• 1925 – 2022 Photo Comparison of Unionville (Hawthorne), New York

    By Published On: January 5th, 2022Categories: Maps

    Many historic things happened in this area during the revolutionary war. It is hard to appreciate it with the land have undergone so may signifiant infrastructure changes. But this overlay of a 1922 digital map of the area, overlaid on top of a 1925 arial photo of the area will help you understand better

  • Mahopac Railroad Through Somers

    By Published On: January 1st, 2022Categories: In History

  • Yerks Farm Overlay in Hawthorne with Modern Map – 1925-2021

    By Published On: December 15th, 2021Categories: Surname: YerksTags: , , ,

    The black and white photo of the Yerks farm was taken in 1925 as part of an aerial photographing project. The modern map comes from a screenshot of Apple Maps. The Apple map was then manipulated to match up certain landmarks that have survived the 100-year difference. What a difference a hundred years make!

  • 1925 – Catherine Yerks Farm in Hawthorne Revisited.

    By Published On: December 14th, 2021Categories: Surname: Yerks

    On December 6, 1785, the Commissioners of Forfeitures for the Southern District of New York awarded Catherine Yorkse (Yerks), widow of William Yerks, the 300-acre farm that her husband and her husbands family had been farming for many decades as tenant farmers of Philipsburg Manor. Philipsburg Manor was a large swath of central Westchester land

  • The Life of Jeremiah Hayes in a Timeline

    By Published On: September 26th, 2021Categories: Bio's, Surname: Hayes

    05 SEP 1889  •  Born in Bedford, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA 01 Jun 1900 •  10 years old living with parents John and Jane at 35 Front Street 7 May 1906 •  Death of John J Hayes, Father of Jeremiah Hayes at the Paper Mill. His son Jeremiah was 16 just years old. 24 Jun 1918 •  Marriage to

  • A YERKS Family Bible Found!

    By Published On: February 26th, 2021Categories: Found Treasures, Surname: Yerks

    More than a decade ago, I came across an archived newsletter in which a person named Cula Katzky  indicated that she was in possession of a "Yerks" family bible with several dates in it. She was not a Yerks family member and was seeking to return it to someone in the family.   The

  • Jeremiah D Sheehan’s Service Record to his County

    By Published On: January 14th, 2021Categories: Military, Surname: Sheehan

    Jeremiah D Sheehan is an Irishman who likely enlisted in the War of the States in order to provide food and shelter for his family. Since he had already obtained Citizenship through Naturalization in 1859, he did not NEED to enlist in order to obtain Citizenship. Company C, 3rd Infantry Regiment On 25 July 1861,

  • A Needle In The Haystack Find!

    By Published On: January 1st, 2021Categories: Headstones, Surname: Yerks

    This is a story I have not told before... but one that Yerks cousin Gibby Iannotti will appreciate. Many years ago I learned from Gibby of a gravestone of one of her great ancestors. It may be her great x2 Grandparents. Emeline Yerks married Benjamin Schenck. She indicated that their headstone also has someone named

  • Walking In The Footsteps of Our Ancestors… Melissa Campbell Yerks

    On May 6, 1897, the local Chappaqua newspaper reported that Mrs. Osborn Yerks (Melissa Campbell) had moved into the Gabrielle Greeley Clendenin "hillside house."  Gabrielle is the daughter of Horace Greeley, the well-known publisher of the Tribune Newspaper. Mrs. Clendenin was well-known for her charity and generosity. With this being just two years after the

  • Supporting Documentation for William Yerks (b. 10 Apr 1725, d. BEF 1785) Application for Patriot Status with the DAR

    By Published On: November 14th, 2020Categories: In The Military, Surname: Yerks, Uncategorized

    Souvenir of the Revolutionary Soldiers' Monument Dedication, at Tarrytown, New YorkBy Tarrytown (N.Y.). Monument Committee, Marcius Denison Raymondpg. 42 & pg. 44 The name of William Yerks appears on the Muster roll of Capt. Gabriel Requa's Company of Militia of East Philipsburg, now in the position of Professor Beckford, Dean of Columbia College.   New

  • The Search For the Parents of James Oakley Yerks, Died at Harpers Ferry, 1863

    By Published On: November 1st, 2020Categories: Civil War, Surname: Yerks

    There are several James Yerks born around the same time. They are: James Yerks BIRTH 16 AUG 1823 • Ossining, Westchester, New York, United StatesDEATH 9 OCT 1880 • Chappaqua, Westchester, New York, United StatesThis James died in the Civil War and is buried at the old Saint Mark's Cemetery in Mount Kisco (Next to

  • The Baroni Family Of Mantua, Italy

    By Published On: May 13th, 2020Categories: Surname: Baron

    We don’t know much about the Baroni Family of Mantua right now, but the story is beginning to unfold.  We recently learned that Angelo Antonio Baroni and Giaele Botolli, great x2 grandparents of Colleen Hayes, were married on 27 June 1895 in Rivarolo Fuori (aka Rivarolo Mantovano), Mantova, Lombardia, Italy.  Mantua is 32 km (32