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From: "kelsey jones" <>
Subject: Re: [NJSUSSEX] Revolutionary War Pension Applications - EDSALL
Date: Sun, 13 May 2007 21:20:07 -0400
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In Vernon Churchyard Cemetery someone copied -
Capt. Richard Edsall, Washington Troops, N.J., War of 1812, d. 27 Nov 1818
Jemima wife of Richard Edsall, Esq., d. 1 Jan 1843 80y 14m 3d

The date of death for Jemima matches the revolutionary war pension file but
not for Richard.

Jemima in her deposition for a pension stated -

State of New Jersey
Sussex County - On this first day of April eighteen hundred and thirty seven
personally appeared before me one of the judges of the Court of Common Pleas
ofsaid County of Sussex being a Court of record - Jemima Edsall a resident
of Vernon in the said County of Sussex aged seventy five years, who being
just duly sworn acording to law, doth on her oath make the following
declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act
of Congress passed July 4, 1836. That she is the widow of Richard Edsall who
was a Lieutenant in the New Jersey line of the Revolutionary Army, and the
same Richard Edsall named in the annexed certificate of pension of the War
department of the United States dated 24th of September 1818 and signed J.
C. Calhoun secretary of War, that his pension therein granted to him was
received by him to the 4th of March 1820 since which time nothing has been
received of the same. She further declares that she was married to the said
Richard Edsall, on the third day of September seventeen hundred and eighty,
that her husband the aforesaid Richard Edsall died on the tenth day of May
eighteen hundred and twenty three and that she has remained a widow ever
since that period, as will more fully appear by reference to the proof
annexed. Sworn to and subscribedon the day and year above written before me.
Signed Jemima Edsall

Does anyone know which is the correct date of death for Richard Edsall?

Jemima's parents were -

Nathaniel Seeley b. 11 Oct 1732 New Canaan, Fairfield County, Connecticut
son of Ebenezer Seeley and Mercy Dean, m. Jemima Collins. Nathaniel and
Jemima resided at Cornwall, Orange County, New York. In Apr 1765 Nathaniel
and Bazaleel Seeley were overseers of roads. The Will of Adam Collins of
Blooming Grove, Orange County dated 1 May 1770 names sister Jemima Seeley,
brother in law, Nathaniel Seeley and nephew Samuel Seeley. In 1775 the
Revolutinary Pledge was signed by Samuel Seely, Josiah Seely, Nathaniel
Seely, John Seely, Jonas Seely, Israel Seely, Thaddeus Seely, Bazaliel
Seely, and Nathaniel Seely, Jr., all of Cornwall. Nathaniel and Jemima
removed to Hardyston, Sussex County, New Jersey where Nathaniel appears on
assessment lists of Hardyston Township. There is an assessment list before
May 1780 for Hardyston of September 1774 and no Seeleys appear on that
assessment list.

In the name of God, Amen. I, Adam Collins, of Blooming Grove, in New
Cornwall Precinct, Orange County, being weak in body. I leave to my nephew,
Jeremiah Colman, all my real and fast estate, when he is of age. "My mother
shall be maintained in a comfortable and decent manner during her life, and
at the time of her death she be buried at the place of her request in a
decent manner." I leave to my brother-in-law, Nathaniel Seely, the use of my
real estate until my nephew is of age. I leave to my brother, Jacob Gale, my
best wearing suit of apparell. I make Nathaniel Seely and my friend,
Nathaniel Satterly, executors. Dated, May 1, 1770. Nephew Samuel Seely
mentioned in correction in later volume (Abstracts of Wills on file in the
Surrogate's Office, City of New York, Volume VII, 1766-1771, York Historical
Society, 1898).

May 1780
Nathaniel Seele
170 improved acres
10 unimproved acres
1 house
5 horned cattle
1 hog
2 slaves

Aug 1780
Nathaniel Seley
170 improved acres
10 unimproved acres
1 framed house
5 horned cattle
1 hog
2 slaves

Jan 1781
Nathaniel Seley
90 improved acres
100 unimproved acres
3 horses
4 horned cattle
10 hogs
1 tavern
3 slaves

Taverns were not assessed prior to the Jan 1781 assessment. These are the
only known assessments for Hardyston Township for that time period. It is
known the above assessments refer to the Nathaniel of this sketch as son,
Israel was assessed in May 1780, Aug 1780, and Jan 1781 in Hardyston and
some of Israel's children are known to have been born in Sussex County.
Nathaniel and Jemima's son, James Seeley in his pension deposition stated
his (James) family lived in Sussex County after the Revolutionary War.
Nathaniel and Jemima's daughter Jemima Seeley married Richard Edsall and
resided in Hardyston.

Nathaniel and Jemima did not remain in Sussex County, but returned to Orange
County. On 4 May 1784 Nathaniel Seeley and Jemima his wife leased property
at Cornwell, Orange County for a period of ten years the property consisting
of a barn, orchard, garden, 100 acres of land, 100 acres of meadow, 100
acres of pasture, 100 acres of wood, and 100 acres of land covered with
water. Nathaniel and Jemima left Orange County and removed with some of
their children to what became the Town of Southport, Chemung County, New
York, first a part of Montgomery County and then Tioga County before it
became Chemung County. On 3 Nov 1788, lot 100 of 2,553 acres was surveyed to
Nathaniel Seeley, Jr., James Seeley, Adam Seeley, Abner Hetfield, and Samuel
Edsall in Chemung, Montgomery County, New York, which with further divisions
became Newtown and then Elmira, Tioga County, and then finally the Town of
Southport, Chemung County. They also acquired lot 143 of 1,426 acres.
Nathaniel Seeley, Jr., James Seeley, and Adam Seeley were brothers and sons
of Nathaniel and Jemima. Abner Hetfield had married Nathaniel and Jemima's
daughter, Elizabeth and Samuel Edsall had married Nathaniel and Jemima's
daughter, Sarah. Thus, is apparent the close relationship of these families
who left Orange County, New York and Sussex County, New Jersey to settle on
lands near the fertile Chemung River Valley. The Chemung River Valley and
one of its tributaries, which became known as the Seeley Creek Valley where
the Seeley family settled were rich and fertile valleys that saw an influx
of settlers beginning in the late 1780's, a few years after General John
Sullivan and his army made their historic trek from Easton, Pennsylvania
through the Wyoming Valley and north through the Susquehanna River Valley
into the Chemung River Valley and on to the Finger Lakes region of New York,
burning villages and destroying crops of the Iroquois in retaliation for the
deaths of many settlers at Wyoming, Pennsylvania and to diminish the
incursions on the western frontier. Many of the men with Sullivan's army saw
firsthand the vast expanse of valleys and the bountiful fruits and
vegetables grown by the Native Americans and vowed to return and settle
after the Revolution and the end of hostilities. Nathaniel and Jemima
perhaps arrived in 1788 when it is related that daughter Elizabeth Hetfield
and family arrived at that date. Grandson James Seeley, Jr., born in 1782,
related he was six years of age when he came with his parents James Seeley
and Ann Westlake. From these records it has been assumed that several
members of the Seeley family arrived in 1788. The Seeley party may have
included Nathaniel and Jemima with sons Adam and Caleb who were single; son,
Samuel Seeley and wife Mercy Bartlett and children (or they arrived a year
or two later) son, Nathaniel, Jr., and wife Elizabeth Sayre and children;
son, James and wife Ann Westlake and children; daughter, Elizabeth Hetfield
and husband Abner Hetfield and children; and daughter, Sarah Edsall and
husband Samuel Edsall.

In the Reporter Journal, Towanda, Pennsylvania, June 4, 1885 is given the
following account:

"We will give some of Mrs. Sabra Seely's recollections.Mrs. Seeley (Miss
Sabra Ingalls) was born at Cooperstown, Otsego county, N. Y., Sept. 19th,
1876 (misprint and should have read 1796). At the age of six years she moved
with her father's family (James Ingalls) to Homer, N. Y., and there resided
until she was twelve years old, when the family moved to South Creek
township (Bradford County, Pennsylvania),and lived at or near Fassetts for
something over a year. Then moved to Elmira (New York), and lived there
until about 1822 or '23, when her father moved to Wells (Bradford County,
Pennsylvania). She married Strong Seely, a resident of the township, who
died in August, 1872, at the age of eighty-six years. Mrs. Seely is yet
living, a bright interesting old lady. . . Mrs. Seely makes the following
interesting comments on the Seely family. Nathaniel Seely came from Orange
county, N.Y., and purchased several hundred acres of land on Seely Creek -
so named for him - laying between South Port Corners and the Beckwith Farm.
When Mr. Seely came in he paid the cash for his land, and the same
pocketbook, in which this money was carried, is held by his great great
grandson, William Wilson, as an heirloom. Mr. Seely erected the first framed
house in Elmira, and when a little girl I remember attending school in one
part of it. Israel and James Seely already mentioned in the history of the
township (Wells), were his sons."

Nathaniel Seeley was enumerated in Chemung, Montgomery County (that portion
that became Southport, Chemung County), New York in 1790 with one male over
age sixteen, one male under age sixteen, and two females in the household.
However, it would appear that the family count for his son Nathaniel, Jr.,
enumerated in the next household, should be attributed to Nathaniel, which
included three males over age sixteen and two females in the household,
since it is known that Nathaniel, Jr., had a young son (Nathaniel) and a
young daughter (Sarah) in the household. The three males over the age of
sixteen were presumably Nathaniel and sons Adam and Caleb. One of the two
females in the household was presumably Jemima as she is related to have
survived Nathaniel. The other female was perhaps an unknown daughter as
Jemima would have presumably only been in her late thirties when daughter
Sarah was born in 1772. Nathaniel and Jemima's sons, James, and Samuel and
son-in-laws Abner Hatfield and Samuel Edsall were all enumerated in nearby
households. Tioga County was erected from Montgomery County on 17 Feb 1791
and the area they resided in remained in Tioga County until 1836 when
Chemung County was formed.

Nathaniel and Jemima are related to have built the first framed house in the
valley south of the Chemung River in 1792. Nathaniel appears on the 1794 tax
list of Newtown. Nathaniel d. 31 Oct 1799 67y 20d (ts) buried in the
Fitzsimmons Cemetery, town of Southport, not far from their residence and
nearby Seeley Creek. Jemima is related to have lived for many years after
Nathaniel's death keeping a boarding house in the original dwelling they
built (History of Chemung County by Towner). Jemima's date of death is
unknown and no known marker exists. Jemima was not enumerated as a head of
household in 1800 and none of her six known children living in the Seeley
Creek Valley had a female over the age of 45 in their household in 1800.

Nathaniel's marker of native stone and hand engraving still stands after
over 200 years in an excellent state of preservation and reads:

OCt THE 31
A.D. 1799 AGED

There are no markers for several feet on either side of Nathaniel's marker.
In the row directly in front of Nathaniel's marker is a marker for son,
Samuel. In the row directly behind Nathaniel's marker are markers for Caleb
Seely and John Seely, side by side, and directly behind their markers in the
next row is a marker for Alfred Seely, all of native hand engraved stone.

Children of Nathaniel Seeley and Jemima Collins:
1. Samuel Seeley b. 2 Feb 1754 Cornwall, Orange County, New York.
2. Nathaniel Seeley, Jr., b. c. 1756.
3. Israel Seeley b. 31 July 1758.
4. James Seeley b. 9 July 1760 Oxford, Orange County.
5. Jemima Seeley b. 28 Jan 1762.
6. Elizabeth Seeley b. 14 Jan 1764.
7. Adam Seeley b. c. 1766-8.
8. Caleb Seeley b. June 1770.
9. Sarah Seeley b. 8 Oct 1772.

J. Kelsey Jones

-----Original Message-----
[mailto:]On Behalf Of Robert Smith
Sent: Saturday, May 12, 2007 8:52 PM
Subject: [NJSUSSEX] Revolutionary War Pension Applications - EDSALL

James EDSALL m. Mary SIMPSON, 28 Feb 1779, at her mother's by Baptist
minister. Brothers, Henry SIMPSON, William SIMPSON, and Joseph SIMPSON.
Soldier born at Vernon, Sussex Co., NJ; died 3 Feb 1840. Letter dated 1832,
states Sarah EDSALL married Benjamin Hamilton. Widow's application #920.
Family Bible:
James EDSALL born 3 May 1755
Mary EDSALL born 7 Feb 1761
James and Mary his wife married 28 Feb 1779
Sarah EDSALL born 26 Jan 1780
James EDSALL born 24 Aug 1783
Henry EDSALL born 4 Feb 1786
Joseph EDSALL born 29 Mar 1789
William EDSALL born 4 July 1791
Richard EDSALL born 4 Oct 1796
George EDSALL born 10 April 1798
Jefferson EDSALL born 10 May 1801

Richard EDSALL m. Jemima SEELEY, 3 Sep 1780; resided in Vernon, Sussex Co.,
NJ. Soldier died 10 May 1823; widow, 1 Jan 1843. Catherine Lawrence MCMURRY,
born 3 Aug 1809, Sussex Co., NJ, resided in St. Louis, MO, dau. of William
DEKAY and wife, Rachel EDSALL, who died 25 Oct 1886. Widows application #

Family Record:
Richard EDSALL born 17 Dec 1750
Jemima EDSALL born 28 Jan 1762
Seeley EDSALL born 29 Aug 1781
Joseph EDSALL born 12 July 1783
Eliza EDSALL born 27 Mar 1785
Rachel EDSALL born 8 July 1787
Richard EDSALL born 21 Feb 1790
Nathaniel EDSALL born 21 Feb 1792
Madison EDSALL born 27 Dec 1793
Almeda EDSALL born 19 Sep 1795
Sarah EDSALL born 16 April 1799
Susan A. EDSALL born 19 Sep 1801
Ann VANDEGRIFF born 13 Sep 1813
Harriet Elizabeth GALE born 26 Jan 1835

Best, Robert Smith Port Murray, NJ

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