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Subject: Re: John Depue
Date: Thu, 24 Dec 1998 12:33:48 EST
Hi Otis, Martin, Bud, Bob & Celia,
Celia, sorry for the confusion and thanks for posting Otis' message....afraid
the fact that you were simply forwarding went right over my head!
My apologies for taking so long to answer your various notes. I seem to be
caught up in the last minute Christmas rush this year (not that it's too
different from most of my other years...).
Let me post just a bit more about my John Depew/Depue and when I return from
my holiday travels, I'll dig out and post some more.
>From the time that my John Depew joined the British in Niagara in the winter
of 1776/77 forward, I know a great deal, as he left quite a paper trail once
he got to Canada in the form of memorials and petitions. According to an
undated letter from Dr. Henry Hannon Depew of Des Moines, IA to an unknown
recipient, but mostly probably my great-grandmother, Elizabeth Bennett Hannon,
ca 1880, John was married to Mary McCreedy/McCrady, who may have been the
daughter of Charles McCrady of New Rochelle, NY. This information was given
to Dr. Depew by one Simeon Stipe, the husband of John's g-granddaughter, Susan
Depew Stipe. It is recorded in numerous places that John's wife was named
Mary, but this is the only record of her last name that I have ever found.
John and Mary's children who lived were:
1. Mary, b. ca 1760, m. George STEWART, Sr.
2. Charles (my 3rd g-grandfather), b. ca 1762, m. Magdalene SHOWERS
3. William, b. ca 1767, d. 1796 unmarried
4. John, Jr., b. ca 1769, m. Magdalene HORNING
5. Susanna, b. ca 1771, m. James WILSON
6. Elizabeth, b. ca 1773, m. ? WILSON ?
7. Marianne, b. ca 1776, m. 1) ? WEAVER 2) Frederick WILLIAMS
All dates of birth approximate - calculated from ages given on the 1783 census
of Niagara. All these children resided in Canada, of course, once they
arrived there with their parents. Most were granted land as the children of a
United Empire Loyalist.
Tracing backward from his arrival in Niagara, John was living at Skinner's
Eddy on the north branch of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania before the
war. He mentions the land that he owned in his claim for losses and appears
on tax lists from this area, along with any number of men who later joined
Butler's Rangers, as early as 1771. John recruited some 60 of these men for
the British after joining Lt. Col. Butler in Niagara. Interestingly, the name
of Nicholas Depew appears on at least one of these tax lists next to the name
of John, but then he disappears without a trace. I wonder if this might not
be the Nicholas Depew who died ca 1778? I have not been able to determine
what their relationship to one another was, if any.
John also states in his memorial that he served as Lieutenant in the 9th
Trainband, 24th Regiment Militia of the Colony of Connecticut. I have a
muster roll from this regiment that shows his name. From the tax lists above,
it is possible to determine that he was associated with the settlers of the
Susquehanna Company. He appears in the records of the Pennsylvania Archives
in a number of places and was evidently serving in some military or quasi-
military capacity for the Susquehanna Company. There was a group of men known
as the Paxtang Boys out of Cumberland County who also became associated with
the Susquehanna settlers about this time. It is unclear what association my
John had with them, but his name begins to appear in the records about the
same time as theirs.
John's whereabouts between the time that he served with Pepperell in the
French and Indian war and when he first appears in the records of Pennsylvania
in the early 1770's are quite a mystery. I have the first two volumes of the
"Depew Family" books, and there is no mention of him there. Originally, I was
headed down a path that he belonged to the Francois line, in part because of
his association with a number of people from New Rochelle and Westchester Co.,
NY, but I have not been able to turn up a single reference to him there. I'm
currently ploughing through records for Dutchess Co. and have my fingers
crossed. It has also occurred to me that he could be from the Depew line that
settled in Boston, MA, given his service with Pepperell and the names of his
children, which seem to follow the little I know about that line.
I'm open to any ideas that anyone has about how he might fit in and will post
some additional information after the Christmas holiday.
Merry Christmas to all, and thanks!