Although Salem, Washington County, New York, was settled by a people who had formed a church group in Scotland, moved to Ireland, thence to Salem in a group, many of the settlers came from Connecticut. The traditions that come down to me through Chester's descendants might indicate that we came from one of the group led from Ireland by Thomas Clark. However, our idea that the first of our line in America came from Scotland may have come from the fact that the wife of Samuel, father of Jonathan, was Rebecca Foote, of Scottish origin. Some historians of Onondaga believed that Jonathan was a Connecticut man. His son Jacob's claim in the 1850 U.S. Census and in the New York State Census of 1855 that he was born in Connecticut, 1782, and the claims of his brothers William and Isaac that they were born in New York State seem to indicate that our family line stems from the "Emigrant" Englishman, William Maltbie, who settled at Branford near New Haven, Connecticut, about 1670. The family name is said to be of Norman origin.
William Maltbie was prominent in Branford for about 40 years. Many Maltbys in America have been traced to him as their ancestor. Mrs. Dorothy Maltby Verrill, a genealogist all her life, has compiled data concerning descendants of William which is now typed on more than 800 pages. Mrs. Verrill compiled the 435 page book mentioned in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. CXI, Oct., 1957, and Vol. CXII, Jan., 1958, (17 pages in all), - entitled - Maltby-Maltbie-Molby, by the late Dorothy Maltby Verrill of North Vancouver, B.C. It begins, "The first two generations of Maltby in New England were given at length in the Maltby-Maltbie Family History, published in 1916 by Birdsey L. Maltbie and compiled and edited by Dorothy Maltby Verrill. Consequently the present article begins only with records of the third generation." The article includes vital records of the third and fourth generations in America, and the names of children who were of the fifth generation in America, in so far as she was able to obtain data on these generations.
She was able to find much data on the family in England, and very complete data on the first several generations in the United States. This article was based upon her MS. of 800 or more pages now in my hands. When we have done what we can on making an index, it is to be placed in the Newberry Library at Chicago, and perhaps a second copy will be placed in the Kansas State Historical Library (and Museum) at Topeka, Kansas. Mrs. Verrill was born and reared in New Haven, Conn., b. May 16, 1877, married in 1906 and lived on the West Coast; d. at North Vancouver, B.C., July 15, 1957.
Mrs. Verrill was zealous in her belief that Jonathan Molby of Salem (or Hebron Town), N.Y., and of Camillus, Onondaga Co., N.Y., was a son of Samuel, Jr. (3rd gen.), grandson of "Captain" Samuel of the 2nd gen., great-grandson of William Maltbie, "Emigrant" from England. All these were of Branford, New Haven County, Connecticut. Samuel (2nd gen.) graduated in a class of two at Yale University, 1712. He was a teacher.
In as much as this is compiled by an amateur for amateurs, it is fitting that more information be made available here concerning the history of the Maltby family from which Jonathan (1751) Maltbie descended. Some fifty years ago there was a Maltby Association with its eyes turned toward Branford, Conn. Well known, prominent and well to do members, among them genealogists, paid dues, sponsored researches, employed professional services in England, and supplied their own American experts at home and in England. This led to publication of notes from many documented, authentic old records. (see ff. pages)