Nicholas Stillwell, immigrant ancestor, was an Englishman who came from Leyden, Holland, abouat 1638, to New England. He brought with im his two children, Richard and Nicholas. He settled on Manhattan Island. He married (first) Abigail Hopton, who died before he came over. He married (second) Ann Van Dyke.
1. Richard, born 1634.
2. Nicholas, mentioned below.
3. Ann, 1643.
4. Abigail or Alse, 1645.
5. William, 1648.
6. Thomas, 1651.
7. Daniel, 1653.
8. Elias, 1657.
9. Jeremiah, 1661.
(II) Nicholas (2) son of Nicholas (1) Stillwell, was born 1636, died 1715. He married Elizabeth (Huybert) Morgan, widow of Charles Morgan.
1. Nicholas, born April 25, 1673.
2. Rebecca, 1675.
3. Richard, May 11, 1677.
4. Catherine, May 15, 1680.
7. Mary, 1683.
8. Elias, mentioned below.
9. Thomas, May 16, 1688.
(III) Elias, son of Nicholas (2) Stillwell, was born Dec. 13, 1685. He married Ann, born 1707, daughter of Thomas Burbank.
1. Thomas, mentioned below.
2. Daniel, 1726.
3. John, 1728.
(IV) Thomas, son of Elias Stillwell, ws born in 1726. He married Deborah, born 1724, daughter of Isaac Martling.
1. Elias, born 1747.
2. Thomas, mentioned below.
Probably other children.
(V) Thomas (2) Stilwell, as the name now appears, son or nephew of Thomas (1) Stillwell, settled in Ballston, now Milton, New York. In 1790 the first federal census shows that he had two males over sixteen, two under that age and three females in his family, while Elias, doubtless his brother and son of Elias, was also living there, having two over sixteen, three males under that age and three females in his family. Both were about forty years of age, judging from the number and ages of their children.
Thomas was a soldier in the revolution in the Sixth New York Regiment, Albany county.
(VI) Smith, son or nephew of Thomas (2) Stilwell, was born in Milton, formerly Ballston, N.Y., Dec. 1, 1784, died Jan. 20, 1881. When he was fifteen years old he lfet home and found employment in Albany, N.Y. In 1814 he was commissioned an auctioneer by Governor Tompkins. At that time the principal revenue of the state was derived from the auction and salt duties, and proceeds of which soon afterward formed the financial basis on which the construction of the Erie Canal was undertaken. As early as 1809 he purchased a tract of forest land in the town of Oswegatchie, now  within the town of De Puyster. With great labor and perseverance he converted this wild land into a valuable and most productive farm. He was active in public affairs, and in 1823 was appointed associate justice of the court of common pleas, where almost all of the litigation of the county was tried. He was supervisor of the town from 1825 to 1829, when he removed, being succeeded by Luke Dean. He held other places of trust and honor. In 1836 he was collector of the port, and in 1851-52 member of the assembly of the state of New York. He was a Democrat until the Republican party was formed, and later, when he became a Republican, was an influential factor in changing St. Lawrence county from a banner Democratic county to a Republican strong hold. It was at first proposed to name for him the township that is now called De Puyster. Many of the inhabitants were anxious that Mr. Stilwell should be thus honored, but he himself declared that some of the proprietors might be willing to make the town a liberal gift for the privilege of giving it a name. Negotiations followed this suggestion, with the result that Frederick De Puyster, of New York, a prominent shipping merchant, procured the honor for his own great family name.
Mr. Stilwell married, 1809, Barbara Clute Vosberg, who died in 1866.
1. Thomas, born Jan. 24, 1810.
2. Ann Elizabeth, Feb. 2, 1812.
3. James, March 2, 1814.
4. Smith, Nov. 9, 1816.
5. Evelyn, June 30, 1818.
6. John, May 22, 1822.
7. Mary, July 20, 1824.
8. Catherine, March 22, 1826.
9. Samuel, mentioned below.
10. William, Nov. 16, 1832.
(VII) Samuel, son of Smith Stilwell, was born in Ogdensburg, July 30, 1828, died May 30, 1862. He was educated in the public schools and at Ogdensburg Academy. He worked on his father's farm in his youth and afterward had charge of his father's extensive real estate. He owned a large nusery on the River road and various stone quarries.
He was a Presbyterian in religion, and a Republican in politics.
He married, March 30, 1853, Mary Ann, born in Ogdensburg, Dec. 22, 1830, died March 23, 1890, daughter of Benjamin and Mary Witherhead.
1. Mary, unmarried; resides in Ogdensburg. .
2. Isabella (twin), died aged six years.
3. Cornelia (twin), lives at Ogdensburg, widow of Theodore Pine, the noted portrait painter, who was born in New Jersey, Nov. 13, 1827, died at Ogdensburg, Jan. 8, 1905, son of James and Maria (Crane) Pine, grandson of Robert Pine,a native of England, and Elizabeth (Taylor) Pine, a native of Springfield, Mass.
4. Benjamin, died at thirty-two years of age; was a farmer; was one of the progressive young men; a deacon in the Presbyterian church; Republican in politics.
5. Dr. Henry Smith, mentioned below.
6. Evelyn, married L. L. Wright, a farmer; children: Gertrude and Walter Wright.
7. Samuel, died aged twenty years.
(VIII) Dr. Henry Smith Stilwell, son of Samuel Stilwell, was born at Ogdensburg, June 23, 1859. He attended the public schools, then for a time taught school, and later entered Potsdam Academy; he then began the study of medicine at the University of the City of New York, from which he received the degree of M. D. in 1887. Since that time he has been actively engaged in practicing medicine in Ogdensburg, and he has achieved distinctive success. He is a member of the St. Lawrence County Medical Society and the New York State Medical Society. He was appointed coroner of the county by Governor Hughes to fill a vacancy. To this office he has been re-elected and he continues to fill it with ability to the present time. .
He is a member of Ogdensburg Lodge, No. 128, Free and Accepted Masons, of Ogdensburg; of Elijah White Lodge, No. 390, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was formerly member and examining surgeon of the Order of United Workmen. He was also formerly health officer of the town of Oswegatchie. He belongs to the Presbyterian church.
He married, Sept. 25, 1899, Florence E. Witherhead, of Lowell, Mass., daughter of James Witherhead, superintendent of a mill in Lowell. Her mother was Cornelia Mansion Witherhead. Dr. and Mrs. Stilwell have had but one child, Benjamin, who died at the age of ten months.
[transcriber's note: since this was published in 1910, there's always the possibility they had more children after this date.....or not].
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