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Re: Abner Pitcher, Rome, NY ca. 1790-1815
Posted by: Thom Carlson (ID *****3139) Date: July 18, 2004 at 15:31:45
In Reply to: Re: Abner Pitcher, Rome, NY ca. 1790-1815 by Ethel Hansen of 2271

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The information I have comes from "Williams-Walworth Genealogy" compiled by Mrs. Mary J. Williams Ingram.
Walla Walla, WA: [n.d.]

Abigail was one of the daughters of Nathan and Amy (Stark) Walworth. Their family:

Mary, b. 1752, md. Charles Packer
William, b. 1755, md. Hester Packer
Abigail, b. 1757, md. Abner Pitcher
Lucy, b. 1759, md. David Williams
Elijah, b. 1762, md. Jemima Gallup
Nathan, b. 1766
Amy, b. 1769, md. Jesse Childs
Zacheus, b. 1771, md. 1) Elizabeth Fox 2) Phoebe Washburn

David and Lucy(Walworth)Williams came to Rome, NY to raise their family. I don't know if they came at the same time as Abner and Abigail (Walworth) Pitcher, and I'm not sure if any of the other children came as well. They may have brought their father Nathan along.

Zacheus Walworth d. in Watertown in 1825, so some of the rest of the family came out to Jefferson County. Maybe he came out that way with Abner?

It's not easy to sort these things out when the GEDCOMs that proliferate on the internet contain dates without places. Abner Pitcher was discharged from service in the spring of 1781. He must have hooked up with Abigail Walworth relatively quickly, since his son Nathan Pitcher was born in MA late in 1782. He is found in the 1790 census of Hoosick, Albany Co, but must have left the next spring for Rome. The Walworths seem to have been in Halifax, Windham Co, VT, so it's not clear how Abner and Abigail could have met.

But there was some relation between the Durkee family (Abner's first service was under Capt. John Durkee of Norwich, CT) and the Pitcher family, and since an Ebenezer Pitcher md. Anne Durkee and moved from Windham, CT to Clarendon, VT. Maybe Abner headed up that way from White Plains.

On the other hand, I saw a passing reference that a Nathan Walsworth was involved in surveying roads in Windham Co, VT, so maybe they were trying to put a road through from Vermont to Rome, and Abner & Abigail crossed paths that way.

It's interesting how these families intertwined as they moved across the frontier.

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