Finding Christopher and family in the 1810 census for Pharsalia was a major step, but has yet to lead to the solution. http://www.rootsweb.com/~nychenan/pharhist.htm has a wonderful history of the early years of Pharsalia from which I have taken major portions and added emphasis to show the extent of the Stonington connection. We know they were there in 1810, but do not know when they got there. The why
they were there is still unknown, but obviously many of their friends (and relatives?) were there.
The Town of Pharsalia, Chenango county, New York state...
1797 The first settlement was made by Col. John RANDALL from Stonington, Conn. He located in the west part of the town on lot 48, He built the first frame house in the town in 1799 or 1800. His son Charles RANDALL purchased the first load of boards used in the town from the saw-mill in Norwich, that was built in 1798. Others of the first settlers were Daniel and Joseph DENISON, Joseph and Caleb BREED, Nehemial BROWN, the WEAVER's, Sanford MORGAN and David DAVIS, all from Stonington, Conn.
1798 The WEAVER brothers John, Lodowick, Joshua, Jonathan and their sister Betsey came from Stonington, Conn. in the winter of 1798 with an ox sled. Lodowick settled on lot 32 and Joshua settled on lot 69.
1800 Col. John RANDALL moved his family to Norwich leaving his son, Col. Denison, to run the farm. Col. Denison lived there until his death Oct. 18, 1824. The first settlers were soon followed by Joseph LORD, Jabish and Benjamin BROWN, Lewis BROWN, Asa WEAVER, John COATES, Winlock ECCLESTON, Jeffrey LAMPHERE, Noah GRANT, Jairus Frink, Luke BABCOCK, Prentice FRINK, Stephen FRISBEE, Philoman FRISBEE, Nathaniel PRICE, Vine STAR, the pioneer blacksmith, Gurdon WILLIAMS, Nathaniel WALDRON, Augustus and Edwin WHITING, Daniel KINNEY, Russel STEWART, Timothy BOSWORTH, Joshua FARGO, Ephraim MINER, Able NEWTON, William LEWIS, Elijah POWELL, Benjamin HAMMOND, Nathaniel, Avery and Russell BROWN, Joel CRANE, Ezra BURDICK, and others.
1802 Major Jabish BROWN, from Stonington, Conn., settled on lot 48 about 1802. His marriage to Kitturah BROWN was the first contracted in the town. Benjamin BROWN, from Stonington, Conn., settled on lot 48 about 1802. He died Feb. 1, 1857 age 78 and his wife Phebe BROWN died Jan. 26, 1856 age 79. Noah GRANT, from Stonington, Conn., settled on lot 73 in 1802. He built the first saw and grist-mill in the town. Augustus and Edward WHITING, from Stonington, Conn., settled in 1802. Augustus on lot 38 and Edward on lot 27. They established a distillery there.
Major Timothy BOSWORTH, from Bristol, RI., settled on lot 53 in 1804. 1805 Nathaniel WALDRON, from Newport, RI., settled on lot 60 about 1805. He died Apr. 29, 1831 age 63. His wife was Ruth BOWEN of Bristol, RI.,
1806 April 7, They formed the town of Stonington from Norwich.
1807 March 3, The first town meeting was held at the house of Capt. Sanford MORGAN and the following named officers were elected: Lewis BROWN, Supervisor; Augustus WHITING, Clerk; Asa WEAVER, Elijiah POWELL, Nathaniel BROWN, Assessors; Henry WHITING, Collector; Joseph LORD, Timothy BOSWORTH, Overseers of the poor; Daniel KINNEY, Nathaniel WALDRON, Commissioners of Highways; Joshua RANDALL, Constable; Jeoffray LAMPHERE, Sanford MORGAN, Fence Viewers; Elijah WEAVER, Sealer of Weights and Measures.
--- William LEWIS Jr., from Westerly, RI., settled on lot 33 purchased 50 acres from John RANDALL and his wife Mary, for $ 250, on July 3, 1807. He died Nov. 1, 1853, age 71. His wife Rhoda BREED from Conn. died Nov. 13, 1878 age 89.
--- Joel CRANE, from Weathersfield, Ver. settled on lot 48 with 60 acres of John RANDALL's farm in May, 1807 at "the Hook" as it was called. In 1811 he commenced keeping tavern. He died Jan. 14, 1835. His wife Sally GRAVES was born Feb. 17, 1777 in Worcester, Mass, . She died Aug. 22, 1852.
1808 April 6, The town of Stonington was renamed to Pharsalia.
Captain Nathan BROWN, from Belchertown, Mass, settled on lot 33 in Feb. 1808. He died June 2, 1847 age 82. His wife died Sept. 28, 1826 age 59.
1809 Benjamin and John HAMMOND, from Newport, RI., settled on lot 44 in Sept. 1809. The land bought from Judge Nathaniel WALDRON for $ 6.00 an acre. Benjamin died in 1858 age 87. His wife died in 1862 age 84.
--- Avery BROWN, a younger brother of Capt. Nathan, was from Stonington. He settled on lot 2 a few years after Nathan.
--- Russel BROWN, from Stonington, settled on lot 63. His wife Polly was the sister of Nathan BROWN.
--- The BROWN's were numerous and comprised several distinct families, all of whom were from Stonington, Conn. They are said to have numbered at one time 1/3 of the entire population of the town of Pharsalia.
1810 Ezra BURDICK, from Stonington, Conn., settled on lot 47 in 1810. He died July 3, 1859 age 75. His first wife Martha FISH died April 11, 1827 age 41. His second wife Mary HART died May 17, 1858 age 69.