NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
William Mead, immigrant, was born in England about 1600. It is said that he and his brother Gabriel sailed by Lydd, county Kent, England, with their families, in the ship "Elizabeth," Captain Stagg, April 1635. They arrived in the summer of that year in the Massachusetts colony. He seems to have settled first at Wethersfield, Conn., but when the exodus from there took place and a company of planters settled in Stamford in 1641 he was assigned a home lot and five acres of land there.
He married, about 1625, ____.
Joseph, born 1630.
John, mentioned below.
William Mead died in Stamford, Conn., about 1663; his wife died Sept. 19, 1657. They were among the substantial people of their day.
(II) John, son of William Mead, was born about 1634, died Feb. 5, 1699. He was the ancestor of the Greenwich Meads. After having lived in Stamford, Conn. and Hempstead, Long Island, he finally located permanently at Horseneck, Conn.
He married Hannah Potter, of Stamford, daughter of William Potter, probably in 1657.
John, mentioned below.
Joseph, born May 2, 1660.
Hannah, about 1661.
Jonathan, about 1664.
David, about 1665.
Benjamin, May, 1666.
Nathaniel, about 1669.
Samuel, about 1673.
Abigail, about 1675.
Mary, about 1678.
(III) John (2), son of John (1) Mead, was born about 1658, died May 12, 1693. He married, 1681, Ruth, daughter of Richard Hardey, of Stamford.
John, mentioned below.
Jonathan, born about 1684.
Elizabeth, about 1687.
Nathan, about 1691.
(IV) John (3), son of John (2) Mead, was born in Greenwich, Oct. 7, 1682, died in 1759. He married (first) ____; probably (second) Elizabeth Lockwood, whose children were:
1. John, born 1725.
2. Nathaniel, about 1728, died 1814; settled in Chestertown, Warren county; married (first) Charity Bush; (second) Hannah (Seymour) Hobby, widow of David Hobby.
3. Seth, about 1730.
4. Captain Matthew, about 1734.
Several of the family located in Warren county, N.Y.
(V) Enos, son of John (3) Mead by his first wife, was born prior to 1724. His sons went to Warren county, N.Y. after the revolution with his brother Nathaniel. Enos Mead left a will dated November, 1774, bequeathing to wife, Melasen, and children:
Melasen, Nancy, William, Levi (mentioned below).
(VI) Levi, son of Enos Mead, was born in Greenwich, Conn. of vicinity, in 1753, died at Chestertown, N.Y., 1845. He was living in New York state in 1790, according to the federal census, and had four sons under sixteen and two females in his family.
An Enos Mead (supposed to be his father) was in the same town and had only self and wife in his family.
Levi Mead married Esther Bryan.
Enos, Mathew, Levi (mentioned below), Bryan, Esther, Millie and Lewis.
(VII) Levi (2), son of Levi (1) Mead, was born in Connecticut Nov. 12, 1788, died at Chestertown, N.Y. March 28, 1883. He came to New York state with the family when a young child. He attended the district schools, and became a farmer, following that occupation all his active life at Chestertown.
He was deacon of the Baptist church for more than seventy years.
He married, Feb. 22, 1818, Martha P., born in Conn. Nov. 24, 1799, died in Chestertown, N.Y. June 22, 1872, daughter of Royal P. Wheeler.
Mary, Thursiann, Sarah, Ellen, Bryan, Royal Paine (mentioned below), and Corydon.
(VIII) Royal Paine, son of Levi (2) Mead, was born at Chestertown, N.Y. Dec. 27, 1840, on the old homestead occupied by his father and grandfather. He followed farming and lumbering there until 1887, when he came to the village of Ticonderoga, where he has lived ever since. He is senior partner of the firm of R.P & L.R. Mead, owning saw mills, cutting timber, manufacturing and dealing in all kinds of lumber. The firm is well known and conducts a large business. Royal P. Mead was excise commissioner for eleven years, and held various other town offices in Chestertown.
He married, Feb. 3, 1869, Mary Amelia, born Oct. 15, 1844, at Clifton Park, Saratoga county, N.Y., daughter of Henry and Mary (Mosier) Rosecrans. Henry Rosecrans was born in 1792, died 1860; married Mary Mosier, born Dec. 17, 1802, died 1872; children: Henry M., Hiram Thomas, Orrin Fuller, William, Isaac Allen, Samuel Huntington, Caroline Eudora and Mary Amelia Rosecrans. Benjajin Rosecrans, father of Henry Rosecrans, married Phebe Vincent; children: Benjamin, James, John, Polly, Jemima, Phebe and Henry Rosecrans. Henry Rosecrans, father of Benjamin Rosecrans, was born Sept. 6, 1706, died Jan. 31, 1787; married Maria Depew, born Jan. 31, 1707, died 1759; children: Benjamin, Jacobus, Depew, Henry and Gillett Rosecrans.
Children of Royal Paine and Mary Amelia (Rosecrans) Mead:
1. Leroy Rosecrans, mentioned below.
2. Carrie Bertha, born at Chesterfield, April 12, 1873; educated in the schools there and at Ticonderoga, graduating from the high school of the latter place; resides with parents.
(IX) Leroy Rosecrans, son of Royal Paine Mead, was born at Chestertown, Warren county, N.Y. June 12, 1871. He attended the public schools of his native town, the Ticonderoga high school, and the Commercial College at Denver, Colorado, whither he went with his uncle, Major Downing, whose affairs he managed there for three years. He returned to Ticonderoga and engaged in the general insurance and real estate business, in which he has been very successful. He is also in partnership with his father in the firmn of R.P. & L.R. Mead, lumber manufacturers and dealers.
In politics he is a Republican. He is a member of the Board of Trade of Ticonderoga; of Mount Defiance Lodge, No. 793, F. and A.M.; of Carillon Chapter, No. 290, R.A.M.; of Ethan Allen Lodge, No. 30, I.O.O.F., all of Ticonderoga; and of Glens Falls Lodge, No. 1125, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is an active member, and for many years has been chorister, of the First Congregational church of Ticonderoga.
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