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GREENWICH JOURNAL Page 6 SALEM PRESS Thursday, January 20,2000 The Salem Press Items may be left at Salem Market for Monday pick up One branch of the Roberson family tree When first approached to submit j lii'Uin of' our I'.iMiih by Miss Ioniso Peek. 1 was reminded of the time when i lust became interested in the subject of genealogv My fa.sanation had always been with the story of m> maternal great-grandmolher who had emigrated from Ireland during the potato famine of lX4h I he fact that this brave 15 vear- old girl had armed at the Port ol New York with her brother from whom she hccanie separated and never saw again, had intrigued ine since childhood ('n- fortunately. to this day I have not been aide to trace her roots Perhaps m this ness millennium with resources avail­ able in the computer age. e\en this enigma can be s o l v e d I lie Roberson, or paternal side of my family has been much less difficult to trace Most ot nn direct line of ances­ tors have resided in Washington County or nearby Vermont since our forefather, Francis Roberson, made his debut in Greenwich in I?\1? 1 he following legend, which mas h.i\e little or no credence, must be kept for its folklore value if only for the fam­ i l y ' s telling legend I rancis Roberson's ancestors came from Holland with Roger Williams and settled in Rhode Is­ land Francis was a bound boy who. with a companion, came across country roads and trails in the year 1777 They were forced to stop and take refuge in a house between Walloomsac and North Bennington when Francis developed the measles While they were delayed in their tra\els at the house, the Battle ot Pennington was being fought around them One day a friendly Indian came into 1 rancis's sleeping quarters and shoved a feather bed against the window and began peering out. He then left, appearing a short time later, appar­ ently searching for something Since the Indian did not seem to find what he was seeking, Francis made a more thorough search before leaving and retrieved an Indian scalping knife which had slipped between the cracks in the floor boards This knife he took with him. It is be­ lieved that some Roberson descendant may still have the knife in his posses­ sion. After this. Francis lourneyed to Greenwich where he was given a gun and went oul as a uilunteer to help cap­ ture the English General Burgoyne Generation 1 - Francis Roberson (1763-1846) Francis Roberson and Keturah Ken­ yon (1768-1851), whose ancestor George Soule was a May flower passen­ ger. were wed at Greenwich, N Y in November of 1786. Their marriage, along with their dates of birth and those of their 12 children, is recorded in the Family Bible now in the possession of a descendant in Omaha. Neb. An account of Francis's death in the People's Jour­ nal states that at age 13 he was a water- boy for the Patriot troops during the Battle of Saratoga until he became old enough to fight. After the war he traded his horse and all of his equipment to the Indians for a large tract of woodland, numbering some 1.000 acres in the Town of Greenwich. Today some of his descendants oc­ cupy the fine homes which were built on that land by his family (Miss Fvely n Barbur. one of his descendants has made parts of information in this article available to this writer. She has also been invaluable in assisting in the re­ covery of Francis Roberson's tombstone, which has been restored and will soon be returned to its final resting place beside that of his wife. Keturah Generation I I - Ira Roberson (1803-1878) Ira Roberson was married in 1823 to Theresa Barber, daughter of Gardner Barber of Greenwich. He and his wife moved to Camden Valley, outside the Village of Shushan, sometime thereaf­ ter. It is thought that Ira, being one of the younger sons, was displeased with the apportioning of his father's lands and struck out on his own. In the 1850 New News Drop News items for The Journal- Press may be dropped off at The Salem M arket. Pick-up time is Monday afternoon. The news drop bag will be located by the bulletin board. TOWN OF SALEM OFFERS THE FOLLOWING FO R B ID S Bids will be opened at Town Office, 214 Main Street at noon February 9,2000. Kolman Model 202 Portable Conveyor - Screen Plant. Double Deck Screen. 6 yard hopper, 24\ conveyor belt, extra screens, powered by air cooled Dentz diesel engine. 1986 Case W 30 Wheel Loader, 3 Yd Bucket 1977 Double % Ton 4 Wheel Drive Pickup (Gas) as is 10' x 20' round corrugated steel culvert Grader Wing Assembly 12'for Champion 720 A Grader For farther information, Salem Town Clerk 518-854*3277. Town of Salem reserves the right to refuse all bids. by Dianne Roberson Bernas census he is listed as a farmer w nh real estate worth S800 I he 1XMI census gives his worth as S2.00H Generation 111 (icoigeU Kohcistin (1821-1 X 9 (i | George V\ was the eldest ol Ir.i and Theresa Roberson's 10 cliildien In I eh- ruury of 185U he married \delia \iisii.n m ■\rhngton. Vi I hey puiente.il chil­ dren and acquired moie farmland iii the Valley for then lamih I lie early death ol Adelia at age IX left I icoigc with young and motherless children Soon .li­ ter he remarried He and his second wife. Harriet Smith, had two children I lie iirsl three generations of Rober­ sons proved very prolific One ol the reasons was. of com so. that the agrarian way of life demanded many hands loi the long and arduous farm day s By the fourth generation, with moie and more farm people seeking employment in nearby towns, the birth rate dioppecl with lesser need for farm lahoi Generation VI Roland R Roberson (1907-1950) Roland, my dad. was a congenial man - kind and generous While I was growing up he was a truckei foi 111’ Hood & Sons. His death in 1950 at the age of 43 found an overflow crowd ol mourners standing outside our home while the funeral eulogy was being given on a chilling November day a tribute to a beloved father 1 will always remember Roland's marriage to Julia Stimpson in July of 1933 produced two daughters this writer in 19.34 and Pat­ ricia in 1936 Being widowed with two teenage daughters was no easy task, but Julia accepted the iob with grace She was the consummate mother loving, protective and encouraging 111 every­ thing we did Whatever we have be­ come is owed to her Julia had a long life and died at the age ot 92 in I W Patricia retired from a position with Se­ neca County in 1998 She lives in Se­ neca 1 alls and is the mother of lour and grandparent of a collegian granddaugh­ ter 1 spend summeis at the Roberson fatniK home in Shushan and retain a residence in I rannnghatn. Ma . with my husband, Jack We are the parents ol three and grandparents ol five Generation V Mortimer Robeison (1X56-191 It Mortimer Roberson, again like his father before him. was the eldest son (of George and Adelia's children) Me worked the land with his fathei until his marriage in 1881 to Flora W oodward of Sandgale. Vt A cherished memento of their wedding at the Shushan Baptist Church is a pen and ink sampler on pa­ per which has been passed down to the present generation Mortimer and 1 lora had only one child. Alva M. born in 1886 Flora was ill for sometime and died when Alva was a boy o| II Mor­ timer's remarriage was a happy one to a voting widow. Grace Molfitt. who brought her two little daughieis to She family A tragic fire destinyed then home in Sandgate in the eailv |9()U's and the family relocated in Camden Valley once again Generation V AlvaM Robeison (1886-1969) Aha Roberson struck oul on his own after his family relocated, working in New Hampshire for some time in a cheese factory He and Ins future wile. Caroline Randall of Sandgate. earned on a courtship through letters while he was away Hie letters are now a p r iA 'd possession of mine and convey many, 'il the pastimes of young people m lW i Caroline was a bright young school teacher when she and Alva marriedm February of 1907. She soon gave up teaching as their son. Roland, was born in November ol that year 1915 had the family moving to Shushan with Alva working at Lyons and Mosier and Caroline active in community affairs Alva worked in retail establishments and finally opened his own barber shop in midlife. Caroline remained active- and was the Shushan Postmaster d u r in g the Hoover administration. Some may remember Alva as one of Norman Rockwell's favorite subjects in the Four Seasons calendars of the 1950's * * * There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents. -Thomas Jefferson Nolan Cuevas inducted as Eagle Scout Fugle Scout Nolan Cuevas flanked by his parents, Mel and Edie Cuevas. \olan Cuevas of Hoop 61 in Salem picsented the Boy Scouts of Vuioiica's highest award, the I agle Scout i.ink. at a Court of Honor held at the Shushan Methodist church on Viimday. November 27 Nolan is the son o f\lcl and I'.die Cuevas of Shushan and is a sophomore at Salem Central I lie ('our! ol Honor opened with a v\clconie from Fagle Scout and Assis­ tant Scoutmaster Nathan Sheldon and au invocation by Pastor Fim Klasmck Senior Patrol 1 eader Rick Beaver called in the Iroop 61 Scouts for the opening Hag ceremony, and a Scout oalli and law candle lighting ceremony Nolan w as escorted to the front of the loom by I agle Scout Matt Monahan liom Iroop 65 in 1 loosiek Falls. Nolan's \I rail to Fagle\ was re­ viewed in a cc-iemony conducted by WeK'lo Scout Drew Shaw and troop members George Conety. Jeremy Wood. Kyle \gar. Bryan Rich and I ay loi ( uevas. who each represented one ofthe Scout ranks. Voutinaster I hane Rea reviewed Nolan's scouting history with the Salem irnii|i Nolan |omed the troop in 1995. earned his First C lass rank in the fall of 1 star lank in 1997. and reached die lank ol 1 ile Scout in 1998 While a member ol the iroop's Venture Crew, Nolan has earned his \ enture letter and ,ntn nv pins m basketball, auto me- clumks. bowling, backpacking, canoe­ ing lishmg, and snow camping. Nolan lias held many leadership positions within the troop including Senior Patrol l eader. Iroop ( luide. and. currently, Venture Crew Chief in Ins five years as a Scout. Nolan his completed more than 170 nights of camping and participated in backpack­ ing: treks in the White Mountains, in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, as well as a canoe trek in the Adirondacks earning linn five 5l> Vliler awards Nolan was inducted into the Order of tli c \rrow, an organization for honor e,miners elected by their peers, in 1996 «.rod became a brotherhood member in ¡inp j.|e JN ;)n iiC]nL. member in the Vakponiinee chapter of Lodge 19 and curientlv serves as publications chair­ man and chapter vice chief 1 agle Seoul Nash Alexander spoke mi the symbolisni of the parts of the I agle Badge Iroop 61 l-.agle Review chairman Mon (Tairmont anil committee members Rrtli Ciangloff. Patti Shaw and (¡race Mullock stated that Nolan was qualified Church meeting On Sunday. January 16. the annual meeting ofthe congregation and corpo­ ration of the Shushan United Presbyte- uan C hurch was held following the morning worship with Rev lleldring moderating. A luncheon preceded the meeting. New officers elected included: Fillers. Charles Alexander. Neil Adams and l-.ugene flicker. Deacons. Muriel 1 tilTvn. Sue lleldring and Jane Phelps; Trustees, Brian Adams. Herbert 1- riksson and Jonathan Phelps Fleanor Klare was recognized for her many valuable services as Clerk of the Session She has served for two tlnee-year terms and will need to be off I he session for one year She wa.s pre­ sented with a gift from the session members for her unusual service. Betty I ucker was named as the new Clerk of the Session. A new budget for the coming year was presented and passed Salem Winter Sports Boys Basketball Varsity & JV January 2(1 -Warrensburg. home. JV only 5:30p.m. 22 at No. Warren. 1 p.m. Girls Basketball Varsity & JV January 21 - at Luzerne, 6 p.m. 7th & 8th Boys Basketball January 22 -at Fort Kdward. 10 a m 7th & 8th Girls Basketball January 22 - Fort Edward. home. 10 a.m. Locals New locale for buses to load and unload for the award, having completed the necessary requirements and having lived up to the Scout oath and law. I o earn the rank of Fagle. a Scout must show leadership by developing and overseeing a project to help the local community Nolan's project con­ sisted of staining and painting benches and picnic tables, sealing parking areas, painting lines on the new blacktop for a basketball court for the Shushan youth and purchasing new basketball rims and nets Fie also landscaped the area around the Methodist church and painted the caboose used by the church during the Battenkill Rambler train runs Nolan also had to raise the funds to purchase the supplies needed for the proieet. Scoutmaster I hane Rea conducted the presentation of the Lagle Scout award Nolan was given the Fagle Scout oath and his parents were escorted to the stage. Nolan's molher presented him with the Fagle Scout badge and his father presented him with the Fagle Scout certificate from the national office of the Boy Scouts of America. Nolan presented pins to his mother and to his father as a symbol of their support of him on his way to Fagle Ihe Fagle charge was given by Nash Alexander who challenged Nolan to continue his service to Scouting and the community. I own Supervisor Bruce Ferguson presented ccriificates to N'olan from the town of Salem and the Washington County Board of Supervisors. Junior Assistant Scoutmaster Jeff Rainey pre­ sented Nolan with a plaque from the Scouts of f roop 61. Alter the presentation. N'olan gave an Fagle reflection speech in which he thanked his family, friends, fellow scouts and leaders for all of their help and support through the years I he Lagle Court of Honor closed with the feliring of the colors, a bene­ diction. and the singing of Scout \ es- pers and taps 1 he 100 plus guests and troop mem­ bers enjoyed refreshments and fellow­ ship m the church hall where they could congrafulate the new Fagle N'olan Cuevas is the ninth member of Iroop 61 to earn the rank of l-agle Scout since 1978 1 he troop is char­ tered by the First United Presbyterian church in Salem and meets there on Monday nighls a! 6:30 p.m. Volunteer group to give talk A group nf area residents who trav­ eled to Nicaragua will give a program ¡it the Georgi Museum on January 27. Hie group helped in rebuilding the vil­ lage that had been destroyed by hurri­ cane Mitch in 1998. I'he volunteers will tell of their adventurous trip, the customs of the people and the work that they accomplished during their visit. The program will start at 7 p.m. at the Cieorgi Museum All are welcome. There is no admission charge. The Georgi is on Adams Street in Shushan. Book reading group at the Georgi There will be a book reading gather­ ing at the Georgi on Wednesday. Janu­ ary 26. at 1 p.m. There has been an interest in a book reading group. All are welcome Bring any ideas you might have, or come just to enjoy the book re­ views and thoughts of others. Salem Central l»us loading and unloading changed to the high school circle last Friday. SchooS Superintendent Gregory Aidala reported that with the cooperation of students, staff, and parents, the transition to the new location went smoothly. School board meeting I'he Salem Central School Board of Fducation met last nd&Jit, January 19, in the high school libnay. Following the regularly scheduled public audience session, the board newsletter, workshops, meetings and in-service programs were discussed. Minutes from the Building Level Plan­ ning team meeting w r e presented and letters from Mr. Cormier and Bob Benn were read. Under old business, the non-resident tuition rates for 19*99-00 were dis­ cussed. There was a progress report on the bus loading, unloading change. Exam sciieduSe Final exams and ¡regents exams at Salem Centra! school for grades 7-12 will begin on Tuesday. January 25 and end on Friday. January. 28. On Monday. Jaiiua.ry 31, the grade 4 I-.I.A exam will be gavien. > The board had an update on the building project and from the Clerk of Works. A vacuum pump for the pri­ mary wing, the 1999-00 fire safety re­ port and problems with the bus garage structure and heating were taken up. There was a presentation of the new special education programs and the CSE recommendations. The substitute teacher and teacher aide lists were updated and graduate hours approved. The meeting ended with a public audience and the board adjourned to executive session. Pancake breakfast The Salem Boy Scout Troop 61 will serve a pancake breakfast at the SalehY United Presbyterian Church on Satur­ day, January 2 9 from 7 to l i a.m. The troop is doing this fundraiser to benefit the Salem Fire Department and the Rescue Squad. Organ donations - a family’s ultimate gift Donating the tissues and organs of loved ones has been shown to be therapeutic for iniiny families strug­ gling with tremendous grief over the sudden loss of a family member. But it is only the beginning of a long healing process. In an effart to provide sup­ port. advocacy and opportunities for donor families to grieve and grow, the National Kidney Foundation has devel­ oped The National Donor Family Council. The council is dedicated to serving families of those who have given the gift of File, and provides a strong, unified voice in meeting their needs and providing a safe haven as they learn to live without the ones they love. , Comprised of donor family mem­ bers, friends and professionals, the National Donor Family Council sup­ ports the needs and expectations of all organ and tissue dlonor families and assists health care professionals who work most closely with these families. It works with all organizations in the transplant, bereavement and profes­ sional communities and has developed high quality programs to meet the on­ going needs of fainiBies and those pro­ fessionals involved1 in their care. National Donor Family Council membership is opfciii to all donor fami­ lies, defined as: families whose loved ones died and donated .their qrg§fl$,. and/or tissues; families who would have liked to donate, but could not due to medical or other reasons; families w'ho did not donate, but might have if they had been given the opportunity; and living donors. Healthcare professionals are invited to join as Council Liaisons. Membership is free. Donor Family Members are also encouraged to memorialize their loved ones through the Naiional Kidney- Foundation Donor Family Quilt; a unique and graphic representation of the meaning of organ and tissue dona­ tion. This colorful and symbolic quilt is designed to pay tribute io the lives of individual donors and to increase awareness about the importance of donation. Since 1995. more than 300 donor families have participated, each designing and creating an eight-inch \patch of love\. The Donor Family Quilt is presented at both local and national gatherings as a perpetual tribute to those who have given life. Anyone interested in learning more about the National Donor Family Coun­ cil, how you can submit a \patch of love\ for the Donor Family Quilt, or other Donor Family initiatives of the National Kidney Foundation, contact the NKF-Northeast New York, 23 Computer Dr. East, Albany, NY 12205. *#* A happy life anust Io a great extent be a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere o f quiet that true joy can live. — B ertrand Russell I . 7 ALXJSR MUSIC CO. SALES * SERVICE • RENTALS Percussion, Pianos, Keyboards, Guitars, Printed Music, Amps, Band & Orchestral Instruments L ife’s Short-D o n ’t forget to p lay1 170 N. 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