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From: "Perry Streeter" <>
Subject: UPDIKE, RICHEY; Roliph UPDIKE, Daniel RICHEY; Tompkins Co.
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 1998 11:40 -0500
Q. Was Mary (UPDIKE) RICHEY the dau. of Roliph-5 UPDIKE?
1. Roliph-5 Updike (John-4, Lawrence-3, Johannes-2, Louris-1
Jansen), son of John-4 and Mary (Bragaw) Updike, born in New Jersey
about 1750; died Ulysses, Tompkins County, New York about 1830;
perhaps he married a woman named Lufanny _____.
Children, surname Updike:
i. Gilbert-6, b. 1775; m. his first cousin, Leaney-6
Updike (Abraham-5, John-4, Lawrence-3, Johannes-2,
Louris-1 Jansen), dau. of Abraham-5 Updike; resided
in NY; resided in or near Kalamazoo, MI in 1840;
ii. Matthias, resided in MO; farmer.
iii. Ralph, b. near Princeton, NJ 1785; d. 1859; m.
Tompkins Co., NY Margaret Richey (Lawrance, Daniel,
John, ...), dau. of Lawrance and Elizabeth (_____)
Richey, see John Richey for more information;
resided NY; relocated to MI in 1827; master
carpenter, boat-builder and farmer.
* iv. [Mary, b. ca. December 1785; m. Daniel Richey Jr.
(Daniel, John, ...), son of Daniel and Jerush (_____)
Richey; theoretical placement as Roliph-5's dau.
based on subjective interpretation of circumstantial
evidence; see below for more information.]
v. Eleanor "Nellie,"; m. John Richey (Daniel, John, ...),
son of Daniel and Jerush (_____) Richey.
Children, surname Richey: 1. Lufanny, m. _____
Smith. 2. Elinor, m. _____ Smith. 3. Olive. 4.
Isaac, b. Ulysses, NY Oct 1803; m. Asenath
Carpenter, b. 7 May 1807. 5. Sarah A., d. 3 Nov
1880; m. Gilbert Pritchard, b. 1806, d. Enfield,
Tompkins Co., NY 9 Feb 1850, son of Nathaniel
Pritchard of Ulysses, NY; resided Enfield, NY. 6.
Susanna R., m. Charles Schutts. 7. Catherine, m.
James Dodson. 8. Russel L., m. Angeline _____.
vi. Catherine, m. James Bess; resided Steuben Co., NY.
vii. Peter, d. 1852; resided NY, OH, and MI; farmer;
4. Daniel Richey Jr. (Daniel, John, ...) was born in [Mansfield,
Warren County] New Jersey about November 1783 (1885 New York State
Census, Greenwood, NY); he died in Greenwood Township, Steuben
County, New York on 18 March 1862. Daniel was first married,
probably in Tompkins County, New York but perhaps in Hunterdon
County, New Jersey, to Mary- "Polly" Updike ([Roliph-5], John-4,
Lawrence-3, Johannes-2, Louris-1 Jansen) (DeRemer History), born
about December 1785; died in Greenwood Township, New York on 25
It is highly probable that Mary (Updike) Richey was a
granddaughter of John-4 and Mary (Bragaw) Updike; Mary (Bragaw)
Updike was the daughter of Isaac-2 Broucard/Bragaw (Bourgon-1).
Of John's nine sons there remained in New Jersey
four,-Lawrence, Isaac, William and Peter,-and a son of
his son Jacob... About 1800, the other five sons of
John [Burgoon, Roliph, Abraham, Jacob, and John Jr.]
moved together, or nearly so, to Tompkins County, the
richest soil of New York State; and with them went one
of the sons of their brother, Lawrence; (Charles Wilson
Opdyke, The op Dyck Genealogy: Containing the
Opdyck-Opdycke-Opdyke-Updike American Descendants of
the Wesel and Holland Families, Albany, NY: Weed,
Parsons & Co., 1880; p. 207; hereinafter Opydyke)
Daniel and Mary (Updike) Richey's first child was born in
Tompkins County about 1804; the Richey and Updike families both
settled in Tompkins County about 1801. Daniel and Mary were
probably married in New Jersey just before the relocation or in
Tompkins County just after the relocation. It seems probable that
Mary's father was one of the five sons of John-4 and Mary (Bragaw)
Updike who migrated to Tompkins County. Although Daniel and Mary
named their eldest son Isaac, it is evident from the will of
Isaac-5 Updike that he had no children of his own. Isaac's will
does include a bequest "to Isaac Richey, son of my brother Ruliph
Opdycke's daughter Mary, $100," (Opdyke, 245).
That Mary (Updike) Richey's father was Roliph-5 Updike appears
to be established by the will of her Uncle Isaac-5 Updike.
However, by the time that Isaac-5 Updike made his will on 18 April
1808, there were two first cousins named Isaac Richey and, by some
accounts, both of their mothers were named Mary.
Mary Ellen "Nellie" Richey is referred to as Eleanor in other
sources, including her tombstone. Your compiler believes that
Roliph-5 Updike actually had two daughters that married Richey
brothers; that the daughters' names were Mary and Eleanor; that
there was no daughter named Mary Ellen; and that the author of the
Updike genealogy created the name, Mary Ellen, to reconcile
conflicting references to a grandson of Roliph Updike named Isaac
Richey because he did not realize that there were actually two
grandsons so named. This unproven theory is supported by the
- Nellie is a nickname for Eleanor, Ellen, or Helen.
- Polly is a nickname for Mary.
- Eleanor (Updike) Richey named a daughter Eleanor.
- Mary (Updike) Richey named sons Matthias and Peter; these
were also names of Roliph's sons.
- Mary (Updike) Richey and Eleanor (Updike) Richey both gave
a daughter the unusual name of Lufanny; perhaps this was
the otherwise unknown name of their mother.
i. Isaac, b. about 1804; d. 12 June 1852; m. Mariah
"Marie" Pease, b. Tompkins Co., NY about 1812, dau.
of Randall and Nancy (_____) Pease; Physician.
I am seeking all genealogical and biographical details for the family
documented above, including their ancestors, children, and
grandchildren and the spouses thereof, including the full names of
those spouses' parents. Maintaining records to this level of kinship
often enables me to help other researchers. All additions and
corrections, however speculative, will be greatly appreciated.
Please send a copy of any response directly to me. I subscribe to
many lists and post to many websites; I would not want to miss your
reply! Thank you!
Perry Streeter ()
Canandaigua, New York
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