Sunday, May 25, 2014

Ledyard and the Civil War

Until the 1830's, Ledyard was a part of Scipio. Many of the Civil War soldiers from that town were also a part of Scipio. I was fortunate enough to find this list of soldiers, and am sharing it here for Memorial Day.

Memorial Day in Scipio in 1908

I spent some time at one of my favorite websites today. I thought it would be appropriate to post how Scipio celebrated Decoration Day while some of our Civil War veterans were still able to participate. Here is the article I found:

Auburn NY Weekly Bulletin 1908-1909 from
Memorial Day at Scipio
S.C. Tallman and Rev. A.S. Yantis of Auburn among Speakers

The Decoration Day observance at Scipio Center Saturday last was a very interesting occasion. The brass band from Sherwood’s was in attendance and enlivened the occasion by music before Snyder’s hall began to fill up, as it did, for the afternoon exercises. The band opened the exercises by playing America and received hearty applause. James Hitchcock presided in his usual systematic and satisfactory way, and introduced the various numbers on the programme, the first of which was the invocation by Rev. Arnold Stevens Yantis of Auburn. The scholars of the Scipio school under the direction of Miss Hadley, their teacher, marched in from the rear of the hall each one carrying the American flag, and lined up in company front on the stage and sang with great force and dash the old time soldier’s refrain of Tramp, Tramp, Tramp the Boys are Marching. The choir, Mrs. Pardon T. Shorkley, Mrs. Allen Post, John and William Van Liew then sang Tenting Tonight on the Old Campground. As John Van Liew of Auburn, formerly of Scipio, was a veteran this number was extremely fitting. Mr. Hitchcock then read Lincoln’s address at Gettysburg. The choir sang another selection, and was followed by Selah Cornwell Tallman of Auburn with brief remarks. Among the subjects discussed he referred to the fact that the Scipio post was named after his uncle, Selah Cornwell, and gave a sketch of his life as he organized and went to the front with the Company E as its captain of the One Hundred and Thirty-eighth regiment. Mr. Tallman spoke of his remembrance as a boy of between 6 and 7 years of age when his uncle left for the front and how well he remembered the occasion and of the sadness occasioned by the death of Selah Cornwell which occurred November 1, 1862, about two months after he left for the front, and expressed his gratitude to the officers of the post for the privilege of commemorating the memory of a good man 46 years after his death. He also referred to the great love which General W. H. Seward, his commander, had for him and how he thought a bright future was closed by his death, and that he so wished to live not alone for the sake of living but for the privilege of keeping his company to the front and in the service of his country.
Mr. Tallman gave several humorous sketches and referred to the statistics showing that the country was saved not by men but by boys ranging in age from 10 to 21.
The children then sang another patriotic number and the orator of the day, Rev. Arnold Steven Yantis, gave his address in his customary dignified and masterly manner. He referred to the growth and the grander of the republic, how the ties of the North and the South once so badly separated were now banded together that at Battle Creek Mich., the Decoration day address was to be made by a former Confederate soldier, and the debt of gratitude that this and coming generations had for the soldiers. The meeting came to a close by the singing of America by the choir, and while the audience dispersed the band played another selection.
Several of the veterans were unable to be present owing to feeble health, and there were seven men only to represent the now rapidly decreasing heroes.
Mr. Tallman motored to Scipio in his Reo touring car and was accompanied by Rev. A. S. Yantis, Veteran Thomas Tallman and his son, Carl C. Tallman.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Genealogy Research 101

I attended the NYS Conference of Daughters of the American Revolution in 2013 held in Syracuse NY. Since membership in that organization requires verifying your link to one (or several!) Revolutionary War participant(s), genealogy research techniques are a hot topic among the members. A friend who is also the NYS Chairman of Lineage Research is committed to finding new ways to help with research. She shared with me a website that I am now sharing here.
Crafted for the beginner but with tips and hints for those brick walls even the most experienced researcher stumbles upon, this website is full of information on how to begin genealogy research and where on the internet information may be found.
There is a self-paced tutorial for beginners with clearly outlined tasks. Of value to all are the genealogy links provided. I already had many of these bookmarked and use them regularly to research our Scipio ancestors. You will also find some handy tools and charts. I especially like the Town to County database; put in the name of a town and the database provides the unknown to you county name - very handy for following up with specific research.
Take a moment to check out this comprehensive but not overwhelming website. I think you'll be glad you did.
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