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Descendants of Amos James

From Stephentown Genealogy

Descendants of Amos James, Revolutionary War Veteran of Stephentown, New York


Compiled by Nancy Winklepleck. (She has more information, including sources, and about many of these people. In some cases she has several more generations of descendants. Contact her at link below)

Amos James, son of Amos James and Nancy Swan, was born on 25 May 1760 in Exeter, Kings County, Rhode Island, died on 9 Feb 1845 in Stephentown, NY, and was buried in James Family Cemetery Stephentown, NY. His Revolutionary War Veteran Pension application gives particulars about his service. States he arrived Stephentown in 1783. Also gives his birth date & place. Land record: James, Amos Lease of farm in Rensselaerwyck, 220 acres. February 14, 1792. (Rensselaerwyck Manor Papers )

Ancestry comes from Cutter's Genealogical & Family History of Northern NY. Amos James’ will is transcribed at the end of this document.

Amos married Polly Lee, daughter of Uriah Lee and Ruth Utter. Polly was born in 1764 in Thompson, Connecticut, died in 1795 in Stephentown, NY,and was buried in James Family Cemetery Stephentown, NY. Children from this marriage were: (More about each of the children follows)

i. William James was born in 1782 in NY, died on 12 Apr 1838 in Murray, NY, and was buried in Clark Cemetery Murray, NY. William married Mercy Vincent (b. 1787, d. 26 Mar 1843) about 1808.

ii. Anna C. James was born on 3 Apr 1784 in Stephentown, NY and died on 1 Oct 1873 in Sweden, NY. Anna married Benjamin Sheldon (b. 5 Jan 1785, d. 3 May 1854) on 24 Jan 1805 in Stephentown, NY.

iii. Uriah Lee James was born in 1786 in Stephentown, NY and died after 1860 in last known residence Alamo, Kalamazoo County, MI. Uriah married Lucinda Fink (b. Abt 1800, d. Bef 1860) about 1815 in NY.

iv. Samuel B James was born in Jun 1788 in Stephentown, NY and died on 18 Feb 1864 in Saint Lawrence County, NY. Samuel married Anna Bailey (b. Abt 1790, d. Abt 1822) in Sep 1811 in Nassau, Rensselaer County, NY. Samuel next married Elizabeth (James).

v. Sally James was born before 1790 in Stephentown, NY. Sally married Unknown Bowen.

Amos next married Phebe Northrup, daughter of Samuel Northrup and Naomi Chadsey, on 25 Dec 1795 in Rensselaer County, NY. Phebe was born on 30 Mar 1762 in Washington, Rhode Island and died on 4 Apr 1849 in Alamo, Michigan. Phebe Northrup was the widow of Joseph Chadsey (1758-1795). Phebe Northrup and Joseph Chadsey had four children: John Chadsey, born 1782; Joseph Chadsey, born 1784; Samuel Chadsey, born 1790; and Benjamin Chadsey, born 1793. Those children are all mentioned in Amos James' pension application. Pension application gives death info,LDS gives maiden name, etc. Children from this marriage were:

i. Amos James was born on 8 Aug 1796 in Stephentown, NY and died in 1881 in Point Douglas, Minnesota. Amos married Permelia Culver (b. 5 Aug 1800, d. 1 Sep 1877).

ii. Lydia James was born on 2 Dec 1797 in Stephentown, NY and died in 1891 in Alamo, Michigan. Lydia married Thomas Greenman Carpenter (b. 24 Jan 1794, d. After 1880) on 10 Mar 1816 in Stephentown, NY.


Second Generation (Children of Amos James)

William James was born in 1782 in NY, died on 12 Apr 1838 in Murray, NY, and was buried in Clark Cemetery Murray, NY. William James migrated from Stephentown, likely about 1809, to Sweden, now Monroe County, NY. It appears his brother Uriah Lee James and his sister Anna C. James Sheldon and her husband Benjamin Sheldon accompanied him. About 1812 Thomas G. Carpenter, who married William James' half-sister Lydia, settled in Sweden and at some point so did two of his stepmother's sons, Samuel Chadsey & Benjamin Chadsey. And about 1818 William James' other brother Samuel B. James migrated to Monroe County. So a number of members of the James family lived in the Sweden, NY area, at least for a time. He appears in the 1810 census in Murray, NY. He served in the War of 1812. In 1820 the William James enumerated in Sweden, NY (he may not have moved--the boundary lines of townships were changing frequently) William James purchased land in Murray, Orleans County, NY in 1828 so he probably moved his family the very short distance from Sweden, Monroe County, at that time. In 1830 William James is in Murray, Orleans County, NY William James was Town Supervisor for Murray in 1831 per Thomas Arad's Pioneer History of Orleans County. Named in his father's will but dead by the time it was probated, therefore his children are named in the probate records. William married Mercy Vincent about 1808. Mercy was born in 1787, died on 26 Mar 1843 in Murray, NY,and was buried in Clark Cemetery Murray, NY.

Children from this marriage were:

i. Alvinza Lee James was born in 1809 in Monroe County, Ny, died on 26 Apr 1887 in Gaines, NY, and was buried in Mount Albion Cemetery, Albion, NY Alvinza married Almira Sawyer, daughter of Jacob Sawyer and Anna Foster. Almira was born in 1817 in NY, died in 1893 in Gaines, New York, and was buried in Mount Albion Cemetery, Albion, NY. Alvinza James & family in census: Murray, NY in 1840 & 1850, Clarendon, NY 1860 & 1870 Gaines, NY 1880 Children of Alvinza James and Almira Sawyer: . Charles L James was born about 1838 in Orleans County, New York and died after 1880 in last known residence Milwaukee, WI. Charles married Caroline (James) (b. Abt 1835, d. After 1880). Henry James was born about 1839 in Orleans County, NY. Harriet James was born about 1840 in Orleans County, New York and died in last known residence Morehead, North Carolina. Harriet married Thomas B Keogh (b. Abt 1835, d. After 1920). Julia C James was born in 1841 in Orleans County, NY, died in 1896 in Orleans County, NY,(3) and was buried in Hillside Cemetery Clarendon, NY. Julia married Samuel W Smith (b. 1838, d. 1919). Jacob James was born in 1841 in Orleans County, NY, died in 1905 in Orleans County, NY, and was buried in Mount Albion Cemetery, Albion, NY.

ii. Louisa James was born in 1811 in Monroe County, NY, died in Mar 1895 in Utica, NY,and was buried in Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee WI. Named in her grandfather's probate. Louisa married Ozro Post Hill, son of Hira Hill and Experience (Hill, wife of Hira Hill). Ozro was born in 1803 in Georgia, Vermont, died in 1844 in Milwaukee, WI,and was buried in Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee WI. Census records: 1840 in Bernadotte Village, Fulton County, Illinois In the census of 1840, Ozro Hill and family were living in Bernadotte Village, Fulton County, Illinois. (Also living there was Ozro's brother Priam B. Hill. Priam Hill probably moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin when Ozro did. Priam settled there. Another brother, Darwin Hill, also lived in Milwaukee for a time.) In the censuses of 1850, 1860, 1870, the widowed Louisa Hill is living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, running a boarding house. Judging from the Milwaukee City Directory, she may have actually had two boarding houses. In 1850 and 1860 Louisa has a son Charles J. Hill, born about 1839 in Illinois, living with her. In 1860 he lists his occupation as clerk. His whereabouts after 1860 are unknown. He does not seem to have remained in Milwaukee; he isn't buried with his parents; and no succeeding census record seems to match up with him. He may have enlisted in the Civil War. There were several Charles Hills among the enlistees from Wisconsin. 1880 Cleveland, Ohio In the census of 1880, Louisa Hill and her sister Harriet J. Cotton were living in Cleveland, Ohio with Harriet's son William J. Cotton. In 1890, the Utica, NY Directory shows Louisa Hill working as assistant matron at The House of the Good Shepherd on Bleecker Street. The institution is still in existence but at that time appears to have been an orphanage. The matron at the House of the Good Shepherd was Louisa Hill's sister, Mary Forman James Frisbie. Harriet Cotton may have also been living there since she, like Louisa Hill and Mary Frisbie, died in Utica. Only child of Louisa James Hill: Charles James Hill was born about 1839 in Illinois and died after 1860 in last known residence Milwaukee, WI.

iii. William Vincent James was born on 2 Jul 1813 in Monroe County, NY, died on 11 Aug 1889 in Detroit, Michigan, and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery Detroit, Michigan. Named in his grandfather's probate. Census 1840: Kendall, Orleans County, NY (where his wife's family lived) 1850-not located, although judging by birth records of children did not leave NY State until after 1854. 1860, 1870, 1880 censuses: Detroit Michigan. In 1860, William V. James gives his occupation as paving contractor. In 1863, there is a William V. James who is listed as Director of the Poor for the city of Detroit. In 1870 and 1880, his occupation is given as liquor distributor. According to the NEHGS Register article, Amy Harris James is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit. It seems likely that William V. James is buried there as well. NEHGR vol 91, pp 88-90 goes into more detail about his descendants. William married Amy Uranah Harris, daughter of Levi Harris and Remember Medberry, on 31 Dec 1834. Amy was born on 30 Apr 1815 in NY, died on 7 May 1903 in Richmond, Virginia,and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery Detroit, Michigan. Children from this marriage were: Cassimer P James was born on 14 Oct 1836 in NY and died after 1883. Cassimer married Eliza A White (d. 9 Jun 1867) on 25 Nov 1859. Cassimer next married Catherine Casey in Apr 1872.. William James was born in 1838 in NY and died in 1868. Mary L (Mary Ann?) James was born in 1840 in NY and died after 1870 in last known residence Detroit, Michigan. Mary married Henry I Robinson (b. Abt 1836, d. After 1870) on 2 Jul 1861. Marion A James was born in 1843 in NY and died on 20 Sep 1846 in NY. Frances C James was born in 1845 in NY and died on 26 Mar 1857 in Michigan. Harris L James was born on 6 Jun 1854 in NY and died on 8 Jun 1893 in Michigan. Harris married Harriet L Porter (b. Abt 1855) in Apr 1872. Ida Kate James was born on 9 Apr 1856 in Michigan and died in 1917 in Richmond Virginia. Ida married Thomas Christian (b. Abt 1848, d. 26 Mar 1915) on 10 Oct 1878.

iv. Charles James was born on 10 Oct 1817 in Monroe County, New York, died on 21 Oct 1904 in Washington, DC,and was buried in Hillside Cemetery Clarendon, NY. Charles and Jane James and family appear in the 1850 census living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Their son, apparently their only child, Charles Gray James was 5 months old. Charles' occupation is given as lawyer. In 1860, Charles, now referred to as “Colonel”, Jane and Charles Gray James were living in a hotel in Mariposa, California, about 165 miles east of San Francisco. Again, his occupation is given as lawyer. During the Civil War, Col. Charles James was the Collector of the Port of San Francisco. I haven't been able to locate Charles and Jane James in the federal census at any time after that. They are in the 1875 NY State Census, living in Clarendon, NY. However the information given in that census is so vague (and/or incorrect) that I wonder if someone outside the family provided the answers to the census enumerator. Charles James requested a copy of Amos James' Revolutionary War record. Amos James' file contains no copy of the letter but it does include a copy of the reply sent to him addressed: Col. Charles James/515 S.C. Ave., S.E./Washington, DC. Charles married Jane Swasey, daughter of Obadiah Swasey and Nancy Merrill, on 10 Jul 1847 in Racine, WI. Jane was born in 1817 in Haverhill, NH, died in 1910. and was buried in Hillside Cemetery Clarendon, NY. The child from this marriage was Charles Gray James was born on 26 Mar 1850 in Milwaukee, WI, died on 16 Mar 1933 in NY, and was buried in Hillside Cemetery Clarendon, NY. Charles married Cornelia Hatch (b. 2 Apr 1863, d. 19 Aug 1949) in 1894 in Holley, NY. The 1892 New York State Census shows Charles G. James as a farmer, living in Clarendon, NY. The 1910 census has Charles G James and Cornelia in Chicago. In 1920 they were living in Villanova, Chautauqua County, NY. In 1930 they had moved to Dayton, Cattaraugus County, NY. They did not appear to have had any children and it's unclear if Charles Gray James had any children with his first wife.

v. George James was born about 1818 in Sweden, NY and died after 1850 in Unknown. George James was named in his grandfather's probate. Seems likely to be the same George James living in 1850 in Shelby, Orleans County, NY. Not located after that. Assuming this is the same George, he married Lucinda (James). Lucinda was born about 1820 in NY and died after 1850. Children from this marriage were: . William James was born about 1845 in NY. Henry James was born about 1847 in NY. James James was born about 1848 in NY.

vi. Sarah Vincent James was born in Oct 1819 in Monroe County, New York and died after 1894 in last known residence St. Lawrence County, NY, or perhaps in Chicoppe, Massachusetts. Mary Forman James Frisbie makes a bequest in her will to "my beloved sister Sarah Vincent Coon". This would appear to be the same Sarah Coons (sic) living in 1880 with Amaziah B. James, in St. Lawrence County, New York, identified as his cousin. In 1870 she is living with Julia Morris--then her name is listed as Sarah V. Coon. (Julia Morris' maiden name was James and there is a newspaper article on the Saint Lawrence County USGenweb site announcing her marriage to George Morris and saying the wedding took place at the home of Amaziah James. No Julia is listed among the children of Amaziah James and she was too young to have been his granddaughter, she may have been his half-sister as it appears as if his father Samuel B. James married again and had more children.) In 1880 Sarah Coon says she is a piano teacher. Where she may have lived prior or who Mr. Coon was is a mystery. This may be the same Sarah V. Coon who was in the 1900 and 1910 censuses living in Chicopee, Massachusetts. The birthdates and other information appear to match although why she would be in Chicopee, with no other relatives in her household, isn't clear. Sarah James is named in her grandfather's probate. Sarah married Unknown Coon.

vii. Mary Forman James(11) was born on 9 Aug 1822 in Sweden, New York,died on 22 Jun 1894 in Utica, NY, and was buried in Hillside Cemetery Clarendon, NY. Named in her grandfather's probate. In her will probated 8/20/1894 in Oneida County, NY, Mary Forman James Frisbie mentions her sisters Louisa James Hill and Sarah Vincent Coon. She appoints her son James Sayre Frisbie administrator and leaves the bulk of her estate to her granddaughter Alice Josette Frisbie. The mention of her sisters in her will firmly ties her to this family. In the 1850 Mary F. J. and H.S. Frisbie are living in Murray, NY with their son James, aged 5. H.S. Frisbie's occupation is given as merchant. In 1860, Mary, H.S., and James Frisbie are living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with Louisa James Hill. H.S. Frisbie's occupation is given as clerk. Not located in 1870 census. In 1880, Mary F.J. Frisbie was in Milwaukee working as the housekeeper for the Episcopal Bishop of Milwaukee. In 1890, as mentioned above, she was in Utica, NY, working as matron of the House of the Good Shepherd, where her sister Louisa Hill was assistant matron.. Additional information is in the Frisbie Genealogy by Edward S. Frisbie, 1919. (Mary Forman James is listed as Jones instead of James. ) In Orleans County cemetery records she is incorrectly listed as Mary L. Frisbie and it says she died in Attica, NY rather than Utica. Mary married Hiram Sayre Frisbie, son of Hiram Frisbie and Sally Sayre, on 4 Sep 1844. Hiram was born on 12 Nov 1819 in Verona, NY, died on 20 Jun 1871 in Holley, NY, and was buried in Hillside Cemetery Clarendon, NY. The child from this marriage was James Sayre Frisbie was born on 1 Jun 1845 in Holley, NY and died about 1913 in last known residence Chicago, IL. James married Katherine T C O'Sullivan (b. 10 Mar 1859, d. After 1910) on 9 Feb 1880. James next married Matie Louise Smith (b. 28 Aug 1871, d. After 1913).

viii. Ann James was born about 1825 in Sweden, NY and died after 1845. appears in her grandfather's probate, as a minor. no record after that.

ix. Harriet James was born on 29 Oct 1826 in Sweden, NY, died on 12 May 1894 in Utica, NY, and was buried on 18 May 1894 in Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee WI. Harriet James married in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 26, 1846, Charles Corydon Cotton (February 9, 1818-August 25, 1865), born in Attica, Wyoming County, NY, son of Owen Cotton and Hannah Earll. (Names and dates from Reverend John Cotton and a Cotton Genealogy by Laverne C. Cotton, 1945. Unfortunately, in this genealogy Mr. Cotton gave birth information for the wrong Harriet Cotton and that information appears in a number of places.) Charles Cotton was a lawyer, practicing in Milwaukee. It seems likely that Harriet James, after the death of her parents, had joined her widowed sister Louisa, thirteen years her senior, in Milwaukee and met Charles Cotton there. Harriet James Cotton and her husband appear in the 1850 census living with Louisa James Hill in Milwaukee. In 1860 they were in Milwaukee with their two sons. In 1870, after the death of her husband, Harriet had moved in once again with Louisa James Hill. In 1880 Harriet and Louisa appear in the census in Cleveland, Ohio, living with Harriet's son William James Cotton. She died in Utica, NY where her sisters Louisa Hill and Mary F. James Frisbie were living although it's not clear how long she may have been living there. Harriet James Cotton and her husband are buried in Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, per that cemetery's records. Harriet James and Charles Cotton had at least three children. (There's a record of a child's death of a Harriet Cotton (1848-February, 1850) in Murray, NY in Orleans County Vital Records. There is no Cotton family living in Murray or nearby at the time. It may have been that Harriet was in Murray visiting her family.) Harriet married Charles Corydon Cotton, son of Owen Cotton and Hannah Earll, on 26 Aug 1846 in Milwaukee, WI. Charles was born on 9 Feb 1818 in Attica, NY, died on 25 Aug 1865 in Milwaukee, WI, and was buried in Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee WI. Children from this marriage were: Edward H Cotton was born in 1849 in Milwaukee, WI, died on 26 Sep 1850 in Milwaukee, WI, and was buried in Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee WI. Charles James Cotton was born on 10 Mar 1856 in Milwaukee, WI,died on 12 Jul 1888 in Milwaukee, WI, and was buried in Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee WI. Charles married Eleanor Davidson Quin (b. 4 Feb 1863, d. 30 Nov 1921). William James Cotton was born in 1858 in Milwaukee, WI and died after 1910 in last known residence Baltimore, MD. William married Edna Warren (b. 18 Apr 1862, d. After 1900).


Anna C. James was born on 3 Apr 1784 in Stephentown, NY and died on 1 Oct 1873 in Sweden, NY. From Family History of Central NY, pp.635-637 Entry for Benjamin Sheldon: "He was a blacksmith and became one of the pioneer settlers of Monroe County, NY , settling in the town of Sweden, about seventeen miles from Rochester." Goes on to give names & dates and places of children’s births, but no death or marriage info except for Dewitt Clinton Sheldon and then, forward, about Dewitt's son Charles B. Sheldon. From the birthplaces of the children, Sheldons arrived in Sweden before November, 1808. Anna lived with son Dewitt, on the family farm, after her husband's death. The only other children that have been located are Electa who married Varnum(?) Baird or Bayard--they appear next door to Benjamin & Anna Sheldon in the 1840 & 1850 censuses. Name is spelled Baird in 1840 & Bayard in 1850. In neither case is the husband's name very clear, I'm not 100% sure it's Varnum, and I haven't been able to locate the family after 1850. John Alson Sheldon appears to be the same man who lived in Perrysburg, Cattaraugus County in 1840 & 1850 (not in the 1855 NYS census of Cattaraugus County) and in 1860, 1870 & 1880 in Vienna, Genesee County, Michigan with wife Lucinda. 1850 & 1860 show child Betsy A. who is the same age as child who later is Annie M, married to John F. Loomis. Anna married Benjamin Sheldon, son of William Sheldon and Abigail Udell, on 24 Jan 1805 in Stephentown, NY. Benjamin was born on 5 Jan 1785 in Stephentown, NY, died on 3 May 1854 in Sweden, NY,and was buried in Polly Cemetery Monroe County, NY. Children from this marriage were:

i. Benjamin Lee Sheldon was born on 24 Dec 1805 in Stephentown, NY.

ii. Arthur Anna Sheldon was born on 6 Nov 1806 in Stephentown, New York.

iii. May Julia Sheldon was born on 29 Nov 1808 in Sweden, NY.

iv. James Alson Sheldon was born on 3 Feb 1811 in Sweden, NY and died on 17 Sep 1887 in Vienna, Michigan. James married Lucinda (Sheldon). Lucinda was born about 1800 in NY and died after 1880 in last known residence Vienna, Michigan. Children from this marriage were: Annie (Betsy?) Sheldon was born about 1839 in NY and died after 1910 in last known residence Vienna, Michigan. Annie married John F Loomis (b. Abt 1840, d. After 1910). Jane M Sheldon was born about 1850 in NY and died after 1870. William J Sheldon was born about 1848 in NY and died before 1860.

v. Phoebe Eliza Sheldon was born on 13 Feb 1813 in Sweden, New York.

vi. Electa Calista Sheldon was born on 14 May 1815 in Sweden, NY. Electa married Varnum? Bayard or Baird. Varnum? was born about 1815 in New York. Children from this marriage were: Lilipha Bayard or Baird was born about 1838 in NY. Frances E Bayard or Baird was born about 1842 in NY.

vii. Harriet Adeline Sheldon was born on 26 Nov 1817 in Sweden, New York.

viii. Abigail Elvira Sheldon was born on 12 Jan 1820 in Sweden, New York.

ix. Eleanor M Sheldon was born on 1 May 1822 in Sweden, NY.

x. Dewitt Clinton Sheldon was born on 14 Oct 1825 in Sweden, NY, died on 11 Jul 1896 in Holley, NY, and was buried in Hillside Cemetery Clarendon, NY. Married January 1, 1846 in Holley, Orleans County, NY Elvira Pennell (March 14, 1827-March, 1903) of Holley, daughter of Epaphrus Pennell and Sarah Bradley. From William Cutter's Genealogical and Family History of Central NY, “ ...he inherited the homestead farm in Sweden which he cultivated until his retirement. He was a member of the Baptist church, and in politics a Democrat.” He and his wife are buried in Hillside Cemetery, Clarendon, Orleans County, NY. Dewitt married Elvira Pennell on 1 Jan 1846 in Holley, NY. Elvira was born on 14 Mar 1827 in Orleans County, NY, died on 18 Mar 1903,and was buried in Hillside Cemetery Clarendon, NY. Children from this marriage were: Helen Sheldon was born about 1855 in NY. Helen married George Pennell. Adelaide Sheldon was born about 1848 in NY and died about 1864 in NY. Charles B Sheldon was born on 9 Jun 1856 in Sweden, NY and died after 1918 in Westfield, NY. Charles married Frances Louise Beadle (b. 4 Aug 1857, d. 1945) on 15 Dec 1881. Harriet P Sheldon was born about 1862 in NY. Harriet married Walter Beadle. Ada M Sheldon was born in 1866, died on 1 Sep 1957, and was buried in Hillside Cemetery Clarendon, NY. Ada married John Maurice Brown (b. 30 Nov 1868, d. 16 Nov 1945).


Uriah Lee James was born in 1786 in Stephentown, NY and died after 1860 in last known residence Alamo, Kalamazoo County, MI. Uriah L. James served in the War of 1812 as a lieutenant in Atchinson's Regiment and in Stewart's Comapny, Riflemen, NY Volunteers. He appears in the 1820 census in Sweden, NY with himself, his wife and two boys under ten and two girls under 10. In 1830 the census shows him in Gaines, NY with himself, is wife, one male 5-10, one male 10-15, one male 15-20, one female under 5, one female 10-15 and one female 15-20. In 1840 he had moved to Alamo, Michigan where the census shows two boys in addition to himself and his wife. In 1850 he is listed in Alamo as aged 64, his wife Lucinda aged 50 and son Oscar, 18 years old. In 1860, Lucinda had died and he was living with his son John and his family. Only John and Oscar are ever named in the censuses as living with Uriah. There appear to have been at least seven children. No proof that Amos Delos James is another son but it appears likely because of his name and the fact that he was born in Monroe County and, unlike the other people surnamed James living in Orleans County who were born in Monroe County, he is not a child of Uriah's brother William.Wife Lucinda's maiden name comes from the death record of her son John. It seems possible that her name may have been Frink rather than Fink. There were several Frink families around Orleans/Monroe at the time of their marriage, Finks were farther away. Uriah James wrote several depositions on his stepmother's behalf, included in his father's pension files. History of Kalamazoo County Michigan by Samuel W. Durant (pub. 1880) states "Uriah L. James came in 1837 and worked a farm on section 12 on shares. His son John later purchased 140 acres, embracing this farm, and now resides upon it." (page 296). The following page has a full page illustration of the "residence of John W. James, Alamo" with a handsome house and tidy looking farm. In the same section there are biographical sketches of Thomas G. Carpenter and his wife Lydia James Carpenter, Uriah James' half-sister. Mr. Carpenter was interviewed for the sketch and he said that he moved to Alamo from Orleans County, NY in the spring of 1837 "owing to severe losses." He describes the journey from Orleans County, with a team of horses, as taking 13 days. It's likely that Uriah James and his family made the journey with them, perhaps for the same reason, financial losses, as Uriah did not seem to own his farm at the beginning. I have looked for possible children in both Orleans County, NY and Kalamazoo County, Michigan but have not found any possibilities. Uriah married Lucinda Fink about 1815 in NY. Lucinda was born about 1800 in NY and died before 1860 in Michigan. Children from this marriage were:

i. Amos Delos James was born in 1816 in Monroe County, New York,(3) died on 16 Jan 1890 in Ridgeway, NY,(3) and was buried in West Gaines Cemetery, Gaines, NY. No proof that Amos Delos James is another son but it appears likely because of his name and the fact that he was born in Monroe County at a time when only William James & his brother Uriah are the only people surnamed James who are appear to be in the area. Not a son of William so likely Uriah's son.Seems to have gone by the name Del. No children. Amos married Anna Lamont, daughter of Pratt Tyler Lamont and Polly Drake. Anna was born in 1825, died in 1882, and was buried in West Gaines Cemetery, Gaines, NY.

ii. John N James was born on 21 Jul 1822 in NY and died in 1905 in Alamo, Michigan. John married Laura Russell. Laura was born in Aug 1835 in NY and died after 1910 in last known residence Alamo, Kalamazoo County, MI. Children from this marriage were: John R James was born in 1863 in Michigan and died before 1900. Charles W James was born in 1865 in Michigan and died in 1937 in Alamo, Michigan. Charles married Lillian Emma (James) (b. Abt 1874, d. 4 Aug 1958). Earl (e) James was born on 15 Jul 1871 in Alamo, Michigan and died after 1930 in last known residence Plainwell, Allegan County, Michigan. Earl married Carrie B (James) (b. Abt 1876, d. After 1930). Grace Mae James was born in 1874 in Michigan and died in 1961 in Alamo, Michigan.

iii. Oscar L James was born in 1832 in NY and died after 1910 in last known residence Grand Rapids, MI. Oscar married Hattie (James). Hattie was born in 1840 in Wisconsin. Children from this marriage were: Jessie M James was born in 1865. Linford O James was born in 1868 and died after 1920 in last known residence Racine, Wisconsin. Linford married Johannah (James) (b. Abt 1869, d. After 1920) about 1900. Jennie James was born in 1873 in Alamo, Michigan. Harry L James was born in 1879 in Michigan and died after 1930 in last known residence Kalamazoo, Michigan. Harry married Nina (James) (b. Abt 1881, d. After 1930).


Samuel B James was born in Jun 1788 in Stephentown, NY and died on 18 Feb 1864 probably in Saint Lawrence County, NY. Most of what is known about Samuel B. James comes from the biographical sketch of his son Seymour G. James printed in the Cherokee County, Iowa, Biographical History (copied below). Samuel B. James and his wife Anna Bailey (probably the daughter of Amaziah Bailey and Asenath Mansfield of Nassau, Rensselaer County, NY) moved to Monroe County after 1812 but before 1819. They appear in the 1820 census in Bergen, NY with two boys and two girls. (Bergen is about five miles from Sweden where his brothers William and Uriah and sister Anne James Sheldon were living.) Anna Bailey died about 1822. Seymour James states that his grandfather came for him at that time and took him back to Stephentown. Also in 1822 Amaziah, the oldest child of Samuel B. James went to Batavia, New York to learn the printing trade. How long Amaziah remained in Batavia and whether his father was near by isn't clear. Nor is it clear when Samuel B. James became a lawyer. Samuel B. James appears to have remarried by 1826 or so, wife's name Elizabeth, and had at least one child with her--Robert appears in the 1850 census, a student, aged 23. There is a younger male child in the 1840 census who would seem to be the child referred to in a newspaper article: “James, Samuel B. a seven year old boy of his drowned near a wharf by the Oswegatchie bridge in Ogdensburg on June 30, 1843. He was playing with friends and stepped backwards and fell into the river. His father arrived just in time to see the lifeless body pulled from the river.” From the same source: “James, Julia A. married at the Ogdensburg residence of A.B. James Aug. 7, 1849 by Rev. H.R. Peters, George Morris, attorney at law, to Miss Julia A. James” (Both from the Saint Lawrence Republican & General Advertiser, copied from US Genweb, St. Lawrence County, NY) This is the same Julia James Morris who had Louisa Vincent James Coon living with her in 1870. It seems likely that she is Samuel B. James' daughter by Elizabeth but she doesn't seem to appear in the 1840 census. From the information in the Genealogical and Family History of Northern NY it would seem that Samuel B. James practiced law in Rensselaer County. In 1830 the census lists him as living in Sand Lake, Rensselaer County but there is just a name, no enumeration of family members. Samuel's son Amaziah says he came to Saint Lawrence County about 1831. His brother Seymour was there by 1833. It may be that Samuel B. James moved there about that time. He was definitely there by 1840. In the 1850 census he is listed as a magistrate in Ogdensburg, Saint Lawrence County, living with wife Elizabeth, son Robert and a woman, widowed, named Agnes Gardner--I'm unclear about that relationship. In 1860 Samuel B. James is in the census of Blue Earth County, Minnesota with his daughter Ann James Marvin and her family. He is listed as a lawyer. It's unclear if he died in Minnesota or in Saint Lawrence County, NY. From the Cherokee County (Iowa) Biographical History - 1889: “S. G. JAMES was born in Monroe County, NY, January 20, 1819. His parents were Samuel B. and Anna (Bailey) James, natives of Rensselaer County, NY. He is the youngest of four children; his eldest brother is the widely-known Amaziah B. James, who represented the Ogdensburg District in Congress for two terms as successor to Hon. W. H. Wheeler, when that gentleman resigned to accept the nomination to the Vice Presidency. He had early became an able attorney, and was elected a justice of the Supreme Bench of NY about 1852. He filled that position faithfully and honorably for nearly a quarter of century. It was his son, Henry R. James, a publisher of Ogdensburg, who nominated Mr. Wheeler Vice President at Cincinnati in a forcible and telling speech. Edward C. James, a prominent attorney of NY City, is the only living son of Judge James. After two terms in Congress Judge James chose to retire from public life, and the remainder of his days were passed pleasantly at Ogdensburg in his elegant home, where he died July 6, 1885. His widow, who also comes form a remarkable family, still survives him. One sister, Mary L., was the wife of James G. Wilson, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she died three years since. The remaining sister, Ann, wife of R. J. Marvin, resides in Garden City, Minnesota. The family is of Welsh origin, and settled at an early date in Rhode Island, where Amos James, S. G.'s grandfather was born. The subject of this notice, S. G. James, lost his mother when he was three years of age. He was taken by his grandfather, Amos James, to Rensselaer County, where he remained until he was fourteen years old. He then went to Ogdensburg where his brother, Amaziah, was publishing a paper called the Northern Light, an anti-Masonic organ. Entering this office he learned the printer's trade, and remained there seven years, the last four years being foreman. His brother sold out meantime, and the paper became successively the Ogdensburg Times and Advertiser and the Ogdensburg Sentinel. He then returned to Rensselaer County, NY, and in July 16, 1844, was united in marriage to Miss Emma C. Lewis, a native of that county. Mr. James engaged in farming and lived mainly in St. Lawrence County until 1854, when he emigrated to Wisconsin, settling in Fond du Lac County. He farmed for eleven years, and then was in the grain trade at Brandon, and about eight years in the lumber business at the same place. In the summer of 1876 he discovered that there was land beyond, and chose Iowa for his future home. He bought his fertile farm and began his improvements upon it. His place adjoins the town limits of Aurelia, and is situate upon a ridge of ground making it a most desirable tract of land. Mr. James and his excellent wife have reared a family of four children: Lewis M., the oldest, is an engineer, residing in NY City; Anna B., wife of Henry E. Durland; Fred S. and Charley E. Fred S. holds the responsible position of train dispatcher at Fort Dodge, on the Illinois Central Railroad. He is the youngest train dispatcher in the country, and his friends may well be proud of his rapid rise in his profession. He was but twenty years of age when called to fill this position. S. C. James cast his first vote for William Henry Harrison, and has missed but one Presidential election since that time, always supporting the Republican party. He has twice passed all of the chairs of the I.O.O.F. Lodge. Respected by all who know him, he stands for what he is; plain in speech, earnest in convictions of right and wrong, be it said to his praise that there should be more like him.” James family entry in "Genealogical and Family History of Northern New York" says of Samuel B. James "He entered the legal profession and was one of the most prominent lawyers in Rensselaer County in the first half of the last century." Samuel married Anna Bailey in Sep 1811 in Nassau, Rensselaer County, New York. Anna was born about 1790 in Rensselaer County, NY and died about 1822 in Monroe County, NY. Children from this marriage were:

i. Amaziah Bailey James was born on 1 Jul 1812 in Stephentown, New York and died on 6 Jul 1883 in Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, NY. From "Our County and Its People: a memorial record of St. Lawrence County, NY": At the age of 6 (about 1818) went with his father to Western NY. At the age of 14 (about 1822) began to learn printing trade in Batavia, NY. 1831-came to Ogdensburg (St. Lawrence County) 1832-began publishing The Northern Light an anti-Masonic newspaper. Newspaper changed its name to The Times and Advertiser and became leading Whig paper of the county. 1836 Captain of Ogdensburg Artillery; promoted to Major of the Militia. Took part in Patriot War in Canada. 1838-admitted to the bar after studying with James G. Hopkins. 1853-1876 served on NY State Supreme Court 1861-appointed to the Peace Convention in Washington 1876-1880-United States Congressman, resigned due to paralysis. His official congressional biography: “JAMES, Amaziah Bailey, a Representative from NY; born in Stephentown, Rensselaer County, N.Y., July 1, 1812; moved with his father to Sweden, Monroe County, N.Y., in 1814; pursued an academic course; at the age of fourteen was apprenticed to the printer’s trade in Batavia, N.Y.; moved to Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, N.Y., in 1831 and established the Northern Light, a weekly newspaper; later became part owner of the Times and Advertiser, the Whig paper of the county; captain of the Ogdensburg Artillery in 1836; afterward promoted to major general of militia; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1838 and commenced practice in Ogdensburg; elected justice of the State supreme court in 1853; reelected in 1861 and again in 1869 and served until 1876; member of the peace convention of 1861 held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth and Forty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1881); while serving his second term in Congress was stricken with paralysis, from which he partially recovered; died in Ogdensburg, N.Y., July 6, 1883; interment in the City Cemetery. Amaziah married Lucia Williams Ripley, daughter of Christopher Ripley and Julia Caulkins, on 8 Dec 1836. Lucia was born on 5 Apr 1819 in Windham, Connecticut and died in 1901 in Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, NY Children from this marriage were: Henry Ripley James was born on 3 Feb 1839 in Saint Lawrence County, NY and died on 31 Jan 1882 in Saint Lawrence County, NY. Henry married Harriet Jane Fairchild (b. 30 Sep 1838, d. After 1880) on 27 Nov 1861. Henry Ripley James (1839-1882) was a newspaper publisher in St. Lawrence County and also owned a paper mill. He apparently took an active interest in republican politics but preferred not to run for office Edward Christopher James was born on 1 May 1841 in Saint Lawrence County, NY and died on 24 Mar 1901 in Palm Beach, Florida. Edward married Sarah Welles Perkins (b. 8 Mar 1841, d. 3 Dec 1880) on 16 Nov 1864. Much biographical material availbale on Edward C. James, a prominent attorney and colonel in the Civil War. Also on his daughter Sally James Franham, a sculptor of considerable note.

ii. Mary L James was born in 1813 in NY and died about 1886 in last known residence Kalamazoo, Michigan. Mary L James and family appear in the 1850 census in Louisville, St Lawrence County, NY Unlocated in 1860. In 1870 she was in Cooper, Kalamazoo County, Michigan with her husband and sons Charles and Morris. In the 1880 census she was enumerated with her sister in Minnesota, saying she was "visiting." The rest of her family doesn't appear to be in Kalamazoo County at that time so uncertain what became of them. In 1889 her brother Seymour G. James describes her as being dead three years and calls her of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Mary married James G. Wilson. James was born about 1798 in NY and died after 1870 in last known residence Cooper, Kalamazoo County, MI. Children from this marriage were:. James Wilson was born about 1834 in NY. Ann Wilson was born about 1838 in NY. Charles S Wilson was born about 1843 in NY. George Wilson was born about 1847 in NY. Morris Wilson was born about 1850 in NY.

iii. Ann James was born in 1815 in NY and died after 1900 in last known residence Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1850 living in Louisville, St Lawrence County NY In 1860, 1870 & 1880 living in Blue Earth County, Minnesota. In 1880 with sister Mary L Wilson--census says "visiting." In the 1900 census, Ann James Marvin was living in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her daughter Jennie. Children's names and birth dates are from the US Census Ann married Robert J Marvin. Robert was born about 1812 in NY and died after 1870 in last known residence Blue Earth County, Minnesota. Children from this marriage were: James R Marvin was born about 1834 in NY. William R Marvin was born about 1838 in NY and died after 1880 in last known residence Watonwan, Minnesota. William married Jean (Marvin) (b. Abt 1840, d. After 1880). Julia Marvin was born on 18 Feb 1850 in Louisville, St. Lawrence County, NY and died after 1880 in last known residence Blue Earth County, Minnesota. Julia married Frank Thurston (b. 1844, d. After 1880) on 11 Jan 1865. Jennie Marvin was born on 18 Feb 1850 in Louisville, St. Lawrence County, NY and died after 1900 in last known residence Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jennie married George W Yates (b. Abt 1844, d. After 1900).

iv. Seymour G James (aka S.G. James) was born on 20 Jan 1819 in Monroe County, New York and died after 1889 in last known residence Pitcher, Cherokee County, Iowa. was born on 20 Jan 1819 in Monroe County, NY and died after 1889 in last known residence Pitcher, Cherokee County, Iowa. Seymour James biography from Cherokee County, Iowa--see his father Samuel B. James. Census records: 1850--Louisville, St. Lawrence County, NY .1860-Waupun, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. 1870 Metomer, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin 1880-Pitcher, Cherokee County, Iowa with wife, Freddie and Charles. Seymour married Emma C. Lewis on 16 Jul 1844 in Rensselaer County, NY. Emma was born about 1827 in Rensselaer County, NY and died after 1889 in last known residence Pitcher, Cherokee County, Iowa. Children: Lewis M. James was born about 1845 in Saint Lawrence County, NY and died after 1889 in last known residence New York, NY. Marion (Minnie) James was born about 1850 in Saint Lawrence County, NY and died after 1870 in last known residence Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. Anna B James was born in Dec 1856 in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin and died after 1920 in last known residence Long Beach, California. Anna married Henry E Durland (b. May 1850, d. After 1920) in 1880 in Iowa. Fred S James was born in Jul 1865 in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin and died after 1930 in last known residence Long Beach, California. Fred married Alice (b. Aug 1874). Fred next married Elizabeth (James) (b. Abt 1886, d. After 1930). Charles E James was born about 1868 in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin and died after 1920 in last known residence Cherokee County, Iowa. Charles married Arlie (James) (b. Abt 1874, d. After 1910).

Samuel next married Elizabeth (James) Children from this marriage were:

i. Robert James was born about 1826 in probably Rensselaer County, NY and died after 1850 in last known residence St. Lawrence County, NY.

ii. Samuel B James was born about 1837 in Saint Lawrence County, NY and died in 1843 in Saint Lawrence County, New York. “James, Samuel B. a seven year old boy of his drowned near a wharf by the Oswegatchie bridge in Ogdensburg on June 30, 1843. He was playing with friends and stepped backwards and fell into the river. His father arrived just in time to see the lifeless body pulled from the river.”

iii. Julia A James was born about 1829 in Rensselaer County, New York and died after 1880 in last known residence St. Lawrence County, NY. James, Julia A. married at the Ogdensburg residence of A.B. James Aug. 7, 1849 by Rev. H.R. Peters, George Morris, attorney at law, to Miss Julia A. James” (Both from the Saint Lawrence Republican & General Advertiser, copied from US Genweb, St. Lawrence County, NY) This is the same Julia James Morris who had Louisa Vincent James Coon living with her in 1870. It seems likely that she is Samuel B. James' daughter by Elizabeth but she doesn't seem to appear in the 1840 census

Sally James was born before 1790 in Stephentown, NY. Sally James is mentioned by her brother Uriah Lee James in Amos James' pension application as, to the best of his knowledge, living in 1848. She is mentioned in her father's will as being married to someone name Bowen. Judging by census records, she was probably born before 1790 as there are 3 females in the Amos James household in the census of that year, i.e. Polly Lee James, Anna C. James, and Sally James. But since females in the 1790 census were given no age brackets, it's difficult to know. No more about her is known. Couldn't be located at the time her father's will was probated. Sally married Unknown Bowen.


Amos James was born on 8 Aug 1796 in Stephentown, NY and died in 1881 in Point Douglas, Minnesota. Amos James (August 8, 1796-1881) was born in Stephentown, NY. He married Permelia Culver (August 5, 1800-September 1, 1877), daughter of Levi Culver and Lydia Train of Stephentown, Rensselaer County, NY. They appear in the 1830 & 1840 censuses in Stephentown. In 1850 they are in Rensselaer County, enumerated in Nassau. By 1860 they had moved to Lee, McLeod County, Minnesota and were in Glendale, McLeod County, Minnesota in 1870. In the 1880 census Amos James was living in Pt. Douglas, Washington County, Minnesota with his son Thomas P. James. The children of Amos James & Permelia Culver, all presumably born in Stephentown, Rensselaer County, NY, (names and dates of children from LDS): Amos C. James, Lydia James, Daniel D. James, Mortimer James, William James, Louisa P. James, Thomas James, Hubbard James. Well documented elsewhere by their descendants.

Lydia James was born on 2 Dec 1797 in Stephentown, NY and died in 1891 in Alamo, Michigan. From History of Kalamazoo County Michigan, (has drawings of Thomas G. Carpenter & "Mrs. Thomas G. Carpenter") "This gentleman was born in Stephentown, Rensselaer Co, NY January 24, 1794. His grandfather Samuel Carpenter was a native of England and settled in Stephentown very early with his family. His son Greenman Carpenter (father of Thomas G. entered land on the Connecticut tract in the town of Sweden, now in Monroe Co., NY, in 1811, and in 1812 his son occupied it, the remainder of the family not removing to it as was originally intended. Thomas Carpenter enlisted in the War of 1812-15 and served one year. After his term of service had expired, he returned home, and was married to Miss Liddie James, March 10, 1816. They moved to Sweden township, and redeemed one hundred acres of land which had been entered by Mr. Carpenter's father, and lived upon it for nineteen years, during which period eight children were born to them. In the spring of 1837, owing to severe losses, Mr. Carpenter removed with his family to Michigan, and settled in the township of Alamo, Kalamazoo Co. The entire distance from the old home in NY was traversed with a team, the journey occupying thirteen days time. Mr. Carpenter built the first frame building in the township, and still resides in it. When he came West, he had a large family to care for, and the sum of five dollars and ten cents constituted his financial balance, and he possessed no stock of any kind except his team. But he was of that rugged pioneer type which brings men safely through difficulties, and though adversity frowned upon him for a time, he at length prospered. he is an old time Democrat in politics, and has held positions as township treasurer in Alamo, and various other offices. He and his venerable wife have been married nearly sixty four years, and are both still living: his wife is eighty years of age--six years younger than the "old pioneer," whose name is at the head of this article. Both are members of the Methodist Church. The oldest son, James J. Carpenter, married a daughter of Luther Chamberlain, of Cooper township, and resides with his father-in-law. George W. Married Miss Maria Wilson, and lives at home with his parents. The remaining children are married, and scattered over the country, one living in Kansas, another living in California, one in Wisconsin, and one in Prairie Rondo township, Kalamazoo Co." Names of children come from census and information above except Nancy Carpenter who appears in LDS files and Phoebe Carpenter whose name comes from DAR Records. Lydia married Thomas Greenman Carpenter, son of Greenman Carpenter and Nancy (Carpenter, wife of Greenman Carpenter), on 10 Mar 1816 in Stephentown, NY. Thomas was born on 24 Jan 1794 in Stephentown, NY and died after 1880 in Alamo, Michigan. Children from this marriage were:

i. Phebe Carpenter was born in 1818 in NY(16) and died after 1880 in last known residence Whitewater, Wisconsin. Phebe married Hiram Janes Hiram Janes, son of Hiram Janes and Hannah Andrews, on 4 Mar 1847. Hiram was born on 16 Mar 1814 in Vermont and died on 11 Mar 1867 in Johnstown, Rock County, Wisconsin Children’s names available through Janes family records.

ii. Nancy Carpenter was born in 1820 in Sweden, NY and died in 1890 in Michigan. Nancy married Alonzo Pomeroy on 25 Mar 1839 in Rensselaer County, NY. Alonzo was born in Jan 1816 in Rensselaer County, NY and died on 11 Nov 1876 in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. Children from this marriage were: James A Pomeroy was born on 16 Apr 1840 in Rensselaer County,NY and died in 1927 in Schoolcraft, Kalamazoo County, Michigan. James married Marion Shaver (b. 1838, d. After 1880) in 1866 in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. Sarah Armissa Pomeroy was born on 24 Sep 1847 in Mattewan, Van Buren County, Michigan. Sarah married Francis Joseph Fellows on 26 Oct 1868 in Michigan.

iii. James Carpenter was born about 1825 in NY and died after 1880 in Cooper, Michigan, probably. James married Emily Chamberlain on 23 Nov 1854 in Kalamazoo County, Michigan.

iv. Apolona Carpenter was born about 1829 in NY and died on 4 May 1916 in Alamo, Michigan. Apolona married John B Wheeler, son of John B Wheeler and Charlotte (Wheeler), on 8 Aug 1852 in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. John was born about 1824 in Canada and died on 23 Oct 1902 in Alamo, Michigan. The child from this marriage was: Frank Wheeler was born about 1863 in Michigan and died after 1880 in last known residence Alamo, Kalamazoo County, MI.

v. Amos Carpenter was born about 1834 in NY.

vi. George W Carpenter was born on 21 Oct 1835 in NY and died on 30 Nov 1904 in Alamo, Michigan George married Maria (Eunice M) Wilson (b. Abt 1840, d. After 1900) on 20 Feb 1856 in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. Children seen in 1880 census in Alamo, Michigan, but not located after: : Demetrious Carpenter was born about 1856 in Alamo, Michigan Anson Carpenter was born about 1866 in Alamo, Michigan and Flora B Carpenter was born on 6 Mar 1871 in Alamo, Michigan .

vii. Louisa Carpenter was born in Dec 1837 in NY(9) and died after 1900 in last known residence Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, MI. Louisa married William M Woodward on 13 Oct 1855 in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. William was born in Sep 1835 in NY(9) and died after 1900 in last known residence Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, MI. Children from this marriage were; (names appear in a family tree on Genealogy.com) Delmer (Delmar) Merritt Woodward was born about 1859 in Michigan and died after 1910 in last known residence Utica, NY. Delmer married Lulu E Wattles (b. Abt 1860, d. 1900 ?) on 27 Dec 1880 in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. Delmer next married Anna Lillis (b. Abt 1874) about 1901. Harrvey James Woodward was born about 1864 in Michigan and died after 1930 in last known residence Norristown, Pennsylvania. Harvey married Kate (Katherine?) Nelson (b. Abt 1870, d. After 1930) about 1905. Rescom Hart Woodward was born about 1869 in Michigan and died aftter 1910 in last known residence Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, MI. Orin Jonathan Woodward was born on 14 Feb 1874 in Cooper, Kalamazoo County, Michigan and died after 1880 in last known residence Kalamazoo County, MI.

viii. Edwin Carpenter was born about 1842 in Michigan.



The Will of Amos James Probated May 5, 1845 Will written & witnessed February 6, 1832

(A note from the transcriber: From Sampubco, an 11 page photocopy. Nine pages in regard to probate matters, dealing largely with statements from the heirs agreeing that they had been notified, and two statements from the will’s witnesses, Minerva Babcock and Harriet Chadsey (in 1845 Harriet Brown) that they were in fact witnesses. In the time that had elapsed between the writing of the will and Amos James’ death, his son William James had died. Therefore William James’ children were named as heirs, below. Those children were Alvinza Lee James, Louisa James Hill, William Vincent James, Charles James, Sarah Vincent James, Mary Forman James, Ann James and Harriet James. I apologize for the number of “(illegible)s”, the handwriting of the clerk, though neat, is sometimes difficult to decipher. Transcribed by Nancy Winklepleck)

Notified heirs:

“Phebe James, widow of Town of Stephentown, Rensselaer County, State of New York Anne Sheldon of the Town of Sweden, County of Monroe, State of New York Uriah L. James of the Town of Cooper, Kalamazoo County, State of Michigan Samuel B. James of Ogdensburgh Village, St. Lawrence County, State of New York Lydia Carpenter of the Town of Cooper, Kalamazoo County, State of Michigan Alvinza James of the Town of Clarkson, Orleans County, State of New York William James & Charles James, both of Town of Shelby, Orleans County, aforesaid, Ambrose H. Sheldon of the City of Troy in the County of Rensselaer, State of New York, Special Guardian of Harriet James & Ann James, Minors Louisa Hill, George James, Sarah James, Mary James & Sally Bowen, whose places Of residence after diligent (illegible) cannot be certained?”

The will:

In the name of God, amen, I, Amos James of Stephentown, County of Rensselaer, & State of New York, being sick & feeble in body, but of sound mind & memory, thanks be given to Almighty God for the same, & taking into consideration the mortality of the body & knowing that it is appointed to all men once to die, do make today? this my last Will & Testament & principally & first of all I give & (illegible) my soul on to the hand of Almighty God & shall give it one day my body & to the dusts to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executor nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same (illegible) by the Mighty Power of God. I am (illegible) such worldly estate in wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me I give (illegible) & dispose of the same in the following manner & form. I give & bequeath to my well beloved son Amos James Jr. all my (illegible) land & together with my personal property to him & his heirs & assigns forever provided always & the above property both real & personal is given on these (illegible) conditions that my son Amos James Jr. aforesaid whom I hereby (illegible) & appoint sole executor to this my last Will & Testament & shall well & faithfully fulfill & perform as I hereafter direct & firstly I order & direct that my beloved wife Phebe shall possess & enjoy so long as she remains my widow the vast great room in the house I now live in, the bedroom south & the bedroom north of the same & the buttery joining north bedroom & a privilege in the buttery (illegible) room below & a privilege in the cellar & chamber. Also three cows & five sheep kept on the farm winter & summer to be well kept & the profits of them to the use of my wife to use & get her necessaries with what remains over getting her necessaries to be divided equally my son Amos James aforesaid & Lydia my daughter who is the wife of Thomas G. Carpenter, each to have half. I also order my executor to salt down for my wife 100 weighs of good pork & 100 weighs of good beef & to put in the cellar 10 barrels of cider & 10 weighs of apples raised on the farm. Also I order that my wife shall possess & have all my household furnishings to use & enjoy with all the above privileges so long as she shall remain my widow. Also firewood fitted for the fire. It is my will & I order my executor to pay the following sums of money & other property as directed two years after my death & the death of my wife. To my son William James fifty dollars. To my daughter Anna, the wife of Benjamin Sheldon, fifty dollars. Also to my son Uriah James fifty dollars & all my wearing apparel. The said wearing apparel to be delivered anytime when called for after my death. Also to pay my daughter Sally which is the wife of Bowen, fifty dollars & a good bed & bedding also to pay twelve dollars, fifty cents, to each of the children that was born to my son Samuel B. James by his first wife, & also to one of them namely Mary (illegible, perhaps Coon?) the value thereof if called for. Also to pay my daughter Lydia aforesaid fifty dollars together with a good bed & bedding. I also order that when my wife has done with my clock that it shall be given to Amos Culver James my grandson. I also order my desk be given to my granddaughter Axa Ann (?) James, after my wife has done with the same. I also order that Mary Ann Chatsey have home in my house so long as she remains single & if she shall marry to have a bed & bedding given to her. I also order that my Executor shall get decent Grave Stones & put to the Grave of my first wife & to my grave & also to the grave of my present wife & lay me so as to be between them. I also order that no charge shall be made against Seymour James my grandson that now lives with me for his bringing up. I also order the above sums of money shall be paid at the house where I now live in unless it is otherwise convenient for my Executor & the same in two years after my death & the death of my wife to be paid to the above named persons or their legal representatives. Ratifying & confirming this & no other to be my last will & testament this 6th day of February, A.D. 1832. In witness I have hereunto set my hand & seal in the presence of who in the presence of the testator & of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

Amos James


John Babcock Minerva Babcock Harriet T. Chadsey (witnesses)

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