Friday, November 6, 2015

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 97: #119 Tabitha (Randolph) Cutter (1752-1841)

Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I am extending this theme in 2015 to 104 Ancestors in 104 Weeks. Here is my ancestor biography for week #97:

Tabitha (Randolph) Cutter (1752-1841) is #119 on my Ahnentafel list, my 4th great-grandmother, who married #118 Stephen Cutter (1745-1823) in about 1768.

I am descended through:

* their daughter, #59 Sarah Cutter (1785-1878) who married #58 William Knapp (1775-1856) in 1804, 

*  their daughter, #29 Sarah G. Knapp (1818-????), who married #28 David Auble (1817-1894).  in 1844.
*  their son #14 Charles Auble (1849-1916), who married #15 Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952) in 1898.
*  their daughter #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) who married #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer in 1918.
*  their daughter, #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) in 1942.
*  their son, #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                   Tabitha Randolph[1,3]   
*  Alternate Name:   Tabitha Cutter[2,4-6]
*  Sex:                      Female   

*  Father:                 Samuel Fitz Randolph (1730-????)   
*  Mother:               Martha Gach (1729-????)   
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                   about 1752, Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, United States[2,4]
*  Baptism:              6 September 1761 (about age 9), Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, United States[3]
*  Affidavit:            8 November 1839 (about age 87), Affidavit of Tabitha Cutter in support of Abraham Johnson; Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[5]    
*  Affidavit:           30 June 1840 (about age 88), Affidavit of Tabitha Cutter in support of Mary Hadden; Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[6]   
*  Death:                26 November 1841 (about age 89), Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[2,4]   
*  Burial:               after 26 November 1841 (after about age 89), First Presbyterian Cemetery, Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[2,4]   
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

*  Spouse 1:           Stephen Cutter (1745-1823)   
*  Marriage 1:       about 1769 (about age 17) , Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[1]   
*  Child 1:             Phebe Cutter (1769-1839)   
*  Child 2:             Nancy Cutter (1771-1812)   
*  Child 3:             Stephen Cutter (1773-    )   
*  Child 4:             Mary Cutter (1775-    )   
*  Child 5:             Richard Cutter (1779-1820)   
*  Child 6:             William Whitmore Cutter (1781-1862)   
*  Child 7:             Hannah Cutter (1784-    )   
*  Child 8:             Sarah Cutter (1785-1878)   
*  Child 9:             Samuel Cutter (1787-    )   
*  Child 10:           Mary Cutter (1790-1870)   
*  Child 11:           Thomas Cutter (1793-1817)   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

Tabitha Randolph was born in about 1752 in Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey to Samuel and Martha (Gach) Fitz Randolph.  According to her gravestone, she was age 89 at death in 1841[2].

Tabitha Randolph was baptized 6 September 1761 in St. John Episcopal Church in Elizabeth, Union County, NJ, daughter of Samuel Randolph[3]. Her sister, Mary, and cousins (all from her mother's Gach/Gage family) were also baptized on the same date.

Stephen Cutter and Tabitha Randolph were married by Dr. Azel Roe, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey  before 1769, since their first child was born in 1771[1].  They had eleven children, all born between 1769 and 1793 in Woodbridge, where Stephen and Tabitha lived out their lives.  

In the Revolutionary War a party of British soldiers from Staten Island came up the creek in the night, and made Mr. Cutter a prisoner. He narrowly escaped being thrown overboard in the middle of the Sound, between the mainland and the island, for refusing to row.  The enemy found Mrs. Cutter an obstinate rebel.  Some soldiers entered her house and shamefully abused her.  They damaged her furniture and created disorder, and finally taking her dinner pot off the fire, strewed the contents over the floor.  This she never forgave.  She allowed no one afterwards to speak in favor of the English in her presence, without giving her sentiments and relating her experience with Englishmen, and with soldiers in particular[1].

Stephen Cutter's widow, Tabitha (Randolph) Cutter,  made an affidavit in 1840 in support of a Revolutionary War Pension for Abraham Johnson on 8 November 1839[5].  The affidavit says:

"Personally appeared before the Subscriber Tabitha Cutter widow of Stephen Cutter a Revolutionary Soldier who being duly sworn on her oath saith that during the Revolutionary War she was intimately acquainted with Abraham  Johnson. That said Johnson served continually during the whole war. He served part of the time under the command of Capt. Nathaniel Randolph. That in the years 1781 & 1782 said Abraham Johnson served under the command of Capt. Asher Randolph in the enlisted service. The deponent further saith that the said Johnson was wounded she thinks in the battle of Elizabethtown and was brot to her house while suffering under the effects of that wound.
Sworn and Subscribed this     }
8th day of Nov'r 1839 before }    Tabitha Cutter
Henry Silcock J.P.                  }"

She made another affidvait on 30 June 1840 in support of the Revolutionary War Pension application for Mary Hadden[6].  That affidavit says:

"On the thirtieth day of June 1840 personally appeared before me Ichabod Potter a Justice of the Peace … in and for said County,Tabitha Cutter a resident of the township of Woodbridge in said county, Aged near 87 years, who being duly sworn according to law, doth depose and say that she was well acquainted with Thomas Hadden late the husband of Mary Hadden, now a widow, whose Maiden Name was Mary Baker. That at the Commencement of the Revolutionary War in the year 1776 she resided with her husband at Woodbridge, instate of New Jersey, and that Thomas Hadden, the late husband of the said Mary, resided at the same place, that in the Month of June 1776 or near about that time, the particular day she has forgotten, there was companies raised for five months as she then was informed and that the said Thomas Hadden had enlisted in one of the companies, she then also understood that they were taken to Long Island, and she well recollects that the said Thomas Hadden was absent from Woodbridge until the return of the said troops or companies which was in the Month of November in said year.
Sworn and subscribed        }
this day and year aforesaid }              Tabitha Cutter
before me
Ichabod Potter Justice of the peace"

Tabitha Cutter died 26 November 1841 in Woodbridge, and is buried in the First Presbyterian Churchyard[2,4].  Stephen is in Section 1, plot number 4, the inscription says:

"Stephen Cutter June 20, 1823, in 76th year."  

Tabitha is in plot number 5, with the inscription of:

"Tabitha Cutter, wid. of Stephen Cutter, d. 26 Nov. 1841, in 89th year."


1. Dr. Benjamin Cutter, The History of the Cutter Family of New England  (Boston, Mass. : 1871), page 93, Stephen Cutter sketch.

2. Jane Devlin (transcriber), "Inscriptions, Cemetery of the First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge [Middlesex County], New Jersey," online database, Dunham-Wilcox-Trott-Kirk (, No. 5. Tabitha CUTTER, wid. of Stephen CUTTER, d. 26 Nov 1841, in 89th yr.

3. Florence Evelyn Pratt Youngs, "Records of St. John's Episcopal Church, Elizabeth, N.J. 1750-1873," FHL US/CAN Film 1019522, Item 2, Tabitha Randolph baptism entry, 1761.

4. Jim Tipton, indexed database, Find A Grave (, First Presbyterian Churchyard, Woodbridge, N.J., Tabitha Randolph Cutter memorial #147457921.

5. "Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files,"  online database with digital images, ( : accessed 12 December 2007), Pension File S.133552, New Jersey, Abraham Johnson Pension File, page 51, Affidavit of Tabitha Cutter, 1839.

6. "Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files,", Pension File R.4413, New Jersey, Mary Hadden Pension File, page 32, Affidavit of Tabitha Cutter, 1840.


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