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Caroline Simmons

Female 1828 - 1913  (84 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Caroline Simmons was born 13 Sep 1828, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York (daughter of Richmond Simmons and Hannah R. Wheeler); died 12 May 1913, Howell, Livingston, Michigan; was buried , Lakeview Cemetery, Howell, Livingston, Michigan.

    Caroline married David Freeman Crandall 9 Nov 1845, Bloomfield, Ontario, New York. David (son of Capt. John Crandall and Phebe) was born 15 May 1827, Ontario County, New York; died 20 Jun 1873, Howell, Livingston, Michigan; was buried , Lakeview Cemetery, Howell, Livingston, Michigan. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. Annette "Nettie" Marie Crandall was born 14 Jun 1849, Lockport, Niagara, New York; died 21 Jun 1928, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan; was buried , Lakeview Cemetery, Howell, Livingston, Michigan.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Richmond Simmons was born 11 Jun 1806, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York (son of Richmond Simmons and Eleanor Sears); died 11 Feb 1862, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York; was buried , Evergreen Cemetery, Bristol Center, Ontario, New York.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 11 Jun 1806, Bristol, Ontario, New York
    • Alternate death: 11 Feb 1862, Bristol, Ontario, New York

    Richmond married Hannah R. Wheeler 1827. Hannah (daughter of Benjamin Daggett Wheeler and Deborah Reed) was born 17 Nov 1810; died 17 May 1908, Bristol, Ontario, New York; was buried , Evergreen Cemetery, Bristol Center, Ontario, New York. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Hannah R. WheelerHannah R. Wheeler was born 17 Nov 1810 (daughter of Benjamin Daggett Wheeler and Deborah Reed); died 17 May 1908, Bristol, Ontario, New York; was buried , Evergreen Cemetery, Bristol Center, Ontario, New York.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 17 Nov 1809, New York

    Children:
    1. 1. Caroline Simmons was born 13 Sep 1828, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York; died 12 May 1913, Howell, Livingston, Michigan; was buried , Lakeview Cemetery, Howell, Livingston, Michigan.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Richmond Simmons was born 1 May 1773, Massachusetts (son of Rev. David Simmons and Lillis Richmond); died 26 Jan 1845, Bristol, Ontario, New York; was buried , Evergreen Cemetery, Bristol Center, Ontario, New York.

    Notes:

    He and his wife Eleanor Sears were fourth cousins, both being great-great-great grandchildren of Constant Southworth and Elizabeth Collier.

    Richmond married Eleanor Sears 22 Dec 1799, Bristol, Ontario, New York. Eleanor (daughter of Alden Sears and Phoebe Walker) was born 1 May 1780, Dighton, Bristol, Massachusetts; died 7 Oct 1866, Bristol, Ontario, New York; was buried , Evergreen Cemetery, Bristol Center, Ontario, New York. [Group Sheet]


  2. 5.  Eleanor SearsEleanor Sears was born 1 May 1780, Dighton, Bristol, Massachusetts (daughter of Alden Sears and Phoebe Walker); died 7 Oct 1866, Bristol, Ontario, New York; was buried , Evergreen Cemetery, Bristol Center, Ontario, New York.
    Children:
    1. 2. Richmond Simmons was born 11 Jun 1806, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York; died 11 Feb 1862, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York; was buried , Evergreen Cemetery, Bristol Center, Ontario, New York.

  3. 6.  Benjamin Daggett Wheeler was born 10 Apr 1789, Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts (son of Benjamin Wheeler and Celia Buffington); died 30 Sep 1818, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York; was buried , Wheeler Cemetery, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York.

    Notes:

    "Benjamin D., son of Benjamin and Celia (Buffington) Wheeler, was born in Massachusetts, April 10, 1789, died September 30, 1818. He removed from his native state to New York state, settling in East Bloomfield, where he was a prominent citizen, advancing the interests of the community in which he resided. He married Deborah Reed, and they were the parents of five children, two sons and three daughters, Hannah R., Deborah, Celia B., Benjamin T., and Simeon R." [A History of Ontario County, New York, and Its People, citation details below.]

    Albert Gallatin Wheeler's Genealogical and Encyclopedic History of the Wheeler Family in America gives Benjamin Daggett Wheeler as a son of Barnard Wheeler and Anna Goff. This is clearly a mistake:

    * Benjamin Daggett Wheeler's tombstone clearly reads "son of Benjamin and Celia Wheeler."

    * The mother of the Benjamin Wheeler who married Celia Buffington was named Hopestill Daggett.

    * The first son named in the will, made 23 Jul 1832, of the Benjamin Wheeler who married Celia Buffington, is "Benjamin D."

    Benjamin married Deborah Reed Abt 1809, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York. Deborah was born Abt 1791, Massachusetts; died 2 Jun 1860, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York; was buried , Wheeler Cemetery, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York. [Group Sheet]


  4. 7.  Deborah Reed was born Abt 1791, Massachusetts; died 2 Jun 1860, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York; was buried , Wheeler Cemetery, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 1878

    Notes:

    Her tombstone is in Wheeler Cemetery in East Bloomfield, but she is also listed on the tombstone of her second husband John Pool in Lakeview Cemetery in the same county.

    Although both the 1893 History of Ontario County, New York and the generally-meticulous Harriette M. Wheeler (citation details for both below) say that she died in 1878, her ornate tombstone clearly reads:

    DEBORAH
    WIFE OF
    JOHN POOL
    Relict of
    Benjamin D. Wheeler
    DIED
    June 2, 1860
    Aged 69 Years

    It's tempting to identify her as the Deborah Reed who was born 12 Mar 1793 in Dighton, Massachusetts to Simeon Reed and Hannah Wheeler (!), but we're unaware of any proof. Were this the case, and if the Hannah Wheeler in question was the Hannah Wheeler recorded by History of the Wheeler Family in America (citation details below) as a daughter of Jonathan Wheeler (b. 1735) and Patience Cole, then Deborah Reed and Benjamin Daggett Wheeler would have been second cousins, both being great-grandchildren of Philip Wheeler and Martha Salisbury.

    Another possibility is that she was the Deborah Reed born 30 May 1790 in Middleborough, Massachusetts, daughter of Joshua Reed.

    Children:
    1. 3. Hannah R. Wheeler was born 17 Nov 1810; died 17 May 1908, Bristol, Ontario, New York; was buried , Evergreen Cemetery, Bristol Center, Ontario, New York.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Rev. David Simmons was born 28 Jun 1748, Dighton, Bristol, Massachusetts (son of Constant Simmons and Lydia Phillips); died 7 Jun 1786, Drowned in the Taunton River, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    Ordained a Baptist minister in 1781, he founded the Baptist church in Freetown, Massachusetts two years later.

    Rev. married Lillis Richmond 2 Nov 1768, Dighton, Bristol, Massachusetts. Lillis (daughter of Ephraim Richmond and Elizabeth Cook) was born Mar 1746, Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island; died 2 May 1808, Bristol, Ontario, New York; was buried , Evergreen Cemetery, Bristol Center, Ontario, New York. [Group Sheet]


  2. 9.  Lillis Richmond was born Mar 1746, Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island (daughter of Ephraim Richmond and Elizabeth Cook); died 2 May 1808, Bristol, Ontario, New York; was buried , Evergreen Cemetery, Bristol Center, Ontario, New York.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Feb 1746, Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island

    Notes:

    In about 1796, widowed, she came with the Rev. John Smith and a group including all six of her sons to Bristol in Ontario County, New York.

    Children:
    1. 4. Richmond Simmons was born 1 May 1773, Massachusetts; died 26 Jan 1845, Bristol, Ontario, New York; was buried , Evergreen Cemetery, Bristol Center, Ontario, New York.

  3. 10.  Alden Sears was born 24 Feb 1739, Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts (son of Judah Sears and Mary Paddock); died 25 Mar 1803, Bristol, Ontario, New York.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 1738, Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts
    • Baptised: 1 Apr 1739, Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts

    Notes:

    Revolutionary War: Private in Capt. Elijah Walker's company, Col. John Hathaway's regiment which marched to the Tiverton Alarm in 1780.

    From The Descendants of Richard Sares (Sears) (citation details below):

    Alden Sears, " yeoman," of Rochester, resided for a time in Nova Scotia, and was one of the grantees of the town of Liverpool in 1761.

    His wife dying, he returned to the States, living for a time in Pawtucket and Providence, engaged in boat-building and distilling.

    He had been previously a seaman, and is said to have commanded a whaling vessel before he was of age.

    Marrying again, he settled in Dighton, Mass., on the old Walker homestead, which, on the death of her father, fell to his wife. The old house is still standing, near 200 years old, and is a good specimen of early colonial times.

    About the commencement of the Revolutionary War he resumed his voyages, and in returning from the West Indies with a cargo of molasses was captured by the British, lost his vessel and cargo, and was held prisoner several years.

    An English officer, with whom he made friends, finally procured his release and supplied him with funds for his return. His wife is said to have had full faith during all the years of his absence that he would return, although others had given him up as dead.

    According to the superstitions of the times, there were many signs convincing to her that he would return.

    One evening in turning her tea-cup, the peculiar position of the leaves was proof that he was then on his way home.

    She rose hastily, saying: "Alden will be home to-night, and I must put the house in order, and dress and go to meet him."

    Upon opening the door, she really saw him in the distance approaching the house.

    They removed to Bristol, N. Y., in 1792, with others from the vicinity of Dighton. For his land he paid six cents an acre.

    He was in Capt. Elijah Walker's Co., in Col. John Hathaway's Regiment, and marched on "ye alarm of Aug. 2, 1780, to Tiverton, 18 miles' travel, 7 days' service, wages £1 8 0. Tiverton, 18 miles' travel, 7 days' service, wages £1 8 0."

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    Note on the above: Alden Sears married his second wife, Phebe Walker, the one in the anecdote above, in Dighton, Massachusetts, 29 December 1769. So his first wife, Hannah Bassett, who died in Nova Scotia on an unknown date, has to have died before then. Therefore what he returned to can't have been "the States" as claimed above. No entity called "the States", United States or otherwise, existed in eastern North America in or before 1769.

    When Alden Sears went from Massachusetts to Nova Scotia and then back to Massachusetts, he no more thought of himself as visiting a foreign land than he would have thought that way of relocating to Connecticut. He probably would have considered Quebec a foreign place, because although it was by then ruled from London it was dominated by French speakers. But Nova Scotia was just another English colony in which most of the inhabitants spoke English.

    Alden married Phoebe Walker 29 Dec 1769, Dighton, Bristol, Massachusetts. Phoebe (daughter of Elnathan Walker and Bethiah Tisdale) was born 1748, Dighton, Bristol, Massachusetts; died 23 Oct 1830, Bristol, Ontario, New York. [Group Sheet]


  4. 11.  Phoebe Walker was born 1748, Dighton, Bristol, Massachusetts (daughter of Elnathan Walker and Bethiah Tisdale); died 23 Oct 1830, Bristol, Ontario, New York.
    Children:
    1. 5. Eleanor Sears was born 1 May 1780, Dighton, Bristol, Massachusetts; died 7 Oct 1866, Bristol, Ontario, New York; was buried , Evergreen Cemetery, Bristol Center, Ontario, New York.

  5. 12.  Benjamin Wheeler was born 7 Feb 1764, Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts (son of Rev. Aaron Wheeler and Hopestill Daggett); died 6 Feb 1836, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York; was buried , Wheeler Cemetery, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York.

    Notes:

    "Benjamin Wheeler, progenitor of the branch of the family now under consideration, was a native of Massachusetts, his birth occurring February 7, 1764. In early manhood, in 1800, accompanied by his wife and children, he removed to New York state, settling on the farm now owned by his grandson, Simeon R. Wheeler, in East Bloomfield, Ontario county, and he also erected the first grist mill in South Bloomfield. He was active and public-spirited, served in the Revolutionary war, and in all ways performed his part faithfully and conscientiously. He married, July 28, 1782, Celia Buffington, born in Massachusetts, August 26, 1762, who bore him six sons and four daughters. Benjamin Wheeler died February 6, 1836." [A History of Ontario County, New York, and Its People, citation details below.]

    His tombstone describes him as "PVT, Continental Line, Rev War".

    "Benjamin Wheeler applied 1 September 1832 for a Revolutionary War pension and included in his application the family Bible record sheets which listed the names of his ten children with birth dates. Eight of these have been verified in the vital records of Rehoboth and Dighton, Massachusetts; the last two are unrecorded elsewhere. His pension was granted and later his widow, Celia, drew her allotment. He deposed that in the spring of 1777, age 13, he entered the service of his country as a substitute for his brother, Simeon. His first assignment was as a waiter in Capt. Simeon Cole's Co. of Rehoboth. Re-enlisting nine times, with terms of duty ranging from three to five months, he had attained the rank of fourth sergeant by the spring of 1781. His experiences included hospital service at New Windsor, Connecticut and Yorktown, Virginia; he was with the army at Yorktown and saw the capture of General Cornwallis (19 Oct. 1781); he saw General George Washington at Providence, West Point, and Yorktown. Mr. Elihu Morse and James Gladding, both of the town of Bristol, N. Y. attested to the truth of these statements." [Harriette M. Wheeler, citation details below, citing Compiled Military Service Record, Revolution, Benjamin Wheeler, National Archives, Washington, D.C. and claim #W 15484.]

    Benjamin married Celia Buffington 28 Jul 1782, Hornbine Church, about six miles from Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts. Celia was born 25 Aug 1762; died 6 Mar 1843, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York; was buried , Wheeler Cemetery, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York. [Group Sheet]


  6. 13.  Celia Buffington was born 25 Aug 1762; died 6 Mar 1843, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York; was buried , Wheeler Cemetery, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 26 Aug 1762, Massachusetts

    Notes:

    Benjamin and Celia Wheeler's Bible record, deposited with Revolutionary War Records, National Archives, Washington, DC, #W 15484 (as cited by Harriette M. Wheeler, citation details below) give her date of birth as 25 Aug 1762, rather than 26 Aug as shown in other sources.

    From Harriette M. Wheeler, "The Family of Benjamin and Celia (Buffington) Wheeler" (citation details below):

    [T]he question of "Who were the parents of Celia (Sela, Selia) Buffington?" has been an ever re-occurring dilemma. The only primary evidence located to date are those of her birth, 25 Aug. 1762 (her own Bible record) and the recorded marriage to Benjamin Wheeler, 28 July 1782 (Rehoboth Marriages). However, a careful scrutiny of the names given her children point to a possible ancestry. Note that she gave a place of honor to some one by naming her first child (see below), a son, Elijah Knapp Wheeler and her second, a daughter, Phebe Haskins Wheeler. Her third and fourth children received their parents' names; her fifth, Sally Mason Wheeler, includes a name repeated often in this Wheeler family; her sixth, John Harvey Wheeler, has ancestral connotations; the last four, Mason Trueman, Christopher C., Frances Jarvis, and Cyrus Stebbins Wheeler, may be clues not yet realized.

    A search of records at Taunton, Bristol Co., Mass. show there was indeed a Phebe Haskins and Elijah Knapp who were married sometime before 31 Oct. 1782 (their marriage intention or record not located). On the above date "Elijah Knapp of Taunton, cordwainer, and Phebe Knapp, wife, for 28 pounds and ten shillings paid us by Peter Haskins of Taunton, yeoman, have granted ... sold to Peter Haskins the whole of the right, title, claim ... the said Phebe Knapp has in or unto the estate of her honored father, Samuel Haskins late of Taunton deceased, intestate." Witnesses: Henry Ingalls and Henry Burt.

    The above Phebe (Haskins) Knapp was the daughter of Samuel and Joanna (Harvey) Haskins. This family is fully established in an article appearing in The American Genealogist. [Florence Harlow Barclay, "Haskins of Taunton: Samuel2, Samuel3, and Their Families." The American Genealogist 28:252, 1952; addition 30:173, 1954.]

    There is now the problem of the identity of Phebe Haskins whose marriage intention to John Bufington (sic) of Dighton is recorded 17 April 1762, and marriage recorded May 1762 in Taunton. Is this Phebe Haskins the same one found later married to Elijah Knapp? Could she have been a niece, perhaps a daughter of Peter Haskins, whose child was raised by Elijah and Phebe (Haskins) Knapp? Did Phebe Knapp sell her inheritance 31 Oct. 1782, soon after the marriage of Celia Buffington on 28 July 1782 to Benjamin Wheeler, to provide a dowry for this child? The fact remains that Celia Buffington knew and loved these people--that she used their names, as well as the name Harvey, to perpetuate their memory. Who has the missing clue?

    Children:
    1. 6. Benjamin Daggett Wheeler was born 10 Apr 1789, Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts; died 30 Sep 1818, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York; was buried , Wheeler Cemetery, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York.