(I) John Roe came to America in 1665 and settled at Southampton, Long Island, and five years later at Drowned Meadows, now Port Jefferson. John Roe and his wife Hannah had two sons, Nathaniel and John.
(II) Nathaniel, son of John and Hannah Roe, married Hannah Reeves, of Southold, Long Island, of the family which later gave to Connecticut her famous jurist, Judge Tappan Reeves. Their children were Nathaniel and John.
From Nathaniel descended the Hudson river Roes, including E. P. Roe, the novelist, also the Roes of Cortland and Tompkins counties.
(III) John (2), son of Nathaniel and Hannah (Reeves) Roe, married Joanna (Miller) Helme, of Miller's Place, town of Brookhaven; she was descended from John Miller, who married the sister of Abraham Pierson, the first president of Yale College; Joanna Miller married (first) Thomas Helme, who left her at his death an infant son, Thomas Jr. John and Joanna Roe were the parents of eight children: John, Justus, Azel, Daniel, Austin, Joanna, Amy and Hannah.
(IV) Daniel, fourth son of John (2) and Joanna (Miller-Helme) Roe, was born Jan. 20, 1740, in the house built by his father and still standing in 1904 at Port Jefferson, died at Westfields, now Seldon, Jan. 11, 1820. He was a lieutenant in the French and Indian war, and the commission issued to him by Governor Colden is still in the possession of a great-grandson. He also served as captain through the revolutionary war and received a pension a few years before his death.
He married Deborah, daughter of Joseph Brewster, of Setauket, April 22, 1762. The Brewster line on Long Island is from Nathaniel Brewster, the first regular pastor of the church in the township of Brookhaven. He was a graduate of the first class of Harvard College, 1642, and was the grandson of Elder William Brewster of the "Mayflower," and son of Jonathan Brewster, eldest son of Elder Brewster.
Nathaniel Brewster married Lucretia, daughter of Roger Ludlow (deputy governor of Massachusetts in 1634, later deputy governor of Connecticut).
Nathaniel and Deborah (Ludlow) Brewster had at least three sons and two daughters, one being Deborah, born Sept. 10, 1741, who became the wife of Daniel Roe in 1762, and died Jan. 2, 1832.
Daniel, Joseph Brewster, Deborah, John, Joanna, Charlotte, Ruth, Mary, Hannah, Rebecca and Huldah, twins, and Austin. The last four of these were born while the family was in exile, that is, while living in Connecticut, during the revolution, being driven from home by the fortunes of war.
Deborah, the third child, born July 31, 1766, was married, Oct. 12, 1782, in Woodbury, Conn., to Truman Porter, of the family that gave President Noah Porter to Yale College. Truman Porter was born in Woodbury, Conn., 1756, served during the revolution, and lived to be nearly or quite ninety years old. His wife Deborah died in her eighty-fifth year.
Their children were:
Daniel, Sarah, Clarissa, Charlotte, Ruth, Catherine, Jesse, Nabby, and five others.
Sarah married Amos Soper, of Smithtown, and was the mother of six sons and three daughters.
The fourth son, Alfred Floyd, born at Smithtown, Oct. 23, 1817, died at Jamaica, Jan. 11, 1862; married, Feb. 2, 1846, at Deer Park, Jane M., daughter of David Howell and Eliza A. (Jarvis) Skidmore, who was born at Deer Park, April 20, 1823, died there April 1, 1896.
Their children were:
Jennie E., Sarah M., Alfred W., Wellington D., Randolph F., Jennie E. married at Jamaica, March 30, 1868, Angelo D. Pawling, of Watertown. (See Pawling VI).
Randolph F. is living on the old Skidmore homestead, being of the sixth geneartion to hold the property.
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