Friday, February 17, 2017

Lois Reed md. Samuel Knowles

2/16/2017 Found a FindAGrave memorial for Lois Reed Knowels in the Farmington Friends Cemetery, Ontario County, NY. She died in 1846, four years before the 1850 census. The memorial identifies husband as Samuel Knowles. It has two links to children:

* John Knowles, Birth: Jul. 27, 1835; Death: Jan. 3, 1838; Son of Samuel S. & Lois Knowles

* Sarah Jane Knowles Kelley; Birth: 1828, New York, USA; Death: 1901, USA; Daughter of Samuel and Lois Knowles; Family links: Parents: Lois Knowles (1815 - 1846) and Spouse: Asa Spencer Kelly (1824 - 1891)
     Asa Spencer Kelley is the son of Asa Kelley and Rebecca Phillips. He is the brother of William Henry Kelley who married Mercy Ann Beal, daughter of Seth Beal and Hannah Gould Smith (info about the Kelleys is according to FamilySearch, but it makes sense).

PROBLEM: When I went to add Sarah Jane Knowles to her parents, Lois Reed and Samuel Knowles, I got a flag that indicated that Sarah would have been born before child-bearing age of mother. 
   * Are the dates recorded wrong?
   * Is Sarah Jane not the daughter of Lois Reed and Samuel Knowles?
   * Is Sarah the daughter of Samuel but not Lois?

FindAGrave did not have pictures of the headstones, and I made a photo request today.

I got an answer to two of my FindAGRave requests, the two in the North Farmington Cemetery. One was for Lois Reed Knowles and the other for her son, John Knowles. On the headstone, it lists her son's birth and death date information. I will add him to their family.

March 4, 2017
Today I finished working through the descendants of Lois Reed and Samuel Knowles. I think I got all of them through about the early part of the 20th century. UPDATE: June 30, 2017: My trip to New York revealed a wife and daughter for John H. Knowles. Daughter is Minnie E. who is buried next to her grandmother, Lois Reed Knowles.

March 4, 2017
I still don't know about Sarah Jane Knowles. I'll have to look for her records when I visit Macedon this summer.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Misc. Findings--Smiths in Early Macedon/Palmyra, Either Wayne, Ontario, or Monre Counties

* 1800 Washington, Dutchess Census records a Samuel Smith. Two boys and two girls under the age of 10; 1 male and 1 female age 26 to 44.

* 1810 Palmyra Census records a Sam. Smith. There is a male listed that would fit the age of Lewis Smith. Some names on same page as Sam Smith are Simon Lapham, Abr. Aldrich Abr. Lapham, Ira Lapham, Peter Aldrich, Gardner Peters (directly above Sam Smith). A little further down on the list is Chas. Smith.

On the next page are some familiar names. Barrett Peters: In an 1828 land transaction, Lewis H Smith purchase land, part of Lot 35. The land directly west of his purchase was owned by Barrett Peters. Stephen Peters: Lewis and Elias Smith purchased land from Stephen Peters (and his wife Larry) in 1829.

This is a clue that Sam Smith was settling in an area of West Palmyra that later became West Macedon.

* 1820 Federal Census
There are four Samuel Smiths living in Ontario County in 1820. The locations are: Ontario, Ontario; Phelps Ontario; Pittsford Ontario; and Pittsford Ontario.

This same census shows two Elias Smiths living in Ontario County. The locations are: Pittsford, Ontario and Mendon Ontario

South Perinton Cemetery, Monroe County

For a long time, I was puzzled about why so many members of the Smith Family would be buried in the South Perinton Cemetery, South Perinton United Methodist Church rather than in Macedon Village where other family members are buried. Today I realized how close the cemetery is to where they lived.

1. They were probably Methodists and wanted to be buried there.
2. This church is only 2.5 miles from the location of Lewis H Smith's Farm.

Location of Monroe and Ontario Counties

Until recently, I have focused almost all of my searches in Wayne County. This is only good so far since Wayne County was formed in April 1823 and Macedon was formed in January 1823. Before then, Macedon and Wayne were part of Ontario County.

Monroe County was formed in 1821. West Macedon, where the Smiths lived, is only 1 1/2 plot of land east of the Monroe County boundary.

In the book The History of Wayne County 1877 it says this: Paul Reed was an old-time and life-long settler in Macedon. His son Nathan is living at Fairport; his daughter, Diantha Blackman, is a resident of the town, while two daughters are living in the west.

Fairport is now part of Monroe County.

* Index to Probates of Wayne County
     Lewis H. Smith, 1854, File Number 0386
     Elias Smith, 1871, File Number 0982
     Paul Reed: No record in index

* 1820 Federal Census

* Philetus Blackman married Nancy, May 1830, from Perrinton, Monroe County. They lived in West Macedon. Nancy died in 1877 while they were living at home of  her daughter, Mrs. Legrand Couch.,1279,2013,1323;2075,1279,2333,1321

Could Philetus be related to Lewis Blackman (possible husband of Diantha Reed)?

Changing Names in Monroe County
Today there are 19 towns and 10 villages in Monroe County, as well as a number of hamlets. Monroe County itself was formed in 1821 from parts of Western New York originally in Ontario County. The two towns of Ontario County that became Monroe County were Northampton (west of the Genesee River) and Northfield (east of the Genesee). Northampton was formed in 1797, while Northfield was formed in 1796. In 1808 Northampton was divided into the four towns of Pulteney, Bayard, Fairfield and Northampton, while Northfield's name was changed to Boyle, then Smallwood.

Boyle: later became Penfield and Perinton
There is a Nathan Stone in the 1810 Census, Boyle, Ontario, New York. Lois Stone (who married Paul Reed) had a brother named Nathan Stone, b. 1778.
[Caleb Hopkins] His hometown was "gaining ground" too and in 1803, the town known as Northfield changed its name to Boyle, ostensibly due to too many towns and communities in New York by the name of Northfield.... An area of land was separated from the huge town of Boyle in 1810, and became known as Penfield. The town of Perinton was formed from another section of Boyle in 1812, and after these divisions, the remaining community was called Smallwood. .... Thus Northfield, which became Boyle, which became Smallwood, was divided one last time into two towns. One section became Brighton and the honor of naming the remaining land was given to Colonel Caleb Hopkins. He chose the name Pittsford after his childhood home of Pittsford, Vermont.

Gates: Originally Town of Northampton, Ontario County
1800 Census shows a Moody Stone living in Northampton. Lois Stone has a brother named Moody.

The Town of Gates was originally known as the Town of Northampton in Ontario County. In 1813 it became known as Gates, named after General Horatio Gates, an officer of the American Revolution. Isaac Dean became the first settler around 1799. At several periods of time parts of the town were taken by Rochester. Sections of Gates included in the map collections are Genesee Rapids, Bethlem and Gates Centre.

Fairport: Originally part of Perinton
The Town of Perinton was established in 1812. The early settlers of the town were William Walker and Glover Perrin. Area of settlement included in the map collections are Bushnell's Basin, Egypt and the Village of Fairport. The Village of Fairport was incorporated in 1867.