Ship Model Built By Armon P Gunnison
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After nearly 400 years on this continant a families history can get lost as the years and decendants pass on, and before you realize what you've missed it's gone. I hope this will bridge over the chasm of time. I hope this site and the information I have found via the internet and other sources wll help to connect the past to the present. My own interest in American and nautical history inspired me to look further into our family and I soon found more than just a little interest in the history of the Gunnison family. I want to share the information, history and memories of when we Gunnison's were growing along with this great nation and the contributions and sacrifices this family suffered along the way.
THE ORIGIN OF THE NAME GUNNISON
The name Gunnison descended from the time of the Norse Vikings and was derived from the name Gunn, Gunnis,Gunnius, the descendants of Rognvold of Moeria dating back to the year 870a.d.. The first recorded Gunnison was Snaekohl Gunnison living in 1232, his first son's name esaped history, Snaekohl's grandson was James de Gunn, After this time the family fractioned off forming the families of Henryson, Herrickson, Williamson, and others based on first names of male family members.
The Family Tree
Our family Lineage
*note (0) indicates the individuals place in the family tree
(1) Hugh Gunnison born in Sweden 1610 died about 1685
(2) Elihu born 1650 died mar 29,1729
(3) Joseph born oct 14,1690 died sept 8,1748
(4) Samuel born jan 27,1720 or 21 died may 14,1806
(5) Samuel born may 29,1757 died jan 22 1839
(6) Joseph born april 8,1781 died died nov 26,1846
(7) Joseph C. born sept 24,1829 (noted above on family tree)
(8) Jay Hoyt died oct 30, 1916
(9) Harry born 1880 died july 1915
(10) Armon Percy born sept 14,1898 died june 1, 1986
(11) Lawrence Armon born June 6, 1929
(12) Tim, David, Alex, Mike
THE FIRST GUNNISON IN AMERICA
(1.) Hugh Gunnison born about 1610, was the first Gunnison to arrive in the new world. Though history has yet to reflect whether or not a Gunnison was among the Vikings who arrived in what they called Vineland 500 years before. Hugh arrived in the new world with 5 other families the ; Scammons, Bryar, Raynes, and Frost, two families had the same last name, which one it is not clear. They arrived as part of an English Colony, landing in Piscataqua harbor in 1631. Hugh settled first in Dover Neck, New Hampshire.
Hugh was employed by Sir Richard Bellingham, the Govenor of the Plymouth colonies with the Massachusett Bay Company as a wine maker or vintner. In 1634 Hugh moved to Boston and married his first wife Elizabeth (her last name is unknown) in 1635.Hugh and Elizabeth had four children between the years of 1635-1646.
Their first child whose name was not recorded, died young durring an Indian attack in 1636. The child had been left behind durring a surprise attack and the horrified parents could only watch as an Indian grasped the child by the ankles and smashed his head against a rock.
In 1636 Hugh owned an "ordinary" commonly known as a tavern, the kings arms Tavern and a boatyard in Kittery NH now located in Maine. there was a bar and several rooms to let,or rent.
In 1637 Hugh was disenfranchised because he supported Anne Hutchinson, who was accused of heresy for preaching the gospel.
In those early years there was a shortage of preachers or even educated people, men or women. Preachers went from town to town and clearly some folks were with out Sunday meetings. Anne who was learned in the Bible also was a strong supporter of the separation of church and state, and would stand in for the preachers who were often occupied in other towns or villages or held up by weather or illness.
This act of a woman preaching the Gospel was strictly forbidden by the Puritans laws. The trials lasted quite some time and after 5 years Hugh was returned his property. In 1642 Hugh once again was licensed to operate the tavern, and boatyards. The boatyards were very successful and built over 36 boats and employed over 100 men.
Durring these years Hugh and Elizabeth had three childen: Sara in 1638 and Elizabeth in 1640 and Deborah in 1642.
Hugh was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Atrillary Company of Boston in 1646. Elizabeth died on Jan 25 1646 and Hugh remarried to the widowed Mrs Sarah Lynn, in 1647. They had two sons, Joseph born 1649 and (2.) Elihu, born Feb12 1650 the last of Hugh's 6 hildren.
In 1651 Hugh again found himself in court, this time accused of neglect in the death of a man who was scalded by a boiler or furnace accident, Hugh was aquitted and continued to operate his tavern and boatyard. Eventually his son Elihu became a shipwright and took over the boatyards with his son.
Hugh and Elizabeth's fourth (living) child Joseph never married and in 1707 accidentally shot and mortally wounded Grace Wentwoth. Grace who was a cousin or niece to Joseph. Joseph was on sentinal duty at the time, in the Garrison on his fathers property. The routine for sentinals was to hail strangers 3 times, then shoot.
Indian attacks were so frequent that nerves were always strung tight and Joseph fired at someone running in the dark durring a fierce snow storm. Unfortunately Grace had just arrived in a small boat durring the snow storm in Portsmouth. Grace had rushed ahead of the others, she either could not hear the sentials hail, or he didn't hear her reply, needless to say Grace was shot.
Though her wound was mortal, she forgave Joseph as she lay dying. He was tried and found not guilty but he never forgave himself and lived out his life reclusive and slipping in and out of sanity untill he died.
(2)Elihu married twice, first to Martha Trickee in 1674 who died shortly afterwards and then to Elizabeth Skillin who was widowed when her husband John Skillin had been killed by Indians in 1689. John and his parents had previously been driven from Falmouth to Kittery in 1675 and returned to Falmouth in 1680. After John died Elizabeth returned to Kittery where she married Elihu, they had 6 children, Elihu in 1675, and a twin who was killed by Indians at a young age and not named, Priscilla born in 1679, Mary in 1681,(3.) Joseph in 1690 and last, Elizabeth, born 1694.
In 1694 Elihu and his brother Joseph operated the shipyards and in 1696 they were commissioned to build the ship Rebecca Sloper by Edward Carwithy. Elihu's son (3)Joseph, followed his father and uncle in the ship building buisness and (3)Joseph became a shipwright at Hughs shipyard.
(3) Joseph was married 4 times and had 10 children in all. His first wife Susanna Follett (no other information), his second was Elizabeth Lewis oct. 23 1729, (no other information), the third was the widow Mrs.Margaret Nelson Jan.8 1734, and his fourth was Susanna Ayers Mar.3,1742 or 43.
When or how his wives came to their demise is not clear but illness was a constant threat. Medicine was in it's infancy and a simple cold could go along way. If the Indian's didn't kill you the influenza did. Joseph's children were (4.) Samuel Jan 27, 1720 or 21, John Oct 21,1722 David July 9,1724 William may29,1726 and died young, Christopher mar 9,1728 Benjamin feb 24,1733 Margaret nov 13,1735 or 36 William june 4, 1737 Elizabeth aug 29,1741 Lydia sept 2,1744.
(4)Samuel was a carpenter in Kittery,Goshen and Halifax, he was married twice, Jane Fernald in 1745 and to Alice Fernald in1752 Samuel had a total of 9 children Susanna dec 4, 1746 Joseph sept 5 1748 died feb 20,1750-51Margaret july 16,1735 (5) Samuel may 29,1757 Ephriam feb 14,1759 died aug 24 1761 Daniel april 29,1761 Ephriam july 16,1766 twin to Nathanial july 16,1766 Alice 1768.
(5)Samuel was a farmer in Goshan NH., he served at the rank of private in company no. 1 Col. Benjamin Bellow's regiment durring the revolutionary war at fort Ticonderoga.
This is the same time frame that a later family members descendant, Steven Griffing was writting his revolutionary war journal and mentions his visit to Fort Ticonderoga, as well as meeting General Washington, and yhat he was present at the trial and hanging of Benedict Arnold.
Samuel died aug 27 1823. His son (5) Samuel married Dorcus Cutts feb25 1780, they had 7 children (6) Joseph april 8,1781 Samuel dec 15,1786 William sept 3,1795 died nov 5, 1795 Polly feb 23 1792 died nov 3 1795 Alice june 17,1794 William feb 8,1797 Oliver april 4, 1800.
(6)Joseph was a farmer in Lempster NH, married Tabitha Wells nov 28,1802 they had 12 children Polly june 17,1803 Harriet F. sept 21,1807 Samuel aug 8,1807 Alvin june 7,1809 Orren july 2,1811 Elzira july 9, 1813 Issac april 3,1817 Sarah june 28,1819 Hannah jan 25,1822 Robert feb 29,1824 Susan oct 26,1827 (7) Joseph C. sept 24,1829.
(7) Joseph C. (is the last relation on the family tree image at the top of the page) enlisted in Dec.12 1861in Company 1, 1st Cavalry Regiment Rhode Island. he fought in nearly every battle of the cival war and mustered out in 1865. He returned to the Rochester NY area and became a railroad Telegrapher, he married Angelina Potter of Rochester and they had 5 children. (8)Jay Hoyt (no info) Etta, who died young Myrtie (no info) Bert (no info) Jessie (no info) (8) Jay was a RailRoad Station Agent and married Flora Griffing, Flora was a descendant of Steven Griffing, who wrote the journal durring the revolution. Jay and Flora had four children (9)Harry Averill july 3,1880 DeForrest Myron april 5,1882 Robert Joseph sept 1,1884 Beatrice Louise april ,1892. (9) Harry was a railroad conductor and married Adeliade Wood of Sodus Point ny and they had 2 children (10) Armon Percivile sept 4,1898 Lawrence W. (no info) (10) Armon led quite an ineresting life his father Harry died young at 35 in 1915. He had the responsibility of supporting his mother and brother and at 17 worked at kodak as a draftsman. In 1917 he enlisted in the army and served in the last mounted calvary in Europe durring WWI. He claimed to have had several mounts shot out from under him as he displayed his saddle knot proudly. He mustered out in 1919 and returned to Sodus Point NY to support his mother, and her sister Rose. In 1920 he joined the NY State Mounted Police Troopers,
Armon in WWI uniform with Gr.Grand mother Jane Wood, Percy White,
Armon in NY State Mounted Police Troopers uniform, along with his mother Adelaide and her mother Jane Wood
I found this in the book "the Troopers are coming" by Albert S. kureK;
"on May 5th of 1921, a raiding party executed a search warrent at a local hotel owned by Ralph W. Brown of Tonawanda NY. Troopers Armon P. Gunnison and Joseph E. Holcomb had lived at the hotel and for several weeks had observed the illegal activities of an organized gang of bootleggers working between Canada and the United States. The bootleggers smuggled liquor hidden in bags by using the Niagara river route for entry. High powered motor boats travelled around the south end of Grand Island with the contraband stored at Brown's hotel. Troopers found 240 quarts of gin. 360 quarts of whiskey as well as champagne, brandy and wine valued at 50,000 dollars. two cars and two trucks under gaurd carried the confiscated alcohol to the Batavia Barracks where it was secured until turned over to federal authorities."
In 1924 Armon was the Post Master of Sodus Point NY, and later became a Prohibition Officer.
In 1929 Armon married Elizabeth (Betty) Kohler june 30,1929 and had one son (11) Lawrence Armon. june 14 1929.
In 1930 they moved to Lockport NY and later built the house on Lockport rd in Sanborn just east of Nash rd. which still remains though slightly larger now. At the beginning of WWII Armon reinlisted and rose to the rank of Major and supposedly worked in intelligence through out the war. Amon sent home war trophys from both world wars and had a collection of guns, swords and other militaria as well as shipwrights tools and half hull ship models the came from the boatyards in Kittery, which had later become the US Naval shipyards. In the late 1960's early 70's Armon and Betty moved to Mt. Union Pa. where Betty's sister Agness Kohler lived near by. I was fortunate to spend a week in 1972 at Their house located adjacent to the American Legion Golf Course in Mt.Union Pa. and again after he died in 1986 when I and my brother Mike along with our father Lawrence discovered and unloaded an arsenal of weapons. There were loaded rifles, a BAR purchased durring prohibition, and numerous hand guns through out the house and even in the two cars.
(11) Lawrence Armon married Nina Ann Harvey (Dutton) in 1954 and had four boys Tim April 1955 David Aug 2 1956 Alexzander Aug 11 1959 and Mike in 1962 Lawrence worked for GE under contract to Nasa and we moved from Syracuse NY to Daytona Fla in 1959-60 and then to Huntsville Ala in 1964.
At this point I have connected the Pilgrim's to the Moon as Laurence Armon worked for NASA when man first stepped on the moon.