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!