HOMES OF HERKIMER COUNTY
THE JURY/PADDOCK FARM
TOWN OF LITCHFIELD
This article was a collaboration between myself and Jury Family researcher Claire Jury-Cranford. The Jury house was located next
to an old school that is not there anymore and was previously the Paddock farm. Paddock information comes from an undated old Paddock
George Jury was born October 28, 1871 in Port Epworth, Ontario, Canada, and died April 19, 1948 in Floyd, NY at the home of his eldest son. He married (1) Florence Martha Foxhall June 26, 1898 in Parrish of Charles, Plymouth, England, daughter of James Foxhall and Jane. Florence passed away on the farm in 1927. He married (2) Addie Jones Kincaid on November 21, 1940 in Sauquoit, NY, daughter of Joseph Jones and Nettie Arnold. George emigrated to Buffalo, NY on the vessel J.H. & B.R.R. in April of 1909. George became a U.S. citizen in the Supreme Court at Herkimer, New York with William Quackenbush presiding as Clerk in 1920.
George Jury raised his family at Norwich Corners, NY, after purchasing the former Paddock farm which is tucked away on a peaceful country road in this area.
Robert Brayton Paddock, the previous owner of the Jury farm, was born June 7, 1824 at Norwich Corners. His father before him was born on the Paddock farm and lived there his entire life. His grandfather was a privateer in the American Revolution. Robert and his wife, Miriam Frances Tanner of Willowvale, purchased the family farm in 1851 and took up farming there until moving to Sauquoit, Oneida County, NY. The Paddocks were known as kind, honorable, neighbors and much esteemed and respected in the community. Robert B. Paddock passed away in 1912 at his home in Sauquoit leaving his wife and two children.
In 1901 the farm was conveyed by George W. Burpee to Susan/Elizabeth Burpee and Emma Almira Paddock, consisting of 97 acres.
In 1915 George Jury and his wife Florence purchased the farm from Emma Elmira Paddock. One of the Jury children and several grandchildren were born on this farm. The Jury family were also well liked and highly regarded in the surrounding towns. The Paddocks and Jury families are not related in any way.
The Jury homestead, like most farms of long ago, had many chickens, chicken coops and, of course, a substantial barn in this area of many thriving farms. It's amazing how the old timers were so handy building their family homes in the early 1800's and that the same homes would survive the rugged winters and other atmospheric conditions like hurricanes, strong winds, torrential rains, etc. Many of these older homes still exist and are being lived in as can be witnessed by the picture of the Jury farm home taken by a family member in the year 2000. Although the family living in the home at this time is not related to the Jury family, this is the home where George Jury raised his family and the current owners graciously gave permission to a Jury family member to take pictures of the home. In the 1930's George Jury sold the farm and opened a coal dealership in Sauquoit where he lived until his death in 1948.
Claire Jury Cranford passed away on April 28, 2002. If you have information to share about the Jury Family of Litchfield, please contact Cathy Cranford.
Those interested in Jury genealogy are encouraged to visit an extensive and thorough genealogical site, Cathy Cranford-Ailstock's Genealogy Site, which has won several awards for preserving their family history and documenting evidence:
While visiting, viewers will admire the diligent, hard work and research that went into developing such extensive online information. There is an e-mail address listed on the Jury pages for anyone who wishes to contact the family for further information. Other surnames on this page connected to George Jury's line of descendants are Foxhall, Wollacott, Jones, Brown, Ware, Swift, Papuzza, and more. The photograph of the Jury/Paddock home was kindly forwarded by Cathy Cranford-Ailstock. Cathy is Rootsweb Listowner for Montgomery County, NC, (NCMONTGO-L@rootsweb.com), as well as the JURY, AILSTOCK, BRUTON, CRANFORD, FOXHALL, HATHCOCK & OZIER surname mailing lists on Rootsweb.
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