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Thomas Tryon

Male 1758 - 1843  (84 years)

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  • Name Thomas Tryon  [1, 2
    Born 18 Mar 1758  Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Jan 1843  Vernon Center, Oneida, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Age 84 years 
    Person ID I8626  stewartsny.com
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2021 

    Family Sarah Curtis,   b. 10 Oct 1759, Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1823, Vernon Center, Oneida, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married: 1x1. Levi Tryon,   b. 5 Oct 1785, Oneida, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1849, Pulaski, Oswego, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x2. Jesse Tryon,   b. 3 Mar 1792, Oneida, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1871, Willoughby, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  [natural]
    Married: 2x3. Morris Tryon,   b. Abt 1793, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1865  (Age ~ 72 years)  [natural]
     4. Mary Tryon,   b. 1764  [natural]
     5. Curtis D. Tryon,   b. 1798  [natural]
     6. James Tryon,   b. 1800  [natural]
     7. Sarah Tryon,   b. 1788  [natural]
     8. Eunice Tryon  [natural]
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F2767  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Mar 1758 - Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Jan 1843 - Vernon Center, Oneida, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • He was an original settler of Oneida Co., NY

      1800 Census: Augusta, Oneida Co., NY
      Tryon Thomas 1 2 1 1 0 3 1 1 0 0

      1790 Census: Town of Whitestown, NY
      Tryon, Thomas 1 3 3

      Settlement in Vernon was begun by Josiah Bushnell, who located about 1794 on the northwest corner lot of the Bleecker patent, coming in from Berkshire county, Mass. He brought with him his wife and four children, one son and three daughters; the youngest daughter died in 1795, before the arrival of the other settlers. When the Oneida Reservation as sold at auction in August, 1797, and the several patents were granted, settlement progressed rapidly, and within two years every farm was taken up by sturdy pioneers, mostly form Massachusetts and Connecticut. The Baschard patent was by far the larger of those within the town and the following is a list of the first settlers thereon: Rev. Publius Bogue, Deacons Hill and Bronson, Samuel Wetmore, David Bronson, Levi Bronson, Seth Holmes, Anson Stone, Asahel Gridley, Heman Smith, Eliphaz Bissell, Adonijah Foot, Stephen Goodwin, Seth Hills, Eli Frisbie, James De Votie, John De Votie, Samuel Austin, Ezra Stannard, Matthew Griswold, Joseph Frisbie, David Alvord, Levi Thrall, Asahel Wilcox, Russell Church, Abijah P. Bronson, Thomas Spencer, Stephen Carter, Benjamin Carter, Levi Marshall, Seth Marshall, Harvey Marshall, David Tuttle, Huet Hills, Elijah Webber, a Mr. Bush and a Mr. McEwen. These settlers were nearly all from the towns of Winchester and Torrington, Conn., and they laid out a plat of six acres in a parallelogram which became the site of Vernon Center. Surrounding the Green were lost of one acre each, and a number of the settlers located on them. Around this Green all Protestant religious
      organizations were given permission to build churches. Asahel Gridley, mentioned above, built the first grist mill in the town, on the Skanandoa Creek a little west of Vernon Center; he was father of Hon. Philo Gridley, one of the Supreme Court judges of this State. The second grist mill was built a little later at Vernon village by Abram Van Eps. The first settlers on the Sargent patent, which was a mile square and a little southwest of Vernon Center, were Rev. John Sargent, the Oneida Reservation the early settlers were Gideon Skinner, Ariel Lawrence, Samuel Shed, Thomas Gratton, William De Land, Nathan Carter, Thomas Tryon, a Mr. Spaulding, David Moore, Josiah Simons, a Mr. Grant, Joseph Doane, Ezra May, a Mr. Kellogg, William Mahan, Stephen Page, Ebenezer Ingraham, Sylvester Crocker, Chester May, Jonathan Graves, Augustus and Philo Soper, Ashbel Norton, Charles Dix, Rufus Vaughan, William Wright, Samuel Cody, a Mr. Kelsey, Mr. Raymond, Jacob Hungerford, Joseph Bailey, a Mr. Alling, Mr. Haseltine, Mr. Carpenter, and Jedediah Darling; these were mainly in the eastern part of the town. The settlers in the west and southwest part were James Griffith, Ebenezer Webster, Elisha Webster, Russell Webster, Allen Webster, a Mr. Freeman, Capt. William Grant, Dr. Samuel Frisbie, Joseph Stone, Eliphalet Hotchkiss, Joshua Warren, Calvin Youngs, Simon Willard, Andrew Langdon, and Edward Webber. In the north part settled Amos Brockway, a Mr. Cole, Moses Upham, Aaron Davis, Jonathan Blount, Thaddeus Brookins, Joseph Day, Robert Frink, Stephen Campbell, Jonathan Ney, Calvin Huntington, Luther Huntington, and a Mr. Cook. The early settlers on the Van Eps patent were Abram (or Abraham) Van Eps, the patentee, Richard Hubbell, Gershom Hubbell, Benjamin Hubbell, Gad Warner, Benjamin Pierson, David Pierson, Josiah Patten, William Root, and Elihu Root. Richard and Gershom Hubbell were twin brothers, as also were Calvin and Luther Huntington. Richard Hubbell was the first settler on the Van Eps patent, locating in 1794-95 in what is now the north part of Vernon village.
      Our County and It's People, Chapter 47 Town of Vernon
      Thomas Tryon (5.74), first son of Abel Tryon (4.59) and Lament (Lindsley) Tryon, was born at Middletown, Conn., Mar. 18, 1758, and was baptized Thomas Trion into the Middletown First Church, Mar. 19, 1758. He was among the first settlers on Sargent patent, southwest of Vernon Center, N. Y., and became known as Thomas, Jr. He married Sarah Curtiss, daughter of Abel and Hannah (Foster) Curtiss, of Wallingford, Conn., in Middletown, date not known. She was born at Wallingford, Oct. 10, 1759, and died at Vernon Center, Feb. 10, 1823, at the age of 64 years. They left Middletown in 1790 and removed to Oneida County, N. Y. (at that time Herkimer County). He was a private in the Connecticut line and was allowed a pension on Certificate No. 29770, and died at Oneida Lake, Vernon County, N. Y., on an old Indian reservation, which was opened to the public in 1790. His death date was Jan. 3, 1843, at the age of 86 years. They were both buried in Twitchell Cemetery at Vernon Center. We find six children: 6.111 Curtis, 6.112 Levi, 6.113 Mary, 6.114 Sarah, 6.115 William, 6.116 James.

      Thomas's declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832:

      "State of New York, Oneida County, ss: On this twenty-fifth day of August in the year of Lord 1834, personally appeared before me, John P. Sherwood Esquire, one of the judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the said county of Oneida, Thomas Tryon, a resident of the said Town of Vernon in the said County of Oneida, aged seventy-five years in March last, who being first duly sworn, according to law, does on oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832, as follows:

      "That he entered the service of the United States and served as hereinafter stated.

      "I. That he enlisted as a private in the service of the United States at Middletown in the State of Connecticut about the first day of January in the year 1776 for three months and entered the service in a few days in a company commanded by Capt. Jared Shepherd, Lieutenant Edward Ells, Ensign Jabus Brooks, in a Regiment of Connecticut State Troops, commanded by Colonel Wadsworth of Dunham whose first name he does not recollect. The company mustered at Middletown and marched through Glastonbury, Bolton and other places to Boston, and were stationed at Roxbury and assisted in building a fort on Dorchester Heights; says they were cannonaded by the British and that nearly a thousand cannon balls were picked up one morning after a cannonading, the ground being hard by reason of the frost; says the British fleet sailed from Boston the 17th day of March according to his best recollection, and General Washington commanded the Americans, and he (declarant) was with one of the troops when they went into Boston after the British deserted it. Served until about the middle of April and was discharged.

      "II. He further declares that on the second day of May in the year 1776 he again enlisted as a private in the United States service for seven months in a company commanded by Captain Jonathan Johnson, Lieutenant Stevenson, first name not recollected, Ensign Downer of Haddam, first name not recollected, in a Regiment of Connecticut State Troops, commanded by Colonel Phillip Burr Bradley of Ridgefield, Connecticut, one Hobby was Lieutenant Colonel, enlisted and mustered at Middletown aforesaid, marched to N. Haven, and went from there by water to New York, remained at New York a week, and the regiment was ordered to Bergen Point near Staten Island, and remained there until September, mustered about the fifteenth day of May. The British and our army had a battle on Long Island, while we were at Bergen Point, and Gen. Washington withdrew from Long Island. In September was ordered with the regiment up the River to Fort Lee on the Jersey shore, and remained there until November, on the first day of November were ordered across the river to Fort Washington on York Island. On the sixteenth day of November (Saturday) in the morning Fort was attacked by the British, who approached the Fort on three sides, under a cannonading within almost the reach of small arms, and sent in a flag of truce threatening to storm the Fort and put the garrison to the sword unless they surrendered. The cannon ammunition of the Fort was said to be nearly exhausted, and the garrison surrendered prisoners of War. Gen. Washington was said to have stood on the opposite shore and shed tears. The garrison was said to be 2700 in number including officers. The Americans were marched to Harlaam, and kept in old barns and other buildings until Monday and then to the sugar house in New York, where a ration of a little black mouldy biscuit was distributed, being the first provision of any kind we had had since the attact on the Fort on Saturday morning. The rations of the Americans in the sugar house while we remained there was six black mouldy worm-eaten biscuits, half a pound of bad pork, half a pint of peas, and a gill of rice, to each man once in every three days. There were six hundred and fifty at first confined to the sugar house, so close as scarcely to be able to lie down conveniently and subjected to frequent insults from the Hessians and British and called Damned Rebels etc.

      "In about two weeks the prisoners began to die for want of provisions and continued to die daily until the discharge; says he was discharged on parole with the other prisoners the 10th of January 1777; says they were put on board a ship and sent to Milford in Connecticut, the weather was cold and they were delayed by contrary wind in getting through Hell Gate, and were eleven days getting to Milford. Twenty-five died on the passage to Milford. That one man had small pox on board. After they arrived at Milford, the inhabitants made them water gruel and hasty pudding, but would not receive them into their houses for fear of small pox, and they were put into the town house. Declarant set out for home on foot in a short time, but people avoided him on the way for fear of small pox; says he reached home the last of January, says he suffered all but death, was taken sick after he reached home, and nearly died, believes the British poisoned the water, says two lads by the name of Johnson of Middletown, schoolmates and fellow prisoners with him died after they reached home, and many others also.

      "In being discharged, no names were taken by the British, but only the number which occasioned a delay in their exchange, Gen. Washington being unwilling to exchange living men for dead ones. Declarant says he was not exchanged until 1779.

      "III. He further says he was drafted in Connecticut Militia as a fifer for three months on September 10th 1781 at Wallingford, N. Haven County Connecticut, where he then resided, in a company commanded by Captain Norton, whose first name he does not recollect, Lieutenant or Ensign not recollected. Col. Arnold of Dunham, first name not recollected, commanded the regiment. Mustered in a few days and marched to Stratford, remained there two or three weeks, and went east again to N. Haven and remained there the rest of the time; says they were stationed in the dwelling houses in the city. Cornwallis was taken when he was at N. Haven, and the City was illuminated. The object of this draft was to oppose the incursions of the British. They crossed the sound and took one vessel while he was at N. Haven, had no battles or skirmishes. They were discharged the latter part of December after the danger was supposed to be over for the winter.

      "In answer to interrogation put, he says he was born the 18th March, 1758, has no record or written memorandum of his age.

      "Lived at Middletown, when he entered the service the two first times, and at Wallingford the last. Lived at Meriden, N. Haven County, at the close of the war.

      "Removed from there to Middletown after the war. In 1791 removed from Middletown to Whitestown, Oneida County, New York. In 1799 removed from there to Westmoreland in same County. In 1800 removed from there to Vernon in same County where he has resided ever since.

      "Says he cannot state the names of his officers more particularly than as stated above.

      "Never received a written discharge from the service.

      "Never had a commission.

      "The answer to the 4th interrogation appears in the body of this declaration.

      "Says that Samuel Cody of Vernon, Oneida County aforesaid, and Albert D. Peck, a clergyman of the place, both residing near him, are persons of his acquaintance, who can testify to his character for veracity and their belief of his services as a soldier of the Revolution.

      "He hereby relinquishes every claim to any pension or annuity except the present, and declares his name is not on the Pension Roll of the agency of any state. He further declares that by reason of age and bodily infirmity he is unable to attend a court of record in Oneida County.

      (signed) Thomas Tryon
      "Sworn and subscribed this 25 day of August A. D. 1834 before me.

      John P. Sherwood, Judge of Oneida County Court "At the same time also appeared before me Samuel Cody and Albert D. Peck, and made the following certificate on oath, viz:

      "State of New York, Oneida County, We, Albert D. Peck, a clergyman residing in Vernon in the County of Oneida and State of New York, and Samuel Cody residing in the same place, and both in the vicinity of Thomas Tryon, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with said Thomas Tryon, who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration, that we believe him to be seventy-five years of age, that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides, to have been a soldier of the revolution, and that we concur in that opinion, and further, that he is a person of fair character and his statements are entitled to credit.

      Albert D. Peck Samuel Cody

      "Sworn to and subscribed before me August 25, 1834.
      John P. Sherwood, Judge of Oneida County Court."
      (This is a transcript of the Original Declaration which is in the National Archives under file # 15A-832023.--by Sally Meylan, Mar. 1, 1962.)

      Book 28, p. 416, Oneida County Court House, Utica, New York, County Clerk's Office:

      "Deed Between Thomas Tryon of the town of Vernon in the County of Oneida and State of New York of the first part & Jesse Tryon of the same place of the second part. Dated - Jan. 16, 1817, Witnesses Jan. 16, 1817, Consideration - $1000 - Recorded April 4, 1817.

      "The receipt whereof is hereby confessed and acknowledged, Hath granted, bargained, sold remised, released, aliened and confirmed, and by these presents, doth grant, bargain, sell, remise, release, alien and confirm to the said party of the second part, and his heirs and assigns forever, All that piece or parcel of land situated in Vernon aforesaid, being part of Lot number 236 in the late Oneida Reservation, bounded and described as follows--Viz: beginning at the south-east corner of said Lot and running hence on the south line of said lot north, eighty-seven degrees west, twenty-five chains and fifty links to the south-west corner of said lot, thence north three degrees east on the west line of said lot, thirty chains and ninety links, thence north, seventy-one degrees east, twenty-six chains and fifty links to the east line of said lot, thence south three degrees west, on said east line, thirty-seven chains and seventy-four links to the place of beginning, containing eighty-six acres, and two rods of land. Subject however to a mortgage to the people of the State of New York given by Elias Dewey--which said Jesse is to pay and satisfy at his own expense. Together with all singular the hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any way appurtaining and the revenue and revisions, remainder and remainders, rents and profits therefrom all the estate rights, title, interest, claim and demand whatsoever of the said party of the first part, either in law, equity of, in and to the above bargained premises, with the said hereditaments and appurtenances. To have and to hold the said above bargained premises with their appurtenances to the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns to the sole and only proper use, benefit and behalf of the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns forever.

      "And the said party of the first part for himself, heirs, executors and administrators, doth covenant, grant, bargain, propose and agree to and with the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns to warrant and forever to defend the above bargained premises and every part and parcel thereof, now being in the quiet and peaceful possession of the said party of the second part against the said party of the first part, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns and against all and every other person or persons claiming or to claim the said premises, or any part thereof.

      "In witness whereof the said party of the first part hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written.

      Thomas Tryon (ss) sealed and delivered

      "In the presence of Rufus Pettibone.

      "State of New York: On this 16th day of January 1817 before me, Rufus Pettibone, Master of Chancery, came Thomas Tryon, the grantor within named and described, to me well known, and acknowledged the within Indenture, to be his free act and deed, having examined the same I allow it to be recorded. Rufus Pettibone, Master of Chancery. Recorded the fourth of April eighteen hundred and seventeen at 2 o'clock P. M.

      Jas. A. Bloodgood."

      (Copied from the original by Edith B. Swancott of Utica, New York.)
      In the record book in the Methodist Church in Vernon Center is an item "dated January 3, 1843, Thomas Tryon buried," and on the same line, someone at a later date wrote: "He lived on the place that is now known as the Burdick Brothers Place." In the County Clerk's office in Utica, New York, in the record of deeds, Book 28, p. 416: "Thomas Tryon deeded land to Jesse Tryon Jan. 16, 1817. This was 86 acres and 2 rods of land, being a part of Lot 236 in the late Oneida Reservation." U. S. Census of 1830 indicates that Thomas Tryon lived in the Town of Vernon, Oneida County, New York State. 2 3

  • Sources 
    1. [S570] Public Member Trees, Ancestry.com, (Name: Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;;), Database online.
      Record for Levi Tryon

    2. [S570] Public Member Trees, Ancestry.com, (Name: Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;;), Database online.
      Record for Thomas Tryon