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Probably the earliest record of the Page family was in 1151 to 1157; when John de Pagham was the fourth Bishop of Worcester, England. Pagham, Pagenham, are the same names, the spelling being changed gradually in the records until it became Page of Pagenham, and finally Page. About 1600, Sir Gregory Page, Knight, had sons who came to America. Sir Gregory Page, created baronet December 3, 1714, of Greenwich, Kent, England, was his son; the baronetcy became extinct August 4, 1774. Their coat-of-arms: Azure, a fesse indented between three martlets or, sometimes or,and azure. Crest: A demi-horse per pole dancette (or and azure). Many branches of the family in England have used this coat-of-arms, and it may have been a late grant to the baronets. The arms give distinct proof that the Page and Pagenham families were the same, for there is no other form given. Sir Hugo, Knight,must have had arms, and William the Crusader, 1271, at the time of the last Crusade, also must have had arms, so they were evidently recorded as Pagenham, for their coats-of-arms. About 1310, in the time of Edward II, the coat-of-arms of Sire Edmon de Pagenham (Paganham or Pakenham) and later of John de Pagenham, were : Quarterly or and gules (gold and red) in the first quarter, an eagle displayed vert; mantling or and gules. Crest: Out of a mural crown or, a demi-eagle gules. On one banner is placed the same coat-of-arms as on the family flag, and on another is placed that branch of Pagenham called Page, or Paige, of Devonshire, England. These arms were: Argent a bend between three eagles displayed all sable. Crest: An eagle ermine. To this family belonged Nicholas Paige. of Rumney Marsh, colonel of the Second Regiment of Foot, Suffolk county, Massachusetts, 1717. He came from Plymouth, Devonshire, England, in 1665, and used a demi-eagle instead of eagle ermine, for his crest.
Deacon Robert Page married Lucia _____, and came from Ormsby, Yorkshire, England, or nearby, to Massachusetts. Their daughter married in 1662. Francis Page, of Bedford, England, 1594-1678, had a son, Colonel John Page, of Williamsburg, Virginia, who was born at Bedford, 1627, and died in 1692. Colonel Page was a member of the Virginia colonial council. He married, 1656, Alice, daughter of Lucky, of Essex. He was created a baronet. THe foregoing matter pertaining to the early history and heraldy of the family was furnished for this work by Emmet D. Page, 374 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.
(1) Asa Page, from one of the early American immigrants of the Page family, settled in Litchfield county, Connecticut. According to the first federal census taken in 1790, Asa Page, at Litchfield county, had three sons under sixteen and three females in his family. He was probably born as early as 1745. At the same time and in the same locality there was according to the same authority as Asa (2d). The fact that he was called 2d tends to show that there was a third Asa APge at same time, and that the father may have been Asa Jr. Asa Page married Eunice ______. Between 1790 and 1792 both Asa Page and his son Asa removed to Whitney Point, Broome county, New York. The old homestead there on Page Brook is now owned by Orlan T. Page. Dr. Page writes of Asa Page and Asa (2d). Both of these Asa Pages were buried just north of where the widow of Sherman Page now lives in a meadow above Whitney's Point, then used as a burial plot. It overlooks the valley of the Otselic river. This land is on what is now known as the David Allerton farm. About 1860 Allerton removed the stones and plowed up the plot, after asking Sherman Page, a son of Asa (2d) to share in the expense of removing the bodies to the cemetery at Lisle, New York, two miles distant. The bodies were finally removed by Allerton and the stones are now scattered. Many of the Page family were buried there. On one of the old stones these words were inscribed:
"Afflictions sore long time I bore,|
Physicians were in vain:
'Til God was pleased to give me ease,
And free me from my Pain."
Asa Page (1st) desired to be buried there, so that when the last trumpet sounded "he could rise up and at the resurrection could overloook the river and meadows thereof," Dr. Page remembers seeing the graves when a child, and recalls the locations. He says the stones are piled up around the place of burial or used for doorsteps to a barn. His mother related to him much of the family history preserved here as written down at the time of her death in 1901.
Children of Asa and Eunice Page : Solomon, Calvin and Luther, died early: John mentioned below; Asa (2d), married Hannah L. Faulkner, a native of Scotland, and lived in Litchfield Connecticut, and Broome county, New York; and earlier on Long Island Sound in Connecticut. Dr Page writes that his mothers mother, Anna Page, a daughter of Asa Page (2d), visited the old home in Connecticut when she was seven years old, and she thought the Sound was the ocean. It was in the Leet or Leete district). Children of Asa (2d) are Rufus, of Olean, New York, father of State Senator Charles Page, of New York City; Lewis; Sherman; Lucy married _______ Thurston; Anna Page (grandmother of Dr.Page), and Clara Page. Polly Page was the third surviving child of Asa (1st).
(II) John, son of Asa Page, was born in Connecticut, and came with his father to Broome county, New York, about 1792. Page says the remnants of the old log house that he built in 1792 are still visible and he remembers John Page, who died in 1856, and is buried at Upper Lisle, New York. Dr. Page says that about 1792-95 John used to go canoe to Binghamton with the wheat for making flour, down to the Otselic river to Chenango Forks, where it joined another stream and while he was away on these long trips, his wife stayed at home to protect the livestock from wild beasts, herself living in a log cabin with a curtain in place of a door at first. He married in Connecticut, Rachel Perrin. Children: 1. Laura married Benjamin Hodges, their only surviving son Alexander is living on Page Brook, on the homestead aged about eighty-two years. 2. Sally, married _____ Ashley, of Chicago. 3. Solomon, mentioned below. 4. Irene, 5. Calvin 6. Elmira, married Cyrus Coy 7. Luther, father of Osias Page, of Whitney Point, New York. 8. Rhoda 9. Asa, father of Dr. Page of Brooklyn 10. Lavinia 11. John
(III) Solomon, son of John Page was living in Triangle, or Whitney Point, New York and died in Greene, New York, July 9, 1886 and married July 8, 1828, Eliza Coy, who was born in Connecticut, December 28, 1805 and died at Whitney Point, September 2, 1886. Children: 1. Cyrus, born January 10, 1830, died April 24, 1905 2. Ransom D., mentioned below, 3. Almira C., born October 22, 1833; died October 15, 1863 4. Maryette, born September 23, 1838; died December 6, 1902 5. Albert, born March 4, 1843; died May 9, 1910.
(IV) Ransom D, son of Solomon Page, was born in the town of Triangle, Broome county, New York, at the homestead on Page Brook, April 11, 1832 and died at Whitney Point, New York, April 20, 1886. He was a farmer and dealer in eggs, butter and other farm produce. During all his active ife he resided in his native town, and took a keen interest in its affairs and welfare. In religion he was a Baptist, and a trustee of the church many years. In politics he was a Republican. He married, November 18, 1847, at Barker New York, Lydia A Boyton, daughter of George and Eliza (Walworth) Boyton. Children: 1. Arthur W., born August 11, 1860; died November 24, 1904 a produce dealer, owning several creameries in Whitneys Point and vicinity; married August 26, 1890, Ida M. Wright, of Maine, Broome county, and had one son, Rutherford E., born September 21, 1897 2. Erford Lydell, mentioned below.
(IV) Erford Lydell, son of Ransom D. Page, was born in the town of Triangle, New York, May 8, 1863. He attended the public schools and Whitney Point Academy and Cornell University. In 1886 he engaged in business as a merchant in the town of Greene, where he has resided since then. He conducted a general store for 15 years. In 1896 he founded the Page Seed Company, of which he is president and general manager. The business was incorporated in 190-. It has flourished from the first, and grown to large proportions. The first building of the new plant was erected in 1903, and since then several others have been built. Mr Page is President of the Chenango Hotel Company; secretary of the Board of Trade of Greene, and was formerly president of the American Seed Trade Association. In politics he is a Republican and has been president of the incorporated Village of Greene. He is a trustee and a prominent member of the Congregational Church of Greene.
He married, May 9, 1889, Cornelia Jennette Russell, of Greene, daughter of William Frederick and Cornelia Juhel (Juliand) Russell. Children: 1. Ethel, born May 9, 1894; died 14 April 1895 2. Joseph Russell, born May 7, 1897 3. Lyman Arthur, born June 4, 1902.