Mary Evarts Webb Cooch.

Ancestry and descendants of Nancy Allyn (Foote) Webb, Rev. Edward Webb, and Joseph Wilkins Cooch online

. (page 1 of 11)
Online LibraryMary Evarts Webb CoochAncestry and descendants of Nancy Allyn (Foote) Webb, Rev. Edward Webb, and Joseph Wilkins Cooch → online text (page 1 of 11)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook



M. U



3 1833 01397 8033

Digitized by the Internet Archive

in 2010 with funding from

Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

Ancestry and Descendants


4ancy Allyn (Foote) Webb
Rev. Edward Webb


Joseph Wilkins Cooch



(Mrs. J. Wilkins Cooch)









Life of Nancy Allyn (Foote) Webb. . . 3
Parents and Foster Parents of Nancy

Allyn (Foote) Webb 8

Parents of Nancy Allyn (Foote)

Webb and their descendants !)

The Foote Family 13

The Potter Family 17

The Sutliffe Family IS

The Allyn Family 20

The Gager Family 24

The Avery Family 26

The Parke Family 29

The Gallup Family 30

The Lake Family 33

The Prentiss Family 36

The Cobb Family 37

The Mumford Family 39

The Sherman Family 42

The Remmington and Richmond

Families 44

The Cheeseborough Family 45

Thomas Mumford's House 47

The Saltonstall Family 48

The Kaye Family of Woodsome 52

Ancestry of Grace Kaye 54

The Gurdon Family 56

Descent of Muriel Gurdon from the
Royal lines of England and Scot-
land 58

The Sedley Family , 61

The Ward Family 62

The Russell and Rosewell Families. . .64
Honorable Gurdon Saltonstall ........ 66

The Winthrop Family 67

The Forth Family 71


The Reade Family 73

The Browne Family 74

The Dudley Family 76

The Dudley Pedgree 80

The Tyng Family go

Descent of Nancy Allyn (Foote)

Webb from William the Conqueror. .83
Descent from Egbert I King of Eng-
land and Emperor Charlemagne 85

Some details of the Allyn Family
history given by Aunt Mary Mum-

ford Foote SS

Some details of the Foote Family
history also given by Aunt Mary

Mumford Foote SO

Note 91


The Family of Rev. Edward Webb

Life of Rev. Edward Webb 95

Ancestry of Rev. Edward Webb 06

Descendants of Joseph Antrim Webb. .97
Ancestry of Rebekah Holman, wife
of Joseph Antrim Webb, Sr.

The Burkitt Family 113

The Holman Family 116



The Cooch Family 119

The Griffith Family 129

The Hollingsworth Family . ., 131

The Wilkins Family 133

The Bedford Family 136

The Jaquett Family 13s

The Philippin Family 142

Index of Names 145



Nancy Allyn (Foote) Webb, during her residence in Oxford, Pa 3

Nancy Allyn Foote f From daguerreotype and miniature made and ex- 7

Rev. Edward Webb ( changed in July 1845 during their engagement. j 4

Ella S. Webb, M. D. )

Edward Allyn Webb J 10

Robert Allyn. Father of Rebecca Saltonstall Allyn )

Robert Allyn. Silhouette J 21

The Allyn Coat of Arms 23

Capt. James Avery 7

"The Hive of the Averys" J '-6

Rebecca Winthrop (Saltonstall) Mumford. Wife of Capt. David Mumford 40

Impaled Coat of Arms of the Winthrop and Saltonstall Families 50

Gurdon Saltonstall. Colonial Governor of Connecticut 6fi

John Winthrop, Sr. First Colonial Governor of Massachusetts 1

Joseph Dudley, son of Thomas Dudley, both Colonial Governors of Massachusetts f 68

Miss Mary Mumford Foote 1

"Ye old Town Mill." Built by John Winthrop in 1650 J 71

Capt. Francis Allyn )

Mrs. Francis Allyn ) 8 ^

Letter from Gen. Lafayette to Mrs. Francis Allyn 8S

Martha Washington China \

Ring given by the daughters of Lafayette to Mrs. Francis Allyn J 9I

Rev. Edward Webb 1

Susan (Grimsby) Webb and her daughter-in-law j- 95

Nancy Allyn (Foote) Webb, in November 1845

Rebekah (Holman) Webb. Wife of Joseph Antrim Webb)

Home of Joseph Antrim and Rebekah (Holman) Webb ] '

Cooch Homestead at Cooch's Bridge, Delaware 119

Silver tankard and oak chest, brought by Thos. and Sarah Cooch from England in 1745 ]
Iron chest in which Thomas Cooch buried his silver and silver plate, before the Battle [ 120
of Cooch's Bridge I

William Cooch. Son of Thomas and Sarah (Griffith) Cooch 121

Levi Griffith Cooch I

Sarah Conant (Wilkins) Cooch j 122

Joseph Wilkins Cooch "j

Joseph Wilkins Cooch J From photographs made and exchanged V 123

Mary Evarts Webb £ during their engagement in 1S70

Levi Hollingsworth Cooch 125

Mary Cooke (Bedford) Wilkins 1 .,„

Joseph Wilkins, Sr. j ldS

Levi Griffith Cooch f From ivory paintings made and exchanged 1 . „ ,

Sarah Conant Wilkins ( during their engagement in 1837 )

Running Bedford, 2nd 136

Jaquett Arms ) D „ 1Qfl

Philippin Arms} Pa " e 13f>

Des Balmes Arms 142

?ompte Arms 14::



During her resilience in Oxford, Pennsylvania






To make a complete genealogy of our mother's forbears would be utterly im-
)ossible. The more facts and data we secure, the more we are impressed with
'the vast circumference of our ignorance."

What has been collected is far from complete but should stimulate us, her
ihildren, who revere her memory, to higher and nobler aims.

Our mother, Nancy Allyn Foote, was born at Portage, New York, July 13,
L825. Her father was Lucius Chittenden Foote, and her mother, Rebecca
^altonstall Allyn. Her parents were married in New London, Connecticut, Oct.
[9, 1824. There were three daughters born to them, Nancy Allyn, Sarah Evarts
md Mary Mumford. The father died when the third daughter was an infant
)f two and one-half months, and the mother, nine years later.

After the death of the father, the family moved to Cayuga, New York.

Our grandfather's favorite sister, Miss Lucina Foote, had made her home
vith the family and at our grandmother's death, to Aunt Lucina 's wise and
lapable care, was intrusted the rearing of the three orphans. Their guardian
vas our grandmother's brother, Capt. Francis Allyn, of New London, Conn.
)ur mother, Nancy Allyn Foote, was named for her mother's eldest sister,
sTancy Lavinia Allyn, who married Major Thomas W. Williams, of New
jondon, Conn.

When Aunt Lucina was young there were no schools for the higher education
>f girls, but she, at home in Cornwall, Vermont, and her brother Lucius, in
>tiddlebury College, studied the same books. Thus she was fitted to prepare
ler three nieces for entrance to Mt. Holyoke, as soon as they successively at-
ained the age of 16 years.

Mother passed the examination at 15, but being a year too young, continued
ter studies at home with her aunt, and entered the Junior (corresponding to
he present Freshman) class in 1841, at the minimum age of 16 years. In the
irst years of Mount Holyoke, the course was only three years, so that mother
graduated in 1844 at 19, and was a teacher in the Seminary 1844-1845.

Love came into her life that year, and who could tell the story like the Lover?

For the Golden Wedding Anniversary of father and mother, Sept. 30, 1895,
ather wrote what follows :

"In the Spring of 1845 I received my appointment from the A. B. C. F. M.,
nd was designated to the Madura Mission of Southern India. The time for
mbarking was, for some reason, deferred till late in the autumn of that year.

"There were nine others in that Mission Company, all for the Tamil Mission.

"At that time I was a member of the Senior Class in the Theological Ser
nary at Andover, Mass. My prospect then was to go out unmarried, but I
Rufus Anderson, the Foreign Secretary of the Board, earnestly advised i
seeking a wife; and, for this purpose, proposed a visit to the village of Sou
Hadley. where I would meet young ladies of warm missionary interest, foster
by Miss Mary Lyon, Principal of Mount Holyoke Seminary of that place.

"So in the month of June, I went bearing a letter of introduction from h
to the Rev. Joseph Condit. Pastor of the Congregational Church there.

"I arrived on Friday and received from Mr. Condit a note to Miss Sus
Reed, one of the teachers, who, as Mrs. Howland, was expecting to be in o
mission party in the fall. This lady entered into my little scheme with hear
ness, for her own room mate was the one of all others in the Seminary whc
she would select for the enterprise and for the relation.

"On the afternoon of that day I delivered my note to her. She referr
significantly to her room-mate, and managed to introduce us in a casual way
simply speaking to her of me as a missionary who expected to sail Avith h
and Mr. Howland in the fall.

"On the Sunday following, I preached in the church, the ladies of the Ser
nary were all present — Miss Reed and her room-mate with the rest. Th
attention and interest were emphasized by the circumstances.

"On Monday morning I was directed by Mr. Condit, whose guest I w;
and who manipulated my enterprise, to give the teachers and students t
opportunity of a personal interview. It was a desperate ordeal for a mode
youth, but as he promised to be present and introduce them, and sustain n
I consented ; in this, however, he failed me.

"Among others, I met there Miss Reed and her friend, and I think I mi"
have betrayed some perturbation at the moment, for I then knew that the c
ject of my visit had been introduced between them.

"In the evening of that day I left for Greenwich, but before doing so,
wrote a note — the first addressed by me — to Miss Nancy A. Foote. In tl
I proposed correspondence, also a meeting on the following Wednesday in t
village of Holyoke. On the morning of that day, we met there. She was i
companied by Miss Reed and Mr. Howland. We ascended the mountain 1
gether. Shortly after midday, they returned to the Seminary, and an hour
two later I followed them.

"In the Seminary nothing was known of this meeting at Holyoke. Mi
Lyon and others attributed my call that day to my interest in Miss Reed or
the Seminary work. On the same evening I left, returning to my class ai
studies in Andover.

"From that time on, correspondence continued, but under cover, to avo

"August 1st I again visited South Hadley and the Seminary to be prese
at the commencement exercises. On this occasion the fact of my engageme
to one of the teachers was announced by an allusion to it in one of the pape]
read by Miss Condit, a niece of the clergyman with whom I stayed on u
first visit.

''After the exercises we went together to Greenwich, where we spent a wei
visitinsr my mother and sister— Mrs. Blodgett. From there we went to Ne
York City to purchase outfit of clothing for the voyage and for our use
India. From New York City we went to the home in Cayuga, N. Y. On I
day following I started for St. Louis to take leave of my brother and siste

It was a long, wearisome journey, for there were then no railroads west of
Pennsylvania and New York. I took the best way — which was by boats on the
Ohio and Mississippi rivers.

"Our plan was to be married on Sept. 24th, but the boat I took, on my re-
turn, from Toledo, did not arrive in Buffalo till late on Saturday — 27th. I
had been announced to preach in the Cayuga church on the 28th. The church
was full. No reason for the failure could be given, for there were no telegraph
lines. Friends from distant points had been in suspense for four days, waiting
for the groom. On Monday evening a tea party had been extemporized for
their entertainment. They were there when I arrived on the Buffalo train.
One of them escorted me to the house.

"I called on Rev. Medad Pomeroy, the minister, and engaged him to per-
form the ceremony at 8 o'clock, the next morning. The parlor was full, among
them were several relatives from New York City, and from neighboring towns,
besides the people of the village.

"Miss Minerva Mcintosh was bridesmaid and Mr. Cyrus Davis, groomsman.

"We left at 9 a. m., by a train on the New York Central, going west to
Rochester. At Geneva and Phelps we were met and congratulated by relatives
and friends while the train stopped. At Rochester we spent the afternoon
ind dined. In the evening we left for Dansville by boat. We spent the follow-
ing two days visiting friends in Geneseo and Livonia, arriving in Cayuga on
Saturday, Oct. 4th. The following week was full of packing up and final leave

"On October 9th, we started for Massachusetts, arriving in Greenwich the
following day.

"In the three weeks that followed, we visited Amherst, South Hadley, New
L/ondon and Andover.

"On Thursday, Oct. 23d, I was ordained in Ware village. Rev. Dr. Rufus
inderson preached the sermon, and Rev. Edward Blodgett, my brother-in-law,
jave the charge to the missionary.

"Two weeks from that event, on Thursday, Nov. 6th, we arrived in Boston,
ind spent the few days left, in preparing for the India voyage. We sailed in the
Vlalabar, with the party of eleven on Wednesday, November 12th, arriving in
Madras after a voyage of one hundred and thirty-eight days, on March 28th,

The first home was in Sivagunga, in the Madura Mission, Southern India;
md two and a half years later our parents went to Dindigul — the only India
lome their surviving children knew.

The life story of so rare and beautiful a character as our mother, would
ill a volume by itself. Wherever placed, she was equal to every requirement.
iVith perfect control of herself, she was fitted for control of others. As wife,
aother, adviser, friend, she exemplified the perfect woman described by King
Solomon, and we who knew her best, unite in saying of her, "Many daughters
lave done virtuously, but thou excellest them all."

Not only had she thoroughly acquired the language, but with rare mental
jifts, was fitted for best service in Foreign Missionary work.

Mother was accurate in her statements, a good botanist, a fine mathemati-
iian. She possessed a rich vocabulary, and her diction was choice in spoken
md in written word.

Her memory for dates and events was marvelous, and the mothers of the

Mission depended on her for the dates of the birthdays of their children, wh
they forgot.

Her love of flowers, knowledge of Botany and powers of observation we
so discerning and accurate that on one occasion, in going up to the Pulney Hi
Sanatorium, she counted from her Palanquin, seventy varieties of blue flowe
I never saw her angry, never heard her raise her voice above a needed to
to be heard, and yet she controlled her children with a look, calm and quiet, t
one it never occurred to them to disobey.

Her epigrams were notable, stimulating and helpful: "Whenever you saj
'Don't,' say a 'Do.' " "Look with your eyes and not with your fingers
"Troubles are like children, nurse them and they grow, neglect them and th
die." "In judgment be lenient with others, be strict with yourself. Tempi
tion is the other way." "Life is pretty evenly balanced, every condition b
its compensations." "Do not attempt to control another if you cannot conti
yourself." "Make allowances."

She lived her precepts, for I never heard her speak ill of anyone. Ev
when admitting a wrong, she would add, "With the same environments aj
temptations, can we be sure we would do better?"

Our parents were Missionaries in India for 19 years, till father's brok
health prevented his return after a second furlough. It was a calamity th
deeply deplored.

Our parents, with the two youngest children, landed in New York frc
India the second time, July 12, 1864, and three weeks later went to Camde
New Jersey, where we occupied a comfortless house for another three wee
till locating at 3806 Spruce St., West Philadelphia.

As mother had been at Mount Holyoke between the ages of 16 and 20, wh.
she married and went to India, she had had little practical knowledge of hous
keeping in America.

But without preparation for her varied and new experiences, she faced h
problems with courage, so quiet and strong, that it is only in these later yea
we have fully realized the nobility of her heroism during those trying times.

When our parents landed in America, the Civil War was at its height, mon.
depreciated, and living necessities greatly advanced in price. Father's heal
was broken from his arduous experiences in India, he was often ill— nev
well. Three serious cases of whooping cough and two nearly fatal ones
typhoid fever, with tedious convalescence, taxed every power of body mil
and heart. '

Those twenty-one months in West Philadelphia were crucial times for tl
mother, and she "came forth as gold" to take her place as Pastor's wife
Pencader Presbyterian Church, Glasgow, Delaware.

In the five and a half years of her life there, she endeared herself to eve]
one. Her own bereavements and life experiences had so enriched her cha
acter, that she could give help, comfort and encouragement for every nee
The next home was in Northern New Jersey, where for eighteen months fath.
was pastor of the church at Andover. The winters there were rough and col
—sharp and trying after India.

When father became Financial Secretary of Lincoln University, she kept i
his correspondence during his long and necessary absences from home. It w
in the act of writing for him, the evening of November 11, 1878, while alone •
the house she had her first stroke, and at every anniversary for 23 veil
another stroke would gently draw her limitations closer 1

Richly equipped, mentally and spiritually for any requirement of brain or
heart, she felt it keenly to see her work of earnest thought, experience and
prayer, taken up gayly with foamy confidence and inexperience. "Continued
differently," was her only comment. Her physical restrictions must have
been an unspeakable grief, for she rarely referred to them. Once she said,
I 'I must decrease.' It's hard." Then smiling quickly through her tears, she
added : ' ' Must is a grand word ! Must has no master ! ' '

In her weekly letters, sent every Friday as long as she could hold a pen in
her stiffening fingers, she always sent me, her eldest daughter, a flash from
i jeweled verse. Soon after father's death, she' wrote on I Peter 1.7. " 'The
:rial of your faith' — the discipline of your faith. Disciplined, made more avail-
ible to us and to ours, for whom we would be of the best service. ' '

Her last illness was accompanied with great distress in breathing, but she
never uttered a murmur. "You must not have a complaint to remember,"
jhe said.

The day before her death, her faithful daughter Ella said, "Mother, this is a
jeautiful Sabbath day." And she eagerly replied, "Next Sabbath! Oh! next
Sabbath ! ' ' They were her last words, for soon after, another stroke deprived
ler tongue of speech.

Just at noon on Monday, January 20, 1902, her spirit, freed from all its limi-
tations, sped home.


Beginning with our mother's parents, her father was Lucius Chittender
Foote. He was born in Cornwall, Vermont, November 3, 1796, and fitted foi
Middlebury College with Rev. Jedidiah Bushnell of that town. He passed s<
brilliant an examination that the minimum age requirement of 16 years wa
broken in his case, and he entered the Freshman class at 14. I own the little
leather covered trunk with his initials L. C. F. in brass headed tacks on th<
lid. It took his modest wardrobe to college.

He read law in Granville, New York, in 1815-1817, and in Cayuga, New York
in 1817-1818. Practiced in Cayuga some years, and was then a Land Agent ii
Nunda, or Portage, New York, till his death of pleurisy, July 31, 1828.

Aunt Lucina, grandfather's sister, who capably and graciously reared hei
orphaned nieces to womanhood requires more than passing notice. She was
born in Cornwall, Vermont, July 30, 1800, and after having acquired a libera
education, by the study of her brother's college course at home, she endearec
herself to her sister-in-law, and continued to live with her beloved brothea
after his marriage.

Aunt Lucina was the first one in Cayuga to introduce the Love-apple, no\i
called tomato, assuring those who eyed with suspicion its alluring form anc
hue, that not only was it free from poison, but was a pleasing and edible fruit

Her cookery, too, was the envy and ambition of Cayuga housewives. Befort
one of her quilting parties, she secured a novelty — a little patty-pan — anc
patiently baked all her cake-batter in that one patty-pan, till she had enougl
cakes for all her guests.

Her roses, and other flowers, as well as the choice bush- and tree-fruits oJ
her wonderful garden, were an inspiration and education to the town, as wel
as to the nieces of her love and care.

She died in Cayuga, May 6, 1846, about six weeks after our parents landed
in India.

Mother's mother, was Rebecca Saltonstall Allyn. She was born in Net*
London, Connecticut, May 20, 1801. She was one of three beautiful sisters
Abigail was older, and Jane Winthrop, younger. These sisters of hers marriec
brothers, Lewis and Dwight Plmypton Janes, respectively.

Her girl friend from childhood was Sarah Huntington of New London, wh(
afterwards became the wife of Rev. Dr. Eli Smith, one of the first Missionaries
to Syria. Her interest in Foreign Missions grew through correspondence witl
her friend, and mother remembered the early "Woman's Missionary Society'
which met "at Mrs. Foote 's house, next to the Church."

Between services, on winter Sabbaths, the ladies would bring their little
foot-stoves to Mrs. Foote 's, to have them replenished with fresh hot coals, foi
the afternoon service in the unheated church.

Grandmother Foote died May 16, 1837, just before her 36th birthday. Sh(
lies in the Cayuga cemetery, with grandfather and aunt Lucina Foote.

Mother was married in Cayuga, New York, September 30, 1845, to our father
Rev. Edward Webb, son of Thomas and Susan (Grimsby) Webb. He was borr
in Lowestoft, England, December 15, 1819, and died suddenly of heart-failure
on the train between Oxford and Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, April 6




Lucius Chittenden Foote, Esq., b. =Rebecca Saltonstall Allyn, b. New
Cornwall, Vt., Nov. 3, 1796 ; died London, Ct., May 20, 1801 ; mar. Oct.
Portage, N. Y., July 31, 1828. 19, 1824 ; died May 16, 1837.

1(1) Nancy Allyn Foote, b. Portage,
N. Y., July 13, 1825; mar. Cayuga,
N. Y., Sept. 30, 1845 ; d. Oxford, Pa.,
Jan. 20, 1902.

I (2) Sarah Evarts Foote, b. Portage,
^. Y., Oct. 25, 1826; mar. Montreal,
Canada, by Rev. Henry Wilkes, D.D.,
May 22, 1856 ; d. New London, Conn.,
Feb. 21, 1863.

1(3) Mary Mumford Foote, b. Port-
age, N. Y., May 15, 1828 ; d. Jan. 19,
L919, Lakewood, N. J. Buried in Ox-
ford, Pa.

:Rev. Edward Webb, son of Thomas
and Susan (Grimsby) Webb, b.
Lowestoft, Eng., Dec. 15, 1819; d.
Oxford, Pa., April 6, 1898.

:Adam Frink Prentiss, son of John and
Eunice (Frink) Prentiss, b. May 23,
1809 ; d. July 25, 1878 ; mar. 2nd Ger-
trude Mercer, c^,^ q^ XC t *?*

II (2) a. Mary Mumford Prentiss, born Dec. 26, 1858.

II (2) b. John Adam Prentiss, born April 8, 1860. Disappeared in 18#£-/ ?&%

II (2) c. Jane Rebecca Prentiss, born Nov. 12, 1861.

I (1) Nancy Allyn Foote.

:Rev. Edward Webb.

II (1) a. Edward Lucius Webb, born at East Station Madura, Southern India,
July 9, 1846 ; died Jan. 26, 1849 at 1A.M., n Pulney Hills, S. India.

II (1) b. Thomas Allyn Webb, born at Sivagunga. S. India, Nov. 1, 1847;
died on Pulney Hills, Jan. 25, 1849, at 6 P. M. Both died the same night of
Asiatic cholera, and as father was thought to be dying also of cholera, Rev.
John Rendall assisted mother to bury the children in a packing box, on Mt.
Nebo the afternoon of Jan. 26, 1849. They were afterwards removed to Din-

II (1) c Mary Evarts Webb.
See page 10.

rJoseph Wilkins Cooch.

II (1) d. Ella S. Webb, M. D.. born in Madura Fort, S. India, Oct. 16, 1850.
She was a practicing physician for 19 years in Oxford, Penn. ; in editorial and
Y. W C. A. work for 9 years in St. Paul, Minn. ; in church and Sunday School


activities continuously from childhood, and was both beloved and efficient i
every sphere. Died suddenly in St. Paul, Nov. 15, 1914.

rLuella Simmons, daughter of Gilbei
and Sarah (Powell) Simmons, b. a
Apple River, Ills. Resides in S1
Paul, Minn.

II (1) e Edward Allyn Webb, b. on
Pulney Hills, S. India, Mar. 5, 1852 ;
mar. in St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 4, 1882;
d. July 6, 1915.

"Few men have carved out a ca-
reer in the face of more adverse cir-
cumstances than he. Never robust in
health, yet with constant energy and
amazing application to his business
interests, he was able to look upon

1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Online LibraryMary Evarts Webb CoochAncestry and descendants of Nancy Allyn (Foote) Webb, Rev. Edward Webb, and Joseph Wilkins Cooch → online text (page 1 of 11)