of Norn Island Lighthouse
Harbor, Jefferson Co., New York
Barnard McNitt and Jane Clark of Palmer, Hampshire Co.,
Massachusetts, were parents of Andrew and John McNitt.
Andrew McNitt and Chloe Chapin, born 12 Jul 1751 in Rowe,
Franklin Co., Massachusetts, daughter of Jonathon Chapin and
Anna Hitchkcock, were married in Palmer. Family tradition
indicates that Andrew died in 1778 during military service.
No record of his death has been found, but he must have died about that
time, for his son Samuel was taken in and raised by John McNitt,
who was then living in Rowe, Franklin Co., Massachusetts.
John McNitt and his
wife Patty Wilson moved about 1798 to Washington Co., New York,
taking Samuel and their children with them. They finally removed
to Jefferson County, New York, settling in the town of Champion, before
1806. John and Patty had the following children,
all born in Rowe except the last two (births and deaths for the children
born in Rowe have been verified by the Town Clerk of Rowe, Mass.):
Mary, born 16 March 1777, died 12 September 1778
Sally, born 8 July 1779
James G., born 29 November 1781. Father of:
W., born 21 January 1806, New York.
Bebe, born 16 June 1784, died 16 January 1787
John, born 30 March 1787
Polly, born 25 July 1789
Patty, born 13 February
Noah, born 6 June 1794
Oren, born 28 October 1797
Samuel McNitt, born about 1772, married Hannah Foster
on 2 September 1792 in Rowe, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. After
she died, he married second Sally Hutchins. According to
a DAR application, Samuel McNitt, had siblings Eli McNitt
who married Lydia Bassett and Perthena Newell, and also
a brother, Andrew McNitt.
Samuel McNitt was a Captain commanding a Company in the14th Regiment
of Detached Militia of the State of New York, commanded by Col. William
Stone, in the 5th Brigade, in the War of 1812.
In an affidavit sworn 15 December 1831, Samuel
McNitt said that he was keeper of the Norn Island Lighthouse near
Sacket's Harbor. He must have held that occupation until an advanced
age, for maps made as late as 1855 label the island "Lighthouse -- McNitt."
Samuel died on 8 September 1861 at age 89 in Jefferson Co., New
Samuel McNitt keeper of the United States Light House
on Norn Island near Sacket's Harbor, Jefferson County and State
of New York being duly sworn says that he is about 65 years
old, that when -----------(unreadable) was sent to live with
his Uncle John McNitt and Aunt Patty, his wife,
who resided in the town of Rowe, Franklin County, Massachusets--that
he resided with them at that place till he was 21 years of age
and that he has been familiar with the family ever since; that
more than 30 years ago this deponent and his Uncle John
moved from the State of Massachusets to the County of Jefferson
and State of New York whence they have both remained until his
death and this deponent further says that he knows when they
married and think as it was about three years before he went
to reside with them. Says he did not know his aunt
Patty or his Uncle John until they were married but
soon after he knew her to be the daughter of old Mr. Michael
Wilson and Mary his wife; they lived in the same
neighborhood and this deponent was familiar with both families
until he came to reside in this state. And this deponent
further says that he knows that his said uncle John was
a considerable part of the the time during the Revolutionary
war a soldier in the militia service and was at West Point a
soldier in the U.S. Service at the time of Arnold's treachery.
Sworn and subscribed this 15th day of December 1831 before me
Geno Allen a judge of Jefferson County Court.
I certify that the above deponent is a high honourable person.
Geno Allen a Judge of Jefferson county.
For further information
. . . .
McNauchtan Saga: Chapters Concerning the McNitt Family of Palmer,
New Hampshire, online reprint of a 1951 genealogy, includes
photo of Barnard McNitt's house.
McNitt Family webpage at the Jefferson
County, New York, GenWeb, contains more information about
John McNitt's family, submitted by Jane
Information about related McNitt's from Hampshire Co., Massachusetts,
and Washington Co., New York, can be found at The
Ancestry and Descendants of Daniel McNitt, Jr. (1788-1854) and
Jane Moores (1795-1862) by William H. McNitt.
McNitt Family History & Genealogy Archive