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Maggie Champion

After researching in several towns in New York, cousin and I visited several “live” cousins.  Some of these cousins I had not seen for many years, and several I had never met.  I feel very blessed to have seen and met all of them.  I have renewed friendships and made new friends!

Upon returning home from the New York trip, I began the sorting and classifying of records that were found on the trip.  The preliminary part of this job is done.  Everything is now located on my computer, and is in several other locations as well.  Now I will begin updating my database on this family.

I am also now beginning the “understanding” phase – what did cousin and I learn?  What new questions do I have?  As you can probably understand, this is another fun part of the “trip” experience!

As I continue to understand more of what we learned, I will develop even more questions.  And, as I do develop these questions, I will continue to be in conversation with the various people who cousin and I met on our trip.  There are so many that helped us – those at libraries, historical societies, courthouses, hotels – so many to thank for everything that was done for us.  Each of the people told us to continue to contact them with our “new” questions, and I will do so!

I am hopeful that each of you will be able to have an experience like cousin and I had.  We had a fun time learning more about our ancestors and sharing this information with you!



Forefront:  Daniel G. and Phenie Burroughs – “adoptive” parents of Mary Ann Charlotte Cordelia Cole Burroughs Jones.  Next row back:  Polly (wife of Esquire/Squire Jones), Mercy (wife of Christopher Jones), Christopher Jones.

My last post about the New York trip was on 21 April.  We had visited the Wyoming County Historian’s office.

The next day, we did visit the Genesee Co. History Dept. in Batavia, NY, on-the-way to visit some “live” cousins!  We wanted to visit here because of the county-formations in New York – Wyoming County had been formed from Genesee County.


front of buildingsign


As per our experience thus far, the staff at the history department was most helpful!  While there, we examined many “family” files, and also other documents.

We inquired as to where we would find land records.  We were told to visit the clerk’s office at the courthouse.  So, there we went!

And, we discovered something new!  We found the deed between Squire Jones “of the town of Gainesville, County of Genesee” and Polly, his wife, and Daniel G. Burroughs “of the town of Castile, County of Genesee”.  So, now we knew where Squire and Polly Jones had resided, and we knew that the Jones’ and Burroughs’ families had known each other in 1828 – the year of the deed.  If you recall, Daniel G. Burroughs had “adopted” Mary Ann Charlotte Cordelia Cole sometime after 1826.  And, Sylvester Jones, grandson of Squire and Polly, had married Mary Ann Charlotte Cordelia Cole in Castile in 1845.  Could it be that it was that early that Sylvester and Mary Ann had known each other?

We also found Christopher Jones in deeds.

After lunch, we went back to the history department to inquire about adoption records.  And, we discovered that those official records are housed there at the department.  So, we examined these very old records.  We did not find an official adoption record for Mary Ann Charlotte Cordelia Cole (adoption by Daniel G. Burroughs).

Since it was time to travel to see some “live” relatives, we left the history department.

Thank you for following our New York trip!


Today we visited the Wyoming County Historian’s Office.  The workers there were so very helpful!

A few things discovered there:

Esquire Jones is the father, and Polly is the mother, of Christopher Jones – they are our 5th-great-grandparents – Polly is buried in Grace Cemetery in Castile

Mercy Derby is the wife of Christopher Jones – Mercy is our 4th-great-grandmother

Sylvester Derby is the mother of Mercy – Sylvester is our 5th-great-grandfather – buried Hope Cemetery in Castile

Christopher Jones (same as above) was the moderator of School District No. 1 for the towns of Gainesville and Castile 1846-1847 – after 1847 he continued to play an active role in the school district


We then went to the Wyoming County courthouse to discover probate records.  We looked at several – one of them was that of Daniel G. Burroughs – adoptive father of Mary Ann Charlotte Cordelia Cole (she married Sylvester Jones – son of Christopher Jones).  In the probate record (1871) we discovered many relatives of Daniel’s that we did not know of – James Smith, Daniel Smith, Finetter Cochran, Betsey Sykes, and Angeline Luther, to name a few.  More research will need to be done to “know” who these people are!


Plans for tomorrow are to visit the Genesee Co. History Dept. in Batavia, NY.  This will be on-the-way to visit some “live” cousins!  The remainder of our trip will be visiting other cousins.  So, I may not be posting more on our trip until after we return home.

Thank you for following our journey and enjoying some of the highlights of our trip!


Change of plans on today’s trip.  Instead of Warsaw, we went to the Cattaraugus County Surrogate’s Court in Little Valley.

I had found via FamilySearch that there was a probate box that had information in it about the guardianship of the Daniel Cole children – Daniel and his wife died in 1826, leaving five young children.  We found that there is indeed a Box 77, and inside of the box was the guardianship papers of each of the Cole children – William, Nancy, Asahel, Daniel Harrison, and Mary Ann Charlotte Cordelia (my direct ancestor).    There were several items in the box.  One item stated the date of Daniel’s death, and the names and ages of each of his children on 1 March 1826.  Then, there was a document (for each child) concerning the amount of property ($200) that each child would receive from Daniel’s estate – there was no will.  The final document, shown below, stated that Joseph Cole was named the guardian of all of the children.


Then we headed to the county clerk’s office to look at deeds.  The deed we found was that of George W. Babcock – one deed each concerning the buying and selling of his property in Olean, NY.

After this, we headed towards Warsaw to begin the research there.  However, along the way, we found the Cattaraugus Co. Historical Museum and Research Center in Machias, NY.  It was there we discovered the possible grave site of Daniel Cole, who died in 1826.  Elton, NY, was where the Cole brothers originally established Cole’s Settlement (in 1818), and that is where the cemetery is located.  (All of the remaining stones are of the same time period as Daniel’s death – some stones have been replaced with newer stones.)


The burial site (no stone) would have been in the front row, directly in front of the flagpole.

The remainder of the day was spent in Warsaw at the Historical Society.  We will return there tomorrow!

Before I close, I want to say that everyone we encountered today was very generous with his/her time in assisting us.  Because of this, we were able to do an exhausted search of records at each location.


Today was another day of exciting discoveries!

We drove to the Village of Castile (from Wellsville) this morning.  It was a nice, pretty, drive beside the Genesee River.

First stop in Castile was Grace Cemetery – burial-place of the Burroughs and Jones families.  We walked the rather large cemetery and, having found the gravestones of our family, stopped and took many photos.  The Jones family graves are directly behind the Burroughs family graves.
















Having finished there, we drove a few blocks to the Castile Historical Museum.  As you know, I had already been communicating with Linda Little, the Curator/Historian.  So, she and the others working there today were expecting us.


We looked through many records.  We did not find much “new” information – we confirmed some information though.

What they DID have that was wonderful was maps!  I had already done some deed research (thanks to for those of  Christopher Jones, Daniel Burroughs, William D. Babcock (raised Orlow and his brother George W.), and Daniel Babcock – the probable father of Orlow and George W.  So, we were able to determine the locations of their house/land/farm.  Of course, we made copies of the maps!

Another interesting thing we found was in a file of “Castile School Records 1844 – “.  A paper in this file told us that on 27 January 1824, Daniel G. Burroughs (raised Mary Ann Charlotte Cordelia Cole) had a home in the Town of Castile/Town of Gainesville, and that the school was held in his home.  And, on 7 May 1824, his log home was 20 x 24 and was appraised for $100 (later was changed to a framed house).

Since his home was in the Town of Castile yet very close to the Town of Gainesville, we drove to the Village of Gainesville and visited the public library there.  The library did have many Town of Gainesville and Village of Gainesville records.  I did make a few copies, but do not know as yet if they will be helpful. While we were at the library, the Gainesville Historian came in – she helped us so much to understand “why” it was that Daniel’s home was on the Town of Castile map, yet the school was listed as being in the Town of Gainesville.

One word on “the Town of” and “the Village of” – there are counties here (Wyoming is where we have been today).  Within the county is several towns, and within the town is the village (same name as the town).  This has been a little confusing for us mid-west folks!

Tonight the plan is to digest what was discovered today.  And, tomorrow we plan to go to Warsaw to the historical society – they are expecting us!


This Monday has been an exciting day of discoveries!

First, we began our day by meeting Mary at the Thelma Rogers Genealogical and Historical Society of Wellsville, NY.


Visit the Wellsville NY Historical Society Museum Facebook page to learn more about the museum.
One of many things learned today was the original location of the Weed Cemetery.

This cemetery is up on the hill on the property of Asahel Cole – brother of Mary Ann Charlotte Cordelia Cole Burroughs Jones, the mother of Phenie who is the wife of Orlow Babcock.
Yesterday, I posted the gravestone of Asahel Cole. The graves of him and his family were moved from the Weed Cemetery sometime after 1920. Others were buried at Weed, but no stones remained. It is very likely that this is where William D. Babcock and his wife Sarah were buried, as they lived with Orlow when he was in Wellsville. And, Orlow lived just “down the short hill” from the cemetery – this was most likely either on Asahel’s property or next to it.

And, this is a photo of the view of Wellsville (down the hill) that Orlow Babcock would have had from his house.  Beautiful, isn’t it!


So, an exciting day!

On to Castile tomorrow!


Cousin and I had a very good IGS Conference in Ft. Wayne!

We are now in Wellsville, NY. This is the town where our direct ancestor, Orlow Babcock, lived with his wife, Phenie. Since arriving here this afternoon, we have already discovered something new: we did not know about the railroad.  Now we have an idea as to why the family settled here.

Wellsville railroad

We have visited the Woodlawn Cemetery.  Here is where Asahel Cole and some of his family are buried.  Asahel Cole is the brother of Mary Ann Charlotte Cordelia Cole Jones Babcock – mother of Phenie who is wife of Orlow.

Asahel Cole gravestone

We drove by the Asahel Cole house here in Wellsville (he died in 1889) – it was known as the “house on the hill”.  It is thought that Orlow Babcock’s house was “below” his house – possibly below the house “next door” to Asahel, where the greenhouses used to be – please visit the Wellsville New York Historical Society Facebook page – Mary explains much better than I do!

Asahel Cole house

This is it for tonight – on to the historical society tomorrow to discover more!