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Ariel Edgerton, son of Benjamin Storrs and Milly (Hendee) Edgerton.

 

         born:

September 28, 1805; Randolph, Orange Co., VT.  (VR A:104)

died:

December 29, 1882; Belcher, Washington Co., NY.  (NY State DC #16237) (GI)

buried:

Belcher Methodist Cemetery; Hebron, Washington Co., NY.  (GI)

 

married:

1:

 

Almira Isabel Church

 

         born:

~1808; Vermont.  (from age at death, GI – “ae 35y”)

died:

March 15, 1843; Randolph, Orange Co., VT.  (GI)

buried:

Randolph Center Cemetery; Randolph, Orange Co., VT.  (GI)

 

Children:

  1. Elizabeth, b. ~1835; Randolph, Orange Co., VT.
  2. Charles Church, b. April 17, 1841; Randolph, Orange Co., VT.

 

 

 

 

married:

2:  1847.  (DARLB 157:277)

 

Martha Matilda Morrow

 

         born:

~1817; Ireland.  (from age at death, GI – “ae 56y”)

died:

March 15, 1873; Hebron, Washington Co., NY.  (GI)

buried:

Belcher Methodist Cemetery; Hebron, Washington Co., NY.  (GI)

 

Children:

  1. Sarah J., b. June 4, 1848; Salem, Washington Co., NY.
  2. Mariah, b. March 1850; Salem, Washington Co., NY.
  3. John, b. May 17, 1851; Hebron, Washington Co., NY.
  4. Henry, b. May 1854; Hebron, Washington Co., NY.
  5. George, b. December 1855; Hebron, Washington Co., NY.

 


Ariel Edgerton was born September 28, 1805 at Randolph, Vermont, the eldest son of Benjamin Storrs Edgerton Sr. and Millee Hendee.  He was probably named after his uncle, Ariel Edgerton, who had died in Randolph three years earlier at the age of twenty.  Ariel was raised in Randolph.  He made his living variously as a farmer, laborer and shoemaker.

 

Ariel Edgerton was married twice.  His first wife, Almira Isabel Church.  Almira’s parentage is not known at this time.  According to the 1880 Federal Census enumeration of her son, Charles, Almira was born in the state of Vermont.  Ariel and Almira are known to have had at least two children:  a daughter, Elizabeth, born circa 1835; and a son, Charles Church, born April 17, 1841.  The 1840 Federal Census (see below) indicates that Ariel and Almira may have had two other sons born between 1835 and 1840, although to date there is no evidence of their identites.

 

The household of Ariel Edgerton was recorded in the 1840 Federal Census of Randolph, Orange County, Vermont (pg. 112), with the following enumeration:

 

1 male “30 and under 40”  (Ariel);

2 males “under 5 years”  (sons ?);

1 female “50 and under 60”  (mother Milly);

1 female “30 and under 40”  (sister Amanda);

1 female “20 and under 30”  (first wife Almira) and,

1 female “under 5 years”  (daughter Elizabeth).

 

Mrs. Almira Isabel (Church) Edgerton died on March 15, 1843, presumably at Randolph, Vermont.  She was buried at the Randolph Center Cemetery, where her gravestone was inscribed:  “Almira Isabel wife of Ariel Egerton Died March 15, 1843 AE. 35 yrs”.

 

Following Almira’s death, her daughter, Elizabeth, was adopted by Aaron Cleaveland of neighboring Brookfield, Vermont.  Elizabeth was enumerated in Aaron’s household in the 1850 Federal Census of Brookfield, Orange County, Vermont as “Elizabeth E., aged 14, b. in Vermont”.  Elizabeth died at Brookfield in 1854 and was buried at the Old Center Cemetery in Brookfield.  Her gravestone was inscribed:  “ELIZABETH EDGERTON / Adopted Daughter of / Aaron Cleaveland / DIED / Oct. 31, 1854 / AE 19 yrs”.  Ariel and Almira’s son, Charles Church, later settled in Boston.  He was married twice but did not have any children.  Charles died at Boston on May 7, 1900.

 

Ariel Edgerton was remarried in 1847 to Martha Matilda Morrow.  Martha’s parentage and ancestry have not yet been investigated.   According to census records, she was born in Ireland circa 1818 – 1820.  The age at death recorded on her headstone indicates that she was born circa 1817.  Martha’s first name was recorded in the 1850 and 1860 census enumerations of the family as “Matilda”.  Her gravestone lists her first name as “Martha”, as do several secondary references (eg. the aforementioned DAR records).

 

Ariel and Martha (Morrow) Edgerton had five children:  two daughters, Sarah J. and Mariah, and three sons, John, Henry and George.  The younger daughter died at the age of two weeks.  The family resided in Washington County, New York – first in Salem and then in neighboring Hebron.

 

The household of “Uriah Edgerton” was recorded in the 1850 Federal Census of Salem, Washington County, New York (pg. 277; dwelling #43; family #451; enum. August 22, 1850), as follows:

 

Uriah Edgerton

40

b. VT

shoemaker

Matilda

30

b. Ireland

 

Sarah J.

2

b. NY

 

 

The household of Ariel Edgerton was recorded in the 1860 Federal Census of Hebron, Washington County, New York (pg. 190; dwelling #42; family #44; enum. June 14, 1860), as follows:

 

Ariel Edgerton

53

b. VT

laborer     $400 personal estate

Matilda

41

b. Ireland

 

Sarah

12

b. NY

attended school

John

9

b. NY

attended school

Henry

6

b. NY

attended school

George

4

b. NY

 

 

The household of “Arial Edgerton” was recorded in the 1870 Federal Census of Hebron, Washington County, New York (pg. 368; dwelling #26; family #26; enum. July 6, 1870), as follows:

 

Arial Edgerton

63

b. VT

farmer     $7,500 real estate

Martha M.

55

b. Ireland

keeping house

John

20

b. NY

farming

Henry

17

b. NY

farming

George

14

b. NY

farming

 

Mrs. Martha (Morrow) Edgerton died on March 15, 1873, “aged 56 years” – presumably at Hebron, New York.  She was buried at the Belcher Methodist Cemetery, in the village of Belcher (Hebron Township), Washington County, New York.

 

At the time of the 1880 Federal Census, Ariel Edgerton was residing with his two younger sons, Henry and George, in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota (pg. 585; dwelling #62; family #62; enum. June 15, 1880).  He was enumerated as “Ariel Edgerton, father, aged 74, born in Vermont, both parents born in Vermont.”

 

By the year 1882, Ariel Edgerton had returned to Washington County, New York.  He died at Belcher, New York on December 29, 1882.  A copy of his death certificate was filed with the New York State Department of Health  (year 1882, certificate #16237).  Ariel was buried next to his second wife, Martha, at Belcher Methodist Cemetery.

 

The descendants of Ariel Edgerton have not been previously researched in great detail.  The four surviving children by his second marriage were married and had families.  Sarah J. was married to Philip H. Russell and resided in Argyle, Washington County, New York.  The elder son, John, lived in Hebron, Easton and Greenwich, New York (all in Washington County), where he raised a family of four children.  The two younger sons, Henry and George, both removed west to Austin, Minnesota.

 


 

Original Source Documents:

 

1840 Federal Census – household of Ariel Edgerton; Randolph, Orange Co., VT.

1850 Federal Census – household of Ariel Edgerton; Salem, Washington Co., NY.

1860 Federal Census – household of Ariel Edgerton; Hebron, Washington Co., NY.

1870 Federal Census – household of Ariel Edgerton; Hebron, Washington Co., NY.

Gravestone photo – Mrs. Almira Isabel (Church) Edgerton; Randolph Center Cemetery; Randolph, Orange Co., VT.

Gravestone photo – Mrs. Martha Matilda (Morrow) Edgerton; Belcher Methodist Cemetery; Hebron, Washington Co., NY.                                                                                                                      

Gravestone photo – Ariel Edgerton; Belcher Methodist Cemetery; Hebron, Washington Co., NY.