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Celebrating the rich history of Port Byron, New York, an old Erie Canal village in the Town of Mentz. This site is dedicated to the legacy and heritage of our community as well as a variety of regional historical tidbits. I hope you enjoy your visit and will stop by again.
Showing posts with label Research. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Research. Show all posts

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Bell Family Bible

This summer was a great time to visit the Hoyt-Barnum House in Stamford, CT and spend some time with the staff at the Stamford History Center.  Holding the Bell Family Bible was a memorable moment.  I decided to see if I could date the bible, which was a tremendous challenge because the book is inside a case so only one page is visible along with a page of vital dates inscribed on the adjacent page.

To continue some final thoughts following my article in the Auburn Citizen, I did find an inventory list for Frances Bell and Joshua Hoyt.  I love historical research because each time you view documents, your eyes see something new.  Since I spent considerable time dating the bible and determining what type of bible it was, that influenced my initial opinion regarding the great bible appearing in the inventory list of Jonathan Bell.  There is a bible known as a Great Bible but after additional review I have more insight to offer.

My eyes caught something new, the inventory lists contained the word great to describe other items.  Therefore, that would lead me to conclude that the word great was not referring to the type of bible but was instead referring to its size.  Today we would be more apt to use adjectives such as big or large to describe an object.  Perhaps the listing for the great bible may be referencing a King James Bible, which was produced in a larger size.  It is obvious that faith was very important to the Bell family since they owned multiple bibles, which is not common for this time period.

Above is a flow chart showing the various family member who held the Bell family bible over the years and how they descend within the family.  For anyone interested in the Bell family history, below is the family history written by John V Hecker published in 1897 by the New York Genealogy Society.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Book Signing "Murder in the Adirondacks"

The Herkimer County Historical Society is pleased to host author Craig Brandon who has recently released his fully revised and expanded edition of "Murder in the Adirondacks" based on the 1906 Chester Gillette-Grace Brown murder case for a Talk and Book Signing on Monday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the old Herkimer County Courthouse, 320 N. Main Street, Herkimer, NY. It will be 110 years since Grace Brown's body was found at the bottom of Big Moose Lake on July 11. 

The book features over 50 new photographs and excerpts from Chester Gillette's prison diary at Auburn Prison, as well as updated information on what happened to some of the key people involved in the case. The cost is $24.95 and can be purchased in the Society's Gift Shop, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Saturdays during July & August, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. You can also order it by mail, by sending us a check to our address at 400 N. Main St., Herkimer, NY 13350 and add $4.00 for postage (New York State residents please add 8.25% sales tax).

For more information, call us at (315) 866-6413 or email us and we will get right back to you!   
Susan R. Perkins
Executive Director
Herkimer County Historical Society
400 N. Main Street
Herkimer, NY  13350
(315) 866 6413
E-mail: herkimerhistory@yahoo.com
Web Site: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyhchs/

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Culver Family History

It was a pleasure to present for the Sterling Historical Society, the history and ancestry of my ancestor Rev. Solomon P. Culver.  For anyone that was not able to attend, here is a recording of our evening together:

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Article Correction

This months article was about my trip to the County Seat at Washington County, NY in December.  In this article I commented on there being a separate department containing transcribed wills.  Unfortunately the article was altered by the Editors at the Auburn Citizen.  They do a wonderful job with minor edits in the layout process but they did not recognize the significance of the term LDS which is the universal initials used when referring to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints research center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

I had commented that the transcribed wills is what is on file in Utah, so anyone that rents the reels from their collections would not receive the original wills, they would be viewing the transcribed documents.  That is relevant because there is additional information, likely on additional reels because Washington Co., NY does not store all components of an estate in the same location.

Therefore, when you read the article, the line that says:

We were instructed to report to the opposite end of the complex, only to discover that the bound books contained transcriptions (same as what is on file with Washington County). 

This should read :  {same as what is on file with LDS}.

Many years ago I had rented the films for Washington County Wills and the bound books are the same as what I viewed from Salt Lake City.  Many people will mistake the file as complete when more information is actually on file with the County Archivist.