Remembering 4 times great grandmother, Esther Clark Botsford.

Esther Clark Botsford, daughter of Stephen and Miriam Thayer Clark was born on 19 September 1771 in Wrentham, Massachusetts.  Esther Clark, my four times great grandmother, married Simeon Botsford in Stockbridge, Berkshire, Massachusetts, on 3 January 1792.  They were the parents of 11 children, all born in Salisbury, Connecticut: Chloe (1794), Mary W. (1796), Esther (1797), Polly Anna (1799), Betsey (1801), Abner Clark (1803), Simeon (1805), Almira (1807) [my 3 times great grandmother], Levi W. (1810), William Clark (1812), and Aressa S. (1816).

Sometime after the birth of the last child in 1816, the family migrated to Oakland County, Michigan.  By 1828, Almira, my 3 times great grandmother,  married Morris Jenks in Bloomfield, Oakland, Michigan, on 20 November 1828.

From Botsford Genealogy – Samuel Line 1.1.3, p 73:

Simeon Botsford and his family removed from Conn, to Lyons, NY, thence to Michigan in 1825, settling in Southfield, Oakland County, MI (not far from the Botsford Inn). Simeon Botsford died intestate. His estate was administered by his son-in-law Morris Jenks. His heir was his widow Esther. After the death of Simeon Botsford, his wife went to live with her son, Simeon, Jr. in Pontiac, Mich. Children; all born in Salisbury Conn.

In the History of Tuscola and Bay Counties, Mich. , p103,  in the biography of son, Simeon, Jr. : “He was born in the State of Connecticut, September 27, 1805.  At twenty years of age [1825] he removed to Michigan with his parents and settled in Oakland County.”
In the list of Connecticut Revolutionary Pensioners, p24, appears “Botsford, Simeon, wid. Esthter, R 1051. The widows claim for pension was rejected on technical grounds.”

This implies Simeon may have served in the Revolutionary Army from Connecticut — he would have been just 16 when the war began, but there was a technical issue in granting a pension.

Michigan Pioneer Records, Pioneer Record 85

“Botsford, Simeon 1763-1831
m 1792 Esther Clark

Chloe, Mary, Esther, Anna, Betsey, Abner, Simeon Jr, Almira, Levi, Wm Clark, Aressa”

Grandmother Botsford passed away 164 years ago, 21 November 1855, in Southfield, Oakland, Michigan.  Grandfather Botsford predeceased her on 10 August 1831.

About Pat Shaul

Genealogist / Family Historian; Blog started as a record of my Grandfather's post card collection which ran for 15 months. Then, in June, 2017, I changed over to reporting and commenting on notifications from the ANCESTRY app "We're Related" I then started to provide snippets into ancestor biographies on the dates that were significant anniversaries.
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