Joseph Satterlee

 Joseph Satterlee was the son of John and Hannah (Hyde) Satterlee of Westerly, R.I. and later of Washington Co., N.Y.  He was born in Aug., 1789 in Washington Co., N.Y.  All of the Satterlees in Washington County, N.Y. are known to have descended from the immigrant ancestor, Nicholas Satterlee who was born in 1649 in Ide, Devonshire, England and was the son of William and Elizabeth Satterlee, William being the Vicar of St. Ides.  Nicholas was first mentioned in a "list of free inhabitants of the towne of westerle (i.e. Westerly, Rhode Island) may the 18 - 1669", which was the year Westerly was incorporated (New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 12, p. 238).  The first known ancestor was Sir Edmund de Soterley who was the High Sheriff of Suffolk England in 1233.  Sir Edmund was the lord of Soterley manor.  This estate was taken away from Sir Edmund's 5th great-grandson, Sir Thomas de Sotterley (a Lancastrian during the War of the Roses) by Edward IV in 1469 and granted to his brother-in-law, Sir Thomas Playter (a Yorkist).

Joseph Satterlee served during the War of 1812, likely while still living in Washington Co. or possibly from an area that is now in Warren Co.  He was nicknamed "Fightin' Joe" by his family as a result of his service.  Joseph Satterlee married in about 1815, Dorcas Babcock.  Dorcas had been born on 5 Dec. 1798  in Washington Co., N.Y. or King's County, N.Y. (i.e. Brooklyn).  They lived in Bolton, Washington Co. (now Warren Co.), N.Y. prior to their removal by 1820 to Pike, Allegany Co. (now Wyoming Co.), N.Y.  Dorcas was listed in the records of the Baptist Church of Castile, Wyoming Co., N.Y. as being dismissed from that church in 1827 to the church in Pike, N.Y.  She was listed as "Dorcas Satterly from Bolton."

In about 1832, Joseph and Dorcas Satterlee removed again to the town of Otto, Cattaraugus Co., N.Y. The area of that town that they lived in became part of the town of East Otto, N.Y. on 30 Nov. 1854. They lived in a log home on the road that today is called Traffic Street in East Otto. Joseph is listed in the Index of Awards for Soldiers of the War of 1812, New York, which was published by the Adjutant General's Office. He received award No. 78, was listed as living in Otto, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. and received an award of $27. Joseph Satterlee was a farmer while in this location and built a plank home before his death. He died there on 15 Dec. 1863 at the age of 74 years and 4 months. He was buried in the North Otto Cemetery, which is located in the town of Otto.

Dorcas Satterlee remained in the family homestead, and during her remaining years various family members moved in and out of the house with her. She died there on 27 July 1886 at the age of 87 years, 7 months and 22 days. She was buried in the cemetery in East Otto, where her youngest son was also later buried. Dorcas had indicated in the 1865 N.Y. State Census that she'd had 10 children. Not all of these have been identified.



1. Chancey A., b. abt. 1815; m. Sarah A. [Whitford?] (b. abt. 1826 in N.Y. State). They removed to Penn. in abt. 1850 but returned to East Otto in abt. 1859. They apparently left the area again after 1862, although it's not known where to. Chancey was a farmer. They had at least 5 children: Stephen A. (b. abt. 1849 in N.Y. State); Joseph S. (b. abt. 1851 in Penn.); Amelia E. (b. 1857 in Penn.); Glen F. (b. 1859 in N.Y. State.); and Angelia D. (b. May, 1861 in N.Y. State; d. 16 Nov. 1862 in East Otto, N.Y.; bur. in North Otto Cemetery).


2. Betsey, b. 1820 in Pike, N.Y.; d. 1893; m. abt. 1844, Alonzo Wood (b. 1823 in Washington or Rensselaer Co., N.Y.; d. 1903). Alonzo was a farmer and served during the Civil War as a private in the 9th Regt., N.Y. Vol. Cavalry. They settled in Otto, N.Y. and both are buried in North Otto Cemetery. They had 5 sons and 2 daughters: Mary A. (b. 1845 in Otto, N.Y.); Charles (b. 1847 in Otto; m. Miranda _______ [b. 1849]); William W. (b. 1849 in Otto, N.Y.; He was a wagonmaker/blacksmith); John E. (b. 1851 in Wyoming County, N.Y.); Jonathan M. (b. 1853 in Otto, N.Y.; m. Addie M. Babcock [b. abt. 1862; Jonathan was a U.S. Postal Carrier and lived on Jefferson Street in the village of Cattaraugus, N.Y. in 1910); Oel E. (b. 1855 in Otto; m. Nancy _______ [b. abt. 1857]. Oel was a blacksmith. They lived on Jefferson Street in the village of Cattaraugus, N.Y. in 1910); Susie M. (b. 1858 in Otto, N.Y.; d. 1935; bur. in North Otto Cemetery; m. Henry E. Shattuck [b. 1859; d. 1926]).


* 3. Zina, b. 5 Jan. 1824 in Pike, N.Y.


4. Andrew Jackson, b. 1826 in Pike, N.Y.; m. Jane Damon (b. 1835; d. 2 Feb. 1908 in Corry, Penn.; dau. of Edmund and Theodosia [Nichols] Damon). Andrew was initially a farmer and worked on his father's farm until he left Cattaraugus Co., N.Y. soon after 1850. He removed to Sherman, N.Y. first but eventually settled in Corry, Penn. and became a carpenter. He had one son: Byron Alpheus Satterlee.


5. Possibly Olive Ann, b. 1827; d. 1900 in Otto; bur. in North Otto Cemetery; m. abt. 1847 Albert Hemstreet (b. 1818 in Montgomery Co., N.Y.; d. 1900 in Otto, N.Y.; bur. in North Otto Cemetery). They settled in Otto, N.Y. where Albert was a farmer. They had 1 daughter and 3 sons: a. Frances H. (b. 1848 in Otto, N.Y.; d. 1902; bur. in North Otto Cemetery; m. _____ Davis); Gardner Daniel (b. 1851 in Otto, N.Y.; d. 1912; bur. in North Otto Cemetery); Charles A. (b. 1853 in Otto; d. 1936; bur. in North Otto Cemetery; m. Jennie ______); Preston Albert (b. 1856 in Otto, N.Y.).


6. Possibly Charles G., b. Sept., 1829; d. 1 Aug. 1921; m. 1858, Harriet L. ______ (b. Sept., 1834 in N.Y. State; d. 22 Sept. 1919). Charles was a carpenter. They were living in Clarksville, Allegany Co., N.Y. in 1850 and removed to the village of Cattaraugus, Township of New Albion, Cattaraugus Co., N.Y. between 1880 and 1900. They lived on North Main Street in that village and both died there. They are buried in Liberty Park Cemetery in the village of Cattaraugus. They had no children.


7. Juliette, (prob. twin) b. abt. 1830 in Pike, N.Y.; m. 27 Feb. 1851, Charles W. Bates (b. 25 July 1830 in Otto, N.Y.; son of Asa and Sally [Milks] Bates]). Charles was a farmer and they settled in Otto, N.Y. He may have remarried after Juliette's death to Clara Dean. They had one daughter: Emma F. (b. abt. 1854).


8. Maryette, (prob. twin) b. abt. 1830 in Pike, N.Y.; m. 4 Mar. 1850, Nelson L. Bates (b. 27 May 1828 in Otto, N.Y.; d. 16 Feb. 1866; bur. in North Otto Cemetery; son of Asa and Sally [Milks] Bates]). Nelson was a farmer and a drover and they lived in East Otto, N.Y. Maryette apparently did not remarry as she was listed as a widow and living with her mother in the 1880 U.S. Census. It's unknown what became of her after that. They had one daughter: Dorcas Viola (b. 1852).


9. Oel D., b. Dec., 1833 in Otto/East Otto, N.Y.; d. 1907 in East Otto; bur. in East Otto Cemetery next to his mother; m. 1.) abt. 1860, Ellen A. Babcock (b. 1840 in Otto, N.Y.; d. 9 Nov. 1879 in East Otto, N.Y.; bur. in East Otto Cemetery; dau. of Darius A. and Roxcena [Bates] Babcock of Otto, N.Y.); m. 2.) abt. 1884, Alice M. Spaulding (b. Feb. 1850 in New York State). Ellen Babcock's mother, Roxcena Bates, was the sister of Nelson and Charles W. Bates. Oel Satterlee was a blacksmith and served in the Civil War in Co. K of the 9th Regiment, N.Y. Volunteer Cavalry. He mustered on 2 Sept. 1864 and was appointed Company blacksmith on 1 Jan. 1865. He was discharged on 1 June 1865 at Winchester, VA. Oel and Ellen Satterlee settled in East Otto and Oel served as the Town Clerk of that town in 1877-78. After Ellen's death, Oel boarded in the Allman Gooderick home in East Otto. Mr. Gooderick was also a blacksmith. Oel and Alice Satterlee remained in East Otto. Oel and Ellen (Babcock) Satterlee had 2 daughters: May Della (b. 1862; d. 1875; bur. in East Otto Cemetery with her parents); Anna Crystal (b. 1872. After Ellen [Babcock] Satterlee's death, their daughter, Anna was adopted by Ellen's sister and her husband, Adelia [Babcock] and Allen A. Bates. Allen and Adelia Bates were living on Franklin Street in Springville, Erie Co., N.Y. at the time. Anna eventually married ______ Prill and removed to Scio, Oregon).



Zina Satterlee


Zina Satterlee was the son of Joseph and Dorcas (Babcock) Satterlee and was born in Pike, Wyoming Co., N.Y. on 5 Jan. 1824. He married on 16 Dec. 1845 in Otto, Cattaraugus Co., N.Y., Maryanna (Mary Ann) Bates. Mary Ann was the daughter of Asa and Sally (Milks) Bates and had been born on 1 June 1826 in Otto, N.Y. The Bates, Milks and Satterlee families probably all knew each other when they were living in Warren/Washington County, N.Y. before removing to western New York.

Zina and Mary Ann Satterlee settled in East Otto, N.Y. on Lot 55 on Traffic Street, right next door to Joseph and Dorcas Satterlee. They may have received the land as a wedding present from his parents. Zina farmed the land and built a plank home on the site. His real estate was valued at $25. in 1855 (1855 N.Y.S. Census).

Zina Satterlee served during the Civil War as a private in Company A of the 9th Regiment, N.Y. Volunteer Cavalry. He enlisted on 2 Sept. 1864 and was to serve for one year. Capt. Benjamin F. Chamberlain and First Lieut. Albert C. Robertson were the officers of the company when Zina enlisted. Albert C. Robertson was commissioned as the company Captain on 6 Dec. 1864 and Mortimer Summey replaced him as First Lieut. on 13 Dec. 1864. Zina never finished his year of service since he died of disease on 26 Feb. 1865 at a U.S. Armory Hospital at Harpers Ferry, VA. (now W. VA.). He died at the age of 41 years, 1 month and 21 days, and left a widow and 4 children behind at home.

The book, History of the Ninth Regiment, New York Volunteer Cavalry, War of 1861 to 1865 described some of the regiment's activities during Zina's final days: "Feb. 6 (1865). The 9th N.Y. moved into the camp vacated by the 20th Pa. While in camp near Lovettsville a number of men were sick and several died. Feb. 22. A national salute was fired at noon at Harper's Ferry for the capture of Charleston and Wilmington and the retaking of Fort Sumter as well as for the celebration of Washington's birthday ... Feb. 24. The 2d brigade, now under command of Col. Fitzhugh left camp at Lovettsville and marched through Hillsboro (Virginia) to the Potomac opposite Sandy Hook. Feb. 25. Reveille at 3 a.m., moved at 5 a.m. Marched to near Berryville (VA.) and went into camp in a cold storm of sleet. The men make beds of pine brush from which they had thawed the frozen sleet over their camp fires. The wagon train moved with the regiment as far as Bolivar Heights from which place a number of unserviceable horses were sent back. Feb. 26. Marched to Winchester (Va.) and camped a little way south east of the town and joined the division. Drew rations, forage and ammunition for a long march including 15 days of coffee, sugar, and salt."

Zina had probably become ill at the camp near Lovettsville toward the beginning of the month. It was the closest point mentioned to Harpers Ferry. He died less than 2 months before the war's end. From the recorded settlement of his estate, some other facts were learned. Mary Ann Satterlee filed the petition for Zina's estate on 7 Mar. 1866. Mary Ann was noted as the administratrix of his estate. A receipt is present which was made out to "Miss Maryann Satturlee" for $47. and 50 cents, received by C.W. Bates in March 1865 "for traveling fees and incidental Expenses for the Burial of her Husband." Another receipt was made out for a payment of $20. to a Dr. Henry H. Elcthison of Harper's Ferry, Va. for embalming "the Body of Zena Saterlee." It is dated March 8, 1865 and was given to Mr. Charles W. Bates. Another receipt was made out to "Chas. W. Bates (of) Chataragus Sta. N.Y." for $30. for the transportation of the corpse of Zina Satterlee. It was made out by the Adams Express Company, Great Eastern, Western, and Southern Express Forwarders, (of) Harper's Ferry, Va. Mary Ann's brother, Charles, obviously travelled to Harpers Ferry for Mary Ann to bring Zina's body back to Cattaraugus Co. Zina was buried in the North Otto Cemetery, within a stone's throw of his father's grave.

Mary Ann remained in the family home until her death. Her oldest son, David, stayed in the house with his mother, as did his wife and children, and he continued to farm the land and provide for Mary Ann. Mary Ann was listed in the Cattaraugus Co. 1883 Pension List for Civil War Veterans and their families. It lists her No. of Certificate as 111,109; the cause of her being the pensioner as "widow"; and the amount received as $8.00/month. Mary Ann (Bates) Satterlee's will was dated 9 Nov. 1886 and in part read:

To my daughter Sarah L. Hawkins one rocking chair, my set of cane seated chairs, and one hundred and fifty dollars. Said rocking chair is cane seated. Second I give and bequeath to my son, Emer D. Satterlee, one Feather Bed and one hundred and fifty dollars. Third I give and bequeath to my daughter Alice J. Brooks my Bureau, my best bed and what belongs with it and one hundred and fifty dollars. Fourth I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah L. Hawkins and Alice J. Brooks all my wearing apparel to be divided equally between them. Fifth I give and bequeath to my son, David B. Satterlee the balance residue and remainder of all my property of whatever name and kind to have hold and enjoy forever...

Witnesses: John A. Bates Cattaraugus N.Y.

Lurinda F. Bates Cattaraugus N.Y.


Mary Ann (Bates) Satterlee died on 6 Nov. 1892 and was buried in the North Otto Cemetery with her husband, Zina.



1. David B., b. 17 Feb. 1847 in Otto, N.Y.; d. on an unknown date in East Otto, N.Y. between 1910 and 1920; m. Feb., 1870, Sophronia Whaley (b. July, 1854 in Herkimer Co., N.Y.; dau. of ______ and Esther Whaley; d. in East Otto, N.Y. on an unknown date between 1910 and 1920). Settled in the family home on Traffic Street in East Otto, N.Y. He was a farmer. Both are buried in the North Otto Cemetery with Zina and Mary Ann Satterlee. They had 2 daughters: Mary E. (b. Dec., 1872); Mabel H. (b. Dec., 1876; m. 1.] 1899, John Allens [b. Apr., 1878; d. bef. 1909]; m. 2.] 1909, Floyd Cole [b. abt. 1876]).


2. Sarah L., b. 12 July 1850 in Otto, N.Y.; m. abt. 1866, Frank G. Hawkins (b. Nov., 1845 in N.Y.). He was a farmer. They settled in the village of Springville, Town of Concord, Erie Co., N.Y. They had 4 children: Zina F. (b. abt. 1867 in Springville, N.Y.); Charles L. (b. abt. 1869 in Springville, N.Y.); Burt J. (b. abt. 1874 in Springville); Letty L. (b. abt. 1876 in Springville, N.Y.).


3. Emer Darius, b. 11 Nov. 1855 in East Otto, N.Y.; d. 1939 in East Otto; m. abt. 1872, Dehlia A. _______ (b. June, 1856 in Monroe Co., N.Y.; d. 1936 in East Otto, N.Y.). Emer was a blacksmith. They first lived with his grandmother, Dorcas Satterlee in East Otto. By 1880 they had settled in Otto, N.Y. but returned to East Otto by 1900 where they lived with his brother David and his family. By 1910 they owned their own house in East Otto. In 1920, they were living on South Road in East Otto. Both are buried in East Otto Cemetery in the plot with his Uncle Oel and his grandmother, Dorcas. They had 4 children: Clarence (b. abt. 1872 in East Otto, N.Y.; d. 3 Sept. 1878); Nellie A. (b. Oct., 1877 in Otto, N.Y.); Name Unknown (d. 27 Apr. 1884); Zina E. (b. Oct., 1885 in Otto, N.Y.; m. abt. 1906, Xenia S. _____ [b. 14 June 1887 in New York State; d. Dec., 1974 in Randolph, N.Y.). Zina was initially a blacksmith but had become a trucker by 1920. They lived on North Road in East Otto in 1920.


*  4.  Alice J., b. 30 June 1861 in East Otto, N.Y.; d. 19 Oct. 1919 in Cattaraugus, N.Y., 58; m. at a young age on 16 Sept. 1875 to Ambrose Hensie Brooks (son of Philo and Sally [Boutwell] Brooks; b. 19 Jan. 1855 in Otto; d. 17 Apr. 1932, 77).  Ambrose started out as a farm laborer.  By 1880 they were living at 30 Pearl Street in Springville, Erie Co., N.Y. while he worked as a blacksmith (1880 U.S. Census).  They were listed as living in Otto, N.Y. in 1883 in the final settlement of her father's estate, and they were listed as living in East Otto in 1886 in her mother's will.  Ambrose was recorded as living on Franklin Street in the village of Cattaraugus with his son Paul and his family in the 1920 U.S. Census.  He was working as a laborer in a "milk condensory" at the time.  Both Alice and he are buried in Liberty Park Cemetery in the village of Cattaraugus, New Albion Township, N.Y.  They had 4 children:


Appraisal of the Estate of Zina Satterlee

Zina Satterlee's personal property was appraised on 18 Apr. 1866 by Delotus O. Babcock and Robert S. Moore.

Money: $400.00

Notes: $ 34.00

Lumber: $ 43.00

Inventory of the Estate of Zina Satterlee


1 Wheel Cooking utensil

1 Loom 1 Table

2 Stoves for the family use 6 chairs

10 Sheep 6 Knives + forks

1 cow 6 Plates

1 Hog 6 teacups + saucers

3 Beds + Beding for the family use 1 Sugar dish

1 milk pot

1 tea pot

6 spoons

In addition to the above enumerated articles exempt from appraisal We the said aprisors do inventory apprise and set apart for the use of the Widdow and Minor Children the following articles not to exced $150.

2 cows $60 1 Ax $ .50

10 Sheep 30 1 Hoe .25

1 horse 25 1 Shovel .50

1 Waggon 10 1 Fork .25

1 Cutter 2 1 Sled 1.

1 Drag 4 16 Chickens 1.25

1 Chain 1.50 Dishes 4.50

1 Harnes 4

April 19th 1866

Delotus C. Babcock: Apprisors

Robert L. Moore


 In the early 1700's, almost 900 acres of property along the banks of the Patuxent River in St. Mary's County, Maryland were purchased by James Bowles  At that site he constructed a simple house. Squire Bowles died in 1727, and two years later, the Widow Bowles married George Plater, II.  During the residence of their son, George Plater III, major additions were made to the house. He was a lawyer and became the sixth governor of Maryland in 1792. He named the plantation "Sotterley" after his ancestral home in Suffolk, England.  Sotterley Plantation was inherited by a son, George IV, and it was later inherited by his son, George Plater V.  George V developed an uncontrollable urge for gambling and according to tradition, lost Sotterley through a dice game in 1822.
 Ironically, almost a century later, in 1910, Sotterley Plantation was purchased by prominent New Yorker, Herbert L. Satterlee, the son-in-law of J.P. Morgan.  He restored the house and grounds to their original appearance, and his daughter, Mabel Satterlee Ingalls, inherited the house in 1947. In 1961 the house was deeded to the Sotterley Mansion Foundation, and today, Sotterley is a tourist attraction.  Hence, as the Manor of Soterley in Suffolk, England was lost by the Satterlee family to the Playters, so was Sotterley Plantation in Maryland lost by the Platers and eventually owned by Satterlees. You can visit the Sotterley Plantation homepage on the web at

 Thanks to John W. Ladwig for submitting this!  email: John Ladwig

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