It was almost a year after the publication of my Eggleston book, that I first had the need to make a correction/addition to it. In early October 2011, I received an email from John in Texas, who had been researching at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and found my book just before closing time. He was not able to find it again before the end of his trip, but he found my email address and sent a brief email with the subject: “Wilkerson Eggleston.” As we began to correspond, I realized that he had a piece of the family puzzle that most of us didn’t realize was missing.
The Carpenter Piece of the Puzzle
He had the probate record of Hezekiah Carpenter dated 2 May 1803. The list of heirs included Wilkerson Eggleston, Sarah Robinson, wife of Thomas Robinson, Jabesh Eggleston, Reuben Lake and Samuel Rogers, who were mentioned as heirs of Sarah Eagleton, who was deceased. He was trying to figure out how all of these people fit into the family of Sarah Carpenter.
It never ceases to amaze me how a simple question can lead to the discovery of a whole family
MAKING THE CONNECTION
In August 2014, I received an email from Jill in Cornwall, England asking about some Eggleston deeds that I had posted on the Cayuga County, New York Genweb page that she had not been able to access. I was going through a family crisis at the time, so neglected to respond to her for a few months. When I finally did, I asked her which Egglestons she was hoping to connect to these deeds. Her response sent me on a quest. The result of this collaborative effort with Jill resulted in what I believe is an expansion of the family tree and possible solution to a mystery.
Jill was trying to find information about Leonard Eggleston, who was the son of Nathan Eggleston and Laura. This family had lived in Auburn, Cayuga County for some time. These names jumped out at me. I had listed a Leonard Eggleston among the mystery Egglestons at the end of my book. (P. 649-650) I first found mention of a Leonard Eggleston in the records of the First Baptist Church of Marcellus, which was in neighboring Onondaga County. He was on lists of Church members, one dated 1849.
There was also a Laura Eggleston mentioned in those same church records. Laura had joined the church by letter in 1817. The records did not say from where or when she came to Marcellus. Oliver Eggleston joined the church about the same time. Oliver later had difficulties with the church because of foul language. Giving testimony about these allegations were his brothers Nathaniel and Edward and also Laura Eggleston. Edward and his wife Sybil lived in various towns in Cayuga County. Continue reading
Research by Ronald Eggleston, Lansing MI
John Mitchell Eggleston is my great-great grandfather
John Mitchell Eggleston was the ninth child of Asa Jr. and Content Hadsell Eggleston. He was b. 7 Aug, 1806 in Hebron, Washington, NY. He died 20 Aug, 1880 in Antwerp, Jefferson, NY.
On 2 Apr 1829, he married Ann Keene, b. 10 Jul 1812 at Empeyville, Oneida, NY with whom he had seven children. She died 20 Dec, 1848. His second marriage on 13 Nov 1851 in Antwerp was to a widow, Luana Seaver Clark, b. 17 Dec 1826, d. 26 Nov 1912. Her parents were Watson F. Seaver and Alviera White Seaver, of Elmira, NY. Luana had a daughter, Jane Clark, from her first marriage to Scott Clarke. John and Luana had one son. John, Ann and Luana are all buried in Antwerp Old Kinne Cemetery, Jefferson, NY.
John Mitchell Eggleston
Luana Seaver Eggleston
(photos courtesy of Jerry Eggleston)
What an unexpected surprise to learn that Harvey Burgess, father of Lurania Powers Burgess Eggleston, not only served in the War of 1812, but was injured and left somewhat disabled for the rest of his life.
I recently joined the Daughters of the American Revolution, using Seth Burgess as my Patriot ancestor. His service in the Revolution was documented in the Joseph Eggleston book. In the process of documenting family relationships and birth and death places, the DAR registrar found in the newly digitized War of 1812 Pension Files this new information.
Harvey Burgess, the son of Seth Burgess, was living in Sempronius, New York at the time of the War of 1812. He apparently enlisted with some other men from Sempronius, including his brother-in-law Stephen Carroll. He served from August to October 1812. Continue reading