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surname, but to places, events or happenings of Delaware County interest in general.
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putting phrase "SPECIAL COMMENT" in the subject line of your e-mail.
CENTRALIZING OF SCHOOLS
I am looking for history on the one room schoolhouse in Cannonsville and when it centralized with Deposit Central School Distrct. Any information on the Deposit Schools end would be great as well. Thank you!
Taylor G., 25 February 2021
LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ABOUT OLD MILL IN DELANCEY
My grandfather, Raymond G. McKee, Born in Delhi, owned a grist/grain mill that is still in existence in Delancey. I'm looking for any significant historical information that might be available. The dam, that ran the mill, broke sometime in late 1800s.
Respectfully, Bill McKee Yukonbill2014@outlook.com 17 January 2021
GILCHRIST MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH RECORDS
I see that this church was given to a new religious group, who holds the original records from when it was the Gilchrist Memorial Presbyterian Church. Does anyone know how I could view the original records? My Henderson family lived for a long time in Kortright in the 1800s and many were baptized there. Does anyone know whom I could contact in order to view these records. Would be most grateful.
Erin Edwards, 17 January 2021
In reviewing a deed, the description of the land starts with reference to a portion of Whitesborough Patent (or White’s Patent as seen in some histories). The plot in question was part of Lot 1 of said patent. Munsell’s 1880 history says the Patent was about 30,000 acres, drawn in 1770, and was in present day Delhi, Meredith and Franklin Townships. I am looking for a map of this Patent to try to find the location of my ancestor’s farm. Any help appreciated.
--Robert Taylor, August 2020
BOY KILLED WHEN PINNED UNDER TRACTOR
See news clipping
I am trying to locate the farm of an uncle I used to visit when I was young. This uncle is deceased (d.1987). I have fond memories of the farm and just wanted to drive by and show my children if it is still in existence. I have done much research and am hitting a stumbling block.
My uncle’s name was James V. Wert. He bought land in the Sanford/Deposit area from an A. Cutting in approximately 1955. On March 16, 1957, his 11 year old son, James A. Wert, was killed on this farm in a tragic tractor accident (see clipping). Some of the papers say the accident was in Deposit, NY...other clippings say Sanford.
We called this Uncle "Ben" as he commonly/casually was known as "Ben Wert". But his full Name was James V. Wert. Both he and his 11 year old who died are buried in Hackettstown, NJ, at Union Cemetery.
I appreciate any help anyone might give me in locating James’ farm that I was so happy to visit as a child (p.s. It was a dairy farm with an old farmhouse and across the street-a long white barn).
--Kerri Nicole McCaffrey, 1 January 2020
TWO CHILDREN DROWN IN 1903
In Harvard, NY: unmarked tombstones (each with a head & footstone) 2 children buried on my property at top of knoll in woods per old timers who have since died > 100 yrs. old placed there for symbolic 'safety': they drown 1903: 10th or 12th of October, The Great Pumpkin Flood.
Any information appreciated. I looked through microfiche at Hancock library. Hancock Herald doesn't go back that far. IDK about Walton Reporter.
Natalie Anderson, 188 Waltz Rd, East Branch, NY 13756 - 607 363 2426 - firstname.lastname@example.org - posted November 14, 2019
INDIAN ATTACK ON FEDERAL HILL
We are trying to tracking down an obscure piece of family history that took place in Delhi. My in-laws trace at least one of their lineages to Delhi County. Recently, we’ve been trying to digitize early family photos, and ran across a curious note on the back of one of them. William Hammond (1806-1901) was born in Delhi, apparently near Federal Hill. (I don’t know if Federal Hill is a town or an actual hill.) Anyway, on the back of the picture is this note: "About 1807 - Indians attacked (on Federal Hill in Delhi NY) and killed 10 of 12 members of family. William and his mother were the only survivors."
Online, I can’t find any records of an Indian raid in Delhi in 1807, but a lot of things aren’t online. Does anyone know where I might find town history from the early 1800’s for Federal Hill?
I’ve documented several of William’s siblings (and both parents) as living well into the 1830’s, so this seems like it might just be family legend, but I thought I’d try to track down any kernel of truth before I ignore it. Respectfully,
Christopher Carlson - posted April 23, 2019
The new throughway Highway 17 was implemented. I'm really looking for some information about the major rock cut just before Hancock, New York. Carl R. Finkle Posted February 20, 2019
LOOKING FOR INFO ON OLD ROAD IN DELAWARE COUNTY:
Its between Masonville and Deposit. It is directly across from Steam Mill Rd on Rt 8. The road hasn't been used in over 130 yrs. There are 5 old house and barn foundations on that road. Would appreciate any help with road name or people that may have lived on that road.
David Thompson - email@example.com. Posted January 22, 2019
See Map - Road marked in yellow --
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