Surnames, Dates (if known) and Locations-Usefull Subjects and how they might help your search


Peter Campbell and family-Caledonia,N.Y. 1798-1957
John MacKay and family-Caledonia,N.Y. 1798-1870

Duncan J McArthur and family-Johnston and York,N.Y. 1800-1875

James and Rachel Chambers and family-Mt Morris, Nunda, N.Y.

Zail and twins Abraham and Isaac:

Covenhoven-Revolutionary War

Service in NY and NJ

Persons of interest:

Zail the father of twins and-Abraham and Issac

While the usual facts concerning the war service in NY (Montgomery County) and

NJ (Cranberry area), a story has surfaced (oral history) that Abraham and Issac , for reasons unknown (i.e. orders, personal or other)went to New Jersey. They were originally from NJ and entered state service there.

Believed to have served in Nixon’s Regiment and Pyatts Regiment in NJ

Richard and Elizabeth Powers-Buffalo & Mt. Morris area of Livingston County, N.Y.

John Rowan and family-Arcade, East Arcade and Warsaw in Wyoming County, N.Y.

George C and George G Miller-Redfield, Oswego County, N.Y. 1850’s

Sarah A Hogan-Madison County, and Redfield, Oswego County, N.Y. 1850’s

Thomas Miles/Mighells-Madison, Onondaga and Ontario Counties, N.Y. 1800-1875

Stephen Skinner

Barre Center, Orleans County, NY. Born 27 April 1794
in MA? and died in Rockford, Winnebago County, IL 23 Apr 1861. See Skinner-Tinkham and Rowlandson page for information on these names and property located in Barre Center, Orleans County, NY

Orlando S Gardner and family-Monroe and Rensselaer County, NY also Hancock Massachusetts 1807-1891 See Gardner entry below:

Gardner families-from Hancock, Mass and Stevenstown, NY to southwestern Monroe County, N.Y. Name also spelled Gardiner. Main interest in Orlando S, Platt and Henry Platt Gardner or Gardiner. Capt Caleb Gardner owner of an Inn and land near Hancock also called Jerico Mass.

William Huggins-Livingston County, N.Y.

Auble-Tompkins and Schuyler Counties, N.Y.

John and Honora King-Johnstown, N.Y. 1870’s

Aber-Livingston County, NY

Arthur V and Alfred H Perry-Redfield, Oswego County, N.Y. 1850’s

Nicholas Craner-Jordan,N.Y. A tailor who lived in Jordan. Owned at one time a house at the corner of Lawrence and Quince street. Believed to have been a school house and a meeting place for the congregation of the 1st Presbyterian church (1831-1930). Also owned 7 other properties. Had a tailor shop on Clinton Street in the village.

Asa J Woolsey or Wolsey-Jordan, N.Y. prior owner of the house at Lawrence and Quince Streets.

Benjamin O Ball-Jordan, N.Y. Blacksmith owned shop at Main Street and Elbridge Street (NY Rt 317). 1850’s

Lewis (L L) Parker-Jordan, N.Y. Blacksmith successor to Benjamin Ball

Amos Jackson-Jordan, NY Purchased LL Parker property. Owned mill on south side of Elbridge Street.

Christopher Jenner-Jordan, NY Blacksmith. Last owner to use property as a blacksmith shop. 1870’s-1920

Herman E Spohner-Jordan, NY Cobbler who owned property adjacent to Jenner’s. Sold 4′ wide strip of land to Jenner, possibly to allow for easier access to north side of Jenner’s shop.

Harriet A.Disbrow-Rochester, NY owned lot #2 and #3 starting in 1881. Used the properties as investments.

Eliza Marcille-Rochester, NY Partner with Harriet in a Lime Manufacturing business.

John H Stedman-Rochester, NY Invented the pipe cleaner and the trolley transfer ticket. Reintroduced to Rochester the “Christmas Candle” tradition. A custom of one lighted candle in the every window of a house.

E. Kirby West-Baldwinsville, NY Carriage maker and land holder of several village lots on the Van Buren side of the village.

Mrs Adams Blakelee-owner and landlord of 22 Downer Street Baldwinsville

William and Amelia Kesterke-beleived first owner and non tenant of 22 Downer Street.Amelia’s death occured in the house and her funeral was held there. (CA 1940)

Dewitt C Greenfield-Baldwins ville, NY Lawyer and land holder and neighbor  to Mr. West

Jonas Baldwin-Baldwinsville, NY Early pioneer and founder of Baldwinsville. Was the first to recognize the water power potential at the village’s location on the Seneca River.

Enos Stone (father)-Rochester, N.Y. Land speculator from Massachusetts. Purchased 18,000 acres in the vicinity of Rochester in 1789 with four other partners. Will lists family members including wife. Mentions Lenox, Massachusetts in Berkshire County.

Enos Stone (son). Believed to have inherited land from his father upon his death in 1816. Created and sold lots in what was then know as the Vineyard Tract in Rochester starting in 1842.Estate papers list financial records and names. Estate Papers filed in 1852

Enos Stone (grandson) Dies in 1889 with out surviving wife or children may have been Widowed or unmarried. Leaves no property and personal items only. Estate split among relative.

Lillian Preston Hull-Rochester, N.Y. Owned the Italian Tea Room at 36 East/Winthrop Street. Rented the building for both her business and residence. A 1902 Graduate of Smith College, a native of Northampton Massachusetts. Newark NY was her adopted home. Restored the Fenton House there. Founded the “Tuesday Club” in N.Y.

Asa Jayne-Rochester, N.Y. He was the owner of 39 Charlotte Street having purchased the lot from Enos Stone.

Silas Cornell-Rochester, N.Y. Hired by Enos Stone to survey land that became the “Vineyard Tract”

Demming Boardman-Seneca Falls,N.Y. owned property in Jordan, N.Y. Purchased what was then know as the Max House at a sheriff sale.

Sarah A Boardman-Worth– Seneca Falls-Syracuse, N.Y. Purchased from her father Deming, the Max House. Believed to have renamed the building the Redfield House. This is believed to have been a canal stop for travelers on the Erie Canal. subsequently sold the property to Nicolas Craner. Time period between 1860-1872.

Spruce: John, James and Stephen. Monroe county-Chili-Gates-Greece. 1850’s to 1912. From England to the US, Were farmers. James is buried in Mt Hope Cemetery. John died in 1912. Burial place unknown. Estate took 37 years to settle and his probate file is 441 pages long.

Reverend Herbert W Morris : Officiated at James’ service when he died in 1891. Residence in 1894 15 Park Ave, Rochester, NY. Associated with the “Brick Church” in Rochester, also pastor of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Gates, NY. Received Doctor of Divinity Degree from the U of R. Rochester, NY in 1876.

Geneva-Steuben County-Yorkshire England-Reference Pulteney Estates:

William Earl of Craven, Joseph Fellows, Zita Potter, Mary C & Cornelia Porter; All are associated with a property in the City of Geneva between 1860 and 1912. The Earl of Craven was a land holder in Steuben County among other places that tallied 25 Townships. Joseph Fellows succeeded Troup and was the attorney of record, and filed a large number of Craven’s deeds under his name.

Robert Troup-Geneva, NY and NYC. Land agent and Lawyer for the Pulteney Estates. Owned house at 98 Washington Street next to the Land Office for the Estates.

James Wadsworth and Robert Scott-Respectively they were appointed by Robert Troup to act on his behalf as individuals who worked and sold land in the Pulteney Estates area in the Finger lakes and Southern Tier. Deeds with these individuals plus Troup may identify people who purchased land from them.

William Young, “the Younger” also a Land Agent for the Pulteney Estates. Successor to Robert Troup

Lt Col Seth Reed- land owner in Geneva CA 1790-1820

Hugh McFarland- Barge Canal supervisor (Geneva area) and later a scow Capt on the Canal. CA 1900-1920

Westchester: William H Delanoy, Tarrytown NY (Westchester County) Occupation Boatman (1870 census) and Railroad Gate Keeper (1880 Census)From the 1860/61 census:

William  Delinois  Laborer house at Beckman north of Cortlandt ca 1860s

1878/79 Directory:  Edward Delanoy, Harry Delanoy, Henry Delanoy, John Delanoy, John J Delanoy, John J Delanoy Jr, William H Delanoy a switch man and William H Delanoy a tinsmith

Lockport NY and Medina NY

Reverend L.L. Rodgen, Dr. Parkhurst, Reverend J.E. Williams and Reverend C.E. Winchester-Medina Methodist Church, Medina NY. From 1896-1908, these men presided at this Church and would like to find their Journals or records this Church. Burnett s and Capwell/Capwill families may have attended this Church.

Universalist Church, Lockport, NY  1850-1880

As Trustees and members: Benjamin Stout, W.T. Stout, and S Messeroll.

8th NY Heavy Artillery-Company K  Newfane, NY

Phillip H Messeroll-Captain in the Civil War, Company H. Lived in Newfane and enlisted there.


Charles Storm Humphry (Possibly from Beekman, Dutchess County) Married Mary Louise Delanoy mid 1860’s Lived in New York County (35 8th Avenue Manhattan) until ca 1875

Montgomery County, town of Mohawk:

Walter and John Butler, Jellius Dowd Fonda,Henry Wilson and Joseph B0shart. All connected land and buildings on Switzer Hill, town of Mohawk. 1740s to 1929.would like to see Journals, letters, account books, diaries for these men and merchants who may have done business with them-dry goods-building supplies-food and other provisions.

Johannes Hets and Jacob Neffe: Tenants of Walter Butler at the time of his death in 1760. Rented the two farms at Butlers bury.(See above note)

John Butler tenants at Butlers Bury:

Based on his civil claim to the Crown after the state seized his real estate under the 1779 Bil of Attainder: Johannes Kniff and Johannes Kitt, Jacobus Kitt, David Quackensbush, Andrew Wimple,

Henry Bustard, Jacobus Bustard, Hendrick Vrooman, Philip Shafer, Laelice Mook, Casper Crooms, Ardent Bradt, Johannes Trust, John Davis and John Lind. They are listed as having leases at Butlers Bury north of Fonda NY. Mostly engaged in farming with houses barns and other buildings on the property. Would like to find descendants for a research project.

Henry Wilson from Angelica, Maria and Giles Fonda so reads the deed index from 1834. Relatives of John Fonda who died in the 1810s sell what would appear to be Butlers Bury property. Henry Wilson purchase leaves the property in the family’s possession for approximately seventy years

Magdalene and Elizabeth Wilson. Owners or residents of the Walter Butler house, town of Mohawk, Montgomery County, NY. ca 1850s-1929. Simone Sammons, local Civil War hero, acted as Special Guardian selling Butler house to father Henry Wilson. Why was this done? Add any Wilson or relative of the above plus John Wilson who died in 1917.

Lt Col CB Briggs ex Site manager of Johnson Hall. Extensively researched the Butler family and collected information that may have been an unpublished book. Retired as Site manager, now deceased, where did his paper collection end up? Canada? US ?

Jacob Klock– early 1900s, Fonda, Montgomery county NY. owned Riverside Farm that bordered on the former Walter Butler house and property.

Town of Mohawk, Montgomery County-names associated with the Butler’s and their land holdings and subsequent land owners: Adam Dockstaeder, Daniel Cady, Benjamin Gettman, John Davis, Giles or Jelles Fonda, Jacob Klock, Christopher Yates, Evert Yates, John F Yates. Recently found:EC Decker, Winfield Scott Fonda, Elizabeth Ann Wilson, Robert Wilson with other soon to follow.

Honey Locust Dairy-operated by Magdalene, Harvey L and Henry Wilson. Farm at the intersection of Switzer Hill rod and Tribes Hill road.

Emerick and Moul: Lysander NY  Garrett Moul and wife Carolyn Emerick Moul (child is Carrie) and wife is the only sister of Martin H Emerick. Martin sells land in 1850 to Garrett. Emerick’s and Moul’s families are related through Martin’s mother. Both settled on lot #78 of the Military Tract in Onondaga County NY around 1810.

Crego-Harkins-Lysander: James R Harkins and Carl Crego owned a property in Lysander. Lula Harkins ran a florist shop from this property (1950-1970s) James sought approval to subdivide the property in 1987 .

Fitzgerald and Partlow: Michael Fitzgerald lived in Lawrenceville with his last residence in Ogdensburg. Was married twice and from Ireland, his birthplace, coming to Canada before he came to the US in the 1840s. Jacob O Partlow and Orin or Orange C Partlow lived in Norwood St Lawrence county.Served in the Civil War. His father or a relative Ransom Partlow died in the 1890s and Jacob and OC  Partlow administered his estate.

Jordan, NY: Surnames-  Chandler, Hardy, Meeks and Whiting. Hardy from Herkimer County, NY. Marvin Hardy a settler in the town of Elbridge.

Thomas Grimes-Pompey NY after Revolutionary War settled NE of Pompey ,NY

Jacob Wilson-Town of Mohawk, Montgomery County, NY issued to supply penal bonds sought by his wife Elizabeth in 1841

Hugh McFarland-Geneva NY employed on the barge or Erie canal during 1900-1910 was a Scow Captain. Had a large family and lived at 123 Pulteney Street during the years noted.

Weedsport: Samuel J Mack, brother Frederick and others  in 1867 buys property on the south end of South Seneca Street that was apparently foreclosed on. Property was the home of 6 buildings and was the home of the Mechanics and Farmers Protection Company. Mack forms a company with a Henderson individual. The company folds and passes on to others in the Henderson family. Property appears to have had and still does to nearly identical 2nd Empire houses. One restored and one needing TLC.

Onondaga County: Margaret Bennett Miles married Jacob Lewis Miles (alt sidelining Mighells). William Bennett father of Margaret, mother unknown may have died very early in Margaret’s life. dau. Olive Miles Harrington.

Town of Geddes, Onondaga county: Edwin Smith-mid 19th century-town clerk and overseer of the poor. May have picture

Dutchess County:  Jacob born to John and Olive (Vermillion/Vermilleya) Miles. Benjamin and Harriet Bentley buried in the same county cemetery as Jacob

Tioga County: Samuel H (Ryback) Rebeck, wife Janet and son Henry. Samuel from Sejny, Poland around 1901. Naturalized in 1914, registered for WW1 and operated  Rebeck’s Cash Grocery in Waverly NY. Family residence on corner of Chemung and Pine Street. update: Arrived NYC on the Graf Waldersee of the Hamburg line. Traveled from the German port of Hamburg and traveled to NY during the month of March 1906. Applied for Naturalization papers in 1912 received Naturalization in 1914. Listed  155 Broad St Waverly as his residence since 1906 when applying in 1912 for Naturalization.

Benway- Canada-NY-Granby and Vollney Oswego county.


1855 NYS census-Granby ED 01


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Angus Sr. 21 bp Canada

Angeline 17 wife bp Canada

Julia 12 bp Canada

Mary 2 bp Oswego

Justine Pigeon-sister of Angus Sr.-apparently married 29 bp Canada

Mary Benway-sister-single 16 bp NYS

Ordelia Benway sister single 17 single bp Canada

Angus (Jr.) child of Angus 2 bp Oswego (only family member with Oswego as the birthplace-possibly Granby.


1855 census questions:

Where in Canada for those births declaring Canada?

Where in Oswego for Angus Jr. and Mary?  Would the town of Granby be the location? To be more specific was the births in the house in Granby?  Since Professionals did not normally attend births a home birth would have been common.

Were Angus and Mary twins since they have the same age on the census?

Naturalizations: since Angus, Angeline, Julia, and Justine were born in Canada, were they ever naturalized to become US citizens?

Angus and Angeline are 21 and under and do not read and write according to the same census.

Given the value placed on the “house” of 200.00 and being a framed dwelling, the house was probably nothing more than shed or shack.  The house is possibly one room, and very crude. According to the census they do not own the house.

File this under future clues at this point; are there any relatives or friends near them in Granby and Vollney? Since they sometimes travelled and moved to new area with people they knew or had known previously?


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the above names.

Useful documents and collections, a starting point.

New: Balloting Book-Revolutionary War book detailing the establishment of the Military Tract and the distributing of the land in lieu of payments for War service. No main index , but addresses town created and who got the original grants and patents. Downloadable, free and searchable as a pdf of this 1825 book of one hundred and ninety seven page book. Other documents referring to legislation creating and establishing the rules governing it.

Census records:-state and federal

Land Transaction Documents: Deeds, Discharged Mortgages and Mortgages. Also Sherriff’s sales. If an individual died holding property and the heirs sell the property, the deed will be recorded and noted sometimes as an “Estate”.

Power of Attorney: Usually listed in a deed as the agent for the Grantor or Grantors. The Power of Appointment sometimes identified other lawyers to act on his behalf. Sometimes had a description and location of the land if known.

With the date and place of the Appointment and recorded prior to any sales and that document maybe listed in the Miscellaneous Records of the County where it was recorded. The nominated Lawyer will act as Agent for the Land Owner who may not be a US Citizen with the right to sell land. Or acting on behalf or a Trustee of a Will as the result of an inheritance.

Estate Documents: Wills and Probate files with a special interest in locating inventory lists (Room names and specific furnishings maybe listed, the house may also be appraised with it description and condition) as well as debtors and creditors lists. The heirs are often listed during the probate process to settle estates. Address may be found here of those individuals connected with the Will. (Addresses will be the current or last known during the probate process) Changes in Executors-Administrators and Heirs may also be noted.

Maps-Atlases-Sanborn Maps-Survey-Land Ownership: These maps show many interesting geographical, political (wards) and other information. Atlases and Ownership maps can be useful in linking modern day boundaries with the original land maps showing township, section and ranges or tract names often associated with large landowners.

Aerial photos: Will sometimes show groups of buildings. Detail maybe compromised, but road and land development and use will be easy to see.

Gazetteers: Often contain descriptions of villages, towns and cities with respect to early industry, commerce and residential development.

City-County Directories: lists of private residences with the occupation or business engaged in. Where they resided and where the business was located. Business lists, advertisements, street directories and street lists (often showing when a street was formed or the name was changed.

Civil Actions-Court of Common Pleas: These records, generally held at the county courthouse, can help to fill in gaps in your records, give you a clue as to how your ancestor lived. These are manually intensive to search, sometime not in great condition and generally no index, but stored by Month and year. Take patience and a pair of white cotton gloves and good luck if you look through these records.

Church records: incorporation papers, deeds, session or weekly records and business records. Notations of admitted by letter will often record the Church previously attended. Baptism, Marriage and Death records are often found in Church records that may not be in any civil record collection.

Trustee Deeds: Since NY required incorporation as a Religious Society as a requirement for obtaining real estate, Deeds of real property purchases are often recorded under the heading of “Trustees” as grantees. often hard to find in index books of deeds,they are worth looking for. They will give the date of purchase, from whom the land or building was bought, and who the trustees of the Church were. This can give a Church affiliation if an ancestor was listed as a trustee.

Letters, Journals, Diaries: First or second hand accounts of private matters not usually published.

Local and Regional histories: settlement patterns, first settlers and other firsts listed.

Photographs and Post Cards: Can be the only surviving evidence of structure and how it looked at various times.

Property inventory cards or assessment cards: Often held by the Assessor’s office with jurisdiction over the property. Older cards often have an inventory of the structures on a parcel or lot, dimensioned sketches and occasionally improvements when they can be identified. They sometimes have photos of the house or building in question.

Tax books or rolls: Usually limited to a specific town, village or city. Useful in tracking an individuals real estate holdings, with location, quality and quantity listed. Fluctuations in the value can be attributable to the general economy, land improvements (farm land), buildings being added or demolished. If held for a long period the price can reflect a sudden influx of settlers and the resultant rise in the price per acre.

Account Books: These records are a gold mine of information if they have survived. Transactions of mill owners, store keepers, doctors and Blacksmiths can often establish the presence of a single ancestor or family when census and other records do not list them. They also reflect the activity of an area during certain periods and use the terminology that has been lost down through the years. The relative value of certain goods or services can be reflected in the prices paid.

Geographical Information System or G.I.S.  The program used by Assessors to establish the tax liability and current description of the properties under their jurisdiction. May also include aerial photographs of a given area, showing lot lines, dimensions, Great Lot numbers from original land layouts, and other useful information. Will help to track a property backwards from a present day location. May list the latest deed and include the parcel number for a property.

Where it was: It is a sad fact that today, road changes, commercial and industrial parks will gobble up the original structures. Comparing current G.I.S maps with older maps may show the changes to the area and why Gramma’s house is no longer there. With a little digging you may find who bought the property to make the changes and may find demolition permits the will describe the current state of the condemned property.

Names listed in the 1779 Act of Attainder or Bill of Attainder: Pertains to Revolutionary War confiscation of Land and property due to the political leanings of individuals that were Pro British. This act focused on 59 individuals listed as “public enemies” and stripped them of their real estate, offered no civil or religious recourse and imposed the death penalty if found in the state. If your ancestor was effected by this bill, they may had reason to go to Canada. Monetary losses were apparently never offered after American independence. It is also said that land claims by the State, were subject to a claim by a survivor of a person named on the list, as void do to an inheritance of the land in question.

1850-51 NYS Mercantile Directory. Online at Google Books. Will help with many trades/business or genealogical questions or leads for the period.

Day books, account ledgers or journals:

the Mercantile Directory will help identify Clergymen, Attorneys, and Physicians among others.

It has  listings of the Clergyman for the state, with the added twist of the denomination breakdown for NYC.

Also a list of the attorney’s since they were the ones who acted as the agents and had
the deeds registered when they were filed. They also were given power of attorney for
land, wills and other things.

A list for the physicians will help to identify Medical professionals who may have attended births, deaths or illnesses. In some cases they helped with the death certificates if one was issued or recorded.
This may seem like a lot of work, but before Churches were organized along with the
others, their account books or business records were sometimes self maintained and may
have survived with names that can not be found elsewhere.

Landscapes:  James Vick, a Rochester Horticulturalist in the 1870s, has several publications that are excellent references for planning, maintaining or restoring a “period” style landscape to help finish or maintain an older house.

 Google Books– search for online books concerning early travels, state laws and historical society items. Will help to narrow or better define a search.


Held at the Byrd Library at Syracuse University, the papers generated by or kept by Christopher Yates and his brother Joseph are a very timely look at early NY state/colony history during the period just before and after the American Revolution.

The NYS archives has collected and digitized the 19 volumes of papers belonging to Sir John Johnston. A British Barent and quiet active in the Mohawk Valley of NY, his collection id worth perusing for its look at early American history and the British involvement before the Revolution.

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