Mayflower Families

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Many of the families that settled in Stephentown in the early days had roots with the families that came from England on the Mayflower. These pages will feature as many of them as can be researched. There will be a cursory genealogy of the families, so that it can be seen who they relate to Stephentown. I will also place links to other pages so that you can learn more if you would like to.

Joll’s Genealogy

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Thomas Jolls (1) (From War record in Providence, R.I.)

Died – About 1687 in Boston, Mass. (Diary of Samuel Sewall, died
Nov. 13, 1685 in London.)(Inventory of Est. of Cap. Thos Jolls,Mar.18, 1685)
Married: (1) Abigail….who died after 1678 in Boston, Mass.
(2) Hannah Briggs, daughter of Walter Briggs of Scituate, Mass., widow of Samuel Winslow, who was the son of John and Mary (Chilton) Winslow, and a nephew of Edward Winslow, govenor of Plymouth Colony. She died after 1711.
Children: Robert – born 1677 of first wife, Thomas, Sarah, John.
(From Birth and Baptismal Record in Boston, Mass.)
Thomas, of Thomas and Abigail Jolls, born Apr.25, 1672.
Jonathan, of Thomas and Abigail Jolls, born Mar. 21, 1674.
Robert, of Thomas and Susanna Jolls, born June 2, 1677.

Robert Jolls (2)

Born – June 2, 1677 in Boston, Mass.
Died – Jan. 17, 1739 in Bristol, R.I.
Married: Experience Holbrook, grand-daughter of Capt. John Holbrook, Feb. 24, 1703 in Scituate, Mass. who was born Feb. 22, 1677, in Scituate, Mass., who died Dec. 15, 1757 in Bristol, R.I.
Children: Thomas, John, Mary Sarah.

Thomas Jolls (3)

Born – Nov. 9, 1703 in Bridgewater, Mass.
Died – Oct. 16, 1760 in Bristol, R.I.
Married: Mehitable Ormsby, May 22, 1733 in Bristol, Mass., who was born Sept. 7, 1710 in Theoboth, Mass.
Children: Susanna, Mary, Robert, Lydia, Hannah, Thomas, John (see p.4)
Sarah, Ebenezer, Mehitable, Jeremiah (see p.5), Betty.

Ebenezer Jolls (4) (From Warren, R. I., went to Ren. Co., in 1790; to Alb. Co in 1790; to Gen. Co., in……………)

Born – Jan. 28, 1747 in Bristol, R.I.
Died – Mar. 12, 1829 in Bethany, N.Y.
Married: Mary Wheaton, April 7, 1769 in Bristol, R.I.
Children: Gardner, Sylvester, Abigail, Samuel Wheaton (see p.6)

Gardner (Garner) Jolls (5) (Leaving Rhode Island with his Loyalist father Sept. 27, 1777, we can trace him along the Hudson river from New York City to Albany and westward along the Mohawk valley. He was in Penn Yan during the war of 1812, where he lost a leg. Going farther west he left his father in Genesee Co., and finally located in Perrysburg, Cattaragus Co., in 1817.)

Born – May 23, 1770 in Bristol, R.I.
Died – Apr. 18, 1850 in Perrysburg, N.Y.
Married: Clarrisa Stevens, (Mohawk Indian) daughter or ward of Abel Stevens 1793, who was born Feb. 19, 1775 in New Lebanon, N.Y. and who died May 11, 1851 in Perrysburg, N.Y.
Children: Lucy (see p. 7), Clarissa (see p.7), Abel, John (see
p.8) Jeremiah (see p.9), and Julia (Twins) Samuel (see p.10) Thomas (see p.11) Spencer (see p.11)

Abel Jolls (6) (Located in Perrysburg, N.Y., in 1817) (Deed 1828-35)

Born – Jan. 7, 1799 near Albany, N.Y.
Died – Sept. 2, 1871 in Perrysburg, N.Y.
Married: Maria West, June 1823 in Perrysburg, N.Y., who was born June 26, 1804 in Vermont, who died Dec. 9, 1888 in Perrysburg, N.Y.
Children: Laura, Betsey, Rhoebe, Warren (see p.3A), Warner (see

Warren Jolls (7)

Born – July 13, 1832 in Perrysburg, N.Y.
Died – Aug. 18, 1888 in Dayton, N.Y.
Married: Elizabeth H. Morrell, Apr. 29, 1869 in Dayton, N.Y. who was born Mr. 11, 1851 in Brant, N.Y., and who died Apr. 3, 1936 in Orchard Park, N.Y.
Children: W. Burton, T. Ward, E. Glenn, Earl W., Angie M., Ara A.

Willard Burton Jolls, M.D. (8) (Located in Erie Co., N.Y. in 1895)

Born – Dec. 21, 1870 in Dayton, N.Y.
Address: 19 So. Buffalo St., Orchard Park, N.Y.
Married: Ida C. Markham, Aug. 14, 1895 in Dayton, N.Y., who was born Sept. 12, 1869 in Dayton, N.Y.
Children: None.

Thomas Ward Jolls (8)

Born – Apr. 16, 1873 in Dayton, N.Y.
Died – Feb. 21, 1880 in Dayton, N.Y.

Elbert Glenn Jolls (8)

Born – Sept. 28, 1874 in Dayton, N.Y.
Address: Hackensack, N.J.
Married: Vina McQuown, Jan. 4, 1904 in Bradford, Pa., who was born Mar. 5, 1876 in Knoxdale, Pa.
Children: Phyllis. (by adoption)

Earl Warren Jolls (8)

Born – Dec. 27, 1878 in Dayton, N.Y.
Address: Good Hope, Mich.
Married: Mabel A. Bennett, Dec. 17, 1903 in Hillsdale, Mich., who was born Mar. 29, 1885 in Knowlesville, N.Y.
Children: Angie M., (Sedziol), Irene E.,(Hoerner)Arda W., Rae L., Warren B., Ara R., Earl W. Jr.

Angie Matilda Jolls (8)

Born – Sept. 17, 1879 in Dayton, N.Y.
Address: 4639 Locust St., Philadelphia, Pa.
Married: Lawrence Potter Baker, Sept. 12, 1905 in East Hamburg,N.Y. who was born Feb. 10, 1881 in East Hamburg, N.Y.
Children: Raymond Lawrence, Dr. Roy Freeman.

Ara A. Jolls (8)

Born – Oct. 13, 1884 in Dayton, N.Y.
Address: Leolara Farms, Newfane, N.Y.
Married: Leola A. Averill, Oct. 18, 1905 in Dayton, N.Y., who was born May 10, 1889 in Dayton, N.Y.
Children: Elbert D., Leo, Wilburt Ara

Elbert Denton Jolls (9)

Born – Oct. 6, 1906 in Meadville, Pa.
Address: Newfane, N.Y.
Married: Estella Halstead, Sept. 13, 1927 in Newfane, N.Y., who was born Oct. 15, 1908 in Nashville, Tenn.
Children: Lois Mae, b-Jan. 2, 1932, d-Jan 4, 1932, Shirley Ann, b- May 17, 1933, Carol b-Sept. 15, 1935.

Wilburt Ara Jolls (9)

Born – Mar. 19, 1909 in Buffalo, N.Y.
Address: Newfane, N.Y.
Married: Ethel M. Duwe, May 29, 1931 in Lockport, N.Y., who was born Apr. 7, 1909 in Royalton, N.Y.
Children: Thomas Wilburt, b-Aug. 6, 1933.

Warner Jolls (7)

Born – Oct. 30, 1841 in Perrysburg, N.Y.
Died – ………………1924 in Machias, N.Y.
Married: Melvina Hartman, Mar…..1863 in Dayton, N.Y., who was born May 12, 1844 in Dayton, N.Y. and who died
May….1920 in Perrysburg, N.Y.
Children: Elmer, Belle, Arthur, Florence, Blanche, Homer, Jessie, Frank, Fred

Elmer Jolls (8)

Born – May 11, 1864 in Perrysburg, N.Y.
Address: Silver Creek, N.Y.
Married: Bertha Dawley, Dec. 25, 1890 in Perrysburg, N.Y., and who was born Nov. 27, 1868 in Perrysburg, N.Y.
Children: Walter, Geraldine Hickey, 12 Cushing St., Fredonia, N.Y.

Arthur Jolls (8)

Born – June 23, 1869 in Perrysburg, N.Y.
Address: Leon, N.Y.
Married: Maud Ingersoll, Dec. 24, 1893 in Dayton, N.Y., who was born Aug. 3, 1872 in Leon, N.Y., and who died Feb. 22, 1935.
Children: Harold, Leon. N.Y. Allene, married Sidney Dewey, Elkhart, Ind.

Homer R. Jolls (8)

Born – Apr. 3, 1878 in Perrysburg, N.Y.
Address: 39 Aldrich St., Gowanda, N.Y.
Married: Emma Spaulding, Nov. 29, 1899 in Perrysburg, N.Y., who was born Aug. 3, 1878 in Boston, N.Y.
Children: Ada (Vogt), Beatrice.

Fred L. Jolls (8)

Born – Oct. 5, 1888 in Perrysburg, N.Y.
Address: 109 So. Chapel St., Gowanda, N.Y.
Married: Bessie Strause, May 30, 1926 in Chantaign, Ill, who was born Jan. 25, 1897 in Fisher, Ill.
Children: Frederick Keith, Richard Dean.

John Jolls (4)

Born – Nov. 18, 1743 in Bristol, R.I.
Died – ……………….1796 in Bristol, R.I.
Married: Mary Cole, Feb. 8, 1767 in Warren, R. I.
Children: Lydia, Polly, Mercy, Benjamin, John, Haile.

John Jolls (5)

Born – Mar. 16, 1774 in……………..
Died – Aug. 16, 1849 in Warren, R. I.
Married: Sally Whittaker, July 22, 1798 in………
Children: Sally, Harriet, Lydia, Mary, Joseph Haile

Joseph H. Jolls (6)

Born – May 17, 1814 in Warren, R. I.
Died – Nov…….1887 in Providence, R. I.
Married: (1) Sarah Child, Jan. 24, 1842 in Warren, R. I., who died Apr. 2, 1849 in Warren, R. I.
Children: John Wheaton
Married: (2) Harriet N. Buffington, July 30, 1855 in Warren, R. I.
Children: Arthur C., Annie Eliza, 43 Lincoln Ave., West Barrington, R. I.
Married: (3) Jane Frazer, Oct. 20, 1872 in Providence, R.I. who died June 11, 1925 in Providence, R. I.
Children: None.

John Wheaton Jolls (7)

Born – Oct. 24, 1842 in Warren, R. I.
Died – Nov. 24, 1905 in Middletown, Del.
Married: Susan Cogle, Dec. 15, 1864 in Ellicott City, Md., who died Jan………..1903 in Middletown, Del.
Children: Joseph C., John A., Charles H., Frank C., Sarah L. Leonard, 176 Carlisle Rd., Audobon, N.J., Lottie J.

Joseph C. Jolls (8)

Born – Nov. 27, 1865 in Relay House, (Relay Sta.) Md.
Died – Jan. 16, 1934 in Middletown, Md.
Married: Alice M. Colgan, Apr. 28, 1886 in Delaware.
Children: John J., Lottie J., Ephriam P., J. Roy,Albert M., Clinton W. Alice V.

Ephriam P. Jolls (9) 1949 Colonel E P Jolls, 225 E Park Pl, Newark Del

Born – Nov. 8, 1890 in Middletown, Del.
Address: Univ. Delaware, Newark, Delaware.
Married: Ruth E. Lorenz, June 15, 1918
Children: Dorris Lee.

Albert M. Jolls (9)

Born – July 20, 1898 in Middletown, Del.
Address: Havre de Grace, Md.
Married: Edna Hufnal, Nov. 15, 1919 in Delaware.
Children: Albert M. Jr.

John A. Jolls (8)

Born – Jan. 23, 1868 in Middletown, Del.
Died – Feb. 29, 1912 in…………….
Married: Annie Adams, Jan. 28, 1904 in Middletown, Del.
Children: Mary.

Charles H. Jolls (8)

Born – Aug. 3, 1871 in Middletown, Del.
Died – Feb. 16, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pa.
Married: Mary Cooper, Dec. 18, 1895 in Delaware.
Children: M. Evelyn, S. Elizabeth

Arthur C. Jolls (7)

Born – June 18, 1857 in Warren, R. I.
Died – In R.R. Accident, in New York.
Married: Esther Stone, Feb. 15, 1877 in Providence R., I., who died May 29, 1896 in Providence, R. I.
Children: Edwin C., Joseph B., Annie H., Elmer F.

Jeremiah Jolls (4) (From Warren, R.I., went to Rensselaer Co., N.Y. in about 1790) (Deed 1829)

Born – Oct. 10, 1750 in Bristol, R.I.
Died – Sept. 24, 1834 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Married: Mrs. Roby Sailsbury, decendant of Lord Sailsbury of England, Dec. 30, 1772 in Bristol, R.I., who was born Dec. 31, 1747 and who died Jan. 11, 1813 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Children: Mehitabel, Esther, Mehitable and Caleb (twins), Dr., Jeremiah, Jr., Lucy. Stephen Van Rensselaer (see p 5A)

Caleb Jolls (5) (Twin of Mehitabel)

Born – Oct. 29, 1778 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Died – Feb. 6, 1862 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Married: Mrs. Ann Drucilla (Platt) Burton, Oct. 15, 1807 in Stephentown, N.Y., who was the mother of Harriet Burton, the wife of S.V.R. Jolls (5)
Children: Caleb Jr., Edmund

Caleb Jolls (6)

Born – Nov. 21, 1814 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Died – Mar. 23, 1888 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Married: Mary ?Ann Brown, Sept. 14, 1836 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Children: Ann Elizabeth, Amelia, whose daughter is Maude White, W.R.C. Home, Oxford, N.Y., Martin, Leander, Lina.

Martin V.B. Jolls (7)

Born – Nov. 17, 1843 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Died – May 13, 1910 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Married: Edith Mecklenburg, Sept…….1877 in Michigan City, Mich. who was born Oct. 24, 1859 in Germany and who died Mar. 28, 1911 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Children: Felix, So. Williamstown, Mass. Mabel Kipp, died May 18, 1938 in Lebanon Springs, N.Y. leaving a daughter Mrs. Edith Kipp Liscinsky, Lebanon Springs, N.Y.

Jeremiah Jolls, Jr., M.D. (5)

Born – Mar. 10, 1771
Died – Nov. 11, 180

Stephen Van Rensselaer Jolls (5) (Deeds Va. Ren. Co., N.Y.-1826-1832-1837)

Born – Feb. 27, 1786 in Warren, R.I.
Died – Feb. 3, 1882 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Married: Harriet Burton, July 25, 1812 in Stephentown, N.Y., who was born Apr. 6, 1792 in…and who died Nov. 7, 1884 in Lebanon Springs, N.Y.
Children: Rhoby, Abby Burton, Palmyra, Mary Jane, Burton, Egbert, Dr. Augustus, Stephen V.R., Jr.

Rhoby Jolls (6)

Born – Sept. 10, 1813 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Died – Aug. 18, 1867 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Married: William Hand, Mar. 12, 1835 in Stephentown, N.Y., who was born… England anddied….in….
Children: William Jr., Harriet, Antionette, Mary, Charlotte.

Abby Burton Jolls (6)

Born – Feb. 24, 1816 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Died – Oct. 21, 1869 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Married: Simeon Allen Wylie, Oct. 29, 1844 in Stephentown,N.Y. who born Apr. 20, 1812 in Stephentown, N.Y., who died
Feb. 15, 1895 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Children: Henry Augustus, (whose daughter is Mrs. Abbie Wylie Spangler, and whose son is Harry Wylie, Stephentown, N.Y., 113 William St., Stoneham, Mass.

Palmyra Jolls (6)

Born – Aug. 17, 1818 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Died – June 19, 1905 in Nassau, N.Y.
Married: Joseph Shelton Doty, May 11, 1843 in Stephentown, N.Y., who was born Dec. 9, 1816 in Stephentown, N.Y., and who died Oct. 17, 1850 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Children: Clara Louisa, James Warren, Charles Henry.

Clara Louisa Doty (7)

Born – Feb. 24, 1844 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Died – Dec. 27, 1932 in Schodack, N.Y.
Married: Abel Merchant, Jan. 15, 1868 in Stephentown, N.Y., who was born Jan. 31, 1829 in Schodack, N.Y., and who died May 4, 1916 in Schodack, N.Y.
Children: Clarinda, Henry, Dr. John Crapo, Abel, Jr., Reuben, Sheldeon.

Burton Jolls (6)

Born – Oct. 20, 1824 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Died – Dec. 27, 1898 in Pittsfield, Mass.
Married: Sarah E. Wylie (Sister of Simeon A. Wylie) Sept. 23, 1847in Stephentown, N.Y., who was born July 17, 1823 in Stephentown, N.Y.who died Oct.24,1879 in Pittsfield,Mass.
Children: None.

Egbert Jolls (6)

Born – Apr. 29, 1827 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Died – Dec. 5, 1903 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Married: Jennie B. Kirk, (widow) Apr. 4, 1877 in…who was born….in….and who died…….
Children: None.

Augustus Jolls (6)

Born – Sept. 15, 1829 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Died – Aug. 24, 1890 in West Albany, N.Y.
Married: Frances Elizabeth Traver,(adopted daughter of Miles Traver) Jan. 11, 1885 in East Schodack, N.Y., who was born……in and who died… Rensselaer, N.Y.
Children: None.

Stephen V.R. Jolls, Jr. (6)

Born – ………………1834 in Stephentown, N.Y.
Died – Mar. 5, 1854 in…………………..

Samuel Wheaton Jolls (5) (Located in Genesee Co., N.Y., in….Deed 1913)

Born – Sept. 27, 1777 in Bristol, R.I.
Died – Nov. 24, 1846 in Bethany, N.Y.
Married: Mercy Cole, May 17, 1800 in Coeymans, N.Y.
Children: Mary, Simeon, Amanda, Diana, Laura, Mahala, Samuel Wheaton, Mary Ann, Emerson, Mason, Edney (Waite)

Simeon Jolls (6)

Born – Apr. 4, 1807 in Bethany, N.Y.
Died – Mar. 12, 1868 in Bethany, N.Y.
Married: Mary Ann Baker……in Attica, N.Y., who was born……..1809 in….who died……..1897 in
Buffalo, N.Y.
Children: Helen, Edmund W., Mercy P. (Annabel) whose daughter is Mary A. Lewis, 298 Winslow Ave., Buffalo, N.Y., and whose son is Chas. B. Annabel, Batavia, N.Y

Mahala Jolls (6)

Born – Jan. 19, 1813 in Bethany, N.Y.
Died – May 25, 1890 in Morenzo, Mich.
Married: John Evans, who was born Mar. 25, 1836 and who died Feb. 8, 1881
Children: John, Harvey M.

Samuel Wheaton Jolls (6)

Born – Sept. 27, 1815 in Bethany, N.Y.
Died – Jan. 18, 1884 in Linden, N.Y.

Emerson Jolls (6)

Born – Sept. 16, 1819 in Bethany, N.Y.
Died – Apr. 16, 1880 in Attica, N.Y.
Married: Urania Eddy, May 1, 1845 in…who was born Sept. 27, 1828 in Farmington, N.Y., who died Dec. 1, 1891 in
Attica, N.Y.
Children: Marion, Minnie E. (Williams) whose daughter is Grace L. Williams, 14 Winbourne Rd. Rochester, N.Y., Kate, Frank P.

Mason Jolls (6)

Born – Dec. 1, 1821 in Bethany, N.Y.
Died – Aug. 27, 1887 in Bethany, N.Y.
Married: Betsey Waite….in….who was born….1822…..who died….March 26, 1884 in Bethany, N.Y.
Children: Emily (Grile) whose son is Chas. Grile, 17 Junior Avenue, Buffalo, N.Y., Henry

Frank P. Jolls (7)

Born – May 12, 1867 in Attica, N.Y.
Died – Feb……..1905 in Attica, N.Y.
Married: Lulu E. Danley, June 18, 1890 in….who was born……and who lives in Livingston,
Columbia Co., N.Y.
Children: Dorothy Danley Martin, 6122 Robison Rd., Cinn. Ohio. Kenneth Emerson, (see p.6A), Jack Augustus, (see p.6A)

Kenneth Emerson Jolles (Jolls) (8)

Born – Sept. 5, 1895 in Attica, Wyoming Co., N.Y.
Address: 773 Arnett Blvd. Rochester, N.Y.
Married: Hyla Sagers, June 11, 1919 in Buffalo, N.Y., who was born June 4, 1897 in Darien, N.Y.
Children: Betty Jane, born Oct. 22, 1922, Kenneth Emerson, born Oct. 11, 1924.

Jack Augustus Jolles (Jolls) (8)

Born – Nov. 21, 1898 in Attica, N.Y.
Address: 41 Richlawn Avenue, Buffalo, N.Y.
Married: Irene L. Hersah, Feb. 4, 1920 in Buffalo, N.Y., and who was born Feb. 18, 1898 in Attica, N.Y.
Children: Richard, born Nov. 14, 1920, Marjorie, born Dec. 17, 1927.

Lucy Jolls (6)

Born – Oct. 3, 1794 in Westerlo, Albany Co, N.Y.
Died – Feb. 9, 1882 in Worcester, Otsego Co, N.Y.
Married: James W. Robinson, Apr. 2, 1814 in Hudson, N.Y. who was born May 5, 1791 in Omagh, Ireland and who died Nov. 26, 1843 in Worcester, N.Y.
Children: Hamilton W., Mary, Emily, Eleanor, Lucy, Isabella.

Hamilton W. Robinson (7)

Born – Nov. 25, 1815 in Hudson, N.Y.
Died – Apr. 9, 1879 in New York City, N.Y.
Married: Emma Whitney, Feb. 1, 1838 in Albany, N.Y., who was born Jan. 30, 1817 in Albany, N.Y. and who died July 27, 1865 in Worcester, N.Y.
Children: Emma, James Whitney, Fanny, Anna, Henry Alvord.

Anna Robinson (8)

Born – Mar. 20, 1846 in Albany, N.Y.
Died – Apr. 28, 1928 in Worcester, N.Y.
Married: Johnathan Dickison Wilson, Jan. 15, 1868 in New York City, N.Y., who was born Jan. 13, 1839 in Kingston, N.Y. and who died AUG. 30, 1911 in Worcester, N.Y.
Children: Emma Whitney,(born Oct. 20, 1870 in Omaha, Neb)
Address: Worcester, N.Y., Anna Teer (born, May 18, 1875), Louise Alvord (born, Sept. 2, 1883)

Clarissa Jolls (6)

Born – Dec. 21, 1796
Died – Oct. 20, 1874
Children: Eight.

John Jolls (6) (Located in Dayton, N.Y.) (Deed 1828)

Born – April 1, 1800 near Montpelier, Vt.
Died – Oct. 10, 1879 in Dayton, N.Y.
Married: (1) Maranda Nichols……in Perrysburg, N.Y., who was born Mar. 25, 1807 in Vermont and who died Nov. 19, 1857 in Dayton, N.Y.
Children: Lucy, Oren, Jeremiah, Almond, Dillen, Jerone, Esther. Ursula, Mark.
Married: (2) Emma Marks Smith, widow…in…..who was born Sept. 17, 1824 in Cherry Valley and who died Oct. 3, 1865 in…………….
Children: Emma, John Wilton, see p. 7A.

Oren Jolls (7) (Located in Maple Rapids, Michigan)

Born – Aug. 21, 1830 in Dayton, N.Y.
Died – Jan. 7, 1921 in Michigan.
Married: Mercy Helen Robbins, Dec. 4, 1851 in Dayton, N.Y., and who was born July 16, 1834 in Perrysburg, N.Y., and who died May 16, 1921 in Michigan.
Children: Marion, Helen, Ida, Cora, born 1863, 667 College Ave., Elmira, N.Y., Adele, b. Sept. 16, 1863, Lillian John, Mary, Charles.

Jeremiah Jolls (7)

Born – Feb. 18, 1833 in Dayton, N.Y.
Died – Aug. 1, 1909 in Elmira, N.Y.

Almond Jolls (7)

Born – May 14, 1836 in……………
Died – Nov. 1863 in Civil War Prison
Married: Silvia Waite………….
Children: Frances, Frank, Ada, Charles, Mary, George

Dillen Jolls (7)

Born – Apr. 25, 1838 ………….
Died – May 18, 1844 in…………….

Jeremiah Jolls (7)

Born – Mar. 4, 1839 in Dayton, N.Y.
Died – Jan. 21, 1920 in Cherry Creek, N.Y.
Married: Chloa Pratt, Sept. 30, 1865 in Allegany, N.Y. who was born May 25, 1848 in Allegany, N.Y., and who died Dec. 25, 1900 in Allegany, N.Y.
Children: Allen Jerome (see p. 7A)

Mark Jolls (7)

Born – Sept. 16, 1847 in Dayton, N.Y.
Died – Jan. 14, 1931 in Philadelphia, Pa.
Married: Frances Gertrude Mosher, Mar. 13, 1870 in Gowanda, N.Y. and who was born Apr. 5, 1853 in Pontian, N.Y., and who died July 11, 1939 in Valois, N.Y.
Children: John Myron, (see p. 7a), George Wilton (see p.7A) Gertrude Mary, Mark Earl (see p. 7A)

John Wilton Jolls (7)

Born – June 9, 1862 in Dayton, N.Y.
Died – Mar. 30, 1933 in Cottage, N.Y.
Married: (1) Cora E. Eddy, Sept. 2 , 1887 in Dayton, N.Y., and who was born Mar. 10, 1869 in Dayton, N.Y. who died Feb. 23, 1892 in Dayton, N.Y.
Children: Lesley L., Erie Co., Olin Burr, 54 Unger Ave., Buffalo,N.Y.
Married: (2) Media E. Fluker Lawton, widow, Feb. 18, 1894 in…… who was born Aug. 11, 1865 in….
Children: Merle D., Leon, N.Y. Hilda B., Cottage, N.Y. Earl A., Cottage, N.Y.

Allen Jerome Jolls (8)

Born – June 16, 1866 in Allegany, N.Y.
Address: 118 W. Fourth St., Dunkirk, N.Y.
Married: (1) Elizabeth Thomas, May 7, 1891 in Scio, N.Y., who was born Sept. 25, 1869 in Scio, N.Y., and who died Dec. 27, 1932 in Dunkirk, N.Y.
Children: Vivian J. Ranney, Dunkirk, N.Y. Veda May Richard, Dunkirk, N.Y.
Married: (2) Hattie Smith, June 18, 1935 in Dunkirk, N.Y., who was born Jan. 27, 1885 in Waterloo, Wis.

John Myron Jolls (8)

Born – Mar. 4, 1873 in Villinova, N.Y.
Address: 4913 Cedar Ave., Philadelphia, Pa.
Married: Adalaide Phelps Yard, Aug. 7, 1901 in Elmira, N.Y., who was born April 23, 1876 in Union Springs, N.Y.
Children: Gertrude Mary Winde, 609 Fourth St., Waynesboro, Pa.

George Wilton Jolls (8)

Born – July 13, 1876 in Villinova, N.Y.
Address: 667 College Ave., Elmira, N.Y.
Married: Mary Frandelia Short, June 28, 1899 in Painted Post, N.Y. who was born Nov. 20, 1877 in Painted Post, N.Y.
Children: George Wilton, Jr., (Died 1925)

Gertrude Mary Jolls (8)

Born – Feb. 13, 1885 in Elmira, N.Y.
Died – Jan. 29, 1888 in Elmira, N.Y.

Mark Earl Jolls (8)

Born – July 18, 1893 in Elmira, N.Y.
Address: 10 Westminster Rd., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Married: Gertrude Elizabeth Mines, July 23,1917 in Sayre, Pa., who was born July 13, 1899 in Sayre, Pa.
Children: Mark Earl, Jr., (born Oct. 11, 1918 in Sayre, Pa.)

Jeremiah Jolls (6) (Located in Gowanda) (Deed 1831)

Born – June 20, 1805 in……..
Died – June 15, 1875 in Gowanda, N.Y.
Married: (1) Sophia A…….(Date)………. who was born ……1819 in……..and who died Mar. 9, 1864 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Children: A. Albert, Ellis Eugene, Hannah, Caroline.
Married: (2) Minerva Dixon…….in….who was born….. in……and who died Jan. 31, 1889 in Berlin Heights, Ohio.
Children: None.
Married: (3) Sally Balcomb Rolfe, widow….1862 in Gowanda, N.Y. who was born Sept. 12, 1811 in…..Conn., and who died Sept. 12, 1897 in Gowanda, N.Y.
Children: None.

Ellis Eugene Jolls (7)

Born – Jan. 31, 1839 in Gowanda, N.Y.
Died – Jan. 4, 1924 in National City, Cal.
Married: Cecille Ann Goff (Guelph) Aug. 7, 1862 in Hillsdale, Mich, who was born Jan. 14, 1845 in……Wis., and who died Sept. 3, 1923 in National City, Cal.
Children: Ernest A., Cleveland, Ohio, Galen W., (whose son is Carl, #9, Mira Loma Drive, San Francisco, Cal.) Greely Lynn (died 1906) Nugent Armend, Hugo Pryor, Nemo S., Rose, Ino, (both died very young)

Nugent Armend Jolls (8)

Born – Apr. 2, 1876 in Berlin Heights, Ohio.
Address: Elcajon, Cal.
Married: (1) Ada Oliver – Divorced 1904
Married: (2) Mary Frennette, Sept. 2, 1905 in…..who was born Apr. 1, 1881 in Joliet Quebec, Canada.
Children: Louis Ellis, Cecil E., (died 1908) Armand Nemo, Marcus A. Lady Dorris, Alice Cecille, Marie, Caroline Eveline.

Hugo Pryor Jolls (8)

Born – Apr. 17, 1879 in Berlin Heights, Ohio.
Address: 3113 Main St., San Diego, Cal.
Married: Ada Button, (widow whose son is Frank)
Children: None.

Nemo Secondus Jolls (8)

Born – Mar. 8, 1881 in National City, Cal.
Address: Died – 519 Hoover Ave., National City, Cal.
Married: Nettie Florence Shuey (widow) June 6, 1912 in Seattle, Wash.
Children: None.

Armand Nemo Jolls (9)

Born – Dec……1908 in National City, Cal.
Address: Glendale, Cal.
Married: Dorothy McMechen, Dec. 14, 1929

Samuel Jolls (6) (Located in Persia, N.Y., Deeds 1835-1838-1839-1848)

Born – Mar. 4, 1807 in Albany, N.Y. (WentWest in 1855)
Died – ……………..1873 in Waterloo, Iowa.
Married: Dinah Whitcomb, (sister of “Nat” Whitcomb of grindstone fame) …….in Gowanda, N.Y., who was born Dec. 20, 1809 in Washington, Vermont and who died…..1872 in Waterloo, Iowa.
Children: William Robertson, David Wilbur (see p.10A) Thomas Wellington (see p 10B) Clarissa, Leroy Levi, (see p. 10C) Mercy (see p. 10C) Winnifield Scott.

William Robertson Jolls (7) (West to Minn. in 1863 on to Mich. 1864, to Neb 1874 to St. Paul, Neb. 1884.)

Born – Aug. 9, 1829 in Cattaraugus County, N.Y.
Died – Oct. 15, 1892 in St. Paul, Neb.
Married: Susan O. Pierce, Feb. 14, 1851 in Gowanda, N.Y., who was born July 15, 1832 in Waverly, N.Y., and who died July 21, 1899 in Palmer, Neb.
Children: Frank S., Bruce E., (see p. 10A) Jennie, Belle.

Frank S. Jolls (8)

Born – Jan. 14, 1852 in Gowanda, N.Y.
Died – Sept. 10, 1936 in Fredonia, N.Y.
Married: (1) Ida Emmogene Abbott…….1875 in Reading, Mich, who was born July 18, 1853 in Ripley, Ohio, and who died Feb. 1, 1895 in Fredonia, N.Y.
Children: Carolyn Rea, Burr, Beatrice Rena.
Married: (2) Anna McDonald, Aug. 6……in Dunkirk, N.Y., who was born Apr. 3, 1872 in Fredonia, N.Y.
Address: 17 Newton St., Fredonia, N.Y.
Children: Donald F., Thomas H.

Carolyn Rea Jolls (9)

Born – Aug. 6, 1876 in Reading, Mich.
Address: Mrs. Wm. F. Holmes, 407 Olympia Road, Chatham Village, Pittsburg, Pa.

Burr Jolls (9)

Born – July 22, 1879 in St. Paul, Neb.
Address: Box 2353 Stock Yards Station, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Married: (1) Adora Bessie Berray, Oct. 18, 1901 in…who was born May 10, 1883 in Wantonina, Wis. and who was divorced June 24, 1919.
Children: None.
Married: (2) Blanche Elouise Arnold, Nov. 23, 1920 in…..who was born July 30, 1901 in Patterson, Ia.
Children: Frank Arnold, Rhoda Loudella.

Beatrice Rena Jolls (9)

Born – Apr. 14, 1885 in St. Paul, Neb.
Address: Mrs. George C. Read, 439 Connecticut Ave., Spartenburg, S.C.

Donald F. Jolls (9)

Born – Apr. 5…….in Fredonia, N.Y.
Address: 61 Center St., Willoughley, Ohio.

Thomas H. Jolls (9)

Born – Sept. 17, 1907 in Dunkirk, N.Y.
Address: 1254 Cora St., Des. Plaines, Ill.
Married: Frances Talcot, Jan. 1, 1932 in Des Plaines, Ill, who was born…….in………….
Children: Thomas H., born May 23, 1936.

Bruce E. Jolls (8)

Born – May 5, 1856 in Persia, N.Y.
Died – …….1940 in Plattsmouth, Neb.
Married: Ledomma Yarman, Aug. 16, 1879 in Palmer, Neb., who was born Dec. 13, 1864 in Tiffin, O., who died May 28,
1925 in Grand Island, Neb.
Children: Marion, Homer B., Edward F., Drury E., Belle.
(2) Janie M. Brown…….Bloomington.

Homer B. Jolls (9)

Born – Oct. 24, 1881 in Ord., Neb.
Address: Grand Island, Neb.
Married: Emma Schwartz, Oct. 24, 1907 in St. Paul, Neb., who was born Mar. 17, 1887 in Ashton, Neb.
Children: Arthur F., b-May 17, 1909, d-Feb. 4, 1912, Lawrence B., b-Sept. 27, 1912, Elizabeth Jane, b-Jan. 8, 1918, Dorothy Marie, b-July 8, 1921, Russel H. b-Aug. 11, 1925.

Drury E. Jolls (9)

Born – Nov. 5, 1885 in St. Paul, Neb.
Died – Mar. 23, 1932 in Grand Island, Neb.
Married: (1) Elizabeth Grossart, May 5, 1913 in Grand Island, Neb. who died Dec. 5, 1918 in……. (2) Rose Murray, May 27, 1922 in Grand Island, Neb. and who was born……..
Children: Louise Rose.

David Wilbur Jolls (7) (Went to Davenport, Ia. in fall of 1855 to Waterloo, Ia. in spring of 1856.)

Born – Feb. 28, 1831 in Perrysburg, N.Y.
Died – Apr. 27, 1890 in Waterloo, Iowa.
Married: Electa Jane White, Apr. 17, 1853 who was born May 29, 1831, in Perrysburg, N.Y., and who died Dec. 24, 1922
in Waterloo.
Children: Herbert E., Elva Irene, Albert Wellington, Joseph Wilbur, (see p.10B), Edgar Mortimer (see p.10B) Ida May, (see p. 10B) Bertha.

Herbert E. Jolls (8)

Born – Apr. 17, 1854 in Perrysburg, N.Y.
Died – Oct. 11, 1855 in Davenport, Ia.

Albert Wellington Jolls (8)

Born – Apr. 27, 1858 in Waterloo, Ia.
Died – Nov. 15, 1915 in Blacksone, Va.
Married: (1) Addie Green……….who was born Apr. 27, 1856 in Waterloo, Ia. and who died ………1915
in Virginia. (2) Edith Serena Betts…….in……..who was born in New York and now lives in Virginia.
Children: Dr. Ray Jolls, b-Jan. 20, 1884, Blanche, b-Aug. 7, 1887, Ernie, David Wilbur, b-Feb. 3, 1895, Sidney,b-Nov. 2, 1897.

Ernie Jolls (9)

Born – Jan. 17, 1890 in Black Hawk Co., Ia.
Address: Norfolk, Va.
Married: …Reams……in…..who was born……in……….Va.
Children: Stanley, Robert, Ruth.

Joseph Wilbur Jolls (8)

Born – Nov. 17, 1860 in Waterloo, Ia.
Died – May 23, 1865 in……

Edgar Mortimer Jolls (8)

Born – Aug. 27, 1865 in Black Hawk Co., Ia.
Address: Cushing, Minn.
Married: Eldora…..1885 in……who was born ………in Black Hawk Co., Ia.
Children: Leroy Wilbur, Earl R., b-May 2, 1899, Charles Leon, Madge, Irene.

Leroy Wilbur Jolls (9)

Born – Aug. 13, 1886 in Waterloo, Ia.
Address: Reber Ave., Waterloo, Ia.
Married: Grace Knudson……1911 in…..who was born ………1886 in Black Hawk Co., Ia.
Children: Kenneth, b-1912, Helen b-1913, Herbert, b-1915, Dorris b-1919, Pauline, b-1922, Edgar, b-1927.

Charles Leon Jolls (9)

Born – May 29, 1891 in Black Hawk Co., Ia.
Address: Peek St., Waterloo, Ia.
Married: Eva Dickey, Dec. 2, 1911 in……..who was born Nov. 3, 1893 in……..
Children: Robert, b-Dec. 28, 1914, June b-June 1, 1917, Fern Elizabeth, b-Apr. 12, 192

Ida May Jolls (8)

Born – June 10, 1870
Address: 166 Falls Ave., Waterloo, Ia.
Married: (1) Matthew Charles Reeder, Dec. 25, 1893
(2) Ray M. Davison, Aug. 16, 1935
Children: None.

Thomas Wellington Jolls (7)

Born – Mar. 13, 1833 in Gowanda, N.Y.
Died – Feb. 12, 1911 in Dayton, N.Y.
Married: (1) Harmony Allen, (sister of Truman Allen)…………in Gowanda, N.Y., who was born Apr. 29, 1833 in Gowanda, N.Y., and who died May 5, 1858 in Collins, N.Y.
Children: Eva.
Married: (2) Eliza Sophia Allen, (niece of first wife)……… Gowanda, N.Y., who was born Aug. 7, 1845 in Gowanda and who died July 3, 1936 in Cottage, N.Y.
Children: Myrta Hatch, Silver Creek, N.Y., Arthur F.

Arthur F. Jolls (8)

Born – Apr. 12, 1880 in Sheridan, N.Y.
Died – Apr. 29, 1933 in Dunkirk, N.Y.
Married: (1) Ida Bishop……….in…….who was born Jan. 13, 1882 in….
Children: Allen, (see p. 10C) Crystal, b-Oct. 28, 1903.

(2) Clara Smith, Aug…….1910 in……who was born …….in…..
Children: Fern, Howard, b-Dec. 28, 1913, Arthur, B-Mar. 12, 1915.

Allen Jolls (9)

Born – Nov. 9, 1901 in Sheridan, N.Y.
Address: 273 Grant St., Buffalo, N.Y.
Married: Elva Desmond, Nov. 23, 1921 in Buffalo, N.Y., who was born Dec. 28, 1904 in Buffalo, N.Y.
Children: Elaine, b-June 24, 1924, Kathryn, b-Sept. 10, 1933.

Leroy Levi Jolls (7) (West to Davenport, Ia. in fall of 1854 and to Waterloo, Ia. in spring of 1855, Enlisted in Civil War, Oct. 6, 1862.

Born – Mar. 18, 1843 in Gowanda, N.Y.
Died – June 6, 1932 in Waterloo, Ia.
Married: (1) Margurite Holdiman, Nov. 17, 1865 in Waverly, Ia., who was born….in….and who died…1890 in Waterloo, Ia.
(2) ………1893 and was divorced shortly afterward.
Children: Eldora, Walter, Homer, Alvara, Clifford, Nora

Walter Jolls (8)

Born – May 7, 1871 in………….
Died – May 7, 1926 in…………..
Married: Julia Howard …in….who was born…in …and who died …in….
Children: Vern.

Vern Jolls (9)

Born – Feb. 22, 1903 in………..
Married: Lillian Zohler Sandie, Sept. 22, 1934 in…….who was born……..

Homer Jolls (8)

Born – Mar. 3, 1873 in…………..
Address; 519 Broadway, Waterloo, Ia.
Married: Gertrude Berray…….in……who was
Children: Harold, Aubery.

Alvara Jolls (8)

Born – May 16, 1876 in…………..
Address: Cushing, Minn.
Married: Inaz McClellan………….who was
Children: Claude, Stanley

Clifford Jolls (8)

BornBorn – Dec. 21, 1796 – Apr. 28, 1878 in…………..
Address: 906 Riverside Drive, Waterloo, Ia.
Married: Pearl Badding………who was
Children: Margaret, Robert, Eldora, Gertrude, Vernita.

Mercy M. Jolls (7)

Born – Aug. 7, 1846 in Perrysburg, N.Y.
Died – Dec. 15, 1932 in Waterloo, Ia.
Married: Peter J. Lawless in 1862 in Waterloo, Ia.
Children: Nine children

Thomas Elora Jolls “”Indian Tom” (6) (Located in Lansing, Michigan in 1846)

Born – Aug. 8, 1812 in Penn Yan, N.Y.
Died – Mar. 14, 1890 in Paris, Nebraska.
Married: Mary Millspaugh…in…who was born Dec. 23, 1818 in Valley Forge, Pa. and who died…in Paris, Neb.
Children: Thomas Elora, Dan, Clarissy (Lamb), Wm. H. died-1840, Orlando I., died-1844, Joseph D. died-1848.

Thomas Elora Jolls (7)

Born – Aug. 31, 1849 in Sommerset Center, Mich.
Died – May 10, 1890 in Lansing, Mich.
Married: Anna A., McMullen…in Lansing, Mich, who was born June 23, 1843 in Glasgow, Scotland and who died Sept. 22, 1905 in Lansing, Mich.
Children: Elora, died-1878, Wellington died Nov. 17, 1911, LeRoy Elora

LeRoy Elora Jolls (8)

Born – June 25, 1882 in Lansing, Mich.
Address: 1304 Virginia Park Avenue, Detroit, Mich.
Married: Gertrude Franks, May 1, 1908 in Kansas City, Mo., who was born Aug. 23, 1876 in Rushville, Ill.
Children: Ouida, Maxine, LeRoy Elora Jr., Robert Kingdon.

Spencer Jolls (6) (Went west)

Born –
Died –
Married: Betsey Bryant
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Will of Stephen Arnold, 1810


Will of Stephen Arnold – son of Joseph Arnold & Hannah Douglas

A copy of the last will and testament of Stephen Arnold, deceased, with proof thereof Recorded April 4, 1810.

In the name of God amen, I Stephen Arnold often of Stephentown in the County of Rensselaer and in the State of New York, being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say) first I bequeath unto my beloved wife Martha Arnold, the right and use of all my personal estate after my funeral charges and just debts are paid during her natural life or during her remaining my widow at her decease or after her widowshood shall or may close I give and bequeath all my said personal estate in the following manner to be divided into four equal parts, one part I bequeath to my daughter Honor Carpenter the wife of Samuel Carpenter, one part I give and bequeath to my daughter Martha Douglas, the wife of Benajah Douglas, one part I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Gardner, the wife of Robert Gardner, and the other part I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Martha Arnold the daughter of Beriah Arnold, Deceased. Further I give and devise to my beloved wife Martha Arnold the right use and improvement of all my real estate during her natural life or during her remaining my widow and at her decease or after her widowhood shall or ? cease I give and devise all my said real estate to be divided into four equal parts, one part I give and devise to my said daughter, Honor Carpenter, wife of said Samuel Carpenter, one part I give and devise to my said daughter Martha Douglas, wife of said Benajah Douglas, one part I give and devise to my said daughter Mary Gardner, wife of said Robert Gardner and one part I give and devise to granddaughter Martha Arnold, daughter of Beriah Arnold, decased. To hold to them the same Honor Carpenter, Martha Douglas, Mary Gardner and Martha Arnold their heirs and assigns forever. Lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said beloved granddaughter, Martha Arnold as executrix and my Grandson Arnold (?) Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the eight day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ten.

Signed Stephen X Arnold (seal)
His mark

A copy – signed by Asa Douglas

Signed sealed published and declared
By the above Stephen Arnold to be his last
Will and testament in the presence of us who
Have hereunto subscribed our names as
Witnesses in the presence of the Testator.

William Douglas, Jr.
Needham Northrup
Needham Northrup, Jr.

Will of Justus Leonard, 1838



The last will + testament of Justus Leonard of Stephentown
in the county of Rensselaer and State of New York I Justus
Leonard considering the uncertainty of the mortal life + being of
sound mind + memory [illegible] almighty God for the same
do make + publish this my last Will + Testament in manner & form
following that is to say.– First I give + bequeath unto my beloved
wife Catherine Leonard one equal undivided third part of all
my real estate [illegible] in the Town of Stephentown aforesaid to have
+ to hold unto the said Catherine Leonard for + during her natural
life.– And also I give + bequeath to my beloved wife Catherine Leonard all my personal property except any the legacies herein

(not yet fully transcribed)

Will of Joseph Rogers, 16 March 1798


Copy of Will for ROGERS, JOSEPH
Stephentown, County of Rensselaer, New York
Volume Number 1B-268
Source: Transcribed from SAMPUBCO copy

A Copy of the Last Will & Testament of Joseph Rogers, Deceased

Rensselaer, December 18th, 1800

In the name of God Amen. I, Joseph Rogers of Stephentown in the County of Rensselaer and State of New York, being through the goodness of God in Health of body and a disposition or disposing mind, and many thanks be to God, therefore Do Make and Ordain This My Last Will & Testament, that is to say first of all, I give and remand my Soul to God that gave it and my body commend to the earth after my Death, to be buried in a Christian-like decent burial at the discretion of my beloved son, Joseph, nothing doubting that at the General Resurrection, I will be raised again. And so it hath pleased God to bless me with some things of worldly substance, I give & dispose of it in the following manner.

I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Anna Rogers, all the particular articles set forth in a particular writing or obligation signed to my beloved son Joseph by said beloved wife (viz) the east room of my now dwelling house to have the same for her own use. Also, a privilege in the kitchen and buttery chamber, garret or cellar what she may need for her own use. Also, a privilege in the orchard for apples to use in the house, and my Executor shall male Five Barrels of Cyder Yearly when the orchard shall bear fruit sufficient and deliver the same to my beloved wife, as long as she shall remain my widow for her own use; also two good Cows, one of them to be kept on the farm both winter and summer during her natural life without charge to her; the other at her own disposal. Also, a privilege to get her five wood pone hog to run in the pasture without charge to her and also a garden spot by the house to raise __(?) and one acre of planting land where it will best suit the owner for her to plow & plant. Also, in addition to the above prescribed articles, I give to my beloved wife, Anna Rogers, five good sheep, one good Hog to kill, three geese and six dung bill fowl to be her own property with the increase but not to keep more than three geese and five fowls over or through any winter nor more than five sheep, and also, one third part of the household goods and furniture that shall or have been added by her inventory together with all the household furniture that she did or hath brought to me and to be sure to have one bed and furniture if there should not be two more remaining, and also, one set of curtains which are of her own make, all which shall be at her own disposal. The above mentioned two cows, five sheep and hog to be taken out of the block before any division, at her own choice; also I give her the use of my best side saddle while she shall remain my widow and after that I give and bequeath the said saddle to my beloved Grand Daughter Electa Stillwell and if she should not survive or outlive my beloved wife, then the said side saddle to be given to Sarah Rogers Stilwell. (I would have it understood the above mentioned writing, signed to my beloved son Joseph sets forth that my beloved wife was to have one quarter, but it is my intention that she shall have one third of the mentioned articles.) Item. Also, I give and bequeath to my beloved son Joseph Rogers whom I now appoint my lawful Executor to this my last Will & Testament, all my home lot lying and being in Stephentown, not heretofore given away by Deed, with all the privileges of sustenance thereunto belonging (except above exceptions) and also I give unto my said son Joseph, my best Bible and all my wearing apparel, (except my best hat), with my best saddle & bridle, with all my farming utensils.
Item. I give & bequeath to my beloved daughters Thankful Benn, Joanna Brown, Mehetable Sweet and the children of my daughter Sarah Stilwell deceased, Margaret Greenfield and Martha Brown, all my household goods and furniture except what is before given away, to be equally divided into five parts, and one fifth part to be equally divided amongst the children of Sarah Stilwell. And also my will is that if need be to pay my debts that the lot of land in Stephentown called by the name of Dye Lott should be sold for that purpose and if not needed to pay my debts, then to be equally divided amongst all my children with the other Lott that I last purchased, that is to say Ministerial Lott, my son Joseph to have an equal part with his five sisters and the heirs of Sarah Stillwell as above named. And also my will is that funeral charges and just debts to be paid out of the money that is due or may become by notice otherwise and personal estate such as Chattels or moveable flock, and if anything should remain after my just debts and funeral charges shall be paid, my will is that it should be equally divided amongst my five daughters and the heirs of my daughter Sarah deceased, her children to have one equal share with one of my other daughters, this being all before mentioned.
Item. I give and bequeath my best Hat to my beloved Grandson James Rogers, also I give and bequeath to the heirs of my daughter Sarah Stilwell, deceased, as above mentioned, to each of them as they shall become of age after my decease, six pounds, thirteen shillings and four pence, which my said executor is directed to pay to them with the lawful interest after my decease out of money or stock that shall be left with him.
And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and cancel all and any other former testament, wills, legacies, bequests and executor by me or any before named will and bequeathed Authifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament.
IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of March in the year of our Lord and Savior one thousand seven hundred ninety eight. And in the twenty second year of American Independence.

Signed, Sealed published and delivered by the above named Joseph Rogers his last will and testament in the presence of
(s) John Cook (signed) Joseph Rogers (L.S.)
(s) Archeclaus Lynes
(s) Jonathan Niles
Above copy of the original will
(s) John Woodworth, Surrogate

Rensselaer County. Be it remembered that on the Seventeenth day of December in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred, personally appeared before me John Woodworth, Esquire, Surrogate of the said county, Jonathan Niles, who being sworn on his oath declared that he did see Joseph Rogers, late of the County of Rensselaer, deceased, sign and seal the annexed written instrument and heard him deliver it for the use therein mentioned. That, at the time thereof, he, the said Joseph Rogers, was of sound disposing mind and manner to the best of the knowledge and belief of him, the deponent, that his name subscribed thereto is of his own proper hand and name and that he together with John Cook and Archeclaus Lynes did subscribe their names hereto as witnesses in the presence of the Testator. And in the same day Joseph Rogers, Executor in the said Will named, personally appeared before me and was duly sworn to the faithful performance of said execution thereof by taking the usual oath as Executor. Dated this Eighteenth day of December, One Thousand Eight Hundred and the twenty fifth year of our Independence.
(s) John Woodworth, Surrogate

Will and Probate of Augustus Jerome, 15 Sep 1817


I purchased this will from Sampubco and transcribed it myself. He really lived in Berlin but he is buried and lived for some time in Stephentown. His wife was Sarah Grace Sweet, daughter of Amos Sweet and Elizabeth Straight of Rhode Island. –“Joanna Wilson”

The Last Will and Testament of Augustus Jerome deceased with the probate thereof Recorded September 15, 1817.

For the name of God Amen. I, Augustus Jerome of the town of Berlin, in the County of Rensselaer and State of New York being weak in body but of sound & perfect mind and memory, blessed be the Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following, (that is to say) after paying all my just and lawful debts, I give & bequeath to my son, **Viscount Alonson Jerome, the sum of five dollars. I also give and bequeath to my daughters, Waty Jones (wife to James Jones) Elizabeth Jones (wife to Daniel Jones) Hannah Hull, (wife to Justus P. Hull) Caty Jerome, (single woman), and to my son Hilton R. Jerome and also to my daughter Polly Jerome, (single woman) and to my grand daughter, Hannah Foster (single woman) all my goods, chattels, lands and tenements both real and personal, situate lying and being in the Town of Berlin, County of Rensselaer, State of New York equally to be divided between them, to hold to them the said Waty Jones (wife to James Jones), Elizabeth Jones, (wife to Daniel Jones), Hannah Hull (wife to Justus P. Hull), Caty Jerome, Hilton R. Jerome, Polly Jerome and Hannah Foster, their heirs and assigns forever And I do hereby appoint Samuel Vary, Esq. of the Town of Berlin and Daniel Jones, aforesaid of the Town of Hoosac Executors of this my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In Witness whereof I hereto set by hand and seal the 7th Day of July, in the year of our Lord 1817.

Signed Sealed, Published and declared by the above named Augustus Jerome to be his Last Will and Testament in the presents of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses in the presents of the Testator.

Signed Augustus Jerome, L.S.

Samuel Vary, Samuel Burdick & JW Thomas

Letters testamentary granted in the Will of Hosea Moffit (dead) Recorded 15th Sept 1825


The people of the State of New York by the grace of God free & independent. To all whom it may concern (lend gravity?). Know ye that at the City of Troy in the County of Rensselaer on the fifteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred twenty five before Thomas Clowes Esquire Surrogate of our said county the Last Will & testament of Hosea Moffit late of the town of Stephentown in the County of Rensselaer & State of New York deceased (a copy whereof is hereunto annexed) was proved and is now approved & allowed by us & the said deceased having whilst he lived & at the time of his death goods, chattels or credits within this state (by means whereof the proving & registering the said Will & the granting administration of all singular the said goods, chattels & credits & also the auditing allowing & final discharging the amount thereof doth belong to us ) the administration of all singular the goods, chattels & credits of the said deceased & any way concerning said Will is granted unto Elajah Graves, Jay Moffit & Ralph Moffit Executor in the said Will named the being first duly sworn (well) & faithfully to administer the same & to make & exhibit a true & perfect inventory of all & singular the said goods, chattels, & credits & also to render a just & true accounting thereof when thereunto required. In testimony whereof we have caused the seal of office of our said surrogate to be hereunto affixed. Witness Thomas Clowes Esquire Surrogate of the said county at the City of troy the fifteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred twenty five. Thomas Clowes Surrogate ( signature) Will & Probate of Hosea Moffit deceased Recorded 15th September 1825 In the name of God Amen. I Hosea Moffit of the town of Stephentown in the County of Rensselaer & state of New York being weak in body, but of strong & perfect mind & memory do recite & publish this my last Will & Testament in manner & forms following (that is to say) I surrender my soul to God who gave it & my body to the earth to be intered with a decent Christian burial & is concerning the worldly estate which it has pleased God to bless me with. I give & bequeath the same as follows to my dear & well beloved wife in lieu of her dower the two best rooms in the house I now occupy having her choice one half of the household furniture. One good cow to be kept free from her expense, sufficient fire wood furnished at the door of the house & cut to acceptable length for the fire & seventy-five dollars for every & each year during her natural life. I give & bequeath to Nancy King, the wife of Eber Moffit (my son) & to her children by the said Eber Moffit the lot of land on which the said Eber Moffit now lives & lately owned by Elisher Stinant / except two acres of said lot sold by me to Christopher Clifford/ to the children their heirs and assignees. To my son Claudius Moffit I give and bequeath two hundred dollars which sum of two hundred dollars is to be deducted out of notes or obligations I now hold against him. To Guy Moffit , Jay Moffit & Ralph Moffit I give & bequeath all those two farms , the one of which I now occupy & the other of which is occupied by the said Guy Moffit & Benjamin F Bull. To them the said Guy, Jay & Ralph equally in quantity and quality also I give to the said Guy Jay & Ralph to share equally all my farming & carpenters tools on the two farms hereby given to Guy Moffit Jay Moffit & Ralph Moffit I charge the bequest to my dear wife first named (orig. the keeping of a cow, firewood, & seventy-five dollars annually during her life to them their heirs & assignees forever. To Chloe Moffit the wife of Rueben Andress I give & bequeath three hundred dollars to be paid to her by my Executors two years after my demise. To Benjamin F Bull & to Myra Moffit his wife I give & bequeath the farm in the town of Napour, Rensselaer County formerly owned by Samuel B Wheeler & which I purchased at Griniffsdale them thur heirs & assignees on condition that he the said Benjamin F Bull pay to my executors the sum of four hundred & fifty dollars in equal payments of One two & three years after my demise that is to say one hundred fifty dollars each year for three years. To Jay Moffit & Ralph Moffit I give & bequeath all my ???? cattle, sheep, horses, & hogs & the remaining half of my household furniture. All the remainder of my personal property after paying my just debts & funeral charges I give & bequeath to my dear & beloved wife. And I do hereby constitute & appoint Elijah Graves, Jay Moffit & Ralph Moffit as executors to this my last Will & Testament. Hereby revoking all former wills made by me. In witness where of I have hereto set my hand & seal this thirty first day of August in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred & twenty-five Hosea Moffit (LP) Signed, sealed & published & declared by the above named Hosea Moffit to be his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who have herewith subscribe our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator. Amos Pardee Caleb Chapman Calvin P Sackette State of New York Renesselaer (Be it remembered that on the fifteenth day of September in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred & twenty-five personally affirmed before me Thomas Clowes Esquire Surrogate of the said County of Renesselaer Amos Pardee, Caleb Chapman & Calvin P Sackette the subscribing witnesses of the Will of Hosea Moffit late of the town of Stephentown in said county deceased who being duly sworn declared that they did see the said Hosea seal & execute the annexed written instrument purporting to be the last last will and testament of the said Hosea bearing the date this thirty first day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & twenty- five & heard him publish & declare the executors & for his last will & testament that at the time thereof he the said Hosea was of sound disposing mind & reasoning to the best of the knowledge & belief of the said Amos Caleb & Calvin & that they the said Amos, Caleb & Calvin severally subscribed their hand & names to the said will as witnesses thereto in the presence of the testator & each other. Thomas Clowes Surrogate Sent by Keith Moffitt (

Jenks Murder

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The tragic story of love gone wrong. Actual newspaper accounts of a terrible murder for money.

Terrible Murder in Stephentown

Troy Daily Times

April 13, 1863

A shocking murder was committed last night at Stephentown, in this county (Rensselaer), seventeen miles from Troy. The body of Stephen (the newspaper mistakenly identified Mr. Jenks as Stephen. His name was SAMUEL) Jenks, a resident of the town, was found in the barn of William Culver, a farmer, a quarter of a mile from his home. The deceased had received several wounds from pistol shots, which had proved fatal. In his pockets were pieces of poisoned potatoes. It is supposed that the person who caused his death place these articles in his pockets for the purpose of inducing the belief that he had met his fate while engaged in poisoning cattle. Suspicion points very strongly to a person with whom Jenks had some difficulty in reference to a woman, as the author of the murder. It is stated that this man, a relative of Mr. Culver, went to a neighbor’s house last night and said, “I guess Stephen Jenks is gone up this time.” He was asked what he meant, and replied “that he had shot somebody, and he guessed it was Jenks.” It appears that this man was living on illicit terms with a female, who abandoned him about a week ago, and resided with Jenks. The neighbors went to the farm and there found the body as above described. Great excitement was caused and Captain William Diamond was requested to come to Troy at once and procure the services of a coroner and the District Attorney. He started at 3 o’clock this morning, and reached here about 10 AM. In company with Coroner Madden, he left the city at noon today for the scene of the murder and a full investigation of the circumstances attending the transaction will be made. The District Attorney, Mr. Colby, being unable to leave the court, T.S. Banker will assist the coroner in elucidating the mystery. Further particulars will be awaited with interest.

Troy Daily News

April 14, 1863

 The Stephentown Murder

Dr. Burton and Deputy Sheriff Hurlbut arrived in the city at 9 o’clock this morning, from the scene of the Stephentown murder – leaving Madden and T.S. Banker to continue the investigation and conclude the inquest. Officer Hurlbut brought with him William Culver, the alleged murderer, who was taken in custody by Officer Griggs and delivered to Mr. Hurlbut on his arrival in Stephentown. Although he had been under arrest previous to the coming of the Troy officials, Culver was not kept in very close custody; but Officer Hurlbut handcuffed him and started for Troy as soon as possible.

The gravestone of Samuel Jenks, who was killed by William Culver.

The case proves to be of the most serious character. Culver freely admits that he shot the deceased but claims that the act was committed in his (Culver’s) barn, where he had concealed himself, armed with a gun, awaiting Jenks’ approach – as he suspected that the latter was coming to poison cattle. But the facts seem to throw doubt on this statement of the prisoner and indicate that the murder was committed in Jenks’ barn – from which building to that of Culver, where the body was found, there is track of blood. It is therefore supposed that the prisoner went to the premises of the deceased with the deliberate intention of taking his life; and when the terrible deed was accomplished. The murderer attempted to hide the traces of guilt by making it appear that the deceased had been killed while engaged in a felonious act. The prisoner failed to cover up his tracks, however, and the evidence against him certainly appears to be very strong. From the testimony taken yesterday, it appeared that the female who had been living with Jenks during the past year, cohabited with Culver previous to that time, and still sustained relations with him. Her testimony was exceedingly contradictory. At first she swore that during the year she had not exchanged a word or written a line to Culver. Notes sent by her to him were then produced – upon which she admitted the falsity of her previous evidence. It appears that on Friday last she came to Troy with Jenks and caused him to transfer all his property to her. When this was done, no doubt the murder was planned between her and Culver. She stated that on the evening of Jenks’ death, he went out about half past nine, leaving her with a girl about fifteen years of age. They both retired to bed in a short time. The report of a gun was soon heard, and the woman and girl went to ascertain the cause of the firing. The former went direct to the place where the body laid, and said to Culver, “Have you killed him?” He answered, “I guess I have.” She asked no more question, but went home.

Culver’s testimony was also contradictory. While he said that he shot the deceased in a direct line, Dr. Burton proved by nature of the wound and the direction of the bullets, that the charge came from a point above the deceased and very near his body. The boots of the murdered man were clean and spotless – while the barn was surrounded by mud. This is conclusive proof that he was carried into the building where his body where his body was found. If he had walked, the traces of mire would have remained. The record of crime in this county hardly contains a more diabolical plot to take human life; and as usual the very precautions used to evade suspicion, proved to be conclusive evidences of guilt. “Murder will out.”

Great excitement is caused in Stephentown by this tragic affair, and it is perhaps fortunate that the principal actor was at once removed from the scene and conveyed to a place of safety in Troy. The inquest was held in a schoolhouse, yesterday, which was filled to overflowing. Today, the investigation is being conducted in a church, and the attendance from all parts of the county is unprecedented.

 Troy Daily Times

April 25, 1863

The Stephentown Murder

By the discharge of the various parties implicated the murder of Stephen Jenks of Stephentown, the case is again narrowed down to its former limits and the man and woman named by the verdict of the coroner’s jury as principal and accessory are the only persons in custody.

We saw William L. Culver and his wife in jail a day or two ago. The former convinced with a number of other prisoners in a narrow hall, with which their solitary cells communicated. He did not find this close confinement irksome, and made no complaints in reference to his imprisonment. He is a rough looking man, about thirty-five years of age, with a red beard, uncombed hair and untidy appearance. Although by no means prepossessing in face or manner, he does not look capable of plotting and executing a terrible murder; nor does it seem possible that the air of innocence and unconcern which he manifests can be assumed by one who has deliberately taken the life of a fellow human being. Culver talked very coolly in reference to the case – admitting that he shot Jenks, but insisting that the latter had come to poison his cattle and that he did not know, until he procured a light, who it was he had shot. He said that the accounts of the case in the newspapers were all wrong, but he declined to state specifically the points wherein they were incorrect.

In striking contrast to the gruff, restless man, was the meek, subdued woman, who is place under the terrible suspicion of sharing with her husband a knowledge of the crime, before its execution and secretly aiding him to imbrue (?) his hands in innocent blood. The unfortunate woman’s time is occupied in the care of an infant, eight months old, to whom she is assiduously devoted. A female attendant shows her room. The infant seems strangely out of place, so near the grated doors and amid the close air of a prison. Mrs. Culver is by no means young or handsome. She has, in addition, an impediment in her speech, almost amounting to a stammer. Yet, if the theory of the prosecution is correct, the dispute, which terminated so fatally, was a rivalry for her companionship, and while living with the murdered man, she connived his death. The busy world outside the jail door pursues its ceaseless round, regardless of the terrible secret locked in the hearts of these two prisoners within the unpitying walls of a cell. Soon the Stephentown murder will pass beyond the recollecton of all save those immediately concerned. A transient revival of interest will occur when the trial takes place and is recorded in the newspapers, and then all will be forgotten.

Troy Daily Times

April 15, 1863

The Stephentown Murder

Coroner Madden and Mr. Banker arrived in town at noon today, having concluded the investigation of the recent tragedy at Stephentown. The woman concerned in the case, Eleanor Culver, came with them, in charge of Officer Griggs, and was lodged in jail. The jury rendered a verdict of willful murder against William L. Culver, as author of the homicide and against the woman as an accessory before the fact. The inquest was not ended until twelve o’clock last night. The jurors were C. Enos, Jr., Jeremiah Southwick, Janson B. Lawrence, J. Tift, D.B. Griffin, William White, Peter Tift, Joseph Bly.

Troy Daily Times

April 20, 1863

The Stephentown Murder

The Stephentown murder is increasing in interest. It will be recollected that William L. Culver and wife are already in jail. On Saturday, District Attorney Colby issued warrants for the arrest of Daniel and Benjamin Culver, brother to the alleged murderer; Levi Culver, the father, together with Hannah M. Culver, wife of Benjamin. (She was the sister of Eleanor, wife of the accused). The warrants were placed in the hands of Sheriff Battershall and officers Kipp and Hurlbut, and at 3 o’clock yesterday morning the proceeded to Stephentown and arrested the whole family. The prisoners were placed in wagons and at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon they were lodged in jail. The officers, owing to the excellent manner in which the affair was planned and executed, experienced little or no difficulty in making the arrests.

About one o’clock this afternoon, officer Sliter arrived in the city from Stephentown, having in custody David Lamphiere, who is said to be implicated in the case. He was arrested on a process similar to that by which the Culver family is being held. Seven persons are now in custody, on the charge of being accessories to the Stephentown murder.

Troy Daily Times

April 21, 1863

Returned from Stephentown

Sheriff Battershall, Officer Hurlbut, Justice Flagg, Mr. Banker and others paid a visit to the scene of the murder at Stephentown and returning this morning. They brought with them the dog belonging to Mr. Jenks, the murdered man, which had been without food since the fatal night and was nearly starved. The examination of the prisoners will take place before Justice Flagg tomorrow morning.

Troy Daily Times

April 22, 1863

Examination in the Stephentown Murder Case

The persons held as principal and accessory in the Stephentown murder case, William L. Culver and Eleanor E. Culver have not demanded an examination. The other parties, however, claimed the right, and the examination was commenced in the Police Court before Justice John L. Flagg, at two o’clock this morning. The parties were Benjamin Culver, William’s brother and Hannah M., his wife and sister of William’s wife, Eleanor E.; Levi Culver, William’s father; David Culver, William’s brother and David Lamphiere; W.A. Beach and R.A. Lottridge were their counsel; District Attorney Colby and T. S. Banker appeared for the people. At one o’clock this afternoon, only one witness had been examined, and there was every indication that the case would be a protracted one. Up to this point, no important testimony and no evidence sufficiently interesting for publication, had been elicited.

Troy Daily Times

April 23, 1863

The Culver Case

The examination of David Lamphiere, Levi, Benjamin, David and Hannah Culver, who are supposed to be implicated in the Stephentown murder, was continued yesterday afternoon and this morning. In order to accommodate the counsel, who desired to attend the adjourned Circuit, the examination was adjourned until 3 o’clock this afternoon. Thus far, a mass of testimony has been elicited, bearing upon the murder, but in no way connecting the persons under examination with the crime. The prisoner’s counsel, Messrs. Lottridge and Beach, offered to admit that Jenks was murdered and desired to begin at the Coroner’s verdict – claiming that only the evidence relating to the persons under examination should be received. The District Attorney, assisted by T. S. Banker, deemed that the ends of justice required a thorough investigation of the case. The theory of the prosecution is that the murderer needed the assistance of some other man in carrying the body from one barn to the other, and there must have been a male accessory. The case began to grow somewhat interesting this morning, when a discussion arose between the District Attorney and Mr. Beach. It is not probable that the case will be finished today.

Troy Daily Times

June 10, 1863

Benjamin Culver, who was indicted by the Grand Jury in connection with the Stephentown murder case, has been arrested by Officer Hurlbut and lodged in jail.

Troy Daily Times

October 15, 1863

Murder Trial

The trial of Benjamin Culver, charged with being accessory to the murder of Stephen Jenks, at Sand Lake, was begun in the Court of Oyer and Terminer, before Judge Peckham, at 10 o’clock this morning. Some little time was spent in empanelling a jury. One or two of the jurors were challenged, and George Churchill, of this city, was excused on account of his conscientious scruples. He stated that he could not find a verdict that would hang a man, however guilty he might be. The following jurors were finally sworn: Horatio Vars; Robert H. Cunningham; Charles Wolf; E.J. Cridge; Nelson M. Cheney; Jesse K. Brundage; Reuben Ames; A. Petts; John R. Simpson; George M. Green; Peter Jordan; John W. Brundage.

District Attorney Colby opened the case on behalf of the people and the testimony for the prosecution was commenced – Martin J. Townsend appearing on that side. W.A. Beach and R.A. Lottridge are counsel for the prisoner, an intelligent looking man, who seemed quite composed amid the trying ordeal. The trial came to a sudden termination about 11 o’clock, the first witness, Ellen (Eleanor) Culver, declined to swear to the same facts that she gave in evidence before the grand jury and as the prisoner could not be convicted without her testimony, an acquittal followed.

The trial of William Culver, who is indicted as the principal in this case was postponed until the next Court of Oyer and Terminer, owing to the absence of David Lamphiere, a material witness, who has enlisted in the army.

Troy Daily Times

November 29, 1864

Criminal Trials – End of the Culver Murder Case

The grand jury of the present Court are busily at work. In the Oyer and Terminer, criminal trials will probably be taken up this afternoon. William Culver the principal actor in the Stephentown murder, was brought into court this morning, after a steady confinement of ten months in jail. He is charged with the murder of Stephen Jenks, about two years ago. The fatal difficulty occurred in Jenks’ barn and its cause was a woman who had deserted Culver for Jenks. About noon today, he was arraigned by District Attorney Colby and pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the second degree. Martin L. Townsend, who was associated with the public prosecutor and the District Attorney made a few remarks – saying that they believed the ends of justice would be met by accepting the plea. Judge Ingalls therefore received it, and Culver was remanded to jail for sentence.

Troy Daily Times

November 30, 1864

Criminal Matters

In the upper tribunal, old Levi Culver, who was committed by Judge Ingalls for contempt of court, was released last evening.

William Culver, who pled guilty to manslaughter in the second degree, has not yet been sentenced. The highest penalty that can be imposed is seven years.

Troy Daily Times

December 2, 1864

Sentence of Prisoners

In the Court of Oyer and Terminer, at 9:30 this morning, Judge Ingalls proceeded to pass sentence upon several criminals, whose cases were moved by District Attorney Colby. William Culver, a man about thirty-two years of age, residing in Stephentown, had pled guilty to manslaughter in the second degree, in causing the death of Stephen Jenks. His counsel, Mr. Beach submitted the circumstances attending the homicide. The prisoner had fired a gun at the deceased, causing his death, under the supposition that the latter was at the barn of the prisoner’s father for the purpose of poisoning his cattle. It was proven that Jenks, the deceased, had formerly been charged with poisoning cattle, and had a bottle with him when his body was found and a potato that contained poison. The counsel said that notwithstanding these facts, Culver was not justified in using the violent means he did, to repel the trespass – so he had advised him to plead guilty to a grade of crime, which presupposed that the deceased was engaged in the commission of a wrong.

District Attorney Colby stated some of the facts developed on the part of the prosecution – that there was a woman in the case who had lived both with the deceased and the prisoner – that there were spots of blood on the ground between Jenks’ house and his barn, giving rise to the theory that he had been deliberately killed at the former place, and the body was carried to the barn, where the poison was place in his pockets. There was no direct evidence to bear out this theory, but circumstances pointed to these facts.

Mr. Beach claimed that there was no proof of these facts at all; that the prisoner had pled in accordance with what would have probably been the verdict of the court and jury, if the case had gone to trial and should only be punished in accordance with that plea.

Judge Ingalls made a brief address in passing sentence. He said,

“Culver, you have been indicted for the crime of murder, but have pleaded to a much lighter grade, and your punishment will be correspondingly lessened. Instead of suffering the extreme penalty of the law, you will only endure confinement in prison. Yet it is necessary that some punishment be inflicted as a warning against the rapidly growing practice of using firearms and tampering with human life. The sentence of the court is that you be confined in Clinton prison, at hard labor, for the term of six years and six months.”


Mills and Dams

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The information on this page cames from the Stephentown Historical Society’s Bicenntenial Album 1784-1984. Please keep in mind that the information was published in 1984, and in many cases is probably outdated, with reference to whether mills or parts of them are still standing, etc.

“For the early settlers the necessities of life were food, shelter and clothing. They had to seek services of various kinds to fill these needs. As the population of colonial America was small and labor was in short supply, most communities were anxious to attract men skilled in mill building to provide worksaving machines.

The patroon often built the first gristmill to entice settlers to an area. Millers were often granted land and water rights, and free labor was often provided to help build many an early saw or gristmill. The mills were set up on the streams and brooks, and the villages were established around them.

the miller was handy in many fields: carpentry, basic machinery, architecture, engineering and hydraulics, and simple mechanical principles (the inclined plane, the lever, the wheel and axle, the screw, the pulley and the wedge).

Mills were not only practical places of industry but gathering places. Nearly every man at one time stopped at the mill to have his grain ground, wood sawed or some other task done. The miller prospered as he took pay to barter, money or toll (a percentage of milled grain). Any miller caught overcharging was subject to a stiff fine, which sometimes led to confiscation of his mill. His prosperity led to other activities in the settlement, such as moneylending and trading. His importane was acknowledged by town leaders who destowed upon him the title of “Master”. Millers were often town supervisors or on the town council.

The first recorded gristmill was in Goodrich hollow. One water rights were secured, other mills were established. Some of these owners of mills were ELI YOUNG, TOM GLOVES, WILLIAM LANDON AND IRVING COLEMAN.

Other mills manufactured fabrics (flannels, satinet, wadding, wool and cotton) after the carding mills prepared the raw fibers for the looms. The names of some of these mill operators of the early and mid-1800’s have been recorded: ADAMS & CHAPMAN, SAMUEL UDELL, JONATHAN BURCH, HUMPHREY & PERRY, EDWIN ADDAMS, GEORGE W. GLASS, EDMOND CHEREVOY, IRVING COLEMAN, BEEBE & REED, and a man named DAWLEY.

There was a brush factory, a tannery and a foundry.

In 1854, Stephentown had more than nine sawmills in operation on Black River, Roaring Brook and Kinderhook Creek. Since sawmills were run with water power, dams were built to control the flow. Some of the sawmill operators of that time were: STEPHEN ORIN, BRAINARD & GIBBS, BENJAMIN GIFFORD, LIONEL UDELL, MOSES WORDEN, MERRILL MEED AND CALVIN THOMPSON.

The following listing of mills was gathered by Donald Sutherland and several others residents who lived in the Garfield area during the early 1900’s:

1) The CONKLIN sawmill, located near the Creamery, was run by JAMES CONKLIN around 1915.

2) The ATWATER sawmill and gristmill were located on Kinderhook Creek in Garfield. DANIEL ATWATER sawed wood here until the early 1920’s, making white birch squares for spool wood. DONALD SUTHERLAND worked in this mill in 1916. The mill was powered by a turbine supplemented by a steam engine. Later a gasoline engine provided power. The mill had a work room and a loading platform. In 1924-26 CHARLES PAYNE, a Maine lumberman, used the end of the ATWATER building by VARY’S store to saw brush backs, using a Model T Ford for power.

3) There was a dam in Stephentown Flats in front of the Maple Grove Seminary, by GEORGE HUNT’s woodworking shop. Hunt’s son IRVING ran the shop in 1916.

4) A large power cutter existed as a dry mill before 1890 below the junction of Roaring Brook and Kinderhook Creek. The mill was located across the road from the CLARK home and store, which was owned later by GLASS and still later by SARAH ALDERMAN.

5) An old concrete wheelpit is located under WESLEY RATHBUN’S barn. The raceway ran through the mill from the hill across the road from CARL JENSEN’S home. The original barn was moved to ROSSMAN MANTON’S farm, where it stands today.

6) There was a mill on Black River just downstream from the Cherry Plain
Conservation Dam.

7) Near the present beaver dam and just above the bridge on Black River Road is a foundation that may have served as a mill or a storage pond for the large dam several hundred feet downstream (see # 8)

8) A few hundred feet downstream from #7 was a large dam with wing walls and an up and down sawmill (according to Ulysses Sweener). The foundation and wheelpit were still standing in 1975. It was owned by PASCHAL SWEENER, grandfather of Ulysses. The reminents were not standing in 1998.

9) Lily Pond stream and flume ran nearly a mile. The raceway is still visible. It can be reached by traveling up Black River Road, past Nelson Sweener’s farm and following the power line across Black River to the raceway.

10 & 11) There was an up-and-down sawmill behind Schmich’s home. In 1916 Irving Coleman ran a gristmill, using the old water supply at the former mill. He built another dam (#11) that filled a pond back of his mill. The pond fed a millrace to the turbine that ran his millstones and elevator. The tailrace from this mill crossed under Route 43 and ran into Black River in the early 1900’s.

12) A dam and a mill were located on Sutherland road across from Edward Fox’s home. The area was considered dangerous, as quicksand existed in the vicinity of the wheelpit (or so Donald Sutherland was told as a child).

13) There was a mill of unknown type about 2000 feet upstream from Black River Bridge.

14) Lincoln Green, an ancestor of Ralph Barrett, operated a sawmill on Roaring Brook just below Stone Bridge. His dam controlled Stone Bridge Pond. The site was obliterated by the new route 43 in 1976.

15) About 1000 feet upstream from Irving Hunt’s home, just below the road and bridge, was a dam that may have been used for a sawmill. Two bridges existed, one for the highway and one for the raceway. The dam provided excellent trout fishing between 1917 and 1930.

16) In the woods on the Sutherland farm was a mill, probably a sawmill, on Roaring Brook. It was located near the Hunt-Sutherland property line.

17) On the Enos property near the Sutherland homestead on Duncan Mountain (Mary’s Camp) road was a dam site and a carding mill on Roaring Brook. The dam was located just above the bridge. Calvin Atwater later bought the property for the pine trees that grew on it. Then Harold Sutherland purchased it to extend his pasture.

18) A large dam ruin exists about 2000 feet downstream from #17. A raceway ran from this site southeastward to a small pond back of the former Rathbun home, which had been the mill president’s home. This pond may have supplied water to the Platts. Carl Jensen owns the property now.

19) Near the old Thomas School on Black Brook off Garfield Road, a side road turns right and leads downhill to the ruins of a house. Back of this ruin are the foundations of a wheelpit and a raceway. If you follow the raceway upstream it leads to the ruins of a dam. Several feet away is evidence of a millpond.

20) One of the first mills in the area was a gristmill on the Solomon Carpenter property on Goodrich Hollow between 1790 and 1800. The mill’s exact location is unknown. The mill was probably run by the Goodrich family. Solomon’s son Philander used one of the millstones for a doorstep and another for a watering tub support.

24) Another early gristmill (before 1800) was operated in the southern part of town by Eli Young, who subsequently moved to the Black River area.

25) William Landon built a gristmill and foundry in the southwest part of town around 1800.

26) Possibly the first gristmill was operating in Stephentown as early as 1781. According to the HISTORY OF RENSSELAER COUNTY “Soon after 1781…by a line of marked trees Amaziah Bailey carried his half-bushel of corn upon his back six miles from Bailey Mountain in the Alps to the gristmill at Stephentown.” REED, and a man named DAWLEY.

There was a brush factory, a tannery and a foundry.

In 1854, Stephentown had more than nine sawmills in operation on Black River, Roaring Brook and Kinderhook Creek. Since sawmills were run with water power, dams were built to control the flow. Some of the sawmill operators of that time were: STEPHEN ORIN, BRAINARDdam

Daniel Smith Papers

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Papers of Daniel Smith and his wife Elizabeth Gardner

The following information was sent by Wendell Spencer.

Papers of Daniel Smith, & his wife Elizabeth Gardner, living in Stephentown NY. before 1820.
Papers of their son, Daniel G. Smith & wife Norcissa Humphrey of Josiah at Rensselaer Co., NY, moved to Lysander, Onondaga, Military Lot #83,
Papers of 3rd Generation same family, Enos Smith. Also Includes Records and Names Outside the Family. additional detail by Wendell Spencer
. 1, folder 1 “Deeds and contracts 1821-1825”

Silas Greenman apprentice contract to Daniel Smith dated 3/8/1821 for three summer seasons of mason trade to be paid with ½ of what Smith bills Greenman’s time. Tools to be furnished by Smith excepting one stone hammer to be furnished by Greenman. Signatures of Eli Holcomb, Elisa (short for Elizabeth, Daniel’s wife?) Smith, Silas Greenman, Daniel Smith.

5-1-1825 Subpoena. Daniel Smith defendant, Stephen Bennett plaintiff, George R. Davis, Atty. For “trespass, assault and battery.”

9/20/1825 Settlement of $24 to settle trespass, assault and battery in two causes: 1) James Harrington vs. Daniel Smith and Silas Greenman and 2) Rufus _______? and James Harrington vs. Daniel Smith, Silas Greenman and Hepzabeth Loacke

57, box 1, folder 2 “Stephenson School Records, 1797”

Proprietors, Scholars and number of days attended. David Harwood, preceptor at $7 per month. Lists “Subscribers Names, Scholars and number of days attended.” Names include: Heward, King, Doty, Beckwith, Morpe, Cowdry, Gould, Spencer, Spaulden, Stephens, James, Worden, Whitman, Mory, Sanford, Hunting, Green, and Chapman. Perhaps others unreadable during this inspection. William Douglas, JP certified. (believe Heward is Howard) ws

57, box 1, folder 3 “Military Discharge 1809”

This folder includes a commission, not a discharge. Daniel Smith as a Corporal in Captain Rufus Sweets Company in the Regiment of Militia, September 9, 1809 by Elisha Steward, esq. Lieut. Col. Commandant Rensselaer County, NY. William L. Gardner, Adjt. This paper is mounted on a card stock.
(believe Wm. Gardner mar. a Smith).
57, box 1, folder 4 “Certificate of military service, 1811”

This appears to be a commission as well. Josiah Humphrey as a Captain in the Regiment of Militia, May 20, 1811 by Caleb Carr, esq. Lieut. Col. Commandant. Signed by Daniel D. Tompkins, Governor, NY, 4-10-1811 and Anthony Lamb, Deputy Secretary, 5-9-1811. (Daniel G. Smith’s wife was Norcissa M. Humphrey)
(Josiah and son mentioned in Holcomb Diary, son Rensselaer settled in Fayette Village, Ohio).
57, box 1, folder 5 “Patent and Certificate”

This is an order for a McCormick’s patented Virginia reaper and mower from William Daggett & Co. in Jordan to be delivered on or before July 10, 1853. Payment is $30 plus freight from Buffalo and $85 on the first of December thereafter with interest from the first of July 1853. This machine is guaranteed to cut 1½ acres of wheat per hour and save at least ¾ of all wheat normally lost or the manufacturer will take it back. C.H. McCormick listed on the bottom and payable to Cayuga Co. Bank in Auburn, Plainville P.O., Onondaga Co., NY. (Smiths bur. at Plainville, Cem.)

Sunday School certificate for D. G. Smith for “Good Conduct, Industry and Punctuality in the Bible Class of Plainville Sunday School” dated 13 November 1870.

57, box 1, folder 6 “Deeds and Contracts 1797-1817”

Two papers transferring 1 acre of property from Ezra Sanford to Davis Cowary for $30 (Dec. 1797). It appears the same property is then transferred from Davis Cowary to David Smith for $55 (1817??).

Mason apprentice contract between Lemuel Haskill, 17 year old son of Thomas Horton and Easter Horton of Conan Co. of Columbia for a period of 4 years, 7 months, 22 days. Lemuel is not to play dice, cards, unlawful games, visit taverns, ale houses or engage in fornication or matrimony. He is to attend school and will be furnished “holy day” clothes. Signed by Niles Bentley, Lydia Hassall (appears to be witnesses), Daniel Smith, Esther Horton and Lemuel Hasell.
(a Bentley researcher originally found this Smith Papers Collection and told me of it) ws
Slip of paper that appears to be a note of some sort that Daniel Smith will account for $15 to someone. Names that can be discerned are John Smith and “Ephraim Smith agent for David Smith.”

57, box 1, folder 7 “Deeds and Contracts 1826-1829”

Deed for 25 acres from William Townsend to Benjamin and Eliza Carter 26 June 1826 for $200. Lot 37 subdivision No 5 Township of Cato, Cayuga County, NY.

Deed for 4 acres from Hiram W. and Mary Brown to David Smith 9 March 1828 for $485. Signature shows “Polly” Brown so this must have been another name that Mary went by.

Promissory note from Daniel Smith to Jehiel Hines in the amount of $690, 18 April 1820, payable $345 upon signature, $86.25 to be paid on 20 December 1820 and three more payments of $86.25 each year thereafter with interest from April 1. This appears to be for 2 acres of land that borders D. Smiths property and is described on the note.

57, box 1, folder 8 “Deeds and Contracts 1836-1846”

Deed for 5 acres from Claudius and Phebe Moffett to Daniel Smith for $84.65 on 2 March 1836. This deed is on the back of a deed transferring the same property from Spencer Whitman to Claudius Moffett in an earlier transaction.

Deed transferring 100 acres and what appears to be houses, farm machinery and a “fanning mill” and a cow from Jacob Albright to Daniel G. Smith and Daniel Smith. Albright appears to have purchased this property in an earlier transaction from Davis Kester. This transaction included lumber, doors and such located at the shop of John Corey in Lysander. Purchase price was $3,400 and paid $319.25 down and $3,080.75 on the first day of May, next. Date on this document is June 5, 1839.

Deed transferring 50 acres from Mary, Mariett and Ancelina Pratt to John Cady. Property in Windsor on the county road leading from Dalton to Windsor. Dated 11 April 1846.

57, box 1, folder 9 “Wills 1887-1889”

This is the will of Daniel G. Smith and probate forms from the court. Enos Smith was the executor. The will is dated 9-8-1882 and there are dates of 1 August 1889 and 15 September 1887 on some of the documents. There is also a document that has printed instructions for inventories of estates. The will names the Daniel G. Smith family: wife Narcissa M. Smith, Mary N. Upson (widow of Orlando Upson), Emily S. Adams (wife of W. Irving Adams of Syracuse), Esther E. Davis (wife of H. Davis in Tekonsha, Michigan) and son Enos Smith. Witnesses are J.H. Norton and Emily Norton and it shows to be recorded in Book 29, page 520, Onondaga County, NY. The transcriber has granted permission to present his transcription. I have a second transcription that will be made available. I am most grateful to the transcriber for his work in bringing this collection to us. I have much additional information about the family of Josiah Humphrey after his children left Rensselaer Co. ws