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I have an old Delaware County map dated 1941 with a brief history on the back. It says:
" The first white settlers came to the county about 1762 or 1763 by way of the Shandaken valley from Hurley in Ulster County. They settled in the valley of the East Branch on the Delaware in what is now the town of Middletown. They were of Dutch extraction and included the following men: the Dumonds, von Waggoner, Hendricks, Brugher, Kittle, Yaple, Sloughter, Hinebagh, Green and Bierch. " the piece was signed by Richard C. Lonsdale, Margaretville, New York.
My nephew asked me to find out information on his great great grandfather Daniel B. Ackerly who came from Arena.
Daniel was born 17 Aug 1817 and died Beaverkill, t/o Rockland, Sull Co 19 Jan 1900. 82y 5m 2d
Just recently I was a the town clerk's office and the only thing listed regarding his death was that it was unattended and that he died of cerebral apoplexy. No parents and no known obituary or will.
Daniel was married to Rebecca Jane Close d/o Elijah. Her death certificate was more confused. Her son Aaron gave the info and a birthdate of 4 or 9 March 1830, her age at death was listed as 82y 10 m 10d, BUT she had was appears to be 2 death dates- one 25 Jan 1913, the other 30 Jan 1913. As you can see these dates just don't work out.
Aaron also stated that the last time he had seen her alive was on the 19th of Jan. Aaron, or maybe someone not paying attention, wrote her parents were Elijah Close and Rebecca Jane Close, maybe that is correct, but it was one of those things that "didn't feel right".
It seems that Daniel with the B. middle initial is descended from Benjamin, but is he a grandson or son. Some think he is the son of John. And, did Daniel have any brothers or sisters?
any help here greatly appreciated, evelyn
Can't give you tons of information on Arena, but may be able to help with the Akerlys.
Have info on Benjamin and wife Azuba, and some others. Feel free to contact me off list.
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Possibly the Van Waggoners in Arena were really named Van Wagenen.
I found this to be the case with one of mine and it was quite a trial to
unravel. She was called Lana Van Wagoner whereas her name was really
Helena Van Wagenen baptized in the Kingston Dutch Reformed Church in
1777. She married Daniel Burrow. She was buried in the Old Arena
You might try writing or calling Carl S. Van Wagenen, 12 Forest Drive,
Woodstock, New York 12498. His phone number in 1994 was 914-679-8077.
He has published at least one book on Jacob Aertsen Wagenen of
Wageningen, Holland and was working on another one for the brother
Gerritt Aertsen Wagenen. The brothers married the Pel sisters. I am
descended from both brothers.
Hello! I hope everyone is having a pleasant day.
I am trying to find some information on the Ackerlys and the Van
Waggoners of Arena, NY. Since the town is gone, does anyone know what
existing town might have any historical information on Arena?
Also, who should I contact for any church records for the Methodist
Episcopal Church in Arena? Do you think Margaretville might have the
records, or should I contact the United Methodist Conference itself?
I would greatly appreciate any help that you can give me on these
Thanks, and have a nice day!
Beth (Beers) Rupert
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: anti rent war tour
Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2005 11:31:06 -0400
From: "DCHA" <dcha(a)delhi.net>
To: "Pam Frederic" <1paso(a)thegrid.net>
DCHA to Offer Anti-Rent War Driving Tour
The Delaware County Historical Association and guide Dorothy Kubik will
host a driving tour of important Anti-Rent War sites around Delaware
County on Saturday, October 8. Ms. Kubik is the author of the popular
book, A Free Soil…A Free People: The Anti-Rent War in Delaware County.
Meet at 10:00am at the Hunting Tavern, in Andes, the scene of several
exciting occurrences in the difficult year of 1845, then go on up
Tremperskill Road to Upper Dingle Hill Road, the site of Moses Earle’s
house. Across from the house is the pasture where the Anti-Renters
surrounded the cattle the sheriff had come to auction off and the likely
spot where Undersheriff Osman Steele was fatally wounded.
From there we will proceed to a lesser-known spot in the town of
Middletown on the border of Ulster County. At the juncture of Todd
Mountain Road and Galli Curci Road lies a large flat rock, resembling a
platform. Near one end is a strange hole 18" deep, obviously man-made.
You can picture yourself standing with a crowd in front of the rock,
listening to a calico "Indian" give a pep talk to the local farmers
while the Anti-Rent flag flies from a pole placed in that hole.
From the rock we will backtrack to Hunting Tavern in Andes where we
will rest for lunch (please bring your own food and drink) and a guided
tour of the tavern. Here you will walk the stairway where Mrs. Hunting
stood with a butcher knife and threatened harm to the "Indians" who were
pursuing Undersheriff Steele. Then go on to the "garret" room where it
was said Steele hid from the "Indians" who were trying to capture him,
and the tavern where Steele supposedly uttered his famous boast, "Lead
can’t penetrate Steele."
After the trip back to Delhi we will meet behind the courthouse to
reconstruct the scene as it was in 1845 with the log jails on Courthouse
Square. Those who wish may then proceed to Woodland Cemetery to view the
monument in memory of Steele.
Cost of the tour is $15.00 per vehicle and does not include lunch.
Please pre-register by October 6 by calling DCHA at (607) 746-3849 or
e-mail: dcha(a)delhi.net. The tour will end at approximately 3:00pm.
Delaware County NY Genealogy and History Site
Hello! I hope everyone is having a pleasant day.
I am trying to find some information on the Ackerlys and the Van Waggoners of Arena, NY. Since the town is gone, does anyone know what existing town might have any historical information on Arena?
Also, who should I contact for any church records for the Methodist Episcopal Church in Arena? Do you think Margaretville might have the records, or should I contact the United Methodist Conference itself?
I would greatly appreciate any help that you can give me on these matters.
Thanks, and have a nice day!
Beth (Beers) Rupert
I went digging in Ct records and found the following in Danbury:
Levi Stone m. 4 July 1776 Mary Wildman
they were the parents of:
Russel 3 May 1779
Asa 20 May 1781
"Dolla" 20 June 1783
Nancy 31 Oct 1785
Betsey 14 Dec 1788
Samuel 24 July 1791.
This Russel seems to be of the correct time period, but there is no way I can say he is the Russel Stone I'm looking for. I'll keep looking, maybe I'll get lucky and find a wife. evelyn
You also should look at the Civil War database on the New York State
Archives website at
The database is a work in progress, so you may need to recheck
On Sat, 1 Oct 2005 09:26:06 -0400 "Gary Welch" <gcwelch(a)frontiernet.net>
> I can't find any record of Stephen Booth serving from NY although
> there were
> several from other states. He also isn't listed in the 1890
> veterans census
> (John is listed). Neither John nor Stephen seems to have ever
> applied for a
> pension. Stephen is listed as a laborer in the 1910 census,
> implying that
> he was still able to work at age 74.
> My understanding is that actual discharge papers were given to the
> and that no copy was kept by the government. You can get a copy of
> military service record from NARA. That would have enlistment and
> information as well as a record of where the soldier was at about 2
> increments. See:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Amy DiMaria [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Friday, September 30, 2005 9:50 AM
> To: NYDELAWA-L(a)rootsweb.com
> Subject: Civil War soldier HELP
> Can someone shed some light on the whole Civil War Draftee process.
> someone is listed on this sight as a Civil War Draftee, does that
> mean they
> actually fought/saw battle or does that mean they were just eligible
> to be
> My great great uncle's John and Stephen Booth of Walton both
> seemed to be
> drafted but I only see John on the discharge page of this site.
> lived to be in his 80's so I know he didn't die in the war. How can
> I get
> actual discharg'official papers etc.? Stephen never married and I
> wonder if
> somehow he was injured in the war.
> Hope someone can help as I am new to the military part of this
> BRRRR It's a chilly FAll day in Central NY!!!
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Can someone shed some light on the whole Civil War Draftee process. If someone is listed on this sight as a Civil War Draftee, does that mean they actually fought/saw battle or does that mean they were just eligible to be called.
My great great uncle's John and Stephen Booth of Walton both seemed to be drafted but I only see John on the discharge page of this site. Stephen lived to be in his 80's so I know he didn't die in the war. How can I get actual discharg'official papers etc.? Stephen never married and I wonder if somehow he was injured in the war.
Hope someone can help as I am new to the military part of this research!
BRRRR It's a chilly FAll day in Central NY!!!