V.291. Zacheus Maltbie, b. Aug. 19, 1774; bp. Sept. 18, 1774, at Norfolk, Conn. (Dan.4, Dan.3, Dan.2, Wm.1). He mar. April 5, 1797, Reunah Burchard, b. May 22, 1777. She was of New Marlborough, Mass.
Miss Lucy Ann Morton wrote: "Reunah Burchard was the daughter of David and Mercy Burchard. She had two brothers, Ezra and Amos Burchard." The 1790 Census. New Marlborough, Mass., has:
"David Burchard. 7 in family." David Burchard was a Rev. War soldier.
Miss Lucy Ann Morton, daughter of Mercy (6), remembers her grandfather, Zacheus, and grandmother, Reunah. She states:
"They came overland from Lee, Mass., to Groton City, N.Y., and had to clear the land to build, as it was all wooded land at that time. Mother" (Mercy Maltby) "was seven years old when they came from Massachusetts." (About 1807 when they went to Groton).
Returning to Massachusets.
In 1797, Zacheus bought land in Lee, Mass., and is described as of New Marlborough. In 1800 he is of Lee, Mass.
1802. Zacheus Maltby was appointed a fence viewer at Lee, Mass., March 1, 1802.
Elected constable and collector in 1805, 1806, Nov. 30.
In 1807. The town appointed a committee to settle with him, or choose a collector to suceed him.
Also in 1807, he and his wife Reunah, sell land in Lee to Amos Birchard of New Marlborough. It is evident they sold just prior to leaving for New York State, as in 1808, his "cattle mark" is record- ed for another person.
(Bk. 45, p. 317) In the "March 1, 1808, Deed. Amos Burchard of New Marlborough, hatter, purchased land of Zacheus Maltby, situated in Lee, Mass."
Zacheus Maltbie settled at Summer Hill, Cayuga Co., N.Y., and built himself a house that was quite complete for those days.
Miss Clara E. McGeer (Arietta Montgomery Wilson (7), Margaret(6), Zacheus (5), tried to obtain a photograph of the house, unsuccess- fully. Her decription follows:--
"The house, of which only a part of the original, is standing. Formerly there was quite a building in the rear but it has either blown or been torn down. It is one and a half stories high.
Some of the wall decorations are still to be seen, trees, birds, and pictures painted on the walls. (All are painted and not papered, you understand).
Last summer the great big fireplace was boarded up, but I re- member the old fashioned brick oven, and what was called a "recess" built off the living room. Margaret Ann Maltbie was born there."
Miss McGeer's father also remembers Zacheus Maltbie and says:
"He was a hatter, and used to trap for mink and muskrat which he made into fur hats by the old 'hand process'--people came from Auburn and other places to have him make their hats."
Melville Barry Smith (Reunah B. (7), Ezra (6), Zacheus (5), prior to his death, wrote:"Grandfather," (his great-grandfather, actually), "Zacheus Maltbie was a hat maker. I can just remember his showing me some hats he took off a shelf and telling me he made them."