Monday, January 26, 2015

Nelson Niles Rathbun (1805-1880) - one of my 3 x great grandfathers

Nelson Niles Rathbun, one of 3 x great grandfathers was born June 19, 1805 in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Died July 7, 1880, Harley, Burford Twp., Brant Co., Ontario, Canada.

In 1814 came to Upper Canada with his parents. In 1831 they moved to Burford Twp. Upper Canada and bought 100A of lot 11 concession 7 near Harley, Ontario. On the 1871 Census of Burford Twp. he is listed as Independent Methodist Episcopal.

He married Mercy Ryder November 14, 1831 at Burford, Brant County, Upper Canada.

1. Edward Kipp
2. Phyllis Margaret Link (b November 19, 1906) - Carievale, Saskatchewan
3. Horace Lorenzo Link (b June 26, 1877) - Woodbury, Burford Twp., Brant County, Ontario Canada
4. Mercy Ann Rathbun (b July 13, 1856) - Burford, Brant County, Canada West
5. Horace Rathbun (b April 15, 1834) - Burford, Brant County, Upper Canada
6. Nelson Niles Rathbun (b June 19, 1805) - Tioga County, Pennsylvania, USA
7. William Rathbun ( b March 7, 1776) - Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts
8. Deacon Daniel Rathbun (b February 27, 1731) - Stonington, New London, Co., Connecticut
9. Rev. Joshua Rathbun (b February 9, 1696) - New Shoreham, Block Island, Rhode Island
10. John Rathbun Jr (b 1655) - Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massahcusetts
11. John Rathbun (b March 1630) - Prescott, Lancashire, England

Horace Rathbun (m Eliza Jane Hotrum)
Family Bible: In possession of Edward Kipp, Ottawa, Ontario

Census of Canada 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901.

House on the Burford Twp. townline lot 12 between the 5th and 6th: GPS N 43.11070  W -80.50050
Torn down between 2000 and 2010 to make way for a Ginsing farm. I have photos of the house.

Obituary: October 21, 1909, Brantford (Ontario) Weekly Expositor, Page 4 Col. 2

Burford Congregational Cemetery, Burford, Ontario.  Tombstone N 43.10170 W-80.42735

Nelson Niles Rathbun (m Mercy Ryder)
Biography # 1: October 1988, The Rathbun-Rathbone-Rathburn Family Historian Vol. 8 # 4 Page 60

Census of Canada 1851, 1861, 1871

Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Registrations of Deaths, 1869-1932. MS935. Brant Co., 1880, Reg. # 001308.

Probate: 1881, Ontario Surragate Court, Ontario Probate in Brant # 1390

Surrogate Court Index of Ontario, Canada 1859-1900. Vol. 20. Brant County. Compiled by June Gibson. Indexed by Elizabeth Hancocks & Shannon Hancocks. 1990.  Nelson Niles Rathbun, Burford, #719, 1880.

Harley Cemetery, Harley, Ontario.  Tombstone N 43.06899 W-80.47526

William Rathbun (m Irene Niles)
As a young man he moved to Union, Pennsylvania and purchased his claim of Jesse Losey.  He built a home before 1812.  He married there in 1799. About 1811, he sold his home to Ambrose Millard who was the husband of his niece, Mary Gordon. He was a farmer.  He returned to Saratoga County, New York.  About 1814, he moved to Canada.  He spent the last 20 years of his life in bed due to a stroke.

Biography #  2: 1883, History of Tioga, Pennsylvania 1804-1883
Biography # 1: January 1984, The Rathbun-Rathbone-Rathburn Family Historian Vol. 4 # 1 Page 11

US Federal Census 1810: Tioga County, Pennylvania
Canadian Census 1851 Canada West

Deacon Daniel Rathbun (m Sarah Higby)
He served in the French and Indian War in a company commanded by his brother-in-law, Uriah Stephens, in Col. Ebenezer Marsh's Regiment. Daniel move in the early 1760s to Berkshire Co., Mass., where he operated one of the first fulling mills in Great Barrington, Mass. He was moderator of the town meeting there in March 1766. He later lived in nearby Richmond. He was deacon in the Baptist Church and was occassionally called upon to preach. He had a brief stay with the Shakers. After three years he left this religious sect and published an account of his disillusionment with it. About 1804, he and his wife moved to Milton, in Saratoga Co., N.Y., to live with their son Valentine.

Descendants of Roger Williams, Book III. Sayles line through Mary Williams, compiled by Dorothy Higson White. Roger Williams Family Association, East Greenwich, RI: 2002.

Biography # 1: April 1982, The Rathbun-Rathbone-Rathburn Family Historian Vol. 2 # 2 Page 28

Connecticut Town Birth Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection)
Stonington. Daniel Rathbun. Gives birth date as Feb. 16, 1730/1. Vol. 3, Page 66.

US Federal Census 1790, 1800

Will: Saratoga County, New York Probate Book 6 Page 73

Tombstone: Deacon Daniel Rathbun, Rock City Cemetery, New York.

Find A Grave Rock City Falls Cemetery, Rock City, New York.
Cemetery GPS N 43.04964 W -73.91849. Tombstone GPS N 43.04943 W -73.91841.

Joshua Rathbun (m Mary Wightman)
Rhode Island Vital Extracts, 1636-1899 Joshua Rathbun Feb. 19, 1696. 1-114.
Arnold, James Newell. Rhode Island Vital Extracts, 1636–1850. 21 volumes. Providence, R.I.: Narragansett Historical Publishing Company, 1891–1912.

Biography # 1: July 1981, The Rathbun-Rathbone-Rathburn Family Historian Vol. 1 # 3 Page 44
Birth Certificate: New Shoreham Town Book #1-114

Estate Settlement: June 16, 1785, Stonington Town Records, Stonington, Connecticut

Descendants of Roger Williams, Book III. Sayles line through Mary Williams, compiled byDorothy Higson White. Roger Williams Family Association, East Greenwich, RI: 2002.

John Rathbun Jr (m Anna Dodge)
Biography # 1: April 1981, The Rathbun-Rathbone-Rathburn Family Historian Vol. 1 # 2 Page 28

New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence A. Torrey, CD, NEHGS, 2001

Will: New Shoreham, Newport, Rhode Island Book 2 Page 68-69. Will was dated May 8, 1720 and probated on March 9, 1722/23.

He died on Block Island.

John Rathbun (the Block Island settler) (m Margaret Acres)
John was baptized in the Anglican church in England.  He may have been a Quaker in Newport as his son's birth is registered in Quaker records there. He was a slave owner as he left a slave to his son, Thomas, at his death.

Baptism: March 08, 1629/30, Prescott Parish, County Lanscashire, England

Biography # 1: Records of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations 1686   Page 194-5
Biography # 2: July 1951, Some Notes on Block Islanders of the Seventeenth Century  by G. Andrew Moriarty in The New England Historical Genealogical Register Page 162-181 and 249-271
Biography # 3: 1980, "Saltbound, A Block Island Winter" by Chilton Williamson, Jr.
Biography # 4: January 1981, The Rathbun-Rathbone-Rathburn Family Historian  "John Rathbone of Block Island: Founder of Our Family in America" Vol. 1 # 1 Page 4

New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence A. Torrey, CD, NEHGS, 2001

Compendium of New England Pioneers, Archive CD Books, 2006.

A Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut, by Royal R. Hinman, Hartford, CT: 1852.

Will: February 12, 1701/02, New  Shoreham, Newport, Rhode Island Book 1 Page 285

Find A Grave Island Cemetery, New Shoreham, Washington County, Rhode Island. Memorial # 5836352. Rhode Island Historical Society.

Tombstone and Settler's Rock, Block Island, Rhode Island.

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