Elizabeth (Betsey) Ketchum

Elizabeth (Betsey) Ketchum


    She was born as Elizabeth (Betsey) Ketchum in Redhook, NY, in 1784 to Jospeh and Phoebe Ketchum.  Joseph was a veteran of the American Revolution who came to Plattsburgh in the first wave of settlers in 1785.  The proprietors put him in charge of the new forge on the Saranac River and he was on his way to becoming one of the new industrialists in the area.  But he died suddenly in 1794 while on a business trip to New York City and was buried in Trinity Church yard.  He left a widow and three daughters, one of whom was Betsey.  Phoebe had three daughters to feed and take care of.  When Henry Delord proposed marriage, it probably seemed like a good idea to marry Betsey, who was then 15, to a successful 35-year-old businessman.  Marriages of that age difference were very common back then and quite acceptable.  Betsey was well educated, could read and write, and brought to her marriage wide family relationships.  She and Henry Delord were married in Peru, NY, in December, 1799.  Their first and only child, Frances Henrietta Delord, was born in Plattsburgh in October, 1813.  Betsey's daughter and husband both died before she did.  After Henry's death in 1825, Betsey took over governance of her grand-daughter - Frances (Fanny) Delord Webb - with Fanny's father Henry Webb.  Betsey remarried to William Swetland, a prominent attorney in Plattsburgh and New York state,  on June 6, 1829.  He had been a friend of the Delord family prior to Henry's death.  Betsey died in Plattsburgh on May 23, 1870, at the age of 86.  To this day, her exact burial site is not known.

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