Jabez Mosher (1796-1868) and Elizabeth Doane (1802-1871)
Named for his Grandfather
Jabez Mosher was born 12 Dec 1796 in Cambridge, Washington County, New York. He was the son of David Mosher and Sylvia Allen, and was no doubt named for his grandfather, Jabez Mosher, who married Elizabeth Preston.
Marries a Young Wife
Jabez married Elizabeth Doane in about 1817. He was six years older than Elizabeth, a young man of 21 when he married her. If her birthdate is accurate, she was only 15 when she married him.
It is believed that Jabez and Elizabeth settled in Oakland, Allegany County County, New York. It is not known how long they remained there but in the 1850 Census, they are living together in Portage, Livingston County, New York. Jabez is a farmer and gives his real estate value as $1453. Living with them are four of their children and Jabez’s father, David (who is 89 years old).
A Family of Ten Children?
Jabez and Elizabeth may have had as many as nine or ten children. However, only four are listed in the 1850 census. The names of the children that Elizabeth may have given birth to are:
- John D. d. 1868
- Isaac b. 24 Jan 1819
- Abram b. 1823
- Cornelia b. 1827
- Sophia b. 1831
- Josiah b.1834 in Oakland, Allegany, New York
- Mariah b. 1836 in New York d. 1868
- Lucia S. b. 1841 in New York
- George H. b. 1844 in New York
Move to Portage, New York
After living in Oakland for many years, at some point Jabez and Elizabeth moved to Portage, a small town in Livingston County in New York. The county is named after Robert R. Livingston, delegate to the 1775 Continental Congress that drafted the Declaration of Independence. The small town of Portage gets its name from the need to portage canoes around the falls of the Genesee River.
They may have moved there to be near their son, Josiah, who had lived in Portage with his wife and family from about 1850. Jabez died on 14 May 1868 in Portage, Livingston County, New York. He was 72 years old. A Family Tree on Ancestry.com indicates that Elizabeth died three years later, on 18 Jun 1871, also in Portage.
This page written and researched by Susan Overturf Ingraham, wife of Robert Philip Ingraham, a descendant of Jabez Mosher and Elizabeth Doane. Last updated on January 5, 2011.