Wednesday, October 8, 2014

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Jamie Baisley

Jamie Baisley and Grace Culp next to auto,  photograph, c. 1930s; original photograph, privately held by Karin Coppernoll, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,], Washington. The original photograph was supposedly taken by Albert Pastoor, the husband of Jamie Baisley's aunt, Edna (Baisley) Pastoor. It was taken near the Baisley farm in Dutchess County, New York. The photograph was inherited by Albert's son, John Pasteur upon the death of his mother, Edna Pastoor in 1955. In 1998, John Pasteur then gave the photograph to his daughter, Karin Coppernoll, who made this digital image of the original photograph.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Sarah Ann Losee

Sarah Ann 
wife of 
Daniel Losee
Jan. 9, 1880
Aged 59 yrs
2 mo. & 11 ds.

Find A Grave database ( : accessed 19 Sep 2014), memorial page for Sarah Ann Losee ( -1880), Find A Grave memorial no. 53,418,196; created by Gene Baumwoll CSW, 8 Jun 2010; citing Yorktown Church Cemetery, Yorktown, Westchester County, New York; the accompanying photograph by Gene Baumwoll CSW, added 8 Jun 2010, provides a legible image of the inscribed data and he notes that Sarah's stone, beside her husband's, has fallen.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Will of Sarah A. Losee

Amanuensis: "one who is employed to take dictation or copy manuscripts." (The American Heritage High School Dictionary).

In the name of God Amen
                                        I Sarah Ann Losee
of Yorktown County of Westchester N.Y. wife 
of Daniel W Losee being of sound and dis
posing mind and memory and consider
ing all uncertainty of this life do make
publish and declare this to be my last
Will and Testament as follows
First After All my lawful debts are paid 
I give to my sister Phoebe Emily Losee my
farm situated in Yorktown County of
Westchester N.Y. where I now reside. with
all the farming utensils and stock therein 
during her natural life. After her death 
to be given to her chldren share alike.
2d It is my will that my husband Daniel
W Losee have a home on said farm during
his life provided he remains single.
3rd It is my will that my sister Phoebe
Emily Losee pay to my sister Martha the sum
of Fifty ($50) dollars per year during her life
in the event of my sister Phoebe Emily's death
then the yearly sum of Fifty Dollars to cease.
4th I give to my niece Emma Jane Smith
one Feather bed and bedstead with bed
5th I give to Schuyler S. Losee one Feather bed
and bedding
6th It is my will that my sister Phoebe Em
mily furnish the sum of Fifty ($50) Dollars 
to be expended on a head stone for my father
Isaac Losee
It is my will that my Executrix [take] the cash
[page break]
in Peekskill Bank to furnish pay funeral
I hereby appoint my sister Phoebe Emily
Losee of Yorktown Westchester county N.Y. herein
before mentioned to be Executrix of this my
last Will and Testament hereby revoking
all former wills by me made
In Witness whereof I have hereunto sub
scribed my name and affixed my seal 
the twenty seventh day of September in
the year of our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and seventy nine
George F. Ferris}              Sarah Ann Losee {seal}
George Morton


The will of Sarah Ann Losee is an interesting read and one of the few I've found for my female relatives. After reading the will, I have formulated several hypotheses:
  • In neither Sarah's or Daniel's will are any sons or daughters mentioned; everything is bequeathed to siblings or nieces and nephews. Therefore I am guessing that Sarah and Daniel had no children or their children died young;
  • Since Sarah names her sister, Phoebe Emily Losee, and their father, Isaac Losee, I'm guessing their maiden name is the same as their married names, Losee;
  • The Schuyler S. Losee mentioned is likely her nephew, who is enumerated with Phoebe and Samuel R. Losee on the 1870 census;
  • and, Sarah's niece, Emma Jane Smith, is probably the Emma who is enumerated with Samuel and Phoebe on the 1870 census.