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sandy duley Wed 29 Jan 1997
SALISBURY: I am looking for information on the SALISBURY family. I know that they settled in New york at one time or another. They may even have come into this country through New York, (not sure of this), but I know that they spent some time in New York. Is there, or was there, such a place as Norway and/or Russia, New York? I have some family information that tells me that they spent some time in these two cities. They were there in the early 1700's and 1800's. Can anyone help me? I am sure that they were all related, for when one of the family members died he had over one hundred ggggrandchildren, or so the article I have said. Some of the names that I am looking for are: Ackland, Nathaniel, Matilda, William and Richard. Of course, I could go on forever for they must have had to have used every name available to name all the descendants that there are to this family name. These people were statesman, farmers, cheese buyers, and educators. Has anyone ever heard or know about a district of yore known as "Dairy Hill"? My family owned a farm in that district. Some of the family fought in the War of 1812 from New York. Some fought with Great Britan. I think that they came here from England or Wales. Please see if you might be able to help me. I also know that they lived in a town called Fairfield. I do not know what counties any of these places are in. Pat Salisbury. Note: Pat finally found the right page to post on. Can anyone help her out?

Hayes A. Salsman Sun Jan 5 1997
Looking for anyone doing research on the surname SALSMAN or SALTSMAN from Montgomery Co. Also looking for info. on Almira McINTYRE who married Elias Saltsman in Gilboa, NY.

Lynnette Rose Mon Jun 30 1997
I am trying to compile descendents of the John, John Christian, and Anna SCHELL and related families...HESS, PETRIE, RASBACH, KESSLAR (CASLER) from the German Flats area.

delombard Fri Oct 25 1996
In the late-1700's, Johann Christian SCHELL and family lived four miles north of Herkimer in a settlement called (at the time) Schell's Bush. I have visited Herkimer and the (present day) Schell's Bush Road but did not have time to research the location of where the Schell's farm house was situated. As you might guess, I am a descendant of the Schell family.

Diana M. Hebner Sat Oct 12 1996
I am researching all descendants of Johann Christian SCHELL (b. @1725 Germany d.1782 Schells Bush, Herkimer Co., NY) and his wife Maria Elisabeth PETRIE (b. @1735 Mohawk Valley NY, d. 1755 Schells Bush, Herkimer Co., NY). I am willing to share any information that I have regarding this family and would love to hear from anyone with connections or interest to this family as well. Please contact: Diana M. Hebner (email is xvfp44b@prodigy.com) or snail-mail at PO Box 158, Marysville, MI 48040- 0158. Thanks!

H. Sherman Fri 4 Jul 1997

SCHEURMAN/SHERMAN: George Sherman b. 1780; m. 1803 Mary HOUSE, d. 1846 in Little Falls, NY. Lived for a time in St Lawrence Co. NY, then at Little Falls, NY, then moved to Saline, MI. Returned to Little Falls to dispose of property when he died. Said to be related to General Herkimer. A 1781 baptismal record in Herkimer for a George Sherman gives parents names as Johannes SCHEURMAN and Elizabeth. Who were parents, where did they come from, where did they settle?

George G Metzger Sat Feb 22 1997
I am looking for information on a Susan SCOTT. She died in a train wreck in Cook County, IL on 25 Apr 1853. She had been on an extended visit to her daughter Jane Scott VASEY in Elgin, IL. She had been a resident of Little Falls, Herkimer Co., NY and very active in the Methodist church for 19 years according to a Chicago, IL obituary of 27 Apr 1853. I'm looking for an obituary in a local NY newspaper. I'm hoping to find out her maiden name.

Susan Scott 52, is listed in the 1850 Census of Little Falls, Herkimer, NY as being born in VT, along with the rest of her family: Robert Scott 53, Susan Scott 52, Jane Scott 28, John Scott 22, Robert Scott Jr. 16, Susan Scott 14, Ann Scott 15, and Martha Scott 77. Another daughter Nancy Scott 27, married James OWEN and is listed in the 1850 census of Whitestown, Oneida, NY.

I am also looking for marriages of Jane Scott to George VASEY and Nancy Scott to James Owen c.1841. Any help in adding to the info on this family will be greatly appreciated. George G. Metzger

Marilyn Galvan Sat 19 Jul 1997
Sylvanus SEAMAN was born about 1806 in Fairfield, Herkimer County, NY. Any information would be appreciated. Marilyn Trover Galvan at galvan@ctllc.com (Note: Sylvanus' obituary is in our new Obituaries Bulletin Board.

Joanne Pezzullo Fri 14 Feb 1997
Reubin SEAMANS born 1754 at Swansea, Mass., died 1836, married Jemima THRASHER abt 1790. Reubin II born 1791 in Herkimer County, married in Herkimer County in 1808 to Elinda Seamans, daughter of Jeremiah and Sally {HAMMOND] Seamans.

Family moved from Swansea, to Cheshire, Mass. 1790 Census they are listed as SIMMONS. Truman Seamans, son of Reubin and Jemima, born in Herkimer Co., died 1852, same. Reubin II and Elinda are found in Onondaga Co., NY., in 1860 and to Burr Oaks, MI in 1870. Reubin Sr. is descendent of Thomas and Susannah (SALISBURY) Seamans, married 1687 at Swansea, MA. Would like to exchange information with anyone working on these families.

James D. Rubins Sun 02 Feb 1997
My largest project at the moment has been typing in the descendants of Capt. John SEAMAN from Hempstead, Long Island, NY (abt.1605-1695). I have about 3,000 of 5,000 on line at:http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/r/u/b/James-David-Rubins-CA/GENE0001-0001.html

There are a couple of the lines that made it up to Fulton, Montgomery, and Herkimer counties:

Stephen SEAMAN [b.27 June 1827 d. 7 Feb. 1863 at Johnstown, NY]

Mary Jane SEAMAN mar. Benjamin DOCKSTADER of Montgomery Co., son of Benjamin and Alice Dockstader

James SEAMAN, Sr. mar. second Catherine VAN ALSTYNE, dau. of Barent and Sarah (WEMPLE) Van Alstyne of Ephratah, NY. They had four children:

Andrew SEAMAN [b.abt.1760] mar. Virtue Van Alstyne, dau. of Barent and Sarah (Wemple) Van Alstyne

I am in the middle of the sixth generation and have ten generations to type in so it will be a while yet! I am working from a book published in 1928 by Mary Thomas SEAMAN. When I have finished typing in the book I will then have to go back and begin to cite the sources and document her assertions (which she unfortunately did NOT do). But it's great to have a road map to the possible relationships between all the SEAMANs that migrated up the Hudson and then out of the Mohawk Valley. Keep up your GREAT work! When I bump into more Herkimer/Montgomery County SEAMANs I will let you know!

Bob Silmser Fri Jun 20 1997
SELEMSER/ SILMSER/ SIMSER/ SIMZER: Researching a Nicholas Selemser who married a Margaret EMMER at the Dutch Reformed Church of Caughnawagna in 1777, than fled to Canada as a United Empire Loyalist. Trying to verify where the name SELEMSER came from. Holland or Germany. Any help would be appreciated.

Dan Luce Wed Jun 11 1997
Looking for information on SERVISS and OVERBAUGH families of Montgomery/Tryon County, New York. Specifically George Serviss 1753-1812 and his son William G. Serviss born about 1785. George Serviss was married to Mary Overbaugh. I am interested in learning more about their ancestors. Is anyone out there interested in these family surnames who can provide help?

Jean Bartlett Fri May 9 1997
Florida, Montgomery Co: SERVISS family members of Dutch Reformed Church. Matilda married Lorenzo POOLER, moved to Maine, and then back to NY before moving to MI. Looking for information on Matilda's family.

Ed Grooms Sun May 11 1997
Seeking info on decendants of William W. SERVICE, also spelled SERVISS and SERVOS. Also his son, Samuel W. Service. Known to be living in Gray, Town of Ohio, Herkimer Co. during the early to mid 1800s.

Annette Salsbery Mon Apr 7 1997
I am searching for information on the marriage of Christopher SERVOSS and Marie VANDERVEER sometime after 1860. Would also like any information on their deaths. We believe Christopher died around 1865.

Dave Shaul Mon Jun 23 1997
I am seeking any information on Herbert F. SHAUL, born May 1864 in Herkimer County, NY.

Stanley A. Shaut Mon Jun 9 1997
Our SHAUT precursor in USA was Theodarus, who with his brother Ulrick, was naturalized in USA around 1750. I do not know his parentage, or his country or city of origin. He lived in the Town of Minden. Theodarus' will was probated in 1801, or 1803, and is on file in Montgomery County Courthouse. Would appreciate ANY knowledge you may have. I believe ALL Shauts in USA are his descendents.

Jean Blacker Mon May 26 1997
Aaron SHAW: born about 1808 in Montgomery County, NY. Wife: Dalania MARTIN, Son: Horace Shaw.

Paul B. Phelps Wed Jun 18 1997
HOLLENBECK, SHAW: Seeking information on the family and origins of Mary HOLLENBECK (b. 20 Aug 1756; d. 27 Jul 1817) married 13 Nov 1782 in Johnstown, Montgomery (later Fulton) Co. NY to Comfort SHAW (1759-1799), son of Daniel and Mary (GARDINER) Shaw of Rensselaer Co. NY.

Mary was the daughter of John Hollenbeck, who would have been b. ca.1726 and is said to be "of Amsterdam, Holland;". More likely he was of Amsterdam =township=, Montgomery Co. Comfort Shaw was enumerated in the 1790 Census of Caughnawaga Town (later Fonda), Montgomery Co., fourteen houses away from a John Hollenbeck who appears to be the individual (b. 14 Feb 1751) who m. 30 Dec 1777 in Caughnawaga (Fonda) to Anna Margaret ERGERSINGER or ARACKSINGER.

The widow Shaw disappeared in the 1800 Census, but in 1810 two of her sons (Daniel and John) were enumerated in Montgomery Co. I will be grateful for any information or leads on these early Fonda families. Thank you.

J.C.Williams Sat Sep 21 1996
I have a large file on Family Tree Maker of the SHELP ( Shallop, Shellup, Shellip, Shilp, Shalop, Shulf) family, beginning with Christian Shelp and Maria Elizabeth BIERMAN from Holland to Glen, Montgomery County in the mid-18th century. Any one know where in Holland they came from, the exact year of their immigration, or where they are buried? (I have a note that says "Cemetery between Mill Point and Shelp's Four Corners on road to Glen" ) Would be glad to share whatever with whomever.

Wanda F. Ridge Tue Nov 19 1996 (Just received 12/17/96)
Emmalyne SIEBER was in Herkimer Co., NY in 1905. She was the only surviving child of Christian Sieber who died in Boston MA in the 1880's. I have been unable to find her in the Soundex for 1900 and 1910. Would appreciate any information on how to find out anything about her.

Roy J Nagy Tue 28 Jan 1997
I am researching John SIGNOR who was born in Herkimer County in April 1809. He moved to Houndsfield NY (near Sacketts Harbor, near Watertown) in 1833. He was married to Louisa A. SMITH who was born 14 Jan 1813. I am interested in learning about the parents of John and Louisa.

Mary Carr Sun Jan 5 1997
Seeking info on John SIMMONS born abt. 1795, of Montgomery Co NY. Married Margaret STAHL, dau. of Antonius Stahl of Fonda. John Simmons and Margaret lived in Ontario Co. NY and Lockport, Niagara Co. NY for a time, the latter where their daughter Margaret Adalaide Simmons was born abt. 1840. The Simmons family moved on to Rockford, Kent Co. Michigan where they ? died. It is believed that John Simmons had a brother George and a son Emory of Yates Co. NY.

Paul Kelly Wed Feb 19 1997
Looking for any information on any SIXBERRY/SIXBURY families who were from the Mohawk Valley area. My 4th gr-grandfather Robert Sixberry b. March 6, 1763 - Where? Marrried Betsey HOOVER (sister to Captain John Hoover), Little Falls Herkimer Co. @1799? Died: LeRay, Jefferson Co., Oct. 23, 1873. According to Appendix A - Tryon County Militia from the two-volume set of books "Compendium of Early Mohawk Valley Families" by Maryly B. Penrose, C.G., A.S.I. See http://www.rootsweb.com/~nytryon/history2.html - there were four Sixberry's who joined the Third regiment of the Tryon County militia. Is my Robert Sixberry related to these Mohawk Valley Sixberry's?

Paul F. Kelly Sat Jan 18 1997
I am looking for any information about my fourth great grandfather: Robert SIXBURY/SIXBERRY/ SIXBY. The surname apparently originated from two surnames, (Sixby + Bury). He was a hunter, trapper and early pioneer of New York State. Newspaper articles (from 1940's) in Jefferson County, N.Y. state he was born in 1763, at sea. Both parents (Dutch) died shortly after arrival. How soon after? What were their names? What REALLY was the original surname?

He was apparently adopted by a wealthy family by the name of Bury. The Bury family lived at or near Catskill, New York. Robert Sixbury was apparently christened at the age of 2 in 1765 in a Catholic church by the Bury's. The only first name of the Bury family I am aware of is that of Robert Bury, one of the sons.

In what church was Sixbury/Sixberry christened? Married Betsey HOOVER in Little Falls, Herkimer Co., N.Y. 1800? 1801? Robert Sixbury died in Le Ray, Jefferson County, Oct. 23, 1873. Any supporting names, dates, or references would be helpful.

Mary Maynard Sun Oct 20 1996
Looking for information on ancestry and descendants of Beneagah SLACK who wrote will May 1818, proved Sept 1818 Amsterdam/Tribes Hill, Montgomery, NY (I have a copy). The will itself says that Beneagah lived in the town of Amsterdam. It lists a wife Elizabeth; daughter Elizabeth, and her children Mary, Ann and Beneagah FAULS; oldest son William; grandsons Nathan and Roswell, sons of his son Roswell, (I descend from grandson Nathan); sons Beneagah and Benjamin; and the heirs of his sons Joseph and Nathan. Peter Van NIST and William ROB were executors. The heirs all sold land in Lots 77 and 78 of the Sacandaga Patent. My ancestor, the above Nathan, settled in Hamilton Co. by 1830. Willing to share all information I have, as I have been "collecting" Slacks for years. Mary Slack Maynard

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