Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bolt's Corners District

I ran into an old SCCS classmate at the Bouckville Antique Show this month. He is a self-professed “bottle nut” and had some interesting ones on display from Auburn and Cayuga County. I reminded him I am the Scipio Historian, and asked him if he had ever seen a bottle from Scipio.
In the 25 or so years that I know he has been collecting, he has never seen a bottle from Scipio. We lamented that fact, and then he reminded me that his family had taught in the Scipio school districts for many years, and he wondered if I had any information on them. He was particularly interested in Bolt’s Corners school district, and has some early photographs of the classes there.
If you do a search of this blog, you’ll find I have mentioned Bolt’s Corners before; at one time it was a thriving little district in the town of Scipio and now it is just another 4 corners marked by a NYS historical marker.
But as things have a way of doing, Bolt’s Corners crept into my conversation with another person this month; a teacher from SCCS who called to ask if I knew what happened to the NYS historical marker there.
Last year her class researched and created a book about the historical markers in the school district and this year, they are hoping to repaint these markers. The Bolt’s Corners marker was standing as far as we can figure until June of this year. Now all that stands there is the pole that it was attached to.If you know what happened to it, send a reply to the blog or e-mail me. We’d really like to see Bolt’s Corners get its marker back, wouldn’t you?

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Henry Hudson and a Scipio connection?

I was reading the Port Byron Historian's blog at earlier this week and was interested to see her mention Henry Hudson. NY is celebrating the 400th anniversary of his voyage up the Hudson River this year.
A few years ago, Scipio had a visitor from North Dakota who was researching his Hudson and Pitts family lines. He had done a lot of research before his visit, and shared what he knew so we have a family file at the Scipio Offices. I had not known that the lovely cobblestone home in downtown Scipio was once owned by his ancestor.
There was also once a cemetery on Hunter Road and the ancestor named for both families, Pitts Hudson, was buried there. The Pitts Hudson gravestone is in broken pieces, stacked in a pile. He found that when he turned over some of the pieces he could still read the Pitts name and dates. A little further on there are other broken pieces scattered about, probably from some of the other Hudson stones.
He shared that he had heard two versions of his Hudson line. One version was that Henry Hudson had a son named Richard, who died while working for the British East India company. This Richard had two sons that eventually came to America. The second version was that this Hudson line would have to be through one of the brothers of Henry Hudson.
I think it is time for another trip to the NYS Archives, to do a little research and see what I can find about Henry Hudson. Isn't it interesting to think, one of his family members may have lived in our little town? You never know where genealogy and research will take you.

Family Reunions

It's that time of year again when folks are having their family reunions. Last year was the 100th Stoker family reunion. It was wonderful to see over 100 relatives, and catch up on all that family news.
The 101st reunion will be Sunday August 9th at Fire Lane 22 on the east side of Owasco Lake. I have been busy updating my Family Tree Maker database and printing a new family tree and getting a list of questions together.
We have tables set up with albums of photos, family tree information, and old letters and other items. Those are always a popular spot. We keep it simple, with everyone bringing a dish to pass and their own table service.
If your family is having a reunion, I hope you are planning to attend if you can. If there is no reunion, give some thought to helping organize one for next summer. A five or ten year reunion can be fun, and if a small group can work together it isn't too difficult. Googling (or I guess Binging) "reunion planning" gives you lots of ideas for invitations, games, and feeding the crowd.
And you never know what relative will attend that will say "oh, I have the family Bible and all Aunt Matilda's pictures - with labels!"