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Any immigrants from Greece to Dutchess County, NY in 1800s?
Posted by: seekerJay (ID *****2455) Date: October 07, 2009 at 08:46:26
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I've been searching for information on various Hudson Valley, NY, relatives for a few years now and have downloaded quite a few census sheets. I'm no expert, but I've seen plenty of immigrants listed: Canada, Caribbean countries, England, Ireland, Germany, other Eastern European countries, but NEVER from Greece.

However, on a census sheet for 1860, for the T/Dover, Pleasant Valley PO, page 15, dated 28 July 1860 - there are TWO people listed as being from GREECE.

* Family 108, Elizabeth LYON, 14yo, domestic from Greece.

* Family 111, Ida _?_ Johnson, 21yo homemaker from Greece, "married within the year" - this is who I'm interested in, my G2GF's wife.

Were there immigrants from Greece in Dutchess County during this time period? Was there interaction between Dutchess County and Monroe County, NY where Greece, NY is located - commerce, educational, touring? The Erie Canal, stagecoaches, and RRs were available in 1860. Neither "Elizabeth", "Ida", nor "Lyon" sound particularly Mediterranean to me.

I can imagine this conversation:

"Mr. [George] Johnson, I'm collecting census information. Where were you born?" "Dover [I'm guessing]." Enumerator writes down "New York".

"Where was Amina [sic - Anor] born?" "Amenia." Enumerator writes down "New York".

"Where was Ida born?" "Greece." Now Enumerator E. M. Robinson has been to school and taken geography - s/he knows Greece is the [supposed] cradle of civilization, but is unaware that there is a town in NYS called Greece way up in Monroe County[???] and writes down "Greece".

Any opinions about this - were there Greek immigrants in Dutchess County with English-sounding names, or are enumerators known to have mistaken Greece, NY for Greece, the country?

Thanks for your time and brain power.


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