David WING IV (1732 – 1806) was Alex’s 6th Great Grandfather; one of 128 in this generation of the Shaw line.
David Wing was born at Harwich (now Brewster), MA, on 10 Aug 1732. His parents were John WING (IV) and Rebecca FREEMAN Vickerie. He married Temperance O’KELLEY at Harwich, Barnstable, MA, on 19 Mar 1761. David died at Dennis, Mass, about 1806.
Children of David Wing and Temperance O’Kelly:
|1.||Thankful Wing||22 Sep 1762 Harwich MA||Jeremiah Chase
11 Aug 1789 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.
Rev. Enoch Chase
11 Mar 1792 Barnstable, Mass
|Bef. 1812 Harwich Mass.|
13 Mar 1784 – Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.
|25 Jun 1857 Chatham, Barnstable, Mass; Burial:
|3.||William Wing||~ 1765
|Unmarried||circa 1800 at sea. Sulawesi Tengah, Indonesia|
|4.||Jedidah Wing||4 Aug 1767 Harwich, Mass||Archelus Chase
8 Dec 1789 Harwich, Mass.
18 Dec 1810 Harwich
|31 Aug 1862|
15 May 1788
|9 May 1847 Chatham, Mass.|
|6.||Tamzin WING||Oct 1772
9 Mar 1794 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass
|17 Oct 1844 Vassalboro, Maine|
|7.||David Wing||20 Mar 1773 Harwich, Mass||Desire Vincent
13 Jan 1791 Yarmouth, Mass
|19 Nov 1839 Homer, Cortland, NY,|
|8.||Capt. John Wing||Between 1774 and 1775||Hannah Foster
Mar 1796 Brewster, Mass
|6 Aug 1830 Harwich, MA|
18 Aug 1797 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass
|12 Nov 1831 Vassalboro, Maine|
|11.||Abigail Winslow Wing||11 Mar 1778 Harwich, Mass||Capt. Alpheus Adams
10 Mar 1803 Sandwich, Mass
22 Feb 1869Mosswood Cemetery, Cotuit, Barnstable County, Mass
|12.||[poss.] Elizabeth Wing||~1782
19 Apr 1775 – Private David Wing, Sandwich, Capt. Ward Swift’s (2nd Sandwich) co. of militia, which marched in response to the alarm. On April 19, 1775, British and American soldiers exchanged fire in the Massachusetts towns of Lexington and Concord. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” tells how a lantern was displayed in the steeple of Christ Church on the night of April 18, 1775, as a signal to Paul Revere and others. See my post Minutemen – April 19, 1775
6 Sep 1778 – Also, Capt. Swift’s co., Col Freeman’s regiment. service 10 days, on an alarm at Dartmouth and Falmouth.
1778 – In Capt. Ward Swift’s company of militia, which marched on the Lexington Alarm
Harwich, Brewster, Dennis and Yarmouth are all towns in Barnstable County which is coextensive with Cape Cod.
DAVID,a son of John and Rebecca Vickerie Wing, married, March 9, 1761, Temperance Kelly of Yarmouth. The Probate Courts of Harwich make him the first in the order of four brothers, viz: David, Thomas, Joseph and John; but the town records of births give the order and dates as we have given them in No. 40. He is said to have had a residence, for a time at least, in Dennis, Barnstable county, Mass. They had twelve children, viz: time sons, David, John and William, and nine daughters, Jedidah (who married a Chase), Thankful (who married Enoch Chase), Temperance (who married Isaac Eldridge, Hannah (who married John Hammond), Tamzin (who married Isaac House), Sylvia (who married William Gardner), Abigail (who married Alpheus Adams), Rebecca (who remained unmarried), and Elizabeth, of whom We have no account. The father, David, died about 1806.
1. Thankful Wing
Thankful’s first husband Jeremiah Chase was born 5 Apr 1765 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. He was Thankful’s first cousin. His parents were Edmund Chase and Abigail Harris. His grandparents were William CHASE and Dorcas BAKER Jeremiah died 1798 Harwich
Thankful’s second husband Rev. Enoch Chase was born 3 Dec 1762 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Ebenezer Chase and Susanna Berry. Enoch died 29 Feb 1852 in Tiverton, Rhode Island.
Children of Thankful and Enoch
i. Fessenden Chase b. 9 Nov 1792 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; Enlisted as Private in 40th US Infantry Col Denny McCobb 15 Mar 1814; m. 27 May 1830 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass to Hannah Hinkley (b. 21 Jan 1803 in Harwich – d. Aug 1848) Hannah’s parents were Thomas Hinckley (1775 – ) and Phebe Chase (1780 – )
ii. Dean Chase b. 15 Feb 1794 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 12 May 1874, Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island, Mineral Spring Cemetery; m1. 7 Nov 1811 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass to Priscilla Long (b. 15 Jun 1791 in Harwich – d. 20 Sep 1828 in Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island, Mineral Spring Cemetery); Her parents were Edmund Long and Zilpha Cahoon. Dean and Priscilla had four children born between 1813 and 1820.
m2. Abigail [__?__] (b. 17 May 1805 – d. 22 Feb 1875)
Dean was a broker, his business was in the fork of the road across from the old railroad freight house (now a McDonald’s Restaurant). He lived in two different houses down the side street from his business.
In the 1860 census, Dean and Abby were living in North Providence, Providence, Rhode Island where Dean was a waste dealer.
iii. Calvin Brooks Chase b. 15 Sep 1795 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 26 Dec 1882 Harwich; m. 21 Dec 1837 in Harwich to Ruth Crowell Nickerson (b: 17 Oct 1817 in Harwich) Her parents were cousins Zenas Nickerson (b: 23 Dec 1790 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. ) and his cousin Abigail Nickerson (b: 01 May 1796 in Harwich)
Ruth married second 20 Jun 1844 in New Bedford, Bristol, Mass. to Samuel Perry Winegar (b: 1824). Some assume Calvin died before this marriage, but maybe he lost his mind.
A Calvin Chase (b. 1795) was institutionalized in the 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880 censuses in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. He was listed as a Pauper and Indigent Inhabitant in Institutions, Poor-Houses or Asylums, Boarded at Public Expense.
iv. Tamzin Chase b. 27 Aug 1797 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. Aft 1850; m. to Jacob Mann (b. 1797 Mass. – aft 1850)
In the 1850 census, Jacob and Tamzen were living in North Providence, Providence, Rhode Island where Jacob was a butcher. Living in the households were daughters Olive C (b. 1827 CT) and Susan T (b. 1831 Mass) and Tamzin’s father Enoch Chase.
v. Olive Chase b. 18 Sep 1799 in Harwich, Mass.; d. 8 Sep 1852 Providence, Rhode Island; m. 26 Jan 1827 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass. to John S Barrow (b. 1797 – bef. 1850)
In the 1850 census, Olive was a widow in North Providence, Providence, Rhode Island with a daughter Maria (b. 1832 Rhode Island)
vi. Laban “Loring” Chase b. 7 Jul 1801 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass; d. 29 Dec 1869 Windham Connecticut of a fall; m1. 09 Dec 1824 in Harwich to Sarah [__Chase?__] and had one son Hiram (b. 1831)
m2. Amanda Ann “Nancy” Fitch (b. ~1805 in Willimatic, Connecticutt – d. Aft 1860 census CT) Her parents were Jabez Fitch (1767 – 1814) and Lydia Elderkin (1773 – ) Laban and Nancy had four children born between 1834 and 1844.
In the 1850 census, Laban and Nancy were farming in Windham, Windham, Connecticut.
vii. Rosanna Chase b. 14 Aug 1803 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass; d. 20 Sep 1806 Harwich
viii. Charlotte Chase b. 21 Nov 1808 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.;
2. Temperance Wing
Temperance’s husband Isaac Eldredge was born on 24 March 1755 at Chatham, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were cousins Zephaniah Eldredge and his cousin Phebe Eldredge. Isaac died 13 Feb 1838 in Chatham.
Temporance did not marry John Pope Tobey. That was Temporance’s namesake niece, daughter of her brother David Jr. (See below)
wife of Isaac- 85 years 11 months 3 days
Children of Temperance and Isaac
i. Freeman Eldredge b. 16 Dec 1785 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 13 Sep 1811 Chatham; m. 25 Oct 1807 in Chatham to Deborah Mayo (b: 12 Jun 1786 in Chatham) Her parents were Paul Mayo and Azubah Crowell (b: 17 Feb 1749 in Yarmouth). Freeman and Deborah had one daughter Ruana (b: 04 Nov 1809 in Chatham)
After Freeman died, Deborah married another Freeman 20 Dec 1812 in Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts. — Freeman Robbins b: 15 Jun 1782 in Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts. They had nine children born betwen 1813 and 1831.
ii. Phebe Eldredge b. 28 Nov 1786 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass
iii. Rebecca Eldredge b. 20 Dec 1788 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass; d. 21 Oct 1828 – New Bedford, Bristol, Mass.; m. 1 May 1808 – Dartmouth, Bristol, Mass. to Abraham Akin (b. 3 Jan 1769 in Dartmouth – d. Sep 1845 in Dartmouth) His parents were Elihu Akin (1720 – 1794) and Ruth Perry (1728 – 1790). Rebecca and Abraham had seven children born between 1809 and 1824.
iv. Bethany Eldredge b. 3 Nov 1791 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 4 Oct 1855 in Chatham; m. 28 Apr 1816 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. to David Clark (b. 6 Nov 1789 in Harwich – d. 28 Mar 1841 Chatham) His parents were David Clark (1757 – 1838) and Mehitable Weeks (1758 – ). Bethany and David had five children born between 1816 and 1824.
In the 1850 census, Bethany was living with her son-in-law Moses Martin and daughter Dorcas in Peterborough, Hillsborough, New Hampshire
v. Isaac Eldredge b. 30 Mar 1794 Chatham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 24 Sep 1845 in Chatham; Burial: Seaside Cemetery; m. 3 Mar 1818 in Chatham to Rebecca Hamilton (b. 30 Sep 1796 in Chatham – ) Rebecca’s parents were Richard Hamilton (b: 26 Jul 1751 in Chatham ) and Leah Maddox (b. 1754 – d. 3 Apr 1847 age 93 Chatham) Isaac and Rebecca had two children Nathan( b. 1822 ) and Meranda (b. 1824).
An Isaac Eldredge (b. 1791 Mass.) married Abigail Luraney Nickerson (b. ~1797 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 1880 in Barnstable, Mass. of Diarrhea) Her parents were Jonathan Nickerson (1754 – 1807) and Bethia Young (1755 – 1834). In the 1850 census, Isaac and Abagail were living in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass. Isaac was a laborer and his sons Isaac Jr. (b. 1816), Joseph A (b. 1823), Martin Eldridge (b. 1827) and John C (b. 1831) were all sailors.
vi. Capt. David Eldredge b. 24 Aug 1796 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass; d. 12 Aug 1855 Chatham, Mass.; Burial: Seaside Cemetery ; m. Aft. 05 May 1822 in int, Brewster, Barnstable, Mass. to Sarah “Sally” Crosby (b: 13 Mar 1799 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. – 13 May 1871 Chatham; Burial: Seaside Cemetery). Sally’s parents were Samuel Crosby Jr.( b: 1767 ) and Mercy Wing (b: 24 Jan 1772 in Harwich (now Brewster), Barnstable, Mass.) David and Sally had five children born between 1823 and 1835.
In the 1850 census. David was a sailor and was living with Sally and three daughters Mary (b. 1831 Mass.), Lucina (b. 1834 Mass.) and Arzelia C. (b. 1838 Mass.) in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass. Arzelia married 20 Jan 1861 to Henry E. Bates.
Many genealogies say David married 23 Nov 1825 – Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. to Jemimah Weeks (b. 28 Nov 1803 in Harwich – d. 19 Aug 1873 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass); Her parents were Isaac Weeks (1780 – 1841) and Elizabeth Allen (1784 – 1868). This David and Jemimah had six children born between 1826 and 1846. However, the 1850 and 1860 census records say this David was born about 1804, eight years after Temperance and Isaac’s birth record.
In the 1850 census, this David and Jemima were living in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. David was a laborer and his teenage sons Ambrose and Trueman were seamen. It appears this David was married to Phoebe S. [__?__] (b. 1812 Mass.) and living in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. in the 1880 census.
vii. Zephaniah Eldredge (male) b. 17 Jan 1799 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass; d. 13 Mar 1833 in Chatham; m. 06 Dec 1826 in Chatham . to Sukey Allen (b: in of Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. ) Zephaniah and Sukey had two children Phebe Ann ( b: 16 Oct 1829 in Chatham) and Betsey Seabury b: 07 May 1832 in Chatham)
Several genealogies state that Zephaniah married 31 Mar 1835 – Chatham, Mass. to Zerviah E Ryder (1810 – 1888) Her parents were Kimball Ryder (1775 – 1825) and Ruth Eldredge (1780 – 1848). Zephaniah and Zerviah had a daughter Modena Ryder (b. 21 Sep 1847 Chatham, Barnstable. Mass. d. 20 Mar 1939, Chatham, Barnstable, Mass. People’s Cemetery Inscription: 91y 5m 27d)
In the 1850 census, Zephaniah and Zerviah were living in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass with their daughter Modesea “Modena
This Zephaniah was a Master Mariner.
However, I found a birth record that this Zephaniah Eldredge was born ten years later 29 Apr 1809 and his parents were Reuben Eldredge and Jenney Eldredge. Census records in 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880 all show the later birthdate, as does Zephaniah’s gravestone 21 Sep 1880 – Inscription: 73y 4m 22d Peoples Cemetery, Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts,
Zephaniah, son of Cushi, and great-grandson of Hezekiah, ninth in the literary order of the minor prophets. He prophesied in the days of Josiah, king of Judah (B.C. 641-610), and was contemporary with Jeremiah, with whom he had much in common. The only primary source from which we obtain our scanty knowledge of the personality and the rhetorical and literary qualities of this individual is the Book of Zephaniah which contains in its three chapters the fundamental ideas of his preaching.
Zeruiah , daughter of King Nahash of Ammon (2 Samuel 17:25) and stepdaughter of Jesse of the Tribe of Judah, was an older sister of King David. Zeruiah had three sons, Abishai, Joab, and Asahel, all of whom were soldiers in David’s army. Very little is told of her. However, her sons are invariably mentioned with the matronymic “son of Zeruiah”, in marked contrast to most other Biblical characters (and people in many other cultures) who are known by a patronymic. This seems to indicate that she was an exceptionally strong or important woman, though the specific circumstances are not given.
viii. William Eldredge b. 22 May 1801 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass;d. 15 Oct 1831 Chatham; Burial: Seaside Cemetery; m. Bethiah Harding or Lovina [__?__] William and Bethiah had one son Jonathan (b: 18 Jul 1821 in Chatham)
ix. Temperance Eldredge b. 13 Sep 1803; m. Int. 31 Oct 1819 Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts to Isaac Howes (b. Chatham) Temperance and Isaac had one daughter Lyza Howes( b: 12 Mar 1820 in Chatham)
x. Sylvia Eldredge b. 26 Nov 1805 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass
xi. Catherine Eldredge b. 09 Oct 1812 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass
4. Jedidah Wing
Jedidah’s first husband Archelus Chase was born 3 Mar 1771 in Harwich. His parents were second cousins William Chase (II) ( b: ~1732 in Yarmouth) and Mercy Chase (b: 11 Feb 1733/34 in Yarmouth). Archelus drowned fishing with his sons Warren, Archelus Jr, and Ensign on 4 Feb 1808 in Harwich, Mass. His paternal grandparents were our ancestors William CHASE III and Dorcas BAKER.
Jedidah’s second husband Thomas Kelley was born 8 Jan 1775 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. He was Jedidah’s second cousin. His parents were Eleazer O’Killey (1728 – 1803) and Hannah Baker (1728 – ) His grandparents were Eleazer O’Kelly and Sarah Browning and his great grandparents were our ancestor Jeremiah O’KELLY and Sarah CHASE.
Here is what Josiah Paine has to say about Archelus and his sons:
Archelus Chase, son of Wm. md. Jedidah Wing, dau. of David of the north Parish, 8 Dec 1789 (see p. 186). He had in 1798 a house near Herring River, a lot of land west by Dennis, north by Enos Nickerson’s. Had 4 acres east & south by Isaiah Chase & land bought of Isaac Eldredge & land west of Wm Chase. He was drowned with 3 sons near Point Gammon from a boat 4 Feb 1808. Jedediah Chase lived a widow & d. 31 Aug 1862, ae 95 JP
Children of Jediah and Archelus:
i. Warren Chase b. 26 Nov 1791 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 4 Feb 1808 Drowned while Fishing
ii. Elizabeth Chase b. 20 Oct 1792 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1847; m. 4 Nov 1813 to William Fuller (b. ~1789 – d. 10 Feb 1875 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.)
iii. Archelus Chase Jr. b. 08 Jun 1794 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 04 Feb 1808 in drowned with his father and brother Warren, off Harwich.
iv. Ensign Chase b. 18 Dec 1796 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; drowned 4 Feb 1808 fishing with his father and brothers.
v. Mercy Chase b. 17 Sep 1797 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; m1. 24 Apr 1830 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass to James Crowell (b. 06 Dec 1782 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 31 Aug 1832) James parents were David Crowell (1759 – 1828) and Thankful Eldredge (1763 – ). James first married his cousin Ruth Crowell (b. 03 Sep 1785 in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 30 Aug 1829) and had seven children born between 1804 and 1825. Mercy and James had one daughter, Rebecca born in 1831.
m2. 18 Dec 1835 in Harwich to Edward Hains (Haynes)
vi. Cynthia Chase b. 10 Nov 1799 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; Never married; In the 1860 census, Cynthia was living with her mother in Harwich, Mass. and working as a seamstress.
vi. George Washington Chase b. 11 Jun 1802 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; m1. 4 Feb 1830 to Mercy Freeman (b. 9 Mar 1808 – d. 20 Jul 1837); Mercy’s parents were John Freeman (b: 10 Nov 1761 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass) and Abigail Hopkins (b: 19 Sep 1764 in Eastham); m2 int. filed . 27 Sep 1842 to Rebecca C. Flanders (b: South Hampton, NH)
vii. Samuel Chase b. 27 Jan 1804 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 19 Oct 1826; m. 9 May 1827 in Harwich to Sally Eldredge (b. 30 Oct 1805 in Harwich – d. 2 Jan 1861)
viii. Loring Chase b. 1805 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.
ix. Archelus Chase b. 20 Oct 1807 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 28 Sep 1885; m1. 06 Feb 1834 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mas to Emeline Baker (b. 21 Jul 1817 in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass.); Emeline’s parents were Seth Baker and Thankful [__?__]; m2. 23 Dec 1849 in Chatham, Mass. to Ann Stetson (b. 30 Aug 1808 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass – d. Aft. 1880 census)
5. Hannanh Wing
Hannah’s husband John Hammond was born 15 Mar 1766 in Chatham, Mass. His parents were Calvin Hammond and Patience Young. John died 8 Aug 1839 in Chatham, Mass.
During the War of 1812, John was taken from a fishing boat off the cost of Chatham, Mass and forced to act as a pilot for a British privateer for several weeks, but was finally landed at Chatham. The sons of this family were mariners and masters of vessels and lived in Chatham unless otherwise stated.
Children of Hannah and John
i. Elizabeth “Eliza” Hammond b. 2 Nov 1788 in Chatham, Mass.; d. 13 Aug 1870 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. burial Osterville Hillside Cemetery; m. William Davis (alias Blount) (b: 28 Jun 1790 in Snow Hill, London, England – d. 16 Apr 1871 in Osterville, Barnstable, Mass] When he was a young man, William was aboard the British ship Guerriere when she was captured by the US Frigate Constitution. He called himself William Blount, probably to escape impressment in the English service. Eliza and William had seven children born between 1816 and 1831.
In the 1850 census, William and Eliza Blonnt were living in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass where William was a ship wright.
The USS Constitution vs HMS Guerriere, was a single ship action between the two ships during the War of 1812. It took place shortly after war had broken out, and would prove to be an important victory for American morale.
At 2.00 p.m. on August 19, 1812 the Constitution sighted a large ship to leeward, and bore down to investigate. The weather was cloudy, and the wind was brisk. The strange ship proved to be the Guerriere, whose crew recognized Constitution at about the same moment. Both ships prepared for action, and shortened sail to “fighting sail”, i.e. topsails and jibs only. As the Constitution closed, the Guerriere’s Captaine Dacres first hove to to fire a broadside, which fell short, and then ran before the wind for three quarters of an hour with the Constitution on her quarter. Dacres yawed several times to fire broadsides at the Constitution, but the Guerriere’s broadsides were generally inaccurate, while the few shots fired from Constitution’s foremost guns had little effect. After one cannon-ball bounced “harmlessly” off the side of the Constitution, a crew member is said to have yelled “Huzzah! Her sides are made of iron!” [Hence Old Ironsides that we know today.]
Once the range had closed to within a few hundred yards, Captain Hull ordered extra sail (the foresail and main topgallant sail) to be set, to close the distance quickly. Dacres did not match this manoeuvre, and the two ships began exchanging broadsides at “half pistol-shot”, with the Constitution to starboard and Guerriere to port. After fifteen minutes of this exchange, during which Guerriere suffered far more damage than the Constitution due to the latter’s larger guns and thicker hull, Guerriere’s mizzenmast fell overboard to starboard, acting like a rudder and dragging her around. This allowed Constitution to cross ahead of Guerriere, firing a raking broadside which brought down the main yard. Hull then wore ship to cross Guerriere’s bow again, firing another raking broadside, but the manoeuvre was cut too close and the Guerriere’s bowsprit became entangled in the rigging of the Constitution’s mizzenmast.
On both ships, boarding parties were summoned, while musket fire broke out from each ship. Lieutenant Charles Morris and Captain Dacres were both wounded by musket shots. Only the narrow bowsprit provided a way between the ships, and in the heavy sea, neither side could venture across it. Some of the gunners aboard Guerriere fired at point-blank range into Hull’s stern cabin, setting the American ship on fire briefly. The two locked ships slowly rotated clockwise until they broke free. The Guerriere’s foremast and mainmast both then fell “by the board” i.e. snapped off at deck level, leaving her helpless and rolling heavily. Dacres attempted to set sail on the bowsprit to bring his ship before the wind, but it too had been damaged and broke. The Constitution meanwhile ran downwind for several minutes, repairing damage to the rigging, before once again wearing and beating upwind to return to battle.
As Constitution prepared to renew the action, the Guerriere fired a shot in the opposite direction to the Constitution. Sensing that this was an attempt to signal surrender, Hull ordered a boat to take a Lieutenant over to the British ship. When the Lieutenant walked onto the Guerriere and asked if Guerriere was prepared to surrender, Captain Dacres responded “Well, Sir, I don’t know. Our mizzen mast is gone, our fore and main masts are gone-I think on the whole you might say we have struck our flag.”
Captain Dacres was escorted aboard the Constitution. Hull refused to accept Dacres’ sword of surrender, saying he could not accept the sword from a man who had fought so gallantly. He also ordered that Dacres’ mother’s Bible be returned to him. The Guerriere was clearly sinking, and the wounded were transferred to the Constitution. Hull found that ten impressed Americans had been serving aboard Guerriere but Dacres had permitted them to stay below decks instead of fighting their countrymen.
Hull wanted the Guerriere towed in as a prize ship. The Constitution lay by the Guerriere during the night but at daybreak it was obvious that the Guerriere could not be salvaged. The prisoners and the American salvage parties were brought aboard Constitution and at three o’clock in the afternoon, the Guerriere was set on fire, and soon blew up.
Although Constitution was capable of continuing its cruise (it was substantially undamaged and still had two thirds of its ammunition), Hull wanted the American public to have news of the victory. He reached Boston ten days later, and his news (with the obvious proof of more than two hundred prisoners of war) caused rejoicing. The Guerriere had been one of the most active ships of the Royal Navy in stopping and searching American merchant vessels, and the news of its defeat was particularly satisfying to the American seafaring community. Ironically, Hull was never to hold another fighting command.
Once released by exchange of prisoners and returned to Halifax, Dacres was tried by court martial, as was customary in the case of a Royal Navy ship lost from any cause. He put forward as his defense the facts that the Guerriere was originally French-built, captured by the Royal Navy in 1806, and therefore not as sturdy as British-built ships, and more importantly, that the Guerriere was badly decayed and in fact on its way to refit in Halifax at the time, and the fall of the mizzen mast which crippled the Guerriere early in the fight had been due as much to rot as battle damage. There was no suggestion that Dacres and his men had not done their utmost, or that Dacres had been unwise to engage the Constitution. (Early in the War of 1812, it was accepted in the Royal Navy that a British 38-gun frigate could successfully engage a 44-gun frigate of any other nation.) Dacres was therefore acquitted.
ii. Calvin Hammond b. 18 Oct 1790 in Chatham, Mass.; d. 7 Jun 1853/54 Seaside Cemetery, Chatham, Mass; m. 12 Jan 1816 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass to Deborah Eldridge (b. 1791 – d. 24 Jul 1867 Seaside Cemetery Chatham, Barnstable, Mass) Calvin and Deborah had six children born between 1819 and 1834.
In the 1850 census, Calvin was a sailor in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass
iii. Capt. Luther Hammond b. 10 Jan 1792 in Chatham, Barnstable Mass.; d. 9 Mar 1854 Chatham.; Burial: Methodist Church Cemetery; m. 11 Mar 1817 – Harwich, Barnstable, Mass to Sarah “Sally” Gould (b. 11 Jun 1797 in Chatham – d. 17 May 1872 in Chatham) Sally’s parents were Josiah Gould (1766 – 1858) and Azuba Dexter (1768 – 1800.) Luther and Sally had seven children born between 1818 and 1833.
iv. John Hammond b. 23 Oct 1793 in Chatham, Mass.; d. 2 Apr 1864; m. 16 Sep 1817 to Mercy Hopkins (b. 1797 in Chatham – d. 27 Sep 1870 Chatham) Mercy’s parents were William Hopkins (b: 02 Feb 1766 in Chatham) and Dorcas Doane (b: 20 Jul 1771 in Chatham) John and Mercy had ten children born between 1820 and 1842.
In the 1850 census, John was a sailor in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass.
v. Stephen Hammond b. 24 Jul 1795 in Chatham, Mass.; d. 9 Aug 1871; m. 18 Jan 1820/21 to Betsey L. Ryder (b. 6 Mar 1797 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 28 Nov 1880 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass) Betsey’s parents were Edward Ryder (1761 – 1817) and his cousin Mercy Godfrey Ryder (1764 – 1850); Stephen and Betsey had seven children born between 1821 and 1837.
In the 1850 census, Stephen was a sailor in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass.
vi. William Hammond b. 19 Jun 1799 in Chatham, Mass.; d. 1829; m. 5 May 1820 to Reliance Wing (b. 05 Aug 1801 in Chatham – d. 7 Jan 1875Chatham; Burial Seaside Cemetery) Reliance was William’s second cousin. Her parents were Levi Wing (b: 03 Aug 1766 in Chatham) and Elizabeth Howes (b: ~1763 in Yarmouth (now Dennis)) Her grandparents were Joseph Wing and Experience Hopkins. Her great grandparents were our ancestors John WING IV and Rebecca FREEMAN Vickerie. William and Reliance had three children born between 1821 and 1827.
After William died, Reliance married 28 Oct 1827 in Chatham to William Hamilton (b: 04 Jan 1789 in Chatham – d. 14 Jan 1879 Chatham Seaside Cemetery) and had eight more children between 1829 and 1846.
vii. Elisha Hammond b. 2 Aug 1801 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 13 Sep 1888 Chatham; m. 29 Jan 1824 int. filed, Harwich to Lydia C. Allen (b. 24 Aug 1801 in Harwich – d. 23 Oct 1892 in Chatham) Her parents were Paine Allen (b: 09 Sep 1764 in Harwich) and Lydia Eldredge. Elisha and Lydia had five children born between 1828 and 1844. Elisha was a master mariner.
In the 1850 census, Elisha was a sailor in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass
viii. Zebediah “Zebedee” Hammond b. 21 Aug 1803 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 28 Oct 1833 to Betsey Fessenden; Zebeedee and Betsey had five children born between 1834 and 1839.
In the 1850 census, Zebedee was a sailor in Chatham.
ix. Hannah Hammond b. 6 Sep 1805 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 7 Mar 1886 Chatham; Burial:Seaside Cemetery; m. 11 Aug 1834 to Captain Francis Allen Patterson (b. 7 Sep 1803 Mass – d. 7 Feb 1876 Chatham; Burial:Seaside Cemetery)
In the 1870 census, F A and Hannah W were living in Chatham where Francis was a laborer.
6. Tamzin WING (See Isaac HAWES‘s page)
7. David Wing
David’s wife Desire Vincent was born 18 Jan 1771 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were David Vincent and Mehitable Taylor. Desire died 4 Nov 1842 in Homer or South Cortlandville, Cortland, New York.
Aged 77 Years
Aged 72 Years
Aged 25 Years
Aged 26 Years
Aged 24 Years
Rosanna S. Wing
Aged 42 Years
Wells D. Hayden
Aged 17 Years
Note: Peck/Wing Monument
Cortland Rural Cemetery
New York, USA
Plot: Sec. F, Lot 11
Children of David and Desire
i. Mehitable “Hitty” Wing b. 10 Dec 1791 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 20 Aug 1816 Burial: Sec. F, Lot 11, Courtlandville aka Cortland Rural Cemetery, Cortland, Cortland, New York’ m. John Simons
ii. [__Infant__] Wing b. 6 Jan 1794 in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; d. 10 Jan 1794 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass
iii. Temperance Wing b. 26 Jan 1795 in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 27 Jan 1826 Smyrna, Chenango, New York; m. 18 Feb 1816 in Smyrna, Chenango, New York to John Pope Tobey (b. 5 Jun 1790 in Smyrna, Chenango, New York – d. 3 Apr 1888 in Smyrna, Chenango, New York) His parents were Joseph Tobey (b: 1759 in of Dartmouth, Bristol, Mass.) and Elizabeth Pope (b: 13 May 1765 in Lebanon, New London, CT) Temperance and John had seven children born between 1816 and 1831.
In the 1860 census, John and Temperance were farming in Smyrna, Chenango, New York with one daughter Antonett (b. 1831) at home.
iv. Arathusa Wing b. 28 Apr 1797 in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; d. 23 Feb 1859 Union Cemetery, Westfield, Chautauqua, New York; m. Lewis Sperry ( b: 06 Apr 1793 CT – 01 Mar 1879 Union Cemetery, Westfield, Chautauqua, New York) Arathusa and Lewis had five children born between 1821 and 1837.
In the 1850 census, Lewis and Evathusa were farming in Chautauqua, Chautauqua, New York.
v. Otis Wing b. 10 Apr 1799 in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; d. 30 Apr 1898 Newton Jct, New Hampshire No children; m1. 09 Oct 1836 in Manchester, Essex, Mass. to Lucy Woodberry Masters (b: 15 Nov 1791 in Beverly, Essex, Mass.) Her parents were Asa Woodberry (1747 – 1830) and his cousin Anna Woodbury (1753 – 1844). Lucy first married 2 Feb 1813 Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts to James Woodbury Marshall (1787 – 1816). After James died, she married 30 Aug 1821 Beverly, Essex, Mass. to Andrew Marsters (1791 – 1835). Finally she married Otis at age 44.
Divorced: Libalant: Otis Wing Libelee: Lucy Wing nee Masters.
In the 1860 census, Otis was a Baptist Minister living with Rufus and Ellen Hopkin’s extended family in DeKalb, DeKalb, Illinois.
Otis and Lucy were at least separated, if not divorced. Lucy was living with her son, Woodbury Marsters at Chester, Rockingham Co., NH in the 1870 Census( and was using the last name Marsters)
m2. 16 Mar 1879 in Merrimack, Essex, Mass. to Nancy Short Dwindells (b: 09 Mar 1845 in W. Newbury, Essex, Mass.) Her parents were Jacob G. Dwindells (b. ~1813 in Mass.) and Achsah H. Short (b: ~1810 in Mass.) Nancy was 45 years younger than Otis. Even her parents were more than ten years younger! Nancy first married [__?__] Sider.
In the 1880 census, Otis was a clergyman in West Newbury, Essex, Mass, He and Nancy were living with Nancy’s parents Jacob G. and Achsam H. Dwinnels.
vi. Desire Wing b, 14 Jun 1801 in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; d. 14 Dec 1880 in home of her son, Walter G. Stone, Chicago, IL; m. 14 JUL 1821 in Homer, Cortland, New York to Thomas Stone (b. ~1797 – d. Bef. 1850 in Homer, Cortland, New York). His parents were Thomas Stone Sr and Rachel Marsh. Desire and Thomas had ten children born between 1822 and 1841.
In the 1850 census, Desire was living in Homer, Cortland, New York with two daughters Delia A age 24 and Julia E age 11
vii. Joanna Wing b. 18 Apr 1803 in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; d. 3 Apr 1829 in Friendship, Allegheny, New York Burial: Sec. F, Lot 11, Courtlandville aka Cortland Rural Cemetery; m. ~1825 to Harry Hayden ( b: ~1800 in of Friendship, Allegheny, New York)
viii. Abigail Wing b. 3 Jul 1805 in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; d. 5 Jul 1829 Cortland, NY Burial: Sec. F, Lot 11, Courtlandville aka Cortland Rural Cemetery,
ix. Persis Wing b. 2 Sep 1807 in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; d. 8 Dec 1897 in at home, 604 University Ave., Syracuse, New York; m. 13 Oct 1831 to Jesse Truesdell Peck (wiki) (b. 4 Apr 1811 in Middlefield, Otsego, New York – d. 17 May 1883 Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse, New York) His parents were Luther Peck and Annis Collier.
Jesse was the youngest of five sons of Luther and A. Peck, all of which became Methodist preachers. He was one of the founders of Syracuse University, serving as the first Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He developed the plan for the construction of buildings on land donated by George F. Comstock, each dedicated to a different academic discipline.
He was an American bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, elected in 1872 and was a delegate to the First Ecumenical Conference in 1881.
Jesse’s grandfather, also named Jesse, died in Washington’s army. His father, Luther, was a blacksmith and lifelong class leader, whose five sons (of whom Jesse T. was the youngest) all became Methodist preachers. The trend in his family toward the Methodist ministry led his great-nephew, the novelist Stephen Crane, to say: “Upon my mother’s side, everyone in my family became a Methodist clergyman as soon as they could walk, the ambling-nag, saddlebag, exhorting kind.
Bishop Peck was converted to christanity at the age of sixteen. He sensed a call to preach almost immediately. He entered the Traveling Ministry as a circuit rider of the Oneida[disambiguation needed] Annual Conference of the M.E. Church in 1832. He was ordained by Bishops Elijah Hedding and Beverly Waugh. Prior to his election to the Episcopacy, Peck served as a pastor and a presiding elder. As a Bishop, he was a delegate to the First Ecumenical Conference, 1881.
In 1848, he was elected the tenth president of Dickinson College, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. During his presidency, Peck was unpopular with the students. In one student prank, he was detained in an insane asylum in Staunton, Virginia, where he had traveled for a church conference.. Students locked Peck in a railroad boxcar overnight and another time, shot, and killed, his dog. On top of all of these problems with the students, Peck proved to be an inadequate fundraiser for the College; in June 1851, he announced his intention to leave the institution the following year, citing his belief that he was ill-suited to the tasks associated with the job. In July 1852, he gave the address to the graduating class, entitled God in Education.
Though not a college graduate himself, Peck was prominent in the beginnings of Syracuse University, serving as the first Chairman of its Board of Trustees. At its founding on March 24, 1870, the state of New York granted the University its charter independent of Genesee College. The City of Syracuse offered $100,000 to establish the school. Bishop Jesse Truesdell Peck donated $25,000 to the proposed school and was elected the first president of the Board of Trustees.
Peck developed what became, in effect, the University’s first master plan: a scheme for the construction of seven buildings on land donated by George F. Comstock, also a member of the Board. Each building was to be dedicated to a different academic discipline. Peck’s vision for the new campus was one of stylistic eclecticism; on one occasion declaring that the new university should “demonstrate the perfect harmony and indissoluble oneness of all that is valuable in the old and the new.” The first building completed under this plan was the Hall of Languages, built at the summit of University Avenue in Syracuse. Nationally renowned architect Horatio Nelson White was the designer of this French Second Empire structure
In the 1860 census, Jesse was a minister in San Francisco and in 1870 a Clergyman in Syracuse.
Selected Writings of Bishop Peck
Sermon: Talent, in Clark, D.W., The Methodist Pulpit, 1897.
The Central Idea of Christianity, 1857.
The True Woman, 1857.
What Must I Do to Be Saved?, 1858.
Sermon: The Life Battle, in The New York Pulpit in the Revival of 1858, A Memorial Volume.
Address: Centenary Conv., Boston, 1866, Proceedings.
History of the Great Republic, 1868.
Biography of Mary Brison, in Our Excellent Women, pub. by James Miller, 1872.
Addresses State Convs, N.J., 1870, political; N.Y., 1870, Public Schools, N.Y., 1871, Political Reform.
Sermon in Fraternal Camp-Meeting Sermons, Round Lake, 1875.
Reader of the Address published by the First Ecumenical Methodist Conference, City Road, London, 1881. The preparation of the paper was largely in his hands.
x. David Wing b. 21 Jun 1810 in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; d. 1885 Trempealeau, Trempealeau, Wisconsin; m1. 23 Aug 1832 to Jane Lobdell (b. 19 Oct 1809 in of No. Salem, Westchester, New York) ; Jane’s parents were Daniel Lobdell and Sally Keeler. David and Jane had six children born between 1833 and 1848.
m2. 13 Sep 1855 in Cherry Valley, Winnebago, IL to Lorinda Richardson (04 Aug 1833 in (now Canada)- d. Jun 1907 in Washougal, Clark, WA Burial: Washougal Memorial Cemetery,) Lorinda’s parents were Clark W. Richardson (b: 1802 in New York) and Mary “Polly” Herrington [Harrington] (b ~1809 in Ontario) David and Lorinda had another eight children born between 1856 and 1869.
In the 1870 census, David and Lorinda were farming near Plum River, Stockton, Jo Daviess, Illinois.
xi. Rosanna Sears Wing b. 19 Jun 1812 in Sonyrue, Chenango, or Sonyea, Livingston, New York; d. 05 Jul 1855 in Cortland, Cortland, New York; Burial: Sec. F, Lot 11, Courtlandville aka Cortland Rural Cemetery, Cortland, Cortland, New York; Unmarried
xii. Joseph Vincent Wing b. 14 Oct 1814 in Homer, Cortland, New York; d. 1907 Belvidere, Illinois; m. 15 Sep 1840 in Courtland, New York to Sarah Adeline Johnson (b. 15 Sep 1820 in (Unknown), Orange, New York – d. 12 Mar 1905 Belevidere Cemetery, Belvidere, Boone, Illinois) Joseph and Sarah had six children between 1842 and 1857.
In the 1870 census, Joseph was a wagon maker in Belvidere, Boone, Illinois.
8. Capt. John Wing
John’s wife Hannah Foster was born 1777 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were David Foster (b. b: 24 Mar 1742 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.) and Phebe Freeman (b: 19 Nov 1747 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass). Hannah died in 1848.
Children of John and Hannah
i. Charlotte Foster Wing b. 26 Jun 1797 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 6 Mar 1882; m1. 19 May 1816 to Benjamin Freeman (b. 30 Jun 1793 in Eastham (now Orleans), Barnstable, Mass. – d. 24 Oct 1845 in Ross Township, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Burial: Yorkville Cemetery) Benjamin’s parents were John Freeman (b: 10 Nov 1761 in Eastham ) and Abigail Hopkins (b: 19 Sep 1764 in Eastham) Charlotte and Benjamin had 13 children born between 1817 and 1841. Between 1830 and 1832, they moved to Victor, Ontario, New York.
m2. 27 Feb 1848 Battle Creek, Calhoun, MI to Deacon William Betterly (b. 6 Oct 1788 New Fane, Vermont – d. 10 July 1871 Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, Calhoun, MI.) His parents were Thomas Betterly (1751 – 1836) and Lydia Warren (1752 – 1837). He first married 17 Jan 1811 Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan to Phebe S Hayford (11 May 1791 – 29 Nov 1847 in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan)
In the 1850 census, William and Charlotte were farming in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan with one child from William’s previous marriage and six from Charlotte’s.
ii. Capt. Josiah Wing b. 3 Apr 1799 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 4 Oct 1874 Suisan, Solano, California; m1. 12 Oct 1822 in Brewster, Barnstable, Mass. to Phebe Lincoln (b. 29 Dec 1800 in Brewster – d. 1837 in South Perinton, Monroe, New York); Phebe’s parents were Nathaniel Lincoln III (b: Bef. Dec 1770 in Harwich.) and Rebecca Cobb (b:~ 1767 – d. 30 Apr 1816 age 49 Harwich) Josiah and Phebe had five children born between 1824 and 1836 in Brewster, Mass. These children stayed in the Midwest.
m2. 5 Nov 1837 to Mrs. Mercy Hurd. Mercy Foster Crosby (b. 1808 in Brewster, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 9 Jan 1885 in Suisun, Solano, California; Burial: IOOF Block 44 Grave 7, Fairfield-Suisun Cemetery) Mercy’s parents were Sylvanus Crosby II (b: 11 Nov 1777 in Harwich (now Brewster)) and Polly Crosby Foster (b: 8 Jun 1778 in Harwich) Mercy first married [__?__] Hurd. Josiah and Mercy and six more children born between 1838 and 1848, two in South Perinton, Monroe, New York, three in Medina, Orleans, New York and one in Wheatland, Hillsdale, Michigan. These children came with their parents to California.
Josiah sailed his ship Diantha around the horn to San Francisco in 1851. He purchased a the Ann Sophia, and sailed between San Francisco and Sacramento and in the process founded Suisun City on the Delta. Late in live he mastered the brig Pride of the West to catch fish in the North Pacific. The next year he took command of the Dominga and for the next five years he sailed to Petropoulski, on the Okhotsk Sea, returning each autumn with 70,000 to 100,000 codfish. Other fishing expeditions took him to New Zealand.
In 1822 when he was 23 years old, Josiah was captured by pirates while on a voyage in brig “Iris.” Warren Lincoln recorded the adventure : [Click the link for the rest of the story]
We sailed from Boston about the first of November, 1822, in the brig “Iris,” owned by William Parsons, Esq., of Boston. Our crew consisted of eleven, all told, viz.: Freeman Mayo, of Brewster, master ; Richard Rich of Bucksport, Me., first mate; Sylvanus Crosby of Brewster [Josiah’s father-in-law], second mate; Brewster Mayo of Brewster, seaman, who was the first child born in Brewster, or rather, he was a twin; Josiah Wing of Brewster, seaman; two other seamen; _____ Hooper of Boston, seaman; negro for cook; Mr. Greenleaf of Baltimore, a passenger, and the cabin boy 12 years old belonging in Brewster and the teller of this story.
This was my first voyage, and for the first three days out I was very homesick and seasick. Nothing remarkable occurred until about the 20th. We had passed the Bahama Banks and passed the Double Headed Shot Keys during the night. About sunrise I was called to my duty, which was to keep the cabin tidy, set the table, clear it away, wash the dishes, etc. When I came on deck the island of Cuba was in sight about 30 miles distant, the wind light, the water smooth. We were sailing by the wind, as the sailors term it, “full and by.” I soon noticed the first mate in earnest conversation with the man at the helm and came near enough to hear the mate say :
“They may be pirates,” referring to two vessels in-shore of us, “and I will call the captain.”
He went into the cabin and called Captain Mayo. His first exclamation, spy-glass in hand, was,
“Damn ’em, they are pirates! Call all hands on deck, put up your helm and keep her off ; square the yards, set the fore-topmast studding sail; bear a hand ! ” …
From Jerry Bowen and Sabine Goerke-Shrode ”Solano: The Way It Was,” Sunday, Jan 7, 2007 – Capt. Wing steered Suisun City’s early course
After Phebe’s death, Josiah went back to Brewster, Mass., where he married a widow, Mercy Hurd. He sold the farm in New York and moved to Michigan.
The gold discovery in California drew him away from farming to try his hand at the more lucrative business of transporting passengers and cargo to the gold fields. He moved the family to Cape Cod, Mass.
Once in California, he went into the business of supplying building materials, goods and food for the miners. He established a very profitable business when he began sailing out of San Francisco to Sacramento. Josiah also converted the ship that he sailed around the horn, The Diantha, into a store ship and then built the Pine Street Hotel in San Francisco from the timber that he had brought with him.
Evidently The Diantha never sailed again and was broken up or allowed to sink in the bay, the fate of hundreds of ships whose crews jumped ship to pursue the lure of gold.
Followed the acquisition of the schooner Ann Sophia, in 1852, Josiah Wing came to Suisun. He purchased Suisun “Island” and a tract of adjoining marshland, about 600 acres in all, for $500. He established a permanent wharf at Suisun and built a warehouse with sleeping quarters, then moved his wood-frame home from its location on Pine Street in San Francisco to Suisun.
He also discovered, that at low tide, Suisun was not an island. Using willow logs, he raised the low-tide connection between the island and the Suisun Valley shoreline. Later this connection would be called Union Avenue.
Next, he sent for his family back in Massachusetts. His wife, Mercy, and children reached San Francisco in August of 1852..
With wife Mercy, and the 10 children from both their marriage and his previous marriage, the family became the founders of Suisun City.
The embarcadero quickly grew into a bustling business district, especially for the farming community in the upper county area. During the first summer of 1851, the settlement’s first store opened, operated by John W. Owens and A.W. Hall.
Records of 1852 note shipments of potatoes, another of the early local attempts to develop a variety of agricultural commodities.
In 1854, Capt. Wing began plans for the layout of the new town, with street grids and lot subdivisions with assistance by Owens to be called Suisun City.
By 1857, the old wood-frame home became too small for the Wing family. Never hesitating to acquire new land and to settle anew, Capt. Wing purchased a 23-acre farm west of the town, built a new house and moved his family [to what is now Fairfield]. This would remain their home until 1874.
An early settler, James Thomas Wells, recalled in 1925 “There was not much here” except a slaughter house and Captain Wing used to have the wild grain around here harvested and then take it down to San Francisco in his schooner. Allen Miller and J. B. Lemon, his brother-in-law, were already settled here, having come to California in search of gold.
“They were then engaged in stock raising. Wing’s schooner used to carry away the grain which was brought in from the valleys, being hauled to Suisun by teams of sixteen to twenty mules. I can remember when the stagecoaches came in here, one line running from Benicia to Fairfield and the other from Napa to Sacramento.”
By 1855, the Solano Herald already said about the flourishing town: “It is the point of embarkation of the produce of the county and has for the past few months been the busiest place in the county.”
Suisun became a bustling port of commerce where fortunes were made. At the time, there was a wheat boom. There was a huge demand in Europe for flour.
Entrepreneurs moved to Suisun to set up mills with stone grinding wheels to meet the demand. These mills would have run round the clock – 24/7, if it wasn’t for the fact that the steam boilers that ran the grinding stones had to be cleaned out periodically
By the late 1850s, he sold part of his landholdings in Suisun, including the wharf. Josiah kept sailing his new ship, The Ann Sophia, on the Sacramento River, and was especially busy at harvest time. He found the land holdings to be a distraction from his first love of shipmaster, He continued to use the wharf for his business until 1864, when he also sold the Ann Sophia.
In 1857 he purchased a 23-acre farm a few miles west of town, put it in Mercy’s name and connected it to Rockville Road by a plank lane built by Chinese workers. The new farmhouse would remain the Wing home until after Josiah’s death in October of 1874, when Mercy went to live with her son.
In 1868, residents petitioned the Solano County Board of Supervisors that steps be taken to grant the country town the rights and privileges of a city. The big moment came on Oct 9, 1868, when the Solano County Board of Supervisors voted to accept the petition. To do so, petitioners had to prove that Suisun had more than 200 residents, all of whom had lived there for more than 30 days, and that a majority of these residents supported the incorporation by signing the petition. The drive to incorporate was spearheaded by Samuel Breck, who was the supervisor representing the area on the Board of Supervisors.
Surprisingly, Capt. Wing’s name is not among the petitioners recorded in the Board of Supervisors’ minutes. Nor is his name among the list of voters for the federal election or the election to form the first Suisun City government, although his son, Chillingsworth Wing, is listed.
Instead of local politics, Josiah’s interests had shifted back to the sea. Over the previous decade, he had made changes to his holdings that eventually allowed him to be gone for much of the year.
In the spring of 1866, at age 67, Josiah Wing went back to sea. This time, the North Pacific beckoned with its highly profitable fishing grounds. . He mastered the brig Pride of the West to catch fish in the North Pacific. His voyage was “crowned with success,” according to news reports.For the next five years, he fished the Pacific Northwest, sailing all the way to the Okhotsk Sea, off the Russian Coast. In some years, he would return with nearly 100,000 caught codfish.
The next year he took command of the Dominga and for the next five years he sailed to Petropoulski, on the Okhotsk Sea, returning each autumn with 70,000 to 100,000 codfish. Other fishing expeditions took him to New Zealand.
In 1871, he planned on arriving back in Suisun to give the bride away, when his daughter Laura married, but he was delayed for 18 days by calm winds. His final voyage ended in November 1871. At age 72, he left the sea for good and he decided to open a fish market.
Some of the earlier historical resources sometimes hint at a rivalry between the two local sea captains and city founders, Capt. Robert Waterman of Fairfield and Wing of Suisun. Looking at Wing’s life and interests, especially in his later years, I don’t see this as a factor in his life.
Both men had very different experiences as captains. Captain Waterman was a clipper ship captain sailing to China, where he met his partner, Capt. Archibald Ritchie. Wing on the other hand was a packet captain sailing along the East Coast. It is doubtful that the two knew each other prior to coming to Solano County.
Wing chanced onto the land in Suisun Bay while sailing between San Francisco and Sacramento and recognized the location as an opportunity to establish a good home base for his business and his family.
Although this decision resulted in the founding of Suisun, after the first few years, he seemed not to have participated actively in its growth or political formation. Rather, he continued to do what he loved best – raise his family, farm his land, and – foremost – sail the high seas.
Wing died on Oct. 4, 1874, and was mourned by the community as a well-liked member, according to his obituary in the Weekly Solano Republican on Thursday, Oct. 8, 1874.
“The early settlers of this county will regret to learn of the demise of one of their number in the person of Capt. Josiah Wing, of this place, who died on the morning of the 4th instant, at the age of 76 years and five months, having been born on the 4th day of April 1798, at Brewster, a town on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Capt. Wing came to California in 1850, bringing with him in his vessel the frame and material of a house which he erected in San Francisco, but which was subsequently – 1852 – taken down and brought to this place and occupied by his family (which arrived earlier that year) and is the one now occupied by E. Littrell as a restaurant.
“He was the first person who ever navigated Suisun Slough, and he erected the first dwelling-house and the first warehouse in this place. A few years later he removed to a farm about two miles from town, where his family has ever since resided, though he was usually absent at sea until within the last two years.
‘He was a person of a robust constitution and enjoyed excellent health until quite recently, and was able to walk about town within six or eight hours of his death. His genial social qualities made him a favorite with old and young and he was held in the highest estimation by all who knew him. His funeral took place on Wednesday, and was more largely attended than any that has ever occurred here. The flags in town were at half-mast on Wednesday in token of respect for the deceased.”
Here’s a side note — Increasing prosperity allowed the Wings, like many families at the time, to employ a number of servants to run the family home and farm.
Among the earliest servants mentioned is Adam Willis, whose personal history illustrates an often-ignored aspect of California history. Willis was of African-American descent and came to Solano County as a slave. Willis was born in Missouri in 1824 and was later either inherited or bought by the Vaughn family in Saline County, Mo. In 1846, Maj. Singleton Vaughn decided to move west, accompanied by Willis. Vaughn first settled in Woodland and then moved to Benicia.
In 1852, he decided to bring his whole family. Willis, then age 23, was put in charge of the overland trek.
Willis remained with the Vaughn family until he was given his freedom on Sept. 25, 1855. The letter recording his manumission recently was discovered in the Solano County Historical Archives and will be part of an upcoming exhibit at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.
Once free, Willis set out as a cook, working in the Suisun area. One of the families he cooked for was that of Capt. Wing. Willis also worked as a cook for various other families, several hotels and the Solano County Hospital in Fairfield. He died Nov. 20, 1902.
iii. John Wing b. 1801 in Brewster, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 5 Sep 1822 Boston, Suffolk, Mass. John died in quarantine Bainsford Island in Boston Harbor.
iv. Betsy Wing b: 11 Sep 1803 in Brewster, Barnstable, Mass; d. 19 Dec 1806 in Brewster
v. Capt. George Wing b. 5 May 1805 in Brewster, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 29 Oct 1877 Vienna, Genesee, Michigan; m. 13 Jan 1828 to Betsy Hopkins (b. 3 Feb 1807 Brewster, Barnstable, Mass – d. 14 Nov 1886 Clio, Genesee, Michigan, Burial: Block B, Woodlawn Cemetery) Betsy’s parents were Moses Hopkins (b: 12 Mar 1783 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.) and Betsey Crocker (b: 1784) Betsy’s brother George married George’s sister Betsey (and visa versa) George and Betsey had twelve children born between 1829 and 1851.
In the 1850 census, George was a carpenter in Tonawanda, Erie, New York.
vi. Betsy Wing b. 22 Dec 1808 in Brewster, Barnstable, Mass.;d. 24 Dec 1866 in Williamsburgh (now Brooklyn), New York; Burial: The Evergreens Cemetery, Williamsburgh;; m. int. filed 10 Oct 1829 in Brewster to William Hopkins (b: 15 Mar 1804 in Brewster – d. Aft. 1866 in prob. Brooklyn) His parents were also Moses Hopkins and Betsey Crocker. Betsy’s brother George married George’s sister Betsey (and visa versa!) Betsy and George had three children born between 1831 and 1836.
In the 1860 census, William and Betsey were living in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn with a large extended family, one Wing, eleven Hopkins, and six people with different last names. They also had lots of various people living with them in 1850 Williamsburgh. In 1880 William was a carpenter living at 1014 Broadway, Brooklyn. Today an elevated train goes down the street.
vii. Hannah Wing b. 12 Apr 1816 in Brewster, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 02 May 1865 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York; m. 30 Jun 1834 in int filed, Brewster to Judah Berry II (b: ~1813 in Mass. – 7 Nov 1863 in Brooklyn Burial: The Evergreens Cemetery,) Hannah and Judah had six children between 1837 and 1854.
In the 1850 census, Hannah and Judah were living in Ward 7 District 2, New York City where Judah was a stevedore. The district’s boundaries were Liberty St – Maiden Lane – South St – Peck Slip – Ferry St – Gol St – Spruce St – William St. Today this neighborhood centers around the South Street Pier tourist area. Like Hannah’s sister in Brooklyn Betsey, they had a large extended family of 14 in the household.
9. Silva Wing
Silva as a girl’s name is a variant of Silvana (Italian), Silvia (Latin) and Sylvia (Latin), and the meaning of Silva is “woodland, forest; woods, forest”.
Silva’s husband William Gardner was born in 1774 in Nantucket, Mass. His parents were Jethro Gardner (1740 – 3 Apr 1814) and Love Gardner (1742 – 10 Jul 1836). William died on 22 May 1855 at Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine. His body was interred at Cross Hill Cemetery.
Children of Silva and William:
i. [__?__] Gardner b: ~1798 in Vassalboro, Lincoln (now Kennebec), Maine
ii. Jethro Gardner b: ~1800 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 1875 Vasalboro; Burial: Cross Hill Cemetery; m. int pub 23 Aug 1829 in Vassalboro to Olive N. Hall (b: ~1808 Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine – d. 1878 Burial: Cross Hill Cemetery) Jethro and Olive had seven children born between 1832 and 1846.
In the 1860 census, Jethro and Olive were farming in Vassalboro. Their daughters Angelia G (age 25), Vesta R (age 23), Almira (age 19) and Adelia (age 16) were teachers.
iii. Polly Gardner b: ~1800 Poss living with father (unmarried), in 1850 Census. also poss. this Polly was a second wife of William.
iv. Barzilla Gardner b: ~1803 in of Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 10 Jun 1842 in Vassalboro; Burial: Cross Hill Cemetery; m. 24 Jun 1832 in Cumberland, Cumberland, Maine to Hannah Russell Harris (b. 09 Oct 1804 in North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Maine – d. 16 Feb 1881 West Cumberland, Cumberland, Maine; Burial: Farris Cemetery). Hannah’s parents were Ozni Harris (1765 – 1843) and Miriam H. Haskell (1778 – 1863).
In the 1880 census, Hannah was living with her son Ozney (William Ozni) in Sidney, Kennebec, Maine.
v. [__?__] Gardner b: ~1805
vi. [__?__] Gardner b: ~1807
vii. William Gardner (II) b: ~ 1810 in of Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; m. Mary A. [__?__]. (b. 1813 Maine)
In the 1850 census, William and Marry were farming in Sidney, Kennebec, Maine and had four children at home ages 8 to 15.
viii. Robert Gardner b: 20 Aug 1813 Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 20 Feb 1892 Vassalboro;Burial: Cross Hill Cemetery; m. 30 Dec 1838 in Hartford, Oxford, Maine to Melintha Stephens (b: 15 Jul 1812 in Hartford, Oxford, Maine – d. 9 Feb 1892 Vassalboro Burial: Cross Hill Cemetery) Melintha’s parents were Lemuel Stephens (b: 1788) and Deborah Fuller (b: 1787) Robert and Melintha had two sons, Edward (b. 1839) and Albert (b. 1845) in Vassalboro.
In the 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880 censuses, Robert and Melintha were farming in Vassalboro.
ix. Stephen Gardner b: Oct 1816 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 11 Apr 1868 in Vassalboro; Burial: Cross Hill Cemetery; m. 02 Jan 1841 in Vassalboro to Mercy W. Randall (b: ~1813 – d. 10 Nov 1880 Vassalboro Burial: Cross Hill Cemetery) Stephen and Mercy had four children born between 1843 and 1857.
In the 1860 census, Stephen and Mercy W were farming in Vassalboro.
11. Abigail Winslow Wing
Abigail’s husband Capt. Alpheus Adams was born 28 Oct 1774 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Nathaniel Adams and Thankful Chadwick. He was 3rd great grandson of the same immigrant Henry Adams (21 Jan 1583 in Somerset, England – 06 Oct 1646 in Braintree, Norfolk, Mass) who was the ancestor of Samuel, John and John Quincy Adams. Alpheus died 16 Feb 1869 in Cotuit Port, Mass.
He was sea captain; his vessel waa captured by the British in the war of 1812-14.
An Alpheus Adams was Surgeon’s Mate in the War of 1812 in Columbia County, New York.
Mr. ALPHEUS ADAMS
Died Feb. 16, 1869
Aged 95 Years
Died Feb. 22, 1869
aged 89 Years
ALPHEUS ADAMS JR.
lost at sea
Aged 23 Years
DAVID W. ADAMS
Alpheus & Abigail Adams
Died Dec. 10, 1823
Aged 5 Years
Children of Abigail and Alpheus:
i. Martha H. Adams b. 13 Sep 1804 in Barnstable, Mass; d. 13 Apr 1874 in New Bedford, Bristol, Mass; m. 17 Jan 1825 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass to Capt. Calvin Fish (1799 – 1882) Martha and Calvin had seven children born between 1826 and 1842.
In the 1850 census, Calvin was a master mariner in Mashpee, Barnstable, Mass.
ii. William W Adams b. 5 May 1806 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass; d. 17 Feb 1890 in Victor, Ontario, New York; Burial: South Perinton Cemetery, Perinton, Monroe County, New York,; m. 21 Oct 1840 Cazenovia, Madison, New York to Matilda Austin (b. 22 Oct 1822 in Cazenovia, Madison, New York – d. 04 Mar 1910 in Rochester, Monroe, New York Burial: South Perinton Cemetery, Perinton, Monroe County, New York) Matilda’s parents were Philomen Lee Austin (1787-1842) and Matilda Seeley End (1792-1824). William and Matilda had seven children born between 1841 and 1852.
William went to sea at age 12 and remained a coasting sailor until 1836 when he moved to Western New York.
In the 1850 census, William and Matilda were farming in Perinton, Monroe, New York.
From Ontario County Journal February 1890 — Captain W. W. Adams, an old and respected citizen of Victor, died there last Monday, aged 84 years. He had an attack of the grip, which resulted in congestion of the lungs. He was formerly a seafaring man, but had lived in Victor the past 50 years. He leaves a widow and five children.
iii. Mercy Adams b. 4 Feb 1808 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass; d. 06 Mar 1876 in Barnstable; m. 1836 21 Feb 1836 Barnstable to David Gardner (b. 25 Apr 1807 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine – d. Jan 1880 in Barnstable)
In the 1870 census, David and Mercy were farming in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.
iv. Zenas Lovell Adams b. 7 Nov 1809 in Barnstable, Mass; d. 29 Nov 1882 in New Bedford, Bristol, Mass; m. 18 Jan 1835 Nantucket, Nantucket, Mass to Sarah C. Hinkley (30 Apr 1813 in [__?__], Barnstable, Mass. – d. 23 Mar 1895 in New Bedford, Bristol, Mass) Zenas was a master mariner. Zenas and Sarah had five children born between 1833 and 1840.
In the 1850 census, Zenas was a trader in Nantucket, Nantucket, Mass.
v. Freeman Eldredge Adams b. 26 Jul 1811 in Cotuit, Barnstable, Mass; d. 19 Feb 1876 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Mass.; m. 9 Mar 1835 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass to Eunice Hopkins Nickerson (b. 12 Nov 1811 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass – d. 23 Sep 1900 – Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass) Eunice’s parents were Samuel Nickerson (b. 15 JAN 1780 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.) and Rhoda “Polly” Hopkins (b: 22 MAY 1783 in Harwich (now Brewster)). Freeman was a master mariner. Freeman and Eunice had three children born between 1835 and 1843.
In the 1860 census, Freeman was a grain merchant in Nantucket, Nantucket, Mass.
vi. Alpheus Adams b. 16 Sep 1813 in Barnstable, Mass.; d. 18 Dec 1837 at Sea, Sulawesi Tengah, Indonesia “on his Passage from the Mediterranean, fell overboard and was drowned,”
vii. David W. Adams b. 16 Nov 1815 in Barnstable, Mass.; d. 10 Dec 1823 in Cotuit, Barnstable, Massl Burial: Mosswood Cemetery
viii. Alexander Murray Adams b. 26 Oct 1817 in Cotuit, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 16 Jan 1898 in Fall River, Bristol, Mass.; m. 30 Jun 1839 Nantucket, Nantucket, Mass to Sarah H. Hinckley (b. 23 Oct 1814 in Osterville, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 13 Sep 1880 in Fall River, Bristol, Mass of Typhoid fever) Alexander and Sarah had nine children born between 1840 and 1855.
In the 1870 census, Alexander was a house carpenter in Fall River.
ix. Alden Hammond Adams b. 13 Apr 1820 – Barnstable, Mass.; d. 5 Sep 1910 – Nantucket, Nantucket, Mass.; m. 26 Dec 1844 – Nantucket, Nantucket, Mass. to Electa Morton Hinckley (b. 2 Jan 1822 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 4 Jun 1910 – Nantucket, Nantucket, Mass) Electra’s parents were Heman Hinckley (1792 – 1874) and Prudence Bourne (1792 – 1855). Alden and Electra had four children born between 1847 and 1856.
In the 1870 census, Alden was a mariner in Nantucket, Nantucket, Mass.
x. James H. Adams b. 14 May 1822 in Cotuit, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 16 Feb 1904 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Mass; m. 15 Mar 1846 Nantucket, Mass to Phoebe Ann Bunker (b. 2 Jul 1821 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Mass. – d. 8 Dec 1905 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Mass) Phebe’s parents were Owen Bunker (1775 – 1864) and Phebe Gardner (1780 – 1860).
In the 1870 census, James was a house carpenter in New Bedford Ward 2, Bristol, Mass.
xi. Lewis Lincoln Adams b. 18 Jan 1824 in Cotuit, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 20 Jul 1907 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island; m. 5 Oct 1865 Nantucket, Mass to Mary Jane Coleman (b. 27 Sep 1834 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Mass – d. 1904). Mary Jane’s parents were Obed Coleman (b: 03 May 1809 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Mass.) and Ruth Butler (b: 1806 in of Falmouth, Barnstable, Mass.) Lewis was a sea captain.
In the 1870 census, Lewis was a mariner living in Providence Ward 6, Providence, Rhode Island