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Melitta Brandow was born in Cohocton in 1877. She first married
a man named Thomas Evans and was said to be in Detroit, MI at the
time of her father's death in 1930 in Cohocton, NY. He was Charles
Brandow, my gg grandma's brother. As of a few month's ago,
I have been told by a cousin in Avoca, the following story found in a newspaper
item from long ago in Michigan.
Melitta was at some point in the 1930's either married or living
with a man named JOHN CONLEY. He was associated with the gang of
Al Capone who robbed a bank near Detroit, MI of $64,000. John
Conley served time in Alcatraz Prison for this crime. Melitta
is said to have made the plans for the robbery by several accomplices with
John Conley. The gang at times hid out at her father's farm
in Cohocton. When the money was found in a drain pipe in the cellar
of the home it was in very bad shape and worthless. Melitta died
in Michigan but I don't know where. There is on-line a page from the paper
where the notice of the Robbery of the Bank was placed. So, now I
know the answer to the Detective magazine I remember reading at the age
of 11 or so that my grandmother had. I also have some photos
of Melitta in her senior years. Annette Campbell email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you help identify anyone in this photo?
Mehlenbacher reunion w/ notes; back of photo says "Mehlenbacher
reunion Loon Lake August 1901" I have been able to identify some of my
"kin", but haven't had any luck w/ the others.. Every one in the photo
is either Mehlenbacher by last name or has Mehlenbacher blood in them.
Hopefully some one will recognize some of the others.
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If you can identify onyone in the reunion photo please
contact David Young
I was sent these 2 little photos to identify. I can't do it.
The smaller one says Mary E. and something about Brandow. These are
from a Brandow cousin of mine. I too would love to know what Brandow this
little girl belonged to and the name of the other girl in the larger photo
taken by a photographer in Bath, NY. These were in my cousin's mother's
collection of family photos. My Brandows lived in Bath and surrounding
towns way back in time and more recently in Avoca with the children of
John Brandow who lived until he died on the Neils Creek Road. I was
named after Marbra Annette Brandow, my gg grandma who married John D. Ferris
and lived in Town of Wheeler and are buried in Mitchellsville Cemetery.
Annette Campbell anncamp(*)linkny.com
Crosby-Quimby Photo ID Project
Mary (Evens) Crosby, 70th Birthday: 30 Sept 1898
photo (PDF) is one of several that are part of the Crosby-Quimby
Several descendants are pooling resources to identify individuals in
images of reunions spanning the years from this 1898 photo to the 1950ís.
If you have additions or corrections please let me know! (Input from
any knowledgeable source is being sought)
I would be glad to exchange extended information with others researching
dhcrosby (*) verizon.net
Frederick Hartshorn Wright
Looking for birth family of a Frederick Hartshorn Wright. He was
born 1851 and the story goes he was dropped at an inn in either Almond
or Alfred by a young woman who came into town on a stage and who said she
needed to run an errand. She never returned. The Wright family
adopted him and named him as such. He was raised by James and Dorcas Wright
in W. Clarksville and married Rose Wright from Almond. They lived
in Clarksville and later Almond. He was an oil driller. He died in his
home on Angelica St. in Almond, NY in 1925. There is no Hartshorn
surname found any where in the family for him to have been named after.
Who could he be? He is my husband's great grandfather and we
keep trying to learn his birth family to
Contact Florence Wright email@example.com if you have
| Steve Hollands writes:
"I'm enclosing this picture to be included in the Unsolved Mysteries
section of the website.
Since I found this in a group of family photos, chances are they are
two female ancestors and I would like to learn who they are.
If anyone has any information they can contact me by email or by snail
Send steve a letter at:
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Who are these Andrus relatives?
Flag shows it's after 1912 with 48 stars.
Someone in Savona, Steuben Co., NY sold it in a yard sale a few years
ago. So it's between 1912 and 1959 when we got the 49 star flag.
20 Oct 2007 - Here is an update of what I now know of the many people
in the Andrus Reunion photo in Unsolved Mysteries.
Center couple in first row of adults are Isaac V. Wheaton and
his wifeCatherine Lucinda Ferris and gent to Catherine's right is their
Wheaton.Couple on right end of that same row is possibly Aleda May
Wheaton and herhusband Wm. Charles Varnes and their daughter Wilma Varnes
b.Feb 1916, if this is correct it would date this photo to July 4,
1916 as Wilma would have been about 5-6 months old as this baby seems to
Annette Campbell email: firstname.lastname@example.org
||This is a photo identified as Sarah McClellan.
Her husband's name was Joseph McClellan.
Can anyone confirm this identification and could they share any information
Lucy Hastings LucyGH at patmedia.net
||This is a photo that my Mom--Jane
Weaver Jones had. Written on the dress of the second woman in is "Mother"
in my Mom's handwriting. So, I am quite sure that this is my grandmother
Waive Culbertson Weaver, behind her in the white shirt is my grandfather
Herbert Reed Weaver and beside him, the man standing under the flag looks
like his brother, our gr uncle Erastus C Weaver with his wife Neva
Babcock Weaver seated in front of him. The three children by my grandparents
are probably my Aunt Inez--born in 1902, Aunt Alda, the baby on Waives
lap being our Aunt Addie. The others in the photo, I have no idea who any
of them are. Am hoping someone may recognize someone in the photo.
If you do, please let me know. It could have been taken in either Findley
Lake, NY or Kane,PA. Or even Nebraska, PA, which is where my Mom was born.
Denise Bright email@example.com
is second from the left. Is this taken in the Olean area? I am guessing
at the sender's surname and the town but the postcard was mailed in August
1908. The front of the photo postcard says "How is things in Pa. How is
Alick [Alex] and the rest of the boys. Give my regards to them all. For
old memories sake. John B. Capewell ??? South Westville ???
||This photo could have been taken in
Olean, NY or Port Allegany, PA. The man who is second from right is Adolph
Tumser, my husband's great uncle, who lived in Olean until about 1902 when
he moved to Port Allegany. He was a cigar salesman or a cigarmaker in all
census. Where is Lang's Cigar store? Does anyone recognize the other men
in this interesting photograph?
PHGS member - Ann Tumser Email: Atumser@socal.rr.com
are looking for information about my great Grandfather, Elbert
Edwin Moody, who grew up in Cattaraugus County. This picture
of Native Americans were among my mothers keepsakes and we hope someone
night know something about the group in the picture. My Mother and I are
quite curious, and therefore, any information you can provide would be
a great treasure to us.
Phyllis Sommer Email: PanseyFace13@aol.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to find out dates in which certain
photo studios were in business. What were the beginning and/or ending years
that the following were in business:
Are there any old city directories that might give this information?
Any help would be appreciated.
J.W. Taylor Studio, Randolph, NY
Stillman's Studio, Ground Floor, Junction E.2nd & 3rd St.,
Dow Jr. Studio on Jamestown Street, Randolph, NY
A. B. Wells Studio, East Randolph, NY
Taylor Studio, Randolph (probably same as above, only earlier photo)
Julia O. Charles Studio, Salamanca, NY
Blessings Studio, Salamanca, NY
Winsor & Whipple Studio, Olean, NY
Lovell Studio, Randolph, NY
Peggy Strickland Emial: email@example.com
Does anyone know the members of this family?
It appears to be the Mosher family who moved from the Potter Co. area to
Hamilton, Mo. Nancy Jones married Wilson Mosher and they had several daughters
and sons, but identification is difficult.
From another picture, I have been able to identify the woman in the
upper right as Em Mosher. The others may be her sisters and her mother
but I have no clues to go on.
If there is anyone out there with knowledge of this family, I would
certain appreciate any assistance I can obtain.
Thanks. Patricia J. Popple firstname.lastname@example.org
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Helen Stewart born July 28, 1894 died Dec.20, 1930
Ruthven was born in Randolph, NY to Reuben H. & Grace E. Moore Stewart.
she was deaf, from birth as far as I know.
She died in 1930 when her clothes caught fire while cooking. William
Ford Moore ( no dates) m. Marie Isabel Spicer ( no dates), they had a dau.
Josephine Ford Moore, b. 2/23/1894. Josephine born E. Randolph N.Y., Josephine
died 1989 Texas. <>Grace E. Moore Stewart, b. 1861, m. Reuben
H. Stewart ( no dates), one or both may have been born in Jamestown N.Y.
I believe Grace died in Ohio but don't know what happened to Reuben , (if
that is even correct spelling). Their dau. was Ruthven the baby in this
Haven't yet figured out if Grace and Josephine were sisters or what.
If they were sisters there would have been 33 years between them, is that
possible? I have death certs for Ruthven and Josephine but haven't been
able to find one for Grace yet.
The only ones who might be buried around there would be William and
Marie Moore, and any other children or family. Or maybe Rueben Stewart.
If I could find dates for William that might help determine relationship
between Josephine and Grace, my great grandmother.
Does anyone have any information on these. Please write to me.
Kathie Dunham Email: Kathie@suite224.net
Do you recognize these people?
This is a picture that Ann has and she would like to know who these people
are and where the picture is taken.
She thinks it may be taken in or around Olean. If any of you recognize
these people or the place where it is taken she would very much like to
hear from you. Ann Tumser
Melitta "Lit" Brandow born ca
1875 in probably Cohocton, Steuben Co, NY was written about in 2 detective
magazines that were in my home when I was growing up. I am now 57 and can't
remember what she did, but am trying to find someone who knows. I read
these magazines when I was about 12 years old and then grandma put them
away. When my dad died they were no where to be found, he must have thrown
them away when grandma died in 1974. Melitta was the daughter of Charles
S. Brandow, a 1st cousin the to my Great grandma Clista Ferris. Does anyone
know what "gang" as the family has stated she ran around with. In 1930
she was living with her husband Thomas EVANS in Detroit MI. Thanks for
any info you may have.
Annette Campbell Email: email@example.com
was born in 1837 and lived in Hartsville, Steuben Co, NY. The family lore
is that he was the son of Sally Williams and a Campbell man. These parents
were murdered by Indians and the children, at least Oliver was taken in
by a Campbell family and took their name. Does anyone know any more to
this story. They may have been from any of the surrounding counties, I
just don't have any idea.
Annette Campbell Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GGGGrandparents, Orlando ROBLEE (b: Granville, WashingtonCo., NY, Oct 21,
1829, d: Freedom, Catt. Co., NY Oct 9, 1917) and Agnes(CRANDALL)ROBLEE
(b: Jan 9, 1835, d: Freedom, NY Dec 17, 1892) are buried in a cemetery
(name unknown) on Maple Grove Road (near Blue Road) in Freedom,Cattaraugus,
Co., NY (Not Siloam Cemetery). Orlando's Mother, Laura, also is buried
there under the name, "Laura MCKNIGHT" (b: Jan 9, 1805 d: Nov 21,1880)
Orlando's father was Calvin ROBLEE, b: ? d: Feb 2, 1835, Ft.Ann, Washington
Co., NY. That's all we know about him, other than the fact that he died
young, and had three sons: Orlando, Wesley and Charles.
A sliver of information from Washington Co. lists
this family as: Calvin Roblee, deceased Laura EVERTS MCKNIGHT and sons:
Orlando, Wesley and Charles. Laura MCKNIGHT's grave, on Maple Grove Road,
lies next to the graves of E. EVERTS (1776 - Jun 13, 1863), G. EVERTS (1820
- Sep 14, 1892),and Sally E.(Wife of G., b: 1820, d: Nov 13, 1890). Based
upon these limited facts, I presume Laura's maiden name was EVERTS, and
that soon after Calvin ROBLEE's death she married someone named MCKNIGHT,
and that she moved from Washington County to Cattaraugus County to be with
(or along with) both the ROBLEE and EVERTS family members who resided there.
1. Does anyone have information about Calvin
2. Does anyone have information about the EVERTS
3. Who is Mr. MCKNIGHT?
4. Does anyone know where WESLEY and CHARLES
ROBLEE ended up?(rumor suggests they lived near Sardinia, Erie Co., NY).
Thanks.Phil Roblee mail:email@example.com
George Rice was born 11 Mar 1779
in Glastonbury, CT, son of Eliphalet & Mary Nichols Rice. The family
moved to Cortland County, N.Y. about 1796. He and brothers Allen, Luman,
Justus, & Grove moved to the Olean/Portville/Eldred/Coryville areas
in 1818. He was married to an Anna or Anne who was born in CT. about 1785.
George died 17 Apr. 1835 at Kitanning, McKean County, PA. The 1820 Ceres
Twp census shows: 1 male and 1 female under 10; 1 male and 1 female 10-16;
1 male 16-18;1 male and 1 female 26-45. Who are their children? Where are
George & Anna buried? According to the 1850 census Anna/Anne was living
with William Rice (1804-81). This sort of implies that he may have been
a son and the male 16-18 year old listed in the 1820 census. An elderly
family member faintly remembers a story of a Rice being murdered while
returning from Pittsburg with money from timber sales. Was it George? Help
me solve this mystery!PHGS member Richard Rice Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
List of Names, Inside Cover
TOWN OF ALMA, ALLEGANY COUNTY, NY
transcribed by Ron Taylor-May 2002
In 1979 a friend of mine noticed some old books being placed at the
curb for the landfill and salvaged a few for safekeeping.I was fortunate
enough to have one of those books given to me and have only recently realized
the value.....intrinsic as it may be.....to people who love history and
geneology. I personally was happy to prove a date of my gggrandfather,
Benj. Quick's, first appearance in the Town of Alma. Since many of the
Town records were lost by fire, perhaps this will be of value to someone
This Blacksmith(or farrier) is unknown, but, he should be cherished
for the record he kept & for the entries in beautiful hand-cursive.
Many of the names in the book are better identified in the 1806-1879 Beers,
"History of Allegany County, N.Y.. However, for those not previously in
print, perhaps this will give someone a chance to connect with time. No
addresses are provided in the book other than "Alma" with quite accurate
dating. Keep in mind, this transcription is from fancy cursive & I
can make error in translation. The "Smithy's" spelling is shown & is
subject to his knowledge.
The entries throughout the book are brief descriptions of work done
for individuals in the Town of Alma. Some of the descriptions are interesting
because of the type of work he did. "Fit shoe; 1 found", "Make Irons ",
"Mend Hook", & "Put on Shovel Handle" are a few, but, most of his work
was for the lumber mills and logging companies dotted throughout the Town
of Alma. My gggrandfather was charged 38cents to "do 1 new shoe" which
must have included the shoe for 25 cents & fit for 13 cents. Many individual
entries state "fit shoe" 13 cents. A large single charge was to my GGGrandfather
for $3.00, "Shoeing Oxen, New". (August 20, 1858)
I would like to know who this Blacksmith was. I will share info with
anyone if requested.
My contact email: email@example.com
My mail address: Ron Taylor, 200 Rauber St, Wellsville, NY 14895
|H. R. Stevens & Co
|John A. Foland
||D. C. Judd
|J. S. Thomas
|John Burt & Son
||J. W. Burt
|T. Daggett & Co.
Many pages were taken up by H. R. Stevens &
Co; The 1st entry in the book starts August 1, 1856. The last date is Jan
10, 1859. It appears they were his largest account and the balance due
was sizeable for the time at $172.56 - March of 1857. On June 1st, 1858
the "Smithy" converted his entries from quill pen to pencil. The entries
are much easier to read from that date forward.
|Ackerman & Shoff
||Oliver, William S.
||Ploff, G. E.
||Quick, Benj. H.
||Halbert, Sylvester J. (or I.)
||Rowel, John C.
||Shoff, Henry, Jr.
|Burt, John W.
||Smith, S. A.
|Canfield, Rev. E.
||Snow, A. L.
||Thomas, James S.
|Danels, Russle (?)
|Daniels & Scott
||Western & Belnap
||McDonald, John R.
||White, Samuel B.
|Graves & Answorth
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Photos found in a Virginia antique shop by Linda Lovering
L.A. Downs; Beardsley Bros., 73 Owego St., Ithaca, NY, Gallery
|<>Ruth Rowena Bradley &Olive Lewis
||L. A. Downs
Edd Downs, Ruth Rowena Bradley & Olive Lewis, Ed Jones; All Maxwells
Photo Studio, 7 Seneca St., Hornellsville NY
Unknown, Hannah Downs, George Downs; W.C. Bell Photographers, York
PA, 21-23 Broad St., Hornellsville, NY
Man 1 and Man 2 & Lady 1 & Baby: W.C. Bell Photography,
York PA, 21-23 Broad St., Hornellsville, NY
||Evert Lewis 2
Young Girl; A.H. Fernham Photographer, Oxford, NY
Evert Lewis 1 & 2 Both pictures in same frame; A.H. Fernham Photographer,
Man 3 Lady 2 & Lady 3; Myers & Sutton Galleries, 153 Main St.,