Searching beyond Middletown

Looking for relatives or historical information from the Towns of Denning (Ulster County) or Neversink (Sullivan County)? How about the South Kortright-Stamford area?

You may find what you’re looking for at a new history center in Grahamsville, or onlin, in a beautiful 19th-century photo album.

The new Inez George Gridley and Richard George-Murray Local History Research Center in Grahamsville is located in Time and the Valleys Museum, part of the Daniel Pierce Library complex that opened this past summer.

The center focuses on materials from the towns lost to the Rondout and Neversink Reservoirs, and also contains items about other parts of Sullivan County, as well as the construction of the New York City Water System.

Winter hours of the Center are Saturday, noon to 4 p.m., and by appointment on Thursday afternoons. Contact Carol Smythe, Neversink Town Historian, at; 845-985-2262, ext. 313. Call ahead for directions and to determine whether the Big Indian-Oliverea Road is open.

Another interesting source is a website featuring a photograph album compiled by Hannah Rich of South Kortright (born in 1838). It includes photos of many people from the Stamford-South Kortright-Bloomville area. Thanks to Carolyn Flanders McPherson who sent us this link:


2 responses to “Searching beyond Middletown”

  1. i am looking for info on ancestor Grove Graham. – He was born ( i believe ) in 1785 in Middletown. In 1830 he was on census with Wife and 3 children.
    In 1834 he is referenced in LEDGER book of Beadle and Osterhoudt in Griffins corner, and again in the Ledger of Boaz Searles.

    He was not listed on the 1840 census – and his family then relocated to Illinois in 1850.

    Looking for his death info, burial info, and reason why family may have headed west.

    His wife Betsy Graham’s maiden name was Woods, and the Woods and the Canfields (who her sister married) seem to all migrated together,
    Appreciate any other clues as to where to look

  2. In a search on I find a couple family genealogy reports listing Graham as being born 1794 and 1780.

    On the U.S. and International Marriage Records of 1560-1900, it shows him as being Born 1790 in New York and married to Betsy Wood. Betsy born in 1794.

    Back to the family records, one shows Elizabeth Wood married Grove Graham at age 26 in the year 1820. In the year 1840 at age 46 she resided in Middletown, Delaware, NY. Then at age 56 in 1850 it shows her residing in Eagle, Ogle, Illinois. Her death was shown to be March 16, 1856 at age 62 in Ogle County, Illinois.

    For Grove the records from the family report show him being born In Middletown, Delaware, NY 1780 and married to Elizabeth Wood at age 40 in 1820. In 1830 at age 50 he was residing in Middletown, Delaware, NY. His death shows at age 60, in 1840, in Delaware , New York.

    Children of Grahm and Elizabeth are listed as Hiram P. Graham, Calvin Thompson Graham, Mary Elizabeth Graham, Benjamin Nelson Graham and Anson Graham.

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