Article Number Thirty One -
Chittenden (Harvey, Judson, Roscoe, Louisa) Family

Written by Joshua G. Borthwick and originally published
on July 28, 1883, in the Catskill "Examiner". Copy provided by the Durham Center Museum and retyped by Annette Campbell


It will be proper to state at the commencement of this sketch that Jairus Chittenden's family consisted of nine children, and that two of them, daughters, died in infancy.

 
Hervey Chittenden, the youngest of the family, was born in Durham, NY, March 26, 1790, and died Jan 13, 1867.  The old house in which he was born stood in the meadow a few rods S.E. of the barn.  The depression left by the cellar still remains. After his marriage he built the present house in which he died, having spent nearly 77 years on the old farm. He was married Feb. 27, 1812, to Sarah Pratt, daughter of Ethan Pratt and Mabel Skeels. (Sketch No 9)  She died May 27, 1872. They were both members of the Presbyterian Church and in 1835 he was chosen a deacon, and in 1840 he became an elder in the church. In 1841, upon the death of Deacon David Baldwin, his uncle, he was elected clerk of the session, or board of elders in the church, which office he held for 16 years. He was very thorough and methodical in all his records, as in his business matters generally.  He once represented the Presbytery in General Assembly at Utica, N.Y.  He was a splendid farmer, and sometimes carried his crops to market with a four-horse team.  He was very decided and outspoken in his opinions on all matters of church and state.  In his early life he was a decided Democrat, but when the Rebellion broke out he quickly united his sympathies and his political action with those who sought to uphold the Union.  He early interested himself in the militia of his district and rapidly rose in rank to that of colonel of his regiment, the 49th.  I think he succeeded Col. Plato Adams in that office.  This was about the year 1820. The regiment was under marching orders at one time during the war of 1812, but was not called to the field. In his family relations he was true and affectionate. Mrs. Chittenden, his wife, possessed a very quiet even temper, and was in all respects an excellent woman. They had seven children, four of whom died young.
 
Hervey Orville, or Orville H., as he wrote his name, was the fifth son of Hervey and Sally Chittenden; was born Feb 28, 1820; died in Albany Jan. 7, 1857.  He was an apt scholar, and at fourteen he commenced his academic course at Saugerties and continued it at Claverack.  At seventeen he commenced reading law with Almeron Marks. Esq., of Durham, and subsequently he continued his studies with John Olney, of Windham, and Rufus H. King, of Catskill. At his majority he commenced law practice at Schuylerville, Saratoga county, and in 1812 he removed to Rensselaerville, Albany county, where he remained until 1852 when having been elected surrogate of Albany county, he removed to the city where he remained until his death.  He was a first class lawyer and a very able advocate in all the courts, but consumption did its work at the early age of thirty-six years. He was by nature a military man, and held the office of judge-advocate (with rank of major) of the 31st and 37th Brigades of Infantry, his commissions being signed by Gov. Silas Wright and William H. Seward.  On his removal to Albany he became a member of the "Albany Burgesses Corps," which at that time was perhaps the finest body of men in the State.  He was married Feb 23, 1842, to Nancy Cowles (daughter of David Cowles and Nancy Merwin) of Durham. They had three sons, two of whom reached mature years. Edwin Sedgewick, the eldest, was born at Rensselaerville Jan. 1, 1843, attended the schools of his native town, also at Durham and Parma N.Y., and graduated with honor at the University of Rochester, N.Y., in the class of 1865.  For two years thereafter he studied law in the office of Tremain & Peckham at Albany, and was admitted to the bar Dec. 5, 1867. He immediately went to Washington by appointment of William H. Seward, and remained there until July, 1869, as assistant examiner of claims in the Department of State.  In the Fall of 1869 he removed to St Paul, Minn., and established himself in the practice of law, and is now one of the finest lawyers of the Great West.  Our readers are indebted to him for much of the material contained in this family history. His brother Niles Searles was born Sept. 8, 1848, at Rensselaerville. He was a graduate of the Brooklyn Commercial College, and in 1870 he engaged in the merchantile business at St. Paul until 1878 when he purchased 640 acres of land in Stevens county, Minn., and has since engaged in farming as well as in merchandise. Both these brothers, true to the military tendencies of the family, are members of the 1st Regt., N.G., of their adopted State. Their mother married a second time and lived with her husband (Hon. John W. Patterson, State senator from Genesee) at Parma, N.Y., until his death, when she removed to St. Paul where she died Sept. 17, 1877.

Judson Hall
was the sixth of Deacon Hervey Chittenden's family and was born March 28, 1822. He married Antoinette Field, daughter of Cyrus Field, of Durham.  He was a farmer and lived on the old homestead. He also possessed the military spirit of the family, became a member of the 49th Reg. NY Infantry, and on the 1st of November, 1845, he received his commission as major.  He was a genial companion and a very energetic business man. He died Nov. 29, 1856.  His widow still survives. They had seven children: Orville and Hattie, died within a few hours of each other, March 10, 1870, and Frank, the youngest, died May 2, 1873; Edgar Bradley, died at ten years in 1849.  Horace K., the only male representative of the family, now lives in the village, and is quite out of health. He married Julia Montross, of Durham. They have one child.  Sarah A. married Charles Newell, of Parma, NY, and lives there; also out of health.  They have two children.  Elizabeth A., married Elihu Moss, and they now occupy the old homestead. They have one child.
 
Louisa Rebecca was the youngest and only daughter of Hervey Chittenden. She married Lyman A. Hull, son of Elizur Hull And Anna Strong (see Sketch No.23).  He died Nov. 19, 1873, greatly lamented as a man, as a Christian and an elder in the church. His widow resides in the village. They had three sons: Zina Whittlesay was fatally scalded soon after he began to walk, by falling into a pail of hot water. Judson Dwight married Anna Crawford, daughter of William Crawford, Esq.  They have two sons.  Addison Orville, his brother, married Kitty H. Porter, daughter of Orin Porter, deceased.  The brothers are successful merchants in Durham.
 
There is another family of Chittenden's, descendents of William Chittenden, who settled in this town. The line is as follows: William, Thomas, William, William, Jared, and Joel, who was born in Guilford, CT, Oct. 8, 1774, and died in Durham, NY, Jan 29, 1849.  He married Katy McKean, and removed to Durham, NY, and lived South of the village on a part of the farm now owned by Mr. Dwight Hull.  They had ten children, nine of whom were daughters. Elizabeth, the youngest died in infancy. Henrietta, the oldest, married Thomas Wright, who was an elder in the church. Deborah Eliza died at thirty-one. Lucy M., Mabel, Fanny and Catherine married and removed. Their husbands names, respectively were: Hatch, Way, Elmendorf, and ElmendorfJulia Ann died in 1863, at 55 years, unmarried.  Rebecca Almeda married Palmer R. Post, the son of Rogel Post (see Sketch No. 14) who was one of the early settlers of the town.  They had three children:  Henrietta, the wife of John H. Reed, of Durham, Orlando, harness maker in Cairo and Bradford H., engaged in the laundry business in Albany.
 
Roscoe P. was the son of Joel Chittenden, and was born March 27, 1811. He married Eliza M. Richtmeyer, of Conesville, and has always lived in Durham. He is a cabinet maker and a good mechanic. They have sons.  Oswell L. married Sarah E. Stiles, and lives in Newark, NJ. He was a soldier in the late civil war.  Ellen married James Stevens and lives in Athens, NY. Joel married Minnie Vandevoors, and lives in Durham. He is a cabinet maker and undertaker. This completes the history of the Chittenden family, so far as we can give it.  In the former sketch it was said that William Chittenden's descendants now number nearly five hundred. It is now ascertained that the number exceeds one thousand, and that the children of the daughters are not included in this list. The question is sometimes asked, How are the two Chittenden families in this town related?  Answer: Horace Chittenden and Joel Chittenden, both of this town, are in the eighth generation from William Chittenden, who came from England in 1639, consequently they are sixth cousins.

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