Chemung Queries & Surname Listings
I have recently purchased a house in Southport and am looking for information on it . There have been several families that have lived here. 1028 Smith St. Elmira, NY. We are trying to remodel this old farm house and hopefully someone may know anything about it. I know that the land was partitioned to a Frank T. Smith by the Supreme Court of Chemung County in 1877. He lived at 1015 Pennsylvania Ave. and I believe that this was all farm land then. He was married to Lettie Harrington Smith and they had 2 sons Henry F and Guy M Smith. He sold the land to George W and Anna M Teller Rauscher in Sept. of 1898. He had 4 daughters Carrie E Browning, Hattie A Knowlton, Iva Rockwell and Florence Wheat. I believe he may have built this house or added on to it as he purchased the land for $500. and for 2 lots that was a lot of money. George and Anna sold the property to Hattie A Wood. Her husband I believe was John F. Wood they had 3 children on I believe died. I can't find any information on them. They lived here in 1908 to 1910 them sold the property to Daniel S Horton in May 1910. He lived here until his death and his children we heired the property. He was married twice to Sarah and had Caroline, Katherine, Mittie Brace, Jessie Garrison and Schuyler D Horton. He married Roie A Trowbridge Sept. 1 1891. The property was then sold to Walter C. and Fanny Little Kuster in Nov 13, 1935 and lived there until July 23 1957. They had 3 daughters and a son. Mary Ellen Stanley, Barbara Barden, Eileen Townsend and Philip a Kuster. Then the house was sold to Clarence A Fritz and Evelyn M Fritz they were older when they owned the home and one of there mothers lived upstairs. They live there from July 23 1957 to Jan. 15 1981. They had 2 sons who didn't live there but were Paul Blakely and Robert Cramer. They sold the property to Virginia Sue Marosek and David L Hardin in Jan 1981. It was a rental propert for the next 22 years until we bought the house in June 2003. If any one has any information please Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org in the subject line put HOUSE.
Thank You, Melissa J. Merritt
I am looking into the VAUGHN family line of Chemung County. My ancestor is Rufus VAUGHN. Rufus married Phoebe THOMAS (daughter of Philip and Rachel Boyer-Thomas.) Rufus and Phoebe had two children: George and Harriett. George VAUGHN later married Mary Ann HOLLENBECK. Any information on the connection of my VAUGHN with Samuel, Daniel or James would be appreciated.
I am looking for any information on Mary Ann Hollenbeck born abt 1853 in New York. All information I viewed stated the Hollenbecks as a Dutch Holland family, but it has been orally passed down through my family that the Hollenbecks in my family were of Seneca Indian heritage. Mary Ann HOLLENBECK married George VAUGHN (son of Rufus VAUGHN and Phoebe THOMAS.) If anyone has information regarding the Indian Hollenbecks who were involved in my family...any and all information would be appreciated. I also have no parental information for Mary Ann...so any info on that avenue would be appreciated.
Amy Hollenbach-Kresley Pennsylvania
I am looking for more information on the THOMAS family originally of Pennsylvania (per family records,) and then emigrating to Newfield, Tompkins County and then Erin, Chemung County in 1816. Philip Thomas was born either 1787 or 1791 (conflicting dates are seen,) in either Wyoming, Pa or Susquehanna (Luzernen then?) County in Pa. Philip's father (believed also to be Philip Thomas originally of CT and then PA,) died when young Philip was only six (making it either 1793 or 1797.) I have no information on when and where Philip was from those dates until 1820. I have information from some sites giving me information from heresay,etc, but cannot find any definate information (census,) that states he was there living at that time. Philip THOMAS married Rachel Boyer (dau of Isaac Boyer.) It is believed per one site, that Philip was raised by Joel Thomas of Chemung, Tioga County. Joel is also said to have been one of the founders and/or first settlers of Van Etten and it is here that I found this statement of his being his father. Did Joel raise Philip? I also have information on a James Thomas founding Newfield in 1800. I am wondering if this is any family connection to my Philip? Philip and his family were said to remove to Newfield upon leaving Wyoming, Pa.
Anyone with information on any of these THOMAS, it would be appreciated that you contact me. Please email me privately: email@example.com
Thanks you, Amy Hollenbach-Kresley (dau of Pam Thomas born in Geneva, NY) Alburtis, Pennsylvania
I have been trying for some time to trace my geneology, on my father's side. I have found out from my grandfather's death certificate, that his father was; George A. Gruber, From Buffalo, NY. My grandfather's mother's name was Anna. He had a brother, George A. Gruber, and two sisters that I know of; Ann, and Lilian.
My parents, and my father's parents are buried in Horseheads, at the cemetery on Broad street.
I would appreciate any help that you could give me on finding more information. I also have some information on my father's mother, that I will have to look up.
Thank You, in advance Edward L. Gruber
Hello~Researching my late husband's family, surname Thompson. In Elmira death records, there is Jane Thompson, married, black, who died 7/7/1875. My husband's grandfather was supposedly born in Elmira that year, and his mother was said to have died in childbirth. His father was said to have been an indian scout killed two weeks before his birth.
Could this Jane Thompson have died in childbirth, or are there any records specifying cause of death? We have researched Federal Census Records without luck. Have only enlistment record for my husband's father, Fred Thompson, and he has listed George W. Thompson as his father on later marriage certificate in Nebraska. Also, Fred Thompson has always alleged his father was placed in orphanage in Elmira which burned down, and from which he ran away numerous times.
Any help you might give us would be appreciated. We have several family members researching.
Alice M. Thompson
I'm looking for any imformation on Elihu ENGLISH born October 1878, son of Viola Williams and George English, of Tompkins County. In 1920 cenus he is listed as living in the town of Horseheads, Chemung County. In the obit for Viola "English" in 1936 he is listed as living in Breeseport. Anything would be greatly appreciated.
Florence E Dann, firstname.lastname@example.org
I've been doing research on my Schoonover family. I believe that about 1797 or 99 Hiram Schoonover or scoonover, schoonhoven, etc.) was born in Horseheads New York. I see from the website that there was an A. Scoonover listed as an early settler to the area. There is also a Benj Schoonhoven listed in the 1800 Newtown census in Tioga County NY. Would you or anyone in your area have any more information on either of these families??
I would appreciate any assistance you could give me. Please email me at email@example.com . Thank you again in advance. Cindy Johnson
First, I want to tell you what a remarkable site you have developed, and to thank you for it. Second, I want to ask a migration question, and since you were the referenced source, I'd best explain it to you, and I'll try to keep it brief.
My first immigrant ancestor on my maternal side is Thomas Corner [sometimes called Cordner], who arrived in the United States probably in 1798 from Ireland. Thomas stayed somewhere in New York [per his land request letter in Canada] until 1806, at which time he moved to Ontario with part of his family, leaving some of his family behind in New York [again, the land letter], but thinking that they would join him. Part of the family which remained in New York stayed there for at least another 14 years. Some, I believe, never did leave.
I have searched for this NY location forever. Finally, I found the name of Richard Corner, a son who remained behind, in the NY militia, and I tracked both his regimental leader [Swartwood] and company leader [Jesse Carpenter] to the tri-county area. This jibed with my older brother's long term memory of a story that my grandmother often told about family "owning much of what is now present day Elmira". I checked the related family surnames [people who married into Richard's family, for example] and 16 of 18 were on your site. However, I found no real track into the family.
After Hank Jones spoke at our seminar, I began to explore the the larger community "they came together, they stayed together"..one of his themes, and since I have the entire Nelson Township in Ontario 1818 tax list, I ran it against surnames in the tri-county area again. Of the 50 or so names, I must have about 90%, and many of them are unusual...Vannorman, Brant, Groat, Guire, Morden, McAfee, Bratt... It seems clear to me that these people migrated together, or very closely in time, to Ontario in 1806+. It seems somewhat likely to me that they might have migrated together into the tri-county area from Ireland, when Philadelphia was the most used port in the 1700s. I'm wondering [sorry, long story] if you have knowledge of this type of migration pattern, esp. from Ireland and to Canada?
My ancestors have eluded me in censuses. I'm a little at sea about just where to begin with the minor footprint they left behind. On the other hand, I don't find it illogical that parts of many families stayed in the tri-county area as others moved on. Thanks for giving me a great site to explore, and perhaps to find...
Harriet De Wolfe Whidbey Island, Washington
PS, Hank says you contributed to one of his serendipity books...they are really fun to read. Harriet
I am searching for information on the following:
GEORGE, Arthur Otto married to PATTERSON, Emma. They had the following children:
GEORGE, Otto GEORGE, Delia GEORGE, Arthur GEORGE, Louise married to WILLIAMS, Harry GEORGE, Charles Thomas married to RODABAUGH, Edna (My parents)
My brother and I are trying to trace our family tree and would appreciate any information available.
Thank you,Jeanne Elizabeth George Davis
Looking for any information on Jason CARMER, Jessie Frank LITSEY and John Wallace WOOD that lived in the area about 1920-1925. Woud be grateful for anyone interested in looking in county or city directories during that time. Also, Alta STAGE and Mary or Maylouise LITSEY. Or a school listing for Mildred May STAGE, probably age 7,8,9.
Valerie Carmer Capen
I have a relative who is listed as a teacher at the Southern Tier Orphan Home in Elmira, Chemung Co., NY in the late 1800's. Does anyone have any info. on this orphanage, its affiliations, etc..
I am fairly new at searching for family. I noticed your list of names included Miller. I have a gg grandfather that was born in Chemung county around 1832. This according to a census. His name was Wallace Miller or W. W. Miller as shown on his son Arthur's death certificate. Wallace was married to Hannah "Shufeet" (unsure of the spelling) who was born in Wayne County, N.Y. They resided much of their life in Schuyler County, N.Y. Would you have any information on this family? Thank-you very much for your wonderful site. I'm sure I will eventually be able to find some information to help me in my quest.
Seeking Dewey descendents related to any of the following:
Simon Peter Dewey, b. Nova Scotia, married Margaret Perrow, b. Boston, Suffolk, MA. children: Irene Agnes Dewey,b.31 Dec.1899,Braintree,Norfolk,MA. m. Mervin Ellis Wright, on 16 May 1916 She died 12 Dec.1927,Boston,Suffolk,MA. Elliott Dewey,b.16 Oct.1901,Quincy,Norfolk,MA. d.May,1978,Depew,Erie,NY Margaret Dewey, b.6 Jan 1894, prob.MA. d.11 Apr 1973, Elmira, Chemung, NY.
La Crescenta, CA.
I am looking for a W. W. MILLER or Wallace MILLER who was born in Chemung County, N.Y. around 1832. He married Hannah "SHUFEET" (not sure of the spelling, maybe it's phonetic) from Wayne County, N. Y., They had 5 children and resided much of their lives in Schuyler County, N.Y. Their son, Arthur C. Miller was my g grandfather. He moved to Kings Valley, Oregon where he was quite prosperous. He and his wife Hettie Allen Miller had 3 sons. If you can make a connection with any of this information, please contact me. Thanks.
Hola Alberto (y firstname.lastname@example.org):
My name is Jorge Monllor and Iīm from Huesca, Spain. I read a message in a web in INTERNET with a message of you, regarding information about Luis Nestor Monllor. I donīt know if you have a lot of information about your surname (and mine!!) because Iīm a lot of interested in recover information about that.
If my information itīs more or less correct, perhaps the origin of this SURNAME could be French (1500/1600), went to Spain (In Valencia and Alincante currently itīs very extended) and emigrated to America.
Iīm waiting your answer !!!!
JORGE MONLLOR Huesca, ESPAŅA
Looking for info on ELIJAH DEAN..birth father of Susan Dean,Langdon,Crane. Married to: Mary Andrus. Elijah died: October 1840 in Tioga Co....Mary died in January 1840 and is buried in Barnes Hill Cemetery. I am looking for Elijah's burial place. Also, he settled on Dean Creek Rd.(which was named for a Nicholas and himself). Susan was Mark Twain's sister-in-law.
Sally Guinn email@example.com
LITSEY, Jessie Frank and Maylouise.
I am looking for any information on my great-grandparents who may have lived in this area in the early 1920's. They then moved to Lockport, NY about 1925 and I have information from there on.
WOOD, John Wallace
He may also have lived in this area in the early 1920's. I will be most grateful for any information on them.
Most sincerely, Valerie Capen
Looking for any info on Albert MOORE b c 1842 b Maine? Maine, Broome Co., NY?; wife Martha Jane (Jennie) SWEET b c 1843 PA; child Dora b c 1866, Mary b c 1879, and Caroline. Frederick SWEET b c 1808 and wife Mary b c 1811 and daughter Martha b 1850 appear in the 1850 Federal Census in Jackson Twp., Tioga Co., PA. In the 1870 Federal Census for Southport, Chemung Co., NY appear: Frederick SWEET age 63 b NY; wife Mary age 58 b NY; s-i-l Albert MOORE age 24 b NY; his wife Martha (SWEET) MOORE age 20 b NY; their children Dora Isabel age 3 b NY; and Mary age 1 b NY. They are in McNett Twp., Lycoming Co., PA in the 1880 federal census. They were married c 1866 in Southport (Chemung) NY. Kay Brownell Reed, VP & Genealogist Potter Co. Historical Society
Kay Brownell Reed, VP & Genealogist
Potter Co. Historical Society
Dear Joyce Tice: I just wrote an email to you before I realized that all queries are to be sent to the above web address.
My name is Harold Sippel, I live in Toms River, N.J. and I am doing a family
history search. I am hoping to obtain a copy of the death certificate of my late
uncle: GEORGE SIPPLE (same family, different spelling of surname). GEORGE SIPPLE
was born in Scranton, PA. on October 4, 1888, and from information I received from
another family member, it is believed that he died in Elmira, N.Y. in August 1976-
no exact date known. I would be interested in finding out what I have to do to
obtain a death certificate for him: the fee for the notice and all information
that is necessary. If anyone can inform me about the above information I would
greatly appreciate it.
Harold Sippel firstname.lastname@example.org
Has anyone ever heard of a Ross MARVIN who was supposed to be from Elmira? He was the only casualty on Admiral Peary's expedition to the North Pole in 1907-1909.
Ross MARVIN was to have been 30 years old and his mother (no idea on her name) was to have been born in Tarentum, Allegheny Co., PA. -- info from a Tarentum, PA newspaper in a 1997 history article.
Ross MARVIN is not in the 1880 US Census and I don't have access to the 1900 for Elmira.
Looking for his parents. I have lots MARVINs in both Southport and Tarentum, but can't fit him into the tree.
Seeking information on Archibald MARVIN (1775-1825) m. Elizabeth HATHORN (1781 - 1857). They came to Southport, Chemung Co., in 1802.
Their children were: Hector, Welling, John Decoe (went to Naperville, IL), Anthony (went to Allegheny Co., PA), Seth, Mark, Julia (m. Robert BECKWITH).
Many are buried in Beckwith/Marvin Cemetery in Southport.
Hunting further on Hector and Welling; all children of Seth and Julia. Have all info on Anthony and would love to share.
(NOTE: to queries - sent Joyce a similar question two days ago, please do not double post)
I just want to THANK YOU for the site with the Marvin/Beckwith Cemetery gravestone reading from Southport, Chemung Co., NY. In 15 minutes it cleared up 10 years worth of questions!
If you know of anyone else working on Marvins please pass on my email address.
My husband is descended from Archibald Marvin, in this cemetery, through his son, Anthony, who left NY for Pittsburgh, PA. Anthony has an infant son buried in the cemetery also.
My name is Brenda Howland. I have been looking for information about my ancestors from Morris and Dixie Run in Tioga Co. Amos Miles CAMPBELL married Charlot M. BLACKWELL Her parents were James and Maria E. COMPTON. There is also CANFIELD. Amos and Charlot had Myrtle Marie who was my grandmother. I am told Charlot worked as a cook in the mines or logging camps and was called "cookie" She lived from 1873 to 1902. I am also told she was 1/2 Seneca Indian.
Can anyone help me find some info about them?
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My name is Marissa Chamberlain Hursh. I am looking for information on WELLS and EVANS families in the Chemung / Wellsburg / Waverly / Barton areas, specifically: WELLS, Martha, b. 1867; Siblings: WELLS, Guy M., John, Mary, Harry, Catherine WELLS McCeaigue (wife of Albert), and Louis; Parents: WELLS, John M. or W., b. 1836, and Helen McLane WELLS, b. 1843. Married to Charles Fred CHAMBERLAIN (sometimes called Fred C). One son: Fred Lemuel Chamberlain, b. 1895 in Chemung. Looking for EVANS: Frances Burt Chamberlin EVANS, married to Henry L. EVANS (second husband after Chamberlin killed in Civil War); Children: Henry T., Charles F. (may have gone by Frank), William A., John B., and Bert. Located in Barton, Tioga County, in 1880 Census. I have many photographs which are unlabeled but which I believe to be of the Evans and / or Wells families. I would very much like to meet with anyone who is descended from the above who may have labeled pictures that we could compare.
Does anyone know where to find LYNN SUZANNE GARDINOR, last known to live in Elmira NY? My cousin Harold Fishbough , would like to get in touch with her concerning his search on family history.Thanks for any help that you can give to me.
Rose Bullion Billtownrose@wmconnect.com
I have a 5th great grandfather Ebenezer Patch-en-in enlisted in Philipse Manor N Y ? Reading Conn record show that in died in Mar 2 1830 Catlin (dix) Chemug co NY Married to Sarah Morehouse July 25 1784 Nowalk Conn Pension april 25 1818 resident of Cayuta Tioga co N Y can you locate burial location,cemetery I'd like place headstone if possible w/ American Revolution Marker
John Patchin SAR member
Los Molinos Ca
Hi, I am researching the COOK, BOWEN, VAN PELT, BEARD, YARMOND families in Chemung County. My Great, Great Grandfather's name was Aaron Cook who married a Ruth Van Pelt, My Great Grandfather William Franklin Cook married Mary Rebbecca Beard. William and Mary are buried in Chemung Cemetery in Chemung New York. I am looking for information on Aaron Cook who was born about 1852. I believe that he was born in Chemung county. I am also looking for information on a write up on my mother Betty Bowen who lived in Elmira, likely on Lake Street in the house that looks like a castle. She had Open Heart Surgery done in 1954 and then again around September 1964. There was a couple of writeups on her as this was something new at this time. I am hoping that someone could see if they can find the writeups. The one that was done in September 1960 has a picture of her with my brother Leland and me. I was only 3 years old at the time. But when she had her first operation done, she was pregnant for me at the time and we both went down in Medical history. Thank You for your time.
Patricia J. Bowen Heathcoe
Looking for ancestors of Benjamin Squires from Chemung NY. He was in IL in 1880 and had a dtr named Mary Ann who was my gggrandmother. I believe his father was Phineas Squires from either NY or CT. Does anybody have this Squires in their family tree.
Thanks Marilyn B. Zimmer
My name is John Owen down in Nashville, TN and I was doing a genealogy search for "Marcell" and a hit came up on your site. There is a notice from a newspaper as follows;
1864 15-Sep Stiles / Marcell M At Dansville, on the 8th of September, by Rev. Geo. W. Baptis, Mr. S.S. Stiles of Elmira, and Miss Mary M. Marcell of Dansville. We suppose the above occurred on account of the draft, that is, the failure of the draft in Elmira which fact embroidered the above in the sea of matrimony. May pleasant gales and auspicious skies hover around the bark of the happy voyagers.
I would like to find out more info on this Mary Marcell but not sure which of your helpful people might be able to help. I had a Mary Marcell, born TN who disappeared about that time and just wonder if it is her. Could you please forward or advise who I might contact to look at census data or other data from that area and time frame. Thank you and if a lookup in Tennessee is needed feel free to ask.
Searching for Benjamin Squires and his wife Polly. They were in IL in 1880 and have found him in Chemung NY. Their daghter Mary Ann Squires married my grgrandfather and he said in is Bio that she was from NY. I also think that the father of Benjamin could be Phineas Squires but am not positive of that now.
Thanks Marilyn Bolster Zimmer
James Herald was born in Elmira, New York on June 5, 1845. His parents were Edward Hearld and Mary Ann Cook. He had at least one brother Edward, born in 1841. He married Mary Ann Curry. I believe they were married in New York. There is at least one sister in the family, in that two of her daughters would vist their uncles in the summer months. Mary and Helen Healy were school teachers in Binghamton, NY. Their last visit was in 1926. Edward II and James can be found in the 1870 Census, MI, Ionia County, Lyons Township.
When James was 18 years old, he enlisted in the Union Army in Livingston, NY. He was mustered in at Rochester, NY on March 8, 1864, Conpany D, 22nd Regiment of the New York Cavalry under the command of Colonel Crooks. He was captured by the Confederate Army at Stony Creek, Virginia. James was held as a prisoner of war at Andersonville, Georgia. He was discharged at Winchester, VA. He return to his home Riga, NY. It is not known what year James's parents moved to Riga. James, his bother, Edward, Edward's wife, Mary Ann, daughter Mary and son Thomas left New York State for Michigan in 1866.
My name is John Fahey. James Herald was my great-grandfather. Any information on the Herald and Healy Families would be appeciated. Variations of the Hearld name are as followes: Heral, Hearl, Hearal, Hearld, Herold, Herral, Herale, Herrall, Hearall, and Hurle. There are many ancesters of both James and Edward II living in this area, Hubbardston, Michigan.
Your truly, John Fahey
WELLS.... Family researcher would like to hear from descendants of Abner Wells of Southport, Chemung County.
E Mail me... Dana Davis/ LI, NY
Looking for an obit for Peter JAYNES born 1905 December 11 and died 1990 December 7 SSDI shows last residence as Chemung, NY.
Good morning/good afternoon Joyce,
My great-grandfather owned the hotel at Rorick's Glen, puchased from Hiram Beecher in approximately 1900. For years, I have been trying to obtain a picture of that hotel; no one seems to have one, and believe me, I have contacted everyone I could think of.
I can find quite a bit of historical data on Rorick's Glen, itself, but nothing about the hotel; it is my understanding that several famous people stayed there, \ so it is a mystery to me why I can't find anything.
I wish I could provide a picture or postcard of the hotel, but I can't; I did not want to put out a call for help on the list without your approval.
Thanks for any help you might be able to suggest.
Judy Stromsted firstname.lastname@example.org
BURLEY - Looking for information on Silas BURLEY and his wife Katturah WELLS. They appear in Elmira in the 1870's. Their son Levi married a Louisa H. ? abt 1872. I would also like to know if anyone has any more information on her, her maiden name or parents, etc... She was born abt 1854 in PA and died 2-20-1921, buried in Woodlawn Cem. Thanks!
BILLINGS,WYCKOFF - Looking for information on Ellen Marie Billings parents/family. She was born abt 1839, married Charles Warren Wyckoff 12-29-1866, and died June 7, 1928, buried Woodlawn Cem. I am not sure who her parents were. Thanks.
TOWNSEND,John H, Ruth, Peter, Hezekiah, Eliza A DICKSON, BARBER, Rosetta BARDEN Searching for information John H TOWNSEND b-NJ or NY abt 1796> married Ruth? b- NJ 1801
Children: Peter TOWNSEND-age 21-married Harriet ? b-1828 NY children of Peter and Harriet-Cynthia, Mary, Abagail, Henrietta Eliza TOWNSEND DICKSON b- abt 1846 Yates county, NY> married William DICKSON b- NJ 1830
1 child-George W. DICKSON b- 1857, Steuben county,NY 2nd husband of Eliza TOWNSEND was John BARBER b- 1840,PA children of this marriage: Nellie.Cora, Hattie, Carrie, Eva, Grace, Rosetta BARDEN; I believe was Rosetta Townsend b-1837; married Charles Barden b- NY 1836
children: Henry, Stephen, Hester. Hezekiah TOWNSEND b-1825 NY; married Mary S ?-b 1830 NY children: Mary E.,John B.
Any information would be appreciated.Thank you,Dotty Schmidt
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I was referred to you by "The West End Gallery" in Corning NY and I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction for some information. We recently purchased what we thought was a fruit still life print in frame at an estate auction in Geneva NY. Upon removing the glass from the picture to clean it we discovered that it actually was a signed pastel drawing. In the back of the picture between the cardboard and pastel was a piece of newspaper from Elmira NY dated in the 1920s, so we are thinking that possibly the artist could be from the Elmira area or had a connection to the area.
The signature is just a C with a line going through it vertically and that doesn't tell us anything. Is there somewhere that I could get information on who this artist might have been. The pastel is beautiful and definitely looks as if it were done by a professional.
Thank you for your time and direction in this matter, Laurel