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Benjamin Felch (1754-1833): m. Sarah Campbell (1760-1853)
  • 1790, res. Francestown, Benja Feltch, 2 males 16+, 2 males 0-15, 3 females [USA, 1790 Census, New Hampshire, Hillsborough County]
  • 1800, res. Francestown, Benjamin Felch, 21110-21110 [USA, 1800 Census, New Hampshire, Hillsborough County]
  • 10 Mar. 1806, "Topsham 10th March 1806, The Town met pursuant to the foregoing warning Voted as follows ... 8th Chose highway Survayors ... 5 Benjamin Falch sworne ... 12th Voted to raise a committee of three to receive and adjust the accounts against the Town and report at the adjournment, Members Chosen Blanchard Chamberlain William Chellis Benjamin Falch" [Vermont, Topsham, Town Records]
  • 9 Mar. 1807, "Topsham 9th March 1807, The Town Met according to the foregoing warning and voted as follows ... 8 Chose ... Benjamin Falch ... highway survayors sworne ... 14 Chose Asa Divoul Benjamin Falch Tything men sworne" [Vermont, Topsham, Town Records]
  • 23 Mar. 1807, "Report of the foregoing Committee Topsham March 23 1807 allowed ... To Benjamin Falch $0.50" [Vermont, Topsham, Town Records]
  • 1810, res. Topsham, Benja Felch, 22001-02101 [USA, 1810 Census, Vermont, Orange County]
  • 12 Mar. 1810, "Topsham March 12th 1810, The inhabitants of said Topsham Met agreable to the foregoing warning and voted as follows ... 12 Chose Benjn Falch Tythingman" [Vermont, Topsham, Town Records]
  • 25 Mar. 1811, "March 25, 1811, The inhabitants of Topsham Met according to the above adjournment and voted as follows ... 6th Chose Benn Falch Richard Harding Wm Chellis Tything men" [Vermont, Topsham, Town Records]
  • 10 Mar. 1817, "Proceedings of Meeting Topsham March 10th 1817 The inhabitants of Topsham Met according to the above warning and voted as follows ... 12 Chose Benjamin Falch sworn Highways" [Vermont, Topsham, Town Records]
  • 9 Mar. 1819, "Proceedings of the Meeting agreable to the foregoing warning Topsham March 9th 1819, the freeholders and other inhabitants of the Town of Topsham Met according to the foregoing warning and voted as following waraning and voted as follows ... 8 Chose Jonathan Fisk Benjamin Falch Reuben Gleason Samuel Crown fence viewers sworn" [Vermont, Topsham, Town Records]
  • 1820, res. Topsham, Benjamin Felch, 011101-00001, 2 ag [USA, 1820 Census, Vermont, Orange County]
  • 6 Mar. 1821, "Topsham March 6 1821, The inhabitants of Topsham Met agreeable to the foregoing warning and voted as follows ... 9 Chose Benjamin Falch Samuel White James Lauden fence viewers ... 15 Chose Benjamin Falch ... highway surveyors " [Vermont, Topsham, Town Records]
  • 5 Mar. 1822, "Topsham March 5, 1822, The Town Met according to warning and voted as follows ... 12 Chose Jonathan Sandborn Benjamin Falch Calvin Tabor Jonathan Fisk fence viewers" [Vermont, Topsham, Town Records]
  • 4 Mar. 1823, "Topsham March 4, 1823 The town Met according to warning and voted as follows ... 11 Chose Benjamin Falch James Laudon Jonathan Fisk fence viewers" [Vermont, Topsham, Town Records]
  • 1830, res. Topsham, Benja Felch, 00000000001-000000001 [USA, 1830 Census, Vermont, Orange County]
  • 1 Aug. 1832, "On the first day of August 1832 personally appeared before the Probate Court of the District of Bradford ... Benjamin Falch a resident of Topsham in the county of Orange and State of Vermont, aged 82 years, who ... make the following declaration ... That he enlisted in the army of the United States in the year 1776 with Thomas Eastman, Saml. Eastman, and served in a regiment of the New Hampshire line, under the following named officers: viz, Capt. Dearborn's Company (afterwards Genl. Dearborn), David Weatherspoon & Tim Worthly Lieutenants Col. Wymans regiment, Major Scilly that he enlisted into said company at Weare, New Hampshire in the month of April 1776 as a private for the term of six months & marched through Number four now Charlestown NH & Rutland Vermont to Mt. Independence Lake Champlain & was then rationed through the term of his enlistment & was dismissed to return home to Weare, when he then resided & was absent six months & two weeks. He states that he saw Gen. Gates & Major Scilly at Ticonderoga & Mt. Independence while there. He also saw Col. Stark & Genl. Arnold (afterwards traitor) at the same place. He says that he was born in Seybrook N.H. & thinks his age is there recorded that he entered the service voluntarily & cannot be more particular in other respects then above stated & does not know of any body in this state who can testify of his service. He says lived in Weare N.H. when he entered service, moved to Francestown same state when he was 25 years of age & came from Francestown to reside in this town (Topsham) Vt. ..." [USA, Revolutionary War, Pension Files]
  • 2 Apr. 1833, "Benjamin Falch of Topsham in the State of Ver. who was a Pri. in the Com. commanded by Captain Dearborn of the Reg. command by Col. Wyman in the N.H. line fo 6 mo., Inscribed on the Roll of Vermont at the rate of 20 Dollars 00 Cents per annum to commence on the 4th day of March, 1831, Certificate of Pension issued the 2 day of April 1833 and sent, Simeon Short Thetford Vt, Arrears to the 4th of March '33 $40.00, Semi-anl. allowance ending Sept '33 $10.00")
  • 1833, "Benjamin Felch died Aug. 16, 1833, Aged 84 years" [Vermont, Topsham, Fellows Hill Cemetery, Inscriptions]
  • 24 Nov. 1840, "I Hannah Campbell aged eighty five years depose that I was well acquainted with Benjamin Falch late of Topsham in the State of Vermont deceased while he lived in Francestown in the State of New Hampshire from which place he removed to Topsham something more than thirty years ago. I was present when the said Benjamin was married to Sarah Campbell who as I understand now resides as his widow in Yorkshire NY. According to the best of my recollection the marriage took place in the year 1779. I was myself married to her brother William Cambell in the year 1778 & I think the said Benjamin & Sarah were married the next year. They were married at the house of Hugh Montgomery in said ... in whose family she had previously lived. They were married by Revd Seward Goodridge then the settled minister of the town of Lyndeborough in said State of New Hampshire. I know of no other person now living who was at the wedding. I was well acquainted with the said Benjamin & Sarah from the time of their marriage until they removed to Topsham as above mentioned & know that during all that time they lived together as man & wife. Hannah Campbell" [USA, Revolutionary War, Pension Files]
  • 26 Jan. 1841, "On the 26th day of January 1841 personally appeared before the Judges of the court of Common Pleas in and for the county of Cattaraugus (a court of record) Sarah Falch a resident of Yorkshire in the County of Cattaraugus and State of New York aged seventy nine years who ... make the following declaration ... That she is the widow of Benjamin Falch late of the town of Topsham Orange County and State of Vermont who was a private soldier in the revolutionary war to support her claim she refers the department to the evidence upon which her said husband Benjamin Falch was pensioned does not recollect the date of his certificate nor the amount per year but according to her best recollection between thirty and forty dollars and did receive said certificate so as to draw his first pension on the 4th day of March 1833 and that the said certificate was surrendered at the time she drew the ... from the said fourth day of March 1833 till the day of his death which was on the 16th day of August `1833 at the same town of Topsham. She further declares that her maiden name was Sarah Campbell that she was married to the said Benjamin Falch on the twenty first day of October in the year seventeen hundred and seventy nine in the town of Francistown in the county of Hillsborough and State of New Hampshire was married by Rev. Sueall Goodridge who was a settled minister in the town of Lyndborough in Hillsborough County and State of New Hampshire that her said husband died on the 16th day of August 1833 and that she has remained a widow ever since that period as will fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed." [USA, Revolutionary War, Pension Files]
  • 6 June 1844, "Sarah Falch widow of Benjamin Falch who was a pensioner under the Act of 1832 and who died on the 16 Aug. 1833 of --- in the State of Vermont who was a Private in the Compy commanded by Captain --- of the --- commanded by --- in the N Hampshire line for 6 mos., Inscribed on the Roll of Albany at the rate of 20 Dollars --- Cents per annum, to commence on the 4th day of March, 1836, Certificate of Pension issued the 6th day of June 1844 and Sent to Hew C.H. Carroll ... Total amount, $100.00" [USA, Revolutionary War, Pension Files]
  • 18 July 1844, "Sarah Falch widow of Benja Falch who was a Private in the Revolution, Inscribed on the Roll at the rate of 20 Dollars --- Cents per annum, to commence on the 4th day of March, 1843, Certificate of Pension issued the 18th day of July, 1844 and sent to Arad Joy, Esq, Ovid, New York" [USA, Revolutionary War, Pension Files]
  • 26 July 1849, "On the 26th day of July 1849, personally appeared before the undersigned, George S. Wright, a justice of the peace in and for said county, Sarah Falch, a resident of the town of Pike in said county, who ... make the following declaration ... that she is the widow of Benjamin Falch, who served as a private in the militia of the United States, and that the annual amount of the pension which she received under the act of 17th June 1844 was twenty dollars. She further declares that she is still a widow. She also further declares that she cannot now state in what regiment her said husband served, that she was eighty nine years old on the twelfth of June last, that she formerly resided in Topsham, in the county of Orange and State of Vermont, where her husband the said Benjamin Falch, died in the year 1833, and that the same year she removed to the county of Cattaraugus in the State of New York, and resided there till the year 1845, when she removed to her present residence, that she spent the last summer & winter in said Cattaraugus County, and returned here again the last spring, that she has drawn a pension under the act of the 7th July 1838, that sometime in the month of June 1848, she sent the original certificate, by which she drew her pension before, to an agent to be delivered up at Albany, and that she has not been able to obtain it since, nor any other one in lieu of it, and that she has not received any pension since the half years pension due her on the 4th of March 1848" [USA, Revolutionary War, Pension Files]
  • 30 July 1850, res. Pike Twp, Benjamin Felch 60 farmer NH, jerusha S 61 VT, Euphrasia 19 NY, Benjamin F 18 farmer NY, James Preston 22 laborer England, John Felch 24 farmer VT, Sarah 90 NH, Grace Ann Henry 16 Ireland [USA, 1850 Census, Wisconsin, Kenosha County]
  • Cochrane, Warren Robert & George K. Wood, History of Francestown, N.H., 1895. On p. 99-100, 142, 331: "But this town (Sept. 7, 1779) 'voted to Join with New Boston in sending a Man to the Convention at Concord for Stating the Prices of sundry Articles.' And then, to put the decisions to be reached, into immediate execution, they chose ... Benjamin Felt ... a committee to 'State the Prices of things according to the Resolutions of the Convention, for Francestown!'"; "Tax List of 1793 ... William Camble ... Binj Felch"; "1788, [a road] From Benjamin Felch's 'southeasterly through John Felchs Field;' and 'This transcrip is to Alter a part of the Main Road on oak Hill.'"
  • Craig, Frank H., Sketches of the Town of Topsham, Orange County, Vermont, 1929. On p. 94: "Fellows Hill Cemetery is located on what was the Nick Fellows farm, a mile or more north of the village of Waits River. This cemetery contains the bodies of two Revolutionary soldiers, John Fellows, Jr., who died March 24, 1837, and Benjamin Felch, who died August 16, 1833."
  • Felch, William Farrand, The Memorial History of the Felch Family in America and Wales, 1881. On p. 65-66: "Of the children of Daniel Junior of Seabrook, Benjamin is ancestor of the Topsham Vt. branch ... Benjamin emigrated from Seabrook to Francestown N.H. where he and John are recorded as owning farms in 1790. Benj. removed to Topsham about 1804; he married Sarah Campbell, who died, 1854 at Racine Wisconsin, aged 94 ... Their mother, Sarah Campbell Felch, was a remarkable woman; she lived to the venerable age of ninety-four, and retained full possession of her faculties to the last, dying not by disease, but from old age; she could converse intelligently to the last, and had a wonderful memory. She was, during her active life very industrious and energetic."
Benjamin Felch (1790-1864): m. Jerusha Sarah Jackson (1790-1863)
  • 1820, res. Ischua, Benjamin Felch, 300110-10020 [USA, 1820 Census, New York, Cattaraugus County]
  • 1830, res. Yorkshire, Benjamin Felch, 1121001-1110101 [USA, 1830 Census, New York, Cattaraugus County]
  • 1840, Benjamin Felch, 02121001-01020001, 3 ag, 1 manuf [USA, 1840 Census, Wisconsin, Racine County]
  • 30 July 1850, res. Pike Twp, Benjamin Felch 60 farmer NH, Jerusha S 61 VT, Euphrasia 19 NY, Benjamin F 18 farmer NY, James Preston 22 laborer England, John Felch 24 farmer VT, Sarah 90 NH, Grace Ann Henry 16 Ireland [USA, 1850 Census, Wisconsin, Kenosha County]
  • 11 July 1860, res. Stockton, Benjamin Felch 70 farmer NH, Jerusha 71 VT, Betsey Johnson 18 domestic Norway [USA, 1860 Census, Wisconsin, Portage County]
  • 1864, "Benjamin Felch died Dec. 3, 1864 aged 74 yrs, 9 mos, 17 days", "Jerusha S, wife of B Felch died June 8, 1863, ae 73 yr 2 m 18 d", "Daniel Felch, died Oct. 14, 1855, 33 yrs, 7 mos, 14 days" [Wisconsin, Amherst, Lower Amherst Cemetery, Inscriptions]
  • Ellis, Franklin, & Eugene Arns Nash, History of Cattaraugus County, New York, 1879. On p. 434-438: "The following year (1810) Major Evans, Morton Crosby, Bethuel Bishop, John Johnson, Dennis Riley, and Benjamin Felch entered into contracts for land in township 6, range 5. Of these, Benjamin Felch and Bethuel Bishop became actual settlers, and, without doubt, were the first settlers within the present boundaries of Yorkshire. Benjamin Felch came from Francestown, N.H., and settled upon the farm now owned by Erastus Daley, Esq. He was a farmer, a prominent citizen, and at the first town meeting was elected assessor, commissioner of highways, and commissioner of common schools. He was also the second supervisor of the town, and served in that capacity for a period of five years. In 1840 he removed to the State of Wisconsin ... Benj. Felch owned the first horses. Mason Smith and his uncle the second span. They were obliged to take them eight miles for pasturage. ... At the first town-meeting, held at the house of Robert Steele, in the town of Yorkshire, on the 6th day of March, 1821, for the purpose of electing town officers, and to transact such other business as might be deemed necessary, the following-named officers were chosen, viz.: ... Assessors, Elijah T. Ashcraft, Jacob Cochran, Benjamin Felch; ... Commissioners of Highways, Elisha Brown, Benjamin Felch, Joseph Pierce; Commissioners of Common Schools, Benjamin Felch, Samuel G. Sutton, Charles H. Biggs ... Supervisors. 1821-22. Samuel G. Sutton. 1823-25. Benjamin Felch. 1826. Howard Peck. 1827. Benjamin Felch. 1828-30. Robert Steele. 1831. Benjamin Felch. ... Rev. Judah Babcock, a Free-Will Baptist preacher, held meetings in the hourses of Benjamin Felch and Isaac Williams in 1817."
  • Felch, William Farrand, The Memorial History of the Felch Family in America and Wales, 1881. On p. 66-67: "Concerning Benjamin, we have a full account from his son Benj. F. Felch, attorney, Chicago Illinois: 'My father, Benjamin Felch, was a healthy, robust man, 5 feet 10 inches in height, weighed 180 to 200 pounds, and measured 44 inches around the chest. He was remarkable for his strength, especially the grip of his hands; he would catch a wild steer by the top of the neck, with one hand, and hold on until he could get hold of the horns; I saw him once, when he was seventy years old, catch a shy horse by the mane and hold on until carried several rods, and the horse was glad to stop. He came from Topsham Vermont to Cataraugus Co., town of Yorkshire, New York, when twenty-one years of age. When he arrived, he had but one dollar in money and an ax as capital. He took a contract from the Holland Company for 160 acres of land which he afterward paid for; he cleared 100 acres of very heavy timber-land with his own hands; soon after commencing to clear his land he married Jerusha Steele Jackson, only daughter of Abraham Jackson ... He removed to Racine Wisconsin with his family about 1835, and settled about six miles south-west of Racine, where he bought quite a large tract of land; about 1856 he removed to Steven's Point, Portage Co., Wis. where he died, aged nearly seventy-five, and was buried at Amherst Wis., with his wife and son."
  • Livsey, Karen E., compiler, Western New York Land Transactions, 1804-1824, 1991. On p. 63, 92, 122, 151: Benjamin Felch, 7 Nov. 1811, Lot 8, Twp 6 Range 5; 17 Dec. 1813, Lot 8, Twp 7 Range 5; 8 Mar. 1815, Lot 16, Twp 7 Range 5; 28 June 1816, Lot 8, Twp 6 Range 5.
  • Lothrop, Rev. Jason, "Historical Sketch of Kenosha County, Wisconsin", Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1903. On p. 469: "Somers. - The family of Felches were here in 1835, as early as March ..."
Daniel Felch (1668-1752): 1m. Deborah Dean (1678-1715), 2m. Sarah Fuller (1691--), 3m. Hepsibah Curtis (1694--)
  • Felch, William Farrand, The Memorial History of the Felch Family in America and Wales, 1881. On p. 17-18: "a letter received (April 1875) from Mr. Oliver Eaton, East Salisbury (Mass.,) ... 'Daniel Felch, the common progenitor of the Felch family in New Hampshire, and northern Massachusetts, in Vermont, and western (?) Ohio, - settled in that part of Seabrook New Hampshire which was included within the jurisdiction of Hampton Falls [from 1721 to 1768] sometime prior to 1730. I find his name, with the prefix Doct: enrolled on an inventory of the several polls and estates in Hampton Falls, taken in 1742 ... Daniel Senior died intestate Oct. 5, 1752 ..."
  • Fuller, Jesse Franklin, A Brief Sketch of Thomas Fuller and His Descendents with Historical Notes, 1896. On p. 16: "Benjamin [Fuller]'s children numbered six ... Sarah m. a Felch, left two children, Deborah and Daniel."
Daniel Felch (1718-1763): m. Jane Page (1729-1787)
  • Felch, William Farrand, The Memorial History of the Felch Family in America and Wales, 1881. On p. 31-32, "In regard to Daniel Junior Mr. Eaton ... adds 'I find his name, for the first time, on the Muster Roll of Hampton Falls, of men under Captain Edward Williams, in 1745, who were probably attached to the expedition under General Pepperell, at the capture of Louisburg, Cape Breton Island, June 17, 1745. He sold and conveyed his homestead land situated within Hampton Falls, containing about one-half of an acre, with the dwelling house thereon, to Jonathan Moulton of Hampton, by deed dated October 17, 1756 ... He succeeded his father in the occupancy and ownership of a certain tract of land, on which he subsequently lived, and where he died. He married Jane Page of Hampton, Feb. 14, 1749; she died June 20, 1787."
Henry Felch (--1670): 1m. Margaret --- (--1655), 2m. Ellizabeth --- (--1682)
  • Felch, William Farrand, The Memorial History of the Felch Family in America and Wales, 1881. On p. 1-6, "We first find Henry Felch Senior, one of the earliest settlers, and proprietors of Gloucester, Massachusetts, in 1641, and of Watertown in 1642 ... In regard to the property owned by our earliest American ancestor, in Gloucester, we find in the Gloucester records ... 'Upon the 11th of the 9th month, 1642, - It is ordered that the highwaie be laid out through the lott of Mr. Fryer, Walter Tybott, and Hugh Calkin, who shall have consideration out of Henry Felch his six acres of hoed ground for that which the Towne takes from them, the Towne giving Henry Felch such satisfaction for his labor as is thought fit by ffour men as are chosen to see his labor.' ... The following, without date, occurs among the record of the lots of land recorded to James Avery: 'He bought of Henry Ffelch 3 acres of upland, one Acre joyninge to the house he bought of him which lyes next to the Lott that was James Smith's' ... Henry Felch Senior was married twice, evidently. The first wife, he probably married in Wales: there is the record of death of Margarett, wife of Henry Felch, June 23, 1655. The second wife, Elizabeth, survived him many years ... Perhaps he moved to Boston just before the death of his first wife, and remained there until his own death. He left a will which was proven September 27, 1670. It is to be found in Suffolk County Records of Probate, Boston, Book VII, page 87. ... 'The Last Will and Testament of Henry Felch: Being in good understanding and memory I do commend my soule to God my Savi'r & my body to a decent buriall and ye estate I have left I bestow as followeth: Imp'rs,- All my household goods that is fitt for a woman to use, and ye provision I have left, I give to my wife. 2dly,- I give all my grand-children one shilling apiece. 3dly,- I give to my Son Henry Ffelch and --- Samuel Dunton each of them a remn't of serge & a young horse & a Mare betwixt ym if I live not to spend theise things. 4ly,- I give to my wife and to my son Henry Ffelch all my debts in bills & bondes & booke equally divided, whom I make my Executors of this my last will & Testam't. 5ly,- I give to my wife twenty shillings that Thomas Wiburn oweth me and five pounds Jno. Wiburn doe owe me to be paid twenty shillings a year to help pay his rent if he lives five years or if she dye before ye five years bee expired I give to Jno Wiburn in whose hand it is. In ye presence of Nathaniell Bishopp, Jno. Wiburn. The mark of Henry Ffelch.' ... 'A True Inventory of ye Estate of Henry Ffelch lately deceased in Boston taken and prised this Eighteenth of August, 1670, by Nathaniel Bishop and Edward Drinker, - Sum total £101, 1s, 6d. Elizabeth Ffelch, widow, made oath to the truth of this Inventory, 27,7,1670.' In Suffolk Co., Deeds there are no real-estate transactions in his name, and only the following in his wife's name, (Book 17, page 102,) where 'Elizabeth Felch widow, gives to her son-in-law, John Wiburn, mariner, the £40, balance due on the mortgage of a house, dated May 10, 1682.' From these facts we gather the deductions that our emigrant ancestor died about August 1670, his widow surviving him about twelve years; that he has been frequently confounded with his son, Henry Felch Junior, of Reading; and that he was doubtless influential and enterprising in those early times."
Henry Felch (c1610-1699): m. Hannah Sargent (1629-1717)
  • Felch, William Farrand, The Memorial History of the Felch Family in America and Wales, 1881. On p. 7-8, "Henry Felch Junior was, probably, born in Wales, about the year 1610, and undoubtedly emigrated to this country with his father, about 1640. The earliest account of him tells of his residence in Reading in 1647 ... Henry Junior was Selectman of Reading in 1647, '48, '51, and '81; he was generally called 'Sargent' ... The Reading town record contains the following: 'A Record of Lots of Pine Swamps as laid out in their several Plats, which were drawn Feb. 8, 1692, for west side of the town ... The first lot came out for Sargent Henry Feltch ... which was 6½ acres or thereabouts.' ... The Reading records state the decease of Henry junior to have occurred Nov. 11, 1699. The Middlesex Probate Records at Cambridge contain the inventory of his estate, which was taken Dec. 13, 1699: amounting to £283 11 shillings."