Sebewa Recollector
Items of Genealogical Interest

Volume 4 Number 3
Transcribed by LaVonne I. Bennett

     LaVonne has received permission from Grayden Slowins to edit and submit Sebewa Recollector items of genealogical interest, from the beginning year of 1965 through current editions.

THE SEBEWA RECOLLECTOR, Bulletin of the The Sebewa Center Association, Bulletin of The Sebewa Center Association, December 1968, Volume 4, Number 3:



     The lengthening hours of darkness of the fall season brought a flurry of installations of mercury vapor all-night lights to Sebewa.  Somewhat in the order we noticed their appearance the count is continued as follows:

45.  Wayne Jackson, 46.  Howard Meyers, 47.  Sebewa Center United Methodist Church, 48.  Clarence Sayer, 49. Carl Petrie, 50.  Joe Cassel, 51.  Lionel Normington, 52. Joe Pung

     As this count passes the first fifty it seems a likely place to end it and consider further additions no more newsworthy than any other of life’s routine affairs.

     The light at the Center Church, however, comes as a result of a fund contributed in memory of Robert E. Gierman at the time of his death last May.  Other accomplishments of the fund were the securing of the church bell frame to make the bell again usable and the spreading of paint on the belfry and the southern exposure of the Annex. 


     Sometime in the 20’s dates my only recollection of the feather renovator coming around for the business of cleaning and fluffing of feathers from pillows and that old dream—the featherbed.  His contraption for doing the job was mounted on the back of a light Model T Ford.  It consisted of a large screened box with revolving paddles and—you might never guess—a steam boiler and engine to turn the apparatus while the steam was applied to the feathers.

     Apparently the virtues of the cleaning process were well known, for little time was spent in determining the need for cleaning or the price that was to be paid.  It was my job to scurry up an armload of chips to be used in building up the steam.  As any old time steam thresher would explain, nobody gets up a head of steam in a hurry.  So, in due time, the pillows were opened, the feathers dumped in place, steam hissed and with a great clatter, the renovation was in process.  Nobody ever called this feather man a cleaner or restorer.  He was a renovator.

     As seemed logical, this Model T. Renovator had a horse drawn predecessor, who plied the community and the towns about.  Mrs. Edna Sayer remembers her mother patronizing one in the 1890’s.  This one had a glass enclosure to show the dirt and the “horribles” he had extracted from the feathers he had renovated.  Another group, working in Portland, were strongly suspected of pocketing a sizeable sample of marketable feathers from each pillow or feather tick they worked on.

     The renovator is gone, forever, though he has a modern day counterpart.  The local dry cleaner has a compact contraption in which he dumps a pillow’s contents and later extracts them in a new pillow tick.  He seems not to know he has renovated the feathers. 


      September 20, 1910.  William Priestman, a former resident of Sebewa, was shot and instantly killed Thursday evening at his home in Lake Odesssa by Ralph Walker, a young man, who was born and reared in Portland.  Walker married Lottie Moore and Priestman was the woman’s step-father.  After the shooting, Walker hurried out of Lake Odessa, going east on the Pere Marquette tracks.  Search was kept up all night but he could not be located and it was reported at Lake Odessa Friday morning that a man answering his description had boarded a late train at Vermontville.

      Walker and his wife have been having more or less trouble since their marriage and Priestman, who was of a rather quarrelsome disposition, had repeatedly engaged in their controversies.  He recently sent Walker away from his premises rather forcibly when he called to see his wife, who had been staying at Priestman’s of late.  When Walker went to the parental home Thursday evening, he was evidently expecting another row, so he whipped out his revolver and fired two shots.  Priestman fell dead on the porch.  Walker was a tinner by trade.  Years ago he worked for A. B. Hixon and then started a shop of his own at Woodbury.  From there he went to Lake Odessa and had a shop in a little car close to the business section.  His parents Wm. Walker and wife, lived in Portland and are buried here.

     November 1, 1910.  William Priestman, who was murdered at Lake Odessa recently by Ralph Walker, appears to have been very popular with the fair sex, for it is now alleged that he married six times.  Mr. Priestman’s property at the time of his death amounted to about $900.  It is thought that the will of the murdered man may be contested as two sets of heirs are mentioned in it although two of his daughters were intentionally omitted.  Henry Whorley of Sebewa is named in the will as executor.

     December 6, 1910.  Ralph Walker, who was given a sentence of a minimum of 17 years and a maximum of 35 in the Jackson prison with a recommendation that he serve at least 25 years, never flinched when the sentence was imposed. 


     November 29, 1910.  Rev. Howard Jerrett, pastor of the M. E. Church here, and a horse and buggy belonging to F. P. Turner of this place are missing.  Jerrett’s disappearance with the outfit followed his arrest by a deputy sheriff on a charge preferred by a girl at Paris, Mecosta county, where Jerrett preached last year.  The preacher was turned over to the village marshall to await the coming of Sheriff Henderson of Mecosta county.  The young preacher and the prosiding elder were to attend the business meeting of the church a short distance in the country so they set out in the Turner rig, which Jerrett used in making his rounds as pastor and took care of it for its use.  The officer went along.  During the meeting it is claimed, Jerrett stepped outside for a moment and disappeared.  When the officer went outdoors the pastor and the rig were not to be seen.  Martha Engle, the victim, is about 20 years of age, the daughter of H. S. Engle, prominent resident of Paris, Mecosta County.  The affair has shocked Sunfield and the surrounding territory and all are anxious to see the preacher brought to justice.

     December 13, 1910.  Rev. W. Slye of Lansing will fill the M. E. Church pulpits Sunfield and Sebewa formerly occupied by the Rev. H. W. Jerrett. 


     Sebewa, November the 26th, 1856

     Article of agreement made and entered into this 26th day aforesaid between the officers of School District No. 4 of Sebewa aforesaid of the first part and Charles W. Ingalls of the same place of the second part.  Witnesseth the parties of the first part for themselves and their successors in office agree to and with the party of the second part as follows:

     To wit:  To give the said Chas. W. Ingalls, his heirs or assigns the sum of three hundred and thirty-seven dollars and fifty cents in the following manner—two hundred in order or in orders upon the town treasurer for monies raised in the present year’s tax as voted by said district to be disbursed to the party of the second part on or before the first of January next and one hundred and thirty-seven dollars and fifty cents in orders upon the Treasurer of the Township by the first of June next for the which sums the party of the second part binds himself, his heirs and assigns forever as follows:

     To build or cause to be built and finished a schoolhouse on the southwest (northeast) corner of section 15 in said town being Town 5 of Range six (6) west a balloon frame of the best order and quality (24) twenty-four feet by 30, (10) feet between joints with one front door to open into the entry of sufficient size to admit the master’s desk or table on the inside of the doors between two inner doors.  To be set back in a circle and set up upon a platform (8) eight inches above a level with a good table setting on the front  of the platform, well finished with a railing or fence standing above in front of said table with a sufficient drawer for benefit of teacher with lock and key; also two closets on each side of entry as large as can be, not to interfere with entry doors, to be well finished rooms with door into each from school room with a window into each of 15 lights 8 x 10 glass.  A window of four lights over the outside door to light the entry. 

     The school room is to be finished with six windows of 15 lights.  Each glass 8 by 10 with three rows of seats and desks upon the level floor otherwise to be finished like the schoolhouse in District No. 1.  The remainder of said house with painting,

Finish and completion to be in accordance with specifications as recorded in the Director’s Book of Record of said District, said house to be completed by the first of June next.  In witness whereof the parties have set their hands the day and year above written.

Signed and Delivered

In person SB:

John Waddell Sr. c0, Moderator

Jacob Plants, h a, Assessor

Ephraim Probasco, o r, Director

Also I Theron Stimson, Chas. Hammond, Cornelius Benschoter, Oliver Benschoter do hereby become security in the performance of the contract as therein specified in the penalty of double the amount of the valuation therein specified and in the manner and state therein and at the time  therein as agreed by the party of the second part and a penalty of all the damages therein sustained in failure of all or any part of the nonperformance thereof.

In witness I hereunto set my hand at Sebewa on this 14th day of December A. D. 1855.

Signed and delivered in presence of

Chas. W. Ingalls, Charles Hammon, T. H. Stimson, Cornelius Benschoter, John Waddell Sr., Oliver Benschoter                    Surety 


$200.00   School Dec. 13, 1855  Received on the within contract orders to amount of two hundred dollars.  Chas. W. Ingalls, Contractor

$20.00     Received on the within contract twenty dollars.

October 6, 1856.  Received the sum of thirty dollars.  Chas. W. Ingalls

Received of the School Board of School District 4 on the within contract the sum of Eighty-seven dollars in full of contract and settlement in full.

                           Chas. W. Ingalls, Contractor



     One of Sebewa’s old landmarks is fast disappearing.  The old town hall is being torn down by Peter Ward for the timer there is in it.  It has stood for 45 years.  For 30 years it was used for a schoolhouse, during which time it stood on the opposite side of the road, on Benjamin Probasco’s farm.  J. H. McClelland was one of the persons who wielded the rod and taught the young ideas to “shoot”.  Some of the teachers were from Portland three of whom have joined the great majority over the river.  They were Isaac Brooks, Mrs. Chauncey Barber (nee Sabra Wyman), Mrs. Prof. Philley (nee Luella Stone), Miss Nellie Clark, who is a neice of Mrs. Lovilla Maynard, now married and living in the West, and also Miss Flora Taylor.  Since the brick schoolhouse has been built, it has been used for a town hall.  It was also previously used for preaching services.  We are informed that the Rev. D. H. Shelly of the U. B. Church, who once preached there, is now living in Ionia. 

And This One    A HOUSE WITH A HISTORY      By Nellie E. Meyers

     We understand that the old schoolhouse which stands a mile east of the Center is to be moved to North Sebewa for a sheep shed.  It was built in 1855 on the farm of John Waddell, now Benj. Probasco’s.  It was used for a schoolhouse and town hall until the new schoolhouse was built in 1881 (3).  The United Brethren people held services in it for many years and at one time had a large class.

     It was bought by the town and moved across the road on the Ramsey farm.  Then it was used for a town hall until last year when the new hall was built at the Center.  Eleven years ago the P. of I. (Patrons of Industry) society repaired it somewhat and held their meetings in it for a time.  Many prominent businessmen and teachers have received a part of their education within its walls.  Among them are E. H. Deatsman, S. F. Deatsman, Fulton McClelland, Willis McClelland, Orren Staples, Webster Hastings and many others, no doubt, before these.

     The usefulness of the old building is nearly past, but it is itself “like a great human heart, with a life of its own, and full of rich and somber reminiscenses”. 


     Welcome (“Weck”) Lumbert never lacked for a story to tell.  At the first suggestion of an audience, Weck was ready with a tall tale.  Here are some of the stories he frequently related in John Fleetham’s barbershop as John recalls them.


     Once Weck lived near Greenville.  One day when he was out hunting he discovered a cave.  He walked down and into the cave to see what might be in it.  It was occupied by a huge snake.  Weck promptly and casually pulled out his revolver and shot the snake “behind the ear”.

     When he had skinned out the snake he found the dimensions to be about 12 feet across the head and more than 100 feet long.  When he opened the snake, as he explained, the last things the snake had devoured were the first to come into view.  First there was a horse and its driver—a man from Belding that Weck knew.  The horse was still harnessed.  That was followed by 12 freshly sheared sheep and about 500 bushels of corn.  The remainder could only be identified as sludge.

      He said he took the snake skin to have it tanned and made into an exhibition tent.  He’d had the head mounted with jaws agape and all painted red inside.  He traveled the country from town to town, put up his tent and charged the people a dime to see the mounted snake head.  He was quick to learn that his exhibit gave his patrons such a fright that many needed a change of clothes.  Soon he extended his business to include a tent at the exit where he sold ladies’ dresses and men’s overalls.  He also sold a lapel pin on which was printed “I have seen the big snake”.

      He said he gave half the first year’s receipts to charity---more than $115,000.


     Weck said he was once a great runner—one of the greatest there ever was.  He even went to Japan to race a Japanese fellow.  He was certain the Japanese would be out to kill him if he won the race.  Before the start of the race he took the precaution to bring the boat right up close to shore.  Weck ran one way around the island and the Japanese ran the other.  Weck sped around the course, jumped into the boat and signaled for a quick take off.  He had won the race.

     I asked him in the shop, I said “By Golly, Weck, you’re a pretty fast man.  I bet you could beat a deer, couldn’t you?”

     “Well, yes”, he said he’d raced one once.  He said “You can ask Bill Hyde”.  Hyde was a butcher who had worked in Ray Elliott’s and Harold Hanna’s stores.  He said he and Bill were up hunting once and walking along the trail he spotted a big buck over to his right.  He said he thought “By Golly, I wonder if I can beat him”.  He said that deer started and “I took off”.  The deer was going just as fast as he could go and I ran right past him.

     He said that deer never had a chance. 


    Once Weck had been captured by some people.  They got wind that the Queen of England wanted him for her boy.  He was traded to her and she kept him for a while before he escaped and made his way back to this country.

     Later he thought he would like to make a trip back to England.  On the boat back to England he was captain (naturally).  They had an uneventful trip until they were most of the way across the Atlantic.  Scanning the sky for the weather he thought he saw a big snow storm approaching, but once they reached it, it was not snow, but salt pouring from the sky.  Their boat was filled and piled high with salt and he did not know what to do with it.  Nevertheless they continued on into port with the heavy load.  Fortunately for him, there had been a salt famine in England and he quickly turned his unwanted cargo into a good profit.


     Weck said he had a farm down in one of the southern states.  The ground was muck ground and always soft.  He had to go down there because the soil in Michigan was generally hard and he could not raise what he wanted to on it.  On his farm he raised animals that looked like apes and he had quite a large herd of them.  The animals marched and paraded a lot with their hands on the others’ shoulders and tiring of that, they would sit around on the ground.  And in sitting on the ground he did not want them sitting on hard ground because it would wear the hair off their sitting down place and spoil them for his purpose.  He was skinning out the animals to make seamless coats for women.  I asked him what he called the animals.  He said they were “Brodnig Noggins”.


Weck was sitting in the shop one day when he saw some of the WW II soldier boys.  He said “I’m sorry I can’t be a soldier and go to war but I think I’ve done my share”.  He said that during the first World War the president of the Pere Marquette Railroad Co. came to him, knowing that he was a wealthy man, and said “I’ve got to raise a million dollars to keep this railroad a going”.  He asked Weck if he would loan it to him.  Weck gave him the million and he never paid it back.  “But I didn’t care because I knew it was for a good cause and now I can see them hauling this war material through here and I know I’ve done my bit”.

     I said to him “Weck, as long as you had so much money at one time, why didn’t you bury some of it or save some of it, so you would have it now?”

     He said “Well, I have got lots of it buried.  I would get it in silver dollars and I would put it in rolls about a foot long and wrap paper around it and bury it.  Then if anybody dug it up they would think it was dynamite and they wouldn’t bother with it.


     Crossing the ocean one time, he was captain of their wooden boat.  When they were nearly across an awful storm started cracking up the boat with the bottom splitting at the joints of the boards and planks.  He made all the people take off their clothes and he punched the clothing in the crack to keep out the water.  He said it kept out enough water so that they got to shore.  When they docked, he said “I handed the cabin boy 50 cents and told him to go get me a pair of overalls.” 


       John Able, Benjamin Adams, Peter Adamy, Erastus Alderman, Robert Allen, Thomas Allen, A. A. Alverson, Lawrence Ames, Lorenzo Ames, Truman Ames, Curtis Austin, Daniel Austin, George Austin,

      George H. Baldwin, Isaac Baldwin, Rush P. Baldwin, Henry K. Baldwin,  Lemon Barnes, Andrew Barrows, C. P. Barrows, Giles Beebe, Cornelius Benschoter, George Benschoter, Martin Benschoter, Oliver Benschoter, William Benschoter, John Bessy, Sam Bigham, Eba Blanchard, Rufus Bishop, E. P. Bliss, Jacob Braden, Joseph Braden, J. N. Bradley, David Brailey, John Brailey, Oliver Brailey, Eben Brand, George Bresau, David Bretz, Isaac Bretz, John Bretz, Weston Briggs, Andrew Brown, Eleazer Brown, Francis M. Brown, Major Brown, Maryland Brown, Sidney O. Brown, Asahel Buck, Eli S. Backman, Peter Burns, Harley H. Butler

      Thomas Carey, Cyril Carpenter, Elkanah Carpenter, Henry C. Carpenter, Jonah H. Carpenter, John W. Carpenter, Samuel Carpenter, Henry Carr, David Carter, Ebenezer Chase, Ralph Cherry, George W. Coats, Josiah Clark, William Coe, Benjamin Cole, Joshua Cole, Charles Cone, Jacob Collingham, Emery L. Cook, Pierce G. Cook, John Cooper, Thomas Cornell, Whitcomb P. Coulson, Joseph Craddock, John Cramer, G. W. Crane, H. H. Crapo, Marcus D. L. Crapo, Pulasci Crapo, Henry C. Culver

     A.W. Daniels, O. W. Daniels, Tillison Daniels, William Dann, Byron David,Martin Davidson, James Davis, William O. Davis, R. I. Densmore, Charles Derby, Cleanthus Derby, Edwin C. Derby, H. B. Derby, Rollin Derby, George W. Dickinson, Dennis Dorin, Sam Downing, Elkanah Drake

     Michael Earthman, Albert Emery, Daniel Emory, Charles Erwins, John Estep, Joseph Estep, William Estep, William Estep II, Andrew L. Estes, John Estes, John Evans.

     Willian Fell, George Fleetham, Richard Fleetham, H. A. Foote, Charles Ford, Elisha Ford, W. H. Foster, W. B. Francis, Samuel Freehouse, John Freyer, Edwin Friend, Francis N. Friend, James Friend, William Friend

     John Gallagher, Marion Gibbs, Robert Gibbs, David Gillow, Daniel W. Goddard, William Goodrich, George Gott, James Gray, Heman Green, Israel Green, Jacob Green, Milon Green, Samuel Green, Peter Greiner, David Griffin, Edward Griffin, Newell Griffin, Joshua Gunn, Samuel Gunn, Theodore Gunn

     Anson W. Halbert, Eli Hall, Abel C. Halliday, Apollos Holliday, Elihu Halliday, Dan Halliday, George E. Halliday, Henry Halliday, Lovell Halliday, Monroe Halliday, John Halpine, Charles Hammond, Walter Harmon, Charles D. Harper, Lucian D. Heaton, Jay Henderson, Hiram Herrington, O. L. Herrington, Chauncy Hess, Solomon Hess, John Hewitt, George Hiar, A. D. Hickerson, R. J. Higbee, James High, Jacob High, Henry Hinkley, Charles Hodgeman, Albert Hogle, Moses Hogle, Patrick Hosey, Jacob Houseman, Perry Howe, A. H. Howland, Erastus Howland, John Huet, Clear Hulce, George Hunt, William Hunt, Hiram Husted

     Charles W. Ingalls, Hall J. Ingalls, Cornelius Jackson, George E. Jackson, John Jackson, William Jeffery, William Jewell, John Johnson, D. S. Joslin, Emory Joslin, Henry Joslin


     Jacob Lapo, Reuben Lapo, Henry Lawrence, David Leak, M. H. Lester, J. Lindley, Leonard Lindley, Stephen Lindley, Chauncy Lott, Louis Lovell, William Lowe, Marshall Lowery, David Lumbert, George Lumbert, Hiram Lumbert, James Lumbert, Leonard Lumbert, Sylvester Lumbert, Michael Lunger, Jacob Luscher, Rudolf Luscher, Hewson Lyford, Horace Lyford

     Perry Manning, Calvin Mapes, Peter Mapes, Howard Marsh, Henry L. Martin, John Maxim, William McCall, J. H. McClelland, Richard O. McWhorter, J. S. Meanery, Richard O. McWhorter, J. S. Meanery, Orin Merchant, Willard Merchant, William Metcalf, Benjamin Miller, Ranslear Mills, Erastus P. Miner, Joseph Munn

     Hiram Need, William Newton, Allen Nichols, Charles Nichols, E. R. Nichols, John Nichols

     Simeon Oatley, Francis Olry, John F. Olry, Lewis A. Olry, William Olry, Gilbert S. Ostrander, Tracy Ostrander

     William Packard, Daniel C. Parmenter, Lucius Patterson, John J. Peacock, R. S. Peck, Ransler Peling, John R. Petrie, David Phillips, Israel Phillips, Levi Phillips, Levi Phillips, Philetus Phillips, Henry Pierce, James Pierce, Jacob Plants, William Powers, G. E. Preston, Benjamin Probasco, Ephraim Probasco, Thomas Probert 

     Marshall Ralston, John Rebedue, James Reed, William Reeder, Addison Rice, Carlos Rice, Clark Rice, John C. Rider, Stephen Rider, William Rider, C. L. Robinson, Henry Rodergeb, H. W. Rogers, Randal Rogers, Daniel W. Rose, Oliver Row

     Edward Sandborn, John Sanders, Henry Seckstone, Theodore Sanders, S. M. Severance, Ephraim Shay, Theodore Shay, Jacob Showerman, Lucius Showerman, Orlando V. Showerman, Christian Sindlinger, Frederick  Sindlinger, Ebenezer F. Smith, James M. Smith, John C. Smith, Joshua Smith, Josiah Smith, Luman Smith, R. N. Smith, Benjamin Snyder, George Snyder, James Sprague, Stephen Sprague, William Spencer, John Snyder, Henry Sprague, Orren Stebbins, Edwin G. Steel, James Steers, Richard Steers, Andrew Steward, Nathan Steward, Lafayette Stimson, Theron Stimson, Charles Stone, John Stone, Chancy Strickland, Henry Sweet, James Sweet, William H. Sweet, Michael Switzer, Ferdinand Switzer

     Correll Taylor, Edward Taylor, George Taylor, John F. Terrill, Albert Thompson, Josiah Thompson, James L. Titus, William Torpy, Willis J. Torpy, Hiram Treese, Andrew Travis, Hiram Trim, Homer Trim, Jerome Trim, Mortimer Trim, Perry Trim, George Troutwine, Noah Tryon Sr., Noah Tryon Jr. Henry Tucker, Frederick Turner

     D. N. Upton,   Henry Upton

     Van Houten, John H., William Vandoosen, Isaac VanTassel, John Van Wyck, John Waddell, Jr., Jacob Venton, John Waddell Sr., Thomas Waddell, James Ward, Ira Warden, John Waring, Nathaniel Warner, Alexander Washburn, William Waters, Andrew Weippert, Benjamin Weld, Miron Wheeler, Jeremiah H. Whelpley, Roswell Whitcomb, Samuel White, Byron White, Washburn White, Durs Wirt, Dayton Wright, Jonah Wright, Minor Wright

     Christian Yager, Jacob Yager, George Young, Warner Young 


     John, William and Stephan Sanborne (for so they spelt the name) were sons of an English Samborn (probably William of Brimpton, Berks.) and Anne, daughter of Rev. Stephen Bachiler.

     The three sons of Anne Samborne are said to have come to America with their grandfather Bachiler in 1632 but apparently their mother did not come over; nor have we any trace of the three sons until in 1639 in Hampton, N. H.

     On March 9, 1632, Bachiler sailed for New England in the WILLIAM AND FRANCIS, landing at Boston June 3, 1632.  On the ship were “Mr. Bachiler and Mr. Welde with their families and many other honest men”.  Just what family Bachiler brought with him is not known—presumably his second wife and four grandsons, Nathaniel Bachiler and John, William and Stephen Samborne.

LIEUT. JOHN SAMBORNE born 1620. Married Margaret (Page) Moulton, widow of Wm. Moulton and daughter of Robert Page of Ormsby, Norfolk and Hampton, N.H.


1.  John born about 1649,

2.  Mary born 1651, died 1654,

3. Abigail born Feb.23, 1653; married Ephriam Marston; died Jan 3, 1743;

4.  Richard born January 4, 1655;

5.  Mary born 1657, died 1660;

6.  Joseph born March 24, 1659;

7. Stephen born 1661; died 1662;

8.  Ann born Nov. 20, 1662; married Samuel Palmer; died October 4, 1745

9.  Benjamin born December 20, 1668

10. Capt. Jonathan born May 25, 1672


RICHARD SAMBORNE born in Hampton Jan. 4, 1655; Freeman, April 25, 1678.  Lived in Hampton.  A soldier from there in garrison at Oyster River, 1696.  Married

(1) Mary born September 30, 1679; died unmarried in 1770

(2) John born November 6, 1681

(3) Ruth born 1684; unmarried in 1716

(4) Shuabel born 1694


ENSIGN JOHN SAMBORN born November 6, 1681 in Hampton.  Bought a large tract of wild land in North Hill, afterwards called North Hampton and made of it a fine farm.  A soldier from Hampton in 1708, a sergeant with 31 men under him in Lovewell’s War; afterwards an ensign.  A grantee and large landholder in Chester.  Select-man of Chester in 1724-26.   Married August 8, 1701 Sarah Philbrick, daughter of Lieut. James of Hampton and a sister of the wife of Stephen Samborn.  Died Sept. 3, 1727.  Will proved 1727, leaves his Hampton lands to sons Daniel and Benjamin; his lands in Chester to sons Richard, Nathan and Elisha.  Ensign John’s widow married (2) Lieut. Thomas Rawlins of Stratham and died May 30, 1761.


1. Daniel born February 17, 1702

 2. Benjamin born November 8, 1703

 3. Phebe born Feb. 6, 1706; married Nov. 4, 1725 Nathaniel Pease of Exeter

 4. Richard born May 29, 1708

 5. Nathan born May 29, 1708

 6. Elisha born  May 29, 1708

 7. Ebenezer born April 1, 1710

 8. Sarah born May 22, 1714 married (1) ---Ford.  (2) Matthias Weeks of Gilford

9. Abigail born Oct. 24, 1716; married Thomas Sinclair of Meredith

10. Ruth born March 8, 1719; married Joseph Bean

11. John born May 5, 1721

12. Hannah born Feb. 3, 1723; married Deacon Stephen Dudley of Gilmanton, (son of Col Stephens)

13. James born April 5, 1724

14. Mary born March 1, 1726; married William Mead of Meredith


DEACON DANIEL SANDBORN born in North Hampton February 17, 1702.  A wealthy and prominent man.  Lived in North Hampton.  Was a grantee of Sanborntown.  Married  January 14, 1725, Catherine Rollins; died in 1786.  Will dated 1764, proved 1787, mentions all his surviving children and his wife.


 1. Phebe born Dec. 13, 1725; married Reuben Gove Deardon, son of Joseph. (died 1797)

2. Anne born Feb. 21, 1727; married Elisha Thomas

3. Catherine born June 1, 1728; married _____Foss

4. Daniel born May 17, 1731

5. Sarah born 1733; died 1742

6. Rachel born April 25, 1736; married ____Griffith (2) Gideon Piper of Stratham and Sandbornton

7. Thomas born May 17, 1738

8. Moses born June 8, 1840

9. Aaron born February 8, 1743

10. Sarah baptized February 24, 1745; married _____Jewett

11. Abijah born March 4, 1748


ABIJAH SANDBORN born in North Hampton March 4, 1748; moved to Sanbornton in 1773.  Married August 17, 1768 Molly Morrill Sanborn, who died November 16, 1793.  He died November 1790.  Will dated Feb. 13 and proved June 7, 1790 mentions wife, Molly Morrill, sons Enoch and Thomas and daughters  Sarah and Molly


1. Sarah born October 9, 1769 married Josiah Crichett, son of Thomas of Sandbornton and moved to Ohio

2. Enoch born February 14, 1773

3. Thomas born August 2, 1777

4. Mary born February 23, 1780; married Edward Ellsworth


THOMAS SANDBORN born in Sandbornton August 2, 1777; married (1) Mehitabel Gilman; (2)Polly Higbee, daughter of Daniel and sister of Rev. Edward Higbee, rector of Trinity Church, NY.  Moved to New York state; died in Allen, NY 7-24-42


1.  Abijah; moved west

2. Gilman

3. Edward born July 1806

4. Justus born December 4, 1808, married Temperance Smith Ingham born June 8, 1812, had Josephine born June 9, 1843 married (1) to Jasper Davis and (2) ____Baldwin.  Besides Josephine was Rosalie Marie born May 12, 1849, married Orlando W. Pettit of Grand Rapids.

5. Lodema

6. Julia

7. Enoch born June 30, 1816

8. Julia



Bulletin of The Sebewa Center Association
Robert W. Gierman, Editor
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Portland, Michigan 48875  U. S. A.


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