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First settlers of Smyrna, Chenango, New York

By admin | January 14, 2009

Early settlers of the town of Smyrna, Chenango County, New York found in James H Smith’s History of Chenango and Madison Counties (1880) are listed below. Smyrna was formed from Sherburne first as Stafford, March 25, 1808, and its name was changed to Smyrna on April 6, 1808.

It is noteworthy that one of the first settlers listed is Joseph Tobey who arrives in Smyrna in 1792. Mehitable “Hitty” Orinda Tobey later marries Erastust Gilbert Hall, son of Luke Hall, of Somers.

1792, August
first settler-Joseph PORTER, Conway, Mass
second-Joseph TOBEY, native of Conway, Mass

1793
David WILBUR (now WILBER), Nine Partners, Dutchess Co.,
Joseph COLLINS, Somers, Tolland, Co., Conn, and
Joseph BILLINGS, Somers, Tolland Co., Conn

1795
Hopson WILLCOX & son, Lillibridge, Exeter, R.I.
Hon. Isaac FOOTE, born Colchester, Conn; Stafford, Conn 1773; then Smyrna

1795 or ’6
Elijah SEXTON, born Somers, Conn

1798
Simeon REXFORD
John BILLINGS, native of Stonington, Conn previous to 1800
John PARSONS

1799
John PERCIVAL

1800
Obadiah SPENCER,
Stephen PARKER

1803
Jesse HUTCHINSON
Apollos ALLEN
Squire John MUNSON
Alpheus HALL
Col. Solomon HALL
Aaron HUTCHINSON
William STOVER
David FELT
Comfort RECORD
John PARKER
Luke HALL – Somers, Conn

According to History of Chenango & Madison Counties, “Luke Hall came at an early day from Somers, Conn. and settled in the north part of town, where his son Erastus now lives, and died there, he and his wife.” Luke Hall’s wife was Ruby (Pease) Hall, of Somers.

Most remarkably, a fellow researcher, and distant cousin, a descendant of Alpheus Hall, generously made the trek last year to Smyrna to photograph the old homestead of Erastus Gilbert Hall, which is still standing!

Old homestead of Erastus Gilbert Hall

Old homestead of Erastus Gilbert Hall

Old homestead of Erastus Gilbert Hall

Land at old homestead of Erastus Gilbert Hall

Barn at old homestead of Erastus Gilbert Hall

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