Jefferson County, NY Pioneers



1. JOHN SLOAN was born in March 1735/36 in Norwalk, Fairfield, CT., presumably at Wilton Parish. He may have been a son of Alexander Sloan of Northern Ireland, who settled in Williamstown, Berkshire, MA, and married Margaret (---)

JOHN SLOAN served in the Revolution as a private in Captain Peter Parker's company, a detachment of Gen. Fellow's Berkshire County brigade, and performed duty in Albany under Gen. Stark. He served three months and 22 days before he died in Albany, NY on 22 Oct 1778.

A family bible in the possession of the Sarah Caswell Angell Chapter, DAR in Ann Arbor, MI, contains records of this Sloan family. It is known as the Stratton-Sloan-Chapin family bible, and was published in a 1931 DAR collection of old bible records and other genealogical sources. The bible was submitted for publication by Sloan descendant Lucy Evelena Chapin.

According to this Bible,

JOHN married, on 24 May 1759 in Sheffield, Berkshire, MA

MARY DEWEY, daughter of JAMES DEWEY and ELIZABETH ASHLEY. MARY was born 06 Apr 1735 in Westfield, Hampden, MA, and died after July 1782. The Dewey name was passed down to many of JOHN and MARY'S descendants.

Children, SLOAN


3   ii    LUCINDA SLOAN or her cousin Lucinda married BENJAMIN WILSON


2. JAMES SLOAN was born in Westfield, Hampden, MA on 24 Dec 1759. He resided with his family in Williamstown, Berkshire, MA, and is presumed to have been a close relative of General Samuel Sloan, whose origins also derive from Fairfield County, CT. He worked as a blacksmith.

James served as a sergeant in the Massachusetts' Artillery during the Revolution. He enlisted from Williamstown in Captain Clark's company, Col. Benjamin Simond's Berkshire County regiment. After 1790 he removed to Norway, Herkimer, NY, and resided there until about 1810, when he removed to Leray, Jefferson, NY.

JAMES married, on 08 Jun 1780 in Williamstown, Berkshire, MA, PHEBE STRATTON, daughter of Major ISAAC STRATTON and MARY FOX. PHEBE was born in Williamstown on 09 Apr 1762. She died on 09 Feb 1838 in Leray, Jefferson, NY and is buried at the Evans Mills Old cemetery. According to his pension record, JAMES died in Leray on 10 Feb 1813, but there is no record of his burial.

Children, SLOAN (first three born in Williamstown and the last eight in Norway or Newport, Herkimer, NY)


6   ii    OLIVE SLOAN married ALANSON LYON


8   iv    ANNA SLOAN

9  v    MARY SLOAN married (1) SILAS MAY; (2) Mr. MARSHALL

10   vi    TRYPHENY SLOAN (1795-1847) is buried at Evans Mills

11   vii    MARTHA SLOAN

12   viii    DANIEL DEWEY (D.D.) SLOAN married JULIA R.

13   ix    ABIGAIL SLOAN



16   xii    DELIA SLOAN married LEVI ROOT

NOTE: Isaac and Tryphena Sloan above are recorded in Jefferson County cemetery records as husband and wife, but they were actually siblings.

6. OLIVE SLOAN was born on 03 Feb 1784 in Williamstown, Berkshire, MA. As a child she moved with her family to Newport, Herkimer, NY, and appears to have met her future husband there. Olive died 27 Dec 1863 in Leray. Olive and Alanson are buried just over the Leray-Theresa town line at Chaufty's cemetery, Theresa, Jefferson, NY.

OLIVE married, about 1800
ALANSON LYON, son of JABEZ LYON and REBECKAH. ALANSON was born between 1776 and 1780 in New England, possibly in Lanesborough, Berkshire, MA. He died 14 Feb 1858.

Children, LYON (first three born in Herkimer county; last three in Leray, Jefferson, NY)

     18   i    VARNUM LYON married MARIAH TAYLOR

     19  ii    REBECCA LYON married EBENEZER CALHOUN

     20   iii    RUSSEL LYON married SALINA ALLEN

     21   iv    SOPHIA LYON married REUBEN J. LOCKE

     22   v    HENRY LYON married MARGARET ANN STOKES

     23   vi    HIRAM A. LYON married (1) REBECCA L. SEELEY, (2) SUSANNA INGLE


8. STEPHEN DEWEY SLOAN was born in Massachusetts on 15 Feb 1789. Unlike his older siblings, his birth was not recorded in Williamstown. He purchased and sold land in both Herkimer and Jefferson counties and served in the War of 1812. He began his military service at Newport, Herkimer, NY, and was discharged at Sackets Harbor.

A carpenter and millwright, Stephen D. (often known as S.D.) served as a trustee of the Baptist church in Leray, as well as town supervisor several years during the 1830's. He was among the first trustees of Evans Mills cemetery. In 1832 Stephen testified in Leray in support of his father-in-law's Revolutionary War pension application. He died on 23 Jan 1875 in Evans Mills.

STEPHEN married on 05 Feb 1816 in Newport, Herkimer, NY at the home of the bride

TRYPHOSA DODGE, daughter of JOEL DODGE and SARAH BREWSTER. After her husband's death Tryphosa returned to Newport, Herkimer, NY to reside with her sister Lydia (Mrs. Jefferson) Tillinghast. Born in about 1795, perhaps in New Ashford, Berkshire, MA, Tryphosa died in Newport on 02 Feb 1885 and is buried with Stephen at the Evans Mills Old cemetery. Samples of her handiwork including an antique blue coverlet sewn in 1838 were sold at auction in Newcastle, Maine in 2007.

Child, SLOAN

     25 i    EDWARD  J. SLOAN married NANCY A.; no children.

10. MARY SLOAN was born on 01 Jan 1793 in Norway or Newport, Herkimer, NY.

Mary married, on 02 Jan 1812
SILAS MAY, son of ELIJAH MAY and MARTHA ALLIS. He was born in Dedham, Norfolk, MA on 18 Feb 1789. Silas drowned on the St. Lawrence River near Kingston, Ontario on 01 Sep 1818. Mary removed to Rochester, Monroe, NY and remarried to Mr. Marshall. She died there on 20 Jan 1886.

Children, MAY

     26   i    SUSAN MAY d.y.

     27   ii    AUGUSTA LUCENE MAY married JAMES LAWRENCE ELWOOD; sons included George May Elwood and James Nelson Elwood of Rochester

     28   iii    GEORGE SILAS MAY (1818-1838)

13. DANIEL DEWEY SLOAN was born in Norway, Herkimer, NY on 28 Nov 1799. A carpenter and millwright, he was known as Daniel D. or D.D. Sloan. He served as Leray town supervisor in 1839, a few years before he removed to Michigan. While a resident there he built Dover Mills, and was appointed postmaster of Rose Lake in Washtenaw County. Daniel died 29 Jan 1861, perhaps in Dexter, Washtenaw, MI, and was buried at Forest Hill cemetery in Ann Arbor, Block 32.

While still living at Jefferson County, DANIEL married, JULIA R. before 1834. She was born 28 Mar 1809 in Vermont, and died 10 Dec 1899 in Dexter or Grand Rapids, MI.

Children, SLOAN

     29   i    MARY SLOAN married JOHN T. (J.T.) COOLIDGE

     30   ii    JULIA E. SLOAN d. y

15. CHLOE SLOAN was born 01 May 1802 in Newport, Herkimer, NY. According to her husband's biography, Chloe studied in schools at Moravia and Skaneateles, NY, and taught school before her marriage.

CHLOE married on 08 Oct 1829 in Rochester, Monroe County, NY.

VOLNEY CHAPIN, a businessmanson, son of Dan Chapin and Deborah Wright. In 1833 they settled in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, MI and became a prominent family there. Volney was born 21 Apr 1803 in Burlington, Otsego, NY, and died in Ann Arbor on 13 Mar 1869. Chloe died there on 15 Jan 1876. They are buried at Forest Hill cemetery in Ann Arbor, Block 32.

Children, CHAPIN


     32   ii    VOLNEY CHAPIN married EMMA C. REECE

     33   iii    AUGUSTA LUCENE CHAPIN d. y.

     34   iv    MARY MAY CHAPIN married SAMUEL SNOW WALKER

17. DELIA SLOAN was born 21 Feb 1807 in Norway or Newport, Herkimer, NY.

DELIA married LEVI ROOT, son of Aaron Root and Betsey Green, on 26 Feb 1835. Levi was born 30 Apr 1808, perhaps in Leray, and died 19 Feb 1887 in Pamelia. He is buried at Parish Hill cemetery in Pamelia. Delia died 31 Aug 1876.

Children, ROOT



37 iii V.C. ROOT d.y.

38 iv MARY OLIVE DELIA ROOT married JOHN P. PITCHER; son PERLEY A. PITCHER (1877-1939) served in the New York State Senate.

29. MARY SLOAN, daughter of Daniel D. Sloan, was born about 1835 in Jefferson County, NY.

MARY married JOHN T. (J.T.) COOLIDGE in Washtenaw County, MI on 13 Dec 1855.

A son of Alfred Coolidge and Mary Townsend, J.T. was born about 1827 in Philadelphia or Watertown, Jefferson, NY. He was a grandson of DAVID COOLIDGE of Philadelphia, Jefferson, NY. Mary died 05 Nov 1863 in Waterloo, Black Hawk, IA, and J.T. died there on 18 Jul 1907. Both are buried at Forest Hill cemetery in Ann Arbor, MI.

Children, COOLIDGE
39 i JULIA COOLIDGE (1858-1882)
40 ii CHARLES DEWEY COOLIDGE (1859-1873)
41 iii SUSIE M. COOLIDGE (1862-1887)

For additional information contact Roberta D. Calhoun-Eagan


Stephen Dewey Sloan

Tripheny Sloan

Ebenezer Calhoun

Salina Allen

Joel Dodge

Edward J. Sloan

David Coolidge

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