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POPE in Orange Co.

Posted: 26 Sep 1999 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 5:26AM GMT
Surnames: POPE, RICHARDSON, HALL
I am researching ancestors and descendants of Thomas and Sally POPE (Thomas originally from NH) and their children (especially Ralph and Polly (Richardson) POPE in the towns of Washington and Orange in Orange Co. VT. I am looking for town historical information as well. Can anyone recommend sources (other than LDS town record microfilm - I have these already)?? I plan to visit Montpelier etc in the spring - can you recommend resorces there ??

Richardson ?

Posted: 14 Nov 1999 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 5:26AM GMT
Surnames: Richardson
There are a truckload of Richardson's in Orange county at various times. What does your date "9/4/92" mean? Is this day/month/year or month/day/year. And what year, 1792 or 1892? Better to write dates unambiguously as, for example, 4 September 1892, etc. I see 7 Richardson families in the town of Orange records for the earlier part of the 19th century, but none of these includes a Benjamin. Let me know if you have more data. There are also some very good LDS microfilm records, and published histories on microfilm.

Benjamin Richardson

Posted: 14 Nov 1999 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 28 Jul 2002 10:08PM GMT
Surnames: Richardson
Looking for info on Benjamin Harrison and Hannah Fuller Richardson. Son Albert born 9/4/92.

Richardson ?

Posted: 18 Nov 1999 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 5:26AM GMT
Surnames: Richardson
I would check out what was available from the LDS Family History Center near you (hopefully there is one, they are located at LDS churches and are branch libraries of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City). Look in their catalog (on CD) for records available from the town of South Strafford. Also recommend searching their IGI and Ancestral File based on the information you already have - you may find indexed vital records or that someone else has already done research on this line. If microfilm available then order it and review the record. You may find a list of family births or marriages. Keep in mind that Richardson (to me) seems to be a fairly common name in this area. There was often a lot of moving around between the nearby town, and since the records are kept at the town level, you may want to search nearby towns as well. Also try the Vermont vital record index microfilms for your surname. Good luck.

Benjamin Richardson

Posted: 18 Nov 1999 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 28 Jul 2002 10:08PM GMT
Surnames: Richardson
Benjamin Harrison and Hannah Fuller Richardson were the parents of Albert Benjamin Richardson who was born September 4, 1892 in South Strafford. He was one of five children. Looking for info on parents and their other children.
Thanks

Polly and Benjamin

Posted: 24 Aug 2000 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 28 Nov 2005 6:56PM GMT
Surnames: Richardson, Muzzey, Downing
Hello,

I have Polly Richardson born May 27, 1791 in Corinth, Orange County Vermont. The daughter of Caleb Richardson and Martha Holmes. Martha is the daughter of Samuel Holmes and Charity Bryant. Polly had sisters Charity and Susan. Susan married Benjamin Franklin Muzzey, and Charity married Reuben Downing (my brick wall). Three of Susan's sons married three of Charity's daughters. My gggrandmother was the forth daughter, and only one that did not marry a cousin. Caleb Richardson and Samuel Holmes both served in the Revolutionary War.

Polly, Susan, and Charity had a brother Benjamin. But this Ben would be too old to be the father. He could be the grandfather though.

Caleb's family is listed in "The history of Corinth, Vermont" They later moved on to East Aurora Township, Erie County, New York.

Charity's and Susan's families moved farther on to DeKalb County Illinois by 1865.

Re: Polly and Benjamin

Posted: 26 Oct 2003 1:31AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 16 Dec 2004 2:49AM GMT
Surnames: Downing
Pulling at straws here but perhaps you can help me with my Downing brick wall.
I descend from Orville Sprague Downing born 1813 in Vermont. I do not know his parents nor siblings. I noticed quite a few Downings in Orange County in the 1800 and 1810 census for Vermont.
Orville migrated into New York. He called himself a Mohawk Dutchman (?lived Mohawk Valley of NY or genealogy of Mohawk Indian and Dutch). His father came to US from Ireland but descended from George Downing of which Downing St. is named for.
Orville married Phoebe Montgomery daughter of Hugh and Racheal Row/Rose/Rowe Montgomery in the town of Brownville Jefferson Co. NY. They lived in the towns of Lyme where their first three children Orville Sprague born 1839; Amanda born 1840; Thomas Jefferson born 1842. The next child and remaining 8 including my line was born here in town of Gouverneur, St. Lawrence Co. NY.
This Downing line is known for their red hair.
I noted the surname Richardson in your message. That is a common surname to the same era here in St. Lawrence Co.
Other surnames: Congdon, Crawford, Smith, White, Nichols, Gallagher, Washburn, Harmer, Wilson, Webb, Whalen, etc.
Any links?

Richardson and Downings

Ron Mosher (View posts)
Posted: 27 Oct 2003 6:20AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Downing, Richardson, Muzzey, Bradford
Hello,

There are two distinct Richardson Families in Orange County as early as 1785. My Caleb Richardson is not found in many of the histories of Orange County, although clearly some of his descendants remained for some time after he left in the 1820's to live with or near children who settled East Aurora, Erie County, New York. But his records are clearly found in the township hall records. Caleb, a Revolutionary War Soldier, who did more marching to conflicts than actually fighting, was in his late 70's when his land was finally sold and he moved to western New York. His son in law, David Bradbury apparently was helping maintain the farm in those later years and sued his father in law for payment. I imagine this was more of a way of keeping the land in the family than to other's Caleb might have owed. Once the suit was filed, Caleb sold the land to David Bradbury for slightly more than he owed David Bradbury and the debt was settled. When David sued Caleb, half of the farm had already gone to one of Caleb's sons. Caleb Richardson's life is spelled out very nicely, year by year in his application for a Revolutionary War Pension, that was granted.

The other Richardson family is that of Benjamin, who would have been a 1st cousin of Caleb's. The Benjamin Richardson family is talked about in the Corinth Town History that was published about 20 years ago. These two families trace their roots back to Chester, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, and before that to Newbury and Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts. The line goes back 4 generations to the immigrant ancestor that came to Newberry about 1640's.

About 3 years ago I traveled to Vermont and looked in the township records. I still need to search two more township's records before I give up on finding my Downing ancestors roots. All census records give his birth as Vermont. But I have yet to find the anscetor for my Reuben Downing who married Charity Richardson. Another relative has located a letter, written by a great aunt who now suggest that Reuben was actually from French Canada. There were even suggestions that he could be part Indian. These are purely speculations.

A very odd note on the family of Reuben and Charity (Richardson) Downing, outside of the fact that three of the four girls married their first cousins, the children of Susan Richardson and Benjamin Muzzey. My 2nd great grandmother, the 3rd of the 4 girls has listed both Aurora, New York and Aurora, Illinois as her place of birth. At first I believed that East Aurora, Erie County, New York was her place of birth, finding the family in the 1850 Census there with all of the children's birth places listed as New York. However, the great-aunt who wrote about the Downing family history said that before 1840, the Downing family had moved to Aurora, Illinois. However, shortly after Mary Jane Richardson, my ancestor, was born, she was taken by the Indians, and later recovered. The family was so frightened that they moved back to be with family in East Aurora, New York until the four girls were older and the place a little more settled. Other family members said they were aware that all of her life, Mary Jane was extremely frightened by any word of Indians in the area.

Rueben and Charity only had the four girls. The oldest, Martha lost her 1st cousin husband in the Civil War before any children were born and she married a Edwin Delancy White and had children with him.

The one township in Orange County that had detailed records of Downings was Brookfield. I am sorry that I do not have any information on Rueben's parents or if he had any siblings. This is my Downing brick wall also. If I can help in any other way, please feel free to ask.

Re: Polly and Benjamin

Posted: 9 Oct 2005 6:41PM GMT
Classification: Query
Two of the names you listed "Crawford" and "Webb" are in my tree from the same area of NY. Do you have any information on Polly Crawford and Samuel Webb? Maybe you can break this brick wall for me!!

Thanks

Re: Polly and Benjamin

Mary Matice (View posts)
Posted: 10 Oct 2005 1:24AM GMT
Classification: Query
The Crawford line connects to a sibling to Phoebe Montgomery Downing who married a Crawford. I believe this sister and her husband moved to Wisconsin but I do not know where in Wisconsin.
The Webb line connects to both my and my husband's line.
My husband's grandmother was the daughter of Daniel and Cora Law Webb. Daniel was the son of Daniel and Mary Brady Webb. They migrated to the town of Edwards, St. Lawrence Co. NY from Ireland.
The Webb connection to my family line is the sister of my g-grandfather who married a John Webb. After their marriage they migrated from St. Lawrence co. NY to Onondaga co. NY. I have not explored that line much because it was a sibling to my direct descendent.
Although unproven I do not believe the John Webb is related to Daniel Webb.
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