From Amsterdam NY Newspapers

Contributed by Nancy Robinson



LEA- April 13, a son to Martin Lea and wife

MELMINE- April 13, a daughter to Charles Melmine and wife

O'BRIEST- April 14, a daughter to Peter O'Briest and wife

LANSING- April 14, a daughter to Giles Lansing and wife

ROTBELL- April 14, a daughter to John Rotbell and wife

WINNE- April 17, a daughter to George Winne and wife

CONNER- April 17, a son to Daniel Conner and wife

DEVENBECK- April 18, TWINS-son and daughter to J.A. Devenbeck and wife

PLANTZ- April 19, a son to Adam Plantz and wife


PETTENGIL- In the town of Florida, N.Y., April 7, 1875, Mrs. Margaret Pettengill, wife of James Pettengil, aged 77 years.

MARSH- In Nevada, Illinois, April 11, 1875, Edmund Marsh, of Amsterdam, aged 70 years.

FRENCH- Peacefully fell asleep in Jesus, on the morning of April 12, 1875, at Amsterdam, N.Y., Mrs. Margaret French, wife of Joseph French, Esq., in the 81st year of her life.

MATHIAS- At Cranesville, N.Y., April 15, 1875, Mrs. Catherine Mathias, wife of Elias Mathias, in the 47th year of her age.

CHALMERS- At Amsterdam, N.Y., on Saturday morning, April 17, 1875, Agnes Gilchrist, wife of John C. Chalmers. (no age given)



BOHAN- May 25th, a son to Michael Bohan and wife.

WENDELL- May 21st, a daughter to Counselor F.F. Wendell and wife, of Fort Plain.

McNALLY- May 28th, a daughter to Thomas McNally and wife.

BLAUVELT- At Hagaman Mills, May 29th , a daughter to E.G. Blauvelt and wife.


JONES-SMITH-At Amsterdam, May 28th by Rev. H.L. Grant, William Jones, Jr. and Emma W. Smith, both of Amsterdam.

CARL-BROWER- At Port Jackson, May 24th, by Rev. J. Minor, John L. Carl and Isabela Brower, both of Florida, N.Y.

BROWN-CRAWFORD- At Galway, May 24th, 1876, by Rev. W. N. Randles, J.F. Brown, of Amsterdam, and Miss Carrie Crawford, Galway.

COUNTERMINE-XAVIER- On Wednesday the 17th inst., at the residence of the bride's parents, Schenectady, by Rev. J.H. Wright, of Davenport, N.Y., Rev. I.D. Countermine, of Esperance, to Miss Josie Xavier, of Schenectady.

HARRIS-HOWARD- In Fultonville, May 24th, by Rev. A.G. Dievendorf, Peter E. Harris to Ruby A. Howard, both of Fort Hunter.


PIERSON- At Amsterdam, May 23, 1876, Heil Pierson, age 74 years.

SAMMONS- At Amsterdam, May 23, 1876. F.T.B. Sammons, aged 52 years.

LEPPER- At Amsterdam, May 16, Florence Amelia, wife of Marcus Lepper, aged 23.

HILTON- In the town of Glen, on the morning of May 28th, 1876, William H. Hilton, age 31 years.

FISHER- At Amsterdam, on Friday, May 26, 1876, of scarlet fever, George Schuyler, son of J. Spencer and Caitie Fisher, aged 3 years, 10 months. The remains were buried on the Sand Flats from the Reformed church, Fonda, Sunday afternoon.

"One little bud adorned our bower

And shed sweet fragrance round;

Till, ah! The spoiler came in power

And crushed it to the ground."



WRIGHT- May 25th, a daughter to George Wright and wife.

KRUGAR- June 2, a son to Charles Krugar and wife.

McCULLOUGH- June 1st, a daughter to Robert McCullough and wife.

FAGAL- June 3rd, a son to Christopher Fagal and wife.


WILLIAMS-TRUMBULL, At Fort Plain, on Tuesday evening, May 30th, at the residence of the bride's mother, Mrs. H.E. Williams, by Rev. A.B. Riggs, Mr. Jas. H. Williams, of Brooklyn to Miss Hattie Trumbull, of Fort Plain. (sic)

O'DONNELL-GOODWIN, At Tribes Hill Methodist Parsonage, May 30th, by Rev. E. Button? Hoff, Mr. Michael O'Donnell to Miss Elinore Goodwin, all of Amsterdam.

PECK-EGAN, At St. Johnsville, May 31, 1876, by Rev. E.W. Fuller, Ellery E. Peck, pastor of the Universalist church of Cooperstown to Miss M. Estella, daughter of postmaster James H. Egan, of St. Johnsville.


LARY-At Amsterdam, June 5, 1876, Mrs. Joanna Lary, wife of John Lary, aged 53 years. Funeral from the Catholic church, Wednesday morning May 7th at 9 o'clock. (sic)

Contributor note:

Other than an indirect connection to Catherine and Elias Mathias (a hotel proprietor and undersheriff of Amsterdam in the 1880s-1890s), I have no family ties to, or any other information regarding, these people.

The above records are as written in the newspaper notices. As with census records, spelling of the names & other information may or may not be exact. However, if you have been looking for any of these people, this proves they did exist and lived in or around Amsterdam during this time frame. With names & dates, you may request a newspaper search from the Dept of History and Archives at Fonda. There is a fee and a considerable wait, but you may be able to obtain an obituary or marriage notice that will give you invaluable information. Also, do check out the Amsterdam Daily Headlines at This website has proved to be a godsend in my research and a fast way to cross-reference.

Nancy Robinson

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