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   Most of this web site has been extracted from the now sold out 1993 book, KETCHUM - McCORKELL PIONEERS - Midwestern Families of Lillias Jacinth Burton, published by Closson Press and authored by Robert P. Addleman. For more information see the Book Section from the Table of Contents. For addition information contact the author/webmaster at: bobaddleman@sbcglobal.net. Also see http://members.aol.com/GMcCorkell/ for widow Lillie Ketchum's second marriage.

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   The Ketchum surname is both interesting and heavily researched, possibly because of their early arrival from England in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, circa 1629. In these early times, the Ketchum family lived in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. Many descendants can still be found in these northeastern states today. [Also reference http://fp-www.wwnet.net/~jketcham]

"If you want an endless task, start looking up the Ketchams, both ancient and modern. You will find them scattered from the first Edward of Ipswich, Mass., all over the United States and Canada." "We have a few facts and a great many rumors concerning the heritage of our progenitor, EDWARD KETCHAM, who is first seen in the Bay colonies in 1635 (Savage). (James Morton claims 1633). Thorough searches were made, in the late 1930's and early 1940's, into the English records to try and determine the ancestory of Edward and his wife Mary Hall, but to no avail. These searches were made by three prominent genealogists of their days: [Dr. Herbert F. Seversmith (Washington DC); Dr. John Coddington (Washington DC) and Dr. James F. Morton (Boston, MA & Patterson, NJ)]. . . .

"It is through the efforts of Seversmith and Coddington that we are able to determine the Edward Kecham (sic) who married 1619 at the Great St. Andrews parish in Cambridge, England is the Edward Ketcham who wrote his Will in 1655 at Stratford, CT (New Haven Colony) based on the children named therein and on the baptisms of those found in England. The baptism of Ann Ketham was found in a volume of the British Archeological Assoc. and on another line she is called the d/o Edward and Mary Cetham, baptised in St. Michael Parish, Cambridge. (Coddington) "Ann obviously the Hannah of Edward's Will - The Puritan spelling of Ann."

"Attention should be drawn to the fact, however, that although Edward Ketcham lived in Cambridge at least from 1619 to 1628, he was almost certainly not born in that town or in the county of Cambridge. . . . It seems certain, therefore, that Edward Ketcham was a sojourner at Cambridge, that he was born and raised in some other part of England, came to Cambridge at some time prior to his marriage in 1619, and moved elsewhere in England after the baptism of his last recorded child in Cambridge in 1628. . . . Brief pedigrees of Edward Ketcham and his family are in Donald Lines Jacobus, History & Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Connecticut, vol. 1 (1930), p. 359, and in Mary Lovering Holman and Winifred Lovering Holman, Ancestry of Colonel John Harrington Stevens & his wife Frances Helen Miller, compiled for Helen Pendleton (Winston) Pillsbury (1949), p. 511, and in both these works an abstract of the much defaced [acidity from spilled ink] will of Edward Ketcham is given. . . . Dr. Herbert F. Seversmith, who descends three times from Edward Ketcham, expects to devote a section of his great work, Colonial Families of Long Island, New York & Connecticut, Being the Ancestry & Kindred of Herbert Furman Seversmith, to the Ketcham family."

"The origin of the name KETCHAM . . . (from a newsclipping that quoted from Glouchester Archaelogy Society of England): Here, we learn the name Ketcham probably descends from the Biblical Tribe "Kittim" who were island settlers. One group of which seems to have settled a certain place in the present county of Kent, on the isle of England. (Bible-Genesis) "Kittim, s/o Javan, begotten by Japheth, s/o Noah." Now, I am not trying to take you back to Adam and Eve, but I do want you to watch the name Kittim and see how it turns into Chatham and/or Ketcham.

"(Amiko [aka Dr. James F. Morton]) "The oldest reference of any possible origin of the Ketcham family is found in the Archaeologia Cantiana, by Scott, Vol. 46, p. 12 where the names Caetham and Chatham are used synonymously in a document assigned to about the year 975. . . . Another document, proven, as dated 1090-3 (Vol. 24, p.4) refers to the place as 'de Ceteham.' . . . The Latin original gives the place-name as Cetham" (when Rome ruled), which the Archaeological Society tranlates as Chatham." (ed: If you know your phonics, you should be able to see that Kittim and Cetham/Caetham are one and the same name. (Remember, "h" is a silent letter and a big vowel switch occurred between 1400-1600.) . . . The foregoing records seem thoroughly convincing. The family evidently originated in the ancient Kentish village known by variant spellings of Caetham, Catham, Cetham, Ceteham, & Chatham. . . . Chatham ("Ch" equals "K"), an offshoot that went its own way. Later, the "C" of the other variants gradually gave way to the "K."

"EDWARD KETCHAM, pioneer founder of his family in America, was born in England. He came to the New World prior to 1635, at which time the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony made him a 'freeman.' He finally settled in Stratford, Connecticut, where he spent the latter part of his life. During his residence in the Connecticut colony he acquired property valued at the time of his death, at £90 11s. 6d. He died before June 17, 1655, when his will was proved."

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In 2013 the following charts was submitted by John & Margaret Catto1:

Ketchum lines 1 thru 4

Ketchum Lines 5 thru 7
(Notice the yellow for this website's lines: Joseph, Nathaniel & Ephraim)

1. John Catto, email <jcatto@sympatico.ca>, 5 March 2013; "I was recently alerted to your website with a considerable amount of Ketchum ancestry containing far more of the early history of Edward and his 17th and 18th century descendants than we had known.  (And correcting some of our inaccuracies)
 
My wife Margaret is a direct descendant of Jonathan (1682-1751) and his cousin Hannah (1717) (daughter of your Nathaniel-3).
 
Attached is our version of the Ketchum tree prepared about 20 years ago from our own family records and correspondence many years ago with Mildred Ketchum Rice.  It is in an Excel spreadsheet with limited detail but does show most of the descendants of Jonathan and Hannah on the left hand side.  I don't know whether you have any detail of that part of the family?  These are largely the United Empire Loyalists who came to Northumberland County, Ontario in the early 19th century.  It also shows the family on the right side of Seneca and Jesse Ketchum who came to Toronto.
 
We would be interested in corresponding and exchanging information on this huge family."

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IMMIGRANT & PIONEERS


   Most of the early Ketchum generational presentation was compiled by Ginger Stork in Davison, Michigan. She has been compiling most of the Ketchum data and has been researching and publishing her genealogical newsletter, KETCHAM KABLES, for six years. She has recently written a book on her direct lineage and is now formulating several volumes of Ketchum (Cetham, Ketham, Chattcham, Ceatham, Catcham, Cecham, etc.) data. Evidently several descendants have tried to research their Ketcham/Ketchum history.

   One of the more notable was Mary E. Ketcham, who wrote her KETCHAM GENEALOGY, circa 1981 and provided many 'stepping stones' for future researchers. Mary E. Ketcham stated: "The Arabella, Ambrose, Jewel and Talbot left the Isle of Wight on Mondeay, March 29, 1630. The remainder of the fleet consisted of the Mayflower, William & Francis, Charles, Hopewell, Whale and the Success. . . . In a letter to his [Governor Winthrop's] wife, dated March 28, 1630, is the following, "in all eleven ships about 700 persons, passengers and 240 cows and 60 horses. In an entry to the Journal dated Saturday, July 30, 1630, it was stated that the Hopewell and William & Francis arrived at Salem. It has been established that Edward Ketcham was on board the Hopewell." . . . "All of the Ketchams left Ipswich and moved to the Connecticut Colony, of which Long Island was a part." . . .

   Most current researchers immediately discover a need to collaborate or at least to contact Ginger Stork on Ketcham/Ketchum research. Ginger doesn't like to be quoted as an authority, primarilly because of the many contributions others have made to her database. She would prefer we quote her publication, Ketcham Kables.


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DISCUSSION


   A good thing about genealogy is that more information is continually being discovered about our past as time goes by. Even though the Ketchum family has been heavily researched, more information is being clarified with each new historical publication. A major centralizing of information occurred when Ginger Stork (Davison, Michigan) published the Ketcham Kables newsletter between 1983 and 1989. She compiled and published the information but many contributed their research findings. Many 'new discoveries' were made and possibly the most significant to us were the new clarifications to our Ketchum line.

   SARAH SALMON, the daughter of Christopher Salmon, became the second wife of immigrant EDWARD KATCHAM-1 ca 1640. Edward first lived in Ipswich ca 1635, Massachusetts Bay Colony but soon migrated to the New Haven Colony ca 1640, Connecticut. In 1651, a land record indicates Edward owned land in Southold (south holdings of the New Haven Colony). If one looks at a New York map, it can be seen that Connecticut is separated from Long Island by the Long Island Sound. Edward owned land on the north shore peninsula, opposite New Haven. They had four children who were all born in the Connecticut Colony but now known as Hashamommock, Southold County, Long Island, New York: SARAH (ca 1640), EDWARD died (ca 1643), REBECCA (ca 1646) and JOSEPH (ca 1648). Edward and many of the Southold villagers apparently moved back to the Connecticut mainland to Stratford, possibly in 1662. Edward's last document was his will which was made out the day he died. After Edward Katcham's death on 8 June 1655 at the Stratford Plantation, Connecticut Colony, Mrs. Sarah (Salmon) Katcham next married Henry Whitney circa 1658. It was clarified that Asa Ketchum's line descended from Joseph Katcham/Ketcham.

   JOSEPH KETCHUM-2 and his descendants were known for at least two things. First, they were the first branch of the Katcham/Ketcham surname to change their name to 'KETCHUM.' Secondly, for some reason, they are most noted as having lived in the Connecticut Colony. Joseph Ketchum was first recorded in Norwalk in 1672 and was married there in 1678. He was coined as "Joseph of Norwalk" in the Ketcham Kables newsletter. Joseph and his children lived in Norwalk for many years. His son, NATHANIEL-3 (1679) married SARAH WAKELEE 12 June 1710 (Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT) and had eight children, of which Ephraim (1719) was born in Wilton, Norwalk Township.

   EPHRAIM-4 (1719) married MARY SPENCER on 2 April 1746 at the Wilton Congregational Church. Mary was the daughter of John & Mary Spencer who along with her brothers, were the founders of Spencertown in Columbia County, New York. Many have been confused about where Ephraim and Mary Ketchum moved when they left the Norwalk/Wilton area of Connecticut. He was next recorded on the northeast Dutchess County, New York tax list of Feb 1860. Both Ephraim (a miller) and his brother George (a miller) were living in New York which was adjacent to Salisbury, Connecticut. On February 2, 1764, Ephraim bought a grist mill and some land from Judge Mudge in Salisbury. Salisbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut is directly north from Norwalk and near the Massachusetts line. Ephraim and Mary Ketchum had eight children of which the first four were baptised in Wilton: Nathaniel (bapt ca 1748), Joseph (bapt ca 1748), Hannah (bapt 1750) and Mary (1752). The remaining four children were all baptised in 1765 but the Salisbury minister didn't record their names immediately and forgot two of them: Sarah (bapt 1765), unknown/(Ephraim?) (bapt 1765), unknown (bapt 1765) and Hannah (bapt 1765). The minister later wrote, "Epherum Catcham & wife -- SARAH and 'one,' & 'one more' name forgot, & HANNAH - 1765." They next moved to Spencertown which is now in Renssalaer County, New York (two counties north of Dutchess), on 12 Mar 1765, when Ephraim sold twenty acres and also a grist mill.

   Because of the Salisbury minister's forgetfulness, it has been difficult to prove that Ephraim Ketchum was the son of Ephraim and Mary (Spencer) Ketchum. It has been necessary to use circumstantial and deduced information. EPHRAIM-5, born ca 1755/65 Connecticut (prob bapt 1765, Salisbury, CT), served in the Revolutionary War, married JEMIMA CALKINS 22 Dec 1785 (Spencertown, Columbia Co., NY) and he died 2 Sept 1803 (prob. Virgil, Cortland Co., NY). His wife applied for a widow's pension #W.26176, BLWT 26-554-160-55 on 3 Sept 1825:

"Resident of Virgil, Cortland Co, a49y, wid/o Ephraim; pvt 1779-1780 in Spencertown, Columbia Co, NY; m. 22 Dec 1785 Spencertown; Ephraim d. 2 Sept 1803 (Milford, Otsego Co). . . . 9 Oct 1846 Otsego Co, NY Nancy Ayleworth testified in behalf of Jemima: "Became acquainted with Ephraim and Jemima Ketchum when about 18 years, being about 57 yrs ago. They then resided Renssalaer in the Co. of Albany & had 3 children: MATHEW, POLLY & ITHAMER. They moved from Renssalaer to Spencertown, from there to Milford, Otsego Co, NY. She was acquainted with them at the latter place when they still lived together as husband and wife and was neighbor to them in Milford where they had 3 more children, viz: OBEDIUS, SENECA & SARAH."

   In her statement, Jemima reports that Ephraim enlisted as a private in the Revolutionary War 1779-1780 (Spencertown, Columbia Co, NY). She and Ephraim Ketchum were married in 1785 (Spencertown, Columbia Co., NY) and lived ca 1789 in (Renssalaer, Albany County -- Rennsselaer Co., was created from Albany in 1786). Their first three children were born in Rensselaer. They next moved south to Spencertown, Columbia Co., New York (adjacent to Litchfield Co., CT). Their next move was three counties westward to Milford, Otsego Co., New York. Here their last three children were born. Ephraim died in Milford on 2 Sept 1803. At some point, Jemima moved two more counties westward to Virgil, Cortland Co., New York.

   By looking at a county map of New York and Connecticut, it is easy to see the close locations of the above mentioned counties. In Connecticut, Fairfield is south of Litchfield and both border on eastern New york State. In New York, Dutchess Co., is adjacent and west of Litchfield Co., in Connecticut. The county north of Dutchess is Columbia and the next northern county is Rensselaer. These three counties are on the New York eastern state line. Then three couties west of Rensselaer is Otsego. Two counties west of Otsego is Cortland and Onondaga is one county north of Cortland. This might help to localize the Ketchum migrations.

   If one were very interested in the general Ketchum family, it would immediately be clear that other Ketchums, either sons/daughters of Ephraim-4 and Mary (Spencer) Ketchum, also lived in several of the same New York counties. Unfortunately, we must deduce from limited geographic and circumstantial evidence that their is a higher degree of probability that Ephraim-5 is some relation to Ephraim-4 and Mary (Spencer) Ketchum. We can also speculate that he was probably young when he married Jemima Calkins -- she was 19 years old. If Ephraim was one of the unnamed children who was baptized in Salisbury, Connecticut in 1765, he would have been 20 years old when he married Jemima Calkins in 1785. Their marriage took place in Spencertown, New York, which is the town created by Mary (Spencer) Ketchum's parents and brothers. It was also where Ephraim-4 and Mary (Spencer) Ketchum went to live. The 1790 U.S. Census shows Ephraim in Rensselaerville and in 1800 in Otsego County, New York. This location is close to Spencertown where Ephraim-4 and Mary (Spencer) Ketchum moved from Salisbury, Connecticut. As stated earlier, this all helps to create a circumstantial case that Ephraim-5 was probably one of the unknown two children of Ephraim-4 who were baptized by the forgetful Salisbury minister.


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SERVICE AT SARATOGA?



THE WAR RECORD OF EPHRAIM KETCHUM


[Note: Henry Perry had transcribed the above and placed it in his booklet, ALONG THE WAY YOUR ROOTS, 1981, Lockport, NY. He thought Jamima was spelled "Jamina" and that Ephraim was "Ephrain." He noted that: "Jamima got her pension in 1848 at the rate of $80 per anum and a further grant of 160 acres of Bounty Land in 55 when she was at age 87. She died 1857 in Virgil." This is the only record that most researchers have seen.]

(1. a.) "We can only speculate on the reason Ephrain was there was he enlisted earlier, left after the battle and was older than we thought. [If he was at least 21 years old, he would have been born in 1756.] It was quite common for soldiers to leave their units to see their families, to harvest the crops, etc.

   "The military regimental rosters & records from Columbia County, NY:

   The Second Regiment; Col. Philip Van Cortlandt, Lt. Isreal Spencer

   Enlisted men: Spencers (Asa, John, David, Jabez all over 56 in 1800; Samuel 26045); and   Ketchums: Ephrain 26-45 in 1800; John).


   Fifth Tryon Regiment of Col. John Harper: "Levies" were Conscripted soldiers:

   Capt. Walter Vrooman,

   Pvt. Joel Ketchum"

"It seems odd that Ephrain was in this Regt as the Tryon Regiments were largely reruited in the Mohawk Valley area. . . . Jamina was correct in her petition, Ephrain was at Fort Stanwix when it burned. This was in 1781, probably during January or February.

It is very possible that Ephrain was either working or visiting in Saratoga at the time of the battle. There were 8 Ketchum families in the area and apparently two Ketchum widows over 45.

Another possibility, Ephrain would have been 16 in 1777 and would have been subject to military service as a Levy. All males of 16 and over were required to be armed and have other equipment for instant mobilization. Each town had its own militia company. These levies probably would have returned home after the battle. However we do not know where home was. Then 2 years later decided to join the Line Regiments. This does not explain his listin g as a private in Capt. Vrooman's Company in the 5th Tryon Regt, according to the records at the Albany Institute of History.

In 1779, Col. Sir John Johnson lead a raid in which Ephrain took part. . . . Nancy Aylesworth stated that Ephrain told of the hardships and privations which he endured"1

1. Perry, Henry. Along the Way Your Roots, 1981 (private publication)., pgs. 6-9. [This can be seen at the Historical Society Library in Cooperstown, NY.]


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(1. b.) Henry Perry, a genealogical researcher and a 1981 author of Along the way your Roots, is a descendant of Rev. Ithamer (1791) & Azuba (Doud) Ketchum. As you recall, Ithamar-6 was a brother to Seneca-6 and both were sons of Ephraim-5 and Jemima (Calkins) Ketchum. Evidently Henry Perry had a great interest in the military aspects of his ancestors and was especially puzzled by widow Jemima Ketchum's statements on her husband's service in the Revolutionary War. He was confused over Jamina "stating that Ephraim was present at the Burgoyne surrender at Saratoga." He made inquiries and received the following letter:

"With respect to EPHRAIM KETCHUM, Roberts in New York in the Revolution as Colony and State, lists KETCHUM as a member of the Third Tryon County Militia, under Col. Frederick Fisher (Visscher).

"It is perfectly possible that KETCHUM saw service at Yorktown, not as a member of the Tryon County Militia, but as a draftee or volunteer from the militia into the Third New York Regiment of the Continental Line, which, combined with the First New York Regiment of the Line was stationed in the Northern Department with headquarters at Fort Stanwix. From Fort Stanwix both of these regiments were called by Washington to West Point in January 1781 and from there marched to Yorktown in August, 1781. To fill the regiments levies and drafts from the various militia regiments were made. Col. Philip Van Cortlandt was commander of the Third New York Regiment of the Line at Yorktown, replacing Col. Peter Gansevoort of Albany who was ill at the time. The regimental color, carried at Yorktown, is on display at the Albany Institute. It is the only Revolutionary war regimental color from New York State still in existence.

" Col. John Harper was colonel of a regiment of levies with Walter Vrooman as one of the company commanders. The Levies were either drafts from the militia for short periods of service or specific organizations enlisted for the defense of the New York frontiers in the period 1779-1783. The Third New York Regiment of the Line was filled in 1781 with drafts and volunteers from these levies.

"The 1790 census lists EPHRAIM KETCHUM as living in Rensselaerville Town which is in the Helderberg mountains west of Albany. In 1800 he is listed as living in Otsego County which includes the Town of Maryland."

[Letter, Kenneth H. MacFarland (Albany Inst. of History & Art, Albany, New York) to Henry J. Perry (North Tonawanda, NY), 6 Nov 1981]


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(2)   A second observation on the improbability of Ephraim's service record was noted by Greg Ketcham.

"The 3rd regt, Tryon County Militia, lead by General Nicholas Herkimer, blundered into an ambush in 1777 on it's way to relieve Fort Stanwix (Rome, NY). If Ephraim was indeed a member of the Tryon militia at this early date, his odds of surviving "the bloodiest battle of the Revolution" would not have been good -- the militia was decimated. Would surviving members have journeyed to Schuylerville to witness the surrender? Unlikely, as the Mohawk valley was still greatly disturbed at that time by St. Leger's siege of Stanwix. Benedict Arnold was detached by Gates to relieve Stanwix; he noted that the Tryon County militia would be of no help to him, as most members had shambled home on their own after Oriskany.

"As to the status of the NY regts in 1781: on Jan 1, 1781 the 5 understrength NY line regiments underwent what has been deemed the "derangement." The 1st and 3rd were combined under Col. Van Schaick; the 2nd, 4th and 5th combined under the command of Van Cortlandt. Gansevoort was in effect out of a job; he later accepted a commision as brigadier general of militia -- a NY provincial commision. There was no 3rd, 4th or 5th NY after this date -- only the 1st and 2nd NY. Leadership of the combined NY brigade on the Yorktown campaign was in fact Genl. James Clinton's responsibility; he for some reason was not present (this may be the illness referred to), so Van Cortlandt assumed temporary command of the brigade.

"Why Ephraim would choose to place himself at Saratoga, when it is possible he was present at Yorktown, is beyond me! It seems more likely that his service was perhaps in the levies, which at that time were stationed at various posts in the Mohawk and Scoharie valleys. I too have noted his presence in Roberts; unfortunately, Roberts is a compilation of various musters, payrolls, etc., that were combined regardless of date. If the originals still exist after the fire in Albany in 1911, they are archived in the New York State Library in Albany."

[Email, Greg Ketcham (gketcham@appliedtheory.com) to Robert Addleman (BobAdleman@aol.com), 17 Apr 1998.]


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(3)   [The following was presented on the Albany Co., NY Genweb email site on 6 July 2000:]

"After researching my ancestors in the 10th and 14th Regiments of Albany County Militia here is what I've found.

1. The only campaign that they all took part in is the Saratoga Campaign of 1777. The various regiments were called out from time to time throughout the Revolution, but this would vary depending upon time and geographical location.

2. Various solders from these regiments served on active duty as volunteers without their regiments actually being activated. Therefore you have to access a soldier's pension records (if he lived until 1818) to read where he said he served.

3. The various regimental rosters were published in the 19th century in the editions of "New York in the Revolution." Most, if not all, of the original documents were destroyed in the 1912 fire in the State Library.

4. The National Archives does not have rosters because these men were State not Federal/ Continental) troops. The National Archives does have the copies of the Federal pension requests beginning in 1818.

5. There are a couple of monuments to the Albany County Militia on the Saratoga Battlefield that mark their approximate position on the battle of October 7th. Most commentators note that the Militia arrived too late for the main part of the battle. They were not present during the battle on September 19th. One of the monuments was paid for by the Rockefeller family to commemorate a gaggle of Rockefellers who served in the 10th regiment from today's Columbia County. Some of them served in the same company as my ancestor 1LT Nicholas Power.

6. The militia's most effective role throughout the war was enforcing law and keeping Tories at bay. For the best modern source on the use of the militia see: Mark V. Kwasny, "Washington's Partisan War 1775-1783," Kent State University Press, 1996."

[Note: Original Message From: W.DeBusk <debuskx2@brainerd.net>]


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(4)   [FINALLY: A followup email (gketcham@appliedtheory.com) from Greg Ketcham, 4 April 2001, on EPHRAIM KETCHUM possibly serving at Saratoga]

"I finally had a reply from James F. Morrison, the researcher for Tryon County Militia stuff. Jim indicates that there were definitely some members of the 4th Brigade present, assisting in the construction of the defenses. This is based on one officer's pension record."


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(5) and,

 The Battles of Saratoga

(Sept & Oct 1777)


   ". . . On October 17, 1777, the British General Burgoyne surrendered to the American General Gates in Schuylerville. Over 6,000 British and German soldiers marched out of the camps located through out the village to Fort Hardy where they stacked their guns. The surrendering troops were then marched through the American Lines and past the 20,000 patriot soldiers amassed after the two Battles of Saratoga. This was the first time that a British Army had surrendered in over 200 years and was the first large-scale victory for the Americans in the Revolution. This "Turning Point" proved to the French that the Americans could fight. Within months, the French came to our aid with badly needed supplies and weapons, troops and the French Navy. . . ."1

1. Maiurano, Karen. Email (ksmaiurano@hotmail.com), 1 Oct 2002.


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  SENECA-6 (1798, Milford, Otsego Co., NY) was identified to be the son of Ephraim-5 and Jemima/Jemima (Calkins) Ketchum. He married SABRINA STOWELL (1802), a daughter of Archalaus & Olive Stowell, was a minister and lived on the Onondaga Indian Reservation. Seneca-6 died in 1837 and was buried in LaFayette, New York. They had two children: ASA CALKINS (1821) and HESTER ANN (1822).

   For additional research, Ginger Stork (compiler & author of Ketcham Kables) has suggested that the Stowell family history -- Sabrina Stowell (1802) married Seneca-6 Ketchum (1798-1837) -- may have additional Ketchum information in their published history. Both the Stowell and the Calkins families would be logical places to look for collateral family information.

   Other collateral families that married into the Ketchum line from New England were CALKINS , SPENCER and STOWELL. All immigrated from England, as did the KETCHUM family, and arrived soon after the Mayflower. The Calkins/Ketchum descendants after Jemima Calkins Ketchum can tract their line back to Mayflower passenger Elder Brewster. Some Ketchums, Spencers and Stowells settled in and around the towns of Virgil and Cortland, in Cortland County, as well as in Broome County. Many are buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Blodgett Mills.


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