In Dutch records of early date in Kingston, New York, is noted the marriage of Hendrick Paelin and Nultje Roosa (Nov. 3, 1673). The name is written Pawling, Paaling, and Paling, but the "d" seldom occurs in ths branch, though some members in other branches write their name Paulding. There is no connection shown between the family of Henry Pawling and that of Joose Paulding of Cassant, Holland, ancestor of John Paulding, one of the captors of Major Andre. Joose Paulidng settled in Westchester. The Pawlings were in Kingston and Dutchess county, N.Y., and in Pennsylvania. The Pawling family of America is of English descent.
Mrs. F. Frank Kitts, in "Old Ulster," Nov. 5, 1905, says: Henry Pawling who settled in Ulster county, New York, in the latter part of the seventeenth century, was a man prominent in his locality in his day, and one who served Old Ulster in various official capacities until his death in 1692. That he must have been a man of education and ability is certain, for he held many important offices in Ulster county, and served on numberous commissions for regulating affairs and shaping the govenment of Esopus in the early days. He came to America, a soldier in the Duke of York expedition under command of Colonel Richard Nichols, in 1664. We learn from the Pennsylvania manuscripts, under "land grants or purchases," that he came from Padbury, Buckinghamshire, England. He served in the British army with distinction, attaining the rank of captain of militia, until the spring of 1670, when, as it was "time of peace" and as he had "behaved himself well and as becomes a gouldyer," on April 18 of that year he was honorably discharged "so that he hath our consent to follow his private affayres without any further Lett or interruption."
In 1668 Henry Pawling held instructions from Governor Lovelace to lay out lots at Ecopus. In 1669 he was on a commission to regulate the affairs of that place and of "Nieuw Dorp," now Hurley. In 1670 he was on a commission to establish the boundaries of the new town, etc. In 1676 he signed a petition for a minister able to "Preach both English and Duche." In 1685 he was appointed by Governor Thomas Dongan high sheriff of Ulster county, and served four years. In "Documentary History of New York" he is of mention:
"February 13, 1689, Captain Palin came from Sopus with thirty men to aid against the French and Indians," and states that he attended "two meetings held in Albany in February, 1689." He had a grant on purchase of land from William Penn of one thousand acres of land in Providence township, then Philadelphia county (now Montgomery) Pennsylania, and it was to this tract that his son Henry later removed.
He had a grant or purchase of about four thousand acres in Dutchess county, New York, the patent for which was being executed when he died in Marbletown, 1691. This was afterwards, May 11, 1696, made out to his widow. This tract was known as the "Pawling Purchase," a part of which is now the village of Staatsburg. In the records of the old Dutch church at Kingston, N.Y., is found the history of his family.
He married Neeltje, daughter of Albert Heymans and Wyntje (Ariens) Roosa. The "Kingston Register" gives the date as Nov. 3, 1676, but adds that it is uncertain whether this is the date of the marriage or of the first publication of banns.
Henry Pawling, in his will, dated Jan. 20, 1691, mentions his wife Neeltje and children: Jane, Wyntye, John, James, Albert, Anna and Henry, and one who would be probably born after he was dead. This was Mary, baptized at Kingston, Oct. 30, 1692, married April 11, 1730, Thomas Van Keuren, of Marbletown, Ulster county, and had daughter Neeltje. (A son James died before the will was made).
(II) Henry (2), youngest son of Henry (1) "the founder," and Meeltje (Roosa) Pawling, was born at Marbletown, Ulster county, New York, and baptized Nov. 5, 1699. He married, June 26, 1713, Jacomyntje Kunst. He had three children, baptized in Kingston - Henry, Sara and Elizabeth.
About 1720 he removed to Pennsylvania, where his brother John had purchased in 1713 a tract of land near Philadelphia. Henry probably settled on his brother's grant. Here he had two other children born - Levi and John. His brother Albert, who married Catherine Beeckman, had no issue, and after providing in his will for his wife and mother he left the residue of his estate to Levi and John Pawling, sons of his brother Henry.
In 1734 Henry lived on the Wetherill farm, opposite Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, where he owned five hundred acres of fine, improved land. He was a farmer of considerable wealth, as is shown by the fact that his widow gave bonds for 2000lb in taking out administration papers on the estate of her husband. Among the property items in the inventory are eight slaves (Jack, Bess, Cate, Olliver, Jane, Tom, Tim and Bet), valued at various sums aggregating 210lb.
Henry Pawling was a warden of St. James Episcopal Perkiomen Church in 1721, which was destroyed by fire in 1820, and descendants have been prominently identified with this church a vestrymen and wardens. Local histories state "The Pawling family was a large and influential one and honorably identified with the affairs of Pennsylvania."
Henry Pawling (2) is buried in the graveyard of old St. James Perkiomen Church, the grave being marked by a small granite stone inscribed "In memory of Henry Pawling, who died August 30, 1739, aged 50 years."
He married, in Kingston, New York, June 26, 1713, Jacomyntje Kunst.
1. Henry (3), baptized June 27, 1714; married his cousin Eleanor, daughter of John and Aagje De Witt Pawling. He was a member of the Pennsylvania legislature and justice of the county court for Philadelphia.
2. Sara, baptized July 8, 1716.
3. Elizabeth, baptized March 22, 1719.
4. Barney, who was living as late as 1792; married Elizabeth James.
5. Colonel Levi, married Oct. 12, 1749, Helena (sometimes written Magdalena) Burhans, daughter of Wille and Grietjen (Ten Eyck) Burhans (3). He returned to New York state, where he rose to eminence; was colonel in the revolutionary war, commanding a regiment of Ulster county militia; member of the first provincial congress; first judge of Ulster county, appointed 1777; senator from New York 1777-82. His son, Colonel Albert Pawling, born April 22, 1750, was also a distinguished officer of the revolution, commanding a company of Swiss for the defense of New York frontier; he was the first mayor of Troy, New York; and one of the first directors of the Bank of Troy. His brother, Henry Pawling, born April 22, 1752, appearing as lieutenant Nov. 21, 1776; he was taken prisoner at the capture of forts Montgomery and Clinton; was confined in the prison ships of New York harbor for two years; was released, and appears again as captain May 11, 1780, and again in 1783. His descendants are settled principally in Steuben county, N.Y. [transcriber's note: this material was published in 1910].
6. John, born Dec. 27, 1732, see forward.
7. Elinor, married prior to 1746, James Morgan.
8. Rebecca Pawling, who married David Schryver, of Staatsburg, is sometimes quoted as daughter of Henry and Jacomyntje Kunst, but as she is not mentioned in the deed, and for other reasons, it is thought by some of the family genealogists that she was a granddaughter, child of Henry's son, Barney Pawling.
(III) John, sixth child and fourth son of Henry(2) and Jacomyntje (Kunst) Pawling, was born in the township of Providence (now Montgomery county) Pennsylvania, Dec. 27, 1732. He left Pennsylvania after reaching his majority and settled in Dutchess county, N.Y., where he spent the remainder of his life as a farmer and a soldier. He was an active patriot during the revolution, and attained the rank of major in his military career. He was a man of influence in his community and held the friendship of many prominent men of the period. He lived for many years in the stone house he built in 1761 near Rhinebeck, the estate upon which it stood being a part of the grant patented to his grandmother, Neeltje (Roosa) Pawling, in 1696. The house stood until about 1900, when it was consumed by fire.
He married (first) his couisn, Neeltje, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Pawling) Van Keuren. The banns were first published May 23, 1754. He married (second) April 15, 1770, Marietje, daughter of Jacob and Alida (Ostrander) Van Deusen. John Pawling died Dec. 30, 1819, at the home of his daughter Eleanor (married Peter Brown) in Rhinebeck, and is buried in the graveyard of the old Dutch Reformed church.
Children by first marriage:
1. Henry, born Nov. 30, 1755, died in Johnstown, N.Y., 1825; he was an officer in the revolution being a captain of militia; he married Elizabeth _____; he and his wife are buried in the Presbyterian cemetery at Johnstown.
2. Cornelius, born Jan. 22, 1758; a soldier of the revolution.
3. John, born Oct. 24, 1760; a soldier of the revolution.
4. Mary, baptized Nov. 11, 1764; married _____ Kane.
Children by second marriage:
5. Levi, born Jan. 29, 1771; married (first) Gertrude, daughter of Harman Jansen and Susanna (Basoon) Knickerbocker; (second) May 18, 1816, Hannah, daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth (Uhl) Griffing; he lived and died at Staatsburg, New York.
6. Eleanor, born March 11, 1772; married Captain Peter Brown, of Rhinebeck, where she died Sept. 11, 1862.
7. Rachel, born Feb. 13, 1774; married Christopher Hughes, of Staatsburg, where she died Nov. 22, 1850.
8. Alida, married Peter Ostrom.
9. Catherine, died young.
10. Jesse, born March 2, 1780; married Oct. 14, 1804, Leah, daughter of William Radcliff.
11. Jacomyntje, married, Dec. 18, 1803, Wait Jacques.
12. Elizabeth, born Aug. 5, 1784; married June 5, 1803, William P. Stoutenburgh; she died Sept. 27, 1872.
13. Rebecca, born April 4, 1785; married Frederick Streit Uhl, and died June 13, 1832.
14. Jacob, born March 4, 1787, see forward.
15. Catherine, born Dec. 28, 1789; married (first) Jacob Conklin; (second) John Coyle.
(IV) Jacob, fourteenth child and sixth son of Major John and Marietje (Van Deusen) Pawling, was born near Rhinebeck, Ulster county, N.Y., March 4, 1787, died in Rodman, N.Y., March 23, 1877, aged ninety years. He married, Feb. 27, 1822, Martha, daughter of Captain Isaac and Hannah (Fairbanks) Russell, a descendant through her mother of the early New England family of Fairbanks. They had issue.
(V) Rev. John (2), son of Jacob and Martha (Russell) Pawling, born in New York City, April 28, 1823. He was a graduate of Hamilton College, New York, which conferred upon him the degree of A. B. and A. M. He prepared for the practice of law and was admitted to the New York state bar. Later he embraced theology and was ordained a minister of the Baptist church. He died Dec. 13, 1866, at Rodman, New York.
He married, Aug. 10, 1844, Evaline, daughter of Daniel and Susan (Holmes) Smith. They had issue.
(VI) Angelo D., son of Rev. John (2) and Evaline (Smith) Pawling, was born in Rodman, N.Y., Aug. 20, 1845. He was educated in the public schools and Albany Normal School. He served until the close of the civil war in Company B, Tenth Regiment, New York Heavy Artillery, Army of the Potomac. After receiving an honorable discharge he returned to Watertown, Jefferson county, New York, where he engaged in a mercantile business, continuing until his retirement from active business life. He is now (1910) a resident of Watertown, where he is rated as one of the solid substantial men of that city. He is a lifelong Republican and a member of Joseph Spratt Post, No. 323, Grand Army of the Republic.
He married, March 30, 1868, Jennie Eliza, daughter of Alfred Floyd and Jane M. (Skidmore) Soper (see Roe). She is a graduate of Albany Normal School, and a descendant of the early Long Island families of Soper and Skidmore, who have also revolutionary records through which Mrs. Pawling derives membership in Leroy De Chammont Chapter, Daughter of the American Revolution. She is also a member of Julia Dent Grant Circle, Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, of which she was president in 1907-08-09.
1. Paul de Haven, born at Watertown, May 18, 1869, died May 21, 1873, at Rochester, N.Y.
2. John Alfred, born at Watertown, Sept. 22, 1870, died May 16, 1873, at Rochester.
3. Harry A., see forward.
4. Jesse Randolph, born in Watertown, April 23, 1884; prepared for college in Watertown high school; entered Cornell University, graduated A.B., class of 1905, A.M. 1906, and completed a course in medicine in the medical department of the University, graduating M.D. in 1910. He is now (1910) a member of the surgical staff of St. Luke's Hospital, New York City.
(VII) Dr. Harry A. Pawling, eldest living son of Angelo D. and Jennie E . (Soper) Pawling, was born at Rodman, Jefferson county, N.Y., Sept. 26, 1874. He passed years of preliminary training in the common and high schools of Watertown, N.Y. After reading medicine with the late Drs. H.G.P. and James D. Spencer, and Dr. Charles N. Bibbins, of Watertown, N.Y., he entered the New York University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College, and was graduated with the degree of M.D., class of 1899. He took a supplementary special course in obstetrics at the Lying-in Hospital, and another special course in surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital, both of New York City.
After completing his medical and surgical courses he was appointed house physician at the Fitch Hospital for Soldiers and Sailors at Noroton Heights, Conn., auxiliary to the Conn. State Soldiers' Home. At the expiration of the term for which he was appointed, Dr. Pawling decided to establish in private practice. He located at Castorland, Lewis county, New York, and removed in Sept., 1902, to Lowville, New York, in the same county. There he has not only established his reputation as a skilled practitioner, but has established himself in the confidence and esteem of the public as a warm-hearted and courteous gentleman. He is a member of the New York State and Lewis County Medical societies, serving as secretary of the latter since 1903. In 1904 he was elected coroner of Lewis county, and continues in that office by successive re-elections. He served as county jail physician four years, and is health officer of the towns of Lowville and Montague. He is prominent in the Masonic order, belonging to Lowville Lodge, No. 134, Free and Accepted Masons; Lowville Chapter, No. 223, Royal Arch Masons; Watertown Commandery, No. 11, Knights Templar, and Media Temple, Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of Watertown. He is past grand of Lowville Lodge, No. 759, Independent Order of Odd Fellow, and an honorary member of the Independent Order of Foresters. Engrossed as he is with private practice, and official duties, yet he finds time to mingle with his friends and acquaintances at the Lowville, Masonic and Odd Fellows clubs, in all of which he holds membership.
He married, at Castorland, New York, May 1, 1902, Clara A. Herschey, born Feb. 5, 1879.
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