Early in the sixteenth century (1520) the Clan McDarmid, or McDavid, was prominent in the Highlands of Scotland, and in 1560 the county of Dingwall, Scotland, was settled by the descendants of this Clan. From this stock sprung Nicholas, son of Malcolm of Dingwall, the ancestor of this family in America. Nicholas, b. about 1580, upon reaching manhood, early in the seventeenth century, found his way to Lynn, England, where he married, and had, among other children, a son, Nicholas, born in 1611, the emigrant who came to America about 1630 as the agent for Governor Craddock.
Nicholas Davison, Davidson, or Davisson, as in his will his name is spelled three different ways, m. Joan Hodges.
Daniel, b. at Charlestown, Mass., 8 April, 1639.
(Middlesex County B. & M. Book.)
Vol. I., p. 113, Dated 1656.
Mr. Nicholas Davison presented to the Court by the Troopers of the county and elected and chosen to be the Cornett of their Troop.
The following are extracts from Massachusetts Bay records :
Massachusetts Bay Records, Vol. I.
"Edward Saunders being sick at Piscataqua, Nicholas Davison had till next court to bring him, March 5th, 1639.
(DECREE OF COURT IN MYSTIC BRIDGE CASE.)
Oct. 27, 1648. – In answer to the petition of Nico. Davison in the behalfe of Mrs. Cradocke for the repayving & Mayntayning of Misticke bridge by the Country, the sd. Mr. Davison being sent for the evidence he can give having been herd & examined with the records of the Generall Court it appears that though the Generall Court did engage for an exempt from rates for that yeare & finishing the same on theire owne charges which accordingly hath ben pformed; but it appears not that in the least the Generall Court did ingage to the repayving thereof the court being satisfied with the records doe order that the sd Misticke bridge henceforth shall not by the country any way be repayved & that the passage for Travillers shol be over the ford which is above the bridge. And further, for the preventing future charge about bridges & high ways it is ordered that all bridges & high ways in the limitts of the severall townships that now are or hereafter shall be by the severall townes in whose limitts such bridges & high wayes are by them made, repayved & mayntayned. By both.
(4) To Jacob Hurd land near house of D. b'd W. by highway between said land and T. Barber and D. D.; also between said land and J. Jones', E. by D. N. & S. forty feet; also land in Boston 1676-7 recorded, ______
(5) Sold S. Blancherd lot 1677.
(6) To. N. Carey, Marsh lot 1679.
(7) Granted four commons 1681.
(8) " 14 acres – se 2 pole way.
S. W. Joseph Lynde; N. W. Richard Sprague, Jacob Green; N. E. A. Ludkins, 1685.
(9) To John & Samuel Phillips, 6 acres swamp being four commons. South side of Mystic bridge, S. E. John Monsall; S. W. Capt. Wheeler; N. E. R. Lowden; N. W. S. Carter, 1682.
(10) To Theophilus Ivory, lot N. E. John Jones 66; S. E. D. D. and J. Hurd. 80: S. W. street N. W. J. Lynde.
(11) To E. Bromfield, house 1704.
(12) To J. Lynde, 14 acres pasture, 2d. div. in lieu of four commons between Charlestown & Mystic bridge 4th range; S. J. L.; W. John Cutler; N. E. Phillips 1705.
(13) To J. Lynde, one-half of wharf and deck 1707.
(14) To John Ashbury, 1712 (Essex Records).
1. Daniel, s. of Nicholas, b. 8 April 1639, m. Ipswich, Mass., 8 April, 1657, Margaret, dau. of Thomas and Susannah Low of Ipswich. Will dated 5 Dec., 1693.
Children2. John, b. October, 1657; died 22 Nov., 1657.
3. Margaret, b. at Ipswich, 24 Sept., 1658. Was living at the date of her grandfather Low's will, 1677.
4. Sarah, b. Ipswich, 30 March, 1660; prob. m. ______ Safford.
5. Daniel, [b. on/aft 1661], m. 28 June, 1685, Sarah Dodge
6. William, [b. on/aft 1661], m. abt. 1692, Mary ______
7. Peter, [b. on/aft 1661], m. 6 Jan., 1695, Ann Morgan
8. Thomas, m. 18 Nov., 1695, Hannah Tracy; bap. 1 Oct., 1699.
9. John, [b. on/aft 1661], Ipswich, Mass.
10. Bridget, [b. on/aft 1657]
11. Dorcas, [b. on/aft 1657]
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5. Daniel, s. of Daniel & Margaret Low, m. 28 June, 1685, Sarah Dodge. She was living on 19 April, 1711. His will (Probate Records New London, Book A. p. 46), dated 25 June, 1706, Adm. of est. of Daniel Davison of Stonington, dec. to widow Sarah Davison and brother Peter Davison. Division of Est. 11 Jan., 1717. In 1706 age of the children was given as follows: Sarah, age 20; Mercy, age 18, died before 1717; Daniel, age 16; Josiah, age 14; Andrew, age 11; Hepsibah. age 6; Mary, age 3.
Children12. Sarah, b. 26 March, 1686.
13. Daniel, b. 23 March, 1690; m. prob. 1726, Sarah Plummer.
14. Andrew, b. 1695; m. 29 Jan., 1723-4, Rebecca Cheeseborough.
15. Josiah, b. 1692.
16. Mercy, b. 1688; d. before 1717.
17. Hepsibah, b. 1700.
18. Mary, b. 1703.
19. Mercy (?), [b. on/aft 1685]
6. William, s. Daniel & Margaret Low, b. at Ipswich, Mass. He married about 1692, Mary ____, settled at Ipswich and died Jany. 16, 1728, at the Hamlet ( Hamblett) Parish in that town. His name appears among the petitioners for a church at Ipswich in 1712; had been in habit of going to Wenham; "too far." Four children are recorded in the town records:
20. Mary, b. Sept. 23, 1693; probably m. John Hooker, or John Claflin, recorded Oct. 16, 1728.
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7. Peter, s. of Daniel & Margaret Low, carpenter, b. at Ipswich; m. some say Ann ____ of Preston, while others Ann
Cross, but who married Ann Morgan as seen from the following from Town Records of Preston, Vol. IV., p. 244, dated 8 July, 1726:
24. Daniel, b. 3 March, 1697.
From Conn. Col. Rec, Vol, VII., p. 57, dated 14 July, 1726: Petition of Ann Davison, widow of Peter Davison, and Daniel Davison, to the assembly, that Peter Davison, an idiot son of Peter Davison, is in a perishing condition at Mansfield and that Ann Davison could not afford to support him (a doubt as to place of last legal settlement), and Daniel Davison was authorized to care for him till next Assembly. P. 71. Daniel Davison demands pay for the support of Peter, the idiot, and the assembly orders Peter to be taken to Norwich, where he was born, and left with selectmen and cared for, 1726.
29. Paul, b. 5 April, 1711.
8. Thomas, s. of Daniel & Margaret Low, m. 18 Nov., 1695, Hannah Tracy, b. at Norwich, Ct., 8 July, 1697. From Preston Ch. Rec, : Thomas Davidson renewed covenant 25 Dec., 1698.
From Preston Town Rec, Vol. IV., p. 259, dated 18 Oct., 1726: Hannah Davison, widow of Thomas Davison, of Preston, dec. for 15£ sells to Jonathan Tracy land Preston Ch. He married Nov. 8, 1695, Hannah Tracy, eldest daughter of Jonathan Tracy and Mary Griswold of the latter place, and afterwards of Preston. This Mary Griswold, b. 8/26, 1656, at Saybrook, Conn., was second daughter of Lieut. Francis Griswold, one of the original proprietors of Norwich. He and his four brothers, Matthew Griswold, who settled at Lyme; Thomas Griswold, who remained in England; George Griswold, who settled in Simsbury; and Edward Griswold, who settled at Killingsworth, Conn., were born in England, and were sons of Edward Griswold of Kenilworth in Warwickshire. Lieut. Francis Griswold settled at Saybrook, where his four eldest children were born, and removed to Norwich in 1660, where he died Oct., 1661, and where his five youngest children were born.
32. Jonathan, bap. at Preston, 25 Dec., 1698.
9. John, s. of Daniel and Margaret Low, of Ipswich, d. Nov. 1735 (Will dated 2 Oct., 1732; son John Jr., Executor), willed to son John real estate and personal property, with instructions to pay unto other children, viz.: Ebenezer, £60 in five years; Hobakuk, £60 as soon as of age; Martha Conant, £5; Mary Clofton, £5. (Probate Papers of Salem Mass.)
39. John, [b. on/aft 1714], m. 10 April, 1734, Hannah Sofferd; d. 1777.
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13. Daniel, s. of Daniel & Sarah Dodge, b. 23 March, 1690; m. (prob. 1726) Elizabeth Plummer; d. 1745.
From Stonington Deeds, Vol. II., p. 463. 19 April, 1711 Daniel Davison, eldest son of Daniel of Stonington, deceased, sells for 30£ to John Meech of Preston land in Stonington, part of father's land north end bounded by John Parks, Thomas Parks, Goodman Lamb, " my mother living."
Stonington Deeds, Vol. 2, p. 357, dated 6 Jan., 1701-2: Daniel Davison of Ipsedg of the Mass. Colony for 20£ silver buys a hundred acres of land in Stonington of Samuel Parks of Preston, bounded by Thomas Parks, Jr. and Capt. Denison, John Parke. Witnesses Thomas Davison, Ezekiel Parke and Dorothy Parke.
44. William, bap. 13 Aug., 1727.
14. Andrew, s. of Daniel & Sarah Dodge, m. at Stonington, 29 Jan., 1723-4, Rebecca dau. of Elisha & Rebecca (Mason) Cheeseborough; d. 1727. From Town Rec. Stonington.
From Stonington Rec, Vol. III., p.333, dated 30 March, 1720: Andrew Davison of Stonington, for 28£ 10s. sells to Peter Yarrington of Stonington land bounded by my brother Josiah as divided and set out by Court of Probate, father deceased.
51. Rebecca, 20 Aug., 1734.
15. Josiah, s. of Daniel & Sarah Dodge. From Stonington Deeds, Vol. III., p. 130, dated April, 1715: Josiah Davison of Southhold L. I. yeoman, for 20£ sells to John Starkweather of Stonington, 40 acres in Stonington, southeast corner of the piece my brother Daniel sold to John Meech of Preston to dividing line between me and my youngest brother as set out by Court of Probate, father now deceased.
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(He may have had children, but have been unable to find any record. – Compiler.)
The following taken from Salmon Rec. of Southhold, L. I., at the Albany State Library: Died 5 Nov. 1751, Henry Davison of Southold, L. I.
24. Daniel, s. of Peter and Ann Morgan, b. 3 March 1697, m. 7 March, 1721, Martha Babcock.
52. Daniel, b. 31 Nov., 1721.
26. Joseph, s. Peter and Ann Morgan; b. 20 Jan., 1703; d. 21 July, 1757. Buried in old burying ground, Brooklyn, Ct, m. 21 Feb. 1729 Mary Warren, or Warner, b. 1709. d. 4/17/1777, buried in Brooklyn, Ct. and settled at Pomfret. See Pomfret Ct. Ch. Rec.
The early records of the Society of Mortlake and of the township of Brooklyn show that Joseph was prominent in its ecclesiastical and secular affairs. He was a member of the committee chosen to secure the incorporation of the township. In 1756 "Dea Davison" was a member of a committee of five to hear complaints and apply the discipline of the church and this committee was soon called to sit in judgment upon one of their own numbers who was charged with drinking to excess in the house of "Captain Putnam," the "old Put" of Bunker Hill and of the Revolution.
(1886) E. H. Davison.
Note. – He does not mean to omit reference to other brothers, except on account of want of acquaintance.
The following is a copy of the inscriptions on the tombstones in the old burial ground south of Brooklyn Village, obtained from E. H. Davison of New Britain, Conn.
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The stones are of common trap rock, but are in a good state of preservation :
" In lettering the stones there was not room for the 'd' of 'ground' and the 'on' of 'Davison', so they were placed above the line as in the above copy."
56. Joseph, b. 26 Dec., 1730; m. 5 Jan., 1757, Lydia Goodell.
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27. Captain William, s. of Peter and Ann Morgan, of Norwich, Conn., b. 15 March, 1705; m. at Pomfrct, Ct., Aug. 13, 1735, Mary Cady ( dau. of Jonathan & Hannah), b. 14 Oct., 1718, and settled there. Mary and Joanna were twins, b. 14 Oct., 1718 (see Canterbury Rec). Mary m. William Davison (see Pomfret Rec); Joanna m. 9 March, 1738, Seth Sabin ( Pomfret Rec).
67. William, b. Aug 9, 1737.
William, Barzillai, Alpheus, Oliver, and Mary were baptized at Brooklyn, March 29, 1747. On the same occasion a daughter of " Israel Putnam " named Elizabeth was baptized.
29. Paul, s. Paul & Ann Morgan, b. 5 April, 1711: d. Newton, N. J., 20 Aug., 1751; m. Aug. 30, 1733, Abiol Phelps, daughter of Benjamin and Deborah Phelps, by whom he had three children, probably born at Mansfield, Conn. He married May 7, 1747, Deborah Wright, and had by her two children, of whom Ebenezer Wright was appointed guardian at his death.
Children by First Marriage.
74. Oliver, b. June 17, 1734; m. 7 Feb., 1754, Eunice Spaulding.
Children by Second Marriage.
77. Abiol, b. March 2, 1748 (probably gave name after first wife).
Deborah, the second wife of Paul Davison, m. 16 Jan., 1753, Aaron Younglove.
32. Jonathan of Preston and Norwich, s. of Thomas and Hannah Tracy. Bap. at Preston, Ct., 25 Dec., 1698 : m. Keziah Parke, dau. of Robert and Mary (?) Parke. From Preston Ch. Rec.
79. Jonathan, [b. on/aft 1716], m. Hannah Billings
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Norwich Probate Rec, Vol., 1, p.254, Jan. 23, 1753 : Will of Jonathan Davison of Preston, wife Keziah, children : Jonathan, Keziah, Mary, Hannah, Margrey (minor), Cypron (minor), Samuel (minor), Thomas.
Preston Town Rec, Vol. IV., p.435, dated 4 Oct., 1728: Jonathan Davison of Preston sells to brother-in-law Hezekiah Parke of Preston, land laid out to Robert Parke of Preston, dec. Keziah Davison, now wife of Jonathan Davison one of the daughters of Robert Parke. Vol. V., p. 276, dated 6 June, 1743 • Jonathan and Keziah Davison, wife, of Preston, sells to Hezikiah Parke land of mother Mary Parke who bought of Thomas Parke, father Robert Parke.
33. Thomas, settled at Pomfret, Ct. s. of Thomas & Hannah Tracy. Bap. 7 March, 1703; d. about 1750 or 51; m. 31 Aug., 1726, Lydia, dau. of Stephen Herrick of Beverly, Mass. Preston Ch. Rec.
89. Andrew, b. 17 June, 1727; d. 15 Feb., 1784; m. Eunice Kimball.
34. John, s. of Thomas & Hannah Tracy. Bap. 10 July, 1709. Preston Church Records. M. 5 Feb., 1736, Elizabeth Babcock. Preston Town Rec.
97. Elizabeth, bap. 22 Jan., 1737.
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36. Samuel, s. of Thomas and Hannah Tracy. Bap. 16 Oct., 1716. Preston Ch. Rec. Was living at Preston, date of Roger Billings' deed to him 10 July, 1739, recorded in records of that town. Vol. V., p. 70, dated 1737-8. Samuel Davison sells to Thomas Davison of Preston land Preston bounded by Abial Benjamin & Benjamin & Jonathan Davison.
39. John,' s. of John,' m. 1st, 10 April, 1734, Hannah Sofferd; m. 2d, 2 May, 1739, Eliz. Coburn.
Children by First Marriage.
101. Hannah, b. 26 Jan., 1734-5.
By Second Marriage.
103. Samuel, b. 25 Jan., 1739-40.
40. Ebenezer, s. of John, b. at Ipswich; m. Sarah _____, settled at Dudley.
106. Sarah, b. Jan. 1, 1736-7, at Dudley.
41. Hobakuk, of Dudley, Mass., b. Ipswich, 7 Aug., 1715; m. (Thompson Ch. Rec.) 2 Feb., 1764, Eliz. Merrill. May have had children.
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56. Joseph, s. of Joseph & Mary Warner, b. 26 Dec., 1730; m. Jan. 5, 1757, Lydia Goodell (b. April 7, 1736; d. March 5, 1822), and settled at Pomfret, where seven children were born. He died Aug. 31, 1808. The village church records of Brooklyn, Ct., mention the employment, 1766, of Joseph' to repair the church, from which I conclude he was a joiner by trade.
112. Joseph, b. 3 Sept., 1757; d. 24 Feb., 1841; m. 21 Nov., 1784, Lydia Clark.
58. John, s. of Joseph & Mary Warner, b. 1 Nov., 1734; married Jan. 6, 1757, Mehitable, dau. of William & Susannah (Chandler) Sabin ( Pomfret Ch. Rec.), by whom he had three children, probably at Ashford, and afterward settled at Morrison, Mass., where others were born. He moved shortly before his death to Otsego, N. Y., the home of one or more of his sons. One Newton, a descendant by a daughter, lived on old housestead at Morrison in 1887. He died Dec. 29, 1815, and was buried at Hardwick, N. Y. Admitted to Ch. John & Mehitable, 19 March, 1758 ( Pomfret Ch. Rec). His wife was schoolmate of Israel Putnam, whose daring she delighted to relate when she was ninety years of age. Hist. Windham, Ct., Vol. II., p. 1, Dec., 1760: William Sabin, John Davison, and others were the horse-branders of the town of Pomfret.
119. Nathan, b. (Preston Town Rec.) 4 Nov., 1757; bap. Pomfret. 19 March, 1758.
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Inscriptions taken from tombstone over John Davison's grave at Hardwick, N. Y. :
Mr. John Davison, died Dec 29th, 1815, 82 years old.
Over his wife's grave :
Mrs. Mehitable Davison died Feb. 28th, 1829 in the
60. Peter, b. 15 May, 1739 (Joseph & Mary Warner), married (Canterbury Town Rec.) April 28, 1768, Abigail Woodward (b. April 4, 1743; d. March 28, 1791), daughter of Deacon Thomas Woodward. He died May 4, 1800 (old style) and was buried on what was then his farm in west part of Brooklyn, Conn. He was a captain in the Revolutionary War. E. H. Davison says he has the commission signed by Jonathan Trumbull in 1776 as Colonel Governor of Conn. He and his wife were admitted to Brooklyn Church Dec. 9, 1770.
Capt. Peter m. 2nd, 6 Nov., 1791, Mrs. Susannah Weaver.
The following is a copy of the inscriptions from the tombstones in the family burial lot of Peter Davison, which is located in the west part of Brooklyn, Ct., on what was then his farm, known as " Ram's Head." In this little burial ground, which is enclosed by a substantial stone wall, are several other graves.
Children by First Marriage.
125. Ebenezer, b. Oct. 17, 1769; d. March, 1800. Probate Rec, Plainfield, p. 706 : Peter D., guardian to Diadema D., dau. Ebenezer D., she of Springfield, age 6.
Child by Second Marriage.
132. Abigail, b. 27 Dec., 1795; d. 18 Feb., 1874.
62. Phinehas, b. 27 March, 1743 (Deacon Joseph and Mary Warner); m. Dec. 21, 1775, Martha Gary, and had 6 children; born at Pomfret. Phinehas is said to have been a man of considerable literary attainments.
133. Elizabeth, bap. 30 Oct., 1776.
Phinehas and Martha admitted to full communion 25 Aug., 1766. Brooklyn Ct. Ch. Rec.
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64. Daniel, nail maker and farmer (Joseph and Mary Warner); b. June 14th, 1748, at Mortlake, Ct., m. 20 Nov., 1777, Catherine Davis of Oxford, Mass. (see Davis Genealogy, pp. 50 and 141 (b. Oxford, Mass., March 12, 1748; d at Brooklyn, Ct., Dec. 9, 1807), and settled at Brooklyn, Ct., where he engaged in farming and blacksmithing, or "nail making" as one authority gives it. To them were born eight children. (Chloe P. Davison writes that his prayer was that his descendants might serve God as long as the grass grew or the rivers ran, which he thinks has been generally fulfilled to the present.) He seems, like his fathers, to have been a man of pious and upright character and to have made an effort to perpetuate his principles. He died in January, 1830.
139. Hezekiel, b. Dec. 25, 1778; bap. Aug. 20, 1780; d. Jan. 30, 1799. at sea (seaman); no issue.
1. Catherine D., b. Nov. 3, 1813, at Pomfret; m. Dec. 30, 1832, Ezra Kergwin, a farmer. Settled at Griswold, Ct.
John Howe married for second wife Melinda Davison, youngest sister of his first wife [Mary, or Polly], but this union produced no issue.
144. Hannah, b. June 23, 1787; bap. July 1, 1787; d. Nov. 6, 1862. She joined the Enfield Shakers, with whom she lived.
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66. Paul (Brooklyn Ct. Rec. bap. 12 May, 1752) (Joseph & Mary Warner), m. Sarah Hyde, 6 Nov. 1775 by Rev. Josiah Whitney. He was admitted to Brooklyn Church the same day his first child was baptized. This child's birth is recorded at Pomfret. The baptisms of three children are recorded at Brooklyn, Ct.
148. "Nabby" ( Pomfret Town Rec.) b. June 4, 1777; bap. June 15, 1777, Brooklyn, Ct.
67. William, s. of William and Mary Cady, b. 9 Aug., 1737; bap. 29 March, 1747; m. Hannah ______.
152. Sally, [b. on/aft 1793].
Norwich Land Rec. Vol. XXXIV. p. 212, dated Nov. 1804: Benjamin Snow and Hannah Davison, adm. to estate of Capt. William Davison of Norwich dec. and guardian to Sally, Lydia, Nathaniel, William, Mariah, and Gurdon Davison, children of William, dec. sell to Barzillai Davison of Norwich land and dwelling in Chelsea, adjoining 2nd and 3rd St.
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Norwich Land Rec. Vol. XLIV, p. 336, dated 29 March 1834: William Davison of Windham and Gurdon Davison of New York City, brothers and joint heirs (as is supposed) in common with our sister Ann Maria Spaulding, to the one-fourth part of sundry lots of land and houses originally belonging to our grandfather the late Mr. Barzillai Davison, dec. (in part) and to our Uncle the late Capt. Erastus Davison, dec. which by the late death of Nancy Davison ( dau. of the sd. Erastus Davison and only heir) reverts back to the Davison family, which is situated in the city and town of Norwich &c. for $200 quitclaim to Simeon Hubbard of Norwich, all rights in the old mansion and lot of Barzillai Davison Sr. situate betw. Kinney's Hotel and the mansion house of Judge Lanman– shares in proprietors school house and two houses and land near Davison's mill– the brick house built by Barzillai Davison the younger and lately improved by his family, and all other lands.
Witness: Walter Lester, Jos. Williams, John H. Wyman, Jas. Van Tassel.
68. Barzillai, s. of William & Mary Cady; b. Jan. 28. 1740; m. Hannah or Margaret Morse; sea captain in the East India service; confirmed by Bishop Seabury at Christ Church, Norwich, Ct., 19 Sept. 1789; d. at Norwich, 23 May, 1828 (See Hist. Norwich, Ct.).
158. Hannah, bap. 20 May, 1770, sponsers Oliver & Mrs. Oliver Davison.
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Subscribers to Church Support; 3 Feb., 1761, William Davison, 1s.; 12 June, 1766, Barzillai Davison, 4s.; 2 March, 1768, for ordination of Rev. John Tyler, Jr. : Barzillai Davison, 10s.; Alpheus Davison, 5s.; William Davison, 10s.; Oliver Davison, 4s. 6d.
69. Oliver, s. of William & Mary Cady, b. 17 May, 1742; bap. 29 Mar, 1747, m. Hannah or Anna.
167. Philena, bap. 20 May, 1770; sponsers, Barzillai Davison & wife.
(From Christ Church, Norwich, Ct.).
From Land Rec. Norwich, Ct., Vol. XX., p. 189, dated 6 Nov, 1777: Oliver Davison of Norwich, brother of Alpheus Davison of Norwich, land Chelsea, bounded by my father William Davison. P. 184, dated 1774: Gresham Breed to William, Oliver & Alpheus Davison, land Chelsea, 13 acres bounded by Uriah Hosmer, dec Brooklyn, Ct. Land Rec. Vol. I., dated 6 Feb. 1779: Oliver Davison of Norwich to Benj. Cady of Canterbury, land Pomfret.
70. Alpheus, s. of William & Mary Cady, b. 17 May, 1746; m. Jane or Abigail _______; d. about 1785.
170. Absalom, bap. private, 26 May, 1776.
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Stonington Deeds Book, Vol. IV. p. 176: Absolom Davison, son of Capt. Alpheus Davison of Norwich, dec. a minor, chooses Barzillai Davison guardian.
74. Oliver, s. of Paul and Abigail Phelps, b. 17 June, 1734; m. 7 Feb., 1754, Eunice Spalding.
171. Sarah, b. 7 May, 1755.
75. Dan, s. of Paul and Abigail Phelps, b. 2 Oct., 1736; m. at Pomfret, Ct., 6 Jan., 1763, Martha Goodell. May have had children.
From Conn. Roll of Soldiers in French War : In Capt. Jedediah Fay's Co., 1758, 3rd Reg., Dan Davison, private; no locality mentioned.
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79. Jonathan, s. of Jonathan & Keziah Parke, m. Hannah Billings. She was b. 1729; d. Nov., 1821; buried at River Philip. She was sister of the wife of the first chief justice, Holiberton, of Windsor, Nova Scotia. Jonathan settled at Falmouth, N. S. Drew 6 acre lot No. 12 at Falmouth, 1760. He with his brothers Cyperian & Samuel went to Nova Scotia about 1758 or 9.
176. Bertha, b. New London. Ct., 4 Feb., 1750; d. March, 1762. at Falmouth. N. S.
Their children were :
1. Frederick, [b. on/aft 1772]
178. Nathan, b. New London, 23 Dec, 1758.
Plainfield Probate Rec. Vol. A, p. 22. March 3, 1747-8 : Jonathan Davison jr & Hannah wife of Preston recd of Nathan Babcock of Voluntown as he is the above said Hannah's guardian ye full of our portion of our fathers estate late Windham dec.
84. Cyperian [aka: Cypron], s. of Jonathan and Keziah Parke; m. 17 Oct., 1765, Rebecca, dau. of William & Rebecca Allien. He drew Lot 58 and settled in Horton or Windsor in 1760 with David Randle. See Falmouth, N. S., Rec: Nov. ye 15, 1760, David Randall & Cypron Davison drew Farm lot No. 58 at Falmouth, N. S.
182. William, [b. on/aft 1765]
1. Rebecca, b. 7 July, 1814.
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86. Thomas, s. of Jonathan & Keziah Parke, b. at Preston, 18 Nov., 1725.
1725, at Preston, eldest son of Jonathan Davison 1st of that place, m. Mrs. Mary (Kingsley) Stoddard of Lebanon, Conn., and settled in the latter place. By her first husband Mrs. D. had 2 sons, viz.: Samuel Stoddard, b. Oct. 31, 1753; d. at Chester, Warren Co., N. Y., about 1825; and Azariah Stoddard, b. Feb. 1, 1755.
188. Uriah, b. at Lebanon, and drowned there while a young man, [b. on/aft 1763]
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88. Hezakiah, s. of Jonathan & Keziah Parke.
The probate of his father's will, probated 1753, at Norwich, makes Thomas & Hezakiah the sole executors, and wills them "all my land, rights in land and all my movable estate." In 1754 Hezakiah deeded the farm which his honored father, late of Preston, died seized, to his brother Jonathan.
89. Andrew, s. of Thomas & Lydia Herrick, b. 17 June, 1727; m. Eunice Kimball and settled at Horton, New Brunswick.; d. at Horton, N. B., 15 Feb., 1784. (Horton Town Records.) Seems to have been elector at Preston, 1751, and deed land there.
194. Thomas, b. in Conn., 1753; m. 8 Sept., 1785. Deborah Rogers.
1. Asa, b. 16 May, 1772; went to U. S.
197. John, b. at Horton, 20 Nov., 1765.
1. Clarissa, [b. on/aft 1793].
200. Daniel, b. 20 Nov., 1774.
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The following records were sent to A. H. Davison, Esq., on November 25, 1886:
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90. Zephaniah, s. of Thomas and Lydia Herrick; b. at Preston, 5 March, 1729; d. at Otis, Mass. [The Berkshires], 17 April, 1793; m 16 July, 1752, Susannah, dau. of Deacon William Durkee of Windham. She was b. 6 Dec., 1730, and d. 6 Dec., 1826.
201. Elizabeth, b. Windham, 16 March, 1753; bap. 17 April, 1763.
1. Eli, b. March 11, 1800, North Blandford; d. Sept. 28, 1812; buried at Blandford.
1. Ellen C, b. July 28, 1846; m. Reuben Daniels 11/23/1862, by whom she has three children: Sophia F., Ellen C, and Sydney.
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92. Christopher, s. of Thomas and Lydia Herrick; m. first, 2 June, 1755, Lydia Hovey; and second (from Westford Church Records), 24 June, 1756, Martha or Bethiah Bidlack of Beddock. Christopher settled at Windham, Ct., and had the following children by second wife.
212. Asa. b _____, [b. on/aft 1756]
93. Daniel, s. of Thomas and Lydia Herrick, probably lived at Stonington and New Haven, and is thought to have had the following
216. Levi, [b. on/aft 1752], of New Haven 222. Erastus, [b. on/aft 1752], of Ohio
94. Asa, s. of Thomas and Lydia Herrick, b. at Preston, Ct., 1 Sept., 1736; d. at Grafton, N. Y., Jan., 1831; m. Sarah, dau. of John & Abigail Corning Pride of Norwich, Ct. She was b. at Norwich, Ct., 24 Aug., 1743.
Asa Davison served five years in French and Indian War, and eight years in Revolutionary War. " Asa Davison left his company at Cambridge in Sept., 1775, to join the northern expedition of Benedict Arnold, but after suffering incredible hardships he arrived at Cambridge on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23rd." (See History of Windham County.)
228. Paul, b. 1765; d. 19 Feb., 1805.
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102. John, s. of John & Hannah, d. probably 17 April, 1788.
241. Tamar, b. Ipswich, 12 May, 1771; m. John Roberts, 1788.
112. Joseph, s. of Joseph & Lydia Goodell, b. Sept, 1757; d. in Ludlow, 24 Feb., 1841. M. 21 Nov., 1784, Lydia Clark. From Brooklyn Conn. Records: Admitted full communion, Joseph & Lydia, 31 Jan, 1790.
243. Philena, b. 7 April, 1786; d. 5 March, 1864; unmarried; resided with her brother George.
Brooklyn Probate Rec, Vol. II, p. 11, dated 4 March, 1845 : Lydia Davison, dec. 8 Feb., 1846, widow, and pensioner of the U. S. Children : George Davison, Philena Davison, Eunice Davison, and Joseph Davison, all of Brandon, Vt.; Nathan Davison, of Alidon, Mich.; Lucy Briggs, of Saratoga, N. Y.
Vol. IIL, p. 368. dated 1865: Will of Eunice Davison of Brooklyn, brother George Davison of Hampton, sister Philena Davison of Brooklyn, brother Joseph Davison of Brandon, Vt., sister Lucy Briggs of Saratoga Springs, N. Y.
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114. Aaron, s. of Joseph & Lydia Goodell, b. 20 Oct., 1764-5; d. Jan., 1846. Married 28 Oct., 1792, Lodicy Martin (Brooklyn, Ct, Town Rec). Lived at old home.
251. Septimus, b. 20 March, 1794;bap. July 26, 1801, at Brooklyn. Ct.
117. John, s. of Joseph & Lydia Goodell, b. 2 April, 1772; d. Dec., 1857. Married (from Brooklyn, Ct., Ch. Rec. 12 March, 1796) first, Elizabeth Williams and settled at Peru, Vermont, about 1800, his father accompanying him part way. He and wife were admitted to church Feby. 22, 1804. Farmer by occupation. Married a second wife, by whom it is believed there was no issue. He is described as an exceedingly “amiable man fond of young company." Stalwart, of Puritan order; Deacon in church, and a man much thought of by all who knew him. Died in 1857, aged 86.
253. John, b. 1 Dec., 1798; lived in Ludlow, Vt.
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118. Samuel, s. Joseph & Lydia Goodell, bap. 31 July, 1774; d. 13 Oct., 1862; m. June 22, 1803, Sarah Williams, b. 5 Feb., 1773; d. 15 Nov., 1821; m. second wife, Olive Martin, at Hampton, 14 Jan., 1823; second wife died 11 Feb., 1849. He settled at Plainfield, Mass., where he lived 60 years. He was by occupation a cabinet maker. He had an impediment of speech that caused stammering; was Presbyterian; temperate; could read common print at 87. He had children as follows, all by first wife, except Jerusha :
265. Mehitable, b. 5 March, 1804; m. Stephen Dawes; d. Feb., 1831.
1. Mary, 1843.
269. Sarah, b. 12 March, 1813; m. Lorm Beols, by whom she had seven children; lived Lanesboro, Mass.; d. 5 May, 1847; buried at Plainfield.
119. Nathan, s. John and Mohitobel Sabin, b. at Pomfret, Conn., about 1758 (?); moved to Otsego Co., N. Y., at or near the same time that his brother John did (probably about 1790), and purchased lands adjacent.
274. Clark, [b. on/aft 1775], m. Abbie Tracy
121. Ebenezer, s. John & Mohitobal Sabin. Lived and died at Broomfield, Mass., a town adjacent to Monson, where his father reared his family.
276. Betsy, [b. on/aft 1759], m. John Bates
122. John, s. John & Mohitobel Sabin, b. April 30, 1764 [child entry p.28: "b. 30 April, 1763"], at Beaufort; d. July 20, 1838; buried Hartwick Seminary, N. Y.; m. 5 Feb. 1789, Phoebe Hoar (b. June 26, 1765; d. Feby. 28, 1877; buried Hartwick Seminary, N. Y.), at Monson, Mass., and soon after moved to Otsego County, N. Y., and purchased land of Judge Cooper, father of Fenimore, where he lived till his death.
Among Chester's papers in the hands of Abner Davison is this memoranda : '' Mother's grandmother was scalped at Long Meadow, March 26th 1676; being on her way to meeting escorted by cavalry. They were attacked by Indians; two killed and several wounded. Two women falling from their horses were dragged into a swamp and there scalped. My mother recovered, and became the mother of a numerous offspring that have now scattered all over the land, and one went as missionary to foreign lands."
[Signed] Chester Davison.
277. Chester, b. June 5, 1793; m. 11 Sept., 1817, Lorena Dunham; d. 15 Nov., 1873
126. Ephraim, s. of Peter & Abigail Woodward, b. 5 Dec., 1772; d. Dec. 1832; m. 12 March, 1795, Anna Weaver; bur. 14 Sept., 1806. Brooklyn, Ct., Town Rec.
285. Susannah, bap. 20 Nov., 1796.
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129. Beriol, s. Peter & Abigail Woodward, b. 12 July, 1780; d. 24 Oct., 1853; m. April 12, 1807, Mary Utley (b. Hampton, Ct., Jan. 30, 1789; d. Jan., 1879; bur. Brooklyn, Ct.). Settled at Brooklyn, where he worked as a blacksmith. His anvil and ancient buttress are in the possession of E. H. Davison, who has other family heirlooms.
287. Mary, b. March 4, 1808; d. 3 April, 1808 }
130. Luther, s. of Capt. Peter and Abigail Woodward, b. 28 May, 1783; d. Dec., 1874; m. Bashaby _____; d. Oct., 1852; bur. New London, Ct.
294. Luther, b. 1800; d. 18 Jan., 1882.
Norwich Land Rec, Vol. XLIV., p. 273, dated 1834, Luth Davison of Norwich to John P. Huntington.
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131. Alpheus, s. Peter & Abigail Woodward, of Monson, Me., [b. May 20, 1786], m. Feb. 11, 1817, Polly Hitchcock (b. at Westminster, Vt., March 10, 1793; d. May 8, 1867). In 1823 moved from Dummerston, Vt., to Monson, Me. (where Roderick was born), and d. there, Oct. 18, 1866.
299. Calvin Hitchcock, b. 11/12, 1817; merchant at Washington, D. C.; m. May 20, 1845, Adelina D. Grammercy.
145. Rufus, s. Daniel & Catharine Davis, b. Brooklyn, Ct., 29 June, 1789; d. April 10, 1862; bur, Putnam, Ct.; married Sept. 30, 1813, Elizabeth Torrey (b. Killingly, 10 Aug., 1785; bur. Putnam, Ct., Aug., 1881), and settled at Putnam, Ct. In 1830 he removed to Greenfield, Pa., where he resided till 1854, when he returned to Putnam, Ct., where he died in 1862, April 10th. He was by occupation a farmer and blacksmith.
307. Elizabeth, b. 6 Dec., 1814; d. Aug. 26, 1826, Killingly.
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146. Joel,' s. of Daniel & Catherine Davis, b. 13 Nov., 1790; bap. 3 July, 1791; m. 17 April, 1821, Anna Butts, b. 4 July, 1794, at Hampton; d. April S, 1863 (see Brooklyn, Ct., Town Rec). He settled at Brooklyn and Hampton, and afterwards at Killingly, and died Oct. 8, 1851. at Daneilsonville, Ct. He was a farmer by occupation. He changed residence from Hampton to Killingly between 1835 and 1838.
314. Sarah Ann, b. June 10, 1822; m. 4/8, 1855, Richard King at Brooklyn.
161. Dr. Oliver (s. of Barzillai and Margaret Morse), b. 1779; d. at Amsterdam, N. Y., 9 Dec., 1847; bur. at Saratoga Springs. He m. at Plattsburg, N. Y., 9 Dec., 1804, Margaret Miller ( dau. of Dr. Matthias Burnet Miller). She was b. 27 June, 1787; d. 27 June, 1844. From Town Rec. of Plattsburg, N. Y.
Dr. Oliver Davidson was one of the charter members of the Clinton County Medical Society, organized 1807; was elected President of the Society, 1825; was delegate to State Society in 1809.
322. Ann Elizabeth, b. 13 Feb., 1806; m. 19 March, 1834. Rev. Micajah Townsend, rector of St. Thomas and St. Georges Church, Caldwell Manor, Canada. She died at the Rectory, Caldwell Manor. Deceased had issue. Morris Miller Townsend, M. D., of Frostburg, Maryland.
DAVISON GENEALOGY. 53 to 56
A remarkable instance of early genius; born at Plattsburg, N. Y. When but four years old a number of her little books were found to be filled with rude drawings, accompanied with explanatory verses written in characters of the printed alphabet. From an early age every leisure moment was devoted to reading. The earliest of her productions were written when she was nine years old. So early, so ardent, and so fatal a pursuit of intellectual improvement is unparalleled, except in the cases of Chatterton and Kirke White.
In October, 1824, a gentleman who knew her intense desire for education placed her at a female seminary, where her incessant application debilitated by disease, and she died before completing her seventeenth year. A biographical sketch, with a collection of her poems, entitled "Amir Khan and other Poems, the Remains of L. M. Davidson," was published by S. F. B. Morse in 1829, Although a great part of her compositions were destroyed, 278 remain. See " Life of Catherine M. Sedgwick," 1843.
“ Poems by Lucretia Maria Davidson, with Illustrations by F. O. C. Darley." Edited by M. Oliver Davidson, New York. Published by Hurd & Houghton, Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1871.
" Poetical Remains of the Late Lucretia Davidson, Collected and Arranged by her Mother. With a Biography by Miss Sedgwick." Boston: Crosby, Nicholas Lee & Co., 1860.
Sister of Lucretia Maria. Sharing her sister's precocity, she began to write at six years of age. At ten she wrote and acted in a passionate drama in society at New York, and notwithstanding the warning of her sister's fate, her intellectual activity was not restrained.
Margaret's poems were issued under the auspices of Washington Irving, and the works of both sisters were published together in 1850, A volume of selections from writings of Mrs. Margaret M. Davidson, the mother, with a preface by Miss C. M. Sedgwick, appeared in 1843. Lieut. L. P. Davidson, U. S. A., the brother of Margaret and Lucretia, who also died young, wrote verses with elegance and ease. From Dict. Amer. Biog., Drake.
See " Life and Poetical Remains of Margaret M. Davidson," by Washington Irving. London : David Bogue, Fleet Street. Late Filt and Bogue.
BY LUCRETIA M. DAVIDSON.
Awake, awake, my lyre.
And tell thy silent master's humble tale;
In sounds they may prevail –
Sounds that gentle thoughts inspire;
Though so exalted she.
And I so lonely be.
Tell her with different notes, make all thy harmony.
Hark ! How the strings awake !
And though the moving hand approach not near.
Themselves, with awful fear.
A kind of numerous trembling make.
Now all thy forces try.
Now all thy charms apply.
Revenge upon her ear the conquest of her eye.
• Original in possession of S. M. Davidson, Fishkill.
Weak lyre, thy virtue sure
Is useless here, since thou art only found
To cure but not to wound
And she to wound, but not to cure.
Too weak, too, wilt thou prove.
My passion to remove.
Physic to other ills, thou'rt nourishment to love.
Sleep, sleep again, my lyre.
For thou can'st never tell my humble tale
In sounds that will prevail.
Nor gentler thoughts in her inspire;
All thy vain mirth lay by.
Bid thy strings silent lie–
Sleep, sleep again, my lyre, and let thy master die.
The following is the story of the marriage of Miss Margaret Miller to Dr. Oliver Davidson, as told by Mrs. S. H. Bailey, née Platt, who received the same from her mother :
Miss Miller had been invited by Mrs. Bailey's mother to spend a year with them in Plattsburg. She was then (1803) a young and beautiful girl, fond of society, and went frequently to visit relatives in town (Plattsburg). Dr. Davidson, a young physician, had but lately moved to Plattsburg. They met at parties and other social functions, and their acquaintance soon ripened into a feeling of a more serious nature, namely, love.
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162. Charles, s. of Barzillai, was confirmed by Bishop Bronwell, July, 1821; m. Hannah M______.
Captain Charles Davison was captain of steamboats "Fanny " and “ Water Witch," which latter plied between New York and Peekskill on the Hudson. About 1848 he lived in Brooklyn, N. Y.
331. Charles, bap. privately, 2 March, 1819.
164. Capt. Erastus, of Norwich, Conn., s. of Barzillai, b. about 1778. Buried at Norwich, Ct., 4 April, 1832. M. (From Norwich Marriages) 25 November, 1823, Nancy Johnson, bap. 15 Feb., 1829. She probably married Edwin Perkins Comstock of New York, 12 Jan., 1835. He d. 1837.
335. Nancy, bap. 12 July, 1829; d. 1839.
Norwich Land Rec.; Estate of Miss Nancy Davison, dec. Norwich, 1839; adm. to Elisha H. Mansfield and George Perkins, of Norwich.
165. Barzillai, jeweler and goldsmith, s. of Barzillai, m. Amy Fuller; she d. 6 Jan., 1834, aged 62; buried at Norwich.
From Land Rec. Norwich, p. 527, dated 9 Dec., 1834: Barzillai Davison, late Barzillai Davison, Jr., of New York City, sells to Caroline A. Hubbard. Eliza Ann Hubbard, Frances Harriet Hubbard, and Isabella Hubbard, all of Norwich, 2 parcels of land and dwelling East Chelsea, Norwich, property of Capt. Erastus Davison of Norwich, dec. Witness Simeon Hubbard & Geo. Hill.
179. [actually: 178.] Nathan, s. of Jonathan & Hannah, b. at Preston [17 mi. from New London], 23 Dec., 1758.
338. Oliver, [b. on/aft 1776] 340. Thomas, [b. on/aft 1776]
DAVISON GENEALOGY. p. 59
181. Jonathan, s. of Jonathan & Hannah Billings, b. 1768; d. 23 Dec., 1852; m. 1790, Elizabeth Rockwell, b. 1771; d. 6 June, 1853. Settled at Amherst. Nova Scotia, about 1790. Both buried in the graveyard at River Philip.
342. Charles Chapman, b. 22 August, 1792; m. 1816, Nancy McNeill of Bediqua Island. P. E. I.; d. July, 1866.
182. William, s. of Cyprian and Rebecca Allen, had the following
352. Leander, [b. on/aft 1783] 356. Andrew, [b. on/aft 1783]
183. Jonathan, s. of Cyprian, of Falmouth, N. S., m. Sarah Martin, 22 April, 1803.
359. Clarissa, b. 20 Aug., 1804. 363. Edmond, [b. on/aft 1803]
184. Allen, s. of Cyprian and Rebecca Allen.
367. James Edward, [b. on/aft 1783] 368. Sarah, [b. on/aft 1783]
pgs 60 to 61 DAVISON GENEALOGY.
185. Benjamin, s. of Cyprian & Rebecca Allen.
369. Rebecca, [b. on/aft 1783]
186. Josiah, s. of Cypron & Rebecca Allen.
373. Victory, [b. on/aft 1783] 376. Rebecca, [b. on/aft 1783]
189. Hezekiah, s. of Thomas, born Jan. 1, 1763, at Lebanon. He married _____ Negus, and settled at Troy, N. Y., where they resided for several years, and then removed to Oswego, N. Y. He died March 31, 1850, while on a visit to one of his sons at Sodus; and his wife died April 25, 1852, at Oswego. They had eight children, viz.:
378. Isaac, b. about 1791, at Troy; lived at Sodus, N. Y., in 1860.
190. Thomas, 3d s. of Thomas & Mary (Kingsley) Stoddard, born July 14, 1763 [child entry p.38: "b. July 14, 1765"], at Lebanon, Conn.; m. Jan. 19, 1791, Abigail Miner, b. Dec. 11, 1765, at Woodbury, Conn.;
bap. 23 March, 1766; and eldest daughter of Dea. Gideon Miner, senior, of Middletown, Vt.*
(Sec Ancient Hist. Woodbury, p. 643, for account Miner family.) Previous to his marriage,
and owing to a stiffness in a knee joint, occasioned by a fever sore, while living in
Bennington with his father, his pursuits through life were necessarily confined to such as
required no great bodily labor.
Mr. Thomas Davison, Junr.
who died Nov. 21st, 1799
in the 35th year of his age.
An angel's arm can't snatch
me from the grave;
Legions of angels can't confine
ł Her monument in the new cemetery at Saratoga Springs to which her remains were removed from the old burying-ground in 1861, bears the following inscription :
Mother of G. M. & C. Davison.
Died Jan. 31, 1844.
So Jesus slept. God's dying son
Passed through the grave and bless'd the bed;
Rest here, blest saint, till from his throne
The morning break and pierce the shade.
62 to 63 DAVISON GENEALOGY.
386. Gideon Miner, b. at Middletown, Vt., Nov. 12, 1791.
192. Jonathan, s. of Thomas, b. Sept. 2, 1769, at Lebanon (recorded Jan. 29, 1796, Joseph Rockwell, Register; also at Middletown, on 13th day of Oct., 1833); m. Chloe Richardson, b. June 16, 1774; a step-daughter of May & Phinehas Clough of Middletown, Vt., where they settled, and where he died in the spring of 1812; and his wife died March 1, 1813.
388. Jonathan, [b. on/aft 1791], Survived his parents, and removed to the West
Clough's residence was about a mile south of the house of Thomas Davison, 3d. He was a militia Major during the Revolutionary War and so active a patriot as to become an object of hatred and vengeance among the Tories. The following is an account of an effort to take his life, but which was happily frustrated :
194. Thomas, s. of Andrew & Eunice Kimball, b. in Conn., 1753; m. 8 Sept., 1785, Deborah Rogers. He left Horton and his family in June, 1790, and d. in the Island of St. John, as is reported, about the beginning of March, 1791. So says the Horton Rec.
389. Sarah, b. 5 June, 1786.
195. Asa, s. of Andrew & Eunice Kimball, b. 1756; m. 30 April, 1782, Prudence, daughter of David Sherman Dennison. She was b. in Conn., Jan., 1757.
398. Joshua, b. 4 March, 1783; d. 18 May, 1783.
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203. Thomas, s. of Zephaniah & Susannah Durkee, b. at Windham, Conn., 7 June, 1757; d. 4 March, 1840; m. 26 Aug., 1779, Eunice Pearl. She was b. 2 Dec., 1759, and d. 6 July, 1840.
404. Betsy, b. at Ashford, Conn., 5 June, 1780; m. Shubel Dininuck, and lived and died at Otis, Mass. [The Berkshires]
1. Thomas, b. 1807; m. Harriet Corse; d. at Otis, Mass., 1884;
405. Polly, b. at Ashford, 25 Jan., 1782; d. 17 April, 1782.
Thomas does not appear to have been a free-holder at Ashford during his short residence before removing to Berkshire Co., Mass. He resided from about 1782 to 1832 at or near Otis, Mass. From there he went to Royaltown, N. Y., to live during the remainder of his life, with his oldest son Thomas. He was a blacksmith, having learned the trade from his father, with whom he afterward became associated in business.
204. William, s. of Zephaniah & Susannah Durkee; b. at Windham. 9 Sept., 1759; m. Sarah Warren. In 1835 he lived at Parma, N. Y., when he deeded his interest in his father's estate to W. G. Davison.
408. Adeline, [b. on/aft 1777], m. David Reynolds of Crawford Co., Penn.
205. Benjamin, s. of Zephaniah and Susannah Durkee; b. Windham, Ct., 19 Oct., 1761; d. of an epidemic fever, 1812 or 1813; bur. at Richmond, N. Y. He enlisted in the Revolutionary War with his three (or probably two) brothers. He was a tailor in early life, also a mechanic. He had a factory in Hemlock Lake, Western, N. Y., where he manufactured wooden plows. M. Roxy Norton, b. 1766; d. 1845.
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410. Polly, b. 8 Jan., 1785; m. 1802, Philo Toby of Cardiff, N. Y.; d. Oswego. N. Y.
66 DAVISON GENEALOGY.
206. John, s. of Zephaniah and Susannah Durkee; b. at Ashford, 20 Nov., 1763; m. 26 Jan., 1788, Lydia, eldest daughter of Nathaniel and Rhoda (Brewer) Wood. She was b. 26 Jan., 1770; d. 6 Aug., 1853.
420. Rhoda, b. 10 Oct., 1789; m. 26 April, 1814, William Henry; d. 23 Jan., 1878. She was buried at Bunker Hill, Ill. He was b. 28 Jan., 1778, at Blandford; and d. 9 Sept., 1860; and was bur. in Piscataquis Co., Me. They settled at Blandford. Mass. He had five sons, all of whom, with their mother, died of lung disease. Previous to his marriage with Rhoda he had married, 7 Feb., 1802, Hannah Watson.
1. William D., b. 5 March, 1815, at Blandford; farmer and joiner.
421. John, b. at Otis, Mass., 23 Aug., 1791; m. May, 1815, Mary Guile.
207. Zephaniah, s. of Zephaniah and Susannah Durkee; b. at Ashford, Ct., 26 Oct., 1765; m. 18 Nov., 1790, Candis Dimmick; d. 3 Sept., 1808. No children. His father lived with him until his death, and his mother after her husband's death. Zephaniah, Jr., made a will. His widow received one-third of his estate. She married 2d, one Gates, who squandered her property, then died. She not caring to live alone, the family got together and looked after her, but they did it so badly the town took it in charge.
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209. Samuel, s. of Zephaniah & Susannah Durkee; b. at Ashford, Ct., 7 Feb., 1773; m. 12 Sept., 1789, Sarah Clark, and lived during his life at Richmond and Genesee, N. Y.
429. Clarine, b. 23 Feb., 1792.
228. Captain Paul, s. of Asa & Sarah Pride; b. 1765; d. 19 Feb., 1805, from injuries sustained from being thrown from his horse: m. about 1785, Sally Gould. She was b. 1765; and d. at Lima, N, Y., 21 Oct., 1844.
The records of Ashford, Conn., show that Paul Davison purchased land in Ashford in 1785 and 1787. In the summer of 1778 Paul Davison and his brother-in-law Jonathan Gould went from Connecticut to the wilds of Western New York. They located on land where Lima, Livingston Co., N. Y., now stands, thus being pioneers in that portion of the country. Paul Davison was attracted to the new country while under the command of General Sullivan in a campaign against Indians and Tories. Paul and his brother-in-law cleared a little space of ground, built a log cabin, and on the cleared ground planted corn, potatoes, beans, etc. Paul Davison then returned to assist in moving his family, which consisted of his wife Sally (Gould) Davison and her mother Mrs. Abbott, also Paul's two little children.
441. Norman, b. at Ashford, Ct., 16 Aug., 1786; m. 9 Nov., 1806, Huldah Brown; d. 26 March, 1841.
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229. Ezra, s. of Asa & Sarah Pride, b. 14 Aug., 1767; d. at Grafton, N. Y. 29 April, 1834; m. in Argyle, Maine, 24 May, 1790. She d. 30 Sept. 1853. He enlisted in the Revolutionary War it is said, at the age of 16, and served during the last two years.
449. Asa Lee, b. at Grafton, 3 Dec., 1792; m. Lydia Lewis; d. at Canton. Ill., 2 Nov., 1853.
234. Rufus (farmer), s. of Asa & Sarah Pride, b. at Ashford, 20 May, 1775; m. 30 April, 1800, Polly Morgan, b. at Brimfield, Mass., 17 July, 1782; d. at Lima, N. Y., 19 April, 1817. They settled at Lima, N. Y.; afterwards removed to Grand Blanc, Michigan, 4 Jan., 1845.
458. Mentor, b. 15 Dec., 1800.
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236. Nathan, s. of Asa & Sarah Pride, b. at Ashford, 1 June, 1781; d. 1863; m. Elizabeth Seaman. Settled at Lickaen, Chenango, N, Y., where he lived till the winter of 1837, when he removed to Castile, Wyoming Co. (Genesee), N. Y., where he died.
465. Alonzo Pride, b. 1813; m. 1844, Adelia Fuller.
1. Julia L., b. about 1836.
468. Lydia, b. at Lickaen. Chenango Co., N. Y., 10 Nov., 1814; m. about 1834, Alonzo B. Burdick; d. at Milwaukee, 22 Jan., 1869.
240. John P., s. of Asa & Sarah Pride, youngest son of Asa, and brother to Ezra, married Elizabeth Davis and resided on a part of Asa Davison's tract in Grafton, N. Y., until about 1845, when he sold his part and removed to Hoosic Falls, N. Y., where he kept boarders for the Tremont Colton Factory several years. In 1850 he removed to Illinois, bought land warrants, and entered land eight miles west of Minonk. Ill., a short time before the land office was closed to give the Illinois Central Railroad alternate sections. All his children followed him but two.
472. Miranda, [b. on/aft 1783] 476. Reuben, [b. on/aft 1783]
250. George, s. of Joseph & Lydia Clark, b. 26 Jan., 1804; d. 30 Feb., 1877; m. Ardelia Ashley.
480. Lydia Maria, b. 17 Aug., 1837.
DAVISON GENEALOGY. p. 71
251. Septimus, s. of Aaron & Lodicy Martin, bap. at Brooklyn, Ct., 26 July, 1801; m. at Brooklyn, Ct., 16 Oct., 1826, Margaret Holbrook of Abington. His sister Clarissa lived with him until his daughter Frances married, and then resided with her. He was Judge of the Court until he was 70, at which age he was released. From a newspaper clipping we learn that Capt. Septimus Davison died at the age of 83. At the funeral Rev. Mr. Beard read the Scriptures and the Unitarian choir sang. Many citizens were present. He was a kind neighbor, intelligent citizen, and an honest man. He was a hotel keeper for twenty-two years – at South Coventry- for a number of years, and at Brooklyn, Ct., two years. Many offices of trust were committed to him, and promptness, good judgment, independence, and integrity showed him to be a public man.
482. Francis M., b. 23 Aug., 1828; m. at Brooklyn, Ct., 16 Sept., 1850, John Palmer.
267. Samuel, s. of Samuel & Sarah Williams, b. 12 Feb., 1809; m. 11 Nov., 1833, Laury Hersey of Cummington. Mass. He was a farmer by occupation. Later in life he went with son Royal to San Diego, Cal. About the time of his marriage he settled at Land Lake, N. Y.; after at Cummington. Mass.; Plaintiff, Mass.; Northampton, Mass.; Kansas, and San Diego.
485. Cephas E., b. 12 Aug., 1834; m. 14 March, 1869. Elizabeth Coleman.
p. 72 DAVISON GENEALOGY.
274. Clark, s. of Nathan, b. at Pomfret, Ct.,
488. Ann, [b. on/aft 1793]
277. Chester, s. of John & Phoebe Hoar, b. 5 June, 1793; d. 15 Nov., 1873; m. 11 Sept., 1817, Lorena, dau. of Abner and Candis Dunham. She was b. 31 May, 1798; d. at Davenport, Ill., 29 Jan., 1887. Among his papers in the hands of his son Abner is this memorandum : " Mother's grandmother was scalped at Long Meadow, 28 March, 1676."
494. John, b. Dec. 3, 1811; m. 10 May, 1848, Clara Tuttle, by whom he had no children. They lived at Fredonia. N. Y., at the time of his death, 20 Sept., 1874.
283. William, s. of John & Phoebe Hoar, b. 26 Jan., 1804; m. 1st, Mary Tickner; 2d, Amanda Hitchcock.
Children by First Marriage.
501. George, [b. on/aft 1822], m. Jenny Dewey
Children by Second Marriage.
504. John, [b. on/aft 1825]
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284. Hamilton, s. of John & Phoebe Hoar, b. 5 March, 1806. In 1886 he resided at Defiance, Ohio.
507. Emma, [b. on/aft 1824], m. a Strong
290. George Luther, s. of Beriol and Mary Utley, b. 27 Nov., 1811; d. Feb., 1887; m. 9 Nov., 1836, Lydia Maria Crosby, b. 18 Jan., 1817.
"Mr. and Mrs. George L. Davison of Brooklyn will celebrate their golden wedding on the 9th inst. with a large family gathering. Mr. Davison's great grandfather, Deacon Joseph Davison, was one of the pioneer settlers of eastern Connecticut, and in 1723 he bought 1,200 acres of land, which was afterwards included in the present town of Brooklyn; and with about thirty others organized its first church. Since that time (for 163 years) his descendants in direct line have resided continuously in Brooklyn, and have all been among its most respected citizens. Mr. and Mrs. Davison have two sons – the older, George W. Davison, is treasurer and agent of the Rochester Machine Tool Company, builders of steam engines and machinists' tools, of Rochester, N. Y.; and the other is E. H. Davison, secretary and superintendent of the American Hosiery Company of New Britain. A niece of Mr. and Mrs. Davison, who was left an orphan at an early age, was brought up as a daughter in the family, and is now the wife of Julian Griggs, chief engineer of the Scioto Valley Railroad of Ohio. The children and grandchildren are all expected home for the golden anniversary."
510. George Warren, b. 12 Feb., 1838; m. 27 June, 1861, Abbie Elizabeth Fletcher.
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291. Ralph Utley, s. of Beriol & Mary Utley, b. 11 Nov., 1814; d. 15 July, 1880; m. 1st, at Dudley, Mass., 2 March, 1843, Dolly Healey, daughter of Henry and Dolly (Healey) Conant (b. 13 Dec., 1821; d. at Dudley, 29 Sept., 1854); m. 2d, at Dudley, 26 Nov., 1856, Cordelia W. Larned.
Children by First Marriage.
512. Henry Herbert, b. 24 Sept., 1850; m. 28 Nov., 1877, Ida F. Crowningshield.
Children by Second Marriage.
514. John Eliot, b. 25 Nov., 1858; m. 28 Nov., 1894. Lizzie Easton.
293. Edwin, s. of Beriol & Mary Utley, b. 24 Sept., 1824; m. 18 Nov., 1852, Jane Britton, Wagegan, Ct.
517. Sarah Jane, b. 25 Oct., 1858.
295. William Pollard, s. of Luther & Bashaby; b. abt. 1803; m. (1) 15 May, 1826, Abby P. Chapman; (2) 25 Feb., 1829, Roselle W. Richards; (3) 11 July, 1859, Cornelia Banning; d. 13 April, 1884.
518. William H., b. 25 Jan., 1827; m. 30 March, 1851, Elizabeth H Brewster, Norwich, Ct.
1. Anna Augusta, [b. on/aft 1849].
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520. Charles, b. 19 April, 1834.
1. Leonard L., b. 28 March, 1875.
299. Calvin H., s. of Alpheus & Polly Hitchcock; b. at Dummerston, Vt., 2 Nov., 1817; m. 20 May, 1845, Adelina D. Grammercy. Lives or lived at Washington, D. C.
528. Mary Celia, b. in Missouri, 3 March, 1846; m. 21 Sept., 1868, Henry K. Wood of Centreville, R. I.
302. Roderick, s. of Alpheus & Polly Hitchcock; b. at Monson, Me., 14 Dec., 1823; m. (1) 3 April, 1849, Julia A. Baker, b. at Brooklyn, Ct., 5 Dec., 1824; d. 9 Nov., 1856; bur. Brooklyn, Ct.; (2) 13 Feb., 1859, Octavia Webb, b. at Windham, Ct, 26 Jan., 1829.
531. Ella Caroline, b. at Willimantic, Ct., 6 May, 1852; d. 2 Sept., 1853; bur. Brooklyn, Ct.
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303. Charles, s. of Alpheus & Polly Hitchcock (clergyman); b. at Monson, Me., 1/11, 1826; m. 12/19, 1850, by Rev. H. Isley, Laura Tenny, dau. of William & Emma (Chase) Tenny.
From a newspaper clipping : "Davison, Charles, Greenville : Republican; Congregationalist clergyman; married; age 61; born in Monson; failing health at the age of eighteen prevented him from pursuing an educational course as he desired; at the age of twenty-two engaged in farming, intending to make it a life-long employment. He was a farmer for twenty-five years, during which time held several town offices and some positions of trust. At the age of twenty-seven entered the ministry with neither academic nor theological training. Been pastor at Greenville since Oct. 1, 1873. Was deacon of Congregational Church at Monson twenty-two years, and superintendent of Sunday School for a longer time."
535. Mary Emma, b. 21 July, 1852; m. 3 July, 1878, Charles L. Morton, Monson, Me.
310. Homer, s. of Rufus & Elizabeth Torrey; b. at Killingly, Ct., 11 June, 1820; m. 2 Oct., 1845, Susan Churchill; b. at Herrick, Penn., 5 Feb., 1824.
540. Paulina, b. at Greenfield, Pa., 11 Oct., 1846; m. 7 Aug., 1876, John Prime, and lives at Binghamton, N. Y.
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311. Elisha Howe, s. of Rufus & Elizabeth Torrey, b. at Putnam, Ct., 10 Feb., 1822; d. 25 Nov., 1887; bur. at Putnam; m. 1st, 4 July, 1848, Eleanor Ann Miller, b. at Greenfield, Pa., 22 June, 1821; d. 20 Feb., 1851; bur. at Clifford, Pa.; 2d, Mary Olive, daughter of Dan and Amy ( Bussy) Cutler, b. at Killingly, Ct., 8 April, 1831.
Child by First Marriage.
544. Oscar, b. at Greenfield, Pa., 14 June, 1849; d. at Putnam, Ct., 17 Sept., 1863.
Children by Second Marriage.
545. William Elisha, b. at Putnam. Ct., 20 June, 1858; m. 21 Dec., 1881. Ella N. Rhodes of Uxbridge, Mass.
Extract taken from Putnam "Patriot" of Dec. 2, 1887:
There died in our village one week ago to-day one of the humble, unobtrusive men who so richly adorn their Christian profession. Elisha H. Davison, as his pastor said, was a great man, not in anything worldly, but in goodly character. About two months ago he was severely hurt while loading a team with logs at our station. Although he apparently recovered from that injury, he had continued weak and ailing ever since, and on Thursday night took a bad turn, as observed by his wife. In alarm, the doctor was sent for, but on his arrival he announced that his services could not avail. Mr. Davison had but a few hours to live. He was conscious when this announcement was made, and cried out, ' Praise the Lord ! ' He had his house in order, and had no further work to do to be ready for the grim messenger, and he yielded up his spirit to the God who gave it, trusting in the faithfulness of that Being whom he had so long served with pure heart to be rewarded at the general resurrection. He was 65 years and 9 months old. He leaves a wife and six children, three of whom are with their mother.
The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist Church, of which the deceased was a member. The house was crowded by the friends and neighbors of the family, who came to pay the last tribute of respect to their departed friend. After the sermon, Mr. George M. Morse in a most feeling manner expressed his respect for Mr. Davison, whom he knew and owned as a dear child of God, whose labors and life corresponded with his profession. He related some instances that came under his own observation, to show how zealous had been his course of life to promote spirituality whenever the way opened.
The sermon was preached by Rev. Mr. Butler, pastor of the Methodist Church."
"Psalm xxxvii. 37 : ' Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.'
" David had seen men given up to all manner of wickedness; others, in a certain sense, who were upright, but were ungodly; and then again those who followed but evil with their whole heart. He had seen those like Enoch, Elijah, Moses, and other worthies, and saw the great difference between the evil and the good man, and in comparison he had said, ' Mark the perfect man.' What is it makes a man upright and perfect ?
" I affirm that Elisha Davison was a man of that character. The end of such a man is peace.
"Who is the perfect man ? Is it he who makes loud professions in the churches and is not respected ? But mark the perfect man, who brings his Christian life up to men, and does not degrade it in their eyes. He makes God's Word his guide; Christ, his sanctified example. This man found Christ, he had his sins forgiven, and he found in Him a source of bliss, and taking the Bible as his guide was baptized.
" There are those who profess perfection, and yet do it to gain interest with men and not God. The life Elisha Davison lived was in Christ. He loved the Church, and stood by it in its struggles. He did not neglect the sanctuary nor the prayer meeting. These he felt he needed as a means of promoting his spiritual life, and when he stood and warned his fellowmen, all the Christian graces were shown perfected in him. And why ? Because he trusted alone in the Crucified by a consecration of his entire self.
"Such a man is perfect. He was just and faithful as a husband and father, as a neighbor, and before all men.
" Such is the perfect man. Not that he is without mistakes. No one can have perfection of mind, or will, or body, nor ever had, except Jesus Christ. Neither is it heart perfection; but it is in his heart to be so, and God counts it for righteousness.
" Elisha Davison was a great man. Not as the world estimates greatness, but as God does. Can I say too much of this man? Your hearts reply in the negative.
" The Church has lost a grand master. No man ever honored his church more. We shall all miss him. Many a time he has inspired the preacher by his devotedness, as he was seen with uplifted eyes and hands, continually praying that he might be a blessing to the people.
" Elisha Davison was a citizen well worthy of the respect of the community for his uprightness and simplicity of character. His face, like Moses' when on the mount with God, shone with God's glory.
"At nineteen years of age he became a Christian, and for forty-six years he had served God, and mounted higher and higher, and reached out continually for greater spirituality.
" His last meeting here all will remember. He prayed to be like Cornelius – a just and devout man, who feared God. He did not deem his Christian duty done merely by being in his place in the church meetings. He was devout in his heart, and abandoned to God.
" To show his integrity of character I will mention what an esteemed lady said : ' If Elisha Davison failed in his word, I would not know whom to trust.' So said all his neighbors.
" Thank God, then, that there are other such men in Putnam. You have confidence in them as men of God. God keep them pure as long as they abide with us, and multiply them an hundred fold.
" Elisha Davison came here thirty-five years ago a Christian man, and with the exception of a short period was a member of this church. He was a faithful, trustworthy, and humble man who walked out on the promises of God.
" Sinners die and go out in the dark. A Christian meets the messenger of death with no disturbance; no matter when he comes. He has God's assurance that He will be with him in the valley of the shadow of death, and he knows it will be well with him in the end. David, who saw the difference between these two deaths, cried out, ' Mark the perfect man . . . for the end of that man is peace.' He has gone before. He has gone to the One altogether lovely. Whatever others may say, 1 believe his soul has gone to God.
" Friends and relatives, most of you are resting in the same God whom your dear relative trusted. Commit yourself more fully to Him, and in the time to come you will all realize His supporting grace, and you will meet Him in all unending life of bliss. You know his constant endeavor was to promote your Christian welfare. Some of you have not chosen his way. As you look upon him for the last time, say, ' I will meet father in heaven.'
" Neighbors, a great man has fallen. No, he has risen higher than ever before. He has attained that holiness of heart without which no man can see God. Your presence here attests your faith in this man's devoted Christian character and your wish to honor him. In your last moments may you have the same assurance of divine help to sustain you, and may you also, like our dear brother, be able to say, 'Praise the Lord ! He doeth all things well ! "
313. Dr. Francis Baker, s. of Rufus & Elizabeth Torrey; b. at Thompson, Ct., 6 July, 1827; m. 7 Oct., 1852, Nancy Gardner, b. at Junkhannock, Pa., 10 April, 1824.
552. Adelaide, b. at Waterloo, Iowa, 10 Oct., 1856; lives or lived at Fleetville, Pa.
Francis Baker graduated from Pennsylvania Medical College, March 5, 1853. Was Treasurer and Recorder of Black Hawk County, Iowa, at Waterloo, in 1856. Was surgeon of the 45th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of 1861. Was President of the Lackawanna County Medical Society in 1886. Is a member of the Pennsylvania State Medical Society and member of the American Medical Association. A Republican of the Union League, and laboring for temperance and suffering humanity.
318. Joel, s. of Joel & Ann Butts, b. at Brooklyn, Ct., 5 Sept., 1830; m. 9 Sept., 1856, Margary J. Gibson, b. 17 Nov., 1836, at Holmes County, Ohio: farmer's daughter. Joel, Jr., was divorced from his wife in 1883; causes, various.
556. Sarah, b. at Napoleon, Ohio, 2 Sept., 1857, occupation, milliner; m. 15 May, 1886, Edward Helmes. Lives or lived at Elmira, Otsego Co., Mich.
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324. Morris Miller, lawyer, s. of Dr. Oliver & Margaret Miller, b. 9 Oct., 1810; m. at St. Stephen's Church, Hallett's Cove, L. I., by Rev. Dr. Schroeder, 16 June, 1840, Elizabeth Shrimpton Stratford, dau. of Dr. John, of London, Eng.
561. Stratford Perfect, b. 5 Aug., 1841; m. in Trinity Chapel, Va., 11 June, 1866, Catharine C. Good, dau. of Rev. William Good; no issue; d. 12 Jan., 1891.
328. Matthias Oliver, s. of Dr. Oliver & Margaret Miller, b. 8 March, 1819; d. 1 Sept., 1872; m. 8 April, 1846, at Trinity Church, Plattsburg, N. Y., Harriet Smith Standish, dau. of Hon. Matthew M. Standish.
568. Julian Oliver, b. 27 Dec., 1853; m. Cornelia Trimble Nina Merritt; no issue; d. 30 March, 1894. He was a favorite marine artist, a pupil of the celebrated painter, M. F. H. de Haas.
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338. Oliver, s. of Nathan.
573. William, [b. on/aft 1794]
339. John, s. of Nathan, has four sons and four daughters.
342. Charles Chapman, s. of Jonathan & Elizabeth Rockwell, b. 1792; m. Nancy McNeill of Bediqua, Prince Edward Island; d. July, 1866. His family all lived to be married, except one.
576. Elizabeth, b. 1817.
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343. William Billings, s. of Jonathan & Elizabeth Rockwell; b. 30 July, 1795; d. July, 1865; m. 29 Oct., 1823, at Ch. Lower P. E. I., Louisa Lyons Daily (b. 13 Feb., 1801; d. 18 May, 1837; dau. of Lieut. Jeremiah Daily of County Wexford, Ireland, and Margaret [Burke] Daily).
592. Margaret Leah, b. 24 March, 1825; m. James Coles of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. He died at Boston.
346. Horatio, s. of Jonathan & Elizabeth Rockwell; b. 1802; m. Matilda McNutt.
601. Otis Billings, [b. on/aft 1820], m. Frances P. Davison
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347. Henry Alline, s. of Jonathan & Elizabeth Rockwell; b. 25 May, 1803; m. 5 Oct., 1829, Theodora Crane Morse, dau. of Alpheus & Ann; d. 5 April, 1880. She was b. 1809; d. 29 March, 1873; bur. Oxford, N. S. He spelled his name Davidson.
610. Oscar S., b. 31 July, 1830; m. 7 April, 1857, Mary C. B. Wilson, Yarmouth, N. S.
348. Edward, s. of Jonathan & Elizabeth Rockwell; b. 6 May, 1801 [child entry p.59: "b. 1806"]; m. 6 Jan., 1841, at Mastown, Colchester Co., Nova Scotia, by Rev. M. Brown, Mary McNutt (b. 16 Nov., 1815; d. 28 July, 1886; bur. at River Philip, Cumberland Co., N. S.); d. Oct. 9, 1887.
618. Frederick Augustus, b. 25 Nov., 1843; at Truro, by Rev. W. Burrus, m. Allis Maud Cox of Truro, Colchester Co., N. S.
1. Margearie, b. 13 Oct., 1892.
619. Alfred Dexter, b. 19 July, 1845.
349. George, s. of Jonathan & Elizabeth Rockwell.
626. Glennie, b. 1838. 628. Catharine, 1836.
350. James R., s. of Jonathan & Elizabeth Rockwell : lives or lived at St. Paul, Minn.; b. 1810; m. Mary More.
630. Charles Franklin, b. 17 June, 1873.
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351. Alfred (lives or lived at St. Paul, Minn.), s. of Jonathan & Elizabeth Rockwell;b. at Cambridge, N. S., 1814; m. 1843, Harriet Stephenson.
637. Thomas A., b. 1844. 640. Mary, b. 1861.
386. Gideon Miner, eldest son of Thomas & Abigail Miner; was born at Middletown, Vt., Nov. 12, 1791. Married July 24, 1814, Sarah Melvina (b. 22 April, 1791; d. 6 April, 1861), eldest dau. of Captain John Mason & Sarah Woodward of Castleton, Vt.
He became a resident of Rutland in April, 1806; was the editor and one of the proprietors of the "Rutland Herald" in 1813; married 1814, and removed to Saratoga Springs on the 21st of April, 1819. Here he established the first newspaper printed in that village (the "Saratoga Sentinal"), and was its editor and proprietor for about twenty-three years; during most of which time, and until 1848, he was Clerk in Chancery for the 4th Circuit of the State of New York.
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642. John Mason, b. at Rutland. Vt., 9 March, 1816; m. 13 Aug., 1838, Sarah S. Walworth; d. 7 March, 1890.
387. Clement, s. of Thomas and Abigail Miner, b. at Middletown, Vt., 23 Nov., 1794; m. 17 Oct., 1818, Elizabeth Newman, b. at Bedford, N. Y., 1789, dau. of Major Elias Newman, a Revolutionary soldier, afterward sheriff and surrogate of Westchester Co., at one time a candidate for Governor of the State of New York. Mr. Davison and his wife resided for several years in Brooklyn; had two children who died in infancy.
390. James, s. of Thomas and Deborah Rogers, b. 7 Dec., 1788; m. 9 March, 1811, Ruth Maxwell.
647. Thomas Andrew, b. 27 Dec., 1811.
392. William, s. of Thomas and Deborah Rogers : perhaps of Jonathan of Hausport.
653. Leonard, b. 8 Jan., 1811.
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393. Nathan, s. of Thomas and Deborah Rogers, m. 17 June, 1797. Second wife, a Miss Power.
660. Rebecca, b. 17 March, 1798; m. 26 March, 1817, William Benjamin.
394. Cyrus, s. of Thomas and Deborah Rogers, m. 1 Jan., 1806, Elizabeth Martin.
670. Julia Ann, b. 15 April, 1806.
395. Thomas, s. of Thomas and Deborah Rogers, m. 27 Oct., 1814, Rebecca Gould. She d. 24 March, 1861.
675. John Thomas, b. 7 Aug., 1815.
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396. Michael, s. of Thomas and Deborah Rogers, d. 11 Jan., 1864; m. twice: (1) 28 Jan., 1806, Jerusha Jordan; d. 26 Jan., 1813; (2) 13 Jan., 1842, Elizabeth Graham.
Child by First Marriage.
682. Rachel, b. 29 Sept., 1808.
Children by Second Marriage.
683. Daniel, b. 6 May, 1815.
400. David, s. of Asa and Prudence Dennison, b. 1786; m. 6 Jan., 1813; Hepsabah Merchant, dau. of William and Betsy (Williamson) Merchant.
688. William Asa, b. at Comwallis. 23 April, 1815; m. C. S. Norwood; issue, two sons, Samuel and William, reside at Malden, Mass.
401. Samuel, s. of Asa and Prudence Dennison, b. 1788; m. 1813, Eleanor Doran.
402. Asa, s. of Asa and Prudence Dennison, b. 1800. Lived in Kings Co., N. B.
697. Samuel, [b. on/aft 1818], a judge in California.
406. Thomas, s. of Thomas & Eunice Pearl, b. at Otis, Mass., 25 March, 1791; d. 28 June, 1881; buried at Chestnut Ridge Cemetery, Royaltown, N. Y.; m. 30 March, 1816. Susan Loveland, b. 1794; died 16 March, 1876; buried with her husband. Thomas lived at Otis, Mass., where he worked at his trade of blacksmith till 1816, when he removed to Augusta, Oneida Co., N. Y., where he remained but six months; then removed and settled at Leroy, Genesee Co., N. Y., where he remained till 1822, when he settled at Royaltown, in Niagara Co. At this time the country was a wilderness, and a descendant says he lived for a short time in a log hut without doors or windows, contented in the thought that some day it would be different, and it was. In 1832 he went to Otis, Mass., and brought his aged parents to live with him.
699. Curtis, b. at Otis, Mass., 16 July, 1815; m. Sarah Coe. Had one son, James F., said to have lived at Tonawanda, Erie Co. (prob. N.Y.). He was affected with fits, from the effects of which his reason was destroyed; d. 30 Nov., 1863, and was buried with his father.
413. Benjamin, s. of Benjamin & Roxy Norton, b. at Otis, Mass., 4 Feb., 1792; m. twice: (1) Joanna Johnson; (2) Anna
Child by First Marriage.
703. Benjamin, [b. on/aft 1812], m. Fannie Curtis.
Children By Second Marriage.
704. Joanna, [b. on/aft 1817], m. Valentine Stoddard.
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415. Abiel [aka: Abiol], s. of Benjamin & Roxy Norton, b. at London, Berkshire Co., Mass., 18 Jan., 1796; m. 1st, 29 March, 1819, Sophia Miller, b. 2 March, 1799; d. 28 March, 1839; m. 2nd, Angeline Mesnord, b. 9 April, 1812, Saratoga, N. Y.; d. 20 March, 1885; bur. Lion, N. Y.
Children by First Marriage.
714. Abiel J., b. 1 Sept., 1820; farmer; no family.
Children by Second Marriage.
721. Albert, b. 16 April, 1842; m. Flora Dawley.
419. Charles Cook, s. of Benjamin & Roxy Norton, b. 9 April, 1806; m. 1829, Mary Geer of Vermont.
Charles Cook was obliged to provide for himself after his father's death, he being but six years old. Went to Iowa 1856; was a carpenter & joiner. Blind after 1883. Lived in 1885 at New Hampton, Iowa, with son Lorenzo Benjamin.
726. Charles J., b. Jan., 1830; d. 1 Oct., 1882; single.
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421. John D., s. of John & Lydia Wood; b. at Otis, Mass., 23 Aug., 1791; m. May, 1815, Anna Guile of Becket, Mass.
730. John R., b. 9 Dec., 1815 or 16; had one child, John E., who lived (1880) at Lyona, Crawford Co., Penn.; had other children.
422. Nathaniel, s. of John & Lydia Wood, b. at Otis, Mass., 16 Nov., 1793; d. 2 April, 1886; m. 1815, Amy Guile of Becket, Mass. She was b. 23 March, 1796; d. 23 Dec., 1862.
He settled in Randolph, Crawford Co., Penn., about one mile from Hickory Corners, in 1820. He came from Otis, Mass., with other brothers, in ox teams, being on the road 31 days. The " Crawford Journal," in speaking of his death, says :
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734. Charles, b. 9 Feb., 1816; d. young at Otis, Mass.
424. Lyman S., s. of John & Lydia Wood, b. at Otis, Mass., 16 May, 1799; d. 2 Aug., 1879; m. 24 Dec., 1848, Julia Jewel, b. at Murray, Orleans Co., N. Y., 7 Dec., 1816.
Lyman came to northwest Pennsylvania as early as 1818, and a second time with Nathaniel in 1820. He built a carding mill in 1823 in Randolph, which he sold in 1848. Soon after marriage he went West and settled in Geneva, Ill., where he lived until 1861, when he went to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where he had taken Government land as early as 1854, two miles northeast of Cedar Falls. He lost his left foot 4 Nov., 1861. He visited Iowa land for the purpose of building in 1858, but on account of the wet season could not. His widow was living in Chase, Rice Co., Kansas, in 1887.
743. John, b. Crawford Co., Pa., 24 July, 1850; m. J. Van Deusen, and resided in 1887 in Rice Co., Kansas.
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425. Percivill, s. of John & Lydia Wood; b. at Otis, Mass., 20 Oct., 1801; m. (1) April, 1835, Hannah Fowler (b. Groveville, Mass., 21 July, 1800; d. Otis, Mass., 2 Sept., 1850); (2) 30 June, 1852, Harmony B. Merrill (b. 16 Dec., 1815; living, 1886, at Otis, Mass.); d. 26 Aug., 1876; bur. at Otis, Mass., where he died.
748. M. Louise, b. at Otis. Mass., 1 Aug., 1838; m. Norman Willard.
1. Charles N., b. Otis. Mass., 26 Feb., 1863.
749. Edmund, b. at Otis, Mass., 6 Aug., 1839; m. 5 Jan., 1870. Jennie Chapman; resides at old homestead; one child. Katie H., b. 23 April, 1875.
1. Mary A., b. 6 Feb., 1877.
426. William G., s. of John & Lydia Wood; b. 15 March, 1804; m. 8 May, 1832, Jane Ann Maria, youngest dau. of Eliphalet and Ann (Sacket) Reed; d. 2 March, 1870. She died about 1890. Remained strong until death, and was walking to church when she dropped dead with apoplexy.
William G. left his home at Otis, Mass., in 1823, and went to Crawford Co., Pa. In 1824 he built a shop on a stream 1 1/2 miles east of Blooming Valley, nearly opposite the residence of the late Luther Marsh. Here he manufactured wooden bowls, which he turned out by hand with chisels, the modern rapid machine for the purpose then being unknown. This shop was standing since his death; it was a rather primitive affair, the boards being held together with wooden pins.
751. Wesley, b. Richmond, Pa., 13 March, 1833; m. 18 March, 1856, Cynthia A. Thompson.
1. Mary, b. 1 Jan., 1867.
757. Dorcas, b. 15 Nov., 1847; d. 21 Nov., 1849.
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427. Thomas, s. of John & Lydia Wood; b. S Oct., 1806; m. 1826, Diana Roberts.
761. Henry, [b. on/aft 1826] 763. Hiram, [b. on/aft 1826]
441. Judge Norman, s. of Paul & Sally Gould; b. at Ashford, Ct., 16 Aug., 1786; m. at Avon, N. Y., 9 Nov., 1806, Huldah, dau. of Benjamin (b. 1 May, 1760), and Sarah (Clark) (b. 18 Feb., 1764), Brown. He d. 26 March, 1841, at Davisonville, town of Atlas, Lapeer Co., Mich. She was b. near Albany, N. Y., 4 March, 1786: d. at Highland, Oakland Co., Mich., 10 March, 1848.
Notes on the pioneer life of Judge Norman Davison and family taken from the " History of Genesee Co., Mich." (published in 1879 by Everts and Abbotts of Philadelphia) :
765. Sally or Sarah, b. in Monroe Co., N. Y., 7 Oct., 1807; m. about 1826, Lewis Manton; d. at Davisonville, 13 Feb., 1837. Had one child, Antoinette, who died in early girlhood. Sally or Sarah was the first white person to die in the new town.
442. Martin, s. of Paul & Sally Gould, b. at Ashford, Ct., 29 Sept., 1789; m. Nancy Emmett.
774. Sally, [b. on/aft 1807] 779. Betsy, [b. on/aft 1807]
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445. Jonathan, s. of Paul & Sally Gould, b. Lima, N. Y. 1796; m. Nancy Gibson. Removed from Lima, N. Y., to Grand Blanc, Genesee Co., Mich., 1831.
784. Charles (dead), [b. on/aft 1814] 787. Andrew, [b. on/aft 1814]
449. Asa Lee (doctor), s. of Ezra, b. at Grafton, N. Y., 3 Dec., 1792; m. Lydia Lewis (b. at Petersburg, N. Y.); d. Canton, Ill., 2 Nov., 1853.
789. Augustus Lewis, b. 1812; d. Aug., 1859; resided at Pekin. III.
453. Daniel, s. of Ezra, b. Grafton, N. Y., 25 May, 1804; m. Dec., 1823, Melinda Mixon (b. 25 March, 1800); d. 8 Jan., 1844; bur. at Grafton.
794. Daniel H., b. 25 March, 1826.
454. Paul K. (farmer and surveyor), s. of Ezra, b. Grafton, N. Y., 1 Jan., 1807; m. Abigail Burdick; d. at Troy, N.Y., 1884.
799. Abigail, [b. on/aft 1825], Grafton; m. Frank Smith.
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455. John Milton (lives or lived at Eureka, III)., s. of Ezra, b. Grafton, N.Y.; m. 24 June, 1832, Sally Parks, b. Grafton, 13 Feb., 1805; d. 27 May, 1885.
804. Prosper H., b. 26 Aug., 1833; m. 2 Sept., 1854, Jane File.
456. S. Rowland, s. of Ezra, b. Grafton, N. Y., 26 Oct., 1813; m. Aug., 1833, Amanda West (b. Grafton, 5 Feb., 1815; d. 22 May, 1880); d. 18 April, 1867.
806. Ezra D., b. Grafton, 28 June, 1834; m. 1855, Mary Scriven.
457. Norman L. (mason), s. of Ezra, b. 26 July, 1817; m. at Grafton, N. Y., 11 Dec., 1836, Adelia C. Wait, b. at Brownville, N. Y., 24 Sept., 1823; d. 21 Aug., 1881.
815. Lorada a., b. Grafton, N. Y., 21 March, 1839; d. 14 Feb., 1842.
460. Paul (doctor), s. of Rufus & Polly Morgan, b. 21 Nov., 1805; m. 1 May, 1837, Lucy E. Oathoudt, b. 8/11, 1809.
820. C. P. O., b. 5/4, 1838; d. 4/28, 1870.
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465. Alonzo Pride, s. of Nathan and Elizabeth Seaman, b. 1813; m. at Castile, N. Y., 1844, Adielia Fuller; d. 1878. Settled at Castile, N. Y., in hardware trade, and died there.
824. W. G., b. Castile, 3 Nov., 1847; m. 18 Dec. 1884, Cora A. Hoogland. Settled at Mitchell, where he and his brother operate the Mitchell National Bank, he being president.
471. Nathan Henry (farmer), s. of Nathan and Elizabeth Seaman, b. Lickaen, N. Y., 16 Aug., 1824; m. Jan., 1852, Amanda Aiken, b. at Pike. N. Y., 23 June, 1831. Settled at Castile, N. Y., where he resided until 1867, when he removed to Manston, Wisconsin.
829. Francis M., b. Castile, 21 July, 1853; d. 17 Nov., 1865.
485. Cephas, s. of Samuel & Sarah Williams, b. 12 Aug., 1834; m. in Wayland, 14 March, 1869, Elizabeth A. Coleman (b. 2/14/1849); d. at San Diego, Cal., 3 Feb., 1888; buried at Wayland, Mich.
Cephus resided at Wayland, Mich., and was a dentist, and dealer in real estate. He left Massachusetts in 1856. Spent years in Nebraska and Colorado frontiers, often having narrow escapes. He also resided for a short time at San Diego, Cal.
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840. Charles L., b. at Wayland. 1/13, 1870; m. 10 June, 1886, Ella Van Auken, and resides at Allegon, Mich.
486. Royal, s. of Samuel & Sarah Williams, b. 2/4, 1836; m. (1) Ellen Clark, of Northampton, Mass., who d. 1870; (2) Mary Robbins, Lives at San Diego, Cal.
495. Abner, s. of Chester & Lorena Dunham, b. 3 Jan., 1820; m. at Davenport, Iowa, by Rev. A. J. Kynett, Jan., 1854, Mary E. Davison, dau. of William (his uncle) & Mary of Hartwick Seminary, N. Y. He is an attorney-at-law at Davenport, Iowa.
844. Ella, b. 23 July, 1854.
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497. Horatio, s. of Chester & Lorena Dunham, b. in Otsego Co., New York State, 8 Dec. 1823; m. 16 March, 1863, Ellen Griswold, dau. of John & Lucia Ann Griswold, b. in New York State, 1830, d. Jan. 3, 1883, aged fifty-three years. Horatio, at the age of seventeen, taught school, at the same time serving an apprenticeship training for business. At the age of thirty-seven removed from the State. Taught school one term in Iowa; from 1860 to 1888 was engaged in farming in Illinois. In that year he went to California on account of his health, which is now entirely restored. He is now retired from business, and lives with his daughter, wife of J. H. Chaffee, at Ventura, Cal.
851. Alice, b. 25 Jan., 1869; m. 21 July, 1891, H. A. Miller, of Ventura; d. 15 Oct., 1895.
498. Henry Delos, s. of Chester & Lorena Dunham, b. 2 Aug., 1827; m. April 27, 1851, Lurenza Newton; d. at Genesee, Ill., 27 April, 1864.
853. Theodore, [b. on/aft 1851] 856. Nellie, [b. on/aft 1851]
510. George W., s. of George Luther & Lydia Crosby, b. 12 Feb., 1838; m. 27 June, 1861, Abbie Elizabeth Fletcher, b. 25 Nov., 1841.
858. George Nelson, b. 2/19 /1866; died 18 March, 1866.
511. Edwin H., s. of George Luther & Lydia Crosby, b. 3 Aug., 1841; m. 22 Nov., 1866, Jennie Eliza Williams, b. 8 Aug., 1844.
862. Helen W., b. 9 Nov., 1880.
Superintendent and secretary of the American Hosiery Co. of New Britain, Ct. In 1887 had 1,200 employees under his charge. Has been twelve years superintendent of the First Presbyterian school of 700 pupils. In 1888 a member of the city school board.
513 [actually: 512.]. Henry Herbert, s. of Ralph Utley & Dolly Conant, b. 24 Sept., 1850; m. at Pawtucket, R. I., by Rev. David Boyd, 28 Nov., 1877, Ida F. Crowningshield, dau. of John A. & Sarah Franklin Crowningshield.
863. Edith Dolly, b. 12 Oct., 1878.
514. John Eliot of Pawtucket, R. I., s. of Ralph Utley & Cordelia W. Larned, b. 25 Nov., 1858; m. 28 Nov., 1894, at Tampa, Florida, Lizzie, dau. of Fordyce & Elizabeth (Porter) Easton.
866. Ralph Easton, b. 16 April, 1896.
545. William Elisha (designer), s. of Elisha Howe & Mary Olive Cutler, b. Putnam, Ct., 20 June, 1858; m. 21 Dec., 1881, Ella M. Rhodes, b. Millville, Mass., 1 Dec., 1853.
867. Luella M., b. at Mechanicsville, Ct., 2 June, 1883; d. 1 Aug., 1884; bur. at Putnam.
565. Oliver, s. of Morris Miller & Elizabeth S. Stratford, b. at New York City, 8 July, 1847; m. 5 June, 1879, Catharine L. Demarest, dau. of David & Catharine Louisa (Nevins); d. of neuralgia of the heart 7 March, 1887. Widow and children reside at Port Richmond, Staten Island, N. Y.
869. Morris Miller, b. 31 Dec., 1881.
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566. Sylvanus Miller (mechanical engineer), s. of Morris Miller & Elizabeth S. Stratford, b. I2 Jan., 1849; m. at Yokohama, Japan, 30 Dec., 1871, Angelica Malcolm, dau. of William and Angelica Gilbert (Malcolm) Ryan.
871. Mararet Miller, b. in Yokohama. Japan. 24 Sept., 1873; m. at Geneva, Switzerland, 12 Feb., 1896, Henry Rutgers Remsen Coles, b. Tarrytown. N. Y., 15 July, 1873. One child, H. R. R. Coles. Jr., b. 28 May, 1897, bap. in St. Paul's Church, Englewood, New Jersey, on 15 August, 1897.
The subject of this sketch [the author's father-in-law] was born in New York, January 12, 1849, on Broadway, in the house which afterwards became Hope Chapel. He was the fourth son of Morris Miller Davidson and his wife Elizabeth Shrimpton Davidson, née Stratford. His early life was spent in New York until the death of his father, which occurred October 24, 1854, when he removed to Jamaica, Long Island, with his mother. The facilities for education at that place were not so good as in some other parts of the State, therefore the family moved to Schenectady in October, 1857, where the educational opportunities offered seemed unexceptionable, that city being at the time the seat of one of the foremost colleges in this country. The war of 1861, however, changed this centre somewhat, and Union College lost prestige.
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600. James Reynolds, s. of William Billings & Louisa Daly, b. 29 Sept., 1844; m. 7 Aug., 1872, at Ch. Lower Prince Edward Island, Canada, by Rev. James Laylor, Mary Penople, b. 15 Feb., 1851, dau. of Bertram & Elizabeth Moore.
873. Charles Franklin, b. 17 June, 1873.
610. Oscar S., of Yarmouth, N. S., s. of Henry Alline & Theodora C. Morse, b. 31 July, 1830; m. by Rev. Christopher Lockhard, at Barrington, Canada, Mary E. Bruce Wilson, dau. of Israel K. M. D. & Matilda.
Abstract from letter of Mr. Oscar Davison, dated 6 Aug., 1897:
882. Ada Cecilia, b. 1858; m. 1 Aug., 1878, G. M. Dane of Yarmouth, N, S.
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611. Allen Chapman, s. of Henry & Theodora C. Morse, b. 25 May, 1832; m. at Londonderry, Colchester Co., Nova Scotia, by Rev. James Balcom, Sarah Jane, b. 6 March, 1840, dau. of Joseph &Margaret (Moore) McKinlay.
884. Cecelia, b. 17 Nov., 1867; d. 3d July, 1882.
617. Silas Morse, s. of Henry Alline & Theodora C. Morse, b. 5 April, 1845; m. at Hopewell, Cape Albert Co., N. B., 25 Dec., 1876, by Rev. Mr. Beverly, Drucilla, dau. of Thomas & Rachel (Dickson) Peck. Resided at Oxford, N. S.; d. 1897.
891. Julia F., b. 19 Dec., 1877.
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642. John Mason, [see Appendix] s. of Gideon Miner & Sarah Mason, b. Rutland, Vt., 9 March, 1815-16; d. 7 March, 1890; buried at Saratoga Springs, N. Y.; m. 31 August, 1838, Sarah Simonds, dau. of Chancellor Walworth of Saratoga Springs. She was born at Plattsburg, N. Y., 2 Feb., 1815 : d. 8 Jan., 1887; buried at Saratoga Springs. They settled for a time at Albany, N. Y., where he was Register of Chancery of the State of New York from 1839 till the adoption of the new Constitution in 1848, when he removed to Saratoga Springs, where for several years he held the office of President of the Saratoga and Whitehall Railroad Co.
895. John Mason, b. Albany, 18 Dec., 1840. [see Appendix]
643. Clement Miner, s. of Gideon Miner & Sarah Mason, b. Rutland, Vt,, 9 Dec., 1817. Graduated from Union College in 1838; m. (1) 21 Oct., 1840, Martha Elizabeth Bacon, dau, of John F. Bacon, Esq., of Albany, N. Y. She was b. at Saratoga Springs; m. (2) 1 Dec., 1846, Mary Fuller Pomeroy.
900. Cornelia Pomeroy, b. at Utica, N. Y., 2 Feb., 1847.
644. Charles Augustus, s. of Gideon Miner & Sarah Mason, b. Saratoga Springs, 21 May, 1824; graduated Williams College, 1845; m. by Dr. Thomas E. Vermilye New York City, 9 Jan., 1850, Mary Anthony, dau. of William M. & Hester Ann (derimer) Vermilye.
903. Louis Vermilye, b. 20 June, 1853; m. by Rev. George A. Howard, Catskill, N. Y., 20 Nov., 1879, Sophia Griffin, dau. of George & Elizabeth.
703. Benjamin (photographer), s. of Benjamin & Joanna Johnson, m. Fannie Curtis.
905. John W., b. 1837; d. 1863, single.
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705. William, s. of Benjamin & Anna
907. Maryette, b. 1846; d. 1848.
709. Oramille, s. of Benjamin & Anna
910. Martha E., b. Jasper Co., Ind., 23 March, 1847.
728. Lorenzo Benjamin, s. of Charles Cook & Mary b. Geer, b. 20 June, 1838; m. Dec., 1860, Esther Annobel of Fort Madison, b. at Bath, N. Y., 1842.
915. Clara A., [b. on/aft 1860], b. at Fort Madison.
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730. John R., s. of John D. & Anna Guile, b. 9 Dec., 1815, 16, or 18; m. and had a son.
924. James E., [b. on/aft 1833]
736. Lorin, s. of Nathaniel & Amy Guile, b. at Otis, Mass., 25 June, 1819. Came to Pennsylvania in infancy with his parents, and settled at Randolph, where he was residing in 1888; m. 1843, Abigail Hodge, b. in Vermont, 3 March, 1826.
925. Emma M., b. 10 Feb., 1844; m. 1861, a Mr. Phillips of Townsville, Penn.
738. Nathaniel Wood, s. of Nathaniel & Amy Guile, b. in Randolph, Pa., 4 June, 1824; m. 22 May, 1850, Jane, dau. of Robert J. & Catharine Davis of Belledevit, Ireland, b. 24 Jan., 1826. Resided (1886) at Hayfield, Crawford Co., Penn.
932. Jane Augusta, b. 24 Jan., 1851; m. 18 July, 1869, W. Burt Adams of Panama, N. Y.
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740. William, s. of Nathaniel & Amy Guile, b. 30 Dec., 1829; m. 12 Jan., 1858, Lovina Case, and settled at Randolph, Pa.
939. Nellie, b. 1860; m. 1882, J. B. Hames.
741. Lyman, s. of Nathaniel & Amy Guile, b. 27 Jan., 1832; m. Mary Meachum, and resides near Blooming Valley, Crawford Co., Penn.
946. Ozias, [b. on/aft 1815], b. Meadville, Pa.; m. Louise Holland.
751. Wesley, s. of William G. & Jane Reed, b. Richmond, Pa., 18 March, 1833; m. 13 March, 1856, by Rev. Alpheus Smith, at Union City, Pa., Cynthia Adelia, dau. of Samuel Swain & Betsy (Ames) Thompson. (For Thompson family, see Appendix.)
The following was written by Mr. A. H. Davison :
951. Arthur Henry, b. 6 March, 1857; m. 4 Aug., 1879, Amadella Van Marten.
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753. Selleck, s. of William & Jane Reed, b. at Otis. Mass., 24 May, 1836; m. 4 Nov., 1854, Mary Perham, b. 7 Sept., 1834; d. of consumption, 28 May, 1883. Besides several who died in infancy, had the following:
963. Marilla, b. at Blooming Valley, Pa., 2 Jan., 1857; m. Matthew Culver, b. 2 April, 1853, by whom she had the following children :
1. Carl, b. 11 March, 1876.
964. Rhoda, b. at Little Cooley, Pa., 5 March, 1858; m. 21 Feb., 1875, H. K. Lyon, b. 22 Feb., 1854; lived at Grantvilie, Kansas; d. in Penn., about 1894.
1. Geffrey, b. 4 Nov., 1879, at Topeka, Kansas.
754. Lewis, s. of William & Jane Reed, b. 5 May, 1842; m. 7 July, 1867, Sarohette Pratt, and settled half a mile south of schoolhouse, two miles west of Townsville, Crawford, Co., Pa.
965. Frank, b. 11 July, 1869.
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766. Paul G., s. of Norman & Huldah Brown, b. at Ogden, N. Y., 4/13, 1809; m. 31 March, 1840, Mary Ann Hart, dau. of William & Polly, at Atlas, Mich. She was b. in Monroe Co., N. Y., 1822, and d. 4/26, 1848. Settled at Atlas, Mich., at the occupation of farming, where he resided until he emigrated to California. He at one time gathered considerable material for a family history; d. in California, 28 Nov., 1851.
967. Mary Francis, b. 1841; d. in infancy.
767. Oliver Perry, of Highland, Mich., s. of Norman & Huldah Brown, b. Ogden, N. Y., 31 Aug., 1810; d. 6 March, 1879; buried at Highland, Mich.; m. 23 Feb., 1837, Mary, dau. of George Clark of Sopen, Mich. She was b. in Hockton, England, 2 Oct., 1818; and d. 23 Feb., 1884; buried at Highland, Mich.
970. Sarah H., b. Atlas, Mich., 1 July, 1840; m. 1 Jan., 1861, C. E. Bennett of Milford, Mich.
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770. Dewit Clinton (farmer), s. of Norman & Huldah Brown, b. at Avon, N. Y., 22 April, 1819; d. at Davisonville, 11 April, 1873; bur. at Atlas, Mich. M. (1) in 1850, Lucretia Palmer, dau. of Olive Palmer. M. (2) at Atlas, Mich., 15 March, 1853, Elizabeth Munson Fairchild, dau. of Nathaniel & Harriet (Hughes) Fairchild.
978. Belle, b. at Atlas, Mich., 13 Aug., 1855; d. at Goodrich, Mich., 4 July, 1859.
1. Dewit C, b. 17 Feb., 1889; d. 10 Oct., 1889.
771. Benjamin Franklin (farmer), of Highland, Oakland Co., Mich., s. of Norman & Huldah Brown, b. at Avon, N. Y., 21 April, 1821; m. 16 May, 1849, H. N. Gue of Highland, Mich.; b. 30 Oct., 1830.
980. Jane Ann, b. Highland, Nov., 1853; m. 9 Nov., 1876, William H. Gonne.
1. Bertha, b. 5 Oct., 1869.
789. Augustus Lewis (lawyer), s. of Asa Lee & Lydia Lewis, b. 1812; d. 25 Aug., 1859.
984. Asa Lee, b. 21 Feb., 1850; m. 9 May, 1869, Fannie E. Church.
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791. Ezra Darwin (lawyer), s. of Asa Lee & Lydia Lewis, b. 23 June, 1818; m. Feb., 1840, Electa S. Fairchild.
987. Lydia, b. 14 June, 1841; m. A. D. Addis of Lincoln, Neb.
794. Daniel Harrison, s. of Daniel & Melinda Mixon, b. at Grafton, N. Y., 25 March, 1826; m. 25 March, 1852, at Grafton, N. Y., Louisa Ann Bly, dau. of Joseph; b. at Sandlake, N. Y., 26 March, 1829.
993. Ada E., b. Grafton, N. Y., 19 Jan., 1854; m. 30 May, 1882. Charles Taylor of Edgar, Neb.
795. Almon, of Manito Ill., s. of Daniel & Melinda Mixon, b. at Grafton, N. Y., 25 June, 1828; m. 29 June, 1854, Abbie M. Chandler, dau. of Rev. S. P. Chandler of Bell Creek, Minn. She was b. 21 May, 1838.
1001. Martha, b. Manito, Ill., 10 April, 1855; m. 1 Oct., 1878, Jerry Singley of Manito, Ill.
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797. Reuben, of Saratoga Springs (harness maker) s. of Daniel & Melinda Mixon, b. Grafton, N. Y., 14 Oct., 1832; m. 16 Jan., 1858, Louisa Hamett.
1013. Carrie, b. 1860.
798. Ezra (carpenter), s. of Daniel & Melinda Mixon, b. Grafton, N. Y., 5 Nov., 1837; m. 19 Feb., 1868. Helen Wilson, d. 1874, and was buried eight miles west of Minonk, Ill.
1016. Annie L., b. Minonk, Ill., 24 Nov., 1868.
801. Franklin, s. of Paul & Abigail Burdick, b. at Grafton, N. Y., in 1834; m. (1) 25 Jan., 1856, Jane Brown; (2) ____. Lived in New York City.
Children by First Marriage.
1019. Jennie, [b. on/aft 1856].
Children by Second Marriage.
1021. Milton, b. in New York City, 1878; d. age 4 years.
802. Asa, s. of Paul K. & Abigail Burdick; m. Eliza Bond, and lived in Troy, N. Y., with his sister Augusta.
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804. Prosper H. (farmer), s. of John Milton & Sally Parks, b. Grafton, N, Y., 26 Aug., 1833; m. 2 Sept., 1854, Jane File of Eureka, Ill.; b. at Brunswick, N. Y., April, 1832.
1023. Addie, b. 6 Aug., 1855.
806. Dr. Ezra, s. of S. Rowland & Amanda West, b. at Grafton, N. Y., 28 June, 1834; m. 31 Dec., 1855, Mary S. Scrivner, b. at Hoosic Falls, N. Y., 24 Oct., 1837.
1030. John R., b. 26 Jan., 1857; m. 31 July, 1887, Elizabeth Jarron, Idaho, and resided at Moscow.
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812. James Milton (farmer), s. of S. Rowland & Amanda West, b. at Groveland, Ill., 18 April, 1848 [child entry p.100: "b. 1846", probably correct]; m. 22 Sept., 1870, Louisa E. Scrivner.
1039. Alice, b. 26 Oct., 1871.
816. Edmund S. (farmer), s. of Norman L. & Adelia C. Wait, b. at Grafton, N. Y., 10 Feb., 1842; m. 10 May, 1863, Amy Vaughn; lived or lives at Emerald, Neb.
1045. Earnest C, b. at Clayton, 1 Feb., 1866.
817. Daniel Webster (barber), s. of Norman L. & Adelia C. Wait, b. at Grafton, N. Y., 8 May, 1844; m. 1 May, 1866, Sarah A. Richards, b. 4 May, 1848.
1049. George, b. at Clayton, 19 Nov., 1866.
819. Norman L. (soda-water manufacturer), s. of Norman L. & Adelia C. Wait, b. Grafton, N. Y., 16 April, 1854 : m. 19 Aug., 1873, Anna McKeever, b. 1 Oct., 1856.
1053. Charles H., b. 2 June, 1878.
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845. Charles, s. of Abner & Mary Davison, b. 29 April, 1857; m. 13 Oct., 1881, Mary Berryhill.
1056. Philip, b. 18 April, 1884.
896. Mansfield Walworth, of Dorchester, Mass., s. of John Mason & Sarah Walworth, b. at Albany, N. Y., 13 Jan., 1844; m. 24 Feb., 1870, at Cincinnati, Ohio, by Rev. James A. Fiske, Arabella Beltzhoover, dau. of George A. S: Sarah (Cook) Wallace. She was b. 8 July, 1844.
1058. Francis Wallace, b. 23 Nov., 1870.
951. Arthur Henry, s. of Wesley & Cynthia Thompson, b. 6 March, 1857, near Blooming Valley, Crawford Co., Penn.; m. 4 Aug., 1879, at Cambridge, Pa., by Rev. William Grassie, Amadella Van Marten.
Arthur H. Davison, b. March 6, 1857, on a farm one and one-half miles east of Blooming Valley, Crawford Co., Pa. In youth, when not at school, he worked upon the farm. His parents were always anxious to furnish their children every educational advantage within their reach and means. First attended the rural district school (schoolhouse half a mile south of Delamater's Corners) until thirteen years of age, when he began attending the village school at Blooming Valley.
1063. Hazel Van Marten, b. 28 April, 1881.
952. Albert L., s. of Wesley, b. 2 April, 1859; m. 15 Sept., 1879, at Crawford Co., Penn., Jennie Lindsey, dau. of John & Mary (Mobus) Lindsey.
1069. Ruey May, b. 30 Oct., 1880.
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954. Clinton Eugene, s of Wesley, b. 18 Jan., 1864; m. Flora Oakley. In 1896 published the "Tribune" at Hudson, S. D.
1073. Bernice, [b. on/aft 1882].
984. Asa Lee, s. of Augustus, b. in Chicago, 21 Feb., 1850; m. 9 May, 1869, Fannie E. Church.
1075. Myrtle, b. 19 Aug., 1871.
994. Joseph A., s. of Daniel Harrison & Louisa Ann Bly, b. 18 Jan., 1859; m. at Minonk, Ill., by Rev. S. Marquis, Lilla E. Ferrin, dau. of Henry & Loretta P. (Sanborn) Ferren [sic].
1077. Loretta, b. 28 June, 1884.
1000. Orris M., s. of Daniel Harrison & Louisa Ann Bly, b. 3 June, 1872; m. at Minonk, Ill., by Rev. Fuller Swift, 18 Dec., 1892, Mary Alene, dau. of Presley & Eleanor (Bane) Martin. She was b. 23 Oct., 1870.
1081. Curtis Melvin, b. 21 Sept., 1893.
1. Thompson Family. Henry Thompson came from England to America about the middle of the eighteenth century, and settled in New Jersey. M. Mary ______, by whom he the following:
1. Job, b. 6 July, 1755; probably had no issue.
2. Abel by first wife had the following:
3. Job, b. 4 Aug., 1799 [??]; d. 20 April, 1852; m. Isabel Swain.
3. Job, s. of Abel & Jemima Kemp, b. 4 Aug., 1799 [2 yrs before his 1st son??]; d. 20 April, 1852.
11. Henry, b. 4 March, 1801; m. Eliza Ames.
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12. Samuel, s. of Job & Isabel Swain, b. 23 Jan., 1803; m. twice, (1) Betsy Ames, b. 20 Nov., 1805; d. 2 May, 1842; (2) Mary Palmer.
19. Sally, b. 25 July, 1826; d. 10 Feb., 1829.
Children by Second Marriage.
27. Isabel, [b. on/aft 1843].
23. Samuel (s. of Samuel & Betsy Ames), m. twice, (1) Sophia Robbins; (2) Melissa Oakes.
Estelle, Addie, Samuel, Eddy, Maud, and Madge, [b. on/aft 1841].
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William Henry Harris, b. in Rhode Island, 6 March, 1810; m. 11 June, 1834, Ziphia Torrey, dau. of Ziphia Davison (No. 141), who was the daughter of Daniel Davison (No. 64) of Brooklyn, Ct.; b. Killingly, Ct., 14 Dec., 1814. Lives at Putnam Heights, Ct.
I. William T., b. Killingly, Ct., 10 Sept., 1835; m. 27 Dec., 1858 Sarah T. Bugbee; b. 29 Oct., 1836; resides, Concord, Mass.
1. Theodore, b. St. Louis. Mo., 12 Sept., 1859; m. 6 Aug., 1879, Florence Fairchild.
1. Ethan, b. St. Louis, 30 Nov., 1882; d. 20 Dec., 1883.
2. Charlotte, b. St. Louis, Mo., 27 July, 1862; d. 22 May, 1864; buried, St. Louis, Mo.
II. John W., b. Killingly, Ct., 29 April, 1837; d. San Francisco, Cal., 29 Dec., 1885.
1. David, [b. on/aft 1886], }
IX. Ellen E., b. Putnam, 21 Sept., 1858; d. Denver, Col., 2 July, 1887.
William Torrey Harris, whose name has become so generally known on account of his achievements in the work of education and the literature of education and philosophy, was born on a farm, on which he labored a large part of the time during early life. His pupil life began at the age of four years; from this age till he arrived at eight he attended summer terms of twelve weeks each at a country school one and a half miles distant from his father's farm. From this date he attended winter sessions of school, and during the next few years attended the city schools of Providence, Woodstock, Worcester, and Andover Academies, leaving Andover in 1853, when he began teaching.
The First Deed on Record to the Davisons in the Town of Preston, Conn. Several Extracts from the Records of that Town Relative to the Davisons, and Jonathan Davison's will, copied from the Probate Records at Norwich :
Know all men by these presents that I Daniel Mason of Stonington of the County of New London upon good & mature considerations me moving hereunto, & especially for & in consideration of the full & just sum of thirty pounds Current Moneys well & Truly payed by Thomas Davison & Pater Davison & George Hawkings the Receipt whereof I the said Daniel Mason do acknowledge viz. ten pounds at the signing of this present Deed and twenty pounds in like Current moneys well secured in law to be paid at or before the first of November next ensueing the debt hereof I the sd Daniel Mason freely fully cherely and absolutely do give grant bargain sell allienate & pass over unto the aforesaid Thomas Davison peter Davison & George Hawkins a certain tract of land swamp & Meadow ground in all Three hundred acres in estimatio, more or less as it is bounded and Layed out by Leiut. Jonathan Tracy situated & Lying near to pahchog cedar swamp, beginning at the southwest corner upon the lien between Leut. Daniel Mason and the town of preston at a white oak tree with a rock on the east side of it & marked with K. D. and from thence running Northerly Three hundred and Twenty rods with trees marked all along in the lines to a white oak marked with K. D. & Thence running easterly one hundred & fifty rods with trees marked in the line to a white oke on the South east corner of a pine swamp marked K. D. and thence southwardly with trees marked in the line until it cometh to the line first mentioned and so by sd Line to the tree first mentioned, all & singular every part & parcell Thereof with all the priviledges and appurtenances thereunto belonging & wood timber grass & Herbage Water & water courses and Rocks stones mines & minerals within the aforesaid bounds, is or doth or may accrew & arise, from as profits, benefits to the sole and peculiar use & behoff of the aforesaid Thomas Davison, peter Davison and George Hawkins forever to have & to hereto possess & enjoy quietly & peaceably without any Lett hindrance objection or ejection of me the said Daniel mason my heirs executors administrators & assigns forever unto the aforesaid Thomas Davison and peter Davison & George Hawkins their heirs executors and administrators or assigns declaring myself the true and Lawful proprietor of the aforesaid tract of land before the signing this present Deed and that I the sd Daniel Mason have just right & full power to sell & make allienation of the aforesaid bargained promises & shall & will warrant and defend the same and I the sd Daniel mason do hereby covenant & promise to give more ample deed for the strengthening & firm & sure making of the above sd bargained promises according to the honest and genuine scope & meaning of this present deed when legally called thereunto & in token of further confirmation I the sd Daniel mason set my hand & seal in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and ninty four august the fifteenth 1694.
Left Daniel mason personally appeared &
Samuel Mason assistant.
This Deed entered august 21th 1694.
Attest, O. P. Hewitt
Preston, April, 8th A.D. 1861.
DAVISON GENEALOGY. 133 to 135
The foregoing is the first deed upon record to the Davisons in Preston. A division occurred between them & George Hawkins December 9th, 1703, from which the following is an extract, going so far as the description of Thomas Davison's part.
"To all Christian people to whom these presents shall come Know Ye that whereas we Thomas Davison Peter Davison & George Hawkins all of Preston in the County of New London in ye colony of Connecticut in New England have formerly purchased a piece of land lying in Preston above sd of Daniel Mason of Stonington and this above sd land is bounded as followeth beginning at ye west corner at a white oak tree marked standing before John Guiles door & from thence running Southwardly course by ye land of Samuel Sterry until it comes to a red oak tree marked then turning eastwardly & running to a white oak tree marked standing in a hollow then turning a Northwardly course & running by ye said John Guiles land to ye first mentioned bound, which Land being now divided & bounded each mans division is as followeth and I Thomas Davison do take my division at ye South eastwardly corner at a white oak tree marked & running by ye land of ephrian herick to a red oak bush marked it being on a northwardly course then turning & running on a westwardly course upon a line to a red oak tree marked & so on ye same course tile it meteth with ye divisional line that is between Samuel Sterry land & ye land now mentioned, then turning a Southward by ye Land of Samuel Sterry to a white oak tree marked then turning on an eastwardly course to ye first bound mentioned of ye division." (See Preston Land Record Books, p. 25,)
Extracts from the Records of the First Church in Preston, Ct.
Rev. Salmon Treat, Minister.
1699, March 5. Thomas Davison was received in full communion with this church.
1698, Dec. 25. Jonathan, son of T. D., was baptized.
December 16, 1709. Thomas Davison of Lawful age testifieth and saith that I have lived in Preston sixteen years and I never Knew that Stephen Gate as concerning the land above written, I never Knew him to have been interrupted by any person or persons laying claim Thereunto, and prosecuting Their claim is due form of Law. Thomas Davison, selectman. This entered January 5, 1709-10.
Jonathan Tracy, Recorder.
136 DAVISON GENEALOGY.
DAVISON GENEALOGY. 137
Christopher Davison, son of John & Elizabeth his wife, born 1749, (no. 18).
Thus I find Thomas Davison having at various times almost all the offices then in the gift of his townsmen.
1694, Aug. 15. Thomas Davison, Peter Davison & George Hawkins took a deed of 300 acres of land of Daniel Mason of Stonington and in 1702-3 a highway was laid out "Northward of the house of Thos. Davison" & "near the new House of George Hawkins."
1703, Dec. 9. Their division was made.
This Ephm. Herrick, I think, came from Beverly, Mass., & bought 140 acres of land of Danl. Mason in Nov. 1694. His land joined the Davisons.
1720, April, 30. James Rix deeded 5 acres of land to Thos. Davison for 40 shillings.
At a Court of Probate held in Norwich in the District of Norwich in New London County the 9th day of January 1753, Present. –
Hez Huntington Esqr. Judge:
Item. I give unto my son Jonathan Five shillings old tenor money out of this my estate.
Item. I give unto my daughter Heziah One Hundred Pounds to be paid at the end of three years after my decease out of this my estate.
Item. I give unto my daughter Mary One Hundred Pounds old tenor money to be paid at the end of three years after my decease out of this my estate.
Item. I give unto my daughter Hannah One Hundred pounds old tenor money to be paid at the end of four years after my decease out of this my estate.
Item. I give unto my daughter Margara (Mary Ann) One Hundred Pounds old tenor money to be paid at the end of four years after comes to the age of Eighteen years.
Item. I give unto my daughter Margaret One Hundred pounds old tenor money to be paid at the end of four years after she arrives at the age of eighteen years.
Item. I give unto my Cypron One Hundred pounds Money old tenor when he comes to the full age of twenty one years, and One Hundred pounds money Old tenor more at his Mother's death.
Item. I give unto my son Samuel One Hundred pounds old tenor to be paid when he doth arrive at the full age of twenty-one years & One Hundred pounds money Old tenor more at his mother's death, the above said sums of money & Devise to be paid by my executors hereafter named.
Item. I give unto my Loving wife Heziah one third part of my personal estate forever; & one third part of my real estate during her natural life.
Item. I give unto my two sons Thomas & Hezikiah whom I make my sole executors to this my last will & testament all my land rights in land & all my movable Estate forever ratifying this to be my last will and testament this Sixth day of January 1751-2.
Signed, Sealed, Published, Pronounced & declared by the said Jonathan Davison to be liis last will & testament. In presence of us.
Joseph Billings Jonathan Davison L.S.
the mark of Judah Benjamin
In New London Ss. Preston, January 23rd, A.D. 1752. Mr. Judith Benjamin & Eunice Davison who signed as witnesses to the within written instrument Personally Appeared & made Solemn Oath that they see Jonathan Davison deceased sign, & heard him pronounce & declare the within instrument to be his last will and Testament he being then in a disposing mind & memory and that they and Joseph Billings Esqr. did then in the presence of the testator and at his request sign as Witnesses to the same.
Justice of the Peace.
Norwich, March 20" A.D. 1861.
The above is a true Copy of the record in the Norwich Probate Records.
S. T. HOLBROOK, Judge.
1748 Oct. 14. Jonathan Davison Jun. deed Wm. Herrick 106 acres of land for £1510 in bills of credit of ye old tenor.
Book 6, page 131.
1748 Oct. 14. Jonathan Davison Jr. deed to Danl. Benjamin 45 acres of land for £1055 in bills of credit of ye old tenor.
Book 6, page 132.
1748 Oct. 14. Jonathan Davison Jun. deed from Danl. Benjamin 12 1/2 acres & 26 rods of land for £300 money of ye old tenor.
Book 6, page 135.
1754 March 27. Deed, Jonathan D. (formerly Jun.) from Hezekiah D. of the farm which his Honored father Jonathan D. late of Preston decsd. died seized of " together with the adjoining right of thirds which belonged to my honored Grandmother Hannah Geer, late of said Preston, decsd."Consideration £1700 in bills of Cr. old tenor.
Book 6, page 522.
1754 June 6. Jonathan, Thomas & Andrew D.'s deed to Jed. Wm's of about 5 acres of land "and it is part of that land that set off to our honored Grandmother Davison for her thirds & it is yet undivided till now."
Book 6, page 545.
1754 June 15. Jed. Wm's & wife for £500 old Tenor money quit claimed to Jonathan, Thomas & Andrew D. the above tract – "and is a part of the land that was set off to our hond. Mother Hannah Davison for her third or dower & by her decease it descended unto ye sd Jedediah & Hannah his wife as their right of inheritance."
1754 November 1. Thomas & Jonathan D. (Thomas Davison of Stonington) divided the farm which their father died possessed of.
Book 7, page 86.
BAPTISMS, CHURCH MEMBERSHIP, ETC.
Mrs. Abigail Davison, mother of Gideon M. and Clement Davison, united with the Presbyterian Church at Saratoga Springs, under the pastoral care of the Rev. Darius O. Griswold, the first pastor of the church, May 6, 1821. She had previously been a member of the Congregational church at Middleton, Vt., for about forty years.
Gideon M. Davison and Clement Davison his brother, were baptized at Middletown on the same day by the Rev. Lemuel Haynes of West Rutland; the first at the age of about 3 years, and the latter an infant. Gideon M. was hopefully converted under the preaching of the Rev. Asahel Nettleton at Saratoga Springs, September 15, 1819; united with the Presbyterian church at that place, under the pastoral care of the Rev. Mr. Griswold, on the 24th of October following; and was ordained a ruling Elder of the church, under the ministry of the Rev. Mr. Shimeall, June 22, 1827. Clement, his brother, united with the Presbyterian church at Brooklyn on the day of, under the ministry of the Rev. Mr. Carroll.
Sarah M. Davison, wife of G. M. Davison, was baptized in infancy at Castleton, Vt., by the Rev. Mr. Kazeah, hopefully converted under the preaching of the Rev. Mr. Nettleton at Saratoga Springs, and united with the Presbyterian church at that place, under the pastoral care of the Rev. M. Griswold, on the 6th of May, 1821.
CHILDREN OF G. M. & S. M. DAVISON.
John M. Davison was baptized by the Rev. Mr. Griswold in 1821; became hopefully pious under the preaching of the Rev. Mr. Kirk at Albany, in October, 1832; and united with the Presbyterian church at Saratoga Springs under the ministry of the Rev. Mr. Farlin, on the 8th of Jan., 1833, at the age of 16. Sarah S. Walworth, his wife, was baptized in infancy at Pittsburgh, N. Y., and united with the Presbyterian church at Saratoga Springs under the ministry of the Rev. Mr. Griswold, on the 1sth of May, 1834, at the age of 19.
Clement M. Davison was baptized by the Rev. Mr. Griswold in 1821; became hopefully pious in June, 1838, while in college, during a revival of religion at Schenectady under the preaching of the Rev. Mr. Knapp; and united with the Presbyterian church at Saratoga Springs under the ministry of the Rev. Mr. Griswold, on the 6th of Jan., 1839, at the age of 21.
Charles A. Davison was baptized at Saratoga Springs in 1824 by the Rev. Mr. Bacon; became hopefully pious in the spring of 1840; and united with the Presbyterian church at that place, under the ministry of the Rev. Alfred T. Chester, on the 7th day of May of that year, at the age of nearly 16. He was ordained an elder in the Mercer Street Church of New York, Jan. 11, 1857. Mary A., his wife, united with the same church Feb. 14, 1855.
Sarah M. Davison was baptized by the Rev. Mr. Shimeall at Saratoga Springs in 1827, and united with the Presbyterian church, on profession of her faith in Christ, under the ministry of the Rev. A. T. Chester at that place, on the 6th of March, 1842, at the age of 15.
Elizabeth Newman Davison was baptized at Saratoga Springs by the Rev. Warren Farlin March 7, 1830. She died on the 14th of October following of scarlet fever, aged 16 months, and her funeral was attended by the Rev. Mr. Campbell, who for a few months was the Pastor of the Presbyterian Church.
CHILDREN OF JOHN M. & SARAH S. DAVISON.
John Mason Davison, Jun. was baptized at Albany by the Rev. Doct. Sprague, and united with the Presbyterian church at Canandaigua under the pastoral care of the Rev. Mr. Dagget, while a student at the classical school in that place, at the age of 16.
Mansfield Walworth Davison was baptized at Albany by the Rev. Doct. Sprague in 1845.
CHILDREN OF CLEMENT M. & MARY F. DAVISON.
Cornelia Pomeroy Davison was baptized at Whitehall by the Rev. Lewis Kellogg, in August, 1850.
CHILDREN OF CHARLES A. & MARY A. DAVISON.
Lewis Vermilye Davison was baptized in New York by the Rev. George L. Prentiss D.D. on the 19th of Feb. 1854.
Subsequent to the Revolutionary War. "After the return of peace Scotland Parish procured a bell for its meeting house steeple. According to popular tradition it was cracked upon its first journey, returned as unsound, and was again cracked in its hanging, once more re-mended and again re-cracked during the ringing which celebrated its successful return. By further mischance it was twice more disabled, sent back and returned before its final exaltation and installment in the steeple.
In June 1791 Doct. Cogswell reports that the subscribers for a bell voted "not to have the bell which is now in use here, nor any other of Davison's, but to apply to Doolittle's, New Haven."