Fifth Generation

70. Maritie "Mary" NORWOOD was born on 29 January 1757 in New Brunswick, Middlesex, NJ.547,548,549 She was baptized on 27 February 1757 in New Brunswick First Reformed Church, NJ.550 She lived patient of Moses Scott, MD in New Brunswick, Middlesex, NJ in 1790.551 Mary went to court to apply for a pension on 4 March 1831 in Utica, Oneida, New York552 She died on 21 January 1840 at the age of 82 in Utica, Oneida, New York.553,554,555 WAR DEPARTMENT; REVOLUTIONARY CLAIM:
I certify that, in conformity with the law of the United State, of the 4th of July 1836, third section, Mary Sickles, deceased, late of the State of New York, widow of Thomas Sickles, who was adjutant Deputy Quarter Master General in the War of the Revolution, was entitled to receive Four Hundred and Eighty Dollars per annum; but she having received only $320 per annum, and died on the 21st of January 1840, the amount due at the first mentioned rate, after deducting all former payments, is payable from the 4th of March 1831 to the day of her death to Cornelia, wife of John Arnold, William Sickles, Eliza, wife of John Williams, Lewis M Sickles, Richard Sickles and Mary Ann Sickles, children of said deceased.
Given at the War Office of the United States, this ninth day of July one thousand eight hundred and forty two, Secretary of War; Commissioner of Pensions

Maritie "Mary" NORWOOD and Thomas SICKLES III were married on 3 July 1777 in Mercer Co, NJ.556,557,558,559 Know all Men by these Presents, That We Thomas Sickles of Princeton and Robert Burchan of Burlington are held and firmly bound unto His Excellency William Livingston Esq Governor and Commander in Chief of New-Jersey, &c. in the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds, current lawful Money of New-Jersey, to be paid to the said William Livingston Esq Governor, &c. his Successors or Assign; for which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, and every of them, jointly and severally, firmly by these Presents: Sealed with our Seals, date the third Day of July Anno Domini One Thousand Seven Hundred and seventy seven.
The condition of this Obligation is such, That whereas there is a mutual Contract of Marriage between the sd Thomas Sickles of the one party, and Mary Norwood of the other Party, and the Parties have complied with the Terms prescribed in an Act of the General Assembly of New-Jersey, made in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Nineteen, entitled, An Act to prevent Clandestine Marriages. Now if it shall hereafter appear that the Certificates produced, or either of them have been fraudulent; or that either the aforesaid Thomas Sickles or the aforesaid Mary Norwood had not the Consent of their Parents, Guardians, or Persons under whose Care they were, signing the said Certificates; or that the said Thomas Sickles or the said Mary Norwood or either of them, had some lawful Let or impediment of Pre-contract, Afinity or Consanguinity, to hinder their being joined in the Holy Bands of Matrimony, and afterwards of living together as Man and Wife; then this Obligation to stand and remain in full Force and Virtue, otherwise to be void and of none Effect.
Thos. Sickels LS
Sealed and delivered in
the presence of Rob. Burchan
They556,557,558,559 appeared in the census in 1790 in Hoosick, Rensselaer, NY.560 They560 lived in Verlam Slack, Albany, NY on 20 July 1790.561 Thomas SICKLES III, son of Thomas SICKLES and Anna WEBLEY, was born on 14 February 1749 in Stoney Brook (Princeton), Mercer, NJ.562,563,564,565,566 He was a founding member of the Baptist church in 1772 in Waite's Corners, Rensselaer, NY.567 He served in the military officer in the Continental Army between 1775 and 1778 in New York.568,569,570 Pension Appl for Thomas Sickles:
I certify that early in the year 1776 Capt. Thomas Sickles, then an Officer in the Jersey line of the Army of the United States, was transferred from said line to the Quarter master General's Department, in the northern division of which I was at that time principal. That he there served under me as an Assistant Quarter Mastr Genl until the appointment of Colonel Pikering as Qur Masr General; which I think was in October 1780: when he was stationed at Fishkill, then annexed to the eastern division; where I think he continued
to serve to the close of the war of the revolution. My papers of that period having been subsequently destroyed by the burning of my dwelling house I can speak only from memory. Given under my hand this 24th day of Novemr 1836 Morgan Lewis Thomas was commissioned on 29 December 1775 Ensign, 1st New Jersey569,571 In 1781 he was a merchant in Albany, Albany, NY.572 He Advert to recapture Negroes on 22 December 1783 in Albany, Albany, NY.573 Thomas was elected as representative to the State Legislature in 1787 in Rensselaer Co, NY.574 He served in the military in 1788 in Rensselaer Co, NY.575 He was elected as a county supervisor on 4 March 1789 in Hoosick, Rensselaer, NY.576,577 Between 1789 and 1800 Thomas was a licensed landlord in Rensselaer Co, NY.511 He owned acquired 1000 acres on 5 June 1790 in Montgomery Co, NY.578 He was commissioned on 6 April 1792 Lt Col Commandant of the militia579 The People of the State of New-York, By the Grace of God, Free and Independent:
We, reposing especial truth and confidence, as well in your patriotism, conduct and loyalty, as in your valour and readiness to do us good and faithful service, HAVE appointed and constituted, and by these present, DO appoint and constitute you the said Thomas Sickles Lieutenant Colonel Commandant of a Regiment of Militia in the County of Rensselaer:
YOU are, therefore, to take the said Regiment into your charge and care as Lieut. Colonl. Commandt, thereof and duly exercise the Officers and Soldiers of that Regiment in arms, who are hereby commanded to obey you as their Lieut. Col. Commandant and you are also to observe and follow such orders and directions, as you shall from time to time receive from our General and Commander in Chief of the Militia of our said State, or any other your superior Officer, according to the Rules and Discipline of War, in pursuance of the trust reposed in you; and for so doing, this shall be your commission, for and during our good pleasure, to be signified by our Council of Appointment: IN TESTIMONY whereof, we have caused our seal for military commissions to be hereunto affixed. Witness our trusty and well-beloved GEORGE CLINTON, Esquire, Governor of the State of New-York, General and Commander in Chief of all the Militia, and Admiral of the Navy of the same, by and with the advice and consent of our said Council of Appointment, at our City of New York, the Sixth day of April in the year of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and Ninety two, and in the sixteenth year of our Independence.
Passed the Secretary's-Office. 13th April 1792 Thomas served in the military in 1792 in Rensselaer Co, NY.580 In 1792 he was a linen, wool and cotton mill owner in Hoosick, Rensselaer, NY.581 He died on 4 April 1811 at the age of 62.582,583 Thomas was buried in April 1811 in Old Herkimer City Cemetery, Herkimer County, NY.565 Hoosick Township Historical Society (
walloomsacmills.htm) Compiled by Gilbert E Wright in 1996:
While The Battle of Bennington was fought on a farm owned by John Green, the post-war history starts with Thomas Sickles, who owned a farm nearby and also owned the facilities for water power at the Walloomsac River. The water power was used to run a saw mill, a grist mill and a flour mill. This is reported to be in 1791 or 1792.
At the turn of the century, Thomas Sickles operated a cloth mill using either flax or linen or wool. Both flax and wool were readily available in the area at the time. It is believed that he was the first man in America to operate a loom with water power. It is also reported that he ran a cotton mill in 1812. (Questionable, because he died in 1811) With so many mills in the area there is little wonder why the community was known as Sickles Mills. When the Town of Hoosick was formed, Thomas Sickles became town supervisor and conducted the town's business at Sickles Mills. In 1830 the mill was sold to Seymour Gooding, who also ran a cotton mill.

History of the Davis Family, page 112: "His (Rev William Sickels) father Thomas Sickels was on the staff of Gen Morgan Lewis during the Revolutionary war with the rank of Major, was Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Rensselaer Co, NY and represented the county in the Legislature from 1787 to 1794."

The Annals of Albany, Joel Munsell, pub 1850, J Munsell, Albany Co, NY, page 196: 1782, Sept 9 - Thomas Sickels sold European and India goods on the south side of the street that leads from the Dutch to the English church (State Street).

Report on the Adirondack & State Land Surveys by Verplank Colvin, Weed Parsons & Co Printers,1884, page 52: ...All that certain tract of land situate in to the county of Herkimer on the north side of the Mohawk River...said tract of land called Jerseyfield, 1,061 chains to a tract of land granted to Thomas Sickels.

Cooperstown, NY, Cooperstown Federalist, 2 Feb 1811, Vol III, Issue 120, page 4:
Whereas Thomas Sickels, formerly of the county of Rensselaer, in the state of New-York, Esquire, by a certain indenture of mortgage, bearing date the first day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred, for securing the payment of two thousand four hundred and eighteen pounds, with the lawful interest to be paid thereon annually, did grant, bargain, sell, release, sense of and confirm unto William Cooper, Esquire, of Cooperstown, county of Otsego, and state aforesaid, All those lots of land situate in what is called Hillington Pattent, and are known and distinguished on a map thereof by lots number forty-seven, forty-eight, and one hundred acres off the west end of lot number eighty-six, and twenty-five acres off the south end of lot number eight-eight, including in the whole, five hundred and twenty-five acres of land, more or less, known by the name of Old Farm on Butternut Creek - reserving eighty-two acres therefrom in possession of Robert L Brown, ninety-two in possession of V. P. Van Rensselaer, and fifty-eight in possession of Pascal Franchot - And whereas default has been made in the payment of the said sum of money, and interest thereon, in the said indenture mentioned and secured to be paid - Notice is therefore hereby given, that by virtue of a power in the said indenture contained, and in pursuance of the statute in such case made and provided, the above described mortgaged premises, with the exception of the reservation above mentioned, will be sold at public auction at the office of Isaac Cooper, on the east side of Fair-street in Cooperstown, on Tuesday the 11th day of June next, at two o'clock in the afternoon of that day. R F Cooper, I Cooper Executors of the Estate of William Cooper Dated December 8th, 1810

Thomas Sickles, with his wife Mary, was a signator to the sale of property in New Brunswick, NJ from Hannah Norwood widow of Andrew Norwood, and his surviving children, to John Dennis, Jr., 20 July 1790. Copy of the Deed is in large file.

Maritie "Mary" NORWOOD and Thomas SICKLES III had the following children:



William Norwood SICKLES was baptized in 1778 at Dutch Reformed Church in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer, NY.584 He was born on 28 September 1778 in Albany, Albany, NY.584,585 He died on 26 May 1785 at the age of 6 in Albany, Albany, NY.586



Richard SICKLES was born on 9 July 1780 in Albany, Albany, NY.587,588 He was christened on 1 August 1780 in Albany, Albany, NY.588,589



John Brazier SICKLES was born on 25 August 1782 in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer, NY.590 He was baptized on 11 October 1782 in Albany, Albany, NY.591,592,593,594 He was buried in 1783 at Presbyterian Meeting House Cellar in Albany, Albany, NY.595 John died on 25 November 1783 at the age of 1 in Albany, Albany, NY.595



Thomas Andrew SICKLES was born on 3 September 1784 in New York.596 He was christened in New York.596



Cornelia SICKLES.



George Washington SICKLES was born on 1 November 1788 in New York.597 He died on 21 January 1816 at the age of 27 in Geneva, Ontario, NY.598 He was christened in New York.597



Elizabeth SICKLES.



Mary Ann SICKLES was born on 22 March 1793 in Schaghticoke, Albany, NY.599 She was baptized on 28 April 1793 at Dutch Reformed Church in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer, NY.600



William SICKLES.






Lewes Morgan SICKLES was born on 18 November 1800 in Butternutts, Renesselaer, NY.601
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