Vol. XXV February 2008         Published by the Ontario County Historian *******************************************************************************

            Once again we are celebrating Black History Month and Presidents Week with two specific birthdays (Washington's and Lincoln's).  Join in the renewed celebration of our history that occurs every February.  Attend one of these events.





Nov 17-Feb 24, 2008:  Miniature and dollhouse exhibit.  Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, NYS Rt. 54, Hammondsport.  Normal museum hours.  Phone (607)569-2160.


Thru Mar. 29:  Geneva Historical Soc. 543 S. Main St., Geneva.  "Patterns in Time: The Art and History of the Quilt" exhibit on display. Free.


Feb 17:  Gorham Historical Soc. Meeting.  “A Sleigh Ride Through History” with Roger Allen.  2:00 PM at Reed’s Corners Federated Church on Rt. 247.  Program focuses on development of American sleigh.  All welcome.


Feb 18-22:  Presidents' Week Day Camp at the Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum An opportunity for youngsters ages 7 - 11 to experience life and history as it was from 1816 to 1930 when the Granger family lived in Canandaigua. Program events include:



Campers will explore the mansion and learn the historic significance of the Canandaigua area to our country. The hidden spaces including the attic, kitchen, servants' quarters, and even the basement where the original kitchen was will be revealed.


Workshops include: Baking historic treats, period crafts, making homemade soap and several other projects.


Attend a formal tea party, dressed in period clothing including photos of the campers enjoying this living history experience.


Campers will enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride with one of the Homestead's horses, drivers and restored sleighs complete with warm lap blankets, sleigh bells and hot chocolate following their adventure (Parents and siblings are included in this end of the week event).


Time: 9:00 AM-12)) Noon.  For ages: 7 – 11. At the homestead.  295 North Main St., Canandaigua.  Cost: $70 Members; $80 Non-Members.  $5.00 Discount for second child/same family


Feb 19:  Clifton Springs Historical Soc. meeting at the Public Library.  Program on "History of Tinsmithing" by Jim Nicoll, a tinsmith at Genesee Country Village.  Free and public invited.  7:30 PM.


Feb 20:  Ontario County Historical Soc. presentation of "R-Stuff."  Southwest "Indian" Baskets from the collection of Mary Clark Thompson of Sonnenberg Gardens.  7:00 PM.  At the museum. 55 N. Main St, Canandaigua.


Feb 21:  During February school break children can explore the art and history of
quilting at the Geneva Historical Society (543 S. Main St., Geneva). The Quilt Quest will be offered for children 6 to 12 years old at the Society Museum on Thursday, February 21 from 1 to 3pm. Children 6 to 12 years old will learn about how quilts are created from pieces of fabric and the place of this art in American history. They will see the current exhibit, Patterns in Time: The Art and History of the Quilt, and create some pieced art of their own.

The Quilt Quest costs $2.00 per child for members and $3.00 per child for non-members. Reservations are required. Registration deadline is February 15. Space is limited.  For reservations or more information, call the Society at 315-789-5151.


Mar 5:  Ontario County Genealogical Soc. Meeting at the OCHS Museum.  55 N. Main St. Canandaigua.  7:00 PM.  All welcome.  Members presentation, “Genealogy 101—Getting Started; Just the Basics.”


Mar 15:  National History Day.  Come to the Finger Lakes Regional Competition.


Apr 15:  Honeoye Area Historical Soc. meeting at the Masonic Temple on W. Lake Rd., Honeoye.  7:30 PM.  Program by art conservator, Fred Jordan, "Caring for Art Work and Things Around the House.





Questions which end with an asterisk (*) have been published a second time.  Readers with information are encouraged to make personal contacts.


Florence Wright (<Fbwri@aol.com>) is looking for information on John and Zenas Bailey (brothers) who were born in Sparta (now Livingston Co.) when it was part of Ontario Co.  John was born in 1805; Zenas about five years later.


Judy Fulmer (2009 Stirnie Rd., Victor, NY 14564. [Town of East Bloomfield]<fulmercountry@yahoo.com>) is looking for information on the Stirnie family and others who lived in the area of Boughton Park.  Pictures, maps, and information on the locations of houses, etc. are needed.


Sarah Mitchell

(<shmitchell@radix.net>) is looking for information on the Baggerly family and the Sheriff and Lazenby families from Montgomery Co, MD.  Henry Baggerly is a special interest.  Everett Baggerly wrote a family history she would like to obtain. *


Sharon Pearce

(<sharpearce@yahoo.com>) would like information on Willis Edward Pierce, reported as a farm hand in the 1860 census of Yates County (Benton, Jerusalem, Milo).  The last name may be Sprague in whose household they lived.  Is there an error in the census? *


Marian Bennett

(<mabee01@sunset.net>) is looking for information on James Burnet, born in Ontario Co. Jan. 5, 1805 and believed to be in Phelps.  He was in the Burnet family that moved to Phelps from New Windsor in the 1790s.  Who were his parents? *




            Here are a couple of suggestions for winter reading:


            With St. Patrick's Day a bit over a month away, you might consider Erin's Sons:  Irish Arrivals in Atlantic Canada 1761-1853.  Written by Terrence M. Punch, this 208 page paperback includes information from newspapers, local government documents, census, church, burial, land and military records, as well as passenger lists.  There is also a surname and ship index.  Genealogical Pub. Co.  2008.  $30.00.


            Gilbert S. Bahn has reintroduced American Place Names of Long Ago.  Originally published in 1898, the book contains over 100,000 place names of every county, city, town, village and post office in the US.  Genealogical Pub. Co.  2008.  Cloth cover. 347 pps.   $35.00.


            Mark A. Noll and Edith L. Blumhofer have edited Sing Them Over Again to Me:  Hymns and Hymnbooks in America.  A look at the relationship between music, religion and American culture.  Several chapter of hymn biographies assessing changes in cultural assumptions and religious doctrine.  There are discussions of the ways in which hymns reflect theology and cultural changes.  Univ. of Alabama Press.  2006.  260 pps. $32.50 in paperback.




            The Rochester Genealogical Society meets monthly in the Fellowship Hall of Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave., Rochester.  The meeting begins at 7:00 PM and admission is free.  All are welcome.  Check their website at:



            Second Notice:  The 7th Annual Underground Railroad History Conference, sponsored by the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, will take place at the College of St. Rose in Albany, Feb. 22-24.  The theme this year is “How it worked:  Two Centuries of Resistance, Escape, and the Underground Railroad in New York and Across the Continent.”  Guest speaker will be Spencer Crew, Director of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center who will present “The Challenges of Presenting the Underground Railroad in a Public Setting.”  Visit <www.ugrworkshop.com>, or call (518) 432-4432 for information and registration details.


            Included in this Newsletter are the registrations materials for two important events.  Both of these events are well worth your consideration.










Atwater House.  The old Sanburn tavern, which stood about where the old Canandaigua Post Office (now YMCA) now stands, was sold to Moses Atwater very early.  Atwater substantially enlarged the tavern into the house above.  When the old Atwater Hall (1950-1910) was built on the future Post Office site, this house was moved back and apparently faced Atwater Place.  In 1910, it was moved further west again and turned to face the Post Office.  It may have been the house that shows on old fire insurance maps as being in the center of the lot off the street.  Can anyone provide information about the house demolished sometime after 1951 where the parking lot is now located behind 14-16 Atwater Place?  [Photo courtesy Ontario County Historical Soc.]




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