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My father, CDB, a rresident of Grasmere and then West Brighton during WWII,
was born in England. He served in the U.S.Coast Guard's NY harbor patrol so
he had to be a U.S citizen to perform that function. Now I need your help to
determine when and where he was naturalized. Presumably this might have been
about 1941. Thank you. Jerry
In a message dated 01-03-30 20:26:28 EST, jandjgilbert(a)nut-n-but.net writes:
<< The Great Kills Masonic Temple was sold in about 1990. The Great Kills
meets in The Masonic Temple in Tottenville. Jack
If anyone knows of a current member please send them my address
I would like to communicate with someone there
Posted on: Richmond Co. NY Queries Forum
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The following letter appeared in the Staten Island Advance
December 5, 2000
I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all the people who made the [Nov.
4] dedication of a new headstone to my brother, Private Joseph F. Merrell,
Jr., possible. Many thanks to John Riley of North Shore Post, Veterans
of Foreign Wars, who spearheaded the fund-raiser and to [Robert Flood Jr.
of Artist Memorial Monuments] for his donation of the stone and to all
the people of Staten Island who contributed to the fund-raiser.
Thanks, too, to each politician who showed up and spoke at the ceremony;
the bagpiper who played and the volley team which fired shots and to Lt.
Col. Edward R. Kase, chaplain of the 42nd Infantry for his prayers for
Joe. To the many friends and family who attended, I am eternally grateful.
I was sorry I was in the hospital and couldn't be there, but thankful four
of my daughters and four of my grandchildren could attend. Many thanks
to all for remembering Joe after all these years. May he be an inspiration
to our young teen-agers of today. He was only 18 at that time.
MURIEL MERRELL HARVEY Meiers Corners
Posted on: Richmond Co. NY Queries Forum
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Surname: Dragoo, Garnier, Tavaud, VanPelt
Looking for any information on the Dragoo-Garnier-Tavaud-VanPelt families
Richmond County,New York in the 1600-1700,please contact James Anthony*Tony*Keltz,Sr.
at 445 Belmont Ave. Wilmington,Ohio 45177-2824 PH(937)382-7744 or E-mail
Posted on: Richmond Co. NY Queries Forum
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Surname: RICHARDS, MERRELL, DECKER, VAN CLIEF, KINGSTON
I am looking for the family of Joseph F. Merrell, died 4/18/1945 fighting
in Germany during WWII. He is the only Medal of Honor Recipient from Staten
Island, during WWII. Thanks to Janet's posting of the SI history website
I now know why there is a ferry boat named Joseph F. Merrell.
Does anyone know if the following two organizations are still in existence?
If so, how can I get in contact with them or can you pass on my email address
to one of their members?? My g grandfather was a member of both and I am
hoping that some of their records from the 1920/30's still exist.
<< North Shore Veterans Fireman's Assoc, and of Great Kills
Lodge of Masons >>
residing now in Raleigh, NC
Posted on: Richmond Co. NY Queries Forum
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The lighthouses of Staten Island.
Elm Tree Lighthouse (Miller Field, Staten Island)
The Elm Tree Lighthouse got its name from Dutch mariners that used an elm
tree located on the site as a bearing when they entered the channel. The
light is located on the southeast end of New Dorp Lane at Miller Field.
The first Elm Tree Lighthouse guided mariners safely through the Swash
Channel. This white hexagon shaped tower had a red band around its middle,
distinguishing it from the other lights serving the harbor. Established
in 1852, it worked in conjunction with the New Dorp Lighthouse (rear range)
as a Front Range light, with keepers maintaining the light. In 1939, a
concrete aviation tower replaced the original structure. The new tower
showed a green light for aviators and a white light (on range only) for
mariners. The second Elm Tree Light performed the same range duties, until
1964 when the USCG deemed it unnecessary.
The light sitting atop Battery Weeds northeast end of Ft Wadsworth in
Staten Island started to guide ships entering and leaving New Yorks Harbor
in 1903. It was an active aid to navigation through the mid-60s, when the
completion of the Verrazano Bridge rendered it obsolete. An earlier light
was situated south of it but only the ships entering the harbor were able
to see it, so it was moved to its current location. In 1929, the light
tower had a red and white flashing light but changed to a green (aviation)
and white (marine) flashing light in 1941.
The Great Beds Lighthouse sits about 3/4 of a mile off Staten Islands,
Wards Point, in Raritan Bay. The 60ft tall lighthouse is a white boiler
plated, caisson style structure, popular during that period. In 1878, the
Lighthouse Establishment appropriated funds for the building of the light,
to aid mariners around the Great Beds Shoal. A dispute between New York
and New Jersey over the rights of the shoal area delayed its final construction,
until 1880 when New York ceded its rights to New Jersey. Great Beds Light
has been the victim of many collisions by barges and ships during its long
history. Fortunately, damages were always minor and probably added some
excitement to the keepers day. The USCG automated the light in 1945, updating
it with a modern lens that shows a flashing red light.
New Dorp Lighthouse
The New Dorp Lighthouse, built in 1856, acted in concert with The Elm Tree
Lighthouse as a rear range light for the Swash Channel. The light tower
atop the roof was originally fitted with a second order lens, showing a
fixed red light. The optics changed in 1939, to a sixth order lens, showing
a fixed white light. New Dorp light tower is 40 ft above ground and rises
192 ft above sea level. It remained operational until 1964, when the USCG
deemed it unnecessary. The lighthouse has been under private ownership
since 1974 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The
owner has maintained the exterior of the lighthouse in its original form.
Old Orchard Lighthouse
Old Orchard stands about 3 miles off the shore of Staten Island and is
visible from the beach at Gateway National Park.Established in 1893, it
served with the Waackaack Beacon (no longer standing) as a range light
for the Gedney Channel. The 50.5ft conical-shaped light still shows its
white beacon and remains a valuable aid to all mariners who cross her lighted
Princes Bay Lighthouse
The Princes Bay Lighthouse built in 1828, guided ships sailing along the
coast of Staten Island bound for the ports of New York and New Jersey.
The original wooden structure served the maritime community until the time
of the Civil War. In 1864, a new lighthouse constructed with brownstone
brick replaced the older structure. In 1922, the lighthouse was deactivated.
Robbin's Reef Lighthouse
Robbin's Reef Lighthouse is passed daily by thousands of commuters who
take the Staten Island ferry to and from work. The light is about 2 miles
southwest of the Statue of Liberty and has guided mariners safely around
the harbor's dangerous reefs for over 100 years. The brown and white cylindrical
lighthouse stands as monument to the lady who "kept the good light" for
over 30 years. Her name was Kate Walker and the captains in the harbor
affectionately refer to Robbins Reef as "Kate's Light". Kate was respected
by all for her courage and stamina. She could be seen rowing her children
to school each day on Staten Island and is responsible for saving many
a stranded boater. When the USCG manned the light in 1939 they posted 3
men at the light, a job Kate performed by herself.
Romer Shoal Lighthouse
Since 1898, the Romer Shoal Lighthouse has stood off the shore of Staten
Island, serving mariners who sail through the Swash Channel. It stands
54ft tall and is fixed with a fourth order fresnel lens, showing a white
flashing light. During WW1, the Navy stationed personnel in the lighthouse
to keep track of vessels entering and leaving the harbor. The USCG took
over the duties of the light in 1939 and automated it in 1966. Romer Shoal
remained on the Lighthouse Doomsday list until it was recently reinstated
as an active navigational aid.
Staten Island Lighthouse
Since 1912, this lighthouse has been the pride and joy of Staten Island.
The lighthouse resembles something you would see while sailing along the
coast of Maine, not 141ft above New York's Lower Bay. The buff-colored
bricks that shape the 90ft octagonal structure and the large brackets beneath
the tower make the Staten Island Lighthouse an architectural beauty. The
lighthouse ranges with the West Bank Lighthouse (Front Range), showing
a fixed white light that can be seen for 18 miles (on range only). It was
designated a New York City Landmark in 1968 and remains a valuable aid
to navigation for all ships entering the Ambrose Channel.
West Bank Lighthouse
The 70ft conical shaped West Bank Lighthouse is the tallest of all the
offshore lights in the harbor. It is located south of the Verrazano Bridge
and is visible from Staten Island's South Beach and from the Coney Island
boardwalk. West Bank has served the harbor since its inception in 1901.
Its brown color gives the lighthouse a mystical appearance when you approach
it by small boat, especially on an overcast day. The tower shows a fixed
white light with red sector, marking the junction of the Ambrose Channel.
West Bank works in conjunction with the Staten Island Lighthouse to form
a range light for this busy channel into NY harbor. The last keeper of
West Bank retired in 1956, serving his final years with USCG personnel.
The USCG operated the light until they automated it in 1985.
Hello everyone. I'm new to this list, subscribed
after I found out that a picture of my grandmother was
taken on Grant Street around 1907. I was working with
a guy in the Brooklyn/Manhattan area with census, city
directories, and birth and death records. But, now
that I have come across information in Staten Island,
I would like to have someone help me with these
lookups. I would be willing to pay for
transportation, and copy fees, etc.
If you can help me, please e-mail at lathorn(a)ovis.net.
Lisa in WV
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This is an updated time line/data compilation:
My Mother, Adelaide Blanche RUGGLES, is still alive. (81 yrs).
She is said to be descended from Brig Gen Timothy RUGGLES (F & I War
commander, Loyalist) through his son Richard. I am attempting to complete
the data required for her UE and Mayflower applications. All is done save
all the vitals for William J RUGGLES and his father James Fredrick RUGGLES.
I have a class picture of her dated June 1933, Blessed Sacrament School, SI,
NY. She attended BSS grades 1-8, St Peter grade 9, and grades 10-12 then
graduated Port Richmond High School.
Her father was Walter James RUGGLES, b 2/21/1897 in the town of Castleton,
village of New Brighton????, Richmond Co., Staten Island, NY. He was
baptized in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Staten Island 10, NY. on the 21
of Feb. 1897 by the Rev. W F. BRADY. His sponsors were Wm N? COSGROVE and
Julia E BREHON (his maternal gmother).
--His residence at the time of his death was 526 Castleton Ave. d 12/28/1975
in St Vincents Medical Center of Richmond. He is buried in St Mary's
Cemetery, Grasmere, SI. (the above from his birth and death certs).
--Immediately prior to the Castleton Ave address they lived at 173 Forest
Ave. which was his father's house. In 1935 his father died suddenly and his
mother went to live with her husband's sister in Vt. Walter then paid his
mother rent to live in his father's house at 173 Forest Ave, Silver Lake, SI,
--Before that Mom says they lived at two other addresses.
--His letter of discharge from the USNRF, 5/26/1922, is addressed to him at
240 Clove Road, West New Brighton, SI, NY. My mother says she was born while
they lived there in 1919 so the 1920 census should show her living there.
----BUT the 1920 census, Richmond Co, Enumeration District 1653 sheet no 7B
240 Clove Rd shows Charles and Isabell BARRETT living there with 2 daus and 2
sons plus the father-in-law, Patrick LEE. Upstairs was the mother Louise and
--In a letter dated Jan 31/1920 his Commandant addresses a letter to him at
359 Clove Rd, West New Brighton, NY and noted that it is different than the
address given at the time of his enrollment. and that he needed to keep the
office informed of any address changes.
--His letter of release from active service dated 2/25/1919 orders him to
proceed to his home at West New Brighton, SI.
--He was a member of the Staten Island Barracks, Veterans of World War I;
also, of the Staten Island Baseball Oldtimers. I have pictures of him and
his teammates with an "M" on the front of their shirts.
Her grandfather was William J. RUGGLES, (he is listed as 25 yrs at the time
of sons birth above) b abt 1872 in Brewer??, Maine.
--When he was 5 yrs, family mig to NY (do not know where, presume in the
city) d abt 1935, He was living at 173 Forest Ave, Silver Lake, SI, NY at
the time of his death. (heart attack) I have a copy of an obit but no name
of the paper. possible the SI Advance. He was on his way to pick up his
wife, Theresa Josephine BREHON, after Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church, Manor
Rd, West Brighton. He lived on SI for 42 yrs.
--He was the Chief Probation Officer in the County Court, "retired in June,
1935 after 39 years in the city service".
--He founded and organized the probation office in the Richmond County Court.
He came to this post 2/1917 on an appointment by Judge J. Harry Tiernan.
Named Chief Officer in Jan 1929. (most of the above from his obit).
--1900 Manhattan Census 89 East End Ave, lists Wm J RUGGLES b 5/1873 in
Maine. Both his parents b Maine. Wife's name begins with T but is written
over. married 5 yrs at that time. She b 9 1874 in NY. her parents b in
Ireland. with them are Walter b 2/1897 and Robert b 3/1898. Also living
there is the mother in law, Julia BREHON b 4/1844, Shows that she came over
in 1868. William J was a ship corker.
--Member of the North Shore Veterans Fireman's Assoc, and of Great Kills
Lodge of Masons.
Her great grandfather, James Fredrick RUGGLES (Thomas Gilbert, Thomas
Hutchinson, Richard, Brig Gen Timothy, Rev Timothy, Samuel, Samuel, ...), was
b abt 1836 in Kildare, Lot 3, PEI.
--He left PEI for a shipbuilding job as a ships joiner in Maine.
--Married Lusanna DAVIS in Maine. they had 6 children; Francis, George (b
abt 1864), Ida Adelaide (b abt 1866), Isabella E. (b abt 1868) ((is she m to
C BARRETT???)), Fredrick E. (b abt Feb 1870), William J. (b abt 1872)
--The family mig to NY abt 1877.
--The 1900 Manhattan census has at 331 East 88th St (it is near East End Ave)
a James RUGGLES, b 12/1839 in Canada, age 60. m 37 years. His parents both
b in Eng. Emmigrated in 1860 and was Naturalized. A ships carpenter. With
him was Lusannah b 9/1839, in Maine as were her parents, she age 60. They
had 5 children all still living. With them was a son George b 10/1864 in
Maine and both his parents b in Maine, 35 yrs, a widower, 3 children, 2
living. A Machinist by trade. 3 grandchildren: John b 8/1888 in NY age 3,
father b Maine mother b NY; Freddie b 3/1892 in NY age 3 father b Maine
mother b NY; Elsie(?) b 11/1893 in NY age 6, father b NY mother b Canada
Thanks for reading, again, this lengthy(er) posting.
maybe some of the other surnames mentioned are of use to others.
Bill M., your pieces are really filling in the blanks.
ps, I am not overly concerned with the discrepancies in some of the birth
locations at this time. I understand that some individuals forgot where
others were born or intentionally misstated the facts.
Isabell Barret is shown as being born in New York, her parents born in
Ireland. Patrick Lee is shown as born in Ireland, parents born in Ireland. A
lot could happen between the Jan 1, 1920 date of the census and the 1922 date
of the discharge paper letter. Isabell Barret is shown as being 32 years old,
making her born in 1888 not the 1868 or your original email.
This was sent to me and I am hoping someone out there is related to this
the 1920 census, Richmond Co, Enumeration District 1653 sheet no 7B 240 Clove
Rd shows Charles and Isabell BARRETT living there with 2 daus and 2 sons plus
the father-in-law, Patrick LEE. Upstairs was the mother Louise and 2 sisters.
I am interested in knowing of the Isabell BARRETT was born Isabella E.
RUGGLES b Maine
Can you please send me any information on the one for Catherine A. Barclay
on the list.
Catherine A.Barclay (nee Cox)
March 31,1939- Staten Island Advance
Thank you so kindly
Victoria Necklen Barclay Strauch
Thank you so much to those who replied with the info about the orphange in 1880. I have an address and phone number, and it was extremely considerate of the person who actually called them about the time frame for me.
Thank you all very much. Your time is very appreciated!
I will check it out! Off on the hunt!
Of course, I was forgetting that rate was just for members.
> In a message dated 3/27/01 10:19:36 PM, Joan wrote:
> > The NYGBS has indexes to Richmond wills and LA's up to about 1870, and then
> >extracts of those items but no complete probate
> >files. They only charge about $5 for a short lookup like looking at this
> Joan will correct me if I am wrong, but isn't that $5 lookup service reserved
> for members?
> Just another good reason to belong to the NYG&B, which I do.
> Holly Tooker
> Create a FREE family website at MyFamily.com!
In a message dated 3/27/01 10:19:36 PM, Joan wrote:
> The NYGBS has indexes to Richmond wills and LA's up to about 1870, and then
>extracts of those items but no complete probate
>files. They only charge about $5 for a short lookup like looking at this
Joan will correct me if I am wrong, but isn't that $5 lookup service reserved
Just another good reason to belong to the NYG&B, which I do.
Does anyone know if an index to letters of administration regarding probate would include every person who died without a will in Richmond County or would some be left out because of too small estates, etc.
Would this be a good way of trying to track someone in Richmond county during the period when there were very few or no vital records such as 1852-1882?
Any ideas on this one appreciated.
Windsor Locks, CT