Abbreviations Used in this Directory a–Acres; Ch — Children; O–Owner; T–Tenant or Renter; R –Rural Route; Sec-Section; Maiden name of wife follows directory name in parentheses (); figures at end of information–year became resident of county. Star (*) indicates children not at home. Name of farm follows names of children in quotations marks. In case of a tenant, the farm owner’s name follows the figures giving size of farm. Example: ABBEY, William L. (Lena Riggs) Martha and Cora Abbey, Mother and Sister; Kirkwood R1 Tompking Sec8-5 T80a H.M. Abbey Est. (1886) Tel. Farmers’ Line Kirkwood MEANS ABBEY, William L. –
The pioneer printer of Seneca County was George Lewis, who, in the year 1815, started in the village of Ovid a small sheet entitled the Seneca Patriot. The office of publication was located on Seneca Street, in the upper story of a building on whose site the engine-house now stands. At the close of a single volume, Mr. Lewis changed the name of his paper to The Ovid Gazette, and when Elisha Williams secured the removal of the County seat to Waterloo, Lewis removed hither with his press in May, 1817, and continued the issue of his paper as The
This history of Seneca County New York Press as transcribed from the History of Seneca Co., New York by Morrison in 1876. Provides a history of the printing industry in Seneca up until 1875.
This history of Seneca County, New York published in 1876, provides a look at the first 75 years of existence for this county, with numerous chapters devoted to it’s early history. The value of this manuscript may be found in the etched engravings found throughout of idyllic scenes of Seneca County including portraits of men, houses, buildings, farms, and scenery. Included are 35 biographies of early settlers, and histories of the individual townships along with lists of men involved in the Union Army during the Civil War on a township by township basis.
In the 1980’s a series of newsletters were published four times a year by Seneca County NY featuring historical information concerning Seneca county and her past residents. The current historian for Seneca County placed these online using PDF files. One of the main features of each edition were biographical sketches of early settlers of Seneca County. Unfortunately, while they provided an index inside of a spreadsheet for the 189 biographies, it is difficult for the average user to quickly get around. I’ve taken their spreadsheet and linked each edition to the PDF file. Once you’ve found the biography you want,
Richard R. Birdsall, a contractor of Racine whose business has reached satisfying proportions, was born in Toronto, Canada, February 12, 1864, and is a son of William and Mary Jane (Arthurs) Birdsall, the former a farmer by occupation. He obtained a public school education and in his youthful days worked on a farm in Streetsville, Ontario, Canada, but in 1882 arrived in Racine, where he remained for about a year. He then returned to Toronto, where he continued for another year and on the expiration of that period he again came to Racine, where he was married. Once more he
Henry C. Birdsall, aged eighty-one years, and a resident of Lancaster County for forty years, died at 5 p.m. yesterday at his home, five miles north of Waverly, from apoplexy. He was out in the yard when attacked. He was carried to the house and Dr. Talcott of Greenwood summoned, but Mr. Birdsall died before aid could reach him. He leaves a wife and seven children, four sons and three daughters. Nebraska State Journal, November 7, 1911 Contributed by: Shelli Steedman
Eli A. Birdsall, 73, Waverly, Neb. died recently in Houston, Tex. He leaves his wife and five daughters, Mrs. Ross [Rose] Munn, Brule, Neb., Mrs. Clyde Hughes [Florence], Greenwood, Neb., Mrs. Lyle [Doris] Armstrong, Greenwood, Mrs. Mary Keyworth, Almeda, Tex., and Miss Harriet Birdsall, Waverly, Roper & Sons. Lincoln Star, November 24, 1945 Contributed by: Shelli Steedman
BIRDSALL, Lucy Grace Todd8, (George7, Charles6, Dan5, Charles4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born April 13, 1877, married July 4, 1899, John N. Birdsall. They lived in Alden, Iowa. Child: I. Josephine, b. March 14, 1911.
“This is the just punishment of your rebellion. Nay, you are treated too well for rebels; you have not received half you deserve or half you shall receive. But if you will enlist into his Majesty’s service, you shall have victuals and clothes enough.” At the risk of repetition of some facts that have already been given, we must again refer the reader to some extracts from the newspapers of the day. In this instance the truth can best be established by the mouths of many witnesses, and we do not hesitate to give the English side whenever we have