Sunday, May 1, 2016

Halsey Partrick and Phoebe Lockwood

Halsey Partrick, my fifth great-grandfather, was born about 1767 in Norwalk, Connecticut to Stephen and Ellen Nash Partrick.  He married Phoebe Lockwood on September 8, 1791 at Greens Farm Church in Westport, Connecticut. Phoebe Lockwood was the daughter of Gershom and Martha Allen Lockwood. She was baptized on May 23, 1773 at Greens Farm Church.

Halsey and Phoebe lived in Wilton, Connecticut during their married life.  In 1814 Halsey bought property located on Chicken Street in Wilton from his brother Jared who moved to Otsego County, New York.

Phoebe died on July 16, 1842.  In the 1850 U.S. census Halsey is listed living with his daughter Mary Ann Jennings and her family. Halsey died on October 22, 1853 in Wilton.  Phoebe and Halsey are buried at Batterson Cemetery in Wilton.



Children of Halsey and Phoebe Lockwood Partrick:

  • Seymour Partrick; b. ca 1793; d. September 18, 1859
  • Zillah Partrick; b. ca 1794; d. November 7, 1843; m. Justus Sherwood
  • Fanny Partrick; b. 1797; m. Ira Bates
  • Silas Partrick; b. September 20, 1799; d. October 20, 1880; m. Clarissa Bates (my 4th great-grandfather)
  • Bradford Partrick; b. 1805; m. Nancy Allen
  • Noah Partrick; b. 1806; d. November 14, 1868; m1 Eliza Ann Williams; m2 Lucy Williams
  • Mary Ann Partrick; b. December 5, 1810; d. March 17, 1883; m. Orrin Jennings
  • George Partrick; b. 1811; d. November 8, 1869; m. Frances Jennings
  • William Edgar Partrick; b. ca 1813; d. February 12, 1913; m. Mary Northrup
  • Charles Partrick; b. October 31, 1815; d. February 26, 1895; m1 Harriet Amelia Van Hoosear, m2 Susan Hoyt
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Obadiah Lee and Rebecca Austin

My fifth great-grandparents Obadiah Lee and Rebecca Austin Lee were born in New York State in the 1700s.  According to his record in the 1850 U.S. census Obadiah was 81 years old making his year of birth about 1769.  Rebecca was born in 1775/6 according to the transcription of the information on her gravestone.  I have not been able to locate parents for either of them.  Any cousins reading this posting who have information on the parents that they would like to share, please get in touch.

Based on the date of birth of their oldest child Robert, I estimate that they were married about 1792, probably in New York State.  During their married life they lived in present day Kent, Putnam County until their deaths according to the 1800 to 1850 U.S. census records.  In the 1800, 1810 and 1820 census a Joseph Lee lived near them.

At some point after Rebecca died on February 6, 1843 Obadiah lived in the household of his daughter
Ruth who was then married to Harvey Mead.  Obadiah was listed as blind in the 1850 census and died May 9, 1855 in Kent.  I have not found a record of where Obadiah is buried.  Rebecca is buried at Leetown Community Ground Cemetery in East Fishkill, Dutchess County.  I went to the cemetery to try to photograph her gravestone and perhaps find Obadiah's but was unable to locate either site because of the overgrowth at the cemetery.

Obadiah's will of June 10, 1850 listed his children.

Children of Obadiah and Rebecca Austin Lee:

  • Robert T. Lee; b. 28 October 1793; d. 19 September 1858; m. Dena Knapp
  • Rachel Lee; ca 1799; m. Leeman Sturtevant
  • Thomas Lee; b. 10 September 1802; d. 30 March 1888; m. Esther Mead
  • Joseph Lee; b. ca 1804; d. 6 July 1842; m. Temperance
  • Sairy Lee; b. ca 1807; m. Williams Hicks
  • Milly Lee; b. 9 Feb 1810; d. 17 August 1865; m. Harris Smalley
  • Julia Ann Lee; b. ca 1812; d. 17 June 1887, Weston, CT; m. Lorenzo Dow Olmstead (my 4th great-grandmother)
  • Ruth Lee; b. 1814; d. 14 January 1893; m. Harvey Mead

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Charles O'Hara Middlebrook (1794 - 1831)

Charles O'Hara Middlebrook, my fourth great-grandfather, was born March 20, 1794 in Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, the youngest child of Samuel and Mary (Middlebrook) Middlebrook. He was baptized in the Congregational Church on May 18, 1794.  He married Sarah "Sally" Monroe in the same church in 1820. Sally was born in 1793 in New York to Joseph and Rebecca (Gilbert) Monroe.

According to Register of the Middlebrook Family, Descendants of Joseph Middlebrook of Fairfield, Connecticut, Charles was a member of the 2nd Troop of the 4th Regiment of Cavalry, Connecticut Militia in 1816 and in 1820 was a Corporal in the 2nd Company, 3rd Regiment of Horse Artillery. I have not found the military records.

Charles owned property in Wilton and in Ohio.  He owned a store at the intersection of Drum Hill Road and Ridgefield Road in Wilton, not far from where I have a home now.  According to his will he owned property in Ohio.  Notices in the Huron Reflector newspaper of Norwalk, Ohio in 1834 and 1836 indicate that the property was in Sherman Township, Huron County as well as the town of Cannon in what was the Connecticut Western Reserve.

Charles signed a will on April 5, 1831.  He died shortly after on June 1, 1831 in Wilton at the age of 37 leaving a wife and five children under the age of ten.  He was buried in Hillside Cemetery in Wilton

Children of Charles O'Hara and Sarah (Monroe) Middlebrook:

  1. Mary Hoyt Middlebrook, b. September 8, 1821, d. December 12, 1905; m. Henry Sylvester Flower
  2. Samuel Middlebrook, b. October 24, 1822, d. March 10, 1908; m. Artemesia Olmstead
  3. Charles Middlebrook, b. June 18, 1824, d. January 13, 1888; m. Ellen Murphy
  4. James Monroe Middlebrook, b. January 22, 1826, d. June 20, 1866; m. Emily Olmstead (sister of Artemesia)
  5. Sarah Middlebrook, b. February 28, 1830, d. October 15, 1899; m. Orsamus T. Sexton
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Monday, March 28, 2016

Lorenzo Dow Olmstead and Julia Ann Lee

Lorenzo Dow Olmstead, my fourth great-grandfather, was born February 29, 1808, the oldest child of Alden and Sarah Wilson Olmstead.  He married Julia Ann Lee on December 5, 1829 in Farmers Mills, Putnam, New York.  They were married in the Baptist Church by Reverend N. Robinson. Julia was born ca 1812 in Dutchess County, New York to Obadiah and Rebecca (Austin) Lee.

According to his obituary, Lorenzo was a cattle dealer, buying and auctioning them off.  He was elected to a number of offices such as tax collector and constable, and he was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was living in Wilton, Connecticut by about 1843 where he stayed until some time between 1860 and 1870.  By 1870 he was living in Ridgefield, Connecticut and he was in Weston, Connecticut by 1880.

Lorenzo signed a will July 7, 1887 shortly after Julia died on June 17 of that year.  He died at his home in Norwalk, Connecticut on August 17, 1895.  He was buried on August 19, 1895.


Both Lorenzo and Julia Olmstead are buried
at Hillside Cemetery in Wilton.

Children of Lorenzo Dow Olmstead and Julia Ann Lee Olmstead:
  1. Charles Olmstead, b. November 15, 1830, d. May 17, 1833
  2. Artemesia Olmstead, b. March 30, 1834, NY, d. August 4, 1864, CT; m. Samuel Middlebrook
  3. Emily Olmstead, b. February 22, 1837, NY, d. February 14, 1911, CT; m. (1) James Monroe Middlebrook (brother of Samuel Middlebrook) (2) John E. Morris
  4. Stephen Decatur Olmstead, b. August 12, 1839, NY, d. August 22, 1883, m. Martha Morenus
  5. Sarah Jane "Jennie" Olmstead, b. June 23, 1841, CT, m. Seth Francis Mills
  6. Lorenzo Vail Olmstead, b. February 1, 1848, CT, d. June 8, 1924, CT; m. (1) Lavinia Bennett, (2) Hilda Smith Stearns
  7. Mary Faustina Olmstead, b. June 11, 1854, d. November 23, 1861, CT
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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Beach Whitehead (1799 - 1874)

Beach Whitehead, my fourth great-grandfather, was born about 1799 in Fairfield County, Connecticut.  He married Sally Jennings on May 31, 1824 in Redding, Fairfield, Connecticut.  They were married by Daniel Crocker, Minister of the Gospel.  Sally Jennings, born February 13, 1804 in Wilton, Fairfield, Connecticut, was the daughter of Moses Jennings and Ann Lobdell.

In 1828 Beach and Sally were living in a house constructed by him at 140 Old Redding Road in Redding. He is listed as a laborer in the 1850 U.S. census although he was listed as farmer in later censuses.  In 1870, he owned 5 acres of improved land in Redding valued at $500, 1 cow and 2 swine.  He was a member of the Congregational Church in Redding.

Beach died of pneumonia on December 13, 1874 at the age of 75 in Redding.  He is buried in Umpawaug Cemetery.  By 1880 Sally was living with her daughter Georgiana and Georgiana's family in Redding.  In 1888 Sally quit-claimed (along with others in the family) four and one-half acres to Georgiana. Sally died of pulmonary tuberculosis on December 5, 1892 at the age of 88 in Redding.

I am looking for the parents of Beach Whitehead.

Children of Beach and Sally Whitehead:

  1. Eleanor Whitehead, b. ca 1826, Redding, CT; d. January 11, 1880, Redding; m. July 3, 1843, Redding, John Partrick
  2. Angeline Whitehead, b. September 1828, m. April 9, 1845, Redding, Morris Jennings, m. ca. 1884, Samuel Northrup
  3. Alonzo Whitehead, b. December 1830, Redding, m. December 25, 1850, Redding, Mary Ann Elwood
  4. Mary J. Whitehead, b. June 1831, Redding, d. August 21, 1869, Redding
  5. Georgianna Whitehead, b. December 1834, d. after 1900, m. George Dudley
  6. Sarah E. Whitehead, b. ca 1838, Redding, m. February 17, 1858, Redding, Ebenezer Sanford
  7. Ambrose Beach Whitehead,  b. April 1844, Connecticut, d. after 1910, m. 1880, Sarah Elizabeth
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John and Elizabeth (Townsend) Pinchbeck

John Pinchbeck, my fourth great-grandfather, was baptized on July 8, 1731 in Normanby by Spital, Lincolnshire, England.  He was a child of Robert and Mary (Haulkshey) Pinchbeck.  John Pinchbeck and Elizabeth Townsend were married on May 14, 1758 in Kirton in Lindsey, Lincolnshire.  I have not identified the parents of Elizabeth Townsend.

Children of John and Elizabeth Pinchbeck:

  1. William Pinchbeck, bapt. July 15, 1759, Kirton in Lindsey, Lincolnshire; d. November 12, 1836, Wainfleet All Saints, Lincolnshire; m. March 3, 1789 Ann Marsdon, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
  2. John Pinchbeck, bapt. October 4, 1767, Scothern, Lincolnshire
  3. Robert Pinchbeck, bapt. April 23, 1775, Scothern, Lincolnshire
It is probable that there were other children in this family.  Any cousins out there with more information about John and Elizabeth and their family, I'd appreciate hearing from you.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Joseph and Betty (Morehouse) Beers

My fifth great-grandfather Joseph Beers, the son of Ephraim and Mary (Fanton) Beers, was baptized on November 28, 1775 in Weston, Connecticut.

On August 19, 1798, he married Betty Morehouse, daughter of Jesse and Hannah (Mills) Morehouse, in Weston. She was baptized March 9, 1780 in Green's Farm Church in Westport, Connecticut. Calculating from the information on her gravestone, she was born January 11, 1780.

 A farmer, Joseph appears to be a life-long resident of Weston.  He appears in the 1850 US census with wife Betty in the town of Weston.  I have not found a death record for him but I do not find him in the 1860 US census. Betty died May 16, 1856 and is buried in Coley Cemetery (also known as Norfield Cemetery) in Weston.

I am descended from Joseph and Betty Beers through their son Anson.

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