Monday, April 30, 2012

43. Mystery Monday: Herkimer County, New York

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1839 Map of Southwestern Herkimer

    According to family lore and birth tradition, Hugh and Deborah O'Neill lived in Herkimer County, NY, for about five years: 1805-1810. My problem is finding any documentary evidence of that period. I have searched what  online databases that I could find, plus checked in the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne to no avail.
    So far I have found nothing to back up family stories. Their son Hugh O'Neill always listed his birthplace as New York, but he provided no further proof of that. So here we are--will we ever back up our oral tradition? Anyone have any ideas?

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