This genealogy of Harriott Deaver, wife of Dr. David DeForest Benedict, is an excerpt from the transcription of a handwritten notebook I discovered in my grandmother’s papers. The family history in this notebook was the work of two women, Agnes Caroline Wickham and her daughter, Harriott Benedict Wickham Barton (my grandmother), who separately researched and made entries in it over a period of seventy years. Agnes Wickham wrote roughly half of the entries in the notebook from 1909 to 1915. In 1915, she gave handwritten copies of her work to each of her five children: Eleanor, William, Lucy, David and Harriott. Harriott continued her mother’s work off and on for the next sixty years, adding entries as late as 1977.
Deaver (De Vere)
Hugh Devier of Churchville, Harford County, Maryland, born in America in 1752; married Margaret Ann, daughter of Samuel and Ann Smith; died about 1787 at Churchville. (1)
1. Samuel. Probably father of George Dever of Calvary, Maryland; born 1811 – still alive in 1901. His wife said he was son of Samuel & had brother, Hugh Jefferson of Churchville and sister Hester Ann who had once corresponded with Mrs. George Deaver – Hugh Jefferson and Hester Ann.died prior to 1901. Above in letter from Mrs. George Deaver to Agnes Wickham in 1901.
3. James, born April 2, 1782; died February 5, 1854.
James, born at Churchville, Harford County, Maryland, 1782. Lost his parents when quite young and was raised by relatives and the spelling of his name changed from Devier to Deaver. He married Harriott, daughter of David & Eleanor (Walker) Shaon, January 14, 1808. He was a soldier of the War of 1812 (Captain Smith’s Company). He died at New Haven, Ohio, February 5, 1854 and his body was removed to Woodlawn, Norwalk, Ohio. He was a Southern gentleman, courteous and dignified and much respected and revered by his children. James Deaver, although a southerner, did not believe in slavery. When his mother-in-law presented his first born with a little Negro girl for a body servant, he removed his family to New York State (I think he took the little Negro girl along. He took a colored girl or woman, at least, who was with them later). The above was told me by my mother, who was very fond of her grandmother and heard much family history from her. – H.W.B.
1. Ellen Lyle Singleton, born December 15, 1808 in
Maryland (* Mother of cousins Frances and Emma Barkdull of Toledo); married T.W. Crowell, July 9, 1838; died January 5, 1878.
2. Margaret Ann Smith, born February 24, 1811; died August 29, 1812.
3. Susan Gregory, born August 26, 1813; married O. Drake in Ontario, Canada, December 23, 1841.
4. Eliza Ann, born January 14, 1816 in Albany County, New York; died April 29, 1879.
5. Caroline Vibband, born July 26, 1820; married T.W. Crowell, February 11, 1874.
6. Mary Hoskins, born March 15, 1822; died January 28, 1886.
7. Oscar Singleton, born March 10, 1826; died November 26, 1857. He lost both hands on the Fourth of July while attempting to push a friend from in front of a cannon. At the time he was 19 years of age.
8. Cornelia Rosanna, born September 1, 1828; married L.H. Thompson, December 31, 1851; died June 8, 1881.
9. Frances Elvira, born February 22, 1831; married (1) Dwight Crowell, December 28, 1853 – (2) D.C Curtis, May 5, 1861; died June 4, 1884. Daughter Mary married Fred Christian, son of Catherine Wickham.
10. Harriott Melvina, born May 4, 1835; married David D. Benedict, October 14, 1856; died April 25, 1909, aged 74. She was born at Watertown New York, coming to Ohio at the age of about 5 years and settling at New Haven, when that place was a busy town. She often told of the immense wagons which stopped there on their way to the canal at Milan with grain and other products from the surrounding country. When the railroads came both these town became dead. She was educated at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. A very dignified gentlewoman; a great reader (also read French) but very inactive by later middle age – mostly just sitting and rocking. A heavy woman, but very erect. Harriott remembered seeing the rafts of logs from the North Woods floated down the river and going end for end over the dam (or falls) at Watertown N.Y. Grandma H. Benedict stood erect and solidly on her heels, feet projected very straight ahead. That, plus some quality of her features and expression have made me wonder if there was Indian blood. H.W.B.
* Crowell cousins of my mother, Emma & Francis. Tom Barkdull married (1) Emma, when she died late in life, he married Francis (Cousin France) & died not long after. He had run away to the Civil War at age 11 or 13. His father, a Methodist Circuit Rider of Mount Vernon, Ohio, brought him home, but he again ran away to war and was allowed to stay. He developed arthritis and spent rest of life on crutches. A jolly, likable man, for many years County Treasurer of Lucas County, Ohio. France lived with them and all three much beloved by all my mother’s family – delightful to visit in Toledo and later in Sylvania. Cousin France, as a teenager, stayed with my Grandmother Benedict during David Benedict’s absence in the Civil War. H.W.B.
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NOTE: Agnes and Harriott cited their sources in the margins of original notebook. I included these citations as footnotes, attempting to keep them as close as possible to where they appear in the original notebook.
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