Peter Pumyea IV (son of Peter Pumyea III and Sarah Addis) was born 10 Aug 1799 in Six Mile Run, Franklin Park, Somerset County, New Jersey584, and died 22 Jan 1851 in Fairview, Fulton County, Illinois. He married Catherine Ann Sarah Stryker on Abt. 1818 in Somerset County, New Jersey.
Notes for Peter Pumyea IV: Baptized August 15, 1799 or Sept 15, 1799 at 6 Mile Run Church New Jersey Baptisms 1743 - 1805 "Somerset County Historical Quarterly" Somerset County Historical Society, Somerville, New Jersey, Vol 8 p-274; Went west in 1835 to Illinois "Somerset County Historical Quarterly" Somerset County Historical Society, Somerville, New Jersey, Vol 7 p-55: Pomyea settled at Fairview, Illinois in 1845 Vol 2, p-256 abd Vol 3, p-135, 222, 223, 260, 299 "Somerset County Historical Quarterly" Somerset County Historical Society, Somerville, New Jersey, Vol VIII, Page 138...- Pumyea, Peter and Catharine S. Stryker on birth of daughter Sarah ************** Illinois Public Land Purchase Records Record about PUMYEA PETER Name: PUMYEA PETER Section: LOT1E2NE Price: 260 Total: 20800 Date: 07 October 1836 Volume: 818 Page: 038 Type: SC Sect: 16 Township: 08N Range: 03E Meridian: 4 Acres: 8000 Corr-Tag: 0 ID: 388529 SocStat: Blank: Reside: 000 ********************* Illinois Public Land Purchase Records Record Name: PUMYEA PETER Section: E2SE Price: 125 Total: 10000 Date: 19 July 1836 Volume: 696 Page: 134 Type: FD Sect: 21 Township: 08N Range: 03E Meridian: 4 Acres: 8000 Corr-Tag: 0 ID: 286270 SocStat: Blank: Reside: 000 ***************** Illinois Public Land Purchase Records Record about PUMYEA PETER Name: PUMYEA PETER Section: SENW Price: 125 Total: 833 Date: 13 June 1840 Volume: 696 Page: 184 Type: FD Sect: 24 Township: 06N Range: 05E Meridian: 4 Acres: 667 Corr-Tag: 0 ID: 286269 SocStat: Blank: Reside: 000 *********************** Peter Pumyea 1840 United States Federal Census Record about Peter Pumyea Name: Peter Pumyea Township: North Brunswick County: Middlesex State: New Jersey
Lists the following Males 1 under 5: 1 5-10: 1 40-50 Females 1 under 5: 1 5-10: 1@ 30-40: 1 free colored under 10 ****************** Illinois Census, 1810-90 Record about PETER PUMYEA Name: PETER PUMYEA State: Illinois County: Fulton County Township: No Township Listed Year: 1840 Record Type: State or colonial census Page: 095 Database: Illinois 1840 State Census Index ******************** 1860 United States Federal Census Record about Peter Pumyea Name: Peter Pumyea Age in 1860: 59 Birth Year: abt 1801 Birthplace: New Jersey Home in 1860: Franklin, Somerset County, New Jersey Gender: Male Post Office: Six Mile Run
FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP A FULTON COUNTY HISTORY Fairview Reformed Church The first known settler was Matthias Swegle, who came from New Jersey and settled at the head of Swegle Creek, in 1829. Other known early settlers were Richard Addis, John Hall, Moses Johnson, S. Dyer, Jerrod Lyons, and Benjamin Foster. There is evidence that several people visited this area before bringing their families here, which may account for the variations in dates given for the arrival of some settlers. Such a one was Jonathan Smith, who visited in 1833; returned in 1835 and raised a crop; and in 1837 bought 160 acres of government land. By 1837, there were several families from New Jersey, such as Groendyke, Pumyea, Wilson, Wyckoff, Gilmore, TenEyck and others who settled in the southern part of the township; and to the north were these families: William Burnett, W. S. Luman,J. K. Lance, Harvey Palmerton, C. Quin, Henry Alcott, Jonathan Smith and others. There is a difference of opinion about the date when the village of Fairview was first platted. "The Fulton CountyAtlas" of 1871 gives August 16,1836, while Chapman in his "History of Fulton Co." (1879) gives August 16,1837. Both agree that Moses Hall and Benjamin Foster laid out the original town of 84 lots plus the Public Square. In 1837, Peter Pumyea and Richard Davis added the first addition to the original plat - a duplication of the original. Both plats were surveyed by Jonas Rawalt, who lived in Orion Township. The town was first called Utica, but since there was already a town of that name in Illinois, Fairview was selected as the new name. There are two conjectures about the name: one, that it was chosen by Richard Foster who lived near Fairview, Ohio; the other, that the name derived from the open prairie to the east, as the name was spelled Fair View as late as 1878. Fairview remained an unincorporated area until February 24, 1859, when a special charter was granted. On July 2, 1900, the village was reorganized, and a charter was issued by the Secretary of State on April 29, 1902. In the original plat four corner lots were set aside for church purposes for the Methodists. Baptists. Presbyterians, and Episcopalians. In the addition to the town, Peter Pumyea made a gift to the Reformed Church of the land, where the present church and chapel stand.
The "Leaf" was the first monthly newspaper to be published in Fairview, beginning in October 1875 and continuing until May 1876. The subscription price was 25c per year. From October 21,1876, to June 1878, the paper was known as the "Saturday Leaf." The "Fair View Record," the second paper, began publication June 29,1878, with W. S. Hunter as editor. The following owners of businesses or trades are listed by the "Fair View Record" of September 7, 1878: J. E. Bower, Clothing and Dry Goods; H. F. Hillpot, Clothing and Dry Goods; A. Voorhees, Grocer and Druggist; J. Newt Suydam, Druggist and Postmaster; C. Wyckoff, Hardware and Implements; J. Spiss, Stoves and Tinsmith; Joseph Cook, Furniture, Coffins, and Pumps; Theodore Pumyea, Sash, Doors, Blinds and Lumber; P. Berger, Flour Mills; Jacob Cyphers, Confectionery and Cigars; Allen Keefauver, Barber and Confectioner; Herder and Pfeiffer, Carriage Makers; U. W. Cyphers, Saddle and Harness Maker; George Lewis, Hotel; S. B. Bennett and J. D. Curtis, Physicians; Mrs. L. W. Davis and Mrs. Lina Cyphers, Milliners; Miss Anna Wyckoff, Mrs. H. Belue, and Mrs. H. M. Neefus,Dressmakers; Little and Stines, J. Van Nortwlck, and J. S. Moore, Carpenters; H. Belue, J. Sosey, and P.Griggs, Shoemakers; Charles Cyphers, Painter; R. F.Hilipot, W. Rockafellow, Charles Suydam, and J. Roberts, Blacksmiths; H. V. Lowe, Brick Mason; S.V. Robinson, Justice of the Peace; and Joseph Wyckoff, Mail Carrier. The next paper was the "Fairview Bee," established by F. B. Phillips on January 3, 1883. Mr.E. E. Whitehead bought the paper later in the year and continued its publication until at least May 20, 1909, which is the last available issue. Other papers were the "Fairview Eagle," the "Fairview Dispatch" and the "Graphic." The "Graphic" was printed by the "London Times." The first issue was November 16, 1933, and it continued until 1951, later copies being published in Avon. ******************************
The eldest son of Richard Addis (spoken of in the history of Canton, whose name was also Richard), lived for many years in Fairview tp., then only a wilderness, and induced his cousin, Peter Pumyea, through correspondence, to visit this State in 1835. This year was the beginning of the great internal-improvement system of the State and at a time when speculation ran rife, and also a year when the cholera prevailed. Then many persons were almost at the point of death from an imaginary contact, but being assured that the supposed infectious party had no real cholera, were almost immediately restored to health. Nevertheless the fever of speculation seized Mr. Pumyea, and he was induced to sell out and move West. In the spring of 1836, with four good teams and well filled wagons, started for Illinois, and after nearly two months of arduous travel arrived in Fulton County, where he purchased of S. Dyer the property long occupied by himself and family as the homestead farm. Upon this place at that time was erected a double staked and ridered cabin, one of the largest size and deemed by many of that day an extravagant mansion; and upon its being raised two logs all around to meet the requirements of the family and visitants, enabling a person to stand erect, the exclamation went forth that "Peter Pumyea was too proud for this country." And when he added improvements on the farm, among them a "horse rake," it was regarded as a great innovation. The early preachers would discourse valiantly upon the evils of pride, even to the exent that superfluous buttons upon the tails of coats could and should be dispensed with. This sort of preaching, however, soon proved to be unpopular and behind the age of progress and a better state of civilization. Too, all persons not in full sympathy with the dominant sect were styled " Campbellites." They were also often dubbed "Blue-bellied Yankees." Through repeated correspondence with their friends in the East, although letter postage was then 25 cents, a desire was awakened in many to better their condition by coming West. To take advantage of the circumstances of that time, when immigration was large, Moses Hall and Benjamin Foster put their lands upon the market, by conceiving and coalescing with others in the laying out of a town. Accordingly in the year 1837 they laid out the original town of Fairview, which was added to upon the west by Peter Pumyea and Richard Davis. . Jonas Rawalt did the surveying. The town was first called Utica, but as there was already a town by that name in the County, its name was changed to Fairview. The survey of the town was made by Jonas Rawalt, who now resides in Orion tp. The town was started and the way was thus opened and every inducement given to mechanics and tradesmen to locate here. Lots were set apart for certain religions sects to occupy, and as Rev. A. D. Wilson was sent out in the year 1837 as a missionary in the interest of the Reformed Dutch Church, it secured a verv nice location. In order to meet the anticipated growth that was expected to follow the founding of the Church, Rev. Wilson and Peter Pumyea were selected to go back East and solicit donations, and we find a credit upon Mr. Pumyea's book of $440 collected by him, mostly in small amounts; and through the strenuous efforts of Cornelius Wyckoff, sr., John G. Voorhees, Richard Davis, Rev. Wilson and many others, the plan of a building was carried out sufficient to meet every future contingency as to increase of population. For a time the influx of immigration was considerable, and prior to the time of the era of railroads, Fairview was as good a business point as any town in the County. It then had several pork-packing establishments, and many stores and grain warehouses, which have long since been but little used ; and what was once an incentive to capitalists to encourage and promote has long since lost its charms. Many claimed that this was the result of the selfishness of certain would-be aspirants and tenacity of some to hold and keep the offices and the Church ascendancy, and arrogating to themselves the embodiment of all good. That the preponderance of influence has been derogatory to railroads, is true, as it would necessitate a change of population and sentiment, and, as is claimed that many asserted, "its corrupting influence;" thus counteracting and overbalancing the zeal and energy of those who made every effort to obtain a railroad, and avert the present situation. But a better feeling now prevails, and Fairview will soon have a railroad, thereby opening up a way for capital and enterprise to come in and assist those already here in developing the resources, and opening up the vast mines of coal underlying this entire section. While for a time the "Jersey element" was regarded with considerable jealousy and suspicion, and on the principle that " like begets like," the drawing of one imaginary State line would tighten that of another, and consequently there was for a time very little interchange of opinion and sentiment. Yet we find that as early as 1838 the "Jersey element" is recognized by the township choosing Richard Davis, Elijah Morton, Moses C. Johnson, Jonathan Markley, and Asa Shreeves School Trustees, and Peter Pumyea Treasurer. The latter retained the treasurership and other town offices until his death in 1850. We find upon a school schedule a certificate by Joshua Cooper for two sessions in the year 1838, the following families represented in the Richard Addis neighborhood, viz: northeast of Fairview village—Foster, Leeker, Davis, Tipton, Williamson, Addis, and Martin. The teacher received for his services $13.95. In 1840 we find added to the above list Barlow, Denison, Hickman, Romine and Kelsey. In the Fairview District taught by Abraham Gulick there are represented in 1839, the following families : Groenendyke, Martin, Vorhees, Wilson, Wyckoff, Davis, Gilmore, Prumyea[Pumyea?], Darland, Hegeman and Polhemus. School commenced April 8, and ended Saturday, June 14, 1839, and the amount paid teacher was $28.91. We find that the school in the west neighborhood, taught by Reuben F. Markham, commenced Dec. 7, 1840, and was closed April 22, 1841. There were five families sending children to this school: Therman, Hughbanks, Cope, Johnson and Green, and at $2 per scholar. The teacher's services amounted to $24.25, and the teacher's certificate was certified to by Edward Therman and Jacob Shellenherger, "employers." In the Swegle district school, taught by Richard M. Jones, beginning July 23, 1838, the following families were represented: James, Swegle, Overman, Gray, Burnett, Drum, Shreeves, Johnson, Flowers, Dunn and Smith. The sum of $19 was paid for the services of the teacher during the quarter. In the Fairview Academy taught by S. S. Cornwell, we find the following persons in attendance : Suydam, Voorhees, Davis, Martin, Sweeney, Pumyea, Gray,Van Arsdale, Foster, Ward, Davis, Lamb, Wilson, Gilmore, Rockafellow, Mummerst, Foster, Ward, Sweeny, Teethworth, Hegeman, Voorhees, Darling, Wyckoff, Polhemus, Hickman and Addis. During the next term added to these were Gafney, Laturrette, Young, Weaver and Berger. A certificate was made out as due from each scholar the sum of $2, and signed by G. Groenendyke, Benj. Darling and Simon B. Suydam, Directors. Almost all of these names have become familiar over the County. The younger people have grown up any are to-day classed among the best and wealthiest people of the County. Henry B. Evans kept the first store in the town. The first death that occurred was a child by the name of Hegeman. The town is beautifully situated. ********************* Simon Addis will. see notes under Simon Addis ...Item I give Will and bequeth unto Peter Pumyea son of my late Daughter Sarah (dec'd) wife of the late Peter Pumyea (dec'd) and to his heirs and assigns forever Five Hundred Dollars and also a Note of nearly Five Hundred Dollars with the interest accruing thereon which I hold against the said late Peter Pumyea dec'd... ... --The aforesaid Bonds and Notes which I hold against John and the Late Daniel, Richard and Peter Pumyea and that of David Nevius shall not be Subject to ?_____? In the settlement of my estate by my Executors hereinafter named.... ...Item I give Will and gequesth unto my heirs hereinafter specified the residue of my Property to be divided in the following manner Vix into five shares equally ...Third-I give one equal share unto Peter Pumyea Son of my late Daughter Sarah (dec'd) and to his heirs and assigns forever. ******** Subject: Re: 1890 Biography of Peter PUMYEA Date: 4/8/2004 6:28:47 AM Eastern Standard Time From: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply To: To: email@example.com, MomElefant@aol.com
I believe this Peter Pumyea married to Catherine Stryker might be the son of Peter Pumyea and Sarah Addis but the bio didn't mention his parents, so I am not sure. But with the mention of a Richard Addis being a relative makes me think it is possible. I also have Stryker's in the files but not a Catherine so don't know if she fits in or not. I looked in the few cemetery books that I have and only found mention of a Luther Pumyea and daughter Flora who married Charles Walker. The books I checker were Greenwood Cem. Vol. 15 & 16; White Chapel Vol. 19; Murphy-Sedgwick Vol 1; and Walnut, Orendorff etc. Vol 1. Danni ----- Original Message ----- From: Alice Imig Stipak To: MomElefant@aol.com Cc: Danni Hopkins Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2004 10:58 AM Subject: 1890 Biography of Peter PUMYEA
Hi Barbara (and Danni being copied),
It's been a long time, but I have not forgotten you, and wanted to send you this 1890 biography of Peter PUMYEA (see below) that my research friend Karen sent me.
First, I will insert your old email to me to refresh your memory on our previous correspondence: --- Peter (Pomyea) Pumyea and his wife Catherine Ann Sarah Stryker were also instrumental in the founding of the church in Fairview. Would you look them up and let me know what information you have on this family. Thank you Barbara Venedam Pumyea
Peter (Pomyea) Pumyea and wife Catherine Ann Sarah Stryker were among the founding fathers of the Fairview Church. Do you have anything in the records Baptismal, Marriage or death for any of this family. Also what Cemetery would they be buried in. We have a total of 6 children born between 1820 and 1836. Thank you Barbara Pumyea --- Barbara, I recently posted my scan of the 1871 plat map of Fairview township at: (all one line) If you look at Section 35, you will see Peter PUMYEA's nice farm!
Yesterday I posted the 1890 biography of Peter PUMYEA on our Fulton County, Illinois "P" 1890 bios page, at: (all one line) I have also pasted the same bio into the bottom of this email for you.
Here is note from Danni, a Pumyea descendant (right, Danni?), regarding the bio. Perhaps you could help Danni, and maybe vice versa, learn more about this family. (I would appreciate being copied on any email containing info about these Fulton County families that you don't mind sharing with me): --- from Danni Hopkins
Karen, Thanks for the Pumyea bio. I think this might lead to some information I am missing on the Addis and Pumyea lines. Sarah Addis married Peter Pumyea and they had a son Peter. Sarah's brother was Richard ( which this bio mentions Richard relative of Peter Pumyea) and I can find nothing on him other than he had a son Dean. Now onto some more digging. Danni Monn Hopkins --- Barbara, I do have more Fairview/Fulton County info which may be of interest to you, it just takes time to share it all, so please stay tuned over the coming months. Also, please visit our Fulton County website once in a while at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilfulton If you search on "Pumyea" or "Pumea/Pomyea" using our website search engine, you will find new things of interest once in a while.
Let's keep in touch, Barbara. I hope all is well with you and yours in this lovely new springtime.
Sincerely, Alice in California ------------------
The 1890 Biography of Peter PUMYEA
This biography is from pages 807, 808, & 811 of the "The Portrait and Biographical Album of Fulton County," Biographical Publishing County, Chicago, 1890, and is transcribed in full by Karen CRANE Goggin
PETER PUMYEA, of French and Holland-Dutch descent, was born in Somerset County, N. J., in 1799, and married Catherine Stryker, who raised the first Independent Company of Troopers in the State of New Jersey, of which he was chosen Captain. He was commissioned directly by Gen. Washington to serve in the Revolutionary War, and although justly entitled to a pension for wounds received in the service, looked upon it as a disgrace to apply for one, feeling that he had only done what every patriot should freely do for his country. The family of Mr. Pumyea included the following eight children: Simon P., John S., Nelson De Witt, Luther, Theodore, Sarah Ellen, Lydia Ann and Sarah Ellen (after the first died). Thinking the West would offer greater advantages for his family, Mr. Pumyea started on a tour of inspection in company with a friend. Although the time of their visit was the year of the cholera plague (1835), yet Illinois lands were being boomed by speculators and prices were high, considering the few improvements the country offered, being netted over with laid out lines of railroads, and none completed, but a large debt incurred. Chicago, then a little village and Government fort called Dearborn, with other towns, felt the effect of these enterprises and consequently choice lots in Chicago advanced to $600 or $700 each. It was not uncommon to hear groans and curses from the various visitors, who would pass the nights on the floors of the taverns; these exclamations were called forth by chagrin at the inability of their wallets to respond to the prices of property. Prior to the arrival of Mr. Pumyea in Fulton County, Mrs. Gould, a relative of his, had lost a child in the great tornado which swept over the village of Canton on its route to New Brunswick and the Atlantic Ocean. Prior to this, Richard Addis, a relative who had been in the country many years, succumbed to the malaria incident to a new land, died and was buried in the brush or barrens near Canton. The district was afterward used as farming land and is now a part of the city. His grave to many is unknown. Notwithstanding obstacles and hardships, Mr. Pumyea determined to make Fulton County his permanent home, being convinced that Illinois, in advantages offered the farmer, was superior to the partially exhausted soil of the East. Leaving their Eastern home, the family of our subject drove through on the National Turnpike, plunging into sloughs and unworked roads, after six weeks of arduous travel reached Fulton County. They passed through the Grand Prairie (not inappropriately so called) near Danville, Illinois, and Abram Teathworth, who with his wife accompanied the Pumyea family, exclaimed upon seeing the vast extent of prairie, "Mr. Pumyea, Mr. Pumyea, do stop here!" To those whose eyes had for weeks wearied of the timber country, the prairie, which reached far as eye could scan, was a pleasant sight. However, having arranged to settle in Fulton County, they concluded it was best to proceed thither. In June, 1836, a settlement was made on sections 34, 8 north and 3, on the Indian trail, (on which land as a guide, was a large elm tree, seen many miles), between Farmington and Ellisville. The improvements consisted of a few acres fenced and a double cabin, purchased of Samuel Dyer, who occupied it. Afterward this cabin was enlarged, for the continued influx of visitors rendered the additional accommodations necessary. These numerous speculators and immigrants always found Catherine Pumyea an obliging hostess, never tiring in entertaining visitors, and in Peter Pumyea they found a genial host, kind-hearted and hospitable. Many cherish in fond recollection the memory of those pioneer days, and the warm-hearted Mr. Pumyea and his estimable wife will live long in the hearts of their grateful fellow-men. In 1836-37, Moses Hall and Benjamin Foster having laid out a forty-acre tract in town lots, Peter Pumyea and Richard Davis conceived the plan of adding thereto by the purchase of an addition, which they laid out and named Utica; but finding another town by that name, they changed it to Fairview. The first schoolhouse in the town was a log cabin with puncheon floors, and slab seats, without backs. The teachers were almost always efficient instructors and disciplinarians, and used ferules and long switches to command respect and obedience. After the town was started every effort was used to induce mechanics and merchants to locate here; lots were set apart for religious sects, and the Rev. A. D. Wilson was sent as a missionary. He arrived here October 3, 1837, and on the 16th of that month the Reformed Dutch Church was organized with eight members. Mr. Wilson volunteered his services as pastor, and immediately after his arrival the congregation united in the determination to erect a church edifice. The pastor and our subject were sent East and returned with a large donation, which they had solicited in small amounts from their friends in New Jersey. This donation, together with that received from many prominent citizens in Fulton County, enabled them to erect a large structure on the beautiful square of ground donated by Peter Pumyea for that purpose, in anticipation of a large influx of emigration. It is through the efforts of Peter Pumyea and a few others that Fairview owes its present influential position among the towns of Fulton County. Mr. Pumyea enjoyed the esteem of his many acquaintances during his life, and at his death was sincerely mourned. He passed from the scenes of earth January 22, 1851, at the age of fifty years. His estimable wife survived him many years, and died February 5, 1884, at the age of eighty-four years. For further reference to the family history see sketch of Theodore Pumyea on another page of this volume. ____________________________________________________________ Alice Imig Stipak ILFulton List Administrator and ILFulton County Coordinator http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilfulton/
More About Peter Pumyea IV: Baptism: Bet. 15 Aug - 15 Sep 1799, Reformed Dutch Church of Six Mile Run, New Jersey.585 Burial: Unknown, Fairview Cemetery, Fairview, Fulton County, Illinois. Census 1: 1840, Fulton County, Illinois. Census 2: 1840, North Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey.586 Census 3: 1850, Fairview, Fulton County, Illinois.587 Census 4: 1860, Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey.588 Emigration: 1840, From New Jersey to Illinois.. Land Record 1: 13 Jun 1840, Illinois Public Land Purchase Records Record.589 Land Record 2: 19 Jul 1836, Illinois Public Land Purchase Records Record.589 Land Record 3: 07 Oct 1836, Illinois Public Land Purchase Records Record.
More About Peter Pumyea IV and Catherine Ann Sarah Stryker: Marriage: Abt. 1818, Somerset County, New Jersey.
Children of Peter Pumyea IV and Catherine Ann Sarah Stryker are: