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Pvt Peleg Gorton, Sr
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Birth: Jan. 11, 1750
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Feb. 1, 1802
Rensselaer County
New York, USA

Peleg Gorton was the great-great-grandson of the Governor of Rhode Island Colony, Samuel Gorton (1592-1677), and was born to Dr Samuel Gorton IV & Ruth Gorton, nee Slade, in what was then Swansea Rhode Island.

He moved from Rhode Island to Vermont about 1778. In 1781 he came to Corning, Steuben Co, NY where he purchased a large parcel of land in Painted Post, NY from the Phelps-Gorham land Co.

Peleg was killed by a runaway team of horses in Rensselaer Co, NY before he could move his family to Painted Post. His sons came to the land on which sits a portion of Corning, NY.

He served in the Revolution as follows -

DAR record A046322, rank-Private, Col. Kilian Van Rensselaer's 4th Regt, Albany Co Militia.

Peleg Gorton sold his Rhode Island estate and put his fortune into the Revolutionary cause.

He died with his daughter Dorcas who was also in the wagon with him when the horses ran, killing them both.

His daughter Sarah had married Jacob Cole, Jr. and they along with all the children also came to Steuben County, NY and settled in the town of Addison in what is now Rathbone, close by to the Tracy family on Tracy's Creek.

He married DORCAS WOOD January 22, 1769 in Swansea, RI (now MA). She was born April 23, 1747 in Massachusetts, and died May 28, 1830 in Corning, Steuben Co, NY.

**This biography has been compiled from info provided by Dave Lehman, the DAR, the Kansas chapter of the DAR,, and by the Gorton Family Genealogical Page.**

Family links: 
  Dorcas Wood Gorton (1747 - 1830)
  Peleg Gorton (1768 - 1851)*
  Rufus Gorton (1770 - 1857)*
  Sarah C. Gorton Coal (1775 - 1857)*
*Calculated relationship
Gorton Cemetery
Steuben County
New York, USA
Created by: chris allsman
Record added: Jul 16, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 113900246
Pvt Peleg Gorton, Sr
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My distant cousin. I'm proud of the life you led.
- Susanna Webber Lewis
 Added: Feb. 27, 2016

- Keeper of the Stars
 Added: Nov. 5, 2014
With Honor and Respect, My 6th Great Grandfather. Thank You for your service and sacrifices. Rest in Peace.
- Butterfly~Kisses
 Added: Oct. 10, 2014
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