Just going by what you wrote you might want to follow a William and Betsey Gould that
live in Walton.
They had 2 daughters Angeline and Jane. Be sure and look at the state census too. I did
see William and
Betsey living with a Roslian? Moore and Jane his wife, just can't remember what census
it was(1855, 1860 or 1865) and that a Betsey that seems to be the same woman was living
with the Drakes after that.. In the 1880 census I finally found Edwin and Angeline under
the last name of Doake and Belle was listed as Anna Belle. Hope this may be who you are
From: Daryl D'Angelo <darylyh(a)comcast.net>
To: NYDELAWA <NYDELAWA(a)rootsweb.com>
Sent: Sat, Apr 29, 2017 11:13 am
Subject: [NYDELAWA] Gould / Drake - Walton; Fitzgerald / Ferguson, Sidney
Greetings list --
It's been years since I've reached out for help. Hope you're all still out
there! I have a mystery. and I sure hope I can present the facts
coherently. It's. um. complicated.
My great-grandfather was Chester D(e)rock. Supposedly born Nov 1884 in
either Sidney or Allegany County to Austin and MaryEtta (Cleaver) Drock /
DeRock. This family (both ascending and descending) is very well
documented, and I thought I'd pretty much finished work.
And then I tested my DNA, and found a huge number of genetic cousins to whom
I should not connect. No way, no how. After a lot of reading and
correspondence, and also having checked and double-checked (and confirmed)
other connecting people, I've narrowed the "problem" to my
Chester. Specifically - I suspect that his mother and father were not who
we think they were. I think his father is a Drock, but not Austin. There
are a number of possibilities for the father, though, so I'm trying now to
figure out who Chester's mother was.
Austin Drock and his wife MaryEtta (Cleaver) returned to Delaware County
(from Allegany County) ca 1882/3. They lived with her parents in Walton for
a few years before moving on to settle in Sidney. Since this is the period
when my great-grandfather Chester was born, I made inquiries with the Town
Clerk in Walton -- and learned that a boy Chester was born there in the
right time frame.
Chester's mother, in this birth record, in "Bella Drake". No father named.
Research indicates that Bell Drake is the daughter of Edwin F and Angeline
Gould (?). In the 1875 State Census, Betsey Gould is living with the family
and is named as the wife's mother. I think Betsey is the widow of William
Is anybody familiar with this family (Gould or Drake)? I'd like to know who
Bell Drake's grandmother Betsey was. I'd also LOVE to know who Bell Drake
Fitzgerald / Ferguson, btw, is in the subject line because that's the family
I connect with genetically over in Sidney. My hope with this line of
inquiry is that I'll find Betsey's maiden name to have been Ferguson. Given
the twists and turns my family story is taking, though, that's not at all
Thanks for any help at all! Sorry for the very long email!
Researching: Drock, Little, Cleaver -- NY, CT, NH
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