SOCIAL MEDIA COMES TO THE RESCUE – DANIEL’S PARENTS and HIS WESTWARD QUEST – DANIEL HEATH ORCUTT PART II

The urge to discover more about Daniel Orcutt’s parents  prompted me to consider hiring a professional genealogist.  I reasoned it was more cost-effective than flying from Vienna, Austria to Hamilton County, New York and doing the research myself. A  podcast I follow,  Fieldstone Common, hosted by Marian Pierre-Louis, offered a solution. If you have New England ancestors this podcast is for you; it focuses on history and genealogy in the Northeast, United States. The featured guest was Jane E. Wilcox, a professional genealogical researcher, writer, and speaker. She hosts her own radio talk show The Forget-Me-Not-Hour: Your Ancestors Want Their Stories to Be Told. I knew if anyone could find information about Daniel Orcutt, she was the person to do it.

However, the frugal side of my nature asserted itself and cautioned me to consult with  various Facebook genealogy groups (The Brickwall Club, RAOGK [Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness], and New York Genealogy).  As always,  they had some great suggestions. One of the best ideas was to look at New York Land Records for 1630-1975 on Familysearch.org. Initially it is a bit daunting to see there are 8, 129, 310 images! However, you can narrow it down to the county, the year, and then alphabetically. It still took some time to scroll through many pages, but patience has its rewards. Eureka! I found land records for Daniel H. Orcutt.

In January 1831, Daniel H. Orcutt of Lake Pleasant, Hamilton County, New York sold lot number 15 in Washington County for $62.50 to Daniel Valentine and Elias Valentine. His witness was Arden Heath.[1] There is a Heath connection to Daniel Heath Orcutt, but I haven’t yet determined what it is. Is it a maiden name for his mother, another relative, or a family friend?  Unfortunately, the land records I’ve found do not indicate his parents names.

Land Records Daniel H. Orcutt, 1831, Lake Pleasant, Hamilton County, NY. Image courtesy of Familysearch.org, New York Land Records 1630-1975.

Land Records Daniel H. Orcutt, 1831, Lake Pleasant, Hamilton County, NY. Image courtesy of Familysearch.org, New York Land Records 1630-1975.

Additional Land Records[2]

  • 21 November 1797 Oliver Orcutt and his wife Philinda of Cambridge, Washington County sold lot 14 for $150 to John Orcutt, also of Cambridge, Washington County. [3]
  • 23 November 1797 Thomas Stevens of Washington County sold to John Orcutt of Washington, County, lot number 14 for $25. The land bordered lot number 15 owned by Harvey Orcutt. [4]
  • 22 October 1798 William Orcutt, blacksmith, sold land to Wright Brigham, school teacher for forty pounds in Washington County, New York.[5]
  • 7 Aug 1808 Harvey, carpenter, and his wife, Anna Orcutt, of Cambridge, Washington County, New York, sold John Orcutt ,carpenter, of Cambridge, Washington County, New York, two parcels of land for $1,100.[6]
  • 29 April 1817 John Orcutt and his wife Hannah, of Jackson, Washington County, New York, sold land for $1251.50 to Thaddeus Broughton, also of Washington County.[7]

Based on Daniels’s obituary[8] and information obtained from the Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and the History of Du Page County I know the following details about Daniel and his younger brother Phillip Orcutt.

  • Daniel was born in Washington County, New York in 1809[9]
  • Daniel spent his early years in Hamilton County, New York and moved west in 1836[10]
  • Phillip was born in Hamilton County, New York in 1819 and became a carpenter[11]
  • The father of Daniel and Phillip was a carpenter[12]

I would like to conclude that John Orcutt, the aforementioned carpenter from Washington County, is Daniel’s father, but I don’t have enough documentation to prove it. Next I need to research the probate records for Hamilton County. Familysearch.org has early probate records for New York counties, but not for Hamilton County. Does this mean I still need the services of a professional genealogist? Perhaps, but for now, I am going to focus on the story of Daniel Orcutt’s travels west.

Accompanied by his 22-year-old wife, Angeline, 1-year-old daughter Ann Maria and infant son Nelson, Daniel left hearth and home for the relatively untamed wild west. What prompted 27-year-old Daniel Heath Orcutt to undertake the 800 mile journey from Lake Pleasant, New York to Naperville, Illinois? Will this be far enough west for him?

© 2015 copyright Kendra Hopp Schmidt. All rights reserved.

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Genealogy Sketch

Name: Daniel Heath ORCUTT
Parents: William ORCUTT and unknown wife or John ORCUTT and Philinda HEATH? 
Spouse: Angelina PERKINS
Children: Ann Maria, Nelson, Henry, Clinton, Jennie Martha
Relationship to Kendra: 3rd great grandfather

  1. Daniel Heath ORCUTT
  2. Clinton Delos ORCUTT
  3. Edith Marion ORCUTT BEATON UTENDORFER
  4. Anna Jane BEATON HYDE
  5. Jean HYDE HOPP EICHORN
  6. Kendra

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 Sources

[1] “New York, Land Records, 1630-1975,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32685-3909-46?cc=2078654&wc=M7CS-13J:358134001,359201801 : accessed 4 March 2015), Washington > Deeds 1827-1831 vol BB-CC > image 572 of 652; county courthouses, New York.

[2] https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2078654

[3] “New York, Land Records, 1630-1975,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32574-4261-69?cc=2078654&wc=M7HP-V66:358134001,358201101 : accessed 4 March 2015), Washington > Deeds 1814-1816 vol M > image 190 of 195; county courthouses, New York.

[4] “New York, Land Records, 1630-1975,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32574-4261-69?cc=2078654&wc=M7HP-V66:358134001,358201101 : accessed 4 March 2015), Washington > Deeds 1814-1816 vol M > image 190 of 195; county courthouses, New York.

[5] “New York, Land Records, 1630-1975,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32565-740-93?cc=2078654&wc=M7HP-76X:358134001,358165901 : accessed 4 March 2015), Washington > Deeds 1798 vol D > image 3 of 247; county courthouses, New York.

[6] “New York, Land Records, 1630-1975,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32690-8533-67?cc=2078654&wc=M7C9-G49:358134001,359106001 : accessed 4 March 2015), Washington > Deeds 1795-1817 vol L-M > image 561 of 703; county courthouses, New York.

[7] “New York, Land Records, 1630-1975,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32686-6893-22?cc=2078654&wc=M7C3-ZMC:358134001,359279701 : accessed 4 March 2015), Washington > Deeds 1836-1837 vol QQ-RR > image 269 of 640; county courthouses, New York.

[8] “Daniel H. Orcutt, Esq.” obituary, Muscatine Journal, (Muscatine, Iowa),29 April 1864, p.2

[9] Ibid

[10] Ibid

[11] Ancestry.com. History of Du Page County, Illinois [database on-line]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
Original data: Blanchard, Rufus,. History of Du Page County, Illinois. Chicago: O.L. Baskin & Co., 1882.

[12] Ibid

About treeklimber

An interest in history and travel lends itself to a passion for genealogy. The more I research, the more I realize there is to discover. It is a never-ending puzzle.
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9 Responses to SOCIAL MEDIA COMES TO THE RESCUE – DANIEL’S PARENTS and HIS WESTWARD QUEST – DANIEL HEATH ORCUTT PART II

  1. FamilySearch is the best for free records. We only need to get over our fear of browsing records instead of using search engines. Congratulations Kendra!

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  2. Jane Wilcox says:

    Thanks for mentioning my radio show. It’s great that you found the land records on FamilySearch helpful.

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    • treeklimber says:

      You are very welcome Jane. How did you learn about my mentioning you in my blog?I am still thinking about future research and I know you would be a great choice to contact.

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  3. Greg Orcutt says:

    Everything Orcutt you are looking for can be found at http://www.getzgenealogy.com/ courtesy of family genealogist Matthew Getz. He can be found on Facebook ad well and is has wealth of knowledge on all things Orcutt. Hope this helps.

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    • treeklimber says:

      Thank you for the info. I was in touch with Matthew about 5 years ago and he provided 2 possible fathers for my Daniel Orcutt. However,at that he would only allow direct Orcutt descendants within 1 generation removed. My great-grandmother was an Orcutt. I will contact him again and hope for the best.

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  4. Matthew Getz says:

    Hi! Unfortunately I’m still stodgy about the access rules for access but I’m more than happy to help. Re: the rules, because the site has data on living individuals, I’ve promised them I’d keep it pretty locked down to only folks in the tree. Okay, that aside…

    Here’s a note I have from Joel Orcutt from back in the day. I’ll post it and then add my comments in a separate reply:

    Note provided by Joel Thomas Orcutt:

    Philinda was the daughter of Daniel Heath. Records of her and Jehu Orcutt are very scant, but using information from documents found it can be (what I consider safely) deducted that she was Jehu’s wife. Philinda was born at Cambridge ca 1770. Jehu was born in Ashford, Ct., 1773, son of Jacob and Abigail Chaffee Orcutt, and Jacob, his father, was living in Cambridge in 1800. Jehu Orcutt, under that name, shows up in the 1830 census of White Creek, next door to a younger man, Benjamin Orcutt. Jehu is gone from the scene in 1840, but Benjamin is there at White Creek, his household including an older woman, 70-79 years old.

    May 21, 1839, at White Creek, Washington County, New York, Philinda Orcutt made an affidavit regarding the marriage of Amos Gilbert and Margaret McChesney in which she stated that she was present at their marriage, which took place at the home of Daniel Heath, at Cambridge, ( by then, 1839, being White Creek), in Nov. 1786.

    It then appears that Philinda was likely the older female, aged 70-79, in the household of Benjamin Orcutt. Several heath genealogies name Philinda, daughter of Daniel Heath, as having married an Orcutt, but none have the given name of that Orcutt, who I believe was Jehu.

    As well as Benjamin Orcutt, I believe that it can be ascertained that Asahel B. Orcutt, who married 1st Susannah Prouty, (born Cambridge 1795) and 2nd Christina Brown, was likely also a son of Jehu and Philinda Heath Orcutt, based in part by the fact that he named his oldest daughter, (wife of Barent B. Lansing), Philinda.

    These facts tend to suggest a few possibilities. If Daniel Heath Orcutt was a son of William Orcutt it would seem that William may have been 1st been married to another daughter of Daniel Heath (none others show in any of the Heath genealogies I have found), and/or Daniel Heath Orcutt was the son of Jehu and Philinda Heath Orcutt. There is also raised the possibilty (in my mind) that William Orcutt of Hamilton County, New York MAY have in fact been the son of Jacob and Abigail Chaffee Orcutt. As far as I know his connection to William and Ruth Cross Orcutt has remained speculation, given the name/locations involved.

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  5. Matthew Getz says:

    I hope the first post made sense. It wasn’t grammatically my best work.

    I’ve chosen to link Daniel to Jehu, with Asahel, Benjamin and Philip as Jehu’s sons and Daniel’s brothers. There’s no doubt that William’s family is there in Lake Pleasant the same time as Daniel and Philip’s birth there, but all of those kids are accounted for in census records which seems to remove William from the puzzle.

    For searching the land records, you might want to search Montgomery County, NY, since that is what eventually made up Hamilton County (which didn’t come into being until 1816).

    I never tied the John Orcutt you mention to a marriage. I did find him (or I believe it’s him) in Bellmont, Franklin County in both 1840 and 1850. He’s with a spouse in 1840 but with only women in the home. In 1850 he’s living with the Reed family and near Alvah Orcutt (one page prior in census). Alvah is the son of Bildad, brother to John (which is why I made that connection that this John is the one and same, son of William Orcutt and Ruth Cross).

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    • treeklimber says:

      Matthew – I greatly appreciate your insight on the parents of Daniel and Phillip. The information that you provided from Joel Orcutt I received several years ago, but thank you. Have you researched any probate records for Hamilton or Montgomery counties? I looked at Montgomery county and didn’t find any, and Hamilton probate records online on familysearch don’t start early enough to be helpful. Based on the land records I found Daniel H. Orcutt was living in Hamilton county in 1831. However, he is not listed in a census, meaning he was living with someone else, logical since he was only about 21. I have looked at Montgomery land records but didn’t find any further information. However, I will peruse them again. Based on the extensive research you have done, do you think a professional genealogist would be able to find any conclusive documents? If not, then I will save the money. Again, thank you for your responses.

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