Chesebro, Elijah

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Elijah Chesebro was a native of Stonington, Conn., born in 1759, and was of Welsh ancestry. He was the son of Elisha Chesebrough (1694 – 1736). His half-siblings were:[1]

  • Elisha Chesebrough (1723 – 1779)
  • Nathaniel Chesebrough (1724 – 1724)
  • Hannah Chesebrough (1726 – 1748)
  • Sarah Chesebrough (1728 – 1773)
  • Christopher Chesebrough (1732 – 1790)
  • Sylvester Chesebrough (1735 – 1778)
  • Joanna Chesebrough (1737 – )



He enlisted as a private in 1779 at Stonington, CT under Captain William Latham in Colonel Ledyard's regiment. He served at Fort Griswald for 9 months and was discharged. He again volunteered in 1781 and served under Captain Joseph Carew. He was discharged after a year of service.


Marriage & Children

Elijah Chesebro was married on October 19, 1787 to Thankful Williams (November 7, 1769 - May 22, 1858) a daughter of Captain Elisha Williams and Lucy Denison. Their children were:

  • Eunice Chesebro, b. December 29, 1788, died in 1827 and was buried at High Point Cemetery
  • Hannah Chesebro b. December 24, 1791
  • Elijah Chesebro Jr. b. January 28, 1793, was a soldier in the war of 1812 and died in 1860. He married Susan Chapman on March 5, 1816
  • Jane Chesebro b. March 14, 1795
  • Mary Polly Chesebro b. July 15, 1799
  • Angelina Chesebro b. Monday March 24, 1815
  • Lucy Chesebro- b. November 18, 1799
  • Williams Chesebro b. July 22, 1802


Elijah Chesebro died May 6, 1808. His wife, Thankful, died on May 27, 1858 both are buried at the Old Knox Cemetery in Knox.

Elijah Chesebro
Birth: 1759
Death: May 6, 1808, New York, USA
Family links:

Elijah Chesebro (1795 - 1860)*

Burial: Old Knox Cemetery, Knox, Albany County, New York, USA
Created by: Thomas Dunne
Record added: Sep 24, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21744872

Elijah's Will

Revolutionary War Pension File

Additional Media

Chesebro, Thaddeus, son of William Chesebro, was born in the village of Guilderland Center in 1832. Elijah, his grandfather, was a native of Stonington, Conn., born in 1759, and was of Welsh ancestry. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and settled in the town of Knox, Albany, county, in 1789. He was married the same year to Thankful Williams, who was born in 1769, and also of Welsh ancestry. They had nine children; Eunice, who died when ten years of age; Hannah, Elijah, Jane, Mary, Lucy, Williams. Esther, and Sarah Ann. He died May 6, 1808, and his wife died May 22, 1858. Their son Elijah was a soldier in the war of 1812 and died in 1860. Williams, the father of Thaddeus, was born in the town of Knox, July 22, 1802. He began life for himself when twenty-four years of age. He became a black- smith by trade and about 1826 moved to the village of Guilderland Center and purchased a blacksmith shop and carried on business there until 1836, when he sold out his shop and purchased 100 acres of heavy timber land, which now comprises the farm of Thaddeus Chesebro. His wife was Roxana Chapman, daughter of Jonas and Susan Chapman of Knox. The children are Thaddeus, Sarah, Esther, Mary, Jesse and Charles. He died in 1877 and his wife died in 1881 at the age of seventy-nine. Thaddeus received a common school education, and at the age of twelve his father set him to hauling cord wood and produce to the city of Albany. At this pursuit he continued until he grew into manhood. Several years before the death of his father he assumed full control of the farm business. Since then he has added to his estate forty acres of woodland and erected a large wagon house and barns. For some years past he has given considerable attention to dairying and possesses an excellent lot of grade Jersey cows. In 1856 he married Miss Gertrude, daughter of Wendell Vine, who was a i)rominent man in Guilderland, where he was supervisor. Mr. and Mrs. Chesebro have two children: Mrs. Edna Grafters of Newtonville and Mrs. Carrie Goodrich of Pasadena, Cal.

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