December 7, 2013

Share and care like a Delord

PLATTSBURGH — “Sharing and Caring,” the theme of the Kent-Delord House Museum’s Holiday Open House, references the philanthropy of three generations, who lived in the historic Plattsburgh residence.

The event, hosted by the Garden Club, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. today and Sunday.

The theme was the idea of Trudy Burger, a Garden Club member.

“Our goal is to emulate the Delords,” said Donna Bell, also a member and Board of Trustees secretary.

“There are two particular stories that we just love to share. And one of them is about Henry Delord supporting three forts of soldiers for a year to the tune of $20,000 because the government had no money to pay them. He had a little store on the side lot here, and he was selling things on credit, first-ever MasterCard. So, they (soldiers) were here when the British did come down the lake and attacked us.”

The soldiers were attached to Fort Scott, Fort Brown and Fort Moreau and patronized Delord’s Red Store.

“So, the town thought Henry was such a wonderful help to their town and such a ‘savior’ that they thought Henry was our hero, because he kept the soldiers here so we were not all burned down,” Bell said. “Yes, there was bad stuff. There were deaths and bad stuff and burnings and all that but we still had a town. And, Henry was the hero.”

Henry Delord (1764-1825) immigrated from St. Lucia during the French Revolution. He settled at the Quaker Union in Peru and married Elizabeth “Betsey” Ketchum (1784-1870), the daughter of Joseph and Phoebe Ketchum, who settled in Plattsburgh in 1785.

Henry and Betsey’s daughter, Frances Henrietta Delord (1813-1834), married Henry Livingston Webb (1795-1846), an Albany merchant. Frances Henrietta died of childbirth fever leaving behind a daughter, Frances “Fanny” Delord Webb (1834-1913), who married Francis “Frank” Bloodgood Hall (1827-1903), a Presbyterian minister.

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