Partridge Family of Pleasant Grove, Minnesota

From Partridge Nest

Abel Partridge was born to Joseph and Sarah (Warren) Partridge in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, on Sunday, 17 May 1795. This is the Partridge line that often spelled their last name Pattridge; with Abel and his family, I find the Partridge/Patridge/Pattridge variations. I lose track of Abel through his childhood, until I find him in a marriage record to Sylvia Mansfield. This marriage took place in Chittenden County, Vermont on 18 Jul 1827.

It appears that for a short time after the wedding, Abel and Sylvia may have settled down in Essex, Vermont as their first child, Prescott, was born there on Friday, 2 Oct 1829. Not soon after that birth, or perhaps, even before the birth, we find Abel residing at Highgate, Vermont. He was enumerated there as Abel Patridge in the taking of the federal census in 1830. Note the variant spelling of the last name, as he will appear using that name in official census records, yet his gravestone shows the proper spelling again.

The 1830 census clearly shows Abel Partridge, along with 2 females, aged 20-29, and three young boys, all under the age of 5. At present I can account for only 4 of the 6 members in the household:

Abel – age 35

Sylvia – age 28

Prescott – age 2

Albert – age under 1 year

A more careful study of the siblings of Abel and Sylvia would have to be conducted for one to surmise about the names of the other two residents in the household. This family was again enumerated in the 1840 census of Highgate, Vermont, with Abel Patridge listed as head of household:

1 male 40-50

2 males 10-15

1 male 5-10

1 female 30-40

1 female 5-10

1 female under 5

I can account for all 7 members of the household, and take notice that the other female and child is now missing from the house.

Abel – Age 45

Prescott – Age 12

Albert – Age 11

Sarah – Age 9

Curtis – Age 6

Adelia – Age 2

It is apparent that the 1840 census was taken before the birth of Sylvia in Oct 1840. In 1850 we begin to get additional details about the family, most especially, the names of all households. In this enumeration, it is apparent that the census taker, Oliver Robinson, erred in the spelling of Abel’s last name, however, spelled it properly for Catherine when she appeared on the following page:

112 114

Abel Patrdige 55m Farmer 2500 b. NH

Silvah 48f b. VT

Curtis 16m Farmer b. VT Attended School

Delia 12f b. VT Attended School

Jane 10f b. VT Attended School

Henry 8m b. VT Attended School

Catherine Patridge 5f b. VT Attended School

Abel’s real estate was valued at $2500 in the 1850 census, making him one of the larger and more prominent land owners in the community at that time. Sarah P. Partridge passed away 5 Jul 1850 at Highgate, Vermont and would not be listed on any census during that year. I find in 1850 that Albert Partridge, age 21, was residing in an apartment in Lowell, Massachusetts employed as an operative in a factory. In 1854, Abel sold his property in Highgate, and prepared to move his family out west, he having settled on Jackson Co., Iowa. However, after returning from a trip to Iowa, and before moving his family away, Abel passed on 19 Apr 1854. Before the 1860 census his family had removed out of Highgate, Vermont, shortly settling in Iowa, before Sylva moved the family to Pleasant Grove, Minnesota. In the 1860 census I can find both Prescott and Curtis Partridge, single, residing at Long Barn, California, the gold rush having bitten them. Albert Partridge and his mother, Silva Patridge, were both enumerated in Olmstead County Minnesota along with their families:

917 902

Sylva Patridge 58f 2500 300 b. VT

Jane 18f b. VT

Henry 17m b. VT

Caroline 14f b. VT

918 903

Albert Patridge 30m Farmer 1500 200 b. VT

Unice 24f b. VT

Otis 6m b. IO

Henry 5m b. MN

Helen 3f b. MN

Pleasant Grove would become the new family home for this branch of the Partridge family under the watchful eye of the matriarch Sylva. Both Curtis and Prescott would return from California, and reside here along with Albert and Silva. Albert Jr. would later in life move to Tracy, Minnesota. Henry Harrison Partridge would reside at Rochester, Minnesota. Abel’s widow, Sylva, passed from this life on 17 Feb 1886. In her obituary she was remembered for her courage and ability in moving so far out west away from friends and family. She was distinguished for her energy, industry, honesty and frugality.