March 2016


Have you used the newspaper as a resource for discovering court news concerning your ancestor?

Recently, I was researching someone who was from the Columbus, OH, area. I was not able to travel there to look at court records. However, I was able to discover a few different court “cases” having to do with the person and their family by looking in several local newspapers. In each newspaper, there was a section entitled “Court News”. For the person and the person’s family in whom I was interested, there were several court cases described, each including the names of each side and a description of the court case. Then, in later newspapers, the outcome of the court case was found. The newspapers recorded so much information that it was not necessary for me to hire someone to actually go and find the case in the Columbus, OH, area.

Good luck!

Maggie

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As a previous blog has stated, I am going on a “genealogy and otherwise” trip!

Both I and cousin are busy with the preparations for the conference and trip.

So far, I have researched the ancestors whose towns we will be visiting in NY. We have quite a few that settled there quite early. So, I have begun preparations for that part of our trip. And, I have contacted various museums and historical societies in the geographical area of these towns.

I have been in conversation with the Castile Historical Society. They have done some preliminary research, and they mailed to me copies of some things they found in their files. They have also told me what other items they have that may be beneficial to us while researching our Babcock and Burroughs families.

Erin Robinson, the director for the Cordelia A. Greene Library in Castile, replied to my email with suggestions for people to contact before we visit the area. The library does not house any information about families that have lived there. However, they are glad to get any books for us that we may find helpful when we visit. As stated earlier, suggestions were given for who to contact. I have contacted everyone.

I have been in contact with Cindy Amrhein, the Wyoming County Historian. Cindy has been most helpful!

The Cattaraugus County Historical Museum replied to my “contact form” which I submitted online. Sharon Fellows described what records they have that may aid us in our research. She also recommended contacting the past Cattaraugus County Historian. I still need to do this.

I contacted the Allegany Co. Historical Society via their webpage. I received a reply from the executive director of the society. He suggested contacting Mary Rhodes, the director of the Thelma Rogers Genealogical and Historical Society of Wellsville. I have been in conversation with Mary, both via email and on the society’s Facebook page. She directed me to the newspapers which are online through their David A. Howe Library’s webpage. She has been very helpful!!

So, this part of our planning has been very beneficial!

Cousin is doing the same kind of planning for another part of our trip – visiting the graves of some of our ancestors that lived in Vermont. She and I are planning a time of preparation next week. Of course, not all of the planning will be finished next week! However, much progress will be made I am sure.

I have not yet begun the planning for the Indiana Genealogical Society’s Seminar and Conference (http://indgensoc.org/) – the beginning of our trip. Need to do the planning for that as well.

Maggie

If you are planning a visit to the cemetery, here are a few things to consider.

Do you know how to get to the cemetery?
If the cemetery is on private land, have you permission to be on the land?
Do you know how to use your digital camera so that you can get the best shots? Don’t forget about how to shoot in the shadows.
Do you have pencil and paper for drawing a diagram of the location of the plot?
Is a buddy going with you? If not, what about a recorder (tape, phone, or otherwise)?

Maggie

When you label photographs, are you careful about identifying yourself in the photograph?

It is easy to identify oneself as “I”. However, others may not know that it is you who was in the photograph. Make sure that you write your full name instead of “I”.

Maggie

As a previous blog has stated, I am going on a “genealogy and otherwise” trip!

Both I and cousin are busy with the preparations for the conference and trip.

So far, I have researched the ancestors that we will be visiting in NY. We have quite a few that settled there quite early. So, I have begun preparations for that part of our trip.

Since it has been a while since I updated my findings for this family, this is the first step I am doing.

The “common” ancestor we have is Charles Stanley Lyon who married Jennie Cordelia Babcock in 1889 in Morgan Co., TN. Charles Stanley was born in Windham Co., Vermont, in 1867. He is the reason for going to Windham Co. while we are on our trip. Cousin has begun preparing for that part of our trip.

Orlow Babcock (married Phenie Cordelia Jones in 1867 in Castile) (parents of Jennie Cordelia Babcock) – the Babcock family – did move to Tennessee after the 1880 census was taken. They moved from Castile, Wyoming Co., NY. I had already discovered with whom Orlow, and his brother George Washington, had resided in the 1850 and 1860 census (Centerville, Allegany Co. – 1850 no value of real estate – 1860 value of real estate was $$150) – the William D. Babcock family (it is known that William D. was not their father – he was Daniel P. Babcock). Also known is that the Civil War pension file does not give any “family” clues.
Phenie Cordelia Jones was the daughter of Sylvester M. and Mary Ann Charlotte Cordelia Cole Burroughs Jones. Sylvester M. died shortly after Phenie’s brother, Sylvester Jr., was born (1847). Sylvester and Mary Ann were married in 1845 in Castile. Sylvester’s parents were Christopher and Mercy Jones. Mary Ann Charlotte Cordelia was born Cole to Daniel and Joanna Williams Cole – early settlers of Cattaraugus Co. They had married in 1817 and had both died shortly after “Cordelia” was born. After her parents’ deaths, “Cordelia” was adopted by Daniel and Tryphenie Jones Burroughs. Daniel and Tryphenie were residing with Cordelia (after Sylvester had died) in Castile. They continued to reside in Castile, living with Cordelia, in 1860. By 1870, Tryphenie had died and Daniel resided with Cordelia (and Cordelia’s sister Nancy) in Castile. According to one source, Daniel and Tryphenie ran an inn in Castile.

The Castile Historical Society may have items concerning the Babcock and Burroughs family – they will be contacted before we go. There is also the Cordelia A. Greene Library – they will be contacted before we go.
The Cattaraugus County Historical Museum may have items concerning the Cole or Babcock family – they will be contacted before we go.
In Allegany Co., the Friendship Library, in Friendship, and the Dyke Street Museum, in Wellsville, will be contacted before we go. Additionally, the Allegany County Historical Society is located inside of the David A. Howe Public Library in Wellsville. They will be contacted as well.

Questions to possibly answer on our trip:

Where was the Daniel P. Babcock family physically residing in Castile in 1850? According to records found, they may have been residing on Town of Castile Village Lot 24, and South subdivision lot 54 of Elisha Johnson subdivision of the Cottringer tract. (they sold this in September 1855)

Are there any records that will provide “proof” that Orlow and George Washington were the sons of Daniel P.?

Where did the Burroughs physically live in Castile? Where was the inn they ran? (According to one source, Daniel and Tryphenie ran an inn in Castile.)
(According to records found, Mary Ann Cordelia Cole Burroughs Jones was residing with the Burroughs in Wellsville in 1850, 1860 and 1870. MACC sold property in Scio (part of subdivision Lot 34 of Schermerhorn Tract Township 2 Range 1 of Morris Reserve) to Orlow and Phenie Babcock in 1877. Since Daniel Burroughs died in 18781, this could have been the land his will gave to MACC.)

Where did Christopher and Mercy Jones physically live in Castile (according to the 1850 census, they resided in Castile)? According to records found, Christopher Jones purchased land in the town of Castile in March 1845 – 67 acres off of the west end and north side of Lot number 58 in Elisha Jonson’s subdivision of the Cottringer Tract. Then in July 1854, Christopher and Mercy old the same tract of land. in early 1855, Christopher Jones purchased land in Castile – part of lot number 50 in Elisha Johnson’s subdivision of the Cottringer tract.

Where is the Grace Cemetery in Castile? Sylvester Jones (husband of Mary Ann Cordelia) and also his mother Mercy are buried there. There are others of the Jones family there as well. Also known to be buried there are Daniel and Tryphenie Burroughs – the adoptive parents of Mary Ann Cordelia.

Where was the William D. Babcock family physically residing in 1850 and 1860 and 1865 (in Centerville, Allegany Co.)? According to records found, they may have been residing on Lot 12 in Centerville.

Where was Orlow Babcock physically residing in 1870? According to records found, they may have been residing on Town of Wellsville Lot 4 on the “Weed Lot” (The William Weed Lot) Lot 41. They sold this in September 1883.

Where was “road 12” was in Wellsville in 1875 –It is shown in a gazetteer of Allegany Co., NY, for 1875, that Orlow was residing in Wellsville on road 12 (r 12, farmer).

Where was Orlow Babcock physically residing in 1880? According to records found, they may have been residing on Town of Wellsville Lot 4 on the “Weed Lot” (The William Weed Lot) Lot 41. They sold this in September 1883.

In Castile, where was the Baptist church? Phenie had been a member there, as had Christopher Jones and Sylvester Jones (son of Christopher and father of Phenie). Also, Mary Ann Cordelia Cole Burroughs had been a member there.

Were Sarah and William D. Babcock buried in Wellsville? In Centerville?

Is there any information about the Cole family at the Cattaraugus Co. museum?

According to FamilySearch, the Cattaraugus Co. Probate Box 77 has documents in it concerning Asahel Cole and Mary Ann Charlotte Cordelia Cole Burroughs Jones – what are these documents?

Maggie

I am going on a “genealogy and otherwise” trip!

To make a long story short, a cousin and I “found” each other in 2009. Each of us had always known that the other existed, but never contacted the other. Since connecting, we have been able to visit over lunch several times (turns out that we live about 2 ½ hours from each other so we meet about half-way). She is the “genealogy” person in her immediate family, and I am that same person in my immediate family – what a good time we have!

Anyway, we are going to go on a trip together in April. Her “side” of the family still lives in upstate NY, while mine resides in Kentucky. (Her grandfather was the brother of my grandmother) I last visited in upstate NY in 1967. Since we are already going to be up that way (from Indiana), we are also going to visit the town (in NY state) from which some of our ancestors came. Neither of us has ever visited their town, so this will be exciting for both of us. We will visit cemeteries, and will also hopefully be able to determine where it was in the town that they lived. And, since we will be in NY, we will take the opportunity to visit southern Vermont and Connecticut (some of our further-back ancestors were from there).

And, this trip will all begin with a trip to the Indiana Genealogy Society’s Annual Meeting and Conference (indgensoc.org). Cousin has never been to a conference, and Ft. Wayne is on-the-way, so we will begin our trip there.

Now comes the time of preparing for the trip, and the conference. Since we will be at the Allen County Library, preparations will need to be made for researching there. And, since we will be visiting family and “new” places in NY, Vermont, and Connecticut, preparations will need to be made for the trip.

Let the fun begin!

Maggie

I had been trying hard to sort out various people in a family – they were bound to be related to each other, but how?

In man1’s probate record, the administrator was another man with a different last name. The wife of man1 was mentioned, and also some older children of man1.
In man2’s probate record, the same administrator, as man1’s record, was the administrator. Was this a coincidence?

As I discovered, there were others with the same last name as man1 and man2, and they were using the same administrator.

Who was this person? A relative?

The research I have done thus far has shown who the administrator was – probably a neighbor. I researched some of the other types of court records and discovered that man1 and man2, and others with this last name, were mentioned in road caretaker records – they all lived down the same road and were responsible for maintaining the road. So far, this is the only type of record I have found that mentions the two last names in the same record.

Maggie