PIONEER BRITTON FAMILY


 
1.  EBENEZER BRITTON (son of WILLIAM & LYDIA (---) BRITTON) was
born 1 June 1715 in Raynham, Bristol Co., Massachusetts.  He was the fourth son
of his parents.  He lived about 55 years in Raynham, going to  Westmoreland,
New Hampshire, in 1771. He bought one hundred acres of land there July 6 of
that year, and also purchased a grist and saw mill with twelve acres -- the 
first mills built in that town. The grantor was James Minot, of Putney, 
"province of New York," the jurisdiction of Vermont then being in dispute.  
Putney is on the opposite side of the Connecticut River from Westmoreland.
        Ebenezer Britton was a warm patriot in revolutionary days and signed the
"association test." When his neighbors were troubled about the depreciation of
continental money, he said: "I am not afraid of continental money; it will be
redeemed in good time; redeemed or not redeemed, no soldier who has fought
under George Washington shall go hungry while I have corn to feed him!"
      Several of his sons were enlisted in the army. He was active in church and
town matters, serving as deacon and many times as selectman, and was
representative in 1776, 1777 and 1778, and member of the Continental Congress
1777-1778.  He died 21 January 1788 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co., New
Hampshire, where he is buried in North Cemetery. 

He married (1) 20 May 1735 

TABITHA LEONARD, daughter of SETH LEONARD, his cousin, who died in
1749.  

Children of EBENEZER BRITTON and TABITHA LEONARD, BRITTON:

     2     i   EBENEZER BRITTON 

     3    ii   DAVID BRITTON

     4   iii   ABIGAIL BRITTON

     5    iv   WEALTHY BRITTON

     6     v   TABITHA BRITTON

He married (2) on 20 February 1749/1750 in Raynham or in Providence, Rhode
Island

SARAH H. BULLOCK, born 12 September 1731 in Rehoboth, Bristol County,
Massachusetts, died 19 September 1790 in Westmoreland where she is also
buried in the North Cemetery.
        Their sons Samuel, Calvin and Luther and several grandchildren settled
in Jefferson County, New York.

Children of EBENEZER BRITTON and SARAH BULLOCK, BRITTON:

     7     i   KEZIAH BRITTON married

+    8    ii   JOB BRITTON married ABIGAIL CHAMERLAIN
 
     9   iii   JAMES BRITTON married

    10    iv   MERCY BRITTON married

    11     v   SAMUEL BRITTON

    12    vi   ASA BRITTON

    13   vii   STEPHEN BRITTON married SYBIL FULLER

    14  viii   SQUIRE BRITTON

    15    ix   SARAH BRITTON

    16     x   CALVIN BRITTON, a brigadier-general in the Revolutionary War,
                              accompanied his brothers in the settlement of 
                              Jefferson Co., New York

    17    xi   LUTHER BRITTON settled in Jefferson Co., New York

    18   xii   MARTIN BRITTON


8  JOB BRITTON (son of EBENEZER & SARAH (BULLOCK) BRITTON) was
born 20 February 1755 in Raynham, Bristol County, Massachusetts. 
        Job's Revolutionary War record indicates that he served under Col. James
Reed.  He enlisted in Westmoreland, New Hampshire, his residence, in 1775. 
For one year he served in Capt. Jacob Hind's company of Col. James Reed's
regiment.  He was wounded in his right shoulder at the Battle of Bunker Hill and
was under a surgeon's care until December.  He then marched to Canada and was
ill with smallpox during Col. Bedel's affair at the Cedars.  He returned home in
October 1776.  In the spring of 1777 he substituted for his brother, Samuel, who
was ill and served four months.  On 13 January 1783 he substituted for his
brother-in-law, Ephraim Stone, in Capt. Ellis' company for six months.  He died
15 December 1804 in Westmoreland, Cheshire County, New Hampshire where
he is buried. 

He married 3 February 1774, in Westmoreland

ABIGAIL CHAMBERLAIN who was born after 1756 in Westmoreland, and died
after 23 April 1846 in Chili, Monroe County, New York. She is known to have
been aged 88 years in 1844.  On 19 June 1838, Abigail Britton applied for a
widow's pension (New York Widow's file #17338, Rev. War), thus indicating
that Job was dead by that time.  Her residence at the date of application was
Rochester, Monroe County, New York, and her claim was allowed.  She reported
her age in 1844 as 88 years.

Children, BRITTON:

+   19     i   OTIS BRITTON 

    20    ii   STILLMAN BRITTON

    21   iii   JONAH BRITTON

    22    iv   JOSHUA BRITTON

    23     v   WILLIAM BRITTON

    24    vi   JOAB BRITTON married ELIZA SHERMAN


19.  OTIS BRITTON (son of JOB & ABOGAIL (CHAMBERLAIN) BRITTON)
was born 6 October 1775, in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire.
        In the year 1800, CHARLES WELCH and OTIS BRITTON made their
decision to become pioneers, and followed what was to become an increasingly
popular trail from New Hampshire to Remsen, Herkimer County, New York.
From there, they headed for the North Country where JACOB BROWN and his
bride, the former PAMELA WILLIAMS, had settled earlier the same year.
        CHARLES and OTIS took a job chopping out a road from a point on the
river at Brownville to the ferry at Chaumont -- a distance of ten miles.  They
began this work in November, but before it was completed a heavy snowfall
came. Their shoes were worn out, but they could get no others, and so they were
obliged to finish their work and travel back to Herkimer County, a
distance of more than 80 miles, in their bare feet. Before leaving, however,
they assisted SAMUEL BRITTON, an uncle of OTIS, in erecting the body of a
log house.  By some mishap, OTIS broke his leg, and was drawn on an ox sled
to Floyd, CHARLES preceding the team with his axe to clear the road.
        The following fall, CHARLES WELCH married EUNICE, daughter of
MOSES COLE of Newport, settling in Brownville, and keeping house in the little
log cabin built by the BROWNS and used for a smoke-house.  NATHAN, twin
brother of CHARLES, joined them, and they took up a farm in the Parish
neighborhood, where a son was born to CHARLES and EUNICE, the first white
child born in the new town north of the Black River.  By this marriage,
CHARLES WELCH and OTIS BRITTON became brothers-in-law, for OTIS had
earlier married in 1795 MOSES COLE'S daughter, DIADEMA.  (See pioneer
COLE {CLICK}  He died 1814, at Brownville, Jefferson County, New York and
is buried in the Taylor Cemetery there.

He married 1795

DIADEMA COLE, who was a daughter of MOSES & MARY (SPERRY) COLE. 
She was born 18 November 1775 in Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts, and
she died 28 June 1845 in Cape Vincent, Jefferson County, where she is buried in
Taylor Cemetery.  Judging from her late birth year and from the fact that she was
born somewhere other than her siblings, it seems that Diadema may have been the
daughter of a later, unidentified wife of Moses Cole.  Mary Sperry would have
been about 50 years old if she gave birth to Diadema in 1775 -- a full nine years
after the previous child.  It is certain that she was at least Moses' daughter.

Children, BRITTON:

    25     i   NANCY BRITTON married

    26    ii   ABIGAIL BRITTON

    27   iii   EUNICE BRITTON

+   28    iv   LYMAN BRITTON

    29     v   WARREN BRITTON

    30    vi   LUCINDA BRITTON


28.  LYMAN BRITTON (son of OTIS & DIADEMA (COLE) BRITTON) was
born on 16 December 1801 in Brownville, Jefferson Co., New York,  and very
early in life joined his great-uncle Brigadier-General Calvin Britton in the 
lumber business, cutting the tallest pine trees and shipping them down the 
St. Lawrence River by raft to Montreal.  He died in 1882

He married 31 January 1830

ELIZA BANFORD, who was born 6 October 1811, and died 1863 in Jefferson
County.

Children (all born in Jefferson Co., New York from census schedules) BRITTON:

    31     i   OTIS BRITTON

    32    ii   WILLIAM BRITTON

    33   iii   CLARISSA BRITTON married BYRON CARTER

    34    iv   BETSEY BRITTON

    35     v   CALVIN

    36    vi   ADELINE BRITTON (possibly Emeline, below?)

    37   vii   EMELINE BRITTON

    38  viii   GEORGE BRITTON
 

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