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 ( 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.


W.R. Knickerbocker

My maternal Great-Grandfather was from New York but ended up living in Minnesota. One of the best free places on the web to find Minnesota genealogy is the Dalby Database .

Here’s a sample of what you can find. It was taken from the Owatonna People’s Press dated August 20, 1915:

W. R. Knickerbocker, one of the oldest and most highly respected pioneer residents of this county, died last Sunday morning at the home of a daughter in Bismarck, North Dakota, the cause being a bowel trouble. The remains were brought to Owatonna for interment, the funeral being held yesterday afternoon at the First Baptist church, Rev. J. G. Briggs, officiating. Mr. Knickerbocker was a native of New York State, born January 11th, 1830. He came to this county in 1868, locating on a farm in Somerset township where he made his home for many years, finally retiring from active work and moving to Owatonna which was his home for a number of years. Mr. Knickerbocker was twice married. His first wife was Miss Caroline Lyon, whom he married in 1858. The first Mrs. Knickerbocker died in 1862, survived by two sons, only one of whom, Charles L., of Dodgen, North Dakota, is now living. Mr. Knickerbocker later married Miss Helen Burgess, by whom, with their four children, he is survived. The children are Mrs. D. B. Shaw of Bismarck, North Dakota; Mrs. C. E. Preston of this state, Clarence Knickerbocker of Minneapolis, and Mrs. A. H. Blabaum of North McGregor, Iowa. The deceased ws an excellent citizen and his death is mourned by many old friends throughout the county.