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From: "Bill & Cathy McGrath" <>
Subject: [GEN-NYS] Interesting Biographies - Number #2
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 17:03:49 -0400


One of the newer projects on the Troy Irish Genealogy Website - is the Troy Newspaper Project. Click on PROJECTS and then click on TROY NEWSPAPER PROJECT. This new project has added thousands of marriage and death records to the website that were transcribed from various Troy newspapers.

Wouldn't you like to know something about the lives of some of the people that are mentioned in this database? A number of the names on the list cover individuals that are important in American History and TIGS would like to share their stories with you.

The following names are from the Troy Daily Whig 1834-1838 death data base on the TIGS website:


Jacob A. Swits, a descendant of the First Settlers of Schenectady, was born November 3, 1762 and died November 21, 1835 at the age of 76.

Gen. Swits was the son of Major Abraham Swits. He married Margarieta VanEps, daughter of Capt. Abraham VanEps on January 22, 1791. Their children were; Catharina, Abraham, Margarieta, Nicholas, Eva, Maria, Jane Helen, Jacob and Sally Ann.

In the Revolutionary War he was a private under Captain John Mynderse and a corporal under Captain Jellis J. Fonda, 2d Albany County Militia. In 1810 he was made Maj. General of the state militia.

General Swits house, circa 1790, at 19 Front Street in Schenectady is one of the Historic Buildings In Downtown Schenectady.


Isaac was born February 8, 1754 in Newark, New Jersey and died at the age of 84 on December 11, 1838 in Bennington, Vermont.

He graduated from Princeton University in 1775 and moved for a short while to Schenectady, New York. In 1777, Tichenor moved to Bennington, Vermont and served in legislative, advisory, and judicial offices in Vermont for two decades. In 1791 he ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives against Matthew Lyon and Israel Smith, receiving 29% of the vote in the first round. He was in the U.S. Senate in 1796. He served there only briefly, as he was elected Governor of Vermont in 1797. He was the third and fifth Governor of Vermont. In 1807 he was defeated for reelection by Israel Smith. In 1808 he defeated Smith and remained governor until he was succeeded by Jonas Galusha in 1809.

In 1815, Tichenor returned to the United States Senate , where he served until 1821. Tichenor was a member of the Federalist Party, though even when that party dominated the federal government in the 1790s, most other leading politicians in Vermont opposed it.


Phebe Bouton Warren, the daughter of Esaias Bouton and Phebe Bixby of Norwalk, Connecticut, was born on March 5, 1754 and died at the age of 80 on January 17, 1835.

Phebe married her neighbor Eliakim Warren on January 17, 1771, the son of Eliakim and Ann Reed. Eliakim was born February 9, 1747 and died September 4, 1824. It is with this marriage of Eliakim and Phebe that the Troy history of the family begins. Phebe and Eliakim had three sons, Esaias, Nathan and Stephen and two daughters, both named Hannah, who died very young.

On the advice of their son Esaias, they decided to remove to Troy, a thriving village at the head of navigation on the Hudson river. The Warren family sailed out of Norwalk harbor in May, 1798, and made the entire trip to Troy by water. They had just had a sailing vessel built for them at Rowayton, a sloop named "The Three Brothers." It was fifty feet keel, twenty feet beam, and sixteen feet hold, and rated sixty-four tons. Troy at this period contained three hundred houses and one thousand eight hundred and two inhabitants.

Phebe Warren, was an ardent Episcopalian and owing to her initiative and persevering effort, Saint Paul's Episcopal Church was built in 1804 on the northwest corner of Third and Congress streets, and according to her wish the church was modeled exactly after Saint Paul's Church in Norwalk, Connecticut. In 1824 a new and larger church (the present Saint Paul's) was erected on the northeast corner of Third and State streets. In 1815 Phebe formed in the parish a Saturday sewing class for poor girls which she conducted until her death in 1835.

NOTE: To see pictures of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Troy's Tiffany masterpiece, and a brief history, click on PROJECTS on the TIGS website and then CHURCH MEMORIALS AND FAMILY NAMES. Also, take a look at the memorial inscriptions for various members of the Warren family.


Hezekiah Hurlbut Eaton was born July 21, 1809 in Catskill, New York. He died at the age of 23 on August 16, 1832 in Lexington, Kentucky.

His father was Prof. Amos Eaton (May 17, 1776-May 10, 1842), a scientist and educator in the Troy, New York area. Professor Eaton, a fellow student of Washington Irving, co-founded The Rensselaer School, now know as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1824. Hezekiah received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Rensselaer School in 1826.

Hezekiah, a scholar of great promise, was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Transylvania University, a liberal arts college in Lexington, Kentucky. It is to be noted that three of Professor Eaton's sons, who were educated by their father to follow him in the walks of science, died young.

In a Biographical Memoir by Charles Wilkins Short (1794-1863) delivered in a introductory address to the medical class at Transylvania University on November 10, 1832, Short mentions that Hezekiah was "arrested in his labors by a hemorrhage from the lungs"


Samuel Dana, the son of Rev. Samuel Dana, was born in Groton, Massachusetts on June 26, 1767. He died at age 68 on November 20, 1835 in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He was married to Rebecca Barrett and had eight children.

Dana was the first postmaster of Groton and later he practiced law and had an office in Boston, Massachusetts. He was also a United States Representative from Massachusetts in the Thirteenth Congress as a Democratic-Republican, was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, an attorney for Middlesex County, a member of the State Senate and served as its president. He also served as chief justice of the Massachusetts Court of Common Please and was a delegate to the State Constitutional convention in 1820.

Dana resumed the practice of his profession, and died in Charlestown on November 20, 1835. He was buried in Groton Cemetery.


The Honorable Jonas Galusha was born February 11, 1753 in Norwich, Connecticut and died at the age of 83 on October 1, 1834 in Shaftsbury, Vermont. Interment was in Center Shaftsbury Cemetery.

Galusha was the son-in-law of Thomas Chittenden the first Governor of Vermont. He was a veteran of the American Revolution and was in the Battle of Bennington. Father of Rev. Elon Galusha.

Was a Presidential Elector for Vermont in 1808, Judge of the Supreme Court, Sheriff, Governor of Vermont, 1809-1813 and 1815-1820 and a member of the Council for nearly twenty years.

It is hoped that list members will find this continuing series of biographies interesting.

Bill McGrath - Clifton Park, NY

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