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Joseph RASEY, of Isle La Motte in 1790 [1791]
Ms. __?__
Note:  based on circumstantial evidence (i.e., on timing and geography), it seems likely that our subject may be Joseph RASEY II (1762-1832).  Not only do our subjects' kin cluster together in the northeastern counties of New York (viz., Essex, Clinton, Franklin, and St. Lawrences Cos.) their further descendants are found clustered in some adjacent counties in south-central Michigan (viz., Barry, Eaton, and Calhoun Cos.).
Husband:  Joseph RASEY
Birth:  ca. 1768

The average age at first marriage for a male is 23, so if Joseph made his first marriage in 1791, we would expect his birth to have been ca. 1768.

Marriage:  1791
Wife:  Ms. __?__
Birth:  ca. 1772
Death:  27 Oct 1845

The average age at first marriage for a female is 19, so if she made her first marriage in 1791, we would expect her birth to have been ca. 1772.

1.  James RASEY / RACEY / RACY, b. 24 Jan 1792 

Some secondary sources give James's birthplace as Isle La Motte, VT, while others give Champlain, Clinton Co., NY.  In the censuses, James gives his birthplace once as NY and twice as VT.  Given his father's location in the 1790 [1791] census, the VT location seems more likely.

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Geographical note:  Isle La Motte is the name of a village, in a town[ship] of the same name, on an island of the same name in Lake Champlain.  The mainland west of the island is in Clinton Co., NY, while the island itself and the mainland east of the island are in what is now Grand Isle Co., VT (n.b., Grand Isle Co. was formed in 1802 from Franklin Co., which was formed in 1792 from Chittenden Co.).  Note also that prior to Vermont statehood in 1791, New York claimed territory on both sides of Lake Champlain (i.e., both East and West shores).


1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1790 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #1 of 1; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen; the census on the VT side of the lake was actual enumerated in 1791, not 1790):¤
1790 [actually 1791] VT Chittenden [now Grand Isle] Co. Isle-Mott Roll M637_12 p. 168 Ln. 7 Joseph Rasey 1-0-0-0-0
These data indicate:
Gender and Type Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 free white male 16 or over in or bef. 1774 = Joseph
There are only 14 households in Isle-Mott (total population = 47).

3.  P. William Filby, ed.  2005.  Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s.  Gale Research, Farmington Hills, MI (online at Ancestry.com):-
Name: Joseph Rasey
Year: 1794
Place: Quebec
Source Code: 1112.16
Primary Immigrant: Rasey, Joseph
Annotation: Date and port of arrival or date and place of declaration of intention. Extracted from records at the National Archives of Canada at Ottawa. Other genealogical information is also provided.
Source Bibliography: CANADA, NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF. "Declarations of Aliens, Lower Canada, 1794-1811." In Across the Border (Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada). vol. 3:2 (Winter 1991), pp. 2-6.
Page: 6
Could this be our subject?  Could his emigration from the U.S. be the reason we do not find him again in the U.S. census?  We do know that at least one of his grandchildren returned to Quebec from NY and settled there permanently.  It would certainly be worth tracking down this complete record.

4.  Anon.  1891.  History of Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, Vermont.  D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY (online at HeritageQuest at Genealogy.com):
p. 656 In 1791 Isle La Motte was found to have sufficient population to warrant its organization and the election of its own town officers independ-
p. 657 ent of the proceedings of the proprietors under their charter rights.  On the 24th of March of that year the inhabitants met at the house of Nathaniel Wales, in pursuance of the customary warning, and elected officers for the year ensuing, as follows... tithingmen, Joseph Rasey...  During this same year was made the first census enumeration.  The count showed Isle La Motte to possess forty-seven souls; in 1800, nine years later, the population had increased to 135...

5.  Allen L. Stratton.  1984.  History, Town of Isle La Motte, Vermont.  Northlight Studio Press, Barre, VT.  Not seen, but cited by next source.

6.  David Kendall Martin.  1998.  "A 1790 Census Anomaly." NEHGR 152(January): 69-81.  

7.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  AF - Ancestral File (online at FamilySearch.org).

8.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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