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Thursday, August 9, 2018

The next generation of Booths after Zachariah Jr. and Elizabeth Beers Booth

My 4th great grandparents were Isaac and Elizabeth Moss Booth...who I posted about a few months ago...HERE.  Isaac Booth Sr. married Elizabeth Moss in 1776, and in 1777 he was receiving pay for being in the Connecticut Militia, Robinson's Regiment as a soldier in the American Revolution.

Isaac's parents Zachariah Jr. and Elizabeth Beers Booth were introduced in a post HERE.  Isaac Booth was the 6th of their 8 children (according to Ancestry tree information.)

Corporal Isaac Booth's signature on 1777 Revolutionary War document of Robinson's Company of Connecticut Regiment...arrow points to his signature.

I've added the Sr. and Jr. designations to keep track of them. Corporal is the designated rank given to Isaac Sr when he fought in the American Revolution so I'll try to remember to use it when referring to him.

Elizabeth Moss Booth gave birth to Corp. Isaac Sr.'s first son, Legrand in 1782 at age 26.  Her next son, my 4 times great grandfather, Isaac Jr. wasn't born until 1795 when she was 39 years old.  And then she had her last son, William Lewis Booth sometime in 1797 when she was 40.

They may have been farming people,  so it is possible the Revolutionary War used up all the crops for soldiers, and the women and children were not well fed, and possibly sickly, which might be the reason Isaac Jr. and Elizabeth Moss Booth only had 3 children between 1782 and 1797.  Or did they?  I'm beginning to wonder about a girl that came up on their census records twice (but there were still the 3 sons, so to have that girl counted, they left off one of the boys maybe.)

The census of 1800 in Stratford, Fairfield County, CT shows the Isaac Jr. family having one son and one daughter under 16 years, and one male between 16 and 25 (which would be Legrand at 18 years old), and one female between 26 and 44 (Elizabeth was 44 that year).  The 2 children under 10 would have been Isaac Jr. and William though why one was counted as female is strange.  I wonder where Corp. Isaac Sr. was.  It's possible he already was scouting out places to move in western New York state.

Before the 1810 census Corp. Isaac Sr.'s family moved to Cayuga County in western New York state. Their oldest son, Legrand was an adult living on his own by that time, and had married in CT (maybe.) Legran's first son (of 12 children with 2 successive wives) was born in Cayuga County, NY in 1806.

 But again the 1810 Corp. Isaac Booth Sr. census gives a female household member (now between 16-25) as well as a male between 10-15. Both Isaac (55) and Elizabeth (54) are listed simply as "over 45."  If Isaac Jr. and his younger brother William Lewis were being counted, Isaac was 15, and William would have been 13 (give or take a year depending on when the census was taken, before or after their birthdays that year.)
Entrance to Stratford CT cemetery, in honor of early settlers, and Revolutionary soldiers.  The early Booth and the Moss families are among those buried here.

I just noticed another date glitch over on Ancestry... Namely Legrand's first wife was Elizabeth, and she is confirmed to be married to him, as they were both listed with their full names Elizabeth and Legrand Booth, as parents of one of their daughters on the daughter's death certificate.  No document says her name was Betsey.  I think someone assumed Betsey Peck was Elizabeth Booth.  I can't find any documentation that says that is true.  What I can find is a Betsey Peck who died much later than Elizabeth Booth, and Betsey remained in CT, while Elizabeth moved to NY state.

The reason I started looking for source documents was the glitch in Legrand's first wife Elizabeth's date of death as Oct. 1819, while her last son Eli Lacy Booth was born on Oct. 1, 1820....according to his grave marker when he died in 1901.  There is no documentation of the 1819 date, so I'm changing it on my tree to 1820.

Legrand married his second wife, Mary May about 1821.  I'm not using the Peck family as Elizabeth's family at this point.

So once again I got sidetracked. Sorry about that.

Isaac Jr. (a shoemaker) and Jane McElhaney Booth had 7 children. Their 4th child died just after his first birthday, and when the next son was born, he was given the same name, thus a Daniel Matthew Booth I, and a Daniel Matthew Booth II.  The first died in Aug. 1826, and the second wasn't born until Sept. 1827.

Daniel II served the Union Army in the Civil War, from Chenango, NY.

I also just found that Daniel II got married.  And his military pension request from serving the Union Army in the Civil War says he was an invalid in 1883...and his wife filed for widow's pension Nov. 22, 1892.  But I'll refrain from learning all about his family until another time.  This has gotten quite long enough for now.

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