December 2018


For the month of September, hubby and I made an extended trip to the Northeast United States.  As you know, I reside in Indiana. So, the trip was quite lengthy! Since we were traveling through New York, we stopped at five family burial grounds.  One of these was for the Champion family, and four concerned the Lyon family.

The cemetery we visited in Starkville, NY, was the Champion Cemetery. The cemetery was located in a field behind the volunteer fire department building. There were some familiar names on gravestones, and also some not so familiar.

So far, I have included a mapping of the cemetery and a listing of what could be read on each stone.

I have now discovered quite a bit about some of those who are buried in the cemetery.

I found the will of Dan Champion, Jr., and that of Elisha Champion.  Both Dan and Elisha were sons of Dan and Ruth Harris Champion, the 4th-great-grandparents of my husband.

The will of Dan I posted in my last post. In this post, I will post the will of Elisha.  Notice the familiar names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maggie

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For the month of September, hubby and I made an extended trip to the Northeast United States.  As you know, I reside in Indiana. So, the trip was quite lengthy! Since we were traveling through New York, we stopped at five family burial grounds.  One of these was for the Champion family, and four concerned the Lyon family.

The cemetery we visited in Starkville, NY, was the Champion Cemetery. The cemetery was located in a field behind the volunteer fire department building. There were some familiar names on gravestones, and also some not so familiar.

So far, I have included a mapping of the cemetery and a listing of what could be read on each stone.

I have now discovered quite a bit about some of those who are buried in the cemetery.

I found the will of Dan Champion, Jr., and that of Elisha Champion.  Both Dan and Elisha were sons of Dan and Ruth Harris Champion, the 4th-great-grandparents of my husband.

Here is the will of Dan.  In this will he names several people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In my next post, I will post the will of Elisha.  Even more are named in his will.

Maggie

When you find a genealogical record while searching the Internet, what do you do with the record?  Do you save it on the website in your own special place for storing records?  Do you download the record to your computer?  Do you create the citation of the record?

Download the image of the record to your computer.

Do not assume that the record will always be where you just found it!  You may decide to cancel your subscription to the website, or the image may move to a different place on the website.

While you are downloading, make sure you create the citation at the same time.  That way, you will always know from where the record came.

Maggie

 

Have you been backing up your files lately?

I have a friend whose laptop just decided to “do away with” her Documents folder.  She doesn’t know what she did, but the entire folder is gone!

She does a daily back-up of everything, so she has the now-gone files.

Don’t forget to back up your files!

Maggie

For the month of September, hubby and I made an extended trip to the Northeast United States.  As you know, I reside in Indiana. So, the trip was quite lengthy! Since we were traveling through New York, we stopped at five family burial grounds.  One of these was for the Champion family, and four concerned the Lyon family.

The cemetery we visited in Starkville, NY, was the Champion Cemetery. The cemetery was located in a field behind the volunteer fire department building. There were some familiar names on gravestones, and also some not so familiar.

In my last post, I included a mapping of the cemetery.

In this post, I will include a list of the stones and what could be read from each stone.

Maybe someone reading this post will recognize some of the names.  If you do, please let me know!

Maggie

 

Stones in Champion Cemetery, Stark, NY

1:

Side A – John Arndt Jr. born 26 April 1815 died 9 March 1871 – Peter son of John Jr and Annie Arndt born 9 March 1841 died 11 April 11 1872

Side B – [blank]

Side C – John Arndt born 11 August 1792 – Elizabeth wife of John Arndt born 28 September 1793 died 6 December 1873

side D – [blank]

 

2: [faces same direction as “Side D”]

John Wormuth died 25 February 1851 aged 77 yrs 3 mo 4 days

J. Wormuth died 5 ?? 1852

 

3: [faces same direction as “Side D”]

Eliza Ann Cronkhite

 

4: [faces same direction as “Side D”]

Catharine Voorhees 1836-1875 – infant son George

 

5: [faces same direction as “Side D”]

Martin Mathews

 

6: [faces same direction as “Side D”]

John son of ?? born unknown died 28 June 1888  30y 2m 29d

 

7: [face same direction as “Side D”]

(right) Nelson S, son of Elisha & Lana Champion died 4 October 1849 at 20 yrs 1 mo 29 days

(left) Lana wife of Elisha Champion died 6 March 1846 age 44 years & 8 Mos

 

8: [face same direction as “Side D”]

(leaning on bigger stone) Lydia daughter of Dan Champion died 20 June 1821 aged 25 years

(bigger stone) In memory of Dan Champion Jr. who died ???? year of his age

(to right of bigger stone) Nancy wife of Dan Champion Jr died 8 June 1835 in her 50th year

 

9: [has posts around it]

Side A – [blank]

Side B – James Mabie died 22 September 1857 aged 22? years

Side C – [blank]

Side D – Elezabith L Rounds died 3 November 1879 aged 29 yrs 11 mos and 14 days

(small stone laying against Side D) – William K son of John A & Margaret Walrath? died June ???

 

10: [faces same direction as “Side D”]

Dan T Champion – son of ? S & Mary Champion died Sept 7 1846  2 years

 

11: [faces same direction as “Side D”]

??? C. – unknown

 

12: [faces same direction as “Side D”]

Hannah wife of Samuel Harper  died 29 March 1817 age 39 y 1 m 26 d

 

13: [face same direction as “Side D”]

Jacob Moyer died 28 October 1862 age 67 years 7 mo 11 days

Nelly wife of Jacob Moyer died 12 February 1849 age 53 y 1 m 12d

 

14: pink granite

Side A – Mary D. Champion wife of William H Crumb born 21 January 1828 died 11 January 1850 – Oscar R Champion born 4 October 1832 died 16 March 1853

Side B – [blank]

Side C –Abram Byron Champion born 23 August 1838 died 29 May 1886 – Elizabeth his wife born 30 July 1830 died 12 September 1896

Side D – CHAMPION:  Joel Champion born 6 February 1801 died 17 February 1876 – Maria, his wife born 7 November 1805 died 2 January 1890

(small stone leaning against 14 Side A): Joel Champion

 

15: [faces same direction as “Side C”]

Ruth Champion died 11 December 1849 in the 90 year of her age

[faces same direction as “Side A”]

Dan Champion died 1 January 1822 in the 61 year of his age.

 

16: [faces same direction as “Side B”]

(flat) Elisha Champion died 15 March 1887 aged 89 yrs 2 mos 2 days

(standing) Lydia Champion his wife died 28 March 1888 aged 83 yrs 6 mos 12 days

 

17: [faces same direction as “Side B”]

William M Gibson died 15 October 1839 aged 47 years – Polly Davis wife of William Gibson died 20 January 1864 aged 71 years

[faces same direction as “Side A”]

Janett Swetland wife of William Gibson Jr. died 3 June 1873 aged 38 years

(stone leaning against Side C) Martha Wentworth born 9 October 1818 in the town of Fulton Scilon?? Co NY died 27 December 1855 in Stark Herkimer Co NY aged ??? years ??

For the month of September, hubby and I made an extended trip to the Northeast United States.  As you know, I reside in Indiana. So, the trip was quite lengthy! Since we were traveling through New York, we stopped at five family burial grounds.  One of these was for the Champion family, and four concerned the Lyon family.

The cemetery we visited in Starkville, NY, was the Champion Cemetery. The cemetery was located in a field behind the volunteer fire department building. There were some familiar names on gravestones, and also some not so familiar.

I have now completed a mapping of the cemetery.   As you can tell, the cemetery was quite large – there are 27 gravestones that could at least be partially read, and 13 gravestones that could not be read at all.

Now to discover who are those without the last name of Champion – are they relatives of the Champion family?

Maggie

There will be times that you will be looking for a woman’s maiden name.  That is, the surname of her biological father.

An assumption that too many researchers make is that the “maiden name” found for the woman is the same as the surname of her father.  However, this may not be the case.

Sometimes, the found maiden name may be the surname of her step-father.  Or, an adopted father’s last name.  Or, it may be the last name of a previous husband.  There are probably others that that maiden name could be referencing.

So, be careful!

Maggie