Sunday, July 20, 2014

Thousand Island Chapter Status Report

On July 18, 2014 officers and members of the Empire State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (ESSSAR) met at the Trackside restaurant in the old Utica, NY train station to consider the creation of a new chapter to be called the Thousand Island chapter, based in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.  The meeting went very well and all are hopeful that the resolution will be approved September 6, 2014 at ESSSAR at Ft. Niagara.   Seated L to R around the table in the above photo are; Mark Friden, Bruce Coyne, Parks Honeywell, George Gydesens, VP Central Region ESSSAR, Duane Booth, President ESSSAR, Tom Dunne, President Saratoga Battle Chapter ESSSAR and Joel Bixby.  Mark, Parks, Joel and I are current members of the ESSSAR and will become members of the 100 Island chapter, if approved.

I became a member through my mothers ancestor, Joseph Calkins.  Parks guided me through the application and with records my aunt Elizabeth Ann Calkins Barron had amassed and some I had to find, it was a simple and straightforward process. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Veteran's List From 1922

While researching families in Westmoreland, Oneida, NY I found a series of articles in the Daily Sentinel, Rome, NY that listed veterans buried in Oneida county as of 1922.  The list was created by the Sons of Veterans and was printed in 23 articles, on a space available basis, by the Daily Sentinel.  The list contains about 1200 entries, each containing name, unit, birth, death and age.  The wars represented range from the Revolution to World War I but most of the burials are related to the civil war.

What a job of work it must have been to create this list before computers and the internet.  It appears they visited each cemetery and examined the stones and burial records.  What dedication from the Sons of Veterans and the Daily Sentinel.  I felt I had to post this list where it could be found  online.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Additions to Home Page

Added the following families to the Family Events page; Hull-Bellinger, Halleck and Dowsland.  I was looking for people who had worked at Westmoreland Malleable Iron and found these.  My grandfather and his brother worked there as well as Hinds & Harrison Plush in Clark Mills.

A few of the people working at Malleable Iron, such as John Hull,  were Civil War veterans.  I had heard that these once was a mineral springs in Westmoreland.  Samuel Halleck discovered it while searching for coal.  A notice of it's sale at auction appeared in the Roman Citizen in November of 1841.  When I was a youth in Westmoreland, I remember finding a pipe next to the stream in the Spring Woods, just down from Bucky's Pond.  This would be just north of the thruway now.  It tasted of sulphur but not too badly.

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.