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by President, Ulster & Delaware RR Historical Society
An author named Dennis Shepherd is writing a book about the artist Paul
Sawyier (1865-1917), who lived the last 3 years of his life (1914-17) in
Highmount and Fleischmanns.
Members of this list might have answers to several of Dennis's questions,
which I've put together into this message from a couple of email exchanges
Three Sawyier railroad paintings may be of local scenes - copies are at
http://photos.yahoo.com/stevdelprodigynet. They are all variations on one
theme, and No. 3 is actually called "Railroad Station in the Catskills", but
I can't quite place it -- it looks a little like Highmount, except for the
buildings. The buildings on the left in 1 and 2 look almost like Arkville,
but I'm not sure. Can anyone place them?
Dennis also asks the following questions:
"Any stories would be helpful. Sawyier was notorious for paying debts with
his paintings. He painted mainly watercolors and of these, most were
landscapes. But during his Catskill period he also mastered oils. And
originally he was a portrait painter.
You might also suggest how I would reach the most people in the
Fleischmanns-Highmount-Margaretville area so I can ask if anyone has a
landscape painting from the WWI era signed by Paul Sawyier. I suspect there
are dozens if not hundreds hanging in people's houses, or collecting dust.
I've come across one story (unconfirmed) where a lady would fix Sawyier
when he fished or painted near her house here in Kentucky. From time to
he'd give her a painting in return. Unbeknownst to him, she'd take it and
throw it in the pot belly stove feeling no self respecting man should try to
earn a living by painting!!
Just so you have some names to go by Sawyier made friends with two admirers
who got him to move from Brooklyn where he had lived with his sister, to the
Catskills. Marie S. Myer was an amateur painter and her sister, Mrs.
Marshall L. Emery. Sawyier set up shop in an old chapel on the Emery Estate
in Highmount in June, 1915. I've actually located the old chapel. It's
about to fall down, but I even found newspapers inside dated August and
September, 1915. Sawyier shared this drafty old chapel with an artist from
Belgium named Edward Buick. After a year here he became a tenant of Philip
F. Schaefer of Fleishcmanns, a local businessman and aspiring artist.
Schaefer's home was apparently next to the St. Regis Hotel.
Sawyier did an art exhibit or two at the Grand Hotel. His landlord, Philip
Schaefer, supposedly had a guest house next to the St. Regis and Sawyier
in that home of a massive heart attack in November, 1917. I'm also looking
for a recent pix of the Schaefer home.
Schaefer's house is "supposed" to be there still but when I visited in
November the guy who gave me directions couldn't lead me to it.
Schaefer ran an arts supply and import business I think, but he only ever
wanted to become an artist. He did and even published a book of his
exhibited works side-by-side with Sawyier's works. I think so Sawyier's
refined style would be associated with him.
I hope these facts help you nail down the station area and confirm stories.
I will gladly pay any costs associated with your search."
Answers can go to Dennis at dwshepherd(a)aol.com; I'd enjoy seeing any
Thanks and Happy New Year to all
Got a list of deaths to share with all in hopes they may be helpful to
Phoebe Robinson - d. 3/5/1894 - age 52 - daughter of Hiram White and
Maria Bates - buried Roxbury.
Harriet Robinson - d. 1/7/04 - age 73 - daughter of Walter Tiffany and
Jane Hammond - buried Grand Gorge.
Pheobe Bartram - d. 3/4/04 - age 85 - daughter of Eli Robinson and Ruth
Keator - buried Roxbury.
Anna Morse - d. 4/19/04 - age 90 - daughter of Eli Robinson and Ruth
Keator - buried Vega.
Tryphena Robinson - d. 3/21/1886 -age 50 - daughter of Peleg
Chamberlain and Cynthia Lee - buried Worcester.
George Robinson - d. 1/12/13 - age 85 - son of Jasper Robinson and Mary
Rand - buried Roxbury.
Betsy Robinson - age 79 - d. 10/21/11 - daughter of John Thorington and
Alvira Richmond - buried Roxbury.
Hannah Lawrence - d. 4/21/11 - age 66 - daughter of Frederick Morse and
Annie Robinson - buried Lexington.
More to come later.
Hi Everyone, hope you all have a happy, healthy New Year! I'm looking for information on the Beach Hill, also known as Bixby-Getter & Whitman Cemeteries in Masonville. For example who purchased which plots etc. I've tried contacting the historians for Masonville, but am sorry to say that they have never gotten back to me with any answers to any of my queries.
Anyone with any information as to how I can access this kind of information would be greatly appreciated.
According to the AIS indexes there is a John Frazier in Stamford, Delaware,
NY on pg 183 in the 1830 census. Hope this helps.
At 04:11 PM 12/30/01 -0800, you wrote:
> > Greetings and salutations!
>This is my first post on this mailing list & I hope there is nothing
>inappropriate in it. Does anyone have access to the 1830 NY census (if
>such a thing)? I am looking for JOHN FRASER, probably Stamford, Delaware Co.
>Delta, British Columbia, Canada
You can access many census records through this site. Just go to this site
and enter the research area, then go to the census area and you'll find all
sorts of goodies.
<A HREF="http://www.rootsweb.com/~nydelawa/">Delaware County NY Genealogy and
> Greetings and salutations!
This is my first post on this mailing list & I hope there is nothing offensive or
inappropriate in it. Does anyone have access to the 1830 NY census (if there is
such a thing)? I am looking for JOHN FRASER, probably Stamford, Delaware Co.
Delta, British Columbia, Canada
> To join Ancestry.com and access our 1.2 billion online genealogy records, go to:
Does anyone have the 1850 census for Walton that could possibly look something up? I'm interested in the enumeration for:
Henry M. Ray, Page 008
Thanks very much! and Happy New Year!
Researching (in Walton, Delaware County) Drock, DeRock, Cleaver, Ray, and many others...
The following doesn't have much to do with tracing family trees but it's
Florida oranges doz. 45 cents
Grapefruit 3 for 28 cents
Red grapes 17 cents per pound
Sweet potatoes 8 cents per pound
Cooking onions 27 cents for five pounds
Potatoes 15 pound peck 45 cents
Walnuts 1 pound 43 cents
Sardines 3 1/4 oz can 6 cents
Sharp cheese 1 pound 67 cents
A year or more ago, I heard from a person who's ancestor was Philip Conklin. This Philip Conklin married both her ancestor and later connected to my family.
Fellow Conklin researcher, if you're still on this list, could you please contact me? I had all my email wiped out last month...
Thanks! Sorry, list.
Does the name Marian Dodds (Mrs. Marshall) Muir appear in anyone's family
tree? I have a copy of an article she wrote that appeared in the June 30
1971 Del Rep paper. She was the daughter of John T. Dodds and Sarah
Bloomville, May 18. Funeral services were held on Monday for Albert Charles
Rice, 60, of this village who died Friday at the Delhi Hospital where he had
been a patient for a month.
Mr. Rice was born Jan 18, 1893, in Delhi, son of Charles and Emma (Tuttle)
Rice. He married Miss Letha Dibble on August 14, 1912, in Oneonta. He was
employed at the Bloomville sawmill, and had been a resident of this village
for the last 15 years. Prior to that he had lived in Delhi. He was a member
of the Bloomville Fire Department.
Surviving are his widow; is father, Oneonta; two daughters, Mrs Lee Calhoun,
Hamden, and Mrs. Howard Burdick, Bloomville; two sons, John Rice and Glenn
Rice, both of Bloomville; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Again, I am interested in the Rice connection and in the Tuttle connection.
The following was among my aunt Anna's papers. Oddly the obit does mention
the first name of the deceased. I would love to hear from someone who
recognizes this person. Best regards,Roberta Meehan
Mrs. Earl Larnard obit
The funeral of Mrs. Earl Larnard, 59, of Delhi, was held Thursday afternoon
at 2 from the Hall funeral home, Delhi.
Mrs. Larnard died Monday, Jan 28, 1957, at the Roswell Park Memorial
Hospital in Buffalo.
She was the daughter of James S. and Anna Barnes Muir and was born Nov. 1,
1897, in Delhi. She and Mr. Larnard were married Feb. 3, 1921, at Hoosick
Falls. Mr. Larnard is one of Delhi's most popular residents and has been
active in the activities of the Delaware county Federation of Sportsmen's
Mrs. Larnard was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church of Delhi and
was a charter member of the Donald W. Gleason post, American Legion
auxiliary. She was also a member of the Delhi Home Demonstartion unit.
Surviving besides Mr. Larnard is a sister, Miss Clara Muir of Delhi.
I think my note may be repetitive but each time I post this, I hope for a
I am seeking the name of the spouse of Stephen Cunningham. Their children
were Charles, Elizabeth (Mrs. James Rice), Sarah (Mrs. John Dodds who may
have become Mrs. Fred Laight after Mr. Dodds' untimely death), and Mary
(Mrs. Marshall Arbuckle).
I THINK Stephen Cunningham may have been married to a Catherine Cannon, a
daughter of Andrew and Catherine Cannon.
Why do I think this? Annie McNeilly (Anna Cannon) dedicated a window in St.
Peter's Church in Delhi to her parents Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Cannon. Mrs.
Cannon was Catherine O'Donald, my step-ggg grandmother, Andrew Cannon was my
Hoping that this 'rings a bell' with someone.
Best wishes for a Happy New Year.
I have had great success in acquiring vital records from Bryan Fitch, Delhi
Town Clerk. Can anyone tell me if they have requested a record with only a
range of years? I am not certain of the limits of Mr. Fitch's
responsibilities nor of the fees involved in searches.
Hello All ...
I inadvertently deleted all messages sent to me of yesterday and today. If any
of you sent e-mail to me in that time period, please re-submit. I know there
was one regarding Middletown Cemeteries. Sorry, I'm not used to accessing my e-
mail thru the webmail.
This message was sent via the BiznessOnline.com webmail system.
Seeking any information on Mary S. Robinson Davis. She was married to
Charles A. Davis. Her parents names were Silas G. Robinson and Milia
Jane Keator. They were from the Roxbury, New York area. I have
information that Mary may have died from complications of child birth,
as she died just 10 days after giving birth to a son. (no name for him).
This would have been her third child. The only child I know she had was
Eder C. Davis who was born May 1, 1880 and died June 7, 1956. Mary was
34 years old at the time she died. She married Charles in July 13, 1879.
Any further information anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated.
Am seeking the other childrens names and the burial place of Mary as
well as her birth and death dates. Also any information on the parents
of Charles A. Davis.
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I have had a lot of responses for this web site on Harmonus Dumond.
I received word from Rev. Robert Rowe to offer it to everyone
interested, so I'm sending it out for the whole list.
Also Joyce could you add it into your Delaware Co. Genealogy &
HAPPY NEW YEAR,
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I don't know if this would work for you, but it may be worth a try.
An ex-wife of mine had a relative who "didn't go to war with his buddies
but stayed home and ended up dying of pneumonia". The part about pneumonia
was correct but it was in Federal Prison in Atlanta, Ga. It seems he had been
in service and as a civilian later was caught stealing shoes that were being
loaded onto a military train, which was a Federal offense.
In this case we had a date of being imprisoned from the prison. We then
searched the newspaper records in Syracuse ( Lucky that I lived there ) for a
time frame before sentencing and got the whole story.
Also I would think you could find it in the court record if you know the
place that it happened. I have done this in several cases.
Here is a fun site for everyone with Black Sheep or Gray. Lots of Good info
here for all types of organization. Allow yourself lots of time to
Alice in NC
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, December 24, 2001 2:13 PM
Subject: [NYDELAWA-L] Re: NYDELAWA-D / Prison info
> This is not area-specific for this list...but since it is a great and
> informative list...thought someone would have information on how to
> about a relative of my husband's (!!..naturally..(;<}}... who had spent
> hard time in the Western State Penitentiary in 1900 (Pittsburg PA).
> My husband has spoken with HX Soc of Wayne Co Pa, the Courthouse clerk of
> Honesdale, and the Prison clerk of present day Pittsburg Pen. None had
> help...so wondered if anyone on this list had researched for a "black
> family member under similar circumstances.
> The funny (?) part is the gentleman spent the rest of his life as an
> upstanding member of society, (or so we suppose!) so we not only were
> absolutely amazed to confirm his visit with the state at that time, but
> imagine why he was imprisoned in Allegheny County, especially since we
> assumed he was living and working in Wayne Co at that time., therefore in
> area served by Eastern State Pen, Philadelphia. My husband's Christmas
> list is to find out why his great-grandfather spent time in the "slammer".
> (( : < }}
> Thanks for any info.
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