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  • ID: I3282
  • Name: John DIVEN
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1757 in PA
  • Death: 23 SEP 1842 in Dix, Schuyler County, NY
  • Burial: 25 SEP 1842 Dix Old Cemetery, Dix, Schuyler County, NY
  • Note:

    William Baskins and John Diven (who married Margaret Baskins) were
    dispossessed of their land on Baskins Island and moved to Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen,
    NY in 1802.

    JOHN DIVEN 1779-82 in Revolution; 1779-82 freeman in Tyrone Twp; 1782 married
    Margaret Baskins; 1784 signed petition; 1787 witness to deed; 1790 Census 2-2-3;
    1793-94 militia captain; 1794 deed, carpenter; 1799 on Big Island; 1800-02 deeds;
    1801 witness to Smith will; 1802 to NY state; 1818 founder, Presbyterian church;
    1821 elder in church; 1822 sold interest in Big Island; 1823 postmaster; 1842 died,
    Watkins Glen, NY.
    John Diven was born in 1757, probably at Carlisle. His father, Alexander
    Diven, a native of County Tyrone, Ireland, had gone from York Co, PA and taken up
    195 acres in Tyrone (now Spring) Twp, Perry Co in 1755 --the year the land office
    opened. By Oct 1755 Indian attacks had driven the settlers south to Carlisle. They
    did not return until about 1765.
    His son said of John Diven, "He was a private in the company of PA
    Volunteers. His captain, name as I remember it, was Kelly, a cabinet-maker with a
    number of apprentices, among them my father. (Robert Kelly lived in Tyrone Twp as
    early as 1763, dying in 1790.) Kelly influenced his apprentices to enlist. My
    father was at the Battle of Princeton (Jan 1777) and in camp at Valley Forge, and
    his term of enlistment expired about the time of the breaking camp at the latter
    place. I remember his statements of his hardships and the cold at Valley Forge; of
    guarding the Hessian prisoners at Princeton, and their terror from the idea that
    they were to be shot; of a pathetic scene at a review by Washington of the troops at
    Valley Forge."
    John Diven is listed as a private in the Cumberland Co militia 1779-82. On
    Jan 10, 1782 John Diven of Centre Church and Margaret Baskins (daughter of Francis)
    of Susquehanna were married by the Rev. John Linn. They settled on Big (or Baskins)
    Island, where Margaret's father had first settled in 1749. John was a carpenter,
    according to a 1794 deed. In 1793-94 he was Captain of a company of riflemen in the
    Dauphin Co militia. Margaret died in 1799 and John M2 Eleanor Means. In 1802 John
    Diven and his one-time brother-in-law, William Baskins, moved north to what is now
    Watkins Glen, NY. On Jun 14, 1802 Diven bought 100 acres; in 1816 50 more. He was
    a founder (1818) and elder (1821) in the Presbyterian church. In 1823 he was
    postmaster. He died in 1842. His grave, in the County Line Cemetery one mile west
    of Watkins Glen, is marked by a monument, "Capt. John Diven, a soldier of the
    Revolution, died Sep 23, 1842, in his 86th year." A son by his second marriage was
    Alexander S. Diven (1809-1896), whose biography is found in the Dictionary of
    American Biography. He was a lawyer in Elmira, a member of the NY Senate, and of
    the US Congress. He was a general in the Civil War and a magnate in the Erie
    Railroad.
    Alexander Diven, father of John, died between 1757 and 1763. His wife was
    Margaret Smith. In 1766 she was wife of William? Nelson and in 1800 wife of James?
    McCurdy. The children of Alexander and Mary were: 1. Mary m John Glenn, Mercer Co,
    PA; 2. James m Nancy Waddell, Perry Co, PA, who had 5 daughters and 5 sons:
    Alexander, James, John, William, Joseph; 3. William m Mary, Carlisle; 4. Joseph m
    Elizabeth, Mercer Co, whose sons were Alexander, Joseph, and James; 5. Jane m1
    ___McCurdy, whose daughter Mary m George Long, m2 Alexander McCoy, KY and had
    children William, John, Elizabeth, and Mary; 6. John m2 Oct 1800 Eleanor Means,
    daughter of John & Elizabeth Clark Means; John & Eleanor's children: a. Alexander b
    Sep 12, 1802 d Apr 11, 1808. b. Elizabeth b Feb 13, 1805 d Mar 27, 1898, single. c.
    Eleanor b Apr 11, 1807 m Daniel Washburn. d. Alexander Samuel b Feb 10, 1809 d Jan
    11, 1896. e. Charlotte b Nov 15, 1811 d Dec 12, 1894, single.
  • _UID: 050E736CFA6744C08BC5EA9EAC82B6091C6D
  • Change Date: 16 FEB 2007



    Father: Alexander DIVEN b: ABT 1715 in Tyrone Valley, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
    Mother: Margaret SMITH b: 1720 in England

    Marriage 1 Eleanor MEANS b: 1771 in Wyoming Valley, Luzerne County, PA
    • Married: OCT 1800 in Big Baskins Island, PA
    Children
    1. Has No Children Alexander DIVEN b: 12 SEP 1802 in NY
    2. Has No Children Elizabeth DIVEN b: 13 FEB 1805 in Schuyler County, NY
    3. Has No Children Eleanor DIVEN b: 11 APR 1807 in Watkins Glen, Schuyler County, NY
    4. Has Children Samuel DIVEN b: 10 FEB 1809 in Dix, NY
    5. Has No Children Charlotte DIVEN b: 15 NOV 1811 in Watkins Glen, Schuyler County, NY

    Marriage 2 Margaret BASKINS b: 1758 in Fort Hunter, Susquehanna County, PA
    • Married: 10 JAN 1782 in Shermans Valley, Cumberland County, PA (Now Perry County(
    • Event: Location 1782 in Center Presbyterain Church
    • Event: By in Rev. John Linn
    Children
    1. Has Children Susannah DIVEN b: 20 FEB 1786 in Baskins Island, Dauphin County, PA
    2. Has Children William DIVEN b: 28 NOV 1788 in Paxton Township, Dauphin County, PA
    3. Has Children George DIVEN b: 6 AUG 1791 in Paxtang Township, Lancaster County, PA
    4. Has Children John Penn DIVEN b: 7 APR 1794 in Paxton Township, Dauphin County, PA
    5. Has No Children Francis Baskins DIVEN b: 25 JAN 1797 in Paxton Township, Dauphin County, PA
    6. Has Children Margaret DIVEN b: 9 OCT 1799 in Paxton Township, Dauphin County, PA

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