Cem. Lot 5 and 85


Corp./Capt/Major. John Russell was born 20 April 1754 at Brimfield,MA (son of John & Mehitable (Lincoln) Russell.d.28 Oct. 1813 Ontario Co.,NY.  He m. 2 March 1772 [Chesterfield,MA]; Hannah Smith. He was a descendant of Wm.&Martha Russel of Cambridge,MA (1636).{*See Desc.WmRusell(1900)p.8-9).


John Russell removed from Chesterfield,MA to Gorham in Jan. 1801 with his wife and children. He was a member of the Chesterfield Congregational Church and were voted a letter to Canadaigua,NY Church, Church Records p.128.


Referred to as "Captain" 1787 [Chesterfield VR] and "Captian" 1790 MA Census and as "Major" in 1791 [Chesterfield VR].


Served in the Revolutionary War:  Served in Capt. Bonny's Company, Col. May's Regiment, engaged 20 Sept. 1777; discharged 14 Oct. 1777 from service, 29 days on expedition to Stillwater, including 100 miles travel home. Rev.War Rolls dated, Chesterfield,MA [*MassRevSoldiers v.17 p.142].

      NOTE**No Rev.War Records are found at the National Archives, documents on his service are found at "The Commonwealth of MA Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth MA Archives at Columbia Point 220 Morrissey Blvd. ,Boston,MA 02125".


His will dated 27 Oct. 1813 , Ontario Co.,NY; named wife Hannah and children: John Russell,Hannah Phillips, Sophia Murray, Sally Murray and Absalom Russell. [Ontario Wills, vol. 7 p.73-75]. (*See Will Below)


Land Deeds to : 

  Joseph Colt, 1808

  John Russell Jr. , 1810

  Nathaniel T. Holmes, 1813

  John Russell Jr., 1813

  John Woodworth, 1813

  Abner Lackey, 1814

  Frederick Smith, 1814

  Nathaniel W.H. Beckwith, 1814



Deed dated 18 April 1810, John Russell of Gorham Town, Ontario Co.,N.Y. purchased from Theodore Sedgwick of Stockbridge,Berkshire Co.,MA, for  $1500, 300 acres in Township #10, Range #2, Ontario Co., being Lot #42. [Ontario Co., Deeds p. 357].


Deed dated 19 April 1810, John Russell and wife Hannah of Gorham Town conveyed to John Russell Jr., of Gorham Town, for $500,   108 acres off the east end of Lot #42 [Deeds, p.357-358].


Widow 's Estate to:  John Russell Jr., Hannah Russell, Absalom Russell & Wife  to William D. Murray, 28 May 1816.


Children of John & Hannah (Smith) Russell :


1. John Russell Jr. b. 11 May 1774 Chesterfield, d.27 Aug. 1814 Barrington, Ontario Co.,N.Y. m.Richmond,MA 22 Feb. 1794; Lydia Norton.  Resided, Hopewell & Easton, Ontario Co.,N.Y.


2. Absalom Russell b. 12 March 1777 Chesterfield,MA ,d.8 June 1864 Jackson Co.,MI, m. 12 March 1800 Ontario Co.,NY;Anna Babcock.  Resided: Easton,Ontario Co.,NY(1800-1804), Southampton,Genesee Co.,NY(1804-?) Duchass Co.,NY(?-1847), Kendal,Orleans Co.,NY(1850), Napoleon,Jackson Co.,MI.(1860-64).


3. Harvey Russell b. 1 April 1779 Chesterfield,MA, no further record, no mentioned in Fathers will.


4. Rowena Russell b. 30 Jan. 1784 Chesterfield,MA, d.11 April 1788.


5. Hannah Russell b. 9 June 1787 Chesterfield,MA, m. 2 Feb. 1808 Gorham,Ontario Co.,NY; Charles Phillips.


6. Sophia Russell b. 1 Aug. 1789 Chesterfield,MA, m. bef.1813 Gorham,Ontario Co.,NY.; William D. Murray.


7. Sally Russell b. 22 July 1791 Chesterfield,MA, m. 13 Sept.1809; David S. Murray who died 24 Feb.1819 at Ovid,Seneca Co.,NY.;m. 2nd. 26 Sept 1827 Hopewell,Ontario Co.,NY; Carlo Reed.  Carlo Reed's 1st. wife, Martha McPherson who died 27 Aug. 1827 at Gorham,Ontario Co.,NY.



 It appears from my research that Absalom Russell b.1777, was the first of this family to come to Ontario Co.,NY. when married his wife Anna Babcock, dau. of George & Susanna (Sheldon) Babcock in March 1800 which was a good 6 months before his father left the Congregational Church in MA with his letter to the Church at Canadigua,NY.


Absalom Russell's first land sale was  13 May 1801 between Absalom Russell of Easton,Ontario Co.,NY and Zebelon Mack of Bristol,Ontario Co.,NY being that of land situated in the county of Ontario for $300. 50 acers of land off of lot #30 lying and being in Canandaigua, NY in township #9, Range #3.[Canandaigua Courthouse, liber 8, p. 97].

 His next sale of land came 17 Feb. 1804 between Absalom Russell of Southampton,Genesee Co.,NY and Benjamin Benson of Canandaigua,Ontario Co.,NY for $300. a parcel of land situated on township #9, Range #3 in the County of Ontario state of New York being part of lot N-30 to be taken off the northside of said lot so onto 50 acers of land. [Canandaigua Courthouse, liber 9 ,p.567].





WILL OF JOHN RUSSELL- Canandaigua,NY Court House, p.73-76.



        The people of the state of New York, by the grace of god, free and independent; To all whom these presents shall come or may concern, find greetings, know ye, that at the town of Canandaigua in the County of Ontario, on the Ninth Day of November in the year of our lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirteen, before me Eliphalet Taylor,esq. surragate of our said county, the last will and testament of John Russell deceased, (a copy of is hereunto ammoxed) was proved and is now approved and allowed of by us; and the said deceased having which by lived, and at the time of his death, goods ,chattels or credits within his estate, by means whereof the for owing and registering the said will, and the granting administration of all and singular the said goods,chattles and credits and also the aduiting, allowing and final discharging of all and singular the goods,chattels and credits of the said deceased, and any way concerning his will is granted unto Hannah Russell (John Russell Jr. the other executor named in said will having renounced) executrix in the said will named, hereby ________her will and faithfully to administer the land and to make and exibit a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the said goods,chattels and credits, and also to render a just and true account thereof when thereunto required _____. In testimony whereof we have caused the seal of office of our said surrogate to be here to affirm _______witness Eliphalet Taylor esq., surrogate of the said county, the ninth day of November in the year of our lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirteen, and of our independence the Thirty-Eight.



                                                                                                                    Eliphalet Taylor


In the name of God amen, I  John Russell of Gorham in the county of Ontario in the state of New York being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say) first, I give my soul to God who gave and my body to the grave to be buried in a decent manner according to the directions of my executors here after named, I also will that all my debts be paid, and also my funeral charges, I also give and bequeath to my beloved wife Hannah Russell all the remainder of my real and personal estate during her natural life except so much as shall be here after disposed of, I also give and bequeath to my two sons John Russell and Absalom Russell one dollar each, and all my farming utensils to be equally divided between them, I also give and bequeath unto my three daughters, Hannah Phillips, Sophia Murray and Sally Murray to be paid them at the deceased of my beloved wife, each one third of the household furniture which shall be left at my wifes deceased, and _____ as to the rest residue and remainder of all my personal and real estate which shall be left at the decease of my beloved wife H.Russell, I give and bequeath the same to be equally divided between my children. I appoint my son John Russell and my wife Hannah Russell the executor and exeutrix of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 27th day of October in the year of our lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirteen.


                                                                                                               John          X     Russell   {seal}


Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the above named John Russell to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presents of the _______?



                                                                                                                       Joseph Merrill

                                                                                                                      Jason Angeli

                                                                                                                      Wm. Babcock


Ontario County:


  Be it remembered that on the Ninth day of November in the year of our lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirteen, personally appeared before me Eliphalet Taylor Esq., surrogate of the county of Ontario, Joseph Merrill who being sworn, did depose and say that he the deponent said John Russell late of the county of Ontario,deceased, signed and sealed the written instrument then shown unto him of which the aforegoing is a true copy, surporting to be the last will and testament of the said John Russell deceased, bearing date the Twenty Seventh day of October in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirteen, that at the time thereof, the said John Russell was of a sound disposing mind and memory to the best of the knowledge and belief of him the deponent and that he the deponent and Jason Angeli and William Babcock subscribed their names as witnesses to the said will in the presence of each other, and in the presence of the vestaror ?



                                                                                                                     Eliphalet Taylor, Esq.


Whereas we John Russell and Hannah Russell have been appointed executors in the last will and testament of John Russell late of Gorham in the county of Ontario, deceased, and I John Russell being unwilling to take the burden of settling the estate according to said appointments do hereby renounce my right by virtue of said appointment to execute the said will, and _____ that Hannah Russell shall prove the will and action sole executrix on said will. Witnesses our hand this 9th Day of November 1813.



                                                                                                                     Hannah  " X"   Russell



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