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Twas the night before Christmas Poem.
Posted by: Vicky (ID *****4134) Date: November 25, 2010 at 11:47:37
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Some say he wrote it some say he didn't.
Nicholas Stillwell and Abigail Hopton, my 10th great grandparents
By Vicky Moon
They had two sons, Richard and Nicholas.
Nicholas was our ancestor married, (1636- 1640 -1715) 1st Mary Holmes, 2nd Catherine Huberts Van Kuren Morgan, who was a widow of Charles Morgan. She is our ancestor. 9th great grandparents.
Their daughter Rebecca Stillwell married Abraham Emans, 8th great grandparents
Jan Emans and Neeltje (Elinor) Van Aken, 7th great grandparents.
Catherine Emmons and Nathaniel Westfall, 6th great grandparents.
Sarah Westfall and Thomas Hamilton, 5th great grandparents.
James Hamilton and Mary Agnes Logue, 4th great grandparents.
Jonathan Hamilton and Nancy Adams, 3rd great grandparents.
Sarah Hamilton and David Bower, 2nd great grandparents.
Rosa Bower and Richard Foley, great grandparents.
Ernest Foley and Anna Lind, my grandparents
Marian Foley and Bernard Valentine my parents.
This is more information about Richard and his descendants.
Richard Stillwell married Mary Freelove Cook, his 2nd wife. She was his cousin.
Mary’s father was John Cook brother of Nicholas Stillwell. Their parents were Robert Cook and Mabel Stillwell. Mabel’s parents were John Stillwell and Jane Parle.
Nicholas and Richard changed their name to Stillwell, so did John, but then he changed it back to Cook.
John Cooke (1608?–?16 October 1660; name sometimes spelled as John Cook) was the first Solicitor General of the English Commonwealth and led the prosecution of Charles I. Following the English Restoration, Cooke was convicted of regicide and hanged, drawn and quartered on 16 October 1660.
Richard and Mary’s son also named Richard married 2nd wife Mercy Sands. Richard’s first wife died young.
Their children were:
1) Anne Stillwell married Theodosia Bartow. Their daughter also named Theodosia married 2nd husband Aaron Burr 1756-1836 U.S. Vice President.
2) Mary Stillwell married Thomas Clarke. Their daughter Charity married Rev. Benjamin Moore. Charity and Benjamin’s son married Clement Clarke Moore 1779-1863 wrote the poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
3) unknown first name Stillwell, a.k.a. Lady Affleck married Lord Affleck. They lived and died in a castle built by William the Conqueror.
4) Catherine Stillwell married Rev. Ebenezer Pemberton
5) Deborah Stillwell married Liet. Richard Smith
6) Elizabeth Stillwell married Capt. Peter Wraxal
7) Lydia Stillwell married John Watkins of St. Nevis island. They married on St. Nevis and moved to New York before the Revolutionary War ended. Lydia and John’s daughter Elizabeth Watkins married Robert Duncan. Elizabeth wrote a letter to George Washington when he was at Camp Morristown.
Her letter was written in a dignified “old school” manner. She wrote:
“Miss Watkins compliments to George Washington, hopes he will excuse the liberty she has taken in presenting him with a laurel wreath of her own cutting, a faint emblem of those which the General has so lately reaped on the Plains of Monmouth. Miss Watkins presents her best compliments to Mrs. Washington. Paramus, June 28, 1778. She received this reply from George Washington: General Washington presents his respectful compliments to Miss Watkins, and offers his grateful thanks for her curious present of a Laurel Wreath, which he hath near with great pleasure. Saturday July 11, 1778.
Our ancestor and the brother of Richard, Nicholas married to Catherine.
Their children were:
1) John married ?
2) Nicholas married Micah Lake
3) Rebecca and Abraham Emans our ancestors.
4) Richard married Maria Goulder
5) Ann Catherine married ?
6) Maria married Hendrick Johnson
7) Thomas married Ann Lake.

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