Thursday, April 17, 2014

Is it really SPRING? Why is it snowing?

Long time, no post.  Very busy this winter fighting snow and ice.  Now it's spring, I'm replacing the sod I ripped up with the plow truck and cutting up all the limbs taken down by the ice storm.

During the winter, I created Revolutionary War burial lists for Herkimer and Oswego counties.  Now I've returned to Westmoreland history and families.  The Tyler page has wandered into the Siegman, DeRango and Rauscher families.  When I was a lad, I would walk to town and visit the Hull mom and pop grocery store just across the bridge next to the foundry.  Now I have created a Hull page and posted it on my site.  The Hull family goes back to before the Civil War in Westmoreland.  John Hull served in that war and worked at the foundry, as did his sons.  He is buried in Westmoreland Union cemetery.

Just after the Civil War people seem to belong to two groups, those that farmed or those who worked at the foundry.  After 1900 many people started commuting to Rome, Sherrill or Utica.  Once you had a car you could maybe get a better job farther away.  If you decided to move, the old hometown didn't seem so far away.

Started on the Story family, which is very large with a long history in Westmoreland and many connections.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Cold but Updated

Still continues cold and windy with lots of snow.  Don't want to go out except for supplies.  The bad weather gives me a chance to catch up on genealogy.  Updated my family tree and home page with obits and wedding announcements for Saunders, Swanson, Reese and Flint.

I use for a quick search of dates for burials.  Then I search old newspapers for obits.  Funny how some families are supposed to be all buried in the same cemetery and only some have memorials.  These cemeteries were supposedly completely covered from master lists.   I'll have to search the cemeteries but the older stones can be so hard to read.  So much depends on lighting and since you don't know before hand which way the stone faces, you don't know if lighting will be better in the morning or evening.  Trees or brush near the stone can throw shadows that make things very difficult.

Stay warm.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Ice storm 2013

Sorry for the long silence.  I discovered a new site for those of us interested in burials in northern New York, the Northern New York Tombstone Transcription Project.  It contains a very extensive list of burials in Franklin, Clinton and Essex counties.  It meshed perfectly with my research on Revolutionary war burials in northern New York.  By combining several sources and lists for each county, I was able to create my own lists. Searching on Findagrave allowed me to create virtual cemeteries for each county.  The NNYTT project allowed me to find 16 burials that weren't on Findagrave and I'm still researching.

We were caught in the ice storm of 12/21 and were without power for 2 days.  It came back on and then was out again for a few hours when one of the wire near our house came down.  National Grid was there in 20 minutes as they were already in the area.  We were able to operate on the generator we used in the ice storm of 1998, which we bought because of the micro bursts in 1996.  The ice here was 3/4 to 1 inch in thickness, half of what it was in 98 but the storm lasted longer.  The forecast is for a warm weekend.  Ice is falling off the trees and maybe I can get the car out of the ice.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Lewis County Adventure

Sunday, 20 October, I took off for Lewis to search for Rev War burials, had to find two cemeteries first. I knew their general location but had never been there.  The directions on findagrave were very general with no pictures for the cemeteries.

First was Ferry road.  From the name I assumed it was near the Black river but old newspaper articles told me it was on a abandoned town road, near the edge of the town of Lowville, between No 3 road and NYS 12.  I was able to find it on the back side of a cornfield.  The used to be Feare, probably after an old family, but had morphed into Ferry The road still existed but was overgrown with grass and burdock.
Ferry/Feare Road Cemetery

It was a beautiful day and location , with farmland all around me, Tug Hill and it's windmills  looming to the West and the Adirondacks to the East.  Over head were Lake Effect clouds in long wide rows separated by equal clear spaces.  The cemetery was a nice patch of trees that had been mowed and the fallen branches stacked by the edge.  Only one stone was still standing but it was the vet, Ichabod Perry, that I had come for.  It's a large cemetery and must have had hundreds of stones. Perhaps some are under the leaves.

Plank Cemetery
Next I went to Plank cemetery, near Copenhagen.  I knew where it was but had to get permission from the farmer to get to it.  The cemetery was a small area surrounded by fence in the center of a pasture containing 20 or so cows.  They were at the far end so I had no trouble with them.  I had to climb a gate, open an other and then get my feet wet hopping over a damp area to get to the cemetery.  The stones are few, faint and hard to read.  The two vets, John Plank and Joseph Van Ingen, were still standing and readable.  They looked like replacement stones but were still old. 

The view from Ferry Rd.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Kelsey Bridge Cemetery

Yesterday, 10/2/2013, I attended the Celebration Of Remembrance of those resting in the Kelsey Bridge Cemetery and Recognition of Richard L Perrigo.     This ceremony was organized by the Hon James M Eagan, President Rochester Chapter ESSAAR, the Sons of the American Revolution.

Mr Perrigo has spent an enormous amount of time, money and sweat cleaning up this cemetery, which is located across from his home. There are three Revolutionary war veterans and four War of 1812 veterans buried there.  His work, and the burials of the veterans, were the inspiration for this ceremony.

SAR members were present from the Rochester, Oriskany and Saratoga, NY chapters and the Clearwater, FL chapter.  Officers were also there from the LeRay de Chaumont chapter of the ESSDAR and the Gen Jacob Brown Chapter of the US Daughters of 1812.  A small delegation was also there to honor Mr Perrigo and the Civil war veterans buried in Kelsey Bridge.  Many of the people attending wore period costumes.

Several people were present who were interested in the attempt to start a Thousand Island Chapter of the SAR to be based in Alexandria Bay, NY.  A very pleasant day and a very warm one for October in upstate NY.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Still Plugging Along

August already, a really wet year.  The garden was a challenge.  Nothing wanted to grow and the creeping myrtle turned into frank-en-weed, covering everything.  Potatoes look good and the salvia put on a good show.

My wife bought me a new toy,  a new zero turn mower, a really great machine.  It does an excellent job and is quick.  I don't have to make the 3 point turns or loop back like I did with the old mower.  It did burn out a blade bearing but that was replaced under warranty.  Took 2 weeks though.

Found the 1835 Roll of Pensioners produced by  Congress, online and free thanks to Google.  The information obtained is posted on my site in the Revolution & 1812 section.  Also found there are my lists for Revolutionary war veterans buried in Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Lewis county, NY Revolutionary War Burials

Just posted my Lewis county list to my homepage.  The list is a compilation of all the hints and leads I could find on line augmented by some burials I found in Lewis county cemeteries. 

My website is coded in HTML and I was afraid I would have to write the code for a 6X131 table but the rootsweb Freepages-Help list directed me to Tableizer!.  The site is free.  Just copy the cells from your spread sheet and drop it in the box.  A few seconds later it produces the code.  Very nice and a great time saver.