Sunday, May 17, 2009

Albert Cumming update

Member of the Cummings family we have a update, as you know I have been trying to get photos of all of Jim Cummings sons, this is very difficult all of them have been dead for some years now and it is the children and grandchildren that have been kind enough to contact me and send photos. The latest one is Albert Cummings. on the left. Albert was born 30 Dec 1898
in Spring Cove, New York died in boating accident on little Pond, Saranac Lake, N. Y. 31 May 1969 His wife on the right Cora Stella Mae Antlianette Jarvis Cummings born 7 April 1901, Derrick, Franklin Co., N. Y. died
24 Aug 1999 in New Port Richy, Florida

there is a story about Albert in the archives for 2008 Sep 11, these photos of Albert, his wife Cora were received from Alberts son Vernon and his wife Beverly, the photo below is Albert , Cora,and Margaret along with Alberts children, Chester, Albert,Ivan,Vernon

If anyone out there has or knows were their might be a photo of Jim Cummings other sons pleas contact me: Leonard Cummings living in NYC in 1960's, Dennis Cummings married a DeShano living in Syracuse, N. Y. 1950's, Joseph Cummings married Jessie Kiser, living in Dolgesville, N. Y. 1920 and Syracuse 1957, James Cummings born 10 Jun 1890, Martintown, Ont. married Hazel Morehouse and Elsie Hall living in Ogdensburgh, N. Y. 1957, also would like photo of Martin Cummings, I remember him when I was real young and have posted a story Aug 19 2008 but do not have a photo, last I knew he was living in Rutland, Vermont.
Thank you and hope you continue to follow the Cummings family.

Monday, May 11, 2009

John Lenderson, Ranger, 3rd Rgt. Tryon Co. Militia

There is a lot to be written about this John Lenderson my 5th grt grandfather born 8 Dec 1727 in Schenectady, N.Y. died in Randal, Montgomery Co., N. Y. married to Ann Stanhouse.
They owned a farm on south side of Mohawk River. his brother Timothy Lenderson and three of his sons were in Col Fisher's Regiment, Tryon County Militia, 3rd Regiment. John as young man served with Sir William Johnson at the Battle of Lake George, and in later campaigns. As the fires of the revolution began to rise the Lenderson family took a stand for freedom, many of there neighbors felt a loyalty to the king and crown. 24 May 1775 first meeting of the committees of Tryon County Committee of Safety. In retaliation Sir John Johnson fortified Johnson Hall and armed the Tory Scotch Highlanders. Jan 18th 1776 at Johnstown, N. Y. Sir John Johnson surrendered Johnson Hall and turned over the military stores , including the arms of the 300 Scotch Highlanders. May of 1776 Col Dayton was sent to capture Sir John and his followers.
Sir John rallied the Tories and in the night set out for Canada, leaving behind there homes and families.

Two of our John Lenderson neighbors Henry Hare who lived only a couple of house west of the Lenderson farm and William Newbury a friend living in Glen, N. Y. just a mile or so south of the Lenderson both went with Johnson to Canada.

Almost immediately the raids on the Mohawk, and Scoharie areas began under the leadership of Joseph Brant and William Butler.

The raids became so destructive, the wheat and crop, loss began to effect the supplies for the Army. Gen Washington sent a directive to General Sullivan and his associate Gen Clinton to strike a blow to the Indians. Sullivan was to proceed to Pennsylvania and accend the Susquahana while, Gen Clinton would go up the Mohawk to Canajoharie thence to Otsego Lake, and the head waters of the Susquehanna , down which he would travel to meet up with Sullivan with a combined force of 4,000 to destroy everything and everyone in route,
then to lay waste to the Indians living in eastern Pennsylvania.
A great plan on paper but it produced devastating punishment when the Indians and Tories sought out revenge on central New York.
We will just discuss a small part John Lenderson played in this drama.
Gen Clinton left Schenectady 12 Jun with 1600 men, about 100 boats another 100 would follow very shortly, he arrived at Canajoharie on the 14th remaining here for couple of weeks while stores and men were gathered. A road had to be built from Canajoharie to Otsego Lake, and the 200 plus boats plus provisions and war materials for a three month engagement had to be moved to the lake.
Since the Lenderson's were living only a few miles down stream from Canajoharie, they visited the camp, and probably took part in the activity.
On the 18th of Jun 1779 John saw Major Newkirk with his old Tory friends Henry Hare and William Newbury, being taken into the stockade, he later learned that on 21 Jun 1778 Col Gansevoort held Court Martial proceedings and learned that Lieut Henry Hare of British Army and Sgt William Newbury had been found lurking around the camp trying to enlist men to defect to Canada, it was also learned Hare had been at Cherry Valley Massacre, when questioned he admitted that he had killed and scalped Caty Steers at Fort Stanwicks previous year. Newbury with another Tory and 63 Indians were torching the Mohawk valley and had been hiding in there own homes until captured. the court decreed they should both be hung until dead.
At the same hearing, Peter Lyman and Bishop Hadley had been discovered sleeping they were to receive 200 lashings, bare back, well applied, at the evening retreat.
Hare's wife and Newbury's wife and family met with Gen Clinton on behalf of there mates life, but they were talking to a deaf ear, the execution was done at 6 a m next morning. On the 23 Jun James Titus 5th N.Y. Reg was caught attempting to desert, it was found he had deserted the English cause two moths earlier.
Gen Clinton statement "Guilty as stated to be shot at head of the Regiment at 6 a.m. 24 Jun 1779
"He is no good to his King or his Country"

My justice was swift and final

Gen Clinton arrived at Otsego Lake 2 July proceeded down lake to outlet Susquahanna river. they remained here until July 3oth when Gen Sullivan sent word from Wyoming that he was on the move. Aug 9th, Clinton with his 200 boats, 1600 men, stores and artillery began there trip down the Susaquahana, to strike a blown to the Indian allies of the British. They were very successful in laying waste to the Indian villages and crops, finally meeting Joseph Brant and Walter Butler at Elmira. N. Y. resulting in a fierce battle, and defeat of the British who retreated back to Canada.
John Lenderson and his three sons would yet see a lot of blood shed before it was all over.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sorry about the time out Its Gen-Books fault

Thank all of you that have e-mailed me and left comments about my not posting.,
Last spring I found a Software package I had bought years ago to publish a book it is called GEN-BOOK, you all know how addictive genealogy can be, I showed the first signs of it in the per war period of 1939 to 40. Over the years it just got worse. With a data base of over 77,000 names it is very hard to reach any finished point. This Gen-Book program seems to help. At least you can select one family and develop a hard copy, that you can enjoy reading without resorting to the computer.

So far I have assembled four books Olyer, Lasher, Genereaux, and Lord one of them is a descendants from a Philip Olyer, which I brought down to present time. The other three are Ancestral in nature and I limited them to only 16 generations each.

That is why I have not been posting to the blog, now if I can stay away from this program will get back to the family history, There are still hundreds of stories that I want to share with you-and thank you for taking the time to read about my ancestors, hope some of them are your ancestors also.

If you have a desire to put your work in print and are restricted by the lack of unlimited funds, I recomend this publishing program, it is still available for use on Windows XP, you will need Wordperfect or Microsoft Word. You also have to have your genealogy data base in a ged com formate from Paf 4, or Family Tree maker and others. recomend you visit The man who wrote this program Rex Clement has been very helpful, he has gone out of his way to explain details , and walked me through problems.
Once you have your data in ged com formate you answer a few questions of how you want the book and this program takes your data and puts it in book formate just the way you want it, ready to be printed and bound.
bob lord

Friday, May 8, 2009

My Mom a Mother Day Memory

Mother Day, while I think about my mom almost every day, this period of time makes it even more important. She left a lot of "stuff" photos, papers, and some items I seldom go through. Last week I opened a small bundle of notes and among them was a folded add from a newspaper or add of some sort. An add for a bedroom suite, I know its about the only new item she ever bought. As a small boy I remember being in her bedroom and seeing this very bedroom set , I especially liked the dressing table with the mirror.
My mom, Mary Elizabeth Olyer, was born in 1904 in a lumber camp at Spring Cove, N. Y. her parents lived in Little Falls, N. Y on High Street, but her mother went home to her parents to have Mary. After her birth she lived in Little Falls until just before her 16th birth day, when she secretly got married, that lasted a few weeks until her parents found out and it was annulled. They packed up the family and moved to Nelliston, N. Y. and in a few moths she met my dad Edwin Lord.
He was working for his father as a mechanics helper in Knitting mill., So they decided to run away and get married abt 1922- off to Albany, N. Y. and from there to Delaware were my dad worked for a few months. His father owned a home at 12 Berthood Street in Nelliston, so he made it over to a duplex and my Mom and dad moved in. Now that seems like a great deal, but it must have been rough on her at times. My father and his mother were extremely close, his father was sick most of his life with T.B. and last three years confined to a bed which kept my dad at his mothers beck and call. While the duplex was great by the standards of the early 30's , nothing much was ever done to it. Mom worked at the Sack factory in Canajoharie 48 hours for a pay check of $6.30 week. It was with this money she was able to buy that bedroom set. She had that set until the 1960 when we bought Pine Lake Park and they bought a new trailer, were they lived until her death.

I wonder how many of us have bought a set of any kind of furniture and lived with it 36 years.
I never heard her complain but I am sure there must have been some depressing moments. We never had a lot but as a family I think we were content with what we had. She kept this add for all of those years, it must have met so much to her.
Guess my grandmother saying held true for all of us "use it up, make it do and you will never want for anything"