|Birth: ||Mar. 1, 1740|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 7, 1798|
New York, USA
Platt married, April 2, 1764, Ida Wiltsie (1746-1808) by whom he had at least 6 children: Ananias (Annias) (1764-1838), Thomas (1765-1836), Mary (1769-1854), Phoebe (Phebe) (1771-1816), Syche (1775-1849), and Platt.
During the Revolutionary War, Platt served as a Private in the 2nd Dutchess County, New York, Militia Regiment commanded by Colonel Abraham Brinkerhoff and the 6th Dutchess County Militia Regiment commanded by Colonel Morris Graham and/or Colonel Roswell Hopkins.
On March 21, 1781, the Office of Surveyor General was revived in the State of New York. Platt was one of the 20 surveyors appointed.
On October 26, 1784, Letters-Patent were issued to Zechariah Platt, of Poughkeepsie, New York, and 23 associates for a tract of land in northeastern New York. On April 4,1785, this tract and one other, 2,000 acres of land, including Cumberland Head on Lake Champlain were incorporated into a town called Plattsburgh. On October 29th, three days after the Patent of Plattsburgh had been issued, the proprietors met in New York City to devise plans to secure the immediate settlement of the lands. At this meeting a proposition was made to give to such of the proprietors as should within 2 years from that time build a dam and mills upon the Saranac River, the exclusive title to the Fredenburgh Falls mill-lot of 50 acres and to 100 acres lying on the north side of the river at its mouth. This proposition was accepted by Zechariah Platt, Platt Rogers and 10 other of the associates who had met at the house of Zachariah in Poughkeepsie on the 30th of December, 1784, and mutually agreed to be jointly concerned in the building a sawmill, gristmill and a forge on the Saranac River the next summer. They also agreed to build a petty auger (pirogue) of a moderate size, and to purchase twine for a seine. Zechariah was appointed agent for the company. It was the intention of the company to procure the iron ore for the forge from a bed owned by the State lying on the borders of the lake, about 8 miles north of Crown Point, known as the "Skeene's ore bed."
On the 3rd Tuesday of June 1785, the 1st Plattsburgh Town meeting was held at which Platt was elected one of three Commissioners of Highways.
In the US Census of 1790, Platt was enumerated in Fishkill, Dutchess County, New York as the head of a family with 5 free white males of 16 years and upwards, 1 free white male under 16 years, 5 free white females, and 5 slaves.
The Main Road (Post Road) of old Peru, Clinton County, New York was also known as "Rogers Road." Rogers Road was built by Platt in 1790-1793, from Warren County, New York to the Canadian line. The north end of this Post Road in Peru is now called the Lake Shore Road from Plattsburgh to AuSable Chasm. The Old High Bridge at the Chasm was built in 1773 by Platt and his associates. Mr. Rogers stated that it was the highest and cheapest bridge he ever built.
By 1796, Platt was residing in Ferrisburgh at Basin Harbor, Addison County, Vermont where he owned an iron ore bed. He had come from Duchess County, New York. He brought with him a female slave Millie, who was followed by her lover, another slave. He made a bargain with Mr. Roger that he should work for him for a certain length of time, and that he should then see that they were both freed. This compact was faithfully kept, and they were finally married. Platt continued to reside at Basin Harbor until his death.
(1) Mss. Vermont Records Center, Middlesex, Washington County, Vermont
(2) "A Genealogical and Psychological Memoir of Philippe Maton Wiltsee and his Descendants - With a Historical Introduction Referring to the Wiltsee Nation and its Colonies - Part First" by Jerome Wiltsee, 1908, pages 113 and 263
(3) "New York in the Revolution as Colony and State, Vol. I - A Compilation of Documents and Records from the Office of the State Comptroller" 1904, pages 135, 137, 144 and 148
(4) "New York in the Revolution as Colony and State, Vol. II - A Compilation of Documents and Records from the Office of the State Comptroller" 1904, page 198
(5) "History of Plattsburgh, N. Y., From its First Settlement to Jan. 1, 1876" by unknown, 1877, pages 5-8 and 11
(6) "A Collection of Articles on Local History" by J. Warren Harness and Others, 1966, pages 75-78 and 117
(7) "A Sketch of the History of the Town of Essex, New York, with some account of the Mother Town Willsboro" by Henry Harmon Noble, 1940, page 5
(8) "A General View and Agricultural Survey of the County of Essex, Taken Under the Appointment of the New-York State Agricultural Society" by Winslow C. Watson, 1853, page 815
(9) "Gazetteer and Business Directory of Addison County VT., for 1881-82" by Hamilton Child, 1882, page 105
Ida Wiltsie Rogers (1746 - 1808)
Annias Rogers (1764 - 1838)*
Thomas Rogers (1765 - 1836)*
Phebe Rogers Halstead (1771 - 1816)*
Died Oct. 7
Aged 59 years.
Basin Harbor Cemetery
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Record added: May 01, 2010
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