A Joseph Edsall partnered with my ancestor Anthony Rummerfield in acquiring Lot 143 in what is now Southport, Chemung Co., NY.This was a 1426-acre "cutting tract,"surveyed in their names on Oct. 31, 1788, after which they were granted a patent.
A history of the Town of Southport records that the area was first settled as early as 1787 and lists A. Rummerfield and Joseph Edsall among the first settlers.
Other Web sites says this: \On 3 Nov 1788, lot 100 of 2,553 acres was surveyed to Nathaniel Seeley, Jr., James Seeley, Adam Seeley, Abner Hetfield, and Samuel Edsall in Chemung, Montgomery County, New York, which with further divisions became Newtown and then Elmira, Tioga County, and then finally the Town of Southport, Chemung County. They also acquired lot 143 of 1,426 acres.// No mention here of Joseph or Anthony, from whom the lot must have been purchased.
If this is the Joseph Edsall who was the Rev. War vet, you don't mention his ever having been in Southport.A copy of the deed for this sale should show if his wife's name was Anna.I may try to acquire that for my own purposes sometime soon.