Frederick Haymaker 1
- Born: 7 Nov 1772, Little York, York County, Pennsylvania, USA
- Marriage (1): Eleanor Robinson about 1796
- Marriage (2): Rachel Davis on 22 Apr 1808
- Marriage (3): Mary "Polly" Swan about 1811
- Died: 22 Mar 1850, West Warren, Trumbull Co, Ohio at age 77
Notes for FREDERICK HAYMAKER:
Frederick was born in PA, and was baptized in the Christ Lutheran Evangelical Church at York, York County, Pennsylvania on 06 Dec 1772. In his early years Fred may have been an Indian trader. The first published reference to him was in Mead Township, the site of the first settlement in Crawford Co, PA, where nine men landed at the site of Meadville on 12 May, 1788. David Mead patented a tract on the west bank of the French Creek, about one mile above Meadville, in the fall 1788, and he was followed by several men, including Frederick Haymaker.
"During 1789 the little colony known as "Mead's settlement" was reinforced by the arrival of the family of Darius Mead, Frederick Baum, and Robert Fitz Randolph with their families, Frederick Haymaker, William Gregg, Samuel Lord and John Wentworth. On April 1st, 1791, the settlers were warned by Flying Cloud, a son of the Chief Connedaughta- of threatened danger from the hostile western tribes, and on the same day eleven strange Indians were seen a few miles northwest of the settlement. The women and children of the colony were gathered within the Mead house and cellar and on the next day sent in canoes to Fort Franklin. The Indian chief, Half Town, who was a half-brother to Cornplanter- was encamped here at the time with twenty-seven of his "braves." Twelve of these he sent to guard the canoes, six on each side of the creek, and with his remaining warriors he joined the settlers in a fruitless search for the hostiles seen by Gregg. On the following day all the men departed for Franklin with their horses, cattle and moveable effects" (source: Albert, 1896).
Meadville was created in Dec 1795 from the northern part of Pitt Twp. Fred built and occupied a home on the northeast corner of North and Market Streets in Meadville and served as an early Justice of the Peace. He was also well known as an Indian trader during this time and in 1795 and 1796 was a member of Captain Van Horns Company of the Cussawago Militia. Fred was listed in the 1800 Meadville census, along with 2 males under 10, 1 female under 10, 1 male 16-25, 1 female 16-25, 4 males 26-44, and no slaves. In the year 1800, Frederick Haymaker was appointed Trustee for the newly formed county of Crawford, along with two other individuals. He also served as Meadville's first Postmaster from 01 Apr 1801 to 31 Dec 1802, and in 1805 was living in a log house he had built on Water Street.
Fred Haymaker espoused the cause of Aaron Burr and furnished him large amounts of money, while he also loaned large sums to the state of Virginia. Fred was reported to be the private secretary of Aaron Burr during the alleged conspiracy for which Burr was tried for treason in 1807. The "Norfolk Gazette and Publick Ledger," on 29 Dec 1806, published an extract of a letter dated 26 Nov 1806 from a gentleman in Meadville, PA to a member of Congress. In the letter, Frederick Haymaker is listed along with several other men as the "adventurers" who "embarked from this town for Beaver, with the expressed intention of joining the secret expedition under Col. Burr." This could explain why Frederick left Meadville, Pennsylvania and arrived in the remote area of Franklin Township, Portage County, Ohio in the fall of 1806.
Ohio was admitted as a state in 1802, and Fred moved to Ohio with his family in 1806, taking up a large tract of land on 18 February in Franklin Mills, Portage Co, in what is now Kent (about 32 miles southeast of Cleveland). At that time the area was a wilderness. Frederick's father Jacob and brothers John and George were already in Franklin Township, being the first settlers to arrive there, John in 1805 and Jacob and George in early 1806. Upon his arrival he purchased a tract of land in the area, which is now Kent, Ohio. He erected a log house and one of his grandchildren was the first white child born in Franklin Twp. In 1818, Frederick and Joshua Woodard formed a partnership and built a woolen factory, dye-house, cabinet shop, a hotel, and a number of dwelling houses in what is now Kent, Ohio. This partnership dissolved in 1826 with Frederick retaining the mill property. The Portrait and Biographical Record for Portage and Summit Counties states that he was a prosperous man, of excellent character and much respected among the pioneers.
The 1830 census shows Fred was in Portage Co, OH. Between 1831 and 1832 he sold 100 acres of land and a fine water power in the upper village of Kent and moved to adjoining Trumbull County, Ohio where he farmed. He was about 59 years old at this time. Later he moved to Leavittsburg, where he established a flouring mill, in the company of the sons of his 3rd wife, including my ancestor Allen. Fred had business dealings with John Brown, the well-known abolitionist. It is interesting that John Brown's 2nd wife was Mary A. Day (born 1 Apr 1816 in Washington Co, NY) whom he married when she was only 16 years old. They lived in Kent, OH for a time, and no doubt Fred met them during the years they all lived in Kent. There are letters between the two of them at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus, OH. Frederick is also mentioned in the History of Kent by Karl H. Grismer (Kent, Ohio: The Courier-Tribune, 1932). The letters that survived from 1835, 1836, and 1837 are primarily about money, with Fred begging John Brown to send him money to save him from ruin. In the letters he makes several guarded references to "the West."
Frederick is listed on the 1840 census in Newton Township, Trumbull Co, Ohio, and that is the last published reference found until his will was written on 18 Jan 1850 in Warren, Trumbull Co, OH. Fred's cause of death at age 78 was Eurocipelis, and he was buried on 23 March 1850 in Warren. His will left all of his property to his wife Mary Swan. He also willed property to his son Jesse S. Haymaker, and requested that his "unfortunate child Sarah, who is afflicted with lunacy" continue living with his family and be maintained by his wife Mary during Sarah's life. He deeded $200 should Sarah outlive his wife, and asked that a suitable person be appointed as her guardian, and "see to it that the said Sarah be tenderly treated and kindly treated …" An interesting part of the will referred to a loan made by his father Jacob to the state of Virginia. It reads, "In the event of a recovery of the property or money due my father Jacob Haymaker from the State of Virginia for which I have prepared a claim as the heir of said Jacob…" Frederick asked that such property or money be evenly divided between all of his children by his 1st, second, and third wives. He left "all the residue of my property" to the children of his 3rd wife, who were all named. His son Jesse S. and his wife were named with Samuel Quimby, Esq. as executors.
Frederick married Eleanor Robinson about 1796. (Eleanor Robinson was born on 9 Mar 1777 and died on 19 Nov 1807.)
Frederick next married Rachel Davis, daughter of James Davis and Rachel Stewart, on 22 Apr 1808. (Rachel Davis was born on 15 Apr 1791 and died on 12 Sep 1809 in Franklin Twp, Portage Co, Ohio.)
Frederick next married Mary "Polly" Swan about 1811. (Mary "Polly" Swan was born on 19 Jun 1789 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA and died on 26 Jul 1861 in Levittsburg, Trumbull Co, Ohio.)