Beginning March 2nd, 2020 the Mailing Lists functionality on RootsWeb will be discontinued. Users will no longer be able to send outgoing emails or accept incoming emails. Additionally, administration tools will no longer be available to list administrators and mailing lists will be put into an archival state.
Administrators may save the emails in their list prior to March 2nd. After that, mailing list archives will remain available and searchable on RootsWeb
From chapter 1 The Burned Over District by WhitneyR. Cross, Cornell
University Press, 1950..... (Subtitle - The Social and Intellectual
History of Enthusiastic Religion in Western New York 1800-1850)
"Across the rolling hills of western New York and along the line of
DeWitt Clinton's famed canal, there stretched in the second quarter of
the nineteenth century a "psychic highway". Upon this broad belt of
land congregated a people extraordinarily given to unusual religious
beliefs, peculiarly devoted to crusades aimed at the perfection of
mankind and the attainment of millennial happiness. . . . Some folk
called it the "infected district," thinking mainly of the Antimasonic
agitation which centered west of Cayuga Lake. Critics chiefly concerned
with the habitual revivalism occurring in a much wider area came to call
it the "Burnt" or "Burned-over District," adopting the prevailing
western analogy between the fires of the forest and those of the
spirit. Charles Grandison Finney, the greatest evangelist of the day,
helped give the term its customary usage when he applied it to
localities between Lake Ontario and the Adirondacks where early
Methodist circuit riders had, he thought, left souls hardened against
proper religious tutelage."
Hope this helps a little,
Dee Robinson, Reference Librarian, Swan Library, and Historian Town of
Gaines, Orleans County, NY
While Western New York was indeed a hot-bed of religious fervor in the first
half of the nineteenth century, and the remark by the quoted theologian were
surely correctly attributed, I think he may have been applying his personal
spin to the term "Burned-Over District".
I suspect the term was in common use well before his claim to it, as it was
the very area in which General Sullivan in his 1779 campaign wreaked havoc on
the Six Nations.
Sullivan's specific instructions from General Washington were to destroy
everything in his power to ruin the Iroquois' ability to survive in their home
Sullivan burned hundreds of houses, burned crops in the fields, destroyed
stores and girdled trees in orchards.
I have always believed that this burning was the event referred to in the
I ran across a web site today that contained a LOT of my husband's and
my ancestors who lived in the Old "Genesee Country" -- West of Seneca
Lake, NY in the early 1800s.
I checked the website over pretty well but couldn't find anything that
told what the term "Burned-Over" meant. Does anyone know what this
Mainly Researching in WNY: Barnum, Cain, Fuller, Greeley, Harper,
Leavens, Phelps, Rose, Sawdy, Wilson
The first edition of our Newsletter is ready now.
You may subscribe to it for free at http://www.ny-genes.com . Our website,
blog and newsletter are full of hints and ideas on how to do research in New
York State. Each month we will try to bring a unique publication out in the
Newsletter. This month is a manuscript Town Tax Assessors List from 1846.
Everything is free.
Hope to see you there.
Upstate New York Genealogy (UNYG)
There is a photograph of Edna Lund on Ebay. It's Item number: 6234104579,
and expires in about 3 days. Here's the link:
Edna is listed in the 1900 census as living in Shelby, Orleans Co., NY as
LUND, FREDERICK R. 42 (10/1857) HEAD NY FARMER 91-TN
PAR: F/NY, M/CT
HARRIET G. (STETSON) 37 (06/1862) WIFE 2/2 NY PAR/NY, MARR-19 YR
EDNA 17 (07/1882) DAUGHTER NY
HOWARD 13 (04/1887) SON NY
This would be great for any of her family. Hope someone out there claims her!
Wow! We have a great meeting coming up Sunday (12/10/2005).
We plan to begin with an English Christmas Tea! A variety of scones and
English teas to be enjoyed (and mixes to be purchases if you wish, in time for
Christmas delivery). Ann Bruski is preparing our center pieces, please
come to see them!
Avis Townsend will be on hand to sign her new book ALBION! Nice Christmas
gifts there, too! She's bringing other books, also.
To share the spirit of Christmas we have SINGSPIRATION coming- a female a
cappella group that will warm your heart and cheer your season. Please do
come and enjoy this special Christmas performance.
As always, the meetings are free. We start at 7P.M. at the Town Hall on
Clarendon Rd. in Albion. Any questions, feel free to e-mail me off the list at
Asst. Treasurer & temporary Membership Secretary
Have you paid your dues?
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Buffalo is
sponsoring a movie , SUNDAY, December 11 at 2:00 P.M.
in the ADULT LOUNGE at the Jewish Community Center,
Benderson Building, 2640 North Forest Road in
Heritage: Civilization and the Jews is a series of
films on Jewish history as told within a background of
the broader history of Western civilization, which is
hosted by Abba Eban, the former Israeli Ambassador to
the United States. Part 4, The Crucible of Europe
732-1492, will be shown. This part of the film
includes the Arab renaissance, the Golden Age of
Spanish Jewry, the Muslim retreat back to Araby, the
Crusades, the Inquisition, and the subsequent
expulsion of the Jews from across Western Europe.
Discussion about the film to follow.
This program is open to the public. Friends and
guests are welcome.
RSVP: Ferne Mittleman gordferne(a)juno.com or 689-9670
Start your day with Yahoo! - Make it your home page!