Posted by Gayle on March 30, 1998 at 11:32:04:
While you guys were having all that great chat-fun over the weekend, I have been BEHAVING myself and doing my HOMEWORK and STAYING OUT OF TROUBLE. It's been really tough.
However, I did come up with some additional stuff to add to the Musings on La Longue Carabine. David Shipman appeared on the Federal Census for 1790. According to that record, he had a wife, but no children were listed. In 1792, in an ongoing effort to purge the township of non-aristocrats, Judge William Cooper had Shipman evicted from the land. Shipman then moved north to Oaks Creek to settle on the farm belonging to his son, Samuel (documented). In 1800 Shipman and his wife appear on the Federal Census roll for Otsego Township. David Shipman also appeared on the 1800 tax assessment for Otsego Township as a poor and landless man with a mere $30 in personal property. He died on his son's farm on February 28, 1813.
Cooperstown certainly spawned its own Anastasia Syndrome through the years. A Hoosick family also claimed descent from "Nathaniel" Shipman, but their claim has been pretty much disproven. No records have ever existed for a Nathaniel Shipman in New York State. The DAR speaker may well be a descendent of David via Samuel, but as for Shipman leaving behind a daughter, Delilah doesn't have any recorded ground to stand on.
There! Did I do good? Can I come out and play again?
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