Posted By:Moria O'Brien
Subject:Names Fountain, Sheperd and name of railroad
Post Date:April 25, 2005 at 17:08:03
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Forum:Schuyler County, NY Genealogy Forum
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I am attempting to trace my family roots. I have hit a snag and was wondering if anyone can
help me. My great grandfather (HARRY FOUNTAIN b.1856) was born in Orange,NY (Schuyler County). He supposedly went to work for "the railroad", probably around 1874-75. My cousin thinks the railroad was the Norfolk and Western or one that joined others to become the N&W. There is a train track that runs near Orange and it can be followed to Meadville,PA which is where we know he lived briefly and married my greatgrandmother LIZA ROSE SHEPPARD in 1875. Which ever railroad it was had some type of financial scandel in which he was implicated. He seems to have "disappeared" in 1878 or 1879 and we know nothing of him until we know he died in 1915 in Cleveland Ohio.
Can anyone help us with the name of the railroad? Also I woould like to find a marriage date for Harry's parents ARCHIBALD FOUNTAIN and MERCY SHEPHERD . I know, strange thing,isn't it? His mother and wife both SHEPHERD'S! This whole "saga" has been a family mystery for three generations and my cousin and I are determined to solve it once and for all. Thank you