Canfield Family of Orange County, New York

Farmer, Husband and Father William Canfield

     Visiting cemeteries can offer some helpful information, learn more about your family, your community and even history. Some genealogist, like myself, include the cemeteries in my research. On a recent road trip Union Cemetery in Slate Hill, Orange County, New York caught my attention. There are many tombstones to view, both new and old that hold information. One of those belonged to William Canfield who lived most of his life in Orange County, New York. He was the son of Jesse Canfield and Mary Wood, both of New York, they are also buried in the same cemetery. He was born approximately 1803, using the calculations on census records. In viewing his page on Find A Grave it states he was born on the 30th of September in 1802. One of his brothers, Jesse, passed away before him and is also buried in the same cemetery.

     William married Sarah A. Lee, of Orange County, together they had four children. They had two sons, Charles S. and Jesse W., and two daughters, Mary L. and Emmaline Evans. In viewing the census records it appears that his occupation was always listed as a farmer. In driving through that area, I can see why, there are still plenty of farms throughout this section of the county and it is full of history. The drive on those long winding roads were breath taking in some places not only because of the landscape but the history in the homes, barns and churches. 

William Canfield Tombstone

WILLIAM CANFIELD

DIED

May 20, 1867

AGED

61 yrs. 7 mos. & 20 d,s

 

 Census Records

[1]1830 United States Federal Census
1830 United States Federal Census in Minisink in Orange County the state of New York shows William Canfield as head of household, on this census it shows three members in the household. It shows one male between the ages of 5 and 10, one male between the ages of 20 and 30 and one female between the ages of 20 and 30.

[2]1840 United States Federal Census
1840 United States Federal Census in Minisink in Orange County the state of New York shows William Canfield as head of household, on this census it shows seven members in the household. It shows two males between the ages of 10 and 14, one male between the ages of 30 and 39. One female under the age of 5, one female between the ages of 5 and 9, one female between the ages of 10 and 14, one female between the ages of 30 and 39.

Review

     *Since the 1830 census they have four more members in the household. 

 

[3]1850 United States Federal Census
1850 United States Federal Census in Wawayanda in Orange County the state of New York shows Wm Canfield head of household, male, born in Orange County, New York, real estate 4250. Occupation farmer, age 47.  Sarah Canfield listed in household, female, born in Orange County, New York. No occupation, age 44. Charles Canfield listed in household, male, born in Orange County, New York. Occupation farmer, age 19. Mary Canfield listed in household, female, born in Orange County, New York. No occupation, age 18. Jesse Canfield listed in household, male, born in Orange County, New York. No occupation, attended school, age 16.   Emily Canfield listed in household, female, born in Orange County, New York. No occupation, attended school, age 14.  

Review

     *Between the 1830 Census and this one we now have the names of the members of the house hold an some additional information. 

[4]1855 New York State Census
1855 New York State Census in Wawayanda in Orange County the state of New York shows Wm Canfield as head of household, male, married, resident in the community for 52 years. Occupation listed as farmer, native and land owner, he was 52 years of age at the time of this census. S A Canfield listed as wife to head of household, female, married, resident in the community for 48 years. No occupation listed, she was 48 years of age at the time of this census. Emaline E Canfield listed as child to head of household, female, resident in the community for 19 years. No occupation listed, 19 years of age at the time of this census. John Jennings listed as servant to head of household, male, resident in the community for 12 years. Occupation as servant, native, he was 21 years of age at the time of this census.

Review

     *From the 1850 Census to the 1855 New York State census the household has shrunk. The only child left in the household in their daughter Emaline. You will now notice that a servant is listed in the house hold. 

 

[5]1865 New York State Census
1865 New York State Census in Wawayanda in Orange County the state of New York shows W Canfield as head of household, male, white, born in Orange County, married one time. No occupation listed, native, he was 60 years of age at the time of this census. S A Canfield is listed as wife to head of household, female, white born in Orange County, married one time. No occupation listed, native, she was 58 years of age at the time of this census. J L Mulford is listed as young child to head of household, female, white, born in Orange County. No occupation listed, she was 6 years of age at the time of this census.

Review

*It appears that the child listed on this census is their granddaughter, daughter to Emeline E. who was married to Thomas J Mulford.

Probate

[6]New York Probate
New York Wills and Probate Records show in Goshen in Orange County on the 11th day of June in 1867. Charles S. Canfield and James Lain were appointed as executors to the Will of William Canfield. William Canfield was living in the town of Wawayanda in Orange County at the time of his death.

 

 

[1] 1830 United States Federal Census Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com; accessed July 2017) Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Minisink, Orange, New York; Series: M19; Roll:113; Page:255; Family History Library Film: 0017173

[2] 1840 United States Federal Census Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com; accessed July 2017) Provo,UT,USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Minisink, Orange, New York; Roll: 323; Page: 179; Family History Library Film: 0017202

[3] 1850 United States Federal Census Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com; accessed July 2017) Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Minisink, Orange, New York; Roll: 323; Page: 179; Family History Library Film: 0017202

[4] 1855 New York State Census Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com; accessed July 2017) Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

[5] 1865 New York State Census Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed July 2017) Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.

[6] New York, Wills and Probate Records, 1659-1999 Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com; accessed July 2017) Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Index to Surragate's Records, 1787-1941; Author: New York. Surrogate's Court (Orange County); Probate Place: Orange, New York.
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