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Subject: [NYDELAWA] Weed-Davis in Masonville area
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 15:48:36 -0000
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I am still seeking information regarding the parents of Harvey Weed and Polly Davis (my 2x-great grandparents). According to thier son Sam's pension application, the family broke up and he and his father (Harvey) left New York. He never saw his mother again. He also states that she is buried in New York (no town or county stated).
Based on a newspaper article written about James Weed (Harvey and Polly's youngest son), I believe Polly was the daughter of Thomas Davis and Lydie Stevens of Masonville. James is stated as having visited his cousin Elijah Weed of Masonville in the summer of 1913 and receiving a cane that belonged to thier grandfather. Elijah Davis' father was Stillman Davis. Stillman's father was Thomas Davis ergo my belief that Polly is the daughter of Thomas. Thomas was said to have been a sailor in his youth and to have been born in Maine.
I went to Delaware County over the summer (from California) but could find no property records that indicated that Harvey owned land. It is more likely he was a tenant farmer. The closest I could figure, he was farming a part of the Evan's patent that is now part of the Arctic-China Forest. Harvey, Polly and family are shown on the 1850 federal census, and there is an announcement of the birth of thier daughter Lucy in 1847, but nothing on the other 4 children (Elizabeth Melissa, Thomas, Samuel Marcel b. 1850 and James William b. 1853). Melissa shows up in the 1855 census living with the family of George Willis. I am able to pick them up after 1856 and have documented their respective lines through the early 1900's but have been unable to find ANYTHING on Harvey and Polly prior to 1847.
Are there newspapers from Delaware County that may have reported James' visit to Elijah in 1913? Are there Baptist church records from the mid 1800's? I am at a complete dead end with this couple and would appreciate even the smallest scrap of information regarding them.
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