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Luther Neff, 1775-1851, mar. Olive Moon, lived in Chenango County. 9 children: Luther Jr. 1802-1894 of Truxton; Suphronia 1803-1869 m. Gideon Thorington of Taylor; Asahel 1807-1906 m. Elizabeth Cornwell of Harford; Benjamin 1812-1904 m. Nancy Crandall lived in Cuyler; George 1816- ?; Lucenah m. Henry Bacon; Mary m. Elmer Seymour; William 1813-1892 m. Ann Burns; and possibly Oliver 1817-. Our line is Thorningtons. Interested in corresponding with descendants.

David C Crankshaw         This query entered 4/13/99


NELSON, Seth lived in Homer and Cortlandville from the late 1820's untiI his death in 1857. I am looking for information on Seth and his wife Sophia Aspinwall Nelson and their children.

Sue Ozawa


I am looking for Elijah Newton - lived in Truxton, Cortland, NY in the 1820 census. His first son, James R. was born (1815) in Truxton, the next two sons (Alonzo and Reuben) were born in Westward, NY according to LDS records. I have been unable to locate Westward (West Wood?) (perhaps Erie Co.?) on any maps. By the 1830 census they had moved to Medina Co. Ohio.

Judson Maynard         This query entered 4/1/98
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Desperately needing information on a RILEY NILES of Cortland County, NY. In 1850 he was listed in Cortland living with ZERAH TANNER and family. RILEY NILES was 22 at this time. In 1860 he was married to a MARTHA (believed to be MARTHA TANNER, b. 1830) and living in Virgil, Cortland Co. RILEY was born about 1828 but his family is unknown to me. Can anyone provide information from a death certificate or connect him with ANSEL NILES, b. 1794 New York, but living in Livingston Co. Michigan. ANSEL NILES was listed as part owner of land in Michigan with RILEY until 1843. The odd thing about this is in the 1850 Livingston county, Mich. census, there is a 5 year old RILEY NILES, b. 1845 Mich, living with ANSEL. I suspect ANSEL is the grandfather, not the father. Can anyone help me with this puzzle?

Colleen Stokes


There were a number of Nye's around Cortland County for many years. At the moment we are trying to establish if in fact my grandmother Oley May Beebe was born 11/11/1872 in Homer, NY . She m. Jay German Nye who farmed in McLean until about 1930 when they bought the Riverside Cabins between Cortland and Homer. The surname should definitely be a Cortland County Surname. I believe Oley's grandfather Henry Rumsey was a publisher and inventor in the Homer area in his day. I have a great deal of data on the Nye family for anyone researching the geneology.

Richard Roberts         This query entered 9/5/98


I am searching for records in Marathon or Virgil, Cortland County, of Zachariah Squires, born1807, who married Harriet Ogden.

Ed Hamilton         This query entered 10/09/98


David Ogden b. 1799 Otego, NY. m. Huldah Rowe abt. 1825. moved to Cortland Co. from Delaware Co or Otsego Co. Family buried in Homer cemetery. Need parents of David, please.

Elizabeth A.(Ogden) Cromer         This query entered 10/19/98


OLIVER, Orlando 1841-1907 and wife WILLIS, Ellen 1846-1931

OLIVER, Willard B. 1884-1924 and his twin Karl, wife JENNINGS, Erma 1877-1912 2nd wife BACON, Ida

Donna Wade Harper         This query entered 9/12/98


Looking for information on a fellow named Owen, born about 1830 in Homer, who later gained statewide fame as a physician. All I have is his surname.

I recently came across a photo in the US Military History Archives of one Corp. Wilson G. Owen, Co. D., 157th Regt, which was comprised of men from Cortland County. I'd be thrilled if that's "my" Owen, who was a good friend of an ancestor, according to sketchy reports. This ancestor had a brother in Co. D, perhaps making the possibility a little more intriguing.

Joe Knapp         This query entered 3/21/1998


Seeking info on family of Peter Nelson PALMATIER, born 1832, died 1907 in Virgil. Enumerated in 1900 census in Virgil as Nelson PALMATIER. Wife Maria was 63 and they had 1 child living with them, Arthur, age 40.

Dan         This query entered 2/25/99


I'm looking for information concerning a great-great grandfather, Alfred B. PALMER and his father, Lemuel PALMER. I have some information and would be willing to share what I have with other interested persons. I know that Alfred was born on September 27, 1830 in Cortland, N.Y. He was married to a Mary SHAFF on September 15, 1853. Alfred and Mary had a daughter, Martha A. Palmer (my great grandmother) somewhere in Iowa, in 1862, before they moved to Oregon.

Jim Mentzer
Newfield, N.J.         This query entered 2/21/1998


I am looking for the family/ancestors of Henry Earl PARK/PARKS (b. Nov 1869 NY m. May 1892 NY d. Nov 1907 Cortland, NY) and his wife Adalaide WAGNER (b. Apr 1878 Scott, Cortland, NY d. Jun 1919 Amber, Onondaga, NY). I am also looking for information on Henry's father John F. Park (b. 1819/1821 m. Jun 1864 d. Mar 1870) and his second wife Jereshua WHEELOCK (b. 1829 d. Aug 1896). His first wife was Lucy CHANDLER. RE WAGNER: I believe the Wagners originally came from Leyden, MA. The earliest one I have is Cornelius WAGNER (b. Feb 1780 Leyden, MA m. Mar 1804d. abt 1857 Scott, NY) and his wife Temperence BROWN (b. Jul 1786 N. Groton, CT d. Dec 1867 Scott, NY). Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Leslie Lienert


I am seeking information on Jesse W. (1874-1936) and Ada M.(Parker) Parker. I know they were buried in the Parker Street Cemetery in Lapeer, NY. What I would like to find is the complete date of their death. Where can I send for obituaries, they lived in the Marathon, NY area. Where and who do I write to for a death certificate? Any help would be great! Thanks!

Nick Hilton         This query entered 6/13/98


PARKER, Emily, b. 30 Sept. 1816 believe in Virgil, Cortland Co. dau. of Wilson and Rhoda Thorpe Parker. m. 18 March 1838 in Ithaca to John Hollenbeck of Hebron, Potter Co. Newspaper Article states that he walked from Potter Co. Pa. to his old home in Virgil, Cortland Co., N.Y. 150 miles in three days to wed Emily Parker of that place. She lived in Virgil, Cortland Co. N.Y. as did the Hollenbecks from 1828 until 1837. Any info on either family would be greatly appreciated.

Ann Benham         This query updated 6/11/98


Seek any information Joseph and Sally PATTERSON and family. In 1829, Joseph and Sally PATTERSON bought land in Truxton,Cortland County,NY. Joseph was in 1830 census,Truxton. In 1830,Joseph Patterson sold land in Truxton to Grove Patterson of Volney, NY. Mary and Harriet Patterson, witnesses. Children of Joseph and Sally( Sarah) Patterson. Grove m Clarrisa and in 1850 was in Pompey,NY d Manlius,NY. Mary, Harriet b Paris, Oneida County in 1814 m Nenry Arnott Hindle 1839, Rochester, NY. Jane had son Frederick and in 1841 lived on Cornhill, Rochester,NY, Ann m Mr Harris ,1842 in Rochester, NY and possibly a son Jerome.

Shirley Bruso


I am looking for any info on Walter, and his son, Zera Patterson. Walter was born in Cortland Cty, NY, in 1810. He stated he was the son of James B. Patterson, who fought in the War of 1812, and the grandson of John Patterson, both of Ireland, who fought in the Revolutionary War. I know Walter and Zera's history after they moved to Iowa from Ashtabula Cty, Ohio in 1853, but am not sure of them before that. Walter was b. 1810; m. Sophia Flanders of Cattaraugus Cty, NY, daughter of Ezekiel Flanders of New Hampshire. Children include: Alzina, Zera S. (b. at Eagleville, NY, Feb 7, 1838), Amanda, Ellen, Lydia and Walter Jr., Alice, Amelia and Alveretta. I am trying to connect Walter to my gr, gr grandfather, Charles Hamilton Patterson, who was born in Cortland Cty, NY 22 June 1825. I have not been able to locate Charles in Cortland as of yet. I believe Walter and Charles to be cousins or brothers. The families are buried side by side. Any assistance will be appreciated!

Carol (Allen) (Patterson) Tolley         This query updated 2/9/99


Looking for sibling's/parent's to James & Sylvia - James & Sylvia lived near the town of Cincinnatus - from 1810 - 1820 town of Willet in the one census and the town of Marathon in the other. This family about 1838 or 1839 moved to Potter Co., PA. They supposedly had a child Pathiar or spelt thereabouts. I have been unable to figure out the family relationship to the Patterson family that lived just across the line into Broome & Tioga Co's. If you have any information on PATTERSON's or perhaps if you know anything of the Bingham/Button or Lord families I would be very happy to hear from you. This is a 17 year old brick-wall family. Follow this link for a writeup of Judy's Patterson line.

Judy Allen Cwiklinski         This query entered 6/28/98


John H. PECK b 25 Feb 1828 in poss. Watertown, Jefferson Co, NY, d 5 Aug 1918 in Wayland, Allegan Co, MI, son of William and Mary (SCHULTZ) PECK. John H. PECK married Alsophina WORDEN, b 12 Jun 1839 in prob Hanover, Chautauqua Co, NY. She d 7 Dec 1878 Anamosa, Jones Co, IA. They had ch: (1) Ida May PECK b 1861 (m James Franklin BURLINGHAM); (2) Harvey H. PECK b 1866.

In the 1830 Federal Census for Cortland County, there were 2 William PECK's living there -- one in Solon and one in Truxton. Were either of these William PECK's possibly the father of John H. PECK?

Also in Solon was Captain Stephen Northrup PECK, b 14 May 1778 in Stanford, Dutchess Co, NY; m 4 Dec 1800 to Lydia PHILLIPS; d 17 Aug 1874 in Solon. Capt. Stephen N. PECK is buried behind the Baptist Church in Solon, Cortland County, NY. From his son's tombstone behind that same Baptist Church: Stephen N. PECK, Jr. died at Newmarket Canada West 4 May 1863 (or 1865?) ae 50 years 11 months 2 days (Masonic Emblem)

Is Captain Stephen Northrup PECK in somehow related to my William and Mary (SCHULTZ) PECK?

Brenda Hare         This query entered 10/05/98


PERKINS, Augustus, b. VT abt 1865, m 1885 Hannah (Anna) Hoffman, Rome, NY. Lived adult life in Franklin Springs and Clark Mills. Children: Mae, Helen and George. I have no record of Augustus before his marriage, can't find his parents, birth, etc.

Brenda Perkins


PERRY, Mary - b. 10 Mar 1827 in Cortland Co., NY. Possibly daughter of Joab PERRY. Her family moved to Calhoun Co., MI during her childhood where she married Maynard THOMAS (b. 15 Oct 1823, also in NY). They had four children (Harriet, Edson, Charles, Mary Belle) before both died in Ottawa, KS in 1900. I am looking for any information on Mary PERRY's parents or siblings.

Bill Reace


I would like to let others know I am researching the PETERS name in Cortland Co. My known ancestor is James S. Peters (1820-1855) of Preble, husband to Frances Ann McCumber (1821-1900). I am also interested in any information about any Peters in Cortland Co.

Margaret W. Ostrom         This query entered 10/09/98


Looking for info on the Peters living in Cortland Co. in the 1800s. Specifically, my ancestor, James S. Peters (1821-1855) buried in Preble Cemetery.

Margaret W. Ostrom         This query entered 1/17/99


My mother's maternal grandmother / gfather were Mary Viola Pettigrove (1854 - 1907) and William C. Chesebrough (1846 - 1891). [I believe his father was also William C.C.] I think they were married 11/30/1871, but I do not know where. Earlier this year, I found their gravesite in the City of Ludington (Mason Co.) cemetary (MI). According to family records, they came from NY. Cortland and Tompkins county names are with these notes. Any connections will be gratefully appreciated. Thank you.

David         This query entered 01/02/99


Searching for descendants of Cyrus and Mary HUNT PHELPS of Lisle and Killawog, Broome Co., NY. They had the following children: Fedelia b 1826, Lydia Catherine b 1827 who married her cousin Alexander Joseph HAVEN, Samuel H. b 1829 who married Sarah M., Alexander b 1831 who married Winnie E., Naoma b 1833, Elizabeth Ann b 1836, Maria b 1838 d 1859, and Charles H. PHELPS b 1842 married Anna ___ and 2nd Ella WISE , others (Philip)? . At least Samuel, Alexander, and Charles PHELPS are still in the area in 1872. Ernest Howard PHELPS b 1898 d 1958 is in the Killawog Cemetery. Is he the great grand son of Cyrus? Is there an obituay available on him or his wife Hazel HULL PHELPS? Have ancestry and would like to share. Looking for identity of Cyrus' Grand Father James PHELPS and his wife___. Have HUNT and HAVEN ancestry well established . Cyrus PHELPS' parents are Alexander and Catherine HAVEN PHELPS of Cincinnatus, Cortland Co., NY. Mary HUNT's are John and Lydia MALLORY HUNT of Marathon, Cortland CO., NY

Phil Nixon


PHILLIPS, ARDELL born 12/8/1857 in East Homer, Cortland County, N.Y. Looking for siblings and Parents. Married Mary Gutchess also from East Homer.

S. Allen         This query entered 9/5/98


PIERCE, Col. William b. Burlington Vermont July 223. 1785 d. Oct 4, 1855 Truxton NY. Married to Olive Shedd. Children: Chandler b. Nov 10, 1815 Truxton, NY; Emily 1838-1895; Morris 1848-1849; William 1841-1916.

D. Beardsley         This query entered 2/9/99


JESSE PIKE b. @1800 m. DOROTHY CORWIN b. @1803 Their children: EZRA b. @1822, MARY A. b. 1830 (married Daniel Crandall), LEROY FITZGERALD b. 1832 in Blodgett Mills (married Ann Tompkins) d. 1900 in Owatonna, MN (I descend from this couple), OLIVIA M. b. 1838 in Solon (married George Lyman Kendall), POLYDORE ROLAND b. @1841.

Dorothy CORWIN PIKE's parents were Ezra CORWIN & Hannah COOK CORWIN.

Would appreciate hearing from anyone with information on these families.

Connie Anderson


Burial location of James POLLARD, died in Virgil about 1848. Also looking for any listings for the surname VAN CUREN (VAN KEUREN). Thank you.

Carol K. Esterhai


I am looking for info on Charles Potter born on or BEFORE or near New York State. Charles had 8 children... Hardin Potter, Jeanette Potter, Welcome Potter, Annette POtter, Samuel Potter, Tom or Thomas Potter, Reuben Potter, and George Hiran Carver Potter. This family written up on-line.

Harden/Harding Potter was born in Scituate, RhodeIsland June * 1779 died at Solon....Now Taylor New York Ocotber 22 1857. He married Ruth Champion and they had the following children: John, Daniel, CHARLES (above), Joel, Erastus, Harris, Elisha, Philander, Nelson

Dianna Potter Holdren Mathis         This query updated 11/15/98


Dolly J. Potter b March 19 1939 in Maryland m. L David Holdren of West Virginia and Had 2 children Dianna Lynn Holdren b Feb 1965 and David D. Holdren b. may 1968. Any information related to these family is greatly appreciated.

Dianna Potter Holdren Mathis         This query entered 6/27/98


Looking for info on Joshua and Amy ( RUMSEY) PRATT of Cortland Co. NY. He b. c 1814, married Amy 1837. His father also Joshua PRATT, died in Cortland Co. 1835. Joshua Jr. and Amy's daughter was Julia C. PRATT b. c 1843.

Mark and Beth Waller

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