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Posted by: Kathy (ID *****7236) Date: June 19, 2002 at 06:05:00
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We were told years ago that the Canfields were related to our Austins but no one really knew how. I always suspected that my gg-grandmother, Prudence, was a Canfield. My g-uncle believed it and gave my father some names including Prudence's parents. It turned out that some of the names of the brothers for Prudence were actually nephews. I have finally found my ggg-grandparents, Dennis and Clarissa Canfield, ages 49 and 37 respectively, in the 1850 census for Butler in Wayne County, NY. Their children are:

Sabrina 17
Prudence 15 - my gg-grandmother
Lydia 12
Orange 9
Reuben 7
William 5
Enos 2

Clarissa was born in VT and everyone else was born in NY according to the census record.

If anyone is also researching this family, I would be interested in sharing information.

Some other information I found recently and believe to be this family:

In the 1860 census Mentz, Cayuga County, NY:

Oren S 19
Asha 20
Denis 59
Clarissa 46
Wm 15
Gilbert 9

In 1880 Gilbert was 19, living with Willis and Mary Canfield, ages 25 and 26 respectively. Willis and Mary have a child, George 2. Is Willis really William? Is this the William whose wife is Lucy later in Orleans County?

Enos J. Canfield d. Sept 9, 1851, age 2yr 8mo 15days, buried in Old Westbury Cemetery, Town of Victory, Cayuga Co, NY

Prudence m. Merritt Austin, son of David and Amanda Austin sometime before the 1860 census (living in Cato, Cayuga, NY)

I believe that Orange (also listed as Orrin of various spellings), Reuben and William all joined the army during the civil war.

Rueben may have been married twice, (1) Frances S. and (2) Emma.

Prudence, Orange, and Reuben moved to Niagara County and Orleans County, NY. William may have also.

Does anyone know of Melvin Austin living with Reuben Canfield and wife, Frances? He is listed as living with them in 1870 in Cato, Cayuga County, NY. He is 9 years old. Since his last name is Austin and Reuben's sister, Prudence, married an Austin, could Melvin be the oldest child of Prudence and Merritt Austin? Is this Melvin Adelbert Austin? Adelbert is the name of a brother of Merritt's.

Questions answered and more questions pop up. Isn't searching fun? If anyone is interested in sharing infor I would love to hear from you.

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