Montgomery County NY
Ancestral Sightings

Lisa Slaski and Jane Dieffenbacher's abstracting of family profiles from county history books has become one of the most popular resources on the site. Similar profiles, as well as shorter mentions, can turn up anywhere. The profiles, sightings and new tidbits below of former Montgomery County residents come from books, newspapers, and articles published in other states and NY counties, as well as specialized reference works.

Many states "Out West" published books with short biographies about their local residents, telling where they originally came from. Of course, history books for other NY State counties profiled their own residents, some of whom had Montgomery County roots. Detailed genealogical information is occasionally given. The persons whose short bios and info appear below may or may not be your ancestors, but it's worth scanning through them to check out where your own families' relatives migrated and when.

This section is for resources from other places mentioning persons with Montgomery County ties. Contributions can be sent to the site coordinators, putting "Ancestral Sightings" in the subject line of your email. Include accurate reference as to book/source. Published sources must be over 75 years old (copyright law). **No notice is too small.** A one-line mention may be the solution to someone's brick wall.

new 8/15/03 Thank you to Carol A. Ormond for a short bio of her gg-grandparents!

From "A History of Walworth County" (Wisconsin), Western Publishing Company, 1882, pg. 914, available at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah:

Marcus R. Britten, farmer, Sec. 15, Town 3, Range 18 east; P.O. Vienna. He was born in the town of Amsterdam, Montgomery County, N.Y., Sept. 18, 1815. His parents, Joseph and Phebe Camfield Britten, were natives of New Jersey. Mr. B. went to Michigan in the Fall of 1836. He resided in the town of Centerville, St. Joseph County, in that State, for about two years. He then returned to the State of New York in the Spring of 1839. He came to Walworth County the same year, and purchased of the Government 440 acres of land, of which his present farm of 200 acres forms a part. He was married in the State of New York, Jan. 3, 1841, at Little Falls, to Caroline Klock, born in the town of Little Falls, Herkimer County, in May, 1815; returned here in May of that year, and has resided on the farm since that time. Mr. and Mrs. Britten have four children-- Mrs. Ellen Britten; Almy (now Mrs. A. Onderdonk); Riley T., and Agnes M. (now Mrs. J.C. Hopkins). Mr. B., his wife and daughter Ellen, who lives at home, are members of the Baptist Church, Rochester, Racine County, which is probably the oldest Church organization, of that denomination, in the State of Wisconsin. He united with this Church in August 1841.

Marcus and Caroline are my 2nd great grandparents. I have information on them and their children, as well as information on Joseph and Phebe's other children. A file on this family can be found in Fonda, at the Schenectady County Historical Society, and at Ft. Klock in Herkimer County.

Thanks for all your work.


Carol A. Ormond

new 8/15/03 Spotted by the site coordinator in "The Register of Cornell University. 1899-1900." Ithaca, New York. Published by the University. December, 1899. Numbers signify year in school, e.g. 1 = freshman.

Bergen, Charles Williams, Canajoharie, 4, Mech. Eng.
Greene, Carlton Horace, Fort Plain, 1, Law
Kline, William Arthur, Amsterdam, 1, Law
Klinkhart, Amos John, Canajoharie, 3, Architecture
Klock, Claude William, Canajoharie, 4, Arts
Klock, Frederic Adam, St. Johnsville, 2, Mech. Eng.
Sanders, Frederick Morton, Scotch Bush, Jr., Law
Seymour, Claire, Gloversville, 3, Arts [Fulton County]
Whitney, Walter Duncan, Gloversville, 2, Elec. Eng. [Fulton County]
Whitwell, Livingston Miller, Fort Plain, 4, Science

Students in Short Course in Agriculture, Winter, 1899
Leonardson, Calvin A., Fonda

Students in the Summer Session
Whitwell, Livingston Miller, Fort Plain

new 8/14/03 Information abstracted by the site coordinator from the book "A Century of the Genesee Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church 1810-1910," by Rev. Ray Allen. Rochester, N.Y.: Published by the Author 1911. Abbreviations: C = converted at age of; L = first licensed to preach; t = received on trial; F = admitted to full membership. Please refer to original book for more information.

COUNTRYMAN, Abram Fletcher - Born Minden, N.Y., Mar. 11, 1832. C 14. L 1860. T East Genesee 1861. F 1863. To Central New York by change of boundaries 1872. To East Genesee at reorganization, and to Genesee by consolidation 1876. Served as minister in Yates, Steuben, Ontario Counties NY and other locations in NYS. Residing in Scottsburg, N.Y. in 1910.

COUNTRYMAN, Junius Benson - Born Minden, N.Y., April 13, 1840. C 11. L 1864. T Genesee 1864. F 1866. To East Genesee by transfer 1869. To Genesee by change of boundaries in 1872. To East Genesee at reorganization, and to Genesee by consolidation in 1876. Served as minister in various locations in Cattaraugus, Allegany and Steuben Counties NY, and minister in Penfield, Monroe Co. from 1901-1910. Residing at 62 Fair Place, Rochester, N.Y. in 1910.

KEYES, Josiah - Born Canajoharie, N.Y., Dec. 30, 1799. Accepted into membership in Genesee Conference in 1822, transferred to Oneida Conference in 1829. Died April 22, 1836.

new 8/13/03 Spotted by the site coordinator in the newspaper "The Free Press," Saturday, Jan. 7, 1888, Trumansburg, N.Y. This village is in Tompkins County, NY.

Covert Jottings [Covert is in southern Seneca County, north of Trumansburg]

Miss Lillie King, who is preceptress of the High School at Amsterdam, N.Y., is visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. T.H. King for a week.

new 7/22/03  Found by the site coordinator in the book "History of Monroe County, New York: with illustrations descriptive of its scenery, palatial residences, public buildings, fine blocks and important manufactories from original sketches by artists of the highest ability," by W.H. McIntosh. Philadelphia: Everts, Ensign and Everts, 1877.

The following are Monroe County NY resident business people who contributed money to having this book printed. There was no note as to what the "s." and date mean, but most likely the response they gave when asked when they settled in Monroe Co. or set up business.

Town of Parma
Barst, John, just. of peace and farmer, b. Montgomery co., N.Y.; s. 1840; p.o. add. Spencerport. [Note: this might be Borst, but is spelled Barst.]

Town of Ogden
Elwood, John D., phys. and surg, b. Montgomery co., N.Y.; s. 1817; p.o. add. Rochester

Town of Riga
Menzie, J., retired farmer, b. Montgomery co., N.Y.; s. 1815; p.o. add. Bergen
Menzie, P., farmer, b. Monroe co., N.Y.; s. 1834; p.o. add. Bergen [possible relative?]

Town of Wheatland
Stewart, D.L., retired educator, b. Montgomery co., N.Y.; s. 1856; p.o. add. Scottsville

Town of Chili
Sammons, C., farmer, b. Montgomery co., N.Y.; s. 1868; p.o. add. North Chili

Town of Greece
Garlock, Elisha, Charlotte, farmer, b. Montgomery co., N.Y.; s. 1833; p.o. add. Charlotte
Lane, Samuel T., Greece, farmer, b. Montgomery co., N.Y.; s. 1819; p.o. add. North Greece

Town of Penfield
Archambaugh, Hiram, blacksmith and machinist, b. Montgomery co., N.Y.; s. 1838
Palen, Robert, retired farmer, b. Montgomery co., N.Y.; s. 1820

Town of Brighton
Smith, Chas., farmer, b. Montgomery co., N.Y.; s. 1836; p.o. add. West Brighton
White, Alfred, capitalist, b. Montgomery co., N.Y.; s. 1850; p.o. add. West Brighton

Town of Henrietta
Dunn, William, farmer, b. Montgomery co., N.Y.; s. 1822
Smith, William, proprietor of Henrietta Hotel, b. Montgomery co., N.Y.; s. 1857

Town of Rush
Davis, Perthenia G., b. Montgomery co., N.Y.; s. 1826; p.o. add. West Rush

Town of Mendon Baker, Wm. B., retired farmer, b. Montgomery co., N.Y.; s. 1842; p.o. add. Honeoye Falls

new 7/22/03 Spotted by the site coordinator in the newspaper "The Black River Democrat," Thursday, June 19, 1919, published in Lowville. Lowville is in Lewis County, New York State:


Mrs. Elmer Miller has returned after spending a week with her mother in Amsterdam.

new 7/22/03 Spotted by the site coordinator in the newspaper "Deseret Evening News," Monday, January 6, 1890, a Mormon newspaper published in Salt Lake City, Utah. Did one or several of your relatives die in January 1890? "La Grippe"  =  The Flu.

"La Grippe" ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 6 - "La Grippe" is creating a profound sensation in the Mohawk Valley. At Amsterdam there are 2000 cases. Among the sufferers are three of the principal physicians. At Fort Plain five hundred persons are ill. At Canajoharie, 300. Several hundred cases are reported at Fonda, Fultonville and St. Johnsville.

Spotted by the site coordinator in the book "History of the Seventy Seventh Division, August 25th 1917. November 11th, 1918." Written in the field in France. Copyright 1919 by The 77th Division Association, New York.

Citations Received by Officers and Men of the 77th Division, World War I

307th Infantry
WHEELOCK, W.E., 1st Lt., Canajoharie, N.Y., Meuse, 1/10/19

305th Field Artillery
McCUNE, W.J., Pvt., Amstercam, Vesle, 11/3/18

Spotted by the site coordinator in the newspaper "Boonville Herald and Adirondack Tourist," Wednesday, July 30, 1919:

Mrs. Herman J. Harborer is entertaining for a week her cousin Mrs. Harry Backer and sons Al and Howard of Amsterdam.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Baldwin of Amsterdam, who have been guests of Mr. and Mrs. Nugent, are now visiting Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bates at Carthage.

From the "Boonville Herald and Adirondack Tourist, Thursday, May 22, 1919."

Under Holland Patent
Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Horne of St. Johnsville are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Anson Jones.

Spotted by the site coordinator in "The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, 92 Broadway, New York. 1868." a small book about the company listing deceased policy holders:

No. of Policy: 153
Name: Geo. A. Gildersleeve
Business: Teacher
Late Residence: Fultonville, N.Y.
Amount of Policy: $1,000

Still another batch of out of state bios donated by regular contributor Paul Horvat, a Van Allen family researcher. A lot of typing and thank you tremendously. Biographies below were extracted from "History of Ionia & Montcalm Counties, MI, with Illustrations", by John S. Schenck. Philadelphia: D. W. Ensign & Co. 1881.


Representative from Midland, Isabella, and Clare, in 1873-4, and Senator in 1875, was born in Florida, NY, Sept. 30, 1833. He was educated Amsterdam Academy, NY; studied law at the law university at Albany, and was admitted in 1860. In 1863 he emigrated to Michigan and settled in Mt. Pleasant. He has been prosecuting attorney of Isabella County six years, and chairman of the Republican County Committee six years. He is one of the board of control of the state school at Coldwater. (pgs. 258-59)

William S. FARMER

Was born in Montgomery County, NY, May 24, 1815. He attended common schools, and for eight years was clerk until 1839. He opened a store at Fultonville, NY and carried on the business nine years. In 1848 removed to Berrien County, purchased a farm of two thousand acres, and also acted as a land broker. He was a member of the constitutional convention of 1867. In religion a Methodist, in politics a Republican. (pg. 259)


Representative from Wayne County in 1847, and Senator in 1853, was born at Minden, NY, Feb. 9, 1812. His father was a captain in the War of 1812, and his grandfather one of eleven brothers who served in the Revolution. He received a fair education and came with his father to Michigan in 1824. He in early life was a sailor; was a clerk at the Michigan Exchange in 1836, and then in a store at Plymouth, and was in trade there from 1838 to 1860, also owned mills. Removed to Grand Rapids in 1862 and became a banker, in which he is still interested, being a director of the city national bank; has also been a merchant, real estate dealer, and manufacturer. Has been justice, supervisor, editor, county auditor, president of school board, delegate in constitutional convention of 1850, a manager to represent MI at the Philadelphia exposition, member of the semi-centennial exposition in 1886, and has held other positions of trust and honor. (pgs 275-76)

Philotus HAYDEN

Was born in Montgomery County, NY in 1810. When young went to Brandon, Vt, and engaged in mercantile business. In 1836 he located one thousand acres of land in Hamilton, Van Buren County, MI, and owned and occupied a farm of seven hundred acres at the time of his death, March 10, 1866. He was a prominent Republican. He was ten times supervisor, Representative in 1844-7-50, and Senator in 1851-9. (pg. 334)

William C. HOYT

Representative from Detroit in 1871-2, was born in Montgomery County, NY, Sept. 3, 1815. With an academical education he became a teacher, then studied law and was admitted in 1838. He settled at Milford, MI in 1842, and there practiced law until 1853, when he removed to Detroit, his present residence. He was for three years a county judge of Oakland County. Retired from business in 1874. A Democrat until 1854, since a Republican. (pg. 363)


Representative from Jackson County in 1859, was born at Amsterdam, NY, April 14, 1820. With a fair education he was a dry goods merchant at Rochester, NY, at the age of eighteen. Settled at Jackson, MI, in 1843, and from that year until 1850 was a member of the dry goods firm of Loomis & Dwight. He then bought and operated the Kennedy mill for four years. In 1856 he established the banking firm of Loomis & Whitall, now P.B. Loomis & Co. Has been president of the Jackson gas company; president and treasurer of the Jackson and Ft. Wayne railroad company; chief of the fire department, and alderman. Gave efficient aid in the building of railroads. In politics a Republican. (pg. 421)

Daniel D. McMARTIN

Representative from Allegan County in 1863-4, was born in Amsterdam, NY, Feb. 8, 1808. By occupation a farmer, in politics a Republican. Came to MI in 1838, and settled in an unorganized town in Allegan County, since called Martin, a part of his name. Afterwards removed to Gunplain, where he lived until 1865. Now resides at Kalamazoo. Has been justice four terms, and six times a supervisor. (pg. 453)

George MILES

Was born at Amsterdam, NY, April 5, 1789. He was of New England descent and was self-educated. He studied law and was admitted in 1822. He attained distinction and was district attorney Alleghany County, NY. In 1837 he removed to Ann Arbor, and engaged in the practice of his profession. On the resignation of Judge Goodwin from the Supreme Court in 1846, he was appointed to fill the vacancy, and held it until his death in 1850. He was a man of commanding personal appearance, presided with dignity, and his opinions upon legal questions were concise and able. (pg. 460)


Representative from Wayne County, in 1875, was born in Montgomery County, NY. He received a common school education, removed to Michigan in 1855, and settled in Wayne County. He is a carriage maker by occupation. In politics a Republican. (pg. 487)

Adam L. ROOF

Representative from Ionia County in 1845-9-50, and Senator in 1852, was born at Canajoharie, NY, Feb. 22, 1810. He graduated at Hamilton College in 1832, was admitted to the bar in 1836, and settled in practice at Lyons, MI in 1836. He held the offices of register of deeds, prosecuting attorney, and judge of probate. In 1859 he retired from practice and devoted himself to farming. He was the first lawyer in Ionia County. In politics a Democrat. Education, temperance, morality and religion received his support, and he was a strong man in the early days of the Grand River Valley. Died Jan. 26, 1885. (pg. 562)


Representative from Oakland County in 1873-4, was born at St. Johnsville, NY, Dec. 26, 1828. He received a common school education. In 1851 he removed to MI and settled in Grand Blanc, Genesee County. In 1865 he removed to Pontiac. By occupation a merchant. (pg. 722)

Spotted by the site coordinator in the newspaper "The Monroe County Mail," Thursday, November 28, 1895.

Elmer Birch left last week for a four weeks' visit with friends and relatives in Gloversville. (listed under Fairport NY news)

The following is another nice set of Montgomery County sightings sent in by Paul Horvat, a Van Allen family researcher. The biographical sketches below were extracted from "History of Will County, Illinois," Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878.

Sheldon YOUNG, farming, Sec. 9; P. O. Elwood, the subject of this sketch was born in Montgomery Co, N.Y., Dec. 3, 1820. He married Miss Eliza HOUGHAM Dec. 1, 1842; she was born Aug. 18, 1822, in Fayette Co, Ind.; they had thirteen children, eight living, viz., Ara B., Lena Ann, Albert L., Mary Ella, Emma, Julia E., Martha E. and Walter H. He lived in New York eighteen years, and, in 1838, he came West and settled in this township; in 1844, he settled on his present place; Mrs. YOUNG lived two years in Fayette Co, Ind.; moved to Butler Co, Ohio, where she remained three years; moved to Parke Co, Ind., lived there twelve years, when she came to this county on horseback, over a hundred and fifty miles, to visit a sister, where she lived until she was married. Mr. YOUNG has been Supervisor, Road Commissioner, School Trustee and Director. He came here without any means, in fact, was in debt; he now owns 112 acres in this township.

Martin B. BRINCKERHOFF, retired farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Lockport; was born in Albany, N. Y., July 11, 1806; he attended school to the age of 14, when his father sent him to the country to learn farming, receiving only his board; at the age of 20, he worked his own farm in Albany Co., and remained on it up to 1837; he came West in 1838 and settled on farm Sec. 31, and continued such up to 1869, when his son purchased the farm, with whom he has since resided. Has been School Director and Road Commissioner. He married EIiza VAN DUSER, of Madison Co., N. Y., in Montgomery Co., N. Y., Dec. 24, 1827; she was born in Madison Co., N. Y:, in 1808, and died in Homer Twp., Jan. 4, 1873; they had seven children, three living - Gertrude (now Mrs. MELLEN), born April 5, 1829; John, born May 15, 1836; Mary (now Mrs. HARRIS), Feb. 4, 1834 and four dead - John died Feb. 5, 1832; James, March 7, 1833; Martin, died at Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 8, 1863, from disease contracted in the army, and Emma Cecilia, in September 1870.

J. J. CULVER, Joliet; dealer in live stock, and proprietor of Bluff Street Market; was born in Montgomery County, N. Y., Dec. 5, 1828; at the age of 14 years, he entered a store as clerk, and at the age of 20, engaged in general merchandising for himself, which he continued till 1857; when, being in poor health he came West, bringing with him a stock of goods, which he traded off for a farm in Channahon Twp.; he followed farming there seven years, and then removed to Joliet and engaged in his present business, which is quite extensive, as he retails an average of forty cattle per month. During the war he did a large and successful business in buying and shipping stock. He has a farm of nearly 200 acres south of the city and also rents some 300 acres more on which he usually feeds 100 head of cattle, or 1,000 sheep. For the past four years, has confined his attention mainly to sheep raising, shipping stock, and attending to his business in town. He was married Oct. 21, 1853, to Miss Lydia A. KNOX, of Montgomery Co., N. Y., and has four children - Willie K., Aggie C., Edward E. and Charles S.

S. R. RATHBUN, farmer; P. O., Plainfield; was born in Marcellus, Onondaga Co., N. Y., Sept. 17, 1805; in the spring of 1832, he came to Ohio, and settled in Orange Twp., Cuyahoga Co., where he opened up and improved 140 acres; in September, 1845, he came West to Illinois, and first settled in Du Page Twp., Will Co., near his present residence; in July, 1846, he moved into Wheatland Twp., and remained about twenty years; he then sold out and moved to Lake Co., where he resided two years; in February, 1868, he came to his present farm. He was married Sept. 27, 1827, to Maria LANDER, a native of Florida, Montgomery Co., N.Y.; has nine children living - Volentine, William M., Permelia, Bela F., Sabrina L., Mary J., Esther A., Alvin O. and Charles W.; has five dead - Hiram L., died Jan. 9, 1863, at Nashville, Tenn.; he was a member of Co. D, 100th I. V. I.; he was in the march from Louisville to Nashville, when Gen. BUELL was in pursuit of Gen. BRAGG; the others died in infancy. He owns 480 acres, valued at $33,000; has held the office of Assessor in Wheatland Twp. two or three terms; also those of Commissioner of Highways, School Trustee, School Director; while a citizen of Ohio, he was a Justice of the Peace in 1840, and held the office of Deputy Sheriff and that of Constable.

Rev. Solomon KNAPP, Joliet; one of the pioneer ministers of Will Co.; was born in Mayfield, Fulton Co., N. Y., then a part of Montgomery Co., March 29, 1803; he was brought up on a farm, his father being an extensive farmer, and employing a large number of men; his education was such as was afforded by the common schools up to the time he began studying for the ministry and preaching, which was when he was, 29 years of age. He was ordained a clergyman of the Baptist Church in February 1834, previous to which, he originated the Baptist movement in Gloversville, N. Y., which has since grown to be one of the most important Baptist interests in the State. At 31, he removed to Cayuga Co. and took charge of a large church in Cato. During his ministry of four years, he received 300 new members into the church, 183 of them by baptism; he afterward spent two years in Port Byron, N. Y., coming to Will Co. in 1840; he settled in Homer, and took charge of the Baptist Church in Joliet, preaching in the afternoon in Lockport, and in Homer in the evening. In 1841, he became Pastor of the church known as the Aux Plaines Church, now the Hadley Church, removing in the fall of the same year to Rockford, IL, where he became Pastor of the First Baptist Church; at the close of the first year, owing to an adverse family affliction, he was obliged to sever his connection with the Rockford Church and return to Homer; in 1843, he took charge of the church in Plainfield, remaining two years, during which time he organized the Baptist Church at Lockport, having pastor charge of both churches; he was afterward again Pastor of the Hadley Church, and took the preliminary measures for the erection of their house of worship; in 1854, he removed to Cedar Falls, Iowa, and organized the Baptist Church there, and had charge of the church in Waterloo; two years later he returned to Homer, broken down in health, and settled on a farm; he continued farming five years, and then removed to the city of Lockport, residing there two years, during which time he Preached nine months in Metamora, IL, witnessing a glorious ingathering in the church, and some $75,000 added to the financed of the church; since then he has had pastoral charge of churches in Seneca, Morris Co., and in Gilman, Iroquois. Co., besides which, he has supplied the churches in the vicinity until his voice failing, he was obliged to discontinue preaching. He was first married in 1823, to Miss Eliza E. LANFEAR, of his native town; she died in Homer in February 1853, leaving six children. He was married again in June, 1853, to Miss Martha H. COOK, a native of Hadley, Mass., and who was one of the pioneer teachers of Will Co., having come in 1840; they have one daughter - Florence C. Mr. KNAPP unites financial ability with power as a preacher, and although his benefactions have always exceeded any salary he has received, he is still the possessor of a comfortable competence.

The following Montgomery County sightings were sent in by one of our best contributors, Paul Horvat, a Van Allen family researcher. The biographical sketches below were extracted from "History of Will County, Illinois," Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878.

Malcolm N. M. STEWART, banking, Wilmington; born in Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., N. Y., July 24, 1834, and is a son of Peter and Elizabeth STEWART; in 1836, his father's family removed to Illinois, locating in the north part of the present city of Wilmington, the location having been selected by his father the year previous; this has been the home of the subject of this sketch since the above date. At the breaking-out of the war in 1861, he enlisted in the Chicago Dragoons (April 17), being the first volunteer from Will Co.; on the 15th of July 1862, he enlisted in the 100th I. V. I., receiving his commission of First Lieutenant of Co. A on the 30th of the following month; promoted to Captain in September, 1864, and on the 13th of March, 1865, received Brevet Major's commission; during his term of service, he participated in the following battles; Phillipi, Rich Mountain, Laurel Hill, Chaplin Hill, Stone River, Chickamauga, Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, New Hope Church, Kenesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek, Atlanta, Columbia, Franklin and Nashville. Owns several tracts of farm and coal lands; also city property. Married in 1871, to Miss Annie, eldest daughter of A. J. and Jane MCINTYRE; two children by the union - Jean and Margaret. Mr. STEWART is giving considerable attention to thoroughbred horses, having imported from both France and England some very fine stock.

D. C. HEMPHILL, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Elwood; the subject of this sketch was born in Adams Co., Ohio, Sept. 19, 1830. He married Miss Hannah RUSSELL March 14, 1856; she was born in Montgomery Co., N. Y., Oct. 15, 1834; they had ten children, nine living, viz., Laura, Ida May, Russell J., Arthur D., Charles E., Frederick, Burton C., Kitty and Wilbur. He lived in Ohio two years then moved to Indiana, where they remained two years, when they came to Will Co., IL, and settled at Troutman's Grove; he remained with his parents until he was 21 years of age, when he went to Reed's Grove and engaged in farming; remained one year, when he was married and settled on his present place; he owns 152 acres in this township, which he has earned principally by his own labor.

Clark BAKER, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Joliet; the subject of this sketch was born in Hoosick, Rensselaer Co., N. Y., March 3, 1796. He married Miss Lucina WELSH Dec. 20, 1826; she was born in Montgomery Co., N. Y., Aug. 28,1806; they had five, children, two living - Mary E. and John C. He lived in New York until 1850, being engaged in farming and surveying; he then came West and settled on his present place; while in New York, he served in the militia of that State in the 1812 war; he came West in poor circumstances and at present owns over 1,200 acres, mostly in this township. He has been Supervisor some ten years and Justice of the Peace for twenty-five years.

The following info about the Aldrich Family was graciously contributed by Patrice Hartman of Regent, ND for our Montgomery County Out-of-State Ancestral Sightings page!

I have found the following information on John & Nancy Aldrich who originally came from Montgomery County, NY.

In 1850 they were listed in the Kendall County, Illinois census.

1850 census of Illinois, Kendall County, Fox Township, page 306A, E.D. August 27.

121 Aldrich, John 56 M Rhode Island Farmer
Aldrich, Nancy 54 F New York
Aldrich, John 25 M New York
Aldrich, Henry 19 M New York
Aldrich, Nancy 17 F New York
Aldrich, Mary 15 F New York
Courtright, Henry 15 M Illinoisv
I found John and Nancy Aldrich in Cedar County, Iowa in the 1860 census. Dayton Twp. Pg. 279

Aldrich, John 66 Farmer Rhode Island
Nancy 64 NY
John 33 Farmer NY

The next family listed is his son.

Aldrich, Henry 29 Farmer NY
Emily J. 29 NY
John H. 6/12 IA

Cedar County Cemetery Records. Iowa.

Page: 5
Name: John Aldrich
Birth Date: 12 Jul 1794
Death Date: 02 Jun 1861
Cemetery: Dayton valley
Town: Dayton
Comment: blk. 2 lot 3

Page: 5
Name: Nancy Aldrich
Birth Date: 20 Aug 1796
Death Date: 18 Feb 1875
Cemetery: Dayton valley
Town: Dayton
Comment: blk. 2 lot 3 (Wife of John)

Obituary of Nancy Aldrich from the Tipton Advertiser, Tipton, Iowa, March 11, 1875, Pg. 3.

Nancy Aldrich was born in Montgomery County, New York, August 20, 1796. She was married to Mr. Aldrich, December 9, 1818, and soon after was converted and united with the Presbyterian Church. She removed to Illinois in 1837, and in 1855 to Iowa, when she changed her fellowship from the Presbyterian to the Methodist Church and has remained a faithful, devoted member with us until the time of her death. In her relations with the church and her family it may be truly said, "she hath done what she could" for the Master. Having been faithful in life she was triumphant in death, and passed to her reward February 19, 1875, from Clarence, Cedar County, Iowa. J.F.W.

All of the sightings below were generously donated by a contributor known to me, but anonymous, "In Memory of E.E.":

From: William G. Cutler's "History of the State of Kansas", Chicago: The Western Historical Company, A.T. Andreas, Proprietor, Copyright 1883

HENRY CARBON, farmer, Section 4, P. O. Mound City, was born in Fort Plain, Montgomery co., H. Y., July 11, 1839, where he was reared and educated, after which he engaged in agricultural pursuits. He pursued this occupation until 1857, when he emigrated to Kansas, and located in Linn county on his present place of 160 acres. In 1862, he enlisted in Company D, Fifth Regiment Kansas Cavalry. He was captured in Arkansas and imprisoned at Tyler, Tex., where he remained until the close of the war. He then returned to Linn County, where he has since been engaged in farming. He was married in Linn County, Kan., June 13, 1881, to Kate Kane, of Boston, Mass. He has four children - Charles A., Lillie H., Cora and George H. Mr. Carbon is a member of the Republican party. [Linn County, Paris Township]

J. C. ANDERSON, farmer, Section 3, P. O. Pleasanton, was born in Montgomery County, N. Y., May 29, 1827, where he was reared until 1836, when he removed with parents to Kalamazoo County, Mich., where he received his education. Soon after he learned the carpenter's trade, which he pursued for some time. He then turned his attention to farming, following that occupation until 1857, when he emigrated to Kansas and settled in Linn County on his present place of 160 acres. In 1858, he was elected County Commissioner, serving two terms. He was married in Kalamazoo County, Mich., January 30, 1847, to Charlotte S. Smith, of Ohio. She was born October 17, 1827. They have five children - Ida S., Mary E., Charles H., John C. and Robert H. [Linn County, Paris Township]

APPLETON'S JOURNAL, published New York City, 20 Dec 1873, vol.10, issue 248, p.800

December 2 - Large fire at Canajoharie, N.Y.; one man killed and several injured; loss $100,000.

From: "The Biographical Encyclopedia of Ohio of the Nineteenth Century", Galaxy Publishing Co, Cincinnati and Philadelphia, 1876, p. 623-4

PHILLIP VAN NESS MYERS, Lawyer and Author, was born, August 10th, 1846, at Tribes Hill, Montgomery county, New York. His father, Jacob Myers, was a physician, and of Dutch descent. Through his mother he was allied to the Morris family, whose genealogy, carefully preserved in some of its branches, is carried back to Elysian Glodrydd, a British chieftain, prince of Ferbys, founder of the fourth royal tribe of Wales. The ancestor of the branch of the family in America was Thomas Morris, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1637. The following year he removed from Boston to Quinnipiac, now New Haven, where he purchased the tract of land still known as Morris's Point. In 1850 the parents of Phillip Van Ness Myers removed to Saratoga Springs, where he received his first academic training. Completing his preparation for college at Ballston Spa, New York, he entered Williams College Massachusetts, in 1866, becoming a member of the class of '68. While a student at Williams he was chosen by the Lyceum of Natural History of that institution a member of a scientific expedition to South America. The party, comprising seven persons, made an adventurous and successful journey across the continent along the line of the equator. Phillip Myers, in connection with his brother, H.M. Myers, gave the public the results of this expedition in a volume entitled "Life and Nature under the Tropics." At the close of his college course he assumed the principalship of Pompey Academy, New York, giving up this position after one year to take charge of Naples Academy in the same state. The year 1871 he spent at Williamstown, Massachusetts, devoting himself to studies preparatory to a contemplated tour around the world. In 1872, accompanied by the brother already mentioned as his companion in South American travels, he visited Europe, and the following year made extended journeys through several of the countries of Asia which lie out of the usual course of travellers. The sites of Palmyra, Nineveh, Babylon, and Persepolis were visited and several months were spent by the brothers among the Himalayas of India, the hot season of the Indian year being thus turned to account in botanical and geological studies. His brother having died of fever in India, P.V.N. Myers upon his return home commenced the preparation of a history which should embrace the results of their united travels in Asia. This work, under the title "Remains of Lost Empires," was issued by Harper & Brothers in the fall of 1874. The work soon passed through two editions. While engaged in the preparation of the above-named volume for the press, Mr. Myers was prosecuting the study of law at the Yale Law School. He here divided with a fellow student the prize, open to both classes, for the best essay on the constitutional law of the United States. In 1874, he removed to Columbus, Ohio, continuing there his legal studies. The following year he was married to Ida C Miller of Pompey Hill, New York. He was admitted to the bar in 1875, and is at present engaged in the practice of law at Columbus, Ohio.

From: "The Ladies Repository", published at Cincinnati by the Methodist Episcopal Church, July 1876, vol. 3, issue 6, p. 554

Seven ladies of Amsterdam, New York, have, during the Winter, supported a nightschool in that village for the benefit of the many children employed in the manufacturies of that place. The school numbered nearly two hundred pupils.

From: "Official Proceedings of the 1860 Democratic National Convention, held at Charleston & Baltimore"

NYS DELEGATES: Lorenzo Carryl, Salisbury, Herkimer Co.
David Spraker, Canajoharie, Montgomery Co.

From: "Official Proceedings of the 1864 Democratic National Convention, held at Chicago"

NYS DELEGATES: 18th District - Livingston Spraker, Palatine Bridge
20th District - William I. Skinner, Little Falls

From: "YearBook of Illinois Society of Sons of the American Revolution", page 240 (full citation not taken down)

JOHN STARIN. Born Charleston, N. Y., August 31, 1754; died in Caughnawaga (now Fonda) N. Y., February, 1832. Private in the Third Tryon county militia, Third Mohawk battalion. Served throughout the entire war. Was in the battles of Monmout and Trenton.

Reference: Roster of State Troops (N. Y.) Stone's "The Starin Family in America".

From: "History of the State of Nebraska", Chicago: The Western Historical Company, A.T. Andreas, Proprietor, Copyright 1882

T. H. DAILEY, bookkeeper of car and building department of U. P. R. R., was born at Tribe's Hill, Montgomery Co., N. Y., August 21, 1844. At the breaking out of our late civil war, he enlisted in Company H, Second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and was connected with the Army of the Potomac, and was in most of the engagements of that army from the first Bull Run battle up to that of Gettysburg. He was wounded, and taken prisoner at Gainesville, and paroled, and again wounded, and taken prisoner at Gettysburg, and recaptured, and from that confined to the hospital until his discharge in June, 1864. After close of the war clerked in a grocery store in Albany, N. Y. In 1866 and 1867 in a grocery store in Iowa. In 1867-68 he was employed on construction and train work in the C. M. & St. Paul R. R. through Iowa and Minnesota. In November, 1868, he came to Omaha, and was at once connected with the shops of the U. P. R. R. in charge of the supply department of car and building department, to which was afterward added the iron department, continuing in same up to 1873; then as timekeeper up to March, 1879, when he was made bookkeeper of the car and building department, his present position. He was a member of Board of Education for years 1877-78, member of City Council from April, 1879, to April 1882, and at present (1881-1882) President of the Council. He was married to Miss Mary A. Burke, of Iowa. They have three children, Edmond B., James P. P. and Julia A. [Douglas County]

WEBSTER SNYDER, real estate dealer, came to Omaha in 1865. He was with the U. P. R. R. until 1869, being general superintendent thereof. He is a native of Montgomery County, N. Y., and was engaged in railroading until 1877. He had charge of the Bennington & Rutland, Canada Southern, and Long Island roads. For nine years he was with the Rock Island road, at Davenport, Iowa, as ticket agent at that point. He is now a member of the firm of Davis & Snyder, and does an extensive real estate business. [Douglas County]

DENNISON HOWE, a retired merchant, was born in Montgomery County, N. Y., January 22, 1822, and five years later went to Orleans County in that State, and was reared on a farm, which he afterward followed on his own account. At eighteen years of age, he was engaged as a clerk, which he followed for two years, and subsequently was proprietor of a mercantile establishment at Knowlesville in Orleans County. He came to Nebraska June 10, 1877, engaging in the mercantile business, which he followed for three years, when he turned over the business to his sons, John and George W. Mr. Howe is the owner of 160 acres of land adjoining the town of Fairfield, and has twice been elected on the Board of Trustees of that place. [Clay County]

JOHN ROSS, farmer, Section 22, Town 19, Range 5, P. O. Pleasant Valley, was born in Saratoga County, N.Y., March 6, 1843. When fifteen years old, he went to Chicago, where for four years he was employed as a clerk in his uncle's bookstore. He then returned to his home in New York, working on his mother's farm two years. In 1863, he shipped in the United States Navy, serving two years, being one year in the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, off the coast of North Carolina, and the last year along the Gulf Coast, chiefly at Galveston. After his discharge, he returned to New York, and purchased a farm, which he operated two years. In 1866, he married Miss Adelaide R. Helling, who was born in Montgomery County, N. Y. They have five children--Mattie, William, Addie, John A. and Edith. In the spring of 1869, he moved to Nebraska and pre-empted the quarter section on which he now resides. He afterward abandoned this claim and located his soldier's warrant on the tract. Mr. R. has been very prosperous since coming to the State. When he arrived in Dodge County, he had nothing. He now has a good farm of 120 acres, ninety acres in cultivation, well stocked and free from incumbrance. His improvements are good. He has a grove of two acres, consisting of maple, ash, box elder, etc., which he panted. He takes great interest in educational matters; has been very influential and energetic in establishing and maintaining a good school in his district. He is a leading Republican in Union Precinct, and has served the precinct as its Assessor. [Clay County]

THOMAS BAILEY, farmer, Section 2, Town 9, Range 4 east, P. O. Pleasant Dale. He came to Nebraska in the fall of 1869, and took up a homestead which forms a part of his farm on which he now lives. He owns a section of land, one-half being near Crete, his home farm containing the other half, 250 acres of which is under cultivation. Mr. Bailey keeps from seventy-five to one hundred head of cattle, and has the only stone residence in the precinct, which is 29 x 19 feet, two stories high, with an addition 12 x 16 feet. The subject of this sketch was born in Lincolnshire, England, on the 19th of July, 1846, and emigrated to the United States in 1865; stopped in Montgomery County, N. Y., but after living there a short time came West to Iowa, and located in Clinton County, where he was married, in 1869 to Miss Tilda Roberts, and the same year came to Nebraska. [Seward County]

J. F. LANSING, real estate and loan agent, came to Lincoln, March 11, 1872, and has been engaged in his present business since that date. He was born in Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., N. Y., May 12, 1843. When fifteen years old he went to New York City, and remained there for about ten years, in the employ of A. T Stewart most of the time. He then went to Albany, N. Y., and was connected with a mercantile establishment there until he came to Nebraska. He was married at Cohoes, N. Y., January 17, 1872, to Emma E. Oliver, a resident of Cohoes. They have three children, Harry, Oliver and Jessie. Mr. L. has built one frame store, and in the spring of 1880 one elegant two-story brick business block on O street, next to the Opera House, 25x90. He also built three dwellings at the corner of P and Thirteenth streets, three near the corner of K and Eleventh streets, and his private residence at the corner of K and Eighteenth streets. In 1881 he did a business of between $200,000 and $300,000. He is the agent for the Corbin Banking Company of New York. Has acquired a comfortable fortune and is a self-made man. [Lancaster County]

JAMES Y. McDOUGAL, farmer and stock raiser, Section 34, Tecumseh P. O., was born in Johnstown, Montgomery Co., N. Y., and removed to Michigan in 1838, where he followed farming till 1867, when he came here, and has been actively connected with his present industry here since. In 1878, he was married to Mrs. Luana Townsend, who was born in Covington, Ind. They have a family of two sons and two daughters--Jessie May and Ernest Clarence McDougal, and George W. and Eva E. Townsend. Mr. McDougal has been an active worker in the development of the social life of the locality. [Johnson County]

J. J. TAYLOR, merchant, Tecumseh, was born in Montgomery County, N. Y., in 1827; went to Illinois in 1848, where he followed his present business. In 1850 he was married to Miss Mary A. Berry, who was born and reared in Illinois. They have a family of two sons and three daughters, Homer J., John W., M. Lillah, Hattie L. and Grace O. Mrs. T. passed away from this life, February 20, 1881; was buried in Tecumseh Cemetery. Mr. T. is an active worker in the society of Odd Fellows; is District Deputy Grand Master of the State society, and District Deputy Grand Patriarch of the Grand Encampment. He has been a member of the society for the past thirty years. [Johnson County]

Citations taken down some time ago from DAR lineage books.

From: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume 69, page 316

Mrs. Etta Barnard Partridge. DAR ID Number: 68884 Born in Buffalo, N. Y.
Wife of George W. Partridge, Jr.
Descendant of (John) Henry Wauffle.
Daughter of John Henry Barnard (b. 1848) and Emma L. Taylor (1850-81), his wife, m.1869. Granddaughter of Robert Barnard (1822-91) and Catharine Manning (1825-94), his wife, m. 1844.
Gr-granddaughter of Joseph Barnard and Margaret Wauffle (d. 1864), his wife.
Gr-gr-granddaughter of (John) Henry Wauffle and Margaret Warmouth, his wife, m. 1782. Henry Wauffle (1758-1841) enlisted, 1778, in Capt. John Lefler's company of bateau men under Colonel Willett, New York service. He was born in Palatine, N. Y.

From: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume 78, page 347
Miss Gertrude S. Lipe. DAR ID Number: 77935 Born in New York, N. Y.
Descendant of George Saltsman, of New York. Daughter of John D. Lipe (b. 1839) and Sarah L. Shults (b. 1844), his wife, m. 1872. Granddaughter of Levi Shults (b. 1810) and Rebecca W. Johnson (1817-1902), his wife, m. 1843.
Gr-granddaughter of John Henry Shults (1787-1876) and Mary Saltsman (1790-1874), his wife, m. 1808.
Gr-gr-granddaughter of George Saltsman and Weena Lepper (1764-1851), his wife, m. 1788. George Saltsman (1763-1838) served, 1779-83, short terms against the Indians under Captains Henry Miller and John Dieffendorf, [p.347] Colonels Jacob Klock, Harper, Brown, Willett and Waggoner. In 1832 he was placed on the pension roll of Palatine, N. Y. He was born and died in Stone Arabia.

From: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume 36, page 175
Mrs. Luella G. Rhiner Miller. DAR ID Number: 35471 Born in Sterlingville, New York. Wife of Delavan Samuel Miller.
Peter Bartle, (1736-96), served as a private in the Eighth regiment Albany county militia, as did his son Peter. He was born in Kingston, N. Y.; died in Fonda.

From: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Volume not noted
Miss Florence Doris Sciimidt. DAR ID Number: 17170 Born in New York City.
Descendant of John George Garrit Dunckel, of New York.
Daughter of Henry W. Schmidt and Annie E. Dunckel, his wife.
Granddaughter of William J. Dunckel and Mary Margaret Spraker, his wife. [p.66]
Gr.-granddaughter of John Dunckel, Jr., and Elizabeth Fox, his wife.
Gr.-gr.-granddaughter of John George Garrit Dunckel and Elizabeth Countryman, his wife.
John George Garrit Dunckel. (1756-1844), was a private at the battle of Oriskany, and his name is on the monument erected on the field. He served in the defense of Schoharie Valley, 1781, and was wounded at Cedar Swamp. He was born in Germany and died in PALATINE, N. Y. From: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Volume not noted
Mrs. Ellen Snell Van Valkenburg. DAR ID Number: 25387 Born in Palatine, New York.
Wife of Andrew Van Valkenburg.
Descendant of Peter Snell, of New York.
Daughter of Conrad P. Snell (1808-88) and Gertrude Failing (1811-87), his wife.
Granddaughter of Peter P. Snell (1771-1830) and Anna Timmerman (1779-1818), his wife.
Gr.-granddaughter of Peter Snell and Anna Kiltz (1750-1842), his wife. Peter Snell, (1730-1804)), served at Oriskany and was the only survivor of six brothers in the battle. He was born in Stone Arabia; died in Mannheim, N. Y. From: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Volume not noted
Mrs. Grace Root Bausch. DAR ID Number: 27780 Born in Palatine, New York.
Wife of George Bausch.
Descendant of Maj. Christopher W. Fox, of New York. Daughter of George T. Root and Margaret Fox, his wife.
Granddaughter of Archibald Fox and Elizabeth Gros, his wife.
Gr.-granddaughter of Christopher C. Fox (b. 1774) and Margaret Gramps, his wife.
Gr.-gr.-granddaughter of Christopher W. Fox and Margaret Warmwood, his wife.
Christopher W. Fox, (1744-1820), with his brother, Philip, served in the Tryon county militia at the battle of Oriskany. He was wounded; promoted major and served to the close of the war. He was born in Palatine, where he died.

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