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Re: Jonathon Edward Churchill, b.abt 1816 in Pennsylvania
Posted by: Malcolm Churchill (ID *****4717) Date: July 26, 2011 at 08:39:34
In Reply to: Jonathon Edward Churchill, b.abt 1816 in Pennsylvania by LuAnn Goeke of 3037

LuAnn, I have your Jonathan Edward Churchill. He is a Connecticut Churchill, a descendant of the Josiah Churchill who settled in Wethersfield, Connecticut,sometime before 1638. Among his son Joseph's sons were three who established continuing lines of descent. The youngest of these was Jonathan. Your Jonathan is a seventh generation Connecticut Churchill in the Jonathan line of descent.

The genealogical record is contained in the standard Churchill genealogy, "Churchill Family in America," which has been re-printed but which I also understand can be found on-line. The story of the family can be found in my book, which is still available, "A Family Odyssey: The Connecticut Churchills and the Settling of America 1635-1900."

Leman, born on December 6, 1780, was one of three sons of Jonathan III. Together with his older brother Josiah he pioneered in Franklin, Pennsylvania, in the early 1800's. Leman on November 4, 1810, married Polly Demilles, who was born in Poughkeepsie, New York. They had five children, all born in Franklin, four of whom survived to adulthood. One was Jonathan, the oldest son, born June 10, 1816.

Spellings were not standardized in the early days, and Jonathan mostly spelled his name as Churchell. He died July 25, 1823, and the name on his gravestone at Upsonville, Pennsylvania, is Lemon Churchell.

Polly had already died, on July 25, 1823. We do not know who raised the children, and "Churchill Family in America" has no further information on Jonathan. The oldest surviving child, a daughter, died childless a year after her marriage. The two youngest children, Freeborn and Sarah, both married and had children. Sarah remained at Franklin. "Churchll Family in America" states that Freeborn lived at Great Bend, Pennsylvania, where his two sons and one daughter were born. Nothing is known of the children beyond their birth dates.

The compilers of "Churchill Family in America" were assisted in their compilation of data by two granddaughters of Lemuel's brother Josiah. One lived in Binghamton, New York, and the other in Monroeton, Pennsylvania. The latest information on Leman's descendants is an 1861 birth. One may suppose that within a few years of 1861 the two granddaughters of Josiah, married, had lost touch with their cousins. Jonathan, we may suppose, was either unmarried or at least without children while he still lived in Franklin and lost touch with some or all of the other family members when he moved west, thus accounting for the absence of any information about him as an adult.

I hope all this is useful to you.

Malcolm Churchill

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