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OF THE DESCENDANTS OF
EAST HAVEN, CONN.,
BARNES, BATES, BEECHER, BISSELL, CALAWAY, CARPENTER,
GARY, COLMAN, DOOLITTLE, DOUD, DOUGLASS, DRESSER,
EVANS, FOX, FULLER, GRANNIS, JOHNSON, MELOY,
MORSE, PARSONS, PERKINS, RICHMOND, ROGERS,
SIGOURNEY, SILL, SMITH, STONE, TUTTLE,
VAN BUREN, WALKER, WERDON, WHIT-
And numerous other Families, with many Biographical and
Genealogical Notes concerning the same.
CHARLES C. DAWSON.
FOR A MEMORIAL."— ■ Ex. xvli, 14.
ALBANY, N. Y. :
JOEL MUNSELL, 82 STATE STREET.
Write this for a memorial in a book." — Ex. xvii, 14.
' So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies." — I Chron. ix, I.
BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
The foHowing record forms part of a Collection of Family Records
compiled by the same hand.^
Reference is made to the larger work for an explanation of the method
of arrangement ; also for full indexes of the names which occur in these
pages. The index here inserted (pp. 1 13- 1 15) contains the names only
of married men, descendants, or husbands of descendants, of the first
Robert Dawson of East Haven.
' A Collection of Family Records, with Biographical Sketches and other Memoranda
of various Families and Individuals bearing the name Dawson, or allied to Families of
that name. Compiled by Charles C. Dawson. " For a Memorial." — Ex. xvii, 14.
Albany, N. Y. : Joel Munsell, 82 Stare street, 1874, 8vo, pp. 572.
Henry Shepard Dawson, 45.
Edward Sebried Dawson, 57.
Charles Carroll Dawson, Frontispiece.
DESCENDANTS OF ROBERT DAWSON,
- Of East Haven, Conn., 1682-1718.
I have ever had a pleasure in ohtaining any little anecdotes
of my ancestors." — Franklin.
The township of East Haven, in Connecticut, forms a part
of New Haven county, and consists of a tract of land about
seven miles long from north to south, and from two to three or
four miles wide, lying between the townships of Branford and
North Branford on the east, and New Haven township and
harbor on the west. On the north it is bounded by the town-
ship of North Haven, and on the south by Long Island sound.
The population is largely agricultural.
The central portion of the township is divided from Branford
by a beautiful sheet of water called Saltonstall lake (formerly
locally known as the pond) which, besides being the scene in re-
cent times of gay regattas of the college students from New
Haven, is the source from which that city is principally supplied
with ice. The lake is about three miles in length, but quite
narrow, being nowhere, perhaps, more than one-third of a mile
2 The Dawson Family.
in width. The East Haven, or west, shore of the lake consists of
a high rocky ridge, formerly known as the Pond Rock or Pond
Rocks^ and which, though " the pond " has now a nobler desig-
nation, is still called by its ancient name. On the northwesterly
side of the lake and rock (being in the northerly part of the
township) is a fertile plain, on some portion of which it is sup-
posed that an Indian sagamore named Foxon had his residence
at an early day. The plain was called Faxon's Farms from this
circumstance, and the farms there lying are still so designated.
The name is on record of the date of 1644.' Through this
plain, and coursing thence along the foot of the rock in a
southwesterly direction, flows a small stream called Stoney river,
which, turning to the southeast below the rock, flows thence
into the sound, forming, in its lower portion, the boundary line
between Branford and East Haven.
This township was formerly a part of the ancient colony of
New Haven, and was connected with that colony and town, in
all its domestic and foreign concerns, about one hundred and
forty years. It was in part originally purchased of Momauguin,
then sachem of that part of the country, and his counsellors, by
Theophilus Eaton, Rev. John Davenport, Thomas Gregson,
Edward Hopkins, and other English planters,^ on the 24th
Nov., 1638. These persons had arrived in Boston the previous
year, where they were strongly urged to continue, but came to
this wilderness in accordance with their design of founding a new
colony, a New Haven for their persecuted brethren of the
mother country. To this, their first purchase, they shortly after
added another large tract, three miles long north and south, and
thirteen miles in breadth ; the two tracts costing the purchasers
altogether twenty-five coats of English cloth, and a few articles
of merchandise of small value.
This was probably the most opulent company of adventurers
which had come into Ne*v England, Mr. Davenport had been
^ The people of Branford complained that the Indians set traps in the cattle's
paths ; and a marshall was sent from New Haven " to warn Uncas, or his brother,
or Foxon, to come and speak to the Governor about it." — East Ha-vcn Register^ p. 1 8.
In 1658 the inhabitants of the village petitioned the town "that a line might be run
from the rear corner of Mr. Davenport's farm towards the town, to Foxon s Wccktuam,
and so Stoney river be their bounds on the east." — lb\d.
- So called because flantcn of a colony.
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a celebrated minister in the city of London, and Mr. Eaton and
Mr. Hopkins had been merchants in that city, possessed great
estates, and were men of eminence for their ability and integrity.
Early after their arrival the planters entered into covenant,
binding themselves, in all civil and religious concerns, to *•' be
regulated by the rules which the Scriptures held forth to them."
The next year they formed their constitution.^ They were
men loving power, their community was small, and their laws, if
scriptural, were often severe and arbitrary.
For many years public worship in the colony was attended
solely at New Haven, but to th e inhabit ants on the east side of
the Quinipiack,^ with great inconvenience, labor and danger.
" They were obliged," says the author of the East Haven
Register,^ " to leave home early in the morning, travel through
the woods on unmade roads, and then cross the ferry, which
was often dangerous. During the Indian wars and commotions
the women and children, on the sabbath, were collected to-
gether at one house in the neighborhood, under the protection
of a guard, while some part of the families attended public wor-
ship at New Haven. And for many years the men were re-
quired by law, under the penalty of a fine, to appear at meeting
with their arms ready for battle." It was not until 1680 that
the people of East Haven obtained liberty to become a distinct
society.-* This was greatly to their relief and satisfaction, and
they proceeded at once to "invite and settle an orthodox minister
amongst them," in accordance with the grant and stipulation of
Their meetings were warned
" By sound of horn
Or beat of drum. "s
• This provided that church members only should be " free Burgesses," and that
they alone " should have power of transacting all publique civil affairs of the plantation,
of making and repealing laws, dividing of inheritances, deciding of differences that
may arise, and doing all things or business of like nature." — E. H. R., p. lo.
= The Quinipiack river separated East Haven parish from New Haven.
3 The Rev. Stephen Dodd. He died at East Haven 5 Feb., 1856, aged 79.
■*The records of the village of East Haven commence in this year, but they are
imperfect. The records of the church, prior to 1755, are lost. — E. H. R., p. 6.
5 In 1707 one Austin was granted a piece of land '• for beating the drum for public
worship and other occasions." — E. H. R., 47.
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Their dwellings were mostly plain structures of one story,
and their means were generally small. They had not the same
facilities for education that the people of New Haven enjoyed.
They were obliged to endure all the hardships and privations of
a frontier life — literally a life in the wilderness — and, particu-
larly of the generation immediately succeeding the first settlers,
it must be remarked that their deficiency, even in regard to a
common education, was very great. Experience taught them
the necessity of paying more attention to the education of their
children, and advantage was taken of the earliest opportunity
ofi^ered for the establishment of schools in the township. The
first school appears to have been established in 1707, and was
taught by their first minister, the Rev. Mr. Hemingway, then
recently graduated from Yale College, and the first from this
township who had enjoyed this honor. Prior to this time the
people of East Haven had been dependent for educational facili-
ties, of course available to but a limited extent, on the schools
established at New Haven. A free school had been opened and
taught there as early as 1641.
In the fall of 1655 the General Court of New Haven, which
then had jurisdiction over East Haven in civil as well as eccle-
siastical affairs, was informed ' that there was a purpose " that
an Iron Worke should be set up beyond the farmes at Stoney
river." Liberty was given for the Worke to go on, and it was
accordingly established ; being the first of the kind within the
present bounds of the state. Branford appears to have been
jointly concerned with New Haven in this enterprise, or at least
" was treated as having some interest in the Iron Works," pend-
ing a neighborly controversy as to the ownership of certain terri-
tory adjoining the Furnace pond, the right to which was claimed
by both townships. The land was afterwards relinquished by
Branford to East Haven, and is referred to in the records as
" the half mile." Some of the workmen employed here were ■
probably brought from similar works in Massachusetts ^ — others
perhaps came direct from English furnaces. The furnace was
' By Mr. Goodyear, who " declared that Mr. Winstone and himself did intend to
carry it on." — N. H. Records, 12 Nov., 1655.
= The Russells were from Taunton, Pinion from Lynn, &c. — Savage's Gen. Diet.
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supplied with bog ore from North Haven. Of so much conse-
quence was this establishment considered that after the union
of New Haven with Connecticut a special grant was made (1669)
to the people employed in the work to free them from taxes for
seven years ; yet the population thereby introduced brought in
some disorderly elements, requiring the occasional interposition
of the civil authority. There was great mortality in the village
in the year 1679, and the business was about this time (1679
or '80) relinquished — for what reason cannot now be satisfac-
torily ascertained. Probably it had not been very profitable, and
the loss by death of some of the principal workmen, which hap-
pened just then, may have hastened its discontinuance. The
Iron Works farm, after one or two changes, passed into the hands
of William Rosewell, of Branford, formerly an extensive mer-
chant at New Haven, whose only daughter and heir married
Gurdon Saltonstall, afterwards governor of Connecticut, in
honor of whom Saltonstall lake was named. In 1681 a grist-
mill was set up at the furnace dam, and though at this time some
reservations were made in the grant of the dam for the mill,
with a view to the possible reestablishment of iron works here,
and though some years later (1692) a bloomary furnace was
erected on one of the small brooks running into Stoney river,
the business never subsequently attained to much importance,
and was soon permanently abandoned. Thus the town returned
to the quiet pursuits of a farming population. Of the people at
the works, thrown out of employment by the discontinuance of
the business, it is probable that some, receiving no encourage-
ment to remain, removed to other parts — while others, of the
sort better calculated to live in a farming community, and better
esteemed by the townspeople, received grants of land, and made
their homes permanently in the township.
It is possible that among those who were thus graduated from
the Furnace to the Farms, was Robert Dawson,' founder of
the family whose records are herein given. East Haven
had then established, or at least asserted, for itself a semi-
I In a list of" The proprietors of New Haven, Conn., in 1685," prepared by Hon.
C. W. Bradley, Secretary of State of Conn,, 1847, the name is printed Robert
Dauson. — A''. E. Hist, and Gen. Reg., vol. 2, p. 157.
6 The Dawson Family.
independence in civil as well as ecclesiastical affairs (though un-
der a certain bondage to New Haven in township concerns for
a hundred years after), and at a village meeting, May 17, 1682,
Thomas Pinion, William Roberts, Robert Dawson and William
Luddington, propounded for land to be assigned to each of them
on Stoney river. Of these persons one, Thomas Pinion, had
certainly been engaged at the Iron Works. Luddington's
father had died there in 1662, and without doubt he had been
employed about the same business. (His daughter subsequently
married the eldest son of Robert Dawson).
At the next division of land, which was made in 1683, and
was the third in which the first inhabitants of New Haven had
participated. Pinion, Dawson, Roberts, Joseph Abbott and
James Tailor, being evidently partial to the Stoney river land,
and apparently desirous of having their farms constitute adjoining
tracts, were, on their own motion, excepted from the regular divi-
sion — which if made as usual by lot would leave their location
subject to chance — and it was accordingly ordered that they
should have their land next to that which the town had obtained
from Branford, thirty acres each being allotted to the three first
named in consideration of their being married men, and twenty
each to the others, on condition that each of the five should
build on his land a tenantable house within three years. This
land was afterwards surveyed to them in a body, and was de-
scribed as lying " about 30 rods eastward about y^ place where
Foxon's wigwam was," they being left, " for their five p'ticular
parts," after making sufficient allowance for ^'cartwaies between
y^ Pond Rock and their land," " to lay out and to bound as
they will agree upon among themselves."^ The grants made
by the village to these men were confirmed by a town vote of
New Haven, and their land was afterwards referred to in the
records as "the five men's land at Foxon's."
It had been laid out to them by Matthew Moulthrop, whose
father had been by appointment conservator of the morals of the
people about the Iron Works, and by Sergt. John Potter, who
was by trade a blacksmith, and had been concerned in the Iron
I N. H. Records, vol. I, p. 403.
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Works property. He and Pinion were the ones who petitioned
the town for the privilege of the bloomary which was built in
1692. Concerning Roberts, Abbott and Tailor, little is known ;
certainly nothing to discredit the supposition that they were
Iron Works men.
Dawson made record of his land 17th March, 1683, it being
described as " lying half a mile in length and thirty rods in
breadth, east and west, with the river running [through] the
middle, and is bounded by Thomas Pinion's on the east [and
the] highway on the west."^ Pinion was thus his nearest neighbor.
It is probable that he built and occupied immediately. Dodd
makes the following record :
" Robert Dawson settled at Foxon's in 1683. He then
had John, born in 1677. After this he married widow Hannah
Russell, and" had Thomas, 1693."^
Her maiden name is not known. John Russell, her former
husband, had been a potter in the furnace at the Iron Works,
and died there in 1 68 1 .3 His brother Ralph, one of the principal
workmen, had died there during the great sickness, two
years previously. "•
In regard to the former wife of Robert Dawson, no informa-
tion can be obtained. If they were living at the Iron Works —
as may be surmised from his having been so curiously connected
with the furnace people — it is not unlikely that she may have
fallen a victim to the prevailing sickness in 1679, leaving him
with one child, John, born 1677, as stated by Dodd. If this
was the case, the marriage of Robert Dawson and widow Russell
must have occurred before the settlement at Foxon's, he having
been a married man at the time the grant of this land was made
to him. And this would explain the fact that in this year (1683)
his family is "listed" as consisting of six persons. His son
John was then about six years of age ; the other five were himself
' E. H. Records. — It was near the upper or north end of the Pond Rock. " At
a village meeting 15th Feb., 1709, agreed to sell all the undivided lands on the Pond
Rock to the upper end. Thence south of a line from the south corner of Robert
Dawson's home lot, a strait line to the northeast corner of Davenport's farme," &c.
2 E. H. Register, p. 115.
3 Ihid, 146. First there about the year 1664.
4 Ibid, ay.
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and wife, and probably her three children by her former hus-
As to the date of birth of Robert Dawson's son Thomas, it
is probable that the date above given (1693) is erroneous; for
at his death, Jan. 12, 1759, he was said to be 72 yrs. of age,'
which would make the date of his birth, 1687.
It has been erroneously supposed that Robert Dawson mar-
ried, first, Sarah Tuttle,3 daughter of William Tuttle, one of
the first settlers of the colony. A copy of the East Haven Reg-
ister^ in the possession of William H. Dawson, Esq., of West-
ville, Conn., contains a marginal note, supposed to be in the
handwriting of the author of that work, which states that Robert
Dawson and Sarah Tuttle were married Nov. 17, 1663. The
error is referred to by Savage in his Genealogical Dictionary, It
appears that she really married John Slawson, of Stamford, Nov.
12, 1663. In the original record,^ his Christian name is not
given — a very unusual circumstance — and the surname was so
illegibly written that it might easily have been mistaken for Daw-
son. (The initial letter has been over-written SI by a modern
hand). These circumstances, and the fact that Slawson was not
a New Haven or East Haven name, may account for the error
by which her name has been connected with that of Robert
' Hannah, b. 1670, m. Joseph Grannis, Nov. 3, 1702; William, b. Sept., 1676;
John, Nov. I, 1680.— £. H. R., 146.
2 Uid, 171.
3 Concerning her there is a curious chapter on record, which, as illustrating the
character of those times, is here briefly referred to. All intercourse of society was very
formal, and especial pains were taken that there should be no disorderly conduct
among " the young men and maidens." At a court held May i, 1660, Jacobeth
Murline (Melyen) and Sarah Tuttle were prosecuted " for setting down on a chest
together, his arme about her waiste, and her arme upon his shoulder, or about his
necke, and continuing in yt sinfull posture about half an hour, in which time he
kyssed her and she kyssed him, as ye witnesses testified." Mr. Tuttle alleged that
Jacob had endeavored to steal away his daughter's affections, " but yt Sarah denied,
and it did not appear to ye courte." They were sentenced to pay each of them aos,
to the treasurer. — Lambert's History of New Ha'ven. But one half of her fine was
subsequently remitted, at her father's request. — N. H. Records, March 4, 1661-2.
Jacob Melyen removed to Elizabeth, N. J., where, and in New York, he was a
prominent citizen. — Hatfield's History of Elizabeth. There was also a sad and tragical
chapter in her history, for thirteen years after she became the wife of John Slawson,
and when she was the mother of three little children, she was killed with an ax by
her brother Benjamin, who, though probably insane, was executed for it, 13 Ji
1677. — Savage's Gen. Diet. Huntington's History of Stamford.
* New Haven Records of births, marriages, &c.
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Whence or when Robert Dawson came to this country is
uncertain. Speculation on the subject is of little avail. That
he was English or of English parentage is undoubted.^
The township and parish records afford but scanty information.
In 1683 his name occurs in a catalogue of donors to a fund
" for building the minister's house, and fencing the home lot."
His contribution was X2.^ He had a house to build for himself
The privilege which the inhabitants of East Haven had ob-
tained in 1680 of becoming a distinct society, was understood
by them as conveying a larger liberty in local affairs — especially
in the disposal of the public lands — than the people at New
Haven were willing to sanction. The danger of more serious
difficulties with their neighbors appears to have been apprehended,
and it may have been questioned whether, in order to avoid con-
troversy, they should not return to their former status. At a
meeting of the village, therefore, March 29, 1684, the question
' On the Branford Toiun Records, under date of 14 July, 1680, (nearly two years
prior to the date of his appearance as a propounder for land in East Haven), his name
occurs as a witness to a deed of William Rosewell and others, agents for and all at
that time of the town of Branford, of a parcel of land which they had sold on behalf
of the town. The other witness was Katherine Rosewell, wife of the said William
Rosewell, and this being the very earliest record of the name of Robert Dawson which
has been discovered,* though of slight importance in itself, suggests speculations as to
his origin in another direction. Rosewell's wife having signed as witness to the deed
in question indicates that the instrument was executed at his house, as would have
been natural, he having been the chief agent of the township in the matter. The
other most convenient witness would naturally be some person employed about the
premises, and (though the circumstances are slight on which to base a theory) it is
surmised that Rosewell (who, it will be remembered, was the purchaser of the Iron
works farm) had, on the discontinuance of the business at the Furnace, talien Daw-
son into his employ. But it is possible that Dawson came to Branford or New Haven
originally in Rosewell's service, and had not been at the Iron works at all. Rosewell
had come into the colony some fifteen years before from Charlestown, in the colony
of Massachusetts, and his father-in-law, Hon. Richard Russell, had resided there
until his death in 1676. The surmise that Dawson may have come from thence
receives some slight support from the fact that one N. Dawson was a resident of
Charlestown — the purchaser, it will be remembered, from Robert Saltonstall of a
house in Windsor — possibly related to the Thomas Dawson, of Morley, Co. York,
England, who afterwards claimed property there. But these are the merest hints.
Can any clue be got from them as to R. D's history prior to 1680 ? Was Russell,
whose widow he married, in any way related to the family to which Mrs. Rosewell
= E. H. Register, p. 61.
*Do(Jd records birth ot John, son of R. D., 1677, — threeyears earlier than any date seen by the
compiler. If he did not find this date in original records, how did he obtain it ? He may have
done so by deducting 55 (alleged age) from i-jjz (year of J. D.'s death, as he has it) though the
latter date is certainly erroneous.
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was stated whether they " should go on or not with [carrying on]
of the village." The people were "desired to declare their
minds by speech." Nineteen men, one of whom was Robert
Dawson, being present, they all " declared for carrying on y*
village."^ And with what tenacity some of them clung to the
privileges held by them to be conveyed by the original conces-
sions from New Haven will be seen by what follows. In
1707, the general assembly, on the petition of the villagers, who
sought thereby to end disputes, ordered that " they should be a
village distinct from the towne of New Haven," with all proper
" immunities and privileges " necessary for the " upholding of
the public worship of God, as also their own civil concerns,"
with the " libertie to have a school amongst themselves," and
freedom " from paying any taxes to the towne of New
Haven. "^ Articles of agreement between East Haven and
New Haven under this act being proposed at a village meeting,
Oct. 25, 1708, "Capt. Ailing Ball, Robert Dawson, John
Hemingway, William Roberts, Geo. Pardee, Joseph Grannis
and Henry Luddington," entered " their protest against any pro-
positions being offered that may," says the record, " be a wrong
to our old grants. "3 The pertinency of the protest is explained
by the fact that New Haven denied that the assembly's act con-
ferred full township privileges, as claimed by East Haven, and
persisted in asserting the same right of control over the common
lands there as before. Two years later — the legislature sitting
that year in New Haven — they succeeded in getting the as-
sembly to so explain its former act as to neutralize its effects,
though not in form to revoke it. 4 Nevertheless, the people of
' E. H. Village Records.
= Colonial Records, quoted in E. H. Register, p. 41.
3 E. H. Village Records, p. 34. One article of the " grants " from New Haven
was as follows : " That when they are settled in a village way with ministry, they
have liberty to admit their own inhabitants, for the future, but to attend to such
cautions -and considerations for the regulation of their settlement as may consist with
the interest of religion, and the congregational way of the churches, provided for to
be upheld." Another gave them permission to purchase' land of the Indians, and
the whole would seem designed to set them at liberty to control their own affairs. —
E. H. R., SI-
4 " New Haven, Oct. 17 10. This assembly taking into consideration an act
passed in the general court held at Hartford, 8 May, 1707, granting several privileges
to the village called ( in the said act) East Haven, do declare upon the same that
there is nothing contained in the said act that concerns property of lands, or that
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East Haven, though overreached, were not defeated. They
had not much influence in the " general court," but they had a
certain dogged perseverance that was better than wit. They
rehed on their " old grants," and quietly pursued their course.
New Haven threatened and prosecuted, but East Haven sold
land to defray the expenses of its lawsuits, to maintain its minister,
and for its other occasions, and in process of time it disposed of
every acre within its limits. The last regular division was made
in 17 15, and the Indian reservation ^ was sold some fifteen years
later ; but the vexed controversy in regard to their township
privileges was not settled. until 1785, when they procured anew
charter from the assembly, constituting them in express terms
" a distinct and separate town by themselves." The first town
meeting under this act was opened with prayer by Rev. Mr.
Street, and a sermon from a text in Psalms cxxii : " For my
brethren and companions' sakes I will now say. Peace he within
From the date of his settlement at Foxon's onward for more
than thirty years, R. D. continued to participate in the divisions
of the town lands, in which the inhabitants shared — not equally,
but equitably — upon the basis of their estates, and the number
of persons in their several families.^
In 1 702 his family was " listed " as consisting of four persons,^
excludes the said village from being within the township of New Haven, nor that
intends to give the said village the liberty of choosing deputies distinct from the town
of New Haven." — \_Co/onia/ RecorJs-l E. H. R., p. 43.
' " Near Mr. Gregson's," which was at Solitary Cove. — E. H. R., 57.
= As, in 1704, when what was styled a " half devissyon " was made, and they
agreed to draw lots " who should pich [pitch, t. e. select) first and next and soe on."
R. D. received i 3 J acres at this time, which he sold in 171 1 to Samuel Russell. In
1708 the division was made " after much discors how to pay ye charges of building
oure meeting hous and some reariges of rates to mister Hemingway." Each man
was required to pay on the land he received "one shilling and eight pence per acre
to cleare ye aforesaid debts." In 1709, the undivided lands on the Pond Rock were
ordered to be sold (seep. 27, n. i) and in March, 17 14-15, a sort of clearing up distribu-
tion was ordered, which included the unsold lots on the Pond Rock, a " half divi-
sion " at Piper's brook, and sundry parcels of broken land, as to which latter, if not
yet laid out, " the proprietors to have liberty to pitch a half division where they
please." — E. H. R., pp. 38, 45, 47, and £. H. Village Records. R. D. owned land
at Piper's brook in 1709, which he sold to Henry Luddington, and in 171 3 he sold
land near Foxon's to widow Elizabeth Potter. In his deeds he is described as " a
husbandman " or " yeoman."
3 His son John was now 25 years of age, while his wife's second child, William,
was dead, and her eldest, Hannah, was this year married. Hence it is inferred that
his family consisted, besides himself and wife, of her youngest child by her former
12 T^he 'Dawson Family.
and in Feb. 1708-9 of two only.^ In this month he executed
a deed of gift^ to his eldest son, John, married the preceding
summer, of a house and home lot of five acres at Foxon's ;
reserving to himself, however, liberty of half the fruit of the
orchard, then standing, yearly, and of planting tobacco as long as
he should live, " in y^ yard for that use. " It is pleasant to find
the words " for y^ love I beare" in the ancient records. As to
the donor's further intent in the gift of the homestead,^ the deed
recites as follows : " I give y^ aforesaid land to my aforesaid son
and to his first son if he live, and if he die before possessed, then
to y^ next son, and soe forth, and for want of male heirs to
female, beginning at y° oldest," etc. The land is described as
bounded on the north "by land I have given to Joseph Grannis."
The deed to Grannis bears a later date — the next month -
and conveys to him a small tract of about two acres. He had
married, seven years before, R. D's step-daughter, Hannah
Russell, and was a farmer of average estate. Probably it was
expected or hoped he would occupy the two acres as a home lot.
The consideration of love, as expressed, seems to have more
than a formal significance, in this quaintly worded instrument.
" For y^ love I beare to my son-in-law Joseph Grannis and to
his present wife Hannah as also y^ grate afection I beare
to their oldest child Joseph," so says the record,-* " I doe make
over a certain trackt of upland lying on y^ bounds of East Haven
aforesaid, at a place called Foxon's, by estimation two acres, be
husband, and their one child, Thomas, then probably fifteen years of age. Or, if the
daughter was not married until after this "listing," she may have been reckoned as one of
R.D's family, and his wife's youngest son by her former husband, being then just of
age, not reckoned. Or, it may be that R. D. had another child by his second -wife,
living at this time, but who died young and unrecorded. After his death his sons
John and Thomas described themselves as his only sur-vi-ving children.
' Thomas being at this time separately listed as a single man proves that he must
have been of age this year, and consequently born in 1687, as before suggested, in-
stead of in 1693, as Dodd states. He and John (who, having married in 1708, was
set down as having two persons in his family) both participated in the division of land
this year, as also in the later distributions.
2 Feb. 6, 1708-9. — E. H. Village Records, p. 79.
3 Feb. 25, 1708-9, it was agreed on and voted to " lay out the rest of ye land"
" from ye corner southward of Robert Dawson's home lot, where his house
stood, now made over to his son John Dawson, thence to Mr. Davenport's northeast
corner," etc. — £. H. V. R., p. 58.
4 March, 11, 1708-9. — E. H. V. i?., p. 80. The child Joseph was lost at sea
about twenty years after this date. — E. H. Register, p. 122.
The Dawson Family. 13
it more or less, bounded by y^ land of Thomas Pinion
Robert Dawson y' highway, and y^ land of
John Dawson to J. G. and H. his wife during their life,
and at their death I give it to their oldest child Joseph aforesaid,
and if he die before possessed then it shall be to the next of my
son Joseph Grannis children," &c.
Thirty years after the settlement of Robert and Hannah Daw-
son at Foxon's she died, said by Dodd to be " aged 49 ",' an
impossible age, as her eldest child (Hannah Russell Grannis)
was born in 1670, and was therefore about forty-three years of
age when the mother died. The record states neither name nor
age, but this only : " The second wife of Robert Dawson de-
ceased the 30th day of January, 1713-14.'"' In the March
following — "a valuable," but unexpressed, '' consideration "
him "thereunto moving" — he gave their son-in-law Joseph
Grannis — sor^ to him however only by adoption — a deed of his
second " home lot " at Foxon's. 3 This contained eight acres
of land, with dwelling-house thereon, and adjoined the lot of
land which he had previously given Grannis, as mentioned above.
He was still living in 17 17,'* but the date of his death does not
appear. It is certain, however, that it occurred before the 17th
March, 1718, his sons John and Thomas joining in a deed of
that date in which they describe themselves as " sons of Robert
Dawson deceased." ^ By this instrument, upon consideration
that their father had bargained and sold " all his right to land in
a place called y^ Pond Rock " to Ebenezer Chedsey, and had
" received satisfaction for the same," but had not " made it over
to him," they confirm to said Chedsey " all y'^ right that did be-
long to our aforesaid father in said rockey land called Pond Rock,
according as his lot was drawn by East Haven," though " not
yet laid out," &c.
By another instrument, ^ their father having evidently died in-
testate, these sons enter into an agreement for the settlement of
^ E. H Register, p. 164.
= E. H. V. Records, p. 1 14.
3 4 March, 1713-14. — £. H. V. R., p. 163.
4 See location of his residence this year described. — E. H. R., p. 47. •
5 E. H. V. R., p. 137.
^ 15 June, 1719. — E. H. V. R., p. 247.
14 T^he Dawson Family.
his estate. It recites that they, being the sole surviving children
of their deceased father, the movable estate being already divided,
are to pay debts and receive dues of the estate equally, Thomas
Dawson to have a certain home lot of five acres, and also a piece
of lowrland and upland (the quantity not expressed) and John
Dau^son to have the house and homestead which R. D. lived
in, then in J. D.'s possession, containing about five acres, and
a piece of lowland and upland of about twenty acres ; all the re-
maining undivided land to be divided in equal shares between
them, their heirs and assigns.
The age of Robert Dawson at his death was probably from
65 to 70 years ; and his record may be briefly restated as follows :
1, Robert Dawson, farmer, received grant of land at
Foxon's, East Haven, 1683, on condition of building a tenant-
able house thereon within three years; was living, 171 7 ; died
there before 17 March, 1718, aged near 70 years. Had by his
first wife, name unknown, one son :
2-1. John, born 1677, died 1737 or later ; m.
He married, second, 1683 or earlier, widow Hannah Russell, who
died in East Haven, 30 Jan., 171 3-14. They had r
2-2. Thomas, born 1687, d. Jan. 12, 1759 5 ^'-
2-1. John Dawson, farmer, b. 1677, eldest son of Robert
Dawson, also resided at Foxon's, in East Haven. He shared
in various divisions of the common lands after he became of age,
and also received land from his father's estate before and after
the death of the latter.^ He was chosen one of the " Listers "
of Estates, 13 Dec, 1714.^ In 1737 he and his wife were
parties to a sale of land of her late father, William Lud-
dington, sold to pay the debts of his estate. 3 In the same year,
' See the preceding account of R. D., and nota. J. D. sold small tracts of land, to
Joseph Grannis, 8 Jan., lyn-i*; Joseph Tuttle, 29 Mar., 1714; Moses Mansfield,
5 Feb., 1716-17 ; Jeremiah Atwater, 13 Jan., 1719-20 ; Samuel Russell jr., 7 Mar.,
1721-22; Joseph Grannis sr., house and two parcels of land, 20 April, 1724;
Samuel Smith jr., 29 Jan., 1728-29. — E. H. V. R., pp. 164, 197, and N. H. Records,
vol. 5, pp. 530, 379; vol. 6, p. 29; vol. 7, p. 91; vol. 8, p. 44. In 1710 a
highway was laid out " from Matthew Moulthrop's home lot westward of the river
lots uiftil you come to John Dawson's home lot of four rods wide." — E. H. Register y
^E.H. V. R., 120.
3 June 21, 1737. — N. H. R., vol. 10, p. 366.
The Dawson Family. 15
it having been voted in a village meeting " to sell the parsonage
and constitute a permanent fund with the avails," he and a few
others entered their protest against the sale of the property.^
Dodd states that he died Aug. 28, 1732, aged 55.^ As
to the year the error is manifest; it may have been 1737, but
could not have been earlier. 3 He married, ist. July i, 1708,
Sarah Chedsey^'^ b. Dec. 8, 1 689, d. May 22, 1709. 2d.
1715, Mary Luddington^^ b. May 31, 1691, d. "of fever
and dysentery," Oct. n, 1742. She was the mother of his
children. They had :
3-1. Timothy, b. April 27, 17 16, d. May 15, 1740 \mt^
3-2. Robert, b. March 2, 1718, d. Jan. 26, 1799 ; m.
3—3. Anna, b. 1720, d. young.
3-4. Titus, b. 1722, d. "of fever and dysentery," Sept, 28, 1742 ; unm.
j-5. John, b. , d. May 19, 1787 ; m.
2-2. Thomas Dawson, farmer, b. 1687, son of Robert and
Hannah Dawson, resided at Foxon's ; ? purchased tracts of land ^
' E. H. R., p. 66.
'Ibid, p. 166.
3 The original record, which Dodd must have seen but incorrectly transcribed, as to
Jate, and perhaps as to age, has not been found by the compiler hereof, and the dis-
crepancies here apparent cannot at present be explained. (See p. 29, sub-note *) It
is not impossible that J. D. was son of the second wife of R. D., since 1683-1-55=
4 Her father was Ebenezer Chedsey, shoemaker, township clerk for 24 years, b.
Feb. 10, 1665, d. Sept. 26, 1726, son of John Chedsey, farmer, deacon of the first
church in N. Haven, and " father of all the Chedsey family." He signed the
Colony Constitution in 1644, being then about 23 years of age,- removed to Stoney
river 1681, and d. there Dec. 31. 1688, aged 67.
5 She was eldest ch. of Wm. Luddington jun., (d. Feb. 3, 1737, aged abt. 80)
farmer, of considerable estate, and his second w. Mercy Whitehead (b. Jan. 10, 1668,
d. Nov. 23, 1743, ^^^- °^ J°h'i ^"'^ Martha Bradficld Whitehead, of Branford).
They were m. 1690. Previous to their marriage it was stipulated by written cove-
nant that the first child which she might have should be made equal in heirship
with his first ch. which he had by his first w., he being entitled to a double share,
and that her other chn. should be made equal to his other chn. Wm. Luddington
sen., of Charlestown or Maiden, Mass., 1642, d. at the Ironworks, 1662.
*Dodd says he d. unm., but it is supposed it was his widow, Margaret Dawson,
who m. Richard Darrow, 6 Nov., 1759. — E. H. Church Records. If not so, who
was she ?
7 See description of highways laid out, 1734, through and along his land. — E. H.
R., pp. 90, 91. "Jan. 22, 1739-40. Voted that Caleb Palmery shall have liberty
to shut up the higlivvay between his own land and Thomas Dawson's land from the
Pond Rock to the river during the pleasure of the proprietors." — E. H. Proprietors''
Records, vol. 2, p. 3.
^ From Jacob Mallory, 21 Aug., 1713; Thomas Robinson, 20 May, 1723;
both " at Foxon's." From Benj. and Mabel Utter moiety of seven acres salt meadow
land she received from estate of her father, Capt. John Russell (16 Oct., 1728).
From Joseph Mallory (13 Nov., 1727) a right of land which belonged to his
1 6 The Dawson Family.
there of various parties ; sold some j^ shared in divisions of the
common lands from 1708 onward ;"" also in the division of his
father's estate. 3 He was one of three chosen by vote to take
care of the school in the Foxon district. ^ He and his w. Hannah
joined (Sept. 30, 1736), with other heirs of her grandfather,
Eliakim Hitchcock, deceased, in a deed to her uncle John Hitch-
cock of all lands belonging to the estate of said E. H. lying in
East Haven ; and (12 Oct. same year) the same to same released
and quit claimed all right in the personal estate of Matthias and
Hannah Hitchcock, late of E. Haven, deceased. s He died Jan.
12, 1759, ^g^^ 7^'^ having married, ist. Mehitabel ,
who d. Oct. 25, 1723.7 2d. Hminah Rohimon^ b. Feb. 24,
1698, bapt. June 13, 1756, d. a wid. July 7, 1781, aged 82.9
He had, by first w. :
3-6. Sarah, b. 1723, d. "of throat ail," 1736, a. 13.
By his second w. he had :
" father Pinion," called in E. H. Records " the pitch lots." From Joseph Abbott,
land at Foxon's, 8 May, 173 1; Samuel Russell, ditto, 21 Sept., 173 1 ; Joseph
Abbott, two other tracts at Foxon's, 12 Nov., 1733 and 18 Jan., 1733-34; Benj.
and Dorothy Mallory, 16 acres at Foxon's, 12 July, 1740. — E. H. V. R., 150; N.
H. R., vol. 6, p. 280; vol. 7, pp. 56, 121, 333; vol. 9, pp. 81, 372, 454; vol.
II, p. 406.
'TTo Richard Darrow, 4 Feb., 1711-125 John Robinson, 4 l^lar., 171 3-14; Thomas
Cams, 27 Mar., 1718; Jos. Grannisjun., 18 Jan., 1733-34; Daniel Hitchcock,
I Dec, 1741 ; and to Stephen Grannis, consideration of £195, " equal half part of
land in parish of East Haven, lying at a place called Foxon's, containing in the
whole 13 acres," 17 May, 1754. The last-named grantee was his son-in-law. — E.
H. ^. iJ., pp. 143, 150,252; N. H. R.y vol. 9, p. 510 ; vol. 11, p. 382; vol. 19, p. 272.
*See p. 32, n. 2.
3 See p. 33.
4 Dec. 4, 1732, "At a Society Meeting, Lt. Samuel Smith, Matthew Roe and
Thomas Dawson were chosen by vote to take care of the school in those parts where
they live, and take their orders from the school committee." — E. H. V. R.
S A'^. H. R., vol. 10, pp. 268, 448.
^ E. H. R., p. 171. His will, dated 22 March, 1756, probated 20 June, 1759,
mentions his w. Hannah, " eldest daughter Hannah Grannis," daughter Lydia Grannis,
and " two youngest daughters, Sarah and Mary."
7 The name occurs only in the record of deaths: "1723. Oct. 25, Mehitabel,
w, of Thomas Dawson." — E. H. R., p. 165.
® Dau. of Jacob Robinson, weaver, who m. Sarah Hitchcock, 1690. His w. was
b. Oct. 16, 1669, and was dau. of Eliakim (farmer, of good estate) and Sarah Mer-
rick Hitchcock, m. Nov. 4, 1667 ; gr. dau. of Matthias Hitchcock, who came to
Boston from London, in the "Susan and Ellen," 1635, aged 25, signed the Planta-
tion Covenant at New Haven, 1639, and was one of the purchasers of Southend
Neck, East Haven. He d. 1669.
9 "On motion of Israel Potter, of Litchfield, husband of Mary Potter, who was
Mary Dawson, daughter of Thomas Dawson, late of New Haven, deceased," the
Court of Probate appointed (30 Oct., 1781,) persons to divide her dower estate, which
was given to Hannah and Lydia Grannis, and the heirs of Sarah Smith, deceased.
The Dawson Family. 17
3-7. Mary, b. 1726, d. " of throat ail," Nov. 9, 1736, a. 10.
3-8. Hannah, b. abt. 1727. Grannis.
3-9. Lydia, b. 1729, d. a wid. Dec. 7, 1789,3. 60. Grannis.
3-10. Joseph, b. 1735, d. " of throat ail," Feb. 8, 1737, a. 2.
3-1 1. Mary, b. 1736, d. " of throat ail," Feb. 9, 1737, infant.
3-12. Sarah, b. 1737, d. Oct. 23, 1764, a. 28. Smith.
3-13. Mary, b. abt. 1740. Potter.
3-2. Robert Dawson was a farmer at Foxon's, East Haven,
b. Mar. 2, 1718, d. in same township, "of a pleurisy," Jan. 26,
1799, aged 81.^ He shared in the division of his father's estate ;
also bought land there of his brother John ;^ and from his uncle
William Luddington, who lived in Waterbury, he purchased
the right to " a certain lottment " which had been his grand-
father Luddington's.3 He sold small tracts at Foxon's to Levi
Bradley'* and Asher Moulthrop.5 He m. ist. wid. Thankful
Grannis,^ who d. " of consumption," June 29, 1787, aged 60.
She was "admitted to communion," Aug. 4, 1757, and was
mother of all his children. He m. 2d. Dec. 6, 1787, Mary
Russell^T\i. April 20, 1732, d. May 13, 1824, aged 92. He
had six children :
4-1. Desire, d. young.
4-2. Abigail, b. abt. 1743, d. Dec. 15, 1766, aged 23. Way.
4-3. Mary, b. abt. 1745, ^' " ^" child-bed" Jan. 26, 1773, aged
4-4. Susan, m. David Downs, Feb. 9, 1768. No further record.
4-6. Joel, abt. 1754, d. Nov. 4, 1801, aged 46; m.
' His will, dated Nov. 22, 1796, probated Feb. 21, 1799, gave to his w. Mary all
his personal estate, and the use for life of all his real estate 5 after her use, all the
real estate to his son Joel.
' A home lot of three acres adjoining land of John Dawson and Josiah and
Matthew Moulthrop, 12 Jan., 1740-41. — N. H. R., vol. ii, p. 245. And another
similar tract from Asaph Hotchkiss and w. and Mary Russell, 25 July, 1795. — E. H.
J?., vol. 2, p. 96. His wid. purchased several parcels of land after his death. — E. H.
R.y vol. 2, pp. 277, 310 ; vol. 3, pp. 103, 189.
3 Nov. 28, 1744. — N. H. R., vol. 12, p. 364.
♦ Seven and a half acres at Foxon's, 11 June, 1755. — N. H. R., vol. 21, p. 431.
5 About three acres at Foxon's, 26 March, 1759. — N. H. R., vol. 21, p. 494.
^She was wid. of William Grannis, son of Joseph and gr. son of Edward Grannis,
of N. Haven. Her maiden name was Allen.
7 After Robert Dawson's death, she, being then 67, m. Ebenezer Chedsey, whom
she survived i8 yrs., he having d. in 1806. She was dau. of Edward (b. Apl. 19,
1698, d. Apl. 21, 1773) and Catherine Utter Russell. Her father was son of Capt.
John (b. Dec. 14, 1664, d. Feb. 13, 1724), and Hannah Moulthrop Russell, m.
April 17, 1687; gr. son of Ralph (d. 1679) and Mary Hitchcock Russell, m. Oct.
12, 1663. Ralph was bro. of John Russell, whose wid. was 2d. w. of the first
1 8 The Dawson Family.
3-5. John Dawson Jun., farmer, b. in East Haven, d. in
New Hartford, Conn., May 19, 1787, aged abt. 68 years. ^
Some say that he was a ship-carpenter and mariner. It is prob-
able that he went on several voyages, principally to trade in
the West Indies ; but his occupation was properly that of a
farmer.* He was a person of considerable estate. 3
In 1 74 1 he, with three others, obtained liberty from the East
Haven proprietors to set up a " Sabba-day house " for each of
them, near the meeting-house.-*
' This information from his gt. gr. dau., Mrs. Emily Worden, of Danby, N. Y.,
whose accuracy as to dates has been remarkably verified in several cases by reference
to original records. She states that he was 68 yrs. of age when he d., which would
make the date of his birth 17 19. If so, his place in his father's record should be
next after Robert, though he is named last by Dodd. From the fact that he executed
a conveyance of land to his brother in Jan., 1740-41, it is inferred that he was of
age that year, which would confirm Mrs. W's. statement.
2 Stories of his capture and maltreatment by pirates, at one time in the course of
his seafaring life, are traditional in the family. He doubtless had some experience of
that sort. In his old age he resided with his son Titus, in New Hartford. The
late Mr. John Dawson, of Spencer, N. Y., son of Titus, was 8 yrs. of age when
the gr. father d., and in 1870 told the compiler hereof he had often heard his gr.
father relate the story of his capture by the pirates, and remembered that he would
always appear excited and angry when he referred to the outrages they had committed.
He was a man of medium height, thick set, and very sprightly in step and manner.
Though nearly 70 yrs. of age, his hair and beard, which were naturally dark, re-
tained their original color.
3 Several deeds of sale of his lands in East Haven are on N. H. Records. To
Isaac Grannis, 3 March, 1745-6; to Russell Grannis jun., 31 May, 1748; to
Stephen Grannis, 11 Jan., 1748-9; same, 4 Jan, 1749-50; Timothy Jones, 5
Jan., 1761.— iV. H. R., vol. 12, p. 156; 14, p. 339; 15, pp. 157.358? 24,P- 95-
He afterwards owned and sold land in Southington. See deed to Eber Merriam, con-
sideration £90, tracts of 30 acres and 2 acres, 22 Jan., 1784. — South'n. Records, vol.
i> P- 33'- ^^ received from Farmington town commissioners deed of land in
consideration of land taken for highway, 24 May, 1764; from Barnabas Dunham
half of house, barn, 91 acres, and " one piece more of ye little plain," 17 Dec, 1767.
Sold, with son Timothy, 16 acres to Samuel and Oliver Smith, of North Haven, 3
June, 1773; and to Gamaliel Cowles, of Farmington, two small tracts, 21 May,
1777. — Farmington Records, vol. 15, p. 352 ; 19, p. 441 ; 22, p. 54.
4 " Jan. 18, 1741-42, voted that Lt. John Russell and John Dawson, and Matthew
Moulthrop and Asher Moulthrop shall have liberty for each of them to set up a Saba-
day house as near the meeting house as may be convenient." — E. H. Prop. Rec, vol.
a, p. 2. The Sabbaday or noon houses then common were rendered necessary from
the fact that the meeting houses were destitute of the moSern conveniences for warm-
ing. They usually consisted of four rooms, with a fire place in each, and were gen-
erally built at the united expense of four or more persons, to be occupied only on the
sabbath by their respective families, and such guests as they invited to join with them.
" On the morning of the sabbath, the owner of each room deposited in his saddle
bags the necessary refreshments for himself and family, and took an early start for the
sanctuary. He first called at his noon house, built a fire, deposited his luncheon,
warmed himself and family, and at the hour of worship they were all ready to sally
forth and to shiver in the cold during the morning service. At noon they returned to
their noon-house, where a warm room received them. The refreshments, consisting
of bread and cheese, doughnuts, apples, cider, and perhaps cold meat or chicken, were
The Dawson Family. 19
He m. Mary Moulthrop^ who was " admitted to communion,"
March 7, 1757,^ and d. before 1778.3 They removed to South-
ington, then a parish of the town of Farmington, about 1762 ;
after her death he lived with his son Titus in New Hartford.
Their children, probably all b. in E. Haven, were :
4-7. Mary, b. about 1742, d. nnm.
4-8. Timothy, b. abt. 1743, d. June, 1828, aged 85 ; w.
4-9. Titus, b. Jan. 13, 1748, d. March 14, 1840, aged 92 ; m.
4-10. Sarah, b. Feb. 2, 1750, d. Dec. 1838, aged 88. Fuller.
4-11. Polly, b. abt. 1757, d. abt. 1785, aged 28. Barnes.
4-12. Martha, d. when abt. 17.*
3-8. Hannah Dawson., b. abt. 1 727, m. her cousin
Stephen Grannis,5 abt. 1745, farmer, of East Haven j after-
wards resided at Southington.
They had six children :
4-15. Jacob. -
then brought forth, and after all had partaken, thanks being returned, the remaining
time was spent in conversation, or reading a chapter from the Bible or some religious
book, or discussing the morning's sermon ; and not unfrequently prayer was offered
before returning again into the sanctuary for afternoon worship. At the close of the
service of the afternoon, if the weather was severely cold, the family returned to the
noon house to warm themselves, after which the fires were extinguished, the saddle
bags gathered up, the house locked, and all returned home."
' Dau. of John jun. (b. March 17, 1696, d. 1727), and Sarah Moulthrop ; gr.
dau. of Sergt. John (b. Feb. 5, 1667, d. Feb. 14, I7i3),and Abigail Bradley Moul-
throp, m. June 29, 1692. The last named J. M. was son of Matthew jun., (d.
Feb. I, 1691, aged 53), and Hannah Thompson Moulthrop, m. 2 June, 1662, in
which year M. M. sen., removed from New Haven to Stoney river. He signed
the Colony Constitution, 1639 ; participated in the first division of land, and became
a man of some prominence. He was appointed conservator of the morals of the
people about the Iron Works. He d. Dec 22, 1668 ; his wid. Jane, d. May, 1672.
= E. H. Church Records, which also contain the following : " Molly, Timothy,
Titus and Sarah, children of John Dawson, were bapt. June 10, 1757."
3 So states Mrs. Worden.
4 The names of Polly and Martha from Mrs. E. Farnsworth, Spencer, N. Y.,
gr. dau. of Titus; the other names from East Ha-ven Register, p. 115; also from
Church Record above quoted.
5 Her father, Thomas Dawson, and his mother, Hannah Russell, had the same
mother. He was son of Joseph Grannis, of North Haven, (b. Mar. 12, 1677), and
w. Hannah, dau. of John Russell, m. Nov. 3, 1702; gr. son of Edward and Eliza-
beth Andrews Grannis, m. 3 May, 1655.
20 ^he 'Dawson Family.
3-9. Lydia Dawson^h. abt. 1729, m. abt. 1750, her cousin's
son, Samuel Grannis,' and d. a wid., Dec. 7, 1789, aged 60.
He was a farmer, of East Haven, and d. abt. 1765.^ They had :
4-20. Lydia, who d. May 23, 1797, aged 41. Smith ; Moulthrop.
3-12. Sarah Dawson, b. 1737, "baptized on owning cove-
nant," June 27, 1756, became the second w. of Capt., after-
wards Deacon, Stephen Smith, Nov. 20, 1760, and d. Oct.
23, 1764. He was b. Nov. 28, 1724, d. Jan. 22, 1816, aged
92.3 They had :
4-22. Thomas, b. Nov. 29, 176 1 ; m.
3-13. Mary Dawson, h. abt. 1740, m. Feb. 4, 1761, Israel
PoTTER,4 of E. Haven and Litchfield. They had seven chn. :
4-23. Sarah. Luddington.
4-25. Anna, d. young.
4-2. Jbigail Dawson, b. abt. 1743, d. Dec. 15, 1766, aged
23 ; m. Timothy Way,5 October 2, 1765, and had :
5-1. Abigail, b. Dec. 7, 1766.
' He was son of Russell Grannis (bro. of Stephen, above namedj and w. Lydia
Forbes, who d. a wid., 1761.
2 Administration on his estate was granted to his wid. Lydia Grannis, Sept., 1765,
and in October of same year she was appointed guardian of their three minor children,
Russell, Lydia and Samuel Grannis.
3 He was one of the committee of East Haven men selected to procure separation
from New Haven, and was appointed by the General Assembly to preside at the first
town-meeting held under the act providing for the separation, July, 1785. — Village
Soc. Rcc, vol. z, p. 1535 E. H. R., p. 53. He was son of Thomas Smith 3d and
w. Abigail Goodsell ; gr. son of Thomas jun., and w. Sarah Howe; gt. gr. son of
Thomas and Eli-zaheth Patterson Smith, m. 1662.
4 Son of Enos and Sarah Hemingivay Potter; gr. son of John 3d and Elizabeth
Holt Potter, m. Feb. Z3, 1692. John 3d was son of Sergt. John jun., and Hannah
Cco/x;'- Potter, m. 1661 ; gr. son of John Potter, who signed the Plantation Covenant,
June 4, 1639. Sarah Hemingway was dau. of Abraham Hemingway, and gr. dau.
of Samuel and Sarah Cooper Hemingway, of E. Haven, m. 1662. Elizabeth Holt
was dau. of John and Elizabeth Thomas Holt, gr. dau of William and Sarah Holt,
of New Haven. Hannah Cooper was dau. of John Cooper, who removed from N.
Haven to Stoney river " about the time the Iron Works was established." He was
agent of the Works, and also, 1664-67, representative in the general court.
5 By his second w. Timothy Way had 13 chn., 8 of whom d. young, and his third
The Dawson Family. 2.1
4-3. Mary Dawson^ b. 1745, d. in childbed, Jan. 26, 1773,
aged 28 ; m. Samuel Smith jun,, April 11, 1765, and had :
5-3. Jared, d. at sea, May 6, 1796, aged 24 ; unm.
5-4. Lydia, b. Jan., 1773, m. Isaac Chedsey,^ I79i- No further record.
4-6. Joel Dawson, farmer, b. abt. 1754, d. Nov. 4, 1801,
aged 46. He m. abt. 1778, Sybil Luddington^ b. June 18,
1758, d. March 6, 1823, aged 65. Both b. in E. Haven, d.
in Schodack, N. Y., to which latter place — then in Albany
county, now in Rensselaer county — they removed from Con-
necticut between 24 Sept., 1783,3 and 8 Nov., 1785.* They
had five children:
5-5. Huldah, b, .in E. Haven, Nov. 5, 1779, d. in Schodack, Oct, 29,
1871, a. 92. Carpenter.
5-6. Mary, b. in E. Haven, April 28, 1782, d. in Castleton, N. Y., May
2, 1835, a. 53. Smith.
5-7. Thankful, b. in Schodack, July 11, 1786, d. in Greenbush, N. Y.,
Aug. 26, 1853, a. ()i. Fuller.
5-8. Amy, b. in Schodack, May 8, 1790, d. in Schodack, March 2,
1833, ^* 43' Van Valkenburgh.
5-9. Joel, b. in Schodack, March 3, 1793, ^^^- i373» South Schodack,
4-8. Timothy Dawson, farmer, b. in E. Haven, abt. 1743,
d. in New Hartford, Conn., June, 1828, aged 85. He resided
in Southington (then a parish of the township of Farmington)
from about 1772 to 1795.^ He rendered some service as a
w. had 6 more. He was b. March 16, 1745, ^- 18 14, aged 59 ; son of James Way,
sexton, who m. Dorcas Luddington, b. July 16, 1704, youngest sister of Mercy Lud-
dington, 2d w. of John Dawson (2-1).
I Eldest son of Ebenezer Chedsey (d. July 9, 1806, a. 69) and w. Elizabeth Grannis
(d. July 9, 1803, a. 62), m. June 26, 1761 ; gr.. son of Capt. Isaac Chedsey (b. June
3, 1710, d. Aug. 12, 1793) and w. Mary Pardee, (who d. Dec. 23, 1789, a. 77).
Capt. Isaac was a bro. of Sarah Chedsey, who m. John Dawson (2—1), 1708.
^ Eldest ch. of Amos Luddington, who m. Mercy Thompson, June 7, 1757 ; son
of Eliphalet Luddington and w. Abigail Collins. E. L. was b. April 28, 1697, and
was bro. of Mercy L., the second w. of John Dawson (2-1).
3 In a deed of this date conveying land in E. Haven, they describe themselves as "of
New Haven." — N. H. R., vol. 40, p. 204.
■* Joined with other heirs of her gr. father Eliphalet Luddington in conveyance to
Ebenezer Holt of land in township of New Haven; now described as "of Scodack,
in Albany Co., N. Y."— £. H. V. R., 305.
5 Deeds in Southington : From Solomon Cowles, two pieces of land, 54 acres, 28
Sept., 1772. To Earles Sharp of Farmington, 1+ acres, 11 Feb., 1777; to Oliver
and Mary Smith, of New Haven, 10 acres, 4 March, 1777 ; to Gamaliel Cjwies, two
lots, quantity not stated, *• lying undivided with land of my honored father, John
Dawson," 14 March, 1777. With his father, to Samuel and Oliver Smith of North
Haven, 16 acres, 3 June, 1773. — Farmington Records, vol. 19, pp. 104,441 ; 22, pp.
47. 107; 21, P- 495-
22 The Dawson Family.
Revolutionary soldier, but the particulars are not known. He
was of a merry, jocular disposition, and is reputed to have been
a man of great physical strength, which he was fond of display-
ing in feats of lifting, etc.^
He married, ist. Jan. 2, 1772, Jnna Holt^'' who was b. in
E. Haven, March 14, 1752, d. Oct., 1776, aged 24. She had
3 chn. He married,
2d. 1777, Abigail Winston^^ of Southington ; b. in Southing-
ton parish (Farmington), Nov. 6, 1754, d. in New Hartford,
June, 1816, aged 62. She had eight children. He married,
3d. 18 18, Lucina Marshy'' who was b. in New Hartford,
^ Many an^dotes are told of his achievements of this sort. One which illustrates
his character as well as his strength is as follows : A neighbor, somewhat below him
in stature, angered by some fancied wrong, attempted an assault on him, but he,
holding the assailant for a moment at arms' length, and innocent of any wish to injure
him, said, with a good natured smile, " Why, neighbor J. ,1 would scorn to strike
you !" at the same time lifting him from his feet, and, with extended arms, holding
him in that position until his anger had time to cool. He was a large, broad shouldered
man, and somewhat noted as a perpetrator of practical jokes, and the promoter of
harmless pleasantries of all sorts.
= Dau. of Daniel (b. Sept. 6, 1711, d. June 11, 1756), and Anna Smith Holt.
Her father was one of the prominent men in E. Haven, and took much interest in
public affairs. He was 3d son of Joseph (b. June 23, 1680), and Abigail Heming-
nvay Holt, m. Feb. 28, 1705-6; gr. son of John (b. 1645, d. June 16, 1733), and
Elizabeth Thomas Holt, m. Jan., 16735 gt. gr. son of William Holt (b. probably in
England, 1610, d. 1683), who signed the Colony Constitution of New Haven, I July,
1644. — E H. R., 127; Durrie's History of the Holt Family.
3 Dau. of John and LyJia Bristoiv Winston, m. in New Hartford, March 12, 1752.
Her father, who had been in early life a school teacher, was a farmer in Farmington,
much respected, and owned a considerable property in Southington parish — now
Southington township — a part of which, for "consideration of parental love," &c.,
was deeded to him by his father. He d. in E. Haven abt. 1789, aged abt. 60. He
was son of Daniel Winston, of same township, formerly of Wallingford, twin bro. of
Stephen, b. 18 Aug., 1690; gr. son of Sergt. John (b. N. Haven, 21 April, 1657),
and Elizabeth Daniel Winston, m. 9 May, 1682. Sergt. J. W., was repeatedly ap-
pointed commissary for county of New Haven (1690 to 1704), in connection with
the fitting out of expeditions for the king's service against the enemy — French and
Indians — at Albany, etc. — His father, also named John Winston (sometimes written
Winstone, Wenston, Wenstone), was recorded a freeman of New Haven colony,
March 7, 1647; purchased house and home lot in New Haven, of Samuel Whitehead,
1651; was concerned with Stephen Goodyear in establishing the Iron Works at E.
Haven, 1655, the first in Conn. ; commissioner on the part of New Haven to fix the
bounds of WalJington, 1673; d. probably 1697; held in good esteem by his fellow
citizens. — Savage's Gen. Diet. ,• Hoadley's Colonial Records ; E. H. Register. Eliza-
beth Daniel, above named, was dau. of Stephen Daniel and w. Anna or Hannah,
dau. of Thomas Gregson, who was a principal man in the colony, and the first white
settler at E. Haven He was appointed agent of the colony to the parliament in
England to obtain a patent, and was lost at sea, on the voyage over, 1647. See
story of the Phantom Ship, Mather's Magnolia ; also E. H. Register.
■* She was a maiden lady, having a small property in her own right. She was dau.
of John Marsh (d. in Whitestown, N. Y., 1805, aged 78), and his 2d w. Sarah
Nash (b. 26 April, 1738, d. in New Hartford, 17 July, 1775), m. 17 June, 1763;
The Dawson Family. 23
June 15, 1764, and d. a wid. in that township, abt. Oct. 1831,^
aged 67. No chn.
The chn. of Timothy and Anna Holt Dawson, were :
5-10. Holt, b. probably in Southington, Jan. 5, 1773, d. in New
Hartford, Aug. 25, 1825, aged 52 ; w.
5-1 1. Thomas, b. in Southington, July 28, 1775, d. in New Haven,
Jan. 18, 1835, aged 60 ; m.
5-12. Mary, twin sister of Thomas , d. in E. Haven, July 31, 1870, aged
The chn. of Timothy and Abigail Winston Dawson, were :
5-13. Abigail, b. 1778, d. young.
5-14. Anna, b. in Southington, Aug. 7, 1779, d. in Union, N. Y., Feb.
26, 1858, a. 79. Meloy.
5-15. Eunecia, b. in Southington, Dec. 26, 1781, d. in Dunkirk, N. Y.,
March 4, 1855, a. 73. Prescott; Aldrich.
5-16. Bristol, b. in Southington, June 12, 1785, d. in Meriden, Ct., Feb.
25, 1859, a. 74; m.
5-17. Timothy John, b. in Southington, Aug. 13, 1788, d. in Cazenovia,
N. Y., March 2, 1843, a. 55 ; m.
5-18. Lydia, b. in Southington, Feb. 10, 1791, d. in Ellicottville, N. Y.,
June 29, 1835, a. 44. Beecher.
5-19. Seth, b. in Southington, 1795, d. in Nelson, N. Y., Sept. 16, 1835,
a. 40 ; in,
5-20. Elizur Andrus, b. in New Hartford, March 18, 1798, res. 1873,
Northampton, Mass. ; m.
4-9. Titus Dawson, farmer, b. in E. Haven, Jan. 13,
1748, d. in Danby, N. Y., March 14, 1840, aged 92. He
served as a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and was a half-pen-
sioner. He m. in Cheshire, Conn., Aug. 26, 1778, Sybil Den-
nison^ who was b. in E. Haven, Oct. 14, 1746, and d. in
Danby, N. Y., Aug. 14, 1837, aged 91, having been blind for
some years previously. They resided in East Haven, Southing-
first b. after the death of his first w. who was Lusina Seymour, (m. 2 Feb., 1758, d.
14 May, 1762).
1 The Nash Family record says she d. in N. Hartford "about 1847," but the
above is believed to be very nearly the correct date.
2 Eldest dau. of James and Sarah Smith Denison. Her father was son of James
jun., (b. Jan. 5, 1683), and gr. son of James Denison, who m. Bethiah, dau. of
Jarvis Boykim, Nov. 25, 1662, d. 8 May, 1719. He was a farmer, of good estate.
The catalogue of donors to the fund for building the minister's house, 1683, was
headed by his name, and a subscription of £20. The w. of Titus Dawson, and
Anna Holt, first w. of Timothy Dawson (4-8) were cousins, their mothers having
been sisters, daus. of Samuel and Anna Morris Smith, m. 1708, gr. daus. of Thomas
and Elizabeth Patterson Smith, m. 1662, of E. Haven.
24 T^he Dawson Fa?nily.
ton ' and New Hartford, and removed from Conn., to Oneida
county, N. Y., about 1788 ; thence to Lenox, Madison county,
1807 ; thence to Danby, Tompkins county, 1 81 3. Their chn.,
all b. in Conn., were :
5-21. John, b. in E. Haven, July 27, 1779, bapt. Oct. 30, I779,^d.
in Spencer, N. Y., March 15, 1872, a. 93 ; m.
5-22. Martha, b. in New Hartford, Dec. 16, 178 1,^ d. in Cortland
Centre, Mich., Sept. 19, 1861, a. 80. Barnes.
5-23. Titus, b. in New Hartford, March 5, 1785, d. in Spencer, N. Y.,
Sept. 30, 1859, a. 74 ; m.
5-24. Sybil, twin sister of Titus, d. in Oswego, N. Y., April 15, 1846,
a. 61. DOOLITTLE.
5-25. James Denison, b. in New Hartford, Feb. 25, 1788, d. in Fowler,
O., July 18, 1845, a. 57 ; ffi.
4-10. Sarah Dawson^ b. in E. Haven, Conn., Feb. 2,
1750, m. Abel Fuller, 1783, removed from Conn, to New
Hartford, Oneida Co., N. Y., about 1790, and thence to Caro-
line, Tompkins Co., N. Y., where she d. Dec. 1838, aged 88.
They had :
5-26. Martin, b. in New Milford, Ct., June 18, 1784, d. in Barton, N.
Y., April 14, 1864, a. 80 ; m.
5-27. Marvin, b. in Litchfield or Southington, Ct., April 13, 1786, d.
July 17, 1805, a. 19.
5-28. Polly, b. in Litchfield, Ct., Sept. 3, 1789, d. in Springfield, Ilh,
1863, a. 74. Hagar.
5-29. Abel Burton, b. in Oneida Co., N. Y., July 10, 1792, d. in
Candor, N. Y., Sept. 24, 1870, a. 78 ; m.
4-11. Polly Dawson^ b. in East Haven abt. 1757, m.
Nathaniel Barnes, d. abt. 1785, aged 28. They res. in
Southington, and had :
5-30. Nathaniel Day.
4-20. Lydia Grannis^ b. in E. Haven, 1756, married,
ist. Joseph Smith, Feb. 4, 1777. He d. "of small pox,
at sea," Oct. 20, 1784, a. 36. They had :
5—32. Samuel, who lost his life at sea.
5-35. u^// /«/i/?/ of Jos. Smith, d. April 8, 1783, aged 4 weeks,
^ In a deed of land to her brother, Jesse Denison, of New Haven, they describe
themselves as " of Southington," 27 April, 1781. — E. H. Records, vol. i, 325.
2 E. H. Church Record.
3 This date is from New Hartford township Records of births, &c. Her family had
the record *' May 16, 1782." <
T^he Dawson Family. 25
She m. 2d. Josiah Moulthrop/ July 4, 1792. They had :
5-36. Desire, b. April i6, 1793, d. May 10, 1824, a. 3 i ; mm.
5-37. Jared, b. Mch. 9, 1795.
5-38. Samuel Russell, b. May 5, 1797. The mother d. 23d of same
month, aged 41.
4-22. Thomas Smith, b. Nov. 29, 1761, m. Denre
Thompson., Oct. 16, 1792. They had eleven children:
5-39. Stephen, b. Sept. 18, 1793.
5-40. Samuel, b. Oct. 21, 1795-.
5-41. Warren, b. Sept. 9, 1798, lost at sea in a gale, between Sept. 18
and 25, 1819.
5-42 Willard, b. Sept. 12, 1800.
5-43. Aaron, b. Nov. 17, 1802.
5-44. Caleb Alfred, b. March 9, 1805.
4-23. Sarah Potter., b. abt. 1761, m. June 9, 1777, Eli-
PHALET LuDDiNGTON.^ They had five children :
5-51. Sarah, m. Joseph Howd, of Branford, March 2, 1796.
5-53. Lois, twin sister of Eunice.
5-5. Huldah Dawson., b. in East Haven, Nov. 5, 1779, d.
in Schodack, N. Y., Oct. 29, 1871, aged 92. She m. in
Schodack, 1806, John Carpenter, a native of that place, b.
Aug. 15, 1786, d. there Aug. 26, 1849. They had seven
children, all b. in Schodack :
6-1. Walter, b. Nov. 26, 1807, res. 1873, Schodack; m.
6-2. Mary Ann, b. May 26, 1809, d. Jan. 20, 1813, a. 4.
6-3. Joel, b. June 5, 1812, d. Dec. 17, 1870, a. 58 ; m.
6-4. Mary Ann, b. March 11, 1814, d. Sept. 9, 1870, a. 56.
6-5. Elizabeth, b. Aug. 6, 1817, d. March 2, 1836, a. 19.
6-7. Isaac, b. Feb. 17, 1821, res. 1873, Schodack ; m.
6-8. Lucas S., b. Nov. 10, 1822, res. 1873, Schodack ; tn.
' He was b. May 30, 1754, eldest son of Samuel and Sarah Denhon Moulthrop ;
gr. son of Israel (b. June 7, 1706) and Lydia Page Moulthrop j gt. gr. son of John
(b. Feb. 5, 1667) and Abigail Bradley Moulthrop, m. June 29, 1692. The last
named was gr. father of Mary Moulthrop, w. of John Dawson jun. (3-5).
" Son of Jesse and Mehitabk Smith Luddington ; gr. son of Eliphalet (b. April 28,
1697) and Abigail Collins Luddington. She d. a wid. Dec. 12, 1790, aged 90. E.
L. was bro. of Mercy, second w. of John Dawson (2-1).
26 T^he Dawson Family.
5-6. Mary Dawson^ b. in E. Haven, April 28, 1782, d. in
Castleton, N. Y., May 2, 1835,' aged 53. She m. John
Daniel Smith, a native of Dutchess Co., N. Y., who d. in
Nevi^ York city, March 22, 1832. They had :
6-9. Sarah, b, in Schodack, Jan. 24, 1804, d. Sept. 3, 1856, a. 52.
Peck ; Warner.
6-10. Joel Dawson, b. in Schodack, Nov. 12, 1810, res. 1873, Cas-
tleton, N. Y. ; m.
5-T. Thankful Dawson^ b. in Schodack, N. Y., July ii,
1786, d. in Greenbush, N. Y., Aug. 26, 1853, "^Z^^ ^l-> "^•
Warren Fuller, who d. in Albany, N. Y., abt. 1865. They
had ten children :
6-11. Mary, b. Dec. i, 1812, m. Warren Hyde, res. 1870, in New
6-12. Amy, b. June 14, 1814, res. 1870, Virginia.
6-13. Chauncey, b. March 23, 18 16, d. May 10, 1844.
6-14. Amanda, b. March 4, 1819, d, in Castleton, N. Y., Nov. 15,
1870, m. Peter H. Van Slyke, who d. before 1870.
6-15. Joel, b. June 24, 1821, res. 1870, Virginia.
6-16. Warren, b. March 23, 1824.
6-17. Sarah, b. Jan. 14, 1826.
6-18. Christina, b. Sept. 11, 1828, m, Worley, res. Virginia.
6-19. Lewis, b. Nov. 26, 1830, m. res. Oregon.
6-20. Lucinda, twin sister of Lewis, m. Isaac Barton, res. New York
No further records of this family.
5-8. -^my Dawson^ b. in Schodack, N. Y., May 8, I790,d.
there March 2, 1833, aged 43, m. Jeremiah Van Valken-
BURGH, who d. in Schodack, abt. 1845. They had :
6-21. Jeremiah, b. abt. 1831, res. 1870, Castleton, N. Y. ; unm.
5-9. Joel Dawson, farmer, b. in Schodack, N. Y., March
3, 1793, m- there Nov. 29, 1821, Levina Schermerhorn^ a native
of same place, b. Aug. 13, 1802, d. in Schodack, Jan. 27, 1871,
aged 68. He res. 1873, '" South Schodack. They had seven
children, all b. in Schodack :
6-22. Joel J., b. Dec. 15, 1822, res. 1873, Castleton, N. Y. ; m.
6-23. Lucas, b. Dec. 4, 1824, d. Schodack, Jan. 31, 1843, a. 18.
6-24. Henry, b. Feb. 24, 1827, res. Castleton ; m.
6-25. William, b. May 29, 1829, res. South Schodack ; m.
6-26. Smith, b. April, 23, 1832, res. Casdeton ; unm.
6-27. Mary Helen, b. Sept. 12, 1836, res. Schodack. Van Hoesen.
6-28. James Monroe, b. March 11, 1840, res. Castleton; m.
I One correspondent wrote date of her death 1839, but this from her son.
The 'Dawson Family. 2J
5-10. Holt Dawson, farmer, b. Jan. 5, 1773, ^* ^" New
Hartford, Aug. 25, 1825, aged 52. He "took the Freeman's
oath in open Freemen's meeting," in East Haven, Sept. 17, 1804,^
and owned lands there, but removed to New Hartford before 1 8 1 2,
where he was made one of the surveyors of highways, 9th No-
vember of that year.'^ His widow made a deed of land in New
Hartford to A. Abernethy and Solomon Johnson, administrators
of his estate, April 27, 1827.3 He married Irene Shepard^ May
20, 1793."* She was born in East Haven, 1769, and died in
West Haven, Oct. 6, 1846, aged 76. They had six children :
6-29. Anna, b. in E. Haven, July 31, 1794, d. in Westfield, Ct., Dec.
3, 1862, a. 68. Douglass.
6-30. Eliza Teresa, b. in E. Haven, 1796, d. in Orange, Ct., Feb.
I, 1840, a. 44. Johnson,
6-31. Mary Leonora, b. in E. Haven, Oct. 9, 1798, d. in Saybrook,
O., June 10, 1843, a. 45. Calaway.
6-32. Jennette, b. in E. Haven, April 25, 1805, res, 1873, in West
Haven, Ct. Morse.
6-33. William Holt, b. in N. Guilford, Ct., Aug. 16, 1809, res. 1873,
Westville, Ct. ; m.
6-34. Henry Shepard, b. in New Hartford, Ct., July 3, 181 3, res. 1873,
New Haven ; m.
5-18, Thomas Dawson, farmerand shoemaker, b. in South-
ington, Ct,, July 28, 1775, d. in New Haven, of a cancer, Jan.
18, 1835, aged 60. He m. in Northford, Ct., Chloe, wid. of
Sylvester Howd. Her maiden name was Linsley or Lindsley.
She d. in Northford, of lung fever, Sept. 29, 1833, aged 61.
They had three chn. :
6-35. Holt, b. abt. 1809, d. young.
6-36. Thomas Holt, b. Dec. 7, 1807, d. in Licking Co., Ohio, June 7,
1847 ; m.
6-37. Mary Adaline, b. April 25, 18 10, d. in Northford, Ct., July 2,
1837, aged 27. Smith.
' E- H. Proprietors' Records, vol. 2, p. 274.
* N. Ha'ven Toivnship Records.
3 Neiv Ha'ven Toivnship Records.
4 The date otherwise communicated by the family, but this from E. Haven Church
Records, and the date of her death and age from grave stone in Old Cemetery at New
Haven. She was one of nine chn. of John (b. Oct. 27, 1743) ^"'^ Eli-zaheth Bradley
Shepard, m. April 18, 1765. He was son of John and Sarah jRwiif// Shepard ; gr.
son of Thomas and Hannah Shepard, who became members of the Church in Bran-
ford, 1709, and removed to E. Haven, 1 717. Thomas had removed from Charles-
town, Mass., to Bristol, before 1700, and thence to Branford. He was son of Thomas
Shepard, b. in England, who was at Charlestown, 1657, and m, Nov. 19, 1658,
28 The 'Dawson Family.
5-12. Mary Dawson.^ twin sister of Thomas, above named,
m. May i, 1815, Christopher Tuttle,' farmer, b. in E.
Haven, Sept. 26, 1759. They resided in the Foxon district, in
that township, where he d. June 29, 1839, aged 80, and she
July 31, 1870, having just completed her 95th year, and being
at the time of her decease the oldest person in the township.
She had been a remarkably active, industrious woman, and
had enjoyed almost uninterrupted health. They had one child
6-38, Sarah Smith, b. in E. Haven, Nov. 4, 18 16, res. 1873, in E.
5-14. Anna Dawson^ b. in Southington, Ct., Aug 7, 1779,^
d. in Union, N. Y., at the residence of her son-in-law, Charles
E. Keeler, Feb, 26, 1858, aged 79. She m. in Southington,
March 25, 1798, Henry Meloy, who survived her. The
term of their married life lacked only one month of sixty years.
They had five children, all born in New Haven, and removed
thence to Broome county, N. Y., residing for many years, and
until within a few months prior to her decease, at Chenango
Forks. Mr. Meloy was b. at North Branford, Ct., March 25,
1778, and d. suddenly in Union, March 8, i860, aged 82. He
learned the cooper's trade in Conn., and carried on the coopering
business at various places in that state, but chiefly at New Haven,
where he was also a merchant. He spent a part of the year
1807 on the Island of Trinidad, where he employed workmen
Hannah Ensign, dau. of Thomas Ensign, of Scituate, who was killed by Indians at
the Rehoboth fight, March 26, 1676.
' His second marriage. By his first w., Abigail Luddington, he had 7 chn. He
was youngest son of Joel (b. Oct. 28, 1718, d. June 30, 1789) and Rebekah Roiue
Tuttle, (d. Jan. 7, 1806, aged 87), m. Feb. 1743; gr. son ofCapt. Joseph (b.
Nov. 10, 1692, d. Jan. 16, 1761), and Mercy Thompson Tuttle. The last named
was son of Joseph (b. March 18, 166S), and EH-zabetA San for J Tnttle, m. Nov.
10, 1691J gr. son of Joseph (bapt. in New Haven, 22 Nov., 1640), and
Hannah Munson Tuttle, m. May 2, 1667; gt. gr. son of William and Elizabeth
Tuttle, who came to Boston in the " Planter," 1635, removed to New Haven 1639,
and settled at Stoney river about 1645. William Tuttle was a man of consequence
in the colony, and much employed in public affairs.
2 The notice of her death, published in the Cattaraugus Freeman, says she d. at
Union " after a lingering and painful illness, on the 26th day of February 
aged 78 yrs. 7 mos. 12 days." If so, the date of her birth must have been July 14,
1779, but the date above given was communicated by her grandson, and he received
it from her own lips. Her disease was a neuralgic affection. She was a very
motherly, amiable and pious woman, universally beloved.
The Dawson Family. 29
in making hogsheads, which he exchanged for molasses. A cargo
of that commodity he took back with him to New Haven. He
continued trading in the West Indies for years after, carrying on
at the same time his business in New Haven. He was one of a
company who fitted out a privateer in the war of 18 1 2* The
vessel was lost in Charleston harbor. On his removal to Broome
county, he purchased a tract of timber-land, and carried on the
combined business of merchant and cooper for many years. He
was a man of exemplary piety, and of excellent natural abilities,^
improved by experience and observation. He was highly es-
teemed by his fellow citizens. They had five children :
6-39. Harriet Lewis, b. Jan. 4, 1799, d. in Chenango Forks, N. Y.,
Feb. 22, 1873, aged 74. Rogers.
6-40. Henry, b. March 9, 1801, res. 1873, EUicottville, N. Y. ; m.
6-41. Frederick William, b. Feb. 26, 1805,^ res. 1873, EUicottville, N.
Y. ; m.
6-42. Julia Anna, b. Nov. 12, 1810, res. 1873, Chattanooga, Tenn.
6-43. Grace Amelia, b. July 4, 1813,'^ res, 1873, Union, N. Y. Keeler.
5-15. Eunecia Dawson^ b. in Southington, Conn., Dec. 26,
1781, d, in Dunkirk, N. Y., March 4, 1855, aged 73. She m.
in Batavia, N. Y.,
• He left in Ms. an interesting autobiographical sketch, which is now in pos-
session of his grandson, W. A. Meloy, Esq., of Washington, D. C. His father,
Edward Meloy, was b. in Dungannon, county Tyrone, Ireland, May 16, 1734; emi-
grated to New Haven when 16 years of age, where he learned the shoemaking trade.
After completing his apprenticeship, he bought out the business of his employer, but
shortly after abandoned this, and engaged in the shipping business, in which he
amassed a large property. He traded in the Mediterranean and W. Indies, and
when the Revolutionary war broke out was owner of several vessels, and part owner
of others. The war occasioned him the loss of a considerable part of his property,
in consideration of which the state of Connecticut granted to his heirs a large and
valuable tract of land in Ohio. He was a man of piety, and zealously devoted to the
American cause. He was one of about one hundred citizens of New Haven who
petitioned the governor and council of Conn., Sept. 17, 1776, complaining of some
half dozen residents of that town as being unfriendly to the cause of the country.
See Hinman's Part Sustained by Conn., etc., pp. 566-7. He m 1758, Mary Par-
malee (b. Oct. Z9, 1739, ^- Feb. 1800, or 1801), dau. of Jeremiah Parmalee and
w. Mary Beecher, dau. of Joseph ancestor of Moses Beecher (see 5-18, note). He
contributed £19 towards building a Pier at New Haven on the site of the present
Long Wharf. He paid £10 "in rum," money being then very scarce, and barter
the order of the day. This was in 177 1. — N. Ha-ven His. Society's Papers, 1, pp.
^ In Henry Meloy's family record, now in possession of Theodore Rogers, Esq., of
Binghamton, N. Y., the year is 1803 ; but this date communicated by F. W. M.
3 A different day of the month communicated, but this from the family record.
30 The Dawson Family.
ist. John Prescott,' 1820, b. in Sanbornton, N. H., March
2d. Simeon Aldrich, 1826. Her only child was :
6-44. Harriet Mead Prescott, b. in Batavia, June 25, 1821, res. 1873,
East Otto, N. Y. Dresser,
5-16. Bristol Dawson, farmer, b. in Southington, Ct.,
June 12, 1785, d. in Meriden, Ct., Feb, 25, 1859, aged 74."
He m. Sybil Merrill^ March i, 181 3. She was b. in New Hart-
ford, July I, 1789, and d. at the residence of her son-in-law,
Joseph Sigourney, Esq., in Bristol, Ct., July 27, 187 1, aged
82. They had eight children, all b. in New Hartford :
6-45. Elliott Marshall, b. Jan. 22, 1814, res. 1873, Waterville, Ct. ; m.
6-46. Mary Ann, b. May 14, 1816, res. 1873, Broad Brook, E. Wind-
sor, Ct. Parsons ; Bissell.
6-47. Eveline Abigail, b. April 26, 18 18, res. 1873, Meriden, Ct.
6-48. Minerva, d. young.
6-49. Juliette, b. March 18, 1821, res. 1873, Broad Brook, E. Windsor,
6-50. Sybil, d. young.
6-51. Sybil, b. Nov. 21, 1825, res. 1873, Bristol, Ct. Sigourney.
6-52. Marilla Elizabeth, b. Oct. 31, 1828, res. 1873, Bristol, Ct.
5-17. Timothy John Dawson, farmer and innkeeper, b.
in Southington, Conn., Aug. 13, 1788, d. in Cazenovia, N. Y.,
of bilious fever, March 2, 1843. He was a plain, unpretending
private citizen, whose character alone distinguished him from
the mass of men occupying a similar station in life. He was
eminently a good citizen, giving no offense, promoting good
order by counsel and example, obedient to the laws, but never
holding or seeking any public office, small or great. In the com-
munity where he lived he enjoyed a degree of regard that was
' His second marriage. By his first w., Rebecca George, he had four chn. He
was elder bro. of Dr. Wm. Prescott of Concord, N. H., author of the Prescott Me-
morial ; son of Capt. William (b. in Hampton Falls, N. H., Oct. 14, 1762, d. in
Northfield, N. H., Oct. 17, 1845) and Deborah Welch Prescott 5 gr. son of Major
William, (b. in Hampton Falls, July 28, 1728, d. Sept. 28, 18 11, captain in Rev.
war), and Susannah Sanborn Prescott 5 gt. gr. son of Samuel (b. March 14, 1697, d.
June 12, 1769), and Alary Sanborn Prescott. Samuel was son of Deacon James jun.,
(b. Sept. I, 1671) and Maria Marston Prescott j gr. son of James sen., (b. 1643),
and Mary Boulter Prescott. James Prescott sen., emigrated from England to Hamp-
ton, N. H., about 1665, and d. there, Nov. 25, 1728.
2 Admitted an Elector at New Hartford, April 5, 18 19. — Toiunship Records.
The Dawson Family. 31
more than respect and neighborly good will, though including
both of these ; it was positive affection — such only as a simple-
hearted, genial, honest and truthful man could inspire. He was
something above the medium stature, and possessed a good degree
of physical vigor ; and, with his father's peculiar tendency to
humor, he had an almost womanly sensitiveness and tenderness
of character — qualities which were perhaps traceable to his
He m. in Windsor, Conn., Feb. 8, 1813, Ruh amah Roberts ^^
who was b. in Windsor, Oct. 22, 1792. She now (1873),
resides in Clarendon, Orleans Co., N. Y. A few months after
their marriage they removed to Canton, in Conn., where they
owned a small homestead, and where they remained until Octo-
ber, 18 15. From this place they removed to the town of
Cazenovia, Madison Co., N. Y., where they settled upon a farm
situated on the eastern boundary of that township, on the line
of the turnpike between the villages of Cazenovia and Nelson.
He had purchased the farm while on a journey through the state
some months previously. About the year 1822 they removed
to Nelson village in the same county, where they occupied and
kept a public house for many years. This little village was then,
before the era of railroads, a place of considerable business.
It was a station on the chief thoroughfare for eastern and western
' Dau. and eldest ch. of Oliver Roberts, farmer (b. in Windsor, July 25, 1754,
d. in Cazenovia, N. Y., Jan. 14, 1818), and w. Anna Bunce (b. May 13, 1772, d.
in Pompey, N. Y., Sept. 5, 1854), m Jan. 1792; gr. dau. of John (d. Dee. 11, 1775,
aged 62) and Mary Allyn Roberts, m. Oct. 22, 1734; gt. gr. dau. of John and
Ruhamah Roberts, or, as some say, De Roberts.* — Oliver Roberts was a soldier of
the Revolution, and a man of good education for the times in which he lived. His
brother, Peletiah Roberts, was a physician. His mother, Mary Allyn, above named,
was dau. of Capt. Peletiah Allyn (b. May 3, 1689, d. Nov. 3, 1766) and w. Mary
Stoughton (dau. of Thomas and Abigail Edwards Stoughton) m. Aug. 26, 171 1 ;
gr. dau. of Hon. Col. Matthew Allyn, " many years one of the council, and judge
of the Superior court for the colony of Connecticut," who was b. Jan. 5, 1660, m.
Elizabeth Wolcott (gr. dau. of Hon. Henry Wolcott, from whom she inherited
an estate in England) Jan. 5, 1686; d. Feb. 17, 1758, in his 98th year. She d.
June 4, 1734, aged 69. He was son of Capt. Thomas Allyn and w. Abigail Wareham
(dau. of Rev. John Wareham), m. Oct., 16585 gr. son of Hon. Matthew Allyn, b.
in England, d. in Windsor, Feb, i, 1670, prominent in the early history of that place
and of Hartford.
♦There is a tradition that the last named John Roberts, or perhaps his father of same name, was
a Huguenot, coming from France in consequence of the revocation of the edict of Nantes. Oliver
Roberts, above named, fully believed this to h.ive been the fact, and sought repeatedly to impress
it upon the minds of his children. In their day it was generally believed in the family. The evi-
dences on which their faith was based, if such existed, seem to'have faded out ; but it appears cer-
tain that this was a family distinct from all others of the name, Roberts, in Connecticut, and the
compiler has learned nothing tending to disprove the theory of the Hugucnotic origin.
32 The Dawson Family.
travel through the state, and in those days the " way-side inns"
were often thronged to their utmost capacity. From Nelson
he removed, about the year 1838, to the village of Cazenovia,
where he also kept a public house, in which he remained until
He had great fondness for company, and was noted for his
hospitality, kindness of heart, and practical benevolence. These
qualities rendered him a popular landlord, while a remarkably
keen insight into human nature, and a conscientious and faith-
ful devotion to business, contributed to render him a successful
' It is said that he could never listen to any tale of suffering unmoved, and his
charities were numerous and wholly unostentatious. After the war of 1812-14,
while he was living on the farm, and when the country was overrun by poor wayfarers,
beggared by the evil fortunes of the times, many a poor but worthy person, who had
been refused admittance to other doors, found shelter and good cheer under his roof.
To such as were really needy and deserving, his benefactions were not limited by a
meal or a night's lodging. He nursed the sick, kept the footsore till they were healed,
helped the destitute to clothing or shoes, assisted them on in some way towards their
destination, or found them employment and the means of self help. Many a grateful
" God bless you !" was spoken at his door in those early and troubled times, as well
as often in later days. The sick and poor of his neighborhood were not forgotten,
and he had a sympathetic, helpful manner that seemed to be peculiarly encouraging
and comforting. His charities were not large, but they were frequent and discriminat-
ing, and he had always the co-operation of a wise and frugal help-meet who was
never weary in well doing
One of his daughters writes as follows : "He was very fond of pets, and had the
art of making every helpless and dependent creature love him. For years before his
death he had for proteges a flock of birds, which came daily, during the summer,
around the piazza, to be fed from his hand
" He used to say that whatever bills he might yet quarrel with he should never
quarrel with a school bill
" Charitable as he was in his acts, he was not less so in his judgments.
He rarely censured any person, and he permitted no approach to gossiping or censori-
ous conversation among his children. ' If you have nothing good to say, don't say
anything,' was his motto.
"He had great store of wit and humor, and of the most amusing anecdotes. His
temperament was very cheerful, yet he sometimes suffered from extreme depression
of spirits The shadows were short-lived, however, and the sun soon shone again.
" He had strong kindred affection I have seen him greet absolute strangers,
who came to him recommended only by identity of family name, and a very remote
common ancestry, as if they had been the friends of a life time. And he never
forgot them afterwards."
Another writes : " He was the truest of friends, the most genial of companions.
He enjoyed a good joke as much as any man I ever saw, and had a quick and ready
wit, especially in repartee. He was dignified in manner, yet one of the most loving
and indulgent of parents. His word was law with his family, yet spoken so mildly
and reasonably we never wished it otherwise."
" Hh life ivas gentle, and the elements
So mixed in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, ' This was a man ! ' "
T^he Dawson Family. 33
Timothy J. and Ruhamah Roberts Dawson had eight children :
6-53. Lucia Eunecia Amelia, b. in Canton, Ct., Nov. 18, 1813, d. in
Bloomingdale, 111., Aug. 20, 1852, aged 39. Kinney.
6-54. Lucius Roberts, b. in Canton, Ct., March 15, 1815, res. 1873,
Binghamton, N. Y. ; m.
6-55. Rollin Laureat, b. in Cazenovia township, N. Y., Feb. 16, 1817,
d. Nov. 5, 1821, a. 4.
6-56. Maria Louisa, b. in Cazenovia township, Sept. 7, 1819, res. 1873,
Addison, N. Y. Bates ; Coburn.
6-57. Oliver Winston, b. in Cazenovia township, Feb. i, 1821, res.
1873, Toledo, O. ; m.
6-58. Edward Sebried, b. in Nelson, N. Y., July 22, 1822, res. 1873,
Syracuse, N. Y. ; m.
6-59. Mary Anne Augusta, b. in Nelson, N. Y., April 7, 1826, res.
1873, Toledo, O. ; unmA
6-60. Charles Carroll, b. in Nelson, N. Y., Feb. 4, 1833, res. 1873,
Plainfield, N. J. ; tn.
5-18. Lydia Dawson^ b. in Southington, Conn., Feb. lO,
1791, d. in Ellicottville, N. Y., June 29, 1835, aged 44. She
m. in New Hartford, Jan. 4, 1813, Moses Beecher, who was
b. in Hartford,^ May 5, 1791. About the year 18 14 they re-
moved from Connecticut to Batavia, N. Y., where for some
time he carried on business as a merchant. Afterwards he
became engaged as an accountant in the Land Office of the
Old Holland Land Company, and in 1827, he was transferred
to a similar position in the Company's Land Office at Ellicott-
ville. In this very responsible situation some twenty years of
his life in Ellicottville were spent. Subsequently he was en-
gaged in a manufacturing business, which he carried on until
within a short period of his death.
He possessed cultivated literary tastes, and not a little literary
skill, was specially fond of music and poetry, and was withal a
person of great integrity and moral worth, taking rank as an in-
fluential and useful citizen of his town and county. He received
from the governor of the state, as early as 1830, the appoint-
ment of surrogate of that county, which office he held for eight
years, and he was repeatedly appointed by the same authority to
I A gifted and accomplished lady, to whom the compiler hereof is largely indebted
for aid in the collection of materials for these records.
2 This information from his daughter Mary, and is believed to be correct. In an
Obituary, written by Rev. Mr. Kidder, it is stated that he was born in New Haven.
Perhaps it was New Hartford.
34 T^he Dawson Family.
the offices of loan commissioner and notary public, which
latter he held at the time of his decease. He was a most genial
friend, a pleasant companion, a kind neighbor, and ever ready to
promote the welfare of all among whom he lived. He was a
communicant of the Episcopal church in EUicottville for many
years. He died in Dunkirk, N. Y., while making a visit to .
his daughters, Feb. 14, 1867, aged 76.'
Moses and Lydia Dawson Beecher had ten children :
6-61. Sophia Mersena, b. in New Hartford, Ct., Oct. 5, 1813, d. in
Dunkirk, N. Y., Sept. 30, 1867, aged 54. Colman.
6-62. Harriet Winston, b. in Batavia, N. Y., Aug. 16, 1816, res. 1873,
6-63. Emily Frances, b. in Batavia, March 3, 1818, res. 1873, Dunkirk.
6-64. Juliette, b. in Batavia, Feb. 18, 1820, res. 1873, EUicottville.
6-65. William Henry, b. in Batavia, Dec. 24, 1 821, res. 1873, La Salle,
111. ; m.
6-66. Mary Jane, b. in Batavia, August 31, 1824, res. 1873, EUicott-
ville ; unm.
6-67. Moses, b. in EUicottville, July 26, 1827, res. 1873, Warren, Pa. ; m.
6-68. Charles Mortimer, b. in EUicottville, Jan. 31, 1829, res. 1873,
Wellsville, N. Y. ; m.
6-69. Lydia, b. in EUicottville, Dec. 27, 183 1, d. March 3, 1832.
6-70. Lucia Annette, b. in EUicottville, Dec. 27, 1833, d. in Dunkirk,
N. Y., May 7, 1866, a. 32. Gary.
5-19. Seth Dawson, b. in Southington, Conn., 1795, d.
in Nelson, N. Y., Sept. 16, 1835, aged 40 ; m. Lydia Bates,
who d. in Nelson, July 5, 1846. They had :
6-71. Charles, b. in Nelson, about 1825, d. in infancy.
» He m. a second w. Emma Ncivcomb, May 26, 1841. She was b. at Windhill,
Vt., Dec. 1808, and survives him. They had three chn., all b. in EUicottville :
Asher George, Nov. i, 1842; Arthur Herbert, Nov. 28, 1844 j Walter Henry,
May 5, 1848. His father, also named Moses Beecher, d. Feb. 1852, aged 86. He
was b. at New Haven, and was a shipmaster; son of Moses Beecher; son of Joseph
Beecher ;* son of John Beecher ; son of Mrs. Beecher, who came to New Haven
with the Davenport colony. She received a tract of land by vote of the colonists as
a testimonial of their appreciation of her services as a midwife. The deed is on New
Haven Records. Her descendants are now very numerous. The celebrated Rev.
Dr. Lyman Beecher was the son of David Beecher, blacksmith ; son of Nathaniel
Beecher, son of Joseph Beecher, above named. "John Beacher " (father of Joseph)
was one of the party sent out by the colony from Boston to explore the country of
the guinepiack, in the autumn of 1637. Seven men remained at New Haven through
the winter. He was one of the number. Lambert's f^/Vory o/'f/fee Co/ony, etc., p. 42.
*He was a clock maker ; built the first town clock of" New Haven, which clock was put in the
tower of" Yale College, and used for more than half a century. — Ms. of Henry Meloy (5-14).
The "Dawson Family. 35
5-20. Elizur Andrus Dawson, farmer, b. in New Hart-
ford, Ct., March 18, 1798, res. 1873, '" Northampton, Mass.
He m. ist., in Nelson, N. Y., Sept. 4, 1823, Cynthia Roberts^
b. in Windsor, Ct., April 4, 1804, d. in Pompey Hill, Onon-
daga Co., N. Y., Aug, 30, 1849, ^Z^^ 455 youngest sister of
Ruhamah, w. of Timothy John Dawson (5-17). They had
six children. He m. 2d, in Northampton, Mass., May 12,
1859, Mary (maiden name Hagar) wid. of James Baker. She
was b. in Rockingham, Vt., June 8, 1805.
The children of Elizur A. and Cynthia Roberts Dawson were :
6-72. Rollin Laureate b. in Nelson, N. Y., March 25, 1825, d. in Hay-
denville, Mass., Aug. 24, 1857, a. 32 ; m.
6-73. Lucien Augustus, b. in Nelson, N. Y., Aug. 10, 1826, res. 1873,
Springfield, Mass. ; tn.
6-74. David Derastus, b. in Pompey, N. Y., Aug. 13, 1828, d. in
Chicago, 111., Sept. 20, 1864, a. 36; m.
6-75. Frederick DeForest, b. in Pompey, N. Y., Dec. 1833, d. March
12, 1841, a. 7.
6-j6. James O'Donnell, b. in Pompey, N. Y., Jan. 1841, res. 1858,
Barrington, 111. ; went south ; not since heard from.
6-77. Mary Diane, b. in Pompey, N. Y., Aug. 1 1, 1848, res. 1873,
Springfield, Mass. ; ufim.
5-21, John Dawson, farmer, b. in East Haven, Conn.,
July 27 (bapt. Oct. 30) 1779,^ d. at the residence of his son,
Nelson Dawson, Esq., in Spencer, N. Y., March 15, 1872,
being in his 93d year.
His parents removed from Connecticut to Oneida county,
N. Y., about 1788. He m. there, and five of his chn. were
b. in that county, and an equal number in Tompkins county,
in same state, to which he removed in 1813. In subduing the
wilderness of that then new country he spent the most active
years of a remarkably laborious and useful life. He had been
during life strictly temperate, abstaining from the use both of
spirituous liquors and tobacco. He was noted as a very suc-
cessful hunter and trapper, in early life, and excelled as a marks-
man even when past his " three score years and ten." He
' The baptism is recorded on E. Ha-ven Church Records ; but shortly after this date
his parents removed to New Hartford, in the same state, and the date of his birth
was recorded on the Records of that township, probably placed there at the time the
birth (1781), of the next child was recorded.
36 T^he Dawson Family.
married, ist. in Paris, N. Y., Jan. 6, 1803, Thankful Warren^^
who was b, in Gostown, Vt., May 14, 1785, d. in Danby, N.
Y., Nov. 20, 1830, aged 45. She was the mother of all his
chn. 2d. in Danby, Dec. 29, 1831, Betsey Eliz>abeth Cooper^ b. in
Gostown, Vt., June 16, 1781, d. in Danby, Nov. 15, 1868,
aged 87. He had ten chn. :
6-78. Morris, b. in Paris, N. Y., Nov. 26, 1803, res. 1873, Wells-
boro. Pa., m.
6-79. Harman, b. in Paris, N. Y., March 12, 1806, d. June 19, 1826,
6-80. Almira, b. in Paris, N. Y., Jan. 9, 1805, d. in Wabash Valley,
Ind., Oct. I, 1834, a. 29. Hobart.
6-81. Emily, b. in Paris, N. Y., Nov. 8, 1807, res. 1873, Danby,
N. Y. Button ; Werdon.
6-82. Samantha, b. in Utica, N. Y., June 27, 181 1, res. 1871, Mun-
gersville, Mich. Fox ; Vrooman.
6-83. Nelson, b. Danby, N. Y., June 8, 1813, res. 1873, Spencer,
N. Y. ; m.
6-84. Chester, b. Danby, N. Y., April 7, 1815, res. 1873, Spencer,
N. Y. ; m.
6-85. Mary Ann, b. Danby, N. Y., May 20, 1817, res. 1871, Mans-
field, O. German.
6-86. Milton, b. Danby, N. Y., March 28, 1821, d. in Spencer, N.
Y., July 27, 1865, a 44 ; m.
6-87. Harriet Eliza, b. Danby, N. Y., June 3, 1826, res. 1873, Ithaca,
N. Y. Morse ; Mastin.
5-22. Martha Dawson^ b. in New Hartford, Ct., Dec. 16,
1781,^ d. in Cortland Centre, Kent Co., Mich., Sept. 19, 1861,
aged 80, having been blind during the five years preceding. She
m. in Paris, N. Y., April 10, 1805, Abel Barnes,3 who was
b. in Farmington, Conn., Dec. 5, 1775, d. in Cortland, Mich.,
Feb. 7, 1865, aged 89. He was a farmer. They resided in
Oneida county, N. Y., until 1845, when they removed to
Grand Rapids, Mich., and thence to Cortland, in the same
state, where they resided as early as 1855. They had ten
children, all b. in Paris, N. Y. :
' Dau. of Lt. Ephraim Warren, a farmer of Oneida county, N. Y., who served
with credit in the Rev. war. (The date of her death has also been communicated
Nov. 29, 1830.)
* This date is from New Hartford township Records of births, etc. Her family
had the record " May i6, 1782."
3 Son of James (d. in Paris, N, Y., abt. 1830, aged abt. 70) and Sarah Dickenson
Barnes, who d.- in Westmoreland, N. Y., abt. 1840, aged abt. 80. Both b. in
T^he Dawson Family. 37
6-88. [Barnes.] Iram, b. Dec. 9, 1806, res. 1870, Cortland Centre,
Mich. ; m.
6-89. Seth, b. Nov. 20, 1807, res. 1870, McConnellsville, N. Y. ; m.
6-90. James Titus, b. Feb. 11, 1810, d. aged abt. 3 mos.
6-91. Milton, b. Jan. 22, 181 1, d. in Cortland, Mich., March 24, 1863,
a. 52 ; m.
6-92. Mary Sophia, b. Aug. 29, 18 13, res. 1870, Grand Ledge, Eaton
Co., Mich. Woodruff.
6-93. Sybil Amanda, b. Sept. 16, 1815, d. April 23, 1851, a. 36.
6-94. James, b. July 28, 181 7, res. 1870, Plainfield, Kent Co., Mich. ;
6-95. Pitt Dawson, b. Feb. 7, 1820, res. 1870, in Wis., said to be m.
but no chn.
6-96. Sylvia Ann, b. Sept. 29, 1822, d. Sept. 23, 1856, a. 34.
6-g-j. Abel, b. Oct. 23, 1824, d. April 27, i860, a. 36.
5-23. Titus Dawson, farmer, b. in New Hartford, Conn.,
March 5, 1785, d. in Spencer, Tioga Co., N. Y., Sept. 30,
1859, ^g^^ 74* ^^ "^' '" Lenox, Madison Co., N. Y., Sept.
I, 1811, Lucy Lockwood^'^ vfho was b. in Lenox, Aug. 25, 1792,
and d. in Spencer, Nov. 4, 1868, aged 76. They had seven
children, all b. in Danby, Tompkins Co., N. Y. :
6-98. A daughter, b. Feb. 18, 1816, d. same day.
6-99. A son, b. April 13, 1816, d. same day.
6-100. Sally Eleanor, b. Aug. 3, 18 1 8, res. 1873, in Spencer, N. Y.^
6-101. Edward Riley, b. Sept. 18, 1820, d. in Spencer, Sept. 19, 1845,
a. 25 ; unm.
6-102. Martha Maria, b. Feb. 4, 1822, res. 1873, Milwaukee, Wis.
6-103. Phebe Isabella, b. June 10, 1824, res. 1873, Spencer, N. Y.
Stephens ; Judd.
6-104. Hermon Frederick, b. April 30, 1826, res. 1873, Ithaca, N. Y. ;/)7_
5-24. Sy^^l Dawson^ twin sister of Titus, above named,
(5-23), m. in Lenox, N. Y., Dec. 21, 1809, Elihu Doo-
LITTLE,3 farmer, who was b. Nov. 4, 1786. They removed
from Madison county to Danby, in Tompkins county, N. Y.,
^ Dau. of Job Lockwood, a soldier of the Revolution, (b. on Long Island, Oct. 6,
1755, d. in Danby, N. Y., March 20, 1841) and w. Irena ToUes (b. in Lenox,
N. Y., Jan. 5, 1764, d. in Danby, Feb. 13, 1851), m. Dec. 15, 1781.
2 She m. Oct. 27, 1842, Edgar Farnsworth, who was b. in Leominster, Mass.,
Jan. 13, 1821. They res. 1873, in Spencer, N. Y. No issue.
3 Bro. of Hon. Sylvester Doolittle, Oswego, N. Y. ; son of Major Joel Doolitcle
(b. March 2, 1764, d. in Sodus, N. Y., Oct. 23, 1814) and w. Millie Wetniore
(b. Oct. 17, 1766, d. Dec. 5, 1834, in Pompey, N. Y.), m. March 23, 1786.
38 The Dawson Family.
in 181 3, and resided there until 1843, when they went to reside
in Oswego, N. Y., where she d. April 15, 1846, aged 61, and
he d, Feb. 25, 1806, aged 69.
Elihu and Sybil Dawson Doolittle had nine children :
6-105. Lucy Maria, b. in Lenox, N. Y., Nov. 24, 1810, d. in Danby,
Oct, 8, 1830, a. 20 ; unm.
6-106. William Young, b. in Lenox, Jan. 19, 1813, res. 1873, in Can-
dor, Tioga Co., N. Y. ; m.
6-107. J°^' Carolus, b. in Danby, N. Y., May 23, 1815, d. atHoricon,
Wis., Sept. 6, 1856, a. 41 ; m.
6-108. Eli Barnard, b. in Danby, June 13, 1817, d. at Oswego, N. Y.,
July 24, 1846, a. 29 ; unm.
6-109. Samuel Woodworth, b. in Danby, July 9, 1819, d. in Danby,
Nov. 14, 1819, a. 4mos.
6-110. James Austin, b. in Danby, Nov. 1, 1820, res. 1873, Delavan
Walwortli Co., Wis. ; m.
6-111. Egbert Denison, b. in Danby, June 29, 1823, d. in St. Louis,
Mo., Aug. 16, 1863, a. 40 ; m.
6— 1 12. Julia Antoinette, b. in Danby, July 17, 1825, d. in Oswego,
Aug. 5, 1844, a. 19. Fuller.
6-11 3. Wealthy Melissa, b. in Danby, Sept. 9, 1828, d. in Oswego,
May 5, 1844, a. 16.
5-25. James Denison Dawson, farmer, b. in New Hart-
ford, Conn., Feb. 25, 1788, in which year, probably, his parents
removed to Oneida county, N. Y. They removed thence to
Lenox, Madison county, in the same state, 1807, where he m.
Oct. 10, iSii^ Charlotte Rhoads.^ They removed to Danby,
Tompkins county, N.Y., 1813, and thence, in 1 816, to Fowler,
Trumbull Co., Ohio, where he d. July 21, 1865, aged 77. She
was b. in Barrington, Berkshire county, Mass., Jan. 31, 1790,
and d. Jan. 11, 1871, aged 81, at the old homestead in Fowler,
which she had occupied ever since their first residence in that
place. They had nine children :
6-114. Julia Esther, b. in Lenox, N. Y., Jan. 11, 1813, res. 1873,
Freedom, Portage Co., O. Douu.
6-115. Lorenzo, b. in Danby, N. Y., Oct. 18, 1815, d. in Newville,
DeKalb Co., Ind., June 4, 1870, a. 55 ; fn.
'^ Dau. of John Rhoads, farmer, (b. March 20, 1747, d. June 24, 18 19, in
Fowler, O., one of the first settlers of that place), and w. Hannah Graves (b. Dec.
14. 1752, d. 1835), m. abt 1769 or '70. When Mr. R. went to Fowler he bought
a large tract of land ; and all his children being married and settled in life, he in-
duced them to follow him by the offer of 100 acres of land to each of his three sons,
and tifty acres to each of his three daughters.
The Dawson Family. 39
6-116. Angdine, b. in Fowler, O., July 15, 1817, res. 1873, New
Bedford, Lawrence Co., Pa. Jackson.
6-117. Emeline, b. in Fowler, O., Dec. 28, 1818, res. 1873, Bazetta,
Trumbull Co., O. Walker.
5-118. Maria, b. in Fowler, June 30, 1820, d. Dec. 16, 1829, a. 9.
6-1 19. Rodolphus, b. in Fowler, March 27, 1822, res. 1873, Linwood,
Butler Co., Neb. ; m.
6-120. Addison, b. in Fowler, May 21, 1825, res. 1873, Fowler,
6-121. Pembroke, b. in Fowler, Feb. 7, 1828, res. 1873, Fowler,
O. ; m.
6-122. James Harmon, b. in Fowler, Nov. 22, 1822 ; m. Ann Hatha-
way; res. 1873, Gustavus, Trumbull Co., O. ; no issue.
5-26. Martin Fuller, farmer, b. in New Milford, Conn.,
June 18, 1784, d. in Barton, N. Y., April 14, 1864, aged 80.
He m. Sally Lockwood^ b. in Lenox, N. Y., May 6, 1800, d. in
Barton, March 4, 1862, aged 62, sister to Lucy Lockwood, w.
of Titus Dawson (5-23). They had seven children :
6-123. Cyrus, b. inDanby, N. Y., Feb. 14, 18 19, d. in Barton, N. Y.,
Jan. 14, 1837, a. 18.
6-124. ^lark, b. in Danby, June 8, 1822, d. in Barton, March 16, 1843,
6-125. Edward Allen, b. in Danby, Sept. i, 1825 ; m. Sally Ann
Hamilton, 1845 ; res. in Mich., 1870.
6-126. Ruth Ann, b. in Caroline, N. Y., July 30, 1827 ; m. in Bar-
ton, John Severn ; res. in Mich., 1870.
6-127. Lucy Keziah, b. in Barton, N. Y., Feb. 20, 1834 ; m. in Bar-
ton, Isaac Manning, res. 1870, in Spencer, N. Y.
6-128. Esther, b. in Barton, May 6. 1837, d. in Barton, Sept. 6, 1849,
6-129. Sarah, b. in Barton, May 5, 1840, d. June 5, 1842, a.2.
5-28. Polly Fuller^ b. in Litchfield, Conn., Sept. 3, 1789,
d. in Springfield, 111., 1863, aged 74; m. in Danby, N. Y.,
1812, Joseph Hagar, who d. in Springfield, 111., Sept. 21,
1839. They had :
6-130. Julius, b. in Danby, N. Y., 18 13, res. 1870, in Springfield, 111.
6-13 1. Myron, b. in Danby, 1820, res. 1870, in Missouri.
5-29. Abel Barton Fuller, farmer, pensioner for service
in war of 1812, b. in Oneida Co., N. Y., July 10, 1792, d. in
Candor, Tioga Co., N. Y., Sept. 24, 1870, aged 78 ; m. in
Danby, N. Y., Nov. I, 1827, Elizabeth Cornwell^who survives
him. She resides, 1870, in Candor. They had eleven children :
40 The Dawson Family.
6-132. [Fuller.] Marvin, b. in Danby, N. Y., Nov. 24, 1828, res.
1870, in Candor; m.
6-133. Jacob Cornwell, b. in Danby, Jan. 9, 1830, res. 1870, in
Candor ; m.
6-134. J°hn Stubbs, b. in Caroline, N. Y., Oct. 22, 1831, res. 1870,
in Greene Co., Pa. ; m.
6-135. Alexander, b. in Caroline, Sept. 18, 1833, d. abt. 1863 ; m.
6-136. Sarah Jane, b. in Caroline, N. Y., June 30, 1835, res. 1870,
in Tioga Centre, N. Y. Spear ; Rice.
6-137. Phebe Martha, b. in Caroline, Aug. 25, 1837, res. 1870, in
Jthaca, N. Y. Rhoads.
6-138. Robert Cornwell, b. in Caroline, July 16, 1839, res. 1870,
Waverly, N. Y. ; m.
6-139. Alvah Bogardus, b. in Caroline, Nov. 21, 1841, res. 1870,
Candor, N. Y. ; m.
6-140. Charles Clapp, b. in Caroline, Oct. 15, 1844, res. 1870, Green
Co., Pa. ; m.
6-141. Mary Elizabeth, b. in Caroline, Oct. 31, 1846, res. 1870, Fayette
Co., Pa. Franks,
6-142. James Williams, b. in Candor, Oct. 2, 1851.
6-1. Walter Carpenter, b. in Schodack, N. Y., Nov.
26, 1807, m. Dec. 31, 1835, Christina Miller. They res.
1873, ^" Schodack. Two children, b. in Schodack:
7-1. John W., b. Oct. 14, 1836, res. 1873, Schodack ; m.
7-2. Catharine Elizabeth, b. Nov. 8, 1841, res. 1873, Schodack. Smith.
6-3. Joel Carpenter, b. in Schodack, N. Y., June 5,
1812, d. Dec. 17,1870; m. Sept. 12, 1844, Albertine Van
Hoesen^ who d. April 25, 1847. One child :
7-3. John DeWitt, b. April 13, 1846.
6-7. Isaac Carpenter, b. in Schodack, N. Y., Feb. 17,
1821, m. in Schodack, June 9, 1858, Caroline Van Dyck^ who
was b. in Schodack, March 12, 1839, dau. of Dr. Cornelius
P. and Mary Ann Van Dyck. They res. 1873, ^" Schodack.
Three children :
7-4. Mary Loise, b. April 9, 1859, d. Nov. 20, 1862.
7-5. DeWitt, b. Oct. 25, 1866.
7-6. Mary, b. Sept. 12, i86g.
6-8. Lucas S. Carpenter, b. in Schodack, N.Y., Nov. 10,
1822, m. I St, Nov. 15, 1854, Elizabeth Kittle^ who was b. in
Schodack, April 4, 1832, and d. Dec. 16, 1863. He m. 2d,
Juue 28, 1871, Mary Van Dyck^who was b. in Schodack, Nov.
14, 1825. They res. in Schodack. Three children :
Tl'he Dawson Family. 41
7-7. [Carpenter.] Chester, b. Aug. 28, 1855.
7-8. Anna M., b, Oct. 7, 1862, d. April 17, 1863.
']-^. Jennie B., twin sister of above, d. May 26, 1863.
6-9. Sarah Smith, b. in Schodack^ N. Y., Jan. 24, 1 804, d.
in Castleton, N. Y., Sept. 3, 1856, aged 52. She m. ist, in
Albany, N. Y., Nov. 16, 1822, John Peck, who d. in New
York, March 2, 1825. 2d, in New York city, 1827, Elias
Warner. Children :
7-10. William John Peck, b. Sept. 14, 1823, d. in Aspinwall, Sept. I,
1852, a, 29.
7-11. Elizabeth Warner, b. in New York, April 12, 1828.
6-10. Joel Dawson Smith, b. in Schodack, N. Y., Nov.
12, 1810, m. in Castleton, N. Y., Nov. 23, 1836, Hannah
Esluch Stearns, who was b. in Castleton, Jan. 10, 1820. He
was formerly a forwarding and commission merchant, and steam-
boat proprietor: now, 1873, President of the First National
Bank of Castleton, where they reside. They have three children,
all b. in Castleton :
7-12. John Daniel, b. Dec. 27, 1837.
7-13. William Peck, b. May 23, 1846.
7-14. Charles Hyde, b. Nov. 2, 1848.
6-22. Joel J. Dawson, farmer, b. in Schodack, N. Y.,
Dec. 15, 1822, m. in Schodack, Feb. 23, 1853, Lucretia Kittle.
They reside, 1873, ^^ Castleton, N. Y. They have two
7-15. Mary Jane, b. inToneka, 111., Feb. i, 1859.
7-16. Amy S., b. in Schodack, N. Y., May 12, 1866.
6-24. Henry Dawson, merchant, b. in Schodack, N. Y.,
Feb. 24, 1827, m. in Mitcheskili, N. Y., Sept. 3, 1851, Lany
E. Folmsbee, who was b. in Schodack, Aug. I, 1833. They
reside in Castleton, N. Y. Two children, both b. in Schodack :
7-17. Eldores J., b. Dec. 21, 1852.
7-18. Lucas Henry, b. Dec. 25, 1865.
6-25. William Dawson, farmer, b. in Schodack, N. Y.,
May 29, 1829, m. March 14, 1858, Rebecca Hyck. They re-
side, 1873, in South Schodack, N. Y, One child :
7-19. Charles, b. in Schodack, Jan. 29, 1859.
42 The Dawson Family.
6-27. Mary Helen Dawson^ b. in Schodack, N. Y., Sept.
12, 1836, m. in same place, Nov. 25, 1857, ^' Rei^y Van
HoESEN. They res. 1873, '" Schodack. Two children :
7-20. Mary Elvina, b. in Schodack, Dec. 4, 1858.
7-21. Minnie, b. in Schodack, Oct. 6, 1866.
6-28. James Monroe Dawson, b. in Schodack, N. Y.,
March 11, 1840, m. in Castleton,N. Y., Dec. 24, 1865, Miss
Kate Hudson. They res. 1873, in Castleton. Two children:
7-22. Levina, b. in Castleton, Nov. 26, 1867.
7-23. Helen, b. in Castleton, May 29, 1870.
6-29. Anna Dawson^ b. in East Haven, Conn., July 31,
1794, d. in Westfield (Middletown) Conn., Dec. 3, 1862, aged
68. She m. Feb. 15, 1814, Chester Douglass,^ who was b.
in New Hartford, Conn., Dec. 25, 1785, and d. in Westfield,
Dec. 22, 1 861, aged 76. He had learned the cooper's trade,
but followed the occupation of a farmer through life. They
had eight children, all b. in New Hartford :
7-24. Emily Cyrene, b. Nov. 5, 1815, res. 1873, in New Haven, Ct.
7-25. Benajah Hervey, b. Oct. 6, 1817, res. 1873, New Haven, Ct, ;
7-26. Sarah Ann, b. Sept. 13, 1819, res. 1873, Durham, Ct. Alling ;
7-27. Lloyd Waldo, b. June 17, 1821, res. 1873, in Mew Haven, Ct. ;
7-28. Chester Holt, b. June 25, 1823, res. 1873, Norwalk, Ct. ; m.
7-29. Eliza Henrietta, b. Dec. 17, 1825, res. 1873, Meriden, Ct.
7-30. William Bradley, b. Nov. 10, 1828, res. 1873, New Haven, Ct. ;
7-31. Solomon Johnson, b. Oct. 3, 1834, res. 1873, New Haven, Ct. ;
6-30. Eli-z.a Teresa Dawson^ b. in East Haven, Conn., 1796,
a member of the First Church of the United Society, New
'Son of Moses (d. abt. 1827, aged abt. 86) and Anne Spencer Douglass, m. in
New Hartford, Ct., Jufte 28, 1781 ; gr. son of Samuel Douglass, who was b. in
Plainfield, Ct. ; gt. gr. son of Samuel Douglass, who was "born in Scotland." So
says Mr. Riverius Douglass, brother of Chester, above named ; but the compiler hereof
thinks that investigation would show that the Samuel Douglass last above named was
not the original emigrant.
2 Elisha Fowler, merchant, m. Emily Cyrene Douglass, March 26, 1838. He
was b. in North Branford, Ct., July 27, 1810, and d. in New Haven, June 7, 1862
aged 52. They had no issue.
T^he 'Dawson Family. 43
Haven, Feb. 1821, d. in Orange, Conn., Feb. i, 1840, aged 44.
She m. Sept. 30, 1822, Solomon Johnson,^ farmer and teacher,
who was b. Feb. 9, 1786, and d. at Orange, Ct., June, 16,1843,
aged 57. She was his second w. They had four children, all
b. in Orange:
7-32. Solomon, b. April i, 1824, res. 1870, in Washoe City, Nevada.
7-33. David Ailing, b, Feb. 14, 1826, d. in New Haven, Ct., Aug. 6,
7-34. William Holt, b. Oct. 19, 1828, res. 1873, in New Haven ; m.
7-35. A daughter, d. in infancy.
6-31. Mary Leonora Dawson^ b. in East Haven, Ct., Oct.
9, 1798, d. in Saybrook, Ashtabula Co., Ohio, June 10, 1843,
aged 45 ; m. in New Hartford, Ct., Dec. i, 1819, James
Calaway,3 farmer, who was b. in Harwinton, Ct., Feb. 27,
1796, d. in Kingsville, O., July 26, 1870, aged 74. They had
ten children :
7-36. James, b. in New Hartford, Ct., July 24, 1819, res. 1871, in
Ashtabula, O, ; m.
7-37. William Holt, b. in New Hartford, Sept. 30, 1821, res. 1871,
in Ashtabula, O. ; m.
7-38. Fayette, b. in Austinburg, O., Dec. 17, 1823, d. in Austinburg,
Aug. 26, 1828, a. 5.
7-39. Mary Jane, b. in Austinburg, July 9, 1826, res. 1871, in Geneva,
7-40, Sarah, b. in Austinburg, July 18, 1828, d. in Madison, O., Feb.
18, 1847, a. 19.
7-41. Lucretius Bissell, b. in Austinburg, July 8, 183 i, d. in same place,
'Seventh ch. of Ebenezer and Esther PunJerson Johnson, m. Jan. 4, 1769; gr.
son of Stephen Johnson, of W. Haven, b. 1704, d. 1797, a descendant of John
Johnson, one of the original settlers of New Haven, 1643. Esther Punderson was
dau. of Thomas Punderson, b. Aug. 24, 1713, d. Feb. 22, 1781, and w. Mary
Miles, b. Dec. 18, 1719, dau. of Joseph Miles, mariner, and w. Elizabeth Trowbridge,
b. March 29, 1693, d. Jan. 23, 1783, m. March 20, 1718. Thomas Punderson
was son of John Punderson, for forty years deacon, and gr. son of John Punderson,
one of the original "seven pillars," of the First Church of New Haven. Elizabeth
Trowbridge was the dau. of Thomas Trowbridge, planter and merchant, of large
estate, b. Feb. 14J 1664, d. Sept. 15, 1704; and w. Mary Winston, m. Oct. 16,
1685 ; gr. dau. of Thomas Trowbridge, a large W. India merchant, Justice of the
Quorum, etc., b. in England, 1632, d. Aug. 22, 1702, and w. Sarah Rutherford;
gt. gr. dau. of Thomas Trowbridge, who emigrated from Taunton, Somersetshire,
England, abt. 1636. See" Troivbridge Family." Mary Winston was dau. of John
Winston, of New Haven, 1647, concerning whom see n. 3, p. 42.
- He was a private in company E. of the 43d N. Y. Rgt. of Infantry, enlisted
about Sept , 1861 ; died from wounds received at Rappahannock Station, Va., in en-
gagement of Nov. 9, 1863.
3 Son of William Calaway (b. in England, d. in Conn.), and w. Sarah Collier (b.
in Barkhamstead, Ct., d. in Illinois).
44 'T'he Dawson Family.
7-42. [Calaway.] Orestes Hawley, b. in Austinburg, May 16, 1833,
res. 1871, in Saybrook, O. ; m.
7-43. Henry Dawson, b. in Austinburg, Jan. 6, 1837, d. at Chancellors-
ville, Va., May 3, 1863, a. 26.^
7-44. Eliza, b. in Austinburg, Sept. 25, 1839, res. 1871, at Geneva,
7-45. Emily Irene, b. in Saybrook, O., April 24, 1841, res. 1873, at
Tittabawassee, Mich. Stone.
6-32 • yennette Dawson^ b. in East Haven, Ct., April 25,
1805, res. 1873, ^" West Haven, Ct. She m. in New Hart-
ford, Ct., Aug. 28, 1824, Barzillia Morse,^ farmer, b. in
Litchfield, Ct., April 9, 1801, d. in West Haven, June 14, 1863,
aged 62. They had three children :
7-46. Henry Shepard, b. in Austinburg, O., April 9, 1827; d. July 27,
1872, in Olney, 111.; m.
7-47. Elizabeth Jennette, b. in Vienna, Oneida Co., N. Y., Sept. 29,
1833, res. 1873, in West Haven, Ct. Catlin.
7-48. Adelaide Theresa, b. in Orange, Ct., March 5, 1840, res. 1873,
in Southington, Ct. Neale.
6-33. William Holt Dawson, formerly merchant in New
York city, now (1873) proprietor of the Rockview vineyards
and fruit farm, at Westville, Ct., was b. in North Guilford, Ct.,
Aug. 16, 1809. He m. in Orange, Ct., May 11, 1834J
Martha Wilmot^^ who was b. in Milford, Ct., Dec. 9, 18 16.
'He was a private in Company D., nth N. Y. Infantry, enlisted 23 Sept., 1862.
He was killed in battle.
2 Eldest son of Elihu (b. July 16, 1774) and ^/■/^a// 5ar^«r Morse, res. Litchfield,
Ct., Wolf Lake, Ind., and Panaka, Wis. j gr. son of Solomon (b. Feb. 18, 1749,
d. June 4, 1820) and Mary Spellman Morse, m. March 23, 1770, res. Wallingford,
Ct. ; gt. gr. son of David (b. May 15, 17 16, d. May 16, 1766) and Mindwell
Morse, m. Oct. 7, 1737, res. at Wallingford. The last named was son of Solomon,
(b. July 9, 1690, d. Oct. 10, 1752), and Ruth Peck (d. March 29, 1728) Morse or
Moss, m. June 28, 1714, res. Wallingford; gr. son of John (b. Oct. 12, 1650, d.
March 31, 1717) and Martha Lathrop (d. Sept. 21, 1719) Moss, m. Dec. 12,
1677, res. New Haven and Wallingford; gt. gr. son of John Moss, of New Haven,
b. in England abt. 1619, res. at New Haven 1639-70, Wallingford 1670-1708.
He was a member of the General Court, and a prominent, influential man. See
sketch of him and an account of his descendants : — Memorial of the Morses, p. 144,
3 Dau. of Walter Wilmot (b. in Bethany, Ct., Jan. 5, 1782, d. in West Haven,
May 12, 1854,3. 72) and w. Sarah Clark, (b. in JVIilford, Feb. 14, I78i,d. in
West Haven, May 12, 1832, dau. of Elisha and Sarah Beach Clark) m. June 24,
1802; gr. dau. of Walter Wilmot, (b. in Woodbridge, d. in Bethany, Ct., July,
1824, a. 69) and w. Hannah Johnson, who d. in Waterbury, May 8, 1833, a. 71.
The last named W. W. was a soldier in Rev. war; a gunner in Fort Montgomery,
which he was one of the last to leave when it fell into the hands of the British,
he and three others making their escape by swimming the Hudson river ; he was a
son of Valentine Wilmot (b. and d. in Southold, L. I.) ; gr. son of Alexander Wilmot
T^he Dawson Family. 45
They reside, 1873, ^'^ Westville. Seven children, all b. in New
7-49. William Henry, b. Sept. lo, 1835, d. in Westville, May 9, 1865,
a. 30 ; m.
7-50. Frances Emma, b. June 28, 1838, d. Dec. 21, 1841, a. 3.'^
7-51. Edward Walter, b. Nov. 20, 1840, res. 1873, in New Haven ; m.
7-52. George Wallace, b. Oct. 9, 1842, res. 1873, in New Haven ; m.
7-53. Franklin Tuttle, b. July 15, 1844, res. 1873, in Westville ; m.
7-54. Caroline Ives, b. Aug. 9, 1846, res. 1873, in Westville,
7-55. Ella Anzonetta, b. Aug. 3, 1849, res. 1873, in Westville.
6-34. Henry Shepard Dawson, b. in New Hartford,
Conn., July 3, 1813, m. in Orange, Ct., June 4, 1839,
Elizabeth Ailing^'' who was b. in Orange, Feb. 17, 18 17. They
reside, 1873, '" New Haven, where he was for many years a
merchant and manufacturing confectioner. He was, until
recently, president, and is now a director and vice-president, of
the New Haven and Derby R. R. Company. He is also a
director of the Yale National Bank, of New Haven, and presi-
dent of the New Haven City Water Works Company, with
which company he has been prominently connected from the date
of its organization, about 1859. ^^ early recognized, as few
at that time did, the necessity and advantages to New Haven of
an abundant supply of pure water, and to his sound judgment
and indomitable energy it now largely owes the distinction which
it enjoys of being among the most favored of our cities in this
respect. Much of the recent rapid increase of that city, in
business, wealth and population, is due to the numerous manu-
facturing establishments removed to or originating in New
Haven since the introduction of water, and impossible there
before for lack of it ; while the benefits of its introduction, as
regards health, comfort, security from fires, and domestic con-
also of Southold — the place where, it is said, the ancestors of this family " settled
when they emigrated from England to America." Sarah Beach, above named, was
dau. of Leander Beach (d. in Orange, Dec. 28, 1823, aged 96), and w. Abigail
Baldwin (d. in Orange, Feb. 25, 1824, aged 97) m. in Milford, lived together over
60 years, and left living descendants, 7 children, 72 gr. children, 192 gt. gr. children
and 17 gt. gt. gr. children.
' The date of her death copied from the family record, but the grave-stone says
2 Diu. of Gilead Ailing (b. in Orange, d. in New Haven, May 25, 1844), and
w Mary Smith, b. in Milford, April, 1792 — dau. of Thomas and ALiry Lambert
Smith, m. in Orange; gr. dau. of John and Lydia Hall Ailing, of West Haven.
46 'The Dawson Family.
venience, are almost incalculable. In connection with many
other enterprises for the benefit of the "city of Elms," Mr.
Dawson's name might be honorably mentioned. He is one of
its most active, public spirited and useful citizens. Mr. and
Mrs. Dawson have had nine children, all b. in New Haven :
7-56. Henry Shepard, b. Aug. 22, 1841, d. in New Haven, Dec. 3,
1867, a. 26 ; unm.
7-57. Sidney Holt, b. Oct. 27, 1842, res. 1873, in New Haven ; m.
7-58. Augustus Edward, b. Feb. 20, 1844, res. 1873, in New Haven; m.
7-59. David Alonzo, b. Jan. 11, 1846, d. April 2, 1861, a. 15.
7-60.. Theodore Shepard, b. May 15, 1 847, d. April 14, 1861, a. 14.
7-61. Mary Elizabeth, b. Jan. 15, 1849, d. March 20, 1861, a. 12.
7-62. Charles Albert, b. March 31, 1853, d. Feb. 1, 1854, a. 1.
7-63. Florence Irene, b. Nov. 10, 1854, d. May 27, 1861, a. 7.
7-64. Charles Herbert, b. Nov. 16, 1857, d. Feb. 16, 1861, a. 3.^
6-36. Thomas Holt Dawson, school teacher and farmer,
b. in Northford, Ct., Dec. 17, 1807, d. in Licking county,
Ohio, June 7, 1847, aged 40. He m. in Caldwell, N. J.,
Nov. 27, 1833, Abigail Jacobus^ of Caldwell, who was b. March
28, 1813. They removed the same year to Northford, returned
to Caldwell in April, 1836, and removed thence to Hartford-
town, Licking county, O., in 1840, her parents having gone
thither a short time before. She m. again, and res. 1873, ^^
Condit P. O., Delaware Co., O. They had five children :
7-65. Stephen v., b. Nov. 10, 1834, d. Aug. 15, 1855, aged 21 ; unm.
7-66. Mary Adaline, b. Jan. 28, 1839, d. May 21, 1868 ; was m. but
d. without issue.
7-67. Reuben Thomas, b. April 10, 1841, d. June 7, 1847.
7-68. Fanny, b. Jan. 7, 1845, res. 1873, Condit, O. Huff.
7-69. Chloe, b. Jan. 14, 1848, res. 1873, Condit, O. Wilson.
6-37. Mary Adaline Dawson.^ b. in Northford, Conn.,
April 25, 1810, m. in Northford, April 25, 1833, Horace
Smith, farmer, b. in North Haven, Jan. 20, 181 1, res. 1871,
in Wallingford. She d. in Northford, July 2, 1837, aged 27,
leaving one child, then three weeks old, viz :
7-70. Merit Dawson, b. June 11, 1837, res. 1871, in Wallingford ; m.
' The five interesting children whose deaths occurred, as appears by the above
melancholy record, within the space of about ten weeks in the early months of 1861,
were victims to that dread scourge diptheria, then very fatally prevalent in the country.
A similar instance appears to have occurred in the family of Thomas Dawson,
The Dawson Family. 47
6-38. ^arah Smith T utile, b. in East Haven, Nov. 4, 18 16,
m. in same town, Feb, 10, 1835, George Henry Jacobs,
who was b. in North Haven, Sept. 27, 1813, and d. in Sacra-
mento, Cal., Oct. 30, 1850, aged 37-. She res. 1873, ^" -^^^^
Haven. One child :
7-71. Hiram, b. in East Haven, Jan. 22, 1836, res. 1873, in East
Haven ; unm.
6-39. Harriet Lewis Meloy, b. in New Haven, Conn., Jan.
4, 1799, m. in Chenango, N. Y., Jan. 4, 1820, John Barker
Rogers, who was b. in Lisle, N. Y., May 6, 1796. He resides
1873, '" Chenango Forks, N. Y., where he has been for many
years in active business as a merchant, miller, and extensive
dealer in dairy products, which commodities he purchases in
large quantities for eastern markets. He was postmaster at
Chenango Forks, by appointment of several different administra-
tions, but, having acted prominently with the whig party, was
removed for political causes during the presidency of James
K. Polk. He was a member of the state assembly in 1844,
and has repeatedly served as county supervisor, to which office
he continued to be elected so long as he would consent to accept
it. Probably to him more than to any other man is due the
business prosperity of the village and vicinity where he resides,
and he enjoys in a high degree the confidence and esteem of
Mr. and Mrs. Rogers celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of
their marriage at their pleasant home on the fourth of January,
1870. Besides a very large attendance of friends from near and
far, the family gathering numbered ov^er fifty, including seven
children, eighteen grand-children, and three great grand children ;
and it was remarked of the groom and bride that they received
and entertained their friends with a cordiality and ease which
would have graced a much earlier anniversary of their wedded
life. They were made the recipients of very many elegant and
costly gifts, as well as of letters from numerous friends in distant
places, expressive of the utmost good will and best wishes.'
' Mr. R. is a son of Simeon Rogers, farmer and inn keeper (b. in Guilford, Ct.,
Aug. 1762, d. in Barker, N. Y., March 27, 1856, aged 94), and w. Mary Barker,
(b in Branford, Ct., d. in Barker, 1858, aged 86) m. in town of Lisle, N. Y., abt.
48 'The Dawson Faf?iily.
Mrs. Rogers d. at Chenango Forks, Feb. 22, 1873, ^B^^ 74'
" For half a century she was identified with the social and relig-
ious history of this village. Of the Congregational church,
during the half century of its existence, it is not too much to
say that Mrs. Rogers was ' the strongest soul.' In this com-
munity, for the same period, alike in her social standing and her
Christian example, she was 'a shining light.' Of the many
women whose social and Christian influence has been a blessing
to this place, the general verdict would promptly give to Mrs.
Rogers a representative place." "Where there was good
work to be done, there she was to be found, and always among
the foremost. Surely hers was a worthy life."^ They had
nine children :
7-72. Henry Augustus, b. in Chenango Forks, April 30, 1821, res. 1873,
in Chenango Forks ; m.
7-73. Theodore Simeon, b. in Chenango Forks, Oct. 14, 1824, res.
1873, Binghamton, N. Y. ; m.
7-74. Mary Ann, b. in Greene, N. Y., April 17, 1826, res. 1873, Dun-
kirk, N. Y. FULLAGER.
7-75. Norman Stevens, b. in Chenango Forks, Oct. 3, 1828, res. 1873,
Chenango Forks ; m.
7-76. Julia Eliza, b. in Chenango Forks, Oct. 30, 1830, res. 1873,
Chenango Forks. Hagaman.
7-77. William, b. in Chenango Forks, Dec. 4, 1832, d. May 5, 1837.
7-78. Caroline Harriet, b. in Chenango Forks, Feb. 16, 1835, res. 1873,
Chenango Forks, N. Y.
7-79. George William, b. in Chenango Forks, Oct. 14, 1838, res. 1873,
Binghamton, N. Y. ; m.
7-80. Catharine Juliett, b. in Chenango Forks, June, 1844, d. Sept. 23,
1790. She was a dau. of John Barker, a pioneer settler in the Chenango Valley
country. See interesting anecdotes of her early life and adventures among the Indians,
Annals of Binghamton, pp. 1 60— 1 63. Simeon Rogers was a " minute-man " at New
Haven, when sixteen years old j served for six months at one time, and for shorter
periods on other occasions. He opened in 1795, "the first inn, kept the first store,
and built the first mill " in the town of Barker. His marriage was also the first in
the township. He was appointed, under President Jefferson, the first postmaster
at Chenango Forks, which office he resigned after a few years in favor of his son,
who held it continuously until removed as above stated, by Pres. Polk.* Of
Simeon Rogers it was said that " he had been in the enjoyment of remarkably good
health all his long life, and he possessed unusual mental and physical activity and
energy. Intelligent, patriotic and kind hearted, he was respected and beloved by all
who knew him." — Obituary : Binghamton paper.
' From Obituaries.
*About a year after his removal, his son Theodore was made postmaster, and the office is now
held by another son, Henry, having been out of the family only one year since it \^as
T^he Dawson Family. 49
6-40. Henry Meloy jun., b. in New Haven, Ct., March
9, 1801, m. in Greene, N. Y., Feb. 17, 1828, Nancy Waterman^
who was b. in Otsego, N. Y., July 13, 1801, and d. at Linden,
Orleans Co., N. Y., July, 1855, aged 54. He res. 1873, ^^
Ellicottville, N. Y. They had one child :
7-81. Catharine, b. in Union, N. Y., March 9, 1842, d. at Linden, Aug.
27, 1856, a. 14.
6-41. Frederick William Meloy, merchant, b. in New
Haven, Conn., Feb. 26, 1805, m. ist. in Greene, N. Y., Dec.
8, 1830, Martha Emilia Willard^ who was b. at Stafford
Springs, Conn., Nov. 16, 1808, d. in Ellicottville, N. Y.,
March 11, 1868, aged 59 ; mother of all his children. He m.
2d. in West Haven, Ct., Oct. 21, 1869, wid. Susan Frances
Meloy McCarthy,^ b in Orange, Ct., Aug. 27, 1834. They
'Third child and only dau. of Dr. Samuel Willard (b. at Stafford Springs, Ct.,
Dec. 26, 1766, d. at Cincinnati, O., Feb. 16, 1820), and w. Abigail Perkins (b.
at Chaplin, Ct., abt. 1773, d. at Greene, N. Y., Feb. 22, 1839, dau. of Isaac and
Tamisen Chaplin Perkins, of Ashford, Ct.), m. Aug. 1798 j gr. dau. of Rev. Dr.
John Willard (b. in Biddeford, Me., Feb. 8, 1733, d. at Stafford Springs, Ct., Feb. 16,
1807), and w. Lydia Dwight (b. Brookfield, Mass., Jan. 14, 1732, d. Jan. 23, 1798,
dau. of Joseph Dwight), m. Nov. 24, 1758. Rev. Dr. J. W. was son of Rev. Dr.
Samuel Willard (b. at Kingston, Jamaica, abt. Sept. 1705, d. at Kittery, Me., Oct.
25, 1 741), and w. Abigail Wright (b. at Sudbury, Mass., Feb. 19, 1708-9, d. at
Scarborough, Me., aged 70, dau. of Capt. Samuel and Mary Stephens Wright, of
Rutland), m. Oct. 29, 1730 j gr. son of Major John Willard, (b. at Groton, Mass.,
Sept. 8, 1673, d. at Kingston, Jamaica, abt. 1710-20), and w. Frances Sherburne,
of Jamaica, (d. at Kingston, 1733), m. 1703 or '04. Major J. W. was son of Rev.
Dr. Samuel Willard (b. at Concord, Mass., Jan. 31, 1639-40, d. at Boston, Sept.
12, 1707), and his first w. Abigail Sherman, (b. 1647, d. abt. 1677, dau. of Rev.
John and Mary Launce Sherman,) m. Aug. 8, 1664; gr. son of Major Simon Wil-
lard, (b. at Horsmonden, Kent, England, 1605, d. at Charlestown, Mass., between
1675 and 1680), and his first w. Mary Sharpe, (bapt. at Horsmonden, Oct. 16,
1614, dau. of Henry and Jane Feylde Sharpe). Major Simon W. emigrated to
Boston 1634, became a prominent military officer of the Colony, and a member of
the governor's council. He was son of Richard Willard (d. at Horsmonden, Feb.
1617), and his second w. Margery (d. at Horsmonden, Dec. 1608). Rev. Dr.
Samuel W., above named, son of Major Simon W., was a grad. of Harvard College,
1659 ; pastor of Old South Church, Boston, 1678 ; and president of Harvard, 1 701-7.
Other graduates of that Institution, above named, were Major John W., 1670, mer-
chant, of Kingston, Jamaica ; Rev. Dr. Samuel W., 1723, pastor of church at Bidde-
ford, Me., 1730, "an earnest, zealous, and affectionate preacher 5 " Rev. Dr. John
W., 1751, "a venerable servant of God, faithful and devoted in his station as a
Christian minister for a term of nearly fifty years j " and Dr. Samuel W., 1787.
Willard Memoir, by Joseph Willard, Boston, 1858.
^ Wid. of Sergt. Thomas McCarthy, of Co. I., i6th Regt. Conn. Vols., killed in
battle, of Antietam, Sept., 7, 1862, dau. of Falama Meloy, (b. in Orange, Ct.,
March 25, 1792,) and w. Amarilla Richards, (b. in Orange, March 4, 1800,
d. June 3, 1862,) m. May 28, 1820; gr. dau. of John Meloy, (Dec. 4, 1766,
d. in West Haven, Ct., aged 74,) and wr, Esther Umberville. Her gr. father was a
bro. of Henry Meloy, (5-14).
50 'The Dawson Faf?iily.
reside, 1873, '" Ellicottville. He has had nine children :
7-82. [Meloy.] William Augustus, b. in Chenango Forks, N. Y .,
Aug. 26, 1832, res. 1873, Muirkirk Station, Md. ; m.
7-83. John Willard, b. in Chenango Forks, Sept. 8, 1834, •■"• ^^71>
Portville, Cattaraugus Co., N. Y. ; m.
7-84. Samuel Henry, b. in Chenango Forks, Sept. 8, 1836, res. 1873,
Washington, D. C. ; m.
7-85. Abigail, b. in Greene, N. Y., Dec. 9, 1838, res. 1873, Ellicott-
ville, N. Y.
7-86. Anna, b. in Chenango, N. Y., Aug, 8, 1841, res. 1873, Great
Valley, N. Y. Rider.
7-87. Charles Frederick, b. in Barker, N. Y.,Dec. 17, 1843, res. 1873,
Cuba, N. Y. ; m.
7-88. Edward Richmond, B. in Barker, N. Y., June 12, 1846, res.
1873, Corsicana, Navarro Co., Texas ; unf?i.
7-89. Theodore Dwight, b. in Barker, N. Y., April 18, 1849, d. in
Ellicottville, April 3, 1858, a. 9.
7-90. Martha Emilia, b. in Greene, N. Y., May 26, 1854, res. 1873,
6-42. Julia Anna Meloy^ b. in New Haven, Conn., Nov.
12, 1810, m. at Union, N. Y., June 21, 1833, Rev. Judah
L. Richmond, who was b. in Durham, Schoharie Co., N. Y.,
April 17, 1807, and d. in Sheffield, Ashtabula Co., Ohio, May
14, 1868, aged 61. He was a Baptist minister, graduate of
Hamilton College.' She resides, 1873, ^^^"^ '^^^ ^°"' ^" Chat-
tanooga, Tenn. They had six children :
' Son of Rev. Edmund Richmond, also a Baptist minister (b in Berkshire county,
Mass., March i6, 1780, d. at Sheffield, O., Jan. 24, 1862), and w. Ruth Learning
(b. in Farmington, Conn., abt. 1782, d. in Sheffield, O., Feb., 1838, dau. of Judah
Learning, of Bristol, Ct.), m. in Bristol, N. Y., Dec. i, 1801 ; gr. son of Gideon
^chmond (d. in Berkshire, 1800, a soldier of the Revolution) and w. Hannah
Richmond (d. in Berkshire, 1780), dau. of John Richmond, of Taunton, Mass.
The father of Gideon Richmond was Nathaniel, who also lived at Taunton. The
Richmonds are of English descent. They were at Taunton as early as 1640. Rev.
Edmund Richmond was " for sixty years a worthy member of the Baptist church,
and for above fifty years a faithful and successful preacher of the Gospel. He was
pastor of the Baptist church in Milford, Otsego Co., N. Y., more than twenty years,
during which time a church of 14 members increased to 144, and erected a good
House of Worship, which still remains. Thence he removed to Rome, Ashtabula
Co., O., where he gathered a small church, which increased to 50 members, and
erected a House of Worship, during his pastorate of seven years. The last twenty-
three years of his pastoral life he devoted to the Baptist church in Sheffield, to which
he gave a lot of ground for a meeting house, towards the erection of which he was
also the principal donor. He had eight sons and four daughters. Of these, all but
two sons survived him, besides whom he left a posterity of 67 grand children and 27
great grand children." — Obituary. In September, 1853, one hundred of his children
and children's children met him on a visit. Several large general gatherings of the
Richmonds have taken place, and it is understood that a book of Records of the family
is in course of preparation.
The Dawson Family. ^i
7-91, [Richmond.] Theodore, b. in Jefferson, O., March z, 1837,
res. 1873, in Chattanooga, Tenn. ; m.
7-92. Amelia, b. in Stockton, N. Y., June 5, 1840, res. 1873, in
Goshen, Ind. Thomas.
7-93. Charles Henry, b. in Fredonia, N. Y., Dec. 14, 1842, res. 1873,
in Brighton, Lorain Co., O. ; m.
7-94. Grace Adelia, b. in Warsaw, N. Y., April 13, 1846, res. 1873,
in Ai, Fulton Co., O. Bartholomew.
7-95. Frederick Meloy, b. in Warsaw, N. Y., March 27, 1848, res.
1873, '" Cleveland, O. ; m.
7-96. Katherine, b. in Deposit, N. Y., Dec. 25, 1850, res. 1873, in
Goshen, Ind. Fooley.
6-43. Grace Amelia Meloy ^ b. in New Haven, Ct., July 4,
181 3, m. Nov. I, 1831, Charles Egbert Keeler, merchant,
b. in Binghamton, N. Y., April 4, 1806, d. at the residence
of her son in-law, Dr. Johnson, in Greene, N. Y., Nov. 2, 1872,
aged 66.' They resided many years in Union, N. Y., and had
two children., both b. in that place :
1~91- Ju'i^ Anna, b. Jan. 12, 1833, res. 1873, Fulton, 111. Mercereau.
7-98. Adelaide Ameha, b. Aug. 20, 1836, res. 1873, Greene, N. Y.
6-44. Harriet Mead Prescott^ b. in Batavia, N. Y., June
25, 1821, m. July 31. 1841, Dr. Elijah Dresser,^ allopathic
physician, who was b. in Paris, Oneida Co., N. Y., Sept. 15,
1810. They reside, 1873, ^" -^^^^ Otto, Cattaraugus Co.,
N. Y., and have had five children, all b. In E. Otto :
7-99. Harlan Cephas, b. Sept. 2, 1843, res. 1871, Dunkirk,N. Y. ; m.
7-100. Emily Eunecia, b. Jan, 2, 1849, d. Nov. 2, 1849.
7-1 01. Moses Beecher, b. Jan 4, 1851.-^
7-102. Charles Corydon, b. March 20, 1853.
7-103. Laura Prescott, b. March 28, 1858.
' Son of Lewis Keeler, who went from Norwalk, Ct., and kept a public house and
carried on the hatting business at Chenango village (near where Binghamton now
stands) for some years prior to 1800. He built in Binghamton, i8oi, the first tavern
in that place. — Annals of Binghamton, 176-177. His son Lewis Keeler, of Greene,
N. y., m. Mary, sister of John 6. Rogers (6-39). They celebrated the fiftieth an-
niversary of their marriage, Feb. 1869. (Ralph Keeler, at Hartford, 1640, was one
of the first settlers of Norwalk 5 freeman there, 1668. — Savage's Gen. Diet.).
^ Son of Elijah Dresser (b. in Wendall, Mass., d. in Geneseo, N. Y., abt. 1822,
aged 52) and w. Amelia Beach (d. in Geneseo, N. Y., abt. 1818, aged 44) m. in
Paris, Oneida Co., N. Y. (Probably a descendant of John Dresser, of Rowley, Mass.,
3 In Prescott Memorial the date of his birth is erroneously given ""June 4, 1851,"
and date of Emily's birth is also erroneously printed "June 2, 1849."
52 ^he Dawson Family.
6-45. Elliott Marshall Dawson, painter, b. in New
Hartford, Conn., Jan. 22, 1814, m. ist. Oct. i, 1838, Esther
Smithy b. in Harwinton, Ct., May 11, 18 1 7, d. in Bristol, Ct.,
Aug. 25, 1842. No children. 2d. Jan. 4, 1846, Rosetta Nor-
ton^ b. in Plymouth, Ct., Nov. lO, 1819. They res. 1873, in
Plymouth, Ct., and have had five children, all b. in that state :
7-104. Marshall, b. in New Haven, Sept. 20, 1846, d. in New Haven,
Oct. 4, 1846.
7-105. Helena, b. in Fair Haven, Jane 9, 1850, res. 1873, Plymouth, Ct.
7-106. Millard Elliott, b. in Ansonia, Sept. 21, 1852, d. in Ansonia,
Sept. 21, 1853.
7-107. Fred Elliott, b. in Meriden, Feb. 15, 1857, d. in Hartford, Feb.
7-108. Fred Millard, b. in Waterville, Sept. 7, 1862.
6-46. Mary Ann Dawson^ b. in New Hartford, Ct., May
14, 1816, m. ist. Sept. 3, 1837, Norton C. Parsons, who was
b. in Enfield, Ct., Aug. 18, 18 10, d. of lung fever, at Broad
Brook, East Windsor, Conn., June 6, 1855, ^g^^ 45- They
had two children, both b. in East Windsor :
7-109. Clifford Dawson, b. Nov. 14, 1838, res. 1873, Bristol, Ct. ; m.
7-110. Arthur, b. Aug. 28, 1840, res. 1873, Bristol, Ct. ; m.
She m. 2d., Dec. 14, 1858, Orrin Bissell, b. in E. Wind-
sor, Dec. I, 1792, d. of lung fever, at Broad Brook, Jan. 8,
1873. ^^^ '"^^- '^73' ^^ Broad Brook.
6-47. Eveline Abigail Daivson^ b. in New Hartford, Ct.,
April 26, 1818, m. May 2, 1841, Dea. Russell B. Perkins,
who was b. in West Springfield, Mass., April 10, 18 17. They
reside, 1873, ^^ Meriden, Ct. Three children :
7-1 II. Charles Russell, b. in New Hartford, Jan. 25, 1844, res. 1873,
Meriden ; m.
7-1 1 2. George Willard, b. in Meriden, Aug. 11, 1850.
7-113. Judson Norton, b. in Meriden, Dec. 7, 1852.
6-49. Juliette Dawson^ b. in New Hartford, Ct., March
18, 1821, m. Oct. 14, 1841, Henry W. Bissell,^ who was
I Son of Lawrence (b. March ii, 1772, d. Feb. 7, 1853), and yan« /i^o/cor? Bissell,
m. Feb. 28, 1805 ; gr. son of Roswell (b. May 3, 1755), and Oll-vc Stoughton Bissell;
gt. gr. son of William (b. Sept. 15, 1725, d. June 22, 1796), and Jemima Skinner
Bissell, m. June 4, 1754. The last named was son of Ensign Nathaniel jr., (b. Jan.
7, 1665, d. March 4, 1752), and Sarah Gaylord Bissell, m. July 8, 1714 j gr. son of
Nathaniel (b. Sept. 24, bapt. Sept. 27, 1640, d. March 12, I7i3-I4),and Mindwell
T^he Dawson Family. 53
b. in East Windsor, Dec. 23, 1818. They res. 1873, at Broad
Brook, E. Windsor. Five children, all b. in that town :
7-1 14. Elizabeth E., b. Aug. 8, 1841, res. 1873, Broad Brook. Daven-
7-1 1?. Lucius H., b. Jan. 29, 1845, res. 1873, Broad Brook.
7-116. Juliette, b. April 30, 1848, res. 1873, Broad Brook,
7-117. Mary M., b. Jan. 27, 1853, res. 1873, Broad Brook.
7-118, Katie J,, b. Sept, 30, 1857, d. at Broad Brook, April 6, 1869.
6-51. Sybil Dawson^ b. in New Hartford, Ct., Nov. 21,
1825, m. June 9, 1845, Joseph Sigourney, merchant, b. in
Spezia, Italy, Feb. 17, 1821. They res. 1873, '" Bristol,
Conn. ; have two children, both b. in Bristol :
7-119. Albert Marshall, b. Aug. 1, 1850, res. 1873, in Bristol ; m.
7-120. Frank Willard, b. Oct. 25, 1856.
6-52. Marilla Elizabeth Dawson^ b. in New Hartford, Ct.,
Oct. 31, 1828, m. in Bristol, Nov. 15, 1848, George Hos-
FORD Evans, who was b. in Chatham, Conn., Nov. 4, 1824,
son of George and Esther Evans. They res. 1873, in Bristol.
Nine children :
7-1 21. William Henry, b. in Bristol, Sept. 9, 1849.
7-122. Mary Esther, b. in Bristol, Dec. 15, 1854, res, Bristol,
7-123. George Burdett, b. in Burlington, Ct., Oct. 14, 1857.
7-124. Harriet Nina, b. in Bristol, Feb, 9, i860,
7-125, Harry, b. in Bristol, July 8, 1863, d. Aug. 13, 1865.
7-126. Anna Elizabeth, b. in Bristol, Aug. 17, 1865,
7-127, Nellie Marilla, b, in Bristol, Jan, 27, 1867.
7-128, Harry, b. in Bristol, Jan. 17, 1870.
7-129. Sybil, b. in Bristol, March, 1872.
6-53. Lucia Eunecia Amelia Dawson^ b. in Canton, Ct.,
Nov, 18, 1813, d, at "Lone Oak Farm," Bloomingdale, Du
Page Co., Ill, Aug. 20, 1852, aged 39 ; m. in Nelson, N. Y.,
Jan. 2, 1832, Frederick Avery Kinney,^ and removed to
Bernadotte, 111., about 1837. He was b. in Nelson, N. Y.,
Nov. 4, 1807, and d. in Bloomingdale, July 19, 1859, ^g^^ 5^-
Moore Bissell, m. Sept. 25, 1662; gt. gr. son of John Bissell sen., who d. Oct. 3,
1667, aged 8'6. He was b. in England : "came to Windsor about 1640; was the
first white settler [in Windsor] on the East side of the Connecticut, and the founder
of a numerous, energetic and honorable family " — Stiles' History of Ancient Windsor.
' Son of Ezra Kinney (b. in Dutchess county, N. Y., Aug. 25, 1776, d. in Nelson,
N. Y., Jan. 2, 1836) and w. Matilda Langworthy (b. in Stonington, Ct., Oct. 18,
1782) m. Nov. 23, 1800.
54 T^he Dawson Family,
Mr. and Mrs. Kinney were greatly esteemed in the commu-
nity where they lived. They would hardly have been selected,
perhaps, as suitable pioneers to the then " far west," whither
they so early emigrated. In point of education and refinement
they were superior to the majority of the early settlers of those
western wilds ; but all their resources, mental and physical, were
devoted to the developing and upbuilding of their chosen home,
shared with their less fortunate neighbors, and made instrumental
of good in numerous ways, such as only the truly charitable,
laboring in the spirit of genuine Christianity, candevise and adopt.
Their influence was widely felt and gratefully acknowledged.
They were Universalists in religious faith and by church mem-
bership. They had five children :
7-130. Timothy Lee, b. in Erieville, N. Y., April 23, 1834, d. in Erie-
ville, Sept. 30, 1834.
7-131. Frederica Grace, b. in Erieville, Dec, 5, 1835, res. 1873, in
Grouse, Kane Co., 111. Goodwin.
7-132. Kate Eugenia, b. in Bloomingdale, 111., March 25, 1848, res.
1873, Grouse, 111.
7-133. May Augusta, b. in Bloomingdale, June 24, 1852, d. Aug. 20,
7-134. Fred Dean, b. in Bloomingdale, June 24, 18152, d. in Aurora,
111., June 14, 1866. He was run over by railroad cars,
losing both legs, and survived but a few hours. ^
6-54. Lucius Roberts Dawson, house and bridge carpen-
ter and builder, b. in Canton, Ct., March 15, 1815, m. in
Cazenovia, N. Y., 'Julia Emeline Blackman^ March 5, 1838.
She was b. in Linklean, Chenango Co., N. Y., April 4, 1820.
^ He was a pupil in the Clark Seminary, at Aurora, and was a lad of great promise.
For some years he had been living at Aurora, in the family of his brother-in-law and
sister, Mr. and Mrs. Goodwin, who supplied as far as possible the place of parents to
him during his orphanage. " He was kind and amiable in disposition, genial and
gentlemanly in manners, respectful and dutiful to teachers. He was sincere, out-
spoken and upright, uniform in temper and spirit, determined in purpose. He was
without reproach, so far as we know, in words, habits and morals In some de-
partments of study he ranked among the best in his classes On his way home
[from school] he was crushed beneath the cars. His fellow pupils, from their win-
dows in the seminary, witnessed his misfortune, and hastened to his presence, and
attended him, so far as their services were needed, to the last. He exhibited unusual
presence of mind and fortitude. Much more calm than any about him, he gave
directions as to taking him home, and continued quiet and self possessed as long as
he lived. From time to time he ministered words of comfort to his deeply afflicted
and sorrowful friends. He was buried at Bloomingdale." — Obituary.
^Dau. of Roswell Blackman (b. Oct. 22, 1791) and w. Lorinda Haywood (b.
Aug. 21, 1799) m. April 29, 1819; gr. dau. of Enoch Blackman (b. Sept. 15,
1760) and w. Abigail Clark (b. Sept. 22, 1760) both of Conn.
'The Dawson Family. ^^
He enlisted, May, 1863, in the Construction Corps, U. S.
Volunteers, and was for some months in service in Virginia,
until the company to which he belonged was disbanded. He
reenlisted in December, 1863, in the same service, under Major
E. L. Wentz, and was stationed in Tennessee, in charge of a
party of men who were employed in cutting and dressing timber
for the rebuilding of bridges destroyed in the war ; afterwards
built a shingle-mill for the government at Lenoir, Tenn., of
which he had charge about one year.
They res. 1873, in Binghamton, N. Y., and have had five
7-135. Lucia Diane, b. in Cazenovia, N. Y., July 9, 1839 ; res. 1873,
in Binghamton. Gray.
7-136. Frances Mary, b. in Linklaen, N. Y., June 26, 1841, d. in
Chenango, N. Y., Jan. 23, i860. Parker.
7-137. LeeDe Forest, b. in Linklaen, Aug. 22, 1843, res. 1873, Bing-
hamton ; m.
7-138. Charles Edward, b. in Chenango Forks, N. Y., Feb. 28, 1846,
d. at Yorktown, Va., June 16, 1864. ^ ,
7-139. Florence Marie, b. in Chenango Forks, July 28, 1853, d. Nov.
6-56. Maria Louisa Dawson^ b. in Cazenovia township, N.
Y., Sept. 7, 18 19, m. 1st. in Cazenovia, Oct. 29, 1839,
Emilius Ahira Bat£S,^ farmer, b. in Nelson, N. Y.,
Feb. 9, 181 1, d. in same place, Dec. 8, 1853, ^Z^^ 4^- ^^
was some time a student at Hamilton College, Madison, N. Y.
In his youth he was a skeptic on religious subjects, but for
nearly twenty years prior to his decease he was a devoted member
and local preacher of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He
had a good degree of literary skill, with refined and cultivated
tastes ; and even in failing health, and through a long, weary
' Private in 27th Regt. N. Y. S. Vols., enlisted Sept. 15, 1863, transferred to the
I 68th Regt., and d. in the military hospital at Yorktown after only five days' illness.
" His regiment was to be disbanded about the eighteenth of June, and I suppose the
dear boy's mind turned often to that hope. His last words were, ' I am mustered
out of service — I am going home.' He was a brave lad. His letters were full of
the true soldierly spirit." — Extract from a letter.
2 Son of Rufus Bates (b. in Pownal, Vt., Nov. i, 1788) and w. Sally Marshall,
(b. in Tolland, Mass., May 30, 1788, d. in Wampsville, N. Y., Aug. 11, 1873),
m. in Nelson, N. Y., April 5, 1810, where they res. 1871 ; gr. son of Archibald
Bates, (b. in Rhode Island, March 15, 1763. d. Jan. 11. 1838,) and w. Hannah
Wever, m. in Vt., Nov. 8, 1787. (2d. w. Hannah Dorrence Coman, m. Aug. 29,
56 The Dawson Family.
illness, maintained a cheerful spirit until the last. They had
7-140. [Bates]. Edward Francis, b. inCazenovia tp., Dec. 30, 1840, d.
in Washington, D. C, March 6, 1864, aged 23 ; 7n.
7-141. William Rufus, b. in Cazenovia tp., June 28, 1845, res. 1873,
at Saginaw, Mich. ; m.
7-142. Florence Maria, b. in Nelson, N. Y., April 30, 1852, d. April
21, 1853, aged I year.
She m. 2d. in Cazenovia, N. Y., Jan. 18, 1859, Leman
David Coburn, merchant, b. in Truxton, N. Y., April 22,
181 7. He was agent, by governor's appointment, 1865, for the
state of New York, to care for the sick and wounded soldiers
of the state, and for the exchanged prisoners of war ; with
headquarters at Annapolis, Md. They reside, 1873, at Addison,
N. Y. A very pleasant celebration of their "tin wedding"
occurred on the evening of Jan. 18, 1869 — a large company
being present, some of whom had journeyed long distances for
the purpose of attending.
6-57. Oliver Winston Dawson, b. in Cazenovia town-
ship, Madison Co., N. Y., Feb. i, 1821. Before he was 13
years of age he engaged as a clerk in the store of his cousin,
F. W. Meloy (6-41 of this record), at Chenango Forks, N.
Y., remaining thereabout one year, and he was afterwards simi-
larly employed for longer periods at Pompey Hill and Salina,
N. Y. On the death of his father, in March, 1843, ^^ suc-
ceeded to the charge of the business and family. He removed
to Syracuse, N. Y., in 1845 \ became landlord of the Fayette
House in that city, and subsequently of hotels in Oran and
Delphi, N. Y., selling out the three latter establishments, how-
ever, in each instance, within one year after commencing busi-
ness. He spent about two years in the service of the saddlery
hardware house of C. Pope & Co., of Syracuse, as traveling
agent for the sale of their goods, and for some years was also
employed as traveling agent for the sale of drugs and patent
medicines. In 1853, ^^ removed to Adrian, Mich., and ac-
cepted a clerkship in the General Ticket office of the Michigan
Southern and Northern Indiana Railroad, being the chief clerk
of the " Local Ticket" Department of that office, which posi-
tion he has ever since held. The office, however, has been
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several times removed, being successively, after leaving Adrian,
at Toledo, O., Chicago, 111., and at present (since the consoli-
dation with the Lake Shore R. R.) at Cleveland, Ohio. The
changes in administration of this great railway interest have been
still more frequent, but under all changes his valuable services
have been retained, he having occupied the same desk for a period
of over nineteen years. He possesses an organizing mind, and
conducts the complicated business of his office with admirable
system and efficiency. He m. in Cazenovia, Jan. 28, 1845,
Sarah Jdaline Long^^ who was b. in Hartsville, town of Pom-
pey, N. Y., Sept. 19, 1822. They resided, from about 1858
to 1872 in Toledo, O., removed in 1872, to Cleveland, in
that state, and returned to Toledo, 1873. They have had five chn. :
7-143. Sarah Elizabeth, b. in Cazenovia, Dec. 17, 1846, res. 1873, in
7-144. Timothy John, b. in Oran, N. Y., Nov. 21, 1849, res. 1873,
7-145. Oliver James, b. in Cazenovia, Jan. 18, 1853, d. in Adrian,
Mich., Jan. 9, 1855.
7-146. Mary Louisa, b. in Adrian, Mich., Aug. 28, 1856, d. Sept. 15,
7-147. Henry Hobart, b. in Toledo, O., Sept. 18, i860.
6-58. Edward Sebried Dawson, b. in Nelson, N. Y.,
July 22, 1822. From his twelfth year until he became of age
he was employed as a clerk in country stores, of which time
the last seven years were spent in the service of Mr. Horace
Wheaton, at Pompey Hill, N. Y. On leaving the service of
Mr. Wheaton, he devoted a few months to acquiring a knowl-
edge of dentistry, which profession, however, he abandoned in
favor of a mercantile career. In 1844 he removed to Syra-
cuse, N. Y., to take the position of bookkeeper for the firm of
' Dau. of Nehemiah Benjamin Colbay Long, merchant tailor (b. in Va., Oct. 29,
1782, d. in Oran, N. Y., July 31, 1828,) and w. Sarah Rouse, (b. in West Green-
wich, Kent Co., R. I., Jan. 27, 1793, res. 1871, Elmwood, Peoria Co., 111. ; dau.
of Benj. and Ruth Gorton Rouse, both natives of West Greenwich), m. Dec. 17,
1812; gr. dau. of Benjamin Long and w. Mary Colbay, who was Dutch or of Dutch
descent. The gr. parents moved to Schenectady, N. Y., in 1796, where they resided
several years, and kept a hotel, and where Benj. Long died. After his death his
wid. lived with a son, Moses Long, printer, in Albany, N. Y. He dying, she re-
moved to Va., where she had other children living, and where she died.
'An accomplished and successful teacher, in one of the public schools of Toledo.
3 Telegraph operator. Formerly, for more than two years, assistant, and since
1871, chief, train despatcher for the Eastern and Southern Divisions of the Lake
Shore and Michigan Southern Railway.
58 T^he Dawson Family.
Wheaton & Robinson, dealers in general hardware, with whom
he remained three years, which were succeeded by two years
in the service, in a similar capacity, of Messrs Charles Pope
& Co., dealers in and manufacturers of saddlery hardware. He
became a partner in this firm March i, 1849, ^^^ continued in
the same establishment and business under the different firm
names of Charles Pope & Co., Pope & Dawson, Wheaton &
Dawson and E. S. Dawson & Co., until Dec. i, 1856, when
he retired from the business. From the first of January follow-
ing he was engaged in the business of Insurance, until Oct. I,
1858, when he reentered the saddlery hardware trade under the
firm name of E. S. Dawson & Co. In this business he con-
tinued, conducting an extensive trade and a large manufacturing
establishment, until Jan. i, 1869, when he accepted the posi-
tion of treasurer of the Onondaga County Savings Bank,
which position he still occupies. This bank, of which he had
been, for many years previously, a trustee, is the oldest institu-
tion of the kind in Syracuse, and one of the largest in the state.
He is the inventor and patentee of several valuable improve-
ments in saddlery and harness hardware, as also of other useful
inventions, and possesses business qualifications of a high order.
He m. in Pompey Hill, N. Y., Sept. 18, 1849, Clarissa
Hannah Ma^sh^ who was b. in Pompey, Dec. 19, 1825. They
res. 1873, in Syracuse, and have had four children, all b. in
that city :
7-148. Flora Marsh, b. June 3, 1850.
7-149. Edward Seymour, b. Sept. 29, 1852.
7-150. Homer Wheaton, b. March 6, 1856.
7-151. John Barker, b. Jan. 13, 1863.
6-60. Charles Carroll Dawson, compiler of these
records, was b. in Nelson, N. Y., Feb. 4, 1833. When in
' Dau. of Moses Seymour Marsh (b, at New Milford, Ct., Dec. 28, 1792, d. at
Syracuse, Oct. 12, 1843) and w. Flora Wheaton (b. at New Milford, July 23, 1799,
d. at Syracuse, Sept. 17, 1847), m. at Pompey, N. Y., Aug. 19, 1820. He was a
merchant at Pompey, afterwards cashier for many years and president of the Onon-
daga County Bank, at Syracuse ; son of Rev. Truman and Clarissa Seymour Marsh.
Flora Wheaton, above named, was dau. of Augustus Wheaton, farmer, one of the
early settlers of the town of Pompey, to which he removed from Dutchess county,
N. Y., about 18 10 or '12. Rev. Truman Marsh was rector for many years (from
1809 or earlier) of the Episcopal church in Litchfield, Conn., where he d. April,
185 1, aged about 80 years. Clarissa Seymour, sister of the late Henry Seymour
(father of Ex. Gov. Horatio Seymour, of New York), d. at Litchfield, Sept. 2, 1865,
aged 93 years, i month.
The Dawson Family. 59
his thirteenth year he became a clerk in the bookstore of L.
W. Hall & Co., of Syracuse, with whom he remained something
more than a year, leaving their service to accept a clerkship in
the general country store of Camp and Stone, at Trumansburg,
N. Y. Two years later he returned to Syracuse, and became
a clerk in the book establishment of Wynkoop & Brother,
successors to his former employers. After about two years spent
in their employ he became bookkeeper to Mr. Ezra Towne,
grocer and insurance agent, in whose service he remained until
1853, when he removed to New York city, to fill the position
of bookkeeper and cashier in the book publishing house of
Daniel Burgess & Co., then leading school book publishers in
that city. With this firm he remained until its dissolution in
1856, which occurred in consequence of the death of Mr. Daniel
Burgess. In the fall of that year he made a collecting tour
through the western states as representative of the administrator
of A'Ir. B.'s estate. As a result of this trip came his removal to
Des Moines, Polk county, Iowa, in the month of January follow-
ing, where, as one of the firm of Redhead & Dawson, he en-
gaged in business as a bookseller, publisher and stationer. In
this business he continued until the winter of 1859-60, when,
having been elected superintendent of Public Schools for that
county, he disposed of his interest in the book business and
devoted himself to the duties of his office, in connection with
the business of a real estate and insurance agency, which he
established about this time. He also became assistant state
agent of the Aetna Insurance Company, of Hartford, Conn.,
traveling extensively for the purpose of adjusting losses, appoint-
ing local agents, inspecting the condition of various local
agencies, and performing other like duties. At this time also
he occasionally wrote for the papers and magazines in prose and
verse,' wrote and delivered various lectures and addresses, and
served as permanent secretary of sundry literary, social and
church organizations. In the second year of his term of office
as school superintendent he resigned the same in favor of his
deputy and friend Dr. Wilmot H. Dickinson ; and a little time
after received the appointment of deputy clerk of the United
' Of his effusions in verse, a portion have been collected and " printed for private
use" in a volume entitled '' Occasional Thoughts and Fancies, by C. C. D."
6o T^he Dawson Family.
States Circuit Court of the District of Iowa,' which office he
held about two years, meanwhile continuing his business as a
Real Estate and Insurance agent, and also at the same time as
for some years previously, serving as secretary of the City School
District. In the spring of 1863 he was appointed chief clerk
in the office of the provost marshal^ for the fifth congressional
district of Iowa, and assisted in organizing the provost service
in that extensive district, then comprising twenty-three counties.^
In this very laborious position he remained nearly two years,
conducting also, during a part of the time, the agencies before
mentioned, which, however, he surrendered early in 1864. In
the fall of the same year considerations of health, and the desire
of avaiUng himself of certain advantages of study and instruction,
with change of air and scene, and relief from business cares,
induced him to resign his clerkship in the provost service, and
remove with his family to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he be-
came a student in the State University. He remained there in
that capacity during the residue of that year and all of the
year following, graduating in the Law Department of the Uni-
versity in the spring of 1866. While making arrangements to
return to Iowa for the purpose of engaging there in the practice
of law, he was offered, during a visit to New York in the summer
of 1866, and accepted, the position of corresponding and advertis-
ing clerk to the parties then controlling by contract the sale of
the Congress and Empire spring waters. ■♦ In 1869 he became a
member of the board of trustees of the company owning the
* The clerk at that time was the Hon. W. G. Woodward, of Muscatine, formerly-
chief justice of the Supreme Court of Iowa.
=■ Capt. S. C. Brownell, one of the most genial of men, and best of officers. He
now resides at Medina, N. Y.
3 The provost service was the great system by means of which the army of the
Union was continually reinforced. There were then no railroads in the district, and
the District Headquarters were 1 80 miles from the General Rendezvous of the state,
to which all recruits and arrested deserters were required to be forwarded. The providing
of transportation, clothing and subsistence, under these circumstances, for large numbers
of men, was attended with peculiar difficulties, and involved a multiplicity of ac-
counts, and the necessity of a large correspondence.
4 Messrs. Hotchkiss Sons, 58 Cliff St., connected with which establishment was
their wholesale hardware house, 92 Beekman street, chiefly for the sale of goods pro-
duced at their extensive factory at Bridgeport, Conn. A portion of Mr. D.'s time
was devoted to similar duties connected with the hardware establishment, and he also
had charge, for about six months, Mr. B. B. Hotchkiss being in Europe, of a factory
in New York, belonging to the latter, for the manufacture of iron wheels and of
solid shot and shell for rifled cannon.
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spring property at Saratoga, and manager of the company's
business in New York city, which positions he still retains/
He m. in Brooklyn, N. Y., according to the order of the
Society of Friends, May 21, 1856, Jeannette Margaret Simonson^
who was b. in Westfield township, Staten Island, March 19,
1829.^ They reside, 1873, ^^ Plainfield, N. J., and have had
five children :
7-152. Howard, b. in Des Moines, Iowa, May 26, 1857.
7-1 53. Colman, b. in Des Moines, May 7, 1859.
7-154. Robert, b. in Des Moines, Aug 14, 1861, d. of scarlet fever and
diphtheria, in Des Moines, July 16, 1863.
7-155. Charles VVilmot, b. in Plainfield, N. J., Dec. 10, 1867.
7-156. Catharine Ruhamah, b. in Plainfield, Nov. 21, 1870.
They have also an adopted daughter,
Mary Hill Dawson, b. in Brooklyn, N. Y., Nov. 21, 1853. ^
' Since 1866, he has made several extended trips through the western and southern
states: also, in the fall of 1871, a visit to Europe — the former on business, the latter
chiefly for health and pleasure.
2 Prior to her marriage a teacher in the Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn,
N. Y. ; dau. of John Simonson (b. at Freshkill, near Richmond, Staten Island, Feb.
3, 1803, d. June 25, 1857), and w. Catharine Ann Harned (b. in Woodbridge,
N. J., Nov. 23, 1805), m. in Woodbridge, June 26, 1824. She now, 1873, ""^s.
in Plainfield, N. J., wid. of Stephen Vail. John Simonson was son of John Simon-
son (b. at Richmond. S. I., May 24, 1764, d. April 9, 1854, aged 90, farmer, and
tanner and currier), and w. Margaret Swaim (b. S. I., Aug. 21, 1782, d. Sept. 29,
1845), m. about 1800; gr. son of Arthur Simonson (d. Feb. 26, 1808), and w.
Elizabeth Egbert, whose ancestors were Huguenots. The ancestors of Arthur Simon-
son were from Holland, and among the first settlers of Staten Island. Margaret
Swaim was dau. of Benj. Swaim, farmer, of Staten Island, and w. Martha, dau. of
John Marshall. Catharine Ann Harned was dau. of Jacob Harned (b. 7 mo. 9,
1769, d. 9 mo. 5, 1828), and w. Catharine Potter (d. Oct. 7, 1815, aged about 46)
m. 17945 gr. dau. of Phinneas Potter and w. Elizabeth Hampton; gt. gr. dau. of
Andrew Hampton (b. 12 mo. 10, 1722), and w. Mercereau. Jacob Harned
was son of Jonathan Harned (b. 2 mo. 18, 1746, d. i8n), and w. Sarah Laing
(dau. of David and Anna Randolph Laing, of Woodbridge), m. 7 mo. 16, 1766.
Jonathan Harned was son of Nathaniel Harned (b. 10 mo. 3, 171 6), and w. Anna
Clawson, (dau. of John Clawson, of Woodbridge), m. 4 mo. 17, 1742. Nathaniel,
Jonathan and Jacob Harned were all members of the Society of Friends, all b. and
d. at Woodbridge, where they carried on successively the same business — that of
tanners and curriers — in connection with the farm, which was the family estate.
Nathaniel Harned suffered notably in person and estate during the Revolutionary war
on account of his strict adherence to his principles as a non-combatant — being plun-
dered and oppressed in turn by both parties, American and British, as were many
others of his sect. Andrew Hampton, above named, was a quaker of wealth and
3 Her only bro., Warren Burleigh Hill, (b. in Brooklyn, Aug. 15, 1850), d. of
diphtheria, at Mr. D.'s residence in Des Moines, May 29, 1863. Their parents were
John Warren Hill (b. in Portsmouth, N. H., June 20, 18 19, d. while acting assist-
ant paymaster, U. S. Navy, at Pensacola, Fla., Sept. 26, 1863), and w. Mary
Augusta Simonson (b. in Rahway, N. J., Oct. 17, 1825, d. in Brooklyn, Sept. 29,
1856, sister to Mrs. Dawson), m. Nov. 14, 1849.
62 l^he Dawson Family.
6-61. Sophia Mersena Beecher^h. in New Hartford, Conn.,
Oct. 5, 1813, d. in Dunkirk, N. Y., Sept. 30, 1867, aged 54.
Her death was justly regarded as " a bereavement of the whole
community," which had " long felt the influence of her practical
virtues and unostentatious charities." She m. April 21, 1831,
Truman Rowley Colman, who was b. in Coventry, Conn.,
Nov. 9, 1809, and resides, 1873, ^" Dunkirk.' His parents
removed to Madison county, N. Y., in his boyhood. At the
age of twelve he left home, and thenceforth not only supported
himself independently, but assisted, to some extent, his father's
family. He first lived two years with the Hon. Gerrit Smith,
who, discerning in him capacity superior to his position, procured
for him a clerkship in Peterboro, in the store of his brother-in-
law, Mr. Backus. In 1826, his employer discontinuing business,
he went to Utica, where he found a situation with a mercantile
firm whose business was transferred to Rochester in 1828, and
to EUicottville in 1829, he going with it, and remaining as clerk
in the establishment until 1832, when he became a partner.
The next year he became sole owner. The stock consisted
of dry goods, groceries, drugs and medicines, and a large variety
of miscellaneous goods, including, as was common in the country
stores of the time, spirituous liquors. He signalized his new
position by discontinuing wholly the sale of the latter, thus be-
coming the first merchant in the county to adopt this reform.
He has ever since been a consistent and influential advocate of
the temperance cause. He continued in the mercantile business
prominence in Elizabeth, as early as 1688 j appointed deputy to the colonial legis-
lature, 1698 ; d. Jan., 1738-9. He built a brick house on the site of the present
parsonage of St. John's church In Elizabeth. A portion of the original house still
remains, in which is seen the old corner stone, inscribed with name and date —
[1697 — Andrew Hampton and Margret.] His w. was Margaret Cummin. They
had 8 children, who were bapt. by Rev. Geo. Keith (an Episcopal missionary, formerly
a quaker preacher), in Nov. 1 703, himself and w. having, so writes Keith, "come
over from Quakerism to the Church." His son Andrew, however, though probably
one of the children bapt. by Keith, was a quaker. A. H., the deputy, supposed a
son of James Hampton, who emigrated from Salem, Mass., to Southampton, L, I.,
' Son of Asa Colman (b. in Coventry, Ct., Nov. 7, 1785, d. in Dunkirk, N. Y.,
July 19, 1859), and w. Betsey Trapp (b. July 17, 1787, d. April 30, 1833, dau.
of William Trapp, of Coventry), m. in Coventry, Oct. 17, 1804; gr. son of Asa
Colman (d. in Logan Co., O., about 1845, ^6^'* ^7) ^^^ w. Hannah Babcock (d.
about 1847, aged 87), m. in Coventry about 1775, moved thence to Cazenovia, N. Y.,
about i8ii,and thence to Logan Co., O., about 1817. The father of the last
named Asa Colman, lived to be over 90 years of age. The Colmans were at Cov-
entry as early as 1713, and probably earlier. — Sec Records, town clerk's office.
The Dawson Family. 63
at Ellicottville until 1844, when he became agent for the pro-
prietors of extensive tracts of lands in western New York,
known as the " Holland Land Purchase." Three years later
he purchased a large interest in the property, to the management
and sale of which he afterwards devoted several years. In 1854
he removed to Dunkirk, and established the Lake Shore Bank,
of which he is now president. Mr. Colman is distinguished for
his liberality and public spirit. That " the liberal hand maketh
rich " has been abundantly verified in his case. His charities
are manifold and ungrudging.^ They had seven children, all b.
in Ellicottville :
7-157. Charles Henry, b. July 5, 1832, d. Aug 19, 1832.
7-158. Emily, b. July 3, 1833, d. Dec. 9, 1833.
7-159. Albert Emilius, b. Feb. 8, 1835, res. 1873, in Dunkirk; m.
7-160. Lydia Beecher, b. June 8, 1837, d. in Dunkirk, Oct. 8, 1872,
aged 35. Van Buren.
7-161. Ellen Sophia, b. Aug. 25, 1840, res. 1873, in Dunkirk. Barrett.
7-162. Mary Melissa, b. Dec. 31, 1842, res. 1873, in Dunkirk.
7-163. William Truman, b. Feb. 18, 1845, res. 1873, in Dunkirk; m.
6-62. Harriet Winston Beecher^ b. in Batavia, N. Y., Aug.
16, 1816, resides, 1873, ^" Ellicottville. She m. in Ellicott-
ville, Dec. 24, 1833, Delos Enoch Sill,^ who was b. in
Cooperstown, N. Y., April 13, 181 1, and d. in Ellicottville,
Feb. 12, 1869, aged 58. He was well known for many years
as a prominent and influential editor and politician. He was
for twenty-five years publisher of the Cattaraugus Freeman ;
twice candidate for presidential elector;^ messenger, in 1848,
to convey the vote of the Electoral College of New York to
Washington ; agent for the New York Indians, by appoint-
ment of President Lincoln, 1861-64. Of commanding pres-
ence and winning address, ardent in his attachments, impulsive
and enthusiastic in his nature, and untiring in his energies, he
wielded an influence in political affairs which was hardly second
* He was candidate for presidential elector on the Liberal Republican and Demo-
cratic state ticket, fall of 1872.
^'Son of Enoch Sill (b. in Saybrook, Conn., 1782, d. in Springville, N. Y., Aug.
1850) and W.Mary Potter (dau. of Evans Potter, Cooperstown), m. in Cooperstown,
1805; gr. son of Ezra Sill (b. in Silltown, Lyme, Ct., abt. 1753, d. at Saybrook) and
w. Charity Pratt.
3 Elected to the office on each occasion, voting, in 1848, for Zachary Taylor; in
1856, for John C. Fremont.
64 T^he Dawson Family.
to that of any other man in his county or district. "As a man
he was just and upright ; as a citizen, liberal and public spirited;
as a neighbor, kind, sympathizing and obliging ; as a husband
and father, affectionate and indulgent." He was "a kind,
tender-hearted, faithful friend ; a pleasant, genial, original, witty
companion." They had two children, both b. in Ellicottville :
7-164. Charles Delos, b. Aug. 28, 1843, res. 1873,111 Ellicottville ; m.
7-165. Harriet Beecher, b. May 14, 1853, res. 1873, in Ellicottville.
6-63. Emily Frances Beecher^ b. in Batavia, N. Y., March
3, 1 8 18, m. June 3, 1838, Harlan Colman, merchant, who
wash, in Cazenovia, N. Y., Feb. 9, 1816; brother to Mr.
Truman R. Colman, who m. Sophia M. Beecher (6-61). Mr.
C. commenced a business life as a clerk in a country store at
the age of fifteen. He removed to Ellicottville about the year
1834, and to Dunkirk in 1852. Since residing in Dunkirk he
has been engaged as a Forwarding and Commission Merchant,
also in the grain and milling business, and in the hardware
trade, and more recently has been largely interested in the oil
business of Western Pennsylvania. His enterprises are exten-
sive, and his business ability of a high order. They reside,
1873, in Dunkirk, N. Y., and have had five children, all b. in
7-166. Frances Emily, b. March 22, 1839, res. 1873, in Dunkirk.
7-167. Juliette Clarissa, b. Oct. 28, 1843, res. 1873, in Dunkirk.
7-168. Grace Eunecia, b. Aug. 1, 1845, ^^^- J^73> '" Dunkirk.
7-169. Harriet Sophia, b. July 6, 1847, d. in Ellicottville, April 13,
7-170. Charles Harlan, b. Aug. 13, 1849, d. in Ellicottville, Nov. 22,
6-64. Juliette Beecher^ b. in Batavia, N. Y., Feb. 18, 1820,
m. Oct. 9, 1848, Peter Van Rensselaer Skinner,^ mer-
chant, who was b. in Redding, Steuben Co., N. Y., Jan. 7,
1815. They res. 1873, ^^ Ellicottville, where their two
children were born :
'Son of Addi Skinner (b. in Conp. abt. 1783, d. April 1832) and w. Mary Van
Zandt (b. abt. 1786, d. in Van Buren Co., Iowa, 1862, dau. of Peter Van Zandt)
m. in Ovid, N. Y., abt. 1806 j gr. son of Wait Skinner, d. at Skinner's Eddy, Pa.
The Dawson Family. 6^
7-171. [Skinner.] Florence, b. July 25, 1849, d. Dec. 3, 1850.
7-172. Sophie, b. July 22, 1851, res. 1873, in Ellicottville. Smith.
6-65. William Henry Beecher, b. in Batavia, N. Y.,
Dec. 24, 1821 ; editor and proprietor of The IVhig and Advocate^
at Angelica, N. Y., 1853-1856, and connected with other
newspaper enterprises, at Ellicottville and Dunkirk, N. Y.,and
in Illinois. He is the author of many graceful poems. He res.
1873, 2^ La Salle, 111. He m. in Hamburgh, N. Y., Helen M.
White^ Feb. 23, 1852.^ One child :
7-173. Eva, b. in Angelica, N. Y., March 15, 1854, res. 1873, Buffalo,
6-67. Moses Beecher, b. in Ellicottville, N. Y., July 26,
1827 ; hardware merchant; also cashier of the First National
Bank of Warren, Pa. : elected to that position on the organiza-
tion of the Bank, in August, 1864 — a very popular and efficient
officer. He m. ist. in Fredonia, N. Y., Oct. 22, 1851, Sarah
Ta^lor^ who was b. in Norwalk, Ct., Aug. 28, 1831, and d.
in Ellicottville, July 9, 1853, ^S^^ ^^5 leaving one child :
7-174. Jessie Gumming, b. in Ellicottville, April 7, 1853, res. 1873, in
He m. 2d. in Utica, N. Y., Aug. 2, 1855, E-mily E. Downer ^^
b. in Utica, Feb. 27, 1831. They res. 1873, ^" Warren, Pa.,
and have had five children :
7-175. Charles Emerson, b. in Dunkirk, N. Y., Oct. 9, 1856.
7-176. Richard Gary, b. in Warren, Pa., Sept. 5, i860.
7-177. Truman Golman, b. in Warren, April 7, 1862.
7—178. Harry Downer, b. in Warren, Feb. 26, 1 844, d. in Warren,
April 22, 1865.
7-179. Mary Esther, b. in Warren, May 30, 1865.
6-68. Charles Mortimer Beecher, b. in Ellicottville,
N. Y., Jan. 31, 1829 ; a practical printer ; has been editor and
publisher of newspapers at Ellicottville, N. Y., Sabula, Iowa,
Dunkirk, Hornellsville and Corning, N. Y., and is now, 1873,
editor and publisher of The Genesee Valley Free Press, at
Wellsville, N. Y. He m. in Cuba, N. Y., Dec. 22, 1852,
Amelia Eli%abeth Hastings,'^ who was b. in Rush, Monroe Co.,
N. Y., Feb. 7, 1832. They have had five children :
' Or March 23, 1853, as communicated by another.
' Dau. of Abijah Fitch Taylor, Fredonia.
3 Dau. of Andrew Otis and Esther McLeod Emerson Downer, of Detroit, Mich.
4 Dau. of Warner and Elizaheih Fisher Hastings.
66 The Dawson Family.
7-180. [Beecher.] Lucia Emily, b. in EUicottville, Jan. 23, 1854.
7-181. Charles Moses, b. in EUicottville, March 10, 1855.
7-182. Susan Juliette, b. in Bellevue, Iowa, Jan. 3, 1859, d. in Almond,
Alleghany Cn., N Y., May 20, 1867.
7-183. Guy Stone, b. in Dunkirk, Sept. 3, 1865, d. in Warren, Pa.,
March 12, 1866.
7-184. Elizabeth Fisher, b. in Hornellsville, July 30, 1869.
6-70. Lucia Annette Beecher^ b. in EUicottville, N. Y., Dec.
27, 1833, d. in Dunkirk, N. Y., May 7, 1866, aged 33. She
m. in EUicottville, April 9, 185 1, Richard Gary," merchant,
b. in Boston, Erie Co., N. Y., Feb. 11, 1827, res. 1873, in
Dunkirk, of which place he was postmaster, by appointment of
President Lincoln, from March 25, 1861, until his removal, for
political causes, by President Johnson, Jan. 24, 1866. They
had four children :
7-185. Richard Lincoln, b. in EUicottville, July i, 1854.
7-186. Eugene Charles, b. in Dunkirk, Nov. 21, 1857.
7-187. Philip, b. in Dunkirk, May 4, 1864.
7-188. Lucia Beecher, b. in Dunkirk, May 6, 1866.
6-72. RoLLiN Laureat Dawson, b. in Nelson, N. Y.,
March 25, 1825, d. in Haydenville, Mass., Aug. 24, 1857,
aged 32. He was one of the earliest manufacturers of gold pens
at Syracuse, N. Y. ; removed to Haydenville about 1846, and
in connection with Mr. Hayden, a button manufacturer, and
the founder of the place, established there the manufacture of
gold pens, and gold and silver pen and pencil cases. This
business became very extensive and profitable, its success being
largely due to his ingenuity and inventive skill in the adaptation
and production of machinery suited to the various processes of
' Son of Luther Harvey Gary (b. in Williamsburgh, Mass., Feb. 19, 1800), and
w. Lucy Doolittle (b. in Wallingford, Vt., April 25, 1794, dau. of Calvin Doolittle)
m. at Little Valley, N. Y., Dec. 16, 1821 ; gr. son of Richard Gary (b. in Mansfield,
Gt., Jan. 15, 1759, ^- '" Boston, N. Y., Dec. 1841), and w. Susannah Ford, m. in
Williamsburgh, Mass., about 1782-3 5 gt. gr. son of Joseph Gary (b. in Windham,
Ct., Sept 28, 1723), and w. Phebe Mack; m. 1747, lived in Mansfield, Gt. The
last named Joseph Gary, was son of Jabez Gary (b. in Windham, Ct., July 12, 1691),
and w. Hannah Hendee, m. Nov. 15, 1722; gr. son of Dea. Joseph Gary (b. 1663,
d. Jan. 10, 1722), and w. Hannah , m. 1688, removed to Windham, 1689;
gt. gr. son of John Gary, a "Plymouth Pilgrim" — so described by his distinguished
descendant, Gen. S. F. Gary, of Cincinnati, O., but not so recognized by Sa-vage^
who styles him of Bridgeivatcr, "said to have come from neighborhood of Bristol,
England, at the age of 25, and set down first, 1637, at Duxbury." He m. June, 1644,
Elizabeth, dau. of Francis Godfrey ; " was the first town clerk, and early his name
was written Careiu, but as the English pronounce that name Cary, spelling soon
followed sound." — Savage's Gen. Diet., art: Gary.
The Dawson Family. 67
manufacture. He established, 185 1, the firm of Dawson,
Warren and Hyde, in New York city.
He m. March 23, 1847, Jane Elizabeth Lewis, who was b.
in Middletown, Ct., Oct. 6, 1825, and res. 1873, in North-
ampton, Mass. They had one child :
7-189. Mary Isabella, b. in Haydenville, Aug. 9, 1855.
6-T3. LuciEN Augustus Dawson, b. in Nelson, N. Y.,
Aug. 10, 1826, m. Oct. 10, 1855, Ellen Eliza Pierce,^ who
was b. in Peru, Mass., Aug. 28, 1838. He is a broker and
capitalist ; place of business, Northampton. They reside in
Springfield, Mass., and have had three children, all b. in that
7-190. Lute Elizur, b. June 24, 1866, d. June 25, 1866.
7-191. Clara Eliza, b. Feb. 23, 1867.
7-192. Greta Cynthia, b July 5, 187 1.
6-74. David Derastus Dawson, b. in Pompey, N. Y.,
Aug. 13, 1828; farmer; was quarter-master's sergeant, 1861,
in 13th Illinois Cavalry, (Col. Theodore Hartman), and served
about one year — discharged on account of sickness; d. in
Chicago, 111., Sept. 20, 1864 — buried in Barrington. He m.
Nov. 7, i860. Electa Chase, who was b. in Bridgeway, Orleans
Co., N. Y., Dec. 13, 1842, and d. in Chicago, Aug. 18, 1866.
They had two children :
7-193. Henry, b. in Barrington, 111., April 9, 1862, d. April 17, 1862.
7-194. Nellie L., b in Barrington, Aug. 29, 1864, d. Feb. 23, 1865.
6-78. Morris Dawson, farmer, was b. in Paris, Oneida
Co., N. Y., Nov. 26, 1803, m. in Danby, N. Y., Oct. 7,
1827, Sophia Smith, who was b. in Aurelius, Cayuga Co., N.
Y., Oct. 6, 1806. They res. 1873, i" Wellsboro, Tioga Co.,
Pa. Seven children, all b. in Danby, N. Y. :
7-195. Amanda, b. Aug. 6, 1828, res. 1873, Wellsboro, Pa. Hart.
7-196. Harmon Jackson, b. April 13, 1830, res. 1873, Wellsboro; m.
7-197. Charles Ryle, b. July 31, 1832, res. 1873, Wellsboro ; m.
' Dau. of Isaac S. Pierce, stone mason (b. 1802), and w. Eliza H. Thomson; gr.
dau. of Ebenezer Pierce, of Peru, Mass. (b. 1770), who m. a dau. of John and
Hepsibah Leland. Etenezer Pierce (whose name, in the Pierce Family Record is
printed Ebcr) was son of Shadrach Pierce jr., (b. 1750), and w. Anna Bridges; gr.
son of Shadrach Pierce (b. 1717), and w. Abigail Hoskins ; gt. gr. son of Thomas
Pierce and w. Naomi Booth. Thomas Pierce was son of Isaac Pierce (b. about
1 661) ; gr. son of Abraham Pierce, who was of Plymouth colony, 1623.
68 T^he Dawson Family.
7-198. John James, b. April 29, 1834, d. at Clarksburg, W. Va., Aug.
14, 1865, aged 31 ; /«.
7-199. Wealthy, b. June zi, 1836, d. in Charleston, Pa., Jan. 30, 1863,
aged 27. NiCKERsoN.
7-200. Ruth, b. May 10, 1843, d. Sept. 3, 1844, aged i.
7-201. George Smith, b. Sept. 15, 1845, res. 1873, Wellsboro ; m.
6-80. Almira Dawson^ b. in Paris, Oneida Co., N. Y., Jan.
9, 1805, d. in Wabash Valley, Indiana, Oct. i, 1834, aged 29 ;
m. in Danby, N. Y., March 19, 1824, John Hobart, who d.
in Indiana about i860. They had seven children:
7-202. A daughter, b. about Dec, 1824, d. in infancy.
7-203. Walter, b. April, 1826, res. i860, Indiana.
_ l Twins, b. about 1828, d. young.
7-206. Ophelia, b. about 1830, d. 1843.
7-207. Edmund, b. about 1832, d. young.
7—208. A daughter, b. 1834, d. in infancy.
6-81. Emily Dawson, h. in Paris, Oneida Co., N. Y., Nov.
8, 1807, res. 1873, Danby, N. Y. She m. ist. in Danby,
June 23, 1833, Asa Phelps Button, (son of Asa and Sarah
Luce Button), b. in Mass., March 19, 1808, d. in Danby, June
4, 1834; farmer. They had one son :
7-209. Asa Wesley, b. in Danby, March 15, 1834, res. 1873, in
Danby ; m.
She m. 2d. in Danby, April 14, 1838, Howland Sherman
Werdon, who was b. in Pauldingstown, Dutchess Co., N. Y.,
April 3, 1807, d. in town of Newfield, Tompkins Co., N. Y.,
Oct. 10, 1848 ; farmer. They had three children:
7-210. Lucinda, b. in Danby, Jan. 27, 1839, d. May 25, 1841.
7-211. Chester Lorenzo, b. in Newfield, Oct. 20, 1840, res. 1872,
Ulysses, Tompkins Co., N. Y. ; m.
7-212. Ophelia A., b. in Newfield, Oct. II, 1844, res. 1872, Sullivan-
ville, N. Y. Slocum,
6-82. Samantha Dawson, b. in Utica, N. Y., June 27,
181 1, m. ist., in Danby, N. Y., Nov. 16, 1829, Crawford
Fox, who was b. in Otsego Co., N. Y., July 15, 1808, d. in
Michigan, March 11, 1856. They had eight children:
7-213. Emeline Adams, b. in Caroline, Tompkins Co., N. Y., Aug. 11,
1832, res, 1870, Owasso, Mich. Fuller
7-214. William John, b. in Addison, Steuben Co., N. Y., March 2,
1834, res. 1870, Venice, Mich. ; m.
lihe Dawson Family. 69
7-215. [Fox.] Chester Dawson, b. in Erwin, Steuben Co., N. Y.,
Dec. 18, 1835, res. 1870, Shiawassee Co., Mich.; m.
7-216. Angeline S., b. in Southfield, Mich., Nov. 29, 1838, res. 1870,
Owasso, Mich. Hall.
7-217. Crawford Samuel, b. in Brighton, Mich., Jan. 30, 1842, d. in
U. S. Army, of typhoid fever, at Munfordsville, Ky., Nov. 3,
1862, aged 20.
7-218. A twin brother of Crawford — d. in infancy.
7-219. Milton Dawson, b in Brighton, Mich., Dec. 8, 1844, res. 1870,
Duplain, Mich. ; m.
7-220. Casandra A., b. in Cahocta, Mich., Dec. 14, 1850, res. 1870,
Venice, Mich. Gainer.
Mrs. Fox m. 2d. .Sept. 11, 1859, Peter Vroman, b. in
Herkimer county, N. Y., Feb. 4, 18 13. They res. 1871,
in Mungersville, Shiawassee Co., Mich.
6-83. Nelson Dawson, farmer, b. in Danby, N. Y., June
8, 1813, m. in Spencer, N. Y., Nov. 5, 1835, Lorena Cowell,
who was b. in Spencer, Feb. 23, 1818. They res. 1873, ^^
Spencer. Five children, all b. in Spencer :
7-221. Myron Havillah, b. March 24, 1837, d. in U. S. Hospital,
Beltsville, Md., Nov. 1, 1862, a. 25 ; //;.
7-222. Almira, b. Nov. 21, 184 1, d. of consumption, July 2, 1 861, a.
7-223. John, b. Dec. 19, 1842, res. 1873, Spencer, N. Y. ; m.
7-224. Ruth Diana, b. Feb. 23, 1847, res. 1873, Spencer, N. Y.
7-225. Nancy Delphine, b. Dec. 18, 1853, m. at Spencer, March 13,
1873, Abram Dorn.
6-84. Chester Dawson, farmer, b. in Danby, N. Y.,
April 7, 1815, m. Sept. i, 1840, Margaret McKn'ight^ who
was b. in New York city. May 10, 1820. Three children,
all b. in Spencer :
7-226. Seth Warren, b. Dec. 16, 1841, res 1873, Spencer; r/z.
7-227. William A., b. June 14, 1845, d. in Spencer, Sept. 2, 1872, a.
7-228. Elizabeth Thankful, b. Oct. 14, 1848, res. 1873, Spencer.
6-85. Mary Ann Dawson^ b. in Danby, N. Y., March 20,
1817, m. in Caroline, N. Y., Sept. 22, 1838, Isaac German,
farmer, who was b. in Charleston, Montgomery Co., N. Y.,
I He m. in Vanettenville, Chemung Co., N. Y., Oct. 30, 1870, Mary Margaret
Goodsell, who was b. in Cameron, Steuben Co., N. Y., Nov. 5, 1840. No issue.
70 The Dawson Family.
July 6, 1804. They res. 1872, in Mansfield, Richland Co.,
O. Five children :
7-229. [German.] Isabel, b. in Ithaca, N. Y., May 27, 1840, res.
1872, in Mansfield. Keyser.
7-230. Horace, b. March 20, 1843, d. Nov. 26, 1855.
7-231. Lydia Ann, b. in Danby, Oct. 22, 1845, res. 1872, in Mans-
7-232. Zachary, b. in Danby, Nov. 22, 1848, res. 1872, in Mansfield.
7-233. Edward Dawson, b. in Peru township, Huron Co., O., April 1,
1850, res. 1872, in Mansfield.
6-86. Milton Dawson, farmer, b. in Danby, N. Y.,
March 28, 1821, d. in Spencer, N. Y., July 27, 1865, aged
44. He m. March 4, 1849, Mary Ann Schofield^ who was b.
in Spencer, June 15, 1826, where she res. 1873. They had
two children, both b. in Spencer :
7-234. Amoretta Gertrude, b. May 15, 1858.
7-235. Minnie, b. Oct. 25, 1864.
6-87. Harriet Eliza Dawson^ b. in Danby, N. Y., June 3,
1826, m. 1st. in Spencer, N. Y., Feb. 27, 1848, Edgar
LoRAiNE Morse, who was b. in Vermont, Aug. 8, 1828, son
of John Tilman Morse. They had two children :
7-236. Wallace Adelbert, b. in Spencer, N. Y., June 6, 185 I, res. 1873,
Chicago, 111.; m.
7—237. Francis Wheeler, b. in St. Johnstown, Lake Co., Ind., Aug. 16,
1855, enlisted 1872, private U. S. Army.
Mrs. Morse m. 2d. in Danby, N. Y., June 28, 1863,
Lucius Mastin, who was b. in Richford, Broome county,
N. Y., Oct. 5, 1838. They res. 1873, in Ithaca, N. Y.
6-88. Iram Barnes, farmer, b. in Paris, Oneida Co.,
N. Y., Dec. 9, 1806, m. in same town, Nov. 18, 1830,
Juliet Justin^ who was b. in Paris, Sept. 25, 1803. They res.
1870, in Cortland Centre, Kent Co., Mich. Ten children:
7-238. Iram, d. in infancy.
7-239. Martha Maria, b. in Paris, N. Y., Oct. 27, 1833, res. 1870,
7-240. Mary Jane, b. in Paris, March 2, 1835, res. 1870, Mich.
7-241. Horace Lamotte, b. in Sharon, Mich, March 27,* 1836, res.
1870, Mich. ; m.
7-242. James, b. in Sharon, d. aged 4 mos.
The Dawson Family. 71
7-243, [Barnes.] John Milton, b. in Cortland, Mich., March 27, 1839,
res. 1870, Mich ; m.
^^' . «., ' \ twins, b. in Cortland, both d. in infancy.
7-245. Milan, 3 ' -'
7-246. Eliza, b. in Cortland, Sept. 17, 1844 I "^- — Davis ; res. 1870,
Iowa ; three children, no records.
7-247. Lucien Denison, b. in Cortland, April 11, 1847, res. 1870,
Mich. : m.
Oneida Co., N. Y., Nov. 20, 1807, m. ist. in Camden, Oneida
county, March 12, 1836, Amelia Tuttle^ who d. without
issue, Oct. 5, 1863, aged about 52. He m. 2d. in Taburg,
N. Y., May 5, 1864, Maria Barnes Wheeler, widow of Charles
Wheeler, and dau. of Heulet and Cynthia Barnes. She was
b. in Annsville, Oneida Co., N. Y., April 7, 1833. They
res. 1870, in McConnellsville, same county. Two children,
both b. in McConnellsville :
7-248. Archus Pitt, b. Feb. 5, 1865.
7-249. Cynthia Amelia, b. Nov. 22, 1866.
They have, also, an adopted son,
Frederick, b. June i, 1856.
6-91. Milton Barnes, farmer, b. in Paris, Oneida Co.,
N. Y., Jan. 22, 181 1, d. in Cortland, Mich., March 24, 1863,
aged 52. He m. at Oriskany Falls, N. Y., Jan. i, 1834,
Laura Barnes^ who was b. in Farmington, Hartford Co., Ct.,
May 16, 1 8 10, dau. of Thomas Barnes. She res. 1870, in
Cortland Centre, Mich. They had six children :
7-250. Edwin Woodbury, b. in Verona, Oneida Co., N. Y., Nov. 4,
1834, res. 1870, Big Praine, Newaygo Co., Mich. ; m.
7-251. Augustus Milton, b. in Verona, Sept. 16, 1836, res. 1870,
Grattan, Kent Co., Mich. ; m.
7-252. Lucy Jane, b. in Verona, Jan. 8, 1839, d. in Davis Co., Mo.,
Aug. 14, 1859, aged 20. Prentice. 1
7-253. Iram Curtis, b. in Verona, April 15, 1843, ''"• ^^ZS* Cortland,
Mich. ; m.
7-254. Frances Amanda, b. at Chemung Creek, Chautauque Co., N. Y.,
April 30, 1846, res. 1870, Cortland, Mich.
7-255. Charles Spencer, b. at Chemung Creek, June 23, 1852, res.
' She m. in Cortland, Mich., April 17, 1855, Chester Prentice; only child d.
when 3 months old.
72 The Dawson Family.
6-92. Mary Sophia Barnes^ b. in Paris, Oneida Co., N. Y.,
Aug. 29, 1813, m. Feb. 24, 1835, John Woodruff, who was
b. in Mass. They res. 1870, in Oneida, Eaton Co., Mich.
Two children :
7-256. Mary Delica, b. in Westmoreland, Oneida Co., N. Y., March 19,
7-257. Jane Amanda, b. in Spencer, Tioga Co., N. Y., July 24, 1840.
6-94. James Barnes, hotel-keeper, b. in Paris, N. Y.,
July 28, 1817, m. I St. Oct. 23, 1845, Silence Woodruff'^ who
was b. in Spencer, N. Y., Feb. 28, 1823, d. in Plainfield, Mich.,
Jan. 17, 1852. They had two children, b. in Plainfield:
7-258. Tryphena Elizabeth, b. July 3, 1849.
7-259. Uriel, b. Dec. 19, 1851,
Mr. Barnes m. 2d. Dec. 24, 1853, Mahala Haines^'^\iO was
b. in Lawrence, Otsego Co., N. Y., July 22, 1819. They
res. 1870, in Plainfield.
6-102. Martha Maria Dawson^ b. in Danby, Tompkins
Co., N. Y., Feb. 4, 1822, m. Sept. 14, 1843, Forbes Homis-
TON,^ railroad policeman, who was b. in Great Barrington, Berk-
shire Co., Mass., Sept. 28, 1820. They res. 1873, ^'
Milwaukee, Wis. Two children, both b. in Fond du Lac, Wis. :
7-260. Edward Ray, b. Jan. 8, 1845, res. 1873, Faribault, Rice Co.,
Minn., telegraph operator.
7-261. Eunice Rebecca, b. Jan. 16, 1847, res. 1873, Winona, Minn.
6-103. Phebe Isabella Dawson^ b. in Danby, N. Y., June
ID, 1824, m. ist. June 30, 1842, William Stephens. They
had two children :
7-262. Eleanora, d. at age of 3 years.
7-263. Lucy Maria.
She m. 2d. June 19, 1849, Jerome Judd, who was b. in
Naugatuck, Ct., Aug., 1823, d. in Grafton, Mass., June 23,
1867. They had two children :
7-264. Charles Edward, b. in Auburn, N. Y., Feb. 6, 1850, res. 1870,
7-265. Caroline Isabel, b. in Naugatuck, Ct., Jan. 26, 1856.
She res. 1871, in Spencer, N. Y.
' Son of Dea. Jerre Homiston (b. in Hamden, Ct., March 19, 1790, d. Dec. 29
1872), and w. Mary Ray, (b. in Great Barrington, Mass).
The 'Dawson Family. 73
6-104. Hermon Frederick Dawson, carriage maker, b.
in Danby, N. Y., April 30, 1826, m. in Southport, N. Y.,
Dec. 31, 1855, Sarah 'Jane ^ick^ who was b. in the town of
Hunter, Greene Co., N. Y., Nov. 12, 1833. They res. 1873,
in Ithaca, N. Y. No children.
6-106, William Young Doolittle, farmer, b. in Lenox,
Madison Co., N. Y., Jan. 19, i8i3,m. ist. in Candor, N. Y.,
Nov. 2, 1837, Cinderella Holmes^ who was b. in Rensselaerville,
N. Y., April 17, 1813, d. in Candor, Feb. 2, 1861. They
had three children ;
7-266. Lucy Maria, b. in Candor, Aug. 17, 1838, res. 1870, Warrens-
burg, Johnson Co., Mo. Martin ; Flaningdon.i
7-267. Eugene DeAlton, b. in Candor, Nov. 25, 1839, d. in Candor,
Oct. 29, 1862.
7-268. Susan Delphine, b. in Bradford, Rock Co., Wis., Aug. 24, 1847,
res. 1873, Candor. Holly.
Mr. Doolittle, m. 2d. in Candor, N. Y., Aug. 4, 1861,
Caroline Holmes^ b. in Rensselaerville, Dec. 17, 18 15. They
res. 1873, in Candor.
6-107. Joel Carolus Doolittle, lumber merchant, b. in
Danby, Tompkins Co., N. Y., May 23, 18 15, d. at Horicon,
Wis., Sept. 6, 1856, aged 41. He m. Sept. 14, 1837, Palmyra
Stephens^ who wash, in Bridgewater, Pa., Aug. i, 1815. She
res. 1873, ^^ Horicon. They had eight children :
7-269. Elbert Curtis, b. in Danby, N. Y., Aug. 28, 1838, d. Dec. i8,
7—270. Wealthy Josephine, b. in Danby, March 25, 1842, res. 1873,
7-271. Sylvester Legrand, b. in Danby, Jan. 21, 1845, res. 1873,
7-272. Floyd Legranson, b. in Horicon, Wis., April 20, 1847, res.
7-273 Frances Adalene, b. in Dekorra, Wis., Oct. 14, 1849, res. 1873,
7-274. Emma Elizabeth, b. in Dekorra, April 15, 1851, res. 1873,
7-275. Charles Elihu, b. in Dekorra, Sept. 13, 1853, d. March 16,
7-276. Hubert Joel, b. in Horicon, Dec. 14, 1855, d. Dec. 6, 1856.
' She m. 1st., George Martin; one child, Cinderella, b. in Spencer, N. Y., June
9, 1861, d. in Spencer, Aug. 5, 1862. She m. 2d. William Flaningdon, No
2 Dau. of William and Sarah Plumb Stephens.
74 'T^he Dawson Family.
6-110. James Austin Doolittle, foundry pattern maker,
b. in Danby, N. Y., Nov. i, 1820, m. in Oswego, N. Y.,
July 12, 1846, Frances Eliza Thorpe who was b. in Oswego,
March 22, 1825. They res. 1873, in Delavan, Walworth Co.,
Wis. Five children, all b. in Oswego :
7-277. Eli Barnard, b. Nov. 12, 1847, res. 1873, in Brooklyn, N. Y. ;
7-278. Mary Elizabeth, b. Jan. 18, 1850, res. 1873, in Delavan, Wis.
7-279. Florence Adelaide, b. July 26, 1852, res. 1873, Walworth, Wis.
7-280. Anna Raynor, b. July 28, 1853, d. Delavan, Wis., March 7,
7-281. Frederick Truman, b. May 12, 1855, res. 1873, Delavan.
6-111. Egbert Denison Doolittle, farmer, b. in Danby,
N. Y., June 29, 1823, enlisted Aug. 15, 1862, as a private in
Co. F., 38th Reg't. Iowa Infantry Volunteers, participated in
the siege of Vicksburg, d. of chronic dysentery, at Benton
Barracks, St. Louis, Aug. 16, 1863, aged 40. He m. ist. in
Bradford, Rock Co., Wis., Oct. 13, 1847, Diana Home^ who
was b. in the tov/n of Stirks, Herkimer Co., N. Y., June 25,
1820, d. at West Union, Fayette Co., Iowa, Dec. 23, i860.
They had seven children :
7-282. Selba Austin, b. in Bradford, Wis., Aug. 5, 1848, d. at West
Union, Iowa, March 2, 1856.
7-283. Julia Josephine, b. in Bradford, Dec. 2, 1849, res. 1870, West
7-284. James Fenimore Cooper, b. in Dover, Fayette Co., Iowa, April
7-285. Wealthy Albertina, b. in Clayton Co., Iowa, Oct. 23, 1852,
d. in West Union, Aug. 9, 1853.
7-286. Albert Elihu, b. in West Union, Jan. 20, 1855, d. in West
Union, March 8, 1865.
7—287. Ida Caroline, b. in West Union, Jan. 8, 1857.
7-288. Adah Lemira, b. in West Union, Jan. 18, 1859.
Mr. Doolittle m. 2d. in West Union, Sept. i, 1861, Delia
LouisaDavis^ who was b. in Springfield, Mass., Oct. 29, 1827,
and res. a wid. at West Union.
»Dau. of Truman and Mabel Thorp.
* Dau. of Abram Isaac House and w. Rachel Putnam — both b. in Stirkville,
N. Y., where they were m. and where she d. ; he d. in West Union, Iowa.
The Dawson Family. y^
6-112. Julia Antoinette Doolittle^ b. in Danby, N. Y., July
17, 1825, d. in Oswego, N. Y., Aug. 5, 1844, aged 19. She
m. William Fuller, ship carpenter, b. in England, res. 1870,
in New York city. They had two children :
7-289. George, res. 1870, New York city.
7-290. William, res. 1870, Oswego, N. Y., adopted son of his mother's
uncle, Hon. Sylvester Doolittle.
6-114. Julia Esther Dawson^ b. in Lenox, Madison Co.,
N. Y., Jan. 11, 1813, m. in Fowler, O., Aug. i, 1830,
Ahimas Doud,^ who was b. in Canton, Hartford Co., Conn.,
July II, 1811, farmer. They res. 1873, i" Freedom, Portage
Co., O. Two children, both b. in Freedom:
7-291. Edwin Garrit, b. Dec. 17, 1831 ; res. 1873, Vassar, Tuscola
Co., Mich. ; m.
7-292. Henry Rhoads, b. June 30, 1833 ; res. 1873, Freedom, O. ; m.
6-115. Lorenzo Dawson, farmer, b. in Danby, N. Y.,
Oct. 18, 1815, d. in Newville, De Kalb Co., Ind., June 4,
1870, aged 55. Hem. ist. Oct. 10, 1839, Emeline Case, dau.
of Ira Case. She was b. in Vernon, O., July 12, 1819, and d.
in Newville, Ind., Feb. 27, i860, aged 41. They had seven
7-293. Julia Maria, b. in Vernon, O., Oct. 8, 1840, d. Feb. 7, i860.
7-294. Albert Addison, b. in Fowler, O., Jan. 4, 1842, res. 1870, Con-
cord, Ind. ; m.
7-295. Ursula Amelia, b. in Concord, Ind., Dec. 20, 1845, res. 1870,
7-296. Philetus P., b. in Concord, June 3, 1848, res. 1870, Newville.
7-297. Viola S., b in Concord, Jan. 11, 1855, d. Sept. 11, i860.
7-298. Clarence, b. in Newville, Ind., May 20, 1858, d. Nov. 15, i860.
7-299. Florence C, twin sister of Clarence.
Mr. Dawson m. 2d., Feb. 14, 1861, Catharine Augusta
Headley, dau. of Joseph Headley. She was b. in Bazetta, O.,
March 9, 1819, and res. 1870, in Newville.
6-116. Angeline Dawson, b. in Fowler, O., July 15, 1817,
m. in Fowler, March, i, 1838, John Jackson, grocer and
' Son of Samuel Doud, farmer (b. in Burlington, Conn., Dec. I, 178 1, d. in
Vienna, Trumbull Co., O., July 24, i849),and w. Lois Garrit (b. in Canton, Conn.,
Feb. 17, 1779, d. in Fowler, O., Feb. 25, 1861), m. in Canton, Jan. i, 1800 j gr.
son of Ezra Doud.
76 The 'Dawson Family.
farmer, b. July 15, 1810. They res. 1873, i" ^^^ Bedford,
Lawrence Co., Pa. Two children, both b. in Bazetta, O. :
7-300. Charlotte, b. Jan. 21, 1839, res. 1870, Pittsburg, Pa. Scott.
7-301. John, b. Feb. 2, 1849, res. 1870, New Bedford, Pa.
6-117. Emeline Dawson^ b. in Fowler, O., Dec. 28, 1818,
m. in Freedom, O., Jan. 8, 1840, Gilbert Buchanan
Walker, farmer, who was b. in Knox, Jefferson Co., O.,
Dec. I, 1816. They res. 1873, in Bazetta, Trumbull Co., O.
Six children, all b. in Bazetta :
7-302. Margaret, b. May 31, 1841, d. in Bazetta, Nov. 1, 1862, a. 21.
7-303. Ira Rhoads, b. Sept. 19, 1842.
7-304. William Breedon, b. March 7, 1845.
7-305. Gilbert Dawson, b. April 18, 1852.
7-306. Charlotte Elizabeth, b. May 19, 1856.
7-307. James Addison, b. Feb. 20, 1858.
6-119. RoDOLPHus Dawson, b. in Fowler, O., March 27,
1822, m. in Fowler, May 3, 1855, Adaline Charlotte Hill^ who
was b. in Harwinton, Conn., Nov. 4, 1828. They res. 1873,
in Linwood, Butler Co., Nebraska. They have had six chn. :
7-308 Charlotte Clarissa, b. in Macomb, McDonough Co., 111., April
7-309. Daniel Gaius, b. in Macomb, 111., June 26, 1858.
7-310. Estella Maria, b. in Macomb, Feb. 13, i860.
7-31 1. Mary Eliza, b. in Macomb, May 25, 1862.
7-312. Alvaretta V., b. in Lucas Co., Iowa, Dec. 7, 1863.
7—313. Benjamin Franklin, b. in Smyrna, Clark Co., Iowa, Feb. 5,
1869, d. in Smyrna, April 6, 1869.
6-120. Addison Dav^^son, farmer, b. in Fowler, O., May
21, 1825, m. in Fowler, June 18, 1862, Catharine Rhoads^'^ who
was b. in Fowler, Feb. 4, 1833. They res. 1873, ^^ Fowler.
Three children, all b. in that place :
7-314. Florence Adele, b. Aug. 31, 1864.
7—315. Frank Eugene, b. Jan. 16, 1866.
7-316. Edward Everett, b. Nov. 16, 1869.
6-121. Pembroke Daw^son, farmer, b. in Fowler, O., Feb.
3, 1828, m. in Fowler, Oct. 24, 1850, Marinda Sigler^ who
' Dau. of Neeham Gushing Rhoads, farmer, (b. in Cazenovia, N. Y., April 13,
1806, res. 1870, in Fowler, O.), and w. Elizabeth White Campbell (b. in SadsDury,
Crawford Co., Pa., Nov. 6, 1809, d. in Fowler, July 25, 1850), m. in Sadsbury,
Feb. 23, 1831; gr. dau. of Jonathan Rhoads, farmer, (b.June 5, lyyijd. in Pa.,);
gt. gr. dau. of John Rhoads (see 5-25, n. 1).
=> Dau. of Uriel Slgler, farmer, one of the first settlers of Fowler, O. (b. in Tyring-
T^he Dawson Family. JJ
was b. in Fowler, Dec. 21, 1827. They res. 1873, in Fowler.
Two children, both b. in that place :
7-317. Isabel, b. April 14, 1852.
7-318. Arturo, b. Jan. 15, 1857.
6-132. Marvin Fuller, farmer, b. in Danby, N. Y., Nov.
24, 1828, m. in Candor, N. Y., Dec. 30, 1850, Jgnes Horton^
who was b. in Otsego Co., N. Y., 1826. He was three years
in the U. S. army (volunteer service), during the civil war, and
was several times wounded, though not severely. They res.
1870, in Candor, N. Y. One child :
7-319. George Burton, b. in Wilseyville, N. Y., Jan. i, 1852.
6-133. Jacob Cornwell Fuller, farmer, b. in Danby,
N. Y., Jan. 9, 1830, m. Lydia "Jane Whitley^ who was b. in
Ulysses, N. Y., April 3, 1833. They res. 1870, in Candor,
6-134. John Stubbs Fuller, farmer, b. in Caroline, N. Y.,
Oct. 22, 1831, m. in Green Co., Pa., May, 1851, wid. Sarah
Jane Rhineheart, maiden name Armstrong^ who was b. Feb. 14,
1816. They res. 1870, in Greene Co., Pa.
6-135. Alexander Fuller, b. in Caroline, N. Y., Sept.
18, 1833, was in the Confederate army, and d. in that service
about 1863. He m. Sarah yam Paget (or Patchin) who res.
1869, in Ralph, Pulaski Co., Mo. Two children :
7-320. John Burton, b. about 1859.
6-136. Sarah Jane Fuller, b. in Caroline, N. Y., June 30,
1835, m. ist. in Danby, N. Y., Dec. 17, 1856, Tunis Spear,
who d. Jan. 1857; ^^' ^" Candor, N. Y., May 1858, Stephen
Rice. They res. 1870, in Tioga Centre, N. Y., and have
two children :
7-322. Charles Burton, b. in Ithaca, N. Y-., July 10, 1859.
7-323. Elizabeth, b. in Spencer, N. Y., July 2, 1867.
6-137. Phebe Martha Fuller, b. in Caroline, N. Y., Aug.
25, 1837, m. in Little Meadows, Pa., May 29, 1858, William
ham, Berkshire Co., Mass., June 28, 1794, d. Fowler, O., May 11, 1854), and w.
Isabel Hall, (b. in Granville, Hampden Co., Mass., July 10, 1799, d. in Fowler,
July 22, 1858), m. in Fowler, Nov. 20, 1817.
yS The Dawson Family.
Frederick Rhoads, who was b. in Ulysses, N. Y., March
4, 1824. Four children, all b. in Ithaca, N. Y. :
7-324. Ann Eliza, b. May 29, 1859.
7-325. George Burton, b. April, 1861.
7-326. Myron Jones, b. March, 1863.
7-327. Harriet Van Order, b. — 1865.
6-138. Robert Cornwell Fuller, b. in Caroline, N.
Y., July 16, 1839, m. ist. in Farmer, N. Y., Jan. 12, 1863,
Julia Arnee^ b. July 4, 1835, d. — ; 2d. in Owego, N. Y.,
Sept. 12, 1869, J^^ry Brinks h. 1851. They res. 1870, in
Waverly, N. Y. He was in the U. S. Army (volunteer ser-
vice) three years during civil war ; was severely wounded in the
foot, and permanently crippled.
6-139. Alvah Bogardus Fuller, b. in Caroline, N. Y.,
Nov. 21, 1841, m. in Enfield, N. Y., April 18, 1869, Cornelia
Lamera Newman^ b. Nov. 9, 1834. They reside, 1870, in
Candor, N. Y. He was three years in the U. S. army (109th
Regt. N. Y. Vols.) during the civil war ; was severely wounded
in the leg, and permanently crippled.
6-140. Charles Clapp Fuller, b. in Caroline, N. Y.,
Oct. 15, 1844, m. in Brownsville, Pa., Dec. 29, 1867, Mary
Ann Davidson^ b. in Greene Co., Pa., Feb. 29, 1844. He
served three years in the U. S. army (volunteer service) during
the civil war. They res. 1873, ^" Cumberland township,
Greene Co., Pa. Two children, b. in that township :
7-328. Elizabeth Lucinda, b. Aug. 29, 1868.
7-329. Rose Ella, b. Oct. 28, 1870.
6-141. Mary Elizabeth Fuller^ b. in Caroline, N. Y., Oct.
31, 1846, m. in Brownsville, Pa., Aug. 19, 1865, William
Franklin Franks, b. in Fayette Co., Pa., Aug. 16, 1838,
where they res. 1873. ^^ served four years and two months
in the Union army during the civil war, and was some time a
prisoner at Andersonville. Three children :
7-330. Ulysses Grant, b. May 29, 1867.
7-331. Nelson Isaac, b. May 15, 1870.
7-332. Eli, b. Sept. 29, 1872.
7-1. John W. Carpenter, b. at Schodack, N. Y., Oct.
14, 1836, m. Nov. 27, 1861, Caroline S. Huyck, who was b.
T^he Dawson Family. 79
at Coeymans, Feb. 26, 1836. They res. 1873, ^^ Schodack.
Three children :
8-1. [Carpentfr.] Mary Kate, b. Jan. 12, 1863.
8-2. Christina Louise, b. April 17, 1865, d. Oct. 21, 1870.
8-3. Walter J., b. Aug. 23, 1871.
7-2. Catharine Elixabeth Carpenter^ b. at Schodack, N. Y.,
Nov. 8, 1841, m. Isaac N. Smith, who was b. at Schodack,
Jan. 26, 1835. They res. at Schodack. Four children :
8-4. Elva C, b. Oct. 13, 1 86 1.
8-5. Georgiana, b. July 3, 1864, d. Feb. 6, 1871.
8-6. Hattie, b. Dec. 24, 1866.
8-7. John N., b. Dec. 23, 1871.
7-25. Benajah Hervey Douglass, b. in New Hartford,
Conn., Oct. 6, 1817, m. in New Haven, April 15, 1840,
Decia Diana Wilmot^ who was b. in Milford, Ct., Feb. 21,
1818, a sister of Martha Wilmot, w. of William H. Dawson
(6-33). He is a manufacturing confectioner and merchant, of
firm of B, H. Douglass & Sons, New Haven. They res.
1873, in New Haven, and have had six chn., all b. in that city :
8-8. George Walter, b. April 2, 1841, d. in New Haven, April 11,
1870, a. 29 ; m.^
8-9. John Francis, b. May 18, 1844, res. 1873, in New Haven ; unm.
8-10. Frederick Fowler, b. April 5, 1847, res. 1873, in New Haven ;
8-11. Anna Amanda, b. June 19, 1850, d. in x'\iken, S. C, Dec. 17,
i86g, a. 19.
8-12. Benajah Holt, b. Nov. 28, 1857.
8-13. Henry Wilmot, b. Nov. 23, 1859, d. abt. Jan, ^5' i860, a. gwks.
7-26. Sarah Ann Douglass^ b. in New Hartford, Conn.,
Sept. 13, 1819, m. ist. April 24, 1848, Vinus Alling (his
third w.). He was b. in Hamden, Ct., Aug. 24, 18 19, and d.
in Westville, Ct., Sept. 30, i860, aged 41. They had one ch. :
8-14. Jennie Lind, b. in Westville, July 23, 1856.
Mrs. Ailing m. 2d. April 18, 1867, Jerome Way, farmer,
b. in New Milford, Ct., Jan. 14, 1807, son of Jared Way.
They res. 1873, ^^ Durham, Ct. No children.
7-28. Chester Holt Douglass, confectioner, b. in New
Hartford, Ct., June 25, 1823, m. in Westville, Ct., Dec. 12,
' He was in the U. S. service during the civil war — a private in 15th Regt. Conn.
Inf. vols. ; m. Aug. 17, 1862, Emma IVard RoJgers, b. in Meriden, Ct., Nov. 30,
1843, dau. of Wm. Rodgers. No issue.
8o T^he 'Dawson Family.
1847, ^^'2;^ Ann Ailing^ who was b. in Westville, Feb, 6, 1830,
dau. of Vinus Ailing (7-26). They res, 1873, in Norwalk, Ct.
Four children, all b. in New Haven :
8-15. [Douglass.] Caroline Adelia, b. Jan. 6, 1849.
8-16. Emily Frances, b. Feb. 12, 1851, d. in New Haven, Jan. 11,
8-17. Mary Eliza, b. Sept. 18, 1852.
8-18. Frank Spencer, b. June 6, 1855, d. in Norwalk, May 20, 1872.
7-29. Eli%a Henrietta Douglass^ b. in New Hartford, Ct.,
Dec. 17, 1825, m. in Meriden, Ct., April 4, 1852, Benjamin
HuLBERT Roberts, manufacturer of Britannia ware, son of
Elijah Roberts. They res. 1873, '" Meriden, Ct. Three
children, all b. in Middletown, Ct. :
8-19. Emily Munroe, b. Jan. 25, 1853.
8-20, Willie Benjamin, b. Dec. 16, 1858.
8-21. Burton Douglass, b. June 24, 1863.
7-30. William Bradley Douglass, b. in New Hartford,
Ct., Nov. 10, 1828,01. in New Haven, Oct. 28, iS^o^ Martha
Horton,^ who was b. in Bristol, Ct., April 12, 1830. They
res. 1873, in New Haven ; two children, both b. in that city :
8-22. Charles Alfred, b. Aug. 29, 1852.
8-23. Burritt Horton, b. Nov. 30, 1857.
7-31. Rev. Solomon Johnson Douglass, b, in New Hart-
ford, Ct., Oct. 3, 1834. He entered Yale College in 1853,
after pursuing a preparatory course under direction of Rev.
Samuel H. Eliot, in Westville, graduating at Yale in 1857, ^^^^^
which he studied in Yale Theological Seminary. He was
licensed to preach by the New Haven West Association, and
was ordained and installed pastor of the Congregational church
in Sherman, Conn., Oct. 14, 1863. He resigned his charge,
on account of impaired health, July, 1867, since which time he
has resided in New Haven. He m. in New Haven, Oct. 6,
1863, Mary Elliot,' who was b. in Brattleboro, Vt., Sept. 20,
1835. They have two children :
8—24. Eliot Chester, b. in Sherman, July 19, 1864.
8-25. Anna Sophia, b. in New Haven, March 21, 1870.
I Dau. of Alfred Horton (b. in Wolcott, Ct., Dec. 3, 1803, d. in New Haven,
April 26, 1858), and w. Julia Ann Norton (b. in Bristol, April 8, 1807), m. in
Bristol, July 7, 1828.
= Dau. of Samuel Elliot (judge of Probate and associate judge of County Court)
and w. Sophia Flint.
The Dawson Family. 8i
7-34. William Holt Johnson, b. in Orange, Ct., Oct.
19, 1828, manufacturer of carriage trimmings. He served
nearly four years in the Union army, during the civil war, having
enlisted Sept. 7, 1861, in Co. E., 7th Conn. Inf. Vols., was
promoted sergeant 1 7th of same month, and made first sergeant,
Sept. I, 1862. He was discharged Dec. 21, 1863, by reason
of reenlistment as a veteran volunteer, was commissioned ist
lieutenant March 10, 1865, and finally discharged at the close
of the war, July 20, 1865. He participated in engagements at
Port Royal, Pulaski, James Island, St. John's BlufF, Po'cotaligo,
Morris Island, Fort Wagner, Drury's Bluffs, Bermuda Hundred,
Fort Fisher, and the capture of Wilmington, N. C, besides
numerous minor engagements. In the battle of Bermuda
Hundred he was severely wounded in the side. He m. in New
Haven, Dec. 5, 1855, Hannah Jerusha Shew^^ who was b. in
Utica, N. Y., Jan. 13, 1834. They res. 1873, in New Haven.
They have had four children :
8-26. William Arthur, b. in New Haven, Feb. 26,1856, d. Aug. 16, 1856.
8-27. Mary Teresa, b. in New Haven, July 27, 1859.
8-28. Lillian Estelle, b. in Wallingford, Oct, 25, i860.
8-29. Charles Stone, b. in New Haven, July 22, 1869, d. Sept. 5, 1869.
7-36. James Calaway, b. in New Hartford, Ct., July 24,
1819, m. in Ashtabula, O., Sept. 30, 1840, Rebecca Fitz
Gerald^ who was b. in Austinburg, O., July 4, 1817. They
res. 1871, in Ashtabula, and have had four children :
8-30. Hester Ann, b. Feb. 5, 1842, d. May 21, 1849.
8-31. James Wilson, b. Jan. 22, 1844. •
8-32. Henry Fayette, b. Sept. 20, 1847.
8-33. Carrie Eliza, b. July 16, 1850, d. Sept. 8, 1865.
7-37. William Holt Calaway, b. in New Hartford, Ct.,
Sept. 30, 1821, m. in Medina Co., O., July 15, 1850, Helen
Mar Tefft^ who was b. in Monroe Co., Mich., July 26, 1833.
They res. 1871, in Ashtabula, O. Two children, both b. in
Say brook, O. :
8-34. Mary Josephine, b. Feb. 4, 1853.
8-35. EfEe Amanda, b. Aug. 30, 1863.
' Dau. of Jacob Shew and his w. Betsey Minerva Stone.
"^ Dau. of Edmond Fitz Gerald, one of the first settlers in Austinburg, O., (b. in
Saybrook, Ct., July lo, 1779, d. in Waterford, Pa., 1829), and w. Mindwell
Humphrey (b. in Barkliamstead, Ct., Oct. 6, 1779, d. in Austinburg, O., Feb.
10, 1849), m in Barkhamstead, 1801 ; gr, dau. of Ambrose and Rebecca Chub
Humphrey, both b. in Barkhamstead, m. there, and d. in Austinburg, O.
82 T^he Dawson Family.
7-39. Mary Jane Calaway^ b. in Austinburg, O., July 9,
1826, m. in Geneva, O., March i, 1846, Harden Chauncey
Williams, b. in Mendon, Monroe Co., N. Y., Jan. 28, 1823.
They res. 187 1, in Geneva, Ashtabula Co., O. Tw^o children,
both b. in Geneva :
8-36. Sarah C, b. April 25, 1847. Stone.
8-37. Albert C, b. Aug. 5, 1848.
7-42. Orestes Hawley Calaway, b. in Austinburg, O.,
May 16, 1833, m. in Ashtabula, O., Aug. 14, 1862, Mary
Jennette Thayer, who was b. in Ashtabula, Sept. 6, 1840.
They res. 1871, in Saybrook, O. Two children, both b. in
8-38. Etta Louisa, b. Aug. 8, 1864,
8-39. Henry Edward, b. March 19, 1866.
7-44. Eliza Calaway, h. in Austinburg, O., Sept. 25, 1839,
m. in Jefferson, O., April 14, 1856, Joseph Brett, who was
b. in Geneva, O., May 14, 1826. They res. 1871, in Geneva,
and have three children :
8-40. Harriet, b. in Lodi, Wis., Aug. 12, 1858.
8-41. Abbie, b. in Geneva, O., March 4, 1861.
8-42. Bertha, b. in Geneva, July 2, 1869.
7-45. Emily Irene Calaway, b. in Saybrook, O., April 24,
1841, m. in Jefferson, O., Oct. 26, 1859, William Stone,
who was b. in Evans, Erie Co., N. Y., Aug. 13, 1836. They
res. 1 87 1, at Tittabawassee (Jay P. O.) Saginaw Co., Mich.,
and have one child :
8-43. Ida, b. in Evans, N. Y., July 3, 1861.
7-46. Henry Shepard Morse, joiner, b. in Austinburg,
O., April 9, 1827, d. July 27, 1872, in Olney, 111., m. in
Homer, N. Y., June 11, 1852, Martha Sophia Stewart, who
was b. in Homer, Dec. 3, 1826. She res. 1873, in Olney.
Five children :
8-44. Walter Stewart, b. in Macon, Geo., March 26, 1853.
8-45. Anna Jennette, b, in Lexington, Geo., April 8, 1855.
8-46. Henry Irving, b. in Lincoln Co., Geo., June i, 1857.
8-47. Martha Elliot, b. in Lincoln Co., Geo., Aug. 30, 1858.
8-48. Clara Minnie May, b. in Olney, 111., Aug. 30, 1863.
7-47. Elizabeth Jennette Morse, b. in Vienna, Oneida Co.,
N. Y., Sept. 29, 1833, m. in New Haven, Ct., May 17, i860,
T^he Dawson Family. 83
John Woodruff Catlin,* who was b. in Harwinton, Ct.
Dec. 30, 1832. They res. 1873, ^" West Haven, Ct., and
have one child :
8-49, Jennie Dawson, b. in West Haven, July 14, 1863.
7-48. Adelaide Theresa Morse^ b. in Orange, Ct., March 5,
1840, m. in West Haven, Ct., April 25, 1872, Rollin W.
Neale, b. in Southington, Ct., Dec. 7, 1828, son of Jeremiah
and Charlotte Hills Neale, now of Plainville, Ct. They res.
1873, in Southington.
7-49. William Henry Dawson, b. in IlTew Haven, Ct.,
Sept. 10, 1835, m. in Troy, N. Y., May 1859, Antoinette Pierce^
and d. in Westville, Ct., May 9, 1865. They had one child:
8-50. William Henry, b. in Brooklyn, N. Y., March, 1863, d. Nov.
7-51. Edward Walter Dawson, lawyer, b. in New
Haven, Ct., Nov. 20, 1840. He graduated at Washington
Institute, in the town of Orange, Ct., and pursued his legal
studies in Milford and Westville, while teaching school, and
also in the Law Department of Yale College. During the second
year of his attendance at the law school, he entered the law
office of the Hon. Luzon B. Morris, with whom he remained
until admitted to the bar.
To his efforts in the years 1868, 1869, and subsequently,
are largely due the introduction and growth of the Order of the
Knights of Pythias in New England. He was elected, in 1869,
grand chancellor of the Order in Connecticut, and deputy
grand chancellor for New England. The second lodge of
the Order organized in his native state (the Dawson lodge. Fair
Haven, Dec. 17, 1868), was named in his honor. He has also
been prominently identified with Odd Fellowship and Masonry,
being, in 1869, W, M. of Hiram Lodge No. i, of New Haven
(Masonic), said to be "the oldest lodge in the United States,
save one."^ He has recently made a trip to Europe for the
benefit of his health, spending some months in Italy. Since his
' Son of Lewis and Anna Catlin Catlin.
= See sketch and portrait in TAc Knight' s Armor : a History of the Early Origin of
the Order of the Knights of Pythias, and Re-vieiv of its Principles. By H. K. Shackle-
ford, New Haven : 1869, pp. 173.
84 T^he Dawson Family.
return he has published The Castle of the Three Mysteries^ a
translation, by himself, of an Italian historical romance of the
seventeenth century.^ He has also published an entertaining
volume of travel, entitled Benedict's Wanderings.'^
He m. in New Haven, Jan. 30, 1865, Alice Augusta Smithy
who was b. in New Haven, Aug. 15, 1846, dau. of Willis M.
Smith, Esq., of New Haven. They res. 1873, ^" ^^'^ Haven,
and have two children, both b. in that city :
8-51. Mary Lilia, b. Aug. 7, 1865.
8-52. Howard Park, b. July 2, 1869.
7-52. George Wallace Dawson, professor of music
(pianist), b. in New Haven, Oct. 9, 1842, m. in New York
city, Feb. 5, 1866, Julia A. Ackerman^ who was b. in Windsor
Locks, Ct., 1845. One child :
8-53. Geneva Ernestine, b. in New Haven, Feb., i868.
7-53. Franklin Tuttle Dawson, b. in New Haven,
July 15, 1844, fruit farmer and manufacturer of domestic wines ;
served six months in the civil war as a private in Company A,
of the 27th regiment Conn. Vols. He m. in Westville, Ct.,
Nov. 6, 1872, Nellie Peck^ dau. of L. W. Peck, of that place.
They reside at Westville.
7-57. Sidney Holt Dawson, merchant, b. in New Haven,
Oct. 27, 1842, m. in New Haven, Oct. 10, 1871, Sophie L.
Fierce. They res. 1873, in New Haven. One child:
8-54. Henry Shepard, b. in New Haven, June 22, 1872.
7-58. Augustus Edward Dawson, b. in New Haven,
Ct., Feb. 20, 1844, m. in that city, Aug. 25, 1873, Katie J.
Guay. They res. in New Haven.
T'-GS. Fanny Dawson^ b. in Licking county, Ohio, Jan. 7,
1845, m. Jan. 6, 1862, Lawrence Huff, who was b. Nov. 6,
1837. They res. 1873, Condit, O. Two children :
8-55. Nellie D., b. Nov. 21, 1868.
8-56. Frank, b. May 28, 1870.
I New Haven : C. C. Chatfield and Co. : 1872.
"^ Benedict's Wanderings in Ireland, Scotland, Italy and Sicily, by Edward W.
Dawson. New Haven: George H. Richmond and Co., 442 Chapel St. 1873. 12
mo, pp. 566.
T^he Dawson Family. 85
7-69. Chloe Dawson^ b. in Licking county, Ohio, Jan. 14,
1848, m. Sept. II, i86g, Allen Wilson, who was b. April
23, 1844. They res. 1873, Condit, O. One child:
8-57. Inah Delle, b. Sept. 15, 1870.
7-70. Merit Dawson Smith, b. in Northford, Ct., June
II, 1837, m. Lucy C. JVright^ May 18, 1857. ^^^ ^^^ ^- ^"
Winton, Ct., Aug. 7, 1840. They res. 1871, in Wallingford,
Ct. Three children, all b. in Wallingford :
8-58. Charles Luzerne, b. Sept. 24, 1859.
8-59. William Henry, b. Oct. 3, 1861.
8-60. Mary Ruth, b. Oct. 3, 1864.
7-72. Henry Augustus Rogers, b. in Chenango Forks,
N. Y., April 30, 1 82 1, m. ist. Jan. 5, 1842, Emma Willard^
who was b. in Chenango Forks, March 19, 1821, and d. in
Albany, N. Y., April 17, 1865, aged 44. They had three
children, all b. in Chenango Forks :
8-61. Harriet Eliza, b. May 9, 1843, res. 1873, in Chenango Forks.
8-62. Helen Mary, b. Nov. 8, 1845, res. 1873, Newark Valley, N. Y.
8-63. Grace MeJoy, b. Jan. 28, 1848, res. 1873, Hornellsville, N. Y.
Mr. Rogers m. 2d. Feb. 8, 1866, Harriet A. Ells. They
res. 1873, in Chenango Forks, of which place he is postmaster.
7-73. Theodore Simeon Rogers, merchant, b. in Chenango
Forks, N. Y., Oct. 14, 1824, m. in Chenango Forks, Sept. 10,
1 85 1, Harriet Nacissa 'Johnson^ b. in Manchester, Vt., Dec.
31, 1827, d. on board the steamer Arctic, on Lake Superior,
Sept. 16, 1 87 1, aged 44. They had five children, all b. in
Chenango Forks, where Mr. R. was formerly postmaster and
merchant. He res. 1873, '" Binghamton, N. Y.
8—64. Charles Hatch, b. June 21, 1853, d. in Chenango Forks, Aug.
8-65. George Tracy, b. July 9, 1854.
^ Dau. of Rev. Leonard Johnson, who officiated at her marriage ; sister of Dr. L.
M. Johnson (7-98). Rev. L. J. was b. in Chester, Vt., Nov. 9, 17985 graduated
at Amherst College; some time a resident of Binghamton, N. Y, afterward stated
supply of the Congregational church at Chenango Forks, then at Triangle ; died^ug.
21, 1858. He m. March 18, 1827, Harriet N. Hatch, who was b. in Cavendish,
Vt., March 25, 1807.
86 T^he Dawson Family.
S-66. [Rogers.] Frederick Theodore, b. April 1 1, 1 85 7, d. in Chenango
Forks, Jan. 27, 1S59.
8-67. Chittenden Hatch, h. June 25, 1859.
8-68. John Barker, b. Apriri4, 1865.
T-T-^. Mary Ann Rogers^ b. in Greene, N. Y., April 17,
1826, m. in Chenango Forks, N. Y., Aug. 16, 1846, Langley
FuLLAGER, who was b. in Kent, England, Sept. 11, 1817. He
is cashier of the Lake Shore Bank, Dunkirk, N. Y., where they
reside (1873). They have four children :
8-69. Elizabeth Kate, b. in Chenango Forks, July 14. 1848.
8—70. Mar\' Langley, b. in Chenango Forks, March 29, 1854.
8-71. Hattie Carrie, b. in Dunkirk, July 2, i860.
8—72. Guy Kent, b. in Dunkirk, Aug. 7, 1870.
T-75. NoRMAK Stevens Rogers, merchant, express agent,
etc., b. in Chenango Forks, N. Y., Oct. 3, 1828, m. Aug. 31,
1852, Eliza Thomas^ who was b. in Norwich, N. Y., April
10, 1831. They res. 1873, ^" Chenango Forks, and have live
8—73. Anna Carrie, b. in Chenango Forks, July 26, 1S53.
8-74. William Thomas, b. in Lisle, N. Y., June 5, 1856.
8-75. Henry Martin, b. in Carbon Cliff, 111'., Feb. 14, i860.
8-76. Lida Reed, b. in Chenango Forks, Feb. 14, 1865.
8—77. Hattie Meloy, b. in Chenango Forks, Jan. 5, 1869.
7-76. JuUa Eliza Rogers^ b. in Chenango Forks, N. Y.,
Oct. 30, 1830, m. Sept. 18, 1849, James Hagamak, farmer,
who was b. in Greene, N. Y., Dec. 11, 18 19. They res.
1873, "* Chenango Forks. Five children, all b. in that place :
8-78. Mary Diana, b. March 21, 1S51, d. in Chenango Forks, July
8-79. John Barker, b. April 2, 1852.
8— So. Julia Rogers, b. Nov. 9, 1855.
8-81. Judith Sfrdsall, b. Nov. i, 1863.
8-S2. Langley Fullager, b. March 7, 1867, d. in Chenango Forks,
March 13, 1871,
7-79. George William Rogers, railway conductor, b. in
Chenango Forks, N. Y., Oct. 14, 1838, m. ist, April, 1854,
Zone Knapp, who d. March 4, 1864. No children. He m.
2d, Sept. 21, 1864, Lida 'Jane Rctd^ who was b. in Wolcott,
N. Y., Oct. 28, 1843. They res. 1873, Binghamton, N. Y.
One child :
8-83. George Worthy, b. in Unadilh, N. Y., Feb. 19, 1868.
T^he Dawson Family. 87
Mr. and Mrs. Rogers have, also, an adopted son :
Charles Augustus, b. Jan 6, 1867.
7-82. William Augustus Meloy, lawyer, b. in Chenango
Forks, N. Y., Aug. 26, 1832, graduated at Yale College, New
Haven, 1854, and for some years past has been successfully
engaged in the practice of his profession at Washington, D. C.
He m. in Washington, Dec. 16, 1868, Mrs. Emily Josepha
Steuart, who was b. in Washington, July 2, 1841.- Thev res.
1873, ^^ " Brookland," near Muirkirk Station, Md. Two
8-84. Edith Willard, b. in Washington, DC. Oct. 8, i86g.
8-85. Isabella Rittenhouse, b. at "Brookland," April 15, 1871.
7-83. John Willard Meloy, merchant, b. in Chenango
Forks, N. Y., Sept. 8, 1834, m. in EUicottville, N. Y., Frances
Abigail Williams^ who was b. in EUicottville, Sept. 19, 1835.
They res. 1873, '" Portville, Cattaraugus Co., X. Y. Four
8-86. Frances, b. in EUicottville, April 4, 1 863,
8-87. Frederica. b. in EUicottville, Dec. 8, 1864.
8-88. Mary, b. in Portville, Aug. 12, 1866.
8—89. John Elarl, b. in Portville, June 14, 1871.
7-84. Samuel Henry Meloy, b. in Chenango Forks, N.
Y., Sept. 8, 1836, m. in Washington, D. C, Oct. 11, 1870,
Anna Isabella Naurse^ who was b. in Washinston, Nov. 2, 1852,
sister of Emilv, wife of Wm. A. Melov '7-82). They res.
1873, in Washington, where he occupies a responsible clerk-
ship in the U. S. Treasury. One child :
8-90. Anhur Nourse, b. in Washington, March 8, 1S72.
7-86. Anna Meloy^ b. in Chenango, N. Y., Aug. 8, 1841,
m. in EUicottville, N. Y., Nov. 32, 1S65, George Mil-
» Wid. of Alex. S. Steuart, dau. of Wiili^m and Isabella BcndHoMne, of Wash-
== Dau. of Dr. Thomas Jones Williams (b. in Middlefield, N. Y., April 29, 1806)
and w. Abigail Perkins Day (b. in Providence, R. I., Aug. 4, 1813) m. in Ellicoa-
ville, April zo, 183 1, where they res. 1871 ; gr. dau. of Evander Williams (b. in
Brooklyn, Ct., Oct., 1782, d. in EUicottville, N. Y., Feb.. 1857) and w. AbigaU
Jones (b. in Middlefield, N. Y., 1786, d. in La Crosse, Wis., 1857) m. in Middk-
tield, 1805. Abigail Perkins Day was the dau. of Israel Day (b. in Killingly, Ct.,
May 29, 1783, d. in EUicottville, May 4, i852\ and w. Mary Perkins (b. in Ash-
fbrd, Ct., March 5, 1790), m. in Ashtord, June 21, 1809.
88 T^he Dawson Family.
FORD Rider/ who was b. in Trenton, N. Y., Sept. 15, 1844.
They res. 1873, "^^ Ellicottville, N. Y. Two children:
8-91. Charlotte Christiana, b. in Ellicottville, Nov. 10, 1866.
8-91-^. Milford Willard, b. in Ellicottville, Nov. 13, 1872.
7-87. Charles Frederick Meloy, b. in Barker, N. Y.,
Dec. 17, 1843, m. in Arcade, N. Y., Sept. 22, 1869, Caroline
Antoinette Hitchcock^ who was b. in China, N. Y., Oct. 28,
1841, dau. of Orange and Mercy Hitchcock. They res. 1873,
in Attica, N. Y., where he is editor and publisher of The Attica
Weekly News. He was formerly editor and publisher of The
True Patriot^ newspaper, at Cuba, N. Y. They have one ch. :
8-92. Grace, b. in Wyoming, Wyoming Territory, June 30, 1871.
7-91. Theodore Richmond, lawyer, b. in Jefferson, O.,
March 2, 1837 ; educated at the Baptist University, Lewis-
burg, Pa. ; m. at Navarre, O., Jan. 21, 1862, Harriet Bur-
gert^ who was b. at Massillon, Stark Co., 0-, Aug. 17, 1838.
They removed from Columbus, O., to Athens, McMinn Co.,
Tennessee, 1865, and thence to Chattanooga, Tenn., 1871,
where they now reside (1873). He is widely known as a lawyer
of ability and influence, and is very successfully engaged in the
practice of his profession. They have had four children :
8-93. Charles Burgert, b. in Ligonier, Ind., Dec. 3, 1862, d. in Cleve-
land, O., June 7, 1864.
8-94. Grace Chestnutwood, b. in Madison, O., Oct. 19, 1864.
8-95. Theodore Learning, b. in Athens, Tenn,, Sept. 17, 1868.
8-96. Sarah Bessie, b. in Athens, Tenn., Nov. 17, 1870.
7-92. Amelia Richmond.^ b. in Stockton, N. Y., June 5,
1840, m. in Ligonier, Ind., May 12, 1862, Louis Davies
Thomas,3 dry goods merchant, who was b. in Elkhart Co.,
' Son of Milford Rider (b. in Cheshire, Mass., Aug. lo, 1809), and wife Christiana
S. Card (b. at Petersburg, N. Y., March 21, 1821), m. in Trenton, N. Y., May 9,
1841 ; gr. son of Lloyd and Elvzahcth Alma Rider.
= Dau. of Adam Burgert, merchant (b. in Bedford Co., Pa., March 15, 1809,
d. in Chartmooga, Tenn., Aug. 22, 1872), and w. Sarah Chestnutwood (b. in
Berks Co., Pa., Dec. 30, 1811, d. in Athens, Tenn., June 22, 1870), m. at
Massillon, O., Nov. 16, 1837; gr. dau. of David Burgert (b. at Antietam, Md.,
1763, d. in Paris, Stark Co., O., 1825), and w. Catherine Hefther (d. in Paris, O.,
Jan. 1854, aged 85, dau. of Benj. Hefiner), m. in Franklin Co., Pa. David Bur-
gert, last named, was son of David Burgert, a native of Berne, Switzerland, who
settled in Maryland. Sarah Chestnutwood, above named, was dau. of Abraham and
Sarah Junes Chestnutwood.
3 He was the first whi e child b. in Elkhart county, son of Thomas Thomas, the
lirst county clerk of that county, incumbent of the office for fourteen years, a soldier
of the war of 1812. His father's name was also Thomas Thomas, a soldier of the
Revolution ; son of John Thomas, who came from Wales. The maiden name of
Louis D. Thomas' mother was Mary Kelly. She was of Irish descent, but b. in Va.
T^he Dawson Family. 89
Ind., May 12, 1830. He was elected, in the fall of 1871, re-
corder of his native county. They res. 1873, ^^ Goshen, Ind,,
and have had three children :
8-97. Frank Warren, b. in Ligonier, March 13, 1863, d. in Goshen,
Oct. 6, 1864.
8-98. Caroline Isabella, b. in Goshen, Aug. 21, 1865.
8-99. Katharine, b. in Goshen, Aug. 17, 1869.
7-93. Charles Henry Richmond, merchant and dairy
farmer, b. in Fredonia, N. Y., Dec. 14, 1842, m. in Collamer,
O., April 2, 1865, Mary Tracy^ who was b. in Granger,
Medina Co., O., Oct. 19,1843. They res. 1873, in Brighton,
Lorain Co., O. One child :
8-100. Harriet Tracy, b. in Cleveland, O., Dec. 27, 1867.
7-94. Grace Adelia Richmond^ b. in Warsaw, N. Y., April
13, 1846, m. July 10, 1864, Harvey Bartholomew,'^ drug-
gist, who was b. in Watertown, N. Y., Feb. 13, 1841. They
res. 1873, in Ai, Fulton county, O., and have three children:
8-101. Edith, b. in Lagrange, Fulton Co, O., April 8, 1867.
8-102. Herbert, b. in Lagrange, July 28, 1869.
8-103. Frederick, b. in Ai, Dec. I, 1871.
7-96. Kather'ine Richmond^h. in Deposit, N. Y., Dec. 25,
1850, m. in Goshen, Ind., June 8, 1870, William Edward
PooLEY,3 who was b. June 8, 1845, i" Lenawee Co., Mich.
They res. 1873, '" Brighton, Lorain Co., Ohio. One child :
8-104. Frank Richmond, b. in Goshen, Jan. 7, 1872.
' Dau. of Rev. Abel Tracy, a Methodist minister, who d. in Jackson, Mich.,
= In the U. S. service, with three brothers, during the civil war. He was third
son and seventh child of Daniel Bartholomew, an early settler of Watertown, N. Y.,
now of Fulton Co., O., (b. in Augusta, Oneida Co., N. Y, Jan. 19, 1796), and w.
Sarah Garner Parker (b. in Middletown, Vt., March 21, 1807), m. Nov. 13, 1828;
gr. son of Oliver Bartholomew, a soldier of the Revolution 4 years and 3 months, a
resident of Watertown, N. Y., from 1800 (b. in Branford, Ct., Oct. 20, 1757, d. in
Watertown, June 18, 1850, aged 93), and w. Hannah Lacy (b. June 23, 1758, d.
at Watertown, Oct. 3, 184S, aged 90), m. July 6, 1780, lived together 68 years;
gt. gr. son of Josiah Bartholomew, an early resident of Branford, Ct. Concerning
his gr. father, Oliver Bartholomew, Mr. H. B. writes as follows : " There were but
three men in or around Watertown when he went there. He was the first to propose
having religious meetings, and the first of these was held at his house, where a
Baptist church was organized in 1801." Sarah Garner Parker, above named, was
dau. of Joseph Parker (b. in Chelsea, Vt , Aug. i, 1762), and w. Lydia Watts, a
native of Elsted, Vt. Hannah Lacy, above named, was fifth of eleven children of
Ebenezer Lacy (b. in Old Milford, Ct., April 19, 1727), and w. Freelan Canfield
(b. in Conn., Dec. 29, 1726).
3 Son of Nathan Pooley, farmer and tradesman (b. in Suffolk, England, Feb. 10,
1822, res. 1871, Goshen, Ind.), and w. Mary Jane Bilby (b. in Trenton, N. J.,
90 T^he Dawson Family.
7-97. Julia Anna Keeler^ b. in Union, N. Y., Jan. 12,
1833, m. in Union, Dec. 5, 1855, Charles Bartholomew
Mercereau,^ merchant, who wash, in Union, Feb. 27, 1827.
They res. 1873, in Fulton, 111., and have two children, both b.
in that place :
8-105. Grace Edith, b. Feb. 27, 1863.
8-106. Catharine Belle, b. Dec. 8, 1869.
7-98. Adelaide Amelia Keeler^ b. in Union, N. Y., Aug. 20,
1836, m. in Union, Jan. 10, 1858, Dr. Leonard Melancthon
Johnson, allopathic physician, who was b. in Le Raysville, Pa.,
Jan. 24, 1830, brother to Harriet N. Johnson, w. of Theodore
S. Rogers (7-73). He served in the civil war as surgeon to the
Third Regt. N. Y. Inf. Vols., being for some time stationed
at Fortress Monroe. He was also one of the surgeons for the
Confederate sick in the prison camp at Elmira, N. Y. They
res. 1873, at Greene, N. Y., where he is engaged in the practiee
of his profession. Two children :
8-107. Stella Tracy, b. in Union, N. Y., Aug. 26, 1861.
8-107^. Harriette Narcissa, b. at Greene, N. Y., Oct. 3, 1871.
7-99. Harlan Cephas Dresser, engineer, b. in East
Otto, Cattaraugus Co., N. Y., Sept. 2, 1843. ^^ enlisted
Oct. 23, 1861, as a private in company B., Ninth Regt. N.
Y. Vols. The regiment completed its organization at Albany
in November, and proceeded to Washington, near which city
they were encamped until the following spring. A fruitless
march to Manassas, which was found to be guarded only by a
few pickets and " quaker guns" (wooden logs in the semblance
June 19, 1824, m. in Marion, Wayne Co., N. Y., Sept. 25, 1844; gr. son of
Edward Pooley (b. in England, d. in Am., 1834), and w. Maria Smith (b. in
Suffolic, England, d. Aug. 25, 1724).
'Son of Henry Mercereau (b. in Union, N. Y., Dec. 4, 1800), and w. Catharine
Bartholomew (b. in Vestal, N. Y., Aug. i, 1809), m. Nov. 2, 1825 ; gr. son of
Joshua Mercereau, who was b. in Woodbridge, N. J., Oct. 27, 1762, and m. Dec.
12, 1784, Keziah Drake (b. May 6, 1769, d. 1842), dau. of Col. Drake, a Rev.
officer. They removed to Broome Co., N. Y., between 1791 and 1795, where he
d. 1805. He was a son of John Mercereau, who kept an inn at Woodbridge, N.J.,
famous in his day for his " flying machines" — a fast line of stages between Phila.
and New York. These and the inn were conducted jointly by J. M. and his brother
Joshua, a Rev. officer, afterwards one of the earliest judges of Tioga Co., N. Y.
These were gr. sons of Joshua Mercereau, who, with other children of John Mer-
cereau, a Huguenot who d. in France, removed to England 1685, and shortly after
settled at Staten Island. — Sec yinna/s of Binghamton, pp. 100-4, 106-8; White-
head's Contributions to East Jersey History, 283-5 5 ^'^° letter of Miss Josephine
Mercereau, Union, N. Y., to compiler hereof.
The Dawson Family. 91
of cannon) was followed by their return to Washington, whence
they were ordered to Fortress Monroe, and from thence suc-
cessively to the ruins of Hampton, Yorktown, West Point,
White House and again to Washington. After this the regi-
ment joined Gen. Siegel at Sperryville, Va., moved to Culpepper,
and participated in the battle of Cedar Mountain. They were
under fire for three days during Gen. Pope's retreat and the
second Bull Run battle, and later were quite heavily engaged
at Berry ville, in the Shenandoah valley, all in 1862. Soon
after the latter battle, Mr. Dresser was taken sick and sent to
Washington. When sufficiently recovered he was detailed for
hospital duty until the last of October, 1863, and after a fur-
lough of two weeks returned to his regiment, November, 1863;
took part in Gen. Meade's Mine Run campaign, and went with
his regiment into winter quarters near Culpepper. In 1864, he
participated in the battles of the Wilderness, Todd's Tavern,
and Spottsylvania, and while on a raid in the rear of Gen. Lee's
army, went within the outer works of Richmond, and could
hear the alarm bells of that city giving notice of the approach
of the Union forces. The regiment then went to Malvern
Hill, soon after which he was again taken sick, and spent the
remainder of the three years for which he was enlisted in hos-
pital at Washington.^ He m. in Dunkirk, N. Y., March 5,
1867, Margaret Anastasia G' Conner^ who was b. at Holland
Landing, C. E., Aug. 25, 1849. They res. 1871, at Dunkirk.
One child :
8-108. Ellen, b. in Tidioute, Pa., Sept. ii, 1868.
T-105. Helena Dawson^ b. in Fair Haven, Ct., June 9, 1850,
m. in Plymouth, Ct., Sept. 8, 1872, Daniel Rossiter, teacher.
They res. 1873, ^" Plymouth.
7-109. Clifford Dawson Parsons, b. at Broad Brook,
East Windsor, Conn., Nov. 14, 1838, m. Jan. 2, 1864^ Eliza-
beth Lovlett^ who was b. in England, Sept. 16, 1837. He served
in the civil war four years and eight months, as a member, suc-
cessively, of the Third Conn. Vols, and Eighth Conn. Veteran
Volunteers, participating in the following engagements : Bull
Run, Roanoke Island, Newbern, siege at Fort Macon, South
» See Prescott Memorial, p. 562.
92 T^he Dawson Family.
Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburgh, siege of Suffolk, and
the campaign of Gen. Grant in front of Petersburgh and Rich-
mond, 1864-65. They res. 1873, ^" Bristol, Conn., and have
one child : ,
8-109. [Parsons] Norton Clifford, b. at Broad Brook, Sept. 1, 1866.
7-110. Arthur Parsons, b. at Broad Brook, East Windsor,
Conn., Aug. 28, 1840, m. Sept., 1866, Mary E. Spencer^ who
was b. in Houlton, Me., Jan. 18, 1846. He served in the
civil war, three months in the Third Conn. Vols., and three
years in the Sixteenth Conn. Vols. They res. 1873, in Bristol,
Conn. Two children :
8-1 10. Clara May, b. in East Windsor, May 20, 1867.
8-1 II. Eveline Sybil, b. in Windsorville, Aug. 1, 1871.
7-111. Charles Russell Perkins, b. in New Hartford,
Ct., Jan. 25, 1844, m. Jan. 22, 1867, Cairo J. Deyo^ who
was b. at Highland, N. Y., March 2, 1847. ^^^Y res. 1873,
in Meriden, Ct.
7-114. Elizabeth E. Bissell, b. in East Windsor, Ct., Aug.
8, 1841, m. Sept. I, 1863, Charles W. Davenport, who
was b. at New Fane, Vt., Oct. i, 1820. They res. 1873, ^^
Broad Brook, East Windsor, Ct. Two children, both b. at
Broad Brook :
8-1 1 2. Lilla, b. Nov. 23, 1864.
8-113. Ida May, b. July 23, 1867, d. July 30, 1868.
7-119. Albert Marshall Sigourney, b. in Bristol, Ct.,
Aug. I, 1850, m. Nov. 24, 1869, M. Angle Manross^ b. Aug.
I, 1850. They res. 1873, ^^ Bristol.
7-122. Mary Esther Evans^ b. in Bristol, Ct., Dec. 15,
1854, m. in Troy, N. Y., Aug. 22, 1872, Orson P. Woodruff,
who was b. in Avon, Ct., July 13, 1847. They res. 1873, ^^
7-131. Frederica Grace Kinney^ b. in Erieville, N. Y., Dec.
5, 1835, m. in Bloomingdale, 111., Feb. 26, 1856, Charles
Goodwin,^ merchant and farmer, who was b. in Vernon, N.
' Son of Hiram Goodwin (b. in Litchfield, Ct.,Oct., ii, 1801, d. in Aurora, 111.,
Dec. I, 1864) and as.. Nancy Jones, (b. in Saratoga Co., N. Y., Feb. 15, 1804),
m. Sept. 1828 ; gr. son of Russell Goodwin, (b. in Conn., 1767, d. in New York,
The Dawson Family. 93
Y., Aug. 16, 1832. They res. 1873, in Grouse, Kane Co.,
111. Three children :
8-114. [Goodwin.] Lucia Newton, b. in Aurora, 111., Jan. 18, 1863.
8-115. Lenore Denton, b. in Aurora, Aug. 21, 1864.
8-116. Newton Lee, b. in Sugar Grove, Kane Co., 111., Jan. 2, 1870.
7-135. Lucia Diane Dawson^ b. in Cazenovia, N. Y.,
July 9, 1839, m. in Windsor, N. Y., March 5, 1854, Isaac
John Gray, who was b. in Chenango, N. Y., Jan. 10, 1832,
and d. at Binghamton, N. Y., July 25, 1873, aged 41. She
res. 1873, in Binghamton. Three children :
8-117. Jennie Augusta, b. in Fenton, N. Y., Dec. 18, 1854, res. Bing-
8-118. Lucius De Forest, b. in Fenton, April 5, i860.
8-119. Florence Bates, b. in Binghamton, Aug. 16, 1869.
7-136. Frances Mary Dawson^ b. in Linklaen, N. Y.,
June 26, 1 841, d. in Chenango, N. Y., Jan. 23, i860, aged
19. She m. in Lisle, N. Y., July 2, 1856, George Welling-
ton Parker, who was b. in Chenango, May 23, 1832, where
he res. 1 870 ; trackmaster of the Syracuse and Binghamton R. R.
They had two children, both b. in Chenango :
8-120. Charles Lamont, b. June 11, 1857.
8-121. Frank, b. April 30, 1859.
7-137. Lee De Forest Dawson, b. in Linklaen, N. Y.,
Aug. 22, 1843. ^^ enlisted during the first year of the civil
war, 1861, as a private in the 27th Regt. N. Y. State Vols.,
but after a few months of hard service, principally in Virginia,
broke down completely in health, and received an honorable
discharge. He m. June 10, 1863, widow Caroline Stone —
maiden name ^hitbeck. Nochildren. Res. 1873, Binghamton:
7-140. Edward Francis Bates, physician, b. in town-
ship of Cazenovia, Madison Co., N. Y., Dec. 30, 1840, d. in
Washington, D. C, March 6, 1864, aged 23 years. At the
commencement of the civil war he was a student in the Medical
Department of the State University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor.
May 19, 1839), and w. Ruth Church, (b. in Conn., 1770, d. in N. Y., June 30,
1834), m. in New Lenox, Ct., July 4, 1789. The gt. gr. fathersaid by correspond-
ent to have been from England, but it is queried whether the English emigrant was
not probably some generations more remote ? The name formerly Godwin.
94 The Dawson Family.
In the summer of 1862, in advance of an assuredly high and
honorable graduation, he repaired to Washington, in company
with a few other patriotic young men of his class, and entered
the service of the United States as a Medical Cadet. He was
assigned to duty in Carver Hospital in July of that year, where
he manifested a degree of talent and a thoroughness of prepara-
tion which caused him to be speedily promoted, in December,
1862, to the rank of assistant surgeon, and a few months later
to that of surgeon of volunteers. Not long after the latter
advancement he received the notable distinction of an assign-
ment to duty as a member of the Medical Board of examiners,
in Washington, and he was still engaged in that service when
he was attacked by the malady which terminated his life. He
was a diligent and methodical as well as an enthusiastic student,
and of untiring industry in his profession. Notwithstanding his
youth, it is not too much to say, that as an officer he evinced
the highest order of efficiency. He was the author of several
graceful poetical compositions, and his talents were brilliant and
varied.^ He m. in Cleveland, O., Jan. 26, 1863, Eusebia
Fleming Moore^ niece of Hon. J. H. Wade, of that city, where
she now resides (1873).
T-141. William Rufus Bates, lawyer and editor, was b.
in Cazenovia township, Madison county, N. Y., June 28, 1845.
He was educated at the Oneida Conference Seminary, in Cazen-
ovia, and in the Law Department of the Michigan State Uni-
versity ; and has been editorially connected with several news-
papers, especially the Saginaw, Mich., Daily Enterprise^ and
the Chicago, 111., Republican. He was elected, in the fall of
1870, from Bay county, Michigan, a representative in the state
legislature, and, though the youngest member of that body, is
already distinguished in his state for his ability as a legislator
and as a political orator and leader. In the spring of 1871 he
was appointed, by the President, register of the United States
Land office at Saginaw, which office he now holds (1873).
He is, of course, republican in politics. He m. in Flint, Mich.,
' His remains were removed to Cazenovia for burial. The following — in raised
letters, within the American Shield — is the inscription upon the monument:
" Major Edward F. Bates, Surgeon U. S. V.,dled at Washington, D. C, March 6,
J 864, aged 23 years, 2 months, 11 days."
The 'Dawson Fa?mly. 95
Jan. II, 1866, Gertrude Amelia Belcher^ who was b. in Rich-
ford, N. Y., Dec. 10, 1843. They res. 1873, '" Saginaw,
and have two children, both b. in Flint, Mich. :
8-122. [Bates.] Irving Belcher, b. Feb. 3, 1867.
8-123. Eusebia Florence, b. May 11, 1871.
7-1 59. A LBERT Emilius Colman, bank clerk, b. in Ellicott-
ville, Cattaraugus Co., N. Y., Feb. 8, 1835, m. ist. Feb. 7,
1859, E.m7na Melissa Chapman^ who was b. in New Market,
N. H., Oct. 24, 1842, and d. in Dunkirk, N. Y., June 20,
1863, aged 21, dau. of Jeremiah Y. Chapman. They had two
children, both b. in Dunkirk :
8-124. Sophia Jane, b. March 15, i860.
8-125. Harry Truman, b. Jan. 23, 1862, d. March 24, 1862.
Mr. Colman, m. 2d. in Jefferson ville, Ind., April 6, 1865,
Eli-z.a Russell^ b. May 13, 1843.^ They res. 1873, in Dunkirk,
and have had three children, all b. in that place :
8-126. Paul Russell, b. Nov. 13, 1865.
8-127. Emma Sophia, b. March 23, 1868.
8-128. Alice Russell, b. Oct. 28, 1870.
7-160. Lydia Beecher Colman^ b. in EUicottville, N. Y.,
June 8, 1837, d. in Dunkirk, N. Y., Oct. 8, 1872, aged 35.
She m. in Dunkirk, Jan. 6, 1857, James Henry Van Buren,^
'Dau. of Major Horatio Belcher, of the 8th Regt. Mich. Inf. Vols., b. in Berk-
shire, Tioga Co., N. Y., Dec. 6, 18 16, killed at the battle of Weldon Railroad,
near Petersburg, Va., Aug. 19, 1864. He entered the army as Lieut, of a company
from Flint, Mich., in 1861, and was in many engagements, and had been wounded
in three battles before his last fatal hurt. In one of the previous engagements his
right arm had been rendered useless, and on the day of his death he was thrice
wounded. " Consistent and gentlemanly in his intercourse with all, pure and blame-
less in his life, he lived and died a Christian and a patriot." He m. Mary A.
Hungerford, who was b. in Caroline, Tompkins Co., N. Y., Feb. 26, 1821, dau.
of Spencer and Electa Dunham Hungerford (res. 1872, in Flint,) Maj. B. was the
son of Joseph and Wealthy Whiting Belcher. His only son, Major Irving Belcher,
also sacrificed his life for his country.
2 Dau. of Norris Russell (b. in Elizabethtown, Ind., 1810, d. in New Albany,
Ind., 1853), and w. Nancy Elizabeth Morris, who d. in New Albany, March 2,
1858 ; gr. dau. of John Russell, who res. 1870, in Elizabethtown.
3 Son of Henry Brodhead Van Buren (b. in Pompey Centre, N. Y., Sept. i8, 1804,
res. 1870, Dunkirk), and w. Caroline Eunice Kingsley (b. in Schagticoke, N. Y.,
Dec. 31, 1807), m. in Dunkirk, Feb. 22, 1830; gr. son of Peter Van Buren (b. at
Kinderhook, N. Y., d. at Cassadaga, N. Y., Feb , i860), and w. Elizabeth Upham.
Caroline E. Kingsley was dau. of Jacob Kingsley, a native of Windham, Ct. The
gr. father of Peter Van Buren, above named, was uncle to the President, Martin
96 T^he Dawson Family.
merchant, who was b. in Dunkirk, Feb. 2, i83i,and res. 1873,
in same place. They had six children, all b. in Dunkirk :
8-129. [Van Buren.] William Colman, b.Oct. 3, 1 857, d. Apr. 25, 1858.
8-130. Ellen Colman, b. April 26, 1861.
8-131. Truman Colman, b. Jan. i, 1865.
8-132. James Lyman, b. April 8, 1867.
8-133. Mary Colman, b. June, 25, 1869.
8-134. James Henry, b. Aug. 4, 1871.
7-161. Ellen Sophia Colman, b. in Ellicottville, N.Y., Aug.
25, 1840, m. in Dunkirk, N. Y., April 27, 1859, Capt. Patrick
Barrett, who was b. at Ballyknock, in the parish of Down-
feeney, Mayo county, Ireland, March 10, 1832. He was
mortally wounded at the battle of Williamsburgh, Va., May 5,
1862, and d. at Yorktown the day following, aged 30.
Capt. Barrett came to this country in 1847, when about
fifteen years of age, in company with his mother, sisters and
brothers : his father, whose name was James Barrett, having
died in Ireland about ten years previously. In the spring of
1849, he obtained employment on the Erie railway, and having,
by his efficiency and diligence, attracted the favorable notice of
the railway superintendent, he was soon placed by him in a line
of promotion which led to his employment in various capacities
of increasing trust and responsibility.
The following are extracts from an obituary published in the
Dunkirk Unions " In 1850, with his family, he made our village
his home. Attentive and faithful in the performance of every
duty, courteous and kind to all he met, thoughtful, studious, and
of an active and enquiring mind, his leisure was employed with
books, and in the society of the intelligent and cultivated ; and
as years passed on, the graceful, hatidsome, well mannered boy,
ripened into the accomplished gentleman and active citizen
" Capt. Barrett received the appointment of postmaster of
our village from President Buchanan, and held the office during
his administration. Happily connected by marriage, of com-
manding presence, with manly and shining qualities, uncommon
I From a pamphlet collection of obituary and other notices of Capt. Barrett, in-
cluding extracts from the Buffalo Sentinel, New York Tablet, New York Freeman's
Journal, reports of the meetings of the citizens of Dunkirk after receiving news of
his death, order of arrangements for the funeral solemnities, etc. His remains were
buried at Dunkirk.
T^he Dawson Family. 97
energy and perseverance, a prosperous and successful career
seemed open before him. He gratified his martial tastes and
aptitudes by raising, mostly from among his countrymen, in our
village, and for several years commanding, the Jackson Guards,
an independent company ; and in drilling them and directing their
movements he, in some measure, fitted himself for the service
in which he has been distinguished.
" His patriotic ardor was aroused at the outbreak of the re-
bellion. On that memorable day when came flashing on the wires
the startling news of the fall of Fort Sumter, Captain Barrett
immediately repaired to our village armory, with his own hands
raised the Stars and Stripes, and avowed his purpose of offering
his services to the government. With much labor and sacrifice
he gathered around him the brave men who followed him to the
war. We recall, with melancholy pride, that bright summer
day, almost a year gone by, when our noble contribution to the
cause of the country, the two companies of Captains Barrett and
Stevens, took up their march for the beleaguered Capital, and
amid tears and benisons and prayers the youthful hero turned
from his elegant home to go where duty called him. The
summer months were profitably spent at Camp Scott, on Staten
Island, in perfecting himself and his command in the service so
soon to be their daily occupation. Ordered with the brigade
last fall to Washington, they were soon assigned important duty
in guarding the Maryland shore below the Capital, and delicate
and responsible trusts were so well discharged by Captain Barrett
as to meet the warm approbation of superiors in command.
The captain and his company, and indeed the whole of the Third
Regiment, mostly from this county, are said to have made great
proficiency, and to have become accomplished soldiers. Con-
nected with General Hooker's division, they formed a part of
the pursuing force after the evacuation of Yorktown, and en-
gaging the enemy's rear at Williamsburg, are represented in the
records of that memorable engagement, as having ' fought with
unprecedented bravery ' ; and there, at the head of his company,
bravely directing them against the foe. Captain Barrett received
the wound that has robbed the service of a gallant officer, and
plunged our community in grief."
98 'The Dawson Family.
Capt. B. was a member of the Catholic church. He was at-
tended in his last hours, greatly to his comfort and consolation,
by the Rev. Joseph O'Hagan, regimental chaplain, who was
also his warm personal friend.
Mrs. B. res. 1873, '" Dunkirk. They had one child :
8-135. [Barrett.] Mary Colman, b. in Dunkirk, July 9, i860.
7-162. Mary Melissa Colman^ b. in Ellicottville, N. Y.,
Dec. 31, 1842, m. in Dunkirk, N. Y., Jan. 2, 1866, Samuel
James Gifford,^ who was b. in Ashtabula, O., May 14, 1834 ;
insurance agent. They res. 1873, in Dunkirk.
7-163. William Truman Colman, b. in Ellicottville,
N. Y., Feb. 18, 1845, m. in Dunkirk, N, Y., June 15, 1870,
Grace Kennedy^ dau. of Charles Kennedy, sheriff of Chautauque
county. They res. 1873, in Dunkirk. One child :
8-136. Agnes, b. July 30, 1872.
7-164. Charles Delos Sill, b. in Ellicottville, N. Y.,
Aug. 28, 1843, m. in Ellicottville, Nov. 25, 1863, Sophia L.
Pettit^ who was b. in Fairview, Cattaraugus Co., N. Y., Jan.
4, 1848, dau. of Amos Pettit. Mr. Sill is a practical printer,
and succeeded his father as proprietor and editor of the Cattarau-
gus Freeman (Ellicottville), but is now engaged in farming, having
suspended the publication of the paper. He res. 1873, in
Ellicottville, and has three children, all b. in that place :
8-137. Edith Pettit, b. May 8, 1865.
8-138. Jessie Beecher, b. Dec. 2, 1868.
8-139. Mary, b. May 17, 1872.
7-166. Frances Emily Colman^ b. in Ellicottville, N. Y.,
March 22, 1839, m. in Dunkirk, N. Y., Dec. 12, 1861,
Theodore Hinsdale Whittlesey,^ flour and grain merchant,
' Son of Samuel Gifford (b. in Belfast, Ireland, Aug. i, 1799), and w. Rosanna
Fraser, (b. in Belfast, Aug. 12, 1802, dau. of Robert Frazer and w. Duncan j
Scotch), m. in Belfast, Oct. 16, 1823, came to this country about 1825 ; gr. son of
Samuel GifFord (b. in Kilmore, county Down, Ireland), and w. Elizabeth Gibson,
dau. of John Gibson.
= Son of Hon. Frederick Whittlesey (b. in New Preston, Conn., July 12, 1799,
d. in Rochester, N. Y., Sept. 19, 18 51), and w. Ann Hinsdale (b. in West Win-
sted, Conn., Oct. 16, 1802), m. 18265 gr- son of David Whittlesey (b. in New
Preston, 1775, d. 1825), and w. Martha Pomeroy; m. Sept. 12, 1825. Hon. F.
W. was vice chancellor of the eighth district of the state of New York, and during
the famous Morgan excitement in that state wrote and spoke much in opposition to
The Dawson Family. 99
who was b. in Rochester, N. Y., Dec. 17, 1833. They res.
1873, '" Dunkirk, and have had six children, all b. in that
8-140. [Whittlesey.] Emily Colman, b. Sept, 12, 1862.
8-141. Frederic, b. Dec. 21, 1863.
8-142. Grace, b. Feb. 7, 1865, d. April 19, 1867.
8-143. Harlan Colman, b. Oct. 16, 1866, d. Jan. 28, 1867.
8-144, Frank Colman, b. Dec. 13, 1867,
8-145, Henry Tucker, b. Nov. 23, 1869.
7-167. Juliette Clarissa Colman^ b. in Ellicottville, N. Y.,
Oct. 28, 1843, ^- i" Dunkirk, N. Y., May 4, 1869, Dr.
David Gibbs Alling,^ homeopathic physician, who was b. in
Norwalk, O., Jan. 8, 1842. He was a surgeon in the U. S.
army during the civil war. They res. 1873, ^" Dunkirk. One
8-146. Florence, b, Aug. 13, 1872,
7-168. Grace Eunecia Colman^ b. in ElHcottville, N. Y.,
Aug. I, 1845, n^' '" Dunkirk, N. Y., Oct. 14, 1867, William
Eber Buff Candee,^ hardware merchant, who was b. Oct.
4, 1844 Mr. C. served in the civil war two years and three
months, having enlisted at New York, July 10, 1863 j was
appointed regimental quarter-master sergeant, and honorably
discharged Oct. 5, 1865, with letters of highest approbation
from his superior officers. They res. 1873, ''^ Dunkirk, and
have two children, both b. in that place :
8-147. Jean McGregor, b. Nov. 23, 1868.
8-148. Bertram Colman, b. March 12, 1870,
' Son of Prudden Ailing (b. at Ballston Spa, N. Y., Nov. 8, 1808, res. 1871, at
Norwalk, O.), and w. Eliza Lockwood Gibbs (b. at Norwalk, Ct., Feb. 16, 181 1 ),
m. at Norwalk, O., July 19, 1835 ,• gr. son of Stephen Young Ailing) b. at Newark,
N. J., March i, 1775, d. at Sodus, N. Y., Feb. 4, 1831), and w., Patty Cory (b. at
Westfield, N. J., April 22, 1780, d. at Rochester, N. Y., July 7, 1840), m. March
10, 1798. Eliza Lockwood Gibbs, above named, was dau. of David Gibbs, a lawyer
by profession, educated at Yale college. He served during most of the war of 1812,
holding the office of first lieutenant, and was stationed at New London, Conn.
''Son of Fernando Cortes Candee (b. at Pompey, N. Y., Feb. 2, 1816) and w.
Maria Wright O'Brien, (b. at Germantown, Pa., Dec. 4, 1818) m. at Collins, Erie
Co., N. Y., Sept 21, 1842; gr. son of Eber Candee, (b. March 5, 1785, supposed
in Oxford, Ct.) and w. Patience Potter, b. July 15, 1786, dau. of Nathaniel and
Ruth Potter. Eber Candee was son of Nehemiah and Content Candee. Maria Wright
O'Brien was dau. of William O'Brien (b. in Carlow, Ireland, Dec. 26, 1792) and
w. Anne Greaves, b. at Bernah, county Tyrone, Ireland, Sept. 17, 1798; gr. dau.
of Daniel and Mary O'Brien. Anne Greaves was of Scotch parentage — dau. of John
and Mary Greaves.
loo T^he Dawson Family.
1-V12^. Sophie Skinner^ b. in Ellicottville, N. Y., July 22,
1851, m. in Ellicottville, Oct. 18, 1871, Dr. Harlan S.
Smith, allopathic physician. They res. 1873, i" Ellicottville.
8-149. Florence, b. Aug. 12, 1872.
7-195. Amanda Dawson^ b. in Danby, N. Y., Aug. 6,
1828, m. in Danby, Nov. i, 1851, Axford Hart, who was
b. in Danby, Feb. 13, 1826. Res. 1873, Wellsboro, Pa.
Five children :
8-150. Judson, b. in Danby, N. Y., Aug. 15, 1852.
8-151. Sophia, b. in Charleston, Pa., July 7, 1854.
8-152. Aaron, b. in Charleston, Feb. 4, 1857.
8-153. Frances, b. in Charleston, May 16, 1859.
8-154. George, b. in Charleston, March 3, 1862.
7-196. Harmon Jackson Dawson, b. in Danby, N. Y.,
April 13, 1830, m. in Danby, Sept. 8, 1857, Harriet Louisa
Meacham^ who was b. in De Witt, Onondago Co., N. Y.,
Oct. 26, 1836. They res. 1873, ^" Wellsboro, Pa. Two
8-155. Anna Curtis, b. in Charleston, Pa., Jan. 16, 1861.
8-156. John James, b. in Delmar, Pa., Nov. 11, 1866.
7-197. Charles Ryle Dawson, b. in Danby, N. Y.,
July 31, 1832, m. in Wellsboro, Pa., July, 1863, Cordelia
Wetherhee^ who was b. in Delmar, Tioga Co., Pa., May 14,
1836. They res. 1873, ^" Wellsboro. No children.
7-198. John James Dawson, b. in Danby, N. Y., April
29, 1834. He was drafted for service in the army, Feb. 22,
1864, and assigned in April of that year to the i68th Regt. Pa.
Cavalry, then stationed at Cumberland, Md. He performed
his duties as a soldier faithfully and well, but being of a delicate
constitution, and unacustomed to riding, the long and hard
marches on horseback, which became necessary, overtaxed his
powers of endurance, and cost him his life. He died in hospital,
at Clarksburg, W. Va., of remittent fever, Aug. 14, 1865,
after an illness of twenty-one days, twelve of which he spent in
camp previous to admission to the hospital. He m. in Charles-
ton, Pa., April 23, 1862, 'Juliette Amelia Cooledge^ who was b.
in Charleston, Oct. 25, 1837, and res. 1873, '" ^^^' place.
8-157. Robert Hopestill, b. Dec. 24, 1864.
The Dawson Family. loi
7-199. Wealthy Dawson^ b. in Danby, N. Y., June 21,
1836, d. in Charleston, Pa., Jan. 30, 1863 ; m. in Charleston,
June 13, 1856, Abel Nickerson, who was b. in Salisbury,
N. Y,, July 22, 1806, and res. 1873, ^" Wellsboro, Pa. They
had one child :
8-158. Louisa, b. in Richmond, Pa., Aug. 22, 1859.
7-201. George Smith Dawson, b. in Danby, N. Y.,
Sept. 15, 1845, "^- '" Charleston, Pa., Jan. 3, 1865, A7nanda
Forsyth^ who was b. in Candor, Tioga Co., N. Y., March 22,
1845. They res. 1873, '" Wellsboro, Pa. Two children :
8-159. Almira, b. in Charleston, Pa., March 2, 1866.
8-160. Wealthy, b. in Wellsboro, Aug. 8, 1871.
7-209. Asa Wesley Button, farmer, b. in Danby, N. Y.,
March 15, 1834, m. in Danby, Feb. 10, 1856, Catharine Smithy
who was b. in Danby, Jan. 8, 1832. They res. 1873, ^"^ Danby,
and have two children, both b. in that town :
8-161. Charles Fremont, b. xA.pril 6, i860.
8-162. George Elmer Ellsworth, b. Feb. i, 1865.
7-211, Chester Lorenzo Werdon, moulder, b. in New-
field, Tompkins Co., N. Y., Oct. 20, 1840, m. in Ulysses,
N. Y., Oct. 17, 1861, Mary Frances Wiggins^ who was b. in
Hector, Tompkins Co., N. Y., Oct. 6, 1844. They res. 1872,
in Ulysses, Tompkins Co., N. Y. One child :
8-163. Ida Mary, b. in Ulysses, April 19, 1865.
7-212, Ophelia A. Werdon^ b. in Newfield, Tompkins Co.,
N. Y., Oct. II, 1844, m. Feb. 11, 1866, Daniel D. Slocum,
wagon maker, who was b. in Newfield, Feb. I, 1844. They
res. 1872, in Sullivanville, Chemung Co., N. Y. Two chn.:
8-164. Frank Daniel, b. in Sullivanville, March 18, 1868.
8-165. Wealthy Louisa, b. in Sullivanville, April 27, 1871.
7-213. Emeline Adams Fox, b. in Caroline, Tompkins Co.,
N. Y., Aug. II, 1832, m. in Brighton, Livingston Co., A'lich.,
March 18, 1849, Ransom R. Fuller. Res. 1870, Ovvasso,
Shiawassee Co., Mich.
7-214. William John Fox, b. in Addison, Steuben Co.,
N. Y., March 2, 1834, m. ist. in Bennington, Shiawassee Co.,
102 The Dawson Family-,
Mich., Oct. I, 1868, Sarah Jane Pope^vfho d. May, 1869. 2d.
in Novi, Oakland Co., Mich., Susan Taylor. They res. 1870,
in Venice, Shiawassee Co., Mich.
7-215. Chester Dawson Fox, b. in town of Erwin,
Steuben Co., N. Y., Dec. 18, 1835, m. in Rush township,
Shiawassee Co., Mich., July 16, iSsg, Rachel Sophia Pope. They
res. 1870, in Fairfield township, Shiawassee Co., Mich.
T-216. Jngeline S. Fox, h. in Southfield township, Oakland
Co., Mich., Nov. 29, 1838, m. in Bennington, Shiawassee Co.,
Mich., Oct. I, 1868, Earl Stimpson Hall. They res.
1870, in Owasso, Mich.
7-219. Milton Dawson Fox, b, in Brighton, Livingston
Co., Mich., Dec. 8, 1844, m. in Fairfield, Shiawassee Co.,
Mich., June 30, 1868, Jrtemida Brigham, who was b. in Darke
Co., Ohio, Aug. 15, 1848. They res. 1873, in Duplain,
Clinton Co., Mich. Two children :
8-166. William C, b. April 25, 1869, d. July 17, 1870.
8-167. Lewis S., b. Aug. 2, 1871.
7-220. Casandra A. Fox, b. in Cahocta township, Livingston
Co., Mich., Dec. 14, 1850, m. in Owasso, Shiawassee Co.,
Mich., Sept. 30, 1869, Barton Gainer. Res. 1870, in
Venice, Shiawassee Co., Mich.
7-221. Myron Havillah Dawson, b. in Spencer, Tioga
Co., N. Y., March 24, 1837, m. June 21, 1857, Maryette
Clark, who was b. in Sharon, Litchfield Co., Conn., Dec. 11,
1839. He enlisted, Aug. 12, 1862, as a private in Co. L, 109th
Regt. N. Y. S. Vols., and after a few months' service was taken
sick in consequence of exposure and fatigue, and d. in military
hospital at Beltsville, Md., Nov. i, 1862, aged 25.' They had
one child :
8-168. Sidney, b, in Spencer, N. Y., March 22, 1858.
7-223. John Dawson, b. in Spencer, Tioga Co., N. Y.,
Dec. 19, 1842, m. Nov. i, 1868, Mary Emma Bassett, who
was b. in Calais, Washington Co., Me., Aug. 17, 1847. ^e
enlisted, Aug. i, 1862, as a private in Co. L, 109th Regt. N.
" His. wid. m. Oct. 6, 1872, Samuel Miller, of Wolcott, Wayne Co., N, Y.
The Dawson Family. 103
Y. S. Vols., and was in several engagements, in one of which
he was severely wounded through the wrist. He was discharged
for disability, occasioned by his wound, July 12, 1863. They
res. 1873, Spencer, N. Y. One child :
8-169. Hattie, b. June 18, 1872.
7-224. Ruth Diana Dawson^ b. in Spencer, N. Y., Feb.
23, 1847, ^- ^^c- 3I5 1863, William Perrin, who was b.
in Spencer, June 16, 1847. They res. 1873, in Spencer.
One child :
8-170. Lavergne, b. in Spencer, July 29, 187 1.
7-226. Seth Warren Dawson, b. in Spencer, N. Y.,
Dec. 16, 1841, m. in Spencer, Sept. 18, 1868, Phebe Andrus.
They res. 1873, ''^ Spencer. One child :
8-171. Lena, b. in Spencer, Feb. 11, 1870.
7-229. Isabel German^ b. in Ithaca, N. Y., May 27, 1 840,
m. in Mansfield, O., Feb. 24, 1859, Emanuel Hersha Keyser,
who was b. in Richland Co., O., Aug. 28, 1835. They res.
1872, in Mansfield. Three children:
8-172. Ida IVIay, b. June 20, 1859.
8-173. Milton, b. Sept. 22, 1862.
8-174. Mary, b. July 23, 1867.
7-231. Lydia Ann German^ b. in Danby, N. Y., Oct. 22,
1845, m. in Mansfield, O., Feb. 16, 1865, Melvin Monroe
Gates, who was b. in Richland Co., O., Nov. 16, 1840.
They res. 1872, in Mansfield. One child:
8-175. Scott Horace, b, in Richland Co., O., April 28, 1867.
7-236. Wallace Adelbert Morse, b. in Spencer, N. Y.,
June 6, 185 1, nti. Res. 1873, '" Chicago, 111. One ch.:
8-176. Hattie Viola.
7-239. Martha Maria Barnes^ b. in Paris, N. Y., Oct. 27,
1833, m. Dec. 6, 1863, Hiram H. Davis. They res. 1870,
in Mich. Three children :
8-177. Eva Jane, b. Sept. 7, 1864.
8-178. Lucinda, b. July 3, 1866.
8-179. Edwin Orlando, b. Dec. 12, 1867.
1 04 T^he Dawson Family.
7-240. Mary Jane Barnes^ b. in Paris, N. Y., March 2,
1835, m. Feb. 22, 1857, Elam Tuttle, b. in Oneida Co.,
N. Y., Feb. 10, 1832.^ They res. 1870, at Rockford P. O.,
Kent Co., Mich. Two children :
8-180. Charles Morette, b. Nov. 12, 1857.
8-1 8 1. Willis Melvin, b. Dec. 10, i860.
7-241. Horace Lamotte Barnes, b. in Sharon, Mich.,
March 27, 1836, m. July 26, i860, Martha Anderson. They
res. 1870, in Mich. Two children:
8-182. Marv Theresa, b. June 12, 1861.
8-183. Adelaide Estelle, b. May 26, 1865.
7-243. John Milton Barnes, b. in Cortland, Mich.,
March 27, 1839, m. Nov. 9, 1861, Lucy Anderson. They res.
1870, in Mich. Two children :
8-184. Ella, b. March 17, 1864.
8-185. Eliza, b. May 7, 1865.
7-247. LuciEN Denison Barnes, b. in Cortland, Mich.,
April II, 1847, m. Feb. 10, 1869, Mary E. Spencer. They
res. 1870, in Adich. One child:
8-186. George Martin, b. March 1, 1870.
7-250. Edwin Woodbury Barnes, farmer, b. in Verona,
Oneida Co., N. Y., Nov. 4, 1834, m. at Big Prairie, Newaygo
Co., Mich., Nov. 20, 1862, AUna Ermina French^ who was b.
in Tecumseh, Mich., 1843. He served three years during the
civil war as private and sergeant in the Fifth Regt. Mich.
Cavalry Vols. They res. 1870, at Big Prairie. Five children:
8-187. Eddie Augustus, b. 1863.
8-188. Ida Estelle, b. 1864.
8-189. ^I'na Edith, b. 1866.
8-190. Inez Adelle, b. 1868.
8-191. Burton Eugene, b. 1869.
' Son of Charles Tuttle (b. in Oneida Co., N. Y., June 22, 1807) and w. Harriet
Tuttle, m. April 10, 183 1 ; gr. son of Elam Tuttle (b. in Woodbridge, Ct., June
29, 1777) and w. Mary Scofield, m. May I, 1802; gt. gr. son of Uri Tuttle (b. in
Hamden, Ct., 1738), and w. Thankful Ives, m. 1764. Uri Tuttle was son of
Nathaniel and Mary ToJd Tuttle, of North Haven, Ct. ; gr. son of Nathaniel and
Esther Tuttle ; gt. gr. son of Jonathan and Rebecca Be// Tutile. Jonathan was fourth
child of Wm. and Elizabeth Tuttle of New Haven, the original emigrants. [Mem.
Chauncey Tuttle (b. Sept. 19, 177 1, son of Uri Tuttle, above named) m. Mrs.
Elizabeth Peck, and had a son Mansfield Tuttle who m. Mary Dawson, of ivAat
T^he 'Dawson Family. 105
7-251. Augustus Milton" Barnes, b. in Verona, Oneida
Co., N. Y., Sept. 16, 1836, m. at Otisco, Ionia Co., Mich.,
Oct. 19, 1868, Frances Chora Jndrews^-who was b. in Vergennes,
Kent Co., Mich., 1846. He served three years in the civil
war as a private in Co. F, Second Mich. Cavalry Vols., isa farmer,
and carpenter and joiner. They res. 1870, in Gratton, Kent
Co., Mich. No children.
7-253. Iram Curtis Barnes, farmer, b. in Verona, Oneida
Co., N. Y., April 15, 1843, m. in Cortland, Kent Co., Mich,,
Jan. 2, 1864, Charlotte Augusta Foote^ who was b. in Canastota,
Madison Co., N. Y., May 20, 1845. They res. 1873, '"
Cortland, Mich. Three children :
8-192. Carey Amanzo, b. Nov. lo, 1864.
8-193. Alfred Adelbert, b. April 20, 1866.
8-194. Sheridan Foote, b. Oct. 10, 1868.
7-261. Eunice Rebecca Homiston^ b. in Fond du Lac, Jan.
16, 1847, m. May i, 1865, John Brownell Johnson, who
was b. in Watertown, Wis., Nov. 18, 1841. He is a locomo-
tive engineer. They res. 1873, ^^ Winona, Minn, One child :
8—195. Edward Dwight, b. in Milwaukee, Wis., April 9, 1867.
7-268. Susan Delphine Doolittle^ b. in Bradford, Rock county.
Wis., Aug. 24, 1847, n^- ^" Candor, N. Y., Nov. 6, 1870,
James K. Polk Holly, who was b. in Candor, Feb. 15, 1845.
They res. 1873, ^" Candor. One child :
8-196. Charles Atherton, b, Marcli 8, 1872.
7-271. Sylvester Legrand Doolittle, b. in Danby, N.
Y., Jan. 21, 1845, "^' ^^ -^^^ Clair, Wis., Nov. 30, 1869,
Adelle Horrey^ who was b in Sparta, Wis., March 23, 1852,
dau. of George and Hattie Horrey. They res. 1873, ^^ Osh-
kosh. Wis, Two children :
8-197. Myrtle Leona, b. in Eau Clair, Jan. 31, 1871.
8-198. Frank Rea, b. in Milwaukee, May 31, 1873.
7-278. Mary Elizabeth Doolittle^ b, in Oswego, N. Y.,
Jan. 18, 1850, m. in Delavan, Wis., May i, 1870, Alexander
Hamilton Allyn, b. in Hartford, Ct., Sept. i, 1835, son of
Timothy M. and Susan Ann Allyn, of Hartford. They res.
1873, Delavan, Wis.
io6 T^he Dawson Family.
7-279. Florence Adelaide Doolittle^ b. in Oswego, N. Y.,
July 26, 1852, m. in Racine, Wis., May 4, 1869, Ralph
McDouGAL Rector, farmer, b. in Duanesburgh, N. Y.,
Oct. 25, 1835, son of Joseph a.nd Mary Jnn McDougal Rector.
They res. 1873, Walworth, Wis. One child:
8-199. Frances Leonora, b. Aug. 25, 1872.
7-291* Edwin Garrit Doud, farmer, b. in Freedom, O.,
Dec. 17, 1831, m. ist. in Nelson, O., April 10, 1853, 7^"^
Sperry,^ who was b. in Nelson, June 10,1 833, and d. in Freedom,
Feb. 28, 1854. They had one child :
8-200, Jane Sperry, b. in Freedom, O., Jan. 17, 1854, res. 1873,
Mr. D. m. 2d. in Edinburg, O., Aug. 20, 1854, Sarah A.
Foley ^ who was b. Oct. 28, 1832. They res. 1873, ^"^ Vassar,
Tuscola Co., Mich. Two children :
8-201. John Foley, b. in Vassar, June 6, 1856.
8-202. Frederick Samuel, b. in Denmark, Tuscola Co., June 6, 1861.
7-292. Henry Rhoads Doud, farmer, b. in Freedom, O.,
June 30, 1833, m. in Nelson, O., April 10, 1854, Parena
Knowlton^^ who was b. in Nelson, Feb. 8, 1833. They res.
1873, ^" Freedom ; three children, all b. in that town :
8-203. Willard Knowlton, b. April 8, 1855.
8-204. Julia Esther, b. Sept. 10, 1856.
8-205. Jessie Arvilla, b. Dec. 21, 1862.
7-293. Julia Maria Dawson^ b. in Vernon, O., Oct. 8,
1840, d. Feb. 7, i860, m. May 26, 1859, Henry Wanenaker.
They had one child :
8-206. Eva, b. March 20, i860, d. May i, 1864.
7-294. Albert Addison Dawson, b. in Fowler, O., Jan.
4, 1842, m. Dec. 27, 1866, Cornelia Ryan^ who was b. in
' Dau. of Thaddeus Sperry, farmer, (d. in Hastings, Mich., March 3, 1869) and
w. Sylvia Maria Landon (b. in State of N. Y., 1806, d. in Nelson, O., Sept. 30,
^ Dau. of Willard Robin Knowlton, farmer and banker, pres. of the Garrettsvllle
Savings Bank, (b. in Troy, N. Y., Dec. 6, 1800), and w. Hannah Ovilla Harrison
(b. in Cornwall, Ct., Nov. 11, 1805), m. March 29, 1827, in Nelson, O., where
they still reside (1871).
The Dawson Family. 107
Chagrin Falls, Cuyahoga Co., O., June 28, 1849. They res.
1870, in Concord, DeKalb Co., Ind. No children.
T-295. Ursula Amelia Dawson^ b. in Concord, Ind,, Dec.
20, 1845, n^- J""s i4i 1866, John Hamilton, who was b. in
Concord, April 28, 1841. They res. 1870, in Concord. One
8-207. Corel Lorenzo, b. Jan. 28, 1869.
7-300. Charlotte Jackson^ b. in Bazetta, O., Jan. 21, 1839,
m. Moses T. Scott, printer. They res. 1870, in Pittsburg,
Pa. Four children :
8-208. Elmer, b. 1862.
8-209. Myra, b. 1866.
8-210. John, b. 1868.
8-21 1. A son, b. 1870.
8-36. Sarah C. Williams^h. in Geneva, O., April 25, 1847,
m. in Jefferson, O., Feb. 18, 1868, Franklin J. Stone, who
was b. in Evans, Erie Co., N. Y., March 11, 1848. They
have (1871) one child :
9-1. Jesse F., b. in Evans, N. Y., Nov. 26, 1868.
8-61. Harriet Eliza Rogers^ b. in Chenango Forks, N. Y.,
May 9, 1843, "^- ^^y ^3? 1868, Rev. Isaac Mills Ely.
He was in 1869-71 pastor of the Presbyterian church at
Chenango Forks, and previously pastor of the Presbyterian
church at EUicottville, N. Y. In 1872 Mr. and Mrs. Ely
established at Chenango Forks a select family school for girls,
which has now entered on its second year, with every promise
of success and permanence. They have two children :
9-2. Emma Willard, b. in EUicottville, Feb. 3, 1869.
9-3. William Rogers, b. in Chenango Forks, Feb. 3, 1871.
8-62. Helen Mary Rogers, b. in Chenango Forks, N. Y.,
Nov. 8, 1845, m. Sept. 19, 1866, Hon. Jerome B. Landfield,
who was b. in Harvard, Delaware Co., N. Y., Nov. 6, 1827.
They res. 1873, '^ Newark Valley, Tioga Co., N. Y., where
he is extensively engaged in business as a tanner. He was a
member of the N. Y. state legislature, 1864, and was re-
io8 T^he Dawson Family.
elected, 1872. They have had two children, both b. in New-
9-4. [Landfield.] Henry Clark, b. May 5, i868, d. July 28, 1870.
9-5. Jerome Barker, b. May 7, 1871..
8-63, Grace Meloy Rogers, b. in Chenango Forks, N. Y.,
Jan. 28, 1848, m. Dec. 25, 1866, Robert D. Jillson, rail-
way ticket agent, who was b. in Cazenovia, N. Y., Oct. 6,
1828. They res. 1873, i'^ Hornellsville, N. Y. Three children :
9-6. Willard Rogers, b. in Chenango Forks, Oct. 24, 1867.
9-7. Eliza Chittenden, b. in Hornellsville, April 21, 1870.
8-117. Jennie Augusta Gray, b. in Fenton, N. Y., Dec. 18,
1854, m. July 19, 1871, Orrington Elmer Erskine, who
was b. in North Stoughton, Mass., Dec. 7, 1846, son of Robert
and Joanna Erskine. They res. 1873, in Binghamton, N. Y.
One child :
9-9. Robert Vernett, b. in Binghamton, July 22, 1873.
8-200. Jane Sperry Doud, b. in Freedom, O., Jan. 17,
1854, m. in Freedom, June 15, 1873, Frank P. Clark, miller,
who was b. in Nelson, Portage county, Ohio, Oct. 12, 1852.
They res. in Freedom.
Note. The foregoing record of the family of Robert Dawson contains of the
second generation, 2 names — first birth 1677, last death 1759 ; of the third genera-
tion, 13 names — first birth 17 16, last death 1799; of the fourth generation, lineally
descended from 6 of the third, 29 names — first birth 1742, last death 1840 ; of the
fifth generation, lineally descended from 10 of the fourth, 54 names — first birth
1766, two living in 1873 ; of the sixth generation, lineally descended from 23 of the
fifth, '142 names — first birth 1794, many living in 1873 ; of the seventh genera-
tion, lineally descended from 83 of the sixth, 332 names — first birth 1815 5 of the
eighth generation, lineally descended from 92 of the seventh, 211 names — first
birth 1 841 ; of the ninth generation, 9 names — first birth 1867. The average number
of children per family in the third generation was a fraction more than 6 ; in the
fourth generation a fraction less than five ; in the fifth generation a fraction more
than 5 ; in the sixth generation a fraction more than 6, —
ADDITIONS AND CORRECTIONS.
Page 23. W. of Titus Dawson (4-9). For Sybil Dennison read Sybil Denison.
Page 26. Children of John Daniel Smith (5-6). After 6-10, add: 6-iOi^.
Mary, b. July 6, 1817, m. March 6, 1838, John R. Dov/ner, b. June 20, 1805.
Two children : I. James R., b. Feb. i, 1839, m. Dec. 22, 1864, Margaret Ann
Herrick, and has three children, Frank H., b. Oct. 6, 1865, Edgar I., b. June 27,
1867, George Herbert, b. Aug. 29, 1873. II. Charles, b. May 14, 1844, m. Feb.
19, 1861, Helen Witman.
Page 35. Mary Diane Dawson (6-77) m. in Springfield, Mass., Jan. I, 1874,
Charles D. Pease. Res. Springfield.
Page 36. Children of John Dawson (5-21). Mary Ann (6-85), after b., for
May read March. Milton (6-86), after b., for March 28, read March I.
Page 41. Children of Joel Dawson Smith (6-10). John Daniel (7-12) m. at
Castleton, Dec. 21, 1863, Maggie Hudson; child, Joel D., 2d, b. Oct. 28, 1866.
William Peck (7-13) m. at Castleton, June 24, 1868, Georgiana Knowlton ;
child, William K., b. March 25, 1870. Charles Hyde (7-14) m. at Castleton,
Sept. 23, 1869, Hester J. Callanan ; child, Mary Grace, b. Sept. 15, 1871.
Page 42. Children of T. Reily Van Hoesen. For two read three, and add :
7-21A. Raymond, b. May 19, 1873.
Page 42. Note 2. For Elisha Fowler read Elihu Fowler.
Page 44. W. of William Holt Dawson (6-33). For Martha IVilmot read
Martha C. JVilmot.
Page 45. Child of William Holt Dawson (6-33). For Frances Emma (7-50)
read Frances Ermina.
Page 46. Children of Henry Shepard Dawson (6-34). For Henry Shepard
(7-56) read Henry Smith. Florence Irene (7-63), for b. Nov. 10 read b. Nov. 15.
Page 48. For Fullager (7-74), read Fullagar.
Page 50. Children of Frederick William Meloy (6-41). Anna (7-86), for
res. Great Valley, read res. Ellicottville. Charles Frederick (7-87), for res. Cuba
read res. Attica.
Page 50. Rev. Judah L. Richmond (6-42). For graduate of Hamilton College
read graduate of Madison University, Hamilton, N. Y., 1833. He was in the Bap-
tist ministry thirty-five years.
Page 51. Richmond. Frederick William (7-95), for res. Cleveland, read res.
Ai, Fulton Co. Katherine (7-96), for res. Goshen, Ind., read res. Brighton, Lorain
Page 51, note I, line 4. Res. of Lewis Keeler. For Greene read Union.
Page 54. Kinney. For Kate Eugenia (7-132) read Kate Luthera.
Page 57. Oliver Winston Dawson (6-57). In consequence of impaired health
Mr. Dawson resigned, in Nov., 1873, his clerkship in the General Ticket Office of
the Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana Railway Co. In accepting his resig-
nation the officers of that company testified in flattering terms to the fidelity and ef-
ficiency with which, during a clerkship of nearly twenty years, Mr. D. had discharged
the duties of his office.
Page 57. Timothy John Dawson (7-144), m. in Middletown, N. Y., April 28,
1874, Helen Alexander Dann, b. in Buffalo, N. Y., July 14, 1853, only dau. of
Henry A. and Mary Dann ; gr. dau. of Hon. J. C. Dann. Res. Toledo, O.
Page 58. Edward Sebried Dawson (6-58). For Robinson (first line), read
Robison. For E. S. Dawson & Co. (eighth line) read Dawson & Co. Striie out
(lines 17 and 18) is the oldest institution of the kind in Syracuse, and and insert was
chartered in 1855, and is.
Page 58. Edward Seymour Dawson (7-149) graduated, March 12, 1874, in the
College of Pharmacy, at Philadelphia, Pa., receiving the Alumni gold medal for
1 1 o The Dawson Family,
Page 62. Truman Rowley Colman (6-61), for b. Nov. 9, read b. Nov. 13 j
for twelve (ninth line) read thirteen.
Page 65. Children of Moses Beecher (6-67). Jessie Gumming (7-174), for
res. 1873, in Warren, read d. in Ellicottville, Aug. 30, 1853. Harry Downer (7-178),
for b. 1844 read b. 1864.
Page 66. For Richard Gary (6-70) read Richard L, Gary.
Page 67. W. of RoLLiN Laureat Dawson (6-71). Jant Elizahtth Lewis.
For b. Oct. 6 read b. March 2.
Page 67, note i. Pierce. For stone mason (1st line) read mason. For Ebene-
zer (2d line) read Eber. For Ebenezer (3d line) read Eber, and erase words in
Page 70. Milton Dawson (6-86). For b. March 28, read b. March i. After
Mary Ann Schofield, b. in Spencer, 1826, erase where she res. 1873, and add note:
She m. Oct. 6, 1872, Samuel Miller, of Wolcott, Wayne Co., N. Y.
Page 73. Children of Joel Carolus Doolittle (6-107). Sylvester Legrand
(7-271), for b. Jan. 21, read b. Jan. 31. Emma Elizabeth (7-274), for b. April
I 5 read b. April 22.
Page 74. Julia Josephine Doolittle (7-283) m. April 14, 1872, Newton G.
Abbott; res. 1873, Dover, Fayette Co., Iowa.
Page 78. Charles Clapp Fuller (6-140). For res. Cumberland township,
Greene Co., Pa., read res. Brownsville, Union Co., Pa.
Page 79. Children of Benajah Hervey Douglass (7-25). John Francis (8-9)
m. Sept. II, 1873, Annie Leffingwell Blake, b. Aug. 14, 1850, dau. of Philos
Howard Blake and w. Mary Woodbridge Hudson. For Benajah Holt (8-12) read
B enajah Hervey.
Page 79. ViNus Alling (7-26). For b. 1819 read b. 1809.
Page 79, Chester Holt Douglass (7-28). For b. Dec. 12 read b. Dec. 10.
Page 80. Benjamin Hulbert Roberts (7-29), b. Jan. 27, 1828.
Page 80. W. of William Bradley Douglass (7-30). For Martha Norton
read Martha Lodema Morton.
Page 80. Rev. Solomon Johnson Douglass (7-31). For Samuel H. Eliot read
Samuel H. Elliot. For Eliot Chester (8-24), read Elliot Chester.
Page 84. Child of Edward Walter Dawson (7-51). For Mary Lilia (8-51)
ead Mary Leila.
Page 85. W. of Theodore'Simeon Rogers (7-73). For Harriet Nacissa John-
son read Harriet Narcissa Johnson,
Page 86. For Langley Fullager (7-74) read Langley Fullagar.
Page 88. Children of Theodore Richmond (7-91). After 9-96 add 9-96^.,
Chester Dawson, b. in Chattanooga, Tenn., March 15, 1874,
Page 98. Samuel James Gifford (7-162). Erase insurance agent.
Page 99. After David Gibbs Alling (7-167), erase the words one child; also
erase the line following.
Page 102. Child of Myron Havillah Dawson (7-221). For Sidney (8-168)
read Sidney Myron.
Page 102. Erase note i.
Page 103. Child of Wallace Adelbert Morse (7-236). For Hattie Viola
(8-176) read Hattie Estella, b. Jan. 4, 1872.
Page 105. Sylvester Legrand Doolittle (7-271). For b. Jan. 21 read b.
Jan. 31. For Adelle Horrey read Adelle Har-vey. For Hattie Horrie read Hattie
Page 106. Child of Edwin Garrit Doud (7-291). Jane Sparry (8-200), for
res. Freedom read res. Nelson.
Page 107. Rev. Isaac Mills Ely (8-61). For Presbyterian church at Chenango
Forks read Congregational church at Chenango Forks.
Page 108. Childof Robert D.Jillson (8-63). After 9-8 read Robert Falkner.
Page 108. Robert Vernett Erskine (9-9), the last child named in the foregoing
record, is the youngest of five generations now living, viz. : himself, mother (8-1 17),
grandmother (7-135), great grandmother (6-54), and great great grandmother
(5-17). May he live to see his great great grand children !
Additions and Corrections. 1 1 1
1 1 2 'The 'Dawson Family.
Abbott, Newton C, no.
Aldrich, Simeon, 30.
Ailing, David Gibbs, 99, no.
Vinus, 79, no.
Allyn, Alexander Hamilton, 105.
Barnes, Abel, 36.
Augustus Milton, 105.
Edwin Woodbury, 104.
Horace Lamotte, 104.
I ram Curtis, 105.
John Milton, 104.
Lucien Denison, 104.
Barrett, Patrick, 96.
Bartholomew, Harvey, 89.
Barton, Isaac, 26.
Bates, Edward Francis, 93.
Emilias Ahira, 55.
William Rufus, 94.
Beecher, Charles Mortimer, 65.
Moses, 33, 65, no.
William Henry, 65.
Bissell, Henry W., 52.
Brett, Joseph, 82.
Button, Asa Phelps, 68.
Asa Wesley, loi.
Calaway, James, 43, 81.
Orestes Hawley, 82.
William Holt, 81.
Candee, William Eber Buff, 99.
Carpenter, Isaac, 40.
John W., 78.
Lucas S., 40.
Gary, Richard L., 66, no.
Catlin, John Woodruff, 83.
Chedsey, Isaac, 21.
Clark, Frank P., 108.
Coburn, Leman David, 56.
Colman, Albert Emilius, 95.
Truman Rowley, 62, no.
William Truman, 98.
Davenport, Charles W., 92.
Davis, Hiram H., 103.
Dawson, Addison, 76.
Albert Addison, 106.
Augustus Edward, 84.
Charles Carroll, 58.
Charles Ryle, lOO.
David Derastus, 67.
Edward Sebried, 57, 109.
Edward Walter, 83, no.
Elizur Andrus, 35.
Elliott Marshall, 52.
Franklin Tuttle, 84.
George Smith, loi.
George Wallace, 84.
Harmon Jackson, 1 00.
Henry Shepard, 45, 109.
Hermon Frederick, 73.
James Denison, 38.
James Harmon, 39.
James Monroe, 42.
Joel, 21, 26.
Joel J., 41.
John, 14, 18, 35, 102, 109.
John James, 100.
Lee De Forest, 93.
Lucien Augustus, 67.
Lucius Roberts, 54.
Milton, 70, no.
Myron Havillah, 102, no.
Oliver Winston, 56, 109.
Rollin Laureat, 66, no.
The Dawson Family.
(Dawson), Seth Warren, 103.
Sidney Holt, 84.
Thomas, 15, Z7.
Thomas Holt, 46.
Timothy John, 30, 109.
Titus, 23, 37, 109.
William A., 69.
William Henry, 83.
William Holt, 44, 109.
Doolittle, Egbert Denison, 74.
James Austin, 74.
Joel Carolus, 73, no.
Sylvester Legrand, 105, no.
William Young, 73.
Doud, Ahimas, 75.
Edwin Garrit, 106, no.
Henry Rhoads, 106.
Douglass, Benajah Hervey, 79, no.
Chester Holt, 79, no.
George Walter, 79.
John Francis, no.
Solomon Johnson, 80, no.
William Bradley, 80, no.
Downer, Charles, 109.
James R., 109.
John R., 109.
Downs, David, 17.
Dresser, Elijah, 51.
Harlan Cephas, 90.
Gainer, Barton, 102.
Gates, Melvln Monroe, 103.
German, Isaac, 69.
Gilford, Samuel James, 98, no.
Goodwin, Charles, 92.
Grannis, Samuel, 20.
Gray, Isaac John, 93.
Hagaman, James, 86.
Hagar, Joseph, 39.
Hall, Earl Stimpson, 102.
Hamilton, John, 107.
Hart, Axford, 100.
Hobart, John, 68.
Holly, James K. Polk, 105.
Homiston, Forbes, 72.
Howd, Joseph, 25.
Huff, Lawrence, 84.
Hyde, Warren, 26.
Jackson, John, 75.
Jacobs, George Henry, 47.
Jillson, Robert D., 108, no.
Johnson, John Brownell, 105.
Leonard Melancthon, 90.
William Holt, 81.
Keeler, Charles Egbert, 51.
Keyser, Emanuel Hersha, 103.
Kinney, Frederick Avery, 53.
Ely, Isaac Mills, 107, no.
Erskine, Orrington Elmer, 108.
Evans, George Hosford, 53.
Farnsworth, Edgar, 37,
Flaningdon, William, 73.
Fowler, Elihu, 42, 109.
Fox, Chester Dawson, 102,
Milton Dawson, 102.
William John, loi.
Franks, William Franklin, 78.
Fullagar, Langley, 86, no.
Fuller, Abel, 24.
Abel Barton, 39.
Alvah Bogardus, 78.
Charles Clapp, 78, no.
Edward Allen, 89.
Jacob Cornwell, 77.
John Stubbs, 77.
Ransom R., loi.
Robert Cornwell, 78.
Landfield, Jerome B., 107.
Luddington, Eliphalet, 25.
Manning, Isaac, 39.
Martin, George, 73.
Mastin, Lucius, 70.
Meloy, Charles Frederick, 88.
Frederick William, 49, 109.
Henry, 28, 49.
John Willard, 87.
Samuel Henry, 87.
William Augustus, 87.
Mercereau, Charles Bartholomew, 90.
Morse, Barzillia, 44.
Edgar Loraine, 70.
Henry Shepard, 82.
Wallace Adelbcrt, 103, no.
Moulthrop, Joseph, 25.
Nealc, RoUin W., 83.
Nickerson. Abel, loi.
Parker, George Wellington
Parsons, Arthur, 92.
Clifford Dawson, 91
Norton C, 52.
Pease, Charles D., J 09.
Peck, John, 41.
Perkins, Charles Russell, 92.
Russell B., 52.
Perrin, William, 103.
Pooley, William Edward, 89.
Potter, Israel, 20.
Prentice, Chester, 71.
Prescott, John, 30.
Rector, Ralph McDougal, 106.
Rhoads, William Frederick, 78,
Rice, Stephen, 77.
Richmond, Charles Henry, 89.
Judah L., 50, 109.
Theodore, 88, no.
Rider, George Milford, 88.
Roberts, Benjamin Hulbert, 80, no.
Rogers, George William, 86.
Henry Augustus, 85.
John Barker, 47.
Norman Stevens, 86.
Theodore Simeon, 85, no.
Rossiter, Daniel, 91.
Scott, Moses T., 107.
Severn, John, 39.
Sigourney, Albert Marshall, 92.
Sill, Charles Delos, 98.
Delos Enoch, 63.
Skinner, Peter Van Rensselaer, 64.
Slocum, Daniel D., loi.
Smith, Charles Hyde, 109.
Harlan S., loo.
Isaac N., 79.
Joel Dawson, 41, 109.
John Daniel, 26, 109.
Merit Dawson, 85.
William Peck, 109.
Spear, Tunis, 77.
Stephens, William, 72.
Stone, Franklin J., 107.
Thomas, Louis Davies, 88,
Tuttle, Christopher, 28.
Van Buren, James Henry, 95.
Van Hoesen, T. Reily, 42, 109.
Van Slyke, Peter H., 26.
Van Valkenburgh, Jeremiah, 26.
Vroman, Peter, 69.
Walker, Gilbert Buchanan, 76.
Wanenaker, Henry, 106.
Warner, Elias, 41.
Way, Jerome, 79.
Werdon, Charles Lorenzo, loi.
Howland Sherman, 68.
Whittlesey, Theodore Hinsdale, 5
Williams, Harden Chauncey, 82.
Wilson, Allen, 85.
Woodruff, John, 72.
Orson P., 92.
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