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REUBEN PARKER - Wallingford, CT
Posted by: John Scott Hoff (ID *****2849) Date: May 14, 2005 at 12:44:48
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My 3xG Grandfather, NATHAN BREWSTER (B: 12 Mar 1758 New Windsor, Orange Co., NY - 12 Mar 1842 Athens {later Morgan Co., OH) OH was a Patroit and served in the 4th N.Y. Militia between 1778-1783 in New Windsor, and he received "Bounty land" there in Otsego Co. in the mid-1790s for his military service, which may have prompted his move there. He appears to have moved there as a batchelor sometime in the mid-1790s. There, at age 39, in 1797, in Butternuts Twp., Otsego Co., NY, he (for the first time) married, a HANNAH PARKER (my 3x G Grandmother)(B: 1768 in somewhere "CT", per later Census) the 29 year old daughter of a neighbor, REUBEN PARKER and HANNAH CHAPMAN PARKER, who are my 4xG Grandparents. REUBEN does NOT appear to have been a Patroit or recipient of "Bounty land" there for any Rev. War service. The DAR has no record ofanyone applying for membership claiming him. (which doesn't mean that he wasn't a veteran, but that no one has claimed and documented him). If he did serve, I would assume he would have served in the Wallingford, CT Militia, if at all. Both men appear as neighbors on the same page of the 1800 Otsego Co., Census (on Page: 21a.gif).

REUBEN PARKER was born in on 12 Mar 1738 in Wallingford, New Haven Co., CT, the son of JOHN PARKER, III (B: 1803 Wallingford, New Haven Co., NY) and a long line of well-documented PARKERs residing in Wallingford for 5 generations. REUBEN's wife, HANNAH CHAPMAN PARKER, was presumably born in Waterbury, New Haven Co., CT, about 1735-50. It is known (from LDS www.FamilySearch.com data) that she married REUBEN PARKER there in Waterbury, CT, on 10 Dec 1764. However, her other family connections, parentage and origins, date of birth and death, and exact burial location data are unknown to me: only her name and the date of her marriage seem available anywhere on-line. HANNAH PARKER, the daughter who flowed from that PARKER-CHAPMAN marriage might have been an 'only child', in that no other children are shown to the Parker parents in the 1800 Butternuts Twp. Census. However, she was age 29 at the time of the marriage in 1797, and other younger children could have already have flown the nest by that time. Although by 1810, only NATHAN BREWSTER and wife, HANNAH PARKER BREWSTER, family appear on the Otsego 1810 Census (Pg 155.gif). The REUBEN PARKER Family disappears. So, either both PARKERS had either died by 1810, or simply sold or abandoned their property and moved-on West, as did so many. In that REUBEN PARKER may have been a CT Militia Patroit and Rev. War Veteran, his thus-unknown grave site presumably there somewhere in Otsego Co., and date of death are of great interest to me. If so, I would very mugh like to learn of his exact burial site and grave markings. I have scrolled through every Otsego Co. Cemetery cite listed on your wonderful on-line Web site in an effort to find him, but I found no reference to either a REUBEN PARKER or HANNAH CHAPMAN PARKER (who presumably would also have died sometime between 1800-1810). By 1800, given his birth in 1738, he would have by then have been at least age 62, so by 1810, he would have been a very elderly age 72. So, it is possible (and likely probable) that by 1810, he may have died and is buried there somewhere in Otsego Co. There is no elderly female member of the BREWSTER household shown on the 1810 census, so the widowed mother of wife HANNAH PARKER BREWSTER does not appear to have "moved-in" with, or have been taken-in by the daughter's family after the presumed death of the husband, REUBEN PARKER, before 1810: There are, in fact, no Parkers shown residing in Butternuts Twp. by 1810 (according to the Census data). So, either they BOTH moved, or they BOTH died by 1810. I have lost track of them completely after the 1800 Census there.

The pioneering BREWSTER Family appear to have had a happpy and fruitful time together there in Butternuts Twp., and by the time of the 1800 Census - following their 1797 marriage, they had two children: with one son and one daughter showing . By the 1810 Census, they had 2 sons and 4 daughters under the age of 13. One of these was my 2x great frandmother, MARTHA BREWSTER, born there on 28 Jul 1802. Her family moved on in 1817 to Marietta, Washington Co., OH, and in 1824 in the home of her parents, she married my 2xGreatgrandfather, POWELL HOFF (13 Aug 1801 Pr. William Co., VA -6 May 1870 Dallas Co., IA). She lived to age 90, dying on27 Jan 1892 in Dallas Co., IA, after having produced 12 childern.

I would like to know the exact location of the farms/residences of NATHAN BREWSTER and REUBEN PARKER there in Butternuts Twp. Is there a "Plat Book" or some land issuing document or a legal description conveving the land to them that might help pin-point the exact location of their property/farms by a legal description or on a map? Also, might there be some central record of the burial of a Rev. War Vets in the County that might show the grave site of REUBEN PARKER, if in fact he was a REv. War Vet & did die and was buried there in Otsego Co. before 1810?

By the 1817, the BREWSTER Family had had 8 children, and had relocated from Butternuts Twp., Otsego Co., NY to Marietta, Washington Co., OH, thus ending my family's early pioneering nexus with Butternuts Twp., and Otsego Co., NY

In Athens Co., OH in 1832, aging and infirm, Rev. War Vet. and early former Otsego Co. pioneer, NATHAN BREWSTER, applied for and received a paltry Federal pension ($20/year) for his Rev. War service. Two months ago I obtained complete copies of these papers from the U. S. Archives documenting his fascinating military service. It included his service under Generals Washington and Benedict Arnold at West Point, placing the fameous "blocking chain" across the Hudson blocking the British fleet, and digging Fortificatin No. 3 at West Point. He died somewhere in Athens (later subdivided into Morgan Co.), OH on 21 Mar 1842. His wife, HANNAH PARKER BREWSTER, also died there in Ahens Co., OH in 1855.

So, that is the story of two early pioneering Otsego Families who joined the migration from the East Coast in the 1600-1700s, where they were huddled closely in sea coast colonial villages and rivers, and moved west after the Revolution to the rough and dangerous frontier, and on ever-further westward into the heart of the Continent as cheap and abundant farming land became available.

I am eager to try to establish a better nexus with Otsego Co. during the time my family and direct forebears resided there. If anyone is able to further help identify the BREWSTER/PARKER Family connection with Butternuts Twp., and Otsego Co., I am most interested in making contact. Anyone is free to contact me directly @ Colonel John S. Hoff, USAF (Ret), 20 S. Clark St., #2210, Chicago, IL 60603-1816 Tele (312) 346-8111.




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