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Greetings, In regard to my first post regarding old postcards and photographs of Wethersfield Township, I forgot to mention Doolittle Institute and Doolittle Hall at Wethersfield Springs. The Institute was in operation from 1861 to 1883 and two of my relatives attended it: Mary (Boddy) Smith (became Mrs. Newton Parker Smith, farm located near Eastman Corners) and Elizabeth "Libby" (Boddy) Lewis who married Frank Eugene Lewis. They eventually settled in LeRoy. Again, many thanks! Patricia Boddy Tharp
Greetings! Does anyone have any old photographs or old postcards depicting the following that they'd be willing to share for the book I am writing about the BODDY family that once lived in the area? I would, of course, credit these courtesy of the owner. St. Clement's Episcopal Church, Wethersfield Springs 1836-when it burned in 1922The churchyard...old cemetery called St. Clement's, when expanded known as Union Park Boddy Hotel, Wethersfield Springs Hermitage scenes Hermitage Hotel Photos of Smith Corners Cemetery before 1940, this cemetery also called Wethersfield Cemetery.Frank Closser Store at Smith Corners c 1918 North Java when Dr. William Mason Boddy and his wife Fannie (French) Boddy and their son Reinforth Boddy were residents, 1877 until Dr. Boddy's death in 1901. Dr. Boddy was the son of John and Elvira (Hatfield) Boddy. My ancestor Galen Boddy immigrated from Yorkshire, England, in 1832, and first settled in Delaware County, NY; but was living in Wyoming County by 1840 as he was enumerated in the 1840 U.S. Census at Java. His family were members of St. Clement's in Wethersfield Springs. He and his wife Ann Rainforth had four children. Ann died around 1840, but don't know when or where buried. The eldest two sons married sisters: John Boddy married Elvira (Hatfield) in 1847 and they lived about one and one-half miles west of Hermitage on Shaw Road. William Boddy married Hannah Hatfield in 1856. While living in Wethersfield Springs, William was elected and re-elected as a vestryman of St. Clement's nearly every year until he moved to Saltvale near Warsaw in 1881. In Wethersfield Springs he was deputy postmaster, general merchant, owned and operated the Boddy Hotel, etc. In Saltvale 1881-1891, he was station agent and deputy postmaster until moved to Rochester where he died. Elizabeth Boddy married David Porter Rood in 1850 and had one son Eli Rainforth Rood. She tragically died in 1857. They are both buried at St. Clement's as are Galen, Boddy, John and Elvira and several of William and Hannah's children. The youngest, my direct ancestor, Joseph Boddy married Mary Warren of Orangeville in 1858. She was the daughter of Russell Warren and his wife Emily Thompson warren. In 1879, Joseph and Mary Boddy with their six children migrated to Norton County, Kansas. I do have some old pictures and postcards, some kindly obtained through the Wyoming County Historian's office and some from the Warsaw Historical Society, but would love to have more. A picture, as the old saying goes, is worth a thousand words. Thank you very, very much! Sincerely, Patricia Boddy TharpEmail p_tharp(a)hotmail.com (note there is an underscore between p_tharp)
The Western New York Genealogical
Society is presenting two workshops on Saturday November 17th at 10:30 AM at
the Hamburg Senior High School, 4111 Legion Dr., Hamburg, NY. Choose either Genealogy
101 or Ancestry.com & Heritage Plus. Coffee, tea and dessert will be
provided. A bag lunch is an excellent idea as attendees then have more
opportunity to talk genealogy. Join us, ask questions and share information!
All are welcome.