Steuben County
New York


Leora Wilson Drake (1900-1982)

Historian's Veteran Grave Survey
BY Leora Wilson Drake -
as printed in the Canisteo Times (Canisteo, NY) October, 1955.


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was taken prisoner and confined in an old hulk in New York Harbor where the treatment of the American prisoners was one of the blackest deeds perpetrated in history, very few ever surviving. In the spring of 1790, he came to the Canisteo Valley and had a man build a double log house. In 1791, he went down to Philadelphia and mar. Miss Nancy Duffy, a native of Larne, County Antrim, Ireland. He d. Mar 23, 1826 and was bur. in the Old Settlers Cem. at Willowbend farm. Children: Mary (Guyon); John W. (Eliz. Stearns); Dan'l; William (Pamelia Bennett); Sarah (Acre); Eliz. (Bennett); Hugh; Angeline (Bennett) and Samuel.
     4-REV. JEDEDIAH STEPHENS: - Revol. War - Pennamite War.
     Born in Canaan, Conn., May 11, 1757 and mar. in Goshen, Orange Co., N.Y., to Abigail Corey; was a volunteer soldier of the Revol. War and served 6 yrs.; was in the Indian battle of Wyoming, July 3, 1778 where his brother, Rufus was killed. He owned a farm at Wyoming; was taken prisoner by the Pennamites, under Gen. Plunket, but after a few days was released. In May, 1790, with his wife and 5 children, he removed from Wyoming to Canisteo, lot No. 10.
     He spent one night in the prestent limits of Hornell but a delegation of settlers from Canisteo, who had no mechanic among them, waited on him and induced him to settle at Canisteo. He was a member of the Congregationalist Church and about 1800 became a member of the Methodist church, serving as a local preacher from 1812 until his decease, Jan. 26, 1830. He is buried in the Stephens Cemetery, just below Canisteo Center. Mrs. Stephens died Aug. 28, 1825. Children: Abigail (Elijah Stephens); Silas (Eliz. Cleveland); Nathan (Rachel Gilbert); Sylvia (David Haskins); Cynthia (Thos. A. Dolson; James Osburn); Olive (Jeremiah Colgrove); moved to Greenup Co., Ky.); Joshua (Rhoda Stevens); Hila (Phineas Stephens, Jr., Jeremiah Baker, Jr.) and Pamelia (Saml H. Smiley). Olive his 6th child, was the first white child born in Steuben Co.
     5-URIAH STEPHENS, JR. - Revol. War.
     B. at Canaan, Conn., in 1761; mar. at Lackawaxen, Pa., in 1785 to Elizabeth Jones, daughter of Benjamin Jones and Jemimah Delevan, a French lady, stolen from France. He died 1849, Aug. 2 and is buried in Stephens Cem., Adrian Road and she died in 1849, Mar. 30. He was an early settler at Canisteo and was a large landowner. He was Justice of Peace for many years, Supervisor, County Judge for 6 years, and served in the Revol. War in Penn.
     Children: John R. (Rebecca Jones); Sally (John Ayers); Anna (1st James Abbott; 2nd, Bazy Baker); Mary (Silas Corey); Rhoda (Joshua Stephens); Matthew (Marinda Lewis); Geo. (Harriet Baker) and Henrietta (Jerothamel Powers).

Historian's Veteran Grave Survey
BY Leora Wilson Drake -
as printed in the Canisteo Times (Canisteo, NY) November 24, 1955, page 4, col. 1-3.

1757 - 1955 (Continued)

     No. 11 - Joel Kellog, Sr.: Revol. War -
     Born 1733, Oct. 12th at W. Hartford, Conn., d. 1789, Oct. 11 at Sheffield Mass., mar. Intentions of marriage filed in W. Hartford Cong. Church Records 1:127, no date but 3rd entry was 1758, so before that - "Joel Kellogg of No. 5 and Susannah Hosmer of Hartford," "Plantation No. 5" being in Western Mass. Susannah Hosmer b. 1737, d. 1812, Mar. 8 aged 75 years and buried Sheffield, Mass. Joel, Sr., was the son of Capt. Dan'l of Hartford, Ct. also in the Revol. War as was Joel, Jr., and was a weaver by trade. Joel, Sr., served on the Lexington Alarm in Capt. Bacon's Co., marched 21 April 1775; as well as upon various occasions for short periods of time.
     They were the parents of 13 children the 10th child, William - b. 1775, Dec. 21 coming to Steuben County. Wm. mar. 1805, Jan. 12 to Ann Eliz. Shelhearse. Her father was supposed to have been a Hessian soldier who returned to America to settle about 1786. After marriage they moved to Kinderhook, N.Y. and about 1810 to E. Bloomfield, Ontario county then in 1820 to Conesus where they located across the road from John Shaul and Jasper, N.Y. Wm. d. 1863, Oct. 17 and is bur. in Schenck Hill Cem., Jasper Twnp. and Ann d. 1877, June 30 at Cameron and is also bur. Schenck Hill Cem. Wm. Ann had 3 children: Almerion N. (Catherine W. Schenck); "Doc" Wm. Jay and Mary Louisa (John Stuart Jackson), Descendants of Almerion and Mary Louisa include Mrs. Wm. M. Stuart of Canisteo and Mrs. Arthur Lamphier, R 1, Canisteo. 
     No. 12 - Andrew Simpson (Simson) - Revol. War.
     B. about 1761 - d. 1845, Aug. 11, aged 84 yrs., final bur. Mt. Hope Cem., Troupsburg, N.Y. mar. Rebecca McWhorterd. 1818/18 at Jasper, Aug. Mar. 2nd. Nancy Hallett. His father was Alexander Simpson, emigrant from Scotland to Salem, Wash. Co., N.Y., and was in Revol. with his sons, John, who was taken prisoner in Revol. War and taken to Kingston, Canada and never heard from again. Andrew, as a mere lad of 16 years was at the Battle of Bennington. He appears as an enlisted man in Col. Morris Graham's and Col. Roswell Hopkins' 6th Regt., Dutchess Co., Militia (Charlotte and Amenia Precincts). As an enlisted man in the Regt. of Charlotte Co., Militia (Land Bounty Rights). Was paid for service as a Pvte in Capt. Edward Long's Co., Col. John Williams Regt, etc. and as Pvte in Capt. Edw. Long's Co., Col. Alexander Webster's Rgt of Charlotte Co., Militia and same Company in Maj. Thomas Armstrong's detachment of above. In 1840 Census of Jasper, he appeared as a pensioner, aged 79, head of his own household, on June 1st.
     1790 Federal Census of N.Y. State - Washington Co., Salem Town, Andrew Simpson was head of a family consisting of 1 free white male of 16 yrs and upward, including heads of families, 1 free white male under 16 yrs. and 3 free white females. He moved to Jasper either in 1808 or 1810, making 1st clearing at Jasper where present village is located, erecting cabin and blacksmith shop. He was 1st Master of the Evening Star Lodge No. 44 organized in Canisteo in 1814 and he traversed the forest 12 miles from his home in Jasper for about four years to be present at every meeting. 1st Town meeting of Town of Jasper held at his house in 1827, the 1st Tues. in March. 1st marriage in Jasper was his daughter, Polly to Sam'l Gregg of Elmira. 10 Children by 1st marriage: John (Lucy Reynolds); Martha or Pol (Sam'l Gregg); Minerva (Hon. Jeffery Smith); Jane (Ira Smith of Woodhull); Darius (Hannah Kinne); Hiram (Nancy Castle); Alexander, 2nd (Hannah Smith; Eliz. Denning); Hernando Cortez (Charlotte Kinney); Mary (Mr. Sweet); Ira d. on his wedding day.
     (Children not in order of birth).
     No. 13 - Robert Jackson: - Revol. War.
     B. 1760's, a native of Armagh, Ireland, came to America during the Revol. War, and was wounded while in 5th Regt., N.Y. Line and in Wyoming Co., Pa. militia. He mar. in Penna., Edna Landon, a widow with one son, Joshua, who husband had been killed by the Indians. From Pa. they removed to Groveland, N.Y. He d. 1824, Nov. 27 and his widow d. Nov. 1842, Nov. 30 bur. Stuart Burying Ground, So. Hill, Cameron. Children: William (Lydia Stuart); Nathaniel (Jasper) Issac (Groveland, N.Y.); James A. (Michigan) and Mariah d. y.
     No. 14 - Nathaniel Sheldon: Revol. War soldier.
     In the 1840 Census, Nathaniel Sheldon is recorded as a Revol. War soldier residing at Greenwood, N.Y., with Ithamar Farrell - no further record has been found on him to date.
     No. 6 - Capt. Samuel Baker: Revol. War and War of 1812.
     B. 1757, July 26, Putnam County, N.Y., d. 1851, Mar. 28, aged 93 years eight months and two days and buried in Town Line Cem., Cameron - grave marked by Addison DAR Chapter. His wife was Esther Field Gustin, d. 1849, Oct. 8, aged 86 yrs., also Town Line Cem. He was in Revol. War from 1776 to May 1783, when discharged, enlisting in Conn., at Ridgebury, a town adjoining N.Y. State line. He first served around Waterbury and Stamford, Conn., until April 1781, he then secured a substitute to serve in Capt. Bate's Conn. Co., then reenlisted about May 1781 in Capt. Thos. Hunt's Co., Col. Weusenfel's N.Y. Regt., 5th N.Y. Line engaged in the Mohawk Valley. Enlisted 1782 in Capt. Clark's Co., Col. Sam'l Delevan's mounted Regt., was in skirmish with a party of Tories in January, 1873 at Kingstreet, in which he was severely wounded in his thigh, on account of which he was confined about 2 months; rejoined his regiment and continued until May 1783, when discharged. He returned to his father's home at Fredericktown, Dutchess Co., N.Y., for four years before moving to "Sheshequia, Luzerne Co., Pa., for about 18 years before he removed to Howard, N.Y.,  in 1807 and later in 1815 or 16 to Cameron, N.Y. While at Howard, he enlisted and served under Capt. Jas. Pike and Capt. John Martin in N.Y. Militia in War of 1812. For this service he recd 160 acres of Bounty Land on Warrant No. 7219. He recd a pension for his Revol. War service, applied for June 1841. In 1847, his brother Judah Baker, resided at Enfield, Tompkins Co., aged 83 yrs. Capt. Baker owned and or erected a sawmill, grist mill and carding mill at Cameron. A Sam'l Baker appears as a resident taxable in Tioga Township for 1796, valuation $6,000, although there is no proof that it was Capt. Sam'l Baker.
     Children: Phoebe (Amasa Travis) lived to be 105 years old; Margaret (Reuben Hammond); Fanny (Isaac McDuffy); Welthia (Zeno Socrates Selleck); Laura (John Dean) Urbane, the great hunter, (Sarah K. Jones).
     No. 7 - Jeremiah Baker, Sr: Revol. War.
     B. 1747 at Litchfield or Canaan, Conn, d. 1825, Dec 23 at Canisteo Township, mar. 1773, Mar. 4 at Canaan, Conn. to Anne Stephens, a daughter of Jedediah and Mary Rathbone Stephens. Jeffery Baker settled in Windsor, Conn. in 1638. Jeremiah was not in the Wyoming Massacre, July 3, 1778, as he was a soldier in Capt. Simon Spaulding's Independent Co., of Wyoming, marching to the Valley and about 30 miles distant at time of the disaster. His buildings were all burned and his family taken as prisoners. The night following the battle, Mrs. Baker and family were in their home as they had been unable to escape to Forty Fort when the bloody, painted savages burst into her home and she was struck blind from fear. The Indians treated her with consideration and they were rescued about two months later at Seshequin, finally finding safety at Tioga Point, near Athens, Pa. In Fall of 1790, he settled in Canisteo, N.Y., where the Baker's Gulch road leaves the river highway. He held several town offices. Mrs. Baker died in 1826 and both are buried in Baker's Cem.
     Children: Mary (Isaac Tracy, Rathbone, N.Y.); Hannah (Richard Crosby); Thankful (Rufus Stephens); Cynthia, William (Clarissa Stephens, dau. Joshua); Simeon (Lodemia Benham); John (Susan Meacle); Bazy (1st Anna Stephens Abbott, 2nd, Polly Griggs); Jeremiah, Jr. (Eunice Power, 2nd Hila Stephens); Noah (Polly Fulton) and James (Anna McEntyre).
     No. 8 - Capt. Isaac Miles, Revol. War.
     B. 1763, July 11, Waterbury, Conn., d. 1843, Nov. 22, Rathbone Twnp., bur. Townline Cem. Mar. 1793, Sept. 7 at Pittston, Pa. to Martha Davis. In 1819, they removed to Coventry, Chenango Co., N.Y., to Addison, later to Cameron Twnp., opening a blacksmith shop in 1823 on Wheeler Farm; then, in 1824 removed to Rathbone Twp. where they afterward resided. Mrs. Miles was b. 1755, Aug. 11 and d. 1860 Dec. 31st, also bur. Townline Cem. He enlisted July 11, 1779 as a substitute for his father and served one month in Capt. Fletcher's Co., Col. Adams Regt. 2nd. enlister in March or April 1783, at Stamford, Conn. for one year in Capt. James Stoddard Co., Col. Sam'l Canfield's Regt. He filed for pension, 1832, Oct. 16, which was received as was also application of his widow.
     Children: Laura (Rowland Saunders); Rebecca (Llewellyn Jones); Susan (Eliphalet Nichols); Martha d. y.; Esaac (Julia Ann Cables); James H. (Evelyn B. Baker); Samuel (Lizzie Day) and John (Harriet Permelia Parker).
     No. 9 - John Hilliker (Helliker, Hiliker); Revol. War.
     In the 1840 Census of Pensioners for Revol. and Military services - p.98, N. York, Northern District, Steuben County, Town of Jasper, John Heliker, pensioner, aged 81 yrs. is listed as being head of his own family as of June 1, 1840. He appears as an enlisted man in Coy. Abraham Brinkerhoff's 2nd Regt., Dutchess Co., Militia (Rombout Precinct). As enlisted man in Col. Joseph Drake's and Col. James Hammans' 'st Regt., Westchester Co., Militia, (South Regt.). The name John Helker is also on a list of American prisoners of war. Cert. No. 25589 for 119 2sl/3d issued 1781, Feb. 10 to John Heliker for service as private in Capt. Geo. Comb's Co. of Col. James Hammond's 1st Regt., Westchester Co., Militia Cert. No. 25825 for (amount burned) issued 1779, Jany 6 to John Heliker for service as private in Capt. Jonas Orser's Co., Col. James Hammand's 1st Regt., etc. Certificates of pay issued to John Heliker for service as private in Capt. Dan'l Martlings Co., Col. James Hammand's 1st Regt., Westchester Co., Militia and in Capt. Thomas Storm's Co., Col. Abraham Brinkerhoff's 2nd Regt., Dutchess Co. Militia. From DAR records John Hilliker b. 1759, Nov. 20 Westchester Co., N.Y., Revol soldier and patriot. Served as a private in the Westchester Co. Militia - he mar. 2nd Eva Yerkes; their dau.; Catherine Hiliker, mar. Albert Robertson. 1790 Census of N.Y. State - p. 200 Mt. Pleasant Town, Westchester Co., John Hilliker head of a family - 2 free white males of 16 yrs. and upward, including heads of families, two free white males under 16 years of age and three free white females.
     No. 10 - Nathaniel Kellog, Revol. War.
     B. 1758, d. 1846, bur. Old Five Corners Cem., Town of Jasper, N.Y. according to D.A.R. Graves Registry, his grave is marked "War of 1776" (but on a recent visit to this cemetery, I did not find this gravestone) Nathaniel Kellogg appears as one of the signers of a petition sent by the inhabitants of Claverack to Gov. Clinton in which the former stated several grievances.
     No. date. Gov. Clinton's reply dated July 7, 1780). In the 1840 census of pensioners for Revol and military services, New York, Northern District, Steuben county, Nathaniel Kellogg, pensioner, age 82, was listed as residing in the household of James Ingersoll as of June 1, 1840. Nathaniel Kellogg (1758-1846) was placed on the pension list, 1832, of Berkshire Co., Mass., for service as Pvte, 1775-77, in the Mass. and N.Y. troops. He was born in Westfield, Mass.; died in Jasper, N.Y. He mar. Palm Hawkins; their daughter, Tryphena Kellogg (1781-1869) mar. in 1795, Ichabod Blakeslee (1773-1839) 1790 Census he was at Hillsdale Town Columbia county as a family head with three free white females.

Veterans' Grave Survey For Canisteo, 1757-1955
BY Leora Wilson Drake -
as printed in the Canisteo Times (Canisteo, NY) March 8, 1956.

     No. 15: Enoch Ordway: Revolutionary War:
     born 1762, Aug. 4, at Lyndeborough, N.H., the son of John and Mary Ordway, Married 1783, Feb. 12, to Ann Fletcher, born 1758, April; 2nd to Sarah Abbott Feb. 19, 1794, a cousin of Horace Greely. He removed to Greenwood, N.Y., in 1825 where he died 1843, Jan. 8. Mrs. Ordway removed to Cameron to reside with son, Daniel A., where she died 1870, June 12, age 97 years; buried Riverside Cemetery, Cameron.
     Children: By 1st marriage: Frances, Olive (Ephriam Russell of Lyndeborough and removed to New York) and John; 2nd marriage: Sarah (Sally), married Huse Karr of Lyndeborough; Mary D.; Enoch (Rebecca Moore); Daniel A. (Hannah Loomis) and Anna J.
     Service: Enoch Ordway enlisted in Capt. Wm. Boyes' Co., Col. Daniel Reynold's Regiment, Sept. 17, 1781. He and three others, Oliver Holt, Simeon Fletcher and James Hutchinson, were in the same Company, and marched to Ft. Edward, N.Y. But the Fort surrendered the day before they reached there, and as their service was not needed, they returned east. Enoch Ordway enlisted for six weeks in 1780, to go to Coos for the defense of our frontiers.
     No. 16: Lt. Master Andrew Morris; Revolutionary War in the Navy:
     born 1749, Sept. 22, Bran(t)ford Conn.; died Sept. 22 1820 at Canisteo, N.Y., buried Old Settlers Cemetery at Willowbend; gravestones removed to Hope Cemetery, Hornell, so his grave is unmarked as of Oct. 1, 1956. He served as Lt. Master or First Mate aboard ship, Oliver Cromwell, 1778. He was a pensioner and his widow, Lucretia, received a pension after 3/4/1848 until her death. He removed to Canisteo in 1812 at outbreak of that war to keep his sons from enlisting for service at sea. Edward and Morris O'Connor of Hornell are descendants.
     No. 17: James H(e)adley; Revolutinary War.
     He came to the Canisteo Valley about 1790 in a canoe from the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania, and located in Canisteo Township about one mile from the Cameron line. It is said that he fought in the Revolutionary War and participated in some of the battles with Indians and Tories of the Revolutionary period when they attacked and burned the settlements and massacred the people in the Wyoming Valley. He was one of the company of 12 that bought this township of Canisteo (lot no. 11) and Hornellsville (lot no. 1). At the first Town meeting in Canisteo Town in 1801, he was elected overseer of the poor; charter member of the F&AM Lodge No. 259, organized at Canisteo in 1814, Jan. 17. Census of 1790 lists him as one of the 29 heads of families in this territory then known as Erwins Township of Ontario county, which town included the whole of what is now southern part of Steuben County. His family consisted of a wife and two sons, both under 16 years of age.
     No. 18: Philip Failing; Revolutionary War (also given as Faling, Felling, etc.)
     DAR Lineage books vol. 136, page 293, contains the following:
     "Philip Failing (1765-1842) received a pension, 1832, for service as private in the New York militia under Col. Jacob Klock. He was born in Palatine; died in Jasper, N.Y." Philip Failing married in 1788 to Margaret Timmerman. Their son, Adam Failing (died 1870); married in 1820 to Nancy Lyon (died 1872). By Robert's History of Steuben, Philip died in 1842 in Jasper and was a Captain in State Militia.
     Philip Felling appears as an enlisted man in Col. Lewis Dubois' Regt. of Levies. Lips Failing appears as an enlisted man in Col. Marinus Willett's Regt. of Levies Philip Failing appears as an enlisted man in Col. Marinus Willett's Regt. of Levies. Philip Failing appears as an enlisted man in Col. Jacob Klocks 2nd Regt., Tryon Co. Militia. (N.Y. in the Revolutionary as Colony and State, vol. 1, pages 78, 89 (2) & 176).
     Cert. No. 4636 for 61 14s 2d issue (date burned) to Lips Failing for service as private in Capt. Lawrence Gros' Co. of Col. Marinus Willett's Regt. of Levies.
     Cert No. 4709 for book 2 13s, 4d issued (date burned) to Lips Failing for service as private in above company and regiment.
     Certificates of treasurer (mss record), vol. 2, pages 6, 8. The following information appears in DAR Graves of Revolutionary Soldiers buried in N.Y. State, vol. 2, page 182: "Steuben County, Town of Jasper. Failing, Philip; enlisted at 14; served under Cols. Dubois and Willett in Battles of Stone Arabia, Ft. Plain, Johnstown. His son, Adam Failing, was born in Minden, Montgomery County, in the year 1796. In March, 1825, he settled in Jasper, probably same year as his father, Philip.

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Veterans' Grave Survey For Canisteo, 1757-1955
BY Leora Wilson Drake, Historian - as printed in the Canisteo Times (Canisteo, NY)1956.

     No. 26: Col. John Stephens.
     In Wyoming Massacre, July 3, 1778, as a lad of 12 years with his family. Uriah, Sr., and Martha Rathbone Stephens, natives of Connecticut, were his parents. He was born at Stillwater, N.Y., April 10, 1766; married Nov. 24, 1785, in Pennsylvania to Olive Franklin, daughter of Lt. Roswell and Jerusha Hickok Franklin. He bought lot no. 6 of Canisteo and no. 7 of Hornell of Canisteo Castle Purchase in 1790. Was town clerk of Canisteo 1809-1812; Captain of Militia Company in 1796 of Canisteo Valley; 1st Major of same company in 1803, and Lt. Col. of Regiment in 1806. In 1822-23, with his family were first settlers at Greenwood, where he died and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery. For the harrowing experience endured by his wife, her mother and other Franklin children, please read pages 199-201, Town of Canisteo, Roberts' History of Steuben County. Children: Uriah (Hannah Moore); Cynthia (Ezra Stephens); Franklin (drowned in the Canisteo River); Phineas (Hila Stephens); Elias, John H., Alexander, Daniel McHenry, and Pamelia (Dr. Samuel Olin).
     No. 27: Isaiah (or Isariha) Joel Adams Jones, sometimes called Capt. Jones. Revolutionary War soldier:
     born about 1748; died Feb. 2, 1821, at age 74. Burial in Baldwin burying grounds, Addison. Married Rebecca Baskin. Came from Harrisburg, Pa., to Tioga Point, Pa., at an early period of settlement there and took up a farm. Removed to Lindley, where he resided for a time; then to reside with son, Llewellyn, two miles east of Addison. In 1817 he was severely injured in a fight with a bear on Averill Hill, now known as French Hill in Cameron, about three miles north of that village. Children: Jane (Benj. Patterson); Wm. Baskin (Catherine Swartwood); Isaiah; J. A., Jr., (not married); Robert (Jennie Crawford); Llewellyn A. "Griff" (Rebecca Miles); James E. (Sally Orcutt or Olcutt); Susan (Marce Hammonds); Sally (perhaps Thomas Mayberry); Mary or Polly (James Swartwood).