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Re: Jesse Birchard and Lydia Waterman
Posted by: Edna Laughter (ID *****8922) Date: April 25, 2012 at 19:59:36
In Reply to: Re: Jesse Birchard and Lydia Waterman by rachael sorenson of 299

Hi Rachael,
I'm so glad to hear from you. I did not want you to think I am ignoring you, and just accidently found your answer. I don't remember seeing a notice that you had responded, but I could have missed it.

I pretty much sent you what I have, and cannot locate the name Elizabeth in any of Jesse's material I have in my book about the Colonial Birchards. But there are some more possible helps. His diary was published in The American Genealogist in 1889, I had read about the diary and was thrilled to find it. It was published in TAG by a very nice man, Barton B. Williams. We had a nice correspondence. You should be able to find it in any library that has a good genealogy section. Also, check out Caulkins History of Norwich. It contains a lot of the same names that are associated with the Norwich Birchards. It seems that Jesse lived all his life there. I did follow forward three of Jesse's and Lydia Waterman Backus' children: Lydia was the oldest (1768), then came Jesse Jr (1770), Mary (1773)and Jabez Avery (1775). Jesse Jr. had another Jesse: Jesse Tracy Birchard. Jesse Jr.married Harriet Smith and had: Ashael Wright B; Jesse Tracy B; John Smith B. Jabez Avery married Mary Downer and had Mary Margaret B; Jabez Avery B Jr.; Fanny Hough B; Charles Downer B; Backus B; and George B. The two sons of Jesse Sr. and Lydia went to Pennsylvania and one of them , Jesse Jr., stayed to found a large contingent of Birchards who are still there. I am in contact with them still, and they are wonderful people-- so proud of their heritage. I can put you in touch with them if you wish. Maybe that will help. But I still do not see an Elizabeth. I would love for you to access a copy of my book. I am in the process of sending a set of them to libraries in South Dakota. I wonder if you are anywhere near Leal, S. D.? probably not. You can also go backwards with the book and trace back tio Birchards in Essex England in the 1500s in case you ae interested in that. Let me know if there is anything else I can do for yu. Best wishes, Edna

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