JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK


PIONEER ELISHA SCOFIELD FAMILY


1. ELISHA SCOFIELD

In the History of Jefferson County, NY, Durant and Peirce identify a location called Ingerson's Corners near Evans Mills. It was a neighborhood two miles southeast of Evans Mills. On page 427 of their book they stated:

"It is so called from Mr. Isaac Ingerson, the first settler at this point. Near him settled Mr. Elisha Schofield."

While the spelling of Scofield is not identical, there is no doubt that they were referring to Elisha Scofield, and Abigail, his wife, both of whom were instrumental in the founding of the Congregational Church Society at LeRay. "On 13 January 1814, a meeting was held at the house of Elisha Scofield, at Ingerson's Corners for the purpose of organizing said society." Based on Ingerson family research, Isaac Ingerson was a brother to Abigail, wife of Elisha Scofield.

From Elisha Scofield's pension application for his Revolutionary War service, specific information about Elisha is detailed. He was born 21 May 1764 at Bedford, Westchester County, NY., and lived there until 1789 when he moved to Saratoga County, NY. In 1812 he moved to Jefferson County NY where he applied for his pension on 11 September 1832.

Elisha married ABIGAIL INGERSON on 24 April 1785, probably at Bedford. Elisha died on 6 Sept. 1859 at Theresa in Jefferson County NY but she applied at Theresa on 16 Dec. 1859 at age 92 for a widow's pension. Abigail was born on 12 March 1767 at Bedford, Westchester Co. NY and died at LeRay in Jefferson Co. on 1 Sept. 1861. Elisha and Abigail Scofield are buried in the Evans Mills Cemetery. Before his death, Elisha applied for a bounty land warrant on 30 March 1855 while at Theresa.

There seems to be some confusion as to where Elisha Scofield performed his Revolutionary War service. The Fonda List on this site is in error as to where he served. However, in the volume, New York in the Revolution as Colony and State, Vol. 1, Elisha Scofield is named in the record of enlisted men from Westchester Co., NY, although he must have been quite young for service based on his date of birth--and certainly too young to have been a bodyguard for George Washington. The list of enlisted men from Westchester Co., included several men with the Scofield surname: Amos, David, Deliverance, Elisha, Elnathan, Gideon, Henry, Jonas, Joseph, Josiah, Michael, Peter, Smith and William Scofield. Whether these men were brothers or perhaps father and uncles is not known but Stamford CT seems to be the home for the Scofield families.

One descendant states that Elisha and Abigail were the parents of ten girls and four boys. Eight of them are listed here:

            2          i ALVAH SCOFIELD born Nov. 1795; married HANNAH BURDICK who died 17 July 1885 at 83 years. Alvah died 15 Feb. 1880 at 84 years and Hannah died 17 July 1885 at 83 years. Both are buried in the Calcium Cemetery in Jefferson County.

            3          ii           ELISHA SCOFIELD born about 1802; had a wife named Linda (census record)

            4          iii          MAY SCOFIELD; married a man named Taggert

            5          iv          HULDAH SCOFIELD born 24 Nov. 1808; married DARIUS ANTHONY

+          6          v           SALLEY SCOFIELD born 1803; she was baptized on 15 May 1803 in the Congregational Church of Greenfield, Saratoga Co NY but her father is called Elias Scofield; married OLIVER FLINT, born 1803. In the 1850 census, Elisha and Abigail were living in the Flint household.

            7          vi           RHODA SCOFIELD; baptized on 20 April 1806 in the Congregational Church of Greenfield, Saratoga Co NY.

            8          vii           HULDAH SCOFIELD; baptized 24 April 1808; may have died young.

            9          viii           RUTH SCHOFIELD; baptized 3 Sept 1809 in the Congregational Church of Greenfield

Returning to the pension application information, two of Abigail Ingerson Scofield's sisters were identified as having provided affidavits in support of her pension claim:

PHEBE INGERSON CLARK; she was born about 1783 and married BENSON CLARK. In November of 1859 she journeyed from Saratoga to Jefferson County on behalf of her sister, Abigail to provide the affidavit. Both Phebe and Benson and buried in Saratoga County.

RHODA INGERSON WEED; she was born 6 April 1775 and she married DR. EZRA WEED. They were of Saratoga Co NY and are buried in the Scott Cemetery in that county. Dr. Weed was born 17 Feb. 1773 and died 22 Jan. 1859, born Stamford, CT. Rhoda died on 3 April 1866 at 91 years. She journeyed from Saratoga to Jefferson Co. in December of 1859 in support of her sister, Abigail.

There is a will for Elisha Scofield filed in Jefferson County; however, it has not been made available.


6.  SALLEY SCOFIELD born 1803; she was baptized on 15 May 1803 in the Congregational Church of Greenfield, Saratoga Co NY but her father is called Elias Scofield; married OLIVER FLINT, born 1803. In the 1850 census, Elisha and Abigail were living in the Flint household.

Listed children of Oliver Flint and Salley Scofield:

            10          i           HENRY FLINT, age 20

            11          ii           O. DOUGLASS FLINT, age 15

            12          iii           EGBERT FLINT, age 11

            13          iv           SIDNEY FLINT, age 7

            14          v           MARY FLINT, age 21

            15          vi           ESTHER FLINT, age 17

            16          vii           SYLVIA FLINT, age 13

Sources: cemetery records, census records, New York State in the Revolution, Pension Records, DAR Patriot Records, Durant & Peirce, Saratoga County records.


Elisha Scofields will is now available in the Wills section.

Researched 9/2011 by M Sapienza


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