Sunday, December 5, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Ada Rippey's Schooling

Jean points out Ada Rippey graduated from Geneseo, before moving on to Monmouth.  This link is to the act of the legislature changing the name from the Wadsworth Normal and Training School to Geneseo Normal and Training School in 1871.  William J. Milne was the head of the college during Ada's time, a Presbyterian elder in Geneseo who had a Ph.D by 1874.

Mac's WWI Training Camp

It appears Mac Harshaw had basic training at Camp Sherman,Ohio. That's based on the imprint on a photo of him in uniform, marking the photo as having been taken in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Did Captain John and Mary Go to the Fair?

No, not the Ontario county fair, whenever it was founded, but to the York fair, chartered by the Penns in 1767.  See this blog post from 2006.  Apparently York County likes to claim the title of oldest continual fair, but that's a bit iffy. But the 1767 charter is real.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

From General Catalogue of Union Theological Seminary

The link

HAESHAW, William Rosborough; b, Cutler, 111, Oc 11, 1856; WestmC, 83;
UTS, 83-6; ord (U Presb, NY), Nv 20, 85; pas (119th st), NYCity, 85-7;
pas, Steubenville, O, 87-9; pas (First Union Presb), NYCity, 89-97;
pas, West-Pittston, Pa, 98—. DD, Grove City Col, 96.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Did Captain John Rippey Hear This?

Jim McClure has a post at York Town Square on the reading of the Declaration of Independence:

"Four militia companies and 300 to 400 old men, women and boys joined Smith for a public reading..."
In our dream world, Captain John would have been there at the head of his company and James Smith, the York signer of the Declaration, would have been related to the William Smith who became connected to the family in Ontario county, NY.  But in reality there's nothing to indicate the two Smiths are related and there were several companies from the York area, and Captain John's was one of the later ones.  But the post is an interesting sidelight on how politics worked in 1776

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Was Rev. Cathcart Related?

The Universal York blog has a nice post on the Rev. Cathcart and his garden. He was a Presbyterian minister in York at the end of the eighteenth century into the nineteenth who kept a diary, mostly on his garden. "Cathcart" must be a relatively common name, but there was a Cathcart in northwest PA who married a Harshaw.  Too lazy to doublecheck the data.

Anyway, all gardeners will recognize this sort of thing:
In late winter he planted lettuce and radishes, and triumphed March 12, 1803 that his peas had come up in 12 days. The Cathcarts feasted on asparagus each spring. In May 1821 he wrote: "Vegetation rapid--one stalk of asparagus grew in 35 hours 16 inches and at 48 hours was 19 inches.' On April 26, 1822, Cathcart cut 162 stalks of asparagus and 111 stalks on the 30th. It is hoped that the Cathcart children shared their father's enthusiasm for asparagus.
My wife exults when she can have her peas up by mid March.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Where Did the Harshaws Arrive?

Marjorie said this morning they arrived at Castle Garden, on the southern tip of Manhattan which preceded Ellis Island. This may not be true--from what I can see by Google it wasn't an official entry station until 1855. But here's its web site and here's Wikipedia.

And you can search the site for immigration entries going back to 1820.  Unfortunately, the first Harshaws included in the database didn't arrive until 1848 (Samuel), with a large group on July 2, 1849. (A "James Harshow" did arrive in 1834.)

Here's a list of pictures of the potato famine and emigration, including Castle Garden ones.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Harshaws in Ireland

I realize I've failed to post a link to my Google map of Harshaws in Ireland.  So here it is. You need to zoom in, using either the slider on the left side or the command when you right click on a flag.

View Harshaw Irish Map in a larger map

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Detention of Enemy Combatants--an Earlier War

Captain John Rippey's service in the Pennsylvania militia is a little fuzzy to me.  I've seen claims he served with Washington at Valley Forge, claims which I don't think are true. I've run across, and promptly lost track of, references to his involvement in logistics and possibly to his involvement with guarding prisoners.  What prisoners you ask? First the Battle of Saratoga, where General Burgoyne surrendered (the "Convention Army") and later from the Battle of Yorktown where General Cornwallis was commander.

Anyhow in 1781 the Convention Army was marched from Albemarle, VA to the York area.  The local militia  would have been involved in guard duty and management of the prisoners.

June Lloyd at Universal York has posted in the past on Camp Security and now has another post on it. She's done work in the Archives and found an interesting record from one of the guards. (Not Capt. Rippey.)  Here's a site devoted to it.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Shame on Robert Harshaw

From an archived Australian newspaper, Sydney, Dec. 17, 1857.
"Robert Harshaw, for having made use of obscene language in a public place, was sentenced to pay 20s, or to be imprisoned seven days."
 At least, if he didn't have the money to pay the fine, he'd be out of jail by Christmas.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Crooked Lake Review

Stumbled on this blog, which replaces a magazine, doing searching for my cousin.

 The Crooked Lake Review is a local history magazine for
the Conhocton, Canisteo, Tioga, Chemung and Genesee river valleys,
and for the Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario regions of New York State.
I wonder, looking at the serialization of this old novel, whether the Miss Elliotts of Geneva were based on any of the Rippeys.  From the 1992 preface:
The Misses Elliot of Geneva was written as a humorous tribute to the eccentric characters who flourished in Geneva, N.Y., at the beginning of this century. The two characters who are featured in the title were based on an actual pair, but anecdotes about other bygone Genevans are often interwoven with the originals, so that to some extent they are composites. The original pair were more polite, and their utterances more circuitous than those of 'Miss Primrose' and 'Miss Candida,' whose tongues have been greatly sharpened, though I have not exaggerated their underlying prejudices. One of the pair, I am told, actually left money in her will to the City of Geneva, and had taught a Sunday-School class in her younger days.
The other characters are also somewhat exaggerated, but together they present a picture of a small-town society.
When the book first appeared, there was some indignation among older Genevans, but one of them admitted that "after all, I wouldn't mind being remembered for my witty remarks."

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Welcome Cousins

Through I've heard from several cousins (very remote).  I've been sporadically working on a Harshaw/Rippey site, using Google's wikipedia-type software.  At least in theory anyone who wants can add pages, changes the existing pages, and so forth.  I write "in theory", because I'm still trying to understand the software and how best to organize the material.  My ultimate goal is to use it to replace the Harshaw Family site linked to on this blog.  Anyway, any newcomers are welcome to this blog and to the site, and feel free to make changes to the site.  Each page has a "revision history" so a mistaken change can always be undone.  Unlike the real wikipedia though, there seems not to be a discussion page linked to each site page.