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Ellsworth and Richmond's 1901
New Woodstock and Vicinity, Past and Present

Introduction to the on-line edition
by Daniel H. Weiskotten

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Ellsworth, Anzolette D., and Mary E. Richmond, 1901, New Woodstock and Vicinity, Past & Present. J.A. Loyster, Cazenovia, NY

Introduction to the on-line edition
by Daniel H. Weiskotten

Full of wonderful details of life and the setting of the small hamlet of New Woodstock, in the Town of Cazenovia, Madison County, NY, this text is perhaps one of the most wonderful local history sources I have read.

In this text you not only find the usual history of the community and descriptions of the stores, churches, leading citizens, and such, but you find histories of the houses (most of which are still standing today) and in-depth and, as afar as I have discerned, accurate family biographies.  Mass-printing of photographs was new and expensive when this little publication was made, but the authors and publisher have nonetheless included nearly 150 images of people, places, mills, shops, stores, landscapes, fires and more to help tell the story.  Most of these pictures are not available elsewhere and were taken expressly for this book.

Mary Anzolette Drake Ellsworth was the daughter of Alfred and Sophia Drake, born in Georgetown, Madison Co., NY in October 1846.  In 1861 her father moved the family to Floodport, a small cluster of houses located along the present NY 13 just northwest of the hamlet of New Woodstock.  It is known that she attended Cazenovia Seminary, graduating in 1865.  In 1875 she was living in Morrisville and around that time she married Grove H. Ellsworth of Auburn who died shortly thereafter, in 1883.  Living with her parents she raised two children, Jessamine A. Ellsworth who went on to be a teacher in Cortland, and died in 1954; and Raymond Drake Ellsworth who was born in 1876 and died at the age of 12 years 11 months and 18 days on October 18, 1889  Mrs. Ellsworth died on March 3, 1921, age 74 years 5 months 21 days and is buried in the New Woodstock Baptist Church Cemetery with her extended family.

Miss Mary E. Richmond was the daughter of Roswell Wells and Caroline Hart Richmond who had settled at a very early date on what became known as Richmond Hill, two miles south of the Village of DeRuyter, in the Town of DeRuyter, Madison Co., NY.  She was born in 1847 and graduated from Cazenovia Seminary in 1862.  During her early life the family lived at Sheds Corners, south of New Woodstock, but eventually moved to DeRuyter Street in New Woodstock.  When her father died in 1872 she continued to live with her mother.  I do not know when she died as the record of her grave marker in the New Woodstock Baptist Church Cemetery only gives her birth date of 1847.  She is not found in any other local cemeteries and it is likely that she is buried in New Woodstock with the many other members of her family.

        (sources = this text, cemetery records, and First Fifty Years of Cazenovia Seminary, 1825 to 1875)

Photos of the authors appear in the front of the book, but they are unfortunately not labeled so as to identify which one is which!

NOTES on this presentation of the text:  My editing changes and comments are placed in square brackets [ ].  Changes consist primarily of corrections of spelling errors, typographical errors, and uncommon spellings (travelling, waggon ...)  Double initials have been contracted (E._L. has become E.L.) and some names have been corrected, but with the erroneous name retained and correct name given and abbreviated names have been extended (Wm. = William).  Ditto marks have been filled in.

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