Early Settlers - Bainbridge


Early settlers in the Town of Bainbridge taken from "1874 History of Chenango & Madison Counties, NY" by James H Smith; pub. 1880. Tried to use year, where stated, person and where they were from.
BAINBRIDGE was constituted a town and named Jericho, Feb. 16, 1791, at which time it formed a part of Tioga county. Name changed April 15, 1814 to Bainbridge. It originally included portions of Norwich and Oxford, which were taken off Jan. 19, 1793; of Greene, one part of which wsa taken off Mar. 15, 1798, and another the following year; and the present town of Afton, which was taken off Nov. 18, 1857.
Territory including this town was first claimed by Robert HARPER, under a grant from the Indians, but State repudiated the title and granted it, together with the town of Afton, to the "Vermont Sufferers", by whom the first settlements were made.

The Vermont sufferers were persons who, by reason of their allegiance to the Government of the State of New York during the controversy existing between it and the State of Vermont, immediately after the close of the Revolutinary war, relative to lands which were finally ceded to the latter State, were dispossed of certain property and otherwise punished by the Great Mountain State; and who, as a recompense therfor, were granted lands in the townshiop of CLINTON, afterwards known as JERICHO [Bainbridge], embracing the whole or the major portions of the present towns of Bainbridge and Afton.

Feb. 24, 1786, Col. Timothy CHURCH and Majors Wm. SHATTUCK & Henry EVANS, to the former of whose regiment the majority of the sufferers belonged, presented, in their behalf, a petition to the New York State Govement. [I previously posted separately the list of "Vermont Sufferers", many of whom soon after became settlers upon this tract and pioneers in this portion of the State.]

The following persons also had grants, viz:
"Isaac CROSBY,
Israel SMITH,
Henry MORGAN,
Col.Seth SMITH -780 acres;
James COMINS,
William PIERCE,
Francis COMINS,
James CUMMINS, Junr.- 500 acres;
Obadiah WELLS,
Capt. Joseph ELLIOT-450 acres;
Joshua LINDES,
Samuel LINDES,
Judathan ROBERTS,
Giles ROBERTS,
John SHERBURN,
Ensign Rutherford HAYS,
Amaria PARKS,
Zephaniah SHEPARDSON."
The names of Lieuts. Elihu ROOT,
Isaac WELLS and
Daniel DANILSON, and Ensigns
Simion TERREL and
Joshua RUSS appear in the list of "sufferers", but not in that of the grantees.

1784
first settlement by Elnathan BUSH, Sheffield, Mass

1786
Caleb, Phineas, Silas and
Reuben BENNETT, Pownal, Vt.

1787
Reuben KIRBY, native of Litchfield, Conn, and
William GUTHRIE, native of Litchfield, Conn & father-in-law to Reuben Kirby
Ashahel BIXBY, first of Vt sufferers to settle, father Samuel alloted land, Guilford, Vt and
Ira STOWELL, Vt

1788
Abraham FULLER, Conn, and
Gould BACON, Conn.

about 1789
Major Henry EVANS, Vt sufferer
Deacon Israel SMITH, Brattleboro, Vt.

about 1790
Thaddeus NEWTON, Dummerston, Vt.
William ALLISON

1791
James GRAHAM and
Jared REDFIELD.

1792
Moses, Aaron and Abel STOCKWELL, brothers

early as 1792
William, Charles, Daniel and Samuel LYON,
Seth JOHNSON and
John NICHOLS.

1793
David HITCHCOCK; removed to Genesee country

1795
John OLDEN
Jedeiah SMITH, New England States, and
Cyrus STRONG

1796
Samuel NOURSE, New England states; removed to Ohio

1797
James DAVIDSON

1800
John CAMPBELL, Scotchman and
Benjamin S. CARPENTER, Orange co. and
Major Frederick DEZANG, Frenchman; came from Geneva

soon after 1800
Daniel HYDE, born in Lebanon, Conn

1801
Orra MYERS, Dutchman

1802 or '3
Solomon WARNER, New Milford, Conn, and
Reuben BEALS, Vt.

1804
Thomas HUMPHREY, Conn

1806
Silas FAIRCHILD, Dummerston, Vt.

Other early settlers, some probably among the first but no dates:
Reuben BUMP, from the east,
James B. NICHOLS,
Edward PRINCE, Conn,
Abel CONANT, Vt,
Thomas, Samuel, Henry and Mott PEARSALL, from the east,
Charles CURTIS,
David SEARS, Conn,
Samuel BANKS,
John Y. BENNETT, New England states,
John THOMPSON,
Eli SEELY, removed to Afton,
Richard L LAWRENCE,
Jabez S. FITCH,
Orange BENTON,
Abner SEARLS,
Jacob, Thomas and James IRELAND,


Transcribed and contributed by Sandy Goodspeed, 1999.
Last updated: 29 Mar 2000

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