Roswell, born about 1766 the 11th child of Ebenezer and Lucy Knowlton, arrived in Hamilton, Madison Co, NY, the same time as his older brother Stephen -- between 1810 and 1820. Along with them came their nephew, James, Jr., born 1770, James' wife, Eunice Curtis, and their children: Moses, Cotton, et al, and who knows how many other Percivals.
It's interesting that so many of these Percivals seemingly "fell off the surface of the earth" after about 1820, as far as vital statistics records in MA & CT were concerned, only to show up in Central New York State.
A historical event that was perhaps the greatest key to opening the West to migration from New England occurred at about the same time as the Percivals seemingly vanished only to reappear in Central New York State -- the opening of the completed Erie Canal in 1825! Noteworthy is the fact that the Mohawk River, the main natural waterway between Albany and Central New York, was widely used before it was incorporated into the Erie Canal.
What's more, is that Roswell's youngest brother Warren didn't stop his western migration in Central New York. He went as far west as Williamsford, Ashtabula Co, OH, presumably via the same Erie Canal.
I'm curious and will try to uncover how many more of Roswell's, Stephen's, Warren's, James', Moses' and Cotton's brothers, sisters, cousins and nieces and nephews took the Erie Canal on their migration to the western territories.
Now, I'm also wondering how much of an impact, if any, the distinguished and erudite Percivals had in the founding of Colgate University in 1819. Colgate was founded by Baptists in Hamilton with funding from the soapmaker, William Colgate.
The Colgate University Librarian serves double duty as the Hamilton town historian. I plan to visit their library soon.
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