Anna Lydia Beach 1842-1929
Anna Lydia Beach was the sixth child of Nelson and Emily (Porter) Beach. She was born, at Watson, N.Y. on 9 September 1842. She married in 1863 to Horace Lester Greene, who was born in 1839 to Lester Greene and Emily Herkimer. Horace purchased the Mohawk Valley Register of Fort Plain, N.Y., and moved there in 1876. Horace died at Fort Plain on 1 October 1891 and Annie ran the paper for several years after that. She became very active in the Fort Plain Library and died at Fort Plain on 28 January 1929. They had four children in including our ancestors - Carlton Herkimer Greene and Nelson Beach Greene.
Anna Lydia Beach attended Mt. Holyoke College. On 13 July 1863, she married Horace Lester Greene of Little Falls, N.Y. The Greene's had moved to Little Falls NY in 1861. Horace's father, Lester Greene and Emily's father were both involved in the Whig Party and the Republican Party to the Assembly of New York. Anna's father also patronized the Greene's grocery store at Indian Castle Lock, on the Erie Canal. Is that how Anna meet Horace?
In October 1964, Horace's brother, Alzono, married Anna's older sister, Mary Porter Beach. Alzono was a post-master, city engineer and justice of peace at Little Falls.
After Anna and Horace were married they lived at Little Falls NY. Three of their four children were born in Little Falls. Their first child, Lillian Lester Greene was born in January 1865. The following year Horace went into the insurance business with his brother, Alzono. In August of 1867 Anna had a baby girl, Josephine Annie. Nelson Beach Greene was born in November 1869.
Alzono and Mary Greene had five children born between 1865 and 1873. Family dinners must have been fun! Alzono was active with the erection of a monument at General Herkimer's birth place. Both Alzono and Horace Greene were closely identified with the Republican party.
In 1876, Horace purchased the Mohawk Valley Register of Fort Plain, and shortly afterwards, he moved from Little Falls to Fort Plain. Anna's father, Nelson Beach, died in his residence at Lowville, which is near Watson, N.Y., on 20 February 1876. After her father died her mother, Emily Porter Beach, came to live with them.
In December of 1880, Anna and Horace's youngest child, Carlton Herkimer Greene was born. The children attended public schools at Fort Plain. In 1885, Horace and Annie Greene had a house built on #5 West Street at Fort Plain.
Annie's two daughter graduated from Clinton Liberal Institute. Lillian graduated and taught music. Josephine graduated in 1886 and studied art at the Art Students League at New York City. She taught art at numerous schools. Both Lillian and Josephine never married. Nelson studied art at New York City. Carlton graduated from Clinton Institute in 1899 and won a scholarship to Cornell university.
Horace L. Greene died on 1 October 1891, leaving Annie to run the newspaper for several years. Anna stayed at their home on West Street in Fort Plain. Annie's son, Nelson helped her run the paper. Anna's mother, Emily Herkimer Greene died on 25 October 1895 at Fort Plain, N.Y.
Annie's youngest, Carlton, left Cornell in 1903. Carlton married Maude Sophia Leppert of Canajoharie in November 1904. Carlton went into the advertising business in Chicago, where Nicholas Herkimer Greene was born in April 1906. This was Annie's first grandchild.
In 1905 Nelson married Lillian Currier Steinhart. They lived at West Street in Fort Plain with Annie. Nelson became a noted artist-writer. Later he became involved with the Fort Plain Standard. Nelson and Lillian had a baby girl, Sally, born in April 1907. This was Annie's second grandchild. Nicholas and Sally were more like brother and sister than just cousins. When Carlton and his family would visit, Sally and Nicholas would rattle the walls of #5 West Street!
Carlton and his family moved back to New York City where he became an expert in foreign trade advertising. Carlton and Maude gave Annie her third grandchild. Frederick Horace Greene was born in March of 1915. Although Carlton had extensive tours through Central and South America, he and Maude often visited Fort Plain so Annie could see her grandsons grow up. Nicholas graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1928. Nicholas married his Fort Plain sweetheart, Ruth DeWandelaer on 15 August 1928.
Anna Beach died on 28 January 1929, in her home on #5 West Street, at Fort Plain after a long illness. Annie was a writer of some note, and wrote many articles for the paper. For more than forty years, Annie was actively identified with the Fort Plain Library Association. She was very instrumental in having the Williams Memorial Library become one of the better small libraries of the Mohawk Valley.
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Nelson Beach 1800-1876
Nelson John Beach was the first child of John and Lydia (Porter) Beach. He was born at Hebron, Ct. on 20 September 1800. He married in 1829 to his cousin - Emily Porter, who was born in 1806 to Bela Porter and Mary Strong. Nelson was an Erie Canal Commissioner, a New York State Senator, and a V.P. of the Hudson River Railroad. Nelson died on 22 February 1876 at Lowville, (near Watson, N.Y.), while Emily died at Fort Plain, N.Y. in 1895. They had nine children, including our ancestor - Anna Beach.
Nelson John Beach parents, John Beach and Lydia (Porter) Beach had grown up together as children at Hebron, CT. Hebron was their home since they married in 1798. Nelson's younger sister and two younger brothers were also born at Hebron.
Nelson's aunt and uncle, Bela Porter and "Polly" (Strong) Porter, also lived at Hebron where their parents and grandparents had lived. His cousin, Emily Porter, was born at Hebron CT on 22 September 1806. Her two younger sisters and three younger brothers were also born at Hebron.
The Beach and Porter families were very close. As brother and sister, Bela Porter and Lydia Beach had an endearing relationship. Bela was four years older than Lydia.
John and Lydia (Porter) Beach left their ancestral home of Hebron and moved their family to Watson, Lewis County, New York in 1814. John Beach was charge of an estate belonging to Mr. Watson, after whom Watson was named. Nelson was fourteen at the time. Holidays became the only time the cousins shared together at Hebron.
Nelson's uncle, Bela Porter, died on 11 November 1818. Aunt "Polly" (Strong) Porter married again at Hebron in 1823 to John S. Porter, a cousin of Bela's.
About 1821, Nelson Beach spent one year at the Lowville Academy, devoting most of his studies to surveying. From 1822 to 1829, he spent most of his time surveying land, doing some farming and clearing of land.
Nelson's cousin, Emily Porter was schooled at New Haven CT and at Hartford, CT. Nelson John Beach and Emily Porter were married at Lowville NY on 12 October 1828. What a wedding that must have been ! Emily (Porter) and Nelson Beach had nine children:
Amelia S. Beach was born at Watson on 3 September 1830. George Byron Beach was born at Watson on 2 April 1832. Josephine was born at Watson on 8 July 1834. Georgina Emily Beach was born on 8 May 1835. Jessie A. Beach was born on 3 December 1836. Mary Porter was born at Watson on 12 February 1837, and married on 19 October 1864 to Alonzo Herkimer Greene. Henry Harrison died young. Anna Lydia Beach was born at Watson, N.Y. on 9 September 1842. Henrietta was born at Watson on 2 March 1845. Lydia Ann died young. Emily (Emma) Porter was born at Watson on 21 June 1851.
Nelson Beach had a farm at Lowville, which is near Watson NY. The farm became known as "Beach's Bridge". He built their home there in 1836. Nelson worked the farm for many years and improved his farm from 1836 to 1846.
Nelson had a long and varied life. He was a surveyor, a farmer and a hotel keeper at Beach's Bridge (from 1831-1835). In 1836, he gathered statistics on which to obtain funds to build the Black River Canal. Nelson Beach was also an engineer for the Erie Canal, and helped to enlarge it by 100%. He eventually became an Erie Canal Commissioner in 1848. In 1847, Nelson was elected by the Whigs, as a New York State Senator for one year. In 1849, he was elected to the Assembly by the Whig Party.
In 1854, Nelson Beach was hired as the Superintendent of the Hudson River Railroad. While he was working for the Hudson River Railroad, the family lived in Rome and Poughkeepsie, N.Y. In 1858, he became a vice president of the Hudson River Railroad. Immediately after the passage of the Internal Revenue Law, in 1862 and until 1870, he was appointed IRS as an assessor for the 20th Congressional District.
Nelson Beach, died in his residence at Lowville, which is near Watson, N.Y., on 20 February 1876. After he died, Emily Porter Beach, went to live with her daughter, Anna (Beach) and Horace Greene in Fort Plain NY. Emily (Porter) Beach died on 25 October 1895 at Fort Plain, N.Y.
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John Beach 1773-1845
John Beach was born on 30 January 1770 at Hebron CT. His father, Elisha Beach, entered the army and served in the Revolutionary War and in May 1773 as an Ensign (later a Lieutenant) in the 16th Company of the 5th Regiment. He was also in Captain Tarbox's Company of Militia, 12th Regiment, which went to East Chester, N.Y. in September of 1776. His title of Captain is said to have been acquired through service in the State Militia, after the close of the Revolution.
John Beach was the middle child of nine children. His parents, Capt. Elisha and Desire (Taylor) Beach, lived at Hebron where their nine children grew up with the Porter and Strong children.
John Beach married Lydia Porter on 1 June 1798. John Beach was twenty-five years old and Lydia Porter was twenty. Lydia Porter was the daughter of Increase Porter Jr. and Lydia Woodworth. Increase Porter Jr. was a widower with six children still at home. His oldest daughter, Lucy, was just married in February; Aaron was eighteen and the youngest was about eight.
Can you imagine the wedding. The ceremony taking place in a New England church at Hebron. John's father, dressed in his captain uniform, escorting his mother to their seats on the front row. Lydia's mother, Lydia Woodworth Porter, had died in 1792. Her Aunt Anna took the place of the bride's mother. The church is filled with three generation of Beaches, Porters, and Strongs. Lydia's brother, Bela, was sixteen and giving the eye to Mary "Polly" Strong, even though she was just barely twelve. At the sound of the "wedding march", Increase Porter Jr. marched down the aisle with Lydia on his arm. Lydia looked beautiful in her mother's white tulle, lace wedding gown. Remember this wedding; because in the next generation Lydia (Porter) and John Beach's son will marry the daughter of "Polly" Strong and Bela Porter's daughter.
John and Lydia Beach lived at Hebron. They had four children. Their first child was named Nelson John Beach; he was born at Hebron on 20 September 1800. Mary Ann was born at Hebron on 11 September 1802. John Sidney was born at Hebron on 15 June 1804. Laura (Laury) Porter was born at Litchfield, CT on 23 September 1806. Did John and Lydia move from Hebron to Litchfield?
John and Lydia (Porter) Beach moved from Connecticut to Watson, Lewis Co., N.Y. in 1814. John was to take charge of an estate belonging to a Mr. Watson, for which Watson, N.Y. was named. Nelson was fourteen years old and Laury was eight years old. The four Beach children grew up in Watson, but often visited their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins at Hebron. One of the cousins was little Emily Porter born in 1806.
John's mother, Desire (Taylor) Beach died on 16 May 1816. His father, Elisha Beach, died on 15 March 1823 at Hebron. Both are buried at the Burrows Hill Cemetery, Hebron. There a monument stands to them. Lydia (Porter) Beach died at Watson on 12 November 1835; she was only fifty-seven. Lydia's father, Increase Porter Jr. lived until 1838. John Beach died on 15 May 1845.
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Elisha Beach 1739-1823
Elisha Beach was born on 6 April 1739. He was next to youngest of six children. Elisha had four older sisters and a younger brother, Azariah Jr, who was born on 23 February 1743. The Beaches lived in Hebron CT. His grandfather, Richard Beach was a founder of the town.
The six Beach children grew up on the farm at Hebron and all married except Medad, who may have died as a young woman. Mindwell was married in 1753 to Ezekiel Jones of Hebron. She died on 8 July 1799. Lydia married and was listed as Lydia Reide in Deacon Azariah's will. Katherine married and was listed as Katherine Jones in Deacon Azariah's will. Azariah Jr was married in 1768 to Elizabeth Skinner. Azariah died on 15 January 1820, and had 11 eleven children.
On 11 October 1764, Elisha Beach married Desire Taylor, who was born about 1741. Desire Taylor may have been a descendant of John Taylor from Northampton. Remember "Thankful", "Experience", and "Mindwell"?
Elisha and Desire (Taylor) Beach had nine children, all born at Hebron. Twins, Elisha Jr. and Elijah, were born on 20 July 1765. Elijah died 18 November 1784, unmarried. Lydia was born on 13 July 1767, and Abigail was born on 24 July 1769.
John Beach was born on 30 January 1770.Desire was born on 31 March 1775, and Lydia was born on 26 April 1777. Daniel was born on 25 July 1779, and Eunice was born on 25 July 1781.
Elisha Beach entered the army and served in the Revolutionary War and in May 1773 as an Ensign (later a Lieutenant) in the 16th Company of the 5th Regiment. He was also in Captain Tarbox's Company of Militia, 12th Regiment, which went to East Chester, N.Y. in September of 1776. His title of Captain is said to have been acquired through service in the State Militia, after the close of the Revolution.
Desire (Taylor) Beach died on 16 May 1816. Elisha Beach died on 15 March 1823 at Hebron. Both are buried at the Burrows Hill Cemetery, Hebron. There a monument stands dedicated to them.
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Azariah Beach 2nd 1705-1786
Azariah Beach was born on 3 September 1705 at Stratford (know also as New Haven CT). His parents were Richard Beach and Hannah Foote. Azariah was the oldest of seven children. His family move to Durham in 1708 when Azariah grew up. When Azariah was 25, his father moved to another new town - Hebron, CT, about 20 miles northeast of New Haven, on the west side of the Connecticut River. Azariah Beach remained in Durham probably because his love lived there.
On 20 October 1730, Azariah Beach married Lydia Burt. Azariah was twenty-five and Lydia was twenty years old. They lived in Durham as newly weds where their two oldest children were born and baptized. Mindwell was baptized at Durham on 1 August 1731, and Lydia was baptized on 28 April 1733. Azariah was elected to succeeded his father as the Surveyor of Highways and later served in many other offices.
A short time later, Azariah followed his father to Hebron, where the four younger members of his family were born. Medad was on 19 February 1735, Katherine was born on 9 March 1737, Elisha Beach was born on 6 April 1739. Azariah Jr was born on 23 February 1743.
In 1738, Azariah was deeded his father's Hebron farm of 104 acres. Azariah acquired other tracts of land. Like his father, Azariah Beach deeded much of his land to his children, with Azariah Jr receiving most of it.
The six Beach children grew up on the farm at Hebron and all married except Medad, who may have died as a young woman. Mindwell was married in 1753 to Ezekiel Jones of Hebron. She died on 8 July 1799. Lydia married and was listed as Lydia Reide in Deacon Azariah's will. Katherine married and was listed as Katherine Jones in Deacon Azariah's will. Azariah Jr was married in 1768 to Elizabeth Skinner.
Azariah Beach was very active in church affairs. After 1781, he was always referred to as "Deacon". Azariah's will was dated 10 March 1783, and he died at Hebron on 2 April 1785.
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Richard Beach 1677-1745
Richard Beach was born at Killingworth, Ct., on 16 October 1677. His parents, Azariah and Martha (Ives) Beach moved to Killingworth, Ct., where Azariah was one of the proprietors and grant owner. Richard Beach grew up at Killingworth with his three brothers and three sisters. Richard was the middle child. In 1694 the Beaches moved to New Haven CT where Richard's father died in 1696.
On 7 December 1704 Richard Beach and Hannah Foote were married. Richard was 27 and Hannah was 20 years old. Hannah was the daughter of Daniel and Sarah Foote. Daniel and Sarah Foote lived in Stratford, CT since 1686. Hannah Foote grew up in Hadley, Mass. Hannah's sister, Elizabeth (Foote) Daniel, and three of her children were killed by the Indians in her home at Deerfield, Mass. on 16 September 1696. Sarah Foote died on 26 March 1704 before Hannah married Richard Beach.
Richard and Hannah Beach settled at Stratford (know also as New Haven CT), after their marriage. Their first two children were born there. Azariah Beach was born on 3 September 1705. John was born on 10 September 1707.
In 1708, the Beach family moved to the new town of Durham, CT (about 6 miles northeast of New Haven), where Richard Beach was one of the original proprietors, owning over 100 acres. They resided at Durham until 1730, where their remaining five children were born. Abigail was born on 5 February 1710. Hannah was born about 1714. Eunice was born on 28 March 1716, and Benjamin was born on 5 May 1721. Sarah was born on 8 March 1724.
About 1730, Richard Beach became interested in another new town - Hebron, CT Hebron is about 20 miles northeast of New Haven, on the west side of the Connecticut River. Richard Beach took the Freeman's Oath at Hebron, CT on 15 September 1730. He sold over 100 acres of land, that he had acquired at Durham. Richard Beach moved his entire family to Hebron, with the exception of Azariah, who was already married and settled at Durham.
In addition to the original Hebron town land grant, Richard purchased a 104 acre farm and several other tracts of land. Richard Beach appears to have been one of the more substantial men of Hebron. On 12 December 1732, he became the first surveyor of highways. From here on, the records are not clear. By 1745, Richard Beach deeded most of his lands at Hebron to his children and sold the remaining. It is believed that Richard Beach returned to Durham and spent the remaining years of his life there. Richard Beach died sometime after 1745.
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Azariah Beach 1646-1696
Azariah Beach was born at New Haven, Ct. on 6 July 1646, and was baptized there on 21 May 1648. Azariah had an older brother and sister and two younger sisters.
Azariah's father, Richard Beach was born about 1620 at Hartfordshire, England. The Beaches, along with Azariah's uncles, John and Thomas, came from London in 1635 on the ship "Elizabeth and Ann". They settled at the New Haven Colony before June 1639. Richard Beach signed the Connecticut Compact and the New Haven Civil Code at Newman's Barn in 1639. New Haven was not part of Connecticut until after 1640.
About 1641, Richard Beach married at New Haven, Ct., to Catherine Cook, who was born about 1616. Catherine Cook was the widow of Andrew Hull of New Haven. Richard Beach took the oath of fidelity, required of all, on 1 July 1644. Azariah Beach was born in 1646 at New Haven CT.
The Beach family did not stay settled in any one place very long. Azariah's family lived at New Haven until about 1648, when it is believed that they moved to Wallingford, CT.
In 1660, Azariah's father purchased land at Stratford, Ct., the same year that his brother, Uncle John, moved there. In 1664 Azariah's father was a tavern keeper at Stratford. Elizabethtown, N.J. was founded in 1664. That same year, Azariah's father sold out at Stratford and moved the entire family, with the exception of Benjamin, to Elizabethtown. In 1665, his father purchased a 13 acre house lot there, and made several other land purchases, and owned 102 acres.
Azariah Beach was nineteen when his family moved to Elizabethtown, N.J. but he did not remain there very long. Azariah Beach was in Newark, N.J. in 1669 and then moved to the vicinity of New Haven CT. In 1673, Azariah Beach took the place that had been his father's home at Wallingford, Ct.
About 1674, Azariah Beach married Martha Ives at Wallingford. Azariah and Martha Beach settled at Wallingford where their first child was born. About 1677 the Beaches moved to Killingworth, where Azariah was one of the proprietors and grant owners. Azariah Beach and Martha Ives Beach were known to have seven children. Richard Beach was born at Killingworth on 16 October 1677.
Little is known of Azariah Beach after 1685, except that he returned to New Haven about 1694 and died there about 1696 at the age of fifty.
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Martha Ives was born in New Haven, CT. about 1646. She was the middle child of five children. Her father, William Ives, left his home at Norfolkshire and sailed from London on 19 September 1635 aboard the ship "True Love", which was bound for Boston and arrived there in November 1635. In April 1638 the Ives made their first home at Watertown, Mass. and next settled at the Quinnipiack Colony (Indian word for "long-water-place". Quinnipack became known as New Haven, Ct. William Ives was one of the sixty-three original "free planters" of New Haven.
The Ives were Puritans and had seats in the meeting house at New Haven in 1646. William Ives was admitted as a Freeman of the Colony on 25 December 1641. William Ives died in 1648, leaving Martha's mother a widow with five young children. Martha was only three years old when her father died.
Martha's mother remarried on 7 November 1648 to Dr. William Bassett and had four children by him. Martha was sixteen when her mother died in 1662. Martha probably stayed there with her step-father, two brothers, two sister and four half-brothers or sisters. About 1674 Martha Ives married Azariah Beach.
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Daniel Foote was born in 1652. His parents, Nathaniel and Elizabeth Smith) Foote Jr. and four children had moved from Hadley to Wethersfield CT. some time before 1652. Daniel Foote's younger sister, Little Elizabeth, was born in 1654. His father is the same Nathaniel Foote Jr. who was an ancestor of Eunice Trowbridge. Little Elizabeth Foote married Daniel Belding; their daughter married James Trowbridge.
Daniel's grandfather, Nathaniel Foote Sr., owned several tracts of land at Hartford, amounting to over 400 acres. He was a farmer and a Deputy to the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1641, 1643 and 1644. Nathaniel Foote Sr. was a very pious and industrious farmer, besides being one of the richest landowners of his day.
Daniel Foote's father died at Wethersfield after 7 June 1655, the date of his will, and before 23 September 1655, when his inventory was taken. The four Foote children ranged in ages from seven to one year old. Daniel Foote was three and Little Elizabeth was only one year old. Her mother remarried to William Gull of Wethersfield and had four children by him. Elizabeth (Smith) (Foote) Gull died on 16 December 1668.
Daniel Foote married a young woman named Sarah; They lived at Stratford CT. Daniel and Sarah Foote had eight children. Their first daughter, Hannah Foote, was born at Hadley, Mass on 13 February 1684. Hannah had two older brothers.
Daniel Foote's sister, Elizabeth Foote, had married Daniel Belding in 1671. About 1686 the Beldings ,moved to Deerfield, Mass. It was in the 1696 Massacre at Deerfield that Elizabeth (Foote) Belding and three of her children were killed by French Mohawk Indians.
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Hannah Foote, was born at Hadley, Mass on 13 February 1684. Her parents were Daniel and Sarah Foote. Hannah was the third child, and first girl of eight children. Hannah Foote grew up in Hadley with her seven siblings. Hannah Foote married Richard Beach on 7 December 1704. Click on Richard Beach to learn about Hannah's married life.
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Lydia Burt was born about 1710. Her parents were Jonathan and Mindwell (Taylor) Burt. Lydia Burt grew up with her sisters and brother at the Burt's homestead at Northampton. Lydia Burt married Azariah Beach on 20 October 1730. Click on Azariah Beach to learn about Lydia's married life.
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Jonathan Burt was born on 5 September 1671 at Northampton to David and Mary (Holton) Burt. Jonathan was the middle child of thirteen children. However his two oldest brothers were killed by Indians in 1660. His oldest sister died at the age of three in 1663.
Johnathan Burt married on 2 June 1696 to Mindwell Taylor. She was the daughter of Capt. John Taylor and Thankful Woodward.
Jonathan and Mindwell lived in David Burt's homestead, at Northampton, until their deaths. Jonathan Burt died on 15 October 1745, and Mindwell on 6 November 1761. They had at least five children: Jonathan Jr was born in July 1697, Eleazar was born on 30 January 1699, Mindwell was born on 22 November 1700, Lydia Burt was born about 1710, and Eleazar was born on 29 December 1717.
Sarah Burt, Johnathan Burt's sister, was born on 2 May 1665, and married in 1688 to Robert Porter.
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David Burt was baptized at Harberton, Devonshire, England, on 18 October 1629, and he came to Massachusetts with his parents, sometime before 1638.
Henry Burt, David's father and a New England settler, was probably the son of Henry Burtt of Harberton, Devonshire, England. Henry was a prosperous clothier and landholder, who at his death, owned a flock of sheep and a considerable stock of cloth and yarn. The Burts were, for the most part, Presbyterians and Baptists.
Henry Burt was born at Harbeton, Devonshire, England, about 1595. He married at Dean-Prior, Devonshire, on 28 December 1619 to Eulalia (or Ulalia) Marche, a Higuenot. She was the daughter of Richard Marche and Joan Martyn.
Henry, Ulalia and their seven children came to New England as early as 1635. The exact date of Henry and Eulalia's emigration from Harberton to New England is not known (they probably came on the ship "James" in 1635). David Burt was about six when he and his family sailed for New England.
Henry Burt was a clothier and they were living at Roxbury, Mass. (near Boston) as early as the winter of 1638/39. Their house burned in November 1639, and in early 1640, Henry and others followed William Pynchon to "Agawan on the Connecticut" (Springfield, Mass.). He is considered as one of the town founders, and because of the size of Henry's family (7 children) he was given a larger allotment of land. Henry Burt was frequently called upon to serve as a juryman, and he became prominent in public affairs, including being chosen as one of the first Selectman from 1644 to 1655. He also was elected, on 29 May 1649, as the Town Clerk of Springfield, and was a man of great education and ability. He often conducted the religious services of the town, in the absence of the minister. Henry died at Springfield on 30 April 1662, and Eulalia died there, 28 years later on 29 August 1690. They had at least thirteen children, with the last four being born at Springfield.
Their oldest child, Abigail Burt, was born about 1623 in England. Abigail married for the 3rd time in 1676 to Lt.Thomas Stebbins. Their youngestchild was born 1647. David Burt was baptized at Harberton, Devonshire, England, on 18 October 1629, and he came to Massachusetts with his parents, sometime before 1638.
David Burt resided with his parents at Roxbury and Springfield, and later helped found the town of Northampton, Mass.. David moved to Nonotuck (or Norwottocke and was later known as Northampton) in early 1654.
David Burt married, at Northampton, on 18 November 1654 to Mary Holton (this was the first marriage recorded there). Mary's father, William Holton, emigrated from Suffilkshire, England, in 1634 with Rev. Thomas Hooker's party aboard the ship "Francis". William Holton was one of the founders and original settlers of Hartford CT. He married at Hartford and returned to England for three years. About 1653 the Holtons return to Northampton Mass.
In 1657 William Holton was a Selectman from Northampton and in 1659 he helped layout Hadley Mass. He was ordained as a Deacon on 13 May 1663. William Holton served as a Representative from Northampton during the period of 1664 to 1671. In October 1672, he helped layout Northfield, Mass. He took the Oath of Allegiance at Northampton on 8 February 1678.
David Burt married Mary Holton a year after the Holtons returned from England. They were married at Northampton on 18 November 1654 (this was the first marriage recorded there). David and Mary Burt had thirteen children born between 1656 and 1682.
Their first born child, David, was born on 14 July 1656, and was killed by Indians on 30 August 1660. Jonathan was born 1 May 1658, killed by Indians on 15 August 1660. Henry was born on 20 August 1660. Mary was born on 28 March 1663, and died on 3 November 1666. Sarah was born on 2 May 1665, and married in 1688 to Robert Porter. Hannah was born on 2 September 1667. David was born on 25 August 1669, and died on 8 February 1690. Jonathan Burt, our ancestor, was born on 5 September 1671. Joseph was born on 26 September 1673. Mary was baptized on 3 May 1673, and married 1st in 1706 to Thomas Hastings, and 2nd in 1713 to Samuel Belden. Ruth was born in April 1677. Benjamin was born on 17 November 1680, and married in 1702 to Sarah Belden. He died on 20 May 1759. John was born on 29 April 1682. Mary (Holton) Burt was about forty-five when their youngest child was born.
David Burt took the oath of a Freeman, at Northampton, on 8 February 1679. He was a farmer, a land surveyor, and he also laid out highways.
David Burt died, at Northampton, on 9 September 1690, leaving a rather large estate to Mary, who remarried in 1692 to Joseph Root, of Northampton. She died, at Northampton, on 16 December 1713.
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Mindwell Taylor was born, at Northampton, Mass., on 19 August 1677. Her parents were Captain John Taylor and Thankful (Woodward) Taylor. Mindwell was one of thirteen children.
On 2 June 1696 Mindwell married Jonathan Burt. Jonathan and Mindwell lived in David Burt's homestead, at Northampton, until their deaths. Jonathan died on 15 October 1745, and Mindwell on 6 November 1761. They had at least five children: Jonathan Jr was born in July 1697, Eleazar was born on 30 January 1699, Mindwell was born on 22 November 1700, Lydia Burt was born about 1710, and Eleazar was born on 29 December 1717.
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Capt. John Taylor
John Taylor Jr, was born at Windsor about 1641. He was the first born to John and Rhoda Taylor. John's father was a Puritan and sailed from Haverhill, Suffolkshire, England on 12 June 1630, with the John Winthrop fleet. John's father was a Freeman on 18 May 1631 and settled at Lynn, Mass.. Shortly afterwards, his wife and youngest child died. John Taylor Sr. probably came to Windsor, Ct., with Rev. Ephraim Hewett, on 17 August 1639, and married again there to a widow named Rhoda.
John's younger brother, Thomas, was born at Windsor in 1643. His mother had three more children, all girls. Abigail and Anna died as infants in 1643, 1644. Hannah died as a young child in 1650.
John's father made his will on 24 November 1645, prior to making a voyage back to England in January 1646. His father and the "Phantom Ship of New Haven" (the first ship to be built in the colony) were never heard from again. About 1660, John's mother remarried to Walter Hoyt and move to Norwalk, Ct.
John Taylor Jr. was married at Northampton, Mass. on 18 December 1662 to Thankful Woodward. She was born about 1643 to Henry and Elizabeth Woodward.
John and Thankful Taylor had thirteen children. who were all born at Northampton. Their first child, Thankful, was born 29 October 1663. Johanna was born on 27 September 1665. John was born on 10 October 1667. Rhoda was born 26 September 1669,and Elizabeth was born 13 July 1672, and died on 3 June 1681. Mary was born 13 October 1673. Jonathan was born 19 September 1675, Mindwell - our ancestor - was born in 1677. Lydia was born 18 March 1679. Thomas was born on 4 November 1680. Elizabeth was born on 17 September 1682. Experience was born in October 1684, and died young. Samuel was born on 30 August 1688.
John Taylor set up a saw mill in 1674. He became a captain of the Hampshire Troop of horses and was a grantee of Northfield, Mass. in 1683. He served in the King William's War in 1688 at the age of forty-seven. John Taylor received 80 acres of land at Northampton in 1703.
John Taylor was killed there by the Indians on 13 May 1704, after their attack on Pascomuck. Thankful moved to Norwalk to live with her son - John.
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Thankful Woodward was born, at Dorchester, Mass., about 1643. Thankful's father, Henry Woodward emigrated from Much Worton, Lancashire, England on the ship "James", with Richard Mether and Captain John Taylor Sr., on 16 August 1635. Henry Woodward settled at Dorchester in 1639, and was a Freeman and Proprietor of Dorchester on 10 May 1643.
Henry Woodward and his wife, Elizabeth, had four children, who were all born at Dorchester. Freedom Woodward, Experience, Thankful and John.
In 1659, Henry Woodward moved to Northampton, Mass., where he was one of the founders of the first church there, and became one of the "seven pillars". Henry Woodward signed a church convent there on 18 June 1661, with John Ingersoll. Henry Woodward was the Quartermaster of the Hampshire Troops in 1663 and a Commissioner in 1667.
Henry Woodward was killed, when struck by the mill wheel, in his grist mill at Northampton, on 7 April 1685. Elizabeth died on 16 August 1690.
Freedom Woodward was baptized, at Dorchester, Mass., in July 1642. She married, on 18 November 1662, to Jedediah Strong, who was born, at Northampton, Mass. in 1637. Jedediah was a farmer at Northampton, and died in 1733. Freedom died on 17 May 1681. She had thirteen children, including Jedediah Strong Jr who was born in 1667.
Thankful Woodward was born, at Dorchester, Mass., about 1643. She married on 18 December 1662 to John Taylor Jr. who was born in 1641. John was the son of Captain John Taylor Sr who had come to New England with Thankful's father.
Thankful and John Taylor settled at Northampton, Mass. John and Thankful had thirteen children, including Mindwell Taylor. She was born in 1677, and married in 1696 to Jonathan Burt. John Taylor was killed by Indians on 13 May 1704. Thankful moved to Norwalk, Ct. to live with her son - John Taylor III.
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Lydia Porter was born on March 1776 at Hebron CT to Lydia (Woodworth) and Increase Porter Jr. This is the fourth generation of Porters to live at Hebron, Tolland County CT. Hebron is twenty-miles northeast of New Haven.
Lydia Porter grew up at Hebron with her older sister, two younger brothers and three younger sisters. Bela Porter was Lydia's brother. Note that Bel's daughter married Lydia's oldest son!. Lydia's mother died in March of 1792. Lydia's older sister was 18 and her youngest sister was two. Lucy probably took care of her younger brothers and sisters until she married.
At that time Lydia was twenty and Bela was sixteen. However Lydia did not stay home either! Lydia Porter was married at Hebron, CT, on 1 June 1798 (or January) to John Beach. He was born 30 January 1773 to Capt. Elisha Beach and Desire Taylor of Hebron.
John and Lydia (Porter) Beach lived at Hebron. They had four children. Their first child was named Nelson John Beach; he was born at Herbon on 20 September 1800. Mary Ann was born at Hebron on 11 September 1802. John Sidney was born at Hebron on 15 June 1804. Laura (Laury) Porter was born at Lichfield, CT on 23 September 1806. Did John and Lydia move from Hebron to Lichfield?
John and Lydia (Porter) Beach moved from Connecticut to Watson, Lewis Co., N.Y. in 1814. John was to take charge of an estate belonging to a Mr. Watson, for which Watson, N.Y. was named. Nelson was fourteen years old and Laury was eight years old. The four Beach children grew up in Watson, but often visited their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins at Hebron.
Lydia (Porter) Beach died at Watson on 12 November 1835; she was only fifty-seven. Lydia's father, Increase Porter Jr. lived until 1838. and John Beach on 15 May 1845.
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Emily Porter 1778-1835
Emily Porter was born in 1806. Emily's parents, Mary (Strong) and Bela Porter, lived at Hebron and raised their six children: William, Emily, Benjamin, Cephas, Bela Jr. and Mary.
Emily's father, Bela Porter, died on 11 November 1818, at the age of thirty-six. Mary was a widow with six young children; Emily was twelve and the youngest must have been a baby. Mary (Strong) Porter married again at Hebron in 1823 to John S. Porter (a cousin of Bela).
Emily Porter was schooled at New Haven CT and at Hartford, CT. She married her first cousin, Nelson John Beach, at Lowville NY on 12 October 1828. Actually this must have reduced the size of the wedding list since the mother of the groom was also the bride's aunt and the bride's step-father was an uncle of the groom.
Click on Nelson Beach to learn about Emily Porter's adult life.
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Bela Porter was born on March 1782 at Hebron CT to Lydia (Woodworth) and Increase Porter Jr. This is the fourth generation of Porters to live at Hebron, Tolland County CT. Hebron is twenty-miles northeast of New Haven.
Bela Porter grew up at Hebron with her two older sisters, younger brothers and three younger sisters. His mother died in March of 1792. Bela's older sisters was 16 and 18; his youngest sister was two. His sisters, Lucy and Lydia, probably took care of the younger brothers and sisters. Lucy married 1796.
At that time Lydia was twenty and Bela was sixteen. However Lydia did not stay home either! Lydia Porter was married at Hebron, CT, on 1 June 1798 (or January) to John Beach.
This left the boys, Aaron and Bela, to take care of the younger children. Bela stayed home until the age of twenty-three. In 1805 both Bela and Clarinda were married. Bela Porter married Mary "Polly" Strong. Mary "Polly" Strong was born at Hebron on 29 June 1787 to David and Leah (Bissell) Strong. The Strongs lived on the family farm in Hebron.
Mary "Polly" Strong and Bela Porter married at Hebron in 1805. Like Bela's sisters wedding, it was well attended by Strongs, Porters and Beaches. Lydia (Porter) and John Beach brought their three young children. Maybe Bela's five year old nephew, Nelson Beach, was ring bearer and his three year old niece was flower girl?
Mary and Bela Porter lived at Hebron and raised their six children: William, Emily, Benjamin, Cephas, Bela Jr. and Mary. Emily Porter was born in 1806.
Bela Porter died on 11 November 1818, at the age of thirty-six. Mary was a widow with six young children; Emily was twelve and the youngest must have been a baby. Mary (Strong) Porter married again at Hebron in 1823 to John S. Porter (a cousin of Bela).
Mary's father, David Strong, died in 1821; her mother died in 1830. Bela's father, Increase Porter Jr., lived until 1838.
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The End of the Beach Ancestors