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Rev. Abraham Pierson

Submitted by Ron Bloch. Thanks Ron.

       

Family of Rev. Abraham PIERSON

First Generation

      1. Rev. Abraham PIERSON was born1,2 about 1609 in Yorkshire, England and was christened3 on 23 Sep 1609 in Branford, Yorkshire, England. He died4,5,6,7,8 on 9 Aug 1678 in Newark, New Jersey and was buried9 in 1678 in Newark Burying Ground, Newark, NJ.

BIOGRAPHY: Abraham Pierson was the first pastor of the settlements at Southampton, Long  Island, Branford, CT and Newark, NJ. He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1632. On  23 September 1632, he was ordained deacon at the Collegiate Church, Southwell, Nottingham,  England. He was a strong Puritan, and left England for America. He was admitted a member of the church in Boston on 5 September 1640. In 1640, he was ordained as the minister in Lynn MA. He and other settlers left Lynn, MA and founded Southampton, Long Island in December 1640. He was strongly opposed to Southampton joining the Connecticut Colony in 1644 because Connecticut did not require Freeman to also be church members. In 1647, he moved to Branford, New Haven Colony, where he organized a church and served as minister for 20 years. He was prominent in the affairs of this colony.

    In 1667, he and most of his congregation went to New Jersey when New Haven was absorbed by Connecticut. There they founded Newark. It was to be the last Puritan theocracy in America, where the church laws were almost indistinguishable from the civil laws. Pierson remained the pastor there until his death.

    Pierson was a stern and strict Puritan who was held in high regard in both civil and clerical circles. Cotton Mather characterized him as a "godly, learned man" and "wherever he came he shone." When he died, his library included over 400 books (one of the largest collections in the colonies), which were left to his son, Abraham. 

Abraham married Abigail MITCHELL10.

They had the following children:

+          2 M i.   Abraham PIERSON was born about 1641 and died on 5 Mar 1706/1707.

               3 M ii.   Thomas PIERSON11 was born12 in 1641/1642 in Southhampton, NY. He died13 before 1684 in Newark NJ.

               4 M iii.   John PIERSON was born14 in 1643 in Southhampton, NY. He died15 before 1671.

               5 F iv.   Abigail PIERSON was born16 in 1644.

               6 F v.   Grace PIERSON was born17 in 1650 in Branford CT.

               7 F vi.   Susanna PIERSON was born18 in Dec 1652 in Branford CT.

               8 F   vii.   Rebecca PIERSON was born19 in 1654 in Branford CT. She died20 in Nov 1732.

               9 M   viii.   Theophilus PIERSON21 was born22 in 1659 in Branford CT. He died23 in 1713 in Newark NJ.

             10 M   ix.   Isaac PIERSON24,25.

             11 F x.   Mary PIERSON26.

             12 F xi.   Davenport PIERSON27.

 

Second Generation

      2.   Abraham PIERSON (Abraham) was born28,29,30 about 1641 in Lynn, Essex, MA. He died31,32,33,34 on 5 Mar 1706/1707 in Killingworth (Clinton), CT and was buried35,36 in Killingworth (Clinton), CT.

BIOGRAPHY: Abraham Pierson the younger was born in either Lynn MA or Southampton, Long Island. He graduated from Harvard College in 1668. In 1669, he was called to the pastorate of the church at Woodbridge, but he declined and became his father's assistant in the church at Newark, NJ. In March 1672, he was made co-pastor. When his father died in 1678, he became the sole pastor and remained there for 14 years. In 1692, he left that church and returned to Connecticut. He became the minister for the church in Killingworth, now Clinton, CT, two years later, where he served until his death.  He became prominent in the group of Connecticut ministers who founded the Collegiate School in October 1701, which was subsequently renamed Yale College. He was named one of the 10 original trustees, and on November 11, 1701, he was elected the first rector. He is now remembered as the first President of Yale College, and his statue is on the grounds of Yale in New Haven, CT.

Abraham married39 Abigail CLARKE37,38, daughter of George CLARKE and Sarah HARVEY, about 1673 in Branford, New Haven, CT. Abigail was born40 about 1654. She died41 on 15 Mar 1727 in Killingworth (Clinton), CT and was buried42 in Mar 1727 in Indian River Cemetery, Clinton, CT.

They had the following children:

+        13 M i.   Rev. John PIERSON was born in 1689 and died on 23 Aug 1770.

             14 M ii.   Abraham PIERSON was born43 in 1680 in Newark, Essex Co. NJ. He died44 in 1752 in Clinton, Middlesex Co. CT.

             15 F iii.   Sarah PIERSON45.

             16 F iv.   Susanna PIERSON46.

             17 F v.   Mary PIERSON47.

             18 F vi.   Hannah PIERSON48.

             19 F   vii.   Ruth PIERSON49.

             20 M   viii.   James PIERSON50.

             21 F ix.   Abigail PIERSON51.

Third Generation

    13. Rev. John PIERSON52 (Abraham, Abraham) was born53 in 1689 in Newark, Essex Co. NJ. He died54,55,56,57,58 on 23 Aug 1770 in Hanover, Morris Co. NJ.

BIOGRAPHY: Rev. John Pierson spent his early days in Newark, NJ. He graduated in 1711 from Yale College. In 1714, he became the pastor of the Woodbridge Church (First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge). He was 28 years old at the time. His salary was 80 pounds a year. He continued to serve as minister there until 1752. He was one of the first members of the Board of Trustees of the College of New Jersey, which subsequently became Princeton University. He went to Mendham, NJ in 1753, where he stayed for the next 10 years as a minister. He remarried and lived on his wife's farm on Long Island, but returned to New Jersey upon her death and spent the last years of his life with his daughter, Elizabeth Greene, in Hanover.

John married59,60 Ruth WOODBRIDGE, daughter of Rev. Timothy WOODBRIDGE and Mehitabel WYLLYS, on 18 Jul 1716 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., NJ. Ruth was born61,62 about Aug 1695 in Hartford Connecticut ? and was christened63,64,65 on 18 Aug 1695 in Hartford Connecticut ?. She died66,67,68,69 on 7 Jan 1732 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., NJ.

They had the following children:

+        22 M i.   Wyllis PIERSON was born circa 1728 and died in 1810.

             23 M ii.   Abraham PIERSON70,71.

             24 M iii.   John PIERSON72,73.

             25 F iv.   Abigail PIERSON74,75.

             26 F v.   Anna PIERSON76,77.

             27 F vi.   Elizabeth PIERSON78,79.

             28 F   vii.   Margaret PIERSON80,81.

             29 F   viii.   Hannah PIERSON82,83.

Fourth Generation

    22. Wyllis PIERSON 84, 85, 86, 87, 88 (John, Abraham, Abraham) was born 89 circa 1728 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., NJ. He died 90 in 1810 in Duck Creek, Hamilton Co. Ohio.  

BIOGRAPHY: Wyllis Pierson was named as a son of Rev. John Pierson in his will dated 22 Nov 1768 and proved 2 Sep 1770 in Hanover, Morris Co. NJ. Wyllis was also listed in the 1771/2 census for Morris Twp., Morris Co. NJ as being the head of a household with four males. His age was between 16 and 50. In a list of 1753 Freeholders in Morris Co. NJ (North Precinct which  includes Bernardsville), a Willis Person (sic) is mentioned as being next door to Thos Riggs (Wyllis' father-in-law). In the will of Thomas Riggs of Bernardstown, Somerset Co. NJ dated 9 Dec 1788 and proved 15 Sept 1796, it mentions "the children my daughter had by Wyllys Pierson." They were to inherit one-third of his estate.

     In 1762, Wyllis was chosen as a trustee of the Rockaway (Morris Co.) NJ Presbyterian Church.  According to Charlotte Gitner's article in the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research published  in 1978, he was a blacksmith as of August 1762 in Pequannock, Morris Co. and he bought a one-half interest in a gristmill on the Rockaway River which he planned to move to another, unspecified place. On 10 July 1772, the Inferior Court of Common Pleas of Morris Co. NJ declared Willis and six others "insolvent debtors." On 5 Feb 1771, Wyllys Pierson witnessed the renunctiation of a will of a John Pierson of Hanover, Morris Co. NJ.

     It appears that Wyllis Pierson may have moved to Western Pennsylvania near Fort Redstone as early as 1774, since he is mentioned in court records that year and witnessed a deed in 1775. The 1790 Federal Census lists a Willis Parson in Washington Co. PA. According to the Revolutionary War pension application of Moses Pierson (mentioned in Wyllis Pierson's will), he states that his mother died by 1778 and his father had moved to the Redstone Country of Pennsylvania.  Subsequently, it is believed that he moved down the Ohio River to the Cincinnati area (Hamilton Co. OH), since many of his descendants settled there and his will was probated in this county in 1810.

Wyllis married Mary RIGGS91, daughter of Thomas RIGGS and Mary MORRIS, about 1753 in Barnardsville, Somerset Co. NJ. Mary was born in 1730 in Milford, New Haven Co. CT?.

Wyllis and Mary had the following children:

+        30 F  i.   Ruth PIERSON was born on 10 Jun 1754 and died on 28 Mar 1833.

+        31 F ii.   Hannah PIERSON was born on 15 Feb 1760 and died on 9 Apr 1817.

             32 M iii.   Abraham PIERSON92.

             33 F iv.   Eunice PIERSON93.

             34 M v.   Moses PIERSON94.

             35 F vi.   Mary PIERSON95.

             36 F   vii.   Elizabeth PIERSON96.

             37 M   viii.   Wyllys PIERSON97.

Fifth Generation

    30. Ruth PIERSON (Wyllis, John, Abraham, Abraham) was born98,99 on 10 Jun 1754 in New Jersey. She died100,101,102 on 28 Mar 1833 in Horseheads, Chemung Co. NY and was buried103 in 1833 in Horseheads, Chemung Co. NY.

Ruth married104,105,106 Henry BREES, son of John BREESE and Dorothy RIGGS, on 7 Jan 1774 in Somerset Co. NJ. Henry was born107,108,109,110 on 29 Aug 1753 in Baskenridge, Somerset Co., NJ. He died111,112,113,114 on 3 Jun 1835 in Chemung Co. NY and was buried115 in Jun 1835 in Barbours Corners Cemetery, Chemung Co. NY.

BIOGRAPHY: Henry Breese was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He served in Baskenridge,  Somerset Co. NJ in a company of Militia commanded by Captain Platt Bailey for one year in the fall of 1775. He then served in various parts of New Jersey under Captains Kilpatrick, Parker and Moffat in the New Jersey Militia until September 1778. At that time, there was a great need of waggoners and he joined the service under Henry Southard and was engaged in transporting forage, clothing and provisions for the Continental forces between Trenton NJ and Kingsbridge NY. In 1785, he moved to Morristown NJ were he stayed until 1809. In that year, he moved to Genoa in Cayuga Co. NY. In 1817, he went to Tioga County, NY where he resided at the time of his deposition at the Elmira Courthouse regarding his Revolutionary War service.

Henry and Ruth had the following children:  

+        38 F  i.   Mary (Polly) BREESE was born on 31 Oct 1774 and died on 7 Aug 1851.

             39 M ii.   Stephen BREESE was born116 on 29 Dec 1776.

             40 M iii.   Jermiah BREESE.

             41 M   iv.   Joel BREESE.

             42 M v.   John Pierson BREESE was born117 on 3 May 1779.

             43 M   vi.   Hosea BREESE.

             44 F   vii.   Ruth BREESE.

Ruth married Jairus TREAT.

             45 F   viii.   Susan BREESE118.

             46 M   ix.   Henry BREES Jr. was born119 on 2 Dec 1783.

             47 M x.   Acly BREES was born120 on 12 Jan 1799. He died121 on 19 Oct 1799.

 

    31. Hannah PIERSON122,123 (Wyllis, John, Abraham, Abraham) was born124 on 15 Feb 1760 in New Jersey. She died125 on 9 Apr 1817.

Hannah married Samuel BREESE, son of John BREESE and Dorothy RIGGS. Samuel was born126 on 17 Apr 1758. He died127 on 21 Jul 1837.

They had the following children:

             48 M i.   Wyllis BREESE was born128 on 18 Mar 1781 in New Jersey. He died129 on 17 Oct 1853.

             49 M ii.   Daniel BREESE was born130 on 11 May 1783 in New Jersey. He died131 on 19 May 1864.

             50 F iii.   Mary BREESE was born132 on 23 May 1785 in New Jersey. She died133 on 21 Dec 1871.

             51 M   iv.   Lot BREESE was born134 on 8 Jan 1788 in New Jersey. He died135 on 1 May 1868.

             52 M v.   Ezra BREESE was born136 on 13 Jun 1790. He died137 on 28 Jun 1869.

             53 F vi.   Elizabeth BREESE was born138 on 27 Mar 1793. She died139 on 22 Oct 1871.

             54 M   vii.   John BREESE was born140 on 28 Aug 1795. He died141 on 12 Mar 1879.

             55 M   viii.   Henry BREESE was born142 on 21 Dec 1797. He died143 on 21 Oct 1875.

             56 M   ix.   Samuel BREESE was born144 on 6 Oct 1802. He died145 on 13 Dec 1875.

Sixth Generation

    38. Mary (Polly) BREESE146,147 (Ruth PIERSON, Wyllis, John, Abraham, Abraham) was born148,149,150 on 31 Oct 1774 in Morristown NJ (?). She died151,152,153 on 7 Aug 1851 in Elmira NY and was buried154 in Aug 1851 in Breeseport, Chemung Co. NY.

Mary married157,158 Abraham WOOD155,156, son of Gershom WOOD and (?) WHITNACK, in 1795 in Morristown NJ. Abraham was born159,160 on 9 Mar 1772 in Morristown NJ. He died161,162 on 19 Sep 1848 in Pontiac Michigan and was buried163 in Sep 1848 in Sashabaw Plain, Michigan near Pontiac.

 

Abraham served as an apprentice to the Overseer of the William Alexander estate near Morristown NJ. He and a friend, Joseph Benjamin, explored the Lake country of southwestern New York in 1794. In December, 1804, he and his wife, Mary, along with their young children moved to Lansing, Tompkins County New York. At that time, Tompkins Co. had not yet been formed. He located on a farm in Lot 62 2.5 miles northeast of Ludlowville. The source of this information is a paper on the Wood family written by Isabelle Harper Wood Parish in 1957 and in the possession of the Lansing Historical Society. Betsey Wood's obituary also confirms the date of 1804 when they moved to Lansing from Morristown.

Abraham and Mary had the following children:

+        57 F  i.   Betsey WOOD was born on 12 Dec 1802 and died on 28 Nov 1890.

             58   ii.   Hannah WOOD was born on 4 Aug 1796.

             59 F iii.   Elizabeth WOOD was born164 on 9 Aug 1798 in Morristown, NJ. She died165 on 15 Apr 1881 in Michigan?.

             60 M   iv.   David WOOD was born166 on 28 Dec 1804 in Lansing, Tompkins Co. NY. He died167 on 3 Sep 1877 in Ludlowville, Tompkins Co. NY.

             61 M v.   Henry WOOD was born168,169 on 12 May 1800 in Morristown, NJ. He died170,171 on 26 Nov 1818 in Lansing, Tompkins Co. NY.

             62 M   vi.   Joel WOOD was born172 on 15 Feb 1807 in Lansing, Tompkins Co. NY.

             63 M   vii.   Amasa WOOD was born173,174 on 13 Jan 1809 in Lansing, Tompkins Co. NY. He died175,176 on 14 Jan 1895 in Ludlowville, Tompkins Co. NY.

             64 F   viii.   Ruth WOOD was born177 on 18 Aug 1811 in Lansing, Tompkins Co. NY. She died178,179 on 13 Dec 1818 in Lansing, Tompkins Co. NY and was buried180 in Bower Cemetery.

             65 M   ix.   Sylvester WOOD was born181 on 21 Jan 1814 in Lansing, Tompkins Co. NY. He died182 on 26 Jun 1815 in Lansing, Tompkins Co. NY and was buried183 in Bower Cemetery.

             66 M x.   Calvin WOOD was born184 on 10 Jun 1818 in Lansing, Tompkins Co. NY. He died185,186 on 14 Jul 1818 in Lansing, Tompkins Co. NY and was buried187 in Bower Cemetery.

Seventh Generation

    57. Betsey WOOD188 (Mary (Polly) BREESE, Ruth PIERSON, Wyllis, John, Abraham, Abraham) was born189,190,191,192,193,194,195,196 on 12 Dec 1802 in Morristown NJ. She died197,198,199 on 28 Nov 1890 in Locke, NY.

Betsey married Mark Hargen BROOKS, son of James BROOKS and Margaret Hargen (?), in 1820 in Lansing, Tompkins Co. NY. Mark was born200,201,202,203,204 on 22 Apr 1798. He died205,206,207 on 30 Sep 1850 in Locke, Cayuga Co. NY (?) and was buried208,209 in Oct 1850 in Bird Cemetery, Locke, NY.

 

Appendix A  - Sources

  1. Pedigrees of Descendants of the Colonial Clergy (Society of the Descendants of the Colonial Clergy 1976), PA Genealogical Society, Philadelphia PA. "Pierson, Rev. Abraham, A.B., b. Lynn MA 1641, son of Rev. Abraham and ___(Wheelwright) Pierson; H.C. [Harvard College] 1668, A.B. ord. Newark NJ 4 Mar 1672; sett. Newark 1669-1692; sett. Greenwich CT 1692-1694; inst. Killingworth, CT 1694; sett. Killingworth (now Clinton) 1694-1707; Trustee and founder, Y.C. [Yale College] 1700; inducted President, Y.C. 11 Nov 1701, served 1701-1707; CT Election Sermon 1700; d. Killingworth 5 May 1707.". This source says he was born circa 1608 in Yorkshire England.

  2. Johnson, Allen and Malone, Dumas (editors), Dictionary of American Biography (New York: Charles Scribners' Sons 1937), Volume 14 Page 587, PA Historical Society, 13th & Locust Streets, Philadelphia PA. "Born in Yorkshire, England,  probably at Bradford, since he was baptized there on Sept. 23, 1609.".

  3. Johnson, Allen and Malone, Dumas (editors), Dictionary of American Biography, Volume 14 Page 588.

  4. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records (Albany: Munsell 1878), PA Historical Society, 13th & Locust Streets, Philadelphia PA.

  5. Pedigrees of Descendants of the Colonial Clergy, Page 658. "PIERSON, Rev. Abraham, A.B., b. Yorkshire, Eng. c. 1608; Trinity Coll. Camb. 1632 A.B.; ord. in England, where he was minister at Newark, Nottinghamshire; came to N.E. 1639; sett. Lynn, MA Nov to Dec 1640; sett. Southampton, L.I., NY 1640; sett. Branford, CT 1645-1665; sett. Newark, NJ 1667-1678; Chaplain 1654; d. Newark 9 Aug 1678."

  6. A History of the City of Newark, New Jersey (New York: The Lewis Historical Publishing Company 1913), PA Historical Society, 13th & Locust Streets, Philadelphia PA. "He died and was laid to rest in the old Newark Burying Ground. Many generations ago, over a century before the bones of the settlers were removed to Fairmount Cemetery, all trace of Pastor Pierson's grave had been lost.". "He died in 1678."

  7. New Jersey Archives, Calendar of Wills- Abraham Pierson the elder (Somerville NJ: 1928), Volume XXI Page 42, PA Historical Society, 13th & Locust Streets, Philadelphia PA. "1671 August 10. Last Will and Testament of Abraham Pierson of Newark, wife Abigail, daughters Devenporte, Mary and two others not named, sons Abraham, Thomas, Theophilus, Isaac. Executors Jasper Crane, Robert Treat, Lieut. Swaine, brother Tompkins, brother Lawrence, brother Serjant Wardl Witness Thomas Pierson, Proved March 12, 1678. Inventoried at 854 pounds.".

  8. Johnson, Allen and Malone, Dumas (editors), Dictionary of American Biography, Volume 14 Page 587. "Pierson, Abraham (1609- Aug. 9, 1678)."

  9. A History of the City of Newark, New Jersey, Page 81.

  10. New Jersey Archives, Calendar of Wills- Abraham Pierson the elder, Volume XXI Page 42. Abigail is named as Abraham's wife. No maiden name is given, however.

  11. New Jersey Archives, Calendar of Wills- Abraham Pierson the elder. He is mentioned in his father's will.

  12. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records.

  13. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records.

  14. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records.

  15. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records.

  16. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records.

  17. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records.

  18. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records.

  19. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records.

  20. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records.

  21. New Jersey Archives, Calendar of Wills- Abraham Pierson the elder. He is mentioned in his father's will.

  22. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records.

  23. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records.

  24. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records.

  25. New Jersey Archives, Calendar of Wills- Abraham Pierson the elder. He is mentioned in his father's will.

  26. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records.

  27. New Jersey Archives, Calendar of Wills- Abraham Pierson the elder. She is mentioned in his father's will.

  28. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records.

  29.    Pedigrees of Descendants of the Colonial Clergy.

  30. Johnson, Allen and Malone, Dumas (editors), Dictionary of American Biography, Volume 14 Pages 588-589. "It is commonly stated that Abraham the younger was born at Lynn, Mass. in 1641, but according to his tombstone in the graveyard at Clinton, Conn., he "deceased March ye 5th 1706/7 aged 61 years."

  31. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records. This source says he died 5 May 1701.

  32.    Pedigrees of Descendants of the Colonial Clergy.

  33. Johnson, Allen and Malone, Dumas (editors), Dictionary of American Biography, Volume 14 Pages 588-589. "It is commonly stated that Abraham the younger was born at Lynn, Mass. in 1641, but according to his tombstone in the graveyard at Clinton, Conn., he "deceased March ye 5th 1706/7 aged 61 years."

  34. Indian River Cemetery Records, Clinton, Middlesex Co. CT, Midldesex Co. CT US Genweb site, http://home.flash.net/~hmwalden/midlsxco., http://www.interment.net/data/us/ct/middlesex/indianriver.htm . "Pierson, Abigail, d. 15 Mar 1727, 73 yrs, w/o Rev'd Abraham PiersonPierson, Abraham, d. 5 Mar 1706/7, 61 yrs, The First Rector of ye Colledge in Conecticut.".

  35. Johnson, Allen and Malone, Dumas (editors), Dictionary of American Biography, Volume 14 Pages 588-589. "It is commonly stated that Abraham the younger was born at Lynn, Mass. in 1641, but according to his tombstone in the graveyard at Clinton, Conn., he "deceased March ye 5th 1706/7 aged 61 years."

  36. Indian River Cemetery Records, Clinton, Middlesex Co. CT.

  37. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records.

  38. New Jersey Archives, Calendar of Wills- Abraham Pierson the elder, Volume 22, Page 42. Wife is listed as Abigail.

  39. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records.

  40. Indian River Cemetery Records, Clinton, Middlesex Co. CT.

  41. Indian River Cemetery Records, Clinton, Middlesex Co. CT.

  42. Indian River Cemetery Records, Clinton, Middlesex Co. CT.

  43. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records, Page 13.

  44. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records, Page 13.

  45. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records, Page 13.

  46. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records, Page 13.

  47. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records, Page 13.

  48. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records, Page 13.

  49. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records, Page 13.

  50. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records, Page 13.

  51. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records, Page 13.

  52. Will of Abraham Pierson (the Younger), Middlesex Co. New London District CT, 1707. Mentions his children Abraham, James, John (19 years old), Sarah, Susana, Mary, Hannah, Ruth, and Abigail. Estate appraised at L1218.16.02. Information provided by Janet Derbyshire, gderbys1@nycap.rr.com.

  53. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records, Page 16.

  54. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records, Pages 10-13. This source says he died 3 Aug 1770.

  55. Dally, Rev. Joseph, Woodbridge & Vicinity, 1989 reprint of the original published in 1873, PA Historical Society, 13th & Locust Streets, Philadelphia PA. "Rev. John Pierson became pastor of the Woodbridge Church (First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge) in 1714. He was the son of Rev. Abraham Pierson of Killingworth Connecticut and the first President of Yale College. John Pierson died at Hanover New Jersey in 1770, at 81 years old. He was one of the first members of the Board of Trustees of the College of New Jersey, which became Princeton."

  56. Crater, David, New Jersey Index of Wills (1969 Genealogy Publishing Company), Volume III Page 1079, PA Historical Society, 13th & Locust Streets, Philadelphia PA. "John Pierson 279 N (Morris County), Book K (1768-1774), Page 282 Will dated 1770."

  57.    Honeyman, A. Van Doren (editor), New Jersey Archives: Calendar of Wills 1761-1770  (Somerville NJ: 1928), Volume XXIII Page 329, PA Historical Society, 13th & Locust Streets, Philadelphia PA. "1768, Nov. 22. PIERSON, John, of Hanover, Morris Co., clerk; will of. Children - Abraham, Anne, Elizabeth, John, Wyllys. The house where John lives to be in his share, and at the death of John and his wife, or her marriage, to be sold, and divided among his children. My

Margaret and Hannah, each to have 50 less than Abraham, Ann and Elizabeth; and the reason is that I have spent money on the estate at Jamaica, that belongs to Margaret and Hannah. A tombstone is to be erected at my grave. Executors -my friends, Joseph Tuttle, Joseph Kitchel and John Kitchel. Witnesses - John Dixon, Samuel Alleson, Susannah Williams. Proved Sept. 2, 1770. (Lib. K, p. 282).".

  58. History of Morris County, PA Historical Society, 13th & Locust Streets, Philadelphia PA. "Rev. John Pierson was the second pastor of the Mendham, Morris Co. NJ church. His father was Abraham Pierson. His grandfather was also Abraham Pierson who graduated from Cambridge in 1632, settled in Branford, CT, then went to Milford (which became Newark) NJ. John Pierson was born in 1689 in Newark NJ and graduated from Yale in 1711.".

  59. New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Genealogies of Connecticut Families (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. 1983), Vol III Page 623, PA Historical Society, 13th & Locust Streets, Philadelphia PA.

  60. Talcott, Mary K., "The Wyllys Family of Connecticut", New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 37 Number 1 January 1883 Pages 33-37, Allen Co. Public Library, Indianapolis, IN.

  61. New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Genealogies of Connecticut Families, Volume III Page 579. Genealogy of the Woodbridge Family.

  62. Talcott, Mary K., "The Wyllys Family of Connecticut", Volume 37 Number 1 January 1883 Pages 33-37.

  63. New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Genealogies of Connecticut Families, Vol III Page 579. Genealogy of the Woodbridge Family.

  64. New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Genealogies of Connecticut Families, Volume III Page 623. The Wyllys Family of Connecticut.

  65. Talcott, Mary K., "The Wyllys Family of Connecticut", Volume 37 Number 1 January 1883 Pages 33-37.

  66. New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Genealogies of Connecticut Families, Vol III Page 623. The Wyllys Family of Connecticut.

  67. Orra E. Monnette, First Settlers of Ye Plantations of Piscataway and Woodbridge Old East NJ, PA Historical Society, 13th & Locust Streets, Philadelphia PA. Tombstone inscription of Mrs. Ruth Pierson: "Here lies interred ye precious remains of Mrs. Ruth Pierson, wife of ye Rev'd Mr. John Pierson & daughter of ye Rev. Mr. Timothy Woodbridge of Hartford NE who fell asleep in Jesus Jan'y 6 1732 Aetat 38.

  68. New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Genealogies of Connecticut Families, Volume III Page 623. The Wyllys Family of Connecticut.

  69. Talcott, Mary K., "The Wyllys Family of Connecticut", Volume 37 Number 1 January 1883 Pages 33-37.

  70. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records, Page 16.

  71.    Honeyman, A. Van Doren (editor), New Jersey Archives: Calendar of Wills 1761-1770 .

  72. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records, Page 16.

  73.    Honeyman, A. Van Doren (editor), New Jersey Archives: Calendar of Wills 1761-1770 .

  74. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records, Page 16.

  75.    Honeyman, A. Van Doren (editor), New Jersey Archives: Calendar of Wills 1761-1770 .

  76. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records, Page 16.

  77.    Honeyman, A. Van Doren (editor), New Jersey Archives: Calendar of Wills 1761-1770 .

  78. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records, Page 16.

  79.    Honeyman, A. Van Doren (editor), New Jersey Archives: Calendar of Wills 1761-1770 .

  80. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records, Page 16.

  81.    Honeyman, A. Van Doren (editor), New Jersey Archives: Calendar of Wills 1761-1770 .

  82. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records, Page 16.

  83.    Honeyman, A. Van Doren (editor), New Jersey Archives: Calendar of Wills 1761-1770 .

  84. Giltner, Charlotte, "Capt. Wyllys Pierson of New Jersey and Washington Co. PA", Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Magazine , Allen Co. Public Library, Indianapolis, IN, Vol 42, Issue 1-4 (Fall-Summer 1978). "Capt. Wyllys Pierson was named as a son in the will of Rev. John Pierson, dated at Hanover, Morris Co. NJ 22 Nov 1768 and proved 2 Sept 1770." Extract provided by Sue Shubert.

  85.    Honeyman, A. Van Doren (editor), New Jersey Archives: Calendar of Wills 1761-1770 . Wyllis is named as one of John Pierson's children in his will.

  86. Lizzie B. Pierson, Pierson Genealogical Records, Page 16. This source lists Wyllis as the son of Rev. John Pierson.

  87.    Cummins, Virginia Raymond, Hamilton Co. Ohio Court and Other Records Vol II (Cincinnati: General Printing Company 1967). "Cattle Ear Marks, 17. Wyllis Pierson's mark. A slit in left ear and a half penny the upperside of same. Jan 6, 1797. 1798 Hamilton Co. Northwest Territory Voters List: Willis Pierson." Extract provided by Richard E. Pierson (rpierso@ns.net) on the Pierson Rootsweb list (Pierson-L@rootsweb.com).

  88.    Southwestern Pennsylvania Genealogical Services, Old Westmoreland Quarterly Magazine, Vol III number 2, Vol IV number 1. "1774 bill of indictment of Wyllis Pierson.1775 Wyllis Pierson witness of a deed by John Woods to Thomas Galbraith.Vol IV number 4: 9 Jan 1779 deed of Joseph Logan to James Cain: "Whereas Wyllis Pierson by his indenture of release dated 17 November 1775 sold to Logan 300 acres in Westmoreland County..."." Extract by Sue Shubert.

  89. Giltner, Charlotte, "Capt. Wyllys Pierson of New Jersey and Washington Co. PA". "Wyllys Pierson was born, probably in Woodbridge, New Jersey, sometime between 1721/2 and 1732." He was listed in the 1771/2 census in Morris Co. NJ as being between 16-50, so his birth date was no earlier than 1721/2. His mother died in 1732, so he was born before this date. Extract provided by Sue Shubert.

  90. Probate Records: Wyllys Pierson filed 18 Aug 1810, proved 13 Sep 1810, Hamilton Co. Probate Court, 230 E. 9th Street, 10th Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202, HM Will Book 5, page 292. "In the name of god amen I Wyllys Pierson of the state of Ohio and County of Hamilton being in perfect health of body and mind and memory thanks be to god for the same Calling into mind the mortallity of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die I do make and ordain this my Last will and Testament that is to say principaly and first of all I give and Recommend my Sole into the hands of Almity god that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian manner at the discretion of my Executors Northin douting But at the general resurection I shall Receve the same again by the Almity power of god and as to my worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased god to bless me with in this life I give and demise(sic) and dispose of the same in the following manner and form first I constitute and appoint my son Wyllys Pierson and my good friend John Jones Esquir of the state of ohio to be my Executors of this my Last will and testament and to proced as follows that is they are to Sell all my Estate or propperty boath Real and personal and to pay all my honest debts and first I give and bequeath to mary my beloved wife one third part of all my Estate and Likewise her Side sadel that she now Rides on and then i give my well beloved Children all the Remainder as follows I give unto abraham Ruth hannah Eunice moses mary Elizabeth and Wyllys and i give unto these my beloved Children and Equiel deviden or Share one with another Except my wareing apperel which I give unto my three sons to be Equaly devided by themselves as they see fit and this I confirm to be my last will and Testiment in witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this third day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and ten." Transcript obtained from Judy Martin 1376 Ken Avenue, Santa Maria, CA  93455 through Sue Shubert.

  91. Giltner, Charlotte, "Capt. Wyllys Pierson of New Jersey and Washington Co. PA". "The will of Thomas Riggs Sr, of Bernardstown, Somerset County NJ, dated 9 Dec 1788 and proved 15 Sept 1796, mentions "the children my daughter had by Wyllys Pierson," and these children were to inherit one-third of Thomas' estate. We learn her given name was Mary from The Genealogy of teh Riggs Family."

  92. Probate Records: Wyllys Pierson filed 18 Aug 1810, proved 13 Sep 1810. Named as a child in their father's will.

  93. Probate Records: Wyllys Pierson filed 18 Aug 1810, proved 13 Sep 1810. Named as a child in their father's will.

  94. Probate Records: Wyllys Pierson filed 18 Aug 1810, proved 13 Sep 1810. Named as a child in their father's will.

  95. Probate Records: Wyllys Pierson filed 18 Aug 1810, proved 13 Sep 1810. Named as a child in their father's will.

  96. Probate Records: Wyllys Pierson filed 18 Aug 1810, proved 13 Sep 1810. Named as a child in their father's will.

  97. Probate Records: Wyllys Pierson filed 18 Aug 1810, proved 13 Sep 1810. Named as a child in their father's will.

  98.    Tombstone of Ruth Pierson. Barbours Corners Cemetery, Chemung Co. New York, http://www.

breeseusa.org/Cem_Horseheads.htm. "In memory Of Ruth Pierson Wife of HENRY BREES Died March 28th 1833 Aged 78 Years 9 months & 19 days Blessed are the Dead which die in the LORD." Information provided by John Breese McKenzie, john@mckenzieusa.org. Birth date of 10 June 1754 is calculated based upon date of death and age at death.

  99. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family" (Horsheads NY: Privately printed 1889, reprinted 1964), Ronald J. Bloch Sr., 121 Walker Lane, Wallingford PA 19086. Copy of the original booklet printed for the Breese Centennial Reunion on June 19th, 1889, reproduced for the 75th Annual Reunion held June 28th, 1964. This copy provided by Judy Martin, 1376 Ken Avenue, Santa Maria, CA  93455. This source says she was born 9 Dec 1754.

  100.  Tombstone of Ruth Pierson. Barbours Corners Cemetery, Chemung Co. New York.

  101. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  102. White, Virgil D., Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files, 1990, PA Historical Society, 13th & Locust Streets, Philadelphia PA, Volume I Page 373 Henry Brees. "Born 29 Aug 1753 Baskenridge in Somerset Co. NJ.  In 1785 moved to Morristown NJ. In 1809 moved to Genoa, Cayuga Co. NY. In 1817 moved to Tioga Co. NY. d. 3 Jun 1835. His wife, Ruth, died 27 Mar 1833; they married Spring 1774.". This source states that she died 27 March 1833.

  103.  Tombstone of Ruth Pierson. Barbours Corners Cemetery, Chemung Co. New York.

  104. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  105. White, Virgil D., Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files. "They married Spring 1774." This is slightly different than "The Breese Family" citation.

  106. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume 113, DAR ID 112865, Ancestry.com. "Henry Breese m. 1774 Ruth Pierson (1754-1833). Henry Breese (1752- 1835) enlisted, 1775, in Capt. Platt Bailey's company, New Jersey troops. He served other enlistments until 1782. He was born in Somerset Co. NJ; died in New York."

  107.  Tombstone of Henry Brees. Barbours Corners Cemetery, Chemung Co. New York, http://www.breeseusa.org/Cem_Horseheads.htm. "Henry Brees, born 29 Aug 1753 died 3 June 1835 81 yrs." Information provided by John Breese McKenzie: john@mckenzieusa.org.

  108. White, Virgil D., Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files.

  109. Pension File: Henry Brees (Revolutionary War pension application), Federal Archives, File S12309; Tioga Co. Court of Common Pleas session on 4 Sep 1832 . "Born Baskenridge, Co. of Somerset, State of NJ on the 29th Aug 1753...continued to reside there until 1785 from whence he removed to Genoa in the County of Cayuga NY. In 1817 he removed to the County of Tioga where he has ever since resided and now resides." Abraham Wood and Mary his wife of Lansing are mentioned as those that could testify as to his Revolutionary War service. Transcribed by Judy Martin.

  110. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family". This source says he was born in 1752.

  111.  Tombstone of Henry Brees. Barbours Corners Cemetery, Chemung Co. New York.

  112. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family". This source says he died in 1834.

  113. White, Virgil D., Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files.

  114. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume 113, DAR ID 112865.

  115.  Tombstone of Henry Brees. Barbours Corners Cemetery, Chemung Co. New York.

  116. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  117. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  118. White, Virgil D., Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files. Susan Young or Yongs is mentioned as an applicant for her father's pension.

  119. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  120. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  121. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  122. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  123. Probate Records: Wyllys Pierson filed 18 Aug 1810, proved 13 Sep 1810.

  124. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family". Daughter of Wyllis Pierson.

  125. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  126. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  127. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  128. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  129. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  130. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  131. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  132. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  133. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  134. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  135. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family", p.   .

  136. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  137. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  138. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  139. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  140. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  141. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  142. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  143. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  144. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  145. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  146.  Tombstone: Children of Abraham Wood and Mary (Breese) Wood, Bower Cemetery, North Lansing, Tompkins Co. NY, Tompkins County Genweb internet site, http://www.rootsweb.com/~nytompki/, Copied Oct. 10, 1952 by S. Haring & I. Parish. "In memory of 3 sons and 2 daughters of Abraham and Mary (Breese) Wood:Henry B. 1800- Nov 26, 1818 age 18 y 6mHannah 1796- 1801 May 25 age 4y 9m died in New JerseySylvester 1814-1815 June 6 age 7y 4mRuth 1818-1818 Dec 13 age 7y 4mCalvin 1818- 1818 July 14 age 8m 4dRuth 1818-1818 Dec." Bower Cemetery is located at 185 Storm Rd. in North Lansing, Tompkins County, NY west of North Lansing.This cemetery also known as Guernsey Family Plot. Names Mary Breese Wood as the wife of Abraham Wood.

  147. The Biographical Review of Leading Citizens of Cayuga County  (New York, 1894), Cayuga-Owasco Lakes Historical Society, Box 247, 14 West Cayuga Street , Moravia, New York 13118 , Page 720. "James Brooks was born in Wales, and married Margaret Neargen (sic), a native of the extreme north of Ireland... He migrated to this state, and located in New Field, Tompkins County, and served in the War of 1812, and became one of its earliest settlers. He reclaimed a large tract of land from the wilderness, and on the homestead which he improved he and his worthy wife lived long and useful lives. He became the head of a family of seven children, all of whom have joined the silent majority on the other side of the river death. In religion the family were Quakers.". "His father, Mark H. Brooks, son of James Brooks, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., April 22, 1798; and his mother, Betsey (Wood) Brooks, who was a native of Morristown, N.J. was born December 12, 1802. Her parents were Abraham and Mary (Breeze) Wood. Gershom Wood, the father of Abraham, was born in Holland. His son Abraham was a deacon of the Presbyterian Church for thirty years, being an earnest believer in the tenents of the church, and making his practice harmonize with his professions. His wife, Mary Breeze, was of English descent. Mark H. Brooks moved to the town of Lansing, Tompkins County, N.Y. when five years old."

  148.  "Abraham Wood's Bible Records", Genealogical Publication (name of publication lost), June 1964, Volume XII No. 4. Page 57-58, Pennsylvania State University Library, University Park. PA. Copied by Ronald J. Bloch Sr. in 1977. Copy in the files of Ronald J. Bloch Sr. "Mary Breese, his wife, b. Oct 31, 1774."

  149. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family". "Mary, born October 31, 1774 died Aug. 7 1851."

  150. Parish, Isabelle Harper Wood, "The Story of the Coming of Abraham Wood and his Wife, Mary Breese Wood, to Lansing, Tompkins Co. N.Y." (Privately printed 1957), Ronald J. Bloch Sr., 121 Walker Lane, Wallingford PA 19086. Parish was the Lansing Town Historian and the author of several books on the area. She states in her article that the information was obtained from her father's papers which in turn were wrtten from information given to him by his father, Amasa Wood in an interview on March 25,

1894.

  151.  "Abraham Wood's Bible Records".

  152. Parish, Isabelle Harper Wood, "The Story of the Coming of Abraham Wood and his Wife, Mary Breese Wood, to Lansing, Tompkins Co. N.Y.". "Mary Breese was the daughter of Henry Breese and a Miss Pierson. both Dutch people- born Octo. 31, 1774 and brought up and married in Morristown, NJ.... She died in Elmira August 7, 1851 and is buried at Breeseport. The inscription on her tombstone reads-- Mary Wood wife of Deacon Abraham Wood, our mother, died Aug 7, 1851 aged 77 years. Dust to dust and earth to earth, here is the end of mortal birth, but her spirit by death set free, lives on throughout eternity. Erected by Amasa Wood."

  153. Jenkins, Steuben, "The Breese Family".

  154. Parish, Isabelle Harper Wood, "The Story of the Coming of Abraham Wood and his Wife, Mary Breese Wood, to Lansing, Tompkins Co. N.Y.". "The inscription on her tombstone reads-- Mary Wood wife of Deacon Abraham Wood, our mother, died Aug 7, 1851 Aged 77 years. Dust to dust and earth to earth, here is the end of mortal birth, but her spirit by death set free, lives on throughout eternity. Erected by Amasa Wood [son of Mary]."

  155. Obituary of Betsey Wood Brooks, Ronald J. Bloch Sr., 121 Walker Lane, Wallingford PA 19086. "Mrs. Betsey Brooks died , at the residence of her son, A.W. Brooks, Nov 28th, 1890 after a few hours illness of paralysis of the heart. She was born in Morristown, New Jersey, Dec. 12th, 1802, and in 1804 removed with her parents, Abram and Polly Wood, to Lansing (then Milton). At the age of eighteen, she was married to Mark H. Brooks. She was the mother of nine children, seven of whom survive her. She also leaves an aged brother, Amasa Wood of Ludlowville. In the year 1833 under the preaching of the noted evangelist, Marcus Harrison, at West Groton, she accepted Christ, and with her husband united with the Congregational Church of the sameplace. Her life was one of peculiar trial there was sunshine and clouds, prosperity and adversity yet through all this she proved herself a true mother. What was her children's trouble was her own. She possessed a very strong mind until three years ago, when it was evident that her mind was failing and before her death she became a child again not knowing her own children. She has had every attention and care that a beloved son and kind ones could give her.". Names Abraham Wood and Polly as parents of Betsey Wood.

  156. The Biographical Review of Leading Citizens of Cayuga County . "His father, Mark H. Brooks, son of James Brooks, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., April 22, 1798; and his mother, Betsey (Wood) Brooks, who was a native of Morristown, N.J. was born December 12, 1802. Her parents were Abraham and Mary (Breeze) Wood. Gershom Wood, the father of Abraham, was born in Holland. His son Abraham was a deacon of the Presbyterian Church for thirty years, being an earnest believer in the tenents of the church, and making his practice harmonize with his professions. His wife, Mary Breeze, was of English descent. Mark H. Brooks moved to the town of Lansing, Tompkins County, N.Y. when five years old."

  157. Birth date estimated based upon the birth date of first known child.

  158. Parish, Isabelle Harper Wood, "The Story of the Coming of Abraham Wood and his Wife, Mary Breese Wood, to Lansing, Tompkins Co. N.Y.". "Married in Morristown, NJ."

  159.  "Abraham Wood's Bible Records".

  160. Parish, Isabelle Harper Wood, "The Story of the Coming of Abraham Wood and his Wife, Mary Breese Wood, to Lansing, Tompkins Co. N.Y.".

  161.  "Abraham Wood's Bible Records". "Abraham Wood d. Sept. 19, 1848 Pontiac Mich."

  162. Parish, Isabelle Harper Wood, "The Story of the Coming of Abraham Wood and his Wife, Mary Breese Wood, to Lansing, Tompkins Co. N.Y.".

  163. Parish, Isabelle Harper Wood, "The Story of the Coming of Abraham Wood and his Wife, Mary Breese Wood, to Lansing, Tompkins Co. N.Y.".

  164. Parish, Isabelle Harper Wood, "The Story of the Coming of Abraham Wood and his Wife, Mary Breese Wood, to Lansing, Tompkins Co. N.Y.".

  165. Parish, Isabelle Harper Wood, "The Story of the Coming of Abraham Wood and his Wife, Mary Breese Wood, to Lansing, Tompkins Co. N.Y.".

  166. Parish, Isabelle Harper Wood, "The Story of the Coming of Abraham Wood and his Wife, Mary Breese Wood, to Lansing, Tompkins Co. N.Y.".

  167. Parish, Isabelle Harper Wood, "The Story of the Coming of Abraham Wood and his Wife, Mary Breese Wood, to Lansing, Tompkins Co. N.Y.".

  168. Parish, Isabelle Harper Wood, "The Story of the Coming of Abraham Wood and his Wife, Mary Breese Wood, to Lansing, Tompkins Co. N.Y.".

  169.  "Abraham Wood's Bible Records".

  170. Parish, Isabelle Harper Wood, "The Story of the Coming of Abraham Wood and his Wife, Mary Breese Wood, to Lansing, Tompkins Co. N.Y.".

  171.  "Abraham Wood's Bible Records".

  172.  "Abraham Wood's Bible Records".

  173.  "Abraham Wood's Bible Records".

  174. Parish, Isabelle Harper Wood, "The Story of the Coming of Abraham Wood and his Wife, Mary Breese Wood, to Lansing, Tompkins Co. N.Y.".

  175.  "Abraham Wood's Bible Records".

  176. Parish, Isabelle Harper Wood, "The Story of the Coming of Abraham Wood and his Wife, Mary Breese Wood, to Lansing, Tompkins Co. N.Y.".

  177.  "Abraham Wood's Bible Records".

  178.  "Abraham Wood's Bible Records".

  179. Parish, Isabelle Harper Wood, "The Story of the Coming of Abraham Wood and his Wife, Mary Breese Wood, to Lansing, Tompkins Co. N.Y.".

  180. Parish, Isabelle Harper Wood, "The Story of the Coming of Abraham Wood and his Wife, Mary Breese Wood, to Lansing, Tompkins Co. N.Y.".

  181.  "Abraham Wood's Bible Records".

  182.  "Abraham Wood's Bible Records".

  183. Parish, Isabelle Harper Wood, "The Story of the Coming of Abraham Wood and his Wife, Mary Breese Wood, to Lansing, Tompkins Co. N.Y.".

  184.  "Abraham Wood's Bible Records".

  185.  "Abraham Wood's Bible Records".

  186. Parish, Isabelle Harper Wood, "The Story of the Coming of Abraham Wood and his Wife, Mary Breese Wood, to Lansing, Tompkins Co. N.Y.".

  187. Parish, Isabelle Harper Wood, "The Story of the Coming of Abraham Wood and his Wife, Mary Breese Wood, to Lansing, Tompkins Co. N.Y.".

  188. The Biographical Review of Leading Citizens of Cayuga County . "His father, Mark H. Brooks, son of James Brooks, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., April 22, 1798; and his mother, Betsey (Wood) Brooks, who was a native of Morristown, N.J. was born December 12, 1802. Her parents were Abraham and Mary (Breeze) Wood. Gershom Wood, the father of Abraham, was born in Holland. His son Abraham was a deacon of the Presbyterian Church for thirty years, being an earnest believer in the tenents of the church, and making his practice harmonize with his professions. His wife, Mary Breeze, was of English descent. Mark H. Brooks moved to the town of Lansing, Tompkins County, N.Y. when five years old."

  189. Brooks, Samuel and I. Horton, Brooks Family Papers, Circa 1840-1890, Ronald J. Bloch Sr., 121 Walker Lane, Wallingford PA 19086.

  190. Brooks Family Bible: The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments (Philadelphia: Jesper Harding 1847), Ronald J. Bloch Sr., 121 Walker Lane, Wallingford PA 19086. Bible owned by Sarah E. Brooks with entries made by Samuel B. Brooks and his son, I. Horton Brooks.

  191. Obituary of Betsey Wood Brooks.

  192. Census: 1850 Cayuga Co. NY, Mark H. Brooks Household, Federal Archives, Reel 483, Dwelling 182, Family 183. "Mark H. Brooks- age 51, birthplace NY; Elizabeth- age 48, Birthplace NY (sic).".

  193.  Tombstone of Mark H. Brooks, Bird Cemetery, Locke, Cayuga Co. NY, Copied 1955 by Leslie Luther and published on the Cayuga Co. GenWeb. "Died 30 Sep 1850 age 52 years, 5 months, 8 days." The cemetery is located Located two miles south of Locke village, on the east side of Ridge Road. The tombstone is near that of his son, Abram W. Brooks and next to hiswife's (Betsey Wood).Based upon his age at death, this would indicate a birth of April 22, 1798.

  194.  Tombstone: Betsey Wood, Bird Cemetery, Locke, Cayuga Co. NY, Copied 1955 by Leslie Luther and published on the Cayuga Co. GenWeb. "d 28 Nov 1890 ae 87y 11m 16d." The cemetery is located

Located two miles south of Locke village, on the east side of Ridge Road. The tombstone is near that of her son, Abram W. Brooks and next to herhusband, Mark H. Brooks.

  195. The Biographical Review of Leading Citizens of Cayuga County . "His father, Mark H. Brooks, son of James Brooks, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., April 22, 1798; and his mother, Betsey (Wood) Brooks, who was a native of Morristown, N.J. was born December 12, 1802. Her parents were Abraham and Mary (Breeze) Wood. Gershom Wood, the father of Abraham, was born in Holland. His son Abraham was a deacon of the Presbyterian Church for thirty years, being an earnest believer in the tenents of the church, and making his practice harmonize with his professions. His wife, Mary Breeze, was of English descent. Mark H. Brooks moved to the town of Lansing, Tompkins County, N.Y. when five years old."

  196.  "Abraham Wood's Bible Records". "Betsey Wood b. Dec 12, 1802."

  197. Obituary of Betsey Wood Brooks. "Mrs. Betsey Brooks died , at the residence of her son, A.W. Brooks, Nov 28th, 1890 after a few hours illness of paralysis of the heart. She was born in Morristown, New Jersey, Dec. 12th, 1802, and in 1804 removed with her parents, Abram and Polly Wood, to Lansing (then Milton). At the age of eighteen, she was married to Mark H. Brooks. She was the mother of nine children, seven of whom survive her. She also leaves an aged brother, Amasa Woodof Ludlowville. In the year 1833 under the preaching of the noted evangelist, Marcus Harrison, at West Groton, she accepted Christ, and with her husband united with the Congregational Church of the same place. Her life was one of peculiar trial there was sunshine and clouds, prosperity and adversity yet through all this she proved herself a true mother. What was her children's trouble was her own. She possessed a very strong mind until three years ago, when it was evident that her mind was failing and before her death she became a child again not knowing her own children. She has had every attention and care that a beloved son and kind ones could give her."."

  198.  Tombstone: Betsey Wood, Bird Cemetery, Locke, Cayuga Co. NY.

  199.  "Abraham Wood's Bible Records".

  200.  Tombstone of Mark H. Brooks, Bird Cemetery, Locke, Cayuga Co. NY.

  201. Brooks Family Bible: The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments.

  202. Brooks, Samuel and I. Horton, Brooks Family Papers.

  203. Census: 1850 Cayuga Co. NY, Mark H. Brooks Household.

  204. The Biographical Review of Leading Citizens of Cayuga County . "His father, Mark H. Brooks, son of James Brooks, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., April 22, 1798; and his mother, Betsey (Wood) Brooks, who was a native of Morristown, N.J. was born December 12, 1802. Her parents were Abraham and Mary (Breeze) Wood. Gershom Wood, the father of Abraham, was born in Holland. His son Abraham was a deacon of the Presbyterian Church for thirty years, being an earnest believer in the tenents of the church, and making his practice harmonize with his professions. His wife, Mary Breeze, was of English descent. Mark H. Brooks moved to the town of Lansing, Tompkins County, N.Y. when five years old."

  205. Brooks Family Bible: The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments.

  206. Brooks, Samuel and I. Horton, Brooks Family Papers.

  207.  Tombstone of Mark H. Brooks, Bird Cemetery, Locke, Cayuga Co. NY.

  208.  Tombstone of Mark H. Brooks, Bird Cemetery, Locke, Cayuga Co. NY.

   209.            Brooks Family Bible: The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments.

  

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