DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS WAIT
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
"Once in the flight of ages past,
There lived a man:__and who was he?
Unknown the regions of his birth,
The sand in which he died unknown:
His name has perished from the earth."
Collected, Complied and Published by
JOHN CASSAN WAIT
Attorney and counsellor at Law; Civil Engineer;
Author; Sometimes Assistant Professor of Engineering,
Sometime Assistant Corporation Counsel,
The City of New York. etc.
A note from the transcriber of this work.
This work by John Cassan Wait is a furthering of the book by D. Byron WAITE
1893 of the WAIT family.
The LDS copy I transcribed from has no cover or title page. #42121
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This fragment of the general history of the Wait family
is published by the author as his contribution to what he
hopes may some day become a complete genealogy of the
Wait family. It is the best arrangement that the author
can make from the records at hand, which have been col-
lected at the expense of considerable time, search and cor-
respondence, and is a brief statement of what is know of
the Rhode Island branch of the Wait family. It has been
compiled from a mass of correspondence collected by the
author and by Henry E. Waite, West Newton, Mass., and
from a little book by D. Byron Wait, now out of print. The
author also acknowledges him self indebted to John W. Wait,
of Sandy Hill, N. Y. In 1875-78 Henry E. Waite received
many letters about the Rhode Island family, which he pru-
dently preserved, and this booklet contains the substance of
those records, which could not at this day be reproduced.
It is believed that with the records herein preserved, as a
guide, members of the Rhode Island family will by a
study of the deeds and wills in the probate and town clerks'
offices of southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, be en-
abled to trace their respective genealogies with little trouble.
In anticipation of the reprinting of this booklet and the
ultimate incorporation of it in a general history of the
family, the reader is earnestly requested to supply omissions
and to communicate any correction or additions that he may
be able to contribute. in order to make the record complete.
An important fact may in some cases prove of great value.
Members of the Wait family are particularly requested to
give such facts as are within their knowledge.
John Cassan Waite,
Attorney and Counsellor-at-Law,
No. 220 Broadway,
The City of New York.
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4 WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND.
The word "Wait" anciently spelled Wayghte or Wayte,
is derived from the old high German wahten (to keep
watch); it is common in the sense of guard or watchman to
all the Teutonic languages, the German wacht, Dutch vaght,
Swedish wakt and English watch. When used as a verb, its
meaning is "to stay in expectation of "; as a noun, it de-
notes a minstrel watchman.
The original Waytes were found in England immediately
after the Norman conquest, only among the retainers of
the king, Princes and great Barons; but their rank gradu-
ally degenerated with that of the other orders of minstrels,
until now the name is applied only to those itinerant musi-
cians, who, in most of the large towns in England, go round
the principal streets at night, for some time before Christ-
mas, play two or three tunes, call the hour, then remove to
a suitable distance, where they go through the same cere-
mony, and so on until four or five o'clock in the morning.
This system seems to have been-profitable, for the records
of the Police Court of London show that a leader of the
Waits applied to it to protect him from the infringement of
his privileges. the post seems to have been no sinecure; it
was productive and profitable-so much so that it could be
purchased. It was under the control of the high constable
and the court burgesses. It being discovered that other
Waits were going about the town and usurping the privilege
in the most fashionable quarters, the matter became serious.
The leader of the Waits having paid for his, rights, asked
that they should be protected, and by the decision of the
magistrates his right was recognized and he was promised
support. It is very common at Christmas time for wander-
ing musicians to make their rounds during the night and
discourse popular airs calculated to inspire the inhabitants
to charitable thoughts (?) for which they expect a gratuity
on "boxing day." The following is a verbatim of a printed
bill left by a party of these wandering minstrels.
"To the ladies and gentlemen residing in Brunswick,
Tavistock, and Euston-square, Burton-crescent and neigh-
bourhood. Ladies and Gentlemen--with sensible recolec-
tions of by-gone patronage, you wandering melodists, THE
CHRISTMAS WAITS, beg to offer their best compliments on
the approaching festival. The band on this occasion, as
heretofore, has been numerous and select, and trust to merit
that liberal diffusion of favors which has enlivened our
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND. 5
homes and cheered our hearts for a series of years. We
trust our sprightly notes of melody, awakening sweet Echo on
the dull ear of Night, has stole on your slumbers and again
lulled you to repose with the soothing candenza of the lul-
Mr. Putnam and J. Lawless, violins, 6 Swinton Place,
Bagnigge Wells Road and 33 Middlesex Street, Somers
down; J. Sawyer, Clarionet, 25 Hertford Street, Somer
Town; E. Smith, Double Bass, 16 Little Coram Street; J.
Smith; violoncello; T. Shambler, flute, 7 Swinton Place,
Bagnigge Wells Road."
"Having redeemed our pledge, we shall have the honour
of paying our personal respects in the holyday week. In
respectfully taking our leave, we beg to remind you, that
as some who are pretenders to the Magic Wand of Apollo,
it may be necessary to say that we will produce a book
with a printed label containing our names, instruments and
addresses as above."
When surnames were generally introduced into England
in the eleventh century, those who held an office in most
cases added its designation to their Christian names, thus:
Richard; the minstral-watchman; who was known as Richard
le (the) Wait, afterward, contracted to Richard Wayte.
The name has since :been spelled Wayte, Wayt, Wayght, Waight,
Wait Waitt; Wate, Weight, Waiet, etc.
In A. D. 1075; William the Conqueror gave the Earldom,
City and Castle of Norwich, in England, to "Ralf de Waiet"
(son of "Ralf" an Englishman, by a Welsh woman), who,
married Emma sister to Roger, Earl of Hereford, cousin of
the Conqueror, etc.
The earliest record found and the source from whence all
by the name seem to trace their origin, was Ralf de Waiet.
There is no question among genealogical gleaners but that
Ricardus le Wayte, of the county Warwick, who was in
1315 Escheator of counties Berkshire, Wilts, Oxford, Bed-
ford and Bucks, was a direct lineal descendant of Ralf.
Thereafter the name was written Wayte almost exclusively
until the different ones of the name came to New England
When that was discarded and Wait or Waite was used instead,
the latter form arising from a custom to add e to words as in
Thinke, finde, putte, boate, etc.
Our kindred, though distant, are pretty freely distributed
over the central portion of Southern England, extending
6 WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND
Thence to Northern Wales, the land from which our progeni-
tors came to the New World, and very often in the re-
sponses to our inquiries of those of the same name have
we received the same reply, showing that tradition, which in-
vestigation proves to be a fact, has handed down well that
portion of our own history. "We descended from three
brothers who came from Wales" Richard, the eldest of
those brothers, was born in 1596, Gamaliel in 1598, and
Thomas in 1601, and they came to Boston in 1634 the same
year the ballot box was first used in the colony, Richard
was at one time marshal there.
The different branches of the Wait family contribute ap-
proximately the same traditions of the early life of their
ancestors. in each there are some essential and prominent
features, from which it may be deduced, and with reasonable
certainty, that our ancestor, Thomas Wait; of Rhode
Island, came originally from Wales and that there were
three brothers. who were farmers and herdsmen by ocupa-
tion. That on one particular occasion they were driving a
herd of cattle to some market place in Wales and were
beset by a so~called press-gang. By their daring and skill
they managed to get away, sold their cattle and immediately
went on board a vessel bound to P1ymouth. N. E. America,
at which port they safely arrived. Two settled in Plymouth
colony and the third settled in Rhode Island. The above
is doubtless true in most particulars. It was Thomas who
went to Portsmoutb, R. I., probably in 1638.
They were cousins to Thomas Wayte, who was a member
of Parliament and one of the Judges who signed the war-
rant in 1649 for the execution of Charles the first. The
late Morrison Remick Waite, Chief Justice of the United
States, traced his lineage through Henry Matson Wait,
Remick Wait and three Thomas Waits to Thomas Wayte,
Like many of the ancient families of Britain, ours
had its "coat of arms" down to the middle of the seven-
teenth century. When Charles II ascended the throne in
1660,Those who were instrumental in putting his father to
death were brought to the scaffold (except John Dixwell,
William Goffe, and Edward Whalley, who fled to America),
and Thomas Wayte, being one of that number, either by
act of Parliament, or edict from the throne, tradition says
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND 7
the family was deprived of that insignia. From the de-
scriptions handed down several coats of arms have been
engraved which give the essential elements of the original.
(Four graphics of the shield and arms go here.)
The crest is describe as "a bugle horn, stringed, sable,
Garnished," and the arms as "Argent, chevron gules be-
tween three bugle-horns, stringed, sable, borne by the name
WAYTE. The motto of the wait family is "Pro aris et
focis," meaning, " For our homes and alters."
The bugle portrays the musical element of the family and
tends to support the traditions that the original Waytes
were musician attendants to the king and his Knights.
(Two costumes of the 11th and the 17th centuries go here.)
The earliest settlers of New England of the name, were
Richard, born 1598, of Boston,1634, Marshall of the colony,
8 WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND.
Gamaliel, his brother, born 1598, of Boston; Thomas, born
1601, of Portsmouth, R. I., 1639; Richard, born 1608, of
Watertown, Mass, 1637; John, born 1618, of Malden, Mass,
1644; Thomas, of Ipswich, Mass., 1658, Alexander, of Bos-
ton, 1637; George, of Providence, R I., 1646; John, of
Windsor, Conn., 1649; Benjamin, of Hatfield, 1663.
On Feb 5, 1631, the ship "Lyon" with twenty passengers
and a large cargo of provisions came to anchor in Nantucket
Roads. On the 8th she reached Boston, and the 9th, which
had been set apart as a day of fasting and prayer for the
little colony sorely stricken by famine, was made a day of
thanksgiving and praise for its sudden deliverance. Among
those who on that day first united their prayers with the
prayers of the elder colonists was the young colonist, Roger
Little is known of the early history of Roger Williams
except that he was born in Wales about 1606; attracted early
in life the attention of Sir Edward Coke, by his skill in
taking down in shorthand sermons and speeches in the Star
Chamber. He was sent by the great lawyer to Sutton hos-
pital, now known as the Charter House, and went thence in
the regular time to Oxford, took orders in the Church of
England, and finally embraced the doctrine of the Puritans.
Besides Latin and Greek, which formed the principal ob-
jects of a university course, he acquired a competent knowl-
edge of Hebrew and several modern languages, for the study
of which he seemed to have had a peculiar faculty. His
industry and attainments soon won him a high place in the
esteem of his religious brethren, and although described by
one who knew him as "passionate and precipitate," he
gained and preserved the respect of some of the most emi-
nent among his theological opponents. When this "godly
and jealous young minister" landed in Boston he found the
territory which had long been known as Massachusetts in the
possession of two distinct colonies-the colony of Plymouth,
founded in 1620, by the followers of John Robinson, of
Leyden, and known as the colony of Separatists, men who
had separated from the Church of England, but were willing
to grant to others. the same freedom of opinion which they
claimed for themselves, and the colony of Massachusetts
Bay, founded ten years later by a band intelligent Puri-
tans, many of them men of position and fortune who,
alarmed by the variety of new opinions and doctrines which
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE 1SLAND 9
seemed, to menace a total subversion of what they regarded
a religion, had resolved to establish a new dwelling place in
a new world, with the Old and New Testament for statute
books and constitution, It was to this iron-bound colony
that Roger Williams brought his restless, vigorous and fear-
In 1635 Roger Williams was sentenced to banishment, but
through the efforts of his friends the sentence was not car-
ried out. In the following winter Williams fled into exile
and was warmly received by Massasoit and Canonicus,
chiefs of Indian tribes, the former of whom gave him a
tract of land on the Seekonk river. The Governor of
Plymouth having claimed jurisdiction over that part of the
Seekonk, Williams, and five friends in the summer of 1636
went down the river and up the Providence river and began
a settlement which they named Providence.
The freedom of conscience enjoyed at Providence drew
many people thither from Boston and other towns in Mas-
sachusetts. Williams reserved no political power to him-
self, but seemed to be actuated solely by the desire to make
happy those around him. He was strenuous in asserting
his own views, but he and his associates resolutely refrained
from interfering with the rights of others,
Ann Hutchinson was another strong character that had
come to New England. She was of a high and subtle
spirit and taught that salvation was the fruit of grace,
not of works. It is easy to conceive how such a doctrine
might be perverted by logical interpretation and religious
standing made independent of moral character. She was a
woman deeply imbued with the controversial temper of her age.
In the autumn of 1837, under the leadership of William
Coddington, John Clarke, Ann Hutchinson and fifteen
others left Boston with the intention of settling on Dela-
ware Bay. They called on Roger Williams during the jour-
ney and were treated with such winning hospitality that they
accepted his invitation to settle in the land of the Narragan-
setts, from whose chief, Miantonomah, they purchased the
island of Aquidneck (Peaceable Island), now Rhode Island.
and in March, 1638, they laid the foundation of a new
town, Pocasset, the Indian name for that locality, near north
end of the island; the name "Portsmouth" was given to
the settlement at a meeting Jan 5 or 15, 1639.
10 WAITE FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND
William Coddington, who had been a crown magistrate
at Salem, was chosen Governor of the Rhode Island colony.
Thus, two flourishing settlements were planted each having
its own government. Absolute Liberty of conscience pre-
vailed, and the persecuted flocked thither from the other
colonies. These people were so-called non-conformists and
were Quakers, and they formed a plantation which, with
Providence and Newport, obtained from England in Mar.,
1644 a charter under the title of "The Incorporation of
Providence Plantations in the Narragansett Bay in New
England" Coddington and his party drew up and signed
the following compact: "We, whose names are under-
written, do swear solemnly, in the presence of Jehovah, to
incorporate ourselves into a body politic, and as He shall
help us, will submit our persons, lives and estates unto our
Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Hosts
and to His holy Word of Truth, to be guided add judged
thereby," and Coddington was chosen chief ruler, with three
assistants, which comprised the council, and .the motto of
their seal was "Amor Vincit Omnia."
Another settlement at Newport was formed in the south-
ern part of the island. Here breaking roads, clearing up
woods, exterminating wolves and foxes, opening a trade in
lumber, engaging boldly in building ships, and above a11,
forming a free and simple government with careful regard
to religion and education, they soon found themselves in
advance of their elder sister, Providence. The next year
in early May, 1638, another company went from Boston and
joined them, and it is supposed that among that number
was Thomas Wait, who was born in 1601, and who landed
in America in 1634.
I. Thomas1 Wait (1601-1677), almost immediately after
his arrival at Rhode Island, applied for a lot on which to
build (the land being held in common), and at the first
meeting of the council thereafter the record of its proceed-
ing reads: "July I, 1639, Granted to Thomas Wait a
house lot next Mr. Wick's" Mar. 16, 1641, He was made a
Freeman at Newport, R. I., a privilege then only granted
to church members, and May 6, 1649, he was witness to the
will of Anthony Paine; in 1655 he is again described as a
Freeman; Apr. 30, 1661, he bought lands in Acushnet and
Cohasset, Mass., and is described as a husbandman. Thomas1
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND 11
Wait was also a Freeman at Boston, Oct. 8, 1640. He died
in Portsmouth some time before Apr. 1677, intestate, and
the Town Council divided his property among his children;
Samue2, Joseph2, Jerimiah2, Thomaes2, Mary2 and Reu-
ben2. His wife's name is not on record that we can find;
she must have died previous to the division of his property.
These are the only children mentioned in the division,
but there is some evidence that Thomas1 had another son,
Benjamin2 who is supposed to have been the third child of
Thomas, and to have been born about 1644, and is be-
lieved to be the same Benjamin2, who was one of the peti-
tioners of Hadley, Mass., Apr. 25, 1665; of Hatfield, Hamp-
shire Co., Mass, 1668, and who was slain by Indians at
Deerfield, Mass., 1704. These facts seem to be verified by
Hampshire Co. deeds at Springfield, Mass., Vol. C, pp. 72-3,
whereby Thomas1 Wait, of Seacourt, R. I., and Benjamin2
Wait, of Hatfield, Mass., Feb. 3, 1700, bought property in
Brookfield, Mass, of John Ayers, etc. Brookfield is about
half way between Hatfield and Portsmouth, R. I., near
Worcester, Mass. Seacourt, R. I. is not given on the mod-
ern maps. In vol. C, P. 439, a deed is recorded whereby
John3, Jeremiah3 and Joseph3, sons of Benjamin of Hatf-
ield, Mass., and John Belding, Joseph Smith and Ebenezer
Wells, who married daughters of Benjamin, deceased, sold,
May 24, 1717, the land in Brookfield, formerly the estate of
John Ayers, deceased and they warranted the same against
Thomas Wait, our uncle, brother of the aforesaid Benjamin
Wait, deceased. Henry E, Waite, who has made the records
of the Wait family the subject of much study and investiga-
tion, says: "There is no doubt in my mind about Benjamin
being the son of the first Thomas Wait, of Rhode Island.
He was in Hatfield in 1665. (Petition Mass. State Archives, State
House, Boston, pp. 106, 107.)"
Thomas1 invariably wrote his name Wait, and his de-
scendants also, with very few exceptions, down almost to
the present, while his cousin Richard, born in 1608, and
who settled Watertown, Mass., in 1637 wrote his name
Waite, and also did all the descendants of Thomas, the
regicide who settled in Connecticut. The use of the letter
e at the end of the words was very common at one time, after
the early spelling of many words, as thinke, speake, finde, etc.
12 WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND
I. THOMAS1 (1601-1677) had then six children.
II. 1. SAMUEL2, (Thomas1) (1640-1694), of Narragansett,
1663 and 1671; Wickford, 1668; Portsmouth, R. I., 1677 to
1694. In 1663, July 3, he and others of Narragansett de-
sired to be under protection of Connecticut only; in 1668,
May 4, he and others of Wickford petitioned the Connecti-
cut authorities to reassume the protection of their settle-
ment, or that they might look for government and protec-
tion elsewhere; in 1671, May 20, be took oath of allegiance
to Rhode Island; in 1673, July 6, he was a Freeman; in, 1677,
Feb. 11, he was at Portsmouth, R I. He and his wife Han-
nah deeded to Thomas2 the house and all the land in Ports-
mouth, given and appointed by will made by Town Council,
being 30 acres, which had been owned by the father of said
Samuel2 and Thomas2; 1685, Feb. 2, he was a freeman and
conveyed to Thomas; 1693, Mar. 30. he sold to William
Burrington for L5O two pieces of land in Portsmouth; with
houses, etc., one piece of land containing 16 acres, the other
being two acres; in 1694, May 7, at Kings Town, he sold
James Reynolds, Sr., 50 acres, in Kings Town, for L12.
Samuel2 m. Hannah (Whitman ?), of Kingstown, R. I., and
they had four children.
i. Samuel3, b. 1676, about, d. 1752, m. Alice Wightman,
Kingston, R. I.
ii. John3, b. Sept, 10, 1678, d.
iii. Joseph3, b. May 19, 1682, d. m. Elizabeth.
iv. Sussana3, b. Oct. 24, 1684, d. 1758, m. Moses Barber (?)
Note.-A Susanna Wait m. Benjamin Perry and they had son Freeman Perry, m.
Mercy Hazard, who had son Christopher R. Perry who m. Sarah Wallace Alexander,
who had a son Oliver Hazard Perry, Commodore U. S. Navy b. S. Kingston R. I.,
Aug. 28, 1785, d. Port Spain R. I., Aug. 28, 1819.
III. 2. JOSEPH2 (Thomas1), d. Aug 25, 1665, of Kings-
ton, R. I. In 1665, Sept. 16, administration was granted his
widow, Sarah. The Town Council determined That as she
was with child, if it was a son and lived to 21 years, he
should have L40, and if a daughter, same sum at marriage,
and if do not live, said sum to go to the widow. The
inventory amounted to L89, 35s. 10d. and consisted of
pewter, wearing apparel, spinning wheel, working tools, 2
guns, pair of bandoliers, 2 cows, 2 yearlings, calf, 7 swine,
4 shoats, 6 pigs, lambs, 10 lbs. Butter, cow in hands of
Samuel, etc. It is assumed that William3 of Rochester,
was his son, and was born late in the year 1665.
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND 13
i. William3, b. 1665, m. Elizabeth , Rochester,
Mass., and had five children.
(a) Elizabeth4, b. Feby. 4, 1696.
(b) Ruth4, b. Sept. 29, 1699.
(c) William4, b. July 29, 1701.
(d) Samuel4, b. Apr. 15, 1704
(e) Abigal4, b. Sept. 26, 1707, and m. Joseph Tripp, Jany.
Note.-A William Wait m. Sarah, dau. of Enas Kingsley, at Northampton, Mass.
And they had children John, b. Aug., 1689; wife Sarah, d. Jan. 22, 1691, and
William m. Ann, dau. Of John Webb Jr., and they had children, Joseph, b. about
1693, d. Young; Ann, b. Jan. 6, 1695; Mary, b. Feb 17 1698; Jonathon, b. Mar. 18,
1703; Thankful, b. Jan. 27, 1706; Samuel, b. Jan. 19, 1707; Jeremiah, b. Dec. 13,
1709; Experience, b. Mar. 31, 1715; Noah, b. Feb. 20, 1719. William d.1732. His
wife Ann d. Oct.7, 1748. This William Wait may have been a lost son of Thomas of
Portsmouth, Though nothing has been found to prove it.
Note.-A William Wait m. Elizabeth Stebbins Dec. 16, 1708, and had children
Sarah, b. June 1705; Hannah, b. Jan. 20, 1715; Eunice, b. May 21, 1722; Josiah, b.
Mar. 15,1725; and Josiah, b. June 22, 1731.
Note.-A John Wait m. Nov.27, 1716, Esther Edwards, and had child Esther b.
Oct. 23, 1717.
Note.-A Richard Wait m. 1686 Sarah (b. 1649) dau. Of John Clarke of Spring-
field, Mass. He was keeper of the prison at Springfield, 1691-92; of Danbury,
Conn., 1706; and of Springfield again in 1710.
Note.-A Daniel Wait served in the Continental Army June 7-Aug. 5, 1778, resi-
dence Brookfield, Wocester Co., Mass., in Col. Marshall's 10th Massachusetts,
3. BENJAMIN2 (Thomas1) (1644-1704). He was a peti-
tioner of Hadley, Mass., Apr. 25, 1665, lived at Hatfield,
1668, and was slain by Indians at Deerfield, Mass., 1704.
Bought lands at Brookfield, Mass., with Thomas, of Rhode
Island, Feb. 3, 1700, which were conveyed by his children
May 24, 1717, who warranted the same against their uncle
Thomas, Benjamin's brother. Benjamin was a soldier and
Indian scout--a brave and hardy man. For an interesting
story of the capture of his wife and children by the
Indians, who took them to Canada; his long and determined
pursuit and final recovery of them; the mother giving birth to a
dau. while in captivity, who was named "Canada," and one
of whose descendants founded Smith's College at Northamp-
ton, see Craft's history of Whateley, Mass., RP. 31, 32, 33
and 34. Benjamin m, June 8, 1670, Martha Leonard,
b. May 15, 1649, dau. of John Leonard of Springfield,
Mass., (see Craft's history of Whateley, Mass., p. 593), and
they had eight children.
i. Mary3, b. Feb. 25, 1672, m. Dec. 4, 1690, Ebenezer Wells.
ii. Martha3, b. Jan. 23, 1673 .
iii. Sarah3, b. 1675 m. John Belden of Hatfield.
iv. Canada3, b. (in Canada) Jan. 22, 1678, m. Joseph Smith
v. John3, b. Jan. 17, 1680, at Hatfield, Mass., d. 1744. He,
like his father, was much in service, was a sergeant
and commander in many excursions; was in the fight
14 WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND
With the French and Indians at Deerfield when his
father was slain. He m. Mary, dau. of Stephen and
Mary (Wells) Belden, b. May 30, 1685. They had ten
(a) John4, b. At Whately, Mass., Dec. 3 1708; d. At
Whateley, Mass., Mar. 4, 1776, m.(1) Sept 19,
1728, Submit, dau. of Benjamin and Elizabeth
(Graves) Hastings of Hatfield, b. July 16, 1707.
M. (2) Mary dau. Eleazor and Deborah (Chapin)
Frary of Hatfield, d. At Whateley, Dec. 23, 1807,
aged 96 years, removed early to what is now
Whateley. He was prominent in town and church
They had eleven children:
(1) Joel5, b. Mar. 18, 1726, d. Young.
(2) Jerusha5, b. Jan. 24, 1728, m. John Billings, removed to
(3) Eleanor5, b. Apr. 4,1730.
(4) Seth5 b. Aug. 12, 1732.
(5) Lydia5 b. Dec. 25, 1734, m. (1) a Mr. Coleman of South Had-
ley, and (2) Orange Worner of Hadley Mass.
(6) Katherine5, b. Dec. 25 1736.
(7) Chloe5, b. Feb. 26, 1738.
(8) Mary5, b. Apr. 18, 1741, m. William Brown, Jr., of Whateley,
IV.(9) John5, b. Nov. 25, 1743, d. Sept. 28, 1801, m. Mary dau. of
Eleazar Frary, b. 1748, d. June 18, 1842, of Hatfield, Mass.
They had eleven children: Selah6, Edward6, Solomon6, b.
1768, d. Sept. 25, 1846, m. Lucy Wells, dau. Benjamin Wells
of Hatfield, Mass. B. July 20, 1768, d. Mar. 9, 1834; John6,
b. 1777, William6, Chester, Betsy6, Submit6, Electra6,
Judith6, and Mary6. All of whom emigrated to Norwich,
Chenengo Co., N.Y., about the year 1790. Soloman6 and
Lucy had children: Sophia7, Selah7, Wells7, Delaney7,
Soloman7, John7, Martha7, Chester7, and Eliza7.
According to Craft's History of Whateley, Mass. John5,
b. Nov. 25, 1743, m. June 14, 1770, Mary dau. of Elisha and
Sarah (Smith) Smith, of Whateley, Mass. B. July 14, 1746.
This m. Is believed to be an error. Wells Wait, his grand-
son (born at Norwich, N. Y.) has a record which says, John5
m. Mary, dau. of Eleazar Frary. Wells Wait was the
son of Solomon, son of John5, and he must have known
who was his grandmother. It is assumed therefore, that
Craft's is in error, and that Wells Wait and Mrs. Martha
Throop Vaughn of Chicago, Ill., and the other records are
correct. Possibly John5 was m. twice, but both records
agree as to dates of John's5 birth, names of children and
dates of their birth, etc. The discrepancy is as to maiden
name of his wife. Both say it was "Mary."
(10) Submit, b. 1746, m. Waite Broughton, Nov. 1, 1771.
(11) Joel, b. Sept. 9, 1754.
(b) Martha4, b. Feb. 20, 1706, M. Aug. 10, 1738, Nathaniel
(c) Mary4, b. June 22, 1708, m. Benjamin Munn of Deer-
(d) Lydia4, b. Oct. 7, 1710, d. Soon.
(e) Lydia4, (2nd) b. July 4, 1712, m. Noah Coleman of Whately, Mass.
(f) Eunice4, b. 1720, m. Israel Graves of Whateley Mass.
(g) Benjamin4, b. Jan. 4, 1718.
(h) Eleanor4, b. Dec. 10, 1725.
(i) Elisha4, b. Oct. 10, 1724.
(j) Sarah4, b. no date.
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND 15
vi. Joseph3, b. July, 1882, d. soon after.
vii. Jerimiah3, b. Sept. 24, 1684.
Viii. Joseph3, B. Nov. 11, 1688.
4. JERIMIAH2 (Thomas1), b. d. 1677. He married
Martha Brownell, b. May, 1643, d. Feb. l5, 1744. She was
born of Thomas and Ann Brownell, Portsmouth, R. I. She
married a second time Charles Dyer. In 1673, May 6, he
was a freeman; in 1673, May 6, his widow, Martha, bought
for L16, of Daniel Wilcox and wife, Elizabeth, of Dart-
mouth, an eighth of a share there; in 1696, Mar. 8, Martha
Wait, widow. Of Jeremiah1, bought for L20, of Robert and
Mary Brownell, 30 acres in little Compton, they calling
her "sister"; in 1734, Jan 29, a will was proven, and in
1744, Mar. 12, she was widow Martha Dyer. Her executors
were cousins (or nephews), Joseph and Stephen Brownell.
She gave legacies to various nephews and nieces and to her
three sisters, Mary Hazard, Anne Wilbur and Susanna
There were no children of Jeremiah.
V. 5., Thomas2 (Thomas1), d. 1733. He was a tailor;
in 1673,May 6, he was a freeman; in 1673, Mar. 25,
he and seven others bought Pocasset lands for L1,000,
of Gov. Josiah Winslow, etc. There were 30 shares, he having
one. In 1680, Aug. 28, he and his wife Sarah Sold Thomas
Ward Of Newport, for L12 10s. Land in Dartmouth; in 1681,
Jan. 14, Tbomas2, Providence Plantation, in America Tay-
lor, conveyed to Joseph Anthony of Portsmouth, R. I., "the
one full fourth part of a whole share, of thirtieth, part of that
tract of land at Pocasset and places adjacent bounded as
followeth, viz.: Northward and right northward by the
freeman's lots, near the Fall River, and westward by the
Boror Sound that runneth between the said land and Road
Island southward partly by a line that is got at a great
Rorb on which is a Cedar bash marked near the way that
leadeth to Pnabatogt, eastward to a Pong at, Dartmouth
Town Bounds and Eastward to Saponset Creeks Mouth,
and partly by Dartmouth bounds, and northward again to
the woods to Middleborrow Town bounds and Quitt-Quigot
Pond, always excepting out of this Bargain and Sale Sapon-
set Neck of Land and the meadows belonging to Punkabogt
Proprietors and the land formerly granted by the Court of
Plymouth to Capt. Richard Morris, and so much of said
16 WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND
tract as shall be allotted and appointed for the use of the
Ministry, all of which said tract of land I, the said Thomas
Wait, with some others, solely purchased of some gentle-
men, agents of the colony of Plymouth, as may appear by
one deed of foefment, bearing date Mar. 5, 1679; in 1684,
Feb. 9, he and his wife Sarah sold Abraham Anthony, 27
acres, garden, buildings, etc., for L159; in 1678, Aug. 18,
Little Compton, he petitioned for 300 acres at Pocasset,
"having made improvements there, and was one of the
purchasers" In 1691, Jan. 7, Thomas sold John Wood-
man, cordwainer, and John Irish, house carpenter, salt
marsh, for L34; from 1691-1714, he lived at Little Comp-
ton; and owned a wind-mill; in 1692, Mar, 2, at Tiverton,
he was an inhabitant at organization of the town; in 1696
Jan. 20, he appears to have moved to Tiverton, Bristol Co.,
Mass, and on Feb. 5, 1697, he conveyed property to Edward
Grey; May 18, 1697, he and his wife, Sarah, Conveyed to
Joseph Taber of Tiverton, a husbandman, lands in Tiverton
on Pungalogt Pong; on May 2, 1699, be gave a bond to
Thomas Walker & son, of Boston, a brick burner, in the
penal sum of L2,012, on which William Southworth, of
Little Compton, Bristol Co., Mass., and John Rogers, of
Boston, Suffolk Co., were bondsmen; and on May 3; 1699,
be made a conveyance to above named bondsman, presum-
ably to secure them from loss, of 130 acres of land; and on
Sept. 14, 1700, he granted to George Sisson and Joseph
Cooke, both of Portsmouth, R. I., lands at Tiverton in
which his wife, Sarah, joins him, releasing her
dower rights; on March 6, 1700, at Boston, he mortgaged
his home and dwelling in Tiverton to Joseph Cooke; on Jan.
20, 1696 he conveyed land; on Jan. 5, 1701 he conveyed
land situated at Little Compton, Bristol Co. Mass. to
William Peabodye, and also conveying, his one-fourth inter-
est in a certain wind-mill in Little Compton; and on Apr.
22, 1720, he made his last recorded conveyance to Job
Briggs, of 53 acres of land in Tiverton; and in 1727 he
was at Dartmouth, Mass.
June 16; 1733, Sarah, widow of Thomas2, filed an inven-
tory of her husband's goods; it was valued at L245 15s.,
and consisted of wearing apparel, L16 16s., 2 old bibles, 8
silver spoons and 2 silver cups, L13 4s. 3 linen wheels, 2
woolen wheels, 2 cows, heifer, 2 yearlings, 2 calves, 4 swine,
2 stacks of bees, etc.
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND 17
THOMAS2, m, Sarah Cook, b. d. after 1733, dau.
John and Mary (Borden) Cook; and they had three children.
i. MARY3, b. d. after 1759, m. John Earle.
ii. THOMAS3, b. Dec. 21, l681, d. 1757, m. Elizabeth
iii. BENJAMIN3, b. D. Aug. 1, 1734, m. Mary
6. MARY2 (Thomas1), b. d. 1713, m. Apr. 5,
1676, Joseph Anthony, b. d. 1728, son of John and
Susanna Anthony, Dartmouth, Mass. They had four chil-
dren, John, Joseph, Susanna and Thomas.
VI. 7. REUBEN2 (Thomas1), d. Oct. 7, 1707. In 1685,
he and others appeared at Plymouth Court as propri-
etors of Dartmouth; in 1707, Oct. 11, his will was proven,
and in 1707, Nov. 5, his executor was his wife, Tabitha. He
gave to his son Thomas, half of farm, etc.; to wife, 20 acres,
dwelling house and orchard for life, and movables forever;
to four sons, Benjamin, Joseph, Reuben and Jeremiah, rest
of land in Dartmouth; and at death of wife, the house and
land that she occupies to go to them; to daughters, Eleanor,
Abigail and Tabitha, each L3. The inventory gave L271
10s. 4d., viz.; Lands L150, 7 cows, 2 oxen, 2 steers, 4 year-
lings, 20 sheep, 24 lambs, horse, half a yearling, mare, 14
swine, 4 calves, 9 geese, 2 stacks of bees, 7 barrels of cider,
4 beds, warming pan, gun, pair of cards, books, etc.
REUBEN2, m. 168l, Tabitha Lounders, dau. of john and
Jane (Kirby) Lounders; and they had eight children.
i. THOMAS3, b. Apr. 23, 1683, m. Mary Tripp,
ii. ELEANOR3, b. Jan. 4, 1688, m. Abiel Tripp.
iii. BENJAMIN3, b. Jan. 12, l690, not married
iv. JOSEPH3, b. June 24, 1693, m. Elizabeth Wolf.
v. ABIGAIL3, b. June 24, 1693, not married.
vi. REUBEN3, b. Jan. 15, 1695, m. Elizabeth Hathaway.
vii. TABITHA3, b. Jan. 15, 1695, not married.
viii. JEREMIAH3, b. Jan. 16, 1698, d. Sept. 16, 1754, not married.
II. SAMUEL2 (Thomas1), (1640-1694), m. Hannah
(Whitman) of Kingston, R. I., and had four children.
1. SAMUEL J.3, b. About 1678, d. 1752,
lived at Kingston and Exeter R. I. In 1705, Apr. 21, he
quitclaimed land to his uncle Reuben and is called grand-
son of Thomas, of Portsmouth; in 1706, Sept. 2, he was a
grand juryman; in 1709, May 7, he and five others bought
792 acres of the vacant lands in Narragansett; in 1725 he
is mentioned in a deed; in 1728, in a deed, Samuel to his
18 WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND.
son Joseph; in 1735, in a deed, Samuel to his son
Samuel, Jr., and in another deed, Samuel to his son
John; and in 1740, in a deed to Simon Smith; in l747, Dec.
13, his will was proven; l752, Apr. 15, his executor was his
son John, He gave to his son Joseph all of farm whereon
his house stands, containing 200 acres, with buildings and
L50, and my riding beast and bridle; to son Samuel, west half
of my homestead farm, he having a house thereon; to chil-
dren of my deceased son, Benjamin, vis.: Virtue, Abagail
and John, L250, divided at age; to son John, east half of
my homestead and old part of my house, with new part at
wife's decease, he paying the L250 above; to wife A1ice, use
of west half of house while widow, all indoor movables and
L18 per year while widow, paid by son John. Inventory,
L208 2s.; wearing apparel, L55; cash, L5 6s.; pewter, Bible
and other books, L6; linen wheel, steelyards, warming pan,
spice, mortar etc.
SAMUEL J.3, m. Alice Wightman, b. Dec, 29, 1666, d.
1747, dau, George and Elizabeth (Updike) Wightman, They
lived at Wickford, R. I., removed to Kingston, R. I. They
had six children:
i. Joseph, b. Apr. 27, 1697, m. Sarah Smith Feb. 27, 1728,
and had a son, Joseph5. Deed 1740, to john Gard-
ner, and 1741 to son Joseph, Jr., m. Again to Eliza-
beth , Dec. 12, 1757.
ii. George4, b. Aug. 14 1699.
VIII.-iii. Samuel4,: b. Oct, 13, 1701.
IX.---iv. Benjamin4, b. 1702 or '03, m. Abigail Hall.
v. Martha4, b.
vi. John4, b. Feb. 22, 1709.
2. JOHN3, b. Sept, 10, 1678. He is mentioned in deeds
in 1724, 1737, 1738, and had, it seems had, one son;
i. John4, b.
3. JOSEPH3, b. May 18, 1682, and m. Elizabeth
mentioned in a deed, Oct. 7, 1702, and had a daughter (?)
i. Ann4, who d. Jan. 14, 1791 (?)
4. SUSANNA3, b. Oct. 24, 1684, d. 1758, m. Mar. 24, 1692
to Moses Barber, b.1652, d. 1733, and they had fourteen
children, Dinah, b. 1693; Lydia, b. 1694; Samuel, b. 1696;
Susanna, b. 1697; Thomas, b. 1699; Joseph, b. 1701;
Martha, b. 1703; Ruth, b. 1705; Benjamin, b. 1707; Mercy,
b. 1709; Ezekiel, b. 1710; Abigail, b. 1713; Daniel, b. 1715;
Ann, b. 1717. (See note, p. 12)
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND 19
III.--Joseph2 (Thomas1) (164 -1665), m. Sarah
and had a posthumous son, William.3
1.William3 m. Elizabeth and lived at Roch-
ester, Mass.; they had five children:
i. Elizabeth4, b. Feb. 4, 1696.
ii. Ruth4, b. Sept. 28, 1699.
iii. William4, b. July 29, 1701.
iv. Samuel4, b. Apr. 15, 1704.
v. Abigail4, b. Sept. 26, 1707.
IV.--JOHN5 (John4, John3, Benjamin2, Thomas1) was a
Revolutionary soldier. About 1790-91 the family
removed to Preston, Chenango Co., N. Y., where John5
was buried in an old cemetery near Preston Corners.
a marble shaft was erected over the grave of John
by his son Solomon and wife Lucy (Wells) Wait.
John5 and Mary had ten children.
1. SOLOMAN6, b. Oct. 15, 1768.
2. EDWARD6, b. Oct. 2, 1770 m. Prudence Dickinson, of
3. BETSY6, b. Dec. 22, 1772, m. Jonathan Bacon.
4. SELAH6, b. Feb. 15, 1775, d. Aug. 12, 1788.
5. JOHN6, b. Aug. 16, 1777.
Crafts says he married in Preston, N. Y. When a young
man he settled at Oaks Corners, N. Y., where all the children
were born. He m. Abigail Cranson. About 1840 the
family removed to Macomb Co. Mich., where Abigail d.
Feb. 11, 1854. He died at Ravenna O., Nov. 5, 1863, and
was buried by the side of his wife Abigail, at Chesterfield,
Macomb Co., Mich. They had seven children:
iii. John7, b. May 24,1810, d. June 11, 1894, at Peru, Kansas.
Buried at Burlington, Iowa. He married Martha
Amelia Clark, April 9, 1835, who was b. At Talmage,
Ohio, Feby. 1, 1819, d. at Peru Kansas, Feb. 26,
1898. Buried at Burlington, Iowa. Married at
Ravenna, Ohio. And lived at Burlington in 1867.
John and Marsha had three children.
(a) Amelia8, b. Dec. 25, 1835, d. Sept. 14, 1838, at
(b) John Leman8, b. At Ravenna, O., Aug. 29, 1840, m.
Sept. 21, 1864, to Letitia Caroline Williams at
They had four children.
20 WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND.
(1) John Clay Milton9, b. Oct. 9, 1866, m. Ida May Southwell
Mar. 9, 1892.
(2) Jessie Benninq9, b. June 11, 1875, m. William Henry David-
son at Burlington Apr. 15, 1902; had child Barbara Waite
Davidson, b. Mar. 21, 1908.
(3) Lola9, b. Aug. 29, 1877, at Burlington, Iowa.
(4) Child9, d. in infancy.
(C) Mary Ella8, b. at Ravenna, O., Mar. 22, 1851, m. (1)
John Monroe Eads. D. Nov. 12, 1880. Their two
children: Alma Weston Eads, b. July 31, 1877, at
Burlington, Iowa, d. July l, 1894, at Peru, Kan-
sas, and John Dale Eads b. at Burlington, Iowa,
Nov. 15, 1880, and m. (2) Nov. 10, 1885, to Randall
M, Hartze11, b. at Newport. Pa., Nov. 9, 1838, and
they had four children: Max Waite Hartzell, b.
Aug.28, 1886, at Peru, Kansas, and Dwight M.
Hartze11, b. Dec. 4, 1888, at Peru, Kansas, d. Jan.
3, I90l; Harold Clark Hartze11, b. Aug, 1, 1891,
and Dorothy Waite Hartzell, b. Nov. 18, 1894.
6. WILLIAM6, b. Sept. 18, 1779.
7. SUBMIT6, b. May 13, 1782.
8. CHESTER6, b. Sept. 11, 1784.
9. JUDITH6 and ELECTRA6, (twins), b. Jan. 25, 1787.
10. MARY6, b. June 20, 1789.
Note.--John L.6 who lived at Burlington, Iowa and was editor and Proprietor
of the "Burlington Hawkeye," spent much time, labor and expense in searching
for records of Benjamin's2 branch of the Wait family.
V.--THOMAS2, (Thomas1) (164 -1733), lived at Tiv-
erton R. I., m. Sarah Cook. They had three children:
1. Mary3, d. 1769. She m. John Earle, son of William
and Prudence Earle, and they had six children; Prudence,
b. 1701; Mary, b. 1703; Oliver, b. 1705; Martha, b. 1708;
William, b. 1710; and John, b. 1717.
2. Thomas3, b. Dec. 21, 1681; d. 1757; m. Elizabeth
,and she d. 1746. They had five children:
i.Sarah4, b. Sept. 23, 1713, m. Benjamin Newcomber,
Sept. 31, 1736, and they had children; (a) Phebe5,
(b) Mary Ann5, (c) Selina5.
X.---ii. Joseph4, b. Jan. 10, 1715.
XI.--iii. Thomas4, b. Sept. 6, 1716, m. Bridget.
iv. Elizabeth4, b. Dec. 21, 1718.
XII.-- v. John4, b. Nov. 6, 1720. M. Mary Soule.
vi. Mary4, b. Apr. 11, 1722.
In 1708 , Mar. 16, Thomas3, bought land; in 1710, Feb.
16, he and Joe Briggs bought land; on Oct. 25, 1716, he
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND. 21
And his wife conveyed land at Dartmouth to Jeremiah, his
brother, land that was formerly owned by Reuben; in l720
he sold land; his brother Benjamin witnessed a deed Mar.
15, 1726, he paid L42, 3s 7d. in full redemption of a mort-
gage by himself and his wife, Elizabeth, to several others,
and given May 16, 1717; in 1746, Aug. 7, his will was
proven; in 1757, Feb. 7, his executor brother-in-law John
Earle and cousin, William Earle, of Dartmouth; to
daughter Elizabeth, a feather bed; to daughter Sarah, and
Mary, rest of household stuff; to sons Thomas and John,
certain land, they giving their sister Elizabeth her main-
tenance; to son John, the rest of the personal estate.
3. BENJAMIN3, d. Aug. 4, 1734; Was a mariner, of Ports
mouth, R. I.; he left no will, but his wife did, from which
we know his family; He m. Mary , d. 1739, and
they bad five children:
ii. Sarah4, m. Peter Crapo, Apr 14, 1766.
In 1734, Sept. 9, administration was granted to widow,
Mary, The property was inventoried at L196, 2s. 8d., viz.:
Wearing apparel, pocket book with L17 10s. in it; 4 beds, L9
13s.; plate, L6, l4s; pewter quadrant: L2, 10s; books, 5s.;
ship carpenter tools, 3 old spinning wheels, warming pan,
etc. Will was proven Nov. 12, 1739, widow, Mary. His execu-
tors were daughters Sarah4 and Elizabeth4; overseers,
brother-in-law, John Earle, and friend, Daniel Howland; to
daughter Amey or Annie4 he left a spinning wheel, pewter
platter, etc.; to daughter Sarab4, feather bed; spinning
wheel, etc.; to daughter Deborah4, two feather beds, black
silk hood, pewter platter, etc; to daughter Judith4, spin-
ning wheel, etc to daughter Elizabeth4, spinning wheel
etc.; to executors, swine and fowls; to daughters Judith4
and Elizabeth4 the use of wearing apparel and movables.
Inventory, L106, 15s.
VI. REUBEN2 (Thomas1), d. Oct. 7, 1707 and Tabitha
had eight children.
1. Thomas3, b. Apr. 23, 1683, admitted at Newport, R.
I., as a freeman, May, 1732; m. Jan. 25, 1711, Mary Tripp,
22 WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND.
b. 1689,; dau. Joseph and Mehitable (Fish) Tripp, and they
had eight children:
i. CAPT. JOHN4, b. Nov. 30, 1711; m. Elizabeth Sullivant,
Oct. 21, 1733 and they had six children.
XIII.--., Capt. William5, Tabitha5, Meribah5, Mary5, Eliza-
beth5, and John Ward5.
Note.--John Wait was the 5th Justice Supreme Court of Rhode Island in May,
1787, and at a meeting of proprietors of purchase in South Kingstown, held Oct 30,
1703. Wordens Pond was conveyed to Col. John Waite of South Kingstown if he
would drain same, and was permitted or empowered by Gen'l Assembly to do so
and enlarge channel from Point Judith Pond into the sea. In Oct., 1776 John Wait
was allowed L7 for engraving two sets escutcheons for backs and borders of money
bills. In May, 1777-9, John Waite is mentioned as Capt. of independent com-
pany, Kingstown Reds, of South Kingstown, and he is also mentioned as Colonel,
ii. REUBEN4, b. Feb. 7, 1713, and d. prior to, Nov. 5, 1757;
m. Mar. 7, 1745, Rebecca Tripp, b. July 7, 1713. She
was appointed guardian of her children May, 1760,
and was administratrix of her husband's estate in
1757. They had Children:
(b) Phebe5, b , m. Kirby.
XVIII-iii. Thomas4, b. Feb. 29, 1716, admitted at Newport,
R. I., Feb. 1738-40, m. June 6,1743, Tabitha
Ellis, dau. Gideon Ellis, of West Greenwich,
R. I., Thomas d. in 1790 and they had eight
children: Gideon5, Jeremiah5, Thomas5, Mary5,
Lydia5, Peleg5, Rufus5 and Alice5.
iv. Mary4, b. Apr. 5, 1718, and m, William Tripp,
Nov. 13, 1743.
v. Meribah4, b. July 20, 1720, and m. Benjamin Soule,
Sept 16, 1742.
vi. Mehitable4, b. Nov. 18, 1722, and m. Henry Rey-
nolds, Apr. 28, 1746, and their children were:
Thomas5, Hannah5, Henry5, Mary5, Elisha5,
Mehitable5 and Martha5.
vii. Martha4 b. Apr. 5, 1725.
viii. Alice4 b. Apr. 25, 1729, East Greenwich, R. I.
Thomas3, in 1721, sold his interest in his father's home-
stead to his brother Benjamin3.
2. ELINOR3, b. Jan. 4, 1688, m. Jan. 5, 1704, Abiel
Tripp, son of Abiel and Deliverance (Hall) Tripp, and they
had ten children: Wait4, b. 1705; Abiel4, b. 1707; Mary4,
b. 1711; Sarah4, b. 1712; Eleanor4, b. 1715; Joseph4, b.
1717; Rebecca4, b. 1719; Thomas4, b. 1721; Elizabeth4, b.
1725; Amy4, b. 1728.
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND 23
3. Benjamin3, b. Jan. 12, 1690; he was a carpenter; d.
1772. His will was probated Feb. 24, 1772. He was non-
compos and had guardians after June 14, 1749. He was a
Friend, March. 3, 1737, and died unmarried.
4. Joseph3, b. June 24, 1693; m. Elizabeth Wolf, Nov.
30, 1715. She it is claimed, was a near relative of General
James Wolf. He was a blacksmith, and lived in Dartmouth,
probably near Westport, Mass. Sept. 4, 1714, he sold his
interest in his father's estate to his brother Benjamin; Oct.
15, 1722, he bought lands in Dartmouth, Mass.; Nov. 14,
1763, he revoked a power of attorney previously given to
his son Samuel; April 26, 1764, he conveyed his homestead,
purchased in 1722, to his son Stephen; in 1722, he and Ste-
phen sold land, and Jan. 30, 1773, he sold at Dartmouth;
Sept. 15, 1761, he made his will, which was probated Aug.
15, 1774; a deed 1774 shows Joseph to have been dead.
They had eight children:
VII.-i. Samuel4, b. Aug. 24, 1716, m. Theodate Tripp, Oct. 8,
1747, and they had three children:
(a) Samuel5, b. June 4, 1748, m. Sarah Cushman April 29,
1776, and they had two children:
(1) Edith6, b. Nov. 2, 1776, m. Isaac Bowman, Oct. 18, 1796.
(2) Stephen6. b. Dec. 1780.
(b) Henry5, b. May 5, 1750, m. Phebe Aiken June, 1774;
bans pub. June 4, 1774, and they had five children:
(1) Ruth6, b. Nov. 12, 1776, m. Job Gifford, Nov. 1800.
(2) Patience6 b. May 18, 1779.
(3) Rhoda6, b. Oct. 6, 1781, m. Daniel Warden, Feb. 15, 1816.
(4) Perry6, b. May 9, 1786.
(5) Henry6, b. June 5, 1789.
(?) (c) Roba5, granddaughter of Joseph, m. Barnabus Sherman
Apr. 29, 1776.
XXI.-(d) Daniel5, b. Oct. 1, 1753, m. Phebe Manchester, bans
pub. Sep. 25, 1775 (see Post).
XIX.-ii. Stephen4, d. 1778, m. Mary Tripp, May, 1764, and Lillis
Church, Mar. 10, 1776. His will was proven Oct. 6,
1778. He had by his first wife two children:
(a) Shadrach5, b. Mar. 17, 1765, d. Apr. 25, 1850.
(b) Gideon5, b. July 21, 1766, and by his second wife, a
iii. Alice4 m. Robert Sherman, Nov. 21, 1741.
iv. Mercy4, m. George Wrightington, Dec. 31, 1757.
v. Elizabeth4, m. Barjonus Wilcox, Mar. 29, 1744.
vi. Hannah4, m. Tripp.
vii. Keziah4, spinster.
viii. Mary4, b. May 24, 1718, spinster (?) but records show
a child, Lillis, m. John Webb, Dec. 15, 1776.
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5.Abigail3, b. June 24, 1693, was a twin sister of Jo-
seph3. She was a Friend, Feb. 19, 1726; did not marry.
6. Reuben3, b. Jan. 15, 1795(typo, must be 1695); d. 1757 m. Elizabeth
Hathaway, Aug. 2, 1720. He d. in 1757, and she received
letters of administration Nov. 1, 1757. They had three (?)
i. Joseph4, b. Sept. 17, 1722.
ii. Jeremiah4, b. Oct. 17, 1737, d. about 1782, m. Patience
Kirby; bans pub. dec. 7, 1754, and will of Recom-
pense Kirby to dau. patience and son-in-law Jere-
miah made 1782. they had children:
(a) Abner5, b. Feb. 17, 1756, d. 1819; m. Susanna Buffing-
ton Nov. 8, 1775, lived at Day, Saratoqa Co., N. Y.,
and had at least four children:
(1) Jeremiah6, born July 4, 1776 d. 1839 had a son Isaac7, b. Oct. 27, 1808, who was the father of Daniel d.8 and Sher-
Oct. 27, 1808, Who was the father of Daniel D.8 and Sher-
(2) William6, b. Oct. 7, 1781, Who had a son William.
(3) Abner, Jr.6, Nov 7, 1784, who had son Warren7, b, Nov.
11, 1823, the father of Seymour D.7; and J. J.7, Glens Falls,
(b) REUBEN5, b. Apr. 28, 1758, who lived at Galway, Sara-
toga Co. N. Y., who had a son Reuben6, who lived
at Mosherville N. Y.
7. Tabitha3, b. Jan. 15, 1795, (typo, must be 1695); She was a Friend, Feb
19, 1726; twin sister of Reuben3; not married.
8. Jeremiah3, b. Jan. 16, 1698; `d. Sept. 16, 1754; will
made May 20, 1754; not married; deed, Jan. 17, 1726.
VII.--Samuel4 (Joseph3, Reuben2, Thomas1), b. Aug.
24, 1716, m. Theodate Tripp Oct.8, 1747, and he owned
land and lived in Dartmouth Township, Mass.(near
Westport). He was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth,
m. Theodate Tripp, b. Apr, 7, 1709.
The First public record obtained of Samuel4, the son of
Joseph3, and husband of Theodate Tripp, and the father of
Samuel5, Henry5 and Daniel5, is in the Dartmouth Town
Records, when he, on Sept. 15, 1747, announced his inten-
tion to marry Theodate Tripp, the dau. of Ebenezer Tripp,
b. Apr. 7, 1709, the marriage taking place per same records,
Oct. 8, 1747.
Dec 15, 1749, Gabriel Hix conveyed to Samuel, 20 acres
next to Philipp Taber's Mills, and next to Ebenezer Tripp,
who was his father-in-law, and who lived in Westport,
where his land is believed to have been located, and near
Hix's Bridge at Westport, Samuel4 m. Theodate Tripp in
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND 25
1747. Samuel5 was b. in 1748, and Samuel4 and Theodate
evidently moved to Westport in 1749, as Henry's birth,
May 5, 1750 is not in town records, Dartmouth Tp. On
June 4, 1750, Ebenezer Tripp, Samuel's4 father-in-law,
conveyed land to Samuel, characterizing him as a laborer,
which land was adjacent to above-described tract, and on
road from Phillip Jobert's Mill to Hix's Ferry. Mar. 12,
1754, Samuel4, yoeman, conveyed to William Taber, land
on highway by lands of Ebenezer Tripp and Gabriel Hix,
and by those of Thomas Corey's, and by those of John
Taber. Nov. 20, 1758, Samuel4 conveyed to Lemuel Man-
chester (who, in 1775, became the father-in-law of Daniel5,
the son of Samuel4), 30 acres of land, al1 his homestead,
where he then lived, together with all houses and buildings,
said land being by that of David Tripp, and part on land
of Gabriel Hix and that of Thomas Corey, westerly on
land of John Taber, and on highway that leadeth from
Jonathan Taber's Mill to the Friend's Meeting House in
Acushnet Village, etc. It may be significant that Tbeo-
date, his wife, did not execute this deed. July 31, 1759,
eight and one-third months later, Lemuel and Alice Man-
chester re-conveyed the same land to Samuel; and on the
same day, July 31, 1759, Samuel4 and Theodate conveyed the
same homestead lands (28 acres) to William wood, yeo-
man. This may indicate that Samuel gave up farming, and
took to the sea, for Mar. 18, 1761, Walter Conell conveyed
to him as laborer of Dartmouth, Bristol Co., land........
rods from Ichabod Kirby's line to Kirby's line, thence along
Kirby's line to ye drift-way (drift-road?), thence southerly
as ye drift-way runs, etc. Mar. 30, 1761; Samuel4, laborer,
conveyed to, Benjamin Wing land taken from the N. E.
part of Walter Corne11's homestead, beginning in ye Or-
chard and Driftway by Ichabod Kirby's line, and by
Kirby's line; Feb. 16; 1764, 8amuel4, laborer, conveyed to
Caleb Trip land taken from the n. E. corner of Walter Cor-
nell's Homestead, and Theodate, his wife, released her
dower and third interest in said land. Both signed by
their marks Dec. 2, 1765, Benjamin Wing conveyed to
Samuel, laborer, land next to Walter Cornell's, near Icha-
bod Kirby's Lane, and on the driftway of ye Samuel4 Wait,
etc. Some time prior to Nov. 14, 1763, Joseph3, the father
of Samuel4 had given to the latter a power of attorney to
act for him on that date, Joseph3 yoeman of Dart-
26 WAIT FAMlLY OF RHODE ISLAND.
mouth, Bristol Co., Mass., revoked said power of attorney,
and filed with the register of Bristol County a revocation
containing the following:
Joseph Wait3, yeoman of Dartmouth, Bristol Co.,---
" whereas I, Joseph Wait3, upon trust and confidence which
I had and run firmly in my son Samuel Weight4 of ye Town,
County and Province aforesaid, laborer, or alias sea-faring
man, did by my letter of attorney constitute and make ye
said Samuel4, Weight my full and lawful attorney, &c., and
whereas ye said Samuel Weight hath by coullor of said
authority to him given, behaved himself greatly to my hiu-
drance and damage, contrary to ye truth and confidence
reposed by me in him, have revoked, countermanded and
The spelling of his own name Wait and that of his son
Weight is perhaps meaningful; also the use of the title sea-
faring man. It does not appear in the records what was
done by the son to provoke the father, but on Sept. 15,
1761, when Joseph3 made his will, there was due from Sam-
uel4 to Joseph3 a sum on a note, which was willed to Sam-
uel4. This will was not probated until 1774, Aug. 15,
eleven years after the revoking of the power of attorney.
Samuel4 and Theodate had three children:
1. SAMUEL5, b. June 5, 1748; d. sometime before l780,
as Sarah, his wife, m. Chas. Davenport, Dec. 7, l780. He
Apr. 29, 1776, m. Sarah Cushman, b. Dec. 1, 1782; bans
published Mar. 16, 1776. They had two children:
i. EDY or EDITH6, b. Nov. 2, 1776.
ii. STEPHEN6, b; Dec., 178O.
2. HENRY5, b. May 5, 1750; d. 18 ;m.
to Phebe Akin, b. July 15, 1747; bans published June 4,
1774. They had five chilrlren.
i. RUTH6, b. Nov. 12, 1776.
ii. PATIENCE6, b. May 18, 1779.
iii. RHODA6, Oct. 6, 1781.
iv. PERRY6, b. May 9, 1786.
v. HENRY6, b. June 5, 1789. ·
XXI 3. DanieL5, b. Oct. 1, 1753; d. Oct. 15, 1829
bans Published Sept. 25, 1773, to Pbebe Manchester, b.
Aug. 27, 1754, of Westport, Bristol, Co., Mass.; dau. of
Lemnel and Alice Manchester, who were married Oct. 2,
4. (?) ROBA5, m. Barnabas Sherman, Apr. 29, 1776; de-
scribed in will as grand-daughter of Joseph.
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND 27
VIII.--Samuel4 (Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1), b. Oct.
13, 1701, is believed to have had a son Samuel5, b. 1734
or 1738, who was a soldier in the Continental Army in
1776, and who went from Rhode Island to Vermont
and thence to Canada Samuel5 b. 1738, m. Ann
, a Scotch woman, who d. January 14, 1794,
at Exeter, R I. He was a soldier in the Continental
Army in 1776. Sbe is said to have been stolen by her
mother's brother, a Gardner, and brought to America.
Samuel5 and Ann had seven children:
1. CALEB6, b. 1757.
2. GARDNER6 b. July 30, 1759, who, in 1776, at seven-
teen years of age, took his fathers place in the Continental
Army; m. in 1782 to Lucretia Fillmore, dau. of John Fill-
more, who was, captured by pirates on ship Dolphin, in
1723. Gardner6 went to Isle le Motte, Vt.; had, a son.
i. WILLIAM7, b. Jan. 21, 1783, m. Hannah (Gardner?) and
was killed at Fort Erie in the War of 1812 and who
had a son William C., of Plattsburgh, N. Y., keeper
of the Valcour lighthouse.
3. HENRY6, b. 1761, went to Vermont, and from thence
to Potsdam, N. Y.; had children:
i. WILLIAM C7., b. 1783, lived at Shoreham, Vt., and had two
sons Clark and Norman B., Colton, N. Y.
ii. SAMUEL7, b. 1785, Wisconsin.
iii. HENRY7,b. 1788, Pennsylvania.
iv. ALLAN7, I79O, had a son Myron H8., Potsdam, N. Y.
v. JOHN H7., b. 1798, had a family including.
(a) William C.8, b. 1824.
(b) Jackson A.8, b. 1827, Norfolk, N. Y., who had a son
(C) Orville8, b. 1830.
(D) Marshall L.8, 1832.
(e) Loyal8, b. 1885.
vi. LUTHER7, b. 1791, lived in Michigan.
4. BARTON6, b. 1763, Elizabethtown, N. Y. Had chil
iii. JARED C7, B. June 4, 1804, who had sons: Edgar F8.,
Elvin O.8 and Minor F.8.
5. SAMUEL6, b. 1765, and Went to Canada.
6. JAMES6, b.1772, and went to Canada.
28 WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND.
7. JONATHAN6, b. 1778(?), and went to Canada and had a
i. JONATHAN7, b. 1790 of Amsterdam N.Y. and Canada,
West who had a son, Henry8.
IX.---BENJAMIN4 (Samuel3, Saamuel2, Thomas1), B.
1673(Note: found as 1702 or 3). D.1745, m. Abigail Hall, deeds 1740, will Nov.16,
1745, Wlckford, R. I. They had seven children:
1, HENRY5, b. May 27, 1725.
2. BENJAMIN5, Jr., b. Oct. 13, 1727(?); d. Nov. 6, 1817
of Wickford, R. I.; m. Sarah Brown, dau. of Beriah Brown.
Benjamin5 was a physician, an elder and at one time sheriff.
They had ten children:
i. COL. BERIAH6, b. Apr., 1758 or 1756, d. Apr. 13, 1820.
He was an ensign, Third Co., North Kingston R. I.
May, 1778-9, a Lieutenant, June, 1780, and a Colonel
in the Continental Army for five years. In March
1781, he was a Deputy Sheriff. He m. first Nov. 30,
1779 Asa Baker, d. Dec. 21 1794, and they had nine
(a)Christopher B.7, b. June 23, 1780, m.(?) Betsey Bell, b.
Oct. 1800. Albany, N. Y. Had children:
(1) William A.8, b. Aug. 30, 1800, Lived at Fall River Mass., and
had children: William B.9, b. Mar. 23, 1889, father of
William B.10, b. July 13, 1872: Christopher B.9, lived 282
Halsey St., Brooklyn, N. Y.: B. A.9 Waverly, Iowa.
(2) Beriah A.8, b. Mar. 4, 1803, who had a son Edmond O.9
(3) Samuel C.8, b. June 21, 1807, Gouverneur, N. Y.
(4) Christopher B.8 b. May 21, 1811, who had a son William A.9
(5) Edmond G. R.8 b. May 23, 1816.
(6) Asa8, Wickford, R. I.
(b) Capt. Beriah7, Newport, R. I., b. 1803, will probated
Jan. 29, 1860.
(g) George7, Providence R. I.
(h) Asa7, Wickford, R.I
(i) Anna7, Wickford, R.I
Col. Beriah6, m. again Hannah Arnold; d. Sept. 1824, and
they had seven children:
(j) Joseph A.7
(k) Samuel E.7
(l) Asa B.7, b. 1807, of Wickford, R. I., she had a son,
Freeborn L.8, b.1839, Newport, R. I.
(o) Hannah7, b.1800 (?)
P) Abbey7, b. Sept. 26, 1802 (?)
ii. Benjamin6, b. m. Elizabeth Spencer, Mar. 8
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND 29
iii. Stephen6, of, Broadalbin N. Y., no children.
iv. Joseph6, of Broadalbin N. Y. ,b. 1759, m, Abigail Clarke,
Feb. 23, 1783 ; had children:
(a) Clarke7, b. 1787.
(b) Joseph7, b. Jan. 10, 1790, d. June 27, 1868, and had four
children : Rev. O. J.8, Edmond P.8, William G.8
and Willard L.8
(c) Beriah7, b. 1794.
v. Edmund6, of Broadalbin N. Y.,
vi. John6, b. , m. Mary Clarke, Dec. 29, 1805,
and they had four children : Lydia7, Eunice7, Simon7,
vii. Mary6, m. John Clarke, Jan. 17, 1786, Exeter. R. I., and
went to New York.
viii. Sarah6, m., and went to New York.
3. Rev. William5, b. Jan. 9, 1730, Wickford, R. I.; d.
Mar. 20, 1826; admitted as a freeman at Newport, R. I.,
May, 1757. He removed to Cambridge, N. Y., in 1774; m.
Mary Nichols, b. Dec. 8, 1732, and she d. Dec. 28, 1822. He
was a Baptist minister and a goldsmith, and he appears in a
deed at Newport, R. I., Sept. 29, 1788. They had eleven
i. Mary6, b. Feb. 9, 1752.
ii. Benjamin6, b. Sept. 3, 1753, d. 1830 in Canada m. Ann
Waldo b. 1757, d. 1853, and they had thirteen
(a) Abigail7, 1758(?) Canada West.
(b) John7, Munda N. Y.
(c) Olive7, Washington Co. N. Y.
(d) Benjamin7, said to have been exiled to Van Dieman's
land, to have escaped and to have then written
Wait's Narrative. See p. 35.
(e) Maty7, Crystal Lake, Ill.
(f) Washington Z.7 Belleville, Wis.
(g) Ann7, Chicago, Ill.
(h) David V.7, Vandalia, Mi.
(i) Daniel Dyer7, b. Aug. 28, 1795, Granville, Washington
Co. N. Y., d. Aug. 13, 1869, Chicago, Ill.; m.
Lucy Clapp (1800-1853) and they had children:
Charles B.8, George W.8, b. July 8, 1819, d. Nov.
27, 1903; Cynthia A.8, Achsah E.8, Emily J.8,
Campbell W.8, John M.8, Juliet S.8, and Benjamin
B.8, Yellow Springs, O.
(j) Rev. Archibald8, b. 1797, i. Chicago, Ill., had children:
Wayland W.8, Rachel8, Ann Mahone8, d. at 4
years. Sinn8, Adda8, Lounda L.8, Lovina L.8 and
30 WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND
(k) Cynthia7, Woodstock, Ill.
(l) Waity7, 1801, Osage, Iowa.
(m) Waldo7, 1801, Osage, Iowa.
iii. Sarah6, b. Jan. 30, 1756.
iv. John6, b. Dec. 29, 1757; had children:
(a) John7, Cambridge, N.Y.
(b) Nathan, Sheridan, N.Y., claims that one of his uncles
was the father of Benjamin, who was exiled to
Van Dieman's land in 1838. (See p.35.)
v. William6, b. Jan. 10, 1760, d.1832, and was a gold beater;
(a) William7 (1788-1874), who had a son Henry M.8, b.1810,
Genessee Co. N.Y.
(b) Josiah7 (1787-1862), served in war of 1812, New Le-
banon, N. Y.; had son's:
(1) David P.8, Galway, N.Y.
(2) Edmond8,who has sons, Josiah N.9, William9 and John9
(3) Josiah8, b.1817 and had a son Louis H.9.
vi. Stephen6, b.Oct.11, 1761, d.1842; had children:
(a) James7, b. June 29, 1800, who had a son, Noah8.
(b) William7, b. Sept. 19, 1802, lived at Cambridge, N.Y.,
who had a son William H.8, Jersey City, N. J.
vii. Nicolas6, b. Apr. 16, 1763.
viii. Joseph6, Mar. 6, 1765, and had a son:
(a)Rev. Samuel7, Raleigh, N. C.
ix. Abigail6, b. Feb. 10, 1767.
x. Ezra6, b. Mar. 6,1769.
xi. Zera6, b. June 18, 1771.
4. Sarah5, b. Jan. 19, 1733(?), Wickford, R. I. Note-
She may have married Peter Crapo, of Rochester, Mass.
May 14, 1766.
5. Virtus5, b. May 12, 1737(?), Wickford, R. I.; m.
Tripp, and for a second husband Vaughn;
settled in Vaughn's Island; Mehone Bay, was living in
6. John(athan)5, b.Aug.11, 1742,Wickford, R. I.; m.
Margaret Sheffield; d. Oct. 20, 1817. He was a goldsmith.
They had five children:
i. Benjamin6, d. at 7 years.
ii. John6, d. at 40 years.
iii. Matthew6, b. Aug. 15, 1781. Clerk of Supreme Court of
R. I., and had a son Benjamin C.7, Nevada City Cal.
7. Abigail b. ;m. Joseph Case, and lived at
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND 31
X.--Joseph4 (Thomas3, Thomas2, Thomas1), b. Jan.
10, 1715, m. Elizabeth , They had children:
1. Martha5, b. Mch. 10, 1738.
2. Reuben5, b. July 24, 1740.
3. Oliver5, b. Jan.15, 1741; had child(ren).
i. Joseph6, b. Apr. 24,1778,lived Janesville, Saratoga, Co.,
N.Y., who had a son William7, the father of D.B.8,
of Chicago, Ill.
4.Major Elverton5, or Yelverton5, b. Sept. 14, 1743,
Coventry, R. I.; m. Zipora . He was a major in
the Continental Army, Rhode Island Volunteers, Kent Co.,
under Col. Nathaniel Brown, Oct., 1776. He had children
i.William6, b. July 2, 1761, Coventry, R. I., d. June 30,
1849, at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and he had
(a) John7, Ballston Spa, N.Y.
(b) Mrs. S. M. Osgood7, Chicago, Ill.
(c) Daniel7, b. Jan. 28, 1793, Glens Falls, N. Y., father of
ii.Sheffield6, b. Apr. 25, 1782. A Sheffield lived at Coven-
try, R. I., in 1875.
XI.--Thomas4 (Thomas3, Thomas2, Thomas1), Tiver-
ton, R. I., b. Sept. 6, 1716, m. Bridget Crandall, bans
pub. July 8, 1745, and they had eight children:
1. Paine5, b. Dec. 12, 1745, who was a colonel in the
Continental Army, and a Revolutionary pensioner, and d.
at Brookfield, Madison Co., N. Y., Sept., 1845, aged 99 yrs.
9 mos.; m. by elder John Pendleton, Oct. 29, 1771, Keziah
Crandall, of Hopkinton, dau. of Jeremiah and Keziah Cran-
dall. He had, in 1744, three children over 16 years and
one under 16 years. He also had a son:
i.Benjamin6, b. June 27, 1776, and d. Apr. 25, 1857, at
Brookfield, N. Y. He had a son:
(a) Lewis7, b. May 16,1800, and lived at Gerry, Chautauqua
Co., N. Y., and had two sons, Ephraim D.8, b. Feb.
1, 1829, and lived at Gerry; and Charles8 of Elling-
ton, Chautauqua Co. N.Y.
2. Sussana5, b. Dec. 12, 1745, Hopkinton, R. I.
3. Joseph5, b. Aug. 16, 1747.
4. Sarah5, b. Apr. 6, 1749.
XIV.--5. John5, b. Mar., 1751.
6. Job5, b. Aug., 1753.
7. Grace5, b. July 4, 1756.
8. Thankful5, b. Aug. 2, 1757.
32 WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND
XII.--John4 (Thomas3, Thomas2, Thomas1), b. Oct.
6 or Nov. 6, 1720, m. Mary Soule, Jan. 25, 1755, and
they had five children:
1. Mary5, b. Sept. 21, 1755, baptized at Newport R. I.,
Apr. 6, 1774.
2. Elizabeth5, b. Aug. 9, 1757.
3. Sarah5, b. Sept. 21 or 24, 1759.
Note.--A Sarah Wait was admitted to Newport Sabbatarian Church May 31,
1788, as from Poneganaeti, R. I., and m. Edmond Davis April 18, 1790.
Note.--a Sarah Wait, d. October 12, 1818, said to have been aged 59, m. Palmer
and they had a son, Isaac: she m. Asa Avery and had children, George, b. Oct. 2,
1799; Mary, b.1796, and they lived at Grafton, Renselaer, Co., N. Y (see Sarah5,
p. 31, supra).
4. John5, Dec. 4, 1762.
See notes about John Wait, pp.13, 14 and 21, Ante.
5. Ruth5, b. June 1, 1766.
XIII.--Captain William5 (Capt. John4, Thomas3,
Reuben2,Thomas1) b. February 10, 1735, held a com-
mission under the King June 5, 1765, and he afterwards
served in the Revolutionary War; m. Jan. 23, 1757,
Thankful Mathewson, b.1738; d. Dec. 26, 1816 they
had three children:
1. Reuben, b. Feb. 11,1757, m. Mary Wait, May 11, 1775,
see post Mary (Thomas, Thomas, Reuben, Thomas.)
2. Mary5 or Mercy5, b. Nov. 10, 1764; d. Sept. 1, 1774.
3. Sarah5, b. Aug. 19, 1774, d. June 19, 1794 m. Avery
Cone, 1791 and had child, Welthia6, b. 1791.
XIV.--John5 (Thomas4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Thomas1),
b. Mar., 1751 (see p.31, ante), or
XV.--John Ward5 (Capt. John4, Thomas3 Reuben2,
Thomas1),of Tiverton, b. About 1745 (which, has not
been satisfactorily determined, but was probably the
latter), m. Abigail Tripp, dau. of Stephen Tripp, of
Dartmouth, by Rev. Peleg Burroughs, Dec. 4 or 23,
1784. They had seven children:
1. Sarah6, b. June 3, 1785.
2. Patience6, b. May 13, 1788.
3. Peleg6, b. April 22, 1790, m. Ruby Howard, Dec. 5,
1817, and they had children:
i. Stephen7, b. 1821, New Bedford, Mass.
ii. B.H.7, b. , New Bedford Mass.
iii. Emma7 b. m. Leavitt.
iv. , b. ,m. Chas. H. McCreery.
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND 33
4. Elizabeth6 or Betsy6, b. Dec. 8, 1793.
5. Stephen6, b. July 20, 1795.
6. Jirah6, b. June 8, 1798, who had a son:
i. Benjamin7, b. , who had a son (a) Alvin F.8 ,
7. Nancy6, b. Nov. 26, 1800 m. Simmons.
(?) Thomas6, b. , Tiverton, R. I.
XVI.--John5 (Reuben4, Thomas3, Reuben2, Thomas1).
Will. June 22, 1833, Robert, executor; had three
1. Reuben6, b. [Found to be 1773] m. Delight Howard, Jan. 6,
1802, and they had seven children:
ii. John7, who had a son, Edward W. 8
iii. Marry A. 7
vi. Daniel H.7 b., who had children:
(c) John H.8, of Westport Mass.
vii. Phoebe7, b. About 1818. Delight was appointed guardian
of minor children, Reuben, Daniel and Phoebe over
14 years of age, July 31, 1832.
2. Robert6, b. , administrator of estate of
John, Westport, Mass., 1834; had a daughter, Ruth7, admin-
istrator of estate of Robert, Westport, Mass., 1844.
3. Marry6, b. , m. Allen.
XVII. -- Reuben5 (Reuben4, Thomas3, Reuben2,
Thomas1), had a son:
1. Reuben6 (1768-1827), of Chester, Warren Co., N.Y.,
who had a son:
i. George P.7, of Caldwell, N. Y.
XVIII.-- Thomas4 (Thomas3, Reuben2, Thomas1), b.
Feb. 29, 1715, m. Tabitha Ellis in West Greenwich,
R. I., dau. of Gideon Ellis, June 5, 1743 by John
Spencer, Justice. She was the dau. of Jeremiah and Judith
Ellis, and she was b. In 1721.
Thomas d. In 1790; his will was proven May 21, 1790,
and a sample of the will executed over one hundred years
old is given in D. Byron Wait's book, "A Genealogical
34 WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND
Sketch of a Branch of the Wait Family (Rhode Island
Branch) of America." from which the records of this branch
are taken. After Thomas's death, his widow came to Peters-
burgh. N. Y., with her youngest son Rufus, where she d. in
1813. They had eight children:
1. Gideon5, b. Mar. 3, 1745, d. Apr. 1, 1808, m. Apr.6,
1766, at West Greenwich, to Lois Tripp, dau. of Peleg
Tripp. She was b. Aug. 30, 1746, and d. Oct 21, 1822.
May, 1787, Gideon was 3d Justice of the Court of Com-
mon Pleas for Kent Co. R. I., and 2d Justice May,
1789. They had thirteen children:
i. Dorcas6 (1767-1828).
ii. Eunice6 (1769-1823).
iii. Silas6, b. May 5, 1771, d. Dec. 30, 1853, and had two
(a) Peleg T.7, Who had a son Silas8 A., Oneco, Conn.
(b) Lloyd A.7, b. 1835, Oneco, Conn.
iv. Jeremiah6, b. Feb. 22, 1773, d. Feb. 25, 1776.
v. Simon6, b. Feb. 23, 1775, d. Nov. 22, 1860, i. at Hammond,
Lawrence Co., N. Y., Had a son:
(a) Gideon R.7, b. Jan. 8, 1813, who had children:
(1)Henry8, Rochester, N. Y., (2)Milton8, Ro-
chester, N. Y., Henry8 had a daughter (?), Ver-
vi. Thomas6, b. Oct. 22, 1776, d. June 15, 1858, had children.
(a) Gideon E.7, b. Jan. 12, 1802 or Mar. 29, 1803, d. May 16,
1863, m. Sally Arnolds, June 22, 1822, and had
children. Hannah8, Elsie8, Joseph J.8, Sally8, and
Oury8, Norwich, Ct.
(b) Albert M.7, }
(c) Thomas7, }-Three bachelors of West Greenwich, R. I.
(d) Waterman7, }
(e) Hannah7, m.
(f) Elsie7, m.
(g) Sally7, m.
vii. Gideon6, b. Nov. 19, 1778, d. Nov. 25, 1820.
viii. Reynolds6, b. Nov. 28, 1780, d. Feb. 10, 1837. Had
(a) Gideon7, b. Jan. 12, 1812, at Coventry, R. I. and d. at
Providence, R. I. He had a son, John D., Provi-
dence, and Henry C.
(b) Benjamin T.7, b. Sept. 6, 1817, d. Mar. 10, 1874, West
Greenwich, N. Y. who had a son, John A.8 of
Providence R. I.
(c) Allen B.7, b. , Providence R. I. who had a
son, Theodore A.8, of Providence R. I.
(d) James B.7, Warwick, R. I.
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND 35
ix. Benjamin6, b. Feb. 18, 1783, d. Jan., 1819.
X. Lois6, b. Mar. 10, 1785,d. Jan. 11, 1867.
xi. A Son6, b. Mar. 30, 1787, d. same day.
xii. Stephen6, b. May 17, 1788, d. May 16, 1849, i. Sardinia,
Erie Co. N. Y.
xiii. Hannah6, (1791-1847)
2. Jeremiah5, b. Apr. 1 or 12, 1749, West Greenwich,
m. Hannah Matteson. He was a Tory and moved to Man-
chester, Vt., in 1792, and from thence went to Black Creek,
Ontario, and d. Apr. 2, 1823, and his wife d. Mar. 6, 1830.
He had brothers who lived at Tonawanda, N. Y. They had
i. Johnathan6, b. 1773, of Dumfried, Ont. had a son,
(a) Henry7, b. May 24, 1811; Blenheim, Ont. who had a
son, Reinzi7, Washington, Ont.
iii. Reuben6, b. , Grand River, Can., had a son,
Benjamin7, who was banished in 1838 to Van Die-
man's Land for political offenses in Canada. He was
Prominently connected with the outbreak "Patriot
War" in Canada in 1837, and was tried and con-
demned to death at Toronto, but secured a new trial
and was sent to England condemned to penal servi-
tude in Van Dieman's Land. He escaped after four
year's imprisonment, and on his return to the States
wrote and published "Wait's Narrative."
v. Thomas6, b. Mar. 26, 1785, had sons:
(a) Milo J.7, b. Mch.6, 1818, who had a son
(1) C J.8, Manchester, Vt.
(b) Thomas A.7, West Greenwich, R. I.
x. Lucy Ann6.
xi. Benjamin6 (?)
3. Thomas5, b. Apr. 10, 1755, m. Nami Weeks, Jan.1,
1776: was an officer in Continental Army. They had two
4. Mary5, b. Feb. 11, 1757, d. Jan. 26, 1835, and m.
Reuben Wait, (Capt. William5, Capt. John4, Thomas3, Reu-
ben2, Thomas), May 11 1775. They had five children:
i. Mary6, b. May 7, 1784.
ii. Reuben6, b. May 2, 1786.
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iii. Sarah6, b. May 22, 1792.
iv. Silas Ward6, a Judge and member of N. Y. Assembly,
1842-1843, b. July 12, 1794, at Petersburg, N. Y., d.
Jan. 20, 1869, m. Martha Odell (b. May 17, 1797), in
1818. She d. Apr. 1. 1846. Her sister Mary m.
Benjamin, the father of D. Byron Wait, and
another sister m. Gardner Wait. Silas W. m. also Hannah
Wilcox (b. July 9, 1809), Mar. 9, 1851, and she d.
Mar. 25, 1893; Silas W. and Martha and six children:
(a) Silas Franklin7, b. May 17, 1819, d. Sept. 19, 1831.
(b) Mary Caroline7, b. April 30, 1821, m. Billings B. Hewitt
Nov. 16, 1840.
(c) Lydia C.7, b. May 26, 1826, d. Dec. 11, 1835.
(d) Emila Julietta7, b. Jan. 22 , 1834, d. Mar. 3, 1867.
(e) J. Annette7, b. Apr. 9, 1835, m. James C. Allen Dec.
19, 1855, lived at Huntington, W. Va.
(f) Viola Victoria7, b. Mar. 29, 1838, m. Wm. K. Hawks
Oct. 15, 1862.
v. Rufus S.6, b. June 5, 1798, d. May 20, 1860, m. Louis
Maxon, b. Mar 1, 1800, d. May 11, 1882, and had
(d) Maria Saturia7, m. John M. Stephens of Hasbrook
Heights N. J.
(e) Reuben S. F.7, b. Mar. 27, 1834, m. Aug. 6, 1854. Betsy
Maria, dau. of Jabez Hakes, and they had two
(1) Chester F.8, b. June 30, 1855.
(2) William C.8, b. Oct. 18, 1858, who had children, Millard
Reuben9, d. Dec. 12, 1901.
Rufus S., m. a second time Martha Odell.
5. Lydia5, b. Mar. 19, 1759, m. Dake Moon, Oct. 16,
1783, and they had nine children: Simon6, Stephen6,
Rufus6, Lydia6, Electra6, Thomas6, Noel6, Merritt6, and
6. Peleg5, b. Oct. 22, 1761, d. Oct. 17, 1847, m. Dec. 25,
1783, Mary Greene, b. East Greenwich R. I., Mar. 24, 1766,
dau. Benjamin and Mary (Greene) Green, he being a cousin
of Gen. Nathaniel Greene. Peleg moved to Stephentown
(now Petersburg) in Mar., 1785. They exchanged some
household goods and a shot gun with a man by name of
Wells, for his permit on the Van Rensselaer lands; obtained
a lease of Stephen Van Rensselaer for the same, Mar. 13,
1793; on which farm they d., she on Feb. 3, 1862. They
had ten children:
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND 37
i. Greene6, b. Sept. 26, 1784, d. Oct. 18, 1868, m. Diadama
Clarke in 1803, and m. Lydia Moon, b. Apr. 15, 1791,
d. Jan. 3, 1867, dau. of Dake Moon (see supra), i. in
Michigan. They had fifteen children.
(a) Greene C.7, died 1883, m. Susan Stewart, and had
children, Clemen O.8, Laura8, Philinda8, Fidelia8,
Almanza8, Elizabeth8 and Rose8.
(b) Nelson7, m. Orpha Sylvester and had children. Mar
vin9, Laura8, Martha8, Lutheria8, Stephen8 and
(c) Electra7, d. 1832, m. Nicholas Jones.
(d) Mercy7, who d. young.
(e) Harriet7, m. David Patterson and had five children.
(f) Noel M.7, m. Louisa Smith and Polly Dunton, had
seven children: Cynhia8, Byron8, Joel8, John8,
Lousia8, Harriet8 and Electra8.
(g) Amanda7, d. 1851, m. Stephen Parish and had four
(h) Rufus M.7, d. 1886, who was thrice m., to Nancy A. Car-
linghouse, to Mary Coe, and to Cynthia Stevens.
(i) Laura7, d. 1863, m.. Farr and had children:
Alice8, Elma8, Lyman8, and States8.
(j) Lydia7, d. 1863, m. Dewitt C. Chapman and had nine
(k) Henry7, d. 1889, m. Caroline McCrossen.
(l) Alice7, m. George Jennings.
(m) Lyman O.7, m. Mercilla Lincoln and Valeria Brown
and had five children: Marcus8, Rufus8, Lydia8,
Ada8, and Blanche8.
(n)Julia7, m. William C. Ward.
(o) Lucinda P.7, d. 1854, m. Daniel Slout.
(p) Sardinia E.7, m. Zideon Pierce and had one child.
ii. Clark G.6, b. Apr. 3, 1787, d. Oct. 11, 1838, at Lockport,
N. Y., m. Sept. 1808, Abigail Phillips, b. May 14,
1701, and they settled at Granville N. Y., she d. at
Hartford, N. Y., June 3, 1863. They had thirteen
children: (note: 1701 must be 1791)
(a) Pamella7, d. 1881, m. Samuel B. Warren and had three
(b) Elverton J.7. m. Abigail Roblee and Elizabeth Benway
and they had eight children: Elverton E.8, Manser
K.8, Malden C.8, Josephine8, Emma8, Sarah E.8,
Merton b.8, and Martha8.
(c) Clare G.7, d. 1888, m. Charlotte Warren and Margaret
Austin and they had three children: Ella8, Mal-
colm8, and Lewis K.8.
(d) Hamilton L.7, d. 1882, m. Esther Waller and they had
three children: Lucy8, Martha8, and Sarah8.
(e) Manser K.7, d. 1892, m. Julia A. Haile and they had
seven children: Josephine8, Pamelia Clarke8, Cas-
sius8, Ida8, Emma8, Charles8 and Istelle8.
(f) Adaniram J.7, d. m. Caroline Bull and Amelia
A. Landon and the had four children: Missouri
L.8, Alsena8, Alton P.8 and A. Judson8.
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(g) Pricilla7, m. Eli Ray, and they had three children,
Adelaide A.7, Malden8 and Katherine8.
(h) Martha7, m. Henry Lefft.
(i) Philetus G.7, d. 1881, m. Delia Hale, and they had Seven
children: Delia8, Altona8, Eva8, Inez8, Laura8,
Nora8, and Philetus8,
(j) Leander R.7, m. Mehitable Martin and they had seven
children, Levi8, Eva8, Charles8, Mary8, Martha8,
Manir K.8 (Manser?), and Edward8.
(k) Abigail7, m. Zacharia Sill.
(l) Dewitt C.7, d. young.
(m) Harlan P.7, m. Betty Laws.
iii. Mercy6, b. Apr. 4, 1789, d. Dec. 11, 1876, at Rodman,
N. Y., m. 1812, to William Gardner, and they had
(a) Peleg W.7, (who m. Julia A. Wait).
(b) William Harrison7.
iv. Thomas6, b. May 1, 1791, d. Mar. 24, 1861, in Michigan,
m. Chloe J. Roblee, Apr. 13, 1821. She d. Oct. 11,
1884. They had seven children:
(a) Eliza J.7
(b) Maty L.7
(c) Matilda A.7,who m. Levi H. Lockwood.
(d) Damaris A.7, who m. John S. Corbin.
(e) Raxie E.7
(f) Franklin P.7
(g) Mary7, Who m. Dr. David McCrossen, who had one
child, Medora L.8
v. Benjamin Greene6, b. Apr. 7, 1793, d. Mar. 27, 1861, m.
Mar. 30, 1817, Mary Odell, dau. of Jonathan and
Mary (Abbot) Odell; Mary was b. Aug 20, 1798, and
she was a sister of Mrs. Lydia Baxter, the poetess.
They lived at Petersburgh, 1817, Granville, 1818-26,
and at Canadice, 1826-61. They had children:
(a) Oran Leelan7, b. Mar. 27, 1818, d. Feb 24, 1847.
(b) Benjamin Riley7, b. Nov. 19, 1819, d. Dec. 25, 1880.
(c) Edwin Giles7, b. June 11, 1824, m. May 13, 1856, Julia
E. Stone, and in March, 1849, went to California,
and in 1893 was Secretary of State. They Had
(1) Ida Victoria8,b. Feb. 12, 1857, d. July 7, 1860.
(2) Julia Bertha8, b. Aug. 27, 1861.
(3) Mary Agnes8, b. Dec. 10, 1864, m. Dec.8, 1885, G. I. Remmel.
(4) Edie Genivieve8, b. Feb. 24, 1871.
(5) Edith Alice8, b. Mar. 22, 1873.
(d) Dennis Byron7, b. Feb. 29, 1828, at Candice N. Y.,
m. Sept. 4, 1865, Harriet Meruida (Merinda?) Brown, b. June
28, 1833, oldest dau. Maurice and Merinda (Fox)
Brown. They lived at Candice where she d.
Oct. 15, 1869. To D. Byron Wait the Rhode
Island family is deeply indebted for his researches
and publication of his branch of the Wait family.
They had children:
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND 39
(1) B. Audubon8, b. Apr. 7, 1857, lived at Little Falls, Wash.
1890, and at Waneta, B. C., 1893.
(2) Genevra8, b. Jan. 17, 1859, d. Apr. 9, 1873.
(3) Buretta8, b. Aug. 19, 1860, d. Nov. 27, 1881, m. Nov. 27, 1879.
Dayton Muchler, and had one child, Percival, b. Feb. 18,
(4) G. Percival8, b. July 30, 1862, and went to Kettle Falls, Wash.,
Dennis Byron7 m. again m. Apr. 16, 1872,
Amanda M. Colvin, b. Feb. 18, 1839.
(e) Mary Emeline7, b. Mar. 22, 1830, d. Sept. 19, 1863, m.
Apr. 22, 1857, Charles O. Ball, lived at Hastings,
Minn. They had children: C. Arthur and Charles
(f) Emily Augusta7, b. June 17, 1833, m. Jan. 9, 1856,
David S. Burton, and lived at Rochester, N. Y.
They had children: Clarence D., Willie B., Edwin
W., Edgar, Hannah A. All dead.
vi. Alice6, b. July 6, 1795, d. Sept. 26, 1827, m. Feb. 17,
1817, James B. Hewitt, and they had children: Ala-
manza, Peleg W., Mary, Emily, and Alice.
vii. Tabitha6, or Polly6, b. Apr. 18, 1797, m. Spink Matteson
Sept 6, 1835, lived at Forreston, Ill., and their
Children were Clark k. and Harlow L.
viii. Mary6, c. Apr. 30, 1799, d. Dec. 30 1853, m. Sept. 25,
1823, Caleb Wells. They had children: Horace W.,
Mary M., William S., Zacheus C., Pamelia and
ix. Lois6, b. Dec. 6, 1801, d. Sept. 11, 1873, m. Sept 12, 1824,
Calvin P. Hill, and they had children: Orrin D.,
Laura A., Alice M., Clarke C. and Frances A.
x. Laura6, b. Nov. 5, 1804, d. Dec.5, 1831.
7. Rufus5, b. Apr. 23, 1764; m. Dec. 2, 1784, Eunice
Hall, and their children were:
iv. John6. (Note: John & Eunice, twins b. 15 Apr, 1790)
vi. Gardner6, b. Dec. 23, 1801, of Harton, Jackson Co.,
Mich., Had as son R-----G.7, Westfield N. Y.
8. Alice5, b. 1769, d. 1828; m. William Potter and went
XIX.--Stephen4, (Joseph3, Reuben2, Thomas1), m. in
Dartmouth, Mary Tripp, May 1764 and after her death
m. Lillis Church, Mar. 10, 1776.
His will was dated Apr. 15, and proven Oct. 6, 1778, in
which are mentioned wife Lillis, sons Shadrach and Gideon.
40 WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND
and daughter Mary. " Sons to support Aunt Tabitha."
Children by first wife:
1. Shadrach5, b. in Dartmouth, Mar. 17, 1765; d. Apr.
25, 1850; m. in Dartmouth, Susannah Tripp; b. Apr. 15,
1769; d. Dec. 25, 1861.
They had children:
i. Stephen6, b. Nov.12, 1785, d. Apr. 1879.
ii. Joseph6, b. Apr. 29, 1788, d. Sept. 5, 1865.
iii. Elizabeth6, b. Jan. 5, 1790, d. Oct 3, 1870.
iv. Ruth6, b. Jan. 6, 1792.
v. Mary6, b. Jan 31, 1794, d. 1869.
vi. Gideon6, b. Dec. 19, 1795.
vii. Absalom6, b. Sept. 11, 1797; lived at Hagadorus Mills,
Saratoga Co. N. Y.
viii. Desire6, b. Oct. 20, 1799, d. 1872.
ix. Diana6, b. Jan. 27, 1801,d. Nov. 13, 1858.
x. Esther A.6, b. Mar. 4, 1803.
xi. Daniel T.6, b. Jan.2, 1805, d. May 13, 1806.
xii. Jonathan6, b. Sept. 28, 1806, d. Feb. 1807.
xiii. William S.6, b. Dec. 28, 1808, lived at Belle Center, Wis.
xiv. Daniel D.6, b. Oct. 6, 1811, lived at Fowlersville, Mich.
xv. Sarah W.6, b. Mar. 24, 1814.
2. Gideon5, b. in Dartmouth, July 22, 1766,: m. Aug. 17,
1788, in Westport (which, previous to 1787 formed a part
of Dartmouth). Desire, dau. of Daniel Tripp, b. Apr. 18,
1765. In 1795 he removed to Galway, Saratoga Springs Co. N. Y.,
Where he d. Jan. 13, 1858. His wife d. Sept. 1845. Their
i. William Tillinghast6, b. at Westport, Mass., June 13,
1789. m. in Barkerville, N. Y., July 14, 1811, Pamela
(dau. of Samuel Shove Barker), b. Apr. 21, 1792. He
d. in Galway, Mar. 24, 1841; she d. at Sandy Hill;
N. Y., Jan. 28, 1872. They had children:
XX.-(a) Nelson William7, b. in Galway, Dec. 27, 1812.
(b) Samuel Barker7, b. in Galway, Sept. 30, 1814. m. Jan.
17, 1852, Mary E. Prall, b. Dec. 25, 1830, d. May
8, 1879. They had children:
(1) William Nelson, b. Feb. 10, 1855, d. June 10, 1857.
(2) Catherine Salina, b. May 25, 1857, m. Oct. 27, 1881, George A
Griffin, and they had two children: Maria Elizabeth
Griffin, b. May 18, 1884, and Eliza Griffin b. May 31 1886.
(c) Lydia Elmina7, b. in Galway, June 25, 1817, m. Sept. 2,
1848, Dr. Darius Mathewson. They had children:
James William, b. July 6, 1845, d. Mar.22, 1858.
Phoebe Pamela, b. Mar. 18, 1848, d. Mar. 29, 1849.
Frank Nelson, b. Sept. 8, 1850, d. Nov. 21, 1851.
Emma Louisa, b. Apr. 12, 1855, d. May 13, 1858.
Hettie, b. Oct. 23. 1858, d. Dec. 15, 1866.
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND 41
(d) Philip Hart7, b. in Galway, July 28, 1819, m. Dec. 28,
1842, Lydia Ann (daughter of Amos Marihew), b.
May 25, 1825.
(e) Rhoda Desire7, b. in Galway, Mar. 14, 1826, d. July 5,
1856, m. Dec. 12, 1850, William S. Taylor. They
had children: Pamela Jean, b. 1851, d. Jan 11,
1873; Isabella Frances, b. Oct., 1853, d. Mar. 13,
ii. Rhoda6, b. in Westport July 10, 1791, d. June 26, 1835,
m. at Galway, N. Y., to Philip Hart in 1811.
3. Mary5, by second wife, Lillis, b. in Dartmouth; m.
Jonathan White, Apr. 8, 1789.
XX. - Nelson William7 (William T.6, Gideon5,
Stephen4, Joseph3, Reuben2, Thomas1), b. Dec. 27, 1812,
m. in Glenville, N. Y., Oct. 26, 1836, Betsey (daughter of
John Potter Green), b. in Glenville Oct 8, 1815. He
removed to Sandy Hill, N. Y., May, 1850. They had
1. John William8, b. in Galway, Aug. 25, 1839; d. May
2, 1903; m. in Amsterdam N. Y., Dec. 12, 1866, Mary An-
toinette (dau. of George Warnick, Esq.), (see genealogy of
Keyes family, by Asa Keyes, Brattleboro, Vt. 1880). They
i. Nelson William9, b. in Sandy Hill, Nov. 5, 1867.
ii. George Warnick9, b. in Sandy Hill, Sept. 12, 1869.
iii. Mary Franklin9, b. in Sandy Hill, July 20, 1876.
2. Mary Ann8, b. in Galway, July 17, 1844; m. Oct. 26,
1869, Thomas Lloyd Dalton. They had child: Nelson
Wait Dalton, b. in Sandy Hill, Oct. 28, 1873.
3. Lydia Pamela8, b. in Galway, Feb. 15, 1846; m. Oct.
26, 1871, Charles Edward Noble. They had children: Mary
Riggs Noble, b. in Sandy Hill, Oct. 1, 1872; Harvey Fish
Noble, b. in Sandy Hill, March 9, 1875; Bessie Wait Noble,
b. in Colorado Springs, Aug.5, 1878; d. Oct. 15, 1878.
XXI.-Daniel5, (Samuel4, Joseph3, Reuben2, Thomas1),
He was a cooper by trade and also a farmer.
On Mar. 17, 1787, Daniel5 was grantee of lands adjacent
to those of Jeremiah Wait, from Stokes Potter, and on
Dec. 2, 1789, as yeoman, he was grantee of a piece of land
at the head of the Apponagansett River on the highway,
conveyed to him by William Barker; on July 7, 1791, Abra-
ham Tucker conveyed 881 rods of land to Daniel near the
head of the Apponagansett River; July 11, 1791, Philip
42 WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND
Shearman conveyed to him land at the head of Apponagn-
sett River; Aug. 25, 1791, William Barker conveyed lands
to him; Oct. 31, 1791, Ahijah Shearman conveyed lands to
him; Feb. 7, 1792, Job Devoll conveyed 51 acres to him,
with witnesses by the name of Tripp; Nov. 3. 1792, Ahijah
Shearman, of Rensselaer, County of Rensselaer, New York,
cooper, for 80 Spanish milled dollars in had paid by Daniel,
Yeoman, of Dartmouth, Bristol County, Mass., conveyed
land in Dartmouth. The deed was executed in Albany
County, and the sister of the grantor, Shearman (Mary
Aken), owned land next to the above parcel, which shows
that Daniel ad acquaintances and was in communication
with friends in Albany and Rensselaer counties, New York,
Apponagansett lies at the head of the Apponagansett
River, which, through call a river, is but an arm of the
sea and comes to an abrupt end within 100 feet of which
is an old stone wall. This is a very old settlement and is
the location of the town hall of the town of Dartmouth,
where the town records are kept. The highway crosses a
small creek scarcely 10 feet in width, about 200 feet above
the head of the Apponagansett River, by which the above
land was described. Except the town the hamlet contains
only a blacksmith's shop at present (1903) The location
of the lands conveyed to Daniel could not be mistaken, as
the head of the Apponagansett River is so well defined.
On Sept. 9, 1790, for 90 Spanish milled silver dollars,
Daniel Wait conveyed to Joseph Tucker and David Gifford,
of Dartmouth, 8 acres of land adjacent to that of Deborah
Shearman and Phillip Shearman and Elijah Russell, which
lands were at the head of the Apponagansett River, being
the same land that was set off at the head of the Apponagan-
sett and a part of the homestead of Abraham Shearman
that was set off to his daughter, Hannah, the wife of Abra-
ham Tucker. This conveyance was executed by Phebe
Wait, the wife of Daniel, who did yield up her power of
thirds and dower, etc., of Sept. 9, 1793. Apr. 26, 1792,
Daniel Wait conveyed to Henry Wilcox lands adjoining the
above, and Phebe Wait, by her mark, joined in the convey-
ance, which was acknowledged May 17, 1792. Jan. 29,
1794, Daniel Wait conveyed to Joshua Weeks, a blacksmith
of Westport, lands adjacent to the above in Dartmouth,
and Phebe Wait, by her mark, joined in the conveyance.
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND 43
This is the last recorded conveyance by Daniel, in Jan.,
1794. The above evidence shows that Daniel and Phebe
had acquaintances at Westport.
June 10, 1796, Lemuel Manchester, of Westport, made his
will, which was probated Nov. 7, 1797, by which he gave to
his daughter Phebe Manchester Wait, 1 cow, 12 sheep, all
his household goods and indoor movables of every sort and
kind that he had not otherwise before given away, except
one chest to his son James. He also gave to Daniel Wait
a note upon Job Albro which he had theretofore given to
Daniel to collect. The above will and inventory are in
probate records at Taunton, Mass., Vol. 35, pp.173-176.
John Tripp made the inventory of Lemuel Manchester's
This shows conclusively that Daniel married Phebe Man-
chester, and that probably they were living in Dartmouth,
in 1796. The last child recorded in the Town Clerk's office
in Apponagansett born of Daniel and Phebe was James,
born Jan. 6, 1785
Daniel served as a private in Capt. Benjamin Wilcox's
company, in Col. Nathan Freeman's regiment from Bristol
County, Mass., Which company served in an expedition to
Rhode Island for one month, Sept. 29 to Oct. 29, 1777
(p. 157, Mss. records of companies, of the town of Dart-
mouth, Mass., in public library, New Bedford). Daniel's
name also appears on the pay-roll or voucher for wages,
mileage and subsistence due to the XXX company, in the
2nd regiment in Bristol, County, for duty in the late army at
Rhode Island, made and accruing to the Continental estab-
lishment. The voucher was for Daniel Wait and others,
privates, for five days; traveled 18 miles from Aug3 to
Aug. 8, 1780. This service was rendered as a private in a
company commanded by Capt. Avery Parker, of Dartmouth,
Mass., in Col. John Hathaway's regiment, of Bristol County
for six days on an alarm at Rhode Island. Henry, probably
the brother of Daniel, was also a private in the same com-
pany and expedition, and John Wait was a member of Capt.
Manassah Kempton's company, of the same regiment, in
July and Aug., 1777
The bans or intentions, so-called among the Quakers, of
Daniel Wait and Phebe Manchester, were published Sep-
tember 25, 1775, but the date of the marriage is not re-
corded in the public records of Dartmouth Township. The
44 WAITE FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND
impression prevails among the descendants of Daniel and
Phebe that she, Phebe, was the widow of one Shaw, but
that is believed to be a mistake, as is shown by the records
in Dartmouth Township and the will of Lemuel Manchester.
Daniel's acquaintance with Phebe Manchester may have
grown out of business relations between Samuel Wait,
his father , and Lemuel Manchester, her father, as is shown
by two conveyances: one Nov. 20, 1758, from Samuel
Wait to Lemuel Manchester, 30 acres, being all my home-
stead from where I now live, together with all houses, build-
ings," etc., bounded by land of David Tripp and partly by
land belonging to Gabriel Hix, and by land of Thomas
Cory, westerly by land of John Taber and by the highway
that leadeth from Jonathan Taber's mills to Friends Meet-
ing House, in Acoakset Village, etc. This land was doubt-
less in Westport, near Hix's Bridge, where Samuel Wait
and Lemuel Manchester are believed to have lived. This
is shown by the above records, where Phebe Manchester is
recorded as from Westport); and two, a conveyance dated
July 31, 1759, when Lemuel Manchester conveyed to Sam-
uel Wait land in Dartmouth, Bristol County (Westport?),
described as being adjacent to that of David Tripp, Gabriel
Hix and John Taber, which without doubt is the above de-
scribed premises. Alice the wife of Lemuel, joined in this
conveyance. From the above it appears that in Nov., 1758,
Samuel conveyed his homestead to Manchester, who in
about eight months, reconveyed it back to Samuel, This
may have been prompted by business exigencies.
It may be explained, however, by the fact that on the
same day, June 31, 1759, Samuel Wait, yeoman, conveyed
to William Wood, yeoman, 28 acres, "being all of my home-
stead farm where I now live, with houses and buildings,
which followeth northerly an a highway that leadeth from
Phillip Taber's mills along the land of John Potter; thence
easterly by lands of David Tripp and belonging to ye heirs
of John Taber and partly by lands of Gabriel Hix; thence
southerly by lands of Thomas Cory," etc., wh9ich is plainly
the lands above described from Samuel Wait to Manches-
ter, and from Manchester to Samuel. This last deed was
signed by Samuel and Theodate Wait, his wife, each by his
and her mark.
Samuel had evidently made Lemuel Manchester his con-
fidant, and probably the relations between the families were
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND. 45
intimate, thus making Daniel Wait acquainted with Phebe
Manchester. Daniel having prior to 1794 sold his lands to others, and
Lemuel Manchester having died prior to Nov. 7, 1797, and
James, the last child, presumably born at Dartmouth in
1785, fixes the probable date of Daniel's departure for
Albany and Saratoga counties, New York, these circum-
stances having put him in funds to make the departure.
If Daniel did not go to Saratoga County in 1797 or there-
abouts, he did doubtless, leave Dartmouth.
It is a significant fact that the oldest inhabitants of Appo-
nagansett have no recollections whatever of Daniel Wait
or of any other family of Waits that lived in that neighbor-
hood, nor is there any physical evidence of their residence
there except the public records described and also the rec-
ords of the Society of Friends or so-called Quakers.
By these records of the Friends (now, 1903, in the posses-
sion of Nathaniel Howland; of South Dartmouth, Mass.),
Samuel's uncle, Benjamin, and, his aunts, Abigail and
Tabitha, were witnesses to intentions to marry, as follows:
Tabitha Wait, Abigail Tripp and Wait Tripp, on Feb. 19,
1726; Benjamin Wait and Abigail Tripp, Mar, 3, 1737. There
also appears in said records of the society of friends the
name Patience Wait, Nov. 18, 1756 (Patience was the
wife of Jeremiah and had child Abner, Feb. 17, 1756), and
Wait Shearman, Jan. 11, 1729. From these records it is
quite evident that several at least of the children of Reu-
ben Wait belonged to the Society of Friends. The policy
of this society was to forbid or at least to discourage the
marking of graves with headstones. The result is that the
burial ground of this same Society, located about half way
between Dartmouth (Russell's Mills) and Apponagansett,
has no gravestones prior to 1800, and very few since then,
although it is estimated to contain several thousand graves.
Daniel5, b. Mar. 21, 1754 (Nov. 1, 1753, or in 1751);
d. Nov. 15, 1829, at Reading N. Y., and buried at
Reading in Lake Road Cemetery; m. Phebe Man-
chester of Apponagansett, Mass., Sept. 25, 1776, b.
Aug. 12, 1754, d. Sept. 11, 1838. They had twelve
1. Abigail6, Dec. 8, 1775, at Dartmouth, Mass., and lived
in Yates Co., N. Y.: d. June 11, 1831. She married Joshua
46 WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND
Stoddard and they had children, one of whom lived at Dix,
2. Ebenezer6, b. Feb. 29, 1777, at Dartmouth, Mass.;
d. July 4, 1844, at Unadilla, N. Y. He was a farmer and
married Rebecca Wilbur, of Saratoga, N. Y., at Sand Hill,
N. Y. They had five children. (For a second wife Ebe-
nezer m. Susan Sisson.
i. Thomas7, b. June 26, 1798, at Unadilla, N. Y., d. Feb.
1835, at Bolivar, Alleghany Co., N. Y., farmer; m.
Amanda Cowles of Unadilla at Unadilla, in 1821;
she m. again Joseph Mulkin, and d. about 1880.
They had five children:
(a) Cyna8, who died young.
(b) Sally8, b. 1822 or 25, d. 1857, m. Horace Scott, Sept.
(c) Llewelyn, d. aged 17.
(d) Samuel Newton8, b. 1823 or '27, d. 1864 or '68 at Ann-
apolis, Md.. in the Navy; m. Julia Busby 1860-65.
(e) Andrew J.8, b. 1827 or '30. d. Aug. 7, 1857.
(f) Mary8, b. 1832. There are no living descendants
ii. Stephen7, b. Mar.2, 1802, at Unadilla, N. Y., d. Oct. 6,
1872, at Otego, N. Y., he was a farmer; m. Anna
Rowley of Otego, N. Y., at Otego, Feb. 19, 1824 (Apr.
25, 1824). They had five children:
(a) David8, b. Dec. 8, 1824, at Otego, Otsego Co. N. Y., m.
Abigail Davis at Sand Hill, Otsego Co. N. Y.,
She was b. in 1825 at Unadilla, N. Y. They
had four children:
(1) Stephen9, b. Jan. 1850, d. Dec. 1890, m. Oct. 14, 1874
Etta Hodge, had two children, William D. and a dau. b.
May 14, 1888, d. Oct. 6, 1891.
(2) Sylvia9, b, May 25, 1854, m. Jan 1, 1875 to Walter Latham.
(3) Charles9, b. 1858, m. Sept. 10, 1881, to Addie Steele,
had one son Frank D.; Charles married for second wife
(4) Carrie9, b. Aug. 14, 1865, m. Jan, 1885, Thomas Southard,
and they had two sons.
(b) Charles8, b. Jan. 12, 1830, at Guilford, N. Y., m. Molly
A. Miller at Beech Creek, Pa. on July 21, 1860,
and they lived at Lock Haven, Pa. She d. Nov.
15, 1884. They had three children:
(1) George J.9, b. Sept. 16, 1861, m. Anita E. Burns of Lock
Haven, Pa. May 6, 1891, had two children: Vera Viola b.
Dec. 7, 1892, Charles Leslie b. Jan. 31, 1894.
(2) Charles Ellis9, b. Feb. 6, 1865, m. Margaret J. Saltsman, June
14, 1892. They lived at Lock Haven, Pa.
(3) Minnie Olive9, b. May 19, 1868, m. J. William Hamberger at
Castanea, Nov. 25, 1897.
(c) Susan8, b. June 14, 1842, at Otego, N. Y., d. Nov. 27,
1897, at Otego, N. Y., m. James Terry in 1859, at
Otego. They had fourteen children, ten of whom
lived to maturity.
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND 47
(d) Lovica8, b. July 28, 1252 (1852), at Otego, Otsego Co. N. Y.,
m. W. A. Secor of Mt. Upton, N. Y. They lived
at Otego, N. Y., and had three children.
(1)Anna Secor, b. May 11, 1881.
(2) Charles Secor, b. Sept. 23, 1885.
(3) Alice L. Secor, b. June 27, 1898.
(e) Lodica8, b. July 23, 1852, at Otego, N. Y. m. David
Orr, at Oneonta, Oct. 1872. They lived at Oneonta
and have one child. John, b. 1873
iii. Samuel7, b. Aug. 18, 1804, d. Feb. 9, 1885, lived at Sand
Hill, Unadilla, N. Y., m. Phebe Cranston who died
soon after their marriage, m. again Sept. 26 or Nov.
16, 1837, to Rhoda Potter, d. Feb. 25, 1848, buried in
Wilbur Burial Ground. They had three children:
(a) Thomas8, b. Feb. 22, 1839, at Unadilla, lived at Sacre-
mento, Neb., m. March, 1863, to Emma Jane
Jucket; b. Aug. 15, 1837, d. Jan. 23, 1890. No
children, m. again Sept. 25, 1890, to Christena
(b) William8, b. Mar. 15, 1840, d. Apr. 4, 1852.
(c) Hiram S.8, b, Dec. 21, 1841, m. Harriet Caroline Wait,
Mar. 19, 1879, she died Jan. 10, 1892. No children.
Sept. 26, 1848, Samuel Wait, Married Amy Post of
Sand Hill, a daughter of Elsie (1787) Wait Post and
a first cousin of her husband. They had one son
who died an infant.
iv. Ahijah7, b. Jan. 17, 1812, at Unadilla N. Y., at Sand
Hill N. Y., in 1881, he was a farmer, m. Jane
Spencer, of Maryland, N. Y., at Maryland, N. Y.
They had eight children.
(a) Phillinda8, b. Dec. 29, 1839, m. Ira Truman of Butter-
nuts, N. Y., Oct. 17, 1859.
(b) Annie8, b. Sept. 5, 1841, d. Nov. 18, 1853 at Unadilla.
(c) Armenia8, b. Dec. 1, 1842, m. Albert Young, of Una-
dilla, Nov. 6, 1861.
(d) Sarah8, b. July 22, 1844, m. William Hoyt, of Walton,
Jan. 15, 1879.
(e) Marie C.8, b. Jan. 7, 1846, m. John Gates, of Unadilla,
Jan. 17, 1879.
(f) John S.8, b. Mar. 31, 1850, d. Nov. 24, 1858.
(g) Emma8, b. July 9, 1855, m. Orville Smith of Easten,
Feb. 1, 1877.
(h) Marrietta8, b. Aug. 30, 1847, m. Charles H. Delevan, of
Sidney, N. Y., Mar. 26, 1873.
v. Annie7, b. Jan. 6, 1818, at Unadilla, d. Feb. 31, 1841, at
Shakers, near Watervliet, N. Y. She m. Simeon
Spencer, of Maryland, N. Y., later of Unadilla, N. Y.,
at Sand Hill, N. Y., Nov. 1, 1838. He was b. Dec.
12, 1813, and d. Aug. 2, 1879. They had one child
Elijah who d. in infancy.
48 WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND
3. Amy6, b. Dec. 31, 1780; lived at Cohoes, N. Y., d. Oct.
31, 1852, at Cohoes N. Y. She married Samuel Wrightly
and again Noah Howard, Nov 6, 1808. They had one son.
4. Samuel6, b. Nov. 21, 1782 (Nov. 20, 1783), at Dart-
mouth, Mass.; lived at Hector, Schuyler, County, N. Y. He
was a farmer; d. ,18 , at Hector, N. y., and is
buried at Reading, Lake Road Cemetery. He m. Miss
Legett (Mrs. Reliance Calvert), mother of Mrs. Ahijah
Wait (1791-2), of Reading, Steuben (now Schuyler) Co.
Mar. 7, 1814, and she is buried at Reading, Lake Road Cem-
etery. Samuel6 Wait was in the war of 1812 on the Cana-
dian Frontier and honorably discharged. They had one
i. Samuel Wrightly7, b. 1813, at Hector or Read-
ing, N. Y.; d. August, 1894, at Watkins. He lived
at Watkins, N. Y., and had several children, one of
whom is Lewis Wait, Watkins, N. Y.
5. James6, b. Jan. 6, 1784, at Dartmouth, Bristol Co.
Mass.; d. Sept. 1, 1855, at Briar Creek, Otego, Otsego Co.,
N. Y.; m. Dec. 10, 1807, at Saratoga, N. Y. to Elizabeth
Thompson, of Stillwater, Saratoga Co., N. Y., She was b.
Mar. 19, 1792; d. Jan. 11, 1857, at Otego, Otsego Co. ,N. Y.
(Briar Creek). They had ten Children:
i. Jesse7, b. Feb, 25, 1808, not married, d. Sept. 21, 1828.
ii. Harman Van Veighton7, b. May 23, 1811, d. Oct. 26, 1876,
Lived at Port Crane, N. Y., m. Emily C. Edsall. She
was b. Jan. 17, 1819, at Vernon, N. J. Her father
was Seely Edsall, who was the son of Col. Edsall, an
officer in the Revoluntionary war. They had four
(a) James Edsall8, b. Sept, 17,1837, m. Sept. 10, 1867,to
Sarah Jane Brizzee. They had eight children, of
whom only two lived to maturity:
(1) Arthur James9, b. Dec. 5, 1879, near Windsor, N. Y.
(2) Helen Margaret9, b. Aug. 5, 1883, at Binghamton, N. Y.
(b) Mary Ellen8,b. Dec.23, 1838, m. Ambrose l. Davis,
Feb. 9, 1870, A. L. Davis d. Aug. 5, 1899. They
had two children:
(1) Nellie Anna, b. Oct. 4, 1871.
(2) Ambrose Edsall, b. Aug. 22, 1876.
(c) George Henry8, b. June 28, 1848, m. Alice F. Hinkley,
Sept. 20, 1871, They had no children.
(d) Florence Elizabeth8, b. Aug. 16, 1853, m. William J.
Hughson, Oct. 1, 1872, W. J. Hughson d. May
19, 1883. They had one child, who died young.
She m. again Robert Bishop, Feb. 28, 1895. They
had no children.
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iii. James, Jr.7, b. Nov. 17, 1813, at Otego, Otsego Co., N. Y.,
d. Nov. 1, 1876, at Hollisterville, Pa., m. Jerusha
Hollister, Sept. 20, 1838, in Salem, Wayne Co., Pa.
She died Oct. 3, 1840, in Sterling, Wayne Co., Pa.
They had one child:
(a) Jerusha8, b. Sept 19, 1840, m. Sept. 16, 1874, to
Florence B. Hamlin; m. again, Nov. 25, 1886, to
S. F. Mitchell.
James7, m. again Harriet Hollister, June 5, 1845.
She d. Mar. 17, 1901, at Hollister, Pa. All buried
in Hamilton Cemetery, Salem, Wayne Co., Pa. They
had six children.
(b) William Hollister8, b. Apr. 2, 1846, at Hollisterville,
Wayne Co., Pa., m. Ada G. Pellett, Sept. 16, 1874
They had four children:
(1) James Edmund, b. July 7, 1875, d. Mar. 1877.
(2) Susan F., b. Oct 11, 1879.
(3) Joseph S. b. Feb. 22, 1881.
(4) William Donald, b. Sept. 11, 1882.
(c) Franklin James8, b. Feb. 3 or 5, 1849; not married.
(d) Mary Elizabeth8, b. Sept. 1, 1850, d. Nov. 25, 1908; not
(e) Asa Wellington8, b. Aug. 20 1852, not married.
(f) Lillian Celestia8, b. Oct. 20, 1854, m. Samuel H. Han-
kins, Sept. 29, 1875. They had five children:
(1) Fred, b. Nov. 8, 1876, d. Aug. 20, 1877.
(2) Nellie Harriet, b. Jul. 16, 1878, d. Apr. 26,1880.
(3) Walter H., b. Jan. 28, 1882.
(4) Eva Lillian, b. Oct. 3, 1883, d. Mar. 16, 1884.
(5) Maud Winifred, b. Apr. 5, 1885.
(g) Helen Harriet8, b. Sept. 20, 1858, m. John E. Elliot,
Sept. 26, 1883. They had six children, three of
(1) Mildred J., b. June 28, 1892.
(2) R. Leonard, b. Oct. 1, 1894.
(3) Helen Norvell, b. Apr. 23, 1897.
iv. John7, b. Jan. 25, 1816, d. Jan. 30, 1876, m. Durenna Cook
of Morris, N. Y., May 15, 1844, at Butternuts, N. Y.
She was b. June 17, 1819 (and was living Jan. 31,
1903). They had two children:
(a) Cedelia N.8, b. Sept. 30, 1846, m. Alex M. Thompson
at Rosemount, Minn. Sept.25, 1870.
(b) Addie A.8, b. Oct. 25, d. July 6, 1869.
v. Reuben Perry7, b. Aug. 17, 1818, d. Apr. 14, 1890, m.
Adeline Pherdum, Feb. 1854, at Delhi, N. Y.
She was b. at Andes, Delaware, May 19, 1829. They
lived at Norwich, N. Y. Had one child:
(a) Edward R., b. Sept. 12, 1852, d. Aug. 17, 1886: m.
Jennie Bostwick at South Hadley Falls, Mass.,
Jan. 9, 1884. They had no children.
vi. Mary Eliza7, b. Sept. 6, 1821, at Otego, N. Y., m. Feb. 3,
1858, at Norwich, N. Y., to Rufus Collins. He was
b. May 30, 1816, and d. Oct. 2, 1885, at Sand Hill,
N. Y. They had two children:
50 WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND
(a) Laura Elizabeth Collins8, b. Dec. 10, 1858; m. Nov. 19,
1890, at Norwich, N. Y., to George Holmes. He
d. Mar. 16, 1899, at Sand Hill, N. Y. They had
one child: Clara Jessie, b. Sept. 27, 1893.
(b) James Jerub Collins8, b. July 7, 1865: m. Clara Wendell.
of Sidney, N. Y., Sep. 20, 1886. They had no
vii. Ebenezer F.7, b. Nov. 3, 1824, d. Nov. 4, 1897, lived at
Otego (Briar Creek), Otsego Co. N. Y., m. Elizabeth
Ann Wood, of Butternuts, N. Y., Sept. 11, 1846.
They had four children.
(a) Laselle Benjamin8, b. Jan. 23, 1849, at Otego, N. Y.
m. Ettie Hopkins at Otego N. Y., Sept. 11, 1872.
They had one child: Mary, b. Dec. 30, 1875.
(b) George Madison8, b. Feb. 23, 1851: m. Eugenia Steb-
bins at Butternuts N. Y., Oct. 1874. They had
one child: Ralph, b. Aug. 12, 1876.
(c) James Albert8, b. Mar. 4, 1857, at Otego, N. Y.: m.
Lucie Baker at Lawrence, N. Y., May 30, 1883.
They had one child: Lena, b. .
(d) Flora Elizabeth8, b. Oct. 12, 1860; d. Aug. 1, 1863.
viii. Andrew Marcellus7, b. Feb. 5, 1828, at Otego, N. Y.
(Briar Creek), d. Oct. 31, 1900; m. Sept. 15, 1850, in
Town of Butternuts, Opp. South New Berlin, N. Y.
to Ambrosia Jane Sargent, dau. of John and Isabelle
(Jacox) Sergeant, b. Jan. 30, 1827; lived at Norwich,
Chenango Co., Ny. Y. They had two children.
(a) Ambrose Marcellus8, b. May 28, 1851, at Mt. Upton,
N. Y.; m. Carrie A. McNitt of Norwich, N. Y.,
1873. She d. May 11, 1875. No Children, He
m. again Julia A. Hinman, dau. of Munson and
Augusta (Barker) Hinman of Hallock, Peoria Co.,
Ill., Jan. 1, 1877. She was b. Apr. 18, 1854. They
had ten children:
(1) Alice9, b. Oct. 28, 1877, m. Henry Leach, Apr. Apr. 11, 1903.
(2) Bertrand9, b. Jan. 18,1880.
(3) Myra9, b. Nov. 6, 1881.
(4) Julia Eva9, b. Aug. 23, 1884.
(5) Allen Marion9, b. June 5, 1885, d. Dec. 18, 1897.
(6) Grace Augusta9, b. Feb. 6, 1886.
(7) Robert Sergent9, b. Apr. 26, 1890.
(8) Gertrude9 b. May 8, 1894.
(9) Ruth9 b. June 15, 1896.
(10) Dorothy9, Feb. 2, 1899.
Ambrose Marcellus was for several years a
druggist and school teacher at Norwich, N. Y.;
from 1879- 1898 a farmer at Hallock, Ill., and from
1896 to date an inspector and surveyor in the pub-
lic Works Department, State of New York.
(b) John Cassan8, b. June 4, 1860, at Norwich, N. Y., m.
Ginevra Caroline Westlake, June 29, 1886, at Iron-
ton, Lawrence Co., Ohio. She was was b. Dec. 25,
1866, at Gallipolis, Ohio, and was the dau. of
Thomas R. and Annar Eliza (Bird), Westlake.
They had four children:
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(1) Luella Ambrosia9, b. Sept. 17, 1888.
(2) Annar Marie9, b. Sept.9, 1890.
(3) Justin Federal9, b. Sept. 26, 1893.
(4) Constance Elaine9, b. Jan. 9, 1895.
John Cassan was a mechanic and Civil engineer.
Which later vocation he followed from 1880-1897,
when he began the practice of law in the City of
New York, Where he occupied the position of
Assistant Corporation Council of the city from
1900-1904. in 1882 he graduated from Cornell
University; in 1887, from Norwich University,
Vt.; and in 1891 from the Harvard Law School.
In 1886-1887 he was a Captain of Artillery. Vermont
National Guard; 1896-1897, engineer, Erie Canal
Improvement; 1887-1894, instructor and assistant
professor of engineering, Harvard University;
1894-1895, associate editor, "Railroad Gazette."
He is also the author of several books on engineer-
ing law and the useful arts, including a dictionary
of railroad terms.
iv. Harriet Caroline7, b. July 4, 1830; d. Jan. 10, 1892; m.
Hiram S. Wait, Mar. 19, 1877, he was born Dec. 21,
1841. They lived at Sand Hill, N. Y. They had no
v. Ezra J.7, b. Aug. 11, 1833; m. Manetta E. Flagg at Nor-
wich, N. Y., he d. Nov. 20, 1861. They had two
(a) William Ezra8, b. Dec. 24, 1857, m. Lydia A. Prentiss,
Nov. 30, 1881 at Hallock, Peoria Co., Ill. They
had nine children:
(1) Vira P.9, b. Feb. 1, 1883. at ll.; d. Feb. 13, 1891.
(2) Rexford Ezra9, b. Apr. 28, 1885.
(3) desire Catherine9, b. July 4, 1887.
(4) Orra A.9, b. Feb. 15, 1889.
(5) Wilberta Estele9, b. Jan 19, 1891.
(6) Bertha Gertrude9, b. Apr. 9, 1894.
(7) Guy William9, b. Dec. 9, 1895.
(8) Ilion Bernita9, b. Apr. 8, 1898.
(9) William E.9, b. Dec. 26, 1901, d. Aug. 30 1903.
(b)Orra Hughson8, b. Oct 9, 1859, m. Libby Ross at
South Plymouth, Chenango Co., N. Y., Dec. 25,
1880. She was b. at Plymouth, Mar. 16, 1858.
They had two children:
(1) William A., b. Mar. 25, 1883.
(2) Edward R., b. Oct. 12, 1887. They lived at Norwich N. Y.
6. Elsie6 (or Alice6), b. Mar. 13, 1787 (Mar. 18, 1788),
at Dartmouth, Mass.; d. Dec. 9, 1856, at Sand Hill, N. Y.;
m. June 26, 1808, at Saratoga, N. Y., to Abraham Post; b.
---. --, 1781; d. Dec. 26, 1856, at Sand Hill, N. Y. They
had eleven children: Willis, b. Mar. 14, 1809; d. Mar 13,
1874; Moses S. b. Aug. 21, 1810; d. Mar 10, 1860; Allen,
b. June 2, 1812; d. infant; Phebe, b. May 4, 1813; d. Jan.
--, 1889; Louisa, b. June 24, 1815; d. Jan. 5, 1878; Amy,
52 WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND
b. June 26, 1817; d. Sept. 29, 1897; Stephen, b. Sept. 4,
1819; d. Jan. 23, 1901; Martha, b. Oct. 21, 1821; d. Apr. 21,
1895; Lemuel, b. Jan. 25, 1823; d. Apr. 18, 1895; Edna,
b. Apr. 29, 1826; d. Nov. 28, 1895; Akins, b. Non. 10, 1828;
d. Feb. 20, 1899.
7. Judith6, b. Dec. 17, 1788 Dec 15, 1789), at Dart-
mouth, Mass.; d. 1872, at Ballston Spa., Saratoga Co., N. Y.
She Married Allen Smith; b. Mar. 18, 1781, and d. 1863, at
Quaker Springs, N. Y. They had twelve children: Samuel
W., b. July 25, 1808; Rebecca, b. 26, 1810; Henry,
b. Aug. 7, 1812; Allen, b. Dec. 20, 1813; William, b. Apr. 11,
1815; Sally, b. Mar. 20, 1818; Phebe, b. Mar. 26, 1819;
Charles E. b. Mar. 29, 1821; Anthony, Sept. 26, 1823;
Clark, b. Feb. 14, 1825; Daniel, b. Sept. 11, 1827; Margaret,
b. Aug. 11, 1829.
8. Phebe6, b. Mar. 9, 1790; Lived at or near Lockport, N.
Y.; M. Daniel Shaw.
9. Ahijah6, b. Jan. 22 or 29, 1791-2, at Dartmouth,
Mass.; d. Jan. 28, 1871, at Reading, Schuyler County, N.
Y., where he is buried in Lake Road Cemetery; m. Hannah
Calvert, Mar. 7, 1815, and she d. Feb. 29, 1888. They
had five children.
i. Phebe7, b. Jan. 4, 1816, d. Aug. 26, 1890; m. Jan. 4, 1838,
at Watkins, N. Y., to Aaron Parish and they lived at
Watkins, N. Y. They had two children:
(a) Hannah Elizabeth, b. May 2, 1839, d. Mar. 21, 1901.
(b) Aaron N., b. May 19, 1841, d. Jan. 4, 1885.
ii. Nancy7, b. Sept. 22, 1818; d. Apr. 19, 1892; m. Feb. 27,
1840, to Frederick Stamp, and they went to Paxton,
Ill. They had two children.
(a) Charles, b. Oct. 14, 1841, d. Sept. 10, 1899.
(b) George W., b. Dec. 8, 1868.
iii. Henry7, b. Oct. 19, 1820, at Reading, N. Y.; lived at
Reading, Schuyler County, N. Y.; d. Nov. 13, 1894
he m. Hannah Maurice Case, 1852, she d. Apr. 13,
1885. They had one child:
(a) De Ett, b. June 10, 1859, who lived at Reading. She
m. John Abrams, Oct 7, 1865; lived near Reading
Center N. Y.
iv. Ebenezer7, b. Feb. 26, 1823, at Reading, N. Y.; lived at
Clarence, Ford County, Ill.; he m. Louisa M----, b.
at Newfield, N. Y.; she d. Dec. 10, 1893, at -----
Rankine Ill. They had two children:
(a) Elbert A., b. May 13, 1850, has two children;
(1) Mabel A., b. May 8, 1883.
(2) Ida L., b. Sept. 18, 1886.
(b) Adrian D., b. Mar. 10, 1858.
WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND 53
v. Margaret, b. Dec. 6, 1830, unmarried.
vi. Sarah, b. Oct. 20, 1833, unmarried.
10. Sarah (or Sally)6, b. Sept. 3, 1793; d. 18 ;
m. William Wilbur; he was b. June 30, 1789, at (Sand Hill)
Unadilla, N. Y. They had seven children: Annie, b. 1815,
d. 1900; Lemuel, b. 1818, d. 1892; William, b. 1822, d.
1896; Betsy, b. 1824; Abigail, b. 1826, d. 1867; David, b.
1829; Buel, b. 1831.
11. Lucretia6, b. Oct. 29, 1796, lived at Cohoes, N. Y.;
m. Jan. 22. 1815. She m. John Vincent, b. Aug. 26, 1783.
They lived at Cohoes, N. Y., and they had ten children;
Julia Ann, Cynthia, Jonathan, Edward H., Judith, Lot H.,
Amy H., Norman D., Herman E, George H. and Mary F.
(adopted). Cynthia Vincent, m. Ira Fisher Kilmer, of
Washington County, New York, and they had children:
Juliet Kilmer, b. Sept. 22, 1847; John Henry Kilmer, b.
Jan 22, 1849; Helen Maude Kilmer-1, b. Aug. 4, 1860. John
Henry Kilmer, m. Pyrena Baldwin, Jan. 2, 1877, and they
had children: Otis Willis Kilmer, b. Feb. 2, 1878; Helen
Maude Kilmer-2, b. Aug. 2, 1882; Mae Baldwin Kilmer, b.
Mar. 17, 1891. Helen Maud-1, m. John R. Stanton, of New
12. Lemuel6, b. Jan. 3, or 13, 1798, and lived at Dix.
Schuyler Co. N. Y.; d. Jan. 13, 1888, at Dix. and is buried
at Reading, Lake Road Cemetery. He M. Prudence West-
ern, who d. 1833, and is buried at Reading, N. Y., Lake
Road Cemetery. They had three children.
ii. Jane (or Jennie).
iii. Orrila, m. Chas. Wilber, and lived at Moreland Schuy-
ler Co., Dix Township, N. Y.
Note.-For records of the early descendants of Marshall Richard Wayte, of
Boston, see N. E. History and Gen Register for Oct., 1877: The Waite
Family, of Boston, Mass., by Henry R. Waite, of West Newton, Mass: Ten Gen-
erations in New England, by Henry E. Waite of West Newton, Mass., (1884).
Note.-For Records of the Malden Family, see Waite Family of Malden, by
Deloraine P. Corey of Malden Mass. (1878).
Other sources of information and records of the Wait(e) family are the
Austin's Rhode Island General Dictionary.
Davis' Land Marks, Plymouth, Mass.
Judd's History, Hadley Mass: p. 586-7.
IV.-Savage's General Dictionary, p. 382-6
Temple's Ecc. History of Whatley, Mass. p. 272-7.
Craft's History of Whatley, Mass.
Barry's History, Farmingham, Mass. n. 428.
Benedict's History, Sutton, Mass., p. 786-7.
Bond's History, Watertown, Mass. 617.
Cleveland's History, Yates County, N. Y., 518-9.
Cory's Waite Gen., 1878.
Stone's History, Hubbardston, Mass., p. 362-5.
54 WAIT FAMILY OF RHODE ISLAND
Washington's History, Leicester, Mass., p. 410-1.
II. Wyman's, Charlestown, Mass., p. 986-9.
Norton's History Fitzwilliam, N. Y. p. 754.
Bass' History, Braintree, Vt., p. 194.
American Ancestry, 2-142; 3-60; 4-117; 5-51.
Landmarks, Renselear Co. P. 648.
Publications New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, John L.Waite.
III.-New London Historical Society, 54; also 5-46; 6-61.
XXIII.-New England Historical Society, p. 124.
Old Families of Saulbury Mass., 81-62; 82-155.
Arnold's Vital Statistics of Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Colonial Records.
Austin's Rhode Island Genealogies.
Elisha C. Leonard's Gen. Records, in Public Library, New Bedford, Mass.
Dartmouth, Mass., Friend's Records, 1699-1792.
Record and Pension Office, War Department, Washington.
Office Secretary of Commonwealth of Mass. Boston.
Office State Record Commissioner, Providence, R. I.
Town and County Clerk's Offices, Everywhere.
Probate Court and Registry Offices, Everywhere.
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I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. IX.
1694 Abigail James
Joseph, 1775- 1813-
1665 1831 1876
Benjamin Ebenezer Reuben
1641- Thomas, 1777- 1818-
1704. 1683- 1844 1890
Thomas, Eleanor Samuel, Amy, Mary E.
164- 1688- 1748- 1780- 1821- Luella A.
-1733 Benjamin 1780 1852 Ebenezer F. 1888-
Jeremiah 1690- Henry, Samuel 1824- Ambrose M., Annar Marie
-1677 1772 1750- 1782- 1897 1851- 1890-
Thomas,-Reuben,-Joseph,-Samuel,-Daniel,-James,-Andrew M.-John Cassan,Justin F.
1601- -1707 1693- 1716- 1753- 1784- 1828- 1860- 1893-
1677, 1774. Stephen 1829. 1855. 1900. Constance
Ports- Mary, Abigail, -1778 Roba(?) Elsie, Harriet, E.,
mouth, -1713 1698- Alice. 1787- 1830- 1895-
Rhode Reuben, Marcy. 1850. 1892.
Island. 1695- Elizabeth. Judith Ezra,
Tabitha Hannah. 1788- 1833-
1695- Keziah. 1863. 1861.
1757 Mary, Pheebe,
Jeremiah, 1718-. 1790-
Coleman Henry WAITE 2 was born 1 28 Dec 1932 in Erie, Erie, Pennsylvania and was christened 2 11 Jun 1933 in First Presbyterian Church, Erie, Pennsylvania. He married Shirley May OESTERLE on 18 Mar 1953 in Angola, Steuben, Indiana.
Shirley May OESTERLE was born 25 Sep 1933 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio and was christened 22 Oct 1933 in St. Francis. She married Coleman Henry WAITE 2 on 18 Mar 1953 in Angola, Steuben, Indiana.
They had the following children:
F i Janice Coleen WAITE was born 13 Feb 1954.
F ii Joan Marie WAITE was born 26 Mar 1955.
M iii Jeffrey Allen WAITE was born 15 Jun 1956.
M iv Joel Henry WAITE was born 2 Dec 1958.
F v Jeanette Adele WAITE was born 29 Jan 1961.
F vi Carol Ann WAITE was born 28 Jan 1967.
Henry Coleman WAITE was born 31 Dec 1904 in Holyoke, Hampden, Massachusetts. He died 27 Feb 1975 in Cuyahoga Falls, Summit, Ohio and was buried in Erie Lakeside Cemetery, Erie, Pennsylvania. Henry married Adele Baldwin KELLY on 5 Oct 1931 in Westfield, Chautauqua, New York.
Adele Baldwin KELLY was born 7 Mar 1910 in Delancy/Anita, Jefferson, Pennsylvania. She died 25 Aug 1985 in Cuyahoga Falls, Summit, Ohio and was buried in Erie Lakeside Cemetery, Erie, Pennsylvania. Adele married Henry Coleman WAITE on 5 Oct 1931 in Westfield, Chautauqua, New York.
BITTINGER, Warren C.
They had the following children:
M i Coleman Henry WAITE 2 was born 28 Dec 1932.
F ii Sylvia Louise WAITE was born 12 Sep 1936.
Albert Frank OESTERLE was born 12 May 1905 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio. He died 18 Aug 1982 in Aurora, Portage, Ohio and was buried 21 Aug 1982 in Aurora Cemetery, , Ohio. Albert married Mary Elizabeth HILGER on 5 Mar 1932 in Ripley, Chautauqua, New York.
Mary Elizabeth HILGER [Parents] was born 23 Mar 1903 in Coupon, Cambria, Pennsylvania. She died 15 Apr 1975 in Bedford Hospital, Bedford, Ohio and was buried 18 Apr 1975 in Aurora Cemetery, Aurora, Ohio. Mary married Albert Frank OESTERLE on 5 Mar 1932 in Ripley, Chautauqua, New York.
SMITH, Sylvester Peter
They had the following children:
F i Shirley May OESTERLE was born 25 Sep 1933.
F ii Audrey Elizabeth OESTERLE was born 28 Apr 1936.
Henry MIRRY was born about 1783. He married Polly Mary mirry COON about 1800.
Polly Mary mirry COON was born about 1785 in Sand Lake, Rensselaer, New York. She died 11 May 1868 in West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. Polly married Henry MIRRY about 1800.
WAIT, John Job twin
John Job WAIT twin
PCW family history
The history does not give his parents. It was probably written in the late 1880's or 80 years after his death maybe after laura's and Polly's death.
Since his son John was born in 1807 Fanny and Dorcas born 1808&9. Also Polly was probably older as this was her second marriage and he was 17.
His father stayed in RI with his mother until his father died. Then the rest of the followed Rueben to Petersburg NY in 1790 and as a result were not censused in either place.
Son of Rufus Wait and Eunice Hall. [Wait Family of RI, p. 39]
Polly Mary mirry COON
The name Polly is a nickname for several names; Sarah Sally, Mary & others. Don't get hung up on the first name!
Birth; family history ( Txxx - father ) b. Sand Lake.
Death; family history. Mattie has a Mary E. Green d. 11 may 1868.
CONJECTER: In 1800 Polly came to S'center with her father/brother Henry.
She married Henry Mire who was living with his father and g'ma in 1800. John Mire Sr. owned lot 13?. Henry Mire died leaving 2 dau's one was 10 in 1810 the other under 10, or 1 dau and a teen helper is more likley. Polly then m. John Wait, they had Fanny, Dorcas and John before he died before 1810. She then m. GREEN, Gardner? since Gardner is on the same pg. 227 as John, John, Calvin, Otis and Samuel pgs 226/7 or were Fanny & Dorcas John Mire's daughters? naw...
L59 Louise Glick; She may be the dau of Abraham and Anna Hegerman. He is either father or uncle. Father may be Jacob Coon.
In the 1800 Rens Stephentown census there are 9 16 to 26 and 7 10 to
16 girls. Any of whom could be Polly.
From the 1992 IGI; Maria Kunz b.26nov1792 To Jacob & Eva Mennig near W Sand Lake, sister Elizabeth b. 27 mar 1802.
From Renns. probate records:
SIMMONS, William H. of Grafton d. 18 Jan 1886. widow, Rebecca Simmons; sons, Jacob H., Nelson W., & Alvin R. Simmons; daughter, Mary C. COON
From WSL Lutheran Church records.
Jacob Coons m. Polly Rowley 23 jun 1805 @ S.L. (did he die and she then mary John?)
Brother Christopher c.20jul1788 @ WSL LC.
The 1850 census has a Polly Green, Berlin, pg 207
!BIRTH:PCW family history ( Txxx - father ) b. Sand Lake
John Job WAIT twin [Parents] was born 9 Apr 1790 in West Greenwich, Rhode Island or Petersburgh, New York. He died before 1810. John married Polly Mary mirry COON before 1808.
Polly Mary mirry COON was born about 1785 in Sand Lake, Rensselaer, New York. She died 11 May 1868 in West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. Polly married John Job WAIT twin before 1808.
They had the following children:
M i John WAIT was born 30 Aug 1807 and died 13 May 1849.
F ii Dorcas WAIT was born about 1808.
F iii Fanny WAIT was born about 1809.
GREEN was born about 1783. He married Polly Mary mirry COON after 1807.
Polly Mary mirry COON [Parents] was born about 1785 in Sand Lake, Rensselaer, New York. She died 11 May 1868 in West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. Polly married GREEN after 1807.
WAIT, John Job twin
Russel DENNISON was born about 1783. He married Polly Mary mirry COON.
Polly Mary mirry COON [Parents] was born about 1785 in Sand Lake, Rensselaer, New York. She died 11 May 1868 in West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. Polly married Russel DENNISON.
WAIT, John Job twin
unknown mother of Polly SIMMONDS was born about 1765.
She had the following children:
F i Polly Mary mirry COON was born about 1785 and died 11 May 1868.
James HOLCOMB was born about 1806. He married Dorcas WAIT.
Dorcas WAIT was born about 1808 in Rensselaer, New York. She married James HOLCOMB.
They had the following children:
F i Laura HOLCOMB was born about 1828.
Sylvester DENNISON was born about 1807. He married Fanny WAIT.
Fanny WAIT [Parents] was born about 1809 in Rensselaer, New York. She married Sylvester DENNISON.
They had the following children:
F i Ann DENNISON was born about 1829
M ii Henry DENNISON was born about 1831
F iii Laura DENNISON was born about 1833
F iv Lona DENNISON was born about 1835
F v Maria DENNISON was born about 1837
F vi Mary DENNISON was born about 1839
John WAIT was born 30 Aug 1807 in West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. He died 13 May 1849 in Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York and was buried in West Stephentown, Hillside Cemetery Lot 55, Rensselaer, New York. John married Laura H. COLEMAN on 24 Jan 1833 in Stephentown?, Rensselaer, New York.
Laura H. COLEMAN was born 27 Oct 1811 in West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. She died 24 Jun 1885 in Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York and was buried in Hillside Cemetery, West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. Laura married John WAIT on 24 Jan 1833 in Stephentown?, Rensselaer, New York.
LANSING, Abram S
Birth; Per the Waite Family Genealogy by ?? abt 1804.
!MARR: Per the Waite Family Genealogy by ?? abt 1834
Name: John Wait
Died: 13 May 1849
Age: 91y 8m 23d (error in reading the 9 is really a 4)
County/State: Rensselaer, NY
Notes: town: Stephentown
Laura H. COLEMAN
1850 cunsus; page #223 Stephentown NY
In 1850 she and her three children, Isaac 8, Warren 6, and Ann 3, were living with her parents, Calvin and Elizabeth Bangs Coleman. [E. Shepard] Information received from E. Shepard in 1992 states that Warren died at 8 mos. of age in 18?0. dates don't fit.
--THis would have to be a first child and then a second was also named Warren. CHW
Coleman, Betsey 81
Wait, Laurie 49
Adda E. 13
Lansing, Abram 62
Coleman, Elizabeth 96
Green, John A. 20
Matties note has 1895 for death.
They had the following children:
F i Mary Elizabeth Lizzie WAITE was born 23 Nov 1833.
M ii Calvin Coleman WAIT was born 14 Mar 1835 and died 15 May 1883.
M iii Daniel Brainard WAIT was born 30 Oct 1836 and died 25 Jul 1906.
F iv Lucina Maria WAIT was born 23 May 1838 and died 5 Jun 1895.
M v Henry Orlando WAITE was born 4 Mar 1840 and died 16 Jul 1913.
M vi Isaac Alonzo WAITE was born 22 Nov 1841/1842 and died 14 Jan 1922.
M vii Warren Coleman WAITE was born 7 Mar 1844 and died 27 Dec 1907.
F viii Adelina Adelisa Paulina WAIT was born 2 Jul 1846 and died 19 Jul 1891.
F ix Ann WAIT was born 1847.
William BROWN was born about 1826. He married Laura HOLCOMB.
Laura HOLCOMB [Parents] was born about 1828. She married William BROWN.
PCW family history
Name: Laura Holcomb
Buried: Momrow Farm (Millard)
County/State: Rensselaer, NY
Notes: town: Nassau; husband: Lewis H. Brown
Calvin COLEMAN was born 13 Sep 1772 in Phillipston, Worcester, Massachusetts. He died 15 Mar 1834 in West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York and was buried in Hillside Cemetery, West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. Calvin married Elizabeth BANGS about 1799.
Elizabeth BANGS "Betsy" was born 30 Sep 1774 in Princeton, Worcester, Massachusetts and was christened 2 Oct 1774 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts. She died 16 Dec 1870 in West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York and was buried in Hillside Cemetery, West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. Betsy married Calvin COLEMAN about 1799.
They had the following children:
M i Warren COLEMAN was born 18 Feb 1800 and died 27 Oct 1844.
F ii Lucinda COLEMAN was born 21 Jun 1801 and died 20 Aug 1884.
M iii Stillman COLEMAN was born 13 Mar 1803 and died 8 Mar 1884.
M iv Benjamin F. COLEMAN was born 7 Feb 1808 in Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. He died 24 Mar 1891 in Thornton, Madison, Indiana.
Birth; IGI Family record says 30 Sep 1774. With the Christening 3 days later in Harwich MA, which is about 100 miles away, by horse and wagon? Lucy Kinsman's family bible, 1860. Given to CHW2 by JPW 1986.
Living with Laura in the 1870 census in which CT is given as her birth place.
CHW2 has the original hand carried letter from Keziah to her sister Betsy written in 1804. Their g'children marry, Sarah Kinsman and Henry O Waite.
M v Benjamin Franklin COLEMAN was born 7 Feb 1807 in West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. He died 8 Mar 1807 in West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York.
M vi Isaiah Bangs COLEMAN Rev. was born 7 Mar 1809 and died 14 Mar 1883.
F vii Laura H. COLEMAN was born 27 Oct 1811 and died 24 Jun 1885.
F viii Mary E COLEMAN was born 12 Aug 1815 and died 11 May 1868.
John COLEMAN [Parents] was born 22 Mar 1731/1732 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He died 7 Feb 1824 in West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York and was buried in Hillside Cemetery, West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. John married Martha Patty HASCY on 19 Feb 1761 in Leicester, Worcester, Massachusetts.
Martha Patty HASCY was born 8 Feb 1738 in Chelsea, Suffolk, Massachusetts and was christened 22 Jul 1739. She died 7 Oct 1818 in West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York and was buried in Hillside Cemetery, West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. Martha married John COLEMAN on 19 Feb 1761 in Leicester, Worcester, Massachusetts.
They had the following children:
M i John COLEMAN was born 9 Sep 1762 and died 17 Aug 1826.
M ii Otis COLEMAN was born 11 Feb 1765 and died Apr 1851.
F iii Sally Sarah Yurah COLEMAN was born 24 Sep 1767 and died before 1860.
M iv Rowland COLEMAN was born 25 Jan 1769 and died 7 Apr 1845.
M v Samuel COLEMAN was born 4 Feb 1771 in Phillipston, Worcester, Massachusetts and was christened 5 Mar 1771 in Athol, , Massachusetts. He died 8 Mar 1771 in Athol, Worcester, Massachusetts.[Notes]
M vi Calvin COLEMAN was born 13 Sep 1772 and died 15 Mar 1834.
M vii Samuel COLEMAN was born 5 Apr 1775.
M viii Royal COLEMAN was born 5 Mar 1778 and died after 1850.
F ix Phoebe Sprague COLEMAN was born 6 Dec 1782 in Athol, Worcester, Massachusetts. She died 13 Jul 1863 in Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York and was buried in Hillside Cemetery, West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York.[Notes]
Isaiah BANGS [Parents] was born 29 Nov 1747 in Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts. He died 25 Apr 1838. Isaiah married Leah Sarah VINING on 30 Jul 1772 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
He and Leah would have moved to Princeton soon after they were married as they had all thier children there. Then the move to Warwick would have been after 1794 and before 1804 when Kezzie wrote to Betsey. He would have moved when he was about 50
Leah Sarah VINING [Parents] was born 10 Dec 1750 in Norton, Bristol, Massachusetts. She died 17 Dec 1828. Leah married Isaiah BANGS on 30 Jul 1772 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
They had the following children:
F i Leah BANGS was born 7 May 1773 in Princeton, Worcester, Massachusetts. She died 30 Aug 1855.
F ii Elizabeth BANGS was born 30 Sep 1774 and died 16 Dec 1870.
F iii Keziah BANGS was born 22 Jul 1776/1777 and died 4 Nov 1860.
F iv Sukey BANGS was born 1 Apr 1778 and died 18 Nov 1837.
F v Rebecca Sprague BANGS was born 2 Mar 1780 in Princeton, Worcester, Massachusetts. She died 21 Dec 1844.
F vi Mary Barker BANGS was born 14 Mar 1782 in Princeton, Worcester, Massachusetts.
M vii Adnah BANGS was born 4 Apr 1784 in Princeton, Worcester, Massachusetts. He died 1797.
M viii Isaiah BANGS was born 14 Mar 1786.
M ix Eli BANGS was born 26 Apr 1788 in Princeton, Worcester, Massachusetts. He died 1810.
M x Benjamin Lincoln BANGS was born 28 Nov 1790 in Princeton, Worcester, Massachusetts. He died Mar 1820.
F xi Nancy Kendall BANGS was born 10 Apr 1794 and died Apr 1819.
Abram S LANSING was born 5 Aug 1807 in Schodack, Rensselaer, New York. He died after 1870 in Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. Abram married Laura H. COLEMAN on 4 Nov 1868 in Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York.
Laura H. COLEMAN was born 27 Oct 1811 in West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. She died 24 Jun 1885 in Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York and was buried in Hillside Cemetery, West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. Laura married Abram S LANSING on 4 Nov 1868 in Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York.
Henry CASEY was born about 1831 in New York?. He died 17 Feb 1864. Henry married Mary Elizabeth Lizzie WAITE on 18 Feb 1854.
Mary Elizabeth Lizzie WAITE was born 23 Nov 1833 in West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. She was buried in Hillside Cemetery, West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. Mary married Henry CASEY on 18 Feb 1854.
They had the following children:
F i Orissa CASEY was born 2 Dec 1854. She was buried in Hillside Cemetery, West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York.
F ii Lillia Belle CASEY was born 22 Oct 1859.
M iii Westburn Henry CASEY was born 1862. He died about 1863 and was buried in Hillside Cemetery, West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York.
Calvin Coleman WAIT was born 14 Mar 1835 in West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. He died 15 May 1883 in West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York and was buried in Hillside Cemetery, West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. Calvin married Orcelia Cecelia ADAMS.
Waite fam. hist.
Fought in Civil War. [Cole Waite]
Orcelia Cecelia ADAMS was born 1835/1840 in New York?. She died 21 Dec 1862 in New York. Orcelia married Calvin Coleman WAIT.
They had the following children:
M i Harris WAIT was born about 1860. He died after 1906 in Troy ?, Rensselaer, New York.
F ii Orissa WAITE was born about 1862. She died in Troy ?, Rensselaer, New York.[Notes]
Daniel Brainard WAIT [Parents] was born 30 Oct 1836 in West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. He died 25 Jul 1906 in Massachusetts?. Daniel married Amelia TURNER in West Stephentown, , New York.
PARKHURST, Jane spouse of
Daniel Brainard WAIT
1864-1865 lived in windsor CT also?
!DEATH:PCW family history
May have lived in West MA. [Waite Genealogy, 1980]
Amelia TURNER was born about 1838. She married Daniel Brainard WAIT in West Stephentown, , New York.
They had the following children:
M i John WAIT was born about 1859 and died after 1906.
F ii Dora Amelia WAIT was born about 1861 and died after 1906.
Daniel Brainard WAIT was born 30 Oct 1836 in West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. He died 25 Jul 1906 in Massachusetts?. Daniel married Jane PARKHURST spouseof.
Jane PARKHURST spouse of was born about 1835/1840 and was christened in Hinsdale, , Massachusetts. She married Daniel Brainard WAIT.
Andrew Hamilton DOTY was born 1835 in New York?. He died 16 Jul 1906. Andrew married Lucina Maria WAIT on 29 Dec 1868 in New York?.
Name: Andrew Hamilton Doty
County/State: Rensselaer, NY
Notes: town: Stephentown; wife: Sarah Mills; mother: Deborah Coleman Doty; father: Halsey Doty
Name: Halsey Doty
Born: 15 Apr 1793
Died: 28 Feb 1857
Age: 63y 10m 13d
County/State: Rensselaer, NY
Notes: town: Stephentown; wife: Deborah; mother: Ruth Holmes Doty; father: William Doty
Lucina Maria WAIT was born 23 May 1838 in West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York. She died 5 Jun 1895 in West Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York and was buried in West Stephentown, Hillside Cemetery Lot 51, Rensselaer, New York. Lucina married Andrew Hamilton DOTY on 29 Dec 1868 in New York?.
They had the following children:
M i Frank W. DOTY was born 28 Oct 1869.
THE LIFE OF HENRY ORLANDO WAITE
BORN March 7th,1840 at Stephentown , N.Y.
NOTE: Stephenton is at 43 & 22. 1 1/2 mi. from MA.
W. Stephenton is 5 mi west on 43.
Brainard is 3 mi west on 43 and 7 mi south t 20.
Sand Lake is 5 mi nw of W.
Stephenton on 66 & 43. Schodack Ctr. is 10 mi west of Brainard on 20.
His father born at W. Stephentown in 1807
His mother was born at stephentown in 1811.
They married 24 Jan 1833 at stephentown.
Mary Elizabeth born 23 nov 1833. His mother is Mary, hers Elizabeth
Calvin Coleman born 14 Mar 1835. Her father's first and last names
Danial Brainard born 30 Oct 1836. Her oldest sister's husbands full name
Lucina Maria born 23 May 1838. Her oldest sister's first name. A form of his mother's first name or from Shakesphere?
Henry Orlando born 4 Mar 1840. his mother's brother/father and 1st husband.
Orlando from shakesphere, As You Like It.
Isaac Alonzo born 22 Nov 1841. Is this another form of Isaiah? Alonzo from Shakesphere, The Tempest.
Warren Coleman born 7 Mar 1844. Her oldest brother's name
Adelisa Paulina born 2 Jul 1846. from Adnah? Shakesphere?
His father died in 1849, 42 years old. He was born, married and died in Stephenton NY.
Couriously , Stillman Brooks also died in 1849 and in NY. He was 35
He died about the time, 34 months after Addie, following the patern for Laura to become pregnant again.
Stephentown & W. Stephentown are used interchangably. The Coleman farm is on a stoney piece of land at the end of Firetower Rd. on the west edge of Stephentown. His grandfather Calvin Coleman Had the farm on the north side and his ucle Otis on the south. W. Stephentown would include the area east of Firetower Rd. The townline runs thru the center of the Baptist Church that his uncle Isaiah was paster of. the lot next to the church is now the pastors home but just east of that is Isaiah's home with his store and postoffice attached. This building was unoccupied for about a year and was in disrepair on our visit in may 1992.
Mary married Henry Casey 1854.
lucina married Harrison Mills 1859.
Aug. 17 '61 He enlisted at Cavendish, Vt. Saturday
He was 21 years old, height 5 foot 8 1/2 inches, light complexion and grey eyes.
Sept.20 '61 Mustered at Brattleboro, Vt. friday
He entered as a private and served in Co.C 4th Regt. Vt. Vol. throughout the war except for the time he was wounded.
Sept.27 '61 arrived in Washington
Sept.28 '61 Crossed Chain Bridge into Virginia. From Arkansas Ave. across to the Georgetown pike.
Feb. 28 '62 charged $.48 for a lost haversack.
Apr. 28 '62 LEE'S MILL
May 5 '62 WILLIAMSBURG
Jun 27 '62 GOLDEN'S FARM
June 28 '62 He was promoted to Corporal "6Corp'l"
Jun 29 '62 SAVAGE STATION
Jun 30 '62 WHITE OAK SWAMP
Jul 5 '62 CRAMPTON'S PASS 100 miles from White Oak Swamp??
Jul '62 Wrote letters to his mother on the 10th & 12th.
"... suffered in his march from Richmond to thier present encampment. and the narrow escape the fourth run of being cut to pieces by the enimy.
Jul. 25 '62 His mother in writing to Sarah -
"He wrote me on Wednesday the day the battles commenced before Richmond. did not hear from again in three weeks. you know (as I had learned that the vt. Brigade was engaged in fireing)"..."two weeks ago. I had two letters come into the office"..."was alive and well a week before. But Oh: How it made my heart ache to learn how he suffered in his march from Richmond to thier present encampment. and narrow escape the fourth ran of being cut to pieces by the enimy. his letters were dated the 10th and 12th of July"
Sep 16-17'62 ANTIETAM
Sep 20 '62 promoted to corporal "5Corp'l"
Nov '62 promoted to corporal "3Corp'l"
Dec 11-15'62 FREDERICKSBURG
May 3 '63 MARYE'S HIGHTS
May 3 '63 SALEM CHURCH
Jun 5 '63 FREDERICKSBURG
Jul 2-4 '63 GETTYSBURG held left flank in reserve.
Jul 10 '63 FUNKSTOWN
Sept '63 promoted to corporal 2"corp. Stop 1 canteen $.48
Nov 7 '63 RAPPAHANNOCK STATION
Dec. 15 '63 discharged at Brandy Station Va. by reason of reinlisting. Papers are for Henry O. Wait a farmer. Grey eyes. Light hair. light complexion. is Five feet Eight one half inches high. 23 years old. Dec 16 '63 Remustered as Vet. Vol. under G.O. no 191 War Dept. Series 1863 $100 bounty. Jan '64 $50 Vet Vol bounty due
May 5, 1864 WILDERNESS- wounded in left leg below knee from a minnie ball. Was in Campbell Hospital Washington D.C. His humor shows in his discharge statement that one of the most important events in his service was "Over my cot at hospital hung following card.
Campbell Hospital No. 3827 Bed 31
Name Henry O. Waite
Married or Single. Single
Residence West Stephentown, N.Y.
Post office address Mrs. Laura H. Waite.
Gunshot wound in left leg below knee.
On what occasion wounded. Wildernefs, M ay 5th 1863.
Name of missle or weapon minnie Ball.
When admitted May 14th
from what source. front." -This was the 1st day of the Overland Campaign, an unexpected Confederate assult,
the next 40 days they butchered each other while HOW was recovering.
May 17 '64 Furloughed for 30 days
Jun 3 '64 brother-in law Harrison Mills died from wounds at Cold Harbor VA
Jun 16 '64 Returned from furlough
Jun 17 '64 envelope PM Washington D.C.
JUN 19 1864 letter to Sarah. He had stopped in W. Philadelphia on the way back to the hospital to see his younger brother Warren in the hospital, also wounded in the leg.
July '64 $50 3' installment Vet Vol Bounty due.
July 18 '64 Paid $32 in full for May & June '64
Sept 4 '64 returned to active duty from medical leave (1)pg19 -The VI corps....The commands most renowned unit was probably the Vermont Brigade in Getty's division. A rugged outfit, they fought with the tenacity and sturdiness fo their beloved Green Mountains..."steadiness in critical positions, perserverance against all odd, and inability to admidt defeat."
Sep 19 '64 WINCHESTER
Sep 22 '64 FISHERS HILL
Oct 15 '64 letter to sarah- envelope PM Martinsburg W.
VA OCT 21 we marched from Strausburg last Monday. marched twelve miles. to near Front Royal. --stoped until Thursday. --at six Oclock.--we marched about sixteen miles to Berrys Gap. --about faced at the Shenadoah river about two miles to Millwood Ville and camped. went on picket then went about 20 miles, a hard march. came by way of Newton and Middletown near Cedar creek about four miles from Strausburg. Johnnies had attacked the eighth and nineteenth Corps. when the 4th left. He went into a large cave a 1/4 mile deep and would hold a regt.
Oct 19 '64 CEDAR CREEK
Oct 22 '64 letter to Sarah- have envelope PM Martinsburg W.VA,
Oct 23 (insert complete letter)
Oct 25 '64 letter to Sarah- on the 18th two men shot dead, 4 & 6 feet from him, and several wounded. If the shot had not hit his tent and blanket, "it would of went through my neck. and probaly killed me instantly...the Stone Bruised my hip quit badly. but is nearly well now..." sent letter to Lucina and Mary to Windsor Ct. Lucina says Calvin drafted.
Oct 27 '64 letter to Sarah- "my tent leaks some where it was shot. dont you think they was too bad to shoot my tent all to pieces. if they had of hit me. it would of healed. but this tent will not- (His letter shows evidence of rain drops on it.)
Dec. 6 '64 promoted to sergeant 5 sergt.
Dec. 31 '64 envelope PM Washington D.C.
JAN 3 "Near Peterburg. Virginia" "My Dear Sarah" "was glad to hear your eyes was better" in good health and --"can stand a Campaign whenever we have to move. there is no signs of a move.very soon. there is skirmishing on the Picket line nearly every day. and from ten to fifty Deserters come into our ...insert complete letter.
Jan '65 promoted to 4 sergt.
Jan 23 '65 letter to Sarah-describes Segt's duties. describes the construction of the Dutch Gap Canal. decribes bounty land in Minn.
Feb 6 '65 letter to Sarah-Isaac is in the shanandoah valley and Warren is here and well. describes duties of a quartermaster, he was one?
Mar 7 '65 evvelope PM Washington D.C. MAR 8 1865
Mar 25 '65 PETERSBURG "Participated in charge at Petersburg and following of lee's army as far as Farmvill where the Vt. Brigade was detailed for Guard duty so was not with corps when he surrendered--
Was discharged at Hall Hill, Virginia, July 13th, 1865 by order from War Dept. dated July 7th, 1865."
Apr 3 '65 letter to Sarah-insert complete letter
Apr 28 '65 envelope PM Washington D.C. MAY 2 letter to Sarah-insert complete letter
May 23 '65 promoted to first sergeant. 5th bounty installment due.
July 13 '65 final discharge at Hulls hill, Va. by order from the War Dept. dated July 7th '65. Bounty paid $210, due $190. Pay due of $2 per mo. for Sept. Oct. Nov. & to Dec. 6,/64 as Corp. Stop for great coat straps 12 cts. His grandmother Betsy Bangs Colman and Sarah's grandmother Keziah Bangs Kinsman were sisters.
'66 & '67 lived at Shrewsbury Vt.
Feb 24 '66 Married Sarah at Shrewsbury, VT
Jan 28 '67 CHW born at Shrewsbury, VT envelope PM South Reading VT FEB xx - pencil note: first letter from home after Colies birth. C H W envelope PM South Reading VT FEB 18 1 Oct '68 sister Adelisa married Henry Earnest. '68 to '70 lived at Chester Vt.
Aug 12 '68 Perley born at Chester VT Nov 4 '68 mother Laura remarries Abram S. Lansing
Dec 29 '68 sister Lucina remarries Andrew H. Doty 23 nov '70 brother Warren married Eva I. Knight '70 to '73 lived at Springfield Vt.
Mar 24 '70 Mattie born at Springfield, VT about '75 letter to Sarah-
'74 to '82 lived at Charlestown N.H. Injured his left hand while working for the Briggs &Co. Shoe Manufacture when working on a rolling machine.
May 8 '79 Ralph born at Charleston, NH
May 16 '83 brother Calvin dies at 48
'82 since lived at Holyoke Ma., 135 Nonotuck St. Worked as a watchman at the Holyoke water power co. for 27 years
Jun 24, '90 mother dies at 76
Jul 19, '91 sister adelisa dies at 55
Jun 5, '93 sister lucina dies at 55
Jun 6, 1900 CHW married Emma at Holyoke
Jul 25, 1906 brother Daniel dies at 69
May 22, 1907 son Ralph married Lilla
1907 Went to Bozeman MT to visit his son Perley clifton. A copy of a photo of him and G-daughters Helen and Flora
Dec 27, 1907 brother Warren dies at 63
Mar 8,1910 Retired at the age of 70
Jul 16, 1913 Died at home at 135 Nonotuck St. Holyoke Mass. Died of Arteris Sclerosis. Buried at Forestdale cem. Holyoke. He was 73 yrs. 4 mos. 9 days of age.
He mentions Windsor. There is one in both VT & CT and his writing is not that clear. Both Windsors are on the CT River. The one in VT is near Shrewsbury, but comparisons of the letter to others makes it clear that his sisters lived in CT, one was lucina. Since Adelisa was at home Mary was living with her and his brother Daniel also. ¤ l---+---L1----+-T--2-l--T----3--T-+----4T---+---T5----+-T--6----R----7--T-+--
GETTYSBURG Monument at far side of round top.
FIRST VERMONT BRIGADE
SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH, FIFTH, & SIXTH, REGIMENTS
SECOND BRIGADE, SECOND DIVISION, SIXTH CORPS.
ORGANIZED IN THE SUMMER OF 1861 BY
MAJOR JENERAL WILLIAM F. SMITH & COMMANDED
BY BRIG. GEN. W.T.H. BROOKS &
BRIG.GEN. AND BREVET MAJ. GEN. L.A.
GRANT, THIS BRIGADE FOUGHT IN WHOLE
OR PART WITH THE ARMY OF THE
POTOMAC FROM THE FIRST BULL RUN
AGGREGATING INCLUDING THE
ELEVENTH REGIMENT FOR A YEAR
PART OF THE BRIGADE. 11,137 OFFICERS
AND MEN, IT GAVE 2,439 LIVES
TO THE UNION CAUSE KILLED &
MORTALLY WOUNDED IN ACTION,
1128. DIED OF DISEASE & BY
ACCIDENT, 1009. DIED IN CONFEDER-
ATE PRISONS, 302. WOUNDED NOT
MORTALLY 2,265- TOTAL 4,704.
REACHING THIS FIELD BY A FORCED
MARCH OF THIRTY-TWO MILES
IN THE EVENING OF JULY 2, THE
BRIGADE TOOK POSITION ON THE LEFT
UNION FLANK. NEAR THIS POINT IN
ANTICIPATION OF AN ATTACK BY
THE ENEMY, AND HELD THE SAME
JULY 3d AND 4th
At Gettsburg they held the left flank and were not
involved in the fighting. When Lee retreated it was their
job to chase him back south. ¤
FIRST BULL RUN
*WHITE OAK SWAMP
*FREDERICKSBURG DEC. 13, '62
*FREDERICKSBURG JUNE 5, '63
PETERSBURG JUNE 18, '64
*PETERSBURG MAR. 25 '65
PETERSBURG APRIL 2 '65
* battles Henry O. Waite was involved in. ¤
MARRIED Feb 24, 1866 Sarah Jane Kinsman at Shrewsbury Vt.
Jan 28, 1867 Coleman Henry born at Shrewsbury Vt.
Aug 12, 1868 Perley Clifton born at Chester Vt.
Mar 24, 1870 Mattie Kinsman born at Springfield Vt.
abt 1875 H.O. is sending money to Sarah and will send 15 next time
three oclock. splendid weather.
Sarah's sister Helen is staying with her.
boys to be good.
"tell mattie papa will come home new years and see her if so he can.
Mar 24, 1879 Ralph Greely born at Charleston NH
He worked as a watchman before he retired
Mar 24, 1910 Filed for his veterans pension.
DEATH Jul 16, 1913 He died at home, 135 Nonotuck St. Holyoke Mass., of Arteris sclerosis at 3 P.M. Age 73yrs. 4mos. 9da. Jul 18, 1913
Interment was at Forestdale, Holyoke
Sep 2, 1913 Sarah filed for soldiers widow's pension
This is a single folded sheet, sealed with wax.
It is now yellowed and worn in the creases.
Scotch tape residue is heavy but was not put over the lettering.
Keziah, almost 17, is writing to her sister, Betsy.
Betsy is 20 and 8 months pregnant with her 3rd child
Betsy is Henry and Isaac Wait’s grandmother.
Henry married Keziah’s granddaughter Sarah Jane Kinsman
Mr Calvin Colman
Steventon Stephentown, N.Y.
Warneick .Feberuary the 6 1803 Warwick MA, just north of Athol
Affectionate Brother and Sister I having Calvin, Betsy
a convenient opportunity for Conveyance
take my pen in hand to inform you
that we all injoy a good State of -
health at this time and hope if these
lines reach your habitation they will
find you in health peace and prosperity
I hav not much news to write only
Sir C---chas has been down to see Isaiah Father Isaiah Bangs
he returned last night he left him
in health and in good Spirits I was very
sory that I was not at home when you
was down here but it Seems to be my
luck for I have missed of Seeing you all
I came home the next day after Mr
Colman went from here and I never heard
a word of your coming down till I got
home I m was very Sorry that I was not
at home for I lotted upon Seeing you an
and your Children
I think it a little Strange that you
have been Married four years and I have in 1799 @ 17
not Seen your Husband yet but I hope
I Shall have the pleasure of Seeing him
within one year from this time For it Seems
to me that I should take great Satisfaction
in being in his Company tell him
that I wish he would just Step down here
one of these Evenings and Chat with us and
he Shall have Some of our Boyled Cuder
and perhaps a few roasted potatoes our
I Suppose that our folks told you that I was
going away this winter but it is a
mistake for I dont expect to go this
year or two for fortain seems to frown
apon me Some but I hope all these
things are for the best and must think that all
things are ordered for the best they are all
well at Brother Howards Anna Goss is distant relatives
a coming up your way Soon Marm Leah Vinning
Sends her best regard to you So I must
bid you adieu, Keza Bangs ___
to MrsBetsy Colman _/\_________
PS do write every opportunity you have \
HENRY ORLANDO WAITE CIVIL WAR LETTERS
These letters were sent by Henry to Sarah after he had spent time with her while recovering from the wound he received the first day of the battle of the Wilderness. It is fortunate for us all that the minnie ball did not hit the bone and so he survived with only a limp for the rest of his life. When the family would talk of him they always remarked "he was wounded in the war". It was the way they defined him.
The first letter is from Keziah, Sarah's grandmother, to her sister Betsy, Henry's grandmother. The second is from Laura, Henry's mother, to Sarah, her daughter-in-law to be.
I have attempted to give the appearance of Henry's original letters but in a much easier to read format. If you want you may view the original letters in the photo section as "How letters".
_sheet was folded, sealing wax, and hand carried_
_Keziah bangs writes to Betsy Bangs Colman_ no _e_
M__r__ Calvin Colman
Warneick .Feberuary the 6 1803
Affectionate Brother and Sister I having _Keziah B-22JUL1777
a convenient opportunity for Conveyance _ D-04NOV1860
take my pen in hand to inform you _ M-29APR1804
that we all injoy a good State of - _John Kinsman
health at this time and hope if these
lines reach your habitation they will
find you in health peace and prosperity
I hav not much news to write only
Sir C---chas has been down to see Isaiah _father is 55_
he returned last night he left him _brother is 17_
in health and in good Spirits I was very
sory that I was not at home when you
was down here but it Seems to be my
luck for I have missed of Seeing you all
I came home the next day after M__r__
Colman went from here and I never heard
a word of your coming down till I got
home I _m_ was very Sorry that I was not
at home for I lotted upon Seeing you _an_
and your Children
I think it a little Strange that you
have been Married four years and I have _in 1799 @ 25
not Seen your Husband yet but I hope
I Shall have the pleasure of Seeing him
within one year from this time For it Seems
to me that I should take great Satisfaction
in being in his Company tell him
that I wish he would just Step down here
one of these Evenings and Chat with us and
he Shall have Some of our Boyled Cuder
and perhaps a few roasted potatoes _our_
I Suppose that our folks told you that I was
going away this winter but it is a
mistake for I dont expect to go this
year or two for fortain seems to frown
apon me Some but I hope all these
things are for the best and must think that all
things are ordered for the best they are all
well at Brother Howards Anna Goss is
a coming up your way Soon Marm
Sends her best regard to you So I must
bid you adieu
to M__rs__Betsy Colman
PS do write every opportunity you have
_Laura Coleman Wait is writing to her 1st cousin once removed._
_Laura's g-parents, Isiah & Leah Bangs are Sarah's g-g-parents._
Home. July_ 25_th__62
Dear Sarah. Jane _Kinsman_
as I am entirely _Laura 50_
alone. this morning. I thought I would _Betsy 87_
while away. a lonly hour in writing you _H.O.W. 22_
What an unspeakable. blessing is ours. though _Sarah 18_
seperated. by mountains. and valleys- Oceans
and rivers. yet we can take our pen and paper
and communicate. our thoughts. and feelings and
wishes to each other.
I intended to answer your last Kind letter
a long time ago. but please to take facts
for an apology. you know. Addie is away _Adelisa Wait 16_
this summer. and I have every step to take _H.O.W.'s sister_
my self. and when I have a leisure hour have
but little energy for writing. and then my
composition is so broken and poor. I always
feel that I shall to intrest you.
Mother is away making her anual visit to _Betsy Bangs Coleman_
Brother Isaiahs. and Sister Brainards. she has _isaiah Bangs_
been gone over two weeks. the longest visit _Brainard Wait_
she has ever made them. it seems to be
a great trial and task for her to be away.
She says you new not. wonder that it is hard
for me to get away from home. think of _my_ _advanced_
age. She is very smart. walked a mile. from
choice. the road is rough. she thought it would
be easier for her to walk. I went with her she
walked as fast as I wanted to. did not seem very
tired when we got there. Brother Isaiah and wife
met us at a cousins. made a visit and took mother
home with them. she often speaks of you and your
Parents. said when I wrote you. must tell you how _Betsy's nephew_
many times she wished she could have had
one of her sisters co ps. to look on. and since she _Keziah bangs_
learned that it was her wish that she should _Kinsman_
have them she often speaks about it. you know _died 1860_
she is child like.
If I could see you. I would try to tell you the
of the days. and weeks. of intence ansciety I have
had about Henry. He wrote me on Wednesday the day
the battles commenced before Richmond. did not
hear from him again in three weeks. you know
_as I had learned that the Vt Brigade was engaged in fireing_
I could but feel and fear. that he had fallen. _^between lines^_
two weeks ago. I had two letters came into the office _mail in
Br. Isaiah got on to his horse. and brought them _several days
up to me. I saw him comeing. the first th_ought_ _from front
was mother is sick. as he came in at the door
I asked. is mother sick? he said no. I have brought
you a letter. I asked is Henry dead? he said no. as
he took the letter from his pocket. that looks
like his writing dont it? none but. a mother
knows the relief it gave me to know that
was alive and well a week before. but Oh:
How it made my heart ache to learn how
he suffered in his march from Richmond to
thier present encampment. and narrow es_cpe the_
fourth run of being cut to pieces by the enimy.
his letters were dated the 10__th__. and 12__th__ of July
I have read one dated 13__th__ directed to I Dec Witt Cole_man_
When will the dark curtain. that has so long
enshrowded this this nation be with drawn? when
will the sword be beat in to plough shares and
the spears into pruning hooks. and our nation
learn war no more: God has said such a time
shall come when nation shall not lift up a sword
against nation. neither shall they learn war any
more. our national difficulties have assumed a
dark shade. butI trust they will soon brighten again
for that God who has heard the cries of the oppressed
will not suffer rebellion to chrush out our blood
bougt rights and liberty:
Last saturday night Warren and I went to see Addie _Warren 18_
she has been away three months. and had not seen her but
twice. it was dark when we got to Mr Hegemans wher
she lives. Warren went to the door asked for Addie
Wait. she said O what a shock it gave me. I thought
he had come to tell me that Henry was dead. (you
know we have a great many fears. that we cannot
help.) we found her well. _she_ lives in a pleasant family
and seems to be enjoying herself first rate. the next
day we called on Brainards folks. found them well
and appearently happy. they have got a nice baby. they
they call her Dora Amelia. Wait. Addie works about a
mile from them which makes it very pleasant for
her. Brainard still owns his horses. Major is in
Schodack. does not work. only lets him occasion_a_ly__ _Schodack N.Y._
a day to drive. they said he is looking and feeling
finely. Cub is at his Fathers Turners has a very nice
little black colt. is doing as well as can be expected
under the circumstances. with a family you know to see
after. Henrys watch came to hand in good time. safe and
sound. it is a comfort to us to have it and to know that _do I _
it is Henrys, my sheet is full and I must close my best _have it?
wishes to you and all of your folks, yours as
ever, L H Wait to Sarah
_inverted at top of front page_
It has been rainy dark and gloomy weather since last
sunday untill this forenoon it has cleared off and
the boys have just commenced haying in good spirits
Warren says when he gets through he is going to enlist but _he does_
I guess not Write at your earliest Convenience am always so
_down left side of front page_
glad to get a letter from you. was glad to read in your fathers note all well
as Henry has written me that his cough still troubled him
_down left side of second page - about Henry Casey age 48
_My son in laws health is better think if he would be prudent and not work more
_than he is really able he might enjoy comfortable health but he will not do either
_down left side of back page
This leaves us all well hope it will find you the same
Ever Dear Sarah.
I am once
here in the Campbell
Hospital. not quite as well
as when I started. but
as well as one wuld exspect
after so long a journey.
I came as far as Troy.
the night I left your
place. and stoped all night
started for N. York City. on
four oclock exspress
train. got to NYork about
Half past Eleven. crossed
the Jersey ferry. to Jersey
city. and started for
Philadelphia. got there
about five oclock. and went
to West Philadelphia. to see
Warren. found him _younger brother_
much better. then I exspected.
He was not wounded as bad
as I supposed. the ball went
between the two large cord.
did not go through his limb.
and is heald up. but the
cords are sore yet. so he has
to use crutches. but dont think
he will more then a week
or ten days. he is in hopes
to get furlough. before he
is sent back to his Regt.
Harrisson Mills. Lucinas _sister_
man is severely wounded. _dies_
I do not Know where +
I exspect to go down to see
my Cousin Ben Green.
tomorrow. if he is alive.
the man that laid next
to me died about an Hour
ago. was wounded in thigh.
and it had been Disected.
and the bone taken out.
and it mortified. how
he suffered. I stoped with
Warren over night. started
from there on the eight
oclock train for Baltimore.
got there a little past twelve.
and walked two miles
to the Washington Depot_e._
and started from there
at half past three. got to
Washington at five. and
came up here. this seems
very lonesome here I never
was in a place. that seemed
so lonesome. but presume
I shall get over that --
we had some very poor
codfish. for Breakfast.
and the same for dinner.
and apple saus. and a
slice of bread and cup
of poor coffee for supper.
I shall go to the Regt.
the first oppertunity
I may get trans ferd yet. will
if I can. I will tell you
about the letter in my next.
my leg is not much worse.
only a little inflamed. will
be better in a day or two.
this is the third letter I have
written today. I have no
Sarah to chat with here.
but shall look for an erly
answer. Please excuse the
many mistakes. give
my love to all enquireing
friends. and accept this
with much love from
H. O. Wait._
Camp of 4__th__ Vt. Regt. Oct.15__th___1864_
I recd your very
Kind and interesting letter dated
Oct.2__nd__ Was glad to hear that
you was well. and having a
few days rest. we Marched from
Srrausburg last Monday. march_ed_ _Strasburg_
twelve miles._to_Near Front Royal.
we stoped there until Thursday.
when we had Orders to Pack up
and be ready to move at six
Oclock. and to be saving of our
rations as they would have to
last until we got to Alexandria.
we marched about sixteen miles
to Berrys Gap. and when about
to ford the Shenadoah River
we recd Orders to return. we
about faced and marched
about two miles to Millwood
Ville. and went into Camp
I had my up when I was detailed
for Picket. and had to pack up
and go on Picket. went about a
mild. we was relieved about
three Olock. and joined the Regt.
and came here. it was about
twenty miles. and rather a
hard march. we came by the
way of Newton. and Middletown
we are near Cedar Creek. and
about four miles from_____
Strausburg. the reason we was
Ordered Back. was the Johnies new
we had gone . and attacked the
eighth and nineteenth Corps.
But are very peaceable now we
are here. seem to be affraid
of the sixth Corps. The Prisoners
say it is the best we have. but
I dont think it is better then
some of the rest. we took two
or three Pieces of Artilery from
them. should think Lee
would stop sending us Artilery
My wound does not trouble me
but very little now. I think I
shall come Home in twenty _10 months_
six months from today if
nothing happens. and I live.
and am well. Oh how I look
forward to that time. it seems
a great while to look ahead. but
will Soon pass. it seems but
a few days since I enlisted. and
will not be long until my
time is out. then let me
see them to get me to enlist
again. if I live until then
I have done my duty. let
some one that is at Home
come out and try it. the teams
have just come in. expect a
mail. will not send this
until I see wether there is a
letter for me or not.___
I sent your Father orders to the
amount of$76.00./ Has he got it.
those Envelopes was both Rebbel manufacture
will have a paper sent you soon.
Should like your photogrhph very
much. and would like to send
you mine. but Know it would
scare you. if it looked natural.
I have a Picture here of my
Brotherinlaw. that was Killed _Harrison Mills_
Shall send it home. as I wish
it Preserved. it is a very good one.
I have no Doubt but the shirts.
will suit me. as I am not very
hard to please. dont Know as we
shall ever be where I can for them.
them. I have just written to James. _Sarah's 12 yr Brother_
yesterday i went down into a cave.
which runs nearly a quarter of a
mild under ground. is large enough
to hold a Regiment of men at a time.
it is quite a curiosity. perhaps you would
like to Know my tentmates name.
it is Sergt.James.W.Drury. our Color
Sergeant. he seems to be a very good
fellow. none of my old ones are here.
I have no more news. please excuse
mistakes. Write soon. and accept
this with much love from----
Henry.O.Wait. _ ___
Camp of 4__th__ Vt. Regt. Oct.22__nd__ 1864
As we have had
another great battle. thought I would
write you a few lines. and let you
Know that I am still in the land
of the living. and well. as would be
espected. on the morning of the 18__th__just
one month from the day we fought at
Winchester. about eleven oclock there was
firing on our extreme right. and came
nearer and nearer. until about five in
the morning there was canonading.
we had roll call. but did not pack
up until day Break. when we was
Orderd from the right to the left on
double quick. and in twenty minutes
was hotly engaged with the Johnies.__
the eighth Corps. Broke and ran in
the greatest confusion. loosing all
of thier Artilery. tents. Knapsacks. and
many of their wapons. and
the 11__th__ stood but a few moments.
when they broke and ran. the greater
part of those two Corps went to Winchester
before they could be stoped. then all that
was left was the sixth corps. the second
Division have the name of saving the
Army. as they formed on the left and
held them until flanked on the right
and left. when we fell back. but very
slowly. stoping and forming a line
behind every Knoll. and fence. we
fell back about two and half or three
miles. when we about faced. and
advanced about a half a mild. and
threw up a rail to protect us. they charged
on our right. when we marched there
at double quick. but was not engaged
while there. General Sherridan was not
in Command in the morning.
or they would not of drove us. just as
we began to Advance. he rode up. His
Horse as wet as a rut. and enquired
what troops there was. and when told
second Division 6__th__ Corp. he said all right
we will sleep in our old Camps tonight
as he rode along the lines. what few
troops there was cheered him. and it
run along the lines that he said we
would sleep in our old camps. it put
life and confidence. into the few that
was left. and they was worth a million
such as was skedadling to the rear.
at half past three we moved forward.
the whole line. only think but a few
hours before retreating in confusion.
throwing away Knapsacks. guns and
everything. and now boldly facing
the foe. Bound to win or die. in less
than an hour the Rebbel Hordes. was
retreating. nothing but a panic stricken
mob. the yankees just behind them.
runing and firing as fast as posible.
we followed as far as Cedar
creek. and halted. when the cavalary
closed in upon them from the right
and left. and gobbled about two thousand
of them. we have between three and
four thousand prisoners. over sixty pieces
of Artilery. all the Ambulances we lost . filled
with thier wounded. all of our wapons.
and many more with them. and some say
all of our men taken in the morning.
when retreating one might see the boys
look back and grate thier teeth and with
Sheridan back. prety soon he came. he
soon had us advancing. we lost
a good many. over three hundred in
the Vt Brigade.there was one hundred and
twenty guns in the fourth. and we
lost six Killed and twenty two wounded
Captain Akin was wounded. three
Killed. and. fourteen wounded-in
the right wing. besides many slightly
wounded. that did not leave the Co.
while laying behind a stone wall. a
solid shot struck the wall. and Knocked
a large stone off which grazed one mans
head and struck me. bruising me
some. and a minnie Ball passed through
my tent cutting twenty eight holes throug_h_
it and eleven through my rubber. and
tearing one corner out of my Knapsack.
men was shot all round me. hadent
I ought to be thankful that I escaped__
many came to near to be plesant. but
we expect them to. now we are doing
Provost Guard Duty in Strausburg. which
is rather a small but pretty village. the
8__th__ and 11__th__ Corps. lost thirty two pieces of
artilery. we got twenty seven more then we
lost. please excuse mistakes. write soon.
and accept this with respect from __
it is so cold I can hardly
Henry O. Wait. hold my pen__.
Camp of4__th__ Vt.Regt.Oct.25__th__ 1864. Strausburg.
My Dear Sarah.
your very Kind
and to me intrestering letter Dated Oct.11__th__
was recd yesterday the 24__th__ I wrote you
Soon after the Battle about all the partick_lars_
of that terrible Battle. expecting your
Folks would wish to see it and as
you said I did intend they should
see them. Oh Sarah how many
times I thought of you. while engaged
in Battle. and how often my last
thoughts before going to sleep is of the
time when I shall meet you. and
of how I enjoyed the last visit with
you. But on the 18__th__ I thought it
very Doubtful whether I would ever
meet you in this world again or not.
As two men was shot dead. one
about Six. and one about four
feet from me. Besides Several
was wounded by my side. I
was very lucky indeed. as I wrote in
my last they shot my tent which was on
top of my Knapsack. if it had not of
hit my Blanket. it would of went
through my Neck. and probaly Killed
me instantly. many Shell came
very near me. the Stone Bruised my
Hip quit badly. but is nearly well now
and my old wound does not trouble
me but a very little. So you needent
Wory about that. if it troubles me
I will write you about it. or if
I am sick in any way. I am
well now with the exception of
a bad cold. we are having very
cold nights here. But I have a good
tent. the best in the Co. but have
no fire in it. we are doing
Provost Gaurd Duty here. I
think the village is about as
large as Chester. or was in time
of Peace. was very sory I could
not send out a letter sooner to
you after the Battle. but sent it
the first mail. and one to my
sister Lucina. and Mary. to _sisters_
Windsor. Ct. Mother has been over
to see them. found them well.
Said she enjoyed her visit very much
And they seemed very much pleased
to see her. She says they seem quite
contented. as to Calvin. I have heard _brother_
nothing but what Lucina wrote.
and that was that he was Drafted.
I think Miss Carwell is a very poor _Sarah_
judge of beauty. as I Know I am
very plain. Coarse. Homely looking
Soldier. guess no one will Marry
me.for Beauty or Riches. Do you
think they will. you can tell
Miss Carwell. I see Edward every
day or two. and that he is a very
steady Soldier. that he is getting
well. he has been quite sick. some
time ago. but is well now
and on duty. One of our Sergents
came back that was taken prisoner
when Joseph. R Needham was. he was
seperated from Joseph. the last he
saw him was in Macon Georgia __
then he was well. said while at Richmond
he was in Castle thunder and Joseph.
in libby. and when they was taken
out and put on Bell Island. they
marched by where Joseph was. and
he came to the window to see them
and the Gaurd Drew up his gun, and
swore at him.and told him to get
Back or he would Blow his Brains
out. the Sergeant jumped off the
carr with two others. while going at
the rate of eight miles an hour.
and walked five hundred miles
before reaching our lines. and struck
them at Bulls Gap. in Tenn. ___
he has his Discharge and has gone home.
as he did not reeinlist. am very sory
you could not get a picture for me.
this one is very much worn. and
and does not look a hundreth part as
well as the origanal does. she is very pretty
or at least there is one that thinks so _
and how I like to read her letters. I
Should like to write if I could write
half as good ones. I have just stoped to
to get my hard Bread. we get twenty
for four days rations. if you will
call I will give you two or three.
I counted them out. and might
of made a miscount of twelve
or fifteen. I am much fleshier then
when I came back. if we have had
some very hard marches ___
now I must stop to get my
sugar. we have plenty to eat. or at least
I do when I want them myself-----
_up right side and across top of back page_
Please excuse mistakes. Write as often as convienent. excuse poor writing
and accept this with much love from H.O.Wait.
October. 27__th__ _1864_
Good morning Sarah. it
is raining this morning. so
thought I would have a chat
with you. we moved Camp
yesterday. so I could not finish
writing, and missed sending
in last nights mail. But
will have it ready for the next.
we moved but a very little
ways. I am tenting alone.
as my tentmate is stoping
at a house in the village.
I have a bed Built up about
a foot from the ground. of
Boards. so I have the soft side
of a Board to lie on. instead
of the damp wet ground. and
have two wolen, and two
Rubber Blankets. so I can
keep warm nights. some
think we shall stop here
this Winter. But I donot.-
We have a great deal of Gaurd
Duty to do. the privates have
to stand Guard nearly every
other day. and Corporals. and
Sergeants once in five to six
days. and when not on
Gaurd we have to drill one
hour a day. whch is not very
hard. the worst is being up nights
as many have not cloths
to Keep them warm. but we
have sent for our Clothing we
sent off last spring. such as
Overcoats. and Blankets. -
the overcoats we need very much
today is a cold wet day. such
as we have in Vt. the last of
November. and we have no
fires. my tent leakes some
where it was shot. dont you
think they was too bad to
shoot my tent all to pieces.
if they had of hit me. it would
of healed. but the tent will not -
If you had a good offer
why didnt you accept of it
you Know you was advised
to mary a Soldier. perhaps
you will never have another
chance. and will have to
live an old maid---
Was he good looking. Rich. or poor
it has been very plesant here of
late. until today. it would be
rather curious how every one
should Know me if they
came to your house first. But
think some of the neighbors
are very Kind. dont you.
I wrote to you and Mother at
the same time. after both
Battles. so I think she heard
before you did. but if I could
write to but one. Sarah would
get the first one. yes I think it
Perfectly right that you should.
And think she would agree
with me . dont you---.
and Sarah if you Knew how glad
I am to get a letter from you. you
would write as often as posible. perhaps
I write oftener then you wish.
as I very often write two to your writing
one. Sarah I feel proud of Belonging
to the sixth Corps. they are called the
fighting Corps. by the prisoners.
and the 8__th__ and 17__th__ Corps are
tearing off their Badges. and
putting on the sixth Corps Badges.
are ashamed of their own ---.
I have no more to write.
please excuse mistakes. and
poor writing. and Bloots. as my _ink is water smeared_
tent leaks over where I am----
a writing. if you canot read it
send it back. and I will promise
not to writ again. until I can
do better. write as often as conven_ient_
And Accet this with Respect. from
_Henry. O. Wait. ---
Did James get a letter from _her brother_
me. I wrot him. or scribbled
on a piece of paper and sent
Camp of 4__th__ Vt. Regt. Near Peterburg.Virginia.Dec. 31__st__ _1864_
_M_y _Dear_ _Sara_h.
Your very Kind and intresting
letter. came in last nights mail. was glad to hear
your Eyes was better. and that you was well. I am
well. am enjoying very good health. never was
enjoying better. and think I can stand a Campaign
whenever we have to move. there is no signs of
a move. very soon. there is skirmishing on the
Picket line nearly every Day. and from ten to fifty
Deserters come into our lines every Day. last night
nine came in. left thier Guns about half way betw_een_
the lines. they seem very much pleased to get out
of the Confedracy. My old friend and tentmate
Corp. Hardy. made his apperance. yesterday. was
very glad to see him. he escaped from the Rebs
while being moved from Andersonsvill. Georgia.
to Milon. he was within eight miles of the latter
place. when he crawled through the bottom of
the carr. with four others. and made his escape.
they had worked all day. cutting the hole through
the bottom. they had nothing but Bucket Knives to
work with. the floor was made of 1 1/2 inch Pitch
Pine boards. It took them nearly all day. they walk_ed_
Sixteen nights in reaching our lines. they came into
Shermans lines the Second day after he left Alanta
And was with him until he reached Savanah.
there took a boat for Hilton.Head. and from
there to Fortress Monroe. and so on here.-
he tells some very hard stories about their fare.
Says they do not have half enough to eat. and _but few heavy _tents__
there was thirty two thousand of our Prisoners in one
Pen. and had less then twelve Acres. to lay on. it was
with Difficulty that they could find a place to lie down
many of them Barefoot. and the Sun Blistered their
feet. they have the scurvy. and die off By thousands.
he did not Reinlist. is a going to have hisDischarge
in a few days. How I should like a furlough. and
come home this winter. But they do not grant any
now. But shall expect one in about two years.
if I live. and trust I shall. I can stand almost
anything But cold lead. and Iron. Willie Hammond
recd a letter from a young lady in Shrewsbury.
Calling herself. Lena.P.Day. do you Know who _Sarah_
she is. if so will you please tell me in your next.
I would like to Know what her right name is.
I have a strong suspicion. But Dont Know.
I wrote your Father a long letter. and hope to get
an answer to it. shall send Harpers
Weekly. _shall_ write for it tomorrow. I have plenty
of yarn to mend stockings. that was sent
me over a year ago. the little needle Book you
gave me. was taken from Hurdy. in
Richmond. the man that took it said
it would do for his Boy. he told them it was
his Brothers that was dead. But they would
not let him Keep it. You will say
that you will never give me anything
again. I shall not Blame you if you
do. I would not of given it to any one
else. Please forgive me for giving it to
him. I Know I did sorry. _-----___
you sent me the Herald with the piece about
the Railroad Accident in. for which I am much
Obliged. you have answered all questions.-
And in future I will try and not be quite
so inquisitive in future. Tell James I _her brother_
will answer his Kind letter in a few days.
Please excuse mistakes I will write
more next time. excuse this very poor
writing, and accept this with the Best
Henry. O Wait. -__--__--
Jan. 23__d__ 1865.254
Camp of4__th__ Vt.Reg_t_ near.Petersburg.Va.
My Dear Sarah.
I was very much
pleased last night when giving out the
mail. I espied one for H.O.Waite in _first time for Wait_e__
the well Known Hand writing. it had
rained all day. and was very lonesome.
Oh Sarah.I can never repay you
for the many Dear letters you write
me. I wrote you a few days ago. But wrote
a very short one. and as Poor as it was
Short. will try and do better this time.
We have had rather a Dreary time
for a few days past. it has rained
nearly all the time for three Days.
and is still raining. it is very muddy
and Disagreeable getting about. out
of Doors. we do manage to Keep
Quite comefortable in the tent. there is
but three of us here now. as two
_have left. Fillebrown. and Bixly have built a tent of thier own._
Fillebrown is Army Commisrury Sergt.
and Martin J. helps him is_h_ue the
Rations. and it was not very convenient
here for them. they moved yesterday.
Sergts. Druy. Kenny. and Waite. tent _Wait_e_ used by H.O._
here now. A sergeants Duty. is when
on Gaurd. to see that the men are
relieved when they should be. and
that they have proper instructions.
they stop at my Gaurd House. when
on Camp Gaurd. and when on
Picket they stop on the Reserves.
When on Drill. they go behind. or
in rear of the Co. as fileclosers. to
keep the men in thier places. and
that they carry thier guns properly.
And one for right. and one for left
Guide. when a Co is full. there is
five Sergts. and eight Corporals.
But our Companies are not near
full now. we have but three
sergts here now.-
As for the Dutch Gap Canal. I do
not Know But very little about it.
Only it is for the fleet to pass through.
it is about a half a mild long. and
si_x_ty feet wide. and is thought that
when done. there will be eighteen
feet of water in it. and is ten feet
wider then our largest Ironclad.-
it is dug accross a neck of land. _caused_
By a bend in the River. something
in the shape of an Ox Boe. it makes
our lines seven miles shorter. and
enables our fleet to pass all of the
obstructions in the bend of the River
and I think fort Darling. But am _no it's further upriver_
not sertain as to that. in the D_eepest_
Place it has to be Dug fifty-nine
feet Deep. they tried to Blow out the
centre of it. But did not succeed
as well as they expected to. so have
to get it out by hand. which must
take some time. - - - - - -
Fort Darling stands upon the opposite side _100 lb gun enplacement_
of the Point of land. so you see they are
enabled to fire lengthwise of the River.
and it is so high that our guns. cannot
be brought to Bear upon the fort.-
Presume you have seen a Discription
of it in the Papers. that you would _understand_
Better then any I can give you. we have good
news from Fort Fisher. is'ent it. But
only think of the loss of life. when
Butler might of taken it with but
very little loss. there is but very little
firing here now. But Desserters
are a comeing into our lines . every
night. at the rate of a thousand every
week. in the first Division second
Corps. they cross from twenty five
to fourty a night. they seem glad to get
into our lines. the second Corps do
not Desert as much as they used to
and they put all Regts on Picket now.
Warren was over here all day yesterday.
My Brother Isaac is at Weston. West. V.A.
is with his Co. Brunerd recd your
fathers letter. But all he seems to think
of is self. my sister has been there on
a visit. stoped several days. she says
they live well. and take Bourders.
get five Dollars per week for Board.
and he is getting very good Wages. -
Presume he will not work for
him. But is to busy to write
and tell him so. I would like to
come and work myself. O wouldent
it be plesant. I hope the time will
yet come. when I can do as I please.
and work where I please. I talk of
Buying me a Farm. in Minessota.
if so it will not be with the intention
of ever going there. we get one hundred
and sixty acres for twenty Dollars. -
And as long as we are in the
Army. we do not have to Pay
taxes on it. But as soon as we get
out we have to Pay taxes on it.and
have to go or send some one to
improve it. as often as once in six
months. have to fall a tree. or
do something. to improve it.
it costs but twenty Dollars. and will
Pay to try it. if we do not do _something_
_to improve it as often as once in six months._
after we get out of the Army. it will
be confiscated. it is thirty miles
from St. Peters. My sister Lucina
sent me the Diary. also her
Photograph. and her little Girls.
and Dannils. Brainerds sits
in the chair. will you put them
out of the way until I call for
them. or come home. if you
Open my Diary you will find
a Photograph of a friend of mine.
A piece of our Flag. I shall try
and Keep this Diary looking
Better. then my old one did.
My sisters in Windsor Ct are
well as was Mother when my
sister wrote me. Mortimer Headle.
is a very hones man. and is
as _humer_ of his Wife. He has _applied_
for a bill from her. and did not
suppose she would Drum his Pay.
Your letters Pay me many times
over for my poor letters. if you choose
you can rub out what you wrote.
and let your Father see it. if you
wish to. the Prospects of Peace are
Brighter then ever before. since
the first gun was fired. No the
years would not seem quite as
long if we could be near each other.
so we could see each other. oh what
plesant times we used to have.
The Paper is of no account. they are
not worth Keeping. I am a going
to write Miss. Day. and get an answer
if Posible. and if I do will send
it to you and see who wrote it.
Please excuse mistakes. Write
soon. and accept this from
H.O.Wait. _no _e__
Camp of 4__th__ Vt. Reg__t__Near Petersburg.Va.
I recd your
very Kind and interesting letter
came to hand this morning.
I was very glad to hear from
you. as I always am. and am.
very glad to hear that you are
to have some Photograghs. how
many times I have wished I
had one. as the one I have
is very much soiled. How long have
I had it. only think how many
Battles. it has been in. it has
seen service enough to be called a
vetran. dont you think it has. it
is soiled a great deal worse. then
when I was Home. when I get a
new one. will send you the one
I have. and hope you will save it.
I had a letter from Mother in_ yesterdays_
mail. the folks was well. as was
the Girls. Mary. & Addie. Mary says
Addie thinks the Dutchman. is _married Earnest is_
just about right. suppose he is a _that Dutch?_
fine fellow. it is thought by many
that he will make a very smart
man. Isaac was in the shanandoah
valley. he joined the Regt there soon
after I _l_eft there. Warren is here.and.
well. was on Picket last night. he
has to go on Picket about once in
three days. and on Regimental once
in four. besides some other duty.
I have not been on. Picket since
we came here. on Brigade once
And on Regimental Gaurd once.
on fatigue once. We have drilled
but _a_ very little. so I have not had
a very hard time of it. I cannot
say I have been very industrious.
A Quartermaster has but little to
do. he sees to getting the clothing.
wood. Rations. &c. for the Regt. he
Ranks as First. Lieut. he dont have
to go into a fight. which makes
it a very Desiruble Office. I do
not think it But _a_ little honor to
Belong to the state Militia. But it
is to belong to the old Brigade.-
there is more honor in a Corporals
Berth in the old Brigad. then a
Captains in the Militia. two of my
tentmates are a building a tent.
so we shall be but three in a
tent. I intend to have Sergt
McCole. of Co.H. tent with me.
he is a fine fellow. Fillebrown.
And Kenney are a building the
tent. I have not found a second
Hardy. or do I think I shall
very soon. he was a good fellow.
he was in Cavendish a few days
ago. he is going to Wisconsin
to see his Mother in a few days.
I loaned him six Dollars when
here. and he sent it to me.
One of my tentmates wrote to
Lena. F. Day. in an assumed name
and to Ellen Graves in his own
name. I was thinking of the
time they stoped to look at me
and gave him her Address. if he
gets an answer from either of
them. I will write you. and
perhaps send you the le_tte_r -
I recd a Weekly. and Daily Herald.
and _apard of they wool Grower._
am very much obliged to you for
the Papers. my Waverly comes every
week. there is some very good stories
in it. you must have a plenty of
Reading. I have no more news
Please excuse mistakes. write soon.
_back page, up right, across top, down left_
accept this with respect from. HenryO Waite. I will send
my Warrent to your Father. to Keep
until I call for it-----
we are under marching Orders. we are to be ready to march
_front page right side. read bottom up._
I hope it will.--
we leave this Camp.
will be Declared before
some here think Peace
now. But we may . --
With three days rations. I do not think we shall move
In the field
Camp of 4__th__Vt.Regt.April.3__d__ 1_86_5. V.A.
I now take my pencil
and paper to write you. as we have
again been in battle. and presume
you will look for a letter yesterday
morning we charged the Rebs. and
took thier works. or a part of them.
we captured the whole of there picket
line. and charged up to thier works.
when the open on us with musketry.
and we fell back. a few rods. but
soon rallied. and Broke through
thier lines. we lost a quite a number
in Killed. and wounded. we
charged about two miles to the
left. then about faced.and
Advanced towawd Petersburg.
and went to within a mild
of the city and built works. as
they had very strong works.
and we were tired out. -
This Brigade took eighteen pieces of
Artilery. and several Battle Battle
flags. beside several hundred prisonors.
I think the Vermont Brigade
was the first to enter thier works.
But am not sertain. the sixth
Corps has won Laurels that
it will feel proud of. we had but
one Killed in this Company.
and one wounded. Corperal
Fillebrown was Killed. he
was a vetrin and one of the
best soldiers in the Company.
When marching in line of
Battle out near Peters burg. as
solid shot passed through our
Regt just to the left of me.
Wounding three men. a friend
in the sharpshooter had his
foot shot off. and a Corp in
Co. F had his heel and Ankle
shot off. and one man had
both legs shot off. all with one
solid shot. this morning there
was no Rebs to be seen.
And our men marched
into Petersberg. we did not
go into the city. we are now
a marching towards Richmond.
But is is Reported to be taken.
Although I do not credit it.
But presume it will be ours
before this reaches you. -
Rebbellion is about played out.
Expect if I live I shall be home _discharged_
about haying. we have marched _15JUL1865_
about twelve miles today.
Please excuse mistakes. as I
have written in a great hury
And accept. with Respect
Henry O. Waite. _weak _e__
General Lee led a charge in person. _no_
in hopes to break our lines
but was Repulsed. it is said
that he cried. when we Broke
his lines. and last night _yes_
he held a consultation with
the mayor of Peters burg.
And said there was no
hopes of or for the confederacy.
and cried like a child. -
I have no reason to Doubt
it. I will not write any of
the particklars. as you will
get them in the papers.
Please excuse poor writing
as it is Dark. -----
Camp in the Woods. Near Danville.V.A.April.28__th__
I have not written
you for several days. as we have been
on the move. and I have not had a
chance to write. if I had could not of sent
it out. or do I Know when I can send this.
But will write it and have it ready. the
last one before this was a poor letter, written
with a pencil. and in a great hurry.
was ashamed to send it. and have
been sorry I did. Ever since. Hope you
will excuse it. as I had no place to write.
and had to write in a hurry. I Know
the best of my letters. are not half as good
as yours. I should of written you last
Sunday. if we had not moved. Saturday
we had Orders for a Brigade Review the
next day. (Sunday.) at nine oclock. but
had no Orders to move. or did we get
them until two Oclock. Sunday morning
when we had Orders to move a six.
it was nearly seven before we started.
we Knew we were a going to Danville
when we started. the first day. Sunday.
we marched about twenty three miles. ess
the most of the way. was one vast wildern
many swamps. where we had to march
on the Rail. Road. Track. which made
it very hard. we encamped near a small
town called Keysville. there were some
three or four Dwellings. a number of
Negro Quarters. or what we call shanties
and several old tobacco Houses. we started
about seven oclock monday. and came
about twenty two miles. to the Roanoke
River. many Negroes flocked to the side of
the Roads to see the yankees pass. many
of them came with us. nearly every Officer
has a Negro Waiter. One Old Negro. was on his
knees crying. thank De lord dey have come.
and Bress de Lord de yanks have come.
they are all very much pleased. the whites
as a General thing look rather sullen. we
saw many Rebbel soldiers. or those that
have been paroled. and are at home.
The second day we did not have to travel
on the Rail Road Track quite as much as
the first day. we marched about
twenty two miles.we started about
six oclock Tuesday. and marched to
opposite Halifax Courthouse. on our
way we passed a small but very
pretty town called M__t__ Laurel. it was
a very pretty place. we did not cross the
Little Dan River. until Wednesday
morning. about eight oclock. when
we passed through Halifax. as Large.
and very pretty village. we were quite
warmly welcomed there. they seemed
glad to see us. the sides of the Roads in
the town. were black. with Negroes.
we marched about twenty five miles.
it was with Difficulty that I Kept
in my place. but I did not fall
out. although we had but six men
in the co. when we stoped. but
they all but two came up during
the night.I never was any tireder
then when we stoped. was so tired
I could not eat any supper. but
spread my Blankets and laid down
the next morning we started about
six oclock. we were fifteen miles from
here. or from the town. we took
Dinner about eleven oclock. two
miles the other side of the town. or some
of them did. and some of them had
nothing to eat. after Dinner we came
along. we had Orders to Keep our files
Dressed to the left. that is four men
marching side of each other. they are
to Keep even. and we were to Keep
in the ranks. carry our gun to a right
shoulder shift. up. it was very Dusty.
and we went slow. I thought it
rather hard. after men marching
One hundred and ten miles
in five days. to have them make
us carry our guns at a Shoulder Arm
and be quite so partiklar. Danville
is a very pretty place. It is about as large.
as Rutland. perhaps some larger. and is
very pretty. or would be. if the Negroes _we_re__
out of the way. many of the inhabitants
here have a Beautiful mansion. and
will have an old Rail fence in front of
it. with about fourty Negro shanties
about it. which does not improve the
looks very much. we got here about
two oclock thursday. we are in a very
pretty piece of Woods. it makes me
think of home. as the timber is Oak
Beach. White pine. the first I have seen
in virginia. in most places it is hard
or Pitch. Pine. it is very good land here.
I never saw as many Negroes as
there is dowm in this town. the boys
are all up now. yesterday I reported
eight absent without leave. and
before night six of them came in.
this morning there was but two
absent. and they have just come
up. one of them gave me some
confederate money. I will send
it in this. if you wish any of
it. you can have it. if not put
it up until I happen home.
which I hope will not be a great
while. yesterday. we recieved a
Dispach saying Johnson had
surrenderd. on the same terms
that Lee did. I do not think
there will be any more
fighting. still we may have
to do Garrisson duty for some
time. Presume they will not
keep such a great Army any
longer then it is neccessary.
Sarah you little thought that at
the time perhaps that you was
writing me. April second that
I was then where shot and
shell flew rather thick for to
be pleasant. but so I presume it
was. as we were engaged nearly
all day. Sins I began this. the mail
carrier says the mail will go
out in less then an hour.
yes I recd your letter of the 23__d__ of
March. and one of April. 2__nd__ and
shall be much Disappointed
if I do not get one the next time
we get our mail. if I do will
write soon again. have not
heard from the boys. that is
Isaac and Warren for two or _brothers_
three weeks. my sister Addie is _18 yrs old_
a going home the first of may
to go to school. and Mary is a going _31 yrs old_
to go home on a short visit.
we are to be mustered for _foos_ _ck original_
I have always written you the
first oppertunity I had after a
Battle. and as often as I thought
you would care to read my silly
letters. yes Sarah if we have peace.
the soldiers will Know how to
_prise_ it if no one else does. they
are the ones that have suffered.
they are around after the mail.
so I shall have to close. will
write again as soon as I get one
from you. this is the seccond
one I have written since I read
one. Presume you will not care
to news from me quite as often.
will send two Photographs. one is of
a friend in the Regt. it is a very poor
photograph. the other is one came to
the Orderly sergeant of co. C. and as
he was not here I took it. it
is very pretty. Please excuse
mistakes. write as often as convien
and accept. with much _tnei_
Henry O. Wait. - _no _e__
Wy y_es_,, of course I shall come to see the rest of y_ou_ _inverted at top_
Well Sarah I will write you a few _about 1875_
lines and send the rest of the money,
will send you fifteen next time,, hope
yo will like the buerries,,well Sarah I was
not so ignorant, in regard to your feelings
in reguard to reeligion, as you supposed. now
to be candid, I do not Know a person
in this world or any for that matter
that there was as little need of reforming &
repenting as there was of Mrs H.O.W_aites_,,
that is to look at it in a disinterested way
now about what I think. there is two
kinds of religion,, one Kind they only profess,,
another they practice,, the Kind I should believe
in if any would be the Kind they practice,, this
merely professing I dont believe in. I honer
a real christian. one that Practices it,, and tries
to live a good life,, but one that Profeses it just for
the name of it,, are the meanest Kind of people,,
and there is too many of those they hurt the
churches very much,, some call them that Profess
and do not go to church. Backsliders. but
those in many instances are far superior in
the sight of the Lord to those that join the church
just for the name of it. it is not necessary to join
the church in order to be saved,, that is merely a matter
of form,, if one resolves to live a good life and use
everybody as he would be used,, tries to do right
by everybody,, why isent he a christian in every
sense of the word. When a student has been through
college,, he looks round. and finaly chooses his
profession. are we not fitting ourselves here for
the hereafter,, if so we shall live in the next
world about as we do in this,, we are merely
fitting ourselves.the same as the student after he
has chosen his profession,, you Know as ye
sow so shall ye reap, if the Bible is true.,
which I have no reason to doubt,, h_ave_ y_ou_
I never make fun of religion,, and if all that
Profess would practice. there would be many more
members then there are now,, but as I said
before if ever there was a person that tried
to do right by everbody. and every thing
I believe it is yourself,, I could talk to
you about such things better then I
can write,, hope you were not affraid to
speak to me were you. it is now after three
oclock. what splendid weather we are having.
if Helen should happen to be with you tell her _Sarah's sister_
that I dont Know but I love her just about as well
as ever. tell her I will Kiss her when I see her --
are the Boys good to mamma. do they try to help _Coleman & Perley_
her. if not do not want to send them any more nice
things,, I will close as I have no news to write---.
tell mattie Papa will come home new years and see her if _5 yrs old_
so he can. accept with much
Love from, H.O.Waite,,