Research Notes: Wixson Descendants Notes

Descendants of Robert Wixam



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Generation 1
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1. Robert1 WIXAM; born 1623 at England;[1],[2] married Alice (--?--) 1654;[3] died Oct 1686 at Eastham, Barnstable Co., Plymouth Colony, British America;[4] buried Oct 1686 at Eastham, Barnstable Co., Plymouth Colony, British America, "most likely ...in an unmarked grave in Cove Burying Ground."[5]

He emigrated in 1630 to Massachusetts Bay Colony, British America; led by their governor John Winthrop, and landed in Salem Harbour 12 Jun 1630.[6] Robert was a servant indentured to William Hedge (later a Captain).[7],[8],[9],[10] He Capt. Hedge assigned the service of Robert to Thomas Prence on 5 Nov 1638 at Sandwich, Barnstable Co., Plymouth Colony, British America.[11],[9],[12],[13] He was living in 1643 at Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, British America.[14] He was a constable in 1647 at Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, British America.[13] He lived in 1648 at Eastham, Barnstable Co., Plymouth Colony, British America; as a surveyor with Josiah Cooke.[15] He was a surveyor between 1648 and 1676 at Eastham, Barnstable Co., Plymouth Colony, British America.[16] Robert made a freeman 5 June 1651.[17],[18] He was living in 1665 at Eastham, Barnstable Co., Plymouth Colony, British America.[19] He was a constable in 1666 at Eastham, Barnstable Co., Plymouth Colony, British America.[16] He served on the jury that tried three Native Americans for the alleged murder of John Sassamon. The three were found guilty, sentenced to death and executed, which further inflamed Metacomet (a.k.a. King Phillip) to rebellion in Jun 1675 at Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, British America.[18] By the end of his life, Robert possessed about 110 acres of land in Eastham.[5]

Alice (--?--) was born at England.[20]

Children of Robert1 Wixam and Alice (--?--) were as follows:

  • i. Jemima2 Wixam;[21],[21] born 30 Aug 1655.[22]

    No descendants known.[23]

  • ii. Titus Wixam;[24],[24] born 2 Dec 1657;[22] died 16 Feb 1718 at age 60;[22] buried after 16 Feb 1718 at Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America, "probably ...in an unmarked grave in Orleans Cemetery."[25]

    He lived in 1715 at Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America.[26] No history of Titus's wife or children is known.[27] "The Eastham land owned by Titus Wixon or his heirs described in these

    records amounts to about fifty acres."[25]

  • iii. Elizabeth Wixam;[28],[28] born 29 May 1660 at Eastham, Barnstable Co., Plymouth Colony, British America;[29] married Nathaniel Mayo 28 Jan 1678;[30] died Dec 1699 at age 39.[31]

    Records indicate Elizabeth had 7 children, but no further descendants of theirs are known: Nathaniel, Bathshuah, Alice, Ebenezer, Hannah, Elisha, and Robert (surnamed MAYO).[32]

  • 2. iv. Barnabas Wixam, born 1663 at Eastham, Barnstable Co., Plymouth Colony, British America; married Sarah Remick.



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Generation 2
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2. Barnabas2 WIXAM (child of Robert1);[33],[33] born 1663 at Eastham, Barnstable Co., Plymouth Colony, British America;[34] married Sarah Remick, daughter of Christian Remick and Hannah (--?--), 2 Oct 1692 at Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America.[35],[36],[37]

Served in the Massachusetts Provincial troops, a member of Captain John Goreham's company in the Plymouth Regiment during the Battle of Québec lead by Sir William Phips, from approximately August to November, 1690.[38] He and Sarah Remick were associated circa Nov 1690; when Barnabas began supporting Sarah and her daughter, possibly from November, 1690.[39] He and Sarah Remick were living in 1695 at Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America.[40] He and Sarah Remick were living in 1703 at Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America.[34],[41] He and Sarah Remick lived in 1711 at Dennis Port, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America.[42] Barnabas owned land in Eastham.[43] Barnabas served with the Massachusetts Provincial troops intermittently during "Indian Wars" known also as Dummer's War and the Three Years War. He served as sergeant with Colonel John Wheelwright 22 Aug 1722 to 27 Nov 1722 and with his son Captain Samuel Wheelwright 23 Oct 1723 to 2 Jun 1724 and 25 Dec 1724 to 24 Apr 1725.[44],[45] He lived in 1724 at Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America; while not serving in the militia.[46] He lived in 1735.[47]

Sarah REMICK[48],[49] was born on 16 Jul 1663 at Kittery, York Co., Maine, British America.[50],[51] She married John Green before 1687.[52] She died in Eastham, Massachusetts, although some claim it was in Berwick, Maine in 1722 at British America.[53],[54] Sarah did not marry John Thompson of Kittery, as some have said.[55],[56],[57] Neither did Sarah marry John Sloper.[58],[59],[60] Also, Sarah did not marry Moses Worcester or Worster.[61],[62],[63]

Children of Barnabas2 Wixam and Sarah Remick were as follows:

  • i. Barnabas3 Wixam;[64],[64] born 15 Sep 1693 at Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America;[65] died Apr 1694 at Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America.[66]

  • 3. ii. Joshua Wixam, born 14 Mar 1695 at Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America; married Hannah Baker; married Elizabeth Chase.

  • iii. Lydia Wixam;[67],[67] born 12 Jun 1697 at Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America;[68] died unmarried 18 Mar 1750 at age 52.[69]

  • iv. Robert Wixam;[70],[70] born 29 May 1698 at Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America;[71] married Elizabeth Baker 5 Feb 1718 at Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America.[72]

    Several generations of descendants are known for Robert.[73]

  • v. Prence Wixam;[74],[74] born 2 Dec 1700 at Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America;[75] married Elizabeth Burgess 1 Apr 1720 at Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America.[76]

    Prence, also known as Prince, was named for previous Governor of Plymouth Colony Thomas Prence, to whom Prence's grandfather Robert Wixam was indentured.[77] Several generations are known for Prence.[73]



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Generation 3
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3. Joshua3 WIXAM (child of Barnabas2, Robert1);[78],[78] born 14 Mar 1695 at Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America;[79] married Hannah Baker, daughter of Daniel Baker and Elizabeth Chase, 9 Mar 1715 at Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America;[80] married Elizabeth Chase, daughter of William Chase and Dorcas Baker, circa Dec 1731.[81]

He was living in 1749 at Dennis, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America; and held public office both as a representative and a selectman.[82] Around 1755, Joshua and Elizabeth moved their family to Dutchess Co., New York.[79]

Hannah BAKER[83],[83] died on 27 Nov 1730.[84]

Children of Joshua3 Wixam and Hannah Baker were as follows:

  • i. Reuben4 Wixam;[85],[85] born 1722 at Harwich, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America;[86] married Dorcas Chase, daughter of William Chase and Dorcas Baker, 3 Jan 1745;[87] died circa 1800 at Dennis, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America.[86]

    Some of Reuben's descendants spelled their name WIXAM, and others used WIXOM.[88]

  • ii. Hannah Wixam;[89],[89] born circa 1724;[90] married David Crowell 5 Mar 1747.[91]

    No descendants are known.[92]

Elizabeth CHASE[78],[78] was born on 6 Oct 1718 at Harwich, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America.[79]

Children of Joshua3 Wixam and Elizabeth Chase were as follows:

  • i. Isabel4 Wixam;[78],[78] born Apr 1735.[84]

    No descendants are known.[92]

  • ii. Zilpha Wixam;[78],[78] born May 1737.[84]

    No descendants are known.[92]

  • iii. Barnabas Wixam;[93],[93] born Jan 1740 at Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America.[94]

    Barnabas and his descendants adopted the WIXOM form of the name. They emigrated to the western part of New York State before 1790. Several generations of his family are known.[95] He appeared on the census of 1790 at Chemung, Montgomery Co., New York, United States of America; where Barnabas had a 13-member household: 3 males under 16, 4 males 16 or over, and 6 females.[96]

  • iv. Sarah Wixam;[78],[78] born Jan 1743.[84]

    No descendants are known.[92]

  • v. Dorcas Wixam;[78],[78] born Jun 1746.[84]

    No descendants are known.[92]

  • vi. Joshua Wixam;[78],[78] born Jan 1749.[84]

    No descendants are known.[92]

  • 4. vii. Solomon Wixson, born 10 Aug 1751 at Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America; married Mary Randall.



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Generation 4
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4. Solomon4 WIXSON (child of Joshua3Wixam, Barnabas2, Robert1);[97],[98] born 10 Aug 1751 at Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Bay, British America;[99],[100],[101] married Mary Randall, daughter of Joseph Randall and Mary Bartlett, circa 1777;[102] died 11 Apr 1813 at The Old Homestead, Steuben Co., New York, United States of America, at age 61;[103],[104] buried at Wixson Cemetery, Hammondsport Twp, Steuben Co., New York, United States of America, where his stone reads, "In memory of / SOLOMON / WIXSON who / died April 11, AD. 1813 / Æ D 60 years 8 months / and one day."[105],[106]

Solomon served in the Revolutionary War, possibly as an enlisted man with the Regiment of Minute Men under Colonel Jacobus Swartwout, Dutchess Co. Militia.[107],[108],[109] Solomon and his descendants adopted the WIXSON form of the name.[110] In the spring of 1790, Solomon travelled to the Finger Lakes district of New York State, and built a log cabin on the west side of the outlet of Waneta Lake. He returned to Dutchess Co. in the fall. In the spring of 1791, Solomon and his family moved to their new home in the wilderness.[111] Solomon purchased 200 acres from a nearby land owner (on Lake Waneta), near Wayne, in Steuben Co. and he and Mary relocated there.[111] In their later years, the family built a mansion there for Solomon and Mary, now called the 'Old Homestead'. A published photograph of the Old Homestead exists.[112] He and probably Mary Randall appeared on the census of 1810 at Wayne, Steuben Co., New York, United States of America; where Solomon was the head of the household, with a couple recorded as over 45 yrs, 3 boys aged 16-25 yrs [Daniel, James, Solomon], 3 girls 16-25 yrs [Elizabeth, Mary, Clara], 1 boy 10-15 yrs [Elijah], and no slaves.[113] The Old Homestead is now Stone Rise Farm, 9250 West Waneta Lake Road, near Wayne, NY.[114],[115]

Mary RANDALL[116],[116] was born in Mar 1756 at Dutchess Co., New York, British America.[117],[118],[119] She died on 9 Oct 1837 at age 81.[120],[121] She was buried at Wixson Cemetery, Hammondsport Twp, Steuben Co., New York, United States of America, where stone reads, "Mary / Relict of / Solomon Wixson / died / Oct. 9, 1837 / Æ 81 yrs / 7 mos."[122],[123] She has also been recorded as Mary Randall Travis.[124] She appeared on the census of 1820 at Wayne, Steuben Co., New York, United States of America; where "Mrs. Mary Wixson" had 1 male 16-25 yrs (prob. Elijah), 2 females 16-25 yrs (prob. Clara and another), 1 female over 45 yrs (Mary herself), and 1 person over 25 (unknown).[125]

Children of Solomon4 Wixson and Mary Randall were as follows:

  • 5. i. Joseph5 Wixson Sr., born 25 Jan 1779 at Dutchess Co., New York, United States of America; married Deborah Townsend.

  • 6. ii. Joshua Wixson Sr., born 8 Sep 1780 at Dutchess Co., New York, United States of America; married Rachel Egglestone.

  • iii. Reuben Wixson;[126],[126] born 28 Jun 1782 at Dutchess Co., New York, United States of America;[127] married Hannah Conklin Oct 1805;[128] died 6 Jun 1845 at Wayne, New York, United States of America, at age 62.[127]

    11 Children are known, and several generations of descendants are known.[129]

  • iv. John Wixson;[130],[130] born 4 Jul 1784 at Dutchess Co., New York, United States of America;[131] married Abigail Eggleston;[132] died 8 Apr 1867 at Sanilac Co., Michigan, United States of America, at age 82.[131]

    10 Children are known, and several generations of descendants are recorded.[129] He and Abigail Eggleston appeared on the census of 1850 at Worth, Sanilac Co., Michigan, United States of America; where John (67) was a farmer, and Abigail (65), and Rachel (23) were present.[133]

  • v. Daniel Wixson;[134],[134] born 18 Oct 1786 at New Jersey, United States of America;[135] married Deborah Conklin 3 Mar 1811;[136] died 2 Dec 1852 at Keuka, Steuben Co., New York, United States of America, at age 66.[135]

    He was a soldier in the War of 1812.[137] 11 Children are known, and several generations of descendants are recorded.[138]

  • vi. James Wixson;[139],[139] born 9 Oct 1788;[140] married Sarah J. Tompkins before 1817;[141] died 4 Jun 1867 at age 78;[140] buried at Wixson Cemetery, Hammondsport Twp, Steuben Co., New York, United States of America.[122]

    He and Sarah J. Tompkins lived at Wayne, New York, United States of America.[142] 13 Children are known, and several generations of descendants are recorded.[138]

  • vii. Solomon Wixson;[143],[143] born 7 May 1791;[144] married Elizabeth Swarthout 29 Jun 1811;[145] died 9 Jun 1837 at age 46.[144]

    He and Elizabeth Swarthout lived at Tyrone, New York, United States of America.[146] 9 Children are known, and several generations of descendants are recorded.[138]

  • viii. Elizabeth Wixson;[147],[147] born 6 Nov 1793 at Wayne, New York, United States of America; the first white person born at Wayne;[148] married Benjamin Sackett;[149] died leaving no children 15 Oct 1863 at age 69.[150]

  • ix. Mary Wixson;[151],[151] born 19 Nov 1795 at Wayne, New York, United States of America;[152] married Henry Swarthout 1811;[153] died 1866 at Milo, New York, United States of America.[152]

    She was also known as Polly.[154] 11 Children are known, and several generations of descendants are recorded.[155]

  • x. Clara Wixson;[156],[156] born 1798;[157] died 1883.[157]

    Several generations of descendants are recorded.[158]

  • xi. Elijah Wixson;[159],[159] born 1800;[160] died 1878;[160] buried at Wixson Cemetery, Hammondsport Twp, Steuben Co., New York, United States of America.[122]

    Several generations of descendants are recorded.[158]



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Generation 5
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5. Joseph5 WIXSON Sr. (child of Solomon4, Joshua3Wixam, Barnabas2, Robert1);[161],[162] born 25 Jan 1779 at Dutchess Co., New York, United States of America;[163] baptized 25 Apr 1847 at First Baptist Church of Pickering & Whitchurch, Canada West (Ontario), British North America (Canada); as an adult, by his brother Joshua;[164] married Deborah Townsend, daughter of Gerardus Townsend and Elizabeth Bennet, 20 May 1798 at Dutchess Co., New York, United States of America;[165] died 14 Feb 1855 at Pickering Twp., Ontario Co., Canada West (Ontario), British North America (Canada), at age 76;[166],[167],[168] buried after 14 Feb 1855 at Claremont Baptist Church Yard, Claremont, Ontario Co., Canada West (Ontario), British North America (Canada), where his stone was inscribed "The unbroken forest met my view / The fruitful fields I leave to you / I love the habitation of thy house and the place where thy glory dwells / Psalm 26, 8."[169]

He and Deborah Townsend emigrated in 1799 to York (Toronto), York Co., Upper Canada (Ontario), British North America (Canada); with two other couples: Deborah's siblings Abraham Townsend and his wife Statira Keeney, and Elizabeth and her husband Anthony Hendrick. It has been said the Joseph was a member of the Berzee Colony, and helped open up the Danforth Road in York town.[170],[171] He and Deborah Townsend lived in Mar 1799 at York (Toronto), York Co., Upper Canada (Ontario), British North America (Canada); and the family count was 2 males, 1 female, and may indicate son Randal (b. 1799) was present.[172] He and Deborah Townsend lived in Mar 1801 at Scarborough Twp., York Co., Upper Canada (Ontario), British North America (Canada); where family count remained 2 males, 1 female.[172] He and Deborah Townsend lived in 1802 at Scarborough Twp., York Co., Upper Canada (Ontario), British North America (Canada); where the family count was 1 male, 1 woman, 1 age 16, 1 female (4 people).[173] On 7 Dec 1802, Joseph received a free grant of land in Pickering Township, lot 18 in the 9th Concession. Two weeks before, Abraham Townsend received his grant for lot 20.[174],[175] In 1803, Joseph and Deborah settled in Pickering Twp.[176] In March of 1811, Joseph was appointed Poundkeeper, and brother-in-law was appointed Collector and Pathmaster (a poundkeeper maintains an animal pound).[177],[178] In 1813, Joseph purchased the Eastern adjoining property, lot 17, Con. 9.[179] He bought property from Janet Elliot in 1813 at Con. 9, lot 17, Pickering Twp., Ontario Co., Upper Canada (Ontario), British North America (Canada).[180] Deborah's brother Abraham and his family left Pickering Twp. in 1815 and returned to the States.[181] He received his land by government grant once he fulfilled his settlement obligations in Jun 1816 at Con. 9, lot 18, Pickering Twp., Ontario Co., Upper Canada (Ontario), British North America (Canada).[182] It was said that Joseph operated Pickering Twp.'s only grist mill, about a mile East of his property from the 1830's (probably on Duffin's Creek).[183] Joseph was registered in the Militia in 1828/29 with other family members in 3rd Company, 2nd Regiment of East York.[184] He was appointed one of three commissioners in 1836; his duties were much the same as a councillor in 1836.[185] Joseph was very active in the political union movement prior to the Rebellion of 1837, and went with Peter Mathews to Montgomery's Tavern. Mathews was later hung for his involvement.[186] He lived in 1837 at Con. 9, lot 17, Pickering Twp., Ontario Co., Upper Canada (Ontario), British North America (Canada).[187] On 15 Dec 1837, a warrant was issued for Joseph's arrest "and all others that has taken up arms against Her Majestys Government in the present Rebellion" of 5-7 Dec 1837. He was not arrested until later, and did appear before a grand jury for alleged Patriot activities in 1838, but the charge was dismissed.[188] From 1839 to 1854, Joseph was a Town Warden. Town meetings were then held in either Andrew Thompson's tavern on the fifth Concession, or the Central Hotel in Brougham.[189] Long after his death, in the village of Claremont, whose northern half was carved out of Joseph's original grant, are two streets which cross each other in the middle of his old property: one named Joseph St., the other named Wixson St.[190]

Deborah TOWNSEND[191],[192] was born on 18 Nov 1774 at Orange Co., New York, British America.[193],[194],[195] She died on 7 Sep 1855 at Pickering Twp., Ontario Co., Canada West (Ontario), British North America (Canada), at age 80.[166],[167] She was buried after 7 Sep 1855 at Claremont Baptist Church Yard, Claremont, Ontario Co., Canada West (Ontario), British North America (Canada), where her stone reads "Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ / 1st Cor. 15, 23."[169] Deborah joined the First Baptist Church of Pickering, newly formed by her brother-in-law Joshua, 2 Sep 1821.[196]

Children of Joseph5 Wixson Sr. and Deborah Townsend were as follows:

  • 7. i. Randal6 Wixson, born 7 Mar 1799 at York (Toronto), York Co., Upper Canada (Ontario), British North America (Canada); married Annis Fenton; married Eliza Fuller; divorced Annis Fenton.

  • 8. ii. Townsend Wixson, born 3 Jan 1801 at York Co., Upper Canada (Ontario), British North America (Canada); married Hannah Lee.

  • 9. iii. Mary Wixson, born 9 Nov 1802 at York Co., Upper Canada (Ontario), British North America (Canada); married George Spencer.

  • iv. Solomon Wixson; born 27 Apr 1804;[166] died 29 Mar 1805.[166]

  • 10. v. Sarah J. Wixson, born 24 Feb 1806; married Webster Stevens.

  • 11. vi. Jesse Wixson, born 18 May 1808; married Rebecca Sorter.

  • 12. vii. Elizabeth Wixson, born 27 Jul 1810; married William Stevens.

  • viii. Clarissa Wixson; born 29 Oct 1812;[166] died unmarried and without children 27 Aug 1826 at age 13.[197]

  • 13. ix. Louisa Wixson, born 13 Nov 1815; married Jonathan B. Stevens.

  • 14. x. Joseph Wixson Jr., born 21 Jun 1818 at Upper Canada (Ontario), British North America (Canada); married Bithenia Avery; married Elizabeth Yake; married Elizabeth Hebner; married Abigale Sharrard.


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