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First settlers of Smyrna, Chenango, New York

By Kathryn Hall | 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

Topics: New York | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “First settlers of Smyrna, Chenango, New York”

  1. Cliff Record Says:
    August 24th, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Hello. My name is Cliff Record. I’m searching for a relative’s information. His name was Elder Comfort Record…
    Comfort Record (father)
    Married to: Rachel Porter (1774 – 1849) Birth Place: Washington County, Richmond Town, Rhode Island
    1768 – 5/23/1850
    · Birth Place: Washington County, Richmond Town, Rhode Island 1768
    · Residence: Washington County, Richmond Town, Rhode Island 1768 – 1790. Then Smyrna, Chenango, NY and other neighboring towns along the way.
    Joseph Sheffield Record (son)
    Married to: Amy S. Record
    1797 – 3/10/1863
    · Birth Place: Washington County, Richmond Town, Rhode Island
    Do you have access to any Baptist church archives? Comfort Record ended up being a Baptist minister. There is a book that states he is a descendant from Baptist missionaries that settled throughout the northeast. I’ve been tracking that John/Johnathan Record lineage from RI, but I can’t fill the gap to Comfort born 1768. Also in that particular lineage is Comfort Record, however, this one is a female.
    The earliest I have Comfort in Smyrna, NY is 1790 via census.
    I also have an 1840 census record that has the last name spelled Reckard…I’m sure that’s a typo, but can’t be sure. I attached some other details.
    Artifact Comfort is mentioned in:
    First Settlers of Smyrna, Chenango, NY: http://www.hallsofbristolcounty.com/?p=39
    Early Years in Smyrna and Our First Old Home Week: https://archive.org/details/earlyyearsinsmyr00muns
    Thanks-a-million,
    Cliff Record – recordnj@gmail.com

  2. Kathryn Hall Says:
    September 5th, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Cliff, Sorry. I am not familiar with that family. Thanks for the Munson link, however. KH

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