Name: Hezekiah Russell 1
Birth: 18 MAR 1744/45 in Ellington, Tolland Co., Connecticut 1
Death: 3 JAN 1823 in Orwell Twp., Bradford Co., Connecticut 1
Burial: Orwell Valley Cemetery, Orwell Twp., Bradford Co., Connecticut 1
Military Service: Revolutionary USA 1
Russell Family--The first permanent settler in Orwell (1796) was Dan Russell, a native of Tolland county, Conn. A few years later his father, Hezekiah Russell, and other members of the family came on from Connecticut and joined this settlement.
Hezekiah Russell, upon the outbreak of the Revolutionary war, joined the patriot army, was at the battle of Bunker Hill and served throughout the struggle for Independence. He had lost his wife before coming to Orwell, but there, in his old age, married Mrs. Eleanor Osborn. He died suddenly, January 3, 1823, aged 79 years, and is buried in the Ransom Corners cemetery, Orwell township. His children, all of whom were born in Connecticut, were:
Michael ("Mike"), who is said to have been a teamster in the Revolutionary war, married Polly Green, and lived in Rome and Orwell. The sons of Michael Russell were Michael, Jr., Reuben and Hezekiah; a daughter, Abigail, married William Strope; Michael, Jr., married Deborah Strope (pg. 95); Hezekiah married 1st Rosina Wickizer, 2nd Margaret ______.
Hezekiah married 1st Polly Ellis, 2nd Eunice Lovett and died in Orwell. His children, who married as follows, were: Christiana to Sylvester Minier; Jerusha Emeline to Benjamin Gleason; Sophronia 1st to Sheldon Hamilton, 2nd to William Jackson; Horace Augustus to Polly Waite; Otis Lyman to Martha Dunham.
Roswell married Polly Webster and died in Orwell. Their children were Mary, Eliza, Mercia, Amanda and Austin (born November 5, 1809, died 1852); Amanda married Solomon Sibley and had children, William, Polly Ann, John Perry, Ralph Russell, Catherine, Elmer, Delmer, Jane and Isabella.
Roxanna married Anson Collins of Orwell.
Polly married a Mr. Colton, Hannah a Mr. Merriman and Sally a Mr. Ebons; these daughters remained East.
Dan Russell, the Orwell pioneer, was born September 26, 1770, and married Polly Chubbuck, November 21, 1791. He left Connecticut in the Spring of 1794, coming to Shepard's Creek, thence Sheshequin, where he lived a year, before moving to Orwell. In the meantime he had begun clearing a farm. His plan was to go by marked trees through the forests with a sack of provisions on his back, sufficient for five days or a week.
In this way he worked the first season, and the next year he drove in a pair of cattle and a sled with his family. Here Mr. Russell toiled and struggled against the obstacles necessarily contingent upon the settlement of a wild country, and so well did he apply himself to the almost herculean task, that his farm was the best on the stage-route from Towanda to Montrose. His children, with two exceptions, who died single, were all married and settled within five miles of his homestead. By his wife, Polly, who died, 1820, aged 50 years, he had ten children; Mr. Russell married 2nd Ruth Clark, by whom he had a daughter. Mr. Russell died, 1851, aged 81 years. His children were:
Polly, born January 29, 1794 in Connecticut, married Joel Cook of Orwell, and was the mother of Rev. Darwin, Mary, Cyrus, Seth, Ralph and Dr. Philip B.
Eunice, born June 23, 1796, in Sheshequin, married James Smith of Orwell, and was the mother of Burton, James, Alzara (Mrs. Herbert Parks) and Mary.
Lydia, born February 4, 1798, in Orwell, being the first birth in the town, married William Alger of Orwell.
Roswell, born July 17, 1800, married Roxanna Bandall; died, 1852. Their children were Phoebe, Roxanna, Ruth and Charlotte.
Candace, born March 21, 1802; died unmarried at the age of 22.
Harriet, born February 6, 1804, married Merrick B. Prince of Orwell, and was the mother of Polly (Mrs. Merritt Cole), Martha (Mrs. Kirby Smith), David and Lyman D.
John, born November 26, 1806, married, August 18, 1825, Sibyl Thatcher of Orwell; died July 22, 1876; she was born, May 28, 1808, died April 16, 1895. Their children: Laura Delina, born September 8, 1827, died October 5, 1833; Hiram Washington, born April 18, 1829, married October 28, 1852, Mahala Tompkins, died February 19, 1908; Amanda Licena, born July 8, 1831, married, January 17, 1848, William A. Blair, died December 23, 1900; Cyrus Ozias, born October 16, 1834, married, August 24, 1856, Charlotte Vought, died, 1899; Betsy Almina, born September 8, 1836, married, January 18, 1856, John Strope, died August 17, 1909; Polly V., born April 11, 1839, died March 12, 1866; Nancy Malvina, born May 22, 1841, married October, 1865, Henry Vought, died May 28, 1911; Sibyl Cerinda, born October 22, 1844, married, August 28, 1860, James L. Prince; John Thatcher, born July 17, 1848, married, September 7, 1866, Catherine Whaling; Emma Crinthia, born August 3, 1851, married Epherson B. Rought; four other children died in infancy.
Burton, born September 8, 1808, married Sally Ellsworth of Orwell. Children: Mary A. (Mrs. William Harrington), Helen M. (Mrs. Amos Jillson), Dan E., Mercur J., Ralph L., Samuel C., Asa.
Dan, Jr., born November 2, 1810, married Deborah Ann Forbes of Rome; died December 4, 1882. Their children: Emeline Ellen married Harvey Johnston of Litchfield; Hester died, 1855, unmarried; Ernest married Melvina O. Russell of Rome; Simon married Eunice E. Moore of Rome; Morgan married Esther Towner of Rome; Cynthia married Pitman Demorest of Windham; Loyal F. married Eunice Towner of Rome; Rosina married Silas H. Cole of Rome; Phoebe married Jacob Struble of Litchfield.
Nathaniel, born May 19, 1812, married Juliette Morey and occupied the homestead; had two sons, Stephen and Perry N., and four daughters.
Tamasin, born September 2, 1821; died, aged 3 years.
Father: Nathaniel Russell b: 2 SEP 1718 in Reading, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts
Mother: Sarah b: BEF. 1727
Lydia 'Lucy' Grover b: 20 MAY 1747 in Coventry, Tolland Co., Connecticut
- Hannah Russell b: 1767
- Mary 'Polly' Russell b: 1766
- Sarah 'Sally' Russell b: 1768
- Daniel Russell b: 26 SEP 1770 in Ellington, Tolland Co., Connecticut
- Michael Russell b: ABT. 1775
- Hezekiah Russell b: 1 DEC 1783
- Roswell Russell b: 4 JUL 1786 in Tolland Co., Connecticut
- Roxanna Russell b: 1790
- Title: The Chandler Family.FTW
Text: Date of Import: Jan 12, 2005