Recently I had the pleasure of purchasing an old bible on Ebay that had belonged to Daniel Pierpont. I have since donated it to the Pierpont Family Association for their archives. It will be available for viewing at the Pierpont Family Reunion this summer. But since many of you may not be able to attend, I’d like to post what was in this bible.
While most of the information is just a confirmation of the information in our official family genealogy, what I find most interesting is the commentary that is included with some of the entries. This commentary is what takes if from a simple list of facts to something much more personal. In particular, I am drawn to the story of the young baby who died suddenly and was interred in the same casket as her mother. Also of interest is the story about the family member (Jared Pierpont) who apparently joined a group in NY (the Missionary Society of the Chernango Association of Universalists), married a daughter of one of the group’s leaders, and had nearly no communication with their family back in CT until 4 years later when they came home for a visit and he died shortly after arriving.
The binding of this book was repaired and these blank leaves put in in the year of our Lord 1826.
Below is a translation of the genealogical records on these blank leaves. I have inserted the Pierpont Family genealogy markers in square brackets. The items in italics are the areas of conflict with the Pierpont Family genealogy, but as this bible is a contemporary record, the genealogy should be corrected.
Some extracts from ancient records of the Pierponts
It appears that the Rev James Pierpont [20>16] was ordained in New Haven July 2nd 1685. Said Rev. James dies Nov 22nd 1714.
Joseph Pierpont [20>165] son of said James & the first of the names that settled in North Haven was born October 21st 1704 – was married to Hannah Russel youngest daughter of the Rev. Nodiah Russel of Middletown September 27th 1727. He died November 24th 1748 leaving his widow and 10 children who were born as follows:
[[what about James [20>1651] b 1726, d 1727? Note that this is before above date of marriage!]]
Samuel [20>1652] April 16 1729
Joseph [20>1653] Sept 13 1730
James [20>1654] Oct 2 1732
[[what about Dorothy [20>1655] 1733 dy]]
Benjamin [20>1656] Jan 7 1735
Hannah [20>1657] Nov 12 1736
Mary [20>1658] Oct 20 1738
Giles [20>1659] June 4 1741
Abigail [20>1650] June 6 1743
Hezekiah [20>165a] Sept 27 1745
Sarah [20>165b] July 31 1747
Said Widow Hannah was married to Samuel Hackett Esq. the 6th day of August 1752.
Said Sam Hackett Esq died February 1781.
Said Widow Hannah died June 6th 1791
Giles Pierpont the son of Joseph Pierpont died January 16th 1832 aged 91 years 7 months & 12 days
Joseph Pierpont Esq.
Joseph Pierpont [20>1653] the 2nd son of Joseph Pierpont was married to Lydia Bassett Sept 21st 1756 [[Genealogy has Mar 21st]]
Ezra [20>16531] the first child born July 11th 1757
Joseph [20>16532] the 2nd child born April 28th 1760
Russel [20>16533] the 3rd child born May 17th 1763
Lydia [20>16534] the 4th child born Nov 18th 1766
Lucy [20>16535] the 5th child born Oct 21st 1771
Daniel [20>16536] the 6th child born May 16th 1775
Lydia wife of Joseph died Nov 9th 1783 (48)
Lydia his daughter died Sept 9th 1788 (22)
Son Joseph was married to Annis Blakeslee of Plymouth Oct 26th 1791 [[Genealogy says Esther Bishop]]
Lucy his daughter died Nov 4th 1792 (21)
His wife Annis died Sept 8th 1800 (66)
Said Joseph Pierpont Esq [20>1653] died at my house in the 94th year of his age Feb 8th 1824
Joseph Pierpont 2nd son of Joseph died June 30th 1833 (73)
Ezra his 1st son died at Waterbury home he had a long time resident January 5th 1842 (86-1/2) [[Genealogy says Jan 6th]]
Russell his 3rd son died at Hamden where he first settled December 12th 1844 (81-1/2)
Daniel Pierpont his 6th child and last son died at North Haven November 16th 1851 (76-1/2)
Mrs Esther wife of Daniel Pierpont died at North Haven August 17th 1864 (90-1/4)
Daniel Pierpont’s Family
Daniel Pierpont [20>16536] and Esther Homiston (the daughter of Samuel & Mary Homiston of Hamden) were married September 26th 1799.
Their children were born as follows:
Bede [20>165361] the first child born December 10th 1800
Elias [20>165362] the 2nd child born April 21st 1803
Esther [20>165363] the 3rd child born September 1st 1805
Harriet [20>165364] the 4th child born February 13th 1808
Sally [20>165365] the 5th child born December 10th 1811
Jared [20>165366] the 6th child born June 26th 1814
Rufus [20>165367] the 7th child born March 5th 1818
Said Samuel Homiston died June 20th 1809, he was 66 years on the 16th day of May 1809
Said Mary Homiston died June 6th 1820, she was 70 years old
Said Bede Pierpont [20>165361] our first child was married to Merrit S Pierpont the eldest son of Mrs. Philaman Pierpont June 15th 1823
Daniel Lorenzo their first child was born at Oxford in the State of New York where they resided on August 15th 1826
Bede Eliza their 2nd child was born at the same place September the 10th day of 1826
Harriet Ann their 3rd child was born at the same place September 18th 1828
Daniel Lorenzo died in November [[of that year?]]
Mrs Bede Pierpont after a long and distressing illness produced from the effects of a cancer died at Oxford New York Feb 22nd 1851 in her 51st year
Our daughter Esther Pierpont [20>165363] was married to Ezra Stiles April 30th 1829
They moved to the Doc Trumbull House May same year
[[none of their children in genealogy]]
Their first child (a son) was born February 14th 1831
Said child lived about 18 hours and dies
Their 2nd child (a son) was born February 1st 1833
[[note – picking up their story on next page of insert]]
Charles William Stiles son of Ezra was born Feb 1st and baptized b the Rev. Charles William Bradley Marth 31st 1833.
Esther Josephine their 3rd child born March 22nd 1836 and baptized by Rev H Croswell
Mrs. Stiles the mother & our 3rd child after a severe & distressing sickness which commenced soon after the birth of the said Esther J died on Monday evening at ½ past 11 September 26 1836
Said Esther J who a few minutes before the death of its mother was a plump bright and apparently healthy child died September 28th 1836 at ½ past 7 in the morning & was placed in same coffin with its mother and interred together in the afternoon of the same day [[what a tragedy!]]
Said Charles William Stiles died at Waterbury where his father then lived on the 7th of August 1839, was brought down & interred at North Haven
Sally Pierpont [20>165365] our 5th child died Wednesday July 27th 1831 at about 11 o’clock P.M. in the 20th year of her age. She
Our son Elias [20>165362] was married to Sophronia L Gill Sept 28th 1831
They removed to New Haven to house keeping Oct 12th 1831
Their first child (a son) was born Sept 10th 1834, they named the child Oscar. He was baptized on the 8th day of December 1834 and died the same day
They had another child still born in the month of July 1841, on the 11th of September 1841 [[Not in genealogy]]
Said Sophronia went to Bridgeport on a visit – she was taken sick with the dysentery on the 12th – Elias went down on the 21st & stayed with [her] until her death – she died October 18th at 6 o’clock in the morning (age 33) – was brot up and interred in the North Haven Oct 19th 1841.
Our 1st son Elias was again married by Rev. Daniel Croswell to Miss Grace Bradley of New Haven on the 24th of August 1842
Harriett Augusta their first child was born at New Haven April 18th 1846
Austin Brainerd Fuller was married to Harriett August Pierpont Sunday February 11th 1868
Their first son, Pierpont Fuller born June 25 1869
Their second son Clement Austin born Dec 26 1873
Their third child a daughter Grace Pierpont Fuller June 22 1882
It appears from an Oxford paper of June 5th 1840 that our son Jared Pierpont [20>165366] was married at Smithville Chenango County & State of N.Y. by Elder Miller to Fanny daughter of Abraham Tillotson of the same place. [[Last name not in genealogy]] [[Note that Fanny’s legal name is Frances – she and her son Lagrand appear in the 1850 census in Smithville]]
[[this should clear up the questions in the genealogy]]
On the 27th of May 1840, Le Grand Adolphus dies. [[Note that this individual is NOT their son, but the person whom they named their son after!]]
It appears from Jared’s letter dated Smithville March 13th 1843 that his son named Le Grand Adolphus was born (at Smithville where they still reside) on the 16th day of November 1842.
Our son Jared, his wife & child all arrived here on the 26th of November 1846 (Thanksgiving Day) intending a visit for the winter. We had never seen his wife and child before – he commenced teaching [at] a school in Hamden on the 1st of December, was then taken sick & got home on the 11th, had taught the school 9 days. He died on the 19th of December 1846 at 8 o’clock in the evening (32-1/2) was buried on the 21st – his wife and child stayed with us until the 21st of January 1847 (except about one week with Elias) when they took a passage on the 6am & returned home.
Said child was baptized at our house by the Rev. M Everest on the 12th day of Jan 1847 & called Jared Lagrand [[thus the confusion with his father’s name]] [witnessed by] Elias, his wife, Garnet and Rufus-Shonias [[these names difficult to read]]
Rufus [20>165367] our youngest son was married to Harriet Richards at Waterbury on the 14th day of September 1847 and brought her home on the 15th of the same month.
His first child was born November 28th 1849. Said child was sick about one week – was baptized by the Rev. M Everest on the 27 of January 1850 – name Elias Richards. Said child died on the 29 of January 1850
Daniel Hobart, their 2nd son born May 8th 1851
Joseph their 3rd son born March 11th 1853
George Rufus their 4th son born September 3rd 1854
Rufus Pierpont was taken suddenly bleeding at the lungs on Thursday the 26th July & continued bleeding until the 31st July 1855 when he died aged 37 years & 4 months
Daniel Hobert(sp?) graduated at the Scientific College New Haven class of 1871, died May 17th 1874
Joseph Pierpont son of Rufus and Harriett Pierpont married Hattie B Brockett May 20th 1875
Grace Genevieve daughter of Joseph and Hattie born Nov 16 1877
Richards Brockett their son born November 12th 1881
Joseph their 2nd son born March 26th 1888 – born the week after the great blizzard
George R Pierpont married Anna B Chaney daughter of Cyrus Chaney Oct 10 1876 [[date not in genealogy]]
Harriet Ann daughter of Meritt J and Bede Pierpont died at the residence of her uncle Elias Pierpont in New Haven on the 18th day of April 1885 age 26 years & 7 months
Meritt Pierpont died in Oxford N York December 23 18[[year not written]]
Elias Pierpont died at New Haven Sunday Eve August 12th 1883, age 80 years 3 months 22 days