Friday, April 1, 2016

Back at Last.

Sorry for the long absence. Last winter, if it's still snowing is it really over, was a busy one. As registrar for the Thousand Islands chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, I had several applications to work on. That's a good thing but it did take up a lot of the time available for genealogy. Ancestry announced it would no longer support Family Tree Maker which touched off a search for a replacement for FTM and Ancestry. FTM was sold to a third arty and they have updated it once so it looks like crisis averted.

Rootsweb blew up for about 6 weeks and when it came back up, it had lost about that much of the members sites.  The lists were also down.  Thankfully, I had the web site in a folder and was able to put it back to where it was before the crash.  When it went down I had around 11K hits and when it came back up, 5K.  After the update, the hits came back.

The Northern NY Genealogy site went down and was not expected back.  Thankfully we were wrong.  At a meeting of the Jefferson County NY Genealogical  Society, I learned that the Jefferson county Genweb site needed help so I'm writing code for it. 

I guess the bad weather gives me a chance to work on genealogy but it would be nice to see  the sun.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Good Citizenship in Alexandria Bay

On 4 August, 2013 Glen and Debby Borek were vacationing in Alexandria Bay, NY, staying at the Otter Creek Inn, owned by Dennis and Debby Butterfield.. In the early hours of the morning, Glen heard a man in trouble in the waters of Otter Creek. He helped him to shore, where he and Debby assisted him into their room to await the ambulance. After an evaluation by
ambulance personnel, he was sent home. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary and the 1000 Island Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution gave the Boreks Good Citizenship Awards for helping a stranger in danger of drowning. The Butterfields also gave them a free in season stay for the date of their choice.

Back Row, L-R; Steve Slagsvol USCGA, Debbie Butterfield, Mark Spaulding NYS Parks Assistant Regional Director, Cody Ramm USCG, Mary Erskine-Coyne, Parks Honeywell USCGA
Front Row, L-R; Anne and Glen Borek, Bruce Coyne TISAR, Penny Kernehan Alexandria Bay Fire Department President

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Noah Hutchins

Recently the 100 Islands Chapter of the SAR marked the grave of patriot Noah Hutchins in Orleans cemetery, Lafargeville, NY.  He was born 28 November 1757 in Voluntown, New London, CT and died 28 August 1838 in the town of Orleans.

In December of 1776, at Windsor, Berkshire, MA he enlisted as a private in Capt. William Watkins company, Col Seymour's Regiment, MA Militia, marched to Albany, then Greensborough, now Whitehall, then to Ticonderoga. Continued in service until was dismissed. Was sent to the Battle of Bennington, 16 August 1777, but arrived just after the battle. In September of 1777 called out with Col Clark's Regiment to prevent the march of Burgoyne and, then a Sergeant, was at Saratoga when Burgoyne surrendered, 17 October 1777. He was called out on several alarms in MA.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Pinckney Corners Cemetery, Copenhagen, NY

Thanks to the work of a lot of people the cemetery on Pinckney road, Copenhagen, NY has been restored and the graves of the veterans have been marked.  There is still work to do on the larger stones but the work all ready accomplished is impressive.

On 10 October 2015 a ceremony was held, honoring the buried veterans and celebrating the erecting of a plaque and the placing of the cemetery on the National Historic Register.

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Thanks to everyone for their work and dedication.  It was a honor to be a pert of it, however small, as a member ot the Thousand Islands Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Walker Family Events

Just posted a large update to the Walker Family Events page. Mostly obituaries for Reese, and Robson with a few others. Almost all members of Bartlett Baptist Church, Bartlett, NY.

The Thousand Islands Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, of which I am the registrar,  is growing and we are involved in a few events this summer.  I would b glad to help anyone interested in joining.

Have a nice summer.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Barns Family in Westmoreland.

Just finished updates to the Munn Family Events page.  The Munn and Barns family are tied together thru the Menktelow family.  Some interesting articles on Barns history and family reunions.  Amos Barns grandfather, Nathaniel Barnes Sr, 1740-1790?, is listed on the DAR site as A006378, a privateer and he helped evacuate Long Island after Washington was driven out.

The DAR site uses Barnes but all the newspaper references I've found from the 1800 use Barns.  I'm afraid both surname are used in by tree.  Both appear in a search of Oneida county.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Munn family in Westmoreland, NY

Just added a new page to Family Events for the Munn family.  These articles tie together the Munn, Manktelow and Barns families.  These are some of the oldest families in Westmoreland.  They are included in the Hull tree on ancestry.

I couldn't find all the obits that I felt should be but I'll keep looking.  Just a little twist to the search term can do the trick.  A world of difference between John B Munn, John Munn and JB Munn.

I've also added a page for Wales but I was unable to find much.

A mixture of snow and rain today.  This winter will not let go.