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Richard Smalley Pratt

M, #1551, b. 1817, d. after September 1850

Parents

FatherBenjamin Pratt (b. 1771, d. about 1858)
MotherElizabeth Ann

Family: Mary Herrick (b. 20 September 1816, d. about April 1898)

SonRichard Henry Pratt+ (b. 6 December 1840, d. 15 March 1924)
SonJames Madison Pratt+ (b. 16 January 1844, d. 5 December 1899)
SonSeth Bacchus Pratt+ (b. 1845, d. 16 September 1890)

Biography

Birth1817Richard Smalley Pratt was born in 1817. The 1850 census states he was 33, giving a birth year of 1817, which I will use.

This puts him marrying at 23. If his father was really born in 1771, and Richard born in 1817, then his father would have been about 46. Which might mean that Richard was among the younger of other siblings.

The 1850 census also lists birthplace as Indiana. That may be in error, due to the fact that he had come to California from Indiana.

Summary of possible birth locations:
Indiana: Only census (1850) says Indiana
Son RHP 1900 census says father b. Indiana
Son RHP 1920 census says father b. Indiana
New York state: He lived there when his three children were born (possibly only 2 sons).
Son RHP 1880 census says father b. NY
Son RHP 1910 census says father b. NY
Son JMP 1880 census says father b. NY
Pennsylvania:
Son SBP 1880 census says father b. PA

The death certificate of his son Richard Henry Pratt in 1924 says Unknown for Father's Birth Place.1
History Notebetween 1817 and 1842Between 1817 and 1842 in New York the following event took place: Pratt Genealogy states that Richard had some part in the building of the Welland Canal and the Erie Canal. The Welland Canal and its associated Feeder Canal, between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, across the Niagara Peninsula, was a method of bypassing Niagara Falls. Construction took place between 1824-1829 and from 1831-1833.

The Erie Canal was started in 1817, and became navigable in 1825. Between 1823 and 1828, several lateral Canals opened including the Champlain, the Oswego and the Cayuga-Seneca. The Genesee Valley Canal went from Rochester to Mount Morris. An improvement program on the Erie was started in 1834. Robert Morris' Allegany County and its people, Alfred NY, W.A. Fergusson & Co., 1896, states that in 1842, "work on the Genesee Valley canal and Erie railroad was suspended..." Work was not resumed until 1848, by which time it appears that Richard and family had moved to Logansport.

It is reasonable to assume that after the canals were built, on-going upkeep employed various contractors along the route. We cannot know if R.S. Pratt was involved in the actual construction, or in maintenance work. If he was born in 1815, he would have been too young to work on the first Welland construction phase, but could have been a laborer on the second phase. However, he would have been quite young, and it raises the question as to why and how he was in that area at the age of 16 or 18, if he was not from that area.
Marriage15 January 1837He and Mary Herrick were married on 15 January 1837 in Wood County, Ohio, by E. Huntington, Justice of the Peace.

Viewed on familysearch.org, Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016 Collection.

In 1837, Mary's father may still have been in Ohio, or he may have gone to New York. However, Mary's 3 brothers, Calvin, Elijah, and William D. were all in Toledo or nearby, and she may have stayed with one of them.2
Research Note1839In 1839 Allegany County, New York, Research on local Pratts. I have researched Pratts found in the census, local histories, cemeteries, and newspapers in Allegany and nearby counties. I have not been able to find any Pratts who seem like at all likely candidates as families for Richard Smalley Pratt and his father Benjamin Pratt.
Census-not found1840Richard has not been found on the census of 1840
Research Note1845In 1845 Pennsylvania It is possible that R.S. Pratt lived in Pennsylvania around 1845. because the 1850, 1860, and 1880 censuses for his son Seth state that Seth was born in Pennsylvania. However, his wife Mary may have been staying with family or friends there while R.S. Pratt made arrangements for them to move to Logansport.
Residence1846As of 1846 Richard lived in Logansport, Cass County, Indiana, Pratt's biographer states that R.S.Pratt moved his family to Logansport in 1846.
BiographyAccording to Mason Delano Pratt, "Richard Smalley Pratt was a contractor and had some part in the construction of both the Erie and Welland Canals. He had married and settled in Rushford, Allegany County, NY, just prior to 1840, where his three sons were born. In 1846, no doubt attracted by the construction of the Wabash and Erie Canal in Indiana, he moved his family to Logansport (Indiana), where members of his family lived for many years. In 1849, or soon thereafter, he, with many other residents of Logansport, was attracted to California as an easy and quick road to wealth. Later he lost his life there, but the family never were able to get any accurate details as to when, where or how. His family in Logansport was left destitute. "2
Census27 September 1850He appeared in the census 27 September 1850 in Auburn and vicinity, Sutter County, California. Richard is listed as: R. S. Pratt, age 33, b. Ind., Mining
W. H. Cone, age 38, b. Ind., Mining
Dwelling place 882, Household 882,
Line 20

Image 27 of 31 on Ancestry.
Deathafter September 1850He died after September 1850 at Feather River in Butte County, California, Elaine Goodale Eastman, RH Pratt's biographer, who knew him personally from 1884 until his death, wrote, "Richard Pratt the elder, restless and adventurous, soon found himself caught up in the Gold Rush as one of the "Forty-Niners." He joined a party California bound, won through the hardships of the long trail, and staked out a promising claim on the banks of the beautiful Feather River. There, as he wrote home in a moment of high exultation, he had found enough gold to provide generously for them all. Great was the family rejoicing in this good fortune. But grim tragedy followed hard on its heels, with news that a fellow prospector had murdered the husband and father for his glittering hoard of golden sands."1,3
Last Edited7 March 2021

Citations

  1. [S75] Mason Delano Pratt, Genealogy of Richard Henry Pratt and his wife Anna Laura Mason Pratt (San Francisco, California: Privately Printed, May, 1943). Hereinafter cited as Pratt Genealogy.
  2. [S75] Mason Delano Pratt, Pratt Genealogy, p.6.
  3. [S303] Elaine Goodale Eastman, Pratt, The Red Man's Moses (Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, October 1, 1935), p. 14. Hereinafter cited as Pratt, The Red Man's Moses.

Mary Herrick

F, #1552, b. 20 September 1816, d. about April 1898

Parents

FatherJames S. Herrick (b. 3 May 1787, d. 22 February 1857)
MotherMartha "Patty" Sharpsteen (b. 12 November 1799, d. 19 February 1861)

Family 1: Richard Smalley Pratt (b. 1817, d. after September 1850)

SonRichard Henry Pratt+ (b. 6 December 1840, d. 15 March 1924)
SonJames Madison Pratt+ (b. 16 January 1844, d. 5 December 1899)
SonSeth Bacchus Pratt+ (b. 1845, d. 16 September 1890)

Family 2: George Dagan (b. between 1799 and 1801, d. 16 June 1874)

Biography

Birth20 September 1816Mary Herrick was born on 20 September 1816.1
Marriage15 January 1837Richard Smalley Pratt and she were married on 15 January 1837 in Wood County, Ohio, by E. Huntington, Justice of the Peace.

Viewed on familysearch.org, Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016 Collection.

In 1837, Mary's father may still have been in Ohio, or he may have gone to New York. However, Mary's 3 brothers, Calvin, Elijah, and William D. were all in Toledo or nearby, and she may have stayed with one of them.2
Census24 September 1850She appeared in the census 24 September 1850 in Eel Township, Cass County, Indiana. Mary is listed as: as Mary, age 28, b. New York; with Henry, age 9, born in New York; Madison, age 7, born in New York; Seth, age 5, born in Pennsylvania, and Benjamin, age 79, born in Pennsylvania. (Logansport was the county seat of Cass County.)3
Death of Spouseabout 1851About 1851, Mary suffered the loss of her spouse Richard S. Pratt, who had gone west with the Gold Rush, and was murdered there.
Census7 June 1860She appeared in the census 7 June 1860 in Logansport, Cass County, Indiana. Mary is listed as: age 43, Seamstress, value of personal estate, $75, born in New York. Living alone.4
Marriage13 September 1863George Dagan and she were married on 13 September 18635
Witness1 July 1870She appeared on the census of 1 July 1870 in the household of George Dagan in Logansport, Cass County, Indiana. George Dagan, age 69, Boarding House, Real Estate $10,000, personal $1000, born in Pennsylvania; with
Mary, age 47, Keeping House, born in New York;
Maggie, 18, Domestic Svt., b. Indiana;
Herrick, Kate, 22, Keeping House, born in Michigan;
and 11 boarders from 6 states and England, ranging from a 71 year old woman, two printers, several railroad employees, a Tailor, a Plow Handle Maker, and a Deputy Sheriff.
(Kate is Mary's youngest sister, Catherine, who married one of the boarders, Samuel Howe, the Plow Handle Maker, later that year. Samuel's entry is age 27, Personal Estate $10,000, b. in Maine.)6
Census2 June 1880She appeared in the census 2 June 1880 at 80 7th Street in Logansport, Cass County, Indiana. Mary is listed as: Listed as age 62, widowed, keeping house, born in New York and parents born in New York. One other household is listed at #80, John McGine, a 40 year old Shoemaker.
Death of Son16 September 1890On 16 September 1890, Mary suffered the loss of her son Seth Pratt, who died at the age of 45 in the nearby town of Marion, IN.
Oral History1897Mason Delano Pratt says that this list was given to him by Grandma Pratt-Dagan. This paper is glued inside pages 96-97 of the Herrick Genealogy by Lucius Herrick, Privately Printed in Columbus, OH, 1885.
Deathabout April 1898She died about April 1898 in Delta, Fulton County, Ohio,1
BurialShe was buried at Fulton Union Cemetery, Row 41G, in Delta, Fulton County, Ohio.7,8
Last Edited15 December 2017

Citations

  1. [S75] Mason Delano Pratt, Genealogy of Richard Henry Pratt and his wife Anna Laura Mason Pratt (San Francisco, California: Privately Printed, May, 1943). Hereinafter cited as Pratt Genealogy.
  2. [S75] Mason Delano Pratt, Pratt Genealogy, p.6.
  3. [S86] , 1850 Census Online, As viewed on ancestry.com.
  4. [S85] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  5. [S251] Cass County Marriage Records, WPA Marriage Record Index 1850-1920, Cass County Clerk's Office: Book 3, p. 551.. Hereinafter cited as Cass County Marriage Records.
  6. [S84] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  7. [S75] Mason Delano Pratt, Pratt Genealogy, (Handwritten note of MDP.)
  8. [S296] Fulton Union Cemetery, Fulton County, Ohio Listing, http://www.rootsweb.com/~ohfulton/FcCemeteries.htm. Hereinafter cited as Fulton Union Cemetery.

Pardon Brown

M, #1553, b. 24 December 1801, d. 24 March 1881

Parents

FatherPeleg Brown (b. 28 April 1757, d. 26 November 1831)
MotherMary Cornell Coggeshall (b. 14 July 1761, d. 15 February 1837)

Family 1: Lucy Armstrong (b. 14 November 1804, d. 20 May 1830)

SonGeorge Armstrong Brown+ (b. 4 October 1822, d. 6 January 1899)
SonPardon Brown (b. 5 January 1825, d. before 1845)
DaughterMary A. Brown (b. about 1827)
SonJoshua Coggeshall Brown+ (b. 27 February 1828, d. 20 July 1901)
SonNathaniel A. Brown (b. 16 April 1830)

Family 2: Sarah Sanford (b. 13 August 1810, d. 3 August 1891)

DaughterLucy Maria Brown (b. 6 March 1834)
SonPeleg Brown+ (b. 14 July 1836, d. 9 September 1878)
DaughterLydia Briggs Brown+ (b. 16 December 1839, d. 6 January 1874)
SonPardon Brown+ (b. 25 April 1845, d. 19 October 1912)

Biography

Birth24 December 1801Pardon Brown was born on 24 December 1801 in Middletown, Newport County, Rhode Island. Twins.1,2
Marriagebefore 1822He and Lucy Armstrong were married before 1822 in Narragansett, Washington County, Rhode Island,3
Marriage9 June 1831He and Sarah Sanford were married on 9 June 1831 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island,4,5
Census23 August 1850He appeared in the census 23 August 1850 in Middletown, Newport County, Rhode Island. Pardon is listed as: Pardon (age 48, assets of $16,000)
Sarah (age 38)
Peleg (age 13)
Lydia (age 10
Lucy (age 16)
Pardon (age 5)
Lydia Briggs (age 91) (his aunt)
and three laborers, two young men from Ireland, and Thomas Harkness, age 50, from Rhode Island.
Then listed Phoebe Rose, age 20, and John Rose, age 4.

Three large families of Chace's are living nearby.
Census26 June 1860He appeared in the census 26 June 1860 in Middletown, Newport County, Rhode Island. Pardon is listed as: age 58, Farmer, Real Estate $19,500, Personal Estate $200, Born in Rhode Island. With Sarah , 48; Lydia B., 20, Seamstress; Pardon, 15, Farm hand, attended school during the year; Daniel Seater, 20, Mulatto, Farm hand; Susan Mintus, 30, black, domestic; Sarah R. Mintus, 2, black. All born Rhode Island. Living between the families of Robert J. Chace and Daniel Chace on one side, and George A. Brown and Henry Brown on the other side.6
Death24 March 1881He died on 24 March 1881 in Middletown, Newport County, Rhode Island,1
Biography1908In 1908: Pardon Brown, son of Peleg and Mary (Coggeshall) Brown, was born Dec 24, 1801, in Middletown, and there in the public schools received his education. In his early manhood he spent some time in Narragansett, but the greater part of his life was passed in Middletown, engaged in farming. He was an extensive land owner in what was known as Brown's Lane, having about 200 acres besides what he owned in South Kingstown and on Gould Island. He was very public-spirited and very progressive, and his reputation for honesty was untarnished. He died on his farm March 24, 1881, and was laid to rest in the Brown family cemetery, where a headstone marks his last resting place. In his youth he joined the First Baptist Church of Newport, but later in life he became affiliated with the Society of Friends.

In Narragansett, R.I., he married Lucy Armstrong, daughter of Capt. Nathaniel and Lucy (Champlin) Armstrong, born Nov. 14, 1804; she died May 20, 1830, and was laid to rest in the Brown cemetery. To this union were born: George Armstrong, born Oct. 4, 1822; Pardon, born July 5, 1825, died April 13, 1830; Mary Ann, born Aug. 19, 1826, married George C. Coggeshall, of Middletown; Joshua Coggeshall, born Feb. 24, 1828; and Nathaniel Armstrong, born May 20, 1830, married Sarah Carr, of Portsmouth.

For his second wife Pardon Brown married, June 19, 1831, Sarah Sanford, born Aug 13, 1810, died Aug. 3, 1891, who is buried in the Brown cemetery. The children of this marriage were: Lucy Maria, born March 6, 1834, married James A. Brown, of North Stonington, Conn.; Peleg, born July 14, 1839, married in the West, and died at Reno, Nevada, in 1877; Lydia Briggs, born Dec. 16, 1839, married John Sanford, of Middleboro, Mass., and Pardon, born April 25, 1845, and residing in Modoc county, California, married (first) Sarah Elizabeth Stoddard, and (second) a woman from the West.2
Last Edited4 May 2018

Citations

  1. [S144] Milton Popple Tilley, compiler, Ancestral Lines of Milton Popple Tilley, Progeny and Ancestry of Milton Popple Tilley of New Canaan, Connecticut (: Self Published, 1 Jan 1965). Hereinafter cited as Ancestral Lines of Milton Popple Tilley.
  2. [S841] , Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island: Volume III (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1908), Vol 3, page 2145; digital images, (https://archive.org/stream/representativemebyu03jhbe#page/n6/mode/1up : accessed
  3. [S753] William F. Reed, The Descendants of Thomas Durfee of Portsmouth, R.I. (Washington, DC: Gibson Brothers, Printers, 1902), p. 102; digital images, Archive.org, Archive.org (https://archive.org/stream/descendantsoftho00lcreed#page/86/mode/2up : accessed
  4. [S185] Anonymous, History of Newport County, Rhode Island: from the year 1638 to the year 1887 (New York: L.E. Preston & Co., 1888), p.578. Hereinafter cited as History of Newport County, Rhode Island.
  5. [S190] Rootsweb WorldConnect kelnhofer6 Database, Karen Kelnhofer, online http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/
  6. [S85] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.

Lucy Armstrong

F, #1554, b. 14 November 1804, d. 20 May 1830

Parents

FatherCapt. Nathaniel Armstrong (b. 21 August 1768, d. 1 December 1843)
MotherLucy Champlin (b. 26 February 1774, d. 8 June 1852)

Family: Pardon Brown (b. 24 December 1801, d. 24 March 1881)

SonGeorge Armstrong Brown+ (b. 4 October 1822, d. 6 January 1899)
SonPardon Brown (b. 5 January 1825, d. before 1845)
DaughterMary A. Brown (b. about 1827)
SonJoshua Coggeshall Brown+ (b. 27 February 1828, d. 20 July 1901)
SonNathaniel A. Brown (b. 16 April 1830)

Biography

Birth14 November 1804Lucy Armstrong was born on 14 November 1804 in South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island.1
Marriagebefore 1822Pardon Brown and she were married before 1822 in Narragansett, Washington County, Rhode Island,2
Death20 May 1830She died on 20 May 1830 in Middletown, Newport County, Rhode Island,1
Last Edited24 December 2017

Citations

  1. [S144] Milton Popple Tilley, compiler, Ancestral Lines of Milton Popple Tilley, Progeny and Ancestry of Milton Popple Tilley of New Canaan, Connecticut (: Self Published, 1 Jan 1965). Hereinafter cited as Ancestral Lines of Milton Popple Tilley.
  2. [S753] William F. Reed, The Descendants of Thomas Durfee of Portsmouth, R.I. (Washington, DC: Gibson Brothers, Printers, 1902), p. 102; digital images, Archive.org, Archive.org (https://archive.org/stream/descendantsoftho00lcreed#page/86/mode/2up : accessed

Jacob Miller Gray

M, #1555

Family: Huldah Pearsall (b. 1815)

DaughterIsabelle Dupuy Gray
DaughterCaroline O. Gray (b. 8 April 1846)
SonGeorge Washington Harris Gray+ (b. 1848)

Biography

MarriageJacob Miller Gray and Huldah Pearsall were married, date unknown1
Last Edited22 December 2016

Citations

  1. [S29] Clarence E. Pearsall, History and Genealogy of The Pearsall Family in England and America (San Francisco: H.S. Crocker and Company, Inc., 1928), Vol 3, Chapter 42. Hereinafter cited as The Pearsall Family.

Victor Dunham

M, #1556, b. 1824

Family: Mary Pearsall (b. 1826, d. February 1888)

Biography

Birth1824Victor Dunham was born in 1824 in New Jersey.1
Marriageabout 1846He and Mary Pearsall were married about 18462
Census25 July 1870He appeared in the census 25 July 1870 in New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey. Victor is listed as: Victor Dunham (36, Mason, Personal Estate $800, born in NJ), Mary (35), Kimble (14, male), Charles (13), Julia (12), Henry (9), William (5), Emily (3?), all born in New Jersey.
Last Edited29 March 2017

Citations

  1. [S606] , National Archives and Records Administration microfilm, M653, 1438 rolls., 1860 Federal Census (1 June 1860) (.)
  2. [S29] Clarence E. Pearsall, History and Genealogy of The Pearsall Family in England and America (San Francisco: H.S. Crocker and Company, Inc., 1928), Vol 3, Chapter 42. Hereinafter cited as The Pearsall Family.

William Baldwin

M, #1557

Biography

MarriageWilliam Baldwin and Julia Pearsall were married, date unknown1
Last Edited22 December 2016

Citations

  1. [S29] Clarence E. Pearsall, History and Genealogy of The Pearsall Family in England and America (San Francisco: H.S. Crocker and Company, Inc., 1928), Vol 3, Chapter 42. Hereinafter cited as The Pearsall Family.

Nathaniel Davidson

M, #1558

Biography

MarriageNathaniel Davidson and Fannie Pearsall were married, date unknown1
Last Edited22 December 2016

Citations

  1. [S29] Clarence E. Pearsall, History and Genealogy of The Pearsall Family in England and America (San Francisco: H.S. Crocker and Company, Inc., 1928), Vol 3, Chapter 42. Hereinafter cited as The Pearsall Family.

Robert Dunbar

M, #1559, b. 1753, d. 7 May 1821

Parents

FatherRobert Dunbar (b. 1720, d. 1760)
MotherHart Cranston (b. 1723, d. 21 August 1762)

Family: Eunice Barker (b. 22 May 1754, d. 11 May 1820)

DaughterMary Dunbar+ (b. 1785, d. 3 June 1864)

Biography

Birth1753Robert Dunbar was born in 1753 in Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island.1
Marriage9 December 1773He and Eunice Barker were married on 9 December 1773 in Rhode Island2
Death7 May 1821He died on 7 May 1821 in Bristol, Rhode Island,1
Last Edited22 December 2016

Citations

  1. [S144] Milton Popple Tilley, compiler, Ancestral Lines of Milton Popple Tilley, Progeny and Ancestry of Milton Popple Tilley of New Canaan, Connecticut (: Self Published, 1 Jan 1965). Hereinafter cited as Ancestral Lines of Milton Popple Tilley.
  2. [S781] James Newell Arnold, Compiler, Rhode Island Vital Extracts, 1636-1850: 21 vols (Providence, RI: Narragansett Historical Publishing Co., Between 1891 and 1912), Vol. VII, Rev. Gardiner Thurston's marriages, p. 342; online database, ancestry.com, ancestry.com ( : accessed

Eunice Barker

F, #1560, b. 22 May 1754, d. 11 May 1820

Parents

FatherPeleg Barker (b. 1716, d. 1794)
MotherRuamy Greenman (b. 1719, d. 31 March 1758)

Family: Robert Dunbar (b. 1753, d. 7 May 1821)

DaughterMary Dunbar+ (b. 1785, d. 3 June 1864)

Biography

Birth22 May 1754Eunice Barker was born on 22 May 1754 in Rhode Island.1
Marriage9 December 1773Robert Dunbar and she were married on 9 December 1773 in Rhode Island2
Death11 May 1820She died on 11 May 1820 in Rhode Island1
Last Edited2 January 2018

Citations

  1. [S144] Milton Popple Tilley, compiler, Ancestral Lines of Milton Popple Tilley, Progeny and Ancestry of Milton Popple Tilley of New Canaan, Connecticut (: Self Published, 1 Jan 1965). Hereinafter cited as Ancestral Lines of Milton Popple Tilley.
  2. [S781] James Newell Arnold, Compiler, Rhode Island Vital Extracts, 1636-1850: 21 vols (Providence, RI: Narragansett Historical Publishing Co., Between 1891 and 1912), Vol. VII, Rev. Gardiner Thurston's marriages, p. 342; online database, ancestry.com, ancestry.com ( : accessed

Peleg Brown

M, #1561, b. 28 April 1757, d. 26 November 1831

Parents

FatherWilliam Brown (b. 1709, d. 1762)
MotherJudith Palmer (b. 28 March 1719, d. 1762)

Family: Mary Cornell Coggeshall (b. 14 July 1761, d. 15 February 1837)

SonThomas Brown (b. 8 January 1779)
DaughterMercy Brown (b. 5 November 1780)
SonJoseph Brown (b. 7 September 1782, d. 8 July 1808)
DaughterJudith Brown (b. 21 May 1784, d. 16 April 1857)
SonPeleg Brown (b. 3 March 1786, d. 3 June 1850)
SonPalmer Brown (b. 8 December 1787, d. 1888)
DaughterAnne Brown (b. 3 May 1790, d. 17 September 1862)
SonWilliam Coggeshall Brown (b. 11 April 1792, d. 9 January 1876)
SonJames Hale Brown (b. 31 May 1794)
SonGeorge Coggeshall Brown (b. 2 December 1798, d. 11 January 1870)
SonPardon Brown+ (b. 24 December 1801, d. 24 March 1881)
SonJoshua Coggeshall Brown (b. 24 December 1801, d. 2 September 1892)
SonRobert Dennis Brown (b. 22 March 1805, d. 22 May 1850)

Biography

Family HistoryPage from Durfee Genealogy.
Birth28 April 1757Peleg Brown was born on 28 April 1757 in Middletown, Newport County, Rhode Island.1,2
Military NotePeleg served in the Revolutionary War. I need to research the details.3
Marriage9 July 1778He and Mary Cornell Coggeshall were married on 9 July 1778 in Middletown, Newport County, Rhode Island, by Rev. Gardiner Thurston.

Peleg and Mary had 13 children.2
Death26 November 1831He died on 26 November 1831 in South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island,1
Last Edited3 February 2018

Citations

  1. [S144] Milton Popple Tilley, compiler, Ancestral Lines of Milton Popple Tilley, Progeny and Ancestry of Milton Popple Tilley of New Canaan, Connecticut (: Self Published, 1 Jan 1965). Hereinafter cited as Ancestral Lines of Milton Popple Tilley.
  2. [S841] , Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island: Volume III (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1908), Vol 3, page 2145; digital images, (https://archive.org/stream/representativemebyu03jhbe#page/n6/mode/1up : accessed
  3. [S809] Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission, "Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Database", database, Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission (http://rihistoriccemeteries.org/Default.aspx), Brown Lot, SK046, South Kingstown, RI

Mary Cornell Coggeshall

F, #1562, b. 14 July 1761, d. 15 February 1837

Parents

FatherJoshua Coggeshall (b. 11 May 1722, d. 24 September 1786)
MotherAnna Dennis (b. 19 December 1731, d. 10 June 1767)

Family: Peleg Brown (b. 28 April 1757, d. 26 November 1831)

SonThomas Brown (b. 8 January 1779)
DaughterMercy Brown (b. 5 November 1780)
SonJoseph Brown (b. 7 September 1782, d. 8 July 1808)
DaughterJudith Brown (b. 21 May 1784, d. 16 April 1857)
SonPeleg Brown (b. 3 March 1786, d. 3 June 1850)
SonPalmer Brown (b. 8 December 1787, d. 1888)
DaughterAnne Brown (b. 3 May 1790, d. 17 September 1862)
SonWilliam Coggeshall Brown (b. 11 April 1792, d. 9 January 1876)
SonJames Hale Brown (b. 31 May 1794)
SonGeorge Coggeshall Brown (b. 2 December 1798, d. 11 January 1870)
SonPardon Brown+ (b. 24 December 1801, d. 24 March 1881)
SonJoshua Coggeshall Brown (b. 24 December 1801, d. 2 September 1892)
SonRobert Dennis Brown (b. 22 March 1805, d. 22 May 1850)

Biography

Birth14 July 1761Mary Cornell Coggeshall was born on 14 July 1761 in Middletown, Newport County, Rhode Island.1,2
Marriage9 July 1778Peleg Brown and she were married on 9 July 1778 in Middletown, Newport County, Rhode Island, by Rev. Gardiner Thurston.

Peleg and Mary had 13 children.3
Death15 February 1837She died on 15 February 1837 in South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island,1,2
Last Edited4 September 2017

Citations

  1. [S144] Milton Popple Tilley, compiler, Ancestral Lines of Milton Popple Tilley, Progeny and Ancestry of Milton Popple Tilley of New Canaan, Connecticut (: Self Published, 1 Jan 1965). Hereinafter cited as Ancestral Lines of Milton Popple Tilley.
  2. [S754] Charles Pierce Coggeshall and Thellwell Rusell Coggeshall, The Coggeshalls in America: genealogy of the descendants of John Coggeshall of Newport, with a brief notice of their English antecedents (Boston, MA: C.E. Goodspeed and Co., 1930), p. 69; digital images, HathiTrust, HathiTrust (https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=wu.89066029471;view=1up : accessed
  3. [S841] , Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island: Volume III (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1908), Vol 3, page 2145; digital images, (https://archive.org/stream/representativemebyu03jhbe#page/n6/mode/1up : accessed

Capt. Nathaniel Armstrong

M, #1563, b. 21 August 1768, d. 1 December 1843

Parents

FatherThomas Armstrong (b. 10 January 1748, d. 24 March 1814)
MotherMartha Tefft

Family: Lucy Champlin (b. 26 February 1774, d. 8 June 1852)

DaughterLydia Armstrong (b. about 1781, d. 6 July 1816)
DaughterMary Armstrong (b. 29 August 1795)
DaughterLucy Armstrong+ (b. 14 November 1804, d. 20 May 1830)

Biography

Birth21 August 1768Capt. Nathaniel Armstrong was born on 21 August 1768 in Rhode Island. There must be a typo on Grandpa Milton's chart, he has 1788. Findagrave has 1768, and the Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission listing for him lists 2 Aug 1768 also.1
Marriage3 February 1795He and Lucy Champlin were married on 3 February 1795 in South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island,2
Death1 December 1843He died on 1 December 1843 in South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island,1
Burial3 December 1843He was buried on 3 December 1843 at Riverside Cemetery in South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island.3
Last Edited4 February 2018

Citations

  1. [S144] Milton Popple Tilley, compiler, Ancestral Lines of Milton Popple Tilley, Progeny and Ancestry of Milton Popple Tilley of New Canaan, Connecticut (: Self Published, 1 Jan 1965). Hereinafter cited as Ancestral Lines of Milton Popple Tilley.
  2. [S781] James Newell Arnold, Compiler, Rhode Island Vital Extracts, 1636-1850: 21 vols (Providence, RI: Narragansett Historical Publishing Co., Between 1891 and 1912), Vol. 12, Newport Mercury Marriages, p. 9; online database, ancestry.com, ancestry.com ( : accessed
  3. [S287] Find a Grave Website, online www.findagrave.com

Lucy Champlin

F, #1564, b. 26 February 1774, d. 8 June 1852

Parents

FatherRobert Champlin (b. 12 April 1747, d. 25 September 1809)
MotherMary Browning (b. 1737, d. 8 April 1823)

Family: Capt. Nathaniel Armstrong (b. 21 August 1768, d. 1 December 1843)

DaughterLydia Armstrong (b. about 1781, d. 6 July 1816)
DaughterMary Armstrong (b. 29 August 1795)
DaughterLucy Armstrong+ (b. 14 November 1804, d. 20 May 1830)

Biography

Birth26 February 1774Lucy Champlin was born on 26 February 1774 in Rhode Island.1
Marriage3 February 1795Capt. Nathaniel Armstrong and she were married on 3 February 1795 in South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island,2
Death8 June 1852She died on 8 June 1852 in South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island,1
Burial10 June 1982She was buried on 10 June 1982 at Riverside Cemetery in South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island.3
Last Edited24 December 2017

Citations

  1. [S144] Milton Popple Tilley, compiler, Ancestral Lines of Milton Popple Tilley, Progeny and Ancestry of Milton Popple Tilley of New Canaan, Connecticut (: Self Published, 1 Jan 1965). Hereinafter cited as Ancestral Lines of Milton Popple Tilley.
  2. [S781] James Newell Arnold, Compiler, Rhode Island Vital Extracts, 1636-1850: 21 vols (Providence, RI: Narragansett Historical Publishing Co., Between 1891 and 1912), Vol. 12, Newport Mercury Marriages, p. 9; online database, ancestry.com, ancestry.com ( : accessed
  3. [S287] Find a Grave Website, online www.findagrave.com, Riverside Cemetery, S. Kingston, RI

Sarah Pratt

F, #1565, b. 24 May 1890, d. 27 May 1948

Parents

FatherMason Delano Pratt (b. 23 January 1865, d. 14 October 1947)
MotherMabel Crane (b. 13 January 1866, d. 23 March 1941)

Biography

AnecdoteAt some point, Sarah lived in Hollywood and was friends with Margaret Hamilton (1902 - 1985) (the actress who played the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz).
Birth24 May 1890Sarah Pratt was born on 24 May 1890 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.1
Census7 June 1900She appeared in the household of Mason Delano Pratt in the census 7 June 1900 at 330 Spruce St in Steelton, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Mason is listed as head, born Jan 1865, age 35, married 11 years, born in Indiana, both parents born in New York, Homeowner with mortgage. With Mabel, wife, born Jan 1866, age 34, married 11 years, 4 children, 4 living, born in Wisconsin, Father born in Vermont, mother in New York. Sarah, daughter, born June 1890, age 9. Richard H., son, born Dec. 1891, age 8. Roxana, daughter, born Jan 1893, age 7. Marion, daughter, born July 1894, age 5. Sarah E. Crane, mother-in-law, born June 1833, age 66, widowed, 3 children, 2 living, born in New York, father born in Connecticut, mother in Vermont. Maria Washington, servant, black, born June 1871, age 38, widowed, age 39, married 12 years, 1 child, 1 living, born in Virginia. Lizzie Johnston, servant, black, born Aug. 1874, age 20, single, born in Virginia.
In the 1905 directory his home address is listed as Bellevue and 21st.2
Photo Family Group1905In 1905, in Pennsylvania. Possibly taken at Carlisle, or Harrisburg. I am guessing the date because Alex who was born in 1901 looks about 4. Girls usually lowered their dresses to full length by 16, maybe 15. Sarah was born in 1890, and is wearing a long dress here. One more brother, Dick, is not in the photograph.
Photo Family Group1905In 1905, in Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania. Mabel and her family L. to R., Alex, Marion, Mabel, Grandma Crane, Sarah, Roxana, Dick. I found this photo tucked away in an old folder I had forgotten, and it is the photo that allowed me to identify the house they lived in on Bellevue Rd.
Photo Family Groupabout 1912About 1912 MD Pratt and family and his parents
Census1930She appeared in the census 1930 at 700 Taylor St in San Francisco, California. Sarah is listed as: Sarah Pratt, Head, Renter, $45 rent, age 38, single, born in Pennsylvania, father in Indiana, mother in West Virginia, working as a Nurse for a physician.

This does not appear to be the correct Sarah Pratt. The residence location and birth location are correct, but the age is off by 2 years, and the birthplaces of the parents.
Census1940She appeared in the census 1940 at 2300 Webster St. in San Francisco, California. Sarah is listed as: Sarah Pratt, head, age 49, single, born in Pennsylvania, in 1935 lived in same house, Social Worker, San Francisco Welfare Board.3
Death27 May 1948She died on 27 May 1948 in San Bernardino County, California, According to the attached note that "Nana" (Roxana Pratt Pearsall) wrote, Sarah (Sally) was cremated by the Pierre Bros. Crematory, which today has Valhalla Memorial Gardens. Sarah is not listed on their Findagrave site.4
Last Edited17 December 2018

Citations

  1. [S75] Mason Delano Pratt, Genealogy of Richard Henry Pratt and his wife Anna Laura Mason Pratt (San Francisco, California: Privately Printed, May, 1943). Hereinafter cited as Pratt Genealogy.
  2. [S81] , 1900 Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  3. [S568] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com, Year: 1940; Census Place: San Francisco, San Francisco, California; Roll: m-t0627-00319; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 38-519.
  4. [S151] State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics, online www.ancestry.com, Center for Health Statistics (Published online by Ancestry.com, viewable by subscription), viewed on Ancestry.com.

Richard Henry Pratt, II

M, #1566, b. 2 December 1891, d. August 1973

Parents

FatherMason Delano Pratt (b. 23 January 1865, d. 14 October 1947)
MotherMabel Crane (b. 13 January 1866, d. 23 March 1941)

Family 1: Marjorie Marsh (b. 14 April 1899)

DaughterBehri Pratt (b. 10 November 1921, d. 19 August 2004)

Family 2: Dorrothy Michaels Nathan (b. 1929)

Dick, 1919
Dick, 1919
Dick, 1919

Biography

Birth2 December 1891Richard Henry Pratt, II, was born on 2 December 1891 in Steelton, Pennsylvania.1
Census7 June 1900He appeared in the household of Mason Delano Pratt in the census 7 June 1900 at 330 Spruce St in Steelton, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Mason is listed as head, born Jan 1865, age 35, married 11 years, born in Indiana, both parents born in New York, Homeowner with mortgage. With Mabel, wife, born Jan 1866, age 34, married 11 years, 4 children, 4 living, born in Wisconsin, Father born in Vermont, mother in New York. Sarah, daughter, born June 1890, age 9. Richard H., son, born Dec. 1891, age 8. Roxana, daughter, born Jan 1893, age 7. Marion, daughter, born July 1894, age 5. Sarah E. Crane, mother-in-law, born June 1833, age 66, widowed, 3 children, 2 living, born in New York, father born in Connecticut, mother in Vermont. Maria Washington, servant, black, born June 1871, age 38, widowed, age 39, married 12 years, 1 child, 1 living, born in Virginia. Lizzie Johnston, servant, black, born Aug. 1874, age 20, single, born in Virginia.
In the 1905 directory his home address is listed as Bellevue and 21st.2
Photo Family Group1905In 1905, in Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania. Mabel and her family L. to R., Alex, Marion, Mabel, Grandma Crane, Sarah, Roxana, Dick. I found this photo tucked away in an old folder I had forgotten, and it is the photo that allowed me to identify the house they lived in on Bellevue Rd.
Newspaper Mention1 February 1908The 1 February 1908 edition of the Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, reported on a meeting of the E. L. K. club at the home of Richard Pratt, 1100 Green Street.
Newspaper Mention4 September 1908The 4 September 1908 edition of the Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, reported that Dick and a friend visited in Millersburg for a canoe trip.
Photo Family Groupabout 1912About 1912 MD Pratt and family and his parents
Marriage1 June 1920Richard Henry Pratt, II, and Marjorie Marsh were married on 1 June 19203
Marriagebefore 1944He and Dorrothy Michaels Nathan were married before 19443
DeathAugust 1973He died in August 1973 in Stonington, New London County, Connecticut,
Obituary11 August 197311 August 1973, New York Times Obituary:. Richard Henry Pratt Dies; Architect and Author, 81

Stonington, Conn., Aug. 10 -- Richard Henry Pratt, architect, landscape designer and author, died at his home this morning after a long illness. He was 81 years old.

Mr. Pratt was architectural editor for The Ladies Home Journal for 26 years, from 1936 until his retirement in 1962. Since his retirement he had been a partner with Mrs. Charles F. Fuller in the Stonington Art Gallery.

He was the author of two "Treasuries of Early American Homes" published in the nineteen-thirties.

After World War I he served briefly as art and music critic of The Baltimore American before being hired as managing editor for House and Garden magazine. He was the founder of Seven Seas, a travel magazine published by North German Lloyd Shipping Lines in the thirties.4
Last Edited1 January 2018

Citations

  1. [S75] Mason Delano Pratt, Genealogy of Richard Henry Pratt and his wife Anna Laura Mason Pratt (San Francisco, California: Privately Printed, May, 1943). Hereinafter cited as Pratt Genealogy.
  2. [S81] , 1900 Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  3. [S75] Mason Delano Pratt, Pratt Genealogy, p.16.
  4. [S282] , New York Times, ProQuest Historical Newspapers Database online, 1857 - 2003, Provided through ProQuest Historical Newspapers, The New York Times 1851 - 2003), p.22, Provided through ProQuest Historical Newspapers, The New York Times 1851 - 2003), p.22

Marion Pratt

F, #1567, b. 23 July 1894, d. about 1960

Parents

FatherMason Delano Pratt (b. 23 January 1865, d. 14 October 1947)
MotherMabel Crane (b. 13 January 1866, d. 23 March 1941)

Biography

Birth23 July 1894Marion Pratt was born on 23 July 1894 in Steelton, Pennsylvania.1
Census7 June 1900She appeared in the household of Mason Delano Pratt in the census 7 June 1900 at 330 Spruce St in Steelton, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Mason is listed as head, born Jan 1865, age 35, married 11 years, born in Indiana, both parents born in New York, Homeowner with mortgage. With Mabel, wife, born Jan 1866, age 34, married 11 years, 4 children, 4 living, born in Wisconsin, Father born in Vermont, mother in New York. Sarah, daughter, born June 1890, age 9. Richard H., son, born Dec. 1891, age 8. Roxana, daughter, born Jan 1893, age 7. Marion, daughter, born July 1894, age 5. Sarah E. Crane, mother-in-law, born June 1833, age 66, widowed, 3 children, 2 living, born in New York, father born in Connecticut, mother in Vermont. Maria Washington, servant, black, born June 1871, age 38, widowed, age 39, married 12 years, 1 child, 1 living, born in Virginia. Lizzie Johnston, servant, black, born Aug. 1874, age 20, single, born in Virginia.
In the 1905 directory his home address is listed as Bellevue and 21st.2
Photo Family Group1905In 1905, in Pennsylvania. Possibly taken at Carlisle, or Harrisburg. I am guessing the date because Alex who was born in 1901 looks about 4. Girls usually lowered their dresses to full length by 16, maybe 15. Sarah was born in 1890, and is wearing a long dress here. One more brother, Dick, is not in the photograph.
Photo Family Group1905In 1905, in Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania. Mabel and her family L. to R., Alex, Marion, Mabel, Grandma Crane, Sarah, Roxana, Dick. I found this photo tucked away in an old folder I had forgotten, and it is the photo that allowed me to identify the house they lived in on Bellevue Rd.
Photo Family Groupabout 1912About 1912 MD Pratt and family and his parents
Witness2 April 1930She appeared on the census of 2 April 1930 in the household of Mason Delano Pratt in South Pasadena City, Los Angeles County, California. head, renting, rent $45 per month, age 65, married at age 24, Civil Engineer. Mabel C, Wife, age 64, married at 23. Marion, Daughter, age 35, Single, Secretary, Mortgage Co.3
Deathabout 1960She died about 1960 at Nursing home near Raritan in New Jersey
Last Edited25 April 2018

Citations

  1. [S75] Mason Delano Pratt, Genealogy of Richard Henry Pratt and his wife Anna Laura Mason Pratt (San Francisco, California: Privately Printed, May, 1943). Hereinafter cited as Pratt Genealogy.
  2. [S81] , 1900 Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  3. [S77] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.

Mason Alexander Pratt

M, #1568, b. 29 April 1901, d. February 1976

Parents

FatherMason Delano Pratt (b. 23 January 1865, d. 14 October 1947)
MotherMabel Crane (b. 13 January 1866, d. 23 March 1941)

Family: Lucy Mildred ("Mildred") Buttorff (b. 16 May 1898, d. December 1978)

Mason Alexander Pratt

Biography

ChildParent1,1
Birth29 April 1901Mason Alexander Pratt was born on 29 April 1901.1
Photo Family Group1905In 1905, in Pennsylvania. Possibly taken at Carlisle, or Harrisburg. I am guessing the date because Alex who was born in 1901 looks about 4. Girls usually lowered their dresses to full length by 16, maybe 15. Sarah was born in 1890, and is wearing a long dress here. One more brother, Dick, is not in the photograph.
Photo Family Group1905In 1905, in Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania. Mabel and her family L. to R., Alex, Marion, Mabel, Grandma Crane, Sarah, Roxana, Dick. I found this photo tucked away in an old folder I had forgotten, and it is the photo that allowed me to identify the house they lived in on Bellevue Rd.
Anecdote19081908: From a Harrisburg, PA newspaper: "Alexander Pratt, the six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Mason D. Pratt, Green and Herr streets, accidentally shot himself yesterday morning with his father's old-fashioned four-shot pistol with which he was playing. Mr. Pratt was in Carlisle and Mrs. Pratt was away from home. Little Alexander got the pistol out of the drawer where it is kept by Mr. Pratt and put it into his overcoat pocket. He strolled down Green street and entered the home of Francis H. Hoy, Jr., where he is a frequent visitor. As soon as he entered the room where some of the members of the family were, Miss Malaney, a sister-in-law of Mr. Hoy, saw the pistol sticking out of the boy's pocket and asked him what it was. The youngster immediately pulled the pistol out and began to flourish it about. Miss Malaney cautioned him to be careful and not point it at any one. She had no sooner warned him than he lowered the pistol, the trigger caught in his clothing and the weapon was accidentally discharged. The ball entered the groin and took a downward course through the thigh, coming out at the back of the limb just above the knee. The boy was immediately placed on a couch and the blood washed away from the wound. Hot applications were kept on the wound until medical attendance was summoned when, after an examination, Mr. Hoy, who had been called home by his wife, carried the little sufferer in his arms to his home. The wound is not a serious one and it is expected that a quick recovery will be made."
Newspaper Mention11 September 1908The 11 September 1908 edition of the Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, reported that Master Alex Pratt was one of the guests at a children's party.
Photo Family Groupabout 1912About 1912 MD Pratt and family and his parents
Witness2 January 1920He appeared on the census of 2 January 1920 in the household of Mason Delano Pratt in San Diego, San Diego County, California. head, owner with mortgage, age 54, civil engineer. Mabel Crane, wife, age 53. Alexander M., son, age 18, single, occupation: none.2
Census7 April 1930Mason Alexander Pratt appeared in the census 7 April 1930 at 315 East Commonwealth, Precinct 12, in Fullerton, Orange County, California. Mason is listed as: Lodger in the household of William Farand. Age 28, single, born in Pennsylvania, father born Indiana, mother Wisconsin. Map clerk in Electric shop.3
Marriage6 March 1935He and Lucy Mildred ("Mildred") Buttorff were married on 6 March 19351
DeathFebruary 1976He died in February 1976 in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts,4
Last Edited1 March 2017

Citations

  1. [S75] Mason Delano Pratt, Genealogy of Richard Henry Pratt and his wife Anna Laura Mason Pratt (San Francisco, California: Privately Printed, May, 1943). Hereinafter cited as Pratt Genealogy.
  2. [S76] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  3. [S77] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  4. [S27] , Social Security Death Index (SSDI), (: Social Security Administration, As updated.)

Lucy Mildred ("Mildred") Buttorff

F, #1569, b. 16 May 1898, d. December 1978

Family: Mason Alexander Pratt (b. 29 April 1901, d. February 1976)

Biography

Name-NickShe was called Mildred.
Birth16 May 1898She was born on 16 May 1898.1,2
Marriage6 March 1935Mason Alexander Pratt and she were married on 6 March 19351
DeathDecember 1978She died in December 1978 in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts,2
Last Edited30 December 2016

Citations

  1. [S75] Mason Delano Pratt, Genealogy of Richard Henry Pratt and his wife Anna Laura Mason Pratt (San Francisco, California: Privately Printed, May, 1943). Hereinafter cited as Pratt Genealogy.
  2. [S27] , Social Security Death Index (SSDI), (: Social Security Administration, As updated.)

Abraham Holly

M, #1570, b. 17 April 1746, d. 7 January 1828

Parents

FatherDavid Holly (b. 16 January 1695, d. about 1747)
MotherSarah Bolt (b. about 1721)

Family: Martha (b. about 1760, d. between 1830 and 1836)

SonIsaac Holly (b. 25 December 1780, d. before 18 January 1819)

Biography

BiographyCharles Moses Holly's "Record of the Holly Family in America" lists Abraham Holly on p. 65, #124, as the son of David Holly by his second wife, the widow Sarah Little.1
Research NoteAt this time, we do not know the father of David Holly. We think it may be Abraham due to a note in the Charles Moses Holly book to that effect, and due to a family verbal tradition that we had an ancestor Abraham Holly who joined the Revolutionary War at age 17 as a tailor's apprentice. For research purposes, I am collecting all the facts that I can find about any Abraham Holly. This Abraham lived in Darien. David married Sally Webb from Darien, and this Abraham's father was named David, but at this time I think it may be less likely that this Abraham was David's father. However, this Abraham did have three boys in his 1790 household. Hopefully future research will clarify these issues.
Birth17 April 1746Abraham Holly was born on 17 April 1746 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut.
Milit-War1777He served in the military in 1777. According to Edith M. Wicks' Stamford's Soldiers: "Abraham (S-37114) was a private in Capt. Sylvanus Brown's Company, Col. Chandler's Regiment. He enlisted 14 March 1777 [just before his 31st birthday] for the duration of the war. He and his friends attested that he did not desert in December 1780, as claimed. Abraham Holly was born 17 April 1746 at Stamford, Connecticut, son of David and Sarah (Bolt) (Little) Holly, who were married 28 Jul 1743. Sarah (Bolt) Little was the widow of John Little of Norwalk. Abraham married Martha -----. He died at Darien 7 Jan 1828, his will being probated at Stamford 30 Jan 1828. Child: i. Isaac, born 26 Dec 1780 at Darien. He died before 1820."2
History Note3 August 1779On 3 August 1779 in Darien, Fairfield County, Connecticut, the following event took place: Rev. Moses Mather of the First Congregational Church of Darien was taken captive by Tories, with 4 of his sons, and held captive in New York for 5 weeks.3
Marriageabout 1780He and Martha were married about 1780 in Fairfield County, Connecticut,4
Child Born25 December 1780On 25 December 1780 at the home of Gideon Weed, in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, Abraham and Martha had while Abraham was home on furlough from the military.
History Note22 July 1781On 22 July 1781 in Darien, Fairfield County, Connecticut, the following event took place: The Reverend Moses Mather and about 50 of his congregation were entrapped during Sunday services, and taken in boats across the Sound to Lloyd's Neck. Some were released but Mather and more than 20 others were carried to Provost Prison in New York and held until December, at which time those who had not died were released.5
Census1790He appeared in the census 1790 at Darien area in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Abraham is listed as: Abraham Holly Junior, 1 male 16+, 3 males under 16, 3 females. Nearby names were Widow Anne Dibble, John, John Jr., Jonathan, and Thaddeus Bell, James Waterbury, Widow Mary Weed Junior, Jonas Weed and Jonas Weed Jr, Jacob Howe and other Howes, and Gershom, Deliverance and Abraham Slason. Although this says Abraham, Junr, I think this must be Abraham of Darien, because these look like Darien names, and Revd Moses Mather is the third name on the next page. Thaddeus Bell, David Fancher, and other nearby names are buried in Darien cemeteries. Abraham would be 44 years old, and it looks as if there are young children here. He doesn't seem old enough to have a widowed daughter so these may well be his children.6
Census-not found1800Abraham has not been found on the census of 1800 Fairfield County, Connecticut,
Census-not found1810Abraham has not been found on the census of 1810 Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut,
Pensn App Revolution1 April 1818Abraham filed a Revolutionary War Pension Application on 1 April 1818 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, as follows. I, Abraham Holly, of Stamford, in Fairfield County and State of Connecticut, declare on oath that in the year 1777 I enlisted into the Revolutionary War in Captain Sylvanus Brown’s Company of Col. Chandler’s Regiment for during the war as a private soldier, which Regiment was of the Connecticut Line. I served till the end of the war under the said enlistment in the Continental Service and was then discharged by General Washington. My discharge I kept for many years but finally wore it out or lost it so that it is not now in existence to my knowledge. I supposed after so long a time it would be of no use to me. I am very poor, a cripple, unable to labor much and in need of the aid of my country for support.

I, Benjamin Weed, Jr., of Stamford, in Fairfield County and State of Connecticut, declare on oath that I was in the United States service in the Revolutionary War, where I was acquainted with the above named Abraham Holly, where I frequently saw him in the Regiment mentioned by him above and in the Contintal service for two or three years. His circumstances in life are such as that he needs the aid of his country for support.

State of Connecticut, Ss. Stamford, Fairfield County, April 1st, 1818. Personally before me Joseph Wood Judge of Probate of said State for Stamford District came Abraham Holly the abovenamed applicant and made solemn oath to the truth of this Declaration as above written. Also at the same time appeared Bamjamin Weed Jr. abovenamed and made solemn oath to the truth of his declaration as herein before written and thereupon the said Abraham Holly by virtue of a late Law of the United States entitled “An Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War” made application for a pension from the United States. Jos Wood, Judge of Probate.

State of Connecticut, Ss. Stamford, Probate Office. I, Joseph Wood, Judge of Probate of said State for Stamford District, certify that it appears to my satisfaction that Abraham Holly the above named applicant served in the Revolutionary war during the period by him in his said declaration stated against the common enemy in the Continental establishment and that he is in indigent circumstances and in attestation of the premises I have hereunto affixed my name and the Seal of said Court the 1st day of April 1818. Jos Wood Judge of Probate.4
Pensn App Revolution20 October 1818Abraham filed a Revolutionary War Pension Application on 20 October 1818 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, as follows. I, Abraham Holly, of Stamford, in Fairfield County and State of Connecticut, declare on oath that in the year 1777 I enlisted into the Revolutionary War in Captain Sylvanus Brown’s Company of Col. Chandler’s Regiment for during the war as a private soldier, which Regiment was of the Connecticut Line. I served till the end of the war under the said enlistment in the Continental Service and was then discharged by General Washington. My discharge I kept for many years but finally wore it out or lost it so that it is not now in existence to my knowledge. I supposed after so long a time it would be of no use to me. I am very poor, a cripple, unable to labor much and in need of the aid of my country for support.

I, Benjamin Weed, Jr., of Stamford, in Fairfield County and State of Connecticut, declare on oath that I was in the United States service in the Revolutionary War, where I was acquainted with the above named Abraham Holly, where I frequently saw him in the Regiment mentioned by him above and in the Contintal service for two or three years. His circumstances in life are such as that he needs the aid of his country for support.

State of Connecticut, Ss. Stamford, Fairfield County, April 1st, 1818. Personally before me Joseph Wood Judge of Probate of said State for Stamford District came Abraham Holly the abovenamed applicant and made solemn oath to the truth of this Declaration as above written. Also at the same time appeared Bamjamin Weed Jr. abovenamed and made solemn oath to the truth of his declaration as herein before written and thereupon the said Abraham Holly by virtue of a late Law of the United States entitled “An Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War” made application for a pension from the United States. Jos Wood, Judge of Probate.

State of Connecticut, Ss. Stamford, Probate Office. I, Joseph Wood, Judge of Probate of said State for Stamford District, certify that it appears to my satisfaction that Abraham Holly the above named applicant served in the Revolutionary war during the period by him in his said declaration stated against the common enemy in the Continental establishment and that he is in indigent circumstances and in attestation of the premises I have hereunto affixed my name and the Seal of said Court the 1st day of April 1818. Jos Wood Judge of Probate.4
Pensn App Revolution18 January 1819Abraham filed a Revolutionary War Pension Application on 18 January 1819 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, as follows. I, Abigail Waterbury of Stamford, widow of Nathaniel Waterbury, deceased, testify that I am well acquainted with Abraham Holly of said Stamford. The said Holly’s family lived in the same house with me for two or three years in the Revolutionary War while the said Holly was in the Continental Army. I well remember that the said Holly had a son by the name of Isaac born on the 26th day of December at our house, at which time the said Holly came home from the Army on a furlow for several days while his wife was confined with the birth of his son Isaac. After a few days said Holly returned to the army. I remember the birth of said Holly’s son because it was on my own birth (that is, the same day of the year) day and I well remember said Holly was home for several days on furlow at that time. I am fifty two years old this day if I remember correctly. I have no idea that said Holly ever deserted from the army for I have been well acquainted with him ever since his service in the army and never heard of that fact till since his papers were returned form Washington and he told me he was returned a deserter. And further the deponent saith not.

I Gideon Weed of Stamford testify that I am well acquainted with Abraham Holly of said Stamford and have been ever since he was a child. Said Holly as I always understood enlisted into the Continental Army for during the was of the Revolution. Said Holly’s family lived in my house for two or three years while he was in the army. At the time his son Isaac was born, the said Holly came home on furlow of thirty days as I understood, and might have staid a day or two over his furlow on account of his wife’s sickness but returned to the army shortly. I never heard that he deserted till since his papers were returned from Washington and he told me he was returned a deserter. I cannot tell the year that he was at home on furlow, but well remember it was a very severe winter. I always understood said Holly was a good and faithful soldier. After he returned home from the army at the conclusion of the war he offered me his final settlement notes in pay for house rent but I did not take them as he was very poor. Afterwards he sold part of his said notes to Thaddeus Bell I think for half a crown on the pound. I do not believe said Holly ever deserted the army and further the Deponent saith not.

I Martha Holly, wife of Abraham Holly of Stamford testify that our son Isaac Holly now decd was born on the 25th day of December 1780 at the dwelling house of Gideon Weed of said Stamford and further the Deponent saith not.

I Samuel Hoyt of Stamford, State of Connecticut, testify that I was well acquainted with Abraham Holly of said Stamford in the Army of the Revolutionary War. We both belonged to the same Regiment. I never heard of said Holly’s deserting the army untill the information came from the War Department on his application for a pension and if he had deserted said Army I should undoubtedly have heard of it or known it at the time. I am further more confident he never deserted the Army, from the circumstance that after the close of the war he gave me a power of attorney to procure from the proper Department his Land Warrant to which he was entitled by his enlistment and service. I obtained his warrant for one hundred acres of land and afterwards purchased the same of him. Some of his final settlement notes I understood at the time were bought of him by Thaddeus Bell. I do not know that I ever saw them. From these facts I think it is impossible that he should have been a deserter. And further the Deponent saith not.

State of Connecticut, Stamford. Personally before me Joseph Wood, Public Notary Duly commissioned and sworn residing in said Stamford came Abigail Waterbury and Gideon Weed on the 26th day of December 1818, Marthy Holly on the 7th day of January 1819 and Samuel Hoyt on the 18th day of January 1819 and respectively made oath to the truth of their respective affidavits herein before written and I do certify that they are credible witnesses. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal of office the 18th day of January 1819. Joseph Wood, Notary Public.4
Pensn App Revolution18 January 1819Abraham filed a Revolutionary War Pension Application on 18 January 1819 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, as follows. Stamford, January 18, 1819
Honorable J. C. Calhoun
Sir,
The papers of Abrm Holly have been returned to me in which he is noted as having deserted 7 Dec 1780. I have procured from Mr. Hubbell who was Inspector and paymaster of the 5th Regiment two muster rolls and one payroll of Capt. Dorrance Company to which Abrm Holly (alias Hawley) belonged, which I now enclose to you with other evidence. Tho noted as having deserted 7th Dec 1780, it will be seen by the testimony and by comparing the inclosed Rolls with those in the War Department that he never did desert. The Muster Roll for January 1781 Mr. Hubbell could not find, but Hawly is returned in the payroll for that month and the whole of the year 1781 which is immediately succeeding the time in which he is said to have deserted. He is also on the two Muster Rolls in 1781 noted absent for sickness. It will be seen by the testimony that he was absent on furlow in the month of Decr 1780 his wife being sick in child-bed immediately after that he joined the army and continued in it to the end of the war when he was paid for his services and rec’d his land warrant. This would not have been done had he deserted. It is expected the inclosed Muster Rolls and Pay Roll will be returned to me when examined at the War Department. I am Respectfully your obedient Joseph Wood.4
Census1820He appeared in the census 1820 in Darien, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Abraham is listed as: 1 male 45+, 1 female 16-25, 1 female 45+. Neighbors Samuel Mather, Rufus Bell, Isaiah Austin, Joshua Morehouse, Henry Bates.7
Pensn App Revolution27 July 1820Abraham filed a Revolutionary War Pension Application on 27 July 1820 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, as follows. District and State of Connecticut, ss. Fairfield County. Be it remembered, that in the County Court, held in and for the County of Fairfield, in the District and State aforesaid, on this 27th day of July, 1820, the same being a Court of Record, and having a Seal, under the Authority of said State, personally came and appeared in open Court Abrm. Holley, aged seventy-four years, resident in the Town of Darien…and …doth declare on his oath that he served in the Revolutionary War as follows: viz) in the Spring of 1777 he enlisted into a Company commanded by Capt. S. Brown in Col. Chandler’s Regt of the Connecticut line for during the War, Served out his time and at the close of the War was honorably discharged, that the original Declaration made by him, for the purpose of obtaining a Pension, under the Act of Contress of the 18th of March, 1818, was dated the 1st of April 1818, that in pursuance thereof he was entered in the List of Pensioners and received a Pension Certificate No. 9910……And I do further declare that my occupation is that of a labourer but from a total loss of sight have been unable to labor for many years and that I have a family residing with me of a wife aged sixty-six years. Abraham Holley, his mark….Whereupon said Court is….of the opinion that the total amount in value of the property contained in the aforesaid Schedule, is three Dollars and 3 cents. Attest David Burr, Clerk.

(The list of property on the affidavit was 4 chairs, 1 table, 3 coarse dishes, 4 plates, 3 knives and 4 forks, three spoons, 4 cups & saucers, 1 porridge pot, 1 Tea Kettle, 1 Spider, 1 Frying pan, 1 pr sad Irons, 1 Meat Barrel & 1 old chest.)4
Death7 January 1828He died on 7 January 1828 in Darien, Fairfield, Connecticut, as "Abram Holley, old age, age 81."8,9
Probate30 January 1828He had his estate probated on 30 January 1828 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Spencer P. Mead's abstracts of the probate records says "Holly, Abraham, late of Darien, Jan. 30, 1828, his widow refused to qualify, and letters of administration on his estate granted to Henry Bates of Darien, who was ordered to advertise for claims, page 23."10
Probate30 January 1828He had his estate probated on 30 January 1828 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. At a Court of Probate holden at Stamford in & for the district of Stamford Jan'y 30th 1828. The widow of Abraham Holly Dec'd late of Darien in said District having signified to this Court that she declines administering the estate of said Abraham, Henry Bates of said Darien is appointed administrator of said estate & has given bond according to law which is on file, this court limits six months from this date for the exhibition of claims against said estate and directs said administrator to give legal notice thereof. Chas Hawley, Judge.11
Research Note13 August 2005On 13 August 2005. I submitted two Abraham Holly's to Daughters of the American Revolution Patriot Lookup (Abraham 1746 and Abraham 1758). They notified me that no one has joined the DAR based on their service.12
Last Edited14 December 2020

Citations

  1. [S187] Charles Moses Holly. Copy of the original printing presented to Stamford Town Clerk Office by Miss Adelaide DeGroot (876-1967) before 1950, on which the handwritten note on page 65 is legible., compiler, Record of the Holly Family in America. Adelaide De Groot donated a collection of family photographs to the New York Historical Society in December 1941 and March 1942, so perhaps it was around this time that she donated the Holly book to the Town of Stamford. (Copy of the original printing presented to Stamford Town Clerk Office by Miss Adelaide DeGroot (876-1967) before 1950, on which the handwritten note on page 65 is legible.: Privately printed. Republished by Quintin Publications, Orange Park, FL., Unknwn Pub. Date, about 1861.). Hereinafter cited as Record of the Holly Family in America.
  2. [S188] Edith M. Wicks and Virginia H. Olson, compiler, Stamford's Soldiers, Genealogical Biographies of Revolutionary War Patriots from Stamford, Connecticut. (Stamford Connecticut: Stamford Genealogical Society and The Ferguson Library, 1976), p.79. Hereinafter cited as Stamford's Soldiers.
  3. [S228] Elijah Baldwin Huntington, History of Stamford, Connecticut, from its settlement in 1641, to the present time (Stamford, Connecticut: Viewed at University of Michigan's Making of America Collection, http://name.umdl.umich.edu/AFK3887.0001.001, 1868), p. 227. Hereinafter cited as History of Stamford.
  4. [S231] , Record Group 15; FHL Film 0971703; Microcopy 804 (700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.: National Archives and Records Administration.)
  5. [S228] Elijah Baldwin Huntington, History of Stamford, p. 212.
  6. [S91] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com, Image 9/13.
  7. [S89] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com, Ancestry image 5 of 8.
  8. [S154] Letter from David Brown Tilley Sr., concerning Gereardy and Holly (Easton PA or Phillipsburg NJ) to Milton Popple Tilley, 19 Feb 1956; (.)
  9. [S176] LDS Film Number 1008338, Church Registers, First Congregational Church, Darien, Connecticut, (1739-1938). Hereinafter cited as First Congregational Church of Darien Records.
  10. [S114] SPENCER P. MEAD, L.L.B., of the New York Bar, compiler, VOL. II ABSTRACT of PROBATE RECORDS FOR THE DISTRICT OF STAMFORD, COUNTY OF FAIRFIELD, AND STATE OF CONNECTICUT, 1803-1848 (: 1919). Hereinafter cited as Stamford Probate Record Abstracts.
  11. [S225] Church of the LDS, Salt Lake City, Utah, Probate Court Records, Stamford District, v 12-14 1819-1833, FHL US/CAN Film # 5567, p.23. Hereinafter cited as Probate Court Records, Stamford District, v 12-14 1819-1833.
  12. [S189] "Personal Research Notes HPK", Holly Ferris Pearsall Kilpatrick (East Bangor, PA), to (). Hereinafter cited as "HPK Notes."

David Holly

M, #1571, b. 16 January 1695, d. about 1747

Parents

FatherJonathan Holly (b. 1 March 1662, d. 12 October 1712)
MotherSarah Finch (b. 26 January 1662)

Family 1: Margery Webb (b. about 1702, d. 19 April 1742)

DaughterSarah Holly (b. 25 September 1724)
SonDavid Holly (b. 1 September 1726)
DaughterMartha Holly (b. 15 September 1728)
SonIncrease Holly (b. 30 April 1731)
DaughterRachel Holly (b. 11 May 1733)
SonJohn Holly (b. 11 October 1735)

Family 2: Sarah Bolt (b. about 1721)

SonIsaac Holly+ (b. 13 June 1744)
SonAbraham Holly+ (b. 17 April 1746, d. 7 January 1828)

Biography

ChildParent1,1
Birth16 January 1695David Holly was born on 16 January 1695 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. (1696?)
Marriage10 May 1722He and Margery Webb were married on 10 May 1722 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut,1
Marriage28 July 1743He and Sarah Bolt were married on 28 July 1743 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut,
Deathabout 1747He died about 1747 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut,1
Probate Recordbetween 1748 and 1758David was listed in probate records between 1748 and 1758 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Excerpts from Spencer's Abstracts, quoted on Stamford's Families Rootsweb database (not yet researched personally):

Holly, David, late of Stamford, Dec. 13, 1748, letters of administration on his estate granted to Jacob Hait, page 349.

Holly, David, Jr., late of Stamford, Dec. 13, 1748, letters of administration on his estate granted to James Bell, page 349. Inventory taken Dec. 14, 1748, by Jonathan Bell and John Holly, and filed Feb. 7, 1749, page 355.

Holly, David, late of Stamford, Mar. 7, 1749, Sarah Holly appointed guardian of her children Isaac and Abraham, and Lieut. David Waterbury appointed guardian of John, under fourteen years of age, children of decedent, pages 360 and 361.

Holly, David, late of Stamford, Sept. 22, 1758, bond of Jonathan Bell of Stamford, guardian of Isaac Holly, a son of decedent. Feb. 12, 1765, bond of Jonathan Bell of Stamford, guardian of Abraham Holly, a son of decedent.
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Last Edited22 December 2016

Citations

  1. [S127] USGenWeb Fairfield County Early Settlers of Stamford, CT Families 1641-1935, online http://www.ctgenweb.org/county/cofairfield/pages/stamford/settlers_page.htm

Bethia Ambler

F, #1572, b. 18 January 1757

Parents

FatherDeacon Joshua Ambler (b. 9 September 1723, d. between 1790 and 1793)
MotherBethia Weed (b. about 1729, d. about 1773)

Family: Abraham Holly, Jr., (b. 23 November 1758, d. between March 1825 and 1830)

DaughterSarah Holly (b. 6 January 1783)
SonJames Holly (b. 9 June 1785)
SonAlanson Holly (b. 2 April 1789, d. 20 February 1864)
SonDavid Holly+ (b. between 1790 and 1791, d. 2 January 1856)

Biography

Birth18 January 1757Bethia Ambler was born on 18 January 1757 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut.1,2
Marriageabout 1778Abraham Holly, Jr., and she were married about 1778 (The fact that their son Alanson Holly was in possession of Abraham Jr's Hunting Ridge property in 1831 verifies that this is the Abraham who married Bethia.)3
Church Affiliation3 September 1786As of 3 September 1786, Bethia was affiliated with Bedford Congregational Church, in Bedford, Westchester, New York. Admitted during the ministry of Rev. John Davenport (18 May 1786 - 4 May 1791).4
Last Edited14 December 2020

Citations

  1. [S127] USGenWeb Fairfield County Early Settlers of Stamford, CT Families 1641-1935, online http://www.ctgenweb.org/county/cofairfield/pages/stamford/settlers_page.htm
  2. [S220] Lucius Barnes Barbour, GREENWICH, FAIRFIELD CO., CT VITAL RECORDS FROM BARBOUR COLLECTION 1641-1852. (Baltimore, Maryland: republished by Genealogical Publishing Co., 1911-1934), vol 1, p. 135. Hereinafter cited as Greenwich, CT Vital Records, Barbour Coll.
  3. [S248] Stamford, CT Land Records, Vol. W-X, 1827-1835, FHL US/CAN Film # 5582, Microfilmed by Church of the Latter Day Saints, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT. Hereinafter cited as Stamford, CT Land Records, Vol. W-X, 1827-1835.
  4. [S246] Conklin Mann, "Richard Ambler of Watertown, Mass., and Stamford, Conn. and his Descendants", New York Genealogical and Biographical Record Volumes 64 and 65 (Jan. 1933 - Oct 1934): Oct 1933, p.344. Hereinafter cited as "Richard Ambler and Descendants."

Sarah Webb

F, #1573, b. 28 September 1791, d. 10 December 1876

Parents

FatherWilliam Webb (b. 23 June 1764, d. 8 December 1840)
MotherSusannah Weed (b. 18 January 1769, d. 12 May 1811)

Family: David Holly (b. between 1790 and 1791, d. 2 January 1856)

SonWilliam Henry Holly+ (b. 7 June 1812, d. 24 January 1892)
SonSylvester Holly (b. about 1814)
DaughterElizabeth Holly+ (b. 1816, d. before 1885)
DaughterMaria Holly (b. 1820, d. 1 May 1899)
SonTheodore Holly+ (b. July 1821, d. 14 September 1909)
SonNelson Holly (b. about 1822, d. 9 September 1890)
DaughterSusan Holly (b. 2 May 1830, d. 7 November 1912)

Biography

FamilySarah Webb was of. the third child of 13 children
Birth28 September 1791She was born on 28 September 1791 in Darien, Fairfield, Connecticut.1,2
Marriageabout 1810David Holly and she were married about 1810 in Darien, Fairfield, Connecticut, (the 1810 census for William Webb shows 1 female 16-25 which would be Sally.)3,4
Church Affiliation10 May 1829As of 10 May 1829, Sarah was affiliated with Stanwich Congregational Church, 237 Taconic Rd., in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut. She was one of 4 people listed in Platt Buffett's records under the year 1829: "May 10th -- The Wife of David Holly." It looks as if there are two or three additional words which were erased or faded. Then there is the mark // which on the first page is described as "Thus // moved away in good standing." After studying the pages, I believe this date is associated with her joining, and then at some point he came back and marked her "moved away." Other marks are # for "Died in good standing" and X for "Were sent out or went out disorderly."5
Church Affiliation29 April 1831As of 29 April 1831, Sarah was affiliated with Second Congregational Church, in Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut. "Mrs. Sally Holly, wife of David Holly, admitted by letter, during the ministry of the Rev. Joel Mann."6
Property Record4 April 1844Sarah was involved in a property transaction on 4 April 1844 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Bk 27, p. 474, Sally Holly, wife of David Holly Jr., mortgage7
Witness1850She appeared on the census of 1850 in the household of David Holly in Darien, Fairfield, Connecticut. age 64, Cooper, $300 assets ($800?), with Sally, age 57, Sylvester, 36, Labourer, Maria, 30, Theodore, 25, carriage maker, Susan, 19. First name listed in household is Harry Slauson, 28, labourer. Next to Ezra H. Bishop, cabinetmaker. Other neighbors, George Walmey, Hannah Weed, Rufus Weed, Nathaniel Weed, Samuel Waterbury, cabinetmaker. These names appear on the 1856 map.8
Property Extract26 February 1859Sarah was involved in a property transaction on 26 February 1859 in Darien, Fairfield County, Connecticut. I, Sally A. Holly of Darien in the County of Fairfield and the State of Connecticut for the consideration of one hundred and fifty dollars received to my full satisfaction of Charles E. Whitney in said County and State do give, grant, bargain, sell and confirm unto the said Charles E. Whitney one certain tract or parcel of land being in said Darien in quantity one rood be the same more or less and thus bounded: North by Chas. E. Whitney. East by highway. South and West by land of Darius Farrington. The condition for the payment of the above described land is such that if Grantee shall well and truly maintain the Grantor or shall not refuse to maintain her for the term of two years dating from the seventeenth day of January one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine, then this deed shall remain in full force and virtue in law, otherwise to be null and void...In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 26 day of February A.D. 1859. Sally A. Holly, her mark. Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of Walter S. Whitney, Walter H. Bates. Walter H. Bates, Justice of the Peace. Rec'd to record February 4th, 1860, recorded by John S. Waterbury, Town Clerk. [Note, date of recording could not be correct.]9
Property Extract8 September 1859Sarah was involved in a property transaction on 8 September 1859 in Darien, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Know all men by these Presents, that we, Sally Holly, Henry Webb, Epenetus Webb, Sylvanus B. Thompson and Mariah Thompson his wife, Levi Miller and Jane Miller his wife, all of Stamford in the County of Fairfield and Ezra H. Bishop, Administrator of the Estate of Alfred Webb, late of said Stamford, deceased. In the consideration of one dollar received to our full satisfaction of Mary E. Stickney, wife of Charles L. Stickney of Darien in said County of Fairfield, do by these presetns, remise, release and forever Quit Claim unto the said Mary E. Stickney, her heirs and assigns forever, all Right, Title, Interest, Claim and Demand whatever which the said Releasors have or ought to have inor to a certain tract of land lying in Darien with buildings thereon in quantity thirty-five acres more or less bounded South by her own land late land of Henry Waterbury. East by land of heirs of Benjamin Weed and partly by land of Arasiah (?) Waterbury Dec'd. South by land now or late of Rufus Hoyt, William How and Henry Weed, and West by land of Henry Weed and Highway. It being a tract of land mortgaged to the grantor and others by Henry Waterbury by deed bearing date March 30, 1842, and recorded in the Records of Darien Book 2, Page 306. Signed 8 day of September 1859: Sally Holly, Levi Miller, Jane Miller, Henry Webb, Epenetus Webb, S. B. Thompson, Ezra H. Bishop, administrator. Wm H. Holly, Notary Public.10
Property Extract8 May 1860Sarah was involved in a property transaction on 8 May 1860 in Darien, Fairfield County, Connecticut. I, Sally A. Holly of Darien in the County of Fairfield and the State of Connecticut for the consideration of four hundred and fifty dollars received to my full satisfaction of James W. Palmer in said County and State do give, grant, bargain, sell and confirm unto the said James W. Palmer a certain tract of land situated in said Darien with Buildings thereon standing containing one half an acre more or less. Bounded on the north by land of Jared Crissy, East by Estate of George Walmsley Dec'd. South and West by highway....In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 8th day of May A.D. 1860. Sally A. Holly, her mark. (LS) Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of F. Webb, Ira Scofield. Darien, May 8th, 1860, Ira Scofield, Justice of the Peace. Rec'd to record May 8, 1860, recorded in by John S. Waterbury, Town Clerk.11
Witness18 August 1860She appeared on the census of 18 August 1860 in the household of Theodore Holly in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Carpenter, age 23, value of personal estate $25, b. CT, with Clara, age 27, b. NY, Alice, 3, and Frank 1. Listed as next family in same dwelling, Sally Holly age 65, value of personal estate $600, and Nelson, age 38, Painter, b. CT.
CensusAugust 1870She appeared in the census August 1870 in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut. Sarah is listed as: Sally Holly, age 78, Keeping House, with Susan Henessy, age 31, and William Henessy, age 39, Foundry, b. Massachusetts. Living two houses away from Sally's son Theodore.
Death10 December 1876She died on 10 December 1876 in Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, Probably in Greenwich.

For some reason, I neglected to enter my source for her death date, so I am not sure of the 10 Dec. date, but the year is correct. In the 22 Feb 1877 issue of the Port Chester Journal, under Greenwich News, there is a Mortuary List for 1886. In this list is included "Mrs. Sally Holly, Date Dec. 17, age 85."
Burial12 December 1876She was buried on 12 December 1876 at First Congregational Church Cemetery, Plot 85, Grave 1, 108 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich, in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut. Date estimated. Stone photographed Aug 2005, HK.12,13
Last Edited21 May 2018

Citations

  1. [S152] David Brown Tilley and/or Milton Popple Tilley, compiler, Genealogical proof of the direct descent of Hubert Hinds Winstead of Pleasant Valley, Connecticut from Robert Penoyer. (Pleasant Valley, CT: 29 April 1964). Hereinafter cited as Proof of Descent of Robert Penoyer to HH Winstead.
  2. [S220] Lucius Barnes Barbour, GREENWICH, FAIRFIELD CO., CT VITAL RECORDS FROM BARBOUR COLLECTION 1641-1852. (Baltimore, Maryland: republished by Genealogical Publishing Co., 1911-1934), p. 295. Hereinafter cited as Greenwich, CT Vital Records, Barbour Coll.
  3. [S154] Letter from David Brown Tilley Sr., concerning Gereardy and Holly (Easton PA or Phillipsburg NJ) to Milton Popple Tilley, 19 Feb 1956; (.)
  4. [S90] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  5. [S229] LDS Film Number 4327, Item 3, Stanwich Congregational Church Records 1796-1835, Rev. Platt Buffett, (1954). Hereinafter cited as Stanwich Congregational Church Records.
  6. [S244] Old Volume Series 4, Catalogue of Members and Minutes, Second Congregational Church, Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT: page 208., (1818-1859). Hereinafter cited as Second Congregational Church Minutes Vol 4.
  7. [S158] "David B. Tilley Research Notes 1950 - 1965", 1950-1965, David Brown Tilley (1928 - 1989) (Easton, PA, Danby, NY, and Litchfield, CT), to Holly Kilpatrick (East Bangor, PA). Hereinafter cited as "DBT Notes."
  8. [S86] , 1850 Census Online, As viewed on ancestry.com.
  9. [S617] Darien, CT Land Records, Vol.5-6, 1856-1877, FHL US/CAN Film # 1434205: p. 210. Viewed at FHC, Nazareth, PA 4/1/2014., Microfilmed by Church of the Latter Day Saints, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT. Hereinafter cited as Darien, CT Land Records, Vol.5-6, 1856-1877.
  10. [S617] Darien, CT Land Records, Vol.5-6, 1856-1877, FHL US/CAN Film # 1434205: p. 488. Viewed at FHC, Nazareth, PA 4/1/2014.
  11. [S617] Darien, CT Land Records, Vol.5-6, 1856-1877, FHL US/CAN Film # 1434205: p. 225. Viewed at FHC, Nazareth, PA 4/1/2014.
  12. [S182] First Congregational Church Cemetery, Old Greenwich, Fairfield Cty., Connecticut, Office Records, 108 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT 06870 Phone (203)-637-1791, Visited Sept 2005 HFPK and WNTP. Hereinafter cited as First Congregational Church Cemetery Office.
  13. [S175] Gravestone.

Sarah Holly

F, #1574, b. 6 January 1783

Parents

FatherAbraham Holly, Jr. (b. 23 November 1758, d. between March 1825 and 1830)
MotherBethia Ambler (b. 18 January 1757)

Biography

Birth6 January 1783Sarah Holly was born on 6 January 1783 in Bedford, Westchester, New York.1,2,3
Baptism3 September 1786She was baptized on 3 September 1786 at Bedford Congregational Church in Bedford, Westchester, New York. "Children of Abraham & Bethiah Holly -- Sept. 3, 1786. James aged 1 June 9, 1786. Sarah aged 3. January 6, 1786."2,3
Property Record17 September 1831Sarah was involved in a property transaction on 17 September 1831 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Know Ye, that I, Sally Holly of Ridgefield in the Society of Ridgebury in Fairfield County and State of Connecticut, for the consideration of One hundred & twenty Dollars received to my full satisfaction of David Waterbury of Stamford, in said County, do give, grant, bargain, sell and confirm unto the said David Waterbury, a certain tract of land lying in said Stamford in the Society of North Stamford containing five acres be the same more or less and is bounded north by land of John Dan & John L. Scofield, it being a straight line between sd. tract and sd. John Dan, East by land of William & Hezron Scofield, South by land of William & Hezron Scofield & Jonathan Miller, and West by land of Jonathan Miller with the privilege of passing and repassing over land of Jonathan Miller's in the usual place. To have and to hold the above granted an bargained premises with the privileges and appurtenances thereof, unto him the said David Waterbury, his heirs and assigns forever, to his and their own proper use and behoof. And also I the said Sally Holly do for my self, my heirs, executors and administrators, covenant with the said David Waterbury, his heirs and assigns, that at and until the ensealing of these presents, I am well seized of the premises, as good indefeasible estate in Fee Simple, and have good right to bargain and sell the same in manner and form as is above written, and that the same is free of all incumbrances whatsoever. And furthermore, I the said Sally Holly do by these presents bind myself and my heirs forever, to warrant and defend the above granted and bargained premises to him the said David Waterbury, his heirs and assigns, against all claims and demands whatsoever. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 17 day of September A.D. 1831. Signed, Sealed and Delivered in presence of Ebenezer L. Dan, Jotham Hoyt. Signed by Sally Holly.4
Research NoteWe do not know that this deed belongs to this Sarah Holly. For the time being, I am assigning it to her, because the date coincides with that of Alanson selling land in the same area (Oct 1831), which leads me to suspect that their father, Abraham Jr., may have died shortly before, which may have led to this activity. Abraham, Jr. is not listed in the 1830 census.
Research NoteRidgefield, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Looking for connections between Sarah Holly and Ridgefield. In the 1800 census, there is an Elnathan Holly in Ridgefield (which appears to be Abraham's Elnathan). In 1840, John and family, a Derias and wife, and an Elizabeth (female between 60-70, f 20-30, f <5).
AddressSarah lived at Ridgebury Society in Ridgefield, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Ridgebury is the territory generally held today to be north of the Aspen Ledges and west of the Ridgefield Lakes. It has over the years been a hamlet, a school district or two, and a parish....But the trip from Ridgebury over the hills to Ridgefield for services at the official church proved too much and, in 1761, upon petition of Ridgeburians, New Patent was made the "Second Ecclesiastical Society." It was at that point that the new name for the territory was chosen: Ridgebury, using the Ridge of Ridgefield and the bury of Danbury, the two Connecticut towns that virtually surrounded the society.... Per Jack Sanders website http://jackfsanders.tripod.com/
Last Edited19 August 2017

Citations

  1. [S154] Letter from David Brown Tilley Sr., concerning Gereardy and Holly (Easton PA or Phillipsburg NJ) to Milton Popple Tilley, 19 Feb 1956; (.)
  2. [S246] Conklin Mann, "Richard Ambler of Watertown, Mass., and Stamford, Conn. and his Descendants", New York Genealogical and Biographical Record Volumes 64 and 65 (Jan. 1933 - Oct 1934): Oct 1933, p.344. Hereinafter cited as "Richard Ambler and Descendants."
  3. [S263] Bedford Presbyterian Church, Bedford Green, Bedford, NY, Records of the Church in Christ in Bedford begun May 18, 1786: p. 102., (1780 - mid-1800's). Hereinafter cited as Bedford Presbyterian Church Records.
  4. [S248] Stamford, CT Land Records, Vol. W-X, 1827-1835, FHL US/CAN Film # 5582: p. 148, Microfilmed by Church of the Latter Day Saints, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT. Hereinafter cited as Stamford, CT Land Records, Vol. W-X, 1827-1835.

James Holly

M, #1575, b. 9 June 1785

Parents

FatherAbraham Holly, Jr. (b. 23 November 1758, d. between March 1825 and 1830)
MotherBethia Ambler (b. 18 January 1757)

Biography

Birth9 June 1785James Holly was born on 9 June 1785 in Bedford, Westchester, New York.1,2
Baptism3 September 1786He was baptized on 3 September 1786 at Bedford Congregational Church in Bedford, Westchester, New York. "Children of Abraham & Bethiah Holly -- Sept. 3, 1786. James aged 1 June 9, 1786. Sarah aged 3. January 6, 1786."2,3
Census1810He appeared in the census 1810 at Hunting Ridge in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. James is listed as: Jas. Holly, 2 males under 10, 1 male 26-44, 1 female 26-44. Next to Abraham Holly and Billy Scofield, with Fred. Ferris and Na. Sherwood on the other side.4
Last Edited19 August 2017

Citations

  1. [S154] Letter from David Brown Tilley Sr., concerning Gereardy and Holly (Easton PA or Phillipsburg NJ) to Milton Popple Tilley, 19 Feb 1956; (.)
  2. [S246] Conklin Mann, "Richard Ambler of Watertown, Mass., and Stamford, Conn. and his Descendants", New York Genealogical and Biographical Record Volumes 64 and 65 (Jan. 1933 - Oct 1934): Oct 1933, p.344. Hereinafter cited as "Richard Ambler and Descendants."
  3. [S263] Bedford Presbyterian Church, Bedford Green, Bedford, NY, Records of the Church in Christ in Bedford begun May 18, 1786: p. 102., (1780 - mid-1800's). Hereinafter cited as Bedford Presbyterian Church Records.
  4. [S90] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com, Image 19 of 22.