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A search of the Delaware County website turns up lots of Harkness Material
and also the information that a 7-year-old Peter McC. Harkness is on the
1850 Kortright census. The surname is indexed as "Narhues" on Ancestry.com,
so without the clue I never would have found it.. Although the Harkness
genealogy on http://www.dcnyhistory.org/index2.html says the entry is on
page 212 of the census, it's actually on page 211B
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gary Welch" <gcwelch(a)frontiernet.net>
Sent: Saturday, May 20, 2006 12:51 PM
Subject: [NYDELAWA-L] RE: Harkness family in Delaware County, NY
>I can't find any record of him other than his Civil War records. He
> enlisted in the 14th Illinois Infantry in 1865 but deserted less than 5
> months later. He applied for a pension in 1890 while living in the Indian
> Territories but it wasn't granted, probably because of his desertion. I
> can't find him in the 1850, 1860, 1870, or 1880 Federal censuses or in the
> 1890 veterans census.
> I suspect that he was using an alias.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sheryl Brown [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Friday, May 19, 2006 9:36 AM
> To: NYDELAWA-L(a)rootsweb.com
> Subject: Harkness family in Delaware County, NY
> I am researching the Harkness family, and would appreciate any help. The
> specific name that I am searching for is Peter M. Harkness, my great-great
> The Civil War pension records that I have, state that he was born in
> Delaware County, and in 1865 he was 21.
> Any and all help would be truly appreciated.
> Sheryl in Phoenix
> ==== NYDELAWA Mailing List ====
> Have you visited the Delaware County, NY Genealogy and History Site?
I have just finished indexing the following State censuses for
and I will do look-ups.
1855 census includes name, relationship, age, birthplace and years
resided in Oneonta
1865 census includes name, age, birthplace, of how many children the
parent, number of times married, if married
now, widowed or single
1875 census includes name, relationship, age
1892 census name, age & country of birth
All except 1892 show families but 1892 is a running list of names and
no indication of where families start & stop.
WARNING: I did the best I could to read names but sometimes the
writing and visibility of the film was bad; especially the 1892 census
writing was terrible to read, and the writing for certain letters was
very hard to distinguish but at least maybe something will be of help to
Sandy Goodspeed, Maryland, NY
Oneonta Plains Cemetery Historian
I am researching the Harkness family, and would appreciate any help. The specific name that I am searching for is Peter M. Harkness, my great-great grandfather.
The Civil War pension records that I have, state that he was born in Delaware County, and in 1865 he was 21.
Any and all help would be truly appreciated.
Sheryl in Phoenix
Greetings from Raleigh, NC.
Found on ebay is the NY in the Revolution Book, looks to be only in fair shape and is Book 1 of the two volume set. However if you are really into the Revolutionary War and want to find the soldiers that served from NY, this is the one of the two books. Here is the ebay number 6629773726
As usual I have no interest except to help our great folks, and do not know the seller.
Have used my set many times to help find a soldier from NY, it is interesting to note that for many years NY wasn't thought to have contributed much in terms of soldiers in the Revolution but this book tells that the first number of 17,000 was incomplete, and the book says that 43,000 from the great Empire state served under General Washington.
Hope this finds you well,
formerly Palmer Hill, town of Meredith, now Raleigh NC
4th great grandson of Solomon Palmer, soldier of the Revolution, later (1794) of Palmer Hill, Andes NY
Joyce's e-mail of 5/9 noted the update "Bovina Reformed Presbyterian Church
Roll with preface by Ray LaFever." That is of interest to me since my
Russell ancestors were original members. When I open it, Ray LaFever's
preface is quite clear. BUT, the church roll that follows is only "computer
gibberish." I suspect there is something missing in my system. I'm hoping
someone can offer some kind advice. Thanks very much.
Hello All . . .
Updates so far in May:
Search Engine re-indexed May 3
Queries are up-to-date
EXCERPTS from "Recollections.. The Town of Tompkins" by Perry Shelton -
transcribed by Tamara Sanford
Bovina Reformed Presbyterian Church Roll with preface by Ray LaFever
Stories of Early Settlers in the Wilderness by Josiah Priest - pdf file
by John H. Beach
Varied old school records for towns of Middletown and Roxbury -
transcribed by Gloria Rutulante
Thanks to all above for contributing to the Delaware Website!
More to come . . . J.
Delaware County NY Genealogy and History Site
This address is replacing old sritch22(a)aol.com address. Still looking for brick wall
LEWIS S. FITCH b. abt 1798 and lived in Sidney Center most of life. Wife was POLLY ROSE b. abt 1798. Children: THOMAS b. 1819 d.1889 mar. Mary Ann SHANNON. EZRA b.1827 d? mar. Emily BASSELL in 1852. RACHEL b. 1822 d. ? unmarried. I am sure Lewis is connected with the Seymour and Elizabeth Hoyt Fitch family somehow. Thank you . Sandee from NH