Thank you very much for your post.I would greatly appreciate it if you would send me a copy of the transcript you mentioned of the letter by Jerome to Demila. I was very interested in the story of traeling to Chenango from Duchess.
I have tried to find a Rachel who did not marry anyone else in records of Stratford but perhaps I should be searching Duchess County.The names Abijah and Philip I do not think were necessarily charactersitic of the Dans (It has been a while so I have to check my facts) so it may be that one was a name favored in Rachel's family, perhaps her father.They certainly reused old Dan names among the children so that seems likely to me.
There is a short piece on Jonathan Dan in "Early settlers of Norwich" I think it was probably on the Chenango site for USGenweb.I expect you have probably come across it.
Anyway, thank you for writing and I would love to see the transcript.If there is any information I have that would be of interest to you please do not hesitate to let me know.