I made the decision to focus on the women when I head up our family tree. So many family history books tell you about the vital records of the men, extol their deeds and adventures and maybe if we are lucky tell us the full names of their wives and a hint as to her family. I feel that family history should be more than just birth, marriage and death dates -- to celebrate our families, we should include their stories, after all they were people, not just a list of dates, and thanks to them we are all here now. Not all of their stories are going to include record-shattering achievements of world leaders, and most likely no one in the family is that famous person.
In my last book, I focused on the women in my great grandmother's generation: Mary Alice Smith Dakin, Caroline Matilda Helsten Evans, Mary Louisa Helsten Pomeroy, Martha Elnora Worthington Richardson, and Alice Copeland Harvey.
This year it is time to move on to my great great grandmother's generation: Hannah Marie Colburn Dakin, Abigail Jennings Smith, Hannah Elizabeth Redford Evans, Mary Hearty Helsten, Mary A C Bogart Richardson, Elnora Esther Cobb Worthington, Mary Hubbard Nye Harvey, and Hannah Elizabeth Blodgett Copeland. Here is a little bit about each of these women.
I know very little about Hannah Marie Colburn Dakin (1807 - 1849) before she married, Robert Dakin the blacksmith in 1830 in Hudson New York. She was born about 1807 in Chenango County, New York and her last name was a probably Colburn, but I've found no birth family information for her. We have not pictures of her or her husband. It was a short marriage, after having 4 children, ages 2, 4, 6, and 8, her husband died suddenly from inflammation of the lungs, leaving her a widow with bills greater than the value of the estate. There was a sheriff's sale listing her and her children as responsible for the debts. Then to add insult to injury Hannah died at age 42 leaving. How did her children manage? Her oldest, Lucy Ann Dakin Wilkinson, was a seamstress in NYC who married a chinaware businessman widower with two children. Lucy lived a good long life. Hannah's youngest, Edward Dakin after being farmed out as an orphan to a Hudson family eventually moved to Connecticut, worked on a farm, saved his money, bought the general store and became the first postmaster for South Kent, Connecticut. He married and had one son, who I'm descended from. The two other sons, Charles Henry Dakin and George Dakin ended up "farmed out" to different farms in the same Connecticut town. A few years later they were fighting on opposite sides of the Civil War. George, the Confederate, died a few days after being discharged in Memphis, Tennessee. His brother Charles made it back to New York, settled near his sister in New York City working as a carpenter. He died from consumption and exhaustion at the age of 35.
This is a crayon portrait of Charles.
Edward Dakin (1836 - 1914) who live to be the postmaster in Kent Connecticut and then to marry Mary Alice Smith, the local school teacher, and to have their own farm in Gaylordsville. I wrote a whole book on is family's experience of the building of the Bulls Bridge Power Plant.
Our next woman Abigail Jennings Smith (1833 - 1882), her daughter Mary Alice Smith married Hannah's son, Edward Dakin. She was born in New Fairfield, Connecticut, her mother was Sally Betsy Elwell and her father Lyman Jennings. Her parents farmed and she married another farmer, Stephen Smith who lived in Kent. They had six children, five lived until adulthood.
If you are interested in any of my family history books, they are available at Lulu.com. The link to this book, part 3 is here. Enjoy. If you are researching any of these women, do contact me at my last name at gmail.
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