Tuesday, September 18, 2012


I definitely need a lesson in American History here...  there are so many items and images on this lovely Newburgh Centennial memorial card which are clearly symbolic of the end of the Revolutionary War (which in Canada in the 1950s I had learned as the War of Independence).   Also, there are 4 calling cards on each corner of the page.

    Commemorating the Closing Events of the Revolution
    13 star symbols in a large arc

- A central image of a meeting place/home with roadway with partially-open metal gate in front,  trees losing foliage in background around building.  This is likely Washington's Headquarters, the Hasbrouk House.
- 2 laurel wreaths hanging off crossed spears at top corners of image.
- Two additional crossed spears holding up a flag.
- A musket and sword crossed in front of the image with the sword point opening the gate.
- A small snare drum to the right of the image.
- There is a small round item in the forefront, resting on the ground, and a wiggly item next to it - neither of which I can identify.... items to do with musketry?

Four sentences, written in graceful arcs:
Left side:
Washington refused
    the Crown  May 22d 1782.

     Washington's reply to the
Newburgh letters March 15th 1783.

Right side:
     Washington's proclamation of
peace to the Army  April 18th 1783.

                      Army disbanded by
order of Congress  Oct. 18th  1783.

Below the image in a straight line:


      PETER WARD, CHAIRMAN             J. T. HEADLEY
        J. J. S. McCROSKERY                     M. H. HIRSCHBERG
        J. C. ADAMS                                   R. V. K. MONTFORT,  SECRETARY

NB: Peter Ward was Mayor of Newburgh NY
For more information on the Newburgh Centennial in October 1883, I have included links here, and here,  for those interesting in reading more about the celebration as well as about the published reasons for the centennial.  Fascinating eye-witness accounts, with speeches, poem, prayer, and more.

Four Calling Cards: 
Now we come to those Calling cards of four women, 3 of whom as their married state.  Were they close friends or colleagues who sat with my ancestors on that day of celebration?  Did they make up a party of celebrants?  Were they wives of men who were taking an active role in the Celebration?  Random women who sat at a buffet table with them?  These are four women completely unknown to me.

My main searches were on Fulton History newspapers website  as well as on (censuses, newspapers, directories).  It is possible that these women have nothing at all to do with each other nor with the Centennial, but may have been fitted into the space for convenience.  Sigh.  I have so many questions.

Top Left:
Mrs. J Albert Lum  - no specific person comes to light in a quick search on Fulton History newspapers, nor on Ancestry... 

Top Right:    
Mrs. Albert A Palmer - there are many Albert Palmer men, with many middle initials [e.g., J, P, M, W];  possibly this is the wife of the New York photographer... but not proven

Bottom Left:
Lillian Eddy, of 350 Lexington Avenue; possibly the Miss Lillian Eddy who gave a recitation at the June 27, 1891 first convention of the Y.W.C.T.U. "to the delight of all";  or the Miss Lillian Eddy who was an early advocate for the Hamburg NY Public Library (are they the same person?).  The address could be in Albany NY, or New York (Lexington at 40th).  

Bottom Right:
Mrs. James Brooks Dill -  I found a 1910 New York Herald report of her husband's Doctor of Law degree, stating he is currently "Judge of the Court of Errors and Appeals of New Jersey"; he was also author of "Dill on Corporations", and died in December 1910 after a short illness... however I don't yet have his wife's name.

Perhaps I'll find more information about these 4 women as we go through the many marriage cards and other items in the Souvenir Album.  So many names, so little information.

The next page in the Souvenirs Album is - of course - many Calling Cards once more!  But six of these cards have black borders around them.   Perhaps I will be able to find more information on them - I can only hope.

Do contact me if you have information on any of the people mentioned above, or if you wish more details.

Friday, September 7, 2012

PAGE 4 - 29 Calling Cards!

Oh, my greatgrandfather!! So many Calling cards - and this isn't even all of them.  There is still another full page of Calling cards, plus he has a few tucked here and there on pages later on in the Album.  I do wish he'd written some little tiny word or two scrawled on each card - that would have been so helpful, wouldn't it?

Here is the photo of the page, and you can see he's tried for a designed page but then pasted a few odd ones in here and there at the end.  Well, he wasn't very creative but was definitely very detailed and thorough!  I'll start at top left, and work my way more or less across the page.  That makes 5 rows, more or less.

Much of the information about these people has been found on the fascinating site Old Fulton New York, with databases of old newspapers in northern New York state, plus old postcards, and more.

Top row, 1:
  • F H Stewart   - 1868 Rochester City Directory lists same as "hairdresser; h 3 Cedar" - could it be this person?
  • Genevieve Roberts  - several Genevieve Roberts' in newspapers of 1800s into 1940s, so difficult to decide which might be correct one by age/relationship; perhaps a contemporary of my grandmother
  • Wm T Baker  - businessman; a social listing Aug 23, 1891, Utica Sunday Tribune, states Mr & Mrs Wm T Baker returned from a month's stay at Long Beach, on the Atlantic";  he is also listed Jan 11, 1906 as 1 of 7 Directors of newly incorporated business, The Clayville Knitting Co. of Utica.
  • Florence L Tolford  - not certain of which age group is correct for this particular Florence, is this a friend of  2ndGreatgrandfather's, greatgrandfather's, or grandmother's social group
  • George D Huling   - many Huling families in NY, but I couldn't find this particular George D Huling in a brief search; a Beekman Huling in Saratoga Springs published a Whig paper in early-mid 1800s, and this George might be a relative?
  • Tillie Vetter  - Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper, Sunday Feb. 12th, 1911, lists Tillie as member of women's chorus of Minstrel show; likely a friend of my grandmother's
Next row down, 2:
  • Uda/Ada? G Cook   -  Many Ada Cooks in NY state, unable to determine person
  • Edward E Thomas [sideways]  - an Edward E Thomas is living in Albany during 1800s, possibly this man
  • Sam'l L Maralious   - what a wonderfully unusual surname! Sam'l is listed in 1884 NY City Directory, occupation Clerk, living at 166 E 67th 
  • E L Wadsworth    - Who knew there were so many E L Wadsworth men? One is listed in 1866 IRS tax assessment as an Insurance agent; another living in Saratoga Springs; one in Auburn; another in New Hartford. Sigh.  Hmm - the Auburn one seems to be a member of the Auburn City Lodge K of P, No 195, according to an 1897 list of "secret societies" [found on].  
  • Walter R Leggatt    - a New York Lawyer, former member of  NY County Republican Committee; d. of "typhoid pneumonia" 28 Aug 1889 in CT
  • Nellie E Whitlock   - m. Thomas Hogan [lawyer] in April 1886; unfortunately in the following week, his brother Patrick died of a cardiac condition (as reported in The Syracuse Standard, May 3, 1886)
Next row down, 3:
  • F C Rust   - hmmm, his card was on a previous page; still don't know who he is
  • Bryan Collins   - possibly this is the Bryan Collins who was a baritone singer in the 1890s
  • Dr. Gaylord P Clark   - physician/educator, Dean of College of Medicine at Syracuse University, Syracuse NY
  • Emma H Marquette  - seems to be a friend of my grandmother's; several newspapers mention her: 1906 [camping trip] and 1910 [bookkeeper/stenographer trained at Thorpe's]
  • George Klinck   - several George Klinck men found; one in Utica December 27, 1882, is noted to be one of several of the oldest members of the Oriental Lodge (Masonic order); another/same man of the New York Custom House
Next row down, 4:
  • Carrie V DeSand   - unable to find information on this young woman
  • *C Gussie Graves  - Grove's wife-to-be, Clara Augusta "Gussie" Graves; married in 1879
  • N H Melius   - professional musician, specializing in harmonica as well as trombone; 1870s and 1880s
  • Mamie F Hewes, 4 West 47 - perhaps the wife of Williard Hewes, living in NY city; seems abt same age as my grandmother (b.1800s)
  • Mrs. Standish F Hansell   - The only Standish F(orde) Hansell seems to have lived in Philadelphia
    - penciled on same card : Mrs. A W Palmer  -  too many Palmers in NY, and no A.W. Palmer that I could easily found.  Clearly the two women came to visit together, as friends.  A brief search did not find anything I could hang my hat on for these two.
Bottom row, 5:
  • Charles Carroll Smith  - February 20, 1908, The Syracuse Herald, has a column stating that Charles Carroll Smith is busily compiling the alphabetical index of births, deaths, and marriages for 1906, in the Bureau of Vital Statistics; other articles note an author of several books; and both an elder and younger gentleman of same name.  One 1891 article  describes a Charles Carroll Smith [Charley] as the "beau" of Saratoga Springs.  Which one do you pick for the Calling card -?  Are they the same person?
  • Rev. Daniel P Ward, 343 West 25th Street  - "well-known for his charity and activity", d. at age 47 of heart disease, according to The NY Times, Sunday January 13, 1901
  • Richard L E  Ihle   - an unusual name, several possibilities, but not one which seems most likely
  • Gussie Booth   - appears to be a contemporary of my greatgrandmother's; likely to be the young woman married in Syracuse to a Mr. Bertram, Conductor of the NY Special train in early 1880s
  • Mr. J Henry Albee, No. 137 West 42nd St.   - no specific information on this gentleman
  • Carrie Magee    - hmmm, could this be the same Carrie Magee who married April 16, 1885, to George Woodburn 
    - penned on same card:  Sara Furniss  - no information found for Sara
  • Mrs. Clare A Benedict   - Emma Gertrude (Graves) Benedict, a cousin of Grove's wife, Gussie
The next page in the Souvenirs Album relates to the Newburgh Centennial... What do you know about that? Hmmm.  With of course, 4 Calling cards pasted into corners of the page.  I'm looking forward to writing about it, and showing you the outsized card about it.  

I hope you're enjoying the journey through my greatgrandfather's Souvenirs Album.  There are many pages with odd and unusual items, as well as relatively common items like these Calling cards.  I just realized I'm mentioning various ancestors with no names:

  1. my 2nd greatgrandfather:  James M. TERWILLIGER (1825-1909), m. Harriet BUELL 1851
  2. my greatgrandfather - the owner/compiler of this Souvenir Album:  James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER (1856-1929), m. Clara Augusta "Gussie" GRAVES 1875
  3. my grandmother (maternal): Marguerite Josephine  "Daisy" "GrandPete" TERWILLIGER (1880-1973), m. Charles Edward KUHN 1910.
If you know more information about any of the people listed above, do let me know.  And if any of them are your ancestors or known to you, certainly do contact me.  I'm happy to provide close-up photographs of each card to you, or answer any of your questions.