Peter Spoon of Amboy New York
Peter Spoon (1794 - 1884) was born in Columbia Township, Herkimer County, New York,
the son of
Margaret (Hiller) Spoon. Peter was awarded 50 acres of federal land for his service with the NY Militia
in defense of Sackett's Harbor during the War of 1812.
He was one of the first settlers in the Amboy area, establishing his farm in 1824, 6 years
before the town of Amboy was formed.
Sally Hall (1802 - 1884) of Connecticut on Feb. 2, 1826. Their children were:
Spoon Home in Amboy
Here's a map of the Amboy area with the 1867 location of
Spoon farms highlighted. The location marked 'P Spoon' is believed to be Peter Spoon's farm. 'W
Spoon' was probably
Warner (1909 - 1892). 'D Spoon' was probably one of
David (1837 -1902). David was listed a Merchant in the 1880
Census. There were two adjacent 'J Spoons' on the 1867 map. One was probably
Joseph (1836 - ?) and the other was probably his father,
John, who was born
about 1804 and died before the 1880 Census. Joseph's mother,
born abt. 1812 in Connecticut. Peter, Warner, John and Margaret are the
children of Henry Spoon and Margaret Hiller.
Joshua and Eliza Spoon
Spoons of Amboy
Brothers Joshua Spoon and William Spoon, Ann Spoon, Siggie Spoon Griggs, Pearl Griggs, Dorothy Griggs, Estella Spoon, Lyda Spoon, Charlie Spoon, Frank Spoon, Kate Spoon Carrier, Leon's sister
Joshua's son, James Grant Spoon
Joshua's daughter, Jennie Maud (Spoon) Carrier
Maud's Bee Hives
Kate; and Joshua's daughter, Maud
Peter Spoon was the son of Henry Spoon (abt 1776 - 1855) and Margaret
Hiller (abt 1774 - 1853) of Columbia Township, Herkimer County, New York. Since
some popular web sites (such as
Vicky Bagdriwicz's extensive pages
) choose to omit Peter from the list of Spoon/Hiller children, here's
my argument for his inclusion:
- With no knowledge of Peter Spoon's Herkimer County background, Lucile
Dunn (Amboy Historian) identified Peter's father as Henry and his brothers
as John (abt 1804 - bfr 1880) and Warner (died 27 Jan 1892 at 83 years).
She also identified a sister, Margaret. Those siblings are consistent
with the popular view of Henry_Spoon/Margaret_Hiller children except for Peter.
- Columbia Township historian and Spoon descendent Doris Huxtable identified
Henry and Margaret's children as: Eliza, Catherine, Margaret, Henry, Nicholas, John,
Simon and Peter.
of Oswego County
" identifies Peter as one of the first settlers on the village (Amboy)
site where he took up 50 acres of lot 104 in 1822. It also identifies Peter's
brother Warner as coming to the area with [his 9 year old son]
Ezra in 1843
from Herkimer County.
- Peter is also identified as a member of
Capt. Townsend's Militia Company
in 1814 (War of 1812). Most of the men of Capt. Townsend's company came
from an area a few miles West of
(the probable location of Henry and Margaret Spoon's farm).
- "Early Families of Herkimer County New York" by William Barker also
lists Henry and Margaret (Spohn) Spoon's children and there is no Peter on
the list. However, he does list an unnamed "Child", baptized in Jan 1795 at
German Flatts, Herkimer County. The child's sponsor's were Peter
Davis and Maria <Hiller>.
- You might expect that when a child is unnamed it's because it lives
only a short time after birth. In this case, the child shows up in the 1800
and 1810 Census. The two Census indicate 2 male children were living in the
Henry Spoon household who were born before 1800. The popular view shows only
one (Henry Jr., born in May 1799).
- Another explanation is offered by Steve Rima: "I spent ten years trying
to trace another side of my family, and was very frustrated that the priest
just listed male or female children in the records. A german genealogist
pointed out that the name of the sponsor is the name of the child. I
was able to go back several more generations on that line. I have since
run into that scenario countless times."
- In several Amboy census, Peter Spoon reported his age consistant with a
person born in Dec. 1794. For example, in the 1880 census he said his age was 85.
Since the census was taken before his birthday, he would have been 85.
- Lastly, I find no evidence of any other couple, who could be the
parents of Peter Spoon.
Above photos courtesy of Jana (Spoon) Farley.
to see photos of Nathan's family.