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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Genealogical Data Regarding David Jones Pell of the Manor of Pelham, Revolutionary War Officer

In July 1929, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record published a brief summary of genealogical data regarding David J. Pell and his wife, Hester Sneden. The couple owned the home known today as Pelhamdale. Substantially changed in its appearance in the early 19th century, Pelhamdale is located today at 45 Iden Avenue and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Today's Historic Pelham Blog transcribes the data.



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The manuscript family record of David Jones Pell from which the following particulars are taken was found among a mass of papers left by Gilbert Shute who died at his home in Mount Vernon, N. Y., November 21, 1928, aged 68 years. The manuscript, now somewhat torn and dog-eared, originally consisted of six sheets sewed with linen thread to make twenty-four pages 7 3/4 in. x 6 1/2 in. Only nine pages have been used for the record; the last two, no doubt blank, are now missing. The record appears to be in the hand of David Jones Pell up to near the time of his death. From then the writing is that of another.

With other items of genealogical nature the manuscript was delivered, at Mr. Shute's request, after the latter's decease, to Morgan H. Seacord, of New Rochelle, N. Y., an authority on family history in his vicinity. Mr. Seacord has courteously permitted the manuscript to be photostated and a copy deposited with this Society. Mr. Shute was much interested in the family lines through which he traces his ancestry. He was fifth in descent from Thoms Pell, the third lord of the manor of Pelham, through Thomas' son Joshua and the latter's daughter Sarah.

David Jones Pell was the son of Philip and Gloriana (Tredwell) Pell and great-grandson of the third lord and Anna, his traditional Indian wife. David J. Pell was an officer during the closing days of the Revolution and rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the militia of his State. Colonel Pell and his family are noticed by Bolton, Westchester County (1881), Vol. II, chart opp. p. 40.

The family records as here given have been abstracted and arranged from the original manuscript.

David Jones Pell, b. Jan. 13, 1761; d. Aug. 18, 1823. Hester Sneden, b. May [torn], 1770. They were married March 7, 1790, by Rev. Elias Cooper, Yonkers Church of Eng. minister. Had issue: --

1. Nancy Hannah, b. Oct. 11, 1791, bapt. by Rev. Elias Cooper; married Feb. 12, 1822, to Theodosius Hunt of the town of Eastchester, by Rev. Revaud Kerney, rector, Episcopal Ch., New Rochelle. Had issue: Hetty Elizabeth, b. Nov. 5, 1822; d. July 18, 1823; Margaret Pell, b. Nov. 21, 1823, bapt. Jan. 25, 1824, by Rev. Lewis P. Bayard, rector, Episcopal Ch., New Rochelle.

2. Samuel Tredwell, born Jan. 25, 1794, bapt. by Rev. Elias Cooper; d. Sept. 26, 1803.

3. Margarett Anne, b. Oct. 13, 1795; d. Jan. 28, 1796.

4. Margarett, b. July 3, 1797, bapt. by Rev. Elias Cooper; d. Aug. 28, 1823; married March 10, 1821, to James Pell of the town of Pelham, by Rev. Revaud Kerney, rector, St. Paul's Church, Eastchester.

5. Caroline Amelia, b. Sept. 27 [torn], bapt. at St. Paul's Ch., by Rev. Isaac Wilkins.

6. Mary, b. Aug. 10, 1801, bapt. by Rev. Isaac Wilkins.

7. Stephen Sneden, b. Nov. 29, 1803, bapt. Dec. 9, 1806, by Rev. Theodosius Bartow, rector, Episcopal Ch., New Rochelle.

8. David, b. Oct. 13, 1806; d. Dec. 8, 1806.

9. Gloriana, b. Oct. 20, 1810, bapt. June 3, 1811, by Rev. Isaac Wilkins, Ch. of Eng. minister.

10. Sophia, b. Sept. 23, 1812, bapt. Sept. 12, 1814, by Rev. Isaac Wilkins, rector, Episcopal Chs. of West and East Chester."

Source: Webber, Richard, Record of the Family of Colonel David Jones Pell (1761-1823) and Hester Sneden, His Wife, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. LX, No. 3, p. 244 (NY, NY: The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, July, 1929).

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