The Havens Family

Our Little Cabin in the Big Internet Woods

The Salisbury Connection

Ledge Lawn Cemetery

by Robert Havens

The information I have on the Salisbury family is all based on what I've read on the Internet, much of it from a booklet by Elon Galusha Salisbury titled "The Salisburian" that is available as a free download from Google Books at:

It was originally published almost 100 years ago as a newsletter/magazine type thing, and the combined articles were eventually published in this little book. It gives a lot of information about family members, but the historical portion of the book tends to glorify them a bit much so beware that!

Anyway, I'll try to give you a summary of what I've learned about them. The Phelps Salisbury's descend from a Humphrey Salisbury who, according to The Salisburian, married his wife Mary Milburn in 1706 while still in England, and came to the colonies in 1707 where they settled in Braintree, Mass. Personally, I think it's more likely that Humphrey was the 19 year old bondsman mentioned in "The Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1776", Sec. IV, Ch. 3, 1700. If I'm correct, he was bound for six years and came aboard the Virginia Merchant in 1700, and he married Mary Milburn after completing his service. Either way, they settled in Braintree where their first son William was born in June 1708. Humphrey died in July of that year, and William was raised by his mother. She remarried a sea captain Stephan Hayes in 1716. William lived in Braintree his entire life (died 1787), supposedly on property he inherited from his father. He married Lydia Thomas, and they had a large family.

Their son William (II), born in 1731, married Elizabeth Beal. They left Braintree around 1761 for Boston, where William went to work managing the farms of the last colonial Governor. William and the Governor became friends, and William was promoted to act as Commissary for the military unit at Castle Island (defending Boston harbor). As things deteriorated for the British, William rowed his friend out of Boston to a British navy vessel in the Harbor so that he could escape and return to England. But William was a patriot, in spite of his friendship with the Governor, and after the British were driven out of Boston and with his familiarity with the place, he continued as Commissary for an artillery unit led by Col. Paul Revere defending Boston against a British return.

So that was the setting for Stephan's life as a child. He was born in 1765, so he was too young to serve during the war, but his older brother William (III) did serve from 1780-82. I've also read in several places that William III was among the patriots that took part in the Boston Tea Party, although I don't think there's any way to prove that one way or another. He would have been only 15 at the time, which makes the claim seem a little doubtful, but I don't think there are any official records of who took part. They were breaking the law at the time, so it probably wasn't something they would have wanted written down.

Anyway, William II remained at his duties until he retired around 1785. It was my understanding that he sent his family to Conway, in western Mass, during the war to get them out of harm's way, and that he joined them there after he retired, but I'm not sure of that. Anyway, Stephan was married in Conway to Rhoda Brown on Jun 27, 1785 and their first five children were born while they lived in Conway (through Rachael, born Aug 17, 1799). Meanwhile in 1795 John, the youngest of Stephen's siblings, had joined a group of surveyors exploring the Phelps and Gorham allotment in western New York and he fell in love with the area. He purchased 192 acres of land on Sep 14, 1795 and the following year he began clearing the land and building a cabin. He would walk back and forth to Conway to spend the winters at home with the family, and he stayed with other settlers while in the Phelps area until his cabin was built. In the winter of 1798 he married Elizabeth Bannister in Conway, and they returned to Phelps in the spring to remain there.

John's enthusiasm for the area is evident, because in 1801 his parents William and Elizabeth (Beal), along with Stephen and several siblings and their families, moved to the area of Melvin Hill and Oaks Corners. Stephen purchased a farm of 240 acres that joined John's land. They both started in log houses, but built New England style homes within a few years. There were several descendants (including my 3X great grandfather Milburn) who left the Phelps area in search of their fortunes, but returned later in life to spend their last days in Phelps.

William II died in 1821. His wife Elizabeth (Beal) died in 1817. John's first wife Elizabeth (Bannister) died in December 1806, followed by her infant son Franklin in January 1807. Three of these gravestones are still visible in Joslyn Cemetery, and I'm guessing they were buried there because the Melvin Hill Cemetery wasn't opened until sometime after that. An interesting, if confusing, note: Elizabeth Bannister apparently went by the nickname Betsey. John remarried twice after she died, first to Polly Wilder, and later to another Betsey Bannister. But the second Betsey was actually the widow of Elizabeth's brother, Lemuel Bannister. Lemuel was buried in Joslyn Cemetery, as was Stephen's sister Sarah Glover.

So you can see, it's an interesting family to study. They trace their roots to Adam de Salzburg, a Saxon who came to England along with William the Conqueror in 1066, and before that back to one of the "Holy Roman" Emperors (that was the "empire" that wasn't really an empire, or roman, and it certainly wasn't holy). I am descended from Stephen, then Milburn, then his daughter Elizabeth who married George Havens while they lived in Leroy. They settled in what was then known as Pembroke, although now it's the town of Newstead, near Akron, in Erie County. They are buried there in the Ledgelawn Cemetery, off the north side of Route 5.

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Graves of Elizabeth Salisbury Havens & George Havens  Grave of Elizabath Salisbury Havens  Grave of George Havens

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The family of Elizabeth Salisbury, wife of George Havens, is one of the interesting branches of our family tree.

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