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From: "kelsey jones" <>
Subject: Re: [NJSUSSEX] Revolutionary War Pension Applications - EDSALL
Date: Mon, 14 May 2007 21:09:47 -0400
In-Reply-To: <052101c79642$73b1f980$6501a8c0@nancysnightmare>

Thank you Nancy!

Jemima was born 28 Jan 1762 so her marker should probably read 1 Jan 1843
80y 11m 3d.

J. Kelsey Jones

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Subject: Re: [NJSUSSEX] Revolutionary War Pension Applications - EDSALL

I just double checked. That Vernon Cem. was posted in the GMNJ (I don't
have the Vo.). I do have a copy and it indicates he died 27 Nov 1848, age
67 yrs. Since this is not my file, I cannot make the correction. In the
same cemetery is Richard EDSALL d 10 May 1823, age 72.3.25; wife Jemima, d 1
Jan 1843, aged 80.22.3.


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Subject: Re: [NJSUSSEX] Revolutionary War Pension Applications - EDSALL

> In Vernon Churchyard Cemetery someone copied -
> Capt. Richard Edsall, Washington Troops, N.J., War of 1812, d. 27 Nov 1818
> 67y.
> 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
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> [mailto:]On Behalf Of Robert Smith
> Sent: Saturday, May 12, 2007 8:52 PM
> To:
> 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
> 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 #
> 7074
> 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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