Jabez Mosher and Elizabeth Preston A Family Divided

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Jabez Mosher (1731-1810) and Elizabeth Preston (1733-AFT 1810)

Born in Rhode Island, but moves to New York State

Jabez Mosher was the son of Nicholas Mosher and Rebecca Wilcox. He was born 2 Sept 1731 in Tiverton, Newport County, Rhode Island. But he moved with his parents in 1752 (at about the age of 22) to New York state.

Jabez married Elizabeth Preston in 1755. He was 24; she was 22. Elizabeth Preston was born 30 October 1733 in Windham, Windham County, Connecticut. She is believed to be the daughter of David Preston and Elizabeth Martin.

Jabez and Elizabeth spent at least half of their married lives in Quaker Hill, New York. This community does not exist today. Dutchess County, of course, does. Located in the state’s Mid-Hudson Region of the Hudson Valley, the county was named in honor of Mary of Modena, Duchess of York, second wife of the future King James II. Somehow, a "t" got added to the county name. This was probably due to the large number of Dutch immigrants in upstate New York at the time; the spelling error was never corrected.

Serving in the War

After Jabez married Elizabeth, he served in the French and Indian War from Dutchess County, New York. This war lasted from 1754 to 1763; there were actually four distinct clashes. Jabez was at home during part of this time. The name refers to the two main enemies of the British: the French forces and various American Indian forces. The conflict finally resulted in the British conquering all of New France east of the Mississippi River, as well as Spanish Florida. It was the end of French and Spanish dominance in the New World.

Between 1751 and possibly as late as 1778 (during the French and Indian War but before the Revolutionary War), Jabez and Elizabeth had several children, but names, dates of birth and death, are still not all confirmed:

On to White Creek, New York, War Again, and Family Dissent

In 1766 Jabez left his home in Quaker Hill and took his family to that part of Cambridge which was later set off as White Creek. There he held several town offices and served on the Albany Committee for Correspondence.

Jabez and his brother both fought in the Revolutionary War. Jabez enlisted in October 1776 as Captain; he re-enlisted twice more. At least three sons (Jabez, David, and John or Hugh) and a son-in-law (possibly Margaret’s husband?) fought in Van Woert’s Regiment.

A son, Hezekiah, and son-in-law, Mercy’s husband, joined the Loyalists and moved to Canada. This must have made things difficult for Jabez and Elizabeth, not to mention their children.

Jabez is believed to have died in 1810 in Cambridge, Washington County, New York. He was 79. His wife, Elizabeth, may have lived several years after him, but the exact date or place of her death is, as yet, unknown.

This page written and researched by Susan Overturf Ingraham, wife of Robert Philip Ingraham, a descendant of Jabez Mosher and Elizabeth Preston. Last updated on April 29, 2019.

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