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The Emmons family genealogy; a record of the emigrant Thomas Emmons, of Newport, Rhode Island, with many of his descendants, from 1639 to 1905;

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The Emmons FamilyGenealogyA RECORD OF THE EMIGRANT

Thomas EmmonsOF NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND

WITH MANY OF

HIS

DESCENDANTS

From

1639 to 1905

COMPILED BY

EDWARD NEVILLE EMMONSSYRACUSE,1905

N. Y.

"

God

created

man

in

His

own

image,

in

the image of

God1:27.

created he him; male and female created he them."

Gen.

i

UBRARY

Of

!

A

AS A

MEMENTO

OF THE LABOR OF THEIR FATHER

WHEN

PAST HIS THREE-SCORE YEARS AND TENIS

THIS BOOK

AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATEDTO MY BOYS.

ExplanatoryThe order tions; also byof

arrangement

in

this

work

is

by genera-

families in chronological order as nearly as

practicable. Full names are given to the heads of families, followed the christian name of their children. by

Individuals are consecutively numbered, some names appearing first as a child, and next as the head of a family. In the latter case, the number first given is marked by aplus

"+"

number

Aappear

sign, and is repeated in a bracket, as a genealogical in the following and proper generation.

star,

in the

denotes an addition to the record, which will supplement.

To

find the line of descent, look for the genealogical

number which precedes the name desired, and the person thus found, if the head, or eldest of a family, will be immediately followed by the lineal descent by If not a head, trace backwards the relationgenerations. as a brother or sister, of the preceding ship, persons until the head is reached.(or bracket)

The lineage can also be traced either forwards or backwards, by using first an individual number, and next,a similar number in brackets, alternating from one to the other or vice versa.

Abbreviations in common use, specials, are used in this work:abt.

and

the

following

Introductionwrite a perfect genealogy, is beyond the power and As his thoughts turn toward the misty ages of the past in search of ancestral knowledge, he soon finds himself lik t a wanderer over a trackless desert, utterly lost upon the wide domain on which he has entered, and as a

To

skill of

man.

mirage fades away and disappears before his wondering vision, so does much sought for data, elude his most faithful research.

Genealogy, may be compared to a chain, the links of which are composed of births, marriages and deaths, and as a faulty link endangers the strength and security of a chain,so a faulty record, impairs the reliability of this endless chain of life and death, and although the compiler of

genealogical statistics desires to be accurate in every detail, he is more or less a victim of circumstance, dependent as he is upon the accuracy of numerous correspondents, who are

more or less unintentionably liable to error. As all should be interested in the threefold phases

of

human

advisable to experience, form, a record of those families, tangibleit

we deem

embody who by

in a

con-

sanguinity or affinity, are more nearly allied to us than are others. Only in this way, are we enabled to hand clown to foreposterity a succinct knowledge of our forefathers and

mothers.

thought in mind, was this little work comit may be found very imperfect in many our only apology is, that we have done the best respects,

With

this

piled,

and although

we

could.

The name 'EMMONS' is undoubtedly of English Surnames having the same phonetic sound, and origin. the appearance of being derivatives of the same root, yetof being entirely different in their orthography, are a source

VI

THE EMMONS FAMILY

INTRODUCTION

A few examples taken from church records and other sources in that country, will illustrate some of the numerous forms under which the name appears, viz:"Married"

trouble and uncertainty to the investigator of eenealogical records in determining which out of the numerous catalogue thus encountered, should be classed as belonging to a particular family. Especially is this the case in tracing the genealogy of the Emmons' family in Old England.

much

at St. Albans'

Abbey."1559."

Emun

Nicholas

&

Cicilia Fitch, wid., Jan. IS,

Thorington." "Emans Robert, sonne to George Emans & Dyonys his wife, Nov., 24, 1594; Emans William, sonne of George Emans & Dyonys his wife, May, 28, 1598; Emans Olyver, sonne of Geovge Emans & Dyonys his wife, June18,

"Baptized

at Parieh

Church

of

1600."

"Emans Abraham, was

enrolled as an 'Innocent under theII.

Commona

wealth of Ireland' when Charles

succeeded Cromwell

in

1656."

"Emins John, church-warden, Fench Lane, Cornhill, servant buried at St. Michaels Jan., 5, 1612."

London, had

John, lost his wife Mary by the plague, Aug., 10, 1625." Susan, servant to Mr. Eemans in French Lane, was juried Dec, 28. 1636."

"Emyn

"Emens

1

"Married at

"Emmons

St. Mary Magdalene Church, Old Fish St., London." Benjamin, smith; to Rose Ives, June 8, 1620."

Conclade, Oct., 6, 1642." "Buried at Christ Church, New Gate St., London." "Emmings John, March 3, 1673."

"At St. Peters, "Emins Robert

Cornhill,

London."

& Mary

"Married

at St.

Dunstan, Stepney."

"Emmons"At "At

Joshua, of Ratcliff, mariner, to St. Martins in the Field."St.

Ann

Grinnell, April 17,1707."

William & Elizabeth House, Aug., 19, 1717." " James, Clerkenwell. " Emmans John, son of William & Mary Emmans, born .Sept., "At St. George's Chapel, May Fair."

"Emmins

16,

173s."

"Emmon

Bridget, to Thomas Harris, Nov., 14, 1742." 'At St. George, Hanover Square, County Middlesex."

"Emmens James &

Frances Freeland Faithful,

May

27,

1816."

Some of the foregoing forms are duplicated in the United States as a distinct family name, but in general the

THE EMMONS FAMILYdifference in orthographyis

INTRODUCTIONowing to the mistakes

vii

of those

of records, where the name was given orally to be transcribed, and in so doing, they were written in accordance with the phonetic sound rather than

who had

the

making up

by the correct orthography. This will be observed in the making up of legal and other documents also in filling lists of names for any purpose, especially so, during the sevenIn the lists of soldiers teenth and eighteenth centuries. during the Revolutionary War, the name is spelled in When written by our nearly a dozen different ways. ancestors it was at first written EMONS, and later EMMONS the last form being now generally adhered to by the des;

cendants of the original family. There are at least three separate and distinct branches of the Emmons family in the United States, which are supposed to be in no way related to each other.

Onetion of

of these families

whom is found

is of Dutch origin, the first menin the records of the "Suffolks County

Deeds," in the person of Johannes Emans, a Notary of Boston from 1652, to 1656. Another branch of the same family, are the descendants of Andries Emans, who emigrated from Leiden, in

and

May 9, 1661, Island, where he with twelve others petitioned the authorities for lands on Staten Island. It is inferred that Andries the emigrant, althoughsettled in Gravesend,

the Netherlands, in the ship St. Jean Baptist,

Long

hailing from Leiden, left their native landreligious liberty,

was among those Englishmen who and emigrated to Holland to enjoy

and to avoid persecution. His four sons were Jan, Jacobus, Andries, Jr., of Gravesend, and Hen-

drickfirst

Emans of New Jersey. J. A. Emmans, great-grandsonto usein

of Andries, Jr.,

two M'sof

in writting his

name.

was the Their descen-

dants,

many

found

Greater

whom now write their name Emmons, are New York, and in the States of Newline,

Jersey and Pennsylvania. A number of the members of this

are mentioned

Vlll

TIIR'

EMMONS FAMILYGermans"of

INTRODUCTION

in the

'Early

New

Jersey,

and

in the

'

'Official

Register" of Jersey, in the Another line of theof William

New

"War of the Revolution." Emmons family, are descendants1718,

Emmons, who came from England about

Taunton, Mass., removing thence to South Farms, near Litchfield, Conn., in 1733, where he died in He left three sons, viz: William, Woodruff and 1763. Arthur. William, Jr., had two sons; Woodruff had six, and Arthur had seven. Several of the descendants of this line were noted men among whom was the Rev. Frances Whitefield Emmons, A. M., who was born in Clarendon, Vt., February 24, 1802. He united with the Baptist Church, at Swanton, Vt., inlocatingfirst in;

18 1 6,

when fou