Saturday, August 21, 2010

Royal Vilas Family Ogdensburgh, New York

This family bible concerns the immediate family of Royal Cooper Vilas. The earliest hand written date in this bible is December 12, 1878. The family names are Royal Cooper Vilas and Carrie Augusta Ward - Dec. 12th 1878 at Newburgh, NY. Their children listed as:

Royal Cooper Vilas Jr. born August 21st 1879 died 1932
Elsie Vilas born October 17th 1880
Ward Ashman Vilas born January 22nd 1882
Eleanor Vilas born January 14th 1884

There is also some indication that Royal Vilas had been previously married, in 1864 to Mary Emma Cornell (born 1845, died 1873) but I don't see any children from this first marriage.

Reviewing some information from the Internet, it appears that Royal Cooper Vilas is the son of Royal Vilas (3 April 1804 at Alstead, Cheshire, New Hampshire - died 1874) and Mary Ashmun (1808-1886).

The children of Royal Vilas & Mary Ashrum are given as:
1. Russell Ashman Vilas Born: 12 OCT 1833 Ogdensburg, St Lawrence, New York (married Frances Alma Maine 15 FEB 1860 Madison, Dane, Wisconsin) Died: 1884
2. George Hooker Vilas Born: c1835
3. Royal Cooper Vilas Born: 1842 Died: 1903
4. Louis William Vilas Born: 1844
5. Henry Chapman Vilas Born: 1846
6. Vilas, Francis Upson Born: 1848 Died: 1874
7. Vilas, Anna

Vilas Names At Ogdensburgh Cemetery

Vilas (See also: Barnes, Matheson, Richards, Willard, Witherhead)
George Byron Vilas, 1868-1944 (Section 2)
Phebe Curtis Vilas, wife, 1866-1953 (Section 2)
Curtis Nathaniel Vilas, son of G.B. & P. C. Vilas, 1894-1976 (Section 2)

Erastus Vilas, b. Oct 13, 1824 - d. March 27, 1907 (Section 20)
Emma Lake, wife of Erastus Vilas, b. June 28, 1832 - d. June 21, 1883 (Section 20)
Sarah P. Ballard, wife of Erastus Vilas, 1831-1902 (Section 20)
Calvin E. Vilas, b. Nov 4, 1856 - d. May 24, 1931 (Section 20)
Spencer Erastus, son of Calvin E. & Jennie L. Vilas, Oct 12, 1883 - May 3, 1891 (Section 20)

Cortes Vilas, Father, 1827-1900 (Section 27)
Cortes Vilas, d. April 1, 1850 Aged 50 yrs (Section 27)
Paulina Wheeler, wife of Cortes Vilas, b. Feb 25, 1806 - d. May 28, 1888 (Section 27)
Paulina M., dau of Cortes & Paulina Vilas, Feb 21, 1835 - Feb 17, 1868 (Section 27)
Jane L. Vilas, wife of L. D. Dean, Feb 25, 1837 - Nov 23, 1858 (Section 27)
Charlotte Vilas, 1831-1910 (Section 27)
Louisa Vilas, wife of Erastus Vilas, died Aug 28, 1831 Aged 35 yrs, 2 mos, 25 dys (Section 27)

Vilas Monument (Toppled over)
***en M., daughter of ... Vilas, died ...1856, 20 yrs (Section 29)

Margaret Louise, dau of Royal Vilas, b. June 4, 1832 - d. Nov 26, 1889 (Section 29)
Margaret B., wife of Royal Vilas, died June 14, 1832 Age 26 yrs (Section 29)

Harriet L. Vilas, departed this life Feb 14, 1856 Age 16 yrs; Our Hattie (Section 39)
Charles A. Vilas, b. July 4, 1842 - Oct 8, 1867; Close-up (Section 39)
W. Spencer Vilas, b. June 16, 1846 - d. Sept 10, 1869; Close-up (Section 39)
Edwin B. Vilas, 1850-1878 (Section 39)
Henry L. Vilas, 1853-1891 (Section 39)
Annie A. Vilas, 1855-1927 (Section 39)
Elizabeth Vilas Holcombe, 1849-1946 (Section 39)
Ellen Baldwin, wife of Alden Vilas, 1819-1884 (Section 39)
Alden Vilas, 1806-1899 (Section 39)
Sally Chandler Baldwin Ames, 1796-1883; Inscription, "in 1817 she married Thomas Baldwin, who was born in 1797 and died at Potsdam NY 1826 (Section 39)
David E. Southwick, 1831-1908 (Section 39)

Albon Vilas, 1859-1948 (Section 90)
Jennie M., 1868-1948 (SEction 90)
Mary Ruth Vilas, 1893-1979 (Section 90)
Roy G. Vilas, 1889-19__ (Section 90)
Margaret N. Vilas, 1890 - 19__ (Section 90)
Frederick A. Nichols, 1858-1923 (Section 90)
Marguerite U. Nichols, 1858-1931 (Section 90)

To see more about this family bible, the eBay item number is 280551313539

Vintage 1839 Yocum-Stetler Family Bible Pennsylvania Back To Sweden

An interesting Family Bible has come up for auction on eBay and I took a look for the births, marriages and deaths of the various families mentioned to see if I could connect the dots. The bible itself is in pretty rough shape having been printed in Philadelphia in 1839 by Hogan & Thomas and the cover is separated from the book. Of course it is the family history that always catches my eye and this one has some family records from the 1700s and those always intrigue me genealogically.

Reviewing the information provided, there's information as follows:

One of the pictures provided by the seller shows "ibeller Yocum was born April 12th 1782" and presumably her husband's birth is shown as "August 1st 1776." Not much to go on, but I did some research and found the following...

Enoch Yocum
born 1 Aug 1776 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
married 29 Nov 1798 The Old Swedes Church, Kingsessing, PA. by Pastor Nicholas Collin
died 4 Sept 1848 Liverpool, Perry County, Pennsylvania

Enoch married Isabelle Robeson "ibeller"? She was listed as the daughter of  William Robeson & Sarah Beebe. Born 5 Apr 1782 Bucks County, Pennsylvania, died 29 Mar 1846 Liverpool, Perry County, Pennsylvania.

One of Enoch & Isabelle's children is given as Abraham Yocum, born 8 Nov 1821 Perry Co., Hunters Valley, Pennsylvania died before 8 Apr 1848 Perry Co., Pennsylvania. In one of the pictures you can see "Abraham Yocum was born November 8 1824" too close to call.

The family tree for Enoch goes all the way back to Peter Yocum\Jochimsson born 1620 at Schleswig-Holstein, Sweden and died  aft Jun 1654 New Amsterdam (Manhattan), New York.

Enoch Yocum
son of Abraham Yocum 1744-1800
son of Peter Yocum 1712-c1766
son of Charles Yocum 1682-1741
son of Peter Petersson Yocum 1652-1701
son of Peter Yocum\Jochimsson 1620-c1654

1880 U.S. Census

At Monroe, Snyder, Pennsylvania


Jacob STETLER Male age 45 (1835) in Pennsylvania, Occupation Farm Laborer, both parents born PA
Amanda STETLER Wife age 38 (1842) in Pennsylvania Keeping House, both parents born PA
John STETLER Son Single age 14 (1866) in Pennsylvania, Farm Laborer, both parents born PA
Orin STETLER Son Single age 12 (1868) in Pennsylvania, Farm Laborer, both parents born PA
Ida STETLER Daughter Single age 16 (1864) in Pennsylvania, Farm Laborer, both parents born PA

There are 17 individuals living in Monroe, Snyder, PA with the surname Stetler for the 1880 with two other families, one headed by a Noah Stetler and another by a Thomas Stetler, both also born in Pennsylvania and around the age of Jacob. Possibly brothers or cousins?

Jacob Stetler and Amanda Miller are listed on as having been married 01 January 1861 at Snyder, Pennsylvania. Jacob is also shown as born 10 Jan 1835 Winfield, Union Co., Union Twp., Pennsylvania to Nicholas Stetler (c1798-1865) and Elizabeth Trutt (born 1798). Nicholas is also shown as the son of Vallentin Stettler born c1764 Germany, died 1828 Union Twp, Union Co., Pennsylvania.

Jacob and Amanda Elizabeth Miller's marriage 01 Jan 1861 is also shown as taking place at Union Township, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, narrowing down the place even more and confirming Amanda's middle name. Her date of birth is shown as 2 Jan 1840 and place of birth as Selinsgrove, Union/Snyder Co., Pennsylvania.

Most importantly, considering the family bible, Amanda's parents are shown to have been John H. Miller, born 27 May 1809 Selinsgrove, Synder County, Pennsylvania, died 15 Apr 1884 Selinsgrove, Synder County, Pennsylvania and

Isabella Yocum born 22 August 1814 Philadelphia, PA died 20 May 1850 Selinsgrove, Synder County, Pennsylvania and Isabella's parents are listed as Enoch Yocum 1776-1848 and Isabelle Robeson 1782-1846!

So the Stetler family in the 1880 census listing at Monroe, Snyder, Pennsylvania ties in with the Yocum family and back to Sweden for several generations.

If you are interested in seeing this family biible in more detail, the eBay item number is 200510505526