2nd Church built in 1715
It is possible that my mother’s and father’s ancestors cross paths in the late 1600s? Both attended the Albany (NY) Dutch Reformed Church. That church started in 1642 in what was then known as Beverwijck (“Beaver Town”) and renamed Albany in 1664 when the English took over. The church records begin in 1683. Those have been published and are also online.
On my mother’s side of the family, is Jacob Janse Gardenier who was born about 1619 in the Netherlands. He was a carpenter that came to build in the new world. In those dates you also had to make your own lumber, so he soon ended up building a saw mill. He returned to Holland in 1642 were he married Josina (last name unknown). Jacob returned to the Albany area but settled on the east of the Hudson River. As the area grew Jacob acquired more saw mills and invested in a ship that sailed from Albany to Manhattan. Jacob and Josina had a least 9 children (1648-1669) that were probably baptized at the Dutch Reformed church in Albany as it was the only church for many miles. Josina died sometime before 28 Feb. 1669, when Jacob paid the Albany church for the use of her funeral pall. Jacob died about 1688.
Jacob and Josina’s last child was also named Josina (maybe her mother had died of childbirth). In 1689 she married Edward Wheeler in the Albany Church. According to the marriage record, Edward was from New England. He was probably of English descent. Ten of the 13 children of Edward and Josina were baptized in the Albany church between 1692 and 1713.
On my father’s side of the family, is Cornelis Van der Hoeve who was born in the Netherlands about 1642. Cornelis purchased a house in Albany on 3 June 1672. He was a cartman as recorded in the records of Albany. He and his wife (some say she was Mayte Beekman) had at least 8 children. The last 3 children show up in records of the Albany Church (1685 – 1689). Cornelis died in 1689 and was said to be buried in the Albany church cemetery. After that Cornelis’ widow moved to Flatbush, Kings County were she remarried.
So could the Van der Hoven family have known the Gardinier and/or Wheeler families? It seems possible especially seeing that Albany was so small in those days.
On September 25, 1690 the first newspapers published in the US was published in Boston. Publick Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestick, was printed by Richard Pierce and edited by Benjamin Harris. It was only 6 x 10 inches and was 3 pages plus a blank page. The newspaper stated that it would issue the newspaper “once a month, or, if any Glut of Occurrences happen, oftener.” Unfortunately only the one issue was ever printed. The Massachusetts Governor said that it was printed without authorization and pressured the printer to not make any further issues.
It would be 14 years before America’s second newspapers. John Campbell, a bookseller appointed Postmaster of Boston, was the editor. His newspaper was the Boston News-Letter and the first issue was dated Monday, April 17 to April 24, 1704. This was to be the first continuously published newspaper in the US.
Read Publick Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestick online from the Massachusetts Historical Society.
The New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended the addition of 2 properties in Monroe County to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
“Survival of these noteworthy places is crucial in preserving the great diversity of New York’s communities,” said Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “Placing these landmarks on the State and National Registers of Historic Places will offer well-deserved recognition along with tools to help them last into the future.”
The State and National Registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects and sites significant in the history, architecture, archeology and culture of New York State and the nation. There are 90,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout NY state listed on the National Register of Historic Places, individually or as components of historic districts. Property owners, municipalities and organizations from communities throughout the state sponsored the nominations.
Once these recommendations are approved by the state historic preservation officer, the properties are listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and then nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, where they are reviewed and, once approved, entered on the National Register.
- Carter-Feasel House, Henrietta – Built around 1866, the Carter-Feasel House is a rare example of plank construction in Monroe County. The residence was also home to two Civil War veterans, David Carter, who was wounded during the siege of Petersburg, and Florendin Feasel, a German immigrant who was extremely proud of his service to his adopted homeland and hosted several reunions of his regiment at the property.
- John White House, Brockport – Built sometime after 1821 and owned by five generations of the White family, the house was enlarged to accommodate successive generation of the family and to reflect the later owner’s increased prosperity.
September 23rd is the anniversary of the birth of William Holmes McGuffey who was born on Sept. 23, 1800. He was an American professor and college president who is best known for writing the McGuffey Reader. He was born near Claysville in Washington Co., Penn. While a professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio he created the first of a series of McGuffey Reader which taught generations of children to read. It is estimated that at least 122 million copies of the McGuffey Reader were sold between 1836 and 1960.
The books started a young child with easy reading lessons and then the lessons progressively got more difficult. The first of the series taught reading by using the phonics method, while second book taught students to the understand the meaning of sentences.
View the first McGuffey Reader (in many formats) on Archive.org.
In 2011 New Life Adoption Agency in Syracuse, NY closed. They had records of adoptions for over 1,000 children over the last 20 years. Lawyers for the former organization have tried in vain to find another adoption organization to take the old records. NY State and agencies within the state don’t want the records either. Meanwhile, the adoption records have been sitting in the basement of the building that New Life formerly occupied.
Robert Lahm, the owner of the building will give adoptees their adoption files if they want them. Those records contain many items that the NY Court system consider private such as medical data, birth parent’s names, etc. Those that want their adoption file should call Mr. Lahm at 315-472-3434 to make an appointment to receive the file. Mr. Lahm will ask for proof of identity to make sure that the file goes to the proper person.
For more information read this online article from the Syracuse Post-Standard.
Are you missing “Who Do You Think You Are?” There is another genealogy TV showing coming soon. “Genealogy Roadshow” starts on most PBS channels on September 23. Each episode will combine history and science to uncover the fascinating stories of diverse Americans. Beth Hoppe from PBS says that “with a diverse mix of stories in each episode, ”Genealogy Roadshow” appeals to Americans interested in learning about their family histories. It also shows that no matter one’s heritage and background, everyone has a place in history.” These are stories of average Americans (not celebrities) who want to explore unverified genealogical claims, passed down through family history, that may (or may not) connect them to an event or a historical figure.
There are only 4 episodes being presented, each from a different city (Nashville, Austin, Detroit and San Francisco). One of the experts helping people to investigate their family is Josh Taylor who seems to be everywhere of late. Josh is a major genealogy lecturer and researcher and was formerly seen on “Who Do You Think You Are?.” Kenyatta Berry is the other expert. She is currently is the President of the Association of Professional Genealogists .
“Genealogy Roadshow” airs in Rochester and on most PBS stations at 9 p.m. Outside of Rochester, check local listings as some PBS stations may put the series on at another time.
Today is Mayflower Day. It celebrates the day that the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, England, bound for the New World with 102 passengers. The ship was originally headed for Virginia but stormy weather and navigational errors forced the Mayflower well off course. On November 21 the “Pilgrims” reached Massachusetts, where they founded the first permanent European settlement in New England.
About 12 years ago I visited Plimoth Plantation, which is a very faithful recreation of what the village of Plymouth looked like in 1639. Actors portray settlers and show off how people lived in that time. I asked about why there were two kinds of thatched roofs. The person informed me that it just a matter of styles and that he thought his roof looked better than his neighbors’. I talked to a lady about the fence around the village. She informed me that it kept out both the natives and foriging animals.
I also visited the Mayflower II sitting near Plymouth rock. It is hard to believe that 102 people sailed on such a small ship. Besides they were on the ship for 66 days. Finally settling down in Plymouth in December wasn’t a good idea. Many of the settlers died that first winter.
The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1963 was “Blue Velvet” by Bobby Vinton. The song was written n 1950 by Bernie Wayne and Lee Morris. Originally recorded in 1951 by Tony Bennett. Bobby Vinton’s version hit the top of the Cash Box and Billboard Hot 100 charts for the weeks of Sept. 15 – Oct. 5. It would be just one of Bobby’s top songs. in fact, e had more #1 records than any other solo male artist.
Bobby was born to a musical family. His father was a band leader. Bobby started his first band at age 16. His first hit song in 1962 was “Roses Are Red (My Love).” Bobby is especially known for his love songs. He owned, and performed at the Bobby Vinton Blue Velvet Theatre in Branson, Missouri until 2002. He continues to tour and does occasional shows in Branson. See his website for a long bio, and tour dates.
Download Bobby Vinton songs (for a small fee) from Amazon.com.
NBC had 11 new shows starting the the fall of 1963. None could be considered to be a big hit. The links in the titles are to Wikipedia to where you can find more information on each show. These were the new shows that aired (All times Eastern Time Zone):
- The Bill Dana Show; Sunday at 7:30. Bill Dana had done his character, Jose Jimenez before on the Steve Allen Show. In this series Jose was a Latin American working as a bellhop at a NYC hotel but always dreaming of becoming something more. Also on the show was Don Adams as a bumbling hotel detective. The show lasted a season and a half. View the first season opening credits on YouTube.
- Grindl; Sunday at 8:30. Imogene Coca starred in this comedy about a temp employee that had a different job every week. One week she could be a maid, laundress, cook or babysitter. It only lasted one season. View the opening credits on YouTube.
- Hollywood and the Stars; Monday at 9:30. Documentary series about Hollywood movies and biographies of movie stars. It aired after the NBC Monday Night Movie. Lasted one season.
- Mr. Novak; Tuesday at 7:30. James Franciscus starred in a drama series about an English teacher in a Los Angeles school. This was Mr. Novak’s first teaching job and he tried to get involved in the lives of students and other teachers. Aired for 2 seasons. View opening credits on YouTube.
- Redigo; Tuesday at 8:30. In the Previous season NBC had an hour long series Empire which only was on for a single season. One of the characters in that series was Jim Redigo that was spun off into this new half hour series. This series only lasted until December.
- The Richard Boone Show; Tuesday at 9:00. An anthology in which a stock cast would play different roles each week. It lasted one season.
- Espionage; Wednesday at 9:00. An anthology of spy dramas based on stories in Europe. Filmed on location in Europe by British company ATV.
- Temple Houton; Thursday ay 7:30. Jeffrey Hunter played the title character in this western of a circuit-riding lawyer. It was based on the real life son of Sam Houston. Also in this series was Jack Elam as a former gunslinger that traveled with Mr. Houston. This series lasted just a single season.
- Kraft Suspense Theater; Thursday at 10:00. The Kraft Company had been sponsoring anthology and music series for many years. This was a new title for their former Kraft Mystery Theater. This series was on for 2 seasons.
- Harry’s Girls; Friday at 9:30. Harry Burns (Larry Blyden) had an old fashioned vaudeville act with 3 young women. The only place he could get any bookings was in Europe. The series was filmed in southern France. It only lasted until Jan. 1964.
CBS had the biggest ratings for the previous season and thus only had the least number of new shows for the fall 1963 season. The links in the titles are to Wikipedia to where you can find more information on each show. These were the new shows that aired (All times Eastern Time Zone):
- My Favorite Martian; Sunday at 7:30. Tim O’Hara (Bill Bixby) discovers a crashed spacecraft and the occupant from Mars (Ray Walston). Tim takes the martian in and introduces him as his Uncle Martin. It was the 10th most popular show of the season. It lasted 3 season. It also spawned a movie in 1999. Viewed the title sequence on YouTube.
- The Judy Garland Show; Sunday at 9:00. Judy had a few specials that were very successful so ABC gave her a weekly variety show. Judy was great at singing but the talk segments were slow and forced. Besides the series was up against Bonanza which was one of the most popular series of the year. The show last for 26 episodes but was not repeated. Below is Judy and her daughter Liza Minnelli as a guest at age 17.
- East Side / West Side; Monday at 10:00. This drama series starred George C. Scott as a social worker in the NY slums. It last a single season.
- Petticoat Junction; Tuesday at 9:00. A country comedy about Kate (Bea Benaderet), her 3 daughters and Uncle Joe (Edgar Buchanan). The show was set in the fictional Shady Rest Hotel in Hooterville. This became the highest rated new show of the season coming in at number 4 according to the Nielsen ratings. The series lasted 7 seasons until CBS cancelled all the country shows on their network. Bea Benaderet would die during series and for a while they used as stand-in filmed from the back and recorded dialog from Bea from earlier shows. They would replace Bea with June Lockhart as Dr. Janet Craig. That was not the only cast change through the years. There were 3 girls as Billie Jo (Jeannine Riley, Gunilla Hutton & Meredith MacRae) and 2 as Bobbie Jo (Pat Woodell & Lori Saunders). View the first season title sequence on YouTube.
- Great Adventure; Friday at 7:30. An anthology series of American History. Episodes included stories on Wild bill Hickok, Sam Houston and Nathan Hale. Also stories about Wounded Knee, the first US submarine sunk in the Civil War and the discovery of the smallpox vaccine. Only 26 episodes aired.
- The New Phil Silvers Show; Saturday at 8:30. This is NOT the series that was also known as Sgt. Bilko. In this series Phil played Harry Grafton, a factory foreman who is a con-artist and manipulates people for his own benefit. This show was on for just one season.