Sunday, July 20, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Where Were They 100 Years Ago?

Another late edition of Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. Go to for the original.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:
1) Determine where your ancestral families were on 19 July 1914 - 100 years ago.
2) List them, their family members, their birth years, and their residence location (as close as possible). Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?
3) Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post.

1. A. My father's maternal grandparents are Rose Evans Noice (born 06 JUL 1886) and Perry J. Noice (born January 27, 1885). They lived at 622 King Street, Lancaster Ward 2, Fairfield, Ohio.

         1. Perry's parents Pvt George Washington Noice (born March 4, 1864) and Lucinda Alice Noice formerly McLaughlin (born October 14, 1857) lived in Walnut, Fairfield, Ohio.

                  a. Lucinda's mother was still alive at this time. Her father died in the Civil War. Sarah Ann McLaughlin formerly Emfield lived in Pleasant, Fairfield, Ohio.

     B. My mother's maternal grandparents are Joseph Edward Switkowski (born March 7, 1893) and Joanna K Switkowski formerly Gulczewski (born June 14, 1899). He lived at 312 Lovejoy Buffalo, New York. She lived at 12 Newton, Buffalo, NY. They did not marry until after WWI. I blogged about Joseph

           1. Joseph parents Wladyslaw Switkowski (born 1861) and Louise Szymanska (born 1864) lived in Buffalo, New York.

           2. Joanna's parents Jakob Gulczewski (born July 1853) and Catherine Szafranski (born April 1856) lived in Buffalo, New York.

     C. My mother's paternal grandparents are: Joseph Alajko (born March 10, 1884) Bertha (Glowacki) Alajko (born August 7, 1891) lived in Buffalo, New York. I blogged about Joseph here.

           1. Bertha's parents are Antonia Trzcinski (born January 1861) and Andreas Glowacki (born November 1858). The also lived in Buffalo, New York.

           2. Joseph's parents are Stanislaus (Stanley) Alajko (born 1854) and Wiktoryia A Woskowski (born about 1867). They lived at 71 Rother Avenue, Buffalo, New York.

Where did they come from: Ogdensburg, New York

Here's another Where did they come from post. Last week was Prescott, Ontario, Canada. This week we are going through customs and crossing the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge to Ogdensburg, New York, USA.

Again we are looking at my wife's family, specifically her 6th great grandfather Jacob Countryman's descendants. After he fought against the colonies and his family in the Revolutionary War he packed up his family and joined other loyalists in Canada. Over the years since many in the family have crossed back the the US. This crossing has been popular in the family. There are many that have married across the border. Here is a look a the other side of the crossing.

The first settlement in Ogdensburg of non natives dates back to 1749 when the Sulpician missionary Father Picquet founded his mission on the banks of the St. Lawrence at the mouth of the Oswegatchie River.

His mission: Fort La Presentation was upon an old Indian village named Swa-gatch. The area was the northern terminus of an original Indian trail that ran from the Mohawk Valley to the St. Lawrence. The City developed into an important port of entry and railroad center during the 19th and early 20th centuries, with extensive trade in lumber and grains.

Ogdensburg has historically relied on the nearby rivers and the resources of the North Country. This includes lumbering and paper production, boat building, merchant and custom milling, foundry, and machine work.

The area capitalized on its location at the confluence of the St. Lawrence and Oswegatchie rivers, the City became a seaport the early in the 19th century. The completion of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959 connected the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean and opened the area to industrial expansion.

Ogdensburg, the only city in St. Lawrence County, one of the largest counties east of the Mississippi River! Fronting the shores of the mighty St. Lawrence River along the U.S.-Canadian border is the Robert C. McEwen Customs House, the oldest federally-owned building in the United States. History buffs will enjoy the walking tour of noted War of 1812 sites or scuba diving among wrecks from military encounters during the 18th and early 19th centuries. The mighty river's view offers spectacular sunsets, passing St. Lawrence Seaway ships, picnicking, concerts in the Greenbelt Park, boating, water skiing, swimming, recreation and much more.

Ogdensburg is home to the Frederic Remington Art Museum. His family tree can be downloaded at the bottom of

From Sackrider Remington (October 4, 1861 – December 26, 1909) was an American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer who specialized in depictions of the Old American West, specifically concentrating on the last quarter of the 19th-century American West and images of cowboys, American Indians, and the U. S. Cavalry.

Notable people
Jimmy Howard, professional hockey goaltender for the Detroit Red Wings, member of the 2014 USA Olympic ice hockey team
George R. Malby, former US Congressman
Mark Valley, actor and comedian
M. Emmet Walsh, actor,_New_York

Some Wikitree Profiles born in Ogdensburg:
William Secor
George Rabetoy
Helen (Sullivan) Corry
Sarah Harriett (Cook) Countryman
Sylvester Gile Williams
Hattie M (Countryman) Reynolds
Richard James Countryman
Edgar Joseph Countryman
Claire (Walker) Countryman
Stanley Richard Countryman
Lawrence W McDonald
John Jacob Wilson
Alice Jean (Spriggs) Smith
Francis Joseph Countryman
Glen Everett Dodge

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A possible connection

I was reading News of the weird and found this article:

Rocking "Messiah" Prominent theoretical chemist David Glowacki was ejected from a classical music concert at England's Bristol Old Vic in June for disrupting a performance of Handel's "Messiah" by attempting to crowd-surf in front of the stage. Dr. Glowacki, an expert in non-equilibrium molecular reaction dynamics and who is presently a visiting scientist at Stanford University, was attending a special "informal" performance at which audience members were encouraged to stand and cheer loudly instead of showing the usual demure appreciation. He said afterward that he could not control himself when the performance moved to the "Hallelujah Chorus." [Irish Independent, 6-20-2014]

It made me look at my tree and I found:
Cecilia Glowacki March 18, 1898 Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
Bronislawa (Glowacki) Alajko August 7, 1891 Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States
Victoria Glowacki  December 1895 Buffalo, Erie County, New York
Stephen John Glowacki August 22, 1900 Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
Andreas Glowacki November 1858 Poland/Germany
Stella Glowacki 1910 Poland
Mary Glowacki 1884 Poland
John Glowacki 1907 Poland Frank Glowacki 1878 Poland
Marya Glowacki December 8, 1893 Buffalo NY
Dorothy Glowacki October 3, 1931 New York
Adam Glowacki 1904 Poland
Stanley Glowacki February 28, 1917 New York

I have no idea if this is a relative but it does sound like an interesting thing to search out.

Where did they come from: Prescott, Ontario

Many of my wife's family on her maternal side has been in Canada.  One town in particular is Prescott, Ontario.  Prescott is near the 1000 Islands area and is across the St. Lawrence River from Ogdensburg, New York.  During the 1800's her family crossed the river many times to marry.


Edward Jessup settled the in 1787 on the 1,200-acre land granted to him by King George of England in 1787 .  In 1810 he decided to have a portion of this land surveyed as a town site.  In honor of of the Canadian governor General Robert Prescott he named the new settlement "Prescott".
Due to Prescott's strategic military location along the Canadian border Fort Wellington was built between 1813 and 1814 to defend the St. Lawrence River and the town from American incursion.
Located at the head of the rapids, Prescott quickly became a busy bustling, transfer port for commercial cargo, thus the Forwarding Trade was born.  Also travelers and settlers would arrive by stagecoach or horse from Montreal and board a schooner bound for the West or stayed to build stately homes and establish successful businesses.  From a population of one family and command of soldiers, the town grew to 3,000 by 1887.  In addition to the Fort, Barracks and Military Hospital, there were also 23 Hotels, 24 Taverns a Distillery, 2 Breweries, 2 Foundries, 2 Tanneries, 2 Potters, a Bank, a Sawmill, a Quarry, a Brick Factory, a Shipyard, a Grain Elevator, and a Farmers' Market Building.  Smaller establishments and services included: a Bowling Alley, a Theatre, several Newspapers, a Telegraph Office, Bakeries, General Merchants, Doctors' Offices, a Dentist, a Library, a College, 2 Schools, 4 Churches, many Docks and Wharves with large storage buildings, and a Ferry Service to Ogdensburg, New York.  The town administration buildings were a Town Hall, a Land Registry, and a Customs House.  In 1854, the Bytown (Ottawa)-Prescott Railway line was completed, running north to south, and traveling east to west, the Canadian National Railroad, known as the Grand Trunk, and its depot came to town.

From: Brett Todd
Mayor, Town of Prescott
"...Prescott is about much more than the past. Prescott is a vibrant, modern community that represents the very best of small-town Canada. Active residents of all ages, thriving volunteer organizations, and a progressive town council embracing the future with new economic initiatives aimed at encouraging new industrial, commercial, and residential development, make us an ideal place to live and work. 
Prescott is certainly poised to welcome new business investment. The municipality owns generous land assets in an industrial and commercial park along Hwy. 401. We sit at a perfect location at the junction of Hwy. 401, Hwy. 416, and the Prescott-Ogdensburg, NY International Bridge, with Interstate 81 just 30 minutes away connecting us all the way to Tennessee. Major centres are within an easy drive, including Ottawa just 45 minutes to the north, Kingston an hour to the west, and Montreal just 90 minutes to the east."

Some family from Prescott:
Samuel Moss
Nelly Countryman
Blanche Countryman King
Eve Countryman Magee
Gertrude Countryman Spriggs
Florence Magee
Harry Countryman

Prescott-Ontario on Facebook

Wednesday, July 9, 2014