John Aylesworth (5) of Porter County Indiana
AND HIS DESCENDENTS
ARTHUR AYLWORTH (1) Born probably in England or Wales, about
1656, and died a resident of Kingstown,
Rhode Island, between November 7, 1723, (date of codicil to his will), and
September 13, 1726, (when his will
The opinion prevails, founded on tradition, that Arthur Aylworth left
England on account of religious troubles. His
childhood and youth must have been in the troublous times of Charles II.
What part his father or other relatives took,
if any, in the contests of that day may never be learned. According
to tradition, his relatives were adherents of the
Cromwell party and some were officers in his army.
He came to America from England, or Wales, before July 29, 1679, on which
date, at "Kings Town," he and forty-
one others, of Narragansett, signed a petition to the King, praying the King
"would put an end to these differences
about the government thereof, which had been as fatal to the prosperity of
the place; animosities still arising in
people's minds, as they stand attached to this or that government" (that is,
of Rhode Island, or Connecticut, both of
which claimed jurisdiction). Of special interest regarding this petition is
the fact that another signer, Richard Smith,
Jr., was from Gloucestershire, England, and had been a major in Cromwell's
army. This information strengthens the
theory that Arthur Aylworth's home in England had been Gloucestershire.
September 6, 1687, he was taxed 3s., 5 l/2d September 21, 1697, he deeded
certain land to Henry Tibbets. He
was appointed to some kind of inspectorship, February 6, 1698-9. In May,
1699, he was elected rate maker, and
iewer of fences, and supervisor of highways, June 5, 1699.
The record of his will, at Wickford, Rhode Island, is in such poor
condition that many words are missing, but from
what remains, it is known that the bequests were as follows in abstract:
To my son Philip, all real and personal estate, including my farm. If he
die without issue, my son Chad shall
enjoy said farm. If he die without issue, said farm shall descend to the
male heirs of my son Robert. To eldest
son Robert, five pounds. To my son Arthur, three pounds. To my son Chad
Aylworth half of my personal
estate and forty pounds. To my eldest daughter Mary Green (Three?) pounds
(number illegible). To my
daughter. Elizabeth Dolliver
The codicil makes certain changes in bequests of
personal property and bedding. An inventory of his personal estat
T(hree?) ditto. To my daughter Katherine Three
pounds and one feather bed and
bedding. To my daughter Martha Three pounds and a bed and bedding. Which
several bequests my son
Philip shall pay, and he be sole executor of my will.
included carpenter's and farm tools, cooking utensils, a pair of worsted
combs, sheep, lambs, cows, heifers, steers,
geese, fowls, a churn, etc. Receipts are found which were given by Robert,
Arthur, John and Chad Aylworth for
their legacies, also John Green for his wife, Mary; Peleg Card for his wife,
Elizabeth, and John Davis for his wife Martha.
Notice that the name at this time was spelled Aylworth. Later the "e" and
the "s" were added at different times by
different branches of the family. Arthur Aylworth married Mary Brown, of
Providence, Rhode Island, who evidently
died before her husband. She was the daughter of the Reverend John and Mary
(Holmes) Brown, and granddaughter
of The Reverend Chad Brown, and of the Reverend Obadiah Holmes
order not known)
Robert (2), married May 20, 1708, Ann Davis; died before February 25,
Arthur (2), of whom further.
John (2), married Dorcas Jones; died before May 15, 1771.
Philip (2), born in 1692; married Rachel Greene.
Jediah or Chad (2), born in 1696; married (first) November 15, 1725,
Elizabeth Major; (second)
before 1749, Mary Wood; died
before May 22, 1773.
Thomas (2), mentioned in Sylvester Aylsworth's "Register" (1840) as "deaf
and dumb had no issue."
He evidently died before the date of his father's
Mary (2), eldest daughter; married, before the date of her father's will,
Elizabeth (2), married (first), before the date of her father's will, Mr.
Dolliver; (second), before November 23,
1726, Peleg Card.
Katharine (2), married Mr. Green.
Martha (2), married, before December 1, 1727, John Davis.
ARTHUR AYLWORTH, JR.
(2) Born, probably, at Quidnesset, in the town of North
Kingstown, Rhode Island, about 1684 or 1685, and died, probably, in what is
now West Greenwich, Rhode Island,
between July 4, 1761, date of his will, and August 1, 1761, when it was
probated, "aged 76 years."
Before June 29, 1723, he removed from North Kingstown
to that part of East Greenwich which now lies within the
imits of West Greenwich. He bought of William Wanton, June 22, 1724, for the
sum of L100, three hundred and
twenty acres of land, it being the "31st farm in 3d or last division," and
was recorded as a farmer and innkeeper, also
a carpenter. Drovers from Saybrook, Connecticut, named Elsworth or
Ellsworth, often stopped at the inn. Abel (a
grandson of Arthur, Jr., son of Judiah) often heard them talk with his
grandfather concerning the possibility of their
Another interesting story is told by this Abel. He
says his grandfather, Arthur Aylworth, warned him never to drop
the Y from the name because his was the original Welsh name and never mixed
blood with the Danes. He took the
boy, held up his hand, looked through between the first and second fingers
of his right hand, and told him never to
leave out the Y as long as he could see the two fingers.
While working in a hayfield,
Arthur Aylworth was taken sick on a Thursday and died the following Sunday.
was signed "Arthur Aylworth." The will does not mention his children, James,
John and Dimmis, but does mention a
grandson, John Phillips, and a granddaughter, Edey Whitman. The inventory of
his personal estate amounted to L672
The tradition existing among some
of his descendants, that his wife, Mary Franklin, was "an aunt of Benjamin
is not verified by any record found. If, as is supposed, the reference is to
the well known Benjamin, the Philadelphia
printer and author of "Poor Richard's Almanac," the tradition is not
substantiated by the family chart made by
Benjamin Franklin's own hand, wherein he names seven brothers and one sister
of his father, Josiah; the sister being
Hannah, born in 1654, who married John Morris. The seven brothers of Josiah,
and, therefore, uncles of Benjamin,
were Thomas, Samuel, "A son, name lost, died young," "A son, name forgot,
died young," John, Joseph and Benjamin.
The said tradition also comes from Abel Aylsworth, who, when seventy-nine
years of age, states that he "was named
Abel by his grandmother, called Aunt Mary, the wife of Arthur, and was so
named for her brother, Abel Franklin, the
uncle of Benjamin Franklin."
Arthur Aylworth married, according to the Aylworth
Genealogy, no other record found, Mary Franklin, who, though
younger than her husband. predeceased him.
Children: (Order of
the first six not known)
Philip (3), of whom further.
David (3), married March 8, 1741-2, Martha Franklin, daughter of James
Franklin, of Scituate; died
between August 9, 1791, and the last MondaY in
James (3), married February 8, 1733, Mary Wood, and had a child: Eddy (4),
born March 5, or 15,
1733-4; probably married Mr. Whitman, and
may be the granddaughter Edey Whitman mentioned in
the above named will.
John (3), married April 19, (year missing in record), Ann Reynolds,
daughter of Samuel Reynolds.
*Judiah or Chad (3), married (first) April 1, 1745, Ruth Draper; (second)
March 11, 1764, Mrs. Rosanna
Edwards) Stafford; died at Pownal, Vermont, in
Freelove (3), married July 29, 1740, John Tenant.
Dimmis (3), born January 22 or June 22, 1725; married (first) Mr.
Phillips: (second) Mr. Travis.
Austis or Anstress (3), born November 22, 1727; married a Colvin.
Barbara (3), born June 13, 1729; married January 30, 1747, Jonathan Hill.
* Revolutionary War soldier, served in Rhode Island. His
descendents are eligible for DAR membership.
(3) Born ca. 1704-5, probably in North Kingstown,
Rhode Island; married, about 1734, Elizabeth, whose surname is not known;
and died, a resident of Coventry,
Rhode Island, on, or after, November 14, 1789, on which date he "old and
feeble" made his will May 29,
1742, his father deeded to him land in West Greenwich, Rhode Island, but in
1745-6 he removed from there to
Coventry, Rhode Island. Records list him as yeoman.
His will mentions "My Homestead farm whereon I now
Live, part Lying in said Coventry and part in West
Greenwich, . . . my Right in the narrow Lane Saw mill, . . . my Right to the
fourteenth Lot Lying in the Grait Grass
pond Swamp . . . Called the freeborn Lot and the one half of the thirteenth
Lot Lying in said Swamp Called the
Bates Lot and all my Right in the Easternmost Lot in said Swamp Called the
Picket Lot." The legatees named
were his wife, Elizabeth, daughters Hannah Aylsworth and Marcy Aylsworth;
sons, Benjamin, Philip and James;
three daughters, Freeborn Wells, Sarah Aylsworth and Cory. These three were
to have one half, and his son,
James, the other half of "my Right in the Susquehannah purchases." His
daughter, Hannah, was named as
Children: (first two
recorded in East Greenwich, next four in West Greenwich, and last four
Benjamin (4), born February 5, 1735; married (first) Mary Parker; (second)
Molly Eldredge, who died in
Milford, Otsego County, New York; died in Washington
County, Virginia, about 1810.
Philip (4), born June 7, 1737
John (4), born November 23, 1738: probably married and left descendants.
Freelove (4), born January 7, 1741; married November 15, 1761, James
James (4), born April 3, 1743; married (first) Rhoda Jenks, (second) Lois
Note: This line descends to Judge Eli Aylesworth of Common
Pleas Court, Providence Co., RI and
President of Westminister Bank of Providence and a Member of the General
Phebe (4), born November 15, 1744.
Sarah (4), born November 11, 1746; married March 26, 1765, son of Philip
and Rachel (Greene) Aylworth.
Hannah (4), born December 15, 1748; married June 24, 1793, Captain John
Mercy (4), born October 2, 175(); unmarried.
Elizabeth (4), born December 21, 1752; married Mr. Corey, and resided at
PHILIP AYLWORTH, JR.
(4) Born in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, June 7, 1737, and died in
Otsego County, New York, about 1809-10. Land in Coventry, Rhode Island, was
deeded to him by his father,
February 12, 1761, and in the latter's will, twenty-eight years later,
he states "I give and bequeath to beloved
Son Philip Aylsworth five Shillings in Silver money the Reason why I Give my
said Son Philip no more is
because he hath already Received his proportion in my Estate."
Philip Aylworth, Jr, settled in Coventry, as appears
from various real estate transfers. He sold land there, in 1766,
1769 and 1777, and in West Greenwich, in 1765, 1776-7. To these deeds, he
signed his name as Aylworth. He
removed to Pownel, Vermont, and later to Milford, Otsego County, New York.
He married, ceremony performed by Philip Greene,
Justice, at West Greenwich, June 14, 1762, Martha Slocum,
who was born in West Greenwich, Rhode Island, March 9, 1744-5, died, at the
residence of her son, Samuel, in
the town of Butternuts, Otsego County, New York, in July, 1822, and was
buried at South New Berlin. New York.
order not known)
John (5), born ca. 1763-4.
Phebe (5), born "about 1765"; married, before 1787, at the age of nineteen
Hannah (5), married David Arnold.
William (5), married, before 1796, Phebe Brownell.
Benjamin (5), born August 2, 1774; married August 2, 1796, Elizabeth
Mumford; died at Milford, New York,
February 2, 1861, aged eighty-seven years; his will was
proved in Otsego County, April 15, 1861.
Ira (5), born November 5, 1780; married Margaret Roach, from New Jersey;
died in Clovesville,
Delaware County, New York, April 10, 1845.
Sally (5), born about 1785; married, before 1813, Rufus Harrington; died
at Davenport, Delaware County,
New York. about 1866.
Samuel (5), born November 22, 1787; married December 1 7, 1809, Mary
NOTE: The line of Samuel is continued in the
book "Caleb Sheldon Butts Aylesworth" by Owen R.
(5) Ancestry: Philip 4, Philip 3, Arthur 2, Arthur 1 -- Born in Kent County,
about 1763-4, and died at Milford, Otsego County, New York, probably, about
1810. He was a farmer and
resided for a time at Pownal, Vermont, and later at Milford, New York. After
his death his widow and children
removed, in 1815, to either Ashland County or Wayne County, Ohio, or perhaps
near the line separating these
He married, perhaps at Pownal, Vermont, about 1784,
Elizabeth Humphrey, ancestry unknown; that she was
possibly a daughter, or a sister of an Ira Humphrey, is suggested by the
name of one of her sons.
Children: (born in
Vermont and in Otsego County, New York)
Esther (6), born about 1785; married Justus Wells.
Ira Humphrey (6), born in Vermont, June 3, 1786; married (first) in 1810,
Esther Gray; (second) in 1849,
Mrs. Oliver Williams; removed to Wayne County, Ohio, in
October, 1816, where he was a justice of the
peace; died at Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio, April 24, 1861.
Polly, or Mary (6), married Zelotes Bills; resided at Clarence Hollow,
Erie County, New York.
Philip (6), born 1793
Reuben (6), married, at Buffalo, New York, February 1, 1818, Clarissa
Hodge; resided at Monroe,
Michigan; died in May, 1826.
Eunice (6), married Porter Seward.
Martin (6). Probably died young.
Diantha (6), married Samuel Chase.
Giles (6), May 28, 1807
As observed earlier above, those children shown in bold type are
continued in the next generation.
(6) Born in Otsego County, New York, in 1793, and died in Wayne
Ohio, June 27, 1866. In the spring of 1815 he removed to Wayne County, Ohio,
with his wife and two
year old son, John. "He settled a short distance northwest of Dogtown,
on eighty acres which he entered
from the Government, and the family had to camp out until he put up a
cabin, 16 x 18 eet, with stick and
mud chimney and puncheon floor. He remained on this place for six years,
then sold it, and removed to
the farm where Mr. Carl now (1878) lives, which he bought of Elder French,
paying $500 for fifty acres.
Here he lived until about 1830, in the meantime buying the balance of the
quarter, one hundred and ten acres,
all of which he then sold and moved to where John Aylesworth now (1878)
Philip Aylesworth married, in Otsego County, New
York, in 1811 or 1812, Mary Gray, sister of the wife of his
brother, Ira Humphrey, and daughter of James Gray, of Massachusetts.
Children: (first one
born in Otsego County, New York, others in Wayne County, Ohio)
a. John (7), March 1, 1813
b. Alvira (7), born November 10, 1815
c. Ira (7), born
October 2, 1818
d. Aurilla or Orrilla (7), born December 7, 1819
e. Elliott (7), married Caroline Priest; resided at Big Prairie,
Ohio; died October_, 1857.
f. Electa (7), married Washington Porter who was a soldier in
the Civil War; resided at La Clede,
Missouri; died , 1864.
e. Eli (7), was a cripple, and died aged 21 years, of lung fever.
h. Eunice (7), married John Au; resided in Mansfield. Ohio.
GILES AYLESWORTH (6) Born in
Milford, Otsego County, New York, May 28, 1807; moved to
Ohio in 1815 with his mother and acquired some education there.
Married Mary Jones in Wayne County,
Ohio, March 24, 1831; died near Hebron, Porter County, Indiana, June 29,
1880, having settled there
in 1842 He was the first one of the name to move on west from Ohio and
locate in Porter County.
Years of hard labor against great odds
appears to have been the chief factor in this decision to move
westward. Ohio had been entirely solvent before she contracted for a system
of canals which became
out-moded before they were finished by the new railroads. "Pet Banks" of
Andrew Jackson's time
encouraged speculation and all greenbacks became worthless. Then came the
panic of 1837. Giles
migrated west with two wagons, household goods tools, grubbing hoe, axe and
musket, five children
and Mary, his wife. With $2,000.00 in gold which had been sealed in a false
bottom of a dinner bucket
he bought the farm which is the present family home.
Giles Aylesworth married Mary Jones in Wayne
County, Ohio, March 24, 1831; died near Hebron,
Porter County, Indiana, June 29, 1880, having settled there in 1842
a. Arvilda (7), born _, 1832; died _, 1848 single
b. Porter (7), born July 16, 1834.
c. Agnes (7), born _, 1836; died _, 1848 single
d. Jones (7), born _, 1838; died _. 1848 single
e. Thomas (7), born June 24, 1840
f. Adaline (7), born May 22, 1842
g. Irvin (7), born March 21, 1851
? Loretta (7) born
ca. 1856, died pre
(See Porter Co.
THE SEVENTH GENERATION
The continuing data has been coded using an alfa/numerical system
developed by the Editor. By removing the letter or number following the dash
you have the code for the parent of that person. Part One codes are
preceded with a "P" for Philip and likewise preceded with a "G" for Giles.