Davy,  Sarah

Davy, Sarah

Female 1792 - 1898  (106 years)

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  • Name Davy, Sarah 
    Born 17 Mar 1792  Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Find A Grave Memorial 171208986 
    Residence 1880  Riley, St Clair, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 8 Apr 1898  Elkton, Huron, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Elkton, Huron, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Oliver Township Cemetery
    Person ID I2342  Sullivan Burgess Family Tree
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2018 

    Father Davy, Peter II,   b. 1753, Herkimer, Herkimer, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1853, Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 100 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Spohn, Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1750,   d. Bef 30 Dec 1792, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F548  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Father Davy, Peter II,   b. 1753, Herkimer, Herkimer, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1853, Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 100 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Hiller, Maria Jon,   b. Feb 1767, Herkimer, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1855, Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years) 
    Relationship unknown 
    Married 30 Dec 1792  German Flatts, Herkimer, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F549  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hiller, David Jacob,   b. 20 Oct 1789, Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1899, Elkton, Huron, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 109 years) 
    Married Apr 1810  Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Hillier, Benjamin Seymour  [natural]
     2. Hiller, Truman,   b. 28 Feb 1815, Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1913, Caughdenoy, Hastings, Oswego, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years)  [natural]
     3. Hiller, Mary Jane,   b. Abt 1824, Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1910, Oil Springs, Lambton, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years)  [natural]
     4. Hiller, Abraham F.,   b. 27 Aug 1825, Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1914, Sombra, Lambton, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)  [natural]
     5. Hiller, Jacob,   b. 1829, Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     6. Hiller, Eliza Elsie W.,   b. Apr 1832, Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1913, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)  [natural]
     7. Hiller, Huldah Ann,   b. 11 Jul 1834, Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1914, Huron City, Huron, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  [natural]
     8. Hiller, Ira John,   b. 14 Sep 1838, Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1926, Elkton, Huron, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)  [natural]
     9. Hiller, John D.,   b. 1839, Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     10. Hiller, Margaret,   b. 15 Jan 1841, Oil Springs, Lambton, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1922, Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)  [natural]
     11. Hiller, Jesse,   b. 1846, Lambton, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     12. Hiller, Susanna,   b. 1847, Lambton, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     13. Hiller, Henry,   b. 1849, Lambton, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     14. Hiller, Henry,   b. 1860, Sackets Harbor, Jefferson, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1930, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2018 
    Family ID F900  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Mar 1792 - Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Apr 1810 - Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1880 - Riley, St Clair, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Apr 1898 - Elkton, Huron, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elkton, Huron, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Davy, Sarah and David Jacob Hiller Married Eighty Seven Years Story
    Davy, Sarah and David Jacob Hiller Married Eighty Seven Years Story

    Documents
    Davy, Sarah and David Jacob Hiller Married Eighty Seven Years Story
    Davy, Sarah and David Jacob Hiller Married Eighty Seven Years Story

    Family Crest
    Davy Family Crest
    Davy Family Crest
    Recorded in the spellings of Davis, Davies, Davie, Davy, and others, this is a patronymic surname of Hebrew origins, and much associated with Wales. It means 'the son of David', from the Hebrew male given name meaning "beloved". The name is not recorded in any part of Britain before the Norman Conquest of 1066, and is regarded as being a 'Crusader' introduction. In the 12th century all the parts of Christendom joined in expeditions to free the Holy Land from the infidel. Although all the crusades were militarily unsuccessful, and have remained so to this day, the returning soldiers 'adopted' certain biblical and Greek names, of which David was one, and gave them to their children, particularly their sons. Amongst the very earliest recordings of the given name predating the surnames is that of 'Dauid clericus', (David, the clerk), in the rolls of the county of Lincoln for the year 1150, whilst Richard Davy appears in the Subsidy rolls of Worcester for the year 1275. Further examples include Thomas Dayson in the 1327 Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire, and Richard Davys is listed in the Register of the Freemen of the City of York for the year 1402. An interesting bearer of the name was Sir Thomas Davies (1631 - 1680), a bookseller, who became master of the Stationer's Guild in 1668 and was Lord Mayor of London in 1666, during the Great Fire of London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Dauisse, which was dated 1327, in the Subsidy Rolls of the county of Cambridgeshire, during the reign of King Edward 111, known as "The Father of the Navy", 1327 - 1377. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
    Davy Family Crest
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  • Notes 
    • In 1897, the papers in the US and in Napanee took great interest in Jacob and Sarah Hiller (Hillier, Hillard) as they were both well past 100 years of age and had been married 86 years.
      THE OLDEST IN AMERICA

      Jacob Hiller and his Wife - The Oldest Married Couple now Known to be living. They are Natives of this Country.

      It may be of considerable interest to readers of THE NAPANEE BEAVER to know that the oldest married couple of which there is now any known record in America, if not in the world, are natives of Lennox county.

      They are Jacob Hiller and his wife, now residents of the little town of Elkton, Michigan. They were both born in Ernesttown, a couple of miles south of Odessa, during the later years of the last century; they were married there and were residents of the township for many years, and there all their children were born - eleven in number. Nearly forty years ago, at the time of the last great American civil war, they moved to Michigan and there all the surviving members of the family now reside.

      SOME FAMILY HISTORY

      Jacob Hiller was born on the 20th of October, 1790, and has therefore now already seen his one hundred and seventh birthday. Mrs. Hilier was born in March, 1792, and will be one hundred and five next month. They have still in their possession an old newspaper recording the death of his father at the age of 107.

      They were married in Ernesttown in April, 1810, and will therefore soon celebrate the eighty-seventh anniversary of their wedding. We doubt if another record can anywhere be found of any other two persons now living who have been so long married. Several old residents of Napanee and this locality will remember the old couple when they were residents of this county. William Hiller, a member of the same family, lived and died a few years ago on his farm just east of I.B. Aylesworth, Esq., ex-reeve of Ernesttown; his wife died last winter. Three of their sons, Benjamin, Peter and Gilbert, are now well-known residents of the township, and well-to-do farmers. Dr. Solomon Cartwright Hiller, now a well known practicing physician at Bowmanville, is also a member of the same family. William, another son who was also a doctor, was accidentally killed a few years ago. Some of the surviving sons of the venerable old couple, now reside in Michigan.

      Mrs. Dennis Neville, a resident of Thomas Street, this town, is a sister of Jacob Hiller.

      The family are of U.E.Loyalist descent. Jacob's father was a young man resident in New York State before the American revolution. He joined the ranks of the British army and did service during the war. At its close he joined one of the early United Empire Loyalist bands that came to Canada and became one of the first pioneers of "Second Town," now Ernesttown, in this county.

      AMERICAN NEWSPAPER REPORTS

      In consequence of the wonderful longevity of these old people they have become the subject of great interest to leading American newspapers. There now lies before us an illustrated copy of the Cincinnati Enquirer of January 31st with a -two column report of a recent visit of one of its correspondents to their humble home, accompanied by a two column engraving of the old pair, as they appeared on that day. We have also before us a similar illustrated article from a leading Detroit daily of a few months earlier date, containing also a view of their residence and of several buildings in the village near which it is located. From the "Enquirer's" article we take the following extracts:

      "A cheery but noticeable feeble 'come in' answered a knock at the door. It came from Grandpa Hiller whose welcome was extended. In the farther corner of their little room was an ordinary bed, the covering of which was spotless and arranged with careful hands, cheerful and cleanly as by any possibility could be expected from a fresh couple of 20 years. "sit down, gentlemen, and make yourselves at home," said the old gentleman. "we seldom see anybody here and we like folks to make themselves at home." The old pair are thus described: "Jacob Hiller still stood in his natural strength and manhood. He is not what could be called a tall man, but medium in height and build. He appears a man well calculated to endure hardship where larger and stronger men would fail. He presents the appearance of a muscular son of toil. Today, even after his struggle through a century of years, one can scarcely credit the astounding fact that a man so spry and erect had conquered the dangers of 107 years. His step is still firm and regular and his hand steady. His face is wrinkled but his eye is still bright. His long patriarchal hair falls in snowy whiteness over his shoulders."

      Regarding Mrs. Hiller the writer says: "Time has dealt more harshly with her, who sat almost helpless in the corner, almost bent double with her many years, her gray head nodding in feebleness, and her sightless eyes denied the blessings of God's fair sunlight. In youth she must have been fair. Even yet the old lady's hands are soft and of silken texture like some rural girl." Later on in the same interview she is reported to have said: "Jacob is still strong but I suffer a lot. He can see, but I wear specks, and even then can't see anything. I am not going to live much longer."

      SOME EARLY REMEMBRANCES

      Among other things reported the old man said: "I was quite a lump of a boy when the war of 1812 was on. I used to carry milk to the poor soldiers who were wounded. The war around Kingston was all on water. When they were done fighting they would throw their dead overboard. I helped to pull the bodies ashore and helped bury them. That was a bad war. The British fought like demons against the States, and the Yankees were just as fierce."

      At that time, according to his own record of his birth, he must have been still a boy just emerging from his teens. It will be remembered that, during the campaign of 1813 especially, several naval demonstrations were made against Kingston, in which the Americans got such a hot reception that any further attempts to capture the city were abandoned. Of this section of the country in his early days he is reported to have said: "Canada was then only a big bush. The country was new and the settlers were just as green as they could be. The schools were few and far between. Children had but little chance for education in those days."

      Strange to say, the old man's eyesight yet remains good, and he has cut several new teeth within the past few years. He reads without spectacles, - in fact he has never used any. He reports that, years ago, when they supposed their end must be near, they sold their effects and went to live with one of their children, but in course of time resolved to again keep house for themselves and have been doing so, in their own quiet way for the last six or seven years. Their oldest son, they report, is now 86 years of age and their youngest past 57. We doubt if another similar record of such great longevity and of so many years of married life can be found on record. Their history gives another illustration of the healthful and bracing climate of this section of Canada. Lennox county has become well noted for its grand old men and noble old women.

      (Article taken from The Napanee Beaver newspaper published in Napanee, Ontario, Canada on February 12, 1897)

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      Henry S. Davy, Esq., of Odessa, one of the Ontario License Commissioners for Lennox, sends us additional particulars of the Hillier family of which mention was made in THE BEAVER two weeks ago. On account of their great age, and of their having been now nearly eighty-seven years married - the oldest married couple now known to be living in America - some have been inclined to doubt the correctness of the dates. Mr. Davy, however, leaves no reason for doubt on that score. He is a nephew of the old couple, and has had in his possession the old German family bible in which the Hillier family record was kept. Mrs. Jacob Hillier was Miss Sarah Davy, an aunt of Mr. H. Davy, and the old family record shows that she was born a little east of Bath, near Mill Haven, in 1792, and is therefore now 105 years of age. Her father, Peter Davy, came into Upper Canada in company with Jacob Hillier, father of the venerable centenarian. They were brothers-in-law. Peter Davy died in Ernesttown, a little north-east of Odessa. The elder Jacob Hillier died near Odessa, years ago, at the advanced age of one hundred and six years and seven months. He is yet well remembered by many residents of the township. His oldest daughter, whose mother was killed by the Indians during the war, died a few years ago, aged 103. Three of Mrs. Hillier's sisters also lived to a great age. The last surviving one died in Odessa two years ago, aged 88 years. Another died at 90, and a third at 93. A brother also died at 93; he was some years younger than the present Mrs. Jacob Hillier, of Michigan.

      Mr. And Mrs. Jacob Hillier, to whom we referred two weeks ago, were married at the old Davy homestead, lot 36, fourth concession of Ernesttown some time before the war of 1812 and settled in a log cabin near that place and remained there for years. During the war the young husband was engaged in drawing provisions for the soldiers, and the young wife often cried for fear that her young "hubby" might fall into the hands of the "Yankees." It was about that time their first child was born. They lived in this humble cabin until nearly all their children were born. Mr. H. Davy still has in his possession the hearth stone of that cabin. The family afterwards moved into the Township of Portland, Frontenac, where they remained until they moved to Michigan, nearly forty years ago. Mr. H. Davy has still in his possession some of the business papers of the Hillier family, as his father transacted their legal business. There is abundant evidence that their own statements regarding their great age, their marriage 86 years ago, and their early history are substantially correct. T.W.C.

      (Article taken from The Napanee Beaver newspaper published in Napanee, Ontario, Canada on March 5, 1897)

      Father: Jacob Hillier b: 9 NOV 1764 in Little Falls,Herkimer Co,New York

      Mother: Mary Davy b: 9 APR 1763 in Stone Arabia,Herkimer Co,New York

      Marriage 1 Sarah Davy b: 16 MAR 1792 in Ernestown Tp,Lennox and Addington Co,Ontario

      Married: APR 1810 in Ernestown Tp,Lennox and Addington Co,Ontario