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Volume 10 Issue 4                                                                              April 2005



(Continued from last month)


As described in last month’s newsletter, I spent some time last month researching in the National Archives and copied various documents from a few of our families’ pension files.


The following are descendants of Joseph C. and Emeline (Carey) Morse, son of Luther and Alithea (Wiser) Morse:


Amos G. Sayles, pension was rejected, auditor wrote regarding Mr. Sayles “appeared on the muster in roll of Company K, 22d Regiment New York Cavalry, dated February 6, 1864, among the names of those rejected at the date of muster in [said] company, and it is stated thereon that his age was 44 years, and that he was enrolled December 20, 1863, at Smithfield.  Opposite his name on the roll appears the remark, “too old.”  No further record of him has been found.”  Amos G. Sayles was born 23 Aug 1820 in New Hartford, Oneida County, New York.  He was married about 1857 to Caroline Fidelia Morse daughter of Joseph C. and Emeline (Carey) Morse.  He died 23rd Mar 1900, almost 80, in Merrillsville, Madison County, New York. 


George Washington Poppleton, a member of Company F, 45th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, was the nephew of Emeline (Carey) Morse, son of her sister, Celestia Carey and Horan P. Poppleton.  In 1855, he and his sister were living with their uncle, Joseph C. Morse.  George was born Feb 1844 in Lenox Township, Madison County, NY, married 9 Sep 1866 in Wilmot, Kenosha County, WI, to Emma C. Willet.  George died 19 Feb 1911 in Brookfield, Madison County, NY.  Emma died 5 Jul 1935 in Ilion, Herkimer County, NY.  On 29 Nov 1935, their daughter, Mrs. Ida Owens, wrote the following letter to the pension board, “my mother did not have a Dr. she would not take any medicine.  I called a Dr. the night she died and he was to call the next a.m. to inject medicine in her arm and she died that night at 8 o’clock, there was no charges.  P.S. I gave up my job of $3.00 a week to come and care for my mother and need my board.  I hope I am entitled to a little something.”


The following are descendants of John Rainbow, a number of his descendants married into the Albro family.  James Albro was married to Sabra S. Morse, daughter of Luther and Alithea (Wiser) Morse:


Elisha Doty, a member of Co. B, 22nd Regiment New York Cavalry, was married 4 Jul 1887 to Mrs. Cynthia Ann (Breed) Hubbard at Syracuse, NY, the daughter of Oliver Babcock and Sarah (Rainbow) Breed.  Sarah was the daughter of John Rainbow.  A former wife, Laurana Alsever, made the following claim in an affidavit dated 5 Dec 1925; “I was married to the Elisha Doty, also named in the above caption, in the fall of 1865, at my father’s home in the town of Manlius, Onondaga, NY.  We lived together about two years at which time the said Elisha Doty deserted me, without any cause whatever to me known, about six months before our child, a daughter was born and I never saw him afterwards.”  Elisha Doty was born 4 Jul 1845, son of  Renselaer and Lydia (Baker) Doty, and he died 10 Jun 1918 in Chittenango, Madison County, NY.  Cynthia Ann Breed Langley Hubbard Doty was born 16 Jul 1849 in Lincklaen, Chenango County, NY, and she died 6 Aug 1920 in Chittenango.


Hiram H. Gibbs, a member of Company H, of the 14th NY Infantry, Company D, of the 15th NY Cavalry and Company D of the 2nd NY Provisional Cavalry, was the son of John Gibbs and Avis (Rainbow) Gibbs.  Avis was the daughter of John Rainbow.  Hiram was born 20 May 1841 in Lincklaen, Chenango County, NY.  “On March 15th 1866, I was a minister of the gospel of the M.E. Church located at Cuyler, N.Y. and on or about said March 15th 1866, I married this deceased Hiram H. Gibbs to his wife, the claimant, Sarah R. Gibbs…at the house of said Sarah A. Brown’s father in Cuyler, New York-Henry Meeker”.  Hiram died 5 Jan 1900 at Syracuse, his death certificate lists his occupation as patrolman.


Edward Eugene Harvey, a member of Company F, of the 15th NY Cavalry, was married to Sarah Elizabeth Breed, sister of Cynthia Ann Breed, mentioned above.  Edward died 12 Jun 1922 in Syracuse, he was a corset maker and was born in Cortland County, NY, 7 Jan 1845.  He and Sarah were married 9 Dec 1914 in Syracuse.  At the time of her marriage, Sarah was a housekeeper, resided at 724 Stolp Ave. in Syarcuse and was the widow of Joseph Myron Phares.  Sarah was born Dec 1852 in Lincklaen, Chenango County, NY and died 28 Jan 1925 in Syracuse.  Sarah’s brother-in-law, Milton Harwood (married to another sister, Frances Amelia Breed) and Edward served in the same company.  In an affidavit dated 10 Aug 1922, Milton stated that he and Edward E. Harvey had been acquainted with each other since the fall of 1863. 



The following are descendants of James Albro and his first wife, Lydia Corey or his second wife, Sabra S. Morse:


William H. Nichols, member of Company D of the NY Cavalry, Co K, of the 12th NY Infantry and Company 2, of the NY Provisional Cavalry, was married to Ann Doran, widow of Joseph G.L. Albro, son of James and Sabra (Morse) Albro.   William and Ann were married 7 Mar 1894 at Truxton, Cortland, NY.  Not married long, William died 24 Feb 1895 at Truxton.  He was a laborer and died at the Onondaga County Alms House.  Ann died 16 Jun 1904, probably in Truxton, and is buried in Cuyler, NY.


Nelson C. Thomas, member of Company B, of the 6th Michigan Cavalry Volunteers, was the son of Thomas Alanson and Eliza A. (Clark) Thomas.  Eliza was the daughter of Ansel N. and Sarah (Sally) (Albro) Clark.  Sarah was the daughter of James and Lydia (Corey) Albro.  Nelson was born 1 Feb 1843 in Dearborn, Wayne County, MI.  He was first married, 16 Oct 1867 to Emma Amelia Birge.  After her death, he married Mrs. Emma Amelia (Pierce) Sutherland.  Both wives had the given names, “Emma Amelia”. Nelson died 20 Feb 1926 in Detroit, a postal clerk for the railroad.


DeWitt C. Ackley, member of Company G, 76th NY Infantry (was married to Roxanna Corey, a niece to Lydia Corey who was the first wife of James Albro.  Roxanna was the daughter of Wanton and Deborah (Morse) Corey.  Deborah Morse was the daughter of David Morse, founder of Cuyler, New York but David was not related to our Luther Morse.  After the death of DeWitt on 27th August 1879 in Vienna, Genesee County, MI; Roxanna married at least two other times, her last husband was John Chapman, who died in Flint, Michigan on the 27th December 1897 at the age of 82.  Roxanna died 28th April 1906 also in Flint.  John Chapman and Roxanna married the 15th of July 1894 in Flint.




Please accept our condolences to those who recently lost family members.


San Antonio, TX Express-News, 26 Jan 2005; Major Rodney W. Lufkin, USAF, (Ret)-passed away on Monday, January 24, 2005 at the age of 88. He was born in Shelley, ID to George A. and Venus Wiser (ancestry to Benjamin Wiser; her father, Samuel Frost Wiser, John McCormick Wiser, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser) Lufkin. He was a retiree of the U.S. Air Force and USAA. Maj. Lufkin is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret; daughter, Lyn Lufkin Christie and her husband, Kenneth; granddaughters, Katherine and Kelly Christie; brothers, Hal and Dick Lufkin of Utah and sisters, Alice Walker, Mildred Telford and Lorraine Lewis of WA. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 27, 2005 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 28, 2005 at 12:00 p.m. in Sunset Funeral Home Chapel, with interment following at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.


Syracuse Post-Standard, 12 Dec 2004; December 11, 2004-Virginia H. Carr (ancestry to Benjamin Wiser; her father, George R. Weyeneth, Florence Aurelia Albro Weyeneth, Albert F. Albro, Sabra S. Morse Albro, Alithea Wiser Morse, Benjamin Wiser), 81, of Spafford, passed away at her daughter's home. She retired from Save-A-Lot Grocery in Cortland. She was the widow of Howard Carr who died in 1978. She is survived by her daughter Kathleen (G. Roger) Zimdahl of Tully; her grandson, Rob (Jennifer) Zimdahl of Alabama; her granddaughters, Tammy Zimdahl and her fiance, Joe Terrio and Alexis Zimdahl, all of Tully.; her great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn. Services: Tuesday, 11 a.m. at Hartwell Funeral Home, 11 Clinton St., Tully. Interment: Tully Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home, Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. Contributions: Hospice of CNY, 990 7th North St., Liverpool, NY 13088.




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