Early Settlers - Guilford


Early settlers in the Town of Guilford 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.
GUILFORD was formed from Oxford April 3, 1813, as Eastern. Its name was changed March 21, 1817.
1787
first settlement - Ezekiel WHEELER. There is good reason to believe, from family members' conversations, he didn't settle til 7 years later. It is pretty certain several families settled in 1790 and '91, a few possibly a year or two earlier. Therefore it is thought that Joshua and John L. MERCEREAUS, Frenchmen & brothers, from locality of New York, were the first.

1790
James HAYES, Putnam co.
James PHELPS and
man named BUTTON and
Robert McLEOD,
Rufus PHELPS, probably first settler in Rockdale,
Alvah WARNER

1791
Issaac FULLER, from Guilford, Conn,
Daniel SAVAGE, Ballston Spa, Saratoga co.,
John NASH, Ballston Spa, Sarataoga co.,
Edward ROBBINS, Ballston Spa, Saratoga co.
Lemuel CORNELL.

1792
man named WASSON,

1793
Gordon and Wyatt CHAMBERLAYNE (now CHANBAERLAIN); originally Conn; were first settlers in Butternuts, Otsego Co; 1790 to Gilbertsville; then Guiford.,
John SECOR, Haverstraw, Orange co.,
William and Nathaniel R. HYER, Colulmbia Co.

1794
Ezekiel WHEELER, N. Hamp; 1790 to Unadilla Forks; then Guilford.

after 1795
Samuel and Lyman IVES,
Joel HENDRICKS,
Joel JOHNSON.

1796
Uri YALE, brother to Dr. Benjamin Yale,

1798
John DIBBLE

1799
Dr. Benjamin YALE, brother to Uri,

previous to 1800
Matthew SEYMOUR, and
man named HODGE and
Amos COLBURN

about 1800
Major David RICHMOND, R.I.,
Abraham IVES, New England states,
Col. Stephen WINSOR-R.I.,
Daniel JOHNSON,
Elihu MURRAY, Conn,
Joel and Aaron ROOT, cousins, Gt Barrington, Mass,
Eliab FORD, born Canaan, Columbia co.

1802
Oliver INGERSOLL, Gt Barrington, Mass

1804
Thomas Horton INGERSOLL, Gt Barrington, Mass
William CLARK,, Wilmington, Vt.,
Silas HAMILTON, Wilmington, Vt.

1805
Samuel A. SMITH, Salem, Conn

1806
Simon TRASK, Mass.; about 1800 to Preston, then Guilford

1807
Daniel Thomas DICKINSON, Goshen , Conn and
Samuel MILLS, Norfolk, Conn
Deacon Samuel MILLS

1808
Ira LOCKE, Wilmington, Vt; 1801-Brookfield, Madison co.

1809
Ira B. McFARLAND, native of Kinderhook, Conn; with parents to Otsego; then Sidney Plains

1810
Deacon Jesse WHITING, Norfolk,Conn; 1836 removed to Masonville
William GUNN, native of Cambridge, NY

1812
William PLACE

1818
Roger WILLIAMS, descendant of Roger Williams of New Eng. fame, from Glouchester, R.I.

Others, some among first, no exact date:
Roswell MORGAN, born Stonington, Conn
Asa HAVENS,
Capt. Joseph LATHAM, native of Stonington, Conn
John EDDY
Dr. James MASON
Capt. Abner WOOD


Transcribed and contributed by Sandy Goodspeed, 1999.
Last updated: 6 Apr 2000

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