Memories of the Calls 22 - A Few Items Not Covered Elsewhere

In regard to Call family history, I find a few items not covered elsewhere. Grandfather's and grandmother's family lived in Devonshire, England. They were nearly all farmers, but Robert Joslin for a time a shoemaker with apprentices. One of Grace Payne Call's brothers, William Payne settled in Stafford. Robert Call was the younger child of six children. 
Robert Call landed at Philadelphia March 22, 1853. He went to Boston and worked mostly as a gardener for five years. William Joslin came with him. The next year, Charlotte and Ann Joslin, also Miss Blackmore, the lady who became William Joslin's wife and her sister came. Robert Call and Charlotte were married July 15, 1854. 
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Robert Call's family was from a village called Zeal Monachorum. The Call family first appears in the parish records in the 1680s, and the family lived there until a few years before Robert was born. His next oldest sister Elizabeth was born in Zeal Monachorum…

Memories of the Calls 21 - Oration, July Fourth, 1882, Chas. J Call

We are here today to celebrate the one hundreth and sixth anniversary of our nation's Independence, and to rejoice in the peaceful and prosperous condition of our country at present. To celebrate that independence for which our fathers fought, and which is still dear to every true American; and to rejoice in that prosperity which is gained only be perserverance and Industry. 
We represent no secret organization, no sect or denomination, no separate nationality or separate class of society; we are merely the inhabitants of a peaceful and friendly neighborhood. 
When we met a year ago it was with fear and trembling, with sad and anxious hearts, for a wise, just and beloved ruler had been laid low by the hand of an assassin. For eleven long weeks while he suffered and lingered we watched and waited and hoped. But alas our sadness was turned to sorrow for our martyred President was place in the silent tomb. We mourned as only a united and beloved people could mourn. On our public buildi…

Memories of the Calls 20 - The Local Circle

Literary societies were immensely popular at this period. And such a society was formed at Stafford and Morganville and Le Roy. Our neighbor, Mrs. Henning, whose husband bought the Lyman-Bissell-Lyman farm, found a Secretary's book from which I shall copy. 
1st,The society shall be called The Local Circle. 2nd,   Its object shall be the cultivation in its members of literary taste and of the ability to express their thoughts readily and forcibly. 3rd,   The officers of the Local Circle shall be President, Vice President and Secretary who shall be chosen by ballot for a term of three months, a majority of votes cast being necessary to an election. 4th,     It shall be the duty of the President to preserve order in all meetings, to put to vote all regular questions, to call for all official reports, to appoint two persons to act with himself to decide each debate according to force of argument, to supply by appointment pro tempore all vacancies in office, to appoint the committee…

Memories of the Calls 19 - Silver Lake in June

A great event of the summer was customarily annual trip for the young people to Silver Lake. It was usually held the latter part of June when the farm boys would set a date, and then there was great preparation. The best horse and buggy were shined up, and while the girls looked after their dresses, baked their nicest cakes and prepared their choicest picnic edibles. In the early morn the boys starte out, each for his best girl and drove the twenty miles or more. They usually went to Walkers, where there were rustic seats and tables where the picnic lunch could be spread out and partken of, and there were facilities for caring for the horses. Sometimes a small steam boat was chartered and the party rode around the lake on that. But always they went rowing on the lakes, and weren't they delighted when they found some water lilies! Often the girls had sunburnt cheeks and noses the following day.

Patty's notes on this entry

Silver Lake is located in Wyoming County, New York…

Memories of the Calls 18 - Visit to Boston and The Centennial

The most of our social activities during our early years and until I went to Le Roy to school were connected with church and Sunday school, at Morganville. There were many socials, the annual picnic and Christmas tree. We boys were kept too busy for ball or other games away from home. When I was about eight sister Lizzie and I went to Boston with mother and visited relatives there. We went in a day coach and rode all night.

My next trip away from home was to the Centennial, in Philadelphia, in 1876. This was the first great and the greatest of our Expositions. Its effect was notable on those who attended it and upon the nation as a whole, and also upon foreign lands.

Patty's notes on this entry

Charles Joslin Call would have been 8 in 1867. While I don't know the exact route they took to Boston - the trip was by train. Starting in 1867, various railroads started merging to become the Boston and Albany Railroad, which at the time was longest point-to-point railroad in the…

Map of Hankins, Sullivan County, New York 1875

One of my favorite maps has always been the 1875 map of Hankins, Sullivan County, New York - because I can identify several family members who lived on the west end of town.

Mrs. Hankins (pink property) is Susan Thomas Hankins (1812-1885) daughter of Moses Thomas and Rebecca Monington, widow of John Hankins - my great-great-great grandmother.

B. Tyler (green property) is Benjamin Tyler (1818-1913) son of Benjamin Tyler and Sarah Kellam, who married John Ross after the death of her husband Benjamin Tyler. Sarah Kellam and John Ross are the parents of Mary Ellen Ross - my great-great-grandmother who married Lucas Wurtz Hankins - son of John Hankins and Susan Thomas. So Benjamin Tyler is the 1/2 brother of Susan Thomas Hankins' daughter-in-law.

J.R. Kellam (purple property) is John Ross Kellam (1830-1903) son of John Kellam and Jane Ross. John Kellam was the older brother of Sarah Kellam who married Benjamin Tyler and John Ross. Jane Ross is the younger sister of John Ross who marri…

Memories of the Calls 17 - The "Sweetland Farm" - Pleasant Grove, Built in 1823

Father bought what we called the Sweetland Farm, of Ralph Sweetland in the fall of 1878. This farm was part of a tract embracing two others, and taken up and settled by the father of the Sweetlands we knew. Charles owned and lived on the farm across the road from the Ralph Sweetland farm. Ralph had two children, Harvey and Anna. Charles and I were in school with Anna. Charles Sweetland told us he was born in 1823. The house, - at Pleasant Grove, - was built that summer. The big Maple trees were planted either that year or before. Charles had a daughter, Frances, who married Wm. Radley and was grandmother of Frederic, and mother of Florence, Mrs Clifford Trick, and Charles. Then came Martha, Mrs Rumsey, she and her husband were teachers for years. After Edgar Rumsey's death, Martha built a small house in Stafford. She was town clerk, Stafford, for several years. Sarah married a Mr. Inance (?) and Georgia married George Pearson who had one daughter. I believe another farm joined on …