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Jason Stanton & Sally Beckwith

Husband: Jason Stanton
Born: 25 AUG 1761 in Preston (PVR 2-86)
Married: 29 June 1806 in Colchester CT (PVR 2-276)
Residence 1800, Preston, New London, Connecticut 
Residence 1810 Second Society, New London, Connecticut 
Residence 1820 Canaan, Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States 
Residence 1830 Canaan, Wayne, Pennsylvania 
Residence 01 JUN 1840 Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA 
Died: 31 Jan 1843 in Clinton, Wayne, Pennsylvania (obviously the death and burial dates do not coincide)
Buried: 01 FEB 1842 in Clinton Twp, Wayne Cty, Pa
Father: David Stanton
Mother: Sarah Kimball
Other Spouses Keziah Brumley; Sabra Olin

Wife: Sally Beckwith 
Born: 1780 in Colchester, New London County, CT  or 1791 in Preston, CT
Residence 1850 Litchfield, Medina, Ohio 
Buried: 23 JAN 1859 in Clinton Twp, Wayne Cty, Pa
Father: Isaac Beckwith
Mother: Phebe Beckwith

Children 2
01 (M) Jason D Stanton  born: 2 Dec 1807 at Preston, CT; died: Wayne County, PA
02 (M) Alfred Stanton (twin of Jason)   born: 17 June 1811 at Preston, CT; died: 12 Aug 1870 at Wayne County, PA
03 (F): Emily Stanton
born: 22 APR 1813 in Clinton Twp, Wayne Cty, Pa 
died: 15 SEP 1899 in Clinton Twp, Wayne Cty, Pa 
04 (M) Lucy Stanton  born: 16 une 1815 in Clinton Twp, Wayne Cty, PA; died: 14 mar 1872 at Clinton Twp, Wayne County, PA
05 (F) Eliza Jane Stanton   born: 13 Mar 1818 at Clinton Twp, Wayne Cty, PA; died: bef 7 Aug 1910 at Preston Twp, Lake Como, Wayne County, PA
06 (M) David Stanton  born: 19 May 1820 at Clinton Twp, Wayne Cty, PA; died: Wayne County, PA


Additional Information 

Jason Stanton was born 25 Aug 1761 in Preston, New London County, CT. He was the son of David Stanton and Sarah Kimball.  (One of my sources says that Jason was born in 1760, not 1761.)  He was the 5th of 11 children.

Jason was reared in Preston, CT.   He was a Revolutionary War soldier who served 3 enlistments beginning 2 Mar 1776 at age 15. He fought in the Battle of White Plains.

Jason was to have 3 wives. He first married Keziah Brumley of Preston CT on 15 Jun 1790. The couple had one daughter, also named Kaziah, born 26 January 1791. After just under a year of marriage, Keziah (the mother) died an untimely death on 10 May 1791, leaving Jason and the infant daughter. 

Jason next married in July 1794 to Sabra Olin. Jason & Sabra made their home in Preston CT, where five children were born to them.  There children were Jonas (b: 5 Nov 1794), Tamson (b: 26 July 1796),  Henry (b: 21 Jan 1798), Elisha (b: 20 Nov 1799), and Maria (b: 24 Nov 1801). 

Following the Revolutionary War people began moving westward in the new country. Samuel Stanton, a cousin of Jason Stanton, visited Cooperstown NY, and met with a land agent named Wm. Cooper, who was selling a large tract of "wild land" (forest known as Canaan), in Wayne County PA. Samuel, a surveyor, helped Cooper survey the tract,; and then purchased  land for himself from Cooper in June 1787.  Mr Samuel Stanton constructed a cabin, and migrated with his wife and 2 children from Preston Ct to Wayne Co. PA, becoming the first settler in this region in June 1791. Jason and his brother Asa Stanton, then also obtained land for their families.

Beginning  in 1797,Jason Stanton began travelling each year, during winter months, from Preston Ct to his new land in Wayne Co. PA., partially clearing the site and  starting a cabin, in preparation to migrate with his family and settle in the new location.  It was in 1803, upon returning to Preston CT from PA, Jason found his wife Sabra, gravely ill with Influenza, which resulted in her death on 15 Dec 1803. 

Jason Stanton married for the 3rd time, in Colchester CT, on 29 Jun 1806, to Sally Beckwith. Based upon the 1850 Census, Sally Beckwith was born in 1780. Also Widow Sally is listed as age 75 on 4 Apr 1855, in her Rev.War Pension File Application, which confirms her birth as 1780. 

Sally was born sometime during 1780 in Colchester, New London County, CT., to Isaac and Phoebe Beckwith.  She may have been born in 1791  in Preston, CT.

Jason and Sally had 6 children born to them (listed above). The first two were born in Preston CT. Finally, in 1811, when their second child was a small infant,  Jason & Sally moved with the eight Stanton children , from Preston CT to  Clinton Twp. Wayne Co. PA.  Twenty-four days were required to make this journey whichwas made by ox teams.  The cost of moving this family of ten was little over $55.00.

 Information passed down in the PA family relates that upon arrival in PA, a log house was built, "down below the hill near the creek", which was occupied by the family for many years. During this time the land was fully cleared, a homestead built, and a farm established.  This family was obliged to endure many privations and hardships, incident to settling a new country.  The nearest church and school house was at Bethany, which was the county seat of Wayne County, a distance of eight miles.  So great was their knowledge, we are told,  that some of the family attended school at that place walking the distance each day.  The nearest mill was at Wilkes Barre, a distance of nearly fifty miles, and the grain used by the faily was carried on horseback to that city to be ground.  The raod, part of the way, being blazed trail through the forest.  Wild animals of many kinds, such as panther, bear, worf, and deer were plentiful, and many thrilling stories are told of dangers and narrow escapes in those early days.

Jason and Sally made their permanent home in Clinton Twp, Wayne Co. PA, where their family was raised and all were married.

At the advanced age of 76, Jason Stanton  applied for his Revolutionary War pension in 1837. The pension was approved  (#W505).  Jason lived another 5 years; and died in Clinton Twp. on 1 Feb 1842, age 81.  After Jason's death, Sally applied for the Widow's Pension, which was approved, and which she received until her death on 23 Jan 1859. at age 79.   The National Archives in Washington, DC has a copy of Sally's application.  Among other things, it includes the following information:

  • 02 May 1853 Sally Stanton applied for pension as widow of Jason Stanton.
  • That she was married to Jason Stanton on 29 June 1806 in the town of Colchester, CT.
  • That her said husband died 01 Feb 1842.
  • Record of Marriages and Births handwritten by Jason Stantonand entered as evidence by Abner Wilcox on behalf of Sally Stanton: "I was marred to Sally Beckwith 29 June 1806"
  • In 1849 after the birth of their 1st child, daughter Emily Stanton Willcox and husband Abner Willcox moved into the homestead.  Mother Sally Stanton lived with them until her death . This family group is shown together in the 1850 PA Census, Clinton Twp., Wayne Co PA.

    Both Jason and Emily were buried  in Clinton Township (probably at the homestead).


    Footnotes
    1. 1840 United States Federal Census, Wayne, Pennsylvania, roll 493, page 262. Record for Jason Stanton. Census is available online at Ancestry.com.
    2. Barbour Collection of Preston, CT Vital Records.  Index available at Ancestry.com and LDS church.  Specifically the following:
      • PVR 2-86 Stanton,Jason s. David & Sarah, b. 25 Aug 1761
      • PVR 2-276 Stanton,Keziah d. Jason & Keziah b. 26 Jan 1791
      • PVR 2-176 Stanton, Jonas s. Jason & Sabra b. 5 Nov 1794
      • PVR 2-276 Stanton, Tamson d. Jason & Sabra b.26 Jul 1796
      • PVR 2-276 Stanton, Henry s. Jason & Sabra b. 21 Jan 1798
      • PVR 2-276 Stanton, Elisha s.Jason & Sabra b. 20 Nov 1799
      • PVR 2-276 Stanton, Maria d. Jason & Sabra b. 24 Nov 1801
      • PVR 2-276 Stanton, Jason D. s. Jason & Sally b. 2 Dec 1807
      • PVR 2-276 Stanton, Alfred s. Jason & Sally b. 17 Jun 1811
      Also Colchester CT Vital Records: CVR 2-131 Beckwith, Sally d. Isaac & Phebe b. 29 Jan 1785
    3. Godfrey Memorial Library, comp., American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 1999;), Database online. Records for Jason Stanton and Sally Beckwith.
    4. Jackson, Ronald V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp., Pennsylvania Census, 1772-1890 (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 1999;), Database online. Record for Jason Stanton.
    5. 1800 United States Federal Census, Preston, New London, Connecticut, roll 3, page 705, record for Jason Stanton. Available online at Ancestry.com.
    6. 1810 United States Federal Census. Second Society, New London, Connecticut, roll 3, record for Jason Stanton. Census is available online at Ancestry.com.
    7. 1820 United States Federal Census, Canaan, Wayne, Pennsylvania, roll M33_112, page 53. Record for Jason Stanton. Available online at Ancestry.com.
    8. 1830 United States Federal Census, Canaan, Wayne, Pennsylvania, roll 160, page 167. Record for Jason Stanton. Available online at Ancestry.com.
    9. Jackson, Ronald V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp., Pennsylvania Census, 1772-1890 (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 1999;), Database online. Record for Jason Stanton.
    10. Howard Judson Wilcox, Jr genealogical records.
    11. Wilcox family Bible.
    12. Connecticut Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection). Index available at Ancestry.com and LDS church.
    13. 1850 United States Federal Census. Litchfield, Medina, Ohio, roll M432_709, page 103. Record for Sally Beckwith. Available online at Ancestry.com.
    14. Godfrey Memorial Library, comp., American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 1999;), Database online. Record for Sally Beckwith.
    15. 1880 United States Federal Census Preston, Wayne, Pennsylvania, ED 2, roll T9_1202. Record for Abner C. Wilcox.
    16. 1910 United States Federal Census Scranton Ward 1, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania. Record for Carlos A Wilcox.
    17. 1920 United States Federal Census Philippi, Barbour, West Virginia. Record for A C Wilcox.
    18. Preston, CT Vital Records (PVR 2-86 means Preston Vital Record vol 2 page 86)
    19. Revolutionary War Claim File #W 505 located in National Archives, Wash. DC; and Microfilm at WRHS, Clev. OH; and at Bluebonnet Btranch of Batron Rouge Library System. Includes document written by Jason Stanton and attested by Abner Wilcox, giving names and birth dates of his children. All documents leading to Jason's Pension, & widow Sally Stanton Pension.
    20. Thomas Stanton of CT and his Descendants 1635-1891 by William A. Stanton PhD DD Albany 1891
    21. Our Ancestors the Stantons by William Henry Stanton
    22. History of Kimball Family in America 1634-1897 by L.A. Morrison & S.P. Sharples 2 Vol. pub 1897
    23. Early Connecticut Marriages; Preston Congregational Church pub. by CT Historical Society. It contains: 15 Jul 1790:Jason Stanton & Keziah Brumley of the 1st Society
    24. Unpublished Stanton Family History By Iva Philinda Wilcox, grandaughter of Jason Stanton; Read at Clinton Center Baptist Church on Pioneer Day, 1 Sep 1924:
      Jason Stanton Sr was one of the pioneer settlers of northeast PA, was born in 1760 and died in 1842. He came to this section from CT on horse-back, following a trail through the forest in 1797, afterwards returning and in 1811 came bringing his family consisting of a wife and eight children, the youngest, a babe in its mothers arms.

      Twenty-four days were required to make this journey which was made by ox teams, and the cost of moving this family of ten was little over $55.00.

      This part of the state known as Canaan was a dense forest, with here and there, a clearing and a log house; and was spoken of in CT as "Going out West".

      On arrival of the family, a log house was built down below the hill near the creek on the Wilcox farm, and occupied for many years.

      This family was obliged to endure many privations and hardships incident to settling a new country.The nearest church and schoolhouse being at Bethany, which was the county seat of Wayne Co, and a distance of 8 miles; and we are told, so great was their desire for knowledge, that some of the family attended school at that place walking the distance each day.

      The nearest mill was at Wilkes Barre, a distance of nearly 50 miles, and the grain used by the family was carried on horseback to that city to be ground. The road, part of the way, being blazed trail through the forest. Wild animals of many kinds, such as panther, bear, wolf, and deer, were plentiful, and many thrilling stories are told of dangers and narrow escapes in those early days.

      Jason Stanton Sr the founder of this branch of the Stanton Family at the age of 16 (sic), was a soldier of the Revolutionary War, and the canteen carried by this soldier boy is a treasured relic of one of his great grandsons (H.J. Wilcox father of the compiler). Other relics highly prized, is a twenty dollar gold piece of the Revolutionalry War. pension money, owned by grandson and 6 dollars of Continental money owned by his great grandaughter, Iva Wilcox, which is part of the money paid him when discharged from the Army. On his way home, thirty dollars of this money was paid for his dinner in New Jersey.

      The subject of this sketch was married 3 times, the last wife Sally Beckwith. One child blessed the union, Kezia who married David West and settled on the farm now owned by W. Kegler.

      Of the second marriage. Jonas married Miss White settled in Waymart; Tamson who married Jabez Welch, settled on the Grant White Farm; Henry who moved to Ohio; Elisha who married Jane Schnoover settled on the Barna farm; Maria remained single and made her home with Tamson.

      Of the third marriage, Jason who married Cynthia White and settled on the farm now owned by grandson Claude Stanton. Alfred married Lucy Beckwith and lived on a part of the farm now owned by A.J. Wilcox. Emily who married Abner Wilcox, and settled in Mt. Pleasant, afterwards coming back to live on the old homestead; Eliza Jane who married Lyman Woodmansee and settled in Lake Como; Lucy who remained single and lived with Woodmansees; and David who married Francis Jackson. These sons and daughters are all deceased, but their descendants which are numerous into the fifth generation are widely scattered.

      Jason Stanton had two brothers who also settled in this section. Col. Asa Stanton, on the farm now owned by L. Perham; and Levi, who who lived on farm across from South Clinton Church.

      Many things of interest could be told of this family which produced many noble men and women, but the most important fact is, that nearly all the family have been God fearing men and women, followers of the meek and lowly Jesus and living for the betterment of humanity,

      This Stanton History was written by Iva Wilcox and given by Emma Stanton Geer (Joy). She was a great-grandaughter of Jason Stanton.
    25. Wayne County Will Index found in LDS Church Microfilm Reel # 0954310

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    Revised: April 28, 2011 by John Wilcox (jwilcox891@aol.com)