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Chemung County Queries & Surname List - 2009
New Queries may be submitted to with Chemung County in the SUBJECT Line - Please You must also sign your first and last name. Queries submitted with no county or other location clues can not be included. You must also include your OWN FIRST and LAST name to show courtesy to the reader and as indication of your seriousness as a researcher.
(updated 11/10/2009)

Subject: Chemung: Elmira: COLEMAN
From: Michael Sullivan,
Date: Sat, 03 Oct 2009

John Joseph COLEMAN born In Scranton,PA married Mary GILROY daughter of Patrick GILROY and Mary LANGAN of Avoca,Luzerne,PA. John, a railroad worker, and Mary lived in Avoca,PA but after 1910 and before 1917 they moved to Elmira,Chemung,NY where John worked for the New York Central railroad. He was killed in a railroad accident after 1930 in the railroad roundhouse. John and Mary had seven children: Mary born in Avoca,PA around 1912, Margaret born in Avoca,PA around 1913, John born in Avoca,PA around 1915, Agnes born in Elmira,NY around 1917, Robert born in Elmira,NY around 1919, Dorothy born in Elmira,NY around 1922 and Donald born in Elmira,NY around 1922. John Joseph COLEMAN'S widow, Mary GILROY COLEMAN, continued to live in NY and used her railroad pass to frequently visit her sister Agnes GILROY GARRETT in Detroit,MI. Agnes GILROY GARRETT is my grandmother. I would like to contact my COLEMAN cousins.

Michael John Sullivan
Grosse Ile, MI

Subject: Raymond Pendergast Descendants
From: Barbara Moussa,
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2009

Hi Joyce,

I am trying to find my real Great Grandfather. My Grandfather was Raymond Pendergast adopted son of James Pendergast born 1838 in Ireland and moved and lived in New York Saratoga County. My Grandfather was born Raymond Dyer in December of 1904. My real Great Grandfather --- last name of Dyer, Married a Jennie Howard, who was my great grandmother. My G-Grandfather was in Prison somewhere within a few miles of Elmira. He was in when my Grandfather was very young so probably as early as 1910 my grandfather had a brother named Howard who was also adopted by James Pendergast and he was born in 1908. My Grandfather remembers as a young boy living across the street from a large wall and the family thinks it was the prison wall in Elmira??? No one in the family knows anything' else. Can you help? We think it was a maximum security prison, we think he was in for murder, we think he was Irish, but the name appears to be British.

my email is
Thank you Barbara Moussa

Subject: Chemung County Query
From: "Dave Lehman"
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009

Lena M. HOTALEN Neff was the daugher of Daniel A. HOTALEN and Emma JOHNSTON. Lena was born abt. 1890. She married George William NEFF b. July 23, 1887 in Pennsylvania; d. December 23, 1918. They had Harry N. NEFF b. 1910; d. February 15, 1910 (aged 8 days). In 1920 census Lena is listed as living on Harmon/Herman St. in Elmira, NY, living with her mother, her nephew Chester A. MAXWELL, and a boarder. SInce Lena was only 30 years old in 1920, I am guessing she probably married again. If you have any info on any of these people please contact me to exchange information.

Dave Lehman,

Subject: HILTON
From: Alex Thomas <>
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2009

 Hi, I would like Obituaries to these two people, if possible. Thanks!

HILTON, Frank J H - Born Jan 1858 in Hornby, NY - Died 22 Mar 1926 in Horsehead, NY
HILTON, Emeline E - Born 20 Jan 1902 in Catlin, NY - Died 25 Nov 1999 in Elmira, NY

Subject: Stephen THURSTON; Elmira; Chemung Co.
From: Nan Clarke <>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2009

 Hello - I am looking for information on Stephen THURSTON (b. 2 January, 1770 in MA and d. 13 September, 1833 in NH).  He lived in Elmira sometime between 1822 and 1833.  He may have lived there with his son, Ariel Thurston, 1831 - 1833.  His second wife was Sarah BURGE who d. September 1825.  His third wife was Hannah WORCESTER, who, after Stephen's death, married Jonathan IRELAND.  After Jonathan died, she moved to Elmira in 1855 and lived with Stephen's son, Ariel THURSTON.  She d. in Elmira, 28 December, 1871.

Thank you -

Nan Clarke

Subject: Frank W. ROSS & Hattie A. HART Ross; Elmira; Chemung Co.
From: Nan Clarke <>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2009

 Hello - I am looking for descendants of Frank Ward Ross Sr. (b. 1858 or 1859, I believe at Horseheads; d. 21 April, 1923 in Elmira).  He was a physician in Elmira and m. Hattie (or Harriet) Atwood HART (b. 21 February, 1860 in GA).  She was still alive in the 1930's.  They had a number of descendants in the Elmira area at least into the early 20th century. 

If you are related, I hope you'll contact me.  I am writing a book about Philomela THURSTON Newell Garrett, who is one of your ancestors!

Thank you --

Nan Clarke

Subject: Smith S. HART & Harriet NEWELL Hart; Elmira; Chemung Co.
From: Nan Clarke <>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2009

 Smith Screven HART married Harriet Atwood NEWELL in January 1856.  Smith b. 10 April, 1806 and d. 1865 or 1866.  Harriet b. 1819 in Bombay, India, and d. between 1882 and 1890.  Both died in Dorchester, GA, where Smith was a planter.  They married in Elmira but I have not been able to find a marriage record or any evidence that they lived in Elmira.   A  reliable genealogy of Smith's family indicates that they were from GA and SC since the Revolution or earlier.

Harriet's uncle, Ariel Standish THURSTON, married Julia Clark HART (b. 6 July, 1813 and d. 17 April, 1844) of Elmira.  I believe her family was long established in the Elmira area. 

I don't know if Smith was related to the Elmira Harts, or if their having the same last name was just a coincidence.  Anyone who can help me to find a connection, or who can provide information on Smith and Harriet's marriage, deserves a gold star!

Incidentally, Harriet's father, Samuel NEWELL, was one of the first missionaries to go overseas and establish a foreign mission.  That mission was established in Bombay in 1813.

Nan Clarke

Subject:  HILTBOLD
From: "Frances Homer" <>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2009 17:37:50 -0400

I am looking for information about CLARA HILTBOLD Furman (born in 1844) who we understand was adopted with her brother CHARLES HILTBOLD from an orphanage in Elmira, NY.  They lived in Wellsboro with their adoptive parents, SIMON HILTBOLD and HARRIET HILTBOLD.
Frances Krivsky Homer
Subject: Clarissa THURSTON; Elmira, Chemung Co.
From: Nan Clarke <>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2009 17:07:09 -0400

I am looking for information on the school founded by Clarissa THURSTON in 1846 or 1847.  It was evidently closed in 1864 due to Clarissa's ill health.  There is some info on the website, but I am looking for additional details for a book I am writing about Clarissa's sister Philomela.

The  website refers to the school by several names: Elmira Seminary, Ladies Seminary, Elmira Ladies Seminary, Clarissa Thurston Seminary, and Private Academy for Young Women.  At one point it was located at the corner of Main and Third.

Thanks to any one who can offer information or point me in the right direction.
Nan Clarke

Subject: Edith Louise HILL; Elmira, Chemung Co.
From: Nan Clarke <>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2009 16:51:03 -0400

Hello - I am looking for information on my great-aunt, Edith Louise HILL, b. 8 January, 1884, who lived in Elmira from at least 1917 until her death in 1970 or 1971.  She was a secretary for the Board of Education and was also involved with the Elmira Humane Society.  I found her in the 1930 census, but that's it so far.

Thank you --
Nan Clarke

Subject: Philomela THURSTON Newell Garrett - Elmira, Chemung Co.
From: Nan Clarke <>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2009 16:42:01 -0400
Hi -- I am looking for information on Philomela THURSTON Newell Garrett (possibly misspelled Garritt, Garret, etc.) who lived in Elmira some time between 1831 and 1849.  She may have lived with her father, Stephen Thurston; with her brother Ariel Standish Thurston 1831 or later; or her sister, Clarissa Thurston 1844 or later.

I am writing a book about Philomela and her family, and will be grateful for any information that can be provided.

Nan Clarke

Subject:  LANGDON
From: Sarah Miller <>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2009 19:38:10 -0700 (PDT)

Seeking to determine if Olivia LANGDON Clemens, b. 1845, Elmira, NY, was related to Ormus Henry LANGDON, b. 1843, Mansfield, PA.  Thank you.  Sarah S. Miller

From: "Thomas P. Turiel" <>
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2009 9:15 AM
Subject: COMPTON

COMPTON, Irene. I would like to find out where she went after moving to Buffalo in 1920. Her father
Frederick L. Compton was from Elmira and her mother Josephine Bessette originally resided Ticonderoga.
Somehow they got together in Albany and had Irene in December of 1899. The parents moved back to
Elmira where Frederick died in 1909. The mother stayed in Elmira and in 1919, Irene married my relative
Charles Newberry. Irene, Charles, Josephine, and Josephine's mother Antoinette Bessette were living in
Buffalo in 1920. I have checked the death indecies for all of them up to about 1940 with no avail. I just
found out that Irene's sister Edna L died in Elmira in 1989.
Thomas P. Turiel

Subject: VIELE
From: Martha Viele <>
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 06:31:36 -0700 (PDT)

My name and address: Martha Viele
Descendants of John and Gertrude Viele
I am searching for information on any Viele family members.John and Gertrude had 12 children and they all got married and some had children I am looking for information on these children.

From: Rita Tay <>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 20:18:59 -0700 (PDT)


I was searching for my mother when I came across your website. Her name is mentioned as the honorary daughter of Lyman Kramer who passed away in 2005. Below are the details I know.

Birth name: Kathryn CUNNINGHAM
currently known as: Kathryn Frisk, Kathy Frisk

Last I knew, she was still alive and living in Elmira, possibly with a person by the name of Kim.

Much appreciated if anybody can help me find her.

Rita Tay.

Subject: Seeking Information about Alfred Jonathan Eldridge
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2009

Dear Friends, I am seeking any available information about Alfred Jonathan Eldridge, born August 4, 1811 allegedly in Chemung County, New York.

Thank you. Ed Eldridge

Subject: Elmira Ward 2, Chemung, New York
From: "Long, Ryan M ",
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2009

Hello, I have an inquiry on whether the family member below is in your records regarding Chemung county. He was born in 1851 in New York State. I am uncertain as to death date, though he was in Chemung in 1910 according to Federal Census. LONG, Rev. John C. Long.

Sincerely, Ryan Long (716) 969-0644

Subject: Gilroy, Coleman
From: Michael Sullivan,
Date: Sat, 06 Jun 2009

I am looking for the descendants of my Great Aunt Mary Gilroy Coleman who lived in Elmira,Chemung,NY on 726 Herrick St per the 1930 US census.

She was born in Pittston, Luzerne,PA to Patrick Gilroy and Mary Langan around 1886. Her siblings were Martin, John Francis (married Mary Walsh),Henry (died in childhood) and Agnes (my grandmother who married John Garrett of Avoca,PA and moved to Detroit,MI). Mary Gilroy married John Coleman (born 1887 in Scranton,Luzerne,PA) in around 1911 most likely in Scranton,PA.

They had seven children of whom the 1st three were born in Luzerne,PA. The last four were born in Elmira,Chemung Cty, NY. The children of Mary and John are: Mary born around 1912 in PA, Margaret born around 1913 in PA, John born around 1915 in PA, Agnes born around 1916 in NY, Robert born around 1919 in NY, and, evidently, twins Donald and Dorothy bron around 1922 in NY.

Mary's husband John Coleman worked for the New York Central Railroad as forman in the round house. He died in a train accident in the round house. As a young child in Detroit,MI , I remember when my Great Aunt Mary, then a widow, came by train to Detroit and stayed with her sister, my grandmother, Agnes Gilroy Garrett. Mary was known to us as Aunt Maime - she was so much fun. Somehow over time when Great Aunt Mary (Maime) and my grandmpther died, contact with the Coleman's was lost.

My contact e-mail address is
Michael John Sullivan
Grosse Ile, MI

Subject: Elijah T Cable m Sylvia M. Judd, Nov 1841
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009 10:52:13 -0800

Seeking information on Elijah T. Cable, b abt 1816 CT, possibly Litchfield or Fairfield Co. Married Sylvia M. Judd in Catherine Twp, Chemung Co, Nov 1841. Sylvia's parents were William Foster Judd and Abigail Beardsley Judd - also from CT. Looking for any other information on Elijah T. Cable. Research indicates that Elijah and Sylvia's first child was born in NY in 1843, then they moved to MI and on to CA. There is a Margaret Cable as head of household in Chemung NY 1840 census with two males in age group 20-30. Could this be the mother?

Kathy Zehner

Subject: WOODARD
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2009 19:17:46 -0500

Hi There, I am researching all known descendantsf NATHAN WOODARD (1795-1832) of Bradford and Tioga Co. PA. Looking to share info with other researchers/descendants. I'm currently trying to locate grave or dates of birth and death for LUCIA/LUTIA (WOODARD) WELCH, and her husband GEORGE WELCH, born 1840; died??? Also trying to find grave or dates of birth and death for CLARK BARTLETT and his wife LYYTA ANN (WOODWARD) BARTLETT, born 1858; died after 1920.

Thanks. Todd A. Distasio -- Nancy L. Distasio