Many counties of NY state had county histories published between the years of 1860 and 1900. Within many of these works are "family sketches". The list below are sketches of families for the town of Wilmurt that were found within the references provided. This list also contains references for those people living elsewhere who were born or lived for a time in Wilmurt. If they reside in other townships of Herkimer or Montgomery counties, look under the respective township for further information. For those outside of these counties, a brief abstract and reference is provided.

Furthermore, family sketches provided by individuals whose ancestors are known to have come from or lived in Wilmurt Twp are also provided in this listing. If you would like to contribute your own family sketch, the only requirements are that you know positively that the individual for whom you write about was born or lived in Wilmurt Twp, Herkimer Co., NY. Please send these sketches to Lisa Slaski, Ohio and Wilmurt/Webb sections editor.


1) "History of Herkimer County New York", edited by George A. Hardin, assisted by Frank H. Willard, D. Mason & Co., Publishers, 1893, Syracuse, NY, Family Sketches section.
2) "Our County and Its People, A Descriptive Work on Oneida County, New York", edited by Daniel E. Wager, The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1896, Family Sketches section.
3) "1879 History of Herkimer County", published by Beers
4) Verbal Family History from the individual indicated within the paragraph.
5) Federal Census Records, extracted information.
6) Social Security Death Records, WWI Civilian Draft Registration, and other databases and information available on the internet on both fee based and free sites, including this site and other USGenWeb sites.

Family Sketches

NOTE: For Wilmurt families, please refer also to the Ohio family sketch page. Many Wilmurt families have been misrepresented as being from the town of Ohio in the "History of Herkimer County New York" (ref #1 above).

Edward R. DAVIS

DAVIS, Edward R., was born in Oneida county, N.Y., in 1840. In 1861 he removed to Wilurt, where he has since followed the business of farming and lumbering. His farm has a lake of thirty acres. He has held the office of collector and overseer of the poor, each two terms. He was married in 1865 to Anna HUMPHREY, by whom he had a daughter, Kitty. He was again married in 1874, to Lucretia, daughter of Simeon QUACKENBUSH, of Ohio, Herkimer county. They have two children, Anna L. and Griff. [ref #3, pg 237]


FALLEN, Edward, was born in 1822 in Royalton, Vt. He worked in an iron mill in Troy from 1837 to 1840, when he settled in Wilmurt and became a lumberman and mill owner. He was married in 1840 to Mary NICHOLS, of Sand Lake. They had one child, which is now dead. He has held the offices of justice of the peace and commissioner of highways. He enlisted October 21st, 1861, in Company C, 81st N.Y. infantry; was at the battles of Cold Harbor, Seven Pines and Drury's Bluff; was discharged December 31st, 1863; re-enlisted January 1st, 1864, in the same company and regiment; was at the taking of the heights in front of Petersburg; discharged August 31st, 1865. [ref #3, pg 237]

Frank Leroy FALLON

5/12/07 FALLON was married in Wilmurt on 1 Jan 1914 to Mary Elizabeth Lyons, daughter of Seth Lyons and Charlotte Richards. [Info from descendant Ron Fallon]


FLANSBURG, Francis, was born in the town of Ohio, N.Y. In 1851 he removed to Wilmurt, and engaged in the lumber business for the HINKLEYs till 1854, since which time he has been engaged in lumbering and farming on his own account. He has held the offices of supervisor, town clerk and justice of the peace, commissioner of highways, assessor, overseer of the poor, constable and collector; each one or several terms. He is one of the most prominent citizens of Wilmurt. His grandfather was Joseph FLANSBURG, a soldier of the Revolution. He has six children - Mary C. (married to Charles WAGNER), Charles D., Bertha F., Philip J., Albert E., and George. [ref #3, pg 237]


5/12/07 GOODSELL, George, was born Feb 1858 in NY (likely in Oneida County). He was the son of Frederick and Almena Goodsell of the town of Steuben, Oneida county in 1860. His father immigrated to the US about 1854 with his first wife Catherine and a few young children. George is found in the 1892 NYS census in the town of Wilmurt as a Guide with his wife Jennie [nee CLARK] whom he married about 1886 and their two oldest children. In the 1900 census George is a Carpenter and by 1910 he is listed as a Contractor/Building. George and Jennie had 4 children: 1) Thomas C. born 9 Apr 1888, 2) Tena Marguerette born May 1890 (or 91?), 3) Robert P. born 17 Jan 1894 and 4) Gerard F. born about 1901. Their sons Thomas and Robert were both veterans of WWI. Thomas moved back to Oneida county, but Robert resided in Old Forge. Their daughter Tena was married on 23 Oct 1915 to Robert Titus. [Ref: Census and newspaper records]

Christopher GOODSELL

5/12/07 GOODSELL, Christopher was born May 1855. He was a brother of George GOODSELL (son of Frederick and Almena GOODSELL) and moved to Wilmurt about the same time as George. They are both listed in the 1892 census. Christopher does not appear to have married. [Ref: Census and newspaper records]

5/12/07  REISING, Coonradt was born in Dec 1853 in Germany and died in 1940. His parents were Coonradt and Susan REISING of the town of Ohio, Herkimer, NY. He was married about 1885 to Elsie ROOD who was born in Nov 1866 (or 67?) in Oneida county, NY and died in 1945. She was the daughter of Ransom and Elizabeth ROOD. They are buried in Pine Grove cemetery, Newport, NY. Coonradt and Elsie had 4 children with 3 surviving in 1900: Minnie M. (Apr 1885), Carrie B. (b. Dec 1886), Charles Albert (b. 13 Aug 1890 in Wilmurt - 1959). Their daughter Carrie B. REISING married Louis J. FAGAN (20 Sep 1886 - Jul 1974). Louis and Carrie FAGAN had Charles (b. 2 Aug 1907 - Feb 1976), Ralph (b. abt 1911), Arthur J. (2 Aug 1912 - 16 Nov 2001), Marguerite (3 Apr 1917 - 16 Nov 2003), Raymond (12 Aug 1919 - 7 May 2004), Anna J. (b. abt 1922). [Ref # 5 & 6 by Lisa K. Slaski]


RICHARDS, John C., was born in 1827 in Germany, on the Rhine; was a jeweler till 1849, when he came to this country and became a lumberman in Fulton county, N.Y. In 1862 he removed to Ohio, in this county, and in 1865 to Wilmurt, where he has since been a farmer and lumberman. He has held the offices of supervisor and collector. In 1863 he was married to Henrietta FISHER, of Newkirk, Fulton county, N.Y. They have nine children - William H., Anna E., (married to William Lawrence), John M., Martha, Christian, George D., Henrietta C., Mary C., and Albert E. [ref #3, pg 237]

RICHARDS, John C., was born 14 Dec 1827 in Oberstein (now Idar-Oberstein), Oldenburg, Germany and baptized as Johan Christian Reicherd.  He immigrated in 1849 and is first found in the 1855 census under the name of Christian Richards with his wife and the first of his children.  They lived in a log cabin on 50 acres of land, 46 of which were unimproved.  He married Henrietta S. Fischer about 1853.  She was born on 17 Dec 1835 in Germany and was the daughter of Martin FISCHER and Johanna Christina Margareta GLUCKIN who resided in the towns of Caroga and Bleeker in Fulton county, NY.  John continued to use Christian as his first name in the 1860 and 1865 census records, after which his name always appeared as John C. Richards.  He moved to Ohio, Herkimer county, NY in 1862 and on to Wilmurt by 1865.  He was elected town supervisor for the terms of 1873 and 1879/80.  In 1882 he moved with his wife to a farm on Central Turnpike near the West Canada Creek in the town of Herkimer where he died on 26 Dec 1899.  Several of his children also moved to the town and village of Herkimer at later dates.  After the death of their son Chris and his wife within days of each other in 1890, John and Henrietta took on the responsibility of raising their two granddaughters, then 2 and 4 years old.  Henrietta continued to raise the two grandchildren after John's death and in later years lived with her daughter Mary Catherine Evans in Herkimer, where she died 13 May 1912.  They had 10 children, with 8 surviving at the time of the 1900 census.  These children were:  1) William Henry, born 5 Jun 1853, never married;  2) Anna Elizabeth, born 17 Sep 1854, married Henry LAWRENCE;  3) John Melchior, born 28 Sep 1856, married Emily Mary MAHEUX;  4) Dr. Martin August (dentist in Little Falls), born 3 Aug 1858, married Frances Sarah BROCKETT;  5) Christian D., born 27 Jul 1860 (died 3 mar 1890), married Mena BANDLOW (died 28 Feb 1890);  6) George Daniel, born Mar 1863, married Mary Elizabeth LOWELL;  7) Henrietta C., born 1867, married Judson HALL;  8) Emma, born 1868 (died before 1880 census);  9)  Mary Catherine, born 20 Jul 1869, married 1st William Edward VANALSTYNE and 2nd Evan W. Evans;  10) Albert Edward, born 28 Aug 1871 (founded the Springfield Civil Service and Commercial School in 1902 in Springfield, MA), married 1st Lulu WEBER and 2nd Ada CAROLL (Caroll may not be her maiden name, as she was a widow). [ref #4 - Lisa Slaski - Note that in the sketch from Ref #3 above, the child Martha should be Martin A. and John and Henrietta were married about 1853, not in 1863!]


STEVENS, James, was born in the town of Ohio, in 1837. He has since his residence in Wilmurt been a manufacturer of shingles and a lumberman. He was married in 1866 to Lucy C. FRALICK, a daughter of Benjamin FRALICK, of Cold Brook. They have one child, Mary. James STEVENS enlisted July 29th, 1862, in Company B, 152nd N.Y. infantry. He was in seven battles; was wounded in his right arm, which was amputated below the elbow. He was discharged January 8th, 1865. [ref #3, pg 237]


WILKINSON, J. E. S., was born in Wilmurt in 1829. His father, Francis WILKINSON, was born in Durham county, England, in 1792, and removed, with his parents to America in 1800. In 1824 he settled in Wilmurt, on land which Mr. Bradvazen NOBLE had settled on with a small colony and then abandoned. He was for several years supervisor and justice of the peace, and during eighteen years assessor. His wife was Mary SPEARCELY, also a native of Durham county. J. E. S. WILKINSON has been a farmer and during the last four years a hotel keeper. He has held the offices of supervisor and town clerk several years, and since 1874 has been assessor and post-master. [ref #3, pg 237]

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