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Congratulations to T-Shirt Winner!
...Dan McCumber of Petersburgh, high bidder on a Church
Family tee-shirt at a recent dinner and silent auction benefit held
at the Petersburgh Methodist Church
(7/30/05) to help pay the medical expenses of Petersburgh native Melodie
Willard S. Dougherty (1934-2005), husband of Patience
Bierwirth Dougherty, a Frank Church family descendant.
Uncle Will returned to Hoosick Falls, NY this second week
of June '05, to the friendly village in the hills of upstate New York
that he grew up in. Long-time Mayor Don Bogardus was the first through
the door at Uncle Will's visitation to pay his respects to a native son,
one of many from Hoosick Falls who have spread out across the country
with their roots in this small town along the banks of the Hoosic River,
with its turn-of-the-century brick buildings, old churches, small shops,
and streets lined with maples.
Uncle Will and I agreed that Hoosick Falls was a great town
to grow up in, even though we were from different eras - his of the 40s
and mine of the 60s - and he maintained a lifelong interest in the comings
and goings and doings of his old friends and neighbors.
When you return to town as I do to soak up some old memories,
be sure to look up and give an Irish tip to your Yankees baseball cap
to Will Dougherty, who I'm sure has already been assigned the job in heaven
to watch out for the town that he loved.
- Nephew, Dan Bornt
Jean Bierwirth Bornt
Receives NSDAR Membership
Mrs. Jean Bierwirth
Bornt, a Church/Stewart descendant, became a member of the National
Society of the Daughters of the Revolution on July 7, 2003, based
on the Revolutionary War record and contributions of Lemuel
Steward(t). Her national number of 820016 can now be referenced by
close relatives in their own applications for membership.
Petersburgh Cemetery Needs Our Help!
(reprinted from the Eastwick Press, May
The Pleasant Valley-Meadowlawn Cemetery,
located in Petersburgh, which is managed by the Pleasant Valley-Meadowlawn
Cemetery Association is faced with the problem of not having enough
money to cover expenses.
When a lot is put into Perpetual Care only the
interest from that account can be used for the mowing of the cemetery.
At this point in time when interest payments are low the expenses
are more than the interest.
At this time the mower employed by the Cemetery
Association mows the complete cemetery even though the rules say
he should only mow the lots in the Perpetual Care. He does this
because the cemetery looks better and it is more time consuming
to go around the lots not in care.
The Association would like to notify people if
their lots are not in Perpetual Care that it is available and
you need only to contact the Association for information. If you
are not sure if the lot is in care please contact the Association
for that information.
Please remember that the people placed in the
cemetery are loved ones and they deserve respect that they have
earned. If you plan to be buried in the cemetery you should inquire
as to the lot's standing, and if that lot is not in care,
perchance now would be a good time to do so.
The Association would also be pleased if anyone
would consider making a donation so that the interest it earns
could also be used towards the upkeep.
The Pleasant Valley-Meadowlawn Cemetery Association
thanks you for your past support and hopes to hear from you in
Daniel McCumber, President
Karen Maxon, Treasurer
Pamelia Eggsware, Secretary
Richard Babcock Speaks at Grafton Historical Society
... Noted Area Historian Discusses Barns & Slavery
Reprinted from the Eastwick
Press, July 26, 2002
By Judith Radford
On Wednesday, July 17, The Grafton Historical Society held
a special program with noted area historian Richard Babcock as speaker.
Babcock has given several presentations on his career as barn builder
and restorer using skills taught to him by his father and grandfather.
According to Babcock his family dates back to the revolution with ancestors
such as Clinton, John and Thomas Babcock, all noted for building and restoring
barns. Babcock said he has learned much about our American history from
taking down and restoring barns, and researching their history through
deeds, wills, and other documents.
Babcock said his research and old English records has led
him to determine that the first slaves came to America in 1568 on five
English ships trying to get into this country through the Gulf of Mexico.
They were caught by a Spanish naval force and a huge sea battle ensued
in which only a few ships managed to escape. Over 100 seamen were dumped
into the sea because the captains determined there wasn't enough food
and water for everyone to survive. Three of these seamen, named Ingram,
Brown and Tweed, escaped and headed north through America with the assistance
of Indians. Babcock stated these men learned the Indians, if treated with
respect, would be great allies.
Babcock then went on to discuss all of his barn work and
how one barn in particular, located in the shadows of Mt. Anthony (near
Bennington) was initially a French built forest chapel, which Babcock
believes was built in the 1540s. This old barn had a king post truss,
found only in chapels. The barn was totally handcrafted using the "Scribe
Rule of Building" and, according to Babcock, is the most intelligent
and accurate means of building, even surpassing today's technological
methods. He stated this method was used in 960 BC to build Solomon's Temple.
Babcock discussed in detail how the scribe rule works.
He discussed the way the underground railroad worked in
this region with slaves being hidden in barns and also helped and protected
by local Indians. Babcock said that the Indians don't bury their dead,
so the sites that people call "Indian burial grounds" are usually
really slave burial grounds. Slavery ended in the northeast after the
revolution, specifically in 1827 in New York, 1830 in New Jersey and the
early 1840s in Pennsylvania. He described the way that New England protestant
morality was instrumental in ending slavery in the northeast.
Babcock ended his talk with a poem he wrote about the unknown
slaves who will forever remain unknown but free beneath the cover of white
Dear Church Family Members
and Friends: With the input and assistance from many dear relatives
over several years in collecting and collating the huge amount of Petersburgh
Church Family memorabilia and records, the help of three computers at
times running simultaneously displaying different programs and databases
and running the latest versions of the most high-tech web-authoring and
photo imaging software, plus literally hundreds of hours in front of monitors
assembling and creating the web pages, the Church Family website has come
into being...but the job isn't done yet -
Church Family descendants, your comments, corrections,
reminiscences, and photographs would be greatly appreciated for posting
on this, YOUR site. Also, we'd like to provide links to your home pages.
E-mail your comments and/or attachments to the Church Family web site
at email@example.com with
subject "Church Bulletin Board." Or, read
previous comments and then post your own comments directly on our new
About the Website...
The design focus of this site has been from the start a
presentation of the Petersburgh, NY Church Family Tree and the sharing
of family memories in a format with a vintage, early 19th century feel.
At the same time we hoped to provide a starting point for research into
the American history of which the Church Family in America has played
such an important role. As such, the size and scope of the site practically
mandated the use of web-creation software for layout, to establish the
multiple links, and for the website management.
Although it possible with modern photo-imaging programs
to completely revamp a photograph's appearance, we attempted to maintain
the old black-and-white pictures' original soft tonal and sometimes, blurred,
image. If that meant sacrificing some clarity and contrast, at least the
image would remain "true" to its unique capture of a moment
in time so many years ago. Only one of the photos, the large double oval
of Grandmother and Grandfather Church on the top of their page, required
extensive reconstruction due to damage to the print. Several others needed
touch-up of scratches, folds, and unsightly spots, which was done digitally,
and a few were given contrast adjustments.
- Danny Bornt, January, 2002
PS - See my personal commentary page at "Webnotes"
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