Who were the 5 children of Mrs Dinah Warner, d 1782, Stafford, CT

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Normally, when I find a unplaced person or couple when I'm researching a name in a particular area, if I can't find any other information, not even an online tree, it tends to turn out that they had few or no descendants.

So this Mrs. Dinah Warner of Stafford, CT is a bit of a mystery.  Her death notice clearly indicates descendants, but I can't seem to find any.  Maybe from a previous marriage?  I couldn't find probate records for her or her husband.  Maybe someone has access to deeds??

HARTFORD June 13 On the 27th of May last, departed this life at Stafford in the 88th year of her age, Mrs. DINAH WARNER, wife of Mr. DANIEL WARNER...She gave satisfactory evidence to those that were acquanted with her that she was a sincere christian. Her descendants are numerous, viz. 5 children, 60 grand-children, 103 great-grand children and 3 of the next generation. in the whole 171---thirty-two of this number have deceased--eighty-one of her posterity followed her corpse to the grave.

WikiTree profile: Dinah Warner
in Genealogy Help by M Cole G2G6 Mach 2 (20.3k points)
edited by M Cole
If you look at the Stafford Barbour Collection. There doesn't seem to be much going on in the timeframe. Stafford probably wasn't keeping good track or the records are gone. Anyway there is a Daniel Jr. m. Anne Pember in 1741. They had a lot of children. Because of proximity and the Jr. I'm thinking Daniel was one of their children.
Thank you for looking.  Its possible that Daniel is their son, but he's generally believed to be a nephew.  His brother John was also in Stafford and had a son Daniel born at the right time.

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My suggestion is that your best bet for finding records of Dinah's children or at least her husband's Warner ancestors is to explore church records, gravestone records and other local histories of nearby Connecticut counties, especially in other parts of Tolland County and neighboring Hartford, New London, and Windham counties pre- and post-Revolutionary War . Reason is that Stafford area was a boom town in Tolland County during the Revolutionary War due to its relatively rich deposits of "bog iron". The Continental Army desperately needed a supply of decent quality pig iron.  A blast furnace was installed in Stafford Hollow in 1779, and many workers were needed to supply timber to power the furnace, produce the pig iron, and forge the cannonballs and other war needs. This was a great opportunity for the younger sons of all the setters in north and central Connecticut since the good agricultural land was scarce in the area after almost a century of Puritan settlements.  My ancestor Jesse Foote moved to Stafford from Colchester with his family before 1780, and I found several other Colchester family names in the list of 1790 Tolland County census heads of households near the village of Stafford. Have you checked that census for Warner heads of household? Perhaps Daniel Warner might have been part of this migration, but his children all left the area after the war or the death of their parents?   See https://www.livingplaces.com/CT/Tolland_County/Stafford_Town/Stafford_Hollow_Historic_District.html and other local history sources accessible via the web. After the war, demand for labor in the Stafford area declined due to exhausting large timber stands and richer iron ore deposits in other areas. Note: one of Stafford's advantages during the war was that it was *not* on a major river and was therefore less accessible to the British military incursions. Region was strongly anti-Tory. 

ago by Kathy Durham G2G1 (1.4k points)
selected ago by M Cole
Re paucity of church records in/near town of Stafford CT: By the 1780s, the old monopoly of the Congregational church had been broken in many Connecticut towns, due both to revivals by Rev. Edwards and others, conflicts between old guard puritans and "new lights", and in some areas there were emerging Baptist congregations. Plus the transition from skilled artisan labor/agriculture to what by the 1780s was early industrial shift labor disrupted the Puritan mindset... For my ancestors, the unbroken record of baptisms and marriages carefully preserved was lost in this generation in Stafford, and several Footes in the next generation ended up as Episcopalians in Springfield, which would have caused all the PGM ancestors to roll over several times in their graves!  Good luck in your further search.
Wow, thank you for all the context.  Since I've posted I did learn a little bit more about Daniel and Dinah.  Daniel probably arrived in Stafford about 1720, and then he and his wife were admitted to the Somers church 1 Jan 1738/9 by letter from the Stafford church.  Sometime later they returned to Stafford.  There's a deed in 1740 that implies Dinah was probably his wife by that time.  But confirms your suggestion to check surrounding towns.

I guess give the state of records, makes it a little less surprising that this couple that apparently had many descendants is left here on the tree with no progeny.
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Hi: Have you searched  this website https://familysearch.org. It is a free site..M.
by Marie Chantigny G2G6 Mach 2 (25.7k points)
Yes.  I've tried FamilySearch (both records and the tree data), ancestry.com and americanancestors.org.
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Have you tried Wariner, Warrior, Wagner?
by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (396k points)

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