The Descendants of Johann Conrad Kilts
Emigrant to America
Genealogy of the Kilts Family

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Chapter 7, Part 5

737. Sophia Elizabeth7 EMPIE (Susannah6, Johannes5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 15 Jul 1842 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was christened 1842 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of Gideon EMPIE and Susannah KILTS. Sophia died 31 Jul 1917 in Vernon, Shiawassee Co., MI, USA, and was buried 3 Aug 1917 in Vernon, Shiawassee Co., MI, USA.

NOTES for Sophia:

BAPTISM: Recorded: St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Rhinebeck, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA. Parents: "Gideon Empie and wife, Susannah" Sponsors: Parents Baptized same day as her brother, "Myron Orlo", but date is not given, just the year of birth is listed.

MARRIAGE: Married Sharon Hill, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA. (Florence Zula Shafer Witthoft) Another source says they were married at Seward, Schoharie Co., NY USA, by Rev. Wieting.

BURIAL: Greenwood Cemetery, Vernon, MI USA. She married Lyman Wakeman Van ALSTINE 1 Nov 1865 in Seward, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He was born 2 Dec 1839 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He was the son of John L. Van ALSTINE and Catherine COLLINS. Lyman died 22 Nov 1921 in Vernon, Shiawassee Co., MI, USA, and was buried 25 Nov 1921 in Vernon, Shiawassee Co., MI, USA.

NOTES for Lyman: NOTE: In the Stam volume of the Kilts genealogy there is a typewritten sheet entitled, "Van Alstine Family History," no authorship given, from which the Van Alstine info is being taken.

RESIDENCE: Susie Empie says, They moved from Argusville, NY, to Vernon, Shiawassee Co., MI USA, when their children were young, bought a farm and later moved into town.

BURIAL: Greenwood Cemetery, Vernon, Shiawassee Co., MI, USA.

Known children of Sophia Elizabeth EMPIE and Lyman Wakeman Van ALSTINE are:

+ 1671. m i. John L. Van ALSTINE, born 14 May 1869, died 18 Mar 1961 .
1672. m ii. Charles Van ALSTINE, born 22 Dec 1870 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He married (1) Myrtis MARTIN 1899. She was born about 1871. Myrtis died 1939. Charles married (2) Second WIFE in AZ, USA. She was born about 1871. Charles died 1 Oct 1946 in AZ, USA. Notes for Charles: CHILDREN: None.

1673. f iii. Martha Van ALSTINE, born 26 Jul 1872 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She married Fred F. WEST 14 Feb 1900. He was born about 1873. Martha died 3 May 1950. Notes for Martha: CHILDREN: None.

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738. Myron Orlo7 EMPIE <See pg. 131> (Susannah6, Johannes5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 29 Sep 1843 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was christened Sep 1843 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He was the son of Gideon EMPIE and Susannah KILTS. Myron died 29 Dec 1926 in Pittstown, Rensselaer Co., NY, USA, and was buried 1 Jan 1927 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Myron:

BAPTISM: Recorded: St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Rhinebeck, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA. Parents: "Gideon Empie and wife, Sussannah". Sponsors: Parents. Date of baptism is not given, just the date of birth. Baptized same date as his sister, Sophia Elizabeth.

BIOGRAPHICAL: He settled on his farm in Sharon Hill, NY, in 1870. HISTORY OF SCHOHARIE COUNTY, page xxii: "At the commencement of their married life, they resided on a farm near Sharon Hill, later removing to the Gideon Empie farm, the homestead, where Emma (his wife) died.

NOTE: (HWW) Either his grandson Alden Empie or grandson John E.Empie told me that Myron raised hops on his farm (which was previously Gideon Empie's farm), which he sold to local breweries. He also raised raspberries, which when picked were sent to Seward, NY, to be shipped from there to various cities. Some of his fruit, John Empie said, went to a local plant to be made into jams and jelly. Florence (Empie) Singer writes, 10/97: "Romeyn also raised much fruit and hops and had pickers come out from the cities. (Daughter Ollie said this.)"

DEATH: Raymertown, Town of Pittstown, Renssselaer Co., NY USA, at home of his daughter, Angenette, now the home of the John Empie. Florence Empie Singer adds: "He died at Raymertown and his casket was in Aunt Angie's front room where I saw him."

Florence Singer wrote, Feb 1998: "I also went along to Slate Hill Cemetery in a sleigh, under Dad's warm, smelly buffalo robe. My memory is that he was put in the vault to await unfrozen ground in the Empie plot at the top of the hill."

BURIAL: Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

TOMBSTONE: Myron D., born Sep. 29, 1843, d. Dec. 29, 1926

He married Emma KLING 23 Feb 1870 in NY, USA. She was born 13 Sep 1851 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of Henry N. KLING and Mary Ann HYNEY. Emma died 6 Sep 1918 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was buried 9 Sep 1918 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Emma:

BIRTH: Argusville, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

RESIDENCE: At the commencement of their married life they resided on a farm near Sharon Hill, later removing to the Gideon Empie farm, the old homestead where she resided until called to enter the rest prepared for the faithful.

DEATH: (BEG) "Death took place at 2 a.m., Sept. 6, 1918, age 67, at the Gideon Empie farm, Sharon Hill, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY." Florence (Empie) Singer writes, 10/97: "Yes, I was there with my mother as death approached. She helped with the nursing." Cause of death: stomach cancer.

DEATH: Recorded in church book of Frankean Evangelical Lutheran Church, Gardnersville, T-Seward, Schoharie Co., NY USA. "Mrs. Myron Empie, died Sept. 7, 1918, age 67, Member Sharon Hill Luth. (Slate Hill)." (Means buried Slate Hill.) Where was the Lutheran Church at Sharon Hill in 1918?? I asked Mrs. Ullman and she located it for me. The building was reduced in height to a one-story and it is now a residence. I stopped there once and the husband said that his wife had pictures and other artifacts from the church and she would be willing to xerox them and send same to me. (Never received so I must remember to follow up on this. HWW)

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TOMBSTONE: Tombstone is in Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA. "Empie, Emma Kling, also his wife, Born Sept. 13, 1851, d. Sept. 6, 1918"

Known children of Myron Orlo EMPIE and Emma KLING are:

+ 1674. m i. Romyne EMPIE, born 20 Jan 1871, died 5 Sep 1909 <See pg. 454>.
1675. ii. Lulu M. EMPIE, born 13 Aug 1872 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, christened 10 Sep 1873 in Seward, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, died 29 May 1879 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.
BAPTISM: Recorded: Frankean Evangelical Lutheran Church, Gardnerville, T-Seward, Schoharie Co., NY USA. Parents: "Myron & Emma Empie" Sponsors: None listed
DEATH: Died young of diphtheria.
+ 1676. m iii. Charles Gideon EMPIE, Rev., born 10 Mar 1874, died 11 Nov 1949 <See pg. 455>.
+ 1677. m iv. Edgar EMPIE, born 20 Dec 1875, died 1 Jul 1957 <See pg. 457>.
1678. f v. Angenette "Angie" EMPIE, born 15 May 1877 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She married Alfred McDonald DOUGLASS 27 Jun 1906 in NY, USA. He was born 9 Sep 1882 in Pittstown, Rensselaer Co., NY, USA. Alfred died 23 Jan 1962 in Pittstown, Rensselaer Co., NY, USA, and was buried 26 Jan 1962 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. Notes for Alfred:
OBITUARY: Name of newspaper unknown, hand written date, 1962:
ALFRED M. DOUGLASS
Alfred M. Douglass, 79, died at Raymertown, Jan. 23. He was the husband of Angie Empie Douglass, formerly of the Town of Sharon. Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday) in the Lutheran Church at Raymertown and the commital service in the church at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment will be in the Slate Hill Cemetery, Sharon. Mr. Douglas was born in Pittstown, Monroe county. (Note: HWW - This has be an error. Should be Rensselaer Co., NY) A farmer, he had resided in that vicinity all vicinity all his life. He had served as a trustee of the Raymertown Lutheran Church for 41 years and as a deacon for five years. He was a member of the Raymertown fire company and for ten years was fire commissioner in that district. He was a member also of the Pittstown Grange No. 1211 and of the Farm Bureau. Survivors include his wife, a niece, Mrs. Hester Amey of Doylestown, Pa., and three nephews, John Empie of Raymertown; Alden Empie of Ames and Myron Empie of Schenectady.
Angenette died 19 Jan 1981 in Pittstown, Rensselaer Co., NY, USA, and was buried Jan 1981 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. Notes for Angenette:

BIOGRAPHICAL: (BEG) After the birth of her youngest child, John, Edgar's wife, Mary Adella Myers, became mentally ill. (It was said to be a form of post partum illness.) She never recovered her mind, always remembering her children at the age they were when John was born. Edgar, finding himself unable to care for all of his children, "agreed" to let his brother, Charles Empie, raise Hester, and his sister, Angenette Douglass, raise baby John. Thus, these two children were raised apart from their other siblings. Florence (Empie) Singer writes, 10/97: Uncle Alfred wanted Hester, and my mother would have been glad to take John. But my father, Charles, refused to "walk the floor with another baby" and said he would take Hester who was about my age. Uncle Alfred was angry at Aunt Angie at first, but soon loved John dearly.

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Note: In the first paragraph it said that Edgar "agreed" to let his brother... Florence Singer writes, 2/12/1998: "It was less 'agreed' than it was a family crisis session where they all tried to help out. I think Uncle Edgar was momentarily crushed by the turn of events; Aunt Della's serious illness, the necessary sale of his home at which he had just built a root cellar and wasn't getting necessary income, etc. John was so young and even Hester, 7, a problem to raise, but Alden and Myron could help." Florence Singer writes, 12 February 1912: Angie lived at Raymertown from 1900 when she went to keep house for my unmarried preacher father. Baby John must have gone to Raymertown in 1922 or early 1923 because Hester and I were both 7 when she arrived. John says he was 17 months old when he came to Aunt Angie's so it was February 1923 when the family broke up. Sad!
NEWSPAPAER: Name of newspaper unknown, dated May 17, 1977: ANGIE DOUGLAS' 100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED MAY 15
For 77 of her 100 years, Angie Douglas has lived in Raymertown. Born in Sharon Hill, New York, she came in 1900 to work as housekeeper for her brother, the late Reverend Charles Empie, the pastor of the Raymertown Evangelical Lutheran Church. About two years following her marriage to Alfred Douglas, the couple bought the Mary Louise Perry Farm located on Cooksboro Road, which they farmed for many years. Angie's nephew John continued to operate the farm for a few years following Alfred's death. For a short time the farm lay unproductive until Angie's grand nephew Douglas put it back into full production in recent years.
Angie is well known to her Raymertown neighbors and especially to the members of the Raymertown Lutheran Church where she was active for many years. She taught Sunday School, was a member of the Lutheran Church Women, and was the church organist for many years. Congratulations Angie! (HWW - And her photo at age 100 appeared with his news article.)
TOMBSTONE: There was always some speculation in the family as to Angie's date of birth. Her birth year of "1877" was correct, but she changed her husband's date of birth from "1882" to "1876" to make him one year older than she instead of 5 years younger. She ordered the joint tombstone to read:

DOUGLASS
Angie Empie/ Alfred M.
1877-1981 1876-1962

BURIAL: Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

+ 1679. m vi. Louis Myron EMPIE, born 13 Aug 1880, died 31 Jul 1939 <See pg. 459>.

739. Luther7 EMPIE <See pg. 131> (Susannah6, Johannes5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 14 Feb 1846 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He was the son of Gideon EMPIE and Susannah KILTS. Luther died 9 Feb 1921 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was buried 1921 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Luther:

BURIAL: Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

TOMBSTONE: Empie, Luther, born Feb. 14, 1846, died Feb 9, 1921.

He married Elizabeth "Bessie" BORST. She was born 3 Jan 1854. She was the daughter of Peter P. BORST, Jr. and Elisa RICHTMYER. Elizabeth died 23 Jan 1899 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was buried 1899 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Elizabeth:

BURIAL: Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

TOMBSTONE: Empie, Elizabeth Borst, his wife, born Jan. 3, 1854, died Jan 23, 1899.

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Known children of Luther EMPIE and Elizabeth "Bessie" BORST are:

+ 1680. m i. Arthur EMPIE, born 5 Sep 1877, died 31 Dec 1967 <See pg. 460>.
1681. ii. Infant EMPIE, born 13 Mar 1879 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, died 14 Mar 1879, and was buried 14 Mar 1879 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.
BURIAL: Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.
TOMBSTONE: "Empie, Infant, died Mar 14, 1879, Ae 1 day."
1682. f iii. Weltha EMPIE, born about 1880 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She married D. J. SLATER. He was born about 1880.
+ 1683. m iv. Eugene EMPIE, born 17 Feb 1882, died Mar 1979 <See pg. 461>.

740. Martha H.7 EMPIE <See pg. 131> (Susannah6, Johannes5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 30 Oct 1851 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of Gideon EMPIE and Susannah KILTS. Martha died 30 Apr 1947 in Kirkland, Oneida Co., NY, USA, and was buried 2 May 1947 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Martha:

RESIDENCE: Moved to Sharon Springs, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA, after the death of her first husband.

MARRIAGE: # 2 - Sidney Crounse. Lois Gosse says that Martha was 75 years old when she married Sidney.

BIOGRAPHICAL: (BEG) An inscription in a photo album belonging to Martha Empie Hyney says that Martha lived in Sharon Springs, NY. Susie Empie's records confirm this. Susie also says, that Martha played, sang and recited all her life. Much interested in W.C.T.U. and missions.

DEATH: At Lutheran Home, V-Clinton, T-Kirkland, Oneida Co.,NY.

OBITUARY: Name of newspaper unknown. Hand written dates: Apr. 30, 1947, burial May 2, 1947: MRS. CROUNSE DIES AT LUTHERAN HOME

Mrs. Sidney C. Crounse, 94, the former Martha Empie Hyney of Cobleskill, died Wednesday morning at the Lutheran Home in Clinton where she and Mr. Crounse had resided for the past several years. Mrs. Crounse was admitted to the Lutheran Home infirmary a few days prior to her death. Funeral services will be held at the Lutheran home this Thursday night with the Rev. William C. Nolte, superintendent of the home, in charge. Services will also be held Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Slate Hill Cemetery with Dr. Morris C. Skinner, pastor of Zion Lutheran church, Cobleskill, officiating. Rev. Nolte will assist at this service. Friends are invited to the service. Mrs. Crounse was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and during her residence here was active in all affairs of the church and in the various organizations. She was also a former Sunday school teacher. She was twice married, her first husband being Charles Hyney who for years operated a grocery store in Cobleskill. Mr. Crounse, who survives, was formerly from Altamont. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

She married (1) Charles A. HYNEY about 1871. He was born 1856 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was christened 8 Jan 1870 in Seward, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He was the son of James S. HYNEY and Mary Sophia EMPIE. Charles died 7 May 1933.

NOTES for Charles:

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BAPTISM: Recorded, page 4, under Record of "Adult Baptism," Lutheran Church, Gardnersville, T-Seward, Schoharie Co., NY USA: "Charles A. Hyney, Sharon, NY, Jan. 8, 1870, Age 14, Rev. P. H. Turner." Baptized same day as his sister, Ella V. Empey, age 15.

Known children of Martha H. EMPIE and Charles A. HYNEY are:

1684. f i. Julia HYNEY, born 30 Aug 1877 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, christened 4 Jan 1879 in Seward, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, died 22 Dec 1894 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was buried 1895 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.
BAPTISM: Recorded: Lutheran Church, Gardnersville, T-Seward, Schoharie Co., NY USA. "Julia, born Aug. 30, 1877, baptized Jan. 4, 1879. Parents: "Charles A. & Martha Hyney".
DEATH: Sharon Springs, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.
OBITUARY: Name and date of newspaper unknown:
The sudden death of Julia occurred at age 19, Dec. 22, 1894, at her home in Sharon Springs, NY, according to her obituary. She was "placed by the side of her lovely sister, who died a little more than 3 years ago, in the beautiful cemetery at Slate Hill." She lived all her life in Sharon, until family moved to Sharon Springs in Spring of 1894.
BURIAL: Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.
1685. f ii. Hattie HYNEY, born 30 Jul 1878 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, christened 17 May 1879 in Seward, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, died 24 Aug 1891 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was buried 27 Aug 1891 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.
BAPTISM: Recorded: Lutheran Church, Gardnersville, T-Seward, Schoharie Co., NY USA. "Hattie, born July 30, 1878, baptized 17 May 1879". Parents: "Charles A. & Martha Hyney".
DEATH: Sharon Springs, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.
BURIAL: Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.
Martha married (2) Sidney C. CROUNSE about 1926. He was born 16 Jul 1860. Sidney died 29 Dec 1947 in Kirkland, Oneida Co., NY, USA.
NOTES for Sidney:
DEATH: At Lutheran Home, V-Clinton, T-Kirkland, Oneida Co., NY USA.
OBITUARY: Name of newspaper unknown, hand written date, Died, Dec. 29, 1947. SIDNEY C. CROUNSE
Sidney C. Crounse, 87, a former resident of Cobleskill and Altamont died at the Lutheran Home at Clinton on Monday. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at Altamont by the pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, of which Mr. Crounse was a member. Mr. Crounse was at one time treasurer of the Lutheran Synod and was active in Lutheran Church work in the Schoharie Valley for many years. Mr. Crounse was the second husband of the late Mrs. Martha Hyney Crounse of Cobleskill.

741. John Jay7 EMPIE <See pg. 131> (Susannah6, Johannes5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 7 Dec 1853 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He was the son of Gideon EMPIE and Susannah KILTS. John died 28 Mar 1958 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI, USA, and was buried 31 Mar 1958 in Vernon, Owosso Co., MI, USA.

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NOTES for John:

BIRTH: Sharon Hill, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA

OCCUPATION: Farmer.

CHURCH AFFILIATION: Methodist.

RESIDENCE: Sharon, NY; Vernon, Owosso Co., MI; Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI.

MARRIAGE: Franckean Evangelical Lutheran Congregation, Gardnersville, Schoharie County, Page 35: "John J. Empie, Cora Fox, Jan. 17, 1883, Rev. B. E. Fake, married at at Gardnersville, Parsonage." Names of parents: "Gideon Empie and Jessie Fox."

BIOGRAPHICAL: John Jay and Cora Empie moved to a farm near Vernon, MI, in 1889, where they farmed until they moved into the Town of Vernon, MI, in 1916. In 1924 they moved to Ann Arbor, MI, where they bought a large home and housed boys who attended the University of Michigan. Most all of their family gathered in November, 1951, to celebrate John Jay's 100th birthday. They enjoyed entertaining their many friends and relatives who felt free to drop in at any time. John Jay was also a teacher in NY until he married Cora Fox. Birth of John J. Empie: 1.) Records of Grace Diefendorf Empie, "John Jay b. Dec 7, 1853, married Cora Fox, Jan 17, 1884." 2.) Records of Arlene Empie Odom, granddaughter of John Jay Empie: "John Jay Empie", b. Dec. 7, 1853, Sharon Hill, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY. d. Mar 28, 1958, Ann Arbor, MI. Burial, Vernon, MI." Susie Empie writes: "Cora and John Jay Empie lived at Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, for 5 years after they were married, with his parents on the farm near Slate Hill, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY. Then they bought a farm in March of 1888 one half mile from Vernon, Owosso Co., MI. They lived there until they sold the farm and moved to Vernon, November 16, 1916. They moved to Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI, in 1924. John Jay attended Fort Plain Academy and Hartwick Seminary. Taught before he was married. Played an organ and sang. Cora Empie could use a needle, crochet hook, tatting shuttle, even hammer and nails and had the reputation for being able to do almost everything. She always was helping people. Rev. Charles Empie recalls his Aunt Cora as being a very pretty young woman with long black, curly hair, braided, and a kindly Uncle Jay, who used to hold him and play with him and at times play the melodian and sing." (The foregoing BIOGRAPHICAL from: Arlene Empie Odom's family records.)

He married Cora FOX 17 Jan 1883 in Seward, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was born 17 Jan 1867 in Seward, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of Jesse FOX and Anna Augusta COUNTRYMAN. Cora died 30 Apr 1957 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI, USA, and was buried 3 May 1957 in Vernon, Owosso Co., MI, USA.

Known children of John Jay EMPIE and Cora FOX are:

1686. f i. Susie A. "Aunt Susie" EMPIE, born 24 Jun 1885 in Seward, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, died 25 Jul 1985 in Kissimmee, FL, USA, and was buried 28 Jul 1985 in Vernon, Owosso Co., MI, USA.
BIOGRAPHICAL: From Arlene Empie Odom, John Jay Empie's granddaughter: Susie Empie moved with her parents to Vernon, Owosso Co., MI, in 1889, to a farm which her father, John Jay, farmed until they moved to Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI, in 1924. She enjoyed entertaining, cooking, and also cooked in a girl's sorority house until she was needed to care for her parents and the large home they lived in which housed boys who attended Michigan University. Susie moved to Mt. Dora, FL, in March 1961. After illness and an operation, she wasn't able to take care of her home, so she moved to Largo, FL, in Sept. 1966. In Sept. 1971, she moved to Good Samaritan Village in Kissimmee, FL, then entered the nursing home there in June 1976 with crippling arthritis and a broken hip. She lived to be 100 and celebrated her birthday, June, 24, 1985, before she passed away July 25, 1985.

MARRIAGE: Unmarried

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+ 1687. m ii. Elmer Fox EMPIE, born 13 Jan 1890, died 19 Mar 1963 <See pg. 461>.
+ 1688. m iii. Harold Jay EMPIE, Rev., born 4 Aug 1894, died 4 Nov 1983 <See pg. 462>.

743. Ellena7 SHAFER <See pg. 135> (Sophia6, Johannes5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 23 Apr 1853 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of Daniel D. SHAFER and Sophia KILTS. Ellena died 15 Dec 1943 in Cobleskill, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was buried 17 Dec 1943 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Ellena:

BURIAL: Ellena died 15 December 1943. Ground was probably frozen so that she probably wasn't buried in the ground until the Spring of 1944 (HWW). Buried in Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

OBITUARY: Name of newspaper unknown. Only date is a handwritten 1943. Article from the files of Florence Z. (Shafer) Witthoft:

MRS. JOHN H. STAM Mrs. Ellena Stam, 90, widow of John Stam, passed away at the Hotaling Nursing Home in Cobleskill, on Wednesday, Dec. 15th. Mrs. Stam was born in Argusville, April 23rd, 1853, the daughter of Daniel and Sophia Shafer and lived most of her life around Argusville and Sharon. Mrs. Stam is survived by one son, Harry Stam of St. Johnsville; one sister, Mrs. Loretta Button, of Vermont and one brother, Wellington Shafer of Argusville. She also leaves four granddaughters: Mrs. George Voght of Sharon, Miss Kathleen Stam now in service in India, Mrs. Ellsworth Vines and Mrs Fred Walton of Pasadena, Calif. Also four grandsons, Charles Stam of Canajoharie, Revillo Stam of Pasadena Calif., William Stam of Manitowac, Wisconsin, and Lee Stam of Rochester. Funeral services were held Friday, 1:30 p.m. at the Lappeus funeral home in Sharon Springs with Rev. R.E. Dunckel of the Methodist church officiating. Interment was in the Slate Hill cemetery.

She married John Henry STAM 14 Feb 1871 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He was born 12 May 1853. He was the son of William STAM. John died 18 Nov 1921, and was buried 1921 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for John:

MEDICAL: He was an alcoholic. When he "got out of hand" his wife, Ellena, used to go and visit, sometimes stay, with her brother Wellington.

BURIAL: Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

Known children of Ellena SHAFER and John Henry STAM are:

1689. f i. Julie E. STAM, born 3 Dec 1871 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, died 18 Jun 1893.
+ 1690. m ii. William H. STAM, born 9 Aug 1873, died 7 Mar 1910 <See pg. 465>.
1691. m iii. Revilo D. STAM, born 31 Dec 1875 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, died 13 Dec 1930.
+ 1692. f iv. Carrie M. STAM, born 12 Dec 1880, died 22 Jan 1937 <See pg. 465>.
1693. m v. Harry F. STAM, born 10 Sep 1882 in Schoharie, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He married Jane "Jennie" PICKARD. She was born about 1882. Harry died 18 Nov 1961 in Utica, Oneida Co., NY, USA, and was buried 20 Nov 1961 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. Notes for Harry:

BURIAL: Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

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OBITUARY: Name of newspaper and date unknown. Clipping from the files of Florence Z. (Shafer) Witthoft:
H.F. STAM, 79, RITES TODAY IN ST. JOHNSVILLE
ST. JOHNSVILLE--Harry F. Stam, 79, of 64 North Division Street, died Sunday morning in St. Elizabeth Hospital, Utica, where he had been a two days. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Smith funeral home, with Rev. Herman Briele, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Slate Hill cemetery at Sharon Springs. Mr. Stam was born in Sharon Springs on Sept. 10, 1882, and had resided in St. Johnsville for the past 30 years. For a number of years he was custodian of the Community House. He was a member of the Little Falls Lodge of Elks. An excerpt from another newspaper clipping follows: Mr. Stam is survived by his widow, Jane Pickard Stam of St. Johnsville; nieces and nephews, Mrs. George Voght, Sharon Springs; Charles Stam, Canajoharie; Mrs. Fred Molton, Pasadena, Cal.; Mrs. Elsworth Vines, Pasadena, Cal.; Revilo Stam, Reno, Nev.; and several cousins.
NOTE: I (Herman Witthoft) met Harry Stam in about January, 1957-58, when he was working for the Thorne Appraisal Sevice, Binghampton, NY, the company that was doing the tax revaluation of Montgomery Co. Harry's house was one of my appraisals. Harry didn't seem too friendly, and I didn't know his relationship in the family at that time. So I didn't go back and visit with him in the evening after my work day, nor did he ask me to, although he did say he knew my mother's name.

744. Loretta7 SHAFER <See pg. 135> (Sophia6, Johannes5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 30 Sep 1854 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of Daniel D. SHAFER and Sophia KILTS. Loretta died 21 Aug 1951 in Plattsburgh, Clinton Co., NY, USA, and was buried 24 Aug 1951 in Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Loretta:

NOTE: (HWW) According to my mother's notes, Florence Zula Shafer Witthoft, Loretta's daughter, Ellena, was born 13 March 1900. This makes Loretta 46 years old at the birth of her last child. (This is the same age as Florence Zula was when her last child, Florence Lois, was born in 1936.)

CENSUS: 1855 NY: Schoharie Co., NY. (Copied from Cady records) Loretta is listed: "Loretta, 9/12, Schoharie Co., 9/12, child." So, translated: Loretta was born September 1854 in Schoharie County, lived in Schoharie County 3 months prior to 1855 Census and was the daughter of Daniel D. Shaver."

BURIAL: Ames Cemetery, Ames, T-Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., NY USA.

OBITUARY: Name and date of newspaper unknown: MRS. GEORGE F. BUTTON

CANAJOHARIE, Aug 22---Mrs. Loretta Button, 96, widow of George F. Button, died yesterday at the Adirondack Nursing Home in Plattsburg, following a long illness. Born in Mt. Pleasant, IL (sic), September 30, 1854, she was the daughter of Daniel and Sophia Kilts Shaver. She resided in Sharon Springs for many years until 1940 when she went to Plattsburg to live with a daughter, Mrs. Milford S. Allen. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Charles A Webber, New York City, and Mrs. George H. Garlock, Buel; eight grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Lenz funeral home, Canajoharie, the Rev. Paul C. Reisch, pastor of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, officiating. Interment will be in Ames Cemetery. She married George France BUTTON 12 Feb 1873. He was born 2 Feb 1854 in Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., NY, USA. He was the son of Ezra Ames BUTTON and Hannah Eliza FRANCE. George died 16 Aug 1924 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was buried 19 Aug 1924 in Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., NY, USA.

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NOTES for George:

BIRTH: Buel, T-Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., NY USA.

OCCUPATION: He was a carpenter. According to Henry Lyker, son of Mary (Shafer) Lyker he built his brother-in-law Wellington Shafer's cow barn.

PHYSICAL: Henry Lyker says that he had only one leg and was known as "Peg Leg Button." Henry didn't know how he lost the leg. It did not impair his ability to work as a carpenter.

DEATH: Sharon Springs, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

BURIAL: Ames Cemetery, Ames, T-Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., NY USA.

Known children of Loretta SHAFER and George France BUTTON are:

1694. f i. Alberta BUTTON, born 28 Feb 1874 in Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., NY, USA, died 18 Nov 1875 in Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., NY, USA.
BIRTH: Hamlet of Buel, T-Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., NY USA.
MARRIAGE: Unmarried
1695. f ii. Lavinia BUTTON, born 7 Mar 1876 in Jasper, Steuben Co., NY, USA, died 11 Dec 1879 in Jasper, Steuben Co., NY, USA.
MARRIAGE: Unmarried
+ 1696. f iii. Vinnie BUTTON, born 14 Jun 1878, died 21 Nov 1941 <See pg. 465>.
1697. m iv. Earl Daniel BUTTON, born 30 Dec 1880 in Jasper, Steuben Co., NY, USA. He married Mary IDZORCH 11 Apr 1907. She was born about 1880. Earl died 13 Jan 1925. Notes for Earl:
CHILDREN: None.
1698. f v. Mary E. BUTTON, born 9 Mar 1884 in Jasper, Steuben Co., NY, USA. She married George Hamilton GARLOCK 16 Dec 1909. He was born about 1880. Notes for Mary:
CHILDREN: None.
1699. f vi. Lucy B. BUTTON, born 29 Aug 1890 in Jasper, Steuben Co., NY, USA. She married Charles A. WEBBER 31 Jul 1945. He was born 1881. He was the son of ________ WEBBER. Charles died 20 May 1967 in Cooperstown, Otsego Co., NY, USA, and was buried 24 May 1967 in Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., NY, USA. Notes for Charles:
OBITUARY: Name of newspaper unknown, handwritten date, 24 May 1967:
CHARLES WEBER EXPIRES AT 86

Charles A. Webber, 86, of Ames died Saturday night in the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, after a short illness. Webber, a native of New York City, had lived in Ames for the past four years. He was a plumbing contractor in New York for many years before his retirement in 1963. He was a member of St. Michael's Episcopal church, New York City. Mr. Webber was a 50-year member of Charity Masonic Lodge, 727,

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past high priest of the Americus chapter 215, RAM; Commandery 1; a 50-year member of Mecca Shrine Temple and a past president of Masonic Veterans, all of New York. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lucy Button Webber; and a brother, Edward Webber of Crestwood. Several nieces and nephews also survive. The funeral service will be held at Trinity Episcopal church, Sharon Springs, at 10 a.m. today. The Rev. Walter Allyn Rogers of New York City will officiate. Burial will be in the Ames cemetery.
Notes for Lucy:
CHILDREN: None.

+ 1700. f vii. Ellena Sophia BUTTON, born 13 Mar 1900 <See pg. 466>.

746. Wellington7 SHAFER <See pg. 135> (Sophia6, Johannes5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 19 Feb 1858 in Mt. Pleasant, Whiteside Co., IL, USA, and was christened 1858. He was the son of Daniel D. SHAFER and Sophia KILTS. Wellington died 27 Jun 1945 in Schodack, Rensselaer Co., NY, USA, and was buried 30 Jun 1945 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.
NOTES for Wellington:

RESIDENCE: Fritz Vogt made a pencil drawing of the residence of Wellington Shafer, Argusville, Schoharie Co., NY, November 15, 1890. It is now in the possession of Ruth (Witthoft) Glass, San Jose, CA. A note penciled on the rear side by Florence Zula (Shafer) Witthoft reads: "Wellington Shafer's mother had been living there since Aug. 9, 1867." (Sophia Kilts Shafer - Mrs. Daniel D. Shafer) "She had been caring for her elderly father, John Kilts, son of Adam Kilts who had come from Stone Arabia in 1790 and settled in Sharon. John Kilts died Oct 23, 1869." Below this in Ruth's handwriting is: "Ruth would like this picture. I remember well - used to be framed and hung in living room of Grandma's house. Please!!"

BIOGRAPHICAL: From a letter by his daughter, Florence Zula, to her children, dated, February 19, 1978: Today is my father's (Wellington Shafer) birthday. He was born in 1858 in the town of Mt. Pleasant, Whiteside Co., Illinois. Six days before his second birthday, his father, Daniel D. Shafer, died. Three months later, his brother, Daniel, was born. I don't know how long after her husband's death my grandmother, Sophia Kilts Shafer, waited to start back to her family home in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, with her four small children. Aunt Lena Stam remembered the trip. She was seven years old and Aunt Loretta was six. (How many of you remember Aunt Lena?) My grandmother's mother had died while my grandparent's were living in Illinois. So she went to her oldest sister's house to live until her brother, Conrad, built a small building on his place for her to live in. Most of you must remember what we called "John's Place" when we spent the summers in Argusville; my father owned it then. When you drive from Argusville to "John's Place," it is easy to see where a building once stood. I once walked into the field to see the remains of a foundation. There was rubbish and bushes there that had never been leveled off to be mowed over. Aunt Lena used to tell how cute my father was on the train on the trip home from Illinois; everyone made such a fuss over him. When my father would hear her tell it, he would look so embarrassed!

From another letter by Florence Zula (Shafer) Witthoft, dated 10 November 1976: On one of our drives, Daddy and I drove past the Wesley Kilts place where my father, Wellington, lived from the time he was five years old until he was twenty-one. Along the road there was once a stone wall fence that he put up; how many of you remember ever seeing one? They used to be quite common. He was very proud of how perfectly he had made it. But everything is gone now; even the old buildings aren't there any more."

Another account about Wellington that was told by Henry Lyker to Herman Witthoft, was that when Wellington was 21 years old (1879), he voted and then went to New York City and peddled milk. (The way Henry told it, the story sounded like he voted and then left for New York City, like it was on his birthday. Maybe voting was on a different day than it is today?) New York City at that time was probably Manhattan as the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island

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were undeveloped, and it doesn't seem that Brooklyn, the other Borough, would be called New York City. Henry didn't say how long he peddled milk, but it was probably just long enough to save up money to buy the farm where my mother was born. Also, because he was a minor when his father died, he probably received money from the estate from the sale of the 160 acre farm in Illinois. This is my theory. (Herman Witthoft)
OCCUPATION: Dairy farmer.
DEATH: At East Schodack, T-Schodack, Rensselaer Co. NY USA, the home of his daughter, Florence Zula (Shafer) Witthoft. His wife, Ida Adelaide (Finkle) Shafer, previously came to live with their daughter, Florence, and died there, 20 April 1942.

BURIAL: Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

OBITUARY: Name and date of newspaper unknown: WELLINGTON SHAFER Wellington Shafer of Argusville, Schoharie county, died Wednesday morning, June 27, 1945, at the home of his daughter in East Schodack, NY. Funeral services were conducted at two o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Lutheran church at Argusville of which he was a member. Rev. Nicholas Paris officiated. Mr. Shafer was born Feb. 19, 1858, in Whiteside County, Illinois, the son of Daniel and Sophia Kilts Shafer. His parents were natives of Schoharie County and following his father's death, his mother returned here bringing her two year old son with her. Survivors incude two daughters, Mrs. Charles Witthoft of East Schodack and Mrs. Arthur Lyker of Lykers Corners; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Loretta Button of Plattsburg, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He married Ida Adelaide FINKLE 19 Nov 1884 in Argusville, Schoharie, NY, USA. She was born 15 Mar 1863 in Brunswick, Rensselaer Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of Joseph Jeremiah FINKLE and Mary Elizabeth COLEHAMER. Ida died 20 Apr 1942 in Schodack, Rensselaer Co., NY, USA, and was buried 22 Apr 1942 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Ida:
BIRTH: T-Brunswick, Rensselaer Co., NY USA.
DEATH: At the home of her daughter, Florence Zula (Shafer) Witthoft, East Schodack, T-Schodack, Rensselaer Co., NY USA. Her husband, Wellington, later came to live here and died here also 27 June 1945.

BURIAL: Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

OBITUARY: From the files of Florence Z.S. Witthoft. Name and date of newspaper unknown:

MRS. WELLINGTON SHAFER Argusville -- Mrs. Ida Adelaide Finkle Shafer, wife of Wellington Shafer of Argusville, Schoharie County, died Monday, 1 a.m., April 20, 1942, following a long illness at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Witthoft, of East Schodack, where she had been staying for the past two weeks. She was born in the Town of Brunswick, Rensselaer County, March 15, 1863, a daughter of thelate Joseph J. and Mary E. Colhammer Finkle. When a child she moved with her parents and brothers to a farm near Argusville. She was married November 19, 1884, to Wellington Shafer, who survives her together with two daughters, Mrs. Charles Witthoft of East Schodack and Mrs. Arthur Lyker of Lykers Corners; seven grandchildren, Henry Lyker of Lykers Corners, Ruth, Herman, Charles, Jr., Martha, Peggy and Florence Witthoft of East Schodack, and one great grandchild, Cynthia Ann Lyker of Lykers Corners, also several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral service was held at the Argusville Lutheran church, Wednesday, April 22, at 1 p.m. She had been a member of this church for fifty-eight years and was a member of the Ladies' Aid and Missionary Societies of this church and of the Cobleskill Chapter W.C.T.U. The burial was in the family plot at the Slate Hill Cemetery.

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AND IN THE SAME NEWSPAPER:
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to extend our thanks and appreciation to all relatives, friends and neighbors for their kind assistance and expressions of sympathy during the long illness and at time of death of our wife and mother; especially to the Argusville Ladies Aid, to Pastor Sands for his comforting words, to Mrs. Katherine Smith who furnished music, to all who sent cards and flowers and furnished cars, to the bearers and to all who in any way assisted. Grateful, heartfelt thanks to all. Wellington Shafer, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Witthoft and Family, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lyker and Family.

OBITUARY: From the files of Florence Z. S. Witthoft. Date and newspaper are unknown:

MRS. WELLINGTON SHAFER

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Argusville Lutheran Church for Mrs. Wellington Shafer, 79, who died Sunday night, April 19, (sic) at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Witthoft, in the Lutheran parsonage at East Schodack. Mrs. Shafer went there for a visit approximately two weeks ago. Rev. G. Oliver Sands officiated at the services and burial was in Slate Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Shafer was formerly Miss Ida Adelaide Finkle, daughter of J. J. Finkle and Mary E. Finkle of Rensselaer. She was married to Wellington Shafer on Nov. 19, 1884 and joined the Argusville Lutheran church the same year. The couple have lived in the vicinity of Argusville since their marriage.

Known children of Wellington SHAFER and Ida Adelaide FINKLE are:

1701. m i. Arba Edward SHAFER, born 5 Mar 1888 in Root, Montgomery Co., NY, USA, christened in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, died 8 Mar 1891 in Root, Montgomery Co., NY, USA, and was buried 11 Mar 1891 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.
BIRTH: Argusville, T-Root, Montgomery Co., NY USA.
DEATH: Argusville, T-Root, Montgomery Co., NY USA.
BURIAL: Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.
TOMBSTONE: On the headstone is the inscription: "Budded on earth, To bloom in heaven, 3y 4d."
His nephew, "Unnamed" Witthoft, born 4 July 1924, is buried on top of his grave. He was buried by his father, Rev. Charles M. Witthoft, probably 5 July 1924, the day after his birth. (Born dead.) (This is not recorded in the cemetery records.)
NOTE: Florence (Finkell) Kling said that her father helped take care of Arba when he was dying from "whooping cough" and "meningitis."
+ 1702. f ii. Florence Zula SHAFER, born 6 Apr 1890, died 21 Oct 1986 <See pg. 466>.
+ 1703. f iii. Mary Elizabeth SHAFER, born 14 Jul 1892, died 6 Aug 1984 <See pg. 470>.

748. Emmett7 KILTS <See pg. 136> (George6, Johannes5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 4 Jun 1856 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He was the son of George KILTS and Nancy Mary E. BORST. Emmett died 10 Jan 1931 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was buried 1931 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

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NOTES for Emmett:

BURIAL: Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

He married Mary C. GORDON. She was born 19 Sep 1855 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of John GORDON and Eliza [------?------] . Mary died 17 May 1934 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was buried 20 May 1934 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Mary:

BIRTH: Argusville, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

BURIAL: Slate Hill, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

NOTE: Mary was daughter of John & Eliza Gordon. She died at their daughter's, Mrs. Alvin C. home, at Sharon Springs of a broken hip. They were members of the Argusville Lutheran Church. (FZSW)

Known children of Emmett KILTS and Mary C. GORDON are:

+ 1704. f i. Laura M. KILTS, born 7 Dec 1883, died 15 Apr 1956 <See pg. 472>.
+ 1705. m ii. Carlos Gordon KILTS, born 4 May 1887, died May 1950 <See pg. 473>.
+ 1706. m iii. Ford Emmett KILTS, born 3 Oct 1891, died 2 Jan 1969 <See pg. 474>.
+ 1707. f iv. Rena Mae KILTS, born 9 Sep 1895, died 27 Jul 1973 <See pg. 475>.
1708. f v. Alice KILTS, born 1899 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She married George THOMAS about 1922. He was born about 1889. George died Oct 1961, and was buried 1961 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. Notes for George:
BURIAL: Since his wife was buried, 1997, in Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA, I'm assuming that he was buried there also. Alice died 30 Jan 1997 in Clinton, Oneida Co., NY, USA, and was buried 1997 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. Notes for Alice:
OBITUARY: From the SCHENECTADY GAZETTE, Schenectady, NY; date unknown, but sent to Millard Loucks, ca. Feb. 1997:
ALICE KILTS THOMAS
Mrs. Alice Kilts Thomas, 98, of The Lutheran Home, Clinton, Oneida County, died Thursday at the home, where she had resided since November 1995, after a brief illness. She was born in Sharon, the daughter of Emmett and Mary Gordon Kilts. Mrs. Thomas was educated in Sharon; graduated from Cobleskill High School and State University NY, Albany. She resided most of her life in Gloversville, NY. She taught in several area schools including St. Johnsville, Oneonta and Mayfield, retiring in 1957 from the Mayfield Central School District. Mrs. Thomas was a member of St. James Lutheran Church; Cayadutta Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star 166, Ida McGinnis Senior Citizens, all of Gloversville; New York State Retired Teachers Association, Fulton County Retired Teachers Association and the American Association for Retired Persons of Fulton County. Her favorite pastimes were rug hooking and traveling to Europe. She was predeceased by her husband, George Thomas, who died in October 1961; four siblings, Ford and Carlos Kilts, Laura Somers and Rena Lane. Survivors include one stepgrandson; several nieces and nephews. A calling hour will be 12 to 1 p.m. Monday at Lappeus Funeral Home, 32 Park St., Sharon Springs, NY. A service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Spring burial will be in Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY.

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751. Catherine Madesta7 BORST <See pg. 137> (Elizabeth6, Adam, Jr.5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 8 Apr 1867 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of John Henry BORST and Elizabeth KILTS. Catherine died 23 Apr 1937. She married Austin KARKER 23 Oct 1889. He was born 31 May 1864. He was the son of Charles KARKER and Charlie's WIFE. Austin died Sep 1937.

Known children of Catherine Madesta BORST and Austin KARKER are:

1709. m i. Edwin A. KARKER, born 29 Apr 1891 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, died 26 Jan 1906.
DEATH: Died at age 15 of pneumonia.
1710. m ii. Wesley D. KARKER, born 13 Jul 1894 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, died 30 Sep 1918.
MILITARY: Killed in battle, WW 1.
MARRIAGE: Unmarried.
+ 1711. m iii. Charles J. KARKER, born 8 Jan 1899, died Mar 1990 <See pg. 476>.
+ 1712. f iv. Catherine M. KARKER, born 17 Sep 1906 <See pg. 477>.

753. Wesley D.7 BORST <See pg. 137> (Elizabeth6, Adam, Jr.5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 18 Mar 1871 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He was the son of John Henry BORST and Elizabeth KILTS. Wesley died 9 Nov 1934 in Seward, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was buried 12 Nov 1934 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Wesley:

CHILDREN: None.

OBITUARY: Name and date of newspaper unknown.

WESLEY D. BORST: Wesley D. Borst, 63, a resident of Hyndsville, Town of Seward, Schoharie Co., NY, died Tuesday morning at his home there after a two day's illness of pneumonia. While Mr. Borst had not been well for some time he had been seriously ill for only a short time with a severe cold which developed into pneumonia. Mr. Borst was born March 18, 1871, at Sharon, the son of John H. Borst and Elizabeth Kilts Borst. He married Miss Minnie Empie who survives him. Mr. Borst was a retired farmer and at one time was clerk of the Town of Seward. Besides his widow he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Austin Karker, and a half sister, Mrs. Myron Hilsinger, both of Sharon Hill, and several nieces and nephews. Private funeral services will be held at his late residence Friday afternoon at two o'clock with Rev. E. F. Redfern of the Hyndsville Methodist church officiating, with burial in Slate Hill Cemetery. Floyd Hutton, Leland Bates, Warner France and William Brown will act as bearers. He married Minnie F. EMPIE (See number 2055) Jan 1891. She was born 1873 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of Reuben Leander EMPIE and Anna Eliza OTTMAN. Minnie died 1957.

NOTES for Minnie:

RESIDENCE: Lawyersville, T-Cobleskill, Schoharie Co., NY USA

Known child of Wesley D. BORST and Minnie F. EMPIE is:

1713. f i. Elizabeth BORST, born 1896 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, died 1904 in Cobleskill, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was buried 1904 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

BURIAL: Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

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754. John Peter7 HILLSINGER <See pg. 137> (Adam6, Margretha5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 12 Dec 1849 in Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He was the son of Adam HILLSINGER and Clarissa HILLER. John died 9 Apr 1933.

NOTES for John:

MARRIAGE: Reformed Church, Lawyersville, T-Cobleskill, Schoharie Co., NY USA. "Jan. 1 1873, # 69, John C. Hilsinger to Miss Jane A. Lawyer, both of Carlisle, NY".

He married Jane Anne LAWYER 1 Jan 1873 in Cobleskill, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was born 25 Jan 1853. She was the daughter of Adam Hamilton LAWYER, Dr. MD and Julia DINGMAN. Jane died 28 Sep 1943.

Known children of John Peter HILLSINGER and Jane Anne LAWYER are:

+ 1714. f i. Bertha Anne HILSINGER, born 24 Apr 1875, died 29 Mar 1955 <See pg. 478>.
+ 1715. f ii. Ida May HILSINGER, born 13 Jun 1885, died 17 Jan 1939 <See pg. 478>.

755. Mary Margaret7 HILLSINGER <See pg. 137> (Adam6, Margretha5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 2 Oct 1851 in Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was christened 30 Oct 1851 in Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of Adam HILLSINGER and Clarissa HILLER. Mary died 4 Jun 1925 in Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was buried 7 Jun 1925 in Hoosick, Rensselaer Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Mary:

BAPTISM: Lutheran Church, Little York, T-Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY USA

BURIAL: Maple Grove Cemetery, Hoosick Falls, T-Hoosick, Rensselaer Co., NY USA.

She married Thomas GILLILAND 25 Dec 1887 in Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He was born 2 Apr 1843 in Belfast, Ulster Co., North Ireland, and was christened 15 Apr 1843 in Belfast, Ulster Co., North Ireland. He was the son of Thomas GILLILAND and Mary HURD. Thomas died 24 May 1912 in Hoosick, Rensselaer Co., NY, USA, and was buried 27 May 1912 in Hoosick, Rensselaer Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Thomas:

SOURCE: Records for this family - Gilliland/Hilsinger - came from: Hilsinger Bible, Gilliland Bible, Church Records, Baptismal record taken from Rosemary St. Presbyterian Church, Belfast, Ulster Co., North Ireland by Mary Little.

BAPTISM: Rosemary St. Presbyterian Church, Belfast, Ulster Co., North Ireland.

DEATH: Hoosick Falls, T-Hoosick, Rensselaer Co., NY USA.

BURIAL: Maple Grove Cemetery, Hoosick Falls, T-Hoosick, Rensselaer, NY USA.

Known children of Mary Margaret HILLSINGER and Thomas GILLILAND are:

+ 1716. m i. Adam GILLILAND, born 28 Feb 1891, died 9 Feb 1970 <See pg. 478>.
+ 1717. m ii. Thomas W. GILLILAND, born 19 Feb 1893, died 4 Apr 1959 <See pg. 479>.

1718. f iii. Mary Clarissa GILLILAND, born 26 Nov 1894 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, christened 7 Apr 1912 in Hoosick,

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Rensselaer Co., NY, USA. She married Hubert LITTLE 12 Mar 1938 in Rochester, Monroe Co., NY, USA. He was born 14 Nov 1868 in Columbia, CT, USA. He was the son of William LITTLE and Hannah PALMER. Hubert died 6 Feb 1940 in Woodmont, CT, USA, and was buried 9 Feb 1940 in Meriden, CT, USA. Notes for Mary:
BAPTISM: Methodist Church, Hoosick Falls, T-Hoosick, Rensselaer Co., NY USA.
CHILDREN: None.

756. Elah De Ette7 HILLSINGER <See pg. 137> (Adam6, Margretha5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 1 Oct 1855 in Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of Adam HILLSINGER and Clarissa HILLER. Elah died 29 May 1925 in Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was buried 1 Jun 1925 in Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Elah:

BIOGRAPHICAL: (Vivian Ottman Hawkins) "Grandma Lawyer (Eleh De Ette) could spin, weave, knit, crochet, tat and sew."

NOTE: "Her name was spelled this way, Ala D Ett, in the record of births and in the records of deaths the spelling was Eleh De Ette". (Vivian Hawkins)

BURIAL: Lawyer Burial Plot, T-Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

She married Sosthenes LAWYER 8 Jan 1873 in Cobleskill, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He was born 30 Nov 1850 in Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He was the son of Adam Hamilton LAWYER, Dr. MD and Julia DINGMAN. Sosthenes died Nov 1943 in Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., NY, USA, and was buried Nov 1943 in Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Sosthenes:

MARRIAGE: Reformed Church, Cobleskill, Schoharie Co., NY USA. "Jan. 8, 1873, # 70, Sosthenes Lawyer to Miss Elah De Etta Hillsinger, both of Carlisle, NY".

NOTE: Chart of J.V.S. Norton reads: "Born at Stone Arabia. Moved with parents to Carlisle, aged 3 weeks."

BURIAL: Lawyer Burial Plot, T-Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

Known children of Elah De Ette HILLSINGER and Sosthenes LAWYER are:

+ 1719. m i. Delmar LAWYER, born 25 Dec 1874, died 2 Jan 1918 <See pg. 479>.
+ 1720. f ii. De Ette LAWYER, born 8 Sep 1876, died Jul 1951 <See pg. 480>.
1721. f iii. Grace LAWYER, born 2 Dec 1877, died 22 Sep 1878.
DEATH: From scarlet fever.
1722. m iv. Homer LAWYER, born 15 Sep 1880, died 8 Nov 1888.
DEATH: From scarlet fever.
1723. m v. Mark LAWYER, born 1881.
1724. m vi. Fred LAWYER, born 1884.
+ 1725. m vii. Earl LAWYER, born 28 Dec 1884, died 19 Mar 1966 <See pg. 480>.
1726. f viii. Mary LAWYER, born 16 Apr 1887 in Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, died 24 Nov 1888.

DEATH: From scarlet fever.

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1727. m ix. Oscar D. LAWYER, born 1888.
+ 1728. f x. Viola LAWYER, born 22 Jul 1890 <See pg. 481>.
+ 1729. f xi. Mable LAWYER, born 9 Jun 1894, died 24 Mar 1982 <See pg. 481>.

757. Martha Ann7 HILLSINGER <See pg. 137> (Adam6, Margretha5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 11 Jul 1857 in Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of Adam HILLSINGER and Clarissa HILLER. Martha died 8 Nov 1937 in Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., NY, USA, and was buried 12 Nov 1937 in Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., NY, USA. She married Albert STILES 12 Oct 1875 in Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He was born 7 Sep 1850 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He was the son of John B. STILES and Nancy Margaret HILLER. Albert died 16 Jul 1915 in Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., NY, USA, and was buried 19 Jul 1915 in Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., NY, USA.

Known children of Martha Ann HILLSINGER and Albert STILES are:

+ 1730. f i. Lula May STILES, born 7 Sep 1877, died 1 Jan 1966 <See pg. 482>.
+ 1731. m ii. Duryea STILES, born 7 Apr 1879, died 23 Jan 1946 <See pg. 483>.
1732. f iii. Martha STILES, born about 1880. She married A. YOUNG about 1900. He was born about 1880.
+ 1733. m iv. Clifford STILES, born 9 Jul 1894, died 28 Aug 1975 <See pg. 483>.
1734. m v. Myron STILES, born 13 Oct 1896 in Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., NY, USA.

758. Myron7 HILLSINGER <See pg. 138> (Adam6, Margretha5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 24 Apr 1860 in Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He was the son of Adam HILLSINGER and Clarissa HILLER. Myron died 2 Jan 1937, and was buried 1937 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Myron:

BURIAL: Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

He married Emma BORST (See number 1625) 27 Jan 1892. She was born 16 Apr 1862 in Seward, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of John Henry BORST and Mary Ann EMPIE. Emma died 21 Mar 1955 in Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was buried 24 Mar 1955 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Emma:

ORGANIZATION: Rock District Grange.

CHURCH AFFILIATION: Member Argusville Lutheran Church, Argusville, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

OBITUARY: Name and date of newspaper article are unknown:

MRS. MYRON HILSINGER Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Hilsinger were held this afternoon at her late residence in the Town of Carlisle. Dr. Herbert D. Shimer, pastor of the Argusville Lutheran Church of which she was a member, officiated. The services were under the direction of the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley. Interment will be made at the Slate Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Hilsinger died at her home, Monday evening, March 21, after a long illness. She was nearly 93 years of age having been born April 16, 1862 in the Town of Seward, the daughter of John Henry and Mary Ann (Empie) Borst. Her husband, Myron Hilsinger, whom she married Jan. 27, 1892, died in 1937. She was a member of the Rock District Grange.

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Survivors include two daughters, Miss Pearl Hilsinger, who resided with her mother, and Mrs. Elmer Young of Cobleskill R.D. and two sons, John Hilsinger of Warnerville, and Hiller Hilsinger of Cobleskill R.D.; also two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Known children of Myron HILLSINGER and Emma BORST are:

1735. m i. John Henry HILSINGER, born 22 Nov 1892 in Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He married Hazel DRISTLE 17 Jul 1923. She was born about 1892. Notes for John:
CHILDREN: None.
+ 1736. f ii. Ina Clarissa HILLSINGER, born 27 Nov 1893, died 16 Apr 1978 <See pg. 484>.
1737. m iii. Hiller HILSINGER, born 16 Mar 1896 in Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He married Edith ROSCOE 25 Jun 1924. She was born about 1896. Notes for Hiller:
CHILDREN: None.
1738. f iv. Pearl Hazel HILSINGER, born 11 Jun 1899 in Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She married Wilford B. WRIGHT 16 Aug 1958. He was born about 1899. Notes for Pearl:
CHILDREN: None.

760. Lee7 HILLSINGER <See pg. 138> (Adam6, Margretha5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 5 Oct 1863 in Carlisle, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He was the son of Adam HILLSINGER and Clarissa HILLER. Lee died 29 Jan 1945. He married Sarah HURST 28 Dec 1887. She was born about 1863.

Known child of Lee HILLSINGER and Sarah HURST is:

1739. f i. Anna Clarissa HILSINGER, born 25 Sep 1888. She married Charles W. SCOFIELD. He was born about 1888. Charles died 12 Aug 1957. Notes for Anna:

CHILDREN: None.

765. Charlotte7 HYNEY <See pg. 138> (Jane6, Peter5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 4 Feb 1840 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of John HYNEY, Jr. and Jane KILTS. Charlotte died 11 Aug 1921 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was buried 14 Aug 1921 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Charlotte:

BIRTH: Argusville, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

DEATH: Argusville, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

BURIAL: Lutheran Church Cemetery, Argusville, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

She married John H. WALKER. He was born 22 Jul 1831 in Root, Montgomery Co., NY, USA. John died 11 Jul 1904, and was buried 14 Jul 1904 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for John:

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BIRTH: Town of Glen, "Hyney Hill", Montgomery Co., NY USA.

BURIAL: Argusville, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

BIOGRAPHICAL: His education included a law degree. Also, he was the High School Principal at Englewood, NJ, and Rural Grove, Montgomery Co., NY.

Known children of Charlotte HYNEY and John H. WALKER are:

1740. m i. Clarence WALKER, born about 1880, died, and was buried in Glen, Montgomery Co., NY, USA.

MARRIAGE: Not married.

BURIAL: Fultonville, T-Glen, Montgomery Co., NY USA.

1741. m ii. Leslie WALKER, born about 1882, died, and was buried in Glen, Montgomery Co., NY, USA.

MARRIAGE: Unmarried.

BURIAL: Fultonville, T-Glen, Montgomery Co., NY USA.

+ 1742. f iii. Margie WALKER, born 29 May 1884, died 13 Jun 1960 <See pg. 485>.

772. Lorenzo B.7 KILTS <See pg. 140> (Daniel6, Peter5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 7 Sep 1841 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He was the son of Daniel F. KILTS and Maria BALL. Lorenzo died 17 May 1881 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Lorenzo:

BIOGRAPHICAL: From Frances Ronk, 10/1994: "Lorenzo B. Kilts - Do you have additional information on him? (No) What was his middle name? Did he have siblings? Where did he meet and marry Frances Meserole? What did he die so "young" from? What was his occupation/profession? Did he fight in the Civil War? Or did he "buy" a substitute to serve for him?" (Can't answer these questions - HWW)

He married Frances E. MESEROLE 7 Oct 1863. She was born 24 Aug 1839 in Manhattan, New York Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of Isaac MESEROLE and Helen MURPHY. Frances died 25 May 1922 in Springville, Sesquehanna Co., PA, USA.

NOTES for Frances:

BIOGRAPHICAL: From Frances Ronk, 10/1994: Frances E. Meserole - Do you know her middle name? Did she have siblings? What are their vital statistics? Did she grow up in New York City? Was Manhattan a separate city in the mid 19th century? Where did her brothers, if any, live? Did she marry again after Lorenzo's death? Did she live with her (probably oldest) son, Harry, & his wife, Elmie, when she died May 25, 1922, in Springville, PA?" (I can't answer any of these questions - HWW.)

It is nice to have Frances E. Meserole confirmed as Charlie Kilts' mother. It's just as I surmised, my mother's "cousin" Meseroles aren't even her 2nd cousins. I'm still not sure, just what relationship they are, to her, or myself.

Her 3rd cousins, perhaps? I'm still puzzling over exactly who the charmingly quaint "Grandma Meserole" holding (the infant) Aunt Carol in the 1921 Springville, PA, photo could actually be. Helen Murphy Meserole seems a bit hard to swallow, though, I suppose, it's possible this lady could be about 100 yrs old. She's a bit muffled up around the jawline, but what is visible of her face doesn't look more than 65 or 70 yrs. old, at most. It's really her clothing that gives her that "antique" look, more Victorian than Edwardian."

One of my most perplexing family genealogy mysteries is, exactly where does the Mes(s)erole family belong on my Family Tree? From her early childhood 'till just before her marriage my mother accompanied her family on (nearly) annual summer (mainly) auto trips to Springville, PA, the hometown of both paternal grandparents.

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During these visits she became well acquainted with her "cousin" Barbara Mes(s)erole, (also Barbara's parents Edith & Lyon, younger brother Dudley) who was about the same age as her. Her "cousin" Mes(s)erole lived across the road from her Dad's maternal grandfather, Daniel Davis Layton, and his 2nd wife, Stella. Barbara M. came to L.A. (probably returned with Mom's family on their return to L.A. from their July? - Sept 1936 visit) to attend cosmetology college and was in her July 1937 graduating class. Also, there's a photo of my mother at about 5 yrs with her father and her then baby sister, Carol, being held jointly by an elderly lady & a man I believe my Mom said was "Uncle Foster". My grandmother labled it "Grandma Mes(s)erole, 1921, at Springville." Whose grandma is she? Certainly not my mother's or her her father's. If Grannie Alta had her name & "title" accurate she can't be Charlie Kilts' mother. His grandmother, maybe?

Known children of Lorenzo B. KILTS and Frances E. MESEROLE are:

+ 1743. f i. Alida Maria KILTS, born 5 Apr 1865, died 4 Sep 1931 <See pg. 486>.
+ 1744. f ii. Mary Helen KILTS, born 7 Jun 1866, died 11 Feb 1931 <See pg. 486>.
+ 1745. m iii. Charles Wilfred KILTS, born 18 Oct 1869, died 1 Nov 1938 <See pg. 487>.
+ 1746. m iv. Henry Beckwith KILTS, born 29 Mar 1871, died Jun 1939 <See pg. 488>.
+ 1747. f v. Bessie Maud KILTS, born 26 Jul 1872, died 6 Mar 1897 <See pg. 489>.

773. Daniel F.7 KILTS <See pg. 140> (Daniel6, Peter5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 10 Oct 1844 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He was the son of Daniel F. KILTS and Maria BALL. Daniel died 23 May 1923 in The Dalles, Wasco Co., OR, USA.

NOTES for Daniel:

BIRTH: Sharon Hill, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

MARRIAGE: # 1- Recorded: Reformed Church of Lawyersville, T-Cobleskill, Schoharie Co., NY USA. "Daniel F. Kilts to Martha A Near, both of Sharon, NY. "v " ("v" means $ 5.00? It is in a column where the amount of gratuity is usually recorded. Why was the Rev. writing in Roman numerals?)

# 2 - Daniel married 2nd at Lawyersville, NY, Laura C. Near, a sister of his 1st wife, who was born at Sharon in 1838 and died at Mayfield, NY, 1/12/1914.

# 3 - Daniel married 3rd at The Dalles, Oregon, Anna Strobeck Baskin, widow of Robert Baskin and daughter of John & Catharine Mereness Strobeck, who was born 9/18/1855 at Sharon, NY.

He married (1) Martha A. NEAR 26 Dec 1866 in Cobleskill, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was born 17 May 1845 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of Hiram NEAR and Gittie (Gertrude) MERENESS. Martha died 5 Apr 1885 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was buried 8 Apr 1885 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Martha:

BIRTH: Sharon Hill, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

BURIAL: People's Cemetery, Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA, Route 10, near Beekman's Corners.

Known children of Daniel F. KILTS and Martha A. NEAR are:

+ 1748. m i. Jesse KILTS, born 22 Apr 1869, died 12 Sep 1941 <See pg. 489>.

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1749. m ii. Howard KILTS, born 17 Jun 1870 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, died 28 Feb 1872 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was buried 1872 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.
BURIAL: People's Cemetery, Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA, Route 10, near Beekman's Corners.
1750. m iii. Charles E. KILTS, born 17 May 1872 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He married Lillian B. JOHNSON 9 Oct 1895. She was born about 1872.
Daniel married (2) Lana C. "Laney" NEAR after 1885 in Cobleskill, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was born 17 Dec 1838 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of Hiram NEAR and Gittie (Gertrude) MERENESS. Lana died 12 Jan 1914 in Mayfield, NY, USA, and was buried 1914 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.
NOTES for Lana:
MARRIAGE: "At Lawyersville." Probably Reformed Church, Lawyersville, T-Cobleskill, Schoharie Co., NY USA (HWW).
BURIAL: People's Cemetery, Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA, Route 10, near
Beekman's Corners.
Daniel married (3) Anna STROBECK after 1914 in The Dalles, Wasco Co., Oregon, USA. She was born 18 Sep 1855 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of John STROBECK and Catharine MERENESS. Anna died 16 Dec 1936.
NOTES for Anna:
MARRIAGE: "At The Dalles, Oregon". She was "widow of Robert Baskin and daughter of Johyn and Catharine (Mereness) Strobeck". (Harry Stam.)
Anna also married (1) Robert BASKIN. He was born about 1855.

774. Mary Elizabeth7 KILTS <See pg. 140> (Daniel6, Peter5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 9 May 1847 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of Daniel F. KILTS and Maria BALL. Mary died 30 Jan 1873 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was buried 1873 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Mary:

DEATH: Bible record says she died 8 February 1872.

BURIAL: Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA. The D.A.R records for the Leesville Cemetery has the following entry: "Mary E. Kilts, wife of S.H. Fonda; D Jan 30 1873; Ae 25 yrs 8 mo 21 days". Was her body removed to Slate Hill Cemetery?

TOMBSTONE: Says she died 30 January 1873, age 25-8-21.

She married Jacob Hardenbergh FONDA. He was born about 1847. He was the son of Jacob Hardenberg FONDA and Catherine OTTMAN. Jacob died, and was buried in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Jacob:

BURIAL: Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

Known children of Mary Elizabeth KILTS and Jacob Hardenbergh FONDA are:

1751. m i. Frank A. FONDA, born about 1868.

1752. f ii. Katherine FONDA, born about 1870.

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+ 1753. m iii. Howard D. FONDA, born 19 Sep 1872, died 23 Dec 1957 <See pg. 490>.

777. Edward7 KILTS <See pg. 141> (Daniel6, Peter5, Johann4, Johann3, Johann2, Hanss1) was born 17 May 1858 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA. He was the son of Daniel F. KILTS and Nancy MILLARD. Edward died 9 Nov 1952 in Herkimer, Herkimer Co., NY, USA, and was buried 12 Nov 1952 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Edward:

BURIAL: Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

OCCUPATION: Farmer.

NEWSPAPER: Name of newspaper unknown, handwritten date, 1928: SHARON COUPLE CELEBRATED GOLDEN WEDDING, DEC. 30 SHARON, Jan. 3 --- Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kilts celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their hOme at Sharon, NY, on Sunday, Dec. 30. They were presented with a purse of $92.50 in gold. (Account goes on naming the attendees and their residences.)

OBITUARY: Name of newspaper unknown, handwritten date, 1952: EDWARD KILTS DIES AT AGE 94 Edward Kilts died Nov. 9, 1952 at the home of his granddaughter Mrs. Elizabeth Pickens at Herkimer. Mr. Kilts was born May 16, 1858 in the Town of Sharon, son of Daniel and Nancy Millard Kilts. He married Lydia Ecker of Johnstown who died many years ago. He was a member of the Sharon Hill Methodist church and the Maccabee Lodge. Survivors are three sons Daniel and Millard of Sharon; Herschel of Canajoharie; ten grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Sharon Hill Methodist church, Rev. George Swart officiating. Burial was in Slate Hill cemetery.

He married Lydia ECKER (See number 2047) 30 Dec 1878. She was born 16 Aug 1858 in Johnstown, Fulton Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of Charles ECKER and Catherine Elisabetha EMPIE. Lydia died 10 Jan 1938 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA, and was buried 1938 in Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY, USA.

NOTES for Lydia:

BURIAL: Slate Hill Cemetery, T-Sharon, Schoharie Co., NY USA.

OBITUARY: Name and date of newspaper unknown:

MRS. LYDIA KILTS

Mrs. Lydia Kilts, 79, passed away at her home in Sharon Hill, January 10, following several weeks of ill health. Mrs. Kilts was born August 16, 1858, in Fulton county, the daughter of Charles and Catherine Empie Ecker. She was united in marriage to Edward Kilts 59 years ago. She lived most of her married life on the Kilts' homestead near Sharon Hill. A few years ago she and Mr. Kilts retired from the farm and moved to Sharon Hill. The deceased was a member of the Methodist church of Sharon Hill. Surviving are her husband and three sons, Daniel E. of Seward, Millard of Long Island and Herschel of Canajoharie; eleven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home with Rev. Timothy Meek officiating. Allison Nuttall and Ralph Becker sang two selections. The body was placed in the vault and burial will be made in the Slate Hill cemetery in the spring.

Known children of Edward KILTS and Lydia ECKER are:

+ 1754. m i. Daniel E. KILTS, born 10 Apr 1880, died 16 Sep 1970 <See pg. 491>.

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+ 1755. f ii. Felicia Etta (Felix) KILTS, born 11 Dec 1881, died 22 Aug 1915 <See pg. 492>.
+ 1756. m iii. Millard A. KILTS, born 20 Jul 1886, died 3 Apr 1954 <See pg. 494>.
1757. m iv. Herschel Clarence KILTS, born 2 Jul 1889 in Johnstown, Fulton Co., NY, USA, christened 2 Jul 1889 in Johnstown, Fulton Co., NY, USA. He married Katherine HOESE 24 Dec 1907 in Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., NY, USA. She was born 14 Apr 1888 in Root, Montgomery Co., NY, USA. She was the daughter of Conrad HOESE and Martha PUTMAN. Katherine died 28 Jul 1969 in Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., NY, USA, and was buried 31 Jul 1969 in Glen, Montgomery Co., NY, USA. Notes for Katherine:
BIRTH: FZSW Notes say, "P.O. Argusville, Town of Root, NY." Her husband, Herschel's obituary says, "Lykers".
BURIAL: With her husband in the Maple Avenue Cemetery, V-Fultonville, T-Glen, Montgomery Co., NY USA.
OBITUARY: Name of newspaper unknown, handwritten date, 28 July 1969: Mrs. Kilts, Canajoharie, Dies at 81 CANAJOHARIE -- Mrs. Katherine H. Kilts, 81, wife of Herschel C. Kilts, died Monday at her home, 10 Otsego St., Canajoharie, NY. Mrs. Kilts was born in the Town of Root on April 14, 1888, the daughter of Conrad and Martha Putman Hoese, and had lived in Canajoharie for 61 years. She was married to Herschel C. Kilts, Dec. 24, 1907 in the Ames Methodist parsonage. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and the Leneker Circle of the church, Caughnawaga Chapter DAR of Fonda, and the Montgomery County Agricultural Society. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a grandniece, Mrs. George Glen of Fort Plain; five great-grandnieces and grandnephews, three great-great grandnieces and grandnephews, and several cousins. Funeral services will be held at the family home on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with the Rev. Paul Henry Jr., pastor of St. John's Church, officiating. Burial will be made in the Maple Avenue Cemetery in Fultonville. Friends may call at the family home at their convenience. Arrangements are being made by the Houghtaling Funeral Home in Canajoharie.
Herschel died 26 Nov 1975 in Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., NY, USA, and was buried 28 Nov 1975 in Glen, Montgomery Co., NY, USA. Notes for Herschel: MARRIAGE: Methodist Church parsonage, Ames, T-Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., NY USA, by Rev. W.S. Mullholland, then pastor of that church and of Root Center. Methodist Church.
CHILDREN: None.
NEWSPAPER: Name of newspaper unknown, handwritten date, 24 December 1967: Kilts Notes 60th Wedding Anniversary
CANAJOHARIE -- Mr. and Mrs. Herschel Kilts observed their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday, Dec. 24 quietly at their home, 10 Otsego Street where they have resided since 1915.

Christmas day they were guests at the home of her grandniece, Mrs. George Glenn and family, Fort Plain. Mrs. Kilts is the former Katherine Hoese of Root Center. The couple was married Dec. 24, 1907 in the Ames Methodist Church parsonage by the Rev. W.S. Mullholland, then pastor of that church and of Root Center Methodist Church. Their home, built in the early 1800's, is furnished with many antiques, including the Kilts family coat of arms on the living room wall, also their hobby collections of plates, kitchen ware, coins, stamps and more than 100 miniature cats and kittens, and a Christmas cactus which was a gift in 1908.

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They have been members of St. John's Lutheran Church, Canajoharie, since 1911. Mrs. Kilts is a member of the Leneker circle of the church and Caughnawaga NSDAR chapter of Fonda, and Mr. Kilts of Stone Arabia Battle Chapter SAR. They are members of the Kilts Family Association which she serves as historian and secretary. Kilts was employed 45 years at the Arkell and Smith Paper Bag Co., when the firm was located on Mill Street nearly 100 years before it was transferred to Hudson Falls.
RESIDENCE: He had resided in Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., NY, since 1908 until his death.
OCCUPATION: He had been employed as a printer by Arkell and Smith for 45 years, retiring in May 1958.
CHURCH AFFILIATION: He was a member of St. John's and St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., NY.
ORGANIZATIONS: He was a charter member of the Stone Arabia Battle Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). He was also a member of the Palatine Shrine.
DEATH: Memorial Hospital, Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., NY USA.
BURIAL: Maple Avenue Cemetery, V-Fultonville, T-Glen, Montgomery Co., NY USA.
OBITUARY: Name and date of newspaper unknown. Also, there isn't any year of death listed in the obituary:
HERSCHEL C. KILTS

Herschel C. Kilts, 86, of 10 Otsego street, Canajoharie, died early Thursday morning in Amsterdam Memorial Hospital following a long illness. He was born July 2, 1889, in Johnstown, the son of Edward and Lydia Ecker Kilts. He was married to Katherine Hoese, Lykers, Dec. 24, 1907. She died July 28, 1969. Survivors include nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Houghtaling Funeral Home, Inc., Canajoharie, with the Rev. Theodore Hammer pastor of St. John's - St. Mark's Lutheran Church, officiating. Interment was made in Maple Avenue Cemetery, V-Fultonville, T-Glen, Montgomery Co., NY.

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