Thanks for the information. I now have Courtney Jane, Esquire H., Caroline
Amanda, Sarah, William McKendree, John Robert, and Matilda as the children
of Wm. G. and Rebecca. Who was the eighth child?
I have a "night rider" tale from that period. The house at the confluence
of Stoney Creek & Goose Creek roads where I lived from 1943-53 was once
owned by Great Uncle Jack (John R.) Carter. His wife, Ding (Mariah Frances
Kincart) thwarted some of these scalawags through a poker face and pioneer
pluck. They rode up into the yard with their torches, and probably would
have singed things a bit if she had stayed hidden in the house. Instead,
she bravely greeted them on the front porch, telling them politely and
quietly to "flourish your torches, you will certainly make good
targets...you all know how Jack handles a Winchester....he's in the window
above the porch". (She knew them by their horses and gear as well as we
would know our neighbors today by their cars and such). Well, they bid her
adieu and rode away with no fires lit. The rest of the story.....Uncle
Jack was NOT home that night.
Squire (Esquire Hildreth) Dayton was a brother to my great grandfather,
John Robert Dayton. John Robert was killed by the "regulators" or "night
riders" on the night of 27 July 1878 near Mt Olivet. He left a widow who
was one month
pregnant and seven children. The oldest child was my grandfather who was
18 at the time. There was a very interesting article in the Carlisle
Mercury in early August 1878 about the murder. Squire and John Robert were
two of the
eight children of William Garrett and Rebecca Hildreth Dayton who are
the Standiford cemetery. John Robert was buried in Mt Olivet outside the
church cemetery. They wouldn't bury him in the cemetery since he had been
murdered. When they cleaned up the cemetery in the 1950s many of the
destroyed. His stone was moved to the Standiford cemetery by his youngest
daughter (Sara Rebecca Dayton Clark).
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