Descendants of Roger Amidon

 

Generation 1

 

1.      ROGER1 AMIDON was born in 1614 in England. He died on 10 Nov 1673 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA. He married (1) SARAH UNKNOWN in 1636 in Salem, Essex Co, MA. She was born in 1618 in England. She died on 20 Jun 1668 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA. He married (2) JOANNA HARWOOD, daughter of George Harwood and Jane Unknown on 27 Dec 1668 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA. She was born on 10 Dec 1642 in Boston, Sullfolk Co, MA. She died on 01 Jul 1711 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA.   Roger is my 9th Great Grandfather.

 

Notes for Roger Amidon:

 

This family is of French origin of that class known as Protestants, commonly called Huguenots.

 

The name as found in the records of different places is spelled in various ways; as Amidown, Amidowne, Ammeydowne, Amadon, Ammidown and Amidon. The latter is the correct French name.

 

The name in the French language means "starch," and as there is nothing starchy in the family makeup, some of [the] ancestors must have been engaged in manufacturing or selling starch. The name has been ascertained to have descended from one common ancestor, Roger Amidon, who during the long siege of Rochelle, escaped to England and [who came to Salem in the Massachusetts Colony in 1628].

 

Roger Amidon and Sarah Unknown had the following children:

 

i.        EBENEZER2 AMIDON.

 

ii.       SARAH AMIDON was born on 10 Jun 1640 in Weymouth, Norfolk Co, MA.

 

iii.      LYDIA AMIDON was born on 17 Apr 1643 in Boston, Norfolk Co, MA.

 

iv.      HANNAH AMIDON was born on 20 Sep 1652 in Weymouth, Norfolk Co, MA. She died in 1719 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA. She married Jeremiah Wheaton about 1666 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA.

 

Roger Amidon and Joanna Harwood had the following children:

 

    2.               v. PHILIP AMIDON was born on 26 Jan 1669 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA. He died on 15 Mar 1747 in Oxford, Worcester Co, MA. He married (1) MEHITABLE PERRIN, daughter of John Perrin and Mary Polley on 27 May 1698 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA. She was born on 30 Apr 1680 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA. She died on 04 Jul 1699 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA. He married (2) ITHAMAR WARFIELD, daughter of John Warfield and Hannah Randall on 16 Sep 1700 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA. She was born on 28 Mar 1676.

 

vi.      MEHETTABELL AMIDON was born on 27 Aug 1672 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA.

 

vii.     HENRY AMIDON was born in 1673 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA. He died on 27 Dec 1695 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA.

 

Generation 2

 

2.      PHILIP2 AMIDON (Roger1) was born on 26 Jan 1669 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA. He died on 15 Mar 1747 in Oxford, Worcester Co, MA. He married (1) MEHITABLE PERRIN, daughter of John Perrin and Mary Polley on 27 May 1698 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA. She was born on 30 Apr 1680 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA. She died on 04 Jul 1699 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA. He married (2) ITHAMAR WARFIELD, daughter of John Warfield and Hannah Randall on 16 Sep 1700 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA. She was born on 28 Mar 1676.

 

Philip Amidon and Mehitable Perrin had the following child:

 

3.               i. HENRY3 AMIDON was born on 08 Feb 1699 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA. He died in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA. He married Melitiah Cheney, daughter of Joseph Cheney and Hannah Thurston on 31 Mar 1718 in Oxford, Worcester Co, MA. She was born on 14 Oct 1690 in Medfield, Norfolk Co, MA.

 

Philip Amidon and Ithamar Warfield had the following children:

 

ii.       ROGER AMIDON was born on 06 Feb 1701.

 

iii.      ICHABOD AMIDON was born in May 1704 in Mendon, Worcester Co, MA.

 

iv.      MARY AMIDON was born on 30 Mar 1706 in Mendon, Worcester Co, MA. She married Benjamin Chamberlain on 08 Jul 1728 in Oxford, Worcester Co, MA.

 

v.       PHILIP AMIDON was born in 1708 in Mendon, Worcester Co, MA.

 

vi.      EPHRAIM AMIDON was born in 1710 in Mendon, Worcester Co, MA.

 

vii.     ITHAMAR AMIDON was born in 1712 in Mendon, Worcester Co, MA.

 

viii.    JOHN AMIDON was born in 1714 in Mendon, Worcester Co, MA.

 

ix.      HANNAH AMIDON was born in 1716 in Mendon, Worcester Co, MA.

 

Generation 3

 

3.      HENRY3 AMIDON (Philip2, Roger1) was born on 08 Feb 1699 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA. He died in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA. He married Melitiah Cheney, daughter of Joseph Cheney and Hannah Thurston on 31 Mar 1718 in Oxford, Worcester Co, MA. She was born on 14 Oct 1690 in Medfield, Norfolk Co, MA.

 

Henry Amidon and Melitiah Cheney had the following children:

 

   4.               i. MEHITABLE4 AMIDON was born on 15 Jan 1723 in Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts. She died in 1775 in Connecticut. She married William Curtis, son of Francis Curtis and Sarah Ransom on 12 Dec 1742 in Dudley, Worcester Co, MA. He was born on 09 Jul 1721 in Plympton, Plymouth Co, MA. He died before Apr 1775 in Connecticut.

 

ii.     JACOB AMIDON was born on 28 Feb 1720 in Oxford, Worcester Co, MA.

 

   5.               iii. JOSEPH AMIDON was born in Feb 1725 in Oxford, Worcester Co, MA. He married Patience Chaffee, daughter of David Chaffee and Martha Walker in 1762 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. She was born on 16 Jan 1742 in Attleboro, Bristol Co, MA. She died in 1816 in South Onondaga, Onondaga Co, NY.

 

  6.               iv. HENRY AMIDON was born on 03 May 1727 in Oxford, Worcester Co, MA. He died on 05 Mar 1778 in Willington, Tolland Co, CT. He married Sarah Doubleday, daughter of Nathaniel Doubleday and Mary Atwell on 25 Sep 1751 in Pomfet, Windham Co, CT. She was born on 21 Jul 1731 in Boston, Suffolk Co, MA.

 

Generation 4

 

4.      MEHITABLE4 AMIDON (Henry3, Philip2, Roger1) was born on 15 Jan 1723 in Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts. She died in 1775 in Connecticut. She married William Curtis, son of Francis Curtis and Sarah Ransom on 12 Dec 1742 in Dudley, Worcester Co, MA. He was born on 09 Jul 1721 in Plympton, Plymouth Co, MA. He died before Apr 1775 in Connecticut.

 

Notes for William Curtis:

 

William and Mehitable (Amidown) Curtis removed from Oxford, Massachusetts to Ashford in Windham County, Connecticut early in their married life. The birth of their son Francis is recorded in the Ashford records on 15 Jul 1743, eight months after their marriage. On 20 Apr 1744, William bought 45 acres in Ashford from Henry Amidown, Mehitable's father, at which time William was called "Late of Oxford Now of Ashford" (Ashford LR D:57). This land was taken from the south portion of Henry Amidown's home farm.

 

Between 1743 and 17 Aug 1750, William and Mehitable had four children whose births were recorded at Ashford: Francis, Ransom, Susanna and Henry. Mehetable Curtis, the wife of Mr. Curtis, was admitted to the Ashford Church on 3 Dec 1749. Francis, Ransom and Susanna, the children of William Curtis, were then baptized on 19 Dec 1749 (Ashford ch recs at 43). Henry, son of Mr. Curtis, was baptized on 26 Aug 1750 (Ashford ch recs at 44) and Mehitable, daughter of _______ Curtis was baptized on 18 Aug 1760 (Ashford ch recs at 53).

 

Prior to 1750, William acquired two small tracts from the town of Ashford and another small lot from William Smith, all three of which parcels were in the area of Ashford known as Corbins Claim (LR A:451 & 452). On 20 Jan 1757, William Cortiss, Job Tyler and David Millard dedicated a road through their land, connecting the road from Philip Eastman's to the lead mines and the road from Samuel Knox's to Ebenzer Abbe's. Cortiss's land was in the middle between Tyler and Millard (LR K:207).

 

It is not clear just when William and Mehitable Curtis died. William never acknowledged the road deed he made in 1757, although the other two grantors did so in Dec 1760 and May 1761.  Mehetable Curtis bought land from Joseph Amidown in her own name on 21 Apr 1760 (LR K:211), which she sold with full warranties but without the participation of a husband on 3 Jul 1764 (L:119). Certainly William must have been dead by April 1775, when his son Henry became the guardian of what appear to be William's two youngest children. The transactions between 1760 and 1764 might suggest that William was dead by then, but a William Curtiss witnessed a 15 Sep 1772 deed by Francis, Ransom and Henry Curtiss of about 40 acres in the north part of Ashford (LR 11:87). It is difficult to explain who this William was if he was not the father of the grantors.

 

The Mehitable Curtis baptized in 1760 is considered a part of this family on the basis of her mother's membership in this church, the fact that she appears to have been named for her mother, and a guardianship record, dated 4 Apr 1775, in which Henry Curtis of Ashford "Now Elected Chosen and Appointed Guardian to Mehitable Curtice A Minor of the Town Ashford" gives his bond as guardian (wtns: Ebenr Grosvenor & Stephen Brown Jr; Pomfret Probate Dist., File # 1347). An Asa Curtis of Ashford was also the subject of a bond proceeding in 1775. (Pomfret Probate Dist., File # 1344)

 

Whether she is the same Mehitable who married Joseph Flower on 19 Nov 1783 in Wethersfield is less certain. My information

 

to this effect was received from Jean McNutt. She indicates that Harlow D. Curtis felt that the Mehitable of Wethersfield was a daughter of "Henry and Mehitable Amidon Curtis of Ashford," presumably an erroneous reference to William and Mehitable. Mrs. McNutt and others tentatively accepted this conclusion as there are no other Mehitable Curtises in the Barbour Index of about the right age to be the wife of Joseph Flower, b. 1763. Mrs. McNutt has the children of Joseph and Mehitable Flower as Hannah, Harriet, Mehitable, Emily, Martha, Armenia, Lorenzo Dow and, perhaps, James. None of these appear to be Curtis family names. Ashford and Wethersfield are about 25 miles apart and there was a sizable Curtis family (descended from a Thomas, b. 1598) that settled in Wethersfield as early as 1639. As the births noted in the Barbour Index are far from a complete listing of those that occurred in Connecticut (setting aside the possibility that Mehitable originated outside that state) and there is no known connection between other members of the Ashford Curtis family and Wethersfield, I feel that the identification of the Ashford Mehitable as the wife of Joseph Flower needs further verification before it can be accepted.

 

Asa Curtis is included as a child in this family solely on the basis of Henry Curtis having also given bond as his guardian on 4 Apr 1775 (with the same witnesses as witnessed the bond of Henry as guardian of Mehitable). The probate file contains a certification of Nathaniel Child, Justice of the Peace, that Asa Curtice of Ashford, a minor, has appeared before him and made choice of Henry as his guardian. (Pomfret District probate packet no. 1344)

 

William Curtis and Mehitable Amidon had the following children:

 

i.        RANSOM5 CURTIS was born on 23 Oct 1745 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut. He died on 17 Dec 1829 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He married (1) ALICE WHITON, daughter of Joseph Whiton and Rebecca Wilson on 08 Dec 1768 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. She was born on 17 Dec 1742. She died before 1833. He married (2) SARAH UNKNOWN on 12 Feb 1821. He married (3) ELIZABETH UNKNOWN on 01 Jan 1839 in Chardon, Ohio. He married MARY VENN. She died in 1836 in Painesville, Lake Co., Ohio.

 

Notes for Ransom Curtis:

 

His will was presented for probate in Tolland County Dec. 17, 1829. In it he mentions his late wife, also his present wife, Sarah, and all of the children listed below except for Alice who presumably was deceased. Each received $1 except for William who was to receive the house and land after "paying to my beloved wife Sarah Curtis the full amount of a "Jointer" which my said wife and I made before our marriage." His son, William Curtis, was named executor of the will which was made Feb. 12, 1821, and witnessed by Joseph Parker, Oliver Holt and Jonathan Weston. The family consisted of two males of 16 years and upwards, four males under 16, and the females.

 

Born in Ashford, but moved to Wellington, Connecticut later. He was married in Willington, Tolland Co., Conn on Dec 8, 1768. Resided  in Ashford and in Willington. in 1790 census he lived in Willington, and his will was probated in Tolland Co., Dec 17, 1829. His son Asa was baptized at the Second Congregational Church of Ashford Conn. on July 17, 1785. Ransom and wife joined church at Westford, Connecticut in 1779. They were dismissed and recommended to the Church of Christ at Wellington, Connecticut on April 21, l805.

 

The National Archives has a file on Ransom Curtis who served in Ely's 3rd Conn Regt in the Revolution, the card saying "Minute Roll" of Capt Pain Convers' Co. in Colonel John Ely's Regiment from the State of Connecticut. Archives index # 1411. (Does this indicate he was a Minuteman?) I really believe this must be "our" Ransom because he must have been named for his grandmother's maiden name. She had only one son, William, who must have named Ransom for his (William's) deceased mother's maiden name. I believe there were no other Ransom Curtises the right age for the Rev. service.

 

ii.       MELETIAH CURTIS was born in 1755 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut. She married Jacob Child on 23 Sep 1779 in Woodstock, Windham Co., Connecticut.

 

iii.      WILLIAM CURTIS was born in 1755 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut.

 

Notes for William Curtis:

 

The family consisted of one male of 16 years and upwards, one male under 16, and four females.

In 1800 the family is still listed in Bethel and consisted of:

 

iv.      ASA CURTIS was born after Apr 1754 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. He died in 1860 in Rock Island Co, IL. He married EMMA STILSON. She died on 22 Feb 1828 in Warren Co, PA. He married ABIGAIL UNKNOWN.

 

Notes for Asa Curtis:

 

Asa Curtis is included as a child in this family solely on

the basis of Henry Curtis having also given bond as his guardian on 4 Apr 1775 (with the same witnesses as witnessed the bond of Henry as guardian of Mehitable). The probate file contains a certification of Nathaniel Child, Justice of the Peace, that Asa Curtice of Ashford, a minor, has appeared before him and made choice of Henry as his guardian. (Pomfret District probate packet no. 1344)

 

To my knowledge, nothing else was found about Asa.

 

v.       FRANCIS CURTIS was born on 15 Jul 1743 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. He died on 27 Aug 1826 in Middlebury, Genesee Co, New York (Wyoming Village Cemetery, Middlebury, Wyoming Co, NY). He married Elizabeth "Betty" Robbins, daughter of David Robbins and Catherine Tyler on 17 Nov 1768 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut. She was born on 20 Sep 1749 in Attleboro, Bristol Co, MA. She died after 1826 in Middlebury, Genesee Co, New York (Wyoming Village Cemetery, Middlebury, Wyoming Co, NY).

Notes for Francis Curtis:

 

The births of the first four children of Francis and Elizabeth are recorded in Ashford, the last of which was born in 1778. It was presumably soon thereafter that they removed to Partridgefield, now Peru, in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Francis appears in the 1790 census for "Partridgetown" with a household of 3 males 16 years and more, 2 males less than 16 and 4 females. (publ. version, p. 31) He is in the 1798 Massachu-setts and Maine Direct Tax Census as having a log house and 200 acres. (vol. 20: Dist. 6, 9th Div., No. 3)

 

Francis served 10 days of military service in the Revolutionary War (from 28 Oct 1781) on an alarm to the northward, by order of General Fellows, as a private in Captain James Pierce's Co, Colonel Asa Barns' (Berkshire Co) Regiment.

 

Notes in the handwriting of Mrs. Lottie B. Morris (probably from about 1907) state that Francis and Elizabeth removed from Berkshire Hills, Berkshire County to Middlebury, New York about 1802 or 1803. She indicates that all the children (she lists a Delilah, but no Deliverance) came from Massachusetts about the same time except Sally, who married in Massachusetts and lived and died there.

 

Mrs. Martha Beardsley (1827-1912) stated, in a letter dated 7 June 1907 that:

 

Amasa & Calvin owned consecutive farms on east side of Oatka [Creek.] Comfort owned 2nd farm south of Amasa. Oliver with his father took a farm on west side of Oatka [Creek], which has later years been owned by Hezakiah Miller & heirs. Francis died there, do not remember to have seen him, but remember Grandmother.

 

Francis must have been a religious man, judging by the considerable language in his will concerning his hopes for heavenly reward. Francis, Oliver, Betsey, Polly and Hannah Curtis were all members of the First Baptist Church of Middlebury in 1810. Francis's will was made on 14 Aug 1826 and bequeaths one cow and all Francis' household furniture, beds, bedding and clothing to his wife Betsey. The remainder of his estate is

 

given to his osn Oliver Curtis on the condition that Oliver maintain and provide for Betsey during her natural life. Oliver Curtis to be Executor. Witnesses were Joseph Bisbey, Thomas White and Zenas Owen. The will was proved on 4 Dec 1828.

 

During the revolutionary War he served for 10 days as a private in Capt. Joseph Pierce's Co., Colonel Asa Barns' (Berkshire Co.) regiment, enlisting Oct. 28, 1781 and marching by order of Gen. Fellows on an alarm at the Northward.

 

Sometime after 1800 he had removed from Massachusetts to Genesee County in western New York State in the part set off as Wyoming County in 1841.

 

Marilyn M M Sobotka's email indicates Francis died in Middlebury township, Wyoming, NY, this is in contrast to .

 

He served for 10 days as a private in Captain Joseph Pierce's company; Col. Asa Barns' (Berkshire Co.) regiment, enlisting October 28, 1781 and marching by order of General Fellows on an alarm at the Northward.

 

Partridgefield was changed to Peru, Conn in 1806

Family consisted of three males of 16 years or older, two males under 16 years of age, and four females.

 

vi.      HENRY CURTIS was born on 17 Aug 1750 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. He died on 23  Mar 1837 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. He married (1) ELIZABETH DAVISON on 6    Sep 1773 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut. He married (2) LYDIA HAYWARD in 1790. He married EUNICE AMIDOWN. He married RUTH STODDARD.

 

Notes for Henry Curtis:

 

The family consisted of one male of 16 years and upwards, one male under 16, ad two females.

 

vii.     MEHITABLE CURTIS was born before 18 Aug 1760. She married Joseph Flower on 19 Nov 1783 in Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

 

Notes for Mehitable Curtis:

Belonged to the Church of Christ

 

viii.    SUSANNA CURTIS was born on 01 Mar 1748 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. She died on 27 Apr 1832 in Barnard, Windsor Co, CT. She married Timothy Eastman Jr in Feb 1767 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut.

 

5.      JOSEPH4 AMIDON (Henry3, Philip2, Roger1) was born in Feb 1725 in Oxford, Worcester Co, MA. He married Patience Chaffee, daughter of David Chaffee and Martha Walker in 1762 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. She was born on 16 Jan 1742 in Attleboro, Bristol Co, MA. She died in 1816 in South Onondaga, Onondaga Co, NY.

 

Joseph Amidon and Patience Chaffee had the following children:

 

i.        EUNICE5 AMIDON was born on 13 Sep 1762 in Ashford, Winham Co, CT. She died on 09 Aug 1834 in Ashford, Winham Co, CT.

 

ii.       CHLOE AMIDON was born on 10 Apr 1764 in Ashford, Winham Co, CT. She died on 22  Jun 1842. She married DAVID THOMAS.

 

iii.      ABEL AMIDON was born on 14 Mar 1767 in Ashford, Winham Co, CT. He died on 20 Dec 1813.

 

iv.      RHODA AMIDON was born on 27 Apr 1769 in Ashford, Winham Co, CT. She died on 22  Jun 1845. She married ELISHA RUSSEL.

 

v.       ABNER AMIDON was born on 09 Feb 1772 in Ashford, Winham Co, CT. He died on 24  Oct 1804.

 

vi.      ASHEL AMIDON was born on 17 Jan 1774 in Ashford, Winham Co, CT. He died on 25 Mar 1844. He married SALLY TANNER.

 

vii.     HANNAH AMIDON was born on 05 Oct 1778 in Ashford, Winham Co, CT. She died on 14  Apr 1851. She married AMASA CHAPMAN.

 

viii.    CALEB AMIDON was born on 02 Jul 1781 in Ashford, Winham Co, CT. He died on 16 Apr 1810. He married ANNA PARKER.

 

ix.      CHENEY AMIDON was born on 03 Sep 1783 in Ashford, Winham Co, CT. He married MARY REYNOLDS.

 

x.       MELETIAH AMIDON was born on 22 Mar 1789 in Ashford, Winham Co, CT. She died on 18 Apr 1830. She married JOSEPH WING.

6.      HENRY4 AMIDON (Henry3, Philip2, Roger1) was born on 03 May 1727 in Oxford, Worcester Co, MA. He died on 05 Mar 1778 in Willington, Tolland Co, CT. He married Sarah Doubleday, daughter of Nathaniel Doubleday and Mary Atwell on 25 Sep 1751 in Pomfet, Windham Co, CT. She was born on 21 Jul 1731 in Boston, Suffolk Co, MA.

 

Notes for Henry Amidon:

 

Revolutionary War Commision received Mar 21, 1777 from John Trumball, Captain-General & Commander-in-Chief, appointing "Henry Ammidown, Esq, Captain to the Third Company of the Alarm List, 29th Regiment of Militia in Connecticut."

 

Henry Amidon and Sarah Doubleday had the following children:

 

i.        CAPT JEDEDIAH5 AMIDON was born on 03 Aug 1753 in Ashford, Winham Co, CT. He married HANNAH WALKER.

 

ii.       MOSES AMIDON was born on 17 Apr 1756 in Ashford, Winham Co, CT.

 

iii.      JONATHAN AMIDON was born on 07 Feb 1759 in Ashford, Winham Co, CT.

 

iv.      MOLLY AMIDON was born on 26 Aug 1761 in Ashford, Winham Co, CT.