Friday, September 20, 2013

Sources researched for:
Amos Sweet 9/20/2013

3 Different Families

Amos Sweet, son of Amos Sweet and Mercy Carpenter Sweet, b. 19 Aug 1797, d. Oct 29, 1872
    Buried in Chapels Corner Cemetery, Dunham, Montereqie Region, Quebec, Canada.
    Married Elizabeth Fitchett 1804-1893.
Joseph Carpenter Sweet, son of Amos and Mercy, b. 20 April 1805 Dunham, Quebec, Canada
    d. 29 Dec 1887 in St. Clair County Michigan.  Child:  Martin Edmond Sweet (1840-1938)

Missisquoi County Quebec 1825 District of Bedford Census:
St. Armand:    Jonathan Sweet 7 in family, David Sweet - 6 in family
Stanbridge:  John Sweet 5
St. George:  James Sweet 9
Dunham:  Benjamin Sweet 7
Amos Sweet 7 =  2 14-16 males, 1 single male 18-24, 1 single male 25-39, 1 married male 40-60, 1 female under 14, 1 single female 14-45, 1 married female 45 or over.
Amos Sweet 6 = 3 males under 6, 1 married male 25-39, 2 females under 14, 1 married female 14-45.

GENFORM Messages on SWEET - accessed 3/14/2011
Posted by Crystal Sweet-Williams 10 Aug 2001:
  According to a Sweet family history that was done back in the 70's, I have Amos Sweet married to Mercy Carpenter about 1786 in Canada (no proof, just an oral history).  Their children are as follows:
Benjamin - b about 1788
Steven VanRensselaer b. abt 1792
Phoebe b. abt 1793
Amos b. 19 Aug 1797, d. 29 Oct 1872
Elizabeth (Betsy) b. abt 1827  SERIOUSLY?
Temperance b. 1 Jan 1800
Noah b. 9 Sep 1802
Joseph Carpenter b. 9 Apr 1805
Mercy b. Oct 1808 or 1809
Kylar b. 1817 or 1818

Reply:  by Terri
Those dates are the same as Amos Sweet born in Missiquoi, Quebec.  He married Elizabeth Fitchett Jul 1804.  They had ten children:  Sarah, Amos, Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, Nancy, Nelson, Melbourne, Mildred, Melvin.

FIND A GRAVE -  accessed 9/20/2013
Amos Sweet, son of Amos Sweet and Mercy Carpenter Sweet, b. 19 Aug 1797, d. Oct 29, 1872
    Buried in Chapels Corner Cemetery, Dunham, Montereqie Region, Quebec, Canada.
    Married Elizabeth Fitchett 1804-1893.
Joseph Carpenter Sweet, son of Amos and Mercy, b. 20 April 1805 Dunham, Quebec, Canada
    d. 29 Dec 1887 in St. Clair County Michigan.  Child:  Martin Edmond Sweet (1840-1938)
[Isaiah Sweet 1762-1840, brother of Amos [Mercy's] went to Brome, Canada.  Wife, Elizabeth Niles,

Amos Sweet and DORCAS:
Elias 1784
Amos 1790/01
Sarah Grace
Lydia 1802

Betty Wood's old records, retyped in 2005; mixing with before FamilySearch, new.FS and Family Tree:  reaccessed 9/20/2013:
Amos Sweet and Mary Dorcas:  [she has Mary Dorcas]
Elias 1784
Amos 1791
Sarah Grace 13 Jan 1799 Hoosick, Rensselaer, New York
Lydia 1802

Genform Message on SWEET - accessed 3/14/2011
Posted by Shirley Becker, 26 Oct 2001
Elias 1784 Hoosick, Rens. Co., NY
Amos 1790
Sarah Grace 13 Jan 1799 Hoosick
Lydia 1802

Back to the Beginning

Sarah Grace Sweet Warren Wood

Born - 13 January 1799

1850 Aaron Johnson Company to Utah:  Age at departure:  51  = 1799
Mother of Charles Wesley Warren, William James Warren, Amos Sweet Warren, and Mary Dorcas Warren.
Nora Carter's history of Sarah Grace, her grandmother:  13 January 1799 in Hoosick
1850 Census:  age 52 = 1798 or 1799
1860 Census:  age 61 = 1799 in New York

Parents:  Amos Sweet and Dorcas
Nora Carter's history of Sarah Grace, her grandmother:  of Amos and Dorcas Sweet
Naming of her children:
    John W. Warren born Nov 1824 - John is the father of husband Zenos Cogner Warren
    Charles Wesley born 3 Jan 1826 - no obvious family tie
    William James born 11 Mar 1829 - no obvious family tie
    Amos Sweet born 10 Jun 1831,  Father of Sarah Sweet
    Mary Dorcas born 7 May 1833,  Mary is the name of Zenos C's mother. Dorcas is Sarahs.

Married Zenos Cogner Warren - 
Sharon Gallup  in Amos Sweet Warren pg 2 
Family Tree 9/20/2013   about 1820 of Hoosick, Rensse., New York
Marilyn Gee Fronk 3 May 2012 FT shows 4 March 1823 of Hoosick, Rensselder, NY
JP Foley 3 May 2012 FT shows 4 Mar 1823 with no location

Married Daniel Wood - 2 April 1837 in Michigan
Charles Wesley Warren's book (1826-1850) by Sharon Gallup  in Amos Sweet Warren pg 2

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ancestry of Sarah Grace Sweet - Take 2

Sarah Grace Sweet was born 13 Jan 1799 in Hoosick, Rensselaer, New York to Amos and Dorcas Sweet. She grew to womanhood in New York State.  Her parents lived in the Mohawk Valley.  Sarah married, first, Zenos C. Warren and then Daniel Wood.(1)  

1800 CENSUS SEARCH: (Sarah would have been aged 0-1)
In 1800, there are three Amos Sweet's that are the head of households.  Other members of the family are not listed in this census, but are a tally mark in the correct age group.  The three Amos' are:

  1. Amos Sweet: Beekman, Dutchess, New York 
  2. Amos Sweet: Ulysses, Cayuga, New York
  3. Amos Sweet:  Burlington, Otsego, New York. (2) 

1.  Amos Sweet, living next door [house #309 of census].   His family includes:
..............males aged 0-9
..............1 males aged 10-15
..............1 males aged 16-25
..............1 males aged 26-44  (?Amos?)

..............1 females aged 0-9
..............1 females aged 10-15
..............1 females aged 16-25
..............1 females aged 26-44  (?Dorcas?)


2.  Amos Sweet,  from Ulysses, Cayuga, New York.  His family includes:
..............4 males aged 0-9
..............2 males aged 10-15
..............1 males aged 45 or older

..............1 females aged 0-9
..............1 females aged 10-15
..............1 females aged 26-44


3.   Amos Sweet from Burlington, Otsego, New York.  His family includes:
..............1 male age 0-9
..............1 male 26-44

..............2 females age 0-9
..............1 female age 26-45


To make sure that I didn't miss another Amos that may have been indexed under another name, I did a line by line search for Amos in  Stephentown and Hoosick, both of Rensselaer, New York. There were no Amos' living there that were enumerated in 1800.  (6)

A search for "Amos" and another for "Sweet" in Kent, Rhode Island and  did not prove to be fruitful.  No possible Amos' were living in Rensselaer either, when doing a search by given name hoping to find our Amos indexed incorrectly.  It appears that these three are the only head of household by the name of Amos.  I double checked on 1800 Census. (7)

There remains the possibility that Amos and his wife Dorcas were living with one of their family members and was only enumerated as a tally mark with their daughter Sarah Grace.

1810 CENSUS SEARCH:  (Sarah Grace would have been 10-11)

In the year 1810, there are only two Amos Sweet's that show up on a name search in Heritage Quest. Another  is included in FamilySearch's results.  They include:

1.  Amos Sweet in Beekman, Dutchess, New York.  His household includes:
.............. 2 males aged 0-9
..............2 males age 10-15
..............1 male age 26-44

..............1 female aged 10-15
..............1 female aged 16-25

..............1 other free person.
..............They also have 2 horses, 3 cattle and 10 sheep.


4.  Amos Sweet in Attleboro, Bristol, Massachusetts.   (Ruled out because of birth records of children)
..............1 male, aged 0-9       (Amos, age 5)
..............1 male, aged 10-15   (Sumner, age 9-10)
..............1 male, aged 16-25
..............1 male, aged 26-44      (Amos, age 44)

..............2 female, aged 0-9       (Margaret, age 8;  Hannah, age 0)
..............2 female, aged 10-15  (Sally, age 13/14; Clarisa age 11/12)
..............1 female, aged 26-44  (wife, Sally Sweet,  age 33)

Massachusetts have superior records and a birth record for this Amos is easily found.

4.  Amos Sweet, was born 30 Jan 1766 to Amos Sweet and Sally Sweet in Attleboro, Bristol, Massachusetts. (10)  This would make him about 44 years old in this census.  Amos married Sally Sweet on 16 Jun 1796, also in Attleboro.  She was born 19 Aug 1777. (11, 12)  Sally would have been 33 at the time of this census.

Amos and Sally Sweet had the follow children in 1810, all born in Attleboro, Bristol, Massachusetts.

  1.   Sally Sweet, born 3 October 1796  (aged 13-14 in 1810)   (13)
  2.   Clarisa Sweet, born 9 Jun 1798 (aged 11-12 in 1810)     (14)
  3.   Sumner Sweet,  born 27 May 1800  (age 9-10 in 1810)  (15)
  4.   Margaret Sweet, born 14 Feb 1802 (age 8 in 1810)        (16)
  5.   Amos Sweet, born 3 Dec 1804 (age 5 in 1810)               (17)
  6.   Hannah Sweet, born 19 Feb 1810  (age 0 in 1810)         (18) 
Although Sarah Grace has never been attached to Attleboro, that I know of, the birth date of Amos has been used at times.  The Amos Sweet from Attleboro, born 30 Jan 1766, is a distant relative to Sarah Grace, but is most definitely proven to not be her father. 

In 1800 the "Sweat" family is starting to move into New York.  in the 1800 Census there are five Sweat's including:  Eleazer, Elijah, Elijah Jr., and Stephen in Chenango County, and Rincon  Sweat in Queens.  (19) 

By 1810, the "Sweat's" have begun moving into the Rennslaer area, with 20 households living in that county.  In Grafton we find an Amos as well as two other households.
#5 Amos Sweat of Grafton, Rennslaer,New York  is among the first in the census to show them living in Rensselaer County, New York

Grafton:  Asa Sweat   page 350
              Widow Sweat   page 351
              Amos Sweat   page 351 (5 away from widow)  both  aged 16-25

Other areas in Rensselaer and their Sweet residence include:
Berlin:      Laml
               Luther.  FindaGrave #84977361 shows Luther was born Apr. 3, 1783 in North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island.  He died 3 Nov, 1861 and is buried in the Sweet Family Cemetery.  Luther married Sarah Sweet (1783-1850).  Children attached to him there that would have been with him in the 1810 census show Lutch Jr, (1805-1853); Sarah Sweet (1807-1850) and possibly Hannah Ann (1810-1821). (22)  (27 in 1810.)  
               Saml T.  A possible match for this Samuel can be found on Findagrave, marker #22301788.  Samuel Jr. was born 20 July 1756 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island to Samuel Sweet and Lydia Ellis.  He died 18 Jun 1819 in Berlin, Rensselaer, New York.  He married Elizabeth Griggs on 10 January 1789.  They were the parents of Holden Sweet, born May 1792 and died 5 September, 1866.  Holden married Polly Denison.  He is buried in the Center Berlin Baptist Cemetery in Berlin Rensselaer, New York.   
Hoosick:  Freeburn
Petersburg:  James
Stephentown:  Benj
                      Jno J
                      Nathan Jr.

Most of the names of Sweat were compared against Alford Sweet's Descendants of John Sweet, to no avail.  These names are not typical Sweet names that have previously been compiled.  (21)

A list of Interments in Rensselaer County on the USGenWeb, shows many Sweets having lived in the area. The name returns to "Sweet" as there are no "Sweat"s listed as there was in the 1810 census.

Findagrave shows Amos B. Sweet born  1 September 1790, died 5 January 1847 at 56y 4m 4d.  He married Lucy Sweet born 24 January 1791, died 21 June 1872 aged 81y 4m 28d.

New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971, Dutchess, Wills 1751-1796 vol AA and A, pages 113-115
FamilySearch images:  Image 72 and 73 of 465

[about half way down the page    page number stamped in right hand corner 113]
Written in the most beautiful script:

In the name of God Amen, I David Sweet of the town of
of Beekman in the county of Dutchess and State of New
York being weak in body but of sound mind and memory
do this 11th day of January in the year of our Lord
Eighteen hundred and one make and publish this my
last Will and Testament - In manner and following _siz or biz:__
I will that all of my just-debts and funeral charges be
paid by my Executors hereafter named I also will and
hereby give unto my son Amos Sweet all my right-
and Title to the farm whereon I now live on dindition off his
taking care of and providing for my wife Mary during her
life  I also will and order that all other Estate be
equally divided between my sons Johnathan Sweet, Elna-
than Sweet - David Sweet - John Sweet - Amos Sweet - and
my daughter Catharine Stafford Marcy Irish and the
heirs of my daughter Eunice Brayton deceased  And I
do hereby constitude and appoint - my brother Elnathan
Sweet and his son Jonathan Sweet Executors to this my
last Will and Testament and I do hereby wake and
disavor all other Wills by me heretofore made hereby
ratifying this to be my last-Will and Testament - In witness
& confirmation whereof I hereunto set my hand and affix
my seal the day and year above written  I also on further
[114 page number stamped in left hand corner - new page]
consideration constitute and appoint my son Amos
Sweet to be executors with my friend Jonathan
Sweet above mentioned and on account of the advan-
ced age of my brother Elnathan above mentioned
do hereby excuse him from the burden of the Execut-
ion of this my last Will
                                            David Sweet - DS
Signed Sealed published and declared by the
above testator as his last Will and Testament in
the presence of us who were called as witnesses.
Thomas Baker Jr
David Sweet
Eben Cary

Dutchess County SS - Be it remembered that on
the 17th day of April One thousand Eight hundred and
five personally appeared before me named James
Tallmadge Surrogate of the said County who on his
oath declared that he did see David Sweet sign and
seal the amended written instrument puporting to be the
Will of the said David Sweet bearing date the 11th day
of January one thousand eight hundred and one
and heard him publish and declare the same as
for his Will and Testament That at the time
thereof he the said David Sweet was of sound disposing
mind and memory to the best of his knowledge and
belief of the deponent  And that Thomas Baker Jr
David Sweet and the deponent severally subscribed
the said Will as witnessed thereto in the testators presence
                                           James Tallmadge Jr

Dutchess County SS  - Be it remembered that on
the 17th day of April one thousand eight hundred and
five Jonathan Sweet one of the Executors of the amended
Will of David Sweet likewise appeared before me the
said James Tallmadge Jr and was duly affirmed
to the true execution and performance of the said
[next page]
Will by his taking the affirmation of an executor as  [stamped in corner 115]
by him appointed.
                                               James Tallmadge

New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971- Dutchess, Wills 1796-1806  vol B Image 328 of 418
FamilySearch online images:

Page 515 and 516 in the book:  This is another copy, appearing to be more "work book" in appearance.  Signed and approved in Poughkeepsie.

Index of deeds - Grantor Index 1718-1950 Smi-Sz, copy, image 397 of 447

Index of deeds - Grantee Index 1718-1950 Smi-Sz, copy, Image 314 of 347

Elnathan's land from Beekman - image 255 of 662, Deeds 1774-1788 vol 7-9 copy

Albany land records SWEET Mortgagee index 1755-1829

image 366 - Teunis Swaet
367 - Josias J. Swaet or
367 David Sweat Book 13 248
371 Simeon or Sineca Sweet through 372

Rensselaer land records SWEET  Mortgagee index 1791-1866 O-Z

Grantee Index 1791-1895 P-T Rensselaer
page 456 of 579

Grantor Index 1718-1950 S
Image 871 of 916 begins the Swe  nothing good.   No Amos'.  Elnathan is with Lydia, and is an Uncle at the closest.  Did not figure out the relationship



1.  Sarah Sweet Warren Wood by her Granddaughter Nora Wood Carter.  Published online by Cathie Owens.

2.  1800 United States Census Heritage Quest for Amos Sweet.

3.  Amos Sweet from Beekman, 1800 United States Census, Heritage Quest online,  New York State, Dutchess County, Beekman town, Series: M32, Roll: 21, Page 13.  Accessed Sep 18, 2013.

4.  Amos Sweet from Uylsses, 1800 United States Census, Heritage Quest online, New York State, Cayuga County, Ulysses.  Series M32, Roll 28, Page 578.  Accessed Sep 18, 2013.

5.  Amos Sweet from Burlington, Otswego, 1800 United States Census, Heritage Quest online, New York State, Otswego County, Burlington.  Series M32, Roll 25, Page 38. Accessed Sep 18, 2013.

6.  Hunting for the Ancestry of Sarah Grace Sweet, research done in 2011 by Allyson Hunt Wood.  Unpublished, research notes are combined in a book and in a personal tracker for Sarah Grace Sweet.  Allyson Hunt Wood, 1221 W. Ashby Road, Delta, Ut 84624.

7.  Amos Sweet, 1800 United States Census, online.  Accessed Sep 18, 2013.

8.  Amos Sweet, 1810 United States Census, Heritage Quest online, New York State, Dutchess County, Beekman.  Series: M252, Roll 30: Page 54.  Accessed Sep 18, 2013.

9.  Amos Sweet, 1810 United States Census, Heritage Quest online, Massachusetts State, Bristol County, Attleboro.  Series: M252, Roll 17: Page 212.  Accessed Sep 18, 2013.

10.  Amos Sweet,  "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1 15" "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, <i>FamilySearch</i> ( : accessed 19 Sep 2013), Amos Sweet, 30 Jun 1766.

11. Sarah Sweet's birth information from Rootsweb, Silversmith:

12.  Sarah Sweet's birth information from Alford Sweets compilation of John Sweet family. Generation 8, #11.

Sarah Sweet information from DAR Vol. 59, Page 114. Emma Blackington Davidson's submission shows that Thomas Sweet (1741-1830) and Margaret Foster are the parents of Sally.

13.  Sally Sweet, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915; "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 Sep 2013), Sally Sweet, 03 Oct 1796.

Close14.  Clarrissa Sweet, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915 "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 Sep 2013), Clarrissa Sweet, 09 Jun 1798.
15.  Sumner Sweet, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915" "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 Sep 2013), Sumner Sweet, 27 May 1800.

16. Margreet Sweet, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915" "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 Sep 2013), Margreet Sweet, 14 Feb 1802.

17. Amos Sweet, Amos Sweet, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915" "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, <i>FamilySearch</i> ( : accessed 19 Sep 2013), Amos Sweet, 03 Dec 1804.

18. Hannah Sweet, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915". "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, <i>FamilySearch</i> ( : accessed 19 Sep 2013), Hannah Sweet, 19 Feb 1810.

19. Joabert Sweet, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915" "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, <i>FamilySearch</i> ( : accessed 19 Sep 2013), Joabert Sweet, 03 Jan 1812.

20. Sweats from the 1801 United States Census, Heritage Quest online, New York State,

21.  Alford Sweet's Descendants of John Sweet : a compiled genealogy of his descendants including some from 12 generations and 33 pages.

22.  Find a Grave, online interment site;

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Amos Sweet 9/20/2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rootweb post about this Amos and Mary Dorcas

From: Shirley Becker <>
Subject: Amos Sweet
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2006 10:26:50 -0800
References: <>
In-Reply-To: <>

Hi John
Old info that I have in my unverified data base. It may help someone
in this.

Re: Amos Sweet and Dorcas-NY Posted by: Allen Niles Date: August
07, 2000 at 11:03:54
In Reply to: Re: Amos Sweet and Dorcas-NY by Donna Darting Fairbanks
of 2211
Amos Sweet & Elizabeth (Straight) Sweet were married 8 Apr 1759 at E.
Greenwich RI. [Source: Arnold's VR of RI]. They could not have had a
son Amos Jr who married in 1733. Amos & Elizabeth (Straight) Sweet
supposedly had children born at N. Kingstown RI : Henry, b 2 Mar
1760; Isaiah, b 14 Jul 1762; Lydia, b 25 Jan 1764; and Amos, b 7 Mar
1766. The family removed to Stephentown NY where Amos Sr is said to
have died in 1793 of small pox. His widow removed to St Armand Que.,
Canada, where she died. Their dau Lydia married Abel Tanner. Their
son Isaiah married Elizabeth Niles. There were other Amos Sweets one
of whom may have married Dorcas Casey of RI. What dates do you have
for the births of the children you named as Elias, Amos, Sarah Grace,
and Lydia??

Capt. Amos SWEET (115), b. abt 1735, in North Kingstown, Rhode
Island. son of John (40) and 2nd wife, Sarah MaCLAFLEN. Amos m.
Elizabeth (STRAIGHT), b. 9 Mar. 1734, dau. of Henry and Sarah
(SUNDERLAND or SUNDERLIN) STRAIGHT, 8 Apr 1759, in East Greenwich,
Rhode Island. He served in Capt. Wallis' Co. 1757 of East Greenwich,
Rhode Island. He built the first saw mill in the town of Ber1in, New
York in 1780. He served in the Revolutionary War. Was of North
Kingstown, Rhode Island. and Berlin, New York. He d. after 1790 in
Berlin, New York.

Children of Amos (115) and Elizabeth (STRAIGHT)
* i. Sarah "Sally", b. 30 Jun. 1760, m. Augustus (JEROME) in 1779. He
was b. in l750 and d. in 1817. She d. 8 Sep. 1845.
ii. Huldah, b. 1762, Washington Co., Rhode Island.
* iii. Lydia, b. 25 Jan. 1764, m. Abe (TANNER).Abe, b. 22 Jun 1762
Exeter, Rhode Island She d. 7 Mar 1849 in Stephentown, New York.
Buried in Stephentown Baptist Cemetery. Lydia d. 7 Mar 1842
* iv. Amos Jr. (253) b. abt 1766, he m. Mary (DORCAS)
v. Isiah, b. abt 1768

Shirley Becker

From: (John Chandler)
Date: January 14, 2006 4:10:34 PM PST
Subject: Re: Amos Sweet x2 plus a Sarah Grace and a John

Chuck wrote:

> Amos 2 Sweet who married Mary Dorcas/Gorcas (I have Dorcas -your
> info unless a typo says Gorcas) was the son of Amos 1 Sweet and
> Elizabeth Staright. I show Amos 1's birth as 1739 based on info I
> found in the DAR files. He was the son of John 2 Sweet and Lydia
> Whaley. I should mention, however, that Amos 1 is not mentioned in
> his father's Will as are most of John and Lydia's children.

Cyndi Sweet has studied the microfilm of John's will and come up with
a more thorough reading. In particular, she discerned the names of
sons Theophilus and Amos, who were missing in the Beaman transcription.

As for the 1739 birth, I wonder if that is anything more than a
guess of 20 years before the marriage... It's probably a good
guess in any case.

> Is your info on Amos, b. 5 Mar 1766 documented?

I would like to know that, too.

John Chandler

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

"Hoosick" 12 from Rensselaer County pg 555

Hoosick - was formed as a district, March 24, 1772, and as a town, March 7, 1788.  It lies in the N.E. corner of the county.  Its surface consists of the narrow valley of Hoosick River, and the wild, rocky regions of the Taghkanick and Petersburgh Mts., rising respectively on the E. and W.  The two highest peaks are Fondas Hill in the S. E. and Potters Hill in the S.W. each about 900 feet above tide.  The valleys are very narrow, and are bordered by steep hillsides.  A belt of dark slate, which is quarried for roofing, extends along the E. bank of the river.   East of the river, the rocks consist of a slaty shale and limestone, the latter furnishing lime.  The principal streams are Hoosick and Walloonsac Rivers, Punch Kil, White Creek, and Shaw Brook.  The soil among the mountains is hard and sterile, but in the valleys it is principally clay, mixed with disintegrated slate.  In the S. E. corner are 3 springs, from which issue nitrogen gas.  Flax is very extensively cultivated.  Considerable attention is also paid to manufactures.

Hoosick Falls, (p.v.) was incorp. April 14, 1827.  Pop 1200.  It contains Ball's Seminary, 2 foundries, 2 cotton factories, 2 reaping and mowing machine factories, and 1 establishment for the manufacturer of machinery for cotton and woolen factories.

North Hoosick (p.v.) contains 175 inhabitants, and Buskirks Bridge (p.v.) 125;  Hoosick Corners (Hoosick (p. o.) 10, and Potter Hill (p.o) 7.  This town was included in the Hoosick Patent, granted June 3, 1688, Hoosick Patent by several Dutch families.  A Dutch church was founded, and known as the "Tyoshoke Church," at San Coick, near the N. border of the town.  The settlement at Hoosick was entirely broken up by a party of French and Indians on the 28th of Aug 1754.  Two persons were killed and the houses, barns and crops were destroyed.  The next day the settlement of San Coick, S. of Hoosick, was also destoryed.  The battle of Bennington was fought in this town, Aug. 16, 1777.  The census reports 6 churches in town.

Tidbits from "History of the Towns of Rensselaer County"

Page 117:
... When the declaration of Independence was received...
Much deprivation and suffering were in every part of the county.  Every able-bodied man was serving his country, either at home or abroad.  The lands were neglected, families left in want, but all was with a willing heart for independence.  The women did not withhold; they applied their hands to the tilling of the lands, etc., to keep a starving family alive, and a famishing soldier.

Godfrey Brimmer is accorded the honor of being the first settler located on the territory now embraced within the boundaries of the town of Berlin.  He is said to have made his home in the northern part of this portion of the manor of Rensselaerwyck as early as the year 1765.  Reuben Bonesteel came shortly afterwards.  In 1769 Peter Simmons, Jacob O. Cropsey and Joseph Green were numbered among the persons occupying farms in this part of the county.  Col. Caleb Bentley took to farming in the northern and Thomas Sweet  in the southern part about this time.  Paul Braman, James and Daniel Dennison, Nathaniel Niles, Peleg Thomas and Joshua Whitford were also early settlers.

Nelson Hull in his reminiscensces thus refers to the tide of emigration in this vicinity:

After the revolution new settlers began to come in and enlarge the boundaries of cultivation.  MEchanical arts began to increase.  A saw miss was built near the year 1780 by Amos Sweet, in the hollow east of the Christian chapel.  A blacksmith shop was opened by Thomas Sweet, on the east side of the road, a short distance north of Sweet's Corners.  This was much earlier than the above date.

The early inhabitants of the country were generally quite healthy and athletic, but a doctor was fit to settle here, whether for weal or woe, near the year 1775 - Dr. John Forbes - at Sweet's Corners.

The first frame house in the present limits of the town of Berlin was built by Daniel Hull, near the close of the revolution, on the same ground where now resides Daniel J. Hull.

In 1813 an epidemic made its appearance in the valley of the Hoosick and swept through the country like a tornado.  *** There was little or no exception as to age; the young and the athletic fell before the destroyer.  Mourning was in almost every house; but few families escaped.

Amos married to Mercy Carpenter

AMOS SWEET - son of Amos Sweet and Elizabeth Straight
Birth:  5 Mar 1766 (Headstone) of Hoosick, Albany, New York
Death:  10 May 1838 (Headstone)

Headstone is located at Capel Corner's Cemetery in Dunham, Quebec, Canada

Birth:  1768
Death:  14 Nov 1826 in Dunham, Quebec, Canada

Their ?GRANDSON? Amos Sweet died in Pontiac, Michigan
Born:  1822
Died:  Sep 1847
possibly his headstone states:  b. 13 Sep 1823  d. 13 Sep 1846
I have in my notes that it may be Amos 4, of Amos 3, of Amos Jr. and Mercy

Another Amos in Sweet Cemetery Brome Couny, Quebec:
AMOS b. 8 Dec 1784 - d. 2 Jan 1862

Also shows that he is the son of Amos Sweet and Elizabeth Straight.

CHILDREN:  marked in blue if proven parentage
Benjamin: abt 1788- bef 1863
Stephen Van Renselleur:  abt 1792 - aft 1863
Amos Sweet: 19 Aug 1797 - 29 Oct 1872 (buried in CC, Dunham, Quebec)
     Sarah Grace Sweet falls in here 13 Jan 1799
Lydia: 30 Jul 1802 - 23 Oct 1885
Joseph Carpenter: Apr 1805 - 29 Dec 1887 (buried in West Berlin, St. Clair, Michigan)
Mercy:  Oct 1808 - 3 Sep 1890 
Hannah:  abt 1810 - bef 1863
Kylar:  abt 1812 - 29 Oct 1862  (d in Brooklyn, Kings, NY)

Crystal Sweet Williams posted on genforum 10 Aug 2001:

Children of Amos Sweet and Mercy Carpenter include:
Benjamin - b. abt 1788
Steven VanRensselaer b. abt 1792
Phoebeb. abt 1793
Amos b. 19 Aug 1797 - d. 29 Oct 1872
Elizabeth (Betsey) b. abt 1827
Temperance b. 1 Jan 1800
Noah b 9 Sep 1802
Joseph Carpenter b. 9 Apr 1805
Mercy b. Oct 1808 or 09
Kylar b. 1817 or 1818

1766:   Amos Sweet born
1768:  Mercy Carpenter born
1788?:  son, Benjamin, born
1790:   US Census in Stephentown, Rensselaer, NY
1792?:  son, Stephen Van Renselleur, born
1797:  son, Amos, born
1802:  daughter, Lydia, born
1805:  son, Joseph Carpenter, born
1808:  daughter, Mercy, born
1810?: daughter, Hannah, born
1812:  son, Kylar?, born

1825:  Dunham, Quebec
1826:  Mercy died 14 Nov in Dunham, Quebec
1838:  Amos died 10 May in Dunham, Quebec
1847:  Relative Amos died in Sep aged 25

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Bonesetter Sweets

of South County, Rhode Island
by Martha R. McPartland

In colonial America, graduates of medical schools were few and far between.  In Rhode Island there were only five medical school graduates practicing in 1800and the first medical degree awarded in the state was a Brown University in 1814.  Prior to that period, from its founding in 1636, Rhode Island had many men called "Doctor" with little or no qualifications to back up their title.  Some were the seventh son of a seventh son, and so believed to be endowed with special healing power; some were charlatans with a smattering of education and glib tongues, who took advantage of misfortune and ignorance; still others had a natural flair for caring for the sick and were able to relieve much suffering.  In the last category was a remarkable family from the southern part of Rhodes Island called, and still recalled, as the "Bonesetter Sweets."

The Sweets were an old Rhode Island family whose progenitor, John Sweet (1)*[this asterick means nothing to me as it is not included in the notes I, Allyson Wood, copied], came to the state from Salem, Massachusetts in 1637.  Of Welsh extraction, family tradition has it that their forbears in Wales had this innate facility for helping the sick.  James Sweet (2)*, son of the immigrant, John (1), was the first of the American "Bonesetter Sweets".  He was born in 1622, came to Rhode Island with his parents, married Mary Greene and settled in what is commonly called South County, and more correctly named Washington County.  Of the nine children of James and Mary Sweet, only Benoni (3) born in 1663, became a bonesetter.  Traditionally, Benoni is said to have had a flowery and polished manner - perhaps a forerunner of the bedside manner possessed by some of today's medical men!  He was a respected member of the community and communicant of the historic Narragansett Church.  When he died in 1751, Dr. James McSarren, rector of the church, delivered a glowing eulogy.

The inherited ability to set bones was not regarded by the Sweets as a vocation, but rather as an avocation.  They were artisans by calling - stonemasons, blacksmiths, wheel-wrights and carpenters.  Bonesetting was a sideline, as is demonstrated by an advertisement in the Providence Journal of February 16, 1830 and printed at the top or the first page of this article.

The remarkable part of this family was the fact that they never exploited their natural ability.  Not on of them sought fame or fortune through this medium.  The father usually selected one or two of his sons, probably those who showed a tendency in that direction, and instructed them in bonesetting.  The Sweets did not deem this a magicaal thing, but more of an inherited knowledge acquired from their elders.  They handled fractures, sprains, and dislocations with a skill to be envied by an orthopedic physician.  Their skill was in the manipulation of bones but they were known to use herbs, ointments, and skunk grease in massaging too.  Their knack was thought uncanny, as they so often succeeded where others, more learned and "better trained" had failed.  Instances naming local doctors who failed to relieve suffering that was later relieved by one of the Sweets have become a part of South County folklore.

Dr. Benoni Sweet (3) selected his son, James (4), to carry on the family art.  James was born in 1688 and not too much is known of his successes, but it was Job Sweet (5), son of James, who gained national recognition and established their bonesetting reputation.  Job (5) was born in 1724 and married Jemima Sherman in 1750.  He lived all his life in the South County section of Rhode Island.  During the Revolutionary War, Dr. Job, as he was called, was sent to Newport to set bones of French officers, an operation their own doctors would not attempt.  After the war, Aaron Burr, later Vice-President of the united States, sent for him to minister to his daughter, Theodosia,Who had a dislocated hipbone.  Dr. Job, rather reluctantly, journeyed to New York and was there greeted by Colonel Burr, their family doctor, and several other learned medical men, Job was not happy about having an audience.  They suggested that a specific hour - ten o'clock the next morning - be set for the operation.  After they had left the house, Job talked soothingly to Theodosia, who was in great pain, and explained to her his methods.  When he had eased her fears, he asked her father if he could place his hands on her hip to locate the trouble.  Colonel Burr consented and, after a few minutes, Job said to her, "Now walk around the room" and much to the surprise of Theodosia and her father she did just that -- and without pain.  When the medical team arrived the next morning Job was well on his way back to Rhode Island and Theodosia's hip was properly set and on the mend.  Two of Job's (5) sons were natural bonesetters, Benoni (6), born in 1762 and Jonathan (6), born in 1765.  Benoni married and lived in Lebanon, Connecticut, where he continued the Sweet tradition of amazing people with his propensity for healing.  Jonathan settled in Sugar Loaf hill in South Kingstown.  He married Sally Sweet and pursued his trade of blacksmithing.  He trained his son, Job (7) in both smithing and bonesetting.  The only "hinderance" they asked for their bonesetting services was enough to pay for the time lost in shoeing a horse!

"Shepherd Tom" Hazard (recollections of Olden Times by Thomas Robinson Hazard, J. N. Sanborn, pub. Newport, R. I. c. 1879), a South Kingstown diarist who knew Jonathan Sweet (6), once inquired of him, when he was setting the thigh bone of a colored boy, just how it was done.  Jonathan replied that he could not explain it, but that in his mind's eye he could see every skeletal bone and knew just where it should be placed.  This same knowledge was displayed by Dr. Job (5) of Aaron Burr fame, when he was being shown through a medical science hall in Boston by a learned doctor.  Glancing at a skeleton exhibited there, Dr. Job remarked that he had never seen a "tominy" before but that there was a little bone upside down in the foot of that one.  His learned friend protested  but on closer examination admitted that such was the case.

Many South County people recall incidents relating to this remarkable family.  "Shepherd Tom" Hazard, considered a reputable historian to illustrate the complete lack of avarice in the Sweet family.  Hazard met William Sweet (7), son of Jonathan, on the street in Peacedale, South Kingstown and while chatting with him, discovered that he was returning from a visit to Newport where he had been called to set the arm of a  man who had fallen from a haymow.  "How much do you charge for a visit across the bay?" inquired Hazard.  "Why," answered Sweet, "I have been very unlucky.  In going I was detained all night and most of the next day on Conanicut Island by bad weather, and I got over so late I was obliged to stop all night at a tavern in Newport.  Then I had to walk six miles out of town to fix the man's arm, and had to stay another night in Newport.  Now it is nearly sundown, and I have not got home yet, so I had to charge him pretty bad - eight dollars".  Hazard figured that from his eight dollars, William Sweet had to deduct four ferry fares of 40 to 60 cents each and two tavern bills for food and lodging, to say nothing of traveling some 20 miles on foot and losing four days work!

In some instances the bonesetting was performed by Sweet descendants not bearing the family name, as was the case of Edward (Bunk) Harvey (9) in South Kingstown, whose mother was Frances Sweet (8), daughter of William, Edward Harvey was a crossing tender who plied his bonesetting trade in South County.  An admirer told of his cousin who, while playing baseball in 1917 as a youngster of 13, was struck in the leg by a ball, which resulted in a large, painful swelling of his lower leg.  He was under the care of the most skilled of local doctors and after three months, was still in the same condition.  One of his doctors recommended that he consult "Bunk" Harvey, with the admonition not to tell of the referral.  The boy, some 40 years later, gave the following account of the treatment:  "BGunk ran his hand up the front of my leg from the ankle to the knee, then with one quick snap of his thumb he twisted the bunch on my leg.  It hurt like Hell for a minute, then the pain disappeared, and the lump was gone.  Bunk told me that two cords had become twisted one on top of the other.  That leg hasn't bothered me since."

Generations followed by generation of this bonesetting family and branches appeared in many parts of the county.  Some of them went to Upper New York State and others to Massachusetts and Connecticut, where their prowess as bonesetters came to light in local histories and genealogies.  The last practitioner bearing the Sweet name in South County was Dr. Benoni Sweet (8), son of William (7) and Martha Tourgee Sweet.  Benoni was born in South Kingstown on September 23, 1840.  He married Eliza Eaton and settled down in Wakefield, Rhode Island.  He was a stonemason and worked at this trade for a number of years, but on the death of his brother, George (8), in the 1890's he assumed the family profession of bonesetting.  The Rhode Island Medical society thought enough of dr. Benoni and his ability to present him with a certificate to practice medicine in Rhode Island.  He was unusually successful in his practice and on the very day he died, April 21, 1922, reduced the fracture of a boy's wrist.

In late years the Sweets have gone on to obtain medical degrees.  One of these, Dr. John Sweet (1884-1950), was a practicing physician in Newport, Rhode Island.  He is quoted in an article by P. P. Swett in the Connecticut Medical Journal for 1946:  "It is my belief that the reputation of the Sweet family for skill in setting bones was often deserved; but quite frequently the flind faith created by popular superstitions covered up many mistakes in the past which would be revealed by x-ray today.  The mechanical principles which brought success to the Sweets are the same which are found scientifically sound today.  Folk stories concerning the achievements of the Sweet family have led to the belief that there as as natural gift for bonesetting and that no training for the art was necessary.  This belief is in complete variance with the facts.  From early childhood the boys of the family have seen their parents perform bonesetting operations and the principles of the procedures have been explained in careful detail."

Dr. John Sweet's statement bears out modernization and conversion of the natural bonesetting Sweets into licensed and reputable physicians, as he became a member of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, thus combining his inherent ability with professional knowledge.  So, be it North, South, East or West, any orthopedic surgeon named Sweet may well be a descendant of that unusual and fascinating clan of "Bonesetter Sweets" of South County, Rhode Island.


The Natural Bonesetters with Special Reference to the Sweet Family of Rhode Island by Robert J. T. Joh, M.D. from the Bulletin of Medicine Vol. XXVIII, No. 5, Sept-Oct 1954.

Orthopedic Surgery in Connecticut by P. P. Sweet, from the Connecticut State Medical Journal, 1946.

Recollections of Olden Times by Thomas R. Hazard, Newport, R.I. Sanborn, 1870.

History of the Episcopal Church in Narragansett, Rhode Island by Wilkens Updike, Boston, Mass, Merrymount Press, 1907.

Newspaper clippings, photgraphs, and valuable genealogical information were furnished most graciously by George Sweet of Wakefield, R.I. and Mrs. George Crandall of Cranston, R.I., both descendants of the "Bonesetter Sweets," and by the Pettoquamscutt Historical Society of Kingston, R.I.

Article written in the January 1968 YANKEE

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Dr's Sweet - 5 generations of bone doctors

and Family memoirs
under the editorial supervision of Cuyler Reynolds
Vol IV, New York, Lewis historical Publishing Company 1911
pages 1441-2

Genealogical Society of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: #50622


The Sweet family of Amsterdam, New York, descends from Dr. Samuel Sweet, immigrant ancestor, who came to America from Wales, where the family name is not uncommon.  A remarkable fact connected with the family is that each of the four generations in the United States has produced one or more members who have been noted for their skill in the treatment of diseases of the bones and joints.  Their methods have been handed down from father to son, and while differing from the regular prescribed treatments for such diseases laid down by regular schools of medicine, have been very successful.  Each generation of the four has had a Dr. Sweet who enjoyed more than a local reputation for skill in bone surgery, there is described as a “simple, natural treatment.”

(I) Dr. Samuel Sweet was born in Wales.  He settled in Rhode Island at a date previous to the revolutionary war, and was then a comparatively young man.  He was noted around Providence for his skill in bone treatment and must have had the method taught him by his father in Wales.  By his “natural treatment” he was able to perform some cures of dislocated bones and joints that were considered very remarkable.  Leaving providence, Rhode Island, he journeyed north and westward with his wife, whom he married in Rhode Island, using the method of transportation then available - the covered wagon drawn by horses or oxen.  He settled at Bullshead, Montgomery county, New York, on a farm where he resided until his death at an extreme old age.  He was often called upon by his pioneer neighbors to treat their disabled or disjoined limbs and gained a reputation that extended far beyond local limits.  He reared a family and it is a matter of regret that the name of his wife has not been preserved.

(II) Dr. Waterman, son of Dr. Samuel Sweet, was born in Providence, Rhode Island, April 8, 1776, died 1849.  He inherited the method of bone treatment followed by his father.  His fame extended over a large section of country, and he was much sought after by those afflicted with diseases he was reputed to successfully cure.  To his business of a healer he added that of farmer, and was an active worked in the Baptist church.  He studied theology and was licensed to preach, which he often did, in fact was known as widely as a preacher as a healer.  During his latter years his eyes failed and he became totally blind.  So skilled was he and of such delicate touch that his blindness did not interfere with his work of healing.  He was greatly respected all over Montgomery county.  At the time of his death, 1849, he was living in Amsterdam, New York.  Rev. Waterman Sweet married, in New York Elizabeth Hodges, born in New England, died in Amsterdam and buried in Florida, Montgomery county, New York.

(III) Dr. Waterman (2), son of Dr. Waterman (I) and Elizabeth (Hodges) Sweet, was born in Florida, Montgomery county, New York, August 12, 1809, died August 18, 1886.  He also became famous as a “bone healer,” having succeeded to his father’s practice.  He cultivated a small farm successfully and died possessed on considerable property.  He and his wife were members of the Baptist church.  He married, in Florida, June 1, 1815, died march 28, 1902.  Children:
1.  Elizabeth, born August 1, 1839, died July 25, 1859.
2.  Twins, died in infancy
3.  Twin, died in infancy
4.  Waterman (3), April 17, 1843.
5.  David M., see forward.
6.  Ira S., march 14, 1849; resides in Utica, New York and is a successful practitioner of the family method of bone treatment; married Martha Brown and has five children.
7.  Sherod L., November 6, 1850, died aged three years
8.  Leonard G., November 21, 1852, died January 21, 1890.

(IV) Dr. David M., son of Dr. Waterman (2) and Ruth (Mallory) Sweet, was born in Florida, Montgomery county, New York, June 4, 1845.  He quite naturally adopted the profession of his father, in which he has achieved remarkable success besides a local patronage, people from all over the United States coming to consult him concerning their bone ailments.  He has resided for many years in amsterdam, New York, where he is a highly respected citizen and professional man.  He has now (1909) largely withdrawn from active practice, surrendering it to his son, who is the fifth of his name to follow the particular methods employed.  The “Old Original Sweet’s Liniment” was made by the emigrant who settled in Rhode Island, and the same liniment is used to this day.  Dr. David M. Sweet married, December 23, 1863 Hannah M. Greene, born June 11, 1843, in Greenfield, Saratoga county, New York.  Children:
1.  Emma L., born November 11, 1864; married John S. Sterling, of Pattersonville, new York; they have a son, Lincoln S., born October 11, 1894.
2.  Harry L., November 30, 1869; was educated in the public schools and is rapidly succeeding to the business of his father, whom he will succeed as the fifth in direct line to follow the “natural method”; married Harriet M. Ransler, born in Schenectady, New York, June 13, 1874; has one child, Vinnie M.
3.  Vinnie E., August 21, 1873, died February 3, 1885.
4.  Infant, deceased,

Mrs. Hannah M. (Greene) Sweet is a daughter of Anson Greene, born in Saratoga county, New York, January 23, 1814, died June 1, 1891, and Lucinda (Lincoln) Greene, born in Saratoga County, March 7, 1818, died November 9, 1851.  Anson Greene was the son of James Greene, born in Rhode Island, died in Saratoga county, new York, aged seventy-seven.  James Greene married Pamelia Hendrick, who died in May 1868, aged seventy one.  Lucinda Lincoln, wife of Anson Greene, was daughter of Henry and Hannah (White) Lincoln, who were married in Rhode Island, settled in Saratoga county, New York, where they died, both having passed their eightieth year.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Marriages at the Seventh-Day Baptist Church in Hoosick 1801-1838

Sweet family Marriages:

Performed by Elder Willaim Satterlee, Elder of the Seventh-Day Baptist Church of Little Hoosac, N.Y., between 1801 and 1837-1837, from his old book, the original of which is in the possession of Sylvester Satterlee of Berlin, N. Y.; copied from the original by Miss Leone Hall of Williamstown, Mass, New York. [Rensselaer Co., NY GenWeb]

Page 1:
John I. Brimmer to Hannah Sweet
Luther Sweet to Clarissa Cory
Maxon Green to Harriet Davis

Page 2:
Nicholas Green to Polly Kenyon
Jerry Milliard to Betsey Sweet
Thomas Carpenter to Jane Russell
Sylvester Carpenter to Susan Umphrey
Mr. Fauster to Susan Carpenter
Schuyler Green to Martha Carpenter
Eli Townsend to Harriet Carpenter
Joshua B. Maxon to Polly Carpenter
Samuel Browning to Mercy Carpenter

Page 3:
James Hubbard to Amy Carpenter
James Denison to Esther Green
Asa Coon to Sally Green
Daniel Green to Amy Godfrey

Page 4:
Thomas Green to Polly Whitford
Jerod Green to Sally Potter
Orsen Cambell to Anna Green

Page 5:
Date entered 20 June 1824
Orison Coon to Polly Carpenter
Martin Townsend to Polly Carpenter
Mr. Perry to Dedroh Carpenter

Page 6:
Eden Carpenter
Orin Green to Lydia Coon
Andrew Hewit to Abigail Green
John Green to two times
Winter Green to Lucrety Sanders
Stephen Lawrence to Amanda Green
John Randolph to Esther Green
Horace Hakes (or Hare) to Sinthy Green
Ray Green to Lucy Maxon
Joseph Green to Polly Gavet

Page 7:
Jonathan Smith 25 to Silvene Sweet, 18; 1835
Silas Davis to Emaline Carpenter; 1830