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I am researching the Newman/Neumann family of Medina (Ridgeway).
The family first shows up in Ridgeway Township in the 1855 New York
census with Mary Newman as head of household, sons Henry, Charles
and Louis (Lewis). Both Mary and Henry were born in Germany, Charles
born in either Niagra or Erie county, and Louis born in Orleans county.
Henry was my 2nd great grandfather who, following his time in the Army
during the Civil War, he married the widow Harriet Wagner Rinker in
Buffalo at the German Lutheran church. Henry and his family lived in
Medina and worked as a stone cutter. Henry's daughter Lenorah, my
great grandmother, married John Francis Blake in 1893 at Buffalo and
lived there until her death in 1909. In 1910 John Henry married Lenorah's
sister Mary who died in 1966.
If anyone has any knowledge of the Newman or Wagner families please
Dwight J. Shauger
Genealogy can be Multi-Dimensional
Genealogy can be as boring as names, dates and places. But, it can also be
multi-dimensional as you want it to be.
It can be the study of Time and Place.
The social history, What was happening with the people? What was the time
war, peacetime, prosperity, or hard times?
Housing. How did they live?
Food. What did they eat and did they have enough to eat?
Clothing. What were their clothing like and the care of clothing?
Sanitation and Health. What was the sanitation like and due to the lack of
sanitation, as we know it, what diseases did people get? What problems did
people have, childbirth, sickness, early death?
Medical. Home remedies, medical care was it primitive or was it in keeping
with the time and location? If so what was it like?
Topographical. What was the land like? Farms, Mines, Industry, Urban,
Accessibility (Roads, Railroads, Ships, etc.)
Economic. What did they do to make a living?
Laws and Law Enforcement. Were the Laws just or unjust? Did the punishment
the crime? What was the punishment for the different crimes?
Taxes. Were they reasonable or oppressive? Were they fair according to the
Migration. Did people leave their homes for better standards of living?
did they go and for what reason?
History is not just what you learned in school it is also people living
day to the best of their ability.
This is the tip of the Iceberg so to speak. Let your ancestors answer and
you will learn from them.
I hope this will add more questions and the answers will make your
more real and not just names, dates and places.
Richard Callard callard(a)dancris.net
Seeking info on the family of Ira GREGORY and Polly HUBBELL. Did their son,
Seth Hubbell GREGORY married a daughter of Asa PARKER, and their daughter
Clarrisa married Edward, a son of Asa PARKER, both about 1840?
Is there anyone else researching this family? I'm trying to identify the
children of Asa PARKER. Did any of the Gregory family go on to Michigan.
Thank you for your help,
Earl, and other WILSON/HARMER researchers,
I don't have anything on the WILSON line, but I do have quite a bit on the
HARMER lines. Most of my material was given to me by John Sayers of Canada.
He is an expert on HARMER genealogy.
Earl W. HARMER b. 1899 d. 28 Jun 1980, Medina was the son of Ellen GRIMMER
b. 4 Nov 1859, Nfk. England. She died 25 Jan 1944 in Medina, NY. Her
husband was George HARMER b. (Sep) 1858 c. 19 June 1870, East Ruston, NFK,
England d. 6/8 May 1911, buried Boxwood Cem., Medina, NY (Acute Bronchitis).
Let me know if you would like any more info on the HARMER line.
Good Luck! Holly
Orleans County Genealogical Society
"Brick walls broken down here!"
I am looking for the family tree of the Wilson family ..............
Wilson,(Field),Ella A.born 1859 died 1954,
hubby was William Redpath Wilson 1859-1917 how lived in Albion,NY ,
she was my grandmother
.My mother was Elizabeth (Wilson) Harmer born in 1902 in Rochester,NY ,
her hubby was Earl W. Harmer born 1899 of Mediina ,NY
any info will help
Earl A. Harmer eajaharm(a)yahoo.com