A response to a request for information. I have been investigating a lot of early Reuben Bumpus's. This fellow may have been closely related to the Reuben that was born in NY and was the father of a Samuel b. OH 1840. He may be the brother of Samuel's grandfather. There were two Bumpus families that seemed to move together for at least two and three generations and perpetuated two given named, Reuben and Fredrick of Frederick. As far as I can tell at this point, they moved from MA to Ct to NY and finally to OH in the early 1800's. Always in the same area within a few miles. They were farmers. I suspect this is our line but they are hard to get any information on.
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From: W. Wayne Miller
Sent: Sunday, January 12, 2003 7:47 AM
Subject: Reuben Bumpus Bio
The following was taken from Volume II of Clement Heverly's "Pioneer and Patriot Families of Bradford County, Pennsylvania" pages 103 and 104 of the 1994 reprint. Hope this is of help. However it appears that he was childless. Reuben Bumpus was born March 22, 1760 at Sharon, Conn. When a child he moved with his father, Edward Bumpus to Vermont.
At the age of 16 years in April, 1776, he enlisted at Hoosic, N. Y. in the company of Capt. Samuel Shaw, Col. Henry VanRensselaer's regiment of the New York line and served 5 1/2 months; he re-enlisted and served as follows:
April 20, 1777 for 6 months in Caleb Bentley's company of the former regiment; spring of 1778 for 4 months in Colonel Vroman's regiment of New York troops; summer of 1779 for 20 days in St. David Huston's company in the regiment of Colonel Van Rensselaer; also in the fall of 1779 served an additional enlistment of 2 months. He was a private during all his enlistments and participated in the battles of Bennington and Saratoga.
His brother-in-law, Russell Gibbs, having settled in Sheshequin, in 1800, he came also. The journey through the wilderness was made with a single horse, his wife riding and he on foot, carrying their goods as best they could between them. He remained in Sheshequin six years then removed to Burnpville. In the fall of 1806 he and Mr. Gibbs went hunting.
Coming to a spot shielded from the frosts in which the foliage and vegetation gave a bright verdure, when all around was dead, they decided to make the place their abode. They accordingly each purchased 50 acres at $3 per acre of Joseph Kingsbury, Mr. Gibbs turning in his Sheshequin possession on his and Mr. Bumpus working his payments out. They at first built a log house and lived together on the present Richard's farm. Later Mr. Bumpus built on the West side of the road on the Drake place. They cut a road through the windfall, running north and south, which has always remained as now traveled.
Mr. Bumpus was a great hunter and proverbally drew a long bow in reciting his exploits, as it always seemed to the settlers, which narrations received the appellation of' "Bumpus stories" and as such were remembered Iong afterwards. His gun, "old Saxon," carried an ounce ball and six buckshot.
The following is a sample of his narrations: "One day while hunting near the preasent Richard's barn hie saw a panther and raising his gun to shoot, he heard a noise behind him, looking around he saw six, an old one and her young. Knowing it would be death to him to kill one, he made a child's bargain -if they would let him alone, he would do the same by them. He walked slowly till out of sight then let no grass grow under his feet tiII safe at home."
Mr. Bumpus was a great conversationalist, a favorite with tile children and enjoyed reciting to them the adventures of his life. He was granted,a pension of $96 per year. His wife, Phoebe Gibbs, by whom he had no children died, 1836. He spent his last days with the family of Hiram Drake, where he died Nov. 8, 1849 in his 9Oth year. Both he and his wife are buried in the Bumpville Cemetery.