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Saturday, December 1, 2012


A Lady of Mystery

For years Marta and I have been gazed upon by the portrait of a beautiful woman with a long, graceful neck, lovely upswept hair and a serene gaze.   Library lore told us that she was Dorothy Mather, grandmother or great grandmother of Judge Augustus Beardslee.  In fact, that information was written on the back of the painting.  It turns out that information was incorrect.
Locally, everyone knows about the castle, the supposed ghosts and the electrification of St. Johnsville but the family tree was not as readily known.  Over the summer Marta tied on her genealogy cap and began to dig into the Beardslee line.  Utilizing our collection, reliable on-line resources and Town of St. Johnsville records (thanks Town Clerk Lynn Stever!) Marta was finally able to properly identify “Grandmother” Beardslee as Faith Brewster Pardee.
Faith Brewster Pardee was born November 18, 1746 in Connecticut, a descendent of the Pilgrim, William Brewster.  Faith married Captain Samuel Pardee in 1769.  They had 9 children including oldest daughter Lavinia and son Samuel Augustus.
Lavinia married John Knickerbocker Beardslee.  Lavinia and John were the parents of Judge Augustus Beardslee, and grandparents to Guy Roosevelt Beardslee.
The Faith Brewster Pardee portrait passed through her son Samuel Augustus Pardee’s line to his decendant, Dorothy Mather,  who ultimately donated the painting to the library.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleasure we introduce Faith Brewster Pardee, a lady of mystery no more. 


  1. awesome story!!!! And thanks for the history lesson. disliked history soooo much while in school... now love learning.

  2. Thanks Rebecca, everyday is a day to learn:) Dawn

  3. I love this! And, thank you!
    It is wonderful to see Faith! How beautiful she is!
    From: a Pardee descendant (third cousin, 5 times removed)
    -Sue from Chautauqua County, NY