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Lavinia Pelham

Female 1740 - Aft 1823  (84 years)


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    Lavinia Pelham
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  • Name Lavinia Pelham 
    Born 1740  New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • daughter of William Pelham
    Gender Female 
    Census 10 Jul 1784  Belle Hill in Beaver Harbour, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Lavinia Pelham and Frederick Mabee appeared on the census of 10
      Jul 1784 Belle Hill in Beaver Harbour, Ontario, CanadaRoll of
      Loyalists Settled at Belle Hill in Beaver Harbour has an entry:
      Frederick Maybee, wife Levina, children above 10: Lydia,
      Elizabeth, Oliver, children under 10: Mary, Sarah, Simon,
      Frederick.
    Census 1792  [3
    • The Mabee party, it is said, started for Upper Canada in the
      fall of 1792, but they wintered in Quebec and did not reach
      Turkey Point until some time in 1793. They drove twelve cows,
      rode horses, and employed an Indian guide to pilot the way
      through the wilderness
      Some members of the family claim that the settlement was made
      as early as 1791, while others say it was not made before 1794;
      but Mrs. Mabee and her family were living there in a
      comfortable log-house at the time of Governor Simcoe's visit in
      1795. The grave of Frederick Mabee was there also, and a piece
      of ground known as the "Indian fields" had been cleared of its
      light growth of timber and cropped; all of which makes it
      appear quite reasonable that the family may have settled there,
      at least as early as 1793.
      The Mabee party consisted of Frederick Mabee and wife; Oliver
      Mabee, their eldest son, aged about nineteen; Simeon, the
      second son, aged about seventeen; Pellum, the youngest son,
      aged about twelve - at least, these were the ages of the sons
      at the time of the Governor's visit; two single daughters -
      Polly and Sally; and two married daughters - Nancy and Lydia,
      with their respective husbands - John Stone and Peter Teeple.
      It is said that Peter Secord, also, came with the Mabee family
    Census 1793  Turkey Point, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • 1793 Lavinia Pelham and Frederick Mabee immigratedto Turkey
      Point, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada
    Immigration 1793  Turkey Point, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Frederick Mabee was a United Empire Loyalist, whose home had at
      the British evacuation of New York, been confiscated, and
      himself and family subjected to indignity by many of his former
      neighbours because he declined to swear allegiance to the "New
      Republic", holding as he no doubt conscientiously did, that the
      grievances of the colonists should be settled by constitutional
      means rather than by the sword. Having heard of the wonderful
      fertility and natural advantage of the Long Point (or as it was
      first called, the Turkey Point) country in Upper Canada from
      his cousin. Peter Secord, a U.E. Loyalist who had accompanied
      him to Saint John from New York and who, being an old hunter,
      had already penetrated the wilds of Upper Canada with one
      George Ramsay, and Englishman, on a hunting and exploring trip,
      he resolved to form a small colonization party to open a
      permanent party at Turkey Point. Gathering many of his
      relatives together, including his son-in-law, Capt. Teeple, the
      "Mabee Party" as they were afterwards called, set out in the
      fall of 1792, but they wintered at Quebec and did not reach
      Turkey Point until some time in 1793. They brought some
      household goods, drove several cows, rode horses and employed
      an Indian guide to pilot the way through the wilderness. The
      men drove the animals along the shore, the women came in boats,
      going ashore at night to camp. During the journey through the
      wilds they sustained themselves largely on cornmeal and milk
      from the cows.

      The party consisted of Frederick Mabee and Lavinia (nee Pelham
      or Pellum), Oliver Mabee, their eldest son, aged about 19;
      Simon, the second son, aged 17; Pollum, the youngest son, aged
      about 5; three single daughters, Polly, Betsy and Sally, and
      two married daughters, Nancy, with her husband, John Stone and
      Lydia, with her husband, Capt. Peter Teeple, and their four
      children. His cousin, Peter Secord and Thomas Welch, also came
      with the Mabee party. Frederick Mabee at once erected the first
      log cabin ever built at the new settlement, at the foot of the
      hill overlooking Turkey Point. Their corn was pounded in the
      stump of a walnut tree, the beetle being attached to a "sweep"
      like the "Old Oaken Bucket".

      One year after the arrival of the party he died of apoplexy,
      and was buried in a hollowed-out walnut log coffin. He was the
      first white man buried in the new settlement, and a large
      boulder marks his tomb near Turkey Point. His widow
      subsequently married Lieut. William B. Hilton, a New York
      Loyalist of the Kings American Dragoons, but he died three
      years after the marriage. Large numbers of other Loyalists
      poured into the settlement shortly after, but the "Mabee Party"
      came in advance of the rest and became "squatters" until the
      lands were apportioned by the Crown to all the Loyalists.

      Polly and Sally Mabee, two daughters who came to Turkey Point,
      single, married respectively Capt. David Secord, of Butler's
      Rangers, and Silas Montross, both U.E. Loyalists. The former
      was a miller at Niagara, but later settled on Catfish creek,
      west of Orwell; the latter lived at Turkey Point. The Mabee,
      Teeple, Secord, Montross and Stone families became prominent
      factors in the early days of settlement, but now their
      descendants are very widely scattered.

      More than a hundred years have come and gone since Frederick
      Mabee and his sons and sons-in-law made the acquaintance of the
      wild, painted and befeathered savages of the north shore of
      Lake Erie, and where they were surprised and startled by the
      bedlam of discordant sounds, which daily rent the air, from the
      throats of the myriads of wild turkeys, geese and duck, as
      these sturdy pioneers staked out their new homes at Turkey
      Point. Today their great grandsons are found in the ranks of
      busy men, scattered all over the American continent, and their
      great-great grandchildren occupy seats in nearly every school
      house in the land. In fact, these descendants have become so
      numerous, and so widely dispersed, that they meet as strangers,
      never dreaming that the old pioneer mother who pounded corn in
      the hollow of a walnut stump more than a hundred years ago, was
      their common maternal ancestor.

      Title: Emails from Barbara Millar, Compiler Address:
      [email protected]
      Abbrev: Barbara Millar
      Author: Barbara Miller
      Page: A sketch by W.B. Waterbury, published in the Southern Counties
      Journal, St. Thomas, in 1899,
    Census 3 Apr 1823  Charlotteville, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Lavinia Pelham left a will 03 Apr 1823 Charlotteville, Norfolk
      County, Ontario, Canada. "Will of Levinah Hilton, of
      Charlottesville, dated 3/4/1823, mentions sons Pellum Mabee,
      Oliver Mabee, son-in-law John Stone, grandson William Stone,
      Gabriel Mabee, and other sons and daughters, but not
      identified."
    Name Hilton 
    Name Mabee 
    Will 3 Apr 1823  Charlotteville, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Will of Levinah Hilton, of Charlottesville, dated 3/4/1823,
      mentions sons Pellum Mabee, Oliver Mabee, son-in-law John
      Stone, grandson William Stone, Gabriel Mabee, and other sons
      and daughters, but not identified.
    Died Aft 1823 
    Notes 
    • From the Maybee Society files.
    Person ID I38726  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2013 

    Family 1 Frederick Mabee,   b. 1734/1735, Yorktown, Westchester County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1794, Turkey Point, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 1765  [6
    Census 10 Jul 1784  Belle Hill in Beaver Harbour, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Roll of Loyalists Settled at Belle Hill in Beaver Harbour has
      an entry: Frederick Maybee, wife Levina, children above 10:
      Lydia, Elizabeth, Oliver, children under 10: Mary, Sarah,
      Simon, Frederick.
    Anecdote 1792  [3
    • The Mabee party, it is said, started for Upper Canada in the
      fall of 1792, but they wintered in Quebec and did not reach
      Turkey Point until some time in 1793. They drove twelve cows,
      rode horses, and employed an Indian guide to pilot the way
      through the wilderness
      Some members of the family claim that the settlement was made
      as early as 1791, while others say it was not made before 1794;
      but Mrs. Mabee and her family were living there in a
      comfortable log-house at the time of Governor Simcoe's visit in
      1795. The grave of Frederick Mabee was there also, and a piece
      of ground known as the "Indian fields" had been cleared of its
      light growth of timber and cropped; all of which makes it
      appear quite reasonable that the family may have settled there,
      at least as early as 1793.
      The Mabee party consisted of Frederick Mabee and wife; Oliver
      Mabee, their eldest son, aged about nineteen; Simeon, the
      second son, aged about seventeen; Pellum, the youngest son,
      aged about twelve - at least, these were the ages of the sons
      at the time of the Governor's visit; two single daughters -
      Polly and Sally; and two married daughters - Nancy and Lydia,
      with their respective husbands - John Stone and Peter Teeple.
      It is said that Peter Secord, also, came with the Mabee family
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Mabee,   b. 1769, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Lydia Mabee,   b. 6 Jun 1770, Dutchess County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1845, Oxford, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     3. Mary Mabie,   b. 27 Sep 1771, Beekman, Dutchess County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Apr 1845, Southwold, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     4. Ann Mabee,   b. 25 May 1772, Westchester County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1854  (Age 81 years)
     5. Oliver Mabee,   b. 10 Jan 1774, Fishkill, Dutchess County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jul 1854  (Age 80 years)
     6. Simon Mabee,   b. 1776, Rombout Precinct, Dutchess County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1843, Oxford West Township, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     7. Sarah Mabee,   b. 1 Jan 1779, Fishkill, Dutchess County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1818  (Age 39 years)
     8. Frederick Mabee, Jr,   b. 1781, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Pelham Mabee,   b. 19 Jan 1787, Turkey Point, Charlotteville Township, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1861  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F551604063  Group Sheet

    Married 1798  Turkey Point, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2006 
    Family ID F551604420  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S1238] Maybee Society Card File.

    2. [S1268] Steve Mabie, Chronology of Ontario Canada, "ROLL OF LOYALISTS SETTLED AT BELLE HILL IN BEAVER HARBOUR - 10TH JULY, 1784" (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S1269] Book - Pioneer Sketches LongPo, E. A. Owen, (William Briggs, Toronto, 1986, Original Date, 1898 from Helen Bingleman, [email protected]), SKETCH 5 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S1233] Barbara Millar, Barbara Miller, A SKETCH BY W.B. WATERBURY, PUBLISHED IN THE SOUTHERN COUNTIES JOURNAL, ST. THOMAS, IN 1899, (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S1268] Steve Mabie, Chronology of Ontario Canada.

    6. [S1248] Royal A Mabee's notebook, Royal A. Mabee Royal's information was principally based on interviews with descendants. There is a significant chance for error in his dates for early generations The original of Royal's notebook is at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Soc.