1st born of Stephen Van Rensselaer Persons and Mary Polly Ellsworth
Born 5 March 1837, Town of Roxbury, Delaware County, NY
Died 20 April 1919
Buried in Rice Cemetery, Jewitt, Greene County, NY
1850 US Census, Town of Roxbury shows Edgar living with Thomas Dent Family
1860 US Census, Town of Roxbury shows him back home living with his parents
1880 US Census shows him single and living with his parents and also listed with half-brother Eli C.
Uncle Frank( writes in 1949 "Edgar was well educated for his time, and taught school through the winter months and worked at learning the carpenter trade in the summer. He became a very skilled carpenter and millwright. He built some of the largest boarding houses and hotels in the Catskill Mountains. He is buried at Jewitt Heights in the Rice Cemetery with his mother and brother John; up to this date they have no stone or marker of any kind. I have been thinking that perhaps next summer there could something be done about it. It was said that Uncle Edgar was disappointed in a love affair when he was a young man, so he never married, and made his home with my Grandfather & Grandmother (Stephen & Mary Polly), also Uncle John, at Jewitt Center". It was also said that he liked to drink something stronger than water once in awhile and it was reported he had a great sense of humor. He liked to crack jokes and play tricks on friends, of which he had many. It was when he was building the hotel and boarding house at Lexington, New York, for Monroe Van Valkenburg, who wasn't any too prompt with paying his bills. One day while waiting for lumber, etc., he got to taking a few drinks, so he was quite tight. He sat down and went to sleep; the men that worked for him got to talking
about what the building would be covered with, meaning the roof, so one of them said, "I will ask Ed." After considerable shaking, he roused up a bit; then the man said, "Ed, what will the hotel be covered with?" Uncle Edgar kind of coughed and said, "What do you want?" They asked again what the building would be covered with. "Well, said Uncle Ed, "I think it will be
covered with a big mortgage!" . . .
Greene County Poorhouse Intake Records 1896-1913
Edgar Persons 1052 August 15, 1913 M 76 Single NY Delaware Roxbury Carpenter injury - broken leg - will probably be a cripple and always dependent
I, Joyce Riedinger, (Edgar was my gr-grand uncle) have been unable to verify the following:
Note taken at family member June Cosenza's home Nov 1990 - Edgar - Civil War Veteran - shot in leg
GILBERT L. PERSONS
2nd born of Stephen Van Rensselaer Persons and Mary Polly Ellsworth
Born 07 January 1839, Town of Roxbury, Delaware County, NY
Married Phoebe J. Rappleyea
Died 14 Jun 1914
Uncle Frank writes in 1949 "Gilbert and Jane Persons first lived in Little Westkill on a small farm where the children were born. He taught school in the districts around there winters; at that time the school terms were only from late fall 'till early spring. So by work- ing early and late, he could do his farm chores and then teach through the day. After Hiram was grown up and married, Gilbert sold his small farm in Little Westkill and bought a very large one of about 500 acres in Johnston Hollow. This farm was known as the MacIntyre place. The second farm in on the Johnston Hollow Road from the Prattsville and Grand Gorge Turnpike. They kept a very large dairy of cows, as many as 75, that produced a wagon load of milk each day, for at that time everything was done with horses and wagons. They took their milk to Grand Gorge, a distance of about five miles, where it was shipped to New York City. After the Slawsen and Decker Milk Bottling plant was erected at Grand Gorge, their milk went there and later to the Prattsville Creamery. Gilbert was what they called well-to-do and left it to their son Hiram, who, with his wife, lived with them. Gilbert and Jane both died there on the old MacIntyre farm, and are buried in the family plot in the Prattsville Cemetery. They have a very nice monument there, the cemetery plot is large, for Hiram and Ruth, also Will and Clara. Uncle Gilbert possessed a very great personality. He had a type of voice that is very rare - when he was speaking, it sounded like music. I have known but one other man that had that type of voice - that was Stephen Bedgley of Blenheim; but I think Uncle Gilbert's was much finer of the two. Aunt Jane was the daughter of Benona Rappleyea. Her brothers were: Hesekiah, Colvin, Jessie, her sisters were Esther (who their daughter was named for) and Rose. Esther married Norman Wilcox, Rose married a Parker - I do not remember his first name."
Joyce and Tar Riedinger visited with Gilbert W. Persons, Great Grandson of the above Gilbert, at his home on Main Street in Prattsville the summer of 1988. Gilbert remembered hearing his grandfather Hiram Charles say when clouds had settled around the mountain top, "I think it's going to rain, Aunt Salina has got her nightcap on". (Hiram Charles was a nephew to Hiram J. Persons (brother to Gilbert), and husband to Salina Sigsbee.
jbr note: believe the initial L. is for "LaFever"
JOHN PERSONS (in photo above with parents)
3rd born of Stephen Van Rensselaer Persons and Mary Polly Ellsworth
Born 17 Nov 1840, Town of Roxbury, Delaware County NY
Died 05 May 1922
Buried in Frank Rice Cemetery, Jewitt, Greene County NY
1850 US Census, Town of Roxbury - John living with his parents
1855 NYS Census, Town of Roxbury - John living with his parents
1860 & 1870 US Census, Town of Roxbury - living with his parents
1875 NYS Census and 1880 US Census, 1892 Census, Town of Jewitt - living with his parents
1900 US Census, Town of Jewitt - head of family, brother George & Family living with him.
1905 & 1910 Census, Town of Jewitt - living with brother George & Family
1920 US Census, Town of Jewitt - living with brother Daniel
Uncle Frank writes in 1949 "John is buried in the Rice Cemetery, Jewett Heights, in the plot with his Mother and Brother Edgar. Uncle John was a farmer and worked winters between chores in the mountains getting out saw mill lumber and firewood, of which they always had a-plenty, seasoned and nicely piled under the wood shed connected with the farm house, as was the custom those days. He was a member of the Jewett Center Rifle team and was one of the best. This rifle team would shoot at targets and just before Thanksgiving, turkeys were the prize, and he usually got his share. This team had matches with other rifle teams, such as the Grand Gorge, Windham, Stamford, and many others. They would change off from one team range to another and then send their targets to the state range for their awards of honor. The turkey shoot was usually held there at Jewett Center, where turkeys were plentiful and the surrounding farmers would bring in their turkeys to raffle. Uncle John and Frank Rice were hard to beat and it was nip and tuck with them, all in good fun and sportsmanship.Remember, turkeys were never used for targets! They would shoot at large official targets at a specified distance and see who could come nearest the bulls-eye. There was no limit to the number in a team.Sometimes they would choose sides. It was a great sport those days, and it was fun to watch."
4th born of Stephen Van Rensselaer Persons and Mary Polly Ellsworth
Born 29 Jan 1842, Town of Roxbury, Delaware County, NY
Married 22 Feb 1866 at Prattsville, Greene County, NY
Died 13 Jan 1918 at Oneonta, Otsego County, NY
Buried in Oneonta Plains Cemetery
An article "In Search of Old Homesteads" by Joyce Riedinger
More coming . . .
SARAH JANE PERSONS
5th born of Stephen Van Rensselaer Persons and Mary Polly Ellsworth
Born 14 Apr 1844, Town of Roxbury, Delaware County, NY
Married Floyd Snyder 22 Dec 1861
Died 09 Sep 1908
Buried Maplewood Cemetery, Jewett Center, Greene, NY
Uncle Frank writes in 1949 "Sarah married Floyd Snyder, born in the town of Shandaken, Ulster Co., in 1844. Sarah was born in the town of Roxbury, Delaware County. They were married in 1861. They had one child, a daughter, Ella, born in the town of Lexington, Greene Co. in 1862, died at Kingston, Ulster Co., Dec. 18 1948; buried in the Maplewood Cemetery, South Jewett, beside her husband Peter Joslyn. Florence married Walter Bouck who was a descendant of Governor Bouck of the State of New York. Walter Bouck is buried in the Prospect Hill Cemetery at Guilderland."
1900 Census states that "Mother Polly" is living with Sarah & Floyd.
CATHERINE LOVINA PERSONS
6th born of Stephen Van Rensselaer Persons & Mary Polly Ellsworth
Born 9 October 1848, Town of Roxbury, Delaware County, NY
Married Charles Myers in 1869
Died 7 October 1900
Uncle Frank writes in 1949 that they had 3 children.
ADDISON HARRISON PERSONS
7th born of Stephen Van Rensselaer Persons and Mary Polly Ellsworth
Born 03 Feb 1853, Town of Roxbury, Delaware County, NY
Married 21 May 1882 Carrie May Van Valkenburg
Died 14 Dec 1916 Lexington, Greene County, NY
As copied from a letter from his granddaughter Frances Persons Huntley, daughter of Alfred O Persons.
.....QUOTE: Addison Harrison Persons was a school teacher in a one room school in Spruceton, NY where he met a student, Carrie Van Valkenburg who went as his wife when he became a teacher at the Jewett Free Academy. He was later Supervisor of the Town of Jewett from the subsistence farm where they raised their family and took in boarders, as immortalized in Manuel Kamroff's "Big City Little Boy". His birthplace was in Fox Hollow, west of Rt. 23, Prattsville-Grand Gorge up the wagon path north of the brook to Buttermilk Falls.)
Extracted from writing of Uncle Frank in 1949: Frances, daughter of Alfred and Hazel Persons, is an M.D. and is with her father who is also an M.D., at Lexington, Greene County, NY.
Note: Alfred Otis Persons was son of Addison
4 MORE TO BE ADDED . . .
DANIEL L. PERSONS; CHARLES YALE PERSONS; EMMA JANE PERSONS; GEORGE PERSONS