Lewis Wilkinson and Sarah Terrill had a son  named John in 1723.  
Lewis lived by Town Hill Brook near the falls until 1747.  He is
later on noted to be sharing a house with his son John, and died
sometime after 9 June 1756. John  married a woman named Jerusha
Brownson and fathered a large family, including a son named
Ichabod, born in 1753.  John  is reported to die in 1791.  After this
date the widow Wilkinson and her six sons (all farmers except for
Abel, who was a blacksmith) are reported to move to Cayuga
County, New York.  The reasons for this move are lost in the mists
of time for the moment but I hope that one day we can understand
more about it. While still living in New Milford, Connecticut,
Ichabod volunteered with the Continental Army, serving with two of
his  brothers during the Revolutionary War.  In a statement made in
1818 he related the following:
John Wilkinson & Ichabod Wilkinson
Rev War record for pension from the
National Archives;


On this 27 th day of May A.D. 1819 before Robert
Taylor an Associate Judge for the county of Butler in the
State of Ohio for the Court of Comon Pleas, Personally
appeared Ichobod Wilkinson, age sixty five years of age
on the 4th day of November in the year 1818, who being
duly sworn by me on his oath doth make the following
declatation in order to obtain the benefit of War act of
congrefs, entitled an act to provide for certain persons
engaged in the cared and naveal service of the United
States in the Revolutionary war (about three weeks
before Danbury was burnt) that same time in the month
of April or March the year of our Lord 1777 at New
Milford, in the County of Litchfield in the State of
Connecticut, he inlisted to serve as a private soldier for
the tern of three years into the Company of Captain
Eleazar Warner in the regiment Command   by Colonal
Herman Swift, in the Brigade Conneneded by General
Huntingeton in the Connecticut line, he marched from
New Milford to Danbury,from thence to Redding, thence
to Perfh Hill , they remained at the last mentioned place
during the major part of the next summer, after the
aforesaid enlistment, they then crossed the North river at
Kings Furry and went to Haverstraw and to ??  ???, he
dose not recolleect to which of the last mentioned place
he arrived at first, from thence to Eliznabeth Town,
New Ark, to Mount Holly, to White Mash, from there to
Germantown, where he was engaged in the Battle, from
thence to Valley Forge where he remained  ?? during the
winter. He spent the first Winter after the said
enlistement at Redding in Connecticut, the second in the
Highlands, the third at Valley Forge. he was engaged in
the battles of Moumouth anb Germantown. He was
discharge at Valley Forge in the spring of the year 1780.
General Huntingdon being absent from the camp, he was
honorable discharged by Colonel Beadly, by whose his
written discarged was signed. The said Ichobod
decalares unter Oath that he faithfully served the United
States during the aforesaid tern of three years.
Imediately after said enlistement Captain Eleazar
Warner became sick and resigned, !st Lieutment
Ebenezar Hill was promoted to his rank of Captain and
commanded the aforesaid company untill this applicant
was discharged, the aforesaid service was performed
under the command and in the said Brigad of General
Huntingdon on and in the continental establishment, in
the Revolutionary war and against the common enenry,
the aforesaid written discharge has been taken from this
applicanet and he believes it to be at the town of North
East in the state of Pensylvanica, that he procured said
discharge to be recorded by the town clerk of New
Milford in the state of Connecticut in the year 1780.  
This applicant futher states that he has no other evidence
now in his power of having perforned the aforesaid
services, this applicatent futher states from the ???? of
old age, povery and from his reduced circumstames in
life he absolutely stands in need of the asistence of his
country for suport and that he now resides in Bulter
County, State on Ohio sworn to and subscibed before
me this 27th day of May 1819
Ichabod married a woman named Ann Taylor in New Milford.  .  
Joel Taylor followed with his father to Cayuga County, New York  
in 1794.  In a passage from a book named "Memories of the
Wilkinson Family in America" written in 1869 there is this brief
mention of our branch of the family.  It is a fragment of information
and some of the details, such as the attempt to make a connection to a
Edward Wilkinson, are incorrect we now know:

The "widow" Wilkinson referred to here is Jerusha Brownson
Wilkinson, wife of John Wilkinson.  The above quoted book goes on
to list her children as:

Ichabod would then seem to have arrived in Cayuga County, New
York in 1794 aged about 40 years old, married and with a family
already well started.  Our direct ancestor, Joel Taylor Wilkinson,
followed his father and grandmother to New York.  At this time he
would have been approximately 18 years old.  Ichabod, from the
above information, then, would have started in this new land as a
farmer.  At some point there are several indications that he became
involved in Innkeeping:

The information supplied above from a website owned by Steve
Dornbos,  http://www.uwm.edu/~sdornbos/pages/revolution.html,
states that Ichabod died in either New York or Ohio.  We now know
that he indeed died in Ohio and is buried there.  Further information
on Ichabod at this time:

During this time there is little documentation for Joel Taylor
Wilkinson.  He is reported to be a member of Jury in Fleming, New
York in some information.  The next definite siting of Joel is in 1812
when he is listed as a private in a company of soldiers mustered
from Ohio during the War of 1812.  That information is listed in the
Data section of the Wilkinson information.

Joel eventually married a woman, Hannah Barnes, who was nearly
20 years younger than he was.  I am currently gathering information
on the Barnes Family and will add that to this report when it is
ready.  The Barnes family came from Kentucky and the marriage
occured in Hamilton County, Ohio.  Joel and Hannah Wilkinson had
a large family in Ohio, with whom we begin to enter the era of better
documentation.  There are however, persistant stories of Joel for a
time moving to Roanoke, Virginia and being involved in the overland
trade through the Cumberland Gap which connected Virginia with the
Hamilton County, Ohio region.  One story I have says that Joel
farmed and had a coopery shop in Ohio.  His son and namesake is
listed as also being a cooper.  This son, Joel Wilkinson, migrated to
Henry County, Indiana in 1835, establishing the Wilkinson foothold
in the area to the east of New Castle.

Miamitown, Ohio is just outside of the city of Cincinatti, which at the
time was a bustling river port and point of entry to large tracts of
newly opened lands to the north.   Coopery was a craft much in
demand in the area.  Joel Taylor Wilkinson died in Miamitown in
1851, while his wife, Hannah, born in Kentucky, moved to Liberty
Twp., Henry Co., Indiana, where she died in 1865. Joel and  Hannah
Barnes had 13 children.  Their 12th child was named Samuel
Wilkinson, born in 1833 in Ohio, although some family historians list
his birthplace as Roanoke, Virginia.    He was a farmer in Colerain
Township of Hamilton County,  where he married Angeline
Hubbard, daughter of Elder Dawson Hubbard.  Many branches of
our family lived in close proximity to each other in Colerain
Township and were instrumental in establishing the "White Oak
Christian Church" there.  In the Data section is a report taken from
the still existing church which highlights these families.   In 1860
Samuel and Angeline moved to Henry County, Indiana, either going
with or following several of his older brothers and sisters.   Old
family tales speak of barn raisings and furniture building.  Both make
a sort of sense when one considers the occupation of Joel.  Coopery
is a master wood working craft, much to do with the making of
wooden barrels used extensively in those days for the transport of all
sorts of materials.  There would be a constant demand for wooden
barrels, in a busy river port like Cincinnati.  It would make sense for
the young Samuel to have learned the trade of his father in the family
workshop.  Coopery also involves blacksmithing to fabricate the
metal rings used to secure the top and bottom of barrels.

Samuel and Angeline had 11 children, the 6th being a son, James
Wilkinson, born in Henry County in 1865.  .  James was married
twice, first to Luella Adams and then after her death in 1902, to
Minnie Williams.  The story of James Wilkinson and Minnie
Williams continues in the "Williams Family" summary.  James had
five children, each of whom started a family line that comes down to
the current day.  A continuation of the Wilkinson story will include
the Mahoney, Stewart, Phenninger, Blackburn and Wilkinson family
In 1847 a 90 year old Ann Taylor Wilkinson swore out a statement
about Ichabod Wilkinson's Revolutionary War service.  She was at
the time living in Pennsylvania near Erie:
"Widow" Wilkinson of New Milford, Ct.,
and Her Descendants.

Our information concerning this branch of the family is
briefly as follows:

______ Wilkinson of New Milford, probably a descendant of
Edward, married ______ _______ and had a family. After
his death, his wife with her six sons, all farmers except Abel
moved to Poplar Ridge, now Scipio, Cayuga county, N. Y.

Col. Lyman L. Wilkinson of Auburn, [Cayuga Co.,] N. Y., a
great grandson of the widow, writes as follows,  "My great
grandmother—name unknown—from New Milford,
[Litchfield Co.,] Conn. settled at Poplar Ridge in this county
with her six sons, all farmers except my grandfather who was
a blacksmith, in the year 1794. I should think from what I
have heard the old settlers say that my great grandfather
living on the "Sound" was a man of some property, which he
held subordinate to the greater consideration of giving his
boys a good common school education for those times, which
always included a strictly religious Baptist education. Our
family came here when Auburn had but two or three settlers.
Old Mr. Hardenburgh and Eldad Steele were living here in
shanties covered with bark, and one other family whose name
I have forgotten."
The family of 1. "Widow" Wilkinson1 (2-7):
______ Wilkinson,
______ _______,
Of New Milford, Conn.

I.           Abel2 (2-3)                
II.          Ichabod2         
III.         Jonathan2         
IV.         Amos2         
V.          Asahel2         
VI.         Isaac2         

I. Abel. The date sic of birth and death of this family have not
been ascertained. Abel was born in Conn. and came with his
mother to Poplar Ridge in 1790-4. He was a blacksmith and
married Rebecca Somers, of P. R., now Scipio. They had
two children.

Abel was among the early settlers of Fleming, Cayuga Co.,
N. Y., and kept the first inn there in 1792.*

II. Ichabod's name is mentioned in connection with Benj.
Irish, father or brother of Rev. David Irish, Joseph Grover,
Edward Wheeler, James Herrington, and his brother Abel,
the early settlers of Fleming.*

* See "Gazetteer of New York" p. 202.
Steve Dornbos' Revolutionary War Ancestors
Here is some information that I have gathered about my
ancestors who served as soldiers in the American
Revolution. Some of this information has been gathered from
secondary sources and has yet to be thoroughly verified.
Information on Ichabod Wilkinson and Reuben Beebe is
based heavily on their pension applications. I am currently in
the process of verifying everything through the National
Archives and the Sons of the American Revolution:

Abel Wilkinson (5 Mar 1752 – 20 Mar 1838)- Great^5
grandfather.  Occupation: Blacksmith, Innkeeper.  Born in
New Milford, Litchfield, CT, and died in NY.  He married
Hannah Summers, daughter of Samuel Summers, on 23 Dec
1773 in New Milford, Litchfield, CT.  Enlisted as Private in
Connecticut on 1 Feb 1776.  Served for 2 months and 23 days
under Lieutenants Ebenezer Couch and Elizur Warner.

Ichabod Wilkinson (4 Dec 1753 – 3 Mar 1825)- Great^5
Occupation: Innkeeper.  Born in New Milford,
Litchfield, CT, and died in Fleming, Cayuga, NY or Butler
County, OH.  He married Anna Taylor on 13 Apr 1775 in
New Milford, Litchfield, CT.  Discharged from 7th
Connecticut Regiment on 12 Feb 1780 after serving for 3
years under Captain Ebenezer Hill and Colonel Herman
Swift.  Involved in battles of Germantown and Monmouth.  
Wintered at Valley Forge in 1777.  
Being a short man, he
was always positioned in the front line during battle so
that others could shoot over his head
.  Pension commenced
27 May 1819 while a resident of Butler County, OH.  His
widow Anna received pension 8 Feb 1847 at age 90 years 7
months while a resident of Greenfield, Erie, PA.
History of Springport, New York
From: History of Cayuga County, New York
By: Elliot G. Storke, Assisted by: Jos H. Smith
Published by: D. Mason & Co.,
Syracuse, New York, 1879


The first settlements were made in 1790. Among those who
settled in that and the following year were Benjamin Irish,
the Grovers, Edward Wheeler,
Ichabod and Abel
and James Harrington. Benjamin Irish was a son
of Elder David Irish, who settled first in Scipio and
subsequently, in 1800, in Fleming, at which time he became
pastor of the Baptist Church at Fleming, which was organized
by him four years prelviously. Benjamin settled about two
miles north of Fleming village, where David Baker now
lives. He removed west about 1820, with his family. Eight
sisters married and lived in that locality, and his father, the
Elder, died on that farm in 1815. Joseph Grover settled about
two miles north-west of Fleming, where Ephraim Beach now
lives. His brother Samuel, and cousins Penuel, John, Zadoc,
William, Solomon and Thomas, all of whom, except
William, had families, settled in the same locality, which
was long known as Grover's Hill. The Grovers were from
the Eastern States. Joseph Grover opened a store in 1797,
which was the first store in the town. Grover's Hill gave
early promise of becoming a thriving village, and had
assumed considerable. importance long before much
improvement was made on Fleming Hill, its future successful
rival. Two Sons of Penuel Grover, are living, viz: David and
Abram, the former in Scipio and the latter on the old Fleming
place. Edward Wheeler settled on the ridge road, on the west
line of the town, where his great-grandson, Geo. Wheeler,
now lives, and where he died. His youngest son, Aurelius
Wheeler, who was born March 28th, 1792, and named after
the town of Aurelius, was the first white child born in the
town of Fleming. He and his brother Elijah subsequently
removed to Aurelius and died there, the former November
5th, 1870.

The following year, 1792, Abel Wilkinson opened the first
in this year also occurred the first death, the wife of
George 1vVest, who, in company with a family named
Nettleton, came in a short time before from the Eastern
States, and settled just west of Fleming. Nettleton settled on a
farm adjoining West's on the west, where Jonathan Griffiths
now lives, and kept a distillery. Both moved west after 1812.
In 1794, the first school was taught by John Herring, who had
settled at Auburn, then Hardenbergli's Corners.

SPRINGPORT was formed September 7th, 1801, at the
house of Ichabod Wilkinson, in the present town of
Fleming, which house is still standing on what is known
as the Culver farm, on the Poplar Ridge road. The house
was then used as a tavern, and indeed the meetings were
held for several years in taverns, which were the only
houses large enough to accommodate the numbers who
The original members were: Samuel Culver, from
Eyremont, Mass.; Gilbert Weed and his wife Abigail, from
Greenfield, Saratoga Co.; Josiah Mix and his wife Rebecca,
from Granville, Washington Co.; and Jacob Shaw, from
Norton, Mass.; all of whom brought letters from the churches
with which they had respectively been connected, and were
organized as the First Church in Aurelius, of which this town
was then a part, by Rev. Jacob Cram, a missionary sent to
Western New York by the Massachusetts society. The first
deacons were Gilbert Weed and Joseph Thayer, who were
elected December 17th, 1802.