Herkimer/Montgomery County Queries for March 29 - 31 1997

Charles Hoff Mon Mar 31 1997
I am descended from a John HOFF and his wife Eva CORNU who were married in Glen. John is, I believe, a descendant of Richard Hoff, Sr. of Glen, Montgomery County, NY. Whereas I can document descent from other families in this region (e.g., Van EP(P)S, Van ANTWERP, CORNU, du TRIEUX, and many other of the old Dutch and Walloon settler families), I have had no luck with the Hoff connection beyond John. It is possible that he is a son or grandson of Richard, Sr. If anyone has information about John's parents or could put me in contact with other genealogical researchers focusing on the Hoff family, I would be most grateful. Best regards.

Elizabeth Judd Mon Mar 31 1997
Seeking information of any source regarding Alonzo PASSAGE b. 1900 at Leonardsville, Herkimer Co. NY, d. Apr 8, 1953, Watertown NY. Believe he is buried in Utica, NY. George Henry Passage lived in Cedarville per 1920 census with wife Bell. Two children at home at the time of census - Maud aged 16, Leon aged 11. George is also father of Alonzo Passage.

Charles Allen Mon Mar 31 1997
Steuben County, NY: Seeking to contact anyone researching William ALLEN 2nd of Howard and Avoca. He was born 1790 Amsterdam, Montgomery Co. NY and m Phebe ROBORDS 17 June 1810 in Mont. Co. (Need marriage record) He died in Avoca and bur. Allen Cemetery, Howard, just across the road from his farm. Need parents of Phebe. Allen children were:

  1. Benjamin: b 1810, d. 1810.
  2. Rebecca: b. 1812, m. Edmund BRASTED 1829, d.1884, Canisteo, Steuben Co.
  3. Benjamin 1813, m. Anna ROGERS 5 Sep 1833.
  4. Charles ROBORDS: b.1815, d. 1847.
  5. Martha: b. 1 Apr 1817, m.16 Mar 1836, Geo. BARTHOLOMEW of Wash. Co., NY, d. 11 Apr 1856, bur. Allen Cem.
  6. Stephen: b. 1819, m. Caroline MEEKS 10 Sep 1839, d.1897, Winneconne, Winnabago Co., WI.
  7. Mercy: b.1821 m. Frederick E. ROGERS, went west.
  8. Justin Wait: b.1822, m. Sarah Jane MEEKS 1842, d. 1893 Canisteo, NY, bur. Hillside Cem.
  9. Edgar STILES: b. 1825, d. 1827. Sarah Eliz. b. 1827, d. 1833
  10. Mary RUMSEY: b. 1829, d. 1833
  11. Mary Jane: b. 1832, m. Christopher MEEKS, d. 1853

Are you a descendant of this family? Need help for family book.

Louise Hastings Sun Mar 30 1997
I am seeking info on John HOWE (1718-1778) born in Greenwich, CT, and moved to Orange Co., NY. Married Martha _______. Would like to know his wife's name. They also lived in Florida, Montgomery Co., NY. Their son Jesse lived in Dutchess Co. and Broome Co., NY.

jurista Mon 31 Mar 1997
Hi. I had relatives who lived in Montgomery County for a period between about 1840 and 1925. The surname I'm searching for is LOUNSBERY, although it shows up on the 1855 Town of Root census as LONUSBURY and the 1860 Town of Root census as LONNSBURY. The 1905 Town of Root census shows the name with the LOUNSBERY spelling. I'm also looking for the surnames VAN VALKENBURGH, MARTIN, BEVINS and EDWARDS.

The specific individuals for whom I am searching are:

I have some additional information about the family on-line, including a GED2HTML-generated hypertext family tree. If you are interested, have a look at http://www.dreamscape.com/jurista/Lounsbery/. Thanks very, very much for your help. James J. Jurista

Richard L. Ashmun Mon 31 Mar 1997
Looking for proof of birth on the following person:
Phillip HODGES, b. 12 Dec 1775, Montgomery Co. Parents:
Isaac Hodges - Father
Mary ? - Mother ( BABBITT or WHEATON )

Sioux L. Stoeckle Mon 31 Mar 1997
Hi. Is anyone working on MAXIM, VAN DEUSEN, or POTTER in either Montgomery or Warren County? I have a gg-grandmother Lydia Jane (1840-1863) who was either a POTTER or a VAN DUESEN. She married Henry MAXIM who was born in Warren County about 1835. Lydia may have been a Van Deusen who married a George POTTER, and then later married Henry Maxim. I am trying to figure out who Lydia's parents were. Lydia and Henry had a daughter, Henrietta Maxim ( b. 9 May 1860 in Glens Falls ). Thanks!

Hal Mosher Sun Mar 30 1997
I seek information, such as a marriage or land record of my gg-grandparents, Francis and Permelia (SPAULDING) ROOT. They, accompanied by their two children, James Root and my g-grandmother Harriet Root, and a family friend, Powell SHELL, moved from Herkimer Co. to the Brooklyn, WI (Green Co.) frontier in 1847. Both Shell and the Root family received a patent deed from the federal government for forty acres. They dug a well and erected their cabins near the section line separating their two pieces of land. Francis died one year later. Permelia subsequently married John McCLARRINON and had seven more children with him. She died in 1871.

I believe that my g-grandmother Harriet Root was born in Herkimer Co., sometime before 10 October in the year 1842 (based on 1850 federal census information) and that her brother, James Root, was born in Herkimer Co. on 27 April 1841 (date found in a book entitled "History of Green County", published in 1884). Gg-grandmother Permelia's maiden surname was SPAULDING. I wonder if that family also lived in Herkimer County. While I have plenty of information on the Roots from 1847 on, I have no information on their time in Herkimer Co. (except that stated in this query). Any information you provide will be extremely appreciated. Thank you in advance. Hal Mosher

A NOTE FROM THE COORDINATOR:  The journal "New York Genealogical and Biographical Record" has tombstone inscriptions for many, many Montgomery Counties cemeteries in the few volumes preceding and following Volume 58 (for the year 1927) that Linda is discussing below. This journal is NOT available through interlibrary loan as it is rare and usually in fragile condition. The journals may be used on-site at the New York City Public Library, the State Library in Albany and may be available at selected larger genealogical libraries throughout the U.S.

Most of the Montgomery burials were transcribed as found, and are not in alphabetical order. Although this makes for time-consuming searching, inscriptions in this format can often show relationships between families. As you can tell from Linda's query, these journals will often have records of very small cemeteries whose stones may no longer be in existence or are currently in unreadable condition. The journals are large and have small print, and not amenable for look-ups. Most counties did not have their cemeteries published in the journal. Since issues of NYGBR date back to the 1870s, it is best to go through them personally for information for your counties of interest. However, each volume is indexed. Thanks, Linda, for reminding me of this valuable resource for NY State research. If you know of any libraries that have this journal, please email us the location so we can post it.

Linda Blood Sun 30 Mar 1997
Am looking for parents of Horace BLOOD. Their tombstone inscriptions from Montgomery County, NY:

I believe this Horace to be the son of Abner Blood from MA. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

The tombstone inscriptions from Montgomery Co., NY are listed in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. There are many books to this set. The info on Horace Blood was from Vol. 58 1927. This particular grave is located at the Charleston Baptist Church Cemetery at Riders Corners. There are many other cemeteries located in this section. There is also a map of the Florida Township, Montgomery County, N.Y. These were collected, transcribed, and contributed by Edith (Van Heusen) Becker in colloboration with Melvin W. Lethbridge. (Corresponding Members of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society).

Found a few other Blood's. In Charleston Four Corners, Christian Church Cemetery:

Griffith Graveyard on the Beldoen Schoolhouse Road, South of Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., NY:

Blood, Sarah, wife of Sam'l R. GRIFFITH d. 1-13-1862, ae 79 yr 18 days

Graveyard on Hubbs Farm:

On Hubbs Farm, the grandparents (and their ancestors) of Charles HUBBS of Amsterdam are buried, but no stones.

Blood Farm:

Blood Farm, Lower Cleveland Ave, Amsterdam, NY:
Blood, John son of John and Mary d. 6-1-1843 ae 17yr 11 mo.

Abstract of Wills, Montgomery Co. NY - 1925
Vol 56 pg. 385 of the above mentioned book: Jeremiah Blood of the town of Florida, will dated 8-17-1811, probated 2-2-1813, codicil dated 1-18-1813, mentions-wife Sarah; sons John and Robert; grandsons Jeremiah (of Robert) and William Allin Blood; daughters: Mary (wife of Andrey REYNOX ), Sarah (wife of Samuel GRIFFINS ) and Mary (wife of James CROWLEY ). Executors: wife and son Robert. Witnesses: James CAMPBELL, Joseph LEACH, Abijah LABDELL to will, John D' LAMATTER, James G. STALEY, Jacob Staley, Lawrence Van WARMER to codicil.

Tompkins County Gravestone Inscriptions
"New York Genealogical and Biographical Record"
Vol 53 1922:

Town of Ithaca, NY 50. Ithaca City Cemetery:

William Mac Kay (no email address yet); Sat Mar 29 1997
Seek info about Elizabeth Rosa, wife of Maus Van VRANKEN ROSA (1780-c.1870). Much younger than M.V.V., she was divorced by him in Watertown when only child William V.V. (b. 1819) was less than ten. Lack maiden name; perhaps JONES. A younger sister, Laura. After the divorce, remarried, moved west, raised large family. William Mac Kay, 223 East 11th Street, N.Y., N.Y. 10003

Dennis Butterfield Sat 29 Mar 1997
I am primarily interested in the relationship between Augustus and Levi Butterfield but would welcome any and all information on any Butterfield's that anyone would have, including information on spouses.

Augustus David BUTTERFIELD was born April 1, 1802 in Jefferson County, N.Y., married Sally Ann ROOD November 5, 1839 in Ottawa, Ill., La Salle County and died September 15, 1887 in Rutland, Ill., La Salle County. Augustus is believed to be the son of Levi Butterfield. Levi was born June 1, 1763 in Brattleboro, Vt. and died July 8, 1837 in Sansfords Corner, N. Y. Levi's sons and daughters were:

Levi Butterfield was also the son of Benjamin Butterfield who was born May 14, 1726 in Westford, Ma. and died December 7, 1804 in Brattleboro, Vt. Benjamin's sons and daughters were:

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