Descendants of Isaac Christian Vought

From Wayne County NY to Gratiot County MI

Wayne County Marriages 1848, Town of Wolcott

October 8
Isaac Vought, Wolcott, age 23
Elizabeth J. DeWitt, Wolcott, age 22

Looking at your Wayne County Marriages page, I have decided to contribute some more of my Vought information.

My g-grandmother, Hattie C. Knowlton Vought, who died in 1944, mentioned Isaac Vought in her notes. Hattie said the daughter Eunice was dead. Hattie Vought's notes also said Isaac died at Elwell, Gratiot County, MI. Oct., 1896; one of the pioneers of the township. Hattie's notes also mentioned the daughter Eunice had died.

I am sending a family outline for Isaac and Betsey Dewitt Vought and a copy of a letter sent to my mother by Isaac Vought's grand-daughter. It took me years to find her given name of Alma L. Vought, born August 1889, the daughter of Isaac's son Dewitt and Dewitt's wife Genevra. Alma was Mrs. Peter Trierweiler.

The Lent 1833 listed below is Thomas Lent Vought, born April 29, 1833, who migrated to Wisconsin with his father Nicholas and brother Jackson, after Mary Polly Vought his mother had died September 20, 1840 at the age of 50 years. She is buried in Old Delling Cemetery on Harry Lasher Farm.

Marilyn Madden
December 2005

Letter to Mabel Wright from Mrs. Peter J. Trierweiler

220 Lincoln St.
Portland, Michigan        Feb., 15th, 1958

Mrs. Carl Wright,
East Detroit, Mi.

Dear Mrs. Wright,

I am sending you all the information, I have found in my fathers papers. There is quite a list of names and births since 1783, but nothing before that but I know my father always said anyone spelling their name Vought belonged to the same family. There is also a Joseph and a Christiana in the list. I imagine decendents of the original ones.

This is the list

Nicholas Christian Vought 1785
May & Margaret Vought twins 1788
Henry Vought 1808
Joseph 1811
Catherine A 1813
Hester Eliza 1817
David 1819
Jackson 1822
Christiana 1824
Isaac 1825 I think this was my grandfather
Sylvester 1828
Jane 1830
Lent 1833
Nicholas 1835

My father was born in Wolcott, New York, May 14, 1857 one of the pioneer familys of that state, moved to Michigan and settled in Clinton Township, later moving to Gratiot County. He taught school in his early years and was an expert decorator and artist. He was an ardent Democrat and served in the Michigan State Legislature, in 1896. We are all members of the Episcopal Church in Alma. Lena and Harrison are cousins and children of my uncle Joseph. Downie Vought and his son Jack Dewitt of Akron are my brother and nephew.

My father's mother was Betsy Dewitt also from New York and Holland. My father carried her family name, as also does my nephew.

My father often said the original Vought family branched out into New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and I suppose other states too. At one time I wrote to Chaunce Vought Aircraft Co. of Stratford, Conn. to find out the relationship there. I found out the original Chaunce Vought had been deceased for several years. His son Chance now resides on Long Island but they did not have his recent address. The man who wrote me was Asst. General Manager of Chaunce Vought Aircraft and referred me to Mr. Russell Vought who is associated with United Aircraft Corp. Will enclose his address. I very foolishly did not do any more about it but you may follow it up.

My father at one time said they are writing a History of the family in New York, but he never received a copy. I found the name Clayton Vought of Wolcott in some of his papers. Why don't you inquire of the PO there for any of the Vought family. I hope this helps you some. Perhaps we are eligible to the D.A.R. Papa always thought so. Please let me hear from you and do visit me in Portland when you are traveling through.

Sincerely Yours
Mrs. Peter Trierweiler

Descendants of Isaac Christian Vought

1 Isaac Christian Vought b: December 23, 1825 d: October 1896 in Elwell, Gratiot County, MI

.. +Elizabeth Jane Dewitt (Betsy) b: 1837 in of North Wolcott m: October 8, 1848 d: February 7, 1907 in age 70 years

... 2 Joseph Henry Vought b: August 1852 in Wayne County, New York d: January 20, 1920 in Alma, Gratiot County, Michigan 69 y 4 m 26 day

....... +Melissa

........ 3 Lena Vought b: 1872 d: March 19, 1961

........ 3 Gretta E Vought b: 1879

... 2 Dewitt Vought b: May 14, 1857 in Wolcott, Wayne County, NY d: Aft. 1922

....... +Genevra b: in Indiana

........ 3 Alma L Vought b: August 1889

............ +Peter J Trierweiler b: 1891

............. 4 Genevra R Trierweiler b: Abt. August 1916

........ 3 Downie Vought b: October 10, 1891 d: June 16, 1966 in Clinton, Summit, Ohio

............ +Ethel b: July 4, 1896 d: April 1969 in Akron, Ohio

............. 4 Jack Dewitt Vought b: May 26, 1918 d: January 26, 1992 in Ohio

... 2 Eunice Vought b: 1859

... 2 Harrison Vought b: May 1861 in New York d: January 2, 1880 in Seville, Gratiot Co., MI 18 yrs, 8 months, 13 days

Genealogical Death Indexing System - Michigan

Date of death:2-Jan-1880
Ledger Page:240
Record Number:23
Place of death:Seville
County of Death:Gratiot
Marital Status:Single
Age:18 years 8 months 13 days
Cause of Death:Inflammation Of Srungs (Lungs?)
Birthplace:New York
Father's Name:Vought, Isaac
Father's Residence:Seville
Mother's Name:Vought, Elizabeth
Mother's Residence:Mich
Date of record:10-May-1881

The Obituary of Isaac Christian Vought

Isaac Christian Vought, born January 21, 1814 (son of Henry Christian Vought, of Peekskill, NY and the Van Cortlandt Manor)

The Sudden Death of Isaac Christian Vought

After an illness of only 3 days at his home near North Wolcott, Tuesday afternoon February 17, 1903 occured the death of Isaac C Vought at the age of 89 years.

The funeral was held from the house on Thursday afternoon February 19th. Rev. D H Devoll officiating. The text was taken from 11 Timothy, Chapter IV: 7-8 verses as follows. "I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept my faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord , the righteous Judge shall give me on that day, and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."

He leaves behind him to mourn his departure, 7 children: one son Charles M Vought having died Dec. 26, 1889. Edward C Vought of Peekskill, N.Y. Theodore C Vought of Fair Haven N.Y. Oresta C Vought, and Nelson C Vought. Mrs Oscar Delling and Mrs G H Roberts of North Wolcott and Mrs Frank Ross, besides many relatives and friends, for he won the friendship of all whom he met by his cordial and genial manner.

His mind was clear and bright to the last and it was also a storehouse of anecdote and historical facts, which during his long life time had come before his personal observation.

He was the oldest member of the Vought family, who have had thier annual picnic for 26 years and among whom he was known as Uncle Isaac, and by whom he will be sadly missed.

Isaac C Vought was of Holland Dutch descent: his Grandparents having come to New York from Holland in the year 1750. His father, Henry Christian Vought, fought in the war of the Revolution, being a lad of 16 when entering the army, and serving throughout the war.

We find in an old newspaper that Henry died in the year 1842 and was buried with Military honors; his general, who was also his friend and neighbor, Gen. P. Van Cortland, being present.

His son Isaac Christian Vought was born in Peekskill N.Y. January 17, 1814.

In 1837 he married Elizabeth Boice of Westchester County. To them was born a son, Edward Christian Vought now of Peekskill N.Y.

His wife (Elizabeth) died early in the year of 1839, and in December 1839 he married Martha McCartha of Dutchess County, and four years later, he with wife and one child, migrated to Wayne County N.Y. and settled in the northern part of the town of Wolcott. Where he has resided ever since and which at that time was a vast forest. His wife died July 18, 1881 and since that time he has resided with his youngest son Nelson.

When living in Peekskill, he knew well the father of Chauncy Depew, who then kept a grocery store in that town. Also the lad who was occasionally about the store. He knew personally Commodore Vanderbilt, who in those days was running a boat on the Hudson River.

As he grew aged, his mind wandered back to the scenes of his youth, and when several years ago, in the company of his wife he returned there for a visit, as they were traveling by the way of boat, from Albany to New York, he said as he gazed into the depths of the river and longed to swim in the waters as he did as a boy: and before his return he bathed along its shore and fished from the banks; and though friends might change and towns grow into cities , the river remained the same.

He was dearly beloved and will be sadly missed by his children, to whom he was counsellor, comrade, and friend.

He was a life long Christian, and for 59 years was a member of the North Wolcott M.P. Church, and dying, to him seemed only the going home to meet the dear ones gone on before.

Biographical Sketch in Michigan Biographies 1924
H 920 M62 Vol. 2 pg. 390

Dewitt Vought, Representitive from Gratiot County, 1897-98, was born at Wolcott, Wayne County, New York on May 14, 1858. When seven years of age he came to Michigan and settled on a farm in Riley Township, Clinton County, where he aquired a district school education, supplemented by a course in a select school taught by Mrs. Bement at Dewitt, Michigan. At the age of twenty he began painting; taught school winters and painted summers; since 1885 he has devoted his time to house painting, decorating, oil colors and scene painting. He moved to Gratiot County in 1877. In politics, he was a populist; was a school inspector; was candidate for presidential elector on the people's party ticket for the 11th district in 1892; also candidate for state senator in 1894; was elected to the house of 1897-8 on the Democratic Peoples Union Silver ticket by a vote of 3,954 to 3,446 for Frank Stroup, republican.

This information from 1887 Michigan Manual, pg. 669

Dewitt was also a candidate for state office in 1886, State Senator, 19th District in 1894, State Representative in 1898, and State Representative in 1910. Dewitt served as a volunteer firefighter, apparently for the town of Alma, Michigan.

The Political Graveyard Database.

Vought, DeWitt
Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 8th District, 1922.
Burial location unknown.

The father of Isaac Vought (who married Betsey Dewitt) was Nicholas Christian Vought born in 1783, just a year before my ggggrandfather John Christian Vought born in 1874.

I believe John b. 1784 was in western NY by the 1840 census, then in Indiana probably before 1848 living there, possibly at Fort Wayne , Indiana and later in Lagrange County, until about 1855. Then John moved to Trowbridge Twp., Allegan County, MI. From there he moved north with his son Wm. Jackson in 1873 to Epoufette, Hendricks Twp., Mackinac Co., Michigan in the upper peninsula about 32 miles west of St. Ignace.

John's daughter Maryette Christian Vought of Butler, married Leander W. Knowlton of nearby Victory, in Sept 1844. I think the entire family migrated west together. Maryette and Leander migrated to Wisconsin for a few years before rejoining the rest of the family in Michigan.

I wish there was some way to prove my family was in Wayne County, NY in the 1840s. I think John followed his siblings, Nicholas, Margaret and Isaac Vought to Wayne County, NY.

Marilyn's note: I believe that John may have lived for a time (in the 1840s) in or near Butler NY.

There is a John Christian Vought listed in the 1840 census for Cayuga Co. Victory, NY. pg. 318 John's daughter Maryette married in Sept. 1844, Leander Knowlton of Victory. Also John's brother Nicholas, 1 year older than John, had migrated to the Butler, Victory area of New York.

I find John Christian Vought and Nicholas Christian Vought living in New Windsor, Orange County, NY in 1825.

1840 NY Census Index Vought, John NY CAYUGA CO. VICTORY 318 1840

John Vought info - for the 1840 Census
In the household: 1 male 20-30, 1 male 50-60, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 40-50.

Marilyn note's: it could have been:

1 male 50-60.
My John would have been 56 years of age.

1 female 40-50. Anna Owen would have been 49 or 50.
Anna is buried Trowbridge cemetery, Allegan County, Michigan next to Phoebe (hers and John's daughter) and Sarah Cooper, wife of John's son Wm. Jackson Vought.

1 male 20-30. Wm Jackson (son of John) would have been 27 years of age.

1 female 15-20. Maryette (daughter of John) would have been 15 years of age.

1 female 5-10. The dau. of John and Anna, Phebe J. buried at Trowbridge would be 7 years of age.

So while it may be a coincidence it also may have been possible it was John's family.

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