In the language of Isabel T. Ray: "The first of the Kellogg family known in America was
1. Lieutenant Joseph Kellogg , born in 1627, and died in 1708, aged 80 years." He came over from England and settled in Farmington, Conn., in 1651, removed to Boston in 1659, and finally located in Hadley, Mass., in 1662. He was a weaver by trade, and was a
landed proprietor.MARTIN and PRUDENCE (BIRD) KELLOGG FAMILY
MARTIN and PRUDENCE (BIRD) KELLOGG were married on October 22, 1621, at St Michael's, Bishop's Stortford, County Hertford, England.
MARTIN became a weaver of cloth, a well respected journeyman trade in early England, where
the export of woolen cloth to other European countries was the mainstay source of income for the Crown. He lived at Great Leigh and then Braintree with his family and died at the latter place in 1671, his will proven in court on September 20th that year. PRUDENCE had died before her husband.
John - Who had a son named John>
Nathaniel - Baptized 12 March 1624; married Elizabeth. He died in 1702.
JOSEPH - Baptized 1 April 1626; married firstly, Joanna; after her death, ABIGAIL TERRY.
Settled in New England. Known to be living in FARMINGTON, CONNECTICUT, early as 1651; BOSTON in 1657; one of the first settlers and a proprietor of HADLEY, MASSACHUSETTS in 1652. Became a Freeman in 1654.
Sarah - Baptized 1 February 1628; .married William Jacobs.
Daniel - Baptized 6 February 1630; moved to New England.
Samuel - Moved to New England.
Martin - Married Elizabeth . He died at Braintree, England, in 1702.
Although genealogies of our ancestor JOSEPH claim that he is the immigrant ancestor of the American KELLOGG families, this may be incorrect, as his two brothers who also came to America both married and were the forefathers of their own branch of the KELLOGG families. Adequate research of early New England written records find both Daniel and Samuel and their families recorded.
The fact that all three brothers did name their children with the same first names of uncles, aunts, and cousins, required diligent research to identify our own branch of the family. This tradition of naming their children for others of the family was carried down through generations even to this day.
In 1663 he was made a sergeant in the militia, ensign in 1678, and lieutenant in 1679. He took part in the Indian skirmish known as "The Falls Fight" in 1676. At that time he was the ferryman at Hadley, Mass., which business was kept in the family for one hundred years.
He frequently served as selectman in the town of Hadley, and must have been well-to-do, for in 1673 his second wife was before the court for not dressing in silk attire according to the prescribed custom of her station.
However she was not found guilty of a misdemeanor. Joseph had two wives, Joanna and Abigail Terry, and was the father of twenty-five children, the tenth being STEPHEN.
2. STEPHEN KELLOGG,the next in line, was born April 9, 1668, and died June 5, 1722, aged 54 years. Lived at Westfield, Mass., where grave stone may still be seen. He was a weaver; rem. to Westfield in 1697. His will was dated 2 June, 1722, and proved 5 Feb., following. His wife was Lydia Belden, b. Mar., 1675, dau. of John And Lydia Belden of Wethersfield, Conn. They were married 8 of May, 1694.
ENSIGN STEPHEN and LYDIA (BELDEN) KELLOGG FAMILY
STEPHEN, firstborn of JOSEPH and ABIGAIL (TERRY) KELLOGG, at HADLEY, on April 9, 1668, and raised there during the King Phillip War in which his father fought, as well as other skirmishes in Indian wars. Little is recorded of STEPHEN, though this does not prove he did not himself participate in engagements with Indians or the enemy French.
He was a member of the WESTFIELD militia - the town where he settled after his marriage on May 8, 1695 to LYDIA BELDEN. STEPHEN was twenty-seven when he married and LYDIA, born in March 1675 at WETHERSFIELD, CONNECTICUT was the age twenty years. She was the eighth child of her parents, JOHN and LYDIA (STANDISH) BELDEN.
The surname BELDEN is prominent in New England Colonial history, the earliest American BELDEN ancestor, is RICHARD, who first settled in America at WETHERSFIELD in 1650. He had two sons whom he probably brought with him; SAMUEL and JOHN. RICHARD became a Freeman in 1657 and moved to HATFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS which must be where STEPHEN and LYDIA met.
Frequently, the surname BELDING is found in histories which also include the name BELDEN; and though both names continued down through generations, genealogists write that these names both stem from the same family. Several of the BELDEN family were killed or captured by Indians at DEERFIELD in 1696.
WESTFIELD is located on the west side of the Connecticut River a few miles southwest of Hadley, and on the south side of the WESTFIELD RIVER. Here STEPHEN and LYDIA purchased property and undertook farming. STEPHEN was appointed an Ensign of the Westfield Militia. Although this militia is mentioned in some tales of Indian wars, and no specific mention of him is made, we can be almost certain that he did engage in such actions and probably somewhere his record can be found.
STEPHEN can be identified as among the generation which was beginning to question the influence of the Church and the everyday dictates of the individual parson upon his flock. Though STEPHEN remained a staunch supporter of the Church and a believer - he was one of at least two men who called the attention of the flock to their preacher's continuance of "fast day" after it had been long discontinued by the heads of the Church at Boston.
How this incident came about is recorded in the records of his church by the handwriting of the parson involved, and is reproduced here.
"Touching our brethren Stephen Kellogg & Sergt. Joseph Maudsley who did somewhat buggle at our Church fasts which in ye winter time we attended once a month since we gathered in a Church state, except those four years when we had a monthly Lecture up.& at length they wholly desisted & Pleade against as unlawful being stated Fasts.
Whereupon on ye 27 day of March 1710 ye last Fast that winter Brother Kellogg being there & Sergt. Maudsley, ye day before setting forth upon a journey to the B A Y (Massachusetts Bay), I enquired of Brother Stephen Kellogg ye reason why they withdrew from ye duty of Fasting & Prayer with ye Church. His reply was in effect this.
He was not doubtful touching the Law Fulness of ye stating of them. For stated Fasts were held unlawful by ye Consociation of Elders in ye Bay."
The author of the history being quoted added that - Two years later, "this doughty independent" was caught off his guard by a temptation that has beguiled many persons through all human generations. As the records of his Church shows, he became humbly penitent. (But one might wonder if his parson did not feel a little glee).
"Brother Stephen Kellogg at Barn raising. (on June 17, 1712) Being at ye Barn raising when the wether was coming warm & much sider was brought and after it Joseph Pixlie drinking with others, it was reported that he was overtaken but it not being proved, he being sensible that many were offended, stood up according to advise.
Upon our conference day 17d 4mo 1712 & spoke to ye following effect. That he was sensible yt (that) he was a very sinful creature and apt to offend in many things, to his great griefe & if any had observed any offence in him he earnestly desired yt (that) they would pardon the same & help him with his prayers & he hoped yt (that) God would enable him to walk with greater watchfulness over himself for ye time to come or in words to this effect & so all things to an end"
Thus the writings of his preacher gives us a little insight into STEPHEN's life. And, though the parson may have colored the record to better prove himself - I, personally, would like to believe that STEPHEN just might have went into his barn upon returning home and partook of just a little sip of "sider".(from Leonard Raab's book.)
But, for these excerpts from the WESTFIELD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH records we would not have these humanizing notes of our ancestor STEPHEN. The Records show however, that he was considered an upstanding member and a Puritan still..
The drinking of ale and other malt liquors was an accepted practice by the Puritans - after all, they had come from England where this was a traditional way of life, and settling new colonies in New England did not change this tradition one bit. But - the drinking of "hard" cider or distilled liquors was frowned upon, at least if you were caught, and there was always the fanatical neighbor who would believe it his or her duty to report such sinful conduct to the parson.
Relatives of both STEPHEN and LYDIA had undergone personal tragedies by the loss of life or being taken captive by the Indians and French during "Queen Anne's War" of 1713, their immediate family was to also experience personal tragedies.
STEPHEN died at WESTFIELD on June 5, 1722 at the age of only fifty-four, and did not live to learn of the early deaths of two sons and a grandson. LYDIA died in January 1759 at the age of eighty-four at COLCHESTER, CONNECTICUT, possibly still the home of their daughter MERCY.
Their children were: 1. Stephen, b. 3 Feb., 1695; m. (1)Abigail Loomis; (2)Mary Cook. 2.Lydia, b. 24 Jan., 1697. 3. Moses, b.20 Oct., 1700; d. 15 Sept., 1704. 4. Abigail, b. 27 Dec. 1702,m. Christopher Jacob Lawton. 5. Daniel, b. 15 Dec. 1704;m. Hannah Noble 6. Ephriam, b. 2 July, 1707; 7. Mercy, b. 30 Oct. 1709; m. (1) Rev. Judah Lewis; (2) David Bigelow. 8. Noah, b.13 Feb.,1711; 9. SILAS B. 7 Apr., 1714., m. Ruth Root. 10. Amos, b.30 Sept., 1716., 11. Aaron, b.--- m.Mary Lewis.
3. DEACON SILAS KELLOGG, third in line, was born April 7, 1714, died January 24, 1792, aged 78 years in Sheffield. Married Ruth Root May 10, 1739, b. 25 Mar., 1722, dau of Joshua Root, b. 2 Nov., 1682, and Margaret --. She died January 17, 1817, aged 96 years, the greatest age of any in the ancestral line.
Her death was caused by(as was supposed, as she was alone in her room) by falling in a fainting fit into an open fireplace and being so badly burned that she died in a few hours.
SILAS, the son and ninth child of STEPHEN and LYDIA (BELDEN) KELLOGG, was born April 7, 1714 at WESTFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS. He moved to SHEFFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS in the 1730s - but probably not until after his marriage on May 10, 1739 to seventeen year old RUTH ROOT, of WESTFIELD.
Her family was one of the largest landowners in Westfield and descended from Puritan stock which had settled Connecticut and Massachusetts even earlier than 1660. The ROOT family name is found in nearly every history of settlements in Massachusetts and they endured equally the hardships and death and captivity by the Indians and French.
The ROOT family was intermarried with branches of the KELLOGG family even before the marriage of SILAS and RUTH. She was born at WESTFIELD in March 1722.
SILAS is described as being a man of high social and religious character and as one of the first of SHEFFIELD.
Here he farmed, became a Deacon of the Church and held various government positions. He was appointed Clerk of the Land Office established there by the proprietors of that town - his brother DANIEL, being one.
When BERKSHIRE COUNTY was formed from a portion of existing Hampshire County, SILAS was appointed it's first COUNTY TREASURER. Berkshire County encompassed all of Massachusetts between the borders with Connecticut and New Hampshire and present Vermont - the latter being then disputed territory with New York - though a vast area, it contained only the towns of SHEFFIELD, STOCKBRIDGE, NEW MARLBOROUGH and EGREMONT.
He held this office for many years until 1774 when he was elected as the County's delegate to the Stockbridge Convention.
SILAS was active in public affairs and was a member of the Militia along with other KELLOGGS: Asa; Ebenenzer; Elijah; ENOS; Ezekial; Ezra; Jason; Jesse; Joel; Nehemiah; Noah; Ozias; Pliny; Reuben and Silas Jr.
It appears that SILAS was outspoken in his beliefs in freedom from English rule. For, in 1774, he was elected as a representative of the citizens of SHEFFIELD to the BERKSHIRE COUNTY CONVENTION (or Congress, as it was actually named) to take "Into consideration the Grievances which the Americans in general and the Inhabitants of this province in particular labor under."
The delegates met at the RED LION INN at Stockbridge, their first meeting being held July 6, 1774. In the ensuing days they pounded out the outline and founded the Articles of the Convention - a list of grievances and demands - and appointed a committee of five men to properly word the list of grievances that had been agreed upon during the several days of oratory and discussion.
Once this committee of five men had completed the final wordage of the petition of grievances, the Articles were to be forwarded to the King of England.
Whether or not this petition actually ever reached the King is not known - but it did reach Boston where it was presented to the representatives of the King. And - this petition was the very first ever formulated by the Colonists of the English Crown - its date superseding any other such claims of patriotic groups.
One, which accomplished the recognition of South Carolina being first, has never been able to produce a document as proof.
One of the five Committeemen who refined the wording for the foregoing document was THEODORE SEDGEWICK - a brother of PRUDENCE, the wife of SILAS' brother AMOS. THEODORE was a lawyer and well educated and well capable of such assignment. He later served many years in the MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE as the people's representative.
He is the legislator who was asked during the War of 1776, after The Declaration of Independence was declared, that if the words "all men are created free" applied to women as well. The person asking him was a negro woman who was a slave belonging to a Sheffield family.
SEDGEWICK pondered the question and replied that he was certain that this was the meaning. The slave than asked if it also applied to her - a negro woman slave. SEDGEWICK pondered awhile longer, and again replied that he was certain it did.
As a consequence of this conversation, SEDGEWICK returned to the Legislature and voiced his opinion to the Congress of Massachusetts. And - even though the "worders'" of The Declaration of Independence did not specifically intend to include freeing all slaves - this was the interpretation that the Massachusetts Legislature placed upon the wording.
As a consequence - all slaves in Massachusetts were declared free and slavery was banned, the first State to do so.
And, as a consequence of this interpretation - the female negro slave who had first asked the question, became free and was given the opportunity of pursuing her freedom or remaining with the family of her former master.
It is said that after some thought, she remained with this family to her dying day, and even after, for "She ruled that house and was buried in the family's plot with those she had ruled".
SILAS, though the age of sixty when the War for American Independence broke out in 1775, we can be certain he felt disappointment in not being able to actively participate in responding to alarms - particularly Lexington and Concord.
Being of the more outspoken opponents of English rule - and placing his life in jeopardy as a member of the Convention founding the Articles of Petition against the King, he likely was a forceful instigator of participation in the American Rebellion by his fellow townspeople.
The fact each of his sons served in the War of 1776 - and ASA and SILAS Jr in particular, seeing considerable action - is proof that he had taught his sons and daughters a desire for freedom and independence and the right to live as one wishes - as long as no one else is harmed by what manner you live.
For his participation as a Delegate to the Convention, the Daughters of the American Revolution honored SILAS as a PATRIOT. He had brought to the brink of accomplishment what his Grandfather JOSEPH had began in the signing of a "humble" petition of grievances to the King nearly a hundred years before.
The evidence of "independence" expressed by his own "doughty" father STEPHEN, is once again evident is his actions and those of his sons by their participating in the culmination of independence from English rule.
No other man could claim doing much more than to stand and be counted, particularly when doing so, could have such dire consequences. The accomplishments of SILAS and his sons and others like them - being only one-third of the population of the Thirteen Colonies, is the reason that America is a Country of free men - but only after ten years of desperate and often seemingly hopeless sacrifice - beyond understanding, by those who take such freedoms for granted, today.
He was a farmer; res. in Sheffield, Mass. His homestead stood opposite where George Kellogg res. in 1874. A man of high social and religious character; a deacon in the church; a delegate to the convention in Stockbrige, 6 July, 1774, to take into consideration the right of the British Parliament to tax America.
He was clerk of the land office established by the proprietors of Sheffield and Great Barrington. Ruth his wife, is described as a dignified lady of imposing appearance, a godly woman, and withal possessed of great energy of character. She retained a clear mind and memory until the day of her death.
After she was 80 she frequently visited, on horseback, her dau., Eleanor, who lived six miles away. She often related to her grandchildren how she rode through the forest from Westfield to Sheffield following "blazed" trees, when there were only two frame houses there. Their furniture was packed on horses, and her horse carried a feather bed on either side.
She said she knew she was too young to be married, but thought her husband needed her then as much as he ever would. They lived at Sheffield, Mass., where their grave stones are still to be seen.
They were both highly cultured people. They had nine children, the second of whom was ENOS.
Their children were:
1. Ephraim, b. 5 Oct., 1740; m. Ruth Hosmer, in West Hartford, Conn., 22 Oct., 1765, she was born 20 Sept. 1744, dau of Thomas Hosmer, of West Hartford, and Susannah Steel.
She was descended from Stephen Hosmer, Valentine Prentice and Gov. William Bradford, of the Mayflower.
She died 25 Jan., 1818, aged 74; he d. 11 Feb., 1819, aged 79; gravestones at Sheffield.
2. Enos, b. 24 Dec., 1742; m. Abigail Seymour.
3. Asa, b. 19 Feb., 1745; m. 27 Feb.,1766 Lucy Powell, of Suffield, b. 27 Feb., 1746. She d. 9 Nov. 1816; He d. 4 June 1820.
He settled in Galway, Saratogo Co., N.Y., about the time of the revolution; was a farmer; deacon in Presbyterian Church; Capt. of Militia; Justice of the Peace; highly respected.
He was a Sergt. in Capt. Noble's Co., Col. Brown, 29 June to 28 July, 1777; ordered into service by Brigadier Gen. Fellows and Committee of Safety, by desire of Maj-Gen. Schuyler. They had eleven children.
4. Eleanor, b. 31 Aug., 1747; m. Joab Austin as his second wife, b. 29 July, 1740, son of Nathaniel Austin, b. 23 May, 1704, and Agnes Adams, b. 4 Feb., 1710. He d. 5 Mar., 1820; she d. Aug., 1835. They res. in that part of Sheffield, Mass., called "Klonkapot"; rem. to Homer N.Y. where he d.
He was a revolutionary soldier. She was of full medium size and well proportioned; had dark brown hair and dark blue or blue gray eyes, as had also her brothers and sisters and mother,Ruth Root.
They had nine children.
5. Ruth, b. 20 Oct., 1749; m. Solomon Kellogg., son of Abraham, b. 10 Dec., 1751; m.16 Nov. 1773. He d. 13 Sept., 1795; she d. 1845, aged 96; she lived on Oriskany Creek near Oneida Castle, Oneida Co., N.Y.
He removed from New Hartford about 1787 to Paris, Oneida Co., N.Y., when the only house in Utica was a log cabin. Their nearest white neighbors were twenty-one miles distant. They crossed the Mohawk by swimming their animals which drew their wagons by a bed cord hitched at the end of the tongue.
He afterward moved to the Oriskany, two miles south of Clinton, where he bought lands from the Indians.
He also secured farms at 'Sempronius and Manlius and at Salina N.Y. He revisited Conn. purchased suitable kettles, and returned with them to Salina, where he was the first to engage in the business of boiling salt brine. Later he relocated to Syracuse. They had twelve children.
6. Rhoda, b. 10 Jan., 1753; m. Moses Kellogg.,b. in New Hartford, 23 Feb., 1754; she d. ---
He d. in New Hartford in 1806.
He was a revolutionary soldier; served three days on the Lexington Alarm. Two children died in infancy, one never married.
7. Miriam, b. 24 May, 1755; m. Dr. Lewis Beebe., of Pawlet, Vt. She d. ---in Lansingburg.
8. Silas, b. 7 Aug., 1757; m.24 Apr., 1782, Rhoda Root.,b. 24 July, 1758, dau. of Aaron Root, of Sheffield, and Rhoda King. She d. 7 Mar. 1833, aged 75; he d. 28 Nov., 1838.
He was a prominent business man; was appointed administrator of many estates and guardian of many minors. His business papers have been preserved by his descendants, and have been of great assistancde in tracing some of the scattered tribe.
He was selectman 1791; several years in the Legislature; member of the Constitutional Convention of Massachusetts 1821; much in public life. He was a revolutionary pensioner; was engaged in the siege of Boston, 1776; after the evacuation he marcdhed to the city of New York, returned home, and as his father was sick started out on the "old silver tailed" mare for Boston. They went before Gen. Washington, who said "If it were not a case of necessity, I should urge both of you to remain."
He turned out in 1777 on the call of Gen. Schuyler to re-enforce the northern army in opposing Gen. Burgoyne and remained until the surrender. They had ten children.
1. Rhoda, b. 18 Jan. 1783; m. Consider Morgan. 2. Fanny, b. 5 Dec.,1784; d. 21 Dec. 1785. 3. Chauncey, b. 8 Nov. 1786, m. Lois Turner. 4. Norman, b. 8 Apr. 1789; m. Mary Shears. 5. Frances, b. 16 Apr., 1791, m. Jonathan Church. 6. George, b. 1 Dec. 1793,m. Cynthia Root Merrill. 7. John, b. 20 Feb. 1796, d. un. in New Madrid, Mo. Oct. 1818; is buried in Sheffield, Mass. 8. Jane Maria, b. 20 May, 1798, m. Jay Shears. 9. Silas Root, b. 11 June, 1799; m. Mrs. Lucy C. (Hale)Churchill. 10. Anne Root, b 24. July, 1805; m. James Putnam Flint.
9. Ann, b. 23 June, 1760; m. James Hickok. 3 Jan., 1782. He was b.1 Nov. 1757, son of Ezra Hickok, of Sheffield Mass., and Elizabeth ---. He d. 5 Apr. 1823; she d. in the summer of 1825.
He was an influential and wealthy citizen; a merchant in Lansingburgh. They had nine children.
4. ENOS KELLOGG,the fourth in the ancestral line, was born December 24, 1742, died in 1803, aged 61 years. Wife, Abigail Seymour, bap. 19 Jan.,1746, daughter of Elisha Seymour, of West Hartford, and Abigail Sedgwick, who was a descendant in the fifth generation of Robert Sedgwick, an early settler in Charlestown, Mass. Lived at Sheffield, Mass., Hubberton Vt. and Batavia, New York.
In 1803 he and his wife and son , Orsamus, and the three daus., Abigail, Huldah and Sophia, rem. to the Holland Purchase in New York. His wife Abigail, died 18 Dec., 1812, of an epidemic that prevailed in the army and throughout the country.
Enos Kellogg was a soldier in the war of the revolution.
He was a private in Captain Roswell Browning's company,
Col. John Ashley's regiment. Enlisted July 6, 1777.
Also served in the same company and regiment October 1780. The official record will be found in Vol. 111, page 59, of Revolutionary war records.
He marched to Kingsbury at request of Gen. Schuyler; also served in the same company and regiment, Oct., 1780.
1. Lucyna, b. 21. Aug., 1766; m. 9 June, 1796 Johathan Burrell., 10 Feb.., 1757, son of Abraham Burrell, of Lynn, Mass., b. 1 Apr., 1729, and Mary Spaulding, b. 23 Feb. 1734.
He d. 31 Dec.., 1835, she d., 17 June, 1839. He was a wagon-maker and farmer; rem. from Sheffield, Mass., in 1804, to Salisbury, Herkimer Co., N. Y. They had six children.
2. Orsamus, b. 12 May, 1768, m. in New York City, Dec., 1796 Esther Kimberly., b. in New Haven , Conn., 1770.
He d. in Townsend, Huron Co., O., 15 Oct., 1819; she d. in the same place, July 1827.
In 1796 he was a merchant in Lansingburg, N.Y. and for some years after; he rem. to "Holland Purchase", Genesee Co., and bought a farm; in June, 1811, he started for Townsend, O., where he was a surveyor and dealer in lands; 4 July they reached Cleaveland, which then consisted of three or four loghouses and a hotel.
During the last two miles of their journey to Townsend they were obliged to cut a road for their teams; they were among the early settlers, and had to endure all the perils of a frontier life.
After Hull's surrender of Detroit, the settlers were obliged to flee for their lives, and Orasmus returned to New York. The following summer they returned to Townsend and found their house in ruins. They had seven children.
3. Eleanor, b. 4 Feb. 1770; d. young.
4. Abigail, b. 12 June, 1774; d. unm.3 June, 1864 aged 90.
Her gravestone says: "Sister of Mrs. Ruth Clark." Joel Clark's tombstone stands between Abigail's and Ruth's in the North Burying Ground in Sheffield.
5. Ruth, b. 12 June, 1774; m. 4 June, 1796, Joel Clark, son of David clark. He d. 25 Apr., 1824; she d. 29 Jan. 1859; had no children.
6. Enos, b. in Sheffield, 24 Apr., 1776; m. Elizabeth Smith, b. 13 Nov., 1779, dau. of Ebenezer Smith, of Sheffield, Mass., and Elizabeth Kellogg, b. 15 Mar., 1753. She d. in an epidemic that prevailed throughout of country, 15 Dec., 1812; he m (2)Hersey Perrin; d. in Baton Rouge.
He was a farmer in Sheffield; rem. with his father to Hubbardton, Vt., and Batavia, N.Y. where he was Town Clerk and Justice of the Peace.
After the death of his father, in Batavia, he rem. to Ill., He started for New Orleans on a business trip, but was taken sick and d. in Baton Rouge.
He was a surveyor and surveyed most of the Holland Purchase, and part of the Ohio along the Muskingum River. He often spoke of the beauty and fertility of the latter region. They had six children.
7. Seymour, b. 21 Mar., 1779; m. (1) 21 Mar. 1801, Esther Lawrence of Sheffield. She died in Batavia, N. Y., 21 Apr., 1813; he m. (2)1 Aug., 1813, Nancy
Wilcox., d. 1 Apr., 1829; she d. in Waverly, Ill., 1 May, 1855.
He was a merchant in Exeter, Scott Co., Ill., was Col. in the war of 1812. When he and his brother, Elisha, settled in Ill., they were thirty miles distance from any white man, and one hundred miles from the nearest mill. During the first winter, they suffered from want of food, and might have perished, but for the assistance of friendly Indians. They had nine children.
SEYMOUR KELLOGG - son of ENOS and ABIGAIL (SEYMOUR) KELLOGG, was born at Sheffield, Massachusetts 21 March 1779; died in Illinois in 1827 at age of only 48 years, suffering from consequences of his feet being frozen when lost overnight in a blizzard. Married 1st- Ester Lawrence, who died in 1813; married 2nd Nancy Wilcox later that year.
He served as Constable of Genesee County and was a Lieutenant Colonel in Genesee County, New York Militia during War of 1812; moved family with his brother ELISHA and his family to Illinois in 1818 .(1906 Kellogg History is only record of his name and mother's surname spelled as Seymore)
His father ENOS sometime after the 1790 Census elected to move with his family from Massachusetts. They first went to HUBBARDSTON, Vermont, where other members of the Kellogg family had settled, and then on to Batavia, Genesee County, New York.
We know for certain that ABIGAIL and these children accompanied him: IRA, age about 14 years; ELISHA, age 16 years; SEYMOUR, now a man at age 21 years, would be a mainstay of the family.
Elisha and Seymour also went to NY in 1803. It is not certain if any of the daughters accompanied the family.
The trip they would make to Batavia would be by wagon. Their main route of travel would have been via The Great Genesee Road which provided a route from Massachusetts to the Genesee River in near western New York.
We know for certain that Our KELLOGG FAMILY was living at BATAVIA by 1803, when ENOS was elected Tax Assessor on March 1st.
Very likely he was among the earliest to purchase land there when it first became available in 1802. At Batavia in 1802 there were only 40 people settled and in 1803 there were still only 56. But by 1804 there were 400 settlers.
SEYMOUR was elected Constable in 1803 and later that same year purchased his own property. The meager history of GENESEE COUNTY records BATAVIA as first settled in 1801. We can imagine that these first settlers were staking out their future farms while waiting for the Holland Land Company to make their purchase available.
The early settlers of Batavia erected their log cabins covered with Elm bark and the cracks filled with mud. Only sufficient trees were felled to keep any from falling upon the cabin - and like their ancestors - and as would their descendants for generations - they girdled the trees and left them standing in the fields where their crops were planted.
As the need for firewood or logs to build a barn or enlarge the home were needed, these girdled trees were felled one by one - and thus the settler had a plentiful supply of dried timber for many years.
Unfortunately, historical records of pre-War of 1812 for Batavia as well as most of Genesse County are nearly nonexistent. During that war, the towns and settlements were virtually devastated and laid in fiery ruins by an overwhelming sweep of English and Indians through the countryside.
Most families fled in the night, forced to leave their possessions and family records to burn or be scattered between their homes and Canada by the attackers. Even civil records were destroyed. And except for a few Genesee County militia records, which had been forwarded to the State Capital as reports, we have little source of material for our history.
Almira Kellogg Born 28 May 1802;at Batavia, N.Y.; mrd Borden Wilcox.
Orlando Kellogg Born 3 June 1805;at Batavis, N.Y.; mrd Margaret Conrad.
Adeline Kellogg Born 5 June 1808;at Batavia, N.Y.; mrd Charles Collins.
Asenath Kellogg Born 4 Sept 1810;at Batavia, N.Y.; mrd Rowland Mundy.
Seymour married 2nd in 1813: Nancy Wilcox at Batavia. Children:
Esther Kellogg Born 20 Aug 1814;at Batavia N.Y.; mrd Levi Church.
Seymour Kellogg (Jr)Born 12 Apr 1816;at Batavia, N.Y.; mrd Margaret Maxfield.
Nancy Kellogg Born 15 Sep 1817;at Batavia, N.Y.
Borden Kellogg Born 27 Mar 1819;at Carmi, Illinois; mrd Francis Day.
Homer Kellogg Born 24 Apr 1823;prob near present-day Jacksonville, Illinois.
Considerably more is written of SEYMOUR'S family on this site for CAPT. ELISHA and ELIZABETH (DERRICK) KELLOGG and the families' lives in Illinois.
8. Henry, b. 31 Oct. 1781, d. 1 Dec. , 1785. Twin to Huldah.
9. Huldah, b. 31 Oct. 1781, m. in Batavia, N.Y.., May, 1804, Amzi Wright, b. 24 Oct., 1781, son of Asabel Wright , b Sept. 1751, of Lenox, Mass., and Hubbardton, Vt., and Rachel Rice, b. Mar.,1759. She D.19 Feb., 1854; he d. 30 Dec., 1873, aged 92, on the old homestead. He settled on the homestead nearly seventy years before his death. His son, Allen, lived on the homestead in Wyoming, N.Y. They had ten children.
10. ELISHA, b. 30 Nov. , 1783; m. (1)Elizabeth Derrick; (2) Mrs. Mary Mills. See below, fifth in line.
11. Sophia, b. 18 June , 1786; m. William M. Wright, b.20 Nov. 1783. They rem. from Genesee Co., N.Y. in Nov., 1827. to Naples, Ill. They had two children.
12. Ira, b. 14 Mar.., 1789, m. 9 May 1811,(1) Harriet Thompson; dau of Samuel Thompson, of Tolland, Conn. She d. 16 June, 1822; he married Aug., 1823, (2) Lydia Morgan. b. in Norwich, Conn., 1 Dec., 1798, dau. of Daniel Morgan and Mary Frost; d. 3 Feb., 1854.
IRA was a soldier in War of 1812 (prob in N.Y. as were his brothers Elisha and Seymour); a carpenter in Perry Iowa; in 1877 his wife res in Pittsfield, Ill. He was the owner and Captain of the first steamboat on the Illinois River.
5. CAPTAIN ELISHA KELLOGG,the fifth in line, was born in Sheffield, Mass., November 30, 1784, died in Plum River,ll., August 24, 1842, aged 58 years.
He was the Captain of the surveying party sent by the government to survey the Tonawanda Indian lands, including the territory where the city of Springfield now stands. He was a Captain of infantry in the war of 1812, and was in the battles of Black Rock, Fort Erie and several others; he was Sheriff of Genesee Co. He was Capt. in a company with Lieut. Worthy L. Churchill, which was ordered to march to Buffalo early in Dec., 1813; was a pensioner of the war of 1812. He was in the Black Hawk War.
He was also a school teacher. He was a total abstainer from tobacco and alcoholic liquors.
His first wife was Elizabeth Derrick, born in New York State May 2, 1792, died in Illinois, May 15, 1832, aged 40 years, and was buried about eight miles west of the city of Jacksonville, where her **grave stone may still be seen. She was a woman of natural abilities. Elisha Kellogg and his wife Elizabeth, with their five oldest children, had the distinction of being the first white settlers in Morgan County, Ill., having settled there in the year 1818. Their children were:
1. Philander Elisha, b. 17 June, 1810; in Batavia N.Y., m. 1837, his cousin, Lucinda Jane Wilcox., dau of Borden Wilcox and Almira Kellogg, b. 28, May, 1802.
He had been fur trapping
in vicinity of Fort John (Laramie) since at least 1842 when he was clerk of the Fort when Fremont came by on his first path-finding walk. Philander was very likely "in the mountains" much before that - maybe 1840 or before. He was killed by an indian, claiming it was an accident.
2. Orville Enos, b. 22 Dec. 1811; in Batavia, N.Y.., m. 12 Oct.., 1831, Susan Jane Anderson, b. 22 Jan., 1809, dau of William Saul Anderson and Sarah Caruthers. He died in Kansas, 20 Sept., 1886.
He was of an adventurous disposition. He spent several years with the American Fur Company in the Rocky Mountains; went to visit in California in 1849, with his brother Florentine; later returned East.
3. Abigail Elizabeth, b. 24 Mar.., 1814; m. John Williams.
You may read more about Abigail and John Williams on this page The Red Castle . This tells of their lives in Nevada City, California.
4. Florentine Erwin, b., 1 Jan., 1816; m. (1)Rebecca Jane Williams; (2)Mrs. Martha Jane (Williams)Ellison; (3) Olivia M. Cramer.
5. Sophia Emeline, b. 17 Jan., 1818, m. John Deeds.
6. Benjamin Franklin Ephraim, b. 30 Apr., 1822; m. Mary Orilla Lillie.
7. Sarah Angeline, b. 5 Jan., 1824, d. 1 Aug., 1831.
On March 10, 1833, Elisha Kellogg was married to his second wife, Mrs. Mills, a widow with five children, three at home and two married. There were no children from this marriage.
6. FLORENTINE ERWIN KELLOGG, the sixth in line, was born
at Batavia, New York, on January 1, 1816, and died at Goleta, California, on October 1, 1889, aged 73 years and 9 months. He was married to Rebecca Jane Williams on June 11, 1837.
They had seven children: 1. Angeline Elizabeth, 2. Philander Elisha., 3., Rebecca Jane., 4. Frances Louisa., 5.7. FRANKLIN ERWIN KELLOGG author of this book and our Great-grandfather. 6., Florentine Leslie., 7., Mary Ellen.
After the death of his wife Rebecca Jane, he married Mrs. Martha Jane Ellison January 1, 1862, a widow 33 years old (born November 19,1829) with a son named Josiah Ellison, 13 years of age. She was a daughter of his first wife's brother, Josiah Williams. She died at Goleta, California, August 21, 1879. He had no children by his second wife.
The marriage proved to be entirely congenial, and she apparently took as much interest in the care and training of his minor children, as though they had been her own. In his autobiography he paid a high tribute to her memory.
July 1, 1880, he was married the third time to Miss Olivia M. Cramer, a school teacher, aged 40 years (born August 28, 1840), by whom he had one son, Frederick Cramer, born April 29, 1885 and died December 3, 1886. His last wife survived him, and now resides in the city of Santa Barbara.
**Update on Elizabeth's Gravestone In 1995, a descendant, Leonard F. Raab, (Great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin Ephraim Kellogg,"Frank", youngest brother of Florentine Erwin Kellogg), was in possession of the headstone of Elizabeth and her daughter Angeline, that had been found in 1925 in the barn on Elisha and Elizabeth's homestead near Jacksonville, Illinois.
The purchasers in 1925 were told by the seller that the stone had been left there by a previous owner who had found it in a dry wash near the property boundary-line after a winter of hard rains. Probably the stone had been covered by soil for some time until the rains washed it clear. No one knew where the family gravesite was, so the stone was placed in the barn for safekeeping.
In the 1980's , Carl and Colleen (Kelly) Raab on a family research journey, were given the stone by the then present owner.The people who gave the stone to Carl went to considerable pains trying to locate the gravesite on plots of the property. They also had permission to have it re-set in their pioneer cemetery in town, but then thought that really wasn't where it belonged.
The owners were relieved he took the stone and that at least members of the family had possession of it. They in turn, placed it with Carl's brother, Leonard for guardianship,as his research had earlier found this story of the gravestone.
Some of our information is from the book "The Kelloggs in the Old and New World", published in 1903. Author Timothy Hopkins.
Mostly, from Leonard Raab's years of research and our shared "Family Tree," that he has compiled over several years, and was kind enough to share it with us. He is the Great-Grandson of Benjamin F.E. Kellogg, the youngest brother of our Great-Great Grandfather Florentine E. Kellogg.