Saturday, December 17, 2011

Opendore and the Howland Family

Opendore was the name given to Isabel Howland's home in Sherwood, NY. I have been reading some old news articles at and it appears that this was an apt name. Weddings were held with attendants from as far as Buffalo, NY; lectures, meetings, and many events are cited in these older articles.
I also found the notice of the death of Herbert Howland, Isabel's brother. He was residing in Paris, France when he suffered what we would call a stroke in 1932. Isabel traveled there leaving Opendore in the care and custody of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Koon, also of Sherwood, and except for one visit home to Opendore, stayed in France and attended to her brother for about 6 years until his death.
Herbert was moved once, when the hospital was evacuated when it came under attack near the outbreak of World War I. Born in 1863, Herbert was 76 when he died but led what appears to be an interesting life. A graduate of Cornell University in nearby Ithaca, NY, he was a member of the Wells College Board of Trustees. For some years, he was Director of the Cayuga County Bank. Herbert owned a yacht once owned by the German Empress. He traveled the world in it, not having been home to speak of since 1882.His estate was valued at about $490,000. Using the Consumer Price Index, that is the equivalent of $7.5 million of today's dollars. Not bad for a boy from Sherwood!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Howland Stone Store Museum

Great news for local historical preservationists! The determined volunteers at the Howland Stone Store Museum (HSSM) were successful in their grant application to restore Opendore, a historically significant property dating from early Scipioville days and the Howland family, early settlers and influencers of the area.
In danger of falling apart, neglected for many years, the clean up of Opendore has begun since the HSSM took ownership and the $400,000 grant from NYS will allow them to proceed with stabilizing and restoring that property.
This group of dedicated residents already succeeded in having the HSSM listed as a site on the Underground Railroad Heritage Trail. The Hamlet of Sherwood and several individual properties within Scipio are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, also due to their efforts.
Visit the HSSM website at to see their YouTube video and to learn about the Howland family and their influence upon the greater Scipio area, as it was carved out of the wilderness that was central New York in the 18th century.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Notice of Inventory Completion: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Notice of Inventory Completion: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

This story is about the remains of two Native Americans, removed from Cayuga County many years ago and now in a museum. Arrangements are being made to return them to their countrymen.
It would be interesting to know where they were removed from - any old stories out there?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Quaker Cemetery in Ledyard

The Town of Ledyard was formed off from Scipio January 30, 1823. Many of our early families were born in Scipio but died in Ledyard. Often, I find information listed for Scipio by checking Ledyard records, so I am always curious when I read something about the history of that town.
I read about a reorganization meeting of the Friends or Quakers Cemetery association, in the Town of Ledyard, in the local paper a few years ago, and since my maternal great-great-grandparents are buried there I decided to go to that meeting. It was exciting when I saw a copy of the original incorporation papers – there was my great-grandfather Fred Peckham’s signature!
The church associated with the cemetery is no longer standing. Originally known as the Scipio Meeting House, it was built in 1810 on Poplar Ridge Road near Dixon Road. The earliest known burial is that of 16-year-old John Winslow Jr. in 1829. A few of the stones are repaired from the association’s meager funds every year, in hopes that no more will be lost to the elements. Many of the names on those tombstones that are still standing and legible are familiar local ones even today: Searing, Haines, Howland, Hoxie, Mosher, and Slocum to name a few.
I decided to take a closer look at the Peckham family buried in this cemetery. Daniel Peckham and his second wife Sally Mosher had six children. I started with two of my great-grandfather Fred’s brothers: Job and William Peckham. Quakers as a rule abstained from active military service, but since Fred had served in the 111th, I thought I would see if any of his siblings had served as well. I used online resources such as and, as well as information found on the Cayuga County Rootsweb site, and learned a lot about Fred’s brothers.
William had enlisted in the 75th NY, a group of mostly Cayuga County boys, when he was 22 years old. William saw a lot of action in Louisiana and Virginia with the 75th including that fateful battle at Cedar Creek. He was captured that day, and held prisoner for several months. He was made a Corporal upon his release, and eventually mustered out with the 75th in Savannah, Georgia in August of 1865. William’s health was likely compromised while he was held prisoner, and in 1887 at the age of 47 William died.
Fred’s brother Job also enlisted in Company D of the 75th four days after his brother William, but after only six months service he was discharged for disability at Fort Pickens, Florida. The Ledyard Town Clerk’s Book of Civil War Service tells us that he was in ill health in 1866, and then in 1867 Job died when he was only 32. Fred, who is buried elsewhere, was also discharged early for disability, although he lived on to the ripe old age of 73.
Despite the Quaker policy of peacefulness, these three brothers felt strongly enough about the issues that brought about the war to participate in military action. How difficult it must have been for their family to not only wait for their safe return, but to see the broken and disillusioned men who returned from the battlefields and prison camps.
William’s gravestone at the Friend’s Cemetery has been repaired, as has his father Daniel Peckham’s. Descendants of other families who are glad to see this once overgrown cemetery get cleaned up and improved have also had gravestones repaired or cleaned. The change in the last 5 years is remarkable.
If you would like to join the Friends Cemetery Association on their yearly walk through as they decide what is the most urgent need to work on this year with their limited funds, join us on Wednesday July 20, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. If you can’t be there, you can check out some photographs of the gravestones by visiting the cemetery section at

Sunday, May 1, 2011

share APHNYS Award


This link will take you to the Sunday May 3 2011 Citizen newspaper article written about my recent historian's award, and a workshop on Civil War nurses. I am actively seeking information about any woman with a Scipio connection who was active in the Civil War, and hope to hear from anyone with news to share.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Publishing The Blog

I visited the blog this morning, and checked to see what the visitor count was. Another milestone - it had reached 12,000 even! So I want to thank you all for reading, commenting and otherwise sharing in this journey. Scipio has so many great people and places, I will never run out of things to say. I wish there were more hours in the day (or perhaps, that Scipio would finally have access to a high speed connection!).
To commemorate this milestone, I have ordered a paperback book of the blog from inception in October of 2007 through December of 2008, using Blog2Print.
It was easy to create a book, and the cost, while not cheap, is also not prohibitive. Once it arrives, I will let you know how it looks - I hope to have each calendar year printed out and available at the town offices for all to read.

Another Scipio Milestone

I celebrated Easter yesterday with some of my family in Rochester, NY. Tradition is what builds our family history, and what better way to add to it than by spending a soggy but sunny afternoon playing "Bunny Rabbit Ring Toss" and "Slingshot Egg Launch" with family old, new and honorary? It gave us a chance to exclaim over a new engagement, and to discuss a new piece of information on our Civil War ancestor who fought so bravely with Ellsworth's Avengers, the 44th NY.
My generation recalled out loud our fondest Easter memories, especially those of the family photo shoot every year followed by worship at Sand Beach Dutch Reformed Church in Fleming, then home to a delicious dinner and too many chocolate eggs.
I looked across the picnic table at my teenage nieces and nephews intently watching the animation in their grandmother's expression while she talked about what Easter was like with our parents when she was a child, just post-World War II, and realized that this day would also be a memory for them to share and pass along to their own children and grandchildren someday.
Oral history is such a special way to share your family history. I hope you take a little time today to tell someone else about one of your own traditions. Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

More about Gordon Robert Stewart, World War II Casualty

Here is an excerpt from the Tuesday, March 23, 1943 Citizen of Auburn NY found on

Eleven Auburn and Cayuga County men are members of the First Marine Division the entire personnel of which has been cited by President Roosevelt for bravery in the heavy battling of Guadalcanal and the Solomons.The eleven, who went forth to battle with the Fifth Company of the First Marine Division are: ....Gordon Stewart of Cortland, formerly of Auburn and Raymond Maassen of Aurora.
Of the eleven, Gordon Stewart and Raymond Maassen have made the supreme sacrifice while ...(4 others) have been wounded.

I have found some interesting articles on Raymond Maassen and will talk about him soon.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Gordon Stewart Obituary

I know that some folks only read the blog, and do not look at the comments left by other readers. I am putting this comment on the face of the blog, contributed by an alert and helpful follower. Thanks, Roger!

Sandie, here is Gordon Stewart's obituary from the Old Fulton New York Post Cards website.

"Marine, Former Moravian Is Killed In Solomons - PFC Gordon R. Stewart, 18, of the Marine Corps and son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville J. Stewart, 126 Groton Avenue, Cortland, was killed in the Solomon Islands fighting, according to word received by the parents from Lt. T. Holcomb, USMC. Father of the marine is manager of the Lehigh Valley Railroad freight office in Cortland. The family formerly had resided in Moravia. The young marine was born May 9, 1924. Accompanied by a cousin, John S. Bunn, he enlisted January 12, 1942 in Syracuse and they both received basic training at Parris Island, S. C., and additional training at New River, N. C. PFC Bunn went to Northern Ireland while PFC Stewart went to the Solomons. He had written to his parents of landing first at Tulagi Island and then crossing to Guadalcanal where he was killed September 26, according to the War Department communication. Surviving besides his parents are a brother, Lt. O. J. Stewart, Jr., attached to the supply battalion, Fort Benning, Ga., and a sister, Mrs. Joseph Titus, 317 Kellogg Street, Syracuse."
-- Moravia Republican-Register, Moravia, Cayuga Co., NY, Thursday, 5 November 1942

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Gordon R. Stewart and Raymond H. Maassen

I received a gift of some wonderful older yearbooks from a Scipio man last week. They are the 1939 and 1943 issues of The Echo from Emily Howland Central School (EHCS). Now known as Emily Howland Elementary, this school has been in operation for many years in the Town of Scipio.
Some of the same teachers that I saw in their later years were in those pages, fresh-faced as the students. I found two of my father’s sisters in the grade school photos - Nancy Stoker Goodnough and Isabelle Stoker Mason. Younger versions of my aunts smiled back at me along with many other familiar faces. I have already placed the yearbooks in Scipio’s History Corner and hope you find some time to come flip through the pages and reminisce.

By 1943, the United States was involved in World War II. The 1943 “Echo” opens to a full-page photo of classmate Gordon R. Stewart, accompanied by a moving tribute to his sacrifice for his country.
Gordon R. Stewart was a Scipio boy who became a Marine Corps Private, and he was awarded the Purple Heart. September 25, 1942 is given as his date of death. His name is inscribed forever on the Tablet of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery.
From the American Battle Monuments Commission website at I learned that the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines occupies 152 acres on a prominent plateau, visible at a distance from the east, south and west. It contains the largest number of graves of our military dead of World War II, a total of 17,202. Most of them lost their lives in operations in New Guinea and the Philippines. The headstones are aligned in 11 plots forming a generally circular pattern, set among masses of a wide variety of tropical trees and shrubbery.
On rectangular piers are inscribed the Tablets of the Missing, containing another 36,285 names. Gordon R. Stewart is one of them.

There is also an Editorial in the 1943 Echo by Patricia Keogh. She describes the two flags displayed that year at EHCS; one, the American Flag and the other the service flag. Each blue star on the service flag stood for a boy or girl from EHCS gone to the war. Each gold star stood for those who in Patricia’s words “have died that we might live.” The service flag had two gold stars that year.

Raymond H. Maassen was a second Scipio boy who was awarded the Purple Heart for his brave service to his country in World War II. His name is inscribed alongside that of his classmate on the Tablet of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery. A Private in the US Marine Corps who was present at Guadalcanal, his date of death is given as 26 September 1942.

I searched World War II battle dates on the internet, and found that the Battle of Guadalcanal was fought between August 7, 1942, and February 9, 1943, in the Pacific theater of World War II. The fighting took place on and around the island of Guadalcanal in the southern Solomon Islands.
The first U.S. Marine operation and attempt to attack Japanese forces west of the Matanikau River, conducted between September 23 and September 27, 1942, by elements of three U.S. Marine battalions, was repulsed by troops under Akinosuka Oka's local command. During the action, three U.S. Marine companies were surrounded by Japanese forces near Point Cruz west of the Matanikau, took heavy losses, and barely escaped with assistance from a U.S. Navy destroyer and landing craft manned by U.S. Coast Guard personnel. It would seem likely that this is the battle that cost these Scipio men their lives.

Both these men from our small town of Scipio served their country during World War II and their honorable service resulted in them never seeing Scipio again. I'm grateful their country recognized this sacrifice and awarded them the Purple Heart. I will share a photo of Gordon from the 1943 yearbook on this blog, just use this link:

I invite you to stop by Scipio to see the rest of these yearbooks. Maybe you have a memory to share of Gordon or Raymond, or someone else from Scipio. I would enjoy hearing from you.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Scipio's Comprehensive Plan Redux

Many Scipioites (think I should copyright that!) have worked hard on putting together a comprehensive plan to guide us into our future. Surveys were filled out, returned and the information reviewed. Many of our residents have roots that run deep, some back to the Revolutionary War and the original settlers here who came to claim the land in the Military Tract area their fledgling government awarded to them for their military service. Other residents have come in recent years for differing reasons. Many are farmers, some are commuters, and most enjoy the rural character of the town. How to preserve what makes us unique while still attracting residents and industry and offering services that the residents want requires thoughtfulness.
Now we have reached the point of reviewing the draft of a comprehensive plan. I want to share the e-mail I received:

A public hearing will be held to receive comments on the Town of Scipio Comprehensive Plan on Wednesday, May 11 from 6:30 - 7:30. Anyone wishing to comment on the Plan may do so at that time. If you are unable to attend the hearing but wish to comment, you may do so by email to or in writing to Town of Scipio, PO Box 71, Scipio Center, NY 13147 Att: Comp Plan Comments.

Copies of the Comprehensive Plan are available for review at the Scipio Town Office Monday and Saturday 9 am - 1 pm and Wednesday 3 pm - 5 pm, or may be downloaded at They may also be purchased at the Auburn Document Center, Genesee Street Auburn NY (you might wish to call ahead if you wish to purchase a hard copy from the ADC in Auburn).

I look forward to reviewing the comprehensive plan, with a view to our town's wonderful history and how we can best preserve and share it for future generations.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

NYS Historian Award Certificate

Here are a few photos of the Association of Public Historians of NYS (APHNYS) conference I attended this week in Elmira, NY. I was selected to receive the NYS Excellence in Promoting Local History Award! I was honored to be there and to be given this recognition.

Friday, April 1, 2011

New York History: Rochester to Honor African American Civil War Sold...

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The Owasco Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored Dr. Anderson with their Local Media Award; NYS has recommended that the national organization consider honoring him as well. His work to record and honor the black soldiers and white officers of the US Colored Troops has been extensive. Scipio had at least two men who served as officers in the USCT - Daniel Perrine Van Liew and Edwin Fell. James Philips of the Hamlet of Sherwood in Scipio served as a soldier in the USCT. I'm pleased to see Dr. Anderson's work continue.

APHNYS Conference Time

I am heading off to Elmira, NY this weekend for the annual APHNYS conference (Association of Public Historians of New York State). I have been a member since becoming Scipio Historian in 2004, and they were instrumental in providing me with the resources and contacts I needed to obtain certification as a NYS Registered Historian. One of their conferences is where I picked up the idea and impetus to start this blog, and that has been a wonderful way to share and communicate the history of our town. I’ve “met” several people through this blog who are interested in learning more about a person in one of the entries, as well as several who have been willing to share information that is new to us.
While there are increasingly larger amounts of historical and genealogical records on the Internet, it is still important to take advantage of learning and networking opportunities. We can learn a lot by listening to and networking with fellow researchers who might have different, and possibly better, approaches to particular research challenges that can help break through those brick walls.
The APHNYS conference is always a great place to do just that. I always return with something new to think about and I’m sure this year will be no exception. I hope to see old friends and meet some new ones, and look forward to telling you all about it when I return!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Update: to Offer FREE Census Access on 27th March

Update: to Offer FREE Census Access on 27th March is one of the largest genealogy resources on the internet. I have been a subscriber for several years now. When I checked Dick Eastman Online this morning (another long-time genealogy researcher with a web presence) I saw the information about free access to England's census records on ancestry this Sunday. Take a look, you may find where that immigrant ancestor lived!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cayuga-Owasco Lakes Historical Society: COLHS Banquet 2011

Cayuga-Owasco Lakes Historical Society: COLHS Banquet 2011: "Save the date - the annual COLHS banquet will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2011 starting at 6:30 PM at Christ United Methodist Church, 36 Church St., Moravia. Program tbd. Reservations required." Visit their website at to see what they are doing these days.
One focus of the Cayuga Owasco Lakes Historical Society is Millard Fillmore, our 13th President, who was a native of our area. Hope to see you at the banquet!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Auburn's Historic Post Office Building Twin?
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This is a link to an article with a photo, found on Flickr, of a building that so closely resembles our Historic Post Office Building in downtown Auburn, NY that I had to investigate. It may be just the style of the day, but I wonder if the same architect was involved for both buildings. Here's what the article says:
Temperance Building (1905), 330 Roane Street, Harriman, Tennessee
built as East Tennessee Land Company office • soon taken over by American Temperance University • prohibition in force in Harriman from founding until 1993 • city was major steel producer until depression • now houses City Hall and Harriman Heritage Museum • National Register of Historic Places, 1971 • nearby plaque reads: “Harriman: Utopia of Temperance. Incorporated in 1891, this was to be an ideal industrial city, an object lesson for thrift, sobriety, superior intelligence and exalted moral character, where workers would be uncorrupted by Demon Rum. Named for Union General Walter Harriman, former governor of New Hampshire. Leader of movement was Union General Clinton B. Fisk, founder of Fisk University and Prohibition candidate for President in 1888.”

The Avery Trace Chapter of the Tennessee Daughters of the American Revolution recently dedicated this plaque.
A little time spent Googling the Temperance Building found some interesting news, including a few ghost stories! Go take a look and let me know what you think.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

New York History

I have just added a new link to one of my favorite blogs: New York History. Blogman John Warren has a good eye for news about this great state of NY; in particular, news about her history and the many others on the internet who work to keep history alive for us and for our future generations.
Exploring this blog today, I found a link to the Huguenots of New Paltz. I have been working off and on to find my missing link to my Dickerson ancestor, who was at Valley Forge, and whose discharge papers were signed by George Washington himself. In the Historic Huguenot Society website, I found the Dickerson name in their surname listing, so I am planning to contact the Society to see if they may have what I seek.
Everything I need to plan my visit is on the website, it couldn't be easier. Thanks, John!

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Genoa - King Ferry Tribune

I received my Spring 2011 issue of the Genoa - King Ferry Tribune yesterday, and I was pleased to see that most of pages 10 and 11 (and a little of page 12) were given over to my article about the two Jacquard coverlets that Scipio has become the proud owner of. This is the second issue with one of my articles.
Those in the Scipio zip code of 13147 receive a copy in their mailbox. Many of Scipio's residents are in the Auburn NY zip code of 13021, and if that includes you, to get a copy of this fine quarterly publication you can send $18 for a one year subscription to GHA, P.O. Box 316, King Ferry, NY 13081.
I will continue to write articles on Scipio and her wonderful history for the Tribune. If you have suggestions for articles, send me a comment or an e-mail and I will try to accommodate them.
I also write occasionally for the Auburn Citizen, and that is available through a regular subscription or you can check out an online version at Right now, I am spending a lot of my time on Civil War research. Many Scipio men fought in that war and I will be writing about them as we enter the Civil War sesquicentennial in April of 2011.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Philips Family and USCT of the Civil War

Some of you may have noticed in our local newspaper The Citizen that I spent a pleasant evening at Seymour Library in Auburn last week, watching Dr. David Anderson portray Frederick Douglass, a former slave then freedom fighter whose own paper, the North Star, was founded in 1847 and was a lodestone for abolitionists and emancipation for those of color as well as women. Dr. Anderson was great at this living history portrayal, and I did manage to speak to him briefly beforehand about the upcoming sesquicentennial of the American Civil War and the lack of resources at the state level to commemorate it.
Dr. Anderson is also a Senior Fellow with the United States Colored Troops (USCT) Institute, and I have been working for some time now to discover records for Scipio men who served with the USCT. Two men were officers, Daniel Perrine Van Liew and Ed Fells. In addition, James Philips of Sherwood NY fought with the 39th USCT.
A free black man, James was at risk as a soldier if captured by the Confederate Army but he enlisted and saw plenty of action.
James and his family lived out their lives in Scipio, and are buried in Sherwood Cemetery. Their story deserves to be told and I am researching our local records as well as using resources found on our Cayuga County Rootsweb,, the NYS Library, and other internet sites to share it with you. Stay tuned!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Owasco Lake

I heard on the news this morning that Niagara Falls may be frozen over, an event that hasn't occurred in several years. It has indeed been a long cold winter here in New York State!
Owasco Lake has also been frozen, if not completely then certainly more than I have seen in some years myself. When I drive down Wyckoff Hill in the winter (sometimes a scary excursion on that "big hill") I glance across Route 38 at Owasco Lake. In February, there were so many trucks parked along the end of Wyckoff Road that I wondered if there was a party going on at the neighbors house! Then I looked at Owasco Lake and saw all the ice fishermen. Conditions were ideal for this winter activity, and all along Route 38 heading north to Auburn, I saw evidence of how many people enjoy being outdoors in our Finger Lakes.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Jacquard Coverlet Photo

Here's a photo of the corner of our new 1832 coverlet. As you can see, the "S" in Scipio is transposed.
There are some other irregularities, that would suggest this is the work of an apprentice or new weaver.

Scipio Serendipity

It has been my experience in historical research as in genealogy, serendipity plays a part with uncanny frequency. I've heard many stories of people searching for a document, or a grave site, and literally tripping over the information they needed. And I've had occasion to do the genealogy "happy dance" a few times myself.
Thanks to some recent serendipity, Scipio now has a second jacquard coverlet; this one is dated 1832. Here's how it came about:
I paid a visit recently to my Symula relatives, who had moved to the Capital District just before the holidays. I don't often see folks from that side of the family, as they don't live in central NY. But a few years ago, they held a family reunion, and I happily did a little research on the Symula and Bielowicz families, since it gave me my first opportunity to work with records from Austria and Poland.
I was able to find some census and naturalization information that led me to immigration and ship records. Eventually, with the help of my Family Tree Maker program, I put together a small but interesting packet of new details and shared it with the Symula family.
So two weeks ago, I am downstate visiting with my relatives, and a family member from Vermont was also there. We got to talking, and he asked if I had a copy of my earlier research that I could send electronically.
If you know any historians or genealogists, you know that they never ever throw anything away. Of course I still had his family tree! So I handed him my Scipio Historian business card, and asked him to contact me after he returned to Vermont. He looked at the business card and said “Scipio, huh? My wife has a quilt up in the attic that came from there.”

Here’s where it gets interesting.

I asked about getting some photos of this quilt. He was pretty familiar with it, and from his description of a blue and cream colored blanket with big roses on it and a date in the corner, I knew he was talking about a jacquard coverlet. He promised to send me some pictures after he got home.
I had pictures the next day. This is a well-used coverlet, with some familiar designs. I had a few telephone conversations and e-mails with Mrs. Symula. Her coverlet came to her through her grandmother, who had lived in Fairport and was associated with the Strong family.
If you search this blog for jacquard coverlets, you will find that the Strong family of Rochester, known for Strong Memorial Hospital, came to Rochester from Scipio. And Rhoda Strong, a daughter of Epaphroditis Strong, married a weaver by the name of Henry Johnson in 1829, moving to Genesee County by 1840. It does seem like a real possibility that they are somehow connected to this coverlet.
The Symulas wrapped the coverlet carefully and shipped it off to Scipio. It arrived last week, and I can’t wait to display it at the town building. I hope you will be able to come see both our new acquisition of the 1832 coverlet, and our 1834 coverlet soon.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Dutch Reformed Church of Fleming 1860's Marriages

The last marriage I wrote about occurred in 1854, performed by S. R. Brown. The next record of marriages in this transcription are those performed by Rev. John Garretson in the 1860's.

There are two marriages for 1861.
September 18th, John Graham of Fishkill, Dutchess Co., NY married Phebe A. Hasbrook of Scipio, Cayuga Co., NY.
March 1861 brings the marriage of J. Beekman Rawles, a Lieut. in the United States Army, to Phoebe A. Garretson of Owasco, Cayuga Co., NY. Perhaps he was in the military prior to the Civil War, which began in April of 1861.

1862 brings three recorded marriages.
June 28, 1862 is the marriage date for Wm. Alexander Stone of Peterboro, Madison Co., NY to Rose Marie Dickey of Smithfield, also in Madison Co., NY.
August 24, 1862 is the marriage of Daniel Miller of Owasco, Cayuga Co., NY to Elsie Cole of Port Byron, Cayuga Co., NY.
December 3rd, David B. Post of Fleming married Sarah Parsell of Aurelius, NY.

The next few transcriptions appear to be out of order. First there is August 28, 1863 and the marriage of George W. Miller of Scipio, NY, to Celia Stocker, also of Scipio. The next entry is for 1862, and is in January; this is the marriage of Nathan V. Whitlock of Portland, Iona Co., Mich to Mary A. Harris of Great Harrington, Mass.

The next entry is for 1863 again, and for December 24th. It is the marriage of Cornelius Hornbeck of Owasco and Caty State (first letter of her name is difficult to read)of Auburn, Cayuga Co., NY.

These are all the transcripts I have available. I hope you are able to find an ancestral gem!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Dutch Reformed Church of Fleming 1850's Marriages

Today, I continue to record marriages performed by A. B. Winfield at the Dutch Reformed Church at the Owasco Outlet in Fleming, NY. I'm sure our Cayuga County Historian, Sheila Tucker, could give us a lot of information to supplement what I am writing. She has been Town of Fleming Historian over 25 years! There are 3 marriages recorded in 1850.
On January 24th, John Wheaton married Emily Sperry, both of Fleming.
On February 19th, John L. Wilson married Augusta Thompson, both of Owasco.
December 3rd of 1850 brought the marriage of David Reeles (or Keeles) to Lydia Close of Scipio.

There are no marriages recorded again until 1854, which brings the Record of Marriages by S. R. Brown.
Sometime in June of 1854, Baxter Colvin of Cato married Miss Mary A. Knox of Scipio.
November 22, 1854, Thomas C. Cortwright married Miss Cornelia E. DeVoe, both of Owasco.
November 29th brings the marriage of Edwin Culley of Fleming to Mrs. Elizabeth Luggett. I wonder if Elizabeth had been married previously? She was recorded as "Mrs." while the others have all been noted as "Miss."

Monday, January 3, 2011

Dutch Reformed Church of Fleming 1849 Marriages

My last "blogification" took us through 1848. So today, I will start with the recorded marriages from 1849.
First marriage of January 18th was between DeWitt C. Maycumber and Caroline Anthony, both of Ledyard, NY. Ledyard was once a part of Scipio, formed off in 1833 as our neighbor to the west.
On March 26th, 1849, Cor. Simonson of Griggstown, NJ married Mary C. Van Middlesworth of Sand Beach. I wonder if the Helen Van Middlesworth that married John Polhamus of Harlingen NJ in 1847 were sisters? How did they meet these men from New Jersey in a time when travelling such a distance would have been limited?
July 29th brings the marriage of Geo. Quick of Fleming to Mary Jane Van Nest. August 16th, 1849, Henry V. Quick married Ellen Van Middlesworth, both of Owasco. I will need to check with the Owasco Historian, Laurel Auchampaugh, to find out when Sand Beach became absorbed into Owasco.
On October 20th, Peter W. Williamson of Owasco married Catharine Cornell of Fleming.
November 1st, James H. Brinkerhoff married Gertrude Amerman, both of Niles, NY. November 15th, Ninian Chamberlain married Sarah Swartwout, both of Owasco. Ninian was also a resident of Scipio and we have a family file for him, but it was lacking his marriage information.
The last marriage of 1849 took place on December 1st between Darius Greenfield and Amarilla Stoner, both of Owasco.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Dutch Reformed Church of Fleming, NY

In 2010, I published a partial list of marriages of Scipio and Fleming folks that I found in a transcription from the Dutch Reformed Church of Fleming records. Fleming is our next door neighbor, and many of the other names are familiar so I had decided that I would publish them as well.
My last publication took us through April 11th of 1847. There was one more marriage recorded that year; thee December 2nd marriage of John H. Polhamus of Harlingen, NJ to Helen Van Middlesworth of Sand Beach. You may recall that Sand Beach was the name of the hamlet near today's traffic circle by Emerson Park, and was the name for several years of the Dutch Reformed Church located there. Harlingen is in Montgomery County, NJ and there is a Harlingen Reformed Church there still worshipping today.

Now we have arrived at 1848. The first marriage recorded is between William De Groff of Fleming and Helen Holmes of Scipio. November 8th, Charles Burlew of Springport married Phebe Wyckoff of Fleming, NY. On December 25th, 1848, Isaac D. Guyer of N. Y. (so I believe of New York City) married Miss Anna C. Clarkson of Brooklyn. It would be interesting to know what the tie to central NY was for this young couple to travel here to get married.