David Mosher (1761-1850) and Sylvia Allen (1769-1840)
Yes, it is spelled D-U-T-C-H-E-S-S (a mistake that was never fixed)
David Mosher was born 26 Apr 1761 in Beekman, Dutchess County, New York. He was the son of Jabez Mosher and Elizabeth Preston.
Dutchess County was misspelled by a clerk on the original documents, and the county has never changed the spelling.
Lives in New York, Fights in the Revolution
Although David appears to have moved around a bit, including time in the military during the Revolutionary War, he remained within the boundaries of the state of New York for most of his lifetime. There must have been dissension and unhappiness in the family, as two of David’s siblings, Hezekiah and Mercy, remained loyal to the British and eventually moved to Canada. However, David’s brother and father fought in the same regiment with him.
David is listed as a private in the book, New Yorkers in the Revolution, p. 432. He joined the Van Woert Regiment, Whiteside Company, and would have been 15 or 16 years old at the time. His brother, Jabez, is a corporal in the same unit, while his father is a Captain. In 1841, he is listed in the Census of Pensioners from New York - Northern District, page 73. There is also a David Mosher in Volume II, page 396, of Pension Rolls, 1835. He is listed from Portage, New York. A family story says that David and his brother, Jabez, captured an indian at Saratoga Springs in 1779 but let him go because they deemed him to be friendly.
Marriage and Family
David married Sylvia Allen, probably before 1786. This would have been after his service in the military. Sylvia was born in White Creek, Washington, New York, between 1767 and 1770. She was the daughter of Ebenezer Allen and Sybil Dwinnell. He was 25; she was 17. (For more about Sylvia’s family see The Allens.)
For most of their marriage, David and Sylvia lived in Cambridge, a city in Washington County which is now part of the Glen Falls, New York Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was named for the Revolutionary War general and later president of the United States, George Washington. The county seat is Ford Edward.
When counties were first established in New York, Washington County was part of Albany County — which was enormous county and included the northern part of New York State as well as all of the present State of Vermont. Albany was, of course, eventually reduced in sizeby the creating Cumberland County. The town and village named Cambridge were once in Albany County but were transferred to Washington County in 1791. David and Sylvia would have seen these changes.
David and Sylvia had at least four children:
- Seneca b. 1786 in Cambridge, Washington, New York d. 1860
- Josiah b. 1788 and d. after 1870
- David b. 31 Oct 1792 in Cambridge, Washington, New York; married Pamela Hogle who was born about 1797 in White Creek, New York and died 1 Mar 1879
- Jabez b. 12 Dec 1796 in Cambridge, Washington, New York; d. 14 May 1868 in Portage, Livingston, New York
End of Life
It is believed that Sylvia died in 1840, but location is unknown. It may have been in Cambridge, Washington County, New York, as this is where at least three of their children were born. If so, she would have been 71 years old and married to David for about 54 years. She survived two of the four children who lived to adulthood, and it’s certainly possible she had other children who did not survive infancy.
Ten years later, David is in the 1850 Census, living with his son, Jabez, in Portage, Livingston, New York. He moved west almost to the other side of the state, no doubt to be with his son and his family. The census (dated September 1850) was within three months of his death at the age of 89.
This page written and researched by Susan Overturf Ingraham, wife of Robert Philip Ingraham, a descendant of David Mosher and Sylvia Allen. Last updated December 11, 2011.