Cortland County

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The farthest back we can go on the Fairbank family is my aunt's great-great-grandfather - Thomas P. Fairbank (b. ca 1821 in NY). He was living in Fabius, Onondaga Co., NY in 1850. He is said to have later lived in Otselic,Chenago Co.,NY. I have collected a lot of misc. Fairbank(s) from the Cortland and Chenango County areas and I might be able to help others. Any information on this Fairbank family would be greatly appreciated.

Andrew Burdett

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        This query updated 05/02/00


I am looking for any information on the family of James FERRIS, B. Esopus, Otsego County, removed to Cortland County by 1844. Was his wife Mary Ann SLAUGHTER? Son David was born in Cortlandville in 1844; were there other children, possibly Falsina (?) born around 1848, and Henry, born about 1852? I will share information on David FERRIS and his descendants. Thank you.

Deborah Rittmeyer         This query entered 3/22/98


am looking for information on Frank E. FERRIS b.July 21, 1854 d. March 3, 1915 in Cortland, NY at the home of William HICKEY on Pendenlton Street. He is buried in Cortland Rural Cemetery. His parents were George FERRIS and Emiline (Dickinson) FERRIS. Thank you.

Deborah Ferris         This query entered 9/13/98


I'm searching for a relative who lived in Cincinnatus, New York, Cortland County. I have the census for August 24th 1850, looking for more information on relative. His name is Girden Henry Fish, born Jan. 11th 1836, not sure where he was born, but can tell where he died at, he died in Traverse City Nov. 24, 1903, of Organic Brain Disease, at the age of 73 yrs. He was a pioneer of the region coming there about 1852. He was a veteran of the 10th Mich. Calvary, also looking for places where they sent the calvary in regards to the war. His wife, Mary Jane and he are buried in Oakwood Cemetary. His wife Mary Jane Fish eloped with him, from Horseheads, New York and was born, Dec. 10th, 1844, died Feb. 18th, 1873. Girden's fathers name was Clinton Fish, his mother's name I don't have. On the census record it lists the family unit:

Clinton Fish, 38, Laborer
Sally, 34
Guerdon, 13, different spelling, maybe same person
Arnold, 10
Phoebe, 8
Ephseius, 6, may have spelled wrong
Mariette, 4
Roseanne, 1, may have spelled wrong
Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

Tim Seaberg         This query updated 9/20/98


Seeking information about Robert FLETCHER, said to have been a resident of "Florence, Homer Township, Cortland County NY" before 1839. I can't vouch for this information -- the only Florence I've been able to locate was in Oneida County, but the above is the information I have. The tiniest bit of information would be helpful. Thank you for your assistance.

Carol Jo Thompson         This query entered 2/9/99


Lorinda/Lurinda B. FOSTER, b. November 22, 1836, Virgil, Cortland Co., NY m. December 16, 1856, Truman ROSE. Lorinda d. October 18, 1893, Cattaraugus Co., NY. Family bible lists: Nathan FOSTER, b. January 09, 1804 and d. August 17, 1889 (I presume to be Lorinda's FATHER) and Polly M. ---, b. June 02, 1802 and d. June 04, 1854 (I presume to be Lorinda's MOTHER), but no locations. Can anyone shed light on this?

Children of Nathan and Polly M. FOSTER from Family Bible: James O. Foster b: May 04, 1824, Clarissa Varnum Foster b: August 17, 1827, Leonard M. Foster b: February 22, 1829, Hiram C. Foster b: November 06, 1831 d: October 12, 1854, William E. Foster b: October 22, 1833 d: October 16, 1851, Lorinda/Lurinda B. Foster* , as above, Nathan A. Foster b: October 21, 1839, Eliza Foster b: June 06, 1841 d: October 04, 1863 (married name Aldrich), Sarah A. Foster b: September 03, 1843 d: July 08, 1861.

Children of Lorinda FOSTER and Truman ROSE: Charles Allison Rose*, Sarah E. Rose, Nathan F. Rose, Edward G. Rose. Any help greatly appreciated.

Susan Austin         This query entered 9/20/98


I am looking for the ancestors of Stephen Dodson FOX ( b. abt. 1799 ), who lived in Cortland, Co. until about 1836. His wife was Mary DAVIS ( b. Sep 1, 1804 ). They had 6 children before leaving Cortland, to finally settle in what is now Lennox&Addington, Co, Ontario, Canada.

There may have been a brother who was staying with them. His name is Thomas Dudley FOX ( b. abt. 1802 ). He had also settled in the same area in Ontario, Canada, and had shared many commonalities with Stephen Dodson during that time.

Rob Fox


Looking for any information on George and Abigail FOX of Taylor, NY. They had a daughter Maryett ( b.1836, d.1845 ).

Rob Fox         This query entered 2/28/98


Searching for the parents of Betsey FULLER, born circa 1840 who was living with her grandparents, Daniel Belden PADDOCK and 2nd wife, Content (______) BROWN on Cortland Co. NY Fed Census 1850, 1855. Content was the widow of (?) Brown as found on the 1830 Fed Census Cortland Co. NY.

Terri Walker         This query entered 01/02/99


Isabella FRASER/FRAISER, b. abt. 1763, d. 1837, Preble, Cortland Co., NY >m. May 10, 1780 in Skenesborough(now Whitehall), Washington Co., NY, Stephen TROWBRIDGE. Stephen chr. June 22, 1760, Wilton, Fairfield, CT and d. December 06, 1830, Berkshire Township, Franklin, VT. Stephen was a "Green Mountain Boy" with Ethan Allen and served in the Rev. War. Both Isabella and Stephen were Prisioners of War in Montreal in 1781 were their 1st son, Archibald Scott Trowbridge, was born.

Nothing has been found on Isabella Frasier/Fraser. Searches have been done in Schenectady, Washington and Saratoga Counties in New York and they have no record. A search by Alex Fraser of the Glengarry Genealogical Society, Lancaster, Ontario, Canada produced the following >record from St. Andrew's Presbyterian (now United) Church Records in Williamstown, Ontario:

"Donald Tunbridge, son of Stephen Tunbridge of Cornwall and of Isabel Fraser his wife, was baptised on the 29th June 1789." (Donald is probably Daniel, born abt 1787).

"Elizabeth Tunbridge, daughter of Stephen Tunbridge of Cornwall and of Isabel Fraser his wife, was baptised on the 29th June 1789." (Elizabeth is probably Betsey, born 1789).

Isabella states of her parentage in her pension application: "My mother was opposed to my marriage; my father dead. Trowbridge stole me away and married me with little form and in haste--my brother Captain Frasier, belonged to the British army, and my Uncle was General Frasier, killed at the battle of Saratoga."

Any info gladly recieved.

Susan Austin         This query entered 9/20/98


I seek the maiden names of Lydia - wife of Thomas French & of Elleanor - wife of Calvin French - also descendant's of each. Is there any help out there? I descend from Lydia the daughter of Calvin & Elleanor. Follow this link for a writeup of Judy's French line.

Judy Allen Cwiklinski         This query entered 6/28/98


Looking for information on Abraham Lincoln FREY, b. 11 Oct 1865, Homer, NY.

Anita Ingalls         This query entered 10/09/98 and updated 7/31/05


Seeking the parents of Elizabeth GAMBLE b & d unk, par unk who married Nathaniel CALVERT ca 1804 presumably in Cortland Co, NY. Cortland Co N. Y. Deed bk B-17 dated 21 Sept 1807 between James GAMBLE & Nancy his wife of Homer, Onandaga, N. Y. & Nathaniel CAVART. This deed shows the only reference to a GAMBLE that I have found that shows any direct tie to Elizabeth and I suspect they could be her parents. In a later deed, James Gamel (sic)& Nancy Gamble (sic) his wife of Homer, Cortland Co., NY sell part of lot #92 5 Dec 1821 to Obadiah Bories, and he sells land to Samuel Gamble (B-578), all are parts of great lot #92 (including the part sold to Nathaniel Calvert in 1807). I have not seen anything further on the name GAMBLE in Cortland county. However, in "First setters of Hebron", Washington county, NY, there was: Alexander Gamble, an Irish soldier, was next on the creek, below Getty. He came there in 1772 or '73. He had 2 sons, Samuel and James, both gone from the town.(Extracted from: Sleeper News, Volume 3, Number 3, August 1995, copyright 1995.) I do not know the date of the deposition that this extract refers to, but, I do know that John CALVERT the immigrant father of Nathaniel CALVERT spent several years in Washington county, NY before coming to Cortland County in abt 1800. I would appreciate any help that anyone can give me on this research.

Charlene Calvert Pinkowski
2480 Cedar Road
York, PA 17404


I am looking for the surnames STOKER and GATES. My records indicate they were married in Homer Cortland Co. NY. Don't know if Homer is a town or what. Their names were Benjamin Prince STOKER and Janet GATES, married June 28 1843.

Any info on either of them greatly appreciated. Also looking for info on their son Edward Adelbert STOKER who served in the Union during the Civil War. Thanks so much again, Suzanne RUD

Suzanne RUD         This query entered 9/05/98


Is their anyone that have done research on the following people? If so I'd be interested in hearing from you.

Derosel GEE b.1730/9 and his daugther Elizabeth d.1805 marr. Dec.5,1787 Petrus WOLFEN They lived in Virgil,Cortland, N.Y.

Ardis Wolven         This query entered 2/9/98


Searching for information on the family of Charles P. GERRARD and Sarah K. Welch. They were married about 1896 in Skaneateles; living in Cortland in 1909 and 1914 (death dates of her parents, Michael and Margaret Hickey Welch). I have info on Welch family. Looking for descendents - and new cousins! Many thanks.

Karen Bradley Pettigrew         This query entered 10/05/98


Searching for information on the family of Charles P. GERRARD and Sarah K. Welch. They were married about 1896 in Skaneateles; living in Cortland in 1909 and 1914 (death dates of her parents, Michael and Margaret Hickey Welch). I have info on Welch family. Looking for descendents - and new cousins! Many thanks.

Joanne Hickle         This query entered 10/09/98


Seeking info on GIBBS of MARATHON and TANNER of FREETOWN. L.D. Tanner born 1802-03 in NY, married Mary ??? bet. 1824-36 and had the following TANNER children who were living in Freetown in 1850: George b.abt.1835, Hannah b.abt.1838, Jane b.abt.1840, Lucinda b.abt.1842, Edwin b.abt.1846, Mary b.abt.1846, Emma F. b.July 1849, and Julia b.1850. Edgar W. GIBBS born April 1849 in NY, married Emma F. TANNER and had the following GIBBS children who were living in Marathon in 1880: Anna B. b.abt.1882, Howard B. b.24 Nov 1875, and Edna b.July 1888.

James Gibbs


John Gill a pioneer settler of Preble Cortland Co. NY. married Sara? Children of John & Sara Gill were: Polly born 1797, William born 1799, Charles D born 1800, Diana born 1804 ( married a Stone) Nancy , no date. Looking for dates of birth for John & Sara Gill, believe they are buried in Cortland Co. NY. Any information on this family would be helpful.

Louise P Treat         This query entered 01/17/99


Looking for descendants of Issac GILLETT d. 1823 in Cortland Co. NY married Alma COWLES in Colunbia Co NY. They had four children. The family lived in Homer, Cortland Co NY: Phoebe b. 1808 married Henry Bilson, moved to Mayfield, Ohio; Elizabeth (Betsey) b. 1812 married Tobias Van Buren and moved to WI; William, all that we know is that he died in a train wreck in Indiana; Melissa b. 1822 married George Washington Chittenden and they moved to WI. Thanks.

Diane Van Buren         This query entered 4/1/98


I'm researching the following line and would love to hear from others to share and compare data.
1) Jonathan (Jotham) GLAZIER (1752, Lancaster, MA - 1824, Virgil, Cortland Co.,NY) married 1773, Worcester Co.,MA, Keziah STACY (1756, Sturbridge, Worcester Co.,MA - 1835, Virgil, Cortland, NY)
2) Joseph GLAZIER (1786, New Braintree, MA - 1811, Cortland Co.,NY) married Margaret GLENNY (abt 1790 - of Virgil, Cortland Co.,NY)
3)Joseph/Agustus? GLAZIER (1822, of Virgil - 1853?) married Leytta B. BRANCH (abt 1829, of Virgil, NY) Joseph may have marr. #1, Nancy A.
4)Charles Edwin GLAZIER (1854, Scott, Cortland Co.,NY - ?) married 1874, Emily Jane CARD (1852, of Cortland Co.,NY - 1919, Fairbury, Jefferson Co. NE) Charles got prairieitis and returned to NY, leaving family in NE)
5) Delia GLAZIER (1876, Moravia, Cayuga, NY - 1940, Corvallis, Benton Co.,OR) married 1893, Gosper Co.,NE, William Aldridge HAND, (1870, of Vienna Twp.,Marshall Co.,IA - 1938, Corvallis, Benton, OR).

Sharon         This query entered 10/19/98


Looking for parentage and family of Margaret GLENNY born abt. 1790 of Virgil, Cortland Co.,NY. She married abt. 1811, of Cortland Co., Joseph GLAZIER. Any information on GLENNY family would be appreciated.

Sharon         This query entered 10/19/98


Samuel MORRIS (c1816-1896) & wife Laura ___ (c1820-1890), Darius MORRIS (1842-1917) & wife Lorinda J. GREENFIELD (1846-1919), and Lewis F. MORRIS (1854-1914) & wife Maria W. ___ (1856-1927) are buried in Scott, Cortland Co NY. I have a Mary Ann MORRIS (c1811-1889) who married Hiram VAN BUREN (c1817-1883); Mary Ann's father was an earlier Darius MORRIS (1774-1858), and Hiram's father was Peter VAN BUREN (c1791-1842). I'd love to exchange info with anyone researching any MORRISes, GREENFIELDs and VAN BURENs in Cortland Co NY. Thank you.

Lin Van Buren         This query entered 10/09/98


I am looking for information on Mary Anna Greggins born abt 1853, Rome NY Died 30 Dec 1884, Cuyler, Cortland co NY. Marriage 2 Feb 1881, Cazenovia NY to Lewis J. Sergent Children John & Pauline. Iam looking for parents names or bothers or sisters. Also any information on Phillip Greggins. Name is also spelled Griggins, Greggians etc.

Jean Amodeo         This query entered 04/13/99


I am looking for information on Curtiss and\or Rueben Gridley who are listed in the 1820 census in Cortland Co. My g...grandfather, Elijah Gridley was born 5 Aug 1813 in Cortland Co, NY. He married Helen A. Lewis born 31 Jul 1816 and then Charity (?Lewis?). All eventually died in Ulysses, Potter Co., PA. Any help would be appreciated.

Brian Lavelle         This query entered 01/23/99


I am searching for info on the family of Laura GROVER b. 12-23-1856. She was born and buried on Fleming, N.Y. Laura spent much of her life in Cortland Co. until her death in 1946. She was the wife of Charles Schenck ALLEN. Charles owned and operated the "Little York Mills" until his son Carl Lewis Allen took over the mill. Laura then lived in Homer, N.Y. Any info would be of great help. Thank You.

K. Springer         This query entered 9/11/98


Searching for the ancestors and descendants of JOHN & ELIZABETH GLOVER of Cincinnatus, NY. John b.=1796 in Schoharie County, NY, d. 9 JUL 1865 in Cincinnatus, Marathon, NY. M. before 1832, ELIZABETH, b.=1804 in Schoharie County, d.=2 FEB 1865 in Cincinnatus, NY. Their Son, John H. Glover, b.=1832 in Cincinnatus, d.=19 APR 1883 in Cincinnatus, m.= 17 APR 1853 Hannah Johnson, daughter of Justice B. and Malinda A. Johnson of Marathon. Hannah b.=1832 in Broome County.

George F.Walker


We are looking for the ancestors of James E. Graves (b abt 1898 - d abt 1985). James married Mildred Alice Ryan bef 1919, but unknown whether in Cortland or not. Their only son Edwin M. Graves born (b1919 - d1989) was born and raised in Cortland. Edwin married M Joyce Lindley (b1922 - d abt 1972) who was also born and raised in Cortland.

James R. Graves (at home)

James R. Graves (at work)

2128 Bear Creek Dr.
Ontario NY 14519


I am searching for info on the family of Laura A. GROVER b. 12-23-1856. She moved to Little York, Cortland Co. NY in 1890 with her husband Charles Schenck ALLEN. Laura A. GROVER died in 1946 in Homer, NY. Laura is buried in Fleming Hill Cemetery # 50 Fleming, NY with her husband.

Kathy Allen Springer         This query entered 9/27/98


Desperately seeking any descendants of David and Bette GUILFOOS who resided on Pomeroy St. in Cortland in 1900. David was b Feb 1860 in Cayuga County, the son of Christopher GUILFOOS and Helen Augusta WRIGHT. David had a daughter Flossie who married a WOOLRIDGE and resided on N Homer Ave in 1948. David also had a daughter Ellen who married a SNYDER and resided in Moravia in 1948. One other child of David was alive in 1900 accord. to census but was not shown with the family. David died sometime between 1936 and 1948 when two of his brothers wills were probated. Ellen and Flossie were 1st cousins of my grandfather, Fred A Guilfus (1882-1936). The Guilfus surname seems to have died out completely. I have the Guilfus line back to Ulster County, NY in the late 1700's and am anxious to share any Guilfus related info with descendants.

Marlene C Carpenter         This query entered 9/13/99


GUTCHESS, MARY born 2/20/1869 East Homer, Cortland County, N.Y. Looking for parents and siblings. Married Ardell or Ardel Phillips also of East Homer.

S. Allen         This query entered 9/5/98

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