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Re: Will of Nehemiah Ensworth, Oneida Co., NY, 1848
Posted by: branagak (ID *****8223) Date: June 25, 2002 at 17:03:12
In Reply to: Re: Will of Nehemiah Ensworth, Oneida Co., NY, 1848 by Kevin Avery of 2271

Kevin,

My interest in the ENSWORTH family comes from its association with the LEWIS family. From the LEWIS family records, it is evident that sisters Mary (Nancy) LEWIS and Susannah LEWIS married brothers Nehemiah ENSWORTH and Elihu ENSWORTH, respectively. Pasted at the end of this post is the will of Thomas Winthrop LEWIS, whose daughters Susannah and Mary (Nancy) LEWIS predeceased him. As such, he named their children in his will of 22 Jun 1831.

With the letter you have, it looks undeniable that Mary LONG ANDERSON married Nehemiah ENSWORTH as his second wife.

It is interesting that the child of Nehemiah's second marriage (to Mary ANDERSON) is named Lewis W. L. ENSWORTH. Do you think the given name "Lewis" came from his first wife?

My records show the following information about Nehemiah ENSWORTH.

FIRST GENERATION

1. Nehemiah ENSWORTH1 resided in 1791 in T/New Hartford, Oneida Co., NY. 2 He resided in 1800 in Whitestown, Oneida Co., NY.3

1800 Census, Whitestown:

Nehemiah Ensworth
Males under 10 - 1
Males of 26 and under 45 - 1
Females under 10 - 1
Females of 26 and under 45 - 1

He signed a will on 23 Oct 1848 in New Hartford, Oneida Co., NY.4

He was married to Mary (Nancy) LEWIS (daughter of Thomas Winthrop LEWIS and Hannah JOHNSON) before 1801.5,6 Familysearch.org states that Nehemiah Ensworth married Mary Anderson in Whitesboro, Oneida Co., NY, on 9 Apr 2001, and that she was the mother of Lewis Wadesworth Long Ensworth, born 18 Mar 1804 in New Hartford. Mary (Nancy) Lewis Ensworth probably died prior to this marriage.

The last will and testament of Thomas Winthrop Lewis does not mention his daughters Nancy Lewis and Susan Lewis, both of whom married Ainsworth men. However, he does name as heirs and next of kin the following individuals: Ezra Ensworth, Florenza Ensworth (wife of Benjamin Pierce), Susannah Ensworth, and Nancy Newkirk (wife of William Newkirk). The parents of these heirs and next of kin were not identified, but Nehemiah Ensworth names Florenza Pierce as his daughter in his will of 1848.7

Mary (Nancy) LEWIS probably died before 9 Apr 1801.7,8 Nehemiah ENSWORTH and Mary (Nancy) LEWIS had the following children:

       +2       i.       Florenza ENSWORTH.

He was married to Mary ANDERSON on 9 Apr 1801 in First United Presbyterian Church of Whitesboro, Oneida Co., NY.8 Nehemiah ENSWORTH and Mary ANDERSON had the following children:

       +3       i.       Lewis W. L. ENSWORTH (born about 1805).
       4       ii.       John A. ENSWORTH resided in Oct 1848 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL.4 John A. Ensworth is named in his father's will. As Thomas Winthrop Lewis did not name John A. as a grandson (as opposed to Florenza being named his granddaughter), I am assuming that John A. was the son of Nehemiah Ensworth and his second wife, Mary Anderson.



SECOND GENERATION

2. Florenza ENSWORTH7 (Nehemiah-1) was living in Oct 1848 in Eaton, Madison Co., NY. 4 Florenza Pierce was named in the 1831 will of Thomas Winthrop Lewis. She was married to Benjamin PIERCE on 20 Jun 1831.7,4 Benjamin PIERCE died after 1 Aug 1831. 7

3. Lewis W. L. ENSWORTH (Nehemiah-1) was born about 1805 in NY.9 He was living on 23 Oct 1848.4 He resided in 1850 in T/New Hartford, Oneida Co., NY.10,11

1850 Census, New Hartford:
Dwelling 679, family 741
Lewis Ensworth, 45, male, farmer, $5,000 real estate, b. NY
Mary Ensworth, 49, female, b. NY
Chester Ensworth, 24, male, farmer, b. NY
James Ensworth, 22, male, farmer, b. NY
Florenza Ensworth, 15, female, b. NY
Frances Ensworth, 14, female, b. NY
Parmelia Ensworth, 26, female, b. NY
Fayette Ensworth, 2, male, b. NY
Nehemiah Ensworth, 50, male, b. NY
Mary Ensworth, 85, female, b. NY

1860 Census, New Hartford:
Dwelling 1585, family 1584
L. W. L. Ensworth, 56, male, farmer, $5,000 real estate, $2,000 personal estate, b. NY
Mary Ensworth, 54, female, b. VT
James D. Ensworth, 35, male, farmer, b. NY
Mary E. Bradley, 30, female, b. NY
Minerva Ensworth, 30, female, b. NY
Lewis Ensworth, 2, male, b. NY
Mary Ensworth, 9, female, b. NY
Christain Somestaid, 65, male, farm laborer, b. Germany

He was married to Mary BOW on 29 Apr 1825 in T/New Hartford, Oneida Co., NY.12 Mary BOW was born on 19 Mar 1800.12 Lewis W. L. ENSWORTH and Mary BOW had the following children:

       5       i.       James D. ENSWORTH was living on 23 Oct 1848.4


SOURCES

1. Cassedy, Patricia Harrelson, PatCassdy@aol.com. Descendants of Tixhall Ensworth Sr., dated 26 Feb 2002.
2. Wager, Daniel E.. Our County and Its People. GenealogyLibrary.com (Boston: The Boston History Company, 1896). p. 481.
3. 1800 Census. Whitestown, Oneida Co., NY; p. 183.
4. Last Will and Testatment of Nehemiah Ensworth and Probate of the Will; Oneida County Surrogate's Office, Book 13, pp. 379-380.
5. Lewis Family Record Dictated by Persis Cordelia Lewis, taken down by John F. Lewis. 30 July 1896.
6. Unknown author. Lewis notes of type-written and handwritten nature. before 1985.
7. Last Will and Testament of Thomas Winthrop Lewis, Onondaga County, NY; Onondaga County Surrogate's Court, Book E, pp. 134-8.
8. Marriages performed in Whitestown, Oneida Co., NY, by Rev. Dodd; http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyoneida/miscmarriage/dodd.htm.
9. 1850 Federal Census. T/New Hartford, Oneida Co., NY; p. 283.
10. Ibid. T/New Hartford, Oneida Co., NY; pp. 283-4.
11. 1860 Federal Census. T/New Hartford, Oneida Co., NY; p. 393.
12. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, http://www.familysearch.org/.


Last Will and Testament of Thomas Winthrop Lewis:

I Thomas W. Lewis of the town of Pompey in the County of Onondaga and State of New York being of sound mind and memory yet sensible of the uncertainty of human life do make and publish this my last will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say I give and bequeath to my Grandson Ezra Ensworth fifty Dollars. I give and bequeath to my grand Daughter Flora Ensworth the wife of B. Pierce the sum of fifty Dollars. I give and bequeath to my Daughter Polly Coburn the sum of one hundred and fifty Dollars. I give and bequeath to my Daughter Electy B. Morgan the sum of one hundred Dollars. I give to my daughter Polly Coburn two Beads and Beadsteds and covering to be equal in quallity with the others that I shall will my other Daughters. Likewise I give my daughter Polly one Brown cow to be delivered by the first of November if living. Also I give to Polly Coburn her equal half of my chairs with the others named in my will. I give to my grandson William R. Lewis son of Thomas J. Lewis my undivided half of my village Lot in Cazenovia. I give to my daughter Polly Coburn and Electy B. Morgan the clothing of my deceased wife to be equally divided between the two. I give one Bead and Beading to my Daughter Electy B. Morgan. I give to my daughter Electy the other half of my chairs. I give to my granddaughter Susannah Ensworth one bead and covering. I give to my grand daughter Nancy Newkirk one Bead and Beading. I give to my two Daughters Polly and Electy my two tables and two stands and my crockery and knifs and fork to be equally divided. I thairfor order the Rest of my personal property Sold and the money Equally Divided Between my seven heirs within an year from the date hear of. Wm. R. Lewis and Benjamin D. Lewis whom I hereby appoint sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament hearby Revoking and annulling all former Wills, testaments and devises by me made and further more i Reserve out of the money that may arise out of my personal property one hundred Dollars to be applied for the purpose of building a Valt. In testimony whereof I have hearunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty second Day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one.

Thomas W. Lewis, L.S.

Signed sealed published and declared by the above named Thomas W. Lewis to be his last will and Testament in presence of us who have hearunto subscribed our names and our respective places of residence as witnesses in the presence of the testator and of each other.

John Morse of Pompey Onondaga County State of New York
Joel Wright of Pompey Onondaga County State of New York

The will was proved on 1 Aug 1831 in the County of Onondaga, New York.


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