Welcome to the History Corner!
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.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Married Farm Hand Wanted

Auburn Weekly Bulletin
Nov. 11, 1904

WANTED— At once, a man by the year, to work on a farm: must be well recommended:  married man preferred:  good wages.
W Wethey. Pt Byron. N Y

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Rookers

c. 1924
Thank you to Clara and Keith McIver for donating a family photo for the family of Earl and Nettie Wilson Rooker, featured are:

Back row: Gene (Madison Eugene, 1902-1980), Charlie (Charles Oliver, 1914-1960), Earl (Earl James, 1906-1975), Nettie Jane Wilson Rooker (1884-1940), Earl Hesler Rooker (1878-1948). Front row: Fred (Frederick Ernest, 1912-1979), and Helen (Helen Frances, 1917-1992).

Earl and Nettie were blessed with another child Clinton who was not yet born when this photo was captured.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Baptist Society of Mentz Land Deed

I just found the land deed for the Baptist Church of Mentz dated Feb. 23, 1818 where Friend Barber sold land to the church, the elected members being John Jefferies, Joseph Clary, William Mead, Rupel Palmer, and Shadrack Crane as trustees.  The deed was sealed in the presence of John Wait and Christopher Jefferies.

After doing some additional checking, Friend Barber is of the Windsor, CT Barber family, my own distant relative and kin to many families who still reside at Port Byron.  Perhaps many of you are distantly related to the various names mentioned.

"New York, Land Records, 1630-1975," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32985-10757-6?cc=2078654&wc=M9M4-8XN:n660094825 : accessed 24 Nov 2013), Cayuga > Deeds 1817-1819 vol T-U > image 200 of 605