JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK


PIONEER VARDIS FISHER FAMILY


1. VARDIS JOHN FISHER was born 4 Oct 1785 in Guilford, Windham, Vermont, United States. He was the son of Rev. David Fisher (1764-1811) and LYDIA BARNEY (1759-1810). He appeared on the census in 1810 in Milton, Chittenden, Vermont, USA. 1 adult male, 1 adult female He appeared on the census in 1820 in Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, USA. 3 males under 10; 1 male 26-45; 1 female under 10; 1 female 16-25; 1 female over 45
Relationship:3 James and Benjamin Barney were named as pathmasters in Henderson, NY in 1806. Were also member of literary society formed by Baptist minister in 1824. Other Barney relatives from Guilford settled in Jefferson county abt. the same time and helped establish Baptist churches there. (see Edward, his mother's brother)

Relationship: Vardis' 1st cousins were Royal Barney, Sr. and Rachel Marsh Barney, who were themselves cousins who had married and moved to Ellisburg, Jefferson, NY. Rachel and her children were baptized by Simeon D. Carter in Amherst, Lorain, Ohio.

Two sons, Royal and Edson Barney, participated in Zion's Camp and became members of the 1st Quorum of Seventy in Kirtland.

He appeared on the census in 1825 in Henderson, Jefferson, New York, USA. Vardis Fisher: 5 males (1 age 16-45--not eligible to vote), 3 females (one married under age 45, 2 unmarried under age 16, one female birth in the preceding year)
He appeared on the "Bardis Fisher" census in 1830 in Henderson, Jefferson, New York, USA. 1 male, age 5-10; 1 male age 10-15; 1 male age 15-20; 1 male age 40-49; 1 female age 5-10; 1 female age 15-20; 1 female age 40-50
He had a residence from 1834 to 1836 in Henderson, Jefferson, New York, USA. Reference to Vardis in relation to school boundary changes in Henderson town records in 1834. James Blakeslee's journal lists 1836 baptisms for Vardis, "June", and Abigail Fisher in Henderson.
He had a residence from 1838 to 1839 on banks of Wabash River, Ohio, USA. Vardis' brother, David, lived on the Ohio River on the Indiana side. Vardis and family may have been with or near him during this time period.
Poss. residence: 1838, Illinois, United States. based on birthplace of Lydia Rebecca as recorded in 1850
census

He appeared on the census in 1840 in North Parker, Coles, Illinois, USA. 1 male age 15-20; 1 male age 50-60; 4 females under age 5;1 age 5-10; 2 age10-15; 1 age 30-40
Next door to Moses Olmstead & 2-3 households away from John Olmstead who who are likely relatives of Vardis' son's (William Willard Fisher) wife. William Willard also lives in Coles county. Cornelius B. Fisher is recorded in Jasper county. There are many Cornelius Fishers in early Massachusetts (it's a multi-generation family name) that may tie with Vardis' family. Could this be a relative? This Cornelius is age 30-40 & has 5 children under the age of 15.

He appeared on the census in 1850 in North Fork, Jasper, Illinois, USA. Vardis, 65; Jane, 45; Mary H, 15; Elizabeth M., 15; Louisa R., 13; Fanny B, 10; Joseph, 8; Sarah A., 6; Marg. M, 4; Oliver C., 2

He had a residence early 1850s. Family resided in Missouri sometime between 1850-1855, as daughters Elizabeth and Lydia married and each had a child there prior to going west in 1855.
Biographical notes: trip west, 1855.4 Listed in 1855 Perpetual Emigration Fund list. Per Estelle Simmmons Petersen: "When crossing the plains, the twins became separated. Mary lingered behind. They missed her and went back to find her, but found only moccasin and horse tracks, which told their own sad story of another kidnap. They supposed that an Indian had stolen her, but later found out that it was a white man (James Cuddle or Giddle) who wanted her for his wife. The family never saw nor heard of her after that.

"As a result of this affair, Jane (the mother) sorrowed and died soon after of cholera. Before she died she called Lydia and some of her lady friends and told them she was going to die and when she did her husband would take his wagon out of the ring of wagons and start back. She asked them to take the children out of the wagon and take them to Utah. Jane died that night and was buried in a feather bed and quilts inside her wagon box in a lonely unmarked grave on the prairie. Her husband loaded the children in his wagon and started to drive out of the wagon ring. Lydia and the women took them and put them into other wagons. When he saw Lydia's determination to keep the children with her and take them to Utah, he came back into the line of wagons and came on to Utah." Lydia drove the team most of the way on the trip west.

There is one family story that he stayed in Utah two years and then went back east, perhaps to claim an inheritance. However, I question that story, since the family was found first in Brigham City, then moved to Spanish Fork. If he did in fact return east, he was back in Utah by 1860, when he is found living with Fannie and her husband in Salt Lake City.

He appeared on the census in 1860 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, with daughter Fanny and family, age 75

15 Death Place: Lydia Rebecca's family say he died while living with her in Spanish Fork. The DUP records show him as likely having been buried in the old pioneer cemetery there. He died 25 Feb 1866 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States and was buried there

He married ABBY/NABBY CONVERSE, born 1789; died 5 Mar 1831 in Henderson, Jefferson, New York, USA; daughter of Asa Converse. CHILDREN, FISHER:

   2. RANSOM CONVERSE FISHER b 21 May 1809 Colchester, Chittenden, Vermont, United States, son of Vardis. He appeared on the census in 1840 in Ellisburg, Jefferson, NewYork, United States. Ransom Fisher: 1 male under 5, 1 male age 10-15, one male age 15-20, 1 female age 5-10; on female age 20-30. Could the older boy be brothers? John Hale Fisher?? 2 doors from Norman Barney.

b) He appeared on the census in 1850 in Ellisburg, Jefferson, NewYork, United States. RC Fisher, age 36, carpenter & joiner, born VT; Anna, 34, Jasahene, 17, Wm. H., 12
Family lives next door to Cyrenus Converse, age 40

c) He appeared on the census in 1860 in Ellisburg, Jefferson, NewYork, United States. RC Fisher, age 49, carpenter, born VT
Anna, 45, born NY; Wm H, 21

d) He appeared on the census in 1870 in Ellisburg, Jefferson, NewYork, United States. Ransom Fisher, 59, carpenter; Anna, 55

e) He appeared on the possible, different wife w/ poss. children census in 1880 in Boylston, Oswego, New York, United States. RC Fisher, age 69, farmer, born NY, parents birthplaces not noted. wife Hellen, age 40; daughter Carra, age 20; daughter Ettie, age 6. These children, especially the oldest, are probably Hellen's from a previous marriage

He died 5 Sep 1894

   3. REUBEN VARDIS FISHER b 16 Dec 1812, Chittenden, Vermont, United States. He died. Believe he may have died young, as I can find no trace of him in censes after 1830.

   4. LAURA NABBY FISHER b 2 Aug 1816 Chittenden, Vermont, United States

   5 JOHN HALE FISHER b 10 Jan 1819 Chittenden, Vermont, United States Died prob.after 1840
Appears to be with family in 1840 census, although age is slightly off: 1 male age 15-20; 1 male age 50-60; 4 females under age 5;1 age 5-10; 2 age10-15; 1 age 30-40. I can find no John Fishers in subsequent censes who fit his description as to age, birthplace, etc. Died 22 May 1843

   6. WILLIAM WILLARD FISHER b 14 Nov 1820 New York, USA m SARAH JANE OMSTEAD/OLMSTEAD (1820-Bef 1860) 5 Aug 1849 - Coles, Illinois, United States
MARTHA EVA (1839- ) Abt 1861 - , Illinois, United States
a) He owned land may be him, probably not in 1839 in , Jasper, Illinois, United States. Illinois 10 Oct 1839 3rd PM Jasper 8-N 10-E 32; Illinois 10 Oct 1839 3rd PM Jasper 8-N 10-E 32
b) He appeared on the census in 1850 in Hitesville, Coles. Illinois, USA. with Omstead family: WILLIAM FISHER, 27, born NY; Jane, 20, born Illinois; EMMA, 2
c) He owned land 1 May 1852 in Coles, Illinois, United States. WILLIAM W. FISHER Illinois 1 May 1852 2nd PM Coles 3-N 14-W 29
d) He appeared on the census in 1860 in Charleston, Coles, Illinois, USA. WILLIAM FISHER, 37, born NY; EMMA, 12; DARA, 10; ANNA, 7; CHARLES, 5; JANE, 3; children all born in Illinois
e) He appeared on the census in 1870 in Charleston, Coles, Illinois, USA. W FISHER, age 46, carpenter, born Indiana; Eva, 31, born Ohio
Dora, 20, born IL
A(rc)y, 17 yr old female, born IL (Anny??)
James, 12, born IL
Charles, 14, born IL
William, 8,born IL
Nellie, 1, born Il
L(on)a, 1, born IL
f) He appeared on the census in 1880 in Red Willow, Red Willow, Nebraska, United States. WW Fisher, age 58, stock raiser,born VT
Martha E, 41, born OH
Charles A, 25, born IL
Janie C., 22, born IL
William, 18, born IL
Nellie, 11, born IL

   6. JULIA AUGUSTA FISHER b 7 Nov 1823 m 19 Mar 1846 Coles, Illinois, United States DANIEL RYNOR (---) -/p> She appeared on the census in 1840 in North Parker, Coles, Illinois, USA. 1 male age 15-20; 1 male age 50 60; 4 females under age 5;1 age 5-10; 2 age10-15; 1 age 30-40 Next door to Moses Olmstead & 2-3 households away from John Olmstead who who are likely relatives of VARDIS'S son's (WILLIAM WILLARD FISHER) wife.
3 She appeared on the census in 1870 in Grand River, Wayne, Iowa, United States.
4 She appeared on the census in 1880 in Grand River, Wayne, Iowa, United States.
5 She appeared on the census in 1885 in Grand River, Wayne, Iowa, United States. Julia and husband are living with daughter Martha Webb
6 She appeared on the census in 1895 in Clio, Wayne, Iowa, United States. Daniel and Julia still living with daughter Martha Webb
Julia died and was buried in Clio, Iowa in 1897.
7 Descendants: Public Member Tree on Ancestry: James Benell and descendants


   7. GEORGE HENRY FISHER b 3 Feb 1826; d 30 Nov 1828 Henderson, Jefferson, New York, USA


   8. POLLYANNA LURETHA FISHER b 31 Jan 1827; d after 1840
She appeared on the census in 1840 in North Parker, Coles, Illinois, USA. 1 male age 15-20; 1 male age 50 60; 4 females under age 5;1 age 5-10; 2 age10-15; 1 age 30-40 Next door to Moses Olmstead & 2-3 households away from John Olmstead who are likely relatives of VARDIS'S son's (WILLIAM WILLARD FISHER) wife.


SOURCES:

1. (gedcom file received from Susan Mortensen, 5 Mar 2007).
2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index.
3. A history of Jefferson County in the state of New york: from the earliest period to the present time, p 165, 386.
4. Fife, Veara S. and Petersen, Cloe B, To Commemorate the Settling of Brigham City: Early Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Residents (SLCFHL US/Canada 972.242/B1 H2f), p 55. .... (Dictated to the midwife who delivered Lois Davis. Phtocopy of portions in possession of A L Hetzel.)
5. new.familysearch.org.
6. U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907.



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