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Russia Union Church, 110th Anniversary, 1820-1930

The family profiles below come from the small book "Russia Union Church, 110th Anniversary, 1820 - 1930." Jane Dieffenbacher, Fairfield Town Historian, transcribed the family profiles for presentation on this site in the summer of 1998. The small Town of Russia is on the western half of Herkimer County and borders the Towns of Deerfield, Trenton and Remson in neighboring Oneida County and the Towns of Ohio, Newport and Norway within Herkimer County.

In the middle of the book is this notation. "The foregoing pages constitute the history of the Russia Union Church as far as can be ascertained. The history of some of the families connected with it have been compiled. Time and space will not permit to complete the family sketches in this booklet. To those who have graciously furnished material in any way we are grateful. Printed books, family Bibles, written records, documents, letters, papers and clippings have been used as sources of information by the author, Rev. Roger F. Williams."



Elisha Hall was born Dec., 1760, in Wallingford, Conn. Married Rosannah Canfield, born 1763; died Oct. 11, 1849, in Russia. Elisha Hall enlisted for service in the American Revolution in May, 1777, under Capt. Eli Leavenworth in a regiment commanded by Cols. Douglas, Deming and Meigs, in succession. He was at Brunswick, N.J., when General Washington attacked it; was stationed on the east side of the Hudson River when the British moved up the river and captured Fort Montgomery; was stationed at White Plains one summer watching the lines. He went to West Point and was employed in constructing forts, especially a bomb proof one on top of a mountain. He was in winter quarters in Morristown, N.J. Elisha Hall applied for a pension October 9, 1832, and it was granted. Depositions at that time were made by Jotham Hall of Madison County, NY, to the effect that he knew Elisha Hall was three years in Continental service; and Samuel Collins of Oneida County, NY, who thought it was the 4th Connecticut Regiment in which Hall served. Elisha Hall moved to Schoharie County, NY, about 1797, and about 1802 to Russia. He was a farmer and prominent in town affairs and the Baptist division of the Russia Union Church. Elisha Hall died Apr. 8, 1855, aged 95, in Russia. Elisha and Rosannah (Canfield) Hall had children:

  1. Polly, born 1786; died Jan. 2, 1849. Married Gardner Spencer. A resident of Brownville, NY.
  2. Rosanna, born 1788; died Oct. 26, 1865. Married May 26, 1822, in Russia, Benjamin Lyon, M.D., born Apr. 5, 1770, in Rhode Island; died Oct. 24, 1826, in Russia. His first wife was Margaret Duncan, born Dec. 23, 1780; died July 5, 1820, in Oppenheim, NY. The children of Dr. Benjamin and Margaret (Duncan Lyon) were: Charles W., Eleanor, Julia A., Eliza, Charlotte, Mary, Frances, John, George D.

The children of Dr. Benjamin and Rosanna (Hall) Lyon were: Margaret M. (Mrs. George B. Denison), Lucretia Caroline (Mrs. Isaac Trask), Benjamin, Elisha.

  1. Elisha C., born 1791; died July 23, 1866. Married Mercy Corp, born 1803, died Feb. 24, 1836.
  2. John E., born 1796; died Mar. 13, 1885. 5. Juliet E., born 1805; died Sept. 2, 1895.


Josiah Halladay was born 1743. Married 1st, ___ ___; 2nd, Mary Slade, born Feb. 1776; died Dec. 13, 1860, daughter of James and Experience (Parker) Slade. He was a farmer and interested in affairs in Russia. He died Aug. 14, 1829. Josiah Halladay had children:

By 1st wife:

  1. Martha (Patty), married Orrin Clark. Their children were: Robert, Rowland, John, Linus W., Orrin.
  2. Josiah, resided in Clayton, NY. His first wife was Roxa Stanclift. Their son was Reuben (1797-1813).

By 2nd wife:

  1. Rowland, married Ann Worden, the daughter of William W. and Penelope (Sweet) Worden. Their son was Solomon, born Sept. 18, 1834; died Dec. 25, 1930, aged 96.
  2. Lois, married Warren Shaw.
  3. Solomon, married Minerva Smith, the daughter of Israel Smith.
  4. Reuben, born 1813; died Jan. 15, 1892. He was married four times, 1st to Catherine Lanning, who died May 24, 1850, aged 28; 2nd to Margaret Bassett; 3rd to Sarah (____) Ladd, born 1832; died Mar. 2, 1862; 4th to Catherine (Marcy) Halladay, widow of his brother, William Riley.
  5. William Riley, born 1820; died Jan. 9, 1861. His wife was Catherine Marcy. Among the children of William R. Halladay were Jane and William.


Samuel Hinckley, the son of Samuel and Mary (Wyatt) Hinckley, was born Aug. 22, 1737, in Stonington, Conn. Married Dec. 13, 1761, in Pomfret, Conn., Mary (Vincent) Bacon, the widow of Ephraim Bacon, whom she married Feb. 20, 1754, and he died July 3, 1755. They had a son, Ephraim Bacon, Jr. She was the daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Reynolds) Vincent of Westerly, R.I. She died Nov. 28, 1787, in Stephentown, Rensselaer County, NY. Samuel Hinckley settled in Pomfret, Conn., and later in the northern part of Stephentown, NY. As early as 1783 Samuel Hinckley and wife were members of the Stephentown Baptist Church. He died there in 1822. Samuel and Mary (Vincent) Bacon Hinckley had children born in Pomfret, Conn.:

  1. Mary, born June 3, 1762; married Jonathan Greenman. They resided in Stephentown, NY. Their children were Gardner, Lydia and Samuel of Russia.
  2. Samuel, born Nov. 13, 1763; died Jan. 27, 1768.
  3. Elijah.
  4. Gardner.
  5. Lucy, born Jan. 21, 1768; died Jan. 19, 1826. Married Stephen Sheldon. Resided Stephentown, NY.
  6. Elizabeth, born Aug. 25, 1769. Married Nathaniel Crumb. Settled in Stephentown, NY, later in Plainfield, Otsego County, NY.

Elijah Hinckley, the son of Samuel and Mary (Vincent) Bacon Hinckley, was born Mar. 15, 1765, in Pomfret, Conn. Married, 1st, Sarah (Sally) Vincent, born Mar. 7, 1770, in Westerly, RI, died Dec. 28, 1808, in Russia, the daughter of Dr. William and Zeruiah (Rudd) Vincent; 2nd, her sister, Zeruiah Vincent, b. June 16, 1766, in Westerly, RI, died June 8, 1847, in Russia. Elijah Hinckley learned the carpenter's trade. Oct. 8, 1796, Elijah Hinckley and Elisha Pool, who died Dec. 1800, purchased 200 acres on the Royal Grant in Norway, now Russia, near Gravesville. They came from Stephentown, NY. This farm is still in the Hinckley family. Soon after Pool sold his interest to the Hinckley's. He was a member of the Baptist division of the Russia Union Church. He was a tall man of gracious and pleasing address, energetic in business, a hospitable, generous and cordial friend. Elisha Hinckley died Mar. 29, 1822, in Russia. The children of Elijah and Sally (Vincent) Hinckley were:

  1. A son died in infancy.
  2. A daughter died in infancy.
  3. A daughter died in infancy.
  4. Samuel, born Mar. 11, 1801, in Russia; died Oct. 2, 1873, in Russia. Married Jan. 2, 1840, in Piseco, Hamilton County, NY., Mary S.Atwood, born Mar. 5, 1820, in Floyd, NY., died Mar. 14, 1875, the daughter of Esek and Margaret (Sackrider) Atwood. A few years in early life he was absent from Russia, superintending public works in western New York and New Jersey. He was a man of refined taste, a successful farmer and scrupulously conscientious. Their only child was Elijah G., who died Apr. 12, 1869, aged 26.
  5. Gardner, born Oct. 2, 1808, in Russia; died Mar. 15, 1875. Married Sept. 1829, Elizabeth Atwood, born Aug. 7, 1810; died Sept. 12, 1874, the daughter of Esek and Margaret (Sackrider) Atwood. Gardner Hinckley had William Graves as his guardian after the death of his father. He bought his brothers interest in his father's homestead. There he resided until 1839, when he moved to Piseco, Hamilton County, NY., then in 1840 to the "White House" in Ohio Village; in 1842 to Wilmurt, NY., near Hinckley Bridge. The house that he built there in 1842 was destroyed by fire in Apr. 1853. In 1854 he moved to the village, named Hinckley for him in 1890. In 1842 he began the lumbering and planing business. In 1848 he went into the lumber business with Theodore P. Ballou of Utica, NY, and the mill business started in Gang Mills (Hinckley) NY. Gardner Hinckley was supervisor in Wilmurt several years and member of the State Assembley, 1853-4. He was a Methodist and strong temp[erance Man. He was of good judgment, strong character, energetic and conscientious. Gardner and Elizabeth (Atwood) Hinckley had children:
  1. Elijah G., born Dec. 12, 1830; died Dec. 29, 1830.
  2. Samuel C., born Aug. 5, 1832; died May 27, 1921.
  3. Caroline D., born Oct. 20, 1834; died Nov. 25, 1912.
  4. Mary E., born Nov. 8, 1840; died Mar. 15, 1929.
  5. Sarah Helen, born Oct. 1, 1843; died Aug. 17, 1918.
  6. Emma J., born Oct. 15, 1846; died Feb. 28, 1848.

Gardner Hinckley was born Oct. 19, 1766, in Pomfret, Conn. Married Mary (Polly) Randal, born 1771; died Jan. 19, 1826, in Russia. She was a member of the Baptist division in the Russia Union Church. Gardner Hinckley was a carpenter by trade. He came from Stephentown, NY, to Russia with his brother in 1796. He died Apr. 10, 1842, in Russia, of the scourge known as "black tongue" that passed through that section. Polly (Randal) Hinckley was the daughter of Benjamin Randal; a sister of Charles Randal who died, 1811, in Russia; and an aunt of Benjamin Collins of Russia.


David Johnson had at least four children. They were Cyrus, who married Betsey Whittlesey, a sister of Mrs. Isaiah Johnson. He settled in Sharon, Ohio. His sons were Samuel and Sheldon J., of Akron, Ohio. David Johnson and Isaiah Johnson, Sarah Johnson, who married first, ____ Cogswell, second, ____ Swift. She died in Cornwall, Conn., November 9, 1847, aged 84.

Isaiah Johnson, the son of David, was born March 27, 1756, in Southbury, Conn. Married March 3, 1791, Sarah Whittlesey, the daughter of Martin and Sarah (Deming) Johnson. Born March 1762, died 1836. Isaiah Johnson was a soldier in the American Revolution. His enlistments were: January, 1776, in Capt. Noble Benedict's company and Col. Waterbury's regiment, served three months, August, 1776, under Capt. David Hinman and Col. Benjamin Hinman and served two months. October, 1776, volunteered and served two months. April, 1777, volunteered at Danbury and served half a month. October, 1777, volunteered and served two months; January, 1778, volunteered and served 1 1/2 months; 1779, went as a volunteer to Horseneck under Colonel Canfield for two months and acted as sergeant for one month, bringing disaffected parties before public authority. Isaiah Johnson served 17 months and was in skirmishes or engagements on retreat from Danbury, Conn., at Ridgefield when General Wooster was wounded, at Chestnut Hill, at Saugatuck Bridge. He was also at the storming of Fort Montgomery. He applied for a pension August 14, 1833, and it was granted. Daniel Durkee of Preble, Cortland County, New York, and David Munn of Newport, New York, knew Isaiah Johnson while he was in service. When he moved to Russia he was recorded as of Fairfield. He was one of the staunch Presbyterians of Russia and a very energetic member of the Russia Union Church Corporation. He was known as Deacon Isaiah Johnson. He died July 1841. Isaiah and Sarah (Whittlesey) Johnson had children:

  1. Thomas, born September 22, 1792, died August 6, 1852. Married March 2, 1822, Roxena Parker, who died November 26, 1826. He lived in Russia.
  2. Amarilla, born December 20, 1794, died August 11, 1844. Never married.
  3. Nathan, born December 28, 1796, married first, March 14, 1821, Rhoda Bradley, born 1800, died April 30, 1847; second, September 18, 1850, Julia Corey (1800-1874). Nathan Johnson was a farmer in Russia. The last seven years of his life were spent in Holland Patent, NY. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Russia and North Gage. He was known as Deacon Nathan Johnson. He died September 6, 1877, at Pembroke, NH, while on a visit. The children of Nathan and Rhoda (Bradley) Johnson were:
  1. Charles J., born January 4, 1822, died July 22, 1852, in California.
  2. William Bradley, born June 27, 1823; married September 4, 1849, Caroline E. Carpenter; died September, 1901, Arcade, NY, a son, Alvin.
  3. Thomas, born May 2, 1825, died May 26, 1902, in Utica, New York; never married.
  4. Sarah, born December 14, 1826, died November 14, 1833.
  5. Clinton, born November 24, 1828, died January 24, 1847.
  6. Nathan, Jr., born March 18, 1830, died May 27, 1830.
  7. Roxena J., born July 22, 1832, died August 4, 1878, in St. Augustine, Florida; married December 20, 1853, Bradford S. Seymour, who died October 13, 1864; four children.
  8. Mary Pamelia, born June 20, 1834; married May 4, 1854, John Lloyd, Jr., of Utica, NY, who was born August 3, 1828, and died July 28, 1907. They had two chiuldren, T. Frederick and Mary Johnson Lloyd.
  9. Edward Payson, born June 7, 1838; killed May 10, 1864, at the battle of Spottsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, in the Civil War. He spent the college year, 1860-1, in Hamilton College.
  10. Infant.
  11. Infant.
  12. Herman Isaiah, born March 30, 1843, died October 14, 1909; married, first, Emma Hubbard; second, Alice Childs. He was a wholesale grocer in Utica, NY. He served in the Civil War. His son is Wallace B. Johnson of Clinton, NY.
  13. Sarah Amarilla, born April 24, 1845; married Rev. Cyrus M. Perry of Bolton, Conn.
  1. Charles, born March, 1799, died 1802.
  2. Martin W., born September 15, 1801, moved to the state of Ohio. His children were Orin C. and Henry D.


David Joy was born Dec. 16, 1724, in Rehoboth, Mass.; married Dec. 1, 1747, in Bristol, RI, Elizabeth Allen of Rehoboth, Mass., born 1725, died Oct. 13, 1822, in Russia. He removed from Rehoboth, Mass., to Guilford, Vt., about 1766. He took part in French and Indian War. During the American Revolution he was a platoon officer under General Ruggles. He was at the taking of Ticonderoga in 1775. He was known as David Joy, Esquire. He died Jan. 26, 1811, in Russia. The children of David and Elizabeth (Allen) Joy were: John, Abel, Sarah, David, Comfort, Elizabeth 1st, Jesse, Abiathar, Lewis, Benjamin, Elizabeth 2nd.

Abiathar Joy, the son of David and Elizabeth (Allen) Joy, was born Mar. 20, 1762, in Rehoboth, Mass.; married July 11, 1789, Elizabeth Burt, born July 17, 1765, the daughter of Ebenezer and Abigail (Bartlett) Burt. Abiathar Joy resided in Brattleboro, Vt., Russia and La Fargeville, NY, after his marriage. He served in the American Revolution. When he entered the service he resided at Guilford, Vt. He enlisted April, 1778, for seven months under Captain Blakeley and Col. Samuel Fletcher and stationed at Castleton, Vt., near the head of Lake Champlain. Scouted along the shores of the lake for 30 or 40 miles. Sometime in July or August the scouts were all killed or taken by the Indians, save one man named Swift, who made his escape. Abiathar Joy was one of the party with Captain Fish who, with a flag of truce, went to the British Shipping about 20 miles north of Crown Point after the return of the British Express from Quebec; returned to Castleton during the War of 1812. Abiathar Joy acquired the title of "major." In Russia he was affiliated with the Presbyterian Society. He died July 31, 1851, at La Fargeville, NY. Abiathar and Elizabeth (Burt) Joy had children:

  1. Fanny, died Oct. 25, 1825, in 37th year; married Roderick Gillett.
  2. Abigail, born April 10, 1791; died Mar. 20, 1832; married ____ Graves.
  3. Elizabeth, born April 10, 1791; married 1817, Nicholas Vincent, born 1791. She died Jan. 12, 1879, at Dexter, NY. Their children were: Elizabeth, Horace Seymour, Lewis, Abigail, Burton.
  4. Milea, born April 13, 1793; died Aug. 24, 1824.
  5. David, born June 12, 1795; died Oct. 30, 1867. Resided at La Fargeville, NY, and Carey, Ohio. He was a member of the Russia Episcopal Church. They had children: Martha (wife of Francis Barker), Milea, Seymour H., Harrison H., Abiathar, David.
  6. Abiathar, born Oct. 2, 1799; died Dec. 7, 1874, at Beaver Dams, Wis.
  7. Susanna, born June 19, 1802; died June 11, 1833; married ____ Tuttle.
  8. Ebenezer B., born April 28, 1804.
  9. Lewis, born Oct. 12, 1807; married Julia L. Garrett.

[Note: read commentary regarding this information at bottom of this page.]


James King came from Long Island and settled in the town of Deerfield, New York. He died there September 19, 1838, in his 83rd year. His wife, Anna, died May 11, 1838, in her 80th year. The children of James and Anna King were:

  1. Earl S., born July, 1785, died April 21, 1867. He resided in Russia and was very active in the Church. His wife, Nancy King, died January 16, 1836, aged 32. Amy, his second wife, was born May 28, 1804, died January 6, 1891.
  2. James T., resided Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York.
  3. Hannah, wife of Makepeace Brintnall, resided Houndsfield, Jefferson County, N.Y.
  4. Bershe, born November 27, 1796, died October 23, 1865. She married Philip Preston, born March 20, 1797, died April 18, 1873. He was the son of Calvin and Rachel (Rice) Preston. They resided in Deerfield. Their children were: John C., Rachel, Sally Ann, wife of George Hartness; James, Marrietta. All of Deerfield, New York. Jane, wife of Thomas Hartness of Culpepper, Virginia. Charles B. of Manlius, New York.
  5. Sally, born 1800, died May 7, 1827.
  6. Silas B., born November, 1804, died March 17, 1862. His wife, Mary Ann King, died March 30, 1842, aged 27. He resided Deerfield, New York.
  7. Benjamin L., resided Henry County, Illinois.


Elisha Lankton was born March 28, 1783, and died February 10, 1851, in Brattleboro, Vermont. His wife was Deborah Bellows, born July 16, 1778, died August 20, 1844, in Oswego, New York. They lived in Russia. Their children were:

  1. Elisa, born June 9, 1807, died October 16, 1825.
  2. John Bellows.
  3. Susan B., born February 18, 1811, died July 15, 1853.
  4. Elon B., February 3, 1813. Resided Ilion, New York.
  5. Joel B., March 18, 1815. Reside Minnesota.
  6. Ann W., November 15, 1816, died December 16, 1883. Married Norman Perkins.
  7. Delia B., born December 21, 1818, died April 27, 1891. 8. Leonidas, born March 12, 1821, died May 3, 1836.

John B. Lankton, the son of Elisha and Deborah (Bellows) Lankton, was born December 16, 1808; married, first, February, 1837, Caroline Shove, born May 15, 1819, died May 16, 1843, the daughter of Samuel and Aurilla Shove; second, October 10, 1843, Mary Ann Wood Pooler, born June 12, 1813, died August 17, 1887. John B. Lankton died May 9, 1891. He was a very prominent Methodist in Russia. The children of John B. Lankton were, by first wife: David, Carlos, Francis, Byron. By second wife: Mary, Mary A., Byron, Alice, Sarah C., John and George.


Conrad Lanning was born Sept. 4, 1774, in New Jersey; died Mar. 15, 1849, in Russia. His wife was Martha Van Horne, born Sept. 3, 1775, in Duanesburg, N.Y.; died July 23, 1844, in Russia. They moved from Duanesburg, N.Y., to Russia. Conrad and Martha (Van Horne) Lanning had children:

  1. Nancy, born June 6, 1798.
  2. Richard, born Mar. 1, 1800. Resided in Russia.
  3. John, born Oct. 28, 1801; died Aug. 28, 1884. Married Betsey Forrest. Their children were Martha, Rosannah, William B., and Mark. William B. Lanning was prominent in the Russia Methodist Episcopal Church.
  4. Benjamin, born July 4, 1803. Resided in Brownville, N.Y.
  5. Sally, born Dec. 31, 1804; married William Rowland. They resided in Russia.
  6. Robert, born Feb. 22, 1807. He resided in Sugar Grove, Warren County, Pa.
  7. Jesse, born Jan. 14, 1809. He was a resident of Sugar Grove, Pa.
  8. Hannah, born Jan. 18, 1811; died June 6, 1888. Married Robert H. Clark, born Sept. 24, 1805; died Sept. 12, 1875. Resided in Russia.
  9. Martha, born Sept. 25, 1812; married ___ Clark.
  10. Conrad, born Nov. 18, 1814; died Mar. 1, 1881. Married Delina Abel, born June 1, 1824; died Dec. 25, 1893. They resided in Russia.
  11. Martin, born Oct. 23, 1816.
  12. Edward W., born June 1, 1819; married Harriett MacMaster. Their daughter is Mrs. Samuel C. Delavan, 1113 Seymour Ave., Utica, N.Y.


David Lindsay married Elizabeth Carrens, born Sept. 1793; died Mar. 21, 1856, in Russia. They resided in Edinburg, Scotland. Her second husband was Henry Carruthers. David and Elizabeth (Carrens) Linday had children:

  1. Ann, married Henry Kelley. Resided in the state of Michigan.
  2. Jane, born 1815; died Aug. 1, 1846. Married Ebenezer N. Walker. They resided in Russia.
  3. Samuel F., resided Richland, Oswego County, N.Y.
  4. Elizabeth, married Henry Fitzgerald. They resided in Fleming, Cayuga County, N.Y.
  5. Agnes, married Nathan Carpenter.
  6. Russell T., died 1896 in Prospect, N.Y. Married, 1st, Harriett Williams, born July 1826, died Oct. 5, 1850, the daughter of Joseph and Elect Williams of Russia; 2nd, Feb. 16, 1852, Sarah L. Cramer, born Dec. 23, 1826, in Marcellus, N.Y., died Sept. 16, 1924, in her 97th year, the daughter of John G. and Rebecca (Allen) Cramer. She was educated in Fairfield and Whitestown Seminaries. While at Whitestown she united with the Baptist Church. She taught in the public schools. She was remarkably active until the end of life. Russell T. Lindsay moved from Russia to Prospect, N.Y., in 1868. He was an official in the Russia and Prospect Methodist Episcopal Churches. Many years he was a Justice of the Peace. He was a man quiet and reserved in his manner and of decided opinions. He had a daughter Harriett by his first wife and six children by his second wife. The living children of Russell T. and Sarah L. (Cramer) Lindsay are Mrs. Ione Skiff of Barneveld, N.Y.; Mrs. T.C. Davis of Prospect, N.Y.; Mrs. H. Edgar Reese of Fairfield, N.Y.
  7. Maria, married Joseph Benton.
  8. Davida.


Benjamin Marcy married Loisa Gilbert. She was 21 years of age and he was 52. They resided in Mansfield, Windham County, Conn. Benjamin and Loisa (Gilbert) Marcy had children:

  1. Calvin.
  2. Olive.
  3. Clara.
  4. Alpheus.
  5. Lebbeus (twin of Alpheus) was born June 17, 1791, in Windham County, Conn.; died Feb. 28, 1877, in Monroe, Penn., where he settled in 1820, and for many years was a valued member of that community. He left a large family.

Alpheus Marcy, the son of Benjamin and Loisa (Gilbert) Marcy, was born June 17, 1791, in Windham County, Conn. While a resident of his native state he served in the War of 1812. In 1816 he settled near South Trenton, N.Y. In 1818 he married Harriett Barrows, born Aug. 7, 1798, in Trenton, N.Y.; died Oct. 15, 1881, in Russia; the daughter of Lemuel and Hannah M. (Storrs) Barrows. In early life she became a Christian and a zealous member of the Baptist Church. She was a great reader of religious literature. After their marriage Alpheus Marcy and wife settled in Fairfield, N.Y., on a farm. In 1819 they returned to the South Trenton farm and in 1828 settled in Russia where they spent the rest of their days. In his younger days Alpheus Marcy was a Whig and in later life a Democrat. He died Aug. 22, 1881, in Russia. The children of Alpheus and Harriett (Barrows) Marcy were:

  1. Phares R., born Oct. 17, 1820; died Oct. 29, 1849.
  2. Sarah, married, 1847, Leavitt Hines, born 1825; died 1864; the son of Russell and Allah (Hinman) Hines of Norway, N.Y. A son is A.L. Hines, Newport, N.Y. (1930).
  3. Catherine, married, 1st, Reuben Halladay; 2nd, William Riley Halladay. A daughter is Mrs. Minerva Salisbury, Poland, N.Y. (1930).
  4. David, born April 7, 1826, in Trenton, N.Y.; married Oct. 10, 1849, Lucinda Hibbard, born June 12, 1824, in Camden, Ontario, Canada; died Dec. 26, 1891, in Russia, the daughter of Samuel Hibbard, a veteran of the War of 1812. She was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church.

She attended Newburg Academy in Canada and taught school several terms. Mr. and Mrs. David Marcy were prominent in the Russia Methodist Episcopal Church. He was a farmer. He died Jan. 13, 1891, in Russia. David and Lucinda (Hibbard) Marcy had children: Josephine, wife of J.A. Bassett; Lemuel, Adelaide, wife of Pelton L. Carpenter; Frank and Waley H.

  1. Storrs, born July 18, 1828, in Russia; married Betsey Prindle, born Oct. 22, 1835; died Jan. 10, 1892, the daughter of Charles J. and Clarissa (Smith) Prindle. Storrs Marcy was a farmer and sheep raiser in Russia. He and his wife were connected with the Russia Methodist Episcopal Church. He died Dec. 27, 1892, in Russia. Their children were: Phares, Sherman, Jennie.
  2. Jane E., born May 4, 1839; died May 18, 1858.


Benjamin Merriman came from the state of Connecticut to Russia. There he died Mar. 28, 1842, aged 71. His wife Anna died Feb. 6, 1853, in her 73rd year. For her second husband she married Deacon Nathan Millington. They were Russia Baptists. He was a farmer and a leader in town affairs. Benjamin and Anna Merriman had children:

  1. Anna, born Dec. 26, 1799; died Sept. 26, 1877. Married Elam Perkins, born Jan. 23, 1800; died Nov. 28, 1866. They resided in Prospect, N.Y.
  2. Luther G., born July 16, 1807; died Aug. 4, 1875. Married Esther Millington. They were members of the Prospect Methodist Episcopal Church. He was a wealthy farmer. Their children were Jonathan M., Benjamin F., Addison, Duane L., Susan.
  3. Rebecca, married Robert Hall. They resided in Scriba, Oswego County, N.Y.
  4. Sally Maria, married Sept. 21, 1831, John Stanton, born Feb. 13, 1807, in Little Falls, N.Y.; died June 24, 1898, in Copenhagen, N.Y. They resided in Rutland, N.Y., Champion, N.Y. and Copenhagen, N.Y. They had children, Benjamin, Lucy, Mary.
  5. Benjamin, born Apr. 2, 1812, in Russia; married, Feb. 12, 1837, Louisa Stanton, the daughter of Daniel and Dorcus (Corbin) Stanton. In Mar., 1837, they moved to Martinsburg, N.Y. on the Warren Salmon's farm. In 1847 they moved to Rutland, Jefferson County, N.Y. In 1857 they settled in Copenhagen, N.Y., which was their residence as long as they lived. In 1844 he and his wife were converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in Lowville, N.Y. To the end of his life he was a faithful supporter of all of its activities. He was a quiet, sober man endowed with good judgment. Benjamin Merriman died Feb. 5, 1886, in Copenhagen, N.Y. Their children were Morris, Armina, Alice.
  6. Timothy T., married Harriett ____. They resided Lowville, N.Y. They had a son George.
  7. Roxena, born April 6, 1821; died Sept. 28, 1849. Married, Jan. 13, 1841, Gorham Barker, born Apr., 1817; died Oct. 28, 1877. They resided in Russia.
  8. Isaac G., married Lucy Sheldon. They resided in Lowville, N.Y. 9. William G., married Catherine Worden, born Nov., 1820; died Aug. 22, 1877. They resided in Russia.

new 2/17/05  Commentary regarding her Joy Family research graciously contributed by Rita Orton. Rita would appreciate hearing from the many other Joy researchers who visit this site, and we'd also welcome posting your comments and information about the family.

"I realize that genealogy research sometimes comes up against something that makes a researcher say wait a minute. There is much on the net about David Joy Esq. and his wife Elizabeth. Rehoboth, Ma. records show that the marriage did not take place in Rehoboth, but in another area. But, there was a marriage. He did serve in the French-Indian War. The family did move to current day Vermont. From there the family moved to Russia, New York.

My concern is that much is being made of him serving as a platoon officer under General Ruggles at Ticonderoga in 1775. I don't know how many General Ruggles there were but it seems that when British troops left Boston, Ruggles went with them in 1775 and lived his life in Nova Scotia. I am wondering if there was an error made in the records that was first made up and 1775 should read 1755. I have seen a book written up regarding a German family that they came over in the 1880's to Nebraska because a family member did not want to fight for Hitler. In my own family a book was printed by family members saying that the first of this line had come from Holland. Of course, it was written in the 1930's, the family was Pennsylvania Dutch, as I would find out later. I know that's just another way of saying German, but the book took it one step further and became persons of Holland heritage; the family names are painted on a town wall in Germany back to the 1300's. I just think that the dates of 1755 and 1775 should be considered as the correct soldier, the correct places, but the wrong war being with Ruggles. If my research is incorrect than I would be the first to say thank you to the person or persons who can give information."


Commentary by Asst. Coordinator Lisa Slaski:

"I also have found many errors in books. Sometimes they are obvious ones and sometimes they are not so obvious. The internet is a great way to provide information to lots of people and unfortunately some information is "misinformation". One of our tasks as family historians has to be to check the information found from all resources with primary sources as available and certainly to cite all sources used for our own works.

However, having said this, as a webmaster we want to try to keep our information as accurate as possible, but we don't like to change the "verbage" from a given source. This would just make it more confusing to the researcher who obtains the original source and finds it different than the online source. However, many times when a visitor such as yourself, turns in a correction to information on a page, we will add the comments to the page for other researchers to consider."

new 2/24/05   A note I found yesterday in a stray "to do and update" file, appearing from it's context with other notes to have been written in 2003. Denise's note was sent to Jane Dieffenbacher, who contributed the sketches from the Russia Union Church book, and the body of this email was forwarded to me back then.

"Your page states: "During the American Revolution he was a platoon officer under General Ruggles. He was at the taking of Ticonderoga in 1775." This should read "During the French and Indian War he was a platoon officer [2nd Lt.] under General Timothy Ruggles. He was at the taking of Ticonderoga in 1759." Since your information comes from a book, perhaps you could make a note in brackets or parentheses.

I have corrected my posting at:

By the way, David Joy was the uncle who raised Capt. David Perry. It is possible Perry's son David Jr. is the David Perry who died in 8 Dec 1827 in Herkimer, NY.

Deathly ill with typhus, Capt. David Perry returned home to David Joy's house in 1762, the year Abiathar Joy was born (son of David Joy and Elizabeth Allen). An account of David Joy's kindness is at:

Also, on
David Joy "died 1/26/1844 stone is badly weathered & year of death is hard to read; husband of Elizabeth; 'Late from Vermont'" should read 1811. I have checked the cemetery records on microfilm. Old cursive "1s" often look like old "4s".

Hope this helps! Thanks again for your site."

Denise Captain David Perry Website

[Note from site coordinator: our site's reading of Gravesville Cemetery, Town of Russia, is a new reading taken in August 2003. The site coordinators would appreciate receiving information about the whereabouts and availability of an earlier handwritten copy of this cemetery.]

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