Source: Holland Land Office
Museum display, Batavia, NY
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Source: "Genealogical and Family
History of Western New York," ed. by William Richard Cutter, 1912, Vol. I, pp.
The text below is reprinted from
Genealogical and Family History of Western New York,
ed. by William Richard Cutter, 1912, Vol. I, pp. 1466-1467.
First generation: Welsh immigrants
The first of the name to settle in this country, were
Andrew and Ann Bye Ellicott, natives of Cullopton, in Wales,
The wife was a member of the Society of Friends, or "Quakers," as they
are more commonly called. For marrying Andrew, a non-member, she was disowned by
this people and the couple came to this country in 1731 They landed, with an infant
son in New York.
Having some means they bought land and settled upon it, but up to 1760 little is
known of their progress except that they lived in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, and
had four sons, the elder of whom was engaged in business.
These four sons of Andrew Ellicott were by name Nathaniel,
Joseph, Andrew, John. About 1770 they purchased a tract of land
on the Patapsco river in Maryland province, and built there the mills long known
by their name
Joseph, of this second generation, was a skilled mechanic and something of a scientist
in a practical way. He constructed a clock of much ingenuity, of astronomical character
and playing twenty-four tunes.
The sons of this Joseph, the first, were Joseph
(b. 1760), Andrew (b. 1754), Benjamin (b. 1765), David (b. 1756)
Andrew devoted himself to surveying, and was the man above referred to as
surveyor-general of the United States.
Benjamin was assistant to Joseph in the service of the Holland Company, an
association of merchants of Amsterdam, Holland, owning large tracts of land in New
York and Pennsylvania. He rose later to be judge in Genesee county, and as aforesaid
an M. C. David, youngest of this third generation. was a surveyor under Joseph,
for a time, then went south and disappeared.
The text below is reprinted from Patrick
Kavanagh's Letita Matilda
Ellicott Bliss, Andrew's daughter
Letita was the daughter of Andrew
who among many surveying accomplishments, finished laying out Washington, D. C. on
January 1, 1793.
Andrew Ellicott had been appointed a mathematics instructor to the Academy in
1814. He died in 1820 and is buried in the West Point Cemetery. His wife, Sarah,
Letita's mother, is buried in the Shelby, NY, Cemetery located just south of Medina,
In 1789, George Washington hires surveyor Andrew Ellicott to help fix
the southwestern boundary of the state, to settle ownership of the city of Erie.
Andrew is helped by his brothers Joseph and Benjamin.
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