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AGAN, BRENNENSTUHL or BRENENSTUHL. I'm looking for information regarding the parents of John L. AGAN b. 1812 d. 1877 in Pittstown m. Margaret BRENNENSTUHL and had at least four children. He and Margaret are buried in the Hillside Cemetery in Raymertown with several other AGANs, but I haven't been able to find his parents. A date of marriage would also be helpful. 1098

AGER, JOSLIN. Seeking information about Ira AGER b. in Bennington, VT m. 1805 to Eliza JOSLIN b. abt 1805 in Hoosick Falls, Rensselaer Co., NY. Eliza was a daughter of George M. JOSLIN of Hoosick Falls. Would like to correspond with other researchers working on the AGER or JOSLIN families. Louise Belsby 0797

ALBERTSON, George. Seeking information about George ALBERTSON b. 1817 in NY m. Susan b. 1822. Children: John I. b. 1843, Cornelius G. b. 1845, Susan M. b. 1849, William b. 1857, Louisa b. 1860, Martin b. 1865. In the 1850 census, George, his wife and the three oldest children were living in Plattsburg, [Clinton Co] NY. In the 1880 census, George, his wife and the three youngest children were living in Troy. Barbara McAdams, Homosassa, FL 1298 [e-mail address updated in March 2006]

ALGER. Seeking information about any ALGER families from Rensselaer Co., NY. Looking for a David ALGER. Charles R Alger 1097

ALLEN, Ezra. I have a Samuel ALLEN b. abt 1755-1759, who named his first son Ezra, b. 1787. I noticed from census records that this Ezra ALLEN also had a son Samuel. I have been unable to go any further back with this family line, and I was hoping someone might have more information on the Ezra ALLEN of Stephentown. C. H. MacCormack 1298

ALLEN, PETERSON. Seeking information about g-g-grandmother of different names. She's listed as Sarah ALLEN on her son's marriage license; as Sarah A. Allen per American Ancestry; as Sarah A. Forrest per headstone/family Bible; as Sarah Deforat per Biographical Review (says she's from Albany). Sarah was b. abt 1852 m. 21 June 1873 in Troy to George Washington PETERSON (2nd marriage?). The 1860 Albany census lists Sarah A. Allen 9 with parents William A. & Rowena. There's no Sarah Forrest/DeForrest/Deforat in the 1860 Albany census. I am trying to ascertain whether a Sarah A. Allen married a DeForest (or variation of surname) prior to 1873 in or around Albany, NY. Erica 0797 [the e-mail address given in July 1997 is no longer valid in March 2003]

ARCHIBALD, George. George ARCHIBALD, a photographer, lived in Troy, NY ca 1870-1880. He published a number of stereoviews of the Lake Dunmore, VT area. I am seeking copies of these stereoviews. Does anyone know a source for Mr. Archibald's photos? Any clues would be helpful. Bill Powers, tel. (781) 377-9111, fax (781) 377-5296/7447 0798

ASKINS/ASKING, Matthias. Seeking father of Matthias ASKINS b. abt. 1805, prob. Van Rensselaer Manor. In the 1790 census, I find a few scattered from New York City to Troy, but not able to find information on any of them. Barb Baxter 1296 [e-mail address was updated in March 2003]

AUSTIN, VAN BUREN. Harrison AUSTIN (c1821-1884) married in about 1860 to Azelia VAN BUREN (1832-1917), who was a daughter of the late Peter VAN BUREN and the living Lucretia DECKER. Azelia VAN BUREN was also a wife (not the first wife) of bigamist George W. WHITAKER. Harrison and Azelia AUSTIN had three children of record: (1) Maria E. AUSTIN (born in Dec 1862 in Rensselaer Co NY), (2) Frances E. AUSTIN (born in Oct 1864 in Monroe Co NY) and (3) George AUSTIN (born in Oct 1873 in NY state, probably in Monroe Co NY). Harrison AUSTIN also had a brother, Benjamin G. AUSTIN (born in about 1812 in Rensselaer Co NY), who by 1865 was a widower living in Harrison and Azelia's home in Monroe Co NY. Harrison and Azelia AUSTIN moved from Brunswick, Rensselaer Co NY to Perinton, Monroe Co NY in about 1863; by the 1880 US Census, they were living in Pittsford, Monroe Co NY; and by 1890, Azelia AUSTIN was a widow living in Battle Creek, Calhoun Co MI. Daughter Maria AUSTIN married an unknown Mr SWEET (children William SWEET born in about 1878 in NY state and Chester SWEET born in about 1880 in NY state); by 1880, Maria [AUSTIN] SWEET and her little sons lived with her parents in Pittsford, and Mr Sweet was absent. Azelia also had a nephew named George BAILEY (born in Feb 1891 in MI to unknown parents who had both been born in NY state). Please say you recognise this family! Any shred of information would be warmly welcomed. Lin Van Buren 1098 [e-mail address is still current in March 2004]

AUSTIN, WARNER. Seeking information about Benjamin AUSTIN and wife Mary WARNER. Benjamin is said to be buried in Schaghticoke, N. Y. They are the parents of Jane AUSTIN, my g-g-grandmother. Chas Leach 0697

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