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Elizabeth "Betsey" Duesler Heath Holland
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Birth: Jan. 24, 1812
Ephratah
Fulton County
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 21, 1898
Ephratah
Fulton County
New York, USA

Daughter of William and Hannah Snell Duesler, she married Nathaniel (Daniel?) Heath and had 4 children and then married Michael Holland who was from Ireland and had 3 more before marrying a third time. She lived 86 years and according to her death certificate was buried in Ephratah, NY but her grave has not been found. Her son James #39531359 is buried in the Ephratah Rural Cemetery and her earlier children are buried in other Fulton Co. Cemeteries. One other cemetery or cemetery record that might be checked is the burial ground at the former Reformed Dutch Church at Fort Plain, Minden TWP, Montgomery Co., NY where she was married and her daughter Mary was baptised. One other source at the Ephratah Town Hall mentions burial at Lasselsville.
After considerable research, her family is found and she is married to Michael Holland who is abt 25 years older on the 1850 census with 4 Heath children and 2 Holland children. In 1855 Michael Holland is no longer present but she has a new son James Holland born 1852. In the 1855 NY census Ephratah death records there is a listing for a 63 year old male who died in December 1854 who was a farmer and died with enlarged heart. No name was given but this could have been Michael Holland because his wife, Elizabeth, is listed as a widow that year. More research is needed.
In 1860, all the children are living with older siblings' families or hired out to other families. For example my great grandmother Mary Holland age 15 is with another family probably as a maid. Elizabeth shows up on the 1860 census as Elizabeth Steenburgh married to Isaac Steenburgh who is 20 years older. She is listed as his wife plus the steenburgh children. Isaac's wife in 1850 was Mary. In 1865, Elizabeth is listed without Isaac but she and her son James have taken the Steenburgh name. In 1870 she keeps the Steenburgh name and her son goes back to the Holland name. In 1875, she has the Steenburgh name, lives with her son James Holland and a 6 year old boarder. Her occupation is listed as "abandoned by husband". Isaac is listed in a different household at 83 yrs of age. In 1880 she goes back to the Holland name.
On the 1868 map at right a Mrs Hollan is shown on the bottom road. This is her property on route 140 about 2 miles west of town. Her parents are buried just north where it says P. Duesler and her brother W Duesler's farm was is located just before 140 crosses Caroga Creek. Other images at right show her as Mrs Holloren, farmer, with 3.5 acres and in the 1875 state census as Elizabeth Steenburgh with occupation: "abandoned by husband".
I have received excellent help with my Ephratah ancestors from Evelyn Frasier - Ephratah Historian. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  William Duesler (1775 - 1861)
  Hannah Snell Duesler (1781 - 1865)
 
 Spouses:
  Nathaniel Heath (1805 - 1842)*
  Michael Holland (1790 - 1854)*
  Isaac Steenburgh (1791 - 1881)*
 
 Children:
  John Heath (1831 - 1907)*
  Catherine Heath Miller (1835 - 1900)*
  Elizabeth Heath Van Allen (1836 - 1905)*
  Julia Ann Heath Voight (1840 - 1919)*
  Mary Holland Shoup (1844 - 1922)*
  James Holland (1852 - 1900)*
 
 Siblings:
  Frederick Duesler (1803 - 1892)*
  Elizabeth Duesler Heath Holland (1812 - 1898)
  William W. Duesler (1814 - 1881)*
  John Henry Duesler (1828 - 1898)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: NYS Lib. Death Cert.# 10513 Ephratah, NY
 
Burial:
Ephratah Rural Cemetery
Ephratah
Fulton County
New York, USA
 
Created by: Dave Peck
Record added: Dec 10, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62774681
Elizabeth Betsey <i>Duesler</i> Heath Holland
Added by: Dave Peck
 
Elizabeth Betsey <i>Duesler</i> Heath Holland
Added by: Dave Peck
 
Elizabeth Betsey <i>Duesler</i> Heath Holland
Added by: Dave Peck
 
 
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In remembrance from a distant cousin.
- Jane Duesler Iafelice
 Added: May. 5, 2013
We are happy to know you are part of our ancestry.
- Dave Peck
 Added: Mar. 20, 2013
 
 
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