A Little Maine Genealogy

So, my buddy Dave and I went to Maine for the stated purpose of visiting Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, lobster, and beer. Anyone, of course, with an ounce of Maine in them would prononce the last bit as: “Bahabah, lobstah, and beeah”.  Along the way Dave was kind enough to allow me to indulge in some Wainer Maine genealogy.

Our first genealogy stop was ‘the island’. Specifically 18 1/2 Island Ave, Fairfield ME. This specific place, unfortunately, does not exist anymore, but I was able to visit the island itself and the approximate location of the home of my Wainer grandparents and their children. My pictures didn’t turn out so well, but here’s a satellite view of the island

Island ME


Our next stop was the Maplewood Cemetary in Fairfield to visit the graves of Stephen and Dorothy Wainer and their son Stephen J Wainer. I am named for both my Uncle Stephen and his son.



On our way to St. Francis Cemetary in Waterville, ME to visit the graves of my grandparents, Dave and I stumbled upon Lawrence High School where all the Wainer children went.


And finally, after a very long, hot search we finally found my grandparents Annie and William Wainer. ( for future searchers, they are in the back of the cemetery) We were also able to find the grave of my Aunt Florence. I tried to clean up her marker as best I could and you can, unfortunately, tell that my skills as a photographer are minimal at best.





In Acadia National Park in Maine for a few days next week. Road trip with my best buddy Dave in his RV. I haven’t been to Maine since about 1972, and can’t wait. If you’re by Acadia next week, look for two oldish guys. 🙂


More (and more) William Knickerbocker

So in a previous post I went through my process of determaning how William Knickerbocker(1801-1838)was the son of William Knickerbocker(1780-1858) In that post one of the ‘proofs’ was a really bad copy of a newspaper notice and an educated guess as to what it said.

I was able to find a real nice researcher in the area who was able to take a trip to the library and find a LEGIBLE copy of that newspaper death notice. Virginia Marcellus (vkm1031@gmail.com) is a wonderful researcher in the Albany New York area and if you’re looking for a contact there, she is well worth it!

Here’s  copy of the legible newspaper notice

William Knick newspaper death Notice

Albany Evening Journal
Feb 9, 1859
Page 2
Column 8
A better transcription is as follows:

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, to Henry Knickerbocker, Cameron Knickerbocker, James H. Knickerbocker, severally residing at Smithville, in the county of Chenango, N.Y. Mary A.  wife of Amos Wade, residing at Norwich, in the county aforesaid, Amelia Burgess wife of K. S. Burgess, residing at Greene, in the county aforesaid: Henry Van Der Lyn jr., residing at Oxford, in the county aforesaid, special guardian of Evaline Knickerbocker, Charlotte Bradley wife of Timothy Bradley, Susan A. Towsley and Jane A. Towsley, minors, having no general guardian. Densy Haight, wife of Mark Haight, Lydia Wilcox, wife of Thurston Wilcox, severally residing at Portland, in the county of Chautauqua, N.Y. Betsy Wilcox, wife of Paris Wilcox, residing at Troupsbergh, in the county of Steuben, N.Y.: Fanny Barnes residing at Jasper, in the county last aforesaid; Harriet Terrell, wife of Nelson Terrell residing at Cortland in the county of De Kalb and state of Illinois, and William H. Knickerbocker, residing at Empire, in the county of Fond du Lac, and state of Wisconsin being at law and next to kin to William Knickerbocker, late of Smithville, aforesaid, deceased, greeting:

Whereas, Jared Knickerbocker and John T. Knickerbocker, the executors named in the last will and testament of William Knickerbocker, late of the town of Smithville, in the county of Chenango, deceased, have applied to our county judge, discharging the option of surrogate of the county of Chenango, to have the will of the said William Knickerbocker, deceased, which relates to both real and personal estate, proved and admitted to probate, you and each of you are therefore hereby cited and ordered to appear before the said county judge, at his office in Oxford, in said county, on the 19th day of March 1859 at ten o’clock, in the forenoon of that day, to attend the proof and probate of said will.

In testimony whereof, we have caused the seal of the surrogate’s  court of said county of Chenango to be hereunto affixed. (L.S.)  Witness, Dwight H. Clarke, surrogate of our said county, at the village of Oxford, the 19th day of January, A.D. 1859. 

Dwight H. Clarke, surrogate.


Anyone who knows me knows I like trees. And mountains. Mountain forests. Costal forests too. Maybe just forests in general. As long as I can remember I’ve really enjoyed going to forests, which I’ve always found strange since I’ve grown up and still live in a place the opposite of a forest. A land of cement and asphalt: Los Angeles County.

My earliest memory of a forest was going to Yosemite with my Aunt Helen (Knickerbocker) Vesterby and her husband, Uncle John Vesterby (my Mom, Dad, and Cousin Jim too) when I was about four (maybe three?) years old (1967 or 1968).  Here’s a few blurry pictures camping in Yosemite.

For whatever reason, the magic of camping under the trees in Yosemite has stayed with me all my life.


Uncle John Vesterby, me, Aunt Helen (Knickerbocker) Vesterby


Me, with a book ( another common sight)

A few more Mom Pictures

Mom’s birthday is the 9th of December, she would have been 88. Here’s a few pictures


The above picture is in our backyard in Inglewood, sometime around/before  1976 I think. Certainly before her surgeries.


I’m pretty sure this is about 1965 or 1966 in front of the duplex we lived in before moving to Inglewood. I’m the young fellow in the red jacket.