Jefferson County, NY Pioneers



1. ELIAS SAGE SR was born 17 Apr 1758 and died 29 Feb 1852, son of Samuel SAGE SR. (1732-1802) and PRUDENCE HURLBUT (1730-1811). He was a farmer.

The following is quoted from Edith Sage (Armstrong Hoyt) DAR Application dated 23 October 1906 from the book Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War: -- "Elias Sage was on the payroll for six months in a company of men raised by the town of Sandisfield Mass. for service in the Continental Army of the Republic during the year 1780." This information is correct, but constitutes only one of three entries on page 740 of the book referred to above.

We have now obtained and reviewed the National Archives and Record Administrations Revolutionary War Pension and Service Record filed by Elias Sage Sr. This is a 57 page copy of what the United States Government authorized by act of Congress in 1832 required for the purpose of awarding a pension to the veterans of the Revolutionary War.

There are many personal testimonies recorded therein testifying to the fact that the widow Sage was the legal wife of Elias at the time of his death and she would be the legal heir and continue to receive his pension of $60.00 per year. Elias Sage's personal testimony defines the actual time of service that he served, giving details as when he served and where he served ,and in most instances what officer he served under. The total time of his service in the Revolutionary War was 16 months and 15 days. (There were six different times of enlistment and his respective discharge; health being one reason and disbanding on two occasions of the Company he was attached to.

He lived in Sandisfield until 1800 when he moved his family to the Town of Turin, Lewis County, NY, and 1804 they removed to the Town of Denmark, Lewis County, NY. Elias and Elizabeth do appear in the 1800 US. Census in Turin with only one other male, aged 16-26. This was probably Martin who would have been 16 years old in 1800. This must have been the time of their first expedition to Lewis County, without the entire family. Daughter Rhoda was born in 1800 and was not present in Turin; apparently as yet unborn at the time of the census, or left in the care of others with the rest of the family.

In 1801, he and Elizabeth took a mortgage for 218 pounds, 2 shillings, on Lot 23 in Turin. Actually, Lewis County did not exist until 1805 when it was formed from Oneida County but it was a well established County at the time of his affidavit (20 September 1832) when he was living in the Town of Denmark.

He married, (1) abt 1780 in Sandisfield/New Marlboro MA.
ELIZABETH NORTON, daughter of MARTIN NORTON (1723-) and RHODA HARMON. She was born 1 Sep 1764 in New Marlboro, Berkshire County, MA and died 28 Apr 1813 at Copenhagen, Lewis County, NY Age: 48. She was buried at Riverside Cemetery, Copenhagen, NY


2    i      SAHARA "SALLY" SAGE, b 1782/3 at Sandisfield, Berkshire, Mass.; d 16 Mar 1874 at Copenhagen, Lewis County, NY Age: 92. She married SAMUEL ORVIS 2 Feb 1806 at Norfolk, Litchfield County, CT.

3   ii       MARTIN SAGE Sr.

4    iii      ROSWELL SAGE b 18 May 1786 Sandisfielfd/New Marlbourough, Mass. He died 9 Apr 1848 at Bowling Green, Ohio Age: 61 He married NANCY JEWETT 26 Jun 1814

5    iv      BERNARD SAGE

6    v      HANNAH SAGE b 1790

7    vi      HARVEY SAGE

8    vii      ELIZABETH SAGE

9    viii      Col. ELIAS SAGE Jr.

10    ix      RHODA SAGE

11    x      NORTON SAGE

12    xi      WESLEY SAGE

13   xii     J. WILLIAM D. L. F. SAGE

3. MARTIN SAGE Sr. was born 21/22 Aug 1784 Massachusetts and died 2 Apr 1856 in Gouverneur NY at age 71. He is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Gouverneur, religion Protestant Christian.

He married (1) in 1807 MARY JEWETT


  14   i     LAUREN SAGE, b1809 d 1892

  15   ii     WILLIAM JEWETT SAGE, b 1815 d 1848

  16   iii     ELIZA SAGE, b 1823 d 1874

  17   iv     LUCINDA MARILLA SAGE, b1819 d 1902

  18   v     CLARINDA SAGE, b~1822 d`1885

  19   vi     MARTIN SAGE b 1825 d 1826

  20   vii     HARRIET SAGE, b 1826

He married (2) POLLY [SAGE]

CHILD (adopted)

  21  viii JANE SAGE, b 1834

9. Col. ELIAS SAGE Jr. son of Elias Sage and born 27 Feb. 1799, d. 25 August 1884 is buried in the Hillside Cemetery, Town of Champion, Jefferson County, NY. He was a proven resident of Jefferson County. He built a house there in Champion and held deeds to several properties in Jefferson County. I obtained a list of these deeds from your Jefferson County town clerk. He was a very competent builder, building the James D. LeRay mansion, and consequently bought and sold various parcels of land and the homes built upon them. Elias Sage Jr. was referred to as Col. Elias Sage. In his early manhood Elias Sage jr., became a corporal in the 14th New York Cavalry. Promotions were steady until his Colonelcy. He was known thereafter as Colonel Elias Sage.

He married (1) on Jan. 7, 1827
HANNAH WHITE of Rutland NY. She died Oct. 25 1844.

He married (2) in January 1847

Children, SAGE:



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