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The Rexford Family

                                                   

 

It is believed that the Rexford family name originated in Norway, and was originally spelled Rexfjord. The story is told that the family were pirates who liked the climate in England better than in Norway, and never returned home. Somewhere along the way the "J" was dropped.

 

First Generation

Daniel Rexford was born in Dartmouth, Devonshire, England 1656. He married Sarah Kelley in Dartmouth, Devonshire, England, 6 July1676. Sarah was born in England

Daniel Rexford and Sarah Kelley had the following children:

+ Arthur Rexford was born 19 June 1677.

Daniel Rexford was born in Dartmouth, Devonshire, England 27 May 1681. (The date of Daniel's birth is probably incorrect, as his brother, Joseph, is listed as born in August of the same year. It is probable that Daniel was born in 1680 or before.)

Joseph Rexford was born in Devonshire, England   27 August 1681.

Edward Rexford was born in Dartmouth, Devonshire, England 10 January 1683.

William Rexford was born in Dartmouth, Devonshire, England 14 April 1686.

Sarah Rexford was born in Dartmouth, Devonshire, England 1688.

 

Second Generation

Arthur Rexford was born in Dartmouth, Devonshire, England 19 June 1677. He married Elizabeth Stevens in New Haven, CT, 3 September 1702. Elizabeth was born in New Haven, CT 10 December 1678. In 1712, Arthur is listed as master of the "Sloop Rose." Arthur died 2-1-1728 in New Haven, CT, at 50 years of age.

Arthur Rexford and Elizabeth Stevens had the following children:

+ Arthur Rexford was born  13 July 1703.

+ Sarah Rexford was born  6 September 1705.

+ Phillip Rexford was born  19 June 1708.

+ Daniel Rexford was born   27 May 1711. 

Elizabeth Rexford was born 1718. She married Amos Sherman in New  Haven, CT, 11 February 1741. Amos was born 1718. Elizabeth died in 1779.

Mary Rexford was born in New Haven, CT 1720. She married Nehemiah Hotchkiss in New Haven, CT, 8 November 1739. Nehemiah was born in New Haven, CT 20 April 1719. Mary died 8-2-1770 in New Haven.

 

Third Generation

Arthur Rexford was born in New Haven, CT 13 July 1703. He married twice. He married Jemima (Unknown) in New Haven, Wallingford Twp., CT, 1727. Jemima was born in New Haven, CT 1700. Jemima died 19 November 1770 in Ellsworth, Sharon Twp., CT. He married Dinah (Unknown) after 1770. Dinah was born 1703.  Arthur died 15 March1781 in Ellsworth, Sharon Twp., CT, at 77 years of age.

Arthur Rexford and Jemima (Unknown) had the following child:

+ Benjamin Rexford was born 2 January 1739.

Sarah Rexford was born in New Haven, CT  6 September 1705.  She married Jedediah Cook in New Haven, CT, 10 August 1727. Jedediah was born in Salem, MA 1702.  Sarah and Jedediah had the following children:

Mary Cook b. 7 Oct 1728

Sarah Cook bapt. 14 Feb 1730/31

Charles Cook  bapt. 15 April 1733.  He married Ruth Butler 25 Aug 1757.

Jedediah Cook bapt. 11 April 1736.  He died young.

Elizabeth Cook bapt. 1 April 1738.  She died young.

Elizabeth Cook bapt. 17 Feb 1739/40, d. 30 April 1816.  She married Hezekiah Parmalee on 6 Dec. 1764,

Martha Cook  bapt. 1 Nov. 1741

Jedediah Cook  bapt. 25 Sept. 1743

David Cook bapt. 8 Feb. 1746/47, d. 21 Nov. 1793.  He married Ann Bradley on 15 Nov 1768.  Ann was born 9 Dec 1748 in New Haven, CT.

Eli Cook  bapt. 4 June 1749, d. 1772.

Phillip Rexford was born in New Haven, CT 19 June1708. He married twice. He married Anna Beecher in New Haven, CT,  15 April 1734. Anna was born 1708. He married Mary Blakeslee Ball in New Haven, CT, 4 May 1766. Mary was born 1708. Her first husband was John Ball. Phillip died before 22 September 1779.

Phillip Rexford and Anna Beecher had the following children:

Elisha Rexford was born in New Haven, CT  9 January 1736. He died young.

Elisha (2) Rexford was born in New Haven, CT  24 October 1737.

Hezekiah Rexford was born in New Haven, CT 10-9 October 1740.

Daniel Rexford was born in New Haven, CT  27 May 1711.  He married Desire Hotchkiss. Daniel died  12 January 1799 in Barkhamstead, CT. Daniel and Desire Hotchkiss had the following children:

Sarah Rexford

Betsy Rexford

Daniel Rexford

William Rexford

Joel Rexford  b. 1751                   

Fourth Generation

Benjamin Rexford was born in Wallingford, New Haven, CT 2 January 1739. He married Esther Hall in Wallingford, CT, 1 July 1760. Esther was born in Wallingford CT  24 April 1729. Benjamin died in Connecticut.

Benjamin Rexford and Esther Hall had the following children:

+ Benjamin Rexford, Jr. was born 15 May 1761.

Martha Rexford was born in Wallingford, CT  10 February 1764. She married Lamberton Clark in Wallingford, CT, 11 December 1783. Lamberton was born 1764.

Isaac Rexford was born in New Haven, Wallingford Twp., CT 16 September 1765. He married Lucretia Divan Berry in Charlotte, VT, 1787. Lucretia was born 1765. Isaac married a second time before his death. His second wife's name is unknown. Isaac died in Charlotte, VT.

+ Thomas Rexford was born 6 October 1766.                  

Samuel Rexford was born in Wallingford, New Haven, CT  15 June 1768. He married Eunice Woods.  Eunice was born 1768. Samuel died in Hatley, Canada.

Elisha Rexford was born in New Haven, Wallingford, CT 15 September 1770.  He married Lydia Murch. Lydia was born 1775. Elisha died in Hatley, Canada.

Abraham Rexford was born in Wallingford, New Haven, CT 6 June 1772.

Benajah Rexford was born in Wallingford, New Haven, CT 2 September  1774. Benajah was a farmer and lived in Charlotte, VT.

Eunice Rexford was born in New Haven, Wallingford Twp., CT 3 August  1781. Eunice was the twin sister of Joel Rexford.                         

Joel Rexford was born in New Haven, Wallingford Twp., CT  3 August 1781. Joel was the twin brother of Eunice Rexford.

+ Levi Rexford was born after 1781.

Sarah Rexford married Ezekiel Tuttle 10 January 1760.  Ezekiel was born about 1704, and died 18 August 1765.  They had the following children:

Lucy Tuttle

Tabitha Tuttle

Joel Rexford was born in 1751 in New Haven, CT.   He married Rhoda Spencer 23 January, 1774 in Barkhamsted, CT.   He died in what is now Smyrna, Chenango Co., NY.  Joel and Rhoda had the following children:

Simeon Rexford  b. 7 March, 1776

Martha Rexford  b. 1779, d. 1780

Lyman Rexford  b. 1784, d. 1843.  He married twice, to Mary Wells, then to Amanda Lush.

Mary Rexford b. 1786, d. 1826

                      

Fifth Generation

Benjamin Rexford Jr. was born in Wallingford, CT  15 May 1761.  He married Katherine Rice in Wallingford, CT, 16 September 1779. Katherine was born in Wallingford, CT 10-4 October 1760. Benjamin died 1795 in Hatley, Stanstead County, Canada.

Benjamin Rexford Jr. and Katherine Rice had the following children:

Abraham Rexford was born in Wallingford, CT. He married Clarissa Hovey. Clarissa was born 16 February 1782. Abraham lived in Magog, Canada. He died in Hatley, Canada.

Olive Rexford was born in Wallingford, CT. She married Chester Hovey.  Olive died 21 August 1833 in Stanstead Co., Canada.

Joanna Rexford was born in Wallingford, CT. She married Dr. Robert Boyes in Hatley, Canada.

Sally Rexford. Sally died young.

+ Benajah Rexford was born 23 June 1780.

Rice Rexford was born in Wallington, CT 12 December 1790. Rice lived and died in Hatley, Canada. He married Marcia Nelson.  Marcia was born in Springfield, MA 21 June 1796.

Thomas Rexford  was born in Wallingford, New Haven, CT 10-6-1766. He married Sylvia Everett in Litchfield, Sharon Twsp., CT, 1-8-1792. Sylvia was born 1766.  Thomas died in Bradford County, PA.

Thomas Rexford and Sylvia Everett had the following children:

Deborah Rexford.

+ Isaiah Rexford.

+ Levi Rexford was born 1801.

Cynthia Rexford 

Lois Rexford

Phoebe Rexford

Thomas E. Rexford

Levi Rexford was born after 1781. He married Betsey Welch. Betsey was born 1783. He resided in Magog, Canada 1797.

Levi Rexford and Betsey Welch had the following children:

Levi Rexford

+ Eli Rexford

+ Timothy Rexford

Thomas Rexford was born in Magog, Canada. He married Ruth Merry. He married (unknown) Fuller.

Betsy Rexford was born in Magog, Canada. She married Hiram Peasley. Betsy died in Stanstead, Canada.

Simeon Rexford was born in Barkhamstead, CT 7 March 1776.  He married three times.  He married Bersheba Taylor, who died 5 Feb 1810 in Smyrna, Chenango Co., NY.  He married Weltha (Millie) Carver who died on 7 May, 1836. He married Betsey Jones in January, 1837.  Simeon died 31 December 1857 in Smyrna, NY.  Simeon and Bersheba Taylor had the following child:

Joseph Taylor Rexford  b. 28 August, 1808.

                                     

Sixth Generation

 

Benajah Rexford was born in Wallingford, CT 23 June 1780. He married twice. He married Zeruia Squier in Charlotte, VT, 1801. Zeruia was born 22 October, 1783 and died 12 May, 1827.  She is buried in East Ripley Cemetery, Ripley, Chautauqua Co., NY.  He married Roxanna Ayer in 1829. Roxanna was born about 1800, and died 31 December 1871. Benajah died 25 March 1862 in Westfield, NY. Roxanna and Benajah are buried in Westfield, NY, Volusia Cemetery. Given name on his tombstone reads : "Bennagle".

Benajah Rexford and Zeruia Squier had the following children:

Heber Rexford

Elsie Rexford

(Unknown) Rexford. (This baby was born dead.)

Norman Rexford was born 1802.

Stephen Rexford

Isabel Rexford was born 2 April 1807. She married Fayette Dickson in Ripley,  NY, 15 December, 1827. Fayette was born in Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., NY 1 March 1796. Fayette was the son of Robert Dickson and Olive Hungerford, and  died in Westfield, NY.

Benajah Rexford and Roxanna Ayer had the following children:

Betsey Rexford

Louisa Rexford

Sophronia Rexford

Thomas Rexford

Wilder Ayer Rexford was born 1829. He married Annis (Anna) F. Holcomb. Annis was born 1835, and died in 1924. Wilder died in 1916. Both are buried in  Westfield, NY, Volusia Cemetery.

                +   Olive Hovey Rexford was born 1833.

 

Isaiah Rexford married Caroline Powers. Caroline was the daughter of Simeon Powers Jr. & Polly Goodyear. Isaiah and Caroline had 12 children, of whom only six reached majority. Caroline died 8 August 1867. Isaiah died 18 October 1842.  Both are buried in Panama Union Cemetery in Harmony, Chautauqua County, New York

Isaiah Rexford and Caroline Powers had the following children:

+ Thomas Everett Rexford was born about 1819.

Myron Rexford 

Polly Rexford. She married Eber Cross. Eber was the son of Palmer Cross.

Laura Rexford. She married Francis Bowen.

Lois Rexford. She married John Cutler.

Lyman Rexford was born in Harmony, NY in 1840. He married Samantha  Stearns. She was born in 1842, and died in 1917.  Lyman died in 1917.  Both are buried in Sherman Cemetery, Sherman, Chautauqua Co., NY.

 

Levi Rexford was born in Wallingford, New Haven, CT 1801. He married Lurancy Doud. Lurancy was born in Hubbardton, Rutland, VT   20 August 1806. Lurancy was the daughter of Peleg Doud and Isabella Rumsey. Levi was a Freewill Baptist Minister in South Harmony, NY, 1820s to 1870s. He was one of the founding members of the Free Will Baptist Church, organized 1855 in South Harmony. Lurancy died June 24 June 1875 in Harmony, Chautauqua Co., NY.   Levi died 1877 in Chautauqua County, NY.

Levi Rexford and Lurancy Doud had the following children:

Daniel D. Rexford was born 19 August 1824.

+  Lorenzo M. Rexford was born 19 January 1827.

Lorena M. Rexford was born in Chautauqua County, NY 19 January 1827.(Twin  sister to Lorenzo M. Rexford.)

Sally Ann Rexford was born in Chautauqua Co., NY 16 May 1829.

Betsey W. Rexford was born in Chautauqua County, NY 7 March 1831.

+  Delaune E. Rexford was born 5 April 1833.

Edwin R. Rexford was born in Chautauqua County, NY 8 July 1835.

Clarissa I. Rexford was born in Chautauqua County, NY  14 August 1837.

Philemon D. (Frank) Rexford was born in Harmony, Chautauqua Co., NY 21 September 1839. He married Louisa J. Smith in Elk Run, Sullivan Twsp., PA, 18 April 1859. Louisa was born in Sullivan Twsp., Tioga Co., PA in 1840, and died  1911 in Richmond Twsp, Tioga Co., PA. Frank died 1916 in Richmond  Twsp,       Tioga Co., PA. Both are buried in Mansfield, Tioga Co., PA, Prospect               Cemetery.

+  Everitt Levi Rexford was born 24 Aprl 1842.

+  Charles Edgar Rexford was born 30 August 1844.

Isiah D. Rexford was born in Chautauqua County, NY 29 August 1847.

William S. Rexford was born in Chautauqua County, NY 12 August 1853.

 

Eli Rexford was born in Magog, Canada. He married Letitia Irwin. Letitia was from Moscow Mountain, Quebec. Eli died in Magog, Canada.

Eli Rexford and Letitia Irwin had the following children:

Levi E. Rexford

James Rexford 

Thomas Rexford

Letitia Rexford

Mary Rexford

                   

Timothy Rexford was born in Magog, Canada. He married Sophronia Cunningham.

Timothy Rexford and Sophronia Cunningham had the following child:

Richard Rexford

Joseph Taylor Rexford  was born in Smyrna, NY 28 August 1808.  He married Emeline Merritt in Smyrna 15 June, 1831.  She was born in CT 3 Nov 1811, and died 1 November 1892. Joseph died in February, 1895 in Cheboygan Co., MI.  Both are buried in Union Corners Cemetery in the township of Yellowhead, Kankakee Valley, IL.  They had the following children:

+  Simeon Alvaro Rexford  b. 10 April 1832

Helen Elizabeth Rexford b. 4 October 1833, d. 15 October, 1880 in Union Corners IL.  She married Adoniram B. Crandall in Smyrna NY 3 June 1857.

 

Seventh Generation

 

Olive Hovey Rexford was born 1833. She married Isaac Relf. Isaac was born in England 14 February 1812. He was the son of William Relf and Frances Ballard. Isaac died 1889.Olive died 1899 at 66 years of age. Both are buried in Sherman, Chautauqua Co., NY, Mina Corners Cemetery.

Olive Hovey Rexford and Isaac Relf had the following child:

William I. Ralph. He married Estelle C. Comstock.

Thomas E. Rexford (who also may have been known as Everett) was born in New York in 1819.  He married Elizabeth (Unknown.) Elizabeth was born about 1824, and died 23 June 1879.  She is buried in Harmony, Chautauqua County, New York, Panama Union Cemetery.

Thomas and Elizabeth had the following children:

Mary L. Rexford was born about 1846.

Francis J. Rexford was born about 1849.

Joseph Rexford was born about 1861.

Lorenzo M. Rexford was born in Chautauqua Co., NY  19 January 1827. (He was twin brother to Lorena R. Rexford.)  He married Rhoda Powers. Rhoda was born 1828, the daughter of Luther Powers and Polly Rundell. Rhoda died 1883. Lorenzo died 1902.

Lorenzo M. Rexford and Rhoda Powers had the following children:

    Francis L. Rexford was born in 1853.

+  Lillian Rexford was born in 1857.

 

Delaune E. Rexford was born in Chautauqua County, NY 5 April 1833. He married Mary M. Lamb.

Delaune E. Rexford and Mary M. Lamb had the following children:

Ella L. Rexford

Russell D. Rexford

 

Everitt Levi Rexford was born in Chautauqua County, NY   24 April 1842. He married twice. He married Julia M. George 5 October 1865. Julia died 27 January 1877. He married Mrs. A. P. Morford 2-21 February 1878. 

Everitt Levi Rexford and Julia M. George had the following child:

Mary Elizabeth Rexford was born in Columbus, OH  5 April 1870.

 

Charles Edgar Rexford was born in Harmony, NY 30 August 1844. He married Helen Johanna Steward in Panama, NY, 12 November 1865. Helen was born in Harmony, NY  25 September 1845, the daughter of Eliphalet Steward and Clarissa F. Polley.  Helen died 1912. Charles died 1918. They are both buried in the Town of Harmony, Chautauqua Co., NY, Greenwood Cemetery.

Charles Edgar Rexford and Helen Johanna Steward had the following children:

+  Carrie Ett Rexford was born  2 October 1866.

+  Merta L. Rexford was born 16 January1872.

Simeon Alvaro Rexford was born 10 April 1832 in Chardon, OH.  He married Frances J. Merchant in Chicago, IL 7 January 1859.  Frances (Fanny) was born in New York in December, 1842, the daughter of William Merchant and Nancy Dexter.  She died 2 June 1901 in Chicago, IL.  Simeon died 21 November 1920 in Chicago.  Both are buried in Union Corners Cemetery, township of Yellowhead, Kankakee Valley, IL.  They had the following children:

Nellie Elmira Rexford b. 28 September 1861

Mattie Estella Rexford b. 14 September 1865.   She married twice, first to Percy Phelps, then to (Unknown) Mick.

Helen A. Rexford b. 18 August 1868.  She died before 1899.

Merritt A. Rexford b. 17 February 1870.   He died before 1899.

Harriet Mabel Rexford   b. 7 April 1874. She married twice, first to Frank Mick, then to (Unknown) Phelps.

Frank Leslie Rexford b. 17 April 1877 in Grant Park, IL, d. 1949.  He married Blanche (Unknown.)

Edgar Adelbert Rexford b.12 October 1880 in Grant Park, IL, d. 14 May 1961.  He married Helen C. (Unknown.)   Helen was born 1898.  Edgar is buried in Union Corners Cemetery in Kankakee Co., IL.

Fred M. Rexford  b. 23 July 1883, d. 1948.  He is buried in Union Corners Cemetery in Kankakee Co., IL.

 

Eighth Generation

 

Lillian Rexford was born in Harmony, NY 1857. She married Harlow James Boyd in 1881. Harlow was born 1852. Harlow died 1909 at 57 years of age.

Lillian Rexford and Harlow James Boyd had the following children:

Marion R. Boyd was born in Alexandria, MN. She married Chaldon B. Kinney.

Lucille M. Boyd was born in Alexandria, MN. She married George G. Champlain.

 

Carrie Ett Rexford was born in Harmony, NY  2 October 1866. She married twice. She married Richard T. Merchant in Panama, NY, 8 February 1885.Richard was born in Cattaraugus Co., New York 25 April 1851, the son of Chauncey Merchant and Helen Delainey. He died 28 November 1900. She married Jacob Dunn about 1917. Carrie died in 1928 at 61 years of age. Richard and Carried are buried in Town of Busti, NY, Busti Cemetery.

Carrie Ett Rexford and Richard T. Merchant had the following children:

Charles C. Merchant was born 23 July 1887. He married Sadie Moyer. Charles died in  November, 1971 in Falconer, Chautauqua Co., NY.

Helen M. Merchant was born in Lakewood, NY 19 May 1889. She married John Holzer. John was born in New York 2 February, 1893 and died 21 Dec. 1975 in San Diego, CA. Helen died 27 August 1951 in San Diego, CA.

Mary Florence Merchant was born 30 June 1893.  She married Perl Laurens Kimball 1 January 1913. Perl was born 21 April 1890, the son of  Allen B. Kimball and Julia A. Macey. Perl died 12 August 1981. Mary died 21 October 1962, and is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in Frewsburg, Chautauqua Co., NY.

Carolyn E. Merchant was born 17 March 1897. She married John E. Coleman.  John was born 5 June 1895 in Dunkirk, NY, the son of John S. Coleman and Elizabeth Gordon.  John died 10 October, 1945. Carolyn died 13 March, 1989 in Kenmore, NY.  Both are buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Tonawanda, Erie Co., NY.                    

Rue DeWitt Merchant was born 25 October 1898.  He married Jean Baird. Rue died in May, 1975 in Palos Verdes, CA.

Harriet Steward Merchant was born 25 July 1901. She married Ernest Sheldon Olofson 11 September, 1922. Ernest died 5 October 1957 in St. Petersburg, FL. Harriet died 5 January 1987 in Getzville, Erie Co., NY.  Both are buried in Jamestown, NY, Lake View Cemetery.

Merta L. Rexford  was born in Harmony, NY 1-16-1872. She married Dewitt William Alsdorf in Panama, NY, 25 October1888. Dewitt was born in Sparta, Crawford Co., PA 1862, the son of Abram Alsdorf and Hannah Baker. Dewitt died in Little Valley, NY. Merta died November, 1947 in Little Valley, NY. They are buried in Cattaraugus Co., NY,  Little Valley Cemetery.

Merta L. Rexford and Dewitt William Alsdorf had the following child:

Harrie R. Alsdorf was born in Spartansburg, PA 2 January 1890. He married Ella G. (Unknown). Harrie died in 1939 in Little Valley, NY.

 

This page last updated November 26, 2002. (Thomas E. Rexford data added 8-6-04.)                  


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