Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Captain John Day

Capt. John Day b. 03 Feb 1774, d. 08 Oct 1827
John Day is my 4-greats grandfather.  He is the husband of Lydia Austin featured in my Tombstone Tuesday of two weeks ago.  John was a prominent early settler of Sheffield, Lorain County, Ohio, and is buried there in the Day Cemetery beside his wife Lydia (Austin) Day.  He was born in Sheffield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts to William Day and Rhoda (Hubbell) Day.  He married Lydia on 09 Sep 1794 in Sheffield, Lorain County, Ohio.  They had 12 children, and I am descended through his son James Day.

I first found mention of John Day in this book:
"A genealogical register of the descendants in the male line of Robert Day of Hartford, Conn., who died in the year 1648 : with a supplement giving descendants of Captain John Day, number 194, who moved to Sheffield, Ohio, in 1816" by Day, George E in "Oberlin, O., Press of the News Printing Company" (Repository: University of Wisconsin - Madison)
Day, George Edward. A Genealogical Register of the Descendants in the Male Line of Robert Day of Hartford, Conn., Who Died in the Year 1648 with a Supplement Giving Descendants of Captain John Day, Number 194, Who Moved to Sheffield, Ohio, in 1816. Northampton: J. & L. Metcalf, 1848. Print.
 My paternal grandmother had a copy of the book, but it was given to the Public Library in Yankton, Yankton County, South Dakota upon her death as I was not present to claim it.  I have since discovered that the book is available through Google Books, and I am working on getting a copy printed.

Another book mentions John Day as well:

"A Standard History of Lorain County, Ohio, Volume I" by George Frederick Wright in "THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY "
An Authentic Narrative of the Past, with Particular Attention to the Modern Era in the Commercial, Industrial, Civic and Social Development.
A Chronicle of the People, with Family Lineage and Memoirs.
I am also working on obtaining a copy of this book, as it mentions a couple of John's descendants as well.  This book mentions that John Day and partner(s) were engaged in ship building at Sheffield, but he was known as a ship captain before coming there to live.

Tombstone Tuesday – To participate in Tombstone Tuesday simply create a post which includes an image of a gravestone of one or more ancestors and it may also include a brief description of the image or the ancestor. This is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers