By William H. McNitt
The three families that migrated together from western New York to Kent County, Michigan in 1844 were those of Harvey and Hannah Wilder, Joseph and Mary Bullen, and Edward and Abigail Wheeler. The three women were sisters, the daughters of Eleazar Warner (1755-1835) and his wife Hannah Cox (1867-1837) of Pittsford, Rutland County, Vermont. Pittsford is located in western Vermont, not too far from New York state. All nine of the children of this couple were born at Pittsford:
Samuel Warner, born on May 24, 1786; married Mercy Smith
Clara, born on July 14, 1787; married Jonah Aldrich
Betsey, born on April 11, 1789, married Samuel Hawkins
Mary Warner; born on April 5, 1791; married Joseph Bullen
Peter Warner, born on February 18, 1793; married (1) Lydia Huntley, (2) Sarah ?, (3) Ruth ?
Japheth L. Warner, born on November 5, 1794; married Fila Aldrich
Abigail Chapin Warner; born on June 2, 1799; married Edward Wheeler
German M. Warner, born on August 8, 1802; married Dency ?
Hannah Maria Warner; born on July 7, 1807; married Harvey Wilder
Pittsford, Vermont and surrounding communities
Eleazer Warner had been born in and grew up in the town now known as Granby in central Massachusetts. He served an eight month enlistment on the Massachusetts Continental Line in the early years of the Revolutionary War, marching with his regiment to Morristown, New Jersey, where they served under the command of General George Washington. One of the Lieutenants in this regiment was his father, also named Eleazer Warner. The older Eleazer was promoted to Captain before the end of the war. The younger Eleazer moved to Pittsford, Vermont, with his brothers Elisha and Seth soon after the war ended and the three all married daughters of William and Beulah (Batt) Cox of Pittsford.
Mary, Abigail, and Hannah Warner, daughter of the younger Eleazer, grew up in Pittsford hearing stories of the Revolutionary War and of their Warner ancestors who had originally arrived in Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1637. The two older girls both married men who had served in the War of 1812 - Mary married Joseph Bullen on January 27, 1819 and Abigail married Edward Wheeler in October 1819. Eight years later Hannah, the youngest of the Warner children, married Harvey Wilder. The Wheelers and Wilders lived in Pittsford or surrounding communities in Vermont until the 1840s, but the Bullens settled in Somerset, Niagara County, New York, soon after their marriage.
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