Greene Whitford, born circa 1759 in Rhode Island to Thomas and Alice (Matteson) Whitford, migrated to the Vermont-New York border sometime during the American Revolution.There, he met, courted and married Anna Pierce, daughter of Clothier Pierce of Shaftsbury, Bennington County, Vermont.Greene and Anna had at least 10 children, from ROUGHLY 1780 to 1804, and then Anna died.Greene then married Hannah Gray (was she the widow of a Mr. Lewis??).Greene and Hannah then had four or five children from about 1808 to 1816.Greene died about 1816, after having lived in both Vermont and upstate New York (1800 census in the town of Hampton, Washington County, New York, and later in/near Ironville, Essex County, NY).
Greene's cousin, William Whitford (b. 1781, Shaftsbury to Peleg Whitford) wrote an account of the Whitford family in about 1861, and noted that Greene had a large family.Author William tried to list the names of Greene's children but apparently could not remember them all.One that he did remember was named SOMETHING LIKE "Dimonas".At least, that is the transcription that was created when somebody examined the old handwritten script and made a guess at what the name was.
I have not found anything about this individual in the Latter Day Saints database (www.familysearch.org).On World Connect (www.rootsweb.com), there are exactly four listings, two with the spelling "Dimonas" and two that offer the alternative of "Dimonas or Demarius".In googling on the web, I also found "Diminus" and "Dimmas".
I have several questions and hope someone can offer some help.
1.Was this individual a male or female?
2.What is the best guesstimate of what this child's name was (with proper spelling)?
3.When was this child born?
4.Did this child survive to adulthood?If so, where did she/he go?Marry? Etc.
FIRST Question:Male or Female?All four trees on World Connect list this child as a male, but why?Author William did not specify whether this was a son or daughter of Greene.Does anyone have any evidence of this child's gender, whether by deduction from census records or otherwise?
SECOND Question:What name was "Dimonas"?
I have looked at name dictionaries, and it seems to me that, IF this child was a male, the name might have been Damian, Dimas, Darius, Dean, Dennison, Dominic or something similar.Many researchers have said that Greene had a son Dean (not on Author William's list) who died in the War of 1812.Was the name "Dean" possibly remembered and/or written in such a way that the transcriber thought it was "Diminas"?Was the name "Dean" widely used in the 1790s?Were any of these other male names from the dictionaries used at all in the 1790s?
From these name dictionaries, IF this child was a female, the name might have been Damaris, Davina, Dana, Delia, Demetria, Diana, Dinah, Didama/Didamia/Deidamia, Dorcas or something similar.IF this child was a girl, she might have been "lost" to researchers who did not know her married surname.
THIRD Question:When was this child born?
Author William listed this child seventh in a list of nine names.It is possible (not necessarily probable) that he was remembering the names in birth order, and if so, then this child might have been born about 12 years after Jemima (born about 1780), so about 1792.One researcher suggests possibly 1799.Does anyone have any clues?
FOURTH Question:Did this child survive to adulthood?
The fact that Author William remembered this child permits the inference that the child "Dimonas" probably did not die in infancy.If this child was actually Dean, and was born about 1792, and was a soldier in the War of 1812, and killed, then he likely did not marry and leave descendants.If, however, this was not "Dean" but perhaps Damaris, did she marry?When, where and to whom?
My own "gut" feeling is that the handwritten name "Dean" would not lead to a transcription of "Dimonas".I think it is quite possible, however, that old handwriting of the name "Damaris" (perhaps misspelled in 1861 as "Demoris" could be transcribed (inadvertently) as "Dimonas".Has anyone ever had a chance to look at the old, original manuscipt to see what this name might have been?I believe tha manuscript is in a library or historical society collection somewhere in/near Shaftsbury, Vermont.Is that right?
Does anyone know anything about this mystery child?Please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.