Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
This Month's Library Additions at Tri-Counties Site
01 April 2005 TO 31 May 2005
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
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The gardeners among us are thinking about seeds and gardens in this early April, so I am presenting an 1888 Burpee Seed catalog cover. Yes, we are also thinking about starting our taxes and I am just about on the verge of doing that, too.

Clean Up Will Continue - Even with three months of it already, there is still much to do. Lots of rearranging still needs to be done after 8 1/2 years of development. The same warnings as mentioned on October's What's New are still to be observed.

Accumulation and presentation of the Obituaries by Cemetery project continues.

NOTE: By using the sidebar links on the What's New Pages, you can link to any other place on this massive site. This is our SITE MAP. Be sure you know how to use them . It will save you a lot of time and make the site much more efficient for you to use. It will also guide you to resources you may have overlooked even if you have used the site for many years. Subject links on the left and Township links on the right. The verbal site map is in the bars at right and left of list and the graphic site map is below the What's New list.
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Date New Page or Event
31 MAR 2005 PICO Search Engine Reindexed with 13169 pages
02 APR 2005 The Simpson - Parkhurst Letters
Last week deer dug through the Spring snow. Today we are in flood and mud - again!
03 APR 2005 Constant Bailey of Rutland and Wellsboro - Family Photo
Crofut - Chapin Family Photos
1868 Diary of Julia Ann Park of Litchfield
1869 Diary of Julia Ann Park of Litchfield
1870 Diary of Julia Ann Park of Litchfield
1890-91 Report Card - Center School, Litchfield
Clippings and Photos - Park - Lunger - Carmer - Kizer
04 APR 2005 Family Bible of Ella Granteer and Baldwin Newell
05 APR 2005 Schnell line of Tri-County area
Medal of Honor Burial - Stephen Rought - in Bradford County

Jacob's Ladder pushes through the mulch.
Out from hibernation, the chipmunk looks for a fast food meal. "Please, Sir, May I have some MORE?"

Here come the lupines.
Yard Family Bible
What Could You Buy in 1925? - Saturday Evening Post ads
Peepers Peeping tonight - In 2003 they started on March 25
06 APR 2005 Obituaries 
Duke the Turtle 
(February 3, 2004 - April 6, 2005) 

Submitted by the 4th grade class at Turnpike Elementary- It is with great sorrow and regret that we bid farewell to our beloved class pet Duke. He will be fondly remembered as a good swimmer, climber, and pet. We will miss his smelly water, his cute round-like appearance, and his calm patient ways. He was an inspiration to all who knew him. His ever-persistent steady manner set an example for all. May he rest in peace in the "Big Pond" in the sky. Love from the Fourth Grade. 

1837 Letter from Sally Banks of Veteran to her Aunt in Connecticut
Descendants of Martha MOORE and John VanDYKE
08 APR 2005 New Albany Postcards - Early Twentieth Century
10 APR 2005 Dinsmore (Densmore) / Treadwell Bible Records
Jones - Snell - Jackson Bible
Owen(s) - Bishop Bible
Heverly - Bitts (Betts)  Bible
Shaver - Woughter Bible
Diantha EAMES Hotchkiss Bible
11 APR 2005 Marshall Case, historian of Troy and well beloved friend, died today at Troy
Franklin Marshall Age 87, of Troy, PA, died peacefully at the Troy Community Hospital on April 10, 2005. He was born at St Joseph's Hospital in Elmira, New York, on September 19, 1917, the only child of Anna M. (Bottcher) and George Frank Case of Troy, PA. Marshall graduated from Troy High School in 1934. He studied Forestry at Penn State University at the Mont Alto campus
and received his BS in 1938. On August 2, 1941, he married Jean Elizabeth Rishel of Farmers Mills, PA, whom he met at college. She preceded him in death in 2000. Before their marriage he restored the Fall Brook Road house built by his great-great-grandfather, Elihu Case. They lived there for fifty-nine years. Marshall Case operated a sawmill on Fall Brook Road in Troy and, upon his father's retirement, became the president of F. P. Case & Sons, a general contracting and hardware firm. He served in World War II where he drove a tank in Italy and is a member of the VFW and American Legion. He is a 32 degree Mason and Past Master of Trojan Lodge # 306. He attended the Olden Covert Church on Armenia Mountain. He served on the board of directors of several local organizations including the Alan F. Pierce Memorial Library, the Bradford County Heritage Association and Farm Museum of Troy, PA, the Robert Packer Hospital, the First Bank of Troy, and the Glen wood Cemetery Association. He was a member of Rotary, a Paul Harris
fellow, and he and his wife hosted many foreign exchange students through Rotary International. As a boy, Marshall traveled with his parents across country in a Model A Ford. Marshall was keenly interested in early American history and industries, especially logging and lumbering. He restored a
nineteenth-century log house that he relocated from Liberty, PA, to Fall Brook Road. He was a charter Member of the Penn-York Lumberman's Club, and one of the founders of, and a contractor for, the Lumberman's Museum in Denton Hill, PA. For many years he was master of ceremonies for the annual Woodsmen's Carnival in Cherry Springs, PA. By invitation of the Smithsonian Institution, he organized a logging and lumbering exhibit on the Washington Mall for the Bicentennial Celebration, and, for the Smithsonian's oral history program, traveled to Idaho to interview loggers. He was an avid bridge player, reader, conversationalist and member of the Armenia Mountain Debating Society and the Genealogical Society. He is survived by their four
children, Sally Anne Case of Millheim, PA, Marcia Elizabeth Case of Aaronsburg, PA, William Rishel Case of New Cumberland, PA, and Nathan  Marshall Case and his wife Joy (Ayres) of Troy, PA; seven grandchildren, Melissa Jean Case, Stuart William Case and his wife, Sue, Lydia Anne (Case) and her husband, Keith Bury, Lynda Marie (Case) and her husband, John Beers,
Juliet Elizabeth Daring, Matthew Nathan Case and his wife, April, Danielle Marie Case, and Leis Rename Case; and three great-grand daughters, Rebecca Mae Spencer, Sarah Marie Bury and Allison Jean Beers. Family and friends are invited to the Gerald W. Viceroy Funeral Home, 110 West Main Street, Troy, PA 16947, on Thursday, April 14, 2005, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.; and also on Friday, April 15, 2005, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with the funeral service being held immediately following visitation. The Reverend Kenneth Maple will officiate. Interment will be held at Glenwood Cemetery following the service, then there will be a time for fellowship and refreshments at the Old Covert Church on Armenia Mountain. In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be sent to the Bradford County Heritage Association, Farm Museum, P.O. Box 265, Troy, PA 16947, or to a charity of one's choosing. 
16 APR 2005 Boy Scout Troop No. 1 of Troy - First in Nation???
Morris Farms, Mansfield PA
17 APR 2005 Cruttenden - Snover Family Photos (Added to existing page)
20 APR 2005 Haven Family Photos added to Moore Cemetery Listing
1890 Pension Papers of Sophronia PURVIS "Soper"
21 APR 2005 Genealogy Meeting for April 21 - Time changes to 6:30 PM in April
Speaker will be Ted Keir and he will be speaking about the Bradford County Mammoth. - Held monthly at Bradford County Library - Burlington
Stevensville Presbyterian Church
Stevensville Photo Page
Please let us back in. We promise to stay out of the wet paint.  What nose tracks? We didn't do it.
I'm sure this is not the best picture of a bear up a tree you've ever seen, but it's the first I've ever taken. The game warden was certain she'd not come down until dark, so I dared to go in for a photo. Hooray for zoom lenses.
Southport Fire Stations - Australia and Maine
22 APR 2005 Earth Day
1954 Civil Defense Observation Station in Mainesburg
East Sullivan Grange Clippings
Woody Woodhull, Musician and Entertainer
23 APR 2005 News from Sylvania 1912
Spencertown Cemetery
24 APR 2005 Open House - Tioga County Historical Society.-Main St. Wellsboro,PA.
Sunday 4-24-05 at 2:00PM.
New Displays and Volunteer recognition. - Everyone Welcome. Carol Lackey Treasurer.
Don't be a Squirrel - Share your historic artifacts and information with us. When is the last time YOU sent something in to add to the site?
Even Townships Need  a Friend
Silvara Antique Postcards
25 APR 2005 Haight-Jones Reunion Notes
26 APR 2005 History of the Fire Department of the Town of Southport
Two Beautiful Arnot Postcards
28 APR 2005 Heard on NPR - Big News for Birders - The Ivory Billed Woodpecker, thought extinct for 60 years, has been videotaped in Arkansas. Very Exciting News. 
Photos and an update for Gee Family Cemetery
Query Pages Updated
Mattice - Sloat Burial
29 APR 2005 To Dan., Answer is YES on May 5th visit. My response to your email bounced back
30 APR 2005 Residents using Opposition Post Office 1900 (Beaver Meadows, Tuscarora Township)
01 MAY 2005 Loron Forrest, Civil War Soldier
Pico Search Engine Reindexed with 13,226 Pages
03 MAY 2005 History of Movie Theaters in Mansfield
2005 Heritage Day - Mansfield Methodist Church - History by Chester P. Bailey
05/05/05  1890 Veterans Census - Town of Ashland
1890 Veterans Census - Town of Baldwin
1890 Veterans Census - Town of Big Flats
1890 Veterans Census - Town of Catlin
1890 Veterans Census - Town of Chemung
Thursday, May 5th at 7:00PM – “Voices of History: Our Teacher Went to War.” Join Town of Elmira Historian and Civil War researcher George R. Farr as he shares the wartime experiences of Private Edward Kendall of the 107th New York Volunteer Infantry as described in his over 100 letters home during the course of the American Civil War. Kendall, only nineteen and a second grade teacher wrote letters to his family that described in detail and with great clarity his experiences in camp, on the march and in battle. (Chemung County Museum)
06 MAY 2005 1860 Federal Census - Albany Township
1840 Federal Census - Rutland Township
1899 Tioga County Directory - List of Churches
Railroad Station in Wellsburg
07 MAY 2005 More about Glenn
08 MAY 2005 1868 - 1968 Ulster United Methodist Church Centennial
19th Century Letters from our Emigrants - to Mary WILLIAMS & Oliver WILLIAMS of Troy
Not quite finished with this - more to come later. 
09 MAY 2005 Baldwin Hotel, Wellburg 1909
10 MAY 2005 Grattan - Saunders Bible
Glenn Bennett 100th Birthday Party
Civil War Letters to Mary & Oliver Williams of Troy
11 MAY 2005 2005 - Restoring Stevensville Hall
Descendants of Abraham Boice and Anna (Amy) Surname Unknown
12 MAY 2005 1899 Tioga County Schools
1870-1970 Jobs Corners Baptist Church Centennial
1889 - Athens a Hundred Years Ago (1787)
1940 Mother's Day Program - Sylvania Presbyterian Church
The Tioga Point Rebellion
Costs for Soldiers in World War One
Norval Gorrie - Wellsboro to Idaho
1913 An Ulster School Photo
ca 1898 Keeneyville School
Troy Tintypes added
14 MAY 2005 Photo Preservation workshop sponsored by Pennsylvania Museum Commission, Thursday, May 14, 2005 at the Bradford County Historical Society, 109 Pine Street, Towanda. 570-265-2240 or for further details.The Photo Preservation Workshop has been changed to May 26th, 10am to 4pm, at the Bradford County Historical Society's Great Room.  Cost is $25.00.  To register, you may contact Kim Samilo at 717-909-3995 or
 The ERIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY is now sponsoring the ERIN SCHOOL PICNIC - HOMECOMING EVENT.  It will be held starting at NOON, SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2005 at the ERIN FIRE HALL on Route 223 in ERIN, NY.  The menu will be BARBECUED PORK served with Potatoes/Beans/Dessert/Beverage.  A Donation of $6 per person is requested. 
    Bring items of memorabilia with you to share, if you have such items, and, of course, bring your camera!  A good time is expected, so come and join us and bring the family & friends.
Daggett Saw Mill History
15 MAY 2005 Annual Tri-County Cemetery Volunteers Meeting 2 PM, Elmira. Strathmont Place corner Main and Water- Plan on it if you want to help reading our local cemeteries or if you just want to stop in to say hello to the rest of us. Map Attached 
Additional Article on Troy's Boy Scout Troop - First in the Nation?
16 MAY 2005
18 MAY 2005 Archie's Meeting 10 AM
1849-1949 Centennial of Methodist Church of Wellsburg
Coffey, Murphey and Baldwin, People Who Made a difference in Ashland
19 MAY 2005 Thursday, May 19, at 6:30 PM Bradford County Library at Burlington PA
The Genealogy/Local History group will have a working session for this meeting.  Pat Smith Raymond will collect info on families or areas people are interested in researching.  Resource sheets will be passed out to those who don't have one.  Janet Ordway will offer genealogy materials for loan or purchase.  Handout sheets will be available with holdings of interest.
Notes on History of Ashland Cemetery
20 MAY 2005 Philip VanDoren Stern of Wyalusing
Learning More About the People Buried in Fitzsimmons Cemetery
Pine City Fire Department History
21 MAY 2005 If You can Provide GOOD Driving Directions or GPS coordinates for any of our 700 cemeteries, please send to Joyce
Welsh Settlement Cemetery 2005
22 MAY 2005 Bradford County Death Records S - T - U Added
23 MAY 2005 Summer Reunions are coming up - Be sure to submit your Tri-County related Reunions for our reunion page.
1937 School Play at Thomas Edison High School
2005 Cleveland Cemetery  Updated Listing
PICO Search Engine Reindexed with 13288 pages
26 MAY 2005 Photo Preservation workshop sponsored by Pennsylvania Museum Commission, .The Photo Preservation Workshop has been changed to May 26th, 10am to 4pm, at the Bradford County Historical Society's Great Room.  Cost is $25.00.  To register, you may contact Kim Samilo at 717-909-3995 or
Thursday, May 26th at 7:00 PM
Author Philip Burnham will present a lecture based on his book “So Far >From Dixie: Confederate Soldiers in Yankee Prisons.”  Burnham will examine Elmira and other prison camps of the North that claimed 26,000 Rebel lives, more than six times the number of Confederate dead listed for the Battle of Gettysburg.
All lectures will be held at CCHS and are open to the public at no charge.
For more information please call 607-734-4167
Happy 75th Birthday to the Chrysler Building in Manhattan
27 MAY 2005 Chemung County Historical Society and Steele Memorial Library Co-Sponsor Book Signing and Lecture 

The Chemung County Historical Society and Steele Memorial Library will sponsor a book signing at the Steele Memorial Library Auditorium with Philip Burnham, author of “So Far From Dixie: Confederate Soldiers in Yankee Prisons” on Friday, May 27th from 1:00 to 2:30. 

Philip Burnham is a free-lance writer based in Washington, D.C.  He has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico.  A former Fulbright scholar, he has published in American Heritage, The Washington Post, MHQ, Transition, Emerge, and The Columbia Journalism Review.  He is the author of How the Other Half Lived: A People’s Guide to American Historic Sites (1995), Indian Country, God’s Country: Native Americans and the National Parks (2000), and So Far from Dixie: Confederates in Yankee Prisons (2003).  He is a regular correspondent for Indian Country Today. 

Mr. Burnham will present a short lecture from 1:30 to 2:00 based on his book “So Far From Dixie: Confederate Soldiers in Yankee Prisons.” Mr. Burnham's book examines Elmira and other prison camps of the North during the American Civil War.Copies of his book will be on sale for $25.00 before and after his lecture and will be available to sign copies as well.This lecture is open to the public at no charge. No lunch will be provided, but visitors are encouraged to bring a lunch and enjoy a wonderful Civil War program.   For more information please contact Jason Harmon, Education Coordinator at the Chemung County Historical Society at 607-734-4167, ext. 205 or by email at

Jason Harmon 
Education Coordinator 
Chemung County Historical Society 
415 East Water Street 
Elmira, NY 14901 
(T) 607-734-4167, ext. 205 
(F) 607-734-1565 

28 MAY 2005 Craft Fair - Bradford County Manor
Historic Park Church

April 1, 2005
Contact: Carolyn Hopkins
phone:    607-734-9780

Historic Church Sponsors Weekly Summertime Arts Event 

Elmira, NY - Historic Park Church located at West Church and Main Streets in Elmira, New York will host a weekly arts and antiques market called ARTS AT PARK on Thursdays beginning in late June 2005 and running through September 2005, and is looking for interested artists and antiques dealers to show their wares. This weekly exhibit will be held in conjunction with the successful and long-running weekly Wisner Park Market* (see information below).
    Historic Park Church which borders Wisner Park is looking for artists of all disciplines including but not limited to painting and sculpture, and fine American Fine Crafts such as ceramic art, metals, fiber design (including quilters), glass, painting, printmaking, wood, and fine art photography. Antique and collectibles dealers are also encouraged to exhibit. ARTS AT PARK is designed to promote the arts by giving local artisans and fine antiques and collectibles dealers a chance to showcase and sell their wares on a consistent weekly basis with a well established and growing customer base. Anyone interested may contact show coordinator Carolyn Hopkins by email: or phone 607-734-9780 for further information and an application. Artist will be required to submit an application and examples of their work. Spaces will be awarded to artists who pass a jury selection process. Some financial sponsorship is available to qualifying artists, artists should request further sponsorship information.

Wisner Market Information: Downtown Development's signature summer event, is held on Thursdays from 10am until 2pm in Wisner Park. Over 30 vendors offer a variety of products for sale, including fresh produce, cut flowers, candles, art, and crafts. Lunch is served throughout the park during the Market, which features specialties from many well-loved Elmira restaurants. Not-for-profit organizations are welcome to offer information to the over 1000 weekly visitors, and entertainment is presented at each Market. 

All market participants, including farmers, crafters, food service vendors, not-for-profit organizations and entertainers, are licensed by EDD and follow a rigorous application and jury process.

More ARTS AT PARK - Art and Antiques at Historic Park Church Information:
• Indoor and Outdoor Spaces - available alongside the "green" of the Wisner Park farmer's market and inside in Park Church's historic Beecher Hall with easy and immediate accessability to both events.
$50.00/week per 12 foot space, plus one time $25.00 application fee 
(fee applied to first weeks rental fee if accepted) and proof of insurance. 
- Some financial sponsorship may be available to qualifying artists, artists should request further information.
• Handicapped accessible
• Electricity and water for exhibitors 
• Bathrooms for exhibitors only
• Parking for exhibitors
• Public Admission is Free
• Rain or Shine
• late June thru Sept. 
• Set-up: 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM Breakdown: starting at  2:15 PM
• Show hours: 10-2 PM
• Attendance: thousands per season
• Spaces available - 20 plus
• No Air Conditioning
• Limited group space available
• No commissions to Park Church
• Juried
• late June, July, August, optional September 
• Open to Fine Art also Antiques (fine antiques and collectibles)
        Included: American Fine Crafts such as ceramic art, metals, fiber design (INCLUDING         QUILTERS), glass, painting, printmaking, wood, sculpture, fine art photography.
• Several spaces open for the first Thursday of each month for rotating "visiting"                         dealers/artists. -ask for more info.
• Artists/artisans are encouraged to perform "clean/limited" demonstrations. Prior approval         by Director required.
• No manufactured/mass produced  products.
• 12' table RENTAL available (see display requirements) - cover with gray felt to floor
• Some exhibitors may want to use their own display (they will be required to provide a                 photo of their display and can opt out of using a provided table)
There is a juried selection process (approval of applications by committee):
The following must be submitted:
• A completed application
• Photos of  work/antiques, photos of displays
• $25.00 submission fee w/ application
Open to:
• Individual artists
• Individual antique dealers
• Cooperative Groups
• Galleries
• Valid NY State Tax I.D. number
• Signed exhibitors contract for the duration of the exhibit, unless accepted as rotating             exhibitor  (rotating exhibitor space only available on a very limited basis)
*  Individual Insurance required.
• Must pass a jury selection process.


Big Flats
N. Towanda
S. Waverly
South Creek
Standing Stone
W. Burlington
This year September 18, 2004 earmarks the 100 anniversary of a historical event ………..
"Bradford County's Last Hangings - A Family Affair"

Murder, arson and the last public hanging in Bradford County.   It was one of the most sensationalized events ever recorded in the county history.   Never before in local history, had five members of a family stood accused of murder. Sophia Merritt, her two adult sons Bigler and Charles, and twins Nancy and Alanson aged fifteen.   Maggie (Benjamin) Johnson, wife of Bigler Johnson and her niece Annie Benjamin were killed on September 18, 1904 at Macedonia, Asylum Township, Pennsylvania. Was it that Bigler had to pay $6.00 per month for alimony or that he had been paying attention to another woman? Because of their crime, two brothers were hung in the Bradford County Jail yard.

The story is based on actual newspaper accounts and courthouse records transcribed from the original copy.   These sources were complied and edited to be understood in today's English speaking language.   It lacked the proper flow of grammar and punctuation used today.   However, some testimonies and interviews given by individuals have remained intact and followed with quotation marks to convey the language of that time or to show a distinctive dialect that some of the characters had.   Actual court testimony is also quoted to add further authenticity.

The book is a black hardcover and contains 314 pages with 84 photos and 249 surnames. Just to name a few of the surnames included are: Allen, Barnes, Benjamin, Bergstresser, Campbell, Chilson, Coolbaugh, Crowley, Davis, Dimock, Elsbree, Essenwine, Fanning, Fell, Griffin, Head, Heeman, Hicks, Homet, Horton, Johnson, Kerrick, Lamb, Manley, Matthews, McCracken, Means, Mills, Newell, Ott, Platt, Powers, Robinson, Stevens, Sturdevant, Tabor, Thompson, Vanderpool, VanNess, Watson, Williams, Woodburn, Wright and Zurn.

If you would like to add this book to your collection of historical references or you are an avid book reader, please contact me
Thank you
Susan Miller

Remember that the site is arranged PRIMARILY around the Eighty Township Pages, and they all link from the sidebar at the right of the page. Subject areas link both from the sidebar at the left and from the icons below. My mail tells me that many long time site guests are very unaware of many of its special features. Open every window so you don't miss any.
Future Local Events of Interest to Historians
17 JUN 2005 HUGE YARD SALE June 17 & 18 TROY FARM MUSEUM GROUNDS. Rt 14 N Troy, Pa. Items are now being accepted. Call 297-4458 or 297-3371 for pickup. Proceeds going to support museum projects and utilitiy expenses.
LOCATION: (Same as the past 5 years) COWANESQUE LAKE,   IROQUOIS PICNIC SHELTER IN SOUTH SHORE RECREATION AREA on Rt. 49,  between Nelson & Lawrenceville, PA.
TIME: Gathering begins at 10:00 am, come early and get acquainted with those relatives you may never have met or only see at the reunion. Bring a dish to pass, your own table service and soft drinks.   A great time planned with food, games & fellowship.  Bring a wrapped gift for the white elephant sale to help provide funds for reunion expenses.   Group pictures will be taken after dinner. If you have photos of your ancestors and family stories to share with others please bring them.   Sally Close Meabon is creating a photo/story book and needs scanned copies of ancestors and family photos.    Send your updates on your family birth, deaths and marriages to Sally at email to:    ANY DESCENDANTS OF NEWBURY & ESTHER CLOOS - COME JOIN IN  FESTIVITIES - MEET YOUR RELATIVES ! 
10-11 SEP 2005 175th Annversary of First Christian Church of Alba (TGR 07 APR 2005)
21 SEP 2005 Archie's Meeting

April  2005 Statistics

Average Daily Site Count on Main Page April 2001 = 267  April 2002 = 365 April 2003 = 418 April 2004 = 429 April 2005 = 401
Site Statistics - 13,nnn Pages on site at month beginning. One year ago we had 11,300 pages on site as of April 1. That's nnnn new pages in one year.
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