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Reuben Dutton

Male - 1811


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  • Name Reuben Dutton 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Jan 1811  Fairfax, Franklin, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Alternate death 23 Jan 1814  Fairfax, Franklin, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Fairfax Plains Cemetery, Fairfax, Franklin, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I14662  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TSW
    Last Modified 3 Jun 2018 

    Family Polly Farnsworth,   b. Abt 1766,   d. 24 Jan 1811, Fairfax, Franklin, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Alva Dutton,   b. 29 Jan 1798, Fairfax, Franklin, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1878, Springville, Erie, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 3 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F9132  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • We find ourselves doubting that, as asserted on Find a Grave and elsewhere, this Reuben Dutton was a son of Amasa Dutton (1745-1831). William Howard Tucker's 1889 History of Hartford and John Wolf Jordan's 1915 Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania both assert that the Reuben Dutton born to Amasa and his wife Sarah died "early." The 1916 Encyclopedia of Massachusetts says that Amasa and Sarah's son Reuben was born in 1773, married a Clarissa Thomas, and died in Brookfield, Vermont in 1866.

      Donald Lines Jacobus's Families of Ancient New Haven volume III, p. 590, tells us that the birth of Amasa Dutton's son Reuben was recorded at Litchfield on 3 Feb 1771 and that he was baptised at the Congregational church in the town of Washington, Litchfield County, on 17 Mar 1771.

      It's worth noting that our Reuben Dutton's Find a Grave page interprets the hard-to-read tombstone inscription as saying he died 23 Jan 1814 "aged 43 years", which would yield a birth date of 1771. But the tombstone's death date looks a lot more like it says 1811, not 1814. We'll wait until we can get a better look at that stone.

      It's also worth noting that whether Reuben Dutton and Polly Farnsworth died in 1811 or 1814 -- both stones are equally hard to read -- they appear to have died on successive days, 23 and 24 January respectively.

      And it's also worth noting that FamilySearch's database of Vermont death records contains no record for any Reuben (or Ruben) Dutton or Polly Farnsworth, at all.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2012] Find a Grave page for Polly Farnsworth Dutton.

    2. [S2011] Find a Grave page for Reuben Dutton.