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John Sheldon PIERSON

Dates of Service or War/Conflict: 1812
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Date Born: 1796 Location of Birth: new jersey or New York
Date Died: 1880 Location of Burial: Aldrich Cemetery - Somerset,, Mi.
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William DURYEE Sr.

Dates of Service or War/Conflict: War of 1812
Unit or Company: New York Militia
Rank: Private

Date Born: 27 Dec 1784 Location of Birth: Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY
Date Died: 29 May 1872 Location of Burial: East Hill Cemetery, Jefferson Twp., Hillsdale Co., MI
Killed in Action/Died In Service


    BIRTH-MARRIAGE-DEATH-BURIAL- PARENTS-BIOGRAPHY: Lillian Duryee Osmun, DURYEE GENEALOGY; 1638-1917; New London OH, Perrins Brenenstul, 1917; pp 10-12; in poss of Marlin Duryea, Hillsdale MI, photocopy in poss of Tad D. Campbell, Gilroy CA;

    NOTE: William Duryee, son of Frederick & Charity Duryee, born 27 Dec 1784 at Schenectady NY. In 1805 he married Sarah Groot who was born 1783 at Glenville NY. To this union one dau & seven sons were born. In Spring 1835 Mr. & Mrs. Duryee with five of their sons (Frederick, John M., Simon, William H., and Cornelius) emigrated by ox-teams and wagons from NY to MI. The dau Eliza and two sons Isaac and George remained in the East. They crossed the Detroit River by boat, thence through the dense forest to the place called Florida. On 23 May 1835 he took up 120 acres of land described as south half of southwest quarter and west half of southeast quarter, section 3. Then on 26 Dec 1835 he took up 51.84 acres, described as northeast quarter of northwest quarter, section 3, this being a half mile northeast of what is now the village of Osseo. He at once began building a large log house on the same from whitewood trees being halved, this being the first log house in the township. The family worked at clearing the land while he worked at his trade making boots and shoes. There were no neighbors for several miles around but a tribe of Baw-Beese Indians a few miles away, which had a village at Squawfield. They were friendly and came often to trade wares and would bring wild game for the white women to cook. The nearest store or mill was at Jonesville (the county seat) and the only road was the Indian trail. Two or three days was required for the trip. On 3 Apr 1837 the legislature appointed that the first township meeting be held at William Duryee's house, which same was held on a log near the house, there being 29 voters present. William, his two sons Frederick & John M., and his son-in-law Amby[sic] Orcutt constituted four of the company. William was elected justice of the peace for a term of 4 years. In 1841 he was elected supervisor of the township. At this time money was becoming very scarce, the day laborers being paid only in script which only counted forty sents on the dollar. In the spring of this year the legislature passed a bill for the construction of the southern railroad from Adiran to Hillsdale Center, for which William Duryee took the contract of grading and laying the ties. He began work in Fall 1841 and Mrs. Duryee boarded the men. It was while at this work that she overdid, took a heavy cold and passed away 22 Dec 1841 at Osseo MI after a short illness, aged 58 yrs, burial in Osseo Cemetery, Rev. Hunt officiating. In early life she had become a Christian and united with the M.E. Church. In Jan 1842 Mr. Duryee completed his work, receiving for his hard labor only script. In that year the road was completed and in Jun 1843 the locomotive Comet made its first trip over it, carrying Mr. Duryee and 3 of his sons. On 11 Nov 1847 he married Mrs. Polly Lyons of Hudson MI. In 1848 they moved to Hudson where they resided until 1859 when she fell and broke her hip, later going to her daughter's Frances Fenton of Seneca MI, where she remained until she died 11 Dec 1885, aged 88 yrs, burial in Hudson Cemetery. William Duryee spent his later years with his dau Eliza, passing away 29 May 1871[sic], at her home just north of Osseo MI, aged 87 yrs, burial in Osseo Cemetery at the side of his first wife. At an early age he joined the First Baptist Church, of which he remained a member until his death. During his stay with his dau he built her frame house. BIRTH-MARRIAGE-DEATH-MILITARY: Pension file of William Duryee; ; War of 1812, Capt. Ebenezer S. Cadwell's Co. NY Militia under Col. Erastus Cleveland, Pension File 24,605, WC 29375; ; original on file with National Archives, Washington DC, photocopy in poss of Tad D. Campbell;

    NOTE: Drafted 10 or 15 Sep 1814 at either Hanover or Smithfield, Madison Co NY, enlisted 21 Sep 1814, honorably discharged at Sackett's Harbor NY 14 Nov 1814, his military service was "rendered primarily in the immediate vicinity of Sackett's Harbor", decribed as "light complexioned, blue eyes, slim build, height about five feet seven inches, hair light brown a little curly", married Polly Lyons on 11 Nov 1847 at Pittsford, Hillsdale Co MI, died 29 May 1872 at Osseo MI. Received bounty land in the 1850's. BIOGRAPHY-MILITARY-OCCUPATION-RESIDENCE: Elon G. Reynolds, COMPENDIUM OF HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY OF HILLSDALE COUNTY; ; Chicago, A.W. Bowen & Co, 1903; p 251; ;

    NOTE: Biography of William H. Duryea[sic]. His parents, William & Sally Duryea, were New Yorkers by nativity who came to MI in 1834, settling on government land, which they entered to the northeast of Osseo. They cleared up this land and resided on it some years, then moved to Hudson and remained a few years, when they returned to Osseo and there made their home until death. The elder William Duryea was twice married, his second wife surviving him. A shoemaker by trade, he followed this craft for many years. When the War of 1812 broke out he joined the Federal army and rendered an appreciated service in the cause of his country, incurring disabilities in the service, for which he subsequently received a pension from the U.S. government. Of his seven sons and one daughter, two sons are living, William H. and Simon, a resident of California. He erected a large log house near Osseo, which, for a long time, served as a tavern for the neighborhood and all of the travelers, it being the first and most pretentious structure built in the section. MILITARY-RESIDENCE: INDEX OF AWARDS ON CLAIMS FOR THE SOLDIERS OF THE WAR OF 1812, NEW YORK; ; Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co, 1969; p 156; ;

    NOTE: Wm. Duryea, residence Hudson MI, amount allowed $38.00. BURIAL-DEATH-BIRTH-MILITARY: Headstone viewed by Tad D. Campbell, East Hill Cem, Jefferson Twp, Hillsdale Co MI, 3 Aug 1994; picture in poss of Tad D. Campbell, Gilroy CA;

    NOTE: William Duryee 1784-1871[sic], Served in War of 1812. CENSUS-RESIDENCE: 1820 U.S. Census, Semphronia, Cayuga Co NY; 1820; p 86; line 7; National Archives, San Bruno CA, M33, Roll 68;

    NOTE: William Duryee, 3 M under 10, 1 M 10-16, 1 M 26-45, 1 F 10-16, 1 F 26-45, 2 persons engaged in agriculture. CENSUS-RESIDENCE: 1830 U.S. Census, Sennett, Saphronia Twp, Cayuga Co NY; 1830; p 223; line 18; National Archives, San Bruno CA, M19, Roll 88;

    NOTE: William Durgee[sic], 1 M under 5, 2 M 5-10, 1 M 30-40, 1 F 5-10, 1 F 30-40. CENSUS-RESIDENCE: 1840 U.S. Census, Florida Twp, Hillsdale Co MI; 1840; p 82; line 17; National Archives, San Bruno CA, M704, Roll 205;

    NOTE: William Duryee, 1 M 10-15, 1 M 15-20, 2 M 20-30, 1 M 50-60, 1 F 50-60, 6 persons total, 6 persons engaged in agriculture. CENSUS-BIRTH-SPOUSE: 1850 U.S. Census, Town of Hudson, Lenawee Co MI; 1850; p 230; line 15, house no 453, family no 453; National Archives, San Bruno CA, M432, Roll 355;

    NOTE: Dtd 31 Jul 1850, William Durga[sic], age 67, Shoe making, real estate $1500, born NJ[sic]. Also enumerated with this family were Peter Hunt, age 69, born NY, and Abel Wheeler, age 73, born PA. CENSUS-BIRTH: 1870 U.S. Census, Jefferson Twp, Hillsdale Co MI; 1870; p 2; line 14, no 12; National Archives, San Bruno CA, M593, Roll 673;

    NOTE: P.O. Osseo, enumeration of James Stephen[sic], William Durell[sic], age 86, Farmer, no real or personal estate, born NY.

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