Saturday, November 17, 2012

New on the Shelf : Settlers of the Beekman Patent

The Van Buren District Library is pleased to announce the addition to its Local History collection of Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Dutchess County, New York : an historical and genealogical study of all of the 18th century settlers in the patent, by Frank J. Doherty.

This ten-volume set is probably the most exciting genealogical reference set to hit the shelf since the release of The Great Migration series by Robert Charles Anderson.  It actually is still a work in progress, with current volumes published only through the letter "R."

Don't make the same mistake that I first made when I read about this set, thinking that it was exclusive to Dutchess County families.  It's scope is much broader.  Following in an excerpt from the book's introduction:
The settlers of the Beekman Patent were not the earliest settlers in Dutchess County but were some of the first to venture inland away from the Hudson River...The settlers came from all directions, the Dutch from New York, Kingston and Albany; the German Palatines from Rhinebeck; the Quakers from Long Island and Massachusetts, and others from Connecticut and Rhode Island and other places...These records will include family histories plus data on where the person lived, what their occupation and what involvement they had in the local civil and military affairs.  When possible we will include information on deaths and burials and removals from this area.  We have tried to include all Beekman settlers who were here by 1790 and who were found in any kind of records to that timeThese families we have carried through the 1810 census...
The project was initiated because of a personal interest as the author & his wife had purchased a house within the patent that had previously been a residence of authoress, Pearl Buck.  Inspired by the history of his own home, Doherty embarked on a project by which he scavenged for any surviving written record pertaining to the settlers of the patent, which was scant.  He then began the process of assembling family, local, military, and court records from other available sources. 

In addition to compiled family data, the entire first volume of the set is dedicated to the history of the Beekman Patent itself.  Doherty provides listings of sources used in the publication of the set, and also includes maps and nice every-name indexes to each volume.

Our acquisition of Settlers of the Beekman Patent series has been made possible through a memorial for local genealogist, Ann Mullin Burton, who passed away early this summer.  Ann would have wholeheartedly approved of the addition of this set to the Local History Collection.  She and her husband, Conrad, have also played key roles in the addition of other genealogical reference sets to the department including the American State Papers and Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files.

Anyone with New York State ancestors or families who migrated through the state should add Settlers of the Beekman Patent to your genealogical research checklist.  To whet your appetite, following is a partial list of those families featured in volume 8:
  • Lee
  • Lent
  • Leonard
  • LeRoy
  • Lester
  • Lewis
  • Light
  • Lighheart
  • Linderbeck
  • Lindsey
  • Lobdell
  • Lockwood
  • Losee
  • Lossing
  • Lovejoy
  • Loveless
  • Luckey
  • Lyon
  • Mabie (Hey, that's one of mine!)
The set is available for viewing anytime during Local History department regular business hours.  Volumes 1 thru 7 are also available to search through the American Ancestors subscription website sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  American Ancestors is accessible in the Local History department.  Contact us with any questions.

Nameless Picture of the Day - Identified!
Identified as - Jane Elisabeth Canning

The following information provided by Don & Joan Lyons of Dowagiac regarding the above cabinet card published in the November 10 post :  
       Wow, did you amaze me when you posted this picture : P003-0057.  It is Don’s great grandmother and we have the original photo and vintage frame in our library room.
       She is Jane Elisabeth Canning. Born May 31, 1859 in Pen Yan, NY. {of Irish parents}  Married Edward Karnes on Apr. 12, 1890. He was born in Cass County Mi and they lived in Decatur, MI.  They had 3 children: Blanch (Karnes) Stevens, Harley and Ray Karnes.  She died March 29, 1940 in Decatur, MI

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