William Wilson, the pioneer ancestor of this family, emigrated from Stewardstown, County of Tyrone, Ireland, in 1732, when 19 years of age. The Town of Stewardstown is in the parish of Donagheny in the province of Ulster and eighty-two miles northwest of Dublin, long noted for its very superior linen cloth.
Of the first generation of the Corthell family in America there are records somewhat contradictory. Robert Corthell appears at Hingham, Mass., at the commencement of the eighteenth century. Nothing earlier of him seems to be known. He married Oct. 13, 1708, Deborah, daughter of Benjamin and Deborah Tower, his wife being born in Hingham in February, 1685. Robert Corthell died March 5, 1737-38, aged fifty-two years.
The Rodman family was early settled in Massachusetts. The first of the name of whom there is authentic record was John Rodman, who died on the island of Barbadoes some time between Sept. 16 and Dec. 4, 1686. Thomas Rodman, son of John, born Dec. 26, 1640, came to Newport, R. I, from the island of Barbadoes in 1675, with William Edmundson, a “Friend,” who was on a religious visit to Barbadoes. He (Thomas) was a prominent member of the Society of Friends, and was clerk of the monthly, quarterly and yearly meetings for thirty years. He was also the first clerk of the New England Yearly Meeting, which position he held until 1718, He was an eminent physician and surgeon. His death occurred Jan. 11, 1728.
This history of Seneca County New York Press as transcribed from the History of Seneca Co., New York by Morrison in 1876. Provides a history of the printing industry in Seneca up until 1875.
Paris Gibson came to Montana in 1879 to engage in sheep raising, and his consequent observations of the country led to his fortunate investment in land at the falls of the Missouri. I have no data concerning his previous life. Hon. H. P. Rolfe was born in Vermont in 1849, and educated there, choosing law for a profession. He came to Montana in 1876, and was for two years supt of public schools in Helena. During 1879 he was managing editor of the Butte Miner. He next removed to Fort Benton, where he practised law, but in 1884 located permanently
(I) Richard Child, born in 1624, resided in Barnstable, and married, October 15, 1649, Mary Linnett, of that town. He was either a son or brother of Samuel Child, who arrived in the Plymouth colony at an early date.
(II) Richard (2), a son of Richard and Mary dinnett) Child, was born in Barnstable, in March, 1653; died January 15, 1716. He is mentioned in the records as an honored deacon of the Congregational church, About the year 1678 he married Elizabeth Crocker, born October 7, 1660, daughter of John Crocker. Children: Samuel, mentioned elsewhere; Elizabeth (died young) ; Thomas; Hannah; Timothy; Ebenezer; Elizabeth; James; Mercy; Joseph, and Thankful.
This name was at first used as a prefix or title to other names, but finally became a surname throughout England. Several noteworthy families of this name are mentioned through the centuries following the Norman conquest, sketches and incidents of whom are of abundant record. They adopted armorial ensigns, or coat of arms, varying in significance and design. A leading one of these bore the motto: “Imitari quam invidere,” signifying, “I imitate those whom you envy.” The paternity of early emigrants is often veiled in a greater or less degree of uncertainty. So in this case, the parentage of Ephraim
2. STEPHEN6 CHILD, JR. (Stephen5, Daniel4, Ephraim3, Benjamin2-1) was b. Aug. 20, 1792. Being the youngest son, he was his parents choice to remain on the homestead and care for them in their declining years. Here he spent his life as a farmer. Was a member of the Baptist Church. As a politician, he was at first a Jeffersonian Democrat. Espousing the cause of the slaves, he, among others was dubbed an abolitionist, and later was a Republican. He m. March 20, 1822, Eliza Atwood of Cornish, dau. of William and Elizabeth (Hall) Atwood, b. in Pelham April 21, 1801.
3. WILLIAM HENRY7 CHILD (Stephen6-5, Daniel4, Ephraim3, Benjamin2-1) was b. Dec. 22, 1832. Has res. chiefly on the homestead farm. Graduated at Kimball Union Academy, class 1856; spent a few years teaching in N. H., Vt. and Ohio. Was superintendent of schools, 1886-97: devoted his time chiefly to farming until 1897. In March of this year the town of Cornish decided to have its history written. Dr. George W. Hunt was chosen historian with authority to appoint five aids. Mr. Child was one of the five selected who at once began the work. A love for the work has caused