Monday, March 31, 2014


From the website of the County Historian.

April 6
Sunday, 2pm
Walworth Historical Society program at Walworth Museum, 2257 Academy St., Walworth, NY.
        Walworth Memories #21 (Open Roundtable Discussion) Theme:  "Walworth Cemeteries,     
        funerals, and burial customs."

April 21
Monday, 6 pm
Lyons Heritage Society Meeting. 
        Program:  Civil War Re-enactors.

Sunday, March 30, 2014


FootHills Publishing is pleased to announce the release of "Variations on a Theme" by Martha Treichler,
a 72 page hand-sewn paperbook with spine - $16.00. This is Martha's third FootHills release.

Release date: 4/7/14.
Free domestic shipping if ordered by 4/6/14.

From the book:

Visiting Grandma

Supper was over.
Grandma bent over her quilt frame
under the lamp.
The radio rattled on.

Grandpa sat in his big chair
eyes closed
big man bone tired after a long day
in his woods and his saw mill.

I, big girl of seven,
sat on Grandpa’s lap
combing his long gray beard,
gently divided it in two
braided each side
tied on a pink ribbon
from Grandma’s work basket.

The radio rattled on.
Grandma chuckled.
Grandpa smiled
eyes closed.

Martha Treichler is a retired teacher of English and French, and a retired Registered Dietitian. She has a BA from Goddard College, and an MALS from Dartmouth College. She and her husband Bill were enthusiastic students of history, and published the Crooked Lake Review, a journal of the history of Upstate New York, from 1988 until Bill's death in 2008.

She also writes history articles for the Echoes, the quarterly journal of the Steuben County Historical Society, and has published Stories of Mt. Washington, a history of the hill in Steuben County, N.Y. where she and Bill bought a farm forty years ago.

Variations on a Theme
is a 72 page hand-sewn paperbook with spine - $16.00.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Winter Lecture Series - Mural Presentation

I have been invited to do a mural presentation at the Newark-Arcadia Historical Society (120 High Street, Newark) on Saturday, March 29 at 2 PM as a part of their Winter Lecture Series.

My wife Liz and I just returned from a trip to the South where we visited 2 incredible mural places:  Lakeland, GA and Lake Placid, FL.  I have prepared my presentation to highlight those places plus I have included murals from Ohio, Sherbrooke (in Quebec), Toronto, New York State (including some along the Seaway Trail, Erie Canalway Corridor, and Wayne County).  Please share this information with anyone who might be interested in murals.

Gene Bavis
Walworth Town Historian
& Certified Mural Maniac

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

United Way - Spring It On

United Way—Spring It On!
The Museum of disABILITY History is happy to announce the Spring It On campaign through the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. Spring It On, a 24-hour on-line fundraising event, is designed to raise awareness and funds for not-for profit organizations throughout Western New York with a unique one-day focus. Spring It On will be held on the first day of spring, March 20, from 8 a.m. until 8 a.m. on March 21, 2014.
Individuals can make a one-time, secure, online donation to the museum through a specially designed website at Funds will support educational programs for children and adults that promote the understanding and acceptance of people with developmental disabilities. Program examples include a monthly speaker series that is open to the public and disability etiquette programs where students and members of organizations can understand disability awareness, learn the importance of using person-first language and tips for interacting with individuals who have disabilities. Additionally, a “Disabilities Merit Badge Program” is offered for Boy Scouts with a unique experience and awareness for people with disabilities. Donations accepted at

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Genesee Valley Civil War Roundtable

Genesee Valley Civil War
Roundtable to meet March 19

The Genesee Valley Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 at the Le Roy United Methodist Church, 3rd door on the right, end of long sidewalk, 10 Trigon Park, Le Roy.

George McGaughey will present “Myths and More at Gettysburg.”

 He will be discussing unknown myths and facts on Gettysburg.

A discussion period will follow. New members are welcome.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Mar 1
Naomi Wolcott Wadsworth, wife of James Wadsworth and mother of James S. Wadsworth, dies in Geneseo, at the age of 53.

Mar 4
Rochester lawyer Frederick Whittlesley begins serving as the city’s representative to the 22nd and 23rd U.S. Congress. He will resume his practice in 1835.

Mar 24
The Bath & Crooked Lake [Keuka Lake] Rail Road is organized, to connect the two upstate localities, capitalized at $20,000. Nothing is ever done.

Mar 26
The New York state legislature incorporates the Rochester Canal & Rail Road Company, capitalized at $30,000. to connect the city to Lake Ontario, the route bypassing the falls of the Genesee River. Only the railroad is built, just as far as the steamboat landing.

Mar 28
Cornelia Wadsworth, 18-year-old daughter of James and the late Naomi, dies in Geneseo.

Construction begins on New York’s eight-mile-long Crooked Lake Canal, connecting Cayuga and Seneca Lakes.

Apr 18
The Cattaraugus County town of Burton (later Allegany) is formed from Great Valley township. ** The Tioga County town of Arlington (later Richford) is formed from Berkshire.

Apr 21
The Rochester Savings Bank is incorporated.

Apr 23
The Syracuse & Pulaski Turnpike is completed.

Apr 25
The Tully & Syracuse Turnpike is completed.

Apr 26
Weedsport is incorporated. 

 May 17
Rochester pioneer Colonel Nathaniel Rochester dies after a protracted illness in Monroe County, at the age of 80.

May 18
School commissioners in Lafargeville lengthen the school year to one five-month term, running from November 1st to April 1st.

A fire destroys William Campbell's stone mill on the banks of the Genesee River in Rochester. The Aqueduct House is badly damaged.

Jul 5
Suffragist and physician Cornelia Agnes Greene is born near Lyons to farmers Jabez and Phila Cooke Greene.

Aug 18
De Tocqueville arrives in Niagara Falls after touring to the west.

Sep 26
An Anti-Masonic convention in Baltimore nominates William Wirt of Maryland for President and Pennsylvania's Amos Ellmaker for his running mate. Politicians William Seward, Francis Granger, Timothy Childs and Millard Fillmore take part. It's considered the first national political convention. James Wadsworth and son James S. Wadsworth attend as observers.

Oct 29
Paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh is born in Lockport, New York.

Dec 15
Downtown Buffalo buildings at "Kremlin Corner", owned by William Peabody, are destroyed by fire.

217 vessels put in at Carthage Landing on the Genesee River, over a third of them Canadian. ** Captain Oliver Teall’s Syracuse water monopoly, unused, reverts back to the village trustees. ** President Trumbull Cary and other officers of Batavia’s Bank of the Genesee occupy a building - begun in 1829 - at the corner of East Main and Bank streets. ** Ezra M. Parsons is elected Sheriff of Monroe County and becomes one of the original trustees of the Rochester Savings Bank. ** Mary Jemison leaves the Genesee Valley along with her daughter Polly and grandson David, and moves to the Buffalo Creek Reservation in Erie County. ** Wellsville, reportedly named after someone named Wells who missed the organization meeting, is settled. ** Charles A. Terry, a friend of James S. Wadsworth, mentions to him that he met a Mary Craig Wharton in Philadelphia. ** Luther Tucker begins publishing the journal "The Genesee Farmer". ** Branchport landowner Lynham Beddoe marries Eleanor Cuyler Cost. ** The Bank of Geneva moves from Pulteney Park to The Bottom, closer to Seneca Lake, as the business district shifts downhill to that area. The Pulteney Park' site becomes the home of the Geneva Women's Club. ** Skaneateles cabinetmaker Spencer Parson builds a house on East Genesee Street, next to the original First Presbyterian Church. ** A religious revival movement sweeps across the central and western part of the state. ** Pittsford’s brick Methodist Church is built on land donated by Ebenezer Sutherland on the western block of Lincoln Avenue. ** Eighty-nine residents of the Town of Aurora subscribe to a fund to build the First Methodist Church, most pledging materials and labor, a small number promising funds. ** English immigrants Richard Reading and his son arrive in the Town of Aurora's West Falls via the Erie Canal, buy 375 acres of woodland and clear them. Their farm will survive into the millennium. ** John Magee, president of the Steuben County Bank, has a home built in Bath. ** A Congregational Church is organized in Le Roy. ** The Niagara County village of Mountain Ridge, near Lewiston, changes its name to Pekin. ** Burgoyne Kemp sells his Olcott lakeside property to Jacob Albright. ** Orchard Park hotel owner Job Taylor is born. 

Daniel Stevens Dickinson arrives from Goshen, Connecticut, to practice law. ** A local newspaper item offers a one-cent reward for a runaway indentured farming apprentice. 

The approximate date a second home - designed by Henry Davis - for Brockport pioneer Hiel Brockway and his family, at Utica and Erie streets, is completed. ** Inventor and future Brockport resident Cyrus McCormick begins work on a reaper. A lack of methods of mass production will prevent him from reaching his goal until his arrival here in the 1840s. ** The Congregational Church completes a new church - begun the year before - on State Street land donated by Jams and Mira Seymour. It will later become a Presbyterian Church.

The Colored Methodist Society, the city's first African-American congregation is founded. Its church, St. Luke’s AME, will be renamed Durham Memorial AME Zion Church, after its second pastor the Reverend Henry Durham. ** The approximate date Benjamin Rathbun sells the Eagle Tavern and its building to Isaac R. Harrington.

The brick Methodist Church is built on land donated by Ebenezer Sutherland on the western block of Lincoln Avenue. ** Congregational Church pastor Asa Mahan leaves to become pastor of the Sixth Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. ** Doctor Rufus Reynolds arrives from his 1806 birthplace in Herkimer County.

The new public market opens on the city's west side. The east side's Market Street is renamed Clyde Street. ** Charles J. Hill begins a milling operation in the stone mill on Water Street. ** Loud and Peck's Western Almanack contains a piece arguing against "ardent spirits". Everard Peck begins publishing his Temperance Almanac, devoted to the promotion of temperance. ** Property at 13th South Fitzhugh Street is deeded to the school district. ** Former South Carolinian John Chattin and his New Jersey-born wife Elizabeth buy 55 acres of land in Brighton for $660, to start a farm. ** The three Presbyterian churches sponsor a Charles Grandison Finney religious revival meeting in the city. ** Edward Bush opens an inn and tavern on West Henrietta Road. Much later it will become the Cartwright Inn.

Printer S. Wilson publishes The Traveller's Pocket Directory and Stranger's Guide; Exhibiting Distances on the Erie Canal and Stage Routes in the State of New York.

© 2014 David Minor / Eagles Byte

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Researching Your Immigrant Ancestors

The Western New York Genealogical Society is happy to announce the start of the 2014 programming year.  In its first meeting of the season, WNYGS will host a two-part lecture by professional genealogist Dennis A. Hogan.  This event is free and open to the public.  We hope to see you there.

Jennifer Liber Raines
WNYGS Programming and Community Outreach Chair


Researching Your Immigrant Ancestors
Saturday, March 22, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location:  Mason O. Damon Auditorium, Lower Level, Central Branch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, New York 14203

Cost: Free

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.   Brief WNYGS Business Meeting

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.   Searching U.S. Resources for Your Immigrant Ancestors

During the first half of the program, Dennis A. Hogan will discuss strategies and best practices for tracing your immigrant ancestors in American records.

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Short Break

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Irish Name Variations and Ancestor Records in Ireland

In the second half of the program, Mr. Hogan will help attendees better understand Irish naming variations and identify possible research resources in Ireland.

About the Speaker:  A frequent lecturer, Mr. Hogan is a full-time professional genealogist specializing in research involving New York State and Ireland. He serves as both the Vice-President of the Rochester Genealogical Society and the Coordinator of its Computer Interest Group.  Additionally, he is the President and Webmaster of the Town of Gorham Historical Society.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014 - Understanding and Exploring Your Polish Genealogy 
[Free and Open to the Public]

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