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A newsletter from the SI Institute of Arts and Sciences has news of an
THIS OLD HOUSE
through 31 Dec 2000
features vintage photos of houses ca 1840s-1940s
included are the homes of
Edward H BONNER
John C THOMPSON
Old WARD Castle
Stewart BROWN House
the exhibit at the SIIAS Museum
is sponsored by the SI Hotel
Institute hours are
9 am 5 pm, Mon - Sat
1 - 5 pm, Sundays
The SIIAS is located at:
Stuyvesant Place between Wall Street and Hamilton Ave
just up the hill from the ferry terminal in St George
Allied Parking across the street has a special offer
$2.00 for visitors to the SIIAS. Just tell the attendant you
are visiting the Museum. Get a voucher from the Institute's
Posted on: Richmond Co. NY Queries Forum
Reply Here: http://cgi.rootsweb.com/~genbbs/genbbs.cgi/USA/NY/Richmond/906
Surname: McLAUGHLIN, COTTER, SWEENEY
Where would I be likely two find information about two lawyers, a father
& son both called Joe McKinney, one or both of whom were in practice in
Richmond County NY from the 1930s at least until about 1970?
Would a state bar assn be likely to have any records of them?
I have a copy of my ggrandfathers Declar. of Int from "County of Kings"
dated Jan 1897. I called the court house today and they report they
have nothing back that far.
My question is in 2 parts:
Does anyone know if the person declaring had to fill out any other
paperwork or is this declaration it?
If there was other paperwork where would it be as the gentleman I spoke
with said he has worked for the court for 20 years and had no idea where
paperwork that early might be.
Thanks in advance
Thank you Holly for taking the time to explain the proper way to format a
useful query. I'd like to suggest taking your approach one step further and
that is to be as specific as possible about the information you seek.
Provide your background and then pose your question. Ask for a date, a
place, a name or something else very specific. The more people have to write
to answer a query the less likely they are to do so. If you don't get a
response change your question and post another query.
Before you post a query concerning a surname it is also a good idea to
check the Staten Island surnames list. In the case of the Van Pelt query
there are five people listed who share an interest in Van Pelt. Contact them
first and if they can't help, post a query to the list.
In a message dated 9/28/00 11:29:54 PM, email@example.com wrote:
>Van Pelt Ancestry
This wins the prize for most cryptic query ever posted. I sometimes wonder
when people post such short and uninformative queries if their ISPs charge by
the word! ;-)
Seriously, to the VAN PELT researcher and to newbies on the list:
there are many people out here with information and all are eager to help and
willing to share the data that might get you back another generation or help
you break down that brick wall, but in order to get them--- us---- to do
that, we need more from the person writing the query.
"Van Pelt Ancestry" --- What are we supposed to do with that? No dates, no
first names, just those three words! How can we help www.rontalk or the
others who post queries so general as to be useless?
As Jerry Maguire said, "Help me help you." When you post a query, try to
include as much vital info as you can. Take the generation you can trace back
to and formulate a question like this:
Looking for parentage and siblings of my gGfather Ezekiel HARDTOFIND and his
wife, Henrietta ______. . Their son, Raymond HARDTOFIND died in Staten Island
in 1923 at age 29, so they were prob. married by 1893/4. Ezekiel and
Henrietta were prob. born in the 1870s.
That invented example was created with limited information but gives people
something to go on. And even if I knew nothing about the HARDTOFINDs, I might
have some suggestions as to how to go about finding out more, based on my
general experience researching in Staten Island.
If you have posted a query and gotten no response, you might have concluded
that people are selfish. I challenge you to look at your query objectively.
Ask yourself a few questions:
Did I give it an intriguing, specific "subject line" to induce people to open
and read it? Or did I title it something general like "Question" or "need
help"? Think of the subject line as you would the headline of an ad. Don't
assume everyone will read it. A lot of emails just get deleted.
Did I furnish enough info to help anyone who might want to help me?
I don't mean to pick on www.rontalk. This cryptic query situation is a common
enough one that I felt compelled to speak out. Please take these suggestions
in the helpful spirit in which they are offered. Many people stay on lists
not to have their own questions answered but to help others. But we need your
help in order to do that.
Posted on: Richmond County Obituaries
Reply Here: http://cgi.rootsweb.com/~genbbs/genbbs.cgi/USA/NY/RichmondObits/65
Surname: Simonson, Cleveland, Hartsfield, Huddleston
Emma Simonson of Richmond Co. was the dau of Charles Simonson b 1874, SI,
NY, who was my great grandfather. Her mother was Florence May Westerfield
Simonson. She still has two dau's & grandchildren living in NY & nearby
I was just doing a quick search at ancestry on your Margaret Decker. I
didn't find anything on her but came across this record that would be a very
long shot, but if you are missing a D.M. Decker from New York (don't know
where) one did emigrate to Ontario. Let me know if you can't read it!
Surname Given Name Age Year of Record Occupation Source/Event Reference
DECKER Ernest adult 1887 Arrived aboard the 'Parisian' Passenger List of
Ships Arriving at the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada National Archives
of Canada, Ottawa: Reel No. C-4513, page 12
DECKER D.M. 1877 Historical Atlas of Ontario County, Ontario: List of
emigrants extracted National Library of Canada: ref F5498 O6 B4, page 60
native of New York
Much to my fascination, I have recently learned that a Margaret DECKER
who married Abraham MITCHEL on Staten Island in 1801 and who is buried next
to my gggGfather's son Daniel M DECKER in Asbury Cemetery, having died in
1862, a widow, was born in Nova Scotia!
Based on her age on her stone, she was born ca 1785, a good time for a
loyalist to be up in Canada. So this is a very interesting development,
however opening up a new research front. (Yikes! Just what I needed!) I am
hoping that one of you with some experience researching north of the border
can direct me.
Thanks so much!
Posted on: Richmond Co. NY Queries Forum
Reply Here: http://genconnect.rootsweb.com/gc/USA/NY/Richmond/904
Surname: WATERMAN, LEACH, PRATT, STRATTON, HAYNES
Micah Leach fought in the Revolutionary War.
A handwritten Leach family history mentions that Micah's musket, glass
canteen, and a fireplace broom from his home on Staten Island were donated
to the Oshkosh Museum in Winnebago County, Wisconsin by his grandson, Frank
I am tracing the Leach line as there were marriages involving the Leach
and Cole families in the 1830's and again in the 1880's.
Micah, born March 13, 1757 was married to Lucy Pratt on April 1, 1782.
They reportedly had four sons: Lemuel, born Feb 4. 1790; Wellington; William;
Jonas. There may have been a fifth son, Waterman, or this may have been
Wellington's middle name.
Lemuel and Wellington apparently married sisters, Vanlora and Tryphena
Stratton. Lemuel and Vanlora were married on Dec 20, 1818 in Burlington,
Vermont and they had four sons: Milo; Alonzo; John; Lemuel. Wellington
and Tryphena had two sons: Frank; William.
Micah's other two sons, William and Jonas also married sisters. William
married Sarah Haynes and Jonas married her sister, given name unknown.
I am looking for information concerning Micah's ancestry and also the ancestry
of the Stratton sisters and the Haynes sisters.
Since the name Waterman is mentioned in connection with one of Micah's
sons, it is assumed that a Giles Leach, who married a Lelia Anna Waterman,
may be an ancestor of Micah.
Vanlora Stratton was born Nov 20, 1796 in Vermont and died on October 1,
1894 in Marion, Waushara County, Wisconsin. Lemuel Leach died in 1831 leaving
Vanlora a widow with four young boys. She then married my g-g-g-grandfather,
Ezra Cole and they had three boys, George, Roy, and Lemuel. Only George
survived in to adulthood.
Link: George Lester Cole family of Vegreville, Alberta, Canada
Posted on: Richmond County Obituaries
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Surname: MERRELL, DECKER, VAN CLIEF, RICHARDS, KINGSTON
From the Friday, September 17, 1999 edition of the Oneonta, NY DAILY STAR
Agnes M. Butler
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Mrs. Agnes M. Butler, 86, of Cooperstown, died Wednesday
evening, Sept. 15, 1999, at Sun Coast Hospital in Largo, Fla.
She was born on Oct. 4, 1912, on Staten Island, a daughter of the late
Grover Cleveland and Jennie (Thompson) Merrell.
She married Clyde W. Butler on Oct. 23, 1931, in Cooperstown. Mr. Butler
died on Dec. 23, 1976.
After graduating from business school on Staten Island and being employed
by AT&T in New York City, she moved upstate to attend Hartwick College.
She was later employed by the Otsego County 4-H office and then the Otsego
County Department of Social Services. For many years she served as a secretary
at the Cooperstown Central School and later at the Clark Foundation Scholarship
Office. Upon retirement, she was employed part time at the family business,
The Butler Press, Inc.
Mrs. Butler was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, the
Otsego-Hartwick Chapter 201, Order of the Eastern Star in Cooperstown,
the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital Auxiliary, and at one time was an active
member of the Cooperstown Fire Department Auxiliary.
Mrs. Butler is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and Richard
Olin of Venice, Fla., and Susan and John McCullough of Cazenovia; one son
and daughter-in-law, Richard C. and Anita Butler of St. Petersburg, Fla.;
15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and
She was predeceased by one sister, Mrs. Ruth M. Spencer (formerly of St.
Petersburg, Fla.) who died in 1991.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at
the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, with the Rev. Douglas Deer, pastor,
and her nephew, the Rev. M. Lee Spencer, co-officiating. Burial will follow
in Lakewood Cemetery in Cooperstown.
Friends may call at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown,
from 3 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, when Mrs.
Butler's family will be in attendance.
Expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to the
First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, 19 Elm St., Cooperstown, N.Y. 13326
or Cooperstown Fire Department, P.O. Box 1, Cooperstown, N.Y. 13326.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth
Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Roger, I can't answer your question about the marriage license, but I am
interested in the name KAUFMANN from Staten Island.
My grandfather Wilhelm Johan HERCHENRODER was born July 20, 1879, in Staten
Island. He was baptized at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church on August
17, 1879. There were 3 witnesses John KAUFMANN, Mina MUTH and Anna BAETZ.
Do any of these names or dates fit in with your research?
Mary Ann McConnell
Here's one of my many mysteries: Nathan DECKER. I'd love to get a handle
found him here:
Moravian Church records
22 Apr 1827
Nathan DECKER, s/o John and his wife, dec'd
Mary Ann BEDELL, d/o James and Esther BEDELL
married at parsonage, at same time as
Israel DEPUY and Eliza Ann DECKER
So the way I figure it--- I'm looking for a John DECKER prob. b by 1785,
who's a widower by 1827. No dice so far.
Posted on: Richmond Co. NY Queries Forum
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Surname: Corson, Barcalow
I am searching for ancestral info on my ggg grandfather, Nicholas B. Corson.
As the subject line indicates, he was born on Jan. 16, 1834. According
to Nicholas's death certificate, which was signed by one of his sons, Nicholas
was born in Staten Island, NY. [As was his father -- per the same death
At some point in time, Nicholas emigrated to Virginia , where he met and
married Rosa A. Pitts. Together, they had eight children, including George
V., Emmitt A., Rosa A., Alice L. (my gg grandmother), Sarah, Eugene, John
W., and Claude. I have the Corson line from 1834 to the present, but would
to track the Corsons from 1834 back. If anyone can provide a lead, please
let me know. Thanks!!