Erie County, New York

Posted Queries for July 1998

BROWN, PRICE posted by Vicki Scott on Wednesday, July 1, 1998

Looking for information on Alexander PRICE's family and Clarissa BROWN's family. Alexander was born in Clarence, Erie Co. and Clarissa lived in Clarence, Erie Co. around 1843. Alexander's father is Enoch PRICE. Thank You.

BRENNAN, BRENNEN, DESGRANGES, KNAPP, REINHARD, STETSEL posted by Nancy Tweedie on Thursday, July 2, 1998

Am researching my great grandfather, John BRENNAN/BRENNEN, who was born in Lancaster, New York in 1862.  He married Mary KNAPP about 1890.  She was the daughter of Adam KNAPP and Mary STETSEL.  Mary STETSEL died about 1865 and Adam married Catherine REINHARD DESGRANGES. John BRENNAN/BRENNEN was died in 1895 of typhoid fever in Corning, New York where he had been a police capitan.  He was returned to Lancaster for burial. Mary KNAPP BRENNEN/BRENNAN remained in Corning with their three children until about 1901 when she returned to the Lancaster/Buffalo area.

CHRYSLER, ROBINSON, WILSON posted by Sharron Wofsy on Friday, July 3, 1998

I am looking for any information on Edward WILSON born England, married to Lucretia ROBINSON living in Buffalo, NY.   Their child, Mable Ann WILSON was born  in Buffalo in 1885.   She married Alfonzo CHRYSLER in aprox 1903-1905 range. presumably in Buffalo.  I would be grateful for any help you can give me on this line.  Thanks in advance Sharron

DOYLE, RUANE, SHAFFER, SZFRANSKY posted by Sandy Schroeder on Saturday, July 4, 1998

Searching for George DOYLE m. Lyle DeROSS b. June 6, 1887 in Crawford Co., PA Children are: Jack m. Janet SHAFFER - children Patricia & Jacqueline Veronica m. unknown SZFRANSKY - child Michael Betty m. Joseph RUANE - children unknown Eileen - no other info known William - m. Unknown - children - Sharon, Marie, Linda Thanks for any help.

CONNOLLY, DOLBEAR, JOHNSON posted by Nancy Archdekin on Sunday, July 5, 1998

Searching for descendants of Arthur DOLBEAR, born 1864 in England.  Arthur, the son of Thomas DOLBEAR and Elizabeth JOHNSON, married 1st to Margaret CONNOLLY (my great-grandaunt) Jan 1886 at St. Joseph's Church in Buffalo.   Arthur and Margaret had two children: Margaret Elizabeth born March 1886 and Arthur Thomas born Sept 1889.  Both were baptized at St. Joseph's church. Margaret died October 1891 and was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery.  Arthur remarried circa 1892 to Lillian and they had three children: Olive born Apr 1894, Nina born Dec 1896 and John born June 1898.  The family was living in Buffalo in the 1900 census.  Arthur and Lillian were still in Buffalo in 1920.  I would like to correspond with anyone researching this family.


James W. GRIFFIN was a businessman in Erie County, NY, from  1812 to 1832.  He was born in 1787 in Dutchess Co., NY, and died in Iowa in 1873.  He first married Catherine ABBOTT (1785-1825) and had the following children:  1.  Rachel (1811-1880), mar Richard MCOMBER;  2.  George W. (1812-1876), mar Rebecca M. HIGGINS;  3.  Obadiah (1815-1852), mar Ruth M. SMITH, then Clarinda H. WARDEN;  4.  Jonathan A. (1820-1850); 5. Ira M. (1821-1890+); 6.  Hiram H. (1823-1893), mar Clarinda H. WARDEN.  (Couple #2 were my maternal ggg-grandparents.) James' second marriage was to Sally ABBOTT(?1800-1893) in 1827.  Their children were:  1.  Catherine (1827-1893);  2. Dr. Robert S. (1828-1905), mar Amanda M. HEWITT;  3.  Marietta, b 1831, mar ___?___ BUOUY;  4.  Charlotte (1833-1893), mar ___?___ CONKLIN;  5.  Eli, b ca 1835;  6. Albert J. (1838-1870). The GRIFFIN family moved to Berrien Co., MI, about 1832.  Some of them also lived in Cass, Co., MI. 

CAMPBELL, NOSTRAND, SWEET posted by Sheri L. Campbell-Weisberg on Tuesday, July 7, 1998

CAMPBELL/SWEET  Am trying to locate the marriage record of Hiram A. CAMPBELL b., 17 Mar 1836, NY and Elizabeth Ann SWEET b., 13 Feb 1846, VT.  They were married on 28 May 1867 in Buffalo, Erie Co., NY and shortly thereafter moved to Jasper Co., Iowa.  Hiram's parents were John E. CAMPBELL and Jane NOSTRAND.  Any information on this family will be greatfully appreciated!

COWDIN posted by Marilyn Cowdin Madsen on Tuesday, July 7, 1998

COWDIN, Ephrium Merriot born: 1820 in Buffalo looking for names of his parents, any information would be useful.

BITTERMAN, WENDLING posted by Dick Hills on Tuesday, July 7, 1998

George BITTERMAN married Anna WENDLING. They were both born in Swarmsville, Erie County, NY. They had several children including these born in "Buffalo": Elizabeth, b 1864; Magdaline, b 1874 and William, b 1875. The three were baptised Roman Catholic in Lancaster -- probably soon after birth. In 1878, they left NY for Saginaw County, MI. Looking for information on the BITTERMAN and WENDLING families of this time and these places. Thanks, Dick 

SMITH, VENN posted by P.D. Smith on Friday, July 10, 1998

VENN, Sarah Ann b March 24,1857 d August 21, 1938 Married Henry SMITH July 28, 1873 at St. Paul's Cathedral in Buffalo.  Seeking information about the VENN family.

MISNER posted by Peter Daboll on Saturday, July 11, 1998

I am looking for any information on a Peter MISNER who was born in 1818, place unknown, and died in the city of Tonawanda, N.Y. Any information would be appreciated.

LOCKWOOD, SWEET posted by Daniel Sweet on Monday, July 13, 1998

Greetings, My name is Daniel Sweet and for some time I have been researching my families origins. I have hit a dead-end, I'm afraid with my ggGrandfather, Thomas J. SWEET. Thomas J. SWEET was born March 22, 1808, we believe in Erie County, NY.  He married Electa LOCKWOOD of New Paltz, NY (born March 8, 1825) on August 29, 1847 in Quincy, MI. I have found land patents that show Thomas J. SWEET of Erie County purchased land in MI in 1837. I cannot locate any information on who his parents were, whether he had a previous marriage. I find it strange that he did not marry till he was 39 years old and was 17 years older than his wife. Thomas died in Ovid Township, MI in 1856. If there is any information that you might have or direction or suggestions, I would be most grateful. Thank you.

CLEVELAND, GOODSPEED, GREEN, GREENE, LINCOLN posted by Laura Greene on Tuesday, July 14, 1998

GREEN or GREENE, Obediah, Manley, Lincoln, Horace, Harry, Nettie, or Ethel (1800s-1900s) Trying to find any descendants of this family that lived in Buffalo: 1  Obadiah J. GREEN b: 1810 in Cazenovia, Madison, NY d: July 10, 1887 in Sardinia, Erie, New York   +Rebecca Jane GOODSPEED b: 1811 in Sardinia, Erie, New York d: Unknown in Sardinia, Erie, New York   2  Horace C. GREEN b: 1839 in Sardinia, Erie, New York d: in unknown       +Francis C. CLEVELAND           3  Harry C. GREEN b: August 1861           3  Nettie C. GREEN b: October 5, 1872   2  Manley C. GREEN b: 1841 in Sardinia, Erie, New York d: Unknown       +Jenny LINCOLN b: Unknown           3  Ethel GREEN b: Unknown           3  Lincoln H. GREEN b: Unknown   2  Nettie GREEN b: 1843 in Sardinia, Erie, New York d: Unknown   2  ? GREEN b: 1845 died in infancy

HISTED, PALMER, SMITH, STRANG posted by David Marshall Dunlop on Tuesday, July 14, 1998

Looking for any information on SMITH. STRANG, PALMER and HISTED families of Collins, Erie County, New York.

WILLSON posted by Katherine Johnson on Wednesday, July 15, 1998

WILLSON--seeking info on Gabriel WILLSON b.1810 NJ, living in Erie Co. in 1850 (Fed Census) entry preceding that of Eber WILLSON also b. NJ 1779. What is the connection between these two men? Are they perhaps father and son? Any help on this and any other info on these two men would be greatly appreciated.

BOCHARD, BOECHAT, MALIN posted by Charles Malin on Wednesday, July 15, 1998

My gggg grandfather was one Martin MALIN, born in Satteins Austria and emmigrated from Germany in 1851 to Lancaster NY. He was married to a Theresa BOECHAT (BOCHARD) - various spellings and had two sons born in Germany, plus other children born here in Lancaster. He died in 1891 and is buried at St Mary's. From batisimal records we have determined that the godparents of one of his children included one Franciscus Francis) BOECHAT, which we believe to be related to his wife. I am searching for information on Theresa and am looking for any descendants of Francis BOECHAT which could reveal country and location of orgin of the BOECHAT surname. We believe it is either Switerland or Alsace/Lorraine, as it is claimed she spoke French, while her husband spoke German and both she and he claimed Switerland as their country of origin on the 1870 census. (He lied - both on the census and on his 1867 naturalization papers). We know he was not married in Austria as there is no recorded BOECHAT or registry of his marraige in the parrish records of Satteins, so he must have met Theresa in Switerland or Germany while building up a stake to emmigrate to the US.

BAKER, LALLY, SMITH posted by Nancy K. Neely on Wednesday, July 15, 1998

Robert Charles SMITH was b.abt 1838 in Buffalo according to a marriage record in Manhattan in 1873.  He married, as his second wife, Julia LALLY.      Robert was the son of Frederick SMITH and Julia BAKER.  Looking for ancestry/info on Frederick SMITH and Julia BAKER.

COLBY, GREENE, TERRILL posted by Rose Marie Anderson on Friday, July 17, 1998

J. W. COLBY, born Erie Co., NY 1834, and settled in Warren Co PA 1842.  He married Electa GREENE of Onondaga Con. NY. Children Amon, Eunice, Frank, John S., Elmer E., U S Grant, and Wesley. 2nd wife Josephine TERRILL. Thank you.

DOOLITTLE, GOULD, POMEROY, WALKER, WURTS posted by Reed M. W. Wurts on Saturday, July 18, 1998

Would someone be so kind as to look for obituary entries for these two individuals?  My source has these notes, and we think the obits were taken from newpapers in Ohio, but they might be listed in the Buffalo newspaper(s), (whichever paper was popular at that time).  Any other WURTS or Buffalo, NY POMEROY family info would also be appreciated. WURTS, Landon J.  Age 67 August 8    [I guess the year to be 1868 (+-)] Died in Buffalo, N.Y. at the residence of his son-in-law, Stephen A. WALKER, of confestion of the stomach.  Father of Mrs. Samuel DOOLITTLE and stepfather of P.F. POMEROY. POMEROY, Persis M. (WURTS)  Age 71  January 4, 1875. Died suddenly at Buffalo, N.Y. formerly of Painesvlile, Ohio, mother of Mrs. C.L. GOULD, D.F. POMEROY, Gosiah A. Pomery [sic] and Elizabeth POMEROY of Buffalo, N.Y.         [any of these Pomeroys look familiar?]

CONLEY, LYONS, MORRISSEY posted by Michael P. Morrissey on Saturday, July 18, 1998

I am trying find information on my gg-grandfather Patrick MORRISSEY. I know that Patrick was the brother of Edward. Patrick married Mary LYONS the daughter of Patrick LYONS and Elizabeth CONLEY. Patrick and Mary had eight children. What trying find out if Patrick had anyother brother and sister. When he emigrated from the Ireland to the USA.

BOOTH, COLE, INGALLS posted by Dick Straw on Saturday, July 18, 1998

Seek information on family of Rufus INGALLS, b. Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA, 1769, d. Concord, Erie Co., NY after 1850, and wife, Lydia COLE, b. abt. 1771-1774, place unknown, m. 1791 in Richmond, NH. Rufus is in 1850 census for Concord living with family of dau. Sybil (Ingalls) BOOTH; Lydia apparently died earlier. Any data gratefully received.

DIEMERT, GERBER posted by Peg Kelly on Saturday, July 18, 1998

Looking for decentants of Maria Anna DIEMERT who was married to Alois GERBER.  She was born on 4 August 1831 in Alsace Lorraine.  She lived in Cheektowaga and Williamsville. Children are Amelia, Joseph, Charles, Anthony, Frank, John, Alois Jr., Catherine, Magdaline, Mary, Anna, Edward. Maria died on 5 Oct 1900.  I would like to exchange information.

GILMORE, KOCH, SCHWIGLER posted by Peg Kelly on Sunday, July 19, 1998

Looking for ancestors or decendents of Emma SCHWIGLER born 3 Jan 1888 in Buffalo.  She married Albert GILMORE in Buffalo. Her children were Jack GILMORE and Alice (Warren KOCH).  Some of Emma's family were sisters Nellie, Gert, Mamie and a brother George, whom lived in Buffalo.  Emma died on 27 October 1984.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

BALKIN, DONAHUE, HEALEY, KANE, MORRISSEY posted by Michael P. Morrissey on Monday, July 20, 1998

I am trying find out more information on my GGgrandfather Michael KANE, Michael married Sarah HEALEY. Michael and Sarah had five children according to the 1880 federal census. Their daughter Sarah married my Ggrandfather John MORRISSEY Their other daughter Catharine married Joseph DONAHUE and Mary married John BALKIN. Any information greatly appreciated.

ROBINSON, ROTHFUSS, WORTHINGTON posted by John Brothers on Monday, July 20, 1998

My grandfather, Stuart Worthington ROBINSON, was born in June of 1892 in the Newport,KY/Cincinnati,OH area.... youngest of six children (James D., Estella, Fanny, Elden, Edna, and Stuart) to John Snowden ROBINSON and Anna Elizabeth (WORTHINGTON).  Sometime in the early 1900's, Stuart ended up in Buffalo (with rest of family?) and married Florence ROTHFUSS.  Can anyone tell me when he got there + who came with him?  Any descendents of his siblings in the Buffalo area?  Thanks much.

HOWER, WEISS posted by William J. Wolf on Tuesday, July 21, 1998

WEISS, Andrus. Came to Buffalo from Bavaria, Germany Circa 1850. Born 1812,  Had a son Henry, born 1847 in Austria, Both were shoemakers. Henry's daughter Carrie married John HOWER co-owner of the Enterprise Oil Co. of Buffalo, in 1889. Any Information on this Family would be appreciated.                

HAGEN, SELL, THOM posted by Katharine Coffey Barnes on Tuesday, July 21, 1998

Seek information on marriage register of John Andrew HAGEN born 25 Dec 1870 Williamsport,Lycoming Co. PA.  He married Louise Williamina SELL, daughter of Frederick SELL and Wilhelmina THOM, in Buffalo,Erie Co. NY about 1897.  Hope to hear from another researcher.

ARMBURST, BALLARD, BOHN, COREY, FOSS, HIENZ, RITTLING posted by Roger Bohn on Monday, July 27, 1998

Looking to share information about Anna Marie FOSS and her parents.  Anna was born in Germany (possibly Alsace), on November 12, 1823.  She was the daughter of Joseph FOSS and Anna HIENZ.   She married (?) ARMBURST in Germany before 1852 and had one child (Barbara).  They came to America about 1853.  ARMBURST died in route.  She married second to Jacob BOHN Sr. on October 17, 1854 in Sheldon, Wyoming Co., New York.  They had several children (possibly 11).  They include Katherine (BALLARD), Jacob Jr., Francis, Ferdinand, Anna Margaret (COREY) and Cecilia.  Anna Foss BOHN died in Buffalo, New York on September 27, 1915 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Barbara (Charles) RITTLING, 44 Best Street.  Please contact me if you have any information about Anna FOSS or any of her family.

SCHULTZ, SHAW posted by Ann Seider on Tuesday, July 28, 1998

Looking for the descendents of Bertha and Leo SCHULTZ. Bertha's maiden name was listed as SHAW but that is incorrect.  Have some of Bertha's genealogy.                  After Bertha's death the children were placed for adoption.

ADAMS, COLBY, RICHARDSON posted by Tiffany Ring-Mulroy on Thursday, July 30, 1998

I am searching for the parents and ancestors of Relief ADAMS, born 29 May 1805.  She married John COLBY and lived in Erie County for much of her life.  Her parents were Martha RICHARDSON b. 6 may 1787 in VT and Enos ADAMS b. 22 Dec 1803 in Vt.  Any help appreciated!

MORRISSEY, WILLIAMS posted by Janice Bullock on Friday, July 31, 1998

I am trying to find information on Robert Ernest WILLIAMS, and his wife, Margaret MORRISSEY.  Robert was born in Kentwood, LA on 22 Jul 1901; Margaret was born, (probaby) in Buffalo, NY.  They married in NY in 1920; had two sons, Robert Ernest, Jr. (b. 1923) and Willie (b. 1926); and lived in Lackawanna for a number of years. Any information on this family will be greatly appreciated.

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