Herkimer County NY
Ancestral Sightings Part 1

Lisa Slaski and Jane Dieffenbacher's abstracting of family profiles from county history books has become one of the most popular resources on the site. Similar profiles, as well as shorter mentions, can turn up anywhere. The profiles, sightings and new tidbits below of former Montgomery County residents come from books, newspapers, and articles published in other states and other NY counties, as well as specialized reference works.

Many states "Out West" published books with short biographies about their local residents, telling where they originally came from. Of course, history books for other NY State counties profiled their own residents, some of whom had Herkimer County roots. Detailed genealogical information is occasionally given. The persons whose short bios and info appear below may or may not be your ancestors, but it's worth scanning through them to check out where your own families' relatives migrated and when.

This section is for resources from other places mentioning persons with Herkimer County ties. Contributions can be sent to the site coordinators, putting "Ancestral Sightings" in the subject line of your email. Include accurate reference as to book/source if you have it. Published sources must be over 75 years old (copyright law). **No notice is too small.** A one-line mention may be the solution to someone's brick wall.

Presenting a nice batch of out of state bios donated by one of our best contributors, Paul Horvat, a Van Allen family researcher. Biographies below were extracted from "History of Will County, Illinois," Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878.

Charles KARCH, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Frankfort Station; was born in Herkimer Co., N. Y., July 9, 1844; came to this State with his father's family in 1848, and settled in Frankfort, Will Co., IL; he is the son of H. J. KARCH, who is one of our first settlers and pioneers; his farm consists of 160 acres, valued at $10,000. He was married May 17, 1876, to Miss Mary KAMPE, who was born in Cook Co., IL. Feb. 27, 1855. Mr. KARCH has, in connection with his farming pursuits, the agency for the sale of all kinds of farming implements and the Wilson Sewing Machine; also has been general insurance agent for five years.

Hon. Hugh HENDERSON, Joliet; deceased; was born on the 9th day of June, 1809, in Norway, Herkimer Co., N. Y.; he received his education at Fairfield Seminary, in his native county; after which he read law in the office of George FEETER, Esq., a prominent lawyer of Little Falls, Herkimer Co.; in 1836, he came to Joliet, and shortly after his arrival was admitted to the bar, and at once took high rank among the members of the legal profession. He was married Dec. 23, 1837, to Miss Helen A. MYERS of Herkimer Co., who came to Joliet in the fall of 1836, and who still survives him, living in the same house, which he built in 1838. In 1837, he was elected County Judge, holding the office one year; he was a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1845; in 1849, he was elected Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, and held the office until his death, which occurred on the 19th of October, 1854, while on his first visit to his old home in Norway, N. Y. We quote the following from the remarks of the late Hon. Uri OSGOOD, on the occasion of presenting to the Circuit Court, the proceedings of the Will County Bar, upon the death of Judge HENDERSON:

"By his knowledge of the law, his unremitting attention to the duties of his office, his urbanity, his sterling integrity, and accommodating business habits, he acquired the affections and respect of the members of the bar, and the people of the circuit; he had attained a high position as a lawyer and a judge; he was firm but courteous, honorable and irreproachable in morals, and in all the relations of private life; he was respected and honored, and highly esteemed as a useful member of society." He left four children - Sarah Margaret, who was born Oct. 21, 1839, and is now the wife of Capt. John A. KELLY, of Lyons, Mich.; Daniel C., who was born May 31, 1845, learned the printer's trade in Joliet, and in 1866, went to Chicago, and entered the employ of Horton & Leonard; in 1870, he returned to Joliet, and in 1871, established the Joliet Record, a Democratic weekly newspaper, which has steadily increased in circulation and influence, and has a circulation of 850 copies; James E., the second son, was born May 23, 1848, learned the printing business, and is now associated with his brothers on the Record; John D., the youngest son, was born Oct. 16,1851, entered the telegraph office of the C., A. & St. L. R. R. Co., about ten years ago, remaining until some five years ago, at which time he joined his brothers in the publication of the Record.

John D. HENDERSON, HENDERSON & STEWART, dry goods, Wilmington; born in Herkimer, N.Y., December, 1814, where he resided until his removal to Illinois in 1845, locating at Joliet in the spring of that year; in connection with the work on the Illinois & Michigan Canal, then in progress, he superintended the work on the upper dam at Joliet; in May, 1848, he removed to his present home, and engaged in mercantile business, under the firm name of BOWEN & HENDERSON, which continued until 1857, when Dr. BOWEN's interest was purchased by Geo. T. STEWART, member of the present firm. Mr. HENDERSON has served in various official capacities; was member of the first Board of Trustees of the town of Wilmington in 1854; also served as Mayor of the city in 1867, 1868 and 1869. Married in 1837 to Miss Helen M. daughter of Daniel JOHNSON, of New York; by this union there are two children - Helen L. and Mary A.

Eli N. SMALL, Postmaster, Custer; the subject of this sketch was born in Herkimer County, N.Y., June 20, 1828, and is the son of William and Evelina (CANFIELD) SMALL; his mother, a native of Connecticut, his father of New York, and was engaged in the wholesale grocery business in the city of New York. Mr. SMALL came West to Will County in 1853, and settled in Wilmington; then to Custer; here he has remained ever since; through his influence, the township of Custer was named, and in honor of Gen. Custer is the Postmaster (the first) of Custer Twp. Married in 1857 to Miss Alice L. EASTON, of New York, daughter of William EASTON; they have three children.

Benjamin F. MORGAN, farmer; P. O. Wilmington, this gentleman is one of the old settlers of Wesley Twp.; was born; in Herkimer Co., N.Y., April 2. 1811, and is the son of Ebenezer and Hannah (CHAPMAN) MORGAN; father, from Massachusetts; was engaged in farming and stock-raising; mother, from New York, who died when Mr. MORGAN was very young; his father remarried; he moved to Chautauqua Co., N. Y.; here Mr. MORGAN remained until 1840; Aug. 12, 1840, he married Miss Elizabeth J. STERNBURG, of New York; started West to Illinois; arrived and settled in Wesley Twp., Nov. 12, 1840; when be first came here, the country was very wild; set out and made all the improvements on his farm, which to day is one of the finest improved farms of Wesley Twp.; he owns 200 acres of land that were made by hard labor and good management; Mr. MORGAN's first wife died; he then married Miss Betsey E. GOULD in Oct., 1861, who was born in Ohio about 1841, and is the daughter of James and Lydia GOULD. Mr. MORGAN has held several offices of public trust. Republican in politics. Five children; Erie F. was in the war, 100th I. V. I., but on the account of disability, was honorably discharged; Philip C., Irwin C. (Sidney S., deceased), and Mary E.

Charles RICHARDS, M. D., physician and surgeon, Joliet; was born in Newport, Herkimer Co., N.Y., July 26, 1832; at the age of 10 years, he removed with his parents to New Haven, Huron Co., Ohio; after receiving an English education, he began the study of medicine in the office of Dr. F. G. Armstrong, of New Haven, Ohio; he attended medical lectures at the Albany Medical College, where he graduated in 1855; he then located in New Haven, Ohio, and practiced medicine there until 1868, when he came to Joliet, and has been a practicing physician here ever since. He is a member of the Will County Medical Society, of which he was formerly Secretary; he held the office of Coroner of Will County from 1870 to 1874. He was married on the 25th of March, 1858, to Miss Harriet MULFORD, of New Haven, Ohio.

William H. CAVENDER, farming, Sec. 3; P. O. Bird's Bridge; the subject of this sketch was born in Greenfield, N. H., Feb. 22, 1828. He married Miss P. A. STEEL April 27, 1856; she was born in Herkimer Co., N.Y., Nov. 11, 1841; they have seven children viz., Francis E., Dora E., Libbie M., Mary A., Emma C., Sinclair S. and Anna Belle. He lived in New Hampshire seven years, when his parents moved to Michigan, where he lived until 1849; he then went to California, where he engaged in the mining and stock business, meeting with good success, having accumulated over $12,000 during four years; in 1854, he returned to Michigan, and remained until 1865; he then went to Texas, and bought a drove of cattle, his family coming to Joliet at the same time; he returned from Texas the same year, and marketed his stock in Chicago, and then came to Will Co. and settled in Troy Twp., and engaged in the grain business at Bird's Bridge; in 1868, he came to his present place. He started in poor circumstances, and now owns 165 acres in this township.

Alonzo HEMSTREET, retired butcher, Plainfield. Non-sectarian; Democrat. Owns house and twelve acres in the village; was born in Herkimer Co., N.Y., Oct. 6, 1815; his parents removed to Lewis Co., N. Y., when he was 2 years of age; he remained there with his parents until he was 22 years of age; he then went to Buffalo, N. Y., where he remained nine months, during which time he was employed variously in a lumber-yard and grocery; he then came to this place, arriving July 3, 1837; he soon after hired out to Daniel ASHLEY, and worked nine months on a farm, after which, he worked five months for Daniel W. LAMB; he then went to Fox River, .and worked another year on a farm, after which, in company with Daniel ASHLEY, he built a shanty, and broke 100 acres of prairie, and sowed it to wheat; the rust destroyed it, and this enterprise was a failure; this was the first time wheat ever blasted in this county (1840); in 1841, he drove an ox-team to Prairie du Chien for Ralph SMITH and Alonzo WALDO, where he remained two years; he then came to Plainfield and rented a saw-mill of Jonathan HAGAR, and run it two years; in 1846, he commenced butchering, and followed it for twenty years. Mr. HEMSTREET married Augusta M. FOSTER, daughter of Lyman FOSTER Esq., Oct. 26, 1848; she was born in Esperance, Otsego Co., N.Y., Dec. 20, 1826; have had seven children, only two of whom are living - Albert E. and Andrew J.; the names of the deceased are Harriet E., Esther A., Charles D., Alonzo Monroe and, Frank F. Has held the office of Constable twelve years: President of Village Board of School Directors, which office he holds at present. Mr. H. has always been a strong Democrat.

Dwight PRESTON, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Gooding's Grove; was born in Herkimer Co., N.Y., Feb. 21, 1823; he moved with his parents to Otsego Co. when he was 4 years old, and lived there until 1852, when he came to this county and settled on See. 11; in 1857, went to Marion Co., IL. In 1861, enlisted in Co. F, 39th Reg. IL. Inf., and was promoted to 1st Sergeant Nov. 15, 1862, serving until the close of the war; he was wounded at Warebottom Church, Va. May 2O, l864, and remained in hospital until his discharge June 8, 1865; he then came to Will Co., and has remained here ever since. Has been Collector and Constable. He married Emeline BROOKS, of Otsego Co N.Y. Dec. 1, 1844; she died Nov. 28, 1872; they have two children - Adelbert D., born Sept. 13, 1845, and Hannah E., June l5, 1848. His son Adelbert D. married Lydia COON Dec. 26, 1869; they had four children - Marion D., born Oct. 2, 1870; Grace E., Feb. 28, 1873; William Adelbert, June 23, 1875, died June 21, 1877 and Mary L., Aug. 25, 1877.

Lyman FOSTER, retired farmer; P. O. Plainfield. Non-sectarian; Democratic. Owns house and lot in village; was born March 30, 1793, in the town of Meriden, New Haven Co., Conn.; at the age of 11, his parents removed to Lewis Co., N. Y.; remained with them until 13 years of age, and was then apprenticed to paper-making; served until he was 21; then went to Chenango Co, N. Y., and took charge of a paper-mill for two and one-half years; he then went to Cooperstown, and, in company with others, built a paper-mill at that place, which he conducted three years and then sold out; he then went to Little Falls, N.Y., and for two years took charge of the largest paper-mill in the State, after which he went to Esperance, N. Y.; stopped one year; then went to New Berlin; stopped one year; he then went to Lewis Co., N. Y., and farmed about five years; then to this township in 1844, where he engaged in farming until his retirement, about nine years ago; during the time he engaged in farming, he sold Mr. NORTON 30,000 bushels of corn. Mr. F. has been twice married; his first union was with Esther BLOOD, when he was 27 years of age; she was born in Vermont, and died about fifteen years ago; had eight children by that marriage, six of whom are now living viz., Giles D., Fayette, Mercy A., Mary A., Helen and Cornelia; the names of those that died are Louisa J. and Isaac J.; Mr. F.'s second marriage was with Mrs. Emily PEARSONS, April 18, 1869, Mr. F. remembers when the death of WASHINGTON occurred, and a funeral sermon that was preached on that occasion, in 1799; he also remembers seeing the British fleet as it passed up New York Harbor, in 1813 or 1814, to attack New York City. At the age of 24, he was appointed Justice of the Peace for Otsego Co., N. Y., by Daniel D. TOMPKINS, then Governor of that State, which office he held continuously for fourteen years. Mr. F., during two years of his stay in Otsego Co., N. Y. supplied the Albany Arqus with paper, that then being the leading newspaper in the State.

John M. WHITE, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Wilmington; owns 300 acres of land in this county, and 413 acres in Kankakee, valued at $35,600. Held office of Collector two years, Supervisor one term, in 1865, and Township Trustee for eight years, which office he now holds; born Dec. 23, 1823, in Glasgow, Scotland, and came to this country with his father's family in 1833; they located in Livingston Co., N. Y.; thence to Ontario Co., two years later; thence to Williamsport, Penn. All the family, consisting of his father (Adam WHITE), mother (Margaret WATSON WHITE), five brothers and two sisters, located within two miles of Mr. WHITE's present residence in 1844. Mr. WHITE married Margery MCINTOSH, daughter of D. MCINTOSH, Jan. 20, 1853; she was born in Little Falls, N.Y., Jan. 13, 1834; have six children - William W., Daniel M., Ida S., John B., Frank E., Arthur R.; William W., married Juliette NELSON April 1, 1874; Daniel M., married Sarah A. NELSON, Dec. 25, 1876. Mr. WHITE went to California across the plains in the spring of 1850; remained about two years, then returned to this Township to the farm where he now resides, and on which he has remained ever since.

new 10/13/02 Local news spotted by the site coordinator in an old newspaper.

Source: The Waterville Times and Hop Reporter. Waterville, Oneida County, New York. Thursday, March 25, 1937. Vol. 80 No. 18.

- Oriskany Falls News (heading)

Mrs. Charles Gray was called to Little Falls last Tuesday on account of the illness of her mother which resulted later in her death of pneumonia at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edick.

Mrs. W.H. Loomis and Mrs. LeRoy Loomis of Dolgeville were callers at the home of Mrs. William Roberts last Friday.

The funeral of Wm. F. Garlick was held from his home in Cleveland on the 20th. Mr. Garlick was a well-known fruit grower, specializing in strawberries. He was the father of W.H. Garlick, a State Grange officer of Camden, and an uncle of Mrs. D.B. Hamblin. (Oneida Co. locations)

- Lower Main St., Deansboro (heading)

Mr. Grant Hansel and family, West Winfield, visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jones, last Sunday.

Joseph Ryan spent a few days last week with Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mahady. (Newport connection?)

- Deansboro Notes (heading)

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Carter and son Richard were guests of their mother, Mrs. Zelmar Kelsey, last week. They were returning to their home in South Dayton from St. Johnsville where they had been called by the death of their grandmother.

- Augusta Notes (heading)

Trooper and Mrs. Gardner Vaughn and son Garey, Old Forge, were at the home of Mr. Vaughn's mother, Mr. and Mrs. E.P. Reigler, enroute to Florida where they will enjoy a month's vacation.

- Hamilton Center (heading)

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Crawford and son Edward of Herkimer spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. A.N. Brand.

- Hubbard's Corners (heading)

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Martin and children called at the Almon Storey home of Frankfort Hill recently.

- East Hills, Clayville (heading)

East Hills, March 23 - Mr. and Mrs. George Ludlow, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Smith and Jo Ann Smith visited Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bargy, Frankfort, Sunday.

It is being rumored that a county road will be built this year from the county road at the Ludlow Corners to Cedar Lake, via the Merton Goodier and Frank Rider farms.

new 10/2/02  A big thank you to researcher Dorothy B. McNary, who welcomes any information about her ancestor Gideon Powell Walker, a former Herkimer County resident.

"In the search for ancestor GIDEON POWELL WALKER, the following was found":

Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa, (Lewis Publishing Co. (1887), pp. 601-602:

"G.P. Walker, Hamilton Township, postoffice, Pleasanton. Among the intelligent pioneers of Decatur Co. who have been identified with the county for nearly forty years, is the subject of this sketch, he is a native of Herkimer County, New York, born in 1809, a son of Truman and Ada (Powell) Walker. Our subject was reared and educated in New York. He read law and was admitted to the bar. After arriving at the age of manhood he located in the Southern States, where he engaged in teaching and practicing law for several years. He was united in marriage February, 2, 1836 to Miss Elizabeth Pierce. To this union were born three children - John, Mary E., and William H. In the spring of 1849 our subject located in Hamilton Township,Decatur County, where he has since resided. He is one among the oldest pioneers now living in Decatur County."

(Note: Gideon Walker died in Iowa on 19 June 1889)

Contributor: Dorothy B. McNary

Source: The Waterville Times and Hop Reporter. Waterville, Oneida County, New York. Thursday, November 26, 1936. Vol. 80 No. 1.

Oriskany Falls News (heading)

Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Oliver spent Sunday at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Earl Fuller at Herkimer.

Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Shaw will spend Thanksgiving at the home of her brother, Archie English, at Ilion.

Mrs. William Lewis of Ilion was a caller on Mr. and Mrs. Fred D. Curtis last Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gray and family spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Brondstatter of Cold Brook.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Russell and son Charles spent Sunday at Herkimer as the guests of her mother and sister.

Dr. Williams Cauldwell of Herkimer, superintendent of the Mohawk District, occupied the pulpit of the M.E. Church Sunday morning.

6/26/00 From: "A Manual of the Congregational Church of Monson 1875", Springfield, Mass.: Clark W. Bryan and Company, Printers. 1875 Spotted by the site coordinator Martha. This is a little book I found last year while visiting Allegany County, NY with my Texan antiques-starved cousins. They had never experienced the thrill of the hunt in old barns and "shoppes" in homes and garages spread across NY state and tended to linger. Not that I minded as we sure don't have them where I live either, so I snooped under every shelf, mildewed box, and scary drawer everywhere we went. Among the treasures picked up that weekend was this water-stained gem, which couldn't be passed up even though I had no ancestors in Monson, Massachusetts. The Monson manual contains an historical sketch, the articles of faith of the church, congregation rules, and best of all a chronological catalog of every single member from the church's formation in 1762 up through 1874! Name, date and mode of admission, removal (death, dismissal to another church, excommunication, withdrawal from fellowship) and what church they came from or went to.

A handful of the membership ended up in our area but as there were so few mentioned who came here, and knowing you all aren't just looking around the Mohawk Valley, I'm going to list all members dismised to NY State congregations. The numbers are the order in which they were admitted to the church (1,340 members over a 112-year period.) The names in parentheses are the married names (or husbands) of women who might have joined while single, but that can't be determined. Members joining prior to 1807 do not have "to"- or "from"-a-church information.

140 Hunt, Hannah - Admitted May 1809 by profession of faith. Dismissed to Litchfield, N.Y. in 1809
146 Flynt, Jonathan - Admitted December 1809 by Letter. Dismissed in 1829 FROM Western, N.Y.
150 Hyde, Cynthia - Admitted August 1810 by profession of faith. Dismissed in 1818 to Adams, N.Y.
188 Hoar, Almeda - Admitted April 1813 by profession of faith. (Eli Smith) Dismissed in 1818 to Pompey, N.Y.
215 Nancy Newell - Admitted August 1813 by profession of faith. Dismissed in 1818 to Rochester, N.Y.
218 Stone, Joseph - Admitted August 1813 by profession of faith. Dismissed in 1818 to Rochester, N.Y.
230 Haynes, Fanny - Admitted December 1813 by profession of faith. Dismissed in 1823 to Pompey, N.Y.
253 Johnson, Gideon - Admitted December 1815 by profession of faith. Dismissed in 1819 to Warsaw, N.Y.
254 Johnson, Mary Munn (G.) - Admitted December 1815 by Letter. Dismissed in 1819 FROM Homer, N.Y. to Warsaw, N.Y.
277 Nichols, Charlotte - Admitted February 1817 by profession of faith. (Calvin Shepherd) Dismissed in 1830 to Paris, N.Y.
298 Nichols, Daniel Brown - Admitted October 1817 by profession of faith. Dismissed in 1830 to Paris, N.Y.
349 Thompson, Vernon - Admitted April 1819 by profession of faith. Dismissed in 1831 to Allen St. Presbyterian, N.Y. (City)
369 Haskell, Timothy G. - Admitted June 1819 by profession of faith. Dismissed 1827 to Rochester, N.Y. Presbyterian
409 Fairman, Harriet (Sim.) - Admitted December 1819 by profession of faith. Dismissed 1841 to Waterford, N.Y.
411 Brown, Phebe (T.H.) - Admitted December 1819 by Letter. Dismissed 1855 FROM Ellington, Ct. to Auburn, N.Y.
414 Avery, Penelope (Jn.) - Admitted June 1820 by profession of faith. Dismissed 1823 to Paris, N.Y.
415 Walker, Lovice - Admitted October 1820 by Letter. Dismissed in 1829 FROM Plainfield, N.Y.
424 Fay, Mary (William) - Admitted April 1823 by Letter. Dismissed in 1825 FROM Homer N.Y. to Brimfield (Mass.)
443 Purington, Mary - Admitted August 1825 by profession of faith. (Badger) Dismissed in 1831 to Coleville, N.Y.
469 Hemenway, Seneca C. - Admitted October 1825 by profession of faith. Dismissed to Otisco, N.Y. 1st
473 Keep, Diantha - Admitted October 1825 by profession of faith. (Blodgett) Dismissed in 1833 to Whitesboro, N.Y.
482 Newell, Mary - Admitted October 1825 by profession of faith. Dismissed in 1827 to Rochester, N.Y.
483 Norcross, Erasmus - Admitted October 1825 by profession of faith. Dismissed in 1836 to Eighth St., N.Y. (City)
484 Norcross, Eliza (E.) - Admitted October 1825 by profession of faith. Dismissed in 1836 to Eighth St., N.Y. (City)
565 Brown, Laura Sikes - Admitted December 1829 by profession of faith. (Russell) Dismissed in 1841 to Seneca Falls, N.Y.
585 Keep, Harriet - Admitted December 1829 by profession of faith. Dismissed in 1836 to Morgan, N.Y.
655 Chapin, Olive - Admitted August 1831 by profession of faith. ( Norcross) Dismissed in 1838 to Allen St. Ch., N.Y. (City)
686 Eaton, Lucinda (Mrs.) - Admitted December 1831 by Letter. Dismissed in 1832 FROM Homer, N.Y. to Westfield, Vt.
699 Underwood, Rhoda - Admitted October 1832 by profession of faith. Dismissed in 1843 to Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
783 Hitchcock, Ambrose N. - Admitted May 1836 by Letter. Dismissed in 1836 FROM Dunkirk, N.Y. Prs.
832 Marshall, Sarah Jane - Admitted June 1838 by profession of faith. (Kneeland) Dismissed in 1859 to Troy, N.Y.
849 Thompson, Maria L. - Admitted June 1838 by profession of faith. Dismissed in 1847 to Brooklyn N.Y. Pilgrim
863 Woodworth, Flavia A. - Admitted June 1838 by profession of faith. (Keep) Dismissed in 1846 to Lockport, N.Y.
866 Kneeland, Henry - Admitted July 1838 by Letter. Dismissed in 1849 FROM Springfield, 1st to Troy, N.Y.
870 Beach, Moses S. - Admitted August 1838 by profession of faith. Dismissed in 1849 to Brooklyn, N.Y. Pilgrim
873 Collyer, Ezra - Admitted August 1838 by profession of faith. Dismissed in 1840 to Carmine St. Ch., N.Y. (City)
874 Collyer, Joseph A. - Admitted August 1838 by profession of faith. Dismissed in 1840 to Carmine St. Ch., N.Y. (City)
886 Beach, Drusilla B. - Admitted February 1839 by profession of faith. Dismissed in 1839 to Prebyterian Ch., N.Y. (City)
909 Norcross, Olivia C. (A.) - Admitted July 1841 by Letter. Dismissed FROM Allen St. N.Y. 461
936 Newell, Martha B. - Admitted December 1842 by profession of faith. (Warner) Dismissed in 1852 to Rochester, N.Y.
952 King, Miriam E. (S.) - Admitted April 1843 by Letter. Dismissed (no date) FROM Sturbridge to Rochester, N.Y.
987 Moody, Sarah H. - Admitted June 1846 by profession of faith. (Langdon) Dismissed in 1853 to Rodman, N.Y.
988 Munn, Julia Allen - Admitted June 1846 by profession of faith. Dismissed in 1851 to N.Y. 14 St. Presb.
992 Holmes, Marth L. - Admitted August 1846 by profession of faith. (Chamberlain) Dismissed in 1855 to Ellenville, N.Y.
1049 Bigelow, Wm. Howard - Admitted April 1853 by profession of faith. Dismissed in 1853 to Union Village, N.Y.
1114 Miles, Elizabeth R. - Admitted March 1858 by profession of faith. Dismissed in 1868 to Oswego, N.Y.
1152 Doane, Reuben B. - Admitted November 1859 by Letter. Dismissed in 1863 FROM Boston, Park St. to Geneva, N.Y.
1153 Doane, Clarissa - Admitted November 1859 by Letter. Dismissed in 1860 FROM Ware, East, to Geneva, N.Y.
1161 Tobey, Maria (Clinton) - Admitted March 1861 by Letter. Dismissed in 1874 FROM Willim'ntic, Ct. to Walton, N.Y.
1163 Atwood, Margaret - Admitted November 1861 by Letter. Dismissed in 1866 FROM Palmer to N.Y.
1165 Topliff, Louisa Atwood - Admitted November 1861 by Letter. Dismissed in 1866 FROM Palerm, 2d. to N.Y.
1166 Smith, Mary A. (Mrs.) - Admitted January 1862 by letter. FROM Clinton, N.Y.
1176 Tufts, Mary W. (James) - Admitted March 1863 by Letter. FROM Brooklyn, N.Y.
1189 Converse, Mary Frances - Admitted May 1865 by profession of faith. (D.M. Gordon) Dismissed 1872 to Rochester, N.Y. Pres.
1197 Miles, Frederick B. - Admitted May 1865 by profession of faith. Dismissed in 1868 to Brooklyn, N.Y. Central
1289 Thompson, L.E. (Mrs.) - Admitted January 1873 by Letter. FROM Bushwick, N.Y. Reformed

On a hunting expedition of sorts, Ted Kelly visited a small museum and found some very interesting ancestral information!

"I see that you are "desparate" about information on the Wood family. I don't know if I qualify, because I am not sure whether my Woods were Catholic when in NY (at least this branch is definitely Irish Catholic now, but that might have come from my g-gf marrying an Irish girl).

I was recently driving from LA to Oakland in California with my son on a college hunting trip. We stopped in Los Banos, where we know that our Wood side of the family settled in 1859. There is a little museum there, the Milliken Museum, which happened to have pictures of Uriah Wood (my gg-gf) and of his brother David. The following was written on the back of David's picture:

"David Wood
First Settler at Dos Palos, 1863

Born in Montgomery County, NY May 14, 1817
Married 1842

Arrived in Sacramento, California
August 23, 1849

On his second trip to California in 1853 was Captain of the train.

In 1855 made his third trip to California, coming by water and bringing his family with him.

7 boys 2 girls"

The family information is that David and Uriah (the OT names make me think that these were protestant Woods) had by the 1840's moved to Illinois (Paw Paw?). We know Uriah was born in Western NY (Cattaraugus County I believe), not Montgomery County like his brother, on 11/5/1829. There are descendents of both in the Bay area, the Stockton and San Jose area (Uriah's and David's), and in Southern California (Uriah's).

My sister, Linda (lmennis@earthlink.net), has much more information about the Wood side of the family than I. Any information you have about David Wood and his family "wood" be greatly appreciated."

Contributed by an anonymous donor "In Memory of E.E.":

From: William G. Cutler's "History of the State of Kansas", Chicago: The Western Historical Company, A.T. Andreas, Proprietor, Copyright 1883

DR. C. P. LEE, born in Herkimer County, N. Y., October 29, 1827. Was raised and educated in his native State. He received an academic education at the Lewis County Academy, at Lowville, N. Y. In 1849, was a medical student in the office of John N. Heckerman, M. D., and was admitted into the medical department of the University of Michigan as a student during the years1850-51-52, and graduated in 1854, after which he located at Belleville, Ohio, where he engaged in his profession for sixteen years. In 1862, he enlisted in Company K, Forty-ninth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, as a private; was soon afterward promoted to Assistant Surgeon, and served with that rank until the close of the war. He then returned to Belleville, Ohio, where he remained until 1870. He then came to Kansas, and was appointed Assistant Superintendent of the Insane Asylum at Osawatomie, Miami County; was afterward appointed Superintendent, which position he held for two years. He located at Pleasanton in 1874. With the aid of $2,000, the Doctor is engaged in erecting a private insane asylum at Butler, Mo., which well be conducted on a charitable basis. he married in Seneca County, Ohio, May, 1857, Miss Sarah A. Sherky, of Ohio. They have four children - Effie, Elbia, Willard H. and Cubla K. [Linn County, Potosi Township]

COL. E. BARKER, farmer, P. O. Jewell City, was born in Maine, August 12, 1816; removed to Manhattan in Riley County, Kan.; thence to Jewell County in 1870, and is now the owner of 100 acres of land, well improved, with a fine house, the same being situated adjoining the town of Jewell City. The colonel was in the special service of the United States army for over four years; was Colonel of the Third Regiment, Second Brigade of Sixth Division of the Maine State Militia for over seventeen years. Has held office of Deputy Sheriff in Oxford County, Minn., for two years; was the first Notary Public in Jewell County, and administered the oath of office to the first county officer. Served in the State Senate of Kansas for the twenty-eighth district for two years; was next elected Sergeant-at-arms of the State Senate for two years. Is a member of the Masonic fraternity. Married in Salisbury, N. Y., September 23, 1840, to Miss C. E. Little, and they have five children - Mary C., Victoria V., Ruth S., Onora M. and C. E. [Jewell County]

From: YearBook of Illinois Society of Sons of the American Revolution (full reference not taken down)

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DAVID BENSLEY. Born in Rhode Island, May 11, 1755; died in Herkimer county, N. Y., November 9, 1847. Private in Capt. Ezra Whipple's company, Col. Benjamin Simon's regiment, Berkshire county, which marched, by order of Gen. Fellows, on an alarm, to Castleton, October 13, 1780.

Reference: Rev. War Archives, Commonwealth of Mass., William M. Olin, Sec'y, Boston, September 21, 1894, volume ?, p.132

MICHAEL FRANK. Born, October 15, 1753; resided in Herkimer county, N. Y. Enlisted in the Fourth regiment New York line, Col. Henry B. Livingston, Sixth company, Capt. Benjamin Walker, November 1, 1777, and served until mustered out in Janury, 1782. He was engaged in several contested battles, and only once slightly wounded. He was present at the execution of Major Andre. His deed--for services--dated 1790, to 600 acres of land located in Cortland county, N. Y., and signed by that State's fist governor, George Clinton, is still preserved.

Reference: N. Y. State Archives, volume 1, page 216.

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JOSEPH HARPER. Born, Herkimer county, N. Y., 1763. Private, serving in Capt. Dix's company, July, 1780, at the battles of Stony Point and White Plains.

Reference: Rev. War Archives, Commonwealth of Mass., William M. Olin, Sec'y, Boston, September 21, 1894, volume 35, page 188a

Citations taken down some time ago from DAR lineage books. Volumes not given.

Mrs. Juliet W. Earl.
DAR ID Number: 17097
Born in Herkimer County, New York.
Wife of Robert Earl.
Descendant of Reuben Fox.
Daughter of Henry J. Wilkerson and Zenana Fox, his wife. Granddaughter of Charles Fox and Hannah Fox, his wife. Gr.-granddaughter of Reuben Fox and Miss Williams, his wife. Reuben Fox, (1749-1820), served as a private in Capt. Zechariah Hungerford's company, Col. Samuel McClellen's regiment of Connecticut militia, 1781. He was born in East Haddam, Conn., and died in Herkimer Co., N. Y.

Mrs. Sarah Louisa Nellis Mcafee.
DAR ID Number: 19180
Born in Palatine, New York.
Wife of Henry Wilson McAfee.
Descendant of Philip Nellis, John Spraker, Johann Eberhardt Von Gochnat, all of New York.
Daughter of James Nellis and Mary Magdalene Wert, his wife. Granddaughter of Peter Philip Nellis and Margaret Spraker (b. 1784), his wife; Daniel Wert (1797-1877) and Hannah Gorchnat (1803-87), his wife (m. 1820).
Gr.-granddaughter of Philip Nellis and Elizabeth Dietz, his wife; John Spraker and Margaret Ansley, his wife; Christian Wert (1770-1847) and Magdalene Von Gachnat, his wife (m. 1790). Gr.-gr.-granddaughter of John Eberhard Von Gachnat and Elizabeth Ruport, his wife.
Philip Nellis, (1746-1818), was a private in the Tryon county militia and was at the battle of Oriskany. He was born in Palatine, N. Y., died in Herkimer county, N. Y. Also No. 3707. [p.68] John Spraker, (1757-1837), was at the battle of Stone Arabia. He was placed on the pension roll of Montgomery Co., N. Y., 1833, as private in the Massachusetts militia. Johann Eberhard Von Gochnat served as a minute man, was captured as a spy, condemned to be hung, but his life was spared to make shoes for the British. He was born in Colmar, 1736, emigrated to America 1756 and located in Johnstown, N. Y.

Mrs. Katharine Shedd Barbour.
DAR ID Number: 19965
Born in Andover, Massachusetts.
Wife of William D. Barbour.
Descendant of Capt. Henry Hartar, Joseph Myers, John Kirtland, Obediah Thayer and Zachariah Shedd.
Daughter of Rev. William Greenough Thayer Shedd and Lucy A. Myers, his wife. Granddaughter of Marshall Shedd and Eliza Thayer, his wife; Peter Joseph Myers and Lucy Fitch Kirtland, his wife.
Gr.-granddaughter of Zachariah Shedd and Lydia Spring, his wife; Obediah Thayer, Jr., and Elizabeth Thayer (1758-1816), his wife (cousins) (m. 1792); Joseph Myers and Abigail Hartar, his wife; John Kirtland and Lucy Burbank, his wife.
Gr.-gr.-granddaughter of Obediah Thayer (b. 1724) and Joanna Thayer, his wife; Henry Hartar and Catharine Piper, his wife.
[p.353] Henry Hartar, (1730-1822), served as lieutenant, 1775; was at the battle of Oriskany; promoted captain, 1778. He was born in Herkimer Co.
Joseph Myers, (1759-1804), served in the New York Continental Line. He was taken prisoner at the battle of Oriskany and exchanged, 1778. He was born in Hunterdon Co., N. J.; died in Herkimer Co., N. Y.
John Kirtland, (1759-1843), was placed on the pension roll of Washington Co., New York., 1833, for service of private in the Connecticut Continental Line. He was born in Wallingford, Conn.; died in Whitehall, N. Y.
Also Nos. 3708, 10725, 11136, 12974, 13854, 15964. Obediah Thayer, Jr., (1755-1825), was placed on the pension roll of Norfolk county, Mass., 1818, for service of private in the Massachusetts Line.
Zachariah Shedd, (1745-1813), was a minute man at the Lexington Alarm. He was born in Medford; died in Waltham, Mass.

Contributed by the site coordinator from the original record book of the C.F. Leonard Funeral Home, Interlaken, NY (Seneca County) April 21, 1912 - Dec. 25, 1918. Four persons were listed as residents of the Mohawk Valley region, so I thought they might be of interest to Herkimer/Montgomery researchers:

Name of Dec'd - Geo. A. Mosher
Late Residence - Utica
Age - 74 years 7 months 16 days
Cause of Death - Ceberial Hemorhage (sp)
Date of Death - July 31, 1914
Date of Burial - Aug. 3, 1914
Funeral at - "Utica Church"
Place of Burial - Interlaken Cemetery (note: Town of Covert, Seneca County)

Name of Dec'd - Nancy S. Mosher
Late Residence - Utica
Age - 79 years 7 months
Cause of Death - Chronic ___
Date of Death - March 29, 1915
Date of Burial - March 31, 1915
Funeral at - "Utica Church"
Place of Burial - Interlaken Cemetery (note: Town of Covert, Seneca County)

Name of Dec'd - Odessa B. Porter
Late Residence - Utica
Age - 2 years 7 months
Cause of Death - Acute Cardio Myocarditis
Date of Death - April 28, 1915
Date of Burial - not given
Funeral at - not given
Place of Burial - not given
(charges of $12.65 were for hearse and flowers)

Name of Dec'd - Edith M. Bassett
Late Residence - Schoharie
Age - 28 years
Cause of Death - Puerperal Convulsions
Date of Death - April 12, 1916
Date of Burial - April 15, 1916
Funeral at - home of E.K. Shank
Place of Burial - Interlaken, N.Y. Cemetery (note: Town of Covert, Seneca County)
Other Memoranda - Alfred John Bassett buried in casket with Mother, age 4 days
Inscription to go on plate - Edith M. Bassett 1887-1916
(charges of $32.00 were for opening grave, hearse & box to cemetery and services, 3 carriages to cemetery, flag, Bible class)

Note: the above original record book is in the personal collection of a private individual.

The site coordinator and asst. coordinator have no further information about references listed for items above. Your local librarian can assist you in tracking down published sources.

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