Thank you for the deed, Ginny. I don't know whether my ancestors attended
this church or not. I have searched in vain for Rufus Gillett who married
Elinor Jane Hill.
He was in the Revolutionary War and his tour of duty was in and around
Dutchess/Putnam County. I wonder if that is where he met his bride, Elinor.
He lived in CT and then moved to NY either during or right after the Rev.
War. When we visited Putnam County, I found a lot of records which I have yet
to enter into my family tree.
There never seems to be enough time to do it all but I guess I'd better get
We visited a church in Cold Spring but they didn't seem to have any records.
What they did have had been given to an elderly man and he kept them in his
home! I hope they are still there somewhere.
Thank You Dorothy,
Here is the Deed for the Newberry Property - the structure on the
property being the former Old Highland/North Highlands Methodist
Episcopal Church. I have a picture of the building as it appears now and
soon hope to have a picture of how it appeared in the late 1800's with
the Steeple attached. Will be glad to send pictures to those interested
if they will e-mail me privately. I would also be interested in
corresponding with Descendants of any persons referenced in this Deed.
Putnam County Deed
Frances Morse, Grantor
Ronald Newbery [sic] & Wife, Clara F.
This indenture made this _____ day of May, nineteen hundred and
Frances Morse, residing at (no number) Fishkill Road, Cold Spring, New
Party of the first part and
Ronald Newbery and Clara F. Newbery, his wife, both residing at Box 67,
R D#1, Cold Spring, New York,
Party of the second part,
that the party of the first part, in consideration of Ten and No/100
lawful money of the United States, paid by the party of the second part,
does hereby grant and release unto the party of the second part, the
heirs or successors and assigns of the party of the second part forever,
All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and
improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the
See Schedule "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof.
All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land with the buildings and
improvements thereon erected, which is described in a deed from The
North Highlands Methodist Church (otherwise known as Old Highland
Methodist Episcopal Church) to Arthur S. Herz, dated the 29th day of
September, 1949 and recorded in the office of the Clerk of the County of
Putnam on the 17th day of October, 1949 in Liber 370 of deeds on page
152, and which is bounded and described as follows:
Beginning at the north west corner of lot on the east side of the post
Road and one chain and twenty-five links from the North West corner of
the Meeting House then South sixty, eight degrees and a half East one
chain by the land of Ebenizer [sic] Lobdell to a stake and stones then
sought twelve degrees west two chain and twenty links to a stake and
stone adjoining the land of Harry Lobdell then, west by the land of said
one chain and thirty links from the South West corner of the Meeting
House thence northerly along the post Road two chain and sixty links to
the place of beginning, containing one quarter of an acre and five
perches of land be the same more or less.
Also all that lot of land situate in the Town of Philipstown, County of
Putnam, State of New York, which in a deed from Elisha Gaudineer and
Charles T. Brewster, executors of William Lobdell to the trustees of
the Old Highland Methodist Episcopal Church dated the 4th day of May,
1857 was bounded and described as follows.
Beginning at the south east corner of the Methodist Meeting House ground
and running thence form [sic] to a stake set on the land formerly
belonging to Ebenizer Lobdell, now deceased, then easterly with said
Lobdell's land, now deceased, then easterly with said Lobdell's Land to
the post road, then southerly as the road runs to said Lobdell land
again, then westerly to the place of beginning, containing one-quarter
of an acre of land be the same more or less.
And also, all that lot of land situate in the Town of Philipstown,
County of Putnam, State of New York, which in a deed from Samuel W.
Adams and Sarah, his wife, to the trustees of the Old Highland Methodist
Episcopal Church, dated August 24, 1868 was bounded and described as
Beginning at a stone on the easterly side of the Post Road and eighty
six links south of the Methodist Meeting House, then south five degrees
east 2 chains 55 links, forty-nine and half degrees east one chain,
seven links to a wild cherry tree, then sought sixty nine degrees east
two chains sixty links to land of David Hustis, then north eleven
degrees west four chains thirty-five links by land of David Hustis to
the Meeting House grounds; then west two chains fifty seven links by the
said Meeting House grounds to the place of beginning.
Excepting and reserving therefrom [sic] all that certain lot or parcel
of land situate in the Town of Philipstown, aforesaid which in a
conveyance by the North Highland Methodist Church a/k/a Old Highland
Methodist Episcopal Church to Samuel J. MacAllister was bounded and
described as follows:
Beginning at a point on the easterly side of the Old New York Albany
Post Road, said point being the southwesterly corner of land conveyed to
party of the first part by Elisha Gardineer and Chas. T. Brewster as
executors of William Lobdell, deceased, by deed bearing date of May 4,
1857, filed in Putnam County Clerk's Office in Liber 111 of deeds at
page 5, thence S. 85° 48' 40" East 166.97 feet along other land of the
party of the first part, to the westerly side of Old State Highway Route
9; thence S. 2° 44' East along the westerly side of said State Highway
271.83 feet; thence N. 64° 25' 25" West 132.96 feet to a point on the
easterly side of the Old New York - Albany Post Road; thence North 34°
57' 40" West 83.12 feet along the easterly side of the Old Post Road to
a maple tree; thence North 17° 59' West 74.27 feet along the easterly
side of said Post Road to a maple tree; thence North 9° 52' 50" East
64.11 feet along the easterly side of said Post Road to the point and
place of Beginning.
[Boiler Plate Here - not Transcribed]
In Witness Whereof, the party of the first part has duly executed this
deed the day and year first above written.
Frances Morse [her signature]
Notary Public Peter P. Tavolacci 4 May 1979
Recorded 9 May 1979 2:22 PM Putnam County Clerk's Office
Transfer Tax Paid $44.00
[Research and Transcription by V. Buechele, P O Box 243, Pleasant
Valley, NY 12569 - 845-452-6417 - March 2003]
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Sent: Sunday, March 23, 2003 2:36 PM
Subject: Re: [NYPutnam] Davenport Corners - Old Highland Church -
Preservation - Lette...
That's a great letter. I hope it receives some positive results.
Thanks for the obituary on Daniel. Would you have the FHL microfilm number
and the Putnam County Standard page number where this appeared?
My primary line in Putnam/Dutchess County is the GAY Family.
They did marry into the Dykeman's and certainly held property adjacent to
several of the Dykeman family members. I would be interested in exchanging
info with you.
I am especially interested in the parents of Benjamin Dykeman (1841->1871),
and any of Benjamin's siblings. I do Benjamin had at least one brother
George K. Dykeman (1839-1841).
Their parents were an UNKnown DYKEMAN and Ada GAY DYKEMAN (1801->1880)
Who was A.U. Dykeman? Or maybe it was Amos C?
I would appreciate any information that you are willing to share.
David J Gunther
From: Bartnnick(a)aol.com [mailto:Bartnnick@aol.com]
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2003 11:30 AM
Subject: [NYPutnam] Daniel Dykeman Obituary
Daniel is my direct ancestor and I would be most interested in communicating
with any of his family.
Rebecca in VT
Putnam County Standard Friday September 17 1875
Daniel W Dykeman
It is our painful duty this week to record the death of Daniel W Dykeman
Esq. As Was noted in our Dykemans correspondence last week, he had gone to
Martha's Vineyard for the benefit of his health, but continued to grow
worse when there, and started for home. He was very ill on arriving in New
York and could not be moved farther. A Physician was summoned, and Mr.
Dykeman's wife and sister who had accompanied him were careful nurses, but
disease could not be forced to loose its hold and the sufferer expired
The Deceased was born in Dykemans and has always lived there. He was noted
for his strict and honest business transactions, which won him many friends.
The remains were brought up from NY on Monday morning and the funeral took
place on Tuesday.
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Listers was wondering does anyone know whose land this is on or whom I might
call in reference to this matter. Thanks Stephen Schifani ps want to visit
there as my wifes ancestors are buried there but dont want to just ramble on
private property. Steve.
Daniel is my direct ancestor and I would be most interested in communicating with any of his family.
Rebecca in VT
Putnam County Standard Friday September 17 1875
Daniel W Dykeman
It is our painful duty this week to record the death of Daniel W Dykeman Esq. As Was noted in our Dykemans correspondence last week, he had gone to Martha’s Vineyard for the benefit of his health, but continued to grow worse when there, and started for home. He was very ill on arriving in New York and could not be moved farther. A Physician was summoned, and Mr. Dykeman’s wife and sister who had accompanied him were careful nurses, but disease could not be forced to loose its hold and the sufferer expired Sunday Morning.
The Deceased was born in Dykemans and has always lived there. He was noted for his strict and honest business transactions, which won him many friends.
The remains were brought up from NY on Monday morning and the funeral took place on Tuesday.
If anyone is related to Eli Hoyt or his father Oliver I would be most interested in exchanging information. I believe Eli's wife to be Mary Fletcher, daughter of Catherine Noxon and _____ Fletcher;
The Brewster Standard, Friday Evening, April 30 1886
Wednesday Afternoon Shortly after six o’clock Eli Hoyt fell upon the sidewalk in front of the residence of Sherman Abott and expired immediately. A few minutes before he partook of supper and seemed to be in usual health. Opinion is divided between Apoplexy and heart disease as the cause of death. He was in the 72nd year of his age. Deceased was the eldest son of Oliver Hoyt and Basha Birdsall and was born in this town. He was by occupation a teamster. He has lived in Brewster ever since the village enjoyed the distinction of a name and his sudden death was a severe shock to his many neighbors and friends. The funeral will be held to-morrow morning at ten o’clock. Internment at Patterson.
Nelson Sprague was my gggrandfather. I believe he was born in NY as was his wife Maria. The 1840 census for Putnam Co, Phillipstown Dist 2 lists Nelson, Maria, Norman, ?, Floyd and Mary J. The 1860 census for Wyoming Co, Nicholson, PA lists Nelson, Maria, Norman, Floyd, William, Sarah, and Albert. Sarah and Albert were listed as being born in PA and the others all born in NY. I am interested in finding the name of son I could not read on the census (?). I would also like to find out if this son and Mary J are buried in Phillipstown.
The dates I have for the family are: Nelson (b. 1811, 13 or 18). Maria (b.1822, 23, or 24). Norman (b. Oct 1, 1840 - d. July 15, 1898 if this is the Norman buried in the Nicholson cemetery). Floyd (b. Jan 11, 1846- d. July 19, 1926). William (b. 1853). Sarah Elizabeth Sprague Stafford (b. Apr 5, 1853 d. July 4, 1947 buried in the Tranquility Cemetery, Allamuchy, NJ). Albert/Elbert (b. 1858).
I would appreciate any info about the Spragues of Phillipstown/Cold Spring. Sarah was my maternal great-grandmother. I live in SC so can only do research on the computer.
Janet Earl, Hickory Grove, SC
I have researched the Deed and the Newberry property was indeed the site
of the former Old Highlands/North Higlands Methodist Episcopal Church.
Here is the letter I wrote to County Executive Bondi.
If any listers would care to follow suit in their own words, it
certainly won't hurt.
I am also sending this to the Dutchess County Roots list, since Putnam
County was formed out of Dutchess County in 1812.
Virginia A. Buechele
P O Box 243
Pleasant Valley, New York 12569
(845) 452-6417 - Phone and Fax
ginnyflies(a)usa.net - E - Mail
March 19, 2003
United States Postal Service
Honorable Robert Bondi
County Office Building
40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512
Re: Fishkill Road / Route 9
Highway Reconstruction Project
Town of Philipstown
Dear County Executive Bondi,
Regarding the above-referenced project, I write today as a person
concerned with the Historical Significance of the area for which this
project is proposed. Although I am a life-long resident of Dutchess
County, from which Putnam County was formed in 1812, I have a deep
respect and heartfelt attachment to the History of Putnam County and
more specifically, Philipstown. It is here that my Revolutionary War
Ancestor settled with his family about 1804. I am certain that my
grandfather attended church at the "Old Highlands Methodist Church".
Many of my ancestors, including my great grandparents are buried in the
North Highland's Cemetery on the corner of Horton Road and Route 9.
The area surrounding this project was formerly know as "Old Highland
Church" and "Davenport Corners". This is the area where the very
earliest Pioneers of Philipstown settled down with the Native Americans
in 1730. The Newberry property is the site of the Old Highlands
Methodist Episcopal Church with what is today their single family home
being the site of the first church of the denomination in the County.
My concern is that any reconstruction in the area be done with respect
for the area's Historical Significance I feel that a Historical Survey
should be commenced before the reconstruction project with an eye toward
preserving the character of the area and with historical artifacts being
preserved. An appropriate monument/marker should be erected, noting for
future generations, the area's Historical Significance.
Over the last 12 years I have conducted a great deal of research in
regard to this area and would be pleased to meet with yourself or those
you may wish to appoint, in regard to preserving the history of the Old
Highland Church/Davenport Corners area. I do not wish to stand in the
way of progress but I sincerely believe that this reconstruction project
should be done with respect for the area's Historical Significance.
Thank you in advance for your attention to my concerns. I look forward
to a reply in regard to the County's opinions in regard to them.
Virginia A. Buechele
CC: Legislator Arne Nordstrom
Chairman Physical Services Committee
Legislative Representative, Philipstown
Supervisor William Mazzuca & Town Board
Town of Philipstown
Deputy County Historian
Putnam County Historic Preservation Commission
Martha M. Waters,
Executive Director, Putnam County Historical Society
Ginny's Genealogy Page
Dutchess County Tombstone Inscriptions & MORE!
Help Save A Cemetery & A Piece of Dutchess Co. History
"Show me your cemeteries, and I will tell you what kind of people you
Hello, would anyone have this gentleman in their family tree? I am looking for the names of his parents and if there were other children besides him. His name is Joseph Wilson born between 1796-99 somewhere in NY state. He married Sally Kohler or Collar around 1819 and are found in Cayuga Co. NY in the 1820's. I am looking for four of their children who I cannot find. They are all born in NY state. John born Feb.26,1825, David or Daniel Jan.22,1826, Sally born Aug.15,1822 and Alzina born Oct.02,1838. If you have any info plz contact me at this email address, tx. stephany(a)mts.net
Good! I hope you stop that highway construction and save the old church.
Living in California gives me an appreciative perspective for the things our
ancestors cherished. Thanks for your enthusiasm and interest.
Dorothy J. Cowan
On Sat, 15 Mar 2003 18:58:36 -0500, Ginny Buechele wrote:
>|Perhaps the next Putnam County Legislature Meeting would be a good time
>|for concerned Putnam County citizens to address their concerns regarding
>|the Highway Reconstruction Project. I'll attend if any local person
If you would give me specifics of what you would like discussed with the
Legislature I will talk to them for you or, at the very least, put people in
contact with each other that might be able to make a difference.
Glad to help if I can.
Parking lots are an extravagant use of forest. [www.planputnam.org]
Does anyone have the address for the New York State Archaeological
Perhaps the next Putnam County Legislature Meeting would be a good time
for concerned Putnam County citizens to address their concerns regarding
the Highway Reconstruction Project. I'll attend if any local person
would like company. Without being a taxpayer in Putnam County, I'd like
a little local back up. This needs to be a group effort. One little
citizen from Dutchess County and with Ancestors from the area, cannot do
it on her own.
Found this Interesting, this is the first time I have seen that
DAVENPORT'S CORNERS was also known as OLD HIGHLAND CHURCH. The more I
look at this and the more I find, it sure seems that the proposed
Fishkill Road Reconstruction by Putnam County is certainly cutting
through a very historical area. It would seem to me that this must be
the church referred to in Pelletreau's History of Putnam. Now I simply
have to trace the Newberry Property, recently purchased by the County
for the Highway project, back to verify that it was the site of the Old
Highlands Methodist Episcopal Church.
Shouldn't we insure that some part of this area is preserved??????????
Should an archeaological dig be conducted????? After all DAVID HUSTIS
settled with the Indians here in 1730!*!* per Blake. From the article in
the Journal News it appears that this entire area will be either paved
over or be excavated and have tree's planted over it. - "The project
also calls for construction of one cul-de-sac at the end of North
Highlands Road, and another one where Old Post Road would end. PORTIONS
OF THE ROADWAY RENDERED SUPERFLUOUS by the project would be excavated
and trees planted, according to plans by Putnam Engineering of Carmel."
William J. Blake
History of Putnam County
1849-Baker & Scribner
THE OLD HIGHLAND CHURCH AND VICINITY - The first settlement in this part
of Philipstown, was made by DAVID HUSTIS in this part of Philipstown,
was made by DAVID HUSTIS, who came from England and settled about half a
mile north of the HIGHLAND CHURCH - on the road from Cold Spring to
Fishkill, and where DAVID HUSTIS, ESQ., now living, resides - in 1730.
He settled down with the Indians around him, and procured the corn,
which he first planted, from them. They had about the fourth of an acre
under culivation, the year before, on the east side of the road, a few
rods south of the house where the present David now lives. He was the
first of the name, and the ancester of the Hustis family, in this town.
He became a tenant-at-will, of the patentee, and rented 310 acres of
land, for which he paid a yearly rent of five pounds, or $24,10. He
afterwards occupied 90 acres more west of the first tract, all of which
he afterwards purchased. His nearest neighbor was three miles distant,
to whom he was compelled to go, a few days after his arrival, to procure
fire; hie own, from neglect, having gone out.
A short time afterwards, the Haights, Bloomers, and Wilsons, came and
settled in the vicinity. At the HIGHLAND CHURCH, one Anderson build a
house on the site now occupied by the house of S. Birdsall, in which
Thomas Davenport, Esq. now resides. A man of the name Lamoreaux settled
there about the same time. Anderson was of Dutch descent, and Lamoreauz
was French. Both removed before the revolution. Benjamin Bloomer was
the next settler, who, with on Bush, made a large purchase in the water
lot of Roger Morris, between the CHURCH and the Hudson.
DAVENPORT'S CORNERS - A small collection of houses, about four miles
north of Cold Spring, on the road leading to Fishkill. John Davenport,
deceased, kept a store and tavern there, after whom it is named. IT IS
SOMETIMES CALLED "THE OLD HIGHLAND CHURCH." which is located there; but
it is more generally called "Davenport's Corners." John Davenport was
the father of Elijah J. Davenport, Esq. of Cold Spring.
In Pelletreau's History of Putnam County [582-585] it is noted that this
church (Old Highland Methodist Episcopal Church) is the OLDEST SOCIETY
OF THE DENOMINATION IN THE COUNTY and that the pastor of the church in
1886, was Rev. J. G. Price born in New Brunswick of Episcopal parents,
graduated from Boston Theological Seminary in 1879, joined the Northern
New York Conference in 1880, was transferred to the New York Conference
by Bishop Henry W. Warren, D. D., and began his ministry at North
Highlands April 10, 1885.
History of Putnam County, NY
W. W. Preston & Co. 1886
"The Parsonage house was orginally owned by Rachel Warren, and bought by
the church from Caleb Hawkes" [my second great grandfather's brother]
"On the west side of the road and opposite the parsonage, was in old
times the house of John Davenport. Here he kept a tavern or house of
entertainment for many years, and his place is at the junction of two
important roads, was a great resort in days gone by, and the locality
for long years bore the name of 'Davenport's Corners.' "
"As near as I can tell from present residents the old church was erected
"Mr. James Cargill came into this place in 1812, and the church was
built. The people worshiped in the rude structure, which was without
walls, and slabs for seats. In 1852, or 1854, it was repaird by Mr. Wm.
A. Ladue, and greatly improved, and was made a more pleasant as a place
The original church later appears to have been replaced with a church
for which the contract was let to William H. Ladue in August1878. 
The cornerstone of the new church was laid Oct. 10, 1878 and was
dedicated Jan. 4, 1879. .
P O Box 243
Pleasant Valley, NY 12569
on 3/15/03 12:00 AM, NYPUTNAM-D-request(a)rootsweb.com at
> I am also sorry to hear of the loss of Sally Sypher, your historian. She was
> of great help to us when we visited Putnam County several years ago.
No, it is not Sally Sypher who died; she is alive and well! County
Historian Dick Muscarella passed away about a month ago.
Thanks for you support.
I am not sure yet that the County will tear the building down or if
indeed the building on the property purchased by the County is one in
the same with the Old Church but my research so far tends to lead me to
believe that it is and some area residents believe the same as me. I do
however need to research the deeds to confirm this to the best extent
Sally is still alive and well and far as I know. It was Richard
Muscarella that passed away recently.
Journal-News, Wednesday, January 22nd, 2003.
Richard A. Muscarella of Carmel, NY, died January 20, 2003. He was 72,
born on November 25, 1930 to Antony and Assunta Albanese Muscarella in
He was a past President of Kent Historical Society, and Putnam County
Historian from 1995 to present; past President of the Carmel/ Kent Lions
Club, member of the Putnam Italian Club, Charter Member of the Kent
Cruisers, past President of United Columbian Association 1964 and was a
Board Member of the Stonewall and Site Preservation of Putnam County.
He is survived by Elaine Otto of Carmel, his sons Richard J. Muscarella
of Reston, VA and Steven Muscarella of Richmond, VA, his sister Jane
Oddo of Dunedin, FL, and his brother Anthony Muscarella, of Highland,
NY, one granddaughter Nicole and several nieces and nephews.
Visiting will be Thursday and Friday from 24 and 7-9 pm at
ADAMS-CORDOVANO FUNERAL HOME, 15 Church Street, (Off Route 6), Carmel,
The Funeral Mass will be Saturday 10 am at St. James the Apostle RC
Church, Carmel, NY, and interment at Raymond Hill Cemetery.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Richard A. Muscarella Memorial Fund, c/o Kent Historical Society, PO BOX
123 Kent Lakes, NY, 10512. Checks to be made payable to Kent Historical
We do seem to live in a throw away society here in America. I can
understand where you are coming from with my paternal roots being
German. My Father came to this country at the age of 12 in 1924. I
have visited several of those magnificent and lovely churches in
Germany. Sometimes I wonder where we are headed because nothing seems to
last these days. My last refrigerator lasted me 30 years and I sold it
with my house. The new one I bought 6 years ago will maybe last 12, if
I am lucky. History is a new thing here - When we have something 100 or
200 years old it is Old. In Europe a church that old would be a baby.
I was in some churches in Europe that dated to 1220. 700 years from now
many will wonder what was going on here in the 1700 and 1800's and then
it will be too late.
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Sent: Friday, March 14, 2003 6:24 PM
Subject: Re: [NYPutnam] Old Highland (North Highlands) Methodist
I have no information on this church, nor do I have much information on
Putnam County. However, I think it is terribly sad that they plan to
this church down.
Most of the European churches and cathedrals have been preserved, a
need to learn from them. We somehow believe that tearing-down and
with something modern or more useful is progress. Thanks for all of your
I am also sorry to hear of the loss of Sally Sypher, your historian. She
of great help to us when we visited Putnam County several years ago.
Dorothy J. Cowan
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