Oneida, NY assistance needed!

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Xenia Mathews Beebe married Reuben Beebe in Waterbury, CT, reportedly in 1774.  Ancestry has the Barbour collection, which indicates that Xenia was of New Hartford, Province of New York, d/o Jaorum Mathews.

Marriage Index:

OK, except - New Hartford, NY didn't officially become itself until the 1827, and History of Oneida Co implies that the first European settler arrived in 1788.

And I'm really trying to find out more about Jaorum Mathews - anything about him. 

WikiTree profile: Joel Mathews
in Genealogy Help by S Brooks G2G6 Mach 1 (15.9k points)

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Hello, S! Perhaps I can be of service. To begin with, I believe the Barbour collection transcription for Waterbury is in error, either a transcriber's error, or the original was in error. For Jaorum Matthews, I did a broad Google search, an search, an, search, and a search. The only Jaorum I found is in that single entry in Waterbury Town Records. Further, I believe that the marriage did not occur in that town, but was entered there because Reuben was from there, and had parents residing there.. I interpret the entry to read Reuben, of Waterbury, married Xene, of New Hartford, in the Province of New York.

I DO find, however, a record of the marriage of Xena Matthews to Reuben Beebe on 30 March 1774 in the town of Hertford, in what was to become Hartland, Vermont. [Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784. (Original Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. (By Scott Andrew Bartley, Lead Genealogist.)] Vermont was disputed by New Hampshire and New York at that time. Hertford's name was changed to Hartland in 1782, to lessen the confusion to Hartford. This explains the Waterbury entry referring to New Hartford, Province of New York.

Next, Xena's father was named Joel Matthews. The above article, 5 pages in length, reports in length the life of Major Joel Matthews. If you do not have a subscription to, I'd be glad to abstract a portion of it for you. 

by Jim Parish G2G6 Pilot (177k points)
selected by S Brooks
Oh, Jim -

That's amazing!  No, I don't have a sub, but the library does - I can visit at the end of the week.

Thank you!!!

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