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Pamelia Hilts
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Birth: Mar., 1828
Herkimer County
New York, USA
Death: 1904
Orleans Four Corners
Jefferson County
New York, USA

Parents: Adam and Eva Helmer Hilts. Adam was b. 5 Jan. 1807, NY; d. 17 Sept. 1848, NY. Eva was b. ca 1808, NY; d. after 1850 U.S. Census.

Paternal grandparents: John George Hilts and Margaret "Peggy" Dornberger.

Maternal grandparents: Johannes "John" Frederick Helmer and Margaret Munbacher.

The Hilts and Helmers descend from the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church, German Flatts Twp, Herkimer Co. (earlier, Montgomery Co.), NY families who settled in the Mohawk Valley. They were known as the "Palatines" who were forced to leave Germany for England due to their religious beliefs. From England, they were issued land grants in the Americas in the early 1700s.

The family is shown in the 1840 U.S. Census in Boonville, Oneida Co., New York.

1850 U.S. Census for Orleans, Jefferson Co., NY:
Eve Hilts F 42 yrs, b. 1808 New York
Pamela Hilts F 18 yrs, b. 1832 New York
Melissa Hilts F 15 yrs, b. 1835 New York
Mason Hilts M 10 yrs, b. 1840 New York
Salina Hilts F 6 yrs, b. 1844 New York
Lovina Hilts F 2 yrs, b. 1848 New York

Pamela [Pamelia] and Mason are listed as "deaf & dumb", referred to as deaf mutes in current usage.

Note: Brother Mason was living in New York City in the 1855 NY State Census on 28 July. He was 15 yrs. He was a resident at the "New York Institution for the Instructing of the Deaf & Dumb" located in Washington Heights, Manhattan, NY Co., NY. He was born in Oneida Co., NY. There were 318 individuals listed. His name and data were on Line 258 (which was his number out of the 318). This Institution was established by charter on April 15, 1817. Have not found any record for Mason after 1855.

1875 NY State Census for Orleans Township, Jefferson Co., NY:
Isaac Shell M 59; farmer
wife Rhoda Shell F 60
daughter Minerva Shell F 21
son Charles Shell M 16
son Franklin Shell M 12
cousin Pamelia Hilts F 47 yrs, b. NY (deaf mute)

1900 U.S. Census for Orleans Township, Jefferson Co., NY:
Frank Schell M 39 yrs, b. Oct. 1861 NY; single
brother Charles Schell M 42 yrs, b. Aug. 1858 NY; single
father Isaac Schell M 85 yrs, b. June 1815 NY; widower
second cousin Pamelia Hilts F 67 yrs, b. Mar. 1833 NY single

Pamelia parents were both b. in NY. Frank & Charles are farmers; father Isaac is a retired farmer.

Note of Interest: There is a town named "Pamelia" in Jefferson Co. NY for which Pamelia is probably named. It was created in 1819.

Note: Her sister, Melissa, b. Sep. 12, 1835. Herkimer Co., NY; d. Oct. 28, 1907, Boonville, Oneida Co., NY; she m. Job Meeker in 25 Jan. 1854 in Boonville. The 1900 census stated they had 5 children, 2 living. She died in her home in Boonville. Melissa & Job are buried in the Boonville Cem., Boonville, Oneida Co., NY; Memorial 58320998.

Note: Her sister, Mary Lovina Hilts, lived with a family named "Cobb"; she m. Lysander William Steele ca 1880.

1900 U.S. Census for Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY:
Lysander W Steel M 52 yrs, b. Mar. 1848 NY
Wife Mary I Steel F 52 yrs, b. July 1848 NY
Son William H Steel M 18 yrs, b. June 1882 NY
Son Cleveland H Steel M 16 yrs, b. Nov. 1884 NY

They are living at 4 Haven St. Lysander is a painter. Mary had 3 children, 2 living. The sons are teamsters.

They are listed in the 1905 NY State Census for Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY. Listed are Lysander, age 57; Mary L., age 57; son Cleveland H., age 27.

In the 1850 U.S. Census for the town of SeRay Twp, Orleans Town, Jefferson Co., NY, Lysander W. Steele is listed as 3 yrs old and living in the household of William Rodger:
William Rodger M 55 New York
Jesse S Rodger M 24 New York
Alexander W Rodger M 17 New York
George Jr Wilkie M 25 New York
Lysander W Steele M 3 New York
Sally Rodgers F 54 Connecticut
Sally Ann Rodgers F 26 New York
Martha M Rodgers F 20 New York
Melissa J Rodgers F 14 New York
Polly Woolcott F 52 Connecticut; listed as "idiotic"
Mary Woolcott F 89 Connecticut

Not sure where his Steele relatives are.

William L. Steele is listed in an 1890 Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY Schedule Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War. He served as a Private w/the Grand Army of the Republic in Co. I, 14 NY Artillery from Nov. 3 1863-April 28, 1964 for a total of 5 months, 25 days. Companies I and K were ordered to Fort Richmond, New York harbor, December 24, 1863, where Companies Land M joined them in January, 1864. The regiment, serving as heavy artillery and infantry, remained in New York harbor, Department of the East, until April, 1864.

Mary Lovina Hilts [Cobb] and Lysander William Steele's children:

1) William H. Steele is buried in the Dexter Cem., Dexter, Jefferson Co., NY, next to Ella E. Diefendorf in the Diefendorf family plot. He was b. 1883; he died in 1951. Mem. 83097241.

1930 U.S. Census for Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY:
William H Steele M 47 New York
Wife Edna M Steele F 49 New York

They are also listed in the 1910 & 1920 census records in the same location.

2) Cleveland H. Steele m. Ruth L. Anderson 5 July 1913 in Lyons, Wayne Co., New York. His parents are listed as Lysander Steele and Lavina Cobb [Hilts]. Her parents are Robert Anderson and Elizabeth Moos. Ruth was b. 1886. Cleveland was b. in Fulton, NY. Cleveland resided in Buffalo, NY; Ruth in Kingston, Canada. She was b. England as were her parents. Cleveland was a machinist and Ruth worked as a waitress. It was a first marriage for each.

Cleveland Hendricks Steele registered for the WWI draft on Sept. 12, 1918 in Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY. His birth date is 11 Nov. 1884, Watertown, NY. He is a machine operator for NY Air Brake Co. on Pearl St, Watertown, NY. He is married to Ruth Elizabeth Steele. He is described as tall, medium build, with gray eyes and brown hair.

There is no further info for sister Salina Hilts.
Stone Mills Cemetery
Stone Mills
Jefferson County
New York, USA
Maintained by: J.D. Larimore
Originally Created by: 47305175
Record added: May 11, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89983052
Pamelia Hilts
Added by: J.D. Larimore
Pamelia Hilts
Added by: David J. Schryver
Pamelia Hilts
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Rest in Peace
- J.D. Larimore
 Added: Oct. 17, 2012

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