Chester Molby, son of Jonathan Maltby & wife b. Dec. 8, 1788, in Washington Co., N.Y.** d. May 18, 1837, on his farm in the town of Van Buren m. Mar. 20, 1814 Sally Wigent, daughter of John wigent & Mary (or Marilla) ----- b. Nov. 2, 1795, probably at Marlborough, N.Y. d. July 3, 1846, in Reading, Michigan Children: - all born on the farm in the town of Van Buren Samuel Molby, b. Mar. 10, 1815; d. July 28, 1872; m. Orillas Delight Griffith (her family spelled it Griffeth). (See page 24.) John Molby, b. Apr. 14, 1817; d. Feb. 6, 1859; m. Clarissa E. Holcomb. (See page 31.) Benjamin Molby, b. July 27, 1819; d. June 1, 1880; m. Betsey Standley. (See page 41.) Susannah Molby, b. Nov. 7, 1821; d. May 15, 1891; m. Truman Hart. (See page 43.) Harriet Molby, b. Nov. 11, 1823; d. Apr. 17, 1887; m. Harrison Rouse. (See page 50.) Polly Molby, b. Mar. 16, 1826; d. Mar. 2, 1908; m. Atchison Tappan. (See page 53.) Lydia Molby, b. May 16, 1828; d. Nov. 21, 1896; m. 1st, M. Dewitt Skinner; m. 2nd, Ashabel Fox. (See page 55.) Loanna Molby, b. Oct. 2, 1830; d. June 11, 1911; m. Ruel Meigs. (See page 57.) Jane Molby, b. Apr. 10, 1833; d. May 21, 1833, in infancy. Probably buried on the farm. Daniel B. Molby, b. June 10, 1834; d. May 3, 1905; m. Sallie Rouse. (See page 60.)
Chester Molby was a farmer. He came as a boy or young man with his father from the East. On March 8, 1813, he bought 139 acres of land on lot 11 in the town of Camillus, now Van Buren, from William I. Vraden burgh for $750. He married soon after and raised a family but met an untimely death in the spring of 1837 by being thrown from his wagon when his team ran away. He was buried on his farm along with other members of the Maltby-Molby family. Later on many of the bodies were removed to nearby cemeteries, but Chester's body had so disintegrated that there was nothing left to remove so his stone was buried below plow depth and the ground leveled.
Chester's farm was on the East Dead Creek road, on the east side of the road, and only a few miles out of Baldwinsville, N.Y. After his death the farm was bought by Harrison Rouse who had married one of Ches ter's daughters and the farm became known for many years as the Harrison Rouse place.
1820 Camillus Census Chester Maltby reported as head of a household. 3 males under 10 a " - 26-45 1 female - 16-26
*Information from Sally Wigent Molby's Bible, now in the possession of Fred A Molby, Baldwin, Kansas.
**Birthplace is not known with certainty. Some of the deaths were not recorded in the old Bible.