George Stockweather Shot in Civil War

George Stockweather

George Stockweather

George Stockweather was my grandmother’s uncle (my great granduncle). He was born in Allegany County, NY on 15 April 1847. He was only 16 years old when he enlisted in the Army on 15 Dec. 1863 in Buffalo, NY. He was assigned to Co. F, of the First NY Dragoons. His unit was in many engagements over the next few months.

On 12 June 1864 at a battle at Trevilian, VA George suffered what usually would have been a fatal wound. A rifle ball pierced his left cheek breaking out his teeth and the ball came out the back of his neck. His fellow soldiers assumed that he was dead but as they were driven back from the battlefield George was heard to say “Boys! boys! don’t leave me.” He was captured by the Confederate troops and again they thought that he would die. He was able to get medical care and was put in Libby Prison at Richmond, VA. George was paroled 26 Sept. 1964 at Varina, VA and went to a hospital in Annapolis, Maryland. He then was able to return to duty on 12 Dec. 1864. After the end of the Civil War, George was discharged 30 June 1865 at Clouds Mills, VA.

George came back to Granger, Allegany County with a terrible scar and his left jaw would never function again. He was also left deaf in his left ear. He started farming and he married Mary A. Vincent on 29 September 1870. They had 5 children with one girl dying young. He would later move his family a few miles north to the Town of Portage in Livingston County where in 1911 he was the Poor Master of the Town. His son Albion Grant Stockweather (usually called A. G.) was Supervisor for the Town of Portage from 1920 to 1927. A. G. was  a Member of New York State Assembly from Livingston County, 1927-31.

George’s wife Mary died in February 1932 aged 82. George lived a long life in spite of his war wound. He died 5 March 1936 at age 88 and was buried along side his wife in the Short Tract Cemetery in the Town of Granger, Allegany Co., NY.

Old News – Kermit Roosevelt Marries

More news from the past. This time a son of Pres. Theodore Roosevelt gets married.


Wednesday, June 10, 1914


Like Father Like Son Applies to Young Bridegroom.


As Fond of Adventure as the Colonel, With Whom He Undauntedly Shared Perils of Africa and Brazil. Full of Energy Ever Since He Was the “Cut Up* of the White House.

When Kermit Roosevelt reached Madrid for his marriage to Miss Belle Wyatt Willard, daughter of the American ambassador to Spain, he was an altogether different looking young man from what at the time of his departure for the Brazilian wilderness. The hardships he had gone through with his father seemed to have added several years to his appearance.

Kermit Roosevelt’s love of adventure rivals that of his distinguished father, the former president, and he came through the greatest adventure of his life, that in the Brazilian jungle, with flying colors. He did his share of the game hunting and faced the perils and privations that were encountered by the party with a fortitude that won the admiration of his father.

Kermit Roosevelt is twenty-four years old and for a young man of that age has seen considerable of the world. He accompanied Colonel Roosevelt on his famous big game hunt in Africa, and it is said that he proved to be eve a netter marksman than his father.

As “Cut Up” and Philosopher.

When the colonel was president, Kermit often got into the newspapers through boyish pranks or bits of juvenile philosophy he uttered. Since he reached early manhood he has spent most of his time traveling in the woods or on trips of exploration and siteseeing with his father.

Belle and Kermit Roosevelt

Belle and Kermit Roosevelt

He spent most of his boyhood in Washington while his father was a member of the civil service commission, assistant secretary of the navy, vice president and later in the White House as president. He went to public school and was considered of the most vigorous boys who attended.

At Groton, where he was educated preparatory to college, there was another student who prided himself upon his English birth and parentage. As Fourth of July approached young Roosevelt asked the boy mischievously:

“Are you English?”

The reply was emphatic.

“Well,” said the president’s son, “Aren’t you glad we whipped you so you can have a holiday on the 4th of July?”

Kermit entered Harvard in 1908. In March of the following year he started with his father for a long hunting trip in Africa, primarily as the official photographer of the caravan, but he killed some big game during the weeks that he remained there and had two narrow escapes from death. In September, 1911, he returned to Harvard.

Although in looks Kermit probably resembles his mother more than his father, he is in speech and manner his father over again. He has the family habit of rapid distinct enunciation, His gestures are jerky, decisive and muscular.

Who the Willards Are.

The young lady whose hand and heart the young explorer won is the elder of two daughters of Joseph Edward Willard, appointed ambassador to Spain by President Wilson July 11 last. She is of the blond type, rather small and with clear cut features. She was born in Richmond, Va., twenty-one years ago. Her mother was Miss Belle Layton Wyatt, a member of one of the oldest families of Baltimore.

Ambassador Willard is a lawyer by profession. He moved to Richmond more than twenty years ago and soon became active in Democratic politics.

Ambassador Willard was on the staff of General Fitzhugh Lee in Cuba in the war with Spain. He was in the house of representatives from 1893 to 1902 and lieutenant governor of Virginia from 1902 to 1906.


Geneatopia is an audio webcast by Patty Roy. Patty posts a new episode about once a week where she reads the genealogy news of the week. A lot of the articles are press releases from all kinds ogfgenealogy websites (both free and paid). Seeing as the amount of news changes from week to week, an episode can last anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.

Patty makes it easy to hear her webcast. You can listen on her website. I noticed on the episode page (below) that there should be a play button on the audio bar but it is missing. You can still press where it should be (see red arrow below) and it will play on the episode page. You can also click “Play in new window” or “Download. ” The webcast is an MP3 file that can be played in most any web browser or audio program.

Patty also makes each episode available on iTunes and you can subscribe via a RSS feed. Another source is one of that I haven’t ever heard of, called Stitcher. No matter which method you use, give Patty a listen and I think you will also ended up listening to each new episode like I do.



I almost missed my own anniversary. I started this blog six years ago today. At the time I thought I might run out of ideas after a few months but that hasn’t happened.

On the average. I only have posted a couple of messages a week.  The blog website gets an average of only 30 visits a day. Some of those people are looking at old messages. There was one day in March that the Democrat & Chronicle mentioned the blog and that day there were 167 visits.

I try to put as much local genealogical information as I can find. I will continue posting the “old news” articles. Some of those are major local events and some are just minor news stories. All give the feeling of the past times. I also like adding the top music from 50 years ago. I get to relive some of the great songs of the sixties and I hope you remember most of those old songs. Besides that I can’t speculate. You just never know what is coming.

Talk on Other River Settlements

This Tuesday evening (June 10, 2014) there will a talk by Jeffrey Ludwig about “The Lost History of the Settlements Along the Genesee and the Beginnings of Greece.” It will take place in the Greece Town Hall at 7 p.m.

ludwig-jeffThe story of Rochesterville’s foundation, often told with Colonel Rochester at the forefront, is undoubtedly the most well-known settlement narrative of the early Genesee Valley. Yet Rochester’s rise to dominance was hardly a foregone conclusion. A number of would-be rivals also sprouted up around the region, vying with equal temerity to become successful centers of civilization in a vast frontier territory.  Although they have faded from popular memory, accounts of alternative settlements areas like Frankfort, King’s Landing, McCrackenville, and Deep Hollow are no less meaningful for having been eclipsed by Rochester.

Jeff Ludwig is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Rochester. Jeff works in Rochester’s Office of the City Historian and manages the High Falls Center and Interpretive Museum in Browns Race.

The public is welcome. Reservations are not necessary. Greece Historical Society members free. A $2.00 donation is appreciated from others.

D-Day Anniversary

Photo by Chief Photographer's Mate (CPHoM) Robert F. Sargent

Photo by Chief Photographer’s Mate (CPHoM) Robert F. Sargent

Today is the anniversary of D-Day invasion of Normandy that occurred on June 6, 1944. Approx. 156,000 troops from the U.S., Britain and Canada planned and executed the largest seaborne invasion in history. A fantastic feat of organization of naval, armies and air forces made this invasion succeed.

Nothing that I could write would be enough to tell the story of this turning point of WWII. Instead, if you want to read more, start by reading D-Day article on Wikipedia. On the bottom of that page (and most Wikipedia pages) is a list of books for further reading. Also, tonight there is a 1- hour special on NBC at 8 p.m. and a 2-hour special on the History channel giving more details on D-Day.

Also, let us remember all those that died during the invasion. There were over 4,400 Allied troops that died and at least 8,000 wounded. There isn’t an accurate number of German causalities. The estimates range from 4,000 to 9,000.

WDYTYA – Season 5

who-do-you-think-you-areThe line-up for this season of the genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? has been announced. The people to be profiled will be: Kelsey Grammer, Valerie Bertinelli, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lauren Graham, Cynthia Nixon, Rachel McAdams and her sister, Kayleen McAdams. The show begins on Wednesday, July 23 at 9/8c on the channel TLC. will once again serve as a sponsor and partner on the show, providing genealogical research that will help people in their genealogical investigation.

TLC has also acquired 10 episodes from the show’s run on NBC. They will repeat episodes featuring Matthew Broderick, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lisa Kudrow, Rob Lowe, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Vanessa Williams, Rita Wilson and Brooke Shields.

Old News – Memorial Day Report

More news from the past. This time a report on the Memorial Day festivities in Spencerport, NY.


Thursday, June 4, 1914


Memorial Exercises Interest the Large Number in Attendance

Brockport presented a quiet appearance on Memorial Day as all of our patriotic organizations departed at 11 o’clock for Spencerport where they were the invited guests of J. H. Martindale Post G.A.R. and J. H. Martindale Camp S.O.V. and took part in the old fashioned celebration of the day in charge of those organizations. On leaving the car at Spencerport our organizations, Cady Post G.A.R., Milo Stark Camp S.O.V. and the Brockport Woman’s Relief Corps accompanied by the Brockport band joined in the march to Spencerport high school where the school children were waiting with arms full of flowers. The march was accompanied by martial music and was headed by W. G. Barker, marshall of the day on his spirited horse. The line of march formed was as follows: —— Brockport band, Milo Stark Camp S.O.V., school children, fire companies of Spencerport in uniform, J. H. Martindale Camp S.O.V., Brockport Woman’s Relief Corps, followed by the veterans numbering forty-four. The parade passed from Church street, down Amity and up Union streets to the cemetery where the Woman’s Relief Corps sang a number of songs and the graves were decorated by the children. Rev. F. W. Berlin offered a prayer, Rev. J. W. Starie made a brief address and after the sounding of tap those in the parade marched to Masonic Hall where a sumptuous dinner was served. At 1:30 o’clock the following exercises were held in the Assembly Hall: Selection by Brockport band; singing by assembly; “Welcome to Veterans and Guests”, Prof. F. N. Stroup; recitation, “Our Flag”, Catherine Smith; Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Mary DeRiddles; selection by band and quartet composed of Mesdames L. Smith and R. Osborn and Messrs. Smith and Webster; recitation, “The Man and the Musket”, Alice Cosgrove; recitation, “The Blue and the Gray”, Mary Barker; address by Hon. Charles E. Ogden of Rochester; singing, “America”; benediction, Rev. J. W. Starie. Great credits due to the people of Spencerport for the royal entertainment of their guests.

New Newspapers added to Fulton History

Fulton History has added even more newspapers to the millions of newspaper pages that were already on the website. Originally all newspapers were from New York State. The new additions are more from other states than from New York State.

If you have visited there before, you can limit the search to only see new “hits.” On the bottom of the search box are selections for dates called “File Creation Date.” I changed the dates to search to January 2014 – June 2014 and found this worked best. To go back to search all newspapers click on “all” and the search dates will disappear.

The next update of Fulton History will probably be in the fall.

The new indexed newspapers added are:

Calera Journal; 1892
Columbana Chronicle; 1890-1904
Montevallo Times; 1935-1949
Shelby Sentinel (Calera); 1895-1905

Chicago Daily Worker; 1924-1926

Bardstown Herald; 1828-1855
Bardstown Standard; 1900-1926
Bardstown Western American; 1805-1808
Bardstown Saturday Gazette; 1856-1857
Louisville Catholic Advocate; 1836-1849
Lexington Gazette; 1787-1841
Lexington Reporter; 1824-1849
Lebanon Weekly Standard; 1871-1876
Nelson County Record (Bardstown); 1877-1901

Galien River Gazette (Three Oaks); 1902-1988
Oswego Free Press; 1830-1834
Three Oaks Acorn; 1900-1929

New York
Alleghany Republican (Friendship); 1901-1903
Canajorarie Courier Standard Enterprise; 1975-1987
Eastern State Journal (White Plains); 1845-1917
Friendship Chronicle; 1880-1881
Friendship Volunteer; 1960-1965
Friendship Weekly Register; 1872-1958
New York Daily Worker; 1919-1928
Vestal News; 1947-1986
Vestal Tempo; 1971-1975
Washington County Post (North White Creek); 1849-1948

Philadelphia Nation Reformer; 1838
Philadelphia Inquirer; 1860-1963

Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Sun; 1952-1988

Top Songs of 1964; #10

The next song on the top of the record charts in 1964 was “Chapel of Love” by The Dixie Cups. The song was written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich with Phil Spector. It was previously recorded by The Ronettes and The Blossoms, neither of which  group released as a single. The version by The Dixie Cups would become the definitive version. It would stay at the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Cash Box chart for 3 weeks (May 31 – June 20).

The Dixie Cups was formed by sisters Barbara Ann and Rosa Lee Hawkins, plus their cousin Joan Marie Johnson; all from New Orleans. “Chapel of Love” was their first release and also their biggest hit. It was also their only number one hit song. Other songs for the group that charted were “People Say” (#12, 1964), “You Should Have Seen the Way He Looked at Me” (#39, 1964), “Iko Iko” (#20, 1965), and “Little Bell” (#51, 1965). Joan Marie Johnson quit the group after a couple of years and the Hawkins sisters now do concerts with Athelgra Neville as the third singer. The group mostly does concerts in the southeast because they are home based in New Orleans but visit their website for tour dates. The website also has videos of the group both old and recent

Download The Dixie Cup songs (for a fee) from