Jefferson County, NY Pioneers



1. JOSEPH ALLEN was born 14 November 1759 in Westport, MA to Daniel Allen (born 13 Oct. 1729 – d 1 June 1822 at 93 years in Wesport) and his wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Seabury (born 2 Feb. 1730 – d 31 Jan. 1815 at 85 years in Wesport.) Joseph, who served in the Revolutionary War, is listed in the DAR Patriot Index. Joseph married on 27 June 1784 PRUDENCE EARLE who was born 14 Jan. 1767 and died 27 Dec. 1843 in Jefferson County, NY. She was the daughter of Caleb and Elizabeth (Brightman) Earle. After the birth of their first four children, Joseph and Prudence moved eventually to Jefferson County and settled as the first residents of Bear Creek [now Pierrepont Manor in the Town of Ellisburg - NED] in 1805. Joseph died on 23 September 1838 and he and Prudence share a headstone in the Pierrepont Manor Cemetery in Jefferson County, NY.

In the History of Jefferson Co., by Oakes, additional information about Joseph Allen is provided. "Joseph Allen, son of Daniel and Elizabeth Seabury Allen, was born at Westport MA on 14 Nov. 1758. He was a descendant of George Allen, who was born in England about 1568 and came to MA from Weymouth, England in 1635, and from Lynn settled in Sandwich in 1636, where he lived until his death in 1648. He was a prominent official of Plymouth Colony, and a member of the Friends' Society. The line of descent is as follows: Ralph, son of George, married Esther Swift, died in 1698; Joseph born 1642; Joseph born 1667; Joseph born 1704; married Ruth Smith; Daniel, born 1729, married Elizabeth Seabury, 1751, died 1822. The names of the children born to Daniel and wife Elizabeth are: Humphrey; Gideon; Joseph; John; Mary (Mrs. Cornwell); Pardon, Weston, Rhoda (Mrs. Macomber), Ruth (Mrs. Shearman).

"Joseph Allen was apprenticed to a blacksmith for four years, and when a young man worked at vessel blacksmithing at Providence, RI. He was a minute-man two years and nine months during the Revolutionary War, was attached to a piece of artillery, and was called out on active duty several times.

...PRUDENCE EARLE...was an only daughter of Caleb and Elizabeth Brightman Earl, and a descendant of Ralph Earle, who came from England about 1634 and settled in Rhode Island...after marriage Joseph Allen lived in Dartmouth MA until 1793 when he removed to Galway, Saratoga Co., NY. He owned a farm there and also worked at his trade. Ten years later the tide of emigration was to the Black River county, and Mr. Allen went to the town of Ellisburg in the fall of 1804, purchasing three hundred and twenty acres of land at Bear Creek, and built the first house there on the site where the Allen blacksmith shop stood....

"The place was a wilderness and two miles from any habitation. At this time, Joel Brown, to whom the oldest daughter of Mr. Allen was married was living two miles north of Bear Creek, on what became the Adams Road. Mr. Allen moved to Bear Creek in March, 1805 in company with Arnold Earl and Pardon Earl. They came by the way of Redfield and Adams, and blazed trees served as a guide part of the distance. The first season, as late as July, Mr. Allen sowed oats, which ripened. Soon after he settled he built a frame addition to his house and opened an inn. He also built a small shop in which to work at his trade;...afterward he built a shop on Lorraine Street and carried on business there a number of years, when he was succeeded by his son, Elihu.

"A few years after he settled he gave to the public a lot for burying ground and also laid out the public square or "green", which was part of his original purchase. About 1818 he built the hotel and kept public house there until 1823, when he was succeeded by Joel Brown, and moved to the corner house bought of Oliver N. Snow, where he lived until his death in 1838...Joseph religious faith a Restorationist, and somewhat in accord with the Society of Friends...

"A post office was established at Bear Creek about 1840 with the name of Pierrepont Manor, and since then the place has been known by that name."

Children of Joseph Allen and Prudence Earle:

  1. i          NANCY ALLEN born 18 Jan. 1785 at Westport, MA; married 1803 to JOEL BROWN. Nancy died in 1844 at 59 years and is buried in the Pierrepont Cem. Joel Brown was the son of Ebenezer Brown and Molly Readway. Ebenezer Brown was a Revolutionary War soldier. See Fonda List
  2. ii          JAMES ALLEN born 23 October 1786 at Westport, MA; died 1788
  3. iii          BETSEY ALLEN born 22 Dec. 1788 at Westport, MA; married 1809 HENRY KING
  4. iv          JOSEPH ALLEN Jr. born 23 June 1791; married 1820 to PHEBE WILLIAMS who was born 1800 and died in 1864. Joseph died on 13 January 1864; both are buried in the Pierrepont Cemetery<
  5. v          JOHN ALLEN born 1793; married 1823 MELISSA DEWEY who died 1884 at 80 years 4 mos. John died on 6 May 1876 at 82 years 9 months. Both are buried in the Pierrepont Cemetery.
  6. vi          RHODA ALLEN born 1795 married 1834 to ROSWELL MARSH and died 1835 in Hebron, Ohio
  7. vii          HARVEY ALLEN born 1798; married on 4 Feb 1827 at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Adams to LUCY FREEMAN. She died 1901 at 96 years 4 months 3 days. Harvey died 6 April 1879 at 80 years 10 months 13 days. Both are buried in the Pierrepont Cemetery
  8. viii          RUTH ALLEN born 1 Jan. 1802 in Galway, NY; married SOLOMON J. STEBBINS
  9. ix          ELIHU ALLEN born 3 August 1806; married ALMIRA ANDRUS who was born 1815 and died 1897. Elihu was a village blacksmith in Pierrepont. Elihu died on 16 July 1886. Both are buried in the Pierrepont Cemetery.
  10. x          HIRAM ALLEN born 18 October 1810; married on 23 October 1837, FANNY TAYLOR, born 23 October 1811, daughter of Deacon R. H. Taylor and Jerusha Hinman. Fanny died in 1891 and Hiram on 8 November 1891. Both are buried in the Pierrepont Cemetery.

4. BETSEY ALLEN was born 22 Dec. 1788 at Westport, MA; married 1809 HENRY KING who died in 1871 at 82 years. Henry came to Jefferson County from Southold, MA in 1806. Betsey died in 1871 at 82 years. They are buried in the Pierrepont Cemetery.

Children of Betsey Allen and Henry King:

  1. i DON A. KING born 27 March 1820 in Jefferson Co., NY; married 1848 Mary Baker
  2. ii PRUDENCE KING born 8 Sept. 1813 Adams NY; died 27 April 1868 Ellisburg, NY married as his second wife, SOLOMON J. STEBBINS, widower of her aunt, RUTH.

9. RUTH ALLEN born 1 Jan. 1802 in Galway, NY; married on 16 August 1826 at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Adams to SOLOMON J. STEBBINS, who was born 25 Feb. 1800 in Massachusetts, and died 16 Jan. 1844. He was the son of Bethuel Stebbins and his third wife, Patience Hitchcock. Ruth died 4 Oct. 1838. Both are buried in the Pierrepont Cemetery. Solomon J. Stebbins married 2)Prudence King on 16 Jan. 1840.

Children of Solomon J. Stebbins and Ruth Allen:

  1. i HARRIET ADELIA STEBBINS born 8 May 1827 at Ellisburg, NY; married 1 May 1849 at Ellisburg to JAMES LAURIN VANBUREN, born 19 June 1819 at Nassau, NY; he died 10 Jan. 1891 at Indianapolis, IN, son of Peter Van Buren and Abigail Mudge.
  2. ii JULIA MARIA STEBBINS born 15 July 1829; married ORSON B. JONES.
  3. iii RHODA R. STEBBINS born 22 Dec. 1832 at Bear Creek [Pierrepont Manor,] Jefferson Co., NY; married 23 Dec. 1861 at Watertown, Jefferson Co. MOSES BRADFORD KING, born 7 June 1825 at Nashville, Davidson Co., Tennessee, son of Bradford King and Abigail Cook.

Children of Solomon J. Stebbins and Prudence King:

  1. i SOLOMON J. STEBBINS born 29 Aug. 1841 at Redfield, Oswego Co., NY; married 25 Dec. 1865 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL to EMMA GERTRUDE JONES, born 18 October 1849 at Belleville, Jefferson Co., NY, daughter of Dr. James Jones and Hannah Doane.
  2. ii ANNA ELIZA STEBBINS born 17 Mar. 1844; married CLARK ALDEN COOLEY, son of Charles Cooley and Clara Green, on 30 Dec. 1869, Clark was born 21 Sept 1847.

Sources: Rev. War. Records, DAR Patriot Index, cemetery records NY, VIR MA, RI, NY; Stebbins Family Genealogy; Earle Family Genealogy; census records, church records, Oakes Hist. Of Jefferson Co.
Researched by: M Sapienza 6/2011

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