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Sylvanus Mabee

Male 1774 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name Sylvanus Mabee 
    Born 18 Sep 1774  [1
    Gender Male 
    Anecdote 1793  Bennington, Bennington, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • A letter addressed to Souverenus Mabee was left at the
      Bennington, VT, post office in 1793
    Census 1800  Northampton, Ontario County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Sylvanus Mabee, One male 16-26
    Occupation 12 Aug 1801  Ontario County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Commissioned as a Justice of The Peace 
    Occupation 3 Jul 1804  Ontario County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    again commissioned as a Justice of The Peace 
    Anecdote 1807  Buffalo, Erie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • The Code of Honor was frequently resorted to in pioneer days,
      as we know from the tragic death of Alexander Hamilton at the
      hands of ill-fated Aaron Burr and even later Burr fought a duel
      in New Jersey, arising from a quarrel, due to Burr's
      acquisition of certain lands from the Holland Land Company,
      bordering on Lake Ontario.
      But, the first military quarrel and challenge under the code of
      honor, likewise the first court martial under military law
      occurred in Buffalo in 1807 and although it had its comedy
      features, it was by no means a burlesque for the unhappy
      principal in the affair, Major Sylvanus Maybee.
      Sylvanus Maybee was a pioneer merchant here and bought the lot
      at the northeast corner of Main and Seneca streets from the
      Holland Company, the lot on which the Marine Trust's eighteen
      story home office now stands.
      In 1807 all of the territory now embraced in Erie and Niagara
      counties was embraced in Genesee county and the state
      government had made a big effort to form a militia regiment in
      Genesee County, with Asa Ransom, the pioneer silversmith here,
      as lieutenant colonel commanding; Timothy S. Hopkins and
      Sylvanus Maybee as majors and William Warren, one of the
      several captains of companies.
      An officer training' had been ordered held in Buffalo (then the
      Village of New Amsterdam if you please). Maybee had been
      promoted from captain of a Buffalo Company, to major and he
      imagined that it was his duty, and privilege, to nominate his
      own successor as a captain. Colonel Ransom claimed the
      prerogative and a serious clash ensued, after Maybee had used
      harsh words to his superior officer, followed by a challenge
      from Maybee to Ransom, inviting him to settle 'on the field of
      honor'. This, of course, was not according to the peculiar
      code.
      Major Maybee did not get his chance to shoot at Colonel Ransom,
      for sending a challenge to his superior officer constituted a
      serious infraction of military law and Maybee was immediately
      ordered under arrest; a court martial was ordered from military
      headquarters at Albany; Maybee was duly tried, found guilty;
      sentenced to be cashiered and thus Maybee dropped out of the
      militia. The discomfited Major felt so deeply humiliated by
      his dismissal, that he immediately sold out his interests here,
      ceased paying for his corner lot and disappeared from this
      region. He did not renew his challenge and no duel was fought.
    Census 1810  Pomfret, Niagara County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Sylvanus Mabee, one man 26-45, one woman over 45, two males
      16-26, and one female 10-16,
    Anecdote
    • Suffernus was a pioneer settler at Buffalo and later at the
      mouth of the Cattaraugus creek
    Anecdote
    • After Sylvanus was cashiered and drummed out to the Militia, he
      went to Cattaraugus, where he had set up another Indian trading
      post, and we believe married a Seneca Indian woman. There is a
      large contingency of Seneca Indians who use the Maybee spelling
      in their name.
    No Name 1810  Pomfret, Niagara County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Sylvanus Mabee appeared on the census of 1810 Pomfret, Niagara
      County, New YorkSylvanus Mabee, one man 26-45, one woman over
      45, two males 16-26, and one female 10-16,
    Name Severienus  [1
    Name Suffernus  [9
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    • From the Maybee Society files. Not all data is verified. Say dates are estimates and are probably within 20 years. The Maybee Society keeps its data on The Master Genealogist�, and has been modified by Gary Hester?s WIT2NOTE� to form the GedCom file. This information is also available in a TMG file.
    Person ID I36998  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2006 

    Father Cobus Maybee,   d. Aft 1791, Pittsfield, Montgomery (later Monroe ) County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Christina Van de Eewaerde,   b. Between 1746 and 1747,   d. Abt Mar 1821, Pittsford, Monroe County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married 5 Dec 1761  Stone Arabia, Albany County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
    • by Dominus (Rev) Johan Casparus Lappius. Inscription in family
      bible: "In hel Irer Confes Hec ren 1763 den 5 den Dag van
      December be__ch Jacobus Meebie getroribt mit myn Echte Vrouwe
      Christiana Van de Eewaerde Dom Johan Casparius Lappius"
    Family ID F551605321  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S1322] Pickard Families, (1983).

    2. [S1275] Steve Mabie, A Chronology of Mabie Records. Albany, Schenectady, Montgomery and Herkimer Counties, Steve Mabie, FROM THE VERMONT GAZETTE OF 10/1/1793. (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S1329] Census - 1800 - New York.

    4. [S1233] Barbara Millar, Barbara Miller, ONTARIO COUNTY NEW YORK CIVIL COMMISSIONS, 18TH AND EARLY 19TH CENTURIES (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S1385] MS 130 - Marcus Mabee, FROM "BUFFALO TIMES" DEC. 13, 1921 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S1275] Steve Mabie, A Chronology of Mabie Records. Albany, Schenectady, Montgomery and Herkimer Counties, Steve Mabie, PAGE 33 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S1275] Steve Mabie, A Chronology of Mabie Records. Albany, Schenectady, Montgomery and Herkimer Counties, Steve Mabie, SEE HISTORY OF THE PIONEER SETTLEMENT OF THE PHELPS AND GORHAM'S PURCHASE AND THE MORRIS' RESERVE, BY O. TURNER (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S1385] MS 130 - Marcus Mabee.

    9. [S1275] Steve Mabie, A Chronology of Mabie Records. Albany, Schenectady, Montgomery and Herkimer Counties, Steve Mabie, FROM HISTORY OF THE PIONEER SETTLEMENT OF THE PHELPS AND GORHAM'S PURCHASE AND THE MORRIS' RESERVE, BY O. TURNER (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S1275] Steve Mabie, A Chronology of Mabie Records. Albany, Schenectady, Montgomery and Herkimer Counties, Steve Mabie, THIS DATA IS TAKEN FROM JACOB'S FAMILY BIBLE, APPARENTLY WRITTEN IN THE FIRST PERSON BY HIM. (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S1345] Northfield on the Genesee, Margaret Schmell MacNabb; Katherine W. Thompson; and Shirley Cox Husted, (Monroe County Historian's Office, Rochester, New York, 1981), PP. 227/8 (Reliability: 3).