Seeking parents of Sarah Courtney, wife of (1)Kelso and (2)Captain Andrew Hall Smith

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Subject: New York Trinity Church Records 1760 to 1782 for COURTNEY 

My ancestor is Sarah COURTNEY born 3 August 1778 in New York. She lived in Brooklyn and took her grandson, Thomas SMITH, to Trinity Church graveyard.  She died when he was 13 and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery with her daughter's family.  Thomas took his son, who took his daughter, who took her daughter.... me ... and I have taken my children and grandson. Being on-site has a strong impact on memory. However, in my genealogy quest I have become positive that it is not the graves of the family of Captain Andrew SMITH, but of his wife's family, the COURTNEYS. Of course she was honoring her own family!!!! 

This is my data so far. 
Trinity Church Parish, New York, New York, New York computer printout; 
marriages, 1746-1861 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical 

Marriage: 08 MAY 1762 Trinity Church Parish, New York, New York, New 

Marriage 13 December 1780 Trinity Church Parish, New York, New York, New 

Trinity Church Parish, New York, New York, New York computer printout; births 
or christenings, 1749-1809 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 
Genealogical Department
Birth: 07 JUL 1780  
Christening: 04 AUG 1780 Trinity Church Parish, New York, New York, New 
Mother: SARAH  

Name: Courtney, Thomas 
Date: 05/07/1782 
Date of Birth: 04/15/1782 
Father: Courtney, Richard 
Mother: Courtney, Sarah 
Sponsor(s): Courtney, Thomas
Courtney, Richard
Courtney, Elizabeth 

Name: Courtney, Julian Penny 
Date: 08/04/1780 
Date of Birth: 01/01/1780 
Father: Courtney, Thomas 
Mother: Courtney, Lois 
Sponsor(s): Penny, Jasper
Hunter, Margaret
Philips, Mary

Name: Stillwill, Ann 
Date: 12/19/1779 
Date of Birth: 11/23/1779 
Father: Stillwill, Elias 
Mother: Stillwill, Elizabeth 
Sponsor(s): Stillwill, Elias
Stillwill, Elizabeth
Courtney, Sarah 

Name: Courtney, Mrs.
Date: 06/25/1777
Age: 40
Gravesite: Trinity

1. Name: Child
Date: 05/29/1779 
Parents: Courtney, Mr
Age: 11 days 
Disease: Fits 
Gravesite: Trinity

2. Name: Child B
Date: 08/20/1779 
Parents: Courtney, Mr. 
Age: 16 mos. 
Disease: Smallpox 
Gravesite: Trinity

3. Name: Child 
Date: 11/07/1781 
Parents: Courtney, Mr. 
Age: 2 
Disease: Smallpox 
Gravesite: Trinity

4.. Name: Child 
Date: 09/28/1782 
Parents: Courtney, Mr.
Age: 2 
Disease: Fever 
Gravesite: St. Paul's

Checking the same two databases, there are numerous records for the other 
families: STILWELL, RICHARDSON and PENNY in the same time period.  
So my primary question is where my Sarah fits. My working theory is that she 
is the elder sister Julian Perry Courtney, son of Thomas Courtney and Lois 

Who was the Mrs Courtney died in 1777? The baptism of Ann Stillwell in 1779 
had sponsor of Sarah Courtney. This was likely Sarah Stilwell, married to 
Richard Courtney in 1762.  
However, yet another Courtney husband is possible. It looks as though there 
are more family members than are indicated.  

Sarah Richardson could be wife of a son of Richard and Sarah Stilwell.  
Thomas Courtney, husband of Lois, would likely another son of the elder Richard 

Also there were Courtney babies born between 1777 and 1780 the other marriage 
of record. My Sarah would fit in this period. However, she would have had 
to have different parents than child 1 and child 2 of the above burial records. 

Does anyone have any information about the Courtney family in Manhattan in 
this era? Were they involved in the Revolutionary War?  
I have loads of questions and extremely little data. In this family group, 
naming honored an ancestor. "Thomas" did not fit except with the possibility 
of the Courtneys. That isn't data, but a flag to pay attention.  

Sarah COURTNEY married twice 
1. (James?) KELSO They had three daughters
2. Captain Andrew Hall SMITH They had one son, Thomas Ezekiel SMITH.  
She died at the age of 91 and is buried in Green Wood Cemetery , Brooklyn.  
Her records state that she and her parents were from NY.

I shall appreciate any leads, information and glimmers. I clear lack 
sufficient data. AND if my Sarah fits somewhere else, I welcome that news too.  

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