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Eggleston, Bundy, Dibble, Lyman, Osborn, Oldage, Skinner

Ancestors of Charles H. Eggleston

Proposed Eggleston Lineage

Compiled by Judy & Gary Griffin, 2007 - email address

Bygod Eggleston 1586 - 1674

It is thought that Bygod sailed to America in 1630. First settling in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630 and an original member of the Reverend Mr. Warham’s church, Bygod was one of the founders of Windsor, Connecticut in 1635.

The list of the First Settlers of Dorchester, grantees of Dorchester lands, included Bigot Eggleston, Thomas Deeble, and Robert Deeble (see Dibble history). (1) Thomas Deeble was one of the early settlers, and removed to Windsor. Robert Deeble probably went to Windsor. He and his sons had thirty acres of land granted them in Dorchester, January 4, 1635. Mr. Bagot or Bigod Egglestone was probably here in 1630; made a freeman in 1631. He removed to Windsor, and had many descendants, according to Windsor records. He died September 1, 1674, “nere 100 yer ould.”

Bygod brought three sons to America, James, John and Samuel. The first son named James and his first wife are assumed to have died before Bygod left England and little is known about them. Bygod married again, possibly a Mary, again her surname is unknown. Bygod and his wife had seven children born in Windsor: Thomas, Mercy (Marcy), Sarah, Rebecca (Deborah), Abigail, Joseph and Benjamin. In 1646 Bygod’s son John died in Windsor.

Bygod and his family were in Dorchester for five years. Bygod belonged to the church of Rev. John Warham. Five years after Dorchester was founded, Rev. Warham led his congregation to a new settlement in Connecticut. The families made the over one hundred mile journey to Connecticut. They founded a new town and named it Windsor. The settlers built a stockade for protection from unfriendly Indians and to protect the livestock from wolves. The stockade enclosed the meetinghouse and some of the homes. Bygod’s home was inside the stockade that was called the Palisado.

Bygod’s name appears in the church records, in connection with beating the drum to call the members of the church to service on Sundays and to meetings on other days. He also appeared to have the job of cleaning the meeting house. Bygod received a bounty paid for killing wolves. In 1668 he received 3 pounds, 10 shillings for four wolves. Bygod was nearly eighty-eight when he died.

Bygod’ children:

Benjamin Eggleston

Benjamin Eggleston (Bygod2, James1) was born on December 18, 1653 at Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, and died circa November 1732 at East Windsor, Hartford County. He married the widow Hannah Shaddock nee Osborn on March 6, 1678 at Windsor by Captain Newberry. (8) Hannah was born on December 18, 1657 at Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut and died on August 17, 1715. She had previously been married (possibly) to Elias Shadduck/Shattuck. (9) Hannah was the daughter of John Osborn, who died on October 27, 1686, and Ann Oldage, who may have died on August 28, 1689. Hannah was a sister of John Osborn who married Abigail Eggleston. See Osborn history.

Benjamin sold some of the property he had inherited from Bygod to his brother Thomas. Benjamin lived in East Windsor, where all of his children were born. His will was probated on December 16, 1732 (dated December 16, 1729): (10)

I, Benjamin Eglestone of Windsor, do make and ordain this my last will and testament: Although I have given my children portions according to my ability formerly, yet I think it wisdom to make this following small addition to prevent future trouble: Imprimis. I give unto my son-in-law, Samuel Osbond of Windsor, to complete his deceased wife’s portion, 5 shillings. I give unto my daughter Marcy Miller 5 shillings. I give unto my daughter Sarah Bliss 5 shillings. I give unto my daughter Dorothy West L5. I give unto my daughter Esther Osbond, of Enfield, 5 shillings. I give unto my son Benjamin Eglestone the remainder of my goods and chattells whatsoever, who is obliged to take care and honourably to maintain the testator as long as he liveth. And my son, Benjamin Eglestone I constitute my sole executor. Benjamin X Egleston, LS. Witness: Thomas Stoughton, Joseph Haraper, Robert Thompson. Court Record, Page 78 - 5 December, 1732: Will exhibited and proven. Invtory taken 24 November, 1732 by Thomas Stoughton and David Bissell.

Benjamin and Hannah’s children:

Benjamin’s wife Hannah’s Oldage-Osborn family. (11)

Richard Oldage is said to have been of Welsh origin. The name is variously spelled Oldage, Oldige, Oldridge, or Olderige. He was probably born in England and died on January 27, 1660, in Windsor, Connecticut. Undocumented research states he was born 1599 in Dorchester, England. Hinman says he came to Windsor with Mr. Hunt [Huet?] in 1639. (12) He owned a lot of land 12 rods wide next south of John Stiles (between the Colonel Ellsworth house and about 40 rods north of the Major Ellsworth tenant house), that extended from meadow on east to Rocky Hill on west. At his death his homestead went to his daughter Anne, wife of John Osborne (see Osborn history). Richard Oldage owned land in Windsor before 1653. In 1655/6 he was appointed sealer of leather. According to his probate record, his only living child was his daughter Anne: (13)

Windsor Records state “Ephraim Hewet and others came up from Massachusetts Bay to Windsor to settle here August 17, 1639. He had been a Puritan Minister in Wraxall, near Kenilworth, in Warwickshire, and had been proceeded against by Archbishop Laud (the greatest persecutor of the Puritans) in 1638, for neglect of Ceremonies, and then emigrated to America in 1639, and landed at Boston, Massachusetts. He changed his name from Hewet to Huet, and was evidently one of the younger sons of the Hewet family, of Chesterton, Huntingdonshire, and being a relative of William Buell (or Beville) of Windsor.

Information on Richard’s will and probate named his son-in-law, John Osborn and was witnessed by Thomas Dibble. (li = pound, s = shilling, d = pence)

“Oldage, Richard, Windsor. Died 27 January, 1660. Invt. taken by Deacon Gaylord and Humphrey Pinney. And shortly after an Inventori was taken of the estat that he left conserning which before his death he had before witnes said that his will was that his sonn in law John Osbon [sic] should have all that he had and he was to alow him maintenanc whilst he lived and so was to take all and paye all. Witnes: Mat:Grant, Tho:Dibble.”

Imprimis his howse and home lott 8 ac 3 quartus valued at 40-0-0
wood land and swamp nere pine meadow 13 ac 10-0-0
ten ac of swamp neare adjoyning valued 01-0-0
one the east side of the great river aboue namerok 12 rodd wide valued at 02-0-0
below namerok 12 rodd wide vald at 04-01-0
goods with in howse valued in all 11-11-0
68-11-0 [total]
the state indebted to Mr Henery Clarke 0-11-0
for rates to the towne 0-03-3
the men that valued the state ware Deacon Gaylard, Houmpery Pinne.

Richard’s daughter Anne married John Osborn/Osborne May 19, 1645. (14) See Osborn history. Anne died on August 28, 1689. John Osborne of Windsor, Connecticut, was born in 1628 and died On October 27, 1686. John’s father was probably John Osborne of Weymouth. (15) Their daughter Hannah, born December 18, 1657, married (1) Elias Shadock, (2) Benjamin Eggleston. The probate of Anne (Oldage) Osborn named Benjamin’s wife Hannah: (16) Died 28 August, 1689. (W. R.) Invt. œ91-01-00. Taken 31 October, 1689, by Samuel Grant and Isaac Morgan. The Legatees: John Osborn, age 43 years, Nathaniel Osborn 36, Mary Owen, Samuel Osborn 26, Hester Owen 22, Sarah Wright 20, Hannah Egleston 24. Court Record, Page 4--6 November, 1689: Invt. Exhibited of Mrs. Ann Osborn’s Estate. Adms. to John & Samuel Osborn. Nathaniel Bissell & Job Drake, son of John Drake, to Distribute the Estate. Note: John Osband & Ann Oldage m. 19 May, 1645. - (W. R.)

Benjamin Eggleston

Benjamin Eggleston (Benjamin3, Bygod2, James1) was born on May 27, 1687 at Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut and died on October 30, 1732. His will was probated on November 24, 1732. He married Mary Dibble on December 2, 1708. Mary was born on July 22, 1689 at Windsor, Hartford County. She was the daughter of Thomas Dibble and Mary Tucker. Thomas Dibble was born on September 3, 1647. Mary Tucker was born on October 4, 1653. Thomas Dibble married Mary Tucker on October 10, 1676. See Dibble family history. Benjamin Eggleston and Mary Dibble had ten children, all born at Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut.

Biggett Eggleston

Biggett Eggleston (Benjamin4, Benjamin3, Bygod2, James1) was born on March 12, 1724 at Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. He married Mary Corning of Enfield, Hartford, Connecticut on November 7, 1745. (17) Enfield, Hartford, Connecticut would be incorrect for the time period of Mary’s birth and marriage. The original probate district for Enfield was East Windsor. When he was in his forties, Biggett moved from Windsor to Murrayfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts and was on the valuation list there in 1768. The town of Murrayfield was renamed to Chester in 1783 (but see below, became Middlefield in 1783). Murrayfield was later divided into Norwich, Huntington, and Chester. In 1779 he signed petition for setting off land from that town for a new township, and in 1781 he signed the Petition for Incorporation of Middlefield. (18) In 1776 he took title to Lot 43, First Division, Murrayfield and the next year Lot 48, which in 1924 was near the W. O Eames farm. About 1784 the family moved to Washington, Massachusetts when Biggett was sixty.

According to Frank Robbins: (19) “Murrayfield, where Biggett Eggleston and his son Benjamin settled, no longer exists as such. The northwest corner of it, where the Egglestons first lived, became in 1783 a part of the new town of Middlefield. It is in the ragged upland region of western Massachusetts, in the midst of the Berkshire Hills, now full of deserted farms, but at that time a territory into which pioneers were eagerly pushing from both Connecticut and Massachusetts. The admirable History of the Town of Middlefield, Massachusetts, by Edward Church Smith and Philip Mack Smith (privately printed, 1924) tells the story of its prosperity and later decay. Crowded conditions at home, Indian wars, considerations of land titles, and religious dissension all seem to have brought about the original influx of settlers, just prior to the Revolution; and the hardness of the life there, contrasted with the attractions of the newly accessible West, was the reason why many of them moved on, after the war, to New York and Ohio. The Egglestons were among the first regular inhabitants. The Murrayfield valuation list of 1768 contains Biggett’s name and Benjamin is listed among the taxpayers of 1769; Benjamin, however, seems actually to have been the first to occupy his lot, in 1770, and his father came two years later. That Benjamin was a man of some prominence is shown by the fact that when Middlefield was incorporated he was selected to assemble the first town meeting.”

Why Biggett left Middlefield for Washington when he was elderly is not known. Perhaps he went with one or more of his children. His youngest son Darius, who must have come with Biggett, seemed to be the only family member still living in Washington in 1800 (census). The only other male descendants of Bygod who seemed to have settled in western Massachusetts were the son and grandsons of Bygod’s son James. James’ son Nathan and Nathan’s grandsons Eber and Simeon and Abner’s widow were all living in Westfield, Massachusetts in 1800. A physical map of Massachusetts shows a green river valley where Westfield is located, in contrast to the more mountainous area of Middlefield in the Berkshires.

The children of Biggett and Mary were:

Settlement of Portage County, Ohio

Two of Biggett’s sons were early pioneers of Portage County – our Oliver and his older brother Benjamin – as well as the Lyman family of the first wife of our Zalmon Eggleston. As noted above, many of the settlers of Middlefield moved west to Ohio.

After the Revolution, states ceded their western lands to the federal government, but Connecticut was permitted to reserve a section in Ohio. This was an area of 3.8 million acres extending 110 miles west of the Ohio-Pennsylvania border and 50 miles south of the shore of Lake Erie. These lands were known as the Connecticut Western Reserve or New Connecticut. The Connecticut legislature sold this entire parcel to a group of land speculators for $1.2 million, 32 cents per acre. These men formed the Connecticut Land Company, had the property surveyed into townships of five miles square, and re-sold their property to prospective settlers or other land speculators. Often a piece of land was re-sold a number of times before a real settler would take possession. After the original survey, settlers from Connecticut and Massachusetts migrated into this wilderness. The migration to Portage County lasted for twenty-four years, from 1798 to 1822.

Typically a pioneer of Portage County was involved in a Land Company that sent one or more of their members to explore the area and choose a tract for the member’s families. In Becket, where our Oliver was living at the time, the Becket Land Company was formed in 1810 to purchase a township in Portage County that became the town of Windham. A member of this land company was Jeremiah Lyman – the forty-five year old father of Laura, who became our Oliver’s daughter-in-law, and the father of Thomas, who became Oliver’s son-in-law. Another member was the forty-six year old Alpheus Streator, related to Jeremiah Lyman by marriage, in whose home the forty-four old Oliver resided when he first came to Windham in 1812. Our Oliver’s older brother, Benjamin and his sons, had settled in Aurora Township, Portage County five years earlier, when Benjamin was age sixty. These were not young men who faced the difficulties starting over, settling in a wilderness. One would suspect that the Berkshires did not offer economic prosperity and the move was made in the hope for greater opportunity.

The pioneers of Portage County arrived via two routes, either through New York to Buffalo, along Lake Erie, or through Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh, up the rivers. The latter seems like the more difficult means of reaching Ohio. And Jeremiah Lyman’s wife died on the trip, probably in Utica, New York, indicating that Jeremiah may have come via the Lake Erie route. We don’t know how Oliver and his family arrived at Windham, but fortunately Oliver’s nephew Chauncey wrote an account of his family’s trip across Pennsylvania to Portage County (son of Oliver’s brother Benjamin).

“My father’s family, (32) consisting of four sisters, two brothers, and myself, concluded to sell out and move to New Connecticut, as it was then called. Father was not rich and we had to economize in every way we could to live and get prepared to make the great journey of six hundred miles, much of the way over awful roads, with our large family, eight of us in all. We got leather and I cut and made a whole set of double harness, made the hames, and ironed whiffletrees, neck-yoke and all. I borrowed a broken anvil and cut out of two tanned sheepskins a small bellows, and in an old stable I fixed up my tools and ironed a new wagon. All the iron work we needed to fit us for our journey I did.

“I was now in my twenty-first year. I did such shoeing [of] horses and oxen and all things else that we needed. Esq. Jeremiah Root and Samuel Taylor (33) and their large families were to accompany us through the whole journey. All things were made ready and on the 7th of June, 1807, the line of march was taken up and after forty-two days of diligent travel, over rivers, mountains, and through swamps and mire we all arrived safe at our journey’s end. None of the company was sick on the road. We camped on our own beds spread on the floor and cooked and ate our own food generally on the way.

“Once on the Alleghany mountains our oxen were sick and lame from eating rye. We could get nothing else to feed and it fell into their limbs and they could hardly walk or stand. I was left with them to bring on if they ever got so as to travel. We drove a horse hitched before them to help draw the load. I was left on the Alleghanies some thirty miles from Pittsburgh. As fast as I could after the oxen could travel I went on.

“Our company were to stop two or three days at Pittsburgh to rest and wash clothes and there I expected to overtake them and I did. I found some places so cut up with the great six-horse Pennsylvania teams that it seemed impossible to drive over them without upsetting my load. Once I stopped my team and went ahead ten or twelve rods to view the road and it looked so dreadful that I burst out crying, rather childish for a boy twenty years old, but there I was alone, with few houses along the road, and it brings tears to my eyes now while I am writing it. I finally got along without upsetting and found the company at Pittsburgh as I had expected, somewhat washed up and rested.

“We then started on our one hundred and ten mile journey through bush and swamp and up and down some of the worst hills or mountains that could be passed over by man or beast. But by constant perseverance and knowing no thought of discouragement, we moved on slowly and got, after a number of days, four miles west of Warren, where all stayed over night, and as the twenty-six miles west of Warren that we then had to travel was an almost unbroken forest, beech woods, beech root, and beech mud, no bridges and almost no road, it was thought best to send me on twenty-six miles and have Captain Perkins (34) take his yoke of oxen and help the company through. I started early the next morning with my rifle on my shoulder to kill bears, wolves, etc. I made the twenty-six miles in the forenoon and arrived at old Esq. Sheldon’s just as they were sitting down to dinner. They were overjoyed to think that Aurora was going to have such an addition to the number of its inhabitants. They gave me a dinner, of course. I then just called in at Gamaliel Kent’s, the next house, and he was highly pleased to hear of their coming.

“The next place was Captain Perkins’s. He was ready early next morning to go to meet them with his team, and in due time all the company were in Aurora. All the Taylors, Egglestons, and Roots that have lived in Aurora since July, 1807, can date back to that time as their starting point.”

The wives of these early pioneers may not have been enthusiastic about starting over in the wilderness of Ohio. The wife of Elijah Blackman, on arriving at their desolate cabin erected by her husband in Portage County commented, “Elijah, if I had seen this wild and desolate country as you did, I never should have brought my family here!” (35)

Benjamin Eggleston

Our Oliver’s brother, Benjamin Eggleston (Biggett4, Benjamin4, Benjamin3, Bygod2, James1) was born on January 2, 1747/48 and died on June 1 or 7, 1832 in Aurora, Ohio. (36) Benjamin married Mary Gordon on October 9, 1774. Mary was probably the daughter of Samuel and Margaret (Henry) Gordon, and died on December 19, 1817. Benjamin first appeared on the Murrayfield taxpayer list in 1769. (37) He lived near the Mid-Chester line south of the farm of W. Ovid Eames, selling out to Henry Vadrekin in 1783. In 1790 he bought nine lots in First and Second Division W. P. G. of Elihu Church and lived in the brick house that stood east of the road on the West Hill. While living in Murrayfield [Middlefield], he signed the various petitions for forming a new township. That section of the town was known as the “Eggleston District,” and he must have been a leader in affairs as he was chosen to summon the first town meeting for Middlefield in 1783. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, a private in Capt. David Shepard’s Company of Minutemen at the Lexington Alarm and in Captain Ferguson’s Company. (38) About 1807 he moved to Aurora, Portage County, Ohio (Trumbull County before 1808). Their children, all born in Murrayfield, were: (39)

Benjamin and his family are of interest due to their early arrival at Portage County, Ohio and the family relationship with our Oliver Eggleston. It is quite likely that our Oliver moved to Portage County with his family due to the example or encouragement of his brother Benjamin. Moreover, the settlement of Benjamin and his family provides information on the area where our Zalmon Eggleston lived, married and raised a family before moving to Michigan.

Benjamin’s sons, Moses and Joseph went to Portage County in the spring of 1806 to inspect the land that Benjamin exchanged for his farm in Massachusetts and prepare for the rest of the family’s arrival the next year. They first began clearing the land of trees for planting. The next spring they made maple sugar, making the spouts and buckets used to collect the sap with only their axes, knives and a sap-gouge for tools. By summer Joseph went back to Massachusetts on horseback, where he married Perlea Leonard. Joseph and his young wife returned to Ohio with the Eggleston, Taylor and Root families, thirty-two [36?] in all. The families traveled through Pennsylvania and to Ohio by the way of Pittsburgh. They must have come by land across New York, Pennsylvania and into northeastern Ohio – a trip of over 550 miles.

By 1810 Moses had cleared an opening on his land and built a cabin. He then had a home to bring his wife, Sally Taylor, in April. Sally had been teaching school in what is now adjoinging Summit County before her marriage. In one of her trips across the country, she became lost and had to remain in the forest overnight. She tied up her horse and laid down to rest when a pack of wolves came near and began howling. They frightened her horse and he broke loose. Fortunately the horse came back and she held him by his bridle all night, daylight welcomed with great relief.

Moses left to serve in the War of 1812, arriving at Huron with his company just after the surrender of Hull. Sally remained at their cabin, not knowing whether Moses’ company would face defeat from the British and Indians. After Moses returned, they remained at their cabin until 1824, when they moved to Aurora Center, where Moses lived until his death in 1866. Moses was repeatedly elected to the offices of Justice of the Peace and County Commissioner. Sadly, Sally died in 1838, twenty-eight years before Moses. Moses evidentaly married a second time. In the 1850 and 1860 censuses for Aurora, Portage County he was listed with a much younger Fanny (age 48 in 1850, 57 in 1860). In 1850 a Charles Eggleston, age 15 was living with them, possibly a son from his second marriage. Undocumented information states that Moses married a second time on October 9, 1839, to either a Fanny White or Fanny Kelsey.

Oliver Eggleston

Oliver Eggleston, Sr. (Biggett4, Benjamin4, Benjamin3, Bygod2, James1) was possibly born in 1768 or 1769 at Murrayfield, Massachusetts and probably died in Ohio (became Middlefield in 1783). He married Cynthia Skinner on November 27, 1787 at Washington, Massachusetts. (49) Cynthia is said to have been born on April 13, 1765 in Salisbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut, the daughter of Samuel Skinner and Chloe Cole. Chloe Cole/Coul, daughter of Ebenezer and Esther, was born on August 4, 1736. (50) Esther may be Esther Owen. Ebenezer Cole is said to have married Esther Owen, daughter of Joseph Owen Jr. and Mary. (Esther Owen was born on August 26, 1708 in Lebanon, Connecticut, and died in Lebanon, undocumented.)

Both Oliver and Synthia/Cynthia were listed as residents of Middlefield, Massachusetts when they married in 1787. Oliver was found in the 1810 to 1850 censuses. He was in Becket, Berkshire County, Massachusetts by the 1810 census. Beckett was just south of Washington, Massachusetts where Oliver’s father resided after 1784. Both Washington and Becket are not far from Middlefield. Oliver is said to have come to Ohio in 1812 and may have fought in the War of 1812. By 1820 he was in Windham Township, Portage County, Ohio. Living nearby were his daughter Cynthia and her husband, Thomas M. Lyman. His son, our Zalmon, was out on his own, living in Mantua Township (pronounced Man-a-way), as yet unmarried. Oliver seemed to stick close to his brother Benjamin. By 1830 Oliver was residing in Mantua Township, as were his sons Zalmon and Oliver Jr., his brother Benjamin, and Benjamin’s sons William H. and Hiampsall. Oliver’s son Milo may have been living in Windham Township. In 1840 Oliver was still in Mantua Township, along with his sons Zalmon and Alanson, his brother Benjamin and Benjamin’s son William H. Oliver was found for the last time in Mantua Township in 1850, apparently living next door to his nephew Hiampsall. His brother Benjamin was not listed, but Oliver’s son Alanson and Benjamin’s son Hiampsall were still living there. Oliver Jr. had moved to Iowa by 1850. Oliver may have married a second time, possibly after Cynthia died. In the 1850 census, Oliver was age 81, and living with him, possibly his wife, was a Mary, age 67, born in Vermont. Oliver is said to have remarried circa 1848 in Portage County.

Jeannie Winter, Eggleston researcher, provided this quote: “The Berkshire Athenaeum possesses and article on Oliver Eggleston, Sr. in which it states he was a soldier in that war (War of 1812), yet no other record of his army service apparently survives today. The article in the Berkshire Anthenaeum states: (51) ‘EGGLESTON, OLIVER: An native of Middlefield, Mass., moved to this place the 28th of Dec. 1812, and lived awhile at the house of Alpheus Streator. He was a hard working man; noted for shaving shingles, and such like coarse work, rather rough in his intercourse with society, and when under the influence of strong drink, to which he was addicted, noisy and quarrelsome. He remained here about a year, and returned to the East, where he enlisted in the army, and on the expiration of his term of service, again returned to this place, and continued to reside here until about the year 1826, when he removed to Mantua in this Co., and there died, many years since.’”

If there is any truth to this information on Oliver, there was an Alpheus Streator who had a family connection. Alpheus was in Becket, Massachusetts, and was connected with Oliver’s daughter-in-law Laura Lyman’s father Jeremiah in a land deal. Alpheus married Jeremiah’s sister Anna Lyman and moved to Windham Township, Portage County, Ohio (see below). Two of Oliver’s children married into the Jeremiah Lyman family. Oliver probably followed his brother Benjamin to Portage County (see above). They seem to be the only two of Biggett’s children who went to Ohio. Whether Cynthia went with Oliver when he first went to Portage County in 1812 is not known.

The children of Oliver and Cynthia were:

Zalmon Eggleston

Zalmon Eggleston (Biggett4, Benjamin4, Benjamin3, Bygod2, James1) was born circa 1794-1802 in Washington, Berkshire, Massachusetts and died circa 1847 in Coldwater, Branch County, Michigan. (59) It is assumed that the name Zalmon is from Solomon (biblical). His name was Soloman on his marriage entry in Portage County, Ohio, Zalmon in other records. Zalmon must have moved to Ohio, probably with his parents circa 1812, and before his marriage in 1821, since his first wife was living in Portage County by about 1811. In 1820 Zalmon had established his own home in Mantua Township, listed as a head of household and the only person in the household in the 1820 census. He first married Laura Lyman on September 10, 1821, (60) daughter of Jeremiah Lyman and Rhoda Fuller. Laura was born on February 27, 1801 at Becket, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, (61) and died on April 12, 1842, age 41. (62) After Laura’s death, Zalmon married Polly Bundy. Their only known child was our Charles H. Eggleston (see Charles Eggleston history).

By 1830 there was one son and one daughter enumerated in Zalmon and Laura’s household. By 1840 there was one son and two daughters listed. The children of Zalmon and Laura may have been Fidelia, Erastus and Angeline. Angeline A. was born circa 1829 and died on July 11, 1859 in Portage County, Ohio. Angeline was listed with her Uncle Jesse Lyman on the 1850 Windham, Portage County, Ohio census, age 21, along with her Grandmother Hannah Lyman (Jeremiah’s second wife, see below). Milton Lyman, brother of Laura, was the husband of Cynthia Eggleston, Zalmon’s sister.

Polly was probably in her mid to late thirties when she married Zalmon Eggleston on September 1, 1842 in Portage County, Ohio. She was evidently a widow, since before her marriage to Zalmon, she was listed as the head of household in Mantua, Portage County, Ohio in the 1840 census. Living with her were three males, probably sons, and two females, probably daughters. Polly, maiden name unknown, was born in New York and appears to have married in New York before circa 1825, when her daughter Mary A. was born. Between circa 1830-1835 Polly and her first husband moved to Ohio, where he probably died. In the 1832 enumeration of white unmarried youth, ages 4 to 21 for Mantua was a John Bundy who had three such children. (63) This could be the first husband of Polly, since no other Bundy was found in Portage County. No further information has been found on this John Bundy. In 1840 Polly was the third family enumerated after Zalmon and his first wife, Laura Lyman.

Polly and Zalmon were in Michigan by circa 1845 when their son, our Charles H., was born. Why they left Ohio for Michigan is not known. When Zalmon died, Polly was left with a family of seven, possibly five children and two grandchildren, according to the 1850 census for Coldwater Township, Branch County, Michigan. Her possible daughter Mary A. had married a Freelove before 1844 in Ohio and had two children, Helen and Cynthia. Evidently Mary A. and her husband moved to Michigan with Polly and Zalmon, since their daughter Cynthia was born there circa 1846. In addition to Mary A. and her Freelove children, Freedom(?) (64) and Erastus Eggleston were listed in her household in 1850. These are either sons of Zalmon and his first wife who died in April 1842 or Polly’s sons who took the name Eggleston. Zalmon had at least one son and two daughters before his first wife died (1840 census). Given the estimated birth dates for these children in the 1850 census, only Erastus fits as a child of Zalmon and his first wife, Laura. The Mary J. and Freedom Eggleston listed were born in New York, which would indicate they were children of Polly Bundy.

Polly was only in her mid forties when Zalmon died and she probably remarried. No record of Polly after 1850 has been found, though she may have remained in Michigan. Zalmon’s probate record only included the bond for Polly Eggleston and Henry B. Stillman and a copy of one of the newspaper probate notices. It is not known if there is more to this probate record that did not get microfilmed or was misfiled in another record. Two of the Coldwater Sentinel newspaper estate notices were located which indicates that at one time there was probably more to this probate record. While the probate file for Zalmon had little information, the bond for the administrators was witnessed by an Alonzo Bunday. He may have been a son or relative of Polly. There was an Alonzo Bundy, age 23 and born in Ohio, living in nearlby Bethel Township, Branch County in 1850 who could have been the witness to the bond. There is a Branch County marriage for an Alonzo Bundy and Jane Freeman, February 1, 1853.

An Erastus Bundy lived near Polly and Zalmon’s son Charles until Charles’ death, which indicates a close family tie. For every census year from 1870 to 1910, Erastus was enumerated either next to or close by Charles. In the 1894 Michigan State census, Erastus was listed as Erastus Eggleston. While Erastus’ age and place of birth varies depending on the census year, he consistently reported his parents were born in New York. Since his birth year reported on all these censuses gives a 1835-1840 year range, and his parents were born in New York, it is likely that the Erastus Eggleston listed with Polly in 1850 is this Erastus Bundy, and not the son of Zalmon and his first wife. If that is the case, then the Eggleston surnames of Feedona(?) and Mary J. may also be suspect.

Erastus may have died in Benzie County after 1910, he was not found in the 1920 census, though his unmarried son Edward, who had been living with Erastus, had moved to Byron, Kent County in 1920. Erastus Bundy was married three times (1910 census). Two, possibly three, of his wives have been found. There is a marriage of an Erastus Bundy to an Emiline Whitehall, March 28, 1857 in Dorr Township, Allegan County, Michigan (IGI). From census records he married an Estella before 1870 (probably Estella Irwin, married August 13, 1862, Allegan County, Michigan, from IGI), then a Hattie by 1880. Erastus was in Branch County when his daughter Edith Emeline was born on April 20, 1867 at Bethel, Branch County, parents Erastus (born in Ohio) and Estella (born Michigan). (65) Erastus and Estella resided at Byron, Kent County when this birth was recorded. This was the place where Charles Eggleston married Sarah Whitcomb, so Erastus was probably living near Charles before 1870. Erastus must have moved to Kent County shortly after Edith’s birth for it to be recorded in Kent County. By 1870 Erastus and Stella were in nearby Newaygo County near Charles, with their three children, Edward, born circa 1863; Emma, born April 1867; and Nellie, born November 1869. By 1880 Erastus’ wife was Hattie, and in subsequent censuses no additional children were listed, so all the children must have been Erastus and Stella’s. Erastus and Stella divorced. In 1900 and 1910 censuses for Byron Township, Kent County, Stella was the wife of a Harold (or Carl) Anderson and living with them was Stella and Erastus’ daughter Emma Bundy. Harold/Carl Anderson, not married, was living in Newaygo County in 1880, as was Erastus Bundy with his wife Hattie. Erastus and Stella may have divorced in Newaygo County. Stella was not found in 1880, nor was a marriage record found for Stella and Harold/Carl. In 1930, Erastus’ son Edward was living with his widowed sister Nellie Stoken in Grand Rapids, Kent County. Nellie married an Albert Stoken before 1887, when their son was born (census).

The Freedom Eggleston may be a Freedom Bundy. A witness to the marriage of Erastus Bundy and Estella Irwin in Allegan County in 1862 was a Freedom Bundy. (66) A Freedom Bundy served in the Michigan 1st Regiment, Light Artillery and enlisted in the 6th Infantry, Company U at Grand Rapids during the Civil War. He died of disease on February 27, 1864. He was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Kent County.

Mary A. Freelove may have married a William Freelove, probably of the New York Freelove family. (67) She probably married before 1844 when her child Helen was born in Ohio. Her daughter Cynthia L. was born circa 1846 in Michigan. As noted above, Mary A. was listed with Polly in 1850, her husband may have died between 1846 and 1850 in Michigan.

From the early census records, the children of Zalmon and Laura, may have been:

From the 1840 and 1850 censuses, the children of Polly Bundy may have been:

Lyman Family

Laura Lyman’s father is said to be Jeremiah Lyman, born circa 1781 and died on August 19, 1845. Jeremiah married, first, Rhoda Fuller. (68) Rhoda died June 16, 1811 at Becket, Berkshire County, Ohio, (69) or enroute to Ohio. An 1896 history stated that Rhoda “. . . died during the journey here, and lies in an unknown spot near Utica, N.Y.” (70) Jeremiah then married Hannah Sperry. Jeremiah Lyman left a 1845 will, Portage County, but the LDS film of the will was found to be unreadable by one researcher.

The biography of Jesse Lyman gives some information on Jeremiah: (71) “Jesse Lyman, farmer, P.O. Manhoning, was born in Windham Township, this county, November 29, 1813. His father, Jeremiah Lyman, a tanner by trade but in later years a farmer, was a native of Connecticut, and was reared in Massachusetts, where he lived with an uncle until 1811, when he came to this county and became one of the original owners of what is now Windham Township. On his way to his new home his wife, Rhoda Fuller, died, leaving to his care four children: Anna, Hulda, Milton and Laura, all of whom are now deceased. He subsequently married Hannah Sperry, of Connecticut, who bore him two children: Hannah (deceased wife of A. West) and Jesse. Jeremiah Lyman was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He died August 19, 1845, his widow surviving him until 1863. The subject of this sketch was married, March 27, 1839, to Miss Dorcas Finch, born in Otis, Mass., September 9, 1821, and by her has two children living: Clara H., wife of C.L. Bryant (they had three children: Stowell, Vernie, died March 8, 1885, aged twelve years, and Belle, died March 7, 1885, aged six years), and Lettie M., wife of E.J. Hill. Mr. Lyman, who has always been a farmer, resides on the old homestead. He has held several offices of trust in the township, and is energetic, enterprising and highly esteemed by the community.”

Jeremiah came to Portage County before Oliver Eggleston, circa 1811: (72) “Windham Township was originally owned by Governor Caleb Strong of Massachusetts. On Sept. 11, 1810 a group of gentlemen met at the home [of] Thatcher Conant in Beckett, Massachusetts of Berkshire County. It was their desire to purchase land in Ohio form a company and a Township and move there. The original company know as ‘The Beckett Land Company’ were as follows; Bill Messenger, John Seely, Jeremiah Lyman, Aaron P. Jagger, Elisha Clark, Isaac Clark, Dillingham Clark, Ebenezer Messenger, Thatcher Conant, Nathan Birchard, Enos Kingsley, Gideon Bush, Benjamin Higley, Benjamin C.Perkins, Alpheus Streator and Elijah Alford. The company had several meetings and Nov. 11th 1810 it was decided to purchase the land. The terms of the sale were that the purchasers would turn over to the sellers their property in Massachusetts at its appraised value. The lots were surveyed and split into 100 parcels and was apportioned among the members of the company by lot according to each person’s investment. The price per acre was $1.76 and there was approximately 14,845 acres. The south half of lot 56 donated by Dillingham and Abigail Clark, Alpheus and Anna Streator and Thatcher and Elizabeth Conant was set aside for a public green, to be used for the public, with reference to the ministry.”

The children of Jeremiah and Rhoda were: (73)

The children of Jeremiah and Hannah:

There is undocumented information on an Alpheus Streator, born 1765 in Becket, Massachusetts, died June 22, 1819 or in 1829 at Windham, Portage County, Ohio. Alpheus married Anna Lyman on December 15, 1796 in Becket, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, who was born in 1767 and died in 1813. Their children were: Polly (1797-1866), Elizabeth Ann (born 1798), Amelia (born 1802), Louis (1804 – 1805), Marietta (born 1806), a child (1809 – ca 1810). After Anna died, Alpheus married Orilla Bonney (1782-1846).

The research of Lyman Coleman (74) indicates that Jeremiah Lyman, born January 6, 1766 in Lebanon, Connecticut was the brother of the Anna who married Alpheus Streator. Anna’s parents were Thomas Lyman and Anne Manley, whose children were: Rachel, born 1761; Lois, born 1762; Jesse, born June 20, 1764; Jeremiah, born January 6, 1766; Anna, born November 14, 1768; and Thomas, born 1770. Of these Lyman children, Thomas is said to have moved to Ohio with his brother Jeremiah. Thomas’ son Jesse: “Known as Major Jesse, for his various virtues and his distinguished services to his country as a patriot warrior, is entitled to the grateful remembrance of his Kindred. At the decease of his father in early childhood he was apprenticed to an uncle learn the trade of tanner and shoemaker. At the age of 16, the earliest period at which he could be enrolled in the Revoluntionary army, he enlisted as a private and served under Gen. George Washington to the close of the war. He was one of the guard when Major Andre was led out to execution.” (75) Note above that Jesse’s brother Jeremiah also lived with an Uncle and was a tanner, which lends further support that this is Jeremiah’s family.

Windham Township, Portage County, Ohio (76)

Nearly one hundred years have passed since a few men decided to leave the Berkshire hills and bring their families into the then unbroken forest of the present Windham township, Portage county. Before leaving, however, the following persons were dismissed from the Congregational Church of Becket and organized into a church by themselves: Deacon Elijah Alford and wife, Olive Alford, with their daughter, Ruth Alford, Thatcher Conant and wife, Elizabeth Conant, also their daughter Susannah Conant, Jeremiah Lyman and wife, Rhoda Lyman; Benjamin Higley and wife, Sally Higley, Miss Anna Streator. This was on May 2, 1811, and we know not, but it is pleasant to think that the bright May sunshine rested in silent benediction on this little band whose strength of courage and undaunted fortitude made these early homes the center of our manhood and womanhood.

About a month after this, the first eight families having put all their earthly possessions they could take with them into their ox wagons, started for the homes which were to be theirs on the frontier. The trip would mean but a few hours of time now, but then it took about six weeks. They frequently camped where night overtook them, and if the night was stormy the patient woman heart must have almost failed amidst such hardships. Often the women would leave the crowded wagons, which were filled with the few cooking utensils, bedding, a chest and a rocking chair or two, and walk that they might rest the tired cramped body. If any became too sick to sit up they were made as comfortable as possible on an improvised cot of the bedding, but the journey still continued. . . .

One woman, on reaching her destination, asked: “Is that pile of logs to be our home?” The house that caused this remark was one built of logs without gable ends. However, few houses were built before the occupants came, and these afforded shelter until the less fortunate had finished their little cabins of one or possibly two rooms and a rude chamber overhead. All but a few articles of furniture were hewn out of logs, and I have often heard my grandmother tell of the rude stool, benches, and tables, while just at first the bedsteads were of poles. . . . At first the nearest place where pins, needles, thread, and a few other necessary articles could be purchased was at Pittsburg, about 100 miles distant, and later at Warren. And Windham was certainly a very prosperous township when a merchant, Deacon Isaac Clark, came, even if the entire stock was valued at $500, which seemed of great value then. His wife acted as his buyer, making the trip to Pittsburg on horseback. On the first page of the entry book are the following entries:

September, 1817 John Seley
½ lb tea @ $1.50, $.75
¼ yd cambric @80 cents, .40
½ paper pins @ 25 cents, .12 ½

Jeremiah Lyman
5 ½ yds. Calico @ 60 cents, 3.50
1 skein silk, .09
2 ½ yds. Fulled cloth @ $1.75, 4.37
½ lb pepper @ 50 cents, .25

. . . However, they were not entirely without educational advantages, as Miss Elizabeth Streator and Miss Rebecca Conant opened a school in a private house about a month after the first settlers came. For about a year these young ladies gave their services, relieving each other every two weeks. One, Rebecca Conant, afterwards married and went with her husband among the Indians of Michigan as missionary. The first teachers were young ladies, and the first death of an adult in the township was a woman, Miss Lucy Ashley, while one woman, Mrs. Rhoda Lyman, died during the journey here, and lies in an unknown spot near Utica, N.Y. Life, with its joys and sorrows, doubtless passes and repasses near the unmarked grave, little knowing that the last sad scene of another life was ended there with a Christian burial. . . .

They did not can fruit in those days, but made a jar of preserves, and wild crabapples, wild plums, huckleberries, and cranberries were considered nicest. After a few years two ladies, Mrs. Ebenezer N. Messenger and Mrs. Jeremiah Lyman, at least had cultivated apples and peaches, which were borne on trees raised from apple seeds and peach stones brought from their old homes in Becket. . . .


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Eggleston, Rosalie and McBroom, Linda Eggleston. “Update on the Mother of Bygod Eggleston.” The Search for the Passengers of the Mary & John 1630, Vol. 25, pp. 83-85.

Edward Church Smith, A History of the Town of Middlefield, Massachusetts, 1670-1850, Menasha, Wis. Priv. print. 1924. Transcribed,

Henry R. Stiles. The History of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut. 1859. Stiles included many of the records of Matthew Grant.


1 The history of the town of Dorchester, Massachusetts, By a committee of the Dorchester antiquarian and historical society ..., Dorchester antiquarian and historical society, Dorchester, Mass., Chapter VII, pp. 27, 38-39, 50-51. Also pp. 421-424. List of all the Grantees of Dorchester lands, whose names appear in the Town Records previous to January 1636, and comprises all the first settlers, excepting such as may have appeared on the missing pages (probably very few) and whose names were not repeated. Making of America (Books) website.

2 The American Genealogist [TAG], 68:208-10 detailed discussion of Hester’s marital career, includes full documentation.

3 Henry R. Stiles, History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut, Rockport, ME: Picton Press, p. 199.

4 “Enos Family Tree, Enos Family in America,” Lois A. Case, The Enos and Champlin Family Genealogy. August 1, 2004, Compiled by Lois A. Case, 1660 Haskell Road, Olean, NY 14760, edited by Carl J. Case, Ph.D., 16 Sunburst Lane, Allegany, NY 14706. “James Enno or Eno . . . In 1648 James Enno purchased a house in Windsor . . . James married Anna Bidwell . . . Anna died in 1658 and James married the widow Elizabeth Holcomb in1658. . . . In 1680 James married Hester Eggleston, widow of James Eggleston.”

5 A Catalogue of the Names of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut, Hartford, CT: 1846. Database: Connecticut Puritan Settlers, 1633-1845 First Settlers of the Colony. Accessed, April 22, 2000.

6 Henry R. Stiles, History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut, Rockport, ME: Picton Press, p. 198. Citing Hartford County Probate Record, IV, 155.

7 Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 1990, p. 547.

8 Egelston, Benjamin & Hanna [widow SHADOCK] m. 6 Mar 1678, by Capt. Newbery; child: Mary, b. 2 Oct 1680. Record of Marriages & Births Copied from the 1st Book of Records under the date 18 May 1674; transcribed by Samuel H. Parsons; New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol 5, January 1851, p. 63 & subsequent. Online at, accessed May 2004. [Comments in brackets [ ] are those of Mr. Parsons. Parsons used Old Style dating.

9 Genealogical Dictionary of New England Settlers, Volume 4, page 58. Shadduck, or Chaddock, Elias, Windsor, m. Hannah, d. of John Osborn, had only ch. Hannah, wh. m. 14 Mar. 1692, Benjamin West, and d. 26 May 1676. His wid. m. 6 Mar. 1678, Benjamin Eggleston.

10 James Eggleston of Settrington, Yorkshire, England - c1552, online at

11 Lineage from Richard Oldage 1639 - Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, online at

12 Connecticut Puritan Settlers, 1633-1845. First Settlers of the Colony. Oldage, Richard, came to Windsor with Mr. Huet in 1639.

13 Hartford, Connecticut Probate Records, 1729-50. A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Volume I, Page 141.

14 Samuel Richardson and Josiah Ellsworth per Savage. Note, this is also in Genealogical Dictionary of New England Settlers, Volume 3, page 307. Oldage, Oldige, Oldridge, or Olderige, Richard, Windsor, bef. 1640, possib. went from Dorchester, but was not kn. there to Dr. Harris, d. 27 Jan. 1661 [note: 1661 is error, probate record says 1660], and the name is extinct. His only ch. Ann m. 19 May 1645, John Osborn.

15 Connecticut Puritan Settlers, 1633-1845. Osborn, John, 1643, married Ann Oldage, of Windsor, ‘45. He probably was the son of John of Weymouth.

16 Hartford, Connecticut Probate Records, 1635-1650 [database online]. Provo, UT:, Inc., 2000. Original data: A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1635-1700, Vol. I. n.p., 1906. Page 6 Name: Widow Ann Osborn Location: Windsor.

17 Town Records in the original handwriting says “First Book Windsor Births Marriages & Deaths 1638-1704” and later on “Windsor Town Book for the Recording of Births Marriages & Deaths July the 14th Anno Dom 1704 Dated Sept 7 1720 by Timothy Loomis”. On page 53, Bigget Eglestone of Windsor and Mary Corning of Enfield were married Novbr 7th A Dom 1745”.

18 Information on Biggett is from Edward Church Smith, A History of the Town of Middlefield, Massachusetts, 1670-1850, Menasha, Wis. Priv. print. 1924. Transcribed,

19 Frank Egleston Robbins, “The Personal Reminiscences of General Chauncey Eggleston,” Ohio History, Ohio Historical Society, Vol. 41, pp. 284-320.

20 Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, 17 Vols. [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1998. Original data: Secretary of the Commonwealth. Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution. Vol. I-XVII. Boston, MA, USA: Wright and Potter Printing Co., 1896. Probably Volume 5.

21 Information on Samuel from Edward Church Smith, A History of the Town of Middlefield, Massachusetts, 1670-1850, Menasha, Wis. Priv. print. 1924.

22 Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, 17 Vols. [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1998. Original data: Secretary of the Commonwealth. Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution. Vol. I-XVII. Boston, MA, USA: Wright and Potter Printing Co., 1896. Probably Volume 5.

23 Edward Church Smith, A History of the Town of Middlefield, Massachusetts, 1670-1850, Menasha, Wis. Priv. print. 1924. Transcribed,

24 Edward Church Smith, A History of the Town of Middlefield, Massachusetts, 1670-1850, Menasha, Wis. Priv. print. 1924.

25 Information on Moses from Edward Church Smith, A History of the Town of Middlefield, Massachusetts, 1670-1850, Menasha, Wis. Priv. print. 1924.

26 Edward Church Smith, A history of the Town of Middlefield, Massachusetts, 1670-1850, Menasha, Wis. Priv. print. 1924, p. 58, Appen. E p. 379; Alfred Minot Copeland, ed., A History of Hampden County Massachusetts, Vol I, II, & III, Century Memorial Publishing Company, 1902, pp. 518-519.

27 Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, 17 Vols. [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1998. Original data: Secretary of the Commonwealth. Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution. Vol. I-XVII. Boston, MA, USA: Wright and Potter Printing Co., 1896. Probably Volume 5.

28 Edward Church Smith, A History of the Town of Middlefield, Massachusetts, 1670-1850, Menasha, Wis. Priv. print. 1924.

29 Information on Aaron from Edward Church Smith, A History of the Town of Middlefield, Massachusetts, 1670-1850, Menasha, Wis. Priv. print. 1924.

30 Edward Church Smith, A History of the Town of Middlefield, Massachusetts, 1670-1850, Menasha, Wis. Priv. print. 1924.

31 Posted by: James Dodd, Date: November 13, 2005, In Reply to: Bigett Eggleston / Mary Corning - 1700’s CT/MA by Jean Winter.

32 Apparently the two eldest sons, Benjamin and Martin, were not members of this party, although they also migrated to Ohio.

33 Samuel Taylor, who moved to Aurora with the Egglestons, was the son of Samuel and Martha (Lamb) Taylor; born in Springfield, Massachusetts, June 4, 1769, died in Aurora, March 10, 1813; married Sarah Jagger of Becket, Mass. Apparently Samuel and Sarah Taylor had seven children at the time they journeyed to Aurora. An exciting story is told of the narrow escape of Mrs. Martha (Lamb) Taylor from the Indians at Pittsfield, where the elder Samuel was one of the earliest residents.

34 “Captain Perkins” was another settler of Aurora who had come from Middlefield, Mass. Phineas Perkins was born in Enfield, Ct., May 26, 1752, had lived in Southwick, Mass., and in 1799 bought land in Middlefield.

35 Aurora 1800 – 1850, in “Memorial to the Pioneer Women of the Western Reserve” published under the auspices of the Woman’s Department of the Cleveland Centennial Commission in 1896, edited by Mrs. Gertrude Van Rensselaer Wickham.

36 Information on Benjamin and his son Chauncey is from Frank Egleston Robbins, “The Personal Reminiscences of General Chauncey Eggleston,” Ohio History, Ohio Historical Society, Vol. 41, pp. 284-320.

37 Information on Benjamin and his children is from Edward Church Smith, A History of the Town of Middlefield, Massachusetts, 1670-1850, Menasha, Wis. Priv. print. 1924.

38 Edward Church Smith, A History of the Town of Middlefield, Massachusetts, 1670-1850, Menasha, Wis. Priv. print. 1924, p. 56, Appen. E p. 379.


40 Frank Egleston Robbins, “The Personal Reminiscences of General Chauncey Eggleston,” Ohio History, Ohio Historical Society, Vol. 41, pp. 284-320.

41 New England Historic Genealogical Society. Massachusetts Town Marriage Records.

42 Ohio Deed Records Index 1795-1917 LDS Film #900894, several land transfer records for both Martin and Nancy. On Dec 14 1857 and again Jan 4 1858, the Heirs of Martin Eggleston transfered to Nancy Eggleston acres in Aurora.

43 Marriage Records from Portage County Newspapers. A typed list of some marriages from 1849 - 1894 which appeared in Ravenna, Ohio newspapers. There is no indication of who compiled the list.

44 History of Portage County, Ohio, published by Warner, Beers & Co., Chicago, 1885.

45 Aurora 1800 – 1850, in “Memorial to the Pioneer Women of the Western Reserve” published under the auspices of the Woman’s Department of the Cleveland Centennial Commission in 1896, edited by Mrs. Gertrude Van Rensselaer Wickham.

46 Early Geauga County, Ohio history

47 Frank Egleston Robbins, “The Personal Reminiscences of General Chauncey Eggleston,” Ohio History, Ohio Historical Society, Vol. 41, pp. 284-320.

48 Marriage Records from Portage County Newspapers. A typed list of some marriages from 1849 - 1894 which appeared in Ravenna, Ohio newspapers. There is no indication of who compiled the list. Jan. 1, 1821 Bliss, Worcester Eggleston, Harriet Aurora.

49 Oliver Eggleston & Scyntha Skinner - both of Middlefield Nov. 27, ?? Berkshire County, Massachusetts USGenWeb, These marriages were found in a 3 page listing at the Library in Pittsfield, MA. The marriages typed up were performed by Rev. Mr. Allen of Pittsfield. The listing does not specify where they were performed but it looks like Rev. Ballantine retired and Rev. Allen took over his duties at a small Church in Washington. This is only a guess, as there is nothing to say where they were. All are from Washington except where indicated differently., 2002. “According to a 3-page listing at the Library in Pittsfield, MA, a Rev. Mr. Allen of Pittsfield performed the marriage of my 3rd Great Grandparents, Oliver Eggleston & Scyntha Skinner - both of Middlefield - on Nov. 27, ??. The USGenweb for Berkshire Co., Massachusetts Marriages performed by Rev. Mr. Allen of Pittsfield 1780 to 1799. The Vital Records of Washington (MA) also records the marriage date of Oliver Eggleston and Scyntha Skinner as Nov. 27, 1787.”

50 Lebanon Vital Records, Connecticut Town Birth Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection), Vol. 1, p. 52.

51 29 Sep 1984 (SAT) Becket Athenaeum (Mass.) Barbara Davis paperback. ‘Semi-Centennial Celebration of the Settlement of Windham’ 1861 [note: this is Windham, Portage Co., Ohio] - Lyman Hall, Printer.

52 James Eggleston of Settrington, Yorkshire, England - c1552,

53 Cornwall VR 2:28; Hall’s Bradford 501. Cited by author of website above.

54 Portage Co. Pro 1:86; Portage Co, OH LR 41:474/5.

55 Harry C. Hadaway, Jr., My Family Tree Plymouth & Cape Cod MA Genealogy, online at, accessed April 1, 1999. Harry C. Hadaway, Jr.

56 Index to Probate Records; Des Moines Co., IA 1835-?, p. 115. Eggleston, Oliver, Jr. Est(ate) file Record Vol Pg: Last Will and Testament opened and read D5 Probate Vol. J, p. 84; St Eggleston appointed Spl. Adm. A124 Probate Vol. J, p. 86; Spl Adrms Bond recorded Bond 1 35; Inventory filed Probate Vol. J, p. 113; Last Will and Testament proven and allowed Probate Vol. J, p. 195; Last Will and Testament recorded Will Vol. B, p. 371; St Eggleston appointed Adm Probate Vol. J, p. 267; Adms Bond recorded Bond 1 144; Appraisers appointed Probate Vol. J, p. 267; Inventory and appraisment filed Probate Vol. J, p. 329; Adms final accounting recorded (7/29/1871) Probate Vol. K, p. 298; Final accounting approved and Adms discharged (9/12/1871) Probate Vol. K, p. 436; Claims Book Vol. J, p. 157. Last Will and Testament of Oliver Eggleston Jr. of Des Moines County, Iowa.


58 Enumeration of Youth and Partial Census for School Districts in Portage County, Ohio 1832-1838, prepared byWilliam Cumming Johnson II, 1982.

59 Probate Record 151, Branch County Courthouse (microfilmed).

60 Karen Maddy.

61 IGI, Batch C502191, Source Call No. 0234606. Laura Lyman, born 27 Feb 1801, Becket, Berkshire, MA. Father Jeremiah Lyman, mother Rhoda.

62 Western Reserve Cabinet- Newspaper dated 12 April 1842. Eggleston, Laura-- Mantua, 4i, dropsy of the heart, 41y, wife of Zalmon, dau of Jeremiah LYMAN of Windham.

63 Enumeration of Youth and Partial Census for School Districts in Portage County, Ohio 1832-1838, prepared byWilliam Cumming Johnson II, 1982.

64 An examination of other census entries by the enumerator indicates that his given name was probably Freedom.

65 Births: 1867-1870, Kent County Michigan Court House Records, BUNDY, Edith Emeline, f., b. 20 Apr., 1867, at Bethel, Branch Co., Parents:- Erastus Bundy, b. Ohio, and Estella Bundy, b. Michigan. Res. Byron. Occ. Laborer.

66 Bundy Message Board, email from Randy Ortwein, December 22, 2001. Freedom BUNDY. He was a witness at the marriage of Erastus BUNDY and Estella IRWIN in Allegan, Michigan in 1862.

67 Polly Eggleston. Email from Linda R.F. Arnold, April 27, 2001.

68 IGI, film no. 451188, p. 0013, reference no. 22024. Jeremiah Lyman, birth abt. 1781, spouse Rhoda, Windham, Portage, Ohio.

69 Becket Deaths,

70 “Memorial to the Pioneer Women of the Western Reserve” published under the auspices of the Woman’s Department of the Cleveland Centennial Commission in 1896, edited by Mrs. Gertrude Van Rensselaer Wickham.

71 History of Portage County, Ohio, Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co., 1885.

72 Windham Township, Ohio,

73 Becket Births, Deaths.,

74 Lyman Coleman, D.D., Genealogy of the Lyman Family in Great Britain and America, Albany, NY: J. Munsell, 1872.

75 Lyman Coleman, D.D., Genealogy of the Lyman Family in Great Britain and America, Albany, NY: J. Munsell, 1872, p. 89, ref no. 38.

76 Windham 1811-1850. “Memorial to the Pioneer Women of the Western Reserve” published under the auspices of the Woman’s Department of the Cleveland Centennial Commission in 1896, edited by Mrs. Gertrude Van Rensselaer Wickham.