Spouse: Aaron Hammond
Marriage: DATE UNKNOWN
Father: Arthur Welsford Harris
Mother: Bessie Trask
Spouse: Sarah Catherine McNeil
Spouse: Donald Gary McAllister
Birth: Mar 1822, NY
Death: 7 Aug 1908
Burial: Linwood Park Cemetery, Boone, IA
Spouse: Euphemia Wheelock
Marriage: DATE UNKNOWN
John H. Schuneman, farmer, and Euphemia are enumerated in the 1850 Census living in Des Moines Township, Boone County, IA. At home is son Charles E., age 20; John, 12; Edward, 9; and Effie, 4.
John Schuneman was inducted as a Corporal in the Civil war and discharged with the same rank. He served in Company I of the 7th Iowa Cavalry, and likely was inducted in Millard's County, Sioux City, Iowa. His records are in Box 000541, Extract 0023, Records 00002225, 2765, 2768 and 2769.
John Schuneman, at 73, is enumerated in the 1895 Census, listed as a retired person and a presbyterian. He was in house #312 in the 1895 Boone City, Boone County, Iowa Census. His wife Euphemia is 68 and they are living ith daughter Effie, age 27, who is a teacher. John Schuneman is noted as serving in Company I of the 7th Iowa Calvary.
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Birth: about 1790, probably Cheshire, Berkshire Co, MA
Death: 1 Sep 1863
Spouse: Betsey Wheelock
Marriage: 26 Nov 1812, Windsor, Berkshire Co, MA
Reuben Westcott's parentage is uncertain (see below). He was born about 1790 in Massachusetts (per 1850 census). He married Betsey Wheelock in Windsor, MA on 26 Nov 1812.
Reuben and Betsey moved to New York state shortly thereafter, and settled in Wales, Niagara (now Erie) County, New York, where they lived for the remainder of their lives. Both had siblings living in Wales - Betsey's brother, Abner Wheelock, is found there in the 1820 census; and Reuben's brother, Jesse, lived in Wales for a time (per History of Erie County).
Betsey died sometime before 1850, when Reuben appears in the census with a second wife, Sarah. Sarah must have died shortly thereafter, because she does not appear in the 1855 NY state census. Reuben died in 1863, per his probate records, dated 20 Jan 1866, which name the following children: Cyrus A. Westcott, administrator; Laura W. Pattengell, wife of Allen A. Pattengell, of Wales; Harriot W. Fitzgerald, wife of John Figtzgerald, of St. Catherines, Canada; and Betsey W. Tregilgus, wife of Joseph Tregilgus of Buffalo. [Src: Erie County, NY, probate case files, case 24175, estate administration for Reuben Westcott of Wales, filed 20 Jan 1866; Erie County Surrogate's Court, Bufalo, NY; database with images "New York Probate Records, 1629-1971," FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9C7-H8N : accessed 17 Aug 2020), Erie County, Estate papers 1800-1929 case 24174-24213, image 78 of 1598.]
The evidence connecting this Reuben Westcott with the one who married Betsey Wheelock in 1812 is as follows:
1) The 1820 census lists a Reuben Westcott living in Wales, Niagara (now Erie) County, New York, with a family whose ages are consistent with a couple married in 1812.
2) Abner Wheelock, brother of Betsey, lived in Wales in 1820, and is enumerated in the census within a few lines of Reuben Westcott.
3) Reuben's wife was named Betsey, per an Erie County deed, dated 7 Sep 1840, in which Reuben Westcott of Wales and his wife Betsey sold about half an acre of land in Aurora to Miles Wallace and Horace Harvey (Erie County deeds, vol 60, pg 440). Reuben also had a daughter named Betsey (1850, 1855, 1860 census, and Reuben's probate documents, Erie Co case 24175).
4) According to the History of Erie County, Reuben had a brother, Jesse, that lived in Wales during the 1820s, later moving to Aurora. The 1850 census reveals that Jesse's wife was named Lucy; and the 1860 census reveals that Jesse was born in Cheshire, MA, near Windsor where Reuben and Betsey Wheelock were married. Jesse was almost certainly the man that published his intention to marry Lucy Mason on 5 Feb 1816 in Windsor (per Windsor VRs to 1850). These facts, taken together, show that the Reuben living in Wales is the same man that married Betsey Wheelock in Windsor, MA. [Src: Henry Perry Smith, History of the City of Buffalo and Erie County: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches... (Syracuse, New York: D. Mason, 1884), 2 volumes, vol 1, p. 568-9; online at Archive.org (https://archive.org/details/historycitybuff00smitgoog/page/n674/mode/2up : 15 Aug 2020).]
Reuben was probably the son of Rufus Westcott and Mary Blanchard of Windsor, Berkshire Co, Massachusetts. Rufus married Mary Blanchard about 1782 (based on his date of birth, 1 Sep 1774, and the birth of his daughter Sophia 7 Apr 1783). He was an innkeeper in Windsor. He is said to have had nine children, including Nancy, Seth, Rufus, Jr., and Jesse. [Src: Roscoe L. Whitman, History and genealogy of the ancestors and some descendants of Stukely Westcott : one of the thirteen original proprietors of Providence Plantation and the colony of Rhode Island (Oneonta, NY : Otsego Pub. Co., 1932), p. 240, also p. 235; online at Archive.org (https://archive.org/details/historygenealogy01whit/page/240/mode/2up : Oct 2020).]
Though Whitman's Stukely Westcott genealogy does not explicitly list Reuben as a child of Rufus and Mary, his birth about 1790 likely falls within the child bearing years of Mary (assuming she was of similar age as Rufus). The fact that Jesse was also a child in this family fits, though the Westcott genealogy does not identify Jesse's wife (which would have made the case stronger). Rufus was an innkeeper, possibly passing the avocation on to his children Jesse and Reuben, who were innkeepers in Wales. Also Rufus had a brother named Reuben, so it is plausible that he would name one of his sons Reuben.
It looks as though several sons of Rufus Westcott went to western New York. There is a Rufus Westcott residing in Holland, Erie Co, New York (a few miles from Wales) in 1830, age between 20 and 30. In 1830, Jesse Westcott was a few miles away in Aurora, and Reuben was in Wales. The three presumed brothers, all children of Rufus Westcott, form a tight cluster. The only other Westcott found in Erie County in the 1830 census is Seth Westcott, of Aurora, also listed as a son of Rufus and Mary in Whitman's Stukely Westcott genealogy.
It may also be pertinent that the Windsor vital records to 1850 include very few people named Westcott (or variations); but those that are included are exclusively within this family - including Jesse's 1816 marriage to Lucy Mason, John Mason Brown's marriage to Nancy Westcott (a daughter of Rufus and Mary), and the death of an infant child of Jesse (in 1824). The marriage of Reuben Westcott to Betsey Wheelock is the only other Windsor vital record (prior to 1850) for surname Westcott.
John M. Brown (husband of Nancy Westcott) was also residing in Wales in 1830. He is enumerated in the 1830 census, age 30 to 40, next to Reuben Westcott. John M. Brown (of Cheshire, Massachusetts) and his wife, Nancy Westcott moved from Erie County, New York to Naperville Township, DuPage County, Illinois in June 1834. Both are buried there. [Src: Portrait and Biographical Record of Cook and DuPage Counties, Illinois (Chicago: Lake City Publishing, 1894), p. 336; online at Archive.org (https://archive.org/details/portraitbiographi00chica/page/336/mode/2up : accessed 21 Oct 2020).]
Seth Westcott, born about 1804 in Massachusetts, probably the same one who lived in Aurora in 1830, also removed to Illinois. He is found there in the 1840 and 1850 census, living in Will County (adjacent to Dupage). According to History of Will County, he came there from New York in 1832. The book goes on to say that he "was originally from Vermont," which conflicts with the census, and is probably an error. [Src: William Le Baron, Jr, History of Will County, Illinois (Chicago: Wm. Le Baron, Jr., 1878), p. 530; online at Archive.org (https://archive.org/details/historyofwillcou00leba/page/530/mode/2up : accessed 21 Oct 2020.)]HOME INDEX
Birth: 24 Jul 1850, Framingham, Middlesex, MA
Death: 30 Sep 1851, Framingham, Middlesex, MA
Father: Gilbert C. Wheelock
Mother: Harriet (--?--)
Birth: 14 Feb 1860, Hopkinton, Middlesex Co, MA
Father: Levi C. Wheelock
Mother: Mary E. Howard
Birth: 5 Sep 1810, Shrewsbury, Worcester, MA
Father: Silas Wheelock
Mother: Mary Smith
Spouse: Samuel D. Smith
Marriage: 26 May 1830, Grafton, Worcester Co, MA
Birth: 6 Jan 1773, Granville Township, Nova Scotia
Death: 25 May 1849, Granville Township, Nova Scotia
Burial: Nictaux Cemetery, Annapolis Co, NS
Father: Abel Wheelock
Mother: Sarah Foster
Spouse: Mary Wilkins
Father: Ward Wheelock
Mother: Azabah Gates
Birth: 24 Jun 1828
Death: 23 Apr 1904, Rome, Jefferson Co, WI
Burial: Crowder Cemetery, Rome, WI
Father: Jonathan Wheelock
Mother: Susannah Blood
Birth: 30 Aug 1873
Father: Everett J. Wheelock
Mother: Elizabeth Flanigan