Family of John and Serena (Rice) Covell

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  • ID: I011
  • Name: Serena Rice 1
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 12 AUG 1807 in Wendell, Franklin Co., MA 1
  • Death: 16 FEB 1864 in South Valley, Cattaraugus Co., NY 2 3
  • Note: Serena's gravestone is badly eroded. The date of birth cannot be clearly read. The inscription list obtained from the Fenton Historical Society gives the date of birth as August 7, 1808, rather than August 12, 1807, as in the Wendell, MA, records. The "1" of "12" was eroded away, as was the bottom of the "2," hence August 12 read as August 7. Similarly, the remainder of the "7" in "1807" appeared to be an eroded "8." This is supported by the given ae56. Since she died on Feb 16, 1864, she had not yet had a birthday in 1864, hence she would have been 57 on her birthday in 1864. Subtracting 57 from 1864 gives a birth year of 1807, as per the Wendell, MA, records. That this is Serena of Wendell, MA, is certain because of the place of birth which could be read in 1999, and by the nearby grave stone of her brother, Wheeler Rice. His grave stone clearly states he was born in Wendell, Mass., on Mar. 19, 1810, exactly matching his Wendell, MA, birth record. Also, the stylized initials of Edmund Rice, oldest brother of Serena (Rice) Covell and Wheeler Rice, are on the probate record of John Covell, husband of Serena, as a witness.



    Father: Samuel Robinson Rice
    Mother: Lucy Brigham

    Marriage 1 John Covell b: ABT. 1804 in Pittstown, Rensselaer Co., NY
    • Married: ABT. 1827
    Children
    1. Has No Children Augusta Covell b: 6 MAY 1828 in Carroll, Chautauqua Co., NY
    2. Has Children Helen Louisa Covell b: 7 MAR 1830 in Carroll, Chautauqua Co., NY
    3. Has Children John Harrison Covell b: 25 JAN 1832 in Warren Co., PA
    4. Has No Children George Washington Covell b: ABT. 1834 in Carroll, Chautauqua Co., NY
    5. Has No Children Edmund Covell b: 1835 in Carroll, Chautauqua Co., NY
    6. Has Children Lucy Jane Covell b: 4 MAR 1838 in Carroll, Chautauqua Co., NY
    7. Has No Children Seth Warner Covell b: 1840 in Carroll, Chautauqua Co., NY
    8. Has No Children Charles Melford Covell b: 7 JUN 1842 in Carroll, Chautauqua Co., NY
    9. Has No Children Lewis D. Covell b: 1844 in South Valley, Cattaraugus Co., NY
    10. Has No Children Franklin Covell b: 1847 in South Valley, Cattaraugus Co., NY
    11. Has No Children Emeline Covell b: 1849 in South Valley, Cattaraugus Co., NY

    Sources:
    1. Title: Vital records of Wendell, MA, original manuscript on FHL Film 770463, page 38, birth record of Serena Rice
    2. Title: Records of Fentonville Cemetery, Fentonville, Chautauqua Co., NY, Serena, wife of John Covell
    3. Title: Gravestone in Fentonville Cemetery, Fentonville, Chautauqua Co., NY, Serena, wife of John Covell
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