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
Thomas Safford, immigrant ancestor, was born in England and settled in New England in Ipswich, Massachusetts before 1641. He was on a list of proprietors of that town April 6, 1641, and was admitted a freeman Dec. 19, 1648. He bought a farm at Ipswich, thirty-two acres, of Henry Kingsbury, Feb. 8, 1648. He was a subscriber to Denison's allowance in 1640 and had a share and a half of Plum Island. He died in February, 1666-67. His will was dated Feb. 20, 1666-67, and proved March 26, 1667.
He gave his farm to his son Joseph on condition of his care of the father and mother and paying certain amounts to daughters, Elizabeth, Mary and Abigail.
He married Elizabeth _____, who died March 4, 1667, at Ipswich.
1. Joseph, born 1631-32; married Mary Baker.
2. John, mentioned below.
One of the daughters married ____ Klum.
(II) John, son of Thomas Safford, was born about 1633, probably in England. He settled in Ipswich, Mass. He had a share in Plum Island. He gave land to his son Thomas for the maintenance of his wife and daughter.
He married Sarah _____.
1. John, mentioned below.
2. Sarah, born July 14, 1664, died July 21, 1712.
3. Margaret, Feb. 28, 1665-66.
4. Rebecca, Aug. 30, 1667.
5. Mercy or Mary, Feb. 26, 1669-70.
6. Elizabeth, Feb. 27, 1670-71.
7. Thomas, Oct. 16, 1672; married Oct. 7, 1698, Eleanor Shatswell or Watchwell, widow of Richard Shatswell or Watchwell, and daughter of Daniel Choney; married (second) at Rowley, June 29, 1725, Sarah Scott; their son Joseph was a pioneer at Hardwick, where as well as at Brimfield, the adjoining town, many of his descendants have lived.
8. Joseph, born March 12, 1674-75.
(III) John (2), son of John (1) Safford, was born in Ipswich in 1660, died Aug. 12, 1768. He settled at Preston, Connecticut. He removed to Norwich, Conn. as early as 1698.
He married (first) Sept. 15, 1685, Hannah Newman; (second) July 11, 1702, Abigail Martin, who died March 20, 1768.
Children, born at Ipswich, Norwich, Canterbury and Preston:
1. John, Feb. 28, 1687-88.
2. Hannah, Sept. 24, 1691.
3. Sarah, Dec. 25, 1694.
4. Mary, March 5, 1697.
5. Elizabeth, Jan. 24, 1700.
6. Margaret, April 24, 1703.
7. Joseph, Jan. 18, 1705.
8. Gideon, mentioned below.
(IV) Gideon, son of John (2) Safford, was born at Preston, Conn., March 24, 1709. He married, Jan. 13, 1731-32, Elizabeth Hall.
Children, born at Preston:
1. Mary, Sept. 1, 1732.
2. Thomas, Oct. 15, 1735.
3. Elizabeth, Sept. 17, 1737.
4. Thankful, Oct. 15, 1739.
5. Amy, Jan. 23, 1742.
6. Lucy, April 3, 1744.
7. Samuel, Jan. 2, 1748.
8. Pagy (daughter), May 10, 1750.
9. Anne, July 12, 1752.
10. Gideon, mentioned below.
(V) Gideon (2), son of Gideon (1) Safford, was born at Preston, New London county, Conn., Nov. 4, 1754. According to the family he was an officer in the revoltuion, but his record does not appear. The revolutionary rolls, however, are by no means complete, and many men have been pensioned whose names are not on the rolls as preserved. He was an orderly sergeant in rank and fought at Fort Griswold.
He removed to Salem, New York, in 1784, after the war, and lived there the remainder of his life. In 1790 according to the federal census, he was living at Salem and had in his family three sons under sixteen and four females.
He married Lucy Freeman.
Gideon, Nathan, Thomas, Aden, Chester, Hannah, Matilda, Lucy, Mary, Elizabeth, Phebe and Sarah.
(VI) Gideon (3), son of Gideon (2) Safford, was born at New London, Conn., Nov. 29, 1778, died at Glens Falls, N.Y.
He married Jane Orr, born May 25, 1779.
Children, born in Argyle, Washington county, N.Y.:
Elizabeth, Martha, Lucy, Sarah, Esther, Charles and Gideon Orr, mentioned below.
(VII) Gideon Orr, son of Gideon (3) Safford, was born in Argyle, Washington county, N.Y. Feb. 10, 1809, died there in 1877. He was educated there in the district schools and followed farming. His father and grandfather were also farmers.
He married, Jane, born at Argyle, N.Y. Jan. 17, 1813, died 1890, daughter of John and Jane (Taylor) McCoy, granddaughter of William and Nancy (Smith) McCoy. Her grandfather McCoy was born in Ireland, and came to America in 1790.
Children of Gideon and Jane Safford:
1. Jane Elizabeth, born April 30, 1839.
2. John Gideon, Feb. 14, 1841.
3. Sarah Mary, Feb. 7, 1843.
4. Thomas Archibald, Dec. 27, 1844.
5. Charles Henry, Nov. 12, 1846.
6. Edwin Ruthven, mentioned below.
7. Newell Alexander, Oct. 9, 1850.
8. George McCoy, Nov. 24, 1853.
9. Theodore Taylor, March 10, 1858.
(VIII) Edwin Ruthven, son of Gideon Orr Safford, was born at Argyle, Nov. 28, 1848. He attended the public schools and Fort Edward Institute. He studied law in the office of Brown & Sheldon, Glens Falls, N.Y., was graduated from the Albany Law School and admitted to the Albany county bar in the early seventies. He located at Glens Falls, and has since then made his home in that town. He is now (1910) judge of the city court of Glens Falls.
In politics he is a Republican. He is an elder of the Presbyterian church of Glens Falls.
He married, May 23, 1878, Nellie, daughter of George W. and Sarah (Hamilton) Sisson, now of Potsdam.
1. Edwin Ruthven, mentioned below.
2. Grace Sisson, born at Glens Falls, June 21, 1881; married Emmet H. Wilson, a lawyer of Los Angeles, California.
3. Rufus Lasher, born at Glens Falls, Nov. 30, 1886, died Nov., 1908.
4. Helen Cornelia, born at Glens Falls, Aug. 12, 1892.
5. Theodore, June 30, 1894.
6. George, Sept. 10, 1809.
(IX) Edwin Ruthven Safford Jr., son of Edwin Ruthven Safford, was born at Glens Falls, April 13, 1880. He graduated at the Glens Falls Academy, class of 1896. He went to work in 1906 for the Sherman Lumber Company of Potsdam, of which his grandfather, George W. Sisson, is president, and has continued with that concern to the present (1910) time. He was chosen assistant treasurer of the company when the business was imcorporated in 1903, and since then has been located at the manufacturing plant at Tupper Lake, N.Y.
In politics he is a Republican, and he has served as trustee of the incorporated village of Tupper Lake. He is a member of Mount Arab Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of Tupper Lake; of Wanneta Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of Saranac Lake; of Franklin Commandery, Knights Templar, of Malone; of Karnak Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Montreal, Canada.
He is a member of the Presbyterian church.
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