Hello,

Found among some of the items in a house was the Hassan Family Bible.

Here are some scans of the family history pages in the Bible.  As you can see, many of the “blanks” have been filled.  Can you tell how many people “added to” the information over the years? (I see three different hand-writings.  How many do you see?)

One needs to be careful when looking at family Bibles.  It could be that some, or all, of the entries were made well after the Bible was owned by the original person/people.

 

 

 

In this case, the original people who owned the Bible, Amos Hassan and his wife Louisa Burgess, wrote some entries in the Bible. (Or, whoever recorded their marriage wrote some entries in the Bible.)  Many other entries were made at a later time.

 

Maggie

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Do you know what is a draft registration?

A draft registration is just that – a person registered for the draft and obtained a draft card.

Here is the draft registration card of Lloyd Eugene Champion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Much information can be found on the card.  And, much can be learned from the card.  However, there is one item that cannot be learned from the registration card – whether or not the person actually served in the military.  More research will be necessary to determine this information.

Be careful!

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 previous posts, I have told of examining various wills and land records.  And, I have shown various maps that show landowners.

I have been attempting to find who may have owned the land where the Champion Cemetery is located.

In the 6th installment concerning our “Trip”, I mentioned how the will of Lydia Champion gave all of her property to Lulu Rounds.  So, I investigated further Lulu Rounds.

Lulu Rounds was the granddaughter of Elisha and Lydia Champion – their daughter Elizabeth had married Stephen Rounds.  To them, Lulu had been born. Lulu married Mr. Bulger.  Lulu sold the land that she had been bequeathed – one portion in 1904, one in 1907, and one in 1930.

I contacted the Herkimer Co., NY, county clerk, and was told how to obtain copies of each of these deeds.  I had hopes that one of them would mention the cemetery.

Well, none of the deeds mentioned the cemetery.  However, all three of the deeds mention property that could have contained the cemetery.

So, I am thinking that the cemetery was contained on property mentioned in a deed – it just wasn’t mentioned separately.

Maggie

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

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