Abraham Grover Updike

Abraham Grover UpdikeAbraham Grover Updike
b. 20 Dec 1800 (New Brunswick, New Jersey)
m. 20 Jan 1825 (Waterburg, Tompkins County, New York)
d. 24 Apr 1881 (Waterburg, Tompkins County, New York)

Jacob A Updike and Theodosia Grover

Abraham Updike (twin) and Jannetje Vandervoort "Jane"
John S Grover and Elizabeth Robbins
John's 2nd wife: Elizabeth Mace

Abraham Grover Updike
Mary Updike "Polly"
John R Updike
Jane Updike
Enoch Updike "Alexander"
Pierson Updike
Jacob C Updike
Elizabeth Updike
Eliza Updike

Aunts & Uncles:
Via Father:

Via Mother:
Joseph Grover ; Richard Grover ; Mary Grover ; Pearson Grover ; Mary Keen ; Eliza Grover ; Sylvanus Grover

Lorinda Hoos Hooper

Albert Updike
Albert's wife: Sarah Ester Brokaw
Van Rensselaer Updike
VanRensselaer's wife: Orvilla Townsend
Elijah Atwater Updike
Elija's wife: Orinda Landis Treman
Caroline S Updike
Caroline's husband: Edward S Rumsey
John H Updike
John's wife: Sarah Ann Coddington
Mary Jane Updike
Minerva Elmina Updike
Minerva's husband: James E Farr
Alvah N Updike
Alvah's wife: Nancy Scofield "Nettie"
Lorinda Georgiana Updike
Lorinda's husband: Elias James Easling
Grover Abraham Updike
Grover's wife: Emma L Easling
Mary Jane Updike "Jennie"
Mary Jane's husband: Charles W McNish
Edwin Laurence Updike "Edward"
Edward's wife: Maria Hegeman Onderdonk
Herman C Updike
Herman's wife: Ida Mae Osborn
Martha H Updike "Mattie"


Historical Info.:




Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land.

NEW YORK, 1889,

[Grandfather of Abraham Grover Updike]
(Son of John, p. 206; Son of Lawrence, p. 185; Son of Johannes, p. 154; Son of Louris, p. 136.)

Born 1752, died 1827; married Jane Vandervort; was a farmer in Montgomery, Somerset (now Princeton, Mercer), N. J., and in Enfield, Tompkins County, N. Y.

The descendants of the four brothers, Burgoon, Roliph, Abraham and Jacob, who moved together to Tompkins County, N. Y., all remember Abraham as a twin brother of Jacob, and a brother of Burgoon and Roliph; and he is remembered as a brother of William and Peter by the oldest living descendants in New Jersey.

The Family Record of a grandson of Jacob Updike shows "Abraham Updike died March 12, 1827, aged about 75 years. "Jane, wife of Abraham Updike, died Feb. 11, 1832, aged about 80." Jacob also is said to have died in 1827, thus fulfilling the popular belief that twins die in the same year.

The records of the old Dutch Church at Harlingen, Somerset Co., N. J., contain an entry of the baptism of a child named Maria in 1775 by " Abraham Opdyke and his wife Jane; " the only entry of the family name on the books of that church. In 1777 Abraham Updike saw the horse of his brother Burgoon in the possession of a Continental officer, and testified to that effect in 1782 when Burgoon made his claim upon the Government for its value.

In 1795 Abraham and John Jr. were witnesses for Jacob Updike of Montgomery township, Somerset, in buying a farm in Hunterdon County. These, and that in his father's will, are all the mentions which have been found of Abraham on the New Jersey records.

The date of the removal of Abraham and his brothers to the Lake Country is variously stated. A memorial notice of Abraham G. Updike, published in the Trumansburg Sentinel in 1881, says that Abraham G. was not a year old when his grandfather brought him from New Jersey; this would make the year 1800. A grandson of Jacob writes that Jacob and his twin brother Abraham moved together to Tompkins County in 1802. But the slight difference in date is unimportant.

Mr. Rensselaer Updike, of Schuyler County, N. Y., a great-grandson of Abraham, writes thus: "My great-grandfather Abraham, with his three sons Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, named after the old patriarchs, came from New Brunswick or, Trenton, N. J., in company with other Updikes, and all settled near each other in Tompkins County. The place was called the Updike Settlement. My great-grandfather died m 1827, the year in which I was born.

When the Updikes came in to this country, it was all a howling wilderness. They must have been of a religious cast, as the records show that they were among the first to build a church, which was of logs like their dwellings; the seats were made of slabs with holes bored for the legs. I remember going there in the days of my childhood, to meeting.

In regard to the characteristic traits of the old Updikes of this State, they ranked among the best of farmers, but were not aspiring for rank or position. In stature they were above the medium height, many of them over six feet; square and strongly built, with regular features; of a gleeful, mirthful, yet go-ahead disposition as a rule, moral and religious."

Mr. Samuel Updike of Grass Lake, Michigan, a grandson of Abraham, writes: "My grandfather Abraham and his two brothers, Jacob and Burgoon, In the Spring of 1802 when the four patriarch brothers, Burgoon, Roliph, Abraham and Jacob Updike, set out from New Jersey in teams and on horseback with their families, their flocks and their herds, for what was then known as the Far West, (soon to be followed by a fifth brother John Jr., and later by two sons of another brother Lawrence and a son of a seventh brother William, all to settle in Tompkins Co., N. Y.), the last covered wagon of the long procession brought a little grandson in his mother's arms, whom she had named ABRAHAM GROVER UPDIKE for his grandfathers.

The boy grew up on his father's farm in Enfield Township, Tompkins Co., N. Y., until 16 years of age, when he was bound out to learn the blacksmith trade with his uncle John Creque who owned the foundry of Trumansburg. He served his term until he was 21 years old, and then faced the world with only 75 cents in his pocket. But, with strong physical health, great muscular strength, a firm will, a trade that was worth a farm, temperate habits and upright principles, he had all the elements of success in a new country of the New World.

He opened a shop at Waterburg, N. Y., where he soon won the confidence and patronage of the public, and with strict economy laid up money. In 1825 he married Lorinda H. Hooper.

"And thus," says his obituary notice in the Trumansburg Sentinel, "with one of the most amiable and helpful women for a wife, with a vigorous constitution, with a host of friends, and with a good trade, the future, one would have said, must have been full of hopes, and the present joyous. But with all this, he was wise enough to see that life was not yet well begun. So he gave himself, his life, his talents and his best love, to God. For half a century, Christ abode in that household, husband and wife walked hand in hand with Jesus.
To his family he was loving, provident and exemplary; to the poor he was merciful; to his neighbors he was just and upright in all his dealings, and to himself and God he was true."

In 1835 he invested his savings in a farm of 175 acres two miles south of Waterburg, and there he spent the last 46 years of his life. He planted, built, improved and enlarged, until his home and farm grew to be among the best in Tompkins County, and all the while he supplied the wants of his large and growing family.

He was Master of the Trumansburg Lodge, and Ruling Elder of the Presbyterian Church in Trumansburg many years; was Supervisor of his Town during several terms; was President of the Garfield and Arthur Club of Waterburg. Was offered 'the nomination for Member of Assembly when his election would have been certain, as the County was largely Republican; but he declined, saying that his family was of more consequence to him than any office.

He gave each of his thirteen children $1,000 when they were 21 years of age, and they received $2,000 each at his death in 1881. All of these 13 children are living today, all married but the youngest, all highly respected and worthily sustaining the honor of their father's name.

Abraham G. measured 6 feet 1 inch in height, had coal-black hair, great strength and endurance, a fine personal appearance, and was always youthful-looking for his age.

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