ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE
Emigrants from Devon & Dorset, England to Jefferson Co., New York
updated 25 August 2006
Like it's name suggests,
the goal of this website is to document those individuals and families
who crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Devon & Dorset, England,
during the 19th-centuring and settled in Jefferson County, New York.
Not only were there several such emigrants, but they intermarried
both in England and in New York and this site will attempt to make
those relationships plain.
email submissions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please only submit data on people who actually lived in Devon or
Dorset, not those whose were only there to obtain passage to America.
Include names, dates, place of origins, known ancestors, and known
living cousins worldwide.
Dorset Migration Index —
this is the website of the West Dorset Research Centre, in Bridport,
West Dorset, England. For several years, its members have made
a study of the people who left that region in the early 1800's
and travelled to other parts of the globe, including New Zealand,
Australia, and North America. If you have information on these
early emigrants, then please consider contributing details to
their Dorset Migration Index via the form available on the website.
Settlers of Western Jefferson County, New York —
a graphical file depicting emigrant families and their intermarriages
and relationships, both in England and in Jefferson County,
provided by Mark Wentling.
names are boldface
Bernard Eveleigh married 4 September 1780 at Whitchurch
Canonicorum, Dorset, Susannah Bartlett.
Matthew Eveleigh, born 2 November 1783 at Whitchurch Canonicorum,
Dorset; married 13 July 1803 at Whitchurch, Frances "Fanny"
Roberts. Matthew was a dairyman of some means for those
times, but dying ere the children had reached maturity, and
their mother marrying again, they were somewhat left upon
their own resources. Parents of:
Eveleigh was born January 17, 1813, in Dorsetshire,
England, and was baptised by Rev. William Buckland, in the
parish of Whitchurch Canonicorum. At the age of 21,
he sailed for America, landing at Sackets Harbor, town of
Hounsfield, Jefferson Co., New York with only two sovereigns
in his pocket. He immediately apprenticed himself to Hanson
Rann for three years to learn the carpenters' trade. This
business he pursued for years. In 1840 he married Miss Lydia
Champion and to them one child was born, Mrs. A. M. Marsh,
of Hounsfield. In 1861 owing to ill health, his trade was
given up, when he went into the hotel business, but only
remaining there four years, whereupon he resumed his old
business, adding to it lumber trading with Canada. Through
this ship building was started, which he carried to quite
an extent, building boats of various dimensions. Other things
were added during the succeeding years, among which were
farming, hardware, meat market, coal yard, and filling contracts
with Madison Barracks for numerous things. In 1882 he married
Mrs. Amos Membery, of Adolphustown,
Lenox Co., Ontario, Canada, his first wife having died in
1880. Though having lost much at different times by fire
and shipwreck, he still retains a hotel, store, dwelling
house, 1,000 acres of land, and one boat. Aside from farm
help he employs seven men and four girls. [http://jefferson.nygenweb.net/childhou.htm]
Eveleigh; married Elizabeth Grinter, by whom he had four
John G. Eveleigh, located in Sackets Harbor in 1874. He
was three times married: his first wife was Martha Boyd,
his second one was Elizabeth A. Brass, and his third was
Ida Boulton, daughter of Charles Boulton, with whom he was
living in 1890. His second wife bore him two children, Ernest
J. and Percy W. [http://jefferson.nygenweb.net/childhou.htm]
Jane Eveleigh; married George H. Russell,
born at St. Mary’s Church, Devonshire, England.
Harris was born in England, where he died at the age of 60 years.
His wife was Jane Faudry/Fawdrey, who died at the age of 55 years.
They had eight children, of whom was:
Harris; immigrated to this country and located in Hounsfield
in 1833 where he died, aged 72 years. He married Charity Lee,
of England, and they had one son:
James Harris; married Annie Valitta Washburn, daughter of
Dyer and Annie (Bass) Washburn, of Hounsfield, where they
resided on road 46. Their children are Brayton, Byron, John,
Wallace, Dyer, Adelbert and Alice Washburn. [http://jefferson.nygenweb.net/childhou.htm]
Lane, born about 1768 in Dorset, England,
died 11 April 1861 at age 93 in the town of Hounsfield, Jefferson
Co., New York, where he had been a farmer. He married in
or before 1801 in England Anna "Nanny" Stamp, born about
1774 in Dorset, England, died 25 November 1857 in the town of
Hounsfield, Jefferson Co., New York. Thomas and family left
England from Dorset and emigrated to Quebec before moving on to
Sackets Harbor on 28 May 1834. Among their ten children
Lane, born 1801 in Dorset, England, died 1887 in New York,
and his wife Charlotte Williams, whom he married in
1825, died in 1876. She was perhaps a relative of Henry
M. Williams. They emigrated in
1832 from England, and he was naturalized 3 September 1844
at age 44. Parents of:
Lane, born 25 September 1828 in England; married in
1858 Sarah Ann Stoodley,
his first cousin. They resided in Jefferson Co., New
Lane, who came to this town from England in 1835. Charles
married Frances Hallyard, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada,
and they had four children, viz.: Anna, Albert, Charles E.,
and Henry J. He has resided in this town 52 years, and is
now 75 years of age. His wife died in April, 1878.
Lane, born about 1806 in England; married Robert Jeffrey
and settled in Sackets Harbor, Jefferson Co., New York.
Robert may have died in England, for he does not appear in
American records. Parents of:
Jeffrey; married John H. Reader.
Lane; married William Stokes.
Lane, born about 1809 in Devonshire, England, died 1885
in Hounsfield, Jefferson Co., New York; married probably in
Devonshire, England, William Stoodley.
Membery married Sarah in 1825 at Whitchurch
Canonicorum, Dorset, England, and subsequently removed to Sackets
Harbor in the early days of this town, and later removed to Canada,
where he died. He had eight children:
Membery was born in England, and in 1831 immigrated to
America and located on a farm in the town of Adams, finally
removed to Hounsfield, where he died in 1852, aged 49 years.
He married Martha Orchard, christened
4 June 1799 at Chard Street Chapel-Independent, Axminster,
Devon, England, and they had one son:
George O. Membery was born in Adams, where he lived many
yeas, when he located in Hounsfield town on a farm which
he occupied in the 1890s. He married Melia I. Babbit, daughter
of Daniel G. and Almira (Ralph) Babbit, of Pickney, N. Y.
and they had two children, George and Carrie M. [http://jefferson.nygenweb.net/childhou.htm]
Orchard was born in Devonshire, England, where he died, aged about
80 years. His wife, Sarah, bore him 16 children, among whom was:
Abraham Orchard, who died in Devonshire at the advanced age
of 86 years. He married Prudence Pering, of Devonshire, and
their children were:
Orchard, christened 4 June 1799 at Chard Street Chapel-Independent,
Axminster, Devon, England; married George
Orchard removed to Hounsfield, Jefferson Co., New York,
in 1832 on a farm on road 47 corner 59, where he resided
as late as 1890 when he was age 82 and his wife was age
65. He married Armenia Barnes,
daughter of Enoch and Amor (Hazen) Barnes, of Hounsfield,
and their children were Matilda, Sarah, Elsie J., Richard,
Benjamin, Julia A., Martha A., Effie E., Darius, Ada R.,
and Ida M. Orchard. Julia married Myron
Holden, born in Hounsfield, son of Timothy,
and their children are Flora M., Aurilla
A., and Benjamin M. Holden. [http://jefferson.nygenweb.net/childhou.htm]
Powell and Sarah Rockett farmers of Dorsetshire, were perhaps
relatives of Harriet Powell, whose daughter Sarah
(Bowering) Stokes of Wootton Fitzpaine, Dorset, emigrated
to Hounsfield around 1854. Parents of:
Powell, born 1833, in Dorsetshire, England; he immigrated
to Jefferson County, New York, in 1857, and located in Henderson,
where he worked upon a farm until 1858, when he removed to
the town of Ellisburgh. Three years later he returned
to England and married Joanna P. Rockett, daughter
of James Rockett and Asenath Copp, of Dorestshire. Upon his
return to Ellisburgh he purchased the Wheeler farm, on road
51, which he was operating as late as 1890.
Reader was born near Bridport (sic),
Dorsetshire, England, whence he immigrated to this country and
located at Sackets Harbor, Jefferson Co., New York, in 1851, where
he died in 1871, aged 70 years. He married Mary Huxford,
of Uplyme, Devon, England, who survived him. Their children were:
John and George (twins) Reader, who were born in Lyme-Regis,
Eng., in 1832.
H. Reader, who came from England to Sackets Harbor in
1852; married Matilda Jeffrey, of
Sackets Harbor, and they had two children, Laura and Henry
H. In 1862, John enlised in Co. I, 10th N. Y. H.A., was honorably
discharged at the close of the Civil War, and received a pension.
He served as town clerk of Hounsfield four years. http://jefferson.nygenweb.net/childhou.htm]
H. Russell was born at St. Mary’s Church,
Devonshire, England, where he now resides. He married S.
Jane Eveleigh. Their children were:
H. Russell, Jr., came to the village of Sackets Harbor,
Jefferson Co., New York, in 1869, where he married Emma C.
Baker, daughter of Robert Baker and Elizabeth Eveleigh,
by whom he had two children, Arthur W., and Clinton J. Russell.
Stokes and Catherine Norman, married 14 February 1797 at Whitchurch
Canonicorum, Dorset, England, had at least two sons who immigrated
to Jefferson Co., New York in the 19th century:
Stokes, born about 1801 in Dorset, England, died 1871
in Adams, Jefferson Co., New York; married Anna Lane.
They settled in Hounsfield, Jefferson County, New York, sometime
after the birth of son John in 1845 and 1850, when they were
enumerated in the U.S. federal census. Thus, they arrived
at least 15 years earlier than his brother Robert Stokes.
Stokes, born 26 November 1829, baptized 18 December
1829 at Hawkchurch, Dorset, England.
J. Stokes, baptized 8 January 1832 at Hawkchurch, Dorset,
England, died in Hounsfield, Jefferson Co., New York, before
9 November 1867 when his will was proved. He married
Jane A. Metcalf, daughter of Henry Metcalf and Sarah Ashby
of Hounsfield. They had no children. She married
second Giles W. Tremain.
Stokes, baptized 24 September 1834 at Hawkchurch, Dorset,
S. Stokes, baptized 7 July 1839 at Hawkchurch, Dorset,
Stokes, born 13 September 1842, baptized 16 October
1842 at Hawkchurch, Dorset, England.
Stokes, baptized 2 March 1845 at Hawkchurch, Dorset,
Stokes, baptized 29 January 1804 at Hawkchurch, Dorset,
England, died 1863; married in England, Sarah Bowering,
born about 1816 in Wootton Fitzpaine, Dorset, England, died
1860, daughter of William Bowring and Harriet Powell, who
was perhaps a relative of Henry Powell
who emigrated to Henderson in 1857. Robert and Sarah
stayed in Harcombe, Uplyme, Axminster, Devon, for about 16
years before emigrating in 1854 or 1855 to the town of Hounsfield,
Jefferson Co., New York, bringing all of their children with
Stokes, born about 1838 in Hawkchurch, Dorset, England;
married 1870 Clay Holden, one of ten children born to Aaron
Holden and Orvilla Root.
H. Stokes, born 27 February 1840 in Uplyme, Devonshire,
England, died 29 July 1891 in Jefferson Co., New York; married
2 September 1862, Harriet Elizabeth McMain, born 11 September
Stokes, born about 1842 in Uplyme, Devonshire, England.
E. Stokes, born 1844 in Uplyme, Devonshire, England;
married Mary McKeag, born 1844 in Scotland, died 1912.
They are buried in Sulpher Springs Cemetery, Hounsfield.
Stokes, born about 1846 in Uplyme, Devonshire, England;
married Anna, born about 1851.
L. Stokes, born 12 August 1851 in Uplyme, Devonshire,
England, died 1931 in Hounsfield, Jefferson Co., New York;
married 1 December 1875 Lydia Kennedy, of the neighboring
town of Henderson.
Mae Stokes, born 8 October 1876 in the town of Hounsfield,
died 1972; married 20 December 1905 William W. Washburn.
Stokes, born about 1853 in England
Stokes, born in England, and death unknown.
Isaac Stokes, a farmer
George Stokes, born about 1854 in Hounsfield, Jefferson
Co., New York.
Henry G. Stokes, born 25 September 1856 in Jefferson Co.,
New York; married 25 December 1879 in Jefferson Co., Nellie
Hovey, daughter of Joseph Hovey and Minerva McQuain/McWayne
Stoodley, born about 1 November 1803, baptized 25 November
1803 at Hawkchurch, Dorset, England, died 25 November 1882 at
age 79 yrs. 25 days, in the town of Hounsfield, Jefferson Co.,
New York. Sometime between about 1828 and 1839, William married
Elizabeth Lane, born about February
1809 in Dorset, England, died 14 July 1884, age 76 yrs. 6 months,
in Hounsfield. "William Stodley" of Hounsfield, Jefferson
Co., New York, declared his intention for naturalization on 8
September 1840, the same day that his father-in-law, Thomas Lane,
was naturalized in the same town. Parents of:
Ann Stoodley, born 1837; married 1858 William Lane,
born 25 September 1828 in England.
Esther Stoodley, born about 1841, died August 1920, age 79
yrs 7 mos. 24 days; married Silas Robert Washburn. Parents
William W. Washburn, was born 26 October 1867, in the town
of Hounsfield on the family farm. On 20 December 1905, he
was married to Ada Mae Stokes.
M. Williams, son of Moses
Williams and Amy Bawdwich/Bowditch?, was born in Dorsetshire,
in 1846, and when about eight years of age came with his parents
to America. In 1868 he married Ella M. Fox, daughter of Jones
Fox and Mary Elsey, who bore him a daughter, Jennie Adel, and
died in 1874. For his second wife he married Lucretia Powers,
daughter of Harvey Powers and Sarah Spencer, in 1874, who bore
him two daughters, Helen M. and Inez F., and died in 1886.
For his third wife he married Mary M. Powers, a sister of his
second wife, December 29, 1886. In 1868 Mr. Williams purchased
the E. T. Boomer farm, on road 44, one mile from Belleville, where
he resided as late as 1890. [http://jefferson.nygenweb.net/childhou.htm]
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