When scanning photos, or postcards, be sure to scan both the front and back of the photo.

Here is the front and back of a postcard.

As one will see, the front is sending “Birthday Greetings”.  When one looks on the back of the card, one sees that the greetings are for Lloyd, and that the date of the greetings is 17 March 1911.

 

 

 

This card was found in the papers of an ancestor – Lloyd Champion.  And, he was born 17 March 1896.

If only the back of the card had been scanned, one would not have known that 17 March was his birthday!

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.

In my previous posts, I have told of examining various wills and land records.

I have found several maps of the time period of the Champion family in Stark, Herkimer County.  Here is a map of Starkville in 1859 (from historygeo.com).  If one labels the roads in the map it is much easier to understand it.  The main road heading a little left of due south is the current Wagner Hill Road.  The road to the left of this road is the current Route 80, and the road to the right of Wagner Hill is the current Elwood Road.

These two maps are of Starkville in 1868 (from historicmapworks.com).  The main road heading a little left of due south is the current Wagner Hill Road, and the road to the left of this is the current Route 80.  On one of the maps is the labeled “Fam Cem.”.  This is the Champion Cemetery.

You will see some of the same names on both maps.

In the United States Census for 1860, Elisha Champion (son of Dan and Ruth) was an Innkeeper.  The value of his land was $4000 (as compared with $1200 in 1850 and $500 in 1870 – in both 1850 and 1870 he is listed as Farmer).

Having these two maps will aid in learning through land records who may have owned the land where the cemetery was located.

Now to look at more land records!

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.

My previous posts have been the wills of Dan Champion, Jr., and Elisha Champion.  Both of these men were sons of Dan and Ruth Harris Champion.

In the wills, various people are named.  Some of these people are buried in the Champion cemetery.  Also, in the wills, there is land given to various people.  However, none of the land mentioned mentions the land set aside for a cemetery.

I also found the will of Lydia Champion, wife of Elisha.  She gave all of her property to Lulu Rounds.  And, no mention was made of their being a cemetery on any of the land.

I am now in the process of examining other wills for possible mention of the cemetery.

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.

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

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

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