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Adsit family 1800s Steuben Co. NY
Posted by: Bonnie Bunce Date: June 16, 2001 at 11:20:31
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I am interested in learning the names of the parents of Martin Adsit, b. 1802, who was still living in 1880. He and his wife Nancy (Bunce) Adsit resided at Hornby, Steuben Co., NY for many years. Nancy was my g.aunt, dau. of Peter and Rhoda (Loomis) Bunce who resided in the Town of Barrington, Yates Co., NY from 1823 until their deaths. Nancy was b. 23 Jun 1806 probably near Egremont, Berkshire Co., Mass. and died at Hornby on 28 Oct 1868. Below is a record of the 1850 census record for the family:

1850 Census record for the Adsit family for Hornby, Steuben Co., New York
taken July 20, 1850, Family/household: 175/176:

Martin Adsit, age 48, M, farmer, born in NY
Nancy Adsit, age 43, F, born in Mass.
Sophia Adsit, age 14, F, born in NY
Annis (or Anna) Adsit, age 4, F, born in NY

No dollar amount was in the column for the value of real estate.

From a recent email message sent to me, it appears Martin and Nancy (Bunce) Adsit may have also had a son named Oscar:

"Martin Adsit born 1802 first appeared in the Hornby 1840 Census as Martin Adset with his wife and two children living with him.

1 Male 10 & under 15 (Born 1826-1830) ?
1 Male 30 & under 40 (Born 1801-1810) Martin
1 Female under 5 (Born 1836-1840) Sophia
1 Female 30 & under 40 (Born 1801-1810) Nancy

"Oscar Adsit born 1830 first appeared in the 1850 Hornby Census, family 170, with his seventeen year old wife Nancy and a three month old daughter, so it is likely he had not been married long. Martin was nearby, family 176, with only one daughter born before 1840. In the 1860 Census Martin and Oscar were families 229 and 230.

"The proximity of the families in the 1850 and 1860 Census, the missing male of Oscar's age who appeared in the 1840 but not the 1850 Census and the lack of other Adsits in the area leads one to conclude that Oscar was Martin's son. . . .

"In 1880 the widowed Martin was back in Hornby living with his daughter Annice who had married Charles Wesley Lee in 1871. The Lees were still in Hornby in 1910 and 1920."

From a book on Steuben Co. marriages from newspapers I have the following record:

CADY Franklin of Dix, NY May 31, 1859 [Town of Dix, Schuyler Co., NY]
ADSIT Sophia of Hornby, NY

My recent correspondent disputed this record saying the only Franklin living in Dix that he had knowledge of was Franklin Carey, but he has not confirmed to me whether this Franklin Carey had a wife Sophia in the 1860 Schuyler Co. NY census.

Anyway, does anyone have any knowledge of this Martin Adsit. According to another Adsit researcher who had a database of Adsit families, she said the name Martin was common among the descendants of John Adsit in the book "Descendants of John Adsit of Lyme, Connecticut" by Newman Ward Adsit, but she had no record of a Martin Adsit b. about 1802.

Per a post to the soc.genealogy.surnames newsgroup, dated 27 Mar 1995:

"There is no Luna Adsit [of Yates Co. NY] listed in the index of the Samuel Graves book but here is some information you may be interested in: Abigail Graves of Lyme CT, daughter of Thomas Graves and Mary Hopson, married John Adsit. He was born in 1714 in Lyme, CT and died in 1790 in Hillsdale, Albany County, NY. He served as a private in the 8th Albany Co. NY regt in the Rev. War under Col. Robert Van Rensselaer from 1775-1780. He was a son of John Adsit and Mary. This John Adsit is supposedly the first Adsit in America of whom there is any known record. He lived in Wethersfield and Hartford, CT before locating at Lyme, CT about 1716. He had supposedly come from Essex, England when a small lad. No record of place or date of birth has been found, but his death is recorded as Jan 1734/5. He first married Sarah Howard of Wethersfield, Ct in 1653 and had three children. He secondly married Mary and had 6 more children of whom John, 2nd, seems to have the oldest. (page 34). The source for this information is listed as Robert J. Adsit, "Adsit Family History", c. 1960 (his address given as 588 Cullum St., Meadville, PA 16335 Just glancing through the other Adsits, it looks like they were concentrated in upstate NY and Pennsylvania. I am sure your Luna Adsit fits in there somewhere. You could also contact, the author Kenneth Vance Graves at 261 South Street, Wrentham MA 02093 to see if he has any updated information on the Adsit connection."

At the time of the 1810 federal census, my Bunce family resided in Hillsdale, Columbia Co., NY which is about 6 miles from Egremont, Berkshire Co., Mass. where Rhoda Loomis' was born in 1782. It's possible that MY Martin Adsit was a grandson of the John Adsit who lived at what was then "Hillsdale, Albany Co., NY." A couple of men named Adsit were heads of families in Columbia Co. at the time of the 1800 census of Hillsdale, Columbia Co. NY. Both records appeared on p. 189 of the census, so they were likely related to each other, but neither family would have had a record of a child born two years later, MY Martin Adsit.

Martin Adsit
1 free white male under age 10
2 free white males aged 10-16
1 free white male aged 16-26
1 free white male over age 45
1 free white female aged 10-16
1 free white female aged 16-26
1 free white female over age 45

Elisha Adsit [the younger man]
1 free white male under age 10
1 free white male aged 10-16
1 free white male aged 16-26
1 free white male aged 26-45
3 free white females under age 10
1 free white female aged 16-26
2 free white females aged 26-45


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