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WAGER, HOULIHAN. Seeking information about either William WAGER or Mary HOULIHAN during the late 1800s. William WAGER lived in Cohoes, NY and was married to Mary HOULIHAN. Children: Norine WAGER, Mary WAGER, Estelle WAGER and James WAGER. I am especially interested in any information on William Wager's parents, etc. Joann Tillberg 0697 [e-mail address updated in June 2003]

WAGNER, DORING. Seeking marriage record of my great-great grandparents Fred WAGNER and Wilhelmina DORING. According to obituary they were married in Troy, NY, probably at a Catholic Church, soon after arrival in America. First child was born 17 Nov1853, so probably a bit before that date. He came from Heidenheim , Bavaria, she from Hannover. They moved on to Aurora, IL, where they settled permanently. Anne Sears 0198

WALKER, MCWADE. Seeking information abourt WALKER and MCWADE families from Schenectedy and Rensselaer Co., left in 1838. Sharon Foley 0897

WALKER, WHITCOMB. Jonathan was born about 1810 in England and Margaret was born about 1814 in England. The 1830 U.S. Census lists Jonathan with wife and two female children living in Hoosick, Rensselaer, New York. The 1840 U.S. Census lists Jonathan with wife, two daughters and one son (five to ten years old) living in Hoosick, Rensselaer, New York. My ancestor, Rufus WALKER was born 15 May 1835 or 1836. I believe he was the son listed in the 1840 Census. I am looking for birth records for Rufus. Names and birth records for the two sisters. Marriage, death and/or burial records for Jonathan and/or Maragret. Larry G. Walker 0298

WALSH. Anyone related to this family line? Found in 1900 census from Troy, Rensselaer, NY: John WALSH, age 52, b.Nov. 1847 in Ireland, machinist; Jennie(?) WALSH, age 43, b. 1856 in Canada (had 8 children, 6 living); John F. WALSH, son, age 18, b. Sep1881 in NY, drygoods clerk; Anna WALSH, dau, age 22, b. Aug1877 in NY, milliner; Ella WALSH, dau, age 21, b.Feb1879 in NY, office clerk; Edna M. SHAUGHNESSY, granddau, age 10, b. Sep1889 in NY; Edmund SHAUGHNESSY, grandson, age 8, b. Dec1891 in NY; Willard SHAUGHNESSY, grandson, age 6, b. Oct1893 in NY. Understand SHAUGHNESSY children's parents (John SHAUGHNESSY and Elizabeth WALSH) were killed in a ferry boat accident. Nothing else known. Also seeking information about ferry boat accident. Maggie Killackey 0398

WARD, COOK. Searching for information about Daniel WARD b. Dec 1849 in Rensselaer Co., NY m. Lois COOK. Norm Martin 1196

WARFORD/WORDORD. Seeking any WARFORD/WORFORD that lived in Rensealer Co., NY. Ely T. WARFORD there early, b abt l797 in NJ. A Charles H. WARFORD b abt l836 is also there. He m Sarah Louisa GREENE. Any Warford/Worford marriages? L. Hill 0898

WARREN, Ebenezer. Seek any information on the family of Ebenezer WARREN . All I know of this family is that I find them in Rensselaer Co. on the 1810, 20, 30, 40 federal census. Brian Warren 0398

WASSMANSDORF. Seeking information about the WASSMANSDORF families who resided in Troy. The WASSMANSDORF families are believed to have emigrated from either Frankfurt am Main or Bad Homburg. Herman WASSMANSDORF was a cigar maker and is listed in the 1896 City Directory. So is another Herman WASSMANSDORF, in an indirect way: a Mary WASSMANSDORF is listed as the widow of a Herman WASSMANSDORF. It seems improbable that there would be two families of the same name (and the same given name), so the deceased one might be the father of the cigar maker. Bart M. Wassmansdorf, 120 - 1915 Broad Hollow Gate, Mississauga, Ontario L5L 6A3, Canada, 1097 [postal address and email address updated in Nov 2007]

WATERBURY, Ezra. Seeking proof that Ezra WATERBURY bpt. 6 Mar 6 1768 in Westchester Co., NY d. 1850 in Nassau, NY is the father of Charles WATERBURY b. 30 May 1799 in Nassau, NY m. Naomi HOAG. Ezra's will mentions 11 children, unnamed. Audrey M. Klinkenberg 0497

WATKINS, Daniel. Seeking information about Daniel WATKINS who was b. abt 1809 in Rensselaer County. I would like to know the town he was born in and the names of his parents. Any other information about his family would be welcomed and appreciated. Betty Hadley White 0898

WATSON, Francis Wesley. Seeking information about Francis Wesley WATSON b. 1841/1842 in Troy, NY. He moved to Kansas at a young age. He married and lived in Lyon and Greenwood Cos. until his death. Her father was possibly Robert J. WATSON. 0397

WATSON, DONOVAN. My great grandfather, Charles H. WATSON b. Sept. 25, 1862 Troy, NY d. Mar. 12, 1948 bur. St. Peter's Cemetery; death cert. shows widow and that his father's name was John Watson, b. England, mother's unknown. Charles H. married Sarah A. DONOVAN unknown. Their children were Anna, Ella, Charles, and Sadie. Ella, my grandmother. I am seeking any info on John WATSON and/or any info on desc. of Charles (Jr.) b. Mar 1890. The other daughters never married. Also, any info on possible DONOVAN families of Sarah A. DONOVAN b. Dec 1858 (census info). Ellen Blake 0598

WEATHERLY, George. I am searching for the marriage of George WEATHERLY b. abt 1814 to Cornelia (?) b. 1817. They married about 1835 and moved west to IL by 1840. Rod 0798

WEATHERWAX, Andreas. I am interested if anyone knows if cemetaries (especially family cemetaries) that were in existance under the present day Tamahannack Reservoir, were moved prior to filling the reservoir. If so are there any source records. My ancestor Andreas WEATHERWAX owned approx 2000 acres on what today is the S.E. end of the reservoir. I have the land records and his will of 1783, and strongly suspect that he was buried on his own land. No other Rensselaer cemetary shows his gravesite. Wayne E. Weatherwax 1198

WEATHERWAX, VANDERCOOK. Seeking descendants of Andrew WEATHERWAX and Olive VANDERCOOK. Their origins were in Upper Albany/Rennsselaer County, but they were residents of West Glenville, Schenectady Co., NY. Both are buried in the Weatherwax Family Burial Ground, located on the corner of West Glenville and Touareuna Roads. I am a great-great-great granddaughter of this couple. Their youngest son, Henry VanDerCook WEATHERWAX born in NYS in 1812, first appears on the tax rolls of St. Joseph Co., MI in 1842. I would like to add to the rather sketchy data I currently have on some lines descending from this couple. I do have quite a bit and will share it with anyone who is interested. Linda Wilbur, P.O. Box 931, Albion, MI 49224. 0997 [email address updated Dec 2004]

WEIGAND, Augustus. Looking for any and all information on Augustus WEIGAND, emigrated from Germany approximately in the mid-1800s. Was a baker in Troy (his profession in Germany too). Father of Charles A. WEIGAND (changed the family name to Wheland), Frederick and William Wheland. Charles A., my greatgrandfather, married Mary Elizabeth BARBER in the late 1800s - we have no dates until the subsequent generation. I understand that another branch of the Weigand family (they kept the name) went to Michigan and I'm researching that. Lynn Dugan Julian 0598 [email address updated March 2011]

WELCH, Sarah G. Looking for a birth certificate or birth information concerning Sarah G. WELCH. According to the 1870 census she was born in 1862, daughter of John and Sarah WELCH. Janet Dill 0798

WELCH, BUTLER. Seeking any information concerning John WELCH b. 1828 in Manchester, England and wife Sarah BUTLERb. 1820 approx in London. Settled in Troy, NY in 1855 from England. Children were William b. 1852 and Fannie b. 1855 in England; and Harry B. b. 1856, Edward T. b. 1857, Frank R. b. 1859, Sarah G. b. 1862 in Troy. Would most like to find marriage date for Fannie WELCH and Ira J. TRAVELL. Janet Dill 0798

WELLS, FORMAN. Seeking information about Sarah Jane WELLS. About 1864 she married John FORMAN and lived in Cohoes until his death in 1870. She had three children (William, George and Edwin). She is listed in the Troy Directory of 1873 as a widow boarding on 14th Street near the IW (Iron Works ?). She disappears from the directories in 1876. The 1880 Census lists an Edwin FORMAN in the Troy Orphanage for Orphans and Destitute Children on 8th St. This may or may not have been my Edwin. My grandfather William married and moved to Pawlet, VT. Edwin followed him and resided in West Rutland, VT. George Wells FORMAN married and lived in Troy at 535 Congress St. Decendants of George still live in Troy. Brian Wells Galusha 0199

WELLS, POTTER. Seeking ancestors of John WELLS b. abt 1793 in Petersburg, Rensselaer County, NY. Possibly parents are John WELLS and Sarah PECKHAM RIDER. John removed to Alfred, NY abt 1820 and removed to Oswayo, Potter Co, PA in 1832, where he died 18 Mar 1869. John m. Polly POTTER. It is believed that Polly was also born Petersburg. Bernie Farmer 0497

WEST, S. E. Seeking information about a female child, S. E. WEST (I know only her initials), found in Grafton, Rensselaer Co. in the 1855 NY State Census. Living with Daniel and Katherine SCRIVEN, age 10, relationship listed as niece. She was b. 1845 in Verona, Oneida Co., NY, daughter of John WEST and Sara MILLS. Sara died May 1850, in Oneida Co. Did S. E. WEST marry in Rensselaer Co.? 0199 [e-mail address updated March 2006]

WEST, PHILLIPS. Seeking parents of Mathew WEST and Sara PHILLIPS. Mathew b. June 1807 in Grafton, Rensselaer Co., NY m. 9 Dec 1831/32 in Grafton, NY to Sara PHILLIPS b. 28 Nov 1814 in Washington, Rensselaer Co., NY. Two of their eleven children were born in Grafton, NY before they moved to Erie and Crawford Cos., PA. William P. b. 18 Oct 1835 m. Rose WRIGHT and Almond T. b. 18 Sep 1836 m. Marion IRISH. Rest of children were born in PA and settled in western PA and Ashtabula Co., OH. Pat Vedner 0397

WESTON. Seeking information about the WESTON family who lived in Rensselaer Co., NY beginning abt 1833. Members of this family worked for the railroads, living in what was then called East Albany. Bob Weston 0397

WETHERWAX, DURYEE. Seeking the marriage date and parents of Catherine WETHERWAX m. Abram DURYEE (son of Frederick and Charity SUTPHEN b. 28 Oct 1790 d. 28 Nov 1868 at Mt. Morris, Livingston Co., NY). Census states Catherine was born in Rensselaer Co. about Jul 1788/9; Gravestone: died Jul ---- 1866 (ae 78 yrs 7 ds) in Nunda, Livingston Co., NY. 1850 census states mother of 9 children. Known children: Eliza C., Sarah Ann, Stephen Van Rensselaer, Gilbert S., Abraham H., and Andrew S. Sue Rood, 617 Spring Lake Blvd, Sebring, FL 33870-6277 0997

WHEELER, COLE. Seeking information about family of Lydia J. WHEELER b. in NY abt 1828/1832 in NY m. 26 Aug 1847 in East Greenbush Reformed Church to James Romeyn COLE b. 15 Feb 1826 in Nassau, NY. Seeking her date and place of death. Also seeking parents of Lydia. Mother is possibly Clarice (?) b. in NY abt 1805, living with Lydia and James Cole at time of 1850 census (not in 1860 census). Father unknown. Dick Yale 0397

WHITAKER, VAN BUREN. George WHITAKER married Azelia VAN BUREN (1832-1917) on 10 Nov 1849. Azelia was a daughter of Peter VAN BUREN (c1791-1842) and wife Lucretia DECKER (1793-1863) of Troy. By 1855, Azelia was a widow living in Brunswick, Rensselaer Co NY. Who were George WHITAKER's parents and siblings? Lin Van Buren 1098

WHITBECK, Nicholas. Would like to trade family information with the descendants of Nicholas WHITBECK. Nicholas first appeared in the 1720 Rensselaer Co., NY census. There is a Nicholas WHITBECK buried at Blooming Grove Cemetary in North Greenbush, who was born in 1820 and died 21 June 1886. He may have had brothers by the name of John and Abraham. Other names affiliated with this family include: BLOOMINGDALE, VANDERBURGH, VAN VALKENBERG, TERREL and possibly HAKES. They possibly attended the Dutch Reformed Church in Wyantskill. 0398

WHITEHEAD, MAY. Seeking information about David WHITEHEAD b. 1856 d. June 14, 1928 and wife Amanda MAY b. b. 1853 d. after 1928. Need to know when they were married and any children that may have been born. I know they had one son Earl Harrison WHITEHEAD and possibly another son named David WHITEHEAD b. July 24, 1881. Madeleine Whitehead 0898

WHYLAND, MULLER. Seeking descendents of Leonard WHYLAND d. 1841 age 93 and Agnes MULLER b. 1757 d. 1831 in Rensselaer Co., NY. Barbara Jeffries 0397 [E-mail address updated in March 2007.]

WILCOX, Orlando. Seeking the location of burial for Orlando WILCOX who died October 1853 and was buried in or near Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY. Carol Erickson 0498

WILCOX, Rodolphus D. Seeking burial location and family members of Rodolphus D. WILCOX b. 1788 in NY. His parents were Martin and Jerusha (Dewey) WILCOX. Wife was Elizabeth. He lived in the city of Troy most of his adult life and died there on 31 March 1864. Carol Erickson 0598

WILDERMUTH, BEIERMEISTER. Seeking information about family of Carolyn Agnes WILDERMUTH b. 1885 d. 1957 and her parents, Adam WILDERMUTH and Eva QUIRK. Carolyn m. Henry BEIERMEISTER of Troy, NY. She is buried in St. Peter's section of Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, NY. Lynne Beiermeister 1298 [email address updated in November 2009]

WILLIAMS, RHOADES. Seeking information about my great-great grandfather Peter WILLIAMS b. abt1807 in Schoharie Co., NY and his wife Deborah b. abt 1811 in Rensselaer Co., NY. Children: Catherine b. abt 1836 in Rensselaer Co., NY; Hiram b. abt 1837 in Fulton Co., NY; Eliza b. abt 1840 in Fulton Co., NY; Peter, Jr. b. abt 1842 in Fulton Co., NY; Luther David b. 18 Feb 1847 in Orleans Co., NY d. 16 Oct 1923 in Nelsonville, OH. Gene Wilson 0397

WILLIAMS, STOUT. Seeking information about Jason Roger WILLIAMS b.20 May 1815 in Chatham, Rensselaer County, NY d. 24 May 1896 m.16 Nov 1844 to Ure STOUT in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, OH. His father was Robert Y. WILLIAMS m. 1812 to Phelina SHELDON possibly in Rensselaer Co., Albany or York. Harley D. Williams 1098

WILLSEY, COZINE. Seeking information about Charity (COZINE) WILLSEY b. 1822 d. 1909 in Troy, buried in Albany Rural Cemetery. Who was her husband? Douglas V. Smith, Box 65, Sharon, VT 05065 0497

WINNE, Moses. Seeking information about the family of Moses WINNE, from the Troy/Albany area. Ralph Ferone 0797

WOLFRAYS, Charles William. Seeking information about Charles William WOLFRAYS, believed to originate from Hoosick Falls, Rensselaer County, NY. He resided in an orphanage around 1910 through 1925. Charles Wolfrays 0397 [Email address updated in March 2005]

WOODMAN, CRADDOCK. Seeking information about John H. WOODMAN b. 29 Dec 1845 in North Hoosick, Rensselaer Co., NY m. Jane CRADDOCK. Trying to confirm that John/Jon WOODMAN was the father of John H. WOODMAN. Jon was married to Margret ARGRAVES in MA and his date of death and birth are not known. But he died at the age of 85 in Bennington,VT and his trade was merchantizing. 0697

WOOLWORTH, James H. Seeking information about parents of James H. WOOLWORTH. He was a resident of Pittstown, maybe born there. He is identified in the 1840 census with his wife and first daughter. It is believed that his father's name is Reuben and his mother's name was Salinda, however that has never been confirmed. John 0497

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