Name: Christopher PEASE
Birth: 1717 in Edgartown (Martha's Vineyard) Massachusetts
Death: 1794 in Quechee, Vt.
Burial: Old Hilltop Cem, Quechee, Windsor Co, VT
Change Date: 2 FEB 2017
This is my 6g-grandfather.
He was born the same year as his great-grandfather, Jonathan Dunham, died.
Listed on the DAR Patriot Index as:
"Pease, Christopher, b 1719 MA, d 1794 VT, m Hannah Hill, MM (minuteman) VT"
Christopher was born in 1719 in Edgartown, Massachusetts (on Martha's Vineyard Island).
He was baptized Jan. 20, 1723.
In 1742 he joined the church at Edgartown.
In 1746 he moved to Lebanon (New London Co), Connecticut where he met and married Hannah Hills in 1748.
Christopher and Hannah lived in Lebanon for 15 years and all their children were born there. Then about 1763 they moved to Hartford, Vermont (near the N.H. border), in Windsor County, being one of the first families settling there.
Historical background: New York and New Hampshire had disputed since the 1740's over control of Vermont. After the French and Indian War (1754-63) the rivalry intensified. "In the 1760's a stream of settlers from Connecticut [Benjamin Wright in 1760, Christopher Pease in 1763], Rhode Island, and Massachusetts arrived. New York began to issue its own grants within the disputed territory, initiating ejectment suits against the New Hampshire grantees in 1770. Among the newcomers from Connecticut was Ethan Allen; he and his five brothers assumed leadership in the drive to block New York's efforts at ejectment. When legal means failed, the Allen brothers organized an armed force called the Green Mountain Boys and began terrorizing those farmers who accepted New York's jurisdiction. .... On July 8, 1777 'the settlers adopted a separate constitution.' 70 delegates met in the town of Windsor, VT (about 15 miles south of Hartford) at Elijah West's tavern (now called Old Constitution House) and adopted an innovative constitution, the first in the New World to prohibit slavery. "After the [Revolutionary] war they formed an independent republic that lasted until 1791. During this time Vermont coined its own money, established a viable governmental structure, and considered the possibility of uniting with Canada. When New York relinquished its claims to the New Hampshire Grants, however, Vermont applied for statehood and was admitted to the Union in 1791." [Funk & Wagnall's New Encyclopedia & Reader's Digest's America's Historic Places]
Christopher may have served in the Revolutionary War and is listed in the D.A.R. Patriots book. This book states that he "turned out" at the Brookfield and Royalton Alarms, 1780-81, and was in Captain Joshua Hazen's company, Colonel Wood's Regiment. (Since Christopher would have been 61 years old at the time, it gives reason to believe the D.A.R. may have him mixed up with his son Christopher II, who would have been 25 during the Revolution, but is not listed as being involved in it.)
The 1790 census shows him still in Windsor County, Vermont. See:
He died in 1794 (age 71) in Quechee, Vt.; Hannah died April 1818 (age 96). Both were buried at the Christian Street Cemetery.
In 1768 Christopher was selected as a "selectman" at the first town meeting of Hartford.
Following is Christopher's will:
State of Vermont, Hartford Probate District, May 12, 1794.
That? Samuel Pease and Christopher Pease ascribed? this last will and testament of their honoured father Christopher Pease requesting the same might be proved and accepted, they being named as executors: and the said will being proved the same was recorded
The last will and testament of Christopher Pease, late? of Hartford deceased
In the name of God amen this 23 day of month 1785. I Christopher Pease of Hartford inthe county of Windsor and state of Vermont being well and sound in body and of perfect mind and memory, tahnks be given to God, nevertheless calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed to all men once to die: do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principly and first of all I give and recommend my sould into the hads of God who gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the resurrection I shall arise the same through the mighty (sic) of God and as touching such worldly estate where with it has pleased God to bless me in this life after my just debts and funeral expenses are paid I give dismiss and diffass? of the same in the following manner and form im______?
To Hannah my well beloved wife I give and bequeth the whole use and improvement of my hay? barn and farm on which I ______ _______ and the _________ of my stock? and movables so long as she shall continue my widow and the improvement of one third part of the same during her natural life except what is hereafter ordered to be sold.
Item to my well beloved sons Samuel & Christopher I give and bequeth after the decease of my wife all my lands and the improvements on them with all my outdoor movables together with my joiners and carpenters tools to be equally divided between them, they paying to their sisters and others debts as I shall hereafter order.
Item I give and bequeth to my well beloved daughters Anne and Theodora all my indoor movables after the decease of my wife and my will further is that my two sons pay cash of their sisters a michling? cow or the value thereof in money within one year after the decease of my wife and I do hereby order and impower my executors to sellso much of my lands where they shall judge best as shall be needful to pay all my just debts.
I also appoint Samuel & Christopher my sons to be the executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking disanulling and making void all dna every other will and testament legary? and executors (sic) by me in any other way named willed and bequethed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will & testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal.
The day and year above written.
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared to be the last will and testament of the above named Christopher Pease
In presence of us: Joseph Stark?, Thomas W. Pitken?, Charles Marsh
(Followed by an inventory of his possessions)
Hannah is on a list of Christian Street Cemetery. Cemeteries in use in 1794 in Hartford, Vt:
Christian Street, Hilltop, Center Town, Savage-Delano, and St. Anthony(Catholic)
According to ?History of Hartford, Vt 1761-1889? (by Tucker), p.188
a list of Christian St Cem shows
1818 - Hannah Pease - 96
Christopher Pease - no dates
*Find A Grave Memorial# 20712817 - Hilltop Cem, Quechee, VT.
Father: Nathan PEASE b: 1 JUL 1687 in Edgartown, Massachusetts
Mother: Sarah VINCENT b: 1688 in Edgartown, MA
Hannah HILLS b: 17 JUN 1725 in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
9 JUN 1748
in Lebanon, CT
- Samuel PEASE b: 31 JAN 1750 in Lebanon, Ct
- Christopher PEASE b: 4 MAY 1751 in Lebanon, CT (New London Twp)
- Anna PEASE b: 5 OCT 1752 in Lebanon, Connecticut (New London Township)
- Theodora PEASE b: 28 MAR 1760 in Lebanon twp, New London, Ct.