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Re: George&Emily Deming/Rochester, NY
Posted by: chris levandowski Date: April 20, 2001 at 21:23:01
In Reply to: Re: George&Emily Deming/Rochester, NY by Evelyn Deming Barnard of 644

Evelyn:

Thank you for responding! I've been on this search for George for two years ... I've found a long-lost cousin (Art --in Rochester) and a whole branches of family I never knew existed -- but not George!

I'm Chris Levandowski of North Granby, CT. and I hope we're going to discover that we're also cousins!

Here's what I know:

George A. (Asher??) Deming was my father's half brother. My dad idolized him as a young boy and spoke of him often for the rest o f his life. Dad was born in 1899 in Westfield, MA . His name? Edward Henry Deming ... born to George Henry and Martha Cronin Deming in 1899. Dad passed away in 1985. He was a WWI vet (the Navy and Merchant Marine) and a telephone lineman all his life.

After his death we found a little trunk full of his most precious possessions --- his mother's picture, his navy cap and insignia, photos of Paris, pictures each of us kids had made .... and about 40 postcards dating to when he was about 10 years old. The trunk was tucked away in a closet of my home. In 1999 I was going through it looking for his birth certificate and found the postcards. There among them were about a half dozen cards from his half-brother George A. Deming ... from Rochester, NY!

I posted a message on this forum asking for information about George in Rochester. Almost a year later I received a reply from "Art." After a few e-mails we finally ascertained that Art is a long-lost cousin. His great-great grandmothe, Maria Deming and my great-great grandfather, Asher Hinman Deming, were brother and sister (that would also make him your cousin!). Since then he's filled me in on almost 300 years of Deming genealogy that we share!

About that same time, my son, Rob, who also lives in Rochester (UofR got him there and he never left!) went to the library and researched the city directories. He found George and made notes ... and then lost them in a computer crash. Art also did a partial search and also found George A. in the Rochester military records. We decided it had to be the same person ... because those records showed his place of birth as Winsted, CT. All of our Deming roots are in the Canton, Collinsville, Winsted, New Hartford area of Connecticut and go directly back to Wethersfield, CT.

When we visited Rob in Rochester last October, I did a full search up to 1957 when the George and Emily I am certain were "my" couple, disappeared from all directories in the Rochester area....city and phone! Their last residence was 670 Linden Street and George was a foreman at Eastman Kodak.

I've searched vital records in Winsted but couldn't find George. I'm planning another trip there soon to look at sources outside of the town hall. I went to New Hartford last fall and checked their records for George's mother (Harriett Burden - b. 1861). Other Burden records, but none for Harriett. I've never found any death records for her either, but assume she must have passed away sometime between 1890 and 1895. Our family lore only mentioned George, not his mother.

My grandmother was George Henry's second wife. Her name was Martha Cronin (b. 1866 in Bennington, VT. d. 1910 in Westfield, MA) She and George sr. had two children -- my dad, Edward Henry and his older sister Ella. Grandma Martha died when my dad was about 10 and George sr. died when my dad was about 14. According to dad, George A. lived with them in Westfield for a time and then moved "west." We always thought that meant the "wild west" not Rochester, NY. Then I found the postcards. West is west I guess!

There are other names you might recall your dad mentioning;
Levings, Mary Elizabeth, Christine, Almira - all were Demings and his aunts and uncles. His grandfather was Asher Hinman Deming, b. 1832/Collinsville,CT; his grandmother Martha Oakley, b.in NYC.

The George A I found in SS death index, died in Wolfboro, NH ... the only, but best link was his birthdate of 1890 (my best guess for his birth date from what dad had told us about him,) About a week or so ago I searched for Emily on the off chance that she too had a SSN. And, there she was! Our next search was going to be the obituaries in the Rochester D&R. But your message came first.

What do you think? Is there a chance we ARE talking about the same George and Emily? I'm so excited that I don't think I've made a lot of sense here. I just hope it's enough information for you to make a determination. Please reply soon!

Chris


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