1. LEMUEL SARGENT was born in 1745 in Milton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.1 He died on 19 September 1823 at the age of 78 in Milford, Otsego County, New York.1
Lemuel Sargent's father would seem to have been Daniel Sargent.
Lemuel married Sarah Hall who was a daughter of Pelatiah Hall.
This would be Peletiah Hall's grave:
Gravestone in the Old Cemetery, Walpole, Cheshire, NH.
There is also an SAR marker on the grave.
In Memory of Mr. Palatiah Hall Who departed this Life Janry 11th 1784, in the 82d year of his age.
To Life he points and lives again
And gives this lezson from the tomb
The Good are happy in the World to come
A History of Walpole, New Hampshire, Volumes 1 and 2, by Martha McDonalds Frizzell gives the following:
Sargents, Lemuel Capt., son of Daniel Sargents of Boston, Mass; m. Dec 12, 1765 Sarah; dau of Pelatiah and Sarah Paul Hall of Milton, Mass.; in W [Walpole] 1776; by 1789 had removed to Jaffray; Rev Soldier [247, 266]
11 Lemuel b c 1769; m Tamar Bates of Conn
12 Pelatiah b 1771; m 1792 Deborah
13 Betsey (Elizabeth) m a Clinton
14 Polly m a Mack
15 Mary bap July 6 1777
16 Sally Avery
Note: Explanation of the Genealogies: These genealogies (1749-1963) are based on Town and Church records supplemented by material from newspaper reports, records of deeds, census records, Aldrich's "Walpole As It Was and Was It Is", histories of adjacent towns, and gravestones. We believe we have copied data from every legible gravestone in the town. We have had additional data furnished by families in response to a direct mailing to all residents and notices in the newspaper requesting genealogical information.
Lemuel Sargent of Milton and Sarah Hall of Dorchester were married 12 Dec 1765 by the Rev. Mr. Jonathan Bowman. A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston containing Dorchester births, marriages, and deaths, Rockwell & Churchill, City Printers, Boston, 1891.
History of Rockingham, Vermont. by L. S. Hayes, Page 751
CAPT. LEMUEL, 1 was of Scotch ancestry, supposed to have been son of a well known Boston Scotchman named Daniel, who with his brother, Joseph, emigrated from Scotland to that city in 1730. Daniel lived on Franklin street, and Joseph resided on Oliver Street. Capt. Lemuel came to Bellows Falls during the Revolution, probably about 1778, and soon came into possession of nearly all the land now covered by the village of Bellows Falls.
The history of Winchendon, Massachusetts, shows his family to have been newcomers in that town in 1769. In 1776 he bought of Benjamin Bellows, 51 acres of land “on the road to Keene,” and in frequent transfers of land is always recorded as “Lemuel Sargeant, Gentleman.” His father-in-law, Pelatiah Hall, also came into the vicinity of Westmoreland at about this time, possibly the two families residing together. During his residence there, and while in Rockingham, he was in the service of his country the most of the time; 1st lieut. in Capt. Jason Wait’s company in Col. Bedell’s Regt. In 1776; adjutant in Col. Bellows’ Regt. of militia, and a member of his staff with the N.H. forces that reinforced the garrison at Ticonderoga in June, 1777; first referred to as “Capt. Lemuel Sargeant of Rockingham” in 1779, although he was named among the privates of Capt. William Simonds’ company of this town in 1782; sometimes referred to as “Major Lemuel Sargeant” in the town records, and it is a tradition in that family that he was at one time a drum-major in some of the military organizations.
He was a shrewd, frugal and determined representative of the Scotch settlers of his day, and accumulated wealth whirch his will divided between his wife and children.
March 10, 1789, he deeded to David Sanderson the most of the land covered by the present village and mills of Bellows Falls, and during the same year removed to Jaffray, New Hampshire.
The records of Rockingham show the following deed:
“I, Lemuel Sargents of Jaffrey, Gentleman, for the sum of 12 pounds paid by Enoch Hale, Esq., and Adam Brown, Gentlemen, both of Rockingham, do give (etc) a Certain pew in the meeting-house in Rockingham that I purchased of the town committee in Rockingham adjoining the Broad Alleyway at the left hand from the front door, to have during the standing of this meetinghouse, --in witness hereof of (etc.) have set my hand and seal this 24th day of February 1790. (Signed) Lem’l Sargents. Witness: Pelatiah Sargents, D. Sanderson”
After living in Jaffrey for some years, Capt. Sargeant removed to Edson’s Corners, N.Y., where he purchased large tracts of land in 1804, and again in 1813. He died there in September 1823, at an advanced age, and was buried on the hill west of that village, no stone marking his grave.
He m. December 12, 1765, Sarah, daughter of Pelatiah and Sarah (Paul) Hall of Milton, Massachusetts
i. Betsey2 (or Elizabeth), Baptized in Rockingham, August 14, 1783; married _____ Clinton. [this may be an error]
ii. Lemuel, born about 1769; married Tamer Bates of Connecticut. Children both born Milford, New York: 1. Joseph.2 2. Job, born December 9, 1894; died Milford, September 8, 1877. Child: Solomon.4
1. iii. Pelatiah, born 1771: married 1792, Deborah.
iv. Polly, m. _______ Mack.
v. Sally Avery.
1. Pelatiah2 (Capt. Lemuel1). Born 1771; was prominent in town and village affairs from 1790 until his death in 1824; lived in a small house just north of Frost’s stable on the west side of Rockingham street; owned oxen and drew freight around the falls; an expert swimmer and diver and did much work on the first dam built across the Connecticut river at Bellows Falls commenced in 1792.
He married May 9, 1792, Deborah _______; he died October 26, 1824 and is interred in Immanuel cemetery.
Lemuel's Revolution service is proved by the following publications:
The State of New Hampshire. Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War, 1775 to May 1777, Isaac W. Hammond, Concord NH, Coswell, State Printer, 1885
p.256 The Assembly voted to raise two thousand men for the service. Col. Benejamin Bellow, Regt 15, Walpole. No. of men 16-50 - 674; proportion for Army - 84.
p.261 20 Jan 1776. Pay Roll of Capt Jason Waits Co in Col. Bedel's Regt, mustered & paid by John Bellows, Esq. Lemuel Sergants, Lt. paid, Febr 1776. £10.16.
Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of New Hampshire, for the Year Ending Jun 1, 1866, Vol. II; George E. Jenks, State Printer, Concord, 1866
Troops were called to Ticonderoga in May of 1777 to protect the fort again Gen. Burgoyne, but the report was false and they returned home about three weeks later. The alarm was again sounded in July.
p.307 "But the fortress being evacuated July 6, these troops were of no great use, save to swell our army upon its retreat.
The officers of these regiments were as follows:
Col. Bellows Regiment.
Benjamin Bellows, Colonel
Samuel Kent, Lt. Colonel
William Hayward, 1st Major
John Bellows, 2nd Major
Augustus Hibbard, Chaplain
Martin Ashley, Surgeon
Lemuel Sargent, Adjutant
The State of Vermont. Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783; published by authority of the legislature; compiled and edited by John E. Goodrich; The Tuttle Company, Rutland, VT, 1904
p.23 A Pay Roll of Capt. William Simond's Company, Col. Bradley's Regiment raised to assist the Sheriff to go to Guilford.
Names include Lemuel Sargeant for 4 days, 3s per day, 40 miles traveled, 4d per mile; due for travel $13.4. Sum total 1.5.4
Westminster, Windham County, Oct 26, 1782. Then Capt. William Simonds, signer to the within pay roll personally appeared and made solemn oath that the same is just and true.
Digital copies of this service found on Fold3.com.
The Records of the First Church of Rockingham, Vermont: from its organization, Oct 27, 1773 to Sep 25, 1839, copied by Thomas Bellows Peck, published Boston, Massachusetts, Press of D. Clapp and Sons. 1902. Page 48: “Deaths. 1781 Feb 7. Lem’l Sargeants child.” In another place it gives this information: “1780. Feb. 13. Receiv’d Reuben & Eunic Jones into the Chh & baptiz’d John son of Reuben & Eunice Jones also Betsi Lane daughter of Lemuel & [illegible name] Sargeants.” Still another place listed: “1783 August 3. Baptiz’d Elisabeth daughter of Lemuel & [illegible name] Sargents”.
Note: Lemuel named four children in his Will, there was no Betsy or Elizabeth - yet I have seen a daughter Betsy who supposedly was married to a Clinton, also in other places said to have married Benjamin Bates. It would appear that the first, Betsi Lane, died before her first birthday and a subsequent daughter was given the same name.
Cheshire Co, NH, Deed Book 2 LDS Microfilm 0015624
2 Jul 1776 Benjamin Bellows of Walpole sold to Lemuel Sergants of Walpole for £40, 51 acres, 146 rods - a tract on the road to Kenne, bounded on the East by Aaron Allen, South by Bellows' own land, West by Obediah King, where Isaac Johnson Junr was living. Wit: Elisah Harding, Theodore Bellows. Acknowledge & recorded 7 Oct 1776.
7 Apr 1777 Amos Babcock of Walpole sold to Lemuel Serjeants of Walpole for £25, 20 acres in Walpole, North side of Nathan Delano, deceased. Delano while living sold it to John Marey, who had sold it to Babcock. Wit: Eber. Swan, Benjn. Flood.
3 Mar 1778 Town Meeting at Rockingham, Cumberland Co, Vermont (Windham County not yet created). Voters took the oath to approve the Constitution included Lemuel Sargent.
5 May 1779 Capt. Lemuel Sargeant of Rockingham while engaged in enforcing one of the laws of Vermont, was threatened and insulted by Issac Reed, Enos Lovell, Ashur Evans, and others They were arrainged in Westminster. History of Rockingham states he commanded a company of militia from Rockingham in 1779
1779 Served as one of the Rockingham selectmen.
Mar 1781, First Monday. Annual Town Meeting at Rockingham, Windom Co, Vermont. Lemuel Sargent chosen to serve on the Grand Jury for the next year.
Roll of Freemen of Rockingham, undated but begun in 1781, p. 70 of Town Minutes. Includes Lem’ll Sargent.
24 Mar 1788 Annual Town Meeting at Rockingham. Lemuel “Serjant” chosen as one of the surveyors of highways for the year insuing. [Town Minutes, p. 96]
13 Feb 1780 Baptized Betsi Lane, daughter of Lemuel & ___ Sargeants
[Records of First Church of Rockingham, Vermont]
7 Feb 1781 Lem’l Sargeants child died. [Records of First Church of Rockingham, Vermont, p.48]
3 Aug 1783 Baptized, Elisabeth, daughter of Lemuel & ___ Sargents. These records suggest a daughter Betsy, or Elizabeth, died and a second daughter was given the same name.
Rockingham, Windham County, VT, Land Records:
Note: most of these entries have just book and page, date, and a short description. I have located the actual deeds, as well as others, and included additional information. They are arranged here according to date of the sale, not the date recorded.
7 Jul 1781 Deed. Sold for 20 pounds to Colburn Preston, one acre, part of Lot 12 in the Seventh Range. Rockingham Deed Book 1, p.120.
15 Apr 1783 Deed. John Fuller, Constable and collector of the land tax, sold at public vendue to Lemuel Sargent, three acres of land in Lot 3, First range of Rockingham, for 12 shillings in back taxes plus costs of sale. Rockingham Deed Book, 1, p.220
12 Nov 1783 Deed. Sale of 10 acres to Enoch Hale. One of boundaries is the bank of the
Connecticut River, the Great Island Rock in Bellows Falls, showing that he did own property likely to be within the bounds of the village of Bellows Falls. Rockingham Deed Book 2, p.143
9 Mar 1787 Deed. Sale of three acres to Timothy Lovell – bought at Tax Sale from John Fuller.
Land Tax Collector, 15 Apr 1783. Rockingham Deed Book 2, p.505
23 Jul 1787 Deed dated 19 Jan 1790, Jonathan Fuller, collector of land tax, sold to Lemuel Sargent at public Vendue on 23 Jul 1787, 229 acres, for the payment of back taxes. Rockingham Deed Book 2, p.14
23 Jun 1788 Deed. Sale of two acres to John Lovell. Located next to Hale’s Bridge which crossed the Connecticut River. Rockingham Deed Book 2, p.201
10 Mar 1789 Deed. Sargent sold to John William Blake for ten pounds, four acres in Rockingham which bounded Blake’s blacksmith shop. The land had previously been deeded to David Sanderson of Petersham. Dorcester Co, Massachusetts, but that deed was mislaid and Sanderson made application that Sargent make the deed out to Blake. Rockingham Deed Book 1, p. 379
17 Jun 1789 Deed. Sold to Moses Sever of Alsted, Cheshire Co, New Hampshire, for 50 pounds, 50 acres in Andover, Windsor Co, Vermont. Deed proved in Cheshire Co on the same day but recorded in Rockingham. Rockingham Deed Book 1, p.329
13 Aug 1789 Deed. Sale of land, 100 acres, called “Wintworth Farm” to Benjamin Gould.
Proved in Cheshire Co, New Hampshire, across the Connecticut River, on the same day, yet recorded in Rockingham. Rockingham Deed Book 2, p.50
7 Oct 1789 Deed. Sale of a tract of land, acreage not stated, to Salmon Jennings, located just
below the Great Bridge (Hale’s Bridge) on the Connecticut River. Adjoins Lowell, Hale, and Blake. Mentions that his son Pelatiah Sargent had been working this land. Rockingham Deed Book 2, p.13
26 Dec 1789 Deed. Sale of 230 acres to Adam Brown for 400 pounds. Mentions the “great River”, i.e. Connecticut River, as one of the bounds. [Possibly tract bought for back taxes from John Fuller, tax collector, 23 Jul 1787] Rockingham Deed Book 2, p.19
24 Feb 1790 Lemuel Sargents sold to Enoch Hale, Esquire, and Adam Brown, gentleman both of Rockingham, Windham County, Vermont, for the sum of 16#'s a certain pew in the meetinghouse being the one Lemuel Sargent purchased of the Town Committee in Rockingham adjoining the Broad Alleyway at the left hand from the front door, to have during the standing of this meetinghouse. Witnessed by Peltiah Sargents and David Sanderson on 25 Feb 1790. Book 2, p.43
16 Nov 1790 Writ to Sheriff regarding sum of money owed by Lemuel Sargent to the estate of Stephen R/K Bradley, deceased. The Sheriff or his Deputy to seize goods, chattles, or land, to pay the sums, or to “safely keep him” until the debt is paid. Rockingham Deed Book 2, p.23
The History of Otsego County, by DH Hurd, Published by Everts and Fariss, 714-16 Tilbert Street Philadelphia, 1878 lists this: "Milford Village was located at the place where the Susquehannah River and Cherry Valley Creek meet. There were two churches initially, Presbyterian and Methodist. The first Town meeting in Suffrage, now Milford, was held at the house of Isaac Collier on Tuesday, 5 April 1796 when the following persons were elected: . . . Fence Viewers: Lemuel Sargeants, Samuel Doolittle, Aaron Brink, and Daniel French."
EARLY HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF MILFORD
AND OTHER PARTS OF OTSEGO CO.
From 1773 to 1903
by EZRA STEVENS
Pages 108 through 146 Chapter 17
Revolutionary War Soldiers
I will now proceed to give a general history of the Revolutionary soldiers who formerly lived in the town of Milford for the benefit of the rising generation. By a careful investigation in regard to these old veteran soldiers who spent the greater part of their days in Milford and the most of whom are buried in different cemeteries of the town. I have carefully compiled the names of such for the benefit of those who are desirous of knowing who they were.
In my boyhood days I knew a large percentage of those old veterans and was personally acquainted with them. I have frequently seen these old soldiers congregate on public days such as general training, town meeting, and election days. I have listened to their war stories, their sufferings, their tragic scenes, and heard them fight over their old battles, which I thought were terrible. They were very friendly and happy. Sometimes they would take a little rum together, but it was all pleasant.
I will give the names and generals whom they served under and those who were officers in the army.
The following served in the Northern Division under Arnold, Gates, and Stark: Col. Abel Baker, major Gidean Marlette, Privates George Baker, Daniel Baker, Charles Baker, Artemas Ward, James Frasier, James Westcott, Lemuel Lilly.
The following were under General Washington: Captains Abel Wright, William Russell, Judah Waters, Drum Major Lemuel Sargent, Lieutenant Jacob Wellman, Privates John Campbell, John Browning, William Barnard, Elezar Cross, William Hardy, Steukley Whitford, Ayres, Baranabas Bates, Benoni Wellman, Daniel French, Roger Lake, Ezekel Seegar, Daniel Lee.
1790 Census. Jaffrey, Cheshire Co, NH
Lemuel Serjeant: 2m +16, 2m -16, 5f
David Avery: 2m +16, 2m -16, 4f
16 Apr 1792 Town Records of Jaffrey, p.328-9. Majr. Sargents to set off the school district from the Middle to the NW District.
5 Mar 1793 Town Records of Jaffrey, p.355 Surveyors of highways included Mjr. L. Sergents.
1800 Census. Milford, Otsego, NY
1m -10, 1m 26-45 [but may have tried to smudge out], 1m +45. 1f +45
Lemuel Sargeants Jr followed:
1m -10, 1m 26-45. 1f 10-16, 1f 26-45
two names down was
Daniel Avery: 2m -10, 1m 26-45, 1f -10, 1f 26-45
1810 Census. Milford Otsego, NY
L. "Surgeant: 1m 26-45, 1m over 45. 2f under 10, 1f 26-45, 1f over 45
apparently one of the married children is living with them
1820 Census. Milford, Otsego, NY
Lemuel Sarjeant. 1m -10, 1m 10-16, 1m 16-18, 1m over 45. 1f -10, 1f 10-16, 1f 16-26, 1f over 45.
Although an online database gives the name of Sarah Hall for wife of Lemuel Sargent, his wife's name was given as Delia in 1820 when he wrote his will. Online databases given the second wife's name variously as Sophia or Sophronia Bowen.
Deaths Taken from the Otsego Herald, Western Advertiser, and Freeman's Journal, Otsego County, New York (newspapers), by Gertrude A. Barber, 1932
Published 25 Sep 1820, Otsego Herald: "September 19, at Milford, NY, Maj. Lemuel Sargeant in 78th year. Rev. Officer."
Otsego County, New York
Will Book F, p.103-105
I Lemuel Sarjeant of Milford in the county of
Otsego in the State of New York do make and
ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner
and form following viz. I give and bequeath to
my dear beloved wife Delia Sarjeant one
cow & all my house hold furniture, and the
interest annually of all money that is due
to me by Bond Mortgage or otherwise or that
is held in trust for me in money or any secur-
ities therefor by any person or persons what-
soever for and during the time that she shall
remain my Widow -- I give and bequeath
to my daughter Polly Mack fifty dollars to
be paid at the death of the said Delia
or whenever she may cease to be my widow
and all the rest & residue of my estate
and property I give and bequeath to my
children viz. Lemuel Sarjeant Jun.
Pelatiah Sarjeant, Sally Avery, and
Polly Mack to be Equally divided and apporti-
oned amongst them after the aforementioned
legacies are paid & discharged and I do now
create constitute and appoint William Bonnard
Esquire and Lemuel Sarjeant Jun. Ex-
ecutors of this my last Will and Testament hereby
revoking all other and former wills by
me at any time heretofore made.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set
my hand and seal at Milford the Sixth
day of July in the year of our Lord
one thousand eight hundred and
Signed: Lemuel Sarjeant
Signed sealed published and
declared by the said testator Lemuel
Sarjeant as & for his last Will &
testament in the presence of us
who have subscribed our names
or witnesses thereto in the presence
of the said testator.
A codicil to the last Will & testament of Lemuel Sarjeant made
and published the Sixth day of July in the year of our Lord
one thousand eight hundred and twenty -- I give to my beloved
wife Delia Sarjeant in addition to what I have given
her before one morning gown, one handkerchief, a pair of
gloves and one yard of crepe -- this addition I make for
her kindness to me in my sickness & I direct my Executors to
fulfil this as part of my last Will & Testament. Given
under my hand & seal at Milford the ___ day of August
in the year of our Lord one thousand & twenty in
Aaron P. Grover
Signed: Lemuel Sarjeant
State of New York
BE IT REMEMBERED,That on the
Seventeenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thou-
sand eight hundred and twenty three personally appeared before me, William G.
Angel Esquire, Surrogate of the said county of Otsego. Jacob
Edson one of the subscribing Witnesses
to the Will of Leamuel Sarjeant, late of the
town of Milford in the said county, deceased; who being
duly Sworn declared, that he did see the said lemuel
Sarjeant seal and execute the writ-
ten Instrument, (of which the annexed is a copy,)
purporting to be the last Will and Testa-
ment of the said Lemuel Sarjeant bearing date the Sixth
day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and
twenty and heard him publish and declare the as, and for, his
last Will and Testament; that at the time thereof, he the said Lemuel
Sarjeant was of sound disposing mind and memory, to the best of
the knowledge and belief of the said Jacob Edson who
together with Michael Chaplin and
Rebecca Chaplin the other Witnesses to the said Will, severally subscribed
their hands and names to the said Will, as Witnesses thereto, in presence of the Testator
and of each other.
Otsego County, ss.
And be it also remembered, That on the
Seventeenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thou-
sand eight hundred and twenty three William Bonnard
and Lemuel Sarjeant the
Executors named in the last Will and Testament of the said Lemuel Sar
jeant late of the town of Milford in said
county, deceased, likewise appeared before me the said Surrogate, and were duly
sworn to the true execution and performance of the said Will by their
taking th Oath of an Executor, as by law appointed.
Signed: W. G. Angel, Surrogate
Otsego County ss: And Be it also remembered that on the Seventeenth day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred & twenty three personally before me William G. Angel Esquire Surrogate of the Said county Roswel Grover one of the subscribing witnesses to the Codicil annexed to the last Will & Testament of Lemuel Sarjeant late of the town of Milford in Said County deceased who being duly Sworn testified that he saw the said Lemuel Sarjeant Seal and Execute the Said Codicil a copy whereof is hereunto annexed and heard him publish & declare the same as & for a codicil to the last Will and Testament - that at the time he the said Lemuel Sarjeant was of sound disposing mind & memory to the best of the knowledge & belief of the said Roswel Grover who together with Aaron P. Grover the witness to the said Codicil severally Subscribed their hands & names to the said codicil as witnesses thereto in the presence of the testator and of each other.
Signed: W. G. Angel, Surrogate
LEMUEL SARGENT and SARAH HALL were married on 12 December 1765 in Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.1 SARAH HALL, daughter of PELATIAH HALL and SARAH PAUL, was born in 1749 in Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.1
Sarah was "of Dorchester" Suffolk Co, MA when she married Lemuel Sargeant. They were married by the Revd. Mr. Jonathan Bowman
LEMUEL SARGENT and SARAH HALL had the following children:
|Pelatiah SARGENT was born in 1767. He died on 26 October 1824 at the age of 57. |
Wife's given name was Deborah. They married 9 May 1792.
Pelatiah Sargent appears in the tax records of Rockingham, Vermont from 1783 to 1809, and is listed on the 1800 census in Rockingham.
The date of 1783 is questionable unless perhaps 16 year olds were taxed - needs further study.
Died 26 Oct 1824, buried Immanuel cemetery.
|Lemuel SARGENT Jr. was born in 1769. |
Married Tamar Bates of Conneticut. They had six children, 3 sons and 3 daughters. Joseph, the oldest, married Minerva Scott. Job married Tina Van Buren and second, Maria Moore. Lemuel's son Hiram married Sally Lyon. Daughter Azuba married Barnes Lee; Hannah married Abram Van Buren; Sally married Jacob Moore.
1800 Census. Milford, Otsego, NY
Lemuel Sargeants Jr
1m -10, 1m 26-45. 1f 10-16, 1f 26-45
1810 Census. Milford, Otsego, NY
L. Sarjeant Jr. 3m -10; 1m 26-45. 1f -10, 1f 10-16, 1f 26-45
|SARAH "Sally" SARGENT.|
|Mary "Polly" SARGENT was christened on 6 July 1777. |
Married name was Mack.
Deaths Taken from the Otsego Herald, Western Advertiser, and Freeman's Journal, Otsego County, New York, by Gertrude Barber as the following death:
"April 16, 1814, at Oswego, New York, Stephen Mack, Esq."
Was he possibly the husband of Polly Sargent?
|Elizabeth "Betsey" SARGENT was born circa 1780. |
The Records of the First Church of Rockingham, Vermont: from its organization, Oct 27, 1773 to Sep 25, 1839, copied by Thomas Bellows Peck, published Boston, Massachusetts, Press of D. Clapp and Sons. 1902. Page 48: “Deaths. 1781 Feb 7. Lem’l Sargeants child.” In another place it gives this information: “1780. Feb. 13. Receiv’d Reuben & Eunic Jones into the Chh & baptiz’d John son of Reuben & Eunice Jones also Betsi Lane daughter of Lemuel & [illegible name] Sargeants.” Still another place listed: “August 3. Baptiz’d Elisabeth daughter of Lemuel & [illegible name] Sargents”. I can only conclude that a daughter named Elizabeth, or Betsy was baptized 13 Feb 1780, died 7 Feb 1781, and a second daughter baptized in August of 1781 was also given the name Elizabeth.
Married name said to be Clinton, but that is apparently an error. No child of this name was mentioned in the will of Lemuel Sargent, 1820; possibly she was deceased.
In other places, a daughter of Lemuel named Elizabeth is said to have married Benjamin or Barnabas Bates, brother to Tamar Bates that married Lemuel Sargent Jr. That is also a problem because some say that before 1800, Barnabas had married Betsey Hedges. Barnabas said to have served in the Revolution and drawn a pension.
1810 Census. Milford, Otsego Co, NY
B. Bates: 1m -10, 1m 16-26, 1m over 45; 1f over 45 [Betsy Sargent was not this old]
three lines from Lemuel Sargent Jr.
I have a subscription to Footnote.com so looked up Barnabas Bates' Revolutionary Pension. Does not solve the problem of the Betseys he was married to.
However, here are some interesting facts gleaned from his application and various affidavits in support.
He first applied 16 Oct 1832, from Milford, Otsego Co NY, but due to the usual red tape did not actually receive his pension until 1838. He did sign his name as Barnabas Bates.
He was born at Hingham, MA on 29 Nov 1760 as recorded in the family Bible in the hands of his sister.
When he was six the family moved to Attlebury, MA.
When he was about 15 his father had moved them to Thompson, Windham Co, CT, where he lived until 1809.
He has lived at Milford, Otsego, NY ever since.
He enlisted in Jan 1776 in Attlebury in the MA State Troops for 3 months. In Jun of 1776 for another 3 months.
After the family had moved to Thompson, a Capt. Turtellot from Rhode Island had recruited there and Barnabas served in the place of a Nathan Thare in the Rhode Island troops. One of the delays in receiving his pension was because they could not find any military rolls pertaining to Capt. Turtellot.
Affidavits were from:
Tamar Sargent of Milford who had known him from his youth. Said she lived in the house with him when he was home before and after his service. Never did say she was his sister. Her testimony taken 12 Oct 1832.
Benoni Williams & William Barnard of Milford also testified as to his character and his reported service along with the initial application.
When forms were sent back saying he did not qualify for the pension, additional affidavits were taken.
Job Bates, age 64, living in Westford, Chittenden Co, VT, testified he was his brother and knew of his service, dated 21 Aug 1833
Huldah Brown of Thompson, CT, testified as his sister on 27 Mar 1834, saying she well knew of his absences during the war.
John Bates, age 85, also of Thompson, testified as his brother on 3 Jun 1834. John stated that Barnabas and another brother had entered the war. The brother had died in service. He did not name the brother who died.
And just for the record - there certainly was a Tourtelott family in Rhode Island and of military age.
There is also a DAR lineage for Capt Abraham Tourtellotte of Rhode Island.
The following from email correspondence with another researcher of this family in discussion of the problem regarding Betsy's married name.
I don’t know if the marriage to Barnabas Bates was a second marriage, or if the name “Clinton” is simply wrong. I do know that the history of Otsego County makes it very clear that Barnabas Bates married the daughter of Lemuel Sargent Sr. Also, Lemuel Sargent Jr married Tamar Bates (Barnabas’s sister).
Here are the notes I have on Barnabas Bates:
Lived in Thompson, Windham, CT when he purchased his Milford property in 1811.
Barnabas Bates served as a private in the Revolutionary War. pg 123 of Early History of the Town of Milford and other parts of Otsego Co, NY. by Ezra Stevens.
Barnabus Bates' name appears in the Otsego Herald on 3/25/1809, 4/1/1809, 4/8/1809, and 4/15/1809, and 4/22/1809. This is in relation to supporting a candidate in an election and contains no genealogical value.
On 20 July 1832, Barnabas and Elisabeth (his wife) of Milford, conveyed to Samuel Bixby of Milford, Lot 15 of the Charles Reed Subdivision. Signed by Barnabas and Elisabeth
Taken from the Early History of Milford
The Bates Family
Simeon Bates, father of Barnabas Bates, came from Tolland, Conn. Before 1800. Barnabas Bates married Betsey Hedges. His oldest son was David. The second son was David. His daughter Almira Bates married Samuel Bixby of Conn.
Barnabas Bates married a daughter of Major Lemuel Sergent. He purchased a farm near Edson Corners & when quite old, his son Lorenzo purchased the farm of his father & remained on it until his death, 1859.
Lorenzo Bates married Abigail Wilcox & had an issue of eleven children. His oldest daughter Henrietta married Hosea Westcott. Sally, the 2nd daughter, married Harvey Westcott. His eldest son Adin never married; died when a young man. Margaret, the third daughter, married Abner Bruce. His second son DeWitt married Armenia Wilcox. Elizabeth, his fourth daughter, married Elisha Robinson of Hartwick. The fifth daughter Emeline married William Scott. The sixth daughter Abigail married Hamilton Westcott. His third son Myrin married Adeline Morris. Ruth, the seventh daughter, married Chester Kingman. Henry, the last son, married Louisa Mumford.
Capt. Lorenzo Bates, a mason by trade, constructed a number of magnificent buildings in the Country. He built the Morse Cotton Factory at New Berlin, the Hope Factory on Oaks Creek below Cooperstown, the old Union mills at Toddsville & also the Phenix Mills on the river in Middlefield. Capt. Bates was a prominent builder, a useful man & a gentleman of the first order.
Early History of the Town of Milford and Other parts of Otsego County, by Ezra Stevens gives the following:
Barnabus Bates married Betsey Hedges, a daughter of Major Lemuel Sargent. Their children were:
David (second son)
Lorenzo (eldest son)
[it then lists the other children]
I'm not saying this is correct, but perhaps the reason David is listed first in line and Lorenzo is listed third is that the first son was David and died. The second son was David and lived, then came Almira, then Betsey Hedges Bates died and Barnabus remarried. Then his eldest son from his second marriage was Lorenzo. So, Betsey Hedges may not be Major Lemuel Sargent's daughter.
Barnabus Bates applied for pension benefits for his service in the Revolutionary War on
16 Oct 1832, when he was age 71 and living in Milford, Otsego Co., New York. He
mentions his brother, Job in Vermont, and his sister, Hulda Brown of Windham Co.,