Early Settlers - DeRuyter

Early settlers in the Town of DeRuyter taken from "History of Chenango & Madison Counties, NY" by James H Smith; pub. 1880. Tried to use year, where stated, person and where they were from.
DeRuyter was formed from Cazenovia March 15, 1798, and was named at the suggestion of John Lincklaen from Admiral DeRuyter of the Dutch navy. German, Chenango Co., which then embraced the present towns of Lincklaen, Otselic and Pitcher, were set off on the formation of Madison county, March 21, 1806, and Georgetown, April 7, 1815. At a latter date a portion of Cazenovia was annexed.
The settlement of the town was commenced in 1793, by
Elijah & Elias BENJAMIN, brothers, natives of So. East, Duchess co. &
Eli COLEGROVE, Rhode Island

Samuel THOMPSON, and
William and Thompson BURDICK. brothers, from Hopkinton, R.I.
Russell WALKER

little later
Daniel PAGE, from Duchess co.
Eleazer GAGE & sons, Justus, Capt. Jeremiah, Ira & Ebenezer, from Dutchess co.

Matthew WELLS, born Hopkinton, R.I., before 1800 to Grafton, Renn. co, then here and
Jonathan SHED, from Brimfield, Mass

soon after
Darius BENJAMIN, brother of Elijah & Elias, from North East and
Samuel BOWEN.

Levi WOOD, native of Munson, Mass
Sylvester CRUMB, from Rhode Island

about 1807
Joseph RICH, and daughters Sarah & Martha, from Woodstock, Conn

Jonathan BENTLEY, native of Richmond, R.I., came from Easton, Washington co. with sons Hampton S & Zadock T.
Benjamin MERCHANT, from Woodstock, Conn.

about this time,
large number of friends came in from Hudson River country, mostly from Saratoga, Westchester and Duchess counties:
Job WEBB and
Benjamin STRATTON, from Hudson.
Abram SUTTON, father of Allen SUTTON
John SHEPARD, from Saratoga,
James HUNT, father of William & Elihu, from Saratoga co.,
John PIERCE, from New York,
Reuben BURNARD, from Columbia co.,
John GIFFORD, a preacher, from Troy
Beman HOAG,
Capt. Francis BUNKER, sea captain from Hudson,
David WOOD, Saratoga co.,
John HEWITT, Sarataoga co.,
Richard NORTH, Columbia co.,
Joseph, Thomas and Benjamin MITCHELL, brothers, from Duchess co.,
Dr. Ephraim OTIS, physician, Saratoga co.,
Stephen BOGARDUS, Ghent, Columbia co.,
Benjamin WYBERT, Saratoga co.,
Enos & Amos PEASLEY, brothers,
Eliljah CORNELL, father of Hon. Ezra CORNELL & NY Gov. Alonzo Cornell.
Joseph & Benjamin TRIPP, Columbia co.,
David RING, Columbia co.,
James DERBYSHIRE, Saratoga co.,
Joseph UNDERWOOD, Duchess co., formerly from New England
Elder Joseph COLEY, Baptist minister; removed to New Woodstock

about 1808 or '9
Zenas RIDER, from North East, Duchess co.
David MAIN

about 1812
James NYE, from Athens
Eleazer H. SEARS
Aaron, Belden, Isaac & Nathan PADDOCK with mother from Duchess co.
Jonathan, Luke & Parson COON, brothers

Transcribed and contributed by Sandy Goodspeed, 1999.
Last updated: 22 Mar 2000

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