Niagara County

Queries Jan 1996 to Mar 2000 - E-H

These queries were posted from Jan 1996 to Mar 2000 on this site. As they are so old, the original email links to these researchers have been removed, though snail mail information remains.


EDMUNDS: Seeking confirmation of parents and birth for Stephen EDMUNDS (born circa 13 Nov. 1816) in or near Lockport, NY. His parents might possibly be John Lucas EDMUNDS and Hannah HOUGHTALING. He married Pauline (or Paulina) DARBY in 1842, and after moving to Ohio had the following children: Cassius, Amasa, June, Edward, Minnie, Eunice, Zala, Paulina and Ella. Records indicate that Stephen was raised in the Genesee Valley. Any assistance with this family would be greatly appreciated - Jan 2000 - sent in by: Dorothy Liss


I need help in locating the marriage record for my husbands' ancestor JOHN ELLIOT. He was born about 1791 and I presume in the state of New York. He lived in Cambra (Cambrie) near Lockport . He had 4 children as follows: Daniel b 1811, Oliver Smith b. ?, Orlin b. 15 Aug 1818 in Cambra (Cambria), County of Niagara State of New York This info came from the Family Bible records. Cambra was probably near Lockport. Mary b. 1824. John ELLIOT was married to Mary SMITH daughter of Oliver SMITH and Mary HARRIS. John ELLIOT also fought for the Americans in WAR of 1812. Now my question is where do I write to for info on his marriage? His marriage would likely taken place prior to the birth of his first child in 1811. With hope that the names of his parents would be included on the record - March 2000 - sent in by: Louise Elliott


I am looking for any information regarding James ELTON b.1806 (CT) d.1882 and buried in North Ridge Cemetery. He married (1830) Charlotte NOBLE b.1807 (CT) d1881 and also buried in North Ridge Cemetery. The ELTONS had Theron, Mary A. Frances, Homer J., Harriett, Catherine Sophia and Caroline. Their daughter, Catherine Sophia (twin to Caroline) b. 1837 in Northridge married (1857) to Nathaniel Gamet b.1830 in Richfield, Otsego Co., NY, d.1862 Spokane, WA, buried in North Ridge Cemetery. The name GAMET is spelled many ways. In the 1860 census, Catherine is listed as Kate Gannett with daughter Florence. GAMET is also spelled GAMMETT/GAMETT.(18 April 1997) - sent in by: Dorothy McRann


Looking for information that might connect William G. ANGEL, Democratic Representative for New York from March 4, 1825 to March 3, 1827; March 4, 1829 to March 3, 1831; March 4, 1831 to March 3, 1833 - to Frances ENGEL, of Pittsburgh, late 1800-1962. If you have information on either name, please contact me.(Mon Apr 7 13:07:05 1997 - sent in by: Caron Mosey


Charles died in 1896 at Royalton, Niagara, NY. Looking for descendants of his children: William, Charles, Hannah (Kuhn). Emma (Schuster) or Bertha (Stein)(Sun Nov 16 1997) - sent in by: Mike and Pat Erdmann, Star Route Box 214, Lyman, Wyoming 82937


We are searching for information concerning the family of Martin Friedrich EWALD (1811-1886) and Johanna Charlotte FRIEDLAND Ewald (1815-1892). We believe both Martin and Johanna were born in Brandenburg, Prussia. Martin and Johanna moved between 1872 and 1874 to Martinsville (North Tonawanda) in Niagara County. At least three of Martin and Johanna's children, their spouses and their children also lived in Martinsville as follows: 1. Martin Friedrich EWALD (1844-1928) and Augustine (Justine) Emilie UNVERDROSS (or VANDERVRUS) Ewald (abt 1846-bef 1929). 2. Augusta Amelia EWALD Mundt (1848-1914) and August Freiderich MUNDT (1844-1927). 3. Wilhelm August EWALD (1853-?) and Auguste Berta RETTIG Ewald (1855-1898). - Martin and Johanna were living with their son Martin and his family in Martinsville in 1875. Son Martin and daughter Auguste Mundt and their families moved to Oceana County, Michigan between 1884 and 1887, but the elder Martin and Johanna, and their son Wilhelm and his family remained in Martinsville - Jan 2000 - sent in by: David Kearney, 824 Arlington Circle, Richmond, Virginia 23229


Researching family of John EVANS born about 1815 and Susan M. CHAPMAN born1817. In Lockport from about 1850 to 1875+. Children: John 1840, James 1842, Eliza, 1844, William 1847, Ellen Marie 1849, Susan E. 1853, Alice A. 1855, Mary 1857, Lotta B. 1869. Ellen Marie EVANS married about 1871 to Martin V. TOWNSEND. Removed to Michigan. John and Susan EVANS living 1875 probably died Lockport?. Thanks - Nov. 1998 - sent in by: Don Bryant


Harvey ACKER married Adeline FELLOWS in Niagara County, NY in 1850. Would like to find any information on this Fellows family - March 2000 - sent in by: Sherrie Houston


Jacob FITTS and his wife, Elizabeth, were among the earliest settlers of Somerset, Niagara, New York. Jacob and his family arrived in Somerset from their home in New Jersey in the Spring of 1810. Jacob and Elizabeth had eight children. Many of their descendants still live in the county. Other associated surnames are: HARDY, RICHARDSON, WISNER, INSCHO, LEONARD, CHEENEY, CARTER, and TAYLOR. I am seeking information on all descending lines - Dec 1999 - sent in by: Gene Scarborough


I am looking for information on Garret and Honora FITZGERALD. They were living in Lockport in 1882. I have a picture taken of Honora by a C.A.Stacy in 1882 in Lockport. I believe they lived in Lockport from sometime in the 1850s and up until their deaths. Honora MCCARTHY FITZGERALD was my G-Grandmother's sister. (Tue Oct 21 1997 at 18:22:53) - sent in by: Cheryl E. Armstrong


Looking for ancestors or descendants of Jackson FITZRANDOLPH /Jackson F. RANDOLPH married to Mary/Polly STILLWELL. They had a son, John, married Polly VanVRANKEN. John FITZRANDOLPH and Polly had 12 children, all born Niagara, Niagara County, NY (Fri Oct 31 1997) - sent in by: Doris Lobe


Hello, I am looking for information regarding the following individual: Frank FIX - born November 30, 1902, died October 1982, Lockport, New York. His parents, siblings, etc. He was my daughter's great-grandfather. Thank you very much - May 1999. - sent in by: Jane Polk Sinski, 406 Meadowview, Kerrville, Texas 78028


Searching for Frank FLORENCE born about 1866 in Canada and wife Elizabeth SHELLINGTON born about 1870 in Berlin, Germany? Came to Niagara Falls, New York area around 1890, possibly from Ohio. Had 6 children: Ida Cushman, Maude Gray, May Lynch Gowan, Harry Florence Jr., and Royal Florence, born 1891 in Niagara Falls. Any help in tracing them appreciated. Willing to share what I have. Thank you - Thurs. June 4, 1998 - sent in by: Linda Norman, 2471 Birch Bay Lynden Road, Custer, WA 98240


I am looking for information on a family who had a store in Lockport in 1856 and took three orphaned boys who were relatives from St Joseph's Orphanage in Lackawanna. The boys were Edward, Philip and John (ST Joseph's records show Handrin) Census records for Buffalo in 1850 show Richard Handlin, wife Anastasic(Fogarty), Edward 7, Philip 5 and John 2 months. Edward and Philip ran away after they had saved some money from tips they earned making deliveries for the store. John remained with the family. Edward and Philip were separated in Erie Pa. and never saw each other again. Philip is my ancestor. He spelled his name Handrehan but since he was only 10 when his parents died we are not sure if he had it right or not. He was born in County Clare, Ireland and was a Roman Catholic and had red hair. Any help appreciated. I have checked census records for Lockport but not knowing the name I am looking for it has been next to impossible - Jan 2000 - sent in by: Florence Bryson, P. O. Box 253, Winchester OH 45697


My staunch Baptist ggf, William T. FOLLETT, born 1828 in Maine, lived in Newfane from ca 1865-1900, when he died. His first wife, Julia A. Merrill Follett, is a complete mystery as to her death date and place. Were they (gasp!) divorced?? William T. Follett married 2) Adelaide Bixler (1850-1906, dau. of Jacob) in Newfane sometime in the early 1870s. He and Addie had a son, Ben C. Follett b. 1884, d. 1940 in Newfane. Ben C. married Rose ___, had Leon H. Follett in Newfane 1908. Leon m. Kathryn ___, did he have kids? Leon H. Follett d. 1937. Kathryn said to have d. 1969. ANY LITTLE TIDBIT re any one of my above family members would be so welcome! Thanks for reading this treatise! - May 1999. - sent in by: Lillian Follett-Hall, 28031 Lois Drive, Tavares FL 32778


Looking for information on FOREMANS. Louisa Foreman who moved the family to Lockport in about 1860-1865 after husband, Samuel C. Foreman, died in Buffalo, NY. Children are Francis Walker, William Henry,Julia Ann, Mary Rachel and Elizabeth Rosina. Francis was my ggg-grandmother who married Clinton Dewitt Heath, son of Horace Heath - Oct 1999. - sent in by: Denise M


Searching for information and descendants of Herman FRALEY who lived in Niagara Falls in 1900. According to the 1900 census, he was living on Elm Street with his wife Sofia. He is the son of Otto and Willhelmina Sachtleben FROHLICH. I will be glad to share any information I have one the FROHLICHS or SACHTLEBENS (SOFLIN) - Sept 1999 - sent in by: Jim Overman, 3104 Sunnyside Road, Brighton TN 38011


I am seeking the FRANTZ family who were in Niagara County (at least) by 1862-3. They were in Michigan by 1870. Some of the persons associated with the family were EZRA, who joined the 151st NY Infantry at Royalton; JACOB C.; ABRAHAM; JESSE; FRANK. The SINGER family is also associated with them. Thank you for any help - Nov 1999 - sent in by: Suzanne Frantz, 1680 Allen Road, St. Clair, MI 48079


Thomas John FRASER, member of the US Airforce Branch of the Military in the Korean War. Born approximately 1931 or 32. Belonged to the Tuscarora Reservation (Mohawk). Lived in the Niagara Falls area for a period of time up until his death in the late 1970's. Sometimes went by the name "John Fraser" - Nov 1999 - sent in by: Tim


Looking for information on the family of Solomon FREY and Marie Eva (SITLER) FREY who lived in Lockport, Niagara County. Solomon is listed in census records of Lockport Township, Niagara County, New York in 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, and 1870. Would like to find death dates and burial locations for both Solomon and Marie. Any other information would also be appreciated. Thank you - Friday, September 18, 1998. - sent in by: Jane Devlin, Lake Orion, MI


I am looking for info regarding FRYATT family. Bessie FRYATT born 1 Jan-14 May 1850, Niagra Falls NY, daughter of Henry and Phoebe FRYATT, m. David Machell of Aurora, Ontario, Canada, about 1870, moved to Milwaukee with David Machell and sisters Fannie and Lavinia, d. 15 May 1896, Milwaukee WI. - sent in by: Susan Ruggles, 5779 N. Bel Aire Drive, Glendale WI 53209


GATES, Jehiel born about 1783 CT, married about 1819, WRIGHT, Leanora born about 1785 VT (?). Relocated to Royalton, Niagara, NY in abt 1820. GATES, Jehiel & Leanora both died there aft. 1833. Son, Jehiel b. abt 1820 VT or NY relocated to MI in abt 1840. Any info on family, burial location, etc GREATLY!! appreciated. Will share info. Thanks...Jim in CA - Tues., Oct. 6, 1998 - sent in by: James R. Barbour, 104 Tivoli Lane, Danville, CA 94506


I am looking for any information on Asa GILBERT or Nancy Challenge CARRINGTON (GILBERT) they have a son Timothy C.GILBERT born March 28, 1821 and another son Theodore Monroe GILBERT (a/k/a Monroe Gilbert born in February 17, 1824 in Niagara County, New York. Timothy married Phoebe Wagner from Ohio and Monroe married Hannah McDonough Stidman. If you have any information on these or any other siblings, please email me. Your help is greatly appreciated!! - Tue Mar 17, 1998 - sent in by: Traci Gilbert-Carson


I am looking for any information about my ancestor. His name as Alexander GILLETT born August 10, 1802 at Vermont. His family later moved to Niagara County, New York where he married Elizabeth (Betty, Louisa) SPENCER. The family later moved to Ingham Co., Mi. If you have any information about my family, please email me - Nov 1999 - sent in by: Mr. Shannon Rathbun, 2679 South Canal Road, Eaton Rapids, Michigan 48827


I am looking for information Jane CHANDLER born about 1840 at Niagara Co., N.Y. Her husband was Ransom (Alphonso) GILLETT. They had one son named William GILLETT born in Canada. If you know anything about my ancestors, write to me - Dec 1999 - sent in by: Mr. Shannon Rathbun, 2679 South Canal Road, Eaton Rapids, Michigan 48827


I am looking for information about my great grandfather, William Henry GILLET/GILLETT, who was born in 1828 in Western New York, maybe near Lockport. He married Susan Skinnner in Barre, Orleans County, NY, in 1851. I have found out a lot about the SKINNERs but no leads on William GILLETT. Also looking for information about Solomon GILLETT and Miles GILLETT (or GILLET or even GILLITT). Any response to this query is appreciated - March 2000 - sent in by: Tom Gillett


Need information Samuel Wm. GIRARD b 10 May 1841 Niagra Co., NY and McQuire GIRARD b 1 Oct 1843 Niagra Co., NY Parents Samuel GIRARD and Ester Mae DAVIS All moved to WI and died in WI - March 2000 - sent in by: Paula


Researching the GODEMANN / GOODMAN families of Niagara County (originally from Germany).(many family members are buried in St. Peter's Lutheran Cem., Church Street, Cambria).John D. GOODMAN, b. 28 JUL 1826, Germany, d. 21 SEP 1887, Lockport Junction, NY, m. Charolette ???, m. Mary ???, b. 16 NOV 1826, d. 17 JUN 1869, Shawnee, NYCan anyone identify John's wives? Did John have brothers and or cousins in Niagara County?(trying to identify possible relationships with other Niagara County GOODMANs; i.e.: Christopher GOODMAN, of Coomer Road and Frederick (FRITZ) GOODMAN of Wilson. (Note: John GOODMAN is not related to the family of Henry GOODMAN, of Lockport & Hartland). (10/Mar/1997) - sent in by: Doug Goodman, Douglas E. Goodman, 2094 Victoria Avenue, Port Townsend, WA 98368-7327


I am looking for the burial place of William W. GRANT, born around 1870-1873 in Jamestown, NY; died 1922? in Lewiston, NY.Thank you for your help - Nov. 21, 1998. - sent in by: [no name provided]

GRAY, Eugene

Great-Grandfather was Eugene GRAY, postal employee in Niagara Falls, New York. Grandfather was John Howard Grant GRAY, Cayuga Island, Niagara Falls. I am interested in grandmother, a naturalized citizen from Canada: Virginia Caroline Honsberger was her maiden name - Jan 16, 1998. - sent in by: Suzane K. Atkins

GRAY, John

I am looking for any information on my great-grandfather's family, the Grays, of Lockport, NY. My great-grandfather, John Gray, was born in 1833, and migrated to Mason County Michigan (date unknown). He settled in Freesoil Michigan after marrying my great-grandmother in 1873. - Oct 1999 - sent in by: Bruce Gray Watson, 2535 S. Elkhart Street, Aurora, CO 80014


These families all lived in Porter and Lockport around the 1800s. I have some information on them but am in need of more. I am willing to help anyone with information or share what I have - May 1999. - sent in by: Mark Peebles, 18 Water Street, Forestville, NY 14062


I am searching for information about GREENTHANERS. Joseph J. GREENTHANER (b. Aug. 27, 1879 in Eschenbach Bavaria) immigrated ~1889. He lived with his brothers and/or cousin in Buffalo, NY. He moved to Lockport, NY in 1903. He married a Martha HENNING (b. 1888) in November 1905. They had three children: Edward, Edna, and Frances. Joseph worked for the newspaper in Lockport as a stenographer/type setter. He died May 1940 in Lockport. Information about the HENNINGS would also be helpful. Martha HENNING's parents were August & Matilda. They had three children: Helmut, Paul, & Martha. They apparently immigrated from Germany in 1888 - Jan 2000 - sent in by: Linda R. Allen


Evaline S. GRISWOLD m/1, Darius WATERHOUSE, m/2, Elias WALKER, c.1826, Lockport, NY. Was she the daughter of Jesse and Mary (SCHOVELL) GRISWOLD ? (02/Jan/1997) - sent in by: Julia Walker Ritterbush


Looking for info on Wilhelm H. GROBENGIESER, born 29 Jan 1823 Prussia, Married Auguste H.A. GOLDBECK (born 1830 Prussia). Possible Mar. date 14 Nov 1850, Martinsville, Niagara Co, NY. Possibly married in a St. Martin's Lutheran Church in the area (maybe North Tonawanda). I think he went to a Lutheran School and/or Buffalo College. Immigration information unknown; Occupation unknown. Also looking for info on their children, particularly Wilhelm M. Grobengieser (b 21 Oct 1855 Martinsville, Niagara Co, NY) who married Albertine W. GOERS (born 1859 Bergholz ?, NY) M in IL. I think they had ties to St. Martin Lutheran Church, Niagara Co, NY. Any information on the GROBENGIESER, GOLDBECK or GOERS/GERST, Families would be most appreciated. - Oct 1999 - sent in by: Gina Moulder, 1006 Beacham Ave, Centralia, IL 62801-6401


Looking for other family of Peter GRZYBOWSKI born 1879 Russia-Poland and died 14 Apr 1917. Married Helen PODLEWSKA before 1912. Lived at 2444 Allen, Niagara Falls. - Tues. March 31, 1998 - sent in by: Teena Hintz, 456 Lisa Drive, West Mifflin, PA 15122

HANAN, Rueben

I am looking for information on Rueben Hanan. He was born in Niagara County on Jan 4, 1822. He apparently grew up there and married a Assentha Green before settling in Iowa in 1870. I think his father's name is Samuel but have no further information. - April 1999. - sent in by: Gabriele Hammon

HANAN, Samuel

I am looking for information on Samuel HANAN. Samuel married an Abigail Wilson. They had a son, Reuben Hanan who married an Assentha Annas. I know they lived in Niagara in 1822 since Reuben was born in the county - April 1999. - sent in by: Gabriele Hammon


I need first names and birth and death dates of Hanleys buried in St. Patrick's cemetery in Barker. The male may be James or Thomas; the female may be Margaret or Mary. 1830's may be approximate birth date. (11/Mar/1997) - sent in by: George V. Griffith, 315 E. 5th, Chadron, NE 69337


I am looking for information on a family who had a store in Lockport in 1856 and took three orphaned boys who were relatives from St Joseph's Orphanage in Lackawanna. The boys were Edward, Philip and John (ST Joseph's records show Handrin) Census records for Buffalo in 1850 show Richard Handlin, wife Anastasic(Fogarty), Edward 7, Philip 5 and John 2 months. Edward and Philip ran away after they had saved some money from tips they earned making deliveries for the store. John remained with the family. Edward and Philip were separated in Erie Pa. and never saw each other again. Philip is my ancestor. He spelled his name Handrehan but since he was only 10 when his parents died we are not sure if he had it right or not. He was born in County Clare, Ireland and was a Roman Catholic and had red hair. Any help appreciated. I have checked census records for Lockport but not knowing the name I am looking for it has been next to impossible - Jan 2000 - sent in by: Florence Bryson, P. O. Box 253, Winchester OH 45697


I am seeking information on George W. HARRINGTON (1823-1900) of Lockport, Niagara County, NY who was married to Judith BENNETT HARRINGTON (1828-1899)on 7/2/1850. His mothers' name was Electa HARRINGTON but I do not know hisfathers' name. George had a sister named Jane and one named Lucy or Louisa. Any information that you might have would truly be helpful in my research. Thank you for your time and consideration. (31/Aug/1996) - sent in by: Michael E. Harrington, 2 s 771 Winchester Circle East, Warrenville, Illinois 60555

HARRINGTON, Theophilus

Theophilus HARRINGTON and Charlotte MILLS married in Niagara County, NY. They lived in the Lockport area for 16 years and had four children: John, James, Sarah and William. I would appreciate any information on any of these families. Charlotte MILLS was born in Ireland..went to Canada..then here. They were in Niagara County (Lockport) in 1840. Thank you. (Sat Oct 11 1997) - sent in by: Mary Kinch, P.O.Box 145, Pleasant Lake, MI 49272


Looking for any information on Enoch Hodges HARRIS born 1869 Shrawley, Worcester England went to Creemore, Simcoe Ontario, Canada. I found him in the 1900 federal census in Barre, Orlean County, New York at the age 31. Also found him in 1925 State Census in Gasport, Niagara County living on Myrtle Avenue. He died 1949 and buried in Mt Ridge Cem Gasport, Royalton, Niagara, New York. He had three daughters: Pearl, Evelyn and Hazel, my father's mother marrried Charles F. LORT. Any information would help. Thanks - March 2000 - sent in by: Mark R. Lort, 15818 N 52nd Street, Scottsdale, Arizona 85254-1707


Looking for data on Dieter HARTRANFT born in 1802 at Berks County, PA, moved to Seneca Falls, NY circa 1827 and on to Royalton Township, Niagara County, NY by 1840. Married to Margaret NUNNAMACHER born in 1807 PA; died 1888. Dieter died 1871. Both are buried in Dysinger Cemetery along with son, Charles; other children include Nathan, Aaron, Eliza, Mariah, Henry, Priscilla, Sarah, Mary Ann, and Margaret. Surnames connected with this family include WILSEY, ADAMS, BEDELL, DOANE, and HUNT. I am happy to share any and all information. Wed. April 1, 1998 - sent in by: Elwyn D. Draper, 1873 Bluehill Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525


I have just learned that there are a number of Harvey's liisted in the 1860 Federal Census for Niagara Co. I have listed them below along with the page numbers and towns. If anyone can give me any information on any of them I would be most grateful. In return I have access to the Federal Censuses for the state of Pa. and would be willing to trade lookup time with anyone that may be able to help. As an alternative I am willing to pay any reasonable fees for any help. I am most interested in the Silas Harvey listed on pg. 549 Royalton. According to his War of 1812 papers obtained from the National Archives, my 3rd ggrandfather Silas Harvey b. 1795 Ma. was known to be in Niagara Co. in Oct. 1813 when he was inducted into the NY. State Militia. "He was mustered at Black Rock and after a few days marched north to Fort Niagara where he volunteered to cross over and occupy Fort George. He was discharged at Fort Niagara in Dec. 1813 a few days before the British burned Buffalo". He is next found in Crawford Co. Pa. in 1820 with wife Rachel Paden and two sons both under age 5. He migrated to Ashtabula co. Oh. about 1829. In 1855 Silas and Rachel divorced and both returned, separtely to Crawford Co. Pa. Here we lose track of Silas except for a brief notation in the Crawford County records of a refusal to serve as executor of his father's estate by his youngest son Benjamin Franklin Harvey in April 1862. There is a persistant family tradition that Silas "is buried up by Lake Erie". I think there is a possibillity that we may have found him up here in Royalton in 1860.
Harvey, Adam NY NIAGARA CO. LEWISTON 628 1860
Harvey, Augusta NY NIAGARA CO. LOCKPORT 973 1860
Harvey, Charles NY NIAGARA CO. NIAGARA 098 1860
Harvey, Henry NY NIAGARA CO. NIAGARA 115 1860
Harvey, James NY NIAGARA CO. NIAGARA 098 1860
Harvey, Silas NY NIAGARA CO. ROYALTON 549 1860
Harvey, William NY NIAGARA CO. LOCKPORT 1044 1860
- Dec 1999 - sent in by: Richard J. Harvey, 423 Falls Ave, New Castle, PA 16105


Our HASKINS trail has lead us to Niagara County. Our Russell, Mary, and family appear on the 1850 census. We are seeking their parents and kin. Alexander of Cambria and Lockport abt.1800 may be part of the trail. Have much to share. - Tue Mar 17, 1998 - sent in by: L.J. Culby, 1280 Hillandale, Benton Harbor MI 49022


Peolin P. HAVENS was born in Hartford, Washington Co., New York, in May 1803. In his youth he learned the blacksmith trade, at which he became a master workman. At the age of twenty-two, he left home and worked in different parts of the state. Would like information about relatives of this Peolin. Have more information. Married Betsey A. Phillips who was born in Niagara Co., New York. Children Luther, Albert and Forrester. (Sun Nov 16 1997) - sent in by: Sylvia


Wilson, Niagara County, NY: Seeking information on Samantha HAWKS who married Calvin PRATT. They owned property, raised their children and are buried in Niagara County. (Samantha born in 1804 in CT, Calvin born in 1800 in VT). Have recently been provided information from "Landmarks of Niagara County", Edited by Will. Pool, 1897. There is a paragraph about Lorenzo PRATT on page 138 that discusses other family members. While discussing his father Calvin PRATT --- it says "His wife was Samantha, daughter of Joseph HAWKS, one of the first settlers of Wilson; she was a teacher there for many years." A search of the AIS New York Census Index - yields no records for any Joseph HAWKS from 1790 through 1830. The first mention is for 1840 - and that is in Putnam Co. Since I believe Samantha HAWKS was born in CT - then moved to NY later where she settled with Calvin PRATT - I searched the AIS for CT for Joseph HAWKS and came up with "zero" for 1790-1870. Tried Samantha HAWKS in NY --> zero. Tried Samantha PRATT in NY --> one - in Hampton, Washington Co in 1850. (Mine was living in Niagara Co). Tried Samantha HAWKS in CT --> zero. What am I not seeing here? Does anyone know of anyone named Joseph HAWKS in Wilson, NY? Does anyone have any information on this Samantha HAWKS who married my Calvin PRATT? Does the "teacher" clue help at all? Thank you. Seems I have a mystery on my hands at the moment - April 1999 - sent in by: Debbie Smith


Gideon HAWLEY and Mary PARINGER HAWLEY were Quakers, married in Muncy, Lycoming Co, PA, in 1821. That same year they received a Certificate of Removal commending them to the Hartland Monthly Meeting in NY. I did find Hartland in Niagara Co, and I have sent a query there, but at some point Gideon and Mary moved to Shelby. I have record of 5 children-- Edward, place of birth unknown, Alfred (my gr-gr-grandfather) born 9-18-1823 in Lockport, and Martha (b. 1827), Henry (b. 1831), and Sarah (b. 1838), presumably all born in or around Shelby. Gideon, Mary and Henry all died in Shelby. Gideon died in 1858, Mary in 1883, and Henry in 1854. The rest presumably moved on. Alfred and his wife, Nancy Katherine MILLER (daughter of Peter and Catherine DYGERT MILLER, also residing in Orleans Co), to Erie Co. The base of my information comes from a handwritten record done by my Gr-Grandmother Margaret Adelia HAWLEY SPAULDING, Alfred's daughter. She was born in Erie Co in 1872, and her record was written in the 1930-40's. I have confirmed the Muncy, PA info from the Monthly Meeting Minutes, but am trying to confirm Gr-grandma's other information. Were Gideon and Mary still Quakers in Orleans Co? Had they, for some reason, been disowned? I have found the family in the 1850 census with the 5 children. Were there others? Any help with the HAWLEY'S would be greatly appreciated, and I'm looking at the MILLERS and DYGERTS, too. Thanks for any help - March 2000 - sent in by: Dawn Amos


Looking for information on my ggrandparents Lemuel J. Hayes/Hays (1830-1907) and Hannah (Haight)Hayes. Lemuel Hayes's wife Hannah died at age 49 (1843-1891). They had one child, my grandmother Bertha Evangelina, who married John Baker. Lemuel's 2nd wife was Helen Ellis, who died in Buffalo State Hospital after a few years of marriage. Lemuel's 3rd wife was Catherine Haight Legg, who was Hannah's older sister. Bertha was Lemuel's only child, but he may have had brothers and sisters, and their relatives might be into genealogy. I can hope. "If one isn't able to find information on the main trunk, try one of the limbs" - March 2000 - sent in by: Evelyn B. Cooper, 4825 Astrozon Blvd. Space 20-A, Colorado Springs, CO 80916


Looking for information on FOREMANS. Louisa Foreman who moved the family to Lockport in about 1860-1865 after husband, Samuel C. Foreman, died in Buffalo, NY. Children are Francis Walker, William Henry,Julia Ann, Mary Rachel and Elizabeth Rosina. Francis was my ggg-grandmother who married Clinton Dewitt Heath, son of Horace Heath - Oct 1999. - sent in by: Denise M


I am looking for any information or connections to August (b. 1852) and Matilda (b. 1853) HENNING. They immigrated from Germany in 1888. They are listed in the 1900, 1910 & 1920 census in Lockport. They had three children: Helmut (b. 1879), Paul (b. 1882) and Martha (1888). Helmut married Ernestine (?), no further info on Paul, and Martha married Joseph GREENTHANER. Helmut & Martha remained in Lockport - Jan 2000 - sent in by: Linda R. Allen, 1836 Stafford Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70810


Looking for info. on Benjamin HENRY, born Dec. 25, 1760. He died 1824, at Cambria, Niagara County, New York. He also lived at Smithfield, Rhode Island and Granby, Connecticut - Fri. April 3, 1998 - sent in by: Patricia Lodoen


I am looking for any information on the HEWITT family. I am just getting started, and what I have so far is: Alvis Hewitt, born about 1842, either at Lewiston or Tuscarora Reservation. He died in Lewiston in 1937 and was survived by two brothers, John Napoleon Brinton Hewitt (1859-1937), and Frank of Chicago, IL; and a son, Silas Hewitt. Silas and his wife Emily had children Dave and Ursula Hewitt. Any info is appreciated - Jan 2000 - sent in by: Rene' Nilsson


I am looking for information about my late great-grandfather's half-sister. She is named in his obituary (1954) as Flara (sic, Flora?) Hicks of Niagara Falls, NY. I'm wondering if she died there. I'm also wondering if her father, Lewis (aka Almon) Hicks may have been in the vicinity. Leslie, his 2 sisters and parents were in WI in 1870; the children returned to VT with their mother who remaried in 1878. Apparently Lewis also remarried and Flara/Flora was born but I don't know where or when. I also have no idea what became of Lewis/Almon. I would appreciate any information on these people - May 30, 1998. - sent in by: Sally Phillips


Looking for information on John HIGGINS and Hannah BIRMINGHAM. Circa early 1900s, Niagara Falls, New York. Children: John Carlisle, Joseph Francis, Emmett David, Mary Delores, Edward Thomas. Hannah BI(E)RMINGHAM emigrated from Burrane, County Clare, Ireland before arriving at Suspension Bridge, New York in 1901. Hannah BIRMINGHAM and John HIGGINS married in 1904 Niagara Falls. Any bit of information is appreciated - Dec 1999 - sent in by: Anonymous, Akron NY


Looking for living relatives or information about William "Red" HILL, Hero of the Niagara River, who was instrumental in the rescue of Gustave F. Lofberg and James H. Harris who were stranded in a scow above the Falls in August 1918 - Tues., Oct. 13, 1998. - sent in by: Bill Cussins, 66-219 C Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712


I am looking for the ancestry or other information about Philo H. HOBBS, born 25 September 1825, and listed in the 1850 census in Newfane, NY, under his brother Allen HOBBS. He apparently was married shortly thereafter to Elizabeth STRICKLAND from Orleans County. Their eldest children (twins), James Henry HOBBS and Jenny HOBBS VOORHEES, were born 11 December 1851 in Niagara County. By 1855, Philo and family had moved to Gaines, Orleans County, where portions of the family has resided to this day. (Aug 8 1997 @ 11:31:57) - sent in by: Doug Murphy, 519 South 161st Circle, Omaha, NE 68118


I am looking for Lieutenant Benjamin Hodge. He participated in the raid on Grand Island in 1819, and may have become a colonel in 1861. Thank you for any information - Thurs., July 30, 1998. - sent in by: Cathy Booth Sloppy


I am searching for Benjamin HOLBROOK who, according to census records, was born in New York state in about 1793. He left New York sometime before 1837 when he appears in Hardin County, Illinois. He resided in Illinois until his death about 1880. He was married to Catherine Kisiah Houston who was born in Tennesse about 1805. He had children named Benjamin, William, Samuel, James, Joseph, Asa, Nancy, Vida (Lavida), Mary. Benjamin had a sister named Vida or Lavida who also indicates that she was born in New York before moving to Hardin County, Illinois. A Benjamin HOLBROOK is listed in the 1820 census for Niagara County, New York but I have been unable to make a connection between him and my Hardin County, Illinois ancestor. Any help in establishing a link between the Illinois Benjamin HOLBROOK and his family in New York or the family of his wife in Tennessee would be greatly appreciated - Sun Feb 15, 1998 - sent in by: Wayne Holbrook


I am interested in learning about Felix and Comfort HOLDRIDGE. Felix was born in 1780/1781 in NY. Comfort in 1785/1786 in NH. IN 1850 they lived in Lenawee Co., MI with 7-year-old Caroline Chandler, daughter of William Chandler and Fanny Green. I have a dictionary inscribed "Felix Holdridge, Oct. 14, 1827, Royalton, Neagara, New York". How are the Holdridge's and Chandlers related? (Sat Nov 15 1997) - sent in by: Homer Thiel, 3975 N. Tucson Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716


Looking for information on Birdsall HOLLY, an inventor that lived in Lockport, NY about 100 years ago - Oct 1999. - sent in by: Rollie Borne, 400 N. Pacific St. Apt. 314, Oceanside, CA 92054

HOPKINS, Jesse or Elias

Looking for information on Jesse or Elias HOPKINS. Jesse died before 1842 in either Lewiston, NY. Also looking for information on his children Daniel, Rebecca, &: Lavina HOPKINS. Am also looking for information on Dependence Colbath & his wife Rachel Hough COLBATH & daughter, Mary Colbath Hopkins HAWKINS. Also looking for the family of Mary's 2nd husband, John W. HAWKINS, born in 1819 in NY.(updated 30 APR 1997) - sent in by: S.K. Ruff, 406 E. Poplar St., Seaford, DE 19973


Looking for any information on Mark HOPKINS b.1779 d.1828 and wife Anastasia Lukens KELLOGG b.1780 d.1837. They both died in Lockport, Nigara County. Really interested in any information on their children and thier families. Augustus Kellogg HOPKINS b.1801, Samuel Frederick HOPKINS b.1803, Henry Kellogg HOPKINS b.1807, William HOPKINS b.1811, Mark HOPKINS Jr. b. 1813, Moses HOPKINS b.1817, and Ezra Augustus HOPKINS b.1821. Thanks - Sat. April 25, 1998. - sent in by: Bonnie Covedill


I am looking for information about my ancestor James HORNBY. I believe that he was born in England. He lived in Lockport New York for many years. He married Mary LUND. He died in Lockport about 1870. I have extensive information about his descendants, although I know little about his ancestors. (Tue Nov 25 1997) - sent in by: Michael F. Niethe, 53 Hyde Park, Lockport, NY 14094


Looking for the birth record of Lucy Ann HORTON, born November 23 1852 in Middleport, Niagara County. She died on February 21, 1939 in Flint, Genesee County, MI. (Sun Oct 19 1997) - sent in by: Elnora L. Mayfield, 5102 Mark David Drive, Swartz Creek, MI 48473-8500


Searching for information regarding the HOSMER family. Prentiss HOSMER and Ellen Brown/Helen Henry were the parents of my ancestor, Charlotte A. Hosmer, born circa 1811 - Jan 2000 - sent in by: J. Johnson, PO Box 35, Elizabethtown IN 47232


Looking for info. on the HOTCHKIN family of the Wilson/Newfane area. Also, the Bush family and the Welsh family. I am just starting so have little to offer but would like to hear from others with info. on these families or of publications on these families. Thank you. (4/3/97) - sent in by: Don Welsh


Kenneth HOUGHTLING and family were living in Wilson, Niagara Count in 1956, Wish to correspond with descendants as he was my second cousin. (23/Mar/1997) - sent in by: Jane S. Flannery, P.O. Box 336, Downsville, NY 13755


I am researching the extended HOWDER family that lived on a farm near Cambria and in the town of Lockport, both located in Niagara County, New York. Census records for the family existed through most of the Nineteenth and well into the Twentieth Centuries. I am particularly interested in Lewis Henry HOWDER, born October 14, 1860, in Lockport, as well as his father John M. HOWDER, his uncle Sylvester HOWDER, his grandfather George HOWDER, and his great-grandfather Christian (Christopher) HOWDER. I have uncovered several other HOWDERs in Niagara County who are also related. I would appreciate any information on the family, and also have a great deal of information to share - March 2000 - sent in by: Tom Howder


Trying to find more information on John HOWELL, his father, William HOWELL, or John's brothers, Daniel and Stephen HOWELL. I've been putting together all of the pieces of the HOWELL family together and this is the conclusion I have come to. Please understand this is only conjecture. Considering the Howell families on the NY 1840 census, I feel that William Howell (1771-1780) was the father of three sons, Daniel (1791-1800), John (1807) and Stephen (1801-1810). In addition, the enumerating of the households is rather meaningful. In the census, this is the order of the households as reported by the census taker: William Howell, Tice Ripson (brother to Catherine who married Stephen Knapp), Stephen Howell (William's son), John Vrooman, Sidney Vrooman, Solomon Moss, William Moss, Tewnis Vrooman, John Howell (William's son). William's son, Daniel, was here in the Porter town in 1830 and 1840, living about 1 1/2 miles east of the above. There is the chance that Daniel's wife was Sally who died 14 Feb 1847 of consumption of the blood. She was 46 (b 1801), was married and a housewife. It's possible that they had a daughter Mary E. who died 2 Feb 1847 of consumption at age 2 (b 1845). On the 1850 census there are two unaccounted for children who may have been Daniel's--Daniel, 22 (b 1828) who was a clerk for Peter Tower, and Nancy, 17 (1833) who was living in with the John E. McEwin family. - March 2000 - sent in by: Michele Howell Dipert, 208 Windcap Drive, Apex, NC 27502

Additional Info - sent in by: Vee
"Landmarks of Niagara County" edited by William Pool, 1897,
Part I, page 177: Regarding land between Niagara Falls and Lewiston, Augustus Porter settled there after 1800. Among his neighbors were William Howell and Joseph Howell.
Part I, page 242: Regarding Town of Cambria, William Howell bought the farm of Philip Beach on Howell's Creek in 1808 and built the first saw mill there. He also kept a tavern. Nathanial Cook married on of William's daughters. (Note: I have no idea where Howell's Creek would have been. I don't find any creeks at all in Town of Cambria.)
Part III, pg. 82: Daniel Howell was born in Niagara County, NY, August 26, 1827, a son of Daniel and Sarah (Hill) Howell. Daniel Howell, Sr., was born in New Jersey and came to Porter, NY, when a young man and bought a farm and spent his last days in Canada. Mrs. Howell was born in Ireland and died in Porter, NY. [That was probably the Sally Howell who died in 1847, Town of Porter]. Daniel Howell, Jr., was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools; his first business experience was as a clerk for Peter Tower of Porter, and in 1851 he moved to Buffalo where he clerked for several years; was with Pratt & Co. twenty years, and later with Walbridge & Co. and in business for himself. In 1893 he came to Wilson, where he lives a retired life. He has married twice, first to Letitia Sylvester on May 4, 1856; they had two children, one died in infancy and Daniel E., who died in Chicago, age thirty-two. Mrs. Howell died in 1891 and in 1896 he married, May 21, 1896, Rachael M. (Case) Cramton (born October 16, 1830), widow of Dr. E. H. Cramton of Wilson. Dr. Cramton was a veterinary surgeon for thirty-five years in Wilson, and a resident there for forty-four years; he was born October 18, 1824 in Genesee County, married November 28, 1854, and died January 20, 1894. Mrs. Howell's father, Deacon Luman Case, was born in Granby, Conn., and came to Wilson on foot when a young man, settling on a farm where he lived and died. He served as postmaster for several years and poormaster, was deacon in the Presbyterian Church and elder and chorister for several years. He was also a stockhholder in the Union school and trustee many years.


Looking for George lewis HUDSON and Lena Amanda BROWN, mar 21 Sep 1898 both were born in Hartland, Niagara Co., NY had three children, Wesley John b 7 JAN 1899 in Hartland d 21 AUG 1961 in Gasport; dau Lula Genevieve b 26 SEPT 1900 in Niagara Co., NY d 15 JAN 1988 Doylestoen, Bucks Co., PA; Robert George b 25 NOV 1905 d 23 SEPT 1950. Any information about the marriage would be helpful. (Nov 1997) - sent in by: Mark r Lort


Looking for information on James HUDSON and Sarah FISHER. The marriage date and place I think was in Somerset. James and Sarah had 11 childern all born in Hartland. Any information would be helpful - March 2000 - sent in by: Mark R. Lort, 15818 N 52nd Street, Scottsdale AZ 85254-1707


I'm searching for information concerning HUEBNER. Christian HUEBNER (b. 1842) immigrated in 1868 from Prussia. He married Marie WERTH (b. 1847), her parents were Christian & Marie WERTH, who immigrated from Prussia in 1843, settling in Bergholtz region of Niagara County. Christian & Marie had 10 children: Charles (b. 1870), Auguste (b. 1871), Louise (b. 1872) who later married August ZASTROW, William (b. 1874) married Ida GENTZ, Rose (b. 1876) married Fred ZASTROW, Marie (b. 1878), Anna (b. 1879) married Henry KARSTEN, Fred (b ?), August (b. ?) and Minne (b. 1889) married George GRAWE. Any further information would be greatly appreciated - Jan 2000 - sent in by: Linda R. Allen


I am trying to get information on brothers George and Norris Humphrey who were reported born there ca 1809. I know George Humphrey married Cinthia Bristol. Specifically, I am trying to find the names of george's parents. Thank you - Jan 2000 - sent in by: John H. Simpson, 126 Riviera Drive, Aptos CA 95003


Looking for information on my great grandparents, Joseph and Larinda (DILBECK) HUMPHREY. They were married in Gibson Co., Indiana in 1875. Returned to Lockport, (Niagara Co.), N.Y. in 1876. Their first son, William, was born in 1876 and daughter, Emma, was born 1878 in Lockport. They returned to Indiana where a daughter, Polly, was born in 1882. They moved on to Arkansas where they had 7 more children between 1885 and 1899. Joseph HUMPHREY was born in England 1848 and immigrated with his parents to the U.S. c. 1852. He died in Pope Co. Arkansas in 1934, Larinda died in 1931. Any information on this couple would be greatly appreciated - Wed., July 22, 1998! - sent in by: Loretta


I am looking for any information about Charles HURLBUT and his wife Elizabeth LEWIS (daughter of Samuel Lewis & Sally KENNEY). Both were born in Vermont and died after 1840 at Wilson, Niagara County, New York. Their children were William Francis Hurlbut, Royal, Oban, Elizabeth Nancy E. and my ancestor Orson HURLBUT born Febuary 1820 at Aleghany Co., N.Y. and his wife Elizabeth SPENCER. If you have any information about my family, e-mail me or write to me at: - March 2000 - sent in by: Mr. Shannon Rathbun, 2679 South Canal Road, Eaton Rapids, Michigan 48827


Would like to correspond with descendents of Timothy HYDE b. 1811, VTand Permelia RANDALL b. 1820, NY. Timothy and Permelia lived in Lewistown, Niagara County, NY around 1850. Timothy HYDE was descended from William HYDE of CT and at present I do not know the ancestors or parents of Permelia - April 1999 - sent in by: Joan Sickles

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