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 Salome <I>Wells</I> Darling

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Salome Wells Darling

Birth
Clinton, Oneida County, New York, USA
Death 11 Nov 1852 (aged 62)
Somerset, Niagara County, New York, USA
Burial Hartland, Niagara County, New York, USA
Plot G3
Memorial ID 90466812 View Source
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Salome's parents were:
Elisha Wells, b. Mar. 24, 1730 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, CT. and d. May 18, 1813 (His grave marker is very difficult to read. His actual birth and death dates may be: b. Mar. 12, 1758 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, CT. and d. May 18, 1843 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, CT.) &
Mary Griswold, b. Mar. 18, 1764 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, CT. and d. Jan. 1, 1834.

Elisha Wells and Mary Griswold were married on Dec. 16, 1784 in Wethersfield, Hartford, CT.

Elisha & Mary Wells' children were:
1. Elisha Griswold Wells II, b. Apr. 6, 1788 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, CT. and d. May 9, 1858 in NY.
2. Salome Wells, b. May 1, 1790 in Clinton, Oneida County, NY. and d. Nov. 11, 1852 in Somerset, Niagara County, NY. Salome marr. Smith Darling. *NOTE: Salome's birthdate, according to a card in the Rolodex file at the Niagara County Historic Site of the County Clerk's Office at Lockport, Niagara Co., NY., was May 17, 1780 and the date of her death was May 11, 1852. The card lists her as the wife of S. Darling.
3. Samuel Wells, b. 1791 in Trenton, Oneida County, NY. and d. 1868 in Trenton, Oneida County, NY.
4. Nathan Wells, b. 1793 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, CT. and d. Aug. 7, 1795.
5. Chester Wells, b. Oct. 10, 1794 in Burlington, Otsego County, NY. and d. Jun. 4, 1874. Buried in Mahaska County, IA.
6. Mary Hanford Wells, b. 1796 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, CT. and d. Dec. 7, 1863 in Petersburg, VA.
7. Harriett Wells, b. 1801in Wethersfield, Hartford County, CT. and d. 1809
8. Ira Wells, b. Oct. 14, 1802 and d. May 26, 1862
9. Nancy Wells, b. 1806

Salome Wells married Smith Darling on Jan. 31, 1814.
She was born May 1 (or 17), 1790 (or 1780) in Clinton, Oneida Co., NY and d. Nov. (or May) 11, 1852 in Somerset, Niagara Co., NY.
After marriage, Smith and Salome lived in Woodstock, Vermont, where their first child was born.
Then, about 1816, they moved to Hartland, Niagara Co., NY. where the rest of their children, four sons and four daughters, were born. 'All of Smith & Salome Darling's children were good singers.'

Children of Smith and Salome (Wells) Darling, all born in Hartland, Niagara, N.Y., except the first child, are:
1) Wells Smith Darling, b. Jul. 22, 1815 in Woodstock, Windsor, VT., d. Oct. 14, 1891
2) Seth G. Darling, B. Sept. 24, 1817 in Hartland, Niagara, NY. and d. Jul. 21, 1821 at Hartland, NY.
3) Salome Darling, b. Jul. 13, 1819 in Hartland, Niagara, NY. and d. Jan. 12, 1879. Salome married Hiram Durfee.
4) Prudence Darling, b. Apr. 6, 1821 in Hartland, Niagara, NY. and d. Dec. 18, 1889. Prudence married Gen. Martin Flood.
5) Martha Darling, b. Nov. 6, 1822 in Hartland, Niagara, NY. and d. Jul. 20, 1890. Martha married David W. Rice.
6) Mary Darling, b. Nov. 6, 1822 in Hartland, Niagara, NY. and d. Dec. 21, 1822 in Somerset, Niagara, NY.
7) Chloe Darling, b. Sept. 4, 1824 in Hartland, Niagara, NY. and d. Sep. 25, 1869 in Newfane, Niagara Co., NY. while visiting her father. Chloe married Gardner G. Godfrey.
8) Edward Darling, b. Oct. 13, 1826, d. Sept. 6, 1887. Edward was described as "the most agreeable and looked most like his father".
9) George Darling, b. May 25, 1828 in Hartland, Niagara, NY. and d. Dec. 26, 1909. George was described as "the smartest - although none of them was as smart as their father". George was living in Michigan in 1909 and 'had a pretty wife'.

The Smith Dalling (Darling) family is found in Hartland, Niagara, N. Y. in the Aug. 7, 1820 U.S. census. Smith (age 22) is listed as head of household.
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 2 (sons, Wells and Seth Darling)
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 1 (Smith Darling)
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44: 1 (Who could this be?)
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 1 (daughter, Salome Darling)
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1 (wife, Salome Darling)
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 1 (Smith Darling)
Free White Persons - Under 16: 3
Free White Persons - Over 25: 2
Total Free White Persons: 6
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 6

In the 1830 U.S. census, there were 9 free white persons living in the Smith Darling household in Hartland, Niagara, NY.:
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 2 (sons, George and Edward Darling)
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1 (son, Wells Smith Darling)
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1 (Smith Darling)
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 3 (daughters, Prudence, Martha and Chloe Darling)
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1 (daughter, Salome Darling)
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1 (wife, Salome Darling)
Free White Persons - Under 20: 7
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2

In the 1840 U. S. census, there were 9 people living in the Smith Durling (Darling) household in Somerset, Niagara Co., N. Y.
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 2 (sons, Edward and George Darling)
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 2 (sons, Wells and Seth Darling)
Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 1 (Smith Darling)
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 3 (daughters, Prudence, Martha and Chloe)
Free White Persons - Females - 50 thru 59: 1 (wife, Salome Darling)
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 3
Free White Persons - Under 20: 5
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 9
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 9

In the 1850 U.S. census, 62 yr. old Smith Darling, a farmer, b. in VT., was living in Somerset, Niagara, NY with his
60 yr. old wife, Saloma (Salome) Darling, b. in CT.
22 yr. old son, George Darling, b. in NY.
and 25 yr. old daughter, Cloe (Chloe) Darling, b. in NY.
Smith Darling's real estate was valued at $6,660.

In the 1850 U.S. census, 62 yr. old Smith Darling, a farmer, b. in VT., was living in Somerset, Niagara, NY with his
60 yr. old wife, Salome Darling, b. in CT.
22 yr. old son, George Darling, b. in NY
and 25 yr. old daughter, Chloe Darling, b. in NY

On Nov. 11, 1852, 62 yr. old Salome died in Somerset, Niagara, NY.

Historical New York Research Associates, Inc. for edr Companies and Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area Commission:
Darling, Smith & Salome - Salome’s obituary documents her work as an Underground Railroad safe house keeper in Hartland/Somerset.
Source: Frederick Douglass Paper, Dec. 3, 1852
“Our dear sister was ever ready to open her doors to the poor pilgrim. The poor fugitive slave could also find a home beneath her roof. She was ever ready to minister to the wants of the poor and needy. Go you and do likewise. Bro. L. P. Judson preached on the occasion from 2 Timothy, 4:8. There was a numerous circle of friends. He fed them with the truths of the Bible and the great hope of resurrection from the dead, may it prove a blessing to all. Amen.”

Two years after his wife, Salome, died, Smith Darling married second, Mrs. Janet (Stewart) McIntyre, widow of Peter McIntyre, on Dec. 13, 1854 in Wilson, New York. She was b. June 1808 in Killearn Scotland, and d. Jun. 12, 1871 in Somerset, N. Y.


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  • Maintained by: Chloé
  • Originally Created by: ChrisB
  • Added: 20 May 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 90466812
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/90466812/salome-darling : accessed ), memorial page for Salome Wells Darling (1 May 1790–11 Nov 1852), Find a Grave Memorial ID 90466812, citing Stewart Cemetery, Hartland, Niagara County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Chloé (contributor 47159257) .