John Ellison Senior
(Abt 1725-1808)
Rachel Wessels
(Cal 1726-1811)
Johannes "John" Ellison Junior
Sarah Ellison


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1. Henry Dunham

Sarah Ellison 1171

  • Born: 8 Dec 1777, New York 850,1172
  • Marriage (1): Henry Dunham in 1796 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey 1168
  • Died: 19 Aug 1864, Centerville, Wayne Co., Indiana at age 86 1173

bullet   FamilySearch ID: KNZ7-RB9.


bullet  General Notes:

Sarah was probably born in New York City, but unfortunately the baptism records of the Reformed Dutch Church of New York are missing for that brief time period. One family record indicates that Sarah was the daughter of John Ellison and Rachel Wessels.
That couple was too old to have been Sarah's parents. They had six children between 1745-1760 that were baptized at the RDC of New York. Their son John Ellison Jr. may have been Sarah's father. If it is true that a Mary Ellison married Amos Dunham (brother of Henry D.) then it is safe to assume that Mary and Sarah were sisters.

According to her obituary she was once on the Clermont, the first steamboat in America.
See page 279 for some passengers which include the name J.J. Coddington, Thos. Ludlow

There are a number of secondary sources that name her maiden name as Ellison, including the biography of her son Dayton in the Portrait and biographical record of Macon County, Illinois, page 225. 1174

bullet  Research Notes:
Dunham-Singletary Genealogy: Descendants of Richard Singletary of Salem, Newbury, and Haverhill, Massachusetts and Deacon John Dunham of Plymouth
by Kenneth Royal Dunham (Author)

Available at Allen Co Library, or purchase for 51 bucks.

"Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New Amsterdam and New York : baptisms from 25 December, 1639, to 27 December, 1730"
page 219 Helena baptized May 11, 1757

page 185 Willem baptized July 11, 1753 - L42H-94Y or MPJM-7N8
FindMyPast has 3 marriages in NYC: 1769, 1769, 1779
there is a record for William Ellison and Margaret with baptism of Mary Ellison in Trinity Church 26 May 1782

page 141 Johannes baptized March 30, 1748 FindMyPast has 2 marriages in NYC: 1760 and 1760
(unlikely if he was 12)
page 244 ? Jannetje baptized to "Jan Ellis, Rachel Wessels" July 2, 1760.
page 123 Rachel baptized March 19, 1746

Jan Ellison KC9X-B2P married Rachel about 1720 in London per FS family

I found the following transcription of their marriage bond:
"#168; John DOBBS (DOOBY) in New Jersey, and William ELLISON of the City of New York... [bound
to]... William FRANKLIN, Governor... 500 pounds... 17 Oct 1774. ... John DOBBS... and William
ELLISON... obtained license of marriage for John ELLISON... and for Phebe CODINGTON... [w] John
THOMSON [consent] Oct 17, 1774 ... I give my free consent that my Daughter Phebe should be
mared to Mr John ELLISON and that he may tak lysans out of the ofes at Peth Amboy... [signed]
Sarah CODENTON (her mark); [witnesses] Benj'n DAVIES, John DOOBY"

Summary: John Ellison and Phebe Codington were licenced to marry on Oct 17, 1774, probably in Perth Amboy [adjacent to Woodbridge]. Phebe was the daughter of Sarah "Codenton" and John was probably related to William Ellison of New York City, one of the bondsmen.


bullet  Events

Sold property: to Martha Campbell for $1,100, 1 Sep 1818, Woodbridge Township, Middlesex Co., New Jersey. Citation from Ryan Wadleigh 6/24/2021:
Middlesex County Deeds, Vol. 13, Pg. 319:
On September 1, 1818, Henry Dunham and Sally his wife, of Township of Woodbridge, County of Middlesex, State of New Jersey deeded land to Martha Campbell of the same place for $1,100. This was land in the Township of Woodbridge, on the south side of Woodbridge Turnpike, containing just over 4 acres. Signed by Henry Dunham and Sarah Dunham. Witnessed by Sam'l Edgar and Ichabod Potter.

Will, 22 Sep 1845, Centerville, Wayne Co., Indiana. 938 "Sarah wrote her will on September 22, 1845, in which she only described her children Aziel [Azel] and Elanson [Alanson]. She acknowledged having lived with, and been supported by, her son Elanson for the previous nine years. Her will was proven on September 16, 1864. Sarah was living with her son Alanson's family in 1840 and 1850. In 1860, she was living with her daughter Elizabeth."

Emigrated: to Richmond, Indiana, Oct 1819, Richmond, Wayne Co., IN. 1172

residence, 1850, Centerville, Wayne Co., Indiana. 1175 Relationships presumed

residence, 1860, Centerville, Wayne Co., Indiana. 1173

residence, 1860, Centerville, Wayne Co., Indiana. 1176 Relationships presumed.
Eliza Pugh is counted twice in this census, in with her grandparents where she is 11, and in this one she is 10.

Obituary: Centreville True Republican, page 3, 1 Sep 1864, Centerville, Wayne Co., Indiana. 1177 "DIED,
On Friday, last, on the 19th ultimo, at the residence of her son, A.F. Dunham, in this place, Sarah E. Dunham, aged 87 years.
Sarah Ellison Dunham was born in the city of New York on the 8th day of December, 1777. With her husband she emigrated to Richmond, Indiana, in the month of October, 1819. She endured all the privations and sacrifices incident to frontier life with cheerfulness and becoming fortitude. She had a very vivid recollection of many thrilling occurrences connected with the Revolutionary War, was permitted to be on board the first steamboat that made a successful trip in the United States. She united with the first class that was formed in Richmond by the ministers of the M.E. Church in Wayne County, Indiana, and remained a faithful and consistent member until death. Her infirmities for many years deprived her of the privileges of public worship, yet it did not destroy her religious enjoyments. The Bible was her constant companion and from it she drew sweet comfort and strong support. Her last hours were very peaceful, without a murmur she passed away to the full enjoyment of her long desired rest. "Servant of God, well done, Thy glorious warfare's past, The battle's fought - the race is won, And thou art crowned at last."
(transcription by Ryan Wadleigh emailed 2-21-2021)

Probate, 16 Sep 1864, Wayne County, Indiana. 938


Sarah married Henry Dunham, son of Elisha Dunham and Elizabeth Freeman, in 1796 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey.1168 (Henry Dunham was born 20 Apr 1774 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey,1168 died 3 Oct 1833 in Center Township, Wayne Co., IN 1168 and was buried in Centerville, Wayne Co., Indiana 1168.)

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