AUGUSTUS FITCH was the eldest child and son of CONVERSE and ARUMA (GRANT) FITCH. He was born in Tolland CT on 8 Nov. 1793 and died 27 May 1867. He served as a soldier in the War of 1812 and in 1821 went to Rodman, Jefferson Co., NY to look after family interests of his brother, RUSSEL FITCH, who had settled and died there. AUGUSTUS remained in New York, married and moved to St. Lawrence Co, settling at Morristown. AUGUSTUS married on 31 October 1821 to EMILY NIMS, who was born in Deerfield, MA on 29 April 1801, daughter of RUFUS and CYNTHIA (WRIGHT) NIMS. Children of AUGUSTUS FITCH and EMILY NIMS: RUSSELL WRIGHT FITCH, born 12 Jan. 1825 in Rodman, NY; he married on 12 Jan. 1846 MARGARET TYLER BUDLONG who was born in Rutland, Jefferson Co., NY on 2 Nov. 1824; she died on 15 June 1886, daughter of DANIEL and LYDIA (TYLER) BUDLONG. One of their children, (AUGUSTUS and EMILY) WARREN R. FITCH was born at Rodman, NY on 31 Dec. 1836. He married 1st on 18 Sept. 1860 to LYDIA JANE BLACKSTONE, born 18 July 1836 in Morristown, NY. She died on 11 April 1873, daughter of CALVIN and LYDIA (TYLER) BLACKSTONE. Source: History of New York State.EBENEZER BLACKSTONE was a pioneer in Jefferson Co., NY, settling in Rodman before 1804 according to Oakes. He was born 25 June1775 at Branford, New Haven, CT and died on 24 October 1850 at 74 years and is buried in the E. Rodman Cemetery, Jefferson Co. He was the son of JOHN BLACKSTONE III Jr. (1733-1818) and REBECCA BALDWIN (1734-1799) of Branford New Haven CT who were married on 19 May 1757 in Branford. His 1st wife, INNOCENT HURLBURT, died in 1812 at 34 years and is also buried in the E. Rodman Cemetery. EBENEZER married (2) in 1813 at Rodman, Jefferson Co., to CYNTHIA WRIGHT. She was born on 8 June 1779 at Deerfield, Franklin Co., MA, daughter of WESTWOOD COOK WRIGHT and SARAH BILLINGS. CYNTHIA'S first husband, whom she married on 18 Jan 1804 at Deerfield, MA, was RUFUS NIMS. Cynthia died on 6 July 1860 at Morristown, St. Lawrence Co, NY. Also buried in the cemetery is their son, RUFUS BLACKSTONE, who died 31 May 1876 at 59 years and his wife, MARIA F., who died 3 October 1859 at 41 years 6 mos. 14 days. Other children of CYNTHIA and EBENEZER were: SOPHIA BLACKSTONE, FREDERICK BLACKSTONE and CHANCY BLACKSTONE. CALVIN BLACKSTONE, mentioned following, was a son of EBENEZER and his first wife, INNOCENT HURLBURT. A daughter, also of the first marriage to INNOCENT, was LORANY BLACKSTONE, who in 1816 married PETER DOXTATER Jr., born 1792. PETER Jr. died in 1875. PETER DOXTATER Sr. was taken prisoner by the Mohawk Indians and kept three years, served as a scout in the Revolution and received a pension for his service in 1834. In the Lineage and History of WILLIAM BLACKSTONE, the author, J. W. BLACKSTONE, notes that EBENEZER BLACKSTONE settled in Jefferson County near Watertown and is buried at East Rodman. Many came from Connecticut and EDWARD BLACKSTONE, brother of Ebenezer, settled in Oneida County NY near Clinton. Children of JOHN BLACKSTONE Jr. b 1733 and REBECCA BALDWIN b 1734 were: ANN BLACKSTONE born 14 October 1759; JOHN BLACKSTONE born 24 April 1763; TIMOTHY BLACKSTONE born 7 Nov. 1765; ABIGAIL BLACKSTONE born July 1768; EDWARD BLACKSTONE born 2 Sept 1770; STEPHEN FOOT BLACKSTONE born 3 Dec 772; EBENEZER (above) born 25 June 1775; and RALPH BLACKSTONE born 5 July 1778.
Dr. JOSEPH WOODMAN of Jefferson County NY boarded for a time with EBENEZER BLACKSTONE and on 16 January 1816 the doctor married SALLY WRIGHT, who was a sister of CYNTHIA WRIGHT, the marriage performed by Rev. DAVID SPEAR. Source: Oaks Hist. Of Jefferson Co.CALVIN BLACKSTONE was born in Adams, Jefferson Co., NY, son of EBENEZER BLACKSTONE. LYDIA, his wife, was a daughter of FREDERICK TYLER. Children of CALVIN BLACKSTONE and LYDIA JANE TYLER: 1) LEONE ADELLE BLACKSTONE born 5 Feb 1865 at Brier Hill, NY; married 12 Dec. 1888 to Rev. HERBERT GREENFIELD CODDINGTON, D.D. Rector of Grace Episcopal Church of Syracuse, NY. 2) INEZ GENEVIEVE BLACKSTONE, born 6 Feb. 1871; married 7 June 1893 to RUTSON REA SMILEY of Lowville. RUTSON SMILEY married 2nd on 1 October 1874 to EDNA LUELLA ARTHUR, who died on 12 Feb, 1895, daughter of EDWIN ARTHUR. He married 3rd on 21 January 1897 to ROXA A. SNOW, born 10 Sept. 1848; she was the daughter of EPHRAIM and ELECTRA (ROSE) SNOW. ROXA was a member of the Mayflower Society through her lineal descent from STEPHEN HOPKINS, a Mayflower passenger in 1620, and a signer of the Compact. Source: History of New York State WILLIAM P. ALLEN, son of JOHN and MARY ALLEN of Jefferson Co., NY was born in Jefferson Co in 1821. In 1842 he was a teacher in Wyoming Co., NY. He moved to Sharon in Walworth Co., WI in 1845 and served in various public offices for many years and was a dealer in general goods. His wife was SOPHRONIA L. LYMAN. WILLIAM ALLEN died on 25 July 1901 in Walworth Co., WI. Source: History of Walworth Co, WI NEHEMIAH BALL was the son of NATHANIEL BALL, and was born at Newark, NJ 1 Dec. 1756 and died June 1847. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and lived at Elizabeth, NJ, a farmer. He married on 6 Dec 1777 ESTHER SALLEE, born 16 Mar 1756 and died 1816. Children of NEHEMIAH BALL and ELIZABETH SALLEE were: 1) ELIZABETH BALL b 1 Jan 1782
Children of FRANCIS TOWNE and RELIEF HUSTON
: 1) CHARLOTTE TOWNE born 2 September 1792; died 1859; married SINEAS BALL.
2) GARDNER TOWNE born 29 November 1795 married 1826 *to DORCAS EAMES, born 1801, sister of MOSES and CLIFT EAMES. She was the daughter of DANIEL EAMES and one of 13 children. Source: Clipping Index of Rutland, Jefferson Co., NY. GARDNER TOWNE became one of Rutland's early school teachers, and in 1826 purchased the first parcel of his farm. GARDNER served in a variety of public offices. Their daughter, JANETTE TOWNE, married WILLIAM G. PIERCE who subsequently operated the family farm, a 63 acre parcel which was bought from DANIEL W. and LAURA EAMES on 9 April 1825. On 28 Dec. 1833 GARDNER purchased of his brother, LUTHER, a 75 acre parcel and added acreage purchased from BENJAMIN MERRIMAN and DANIEL EAMES and JOHN BEECHER. In 1867 GARDNER and DORCAS sold the farm to JOHN VAN SLYKE of Copenhagen for the sum of $12,000. Source: Shirley Farone
3) LUTHER H. TOWNE died 16 April 1841 at 50 years, 4 m, 5 d.; wife was SALLY (---); she died 21 Mar. 1865 at 73 years 8 m 23 d. Both are buried in the Sandy Hollow Cemetery in Philadelphia, Jefferson Co., NY.
Source: Towne family record
The Watertown newspaper wrote an article about the GARDNER TOWNE home which included some biographical information: GARDNER and LUTHER H. TOWNE came to Rutland in January 1804. The Family Bible of GARDNER and DORCAS, (for sale on the internet) who were married on 29 March 1825* provided the following Towne information:
GARDNER TOWNE born 29 November 1795; DORCAS TOWNE born 25 May 1801; married 29 March 1825
HARRIET JANETTE TOWNE born 1 January 1834
DANIEL EAMES born 11 March 1767
KITTREDGE born 1788 died 1862 at Watertown
DANIEL W. and AARON
DORCAS b 25 May 1801; died 7 July 1887
CLIFT died Watertown 1873 at 69 years
MOSES died Watertown in 1892 at 84 years; kept a diary of events in Jefferson Co NY
LEVITT (LORETT) married LUCY C. MORGAN and moved to Michigan Source: Child's
WILLIAM BARNEY, the son of WILLIAM and MARGARET (SANFORD) BARNEY, was born in 1762 in Taunton, MA and died 16 July 1834 in the town of Rutland, Jefferson Co., NY. He married on 10 February 1784 in Taunton MARY/MERCY CRAPO of Freetown, Bristol Co., MA. MARCY, shown as pensioner "MARY" was living with JOHN BARNEY in the special census of 1840. She died 9 March 1841 in Rutland, NY but her grave has not been located. WILLIAM is buried in the Tylerville Cemetery in Jefferson Co. WILLIAM served in the Revolutionary War and is listed in the DAR Patriot Index. Mayflower Lineages provides the following information on MARCY CRAPO, his wife. MARCY was born in Rochester MA on 16 Sept 1765, daughter of MERCY WEST and CONSIDER CRAPO who were married in Dartmouth, MA on 30 March 1757. CONSIDER CRAPO was the son of JOHN and SARAH (CLARK) CRAPO. All of CONSIDER CRAPO'S sons-in-law served in the Revolution: ABRAHAM ASHLEY, JOSEPH HATHAWAY, BENJAMIN BARNEY and WILLIAM BARNEY. MARCY CRAPO BARNEY survived her husband and received a widow's pension while living in Jefferson Co., NY. (See Fonda List of Rev. War veterans) WILLIAM BARNEY was placed on the pension roll on 13 October 1820 and his pension commenced on 15 April 1818 in Jefferson Co. NY. WILLIAM moved to Jefferson County about 1810.
Children of WILLIAM BARNEY and MARCY CRAPO:
1) LYDIA BARNEY born 27 May1785 married FREDERICK SMITH
2) SETH BARNEY born 8 June 1787 died 1877 in Wisconsin
3) CONSIDER CRAPO BARNEY born 2 Sept 1791
4) WILLIAM BARNEY born 3 Nov. 1793 died 1795
5) DEBORAH BARNEY born 17 Nov 1797 died 1802
6) MERCY BARNEY born 30 June 1801 died 1802
7) LAURA BARNEY bc 1805 d WI 1850 ; married SAMUEL STEBBINS
8) JOHN BARNEY born 31 Aug. 1808, Berkshire, MA; died 16 April 1865 in Hartford, Washington Co., WI; married ADALINE A. KNOX on 24 Sept 1837 in Lowville, Lewis Co NY; and 2nd MARY HORNING on 4 July 1857.
Sources: Military Record; Mayflower Lineages; DAR Patriot Index; Child's-Jefferson Co.; cemetery records; VIR MA
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