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William Tryon (bef. 1777 - 1835)

William Tryon
Born before in Old Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1800 in Old Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Canastota, Madison, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 7 Nov 2015
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William was the second child of that name born to Edward Tryon and Mercy Harris. He was baptized in Old Saybrook 6 Apr 1777.[1]

Research Notes

From "Tryon Family in America" by Wes Tryon

WILLIAM TRYON 5.88g, fifth son of Edward Tryon 4.31d and Mercy (Harris) Tryon, was born at Saybrook, Conn., date not shown, and was baptized there Feb. 16, 1774. He married Mabel McKean, daughter of Barnabas McKean and Mabel (Hall) McKean, date not shown. They had ten children:
Adeline 6.170a, n.d. but may have married John Davies/Davis (as in TFA), d in new Brunswick, NJ 15 Jul 1881. If that is her, she was born about 1806.
William 6.170b, ~1801
Harvey 6.170c,
Harry 6.170d, ~1810
Edward 6.170e,
Joel 6.170f, 19 Mar 1810
Horace 6.170g,
Henrietta 6.170h,
Elizabeth 6.170i,
Lora 6.170j. Born 1822 Greene Co., NY, married Perry Burdic(k) 1846 d Dec 1892; she is named on Perry Burdic's monument as beloved wife Lora Tryon.

The earlier baptism date in TFA is the first William, son of Edward, who apparently did not survive childhood.

Only four of the above children have been documented outside of TFA. All four documented children were born in Greene County, NY, so he lived there through at least 1822. He is in the 1800 and 1820 census but is not found in the 1810 census there. Brothers Asa and Richard are also there in Durham, 1810-1830.

Adeline Davis or Davies is possibly daughter Adeline. She was born in Albany County about 1806, married John Davis/Davies, had six children, and lived in Oswego, New York through at least 1865. More research is needed to tie her to this William. Update: While this doesn't specifically tie Adaline to William, in the death record of Amelia (Davies) Horton (1838-1907), her parents are listed as John Davies and Adeline Tryon Davies [2].

The 1820 census indicates he and two other household members are engaged in "manufacture". Eldest son William and later generations were shoemakers so likely this William was also a shoemaker.

In the 1830 census they have a 10-15 male and a <5 female living with them. The male could be another son but the female is too young. Also a 70-80 female, possible mother-in-law.

Grave inscription indicates age of 59 which gives a birth year of 1776 which fits with what we know of his baptism and that he is second of this name, the first having been born in 1774.

William Tryon and Harry Tryon are likely his sons. William Tryon (Jr) was born in 1801 in Greene county where William's brother, Asa, lived. Both brothers could have moved there together about 1800 and then William later moved further east in NY. This is supported by the 1800 census of Freehold, Greene, NY, where William Tryon, age 26-45 appears [3]. In that record he has wife 16-25 and another male 10-16 who is too old to be a son.

This appears to be his grave [4] and son Harry's family is buried there too.

In going through the 1800 census of Freehold, Greene, NY, I have found three Tryons: William (of this profile), Asa (who I've proposed is a brother), and a James Tryon (Tryan in the census). All three are 26-45 and, given the way things generally happened at the time, are presumed to be brothers. They are far from each other in the census record so likely didn't have adjacent properties. If they arrived around 1798-1799, as it seems, that would not be unusual since the community was well established by then. Adjacent properties were more a sign of second generation family.


  1. Connecticut, Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920: Volume 086 Old Saybrook, page 202. Original Record Vol. 5 page 21 (
  2. "New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Adeline Tryon Davies in entry for Amelia D. Horton, 21 Oct 1907; citing Death, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,324,154.
  3. 1800 United States Federal Census for William Tryan, New York, Greene, Freehold (p. 9/21 on
  4. Find A Grave, database and images (, memorial page for William Tryon (unknown–19 Mar 1835), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24426611, citing Lenox Rural Cemetery, Lenox, Madison County, New York, USA
  • "United States Census, 1820," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 6 November 2019), William Tryon, Durham, Greene, New York, United States; citing p. 112, NARA microfilm publication M33, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 64; FHL microfilm 193,719.
  • 1830 US Federal Census, FamilySearch (, William Tryon, Lenox, Madison, New York, United States; 313, NARA microfilm publication M19, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 93; FHL microfilm 17,153.

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An Elizabeth Tryon born about 1806 in New York, appears in the 1850 census living on her own in Rochester, Monroe Co., NY. See "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Elisabeth Tryon, Rochester, ward 8, Monroe, New York, United States; citing family 4, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.). Impossible to know whether she was a spinster, a widow, or wife where the husband was away at the time. I can't find her in any other census (so far).
posted by Laurie (Smith) Keller
Bingo! I'll link Lora up.
posted by Laurie (Smith) Keller
His brothers Asa and Richard are in Durham in 1810-1830
posted by Michael Tryon
There is a William Tryon in Durham, Greene, in the 1820 census with the right number of children of the right age distribution. Hard to say if we've already assigned that one William of the 137 Williams to someone else already. I'm ok with linking Lora up here.
posted by Michael Tryon
I wonder about linking Lora Tryon Burdic to William now. This is based almost entirely on the highly unusual spelling of her name -- not come across this spelling until people born about 1950! If we could place William in Greene Co., NY in 1820 I'd say that would be a very strong reason to link.
posted by Laurie (Smith) Keller
Yes, Adeline shows up in plenty of records but haven't found anything to tie her to parents other than TFA. The way its written up there it seems like it must have come out of a family genealogy book but I haven't found it yet. Good find on Lora!
posted by Michael Tryon
I've tracked down two probable daughters. One, Adeline, is described further in TFA as marrying John Davies (or Davis). If the death record I found is correct, she was born about 1806 and died in NJ in 1881.

The second is the last named child Lora (sometimes listed as Dora). Based on age at death she would have been born 1822 prob Greene Co., NY, and married Perry Burdic (usually spelled Burdick) as his second or third wife. She died Dec 1892 and is named as "beloved wife Lora Tryon" on Perry Burdic's monument. He died mid-1860s, she being about 18 years younger than he was lived on until the 1890s. I shall look further, particularly for Lora. As she is clearly a Tryon, I am setting up a profile for her (have several census records, etc.), but at present not linking it to William's.

posted by Laurie (Smith) Keller
We've discussed the discrepancy between the death date here and on FAG but I just realized that the 18 Mar 1833 date is not referenced and was in the original GED import. I'm changing it to the FAG date which could have come from the weathered grave stone.
posted by Michael Tryon