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SUMMARY of the HISTORY
of the SPAULDING FAMILY
The surname "Spaulding" is an English name being derived from a geographic location. It means "one who comes from the parish of Spalding". The parish is in the county of Lincolnshire, England. The two major spellings or variations in America have been "Spaulding" or "Spalding". In England there have numerous variations such as "Sparlden", "Spalden", "Spolden", "Spaldinge", "Spaldyng" and "Spaldene". The oldest recorded person was from 1273. Most of the Spauldings in America can trace their ancestors to one of three beginnings -- Massachusetts, Maryland or Georgia. Ours is Massachusetts.
The Tenth Generation - The Edward Spaulding Family BACK to the SHEDDEN FAMILYEdward Spaulding was born September 13, 1596, in England. He married Margaret Elliot in 1623 at Redenhall, Norfolk, England. She was born about 1600 in England.
They were the parents of at least three children, the last two were known to be born in America:
He was admitted a freeman May 13, 1640, a juror in 1648, selectman in 1654, 1656, 1660 and 1661, and surveyor of highways in 1663.
His wife, Margaret (Elliot) Spaulding, died before August 1640, in Braintree, Norfolk County, Masachusetts. That is when Edward married Rachel _____. Rachel was born about 1622. At the time Edward was 43 years old while Rachel was about 18 years old. They were the parents of five children:
The Ninth Generation - The Edward Spaulding Family BACK to the SHEDDEN FAMILYEdward Spaulding was born in 1635 at Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, the son of Edward and Margaret (Elliot) Spaulding. Edward married four times. He first married Priscilla Underwood July 6, 1663. Priscilla was born December 16, 1645, the daughter of William and Sarah (Pellett) Underwood. They were the parents of five children:
Edward was listed as Lieutenant. He died January 10, 1708, at Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, about 73 years old.
The Eighth Generation - The Isaac Spaulding Family BACK to the SHEDDEN FAMILYIsaac Spaulding was born September 27, 1693, at Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, the son of Edward and Mary (Brackett) Spaulding. He married Elizabeth Haynes on February 2, 1712/13 in Plainfield, Connecticut. She was born March 22, 1696/97 in Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, the daughter of Jonathan and Sarah (Moulton) Haynes. At the time of their marriage Isaac was 19 years old while Elizabeth was only 16 years old.
Plainfield, Connecticut is located in the east central part of the state, about 10 miles from the Rhode Island border.
Isaac and Elizabeth (Haynes) were the parents of eleven children; 6 sons and 5 daughters:
Isaac Spaulding died September 29, 1754, in Cornwall, Litchfield County, Connecticut, at the age of 61. He was probably buried in the Allen Cemetery which is located about one mile north of town. This cemetery was not fenced in until 1921 and was in poor condition with markers missing; therefore, in the History of the County they were only assuming he was buried there.
His wife, Elizabeth (Haynes) Spaulding, died two years later in 1756 in Plainfield, Windham County, Connecticut, about 59 years old.
The Seventh Generation - The Phineas Spaulding Family BACK to the SHEDDEN FAMILYPhineas Spaulding was born January 23, 1720/21, in Plainfield, Windham County, Connecticut, the son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Summer) Spaulding. He married Sarah Summers in 1743. Sarah was born about 1719; her parents have not been determined. At the time of their marriage Phineas was 22 years old and Sarah was about 24 years old.
According to the History of Addison County, Vermont, Phineas Spaulding came to Addison County from Cornwall, Connecticut, with a large family of children by way of Fort Edward and Lake George in 1767. Fort Edward and Lake George are located in the east central part of New York, about 30 miles from Vermont. He settled in what now is known as Panton, Addison County, Vermont. Panton is located on the shores of Lake Champlain in the west central part of the state. Across the lake is Essex County, New York. The land was generally level and excellent for farming.
Phineas obtained his land by a grant that contained the following ground rules:
When the men of the area returned from fighting some New York authorities over some land for their neighbors, they found Wooster and the sheriff serving writs of ejection on those living on his land. This highly incensed them, that while they had been engaged in driving the hated Yorkers from the lands of their neighbors, their own homes were invaded. They finally took Wooster and his sheriff, tied them to a tree and under threats of the "beech seal", forced them to promise to depart and not bother the settlers further. The colonel left the area the following morning.
This area was also quite active during the American Revolution. To see Phineas Spaulding's involvement in the American Revolution, see:
Although the history of the county indicated that Phineas and Sarah (Summers) Spaulding came to Vermont with a large family, I could only find records for six children:
The Sixth Generation - The Philip Spaulding Family BACK to the SHEDDEN FAMILYPhilip Spaulding was born June 23, 1754, in Cornwall, Connecticut, the son of Phineas and Sarah (Summers) Spaulding.
During the American Revolution Philip served with Captain Wilson in Colonel Ira Allens' Vermont Regiment. For an account of his service, see:
After his war service Philip married Hannah Sturgess (Sturges or Sturgin) September 8, 1781, at Danby, Vermont. She was born October 15, 1763. The parents of Hannah are in question. At the time of their marriage, Philip was 27 years old while Hannah was 17 years old
Hannah did have a brother, Aquilla Sturges, who was born January 4, 1762. He also served in the American Revolution. He applied for a pension September 18, 1832. In 1780 he was living in Danby, Vermont, with his father (not named). In 1810 he was living in Bristol, Addison County, Vermont. In 1830 in Orleans County, New York, and in 1835 he was living in Van Buren, Wayne County, Michigan.
Hannah had written an advertisement for the town meeting on February 22, 1822, that a small yearling steer with a star on his forehead broke into her inclosure. She made three notices of the advertisement. I believe she was able to keep the steer if not claimed within this period.
The Philip Spauldings lived on the same land on Lake Street in Panton, Addison County, Vermont, that his father, Phineas Spaulding, owned in 1767.
Philip and Hannah (Sturgess) Spaulding were the parents of eleven children:
On October 16, 1841, Hannah (Sturgess) Spaulding applied for a pension for his war service. She was living in Clinton County, New York, at the time.
Hannah died between this date in 1841 and August 26, 1845, when her son, George Spaulding, sold some land that the deed indicated was from the estate of Hannah Spaulding, the late wife of the deceased Philip Spaulding. At the time Hannah would have been between 78 and 82 years old.
The Fifth Generation - The Philip Spaulding Family BACK to the SHEDDEN FAMILYPhilip Spaulding was born February 20, 1809, on the family farm on Lake Street in Panton, Addison County, Vermont, the son of Philip and Hannah (Sturgess) Spaulding.
About 1829 or 1830 Philip married a woman by the name of Caroline Amelia ______. By census records she was born in 1810 in Vermont. This would mean that the young couple were about 20 and 19 years old respectively.
Sometime between 1832 and 1834 the young Spaulding family moved from Vermont to Clinton County, New York. Philip Spaulding made two transactions in Addison County. He sold his share of the family property to his brother, Hiram, on June 25, 1836, for $785 and then, on May 12, 1846, he sold his share of his mother's estate for $225. The land he sold in 1846 was right on Lake Champlain and would be worth a fortune at this time.
Their first child was born about 1830 but died before 1875. This comes from the Will of Philip Spauding listing of a grandchild, Sarah C. Campbell. Sarah was living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Their daughter must have married a man by the name of Campbell.
Their second child, Betsy Jane Spaulding, was born in Addison County, Vermont, on November 14, 1832, while their third child was born in Clinton County, New York about 1835. Clinton County is located on the west side of Lake Champlain in the extreme northeast corner of the state. Therefore they must have relocated to the town of Saranac, Clinton County, New York, between 1832 and 1835. Saranac is in the Alder Brook Mountains about 18 miles west of Plattsburgh, New York.
The 1850 census indicated Philip was a farmer with land valued at $1,200. Living in the same area was an uncle, Jeremiah Spaulding, who was listed as being a iron maker.
Philip purchased land in Saranac, New York, in 1836, 1845 and 1848 but also started selling their property in 1848 and the remaining property in 1853. The last property was sold for $1 as he had become indebted by considerable sums of money he was unable to pay.
Sometime after 1853 and before 1860 they had relocated to Ottawa, LaSalle County, Illinois, as the 1860 census listed Philip as a farmer with personal property worth $500 but no land. Ottawa is located in the north central part of the state on the Illinois River. They probably came to LaSalle County as other Spauldings were in the area.
Philip and Caroline Amelia Spaulding were the parents of at least four children:
His wife, Caroline Amelia Spaulding, must have died in the 1860's as the census for 1870 listed a Clarinda Spaulding as being his wife. Clarinda, per the census, was born in Vermont in 1819.
February 15, 1873, they sold one lot from their property for $703. This means that they made a $353 profit and still had almost 41 acres. This was the last listing of his wife, Clarinda.
Even when Philip died two years later, she was not mentioned in his will dated May 18, 1875, and since it was indicated that Philip Spaulding was living with his daughter's family, Charles and Betsy Rodee, since July 3, 1874, Clarinda must have died between February 1873 and July 1874 but probably closer to July 1874.
Philip Spaulding died eight days after the date on his Will May 28, 1875. The Will split the property in the following manner:
The Fourth Generation - The Betsy (Spaulding) Rodee Family BACK to SHEDDEN FAMILYBetsy Jane Spaulding was born November 14, 1832, in Addison County, Vermont, the daughter of Philip and Caroline Amelia Spaulding. Betsy married Charles Arthur Rodee on October 20, 1853, probably in Saranac, New York. Charles was born February 22, 1827, in Plattsburgh, Clinton County, New York, the son of Jacob and Eliza Rodee.
For more information on the Betsy Spaulding and Charles Rodee family, go to:
Great-Great-Grandparents Charles Rodee and Betsy Spaulding
Children of Great-Great-Grandparents Charles Rodee and Betsy Spaulding