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The Whitney Family of Connecticut

by S. Whitney Phoenix
(New York: 1878)

Transcribed by Robert L. Ward.

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Sixth Generation.
647 II. Abigail Wilson, b. at Hempstead Harbor, N. Y., 14 Feb. 1782; died at Cooperstown, N. Y., 16 Aug. 1851; married about 1798, at Sing Sing, N. Y., William Jones; married (2d) about 1808, at Troy, N. Y., John Nafew. 2220
648 III. Henry Wilson, b. at Hempstead Harbor, N. Y., 27 Feb. 1784; a paper-maker, of the firm of Wilson and Bird; resided at Troy, N. Y., from 1800 to 1861, and there married, 16 Ap. 1806, Nancy Sickles, born at Bennington, Vt, 8 May 1789, dau. of Zachariah and Rachel (Ferris) Sickles, of Troy. She died at Troy, 13 Jan. 1860; he, at Bolton, N. Y., 18 May 1861. They were buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy. He served in the war of 1812, as ensign in the Troy Fusileers, of which Gov. William Larned Marcy was lieutenant, and took part in the battle of Plattsburgh, 11 Sept. 1814, in which, it is said, his company captured the first stand of colors taken from the British during that war. A Troy paper said: "During the many years that he resided in this city, he enjoyed the high esteem of the community, and faithfully discharged all the duties of life, and at seventy-eight years of age he descends to the grave, having lived a stainless life, which is the most fitting eulogium that can be paid to the departed good." The same authority calls Mrs. Wilson "a woman of uncommon piety and exemplary worth, who, for many years, has lived fully up to the highest Christian standard." 2226
649 IV. Phebe Wilson, b. at Hempstead Harbor, N. Y., 29 July 1787; married about 1802, at Troy, N. Y., John Grace, a butcher, son of Lawrence1 and Elizabeth (Myers) Grace, of Troy, where he was born about 1778. They settled in Troy, where she died, 6 March 1812, and was buried in the old Baptist Cemetery. He married (2d) Hannah Hall, of Catskill, N.Y.; and they were both killed, 1 Jan. 1837, by a great landslide, which destroyed their house in Troy.2 They were buried on Ida Hill, in the first burying-ground in Troy. He was a soldier in the war of 1812. 2240
  1 Lawrence Grace, a German, came to America with Burgoyne's army, in 1777, and, after its capture, settled in Troy, and there died, aged about 85 years.
  2 "An Old Time Remembrance. There are a few people yet living who remember the landslide which occurred on New Year's day, 1837. It changed a season of rejoicing into sorrow and mourning. It occurred near the intersection of Fifth and Washington Streets; an avalanche of clay came tumbling down from an eminence nearly two hundred feet high, moving down to the base of the hill; and then, from the impetus it had received, continued to move, over level land, eight hundred feet more, covering acres of ground, and accompanied by a cataract of water and sand. The mass moved with great rapidity, taking with it two stables and three dwelling houses, which, with their contents, were crushed into a thousand pieces, and their wrecks finally deposited in a hollow at the corner of Fourth and Washington Streets. The avalanche encountered a brick-kiln, which it overwhelmed; a few minutes later, the kiln caught fire, and the alarm which the fire occasioned was the first intimation the people in the vicinity had. One of the dwellings was occupied by John Grace and his wife, who were both killed, while their grandson, a little boy then (John Grace Cooley), escaped miraculously; and their dwelling was shattered into a thousand pieces. The scene was awful in the highest degree"--Troy Daily Times, 31 Dec. 1873.
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