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John Naramore (1735 -- circa 1815): An Update
Posted by: Bruce Naramore (ID *****6432) Date: June 03, 2011 at 07:19:24
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John Naramore (February 26, 1735 – died 1815 in Coeymans, NY) was the third child of Samuel and Rachel Naramore. He was born in Thompson or Killingly, Connecticut and raised on the family farm.

He probably acquired land of his own after coming of age, as he is listed as “John of Woodstocke,” a community 8 miles northwest of Killingly, when he married Tabitha Newell in Dudley, Massachusetts on April 23, 1760. Tabitha, whose name is sometimes given as Rachel, was a daughter of Deacon John Newell and Millicent Mason Newell. (Source: Vital Records Of Dudley, Worchester Co., Ma To The End Of The Year 1849 (Worcester, Massachusetts: Published By Franklin P. Rice, 1908) In addition to serving as deacon of his church, Newell served his community as constable, town treasurer and “tything man.” Based on the various birthplaces of their children, John and Tabitha Naramore were part of that restless group of descendants of the early settlers of New England in search of new, fertile lands to claim as their own. He moved to Northampton, Massachusetts by 1761 and in 1763 was chosen as “Hog Reeve” for Goshen, Massachusetts at a town meeting. Goshen is located deep in the Berkshires about 16 miles northwest of Northampton. The area was first settled in 1761 by people from Woodstock, Connecticut and Dudley and Charlton in Massachusetts. John enlisted as a private on September 4, 1777 to serve in the campaign against General John Burgoyne at Saratoga. He served in Captain Stephen Smith’s company within Colonel Benjamin Simond’s Berkshire County regiment until he was discharged on September 30, 1777. John’s son Asa also served as a private in the Berkshire County militia in 1778 and 1780. This data appears to support a statement made to the San Jose (CA) Mercury by Edward Franklin Naramore in 1903 that “his grandfather and uncle served in the Revolutionary War.”

John Naramore lived in Albany County, New York by 1810 and died there in 1815. The marriage records of the Quaker Meeting House in Chatham, New York indicate that both John and Tabitha Naramore were deceased at the time their son Joshua married Anna Carpenter in December 1823. John and Tabitha Naramore’s children were:

1.       Catherine (born August 12, 1760), at Dudley, Massachusetts; may be the same Catherine Naramore who died intestate at Charlotte, Vermont circa 1850

2.       Asa (April 19, 1761 – April 11, 1851), born at Northampton, Massachusetts and died at Charlotte, Vermont; he was a veteran of the Revolutionary War

3.       Stephen (April 9, 1764 – March 25, 1841), born at Chesterfield or Goshen, Massachusetts; married Deborah Hoag (born 1770 – died 1832) in June 1794 and died in the Town of Brant in Erie County, New York

4.       Lucy (born 1765 – date of death unknown), at Lanesboro, Massachusetts; married Isaiah Hurlbut circa 1787 and died in Madrid, New York

5.       John (February 12, 1776 – January 1, 1864), born at Pittsfield, Massachusetts; married Lydia Hoag, a cousin of Deborah, Stephen Naramore's wife

6.       Samuel (vital dates unknown), married a woman named Pierson; he disappeared and was believed to have been murdered by his wife’s relatives in Charlotte, Vermont in the early 1800s

7.       Ebenezer (born 1781 – died 1841), moved to Mendon in Ontario (now Monroe) County, New York by 1820 and then to Convis, Michigan with his wife Sarah in 1835

8.       Joshua (November 18, 1784 – April 4, 1883), married Anna Carpenter on December 26, 1823 at the Quaker Meeting House in Chatham, New York; Died in Oneida County, New York

9.       Amy (vital dates unknown)

10.       Lydia (vital dates unknown)

11.       Rachel (vital dates unknown)


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