, 1S56, 
Cynthia A. Thompson. 

752. Elizabeth, b, (probably) Otis, Mass., 12 March, 1834; m. Calvin 
Warner, a railroad engineer, and resided several years at Fort Wayne, 
Ind. ; d. June 7, 1874. She died at her mother's home without issue ; 
l)uried at Blooming Valley. 

753. Selleck, b. Otis, Mass., 24 March, 1836; m. 4 Nov., 1S54. Mary 

754. Lewis, b. 5 May, 1842 ; m. 7 July, 1867, Sarohette Pratt. 

755. Esther, b. 10 Jan., 1844 ; m. Edward , and settled in Rich- 
mond, between Rickey's Corners and Blooming Valley, Pa. Children: 
Jessie, Wilbur, and Mary. 

756. Priscill.a., b. 3 Dec, 1845 ; m. 7 Feb., 1865, James Comp:on of 
Erie, Pa. ; d. 28 March, 1884 ; settled on a farm five miles north of Colum- 
bus, Nebraska. They afterwards removed to Kansas, where she died. 

1. Mary, b. i Jan., 1867. 

2. Anna, b. 11 March, 1868. 

3. Fannie, b. 6 Oct., 1869. 

4. Ella, b. 15 May, 1871 (?). 

5. Olive, b. 2 .March, 1873. ■ ! 

6. Walter, b. 5 Oct., 1874. 

7. Orpha, b. 25 March, 1878. 

8. , b. 2 Feb., 1882 ; d. at the age of nine mon:hs. 

757. Dorcas, b. 15 Nov., 1847 ; d. 21 Nov., 1849. 

758. Orpha, b. 11 June, 1S50; d. 2 Oct., 1875 ; married. 

759. Diana, b. 17 Feb., 1852 ; d. 1 1 Oct., 1883 ; single. 

760. William, b. 23 March, 1855. 

427. Thomas, s. of John & Lydia Wood; b. S Oct., 
1806; m. 1826, Diana Roberts. 











441. Jiuljje Xomiaii, s. of Paul & Sally Gould; b. at 
Ashford, Ct., 16 Aug., 1786; m. at Avon, N. Y., 9 Nov., 1806, 
Huldah, dau. of Benjamin (b. I May, 1 760), and Sarah (Clark) (b. 
18 Feb., 1764), Brown. He d. 26 March, 1841, at Davisonville, 
town of Atlas, Lapeer Co., Mich. She was b. near Albany, 
N. Y., 4 March, 1786: d. at Highland, Oakland Co., Mich., 
10 March, 1S48. 

Notes on the pioneer life of Judge Norman Davison and 
family taken from the " Histor>' of Genesee Co., Mich." (pub- 
lished in 1879 by Everts and Abbotts of Philadelphia) : 

"Judge Davison and family were the second to settle in the 
town of Atlas, Lapeer Co., Mich. They came from Avon, Liv- 
ingston Co., N. Y., where he had a farm and hotel. Judge 
Davison and sons Paul Gould and O. Perry, in June, 1831, 
came to Detroit, then followed the 'old Saginaw or Indian 
trail ' into the wilds of Lapeer Co. They selected and pur- 
chased ' Government lots ' where the village of Davisonville and 
adjoining farms now are, their land entries being the second in 
Lapeer Co.. and second in town of Atlas. (Atlas and Davison, 
Richfield, and Forest townships were detached from Lapeer 
Co. and annexed to Genesee Co. by an act of Legislature, in 
honor of the Davison family.) 

"Judge Davison and sons erected for themselves a rude 
shanty, and commenced the foundation and frame of a two- 
story house ; when completed it was second in the township, 
the lumber being obtained from Rowland B. Perry's mills in 
Grand Blanc, Genesee Co. 

" The original house, remodelled, stands on its old site, on a 
blufT, with the Kearsley River winding along below the bluff, 
with the 'old Indian trail' close by, where in early days this 
pioneer family saw many a band of Indians pass in single file 
from Detroit on towards Saginaw Bay country. In the fall of 


183 1, leaving his two sons to the task of continuing the work 
commenced during the summer, Judge Davison returned to 
Avon, N. Y., for his family ; they went to Rochester, took the 
canal boat to Buffalo, thence by lake route to Detroit. Arriv- 
ing in Detroit he engaged board for his family, while he with 
the two youngest sons, aged twelve and ten, started afoot over 
the new roads, made worse by fall rains, to the new home in 
Atlas township, Paul Gould went to Detroit after the family, 
with two yoke of oxen and carts, and it took one week for the 
family to make the return trip. Their nearest neighbor to the 
west w^as two and one-half miles distant, and to the east none 
nearer than Port Huron. Judge Davison was a carpenter and 
millwright. He erected a sawmill in 1833, followed by a grist 
and flouring mill in 1836, The supplies for these mills, such as 
machinery, iron, nails, etc., were, obtained by long and weary 
trips to Detroit. Pork was $30 a barrel, flour $15 a barrel, and 
other commodities to correspond. 

** Under the ' Territorial Laws ' Norman Davison was ap- 
pointed by Governor Mason, Judge of the Courts. He was 
a member of the Convention that met in Detroit the second 
Monday in May, 1835, to frame the first State Constitution of 
Michigan. When Congress prepared to settle the Toledo War 
by surrendering a portion of the State to Ohio and Indiana in 
exchange for the Upper Peninsula, Judge Davison was one of 
the delegates that assembled at Ann Arbor. He also had busi- 
ness relations in Lapeer with the Harts and Whites, pioneer 
settlers of Lapeer. He was of large, commanding form, stern 
and autocratic. Judge Davison and son Gould platted the 
village of Davisonville, Gould being a surveyor; they set aside 
free lots for two church sites, school grounds, and a cemetery, 
all of which are used for those purposes to-day. Well does the 
early wayfaring traveller remember being directed long and 
weary distances along 'Indian trails,' through dense forests 
with 'way marks' spotted on the trees to 'Davison's Mills.' 
Where the forests spread their dense shade is now cultivated 
fields, lawns, and country homes; where the Indian once pur- 


sued his game, turnpikes, railroads, and bicycles are substituted ; 
the hum of the spindle, grind of the mills, and scream of the 
locomotive have taken the place of the yell of the panther and 
howl of the wolf." 


765. Sally or Sarah, b. in Monroe Co., N. Y., 7 Oct., 1807 ; m. 
about 1826, Lewis Manton ; d. al Davisonville, 13 Feb., 1837. Had one 
child, Antoinette, who died in early girlhood. Sally or Sarah was the first 
white person to die in the new town. 

766. Paul G., b. at Ogden, N. Y., 13 April, 1809 ; m. 31 March, 1840. 
Mary Ann Hart ; d. in California, 28 Nov., 1851. 

767. Oliver Perry, b. Parma. Monroe Co., N. Y., 31 Aug., iSio ; d. 
Milford, Mich.. 6 March, 1879. 

768. Sylvia, b. Avon, 21 March, 1812 ; m. 26 Oct., 1837, John L. Mc- 
Neil of Atlas, Mich.; d. at Atlas. Mich., 25 May, 18S4. John L. McNeil 
was a member of the State Legislature in 1851. and held other offices of 
trust at different times. 

769. Hexry p., b. Avon, 12 April. 1817 ; d. at Avon, 26 April. 1827. 

770. Dewit Clinton, b. Avon, 22 April, 1819 ; m. Elizabeth Fairchild ; 
d. Davisonvile, 11 April. 1873. 

771. Benjamin F., b. at Avon, 1821 ; lived at Highland, Mich., in 

772. Almira J., b. Avon, N. Y., 8 Oct., 1824 ; m. i Jan., 1S44, David 
McNeil ; d. 8 March, 1884. 

^ 773. Maryette, b. Avon, 20 Feb., 1827 ; lives at Highland, Mich. 

442. 3Iartiii, s. of Paul & Sally Gould, b. at Ashford, Ct., 
29 Sept., 1789; m. Nancy Emmett. 


774. Sally. . ; -» ,t : 779- Betsy. 

775- Paul G. 780. Julia. 

776. MoRiCE. 781. Samuel. 

777. John. 782. Alfred. 

778. Morgan. 783. Mason. 

445. Jonathan, s. of Paul & Sally Gould, b. Lima, X. Y. 
1796; m. Nancy Gibson. Removed from Lima, N. Y., to 
Grand Blanc, Genesee Co., Mich., 1831. 



784. Charles (dead). 787. Andrew. 

785. Kath.\rine. 788. Lee. 

786. John. 

449. Asa Lee (doctor), s. of Ezra, b. at Grafton, N. Y., 3 
Dec, 1792; m. Lydia Lewis (b. at Petersburg, N. Y.) ; d. Can- 
ton, 111., 2 Nov., 1853. 


789. Augustus Lewis, b. 1812 ; d. Aug.. 1859 ; resided at Pekin. III. 

790. Helen, m. Benjamin Roe. 

791. Ezra Darwin, b. 23 June. 1818 ; m. Feb., 1840. Electa S. Fair- 

792. Olive, m. Andrew Knox. 

793. Eliza, d. 10 June, 1867 ; lived at Canton. 111. 

453. Daniel, s. of Ezra, b. Grafton, N. Y., 25 May, 1804; 
m. Dec, 1823, IMelinda Mixon (b. 25 March, 1800); d. 8 Jan., 
1844; t)ur. at Grafton, 


794. Daniel H., b. 25 March, 1826. 

795. Almon A., b. 25 June, 1828. 

796. Malanda, b. 22 Dec, 1S29 ; m. 19 Sept., 1846, William A. Parks. 

797. Reuben S.. b. 14 Oct.. 1832 ; m. 16 Jan., 1858, Louisa Harnett. 

798. Ezra M., b. 5 Nov., 1837 ; m. 19 Feb., 1868. Hellen Wilson. 

454. Paul K. (farmer and surveyor), s. of Ezra, b. Graf- 
ton, N. Y., I Jan., 1807; m. Abigail Burdick; d. at Troy, 

N.Y., 1884. 


799. Abigail, b. Grafton ; m. Frank Smith. 

800. Mary E., b. Grafton ; m. Henry Sevens. 

801. Franklin, b. Grafton. 1834 ; m. 25 Dec, 1856, Jane Brown. 

802. Asa, b. Grafton ; m. Eliza Bont. 

803. Augusta, b. Grafton ; m. George Link. 

455. John Milton (lives or lived at Eureka, III)., s. of 
Ezra, b. Grafton, N.Y.; m. 24 June, 1832, Sally Parks, b. Graf- 
ton, 13 Feb., 1S05 ; d. 2-] May, 1885. 



804. Prosper H.. b. 26 Aug., 1833 ; m. 2 Sept., 1854, Jane File. 

805. Elsie, b. 9 Nov., 1835 ; m. Jacob McC . 

456. S. Kowlaiid, s. of Ezra, b. Grafton, N. Y., 26 Oct., 
1813; m. Aug., 1833, Amanda West (b. Grafton, 5 Feb., 1815; 
d. 22 May, 1880); d. 18 April, 1867. 


806. Ezra D., b. Grafton, 28 June, 1834 ; m. 1855, Mary Scriven. 

807. Lois D., b. Grafton, 1836 ; d. in infancy. 

808. Deidami.\h, b. Grafton, 1837; m. Aug., 1855, E. R. Rye, Fair- 
burg, Nebraska. 

809. Emily J., b. Groveland, 111., 1839 ; d. Lynn, 1858. 

810. Asa Lee, b. 1841 ; m. i860. 

■ 811. Louisa, b. 22 May, 1844 ; m. 1S60, William German ; d. 1863. 

812. James M., b. 18 April, 1S46; m- 22 Sept., 1870, Louisa Scriven ; 
reside at P. O. Bell Plains, 111. 

813. Saraphina, b, 6 Oct., 1848 ; m. Sept., 1866. 

814. Mary A., b. 22 April, 1850 ; m. G. W. R . 

457. Norman L. (mason), s. of Ezra, b. 26 July, 1817; 
m. at Grafton, N. Y., 11 Dec, 1836, Adelia C. Wait, b. at 
Brownville, N. Y., 24 Sept., 1823 ; d. 21 Aug., 1881. 


815. Lorada a., b. Grafton, N. Y., 21 March, 1839 ; d. 14 Feb., 1842. 

816. Edmund S., b. Grafton, N. Y.. 10 Feb., 1842 ; m. 10 May, 1863, 
Amy Vaughn ; residence. Emerald, Neb. 

817. Daniel W., b. Grafton, 8 May, 1844 ; m. Sarah Richards ; d. I 
March, i860. 

818. Lois D.. b. Grafton. 5 July, 1848 ; d. iS Nov., 1862. 

819. NOR.MAN L., b. Grafton, 16 .April, 1S54 ; m. 19 Aug., 1873, Anna 

460. Paul (doctor), s. of Rufus & Polly Morgan, b. 21 
Nov., 1805 ; rn. i May, 1837, Lucy E. Oathoudt, b. S/ii, 1809. 

820. C. P. O., b. 54, 1838 ; d. 4,'28, 1870. 

821. Rufus, b. 95, 1842. 

822. Otis, b. li/ 14, 1845. 

823. Rachel J., b. 215/, 1849. 


465. Aloiizo l*ri(le, s. of Nathan and Elizabeth Seaman, 
b. 1813; m. at Castile, N. Y., 1844, Acielia Fuller; d. 1878. 
Settled at Castile, N. Y., in hardware trade, and died there. 

824. W. G., b. Castile, 3 Nov.. 1847 ; m. 18 Dec. 1884, Cora A. Hoog:- 
land. Settled at .Mitchell, where he and his brother operate the Mitchell 
National Bank, he being president. 

825. N. L., b. Castile, N. Y., 27 June, 1852. 

826. Adelia E., b. Castile, N. Y., 7 Feb., 1856. 

827. I.MOGENE, b. Castile, N. Y.; dead. 

828. ROLLIN, b. Castile, N. Y.; dead. 

471. Xathaii Henry (farmer), s. of Nathan and Elizabeth 
Seaman, b. Lickaen, N. Y., 16 Aug., 1824; m. Jan., 1852, 
Amanda Aiken, b. at Pike. N. Y., 23 June, 1831. Settled at 
Castile, N. Y., where he resided until 1867, when he removed 
to Manston, Wisconsin. 


829. Francis M., b. Castile, 21 July. 1853 ; d. 17 Nov., 1865. 

830. ELIZ.A.BETH L., b. Castile, 2 Feb., 1855 ; m. 17 Sept., 1887, C. S. 

831. Almira E.. b. Castile, 14 Dec, 1856 ; m. 4 May, 1878, H. Runkle. 

832. Mary Jane, b. Castile, 2 April, 1858. 

833. Olive P., b. Castile, 6 Nov., 1859 : ^- 3° March, 1881. 

834. Charles H., b. Castile, 9 Jan., 1S61. 

835. Wells S., b. Castile. 8 Dec, 1864. 

836. Francis L., b. Castile, 22 May, 1866 ; d. 9 July, 1878. 

837. Mary E., b. Manston, Wis.. 9 Feb., 1870. 

838. Asa Lee, b. Manston. Wis.. 20 May. 1872. 

839. George M., b. Manston. Wis., 25 Aug., 1878. • 

• 485. Cephas, s. of Samuel & Sarah Williams, b. 12 Aug., 
1834; m. in Wayland, 14 IMarch, 1869, Elizabeth A. Coleman 
(b. 2/14/1849) ; d. at San Diego, Cal., 3 Feb., 18S8; buried at 
Wayland, Mich. 

Cephus resided at Wayland, Mich., and was a dentist, and 
dealer in real estate. He left Massachusetts in 1856. Spent 
years in Nebraska and Colorado frontiers, often having narrow 
escapes. He also resided for a short time at San Diego, Cal. 



840. Charles L., b. at Wayland. 1/13/1870; m. 10 June, 1886, Ella 
Van Auken, and resides at AUegon, Mich. 

841. Fannie B., b. 11 16/1871 ; d. in 1874. 

842. Royal E., b. 11,7, 1874; m. 13. May, 1896, Inez Edgerton ; resides 
at Bloomingdale, Mich. 

843. George W.. b. Sept. ; d. Nov., 1888. 

48G. Koyal, s. of Samuel & Sarah Williams, b. 2/4/ 
1836 ; m. (i) Ellen Clark, of Northampton, Mass., who d. 1870 ; 
(2) Mary Robbins, Lives at San Diego, Cal. 

495. Abiier, s. of Chester & Lorena Dunham, b. 3 Jan., 
1820; m. at Davenport, Iowa, by Rev. A. J. Kynett, Jan., 1S54, 
Mary E. Davison, dau. of William (his uncle) & Mary of Hart- 
vi^ick Seminary, N. Y. He is an attorney-at-law at Daven- 
port, Iowa. 


844. Ella, b. 23 July, 1S54. 

845. Charles, b. 29 April, 1857 ; m. 13 Oct., 1881, Mary Beryhill. 

846. Alice, b. 8 Dec. 1858; d. 29 Aug., 1861. 

847. Fannie, b. 31 -Aug., i860; m. 23 March, 1882, C. A. Fiske. 

848. William, b. 21 Jan., 1863; m. Mary Yorkes ; no male issue. 

849. Marv, b. 13 March, 1865 ; m. 8 June, 1S92, F. J. Waby. 

850. Jessie, b. i April, 1869; m. 22 Oct., 1896, \V. R. Weir. 

497. Horatio, s. of Chester & Lorena Dunham, b. in 
Otsego Co., New York State, 8 Dec. 1823; m. 16 March, 
1863, Ellen Griswold, dau. of John & Lucia Ann Griswold, b. 
in New York State, 1830, d. Jan. 3, 1883, aged fifty-three years. 
Horatio, at the age of seventeen, taught school, at the same 
time serving an apprenticeship training for business. At the 
age of thirty-seven removed from the State. Taught school 
one term in Iowa; from i860 to 1888 was engaged in farming 
in Illinois. In that year he went to California on account of 
his health, which is now entirely restored. He is now retired 
from business, and lives with his daughter, wife of J. H. Chaf- 
fee, at Ventura, Cal. 



851. Alice, b. 25 Jan., 1869; m. 21 July, 1S91, H. A. Miller, of \'cn- 
tura ; d. 15 Oct., 1S95. 

852. LOVENA, b. 4 Au^., 1871 ; m. 15 June, 1S93, J. A. Chaffee of Ven- 

498. Henry Delo.s, s. of Chester & Lorena Dunham, b. 
2 Aug., 1827; m. April 27, 1851, Lurenza Newton ; d. at Gen- 
esee, 111., 27 April, 1S64. 


853. Theodore. 856. Nellie. 

854. Hattie. 857. Mary. 

855. Lake, 

510. Georjje W., s. of George Luther & Lydia Crosby, 
b. 12 Feb., 1S3S; m. 27 June, 1861, Abbie Elizabeth Fletcher, 
b. 25 Nov., 1S41. 


858. George Nelson, b. 2/19 '1S66; died 18 March. 1S66. 

859. Harriet Maria, b. 8/31/1868. 

860. Edward F., b. 9,4,1875. 

861. Ja.mes H., b. 10/5/1878. 

511. Edwin II., s. of George Luther & Lydia Crosby, 

b. 3 Aug., 1S41 ; m. 22 Nov., 1866, Jennie Eliza Williams, b. 8 

Aug., 1844. 


862. Helen W., b. 9 Nov., 18S0. 

Superintendent and secretary of the American Hosiery Co. 
of New Britain, Ct. In 1887 had 1,200 employees under his 
charge. Has been twelve years superintendent of the First 
Presbyterian school of 700 pupils. In iSSS a member of the 
city school board. 

The following is taken from a newspaper: "Mr. E. H. 
Davison, si^perintendent, is a native of Brooklyn, Conn., born 
in 1841. He has been a resident of New Britain since the 
organization of the company, and has held the office of super- 
intendent from the commencement. His aptitude for the 


industrial and mechanical arts . is in part inherited from an 
ancestry which has been prominent in these pursuits. His 
education and experience have made him familiar with all the 
details incident to the manufacture of textile fabrics and the 
operations of this large establishment." 

513. Henry Herbert, s. of Ralph Utley & Dolly Co- 
nant, b. 24 Sept., 1850; m. at Pawtucket, R. I., by Rev. David 
Boyd, 28 Nov., 1877, Ida F. Crowning^hield, dau. of John A. & 
Sarah Franklin Crowningshield. 


863. Edith Dolly, b, 12 Oct., 1878. 

864. Herbert Franklin, b. 18 Nov., iSSo. 

865. Lvc\ CoNANT, b. July I, 1887. 

514. John Eliot of Pawtucket, R. I., s. of Ralph Utley 
& Cordelia W. Larned, b. 25 Nov., 1858 ; m. 28 Nov., 1894, at 
Tampa, Florida, Lizzie, dau. of Ford}-ce & Elizabeth (Porter) 


866. Ralph Easton, b. 16 April, 1896. 

545. William Elislia (designer), s. of Elisha Howe & 
Mary Olive Cutler, b. Putnam, Ct., 20 June, 1858 ; m. 21 Dec, 
1881, Ella M. Rhodes, b. IMillville, Mass., i Dec, 1853. 

867. LUELLA M., b. at Mechanicsville, Ct., 2 June, 1883; d. i Aug., 
1884; bur. at Putnam. 

868. Arthur C. b.'Uxbridge, 22 Nov., 18S5. 

565. Oliver, s. of Morris :\Iiller &: Elizab-eth-.^. Stratford, 
b. at New York City, 8 July, 1847 ; m. 5 June, 1879, Catharine 
L. Demarest, dau. of David & Catharine Louisa (Xevins) ; d. 
of neuralgia of the heart 7 March, 1SS7. Widow and children 
reside at Port Richmond, Staten Island, N. Y. 

Children. [ 

869. Morris Miller, b. 31 Dec. 1881. 

870. Katharine, b. 7 March, 1883. 


\ i 


5GG. Sylvaiius Miller (mechanical engineer), s. of Mor- 
ris Miller & Elizabeth S. Stratford, b. I2 Jan., 1849; m. at 
Yokohama, Japan, 30 Dec, 1871, Angelica Malcolm, dau. of 
William and Angelica Gilbert (Malcolm) Ryan. 

871. Mararet Miller, b. in Yokohama. Japan. 24 Sept., 1873 ; m- at 
Geneva, Switzerland, 12 Feb., 1896, Henry Rutgers Remsen Coles, b. Tarn--- 
town. N. Y.. 15 July, 1873. One child, H. R. R. Coles. Jr.. b. 28 May, 1897, 
bap. in St. Paul's Church, Englewood, New Jersey, on 15 August, 1897. 

872. Malcolm Hayward. b. 24 March, 1882. 

The subject of this sketch was born in New York, January 
12, 1849, o" Broadway, in the house which afterwards became 
Hope Chapel. He was the fourth son of Morris Miller David- 
son and his wife Elizabeth Shrimpton Davidson, nie Strat- 
ford. His early life was spent in New York until the death 
of his father, which occurred October 24, 1854, when he re- 
moved to Jamaica, Long Island, with his mother. The facili- 
ties for education at that place were not so good as in some 
other parts of the State, therefore the family moved to Schen- 
ectady in October, 1857, where the educational opportunities 
offered seemed unexceptionable, that city being at the time 
the seat of one of the foremost colleges in this country. The 
war of 1 86 1, however, changed this centre somewhat, and 
Union College lost prestige. 

The mother of our sketch died in 1S61. Young Davidson 
and his brother Oliver were allotted to the care of an uncle in 
Canada. The time spent there was short, owing to the death 
of an aunt. The two brothers were sent back to New York, 
and they, though only eleven and thirteen respectively, 
made the journey alone, which in those days was a great 

Our subject at this tender age was sent to Philadelphia and 
placed in the care of Matthew W. Baldwin, the celebrated en- 
gineer and locomotive builder, under whose care he spent four 
years acquiring the details of the business, learning thoroughly 
the various branches. While located there, the invasion of 


Pennsylvania by General Lee's troops was threatened, the call 
for troops was urgent, and young Davidson responded, and 
went to the front, serving as a private in the Thirty-second 
Regiment Pennsylvania Militia until the retreat of Lee at 
Gettysburg. In 1867 he again went to New York, and became 
engaged in the draughting-room of the Norettz Iron Works, 
then located at the foot of Twelfth Street. A position was 
afterwards offered him in the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, 
then forming a line of steamships to ply between San Fran- 
cisco and the Orient. His first voyage was on one of the newly 
built steamers, the " China," which left New York in June, 
1867, by way of the Strait of Magellan, for San Francisco, 
arriving in Yokohama in October of the same year. 

He remained in the East for several years, and by travel 
and experience, and a close observation of Oriental life, gained 
a large knowledge of Eastern affairs and men. His selection 
by the company for various positions of trust was a flattering 
testimonial to his capacity for the work entrusted to him. In 
1871 he married Miss Angelica Malcolm Ryan of Philadelphia, 
whose meeting with him at Yokohama, after a voyage of 
15,000 miles, had all the charm of a romance. A residence of 
three years at Yokohama brought them in contact with the 
life of that Eastern capital. The vicissitudes encountered by 
Mr. Davidson were many, and the story of the shipwreck of 
the " Herman" and " Relief " on the coast of Japan would fill 
a volume. 

In 1874, tiring of his life in the East, and longing for home, 
he came to Dutchess Co., N. Y., where his brother was engaged 
in various enterprises more or less successful ; and there for 
the past twenty years a business career has been successfully 

Mr. Davidson has aspired to only one political honor, that 
of candidate for the Assembly. The local papers at the time 
commented upon the convention which nominated Mr. David- 
son by acclamation as the most representative and enthusias- 
tic Assembly convention ever held in Southern Dutchess. 


Mr. Davidson's home is at Fishkill-on-Hudson, situated on a 
point which overlooks the Hudson and the surrounding country 
— places of varied beauty and of historic memory. 

Mr. Davidson's great-grandfather was one of the signers 
of the Constitution of New York State in 1777, and he 
came of a family on the paternal side who have in a long line 
served the State and the nation since colonial days. 

His grandmother, as also his aunts Lucrctia and Margaret 
Davidson, were writers of elegant verse, and were personal 
friends of Washington Irving, Miss Catharine Sedgwick, and 
others in the literary world of the time. Among the heirlooms 
preserved by Mr. Davidson is a brooch with the hair of Lord 
Byron, who was an admirer of Lucretia and her verse. His 
father was an eminent lawyer in New York City in the early 


A cloudy day in March that greets 

The passer-by, hurr}-ing- against the blast 

The melting snow, the muddy streets, 
All signs of spring in grayish cast. 

The birds hover low along the bay, 
The mist's like rain in the air ; 

Evidences of the coming May 

Are best guessed than seen anywhere. 

One day of sunshine, then of cloud, 
Is the type of our life in its change ; 

But each day's blessing is ever endowed 
With conditions to meet its range. 

On tne nillsides, under the larch. 

Spears of tiny grass do cling ; 
Oh, how the spirit tires of March, 

Waiting for the long coming of spring 1 


Along the fences streaks of snow 

Like threads of silver among the brown ; 

The robin's note to let us know 

How soon Nature into life will bound. 

Chilling winds from the icy West 
Have uses all their own, 
. In drying roads, and all that's best, 

Preparing the ground until seed is sown, 

March is the month of the eagle's flight, 
As it soars high above the peaks, 

Eagerly awaiting the other birds' plight, 
Thus its daily food it seeks. 

Rooks and crows and other birds throng. 
Rising above the hills and meadows away, 

Making merry with caws and song, 

Through the lights and shadows of a windy day, 

Saturday, March 27, 1897. 


Oh, to be where the languorous lilies grow, 
Beyond the storm-clouds of winter's blast. 
Where life is warm, and nature alone bestows 
^ Its power, and where sunshine ever lasts. 

No spot on earth can banish care ; 

Shadows come, no matter where we roam ; 
It is not here all things are ever fair. 

The heart makes any place a home. 

Forever pining for a change that brings 
Life's comfort to the weary ones of earth. 

Finds disappointment in the very things 
That seem so fair and good at first. 

Cherish all the beauty and the love 

That each day brings in its daily course, 

To hold them all as gifts from above. 

That nothing at last may be counted as loss. 

Sunday, March 27, 1898. 


600. James IleynoUls, s. of William Billings & Louisa 
Daly, b. 29 Sept., 1844; m. 7 Aug., 1873, at Ch. Lower Prince 
Edward Island, Canada, by Rev. James Laylor, ^Lary Pcnople, 
b. 15 Feb., 185 1, dau. of Bertram & Elizabeth Moore. 


873. Charles Franklin, b. 17 June, 1873. 

874. Lea Mansfield, b. 22 July, 1876. 

875. Willia.m Walter, b. 13 June. 1878. 

876. Eliza Louisa, b. 10 July, 18S0. 

877. Arthur Burtram, b. 6 Aug^., 18S2. 

878. Samuel Montague Poole, b. 31 Jan., 1885. 

879. Ja.mes Frederick, b. 2 June, 1887. 

880. Herbert Reed. b. 2 Sept., 1891. 
88r. Benja.min Ca.mbell, b. 13 NLiy, 1895. 

(All live at Ch. Lower P. E. L) 

610. Oscar S., of Yarmouth, N. S., s. of Henry Alline & 
Theodora C. Morse, b. 31 July, 1830; m. by Rev. Christopher 
Lockhard, at Barrington, Canada, Mary E. Bruce Wilson, dau. 
of Israel K. M. D. & Matilda. 

Abstract from letter of Mr. Oscar Davison, dated 6 Aug., 

"I have been in the stage-coaching business since 1850, and 
from 1852 had mail contracts in connection with my coaches 
between here [Yarmouth] and Digby until the railroad was 
built, and to Shelburne until the present time, when they are 
about opening a railroad over the first half of the road from 
here, which we suppose will be completed in about a year ; 
when, probably, what is known as 'Davison's Coaches ' will 
cease to be." 


882. Ada Cecilia, b. 1S58 ; m. i Aug., 1S78, G. M. Dane of Yar- 
mouth, N, S. 

883. Oscar Leslie, b. 1859 : ^' i860. 

611. Allen Chapman, s. of Henry & Theodora C. 
Morse, b. 25 May, 1832; m, at Londonderry, Colchester Co., 


Nova Scotia, by Rev. James Balcom, Sarah Jane, b. 6 March. 
1840, dau. of Joseph & Margaret (Moore) McKinlay. 


884. Cecelia, b. 17 Nov., 1867 ; d. 3d July, 1882. 

885. Joseph, b. 20 Jan.. 1869 ; m. 5 Sept.. 1894, Ida E. Fe'.son. and re- 
sides at Campbellton, Restigouche Co.. New Brunswick, Canada. 

886. Mary. b. 25 July, 1871, single ; resides at Taunton, Mass., U. S. A. 

887. Arte.mas. b. 6 Nov., 1S75; single ; resides at Shubenacadie. N. S. 

888. Blanche, b. i July. 1878 ; single ; resides at O.xford, N. S. 

889. Maggie, b. 14 Oct., 1S80 ; single ; resides at Campbe'.iton, N. S. 

890. Oscar S.. b. 14 .May. 18S3 ; d. 28 March, 1884. 

617. Silas 3Iorse, s. of Henry AHine & Theodora C. 
Morse, b. 5 April, 1845 ! rn. at Hopewell, Cape Albert Co., 
N. B., 25 Dec, 1876, by Rev. Mr. Beverly, Drucilla, dau. of 
Thomas & Rachel (Dickson) Peck. Resided at Oxford, N. S.; 
d. 1897. 


891. Julia F., b. 19 Dec, 1877. 
■ 892. Joseph, b. 17 June, 1881. 

893. Fr.ancis. b. 13 Feb.. 1891. 

894. Glenden, b. 7 March, 1894. 

642. Joliii Mason, s. of Gideon ]\Iiner & Sarah Mason, 
b. Rutland, Vt., 9 March, 1815 or 1816; d. 7 IMarch, 1890; 
buried at Saratoga Springs, N. Y. ; m. 31 August, 183S, Sarah 
Simonds, dau. of Chancellor Walworth of Saratoga Springs. 
She was born at Plattsburg, N. Y., 2 Feb., 1815 : d. 8 Jan., 
1887; buried at Saratoga Springs. They settled for a time at 
Albany, N. Y., where he was Register of Chancery of the State 
of New York from 1839 till the adoption of the new Constitu- 
tion in 1848, when he removed to Saratoga Spring?, where 
for several years he held the office of President of the Saratoga 
and Whitehall Railroad Co. 


895. John Mason, b. Albany, 18 Dec, 1S40. 

896. Mansfield Walworth, b. Albany. 13 Jan.. 1844; m. 24 Feb., 
1870, Arabella B. Wells of Pittsburg ; resides Dorchester, Mass. 


897. Fran-CIS \V., b. Albany, 14 June, 1845 ; m. 29 Dec, 1873, Ira C. 
Goodridge ; resiiles Rochester, N. Y. 

898. Sarah W., b. at Saratoga Springs, 15 Aug., 1850; m. 10 Jan., 
1894, James A. Cherry of Denver, Col. 

899. Charles M., b. Saratoga Springs, 25 July, 1853 ; m. June, 1884, 
Jennie McDougal ; residence, Saratoga Springs. 

643. Clement Miner, s. of Gideon Miner & Sarah Ma- 
son, b. Rutland, Vt,, 9 Dec, 1S17. Graduated from Union 
College in 183S ; m. (i) 21 Oct., 1840, Martha Elizabeth Bacon, 
dau, of John F. Bacon, Esq., of Albany, N. Y. She was b. at 
Saratoga Springs; m. (2) i Dec, 1846, Mary Fuller Pomeroy. 

■ • Children. 

900. Cornelia Pomeroy, b. at Utica, N. Y., 2 Feb., 1847. 

901. Cle.ment Augustus, b. Whitehall, 5 Nov., 1849. 

902. An infant, b. Whitehall, 4 Nov., 1851. 

644. Charles Augustus, s. of Gideon Miner & Sarah 
Mason, b. Saratoga Springs, 21 May, 1824 ; graduated from Wil- 
liams College, 1845 ; rn- by Dr. Thomas E. Vermilye. in New 
York City, 9 Jan., 1850, Mary Anthony, dau. of William M. & 
Hester Ann (DeRimer) Vermilye. 


903. Louis Vermilye, b. 20 June, 1853 ; m. by Rev. George A. How- 
ard, Catskill, N. Y., 20 Nov., 1879, Sophia Griffin, dau. of George & Eliza, 

904. Alice Mason, b. 21 Sept., 1858. 

703. Benjiimin (photographer), s. of Benjamin & Joanna 
Johnson, m. Fannie Curtis. 


905. John W., b. 1837; d. 1863, single. 

906. Benjamin F., d. 18S3, leaving a widow and two children — a son 
Arthur and a daughter, 

(Lived at Spring Green, Wis., 1SS5.) 


705. William, s. of Benjamin & Anna Blackman, b. 
1817; m. Cynthia Nichols; d. at Spring Green, Wis., 1855. 


907. Maryette, b. 1846; d. 1848. 

908. George, b. 1849; lives in Indiana. 

909. Anna, b. 1S51 ; lives in Indiana. 

709. Oraniille, s. of Benjamin & Anna Blackman, b. 5 
May, 1825 ; m. (ist) April i, 1846, Rachel Snyder, b. in Ken- 
tucky, 16 April, 1827; d. in Royaltown, 18 May, 1876 ; m. (2d) 
24 Jan., 1878, Charity Emerson, in Kentucky. Resided or re- 
sides at Wrightston, Ottertail Co., Minn. 


910 Martha E., b. Jasper Co., Ind., 23 March, 1847. 

911. Louisa J., b. Tank River, Wis., 22 Jan., 1852. 

912. John T., b. 10 June, 1S54 ; single in 1SS5. 

913. Benjamin, b. 1857 ; d. i860. 

914. Edward O., b. 13 Aug., i860. 

728. Lorenzo Benjamin, s. of Charles Cook & Mary 
b. Geer, b. 20 June, 1838; m. Dec, i860, Esther Annobel of Fort 
■ • Madison, b. at Bath, N. Y., 1842. 


915. Clara A., b. at Fort Madison. 

916. Mary J., b. 1866. . ., 
^ 917. Belle H., b. 1868. 

918. Bertha M., b. 1872. ^ . . , . 

919. Charles W., b. 1874. ,, , . ., ... 
,. 920. Joseph L., b. 1S77. 

921. HULDAH, b. 1S79. 

922. Nina, b. 1S81. 

923. Benjamin F., b. 1883. 

730. John R., s. of John D. & Anna Guile, b. 9 Dec, 
1815, 16, or 18 ; m. and. had a son. 



924. James E. 

736. Lorin, s. of Nathaniel & Amy Guile, b. at Otis, 
Mass., 25 June, 1819. Came to Pennsylvania in infancy with 
his parents, and settled at Randolph, where he was residing in 
1888; m. 1843, Abigail Hodge, b. in Vermont, 3 March, 1S26. 


925. Emma M., b. 10 Feb., 1844; m. 1861, a Mr. Phillips of Towns- 
ville, Penn. 

026. Charles H., b. 12 June, 1846; m. 1868, Sarah Heath of Towns- 
viile. Pa. 

927. Silvanus, b. 29 Sept., 1847 ; m. 1868, Evalena Phillips of Towns- 
ville ; d. 20 Dec, 1885, at Townsville, Pa. 

928. William, d. in infancy. 

929. David, b. 3 July, 1S52 ; m. Dec. 1879, Adelia Hites of Guy's 
Mills, Penn. 

930. Warren, b. 16 March. 1857 ; m. 20 Nov.. 1876. Sarah Culver, 

931. Ellen, b. 16 Oct., 1863 ; m. Bert Smith of Townsville. Penn. 

738. Nathaniel Wood, s. of Nathaniel & Amy Guile, 
b. in Randolph, Pa., 4 June. 1824; m. 22 May, 1850, Jane, dau. 
of Robert J. & Catharine Davis of Belledevit, Ireland, b. 24 Jan., 
1826. Resided (1886) at Hayfield, Crawford Co., Penn. 


932. Jane Augusta, b. 24 Jan., 1851 ; m. 18 July, 1869, W. Burt 
Adams of Panama, N. Y. 

933- James .Augustus, b. 24 Jan., 1851 ; d. 2 Feb.. 1851. 

934. Orange N., b. 1852; m. Burgess; has one child, Edith, b. 
1876 ; resides at Meadville, Pa. 

935. Catharine, b. 10 July, 1855 ; m. a Heimburger. No issue. 

936. Robert Z.. b. 15 July. 1S56; m. 23 Oct., iSSi. Joanna Williams, 
by Rev. Michael Tracy of CrossviUe. Pa. Two children. Catharine .Mar- 
garet and Blanche Dorothy. Resides at Hayfield, Crawford Co., Pa. 

937. George, b. Randolph, 1858; d. 28 Dec. 1858. 

938. Hattie Odell, b. 6 Oct., 1864 ; d. 22 Sept., 1866. 


740. William, s. of Nathaniel & Amy Guile, b. 30 Dec, 
1829; m. 12 Jan., 1858, Lovina Case, and settled at Randolph, 


939. Nellie, b. i860; m. 1S82, J. B. Hames. 

940. G. E., b. 1862. 

941. E. M.. b. 1864. 

942. Olive, b. 1870. 

943. Minnie, b. 1876. 

944. B , 1867. 

945. Florence, b. 1873. 

74:1. Lyman, s. of Nathaniel & Amy Guile, b. 27 Jan., 
1832; m. Mary Meachum, and resides near Blooming Valley, 
Crawford Co., Penn. 


946. OziAS, b. Meadville, Pa. ; m. Louise Holland. 

947. Leland, b. 1861. 

948. Amy B. C, b. 1867 ; m. William Fralick. 

949. Leonal, b. 1869 ; resides at Guy's Mills, Pa. 

950. Zenobia, b. 1 87 1. 

• 751. Wesley, s. of William G. & Jane Reed, b. Rich- 
mond, Pa., 18 March, 1833; m. 13 March, 1856, by Rev. Al- 
pheus Smith, at Union City, Pa., Cynthia Adelia, dau. of Sam- 
uel Swain & Betsy (Ames) Thompson. (For Thompson 
family, see Appendix.) 

The following was written by Mr. A. H. Davison : 
"Cynthia A. Thompson was left motherless at age of 
four years. To this was added the calamity of a tyran- 
nical stepmother, which made her life a tale of sorrow. 
In the years of young womanhood she was frail ; gave no prom- 
ise of the strength she afterwards manifested. At the age of 
seventeen she had gathered sufficient learning to teach school. 
This was made possible by industry and a chance opportunity 
to attend Waterford Academy a term or two. She taught a 


few terms in rural schools before her marriage. Among the 
accidents of cvery-day life, occurred at this time the one for 
which I am under some slight obligation, tJie fact of bcitig at 
all. Young Wesley Davison some way was led to take her to 
and from her school on Mondays and Fridays a few times, and 
in short, they concluded not to look any further, and a matri- 
monial treaty resulted greatly to my advantage, I apprehend, 
at least, as between the chance of being born great and wise 
on the one hand and the chance of not being born at all. I 
prefer to accept my lot in a spirit of thankfulness. 

" My father had only limited opportunities, and as a result 
failed to obtain but a limited education while young, but being 
a good reader, has become well informed, if not educated. His 
parents were poor, surrounded by a wilderness, in a region 
where the soil yields liberally only where vigorously encour- 
aged. His early life was given to opening up to cultivation 
soil that ought to have been passed by for the fertile lands 
West, where human toil has a greater reward. He accepted 
bis lot bravely, and the courageous example of my parents is 
a better heritage than any wealth that might otherwise have 
been gained. But my parents have always possessed a com- 
fortable home, and have prospered as much as the average of 
people who never depart from the line of strict economy and 
exact honesty." 


951. Arthur Henry, b. 6 March, 1857 ; m. 4 Aug., 1879, Amadella 
Van Marten. 

952. Albert L., b. 2 April, 1859; ^n. 10 Sept., 1879, Jennie Lindsay. 

953. Adeline .%L, b. 14 Jan. 1S61 ; m. 4 .March, 1SS2, Harry . 

954. Clinton E., b. 18 Jan., 1S64 ; m. 27 April 1893, Flora Oakley. 

955. Georgina, b. 14 March, 1866; d. 7 Oct., 1866. 

956. Kittie Bell. b. 24 Oct., 1S6S ; m. by Rev. J. A. Edwards, Union 
City, Pa.. 9 Sept., 1886, Perry W. Peck of St. Joseph, .Mo. 

957. Samuel T., b. 15 Feb., 1872; m. at Erie. Pa., by Rev. J. M. 
Bray, 12 .A.uar., 1893, Carrie E. Middleton, dau. of Arthur & Ellen (Barnes) 

958. Jennie ^L, b. 23 Jan. 1875 ; ni. 3 June, 1S97. V. B. King. 


959. Anfield, \ (d. 15 Nov., 1876. 

960. Anna, (■ b. ii Oct., 1876 ; }d. 12 Nov., 1876. 

961. Annie, ) ( d. 12 Nov., 1876. 

962. Charles \V., b. 11 March, 1880. 

753. Selleck, s. of William & Jane Reed. b. at Otis. 
Mass., 24 May, 1836; m. 4 Nov., 1854, Mary Perham, b. 7 
Sept., 1834 ; d. of consumption, 28 May, 1883. Besides several 
who died in infancy, had the following: 


963. Marilla, b. at Blooming Valley, Pa., 2 Jan., 1857 ; m. Matthew 
Culver, b. 2 April, 1853, by whom she had the following children : 

1. Carl, b. ir March, 1876. 

2. Carson, b. 26 Oct., 1877. 

3. C. Hester, b. 26 Oct., 1879. 

964. Rhoda, b. at Little Cooley, Pa.. 5 March, 1858 ; m. 21 Feb., 1875, 
H. K. Lyon, b. 22 Feb., 1854 ; lived at Grantvilie, Kansas ; d. in Penn., 
about 1894. 

I. Geffrey, b. 4 Nov., 1879, ^^ Topeka, Kansas. 

754. Lewis, s. of William & Jane Reed, b. 5 May, 1842 ; 
m. 7 July, 1867, Sarohette Pratt, and settled half a mile south of 
schoolhouse, two miles west of Townsville, Crawford, Co., Pa. 


965. Frank, b. n July, 1869. 

966. Bessie, b. 12 March, 1879. 

766. Paul G., s. of Norman & Huldah Brown, b. at 
Ogden, N. Y., 4/13, 1809; m. 31 March, 1840, Mary Ann Hart, 
dau. of William & Polly, at Atlas, Mich. She was b. in Monroe 
Co., N. Y., 1822, and d. 4/26, 1848. Settled at Atlas, Mich., at 
the occupation of farming, where he resided until he emigrated 
to California. He at one time gathered considerable material 
for a family history; d. in California, 28 Nov., 185 1. 



967. Mary Franxis, b. 1841 ; d. in infancy. 

968. Adelaide, b. 28 Dec, 1842 ; d. about 1854. 

969. Mary, d. 1863 ; married. 

767. Oliver Perry, of Highland, Mich., s. of Norman 
& Huldah Brown, b. Ogden, N. Y., 31 Aug., 18 10; d. 6 March, 
1879; buried at Highland, Mich.; m. 23 Feb., 1837, Mary, dau. 
of George Clark of Sopen, Mich. She was b. in Hockton, Eng- 
land, 2 Oct., 1818; and d. 23 Feb., 1884; buried at Highland, 


970. Sarah H., b. Atlas, Mich., i July, 1S40 ; m. i Jan., 1861, C. E. 
Bennett of Milford, Mich. 

971. Olive F., b. Atlas, Mich., 8 Aug., 1842 ; m, 30 Aug., 1867, J. H. 

972. Ada R., b. Highland, Mich., Jan., 1845 ; ^- -A-pril, 1867, E, L. 
Bennett of Beacon Lake, Mich. 

973. George N., b. Highland, Mich., Aug., 1S46 ; d. Highland, Mich., 
Aug.. 1874. 

974. Lewis C, b. Highland, Mich., Aug., 1849; ^- Highland, Mich., 
May, 1850. 

975. Frank B., b. at Highland, Mich.. Oct., 1854; m. Feb., 1884, 
Florence Havens. 

976. Frederick L., b. Highland, Mich., July, 1856. 

977. J.AMES C, b. Highland, Mich., Nov., 1858 ; m. Aug.. 1887. Clara 

Oliver Perry Davison was a Justice of the Peace and Post- 
master in Highland, IMich., for some fifteen years; was a super- 
visor in Attica, and was a member of the Legislature in its last 
session at Detroit. His family were all Democrats with the 
exception of Paul G., the eldest son, who was an old-time 

770. Dewit Clinton (farmer), s. of Norman & Huldah 
Brown, b. at Avon, N. Y., 22 April, 1819; d. at Davisonville, 
II April, 1873; bur. at Atlas, Mich. M. (i) in 1850, Lucretia 


Palmer, dau. of Olive Palmer. M. (2) at Atlas, Mich., i 5 March, 
1853, Elizabeth Munson Fairchild, dau. of Nathaniel & Harriet 
(Hughes) Fairchild. 


978. Belle, b. at Atlas, Mich., 13 Aug., 1855 ; d. at Goodrich, Mich., 
4 July, 1859. 

979. Ml.VNiE, b. Atlas, Mich., 18 May, i860; m. 20 Sept., 1S87, I. M. 

1. Dewit C, b. 17 Feb., 1S89 ; d. 10 Oct., 1889. 

2. Y.\le, b. 19 July, 1890; d. II Sept., 1890. 

771. Benjamin Franklin (farmer), of Highland, Oak- 
land Co., Mich., s. of Norman & Huldah Brown, b. at Avon, 
N. Y., 21 April, 182 1 ; m. 16 May, 1849, H. N. Gue of High- 
land, Mich. ; b. 30 Oct., 1830. 


980. Jane Ann, b. Highland, Nov., 1853 ; m. 9 Nov., 1876, William 
H. Gonne. 

981. Flora E., b. Highland, i Feb., 1856 ; d. 6 Oct., 1871. 

982. Norman, b. Highland, 2 Aug.. 1858; m. 14 Sept., 1882. Mary 
Eld red. 

983. Benjamin F., Jr., b. Highland. 16 Jan., 1862 ; d. Nov., 1873 ; ^■ 
I Jan., 1867. Sarah S. Wells, b. at Wesleyville, Erie Co., N. Y., 25 April, 

1. Bertha, b. 5 Oct., 1869. 

2. Margarett S., b. 23 Aug., 1871, at Highland. 

789. Augustus Lewis (lawyer), s. of Asa Lee & Lydia 
Lewis, b. 1812 ; d. 25 Aug., 1859. 


984. Asa Lee, b. 21 Feb., 1850 ; m. 9 May, 1869, Fannie E. Church. 

985. Flora M., b. 1853. 

986. Hawley W., b. 1855. 

791. Ezra Darwin (lawyer), s. of Asa Lee & Lydia 
Lewis, b. 23 June, 1818; m. Feb., 1840, Electa S. Fairchild. 





Lydia, b. 14 June, 1841 ; m. A. D. Addis of Lincoln, Neb. 

Francis L., b. 17 Oct.. 1843; m.(i) Jenkins; (2) W. R. Dunn. 

Helen, b. 26 Oct., 1845 ; m, J. Elliott of Broken Bow, Neb. 

Electa, b. 22 Oct.. 1847. 

Sarah, b. 1850. 

Mary, b. 11 July, 1853; m. E. Harrisvvorth of Broken Bow, Neb. 

794. Daniel Harrison, s. of Daniel & Melinda Mixon, 
b. at Grafton, N. Y., 25 March, 1826; m. 25 March, 1852, at 
Grafton, N. Y., Louisa Ann BIy, dau. of Joseph ; b. at Sandiake, 
N. Y., 26 March, 1829. 


993. Ada E., b. Grafton, N. Y., 19 Jan., 1854; m. 30 May, 1882. 
Charles Taylor of Edgar, Neb. 

994. Joseph, b. 18 Jan., 1859 : m. 11 Jan., 1SS2, Lilla Ferrin, Pola, III. 

995. Daniel, b. 24 Dec, i860; m. 24 Nov., 1892, Esther Wilson, 
Bloominjjton, 111. 

996. William A., b. 20 Aug., 1862 ; m. 15 March, i8S8, Hattie 

997. Cyrus, b. 10 March, 1865 ; m. 3 April, 1887, Eva Vance. 

998. Minnie A., b. 9 Aug., 1S67 ; m. 22 Aug., 1888, Fred W. Wilcox. 

999. Dexter, b. 19 Sept., 1869. 

1000. Orris, b; 3 June, 1872 ; m. 18 Dec, 1892, Mary Alene Martin. 

795. Alnion, of Manito 111., s. of Daniel & Melinda 
Mixon, b. at Grafton, N. Y., 25 June, 1828 ; m. 29 June, 1854, 
Abbie M. Chandler, dau. of Rev. S. P. Chandler of Bell Creek, 
Minn. She was b. 21 May, 1838. 


loor. Martha, b. Manito, III., 10 -■\pril, 1855 ; m. i Oct., 1878, Jerry 
Singley of Manito, 111. 

1002. Louis, b. Manito, 21 Feb., 1857 ; m. 13 Jan., 1875, James R. 
Baker of Green Valley, 111. 

1003. Abbie, b. Manito, 3 May, 1859. 

1004. E.MMA L., b. Manito, 18 Aug., 1861 ; d. 21 Feb., 1863. ' 

1005. Daniel E., b. Manito, 21 July, 1863 ; d. 18 July, 1869. 


1006. Charles Grant, b. Manito. i June, 1865. 

1007. Ella C, b. Manito, 21 Feb.. 1867. 
ic»8. Almon M., b. Manito, 4 Dec. 1869. 

1009. RUBIE M., b. Manito, 22 Feb., 1872. 

1010. Ada B., b. Manito, 12 March, 1874. 

loii. Mary A., b. Manito, 7 Sept.. 1876 ; d. 15 March, 1879. 
1012. Bertie C„ b. Manito, 29 Nov., 1882. 

797. Reuben, of Saratoga Springs (harness maker) 
s. of Daniel & Melinda Mixon, b. Grafton, N. Y., 14 Oct., 
1832; m. 16 Jan., 1858, Louisa Harnett. 


1013. Carrie, b. i860. 

1014. Cora, b. 1865. 

1015. Maud, b. 1872. 

798. Ezra (carpenter), s. of Daniel & Melinda Mixon, b. 
Grafton, N. Y., 5 Nov., 1837 ; m. 19 Feb., 1868. Helen Wilson, 
d. 1874, and was buried eight miles west of Minonk, 111. 


1016. Annie L., b. Minonk, III., 24 Nov., 1868. 

1017. Clarence, b. Minonk, Sept., 1871. 

1018. Theodora, b. Minonk, 21 Aug., 1874 ; dead. 

801. Franklin, s. of Paul & Abigail Burdick, b. at 
Grafton, N. Y., in 1834; m. (i) 25 Jan., 1856, Jane Brown ; 
(2) . Lived in New York City. 

I ' ' .. - Children by First Marriage. 

1019. Jennie. 

1020. Franklin, b, 1865. 

^^ Children by Second Marri.\ge. 

1021. Milton, b. in New York City, 187S ; d. age 4 years. 

1022. Tilly, b. in New York City, 18S0. 

'802. Asa, s. of Paul K. & Abigail Burdick ; m. Eliza Bond, 
and lived in Troy, N. Y., with his sister Augusta. 


804. Prosper II. (farmer), s. of John Milton & Sally 
Parks, b. Grafton, N, Y., 26 Aug., 1833 ; m. 2 Sept., 1854, Jane 
File of Eureka, 111. ; b. at Brunswick, N. Y., April, 1832. 

' . Children. 

1023. Addie, b. 6 Aug., 1855. 

1024. Frances, b. 23 Feb., 1857 ; m. 10 Feb., 1886. Harrison Kerrick 
of Shirley, 111. 

1025. WiLLIA.M T., b. I Dec, 1862 ; resides Eureka, 111. 

1026. Morgan, b. 24 Oct., 1864 ; resides Eureka, 111. 

1027. Paul, b. 19 Feb., 1867 ; resides Eureka, 111. 

1028. Elsie, b. 16 Aug., 1869 ; resides Eureka, 111. 

1029. Bertha, b. 28 Aug., 1874; resides Eureka, 111. 

806. Dr. Ezra, s. of S. Rowland & Amanda West, b. at 
Grafton, N. Y., 28 June, 1834; m. 31 Dec, 1855, Mary S. 
Scrivner, b. at Hoosic Falls, N. Y., 24 Oct., 1837. 

Dr. Ezra Davison lives or lived at Moscow, Idaho. He served 
three years in the Civil War, in the Seventy-seventh Regular 
Illinois Infantry Volunteers, in Red River Camp, and took 
part at the siege of Forts Gaines and Morgan in 1864; also in 
camp against Mobile, Ala., in 1865. 


1030. John R., b. 26 Jan., 1857; m. 31 July, 1887, Elizabeth Jarron, 
Idaho, and resided at Moscow. 

1031. Gilbert, b. 11 April, 185S ; d. 10 Sept., 1859; and was buried 
at Bell Plains, 111. 

1032. Charles, b. 25 March, i860. 

1033. Lucretia M., b. 28 Dec, 1862. 

1034. Amanda E., b. 22 Jan., 1864; m. 22 Feb., 1888, David Bounds 
of Moscow, Idaho. 

1035. Emily, b. 12 Oct., 1S68. 

1036. Luna B., b. 27 Oct., 1871. 

1037. Pearl A., b. 1 Feb., 1875. 

1038. George D., b. 17 Feb., 1877. \ 


812. James Milton (farmer), s. of S. Rowland & Amanda 
West, b. at Groveland, 111., i8 April, 1848; m. 22 Sept., 1870, 
Louisa E. Scrivner. 


1039. Alice, b. 26 Oct., 1871. 

1040. Sarah, b. 6 Feb., 1873. 

1041. Ida Bell, b. 25 June, 1874. 

1042. James Ezra, b. 22 Jan., 1876. 

1043. S. Rowland, b. 25 March, 1879. 

1044. Le Roy, b. 10 Feb., 1882. 

816. Edmund S. (farmer), s. of Norman L. & Adelia 
C. Wait, b. at Grafton, N. Y., 10 Feb., 1842 ; m. 10 May, 1S63, 
Amy Vaughn ; lived or lives at Emerald, Neb. 


1045. Earnest C, b. at Clayton, i Feb., 1866. 

1046. Volney E., b. 7 Nov., 1873 ; d. 17 Oct., 1886 ; bur. Emerald. 

1047. Lois D., b. 6 Feb., 1876. 

1048. Ira a., b. 28 June, 1878. 

817. Daniel Webster (barber), s. of Norman L. & 
Adelia C. Wait, b. at Grafton, N. Y., 8 May, 1844; m. I 
May, 1866, Sarah A. Richards, b. 4 May, 1848. 


1049. George, b. at Clayton, 19 Nov., 1866. 

1050. Clara, b. at Clayton, 3 June, 1869 ; d. in infancy. 

1051. LONNY R., b. 25 Dec, 1S73. 

1052. Harry, b. 20 Dec, 1881. 

819. Xorman L. (soda-water manufacturer), s. of Nor- 
man L. & Adelia C. Wait, b. Grafton, N. Y., 16 April. 1854 : 
m. 19 Aug., 1873, Anna McKeevcr, b. i Oct., 1S56. 


1053. Charles H., b. 2 June, 1878. 

1054. Freda G., b. 9 Aug., 1S81. 

1055. Ralph P.. b. 1885. : 


845. Charles, s. of Abner &: Mary Davison, b. 29 April, 
1857; m. 13 Oct., 1881, Mar>' Berryhill. 


1056. Philip, b. 18 April, 1884, 

1057. Donald B., b. 3 Oct., 1889. 

89G. 3Iaiisfield Walworth, of Dorchester, Mass.. s. of 
John Mason & Sarah Walworth, b. at Albany, N. Y., 13 Jan., 
1844; m. 24 Feb., 1870, at Cincinnati, Ohio, by Rev. James 
A. Fiske, Arabella Beltzhoover, dau. of George A. S: Sarah 
(Cook) Wallace. She was b. 8 July, 1844. 


1058. Francis Wallace, b. 23 Nov., 1870. 

1059. Sarah Walworth, b. 8 Nov., 1872. 

1060. Susan Wallace, b. i Nov., 1873. 

1061. John Mason, b. 2 Jan., 1876 ; lives in Boston. 

1062. Nathan Guilford, b. 2 Jan., 1876. 

(All live in Dorchester, Mass., except John Mason.) 

951. Arthur Henry, s. of Wesley & Cynthia Thompson, 
b. 6 March, 1857, near Blooming Valley, Crawford Co., Penn.; 
m. 4 Aug., 1879, '^t Cambridge, Pa., by Rev. William Grassie, 
Amadella Van Marten. 

Arthur H. Davison, b. March 6, 1857, on a farm one and 
one-half miles east of Blooming Valley, Crawford Co., Pa. In 
youth, when not at school, he worked upon the farm. His 
parents were always anxious to furnish their children every 
educational advantage within their reach and means. First 
attended the rural district school (schoolhouse half a mile 
south of Delamater's Corners^ until thirteen years of age. when 
he began attending the village school at Blooming Valley. In 
the fall of 1873 he attended State Normal School at Edinboro, 
Pa. The following winter began teaching in Townley district 
school near home. This was a trying time for the boy teacher 
(not yet sixteen years old), with pupils older than he, and not at 


all disposed to good order. The summers of the years 1874 and 
1875 he managed a cheese factory; in the winter of 1874 
attended Edinboro State Normal School. Winter of 1875, 

. In spring of 1876 started West, with the intention of 

going to Black Hills, the newly discovered mining region. On 
account of Indians who were on war-path, and entreaties of 
mother not to go, he spent the year in Platte County, Neb., 
where he taught two terms, and did some work on the farm of 
his uncle James Compton. In spring of 1S77, he reentered 
Edinboro State Normal School, where he remained (except 
winter terms, when he taught at home in Del^mater school) 
until June, 1879, graduating with one year's studies beyond 
prescribed course. 

Married August 4, 1S79, Ida Amadella Van Marten, b. Aug. 
9, 1858, one mile north of Blooming Valley, where her father 
settled when the country was new. Marriage ceremony was 
performed at Cambridge, Pa., by Rev. William Grassie, less 
than one hour before they took the train for Iowa. Mrs. 
Davison was educated in the district school at the farm near 
Blooming Valley, and at Edinboro State Normal School. 

They settled at Rock Rapids (where he began teaching as 
principal of town schools, Sept. 13, 1879), leaving come West 
with nothing definite in view, except a determination to find 
work at his chosen profession, for which he had had a thorough 
training. He taught five terms, then resigned to accept the 
office of County Superintendent of Schools, by appointment 
to fill vacancy. He was twice elected by the people, serving 
till Jan. I, 1876. In November, 1883, with Charles Creglow, 
purchased " Rock Rapids Review," which he edited about one 
year as a Republican paper. In 1885 purchased " Lyon County 
Reporter," a Republican paper, which he edited and published 
till August, 1887. 

During the years from 1885 to 1897, he has engaged, to 
greater or less extent, in real estate dealing, the rapid increase 
in the value of land making the business profitable when 
wisely conducted. In 1883 was elected to Iowa House of 


Representatives for Lyon and O'Brien Counties. In 1895 the 
Republicans of the county unanimously asked that he be given 
the State Senatorial nomination ; but after nearly 1,700 ballots, 
the counties having a larger vote took the nomination. In 
May, 1896, was admitted by the Supreme Court of the State 
to practise as attorney and counsellor-at-la\v in all courts of 
the State. For years he has been member or President of City 
School Board, and is Chairman of Public Library Board. In 
his youth he united (at Blooming Valley, Pa.), with Methodist 
Episcopal Church. Withdrew some years ago, at the time 
Rev. H. W. Thomas was convicted of heresy. His wife is a 
member of the Congregational Church. He has been member 
of a few civic societies, including A. O. U. W. ; K. of P. ; I. O. 
O. F., A. M., American Knights Templars, and has travelled 
the desert with the Mystic Shrine worshippers. 


1063. Hazel Van Marten, b. 28 April, 1881. 

1064. Arthur A., b. 13 July, 1883. 

1065. Bessie B., b. 13 July, 1885. 

1066. Della, b. 13 July, iSSS ; d. Feb., 1889. 

1067. Susan M., b. 6 May, 1890. 

• 1068. Paul T., b. 10 March, 1895. 

952. Albert L., s. of Wesley, b. 2 April, 1859; ^- ^5 
Sept., 1879, '^t Crawford Co., Penn., Jennie Lindsey, dau. of 
John & Mary (Mobus) Lindsey. 


1069. RUEY May, b. 30 Oct.. 1880. 

1070. Lulu, b. 12 May, 1883. 

1071. Albert, b. 3 March, 1S86. 

1072. Ethel, b. 22 Feb.. 188S. 

954. Clinton Euj?cnc, s of Wesley, b. iS Jan., 1S64 ; m. 
Flora Oakley. In 1896 published the "Tribune" at Hudson, 
S. D. 



1073. Bernice. 

1074. A daughter, b. 1896. 

984. Asa Lee, s. of Augustus, b. in Chicago, 21 Feb., 
1850; m. 9 May, 1869, Fannie E. Church. 


1075. Myrtle, b. 19 Aug., 1871. 

1076. JOA Bella, b. i April, 1881. 

994. Joseph A., s. of Daniel Harrison & Louisa Ann 
Bly, b. 18 Jan., 1859 ; ^- ^^ Minonk, 111., by Rev. S. Marquis, 
Lilla E. Ferrin, dau. of Henry & Loretta P. (Sanborn) Ferren. 


1077. Loretta. b. 28 June, 1884. 

1078. Harrison K., b. 5 April, 1886. 

1079. Robert, b. 15 June, 1889. 

1080. Elbert, b. 27 Oct., 1S91. 

1000. Orris M., s. of Daniel Harrison & Louisa Ann 
Bly, b. 3 June, 1872 ; m. at ]\Iinonk, 111., by Rev. Fuller Swift, 
18 Dec, 1892, Mary Alene, dau. of Presley & Eleanor (Bane) 
Martin. Siie was b. 23 Oct., 1870. 


1081. Curtis Melvin, b. 21 Sept., 1893. 

1082. Esther ^LA.RIE, b. 10 Aug., 1895. 
- 1083. Ruth Alene, b. 9 Oct., 1896. 

(All live at Minonk, 111.) 


1. Thompson Fiiniily. Henry Thompson came from 
England to America about the middle of the eighteenth cen- 
tury, and settled in New Jersey. M. Mary , by whom he 

the following: 


1. Job, b. 6 JuTy, 1755 ; probably had no issue. 

2. Abel. b. 2 March, 1757 ; J- 3 July, 1S40 •, m. (i) Jemima Kemp, b. 
4 Feb., 1757 ; d. 15 Nov., 1816 ; (2) Tamar Gray ; d. 1844. 

2. Abel by first wife had the following: 


3. Job, b. 4 Aug., 1799; d. 20 April, 1852 ; m. Isabel Swain. 

4. Mary, b. 1781 ; d. 1815. 

5. , b. and d. 1783. 

6. Abel, b. 14 April, 1785 ; m. Kitty Boylin. 

7. Joel, b. 14 Jan., 17S8. 

8. Caleb, b. 30 Jan., 1790 ; d. 1863. 

9. Sarah, b. 1793 ; m. Adam Boylin. 

10. Charles K., b. 1796. 

3. Job, s. of Abel & Jemima Kemp, b. 4 Aug., 1799; d. 20 
April, 1852. 


11. Henry, b. 4 March, 1801 ; m. Eliza Ames. 

12. Samuel, b. 23 Jan., 1803 ; m. (i) Betsy Ames ; (2) Mary Palmer. 

13. Reuben, b. 18 March, 1S05; d. in Wisconsin, iSSi ; m. Belinda 

14. John, b. 19 Feb., 1857 ; d. in Indiana, 4 Nov., 1866. 

15. Thomas, m. and had 2 children, Hattie and Wait, now living in 

16. Elizabeth, b. 27 Oct., 1810-1 1 ; m. L. Marsh. 


17. Isabel. 

18. JOSIAH, m.and had the following children : James, Henry and Edwin. 

12. Samuel, s. of Job & Isabel Swain, b. 23 Jan., 1803; 
m. twice, (i) Betsy Ames, b. 20 Nov., 1805; d. 2 May, 1842; 
(2) Mary Palmer. 


19. Sally, b. 25 July, 1826 ; d. 10 Feb., 1829, 

20. ;lived two days. 

21. LUCRETIA, b. 5 May, 1828 ; d. 6 June, 1828. 

22. , b. 21 May, 1829; d. same day. 

23. Samuel, m. twice (i) Sophia Robbins ; (2) Melissa Oakes. 

24. Horace, b. 2. Jan., 1835. 

25. Cynthia, b. 4 April, 183S ; m. Wesley Davison. 

26. , b. 8 May, 1842. 

Children by Second Marriage. 

27. Isabel. 

28. Palmer, d. when about 21 or 22 years of age, from a gun-shot 
wound from his own hand while in a state of despondency. He was a 
young man of considerable mechanical genius, and might have been a 
valuable citizen, except he became possessed with the idea that he was 
likely to fall a prey to certain imaginary' evils. 

23. Samuel (s. of Samuel & Betsy Ames), m. twice, (i) 
Sophia Robbins ; (2) Melissa Oakes. 

,.x Estelle, Addie, Samuel, Eddy, Maud, and Madge. 

William Henry Harris, b. in Rhode Island, 6 March, 
1810; m. II June, 1834, Ziphia Torrey. dau. of Ziphia Davison 
(No. 141), who was the daughter of Daniel Davison (No. 64) of 
Brooklyn, Ct.; b. Killingly, Ct., 14 Dec, 1814. Lives at Putnam 
Heights, Ct. 


I. William T., b. Killingly, Ct., 10 Sept.. 1835 ; m. 27 Dec, 185S 
Sarah T. Bugbee ; b. 29 Oct., 1836 ; resides, Concord, Mass. 


1. Theodore, b. St. Louis. Mo., 12 Sept., 1859; m. 6 Aug., 

1879, Florence Fairchild. 

1. Ethan, b. St. Louis, 30 Nov.. 1882 ; d. 20 Dec, 1883. 

2. Florence, b. St. Louis, 3 Oct., 1885: resides, St. 


3. Arthur, b. St. Louis, 11 Jan., 1886; resides, St. 


4. Edith, b. St. Louis. 6 June, 1S88 ; resides St. Louis. 

2. Charlotte, b. St. Louis. Mo., 27 July, 1862 ; d. 22 May. 

1864; buried, St. Louis, Mo. 

3. Ethan, b. St. Louis, 20, 1864; d. St. Louis, Mo.. 20 

July, 1870. 

4. Edith, b. St. Louis. Mo., 6 Aug.. 1875. 

IL John W., b. Killingly, Ct., 29 April, 1837 ; d. San Francisco, 
Cal., 29 Dec, 18S5. 

in. Sarah L., b. Killingly, Ct., 7 April, 1839; m. Andrew Morey. 
IV. Dr. Edward M., b. Killingly, Ct., 4 Sept., 1841 ; m. 15 Dec, 
1887, Amy Eddy ; lives at Providence, R. I. 

V. David H., b. Providence, R. I., March, 1844; m., 1S72, Alice 
Snyder ; resides at St. Louis, Mo. 

VI. Anna R., b. Putnam, Ct., 20 Nov., 1847 ; d. Putnam. 17 March. 


VIL Mary J., b. Putnam, Ct., 20 March, 1851 ; m. 17 Feb.. 1886, 

Frank Banner. 

VIII. Charles J., b. Putnam, Ct., 11 Sept., 1853; m. 17 Feb., 1886, 
Florence Rust. 

1. David, ^ 

2. Charles J I Denver. Col.. Box 3042. 

3. Robert M., [ 

4. Margaret H., J 

IX. Ellen E., b. Putnam, 21 Sept., 1858; d. Denver, Col., 2 July. 1887. 

William Torrey Harris, whose name has become so 
generally known on account of his achievements in the work 
of education and the literature of education and philosophy, 
was born on a farm, on which he labored a large part of the 
time during early life. His pupil life began at the age of four 
years ; from this age till he arrived at eight he attended summer 
terms of twelve weeks each at a country school one and a 
half miles distant from his father's farm. From this date he 
attended winter sessions of school, and during the ne.xt few 


years attended the city schools of Providence, Woodstock, 
Worcester, and Andover Academies, leaving Andover in 1853, 
when he began teaching. In 1854 he entered Yale College, 
but did not complete the course of study, but withdrew at the 
middle of the junior year. Early he acquired the habit of 
thought and philosophical study. In 1858 he began teaching 
in St. Louis, Mo., and rose rapidly till 1S6S, when he became 
City Superintendent, a position he held till 1880. His work 
here and his annual reports soon drew the attention of the 
educational world. 

In 1867 he founded, and has since edited, "The Journal of 
Speculative Philosophy." At the close of his work at St. Louis, 
in 1880, he established his home in the " Alcott House" in 
Concord, Mass., and has, as before, kept his pen busily engaged 
in philosophical writing. He has been honored by Yale Col- 
lege with the degree of M.A., by the Missouri State University 
with the degree of LL.D., and being made "a member of 
Academy" by Minister of Public Instruction of France, by 
election to Presidency of National Ed. Association in 1875, as 
U. S. Delegate to International Ed. Congress at Brussels in 
1880, and by numerous other positions and other recognitions 
of the first importance. 

His writings include about forty articles in Johnson's En- 
cyclopedia and the editorship of the department of Philosophy. 
Numerous lectures (including those before the Concord School 
of Philosophy, of which he was one of the founders), numerous 
articles in the leading magazines and in many of the educa- 
tional periodicals of the country. He is author of Appleton's 
series of Readers. In 1889 President Harrison named Dr. 
Harris for Commissioner of Education, a position he fills to 
such perfect satisfaction that President Cleveland has deemed 
it wise to continue him in office. Since taking the Commis- 
sionership the work done and publications issued are sources 
of extreme satisfaction to educators and friends of education. 
To-day he has few if any peers in the fields of educational 
philosophy, and ranks as one of the finest thinkers of the day. 


The First Deed on Record to the Davisons in the Town of 
Preston, Conn. Several Extracts from the Records of that 
Town Rehitive to the Davisons, and Jonathan Davison's will, 
copied from the Probate Records at Norwich : 

Know all men by these presents that I Daniel Mason of 
Stonington of the County of New London upon good & mature 
considerations me moving hereunto, &: especially for & in con- 
sideration of the full & just sum of thirty pounds Current 
Moneys well & Truly payed by Thomas Davison & Pater 
Davison & George Hawkings the Receipt whereof I the said 
Daniel Mason do acknowledge viz. ten pounds at the signing 
of this present Deed and twenty pounds in like Current moneys 
well secured in law to be paid at or before the first of Novem- 
ber next ensueing the debt hereof I the sd Daniel Mason 
freely fully cherely and absolutely do give grant bargain sell 
allienate & pass over unto the aforesaid Thomas Davison 
peter Davison & George Hawkins a certain tract of land swamp 
& Meadow ground in all Three hundred acres in estimatio, 
more or less as it is bounded and Layed out by Leiut. Jonathan 
Tracy situated & Lying near to pahchog cedar swamp, begin- 
ning at the southwest corner upon the lien between Leut. 
Daniel Mason and the town of preston at a white oak tree 
with a rock on the east side of it & marked with K. D. and from 
thence running Northerly Three hundred and Twenty rods 
with trees marked all along in the lines to a white oak marked 
with K. D. &: Thence running easterly one hundred & fifty 
rods with trees marked in the line to a white oke on the 
South east corner of a pine swamp marked K. D. and thence 
southwardly with trees marked in the line until it cometh 
to the line first mentioned and so by sd Line to the tree first 
mentioned, all & singular every part & parcell Thereof with all 
the priviledgcs and appurtenances thereunto belonging & wood 
timber grass & Herbage Water & water courses and Rocks 
stones mines & minerals within the aforesaid bounds, is or doth 
or may accrew & arise, from as profits, benefits to the sole and 


peculiar use & behoff of the aforesaid Thomas Davison, peter 
Davison and George Hawkins forever to have & to hereto pos- 
sess & enjoy quietly & peaceably without any Lett hindrance 
objection or ejection of me the said Daniel mason my heirs 
executors administrators & assigns forever unto the aforesaid 
Thomas Davison and peter Davison &: George Hawkins their 
heirs executors and administrators or assigns declaring myself 
the true and Lawful proprietor of the aforesaid tract of land 
before the signing this present Deed and that I the sd Daniel 
Mason have just right & full power to sell & make allienation 
of the aforesaid bargained promises 8c shall & will warrant and 
defend the same and i the sd Daniel mason do hereby coven- 
ant & promise to give more ample deed for the strengthening 
& firm & sure making of the above sd bargained promises ac-' 
cording to the honest and genuine scope & meaning of this 
present deed when legally called thereunto & in token of 
further confirmation i the sd Daniel mason set my hand &. 
seal in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and 
ninty four august the fifteenth 1694. 

Signed Sealed & Delivered in presence of us witnesses 

Daniel mason 
Samuel mason 
JOHN Stanton 

Left Daniel mason personally appeared & 
acknowledged the above written deed S: 
I. ,-' <M'i on the other side before me in Stoning- 

"■ ■ ■ ' ■ ' ton august the 15, 1694. 

Samuel mason assistant. 

This Deed entered august 2lth 1694. 

Jonathan Tracy Recorder. 

The above is a true copy of record. From Book 1st. Page 
98, of Land Records. 

Attest, O. P. Hewitt 
Tov/n Clerk. 

Preston, Apr. 8th A.D. 1S61. 


The foregoing is the first deed upon record to the Davisons 
in Preston, A division occurred between them and George 
Hawkins December 9th, 1703, from which the following is an 
extract, going so far as the description of Thomas Davison's 

"To all Christian people to whom these presents shall come 
Know Ye that whereas we Thomas Davison Peter Davison & 
George Hawkins all of Preston in the County of New London 
in ye colony of Connecticut in New England have formerly 
purchased a piece of land lying in Preston above sd of Daniel 
Mason of Stonington and this above sd land is bounded as fol- 
loweth beginning at ye west corner at a white oak tree marked 
standing before John Guiles door & from thence running South- 
wardly course by ye land of Samuel Sterry until it comes 
to a red oak tree marked then turning eastwardly & run- 
ning to a white oak tree marked standing in a hollow then 
turning a Northwardly course & running by ye said John 
Guiles land to ye first mentioned bound, which Land being now 
divided & bounded each mans division is as follovveth and i 
Thomas Davison do take my division at ye South eastwardly 
corner at a white oak tree marked & running by ye land of 
ephrian herick to a red oak bush marked it being on a north- 
wardly course then turning & running on a westwardly course 
upon a line to a red oak tree marked & so on ye same course 
tile it meteth with ye divisional line that is between Samuel 
Sterry land & ye land now mentioned, then turning a South- 
ward by ye Land of Samuel Sterry to a white oak tree marked 
then turning on an eastwardly course to ye first bound men- 
tioned of ye division." (See Preston Land Record Books, p. 25,) 

1703-4, January 3rd, deeded his hundred acres to Ephraim 
Herick for i^20 silver money & a parcel of land lying between 
Thomas Davison's land & the town line — " which i thesd peter 
Davison have given Ephraim herick order to give a deed of 
that parcell of be it more or be it less unto my Brother Thomas 
Davison, the receipt thereof I the sd peter Davison do hereby 
acknowledge — " (see Book 2, page 19) and on the same day 


Eph. Herick deeded to T. D. a piece of land lying between the 
said T. D.'s land & the town line — & running easterly to the 
brook being part payment for lOO acres from peter" — and by 
his order i ye sd herick do now give this Deed unto his brother 
Thomas Davison" (see Book 2 page ii). 

1720, Apr. 12. T. D. bought five acres of land for 40 shillings 
of James Rix on the westerly side of Dlllings Brook & extend- 
ing to it. (Preston Land Records, Book 3, page 185.) 

1736, March 29. Jonathan Davison, Thomas D. John D. S: 
Jedediah Williams & Hannah Williams his wife divided the 
estate of "Their Honored Father Thomas Davison late of 
Preston deceased." This instrument is quite lengthy. Book 
5, pages I & 2. 

1737-8, Mch. 10. Samuel Davison deeds to Thomas 31 acres 
of land for £gi. Book 5 — 170. 

1739, July 10. Roger Billings deeded to Jonathan, Thomas 
& Samuel Davison and John Davison of Stonington & Jed. 
Wms. & wife " for divers good causes & considerations together 
with love & Good will" all the right title &c. &c. which he the 
sd Billings, had or ought to have in or to the tract of land that 
Thomas Davison late of sd. Preston decea>ed died in possession 
of. Book 5, pages 217 & 18. (This puzzles me. Billings' wife 
.^ think was Abigail Denison & I find no mortgage to him.) 

1741, Apr. 28. Jed. & Hannah Wms. deed to Thomas D. for 
£11 "a certain lot of land which was laid out to ye above sd 
Hannah by order of ye court of Probate as part of her portion 
out of her Hond. father Thomas Davison's farm." Witnesses 


Jonathan Davison. 

Kizia Davison which was the name of Jonathan D.'s wife & 
daughter & should have been so in the will of which I sent 
you a copy. I think I wrote it Heziah. I have since examined 
the probate records & find it Keziah. The K so much re- 
sembled an H that I made the mistake & the Judge did not 
notice it. 

And that name " Margreen " I think, although it looks like 


nothing else, was intended for Margara. The will of Jonathan 
Davison is recorded in Norwich Probate Records (Book i, page 


1745, Oct. 25th. Deed John Davison " Yeoman " to Jonathan 
— 5 acres of land for ^^40 old tenor. Book 6, page 133. 

E.xtracts from the Records of the First Church in Preston, 

Rev. Salmon Treat, Minister. 
1699, March 5. Thomas Davison was received in full commu- 
nion with this church. 
Peter Davison was received in full communion 

with this church. 
Anna Davison, his wife, was received in full 

communion with this church. 
Jonathan, son of T. D., was baptized. 
Dorothy, child of Peter D., was baptized. 
Joseph, son of Peter D., was baptized. 
Thomas, son of Thomas D., was baptized. 
Mary, daughter of Widow Davison, was bap- 
William, son of Peter D., was baptized. 
Peter, son of Peter D., was baptized. 
Hannah, child of Thomas D,, was baptized. 
Samuel, son of Thomas D., was baptized. 
Joseph Witter Jun. & Hannah Davison were 
1753, Nov. I. Thomas Davison & Rachel Rude were married 
by Rev. Asher Rossiter, Minister. 
December 16, 1709. Thomas Davison of Lawful age testi- 
fieth and saith that I have lived in Preston sixteen years and I 
never Knew that Stephen Gate as concerning the land above 
written, I never Knew him to have been interrupted by any 
person or persons laying claim Thereunto, and prosecuting 
Their claim is due form of Law. Thomas Davison, select- 
man. This entered January 5, 1709-10. 

Jonathan Tfl\cy, Recorder. 










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1703, Dec. 24. Legally warned and the metting was ad- 
jorned from the metting hous to Dccon Fabcs his house 
and it was voted that all those persons which Now have Land 
of there own in this Town shall be Recorded inhabitants of this 
Town whose Names are as foUoweth 

peter Davison 
Thomas Davison " 

and the names of 56 others recorded by Jonathan Tracy — and 
on the page after their names appear on the first roll of Free- 
men recorded in this town. 

1698, Aug. 26. Thomas Davison was chosen one of List 
gatherers for that " yere." 

1700, Dec. 26. Thomas Davison and Peter Davison were 
appointed " survaiers." 

1701, Dec. 8. Thomas Davison was again appointed sur- 
veyor & one of the Collectors. 

1705, March 16, at a Town Meeting Legally warned it was 
agreed upon & voted to free John Metch from his minister's 
Rate for four yer for sweping the meting hous one a fortnite 
and to take care of the dores to keep them Lockt and to 
attend to or Lock them as often as there shall be ocation for 
it upon all publick dayes— and Daken Fobes and Sart witer (?) 
and Jonathan Tracy are chosen a comity to agree with men to 
finish the gallaris in the metting hous and to make a rate for 
the defraying the charg of the work and to glase the windos 
and Thomas Davison and jams Morgan and Samuel Standish 
ar chose collectors to gather the rate." 

1705, Dec. 25. Thomas Davison was chosen Lister. 

1708, Dec. 14. Thomas Davison was chosen Selectman. 

1 719, Dec. 14. Sart. Thomas Davison was chosen a Sur- 

1749, Sept. 12. Jonathan Davison Jun. & John Davison was 
admitted electors. 

175 1, Apr. 8. Andrew Davison was admitted an elector. 

'753» Apr. 9. Hezekiah Davison was admitted an elector. 


Christopher Davison, son of John & Elizabeth his wife, born 
1749, (no. 18). 

Thus I find Thomas Davison having at various times almost 
all the ofiices then in the gift of his townsmen. 

1694, Aug. 15. Thomas Davison, Peter Davison & George 
Hawkins took a deed of 300 acres of land of Daniel Mason of 
Stonington and in 1702-3 a highway was laid out " Northward 
of the house of Thos. Davison" & "near the new House of 
George Hawkins." 

1703, Dec. 9. Their division was made. 

1703, Dec. 24. Ephm. Herrick deeded a parcel of land to 
Thomas Davison, for the consideration of one hundred acres 
of land to him paid by Peter Davison, brother of the said 
Thomas Davison. 

This Ephm. Herrick, I think, came from Beverly, 
Mass., & bought 140 acres of land of Danl. Mason 
in Nov. 1694. His land joined the Davisons. 

1720, Apr. 30. James Rix deeded 5 acres of land to Thos. 
Davison for 40 shillings. 

At a Court of Probate held in Norwich in the District of 
Norwich in New London County the 9Lh day of January 
1753, Present. — 

Hez Huntington Esqr. Judge: 

and Isaac Huntington Clerk: holding said Court. 

The last will of Jonathan Davison of Preston deceased was 
exhibited in this Court which being proved is approved & 
ordered to be recorded & Thomas Davison one of the Ex- 
ecutors named in sd will, appeared in Court, accepted the 
trust and made oath to exhibit an inventory accordingly. 

I Jonathan Davison of Preston in New London County, 
being sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind &: !\Iemory 
blessed be God for it, do ordain and make this my last will & 
testament. — First of all I recommend my soul to God that gave 
it, & my body to the earth, and touching such worldly estate 
as God hath blessed me with, I give & dispose in the following 
manner & form. — 


Item. I give unto my son Jonathan Five shillings old tenor 
money out of this my estate. 

Item. I give unto my daughter Heziah One Hundred Pounds 
to be paid at the end of three years after my decease 
out of this my estate. 

Item. I give unto my daughter Mary One Hundred Pounds 
old tenor money to be paid at the end of three 
years after my decease out of this my estate. 

Item. I give unto my daughter Hannah One Hundred pounds 
old tenor money to be paid at the end of four years 
after my decease out of this my estate. 

Item. I give unto my daughter Margara (Mary Ann) One 
Hundred Pounds old tenor money to be paid at the 
end of four years after comes to the age of Eighteen 

Item. I give unto my daughter Margaret One Hundred 
pounds old tenor money to be paid at the end of four 
years after she arrives at the age of eighteen years. 

Item. I give unto my Cypron One Hundred pounds Money 
old tenor when he comes to the full age of twenty 
one years, and One Hundred pounds money Old 
tenor more at his Mother's death. 

Item. I give unto my son Samuel One Hundred pounds old 
tenor to be paid when he doth arrive at the full age 
of twenty-one years & One Hundred pounds money 
Old tenor more at his mother's death, the above said 
sums of money & Devise to be paid by my ex- 
ecutors hereafter named. 

Item. I give unto my Loving wife Heziah one third part of 
my personal estate forever; & one third part of my 
real estate during her natural life. 

Item. I give unto' my two sons Thomas & Hezikiah v.hom I 
make my sole executors to this my last will fie testa- 
ment all my land rights in land & all my movable 

' /' ' ' ' Estate forever ratifying this to be my last will and 
testament this Sixth day of January 175 1-2. 


Signed, Sealed, Published, Pronounced & declared by the 
said Jonathan Davison to be liis last will & testament. In 
presence of us. 

Eunice Davison 

Joseph Billings Jonathan Davison L.S. 

the mark of JUDAH Benjamin 

In New London Ss. Preston, January 23rd, A.D. 1752. Mr. 
Judith Benjamin & Eunice Davison who signed as witnesses 
to the within written instrument Personally Appeared & made 
Solemn Oath that they see Jonathan Davison deceased sign, 
& heard him pronounce & declare the within instrument to be 
his last will and Testament he being then in a disposing mind 
& memory and that they and Joseph Billings Esqr. did then 
in the presence of the testator and at his request sign as 
witnesses to the same. 

Before Me 

Samuel Coit, 

Justice of the Peace. 
Norwich, March 20" A.D. 1861. 

The above is a true Copy of the record in the Norwich 
Probate Records. 

S. T. HOLBROOK, Judge. 

1748 Oct. 14. Jonathan Davison Jun. deed \Vm. Herrick 
106 acres of land for ^^"1510 in bills of credit of ye old tenor. 

Book 6, page 131. 
1748 Oct. 14. Jonathan Davison Jr. deed to Danl. Benjamin 
45 acres of land for ^^1055 in bills of credit of ye old tenor. 

Book 6, page 132. 
1748 Oct. 14. Jonathan Davison Jun. deed from Danl. 
Benjamin 12J2 acres & 26 rods of land for i^300 money of ye 
old tenor. 

Book 6, page 135. 
1754 Mch. 27. Deed, Jonathan D. (formerly Jun.) from 
Hezekiah D. of the farm which his Honored father Jonathan 


D. late of Preston decsd. died seized of " together with the 
adjoining right of thirds which belonged to my honored 
Grandmother Hannah Geer, late of said Preston, decsd." Con- 
sideration i^i/OO in bills of Cr. old tenor. 

Book 6, page 522. 

1754 June 6. Jonathan, Thomas & Andrew D.'s deed to 
Jed. Wm's of about 5 acres of land "and it is part of that land 
that set off to our honored Grandmother Davison for her 
thirds & it is yet undivided till now." 

Book 6, page 545. 

1754 June 15. Jed. Wm's & wife for ;^5oo old Tenor money 
quit claimed to Jonathan, Thomas & Andrew D. the above 
tract — "and is a part of the land that was set off to our hond. 
Mother Hannah Davison for her third or dower & by her 
decease it descended unto ye sd Jedediah & Hannah his wife 
as their right of inheritance." 

* Book 7—85. 

1754 November i. Thomas & Jonathan D. (Thomas Davi- 
son of Stonington) divided the farm which their father died 
possessed of. 

Book 7, page 86. 

Baptisms, Church Membership, etc. 

Mrs. Abigail Davison, mother of Gideon M. and Clement 
Davison, united with the Presbyterian Church at Saratoga 
Springs, under the pastoral care of the Rev. Darius O. Gris- 
wold, the first pastor of the church. May 6, 182 1. She had 
previously been a member of the Congregational church at Mid- 
dleton, Vt., for about forty years. 

Gideon M. Davison and Clement Davison his brother, were 
baptized at Middletown on the same day by the Rev. Lemuel 
Haynes of West Rutland ; the first at the age of about 3 years, 
and the latter an infant. Gideon M. was hopefully converted 
under the preaching of the Rev. Asahel Nettleton at Saratoga 
Springs, September 15, 1819; united with the Presbyterian 


church at that place, under the pastoral care of the Rev. Mr. 
Griswold, on the 24th of October following ; and was ordained 
a ruling Elder of the church, under the ministry of the Rev. Mr. 
Shimeall, June 22, 1827. Clement, his brother, united with the 
Presbyterian church at Brooklyn on the day of , under 

the ministry of the Rev. Mr. Carroll. 

Sarah M. Davison, wife of G. M. Davison, was baptized in 
infancy at Castleton, Vt., by the Rev. Mr. Kazeah ; hopefully 
converted under the preaching of the Rev. Mr. Nettleton at 
Saratoga Springs, and united with the Presbyterian church at 
that place, under the pastoral care of the Rev. M. Griswold, on 
the 6th of May, 1821. 

Children of G. M. & S. M. Davison. 

John M. Davison was baptized by the Rev. Mr. Griswold in 
1821 ; became hopefully pious under the preaching of the Rev. 
Mr. Kirk- at Albany, in October, 1832; and united with the 
Presbyterian church at Saratoga Springs under the ministry 
of the Rev. Mr. Farlin, on the 8th of Jan., 1833, at the age of 
16. Sarah S. Walworth, his wife, was baptized in infancy at 
Pittsburgh, N. Y., and united with the Presbyterian church at 
Saratoga Springs under the ministry of the Rev. Mr. Griswold, 
on the i8th of May, 1834, at the age of 19. 

Clement M. Da\ison was baptized by the Rev. Mr. Griswold 
in 1821 ; became hopefully pious in June, 183S, while in col- 
lege, during a revival of religion at Schenectady under the 
preaching of the Rev. Mr. Knapp ; and united with the Pres- 
byterian church at Saratoga Springs under the ministry of the 
Rev. Mr. Griswold, on the 6th of Jan., 1S39, ^^ the age of 21. 

Charles A. Davison was baptized at Saratoga Springs in 1S24 
by the Rev. Mr. Bacon ; became hopefully pious in the spring 
of 1840; and united with the Presbyterian church at that 
place, under the ministry of the Rev. Alfred T. Chester, on the 
7th day of May of that year, at the age of nearly 16. He was 


ordained an elder in the Mercer Street Church of New York, 
Jan. II, 1857. Mary A., his wife, united with the same church 
Feb. 14, 1S5S. 

Sarah M. Davison was baptized by the Rev. Mr. Shimeall 
at Saratoga Springs in 1827, and united with the Presbyterian 
church, on profession of her faith in Christ, under the ministry 
of the Rev. A. T. Chester at that place, on the 6th of March, 
1842, at the age of 15. 

Elizabeth Newman Davison was baptized at Saratoga 
Springs by the Rev. Warren Farlin March 7, 1830. She died 
on the 14th of October following of scarlet fever, aged 16 
months, and her funeral was attended by the Rev. Mr. Camp, 
bell, who for a few months was the Pastor of the Presbyterian 

Children of John M. &: Sarah S. Davison. 

John Mason Davison, Jun. was baptized at Albany by the 
Rev. Doct. Sprague, and united with the Presbyterian church 
at Canandaigua under the pastoral care of the Rev. Mr. 
Dagget, while a student at the classical school in that place, at 
the age of 16. 

Mansfield Walworth Davison was baptized at Albany by the 
Rev. Doct. Sprague in 1845. 

Fanny Walworth Davison was baptized at S. Springs by 
the Rev. A. T. Chester in 1848. 

Sarah Walworth Davison was baptized by the Rev. Mr. 
Woodbridge at Saratoga Springs in 185 1. 

Charles Mason Davison was baptized at Saratoga Springs by 
the Rev. Mr. Woodbridge in 1854. 

Children of Clement M. & Marv F. Davison. 

Cornelia Pomeroy Davison was baptized at Whitehall by 
the Rev. Lewis Kellogg, in August, 1850. 

Clement Augustus Davison was baptized at the same time 
and place and by the same clergyman. 


Children of Charles A. & Mary A. Davison. 

Lewis Vermilye Davison was baptized in New York by the 
Rev. George L. Prentiss D.D. on the 19th of Feb. 1854. 

Ahce Mason Davison was baptized in New York by the 
Rev. Walter Clarke, D.D. on the 17th of April 1859. 

From History of Scotland, Conn. 

Subsequent to the Revolutionary War. "After the return 
of peace Scotland Parish procured a bell for its meeting house 
steeple. According to popular tradition it was cracked upon 
its first journey, returned as unsound, and was again cracked 
in its hanging, once more re-mended and again re-cracked 
during the ringing which celebrated its successful return. By 
further mischance it was twice more disabled, sent back and 
returned before its final exaltation and installment in the 

In June 1791 Doct. Cogswell reports that the subscribers for 
a bell voted "not to have the bell which is now in use here, 
nor any other of Davison's, but to apply to Doolittle's, New