I currently do not have any more information on William Chester and did not even have a name for his wife which you have provided me. I have information on two of Hiram's other sons Chester (of the afore mentioned obituary) and Nelson Cleveland and am looking for the missing two sons and the daughter that are mentioned in Chester's obituary. I am also trying to locate a burial place and death date for Hiram and maybe a probate record.
I have been researching this line because of the similarity of the names between this line and some of the names in my Prouty line that appear regularly but do not appear regularly in other Prouty lines. Namely, the repetition of the names, Chester, Hiram, and Nelson.
I am trying to find the common ancestor between these two lines whom I believe to be Elijah Prouty and Esther Kellogg, but have no proof. The Kellogg Genealogy mentions that Esther Kellogg the daughter of Ephriam Kellogg and Esther Hastings married an Elijah Prouty in 1875 and had at least two children named Hiram and Esther and another unnamed son.
The Prouty Genealogy by Pope says that Elijah Prouty who was in Bradford County PA and is the father of my ggggrandfather Jeptha, had the following children by his first wife: Hiram, Nathaniel, Chester, Kelick/Kellogg, Elijah, Esther and Ruth. I have found documents that bear out that Elijah Prouty of Bradford County was the father of Jeptha, including a copy of the will of Elizabeth Ellsworth Blakesley Prouty Ferris (Jeptha's mother)which names her Blakesley children and son Jeptha Prouty. I have a excerpt from an old newspaper that says a Mr Prouty married Elizabeth Blakesley, and Also that Elijah Prouty died just a few months before Mrs Elizabeth Prouty married Jehiel Ferris.
The problem has been in locating the other children that Pope assigns to Elijah Prouty by his first wife, the names of two being identical to those listed in the Kellogg Genealogy.
I believe that the one son, Chester has been under our very noses all along but that Pope mistakenly listed him as the brother of Elijah. Chester Prouty who was later of Potter County PA was born about 1786 which fits with the time of the marriage of Elijah to Esther of which I found the marriage notice and have a copy of, the name Kellogg being spelled Celog. Elijah Prouty per the census of 1810 would have been about 20- 25 years older (or more) than Chester (over age 45 in 1810) which makes a brother relationship far less likely but a father son relationship very likely.
When I came across the Hiram Prouty mentioned in Chester's obituary, I became very excited as this Hiram Prouty would fit in with the approximate age time frame of the Hiram Prouty born to Elijah and Esther. The obituary says that he came from Vermont but I am looking to find where he was born. Census records tell me that Chester of Potter County was born in Massachusetts.
Chester Prouty, son of Hiram Prouty of the affore mentioned obituary had one son (or at least one surviving son) Samuel C Prouty. The 1881 Census of Huron, Ontario lists another female child, Chestina Prouty age 14. Chester married Jemima Anderson who preceded Chester in death. Jemima is also buried in Exeter Cemetery and per grave stone she died on 01/04/1883 at the age of 58.
Hiram had another son, Nelson Cleveland Prouty who married First Prudence Brunson by whom he had two daughters, Esther C (which makes a connection to Elijah and Esther seem very possible) and Electa C. He married Second, Maria Ross. They had the following Children: Prudence A, Alexanna D, Maria E, Maria, Hiram, Chester C and Nelson.
In addition to tracking down the descendents of these people, I am also attempting to find the missing members of this family (the other children of Hiram) in hopes that I can make a positive connection, not only to Elijah and Esther Kellogg but to Jeptha Prouty, my ancestor.
If you could provide me with the information you have on William C, such as where you obtained the name of his wife, and any other locations besides Wayne Michigan it might help me to dig up more information on him. I will be going to the library this weekend.