Migration of Some Paddocks and Associated Families to Laporte County, Indiana & Berrien County, Michigan
From the study files of Richard Paddock
Added to the GenWeb on January 10, 2013

Thanks to Donna Nelson for help with information and corrections.
We are placing this valuable biography on both La Porte and Berrien sites due to the location of the connected families residence. 

In the 1830s, a line of Paddocks emigrated West from NY to what is now Galena Twp, Laporte CO, IN. I will pick up the movement West with David Paddock, who relocated from Dutchess CO, NY to Washington CO, NY after the Revolutionary War ended. Some anecdotes are included.
Settlement in Washington CO, NY was rapid after the Revolution, with many soldiers coming with their families to take advantage of the rich land, abundant game and waterways they had observed during their military service.
These settlers were mainly of English and Scots descent whose ancestors had first established themselves in the New England colonies.
This pattern of movement to newer lands was a theme for generations of these Paddocks as they moved out of RI to NY. Information about David's time in Washington CO is sketchy. It is known that three of his sons, Thomas, James SR, and David JR met and married three McCloughry sisters there.
The three would relocate to Onondaga CO, NY about 1805. Another of David's sons, Levi, also moved to Onondaga CO. Levi and James SR's son, James JR, would wind up in Laporte CO, IN. David, now a widower and blind, accompanied them to Onondaga CO and probably lived with a daughter there. Son James SR was a property owner in the Town of Camillus, Onondaga CO in 1825; a miller by trade, operating a grist mill on Dead Creek in Van Buren Twp. The mill never made money and James lost it due to financial troubles. In the 1960s, a road maintenance crew found the old mill stones half buried along a roadside. They were recovered and put on display in front of the Van Buren Twp headquarters building.

The War of 1812 was over. Large tracts of land were opening up in the West. Word was getting back to the East about virgin lands available at low cost. IN became a state in 1816; MI in 1837. By 1835, most of the government land had been sold. The Onondaga CO, NY area, including Van Buren Twp, must have been very prosperous for many settlers with the nearby Erie Canal - but not all. Some of these big families needed a lot of new land for the next generation and looked further West to achieve the dream of owning abundant land.

Many took advantage of what seemed to them to be an easy and inexpensive trip to the frontier, much of it taking place after the Erie Canal opened in 1825, allowing settlers from NY to reach MI by water and make the trek to Laporte CO, IN overland from Detroit on what would become known as the Chicago Road. The Chicago Road begins in downtown Detroit, just blocks from the Detroit River, and extends through southern MI to the MI/IN border South of New Buffalo. It was originally a network of centuries-old trails created by Native Americans. Over the years it had different names such as Sauk Trail and Michigan Avenue.

Three days after the first Erie Canal boat arrived in Buffalo, NY from the East, one boat loaded with 50 emigrants bound for MI arrived. A year later as many as 1200 emigrants "Seeking west" were delivered in one day. The Erie Canal had prompted the first great westward migration of American settlers. For a time, Northern IN, once a "bleak wilderness", became the most important part of the state.

The sense of adventure, romanticism and wanderlust affecting many decisions to go further West must have affected many of the Paddocks and their neighbors. (James Paddock JR's grandson, Wendell Paddock, wrote in a brief Paddock history that since a number of the old families in Galena Township were from the same vicinity of NY, he thought they might have left because of general unrest, and follow the leader.) James Paddock SR's business failure no doubt was a motivation to relocate. He was in his 50's by then and probably saw little future staying in Onondaga CO. Besides, some of his children were making plans to emigrate further West. He and Ann would be dependent on the children for support as they got older. So after 1830, several Paddock families packed for the trip west.
There are two versions of David Paddock's travels. One is that he went West to IL with his daughter, Phoebe, and her husband, Benjamin Weaver in 1833. The other is that In 1837 or 1838 he moved with his son William Don to Salem Twp, Kenosha CO, WI to be with William. The latter is probably correct, since David Paddock resided in Salem Twp  until his death in 1847, and is believed to be buried in the Liberty Corners Cemetery (His wife had died in 1808).

In Dec 2010, four generations of Paddocks gathered to observe the unveiling of a marker honoring David Paddock. The ceremony was held in Liberty Corners Cemetery with presentation of a bronze plaque recognizing his Revolutionary War service and for the first time providing a burial marker for him. Tradition says David Paddock was nicknamed “Blind David”, after gunpowder exploded in his face while fighting against the British at the second Battle of Saratoga in 1777. The burns blinded the then 24-year-old farmer, and veteran of numerous militia skirmishes up and down the Hudson Valley. His wounds didn’t diminish his reputation as a “Good fiddler.” About the same time as David's travels with his son William to Wisconsin, three of his sons, Levi, Matthew and James would head to Northern IN and IL.
James Paddock SR journeyed to Lockport, Will CO, IL with wife Ann (McCloughry), daughters Anna, Martha and son John Williams in 1836, where John Williams was the teacher of the first school. John was admitted to the bar in 1837 and practiced law. In June, 1853, John moved to Kankakee IL, then a small town, and in the fall of that year he relocated his family, sisters and parents James SR and Ann, to Kankakee. James and Ann are buried in the area.
Sometime between 1833 and 1835, James Paddock JR and his brother-in-law Julius C. Tappan, started west to IN. James's Grist mill operation had failed and times were tough for him in Onondaga CO, NY. The journey was made on the Erie canal and on foot. They were pleased with land they found in Laporte CO. Each man found a tract of land much "Like old York State" with hills, valleys, large trees and water and purchased same. They made improvements, clearing land and each built a log cabin.
James Paddock JR returned to NY, leaving Julius Tappan in charge of both new homes. He then brought his family (Wife and four sons, Irving, Steven, Albert and Morrison) out via the Erie Canal and a wagon driven by a yoke of oxen and two draft horses and arrived on the farm on August 17, 1835/6. Besides his own family were Matthew Paddock's wife Eleanor, Ami (Leanmi) Shead's wife Miranda and one child Candace. It was a long hard journey of from 4 to 6 weeks. Especially hard for the mother with four little boys, the eldest six, the youngest a baby. Hard for the father too being guide, teamster and caretaker.

A number of the pioneer families of Galena Twp came from the same vicinity in NY about the same time. Although people were neighbors though miles apart, some Paddocks intermarried with members of these families. I've been struck by the frequency of some surnames cropping up both in NY and in the IN area associated with the Paddock surname. Some of the associated families are Tappan, Ingersoll, Ware, Shead, and Goit. For example, there were three families who were in Mexico, Oswego CO, NY (Oswego CO borders Onondaga CO) by the end of the eighteenth century; the Wares, Goits, And Ingersolls. The Wares and the Goits had come to NY from VT.
Members of these families migrated to Northern IN. It's remarkable what hardships our early settlers had to endure, yet they just took the hardships in stride as they lived their lives. These families began to realize fully what a pioneer life in a dense forest meant. For the Paddock family, the horse team was sold and oxen used as they were considered best for logging and clearing stumps and roots. The land was heavily timbered with all kinds of trees. They had to be felled, chopped or sawed into logs, rolled into heaps and burned, mostly as there was little market for the sale of lumber, very little used for building then. Log houses had split logs for floors, stone and mud chimneys, homemade doors and trimmings, hinges and wood latches.

Typical handmade wood door latch. 

James Paddock, JR had married Charlotte Tappan in 1829, in Onondaga CO, NY. Her father was Stephen Tappan, a resident of NY. James and Charlotte were the parents of twelve children; eight sons and four daughters. Four were born in NY and the others on the farm in Galena Twp. Four sons, Irving, Harvey, Morrison, & Thomas served in the Civil War.

James Paddock Jr.
James Paddock, JR.


Charlotte (Tappan) Paddock

Their cabin stood back from the road and near Spring Creek where the spring crossed the road on section 13, Galena Twp. There was a spring near the cabin and the creek started from there. For years, this road was known as Paddock Road because of the several Paddock farms on it. Today it is Laporte CO Road 1000 N.
James lived out his life as a farmer and he and Charlotte survived to witness the changes of a half-century in the settlement of Laporte CO. For a time, he served as County Treasurer and Assessor.
In a brief history written in 1936, Wendell Paddock described his grandfather as a portly, jolly old gentleman, who always wore a plug hat, commonly much the worse for wear. He remembered his grandfather threw away his tobacco box after son Harvey came in one day with his face smeared with tobacco juice. He also remembered "Grandfather's fat stomach heaving with laughter as he told of killing a skunk with a sickle while cutting grain. He ended the story by saying, 'Zip, and it took me right in the face.'"

James Paddock's gold watch. Missing the crystal and second hand.

watch back
Back view: James Paddock's watch. Show middle initial as S

The children of James and Charlotte (Tappan) Paddock:
1. Irving Paddock.
Irving was born in Onondaga CO, NY 25 Sep 1830 and died 16 Aug 1913. He lived with his parents until he was 18, then learned the carpenter trade which he followed for ten years. After the Michigan Central RR was extended to Niles and New Buffalo in MI in 1851/2, Irving and brother Steven helped chop the right of way from Three Oaks to Galien in Berrien CO, MI. He lived in Galena Twp, Laporte CO, IN until 1862. He married Esther Ann Ware in New Buffalo, Dec 25 1859. Esther was born in Mexico, Oswego CO, N.Y., Sep 19 1838.
She was a daughter of Reuben and Esther (Goit) Ware, who were natives of Vermont. The couple settled on his farm in New Buffalo Twp, midway between New Buffalo and Three Oaks, Berrien CO, MI in 1862..

Esther Ann (Ware) Paddock

During the Civil War, he enlisted in Company F, Twenty-Fifth Michigan Infantry, as a private in 1863. He was made Sergeant, Second Lieutenant, First Lieutenant, and finally became Captain. He served until Jun 24 1865, and then was honorably discharged. On July 4, 1863, the same day that Lee retreated from Gettysburg, during the fight at Tebbs Bend (Also called Battle of Green River Bridge), Taylor CO, KY, between Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan's raiders and the Twenty-fifth Michigan, Irving was shot through the hips. (In a rare bit of irony, another Union soldier wounded there was discovered by a surgeon to be a sixteen-year-old girl whose name was Lizzie Compton. She had been wounded before at Fredericksburg and discharged, only to reenlist. Whenever she was found out or feared detection, she enrolled in a different regiment). During Sherman's Atlanta campaign, Irving was shot through the right arm, between the wrist and elbow. He participated in the Loudon, TN fight, Kingston, TN, and took part in the battles of Kennesaw Mountain and Buzzard's Roost in GA. He was engaged in the raid from Rocky Face, to Atlant, GA, and was often under fire.
Mortality from disease and infected wounds was high in hospitals, and hospitalization was often regarded as equivalent to a death sentence. Irving was lucky in that he was young and healthy and healed OK. He was mustered out of service at Salisbury, NC, Jun 24 1865, and was sent to the barracks in Jackson, MI in July, and soon returned to his farm halfway between New buffalo and Three Oaks in Berrien CO.

Irving Paddock; my GG Grandfather.


Sergeants of Company F, 25th MI Infantry. Irving Paddock is in the center. Probably taken in 1863. Irving was a Capt by war's end.

Green River Bridge Sign
Irving Paddock was wounded in this fight with Morgan's raiders.

Tebbs Bend
Michigan at Tebbs Bend

Irving Paddocks Affidavit

Civil War Hat
Irving Paddock's Civil War cap, held by my father, Richard Paddock.

Irving Paddock Horse brochure

Esther & Irving at home
Irving and Esther relaxing at home.

Irving stone
Irving & Esther Paddock's grave marker.

buried Forest Lawn Cemetery, Three Oaks, Michigan

Clarence Paddock family. L to R; Harvey standing behind Frank, Clarence (seated), Walter, Anna, Irving, and Lottie.

Clarence lived on his farm on the North side of US 12, across from his father Irving's farm between New Buffalo and Three Oaks, Berrien CO, MI. He married Anna C. Walters on 14 Jun 1885. Anna's parents were of German descent. Clarence and Anna had five children:

Anna (Walters) Paddock

1. Harvey Stanton Paddock, born 11 Jul 1886. He married Mary Fee Hutton 11 Aug 1910. Mary's Father emigrated from Scotland in 1864. Her Mother, Ellen Miller was from Delaware. She was a member of the Woman's Society of Christian Service. Harvey spent a great part of his life working for railroads as a switchman. Worked for different railroads and retired from the C&O Railroad in 1952. Lived in Denver, CO for a while (1918-1921) and long time resident of New Buffalo, MI, living at 403 Buffalo St. Member, Three Oaks Lodge 239 F.&A.M. Served as New Buffalo city clerk in the 1930s. Mary and Harvey had two sons, Russell and Richard (My Father).

Mary and Harvey
Mary and Harvey Paddock wedding picture.

Mary and Richard
Mary and son Russell while living in Denver, CO (Ca. 1919). My Father, Richard, was born Apr 4, 1920 in Denver.


Mary and Harvey cutting their anniversary cake in 1960; New Buffalo, MI.

62 years

Mary and Harvey Paddock 1962.

4 generations
Four Generations of Paddocks

Harvey Paddock at work in the New Buffalo railroad yard. He is on the right. His son Russell is second from left (Ca. 1940).

Harvey Paddock's former home in New Buffalo. Son Richard (My Father) pictured. Photo taken in 2000.

2. Walter Paddock Born 17 Jan 1888. He spent his life as a farmer and never married.
3. Irving Clarence Paddock Born 26 Nov 1891. He married Clara Bardelmeier. He served overseas in the infantry in WWI and was promoted to Corporal in 1919. He was in France until Mar 1919 and came back to the States on The SS "Leviathon".
4. Frank James Paddock born 30 Dec 1894 and died 31 Oct 1985. He married Frieda Grant. Employed as a bookkeeper, he was a long time employee of the Warren Featherbone Company in Three Oaks, having started in 1916. In WWI, Frank served in the US Army, 2d Military Police (MP) Company, 85th Infantry Division, Camp Custer, MI. In Mar 1918 he was in the 310 MP CO., Battle Creek, MI, Working out of City Hall. He was in Verdun, France in Oct 1918, assigned to 297 MP CO.

Frank Paddock in his WWI uniform.

Gov't issue .45 colt revolver carried by Frank Paddock

Frank Paddock in 1951.

Frank's place
Frank Paddock’s long time home in Three Oaks, MI. Picture taken in 2000.

Member of American Legion post # 204. Chairman of Boy Scouts finance committee. Member Masonic Lodge, Three Oaks NO. 239 F.&A.M. Following WWII, economics led to Warren deciding not to replace its outdated plant, and it relocated to Gainesville GA in 1956. Frank was the last employee to remain in Three Oaks after the company moved. In a sort of honorary position, he acted as office manager and Michigan representative for the firm, forwarded mail, handled local orders and telephone calls.
5. Charlotte (Aunt Lottie) Paddock was born 27 Nov 1899 and died Sep 1987. She never married. Until they required nursing care, Lottie and brother Walter would live out their lives in their father's (Clarence) old, unimproved farmhouse across the road (On the North side of present U.S. 12, midway between New Buffalo and Three Oaks) from Irving Paddock's former place. They used coal for heat and cooking and still had an outhouse.
2. Steven Tappan Paddock.
Stephen was born on 23 Jun 1831 and died 29 Jan 1890 in Onondaga CO, NY. Steven was married to Aurelia Butler on 8 Jan 1861. Shortly thereafter they moved into a log house on his farm, which was located two miles west and three quarters South of Three Oaks, Berrien CO, MI. They had four children; Bruce, Kelley, Wendell and Fleta.
Wendell Paddock described his father as the studious one of the family. He taught school for a time at Mt. Pleasant. Ed Teeter was one of his pupils. He learned the carpenter trade as an apprentice to Charles Francis, the Grandfather of Jessie Gertrude Francis, Wendell's wife.
a. Wendell Paddock married Jessie Gertrude Francis 24 Dec 1895. She was the daughter of Simeon Francis and held DAR ID Number 116371. (She was a cousin of John Charles Paddock's wife, Mary Abigail Francis). Wendell was a Professor of Horticulture at Colorado A&M University (Colorado State University), Fort Collins, CO. He was the author of "Fruit-Growing in Arid Regions: an Account of Approved Fruit-Growing Practices in the Inter-Mountain Country of the Western United States". He later taught at Ohio State University and became professor emeritus of horticulture. He was listed in Who's Who in America.

Wendell and Jesse cutting anniversary cake.

A granddaughter, Marcia Murphey, married singer Neil Diamond in Dec 1969. They had two children, both sons, Jesse and Micah. The couple divorced in 1994 amid much publicity. Marcia believed that the couple had irreconcilable differences. There were rumors of Neil Diamond's infidelity; moreover, he was famous for having one night stands and the media nearly always covered them. The divorce cost Diamond nearly $150 million; half of his fortune.
b. Bruce Paddock was born 18 Nov 1861, and married Ida Grover 30 Jan 1887. By 1920, Bruce and Ida were living with their son Floyd in Ames, Story CO, IA.
c. Kelley Butler Paddock was born 27 Aug 1863. A newspaper entry from June 17 1880 advised, "The second son of Mr. S.T. Paddock, of Three Oaks township, a bright, intelligent, young man, has been a sufferer for more than four months, taken first with congestion of the lungs, lingering until an abscess gathered in his side and finally broke. He is now improving slowly." He did not recover and died 30 Jul 1880. He was not married.
d. Fleta Paddock was born 20 Jul 1879 and died 24 Feb 1928. She married Hugh Potter Baker 27 Dec 1904. She held DAR ID Number 73412. Husband Hugh achieved notoriety as Professor of Forestry, Pennsylvania State College, Dean, New York State College of Forestry, Syracuse University, President, Massachusetts State College (Today's University of Massachusetts) from 1933 to 1950.

3. Albert Paddock was born in NY on 2 May 1833 and died on 16 Jul 1867. Lived with his parents until his death. He never married. While in his early twenties, he engaged in a wood chopping contest with two men of the neighborhood. He won but in so doing he taxed his strength to the extent that he became an invalid and died.
4. Morrison Paddock was born in NY on 22 Apr 1835 and died in 1915. Like his siblings, Uncle Mott, as he was called, was raised on the old family homestead in Galena twp and was taught log school house. He attended school there about three months during the year, and the remainder of the time was spent working on the farm, helping his Father clear the land and grow crops. During the Civil War, he enlisted in Company G, Ninth Illinois Cavalry, at Valparaiso, IN, Sep 10 1861. He was mustered in Oct 9, 1861 at Chicago IL and served for three years. His unit participated in the Arkansas and Nashville campaigns. He was mustered out of service at Selma, Alabama, 31 Oct 1865, sent to Springfield, IL, where he received final pay and discharge. He married Amanda Tuttle on 25 Apr 1866 and settled on his farm which was located a half mile east of his father's home on the South side of Paddock Road. They had two children; James and Anna.
5. Andrew Paddock was born in 20 Jul 1837 and died on 21 Jul 1906. He married Mary Ellen Ray in 1860. They had one child, a son Schuyler, born 6 Apr 1862. Mary died in 1863. Andrew married a second time 9 Feb 1865 to Elizabeth Butler, a sister of Steven Tappan Paddock's wife, Aurelia. They had three children, Ada, Sherman, and Bessie. His farm was about half a mile east of his father's home, on the north side of the road and across from Morrison Paddock.
6. Emily Adeline Paddock was born 12 Apr 1839 and died 8 Feb 1910. She married Edson Goit Ingersoll 20 Nov 1859. They lived on a farm near the south end of Three Oaks MI. Edson later bought the farm across the street, which had been owned by Dix Boeson. They had no children. She was an officer for a time in the Rebecca Dewey Chapter (Three Oaks) DAR.

7. Harvey Stanton Paddock was born on 22 Apr 1841. He enlisted in Company E 20th Indiana infantry and served four years. He was commissioned First Lieutenant. He married Clymena Rhodes in 1866 and died in 1915. Clymena died in 1903. They had no children. Their Farm was only a short distance east of James Paddock's farm, on the north side of the road. The Grapevine Restaurant, formerly the La Chateau, 5627 E 1000 N, was in Harvey Paddock's original barn.

Harvey Paddock's Barn.

Hand hewn beams inside the barn.

8. Thomas Paddock was born 14 Jan 1843 and died 5 Aug 1863. He enlisted in Company H 73rd regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry in 1862. He was made an invalid as a result of a forced march shortly after entering the army. He was sent home on April 8, 1863.
9. Ann E. Paddock was born in 1845 and passed away in 1870.
10. Lucetta was born in 1847, and died 11 Apr 1932 in Van Buren Twp, Onondaga CO, NY. She married Woodson Smith in 1872. They resided on James Paddock's farm where their two sons, Dennis and Kelley, were born. She was a member of the Posey Chapel M. E. Church and a member of the Three Oaks D.A.R.
11. John Charles Paddock was born 28 Jul 1851 and died 31 Jul 1916 in MT. He married Mary Abigail Francis 15 Sep 1877. Mary was born 29 Aug 1856 in La Porte, IN. (She was a cousin of Wendell Paddock's wife). Tradition says he moved further West because of poor health. They settled in the Wisdom area of Beaverhead CO, MT and took up ranching in the Big Hole Basin in 1884.
12. Malissa Paddock was born in 1848 and died in infancy.
Levi Paddock was born October 25, 1786 in Argyle, in present day Washington CO, NY, and died August 4, 1871 or 1873 in Laporte CO, IN. He married Miranda Munn in 1810. After moving to Onondaga CO, NY, Levi served as a private with the 159th (Hecox's) Regiment, NY Militia during the War of 1812. He was on a list of property owners in Van Buren Twp in 1825. Levi emigrated West, perhaps with Julius Ceasar Tappan and settled first in Laporte CO, IN, then in Three Oaks Twp before 1840. Later, he was supervisor of New Buffalo township in 1844-45. He subsequently returned to Indiana, where he died in Galena Twp. Both he and Miranda were buried in the Foster Cemetery.

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