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Researching Carpenter family

Wondering if the photo I have labeled “Ellen Lewis June 1896″ taken in Reading, Pa is related, since his sister married a Lewis.

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Early Physicians

Note from Tina: I can verify that these men did indeed make house calls, in a day and time long past. I remember well, Dr. Thompson coming to my parents house when my brothers and I came down with the measles. We always called him “I’m going to give you a shot Thompson.” It seems that there was a shot for everything!! Dr. Swift was the man who pierced my ears when I was 16 years old. By that time, though, housecalls were on the way out and after much begging and pleading, I convinced my parents that I was old enough, and my Mom took me to Dr. Swift’s office for the piercing.

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Will Abstracts

These abstracts could be a wonderful resource, as most list entire families, and some even have parents names, and other relatives.

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Will of Stephen Arnold, 1810

In the name of God amen, I Stephen Arnold often of Stephentown in the County of Rensselaer and in the State of New York, being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory

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Early Merchants

In the 1800’s and early 1900’s there was considerable manufacturing as well as farming throughout the area. Records tell us many stores were in operation.