Happy Birthday Priscilla

Priscilla (1768-1851)

Priscilla was born 29 May 1768 in New York. But, we don’t even know her last name. Many people on the internet have her last name as Smith, but it seems that they all just point to other people’s trees on Ancestry as sources, so for all we know, someone may have just said “I dunno, let’s just call her a Smith.”

While her early life is lost to us, we know that when she was 20, she married Jonathan Russell, son of Samuel Russell and Esther Wolcott, in 1789 at Dutchess, New York. They lived in … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Samuel Russell

Samuel Russell (1733-~1801)

Today is the 283rd  anniversary of the birth of Samuel Russell. Born on 17 May 1733, he was already the third generation of his family to be born in America. Yes, our family definitely has some deep roots here. Samuel’s great-grandfather had been an immigrant from England as part of the Great Migration and his grandfather had moved the family from Massachusetts to Connecticut.

Samuel Russell was the second child of Jonathan Russell and Mehitable Wolcott. He had seven siblings, namely: Elijah, Martha, Daniel, Abigail, Soloman, Elisha, and Sarah. He was baptized on 20 May 1733 in Wethersfield, Hartford, … Continue reading