Thursday, August 6, 2015

1816 Handwritten Document Where Uriah Wilcox of Newport, New Hampshire Owes Pasture Rent to Arphaxad Whittlesey of Saybrook, Connecticut; & Receipt of Payment

Document written by Uriah Wilcox at Newport, New Hampshire, on October 10, 1816, asking Mr. Jobe Wright, presumably Job Wright, to deliver pasture rent money to Arphaxad Whittlesley.   

Both Uriah Wilcox and Arphaxad Whittlesey had ties to Middlesex County, Connecticut, and Newport, New Hampshire; they may have known each other from Connecticut.  There was a Job Wright during that era in Middlesex County, Connecticut; his mother's maiden name was Whittlesey.

The reverse, dated October 25, 1816 at Saybrook, Connecticut, shows where Arphaxad Whittlesley has received payment of $16.67.

From brief online research, hopefully correct:  [corrections and additions requested]

Uriah Wilcox was presumably the Uriah who was born March 13, 1748 or 1749 at Killingworth, Connecticut, the son of Stephen and Mary (Pierson) Wilcox.  In 1766, he moved from Killingworth, Connecticut to Newport, New Hampshire, where he became an influential citizen.  Read more about him here, in the Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 3.  

Uriah married twice: 1)  Hannah Wright of Killingworth, Connecticut; and 2)  Hannah Bartlett of Unity, New Hampshire.  In total, he had eleven children.  Uriah died March 18, 1822 at Newport, New Hampshire.

Arphaxad Whittlesley was born September 25, 1776 at Saybrook, Connecticut, the son of Joseph Whittlesey and Lydia (Jones) Whittlesey.  On October 28, 1804, Arphaxad married Wealthy Chapman, daughter of Isaac Chapman and Tabitha (Chapman) Chapman.  

Arphaxad and Wealthy had seven children, four of whom died in infancy.  The family moved from Saybrook, Connecticut to Newport, New Hampshire, and then to Ogden, New York.  I don't have the year of Arphaxad's death, but it was after the enumeration of the 1850 Census, at which time he and his wife Wealthy were living at Ogden, New York, with their daughter Wealthy Chapman (Whittlesey) Gunn, wife of Amos Bronson Gunn.

Job Wright was possibly the Job Wright born October 2, 1746 at Killingworth, Connecticut, son of David Wright and Hester (Whittlesey) Wright.   If this Job Wright, it was presumably his Whittlesey connection that brought him into this matter.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or a theory as to the identity of Job Wright, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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