Name: Christopher PEASE
Birth: 4 MAY 1751 in Lebanon, CT (New London Twp)
Death: 30 APR 1842 in Hartford, Windsor Co, VT
Burial: Hilltop Cem, Quechee, VT
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Change Date: 17 MAR 2017
Christopher is my 5g-grandfather.
CHRISTOPHER, II moved with his parents to Hartford, Vermont about 1763, being among the earliest settlers there.
Rebekah's father, Benjamin Wright, was the first white settler in Hartford in 1760.
Governor Wentworth of New Hampshire laid out 130 towns in 1760 to the west of the Connecticut River (later Vermont) and sold them for cash to speculators. The only problem was, New York claimed the same area. In 1764 British authorities upheld New York's claim to Vermont and Wentworth's grants were declared void. New York proceeded to issue new grants for the same lands. This exploded in a hot controversy. Ethan Allen organized the Green Mountain Boys and led armed resistance against New Yorkers until the outbreak of the Revolutionary War in 1775, when the British became the common enemy. Two years later in 1777 Vermont declared itself an independent country, which it remained until 1791 when it finally joined the Union.
1820 Hartford, Windsor County, VT, Aug 7, p332
Pease, Christopher - 210011-00121-01010
Chris - 45+
Rebekah - 45+
2 girls - 26-45
1 boy - 26-56
1 girl - 16-26
1 boy - 10-16
2 boys - 0-10
1 in agriculture
1 in manufacturing
p 331: Pease, Christopher, Jr - 000010-30020-0200
Chris Jr - 26-45
Hannah - 26-45
3 girls - 0-10
2 engaged in agriculture
Rebekah was a member of the Congregational Church at White River Village. June 15, 1830 Rebecca (sic) and 9 other members were given permission to unite with the not-yet-formed church at Quechee.
I don?t know Christopher II?s involvement in the Revolutionary War, but he surely knew of Ethan Allen, who organized in Vermont the ?Green Mountain Boys? and on his own initiative (without governmental authority or instruction) captured Fort Ticonderoga, May 10, 1775, for the Americans. On this day the second Continental Congress was meeting in Philadelphia and a few days later they appointed George Washington as commander-in-chief of the continental army.
The census lists them in Hartford township, Windsor county, Vermont in 1790,
[See: http://www.rootsweb.com/~vtgenweb/vtwindsor/1790HartfordVT.html ]
also in 1800, 1820 & 1840. Rebekah died in 1823 and Christopher may have been living with one of his children in 1830.
Christopher died in 1842, 4 days before his 91st birthday. He and Rebekah were buried in the Old Hilltop Cemetery in Quechee, VT. Also there are his brother Samuel and his wife Sarah.
His will, dated Aug. 21, 1834 and presented in court May 17, 1842, is as follows:
To all whom these presents may come. I Christopher Pease of Hartford in the County of Windsor and State of Vermont by reason of the infirmities of old age am declining in bodily strength, but of sound and perfect mind and memory do publish this my last will and testament; in manner and form following--and for the purpose of carrying into effect the same. I do hereby appoint Adrial Pease of the city, county & state of New York, Theodore Gallup and Shuble Russ of Hartford, County of Windsor and State of Vermont with full powers, or either two of them, to execute this my last will and testament and for the purpose of the distribution of my property as hereafter directed. I do hereby impower (sic) and direct my executors as above named to sell and convey the same all my real and personal estate that I may be possessed of at my decease, avoiding as much as possible sacrifice in the sales and after said sales shall be effected I hereby direct the appropriation of the (wailes?) in the following manner, to wit.
(Imprinies?) I give to my beloved wife Rebekah 300 dollars, that is to say, to take up an indenture or obligation made previous to our marriage and executed by me.
Item I give to my three sons, Adrial, Abel, and Charles $100 each, the residue after the sails (sic) shall have been effected. I hereby direct and order to be equally divided among all my children, to wit: to my sons Jesse, Adrial, Abel, Benjamin, Charles & Christopher, and to my daughters, namely, Lucy Webster, Rebekah Aames, Laura Gallup, Susanah Abbot, & Lucinda Pease, and I do hereby direct and order that after my debts and funeral expenses shall have been paid that portion or part which may be the share falling to my son Christopher, I hereby direct my executors to hold in trust at their own discretion and to pay the same over from time to time as they may think best for the benefit of the said Christopher and his wife and children, directing my executors to pay such debts of said Christopher as may have, or hereafter acrue (sic) as necessary expenses in sickness of himself or family, including the Doctors bill and other contingencies at their discretion out of his equal share or portion of said estate, and in like manner I direct that the share or portion according to the direction before mentioned falling to my daughter Lucy to be held in trust and paid over to the benefit of the said Lucy and her children at the best discretion of my said Executors.
I give to my son Adrial my silver watch. In witness hereof I do hereby set my hand and seal this 21st day of August, 1834.
Witnesses: John P. Strong, Thomas Strong, Emily Strong
Christopher Pease L.S.
At Probate Court on 3 May 1843, it states that Rebecca Pease receives $25.96.
At Probate Court on July 3,1844, a legacy of $300.00 is given to "widow Rebecca Pease as per right.
A record of the Quechee Cemetery in "History of Hartford" VT (Tucker) shows:
1823 - Pease, Rebecca - age 71
1823 - Pease, Sarah - 67 (wife of Samuel, Christopher?s brother)
1838 - Pease, Samuel - 88
1842 - Pease, Christopher - age 91
See cemetery listing of Old Hilltop shows Christopher and Rebecca
Since this cemetery record says Rebecca died in 1823, but Christopher?s will of 1834 mentions her (in a way of a previous agreement), it sounds like Chris married a second Rebecca/Rebekah!
There is a ?Rebecca Pease, wife of Christopher Pease, died Feb 28, 1844, age 63? at Beaver Meadow Cem, West Norwich, Windsor Co, VT.
There is also a ?Rebecca Pease, 1779-1853? at Pine Grove Cem, North Springfield, Windsor Co, VT.
I would guess that the first one here was his 2nd wife.
*Find A Grave Memorial# 41572328
Father: Christopher PEASE b: 1717 in Edgartown (Martha's Vineyard) Massachusetts
Mother: Hannah HILLS b: 17 JUN 1725 in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Rebekah WRIGHT b: 2 APR 1752 in Lebanon, CT (New London Twp)
- Jesse PEASE b: 6 MAR 1773 in Hartford, Vt.
- Adrial PEASE b: 24 NOV 1774 in Hartford, Vt.
- David PEASE b: 24 NOV 1774 in Hartford Vt.
- Abel PEASE b: 7 JUL 1776 in Hartford, Vt.
- Benjamin PEASE b: 24 NOV 1777
- Lucy PEASE b: 5 JUN 1780 in Hartford, Vt.
- Rebekah PEASE b: 7 JUL 1782 in Hartford, Vt.
- Charles PEASE b: 8 SEP 1784 in Hartford, Vt.
- Susannah PEASE b: 18 APR 1787
- Christopher PEASE b: 16 APR 1791 in Hartford, Windsor Co, Vermont
- Laura PEASE b: 1 SEP 1793 in Hartford, Vt.
- Lucinda PEASE b: 24 DEC 1795
Rebecca ? b: 1781