Marcius D. Raymond

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Marcius D. Raymond (April 8, 1833 – December 15, 1911) was an American publisher, writer, genealogist, editor and historian. A gifted speaker and historian, he also contributed frequently to a number of historical societies in New York and Connecticut.


Early life and ancestors[edit]

Marcius Dension Raymond was born on April 8, 1833 at Sherburne, Chenango County, New York and died on December 15, 1911 in Tarrytown, Westchester County, New York. Both he and his wife are buried in West Hill Cemetery in Sherburne, New York. He was the son of Alfred Raymond, Sr. and Sarah Gardiner.[1][2][3][4]

He was a grandson of Mabel Gray, the daughter of John Gray and Elizabeth Skeel;[5] and Newcomb Raymond,[6] the son of David Raymond and Bethia Newcomb-Gray. He was one of the Proprietors and Pioneers of Sherburne, New York and had served in the American Revolutionary War as a private from Connecticut. He was at the Battle of Brandywine, Valley Forge and at the Siege of Yorktown. Mabel and Newcomb were the parents of ten children.

Marcius wrote the following about his father: In his early manhood he taught school several winters, and with a good degree of success. He had marked literary taste, was fond of music, a lover of nature and of art, was possessed of fine feeling, and many engaging manly qualities. He held the offices of Town School Commissioner, and Justice of the Peace, for one term each; was an earnest patriot, a Whig, a Republican, and an upright, honored citizen.[2]

He was an 8th generation direct lineal descendant of Captain Richard Raymond, (1602–1692), and his wife, Julia (or Judith). He was born probably in Essex County, England and arrived in Salem, Massachusetts about 1629, possibly with a contingent led by the Rev. Francis Higginson. The first actual date given for Richard is on August 6, 1629 when he is on the list of the 30 founding members of the First Church (Congregational) of Salem. He was about 27 years old. He removed to Norwalk, October 20, 1662, and from there to Saybrook, 1664. He was later a founder of Norwich, Connecticut, and an "honored fore-father of Saybrook". He was a mariner and owner and captain of the ships "Black Eagle" and "Hopewell." He "did a coasting trade along Long Island sound from Saybrook, Connecticut as far south as Manhattan Island."[7]

Through his mother, he was a descendant of Lion Gardiner (1599–1663),[8] an early English settler and soldier in the New World, who founded the first English settlement in what became the state of New York. His legacy includes Gardiners Island which remains in the family and is the largest privately owned island in the United States.

Marriage and family[edit]

He married on September 19, 1855 at the First Congregational Church in Sherburne, New York, Elnora H. Purdy, born February 26, 1835 in Sherburne, New York and died on May 17, 1898 in Tarrytown, New York. She was the daughter of Stephen Purdy and Olive Nancy Crandall.[1][3][4] He married in 1900 in Tarrytown, New York, as her first husband, Miss Bertha Carpenter (1837–1911). There were no children from this marriage.

Marcius and Elnora were the parents of one child, Lizzie May Raymond,[9] who married Joseph Edward See of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He was the publisher and the owner of the Evening Journal, only daily paper published in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. He was the son of Leander See and Henrietta Ver Valen Force.[1][3]


He began his career in Clinton, New York working as a reporter on the local paper, the Clinton Courier Newspaper. He later became the editor and publisher of the newspaper. In 1859, he sold the newspapter and he left Clinton, New York and relocated to Tarrytown, New York where he was the owner and publisher of the Tarrytown Argus. He sold the paper in 1909 to Wallace Odell and George F. Van Tassel of The Tarrytown Daily News. He also served as postmaster of Tarrytown, New York from 1881 to 1885.

He died on December 15, 1911.

Selected list of works[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Hughes, 160
  2. ^ a b MDRaymond, 84
  3. ^ a b c Raymond, 15
  4. ^ a b SRaymond, 91
  5. ^ Clark, Edward S (1892). The Stephens Family, with Collateral Branches. Job Printers and Eletrotypers. p. 191. 
  6. ^ Newcomb Raymond at Find A Grave
  7. ^ Some of his cousins included John Lathrop Gray (1905–1982) (Harvard University, 1926; Harvard Law School, 1929) who married Nancy Harlan Work (1917 -1994). She was a granddaughter of Frances Work (1857–1947) and a cousin of the Hon. Frances Shand Kydd the mother of H.R.H. Diana, Princess of Wales; Gerald Warner Brace, an American novelist, writer, educator, sailor and boat builder; his son, noted biological anthropologist, Dr. C. Loring Brace IV; Mary Gray Peck, a graduate of Elmira College Class of 1889. Ms. Peck was a college professor, and later secretary and biographer of suffrage leader Carrie Chapman Catt; Emily Newell Blair, writer, suffragist, feminist, national Democratic Party political leader, and a founder of the League of Women Voters; George Bancroft, who was an American historian and statesman; Julia Gardiner Tyler, second wife of John Tyler, was First Lady of the United States; and Dr.John Franklin Gray, who was an American educator and physician a pioneer in the field of and the first practitioner of homoeopathy in the United States.
  8. ^ Gardiner, 124
  9. ^ Lizzie Raymond See at Find A Grave
  10. ^ "Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Dedication" (PDF). The New York Times. October 14, 1894. Retrieved August 18, 2009. 


  • Gardiner, Curtiss C. Lion Gardiner, and his descendants with Illustrations 1599–1890. St. Louis, Missouri : A.Whipple, publisher
  • Hughes, Thomas Patrick. American ancestry : giving name and descent, in the male line, of Americans whose ancestors settled in the United States previous to the Declaration of Independence, A.D. 1776.. Albany, N.Y. : Munsell, 1887–99.
  • Raymond, Marcius Denison. Gray genealogy : being a genealogical record and history of the descendants of John Gray, of Beverly, Mass., and also including sketches of other Gray families. New York: Higginson Book Company, 1887.
  • MD Raymond. Souvenir of the Sherburne Centennial Celebration and Dedication of Monument to the Proprietors and Early Settlers, held on Wednesday, June 21, 1893. New York: M.D. Raymond, 1892.
  • Raymond, Samuel. Genealogies of the Raymond families of New England, 1630-1 to 1886. With a historical sketch of some of the Raymonds of early times, their origin, etc. New York: Press of J.J. Little & Co., 1886.

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