Maine

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. 🙂

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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.

A few more Mom Pictures

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

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

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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.

More Christmas Past

I found a new app that scans old photos pretty well. It’s called PhotoScan and is made by Google. The photos I have are fairly yellowed and glued down in an album with unremovable plastic sheets across the tops of the pictures. I used this app to scan a few old Christmas pictures from the album and they came out pretty good so I thought I’d share them here.

My Mom and Dad ( Peter R. Wainer and Majorie A. Knickerbocker) in front of thier Christmas tree. They look pretty happy, must of been before my brother and I were born. 😉

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Here’s one of my brother William (Bill) and myself, looks to be around 1969 at our house in Inglewood in the picture:

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Thanksgiving Early

Last year about this time cousin Shirley (Vesterby) Colabella, granddaughter of Helen Knickerbocker and John Vesterby, asked her husband Frank and myself to help her prove that she is a descendant of a Mayflower passenger. It took a lot of work by Frank, Shirley,  a little from me, and about a year; but today Shirley got final word from the Mayflower Society and she’s official.

Which means, Knickerbocker relatives, that you can be official too. Since Shirley and Frank have done much of the legwork, all you’d have to do is prove your descent from Clarence Knickerbocker ( and pay a few dollars to the Mayflower Society) and you’re all set.

This page shows selected descendants of EDWARD FULLER, our common ancestor, passenger on the Mayflower, and signor of the Mayflower Compact.

Happy Thanksgiving!