We will be posting the genealogy queries that we receive. If you can help the person, please email them and also send us the information. The Chester Historical Society is always looking for family histories from our area, so please send us a copy so we can add it to our archives.
My maiden name is Ilene Horton and I am trying to trace my heritage and I am currently on the trail of Theodore Horton MD.
According to the book titled "Biographical History of Eminent and Self Made Men at the State of Indiana", Theodore was born in Chester on Oct. 28, 1823. He was the son of Elijah and Sarah (Rose) Horton. The book states that Theodore received his early education in the public schools of Chester then went on to the academy at Nunda, New York where he was graduated in 1836.
I would appreciate any information that you might have on the Horton family from Chester.
I am searching for information pertaining to the Lamerson family. While driving from our son’s home in Highland Park, NJ to our home in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada last summer I was amazed to see “Lamerson Road”. Thank goodness my GPS had decided that this was the fastest route! We didn’t have time to stop, but I was able to record the location and make plans for a later trip. I also googled the area and found the civil war memorial. This past Sunday on our return trip from another family visit we stopped to take pictures of the street sign, drove along the quiet, country lane, and then made our way into Chester. The civil war memorial with Jacob Lamerson’s name was quite touching as I am in the Canadian military. I noted a Lamberson from World War One – a common variation of the family name, so I wondered about that connection, too. While visiting Mr. Urban’s wonderful antique store I looked at the phone book – sadly, no Lamerson’s seem left in the area. Mr Urban told me that Matt Koppinger had been in his store only the day before, and although he couldn’t find a phone number, knowing that a historical society was active seemed heaven sent.
I am aware that my paternal grandfather, Wilson Gene Lamerson, worked on the Delaware Lackawanna railroad and that his family was from “somewhere near Chester”. From what I have found so far, he lived in Essex, Newark, Hoboken and after he retired in East Stroudsberg, PA, but Chester gets mentioned as the originating are. It’s not much to go by, but I wonder if you can give me any information in the following areas:
·Anything on the history of Lamersons in the Chester area – who were they and what did they do?
·Specifically, can you tell me about Jacob Lamerson from the civil war?
·Lamberson from WWI – is he from the same family?
·Why is Lamerson Road so named?
I’d appreciate any assistance you could give me. Next time we visit I will be aiming for a longer and even more educational visit to your lovely town.
Cheryl D. Lamerson
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GUEST Family (submitted on 10/06/06)
Marilyn Izzi - 3027 Limewood Lane - Lancaster, CA 93536
Looking for William Guest - came to Chester area 1740 and had a iron forge called Black River Forge. Neighbors were Sutton and Hager. Partner was Ezekial Frost. Frost died about 1760 and William Guest went bankrupt. He also died between 1760 & 1783. His wife Abigail was tried in court for aiding a loyalist Caleb Swazye (Sweazye) Jr. Results of case unknown. Son Reuben owned 1/4 interest in a forge.
Son John Jacob Guest married Sophia Pitney and eventually moved to Bernardsville. Associated families are Hortons, Howells, Riggs and Drake. Please snail mail information or phone 661-722-7229.
My name is Cathy and I am a descendent of Joseph Corwin, Patriot of the Revolutionary War. Joseph was b. 1753 in Black River - we believe. I have him on an 1779-80 tax record living with a JAMES CORWIN. Other Corwin's living nearby are William, Samuel & Benjamin.
I would be more than happy to help you with my branch of the family if you can help me with 2 things: First: Where is Joseph buried? He d. 22 Sept 1836 in Flanders. He was a Pensioner. If you can tell me where he is buried, how do I contract with someone to take a digital photo for me? His son, Nathaniel, is buried in the Free Union Cemetery.
Second: I would like to know if you have any copies of old land records - I am looking for one for Joseph - his original land record in Black River.
Joseph married Mary Wortman, daughter of John. I have found little information on this family nor do I know where Mary is buried or when she died.
I am contacting you with regard to the Chester Historical website. Let me say very nice!!! I do have a question regarding pictures. I grew up in Mendham in the 60's,70's and 80's and now live in Chester. As such we used to spend a lot of time in Chester for various reasons ,my question is does the society have any pictures of"Jeffy's Charcol Pit" on Rt 24 over by the old Hickory Farm Market. It was a favorite place for me and my cousins and would love to see the old place again. Thanks in advance!
I am looking for genealogical information on an ancestor (my husband's great grandfather) of ours that was the tax collector for Chester for 9 years and owned a dry goods store for 32 years in Chester. His name was Emmett M. Hockenbury (1867-1940), his spouse was Ida M. Moke Hockenbury. They had 3 children Lloyd Cecil, Nellie and Elias W. I am interested in any information or resources you could give me.
My name is Lee Schaltter of Randolph, formerly Lee Biebigheiser of Chester, in the mid to late 40s.
Lately, I have been very curious about about a murder that happened in Chester sometime between 1947 and 1955? The people involved were Louise Jacobis, and Lena Biebigheiser. Can you tell me where I can research that information?
My husband Ralph Beam was the great, great, great grandson of Hendrick Wyckoff. He lived most of his life in Long Valley, NJ before coming to Florida. I do genealogy and was wondering if you have any information on the Wyckoff family? Hendrick b. 5/31/1771 d.2/12/1852 married Phebe Decker b. 12/16/1770 d. 2/22/1856 They married 9/5/1790. Hendrick had son Michael Decker Wyckoff b.10/26/1812 married Mary Ann Ammerman b.3/14/1815 they had son John Decker Wyckoff b. 10/10/1840 Chester, NJ, d.1921 married Mary Voorhies b.1845 d.1938. they had daughter Bertha May Wyckoff b.11/22/1888 Chester, NJ d.11/12/1985 married Steward Beam.
Found it very interesting reading on the Wyckoff Cabin. Any information would be greatly appreciated. There is also a Wyckoff house in Brooklyn, New York built 1638 which has become a museum now called the "Wyckoff House Museum." Pieter Claesen Wyckoff was one of the first founders to America on the ship "Rensselaerwick" on 4/7/1637 from Holland. This Pieter Claesen Wyckoff would have been Hendrick's ggg grandfather.
Any information on the Wyckoff cabin, family, burials, dates or names would help me.
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