Town Historians

This past month I have had a wonderful and successful research experience. While researching using NEHGS’s website, I came upon a probate record for a Chase ancestor, Isaac Chase, which listed all of his living children and 3 grandchildren. Low and behold  a daughter and 2 of the grandchildren were Pembleton’s on my maternal side. The daughter was Lucy, my 4th g grandfathers second wife who my cousin (now deceased) and I had been hunting for years. Who were her parents? Was she born in MA or CT. We had census records, her pension from my g grandfather, who her first husband was, then the research went cold. Who was she? She raised the 2 grandchildren after the death of their parents, why were they named in her fathers will? I proceeded to research feverishly and add Lucy’s family to my tree. They were all in Otsego County New York, and had been since 1805. Isaac was born in Windham Co. CT. His father Benjamin was born, not far from me, in Swansea, MA. but settled in Windham Co. CT. This branch of the Chases were Quakers.

Then of course I hit a brick wall…… I found the e-mail address of the town of Hartwick’s historian and e-mailed her. She wrote back to me that she did not have much on the Pembleton’s but did have lots of stuff on the Chase’s and connected families. This wonderful lady, Carol Goodrich,  sent me 2 huge packets of records and such on this family, I in return sent her a huge packet on my Pembleton’s. Included in her packets were all of the cemeteries in Otsego County along with a huge map of the cemeteries, it covers half of my kitchen table, included was a separate list of all of the Rev War veterans, when and where some of them were born, when they died and which cemetery they were buried in. Hartwick was called Chase back in the day and there still is a section in Hartwick called Chaseville.

Then I turned to Lucy’s mother, Jerusha (Bennett) Chase, her birth date and death date were listed in the records but on researching her, she was not Jerusha Bennett, but Jerusha Flint, born in Reading, MA. Where the Bennett name came from no one knows, but the error was on the county website and in find-a-grave. Jerusha and Isaac are buried in the same cemetery where my Pembleton’s are. Needing more confirmation, I went to rootsweb, found a researcher on the Flint family and e-mailed him, we have been in constant contact since as well as Carol Goodrich. Peter Flint. Peter sent me an e-read book on the Flint family,  which I treasure. Again, using americanancestors, I was able to verify the information. Peter also had information on the Chase family.

I discovered, with the help of these great people, the maiden name of my great grand Uncle’s wife. We knew she was Sarah, but not her maiden name, She was Sarah Chase, daughter of Isaac and sister to Lucy. Sarah was married to Jabez (called Jabish) Pembleton, namesake of my 4th g grandfather. Sarah and Jabish both died in April 1829 leaving behind 2 infants, one only a year old. Isaac’s will dated 31 Jan 1845 and probated 5 May 1846 can be found on What a wealth of information I have found there, including the probate of Lucy’s first husband Abihu Mack. He died intestate, Lucy was named Executrix, Isaac Chase administrator. Jabish died intestate and Administrators of his estate were Jabez Pembleton and Isaac Chase. By the way, Lucy married Jabez 20 December 1829. Jabez died 10 Sep 1841. Lucy died 26 Apr 1878, it took Lucy 20 years to receive his pension.

What has this research cost me? $2.79 postage for the packet I mailed to Carol.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

    Dec 13, 2014 @ 10:30:47

    Nan, do we meet in Dec? I have a morning doctor’s appointment on Thursday next week and couldn’t make it. I believe it was supposed to be on the 19th.


    Sent from my HTC on T-Mobile 4G LTE


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