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Gratus and Mary (Hunter) Follett - Pierpont, Ashtabula, OH
Posted by: Karekin Yarian (ID *****1088) Date: January 07, 2008 at 19:31:18
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Looking for anyone who may have information on the following Follett family especially ancestors for Gratus. Gratus is variously known as Grandues, Grantus, and Gratis. His parents are presumably John and Sally (UNK) Follett, but I can find no further information about them.

Gratus FOLLETT (1796 - 1880)
and Mary HUNTER (1795 - 1872)

Name: Gratus FOLLETT
Title/Occupation: Machinist/Farmer
Born: Dec 1796 at Ballston, Saratoga Co., New York
Died: 24 Sep 1880 at Pierpont, Ashtabula Co., Ohio
Marriage: 1816
Father: John FOLLETT
Mother: Sally UNKNOWN

Spouse: Mary HUNTER
Born: 10 Aug 1795 at New York
Died: 19 May 1872 at Pierpont, Ashtabula Co., Ohio
Marriage: 1816
Father: Francis HUNTER (1760 - 1836)
Mother: Dorcas "Mary" MILLARD (1769 - 1818)

Children of Gratus and Mary = 2
Son: Nathaniel FOLLETT
Spouse: Emily BUSHNELL

Daughter: Jane FOLLETT
Born: 20 May 1816 at Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York
Died: 09 Jan 1871 at Pierpont, Ashtabula Co., Ohio
Buried: Pierpont, Ashtabula Co., Ohio
Spouse: Henry GAYLORD (1813 - 1898)

Gratis Follett was born in Ballston, New York, in 1792. From Ballston he moved to the central part of that State, and in 1839 came to Ohio, locating in Pierpont, Ashtabula county, where he spent the residue of his life, and where he died in 1880. He was a mechanic and worked at his trade in connection with farming. In politics he was first a Whig and afterward a Republican. During the war of 1812 he enlisted his services in the American cause and acted as sentinel. He was one of a family of nine sons and one daughter, his parents being John and Sally Follett. The Folletts have been residents of America for many generations, having emigrated to this country from England. Mary (Hunter) Follett, the mother of Nathaniel, was born in New York in 1796, daughter of Francis and Mary (Millord) Hunter. Her father was a native of Ireland and her mother of Scotland. Francis Hunter, in company with his two brothers, cam to America during the Revolutionary period. For some time they were engaged in peddling. Finally one of them settled in Philadelphia, another in Montreal, and the grandfather of our subject on a farm near Auburn, New York, being the owner of 600 acres of land at that place. Gratis Follett was married in 1816, and he and his wife became the parents of five children: Jane, deceased, was the wife of Henry Gaylord, of Pierpont, and had eight children, five of whom survive her; Dorcas, wife of James Tuttle, of Conneaut, Ohio, has had two children, one of whom is living; Nathaniel, whose name appears at the head of this sketch; Francis, who is engaged in farming; and Sarah, widow of Milo Huntley, has three children. (Transcribed from Biographical History of Northeastern Ohio; published in Chicago: Lewis Publ. Co., 1893)

For his war service Grandues received 160 acres in the Western Reserve. In 1839 the family moved to Ashtabula County. There is also a Samuel Follett, presumably the brother, listed in the 1840 Ashtabula County census. Grandues continued to work as a mechanic and farmer and died in 1880.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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