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.

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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.)

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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.

Maggie

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