One of my favorite things about genealogy is finding people who might otherwise be forgotten. This is not my family, but I was touched by the article and how quickly a region could be decimated by disease.



An Incident of Sadness. -- Mr. 

C.T. Lamson, of Green, some

three or four weeks ago lost a

bright little girl by that dreadful

disease, diphtheria.

   In conversation with a friend at

Butler Center the other day, in re-

gard to the ravages of the disease at

Greene, Mr. Lamson related the fol-

lowing sad incident: One year ago

his little daughter gave a birth-day

party at which were present eight

of the bright, sparkling little girls

of Greene -- her intimate playmates

and associates. Now, every one of 

that joyous group, who were the

birdlings of parental love and the 

light of happy homes, are sleeping

side by side in the grave yard.

The severity of affliction which

Greene and its immediate vicinity

have been called to undergo, though

the prevalence of diphtheria is great

and evokes the heartfelt sympathy 

of all. -- Eclipse.


"An Incident of Sadness," Clarksville (Iowa) Star, 6 March 1879, 5th page, column 4. State Historical Society of Iowa microfilmed newspaper collection, Iowa City. 

Perhaps your ancestor attended a convention for "internal improvements" in his area. Mine did. 


"Syracuse, Cortland and Binghamton Railroad Convention," Cortland (New York) Republican, 5 January 1836, p. 1, c. 3; microfilm collection at Cortland Public Library, Cortland.

At a convention of delegates from the several counties on and adjacent to the routs of the proposed "Syracuse, Cortland and Binghamton Rail Road," convened pursuant to public notice, at the Court House, in Cortland Village, on the 24th of December; the Hon. William Bartlit, was called to the Chair, pro. tem., and Horatio Bollerd appointed Secretary. On motion of H.S. Randall of Cortland,

   Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to receive the credentials and collect the names of the delegates in attendance. The chair named the following committee: —

Henry S. Randall, of Cortland,

Vincent Whitney, of Brome,

V.W. Smith, of Onondaga.

   The following delegates were found in attendance. [Owing to the numbers present, the Court House being crowded almost to suffocation, and the new delegates arriving every moment, until the close of the convention, it was found impossible to render the list accurate, or any thing like complete. Probably not half of the delegates present are to be found in the list below.]


   Syracuse.—E. Lynds, S.S. Forman, H. Baldwin, H. Raynor, D. Elliot, J. Manning, S. Ames, R. Hebard, J.B. Ives, W. Jackson; IL Putname, P. Mickles, M. Williams, E.L. Phillips, T.T. Davis, J. Bradley, J.H. Clark, R. Woolworth, V.W. Smith, S. Towsley, I F. Hinman, A. Burt, T. Rose, O. Teall, S.D. Day, R.A. yoo, L. A. Cheney and R. Warner.

   Onondaga Hollow. —T. Patchin, T. M. Dorwin.

   Jamesville.—J. W. Brewster, G.W. Holbrook, H.B. Gates, and H.P. Winson.

   Tully.—H.T. Tallman, M.T. Tallman, W.E. Tallman, Geo. Buckingham, J.T. Irish, A. King, N. Powell, W. Downs, F. Howell, E. Farnham, O. Parmenter, H.P. Wescott, W.M. Ostrander, G.W. Gowing, N. Van Duzen, J.J. Ostrander and M. Knoll.


   Binghamton.—T.G. Waterman, D. S. Dickinson, C. Eldridge, J.S. Bosworth, V. Whitney, J. Paige, G. Park, E. Ely, G. Collins, L. Badger, O. Stiles, F. Whitney, C. Johnson, S.M. Hunt, N. Bosworth, C. Jackson, H. Todd, D. Hobart, A. Jackson, R. Jennings, A. Wheaton, C. Mahan, G.W. Birdsall, J. Smith, J.D. Smith, S.H. French, D. Davis, R. Barns, S. Johnson, J. Mitchell, E. Story, J. Stoddard.


   Richford.—S.R. Griffin, P.F. Grow, A. Deming, L. Curtis, H. Daniels, jr.

   Berkshire.—J.F. Walde, H. Collins, S. Payne.


   Dryden.—J. Southworth, B.A. Potter, A. Lewis, 2d, H.Putnam, B. Sweatland, F. McGraw, G.B. Guinnip, R. Thorne, J.W. Montgomery.


   Scott.—J. Gillet, N. Salisbury and ____ Niles.

   Preble.—J.B. Phelps, F. Gilbert, J. Hine, W. Skeel, M. Van Hoosen [Van Hoesen], J. Beeman, I. Skeel, D. Beeman, N. Beeman, S C. Skeel, E. Crofoot, A. H. Warner, J.P. Vaatta, B. Egbertson, J. Fowler, D. Beeman Jr. J. Beeman, M.B. Howard, I. Ferguson, R. Callen, O. Curtis, C.D. Littlefield, S. Hine, S. Stevens, E. Stevens, H. Reed, C. Etz, F. Howard, T. Kelsey, S. Kelsey, C. Maxon, T J Howard, O Jacobs, B Le Roy, P B Palmer, H Orton, N Orton, T Wilber, J Wilber M Phelps, A Terwilliger, C Terwilliger, J How

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ward, T Frisbie, J Segur, A Segur, C W Hoyt, A G Alred, S Plomteaux, H G Woolston, G A Woolston, C Sante, J Wells, S Cauley, D Kinney, J Croffot, C Crego and E Adams.

   Truxton.—F C Bacon, B Fields, I Blashfield, O Glover, T Ross, L Riggs, J W Stone, H Norton, R Williams, Z Williams, G W Bradford, J Barber, H Short, G J J Barber, A H Carpenter, J Saunders Jr, J Hotchkiss,  sturtevant, E Stimson, A Hitchcock, J Pratt, D Corey, N Stone, H Bliss, E Shirley, N Curtiss, D Radway, H White, A Pendleton, W Brown, G Fowler, A Dickson, W. Andrews, U Hebard, W. Berry, W. Jewett, C Keep, N Goodwin, J Bishop, D Brown, L B Canfield, W Coburn, J Ives, A W Coburn, W Cummings, H B Coburn, S Pierce, J Burnham, A Austin, W Slauson, S B Woolworth, J Hubbard, W Ives, D Glover, D E Barker, C Lewis.

   Solon.—S G Hathaway, J L Boyd, J W Boyd, J Maybury, P Phelps, G Hathaway.

   Cortlandville.—J L Woods, W Randall, W Bartlit, H S Randall, C Marsh, O Stimson, J J Adams, H Stevens, H Ballard, T Eels, C Bishop, H Gillet, R Randall, J D P Freer, O W Brewster, W Elder, C Spencer, P C Rowley, G Edgcomb, jr. P Crosby, S Moody, L Legg, H Hopkins, M L Hopkins, J Potter, W G Parker, R Shapley, M Salisbury, J Wood, A Freer, B Merril, G Kinney, R Scouten, R A Reed, E Farrington, N Gillet, J Thomas, J Frazier, J Stewart, O North, D Learned, E Allen, D Hibbrrd [sic Hibbard], H Dibble, H Brewer, M Merrick, G Kinney, M Chapin, E May, M Goodyear, S Chandler, J Chamberlain, D C Burdick, F Hyde, J J Speed, L Boies, H White, H Fox, J Hotchkiss, E Salisbury, H McGraw, R Bell, C Kellogg, J James, S Benet, A Jarvis, R Mallory, H Hutcins, S Crain, E Wilcox. [Probably 30 or 40 more were present from this town whose names have not been obtained.]

   Freetown.—C Richardson, G Kelsey, S T Tanner, P T Roe, S Hammond, J H Delavan, W B Robbins.

   Marathon.—E Perkins, A Carley, C Comstock, W Squires, J Comstock, L A Burgess, E West, G E Peck, F Reas, T Squires, jr.

   Virgil.—J Hemmingway, O Whiston, N Heaton, J Hart, T E Hart, O Fry, A Fry, D L Allen, A Purvois, M Frank, R Edwards, P Chevalier, H Hutchins, J Byram, J Traver, N Smith, C Smith, E. D Roe, N Pierce, S Darling, D Darling, J C Robrobacher, U Higgins, U Smith, N Heaton, J Turwilliger, C Chevalier, M P Hovring, A Smith, A Winters, L. Carr.

   On motion of Mr. Stephens of Cortland,

   Resolved, That a committee of ten be appointed by the chair to report the names of suitable officers to preside at this convention.  

   Whereupon the following person were named said committee

  George Park and Christopher Eldridge of Binghamton

Elam Lynds of Syracuse

Gurding Jackson of Lisel

John H Hooker of Truxton

Jonathan L Woods of Cortland

Fredas Howard of Preble

William Andrews of Homer

Harvey Baldwin of Syracuse

Alva Jarvis of S'th Cortland

Mr. Park from the committee, reported the names of the following officers, which on motion of Mr. Smith of Onondaga, were unanimously adopted:—

ELAM LYNDS, of Onondaga, President

JOHN MILLER, Cortland; JOHN SOUTHARD, Tompkins; HORATIO COLLINS, Tioga, Vice Presidents

ELIHU ELY, Broome; SAM'L. S. FORMAN, Onondaga, Vice Presidents

DANL. S DICKINSON of Broome; HARVEY BALDWIN, Onondaga; HORACE WHITE, Cortland, Secretaries

   On motion of Mr. Waterman of Broome resolved, that a Committee of three be appointed to draft resolutions expressive of the views of the Convention, in relation to the objects for which it is assembled. 

   The following gentlemen were named said committee:

   Thomas G. Waterman,

   Henry S. Randall,

   Johnathan L. Woods.

   Mr. Waterman from the committee reported the following resolutions: —

   Resolved, That we regard the present condition, and anticipated progress, of the great system of Internal Improvement, by Canals and Railways, n the state of New-York, not only as justifying, on the part of our citizens, feelings of honorable pride and exultation—but

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as leading in its results to the unexampled wealth and property of the State.

   Resolved, That the Erie and Champlain canals on the North, and the N. Y. and Erie Rail Road, now in progress through the southern counties, are to be regarded only as the main arteries of internal communication between the great Western Lakes and the Atlantic, and that they afford vastly increased inducements, through all the internal sections of the State, to both public and private enterprises, to supply the minor and connecting veins in the general system.

   Resolved. That among the works now in progress, or in contemplation, to unite with those great commercial arteries, the one now proposed, and submitted to our consideration—that of a railway from Syracuse to intersect the N. York and Erie Rail Road, at or near Binghamton---is of commanding importance whether regarded in reference to the profits of investment, or its convenience and utility to citizens on its route.

   Resolved, That the friends of the grand system of internal improvement which has distinguished New-York and Erie Rail Raod,—the great thoro'fare which is emphatically destined to give life, wealth and prosperity, to a section hitherto secluded, and virtually bring the fertile regions of the South and West to the confines of the great commercial emporium

[missing section on this column in my copy. Is probably only a line or two at most]

presented in the Legislature at the opening of the Session.

   Resolved, That the name of the corporation to be applied for, shall be "The Syracuse, Cortland and Binghamton Rail-Road Company," that the petition ask for a grant having Syracuse and Binghamton in view as points of termination, and that, as intermediate places to be named in the bill, as fixed points on the route, shall be both the villages of Homer and Cortland.

   On motion, Resolved that the sense of the convention be taken on each of the resolution separately. The 1st, and 2d resolutions passed unanimously,---On the reading of the 3rd Mr. Montgomery of Tompkins moved to amend the resolutions, by striking out the words "to intersect the N. York and Erie Rail Road at or near Binghamton" and substitute the following.—"To strike the Susquehanna river by the most feasible route." The chair decided the motion was out of order.

   Mr Montgomery said he most earnestly desired that the amendment might be submitted to the decision of the Convention. There was another route than the one named in the resolution which might be found to answer the same general objects, and which he believed more feasible , viz: one passing through the South part of Virgil, Dryden &c, and ending at Owego.[sic

   Mr. Guinnip of Tompkins, concurred in the views of his colleague, and hoped the amendment might be submitted to the convention.

   Mr. Whitney of Broome reminded the gentleman from Tompkins that the motion had been pronounced out of order: if they were unwilling to acquiesce in the decision, their course was a plain one -- they must appeal from it, to the convention.

   Mr. Montgomery appealed from the decision of the chair.

   Messrs. Waterman, Dickinson and Whitney, of Broome; Messrs. Stephens and Canfield of Cortland, Mr. Baldwin of Onondaga, opposed and Messrs. Montgomery, and Guinnip supported the appeal.

   The Chair explained—that having assembled under a call addressed to the friends of a specific object, and delegated therefore to act only in reference to that object, it was obviously beyond the powers of the convention, to entertain and extraneous and adverse proposition to the original one, as the "friends" of which they had assembled.

   The question on the appeal was then put, and the chair sustained without a count. The question recurring on the passage of the resolution (3rd) it was put, and carried unanimously.

   The 4th 5th and 6th resolutions were read & passed unanimously. On the reading of the 6th, Mr. J. Miller of Cortland moved to amend by striking out the word "Homer," and conforming the phraseology of the resolution to the omission.

   Mr Miller siad he was willing to have Syracuse, Cortland, and binghamton as fixed points on the route of the proposed road, but he lived on another branch of the Tioughnioga, the valley of which presented many, perhaps equal facilities for the construction of such a road, with that of the west branch, on which Homer stands. There was both he conten-

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ded in the amendment adverse in the objects of the convention.

   Mr. Ross of Cortland opposed the amendment, and it being put, was lost, without count. The original resolution (6th) then passed unanimously.

   Messrs, Southard and Collins desired to be excused from acting further as officers of the Convention, which on motion of Mr. Stephens of Cortland, was unanimously agreed to. The Hon. SAMUEL G. HATHAWAY, and the Hon. WILLIAM BERRY of Cortland, were nominated, and appointed unanimously, to supply the vacancies.

   On motion of Mr. Whitney of Broome it was

   Resolved, That the Legislature be petitioned to cause the route of the proposed road to be surveyed at the expence of the State.

   On motion of Mr Smith of Onondaga, it was

   Resolved, As the sense of this convention that the Legislature of this State may safely adopt the principle of granting Rail Raod charters to incorporated companies upon liberal terms, whenever, the citizens of different sections manifest a disposition to unite their means, and efforts for affecting public improvements of this character.

   On motion of Mr. Waterman of Broome it was

   Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed, to be known, and to act as the "Syracuse, Cortland and Binghamton Rail Road Company," he referred to the Central Corresponding Committee, and that they be instructed to fill up blanks &c.

   The chair announced the name of the following gentlemen to compose the





Cortland Village,

  On motion of Mr Stephens of Cortland it was

   Resolved, That Corresponding Committee of three be named by the chair in such of the places on and adjacent to the routs of the proposed road, as he may deed proper.

  The chair announced the following as such committees.


Syracuse—V W Smith, henry Rayner, James Manning.

Onondaga Hollow—Thadeus Patchin, T M Corwin, Samuel S Forman

Jamesville—J W Brewster, G H Richardson, G W Holbrook

La Fayette—Ebenezer Colman, John Spencer

Tully H F King, Nichol Howell, Eli Farnham

Preble—Fredus Howard, P H Burdick, Joseph Crofoot

Homer—Horace White, E C Reed, A Donnelly

Cortland—C marsh, E W Edgcomb, Henry Stephens

Truxton—D Matthews, N V Allen, A W Otis

Solon—S G Hathaway, D Copeland, R Rice

Virgil—Wm Woodard, R Edwards, S Roe

Freetown Corners—C Richardson, WBrirdsall, J M Roe

Marathon—G E Peck, A Carly, E Perkins

Lisle—P B Brooks, J Stoddard, jr C Salisbury

Whitneys Point, (Triangle)—Thomas Whitney, G Collins, J D Smith

Binghamton—Tracy Robinson, J S Bosworth, Julias Paige

   On motion of Mr. Andrus of Cortland it was resolved, that the proceedings be signed by the officers of the Convention, and that the several newspapers on the route of the proposed road, the Albany Argus, Evening Journal, N. Y. Times, American, and Courier and Enquirer be required to publish them.

   On motion of Mr. H S. Randall of Cortland it was resolved, that the thanks of the Convention be presented to its officers, for the able and dignified manner in which they have presided over its deliberations.

   On motion of Mr. J. S. Boswroth of Broome the convention then adjourned sine die,

ELAM LYNDS President.

JOHN MILLER            }

ELIHU ELY                  }

SAM'L. S. FORMAN    }  Vice Presidents.



D.S. Dickinson  }

H. Baldwin         } Secretaries.

H. White            ]

I'm not related to this family, but ran across it in my searches. It's too good not to share so that perhaps someone may be able to make an otherwise difficult connection.

Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, Orphans' Court Docket H:476-7, petition of Henry T. White to partition property of Samuel Ramsey, 18 April 1860; digital image, FamilySearch ( : accessed 6 January 2013).

1860 No 87. The Petition of Henry T White Esq one of the heirs at law of Samuel
Ramsey late of the Borough of Huntingdon decd was Read setting forth that the
said Samuel Ramsey died intestate some time in the year 1823 or thereabouts leav
ing a widow Ellen Ramsey who is since deceased and issue six children to wit Alexander
who has since died intestate leaving two children viz Mary C. Intermarried with John B.
Givens and Ellen intermarried with William Stewart, both of whom now reside in Hun
tingdon Borough. Samuel who has since died intestate, leaving issue two children to wit Ann
Eliza intermarried with Pickenbaugh whom now reside in Morgantown Virginia, and Matilda
with Griffith now residing in in La Fayett Indiana Robert Ramsey, who has since died
intestate leaving a widow & issue one child to wit Ellen Jane, both of whom in Marietta
Penna. Mary Ramsey [who] was intermarried with James Barbour Since dead leaving
Issue five children viz John M & William who reside at Matagordo Texas, Alexander
at Stonestown Bedford County Pa. Saml & G Barbour Altoona Blair County Penna
and J. King Barbour Sacramento California. Hetty who was intermarried with
Henry White who has since died leaving issue four children viz Adolphus P
Henry T said Petitioner Huntley Po George L St. Louis Mo. and Ellen intermarried with

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Frederick Gross of Hopewell Bedford County Pennsylvania and Ellen intermarried
with John Drayton, of Huntiingdon Pennsylvania [Thall] the persons named are of full age,
And that the Said Intestte died seized in his demesne as of fee of and in a certain lot
of ground situate in the Borough of Huntiingdon and numbered 177, in the recorded plan
of said Town fronting on Mifflin Street, fifty and extending back at right angles two
hundred feet to Church Street. That the said heirs are not able to agree upon seven men
to make partition of said premises Said Petitioner therefore prayed the Court to award
an inquest to make partition of the premises aforesaid, to and among the representatives
of the said intestate, in such manner and in such proprotions as by the laws of this
Commonwealth is directed, if such partition can be made without prejudice to or spoil
-ing the whole. But if such partition thereof cannot be made, as aforesaid then to value 
and appraise the same, and make report of their proceedings, therein according to law,
Whereupon 18th April 1860 it is considered by the Court and Inquest awarded agree
ably to the prayer of the Petitioner and ordered that personal notice be given to all residing
within said Couty or by writing left at their respective places of abode and to all residing out
of the County or State by letter, directed to their nearest post office address at least ten
days prior to the time of holding said Inquest.

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small suggested a 52-week challenge. It sounds like fun, and I plan to participate. 


AD1926-02-26p2c2001 Rebecca Ann Bohanon was my great-great grandmother. It took me a long time to find out what happened to her because even though she died in Illinois where there is a wonderful death index, it doesn't help if you don't know the woman remarried. 

Rebecca Anna Bohannon was born at Smithland, Ky., June 30, 1851 and died Feb. 15, 1926, aged 74 years, 7 months and 14 days.
She was married at the age of 18-years to Thomas Dukes. To this union were born six children, all girls, four of whom survive her. Her first husband died at an early age, and she was later married to Joseph Gray, who died many years ago, in 1923 she was married to James Keller of Perks, Ill., who survives her.
She was converted at the age of 14 and united with the Smithland baptist Church, later moving her membership to the Metropolis Baptist Church, and later to the First Baptist Church at Dongola, Ill., where she remained a member until her death.
Her funeral was held at Mt. Pisgah, Wednesday morning Feb 17, 1926, conducted by Rev. C.C. Young of Dongola. Interment in the cemetery near by.


"Obituary," Anna Democrat, 26 February 1926, p. 2, c. 2; microfilmed newspaper collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

Deeds are wonderful things, and one might not ever find this information except by stumbling across it.

This family is not one of interest to me, but because it gives could be a previously unknown relationship, I write it here.

In Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, Record Book C-2, pages 243-244 is a deed with grantors Eliza King, James and Catharine Downing, and William and Sally R. Bell conveying property in Barree Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania to Henry Lee.

"This Indenture made the twenty fifth day of April in
the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and
thirty six, between Eliza King, of Shippenville, Venango
County and State of Pennsylvania, formerly widow of 
John Davis of Barre township Huntingdon County, state
aforesaid, deceased. James Downing and Catharine, his  
wife formerly Catharine Davis and William Bell and Sally R his wife, for
merly Sally Davis of Richland township, Venango County and State aforesaid of the first part, and Henry Lee of the township of Barre Huntington [sic]
County ...

property described as land
"lying in the township of Barre aforesaid, at the west end of the Busby Ridge or the waters of Stone Creek, surveyed the 27th day of February 1793 ... "

No further chain of title, as is common in Pennsylvania deeds, is given. 

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