2001 An Eggleston Genealogy Odyssey Part 5 – Marcellus, New York

Our 2001 Eggleston Genealogy Odyssey continued in Marcellus, New York, which turned out to be a goldmine. Not only were we able to walk around the area where Samuel and Rebecca Eggleston migrated in the early 1800’s, but we found precious Church records mentioning many family members.

After leaving the Kellogsville Cemetery for the second time the morning of Friday August 10th, we drove back up and around Skaneateles Lake. On the east side of the lake are very large homes along the lakefront. Then we turned and went up the hill further east to find farms.

The Rosehill/Thornhill/Marcellus Baptist Church

Rosehill Baptist Church

We drove past some cornfields and found the Thornhill Church (It is now called Rosehill Baptist Church-that is what is on the sign) on the corner. It is an old white frame building with a tower and steeple in front. I learned from histories that it was built in 1849, with the tower added later. The windows are large and rectangular with a row of different colored stained glass panes around the large rectangles.

Inside the church smelled old and musty. The door was open but we found no one inside. The chapel is obviously the original part of the building but there are additions. These included a kitchen, an area where they had copy machines and a very recent addition of a large recreation hall. (The Pastor seemed quite proud of this new addition.)

I had contacted Pastor Olcott before our trip. He told us that there were early records of the church and we were welcome to visit and look at them. We saw a phone in the front entry of the church and I was going to call the Pastor, but it rang and was picked up at their home next door.

The Thornhill Cemetery

We went outside to the adjacent Thorn Hill Cemetery and easily found Benjamin and Elizabeth Eggleston’s graves. Next to them is a large monument for Sarah Gardner, Theodore’s wife and on the other side is Ruth, wife of Thomas Bryant.

I found an interesting Cornell marker which was hard to read. There was a verse at the bottom. I am still curious about this one.

The Church Records

While we were looking in the Cemetery, Pastor Olcott came walking over from the house. He took us inside and upstairs to an office. Then he dug through a file cabinet and pulled out the records. There were two old long, narrow books and some small, newer ones. He left us there and went out to mow the lawn. I was amazed that we were allowed to handle these books, one that was almost 200 years old, without cotton gloves or any supervision.

I looked through the oldest book and found many familiar names. Dad looked through the next book (abt 1825-1850) and made some notes.

I should note that this trip was early in the digital age. I was taking pictures with a camera that used film. Digital cameras were not very good then and we did not have one. Of course, we did not have cell phones with cameras – we didn’t even have a cell phone. I did have a scanner at home, but it would have been awkward to haul it around. Portable scanners were available but expensive, and I had not invested in one. So we were rather low tech with our attempts to capture the information in these records.

We marked some pages and went downstairs and made copies on their copy machine. Unfortunately they only had regular size paper and these pages were longer. And yes, we were flipping pages in a 200 year old book and throwing them up on the copy machine.

It was getting lunchtime and I suggested Dad go out and make sandwiches, but he stayed to help me. We ate lunch there in the parking lot. I could have stayed all day going through those records and would like to have copied all of them. We did copy membership lists and pages that had information about Eggleston family members.

Marcellus

We drove around the area some and I tried to determine where the Egglestons had lived. I had an old map that I had used when doing research into land records. It showed the various lot numbers, so it gave us some idea of where family members would have lived.

Old map of Marcellus

Samuel Jr. had land on Lot 59 which bordered the lake so would have had some pretty lake front. There is not really any beach, but the woods probably would have gone right out to the water. The farms were probably up on the hill and their home would have been along the road, likely the same road we drove on.

Skaneateles Lake

The land probably was rather wooded originally, then they cleared farms. There are still wooded areas and many farms. Samuel Sr., Nathan, Benjamin, Joseph and the Tanners would have had more level land further east and away from the lake.

 

Photo showing the Motorhome on the road headed toward Skaneateles Lake

We left Marcellus with our copies of the precious Church records. I continued to be concerned about those records. They could so easily be damaged or destroyed – it was amazing to me that they hadn’t been already. After I returned home, I wrote to Pastor Olcott, thanking him for showing us the records and suggested some ways he could have the records digitally preserved. I haven’t seen them show up online. I hope something has been done to preserve them.

2001 An Eggleston Genealogy Odyssey Part 4 – Sempronius, New York

A continuation of the 2001 Eggleston Genealogy trip with my Father to places where our ancestors had lived. Part 4 is our visit to Sempronius, New York.

Cayuga County

After our fruitless Cemetery searching in Springwater, New York, we visited some L.D.S. Church History sites in Western New York. Then we drove toward Cayuga County. As we came into the village of Skaneateles we saw the Lake View Cemetery right there by the lake. The village of Skaneateles is quite quaint with nice homes, especially those along the lake. There are boat docks and it appears to be quite a recreational or resort area. We drove down the west side of the lake, which is in Cayuga County. The lake is not very wide, but is long and we drove quite a while south. It was now cloudy and threatening rain, but was also cooling off.

New Hope

Map of Niles. The area marked New Hope is near where Thomas Marsh lived. Toward the bottom is “Kellogsville” which is just north of the Burgess land and the Kellogsville Cemetery, which are on the Sempronius map below.

I had some maps, so we went directly to the New Hope Cemetery. We looked around and saw lots of Cadys, but unfortunately we don’t know which Cadys are related to Selinda Olive Cady Burgess.

We went to the New Hope Mills, which had been recommended. They were closed for the day. (This was just after 4:00) We did walk over the covered bridge and saw the 1823 vintage water wheel.

We drove around the area a little. There is a picnic area closer to the lake which is said to be a childhood play area of Millard Filmore. Not too far from it is the area on which is written T. Marsh on the 1853 Map.

We stopped here, where there is a beautiful view of the lake (would have been more beautiful without all the clouds). From the road the land slopes gently down to the lake. Across the road, going up a hill, is where the Marsh land would have been. This is mostly cleared farmland.

I assume that Samuel and Lurania Eggleston would have lived somewhere near there. Samuel went back to Sempronius after his family had moved to Springwater. His brief autobiography states:

“I lived in the town of Marcellus until I was 13 years old, then my father, with his family, then moved into the town of Springwater, Livingston County, state of New York. My brothers and sisters numbered ten in family. I lived with my father until I was 19 years old, then I went to live with my brother-in-law to learn the tanner’s trade. I lived with them until I was 23 years old . . .”

Thomas Marsh, who had married Samuel’s sister Lucy, would have been the brother-in-law Samuel would have lived with. It was while living here that Samuel married Lurania Powers Burgess, whose family lived nearby.

Sempronius, New York

Sempronius in Cayuga County, New York is where the Burgess family settled. Seth Burgess brought his family from Stillwater, Saratoga County to Sempronius around 1800. He purchased the entire Lot #47. According to maps the Kellogsville Cemetery was on this original land owned by Seth Burgess. The area consists of farms and some wooded areas.

Early map of Sempronius showing Lot #47 in the upper left corner, just below where it says “Kellogsville”

The original township of Sempronius was later divided up to create two additional towns – Niles and Moravia. Niles was to the north and we passed through that area first. Moravia was to the west and was where we later spent the night.

Kellogsville Cemetery – 1st Visit

We easily spotted the Kellogsville Cemetery and started looking around. I found Thomas and Lucy Eggleston Marsh’s graves. Thomas’s stone faces one way (the way most are facing) and Lucy’s next to it faces the other way. Leaning on Lucy’s stone is another broken off stone which is Lucy Marsh, a daughter of Thomas by his second wife, who died at age 14.

Headstones of Thomas and Lucy Eggleston Marsh with another stone of Thomas’ daughter Lucy leaning on Lucy’s

I was going around with my notebook writing inscriptions. Thomas’ stone reads:

Thomas Marsh born in Marlboro, VT Dec 22, 1790 died April 17, 1870

To live in Christ to die is vain

Lucy’s has a nice verse on it:

Mrs. Lucy, wife of Thomas Marsh died Nov 18, 1832 age 39 y 10 m 18 d

Go home my friends, Dry up your tears.

We shall meet again When Christ appears

I was walking around with my camera taking pictures. Then it started raining. At first it was light and I just kept on, then it started to get heavier and Dad got umbrellas from the motorhome. We must have looked like idiots wandering around in the rain, me clutching my notebook so it wouldn’t get wet. I wanted to find Seth and Olive Burgess, but the rain was really getting bad so we quit.

Refuge from the Storm

We drove in the rain down the old salt road (The road the Cemetery is on) to Sayles Corners, which was named after the Sayles family who migrated with the Burgess and Titus families. Then we drove on down to Moravia. We passed another large Cemetery, but didn’t stop. (As the trip went on every Cemetery we passed made me want to jump out and look at headstones.)

It was really pouring as we got to the Village of Moravia. I remember seeing Cady’s Tavern which I had read about. We found a Pizza Place, parked at a nearby bank parking lot and ran to it. Even with umbrellas, we were wet when we got there. This was the happening place in town. They did a take out business as well as having a few tables to eat in. We ordered and waited and waited. People kept coming in dripping wet to get take out orders. My feet and legs were covered with wet weeds from the Cemetery and even though it was raining it was still warm enough to be steamy. We finally got our pizza and ate it.

After eating, we got directions to Fillmore Glen Stake Park, which happened to be just down the road. When we got to the park, I made a phone call at the office to the Thorn Hill Church. I had contacted the pastor before our trip, so I wanted to let them know we would be there in the morning. I also tried to call the Sempronius Church but just got an answering machine and we had no number for them to call back.

Filmore Glen State Park was a nice park and campground, but it rained almost all night so it was too wet to enjoy it. The roof of the motorhome started leaking sometime in the night. Dad got up about 5 am to check on it, then our neighbors got up early so it was not a great night’s sleep.

Morning

In the morning we drove around the park a little. We saw Millard Fillmore’s cabin which is there at the park. I think it is the cabin where he was born. It is a simple small log cabin. Since he was a contemporary of Samuel and Lurania Eggleston, I think the early homes of the Burgess family there were probably similar cabins. Later they would have been added on to and improved or larger houses built.

We drove through the “glen” which is like a miniature grand canyon. It is interesting that just a short distance from the Village is this big gash in the earth which is actually quite deep. The area was really wooded and there were bugs. It had stopped raining but was foggy, giving the place an eerie look.

Sayles Corners Historical Marker

We drove back up through Sempronius and stopped at Sayles Corners to read the Historical marker. The Burgess’ land was just up the road, so they were quite close neighbors. I think Rhoda Titus must have lived somewhere in between those families.

Kellogsville Cemetery – 2nd visit

I wanted to look some more at the Kellogsville Cemetery for Seth and Olive Burgess, so we stopped and looked around again. I went to where I had left off, but Dad noticed another area we hadn’t even seen the day before. This was beyond a little gully and up on a little hill. It was very overgrown, not well taken care of like the rest of the Cemetery, and appeared to be the oldest part of the Cemetery.

Dad yelled to me “Does Olive Burgess mean anything?” He had found Seth and Olive’s graves. Seth’s stone is very worn and hard to read but it is next to Olive’s which is clear.

Headstones of Seth and Olive Burgess

Then Dad stepped on a stone laying on the ground. After removing some leaves we could see that it was Joel Burgess, their son who had died in 1807, probably one of the first burials there. We looked around and I was sad to see more broken and worn stones. I think Rhoda Titus must be buried there also, but probably unmarked or one of these unreadable stones.

I felt some satisfaction in finding these graves and was now ready to drive around the lake to Marcellus.

2001 An Eggleston Genealogy Odyssey – Part 3 Western New York

A continuation of the account of my journey with my Dad in 2001 when we visited sites significant to Eggleston genealogy. This Part 3 was in the Western part of New York August 8-9, 2001.

After leaving Nauvoo, Illinois we spent some time in Kirtland, Ohio. The Egglestons did not live there, but the Cheneys did. Dad and I did not do anything specifically related to Eggleston genealogy, so for the purposes of the blog, I will move on to Western New York.

We left Kirtland about 3:30 in the afternoon on August 8th. In Erie, Pennsylvania there was an accident, then road construction slowed us. We got off the freeway to get gas then seeing how backed up it was decided to try an alternate route. Later we managed to get back to the freeway and it was a little better. We split from the expressway as it entered New York. Then we took the southern route through Chautuaqua county.

Drive Through Chautauqua County

I was excited to see this area. I had done a good deal of research into family members who went to Chautuaqua County, New York. We didn’t stop because we were detoured around construction, so we really didn’t know where to go. We just drove around Chuatuaqua Lake which is pretty. I tried to take a picture from the moving vehicle, but it didn’t really capture it.

Chautauqua Lake

The country here was rolling hills and it appeared to be good farming land. We then drove on the Southern route through the Allegheny mountains. I hadn’t realized that New York had such mountains.

It was getting late and I was looking for a campground as we drove. We found the Sun Valley Campground near Arkport, New York. It was getting dark as we pulled in and we couldn’t find anyone in the office, so we just found a spot, then registered later. There weren’t restaurants around, so we zapped some microwave dinners. We planned to visit Springwater in the morning.

Why Springwater?

Springwater is a mysterious black hole of our family history. Samuel Eggleston‘s brief biography indicates that his father Samuel Jr. moved the family from Marcellus to Springwater when he was 13 years old. That places the move about 1817. Both of Samuel’s parents died in Sprinwater, Elizabeth in 1823 and Samuel in 1830. Many of their children married while they were in Springwater, but eventually they all moved away.

It has always seemed strange to me that Samuel apparently moved away from all the family in Marcellus to go to Springwater by himself. Most migrations were done as a family group, sometimes with members going at different times, but usually there was something to connect them to the new place.

Eggleston family members had started migrating to Chautauqua County, but Samuel chose to go to Springwater rather than join them there. I have begun to wonder if other family members went to Springwater with him, then quickly moved somewhere else. I also have to wonder if Samuel intended to join family in Cahutauqua County, but something caused him to stop and settle in Springwater. He did buy land there, so there must have been a plan to stay.

There may be some clues to the reason for this move in events of the year 1817.

1817 Mysteries

During early 1817 there were some interesting things happening in the Marcellus Baptist Church. Samuel Jr. joined the Marcellus Church in 1807 along with his brother Nathan. Elizabeth Eggleston was baptized a different day. John Eggleston, who may be another brother, also joined the Church that year.

Samuel had some difficulties with the Church beginning in 1816. Brothers were assigned to work with him. In March 1817, records indicated that he had a desire to continue with the Church, but on September 7, the members voted to exclude him.

In April of 1817, Elizabeth was given a letter of recommendation. This would be a letter to introduce her to another church, letting them know she had been a member in good standing. This letter would indicate that they were planning to move.  Also on April 17, 1817, Samuel and Elizabeth sold their land in Marcellus, which would also indicate plans to move.

That same year Oliver Eggleston joined the Marcellus Church, then quickly had some issues with them and he was excluded from membership. We know nothing about his life after that point. John, the one who also joined the church in 1807, and his wife Rachel sold their land in Marcellus in October of 1817. They then seem to have disappeared off the face of the earth.

The year 1817 could have been one of those “purging times” when the Church became strict about covenant behavior and excluded those who were not living up. Possibly these Egglestons may have had problems getting along with other church members and even family members. Maybe the conflicts were so severe that moving seemed a solution?

Both Samuel and John owned land along the lake. Were there issues with their land?

Seeing Springwater

As we drove into Springwater that morning, I saw why maps showed so many places called “gull”. The land is very hilly – full of hills and gullys, with the main part of town being in a small valley. A History of the town of Springwater placed the Eggleston farm “On the east hill south of the big gull.” There were so many hills and gulls and no way to tell which this referred to.  It is very wooded, but there are many farms. I thought that this would not be the easiest land to farm, though it is very pretty.

View of Springwater from the Ashley Cemetery on the south end of the town.

Searching Cemeteries

We began and ended Thursday August 9th in Cemeteries. Knowing that both Samuel and Elizabeth had died here, I was hoping to find their graves. I had searched online before going and found no online records of their graves, but I did find 10 Cemeteries. It would have taken lots of time to find and search all 10, so I picked out a few close to the main road. Some were well kept, but others very neglected. I could see the possibility of buried, broken or unreadable stones that might be theirs.

We stopped first at the Ashley Cemetery which is on the south end of the town up on a hill. There was a beautiful view from there and I took a picture. This was a nice, small, and well kept cemetery, but no Egglestons.

We looked for the Green Gull Cemetery, which seemed like a possibility since a town history placed Egglestons “On the east hill south of the bill gull.” After a few times down the road, we found “Greens Gull” a wooded gully which appeared to be private property with a home there. We saw no sign of a Cemetery.

Find a Grave currently has 67 memorials for graves there. The earliest burial was 1829. Interestingly Amos Root, who purchased Samuel Eggleston’s land from his children, is buried there. This cemetery actually may have been close to the Eggleston farm.

We then went to the main part of town, such as it is. There are really only a few buildings which would constitute “town”. The Capron Cemetery was a very small, old cemetery on a side street. We almost missed it altogether. This was a very sad place. Being so close to town, it was disappointing that it was so neglected. Many of the stones were broken, buried or unreadable. We looked but found nothing.

It is supposedly the oldest cemetery in town, with burials beginning in 1810. According to Find a Grave there are 27 known burials plus some unmarked fieldstones. It is possible that Samuel and Elizabeth are buried there, but we would never know if they were in one of those graves.

We went to another Cemetery in similar shape. This was the “Christian Church Cemetery”. There is no longer a church anywhere near. I had thought this less likely because the Egglestons were Baptists and “Christian Church” sound like it would be another denomination, but it was accessible so we looked around. It was very overgrown and the remains of a tree fort on the edge of it suggested that it had been some kind of spooky playground for kids. We didn’t find anything.

The last Cemetery we searched was the Evergreen Cemetery which was much nicer and kept up. It also had many newer graves and appeared to be still in use. The stones were easy to read but no familiar names.

Moving On

We finally bid farewell to Springwater, leaving behind the mystery of the burial places of Samuel and Elizabeth. We drove on winding country roads to Manchester and Palmyra.

Obituary and Will of Samuel Eggleston

I learned interesting things from the Obituary and Will of Samuel Eggleston.

Samuel Eggleston died May 26, 1884 in Ogden, Utah. A Notice of his death was printed in the Monday edition of the Ogden Daily Herald.

Newspaper Account of Samuel Eggleston’s Funeral:

Ogden Daily Herald
Obituary Saturday 31, 1884
Samuel Eggleston

A large concourse of relatives and friends assembled in the Second Ward meetinghouse, on the afternoon of May 27th, 1884, to participate in the funeral services over the remains of Elder Samuel Eggleston who departed this life, on the morning of the 26th inst. The services were Conducted by Bishop Robert McQuarrie. The services were opened by the choir singing: “We have met, dear friends and brethren, Our respects to pay to one Who has left this world of sorrow And to glory now has gone.”

Prayer was offered by President C. F. Middleton. The choir sang: “Thou doest not weep to weep alone,” etc. The Bishop then stated that previous to the death of the deceased he had requested that Elders Lorin Farr, and L.J. Herrick, and Apostle F. D. Richards act as speakers at his funeral. Those brethren are all present and would address the meeting.

Elder Lorin Farr was the first speaker. He said that we are reminded by the circumstances that have called us together that this earth and this state of existence are not our permanent condition and abiding-place, but that all must undergo a change. We have been called upon today, to pay our last respects to the mortal remains of our brother, but not our last respects to him, for he still lives and we shall meet him again in another sphere and better condition than we now experience. He then spoke of the object of man coming to the earth, namely to work out a more exceeding weight of glory and exaltation than we otherwise could and said this is the most important age of the world in which the Lord has ever spoken to man on the earth, as it is the dispensation of the fullness of times, when God will gather all things into one and the restitution of all things spoken by the Prophets. The speaker next contrasted the religion of the world with that of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and showed that the latter was the only true order of the Kingdom of God which He has established upon the earth in the last days. This is the Gospel which our brother, whose remains lie before us, had embraced and to which he remained faithful while he lived in this state of existence, he spoke of the great events that are transpiring and of the opposition of mankind to this great work, but it will triumph and God will give the victory to all who maintain their integrity. Our brother was such an one, he held the high Melchisedek Priesthood and magnified it to the end of his life. He has kept his covenants that entitle him to go into the presence of God and to associate with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Hyrum, and others in the spirit world, and can also labor there and preach to the spirits in prison, for he carries with him the keys and the watchword authorizing him to do these things and entitle him to the blessings of associating with his former wife and friends who have gone before him. His mind, in this life, was always engaged in, and contemplating this great work of God. For these reasons his family and friends have little cause to mourn his departure from this life. He will, ere long, return again and if faithful will have the privilege to live and enjoy society here again.

Elder Lester J. Herrick was the next speaker. His failing health prevented him from speaking so loud, or as much as he otherwise could desire. He could endorse all that had been said by Elder Farr upon this subject. He, like many men, believed that if, when we depart, this is the end of man he would be in a miserable condition. But this is not true, for he looked forward to the time when he should again meet and hold converse with Father Eggleston in the future, as he has done in the past; for death is the passport to eternal life. Hence, when he can no longer enjoy life and be no longer useful to his fellow-man here, he does not desire to linger in pain and suffering, but he desires to have his lamp trimmed and burning and ready, when the time of his departure comes for he expects to meet his father, mother, and other friends, and enjoy a good and happy time with them. He had known the deceased from the time he first came here, and spoke of him in the highest term of commendation, both as a man, a citizen, and a servant of God. His place was made with him, he was reconciled to Him, and he died with a feeling of peace towards God and his brethren and sisters, for he has fought the good fight, kept the faith, and has overcome the world, death and the grave, and has entered into eternal life. Elder Herrick reminded the people that it was necessary to observe the things of the present life, to prepare for full enjoyment of the life to come.

Apostle F. D. Richards next addressed the meeting. He had visited the deceased, a short time before his death, and found that, although his voice was weak, his spirit was strong, bright and lively and he could converse on the things of God as freshly and intelligently as he ever did, and thus his faculties remained bright to the last. He then said to the friends of the deceased that there lies before us a rich man; for he is rich in the things of the Kingdom of God. He felt that it was possible that Brother Eggleston could have been kept alive a short time longer, yet his system was worn out and it seemed wisdom in the Lord to take him. He said that the deceased had fought the good fight and kept the faith, and had entered into life. He exhorted the widow and the children to observe the counsels of their husband and father, for this was his special desire before he died. He has gone to prepare a place for you, and if you are faithful you will inherit it with him. The speaker then read a part of the 20th Chapter of Luke, in relation to the question of the Sadducees concerning the woman who had seven husbands in this life but died without issue. “Whose wife shall she be?” The speaker then explained the nature of the resurrection in which it is said there is “neither marrying nor giving in marriage” etc. and showed that this referred to those who heard the Gospel, but refused to obey it here in the flesh, who persecuted the servants and Saints of God and put them to death, that it applied to those who attain to the Telestial glory. They are cut off from marrying or giving in marriage in their resurrection. But there is nothing said in the revelations of God that will debar the righteous from the enjoyment of all these blessings either here, in this life or in the resurrection of the just. Brother Eggleston is one of those who are entitled to the highest glories to which the righteous attain, for he has honored every law of God that has come to his knowledge, as far as he has been able to do so; and if his widow, sons, daughters and other posterity are faithful they will enjoy these blessings and honors with him at the coming of the Son of God and will still go forward, increasing in the knowledge of the things of the Celestial Kingdom of God. He referred to the abundance of heavenly blessings bestowed upon the Church in our day, the existence of two Temples in which the people may labor for their eternal interests of the living and of their dead, with another nearing completion. How lavishly the Lord bestows his favor upon his people in multiplying his great blessings upon us, in giving us as many of the ordinances which tend to our exaltation if rightly appreciated and to our increase of knowledge and understanding in all His statutes, ordinances and judgements. He closed by exhorting the Saints to be faithful in all things, that they may be partakers of these great blessings.

Bishop Robert McQuarrie said we had just parted with a good, kind and faithful man. He was blessed of the Lord, was spiritually-minded, and blessed with the visions of the Lord to a great degree. He was a good counselor, while united with the speaker and the other counselor. There were never any jars or discords between them, but they always labored together in harmony and in peace for the building up of the Kingdom of God in the Ward over which they had the watchcare.

The choir sang a funeral hymn: “Brother, thou art gone before us.”The services closed by benediction by President L. W. Shurtliff, after which the remains were conveyed to the cemetery and consigned to rest.

Obituary

The deceased, Samuel Eggleston, was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth H. Eggleston. He was born at Marcellus, New York, March 30th, 1801. [1804] In 1817, he moved with his father, and family to Springwater, in the same State. When 19 years old, he left home and went to Sempronius and took up his abode with Thomas Marsh, his brother-in-law, with whom he remained four years. On the 23rd of August, 1827, he was married to Miss Lurania P. Burgess by Mr. Gordon, a Baptist minister, to whose church he then belonged. He had previously belonged to the Close Communion Baptists. He subsequently joined the Freewill Baptists. He became dissatisfied with them and held himself aloof from Christian institutions for a long time. On the 6th of June,1841 he was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Elder Pelatiah Brown. On the 18th day of July following, he was ordained a Teacher by Dr. Willard Richards. In July, 1842, he removed with his family to Nauvoo. In October, 1844, he was ordained a member of the 9th Quorum of Seventies. Brother Eggleston and family remained at Nauvoo till the year 1846, when he shared in the exodus from that city. He went to Winter Quarters and stayed there till 1848 when he moved back to the east side of the Missouri River. In the spring of 1851, he went to Council Bluffs, Iowa. While in the latter State he was Justice of the Peace for ten years, Notary Public for nine years, and Deputy Postmaster for five years. In 1862, he came to Utah, settling in Ogden. In 1863, he was ordained a high Priest by F. A. Hammond and others. On May 30, 1877, he was set apart as First Counselor to Robert McQuarrie, Bishop of the Second Ward of this city, which position he held until he died. On the 24th of October, 1882, he was ordained a Patriarch under the hands of President George Q. Cannon and others. The deceased Patriarch leaves four children, living (four having died); and twenty-seven grandchildren, (eleven more being dead) to build up his house and perpetuate his name in Israel. Peace to his ashes.

Will of Samuel Eggleston

Samuel left a will written April 27, 1884, just a month before his death (Transcribed below):

In the Name of God Amen
I Samuel Eggleston of Ogden City in the County of Weber and the Territory of Utah, of the age of eighty six years and being of sound and disposing mind and memory, and not acting under duress, [ ] fraudulent misrepresentation or undue influence of any person whatever, do make publish and declare this my Last Will and Testament, in manner following
That is to Say
First, I give and bequeath to my son, Edwin Eggleston who resides at Council Bluffs, in the State of Iowa the sum of ten (10) Dollars to be paid from the sale of any estate.
Secondly, I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Elizabeth Farr, wife of Enoch Farr, the feather bed now used by me, and which was used by her mother during her lifetime.
Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my wife Katherine Eggleston, absolutely, all the personal property of every kind and nature, owned by me at the time of my death.
Fourthly, wishing to provide for the support and maintenance of my beloved wife Katherine Eggleston as long as she may live, and in a suitable a manner as the condition of my estate will provide. I give and devise to my said wife for her separate sole use and benefit so long as she may live, the use occupancy and control of all of my real estate of every name and nature whatsoever, owned by me at the time of my death and all rents, issues and profits, which may arise therefrom during her lifetime.
Fiftly, At the death of my said wife, Katherine Eggleston, I give and devise to my sons Reuben B. Eggleston, Orson H. Eggleston and to my daughter Mary Elizabeth Farr, wife of Enoch Farr, all the real estate of every name and nature whatsoever, owned by me at the time of my death, to be divided equally between them, share and share alike.
Lastly, I hereby enumerate and appoint my wife, Katherine Eggleston, of Ogden City aforesaid, the Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament, and hereby revoke all former Wills by me made.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this Twenty Seventh day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty four.
Samuel Eggleston

The foregoing instrument, consisting of one page, besides this, was at the date hereof by the said Samuel Eggleston signed and sealed and published as, and declared to be his last Will and Testament, in presence of us, who at his request, and in his presence, in the presence of each other, have subscribed and signed as witnesses thereto.
Robert McQuarrie
Residing at Ogden City, in Weber County, Utah Territory
John Harris
Residing at Ogden City in Weber County, Utah Territory

The Official Probate Packet is rather large, containing several documents. It lists heirs as Samuel’s widow, Katherine Eggleston, children Edwin Eggleston, age 50 of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Mary Farr, age 35, wife of Enoch Farr, of Ogden, Utah, Reuben B. Eggleston, age 52 of Ogden, Utah and Orson H. Eggleston, age 43 of Eden, Utah. Katherine was 49 years old and the petitioner.

Samuel’s Estate

The Probate Record describes Samuel’s property as:

A part of Lot 3 in Block 20 in Plat A of Ogden city Survey in said Weber County, bounded as bollows: Beginning at a point 40 feet West of the South East corner of said Lot, and running thence West 52 feet, thence North 20 rods, thence East 52 feet, thence South 20 rods to the place of beginning – the homestead of the deceased, with house and improvements hereon, valued at about $1000.00. Sundry household goods and effects valued at about $50.00.

The property was later appraised and valued at $800, plus the $50 personal property. A Notice to Creditors which was published after Samuel’s death placed this property on the north side of Sixth Street (now 26th St.), between Franklin and Wall Streets. Franklin is now Lincoln Ave., so his home would have been on the north side of 26th St. between Lincoln and Wall Ave.

Catherine was executrix of Samuel’s will and the provisions in the will were for her to remain in their home as long as she lived. Upon her death in 1888, Reuben petitioned the Court to administer the estate. The property was appraised again and  valued at $2000 on June 27, 1889.

The household goods which were given to Catherine after Samuel’s death became part of her estate. Edwin received his $10 and Mary Farr the feather bed. The real estate was divided equally between Reuben, Orson and Mary.

Samuel Eggleston Utah Pioneer

Samuel Eggleston

Early Life of Samuel Eggleston in New York

Samuel Eggleston, son of Samuel & Elizabeth Hill Eggleston was born March 30, 1804 in Marcellus, Onondaga County, New York. He wrote a brief autobiography which states:

“I lived in the town of Marcellus until I was 13 years old, then my father, with his family, then moved into the town of Springwater, Livingston County, state of New York. My brothers and sisters numbered ten in family. I lived with my father until I was 19 years old, then I went to live with my brother-in-law to learn the tanner’s trade. I lived with them until I was 23 years old . . .”

Samuel’s father came to Marcellus in the early 1800’s with his parents and other family members. He bought a piece of land bordering Skaneateles Lake. He sold this land in 1817 which was the time that the family moved to Springwater.

Samuel’s mother, Elizabeth Hill Eggleston, also known as Betsy, died in 1823 in Springwater. Some of the children were still quite young at the time of her death. Samuel was about 19 years old. It was around this time that Samuel went back to the area where he had grown up. His older sister Lucy had married Thomas Marsh and they were living in Sempronius, across the lake from Marcellus. Samuel’s obituary indicates that it was Thomas Marsh with whom he lived for 4 years, from age 19 to 23. He learned the tanner’s trade from Thomas Marsh.

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The Life and Untimely Death of Harvey Burgess Eggleston

Little is known of the details of the life of Harvey Burgess Eggleston. He was just becoming an adult when his life was cut short. We can only imagine what his life would have been like if he had lived, and wonder about the circumstances of his death.

Birth of Harvey Burgess Eggleston

Harvey Burgess Eggleston, the 5th child of Samuel and Lurania Powers Burgess Eggleston, was born February 8, 1836, In Sempronius, Cayuga County, New York. He was named for his grandfather Harvey Burgess. His parents lost their first 2 sons as infants, so when Harvey was born he had two older brothers.

 

Family Bible birth of Harvey Burgess Eggleston

The birth date of Harvey Burgess Eggleston was recorded in the Eggleston Family Bible – bottom on the left

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Vedia Eggleston’s Postcards from Far Away Places

Vedia Eggleston’s postcards, like many of the time, were the way to keep in touch with family and friends who had moved away or were traveling. They were kind of an early 20th Century Social Media – only much slower than today. They also were a good way to let you know of places where friends were and you were not. From the commercial side, postcards were good marketing tools. Cards with photos of exciting or historic places were used to encourage tourism and pride in local sites.

Vedia Eggleston’s Postcard book contained a number of cards from various places in the United States. Sometimes the places that the cards were sent from was not the place indicated by the photograph on the card. Cards may have been purchased at one place and sent from another. Or possibly cards from some places could even be purchased at home. More postcards from places closer to home are shared in another post.

Friend Kathryn in Madison

Let’s start with Madison, Nebraska, since Vedia received several cards from there in 1912. Apparently Vedia had a friend Kathryn who had moved to Madison. Vedia was not as good at keeping in touch as this Kathryn was. She repeatedly asked why she had not heard from Vedia.

Madison

 

Postcards City Hall, Madison, NE

Madison Kathryn to Vedia

 

Madison auto Kathryn to Vedia

 

Kathryn sent this card showing a scene of Ogden Canyon in Utah from Madison, Nebraska to Vedia in Afton. Apparently Kathryn finally received a card from Vedia.

Kathryn from Madison

Ogden Canyon

Brother Asa Eggleston’s Travels

In 1916, Vedia’s brother Asa was traveling, probably on business. This card sent from Montana to Vedia in Malad, Idaho has a photograph of Idaho Falls. Asa mentions that he will be going to Belgrade this afternoon and later to Bozeman.

Asa from Manhattan, Montana

 

Idaho Falls Power Station

Asa sent this card from Helena, Montana to Vedia in Malad, Idaho. This was was sent after Vedia’s marriage and is addressed to Mrs. John Jones, Jr. Asa indicated that he would be leaving there soon, but did not know his next destination.

 

This other card was sent from Billings, Montana earlier in the year. Asa mentioned that he had just left Park City and did not know how long he would be in Billings or where he would be next. He instructed her to write to him in Great Falls, Montana.

Billings, Montana library

Asa from Billings, Montana

Asa sent this card from Spokane, Washington in June 1916. Apparently he was in Spokane in between trips to Montana.

Monroe Street Bridge Spokane, Washington

Asa from Spokane, Washinton

From Missouri

This card was sent from Macon, Missouri to Vedia in Afton, Wyoming

Cards from New York

J. C. Dewey sent this embossed postcard of the Hudson River Steamboat to Vedia. It was actually postmarked from Deweyville, Utah

Hudson River Steamboat postcard

 

This embossed card of Grant’s Tomb is addressed to Vedia in Afton, Wyoming, but there is no postmark or message.

Grant's Tomb postcard

 

This card was sent from Fulton, New York

Postcards Fulton, NY postcard from Fulton, NY

The Family Bible of Orson Hyde Eggleston

Family Bibles are wonderful sources of information. I found this Bible when I visited Cousin Ruth several years ago. She indicated that it had belonged to Orson Hyde Eggleston and had been given to her father Theron Eggleston, probably by his father Orson. It appears that it may have been in the possession of Joseph S. Eggleston at some point and he may have entered at least some of this information himself. Ruth let me take this Bible to make photocopies of the Family Record entries.

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Ambrose Hill, Revolutionary War Soldier and Patriot

Ambrose Hill was born March 21, 1744 in Goshen, Litchfield, Connecticut. He died February 26, 1816 in Cornwall, Addison, Vermont. He was buried in Cornwall. He was on a list of Revolutionary War Soldiers buried in Cornwall, Vermont. Ambrose married Lucy Beach October 10, 1764 in Goshen, Litchfield, Connecticut. Lucy Beach was born January 27, 1746 in Goshen, Litchfield, Connecticut. She died March 18, 1838, in Cornwall, Addison, Vermont.

Ambrose Hill served in the Revolutionary War. His widow Lucy received a Pension for his service. According to information in his Pension file ( Pension File No. W21338 ) Ambrose Hill was a resident of Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, when he enlisted in April 1775. He served 15 days as a Corporal under Colonel Patterson; six months as Orderly Sargent under Aaron Rowley, Colonel Jonathan Smith; one month and four days as Captain under Colonel Powell, and was in the battles of Bunker Hill, Benington, Stillwater, and at the surrender of Burgoyne and evacuation of Ticonderoga.

The Colonists in Berkshire County were very involved in the beginning events of the Revolution. When news from Lexington and Concord came in April 1775, two Berkshire regiments immediately started marching to Boston. One unit under Col. Patterson of Lenox was stationed at Cambridge, but did not get to Bunker Hill for that battle. Both regiments were involved in repelling a landing party at East Cambridge and many soldiers stayed at Boston until it was evacuated March 16, 1776. Under the leadership of Joseph Raymond and Aaron Rowley most of the volunteers continued to serve as a unit throughout the early part of the war.

Ambrose Hill would have been among those early Berkshire Volunteers under Col. Patterson. Ambrose was a Corporal with Capt. David Rosseter’s Company in Col. John Patterson’s regiment which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775. This was the same day that the first shots were fired at Lexington, Massachusetts. His service was from April 23, 1775 to May 8, 1775. He was listed as Sergeant with Capt. David Noble’s Company, Col. John Paterson’s Regiment, serving 7 days from April 22, 1775, which company marched in response to the alarm of April 19, 1775. The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought on June 17, 1775. These dates would indicate that Ambrose did not serve then, however the next entry showed that later that year Ambrose was again with John Paterson’s Regiment, muster roll dated Aug 1, 1775. This indicates that he enlisted April 19, 1775 and served 3 months 9 days with company return date October 6, 1775. He apparently served during that entire first summer. There was mention of an order for a bounty coat or its equivalent in money dated Fort No. 3, Charlestown, October 26, 1775.

Ambrose served as Sergeant in a company of Massachusetts militia in the vicinity of Boston until the British troops left Boston in the spring of the year 1776. Later, he served as Captain of a company of Massachusetts militia and he commanded a company that marched from Richmond to New Haven, Connecticut where he served as Captain sometime over two months. He received a Captains commission.

Later service in 1777 would have been in the battles in the Ticonderoga and Saratoga area. Ambrose was a Sergeant in Capt. Amos Rathbun’s Company, Maj. Caleb Hyde’s detachment of militia from July 8, 1777 to July 26, 1777 (19 days). His company marched to reinforce the northern army and was discharged 97 miles from home. At this point in the war, General Burgoyne had advanced down the Richeleau River to Lake Champlain with a massive army. Fort Ticonderoga was at that time badly in disrepair and the soldiers were lacking adequate supplies. When General St. Clair learned that the British had cannon on Mt. Defiance, it was felt that they would not be able to hold the fort and therefore he ordered an evacuation of Fort Ticonderoga. Many felt this was a cowardly act and he later faced a Court Martial, however his intent appeared to be to save his troops, rather than have them killed in a battle that could not have been won. The Evacuation of Ticonderoga took place July 5-6, 1777. Ambrose Hill probably was not at the fort, but was with troops sent there to assist them. After taking Fort Ticonderoga, the British advanced overland southward. This was a difficult march because of the tremendous amount of supplies they were carrying and the rugged nature of this wilderness they traveled through. The Colonial troops were able to slow their march even further by creating diversions and destroying the roads in their path.

Part of the Colonial Troops went east into Vermont, and Ambrose was probably with these. The next term of service listed for him was as Captain in Aaron Rowley’s Company, Col. David Rosseter’s detachment of Berkshire Co. militia, serving from August 13, 1777 to August 20, 1777, 7 days at Bennington. They would have joined troops from Ticonderoga and fought in the Battle of Bennington, Vermont August 16, 1777, where they defeated the Hessian forces. David Rossiter, Aaron Rowley and other officers of the Berkshire militia became quite famous.

The battles at Stillwater, where Burgoyne eventually surrendered, took place in late September and into October of 1777. A “Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution” reference would indicate Ambrose did not serve long enough to be involved at Stillwater, however a DAR letter indicated he served 6 months as orderly Sargent under Aaron Rowley, which would have extended through the entire time of the events at Stillwater. After the Surrender of Burgoine at Saratoga, the Berkshire units broke up and the soldiers joined various other regiments.

At some period during the War, Ambrose served in the army in the State of New Jersey and Lucy thought that was as Captain and that he was there in a battle.

As Captain 11th Co. 3d Berkshire Co. Regt. Of Mass. Militia, Ambrose was on a list of officers commissioned March 1778. Then as Captain in Lieut Col Miles Powell’s (Berkshire Co) Regit, he was engaged July 18, 1779 and discharged Aug 22, 1779, serving 1 month 10 days at New Haven, Connecticut, including 5 days (110 miles) travel home.

The Pension File indicated that Ambrose Hill was married at Goshen, Connecticut, October 10, 1764 to Lucia Beach. He died at Cornwall, Vermont in February 1816, and she was allowed a pension for his services on her application executed October 31, 1836, at which time she was a resident of Shoreham, Addison County, Vermont, aged “ninety years and upwards.”

While Ambrose was away serving in the war Lucy was at home with several small children. She stated in her deposition that “she was left at home in charge of her family consisting of six small children and that she underwent much fear and alarm in consequence of the Torris which were numerous in that part of Massachusetts where she resided.”

At the time of the Pension application, which was shortly after the Pension Act of July 4, 1836 was passed, Lucy was quite old and not able to remember the specific times of service. Apparently because of this, the application was delayed and other depositions taken to try to confirm the places and times of service. This all took considerable time and must have been quite an ordeal. A letter in the file dated January 26, 1837 stated, “I have made an unsuccessful search for the alleged service of Ambrose Hill as a sergeant in 1775, and as an adjutant in 1777. The name of his Captain in 1775 is not given, one thinks it was Porter.” They requested names of officers. He did serve 1 month 10 days as Captain in 1779 in Connecticut, July 1777 as sergeant in A. Rathbun’s Company 13 days and held a commission as Captain in March 1778. In June 1837, Lucy consented to receive a certificate for the amount which they said was allowed: 1 month 4 days as Captain, 15 days as Corporal, 6 months as sergeant. Apparently since no more specifics could be documented, she settled for a pension based on this time of service. It does appear from recollections of the family and others who made depositions that he would have served for much longer. The official certificate indicated service at Bunker Hill, Bennington and Saratoga.

(This information was taken from The Joseph Eggleston Family: Seven Generations from Joseph (d. 1767) of Stonington, Connecticut to Joseph (1885-1965) of Utah & Wyoming, Including Maternal Lines: Hill, Burgess, Titus, Sammis & Johnson, by Karen Eggleston Stark)

Sources of information:

History of Berkshire County, Massachusetts: with biographical sketches of its prominent men, Vol. 2 (Photo reproduction of original published: New York: J. B. Beers, 1885) (974.41 H 2hb) Rev. A. B. Whipple, Chapter XXV Town of Richmond, p. 481.

Katharine Huntington Annin, Richmond, Masachusetts: The story of a Berkshire town and its people, 1765-1965. (Richmond, Massachusetts: distributed by Richmond Civic Association, 1964) (974.411 RI H2a); History of Berkshire County

“Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution” Vol. 7, p. 865

Smith, H. P., History of Addison County, Vermont: with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers. Syracuse, NY: D. Mason & Company, 1886, p. 416-417. (974.35 H2s )

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Vol. 70 p. 54. Vol. 113 p. 134.

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Seth Burgess, Revolutionary War Soldier & Patriot

Seth Burgess was born May 31, 1745 in Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut.  He died January 24, 1814 in Sempronius, Cayuga, New York. He was buried in the Kellogsville Cemetery in Sempronius in February 1814. He married Selinda Olive Cady about 1767. She was born November 16, 1748 in Windham County, Connecticut. She died August 20, 1837 in Sempronius, Cayuga, New York.

Seth Burgess served in the Revolutionary War from Berkshire County, Massachusetts. The early history of Berkshire County parallels the history of the Revolution. In its earliest days there were stirrings of rebellion and the residents of Berkshire were very involved. In 1777 it was voted that in order to encourage enlistment in the Continental Army, a bounty of $10 would be assessed to anyone refusing to serve. Later, in August 1777, it was voted that if any one drafted to serve should refuse to march or to get a substitute, he would be fined $40. This money was to help pay the soldiers. Seth Burgess apparently took the option to serve in the Army.

According to the application made by Jonathan Burgess for a Pension for his father’s service (Pension File # W 16875), Seth was living in the town of Dalton (now called Hinsdale), Berkshire County when the war began. He served as a Lieutenant until the end of the war. He was at the Battle of Bunker Hill and Stillwater at the taking of Burgoyne. He was with Gen. Sullivan through the Northern Country. Official records indicated that he was a Lieutenant in the Company commanded by Captain Heeler of the Reg. Commanded by Col. Simond in the Massachusetts line for 12 months 16 days. “Seth Burgess is born upon a payroll of Capt David Wheeler’s Company in Col. Benjamin Simond’s Reg. For service at Ticonderoga as a Lieutenant from Dec. 16, 1776 to March 22, 1777, 97 days. Said roll was sworn to in Berkshire County September 8, 1777. Upon a payroll of Capt Peter Porter’s Company in Col. John Brown’s Reg of militia from the County of Berkshire as a Lieutenant from September 22 to October 8, 1777 16 days. Upon a payroll of Capt Enoch Noble’s Company in Col. Ezra Wood’s Regt. as a Lieutenant from May 20, 1778 to February 7, 1779 8 months & 23 days. Said roll was sworn to in Berkshire County May 15, 1777. And the above is all the evidence of service which can be identified as that of the individual described in the annexed application.”

While Seth was away serving in the Revolutionary war, his wife Olive was alone with small children for months at a time. There was a family record, probably taken from a Bible, in the Revolutionary War Pension File. It listed the family:

burgessfamily

After the War, Seth moved his family from Massachusetts to Stillwater, Saratoga County, New York where he had served.

(This information was taken from The Joseph Eggleston Family: Seven Generations from Joseph (d. 1767) of Stonington, Connecticut to Joseph (1885-1965) of Utah & Wyoming, Including Maternal Lines: Hill, Burgess, Titus, Sammis & Johnson, by Karen Eggleston Stark)

From Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files: Burgess, Seth, Olive W16875, MA Line, sol’s son Jonathan Burgess aged 75 in 1846 a res of Sempronius in Cayuga Cty NY states sol d in Jan 1814 leaving a wid Olive who d 20 Aug 1837 & they had m in 1768, wid d leaving children: Jonathan, Selinda Calwell of Saratoga NY, Olive Carrol of Sempronius NY & Harvey Burges of Perry in Wyoming Cty, NY, family records; sol was b 31 May 1745, wife Olive was b 16 Nov 1747, children were: Joel b 5 Apr 1769, Jonathan b 24 Oct 1770, Selinda b 25 Dec 1771, Seth b 28 Jul 1774, Olive b 25 Dec 1775, Henery (Harvey) b 31 May 1778 & Reuben b 19 Apr 1780, also shown were: Erastus Burgess b 23 mar 1798, Usina Burgess b 7 Jan 1800, Norton Burgess b 25 Sep 1801 (their relationship to sol not stated)

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