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(Updated 7/9/2012)

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Sent: 12/30/2011 10:44:11 P.M. Eastern Standard Time

Allan Myrick b. 20 Jun 1856 in Australia d. 28 Jan. 1922 in Lycoming County, PA. Married to Mary Olive Hemenway b. 28 Jan. 1860 d. 25 Aug 1922 in McNett Twp., Lycoming County. Had several siblings, brother John is listed in Bradford Co. Census as living with Allan. Family tradition states he was killed in an accident, possibly train, at age 28. He was married at about age 22 and had two daughters Mabel b. 1882 d. 1920 and Myrtle b. 1886 d. 1916 in Grover, PA. Allan is my great-grandfather. Any information on Myrick or Hemenway families would be appreciated.

Kay Stahl,

Subj: MACK MCNAMARA BRITT -- Troy and Towanda, Bradford County
Sent: 12/23/2011 9:19:43 P.M. Eastern Standard Time

I have lots of information to share about these families and hope others out there could fill in my gaps. Specific family names I am researching are:

Miles (or Myles) MACK (or MCNAMARA)


Margaret (nee BRITT) MCNAMARA

These people are my GGG- and GG-grandparents. The McNamaras came from County Clare, Ireland (in 1851?). The Britts also came from Ireland (in 1851), but I don't know which county. Thank you. Nancy A. Haspel St. Paul, Minnesota

Subj: Smith
Sent: 12/22/2011 8:33:28 A.M. Eastern Standard Time

I'm looking for more information on Michael Smith B. 1864 / d. ?, wife Mary smith b. May 3, 1866 / d. Aug 5, 1905. Buried in Epiphany Cemetary. I'm looking for military service, marriage, children, date of death for Michael. Middle names. Mary's maiden name.

Thank you! Robyn Chilson

Subj: Tioga Co. Query - John SHIMONSKI
Sent: 12/16/2011 3:41:21 P.M. Eastern Standard Time

Need obituary for John SHIMONSKI b June 1878 in PA. Buried in Wellsboro Cemetery - tombstone reads 1879 - 1919. Thanks for any info.

K Kay Brownell Reed
Librarian & Genealogist
Potter Co. Historical Society

Subj: CLARK, Thomas 1815-1883, Tioga County
Sent: 12/10/2011 7:16:06 A.M. Eastern Standard Time

Thanks in advance. Seeking information to aid in identification of parents and siblings of Thomas Clark of Tioga County, PA, 1815-1883.

Thanks, Kenneth W. Clark
Greensburg, PA

Subj: Frank Lee Goldsmith
Sent: 12/8/2011 3:47:04 P.M. Eastern Standard Time

Hi, my name is Sharon Don. I 'am looking for information on my Grandfather. He went in to the military in Elmira during World War1. He was born in the year of 1893. Frank Lee Goldsmith was married to Margaret Lyons. Then she married my grandfather in the year of 1921 or 1923. They were married by Rev Brag. I think. If you could help me out I would be so gratful. Oh, I forgot my grandfather was born in Pen Yan N.Y. I know that he lived in Elmira after the war.

Thanks, Sharon Don

Subject: STEVENS
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2011

Hi Joyce.

First of all, thank you so much for your hard and diligent work on the website.  It's wonderful to look through so much history.

Regarding page

Recently my mother (Shirley Ann Stevens) passed away, but not before I told her of a possible new link on our family history.

My grandfather, Raymond F. Stevens, always said "we came from New England".  He didn't have any other details for us.  He died in the early 80s.

My mother's brother Tom Stevens, who is still with us, remembers very little about his grandparents let alone great grandparents.

I recently discovered a Census error with my great-great grandfather William Hanmore Stevens.  The PA census had at one time shown his being born in NY.

Here is the newest info.  It now shows him being born in MA.

I researched it some more and I believe that he is related somewhere/somehow to Asa Stevens.  During my search of Asa's descendants I came across your page.

On this page there are a couple of photos.  These photos made the hair on my arms stand up.  There is a photo of ELMER F. STEVENS.  He looks EXACTLY like my grandfather.  OLIVER W STEVENS also is very close in looks to my grandfather and great-grand father.  I have attached my grandparents photos for your review.

My Stevens line was settled in and around Troy, PA.

I'm not sure if you can help connect the dots or not.  I'd really love to hear your thoughts on this line.

THANK YOU so much for your time and consideration.

--tim vogel

 Name      Relation     Marital Status     Gender     Race     Age     Birthplace     Occupation    Father's Birthplace    Mother's Birthplace

My great great grandfather
 W. H. STEVENS       Self       M       Male       W       27       PA           Laborer       MA       MA

My great great grandmother
 Ursula STEVENS (Tinhkham) Wife       M       Female  W       20       PA         Keeping House       PA       PA

My great grandfather.  I was 5 when I went to his funeral. I remember him fairly well.
 Glenn P. STEVENS       Son       S       Male       W       1       PA                       NY       ---

Subject: Alice Watson Voorhis obituary
From: Lynne Howell -
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2011 18:37:48 -0500

Dear Joyce:
I have information for the Alice Voorhis obituary found at the bottom of the following page: Alice Watson, b. 17 Dec 1859 at Springfield Twp., Bradford Co., PA, d/o Theodore Watson (s/o John K. Watson & Maria Upham), and Mary Philinda Brooks (d/o Milton Brooks & Sarah Ann Brainerd); m. 30 March 1886, Greeley P. Voorhis, b. 9 July 1856 at Springfield Twp., Bradford Co., PA, s/o John Voorhis & Helena Hosley (no further information on Greeley's parents).

According to the obituary Alice was 63 years of age at her death. Therefore, the approximately date of death would be 1922. I do not know when Greeley died.

Also, according to the Brooks Genealogy, their adopted daughter, Annie Voorhis, married George Andrews (possibly George Elisha Andrews, s/o Elisha "Lathan" Andrews & Huldah Clark, but this has not been clearly established as of this time). Annie was born in Tennessee, and her birth mother was born in Maryland according to census records. I do not know her birth parents' names.

Annie Voorhis and George Andrews had two children that I know of: Harold R. Andrews, b. 1908, d. 1950 (no other information); and Winona "Nonie" Andrews, b. Aug 19, 1914, probably in Canton, PA; d. Apr 1979; m. George (M.?) Ketchum, probably b. 2 Sep 1912; d. Aug 1972; both are resting at Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY.

Most of this information I found on your Tri-Counties Genealogy & History website. Some was found on HeritageQuestRemote, and some through the SSDI.

If anyone has any further information on this family, please contact me at I would like to add information to the Brooks Genealogy. Lynne B. Howell

Subj: Samuel Ausin
Sent: 11/29/2011 10:05:53 A.M. Eastern Standard Time

Hello, you have a wonderful site first off. I would like some help finding the burial place of my great grand father, Samuel Austin, he was born around 1869 in Westfield PA. Married my great grand mother, Carrie Hancock, around 1887-1888. Sam died sometime after 1900. They gave birth to my grand mother Della around 1889. I have other information but it seems sketchy.

Thank you, Charles Arthur Stevens, Spencer NY

Subj: Tioga County/Covington Township
Sent: 11/24/2011 9:45:49 P.M. Eastern Standard Time

I am looking for information on the following person, specifically an obituary:

Allie Dora SHORT, who married Ovid B. Comfort 3 March 1926 in Clarke County, Georgia. They moved to Covington Township, Tioga County sometime after 1930. Dora died in Tioga County in 1957.

I appreciate any help. Susan Kellett

Subject: Chemung County, SMITH
From: Dave & Liz DuBois -
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2011 20:19:52 -0800

I am looking for someone in the area who can help me find obituaries for A. D (Asa Dolson) SMITH who died 3 May 1895 and is buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Horseheads, section D, I believe.

Also for his brother, Samuel C. SMITH who died 1 June 1893 and is also buried in Maple Grove, section B.

If there is no obit for Samuel that give his birth date, how can I obtain a tombstone photo?

One other question...does anyone know how I might find the death for Irene/Irena SMITH Mather who died between 1880 and 1897? She also lived in Horseheads, was born about 1800.

Many thanks for your help!
Liz DuBois

Subject: CLARK, Thomas 1815-1883, Tioga County
From: "Ken" -
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2011 07:55:56 -0500

Thomas Clark 1815-1883 in Tioga County, PA. Seeking information to aid in identification of parents and siblings. Thanks in advance, Kenneth W. Clark

Subject: George Alanson Brown.
Date: 11/11/2011 10:13:10 AM Eastern Standard Time

Joyce, Your site is a wonderful source of information about early Elmira and I ve spent many hours searching for information about my gg grandfather, George Alanson Brown.

According to his Australian citizenship records, he was born in Elmira in 1819/20. He ran away from home at the age of 13 and sailed to Australia on the ship Tybee, arriving here in 1834.

Judging by his children s names (below) I believe he was born to Oliver and Sarah Brown on the basis that this family shared many of the same names (until George fled in 1833).

I would be very grateful if you could point me to information about Oliver Brown as I have yet to trace any information about this family other than census records showing their existence in (or around) Elmira.

Many thanks and kind regards
Diane Smith
Perth Western Australia

Subject: HYMAN,raymond TIOGA COUNTY
From: Gabhar Cole,
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011

Hello my name is Khris Hyman, I am looking for any info on my great grandfather Raymond Hyman. I know very little other than his wife's name may have been Mary and they had a son (my Grandfather) Charles Elmer Hyman, born in Elmira around 1920. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Khris Hyman

Subject: Chemung Co. TOMPKINS
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011

Tri Counties, I'm looking for information on Alexander Tomkins. He was buried in Veteran and died on April 8, 1852. According to the 1840 Census, he lived in Chemung County, in the township of Caynta. He was married to Elizabeth Lewis (born 1811). Alexander was born about 1804, somewhere within NY.

In 1850, he lived in Hornby, Steuben County. His children were: Hiram, William H., Theodore, Caroline, Daniel D., Frances, and Elizabeth.

Do you have anything in your records that show where he was born and who his parents were? How about the same for Elizabeth Lewis.

Thank you very much in this effort.
Jim Heil

Subject: Mary Ann McMahon
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2011

I am trying to find out some info on Mary Ann McMahon born 1850 in New York. She was supposed to be placed in an orphan home in Elmira, New York. I have no further info about that. I was told that a family named Coyne brought her to St. Louis,Mo and she worked for them as a servant. On 12-5-1873 she married a man named Albert O Priest. She later married a Meinberg and lived the rest of her life in St. Louis. She died on 3-6-1929. I don't have any other dates or names of relatives. That is all I have on her. She is my Great Granmother. I know it isn't much to go on, but anything will help. Thank You. Bill Priest

Subject: Bradford
From: "Judy Atkinson"
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2011 21:56:28 -0400

TICE, William born: Jun 1830 East Bradford Co. PA. died: 3 Apr 1903 Chester Co. PA. buried: Chester Rural Cemetery, Chester PA. married 1st Ruthanna Miles; married 2nd on 27 May 1861 to Elizabeth Carolyn Dowlin. I am looking for the parents of William TICE.
Judy Atkinson

Subject: Tioga
Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2011

Seeking the parents of John H. MITCHELL, 16 DEC 1835,Tioga, PA - 21 FEB 1885, Mitchell Creek, Tioga, PA and his wife Emily JAN 1838 NY- 5 FEB 1901 Eklund, Tioga, NY

Winnie Mitchell

Date: 9/10/2011

Hello Joyce, I recently started to research my genealogy and am looking for information on the Stevens and Daniel s daughter Jane Ann Stevens ---and her daughter Marietta Mills (Fitzgerald)

I saw this note, and was wondering if anyone has responded. I d appreciate any help or suggestions.

Thanks in advance,
John Schatzel (great grandson of Genette Fitzgerald)

Hi Joyce, Could you please put the paragraph below in the Bradford County Queries. I am looking for the final resting place (cemetery) of Daniel STEVENS or STEPHENS. His name was spelled both Stevens and Stephens during his life time. He was the son of Jonathon Stephens/Stevens of Chester, New York. He was born approximately 1802 and one source says he died in 1869 however the 1870 census says he was still alive and living in Le Raysville, Pennsylvania so I presume he died shortly after the 1870 census.

His first wife was Sarah Jane Horton who died in 1843. I believe he married his second wife Amelia Morey in 1852.

They lived first in Rome of Bradford County and then moved on to Le Raysvillle in Bradford County. Although I can see by looking at the census of 1870 that they lived in Le Raysville I can t find the cemetery that he was buried in.

If anyone can shed any light on this please contact me at My name is Jack Flipp and I live in Stillwater, Minnesota

Subject: Tioga
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2011

Looking for the wife of Anson L. JOHNSON (1817-1879) of Covington Twp. He was married to Margaret SEAMAN and Jane A. ?. Any help with Jane's maiden name would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
Scott Burfield

Subject: Tioga County,PAS
From: Shirley Tathwell,
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2011

EBENEZER GITCHELL,B.1775,possibly in MA,last found in Painted Post,NY. May have migrated from Tioga Co. Looking for any information that may be had,esp. for parents.

Shirley Gray Tathwell

Subj: Bradford County, Columbia Township PA - MILLER, William Henry and Catherine
Sent: 8/26/2011

Second Message. Forgot name and e-mail in body last message.

I am searching for records relating to William Henry and Catherine MILLER. They had at least 2-5 children while living in this area. The younger children were Andrew Jay MILLER, born on March 1, 1828 in Columbia Township, and Mary Elizabeth MILLER born on August 4, 1829 in Coal City, Northumberland PA.

Andrew did not marry, but Mary Elizabeth married John Charles WALLACE on October 5, 1850 in Lewis, Northumberland.

William, Catherine, Andrew, Mary Elizabeth and John Charles WALLACE made it to Kane Illinois by 1855. Older children may have moved South to the southern states About the same time.

Subject: Parents of Charles S Reynolds
From: "Penny Reynolds",
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2011

Hi, I am looking for information on Charles S. Reynolds and who his parents were he was born 1899 and passed away 1961 and his wife was Sarah Quik Reynolds. I cannot find any records for his birth parents if someone could help me with this I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you
Penny Reynolds

Subject: Tioga County
From: "deemac",
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011

I'm researching Jacob HESSELGESSER, who shows on the 1810 census in Orwell Twp. and in 1820 in Deerfield, Tioga Co. I believe his wife's name was Hannah. The 1820 census was only a list of people and where they were counted. If anyone can email a copy of the 1820 census with family numbers listed, it would be appreciated. Also, in 1850 census, for Deerfield, there is a Dr. James HESSELGESSER, who I assume is his son. I would like to find any kind of information on either of them and their families. Thanks for any help.

Diane Macurdy

Subject: Sayre, Bradford, Pennsylvannia
From: David Kelly,
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2011

Searching for the death of Francis Shiloh(Shilook) SPENCER and his parents. Francis was born about 1862 in Bradford county. He appears on the 1910 census but on the 1920 census his wife Mary Elizabeth FLOYD is listed as a widow. I know he worked for the Lehigh Railroad. He lived in Bradford for the majority of his life. I know nothing about his parents except they are listed as being born in Pennsylvannia as well. The children of Francis and Mary are Albert, Harry, Frances, and Emma.

Thank You,
David Kelly

Subject: KNAPP - Elmira, Chemung, NY
From: Tom Knapp,
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011

Interested in Knapp of this area from 1800 to 1860. Specifically, James Ira Knapp, who was born in Elmira abt 1833. His father was Ira Knapp, born 1804. I'm attempting to find James' siblings, his parents marriage and the parents of Ira Knapp.

Thank you so much. Tom Knapp

Subject: Tioga County Rosette SPENCER
From: "Pam Ketler",
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011

I am trying to locate info on Rosette SPENCER, daughter of Charles O & Joanna (Simpkins) SPENCER, born @1843. She is found in 1850 &1860 US Census: Union Twp, Tioga Cty. I have a photo of her and unnamed man taken in Canton, Pa.

Pam Ketler

From: Barbara Young,
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2011

FOX, Rudolph ALLEN, Abigail (Abigail Allen Fox) I am a descendent of Rudolph Fox, from his some Daniel. History tells me that Rudolph Fox was the first permanent white settler in Bradford County. I have been reading through the History of Bradford County, PA.

I would like to thank Joyce Tice and those who assist her for such a wonderful website. I particularly found the chapter on "knowing the territory" interesting. I do no know the area at all. I would like to make a trip to Bradford County, to visit Cole Cemetery, where I believe I will find the graves of Rudolph Fox and his wife.

I would also like to visit the site of the original Fox homestead.

My first question: How do I find the original homestead location? I am also interested in the location of Rudolph's daughter Elizabeth's home following her marriage to William Means. I believe it was called "Fox Chase Farm".

My second question: Is is possible for anyone to help me locate information on ABIGAIL ALLEN FOX? She was married to Daniel Fox, son of Rudolph Fox. I have been able to follow the Fox family backward for four generations from Rudolph, but I have been unable to locate any information on the pedigree of Abilgail Allen.

Any help you may be able to provide will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Barbara S. Young
Hilliard, Ohio

Subject: George Spencer
From: "Frank M Spencer Comcast",
Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2011

Seek the following information on Uriah SPENCER, b. 04 Mar 1770, Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut. Wife Elenor BOHER

1. Uriah SPENCER died 1850 in DC while at his son George SPENCER's home in DC. Does anyone have the date?

2. Uriah SPENCER's son George SPENCER married a Lady from Georgetown, DC. What was her name?

3. Can anyone tie my George D SPENCER that married Caroline BACON in DC on 10 August 1830 to Uriah SPENCER's son George SPENCER?

Thank you--
Frank Maury Spencer

From: Mayes JoAnn <>
Subject: Tri county Queries
Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 3:05 PM

Subject  DICKINSON  Tioga Co. Pa

Looking for information on George Washington Dickinson (born 1822) Wife Rebecca Smith(B 1822)  George died  in Cliffburn Hosp. Washington D.C. typhoid fever 1862

Children  Andrew Jackson  (B) 1847

                 Ira                                1850

Mary Josephine                          1852

Hannah Delphine                       1855

William                                        1856

Minnie Helen                             1859


Andrew Jackson Dickinson(B) 1847 (M) Myra(Almira) Keeney (B) 1848

Children Arthur McArthur Alexander (B) 1867

                Grant  (B) 1873

               Ezra (B) 1882

All lived in the Middlebury Center area

Any information will be greatly appreciated

JoAnn Mayes

110 Buckskin Dr.

Maysville, N.C. 28555

e-mail address



Thanks Joyce for your website ..whish all counties had your format.

It would be so much easier to gather family info

Subject: Renselaer Rumsey, B 10-11 Sept 1818, D Sept 1887, Van Etten, Chemung, New York
Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2011

I am descended from him and Sarah Swartwood B:29 Aug 1821 thru Mary Jane Rumsey. I am trying to establish linage thru Jeremiah Rumsey B: 9 Oct 1772 & Fannie Rumsey B: 16 Sept 1778 to Jonas Rumsey B: Before 1755, who I believe was a participant in the revolution. You site has been a big help but I need "Proof". I would appreciate it if you would be good enough to point me in the right direction.

Don Bloodgood

Subject: ANDERS/SURGANTY family - Elmira, Chemung County
From: "Chris Anders-Tritt"
Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2011

Hullo Listers I am visiting Elmira on the 13th September 2011 with my sister and her husband and staying for about 10 days in order to visit Woodlawn, the Museums etc .

I have been researching my family since 1984 and I still do not know too much about my grand father s parents. They were married in Grace Church, Elmira 10th October 1870 Henry (Heinrich) ANDERS born in Australia in 1851 married Sophie SURGANTY (Parents Joseph and Hortence Theresa) .

They lived in Elmira for 7 years before migrating to Adelaide, South Australia (where Henry was born). Two sons Frank and Harry were born to them While Henry was living in Elmira (Water Street) he lodged at Hortence SURGANTY s boarding house; he was a Hairdresser and is reputed to have been Mary Twain s barber; Henry also was a member of the IOOF Lodge. His father in law, Joseph SURGANTY was a tailor

I would like very much to find more information  Marriage records, birth and death records and if possible, photographs of the SURGANTY family. Any help would be gratefully received

Regards Chris ANDERS-TRITT
South Australia

Subject: Asa MILLER - Wysox and Towanda Townships, Bradford County, PA
From: Sharon Rauworth,
Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2011

Hello, I am still seeking Asa MILLER who was born about 1800. First found in 1830 census in Wysox twp. with wife and 2 daughters. In 1840 census he is Tonawanda twp. with 2 daughters and 2 sons, no wife listed. In 1843 he married Mary Ann Coon, daughter of Nathan and Bridget Coon. The family moved to Illinois before 1850 with Nathan Coon and 2 of Asa's older children, Elizabeth and Daniel. His older daughter, Mary had married Albanus Traugh and his son, William stayed with them. William later married Sarah Chapman. Any help anyone could give me on the parentage of Asa and his wife would be greatly appreciated.

Sharon Rauworth
Mesa, Arizona

Sent: Monday, August 01, 2011 3:38 PM
Subject: FORSBERGS, Tioga county (Bloss Township)

I seek information about a FORSBERG family, immigrated from Sweden to Tioga County (Bloss Township) 1882.

Family members 1900 (all named FORSBERG at the time).

On the TriCounty site I did find out that John H, Anna and John A are all buried on the Swedish Lutheran Cemetery (Arnot Cemetery). I also know that John A and Frank were coal miners.

I'm interested in:

  1. any more available information about the family.
  2. knowing if their graves still exist in the cemetery.

There seems to be a listing made 2007, but I don't know if it's from grave inscriptions or from death registers. If anyone have an interest in the past of the FORSBERG family I can provide information from the Swedish history, before the immigration.

Kind Regards
Claes Larsson
Gothenburg, Sweden

Subject: History for Wallace's
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2011

Genevive Wallace B: 1866 Lorain County, Ohio married Mark L. Wallace B: approx. 1865 Lorain Co., Ohio moved to Sayre, Pa. in 1902 Genevive Wallace died Sept. 8, 1918 Mark L. Wallace died May 9, 1950 both are buried in Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens, Pa. I would like to find out about their life in Sayre, Pa. where he worked, church affiliation, obituarys, life in general.

Thank you, Paula Briggs at:
Ravenna, Oh. 44266
Ph. 330 + 297-6020
any information will be appreciated.

Subject: WILLIAM GREEK Querie
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011

I am researching a WILLIAM GREEK listed in the Litchfield township, Bardford Co., Pa. as one of the named settlers before 1808. Any help with info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Bob Sikes

Subject: Chemung County
From: ""
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011

I have been researching the Delamater Family Tree for over 40 years. I know of at least 36 different ways to spell the name. Recently I opened a family website dedicated to ALL of the descendants of Claude Le Maistre born 1611 Richebourg, Artois, France.

In 2012 I hope to republish our family history with over 2,000 pages of information.

My Query: I am looking for information about an Edward James DELAMATER, sometimes spelled De La Mater. He married Lillian Drew on 8/28/1913 at Waverly, Chemung Co., NY. She was the daughter of John V. Drew and August Ann Cook.

What I was hoping to find from the marriage certificate is who his family were. I know after they were married they moved to Geneva, no doubt for work. Before his marriage and afterwords I cannot find any information about him.

Someone said County Court House records were destroyed in a fire.

Any information would be greatly app recited.

Philip D. DeLamarter

Subject: Charles WILBER Tioga in 1860 but son, Lewis WILBER, lived in Bradford
From: Josh Massie,
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2011

I am looking for any information on Charles WILBER/WILBUR (b. abt 1805 in NY, unsure of when he died) and Mercy (b. abt 1808 in RI, died unknown, unsure of maiden name) WILBER. I believe they were the parents of Lewis WILBER (born Sept 24, 1827 in NY and died on April 24,1907 in Bradford County, PA).

The 1860 US Census shows Charles and Mercy Wilber (with a 14 year old Laura Ames) living in Union Township, Tioga, PA (Cherry Flats post office). I can not find records on these WILBERs after 1860. I would assume that Mercy or Charles WILBER is some direct relation to the AMES family.

If you have any information on Charles WILBER, his parents or siblings, or Mercy WILBER, please let me know.

Thank you,
Josh Massie

Subject: Harry SQUIRES
From: El Squir,
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2011

My grandfather, Harry E. SQUIRES, was born in Sayre, Pa. January 24, 1918 (and married Loretha GEYER in Franklin County, Ohio in 1939). my father, Harry A. SQUIRES, was one of five children to Harry and Loretha (Geyer) SQUIRES.

Harry E. SQUIRES was born in Sayre, Pa to Harry SQUIRES and Florence EPPLES. i have no birth-place, birthdate, or marriage place or date, for either Harry SQUIRES or Florence EPPLES.

through due diligence, i've obtained as much iniformation as possible. i note that my father's middle name was Arthur, but i am unable to establish a link to George Squires, or son Arthur Squires. i also note that there is a Harry Squires listed in the fragmented 1820 tax assessment of Tioga County; and there is a young Harry Squires of Columbia County, son of Jabez and Mary Squires who were 'unable to pay schooling' in 1821 (interestingly, the same name, with different spelling of Jabez/Jabesh appears again in 1828; with different kids of different ages).

if you have any information, it would be greatly appreciated.
larry squires

From: Janet Peterson,
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2011

I would appreciate any information on : CLARK - Martha Minerva CLARK Peterson born May 1835 Died 5 May 1914 Towanda Township PETERSON - Orson Leroy PETERSON Born 26 Aug 1856 Towanda Township --- Died in Danville Il 30 Sept 1945 PETERSON - Elsie Elray PETERSON Dec 1854 Towanda Township

Thank you
Janet Peterson

Subject: CHEMUNG
From: Janet Peterson,
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2011

I would appreciate any information on : PETERSON - Albert Franklin PETERSON - Born about 1833 in Chemung Died 3 Sept 1894 in Nichols, Tioga,New York (Married Martha Minerva CLARK)

Thank you
Janet Peterson
Redding, Ca

Subject: Frank E SIMS, Bradford County
From: Nolan Bennett,
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2011

Good day. I am looking for information regarding Frank E. SIMS (1876-1934). He was the adopted son of William Reuben SIMS and Phebe A BREWER Sims, though I cannot find any evidence regarding this. Also, Frank married Ida May SALLADA in April 1900 and was living in Columbia Twp, Bradford County as of the 1900 Census. Any information would be greatly appreciated. --

Thank you,
Nolan R. Bennett

Subject: Wilson
From: Michael Wilson,
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2011

I have spent several hours researching you database. It was very helpful in that I found the obit for my great great grandfather ALVIN WILSON. It included some leads which haven't panned out yet. My query is this: ALVIN and his wife and his wife LUCRETIA are located in the1860 US Census in Charleston twp, 1870 in Richmond twp, and finally 1880 in Sullivan twp. All Tioga Co. ALVIN dies in 1893. I think back in Richmond, but I have no proof. There are no cemetery markings for him in Tioga or Chemung Cos. Nothing appeared on the death of LUCRETIA. In 1870, his census neighbors are HONUS or HONAS or HOMER WILSON. There are 2 JULIES with him. Mother and wife is my guess by the ages. They do not appear in any obit or cemetery marking in Tioga or Chemung. In 1880, his neighbors are DELMAR and POLLY WILSON. I found one reference to DELMAR in a general search on WILSON in your database. I have no idea where any of these people are. Does appearing next to others of the same name in a census make them possible relatives? They were all born in New York. My great grandfather GEORGE is buried in St Peter and Paul in Elmira. That's why I search Chemung. Can you supply any leads? All farmers too.

Michael Wilson

Subject: Tioga county- Osceola
From: "Lynn",
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2011

Your website is wonderful! We have learned so much about my husbands g.g.grandfather Augustus CADUGAN (CADOGAN) and his family. We are searching for information on his father Peter V. CADUGAN (CADOGAN) and his mother who we think is named Amelia (1822?-born in Ma.)but cannot confirm it. Peter is buried in Wales Hollow Cemetery but we have no dates. According to civil war documentation, Augustus s father was supposed to have brought him back to his home  after being wounded in the battle of Bayou La Fourche, La. but we can t find any newspaper articles or information about his return. Reading the information on your website, it sounds like Augustus and his brother Lucien, were prominent businessmen in your community.Any information on his father or mother, would be greatly appreciated.

We are also looking for information on Augustus s brother Frances A., Charles and sister Maria. Would like to know if they were also living in this area. Much of the family, including Augustus are buried in Old Osceola Cemetery. A Miriam E CADOGAN is also buried there and we were wondering if she could possibly be Augustus s mother or who is she and how if she is related to us? Thanks you so much. The amount of information you have compiled and made available is incredible!

Lynn and Jim CADOGAN

Subject: Tioga or Bradford or Chemung
From: Sherrie,
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2011

Hello, I m looking for information on my great grandfather. Martin F SPANIAL born 1911-1989, I would love to know any information as to his parents. This has been a hard search for me because I think his parents came from Italy and might have a different surname, than Spanial.

My Father Steven Wade Spanial Born 4 Aug 1968

My grandfather Nicholas David Spanial Born 18 Dec 1941 Died 20 May 1996

My great grandfather Martin F Spanial Born 1911 Died 1989

Any information is greatly appreciated.
Sherrie DeLorenzi

Subject: Tioga Co. Query
From: "Kay Brownell Reed",
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2011

CHAFFEE, Amos Wells b 6 Oct 1810 in Luzerne Co., PA, m. Bethiah Christiana BABCOCK b 1817 in NY on 28 Sep 1834 in Tioga Co., PA. They had the following children: Lucy Minerva b 1835; Malinda b 1837; Simeon G. b 1839; Oliver Nelson b 1840; Almeron W. b 1843; William Edgar b 1845; Laura Lucretia b 1847; Guy S. (Lorenzo) b 1849; Hiram Sawyer b 1851; Abbie Jane b 1853; Christina B. b 1855; Curtis M. b 1857; Mary Eliza b 1860, Sarah Ida b 1860, Henry B. b 1864. Lucy Minerva CHAFFEE m Albert SAWYER who was born 1825 in NY on 7 Oct 1850 and they had the following children: Augusta b 10 Dec 1853 in Long Run, PA; Rose, Katherine, Agatha Victoria (Queen) b 18 Aug 1857 in PA;, Thomad D. b 1859; Frank, Miltonb 1863; Lois, Emma b 1865, George b 1868, Annie A. b 1872. Agatha Victoria (Queen) SAWYER m. William E. BAKER who was b 18 Aug 1857 in PA on 30 Sep 1877, he died 5 Dec 1890 and is buried in Sabinsville Cem., (Tioga) PA. She d 3 Jun 1912 in Seneca Falls, NY and her body was brought back to Sabinsville for burial. Their children were: Lena; Albert W. (Joe); Henry (Hank) A., Flora F., and Emma Zella.

Any information on this family, especially BAKER, CHAFFEE, SAWYER, BABCOCK, would be greatly appreciated

Kay Brownell Reed, Librarian
Potter Co. Genealogist
Potter Co. Historical Society

Subject: Bradford County, Towanda
From: Celinda Scott <>

Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011

Seek the following information on Elizabeth Beaumont STONE Griffis:
1. Place of death
2. Where buried (Oak Hill Cemetery?)
3. Obituary

Information I do have and would like to share with anyone who asks:
1. Birthdate and place: Dec. 11, 1813 in Camptown, PA
2. Month and year of death: Dec. 1900
3. Husband : William Griffis (1815-1908)
4. Parents: Raphael Stone and Sarah Ingham
5. Paternal grandparents: Edmond Stone and Susannah Hotchkiss
6. Maternal grandparents: Jonas Ingham and Elizabeth Beaumont
7. Other (dates, newspaper clippings about William Griffis, etc.)

Thank you--

Celinda Cass Scott
724-463-6436 or814-725-4484

Subject: William T. BALL
From: "Nancy and Jim Ranson" <>

Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011

My ancestor, William T BALL ( 7 Dec. 1787--17 Feb. 1866 ) and his wife, Mary, are buried in the Wellsburg cemetery at the Baptist church in Wellsburg, NY.  Who were William T  BALL's parents ?
Jim Ranson

Subject: Chemung County

From: "David Symes" <>

Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2011

Any information please:
Great-great-grandparents - William THOMAS and Eleanor JONES
Thomas: b. ??; d. ?? b. ??.
I traced the THOMAS and JONES country of origin as Wales and would like
learn the villiage/town in Wales they came from. Also where they are buried.
Great-grandmother: Annie Laurie THOMAS Wheeler - b. 1885 in
Elmira; d. 1961 in Veteran; b. in Veteran.
Grandfather: William Rhys WHEELER - b. 1909 in Veteran; d.
1934 in Elmira; b. in Veteran.
Mother: Lois Arlene WHEELER Huber Biroscak - b. 1932 Elmira.
Thank you --- Mary M. BIROSCAK

Subject: Chemung, SANFORD

From: "Sandra J. Jerry" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2011
I am looking for my great grandparents.
Almiron SANFORD was a Baptist preacher living with his wife Ida (GILLETTE) SANFORD in Veteran Township, Chemung Co. New York in 1900.  Almiron was born ca. 1850 and Ida was born ca. 1872. They had four children according to the 1900 census: Mary, Florence, Harvey and Moody. In 1903 they had another son named Charles. The story is that Almiron and Ida were killed in a sleigh or buggy accident either coming from or going to a revival meeting in 1907. Their children were all adopted out. I would like any information on the deaths of Almiron and Ida SANFORD and where they were buried. I thought maybe there would have been something in one of the old newspapers. Almiron and Ida were the parents of my grandmother, Florence.
Thank You,
Sandra (Erickson) Jerry


From: Ginni Caldwell <>

Date: Fri, 27 May 2011

I have hit a brick wall in my search for my great great grandmother, Grace MANN WESTBROOK. Grace was born a MANN and then adopted by Benjamin and Emily WESTBROOK. I believe Grace was born around 1874-6. The 1880 census shows her living with the WESTBROOK'S  as a daughter and her birth state listed as Iowa. She always kept her birth name MANN as her middle name.

I would love to find her birth parent's information as well as her birth details and maybe even the details of the adoption.

I would appreciate ANY help you could afford me.

Thank you,
Virginia Caldwell

From: "Nancy Carter" <>
Date: May 18, 2011

Seeking info about Samuel M. KINNEY b 1828 in Bradford Co, PA, m Nancy VANDERPOOL and lived in Asylum/Durell before moving to Floyd Co, IA. Daughters Elizabeth Jane and Angeline were born in PA. Any info welcome - Thanks. - Nancy A. Carter

Subject: Bradford County Wyalusing, PA
From: "John Langellier" <>

Date: Mon, 16 May 2011

Dear Colleagues:

I am attempting to locate biographical information related to an oversized Civil War image in my possession for a Bradford County resident. The photo is marked Isaac VANDERESPIVE (?) Wyalusing, PA. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

John P. Langellier, Ph.D.   

Subject: George Raleigh Schoonover
From: Barbara Robertson <>

Date: Thu, 19 May 2011

I am looking for information about George Raleigh Schoonover.
He was born April 15, 1871 in Cedar Run Lycoming, Pennsylvania and died January or, 1936.  I would like to find out where he died and where he is buried.  He married Rosa Amanda Douglass who was born December 16, 1877 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and died  March 05, 1066 in Wellsboro, Tioga, Pennsylvania.  She is buried in Knowlton Cemetery, Tioga, Pennsylvania.
You can send me information to
Thank you,
Barbara Robertson

Subject: Bradford County (Towanda)- WANCK

From: Sheila Gilliam <>

Date: Thu, 12 May 2011

Looking for descendants of WANCK, John and Sarah (FAWCETT).  My great-grandparents are Arthur WANCK and Eva SMITH (later marrying a MORRIS).  They had a son Dean Lavern WANCK, my grand-father, who served in WWI.  Records state that he left and returned to Towanda to serve in the Army in the year 1918.  He met a Georgian and married her in 1933 (my grandmother, Hattie Joyce Sumner.  I currently live in Germany and am interested in information which leads me back over here for the WANCK family.  I'm also interested in who my relatives are in PA.
I've attached a news article which was printed on my grandfather in the 1970's.  This article provides documentation to such above facts and indicates my seriousness in locating relatives.  Thank you. 
Sheila Gilliam

Subject: Tioga Delmar Township
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011

I am looking for information on Betsy Ainsworth b 1815, Nathan AINSWORTH b 1849, Aaron AINSWORTH b 1859 and Martha AINSWORTH b 1861. They are on the Delmar Township 1880 census, pg 44. States Betsy is a widow. Looking for Betsy's husband.
Jay Ensworth

Subject: EPHRAIM IV BACON, Bradford County PA
From: Susan Murphy,
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011

EPHRAIM IV BACON 1780-1826, my great great + grandfather. Looking for any information regarding where, and what EPHRAIM IV was, and was doing after his return from Africa, 1822. I can find no information on what happened to EPHRAIM IV after 1822.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Susan Murphy

Date: 4/25/2011

Am looking for the maiden name of Orlina Morrison (1835-1922), wife of John MORRISON. She had a sister named Emma, (married name Rogers). Orlina and John's children were Cynthia, Rebecca, Julia, Matilda, Derrick, Isabell, Amos and Page. She was my great great grandmother on my mother's side, (Beatrice Van Noy Appel). Any information about Orlina's family will be a great help.

Mari Lynn Reynolds
Odessa, NY

Subject: BARNABUS MAPES and HANNAH BREWSTER, Chemung County New York
From: Ginny Mapes,
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2011

Researching BARNABUS MAPES and HANNAH BREWSTER Mapes of Chemung County, New York. (husband & wife) Sons: James O. Mapes Walter B. Mapes George Mapes

Brothers were in Kinnickinnic, Valley Wisconsin in 1849

"they were the sons of Barnabus and Hannah Brewster Mapes of Chemung County, New York. The Mapes family was an early family of Long Island, New York, with Thomas Mapes (1628  1687) of Norfolk, England being the immigrant ancestor in about 1649."

Is Hannah Brewster in the family line of William Brewster of the Mayflower?

Ginny Mapes 25185 NW Svea Drive
Hillsboro, OR 97124

Subject: Robert Davis, Ridgebury township
Date: 4/17/2011

Hi Joyce, you have quite a history on Bradford County and the people who lived there. You certainly have put an enormous amount of time and effort into it. I have a problem that I hope you can lead me in the right direction to solve it.

My Grandfather Robert Davis and his brother William are listed in your 1880 census in Ridgebury township. However there is no mother or father listed. My niece told me she found my grandfather listed under the names of Patrick and Ellen Davis in Bradford County but not specifically under Ridgebury township. Robert and William are listed as adopted.

The story begins when my grandfather Robert and my grandmother Bridget told my parents a few years after my parents were married that our name of Davis was not our real name. Our real name was Brady. They told my parents that my grandfather's parents were found dead under mysterious circumstances. I do not know whether this happened in Bradford County or some where else in Pa. They told my mother and father that their sister Mary was taken by dirt poor relatives in Pa. but could not take the boys. As a result a farmer by the name of Davis took the two boys to work on his farm. They slept in the barn in the summer and the cellar of his home in the winter.

In your 1880 census Robert was 13 and listed as a laborer and William as 11 years old. My grandfather ran away when he was eighteen. He took a boat from the Davis farm and started downstream when he got tired a pulled into shore to sleep. He was awakened by a farmer named O'Leary and asked what he was doing there. My grandfather told him he was going into town to look for work. O'Leary told him he would never get into town by a boat and told Robert that he was going to town and would give him a ride. He said are you not a boy who is working on the Davis farm and my grandfather said yes but he wanted to make his own way and get to town to get a job. The O'Leary farmer told him not to say his name was Brady as NINA would prevent him from getting a job. O'Leary told him to just say his name was Davis and he did.

He met my grandmother who worked as a housekeeper for a priest, at St. Josephs in Athens and they fell in love. Aye there is the rub. They confessed to the priest that my grandfather's name was Brady not Davis, but they feared he would get in deep trouble if he said his name was Brady. Consequently, the priest did marry them under the name of Davis.

My Grandfather died in 1943 and he was a very quiet and mild mannered man. My parents did not tell me this story until 6 months before my mother died in 1983. It just seemed so sad that my grandfather and his brother had to live under those conditions while they were growing up. No Mother, No father, their sister taken away from them. If there is any information you can give me regarding my grandfather and his brother William I would greatly appreciate it. If there is any information regarding their parents or their foster parents It would mean a lot to our family. I do not even know the names of my grandfathers parents.

Robert and Williams sister Mary was only a small child when their parents were found dead. However, it is a miracle that the three of them found each other and stayed in touch all their lives. William finally ran away from the farm a year after my grandfather did, worked in the coal mines and married a woman who worked in the mines ( I do not know her name either). My mother said they did not have any children. How sad.

Sorry to have bent your eyes and ears so long, but this is my sad, sad story. Help if you can.

Marylou Davis Brady Oleson
Sun City, Arizona

Subject: Annable
Date: 4/15/2011

My name is Gerald Annable and I'm seeking information on John and Roselinda Annable who may be my great great great grandparents. I know nothing about John, but Roselinda was living with the McCartys in Tioga or Sullivan County in 1850 to 1870. I also seek information on any Annables in all three counties. I have reliable records tracing back to Ephraim Annable and Diana King of Bradford county in 1850. I am at a roadblock going earlier but suspect John and Roselinda were Ephraims' parents.

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Respectfully, Gerald Annable

Subject: HOVEY
From: Chad Hovey,
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2011

I am looking for Ozias Hovey's Parents b. 1820 Tioga County.

Thank You, Chad Hovey

Subject: Baker
Date: 4/13/2011
From: Maralee Shoemaker,

I have been trying to find the ancestors for Horace Baker. I have an 1850 census that states Horace was born in Lawerence, Tioga County, Pa about 1813. When researching your site I found the refernce to a Samuel Baker that was an early settler for your county. The reference state he has a wife and children but I can't find the names of the children. Do you have the childrens names? Could Samuel be the father or grandfather of Horace?

Please let me know if you have any questions and I would appreciate any help you can give me.

Thank you
Maralee Shoemaker

Subject: Kilburns of Lawerenceville
Date: 4/12/2011 6:42:35 PM Eastern Daylight Time,

Hello Joyce. My name is Tim Kilburn and I am a descendent of Ira through his son Wells. I am interested in learning about Ann Guy and her family. Ann married Wells on June 26, 1833. I have found a wedding announcement published in the Lancaster Journal. From the 1850 census she said she was 35 and was born in Pa. so she was born 1815. I believe in Marietta, Pa. or at least she was living there when she married. I have found her father's name was John but nothing of the mother. I know you are busy so if you know of some one who could help me out that would be great. Thank you Tim Kilburn

Subject: Sheldon Wheeler of Elmira
Date: 4/11/2011 9:02:58 PM Eastern Daylight Time,

Seems to me we corresponded briefly some years ago. Well... I'm back. Recently I have been re-researching Sheldon S. Wheeler, the brother to my direct ancestor, Milton R. Wheeler. These Wheeler brothers grew up in Deposit, NY. (A beautiful town in a lush valley -- I visited there some years ago and was really taken by how distinctly beautiful it is.)

Stats: Sheldon S. Wheeler
b. Aug 1844, Windsor, Broome Co., NY'
m/1 ca. 1860 Sarah McDonald
m/2 10 March 1874, Kate Decker, by Rev. E. L. DeLong
d. 1920 Leavenworth, KS

Both Milton and Sheldon served in the Civil War. Last week I acquired Sheldon's pension file, which is a gold mine of info. It says that he was married twice:

- First to Sarah McDonald, who died on 3 April 1873. (Unfortunately, there is no marriage info, nor a place of death.) They had chikldren Alice (b. ca. 1861) and Ida (b. ca 1865) and possibly others. - Second to Kate Decker, on 10 March 1874 in Elmira, NY, by Rev. E. L. DeLong. They had five children (per the 1900 census), but I have only been able to identify two: Milton & Charles.

Sheldon worked for the RR in NY and later in Missouri. He appears in several Elmira city directories. They left NY for Kansas City, MO, about 1883, where they spent the rest of their lives. (He died in a soldier's home in Kansas, nearby.)

I have been curiously unable to locate any info on either of his wives. Sheldon appears in the 1870 census in Deposit, living with his father. No kids with him. In 1880 he and Kate (with daughters Alice and Ida and a son by his second marriage, Milton) are in Elmira.

So, I wonder if you can shed any light on either of his wives and/or which church Rev. DeLong was associated with in 1874.

Thanks again for a terrific website and for any insight you can provide into any of the above,
Ted -- Ted Steele St. Louis, Mo.

Date: 4/10/2011
From: Patty Crow,

ALBERT M. WEBSTER b. 26 Sept 1826 in Stephentown, Rensselaer county, New York moved to Chemung county where he "felled the trees on the steep hillsides ang brought them to mill with ox-teams, and every other year burned large kilns of charcoal. At the age of twenty-two, he, with his wife, moved to Williams county Ohio." (according to his obituary) wife: SARAH M. I can find nothing of Albert Webster's parents or of his existance in Rensselaer or Chemung counties.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, Patty Crow

Date: 4/10/2011
From: Christa Abraham,

Hello! I am looking for any information on my Great-Great-Great Grandparents and any preceding family. I believe they were in Bradford County, Pennsylvania at some point. WINSLOW, Annar approx 2/9/1815-4/19/1896 Married to Edrick Preston 3/24/1836? in PRESTON, Edrick 1/5/1812-11/21/1891 PRESTON, Joseph d. 1827 PRESTON, Steven d.1812? wife Clara?

Thank You,
Christa Abraham

Subject: Re: two questions from a computer genealogy newbie
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2011

Ms. Tice, Thank you for your response. I feel so dumb in sending you the question about the Old Athens Cemetery. As soon as I sent the inquiry I discovered that Old Athens  is more commonly known as Riverside Cemetery.

However, I can t find anything on your site about Henry C. Borden being buried in Glenwood Cemetery. According to his Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Card Born 13 Apr 1889, died 28 Oct. 1962 and was buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Troy, Pennsylvania. I searched your site and see several Henry Borden. I see nothing about a Henry Borden being interned at Glenwood Cemetery. There are all kinds of possibilities, I m guessing that the government supplied a ground level brass plaque which may be overgrown with vegetation.

I am trying to get in touch with the caretaker. The town office told me his name is Chuck Losey.

Your site is factually superior to the other sites. seems to have more chaff than grains of truth. Find-A-Grave has been helpful, but I have found misinformation on that site too. Since most of my research has been in Ohio I have been relying on these sites to point me in the right direction before I take a road trip.

I am in awe of all your history and genealogical doings. There must be 48 hours in your day. I enjoy your articles in Mountain Home . Teresa is lucky to have you contributing to the magazine.

Best regards, John White

From: Stasha Colin

Date:  April 2, 2011

I stumbled upon your website while searching my ancestor CHRISTOPHER FRANCIS SINNOTT. I discovered that he was an inmate at ELMIRA PRISON in Chemung County in 1900.
I was able to locate a census from June 12th 1900, he was the first inmate listed on the census. His dob is Sept 18, 1881. I have also attached the document for your review. I am interested in finding why he was imprisoned and for how long he was there. I know he did not die in the prison, he did not die until Oct. 3, 1968. I am not sure if you have access to these records or not, but even if you can point me in the right direction that would be great.The attached census feel free to share on your site if you do not have it already.
Thanks very much,

Stasha Colin
Casting Director
Cell: (323)286-7429

Subject: Ridgebury Bradford County - John SHEEHAN
From: "Monica"
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2011

Greetings, I have searched and searched for some early info on my Great-grandfather John SHEEHAN. The only printed info I have is the 1860 census record from Ridgebury Township Bradford County.

Family info is he was born in Cork Ireland , married a Ellen WALSH. I can follow the family from there but I can find nothing on his death or burial. Again family lore is : John Sheehan was killed in a farming/logging accident while clearing trees. He was impaled by a logging implement. He was found dead by his son Daniel, age 10 who was my Grandfather. This would have had to occur somewhere between 1868 and 1870. Daniel and his family moved to Elmira, New York after this happened and he grew up to be a successful businessman and eventually Mayor of Elmira. I am the youngest of his oldest child. In trying to research this I have come across several stories of tragic deaths so I am wondering if since it may have been a common occurrence I may never find any type of record. I was hoping at least to find perhaps his death record but I have been unsuccessful.

Any info or help that you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

Monica Sheehan Slaska

Subject: Tioga-Bradford-Chemung--WELLS, TERWILLIGER
From: Marjorie Bridges,
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011

Dear Tri-Countians:
Now that I know who's who in my Wells family, I am looking for pictures to illustrate the text and look for physical family characteristics.

My great great grandparents were Anson Wells 1814-1899 and Charity Terwilliger 1817-1893 -- New York and Pennsylvania (Southport, Canoe Camp, Bloss, Sullivan, Towanda especially)

Their children who grew to be adults and their spouses:
1. Sara Jane Wells m. Thomas Pattison and Phineas Edwards
2. Frederick H. Wells and Catherine McCann
3. Eliza Ann Wells and James Pollock (I have these, my line)
4. Mary Elizabeth Wells and George Harrison Doud/Dowd
5. Nelson Anson Wells m. Janet McClay and Cora Eliza Bennett
6. Harriet LaFrances Wells m. Dennison/Drummond/Demmon Sanford/Sandford Dewey Jr.

Is anyone willing to share their pictures or information? I would MUCH appreciate it.
Margie Pollock Bridges

Subject: Tioga
From: Susan Field,
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011

Hi Joyce, I have reached a brick wall trying to find information on my Great Grandmother Dora Ray, her sister Rose, their parents Isaac and Ella or Elka in Wellsboro. I checked the 1870 Census: Wellsboro, Tioga County, PA. Can't find this family! searched page by page. M593 roll 1456 p. 179 - 196. Isaac died in TX in 1874. So they didn't live in PA for long. They were Jewish. The spelling could be off. Any advice?

# Dora Ray SAVOLOWITZ Birth: 1 NOV 1870 in Wellsboro, Tioga County, PA or Birth: 1 NOV 1869 in Wellsboro, Tioga County, PA
# Rose (Rosie) SAVOLOWITZ Birth: MAY 1872 in PA
# Izaak (Isaac) SAVOLOWITZ Birth: 1846 in Russia or Germany
# Elka Kahn (Ella) COHEN Birth: 1848 in Russia or Germany

Thank you, Susan Field -
Stroudsburg, PA

Subject: John ROBINSON, Bradford Co, PA
From: "Robinson, Craig T",
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2011

I am trying to find out if the John ROBINSON buried at Harkness Cemetery is my G G Grandfather. He died in April of 1904 and his will shows that he requested to be buried at Harness Cemetery. The cemetery does show a John ROBINSON is buried there with a grave next to him. I am assuming this grave next to him is his wife Margaret. The info we have says he was married to a Margaret HARKNESS so it makes sense that he requested to be buried there and I am hoping to find out that they are both there.

Craig Robinson

Subject: Henrietta Sherman
From: "Augustine L Newhart",
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2011

Seeking information on John(B-1850-MA, D-1907-Wilke-Barre, PA) & Henrietta Sherman(B-1849-PA, D-?).Henrietta was married to John SHERMAN, one child Lizzie G SHERMAN.

Need Henrietta's Maiden name and any info on parents of John and Henrietta. 1870 US Census shows family living in Sayre, Athens Township, Bradford CO, PA. John died in Wilkes Barre in 1906 and was transported to Towanda for burial. John worked for the Lehigh RR. Death date for Lizzie early thirty's in NJ. Death date for Henrietta unknown, but after 1910 and probably in NJ. Lizzie G SHERMAN(my grandmother) married Levi H NEUHART(NEWHART). Any help gratefuully appreciated.

Thanx Augustine L NEWHART

Subject: Query: ATWOOD Rollin C., Bradford County
From: Mark Mikolas,
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2011

Rollin C. ATWOOD was born in Pike township, April 28, 1870; the ninth in the family of twelve children of George C. and Henrietta (Taylor) Atwood. He is said to have co-authored "The Atwood Family Tree" in 1945 with Ralph E. Atwood, probably his son. Does anyone have a copy of this publication or know where one might be consulted?

Thank you, Mark Mikolas
Great grandson of his sister, Georgiana Atwood
Brattleboro VT

Subject: Chemung, Pine Valley, Alfred JACKSON and Ella Eliza JOYNER
Date: 3/18/2011 11:52:56 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
From: Ruby Oswald,

I am searching for additional info of my great grandparents who were residents of Pine Valley. The Bible records show they were married in Pine Valley, NY on December 23, 1875-76, by John Dilmore. Their first child, Winifred R. Jackson, was born December 31, 1876. I do not know where she was born or what the "R" in her name stands for. Any additional info you can share will be appreciated, and I thank you in advance for any help you can give me in this search.

Thank you, Ruby Oswald

Date: 3/16/2011 6:00:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
From: Tammy Wallace,

I am looking for any information on the CHAMBERLAIN family. Charles Meredith CHAMBERLAIN was born 3/9/1903 to Mark Edward CHAMBERLAIN and Emma CHAMBERLAIN in Sabinsville PA. They were farmers. I found this information on the Births of 1983-1906 record in Tioga County, Pennesyvania. Charles Meredith CHAMBERLAIN'S son was Mark Stephan CHAMBERLAIN. who was born 7/17/1925 and died May 19 1980 in CA. I found a Mark E CHAMBERLAIN IN Clymer, Tioga PA in 1920 Federal Census. There is Mark, E CHAMBERLAIN, Emma, Charles M , Wilma M, Bernice L, and Hilda M in this family and I am wondering if this is the same family? I am wondering if you could help me find the father and mother of Mark Edward CHAMBERLAIN. I am wondering were the Grandparents from another Country or are they part indain? I could not find any cemetery records for this family. Is there any school pictures of this family? Did he have brothers and sister? What church did they go to?

This are some of my grandparents and I would be happy with any help I can get. My aunt Rose Chamberlain gave me some of this information so far. Thank your for your help and time.

Sincerely Tammy Wallace.1611 E Houston St
Sherman Texas
cell 903-818-5542

Subject: ATWOOD Bradford County
From: Mark Mikolas,
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2011

Hi Joyce,
I would like to exchange information with anyone knowledgeable about George Charles ATWOOD, b. May 17, 1825, married to Henrietta TAYLOR, b. April 3, 1833. They had 12 children: Ella J., Elmer J., Alice H., Adelia F., Ida L., Georgiana, Sarah E., Frederick G., Rollin C., William L., Cora J. and Leon M.

Thanks, Mark Mikolas
Brattleboro VT

Subject: Tioga County
From: Cindy Drage,
Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2011

Hi Joyce,
I am wondering if anyone can tell me if the Evans Funeral Home still exists? If not does anyone know where the burial records are? I am researching my great great aunt, Caroline LUPOLE Campbell who died in 1934 and is buried in Horn Cemetery.

Thanks! Cindy LUPOLE Drage

Subject: looking for Addie Krenkel (grandmother)
From: Noele Salgado,
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2011

Addie Krenkel from Mountain Lake in Pennslyvannia....around 1880's to 1900's. Child of a Spencer. Her mother died when she was young. I wondered if Addie's mother was Native American. Addie is my grandmother on my father's side.....Her father descended from the Spencer family which has a long history from England.

Noele Krenkel Salgado

Subject: Chemung County
From: jsbeck,
Date: Sat, 05 Mar 2011

Looking for anyone researching William and Alice PARISH and daughter Genevieve. They were in Elmira in 1920. Genevieve marries Ward LILLEY. Thanks for any help.

Sharon Beck

Subject: Ridgebury,Bradford County John SHEEHAN
From: "Monica",
Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2011

I have searched and searched for some early info on my Great-grandfather John SHEEHAN. The only printed info I have is the 1860 census record from Ridgebury Township Bradford County. Family info is he was born in Cork Ireland , married a Ellen WALSH. I can follow the family from there but I can find nothing on his death or burial. Again family lore is : John Sheehan was killed in a farming/logging accident while clearing trees. He was impaled by a logging implement. He was found dead by his son Daniel, age 10 who was my Grandfather. This would have had to occur somewhere between 1868 and 1870. Daniel and his family moved to Elmira, New York after this happened and he grew up to be a successful businessman and eventually Mayor of Elmira. I am the youngest of his oldest child. In trying to research this I have come across several stories of tragic deaths so I am wondering if since it may have been a common occurrence I may never find any type of record. I was hoping at least to find perhaps his death record but I have been unsuccessful.

Any info or help that you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
Monica Sheehan Slaska

Subject: Bradford, Athens HARRIGAN, Michael 1835 - 1912
From: Robin L Harrington,
Date: Wed, 02 Mar 2011

I seek information regarding my great great grandfather Michael HARRIGAN, born about 1835, Athens, PA Census Records indicate: 1860 living in Ridgebury, Age 21; 1880 living in Athens and employed at Bridge Shop and widower, age 41. He lived in Elmira around 1885. A veterans Burial Card has Michael Harrigan, Age 77 buried at Tioga Pt. Cemetery in Athens Township.

I seek any information about Michael Harrigan and his family and appreciate any news.

Sincerely, Robin L. Harrington (Harrigan)
Stamford, CT

Subject: Chemung County, ABER
From: john mcewen,
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2011

Hi Joyce, I`am looking for info on the Aber family who are buried in Doty Hill cemetery ,South Creek Twp,Bradford Co.Penn. My cousins were Job Loree Aber & Millicent Ferguson & Job L. d- Apr. 12 1842 & Millicent d-1878. Is there a headstone/marker for them? J L`s parents were Abner Aber & Charity Loree.

Sincerely : John McEwen

Subject: Harrison NICKERSON SR.
Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2011

Does anyone know the ancestry of Harrison NICKERSON? He was buried in the cemetary in Baldwin, Chemung County, N.Y. Tombstone info says he was born about 1812 in Town of Southeast, Putnam County, New York. Even the Nickerson Association doesn't know his parentage.

Curtis Nickerson

Subject: RE: Mary E. Wilcox 1856-1923
From: Daniel Cleveland,
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011

The grave stone of Mary E. Wilcox 1856 -1923 is on the edge of the Chemung river (a bit under water except in summer) along River road on the southeast end of the town of Chemung in Chemung county, NY. It isn't apparent if it had been dumped there or the river bank had washed away leaving it in the river bed. It's not likely it could have washed down river to far as it is quite heavy. I bring this information out in case there may be a relative or other interested party that might want to find or retrieve this monument. I've seen it at this same location for several years and often wondered if someone might be researching this person's family etc.

For additional information regarding the exact location of this grave stone my e-mail is

Daniel J. Cleveland, Erin, NY.

Subject: Chemung County
From: William Ryan,
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011

Hello ...I am attempting to trace the death of Edward RYAN. Edward was my great grandfather, immegrated from Ireland in 1865, and lived in the town of Horseheads, NY from circa 1865 until his death in 1901. I would appreciate any information that may be available, such as newspaper obituaries, death certificate, or any other information about Edward RYAN...

Thank you for your help.
Bill Ryan

Subject: Hackett Family
Date: Feb 28, 2011

Hi Joyce,

After having used your wonderful, online resources (a tribute to your hard work and determination), I want to take this time to thank you for helping me find a wealth of information about my family line that started in Freetown, Massachusetts in 1748 with the birth of my fifth great grandfather (Edward Hackett) and continuing right down through to my grandfather (Samuel Wing Hackett, born 1899 son of Avery John Hackett of Lawrence, Pa).

Without all of your efforts, my search most probably would not have led to as many wonderful discoveries as those I have been able to share with my family and relate to my father, Charles Hugh Hackett (who will be 92 years old this May and who I believe never knew any of the history of our family line before, but is learning it all now, for the first time in his life).

I only started genealogy research six months ago with a couple of names and since then I have built an extensive family tree and treasure trove of information about our family line.

I would now like to solve a few family mysteries that have come up in my research. First, the ongoing question of Edward's parentage (mainly who his mother might have been), secondly, why did his son John (my fourth great grandfather) go to Canada and what were the circumstances of his death up there circa 1829, leaving his wife, Elizabeth 'Betsy' McFarland, widowed and later to marry John Short in Pennsylvania and thirdly, and related to this, why and when did Edward's children and grandchildren move from Locke, Cayuga, New York to Northern Pennsylvania? Why did they choose that particular place? Why did my great grandfather, Avery John Hackett live in Hornell(sville), Steuben, New York while his wife lived in Corning, Steuben, New York?

Last, but certainly not least, (the most important perhaps for me) what happened to Phebe Ashley Hackett and where is Edward Hackett buried on this earth? I can't seem to find a record anywhere of his burial place and information about his wife Phebe is very scarce, if found at all. It's frustrating, to say the least. I'm sure that a distinguished, professional genealogist such as yourself has had more than her fair share of brick walls and mysteries to overcome in researching the past and can sympathize with my feelings on this. I thank you so much Joyce for your time and kind consideration in this matter and cannot find the right words to thank you enough for all of the help you have provided me in not just finding my anscestor's names and dates, but in sensing some of their probable emotions at times and making them living and real to both myself and my family. Bless you for all of your hard work. May it continue for all of us long into the future and comfort families in times to come that we can only imagine now. Kindest

Regards, Samuel Hugh Hackett

Subject: Conway Family
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2011

I am looking for information on my husband's great-grandparents:
Name: CONWAY, George
DOB: c. 1854
Residence: Baldwin, Chemung, NY
Spouse: Emma Son: Harmon

Data based on 1880 US Federal Census.

Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Madeleine Conway

Subject: Bradford County: Mary VANLUVANEE
From: Rick Groesbeck,
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2011

We're looking for the parents of Mary VANLUVANEE born about Oct 1878 in Wilmot, Bradford, PA

Her given name shows as Marie, Molly or Mary in records of her children's birth or in census records. Her maiden surname shows as VANLUVANEE in many cases. However, on her daughter Nina's birth certificate in 1909 her maiden name is listed as VANUBANY.

Mary's husband was Elmer H. ERLE born in Colley, Sullivan, PA in June 1869.

Mary's mother (step-mother?) is listed in the 1930 census as Ellen Page, 1920 at Ella Page (widowed), 1910 as Eleanor Page (married 3 times, married 7 years for current marriage). In the 1900 Colley, Sullivan, PA census there is an Ellen Mosier living with the Eberling family next to Elmer and Mary Erle. These census records point toward Ellen being born in PA in April 1853 and having 3 children, all living in 1910.

In the 1880 Wilmot, Bradford, PA census, William (age 28) and Ellen (age 27) Vanluvanee are listed with 3 children: Stella (age 9), William (age 3) and Wallace (age 7). So this could be the same Ellen that we see living with or near Mary Erle from 1900 through 1930. However, Mary is not listed and Ellen Vanluvanee/Mosier/Page apparently only had three children.

Any help to find Mary VANLUVANEE Erle's parents would be appreciated.

Rick and Jackie Groesbeck

Subject: Tioga County - BAUGHEY
From: ""
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2011

I am searching for my great-grandfather Benjamin BAUGHEY (1848-1902). I think he came from Tioga County because he was in the 149th PVI Company I during the Civil War which seems to have recruited fro Tioga County.He married Laura Beck. After the war he ended up in Michigan.

Terry Furgason

Subject: Ferguson
From: "JoAnn DiDonato",
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2011

I m researching my Ferguson family. My GG Grandfather was Duncan King Ferguson from Frankville, Ontario, Canada. I ve done some research and there was an Alexander Ferguson who was married to a woman by the name of Caroline B. living in Chemung County Elmira Ward 3 Dist. 0014 in the 1910 census. I wanted to know if there is a death date for either of them and or obituaries. Alexander was born about 1843-47 in Ontario Canada and Caroline B. was born in New York. Is there anyone who can research this for me. Thank you in advance.

PS My Duncan King Ferguson settled in Lewis County, New York and married a woman by the name of Permelia Louisa McGlachlin. Her mother was from the Fenton/Berber line.

JoAnn DiDonato Alamo, California

Subject: RE: Chemung - MCCONNELL
From: Stacy Tehrani,
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2011

I am searching for information on the parents of Samuel MCCONNELL (born 25 Oct 1806 in Chemung, NY). Samuel was married to Rosemount Bell. I know that the couple lived in Erin, NY in 1850.

Thank you! Stacy Tehrani Silver Spring, MD

Subject: RE: Chemung - Will-McKelvy
From: Rose Korman,
Date: Feb 16, 2011

Hello! My name is Rose Korman and I am researching my Will-McKelvy ancestry. I have found records that indicate that my 3rd grandfather back may have come from either Chemung Flatts or Elmira. His name was Fulton McKelvy. I am hoping you might have information on his surname etc.

Thank you for any help you might be able to provide.
Rose Korman, New Monmouth NJ

Subject: TenBroek murder
Date: Feb 16, 2011

Hello all, Seeking anyone who can assist with locating Bellefonte State Prison, Center County, PA records for John Lewis TENBROECK.

John Lewis TENBROECK, my grand uncle, b 11 Jun 1900 Tioga Junction, Lawrence Twp., Tioga Co., PA d 1957 Rochester, Ulster Co., NY, s/o Edgar Curtis TENBROECK and Maude Emily KIRKENDALL, my Great grandparents. John's father Edgar, was murdered on 14 Mar 1918 in Tioga Junction.

John was tried, convicted and sentenced to "not less than 10 and not more than 20 years at hard labor" in Bellefonte State Prison in Center Co., PA. He was imprisoned on 20 Jul 1919; pardoned and released in 1935.

Additional info: World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Name: John Lewis TENBROECK City: Not Stated County: Tioga State: PA Birth Date: 11 Jun 1900 Race: White Roll: 1926740 DraftBoard: 0

1920 Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA 24th Division; Supervisor's District No. 1 Enumeration District No. 308 Sheet 9A Enumerated 8 Jan 1920 by Samuel C. McClellan Line 34 TENBROECK, John Male White age 19 Single Able to read and write b PA Parents b PA Able to speak English Trade or Profession None Prisoner

Subject: Chemung, Elmira, JACOB ARNOLD
From: Linda Fess,
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2011

I'm looking for what regiment JACOB ARNOLD served in during the Civil War. He was a member of G.A.R. Post Baldwin, No. 6 in Elmira in 1888.

He lived in Elmira 1880 - 1889 with his family. He was a barber, wife's name was Emilie, they had three children, Adelia, Herman, and Emma. Emilie died in Nov 1888. After her death, the family moved to Rochester, NY.

I was hoping that there might be some record of the G.A.R. Post members and where they served.

Many thanks for any help.
Linda Fess,

Subject: surname search
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2011

CINNAMON,Peter Tioga
UNKNOWN,Nancy married to Peter CINNAMON AROUND AROUND 1860
CINNAMON, all in Tioga,Chemung areas Judy CASE Rumbaugh 515-282-1343

Subject: Round Top Cemetery- need photographer
From: "Jacque Baker",
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011

Help!! I am looking for someone willing to photograph several headstones at round Top. I will pay for time, travel etc. I live in San Diego, Calif so making a trip is not likely. If interested please send me email and price list for your service!!


Subject: Elmira, Chemung County records - RUNDELL
From: "Paul Siemer",
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2011

Looking for marriage record of Max or Mendel RUNDELL, possibly RONDELL, born 1889 in Russia, emigrated to Elmira in 1907. Marriage in Elmira in 1910 or 1911. Jewish ceremony. Bride s given name Rebecca, surname unknown, emigrated to Elmira in 1910 from Russia. Grooms father was Samuel RUNDELL, also of Elmira.

Subject: Charles Hugh Smith
Date: February 3, 2011

Greetings, I am the Great Grandson of Charles H. and Alma E. SMITH. I am named after my grandfather s (Hugh T. Smith) brother David. Most of my grandfather s family is buried in the Nelson, PA Cemetery and some are in Ulysses PA. Do you know who Charles Hugh Smith s parents were?

Regards, David G Smith Corning, NY

Subject: tioga county-tamara engler
From: tamara engler,
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2011

Hi ,my name is Tamara Engler.I live in Colorado Springs,Co.Im pretty sure that my grandparents are in your cemetery,and i was wondering if you could take a pic of their headstones for me, so i can see them.Their names are Wanda cummings WILBUR b.10-27-1928 d.07-09-2003 and Lewis n WILBUR b,05-02-1929 d.12-06-2000 we were all born there in Wellsboro.thank you soo much for your help-(now im gonna try to sign it)

Subject: Adams, Charles
From: "james long",
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2011

My name is James Long. I am trying to locate my GGG grandfather, Charles Adams. The only information I have on him, is a marriage record from Apr. 2, 1877. He lists his age as 24 and was born in Columbia, Penn. Now, I am not sure whether he meant Columbia County, or Columbia, Bradford County. I have wore myself out looking for him on the censuses. I looked through the birth records you have listed on here, but nothing goes back far enough to cover the time period involved (1853). The only census I have found hi on is the 1880 census. But, there major discrepancies on it. The children's names are wrong, so I believe the answers on the census were given by a neighbor. I am at a standstill, as far as Charles goes. Anyone have any ideas on how I can go about finding this person in Penn. during that time period? I have limited resources and I live in Oregon, so doing the searching myself in Penn. is out of the question.

Thank You ahead of time for any ideas, or leads.

James Long

P.S. The 1880 census says that his parents are Irish, so maybe he had a brogue in his speech?

Subject: HAYS
From: Gerrie Long,
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011

I am trying to find information esp. immigration info. regarding John HAYS (b) 1836 in Ireland. I believe he is my greatgrandfather through his daughter Norah HAYS Carr (b) December 17, 1865. Her death certificate states father John Hays and mother Cathrine. John HAYS may be the son of Hannah HAYS in the 1850 Bloss, Tioga, Pennsylvania census. John and Catherine may have been married around 1859 since their first son, William was born in 1860. I have older census, 1880 through 1920 for Nora but she is not listed on the 1870 (their is a Nora born to William HAYS but the birth date does not match. She may be my Nora's cousin). If anyone can help me unravel this puzzle, I would appreciate it. \

Thank you,
Gerrie Long CPA

Subject: TURNER
Date: January 28, 2011

Hello Joyce,

I am a Bradford County Resident who's Family has lived in Bradford County Since the Late 1880 as far back as I research. My Ancestor Charles Edward Turner was a farmer in Standing Stone and has a tombstone in the Standing Stone Cemetery. I have researched some and found out he had a Sister who lived across the river in Macedonia and her married name was Mrs. Belle Darling. After Searching your website through many search engines I have found no information about any of my family's Turner Lineage but have found other names I cannot place in my tree.

Charles Edward Turner born 1856 died in 1934 All the Lineage I have is back to Charles Edward Turner his first wife's name was Hanna C. His second wife was Phebe Stevens Turner 9/27/1863 to- 4/30/1965 I believe they are all buried next to each other in Standing Stone Cemetery. I believe the old homestead still stands there I even have some photo's of Charles Edward on the porch of his home. Phebe Stevens Grave marker was made from a stone from the fireplace of the old homestead and is very unique in that small cemetery plot. It was even rumored that it was possible they were involved in some of the underground railroad movement in that location.

I'm trying to do some research to go back further to see if he had other siblings and who his mother and father were or if he immigrated here from another country it is said we are from a German descendants but I cannot trace it back to prove this just yet and I was wondering if you had any extra information or help you can lend to me because his family lineage still lives here in bradford county today.. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Derek Turner

Subject: Margaret "Maggie" Collins (Bradford county)
From: "Steve Collins",
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2011

Hi Joyce, I m new to this genealogy process but have found your site and it s great & Thank you!!

I m researching my early Collins family who lived in Bradford County.

One of my ancestors was Cornelius Con  Collins (b.1843 in Ireland, d. 1907 in Bradford county, buried in Ridgebury cemetery per your records), married to Kathryn Kate  Collins (unknown maiden name, b.1851 d.1912) who also show in the Ridgebury cemetery records.

He had a daughter named Margaret Maggie  Collins (b. 1854 according to census of 1880) and died 20 Jun 1897 and was buried in Ridgebury according to your records at

Here s the problem, I can t find Margaret listed in the Ridgebury Cemetery records, although I could find her father and mother in Ridgebury cemetery records. Any reason why she may not be listed in the Ridgebury cemetery records?

Steve Collins
Endwell, NY

Subject: Solomon ROBINSON -- Bradford County
From: Bert Highet,
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2011

Hi Joyce, I'm searching for the mother (maiden name) of Solomon ROBINSON, the 2nd of 5 known children born to Joseph ROBINSON (b. 1782, MA/d. 1862, Bradford Co., PA) and Martha _______ (b. 1800?, NY/ d. 1847, Bradford Co., PA). Solomon was my 3rd Great Grand Uncle and was born on Mar 1822, NY. He is listed as widowed (from Julia _______) and living alone in 1900 Springfield, Bradford, PA census. Solomon's brother, Oliver Perry ROBINSON, is my direct ancestor.

Thanks for your help. Bert P. HIGHET

Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2011


Researching Elizabeth DERRY (B 1923 - D 1897) - married John HUNGERFORD. Their daughters: Mary E. HUNGERFORD (B 1847 - D 1893 - died in Elmira, NY - married John GINGRAW (John GINGRAW had a sister, Malverna who married Francis BASTILLA)

Sarah Jane HUNGERFORD (B 1854 - D 1929) married John C BROWN

Trying to help a friend trace her roots and, hopefully, find living relatives. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Gail Warren

Subject: Payne family in Pike Township, Bradford County, PA
From: Maureen McCarty,
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2011

Hello, I have PAYNE relations that lived in Pike Township and I am looking for more information about them. Sheldon Payne was born in CT, but lived and died (in 1877) in Pike County. I just found on Joyce Tice's site that his first wife, Mariam, is buried in Le Raysville Cemetery. I would love to see a document about this, or have a picture of the gravestone. Is there a way to find any documents about this burial?

I haven't found specifically where Sheldon is buried yet. His second wife, Lorinda Moore Payne, who I am descended from, is even more of an enigma. I do not know anything about her parents. She married a second time as well, and her first married name was Smith. Sheldon and Lorinda had two children. One is Mary and the other is Philemon. Lorinda lived with her son Philemon in Pike after her husband passed away. I have it recorded, from my grandmother's records, that she died 7 July 1892, but I don't have a document about this either.

If anyone has any insights as to how I can research this family further, I would appreciate it very much!

Maureen McCarty

Subject: birth and marriage records, SHEEHAN, BEASLEY
From: "Tom Malone",
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2011

Hello, looking for birth record of Ellen Sheehan, Daughter of Patrick Sheean and Anna Beasley Sheean. Born Aug. 31st, 1854 in Elmira, NY Also looking for Marraige record of Patrick Sheehan and Anna Beasley, Elimra, NY, about the years 1850-1853.

Thanks Tom Malone

Subject: Helen Meade
Date: 1/20/2011

I am seeking info on Frankie Helen Meade b. 25 Nov 1867 in West Burlington, Bradford, PA. She married Gamage Rockwell in 1886. She died in Elmira, Chemung, NY. Her father was Francis C. Meade b. abt 1841 perhaps in Ohio, PA, or IN. Her mother was Helen Calkins b. abt 1845. Frankie and husband George Rockwell had four daughters, Martha A. b. 1889 in Pennsylvania, Helen b. 1887, Mildred b. 1893, and Alice b. 1899.

Any info on this families would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,
Ed [guessing surname is Lincoln to complete the signature]

Subject: Fairbanks
Date: 1/19/2011

Hello Joyce, I don t know if you can help point me in the right direction or not but I think I have found my G. G. Grandfather. I believe he was Charles Fairbanks listed in the US 1850 Census with a residence in Franklin Township, Bradford County, PA. His age then was 35 years with a DBO 1815 from New York. I said I think he was a relative because his page at shows that Charles Fairbanks and Hannah Fairbanks had a son, Samuel, born about 1844. In the US 1920 Census, Samuel S. Fairbanks WAS my G. Grandfather. He was married to Adeline C. Fairbanks who had a child O G Fairbanks (my grandfather). O G stands for Orlando Grey who was married to my grandmother, Nellie Fairbanks who lived in Athens, PA. The 1920 Census only shows 5 of the 10 children Gram actually had with my mother, Josephine Marie Fairbanks, being the last born.

Subject: Chemung: Big Flats: FARR
From: Debbie Windoloski,
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2011

I am looking for information on members of the FARR family born in County Antrim, Ireland in the late 1700's who emigrated here in the early to mid-1800's through Canada and possibly New York to settle in the Big Flats area and also Mooers, New York.

Debbie Farr Windoloski Hadley, MA

Subject: Adoptions in the area from 1800s
From: Christine Campbell,
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2011

Hi, This inquery is to ask about adoptions in the area in the 1800s. One of our family members according to my grandma was adopted and shes interested in finding their original family where would i go to find these records if possible?

Christine Preston

Subject: Bradford Co. - Surname : LAWRENCE Given : William J.
From: "S. Wynne",
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2011

Surname : LAWRENCE Given : William J. Information I know:
Born: April 13, 1835 Pike Co.
Died: October 30, 1892 Dimock Co.
Spouse : Loretta Rosengrant-- first, Angie Lindsey-- second

Looking for information on my great-grandfather's parents and siblings, if any.

Thank-you; Susan Wynne

Subject: query- Chemung County
From: Lily Witham,
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2011

Hi- I have trying to find information on my great grandmother, Ione Mae MORSE, born on May 11, 1872 in Elmira, NY. Her mother was married to someone named Watson before she married Mr. Morse. Would appreciate any advice.

Lily Witham Portland, OR

Subject: Tioga - Jackson, Martha A. BOYLES
From: "Nancy Spencer",
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2011

I am looking for the obituary and interment place of Martha A. BOYLES Jackson. She died between 1900 and 1910. According to the 1900 Census she was living in Union Twp., Tioga County at that time. Any assistance provided will be greatly appreciated.
Nancy Spencer

Subject: Edmund SICKLER of Bradford Co.
From: Claudia Borden,
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2011

Edmund SICKLER born about 1805 in NY lived in Wysox, Shesequin and Towanda with wife Lemira and a son William. He had 4 sons and 2 daughters in 1840. Does anyone know any of the other children or who is parents were?

Claudia Borden

Subject: Tioga - BURDICK
From: "Robert L. Burdick",
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2011

My uncle Lacey Charles BURDICK died on November 22, 1996. He was interred at Tioga Point Cemetery in Athens, Pennsylvania on November 27, 1996. I will be travelling from Cleveland, Ohio to Owego, New York visiting the Tioga Cemetery, Evergreen Cemetery, and Broadacres in Binghamton, NY, during June 11th thru the 18th, 2011. I want to go to Tioga Point , in Athens however I cannot find the address to do a Mapquest

Can you help me?
Sincerely, Robert L. Burdick
216 251 6442

Subject: Bradford
From: Ronald Cobb,
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2011

I am looking for any information on John MCLAUD and Hannah Gregory. I am their 3rd great grandson and have been trying to find who their descendants and ancestors are.

My lineage is: John McLaud and Hanna Gregory; Calvin McLaud and Hannah Carter: Lois Ella McLaud and Dutton Calvin Cobb; Ralph Emerson Cobb and Marjorie Barns; Ernest Dutton Cobb and Emaline Hodge; and me, Ronald Henry Cobb and Judith Gere.

Ronald Cobb

Subject: Chemung County
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2011

I'd like to respectfully ask if there's anyone in Chemung County who would be willing to look up a birth record on the NYS Vital Statistics microfilm at the Elmira library for me.

I'm looking for the specific birth location of my Great uncle, Howard COVINGTON who was Dec. 6, 1906, probably somewhere in Monroe County, NY. His parents were Lillian HIE and Milo Covington.

Thank you in advance. Kem Hart-Baker

Subject: Bradford & Chemung - CLARK
From: "Becky Elder",
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2011

I am looking for information on Eliphlet and Rosalisa CLARK. I am not sure I have their first names spelled right or not. The last name is definitely correct. These would be for Bradford Cty. Information on Ephriam H. SILVERNAIL in Johnsonburg cemetery is also needed. His Wife Marriam Torrey SILVERNAIL as well. I know he was born in German Chemung Cty.

Rebecca Elder
Canandaigua NY
585 764 9894

Subject: Fw: Eben G Terry
From: Mertie Terry,
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2011

Hello --- I hope you can help with a question my kids have raised about their ancestors.

My husband Stanley was the grandson of Eben Terry (who was the son of Eben Terry that passed away at the young age of 33 in Terrytown, his first wife was Saluma ) my children and I are trying to figure out who the first Eben's father was - since my husband's grandfather claims to have been born in the house near the cemetery where all the Terry's are buried - he further claimed that he raised crops on a small island near his homestead in the Susquehanna river. So this is where we are.. . . ?????????? Father Mother?????????????

WE ARE TRYING TO DISCOVER WHO THE PARENTS OF Eben G (passed away at 33 yrs old first wife Saluma,) married Ophelia (I THINK) and had Eben who married Velotia Mae WInslow they had a son Stanley A. Terry, Sr. who married Nancy Marion Donovan, they had a son Stanley A. Terry Jr., who married Mertie L. McGinley Terry (me) and we had a son Stanley A Terry lII and he married Jodie Charmut and the had a son Sean.

Sorry if this sounds so convoluted but all we're trying to discover who started this whole dynasty. (me, I'm just helping my life was so much simpler - a foster kid from a foster home - not too much knowledge of parents - never mind my ancestors ...but my kids would love to have an answer to this mystery -- I hope you can help.

Thank you so much ---Mertie Terry

Subject: Chemung: Conway, George From:
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2011

George Conway is my husband's great-grandfather. According to the US 1880 Census, he was living in Baldwin, Chemung, NY. The census lists his wife as Emma and they had a one year old son named Harmon. Emma's maiden name was Peterson.

Can you give me any help in finding out more about the family? It was only through researching Yates County records that I was able to find out who my husband's great-grandparents were.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Madeleine Conway

Subject: Samuel BRINK - Chemung Co
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2011

I am looking for information on Samuel BRINK. He was born in Pennsylvania, he had a son Timothy W Brink born Dec. 25th 1837 in Southport, NY. Timothy married Olive Craig Nov of 1866 at Addison, NY, they had a son named Fred Craig Brink born Sept 1868 at Lindley NY, they moved from NY sometime after 1870 to Michigan, then to Kansas. I would appreciate any information.

Thank you
Vicky Huske