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Uriah "Ryer" Springstead

Place of Burial: West Fulton, Schoharie County, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Husband of Anna Springstead
Father of John Springstead; William Springstead (1810-1897); Uriah Springstead; Mason Springstead; Benjamin Springstead and 2 others

Occupation: War of 1812 Veteran
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About Uriah "Ryer" Springstead (b. 1788)

From the Springstead Family History on the Brown/Wheeler Family History page:


Uriah (Ryer) Springstead, the ancestor of the Schoharie branch, was, according to his pension declaration, born in 1788. It does not state where, but he enlisted for service in the 1812 War from Coeymans, Albany County. Mrs. Eleanor Turner, a descendant of Stephen and Abigail Terry Springstead, supplied more information on Uriah (Ryer) Springstead in 1984. The Bethlehem Reformed Church records show our Ryer was married to Anna Terry, a sister of Abigail Terry, on 11 Mar 1810, daughters of Phillip and Elizabeth Mason Terry.

To continue with Mr. Seaver’s account … you have a family tradition that Uriah’s father’s name was Uriah, that the father died when his son was very small. This, I think, is true. There was no Uriah mentioned in the 1790 Census. Your Uriah, according to U.S. pension records, was born in 1788. In 1790 he was a boy of two years old probably living with his Mother as members of some other family branch.

The Schermerhorn genealogy says Captain Daniel Schermerhorn, baptized 23 Mar 1745 at Kinderhook, N. Y. married Marie Vanderpool 4 Mar 1766 and that their daughter Polly married Ryer Springstead. The same genealogy page 223 says that the Dutch name “Ryer” is the same as “Uriah.” There was no Ryer Springstead in the 1790 Census. I know there was a Ryer in Coeymans before 1790. Hence, it would seem that it is safe to infer that this Polly Schermerhorn and Ryer, or Uriah, Springstead were the parents of your Uriah.

In the New York State early wills is recorded 25 Aug 1772 an administration of the estate of Casparis Springsteen in favor of his son Ryer of Albany County, Volume 31, page 472. This Casparis lived at Schodack Landing across the river from Coeymans in the new Rensselaer County which was then part of Albany County. This Casparis was born 1 Aug 1736 and died 25 Aug 1772. He was the eldest child of Ryer Springsteen … note the name “Uriah” again … who married Mary Turner 21 Nov 1735.

This Ryer was probably the son of Casper Springsteen, who was the first miller of Schenectady, arriving there as early as 1707. He had previously married Jannetje Schermerhorn in New York 28 Jul 1695. The name “Ryer” came into the Springstead family from the Schermerhorn family. Jannetje’s brother Ryer was a very important man in the early Schenectady colony.

From Schenectady, I believe the Schermerhorns and the Springsteads followed the Mohawk down to the Hudson and then down the Hudson settling in Schodack Landing and finally some of them crossed the river and lived in Coeymans. This seems the probable ancestry of your Uriah, but I have not sufficient proof of it to be absolutely certain. Uriah (Ryer) married Anna Terry, a sister of Abigail Terry who married Stephen Springstead. They were daughters of Phillip Terry, who married Elizabeth Mason. They lived in Swanzy, R. I. but about 1794 moved to Coeymans, Albany County.

I understand Ryer and Anna had six sons and one daughter: John, William, Uriah, Mason (named after grandmother Elizabeth Mason), Benjamin, Ira and Jane. John, William, Mason and Uriah came with the family from Coeymans to Schoharie County.

The following is what the U.S. pension records give concerning Ryer Springstead: Uriah Springstead was a very patriotic citizen. Not only did he volunteer his services when his country needed it in 1812, but he also paid his own expenses. His descendants may well feel proud of him.

Signed: H. A. Seaver

[He served under Captain Van Antwerp, marched to Black Rock and Sackets Harbor - Summer 1812]


NOTE: Mrs. Eleanor Turner, a member of the DAR, has been researching the Springstead family history and has added some interesting facts. From what she has added, I would think that Stephen and Uriah were brothers, each serving in the War of 1812, Ryer being about two years older.

Mrs. Turner is related to the Springsteads by her ancestor John Coonly, who married Stephen’s daughter Lydia. It is said that Coonly purchased a beautiful pair of horses and carriage to keep up with the Springsteads, who were very well-to-do. Not being able to pay for the horses and carriage, Mr. Coonly hid in his well when they came for payment. His uncle was so disappointed in him that he relocated him on another farm which belonged to the uncle.

Jacob Springstead was an early founder of the first Methodist Church west of the Hudson. He is listed in the history of Grace Methodist Church, Ravena, N. Y.

From the Find A Grave page on Uriah Springstead:


Birth: 1788

Death: unknown

War of 1812, Schoharie County, New York

Family links:


  • William Springstead (1810 - 1897)*


  • Anna Terry Springstead

Burial: Uriah Springstead Cemetery, West Fulton, Schoharie County, New York, USA

  • Plot: 42.36.024 N 74.28.726 W

Created by: Norman R. Brown

  • Record added: Jan 15, 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 46713253
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