My 5x great grandparents met in New Brunswick, Canada. Jacob was born in Westchester, New York and is from the Hudson Valley Tompkins lineage. Jacob’s father is thought to be Jonathan Griffin Tompkins and Magdalena Lewis. They were loyal to the King of England and moved to Canada after the Revolutionary War due to the gift of land in return for their loyalty.
There is much written on this family and I will explore it at a later time. Here is a good reference for the Tompkins family until then: Tompkins Wiki. You can also find good information on my distant Australian cousin Allan Tompkin’s page here: http://allan.tompkins.com.au/jacob.htm
Jacob moved to Canada where he met and married Mary Place. They married in 1785, both were born abt 1759. They are buried in Northampton Kirk Cemetery in Carleton, New Brunswick.
My ancestor is their last son, Aaron.
Jacob would marry a second time and have a total of 12 children; 10 with Mary and 2 with his second wife; Nancy.
Lewis Chilson and Dorcas Damon are my maternal 5x Great Grandparents.
Lewis was born in 1800, passing in 1860. Dorcas was born in 1800 and died in 1871. They both lived their entire lives in Westhampton. They are buried in Westhampton’s Center Cemetery with a simple marker.
Together they would have three children: Orpha, Fordyce, and Rodney. The US Census would show their home was never as simple as just the immediate family.
- 1830 Westhampton: Lewis and 4 family members (3 male, 2 females total)
- 1850 Westhampton: Lewis, Dorcas, Rodney, granddaughter Orintha, grandson George (son of Fordyce), and laborer Robert Demand. Lewis’ occupation is Laborer.
- 1855 Westhampton (Mass State Census): Lewis; occupation Farmer; Dorcas; and granddaughter Orintha
- 1860 Westhampton: Lewis, Dorcas, Orintha, Fordyce, Lodency Damon (daughter in law), and grandchildren George and Esther.
Both families have significant history in Western Massachusetts. There are 27 Chilsons and 309 Damons posted on Find A Grave in Hampshire County; predominately in Bridge Street, Village Hill, Damon Homeplace, Goshen, Bofat, and Center (Westhampton & Chesterfield) Cemeteries. (researching possible sites to link with more detail on these families).
Caleb Weller, b 1785, is my maternal 5th great grandfather. He married Naomi Lyman in 1807 and together they had 5 children. Lovice, Solomon, Roland, Henry and Martha.
He was the son of Solomon and Sarah Clap Weller and was born in Westfield, Hampshire, MA. He was the youngest of their six children.
Often he is confused with his grandson, Caleb Eugene Weller. This Caleb is the son of his son Solomon. His grandson is buried in Bridge Street Cemetery in Northampton, MA.
It is not known when Caleb Weller, b 1785, died nor where he is buried. He was not found in the 1850 US Census with his family, so it is presumed he died before 1850.
- 1810 Westfield; 2 adults, 2 children – Caleb, Naomi, Lovice, and Solomon
- 1820 Northampton; 2 adults, 4 children
- 1830 Unknown; family not found either. During this time only male head of household was listed on the census and then the ages of all other residents.
- 1840 Unknown; Naomi and Martha (based solely on female age) are listed in Northampton. Solomon is listed by himself.
Occupation: Nothing is known of his occupation as it was not listed in the US Census at that time. The marriage records do not list occupations. No pictures are available of him at present, and little has turned up in my research so far.