Mary Willard1,2,3

ID# 1327, (abt 1749 - 1842)
FatherJonathan Willard4,3,5 (abt 1720 - 5 Apr 1804)
MotherSarah Childs6,7 (abt 1723 - 3 Apr 1750)

Key Events:

Birth: about 1749, Colchester, Connecticut8,9,10,11
Marriage: Elkanah Cobb12,13
Marriage: Zadock Remington, 9 Oct 1805, Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont14
Death: 1 Aug 184215,16
Burial: Old Butterfield Cemetery, Centerton, Morgan Co., Indiana17,18

Spouse:Elkanah Cobb (21 Jan 1746/47 - 10 Aug 1795)
     Children:

Spouse:Zadock Remington (about 1745 - 6 Jun 1838)
     No children

ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Mary Willard was born about 1749, probably in Colchester, Connecticut.8,9,10,11
     Mary married first Elkanah Cobb, son of Gideon Cobb and Abigail Dyer.12,13 It is unclear whether Mary and Elkanah were married before they went to Stillwater, or whether they were married there. In any case, they evidently returned to Connecticut sometime between May 1776 and Jul 1778 with their two young sons, Gideon and Joshua. Their daughter Sarah is recorded as having been born there, and Elkanah does not appear with his brothers in the later records in Saratoga. No record of why they moved has been found, but it is easy to suppose that the war raging in the Hudson Valley in the summer and fall of 1777 might have provided reason enough for the young family to depart the area, as many did. The bloody battles in Sep and Oct that lead to General Burgoyne's ruinous defeat took place less than five miles from the village of Stillwater.19,20

Settling in Pawlet, Vermont --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Mary and Elkanah moved from Connecticut to Pawlet, Vermont, by 1780, with their three children, Gideon, Joshua and Sarah.21,22,23 She was probably one of the four females listed in the household of her husband, Elkanah Cobb, in the 1790 Federal Census of Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont.24
     Elkanah and Mary moved to Wells, the next town north of Pawlet, evidently by 6 Mar 1792, since he was nominated for a tavern license at the meeting of town selectmen on that date.25,26
     Her husband died on 10 Aug 1795 in Wells, Vermont.27,28,29
     Mary Willard appeared on the 1800 Federal Census of Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont, with a household consisting of one male between 10 and 16 (John or James); and two females under 10 (daughters Mary and Sophia), and one female over 45 (Mary.)30
     Mary was named an heir in the will of Jonathan Willard, her father, dated 19 Mar 1803.31
     Mary married second Zadock Remington, son of Joseph Remington and Susannah Kendall, on 9 Oct 1805 in Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont.14 On 28 Mar 1805 Mary paid David Cleaveland $500 for land "called the pine pitches." The pine pitches were forests set aside for masts for the royal navy in the original town grants. This deed is confusing however. It says Mary was purchasing land "on the North side of the Highway that was formerly deeded to Mary Cobb by Gordan Johnson and all likewise that is on the South side of the Highway Except what I have Quit Claimed to David Cleaveland. Be the same more or less." Why Mary was buying land previously deeded to her, and why the seller had quit-claimed land to himself are mysteries. Perhaps the clerk mis-copied part of the deed into the deed book. The earlier deed from Gordan Johnson has not been found. On 3 Oct 1815 Mary sold the same land to her son Willard for $1,200. This deed uses exactly the same confusing description of the property, including the seller having quit-claimed a part to David Cleaveland, except that now the phrase "be the same more or less" is preceded by the customary statement of acreage – 13 acres in this case.32
     She was probably the female over age 45 listed in the household of her husband, Zadock Remington, in the 1810 Federal Census of Castleton, Rutland Co., Vermont.33 She was probably the female over age 45 listed in the household of her husband, Zadock Remington, in the 1820 Federal Census of Castleton, Rutland Co., Vermont.34 She was probably the female age 70 to 80 listed in the household of her husband, Zadock Remington, in the 1830 Federal Census of Rutland Co., Vermont.35
     Mary Willard was probably the female aged 80 to 90 appearing on the 1840 Federal Census of Morgan Co., Indiana, in the household of Rev. John Butterfield, her daughter's husband.36
     Mary died on 1 Aug 1842.15,16 She was buried in Old Butterfield Cemetery, Centerton, Morgan Co., Indiana, a private cemetery in the middle of a corn field.17,18

Citations

  1. [S2270] Muff, Extracts from early Vermont probate records, citing Part 1, pg 64, which cites 4:243-49, shows her name, as Mary Cobb, mentioned in her father's will as his daughter.
  2. [S1171] Hollister, Pawlet for One Hundred Years, pg 179, shows name as Mary, da. of Jonathan Willard.
  3. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #34579750, Mary Willard]:ITAL] Remington, shows she was daughter of Capt. Jonathan Willard.
  4. [S2270] Muff, Extracts from early Vermont probate records, citing Part 1, pg 64, which cites 4:243-49, shows her named in her father's will as his daughter.
  5. [S1171] Hollister, Pawlet for One Hundred Years, pp 179, 258, 261.
  6. [S2270] Muff, Extracts from early Vermont probate records, citing Part 1, pg 64, which cites 4:243-49, shows her named in her husband's will as his daughter.
  7. [S1171] Hollister, Pawlet for One Hundred Years, pg 258.
  8. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #34579750, Mary Willard]:ITAL] Remington, shows she died 5 Aug 1842 at age 89.
  9. [S1171] Hollister, Pawlet for One Hundred Years, pg 258, shows Mary as the daughter of Sarah Childs; pg 259 shows Jonathan lived for many years in Colchester, before moving to Albany shortly after 1750.
  10. [S2206] Randall, "Inscriptions in the Old Burying Ground at Colchester, Conn.," inscription from stone of Sarah, wife of Johathan Willard, shows she died 3 Apr 1750.
  11. [S225] While the age stated on Mary's tombstone suggests she was born about 1753, other sources claim her mother was Sarah Childs, who died in 1750. Mary would seem then to have been born before 1750. Since her father is said to have lived in Colchester for many years before his move to Albany after 1750, and since her mother is buried there, it appears Mary was born there. However, there are no Willard births or deaths recorded in the Barbour Collection record for Colchester.
  12. [S2270] Muff, Extracts from early Vermont probate records, citing Part 1, pg 64, which cites 4:243-49, shows her as the late wife of him.
  13. [S1171] Hollister, Pawlet for One Hundred Years, pp 179. 261, shows married.
  14. [S862] Births, Marriages and Deaths, Pawlet, Vermont, 1768-1856, pg 126, shows date, town, county, and state.
  15. [S2380] Kennedy, "Re: The Cobb Family," e-mail to author, 17 Jan 2007, shows date, as 1st.
  16. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #34579750, Mary Willard]:ITAL] Remington, shows date, as 5th.
  17. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #34579750, Mary Willard]:ITAL] Remington, shows name and location of cemetery.
  18. [S2380] Kennedy, "Re: The Cobb Family," e-mail to author, 17 Jan 2007, shows she is buried at a private cemetery in the middle of a corn field.
  19. [S862] Births, Marriages and Deaths, Pawlet, Vermont, 1768-1856, pg 5, shows Joshua as born at Stillwater in May 1776, and Sarah born in Canterbury in Jul 1778.
  20. [S2275] Sylvester, History of Saratoga County, pg 289, shows that many families returned to Connecticut for safety during the most dangerous period of the war.
  21. [S1171] Hollister, Pawlet for One Hundred Years, pg 178, shows Gideon was one of the earliest settlers from Connecticut; pg 40 shows he was a selectman in 1780; pg 39 shows John was a constable in 1780; and pg 179, shows Elkanah moved from Connecticut in 1770 [the date seeming unlikely, since he reported three children born in New York and Connecticut in 1773, 1776, and 1778, unless he was in Pawlet briefly and then left for a period].
  22. [S862] Births, Marriages and Deaths, Pawlet, Vermont, 1768-1856, pg 5, shows Elkanah's son Willard was born in Pawlet 17 Mar 1781; pg 32 shows Ebenezer's son Darick was born in Pawlet 11 Mar 1780; and pg 85 shows Joshua was married in Pawlet 17 Sep 1781.
  23. [S2267] Pawlet Land Records, 1:266-7, John Fassett, commissioner for the state of confiscated land to Ebenezer Cobb of Stillwater, Albany Co., New York, dated 9 Nov 1779; 1:69-70, John Clark to John Cobb of Canterbury, Windham Co., Conicticut [sic], dated 9 Nov 1778; 1:171, Peter Van Baurer to Joshua Cobb of Stillwater, Albany Co. dated 4 Feb 1780; 1:271-2, Joel Simonds to Joshua Cobb of Pawlett, dated 19 Sep 1781; 1:275-6, Ebenazer Cobb of Pawlett to Joshua Cobb of Pawlett, dated 20 Sep 1781; 2:37, Benjamin Petton to Elkanah Cobb of Pawlett, dated 18 Dec 1783; and 2:65, Nathan Niles to John Cobb of Pawlett, dated 27 Oct 1784.
  24. [S1781] Elkanah Cobb household, 1790 U.S. Census, Rutland Co., Vermont.
  25. [S2395] Wells Land Records, C:272-3, notes of town meeting 6 Mar 1792 at the schoolhouse near Nathan Warram and meeting of authority & selectmen afterwards for the appointment of tavern or houses of intertainment, shows Elkanah nominated for license; C:425, town meeting 14 Feb 1793 at schoolhouse near Elkanah Cobbs does not mention tavern license; notes for 1794 meeting not found; B:423 notes of town meeting 10 Mar 1795 held at school house near Elkanah Cobb's, and meeting of authority afterwards for the appointment of tavern or houses of intertainment, shows Elkanah nominated for tavern license.
  26. [S863] Cobb, History of the Cobb Family, pg 154, shows that in probate proceedings he is called "Elkanah Cobb late of Wells.
  27. [S2395] Wells Land Records, B:99-100, deaths 1782-1811, shows date.
  28. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #28545418, Elkanah Cobb, shows date, and includes tombstone photo showing same.
  29. [S2222] "Register of Deaths," The Rutland Herald, 7 Sep 1795, shows town, as Pawlet.
  30. [S1777] Mary Cobb household, 1800 U.S. Census, Rutland Co., Vermont.
  31. [S2270] Muff, Extracts from early Vermont probate records, citing Part 1, pg 64, which cites 4:243-49.
  32. [S2267] Pawlet Land Records, 6:224, David Cleaveland to Mary Cobb, 26 Apr 1805; and 7:475, Mary Remmington to Willard Cobb, 15 Apr 1816.
  33. [S2198] Zadock Remington household, 1810 U.S. Census, Rutland Co., Vermont.
  34. [S2197] Zadoc Remington household, 1820 U.S. Census, Rutland Co., Vermont.
  35. [S2196] Zadock Remington household, 1830 U.S. Census, Rutland Co., Vermont.
  36. [S1578] John Butterfield household, 1840 U.S. Census, Morgan Co., Indiana.
  37. [S862] Births, Marriages and Deaths, Pawlet, Vermont, 1768-1856, pg 5.
  38. [S1171] Hollister, Pawlet for One Hundred Years, pg 261, article attributed to Henry Willard.
  39. [S862] Births, Marriages and Deaths, Pawlet, Vermont, 1768-1856, pg 5, birth record.
  40. [S2395] Wells Land Records, B:99-100, deaths 1782-1811.
  41. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #38646766, Sarah "Sally" Cobb, show inscription stating she was daughter of Elkanah Cobb and Mary his wife, and includes photo of stone with same.
  42. [S2395] Wells Land Records, C:233-4, births 1793-1795.
  43. [S1171] Hollister, Pawlet for One Hundred Years, pg 261.