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(updated 7/2/2007)

Date:  6/19/2007


I am trying to find proof that Marika DINGS was the daughter of Johannes DINGS & Catherine COUSE.  Marika DINGS was born 1811, died 1859, and married Francis PALMATIER May 2, 1833 at Potter County, PA.  Marika is also spelled "Marica" or "Marcia."   Johannes DINGS died 1863 at Chemung Center, NY.  Please let me know if you have proof.  I really appreciate your efforts!


Many thanks!

Kristen Edgreen

Date:  6/9/2007 
Subject:  BROWN in Chemung and Bradford Counties

 I have the following information to share:
George W. Brown b. 1911 in Elmira, Chemung, NY to
Clarence W. Brown b. Jan 1870 in Erin, Chemung, NY and
Evelyn Houghton. 
In the 1870 census of Erin, NY, the family appears as follows:
NAME                 AGE     PLACE OF BIRTH
G.W. Brown           38      Pennsylvania
Hannah Brown       35      New York
     Rasa (Rosa?)    14      Michigan
         Stella          12      Minnesota
        Frank           10      PA
        Myra             7      PA
        Sarah            5      PA
     Clarence        4 mos   NY
**the index search on Ancestry lists this family as "Braun," but after viewing the record, I believe it is clearly spelled "Brown."**
I have an 1860 census record from Smithfield, Bradford Co., Pennsylvania (just down valley from Elmira) that shows this family:
NAME                 AGE     PLACE OF BIRTH
George W. Brown      28      Pennsylvania
Hannah Brown          26      New York
             Lucilla         4      Michigan
            Harriet         2      Minnesota Territory
**information format has been "paraphrased" for ease of posting**
Doesn't this appear as if the two listings are for the same family?  I am about 90% certain of it, based on this and other circumstantial evidence.  But the oddity of the oldest children changing names is rather irksome, and casts just that small shadow of doubt. 
If anyone has information that can substantiate or decidedly refute this connection, please let me know. 
To continue the search, I would like to know if anyone is able to confirm or deny the connection of this George W. Brown with a George W. Brown b. 1832 Bradford Co., PA, son of Obadiah Brown Jr. (listed elsewhere in this site).

Mrs. Frank Kubinec, 60 died at her home in the town of Newfield at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, May 21, 1939. She leaves her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Charles Mikulec and Miss Lillian Kubinec. both at home; three sons, Martin of New York City, Paul and Frank, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Veronica Matejov and Mrs. Anna Lucan both of New York City. Funeral in the home at Newfield Wednesday at 9 a. m. St. Mary Church, Horseheads 10 a. m. St. Mary Cemetery Horseheads.
Any information on the following names is appreciated:
Mrs Charles Mikulec
Miss Lillian Kubinec
Martin Kubinec
Paul Kubinec
Frank Kubinec
Veronica Matejov (my grandmother- dad's side of the family)
Mrs Anna Lucan
Emily Surlak Married to Joseph Slazenik (Horseheads 01 Aug 19??)
Joseph Moyek
Stephen Moyek
John Hollbeck
Andrew Gables
Andrew Zavican
Stephen Matejov
Verizon cell # 858-761-3354

Subject: COUCH
Date: 5/27/2007

Dear Joyce Tice,
I am Arthur Stephen Couch III and as get older I have renewed interest in tracing my father's family historx. Ny grandfather was Arthur S Couch, who was born in Elmira, New York in 1854. He married Josephine Hamer (other versions were Taylor or Wells) and they lived at 327 Lake Street, Elmira.

I have been told my grandfather was the co-owner of a large carriage factory (that later burned down) and that he was a close friend of Mark Twain. They had four children: Ethel, Amy, Clarence and my father, Arthur Stephen Couch, Jr. Later my grandfather and his wife moved to Buffalo, New York.

Further family conversations that I remember were that my grandfather 's family came from Danbury, Connecticut -- but I am interested in that earlier history. I have tried to use the US Census data on your website, but had no results. Could you give me some help or perhaps refer me on to other sources.

Many thanks, Dr Arthur Stephen Couch III email:

Subject: MOLSON
Date: 5/26/2007

MOLSON, James is found on the 1850 Elmira, Chemung County Census with wife Hannah and daughter H. E. I am looking for any information on this family. James was a barber by trade and was born in Pennsylvania. I believe his daughter's first name was Helen and that she may have married a man by the last name of JOHNSTON and possibly was living in Bradford in 1884.

Thank you, in advance, for any and all information that is found.
Jeannette L. Molson Woodland CA

Subject: SEELYE,Willard W
Date: 5/23/2007

SEELYE,Willard W. Seeking info on his parents, siblings,or place of birth.Most of his adult life was spent in Roseville Pa.

Thank you, Deborah Seelye Ghiai

Subject: BOYER
Date: 5/19/2007 7:49:09 PM Eastern Standard Time,

Hello Joyce,

Two things: I think your site is one of the best on the net.

Two, I probably didn't look close enough but I was wondering about the Boyer wills. Jonathan Boyer is mentioned in your site and on a page that my daughter has is mentioned his wife's will in 1848. The particular item I am interested in is their daughter mentioned in both wills. A Susan Vanderin. Have you any idea from your searchings in the County records who Susan Boyer married? Is there anything particular that I can look into? I tried finding marriages but got so interested in the various pages I never did find any marriages.

Anyhow if you can help, Thank YOU Rose

Subject: carey family
From: "carl j. leonard"
Date: Tue, 08 May 2007 .

searching for info on both gr,grandfathers.carey-my grandfather elisha b.1857,brothers james,g.b.1850,john b.1853.i believe their parents were from chemung co.rice-gr.grandfather charles b.1807 in tioga co.looking for where his parents came from.

joyce,thank you for this great website!!!!
carl j.leonard,sr.

Date: 4/25/2007

I am looking for Ancestors and descendants of Walter VAN ORDER, and Pina Davenport. I am a Descendant of Martha Van Order, Wife of Zachariah Teeter Jr. We have Walter, Nathaniel, and Martha in La Porte Co. Indiana in 1840. I believe Pina may have been the daughter of Aaron DAVENPORT. Thank- you.

Subject: Joel Smith family Chemung county
From: "doug and carol smith"
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007

Looking for information on A Joel and Anna Smith. 1850 Census shows them in town of Dixe, Chemung county NY. Joel Smith B abt 1797 wife Anna Abt 1802 Children: Lorenzo b 1818 his wife Cynitha (Chatfield) Smith Sarah abt 1824, Edward :Feb 1828 Mary abt 1829, Andrew Sep 1831, David Nov 1832, Theodore abt 1839, Eldridge Jan 1841, Selia/Celia abt 1843. possibly another daughter. In early 1850's the family moved to Winona, MN. In an obt Elmira, Ny was mentioned Looking for information on Joel's parents, siblings, Anna's maiden name, parents, siblings, possibly earlier census tioga county

Thank you Carol Smith Denver, CO.

Subject: powers family
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2007

Hi , My name is Muriel Croxton I am the granddaughter of George and Jennie Powers I know they lived in Elmira when my mother was born they seperated and he married a Georgianna Conts I could find no marriage record for him and Jennie my mother was enrolled at the West Ave Methodist Episcopal Sunday School on June 14,1914 would like to know if any living relatives still live in the area and if they have any information that would help me in my research rumor has it that a family bible exsists with much information all of his children are deceased but have heard that he had a brother Bill and that his family may have possession of this bible and some of the information that I would like to find. Any help to find someone would be appreciated.

Thanking You in Advance
Muriel Croxton

Subject: Chemung THOMPSON
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2007

I am looking for a JOHN THOMPSON. Birth date unknown. Death date unknown. He wad married to ADA MARGESON (MARIGISON, MARGISON) They had three children JOHN JR. , GEORGE C. THOMPSON, and PHEBE THOMPSON. GEORGE married HANNAH BUTTERS and had several children. PHEBE married WILLIS VAN GELDER.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Melissa Plumley

From: "Dana Freitag",
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2007

I am researching for my mother some land in England that she say’s her mother was offered at one point. My Grandmothers name is MARY ELIZABETH REMPHREY born in 1895 or there abouts she was married to my grandfather GRANT L THORN or (THORNE) spelled both ways I was told. They resided in Elmira and Horseheads all their lives. My Grandfather GRANT L THORNE was sheriff of Chemung county at some point after 1917. My mother was born EDITH MARIE THORNE 1/2/1926.

Any birth certificates or marriage licenses would be appreciated.
Thank you. Dana Freitag

Subject: BROMLEY, William - Elmira, NY Vicinity
Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2007

I am searching for information on my Gr. Gr. Grandfather, William Bromley, who was born abt. 1822, supposedly in New York State around Elmira. Story has it that his family had some sort of silver business. He moved to PA - Horton Twp., Elk County and married a Johanna O. Donovan around 1851. I cannot find a record of his death; however he is listed in the 1860 and 1870 census. These records state he was born in NY. His wife left that area and moved without him to Coraopolis, Allegheny Co., PA in the 1890's.

In my hunt, I did find a Civil War listing for a John Montorary Bromley who was born abt. 1840 and died February 18, 1863 - from Elmira, NY. He was in Company G, Unit 83 Pennsylvania Infantry and was a Private. When I saw the Elmira listing for him, I thought he could possibly be from my William's family. As I searched your website, I could find no listing of a Bromley.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you. Ruth Ann Sakala

Subject: APPLETON, QUICK, & SLOCUM of Veteran & Elmira, Chemung Co., NY
From: "Helen Lewis,
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2007

Seeking all information concerning the family of Uriah APPLETON b. ca. 1830 who were in Elmira by 1850. Also the family of Alonzo QUICK (b. 1852) who were in Veteran, Chemung Co., NY in the 1900 census.

Helen Lewis

Subject: Ellsworth or Gladys Cowell. Or Lauren, Dora, Yens or Lillian Lilholt.
From: "Lisa Cowell",
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007

On Ellsworth or Gladys Cowell. Or Lauren, Dora, Yens or Lillian Lilholt. Chemung County, NY.

Lisa Cowell
Executive Vice President
Government Affairs
Westfield Corporation Inc.
310.445.2405 office
310.893.4789 fax

Date: 3/10/2007

Young, william i m. Burch, mary feb 22, 1855 trying to connect this wm. to wm h.> roland b. 1893 in ohio m. to effie. any info would be appreciated.

thank you, janice woirol

Subject: re CORCORAN family, Elmira, (Chemung)
From: "Donal O'Keeffe"
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2007

Hi, My name is Donal O'Keeffe. I am from from Cork, Ireand and am trying to trace a relation who married into the CORCORAN family in Elmira NY. My great great grand-aunt - a Mary O'KEEFFE emigrated from Ireland in the 1800s and married a Thomas CORCORAN - they lived at 158 West Washington Ave., Elmira. The only contact we have is a letter her daughter wrote in 1900 to a first cousin in Ireland on the occasion of the death of Mary's brother Michael (he was my great- great grandfather ).

If anyone has any informatiion please contact me... Regards - Donal

Subject: Chemung County
From: "John Costello"
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2007

while visiting the Old Cemetery in Wellsburg, NY last month, I came across the marker for my 4th great grandmother - Mehatable ROOD (RUDE) Tracy. Born abt. 1726 In Preston, Ct.,m died 1820 in Wellsburg, Chemung County, NY. She was the wife of Issac Tracy, died in Goshen,, Orange County, NY 1786. I believe Mehatable was connected to the Abner WELLS family in Wellsburg, NY. It may be that her daughter, Keturah TRACY (b. 1763. d. 1838) married Abner WELLS (b. 1765, d. 1831). Marriage date may be Dec. 25, 1785. So, I am searching for information on the Abner WELLS family. My line is through Thomas TRACY, Ct. down to Charles L. TRACY, Towanda, Pa. I grew up in towanda, Pa.

Thank you for any help you can give me.
Ulilla Allen Costello

Subject: Chemung County - Regan/Reagan
From: "Jean Clemons"
Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2007

I am researching the Regan/Reagan family. They came from County Cork, Ireland about 1864 on. Most of them settled in Elmira, NY. Some went to Steelton, Dauphin Co, Pa and The Valley (Waverly, Sayre, Athens, & Ridgebury), PA area. Those of Elmira were the children of Cornelius and Mary Mahoney Regan. I have found some, but not all, children. They may have even changed the spelling of their last name, which was often in the newspaper. The children's names are and who they married and location, if known.

Mary Ann m Michael Collins, Athens, PA
Johanna m Dennis Donahue/Donohue, Elmira, NY
Jerimiah Michael m Mary Agnes Sullivan, Steelton, PA
Norah m Timothy McSweeney, San Francisco, CA
Daniel m Annie Toomey, Steelton, PA
Patrick Cornelius Dennis Ellen m Thomas Connors, San Francisco, CA

If anyone is researching this line I would love to hear from you. Thank you for your time and trouble. Jean Clemons

Subject: Chemung County
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007

Hi! I am interested in finding info on the Almshouse and inmates at Horseheads, NY. Is there a source where I may be able to check names and kin of inmates? Also interested in finding a source for the Special Schedule of the 1880 census titled Supplemental Schedules, 1-7: Dependent, Delinquent, and Defective Classes. (for NYS).

Looking forward to hearing from you. Clara (Bierwiler) Griffiths

From: "John Costello"
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007

While visiting the Old Cemetery, Wellsburg, NY last week, I came across the marker for my gr-gr-gr-gr grandmother Mehatable ROOD (RUDE) Tracy. Born abt. 1726 in Preston, Ct., died 1820 in Wellsburg, Chemung Co., NY. She was the wife of Issac TRACY, died in Goshen, Orange County, NY 1786. I believe Mehatable was connected to the Abner WELLS family in Wellsburg, NY. It may be that her daughter Keturah TRACY ( b. 1763, d. 1838) married Abner WELLS, (b. 1765 d. 1831). Marriage date may be Dec. 25, 1785. My information ( Alas, I did not cite source) states that Keturah is buried in Wellsburg, NY. I could not find her marker, nor is she listed on the Cemetery list. I am searching for information on the Abner WELLS family.

Thank you for any help you can give me. My line is through the TRACY family, Towanda, Pa. Ulilla ALLEN Costello

From: cathy streit
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007

I am seeking information on my great grandparents (Swissborn 1838)Charles William Hafner and (Irishborn 1846) Ellen Kirwan. They lived in Towanda 1867-1869 and moved to Chemung County 1870 (census). They were back in Towanda Borough in 1880. Charles and Ellen had several children: Mary (b1868), John (b1870), Herman (b1871), William (b1873), Julia, Frances, and Florence. Charles was a grist miller in the tri county area. The family moved to Minnesota in about 1881 when Charles took a a deputy auditor's job in Renville County, Minnesota under a Patrick H.Kirwan (I'm guessing he was related to Ellen.). Patrick Kirwan was born in Pennsylvania in 1851. Charles and Ellen lost both sons William and Herman to illness between 1880 and 1885. Both Charles and Ellen died in Minnesota 1899 and 1904 respectively. I would love to hear from anyone who might have KIRWAN or HAFNER info or connections.

Cathy Hafner Streit

Subject: Andrew Jackson from Chemung Co.
From: "James A. Oppert"
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2007

I have found Andrew JACKSON living with his wife, Harriet, in the 1860 census in WI. He was a lawyer and it appears that he and his wife are from Chemung Co. NY and eventually returned there. In the census there was a Nathan Hale, age 17, living with the Jacksons. Nathan indicates he is from NY in later censuses. I am researching Betsey and Nathan HALE from Chautauqua NY and am unable to find all of the names of her children or where she is buried. This Nathan was born the year the elder Nathan Hale died. I would appreciate any information about Andrew Jackson and would love to share any information that might be helpful about the Hale family.

Thank you. Judy Richards Oppert

Subject: Hotel LANGWELL
From: "Jim Langwell"
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2007

Looking for information on the Hotel LANGWELL, as well as the LANGWELL family. Did a LANGWELL built the hotel? What year was it built. I know it was run by a man named Joseph CAUSER, who married Margaret FREEBORN. She was the daughter of John FREEBORN and Mary LANGWELL. Any information on these families and the hotel itself, well be greatly appreciated.

Thank you. Susan Langwell

Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2007

I am looking for information concerning my grandfather Lauren Vincent White. He died October of 1930 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery (section G). He was living in Kalamazoo, MI at the time of his death and my father was only months old. I believe he (and possibly his family) attended The Park Church in Elmira, as I have a program from a service in 1919 where he along with others are listed as in service during WWI. Other information I have suggests that he was also a member of the Elmira Elks Lodge and was employed by Wells Fargo in Elmira between 1907-1910.

Any information would be great. I don't even know his birth date so I am starting from scratch. Kevin White

Date:  01/23/2007
Surnames They all followed the Coal Mines to different PA Counties and to NY and finally NJ


Forest City Susquehanna County PA- Binghamton NY- Carbondale Lackawanna County PA
My great Grandparents were Katzarina Moskal Bednarik 1854 or 1857 nov 25 & Michal Bednarik Feb
1854 to abt 1905. Both from Pielnia Austria...Mary Bednarik b abt 1889/1891-1968 married Strus

Name Birth date Death date Marriage date

Benarick, Eugene b1927 ????
Benarick, Dorothy 1926 ????
Goskowski, Michael Jr Abt. 1923 Mike's memory failing Abt. 1950
Benarick, Stanley 1922 ????
Benarick, Joseph Abt. 1920 ????
Benarick, John J. Abt. 1917 27 Dec 1992
Benarick, John 1915 ????
Benarick, Irene Abt. 1915 ????

Lenio, John 1908 1992

Bednarczyk, Kathline-Abt1904 11 Jan 2002
Bednarik, Anna Austria 1896 1947

Jurain/Jurin Joseph 1893 1954

Bednarik, Stanley 1893 ???? 1911
Benarick Paul 1898 1919 Military Sept 15 1918
Bednarick, Mike FC PA 1890 ????
Bednarik/Bednarick/Benarick Mary-bApr 1889/1891-d15 Aug1968-m 23 Oct1906 ForestCity PA Susquehanna
Bednarczyk, Paul Abt.1898 1919
Bednarik, Rose Austria 1883 1956 Abt. 1950 Forest City PA
Bednarick, John " 1886 1920

Moskal, Katzarina-Austr 1854 10 Mar 1929 Bef. 1883 [died as Catherine Benarick stepson-FM

Gardiner Atty & Stanley Bednarik "Benarick" Dir of Schools (once Justice of Peace) at funeral]

Bednarczyk Michal"Mike" 1854 bef. 1910 m.Bef. 1883? born-Pielnia Austria
Benarick, Tommy FC PA ???? ????

Goskowski, Walter ???? ????

Gorszkowski, Michael Sr 1920 ???? died in Forest City Susquehanna County PA

Benarick, Steven FC PA ???? ????

Lenio, Michael Austris ???? ????

Goskowski, Ray 1925 living in Binghamton NY from Susquehanna County PA

Thank you for any help on information about this family, their work/employment, migration, ancestors

Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007

I am looking for information on Perry BUTTON who was born about 1830 in Chenango County. He then goes to Chemung County where he married Annice ELLIOTT the daughter of William and Naomi ELLIOTT. They were possibly married in Big Flats about 1850.

Judy Blackman

Subject: ELSTON
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2007
Subject: Looking for verification of a marriage.

Stephen J. Elston of Breesport Village – December 27, 1910 to Ethel Amanda Edgell. Any other information about these people would be appreciated. Thank you, Mary Sugarman

Subject: MINTON
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2007

Hi Joyce, Thank you for your email1/19 and yes I would like to submit a query: " looking for relatives of HUGH J. MINTON , born Sept. 18.1816, in Tioga Seneca County, possibly Bradford or Chemung counties"and again thank you for the intro to your web site. I spent two hours today scrolling thru it, Sincerely George Minton.

Date: 1/19/2007

I read that there was a Delevan House in Elmira, NY in the late 1880s and/or early 1900s. It was involved with the women's temperance movement of that time. In a diary of our grandmother (written in 1912) she mentions reading a book called " The Girls of the Delevan House". I was wondering if you know anything about that book.

Florence Wright

From: Charles Hollenbeck
Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2007
Subject: HOWELL

Researching family of: HOWELL, JOSEPH PIERSON
B. 1801/Morris Co, NJ
D. Millport,NY 7 Dec 1861
Buried-Millport Cemetery

Trying to find obit for Clara Howell..spinster who died in Millport 1924 Also, what happened to John?

Would love to hear from other Howell researchers in Chemung Co.

Susan Hollenbeck

Date: Mon, 1 Jan 2007

Correction to posted message regarding ROCKEY-KLAUDER I am still looking for information on Waverley J Rockey and his wife Helene E Klauder. They were my grandparents and lived in Elmira NY from approximately 1913 to 1940. The email address on my previous posting is no longer correct. Please contact me with information on these surnames: Rockey, Klauder, Briggs, Vetter.

Thank you Barbara (Rockey) Rosko
Chicago IL