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Posted by: Jeannette Dumas (ID *****7383) Date: August 21, 2006 at 09:57:36
In Reply to: James Stancliff(e) 1686 - 1712 in CT & descendants history into Chasm Falls, NY by Jeannette Dumas of 68

As I originally stated, in my original message, I am NOT in any way related to the Stancliff(e) family. But in doing research for my own family lines, I came upon this article for the Stancliffe family and it contained so much valuable information, that I wanted to share it with Stancliff(e) researchers. I am disposing of the original copy so for those of you who did not get the opportunity to get a copy of the original article from me, I am herein, reproducing the contents of that newspaper article before I dispose of my copy. I hope it is of some help to some of you. Good luck in your research. Jeannette T. Dumas

P.S. for those of you who would like a copy of the original article, I have it posted as a link (jpg format) at at the following:

James Stancliff(e) Family History, published in the Malone Farmer
SOURCE: The Malone Farmer (Malone, NY), file name: malone-farmer-1933-april-june-0033.pdf
reads, verbatim, as follows:

NOTE: The writing, spelling and punctuation errors in that era were atrocious but are reproduced exactly as written in the original newspaper article!

The Stancliff family has played an important part in the history of our community. This family was early settled in Connecticut. James Stancliff or Stancliffe, as they spelled the name in those days) resided in Middletown, Conn., from 1686, to 1712, the year of his death. His children were William, died young; Martha, James, died young; Sarah, William and James.

William married March 30, 1710, Olive, widow of Jonas Wright. She died 1719, and he married, 2nd, Oct. 5, 1721, Esther Adams, of Hartford. Their children were: James, William, Samuel, Oliver, Esther, Jerusha, Solomon, Josiah, Oliver and Joseph.
James, the youngest son of the original James Stancliff, married April 8, 1714, Abigail Bevans. Their children were: Abigail, Mary, Martha, Sarah, James, Sybel, and Benoni.

George and James Stancliffe, grandsons of the first James Stanclife in Connecticut, were the next of which we have a record. George and James and Thomas Stacnliffe were members of Capt. Elijah Hinman's 13th Regiment Connecticut Militia. This regiment served in the vicinity of New York City at least from the middle of August to the middle of September 1776. There were three others of the Stancliffe name from Connecticut in the American army of the Revolution. George Stancliffe died in the army in New York City, Aug. 30, 1776. His son, George was only six months old at the time of his death.

George Stancliffe was born in Connecticut, in 1776. He married Margaret Squires, and soon after settled in Sunderland, Vt. In 1827 he removed to Odeltown, Canada. They came to Chasm falls in 1833. They were professing Christians, and he a member of the Baptist church. He died in Chasm Falls, Nov. 24, 1863, his wife Nov. 27, 1852, and they are buried in the Methodist cemetery at Titusville. Their children were seven in number; 1, Russell, married Laura Eddy, and resided here; Betsey, married Landon Race; Sarah, married Schuylar Randall; Olive, who was the first wife of Willard Earle; Annis, married Joshua Odel; Sherman, married Delicy Earle; and Maria, married Hiram Winslow, Russell and Laura Stancliff were the parents of three daughters, and one adopted son; 1. Charlotte, married Rufus L. Erale, in 1844. They resided in Chasm Falls and later in Owls Head, where both died. Both were members of the Methodist Episopal church. (For Mr. Earle's Union Army record, see my sketch of the Earle's. Mr. and Mrs. Rufus L. Earle were the parents of four children: 1. Loron, had a family, several still living; 2. Jane, who married Rufus Wescott had several children, she now lives with her daughter, Mrs. Belle Hutchins; 3. Fred R., for many years a highly esteemed resident of Owls Head where his wife died, now resides with his daughter, Miss Mildred Earle, a teacher in the Malone schools; and 4, Nellie who as a young woman, showed as great courage and heroism as any soldier who ever faced the cannon's mouth. A neighbor was suffering from a most malignant diptheria, and no older person could be induced to care for her, when Miss Earle volunteered to go, saying she expected to die; and within a few days the neighbor and she were both through with this earthly life, and had entered the immortal. "Greater love....."

NOTE: the last line is undecipherable due to blurring of the ink of the newspaper page.

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