NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Bartholomew Heath, immigrant ancestor, was born in England, 1615, died in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Jan. 15, 1681. He settled first in Newbury, but removed to Haverhill about 1645. He was a proprietor there in 1646. He deeded land March 12, 1688-89 to his sons John, Joseph and Josias Heath. He deposed in 1657 that he was about forty-one years old. The inventory of his estate was dated March 28, 1682. His brother, John Heath, also of Haverhill, died Jan. 17, 1674-75, mentioning Bartholoew in his will, dated Dec. 28, 1674.
Bartholomew Heath married Hannah, daughter of Joseph Moyce, immigrant. She died at Haverhill, June 19, 1677.
1. John, born Aug. 15, 1643, mentioned below.
2. Joseph, married June 2, 1672, Martha Dow.
3. Joshua, born Feb. 12, 1646-47, died August 1647.
4. Hannah, Sept. 3, 1648, died Nov. 9, 1668.
5. Josiah, Sept. 4, 1651.
6. Elizabeth, March 19, 1653-54, died Jan. 28, 1754-55.
7. Benjamin, Aug. 8, 1656, died June 29, 1657.
8. Elizabeth, Sept. 5, 1658, died Feb. 11, 1659.
(II) John, son of Bartholomew Heath, was born Aug. 15, 1643, at Haverhill. He married, Nov. 14, 1666, Sarah, daughter of William Partridge. He died at Hampton, New Hampshire, Sept. 21, 1706; his widow Sarah died there July, 1718.
Children, all born at Haverhill:
1. Bartholomew, Sept. 2, 1667; killed by the Indians, Aug. 4, 1704.
2. Elizabeth, March 1, 1669-70, died Dec. 9, 1683.
3. Hannah, May 3, 1673.
4. John, March 14, 1674-75.
5. Martha, Nov. 3, 1677.
6. Nehemiah, mentioned below.
7. Rachel, July 23, 1682.
8. Ann, June 30, 1684.
9. Sarah, April 22, 1688.
(III) Nehemiah, son of John Heath, was born May 11, 1680, in Haverhill. He married (first) Oct. 14, 1705, Mary, daughter of John Gove. She died April 16, 1715, aged twenty-eight, and was buried at Seabrook. He married (second), marriage published in Salisbury March 16, 1716-17, Joanna Dow. He died Jan. 21, 1717-18, and his widow married, Jan. 21, 1719, Aaron Morrill.
1. Patience, born March 6, 1706, at Hampton.
2. Elizabeth, June 26, 1709.
3. Bartholomew, 1709-10.
4. Solomon, aabout 1710-11.
5. Zebediah, born at Penacook; married 1747.
7. Caleb, mentioned below.
(IV) Caleb, son of Nehemiah Heath, was born about 1720. According to the census of 1790 he was living at Canterbury, New Hampshire, and had in his family two males over sixteen and one under that age, and five females. Benjamin and Simon, doubtless his sons, were also heads of families in the same town, also Jonathan, mentioned below.
(V) Jonathan, son or nephew of Caleb Heath, was born in Concord, New Hampshire, or vicinity, 1755, and settled in Canterbury, where he died about 1815. He is buried at Epsom, N.H. He married Mercy Clary. In 1790 he was living at Canterbury, and had two females (wife and daughter) in his family.
Simon, John, Mrs. Batchelder, Olive, Sally, Eliza, Benjamin, mentioned below.
(VI) Benjamin, son of Jonathan Heath, was born in Canterbury, New Hampshire, Jan. 24, 1780, and died May 31, 1846. He lived at Wheelock, Vermont, and Dickinson, New York. He married Lucy Hidden, born at Boscawen, N.H., Sept. 12, 1779, died Aug. 23, 1847, daughter of Jeremiah Hidden, born 1743.
Mahala, married Dr. Frederick Hazen Petit.
Milton, mentioned below.
(VII) Milton, son of Benjamin Heath, was born in Wheelock, Vermont, Oct. 2, 1807. He attended the district schools of his native town. At the age of seventeen he came with his father to Dickinson, N.Y., where the family became prominent. He became associated in business with his father, who had a stage house on the line from Ogdensburg to Plattsburgh, and was postmaster and agent for the sale of real estate. The house was a public meeting place. When his father died the business descended to the son, who grew wealthy and influential. He owned a fine farm of several hundred acres and built a stately mansion. He was interested in a multitude of enterprises and projects.
At the age of thirty he married Emily (Bentley) Farrar, widow of George Farrar, by whom she had one son. To educate this step-son, Mr. Heath moved to Malone and other places and finally to Potsdam, St. Lawrence county. About 1840 he raised a company in the state militia and was commissioned colonel of the regiment. he made a soldierly appearance in his uniform, being six feet tall. His uniform was of blue and gold with a scarlet plume streaming from his half-moon hat, and he was attended when on duty by his negro servant, Virginia. He rode a black charger. His last years were spent in Potsdam, in which he evinced the greatest interest, and he was often elected to the village board of trustees and to the school board, but he declined offices having salaries. He was a prominent member of the Protestant Episcopal church and for more than thirty years a vestryman or warden. when he was nearly seventy years old, his wife, adopted son and two adopted grandchildren, died within a short time, leaving him without a family. Soon afterward his brother, living in Maryland, also died. He has left only his sister and her only son, then living in New Jersey. He visited them and persuaded them to join fortunes with him. The son changed his name to Heath, and in 1880 the firm of Milton & Frederic Heath was formed in Potsdam for the purchse and selling of real estate and care of agencies. Here his declining years were spent in peace. No word of discord ever married the relations of uncle and nephew, and the children of the nephew were a great source of pleasure to the uncle. He was fond of all children and the friend of all who knew him. He died of paralysis, Nov. 1, 1892, and was buried at Lawrenceville, New York.
(VIII) Frederick Milton Heath, nephew and adopted son of Milton Heath, was born Frederick Milton Petit, at Moira, New York, Jan. 1, 1844, son of Dr. Frederick Hazen and Mahala (Heath) Petit. His father was born at Grand Isle, Vermont, May 7, 1817, died at Georgetown, District of Columbia, Dec. 28, 1863, surgeon of the One Hundred and Sixth Regiment of New York Volunteers in the civil war; received injuries in the service causing his death; had practiced at Moira, N.Y.; married Mahala, born March 6, 1806, died Feb. 13, 1893, daughter of Benjamin and Lucy (Hidden) Heath. (see Heath VI).
Thomas Petit, father of Dr. Frederick Hazen Petit, married Phebe Hazen. Gideon Petit was father of Thomas Petit. The Petits were Huguenots from Rochelle. They settled early in Saratoga county, N.Y. The father of Frederick Milton Heath was for several years school commissioner, and the son began early in life to have facilities for acquiring an education and an interest in educational matters. Both father and mother had literary tastes. At ten years of age the son began to give lectures on astronomy, illustrated by an orrery of his own making. The sun and larger planets were made of clay and the moons whittled from pine. Early in life he developed a love for art and drew a series of Biblical pictures. At thirteen he had read Barnaby Rudge and had formed a club of boys in imitation of Simon Tappertit, meeting in distant woods, where their lodge was made hideous with skulls and crossbones and he kept the records of the organization in a secret alphabet of his own invention. He graduated from Lawrenceville Academy at the age of eighteen with a reputation as a debater and writer of comic verse. He entered Union College and remained until partly through his junior year. In December, 1863, came the news that his father was wounded in the service and he hastened to the front, only to find his father dead.
He left college on account of his father's sudden death, and entered the American School of Mines of Columbia College, of which is friend, Professor Chandler, was dean, and he graduated there in 1867 with the degree of E.M. He began his career as manager of the Pittsburg iron company, but he was attacked by malaria and compelled to give up work. His employers sent him to the mountains to effect a cure, but in vain. Partly restored afterward, he tried mining first in Ohio, then at Easton, Pennsylvania, but he grew worse and at last went home, weak and emaciated, weighing but ninety pounds, and expected to die. But instead of giving up the fight, he began to study hygiene and healthful living and put the rules into practice. He wrote a pamphlet on "The Human Machine," published at Potsdam in 1884, and another on hygiene, published by Fowler & Wells Company in New York City in 1892. In 1869 he removed to Pompton, New Jersey, where he built a house. He was engaged in mining engineering and later in railroad engineering. He was appointed general agent of the Greenwood Lake Railroad, and in 1880 entered partnership with his mother's brother, Milton Heath, of Potsdam.
Being childless, and having no heirs to continue the Heath name, Mr. Heath persuaded Mr. Petit to change his name and become his partner and heir. In 1882 he traveled abroad and wrote desciptive letters to the Potsdam newspaper. He built a summer hotel at Lake Ozonia, calling it Fernwood Hall. He was an artist of considerable ability and occasionally gave lecutres with crayon illustrations. He was president of a literary club and had accumulated a valuable library.
He was a director of the Citizens' National Bank of Potsdam. In religion he was an Episcopalina, and was vestryman of Trinity Church for many years. He was an independent Republican in politics. He was founder of the Fortnightly Club and its president as long as he lived. He was a member of the Free Masons.
He died at Yonkers, New York, March 8, 1904.
He married, Sept. 29, 1875, Julia, born in Goshen, N.Y., daughter of Daniel and Jane (Whittaker) Fullerton, and granddaughter of Stephen W. Fullerton, of Orange county. N.Y. Her father was a prominent lawyer.
1. Julien Petit, born Aug. 2, 1877; mentioned below.
2. Flora, died Feb. 22, 1909.
(IX) Julien Petit, son of Frederick Milton Heath, ws born at Pompton, New Jersey, Aug. 2, 1877. He came to Potsdam, N.Y., with his parents when he was three years old, and his name was changed from Petit to Heath at that time. He attended the State Normal School in his youth at Potsdam; the Rockpoint Institute at Burlington, Vermont, one year; St. John's Military School at Manlius, N.Y.; Clarkson Institute of Technology at Potsdam one year, entering St. Lawrence University in 1897 and graduating in the class of 1901.
Upon the death of his father in 1904 he succeeded to his work and business. He is an active figure in the real estate business of the town and vicinity. He is president and director of the Grieg Muslin Underwear Manufacturing Company of Potsdam, and was one of the original stockholders. He is a director of Floral Park Villa Company of Long Island, and is treasurer of the Rockville House and Home Company of Long Island.
He is a member of Racquette River Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of Potsdam; of St. Lawrence Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; of St. Lawrence Commandery, Knights Templar, of Canton, and of Media Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Watertown, N.Y.
In religion he is an Episcopalian.
He married, Aug. 16, 1905, Adelaide, born in Stockholm, N.Y., daughter of J. Henry and Emma (Mayhew) Jarvis. They have no children.
William Heath came from London, England, in the ship "Lion," in 1632. He was deputy for Roxbury, and "an able, godly and faithful brother," says Elliot, in his entry on the church record. He married Mary Bartholomew. Heath was of Newbury, Mass., and had a son John, born Aug. 15, 1643, who removed to Haverhll, where he married Sarah, daughter of William Partridge of Salisbury, and had a son Bartholomew. There is no relationship shown between William of Roxbury and Bartholomew of Newbury. Bartholomew, son of John, was born about 1685, and is supposed to have been father of Bartholomew of Sharon, Conn., born 1710, died Feb. 11, 1789. His wife was Mehitable Fuller, and they had issue. Their progeny settled in New Hampshire and New York state, but cannot be definitely traced until Hezekiah, grandson of Bartholomew of Sharon, born at Sharon about 1759, died at Springfield, N.Y., July 18, 1823. He was a school teacher. He married Dorothy McLean, born at Ancram, N.Y., Dec. 23, 1763, died at German Flats, N.Y., Nov. 1, 1801.
Henry Heath, born at Egremont, Mass., Nov. 17, 1789, died at Little Falls, N.Y., Feb. 21, 1875. He married, May 13, 1810, Mary Casler.
Henry McLean Heath, who was father of Romalda Arabella Heath, wife of Hezekiah H. Kingsbury, and mother of Edward H. Kingsbury, of Little Falls, N.Y.
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