From the papers ofGertrude Elliott:
“Griffin Marcy lived his entire life in Dutchess County, NY. He was born December 23, 1742 in Beekman Plains, South Dover.Griffin was the son of Ebenezer and Martha Nicholson Marcy.Ebenezer was the son of John and Sarah Hadlock Marcy.
John Marcy, born 1662, was the son of the High Sheriff of Limerich, Ireland.John married Sarah Hadlock, born December 12, 1670, in Roxbury, Mass.They lived all their adult lives in Woodstock, Conn., where they both are buried.
John and Sarah Marcy had 36 sons, grandsons, and great grandsons who served in the Revolutionary War or in the French and Indian War 1756 and 8 that served in the War of 1812 and 28 known to have served in the Civil War.
Sarah Hadlock Marcy thru the DRAPER STANFELD ancestry is traced to the French as Brittany and their arrival in Yorkshire prior to 1415.Thomas Stanfeld was Head Greave (care of armor for the leg below the knee) of Sowerly, 18th Henry VII (1502-3).
The most illustrious Marcy was probably Griffin’s great, great uncle William Learned Marcy who was a United States Senator and the thirteenth Governor of New York State.Mount Marcy, the highest point in New York State was named for him.”
“RE:SENECA MARCY HUSBAND OF LODEMA MARTIN MARCY
The genealogy of the Marcy family “History and Genealogy of John Marcy (1662-1724), Woodstock, Conn. And many of his descendants eleven Generations” and “The Kelsey Genealogy” by Chester O. Kelsey in four volumes updated about five years ago have been placed in all the libraries.
John Marcy (1662) married Sarah Hadlock and through her mother Sarah Draper the family is traced to Thomas Stansfield in the service of Henry VII 1502.
John Marcy and his wife Sarah had 39 sons or grandsons in the Revolutionary War. P 267 Genealogy.
Seneca Marcy’s grandfather Griffin Marcy was a Revolutionary War Patriot and served in the 3rd Reg. Dutchess Co. N.Y. Militia (New York in the Revolution 1898). D A R 357475 and 664939.
Griffin Marcy married Temperance Kelsey daughter of Daniel Kelsey and Jemima Turner.Their son Benjamin Marcy married Selma Spencer who were parents of Seneca Marcy.
Sylvester Martin and his wife Laura (ADA) and children moved to Caton, Steuben Co., N. y. (6 miles south of Corning, N.Y.) from Otsego Co. (Cooperstown) N.Y. about 1830.The family (to the best of our knowledge) consisted of Mr. And Mrs. Martin and their children Lavina, Rhoda Lodema, Eliza, Mary Ann, Nathan, Joseph, and Ferdinand.
Lavina b 7/18/1828 d 10/25/1879 married Lewis Wood and lived on thie farm in West Caton her entire life.
Her sister Rhoda Lodema married Seneca Marcy, traveled west to Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.
On Nov. 11, 1954, the Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y. printed an article on David Jmarcy who had in his possession a letter from his grandmother dated 11/29/1846 which stated “now for weddings in Caton hills – Mr. Seneca Marcy to Miss Lodema Martin a week ago” see copy.
They left Caton and settled in Oswego, Illinois then moved to Clarence, Iowa.
Sylvester Martin followed his daughter Lodema Marcy and eventually his wife and children went to Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa.Steuben County deeds indicate he transferred the Caton property April 5, 1856, and wasn’t on the tax rolls or census records afterward.Letters from his daughter Eliza Besaw stated he died 1/21/1862 in Iowa.
Mary Ann Martin first went to Clintonville, Wampacca Co., Wisc. Then to Rippon, married Martin Rogers and moved to Zumbota, Minnesota.
Eliza Martin married Charles Besaw March 22, 1857 in Cedar, Iowa.
Ferdinand settled in Perry Mills, Wisconsin.His wife died there. He remarried and went to Iowa.
Joseph died age 16 years he was about 10 when he went to Wisconsin.
Nathan never married.
As the Martin family moved to the various places they wrote letters to their sister Lavina Wood.The letters were her only contact with her family.She saved them and they went to her son and daughter-in-law Walter and Carrie Nixon Wood to their daughter Lena Wood Elliot (Mrs. Louis) and thus to me Gertrude Elliott.
The original letters and a typewritten copy are being forwarded to the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.A typewritten copy of the letters was sent to the Iowa State Department of History and Archives, Des Moines, Iowa and to the Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minn.”
Hope this can help someone – Gertrude Elliott was my grandmothers’ cousin and did an amazing amount of genealogic research before the advent of the internet!