FOUND: Another Old Genealogy of John Pettit (1608) Hand Written by Elnora Pettit (1808-1886), Daughter of Dr. James Pettit (1777-1849) and Lucy Felt (1777-1859)

By Brandon

Preface by Pettit Research Project

What follows is a transcribed account of some of the John Pettit (1608-1662) family history as written by Elnora Pettit DELVIN (1808-1886) who was the daughter of Dr. James Pettit and Lucy Felt.  This history appears to have been written for Elnora’s granddaughter, a daughter of Lucy Delvin BAILY.  It was compiled from personal experience, recollections of stories passed down, as well as from ancient letters and records in the possession of her sister, Harriet Pettit, which stretched back into the late 1700s.  Elnora’s account starts by retelling an 1825 record taken down by her brother William Pettit from his interview of their grandfather, Captain Johnathan Pettit (1753-1835).  Elnora began this family history project in 1864 and concluded it on July 20, 1878.  The primary focus of her writing was her mother, Lucy Felt Pettit, who she affectionately called “Golden Hair”.  However, a good number of other family members and other figures are discussed.

Excerpt from Elnora Pettit letter summarizing the 1825 account of the Pettit genealogy given by Captain Jonathan Pettit.

Following her self-described conclusion in July of 1878, in November of that same year, her sister Harriet died, and Elnora inherited the family records which had been in her sister’s possession.  She described these records as “voluminous”.  It would seem she also came to possess 38 letters written between her brother William Harrison Pettit and his wife Hannah BARLOW.  William worked as a clerk in Washington DC in the war years from 1863 up until the time of his accidental death in 1865.  The sum of all these records eventually found their way into the hands of one Mr. Paul Durrie.  Mr. Durrie’s wife, Marion Lucille Waldron, was the daughter of Edward Moorhouse and Lucy Orinda Pettit.  Lucy Orinda Pettit was William Harrison Pettit’s daughter and a niece to the author of this account.

Elnora Pettit and William Harrison Pettit’s father, Dr. James Pettit is known for inventing the Pettit Eye Salve later sold by the Howard Brothers, as well as his family’s involvement in the underground railroad prior to Lincoln’s War.  Many of his children were involved in the abolition movement.  Perhaps the most prominent was Eber M. Pettit whose memoirs were published in Sketches in the History of the Underground Railroad in 1879.  (A full PDF version of this book is available for download in the Documents section of this website.)

This branch of Pettits was well educated and careful to preserve their lineage to the 1600s.  Aside from the account which is the subject of this article, there are at least two other accounts, both of which are senior to this one. These early accounts traced their lineage to the Pettits of Sharon, CT and a John Pettit born around 1608.  It is said that the Pettits came to New Rochelle, NY from France at the time of the revocation of the Edit of Nantes which doesn’t easily square with the historical timeline presented.  Nevertheless, this tradition is firmly cemented in the written and oral history of this Pettit clan and should not be dismissed without considering the root of the legend .

From other records, Elnora Pettit’s lineage appears to be as follows:

  1. Elnora Pettit (1808-1886)
  2. Dr. James Pettit (1777-1849) + Lucy Felt (1777-1859)
  3. Captain Jonathan Pettit (1752-1835) +Agnes Riddell (1752-1833)
  4. John Pettit (1720-1754) + Hannah Dunham (1721-1805)
  5. Jonathan Pettit (1693-1772) +Hannah Holly (1694-1739)
  6. John Pettit (1668-1715) +Mary Bates (1671-1702)
  7. John Pettit (1638-1676) +Sarah Scofield (1645-)
  8. John Pettit (1608-1662) +Debrow (-1654)

Dr. James Pettit and his wife Lucy Felt (“Golden Hair”) had the following children:

  • Samantha Pettit (1798-1871)
  • Sophronia Pettit (1800-1855)
  • Dr. Eber Moffat Pettit (1802-1885)
  • James Jacob Pettit (1804-1877)
  • Lucy Maria Pettit (1806-1812)
  • Elnora M. Pettit (1808-1886)
  • Harriet Pettit (1810-1878)
  • Samuel Felt Pettit (1812-1812)
  • William Harrison Pettit (1813-1865)
  • Charles Pettit (1815-1868)
  • Melancton Smith Pettit (1818-1878)
  • Lucy Marie Pettit (1821-1821)

With the background given above, the family history produced by Elnora Pettit can be understood in its original context.  The account is full of details which can easily be verified and other private information which simply cannot.  Be that as it may, the reader is advised to weigh this source carefully and respectfully.  The transcription has been produced as near to the original form as possible with minimal comments, edits, or corrections.

The pages that focus on the history of the Sharon. CT, descendants of John Pettit (1608-1662) will be presented below.  They represent just the 6 pages that focus on the Pettit family out of the entire 18-page document.  The full transcription will be included in another article which will be published soon.


Family Reminiscence by Elnora Pettit c 1864

Transcribed by B. W. Pettit at Pettit Research, March 29, 2022

Note: Researchers may freely copy this transcription but are asked to please cite the source similar to what is exemplified below.

Sample Citation: Pettit, B.W., “FOUND: Another Old Genealogy of John Pettit (1608) Hand Written by Elnora Pettit (1808-1886), Daughter of Dr. James Pettit (1777-1849) and Lucy Felt (1777-1859)”, The Pettit Research Project, March 29, 2022.

[Written on the front and back of old ledger pages with two columns per page. Pages 12-17 transcribed below.  They are numbered page 6-9 in the original.  The complete transcription and paper including the source will be published in a separate article.]


“First draft of my family reminiscence” by Elnora Pettit (b1808)

Page 1, Column 1

  1. March 12 1864 I began to write out
  2. the following notes. the few scanty
  3. incidents my memory still retained
  4. of my mother’s history in a series
  5. of letters to my little granddaughter
  6. afterwards at one time when I
  7. was in Utica I thought to copy
  8. them but as some of the letters
  9. had been mislaid I could
  10. only get a few of the first
  11. and then, thinking the record
  12. worth preserving in the family
  13. I copy these here, and continue
  14. the history as I remember it
  15. from my mother’s lips at
  16. different intervals and circum-
  17. stances called it out
  18. [pencilled in by different hand] M Delvin Elnora b Mar 12-1808 d 1886 Sister Wm H Dunkirk
  19. written to Lucy Delvin Baily’s daughter
  20. [original writing] Dunkirk March, 12 64
  21. My Dear little Sunbeam
  22. This you
  23. see is my birthday, it is like
  24. wise your grandmother Baily’s
  25. sister Disney’s birthday.
  26. Ninety nine years ago today
  27. the child was introduced into the household, into the affections
  28. of the family, who lived just
  29. eighty years. That seems long
  30. a very long time to you my dear,
  31. you may ask why I write
  32. these things to you, I answer
  33. that since the day of her death
  34. the day I was forty years
  35. old, she has been associated
  36. in my mind with the day,
  37. she being just forty years older
  38. than myself, I asked your
  39. mother some time since
  40. why you did not write me,
  41. and if you would do so

Page 1, Column 2

  1. I would give you an incident of the
  2. revolution. And here it is, as I had
  3. it from one who now sleeps —
  4. In the bright month of June 1777
  5. the bells of the plain old wooden
  6. in the town of Somers Con
  7. rang cheerily calling together,
  8. on that still sabbath morning
  9. a little band of the descendants
  10. of the puritans, Mr Backus[1] the
  11. reverend pastor and as always
  12. the case in those days, was a
  13. father of his flock. venerable
  14. in appearance, affectionate and
  15. mild in demeanour. The women
  16. and children who comprised the
  17. congregation, with the exception
  18. of a few aged men, for all the
  19. middle aged, and youth had
  20. gone to the war, were surprized
  21. by the entrance, during divine
  22. service, of a tall powerfully built
  23. man, dressed in the uniform of
  24. the American party, in the
  25. war of the revolution. He
  26. venerably doffed his military
  27. cap as he entered the sanctuary
  28. walked up the aisle, as one familiar
  29. with the people, and seated himself
  30. by the side of a woman whose
  31. countenance betakened fi****
  32. and decision of character , a true
  33. woman, such as the times
  34. A little boy XXXXX
  35. about three years of age nestled
  36. close to her side, while other
  37. children ranging from that age
  38. up to others in their teens, made
  39. room for the stranger. The
  40. dark eyed woman’s husband

Page 2, Column 1

  1. had been gone to the war many
  2. She had borne with
  3. patience and fortitude, the burdens
  4. of the household, attending to the
  5. farming interests, manufactured
  6. from wool and flax, without the
  7. aide of machinery, all the
  8. garments worn by the family,
  9. as well as all the bed and table
  10. linens, cared for the aged parents
  11. of her husband, whose years
  12. numbered four score.
  13. She had passed through mothers
  14. X a little fair, brown
  15. eyed, golden haired baby of
  16. three months old, she left in the
  17. cradle, in the care of an elder
  18. sister, while she went to worship
  19. God in his sanctuary.
  20. Perchance this stranger could
  21. tell her something of her
  22. husband, she could not sit
  23. meekly till the close of the
  24. services, she turns a look
  25. of inquiring, when Lo! she
  26. discovers that this seeming
  27. stranger is her husband
  28. under that disguise of a military
  29. uniform, that captain’s hat
  30. and continental coat
  31. is it strange that she did not
  32. recognize him? During his
  33. months of absence, he had been
  34. promoted, and the transformation
  35. of the stalwart famer in his
  36. suit of homespun, to an officer
  37. in the army of his country
  38. was so perfect; no wonder the
  39. devoted wife did no at once
  40. recognize him, her husband
  41. those loving children, their father


Page 2, Column 2

  1. after the benediction, what hearty
  2. welcomes did the veteran soldier
  3. receive from his kinsfolk and
  4. townspeople, from the silver
  5. haired God fearing aged man
  6. and woman, to the blushing
  7. maiden who gives her hand,
  8. hoping to get tidings of an absent
  9. father, brother, perchance lover/
  10. April 24, 1867
  11.                                 My Darline Sunbeam I
  12. have delayed answering your affectionate
  13. letters, longer than I intended, Have just
  14. read over your last, and see that it is
  15. dated nearly a month ago. You did
  16. not say, how you liked my little
  17. incident of the revolution, whether
  18. you were interested in the little golden
  19. haired baby or not, but I tale it
  20. for granted that you were, and
  21. will proceed to give a little more of
  22. her history, for I came to know her
  23. very intimately- Though I know but
  24. little of the first seventeen years of
  25. her life. Her father was a farmer
  26. both before and after the eight years
  27. war, in which he took a vert
  28. active part during the entire period
  29. as well as the two previous wars,
  30. one call by the people the old
  31. French War, the other the old Indian
  32. war, though perhaps I have reversed
  33. the order. There was a very large
  34. family, and little golden hair, as
  35. she grew up was instructed by
  36. her mother in all domestic duties
  37. and assisted in her labours, attending
  38. the district school winters, thus
  39. acquiring the rudiments of education
  40. for in that day, all advantages for
  41. the acquirement of knowledge, was


Page 3, Column 1

  1. extremely limited. As I said before,
  2. there was a very large family, and the
  3. taxes after the war very high, In
  4. consequence, her father sold his farm [pencilled in not in margin] * In the year 1794
  5. on the banks of the Connecticut river, and
  6. came into the state of New York, which
  7. at that period, was almost an unbroken
  8. forest, west of the city and county of
  9. Albany, He located himself on the
  10. fertile banks of the Chenango River in
  11. Madison County, (at that period
  12. however names were not given
  13. to counties of town, but they were
  14. numbered, well it Is not necessary
  15. to my story to tell how, even if I
  16. knew) His farm extended along its
  17. banks a mile in length and of suitable
  18. width which farm is still in the
  19. possession of his descendants, Before
  20. moving the family on, the father and
  21. oldest brother, came and cleared a
  22. small patch of land, built a large
  23. double substantial log house, and
  24. raised a crop of corn and potates
  25. for the substinance of the family, when
  26. they should arrive the ensuing winter
  27. and till another crop could be raised
  28. In due time they bade adieu to home
  29. and its associations, to a large circle of
  30. relatives and kind neighbors, to the old house
  31. that had sheltered two or three generations
  32. of the family (built substantially after the
  33. fashion of the time, a hall running through
  34. the center, and spare rooms, two
  35. each side) where sons and daughters
  36. had been born, where the aged parents
  37. had been carried out, and buried beside
  38. other pioneers of that fair valley;
  39. together with the infant and the middle
  40. aged, Thus they set forth, with only
  41. a few household utensils, and


Page 3, Column 2

  1. comforts for the warm months, in a
  2. sleigh drawn by a pair of oxen
  3. on a journey which occupied three weeks,
  4. (In these days of railroads the
  5. same journey could almost be
  6. accomplished in as many hours)
  7. through almost unbroken forests.
  8. Utica was a small settlement with
  9. one little red store and a very
  10. few log houses, at that time
  11. Between that place, and their from
  12. in the Chenango, there was no
  13. roads, but they picked their
  14. way along by blazed trees,
  15. The streams had not been
  16. bridged, and a recent thaw
  17. and consequent freshet made
  18. them all the more difficult
  19. to ford. When they were within
  20. about five miles of their new
  21. home, they came to a small new
  22. log house and stopped to enquire
  23. the way and where and how they
  24. could cross the Chenango only a
  25. husband and wife lived there
  26. pioneers like themselves. The
  27. wife was very pretty and in
  28. delicate health and the sympathies
  29. of both golden hair and her
  30. mother were excited for her
  31. after resting there a short time
  32. making mutual and friendly inquiries
  33. they proceeded on their journey the
  34. last five miles of that long tedious
  35. Just one week afterward, the
  36. husband of this same delicate woman
  37. came to ask goldenhair to go home
  38. with him to nurse his wife, who
  39. in giving birth to a dead infant,
  40. was herself nearing the dark
  41. valley, Golden hair turned to


Page 4, Column 1

  1. her mother for instructions how to act
  2. who declined to decide for her, After
  3. deliberating in her own mind, remembering
  4. that pale woman’s looks her sympathy
  5. for her away from home of her
  6. childhood and friend, she told the stranger she would go, The mother gave
  7. her words of approbation that she was
  8. obeying in act, the precepts of the
  9. golden rule.
  10. April 12, 1868
  11. Thanks my child for the crows send
  12. in momma’s letter, a delicate offering
  13. on the altar of filial affection
  14. your letter of the thirteenth of March
  15. brought some very pleasing scraps
  16. of your pleasure of mind, as well as
  17. some very painful intelligence
  18. you mention your mother so lovingly
  19. little Downie’s improving health,
  20. news from papa in Rome, and
  21. a kind little message from Jimmie
  22. with many other things all pleasant
  23. to remember. The decease of your
  24. two little cousins was a very sad
  25. Did you ever think my
  26. child whit if it had happened in
  27. your own family? What if the
  28. agent of death had called home
  29. two of your mama’s little ones?
  30. How could she have borne it?
  31. How would your papa have
  32. felt to have returned and found
  33. two empty chairs as the table
  34. two little heads from their pillows
  35. two bright eager faces shut
  36. from his sight forever? oh no!
  37. think of it darling——–
  38. I think golden hair was just starting
  39. with the stranger to nurse his
  40. wife, She was actuated by


Page 4, Column 2

  1. the true womanly instincts of her nature
  2. left to do so by XX her kind mother
  3. Golden hair shrank not, tho her path lay
  4. through the solemn leafless woods. The
  5. spring perfect being at its height
  6. she knew the unbridged streams would
  7. have to be forded, yet she hesitated
  8. In after years she remarked that
  9. she sometimes wondered how she
  10. dared start out with an entire stran-
  11. ger, but her confidence was not
  12. misplaced, and she never regretted
  13. the act, she said likewise that
  14. notwithstanding the privations and toil
  15. and waitings of pioneer life, she
  16. never enjoyed herself as well at
  17. any period of her life, the
  18. settlers were all so kind to each
  19. other, and ready to help in every
  20. emergency They were obligated to
  21. trust and depend on each other
  22. They were a brotherhood
  23. as before mentioned, the home
  24. of this man was five miles distant
  25. driving at the stream of water
  26. She sat down on a fallen tree
  27. and drew off her shoes and stock
  28. ings waded through and on
  29. the opposite bank drew them in again
  30. She was absent from her home only
  31. a week during that brief space
  32. she had stood by a death bed
  33. she and the husband only witnessing
  34. the last gasp, the final adieu
  35. A new grave was made in the
  36. wilderness ^far from the scenes of
  37. Jan 12 1869
  38. My Darling Sunbeam I promised in
  39. my last to continue the history of Goldenhair
  40. I think it had been brought down to the time
  41. of their arrival at this new home in the


Page 5, Column 1

  1. wilderness in the rich valley of Chenango
  2. It is so long since my last letter was written
  3. I may be guilty of repetition and I may make
  4. mention of something I may have omitted
  5. in previous letters In either case you will
  6. excuse me my little Sunbeam. Have I mentioned that the previous years her father
  7. and brother had made a little clearing and
  8. build a large double log house The floors
  9. of which were split from solid tree
  10. with axe and butt, doors likewise and
  11. rude shelves and dressers and a table
  12. settle also, stools and benches, against
  13. the time of need, The doors were hung
  14. on wooden hinges, wooden latches with
  15. a string, as in the days of Red Riding
  16. IN the centre of the house to accom
  17. odate both rooms there was constructed
  18. a huge chimney of stone that would
  19. stand fire, laid up and cemented with
  20. a mortar which they knew hot to
  21. improvise as do all pioneers, topped out
  22. with both[?] like sticks and covered one
  23. with the same mortar to secure the
  24. tenement against fire, One can
  25. hardly imagine the sensation the first
  26. sight of that new home erected in the
  27. breasts of that weary travel worn family.
  28. Three long weeks that had journeyed, through
  29. snow and rain and mud, covering
  30. streams of water that had never been
  31. The mother worn by much
  32. toil, and great hardship dragged
  33. slowly along by the patient oxen,
  34. the younger ones nestling close to her
  35. the elder carrying the monotony
  36. of each ^now passing day by a brisk walk as
  37. when the snow became soft and
  38. the laden sleigh ploughed the
  39. ground pciked their way on
  40. foot through slopes and mud


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  1. What we may mainly try to conceive were
  2. their impressions as for the first time
  3. crossed that threshold methinks I see the
  4. elder brother, who had a little family of his
  5. own, hurry on ahead, open the door and
  6. hasten to light a fire, by means of his
  7. tender box, (for matches had not then
  8. been invented) and faggots and wood care-
  9. fully in the store for this very time of need
  10. and by the time parent, wife, children,
  11. brothers, and sisters fifteen in all
  12. arrived, a roaring fire was lighting
  13. up the rough log tenement, imparting
  14. warmth and cheerfulness. The settle
  15. which careful hands and loving harts
  16. had constructed , was drawn into the
  17. corners, stools and benches occupying
  18. places continuous to the fire ready to
  19. accommodate the expectant family. The
  20. younger embers of the family group
  21. might have been eager to explore
  22. the new tenement, the elder ones, more
  23. mature in their feelings, waited on the
  24. mother now so broken in health, by
  25. the hardships of a life amidst wars and
  26. revolutions arranging for her
  27. comfort unpacking and brining in
  28. the few things they had brought along
  29. on their ox sled, on a journey more
  30. real hardships and provisions than a
  31. trip around the United States in
  32. across the continent, would be more
  33. a new life now begins, a new history
  34. to be inscribed on there rough
  35. unhewed walls. And now a repast
  36. is improvised, potatoes raised in the
  37. little clearing by the labour of father and
  38. brothers the summer before, was brought
  39. from the cellar, a jonny cake made
  40. and baked after the primitive fashion


Page 6, Column 1

  1. was soon smoking on the table
  2. furnished by those same loving hands
  3. primitive as were all the preparations
  4. course and rough the surroundings – a
  5. hearty thanks giving went up to the ***
  6. Father from bowed heads and grateful
  7. hearts who and sustained them to this
  8. journey’s end. A blessing was ****
  9. and that first meal in the wilderness
  10. was eaten with joy and gratitude.
  11. Indian corn like the potatoes, the
  12. growth of a previous year, was
  13. stored away in the chambers, and
  14. notwithstanding ^the mill was by their
  15. crooked paths forty miles distant
  16. at Utica and they were obliged
  17. to carry their grain on horse-back
  18. by **** trees yet this family
  19. never went hungry and when the
  20. weather was bad and paths impassable
  21. they hulled this wheat and corn
  22. after the Indian method
  23. The homestead was seated near to a
  24. singing brooklet, that sparkled along through
  25. the garden plot and down yard ***
  26. the very canes and wound gaily along till
  27. lost in the waters of the Chenango
  28. The veteran soldier, with his fine stalwart
  29. sons, now gone battle to the ground and
  30. forest trees. Disturbing the haunts of
  31. the beast of prey that made night hideous
  32. with their howlings scaring the younger
  33. children with their screams so like a
  34. human voice in distress, sot that by said
  35. times their clearing was considerably
  36. enlarged – In this work of producing a new
  37. home n a new country, there was no
  38. time for homesickness, their hands were
  39. too constantly employed, to be any room
  40. for regrets for home and friends left
  41. in the smiling valley of the Connecticut


Page 6, Column 2

  1. The change however was not favourable to the
  2. health of the mother, She was one pleasant day
  3. walking with golden hair through the cleared
  4. fields now nodding with the springing corn about
  5. which they were talking, when she remarked that
  6. she should not live to see it harvested, About
  7. this time, the father was obliged to take a journey
  8. back to the old homeplace, to settle up his business
  9. and receive payment on the old farm which
  10. would take about six weeks to accomplish in
  11. those slow days of horseback travel.
  12. The mother was as comfortable as she had
  13. been since their removal, so that he felt
  14. no misgivings about leaving home, but he
  15. had not been absent only a few days when
  16. she was attacked with apoplexy, and died
  17. in the third fit. Poor golden hair!  Their
  18. nearest neighbor were four miles distant
  19. and so she had to help lay out her
  20. own mother, A beautiful spot in the
  21. bend of the river was selected under
  22. the leafy branches of the grand old trees
  23. and there they made the first grave
  24. They bore her there, the mother, whose
  25. life of hardships had, as we look at things
  26. XXX shortened her days, which numbered only
  27. forty eight years. What a home to return
  28. to, surely that death in the wilderness
  29. must have strengthened the bonds of
  30. family affection. Golden hair with her
  31. heart surely stricken had now to assume
  32. the responsibilities of housekeeper of
  33. Mother to the younger ones, How they
  34. all yearned for the return of the father
  35. widowed during his absence, But the
  36. news had reached him before he got
  37. home . Ah, did he not miss her, whom
  38. in her careless girlhood he had won
  39. from others, her who in all the trails
  40. of their united lives had proved herself
  41. worthy of his love—


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  1. It was now that the real hardships of life
  2. began with goldenhair the grief for the
  3. mother’s loss, the labours required at her
  4. hands to keep in order the household
  5. the manufacture from the raw material
  6. of flax and wool, for the necessary
  7. garments of such a numerous
  8. family, with only the assistance of
  9. two young sisters, of the ages of
  10. thirteen and ten, were burdens which
  11. she bore faithfully and without a murmur.
  12. She was small, with small hands
  13. and feet but a head and brain
  14. rounded and even in its ************
  15. indicative of her native force
  16. of character and practical good
  17. common sense. She sprang from
  18. a plain, honest, brake loyal stock, of
  19. Welch origin, that were clanish enough
  20. to keep pure the Welch blood. She
  21. was of the fifth generation of Landy
  22. long lived people. Her great great
  23. grandfather with two brothers made
  24. a settlement at casco bay not many
  25. years after landing at Plymouth
  26. He was killed in his own house
  27. while defending his house from an
  28. attack of the Indians. His son golden hairs
  29. great grandfather was also killed
  30. by the Indians in battle, some
  31. of the family had naturally made
  32. their way down the coast towards
  33. the first settlements and her own
  34. grandfather either by purchase or
  35. inheritance, I do not know which
  36. owned a third of the then town
  37. of Lynn. He was born in the
  38. year 1698 in consequence it must
  39. have been early in the next
  40. century that he immigrated


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  1. to the town of Sommers in Connecticut
  2. The journey at that early date was so
  3. long and perilous, that people bade
  4. their friends a solemn adieu never
  5. expecting to see them again. In his
  6. case it proved true, and he never
  7. returned to dispose of his lands
  8. and for many years quit claim
  9. deeds were given of these lands
  10. if not still. He lived to see ninety
  11. 90 years. Boston became an important
  12. city and Lynn likewise. From after
  13. his death, his heirs which were
  14. not many numerous got together
  15. to take measures to recover the
  16. property [Here appears three asterisks which corresponds to this note written in the margin] They hired a man to go on and investigate, but before he got through he died and they thought it was a sign that God did not approve the plans and [end of note] they being very
  17. conscientious made up their minds
  18. that it would not be just, the
  19. property had increased so much
  20. in value and it had been so
  21. long since their ancestor had
  22. left it at such loose[?] ends
  23. War in his day was a part of the
  24. business of every man. He was made
  25. Captain in the war with the French
  26. or Indians, and that was his title as
  27. long as he lived, as was that of golden
  28. hair’s father. We cannot bring our
  29. minds to appreciate the difference
  30. between this time and that, Then
  31. all journeys were undertaken on
  32. horse-back ^Nor can we appreciate the
  33. spirit of enterprise of our ancestors
  34. that enabled them to push their way
  35. through the unknown forests among
  36. many savage beats, and more savage
  37. It was a long tedious weary
  38. some journey at that time from
  39. Boston to the Connecticut river
  40. and when the grandfathers drew
  41. **** in front of an Inn, There


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  1. stood in the door was a young girl, [note in blue ink]Name McKlbre They had left off the Mc[end note] and
  2. under the excitement of seeing a stranger
  3. with golden locks, clad in yellow
  4. brown homespun as was the tule
  5. invariably at that period, and riding
  6. a sorel mare, she turned to her
  7. mother and said yellow man
  8. yellow mare, yellow coat and
  9. yellow hair, she afterwards became
  10. his wife, and the mother of his
  11. three children one son, golden
  12. hair’s father, and two daughters
  13. one of them married a Mr. Griswold
  14. and settled at Warehouser Point, the
  15. other a Mr. Colton and I think settled
  16. at Enfield and it was through her
  17. that the slight relationship
  18. exists between goldenhair and
  19. Roots whose maiden name
  20. was Elizabeth Ke***. The wife having
  21. died many years before her husband
  22. and he married the second wife
  23. a high tempered woman of Scotch
  24. lineage, a widow I think with
  25. children by the first husband but
  26. none by the second, Golden hairs
  27. father lived in the same house
  28. with his father ^ by whom it was built who, I have heard
  29. her say was one who communed
  30. daily with his God, who possessed
  31. great evenness of mind, the
  32. aged couple cooked their own
  33. meals and sat at their own table
  34. until the death of the wife, which
  35. occurred not many years previous
  36. to that of the grandfather, which
  37. happened in 1788 he being
  38. in his ninety first year.
  39. Golden hair was one of thirteen children
  40. one of whom died in infancy
  41. The elder of the family was


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  1. accidentally shot in the thigh while out
  2. hunting wild turkeys with a friend the
  3. friend mistaking him for his game
  4. through the bushes. He was obliged to
  5. have it amputated the mother attend
  6. ing by him and holding volatile salts
  7. to his nose. During the operation
  8. poor mother, the leg healed but he
  9. died in three months of consumption
  10. The amputated leg was put into a box
  11. to be buried but was too small
  12. and it had to be crowded in. After
  13. a few hours he began to complain
  14. of pain in that limb, and it became
  15. so bad that, the box was exhumed
  16. and the leg turned over, some person
  17. being curious to know if there was
  18. anything in it, and time p**** ****
  19. to satisfy them. The sick man himself
  20. not knowing anything of what was
  21. going on, when the leg was turned
  22. over, that very instant he exclaimed
  23. “now it feels better: Golden hair’s
  24. solution of the question was that
  25. “sensation was not cut off with
  26. the leg and I thin it is as good
  27. a one as can be given. That brother’s
  28. name was Elijah. The next eldest
  29. brother Jehiel, was apprenticed to a
  30. blacksmith in Hartford, he was
  31. sixteen years old when the war
  32. of the revolution broke out, being
  33. not of suitable age to enlist where
  34. he was from, he ran away
  35. and enlisted at Hartford and was
  36. all through the war and in the war
  37. of 1812 he distinguished himself
  38. was wounded at the battle of
  39. Trenton and received captain’s
  40. pension as long as he lived.
  41. was one of the earliest settlers


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  1. of the city of Rochester, died at
  2. that place in the fall of 1843 and was buried
  3. with military honors and occupied
  4. the first grave ^made in Mount Hope
  5. cemetery in that city
  6. There is an incident connected with the
  7. early line of the parents, worthy of record.
  8. The mother whose maiden name was
  9. Mahettable Buell, was engaged to be
  10. married to a young man of the place
  11. This young man being acquainted with
  12. the father invited him to call with
  13. him in his ladie-love, when as
  14. is not unusual now, he soon
  15. instituted a suit for himself and
  16. was successful of course these
  17. young men were sworn enemies
  18. after that. They were both in NY
  19. at the time our troops were
  20. obliged to execute in such
  21. mad haste I n the Revolutionary
  22. The father was a tall frame
  23. man, built for strength, the other
  24. weighed three hundred pounds
  25. As they were each running their
  26. own way, the father overtook the
  27. man whom he had so cruelly
  28. ***** in the long *** being
  29. exhausted on the ground The
  30. father and looked at him, when
  31. the man said “leave me to die
  32. take care of yourself.” He passed
  33. on a few steps, when a sense
  34. if the wrong he had done him
  35. made him pause and return
  36. to the exhausted man whom
  37. he lifted to his shoulder, and
  38. ran thus three miles, for which
  39. act of humanity the old fued
  40. was forgotten. The old friendship
  41. renewed, which was not again broken


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  1. Notwithstanding, the untimely loss of her
  2. mother, and the consequent increase
  3. of cares and responsibilities, Goldenhair
  4. after remarked in after years, that
  5. Those spent in the early settlement
  6. were among the most pleasant of
  7. her life, It would have been otherwise
  8. had she been unfaithful to her
  9. trusts, of course she met with
  10. perplexities each day, as what
  11. women living does not who has
  12. the management of a household
  13. but she only remembered that
  14. which had given her enjoyment
  15. The many people of the settlement
  16. would after meet a her father’s
  17. house of an evening, which they
  18. XXX spent in amusements
  19. of their own improvising, Often
  20. the parties would dance to
  21. her music which in those
  22. days was quite famous, she
  23. had a voice which in those
  24. times would have been a ****
  25. to her, She stood in the door
  26. one day and sand a song which
  27. was heard distinctly three quarters
  28. of a mile and the song and singer
  29. recognized by persons at that
  30. distance, At onetime she walked
  31. four miles to return a visit of a
  32. neighbor, During the afternoon the
  33. mother and her daughter enter
  34. tained her with neigh hood
  35. gossip showing up in the
  36. light of her mischievous disposition
  37. When she went about getting tell
  38. she says now Lucy what do
  39. you think of our neighbors
  40. she answered without stopping
  41. to think that when she


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  1. people talk about their neighbors
  2. she though they would talk
  3. about her as soon as her
  4. back was turned. Her face
  5. tingled after she had thus
  6. reprimanded the woman for
  7. she was young, nevertheless
  8. it was true, goldenhair’s figure
  9. was small but well developed.
  10. She was not beautiful only so far
  11. as beauty of character goes,
  12. though she had a fresh and
  13. very smooth fair complexion
  14. golden locks and oft brown eyes
  15. and she attracted many a suiter
  16. none of whom met her views
  17. of came up to the standard
  18. of her ideal until at a large
  19. party or wedding, she noticed
  20. a strange young genetlman
  21. she noticed that he was very
  22. riveting in his manner
  23. and of his name when she
  24. came to hear it she made a
  25. great deal of fun, finally as
  26. wine was served she out of pure
  27. mischief went to him and drank
  28. his ***** the beginning of an
  29. acquaintance which grew in interest
  30. in all their future years.


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[Note this poem appears on loose paper in different writing attached to second column of this page]
  1. And parted thus, they rest, who played
  2. Beneath the same green tree,
  3. Whose voices mingled, as they prayed
  4. Around one parent knee.
  5. They that with smiles lit up the hall,
  6. And cheered with song the nearth
  7. Alas! for love, if thou wer’t all,
  8. And nought beyond, Oh; death!


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  1. “In the year 1695 Lewis fourteenth of France
  2. Revoked the edict of Nantez granted by Henry
  3. fourth for the toleration of the protestant
  4. While their worship was supressed
  5. their churches demolished, and their minis-
  6. ters banished, the protestant layety were
  7. forbidden under the most rigorous penalties
  8. to quit the kingdom. France however by
  9. this measure, lost above 500,000 of the
  10. most industrious and useful subjects,
  11. and the name of Lewis fourteenth is
  12. execrated to this day”  Among the [Note #1: This quotation appears to be copied from a book titled Elements of General History: Ancient and Modern by By Lord Alexander Fraser Tytler Woodhouselee and published in 1831]
  13. many who found a welcome in the new
  14. world, were three young men, Hugonuts
  15. who being pursued, escaped in a small
  16. boat in the harbor of Rochelle, and em-
  17. barked in a vessel which lay at anchor
  18. in the bay. When but a little way from
  19. the shore, they saw the baffled troops
  20. of their royal murderers, it is not for
  21. a certainty known where they landed
  22. at all events it is ^a certainty that they selec-
  23. ted a place for a home, and named it
  24. New Rochelle, after their home in France
  25. Which still bears that name. It is situated
  26. on the coast of Long Island Sound not far
  27. distant from NY City. The year is
  28. not known in which they made their
  29. escape nor whether they were brothers one
  30. two, or three, Pettitt was the name of one at
  31. least and from him is descended all of
  32. that name, now very numerous.
  33. In my possession is a record given by
  34. my grandfather Johnathan Pettit, taken from
  35. his lips by my brother William, about
  36. the year 1825, of which the above is a
  37. copy also that his ancestry were farmers,
  38. persons of information, and respectability [sic]
  39. men of influence and nominated and
  40. second in public offices of the places in
  41. which they lived also that his great


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  1. grandfather’s name was John and it
  2. is probable that he was the refugee
  3. as the revocation occurred in 1695.
  4. His grandfather’s name was Jonathan
  5. Born 1703, died aged 90 in 1773
  6. In the gazettes of the state of Connecticut
  7. it is mentioned that Johnathan Pettit was
  8. one of the first settlers of the town of
  9. Sharron, which is ^in the north west
  10. corner of that state, He was the grand
  11. father mentioned of our grandfathers of
  12. the same name. His father’s name
  13. was John named after the Hugono
  14. ancestor, and his mother’s name was
  15. Hannah Dunham, daughter of
  16. Samuel Dunham also one of the first
  17. settlers of Sharon, and of Welsh origin
  18. John Pettit died young leaving a family
  19. of six children. Four sons and two
  20. daughters after the death of his father
  21. Born July 25, 1752 only 69 years after the revocation
  22. our grandfather ^ Johnathan Pettit was
  23. apprenticed, bound to learn the trade
  24. of a tanner and shoemaker, the two
  25. trades being one in those early days
  26. at the age of seventeen. I have heard
  27. him say often that he never went to
  28. school but one day and a half
  29. in that early day it did not in this
  30. new world, require a capitol to set
  31. one’s self up in the trades. A man
  32. possessed of that was the artist of his
  33. own fortunes. So when our grand
  34. father came to his majority he
  35. settled himself, sunk his vats
  36. and prepared himself to commit
  37. into leather the skins of animals
  38. killed for the sustenance of the new
  39. settlers, in the wild of saratoga.
  40. here he set up housekeeping hired
  41. a scotch woman to do the work
  42. boarded his journeyman and apprentice


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  1. boys this was in the year 1773
  2. meantime among the many who were
  3. attracted to the now celebrated town of
  4. Saratoga was a man named ^George Riddel
  5. from Freehold Monmouth Co N Jersey
  6. pure scotch Irish of the genuine John
  7. Knox type of Presbyterians of keen
  8. quick intellect. A weaver by trade
  9. and occupation. emigrated to America
  10. from country uncertain[?] his native
  11. place at the age of twenty years
  12. his wife Margaret Melegan was
  13. brought to America when a child
  14. of eight years by her uncle
  15. David Rae and bound to a Dutch
  16. family name forgotten by whom
  17. she was brought up in the habits
  18. of industry, economy and thrift
  19. peculiar to that nation of people.
  20. The family consisted of four daughters
  21. and one son ^born November 2, 1755 the oldest to whom
  22. our grandfather Johnathan Pettit
  23. married ^in 1775 after an acquaintance of
  24. six weeks. Polly or Mary who
  25. married twice, first husbands name
  26. Dunham probably a cousin of our
  27. ancestor the second Daniels Margaret
  28. married a very pious man an
  29. Irishman tailor by trade who after
  30. many years of respectability proved
  31. to be a thief and in his shame
  32. ran away leaving a large family
  33. He never was heard from
  34. but his children were all very
  35. respectable people and highly intellect-
  36. ual if James Finn is an exception
  37. on account of his infidelity
  38. made one by the investigations
  39. of doctrines of the Calvinistic
  40. creed as I have heard him
  41. [last line under fold of page]


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  1. Elizabeth married an Irishman a tailor
  2. named Laverty also very pious but was
  3. subject to sprees when he abused his
  4. wife as drunken brutes are apt to do
  5. between times he was a thorough goin[?]
  6. Methodist the son David by name
  7. also married and raised a very respectable
  8. family After the marriage of our grandfather
  9. to Agnes Riddel in 1774 they lived in
  10. Saratoga until two years previous to the
  11. commencement of the revolutionary war
  12. they remained in Saratoga until after
  13. the town of Schenectady was burned
  14. by Tories and Indians as was not uncommon
  15. in those times of trial. “brother was against
  16. brother the father against the daughters. As
  17. there were strong partisan feelings in both
  18. families but great grandfather Riddle being
  19. a born subject of the British Crown continued[?]
  20. loyal to that party also a part of the
  21. Pettit family were what was called Tories
  22. grandfather and his brother James and one
  23. sister were of the Revolutionary party
  24. The brother Dunham Pettit was one of the number
  25. of whom General Washington said he hoped
  26. they would go to Ne**** but they went
  27. go by the way of *** **** [Nova Scotia?] and this same
  28. Dunham Pettit was father of John Pettit the
  29. Democratic member of Congress from
  30. Indiana, Seemingly inheriting the strong
  31. Democratic principles of his tory father
  32. one of the sisters was married to a tory
  33. named Bissell also emigrated after the
  34. war to Canada. This Bissel was put
  35. into jail at Saratoga for some offense
  36. of his party. and the morning of the
  37. day in which he was to be tried
  38. it was discovered that he had escaped and
  39. our great grandmother Pettit’s blanket
  40. made into a rope


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  1. The notorious Jones, who sent for
  2. his sweet heart and betrothed
  3. Jeannie McCrea[?] by in****
  4. and by whom she was murdered
  5. was a cousin on the mother’s side
  6. Jones is a Welch name and he held
  7. a commission in the royal army, but
  8. his name is only mentioned in con-
  9. nection with a deed of honor.
  10. The brother James Pettit died during
  11. the war, and his great grandparents always
  12. spoke of him with much affection
  13. He was engaged to Margaret Riddel
  14. the same who married the thief Finn.
  15. After the burning of the town Schenee
  16. ltady our grandparents moved to Albany
  17. for greater security. They both took a
  18. very active part in the stirring times and
  19. grandfather was made captain of the
  20. city guards and held office till the
  21. close of the war was an intimate
  22. personal friend of General Schuler
  23. and at one time being at fort Schuler
  24. at Utica he experienced religion and
  25. after in the account of his religious
  26. experience would maintain many
  27. circumstances connected with the times
  28. He was baptised also grandmother in
  29. the Hudson River at Albany and ***
  30. from the first Baptist church in that city
  31. grandmother being the first woman
  32. baptised by immersion at that place
  33. The ceremony was performed by elder
  34. Jacon Statton an English Baptist When
  35. grandfather was coming up out of the
  36. baptismal waters, an old Dutch
  37. gentleman was heard to exclaim
  38. friend Pettit is right, for just as I
  39. read it in my old Duitch Bible


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  1. In the statement before mentioned
  2. We learn that our grandfather and Peter
  3. *** Yates a lawyer set up the first
  4. ^Latin Grammar school in the city of Albany
  5. and ^was taught by George Merchant
  6. our father James Pettit was born in
  7. the city of Albany April 13 1777
  8. at the age of seven years he was sent
  9. to NYork to attend a grammar school
  10. and was at that school taught by
  11. Elder Holmes[?] the elements of latin
  12. also writing the peculiar hand we all
  13. so well know, At the age of eight
  14. years he attended the latin school at
  15. Albany and made great proficiency
  16. Our grandfather we would infer
  17. possessed an enterprising business
  18. capacity for remembering as I do
  19. the many conversations and
  20. reminiscence held between my
  21. grandparents of journeys to NYork
  22. of frequent occurrence and he owned
  23. in company with another man a
  24. sloop which they named after their
  25. wives Mary Agnes. Besides this
  26. regular business, he engaged in the
  27. lumber trade and at one time have
  28. invested largely in the construction
  29. of an immense raft and had it
  30. ^*** as he thought anchored in NYork harbor. There
  31. occurred a terrible gale in the
  32. night, the raft brock up and was
  33. carried out to sea and as grand
  34. mother always remarked he was
  35. two proud to remain in Albany
  36. a poor man. A circumstance
  37. she never forgave him for and
  38. when our father was ten years
  39. of age he moved into the wilder
  40. ness in the town of Mayfield


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  1. with a family of small children
  2. There he built a church, established
  3. a school was always very active and
  4. engaged heart in hand the
  5. promotion of any improvements for
  6. the general good. By reference to
  7. dates in my possession they
  8. must have lived in Mayfield
  9. six or seven years when the spirit
  10. of unrest or a desire to improve
  11. his fortunes he again moved
  12. into a new community with a
  13. family this time consisting of
  14. children from twenty years
  15. down to infants in arms
  16. There also he built up churches
  17. helped form them into associations
  18. Preached in layman  however
  19. and was justice of the peace for
  20. thirteen consecutive years.
  21. There on the banks of the Chenango
  22. River it was that golden-hair
  23. Met in a spirit of mischief
  24. drank the health of a **** young
  25. stranger to whom she was married
  26. after great opposition bashful every
  27. member of her family.  She was
  28. their housekeeper and they meant
  29. to keep her in that capacity as the
  30. mother had gone to her rest.
  31. Another reason for their opposition
  32. Was the superior cultivation
  33. and intellectual attainment of the
  34. family into which she would
  35. be introduced.  So after serving
  36. three as housekeeper and
  37. maid of all work, she went out
  38. from a house where she had
  39. received the blessings of that
  40. large household perfectly


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  1. empty handed.  She was not allowed a
  2. scrap of the scores of linen she had manufac
  3. tured with her own hands.  She went
  4. with her young husband at her marriage
  5. 5 day of November 1797 to his father’s
  6. home were scenes new and strange
  7. were opened up to her craving heart
  8. she had early determined to marry a man
  9. if she ever should to whom she could look
  10. up, her superior in advantages of education
  11. There she found her ideal her quick sense
  12. Taught her how in the home of her young
  13. husband opportunities appeared and she was glad
  14. to improve and educate herself up to his
  15. Standards she had said she would never
  16. mary a man of whom she would be ash
  17. ashamed  and she determined to so improve
  18. that he should not be ashamed of her
  19.   it was something new to her to
  20. see the large dining table left standing
  21. in the middle of the floor, candles lighted
  22. and set around while the member of
  23. the household each with his favourite
  24. book drew up to enjoy in his own way
  25. the evening hour after there would be discussions
  26. in different subjects the favourite ones being
  27. politics and religion the doctrines and creeds
  28. also the histories of nations their political
  29. and religions  poetry also Shakespeare and
  30. all the old poets were their common
  31. reading our great grandparents were educated
  32. far beyond their times as also their children
  33. both their faces and manners indicated
  34. their moral and intellectual standing.
  35. our grandmother was naturally beyond
  36. the littleness of ignorant ***** women
  37. of her time.  she enjoyed the society of
  38. cultivated men.  she enjoyed arguing
  39. with ministers and politicians and
  40. she was a match for any of them.


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  1. After a few weeks in the home of
  2. her husband golden hair felt that it
  3. would be better to go to house
  4.   Her husband was teaching
  5. the school in the  neighborhood
  6. and would be at home nights.
  7. But where could they find a
  8. house, a room even.  The aged
  9. grandmother Pettit was living with
  10. her son and grandfather besides
  11. there were children of every age
  12. from eighteen down to the baby, a
  13. daughter who was the child of their
  14. old age.  Grandfather still carried on
  15. the business of tanning leather.  So
  16. goldenhair asked the one of the
  17. Curry shop for the winter to set up
  18. her housekeeping, and they took
  19. their little belongings, a bed with an
  20. improvised[?] bedstead, a little chest, which
  21. was her own, her mothers gift and
  22. had been brought from Connecticut
  23. which for the time being, served as
  24. a table.  not a chair, not a stool
  25. only as her husband made it,  a few
  26. dishes where brought, and three golden
  27. spun flax  to make her linen and
  28. their own clothing sitting on that
  29. same little chest which still is
  30. in existence in sister Harriet’s
  31. Lumber chamber, and there in due
  32. course of time her eldest child
  33. was born.  Her father gave her
  34. a cow in the spring,  and her
  35. husband made trays of bass
  36. wood to set the milk in, which
  37. tray she always kept.  But they
  38. did not long  live in the easy state
  39. nor did their homemade furniture
  40. long consist of a chest and a bed,


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  1. Grandfather Pettit gave his son eight
  2. acres of land, and there grew a log home, and
  3. the husband taught the schools in winter
  4. and could make shoes if he had any to
  5. make as he with all the sons were learned
  6. the trade of their fathers.  It was after the
  7. birth of their second daughter that
  8. the young husband caught a cold  which
  9. laid him up for a year, and it was feared
  10. that he would die of consumption but
  11. after regaining somewhat of health
  12. again, he found that his constitution
  13. was imperial unfitted him for labour
  14. and then it happened that he studied
  15. the profession of medicine, with Dr.
  16. Greenby[?] of Hamilton village, moved
  17. his little family there, built a neat
  18. little house, and golden hair, boarded
  19. General King and others, their supporting
  20. them while her husband studied.  He
  21. after would get discouraged, and so
  22. she intimated herself in his studies
  23. and became as versed and as thoroughly
  24. as he did, and then by her very force
  25. of character he obtained his diploma
  26. and was even a very successful pract-
  27.   It was a struggle for the first
  28. few years.  But after a time he settled
  29. in the town of Fabius in Onondago Co
  30. Grandfather went there with a baptist
  31. minister to organize a new church and
  32. form an association of churches.  The
  33. place was new and no one[?] in many
  34. miles, and he then and there made
  35. arrangements for our father to move
  36.   Brother James was an infant in
  37. arms at that time.  He prospered in
  38. every way there, bought land built a
  39. nice home, and it was the place where
  40. as one see things, he should have lived
  41. and died


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  1. In the course of time several merges[?]
  2. were made, and also it fell to their lot
  3. to have the care of our grandparents in
  4. their old age, fourteen years.  They
  5. sleep in the cemetery in Cazenovia
  6. side by side.  They having died within
  7. two months of each other, grandfather
  8. aged eighty one, grandmother 78
  9. After those happenings my parents moved
  10. to Fredonia Chautauqua Co in 1835
  11. Grandfather died May 24, 1849
  12. aged 72 years
  13. Our mother the golden hair of my
  14. story died 1859 Feb 16, aged 81
  15. years 11 months 13 days
  16. And now in this 20 day of July 1878
  17. I bring my narrative to a close began
  18. eleven years ago.   It was commissioned[?]
  19. as stated in the beginning, but as I
  20. proceeded I felt more and more inter-
  21. ist in the work until I here brought
  22. it down to the decease of our parents
  23. It is not without a just degree of
  24. pride of ancestry that I have jotted
  25. down some of the most prominent
  26. features of the lines of my forefathers,
  27. Still I cannot give full appreciation
  28. of the general characteristics of our
  29. mother, her strong good common sense,
  30. her warm****, her dignity
  31. her truthfulness, her virtue, her
  32.   Neither of the courteousness
  33. the gentlemanliness of my father, his
  34. intellect, his highly cultivated mind
  35. his sense of justice and prosperity
  36. His benevolence of heart, which made
  37. him one of the earliest abolitionists, who
  38. bore the stigma of the party, also his
  39. religion without hypocracy[?], Let me
  40. sum it all up, a true man, and of
  41. my mother, a true woman


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  3. November 19, 1878,
  4. After the decease of my sister Harriet
  5. which occurred the 13 September 1878, and
  6. who came to that old home with our
  7. parents, and who helped to make it the
  8. pleasant place it was,  the duty of look
  9. ing over the papers, letters & of the family
  10. the date of some extending back to the year
  11. 1783, has ****** on me, Voluminous
  12. as it was, I have opened with very few
  13. exceptions every letter or paper, many
  14. of which I read through looked all over
  15. so as to know their contents, and what
  16. most forcibly impressed me was the
  17. strong religious vein of pure and
  18. uncorrupted religion that pervaded
  19. every one without exception,
  20. irrespective of the subject in
  21. hand, also the high sense of
  22. honor, honor between man and
  23. man, in all business relations
  24. also the respectful manners each
  25. addressed the other, especially
  26. between husband and wife,
  27. also between children and
  28. parents, and the strong affection
  29. and duty of parents to their
  30. children


[1] Rev, Charles Backus

[2] This quotation appears to be copied from a book titled Elements of General History: Ancient and Modern by By Lord Alexander Fraser Tytler Woodhouselee and published in 1831.


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