Jim Ward's Genealogy Pages: The Gardner - Stickney Connection

Jim Ward's Genealogy Pages

The  Stickney Connection

Adaline Gardner's parents were Levi Gardner and Lydia Stickney. Rueben Stickney and Sarah Cleveland were Lydia's parents.  Rueben Stickney fought for the colonies in the Revolutionary War.His headstone notes him as achieving the rank of Major, but the DAR says he was a Sergeant. I believe the DAR.

Get this info: A Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of William and Elizabeth Stickney, by Matthew Adams Stickney, printed in 1869, is available online at archive.org.

I have been fortunate to receive Volumes of information about Sarah Morse and her ancestors. Sarah and her husband Amos Stickney had 9 children, with Andrew being my Stickney ancestor. 

Interesting information about Sarah Morse and her life after the death of husband Amos Stickney! Click here for a fascinating look at life in the colonies, which was researched and written by Larry Kline. I have not had any contact with Larry in almost 2 decades, so use the narrative as a reseach guide only.  (

For Sarah Cleveland's ancestor tree, click this!  

According to The Morse Society, as of 2/2001, the latest known number of blood descendants of Amos and Sarah Morse Stickney number 4,839, myself included, of course! 

An HTML version of a pedigree chart of Lydia Stickney's ancestors is available by clicking here.


Andrew Stickney's first wife was Rebecca Somerby, who died 30 January 1692/1693, maybe of complications after the birth of daughter Rebecca 14 days earlier.  Rebecca is included in the number of children for Andrew and second wife Elizabeth Chute. 

The nine children of Rueben and Sarah Cleveland Stickney were:

1. Lydia, b. 4 November 1785, in New Hampshire, married Levi W. Gardner in May/June 1808, possibly in Genesee Co., N.Y. Died 7 April 1865, Medina Co., OH.

2. Rueben Jr., born 25 September 1787, married Lucia Munger.

3. Ruth Ann, born 1 April 1789, married John K. Landon 15 March 1812, 7 children. She died 8 August 1851. 

4. James, born 11 May 1794, married Polly Gray 4 February 1822.

5. Amos, born 9 September 1797, married Lorain Beadle 1 September 1829.

6. Elisha, b. 9 January 1799, married Amanda Fuller 10 September 1826. He died 5 September 1828, no children.

7. Sarah C., born 15 May 1801, married William Gray 25 December 1828, four children.

8. Israel, born 5 April 1804, married Fannie Hart.

9. Saphrona (or Saphronia), born 17 May 1806, married Ebenezer Petty 5 May 1824, 6 children. She died 8 September 1862, in Ypsilanti, Mi.

SOURCE for the above named children: "Genealogy of Rueben Stickney, Required by his descendants to Join the Daughters of The American Revolution."  Compiled by Milo E. Branch at Medina, Ohio, 17 May 1931.

DAR Patriot Index lookup for Rueben Stickney:

STICKNEY,   Reuben
Birth:  NH  24 Jan 1761
Service:  NH
Rank:  Sgt
Death:  NY  7 Aug 1827
Patriot Pensioned:   Yes     Widow Pensioned:   No
Children Pensioned:   No     Heirs Pensioned:   No
Spouse:   Sarah Cleveland


Cemetery information:


Name Stickney, Reuben
Cemetery Beach Ridge
Burial location Sec. I, lot 3
Rank Major
Unit 1776; Revolutionary War
Died Aug. 7, 1827 at aged 66


Rueben's headstone identifies him as a Major in the Revolutionary War, but I'd be inclined to believe the DAR's records stating he was a Sergeant.

An interesting bit of information came to light recently when a Stickney descendant's husband emailed me more of his research.  A name of a Stickney spouse  in his charts matched a name in the chart of my Millers.  There's a connection between an ancestor of Frank A. Miller 5 generations back and an ancestor of Frank's wife Cora A.Fenn 6 generations back. Click this!

Stickney Links:

Historic Rowley, MA. Lots of good info with many Stickneys listed.

Jackie Chute's website, Chute Family Records, is loaded with information & source documentation. My last Chute ancestor was Elizabeth, wife of Andrew Stickney.

A special Thank You to my Stickney, Gardner, and Chute cousins who kindly shared their information with me!

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