NOTE: These records are of interest to researchers outside of the Troy Area as they
identify residences in numerous cities and towns throughout New York State as well as 17
other states and even 6 foreign countries.
THE TROY NEWSPAPER PROJECT
A multi volume Index of Death
and Marriage Records transcribed from
various Troy, NY newspapers
A. The Troy New York Daily Whig for the years 1869 to March 1878 is
the TENTH set of newspapers recently added to the Troy Irish Genealogy
Website. You can view these records by going to the Troy Irish Genealogy
website at: www.rootsweb.com/~nytigs/
and click on PROJECTS and then click
on THE TROY NEWSPAPER PROJECT.
B. There are 10,175 death records and 1,377 names on the reported
marriages during this period. These records will be of great interest to
genealogy researchers since the information in this data base predates the
1880 New York State law requiring the reporting of death and marriage
records. These records may help with breaking down some of those "brick
walls" that you have been struggling with. It should be noted that these
records, like most of the TIGS data series, cover the general population in
the area and are NOT restricted to Irish surnames.
C. The following information on the 10,175 death records will be of
1. No age was reported for 4,768 names and in 124 cases "child" was
reported as the age, 31 cases were reported as "boy" as the age while 223
cases were identified as "infant" as the age.
2. A breakdown of deaths by age groups shows:
Under 1 year - 80 names.
Age 1 to 10 - 677 names.
Age 11 to 19 - 407 names.
Age 20 to 29 - 664 names.
Age 30 to 39 - 530 names.
Age 40 to 49 - 509 names.
Age 50 to 59 - 526 names.
Age 60 to 69 - 617 names.
Age 70 to 79 - 622 names.
Age 80 to 89 - 79 names.
Age 100 plus - 18 names.
3. In a very small number of records, additional information is shown
identifying what cemetery the individual was buried in.
D. While 354 of the 1,377 marriage records showed no indication of
residence, those records where the residence was reported are of interest to
researchers outside of the Troy Area as they identify residences in numerous
cities and towns throughout New York State as well as 17 other states and
even 6 foreign countries. Items 1 to 8 below will give you some idea of how
widespread an area is covered by the "residence" of the bride and groom.
While most of the records were for the Capital District Area, many
other throughout New York State were reported. Some specifics are:
1. The following locations had 4 or more records; Albany-30, Brunswick-15,
Cohoes-32, Glens Falls-4, Greenbush-6, Hoosick Falls-6, Lansingburgh-81,
Pittstown-7, Poestenkill-6, Rochester-4, Saratoga Springs-5, Schaghitcoke-5,
Schenectady-7, Stephentown-4, Troy-448, Valley Falls-6, Waterford-23, West
Stephentown-4, and West Troy-58.
2. The following New York State locations had 3 records; Ballston Spa,
Buffalo, Cambridge, Fort Edward, Gloversville, Greenwich, Hoosick,
Mechanicville, Utica and West
3. The following New York State locations had 2 records; Argyle, Bolton,
Clifton Park, Fort Ann, Hart's Falls, Hoffman's Ferry, Johnsonville,
Newburgh, North Greenbush, Raymertown, Rome, Sand Lake, Schodack,
Schuylerville, Speigletown, West Arlington and Whitehall.
4. The following New York State locations had 1 record; Adamsville, Athens,
Bald Mountain, Baldwinsville, Berlin, Berne, Brainerd, Broadalbin, Buskirk's
Bridge, Canton, Castleton, Cobleskill, Coxsackie, Crescent, DeFreestville,
Easton, Fonda, Fort Plain, Garrattsville, Grant's Hollow, Granville,
Halfmoon, Hartford, Hudson, Ida Hill, Johnston, Little Falls, Long Eddy,
Milan, Minaville, New Lebanon, Prattville, Red Hook, Rensselaerville,
Sherman, Sidney Plains, South Ballston, South Dover, South Troy, Stillwater,
Syracuse, Tomhannock, Union Village and Watervliet.
5. There were a number of records from the neighboring states of
Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and New Jersey. Connecticut has 7
records, Massachusetts had 17 records including 12 from Boston, Vermont had
8 and New Jersey had 7 records.
6. For the New York City area, there were 1 record for Brooklyn, 1 record
for Long Island City, 1 record for Staten Island, 3 records for Long Island
and 34 records for New York City.
7. Residence was also indicated from the following states: Arkansas,
Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan,
Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode
Island, and the District of Columbia.
8. Foreign countries listed as the place of residence were Canada, Cuba,
Ecuador, England, Ireland and Peru.6.
At the time of the 1840 census, Troy, New York was the fourth wealthiest
city in the USA on a per capita basis. This may account for the numerous
individuals from across the United States coming to
Troy to be married.
E. There are several interesting death and marriage records in this group
of the Troy Daily Whig newspapers.
1. Major General Amos Beebe Eaton was a career officer in the United States
Army, serving as a General for the Union during the American Civil War. He
was born in Catskill, New York on May 12, 1806 and graduated from West Point
in 1826. On March 8, 1866, President Andrew Johnson nominated Eaton for
appointment Major General rank and the U. S. Senate confirmed the nomination
on May 4, 1866. Eaton died in New Haven, Connecticut on February 21, 1877
at the age of 70.
2. Col. John S. Fake was born on November 30, 1800 in Pittstown, Rensselaer
County, New York, the son of Johan George Fake, Jr. and Catherine Sneider.
He married Eliza Warren and they had a daughter Augusta. John founded the
Rensselaer County Bank in 1853 in Lansingburgh, New York, but in 1872 his
bank had to close due to the dishonesty of one of his employees, although
John did pay all creditors with his own money. Named in his honor was the
"John S. Fake Hook & Ladder Company in Lansingburgh. He died at his home in
Lansingburgh, New York on January 11, 1876, but his exact cause of death was
a slight mystery. He did have Bright's disease, according to the Evening
Courier Newspaper in Buffalo, but he was on a morphine medication for the
pain. The paper also mentioned that Col. Fake 'For some time he had been out
of his mind, not even recognizing members of his own family' and that the
rumor of that time was that without knowing what he was doing, drank too
much of the 'poison'.
3. George H. Hubbard, M.D., was born in Hopkington, New Hampshire on June
8, 1823. He graduated from Vermont Medical College in June, 1845, practiced
at Bradford, New Hampshire and East Washington, New Hampshire and was editor
of the New Hampshire Journal of Medicine. In 1861 he was commissioned
surgeon to the 2d New Hampshire Volunteers. He died in Lansingburgh, New
York on January 19, 1876 at age 53. The cause of death was a serious cut on
the left knee which he received from a fall in getting out of a horse-car.
Inflammation and blood poisoning followed.
4. On January 28, 1874, Louise P. Westcott Heartt of Troy, New York married
George LeRoy Livingston of New York City. To read a 1800's style soap opera
story of infidelity, attempted suicide, etc., click on this link to read the June 9, 1878
New York Times story, "A Chapter In A Scandal - The Story of A Fast Young Man".
Click on this link and then "View Full Article"
5. On September 16, 1873, Troy Mayor William Kemp married Miss Martha E.
Bogert of New York City. Kemp was previous married to Miss Rebecca Cantrell
who died in 1872. Kemp was elected on March 4, 1873 as Mayor of the City of
Troy for two years, receiving 4,318 votes and the Democratic candidate 3,971 votes.
As related by the Troy "Daily Whig" on the following morning
"Sullivan's Band was
called out, a procession was formed in front of Colonel Egolf's rooms, on First
and the residence of the mayor-elect, No. 62 North Second Street was visited."
Mr. Kemp then spoke : "Brother Republicans and my Democratic friends : We
have fought the battle and you have gained the victory. I have not words to express
to you my deep gratification for the honor you have conferred upon me. The office
of mayor is a responsible one, and I shall endeavor to perform its duties with credit
to the city and to myself."
6. There are two marriages reported for Theodore Voorhees from Scranton,
Pennsylvania. Theodore, born on June 4, 1847, was the son of Benjamin Franklin
Voorhees and Margaret Elizabeth Sinclair. The first marriage was to Sarah Vail
Gould from Troy, New York on September 19, 1871. Sarah, born on August 15,
1846, dies at age 25 on August 8, 1872; most likely in childbirth, as an infant son,
Theodore Vail Voorhees, dies four days later on August 12, 1872. Newspaper
death records for the mother and infant are also reported in the Troy Daily Whig.
The second marriage was to Mary Elizabeth Chittenden on February 4, 1874
although the Troy newspaper identifies her as Minnie Chittenden and does not s
how the date of the wedding. Mary Elizabeth was born on June 20, 1850.
Theodore Voorhees was the 7th great-grandson of Wolphert Gerretse Van
Kouwenhoven (1579-1662). Wolphert was an original patentee, director of
bouweries, and a founder of the New Netherlands colony and founder of the
first European settlement on Long Island, New Amersfoort. He played an
active role in laying the foundations of the communities of Manhattan, Albany,
Rensselaer and Brooklyn.
7. Marriages were reported in the Whig for family members of two of the
leading industrialists in the area, Henry Burden and Erastus Corning. James
A. Burden of Troy married Mary Irwin of New York City on October 19,
1869 and Erastus Corning married Mary Parker on April 30, 1873.
F. The 10 Troy Newspaper groupings added to the TIGS website cover
18,060 marriage names and 28,254 death records. Keep in mind that all these
records predate New York State's recording of these vital statistics.
A number of the names reported in the Troy newspapers cover individuals that
were prominent in our country's Political, Business, Military and Religious
history and some of these individuals are covered in the new section of the
Troy Newspaper Project: Interesting Biographies - Names Reported In The
TIGS Project Coordinator
Clifton Park, NY