Jedediah Darling Jr.1

(28 March 1756 - say about September 1803)

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Relationship5th great-grandfather of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Ohlheiser
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Ohlheiser Family Pedigree
FatherJedediah Darling (11 Apr 1730 - bfr 27 Jul 1798)
MotherMary (Mercy) Lyman (20 Feb 1728 - 27 Jul 1798)

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildJedediah Darling Jr. was born on 28 March 1756, in Bolton, Tolland Co., Connecticut Colony, New England.2,3
GroomHe married Sarah Steele, daughter of Elisha Steele Esqr. and Sarah Wolcott, circa 1778 in Connecticut.3,4
DeceasedHe died say about September 1803 in Niagara Co., New York.5

Children with Sarah Steele:

Founder or First Settler

In August 1803, Jedediah Darling Jr. was among the founders/first settlers of Niagara Co., New York. "A surviving son (1849) of the pioneer Jedediah Darling has given the author some account ot the early time in Niagara. His father moved in in August, 1803; and died but a few weeks after, while returning from a visit to the land office; the sons were, therefore, principally identified with pioneer settlement. The Darling family took the first lands in all the region north of the Tonawanda Swamp, but were not the first settlers at the Cold Springs."5


Military ServiceJedediah Jr.'s name is among those from Hartford, Connecticut, who marched "for the Relief of Boston in the Lexington Alarm," in April, 1775. He served for 15 days, one of the longest serving suggesting he may have also been among the first to respond.6,3
Military ServiceFrom January 1776 to March 1776, Jedediah served in Col. Erastus Wolcott's Connecticut State Regiment in the Fifth Company, commanded by Captain Jonathan Wells from Hartford. The regiment had been called out by General Washington and sent to Boston. It reached the city toward the end of January and remained about six weeks, (and so took part in the final days of the Seige of Boston, which ended 17 March 1776) as "part of the detachment from the (new, still being organized, Continental) army that occupied Boston after the enemy had evacuated the town."7

Residences and Censuses

Jedediah Darling Jr. appeared on the 1790 Federal Census of Pownal, Bennington Co., Vermont. The enumerator listed a total of eight persons in Jedediaha's household: Jedediah himself, 4 males under 16, and 3 females. According to the data on file, there should be one more male under 16 and one less female. (Sally being his only daughter, and his wife Sarah being the only other female in his family.) The five boys' names are clearly "boys" names, though "Amasa" may have been mistaken for that of a girl? Since Biblical names were far more common in the eighteenth century than in later years "Amasa" surely would certainly been recognized as a boy's name. It is possible that the enumerator just made a mistake.
NOTE that a Lyman Darling b. c. 1792 in Pownal according to his 15 July 1781 marriage (at the age of 79 he married Jane Wilson - no age given for Jane) in Derby VT. His mother was Sarah Steele and his father was Jedediah.8
He appeared on the 1800 Federal Census of Augusta, Oneida Co., New York. This census taken in Augusta (Whites Town) indicates 10 family members but include unknown family members and in age categories inconsistent with what is known about Jedediah's family. His brother Abner and family is also enumerated in Augusta - a family of eight.9

Sources - Citations

  1. For reasons of clarity, here he is given the suffix of Jr. though no official records appear that way.
  2. [S205] Connecticut, Bolton Vital Records; Volume: 1, pg 247; microfilm copy from original town record.
  3. [S200] Letter from Suzanne Darling (Maryland 21794) to Sean C. Tracy, 25 April 1998; Paper Files of Sean C Tracy (Tracy Home Office). Sources provided.
  4. [S913] Lisa Beth Darling, Compiler, Descendants of George Darling and Related Lines, online at:; (RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project), accessed 12 Dec 2016, dates and names.
  5. [S554] O. Turner, Pioneer History of the Holland Purchase of Western New York (Buffalo: Jewett, Thomas & Co.; Geo. H. Derby & Co., 1850), pg. 469.
  6. [S546] Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the War of the Revolution (Hartford, Connecticut: Adjutants-General's Office, 1889), pg.13.
  7. [S546] Connecticut Men in the War of the Revolution, pg.384.
  8. [S551] Jedediah Darling household, 1790 U.S. Census, Bennington Co., Vermont, Pownal, page 2 of 3, 3rd column, 4th household from bottom, Washington: National Archives.
  9. [S553] Jedediah Darling household, 1800 U.S. Census, Oneida Co., New York, Augusta, page 13, line 4 from bottom of page; Washington: National Archives. , need to clarify family members with number and ages.
  10. [S524] Russell Darling Tombstone Photograph, #524 RD3-TSPhoto, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office; photographer Sean C. Tracy, confirms date of birth.
  11. [S552] Lyman Darling and Jane Wilson marriage, 15 July 1871, in Vermont Births, Marriages and Deaths to 2008 (accessed Mar 2015): online database New England Historic Genealogical Society, confirms Lyman's parents names and his year and place of birth.
Last Edited11 Mar 2018

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