Thursday, December 15, 2016

Update on Peter Ryea and Mary Gero's family

Peter and Mary are my great-great-great-grandparents. My particular line is highlighted with bold print. Our Ryea family is frequently lost in the records, primarily because the name has been misspelled / spelled so many ways through the years. You might find it listed under any of the following spellings: Ryea-Royea-Roya-Ryia-Ryie-Royer-Rodier-Rye-Rya-Roye-Reyia-Ryer-Ryder-Roquez

Our family also was not very literate the first few generations in the US, which has not helped tracking them. Because it has been a puzzle finding the information from Day one, this family has become a pet project of mine. If you have something to add to the tree I welcome your emails and comments.

1-Peter Ryea (1838-30 Jul 1912) (Peter's father is listed on his burial permit as "Zeph" Ryea)
+Mary Gero (abt 1838-5 Oct 1912)
. . . . 2-Lewis Ryea (bet 1859 and 1861-17 Jan 1896)
. . . . +Ellen Bissett (abt 1864-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Florence Ryea (Sep 1882-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Howard Lewis Ryea (13 Mar 1883-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Mattie Ryea (26 Mar 1886-3 Aug 1890)
. . . . . . . . 3-Andrew Rye (9 Mar 1889-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Flossy M. Ryea (18 Apr 1891-11 May 1891)
. . . . . . . . 3-Nina Belle Ryea (22 Jan 1893-)
. . . . 2-Julia Ryea (13 Nov 1859-5 Sep 1935)
. . . . +Andrew Playful (30 Oct 1860-20 Feb 1928)
. . . . . . . . 3-Eli Duffield Playful (18 Aug 1885-21 Oct 1956)
. . . . . . . . 3-Philbert Playful (1 May 1887-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Nelson Playful (Jun 1888-20 Apr 1944)
. . . . . . . . 3-John Playful (21 Apr 1891-10 Jan 1977)
. . . . . . . . 3-Joseph Playful (Aug 1891-1892)
. . . . . . . . 3-Joseph D. Playful (21 Apr 1892-27 Apr 1967)
. . . . . . . . 3-Lucinda Emily Playful (26 Mar 1894-24 Apr 1968)
. . . . +George Braham (-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Meada Playful (1882-1 May 1942)
. . . . 2-Peter Ryea (Feb 1865-21 Feb 1940)
. . . . +Almira Ploof (abt 1856-5 Apr 1890)
. . . . . . . . 3-Emma Ryea (Jan 1885-6 Jun 1903)
. . . . . . . . 3-Andrew Ryea (15 Aug 1887-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Edward Ryea (17 Mar 1889-20 Oct 1889)
. . . . . . . . 3-Sophia Ryea (May 1890-12 Oct 1918)
. . . . +Amelia Mary Dennis (Jun 1876-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Jerry G. Ryea (May 1892-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Mary E. Ryea (Jun 1894-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Mary Ann Ryea (6 Sep 1896-5 Jun 1902)
. . . . . . . . 3-Gordon W. Ryea (19 Nov 1898-19 Nov 1898)
. . . . 2-John Ryea (Jul 1865-14 Oct 1942)
. . . . +Etta May Smith (15 Sep 1867-20 Sep 1950)
. . . . . . . . 3-Marion Evaline Ryea (3 Oct 1890-7 May 1981)
. . . . . . . . 3-Edward Byron Ryea (25 Aug 1893-29 Jan 1968)
. . . . . . . . 3-Lula Gene Ryea (Oct 1895-13 Sep 1896)
. . . . . . . . 3-Lillian Pearl Ryea (26 Jan 1897-16 Aug 1990)
. . . . . . . . 3-Cyrus R. Ryea (6 Jun 1899-bef 1900)
. . . . . . . . 3-Lena Ryea (Sep 1900-9 Dec 1902)
. . . . . . . . 3-Clifford Ray Ryea (28 Aug 1904-31 Jul 1996)
. . . . . . . . 3-Ethel May Ryea (4 Sep 1906-16 Jun 1998)
. . . . . . . . 3-Frank Marshall Ryea (29 Jun 1909-21 Jul 1916)
. . . . 2-Andrew Ryea (26 Feb 1869-13 Jun 1952)
. . . . +Blanche Jacobs (5 Nov 1875-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Mabel Ryea (abt 1893-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Marshall Cleveland Ryea (6 Nov 1893-2 Dec 1981)
. . . . . . . . 3-Boy Ryea (20 Jul 1901-)
. . . . 2-Etienne Aiken Ryea (1871-)
. . . . +Mary Hiel (-)
. . . . +Rosa Lacroix (-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Gertrude Ryea (Jul 1895-4 Nov 1926)
. . . . 2-Frank Ryea (abt 1873-3 Feb 1905)
. . . . 2-Joseph Ryea (Jan 1870-17 Jun 1946)
. . . . +Mattie J. Young (-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Stephen Ryea (-)
. . . . 2-Henry Ryea (25 Aug 1875-25 Apr 1902)
. . . . +Florence E. Jacobs (Jun 1877-3 Apr 1914)
. . . . . . . . 3-Berney Lee Ryea (4 Feb 1895-Apr 1971)
. . . . . . . . 3-Emmett Ryea (26 Feb 1896-5 Oct 1958)
. . . . . . . . 3-Harley Ryea (Mar 1899-3 Nov 1899)
. . . . 2-Mathilda Ryea (1877-6 Nov 1944)
. . . . +Theodore Young (3 Mar 1872-25 Jul 1935)
. . . . . . . . 3-Hazel Mae Young (19 Jun 1898-19 Jan 1951)
. . . . . . . . 3-Clayton E. Young (6 Jan 1904-24 Oct 1953)
. . . . . . . . 3-Lucille M. Young (21 Sep 1918-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Annabelle Young (1928-)


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Veterans - George Dykeman

George Raymond Dykeman born 17 Oct 1894 in Pawling, Dutchess County, NY to Peter and Effie K. Hooker Dykeman. 

In the  4 Dec 1917 paper, The Poughkeepsie Enterprise has George on a list of  drafted men who were leaving tomorrow. 

He was Inducted Dec 5 1917 in Millbrook, NY and started at Camp Upton. He served Overseas from April 16, 1918 to April  18 1919. He was in  Company A 305 Infantry, then the Machine Gun company 305 Infantry until Discharge, which was May 9 1919. 

The 305th was Part of the 77th Division, which has also been called "New York's own" as the men it included were primarily from  NY city and the surrounding counties.The 77th Infantry Division was the first United States Army division to arrive in France in World War I.

The division began leaving Camp Upton on March 28, 1918, and sailed from Boston, Portland (Maine), via Halifax and New York City. With the exception of the artillery, all units proceeded through Liverpool, across England and landed at Calais, France. 

Campaigns George was known to be involved in were:
June 21 1918-August 18 1918 Baccarat Sector
August 18 1918 - Sept 6 1918 Vesle Sector
Meuse- Argonne Offensive September 26 1918-Nov 11 1918
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George returned to  his home in 1919. In 09 Aug 1925  he married his brother's sister-in-law, Flossie B Ellis. He had four sons, Thomas, Robert, Calvin and Albert. He was a Farmer with Brother Henry. Also  a Truck Driver with the Coleman Lumber company. he was a member of  both the Pawling Baptist Church and the Pawling Grange. George died June 11 1979 in Pawling, NY


Sources include:
Poughkeepsie Eagle-News
Poughkeepsie Enterprise
NYS military abstracts
77th Division memorial poster
Debra Fraser Dykeman
Ginger Dykeman Sheldon
Henry Dykeman Jr.
Jean Wright Dykeman
History of the Victorious 77th booklet
Poughkeepsie Journal

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Veterans - Lester A Cornell

Lester Cornell, born Nov 20 1889 in Amawalk, Westchester county, New York to Joshua Cornell and  Alice Cornell. Inducted May 25 1918  in Westchester County, NY. 

Served overseas from June 1918 to June 1919. Co H 2nd Pioneer Infantry, Then HQ Company 2 Pioneer Infantry, then 207 MP until discharge.

The 2nd Pioneer Infantry went overseas to France prior to the 1st Pioneer Infantry.The 2nd landed at Bordeaux and from there went to Bassens, in the Gironde to become acclimated and readied for service at the front.

 Some Companies  were put into service acting as guards and military police from the time of their arrival  in various French cities. In many cases, this MP service continued the entire time they were overseas. 

Other companies of the  2nd Pioneer Infantry had the job of building roads through the thickly forested terrain, salvaging ammunition from burnt-out trucks and abandoned artillery positions and helping bring supplies forward.

Until we find Lester's full military record we do not know what service Lester actually did or what action he may have seen.  Lester returned home in the summer of 1919, and returned to his life as a carpenter. In 1923, he married Florence Purdy and they raised a family in Yorktown Heights, NY.  Lester was afflicted in later years with arthritis, and died in  August of 1978. He is buried in Amawalk cemetery, not far from where he was born. 



Friday, April 24, 2015

Mary Etta Alley Dykeman

Today in the family tree:

Mary Etta Alley was born 24 April 1878  to J.W.  and Anna Alley in Iowa, one of two daughters.  In the 1880 census, her grandmother Elizabeth is also living with the family in Iowa.

A glimpse of events that happened in 1878:
Rutherford B Hayes is President
Thomas Edison patents the Phonograph. 
Pope Pius IX dies after 32 years as Pope.
The first phone exchange is available in Connecticut.
California St Cable Car RR Co starts service.
Harley Procter introduces Ivory Soap.
Louis Pasteur tests a Cholera vaccine in chickens.
First Lady Lucy Hayes begins egg rolling contest on White House lawn. 
The Remington typewriter  is introduced allowing upper and lower letters to be used.
The United  States stops minting the 20 cent coin.
Sherwin and Williams introduces the first pre-mixed paint available in cans.

In 1896 Mary married Peter Baldwin Dykeman, son of James and Ruth Mabie Dykeman. They have a daughter, Ruth Dykeman in September of 1897 in Montana.  In 1907  they move to Riverton in Fremont County, Wyoming. In October 1908, the department of the interior publishes a notice in the Riverton review announcing Peter B Dykeman had filed their Homestead claim.

In 1917,  an article in the hometown paper  mentions Peter and his wife have gone to visit Ruth in Washington DC at school. however two years later I find she is attending dances and community activities in Riverton, so she must have returned to her parents after going to school.

 In 1920 they are found in the census in Los Angeles, California, where they had gone for a stay for a few months. I have yet to discover why they are there, but I do know Peter is the president of the local bank and a well established citizen of Riverton, helping to bring electricity and coal mining to the area. My guess at this point is he is in California for business.

.  Mary E Alley Dykeman died 13 Jul 1954, at the age of 76 and is buried in the Riverton Cemetery with Peter. Their daughter Ruth married Arthur Ward and had a son Phillip in 1925.