Re: history and speculations

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Posted by Chris on July 09, 1998 at 12:37:47:

In Reply to: Re: history and speculations posted by Myrrh on July 08, 1998 at 23:40:37:

: : Where did you grow up in NY state? I spent much of my childhood in the Catskills near Margaretville. My family has been there since the 1700s.

: : Chris

: Hi, Chris... I was born in Buffalo, but spent my childhood in Carthage, NY....WAY up north, near Watertown, and getting close to Canada. It was a VERY small town. The first place we lived was in the country, across from Black River, and with the Adirondack Forest in our back yard. Loved that place. Ice skating on the river in winter, raising turkeys, chasing horses out of the garden, and picking berries in the woods in summer. One thing I will always remember was the beauty of the rocks....even walking down a dirt road, the little bitty rocks on the road were each so beautiful! Lots of colored striations...and the boulders and bigger rocks lying around were gorgeous. New York State is such a beautiful place!

: Margaretville? Where again exactly? Wow, you've got ROOTS! Mine don't go back that far, in this country.

: Myrrh

Wow! How to describe it? Get out your NYS map... find Oneonta on route 88 (between Binghamton and Albany). (I went to college in Oneonta.) Go SE on route 28 and you will find Margaretville. To find out where we actually were, then go east to Arkville and southeast from there to Seager, a little dead-end road in the middle of Catskill Park. That's where we were. We lived at the end of the pavement (although the dirt road continued a few miles farther). Cross the covered bridge and we were the first two homes on the right. Although I did not know about the Indian presence there (the Indians left at about the time my ancestors settled there) and had no appreciation of the pioneers, it was an idyllic existence of playing in the fields and woods, wading in the brook, climbing trees, hiking in the mountains, etc. My Mom is buried in the Margaretville cemetery along with many of my other relatives. My sister is doing more research in the area now and discovering we are distantly related to many of the families still there. Even tho I don't visit often, it's nice to know we have a "home place" with a history.


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