THE LARRABEE FAMILY
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Here is a brief beginning to our family history.
My family's line of descent is marked with a **.
The Larrabee name can be found
spelled in many different ways in various documents over the years.
Some of the variations are Larabee, Laraby, Larby, etc.
John LARRABEE Sr was born in 1753 in Lynn,
Essex County, Massachusetts, USA. His father led a seafaring life, and
is supposed to have been impressed into the British service, from which
he never returned. John's alleged that his guardian (an uncle in Lynn,
Massachusetts - said to be Isaac) worked him very hard and gave him no
education whatever. John ran away from his uncle at the age of fifteen,
and entered the United States service at the beginning of the
Revolution. He enlisted early in May, 1775 and served 8 months as a
private in Capt. Hart's Company, Col. Sargent's Massachusetts Regiment.
He re-enlisted in 1776 and served one year. Again he re-enlisted
January. 1777 and severed in Capt. Drury's Company, Col. John Cranes
Regiment of Artillery and was discharged February. 9, 1780 at
Morristown, N.J. Finally he re-enlisted and served 3 more years. He
received an honorable discharge at the close of the war at West Point.
He participated in many battles, including the battle at Trenton, where
he had his feet badly frozen. He received pension for many years in
Little is known about where John was or what he did for the twenty
years after the end of the war. He settled in Virginia, and it does not
appear that he ever returned to his early home, and was lost to the
family in Lynn. He married first a Miss Hicks and she
died. They had one son:
- John LARRABEE Jr was born on 4 October
1799 in Virginia, USA. He died on 2 January 1873 in Oblong, Crawford
County, Illinois, USA.
He was married second to Dorothy (Dolly) SMITH, by whom he
had three sons and five daughters. Dorothy (Dolly) SMITH was born
about 1785 in Virginia, USA. In the year 1800, John can be found near
Marietta, Ohio, with a wife and two children. Census records show him
in Madison Township, Licking County, Ohio in 1820, 1830, and 1840.
Licking County, Ohio history books state that Larrabee was a settler
there in 1801, seven years before the county was formed, and a pioneer
of that area. In the spring of 1801, John left his family behind in
Marietta while he and a few others embarked in a canoe on the Licking
River. Eventually they settled on a piece of land in Licking County. He
found a hollow 10-foot sycamore tree that he used as a home for several
months. During those months he cleared the land, raised some corn, and
built a cabin. Once his crop was harvested, John returned to Marietta
for his family and brought them to their new home. Here eleven persons
settled and were known as the 'Larrabee colony'.
John died on 6 February 1846 in Licking County, Ohio, USA with
pension arrears from Sept. 4, 1845 to March 13, 1846 paid to the widow
Dolly. He was buried in Lutheran Cemetery, Licking County, Ohio, USA.
One Licking County history states that "He was unpretentious, honest,
industrious, and measurably free from the degrading vices and vicious
habits that sometime characterized the frontier settlers. And it can
also be truthfully said that he practiced the virtues which so
conspicuously marked the character of our pioneers, and indeed of most
of the settlers of a new country -- virtues which grew out of the
necessities of their condition, foremost of which were industry,
frugality and hospitality, and last and most general, the reciprocation
of neighborly kindnesses." Another history states, "He was a man of
correct habits, industrious and honest; weighed about 350 pounds and
was helpless some time before his death. He said he had a brother
William and a sister Joanna."
Dorothy died in October 1850 in Licking County, Ohio, USA of brain
fever. John and Dorothy had the following known children:
- Mary LARRABEE was born in 1803.
- Elizabeth LARRABEE was born in 1805.
- Daniel LARRABEE was born in 1807.
- Joana LARRABEE was born in 1809.
- William LARRABEE was born in 1811.
- Lucinda LARRABEE was born in 1815. She
was married to Thomas Williams ASHLEY about 1850. Children
included Marietta ASHLEY, Fanny ASHLEY, and Charles ASHLEY.
- Sylvester LARRABEE (see below)
- Lydia Loralie LARRABEE was born on 25
April 1820 in Licking County, Ohio, USA. She was married to
Napoleon TRAVIOLI (son of Dominic TRAVIOLI and Abigail PARKER).
Napoleon TRAVIOLI was born on 4 July 1821 in Jefferson County, New
York, USA. Lydia died on 17 August 1889 in Clark County, Illinois,
USA. Napoleon died on 10 June 1891 in Clark County, Illinois, USA.
Both were buried in Livingston Cemetery, Clark County, Illinois, USA.
Children included James TRAVIOLI, Jerome TRAVIOLI, Mary TRAVIOLI,
William TRAVIOLI, and Lyle TRAVIOLI.
Sylvester LARRABEE was born on 25 May 1818
in Licking County, Ohio, USA. He was married to Eliza Jane ELLIS
on 14 May 1840 in Licking County, Ohio, USA. Eliza Jane ELLIS was born
on 17 May 1823 or 1825 in Guernsey, Guernsey County, Ohio, USA. They
can be found on the census in:
- 1840 Madison Township, Licking County, Ohio
- 1850 Mary Ann Township, Licking County, Ohio,
- 1860 Mary Ann Township, Licking County, Ohio,
- 1870 Mary Ann Township, Licking County, Ohio,
Eliza died in 1858 in Licking County, Ohio, USA. Sylvester died in
1889. He was buried in Walnut Prairie Cemetery, York Township, Clark
County, Illinois. Sylvester LARRABEE and Eliza Jane ELLIS had the
- Wilford Thomas LARRABEE was born on 5
April 1841 in Newark, Licking County, Ohio, USA. Wilford Thomas
LARRABEE had the following children: Mary E LARRABEE, Frank S
LARRABEE, Sarah M LARRABEE, William Henry LARRABEE, John J LARRABEE,
Eliza Lou Nellie LARRABEE, Annie LARRABEE, Thomas W LARRABEE, Charles
LARRABEE and Cleveland LARRABEE.
- William H LARRABEE was born in 1842.
- Johanna Elizabeth LARRABEE. She was
married to Joel PALMER.
- Mary Jane LARRABEE was born in 1844.
- John Wesley LARRABEE was born in 1847.
- George Washington LARRABEE. Died at age
of 6 months.
- Jacob Ellis LARRABEE was born on 3
August 1850 in Newark, Licking County, Ohio, USA. He was married to
Margaret E LYNCH on 9 August 1875 in Warren County, Indiana,
USA. He died on 16 July 1915 in Hoopeston, Vermillion County,
- Eliza Jane LARRABEE was born in 1852.
She was married to Jerome TRAVIOLI (son of Napoleon TRAVIOLI
and Lydia Loralie LARRABEE) on 10 April 1878 in Clark County,
Illinois, USA. Jerome TRAVIOLI was born about 1854. She died on 17
August 1900 in Clark, Clark County, Illinois, USA. She was buried in
Walnut Prairie Cemetery, Clark County, Illinois, USA. Jerome died
about 1907. Their children included Blanche Travioli, Charles
Travioli, Lydia Travioli, Mary Travioli, and Dorothy Travioli.
- **Sylvester Joel Larrabee (see below).
- Lewis Napoleon LARRABEE was born in
- Benjamin Eleven LARRABEE was born in
Family history says that Sylvester was briefly
married to a Catherine BENNER and they had a child who died and then
they were divorced. In the 1860 census, there is a Catherine
listed as well as a child Noah, who was born just a few months
Neither one appears on the 1870 census with Sylvester, so it is
probable that this family rumor is true.
Sylvester died in Clark County, Illinois, in
1889 and is buried in Walnut Prairie Cemetery there.
**Sylvester Joel LARRABEE
(also known as "Ves") was born on 8 January 1854 in Licking County,
Ohio, USA. Sylvester Larabee moved to Indiana when nineteen years of
age and settled near Newtown, Fountain County, Indiana where he
followed farming for a few years. He later moved to Warren county and
two years later settled in Steuben township, where he was an active
farmer. He was married to
Cornelia CRONKHITE (daughter of Sidney CRONKHITE and Sarah
Sibrena SWEET) on 22 February 1877 in Warren County, Indiana. Cornelia
CRONKHITE was born on 15 April 1852 in Warren County, Indiana. They can
found in the US census in:
- 1880 Steuben Township, Warren County, Indiana,
- 1900 Steuben Township, Warren County, Indiana,
- 1920 Pike Township, Warren Township, Indiana,
Cornelia died in 1923. Ves died on 22 April 1928. Both were buried
in West Lebanon Cemetery, West Lebanon, Warren County, Indiana, USA.
Ves and Cornelia's children included:
- Lillian Mae Larrabee
- Sherman Larrabee
- **Clara Belle Larrabee (see the
Galloway Family page)
- Amanda Larrabee
- Blanche Larrabee
- Carman Larrabee
- Watson Larrabee
- and a son who died in infancy
This is only the first couple generations of our family tree. For more
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