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Re: Justus Ashman, Albany Co. Committee of Correspondence & 1779 Taxpayer (NY)
Posted by: Leslie Potter (ID *****0131) Date: February 20, 2003 at 12:08:46
In Reply to: Re: Justus Ashman, Albany Co. Committee of Correspondence & 1779 Taxpayer (NY) by Joanna Ashmun of 229

Thank you for the information on Justus Ashmun, a/k/a Ashmun. I learned to take creative colonial spellings in my stride a long, long time ago. The thing that I struggle with is historical geography. For instance "at Saratoga" can mean:

1. within the Saratoga District (which included parts of present day Washington, Saratoga and Warren Counties;

2. within the Saratoga Patent (which included one half of the village of Ft. Edward, the actual fort at Ft. Edward, the southern half of the Town of Ft. Edward, the Town of Greenwich, the Town of Easton in Washington county, as well as, the City of Mechanicville, part of the town of Half Moon, Malta, Stillwater, Saratoga, Northumberland and Moreau in Saratoga County, and probably part of Queensbury in present day Warren County, NY);

3. in the village of Saratoga (now called Schuylerville);

4. in the Town of Saratoga;

5. the present day County of Saratoga; and,

6. the City of Saratoga Springs.

Depending on your time frame, of course. By comparison, I feel that creative colonial spelling is child's play.

Let me add some more trivia to the mix.

On November 9, 1773 a man named Justus Ashman, a/k/a Ashmun, purchased the east part of Lott # 2 in the subdivision of Lott 1 of the Kayaderossera Patent from Everet Bancker and Elizabeth, h/w. The said parcel contained 100 acres of land. Justus Ashman recorded his deed in the Albany County Clerk's Office on February 1, 1780. It appears in Albany County Deed Book 10 at page 253. This transaction is indexed in the Albany County Grantee Index at page 157.

Unfortunately the description in the Albany County Grantee Index did not give the Allotment number in the Kayaderossera Patent. So until I actually pull the deed and read it, I will have no idea where the property was actually located. Each Allotment was comprised of large parcels called "Lotts" that were subdivided two and three times. The Kayaderossera Patent covers a very, large area part of present day Saratoga County and part of Warren County. In 1772 part of the Kayaderossera Patent was in the Saratoga District and part was in the Ballstown District of Albany County, NY.

I suspect that Justus Ashman. A/k/a Ashmun did not remove permanently to Massachusetts until 1780 or a little later. First, because his name appears on the October 23rd 1779 Saratoga District Tax List. Only the names of actual residents of the taxing jurisdiction appeared on tax lists in the 18th Century. Second, judging by the date that Justus Ashman, a/k/a Ashmun recorded his deed. He would have had to have recorded his deed before he could have sold his land. Please note that I have not run my Colonial Saratoga District Population list against the Albany County Grantor Index yet. So I do not know when he actually sold his property. (That will be next summers project.) However, he probably did not bother to make the 50-mile trip to County Clerk's Office in Albany until he had a good reason to, like selling his property.

Since I am counting noses in the Saratoga District in 1777, would you please give me the names and birth dates of Justus' children?

You also mentioned some other very interesting names.

Levi Crocker is one of my 1779-Saratoga District Taxpayers. Do you have any additional information on Levi?

Is Stephen Chatfield any relation to Jesse Chatfield (1732 - c. 1799 son of Josiah Chatfield and Mary Hull), a 1779-Saratoga District Taxpayer who lived in Great Lott #15 of the Saratoga Patent (present day Town of Stillwater, Saratoga County, NY)?

Is Martha Ballard any relation to Thomas Ballard another one of my 1779-Saratoga District Taxpayers?

If you want the information in my database for Levi Crocker, Jesse Chatfield and/or Thomas Ballard, just let me know. I would be delighted to share it with you.

Thanks for your help.

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