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151 ESPERLENG DE PITRES ET DE VAUDREUIL, I10632 ‘Eperleng de Pitres’, ‘Asperling de Vaudreuil’, was, according to many secondary sources, the son of Richard I de St. Sauveur, Vicomte du Cotentin (895-933) and Niece de Saint Sauveur de Normandie. I have not been able to find any primary information to support this claim so it is offered here as information only. or another genealogical site had, at one time, a family tree, which I can no longer find, for Esperleng that took his paternal lineage back from Normandy to Norway and then back to the year 265 in Finland; but much of that was based on what the site called, “legendary pedigree,” and was probably created from Norse mythology or other poetic writings that I am not familiar with.
Normandy began in 911 as a fief under Rollo, leader of the Vikings, in Rouen County, the Pays de Caux, and Talou in Dieepe County, France. Those were areas colonized by the Danish and Norwegian Vikings who were given in the tenth century feudal lordship of parts of Northern France. The Duchy of Normandy was established by the treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte between King Charles III of West Francia and Rollo. These inhabitants were known as Northmen or Northmanni in Latin. Nearly two centuries later, in 1066, Duke William of Normandy (William the Conqueror) defeated Harold II of England at the Battle of Hastings and was subsequently crowned King William I of England. The Norman invasion of Wales began shortly after the Norman conquest of England but it grew stronger in 1081; by 1094 most of Wales was under the control of William’s eldest son, King William II of England. In 1204, the Duchy of Normandy was conquered by the French Crown. In 1469 the Duchy of Normandy was terminated following the Hundred Years’ War, and in 1790 it was officially abolished.
Esperleng was born about 925 in Bayeux, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France. He died about 975 in England. In the reign of Richard, I “the fearless” Duke of Normandy we find the beginning of the Norman baronage, and the origin of many of its members was not especially illustrious. The larger part of the Norman nobility derived their origin from the amours and marriages of the Norman Dukes. Not only their own children, but all the kinsfolk of their wives or mistresses, were carefully promoted by ducal grants or by advantageous marriages. This was no different for the creation of the St. John lineage. The doctrine of nobility was fast growing; hitherto mere lack of illustrious birth did not keep a man back from the highest offices.
Esperleng was an owner of several mills at Vaudreuil and his marriage to Sprota, believed to be the daughter of Hubert de Comte de Senelis and Vermandois about 942, launched this family into Norman nobility. She was probably born about 915 in Brittany. She died about 972. Sprota was the name of a Breton captive who William I “Longsword”, Duke of Normandy took as a wife in the Viking fashion and by her had a son, Richard I, Duke of Normandy. After the death of her husband William, she became the wife of Esperleng and then the mother of Rodulf of Ivry. Guillaume de Jumièges records that Guillaume (William Longsword) married "une très-noble jeune fille Sprota…selonl'usage des Danois" and he also recorded the marriage of Sprota and "Asperleng" who owned the mills in the valley of la Risle. The first mention of her is by Flodoard of Reims and although he doesn't name her he identifies her under the year [943] as the mother of "William’s son [Richard] born of a Breton concubine". Her Breton origins could mean she was of Celtic, Scandinavian, or Frankish origin. Elisabeth van Houts wrote "on this reference rests the identification of Sprota, William Longsword’s wife 'according to the Danish custom', as of Breton origin". The first to provide her name was William of Jumièges. The irregular nature (as per the Church) of her relationship with William served as the basis for her son by him being the subject of ridicule, the French King Louis who "abused the boy with bitter insults", calling him "the son of a whore who had seduced another woman's husband." At the time of the birth of her first son Richard, she was living in her own household at Bayeux, under William's protection. William, having just quashed a rebellion at Pré-de Bataille, received the news by a messenger that Sprota had just given birth to a son; delighted at the news William ordered his son to be baptized and given the personal name of Richard. William's steward Boto became the boy's godfather. After the death of William Longsword and the captivity of her son Richard, she had been 'collected' from her dangerous situation by the 'immensely wealthy' Esperleng. Robert of Torigni identified Sprota's second husband as Esperleng, a wealthy landowner who operated mills at Pîtres.
Esperleng and his wife had [four or more] children; a son Rodulf and several daughters who married Norman magnates. “Richardus I filus Willelmi Longaespatae…mater eius Sprota” and “Asperlengi” and that they had “filum Rodulphum…et filias plures.”
de Pitres et de Vaudreuil, Esperleng (Alleged) (I10632)
152 Esquire St. John, Christopher Esquire (SSH0002)
153 Eva de Seyn Johan tenet Kembryghton pro di. f. quod Willelmus de Alta Eipa quondam tenuit de Willelmo filio Alani. Et dieunt etc.

O ye Eve de Saint Johan holds Kembryghton f. William of Alta Eipa formerly held of William son of Alan. And Dieu etc. 
St. John, Eva (I104783375)
154 Evlyn St. John

Passed away in Santa Rosa on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at the age of 92. Dearly beloved wife of the late Chester L. St. John; loving mother of Richard St. John (Romayne) of Tennessee, David St. John (Linda) of Indiana, Sandra S. Brandlin (Don) of Petaluma, and the late Robert St. John, Patricia Palmer and Tharon Baker; dear sister of Don Reese and Barbara Stone, both of Ohio, and the late Floyd Reese and Leroy Reese; also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grand children, and great great grand children. Evlyn was a resident of Petaluma for the past five years. She loved to read, travel, and was a wonderful seamstress. Her family was always the most important thing to her, and she will be missed. A private family Memorial Service will be held. If desired, memorial donations in her memory may be made to Heartland Hospice, 2455 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 525-3730
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Reese, Evlyn Dorothy (I685)
155 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Private (I104783235)
156 Findagrave says Illinios. 1910 Census says Missouri. St. John, Lewis Sylvester (OSA1552)
157 first daughter after parent's marriage in Mar 1817.

She was probably born after Dec 1817 
St. John, Eleanor Blackenbeckler (OSA5021)
158 For a charter of Sir Thomas Gruffyn and Jenet Newton his wife dated 1540, see Clark, Cartæ et Alia Munimenta de Glamorgancia 5 (1910): 1924-1926.  Family F4801
159 Found this birthdate on a tree on The record had three sources for the birth year but not for month and day! St. John, Mercy Lockwood (OSA0005)
160 Francis Perry St.John died prior to 1890 but after 1881 because he is on the 1881 census and his wife is listed as a widow on her 1890 marriage certificate to John Krammer.

People often confuse Francis Perry Sr. with his son Francis Perry Jr who died in 1885 because the timing is right. I have heard rumor that Francis Jr. died in an accident, but the death certificate does not support this - he died of an abscess of the hips that he suffered from for 1 1/2 yrs.  
St. John, Francis Perry (I12077)
161 Friends Cemetery 
Goodson, Bennett (SSH1980)
162 Friends of Lydiard Tregoze gives Thomas and Ann only two children, Anne and Frances. I have added Frances and kept Oliver but I cannot confirm Frances at this time. 7 Feb 2015 S. St. John de Port-St. John, Thomas Gent., of Toddington, Bedfordshire (I10493)
163 Friends of Lydiard Tregoze places the husband of Sarah Bulkeley as Oliver St. John, son of Henry St. John and Jane Neale.

Alt. placement is their grandson, through their son Thomas St. John; thus nephew to this Oliver. 
Gay, Anne (I42)
164 Friends of Lydiard Tregoze places the husband of Sarah Bulkeley as Oliver St. John, son of Henry St. John and Jane Neale.

Alt. placement is their grandson, through their son Thomas St. John; thus nephew to this Oliver. 
de Port-St. John, Oliver (I1067)
165 From Ancient Historical Records of Norwalk comp. by Edwin Hall: "Ephraim Lockwoode tooke to wiffe Mercie Sention, daughter of Mathias Sention, sen. of Norwalke, the 8th of June, 1665" Family F6
166 From Wikipedia:

Al St. John (September 10, 1892 ? January 21, 1963) was an American film actor. In his persona of Fuzzy Q. Jones, St. John basically defined the role and concept of "comical sidekick" to cowboy heroes from 1930 to 1951.

Born in Santa Ana, California, he entered silent films around 1912 and soon rose to co-starring and starring roles in short comic films from a variety of studios. His uncle, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, may have helped him in his early days at Mack Sennett Studios, but talent kept him working. He was a remarkable acrobat. St. John frequently appeared as Arbuckle's mischievously villainous rival for the attentions of leading ladies such as Mabel Normand and worked with Arbuckle and Charles Chaplin in The Rounders (1914). The most critically praised film from St. John's period with Arbuckle remains Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916) with Normand.

Al St. John (right) with Buster Keaton and Roscoe Arbuckle
When Arbuckle formed his own production company, he brought St. John with him and recruited stage star Buster Keaton into his films, creating a formidable roughhouse trio. After Arbuckle was victimized by a trumped-up scandal that prevented him from appearing in movies, he pseudonymously directed his nephew Al as a comic leading man in silent and sound films such as The Iron Mule (1925) and Bridge Wives (1932). Dozens of St. John's early films were screened during the 56-film Arbuckle retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 2006.

During the sound era St. John was mainly seen as an increasingly scruffy and bearded comic character. He played this rube role in Buster Keaton's 1937 comedy Love Nest on Wheels. That same year he began supporting cowboy stars Fred Scott and later Jack Randall, but most of his films were made for Poverty Row studio Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC). For that studio, he played "Fuzzy Q. Jones" in the Billy the Kid series starring Bob Steele, the Lone Rider series (starring George Houston and later Bob Livingston), and the Billy the Kid/Billy Carson series starring Buster Crabbe.

The name Fuzzy originally belonged to a different actor, John Forrest ?Fuzzy? Knight, who took on the role of cowboy sidekick before St. John. As the studio first intended to hire Knight for the western series but then gave the role to St. John instead, who took on the nickname of his rival for his screen character.[citation needed]

Exhibitors loved Fuzzy, who could be counted on to attract moviegoers. Fuzzy's character was the main box-office draw in these films when shown in England and Europe. These ultra-low-budget Westerns took only a bit more than a week to film, so that Crabbe and St. John made 36 films together in a surprisingly short time. When Crabbe left PRC (according to interviews, in disgust at their increasingly low budgets), St. John was paired with new star Lash LaRue. Ultimately, St. John made more than 80 Westerns as Fuzzy.

St. John also created a character, "Stoney," in the film The Law of 45's that later appeared, but played by different actors (including John Wayne), in the continuing Western film series The Three Mesquiteers.

St. John's last film was released in 1952. From that time on until his death in 1963 in Lyons, Georgia, he made personal appearances at fairs and rodeos, and traveled with the Tommy Scott Wild West Show. Altogether, Al St. John acted in 346 movies, spanning four decades from 1912 to 1952. He was working with a traveling Wild West show in Georgia and was waiting to go on when he suffered a massive heart attack and died at age 70 
St. John, Alfred (I11695)
167 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Private (SSH1409)
168 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Peck, L.A. Sr. (SSH2130)
169 Genealogical Collections Illustrating the History of Roman Catholic Families in England: Based on the Lawson Manuscript, Lawson, Henry, (4 volumes. [London: s.n.], 1887), FHL microfilm vol. 1, 1559446 Item 8; vol. 2, 1559., vol. 3 p. 222. Family F4351
170 Genealogical Collections Illustrating the History of Roman Catholic Families in England: Based on the Lawson Manuscript, Lawson, Henry, (4 volumes. [London: s.n.], 1887), FHL microfilm vol. 1, 1559446 Item 8; vol. 2, 1559., vol. 3 p. 223. St. John, John (I) (I104783185)
171 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. ferch Gwilym, F. (I104783156)
172 great-grandmother to Duncan Simmons St. John, Adelaide Electa (OSA1690)
173 Gryffith ap originally and death date of 1500 but documentary Man who killed Richard III states:

Thomas ap Gruffydd d. 1468
Sir Rhys ap Thomas d.1525
Gruffydd ap Rhys m. Katherine St. John d. 1529 (not 1500)
Rhys ap Gruffyd d. 1539 killed for treason by Henry VIII 
Tinker, Mary (I1)
174 Gryffith ap originally and death date of 1500 but documentary Man who killed Richard III states:

Thomas ap Gruffydd d. 1468
Sir Rhys ap Thomas d.1525
Gruffydd ap Rhys m. Katherine St. John d. 1529 (not 1500)
Rhys ap Gruffyd d. 1539 killed for treason by Henry VIII 
Rhys ap Thomas, Gruffydd ap Knight (I11037)
175 Hannah was a widow in 1880 Census De Armond, John (I249)
176 He died in 1389. A document of 1397 records that Sir John had died eight years earlier in possession of the castle. Its appurtenances were valued at ten marks per annum. This John de la Bere had the following children:
a. Margaret de la Bere married 1) Roger Dennis and had two children, Gilbert and Nicholas. She married 2) Sir Elias Basset and had a son, John Basset.
b. Elizabeth de la Bere married John St. John and had a son John St. John. Elizabeth de la Bere (d. 1428) of Weobley married John St. John, heir of East Luccombe and they had a son, John St. John. "Elizabeth, da. of Sir John de la Bere. Living 46 Edw. III. See Inq. p.m. 7 Ric. II., No. 115. Eliz., widow of John, son of Oliver St. John, asserts a certain boy named John to be son and heir of John de St. John, son and heir of Oliver and her son (under age in 1381), born at New Sarum. Order for Inquisition. Rot. Claus., 4 Ric. II., pars unica. claimed dower out of the manor of Luccombe, as her husband survived his father." (Genealogical Collections Illustrating the History of Roman Catholic Families in England: Based on the Lawson Manuscript, Lawson, Henry, (4 volumes. [London: s.n.], 1887)
c. John de la Bere (III)
de la Bere, John II (I10653)
177 He is probably the Ebenezer Sension in Ridgefield in 1708-9 St. John, Ebenezer (OSA0007)
178 he married one of these two sisters: Margaret or Rose Arundel Arundel, (Margaret) (I7445)
179 He was in a nursing home to rehabilitate his legs following a car accident. St. John, James Jacob I (I100)
180 Henry Clay St. John shot and killed his wife because she wouldn't tell him who authored a letter he intercepted. The son Henry Clay St. John b. 1889 went to live with his great-uncle Matthew McClain St. John, brother to his grandfather John Pierce St. John, governor of Kansas Family F5357
181 Henry de St John became a cleric, was instituted rector of the church of Doddiscombsleigh (Devon) in 1309, but died in the following year.

Source: J. Brownbill, art. cit., 356. 
St. John, Cleric of Doddiscombsleigh (Devon) Henry Alleged (I10642)
182 HENRY ST. JOHN, Alleged son, I10642 John I, Roger, John, Roger, John, Raoul, Rodulf, Esperleng was born about 1283 and became the cleric of Doddisombsleigh (Devon). He was a priest instituted rector of the church of Doddiscombleigh in 1309, but died the following year. (J. Brownbill, art. Cit., 356.) “Doddiscombsleigh [Leghe & Doddescumbelegh, MS.], Rectors, Sir Henry de Sancto Johanne, priest, was inst. 20 Dec, 1309” (The Register of Water de Stapledon, Bishop of Exeter, A.D. 1307-1326); deceased;56. It is unclear what the 56 means. It could be his age (unlikely) or a page number or source reference. St. John, Cleric of Doddiscombsleigh (Devon) Henry Alleged (I10642)
183 Her death certificate completed by Albert Stroble of Jay, Indiana states her parents incorrectly. I have yet to identify this individual in relationship to her but the information is clearly wrong.

1850 Federal Census Margaret Briner was 15 years old and listed with her parents Samuel Briner and Elizabeth (Funk) Briner.

1860 Federal Census Margaret Brinner was aged 25 with her parents Samuel and Elizabeth Funk. Additionally, we find Elizabeth Smith, aged 3 also in the census. This was the Margaret's daughter with her now deceased husband Levi Smith.

1870 Federal Census Margaret Livengood aged 33 is with her second husband William Livengood and children Elizabeth A. Smith aged 14. Sarah M. Livengood aged 5 and Eliza J Livengood aged 1.

William Livengood's 1904 death certificate lists his wife as Margaret Livengood.

Margaret (Briner) (Smith) Livengood's 1904 death certificate lists her husband as William Livengood but incorrectly supplies her parents as James Briner and Mary Briner. Her parents according to the census records at the time of creation were Samuel Briner and Elizabeth (Funk) Briner.

Briner, Margaret (SSH1845)
184 Her husband died before 1698 but his estate wasn't discharged for 20 years in 1718. This is probably when Mary died.  St. John, Mary (OSA0009)
185 Hines, H. K. "An Illustrated History of the State of Oregon." Chicago: Lewis
Pub. Co. 1893. p. 976.


one of the most eminently respected of Oregon's noble pioneers, a
prosperous citizen of Portland, and a generous philanthropist, is, we regret to
say, not an American by birth, for we would gladly claim all that is great and
good. However, he is the next thing to it, that is, a native of the Isle of
Wight, England, where he was born July 29, 1811.
His father was a merchant miller, who, by the loss of several vessels, with
their large cargoes, was financially ruined, and, in 1821, emigrated to the
United States, intending to make a new start in life. He located in Ohio, then
a new and undeveloped country, where he engaged in farming, meeting with
deserved prosperity.
James Abraham remained with his parents until he attained his sixteenth
year, when, possessing a muscular body and an ambitious mind, he determined to
be self-supporting. Going to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, he was variously employed
until nineteen years of age, when he engaged in the trade of carving and
gilding, in the shop of John D. Morgan, manufacturer of frames and mirrors. By
his energy, industry, and adaptability, he made rapid and efficient progress in
his new business, and in a few months acquired the skill of a journeyman. He
then went to Louisville, Kentucky, as foreman of a shop which employed many
workmen who were both older and more experienced than he, the push and
enthusiasm of Mr. Abraham securing for him the position. He subsequently
purchased an interest in another company, and gradually built up a handsome
business, continuing with unabated prosperity until 1834, when he returned to
Ohio, where he joined his father in the erection of a sawmill, which they
operated together for twelve years. To this enterprise Mr. Abraham devoted much
laborious and earnest work, but made little financial progress, and,
accordingly, in 1846, sold out his interest and returned to Louisville, where he
resumed his old trade.
He was married in Johnson county, Indiana, August 1, 1849, to Miss Jane St.
John, an estimable lady, and a native of Ohio. He then engaged in clearing a
farm from timber, and set out an orchard, but being too ambitious to wait for
his orchard to grow, and hearing in the meantime most glowing accounts of the
marvelous opportunities of Oregon, he started, in the spring of 1852, with an
invalid wife, and one child, for the El Dorado of the West. They came all the
way across the desolate plains with an ox team, which slowly and laboriously
crept along.
Arriving in Oregon in the fall of 1852, he located a donation claim of 320
acres, near East Portland, on which he built a small shanty, and, after
comfortably installing his family in their new quarters, he began to work for
Meek & Luelling, nurserymen, with whom he learned the process of grafting and
caring for trees. Subsequently, Mr. Abraham engaged in the nursery business on
his own account, making his start without money, by picking up the discarded
roots from other nurseries. From this small beginning he extended his interests
until he succeeded in building up an extensive and profitably trade.
Accumulating means, he engaged in the purchase of real estate, thus
becoming the proprietor of the town sites of Sunnyside and Mount Tabor, in both
of which localities he resided for a number of years. In 1870 he made the first
effort ever effected toward the establishment of a town at Sunnyside, which
consisted in his planting trees upon Maple avenue. In his real-estate
speculations, he has been a wise and successful dealer; foreseeing the future
great destiny of the country, he adhered closely to his convictions, and the
results have fully verified his fondest hopes. He was one of the active
promoters of the Mount Tabor railroad, for which he, by his usual energy and
perseverance, secured valuable right-of-way privileges.
Mr. Abraham has been as earnest in promoting public and charitable
interests as he has in securing his own. This is exemplified in the case of the
Portland Methodist Hospital. To this institution he sold the magnificent site
on which it is built, for the sum of $20; but, when it became embarrassed for
lack of funds to complete and open the building, cancelled the obligation of its
trustees for the entire amount, thus making his donation to this institution,
$25,000. Another incident in point is that of the erection of the Centenary
Methodist Episcopal Church in East Portland. On the commencement of this
edifice, in 1890, Mr. Abraham donated $20,000, to which large sum he added, at
the time of the dedication of the building, in 1891, $25,000 more; thus enabling
its trustees to dedicate if free of debt, a thing which could not possibly have
been done without his princely giving.
Mr. Abraham has been an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church
since 1853, and much of the time has held important official relations to it.
He is now on the Board of Trustees of the Centenary Church, and also of the
Portland Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Abraham had one child, William Jay, a promising youth, but who
died in 1864.
Thus is briefly given the most important events of an active and useful
life, whose efforts have all been in the line of advancing the condition of his
fellow-men, and have earned the gratitude of thousands of this and coming

Transcriber's additional notes:

1860, August 4; Multnomah Co, Or; Portland, p 470
Jas, Abraham, ENG, nurseryman, $800 / $300
Jane, OH
Wm, 9, IN

1870; Multnomah Co, Or; East Portland, p 130
Jas. Abrams, 59, ENG, farmer, $15,000, $150, parents foreign born
Jane, wife, 40, OH, keeping house
Edwd, 43, OH, farmer, father foreign born
Rachel, 40, OH, at home
Thomas, 19, OH, att. school
Fremont, 15, OH, att. school
Tipton, 12, IN, att. school
Ellsworth, 8, IN, att. school
?, 5, f, IN
Harriett, 2, OH

1880, June 17; Multnomah Co, Or; East Portland, p 382
James Abrahams, 68, ENG, ENG, ENG, farmer
Jane, wife, 57, OH, OH, NJ, gen. debility
T. Sawyer, servant, 58, single, VT, --, --, works on farm
Amanda Gero, 17, servant, single, OR, PA, MA, doing housework
Irvin Jewitt, 24, servant, single, NH, NH, NH, works on farm
James Keith, 68, boarder, TN, SC, SC, married, magnetic heeter/healer

1900, June 6; Multnomah Co, Or; Portland Pct # 41, p 180; 30 E 7th
Jane Abraham, 71, OH, OH, OH, Feb 1829, Wd, owns home free
Frank, boarder, OH, OH, OH, March, real estate agent
Ellen, boarder, OH, OH, OH, May
Mary H. Cochrane, boarder, MO, MO, MO

Oregon State Archives
James Abraham, death, Feb. 7, 1893; Portland
Jane Abraham, death, June 13, 1904; Portland

Metro Pioneer Cemeteries
Lone Fir Cemetery; Portland, Oregon.
James Abraham buried Feb. 9, 1893;
Jane Abraham buried June 15, 1904;


Submitted to the Oregon Bios. Project in November 2006 by Diana Smith.
Submitter has no additional information about the person(s) or family mentioned
Abraham, James (I105550655)
186 His daughter Ann de Port-St. John b. 1602 Bletso, Bedford, England; married Sir Charles Howard, Knight 3 Feb 1621 London, England; and had three children, the youngest and only surviving, Thomas Howard all baptized in Cople, Bedford, England. She died 11 Mar 1636 Cople, Bedford, England.

*****She did not marry Richard Ferris and have a son named Jeffrey Ferris. ***** 
de Port-St. John, Thomas Gent., of Toddington, Bedfordshire (I10493)
187 His last will was written and signed 22 Apr 1616. It was probated 28 May 1617. His burial monument states that he died (buried) in 1616. He died probably between April and December 1616. St. John, Christopher Esquire (SSH0002)
188 His parents were living and married in Decatur County when he was born. When he was 3 he shows up on a census for Washington, Decatur, Indiana. St. John, Charles Elton (I87)
189 His son Oliver de Port-St. John born about 1596 Bedford, England may be the Oliver St. John that married Millicent (Parker) Worsley, Ramsden that held land in the Virginia colony. She may be the sister of John Parker of the Virginia company and William Parker, Vice Admiral; Mayor of Plymouth. de Port-St. John, Thomas Gent., of Toddington, Bedfordshire (I10493)
190 History Lesson: Kidnapping trial drew a nation's attention to Ballston SpaPublished Feb. 13, 2011
by David Friske

This is the first of a two-part installment on Solomon Northup, covering details of his enslavement and the apprehension some years later of two men alleged to have sold the free black man into slavery. Next week's final installment will cover the court proceedings, as well as information on Northup's later life.

BALLSTON SPA -- In the 1850s, the trial in the village of two accused kidnappers attracted national attention. And the suspects were identified because the victim published a book detailing how he had been lured out of New York and sold as a slave.

Solomon Northup, a free black man, was living in Saratoga Springs in 1841, and sometimes worked for one of the hotels. One day, two men he did not know offered him a chance to make money by accompanying them to New York City and playing the fiddle for a show they intended to put on.

It sounded like easy money, so he agreed to go.

After reaching New York, the men implored Northup to continue on with them to Washington, D. C., where they had a circus company in which they wanted him to perform. Northup again agreed, which was risky for a black man because slavery was allowed in Washington D.C.

Not long after arriving in the nation's capital, Northup awoke -- after apparently having been drugged -- in a slave pen, where his insistence on his status as a free man earned him only beatings.

Northup was transported, along with others, to New Orleans where he was sold at a slave market. He was purchased by a plantation owner from a remote section of Louisiana, where he remained for nearly 12 years, living the life of a slave.

Northup eventually met a man who, sensitive to his plight, helped him send letters to some acquaintances in the Saratoga area. Henry ("H. B.") Northup, a lawyer and family friend, undertook a rescue trip and, in January 1853, Northup was re-united with his wife and children, who by then had moved to Glens Falls.

Northup's story received national attention, and a lawyer and author named David Wilson helped him with a book, "Twelve Years A Slave," which recounted his experiences.

The book was widely read, but one reader found it especially interesting. Thaddeus St. John, from Fonda, felt that two men whom he had seen during a trip to Washington D.C. in 1841 were the ones who enticed Northup to leave Saratoga Springs. He notified H. B. Northup, who had been actively seeking out Northup's kidnappers.

H. B. and Solomon Northup went to Gloversville when informed that one of the men, Alexander Merrill, had recently arrived there from California.

A tip provided by a man going door-to-door to buy chickens led them to the Mayfield home of Merrill's father. Told that the son was in bed, both Northups, along with local officials, stormed into the bedroom and found Merrill asleep with a revolver and Bowie knife within reach. He was seized and handcuffed, and eventually taken to the Saratoga County jail in Ballston Spa.

Not long afterward, the second man, Joseph Russell, was also apprehended. Both were indicted on charges related to Northup's kidnapping and held for trial in county court.

Newspapers around the country noted the arrests, and many people, especially those opposed to slavery, anxiously awaited word on the kidnappers receiving their come-uppance. Given the miraculous circumstances that led to their apprehension, expectations were high that their overdue punishment was finally at hand.

David Fiske is a librarian with the New York State Library, a genealogist and historical researcher who has presented at the Researching New York Conference and at the Chapman Historical Museum. Fiske has also conducted historical programs for local libraries. 
St. John, Thaddeus (OSA0837D)

The country now embraced in Cannon County was settled as early as 1807 and 1809, though it then belonged to several other counties in part. The early settlers were chiefly North Carolinians, who, however, came here from East Tennessee, to which section they had previously immigrated in quest of homes, but pushed on over the mountains as Middle Tennessee opened up for settlement. Among the settlers living here in 1836, when Cannon County was organized, were Henry D. McBroom, John Wood, James and Edmond Taylor, Wm. Hollis, Noel Lilly, Isham Cherry, Alexander Hill, Phillip Rough, Phillip Hoas, Henry Ford, Benjamin Allen, Usibid Stone, George St. John, Wm. Mears, Melchesedec Self, Joseph Harrison, Samuel Lewis, Wm. Middleton, James and John Barkley, Richard Vincent, Alexander Orr, Wm. McFerrin, Calvin Carlee, Jackson Wherry, Daniel Travis, Arthur Warren, Phillip Mouser, Joshua Barton, George Petty, Benjamin Arant, L.S. Gilliam, Reuben Evans.

Letter of Naola Pennington, 1968, Copy from Washington Historical Society
George St. John was born about 1760-1770 in VA.(established from Census records
and died about 1855 in Cannon County, TN. He lived at one time in Campbell
County, Va. and later in Washington County, Va. He bought land in middle TN in
1818 and moved there where he is buried in a family graveyard on his farm,
which is still owned by a descendant-exact dates are unknown as there was
either no tombstone or it is no longer visible. His land sold to administer
his estate on April 3, 1855 in Cannon County, TN. Mentioned in this record are
John St. John, Berry St. John, Arthur St. John, Thomas St. John, William St.
John and Martin St. John and "other children of George"--others not named.
Tradition has been that one - either the father or the grandfather of George -
was buried near Richmond, Va. 
St. John, George (Multiple Y-DNA results for descendants) (OSA5004)
192 History of the Colony of New Haven to Its Absorption Into Connecticut - Lockwood, Abigail (I14)
193 History of the Colony of New Haven to Its Absorption Into Connecticut - Inhabitants, Norwalk, Connecticut (I10838)

John St. John marries E.M. Kirk August 31,1859 in Cannon,Tn. There is a no re-turn for them, so have been unsure if they acually married. I have recently obtained evidence of their marraige through court records for Cannon County,Tn. 1874-78. She is listed as E.M. St. John, a defendant for her brother, John Brownfield Kirk. Am looking for family of John St. John of Cannon County,Tn. On the 1860 census, he was the household listed after William Kirk.Thank you in advance. 
Family F5238

Connecticut, Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920 Grace Sherman Volume 131 Woodbury

"Sherman, Grace, d. Samuel, bp. Aug. 13, 1676 Volume 1 Page 38"

Name: Grace Sherman
Father's name: Samuel Sherman
Baptism Date: 13 Aug 1676
Baptism Place: Woodbury, Connecticut, USA
Volume Title: Volume 131 Woodbury

Source Information Connecticut, Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: 2013.
Original data: Connecticut. Church Records Index. Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Connecticut. 
Sherman, Grace St. John (I404)

New England Marriages Prior to 1700 pg. 646

"St. John, Daniel, Norwalk & Grace [Sherman[ (1674-); Fairfield"
Family F160
197 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. O'Shea, L.M. (I827)

not sure about this. He may have had a second wife according to some claims an Elizabeth M. Kirk 
St. John, John Granville Sr. (OSA5017)

Source Citation
Year: 1860; Census Place: Smyth, Virginia; Roll: M653_1377; Page: 871; Image: 353; Family History Library Film: 805377
Source Information 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
Original data: 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. 
St. John, Berry (OSA5005)

Source Information Virginia, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999.
Original data: Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp.. Virginia Census, 1607-1890. Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes. 
St. John, Berry (OSA5005)

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