Steuben County HISTORIANS
Leora Wilson Drake (1900-1982)
Historian's Veteran Grave
BY Leora Wilson Drake - as printed in the Canisteo Times (Canisteo, NY) October, 1955.
(Continued from Page 1)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
1757 - 1955 (Continued)
No. 11 - Joel Kellog,
Sr.: Revol. War -
|Veterans' Grave Survey For
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,
| No. 26: Col. John
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).