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Re: Peck Sweet Williams Ruttenber Smith Southard Dyer
Posted by: Ken Brown (ID *****0544) Date: January 30, 2005 at 06:28:51
In Reply to: Re: Peck Sweet Williams Ruttenber Smith Southard Dyer by Debbie Howard of 1120

Hi Debbie,
Thanks for the reply. My Dyer line is William1, Charles2, Charles3,Samuel4, Oliver5. Oliver's children left Rhode Island around 1795 and later. It appears to me that Oliver's son, Jeremiah Dyer, left first, probably with his aunt (mother's sister) and uncle, Peleg and Betsey (SWEET) PECK. Jeremiah's mother was Patience SWEET. This family traveled as a group with the families of Silas Williams and William Ruttenber to FLY CREEK, Otsego Co., NY. Peleg PECK moved on to Burlington Flats which is not far away. By 1806 Jeremiah Dyer was in New Berlin, Chenango Co. NY which is just across the Unadilla River. Between 1800 and 1820 Oliver and Patience (SWEET) DYER and their children, Nehemiah DYER and his sister Celinda (DYER) Phillips who married Isaac Phillips, and probably a 3rd son, Arthur DYER, were all living in New Berlin. Jeremiah removed around 1812 and settled for a few years in Brownsville, Jefferson County, NY. Most likely he was cutting wood for ship building during the war of 1812. It also appears that he was living in proximity of his PECK cousins who had also moved to Jefferson County. Eventually we will find that Oliver DYER, his son Nehemiah and his daughter Celinda, with her husband and his parents, all remained in New Berlin and are buried there. Arthur went west to Holmsville, Stueben County, NY and was living with his son when he died. Jeremiah lived for a time in Lewiston, and finally settled in Lockport, both in Niagara County, NY.

I am particularly interested in any DYER families or related families that would be found in Providence County, RI prior to 1795, particularly Glocester or Smithfield, who then, by 1800 would be found in Otsego County, Chenango County, or, around 1812-1814, in Jefferson County, NY.

I know that the 20-30 years after the end of the Revolutionary War were very unsettled times in Rhode Island, with many familes leaving for newly opened lands to the west.

If your lines are similar to mine, or from the same area, or end up in the counties I mentioned in NY, we may have much in common.


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