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David Hedges

Male 1744 - 1817  (73 years)

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  • Name David Hedges 
    Born 15 Jun 1744  , , New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Nov 1817 
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      Deacon David Hedges was born June 15th, 1744, and died November8th,1817.He was a remarkable man. Pelletreau, in Munsell's HistoryofSuffolkCounty, records the fact, that he was, for twentyyears,Supervisor of thetown of Southampton, "a longer time than anyotherman," and he says ofhim he was "a man of upright life and freefromguile." The New-York CivilList reports him a member of theProvincialCongress in 1776, and a memberof Assembly in 1786, 1787, 1788,1789,1804, 1806, 1807; also a member ofthe convention which metatPoughkeepsie and ratified the Constitution ofthe United States,July26th, 1788, and voting therefor. In 1807 he wasactive in procuringthepassage of an act incorporating the Proprietors ofMontauk. Thisactauthorized every proprietor to cast one vote, and if heowned morethanone-eighth of a share to cast one vote for each additionaleighth,andprohibited any proprietor from casting over eight votes. Hisagency,inthe passage of this law, was criticized, on the ground that thevoteofevery proprietor should be equal. Upon this ground which may leadtotheabsurdity of a minority rule, the law was vehementlyopposed.Theincorporation proceedings were attended with disorder andtumult,whichprevented organization and themeeting was broken upwithouteffecting itspurpose. In our day, in all corporations, com. monjusticeenacts thatall share holders vote according to the number ofsharesowned. In thatday Deacon Hedges claimed but a limited observance ofthatrule, nowuniversally accepted. His sin was the sin of thinking inadvanceof hisage. He was a large farmer and compelled by the British tofurnishhayfor the garrison in Sag-Harbor, in the Revolutionary war. Myfathertoldme he carted some of the hay. following the ox cart of theDeacon,hisfather. Subsequently, by Meigs' expedition, the hay wasburned.Itsdestruction so enraged the British that they refused to pay forthehay,as they had promised, and never did pay for it. Out ofthistransaction,and with this only as a foundation, a silly story wastoldthat DeaconHedges fed the British. He was a man of positive convictions and intensely religious. In thewarofthe Revolution the Bridge-Hampton church had no minister.DeaconHedgesthen, and through all his after life, in the minister'sabsence,conductedpublic worship, and often read a sermon. In resolution,infidelity to hisconvictions of duty, in sound sense, in good judgment,inexecutive force,in business capacity, he was conspicuous. The wifeofthe Rev. Dr.Woolworth wrote of his death: "Help, Lord, for the godlymanceaseth." Itis doubtful whether Bridge-Hampton ever held in itsbounds,on his ownstatement, a greater scoundrel than Stephen Burroughs.Theantagonism ofthe two men was inevitable and to thoughtful mindsthesneering censures in"Burrough's Life" are a certificate to the creditofDeacon Hedges. Hiscommendation would have been the stamp of dishonor. He was physically powerful, and with executive force capableofgreatendurance. It is reported that he took a drove a cattle toNew-York,andsold them for a thousand pounds. In those days robberieswerefrequentand the danger therefrom alarming. To avoid it Deacon Hedgestookthislarge sum in his saddle bags, started on horseback beforedaybreakfromBrooklyn ferry, and stopping for refreshments only once ontheroad,arrived at his home in Sagg safely, by 9 o'clock in theevening,adistance of one hundred miles. Tradition tells that the Deaconwasnonethe worse for it, but the young horse he rode was a longtimedisabled.There is a tradition that at one time the Stategovernmentoffered abounty or premium to the man who should raise the mostflax. Inthe hopeof procuring the premium he sowed forty acres in onefield. Heled thecompany in pulling it, and when they got around it, LeviSandford,one ofthem nearest to him said, "Deacon we have been 'round theworld." COL. JONATHAN 4 b. 1724, d. June 3, 1804, 2 CONC . July 27, 1747,Jonathan5 (of Newark Valley, TiogaCo. N. Y.) b. May 2, 1749, d. April10, 1835,Elias 5 b. Feb. 15, 1751.Job 5 b. March 1753, Mary 5 (w. ofHenry Moore)b. Feb. 4, 1755, Cynthia5 w. of Elisha Miller b. Oct. 10,1757, Abigail 5b. July 26, 1759,Stephen 5 b. April 10, 1764 and Ruth 5w. of Wm. Pierson,b. Dec. 31,1766 JOB 5 (of Sag-Harbor) b. March 4, 1753, had ch. Lyman 6, DeaconJob6,Howell 6 and Phebe 6 w. of (???) Babcock. LYMAN 6 had son Lyman 7 and Stephen 7 of Michigan.

      The descendants of Daniel 3 have resided, except asotherwisestated,chiefly in the town of Southampton. The descendants ofJohn 3andWilliam, 3 except as otherwise stated, have residedchieflyinEast-Hampton. HOWELL HEDGES 6, son of Job 5 of Sag-Harbor, b. July 15, 1799, d.May9,1893, 2 CONC d w. Eliza W. Hallock, m. July 18, 1819, and Page 298 ch. Sarah A. 7 b. May 28, 1820 d. Feb. 1888, m. Prancis Sayre,June16,1839; Cornelia W. 7 b. March 8, 1822, d. June 7, 1890, m.HannibalFrenchOct. 6, 1846; Edward S. 7 b. Oct. 11, 1823; Fanny M. 7 b.July 20,1825;David H. 7 b. Dec. 4, 1826, last heard from June 1848; JohnT. 7 b.Feb.19, 1828; Augustus N. 7 b. June 25, 1831; Job H. 7 b. June13,1833;Adaline E. 7 b. Sept. 15, 1835, d. April 9, 1864, m. LutherHildrethNov.14, 1854, who d. Aug. 13, 1858, and m. 2d Benj. Conkling June12,1861;Arabella T. 7 b. April 10, 1838; Henry M. 7 b. July 8. 1840, lostatseain 1888; Benjamin B. 7 b. July 15, 1842, d. in infancy; William W.7b.Feb. 20, 1844, d. Jan. 23, 1876; George T. 7 b. July 5, 1846.CorneliaW.7 m. Hannibal French and they had ch. Florence E. 8 b. Sept.19,1847;Arthur S. 8 b. June 30, 1849; Blanche H. 8 b. Jan. 8,1851;Hannibal, Jr.8 b. July 5, 1852; Frank C. 8 b. July 3, 1854;Genevieve 8b. Nov. 28,1856; Henry 8 b. Oct. 15, 1858; Willie 8 b. Oct. 7,1859, diedan infant;Cornelia H. 8 b. Sept 25, 1860. JOB HEDGES 6 (Deacon) son of Job 5, b. April 3, 1790, d. April 7,1841,hadw. Mary B. Fordham b. Feb. 3, 1793, d. March 1, 1873; they hadch.CharlesW. 7 b. July 24, 1815, d. Dec. 14, 1895; William T. 7 b. Feb.20,1817, d.Feb. 20, 1819; Mary A. 7 b. Oct. 20, 1818, now living; SarahL.7 b. Aug.15, 1820, now living; Henry J. 7 b. Dec. 15, 1824, d. July22,1827; EmilyL. 7 b. July 7, 1826, d. June 25, 1827; Edward P. 7 b.April23, 1828. nowliving; Harriet L. 7 b. April 20, 1830, now living;ThomasC. 7 b. March19, 1832, d. Nov. 7, 1857 at sea. CHARLES W. 7 had w. Sarah dau. of Howes Crowell and they had dauEllen8now living in Sinclairville, N. Y. MARY A. 7 m. James R. Brown and they had six ch. now all d. living in San Francisco, Cal. SARAH L. 7 m. 1st George Howell who d. at sea Sept. 18, 1850, theyhadsonHenry killed on gunboat Picket Sept. 6, 1862; m. 2d GideonNicholl,nowdead. EDWARD P. 7 m. Julia J. Graham Nov. 14, 1853 and they have ch. JeromeG.8,Carrie R. 8, Mary B. 8 and George H. 8, of whom Jerome G. 8 hasch.Julia 9now living in Middletown, Conn.; Carrie R. 8 has ch. CyrusFoss 9andWilbur Fisk 9, now in Spokane, Wash.; Mary B. 8 is now in NewHaven,Conn.;George H. 8 has ch. Carrie D. 9 and Raymond 9, inMiddletown,Conn. HARRIET L. 7 m. Edward B. Reynolds and they had ch. George 8, EdwardH.8and Mary B. 8; George 8 d. Jan. 17, 1882; Edward H. 8 isinSeattle,Wash.; Mary B. 8 is w. of Dr. H. R. Holmes, Adams, Mass. COL. JONATHAN HEDGES 4 b. 1725, d. 1804, was in many respectsaremarkabieman. His stern will, positive character andindependentthought, residentin a massive frame, made his presenceimposing andfitted him forleadership. At the time of the battle of LongIsland hewas over fiftyyears of age, residing on the west side of Saggstreet,next south of theJob Pierson place. He was Lieutenant-Colonel ofaregiment composed of themilitia, resident in East-Hampton,Bridge-Hamptonand Sag-Harbor, whereofDavid Mulford was Colonel. "Col.Abm. Gardineradministered the oath ofallegiance to the people of Eastand Southampton.He surrounded the houseof Col. Hedges at Sagg and ofCol. Mulford at EastHampton, and forcedthem to take the oath." SeeOnderdonk's Revolutionaryincidents of Suffolkand King's Counties, p.46. This record of itselfattests his unwaveringpatriotism, his firmprinciple, his abiding courage.
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    Last Modified 2 Nov 2000 

    Family Esther Mulford,   b. 1765, East Hampton, Long Island, Suffolk, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1825  (Age 60 years) 
    Married Abt 1797  Of, East Hampton, Long Island, Suffolk, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2005 
    Family ID F25813  Group Sheet

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