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1 From: The Ellsworths of Windsor, Connecticut collected by German, Mary Smith & Edith Ellsworth; Indexed and bound by John Orval Ellsworth, 1956.
Lauren Fletcher Ellsworth (Dr.) b. June 7, 1823 at Winchester, Lawrence Co., Ohio, one of twins; married Mary Oglesbay born May 24, 1829 at Lignier, Penn. They removed to Rose Hill, Iowa, in 1862 from Guernsey Co., Ohio. He was a practicing physician and an M. E. minister. Represented Mahaska Co. in the 14th General Assembly of the State Legislature of Iowa in 1872-3. He died November 6, 1911 at age of 88 years at Rose Hill, Iowa.

From: Obituary of Dr. Lauren Ellsworth
Dr. Lauren Fletcher Ellsworth was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, June 7, 1823 and died at his residence in Monroe Township, Mahaska County, Iowa, November 16 1911, aged 88 years, 4 months, and 27 days. His early education was made in Middletown, Ohio, and in his teens he took up the study of medicine, in the old way, by reading with an old practitioner. Very soon he established himself in a good practice in his native state. Quite early he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church on profession of faith, and the brethren recognized his gifts, licensed him as a local preacher, and to give him larger opportunities he was ordained successively to the offices of local deacon and local elder, in which offices he gave a good account of himself. In Ohio, he was married to Miss Mary Oglebay, who was his lived companion until her death some 20 years ago. In 1864, allured by what he considered the better opportunities of the great west, he moved to Iowa, and shortly took up his abode at the place where he died, which he improved and farmed, with the help of the family for 47 years.

He also entered upon a larger practice as a physician, in he northwest part of the county and the adjacent settlements. He also served successfully in the church, supplying vacant places with preaching as opportunity afforded. One year he traveled an extensive circuit, covering all the neighboring region, and he was instrumental in planting the church at several points. Later, having grown tired of the labor and exposure incident to the work of a country doctor, he accepted an appointment to the Bellefountain Circuit. But on returning at the next year to his home, he found the calls for medical service so urgent that he resumed the practice and kept it up till advancing years compelled him to desist. In political affairs he was also active. In the Civil War his sympathies were with the union and he offered himself for active service twice, but was turned down on account of some physical disability.

In 1872-73 he served the county legislature of the state. But in his political action he was always independent, looking to the public interest, and not leading partisan projects. It is a singular coincidence that his twin brother in Ohio combined also in himself the pursuits of medicine, the ministry and farming and represented his county in several sessions of the Ohio legislature.

Dr. Ellsworth was a father of 12 all of whom survive him except a married daughter, who died some years ago, and excepting a son, living in Oklahoma. The living children were all present at the burial. The roster of the family also included about 60 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. [there is more] 
Ellsworth, Dr. Lauren Fletcher (I06941)
2 From: W. L. Irish
Pages 63 and 188-190 in History of Goodspeed Family by W. A. Goodspeed, 1907

Part of this reference is as follows:
Gideon Goodspeed was probably a son of Stephen and Bethia (Wooden)
Goodspeed. Gideon was born about 1755 at Cumberland, Rhode Island and
died at Ira, Vermont about 1797. He married about 1781, Susanna Gallup,
born about 1760 near Scituate, Rhode Island. Upon the death of Gideon
(who was brother of Sarah and Thankful Goodspeed) his widow, Susanna
married Joseph Irish, the half-brother of Gideon. Joseph was probably
born in Rhode Island in 1764 or 1765. How they came to be half-brothers
has not been learned. Gideon moved to Dutchess County, N. Y., thence to
Danby, Vermont. Joseph and Susanna (Goodspeed) Irish resided at Ira,
Vermont and died there. He was a farmer and reared a large family,
regarding whom it has been very difficult to obtain any information.

From: Joe Travis
W.L. identifies Gideon as 1st husband of Susannah Gallup and brother of
Sarah and Thankful Goodspeed (2nd & 3rd wives of Jedediah). See notes on
Susannah and her 2nd husband, Joseph. [Joseph is reported by W.L. as son
of Jedediah and either Sarah or Thankful].

From: Mary Kelley 11/11/2000
Hello Joe. I was very interested to read your entry on Gideon Goodspeed.
For years I have been searching for the parents of Mercy Goodspeed, born
1769 who married Jonathon Austin in 1784 about the same time as Gideon
and Susanna. Gideon had a son Hosea and a daughter Mercy. Jonathon had a
son Hosea (as well as Isaac) and daughter Mercy. I think possibly my
Mercy and Gideon were brother and sister and the children of Hosea (or
possibly Isaac). Hosea, the son of Stephen and Bethia was not born in the
1750's as indicated in the Goodspeed Genealogy. Wrentham, Norfolk Co.
Mass., records indicate he was born the 9th of July 1736. Isaac may have
also been born at an earlier date. If Hosea died, his widow may have
married Joseph Irish which would explain the fact that Joseph Irish was a
Goodspeed, Gideon (I20491)
Section B, Row 3 Site 41, Bath National Cemetery, Bath, Stuben Co., NY 
Irish, Millard F. (I14179)
4 SGT US ARMY AIR FORCES - WORLD WAR II Irish, Donald William (I05954)
5 SGT US ARMY - Korea
Section F Site 189A, Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, Hampton Co., VA 
Irish, Donald Homer (I12105)
6 T SGT US MARINE CORPS - KOREA Irish, John Edward (I18484)
7 US ARMY AIR FORCES - WWII Irish, Paul Jordan (I13804)
8 US NAVY -KOREA Irish, Dean Roy (I11385)
9 ",_MI_%281LT%29_WWII" Irish, Howard H. Jr. (I06350)
10 ",_MI_%281LT%29_WWII" Irish, Howard H. Jr. (I06350)


"I am enclosing a copy of a letter which was in the possesion of my father, Elmer Brown POOL, son of James A. POOL & Ida IRISH, daughter of Harmon & Lydia (GREEN) IRISH.

Altha PETTIT (Mrs. John) was born Althea IRISH 1795 in Vermont. She was the sister of Hiram whose letter appeared in KEYSTONE KUZZINS, Vol. 8, No. 4, May 1980, page 94, and half sister of Harmon. The IRISH family setteled in Erie County about 1835.

Gates was Samuel Gates IRISH, half brother of Altha. He was the first Territorial Treasurer of the Dakotas. Rosetta (BRANDISH) was his wife. Minerva and Heman were daughter and son of John and Altha. Roland (Rolin Charles) was the son of Harmon and Lydia..

I believe Jefferson to be in Iowa. The PETTITS were in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, in 1850. Yours sincerely, (signed Alma POOL)" 25 Jan 1981. Submitted by Miss Alma POOL, Hollycroft Lane, 3-A, Mentor, OH 44060.

Jefferson Oct the 28 1855

Dear friends
I now take my pen in Hand to let you know that we are usually we at present and truly hope this will find you the same but we fear you are either sick or lasey we think if you were not some of you would have written befoee this time Hiram and his wife were down from Minnesota this fall they said Gates and his family was all well and, Gates and his wife got almost started to come down here but had given it up for this fall we dont hear anything in particular from Rosetta only that she still threatens to follow him we have just heard from aunt Abagail they are well and are living with his son the same one that they was when we were there and if you want to write to her direct to Hampshire Postoffice, Kane Co. Illinois Winsors folks and Tillys are all well Altha has got a girl between 4 and 5 months old Mary has got a pair of twin girls that is 5 weeks old tomorrow 3 weeks ago day after tomorrow Minerva started for Pennsylvania and we got a letter from her day before yesterday she had arrived, safe there if you should see any of Harmons folks give our love to them and tell them that we think that Harmon or Lydia or Roland. some of them might write to us if they should try right hard and if some of you dont write I will soon trouble you with reading another letter John says he dont want to brag any about it but he thinks he has raised enough this year for our own use says tell you that he raised. 214 bushels of wheat over 300 bushel of oats and 11 good hogs to fat and corn enough to fat them and some left to winter his store hogs 1 roaring good cow to fat and pumpkins enough to fat her on plenty of all kinds of garden sauce except parsnips two good, cows now and another coming in in the spring and that he has got above work has not worked a day for 18 months and never expects ta do another days work as long as he lives but I have nothing to brag of only I have to work as hard as ever and if I am alive and well tomorrow I expect to dig potatoes John says he would go out there this winter if his leg was not so bad but he dont pretend to go across the house without crutahes and, we think you can come and see us the easiest we have just heard from Hemans folks and from Wellsburg and they were all well I must now close we send our love to you all and want you to be sure and some of you write as soon as you get this and come and see us as soon as you can I remain your as ever

(signed Altha PETTIT)

From Linc Haymaker 2-23-2002
I have not found Roland (Rolin Charles Irish) I have others of that family including Charles J. Irish so have not put hime in the tree as yet

who are:
Aunt Abigail - ???
Winsors Folks - ???
Tillys - ???
Altha - ???
Mary - ???
Harmons folks - ???
Roland - ???
Irish, Althea (I07181)
12 "Keystone Kuzzins" ESGR Vol. 8, No4
re-printed 2-23-2002 by Linc Haymaker from original transcription


This is a copy of an old letter written by Hiram IRISH and his wife, Miranda Parmela MUNSON, to their children. They were married. 15 Oct. 1820 in Williston, Chittenden Co., VT, she of Williston and he of Milton, Chittenden Co., VT. Submitted by Mrs. David FLEISHER, 314 Bristol Road, Webster Groves, MO 63119

September the 17, 1856

Ever Dear Children:

I received your letter in due time and was very glad to hear that you and your family were all well, It found me as well as usual Although I was almost tired out as we had ben Afixing up our shop (this line is on a fold and looks to read: and then moving in and attic sewing and that) nearly used me up end before we got straitend round folks began to bring in sewing for me to do. I have had as mutch I could do ever since I came back and A number of jobs spoke for me to do. I shal hafter do all I can to get A liveing for your father's health is very poor, he is not able do but a very little. His health is not as good as it was when we were with you. He said if he thought it would cure him up by goin back up there he should be tempted to go up there Again, bu what ve have got is here and I suppose we shal hafter stay here. It is very sickly here, there has ben qite A number of deaths around About here. We attended a furnal today at our church of old Mrs. PROGERS (?), Mother of Cary PROGSERS (?). She died with A cancer on her toung. Tomorow one of Levi CAMFIELD children is to be buried. Charly has ben qite sick with the diarieal, it run him down qite loe, he is very poor but he is getting better now. He thinks now that he shal go back to Erie tomorrov, he going to clerking for A man in Erie. Horace and Henry is goin to start out in the morning to take A trip Around the cuntry selling goods for men in Erie. Henry goes for gray and far and Horace goes for some other men.

Wal, Augusta dear, how did vou get along thi very warm weather? I thought of you evry day and do you keep that sewing machine? I supose you can work on it first rate by this time. Oren stayd here last night, he sayd Mirilda and the children were well. Augusta, I you would write and let me know how Lucia gets Along. I feel very mutch concern About her. I expect Ellen out here in A few days to stay with me two weeks. She is well. Andy is out in the oil country. She lives alone the most of the time. She gets qite lonesome. The children are all well as far as known. How does Wells get Along? I would like to see you both and have A good long talk with you. I think you would not have any hardness toward me, God forbid. that you shouid hold any hardness towards your old mother in my old age. Augusta I have but a short time to stay here on this earth and what time I have to stay I want to live and enjoy the covepany an friendship of my children, for the Lord knows I love them all. I hope if you have any hardness against me you will forgive me. l want to hear from you often. Write all the news About all the folks. Give my best respects to Amelia.

I Would like very mutch to see her and my love to Aunt Polly and to Charly and his wife, and to all who may enqire.

I must stop and give room for your father. I will write more next time, this from your mother Irish. Write soon. as you get this. Tell Wells to write.

* * * * *

Mother has said that my health is poor, it is I am verry bad with that pain in my side & brest it is bad. I wish I had some Pricer (?) Liniment to rub on it, it might do it good. I would like to see you all but do not know when that will be. I thank you verry mutch for your kindness whilst we was with you. Give my love to all who may inquire after me. Tell Willey & George to (be) good boys. Granpa thinks of them often. Write often And we will try to answer your letters. I am your Afectionate father until death.

Hiram IRISH 
Munson, Miranda Pamela (I10759)
13 "Living epitaph" from the 2007 "Forget-Me-Not: Victorian Day at Oakdale Memorial Gardens"
Copyright 2007 Dustin C. Oliver
Performed by Rebecca Brown

Hello, my name is Delila Irish. I was born on the 24th day of July, eighteen-hundred-and-forty-two, in Franklin County, New York. When I was a young girl of three years old, my family moved to West Bend, Wisconsin, where my father, George, operated the Travelers Home Hotel. I spent my childhood there, and started my education. After I graduated from the public schools, I became a schoolteacher, and also began studying medicine under Drs. Hays and Hunt.
Soon, I traveled east to Philadelphia, where I attended lectures at the Woman's Medical College. I returned home in 1860, and moved with my parents here to Davenport, where my father was a grocer. I recommenced my medical studies under the guidance of Dr. John Bell, and in 1863, I became the first woman to be admitted to the Scott County Medical Society. I returned to Philadelphia to attend more lectures, and graduated from the Woman's Medical College in 1868.
I returned to Davenport, fully expecting to enter private practice. However, I accepted a position as junior assistant in the New York Infirmary for Women and Children. Within a year's time, I was promoted to the position of senior assistant, and served in that capacity for only six months before I was forced to resign due to my own ill health.
In autumn of 1870, I took a position as a druggist at the Stranger's Hospital in New York. I worked in this capacity until 1872, when I became the first woman admitted into the City and County Medical Society of New York. Shortly after that momentous occasion, I was again forced to resign on account of my health. I returned to Davenport, where I finally began my private practice, as I had planned years before.
While in Davenport, I helped establish the Unitarian Church. I believe in Christian virtues, but my views are most liberal, and I hold to no creed. I have tried to live an upright life, and be kind to all, most especially the poor.
In the spring of 1872, I suffered an attack of pneumonia, which inaugurated a condition of health that is not always adequate to the demands placed upon me. I often fear that my frail condition will give rise to the common criticism that women are unfit for the practice of medicine. Though often in pain and unable to sleep, I hold my work to be of the utmost importance. I only hope for strength to work until the last.
I have always been impressed with a woman's fitness for and place in the medical profession, and bend my energy towards this purpose. I firmly believe in a woman's inalienable right to choose for herself congenial work, even though it be outside of the routine paths. I myself was early imbued with a love for and desire to study and practice the beautiful art and science of medicine.
In 1877, after being elected to the Iowa and Illinois Central District Medical Association, I became excessively fatigued, and in this weakened condition, I contracted a severe cold. Though I became progressively weaker, and my illness became progressively worse, I continued my work until a week before my death in May of 1878. I was then buried here under the majestic oaks of Oakdale Cemetery.  
Irish, Dr. Delila S. (I10714)
14 "The book" has Elias B. as son of Sarah Burdick, but The Descendants of Robert Burdick pg 121 & 122 do not show him. The Descendants of Daniel Coon of Hopkinton, Rhode Island, have him the son of Catherine Coon and Elias Irish. Irish, Elias B. (I10317)
15 "The Sabbath Recorder", Vol 120, No 10, p 278, May 11, 1936.

Mrs. A. C. Burdick was born in Alfred, N. Y., December 26, 1846, and died at the home of her son February 19, 1936. She was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin and Lucy Maxson Potter.

In 1868, she was married to William B. Irish of Farina, Ill. To them were born a daughter, Gertrude Elizabeth, who died in her early teens; and W. Arthur, who survives and lives at Alfred. Her husband died in 1875. In 1893, she returned to Alfred to live. In 1898, she was married to Asa Burdick, who died in 1907.

Farewell services were held in the church she loved, and burial was in the Rural Cemetery.
A. C. E.  
Potter, Amy Elizabeth (I07273)
16 "The Sabbath Recorder", Vol 133, No 26, p 452, Dec. 28, 1942.

Hattie Estelle Irish was born in Alfred, N. Y., September 4, 1865, and died at Bethesda Hospital, Hornell, on June 25, 1942. She was the daughter of Edmund and Eliza (Hadley) Burdick.

She was married to William Arthur Irish on June 5, 1897, and to them were born three children: Mrs. John Oman of Hempstead, L. I.; Mrs. Myron Burrows of Friendship; and William A. Irish, Jr., of Alfred.

On June 24, 1880, she was baptized and joined the First Alfred Seventh Day Baptist Church. She was faithful to her church and to the Sabbath through all her years.

Farewell services were conducted by Pastor Everett T. Harris, and interment was in Alfred Rural Cemetery.
E. T. H.
Burdick, Hattie Estelle (I07278)
17 "The Sabbath Recorder", Vol 139, No 21, p 382, Nov. 19, 1945.

William Arthur Irish, son of Amy Elizabeth Potter and William Babcock Irish (of Potter Hill, R. I.), was born in Farina, Ill., March 23, 1870, and died October 1, 1945, at Bethesda Hospital, Hornell, N. Y., after a brief illness.

Mr. Irish came to Alfred from Farina in 1893 and has been a farmer in this vicinity during the past fifty-two years. He was an active member of the First Alfred Seventh Day Baptist Church, joining by letter from Farina. He married Hattie Estelle Burdick of Alfred on June 5, 1897, who preceded him in death June 25, 1942.

Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. John E. Oman and Mrs. Myron A. Burrows, a son, William Arthur, and a foster son, James Anderson.

Farewell services were conducted at the church by his pastor, Rev. E. T. Harris. The Alfred Grange assisted at the grave. Burial was in Alfred Rural Cemetery.
E. T. H.  
Irish, William Arthur (I07274)
18 "William Harris Prisoner"
While living in KIngsbury, NY with his father "Moses Harris Sr" in a log cabin he was enlisted in Capt. Adiel Sherwood's Co. of Col. Morris Graham's (Col. Dubois & Col. Libingston's) Regiment. (April 1778 - March 1781) This company was the sent to garrison "Fort Ann". The fort was garrisoned by a levy of Charlotte County Militia, drawn chiefly from towns of Queensbury, Kingsbury and Fort Edward and placed under the command of Capt. Adiel Sherwood of the same Regiment form which the Militia were drafted. (History of Queensbury; pages 478, 479, 480). "Fort Ann" was captured on Oct. 10, 1780. (Page 421) While on patrol duty away form the Fort, eight days later on Oct. 18, 1780 William Harris and others were made prisoner. They were capured by the enemy who were making flying raids from "Fort Ann" to "Fort George". Other prisoners taken were, Eben Fuller and his son Benjaming Fuller, James Higson (who was soon after liberated through the intercession of his Torie brother-in-law Daniel Jones) Andrew Lewis (who remained a prisoner in Canada until after the close of the war) and Moses Harris Sr. (William's Father) who was taken at his Log Cabin.
Moses Harris Sr. was treated with uncalled for severity and harsheness. His shoes and stockings were taken off andhe was loaded with a heavy pack of plunder; with which, after his Log House and Out-buildings were burned, he was compelled with the others to travel the rough road which led along the Western banks of Lake George to a point on Lake Champlain, Norht of Ticonderoga, probably "Bulwagga Bay." William Harris begged the privilege of carrying his Father's pack and also to allow the (Old Gentlemen) the use of his shoes and stockings while he would go barefoot. Throught the malignity of one of the Tories, who had an old grudge to reveng, this request was denied andthe old man's trail might, for many miles, have been traced by his bloody footprints. After reaching Lake Champlain, the prisoners with their captors were embarked in boats and bateaux, which had been concealed at that place ontheir way up and after many privations, hardships and indignities were finally landed at Quebec.
For a period they were held in close confinement, but after while, the rigor of their discipline was somewhat relaxed and the Old Man was permitted to follow the occupation of farming and also of dressing and tanning of deerskins with which he was familiar. In due course of time, he (Moses Harris Sr.) with other prisoners was sent to Halifax and exchanged, after which he then returned to his former home in Dutchess Co. He then moved with his daughter, to the then new State of Kentucky.
William Harris, with other prisoners, through the same Tory influence taht had made both his march and imprisonment of unusual rigor and severity, was placed for more perfect security, where they were guarded by a patrol of soldiers and kept at work. With the opening of spring, a yearning for freedom possessed the hearts of the prisoners and they concerted a plan for escape, which afterward matured and carried into effect as follows: "A boat form the main land furnished them daily with provisiions and such necessary supplies as their condition required. From these supplies, they commenced saving up form their daily rations, such portions as could be most easily preserved, until they had accumulated sufficient to last them for three days.
When the critical moment of departure arrived, only seven of fourteen could be prevailed upon to undertake the perilous journey. The most the others would do, was to take a solemn oath not to make any disclosure or raise any alarm which would lead to their apprehension, until the evening following, when the sentries were changed and discovery would be inevitable. They seized the boat that brought their provisions in the morning and made their escape in the afternoon landing on the south shore of the St. Lawrence in the vast wilderness that stretched towards the New England States. Harris being an excellent woodsman was chosen leader and they struck boldly into the wilderness pursuing their way south for everal days and nights with but little rest and husbanding their strenght and scant provisions to the utmost. These soon gave out and they had to depend on such fare as the forest afforded. At last, worn out, they made a halt and to avoid the terrible mosquitoes and flies it was proposed to build a smudge. Harris opposed the idea but was overruled and a place selected where a fire was built and after smothering it they all went to sleep.
About midnight they were surrounded, aroused by a volley of musketry by which one of their number was killed and two wounded. Harris who was large, muscular man with powerfully knit frame and herculean strenght arose in time to parry a blow from a tomahawk. The Indian grappled with him and after a struggle Harris succeeded in throwing him on the now brightly burning fire and putting his foot on him pressed him beneath the flames.
At this juncture a near neighbor and former friend, a tory named (ileg.) Parks approached with his musket clubbed and ordered him to release the savage. This he refused to do saying. "You would not kill an unarmed man, would you Parks and an old neighbor? Parks made no reply nor wavered an instant: the blow descended; Harris warded it off as best he could with his arm, which was broken with its force and the remainder of the blow fell upon his head. The lock of the gun cut a large gash through the scalp down the side of the head to the ear. He fell stunned and remained insensible for many hours, when he awoke he found another gash on the opposite side of his head caused by a blow from a tomahawk, two wounds on his forehead caused by the muzzle of a musket, and a bayonet thrust in the chest which had been given him to see if he was still alive. All of his companions were gone as well as his coat, shoes, stockings and knapsack. He staggered to his feet, dressed his wounds as best he could, slung his broken arm through his neckerchief and maimed and crippled, resumed his slow and toilsome way towards home. He subsisted on herbs, roots, leaves with a occasional frog dressed with his one hand and teeth, and eaten raw.
At length he came to a stream and while standing on its gravelly beach looking for some means of crossing he suddenly caught sight of two men some distance above him. He concealed himself and crept back in the woods to an old tree top which had been his concealment the night before: where after waiting for some time and reflecting that his situation could be little worse if captured, he resolved to surrender himself to the foe. He then went boldy up to the two mean and to his great joy found them to be two Dutchmen from the Mohawk Valley, former comrades of his who had escaped on the same night of the attack. They dressed his wounds which they found in a putrid condition, swarming with maggots. They also adjusted his broken arm, then set about making a raft.
After crossing the stream they found Harris had a hook and line in his pocket. They camped and caught fish which they cooked and ate. This was the first warm meal they had enjoyed since they had excaped from the Island. Continuing their journey they came after many days to a clearing and a log house. One of the three went forward and after careful watch to see that no one was near, went to the house and begged of the woman there. She proved to be French, they were still in Canada. She told them that she had nothing to give and that the place was visited daily by Tories and Indians. A loaf of corn bread was found carefully hidden and he eagerly seized it and carried it to his companions. They then made haste out of this dangerous locality.
Many more days had passed and they at last came out on the "Connecticut River" near "Bellows Falls". Here they parted, the two Dutchmen proceeding to "Cherry Valley" and Harris going to New Perth, (Now Salem) Charolette Co. Here his wounds were first regularly dressed by a "Dr. William's". He lived here in Salem, with Abner Carswell a distant relative until his would were completely healed.

"Old Brayton"
Previous to "Burgoyne's descent from the North, all of the known Tories were disarmed, among these was one "Joseph (ileg)" who lived in Hartford, NY (Washington Co.) After William Harris had recovered from his wounds, he was drafted into a companyof militia under Lt. Col. Joseph McCraken and was stationed at, "Fort Edward". Being deatitute of arms, the commandant of Fort having heard his story, told him to go into the armory and select any gun he liked and hat he would make him a present of it. He, accordingly, selected a hansomely mounted and highly finished rifle which had been taken from " Joseph Brayton" and gave it the name of "Old Braxton". This gun he used during the rest of his term of serive and took it home with him when he was discharged, sometime after the peace was declared. "Mosed Brayton: had purchased from his father a farm in the north part of "Kingsbury". One day he called athe the "Harris's" with his brother "Joseph Brayton" and invited William to meet him at a certain tree which constituated a part of the boundary of the Brayton Farm, remarking that he had better bring his gun as they might see some game. Harris assented and taking the precaution to load the gun, met them at the time and place agreed upon. After some conversation Moses Brayton inquired if that was not his brother's gun? To this Harris replied that it was a gift to him and related the circumstances. Moses then approached in a threatening manner, saying that they would take it, if by force. Harris stepped back and cocking the gun said, "If you do you'll get it blazing." Seeing his resolution and determined manner, they desisted and he kept his gun without further moestations. This gun, "Old Brayton" and the "Engraved Powder Horn" were handed down in the family, until it reached the home of Samuel Harris, living on South Kingsboro Avenue, in Gloversville, New York. Both were destroyed in a fire that consumed this house in 1890. (Pictures of this home before fire and later of celler wall only will follow in book, with labels.)

William K. Harris - At this point I would like to bring out that in Holdens History of Queensbury, on pages 4 and 12; Mr. Holden tells of William Harris'es escape from Canada and wounded, as he was, went to Salem, NY to seek out Abner Carswell a distant relative who he stayed with, and was doctored by "Dr. William's" until his wounds were healed.

After the war "Cryenus Parks" returned from Canada to live with his brother "Joseph Parks" (who being a loyal Whig and Patriot) remained living in Kingsbury, NY. Joseph Parks lived near William Harris, being a patriot, he and Harrises were on very friendly terms until a misunderstanding arose on some business transaction when a gradual coolness ensued which for a while estranged them. One morning Joseph Parks called upon WIlliam Harris manifesting a disposition to make friends again. In great good humor he related several anecdotes and border adventures until he thought Harris had reached a genial frame of mind, then leading his way gradually to the subject asked him if he would be willing to overlook the past and forgive his brother "Cyrenus", if the latter would make a suitable acknowledgement and ask forgiveness? Springing to his feet in a tempest of rage, the Old Scout replied with an oath, "No! He tried to kill me in cold blood and if I ever get the chance I'll kill him." Joseph, still pressed and argued the matter until William's suspicions were aroused and he exclaimed, "Cyrenus" is at your house and if he wants to live he had better keep out of my way. "That night "Cyrenus" escaped back to Canada.

"A Pioneers Revenge"
An Indian doctor on his way to a neighboring swap to gather herbs had to pass the house of William Harris. His children, who inherited their fathers hatred for the indians insulted the medicine man with blackguards and missives until he lost all patience and threatened to tomahawk them and finally did throw his tomahawk which struck the door poast a short distance from Harrises wife. Seizing "Old Brayton" he followed the Indian into the woods, shot him through the head and sunk his body in a sluggish creek in the middle of the swamp. Although no one knew for sure what had become of the Indian doctor, suspicion pointed to Harris and a powerful brave sent ot retaliate by the death of the murderer. The brave lurked around "Harris Hollow" for some days, at length seeing a lone man hoeing corn, he approached him and asked to be directed to the house of WIlliam Harris. Harris, for it was he, saw at once his danger and replyed: "Harris is a neighbor of mine and it is two miles around the road but I will show you a short cut." The savage assented and they set out, Harris with his hoe over his shoulder leading the way to the wood and watching his chance felled the Indian with one blow of the hoe and after burying him there, returned home in moody silence.

"Harris's Bay"
SouthEastern extremity of Lake George. Here, as tradition hath it, "Old Bill Harris" meted out border justice to eight Indians who had been dispatched by their tribe to waylay and kill him in revenge for some of his many ruthless acts, for it half that is told of him be true, he had as little compunction in killing an Indian, as in shooting a wolf. These Indians has been lurking in the swamps and woods of the neighborhood for some days, patiently waiting their opportunity for his capture. Finally he learned, either by obsevation or through the kind offices of a neighbor, that they werw all out on the lake fishing. He immediately huried around the neighborhood and borrowed of his friends their muskets or rifles to the number of eight, which, having loaded, he secreted them behind a log on the lake shore. He then exhibited himself to them with derisive and contemptous gestures, when they all made for shore to take him. As they came within range he deliberately shot one after the other till they were all killed. He was naturally taciturn and stern. When aftewards asked what he had doen with the bodies, he took a fish and plunging a sharp pointed knife through its air-bladder flung it into the lake, into whose clear depths it settled like a stone. It was a popular belief that he had served the Indians the same way. After this, he was not molested, the Indians reaching the conclusiion that he bore a charmed life.

Notes from A Harris Family Record, Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Magazine, Nov/Dec 1947, pg 39
For details of his activities see Holden's "History of Queensbury." His will dated June 7, 1827, probated Sept. 24, 1829, Warren Co, NY, mentions his wife Cynthia, his son, William W., Samuel, John, Benjamin; Daughters, Lavinia, wife of Amos Irish; Rebecca, wife of Andrew Robinson; Dorothy, wife of Lyman Robinson; Meriam and Cynthia. Gravestones record Moses b. 1799, d. Apr. 5, 1813 and Daniel b. 1792, d. April 2, 1813. Both are buried in Harrisena Cemetery.

Harris Families of Queensbury and Vicinity by John Austin (not Published) William was a Revolutionary War veteran, and his widow was receiving a pension at her death. He and his father were taken prisoner in 1780 by a party of
Tories and Indians, and they were forced to march to Quebec. A fascinating narrative of his sufferings and adventures is found in Holden, pp. 485-491. He
was listed at Westfield (Fort Ann; prob. in Queensbury> in 1790 (1-2-2), on the 1805 Queensbury assessment roll and has the following Queensbury census entries: 1800 (41001/02010), 1810 (02301/30101) and 1820 (110211/02001/03). He served as Queensbury pathmaster in 1799 and 1805. His will, dated 7 June 1827 and proved 24 Sept. 1829, named John and Samuel Harris as executors and
identified his children. The partition of the farm of William Harris, deceased, was accomplished by 1838 deeds among John, Benjamin and Samuel Harris (J/180). Children, from will and gravestones, order uncertain. 
Harris, William (I27110)
19 #94 on Headstone Bird, Lillian M. (I08770)
20 #95 on inscription Irish, Nelson (I08764)
21 'son of E W & C E'
aged 3ms  
Irish, William Edgar (I05193)
22 (Perhaps this daughter was Polly, and that she m. Edmond Haley. If this is correct, then he m. (2) 9-15-1794, Sarah Miner at Stonington, Conn.) Irish, Dau. (I08915)
23 (separate military stone) Albert E. Irish Cpl US Army World War II Sep. 17, 1905 - Jan. 10, 1981. Irish, Albert Eugene (I18837)
24 ** Book Error **
There is no J. Wesley Sherman. Sarah Elizabeth Irish m Frank W Sherman (1853 - 1921). J. Wesley Irish is noted with the same birth date and death date, which is the brother if Sarah Elizabeth Irish. 
Sherman, Frank W. (I03492)
25 *** Book error ***
From Linc Haymaker:
The book has 2 numbers 15252 on page 502. 
Irish, Mary (I18202)
26 *** Book Error *** Book has died 20 May 1865 but Find-a-grave has 26 May 1865. Could this be a typo? Tew, Abby (I10258)
27 *** Book error *** This Joseph Eastman was never in the State Legislature - It was Joseph Elder. See:
From: W. L. Irish - He was in the Legislature from New Richmond, Wis. in 1872 and from Hudson, Wis. in 1873. Both are in St. Croix Co., WI., and Hudson is the Seat.

Irish, Joseph Eastman (I01085)
28 ***Book Error***
From Linc Haymaker 5-20-2011
Book has death date for Dora as 1871, however this is incorrect, and possibly a typo error. The census records clearly show that Dora lived beyond 1910. It is possible that there was a Dora as a daughter that died in 1871 but I find no Dora in the Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in Hanover.. The 1900 Census shows that Dora had a total of 6 children of which 3 were still living. There are only 4 children accounted for between the book and census records. Where are the other 2 children? Sarah, Ola and Charles all died before this census, so it would appear that the 2 missing children are still living, but where. 
(Irish), Dora B. (I13504)
29 ***Book Error***
From: Linc Haymaker
Ca Death records show date of death as 10/02/1957, one day later than book. 
Bowes, Mary Irene (I12721)
30 ***Book Error***
From: Linc Haymaker - Miranda is too young to be the mother of some of these children. See:

The wives and children of Stephen Irish (2-17-1753) REFN 7780

Allis, Miranda (I07166)
31 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Ducro, T. A. (I09872)
32 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Ducro, M. J. (I09873)
33 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Wood, M. M. (I03705)
34 ***error***
From: Joe Travis
Note that death date given is before marriage date. The entry reads "m.
in Dec. 1889, Sarah Weeder, d. 11-5-1868 at Maryland, Otsego Co., N. Y.". 
Weeder, Sarah (I05324)
35 ***error***
From: Linc Haymaker
Inscription says: Warren F. Son of Henry S. & Sylvia E. IRISH Died Jan. 18, [1888] Age 10 yrs. 8 mos. 4 days 
Irish, Warren F. (I16899)
36 ***error***
From: Linc Haymaker 7-1-2001
Norman's birthdate is in question only 2 months before Ethyl, but appears in the book after Ethyl. Probably a typo. 
Dean, Norman Jonathan (I15069)
37 ***error***
There is also a Clinton Lakey Armstrong, b 1903 d. 21 May 1972 but buried in another cemetery at: Swan Point Cemetery Providence RI. Is it possible he was moved? From where to where?  
Armstrong, Clinton L. (I10514)
38 ***error***
There seems to be some issue here as Lucy's son David Irish Gray shows being born in 1828 from his gravestone markings. There is a Lucy Gray b. 1774 d 20 Mar 1859 buried Old Commons Burial Ground, Little Compton, Newport Co., RI. which may be a better fit. 
Irish, Lucy (I00897)
39 ***error*** From Linc Haymaker
Ca records show b. of Mary of 11/6/1905 rather than 11/06/1906. 
Irish, Mary Josephine (I04571)
40 ***error*** From Linc Haymaker 9-8-2001
Book has b. date as 1942. typo ! S/B 1842 fits better. 
Stewart, Silvia A. (I16887)
41 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family (F5335)
42 **error**
Both cemetery readings for Albert and his wife Mary C. are spelled Greene. I have changed the name from Green that the book has.

Some information gathered from Gary Silverstein - and his Rootsweb site named "The Howlands". Most of his references come from "Babcock Genealogy" book by Stephen Babcock M. A.; Eaton & Mains, New York; 1903. And also " Descendants of Joseph Greene of Westerly, R. I"  
Greene, Albert Clarke (I01110)
43 **error**
From Linc Haymaker
Message from Barbara indicates that the Lidia daughter of Joel S. in the book is spelled Lydia.

Info from Barbara - on: 9/11/2001
My G-grandmother was Evalena Wells daughter of Eugene E. Wells and Lydia Irish. Lydia was the daughter of Joel S. Irish and Mary Ann Brockman. Joel was the son of Isreal Irish and Ester Wood. Isreal was the son of Jonathon Irish and Deborah Wilbor. Jonathon was the son of Jesse Irish and Mary Albee. Jesse was the son of Jonathon Irish and Mary Taylor.Jonathon was the son of John Irish and Elizabeth Thurston. John was the son of John Irish and Elizabeth Risley. and John was the son of Jonathon Irish and Elizabeth Kirby. That is my Irish Family line. Barbara

See also:
I am looking for information on my Grandmother Helen Mae Williams , she is the daughter of Lehi B. Williams And Lena Wells.Both Lena and Helen were born in Linn Co. Lena was the daughter of Eugene Wells and Lydia Irish and was born in Springville on1/29/1881. I think Helen was born in 1916 in Linn Co. My father was born in Cedar Rapids 5/25/1931 to Helen Williams and Ray Long. I would appreciate any information. Thank You, Barbara
Barbara Long Foreit
Wells,Williams,Long, Irish
Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 20:46:19 (CST) 
Irish, Lydia Ann (I10030)
44 **error**
From Linc Haymaker
The book has Sarah as Sarah G. but found on web Site:
Bowerman, Carver, Fox, Gowdy, Hastings, Housler, Morris - Sonia Yaco at: has her as Sarah Church, a better fit as her mother was a Church. 
Irish, Sarah Church (I06227)
45 **error**
From Linc Haymaker:
Ethel was 63 when last child Linda Lee was born? 
Irish, Ethel (I16171)
46 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Irish, S. (I18187)
47 **error**
From Linc Haymaker:
The book has 2 numbers 15251 on page 502. See Stephen and Steven. 
Irish, Stephen (I18201)
48 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Irish, K. (I18188)
49 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Monroe, J. C. (I06322)
50 **error**
From Linc: 6-15-01
Ella is shown as the daughter of Alfred Ashebel & Marilda ? and is also shown as daughter of Samuel Bolivar Irish & June A. ? One of these is wrong, but where to find the correct info? 
Irish, Ella E. (I06331)

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