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Susannah CUDWORTH & Noah RUMSEY Family 
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Susannah CUDWORTH & Noah RUMSEY of Sullivan Township

1. Noah1 Rumsey, son of Isaac Rumsey and Abigail St.John, reference Mainesburg (#2205) was born in Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut 20 MAR 1768. Individual flags: 1897 Hist; 1883 Hist; 1817 Tax. Noah died 19 MAY 1839 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 71. His body was interred MAY 1839 in Rumsey-Doud Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

He married Susannah Cudworth 22 MAY 1799. (Susannah Cudworth reference Mainesburg) (Susannah Cudworth is #2208.) Susannah was born 1783 in Dighton, Bristol County, Massachusetts. Susannah was the daughter of Paul Cudworth and Sarah Drinkwater. She married LutherAustin AFT 1845. Susannah died 24 AUG 1862 in Mainesburg, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 79. Her body was interred AUG 1862 in Rumsey-Doud Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Susannah was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Susannah's household included two males 20-30, one female 20-30 and one 30-40. While the older history books tell us of the hardships our male ancestors endured in their migrations and in settling uncleared farmland, they usually forgot to mention that they were accompanied by an equally hard working and determined wife who, as in the case of Susannah, was probably pregnant or nursing while enroute and caring for numerous other small children on top of it. We do not wish to diminish the contributions of the men, but we do need to emphasize, since our early historians did not, that these women contributed every bit as much to the development of new communities as their menfolk. Just as many, or more, died in the process and endured the same hardships. Many a migrating woman gave birth unsheltered under a tree in the forest. Those who did not die young in childbirth must have been incredibly durable as in the case of Susannah, who lived to be almost 80 years old without any of the medical attention we enjoy today. They could not even imagine the luxury we live in today.

Historical Note: . "A grist mill was erected at Mainesburg about 1809, by Noah Rumsey, Sr. Two or three years later he sold it to Jonathan L. Spencer. In 1824 he sold his lands and mill and other personal property to John Maine, a pioneer in Lawrence township, who also bought the lands and personal property of Lyman Spencer. Mr. Maine operated the mill until 1841, when he sold it to Solon Richards, who ran it for a number of years, and sold it to R. K. Brundage, and he in turn to Philemon Doud, who tore down the old mill and erected a steam mill on its site. N. E. Calkins succeeded Doud as owner of the property, which finally passed into the hands of Hiram Horton, who leased it to Aaron Austin. On April 17, 1894 the mill was destroyed and has not been rebuilt."

Historical Note: . " About the year 1809 Noah Rumsey located where Mainesburg now is and erected a flouring mill near the site of the present steam and water flouring mill. The structure was of logs, with one run of stones taken from Armenia Mountain. The mill was run by water, and was the first one in the township or vicinity. At that time, where Mainesburg now stands was a dense wilderness; by the overflowing of water, timber was killed, and where the business portion of Mainesburg now is there was a mill pond thickly interspersed with dead trees, which, lifting their leafless arms heavenward, presented a scene somewhat resembling the shipping is a harbor. Mr. Rumsey after a few years sold the property ot Jonathan F. Spencer, and he a few years later sold it to John Maine who afterward erected a distillery... After Noah Rumsey sold his mill property he moved on the the hill south of Mainesburg giving the place the name Rumsey Hill."

Noah was listed as the head of a family on the 1810 Census in Delmar Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. By 1812 only two townships existed in Tioga County, Delmar and Tioga. The area that became Sullivan was in the eastern half, Tioga Township. Possibly all were included in Delmar in 1810.

Noah registered to pay taxes 1816 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Sullivan Township was formed in 1816. It was taken from Covington Township. Its original boundaries included the southern half of Rutland formed in 1829, and the northern part of Ward which was formed in 1852.

Noah was listed as the head of a family on the 1820 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Noah was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Noah was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Susannah and Noah were 40-50 and 60-70. Five males and two females were also in the household. Noah RUMSEY grew to adulthood in his native county of Fairfield County, Connecticut. He and other family members migrated to Hubbardton County, Vermont where he married Susannah CUDWORTH. Susanna and Noah had twelve children, eleven of whom reached adulthood - a rare success in that era- and then in 1807, they migrated with other relatives to Sullivan Township, Tioga County, PA. Noah built the first grist mill in this section of the county, on the site of Mainesburg, which he operated for a few years and then sold it. He was a Jefersonian Democrat, but took no interest in public affairs. (From 1897 Tioga County History)

About the year 1809 Noah Rumsey located where Mainesburg now is and erected a flouring mill near the site of the present steam and flouring mill. The structure was of logs, with one run of stones taken from the Armenia Mountain. The mill was run by water, and was the first ne in the township or vicinity. At that time where Mainesburg now stands was a dense wilderness; by the overflowing of the water timber was killed, and where the business portion ot Mainesburg now is there was a mill pond thickly interspersed with dead trees, which, lifting their leafless arms heavenward, presented a scene somewhat resembling the shipping n a harbor. Mr. Rumsey after a few years sold the property to Jonathan F. Specer, and he a few years later sold it to John Maine, who afterward erected a distillery. (From 1883 Tioga County History p. 333)

Noah Rumsey and Susannah Cudworth had the following children:

2 i. Ameda2 Rumsey (#6854).

3 ii. Sarah Drinkwater Rumsey (#5956) was born in Vermont 1 SEP 1800. Sally died 11 MAR 1878 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 77. Her body was interred MAR 1878 in Mainesburg Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. She married Alvin Bolivar Austin 8 JAN 1824 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. (Alvin Bolivar Austin is #5954.) Alva was born 13 JAN 1800 in Chenango County, New York. Alva was the son of David Austin and Hannah Buckley. Alva died 21 DEC 1881 in Mainesburg, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 81. Mansfield Advertiser 28th Dec 1881: Died Alva Austin, Mainesburg, bur. last Friday age 82, father of Leander. One of early settlers.

His body was interred DEC 1881 in Mainesburg Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Alva was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Sarah and Alvin were 30-40. They had one daughter 5-10 and two sons under five, Ameda, Aaron and Luther.

Alva was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The household of Alvin and Sarah included two males under 5,two males 5-10, two males and one female 10-15.

In the Census of 1850, Alva was listed as a head of household in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Alvin was a farmer, Luther was a laborer. Alvin and Susanna donated the land and removed their house for the site of the present Methodist Church in Mainesburg. From obituary of Jesse Austin in Rutland scrapbook. Sally migrated with her parents from Vermont to Sullivan Township at the age of seven.

4 iii. Abigail Rumsey (#1550) was born in Vermont 1802. Abigail died 1872 at age 70. Abigail was five years old when the family migrated from Vermont to Sullivan Township. She died unmarried- and insane in the language of the census taker. She was living with Luther and Susan Austin in 1850.

5 iv. Aaron Rumsey (#3759) was born in Hubbardton, Rutland County, Vermont 7 APR 1803. Individual flags: Obituary. Aaron died 11 JUL 1886 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 83. Mansfield Advertiser 14th Jul 1886 Obituary abstract: Aaron Rumsey died Rumsey Hill Jul 11th age 83. His body was interred JUL 1886 in Mainesburg Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He married Orilla Fairchild* 27 APR 1837. (Orilla Fairchild* is #3760.)

Orilla was born 15 AUG 1815 in Connecticut. Orilla died 15 JUL 1899 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 83. Her body was interred JUL 1899 in Mainesburg Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

Aaron was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Orilla and Aaron had one female and one male under five in their household at this time.

In the Census of 1850, Aaron was listed as a head of household in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Aaron was a farmer with property valued at $2000. Byron Frost and James G. Rumsey of the same household were laborers. Neither of these people is currently included in the file. (Feb.94) 1897 History page 1090. Aaron was four years old when he migrated with his parents from Vermont to Sullivan township in 1807. Here he grew to adulthood assisting his parents in clearing the farm and enduring the hardships of pioneer life. Mr. Rumsey was prominent in the early militia, in which he held the rank of major. He was a stanch Republican, in politics, and filled several local offices. During his early manhood he followed lumbering as an occupation, and was one of the prosperous farmers and leading citizens of the township.

6 v. Noah Rumsey Jr. (#5965) was born in Hubbardton, Rutland County, Vermont 4 AUG 1805. Noah died 24 NOV 1857 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 52. His body was interred NOV 1857 in Mainesburg Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He married Sarah A. Gitchell 20 FEB 1834. (Sarah A. Gitchell is #6365.) Sarah was born 4 FEB 1813 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Sarah was the daughter of Rev. Eli Gitchell and Polly Reed*. Sarah died 21 MAR 1887 in Mainesburg, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 74. Mansfield Advertiser 23 Mar 1887- Mrs. Sarah Gitchell Runsey died Mainesburg, Mar 21st, 7 children: Joseph B. of Ohio; Aaron of Portland, Oregon; Charles M. and E. G. of Mainesburg; Mrs. D. D. Miller of Sullivan twp.; Mrs. C. E. Lovel of Canisteo, NY; Mrs. N. Soper of Covington, sister Mrs. Madison Rose, brother Francis Gitchell of Sullivan twp.

Her body was interred MAR 1887 in Mainesburg Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

Noah was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Noah and Sarah had one male and one female under five, one female 5-10 in their household.

In the Census of 1850, Noah was listed as a head of household in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Noah was a farmer with property worth $2000. Noah was but two years old when his parents located in Sullivan Township. Here he grew to manhood assisting his parents in the home duties and undergoing the trials and hardships incident to pioneer days. Like his father, he was a stanch Democrat, and both he and his wife were members of Cherry Flats Baptist Church. 1850 Census says he was born in New York, and brother Aaron one year older was born in Vermont, the former obviously an error. Noah was both a farmer and a shoe and boot maker.

7 vi. Leander Drinkwater Rumsey (#6506) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 13 NOV 1809. Leander died 23 SEP 1864 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 54. His body was interred SEP 1864 in Mainesburg Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He married twice. He married Sarah C. Strong BEF 1839. (Sarah C. Strong is #6521.) Sarah was born ABT 07 FEB 1818 in Pennsylvania. Sarah was the daughter of John Strong* and Ann Burt*. Sarah died 4 APR 1854 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 36. Her body was interred APR 1854 in Mainesburg Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He married Amanda J. Ayers AFT 1860. Leander was with brother Aaron in the 1860 Sullivan census, so the marriage followed that. (Amanda J. Ayers is #6522.)

Amanda was born 08 FEB 1833 in New Jersey. Amanda was the daughter of John Ayres and Catherine Unknown (Ayers). She married Lent D. Seeley 10 JUN 1866. Bible record calls her Amanda Rumsey.

She married Mr. ? Strong. Amanda died 06 JUL 1896 in Golden, Jefferson County, Colorado, at age 63. Amanda was listed as the head of a family on the 1860 Census in Wells Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Amanda was with her mother Catherine in this census, recorded with her own name - Amanda Ayers. Four year old Arabella Strong was included in the household. Amanda was part of the will of John Strong who died about 1853. She may have been his widow as she paid his other heirs $1.00 for property . Her daughter Arabella is not mentioned as an heir, so alternatively, Amanda may have been a daughter-in-law?? Mystery not resolved.

Leander was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Leander and Sarah, both between 30 and 40, had no children in the household this year. Elvin, born 1839, should have been included.

In the Census of 1850, Leander was listed as a head of household in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Leander was a shoemaker with property valued at $2000. Also in the household was Adasa Adisom (?) who was black and 15 years old.

8 vii. Deziah D. Rumsey (#6505) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 1810. Individual flags: Newspaper. Deziah died 12 JAN 1877 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 66. Her body was interred JAN 1877 in Mainesburg Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. She married Gilbert B. Grandy ABT 1830 in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. (Gilbert B. Grandy is #6520.) Gilbert was born 10 NOV 1795 in Westfield,Washington,Vermont. Gilbert was the son of Elijah Grandy* and Elizabeth Unknown (Grandy). He married Elizabeth Unknown (Grandy) ABT 1826. Gilbert died 19 NOV 1879 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 84. His body was interred NOV 1879 in Mainesburg Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Gilbert was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Gilbert's household included his wife and two daughters under age five. Since his two marriages were so close I am not venturing to make any comments on this household until I have more information.

Gilbert was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Deziah and Gilbert had two females and one male under five, one male and one female 5-10, one female 10-15 in their household.

In the Census of 1850, Gilbert was listed as a head of household in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Gilbert B. Grandy was a farmer with real estate valued at $800. 1850 Sullivan Census L29/D13/F13 Also assume Diantha at D8 is a daughter.

Gilbert was listed as the head of a family on the 1860 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Gilbert was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Mansfield Advertiser 31st Jan 1877: Died Deziah Grandy wife of Gilbert age 67 years in Mainesburg Jan 12th.

9 viii. Susannah Rumsey (#6507) was born in Mainesburg, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 9 AUG 1811. Susannah died 27 MAY 1881 in Mainesburg, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 69. She married Simeon Ford 27 FEB 1830. (Simeon Ford is #6523.) Simeon was born 21 APR 1807 in Benson, Rutland County, Vermont. Simeon was the son of John Ford and Dorcas Olmstead *. Simeon died SEP 1868 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 61. His body was interred SEP 1868 in Mainesburg, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Simeon was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Susannah and Simeon were 20-30 at the time of this census with no children having married the same year. They were in the neighborhood of her parents and next door to her uncle Smith Rumsey.

Simeon was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Richmond Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Simeon was listed as the head of a family on the 1850 Census in Richmond Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

10 ix. Orlando St.John Rumsey (#6508) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 9 FEB 1813. Orlando died 5 MAY 1892 at age 79. His body was interred MAY 1892 in Mainesburg Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He married Fanny A. Lownsbury. (Fanny A. Lownsbury is #6524.) Fanny was born 25 JAN 1817 in New York. Fanny was the daughter of Mr. ? Lownsberry. Fanny died 21 SEP 1909 at age 92. Her body was interred SEP 1909 in Mainesburg Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. She resided in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 1908. widow O.S., Mainesburg

Orlando was listed as the head of a family on the 1850 Census in Richmond Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Fanny and Orlando were next door to her brother Franklin in 1850.

11 x. Jesse Cudworth Rumsey (#6509) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 4 FEB 1815. Individual flags: Gold Rush. Jesse died 6 FEB 1884 in Mainesburg, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 69. His body was interred FEB 1884 in Mainesburg Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He married twice. He married Eunice Ann McKean*. (Eunice Ann McKean* is #6525.) Eunice was born 1816 in Pennsylvania. Eunice died 1850/56 at age 35. The name of Eunice was given to Jean RUMSEY by Frank H. RUMSEY, but proof is lacking. Jean Rumsey notes that neother Craft (1878) nor Heverly (1913) includes her in their sketches onthe McKean family.

He married Rebecca McKean AFT 1854. (Rebecca McKean is #6526.) Rebecca was born 07 FEB 1815 in West Burlington, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Rebecca was the daughter of James McKean* and Esther Beach*. She married Philo W. Green AFT 1845. Rebecca died 26 FEB 1886 at age 71. Her body was interred FEB 1886 in Mainesburg Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Jesse moved to California in 1849, probably in response to the Gold Rush.

12 xi. Olivia P. Rumsey (#6510) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania ABT 1818. She married Col. Joseph H. DeWitt AFT 1842. (Col. Joseph H. DeWitt is #10045.) Joseph was born ABT 1797 in Frankford Township, Sussex County, New Jersey. Joseph was the son of Abraham DeWitt* and Mehitable Hopkins. He married Sarah Unknown (DeWitt) BEF 1819. Joseph died in Wells Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, at age unknown. Joseph had 10 children by Sarah and three by Olivia. THey lived in Columbia Township. No record after 1850 census (Albert Oldroyd)

13 xii. Joseph B. Rumsey (#6855) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 1821. Individual flags: Civil War. Joseph died 29 JUL 1836 at age 15. His body was interred Aug 1836 in Rumsey-Doud Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. 

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