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Chemung County Queries & Surname Listings July 2005 - December 2005
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 11/6/05)


Date: 11/2/2005

I am interested in the named person who was my Great Grandfather. I believe he enlisted March 21, 1864 and mustered in on April 13, 1864 in Elmira, NY.His commanding officer was a Capt Stewart. He served at the battle of Cold Harbor and seige of Petersburg amoung several other skirmishes. I would appreciate any additional information you may have.

Thank you. Jim Farr, 13 University Circle, Clinton, NY 13323

Date: 10/29/2005

I have 3 old religious books signed by Simeon CATCHIM, of Van Etten, Chemung County, New York, dating from 1839. One, a Bible, contains family information on Simeon Catchim and wife Permilia STRANG. I will be glad to send these three books to a descendant for the cost of postage.

Eric Newsom,

Date: 10/27/2005

I am looking for information about Louis F. Wagner. He was my grandfather and is buried at Woodlawn cemetery. His father was Peter Wagner of Jasper, NY. His wife was Mary B. I would like her maiden name. He had 3 children, Louis P., George S. (my father), and Julia A. (Wagner) Conklin. He was born in Mass. in 1875 and died in 1953. I am really looking for living relatives and any ancestral information.

Thank you

Date: 10/12/2005

MULFORD I would like to contact Fred Simpson of Tucson,Az who inquired about Ami MULFORD on this site in September ,2002.


Date: 10/10/2005

My name is Willy Villa Shonner, born in Colombia and currently living in London, England. Raised by my father grandparents I am looking for some information about my germans ancestors. My mother's name is Mary Shonner and her father's name is Jaime Shonner.

Many thanks for your help, Willy Villa Shonner

Date: 10/8/2005

Looking for info, validation, and earlier ancestry of: Stephen(?) LYNCH, supposed father of Charles Comstock LYNCH, born 1830 Elmira NY and died 1897 Stillwater OK. Supposed Charles siblings were Daniel, George,Martha, Eliza and Harriet. Cornelia COMSTOCK, supposed wife of Stephen and mother of Charles above. No further info known, except earlier Comstock generation was possibly from Vermont

Thanks for any help. John Miller Edina, MN

Subject: Young, Ferguson
Date: 9/26/2005

I am looking for information on parents, siblings and children of Squire Jay YOUNG, born January 1854, and his wife Sarah FERGUSON, born about 1854 and died 1890. The 1880 census shows them living in Columbia Twp, of Bradford county with children Jessie and Leander. I believe these may be my great grandparents. The 1860 census for Chemung County lists a Squire Young age 6 (born same time as my Squire) living in household of a Leander Young, age 30. Other children in the household are too old to be Leanders children, so I'm not sure if Leander is Squire's father or brother. Any leads appreciated.

Becky Jensen

Date: 9/30/2005

Am looking for information on the Alexander McDONALD family . Per 1830 Census for Newark, Tioga , Alexander age 60/70, female age 50/60 ,. two sons ages 10-15, one daughter age 10-15. I believe Deborah married Alexander around 1814.. She may have been McDonalds second wife. Alexanders wife Deborah (BUCK) (LATHROP) (McDONALD ) is listed in the 1840 census for Candor, Tioga... Deborah died Aug 4, 1859 in Erin, Chemung Co.

Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated.
John Saxton jsaxton@optonline .net

Subject: Prosser-Lefler, Smith, Hammond
Date: 9/24/2005

Peter/Rebecca PROSSER -LEFLER,Emmett William SMITH, Gordon S. HAMMOND s/o Jesse HAMMOND, Harry SMITH. I am looking for the genealogy of this family line. They were in Springfield,Bradford CO,Pa, and in Baldwin,Chemung CO,NY.

Bob Lefler

Subject: George Cunningham
Date: 9/5/2005

I'M LOOKING FOR ANY INFORMATION CONCERNING GEORGE W CUNNINGHAM. b 1876 in NYC, f. Daniel Cunningham... m. Ann Candon. Pretty sure he migrated to Big Flats, Chemung, NY early in his life but cannot be proven. Information given. Concerning his mother and father was obtained from the 1880 US Census. At that time Ann was head of household. Ann also had a sister living with her named Mary Candon both I think from County Sligo, Ireland.

Willard Cunningham

Subject: Elmira Children's Home
Date: 9/3/2005

Children's Home or orphange- It is said that my great Aunt IDA OAKLEY(wife of WALLACE OAKLEY) of Elmira , between abt 1895 and abt 1920, was on the Board or volunteered at this home. I would like to know more about this and I would like to know whether there were OAKLEYS in the home. Bob Lefler

Subject: Kress, Depuy
Date: 9/2/2005

Hi, I am seeking baptismal or any record that indicates what the D in Samuel D. KRESS ( b. 1803) be? Could it be DEPUY after Jacob KRESS' wife Anna DEPUY? Samuel D. Kress lived and died in Southport, Chemung, NY.

Thanks! Sandy Castle

Subject:Garrett Decker
Date: 8/26/2005

Hi Joyce,
Someone told me that you have a Garrett Decker in your family tree. I do too and am hoping they are one in the same. My Garrett Decker married Lucy Lyons (she died 08 Feb 1848). He was born circa 1800, was living in Chemung, Chemung County at least from 1840 thru 1850. In 1860 he was living with his son, Charles, in North Chemung, Baldwin, Chemung County. He had at least 2 other sons besides Charles, Jesse (I think he might have been been named after Lucy Lyons' father, Justus Lyons) and G.M. (assumed to be Gilbert but now think the G. might stand for Garrett).

Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Sherlene Belden

Subject: Greek
Date: 8/21/2005

I am trying to locate information on my fathers family. My fathers names was Walter Charles Greek. His father Charles Lewis Greek b. either 1871 or 1875 Horseheads, NY d. 1929 his mother Margaret Greek b. 1877 d. 1916 Horseheads NY. I think his mothers maiden name was Chapman also of Horseheads, NY.

If I could have marriage dates, death dates or any information you might have would be appreciated.

Berna-Lu Gibson (Greek)

Date: 8/17/2005

This is in Regard to the Elmira Child and Family Service agency. In the article by Katherine Westwood, she mentions that there is a record - aka: Doomsday Book - of children that went through the children's home/orphanage, although it is not always complete.

I am interested to see if sisters Hattie and Minnie [possible last name of "CURRAN"] were in the home, in the early 1870s. Hattie - or "Harriet" - was born circa 1872. Minnie was near her age. Their mother was deceased, father a Civil War veteran who brought the children to the home, we believe. They were later adopted by Charles and Hannah BURTON, and at least Hattie was still with them in 1880. Charles' occupation was that of night watchman.

Meredith Vaselaar, Minnesota

Subject: MRUK, GRYBUSZ, (aka Grybos), MAKOWIEC
Date: 8/16/2005

Please submit the following query to the Tri-Counties website. Also, if you can direct me to contact information for any of the local papers in the area, I would appreciate it very much.

I am seeking information on MRUK, GRYBUSZ, (aka Grybos), MAKOWIEC and any affiliated families in the Elmira, New York area.

My grandmother, Margaret Magdalena MRUK (aka Magdgalena Margaret MRUK), was born in Elmira, New York on December 9, 1907. Her parents were Paul MRUK (b 1882 in Poland) and Mary GRYBUSZ (aka Grybos [b in Poland]). They were married on October 8, 1904 and had several children:
Francis Mruk b. 1 Aug 1905
Anna Mruk b. 24 Nov 1906
Margaret Magdalena Mruk b. 9 Dec 1907 in Elmira, New York, USA
Rosalie Mruk b. 19 Mar 1909
Louise Mruk b. 3 Nov 1910
Antonia Mary Mruk b. 8 Sep 1913

Parents of Paul MRUK were Joseph Mruk and Magdalena Makowiec. Parents of Mary Grybusz (aka Grybos) were Stanislaus Grybusz and Anna ?

I believe there may be some relatives still living in the Elmira area, and I would very much appreciate being contacted by them, to make the family connection and begin learning about my Polish heritage.

The details posted above were provided to me by St. Cassmair (sp? I'm not sure that's the correct name, but it's something similar) church in Elmira.

A Mary Grybos contacted me some time back, but I have since lost contact with her. I believe she shared the same name as my great-grandmother, but I don't think there was an actually family connection. I also learned of a nun... perhaps a prioress... who was perhaps a distant cousin, who is restoring an old church in Italy, that is somehow connected, but I can't seem to find those details either, and would love to reconnect with her as well.

My dad says that my grandmother left home at an early age, following the death of her mother and subsequent remarriage of, moving to New York City, where she worked as a waitress and a domestic before marrying my grandfather in Niagra Falls. She never spoke about her family, and that is a mystery to me as well.

I know nothing further, and would be grateful for any and all assistance.

Sincerely, Monica Molinar

Subject: Church Records, Methodist Church in Millport
Date: 8/13/2005

About 15-20 years ago when I first began doing genealogy, I found a reference saying, "Church records of the Methodist Church in Millport were indexed by the W.P.A. Thirty-five volumes were found in the church/parsonage." Now, I can't find any reference to this anywhere! Does anyone know about these records?

Thank you, Cynthia Kingsbury Aucoin

Subject: Collins
Date: 8/13/2005

Can anyone tell me the cause of death of Myron COLLINS, who is buried in Millport Cemetery in Veteran? He died at age 39 years on August 5, 1840.

Thank you, Cynthia Kingsbury Aucoin

Subject: Woodward
Date: 8/12/2005

I am related to a Benjamin Woodward who lived in NY state in the early 1800's. He was married to Sarah ( Scott ) Woodward and they had at least four sons between 1800 and 1808. A source suggested that he was later married to a Jane ??? Jane Caven was the wife of the Benjamin Woodward buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. His son, Albon, my great, great grandfather was living in Wheeler. Steuben County in 1850.

If you or anyone else has any further information on the Benjamin Woodward in Woodlawn Cemetery,or family information, it would be most appreciated.

Thank You, Richard Woodward

Subject: Atwater
Date: 8/11/2005

Hi Joyce: I tried to put a query on this site but may have messed it up. My grandmother was Emma Elizabeth ATWATER, born October 5, 1867 in Elmira. She married Fred Swain of Buffalo who was killed and subsequently married my grandfather Peter J. Cole, April 25, 1896. I have other info on Emma and her life with Peter and would like to have anyone contact me who may have info on her family.

Please contact me at Thank you for your time. Ted Squires.

Subject: Schooley
Date: 8/11/2005

I am looking for information on Seventh Day Adventists (or Baptists) c. 1850s in Catlin Center. Apparently my gxgranmother Huldah Scott SCHOOLEY and her daughter Sarah became members before they moved to Illinois in 1861. My SCHOOLEYs moved to Chemung sometime in the 1840's from Lycoming County in PA. Would appreciate any information.

Thanks. Lisa Walton

Subject: Beer
Date: 8/11/2005

My grandmother was Emma Elizabeth ATWATER born )October 5, 1867, Elmira, father's first name unknown at this time, mother's maiden name Elizabeth FOSTER. Emma married Fred Swain (who was killed) and in 1896 married Peter J. Cole from Canada. They moved to Canada where Emma died in 1928. I am interested in obtaining more info on this person and her family and have other info on her since her move to Canada if anyone is interested.

Please contact Thankyou, Ted Squires.

Date: 8/3/2005

Does anyone know anything of Beer family, especially John, supposed to have been born there ca 1789? Do not know who his father or mother was.

Thank you so much. Surely enjoyed visiting your online site!! Gladys.

Subject: Southern Tier Orphan's home
Date: 7/16/2005

I am looking for my grandfather-in-law an Indian who was an orphan lived with a dutch family named Wyckoff and I found a teacher's named Carrie Wyckoff who I think lived at 256 West chemung Place and taught at the southern tier orphans home in the late 1800.

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Tanuja Paupaw

Subject: Phineas Helm Smith
Date: 7/11/2005

We are looking for ancestors of Phineas Helm Smith from Chemung County NY circa 1814. We think perhaps his mother's maiden name was Helm. We cannot find any records of predecessors. Can you help?

Thank you Peggy