Hi Allen -
Did not know about the two Mary Motts, first cousins.That sets the record straight, thanks.Subsequent to that posting I had caught my error about Nathaniel Mott being son not grandson of Samuel & Mary (Brockway) Mott and corrected my own records.But at that point the interrelationships surrounding this episode in October 1766 exploded and I am still wrestling with the fallout.
The petitioners and defendents represented here are a virtual Who's Who of ancient Connecticut River families - principally Elys, Matsons, Warners, Seldens and Hudsons - and were as busily intermarrying as they were litigating.However, I have yet to learn what they were actually fighting over in 1766
Has anyone come across the actual details of the petition referenced above? The public records of the Colony of Connecticut only record that the Assembly declined in October of that year to act upon the matter.
Since Warner's Ferry which operated between Chester and Hadlyme, was established in 1769, I naturally assumed that the petition must've touched upon land rights somehow; Brockway's Ferry, which operated between Pautapoug (Essex) and the northern part of Lyme, was established by grant of the colony to William Brockway, Wolston's son, in 1724 with fares set by act of the Governor, Council and Representatives of the General Court.
The ferry was operated in connection with William Pratt, who lived on the west side of Connecticut river.By the time of the 1766 petition, there is some speculation that the "ferry at Brockway had been for a considerable time thrown up and not tended ... "
Wolston's purchage of land at Joshuatown, however, proved by far the better investment.It contained a family burial plot where Wolston, William, and most of the first few generations of the family were buried until their remains were removed to the Duck River Cemetary near the mouth of the Connecticut River.But that original plot at Brockway's Ferry abuts land known to have belonged to the Warners.The Warner family eventually producted Charles Dudley Warner, who with Mark Twain coauthored "The Gilded Age" in the late nineteenth century.
If Jonathan Warner by his petition in 1766 were seeking a similar grant, then eventually he got what he was after since by 1769 he was in business to the north of Brockway's Ferry where there river narrows above Deep River."Jonathan Warner of Chester, who owned land on both sides of the river, started a ferry service in 1769. It was then known as Warner's Ferry and utilized a raft propelled using a nail and long poles. Warner's Ferry was the seventh ferry that was established in the Lower Connecticut River Valley. The ferry was often used throughout the American Revolution to transport supplies across the Connecticut River."
Colonel Selden was a legendary figure in the Revolution.At the period in which the two of them brought action against descendents of Wolston Brockway, Jonathan Warner's family ties to the Seldens went back more than 100 years:
"The first individual ownership of land in the town (of Chester), of which there is evidence, is a deed of the river meadow from the south of Pattaconk Hill to the South or Saw Mill Cove. This deed was given in 1660 by John CULLICK, executor of the will of George FENWICK, who died in England in 1657, and his wife, Elizabeth CULLICK, who was a sister of FENWICK, and from whom she received the property by will, as a part of Twelve Mile Island Farm. The deed conveyed this farm to John LEVERETT, of Boston. In 1695, the daughters of John LEVERETT conveyed it to Hudson LEVERETT, who in the same year sold it to Joseph SELDEN, the ancestor of William E. SELDEN, who now occupies the homestead of the farm, and who has in his possession the original deeds. The farm, as originally known, was bounded on the north by Whalebone Creek; on the east by the east side of the cove at the head of said creek, and SELDEN's Cove and Creek; on the south and west by Connecticut River, including Twelve Mile Island, now known as Eustatia, and all the meadow or mowing land on the west side of the river, as before described. Soon after Joseph SELDEN came into possession of the farm, he sold the meadow or mowing land on the west side of the river, south of the south side of Pattaconk Hill to Andrew WARNER, who in 1705, sold it, or a part of it to Capt. John FENNER."
The descent of Jonathan is Andrew1, Daniel2, Andrew3, Andrew4 Jonathan5 Warner.
Other Details with respect to the litigants (or non-litigants) of 1766 -
Colonel Samuel Selden -
Colonel Samuel Selden, son of Capt. Samuel and Deborah (Dudley) Selden, was born at Hadlyme, Jan. 11, 1723.Having served in a military capacity before the Revolution, he immediately after the breaking out of the War of the Revolution offered his services to the State in response to a call from the Assembly, and was commissioned Colonial of the Fourth Battalion, Wadsworth's Brigade.Johnston, in his description of the Battle of Long Island, called Selden, "Another of those citizen soldiers who came from the substantial element in the population was Colonial Selden.A descendent of the Seldens who were among the first settlers in the Connecticut Valley, fifty years of age, possessing a large estate, incapacitated for severe military duty, the father of twelve children, he nevertheless answered the Governor's call for troops and joined the army at New York, from which he was destined not to return."
He took an active part in the Battle of Long Island, Aug. 27, 1776, and when the American army retreated from New York, Sept. 15, he, with many others, was captured.Johnston, in describing the "Kip's Bay" affair, says: "During these scenes Wadsworth's and Scott's brigades, which were below Douglass on the river lines, saw that their only safety lay, also, in immediate retreat, and falling back they joined the other brigades above, though not without suffering some loss."Col. Selden was confined in the prison in the east side of the City Hall Park, now used as the Register's Office, where he died of fever "on Friday P.M., October 11, about 3 o'clock."In the latter part of his sickness he was attended by Dr. Thatcher, a British surgeon, who paid him every attention.He was buried in the Brick Church-yard (Presbyterian).He married Elizabeth Ely, daughter of Richard Ely and Elizabeth Peck, of Lyme.They had issue Richard Ely Selden and others.
Moses Noyes -
I mistakenly identified him as the son of the Rev. Moses Noyes born 1643.The Moses who appeared before the court as a petitioner was born 1714, married Hannah Seldon in 1748 and was actually the grandson of the Reverend Noyes who accidentally drowned in the Connecticut in 1733.His father Moses Noyes (b. 1676) was married to Mary Ely.In the context of the above action then, he too is an Ely: [Moses Noyes4; Mary Ely3; William Ely2 Richard Ely1].
Hannah Noyes, Elizabeth Warner, Rebeccah Ely & Anne Selden -
All of these good ladies were Seldens by birth, daughters of Joseph (b. 1682) and Anne (Chapman) Selden.Joseph Selden was the brother of Capt. Samuel Selden, of whom more later, and uncle to Col. Samuel Seldon, a principal co-litigant in the above action.
William Matson -
The son of Nathaniel Matson, he was an Ely on his mother's side.[William Matson4; Joanna Ely3; William Ely2 Richard Ely1]A maternal aunt, Mary Ely was the mother of that Moses Noyes who was among the petitioners to the court in the 1766 action above.A maternal uncle, Richard Ely was the father of Lieut. Joseph Ely whose wife, Rebeccah (Selden) Ely was also among the petitioners above.
John Hudson, Hannah Hudson, Mary Hudson, Rachel Hudson -
All were the children of John Hudson [Nathaniel Hudson2, Thomas Hudson1] who was born 1696 and Hannah Rowland, born 1701 in Lyme.
A nephew of John's, Benjamin Hudson, Jr. [Benjamin3, Nathaniel2 Thomas1] married Bridget BROCKWAY [Wolston3 John2 Wolston1].
A neice of John's, Mary Ely [Mary3, Nathaniel2 Thomas1] married Edward BROCKWAY [Richard3, William2, Wolston1].
Hudsons, Noyes' and Elys -
Mary Hudson [Mary3 above] married (1) John Noyes - the son of Moses Noyes - in 1725; then to William Ely in 1736.
Hence her first husband, John Noyes, was uncle to Moses Noyes, one of the litigants here,
Additionally, her brother, John Hudson, was the father to another four of the complainants here.
Another brother, Benjamin Hudson, had a son, Benjamin Jr. who married Bridget Brockway.*
And lastly, Mary was the mother-in-law of Edward Brockway, a defendant in the 1766 case who married her daughter, Mary Ely.
*(D. Williams Patterson has him as Benjamin Hutson, Jr. marrying Bridget Brockway, daughter of Wolston III, in Lyme in Dec. 1761. The spelling is a bastardization of Hudson.He's the son of Benjamin Hudson and Mary Rowland and a grandson of the Nathaniel Hudson above.)
Now, after all that I still don't know what was contained in the 1766 petition.Can anybody tell me what all the noise was about?