Zina Tripp

a biography

Zina TRIPP, 3rd son of James TRIPP and Margaret GREENE, was born 3 Apr 1789 at Queensbury, Washington County, New York. He died 27 Sep 1859 at South Dansville, Steuben County, New York. Zina TRIPP married 1st Ruth BOWDISH, daughter of Gideon BOWDISH and Eleanor, about 1810. She died Jun 1820 at Galen, Wayne County, NY. They had 5 children (see family group sheet). He married 2nd Pathania BONNELL. They had 7 children.

Thanks to an unpublished genealogy written by Lucinda Ruth Tripp-Avery, we know some things about Zina TRIPP subsequent to his 2nd marriage to Parthania. The events in the years preceding this period are relatively unknown. However, at some time the older sons of James TRIPP, including Zina, removed from Washington County, New York to Steuben County. After the death of James TRIPP, Margaret went to live with her son Charles at South Dansville where she had her own rooms, set her own table, and did her own work until her death.

According to Lucinda, a daughter of Zina and Parthania:

" Zina Tripp married for his second wife Pathania Bonnell and for a. number of years lived on his farm on Beach Island in the town of Galen, where his family was sick with the fever-ague a great deal of the time which caused him to sell it. After he sold his farm he injured his leg, severing an artery and cutting off a cord. He came so near bleeding to death then that he never enjoyed robust health afterwards.

"He had previously bought a beautiful timber lot on Crystal Creek, a lovely stream of water in the town
of Watson, Lewis County, NY and had built a log house on it and had also made preparations for building a sawmill with the intention of going into lumbering. But this misfortune delayed his carrying out his plan and used up a portion of the means which he expected to have used in building his sawmill.

" He moved his family and the first spring after getting them settled in his woody home he broke the same leg while making sugar and had to come to the house on his hands and knees. A doctor was sent for from Lowville ten miles away. After setting the bone or he supposed he had set it, the doctor went away giving orders for twenty days quiet. When that time had expired father found it was not all right and sent for the doctor again who examined and did it up and gave orders for another twenty days quiet. After that time had also expired father tried with mother's help to get his foot upon the floor, when to his horror and great surprise the bone dropped apart. He said then "no more doctors" but set to work himself and worked the callouses off which had formed on the ends of the bones and set them and did it up himself with mother's help. Then after another twenty days quiet he got off from the bed into a chair. He was not able to go without crutches till late in the fall.

" Since I have grown up I have wondered how he ever got his family through that hard cold winter as comfortably as he did. And what added still farther to his misfortune was the turn which political matters took about this time. When father bought his woodland and made arrangements for lumbering it was expected the Black River canal was to be constructed soon as it had been surveyed and located and work begun. This canal was to have connected with Black River which would have opened up all that region of country to the best market from Sackett's Harbor to New York, but the new Governor vetoed the canal appropriation bill and the river and harbor bill also. And to augment the financial trouble the charter of the United States Bank expired in 1836 and President Jackson vetoed the bill for its renewal. Then came the great crash in money matters known as the panic of' '37, Public works and business generally came to a standstill.

" Father had hired some money to get his mill running and had got lumber sawed but no market. After trying to row his lifeboat up stream against such a strong current and contending with so many difficulties combined it proved too much for him. He lost all his property and was left with a broken constitution and a broken leg. In 1854 he came .to South Dansville where he remained until the Lord released him from his struggle with the trials and cares of earth and called him to a land of rest and peace, saying, "it is enough, come up higher," he died of paralysis September 27,1859, aged 70 years.

"Mother [Parthania] lived eleven years after his death. She died with a cancer August 30,1870, aged 78 years. They were both converted a long time ago. He was in protracted meetings held in the M.E. church in Galen not long after his second marriage. She had been converted some years previous. They never united with any church but their views were like the Quakers or Friends, not believing in a life hid with Christ in God. Father was very devotional in his old age. His motto and rule of life was the Golden Rule."

Lucinda, the author of the preceding story, probably did not know that the father of Zina TRIPP was a Quaker, or more correctly, a Friend. Zina certainly attended Friends meetings and grew up in the religion. However, his mother was a Methodist which apparently led to endless, religious disputations. All these families have a Friends heritage. The Tripp, Greene, Bowdish, and Bonnell families originate from Aquidneck, Rhode Island, and all the families followed the Friends religion in the early years. These families are amongst the original first 100 families of Rhode Island dating from the early 17th century.

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