1758 - 1807 (48 years)
||Jehiel SLOSSON [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] |
||04 Nov 1758
||Kent, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA [6, 7, 8]
||04 Nov 1759
||Kent, Conn 
||22 Jan 1807
||Union, Broom Co., New York 
||22 Jan 1807
||Greenville, Greene County, New York [6, 7, 9, 10]
- "George Slawson - An American Pioneer": Jehiel, the restless Minuteman, after the Revolutionary War, with his wife, Rebecca, left the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, and crossed the Hudson River into New York State. There in the hills of Greenville, near the Catskills, they farmed and raised their family.
Their new home, Coxsackie, the Slossons found had some patriotic fame, for here the Dutch farmers had made a freedom declaration even before the signing of the American Declaration of Independence.
While living in Coxsackie for some half-dozen years, the couple had two children, Jehiel, Jr., and a daughter, Becky. They are listed in first U.S. Decennial Census, 1790, page 23. But life in that river town did not satisfy Jehiel's restless spirit. It was commercial, and now he remembered the quiet, wooded Berkshire Hills. Again the Slossons wre on the move - westward and northward to the small town of Greenville in New York hills.
Again, the Slossons were early settlers. They had arrived about 1791, and it was not until about 1803 when the setlement once called Freehold was given its present name of Greenville.
Jehiel was a farmer, and probably a craftsman as well. Remote Greenille had varied home industries, it is recorded. Further, two small pieces of handmade Colonial furniture still in the family are believed to have been made by Jehiel in his Greenville home.
Tragedy came, however, when Jehiel at the age of forty-nine passed on. Rebecca met that challenge by leading her seven children in a wagon train westward, down the mountains, through the Susquehanna River Valley to a new life in south-central New York State....
Jehiel was the second child of Daniel and Keziah Slosson. Jehiel's name - probably best pronounces as a "he" in the center - was derived from the Old Testament. Jehiel appears in Chronicles as the son of Good King Jehoshaphat.
Finally, on January 22, 1807, the ather, Jehiel, when he was only forty-nine years old, answered the final call. His restless spirit had made that final trip. And two weeks later, his fifteen-year-old girl, Sally, also passed away. The cause of their demise is not known. Jehiel might have had a war disability, or again, a wintertime epidemic may have swept through that area, where the closed doctor may have been miles away.
Rebecca was now a widow with seven dependent children. Doubtless Jehiel left her with a reasonably good farm and their homestead. ...
News of her plight slowly went to relatives in various places. Meanwhile, she pondered what would be best for her children. Finally word was received from Jehiel's uncle, Enoch Slosson, suggesting that her family come to live near him in the south-central part of New York State. Summarized from century-old notes written by William patterson, who had married into the family, here is why Enoch turned out to be the benefactor of Rebecca's family.
Years before, bread had been cast on the waters in the Slosson family. Third-generation Nathaniel had been given a land gift by his father-in-law. Nathaniel, in turn, had given some land to his son, fourth-generation Enoch. And now Enoch was volunteering to help the family of his nephew, fifth-generation Jehiel.
However, it was an unusual cause-and-effect story whereby Enoch happened to be living in New York state in a position to offer Rebecca assistance. years before he had followed his brother Daniel into the Berkshire Hills. There, in Stockbridge, as a respected citizen, he had been elected constable, the position his father had similarly held in Kent.
In connection with his official duties, Enoch accused a captain of partiality in giving evidence under oath. The church took the captain's side; Enoch stood by his convictions, and so had been admonished by the church.
Perhaps because of this treatment, in 1793 Enoch moved with some of his family into the wilderness area at Brown's Settlement on the Boston Settlement on the Boston purchase in Newark Valley in Tioga County south-central new York State. There he pioneered and apparently prospered with the growth of the area. Subsequently, the Stockbridge captain, on his deathbed, confessed the wrong he had done to Slosson, who was then pardoned by the church. Thus Enoch was well able to help Rebecca. Completing his life story, although distressed by his church troubles, he lived to the age of ninety-four.
After receiving the Enoch Slosson offer to join his family, Rebecca reflected that it might be easier simpl to remain in Greenville. but that hll area was rather isolated with limited opportunies for her children. Again, she could backtrack to the Berkshire Hills or to Connecticut where many friends and relatives were living.
But Enoch's location was in a new land with plenty of space for her family to grow and develop. Further, and this was important, it was in the direction her restless Jehiel had been headed.
And so Rebecca decided - she would continue that long journey to the west.....
Rebecca Slosson had a full, adventurous life. Finally, at Union (now Newark Valley) on May 29, 1827, at the age of sixty-eight, she passed on to be with the Lord. The burial place is given as near Naticoke Springs, Broome County, New York
||14 Oct 2019 |
||Daniel SLOSSON, b. Abt 1729, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA , d. 27 Feb 1805, Richmond, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA (Age ~ 76 years) |
||Keziah BENTON, b. 25 Mar 1736, d. 28 Dec 1797, Richmond, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA (Age 61 years) |
||Kent, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA [1, 4]
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Rebecca DUDLEY, b. Bef 1762, Roxbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut , d. 29 May 1827, Union, Broome County, New York (Age > 65 years) |
||New York, USA 
| ||1. Anna SLOSSON, b. 02 May 1797, Greenville, Greene County, New York , d. 12 Dec 1886, Maine, Broome County, New York (Age 89 years) [Natural]|
| ||2. Nathan SLOSSON, b. 07 Apr 1795, Greenville, Greene County, New York , d. 27 Feb 1858, Maine, New York (Age 62 years) [Natural]|
| ||3. Abner SLOSSON, b. 17 Oct 1800, Greenville, Greene County, New York , d. 21 May 1877, Northwood, Worth County, Iowa (Age 76 years) [Birth]|
| ||4. Giles SLOSSON, b. 07 Mar 1803, Greenville, Greene County, New York , d. Aft 1880, Maine, Broome County, New York (Age > 78 years) [Natural]|
| ||5. Becky SLOSSON, b. 02 Mar 1790, Greenville, Greene County, New York , d. 13 May 1840, Union, (now Newark Valley), New York (Age 50 years) [Natural]|
| ||6. Jehiel SLOSSON, b. 23 Jul 1788, Greenville, Greene County, New York , d. 12 Jul 1856, Maine, Broome County,New York (Age 67 years) [Birth]|
| ||7. Sally SLOSSON, b. 18 Jul 1792, Greenville, Greene County, New York , d. 08 Feb 1807, Greenville, Greene County, New York (Age 14 years) [Natural]|
| ||8. Orilla SLOSSON, b. 24 May 1793, Greenville, Greene County, New York , d. 04 May 1819, Stockbridge, Massachusetts (Age 25 years) [Natural]|
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- [S03338] Slosson 11-20-00 Greene.FTW.
Date of Import: Jan 6, 2001
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