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Hannah DIXON, m. Matthias Marsh, 1791 - abt.1840
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WHY I AM INTERESTED IN THIS FAMILY:
Much has been written about this family. The father, Col William Marsh UE was active with the Green Mountain Boys in fighting for their land in the contested area that became Vermont. Matthias came to Sidney and stayed . Peter Johnson and Bruce Stinson (deceased) have done significant research on top of what was done years ago. Bruce wrote an excellent book titled Colonel William Marsh, 1738 - 1816. The focus here is to present only Quinte documents relating to the family.
There is an extensive Marsh Family history in The Settlers of Beekman Patent, Frank Doherty, Vol 8, 2005, 479-504. It states in error that Sarah Richardson is the dau of William Richardson and Jane Schermerhorne.
Matthias Marsh, U.E. ("
MATTHIAS MARSH1 U.E was born about 1761 in South Dover, Dutchess Co.,
NY. He died on 17 Jun 1829 in Sidney Twsp, Hastings Co. ON. He married
(1) SARAH RICHARDSON, daughter of Nathan Richardson and Phoebe Crocker
on 04 Feb 1783 in Bennington, VT. She was born on 10 Mar 1765 in
Coventry, CT. She died on 08 Jul 1815 in Drowned in the Trent River. He
married (2) HANNAH DICKSON about 1810. She was born in US.
See my World Connect Family File for descendants.
Matthias was born in 1763, likely in CT, but raised in VT. He was the only son in the family to have his name maintained on the Loyalist lists; his brothers being too young to have served. Therefore the many offspring of Matthias were able to petition for land grants.
Source: Marsh Family, Peter Johnson, March 1999
b. 1761, Amenia, NY
Source: Colonel William Marsh, 1738 - 1816, Bruce Stinson, 1996, p. 10
Feb 4, 1783, Manchester, VT
Source: Colonel William Marsh, 1738 - 1816, Bruce Stinson, 1996, p. 10 and 103
Children, probably born in Dutchess Co & Bennington Co:
I Matthias Marsh Jr b abt 1761; d abt 1829 m Feb 4 1783 Sarah Richardson dau of Nathan & Phebe ( Schermerhorn) Richardson b d July 8 1815; m 2nd Mrs Hannah (Cobb) Reeves
Children: I.Lucy b Apr 16 1783; 2.Esther b July 71784; 3.Archibald b Jan 29 1786; 4.Charlotte b Sept 19 1787; 5.William b Apr 16 1789; 6.Edmund b Aug 9 1795 7.Benjamin b Nov 9 1797; S.Sarah b Sept 16 1799; 9.Clarissa b Sept 4 1801; 10.Samuel b Feb 10 1804; 11.Abraham b Jan 27 1806; 12. Henry b May 20 1809; 13. Charles b 1817; 14. James b Mch 1 1819; 15.Eliza b 16.Maria
Source; Ancestors and Descendants of Samuel French the Joiner of Stratford CT, Mansfield Joseph French, Ann Arbour, Edwards Bros. Inc., 1940, TRL, 929.2F674F675, V1&2, pp 153.
Moved to Sidney Tp., Hastings Co., 1788. Matthias built the first grist mill in Ameliasburg at Consecon in 1804 and attended the first town meeting in Sidney on 15 May 1790.
Source: Colonel William Marsh, 1738 - 1816, Bruce Stinson, 1996, p. 103
UPPER CANADA LAND PETITION
There must be petitions for the grants below.
1. M22, 1803-41, V365, #41, C2219, 10 Jul 1839 cert of William Marsh.
2. M misc, 1792-1816, #67, V325, 6 Feb 1801, C2189
Patent to Matthias Marsh, Lot 35, Conc C dated 22 May 1798. (Note - this the point at the end of Stoney Pt Rd). He sells in 1803 to Wm Townsbury.
Patent to Matthias Marsh, Lot 35, Conc B dated 22 May 1798. (Note - today this is the brighton Shores development). He sells in 1803 to Wm Townsbury.
Source: Northumberland, Abstract Index, Brighton Tp, 1800-1959, V1-2, AO, GSU 197810
Granted to Matthias Marsh, the east halves of Lot 4, Conc 1 and 2 of Sidney. dated 22 Sep 1803.
Source: Township Papers, Sidney, AO, MS 658, reel 442, p 55
Granted to Matthias Marsh, the east halves of Lot 5, Conc 1, Sidney. dated 31 Oct 1800
Source: Township Papers, Sidney, AO, MS 658, reel 442, p 74
1. 1 Dec 1797 - W 1/2 lot 5, Conc 1, Sidney
2. 10 Aug 1801, E 1/2, lot 5, Conc 1, Sidney
Source: Abstract Index, AO, GSU 197974
3. 17 May 1802, E 1/2 of lot 4 in both Conc 1 and 2.
Source: Index to Land Patents, Sidney Tp., AO, MS 1, reel 5.
Captain Lieutenant Matthias Marsh, Hastings Militia, date of commission is Dec. 08, 1798, dated Feb., 10, 1799.
Source: Early Militia Lists of Hastings County 1799-1826, from the William Bell Papers; compiled by Don Kellaway, 1994, Quinte Branch, OGS, p. 1.
"We, the following officers of Militia of the County of Hastings, having agreed to have uniform clothing, do empower John Ferguson, Samuel Sherwood, Matthias Marsh, and John Mclntosh, to agree with any person to furnish the materials, and we will pay for it as agreed upon by the above persons - the uniform to be red coats with blue facings; long yellow buttons and white lining with shoulder straps, the Light Infantry to have short coats with wings. Thurlow, 7th October, 1800. John Mclntosh, David Simmons, John Fairman, junr., Samuel Sherwood, Matthias Marsh. (Signed) - John Ferguson, William Bell, John Chisholm, Daniel Rose"
Source: The Settlement of Upper Canada, Canniff, 1869, p. 549
Matthias unsuccessfully petitioned Honourable John Helmsley to build a bridge across the Trent River on Feb. 6, 1801. It proposed a bridge 18 ft. wide with 2 substantial stone abutments and 4 stone pillows in the water 75 ft. apart. The pillows were to be 12 ft. thick and pointed up stream and 30 ft. long. He proposed to do the job in 1.5 years for 1600 pounds Halifax or 150 more if it is 20 ft. wide. It would be warranted to stand for 4 to 5 years from completion excepting being struck by large rafts.
It was accompanied by a surveyor's report done for Capt. Matthias Marsh by Henry Smith.
The famous covered bridge was built in the 1830's.
Source: AO, UCLP, "M" Bundle Misc., 1792-1816, #67 (RG1, L3, Vol 325) Reel C-2189.
See also: The Covered Bridge at Trenton, Gerald E. Boyce, Belleville Intelligencer, 1980.
See also: The bridge that would never be, Peter W. Johnson, The Trentonian, Aug. 19/1994.