Judge Zattu Cushing Sr.


Judge Zattu Cushing Sr.

Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 11 Jan 1839 (aged 67)
Fredonia, Chautauqua County, New York, USA
Burial Fredonia, Chautauqua County, New York, USA
Plot 1213
Memorial ID 9474015 View Source

Husband of Rachel Buckingham. Parents unknown.

Son of Nathaniel Cushing and his third wife Lydia Cook. Grandson of Ignatius Cushing and Ruth Croade, John Cook and Phoebe Crossman. Husband of Rachel Buckingham, the daughter of Ebenezer Buckingham and Esther Bradley. They were married 11 Feb 1792 in Balston Spa, Saratoga, New York, and had eight children:
* Lucinda Cushing, Mrs William Barker 1794-1868
* Walter Bradley Cushing 1796-1856
* Lydia Cook Cushing, Mrs Dr White & Mrs Daniel Stearns Houghton 1798-1886
* Dr Milton Buckingham Cushing 1800-1847
* Dr Zattu Cushing 1802-1869
* Catherine Putman Cushing, Mrs Philo Hull Stevens 1808-1887
* Hon Alonzo Cushing 1810-1877
* Rachel Cushing, Mrs Edward White Tupper 1813-1854

Secondly, her married Eunice Elderkin, the daughter of Rodolphus Elderkin and Eunice Lathrop. They were married 01 Jun 1817 in Burlington, New York and had four children:
* Judson Elderkin Cushing b 1818
* Addison Cary Cushing 1820-1891
* Sarah Margaret Cushing 1821-1824
* Frank C Cushing 1825-1858

A great deal of pioneer history centers around Zattu Cushing. His father losing his fortune by the depreciation of Continental money, Zattu was apprenticed to and learned the trade of a ship carpenter with a Boston Ship carpenter, with whom he served his full time.
Zattu subsequently took up a piece of land in Saratoga County, New York and went to farming. His father had owned a large real estate but disposed of it during the Revolution, (A family legend says in order to have funds to equip a regiment), receiving his pay in Continental money, the depreciation of which reduced him to poverty. In 1799 he superintended the building at Presque Island, near Erie, Pennsylvania of the ship "Good Intent", the first ever built on Lake Erie. From 1792-1805, he lived in Paris, Oneida County, New York, whence he removed to Fredonia, Chatauqua County, New York,where he accumulated a large landed property. He there commenced a nursery and set out the oldest orchard in the county and also planted pits for peach trees and the third year after had plenty of that fruit. He was a Baptist and instrumental in organizing and establishing, in 1808, one of the first churches of that denomination in the County. He was appointed in 1808 an Associate Judge of the newly formed county of Chatauqua, which for three years was united with the adjoining counties of Niagara and Erie, the Court meeting at Buffalo. The first Court of Common Pleas and General Sessions of the Peace in the new County of Niagara was held by Judge Zattu Cushing in June, 1808, in Landlord's Tavern, Buffalo (or New Amsterdam), and was held there until the Court House and Jail were erected. He was the leading member of the Court and in 1811, when the organization of Chatauqua Co.
was completed, he was appointed first Judge of it. In 1822, he retired from the Bench with the reputation of an upright, dignified, clear-headed Judge. His intuitive perception of justice and his strong common-sense had well supplied the place of extended legal learning.
In person he was tall and commanding. He was from his youth a zealous active Christian, an earnest, energetic speaker, and eminently benevolent to the poor and needy. His portrait is suspended in the Chatauqua County Court House in Mayville, the County seat.


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  • Created by: Bonnie Weller
  • Added: 17 Sep 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 9474015
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Judge Zattu Cushing Sr. (11 Jun 1771–11 Jan 1839), Find a Grave Memorial ID 9474015, citing Pioneer Cemetery, Fredonia, Chautauqua County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Bonnie Weller (contributor 46493404) .