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Tim Parrott of Iowa City suggested that Mary Saylor (1794-1861) may be a daughter of Samuel Saylor and Margaret Jones of Springfield Tp., Burlington Co., NJ. The challenge is to gather supporting documents and secondary sources to see if the supposition has merit. Tim and I believe the supposition is true based on the argument below and have cautiously added her to the family.
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Samuel Saylor and Margaret Jones were married in 1773 and their banns state that Samuel Sayler is of New Hanover Tp., Burlington Co., NJ. This township is right beside Springfield Tp. One of their sons, Charles Saylor is born in 1786 and his Bible states that he was born in Springfield Tp, Burlington Co., NJ . There is good reason to believe that the family lived in Springfield Tp.
Records show a Mary Saylor is a daughter of Samuel Sayler and Margaret Jones. It is our assertion that this Mary Saylor married Gabriel Shutts in 1794.
|2. An account of the lives of Gabriel Shutts and Mary Saylor
Tim Parrott writes that, "The Shutts family is known to have been living in Springfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey as early as 21 Oct. 1765, when a marriage license was issued to Jacob Shutts of Springfield and Anne Taylor of Springfield. (See: Archives of the State of New Jersey, First Series. Vol. XXII. Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey, Marriage Records 1665-1800. Published 1909.)
Burlington County tax lists indicate that the Jacob Shutts family was still living in Springfield Township in 1770 and 1773. This proves their son Gabriel Taylor Shutts’ place of birth on 8 June 1771 was indeed Springfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey.
Gabriel Shutts undoubtedly grew to adulthood in Springfield Township, and according to a family Bible was married there on 14 Oct. 1794 to Mary Saylor. Family Bible records indicate she had been born on 10 Jan. 1774. The couple’s two oldest children were born in New Jersey. However, in about 1798, the family moved to Cayuga County, New York, where the next seven children were born. Gabriel Shutts is listed in the 1800 U.S. Census of Scipio Township, Cayuga County, New York.
He next appears on an “Assessment Roll of each person’s Real and personal estate in the Town of Scipio, County of Cayuga & State of New York, taken in the month of May one thousand eight Hundred and three,” as follows:
The family appears in the 1810 U.S. Census of Scipio Township, Cayuga County, New York:
In 1813, Gabriel Shutts reputedly served in the War of 1812, defending the city of Buffalo when it was burned by the British.
In 1814, Gabriel Shutts purchased 30 acres (Ulysses, 66, 30 Acres) in nearby Tompkins County, New York from Isaac and Sally Avery (New York Land Records, 1630-1975, Tompkins County Deeds, LDS web site, Book C, page 115).
The family appears in the 1820 and 1830 U.S. Census of Hector Township, Tompkins (now Schuyler) County, New York, and in the 1840, 1850 and 1860 U.S. Census of Townsend Township, Sandusky County, Ohio.
From The Wyandot Pioneer (Upper Sandusky, OH), 24 Apr 1856, page 2, column 4:
Gabriel Shutts’ search for his long-lost brother apparently ended successfully, based on another newspaper article the following year. Sandusky Daily Commercial Register (Sandusky, OH), 3 July 1857, page 3, column 2:
Gabriel T. Shutts, Sr. would celebrate four more birthdays, achieving the advanced age of 90 years and 28 days. As noted in the Freemont Weekly Journal on 19 July 1861 (page 3, column 1):
Gabriel’s widow, Mary (Saylor) Shutts, survived only three months after her husband’s death. She died in Townsend Township, Sandusky County, Ohio, on 12 Oct. 1861."
|3. The children of Mary Saylor & Gabriel Shutts|
Note: The information below comes a single family Bible. Tim writes that, "It includes both parents and all of the 11 children of Gabriel and Mary (Saylor) Shutts. If it weren't for those records, we would probably never have known about the fifth child, Thomas Coates Shutts, who died before his 2nd birthday."
MARY SAYLOR was born on 10 Jan 1774 in Burlington Co, NJ. She died on 12 Oct 1861 in Townsend Tp, Sandusky Co., OH. She married Gabriel Taylor Shutts Sr, son of Jacob Shutts and Anne "Nancy" Taylor on 14 Oct 1794 in NJ. He was born on 08 Jun 1771 in Springfield Township, Burlington Co, NJ. He died on 06 Jul 1861 in Townsend Tp, Sandusky Co., OH.
Gabriel Taylor Shutts Sr and Mary Saylor had the following children:
i. SARAH WRIGHT SHUTTS was born on 16 Jul 1795 in Burlington Co, NJ. She died on 1 Sep 1834 in Sandusky Co., OH. She married Major McIntyre Sr on 17 May 1814 in Seneca Co., NY. He was born in 1789. He died in 1842.
ii. SAMUEL SAYLOR SHUTTS was born on 25 Mar 1797 in Burlington Co, NJ. He died on 20 Nov 1881 in Ballville Tp., Sandusky Co., OH. He married Hannah Letts on 28 Dec 1825 in Tompkins Co., NY. She was born in 1800. She died in 1855.
iii. LOVINA TAYLOR SHUTTS was born on 11 Nov 1799 in Cayuga Co., NY. She died after 1870 in Sandusky Co., OH. She married Banfield on 29 Aug 1819.
iv. NANCY MARIA SHUTTS was born on 09 Feb 1802 in Cayuga Co., NY. She died on 28 Dec 1874 in Sandusky Co., OH. She married Street Davenport on 19 Apr 1827. He was born in 1775. He died in 1867.
v. THOMAS COATES SHUTTS was born on 24 Dec 1803 in Cayuga Co., NY. He died on 8 Apr 1805 in Cayuga Co., NY.
vi. WILLIAM COATES SHUTTS was born on 08 Sep 1805 in Cayuga Co., NY. He died on 6 Mar 1884 in Sandusky Co., OH. He married Clarissa Ann Prichard on 30 Nov 1826 in Cayuga Co., NY. She was born in 1807. She died in 1879.
vii. RACHEL COATES SHUTTS was born on 08 Jul 1807 in Cayuga Co., NY. She died on 19 Jan 1876 in NY. She married Elihu Barker Jr on 03 Feb 1830 in Tompkins Co., NY. He was born in 1783. He died in 1860.
viii. CHARLES SAYLOR SHUTTS was born on 06 Jul 1809 in Cayuga Co., NY. He died on 3 Nov 1859 in York Tp., Sandusky Co., OH. He married Susanna Richey on 19 Jan 1832. She was born in 1808. She died in 1878.
ix. GABRIEL TAYLOR SHUTTS JR was born about 1811 in Cayuga Co., NY. He died in 1841 in Sandusky Co., OH. He married Caroline Story on 10 Jan 1836 in Sandusky Co., OH. She was born about 1818. She died before 1860.
x. MARY M. SHUTTS was born on 16 Jul 1814 in Tompkins Co., NY. She died on 13 Sep 1861 in Townsend Tp, Sandusky Co., OH. She married Hiram Hawkins on 16 Aug 1836 in Sandusky Co., OH. He was born in 1809. He died in 1872.
xi. JONATHAN DARWIN SHUTTS was born on 04 May 1818 in Tompkins Co., NY. He died on 06 Feb 1901 in Dunkirk, Jay Co., IN. He married (1) CAROLINE STORY (widow of his brother) on 26 Mar 1843 in Sandusky Co., OH. She was born about 1818. She died before 1860. He married (2) ELIZABETH TAYLOR on 22 Oct 1862 in Sandusky Co., OH. She was born in 1829. She died in 1900.
|4. Facts that suggest that Mary Saylor is the daughter of Samuel Saylor and Margaret Jones.
|5. A competing claim - Coates family
Tim Parrott writes that, "Many researcher's have assumed that Mary Saylor (wife of Gabriel Shutts) was descended from (or somehow related to) the Coates family, since that name appears as the middle name of three of their children: Thomas, William and Rachel. It is possible that their daughter, Rachel Coates Shutts (born 1807), was named after Rachel Jones, of Springfield, Burlington County, NJ, who married Henry Coates, of New Hanover, Burlington County, NJ, in 1783. Perhaps this Rachel (Jones) Coates was related in some way to Margaret (Jones) Saylor, perhaps a younger sister? If so, that could be the connection that resulted in Gabriel and Mary (Saylor) Shutts naming 3 of their children after members of the Coates family. I also noticed that a Henry Coates appears in the 1810 census of Scipio, Cayuga County, New York ... as a neighbor of Gabriel and Mary (Saylor) Shutts, which adds some weight to the connection."
|6. Some Records of the Shutts family|
SHUTTS in CAYUGA CO.
Reg 20 Nov 1795, John Shutts Jr and Abraham Shutts Jr, sole surviving brothers and heirs of Peter Shutts, deceased, who served in the First NY Regiment in the Line of the State of NY during the late war with Great Britain.
John & Abraham Shutts, 203, Grantor - See image 140 for Indenture.
17 Oct 1796, James Shatts and Anne his wife of Herkimer Co, NY
James Shutts, 217 Grantor - See image 148 for the Indenture.
Tim Parrott writes that, "I did know about the Shutts families in Cayuga County prior to Gabriel's arrival there. I also did quite a bit of research on them. I stopped researching them when I established they were not from New Jersey. Thus, they definitely weren't close relatives. The same thing happens in Tompkins County, New York (where Gabriel and Mary settled for a time prior to moving to Sandusky County, Ohio)."
Source: NY Land Records 1630-1975, Cayuga Deeds (Onondaga County) 1796-1797, Vol E-F, FamilySearch web site, see index image 9
Formation of CAYUGA COUNTY - Onondaga County was formed in 1794 by the splitting of Herkimer County. Cayuga County was formed in 1799 by splitting Onondaga County. Cayuga at this time was much larger than the present Cayuga and included the present Seneca and Tompkins Counties. Skipio was formed in 1798 when Cayuga County was formed. It was part of the Central NY Military Tract which was land reserved for veterans of the Revolutionary War.
1800 CENSUS CAYUGA CO., NY
Gabriel Shutts: 1 male under 10, 3 females under 10, 1 female bet'n 26 - 45.
[Gabriel, Samuel age 3, Sarah age 5, Lovina age 1, ?, Mary age 27. Could the third female be Lavinia Saylor, b. Nov 1789 and a younger sister of Mary's?]
Note: No other Shutts, Saylor, Schaffer families are found in Scipio in this census.
Source 1: 1800 Census, Cayuga County, Town of Scipio, pg's 628/9, reel M32-28, transcription on Genweb (search Shutts)
Source 2: Population schedules of the second census of the US, 1800, New York, p. 628, film on line at archive.org, image 337
SAYLOR in CAYUGA CO.
Tim Parrott writes that, "There is a Saylor family cemetery in Hector Township, right where the Shutts family and McIntyre family settled. The oldest member of the Saylor family buried at this Saylor cemetery (about 1½ miles west of Mecklenburg) was Henry Sayler, Sr., born 12 Apr. 1758 and died 16 Apr. 1821. He's not old enough to be another candidate for Mary (Saylor) Shutts' father, and too old to have been an older brother, etc. Also, I found this family was also not from New Jersey, but rather from Pennsylvania."
ROADS SURVEY BOOK
Images from an old roads survey copy book for Cayuga County is on line. The book notes the surveying of roads and often names the farmer on land nearby. The town of Aurelius [now Auburn] is dominant and Scipio is present. I have searched images 39 to 129 [1797 to 1814] and not found any reference to Shutts or Saylor. This book is listed as "Original Town of Aurelius Government Minute Book" on this web page. The link is in the middle of the links at the bottom of the page.
WAR of 1812
Herman C. Shutts was born in Sandusky County, Ohio, June 6, 1839, a son of Charles and Susan (Ritchie) Shutts, natives of Tompkins County, NY. His grandparents, Gabriel and Mary (Sailor) Shutts, were natives of New Jersey. Gabriel Shutts was a militia man in the war of 1812.
Source: History of Steuben County, Indiana, Chicago, Inter-State Publishing Co., 1885, 538. Tim Parrott writes that, "There are other secondary sources that repeat this information. I do know that one of the sources specifically mentioned his supposed involvement in the defense of Buffalo."
|7. Some research questions.|