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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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Mayflower Families

Many of the families that settled in Stephentown in the early days had roots with the families that came from England on the Mayflower.

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Will and Probate of Augustus Jerome, 15 Sep 1817

For the name of God Amen. I, Augustus Jerome of the town of Berlin, in the County of Rensselaer and State of New York being weak in body but of sound & perfect mind and memory

Letter Testamentary Granted on the will of George Arnold, deceased, 1829

In the name of God Amen, I George Arnold of the town of Stephentown in the County of Renesslaer and State of New York considering the uncertainty of this mortal life