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Daniel Shipman
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Birth: 1773
Death: Nov. 3, 1820


(A) Rev. Daniel Shipman (b ca 1773 - d Nov. 3, 1820; buried on the Evans lot at Fayetteville, N. Y.; there is a stone to his memory in the old Cemetery at Pitcher, N. Y.) "Which I saw in Oct., 1956, inscribed 'To the memory of Daniel Shipman; Soul of the . . . . . companion of the dead 'Where is thy home and whither art thou fled 'Back to its heavenly source thy...... goes 'Swift as the comet shoots from whence it rose."' Matilda Jewell Gage.
Farmer and Presbyterian Minister or Deacon at Woodbury, Conn. and at Pitcher, Lincklean, and German, N. Y. "A leading spirit in all town concerns and improvements. In times of distress and floods and crop failures Daniel went to distant and more favored places gathering food for those in distress."

"Daniel Shipman was an early settler of Saybrook, Conn. and a Presbyterian Minister of the old school. Three of Daniel Shipman's brothers were actively engaged in the Revolutionary War., and at one time were taken prisoners by the British and held in a prison ship at Brooklyn, N. Y."

Reference: The Biographical Record of DeKalb Co., Ill., 1898, by S. J.
Clarke Pub. Co.

Daniel and family were among the earliest settlers of Pitcher, N. Y. Around 1803 they made the journey from Conn. via N. J. and Pa. by wagon, the cows, extra horses, etc. being driven by the older boys on foot, with the smaller children and the mother riding on a feather bed in the wagon. They stopped at taverns or friendly farm houses for the nights, cooked their own meals and made their own tea. A few times they were obliged to camp in the open. Daniel and Sarah made at least two trips to Conn. to visit relatives in much the same manner as they emigrated.

Three of Daniel's relatives were in the Revolutionary War, and, at one time, were held in the prison ship at Brooklyn, N. Y.

Daniel was killed in 1820 in the prime of life by a great timber as he was assisting in the building of a Congregational church. After his death, the mother Sarah raised the large family on the farm "without any assistance."

Married ca 1797 to Sarah Eastman (b ca 1774 - d Oct. 27, 1842 at Rochester, N. Y.; buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester, N. Y.; there is a stone to her memory on the Evans lot at Fayetteville, N. Y.) Sarah is the daughter of Dr. Azariah Eastman, an eminent physician and said to be a lineal descendant of the Franklins and a relative of the Statesman Benjamin Franklin. When a young girl, Sarah one day caught a young colt and mounted it bare-back; the wild creature ran furiously about the field but could not throw Sarah. She was very small and slight but "of a most beautiful shape." Another time, when only 15 years old, Sarah was told that she must assist in the amputation of the leg of a hired man. As in those days the only assistance to patients was liquor, Sarah gave the man tablespoons of rum and bathed his head until it was over, never flinching.

(B) Parson Genet Shipman, M.D. (b Apr. 18, 1799 - d Jan. 13, 1871)
(B) Azariah Booth Shipman, M.D. (b Mar. 22, 1803 - d Sept. 15, 1868)
(B) Eleanor Weller Shipman Evans (b 1807 - d Dec. 22, 1876)
(B) John Orville Shipman, M.D. (d 1866)
(B) Daniel Madison Shipman, M.D.
(B) Joseph Avery Shipman, M.D. (b 1812 - d Mar. 6, 1885)
(B) Sarah Amarilla Shipman Wallace (b Dec. 15, 1813 - d May 10, 1863)


(A) Rev. Daniel Shipman (b ca 1773 - d Nov. 3, 1820) The country around Pitcher still contained many Indians who would not go to the reservations. They used to come to the Shipman farm, especially in winter, entering the home after the family had retired. They would lay down before the fire in the kitchen, and go away in the morning seldom taking anything, but grateful for a piece of bread. Sarah said she was afraid of them, but knew she was safe with all her boys.

Sarah Eastman Shipman was a strict economist. When the boys were old enough to attend the 4th of July celebrations, etc. in the village, she would give them "a shilling to spend and a half dollar to show up on, but don't spend a cent of it." The boys did as they were told. The Shipman boys were the terror of their neighborhood with their jokes. Azariah, who became the most famous surgeon, at one time kept the whole neighborhood in a state of excitement by impersonating a "wild woman." He would appear along the roadside with a wig made of horse hair, tattered clothing, etc.
and then disappear. He eve.'l led a hunt for the woman. Another time the boys sent up a kite with a lighted lantern, fed rumors about the strange light, and wrote an article for the local newspaper about it. Their fireside circle at night was a large and lively one.

Reference: Chenango Co. History

After Parson Genet received his medical education, he assisted Azariah; then the two assisted John Orville. After the farm was abandoned, the three older brothers assisted the two younger brothers in getting their medical education.
Family links: 
  Sarah Eastman Shipman (1774 - 1842)
  Parson Genet Shipman (1799 - 1871)*
  Azariah Booth Shipman (1803 - 1868)*
  Eleanor Weller Shipman Evans (1807 - 1876)*
*Calculated relationship
Fayetteville Cemetery
Onondaga County
New York, USA
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Record added: Jun 16, 2011
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