Hey Howard, nice to hear from you!Sorry, I have only been able to go back as far as Philip.I hope your Thomas theory pans out.That would be a real break-through.Where is this Thomas Aldrich and family during the 1800 census?Are they in New York?
I believe Philip Aldrich was born in New York 03-25-1792. He was likely married in Rome,Oneida County, New York in March 1813 to Phebe Carter.(I say likely because I have no cold, hard documentation in hand, and as a former research director, I'm kind of anal about empiricism).I've seen notations elsewhere that the marriage record was lost in a fire, but I have no reason to be suspicious of the date or the location or the bride.
I have a notation that PW Aldrich and S. Aldrich held a property at Rome Township, NY, Town 6 south, Range 2 east, line 19.I wish I had a full citation or even just a date to go with this, but I don't.
I do have notes that Philip's brother Charles joined the war with him and also served in the same location, Sackett's Harbor.I don't have actual documents or citations in hand to support this notation.
Kind of short on hard, cold proof, aren't I?!
By the 1820 census, "Phillip Aldridge" is in Independence, Cuyahoga, Ohio. He allegedly moves to Illinois in 1826, shows up in the Madison county, Illinois census in 1830, is in Silver Creek, Madison County, Illinois in 1840 (census) and finds his way to Buena Vista, St. Croix County, Wisconsin by the 1850 census.He actually was here (Hudson, formerly Buena Vista) already in 1847, as he held public office at that time.He died March 10, 1858, supposedly in St.Croix County, Wisconsin - but I'm pretty sure he's buried in Pierce County (Riverfalls) Wisconsin with the rest of the Aldrich family.
My notes say that Philip Aldrich had 4 sons and a daughter.The daughter is Christina b. 1822 in Ohio who married a Gillett.The sons are:
Sivern Avexon b. 1816 in NJ, m. Jane Harnsberger b. KY Samuel, Stephen, and Paschal b. 1820 in Ohio, m. Martha Harnsberger b. KY
The Harnsberger gals are sisters.Their brother, Ephraim, was in Prescott, Pierce County, Wisconsin in 1846 - which is only 10 miles down river from Hudson, with Riverfalls in-between.
I have only names for Samuel and Stephen and no other clues or leads regarding them.Therefore, I have no evidence with which to cast doubt on your hypothesis that Philip was raising 2 younger brothers.I think you are onto something important.