This correction has been posted elsewhere in the past; it is being reposted here in the hope that it may be of use. Irena Clark, wife of Benjamin Hutchinson of Columbia County, New York, was allegedly born in Columbia County, New York 22 December 1761. She did not die in 1813 as is commonly stated. There is proof that she was living at least as late as 1830.
Her granddaughter, Mary Jane Hutchinson Hoyt, made application to join the DAR; it is this application which provides Irena’s maiden name. This document also gives Irena’s date of death as 17 December 1853. Although the source of this information is not specified, it is not unreasonable to believe that Mrs. Hoyt would have known her grandmother’s date of death.
The proof that Irena was living well after the often-cited 1813 date is shown by various newspaper advertisements relating to the settlement of her husband’s estate. These appeared in both 1814 and 1816, one and three years after Irena’s supposed death, respectively. It would have been extraordinarily difficult for a dead woman to administer her late husband’s estate. In addition to her name appearing as executrix, reference is made to an auction to take place at the home of “widow Hutchinson”.
Following are transcripts of relevant entries:
Northern Whig, 6 September 1814 [also Ulster Gazette 27 September 1814]
Surrogate’s Office ss
Whereas Irena Hutchinson, Executrix, and Samuel Lampkin and Wheeler Hutchinson, Executors, of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits which were of Benjamin Hutchinson, of the county of Columbia, deceased, have by their petition presented to James Vanderpool, Surrogate of the said county set forth, that the personal estate of the said deceased is insufficient to pay his debts, and therefore requested the aid of the said Surrogate in the premises – Notice is hereby given to all persons interested in the estate of the said deceased to show cause before the said Surrogate at his office in the town of Kinderhook on the first day of October next, at ten o’clock A.M. why so much of the real estate whereof the said Benjamin Hutchinson died seized, should not be sold as will be sufficient to pay his debts.
J. Vanderpool Surrogate
Kinderhook, August 23, 1814
Northern Whig, 5 March 1816 [also in other issues]
By Virtue of an order from the Surrogate of the County of Columbia, the subscribers will offer for sale, at public Vendue, on the twenty eighth day of March next, at nine o’clock A.M. at the house of widow Hutchinson, in Canaan, a part of the real Estate whereof Benjamin Hutchinson died seized Situate in the town of Canaan in said County and described in said order as follows: Lying on the East of the road leading from Eleazer Root’s to widow Kirby’s; on the north by lands of Eleazer Roots; East by Gershom Babcock; South by Samuel Knappin, and west by the road aforesaid; Containing about five acres; and also one other piece of land, bounded as follows – lying on the west side of the road aforesaid, on the north by Eleazer Root’s; East by the road aforesaid; South by widow Kirby’s; and west by a line to be drawn from the Southwest corner of Ezra Patrick’s land, to the northwest corner of widow Kirby’s land, containing about twenty four acres more or less. The above discribed [sic] primices [sic] to be sold by Virtue of the Surrogate’s order.
Irena x Hutchinson, Executrix
Wheeler Hutchinson Executors
Canaan, Feb. 8
Irena Hutchinson was also enumerated in the 1830 census in Canaan, Columbia County, New York; she appears in one published census index as “Irean Hutch Kinson”, and in the census itself as “Irena Hutchkinson”.
While it is clear that Irena Clark Hutchinson was alive long after 1813, there is one mystery pertaining to her which has yet to be solved. Family records contain a notation that “Mother Hutchinson” married a Mr. Marshall; it is not known if “Mother Hutchinson” refers to Irena, but she is the only logical candidate. Irena and her daughter-in-law, Laura Ticknor Hutchinson, are the only two women in the direct line who could be identified by the designation “Mother Hutchinson”. Laura Ticknor Hutchinson, wife of Irena’s son Benjamin (Jr.), could not be the woman in question because Laura predeceased her husband and thus would not have been available to marry anyone else.
Approaching the question from the opposite direction, who was the “Mr. Marshall” in the notation? There are a Justice Marshall and wife Irene, aged 90 and 91 respectively, enumerated in Oswego Co., NY in 1850. This is significant not only because the age would be approximately correct for Irena, but because the 1830 enumeration of Irena Hutchinson in Columbia Co. is the third household from that of a Justus Marshall. Also of interest is the fact that Irena’s son Peter Clark Hutchinson was enumerated in the same town four households away from Justice and Irena Marshall in 1850. The Hiram S. Hutchinson who also resided in Hastings, NY might well be Irena’s son Hiram Spafford Hutchinson, although proof of this is lacking at present.