Brothers In Arms
A while ago, I posted “Looking in All the Wrong Places” at:
I described the process of how, for years, I followed the wrong family in tracing Tryphenia Dick’s parents. To recall, Tryphenia Dick was the wife of Jacob Dick and I had no idea who her parents were. For some time I followed the wrong path. I had her connected to the Andrew Wiltse family. She fit. Timing was right, and really, how many Tryphenias were there born about 1795 in Dutchess County, New York? Apparently, more than one.
Then, a newspaper article named her parents and her husband. According to the article, her parents were Moses F. Avery and Jane Waters. Moses and Jane also had a son, Benjamin and a daughter Margaret. Margaret married Jacob Dick’s brother, John Dick.
Of course, her name alone has several variant spellings: Tryphena, Triphena, Tryphina, Tryphenia, Triphinia, etc. She certainly has not been boring to research.
Since then there has been more research completed and new discoveries to share. This story is again, about paying attention to tiny details, about making connections to friends and family.
Jacob’s father, John Dick died in 1821. His estate was proved in 1821 in Rensselaer County and his administrations papers, including his will were obtained in 2013. Sometimes, details matter. Originally, a small connection was overlooked. In John’s will, Moses F. Avery and Benjamin W. Avery signed as witnesses.
See link at: John Dick's entire last will and testament, pgs. 504-506.
This seemed a minor detail. However, in analyzing information, facts can be ignored or discarded and important clues be lost. Facts and clues that can make connections.
It is unknown if the man who signed as Moses F. Avery, a witness to John Dick’s will, was Tryphenia’s father, a son or another relative. There were other men named Moses F. Avery residing in the area in the 1820s. However, this story is not about John Dick or Moses F. Avery, not directly anyway. It is about their children. The heart of this story is about Jacob Dick and Benjamin W. Avery.
Jacob Dick, husband of Tryphenia was born 1795 in Brunswick, New York, the son of John Dick and Cornelia Quackenbush. He served as a musician in the War of 1812. Jacob was awarded a land grant in Plattsburgh, New York for his patriotic service to his country.
Benjamin, also served in the War of 1812. The Avery and Dick families had more in common than their children marrying each other. Like Jacob, Benjamin also served as a musician in the same war:
Not only did Jacob and Benjamin both serve as musciains, they served together in the same regiment, the 45th Infantry Regiment of Captain Adams of Colonel Knickerbacker’s New York Militia. Research on the 45th Militia has been difficult. While it would have been fun to inlcude the battles they fought and the trails they walked, that story must wait for another time.
Jacob and Benjamin. Brothers in arms; brothers in family. Is this story over? No way. Now on to research Benjamin W. Avery.
 Ohio DAR GRC report, “Hartford Times, Conn., genealogy -- questions and answers,” prepared by Edna Erb Schirack/Larry Schirack, Fort Greeneville Chapter, S2 V010, p. 152, dated 31 January 1948, entry for Avery-Waters.
 Rensselaer County, New York, will book, v. 6, p. 504-506, proved 21 December 1820, will of John Dick, images, “ New York Probate Records, 1629-1971” FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org : accessed 21 Dec 2014), citing Rensselaer County Surrogate Clerk’s office, Troy. Will mentions both sons: John D. Dick and Jacob Dick.
 Rensselaer County, New York, will book, v. 6, p. 504-506, proved 21 December 1820, will of John Dick.
 Arthur C. Kelly, Baptism Record of Gilead Lutheran Church, Brunswick, NY, 1777-1886, (Kinship: Rhinebeck, NY) 1980, p. 89, entry #1951, Jacob Dick.
 United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815, 45 Regiment, New York Militia, Jacob Dick, images, Fold3 (https://fold3.com : 11 March 2016) citing NARA, record group 94, microfilm publication M602, roll 58.
 Jacob Dick, Capt. Adam Clum, Col Knickerbocher, 45 Regiment, New York Militia, bounty land warrant file 55-160-16571; Record Group 15, citing Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, NARA, Washington, D.C.
 United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815, 45 Regiment, New York Militia, Benjamin W. Avery, images, Fold3 (https://fold3,com : 11 March 2016), citing NARA record group 94, microfilm publication M602, roll 7.
 United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815, 45 Regiment, New York Militia, Benjamin W. Avery and Jacob Dick.