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Mrs. Simmons & the West Grafton School

Visiting Grandfather & Grandmother

The Church Begonia

The 1st Fox Hollow Festival


...Featuring descendants of Frank & Myrtle Church
223 Years in the Hoosic Valley of upstate N.Y.
||| Site last updated: May 25, 2003 |||
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Church Family of Petersburgh, NY
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In 1780 John and Hannah Church and their four children made the arduous
overland trek from Stonington, Connecticut to a new home in the Van Rensselaer
manorial lands nestled in the Taconic Mountains of eastern New York State. Now nearly 225
years later, their descendants still call the region around the Little Hoosic Valley village of
Petersburgh "home."

Petersburgh, looking east down Main St.Baptist Church looking south toward BerlinPetersburgh looking west up Main St.

Scenes of Petersburgh, NY circa 1900

We hope you will enjoy your visit to yesteryear at the Church Family website, a collection of historical
accounts, vintage photographs, genealogical records, and anecdotes of life in rural Rensselaer
County, NY from the 18th to the mid-20th centuries.


"Church Family of Petersburgh, NY, featuring descendants
of Frank & Myrtle Church" website © copyright 2003 by Daniel J. Bornt
Credits: Site design and layout by DJB;
"Flowers" illustration by unknown artist for illustration of poem "Flowers,"
The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1884 edition, personal collection of DJB;
Vintage Postcard: "Street Scene, Petersburg, N.Y." (above left) postmarked Oct. 30, 1900, personal collection of DJB;
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Church History in Petersburgh || Frank & Myrtle's Page || Cemetery Records

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