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Submit your special query to Joyce Riedinger and put "SPECIAL QUERY" in the subject line of your e-mail.


NEED HELP IN DECIPHERING A WORD
The following is listed in the 1875 Walton census under George Houghtaling. The census lists Hattie’s previous home as "In Walton, 50 Wild Sa_ _ ". It looks like the missing letters could be "n and d". Do you think this is correct and do you know where this specific location is in Walton? --Cindy Simmons


FUNERAL HOMES IN WALTON 1830's?
Does anyone know if there were any funeral homes in Walton in the 1830-1840's? Who were they and where might their records be now? If there was no establishment for this purpose, who prepared the bodies for burial. Was this done by the family or by someone else. Thanks for any and all help. --Kitti Michalowicz - posted 06-2017


WHAT IS THE NAME OF THIS NEWSPAPER?
Can anyone help decipher the name of this NEWSPAPER, believed to be something CRIER? --Pat Gray - posted 05-2017


LOOKING FOR PHOTO OF SWIMMING HOLE
My sister Jean Fox Neil and I were talking about places where Deposit kids went swimming in the summer before the Marshman Pool was constructed behind the high school in the ‘50s. I think Red Cross swimming lessons started when kids were bussed to Columbia Lake. Before that, school buses took kids to Rockroyal near the Lewis stone barn where Trout Creek was dammed up. A sandbag dam with a terrific rope swing made a great swimming hole on the Big Hollow branch of Butler Brook behind Hibbard’s Lumber Yard on upper Wheeler St. where the school bus garage now sits. Might anyone have photos of those swimming holes? --Jim Fox - posted 08-2016


WHIPPLE GENERAL STORE
I live in the old Whipple General Store in Arkville NY ... I'm looking for history on the building. ..I know it was here before the telegraph came in...its located next to the train tracks at the intersection of 28 and 38..crossroads. ..it's across from the now laundromat. ...can you help me in this ? --Deana Pereira - posted 04-2016


BEERSTON GARAGE
Can anyone tell me about the Beerston Garage on Rt.10 near Beerston Road? Is there a reason why it survived NYC’s removal of the rest of the hamlet? Any reason to save it now? --Neil Larson - posted 04-2016


LOOKING FOR OLD ARTICLE IN BLOOMVILLE MIRROR
The editor of the Bloomville Mirror, wrote a series of pamphlets or stories about the activities of the 144th Delaware County Regiment during the Civil War. Does anyone know if the originals or copies of this, “The Soldier Boy”, exist? - Ann Laing - posted 03-2016


CANOE PLACE ALONG CHARLOTTTE CREEK
I am looking for the location along the Charlotte Creek for the spot that was known as the 'Canoe Place'. A place where a group of early German settlers from Schoharie...built canoes and took off for Berks County, PA. Is there a Historical Marker there? Terri - posted 12-2015


FOUND TOMBSTONE ALONG RIVER
My name is Hope Bravo and I live in Margaretville, NY. While hiking along the river I came across an old tombstone a very beautiful one for a little girl name Lou Lou May Scott. The dates and writing are readable and its dated from the 1880's. This little girl was only about 6 when she passed away. I cant help but want to try and find the family cemetary it came from or just a family member that might be interested in having it. I dont want to see it just get swept away to spend its days rotting on the bottom of the rez. Hope Bravo - posted 07-2015


MOUNTAIN VIEW HOTEL
I am looking for a historic photo of The Mountain View Hotel in /near Fleischmans. It is my understanding that the hotel burned down in the 50's or 60's. Any further information would be greatly appreciated. Jill Schilstra - posted 06-2015


COOK'S DAIRY FARM
I am looking for information for Cook's Dairy Farm, Hancock, NY. Time frame about 1940-60?? B. - posted 06-2015


HISTORY OF PROPERTY AT COOKS FALLS
I am looking for any information regarding previous owners, builders, history of 3630 Old Route 17, Cooks Falls, NY Amy - posted 05-2015


DEPOSIT BILLBOARD
Can someone help me find a photo of the billboard with Deposit service men and women who served in WW2? It was close to the Center St. intersection in front of the "old school". It probably stood until the late '40s. (Technically about 300 yds. into Broome County) Thanks, Jim Fox - posted 03-2015


TUBBS CEMETERY
Seeking any information on a Tubbs Cemetery (circa 1890) located across from the M.E. Church and Mapledale School on Dry Brook Road out of Arkville. Roger D. Davis - posted 12-2014


IMAGE NEEDED FOR NEVADA LEGISLATURE PROJECT
I am WORKING on a project for the Nevada Legislature. We are interested in finding an image of Miles N. Mitchell, born in Delhi NY about 1819 -1822, moved to Nevada Territory and was the Speaker of our Territorial Convention in 1861.Thanks! Cindy Southerland - posted 09-2014


BETTY BROOK FARM
I'm looking to obtain information about BETTY BROOK farm. Any help appreciated. Daniel Hitchcock - posted 03-2014


LOOKING FOR DELAWARE RIVER ICE FLOW PHOTOS
Are there photograghs of the Delaware River massive ice flows my father took me to see when I was a child. Probably late 50's or early 60's. the chuncks of ice were the sizes of vehicles and even houses. I think this took place around the Downsville area. Thank you for any help. Denis Young - posted 01-2014


TB SOLARIUM IN MARGARETVILLE, NY
I am looking for information on TB Solarium(s) in Margaretville, NY around 1930-1934. Are there any existing records regarding patients who resided there in those years. Mae Ward - posted 12-2013


PATTERN BOOK ARCHITECT, George F. Barber (1854-1915)
I am researching the work of nationally acclaimed pattern book architect, George F. Barber (1854-1915). My research has led me to a house built in Roxbury, that Barber designed for an as yet unknown client, around the late 1890's or thereabouts (see attached photo). The house is still extant at 53568 State Highway 30, and was undergoing renovations as of a few years ago. I would like to track down the history of this home, and if possible, obtain digital scans of any old or historical photos, that may exist of it. I need the historic data and photos for personal research and documentation purposes. Perhaps some old souvenir style books exist that will show this home as it looked when it was built, and who the original owners were at that time? Any historical documentation and any historic photographs that may exist, will allow me to continue my research and perhaps find additional examples of Barber's designs in your local area. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Chris DiMattei, Architect, 172 High Street, Reading, MA. 01867, 617 869-7544 Cell - posted 12-2013


HOLLIDAY BROOK ORIGIN?
I am trying to obtain the history of the origin of the name of the brook currently known as Holliday Brook which is located in the Town of Colchester. It appears that in Beers 1869 Atlas of Delaware County it is labeled Clearwater. Later sources list it as Holliday Brook. From memory I believe I heard the name Holliday Brook came from a Reverend Holliday. If this is correct is there any information available about Reverend Holliday. If not named for the Reverend Holliday is there any information on the origin of the name? As a side issue, the road sign located at the intersection of Route 30 and the road that runs adjacent to the brook is marked Holiday Brook Rd. Is this simply that a mistake was made when the road sign was printed? Should it be spelled "Holliday" not "Holiday"? Or is it really Holiday Brook Road? Fred Reckner - posted 11-2013


TRYING TO LOCATE PICURE TAKEN IN SHAVERTOWN AT TIME OF SINKING
My mom always told me that a picture (or video) was taken by newspaperman while she was downtown Shavertown of her, my sister and myself before Shavertown was sunken they also told her that the picture would appear in the newspaper. This was about 1953 or 1954. She said we lived in Shavertown (rented a home there) my parents Abram and Alice Davis and children Beverly and Barbara Davis. (Mom Alice is still alive) Can you help me locate this picture? 863-904-5129 Barbara Davis - posted 11-2013


LOOKING FOR PRECISE LOCATION OF FOLLOWING PHOTOS
Long Flat
On this website at: index.html/van_akens_mill.html, there is a photo of Gus (Augustus) Ingram's home in the background of a scene at Van Aken's mill. Can anyone pinpoint this location today?
Shinhopple
On this website at: index.html/mills_quarry.html , there is a photo of Mills Quarry. Does anyone know the precise location of this photo?
Dick Makse - posted 09-2013


CCC CAMP AT MARGARETVILLE
Looking for information regarding the CCC Camp at Margaretville, NY.
Melody Wilson - posted 06-2013


LOOKING FOR OLD ROAD MAP VEGA AREA
I am trying to find old maps of roads or old aerial photos for the old Vega school house located on the intersection of Vega mountain road and Sally's alley. Thanks in advance for any help. Len Giuliante - posted 03-2013


STONE SCHOOLS IN TOWN OF FRANKLIN
I have a photo of a stone schoolhouse with 21 students of varying ages pictured. Does anyone have a list of stone schools in town of Franklin 1880's to 1890's? Virginia Miller - posted 02-2013


BARBER SHOPS
Looking for information or photos on the barber shops in Stamford, Bloomville, Hobart and Delhi which belonged to John/Johan E. Jacobson who was barber from 1920 'til his death in 1981. Shannon Jacobson - posted 01-2013


WHITTAKER HOUSE
I have a photo of the "Whittaker House" showing 7 men posing with props of umbrella and play guns as if in a performance 1899. Names on back to include Obie Ruland, Charles Kellogg in Sydney, NY. I can't find anything re. Whittaker house. I noted mention of one of the 7 men in the px as living with Mel Whittaker and family in Sidney. Any information about the Whittaker House would be appreciated. Thank you. Virginia Miller - posted 01-2013


CHRISTIANVILLE SCHOOL CEMETERY
Am seeking info for current owner of the former Christianville school house property on Sands Creek Road. Only foundation remains. Also, who would I contact about repair/maintenance to the cemetery that is directly behind the schoolhouse property referenced above? My Hoagland ancestors are buried there and cemetery needs work. Thank you, Rev Martha Taylor - posted 01-2013


LOOKING FOR BUILDER OF HOUSE IN COOKS FALLS
Recently I purchased a Victorian style house,which is located in Cooks Falls on Cooks Falls Rd. From info I gained from a book about the wood chemical industry, I learned that the original owner was an L A Treyz. What I'd like to find out is who was the builder and about what year the house was built. Richard Hascha - posted 12-2012


LOOKING FOR PLACE CALLED ALLABEN IN DELAWARE COUNTY
HUGHES, newspaper announcement (Catskill Examiner June 25,1898) lists place of marriage 'Allaben, Del. Co.' Allaben in Ulster county has no record. Was there a place called Allaben in Delaware county? Adrienne - posted 10-2012


COOK FALLS BRIDGE
I am looking for information on the Cook Falls bridge Oct 4, 1913. I have a postcard with the date on the back and the statement when they blew up the bridge. Do you have any information on it? Thank you. Sara Smith


CREAMERY IN ANDES, NY
I'm looking for some information on a Creamery that burnt down in the 1920's in Andes, NY. It was owned by my husbands Grandfather, Roland H Burton. From what I understand it was called Fabrica De Leche and they sold baby food under the name De Leche Kel. The fire was from unknown origins, and I guess it was supposed Arson. I cant find any information on it, and the info I do have is from my mother in law. Any info or historical records would appreciated. Myriam Brannen - posted January 20, 2012


CHILDRENS' CAMP AT FISHS EDDY
Does anyone have any information about the childrens' camp in Fishs Eddy called "Camp Taweh"? I was started about 1920 by Phyllis Proskine Johnson as a camp for girls. James Mckigney bought the property in 1928 and made it a Boy Scout Camp for children from New York City. I believe the camp closed in the 1940s. Elly Perkins - posted October 11, 2011


CANNONSVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH TRANSOM WINDOW

cannonsville baptist church
On my wall is a transom window from Cannonsville Baptist Church. I purchased the window from a party in Downsville some 30 years ago. Am interested in any source for a picture of the church and its history. I assume the church was razed as part of the reservoir project. JD Gilbert - posted September 14, 2011


BOOK ON KORTRIGHT TOWNSHIP
I am currently putting together a book telling the history of the Township of Kortright mainly using pictures. I would appreciate any help from others who have pictures that I might copy. Margaret Kenyon - posted January 12, 2011


WOODCHUCK LODGE
On Route 30 between Pepacton and Margaretville....and prior to the dam construction...there was, on the north side...the upper side of the road a rustic cabin. On it was a sign that said...Woodchuck Lodge. This area went under water with the dam. Can anyone tell me about this cabin and its owner? Thank you. cbi - posted December 8, 2010


OLD BENNETT CAMP
I am interested in visiting the location of the old Bennett Camp that was owned by Christopher and Willie Mae Bennett some time around 1950's in Hamden, NY. If you are able to give my any residential address close by to the camps location I would greatly appreciate it. I am interested in seeing what the location looks like but need an actual address to put into my GPS system. Diane Barnes - posted November 10, 2010


STONE HOUSE ON FALL CLOVE ROAD ANDES
My very close family friends, who are stone masons, own the property and have been restoring the building. I am looking for any information about the building (records, photos, knowledge about its prior use). Rich Bader - posted September 29-2010


SOLDIER CAMP
There's a "soldier camp" shown near what is now NY 28 southwest of the Village of Delhi on the 1869 Atlas of Delaware County. Do you have any information about it? Sam Kudrle - posted September 27, 2010


NAME OF CEMETERY?
Shown on topo map for Margaretville NY is a cemetery located between Bull Run Road and Margaretville Mtn. Road. It would be or have been just below what is now Swart Road. This area is very grown over and steep. Would anyone have any information as to the name of this cemetery or if it was possibly a family cemetery? Any dates for it as well? -- Thank you, Roger D. Davis - posted August 1, 2010


SEEKING ULSTER & DELAWARE RAILROAD PHOTOS
As editor of the Rip Van Winkle Flyer, the official publication of the Ulster & Delaware Railroad Historical Society (in Roxbury), I am WORKING on a newsletter whose WORKING title is "Railroading in the Kortrights". This will cover the U&DRR at South Kortright, Bloomville and Kortright Station.

I have a large number of images covering South Kortright and Bloomville (but am always looking for more, especially postcard views) to illustrate this history (which will probably run about 20 pages and will include community views not just simply railroad views) but Kortright Station is illusive. It is probably the most obscure U&D station photo-wise and I've never seen a postcard of the depot at Kortright Station.

And especially important to this monograph is the railroad's creamery business. There was the Hegeman Creamery (still standing but commercially abandoned) and another creamery north of the depot, now a private house--I don't even know what firm managed this creamery--although I suspect it was Smith. Any photos or postcards of the Sheffield Farms creamery at Bloomville or the two creameries at South Kortright are also eagerly sought.

Any general Kortright help would be appreciated. I am trying to paint both a word and an image picture about railroading so if you have photos, postcards, anecdotes, and even tall tales, please share them with me. I will pay with my thanks and copies of the completed newsletter.

Dick Makse - email me on this subject at webmaster@udrrhs.org; cell phone: 201-493-0230 - posted June 11, 2010


CRAWFORD FEED MILL
Am interested in gaining some history of the Crawford Feed Mill as my grandfather was employed there around 1915. Linda Moffitt - posted March 17, 2010


ELK CHEESE COMPANY
Would like information on the Elk Cheese Company, Andes, NY, 1918. Also, what do the initials SCA stand for? I am referring to the SCA Day Book, Delaware County. Was it some sort of ledger book? Dr James Laing is noted there 1869/70. Ann Laing - posted January 25, 2010


KEIS FARM DRY BROOK VALLEY
I am looking for information about the property at the end of Whipple Road, off Todd Mountain Road, which was referred to as the "Keis Farm", now owner by Gould. I am told, Keis was a Master Brewer for the Schlitz brewery, avid outdoorsman and hunter. This property bordered the Wranovics farm also. I was told in the 1970's there was hunting type movie with clips of whitetail bucks from this farm. I am interested in history, pictures and this movie of this area from its heyday! Bill Moore - posted January 9, 2010


UPPER BARBOURVILLE AREA
I am searching for anyone with ancestors from the Upper Barbourville area. There is an abandoned cemetery on State Land (in Delaware State Forest) along Barbour Brook Road and I am trying to locate anyone who may have been searching for ancestors and/or a small family cemetery in this area. Would also like any information about cellar holes and other stone structures that are also in this vicinity. Kathy Klopchin - posted November 16, 2009


KELSEY STORY LOOKUP
Would anyone have a copy of the book "Kelsey Story" and be willing to do a lookup? This book was published about 1980 and discusses the history of the community of Kelsey that sits at the top of Sands Creek Road between Hancock and Cannonsville Reservior. Thank you, Thomas Day - posted October 5, 2009


TREADWELL ROARING BROOK FARMHOUSE PHOTOS
Recently bought a Greek revival farmhouse on Rt 16 (PHOTO) (1/2 mile out from center of town) in Treadwell NY. The house was owned by the Sellecks since the 1960's (they rented it as apts) when they divided up the farm - we are undergoing a renovation and wanted to get any photos of the house or general history. ANY information is appreciated. Thank You. M. Kjarval - posted July 16, 2009


PHOTOGRAPHER SHELLEY
Seeking the dates that a photographer, Shelley (I am assuming this is the last name, only Shelley .. on the photo) was in the Beer Block of Downsville, NY. Hopefully it was between 1860 and 1900. Thanks, Ann Laing - posted June 22, 2009


UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
Looking for any information pertaining to the Underground Railroad in the Hancock, New York or Lordville area. We've established Lordville as a transportation pt, as the Erie train stopped there starting circa 1849. Rea Tajiri - posted June 22, 2009


STONE BRIDGE AT WEST PLATNER CREEK
There is interest in saving the old stone bridge that crosses the West Platner Creek. Does anyone have any historical information regarding this bridge, such as who layed the stone? - David - posted June 15, 2009


MEREDITH TOWN RECORDS DESTROYED BY FIRE
Meredith town records rumored to have been destroyed by fire about 1884 or 1887. Does anyone have information about the fire and what was lost? I'd like to document the fact that the records were lost with a newspaper article or even a date of the event. - Pat Watts - posted May 13, 2009


LIST OF ONE ROOM SCHOOLHOUSES?:
I am looking for a list of the possible one room schoolhouses in or about the areas of Hobart, Stamford, Jefferson, South Kortright or any of the surrounding villages areas. (or where there once was one) If anyone has info or can direct me to where I can get info I would appreciate it. - Bill Palmer - posted May 13, 2009


ONE ROOM SCHOOL HOUSE ON DRY BROOK ROAD
My family roots have a hold in Arkville Ny, My uncle "Harry George" used to tell us kids that his house (out on Dry Brook Rd,, was a one room school house,, that he had bought ,and converted years, and years ago. I can't find any records of schools from the 1920's at all. There is also a large hotel,or inn, or lodge, near his house,, I do not know it's name either, But I have been in it, It has rooms upstairs with the numbers still on the doors,, and it had a path,,or walkway that goes around the back for the porters to remove the patron's luggage, and take it to their rooms, It is past the cemetery on Drybrook road,, My uncles house was a white building,, on the left side of the road,, and the hotel, or inn, was after it on the right side of the road, a little ways up . The last people who were actually living in the hotel inn,?, were a Cecil Graham, and a couple Mr Roger O "Neil, & Mrs MaryLou O'Neil. All have since died. If you have any info on the hotel, Inn, Lodge??, I would very much appreciate it. Christine Havel - posted February 28, 2009


BRIGGS HOMESTEAD ON PUMPKIN HOLLOW ROAD
I'm looking for information on the final years of the Luther Briggs homestead on Pumpkin Hollow Road. I know he and his wife moved there in the early 1850's and that the farm finally closed in the 1970's (based on a footnote in Davenport, Fact and Fancy). I'm curious if anyone knows who was running the farm in the last years, has any photos of that part of Pumpkin Hollow Road, or knows any stories about the farm up till the closing. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks, Ty Harvey - posted 12 February 2009


WATER TOWER ON THE TURNPIKE ROAD, MEREDITH
Does anyone have information on the old water tower that stands on the Turnpike Road, Meredith, NY. It is where they hold the Dairy Days every June. I would love to know the history of it and what buildings might of been around this water tower and the use of this tower. I have a picture taken a few days ago, but if anyone has any pictures of this old tower in its day I would love to see them. Dee Greene - posted 10 November 2008


REV. S.I. FERGUSON
Does anyone know if Rev. S.I. Ferguson was connected to one church. He married my great great grandparents in 1863. But I have only found him connected with Methodist revivals of that time. So I am hoping to find a church that might have the actually marriage record. Thanks, Wendy Wright - posted 8 October 2008


LOOKING FOR WHEELER PUBLICATION
I'm currently using a source for research of my Wheeler family entitled "The Wheeler Genealogy" compiled by Raymond David Wheeler (1993). In Volume 3 of this work the author cites a reference as follows: "(Earl Wheeler, given by Susan C. Wheeler, Wheeler Genealogy [Hancock, n.d.])". Susan C. Wheeler (1837 - 1929) is buried in the Old Village Cemetery, Hancock, NY. I would really like to find the publication described above as it appears to contain significant information about my family. It would appear that this document or book was put together in Hancock, so I'm hoping someone might have more information about it. I would inquire of Raymond David Wheeler, but he is now deceased. --Gary Wheeler - posted 16 August 2008


WURT-DUNDAS CASTLE?
We live in Andes and have often hiked past the Masonic Home by the Craig e Clare Bridge. Looking into some recent histories, including the history of the Beaverkill area by Irene Barnhardt and Joan Powers, we came upon a note that there is a castle on the hill built by a wealthy coal baron named Wurt-Dundas. Tried to research it online to discover how it morphed into the Masonic Home but had no success. We hear that the castle itself is beautiful with marble floors and gold faucets; alas, it appears to be closed to the public. Is there any resource for learning more about its history and current use? Thanks! --Carole DelSavio - posted 6 August 2008


THE DOUGLASS HOUSE
Does anyone know of any owners of The Douglass House which is now a gift shop located at 15787 State Highway 23 in Davenport, NY? The house was built in 1832. My father told me it was owned by his Uncle John Douglass. I can only presume this was during and after the depression of 1929. John was a dentist with two children or grandchildren named Crawford and I think Patricia (I believe she currently lives somewhere in Florida - marriage name unknown). I was at the house last summer and visited the cemetery next door where I found a Douglass monument with no first names. I also saw a photo of John and his wife hanging separately in the restroom on the first floor. Any information will be very helpful. Thank you. --Georgia Douglass Dickinson, Milford, CT - posted 6 August 2008


MASONVILLE SCHOOL ON BUNDY HOLLOW
I am in the process of restoring the old 1 room school house and was wondering if anyone had any old pictures of this, etc. --Bob Decocker - posted 8 July 2008


LETTERS READ ON THE TRIAL OF HARKNESS, IN DELHI
I ran across the ATTACHED while helping another researchers. I'd be curious if anyone can tell me about the folks named other than Harkness and also if there is likely to be a local paper extant which might have more information. --John Hutchins - posted 30 June 2008


BOOK - DELAWARE PLANK ROAD
by Beatrice G. Bennett; published by Delaware County Historical Society, apparently out of print. (date published?) If a used copy in good condition turns up, I'd like to buy it. --Teddy Cole - posted 30 June 2008


TYLER AND HALL CHEMICAL COMPANY
I am looking for any information on Tyler and Hall Chemical Company. The wood chemical company was operation from 1886 until 1920. Any photographs would be great. --Kristen Sharp, 1090 King Georges Post Rd., Edison, NJ 08837 Phone: (732) 585 4449 - posted 10 June 3008


DELAWARE AQUEDUCT TUNNEL
I am looking for background information on a photograph taken in the late 1940's of my grandfather. His name was Peter Weissmann. In the photo he is among 25 WORKING men who were WORKING on the drill platform on the tunnel. I wanted to locate the photographer and the other pictures in the collection. My mother had visited the Roxbury Museum years ago and got the photo there. Patricia Sacchi - posted 7 February 2008


CORBETT AND STUART ESTATE
I am very intereted in the Corbett and Stuart Estate possibly headquartered at Corbett where I grew up. I remember living at a house owned by the Estate and our family payed $4.00 dollars a month for rent.There was no inside toilet nor electricity but there was running water. There were four basic designs of the houses for rent for those who worked at the acid factory and the mill all of which were closed by the time we lived there. We shoped at the Corbett and Stuart Store and I roamed among the ruins to the extent I dared for my mother said there were big tar pits which would swallow little boys in a heartbeat. I have serached on the web but nothing. This my last hope is with you. I am a six genaration Davidson from Platner Brook. Richard Smith - posted 4 January 2008


HATTIE BROKE OPEN THE TRUNK TODAY
There was an old farmhouse on Miller Hollow Road, outside Downsville, off Route 30, near the beaver pond and the spring where "Camp Take It Or Leave It" is (or was....I haven't been up there in years). The house was falling down, and the furnishings of the house looked as if they were from the late 1800s or early 1900s ... iron bedstead, leather chaise, etc. Eventually it collapsed or was knocked down, but before that, we used to love to rummage around inside. Around 1965-67, we found an old leather diary with an intriguing entry: "Hattie broke open the trunk today," but with nothing after that. I was wondering if anyone knows anything about the family who lived there, and who "Hattie" might have been. P. Leto - posted 30 November 2007


After posting this 3 years ago, someone wrote back to me last week (Nov 2010) and told me some fascinating history about the area, and did know of a Hattie, although there is no way of knowing if it was "the" Hattie. It was absolutely thrilling to receive that email, and the subsequent ones. Thanks for posting this to the website!--Patricia Leto

BRICK STACK at CORBETT
I would like information on the brick stack that stands near the Corbett bridge (off rte. 30) in Shinhopple. Toni Bryan - posted 23 August 2007


SHINHOPPLE PO
When did the Shinhopple PO close? (Neither East Branch or Downsville PO's know the answer.) Richard F. Makse - posted 27 July 2007


CAMP MAINTOU
I would like information on a girls camp, Camp Maintou, run by the YMCA in the 1960's? It was probably only an hour or so from NYC. I attended this very special camp and have the fondest memories. Any information about what happened to it, or who owned it would be greatly appreciated. Kathy Mootz - posted 26 July 2007


MEADOW BROOK FARM/DAIRY
Looking for any info; stories, history, pictures, etc. on the Meadow Brook Farm that was just below the old fairgrounds in Margaretville. I have a few postcards of the farm and of the small creamery and am eager to learn more about it. Tim Mallery - posted 26 July 2007


JUSTICE OF THE PEACE
Does anyone know where I might find the records for the Justice of the Peace for the 1800's? Thanks. Kitti M. - posted 5 June 2007


ONE ROOM SCHOOL HOUSE AT SHINHOPPLE
I'm very interested in any info on a one room school house located on River Rd. in Shinhopple , NY. . Its loacated aprox 1 mile away from Shinhopple general store and Post office, which is no longer running. The house has been in my family since the 40s or 50s. Originally under Charles Albert Cordts. Last owner was my father Albert Charles Cordts and Katharine Cordts. Any info you can provide would be greatly appreciated. As far as I know the shcool was used in the late 1800's..Please feel free to email me at tc64@optonline.net. Thomas Cordts - posted 19 March 2007


DELAWARE GAZETTER LOOKUP?
The indexing that Linda Ogborn has done from John Raitt's information extraction of the Delaware Gazette is extremely helpful - such a huge amount of work from both of them! I would like to look up some of the information - does anyone know where I would find the Delaware Gazette (I assume on microfiche), and is there anyone who can do lookups for particular dates? Pat Watts - posted 29 January 2007


RECORDS LOST TO FIRES
In my Delaware County research, I have found on at least two occasions that old records were lost because of a fire to the building they were housed in. I did not make note of those buildings, but I believe early records in Kortright (which included Meredith records) and Delhi may have been lost to fires. I would like to know which buildings had fires, what kinds of records were contained in the buildings, and which year the fire occurred. To know that original records do not exist will save a lot of work! Pat Watts - posted 27 January 2007


CAT HOLLOW
I was hiking on the Campbell Mountain Trail today, off Cat Hollow Rd (Rt 206) just southeast of Downsville and found several old foundations about 1500 ft from the road, near the stream. I'd be interested in any information anyone would have about this particular area. Corena Martin - posted 4 December 2006


1910 COUNTY CLERK ELECTION
In 1910, James K. Penfield ran for the office of Delaware County Clerk. Did he win? Wayne McCabe - posted 4 December 2006


INFO ON BARBOURVILLE
I need information on Barbourville and what it was like years ago. I find very little written about this area. Also am interested in the Michigan Hill Rd.- who lived up it and was there a school house? The road connected with others and was not always a dead end- correct? I see there are old foundations. I have looked at the maps but want more personal information. I am interested in the Abraham (born circa 1805) and Lois Wright family who may have lived on that road and are buried in Barbourville. Tina Pabst - posted 1 December 2006


HANAH MOUNTAIN RESORT
Looking for any information about the Hanah Mountain Resort in Margaretville. Bob Coyle - posted 3 November 2006


EARLY SAW AND GRIST MILLS
I am hoping to learn about owners of the early saw and grist mills in the parts of Delaware County that were part of major patents. It appears tenants' leases generally reserved millsites (along with mineral rights) to the owner, but it is not clear whether those sites were then leased separately or sold outright. I would appreciate any information that anyone may have as well as being pointed toward sources for such information. Mary Sive - posted 1 August 2006


GRIST MILL ON TROUTBROOK ROAD
I am trying to find a picture and any info on the grist mill that was on Troutbrook road in the Methol area. we have recently purchased the property on this site and would like to replicate the mill if possible we were told there was a pic in the Roscoe library but the library remains closed due to the flooding. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Joanne Mcdonough - posted 21 July 2006


HAZEL, NY
I am looking for any information that anyone may have on the little town of Hazel, NY. I understand it is a small town on Old Route 17 near Liberty. My great grand mother owned a boarding house there. Any information would be appreciated. Laurie Ellis - posted 14 June 2006


OLD LETTERS WANTED
John Hoy and Dave Hoy are reviewing and transcribing original letters (1817-1847) from the Borders in Scotland to the Miller family in Bovina. Old letters have historical significance particularly the content reveals socioeconomic conditions and describe individuals then living back in Scotland, their whereabouts, and relationships, most importantly identity of families and where they lived. Migrants to Delaware County generally came from the WORKING lower or at best middle class; most were from families of indentured farmers or artisans living close to poverty. Their correspondence is intense to retain contact with those who migrated and those left behind; and, it is to be cherished. The years of 1750 to 1840 is a period of considerable agricultural and subsequently economic change in the Scottish lowlands. Other than the regality records, baptism, death and marriages little is known other than references from these old letters. Dave and John Hoy - posted 1 May 2006


SPRAGUE HOME for SUMMER BOARDERS
Seeking info on the 'SPRAGUE HOME' for summer boarders, circa-1920. Penny - posted 1 May 2006


COOKS FALLS LODGE
I am looking for a place called "Cooks Falls Lodge" in NY. My father vacationed there in 1937 to 1938. I have photos of him there, with family members. I would like to find this place. If it under new ownership, I would like to know the name of the lodge. After 70 years, I have no idea if there is anything on this land anymore. From the photos I have, the place looks like a wonderful spot to visit. R. Andreas - posted 1 May 2006


LETTERS FROM SOUTHERN SCOTLAND
I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Glasgow. My dissertation is looking at the effects of emigration upon families and communities left behind in southern Scotland 1750-1850. As many of them seem to have travelled to New York and Delaware County in particular, I hope that some of you may have letters (originals, copies or transcripts) from family, friends, and others in Scotland. As I will be doing extensive genealogical research on any families I have letters for, I would be happy to share all my findings with you and your families. Melodee Beals - posted 3 March 2006


METAL PLACQUE
To anyone interested in or having info on Delaware County highway department: After the O & W Railroad ceased operations about 1958, the highway traffic from Route 17 to County Route 28 in Fishs Eddy was changed to the Railroad bridge. Before the old highway bridge was dismantled, there was a metal placque on the Route 17 end naming the highway superintendents. Included was my great grandfather, Edget Lewis. I would like any info or pictures of the placque. Edgar L. Skinner, 288 W. Main St., Hancock, NY 13783 - posted 20 February 2006


WALTON MILITARY BAND
I have a photograph of a military band that I believe is from Walton. The timeframe of the photo is about 1904. Can anyone determine if such an organization existed (perhaps associated with the 33rd Separate Company NY National Guard), and describe their uniforms to validate my tentative identification. Also interested in history of 33rd Separate Company in general. Gary Mitchell - posted 4 February 2006


WILLOWMAC?
Does anyone recognize the name of a town or possibly a lumber camp from the 1800s or early 1900s called Willowmac or Willowmoc? You may e-mail me direct at Lass53@aol.com. Nancy Armstrong - posted 4 February 2006


PICTURE OF 144th
Is there any identification of members in the picture of 144th on the wall in Delaware County Historical Museum? --Linda Kittle - posted 30 December 2005


COOKS FALLS VILLAGE
I am looking for any info that anyone might have regarding the village/town of Cooks Falls, NY. My uncle owned a beautiful victorian hotel there with many acres right in front of the Beaver Kill River. I believe it had several names throughout the years, one of them being Cooks Falls Lodge. I believe it was once owned by Francisco Cook himself. Unfortunately there was a tragic fire and not much was saved as far has history is concerned. It was a total loss. We were all devasted - our entire family would always drive up from New Jersey to vacation there for years. I would appreciate any info you might be able to share with me. --Ana M. Izquierdo - posted 30 December 2005


PLAGUE IN 1810-1813?
After doing many years of genealogy research on families in Delaware County, I have come to the conclusion that a plague invaded Davenport (then Kortright) between 1810 and 1813. In researching the Salisbury and Cleveland family lines, several died in 1810. I am curious to know how widespread it was. Since there are no cemeteries this old, I would like to hear from researchers who know that family members died in Davenport between 1810 and 1813. Please include an exact year if it is known. I will construct a "virtual cemetery" for this time period and present the results at a later time. --Ron Salisbury - posted 12 December 2005


"THE GEORGE" from SCOTLAND
My McDonald's came to NY on "The George" from Greenock, Scotland. They were from Strathspey and the ships passenger list includes many Grants, Stewarts, Cummings and others - over 140 of them from Strathspey. I do not know if most of them settled in Delaware County or not, but I would like to correspond with anyone who has information about "The George" or the trip from Scotland to NY. I believe there was an earlier voyage to NY with mostly McDonald's who settled in Delaware County as well. --Pat Watts - posted 22 November 2005


MAURICE FARRINGTON, PHOTOGRAPHER
Would someone know what years, Maurice Farrington took photographs in Delhi, NY? He is listed as a photographer in 1867 (age 30 yrs) and again in an newspaper account of 1882. I have photos taken by him that seem to have been produced after 1900. Did his son, Frank, take over the business? Thanks, --Ann Laing - posted 1 November 2005


PRINTING COMPANIES
I am interested in the printing companies in the time range of 1910-1915, especially in or around Deposit, N.Y. Is any familiar with the Erector Printing Co.? I have knowledge of several Native American prints I am looking for information on. Two are Native American Chiefs each smoking a pipe. On the bottom they read Prince Albert No.56 and Prince Albert No.#59. Also an Native American woman that read copyright S.P.C. ny 1910. --Gail - posted 1 November 2005


WAGON TRAIN?
Can anyone tell me if there was a wagon train that left Delaware Co in 1842-43 headed west for OH, IN, MI, and points west, and if there would be a list of the families names. Shirley Stewart - posted 5 August 2005


CEMETERY ON ROOF ROAD
I am a resident of Roof Road, Masonville. There is an obscure dilapidated cemetery located at the end of Roof Road. It appears to be on private property. It is extremely run down and quite old. One stone I can barely make out refers to the war of 1812. The latest burial seems to be 1980. Does anyone have further information about this cemetery? --Judy - posted 9 July 2005


COUNTRY MUSIC BAND
I'm looking for any photo's or newspaper clippings of a Country music band that played at the Old Armory in Walton, NY between 1950 up to 1955. My father played in this band, called Wayne Schram and the Ozark Mountain Boys out of Syracuse, NY. My mom and Dad are going to be celebrating their 50th anniversary October 6, 2005. It would be a wonderful thing if I could get a photo that was taken of that band or a newspaper clipping that advertised it sent to me. If you can help please respond. --shulse1@catskill.net - posted 9 July 2005


HANCOCK HOUSE
Some forty plus years ago my parents took my sister and I, along with my mother's sister, on a trip to Corning. I remember we stopped and dined at a place in Hancock called The Hancock House. Last week, I ventured out to retrace that trip and, despite finding an address on line for The Hancock House at 35 East Main Street in Hancock, there was no such place to be found. I stopped in a bar in an old building on what I believe is East Front Street (right across from the railroad tracks with lots of columns) and asked about The Hancock House. The bartender said that was long before her time and that it probably was where the Grand Union now stands in Hancock. I'm curious. When did The Hancock House cease to be? Back when I visited it, in the early-mid 1960s, my parents recounted having visited there a long time before and that it was still the same place they remembered. I see the photo section includes two postcards of the place. Thank you for any light you can shed on the subject. --Bob Blake - posted 29 June 2005


TEED HILL MURDERS
Seeking information regarding Teed Hill murders which occurred near Masonville in January of 1940. I would like to talk to anyone who has any knowledge of the murder of the FRANK TEED family, the suspect James Fink, or neighbors, friends of the Teeds, etc. --Tina Pabst, member Guilford Historical Society - posted 27 June 2005


POINT MOUNT MAUSOLEUM
I would like to know any history about the mausoleum, and possibly who I could contact about filming it. I'm hoping to get a small paranormal research team (consisting of 3-5 people) there, and possibly have it be part of a documentary. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you. --.John Cook


FREE MASON LODGE IN MIDDLETOWN?
WORKING on War of 1812 ancestor Samuel Reed, residence Middletown in 1814. Did Middletown have a Free Mason Lodge in the early 1800's. If Middletown did not have a Lodge at that time, where would a nearby Lodge be located (town)? --Caroline Villier - posted 27 May 2005


MERRICKVILLE and AROUND COLUMNS
While I was in college in the late '50's-early '60's, my mother in Deposit, would send me clippings of "Merrickville and Around" from the _Walton Reporter_. The writer's "style" was so unique, that sentences often needed a second reading for comprehension. I gave the ones I saved to a journalism teacher where I worked, who was lamenting the writing skills of her struggling students. They were delightful, down home happenings that I'd love to read again. Are the old "Merrickville and Around" columns still around? Who was the correspondent? --Jim Fox - posted May 4, 2005

May 25 - My May 4th query about "Merrickville and Around" has yielded wonderful responses. Not only did I find out who wrote the column, I received my copy of Vol 2 from the Walton Reporter today, and have another dcnyhistory advocate looking for Vol. 1 for me. Thanks! Jim


COOKS FALLS DYE WORKS
I have written a short history of the Cooks Falls Dye Works, which was built along Russell Brook during WW I. The history can be viewed at my website on the dye industry at the link: http://www.colorantshistory.org/CooksFallsDyeWorks.html . I am searching for additional information and photos on this plant and its founder Dr. Hans Bruning, a chemist who emigrated to the U.S. in 1894. He was a friend of local industrialist George I. Treyz. It would also be interesting to learn more about one of the financial backers Bayard T. Tuttle of Rockland. Information about Ralph Roosa of Cooks Falls is also requested, since he was apparently involved in an earlier dye making venture known as the Beaverkill Dye Works. Thank you, --Robert Baptista. - posted May 1, 2005


BELLE TERRE:
What is the history of this superb estate at South Kortright? Dan Samson - posted March 13, 2005


UNFAMILIAR TERMS
In reading the diaries a Halcottsville woman kept for 50 years I have come across a number of unfamiliar terms. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who knows the location of Scrubville; or the meaning of Black Heifer entertainment, Golden Seal Club; waffle club. Mary Sive - posted February 6, 2005


THREE CEMETERIES - NAME, LOCATIONS
Seeking information on several cemeteries where my Hamblet ancestors are apparently buried: What is the current name of the cemetery in the early settlement Hambletville, if a cemetery still exists there? What is the relationship of the Whitman Cemetery and the Lower Whitman Cemetery -- are they adjacent? Dori Partsch - posted 01-2005


CHURCH RECORDS
Are there Baptist or Methodist church records for Delaware County 1820-1850? I think someone said the Baptist church in Delhi merged with some other church. But, I don't know if the records survived. Sandi - posted 11-2004


WILL TERMINOLOGY
Can anyone define what is meant in a will when it says "heirs at law" and "next of kin"? In trying to sort out relationships, I don't know who is included besides children and grandchildren. --Pat Watts - posted 11-2004


FIRST HAND ACCOUNTS of RESERVOIR FLOODING
I am looking for first-hand accounts of what the people who were displaced from their homes for the flooding of the reservoirs actually saw -- did people witness the burning, or the waters rising, or the moving or dismantling of houses, and what did it look like? -- and what they felt (anger and sadness, I am sure, but specifically . . . ?). I am WORKING on a book that is partly about the loss of homes and communities during the building of the reservoir system, but personal accounts of what was seen and felt by the people themselves have been a little hard to come by. Any information would be greatly appreciated. --Melissa Pierson - posted 11-2004


SILK MILL FACTORY
Would appreciate Town of Sidney info on WW1 period to 1920, about the Silk Mill factory and the (vol. fire?) company at the same time. I have a picture of my Grandfather with other firemen , in full uniform, taken in that period in front of the firehouse. Also have some grade school pictures, yet to be scanned, taken at that time. Appreciate any help you may give........ --Richard J. Hoskins - posted 10-2004


OLD SCHOOL IN FLEISCHMANNS
I've always wondered where my father went to school. Does anyone know where the children from Clovesville/ Fleischmanns area went to grammar/high school? Dad would have been in school between 1912 - 1924. Do you know when the old school in Fleischmanns was in use? My father, Tallman L. Krom was born in 1906 and lived in Clovesville until he was an adult. --Jim Krom - posted 08-2004


CHERRY BUREAU MADE FROM TREE FELLED ON THE JAMES MCDONALD FARM
I have a cherry bureau, which, I have been told, was carted by wagon from Delhi to Newtonville (near Albany) at the time of Isabella McDonald's marriage to James Wade Hills. According to my mother, this cherry bureau was one of two made from a tree felled on the James McDonald farm. Attached is a photo of it. Although this bureau had some "restoration" in the early 1960's and its hardware is unfortunately not original, as a piece of personal family history it remains very special to me. I have always wondered whether my mother's story about the existence of its "twin" is correct. Assuming the bureau's history to be correct as I have received it, the whereabouts of such a "twin" would certainly be of great interest to me. Any questions, comments or suggestions which you or others may wish to send my way, will certainly be welcome. --David H. (Hills) Smith - posted 08-2004


EXISTING RECORDS OF LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIOS?
I am interested in knowing whether there are any archives or private individuals holding information about local studios of this period, for example, records of sittings and/or account books, period of operation, etc. More specifically, I have recently inventoried a family album including photos from the following studios:Van Kleek's / Photograph Gallery, / Over Page's Store, On Main St., / Delhi, N.Y.; Byron R. Johnson, / Art Gallery, / Delhi, / N.Y.; Byron R. Johnson, & Co., / Art Gallery, / Delhi / N. Y.; Maurice Farrington, / successor to / Byron R. Johnson & Co. / Art Gallery, / Over Calhoun & Sons' Drug Store, / Delhi, N. Y.; Maurice Farrington's / Photographic Gallery, / Over Calhoun & Son's Drug Store, / Delhi, New York; Farrington, Delhi, N.Y.; Gilbert's / Fine Art Gallery, / Main Street, Delhi, N.Y.; B. F. Gilbert / Photographer / Delhi, N.Y.; Granger [?], 431 / Main St., Delhi, N.Y.

Also represented in this album are studios located in Cooperstown, Oneonta, Albany, Troy and New York City. If the detailed inventory of my album is of interest, I am certainly willing to share it with others, especially those interested in the McDonald, Rose, King, Hills (Albany Co.), Gaffers (Albany Co.) and Onderdonk (Albany Co.) families. Upon individual request I am able to email most of the inventoried photos. --David H. (Hills) Smith - posted 08-2004


BRAMLEY MOUNTAIN
I am interested in Bramley Mountain and how it was named. My father told me it was for a William Bramley who was a Methodist Minister. Any or none of that may be correct. Jackie Bramley - posted 08-2004


DECORATION FEATURE ON HOUSE IN FRANKLIN
Tom Buffington would like to know if this decoration has any significance. see photo


ARABIA
My name is Andrea Corna Mott. I now live in Poultney VT but was raised and educated in Treadwell/Franklin. My family owns a farm in Franklin under the family name of Ceresna. Our farm which my parents bought in 1951 from Jesse Snay is in the Arabia section of Franklin .... I am looking for information on how this area got the name of Arbaia and some more information, as a child I always played on the foundation stones of a big barn foundation. --Andrea Corna Mott


FRENCH'S GAZETTEER
Would anyone have the name index to French's Gazetteer? I would like to know on what pg Simon Frazier and Abiah Potter are mentioned. Andrea Kelly - posted 04-2004


BRISTOL
Seeking any information on the Bristol Tavern on County Route 14 in West Meredith as well as info on descendants of the builder, Capt. Amos Bristol. --Gabrielle Buel, Town of Hamden Historian - posted April 1, 2004


PAPER, PHOTO REQUEST - Richard Hotaling - posted February 15 2004


"WHEELS OF PROGRESS"
I am searching for this railroad book written by Hiram Lyttel (possibly Littel, Little) published in 1936. Ron Seiden - posted January 20 2004


TIMBER, NY
Trying to locate a place called "Timber, NY" which has been reported as the location of a 1796 birth. I believe the person (Lewis S. BROWN) was born abt 1796 in Delaware Co., NY. I know that Delaware Co. was formed in 1797 from Ulster and Otsego Counties. "Timber" does not appear on the list of old place names on the Delaware History Web site. It may have been near (or part of) Walton or Franklin townships. I think both of those were in Otsego but not sure. Any help or suggestions appreciated. Dave Anderson


CCC CAMPS
Seeking interview subjects, photos, information on Catskill region ccc camps of the 1930s, especially Margaretville's. Diane Galusha - posted December 2003


ROCKSPRINGS?
Was there ever a town or village in Delaware County called ROCKSPRINGS? It would have existed until 1900 or after and may be near Roxbury. Thank you for any help. Daniel Long - posted September 10, 2003


GARNER & JULIA HAWLEY/SCHOOLHOUSE #25
I am trying to find any information/photos/class lists of Schoolhouse #25 (Colchester) which was on my dad's property in Colchester. I am also trying to find out information/photos of Garner & Julia Hawley of Colchester from the mid to late 1800s. I think Julia may be buried on my dad's property. Thanks! Chris Altmann - posted September 10, 2003


WALTON CEMETERY MAP
Does anyone have or know of a map of the Walton Cemetery, Walton NY. Thank you. I am looking for information on the Frank L.S.Cole family. BeaHaugen@aol.com - posted September 10, 2003


MEDALLION DUG UP IN BOVINA
I recently discovered a 1 1/2 inch silver medallion with a five pointed star center, on it are the names Gilbert Lord Delancy N.Y.. In the center it says good luck (I think!) I found it while digging on our land in Bovina. Do you know the significance of this item? Perhaps a political pin? Arleen - posted September 2, 2003


HIGHMOUNT
I was wondering what the population of Highmount, NY proper, is. Also, what is the name of the former ambassador from Belgium who raises cattle in the area? - vliguori@optonline.net - posted September 1, 2003


CAMP HIGHMOUNT
I typed a reply to the person inquiring about Camp Highmount, Roscoe, NY and it bounced back as undeliverable. After years of wondering about the camp I went to I would so much like to find out what if anything others remember etc. Thanks very much. - Jane L. Wechsler - posted August 17, 2003


JOHN PHILLIP SOUSA BAND
I am seeking information regarding the date or dates of concerts put on by the John Phillip Sousa Band in or near Downsville NY, Believe they played there in the 1890's. Also interested in more info and pictures of the Downsville Band, also in the 1890's. Fredericka Stanulevich - posted August 15


TITLE SEARCH VIA INTERNET?
Does anyone know how if can do a 'title search' for a home in Hancock NY over the internet? I am trying to find paperwork on a house (on Dillon Street) that my family lived in from about 1950 to 1957. If it can't be done on line, where do I get this info, if I can find someone to go there personally? Alice Crim - posted August 7, 2003


FIRST UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
I am researching the history of First United Presbyterian Church in Margaretville and people who started the church. Also need any info about growth of the village from 1800 to present. Any information would be appreciated. Ruth Wolcott - posted July 19, 2003


ADOPTION RECORDS
Does anyone know where in Delaware Co. adoption records for about 1843-48 (Sidney) would be filed? Bob Moltzen - posted July 19, 2003


CAULIFLOWER INDUSTRY
I am looking for information, photos, memorabilia, reminiscences of cauliflower growing/industry in Delaware County, 1905-1990, for first historical display and booklet for Cauliflower Fest, sponsored by Margaretville Chamber of Commerce. Would especially love to find photo of Margaretville Cauliflower Auction block in action, c. 1940s. Diane Galusha - posted July 12, 2003


E.S. BEERS SAWMILL
I was wondering if anyone would know how I could find a photo or a postcard of my great great Grandpa's sawmill. It was between the Den and Delaware Rivers and is on Gould's map in the 1800s listed as E.S.Beers sawmill. His name was Ephraim Silas Beers. I guess a lot of things have gone because of the Cannonsville project, so it wouldn't be there anymore. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Beth Beers Rupert - posted July 10, 2003


COLUMBIA HOUSE
We are interested in finding out any and all infomation about "The Columbia House". It used to be an inn and is now a private residence. It is at 1 N Prospect Street Stamford NY 12167. Would appreciate anything you might know. Cheryl and John Silk


LETTERS TO SERVICEMEN - 1942-46
I am looking for copies of form letters sent to servicemen in 1942-46 written by their coach in Deposit, my father, Fred Fox. I have letters of reply from 38 different men, written from "somewhere" in France, Germany, North Africa, the South Pacific, but not the letters that were sent to them telling of sports and school news from the home front. Deposit's own Greatest Generation - Tom Brokaw has nothing on us! James F. Fox - posted June 22, 2003


CAMP HIGHMOUNT
Seeking any and all alumni from Camp Highmount, Roscoe, NY for memories to post on a website. Pictures and stories welcome. Betty from the Laundrybus - posted June 22, 2003


OLD THEATRE IN FLEISCHMANNS
Can anyone provide information on the old theatre in Fleischmanns. It was once called The Whipple Theatre as per an old advertisement in The Catskill Mountain News. I am seeking the name of the Whipple who owned and operated the theatre and any history of same. Thanks for your help. Roger Davis - posted June 15, 2003


SHEET MUSIC ADVERTISEMENT
While cleaning our attic today we found an old Gospel Hymns book. In one of the pages there is an advertisement for popular sheet music available from the Sidney and Delhi Music Stores. It is from the fall/winter 1906-1907. It lists all the music offered and the price. I am interested in learning more about the piece. Mr. Lynn Parker, 32 Plymouth St., Norwich, NY


MIGRATION FROM MASS & CONNECTICUT
During my genealogy search, I have found a number of people from different families (Flint/Dibble/Forman and one or two others) who seemed to have migrated from Mass (especially Mt. Washington - Berkshire County, MA) and/or Connecticut right before or around 1800. Does anyone know if there was something going on during that time which led people from those states to head toward Delaware County? The counties in Mass and CT were apparently near each other. It would have been during Revolutionary War times, but I'm wondering if several different families who were friends or relatives moved at the same time to this area for a particular reason. Pat Watts - posted June 6, 2003


3d NY CAVALRY REGIMENT
I am attempting to locate primary material on the 3d NY Cavalry Regiment which would refect its activities, or those of any of its companies, while stationed in eastern NC (May,1862-November, 1863). Any suggestions as to sources would be greatly appreciated. Sam Newell, Greenville, NC - posted June 6, 2003


MAPS OF TROUT CREEK AREA
I am looking for town maps of Trout Creek dating from the mid to late 1800s. Eileen Stein/DuMond - posted May 21, 2003


HOUCK FAMILY CEMETERY
I am looking for exact location of Houck Family Cemetery, off of Read Burn Road, I cannot seem to find it. If anyone can help please send to dewitts@midtel.net. Thanks Floyd J. DeWitt - posted April 26, 2003


RECORDS OF REVEREND RICHARDS
Does anyone have any records of Reverend Richards performing marriages around 1888? I am trying to clarify the location of the marriage of Frayer/Peterson 7/3/1888. Stephanie Hill - posted April 15, 2003


YORKTOWN SCHOOL?
I don't think this is a Delaware county locale, but does anyone recognize the name, Yorktown School, District #9, New York: teacher, Florence Shaver, students, Helen, Hila, Mildred, and Harry Ackerley, Dorothy Bourke, Dorothy August, Jay Campbell, John Fields, and William Smith. School officers were Emmett J. Shaver, J.E. Clayton and Herbert Clayton. Dated May 23, 1924. Ann Laing - posted April 15, 2003


DU MOND CASTLE
Looking for anyone with information about the history of DuMond Castle located on Beaverkill Valley Rd. Town of Colchester. Donna Gurney - posted March 27, 2003


MARY ANN HOLLOW?
There seems to be a legend of sorts regarding the naming of MaryAnn Hollow which I believe is in the Union Grove area around Mud Pond, town of Andes. Mary Ann, a young girl, was sent to fetch the cows and was supposedly heard to yell one time, and then totally disappeared without a trace. Does anyone know anything more about this story? Who were her parents? Evelyn Boyles - posted March 17, 200


A DELAWARE COUNTY 'JERSEY' ?
I am looking for some locals of Delaware County that may be able to help me with this problem. I have posted here several obits:

Westfield Free Press, Westfield, Tioga Co., Pa Vol XIV Thurs, Feb 4 1892 Stocum Obit Ira Stocum, an old gentleman, some 90 years of age, died at home of his daughter, Mrs Cyrus Tuttle, Sunday night.Champlain Cemetery, Westfield Free Press, Westfield, Tioga Co., Pa Vol XIV Thursday February 18, 1892- Stocum Obit. Elder Ira Stocum, born in town of Jersey, Delaware Co., New York March 5, 1811 and died at him (his) home in Westfield, January 31, 1892. In his 81st year. M.E. Church, ordained in 1858. Leaves a widow and 4 daughters.

Thursday, Feb. 18,1892 Elder Ira Stocum, born in the town of Jersey,Delaware Co. N.Y. March 1811 and died at his home in Westfeild, Jan. 31,1892 in his 81 st.year. M.E. Church ,ordained in 1858 .Leaves a widow and 4 daughters.came from The Free Press -Courier Companion obits in the Potter County Historical Society

I have checked my topographical Delmore Map book for Delaware County, New York and I find no mention of a town of JERSEY. I have checked my New York Place names and there is no JERSEY that may have had a name change. I have checked a regular map book for New York and I find no Jersey of Delaware County NY. Does a Jersey of Delaware County NY exist. If so where is it located? Or was it located if there was a name change. This information has been in my possession for many, many years and I can not figure this out.

I know there is a Sidney in Delaware Co. And Ira Cyrus did name a son Ira Sidney. Sidney for a relative? Sidney for a town of Delaware Co NY? I just am at a loss about Jersey. Delaware County, New York. Sharon Causer, posted March 8, 2003


CUDDEBACK?
Where is Cuddenback? A marriage record from Delhi Republican Newspaper, 1860-1869 lists this name as the place of a marriage. Does anyone have any history on this location? Ann Laing - posted February 23 2003


March 19 - Thanks for all the information on Cuddeback. It is that part of Meredith Street in the village of Delhi, NY where an African-American family, by the name of Cuddeback, lived in the early 1800s. Thanks again, Ann


HILTON MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
Does anyone have information on where Hilton Memorial High School was? I am assuming that it was somewhere near Bovina/Andes, NY, as I have an invitation to a 1909 graduation there. It lists the graduates as: Laura Belle Worden, Anna Marguerite Fowler, Genevieve Liddle, and James Daniel Calhoun. Ann - posted January 22, 2003
RESPONSE: I had two very prompt replies to my query on Hilton High, which turns out to be the "old" Andes school. Thanks, Ann
PS I love this list/website-thanks for the great work! - January 26, 2003


SPRING LAKE - ROBINSON LAKE?
Help please; "Spring Lake" in Meredith (Delaware Co.,) located on Rte 14 it appears to be a small pond. The U.S. Geological Survey Map of the Delhi 1911 Edition shows the small body of water as "Robinson Lake". A 1896 map of Meredith shows the residence of R. Oliver next to the lake, the name of the lake is a blur but it does not appear to be known as Robinson Lake. Dewey A. Robinson - posted January 18, 2003


FACTORY AROUND ROXBURY?
The 1880 census from the town of Roxbury, has Theodore Shaffer and family, the LDS site has him WORKING in a Jack Factory. Does anyone have a clue if there was or if there is a factory around Roxbury? Thanks, John Dillon - posted December 5, 2002


COVERED BRIDGE AT KELLY CORNERS
I'm looking for a photograph or a painting of the old covered bridge that was located in Kelly Corners, It was located right before turning onto East Hubbell Hill. If anybody can help me locate it, I would appreciate it very much. I don't know when it went up but I know it was torn down about 30-40 years ago. Thank you. Donna, Margaretville NY - posted December 5, 2002


HOMAND POND
In the course of my ancestral research I have on more than one occasion come across the name of HOMAND Pond. Recently I was directed to a Biographical Review wherein a reference is made to a 'HOMAND POND' about 1861 which name since changed to Lake Somerset. I would be very interested in knowing the history of this pond since the HOMAND name is my ancestral name. Dennis E. Homant, 24651 Scotia St.; Oak Park, MI 48237-1764. - posted November 5, 2002


MORMON COMMUNITY?
Does anyone know if there was actually a Mormon community in the area of Mormon Hollow Road in the town of Tompkins? Or know how the road got it's name? Thanks. Calim@catskill.net - posted October 26, 2002


DAVIS BOYS PHOTO - Identify and you may have. Ann Laing - posted October 11, 2002


MONUMENT REPAIR?
I am looking for information on the Pine Cemetery in Walton Town, Delaware County, New York. My gggfather and his wife, John S. Cole and Rachel A. Youngs, are buried there, but their headstone has broken off and is laying on the ground. I am interested in finding out how to contact someone who might know how I could go about getting it glued back together. It seems to be in good condition, but will not stay that way unless it is put back together. In other cemeteries I visited on my recent trip to Delaware County I saw other headstones that had been put back together. If you can help or are descendants of these two people please contact me. Thanks. Cheryl Harmon Bills - posted October 4, 2002


BURIAL PERMITS
Does anyone know when Delaware Co. first started to require burial permits? Were there any burial notification requirements as far back as 1855? There are many small family cemeteries. When a family member died, did anyone have to be notified before or after the burial (county, town, church)? If records were kept, where would they be located? Bob Moltzen - posted October 1, 2002


OLD SCHOOLHOUSE at FREER HOLLOW
My parents purchased the old schoolhouse on Freer Hollow in Franklin/Walton Town Line. I am looking for stories or photos regarding this school. I would really appreciate any help. Heather Banks - posted Sept 18, 2002


NESBITT FARM
Does anyone have any information about the origin or age or the Nesbitt Farm on Route 10 just south of the South Kortright bridge? My name is Edward Cohen and I now own (since 1987) 17 acres including the farm house (now painted Grey), the big barn, and the old chicken coop? I love the house and setting and would like to know more about it's history. Thank You, Ed Cohen - posted Aug 23, 2002


DRY BROOK CEMETERY
I have been trying to locate Dry Brook Cemetery in the Town of Tompkins. Any help/directions would be greatly appreciated! pboyle11@netzero.net - posted Aug 23, 2002


JARDINE SHOPPE
Looking for information on the Jardine Shoppe in the early 1900s when it was owned by Mary Jardine Jackson. Natalie Will - posted 07-2002


MURDER OF ELEANOR MARY TRUAX
I am looking for any information concerning the murder of Eleanor (Elenor or Elanor) Mary Truax. Maiden name Blake. The time frame would be approx 1936-1940 and the actually shooting would have occured in Poughkeepsie, NY. onwing74@hotmail.com - posted 07-2002


HANCOCK Church - Baptism/Birth Records
I've reached a roadblock in my Lewis family research at my ggg grandparents John & Sally Lewis. I can't confirm John or Sally (Sarah)'s parents. Does anyone know how many different churches existed in Hancock between about 1770 and 1831 and have any transcriptions of the church records been done that I might be able to access or purchase? Thank you very much for any help! B.J. Shawd - posted July 13, 2002


STONE QUARRYS - HALE EDDY
I would like any information about stone quarrys around Hale Eddy, Delaware Co. N.Y. I have found information in the Walton Reporter about these quarrys, in the 100 years ago section. Thank you for any help. dsimpson55@aol.com - posted July 11, 2002


OLD SCOTCH HILL FARM
Seeking information regarding an old farm on Scotch hill Road in Bloomville...owned by the Campbell family from 1849-1940. Any information about this family (esp. current whereabouts) would be appreciated. Antonin Tutter - posted July 4, 2002


CANNONSVILLE AREA MAPS
I would like to learn where I may find maps of the Cannonsville area prior to the reservior being built. Ray Gray - posted June 18, 2002


QUARRY NEAR HALE EDDY?
Family information says that Wilbur (or Wilber) Lockwood (1840-1913) owned a quarry that went out of business. It may have been located in or near Hale Eddy. Other related Lockwoods may have also worked in quarries in the region, including father Abraham (or Abram) D. (1813-1887) and son James W. (1868/9-?). I would appreciate anyone with information contacting me. Thank you! Tom Nevlud, Raleigh, NC - posted May 12, 2002


STONE ENTRANCE TO DELHI CEMETERY
Village of Delhi. Stone building, entry to cemetary...what was it used for? Thanks. Priscilla Seward - posted May 12, 2002


HERZOG'S BILLIARD CUE FACTORY
I am looking for any pictures of my Grand father John M Herzog's stick (Billiard Cue) factory that was last on Leonard Hill in Hancock NY. The factory was located at the end of Leonard Hill next to the O & W R.R. It was built between 1910 and 1911. Also would appreciate any information factual or not concerning said factory and family of John M Herzog. Thank you. Dave - posted May 2, 2002


ARTIST - J. PASSAL
I am searching for a painter who signed his work J. Passal. 60 pieces of his amazing work were purchased at an estate sale in Delaware County around 1978 or 9. We are anxiously looking for any information about this person, but so far have been unable to come up with anything. If you have any ideas on how we might further our search, we 'd be most grateful for your help. Cheryl Perdue - posted April 26, 2002


YEARBOOKS FROM WALTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
Does anyone have any old yearbooks or photos from the Walton school district? My grandmother and her brother ( Gertrude and Alton Brundage ) graduated from Walton high school around 1923- 1927. They were two of seven siblings that went to Walton schools: Alton Brundage ( born: 1905); Floyd Brundage ( born: 1907); Gertrude Brundage ( born: 1909); Orra Brundage ( born: 1911); Harlow Brundage ( born: 1913); Wanda Brundage ( born: 1917) Charles Vernon Brundage ( born: 1920). So, if anyone with links with Walton schools that might have old photos that would cover the time these individuals went to school ( 1910 to 1938 ?); please email me. Vernon Vernon Purvis - posted April 26, 2002


NORMAL SCHOOL IN WALTON
Does anyone know anything about a Normal School (school for the training of teachers) in Walton in the late 1800's - early 1900's? It is my belief the school was in Walton, but may have been in Sidney. K. Michalowicz - posted April 12, 2002


WINNE DINER - HANCOCK
I am looking for a picture - photo - of the Winne Diner - Hancock, NY. It used to be across from the railroad tracks. I have seen a photo - years ago - when it meant nothing. Sad to say, I have not been able to find it among my father's things. Sue WINNE Burton - posted April 4, 2002


HISTORY OF HOUSE OFF WHISKEY HOLLOW ROAD
My name is Steve Bernard. I've been trying to find out the history of, up to today, the house at the end of Dibble Rd. off of Whiskey Hollow Road. I'm 50 as of this writing and am writing down memoirs so to speak, and this location is very dear to me. As a child of the 50's my father belonged to a hunting club in NYCity, Green Hills Rod & Gun Club. We used to go to what I remember, the old 2 story house on that site, sometimes twice a year. The last with my late dad around 1967. The (original)? house was burned down while my parents were there from a squirrel nest in the chimney sometime around the late 50's I think. I think the hunting club rebuilt it (or at least helped) to what I believe it is today still.If at all possible, I would like to know the complete history of the original house/family, what's happened the last 30 plus years and who's there now. Nothing would be made public....it's just for personal remembrances, especially for me and my mother and oldest sister. Any help, information would be greatly appreciated, or a pointer to who could help. Steve


OLD BURYING GROUND ON HARBY DRIVE - WALTON
My Great Great Great Grandpa Niel Beers and his first two wives, Clarissa Case Beers and Jerusha Reynolds Beers are both buried in a small cemetery called the "old burying ground" located on Harby Drive across from the football field of the High School in Walton. Does anyone have any information on the Cemetery and why someone might be buried there. It is a mystery since the rest of the family is buried in the main Walton Cemetery. Thanks so much to all of you who have helped to make the Delaware County, New York website the best by far! Beth Ellen Rupert - posted March 17, 2002


VILLAGE OF FRANKLIN
I am seeking pictures of Center Street and the corner of Third Street. We have seen many pictures of this area but are looking for pictures and information regarding our home. We have found that a family named Keator lived in this house for years. Any pictures and information would be greatly appreciated. Daniel Sickler - posted February 20, 2002


METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH in SIDNEY
Have you ever heard of any records of the "Methodist Episcopal Church on New Road in Sidney"? Mentioned in another document of 1835. Doris Wartman - posted February 20, 2002


CHURCHES IN PEPACTON
Does anyone know what churches were in Pepacton and the surrounding area, especially in the time period 1820 to 1870? And where records from those churches may have wound up? Thanks! Kathy in MO - posted February 12, 2002


FRANCEVILLE
also known as: - Clothesville - Clovesville - Middletown. Who was the surname "France" that Franceville was named after? I am a "France" Thanks, Jeanne - posted February 7, 2002


DOES THIS CHURCH EXIST TODAY?
United Presbyterian Church, South Kortright. (Formerly, an Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.) Does this church exist today? A building (1833) existed in 1960. Early pastors were William McAuley and Robert Forrest, who served from 1809-1844. The church is not in the current directory of Presbyterian churches. The cemetery records are on the wonderful Delaware website but no other mention. I would like to have the current name of the church, the address, and the name of the minister. Lots of thanks to all of you who put in so many hours to make this website so exceptional! Susan Gray Detweiler - posted February 7, 2002


HISTORY OF LORDVILLE and Slate Quarry
I'm interested in finding any information about the old slate quarry in Lordville. It was owned by Ransom C. Holbert and Mabel J. (King) Holbert. Mabel and Ransom were married in 1914 so I know the quarry was in operation then. Their Children were Raymond, Ransom Jr. and Emma. I believe the boys ran the quarry after Ransom Sr. died. The slate was shipped to New York City for side walks. If anyone has any more information you would like to share, please email me.Tina Marie Combs - posted January 26, 2002


WEALTHY LANDOWNER?
I found an old newspaper article, no date or name of newsapaper, but, Roxbury, Oct. 31. Byline reads, Graves Indicate Many Valley Slaves Before Year 1800. Article states, "There were 33 graves in the Cat Hollow cemetery, of which the people, buried mostly before 1800, all seemed to have the same surname. It was discovered from records that these were all slaves of one wealthy landowner." It goes on to describe slavery and the laws, and numbers of graves moved from various cemeteries because of the Pepacton Dam. Could someone tell who this "wealthy landowner" was and where the records from this cemetery might be? or where I might go to find the information. Thanks, Ann - posted January 18, 2001


HISTORY OF HANCOCK
I am looking for any information on the history of Hancock NY, Two major things I am searching for are information on the mausoleum on top of point mountain, I am aware of when and why it was built and by whom, but i am looking for information on what happened for it to be abandoned so quickly and for what reason was it destroyed. Also I am looking for information on an old Victorian house Located on the corner of Leonard street and vestal Ave. The house number is 54. If you have any kind of information or even pictures you feel would be helpful to me in my search please feel free to contact me . I would really appreciate your information. thank you michelle velez - posted December 21, 2001


MAUSOLEUM IN HANCOCK
I am looking for any information and especially a photograph of the mausoleum that used to stand on a hill near Hancock....I believe the hill is know as Point Mountain but I am not sure. A cell tower stands there now. Thank You in advance. Mark Tenzi, Wayne County Pennsylvania - posted December 10, 2001


DUTCHER, DEAN COAL, FEED & MACHINERY
I am looking for any information about the business that my grandfather owned and operated in the 1930's. I believe it was called DUTCHER , DEAN Coal, Feed and Farm Machinery. It was located on Cartwright Ave. in Sidney. Any information at all would be greatly appreciated. Bobbyd536@aol.com - posted November 28, 2001


DELWARE COUNTY DAIRYMAN
Can anybody lead me to an internet site or organization that has archive issues of the "Delaware County Dairyman" newspaper that was published in Franklin? Dean Hunter - posted September 27, 2001


BANYAR PATENT RENTAL RECORDS:
Looking for information on property leased by James Finley 1808-1812 from Banyar Patent,most likley in Town of Kortright area.Finley died in 1811 or 1812 and lease was returned to patent as it had not been paid for. John Culligan - posted September 27, 2001


ELK CREEK BASEBALL TEAM
I am looking for newspaper articles, photos, stories, etc. regarding the Elk Creek Baseball Team of 1902 in Delaware County, NY. The team was well known in the area and there were 9 team members: Clark H. McDonald (pitcher), William R. McDonald (catcher), B.E. Pease, Leslie Thompson, Robert Graham, James Meehan, Jerome Pease, William Scott, and Richard Harrison. My grandfather was Clark and his brother, William. Any information would be appreciated. Pat Watts - posted September 14, 2001


DEPOSIT CHILDRENS HOME
Is there somewhere I can view records from the Deposit Childrens Home? Joan - posted August 30, 2001


PINDARS CORNERS
I live near Pindars Corners and I was just wondering if you had any information on how it got to be called Pindars Corners. I wonder who named it and why they named this corner as such (and does it have anything to do with the Greek poet, Pindar). Tammy Whitmore - posted August 25, 2001


KNIGHTS of PYTHIAS
Looking for any information on the Knights of Pythias lodge that was in Arkville NY. Harrison Barnes Jr. - posted August 10, 2001


BELLE TERRE
I am interested in any information on the history of a place in S. Kortright named "Belle Terre". It is now a phoenix house facility, but was obviously a fine estate at one time. Thanks for any info you can provide. Carole Derifield - posted August 5, 2001


NEWSPAPER COVERAGE FOR ANDES - John Simmons - Which newspaper(s) covered Andes 1870-1900? From 1880 Andes Census have John Simmons and family: Anna, Horace, Henrietta, Corelius and Webster. Not on 1900 Census. Would like to research newspapers to check for articles covering their arrival, births and departures. Doug Simmons - posted July 28-2001


DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT OF DELAWARE TAVERNS
Does anyone know of a descriptive account of the taverns of Delaware County. I am particularly interested in those owned or operated by Urbana Terry or Alfred Hunter in Delhi 1790 - 1850. Also would like descriptive account of the Western Hotel/Tavern of Hancock owned or operated by John Hunter and sons circa 1859-1865. Thank you, Catlin - posted June 26, 2001


PAPPACUNK INDIAN VILLAGE
Looking for exact location in todays terms of Pappacunk Indian village on the east branch of the Deleware river. The village is listed on the 1779 map in O'Callahans, DHNY .I understand it is between Grand Gorge and Margaretville, but where? Patrick Cummings - posted June 19, 2001


PHOTOS OF ONE ROOM SCHOOLHOUSES DESIRED
I am a trustee and treasurer of the Greater Oneonta Historical Society. My speciality is history of one room schoolhouses, especially here in Oneonta.. I have published two books on the subject. I e-mail you today seeking further info in regards to photos of same. Two of our schools were line schools (had students from both townships due to being located on the town line) and indicate that some of your residents may have pictures in scrapbooks of these schools. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has knowledge of the existence of any photos. I will have a museum in the building we just purchased for the Society and would like all the photos I can amass for the preservation of history. Mr. Lynn Bissell, One Room Schoolhouse Historian


FRANCEVILLE
Franceville (Clothesville / Clovesville) was named after a (surname) France who resided there. Anyone know which "France" that was and when? - Jeanne France - posted June 1, 2001


METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - SIDNEY AREA?
Do you know of a Methodist Episcopal church that was in the area of SidneyTownship in the period of 1815-1830. In a family bible, I found a note of a conversion to ME of my gg grandfather. Have been long looking for a record of his marriage to Nancy Hodges in Sidney in 1821. His name Milo Bradley. Thanks in advance for any answer! Doris Wartman - posted April 23, 2001


FARMER'S GROUPS?
Does anyone know of any farmers' groups (such as Grange, Dairymen's League, or the like) that existed in the early 1800s? Would appreciate any information regarding this that would lead to places where there might be information on the farmers in the county during that period. Alice Puffer - posted April 10, 2001


DELAWARE EXPRESS - CRAWFORD ASSOCIATION
Would like any information relative to my relative CLAUDE CRAWFORD (1873-1938 ) association with the Delaware Express for 50 years as business manager and Publisher. It is also possible that his father Alonzo Crawford (1845-1925 ) was also associated with the paper after his Civil War service with the 144th. Both resided in Delhi their entire lives. Charles J. Crawford - posted April 7, 2001


HICKORY SWAIL?
Can someone tell me where Hickory Swail, Granger, NY would be? I have a letter that was sent to Hickory Swail in 1850. Thanks, Pat Higley - posted March 24, 2001


The OLD BROOKLYN 1908 SCHOOL BUILDING
Does anyone have information on this building? I believe that there was a tragic fire about 20 years ago and would like to know about this place. I am thinking of looking to buy it. Maybe some links to its structure or its construction or location. I believe it is in Town of Hancock. Mike Telesky - posted March 24, 2001


DELAWARE COUNTY BOOKS
I want to send away to get books on the history of Delaware County and towns. I found a list on the Delaware County Historical Association but there was no address and the email address came back as not existing. I would like to know where I can write, how much for the books, how much for shipping and handling, and what books they have. I would appreciate it if some one could tell me. You can email me directly at Seanchuidh@aol.com Thanks, Kassie Rice . Kassie Rice - posted March 15, 2001


POPULATION FIGURES
Can anyone help me find population figures for Delaware County communities in the late 19th Century? I don't need names, just the number of people who lived in each comminity. Figures from 1880 would be ideal, but anything from the 1860-1920 period would be helpful. Thank you. Ada Marie Prill - posted March 7, 2001


BEERSTON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Is the Beerston Presbyterian Church still standing? Is there anyone in there worshipping at the present? If not, where might their records have gone? Also, is there any way to obtain a listing of the churches in the immediate Walton/Beerston/Beers Brook area? Thanks very much. Sitll appreciate your website and the work that is and continues to be done. Beth ellen Rupert - posted Mach 7, 2001


"BOUND OUT" CHILDREN
When a child was 'bound out' after their parents died, was this a court action? Was the child just given to another family without any court record? Does any one know? Pat Higley - posted March 6, 2001


GUEST LIST for FLEISCHMANN'S RESORT ca. 1906?
Does anyone know if a guest list exists for Fleischmann's Resort circa 1906? In my Grandfather's effects I found about 100 postcards addressed to a May Heinemann and I'd like to find out more about her. Thanks, Rich Winiarski - posted February 22, 2001


DELAWARE SLATE FOR NEW Y0RK CITY?
I read somewhere that the sidewalks of New York City were made with the slate from Delaware and Sullivan Counties. I believe that they shipped the slate by boat on the Delaware River and then maybe by the D and H Canal Does anyone have any info. Alice Pullman - posted February 22, 2001


PROPERTY RECORDS of Joseph Erskine
I am looking for any property records of Joseph Erskine, one of the first settlers of Andes Township or any Erskine Property Records near Andes. As listed in the History of Delaware County - Jay Gould 1856, "The first farm bordering on the river below the Middletown line was owned by James Phenix....The next farm was occupied by Joseph Erskine, an English soldier, who was taken prisoner and afterwards enlisted in the American Service." I would hope that there would be a grantor and grantee index which could provide valuable information including indentures "property deeds". The name has a variety of spellings including Askin, Arskin, Earskin and Erskin, to name a few. Is there a volunteer that would be willing to work with me to obtain the property records prior to 1810? 1810 census page 394 and 399. markanway@netzero.net - posted February 22, 2001


MCDONALD FARM, Meredith - Milk Can or Tin?
My name is Scott Mcdonald and I am related to the Mcdonalds of the town of Meredith who used to have the farm. I am looking for a one of the tins that are creamery used to ship the butter or maybe a old milk can with are name on it if they exist if you have such a thing or know of someone with one please contact me. Scott McDonald or send a letter to 640 Cueball Rd Greene NY 13778.


JONES LUMBERYARD
Does anyone have any information regarding Jones Lumberyard located in Walton, New York in the approximate time period of 1900-1926? It was owned by my great grandfather, Robert Sydney Jones. It's headquarters were supposedly located on Delaware Street. He was a carpenter contractor who built many of the homes in Walton in that time period. He died at 46 years of age, 5 months after falling from a roof of a home he was WORKING on. I am desperately seeking an article about this accident which occured in Oneonta but may have been reported in the Walton Newspaper. The accident would have occured in July of 1926. Also, I am hoping to hear from people who may have documentation of him building their house. Two homes which I am certain that he built were his own on East Brook Road in Walton and his sister's, Alice Reynolds on Townsend Street. Amy - posted November 13, 2000


MILITARY ENLISTMENTS?
Where would I find the records (military) of enlistments of people that entered the service through Walton Armory; time periods of 1910,1941; etc. Thank you. Blanche Corey - posted October 4, 2000


LONG FLAT CEMETERY CARETAKER?
Can anyone tell me, or find out for me, if/who the caretaker is for the Long Flat Cemetery, which is somewhere in Delaware County? My thanks, in advance! Sherry Steele


IROQUIOS TRIBES:
I am interested in finding out which specific Iroquios tribe or tribes were in the Delaware/Schoharie County area. Prudence ? (married Noah Dibble) was from this area and was full blooded Iroquios, but there were several tribes that made up the Iroquios Confederation. A time frame around 1790-1820 is what I am looking for. Anything would be helpful. Thanks, Kassie - posted October 1, 2000


SUBJECT: Portrait Painter
Does anyone know of a way to check out information on Portrait Painters. My husband's great grandfather's occupation was listed in the 1880 census as this (his name was Gouveneir M. RAINEY). I've checked with Smithsonian and several other notable sites for a listing with his name, but they have nothing. He obviously wasn't well known, but to have made his living (had wife and 4 children) this way, surely some of his work is still in the area. Was there a society for artist in the late 1800's. His wife and children lived many years in the Dehli area until early 1900's but I lose him after the 1880 census. Any advice or information will be appreciated. Carol Rainey - posted September 27, 2000


PACKARD FAMILY FARM
I am looking for information about the Packard Family Farm in Delaware County,New York. I do not know if it is still called that. I believe the original owner was Ransom Packard. I am interested in finding out if there is a cemetery on the farm and if so who is buried there. I am looking for a relative who's first name is unknown. He died probably between 1835 and 1840, and was born around 1815. He was married to Lydia Dibble and they had one daughter. Any information on the farm would be helpful. Thanks- Kassie Rice - posted September 20, 2000

DELAWARE COUNTY NEW YORK COURTHOUSE
I am interested in obtaining copies of vital records from the Delware County Courthouse. Does anyone know what years they have, how much it is for the search/copy, and have the address? This would be extremely helpful, Thanks, Kassie Rice - posted September 20, 2000


89th NY INF.
Seeking letters, diaries, photos of 89th NY Inf. for book on Elmira depot. George Levy


ROCK VALLEY CEMETERY?
Does anyone have any information on the Rock Valley Cemetery in Delaware Co., NY? I believe there was a Methodist Church there also and the Cemetery may have ajoined the church property. Henry Pfeiffer died April 14, 1914 and is buried there. His wife Elizabeth died September 27, 1907 and is also buried there, and two children who died before 1900. Also, John W. Snyder and his wife Sophia Pfeiffer Snyder. Thank you for any help you can give. Donna Gigliotti


READBURN ACID FACTORY?
I was wondering if anyone has any information on the Readburn Acid Factory (1900 - 1925)? Or the area in Readburn. Maurice R. Hitt, posted August 9, 2000


THE HOMESTEAD AT DUNRAVEN
Looking for more information on Dunraven and "The Homestead" at Dunraven. I have a postcard of the Homestead that was sent by my ggrandmother to my aunt in about 1933. My father remembers living there as a very small boy and I know that my great uncle died there in 1910 at age 6.Any assistance would be appreciated. I live in southeast Georgia so it's a little difficult for me to get up there! Michelle Gagner, posted July 25, 2000


DELAWARE DAIRYMAN
I am looking for the date, page number, correct citation information for a wedding announcement that appeared in the Delaware Dairyman. I have a transcription of the announcement left by my grandmother, but cannot correctly cite the source. The wedding was that of Harley Mowrer and Edith Haney on 4 November 1930 in Franklin, New York. I would greatly appreciate it if someone could either look up the article for me, or direct me to a place where I can request a lookup. Bonita Tompkins, posted July 16, 2000


OLD WHITE HOUSE BURYING GROUNDS?
Does anyone know of a cemetery in Kortright that was called the Old White House Burying Grounds - could the name have been changed? Am interested in finding the graves of Caleb BURRELL (1804-1882) and wife Diadamia Turner BURRELL (1803-1884). Thanks. Lee Johnson, Phoenix, AZ


N.Y 3rd CAV. CO. C , DANIEL RILEY
Need help in identifying a Civil War Carbine of Daniel Riley - see query and view photos. Jeff Schave


CLARK FACTORY?
Does anyone know where Clark's Factory is located or what it is now known by? Thanks. Jane Flannery


INFO FOR BOOK WANTED
Collecting KELLAM, ADAMS, LORD of Delaware Co., NY, Wayne Co., PA--info for book update, due out Fall 2000. Contact Sheila Spencer Stover or write Box # 99, Bunn, NC 27508.


WANT CONTACT WITH DESCENDANTS OF MRS. ALFRETTA SPRAGUE
Re: Thomas Washburn & Mary Wilson and Mrs. Helen Truscott Re: Wilson families. Who were parents of Mary Wilson (wife of Thomas Washburn) ? Alfretta Sprague and Helen Truscott arranged for removals for Pepacton Reservoir. Helen S Rogers


ADELBERT GAYLORD, MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL
My great grandfather Adelbert Todd was born in Cortland County, N. Y. and lived in Triangle, Broome, N. Y. until moving West in the 1880's. He married Mary E. Ferguson in Delaware County, New York in 1868 by Adelbert Gaylord, Minister of the Gospel. Does anyone know what Church Adelbert Gaylord was affiliated with? Jim Todd, February 20, 2000


101st NY VOLUNTEERS - 1861-1865
I am researching this Civil War Regiment which mustered into service at Camp Hillhouse in Hancock. 4 of the companies were composed of men from Delaware County, 6 companies from Syracuse. I would like to know if anyone has letters or diaries of these soldiers or any other information or artifacts. Jean Marie McLain, February 2, 2000


1814 MURDER OF HUGH CAMERON & ALEXANDER MCGIFFREY
I would like to find out more about the murder in 1814 of Hugh Cameron and Alexander McGiffrey. James Graham was hanged in Delhi for this murder in 1814. I would like to know details of the crime and the family of Graham. Anne Beidler, February 6, 2000


OLD GUN HOUSE HILL ROAD
I am looking for any info, history about OLD gun house hill road in Hobart. If there is any to be found, please contact me at tools323@aol.com. I am very interested in finding out about this subject. Thank you, Ted Farace, December 8, 1999


SCHOOL FOR AMERICAN INDIAN CHILDREN
Has anyone ever heard of a school for American Indian children, where children were taken from their families in the Midwest and brought to Cooks Falls or Callicoon (I have heard both locations mentioned) to be educated? Apparently this school was established to de-Indianize the children taking away their Native American customs. Any clues would be graciously valued. Thank you. Bowedleg@aol.com, October 25, 1999


READBURN AREA
I'm interested in the Dry Brook, Readburn area. Especially the Readburn acid factory. The families that lived in that area were the Darlings & Hitts. Like to know what it was like in that area 1900 to 1940. Maurice R. Hitt, October 19, 1999


CARRIAGE BUILDER IN DELHI
I am trying to find information about a carriage builder in Delhi, New York around the turn of the century. The name of the carriage builder (from the tag on my carriage) is C.W. & D. Crawford Company. If you have any idea where I might look for this info, I would be most appreciative! Leesa Winter, September 27, 1999


ST. PETER'S CATHOLIC CHURCH IN DELHI
St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Delhi, Delaware County, NY, is preparing to celebrate its centennial. The historian is compiling birth, baptism, marriage, and death records from St. Peter's. The compilation will be published in a book for sale, and possibly for volunteer lookups. This is a big project and an invaluable one. You may be saying "My family isn't from Delhi, Delaware County". But wait. Read on. A bit of history about St. Peter's: St. Peter's had its first building in June 1900. From 1888 - 1912 it was a mission of Hancock, NY, (St. Paul's). Before 1888 it was a mission of Hunter, NY, St. Mary's or Windham NY. From 1912 to 1948, it was a mission of Walton, NY, St. John the Baptist. So... the compilation will include records from these churches.
The historian needs our help. He would like to publish pictures and vignettes about the families that comprised these parishes. Can you help? If so, please respond privately to Roberta Meehan at antrob@worldnet.att.net and we'll do our part to complete this marvelous project. As we have all learned, each tidbit of information we share provides feasts for others. I look forward to hearing from you. Best regards, Roberta Meehan, August 11, 1999


CIVIL WAR PHOTOS
I recently purchased two Civil War CDV photos in upstate NY, picturing three soldiers of the 144th NYV. I am curious if someone knows their Company no. and if they were wounded or killed in the war. Their names are: Edward A. Griffth- Capt.; A.H Hebbard- 1st LT; Eli Gibbons- 2nd LT. Thanks very much. Gordon Silleck


MACCABEES
I am interested in any information about an organization called the Maccabees. There was an organization by the same name in Genesee County and I have not been able to find out what the group was all about. I received a lead that such a group existed in Delaware County. Lynne Sheedy


DELAWARE EXPRESS
Members of my family have been associated with the Delaware Express, a newspaper, in Delhi, NY, in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Alonzo Crawford (1845-1925 ), a printer with the 144th Regt. during the Civil War, might have continued in that capacity, after discharge, with the Delaware Express.His son Claude ( 1873-1938 ), was possibly associated with the paper as editor or publisher. Both resided in Delhi all their lives. Any information available regarding the paper and/or their possible association, would be appreciated. Charles Crawford - posted April 23, 1999


CAMP KELSEY
I am trying to find out about a Camp Kelsey that my father in law (now 85) attended in his youth? Can you provide me with any information about this? Dick Wettstone - posted April 23, 1999


DELAWARE COUNTY SCOTS
Like most of my fellow subscribers, I have many ancestors from Delaware County who made the voyage from Scotland to America sometime during the 18th or 19th century. In putting together my family history, I'd like to be able to show their ports of departure, ports of entry, and the names of the ships. A tall order, but not totally impossible! Does anyone have a good feel for this sort of thing, i.e., from which port did most of the Delaware Scots leave their homeland, and which was the most common port of entry here in the U.S.? Ed Kohinke - posted March 20, 1999


HANCOCK/WAYNE CTY PA GET-TOGETHER
This get-together will be on the 20th of March at Kelly Park. The park is located app. 6 mi north of Aopoka FL. If you take Rte 441 NW from Interstate 4 just north of Orlando to Apopka, go straight north to Kelly Park RD, and then go east you should find it. Contacts: MARV SMITH (941) 425-0593 - DALE BUBCE (941) 425-3739 - THERESA HUBBARD (941)425-0381. Henry F. Schrier


CLOVESVILLE BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH
Seeking information on where burial records for this church may be stored. Contact with pastor reveals nothing. My g-g-g grandfather John EIGNOR (bpt Jan EYGENAAR) and g-g-g grandmother Maria SIMMONS EIGNOR are buried here and these records may provide clues to her identity. Roberta Stanulewich Schwartz - posted January 22, 1999>


JEFFERSON & HARPERSFIELD
I'm researching the Christian Church, or Christian Connection, in Schoharie & surrounding counties, including Delaware. I'm trying to locate primary documentation about a congregation known as "Jefferson & Harpersfield" which dropped from conference rolls at the Civil War. The following excerpt was written by E.W. Spafford, biographical information about whom might be helpful in this quest:
"Harpersfield, N.Y. August 31, 1839.
Elder Marsh-Dear Sir: I have been priveleged with an opportunity of perusing the Palladium for some months past and it has satisfied me the knowledge and information it contains, is well worthy the patronage of every citizen. I feel still much interested in the perusal of this invaluable work, and most heartily reciprocate with you the desire that it may do much good...There are few in this place who read the Palladium and advocate the doctines of the Christian Church...Doct E.W. Spafford" from THE CHRISTIAN PALLADIUM, Vol. 8, no. 11, October 1, 1839, p. 175. Any assistance greatly appreciated. Timothy Brown - posted January 22, 1999


CARROLL CEMETERY in TROUT CREEK
I notice that there is a Carroll cemetary in Trout Creek. I am looking for a ggrandmother, Cynthia Carroll, who it is felt was from Trout Creek. Is there any way of getting a listing of persons buried in this cemetary. She married James Hasbrouck and died abt 1895. M.McNeill


DELAWARE LITERARY INSTITUTE
Looking for information on the Delaware Literary Institute from which my grandfather James Francis Eaton graduated in 1872. James C Eaton - posted 01-99


STORE IN NORTH HAMDEN
I would love to converse with anyone having some idea of the the history surrounding the North Hamden and Munndale areas. I understand that there was once a store among other businesses in North Hamden and would like information regarding this. Thanks! Kim - posted 01-99


TOWN OF FRASER
Could you tell me anything about the settlement of this town on the Delaware River? Also where the name came from . Am appreciative for any history or direction that you could supply as to where I could find such information. Anna-Marie Sim


19th CENTURY TOWN OF BOVINA - I am collecting information related to the Town of Bovina in the 19th Century. If anyone has letters and diaries of Bovina residents or other records related to Bovina, please let me know. I'm also specifically interested in tracking down records of the Bovina Reformed Presbyterian church, which closed in 1944, and the Methodist Church, which closed early in the 20th century. Thanks. Ray LaFever - posted 11-2001


UPPER RED KILL CEMETERY?
Has anyone heard of a Cemetery called upper red kill. in Delaware county? I have a Stephen Mulnix Who died in Greene county, September 2 1854, and was buried in Delaware county in a cemetery called upper red kill, I can't seem to locate it. I have looked on the Delaware web page under cemeteries and it is not listed. If any one has heard of this, would you please let me know. Thank you. Christina Mulnix - posted 11-98


CORBETTSVILLE?
Hello - I'm trying to locate the town of Corbettsville where I believe some of my KILMER family are from or are buried.. Have located many of them in Hamden/Walton area. The Broome County Gen/Web site doesn't have any such town/village/hamlet listed. Since some of the Kilmer family came from the Binghamton/Broome county area in the late 1890's to settle in Delaware County I thought it might be "on the way". Thank you for your help! C. Howard - posted 11-98


ANTI-RENT WAR - JACOB DELAMATER? -Hi all; In the Asel Oles obituary under the Walton Hotel, it says that Eliz.A. is the daughter of Jacob Delamater. Does anyone know if this is the Jacob Delamater that was involved with the Anti-Rent War and has an indictment for murder. Does anyone have any further iformation about him. If he is my ancester then I want to send for copies of the indictments. Interesting stuff!!! Thanks. Alice L. Geier - posted 10-98


JOSEPH EATON & CIVIL WAR - There is a GAR marker on the grave of Henry C Eaton in the Hamden cemetery, but none on Joseph Eaton's. Is there other evidence that Joseph served? At this point, I have no evidence either way. Jim Eaton


PRE-1836 TAX RECORDS
I would like to find pre-1836 tax records for Stamford and Roxbury townships in Delaware County. Years ago I visited the town clerk of Stamford who thought the tax records might be around but she did not know where. My ancestor from Delaware Co. is Alexander Gray (b. Scotland) who died 29 July 1835 in Roxbury. Before his death, he had sold two parcels of land in Stamford. Do these tax records exist? Susan Gray Detweiler - posted 09-98


CIVIL WAR REGIMENTS
I am conducting research on three civil war regiments and am looking for any letters, diaires, etc. which may exist from these troops. Charles - posted 08-98


ROXBURY CHRISTIAN CHURCH, FRANKLIN CHRISTIAN CHURCH & REV. ANSEL BOURNE
Roxbury Christian Church - I have been researching the history of the Christian Connexion, a forerunner of the United Church of Christ, in Schoharie County. Several of the congregations appear to have been formed by clergy from nearby Delaware County. An early 1900's newspaper article in the Gilboa Monitor states that there was a congregation of this denomination in Blenheim Ridge - now called South Gilboa - which was started in the 1840's as a branch of the Roxbury Church. I have been unable to find any primary documentation of either of these congregations. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Franklin Christian Church - Rev. Ansel Bourne was the pastor of the Broome Center Chapel, then called the First Christian Church of Gilboa, in the 1860's. According to primary resources - New York Eastern Christian Conference records, held at the Congregational Library in Boston, MA - he then became the pastor of the Franklin Christian Church. The interesting part is that he ended up back in Rhode Island, and about 30 years later developed what might be termed "multiple personality disorder," disappearing for about 3 months & having no memory of being a minister or of his identity. (See the book "The Passion of Ansel Bourne," by Michael Kenny.) I'm trying to fill in the missing 30 years of his life. Timothy Brown - posted 08-98


GETTER'S HILL
Looking for information about Getter's Hill in or near Masonville, Delaware Co. Unconfirmed history indicates that Wm Getter or his descedants settled "Getter's Hill" Masonville, NY sometime late 1700s to mid 1800s. So Getter Hill could have been there before Masonville was established. Richard G. Kohler - posted 08-98


ALDRICH BAPTIST CHURCH
Does anyone know what happened to the Aldrich Baptist Church in North Franklin? It was built about 1912. I think my g-grandfather, Lincoln A. Roberts, was the pastor at the time. I have a signature quilt made by the North Franklin Aide Society in 1912, supposedly to raise money for the organ. Any information on the church or Rev. Roberts would be appreciated. Ann Allison


WALTON HOUSE HOTEL -
Formerly on Delaware Street in Walton, owned by Mealus family from 1924 until its demolition circa 1970. Mealus Furniture was located in the building after the hotel closed circa 1942. Anecdotes about family/hotel and location of memorabilia desired by descendant. Carolee Inskeep


MEREDITH CEMETERIES?
I believe an Elizabeth Beckwith Brooks is buried in a cemetery in Meredith, Delaware County. The cemeteries on the Delaware Web page do not all list where they are. I would be grateful for any advice. Paul Forquer - posted 05-98


CANNONSVILLE - Does anyone know where I can purchase "Cannonsville, New York 1786-1956 Published by the History Committee"? Pam Frederic - posted 04-98


193rd NY VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
I am still looking for information about the 193rd NY Volunteer Infantry. If anyone can shed some light on this subject I would be extremely grateful. Audrey Zatarian - posted 04-98.


BRADT PATENT
Can anyone tell me what the Bradt Patent is? And how to obtain a copy of same? Many thanks, Bob Phillips, Chillicothe, Missouri - posted 03-98.


ONE ROOM SCHOOL HOUSE, Colchester
Hi All, I am hoping someone can share their expertise on a particular One Room School House (not verified) from Delaware County. Here is my situation. My family owns property (I'm the 3rd generation of this property) in the town of Colchester on Campbell Brook Road. On the property we have what we believe is an old One Room School House and I have been trying to locate any proof, or information to establish whether this is so. In speaking to some of the towns people, they do in fact state it was, but we would love to have it declared either a historical site, or somehow included in the history of the One Room School House. At best I would just love to learn of the history behind this building and bring it back to life in my mind.

Would anyone remember, or know of conclusive information proving that this was in fact a school house and when, or how I could obtain such info? It is located on Campbell Brook Road (Campbell Mountain) and the start of the Jackson Road (which leads over the mountain towards the Reservoir). I am greatly interested in preserving the wonderful history of all the beautiful land and buildings and would appreciate any input at all.

Also in restoring our other house I have managed to save some pieces of old 1910 newspapers from the walls. I plan on posting some interesting bits that are legible, for all to read (although not a large amount). I am related down the line to the Warren Family and have some interesting documentation pertaining to when they owned land. At one time my ancestors had owned a large amount of land in and around Downsville up to Campbell Mountain, hence I have deep roots and have just begun researching my family tree, and look forward to sharing any findings with anyone it will help. Patty Smith - posted 02-98


GERMAN or DUTCH DESCENT - Searching for any families of German or Dutch descent who came into Delaware County before 1820, particularly those in the Delhi, Walton & Hamden areas. Would like names, dates, locations & previous residences if known. Many thanks. Ruth Armstrong - posted 01-98



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