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Re: Deborah Nightingale, David Eveleth, VT, 1790
Posted by: Donna Crosby (ID *****1813) Date: June 28, 2009 at 11:54:51
In Reply to: Re: Deborah Nightingale, David Eveleth, VT, 1790 by Greg Williams of 640

Thank you Greg for responding. I do not know if you have read the other postings I have on the Eveleth line, but to be redundant if you have not seen them, here is the problem:

I am trying to find out where Patience Hunt-Eveleth went after Joseph Eveleth died and 2ndly where and when Ruth Eveleth, wife of Ebenezer Rice died. If I can prove that Ruth Eveleth-Rice was alive after 1799 when her son and my ancestor Joel Rice was born, that will prove that she is his own mother.

Patience Hunt was the wife of Joseph Eveleth. David and my ancestor Ruth Eveleth were two of their children. Joseph Eveleth had purchased land in Athens/Windham/VT sometime around 1790 . I know that David and his wife Deborah Nightengal also moved to Windham/Athens/VT sometime in this same timeframe.

I know that Ebenezer Rice (my ancestor and the husband of Ruth Eveleth)also moved to Athens/Windham/VT after 1792. He had lost his first wife Sarah Brigham-Taintor in MA where he then married Ruth Eveleth. Their first son Abel was born in Windham/Athens/VT in 1792. My Joel was born there in 1799 with a sister martha (Patsy) born there in 1797.

Ebenezer Rice joined the missionary service with Joseph Bullen there in Athens and then he left before 1800 for service with the Chickasaw Indians in Mississippi Territory (probably near what is now Maury/TN).

The problem is that when he died in 1831 he named 'his beloved wife Henrietta". so now I have to prove that Ruth Eveleth born in MA is the mother of Joel Rice, and that Henrietta Rice and Ruth Eveleth is the same woman. Our oral family history says that she came to IL with her daughter, died there and is buried in the Rutland Cemetery (now lost to a grave stones, if any remain).

I have an idea that Patience Hunt also left VT about 1800 (as there is no census evidence that she was there in 1800). Complicating my problem is that there is NO birth record for any of the Rice children; there is NO land records for Ebenezer Rice and Ruth Eveleth in VT, in fact there is not one shread ov evidence that they were ever there...except for the 1850 and 1860 census where all Rice children of Ruth Eveleth stated that they were born in 1792, 1797, and 1799 'in Vermont').

A researcher there in Athens stated that Patience (Hunt) Eveleth returned to Athens about 1808 where 'she was warned out of town'. I had supposed that she went to MS with Ruth Eveleth and her very young children to help her. Ebenezer had four children by his 1st wife so Ruth would be a new mother of an infant and 6 other children, living on and with Indians and operating on less than a shoestring.

I felt that after Ebenezer was asked to leave the Indian village, that a mother-in-law to feed was too much and she left. That too would indicate that her daughter Ruth was still alive at least in 1808. Seeing that she may have been with DAvid in the 1800 census is new. Do you see others in the h/h that may indicate that Ruth Eveleth-Rice may have been in NY with them? What is interesting is that the Missionary Society that Ebenezer joined was headquartered in NY ("Red Brick Church"? there).

With all of this info, perhaps you have found additional information that could help me find Patience Hunt, and then prove that her daughter Ruth was alive after 1800. Does the book you reference mention my Ruth or her children's names, or when and where she died or the age that she died?

I would be deeply appreciative!

Donna Crosby

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