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From: C J Sheldon <>
Subject: [NYDELAWA] c email@example.com/SURNAME-EELLS in Delaware County, NYs
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2011 20:29:55 -0800
Thanks for this info. on the EELLS /REED gens.. I
am still processing / integrating / sourcing what you sent. Thanks
very much. While starting this process,I found something interesting
about your reference to the facts that Abigail REED who married
[EELL'S] was born in a place called SouthEast,NY. This place was NOT
a familiar town to me and the info. I found was of interest and may
be to you as well.
When this occurs, I first fall back on my "OLD
STANDBY" without which I would not pursue NYS. genealogy. This tried
and true is my copy of FRENCH's Gazetteer of NewYork State -printed
in 1860--BUT the preparation for the book was ,of course, completed
in the years BEFORE the printing in 1860.
Any of you NYS. researchers out there who are not
familiar with this book /TREASURE--find one to utilize,or buy a
copy.Fortunately, the work on it was done before the UPHEAVAL of the
Civil War and also--there still was living memory of the
Revolutionary War through the still-living Grandparents of at least
some of the Veterans through their sons,daughters, and grandchildren.
The FOOTNOTES are often priceless by themselves
as they mention the early pioneers,first mill-owners,schoolteachers,
In this case,CAROL, there is information on the
county,place,and name evolutions of South East,NYS.
As these notes are found to be in PUTNAM County, NYS. which was
founded in 1712 from Dutchess / Duchess Co.,NYS.
SOUTHEAST was formed from Frederickstown and Southeastown March
07,1788. It is the southeast corner of the county--and CONN.just to
the East .The REV.WAR over barely 5 years previous to the founding
of Southeast.The 'precinct named Southeastown was, however, named
much earlier when the British still ruled-- on 17.DEC. 1737,confirmed
1772. But the label of 'town' was dropped after the Revolution in
March, 1795 becoming Southeast.
The REED name is NOT mentioned in the footnotes
unfortunately, but with even this little background it is easier to
envision this REED migration out of Connecticut which--would be
followed by the EELLS migration a few years later once the Congress
began to award Bounty-Lands in lieu of soldier-pay for REV.WAR Service.
Hope something here interests,Carol. By the
way,some of my sparse REED info. is from research into HALL-BEEBE
families which was shared with me by another EVERETT--%th.Cousin,Dede
STAFFORD in N.Carolina. Charlotte J.Sheldon