Otsego County, New York queries posted 02/01/98 - 2/28/98

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Thursday, February 05, 1998 10:52 AM
I am trying to learn more about my gggrandparents Orin FOSTER and Emeline KNAPP.
My understanding is that Emeline was born in Otsego County, married Orin (from Dutchess county), and they had 5 children between 1826 and 1835 including one in either Middlefield or Clarksville in 1832, and then Emeline died somewhere around 1846. My father remembers visiting their gravesite on a trip from Cobleskill to Cooperstown somewhere in the country (about 30 years ago?). They were in Middlefield for the 1830 census, and were apparently in Clinton county for the 1840 census. I was wondering if you might have any information on Emeline and possibly Orin, or perhaps be able to suggest some likely cemeteries based upon your knowledge of the area. (My brother lives in Jersey, and I might be able to convince him to look if I could narrow down the search.) My understanding is that there are at least 5 of us FOSTER descendants searching this line, but none have been able to get past Orin and Emeline except for learning that Orin's mother was named Lizzie BOUGHTON, and that she married a SMITH after the early death of Orin's father.

Thursday, February 05, 1998 3:12 AM
I have just started gathering information on my mothers relatives and would love some help and/or advise. All the information I have at this time is listed below and I would like to fill in the blanks.
Maternal Grandfather's Information
William H. Wild born on /11/1890 in Seward, NY and moved to Schenevus in 1895; Graduated Schenevus High in 1907, died in 1980 in Venice, FL
John H. Wild (William's Father)born in Seward (?), died and buried in Schenevus(?) Assigned lot #113 in Sharon Springs Cemetery to Isabelle Wild Dempster on 3/29/1901
Julia Walton Wild (William's Mother)
Isabelle G. Wild(John's sister?) born on 9/15/1852 and died on 1/22/1931 (buried in lot # 113 in the Sharon Cemetery)
William H. Wild (John's father?) Purchased lot # 113 on 3/3/1862 in the Sharon Cemetery
Maternal Grandmother's Information
Emily Bernard born in 1890 (?) in Schenevus; Married William H. Wild; died in 1931(buried in Schenevus ?)
Herbert Bernard(Emily's father) born in 1940 in England; lived and died in Schenevus
Leonora___?___(Emily's mother)died in 1951 in Schenvevus
Arthur Bernard (Emily's younger brother) Died of TB in his twenties
Arch Bernard(Emily's older brother) died in 1944; Married Beatrice and had three childern listed below.
1) Audrey A. Bernard born on 10/30/1926 and died in 6/1991
2) James S. Bernard born on 4/9/1930
3) Merrill Bernard born on 5/18/31

Saturday, February 07, 1998 8:25 PM
Requesting information on Harmony Eliza CLARK; b. 1843; m. Edward Savage CROSSETT 1 Oct 1873, Pittsfield, NY; d. 17 Jun 1912
Helpful would be her full birth date and place, location of records of birth and marriage, and any information from a possible death announcement.

Sunday, February 08, 1998 3:06 PM
I have recently discovered I am the gggrandaughter of Levi Spencer (b. 1820?) son of Rufus Spencer (1793-1878) and Mary Card Spencer. These Spencers moved to the area in approx. 1810. i am searching for death record or military records on levi Spencer. He served in civil war, lived in alabama after war, possible deserter. he left the tenn/ala family he had and went north in 1890 ..then at some point killed by a train. I saw all the info on 121st regiment, did not see his name listed anywhere. If you have heard anything about him or can point me in the right direction, I would appreciat it. he seems to be the missing link!!!

Sunday, February 08, 1998 9:56 PM
I am searching for the descendants of the Joseph CRAFTS family. Joseph was born Monson, Mass. May 1763. He married on 4 Sept 1793 Mary SYKES, widow of Abner Sykes and daughter of James Averill of Coopertown, NY. She died at Hartwick, Otsego Co. NY Apr 1839, aged 79. They are to have had three children: Mary Walter CRAFTS, born Hartwick Apr 1795, Alba Sykes CRAFTS, born Hartwick Mar 1797 and James Averill CRAFTS, born Hartwick Sept 1801. In the book in the NY Public Library, The Descendants of Griffin Craft, it says Joseph was a farmer who setttled at Hartwick after the war, where he always lived, and where his death occurred Oct 1844 aged 81. However, another source from the NEGHS says that Joseph CRAFTS, 1763-1844, married a Mary Ann BUTLER, born 1790, and had a daughter Eliza CRAFTS in 1815 in either Nova Scotia, Ontario or New Brunswick. I am trying to rectify this problem. If anyone has any information, I would greatly appreciate it.

Wednesday, February 11, 1998 11:31 PM
FINCH/HANDY I am looking for a Robert or maybe Able Robert FINCH. Born in Otsego County NY in the late 1700's Married an Elizabeth "Betsy" HANDY. Moved to Tioga Co PA. Robert died 1879, Betsy most likely 1858. Any information would be helpful.

Sunday, February 15, 1998 8:28 PM
Seeking the parents of a Moses Crane, b in Pittsfield in 1783. Any help will be very much appreciated.

Monday, February 16, 1998 4:11 AM
I am desperately searching for information on my gggrandfather ALONZO PARKER b. in Otsego Co in 1812. I would appreciate any information on his parents, siblings, etc. Alonzo m. Nancy _?__ and moved to Oneida Co then to Erie Co. Nancy d in 1848 and he remarried an Angelina Anderson. Alonzo may have had a brother named Ephraim because an EPHRAIM PARKER owned land in the same lot on the tax rolls of Erie Co. We have been working on finding this particular branch for several years so any information would be greatly appreciated. I would be happy to share what info I have on descendents.

Wednesday, February 18, 1998 3:25 PM
I have documentation saying ISAIAH YOUNGLOVE JOHNSTON was born November 25, 1782 in Otsego county, NY. He was the son of WILLIAM and MARY YOUNGLOVE POWELL JOHNSTON. I'd appreciate any further information I could find on this man. I don't know if he is related or not. My 2great grandfather was ISAIAH Y. JOHNSTON who was born in 1810 in Delaware Co. , NY and died in Steuben Co., NY and is buried in Bernard Cemetery, West Caton, Steuben Co. Thank you.

Wednesday, February 18, 1998 3:30 PM
I would like submit another JOHNSTON query. I have the front end and the back end of two JOHNSTON family trees and I'm trying to link them. May I say that people should be careful when writing JOHNSON and JOHNSTON. It does make a difference to some of us, especially in the case of WILLIAM JOHNSTON. The man I think was my ancestor was chaplain of Cherry Valley during the Revolutionary War. I am interested in his eldest son, also WILLIAM JOHNSTON, and his descendants. I can give a brief account as I have it of this Scotch-Irish Presbyterian: Rev. WILLIAM JOHNSTON was the son of WILLIAM and ELIZABETH HOEY JOHNSTON and was born in 1713 in MullowMale , County Tyrone, Ireland. He was educated at U of Edinburgh. He married ANNE CUMMINGS, daughter of Dr. JOHN and ANNE WITTER CUMMINGS and he died 5-10-1782 in Schenectady, NY. Rev. JOHNSTON came to Worcester, Mass. in 1736. The Puritans did not like Presbyterians and he removed to New Hampshire in 1742 and then to Sidney Plains and Unadilla, NY in 1773. They fled to Cherry Valley area due to the British - backed Indian uprising. Some of the family did go back to Sidney Plains after the Revolution. His son William apparently stayed in Otsego Co. and had two sons, WILLIAM and ISAIAH YOUNGLOVE JOHNSTON. The younger children of the old preacher has been well documented and I am only interested in his eldest son, William. If anyone has any documentation, I appreciate any help. Thanks.

Wednesday, February 18, 1998 10:15 PM
My Ancestor John Millar some records (Miller) I don't know the date he arrived USA he was b.Dec.25, 1780 Aberdeen , Scotland. Married Lydia Davis a Pittsfield Girl 1804. had 2 son and daughter shown in census of 1810. Bought land from Samuel Smedley , within the bounds of a 9000 acre tract formerly owned by Richard Well of Philadelphia dec'd. He fought in war of 1812, died in 1816.at home in Pittsfield . Lydia Married a Asa Perkins in 1820. Looking for ancestors of Lydia Davis and information about John's arrival USA

Saturday, February 21, 1998 12:32 AM
I am researching the above names from Otsego Co NY. Please contact me and we could share information.

Saturday, February 21, 1998 1:12 AM
Charles Levi HAVENS, b.--Sep 1866; Erwin Steuben Co.NY; son of Margaret McCANN & William HAVENS, and brother of my maternal grandmother, Musetta HAVENS DONOHUE; In Oct 1899, when Musetta died her obit lists him living in Edmiston, I found him in the 1900 census, as Charles L. age 33, RR laborer; wife Jessie M. b Nov. 1865 age 34, married 10 years, 1 child; W. Lewis b Oct 1893, age 6. He was still alive and living in Edmiston in Mar 1947, when his sister Auril HAVENS RENFROE, died in my parents home in Akron OH. When did he marry and what was his wifes surname are there any descendants, and when did he die? (Musetta died in Elmira). I would appreciate greatly any information on this family.

Sunday, February 22, 1998 1:18 PM
Looking for descendants of Thomas Tanner who settled in Cooperstown in the late 1700's and is reported to be buried in Old Christ Church cemetary in Cooperstown. Several grandchildren, including my ggggrandfather Isaac settled in the St. Lawrence County area in the 1800's. Also, where can I locate the Old Christ Church Cemetary.

Sunday, February 22, 1998 7:13 PM
Looking for any info on Rufus COOK. Born ca 1805. Married Sarah HALLWAY. Lived in Otego, Otsego County until early 1850. Then relocated to Thurston, Steuben Co. Also looking for any info on Andrew (b. 1824), Squire (B. 1809) or Jacob NOLES -- also lived in Otego. Andrew and Squire also relocated to Campbell and Thurston, Steuben Co. post-1850.

Monday, February 23, 1998 8:21 PM
Searching for information on the following WHITNEY'S William Lewis married to Jenny C. WALDEN Whitney they had a son who is my grandfather Lewis James WHITNEY. Lewis lived in Otego from his birth February 21, 1894 until about 1918, when he divorced his first wife and transferred to Kentucky when working for the C&O Railway. Am trying to locate info on his first marriage and also any information on his mother Jenny C. Walden. She apparently died before 1915, Jenny had a mother named Lizzie, A sister named Ida Walden Briggs, and possibly a brother named William. (it is rumored that William was a doctor) Have not been able to prove him either. Please notify me at karengen.juno.com if you have any information on this line have info to share if needed.

Tuesday, February 24, 1998 6:14 PM
I am looking for info on my fathers' surname, Shaffer- Gilbert, Grandfather, Ellis Ward Shaffer. Also info on my mothers' name, Devendorf-Ruth, Grandfather, Arthur and Grandmother,Louise Minister. From Otsego Co. Possibly Schenevous NY, Cobelskill NY. Shaffer men, Ellis, Paul, Harry, Gilbert, Donald, David. Women, Nellie Shaffer, Evelyn Shaffer.

Tuesday, February 24, 1998 9:40 PM
Looking for anyone with a MULKIN/MULKINS surname in Otsego county NY--esp a JOHN MULKINS ( b NY 1807) who m .SARAH WATERHOUSE (b probably in Ostego CoNY 1817) or a HENRY MULKINS (b abt 1770 NY or VT) who had children named WILLARD b 1814 who m. ELESTA BABCOCK, HARRIET b abt 1800 who m JOHN CUNNINGHAM, NORMAN b abt 1808 who m ELIZABETH MILLER & 2 other wives , RACHEL b abt 1800 who m JAMES BABCOCK-maybe more children of Henry & his wife (possibly named RACHEL too). I would love to exchange info on the MULKINS surname as I am compiling a book on the name.

Tuesday, February 24, 1998 9:54 PM
I'm looking for info. on BEVINS,Ida born 1867 in Middleburg ,NY. I know she married TRYON,Joseph on 06/18/1892. Don't know anything else about her.Also looking for info on BEVINS,Martin born early 1800's,fought with 134th infantry out of New York during Civil War. War monument with his inscription in Middeburgh,NY. I think there is a possibilty of Martin having resided in Otsego County.

Friday, February 27, 1998 8:56 PM
Looking for info on George Willams Born in Otsego County NY 1832 Die din Richfield Springs NY in 1910. Married in 1860 Anna Brady Born In Ireland 1845. Children: George H., David R., Owen, Anna and Helen. Anna Brady Williams Died in 1912 Richfield Springs, Looking for Georges Parents Reuben Williams Born 1897 and Liddie( Possibily Harrington) George had two brothers David and Owen. David Died 1922 in Richfield Springs. Owen unknown.

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