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Male 1782 - Between 1850 and 1854  (67 years)Deceased


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  • Name  RIST Reuben, Sr. 
    Suffix  Sr. 
    Born  2 Jul 1782  , , Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    1820 US Federal Census  1820  Reading, Windsor, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820

      Free White Males - Under 10: 5 (Amos, Royal, Silas, Jonathan, & Elijah)
      Free White Males - 10 thru 15: 2 (Reuben, Samuel)
      Free White Males - 26 thru 44: 1 (Reuben)

      Free White Females - Under 10: 1 (Clarissa)
      Free White Females - 10 thru 15: 3 (Betsy, Celinda, and an unknown)
      Free White Females - 16 thru 25: 1 (Sarah)
      Free White Females - 26 thru 44: 1 (Betsy)

      Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 1

      Free White Persons - Under 16: 11
      Free White Persons - Over 25: 2
      Total Free White Persons: 14
      Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 14

      NOTE: Names in parenthesis are guesses as to the names of the persons in each age group. Since the 1820 census did not list the names of all family members, it is impossible to tell if these names are correct. They are guesses based on the names and ages of the persons in the family we are aware of).
    1820 US Federal Census for Rutland, Windsor, VT - Page 413
    1820 US Federal Census for Rutland, Windsor, VT - Page 413
    1840 US Federal Census  1840  Johnsburg, Warren, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Free White Persons
      Males - Under 5: 1
      Males - 30 thru 39: 1 (Reuben)
      Females - 20 thru 29: 1 (Mary)

      Total - All Persons (Free White, Free Colored, Slaves): 3

      Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1
    1840 US Federal Census for Johnsburg, Warren, NY - Page 342
    1840 US Federal Census for Johnsburg, Warren, NY - Page 342
    Died  Between 1850 and 1854 
    1850 US Federal Census  13 Sep 1850  Indian Lake, Hamilton, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    1850 US Federal Census for Indian Lake, Hamilton, NY - Page 26
    1850 US Federal Census for Indian Lake, Hamilton, NY - Page 26
    Occupation  farmer  [2
    Age  67 years 
    Buried 
    • He is buried on a hill above Lake Abanakee (formerly the Indian River) in Indian Lake. Buried with him is his wife, Betsey Wyman.
    Person ID  I4640  One Big Family Tree
    Last Modified  25 Aug 2011 

    Father  RIST Samuel, Sr.,   b. Between 1758 and 1759, Uxbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1831, Brookline, Windham, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: ~ 73 years 
    Mother  CARPENTER Rebeckah,   b. Abt 1758, Sutton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1843, Brookline, Windham, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: ~ 86 years 
    Married  23 Aug 1780  Sutton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1611  Group Sheet

    Family  WYMAN Betsy,   b. 1785, , , Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1855 and 1860, Minerva, Essex, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 70 years 
    Married  1806  Londonderry, Windham, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. RIST ?,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. RIST ?,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. RIST Sarah,   b. 1804, Reading, Windsor, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. RIST Reuben, Jr.,   b. 1806, Reading, Windsor, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1855 and 1860, Minerva, Essex, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 49 years
     5. RIST ?,   b. 1807, Reading, Windsor, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. RIST Samuel,   b. 10 Oct 1808, Reading, Windsor, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1897, Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 88 years
     7. RIST Betsey,   b. 1809, Reading, Windsor, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 2 Jan and 15 Jun 1860, Minerva, Essex, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. RIST ?,   b. 1810, Reading, Windsor, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. RIST Amos G.,   b. 1811, Windham, Brookline, Windham, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between Sep 1860 and Jul 1870  Age: 49 years
     10. RIST Royal,   b. 20 Feb 1811, Reading, Windsor, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1863, Bluffton, Wells, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 52 years
     11. RIST Silas Bowen, Sr.,   b. 26 Oct 1812, Reading, Windsor, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1897, Great Bridge, Chesapeake (City), Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 84 years
     12. RIST Celinda,   b. 1815, , Warren, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     13. RIST Clarissa,   b. Abt 1811, Reading, Windsor, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1900, Indian Lake, Hamilton, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: ~ 89 years
     14. RIST Jonathan G.,   b. 7 Sep 1817, Reading, Windsor, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1873, , , New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 55 years
     15. RIST Elijah,   b. 1820, Londonderry, Windham, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1882, Farlinville, Linn, Kansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 62 years
     16. RIST Lydia D.,   b. 1822,   d. Yes, date unknown
     17. RIST Delius W.,   b. 1823, Reading, Windsor, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1865, Salisbury, Rowan, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 42 years
     18. RIST Lucy T.,   b. 1824, Reading, Windsor, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1860 and 1869, Sandy Hill, Kingsbury, Washington, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 36 years
     19. RIST Esther A.,   b. Between 1825 and 1836, Reading, Windsor, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1851, Indian Lake, Hamilton, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: ~ 26 years
     20. RIST Ersula,   b. Between 1826 and 1827, Reading, Windsor, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1855, Fort Ann, Washington, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: ~ 29 years
     21. RIST Jacob,   b. 1828, Reading, Windsor, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1830, Reading, Windsor, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 2 years
    Last Modified  3 Jul 2011 
    Family ID  F1644  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Jul 1782 - , , Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1806 - Londonderry, Windham, Vermont, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1820 US Federal Census - 1820 - Reading, Windsor, Vermont, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1840 US Federal Census - 1840 - Johnsburg, Warren, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Reuben and Betsy were the first permanent white settlers in Indian Lake, NY. They moved there from Reading, VT in the 1830's with their 19 children. They left 3 buried children in Reading. - per Bill Zullo See Bill Zullo's account of Reuben's life.

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      from Rist folder at Indian Lake Museum - August 4, 1998:

      Reuben Rist, the first white settler of Indian Lake was born July 2, 1782. He was married Nov. 9, 1818 [this date conflicts seriously with the dates their children were born!] to Betsy Wyman of Reading, VT. Tradition says they lived near the Cedar River on the present Benton property but no foundation can be found. In 1858, a road survey was made by Joel B. Green and Caleb Wells for a road to be laid out through wild and unimproved lands: Commencing 50 links from the west side of Finch and Crandall's meadows at Ristville, being the east line of Hamilton Co., running generally west to Indian River, thence generally west to the clearing of William Persons and Isaac Pinney... generally west to the west line of lands occupied by Isaac Pinney... generally west to the west line of lands occupied by Nathaniel Gilson, opposite H. Simpson's house.. to the north end of Cedar River Bridge (all in the Town of Wells).

      The Rists were buried on a hill back of the old Indian River Hotel. Henry Crandall of Glens Falls placed a marker there in memory of their kindness to him when as a young lad he came over the road on a cold winter day while lumbering in the area. They had 19 children, 15 of whom came with the family to Indian Lake. Three small graves near the cellar hole of their house in Reading, VT suggest that 3 children died young. ************

      per Bill Zullo:

      In May of 1838, Reuben and Betsy Rist and some of their eighteen children moved onto a plot of land just over the Warren County, NY border with Hamilton County. Benjamin Cleveland and his two sons helped with the move, driving a team of oxen and a two-wheeled cart. They cut out the road for the cart, then cleared ten acres of land where Rist could farm and build a log cabin. (LaBar) These were the first non-Indian settlers of Indian Lake, NY.

      One cold day in 1839, an eighteen-year old boy by the name of Henry Crandall sought refuge in the Rist cabin. The boy, whose oxen had run away, was happy to find a fire and some food. He went on his way, and in the years to come Henry Crandall made his fortune in the lumber business, and became a leading citizen of Glens Falls. By 1860, both Reuben and Betsy had been buried on a hilltop above the Indian River. Henry Crandall bought their tombstone, with the inscription " In Memory of Reuben Rist and his Wife - First Settlers in Township # 15." 1. LaBar, Frank M., "Isaac Kenwell, Timber Expert," Warrensburg News, Jan. 6, 1927 ***************

      http://members.tripod.com/b.zullo/cemeteries.htm:

      Gravesite of Reuben Rist and wife - " In memory of Reuben Rist and his wife First settlers in Township #15 where they lived to a good old age." Grave on a hill south side of Route 28, west of the bridge over Lake Abanakee. The gravestone was provided by Henry Crandall of Glens Falls, to whom the Rists had given shelter when he was a young man.

      Reuben and Betsy were the first permanent white settlers in Indian Lake, N Y. They moved there from Reading, Vermont in the 1830's with 15 of the ir 19 children. They left 3 buried children in Reading. - per Bill Zullo See Bill Zullo's account below of Reuben's life.
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      from Rist folder at the Indian Lake Museum, Indian Lake, NY - August 4, 19 98:

      Reuben Rist, the first white settler of Indian Lake was born July 2, 1782. He was married Nov. 9, 1818 [this date conflicts seriously with the dates their children were born!] to Betsy Wyman of Reading, VT. Tradition says they lived near the Cedar River on the present Benton property but no foundation can be found. In 1858, a road survey was made by Joel B. Green and Caleb Wells for a road to be laid out through wild and unimproved lands: Commencing 50 links from the west side of Finch and Crandall's meadows at Ristville, being the east line of Hamilton Co., running ge nerally west to Indian River, thence generally west to the clearing of William Persons and Isaac Pinney... generally west to the west line of lan ds occupied by Isaac Pinney... generally west to the west line of lands oc cupied by Nathaniel Gilson, opposite H. Simpson's house.. to the north end of Cedar River Bridge (all in the Town of Wells).

      The Rists were buried on a hill back of the old Indian River Hotel. Henry Crandall of Glens Falls placed a marker there in memory of their kindness to him when as a young lad he came over the road on a cold winter day w hile lumbering in the area.

      They had 19 children, 15 of whom came with the family to Indian Lake. Three small graves near the cellar hole of their house in Reading, VT suggest that 3 children died young.
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      per Bill Zullo, a remembrance by Minnie (Rist) Bannister :

      Reuben Rist lived on what is known as Alverson Hill. He was son of Samuel Rist Sr. I think you turn right at the "Harvey Wilson" place and cross the brook and go east up the hill a distance. Farther above them lived Simon Alverson and his wife Thankful. Minnie remembers her grandfather telling that bad thunderstorms came up or any such trouble, the family always went to the Alversons.

      Simon Alverson's old cellar-hole is still visible in 1957 on Alverson Hill, located near a swamp to the left.

      Minnie Bannister has a chair made by her great- grandfather, Reuben Rist, as also does Mrs. James ?ady; and probably Elwin Spaulding has some of Ashton Spaulding's (his father) chairs. They always had more than enough chairs for a load, and Reuben Rist used to take them by ox-team to Boston and brought back molasses and other provisions for himself and the neighbors. At one time the family was very short on rations before Reuben returned and when he came home at night, the mother cooked a big meal, and awakened all the children to eat at 10:00 p.m. Times were hard back then. Reuben Rist also burned ??? and sold the charcoal.

      In May of 1838, Reuben and Betsy Rist and some of their eighteen children moved onto a plot of land just over the Warren County, New York border with Hamilton County. Benjamin Cleveland and his two sons helped with the move, driving a team of oxen and a two-wheeled cart. They cut out the road for the cart, then cleared ten acres of land where Rist could farm and build a log cabin. (LaBar) These were the first non-Indian settlers of Indian Lake, New York.

      One cold day in 1839, an eighteen-year old boy by the name of Henry Crandall sought refuge in the Rist cabin. The boy, whose oxen had run away, was happy to find a fire and some food. He went on his way, and in the years to come Henry Crandall made his fortune in the lumber business, and became a leading citizen of Glens Falls. By 1860, both Reuben and Betsy had been buried on a hilltop above the Indian River. Henry Crandall bought their tombstone, with the inscription " In Memory of Reuben Rist and his Wife - First Settlers in Township # 15." 1. LaBar, Frank M., "Isaac Kenwell, Timber Expert," Warrensburg News, Jan. 6, 1927
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      http://members.tripod.com/b.zullo/cemeteries.htm:

      Gravesite of Reuben Rist and wife - " In memory of Reuben Rist and his wi fe First settlers in Township #15 where they lived to a good old age." Gra ve on a hill south side of Route 28, west of the bridge over Lake Abanakee. The gravestone was provided by Henry Crandall of Glens Falls, to whom the Rists had given shelter when he was a young man.
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      from 1850 NY State Census:
      Reuben Rist household in Indian Lake, Hamilton County, NY:

      Reuben Rist - 68 yrs, Farmer, $1,000 real estate, born in Mass.
      Betsy Rist - 65 yrs, born in Mass., can't read or write
      Delis Rist - 27 yrs, Farmer, born in VT
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      Baron and Lady Rister of Scotland

      Information from the Indian Lake Museum, Indian Lake, NY on August 4, 1998 :

      A letter from Robert Horton, Box 268H, RD #4, Troy, NY 12180, dated 19 80 written to someone named "Ted", thanking Ted for agreeing to write the introduction to Horton's book on Reuben Rist! The letter went on to tell an anecdote about Eugene Rist, the great, great, grandson of Reuben.

      "...was indeed an interesting and most exciting person. He was an Adirond acker, born and raised on "Sandy Hill" in Hudson Falls. He was the la st of the first born sons descending from Baron and Lady Rister of Scotla nd and thus was entitled to the title of Baron. Years ago, emissaries fr om Scotland hunted him down here in this country, wanting him to retu rn to Scotland and claim the family lands and title. However, he refused a nd the baronial estates of Rister reverted back to Scotland. Now that Euge ne is dead and had no children, the Baron Rister lineage is no more. He had in his possession the jewel encrusted swords of Baron Rister, family rings bearing the coat of arms and many more artifacts of great value. Whe re all these significant possessions went at his death I have no ideas he and his wife had no children. Hopefully I can still locate Reuben 's artifacts through distant family survivors when you want them for your planned museum."

      Are the Rists descended from the Scottish Risters??? A new direction for research!

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      http://books.google.com/books?ie=UTF-8&hl=en&id=KfpEhRQcQC0C&q=Reuben+Rist &prev=http://books.google.com/books%3Fq%3DReuben%2BRist&pgis=1

      TitleProceedings of the New York State Historical Association
      Author(s)New York State Historical Association
      PublisherNew York State Historical Association

      2 references to Reuben Rist in this book:

      Page 269 :

      "Their seemingly relentless enemy, the white man, was pushing farther a nd farther into the wilds and with his axe, cutting down the Indian's be st friend, our virgin forest. About 1835, Reuben Rist, a great hunter a nd trapper, came here...."
      Where's the rest of this book?

      Page 270

      "Down on the banks of Indian river in sight of the highway is an old tomb stone, tottering and moss-covered. On it is inscribed, "In memory of Reuben Rist, and wife, first settlers on township 15, where they lived to a .. .:"

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      Along the Adirondack Trail
      by Donald R Williams - Provided by Arcadia Publishing through the Google Books Partner Program


      Page 76 : "Indian Lake's first permanent white settler arrived just ahead of the lumbermen. Reuben Rist and his wife from Massachusetts came to Indian Lake in a ox drawn cart in 1836. Three helpers came along to cut a roadway and clear the land; it was a tough trip through the roadless wilderness. In 1850, Truman Brown made his way along the future Adirondack Trail from Wells to Indian Lake. By 1860, the settlement consisted of a total of 38 log cabins."

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      from Record of Convictions, Warren County Municipal Center, Lake George, N Y:

      Conviction of Reuben Wrist filed July 8, 1835

      Johnsburgh - Reuben Rist was convicted of having, on the 8th day of June, left post at Town of Johnsburgh, assaulted and otherwise ill treated Mary Barrett. He was fined 1 dollar and paid it.

      - It is not known whether this culprit was Reuben, husband of Betsy Wyman, or their son, husband of Mary Salinda Knight.

  • Sources 
    1. [S403] 1820 US Federal Census for Windsor Co., VT, VT, Windsor County, (www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2010), M33, roll 128, Reading, p. 413, line 44, Reuben Rist, accessed 30 Jun 2010 (Reliability: 3), 30 Jun 2010.

    2. [S268] 1840 US Federal Census for Warren Co., NY, NY, Warren County, (www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2009), M704, roll 342, Johnsburg, p. 342, line 25, Reuben Wrist, accessed 7 Jul 2010. (Reliability: 3), 7 Jul 2010.

    3. [S404] 1850 US Federal Census for Hamilton Co., NY, NY, Hamilton County, (www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2009), M432, roll M432_511, Indian Lake, p. 26, dwelling 384, family 393, Reuben Rist, accessed 19 Sep 2009 (Reliability: 4), 19 Sep 2009.