Card Family Notes

Descendants of Richard Card (1598-1674) and Rebecca

Benjamin Card (1754-1837) (William-4, Peleg-3, James-2, Richard-1)


Ancestor Anna Card born 1794 West Burlington, Otsego Co., New York; died 20 Mar 1886 Steuben Co., New York; married est 1808 Jonathan Tuttle Stiles, he born 24 Dec 1784 Morristown, Morris Co., New Jersey; died 18 Sep 1859 Steuben Co., New York. She dau. of Benjamin-5 Card (1754-1837) who married 3 Jan 1782 Pownal, Bennington Co., Vermont to Hannah Cummings (1764?-1857). He was descendant of William-4, Peleg-3, James-2, Richard-1.

They descendants of Richard Card (1598-1674) and his wife Rebecca. He died BEF 1 Jul 1674 Newport, Newport Co., Rhode Island (probate?). Richard Card had been reportedly born 18 Sep 1598 at Churston Ferrers, Devonshire, England but it appears there is no proof of his birth or parents, and various prior theories have been disproven.

Benjamin Card (1754-1837) and Hannah Cummings Card (1764?-1857) are both buried at the Peter Larson Farm Cemetery, Burlington, Otsego County, New York, both gravestones still existing. Previous reports claiming they were buried at an "Old Spencer Cemetery" or "Spencer Cemetery" in West Burlington are apparently incorrect; I have not found a cemetery in the Burlington area by that specific name. Fifteen burials at the Peter Larson Farm Cemetery are listed in Findagrave. Benjamin's brother Daniel Card (1751-1821) is occasionally reported as buried at a "Bates-Spencer-Gardner Cemetery" in Otsego County. However, there likewise is no such cemetery; Daniel is shown in an index of burials of the five visible stones at the A. C. Vosburg Farm Cemetery at Burlington.

This Card family line is presented in Descendants of Richard Card (DRC) by Maxine Phelps Lines (1909-2006) and Mary Card Yarnell (1918-2005), 1980, and William Card 1710-1785 with Ancestors and Descendants by Grayce (Harper) Alsterda (1928-1999); [Mt. Prospect, IL] (915 W. White Gate Drive, Mt. Prospect 60056) : G.H. Alsterda; 1978; Rev. 1986; iv, 45 leaves : ill. ; 29cm. LCCN: 86-174208. I have not seen; the only copy known to me is at LOC (not even FHL). Note also that "Alsterda" is verified correct spelling; the spelling has been misreported in various places.

The DRC work consists of six volumes, the first three of which are devoted to the three known children (sons) of Richard Card of Rhode Island:

The only source of the DRC volumes known by me is through the copies that were microfilmed by the LDS Church. Available for viewing at the Family History Library at Salt Lake or through loan at one of the local Family History Centers. The film numbers are: 1307501, Items 1 to 4, for Volumes 1 to 4 (Joseph, James, Job, Miscellaneous, respectively) and 1035630, Item 6, for Volume 5 (John). This is confirmed by Worldcat search January, 2011. The LCCN: 83-196447 associated is for the LDS microfilm; which is the only copy at The Library of Congress.

It appears that the sole public copy of the Alsterda work is a hard copy at the Library of Congress (2 copies) of the 1986 revision. There is not even an LDS/FHL filming.

More info. coming ...

Ancestor Profiles - William Card (1710-1784)

From Wikipedia:

By the Revolution, the town [Pownal] was deeply divided between “Yankees” and the Tories, those sympathetic to England, each of whom considered himself or herself a Loyalist. Tories were often arrested and imprisoned. By the end of the Revolution, most Tories had fled Pownal for safety among the United Empire Loyalists who resettled in Canada. As noted, however, that was not always the case. William Card (1710–1784), born in Rhode Island, settled in Pownal perhaps as late as 1773 (though his sons settled there between 1762–1766) fought for the British at the Battle of Bennington on 16 August 1777, along with 4 of his sons: Jonathan (1734-1818), Elisha (1738-1805), Philo (1754-1837), Stephen (1748-1798) -- (Source: National Archives of Canada, WO 28/10, Reel B-286 7, pp. 17-18. Found on the NY GenWeb Rensselaer County, The Loyalist Muster Roll of 1777 by Capt Samuel McKay at Chateauguay, Quebec, 20TH DECEMBER 1777.) The battle, a virtually complete American victory, was actually fought in Hoosick Falls (Walloomsac) , NY. The elder Card and all four of his sons were captured, but soon released.

Three years later, William Card's grandsons (Jonathan Card's [1734-1818] two young sons), Thomas (1762-1850) and Jonathan (1764-1836), would serve in Colonel Herrick's Vermont regiment on the "Yankee" or Patriot lines during 1780/1. Their service was documented in their Revolutionary War pension papers as men who fought against the British (HeritageQuest Revolutionary War Papers Series: M805 Roll: 160 Image: 31 File: S12447 Pages: 1-7 and Series: M805 Roll: 160 Image: 89 File: S10430 Pages: 1-8). Wm Card died in Pownal in 1784, seven years later. The War, in New England, was over well before that.

Pownal, Vermont - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, July 1, 2011.
Note that William Card (1710-1784) would have been age 67 in 1777, unlikely that his physical contribution to the Brits would have been significant. Also, I can find NO confirming evidence of the existence of ANY "Philo" Card. The birth/dates shown in the above Wikipedia quote (1754-1837) belong to Benjamin Card, son of William. I have not reviewed the citations or attempted to research further (for now). I did, however, subsequently find that it appears that at least apparently Elisha Card (1738-aft1805) switched sides as the DAR online Research System shows him (# A019080) serving under Capt. Nathaniel Seeley's Alarm Men and Col. Samuel Herrick's Militia at Norfolk, Mass. The above-mentioned Loyalist Muster Roll of 1777 is online at this link. More TBA.

There are hints that there was a smallpox epidemic in the area of Pownal ca. 1777 but I cannot find anything tangible.

Misc. Notes:

William Card will:

From Volume I of Bennington's Probate Records, we have William Card's will of 15 June 1784. William's will was witnessed by Joseph Williams, Joseph Card, and William Williams. The will was probated at the dwelling of Jonathan Card on 22 April 1785.

In the name of God Amen
I William Card of Pownall being in purfut health of body and and in Perfut mind and memory thanks be given unto God Calling unto mind the Mortallity of my body that is appointed for all men one to Die to make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament that is to say Principally.
And first of all I give and Recommend my Soul into the hand of the Almighty God, that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in Decant and Christian Buriel at the Discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the Resurrection I shall Revive the same agin, by the Mighty Power of God, and touching such worldly Estate whirewith it has Pleased God to blefs me with in this life I give divise and dispose of the same in the following maner and form. - - -
- - First. I give and bequeath to Mercy my Dearly And well beloved Wife one third part of all my Personal and Real Estate During her Life. - -
Secondly. I give to my well beloved Son Jonathan Card the sum of Ten shillings. -
Thirdly. I give to my well beloved son Jobe Card the sum of five shillings. -
Fourthly. I give to my well beloved Son Elisha Card the sum of five shillings. -
Fifthly. I give to my well beloved son Daniel Card one Cow and six sheep. -
Sixly. I give to my well beloved son Stephen Card one Cow. -
Seventhly. I give to my well beloved son Benjamin Card my homested Farm with all the buildings thereon together with one Yoak of oxen and all my Farming and one Route Table. -
Eight. I give to my well beloved Daughter Ame Goff one caste a Draws one Brafs kittle one Pewter Bason one Pewter Platter and three Pewter Plates and a pair of Worsted Combs. -
Ninthly. I give to my grandson John, son of Stephen Card, four Sheep. -
I Likewise Constitute make and ordain my true and beloved Wife and beloved son Benjamin Card Executors of this My Last Will and Testament Ratifiing and Conforming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament in Witnefs Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 15th Day of June 1784. - Signed, Sealed, published and Declared by the said William Card as his Last Will and Testament In Presunce of us whome here present and in the Presunce of each other have hereunto subscribed our Names.

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