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Carolyn Tusing Surine (#47457387)
 member for 5 years, 6 months, 23 days
Julie Gard
Your manuscripts
Are your manuscripts published, if so where can I get a copy. My maiden name is Surine and I have started a family tree. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me at Thanks in advance.

Added by Julie Gard on Mar 14, 2015 5:07 PM

Lucinda Hall
I remember this now--because those cemeteries are right next to each other, there were quite a few duplicates. And when Find A Grave merges duplicates, whatever is in the Bio section gets credited to whoever created the memorial. However, I recognize it as something someone sent to me. But there's no telling who--sorry.

Added by RobMinteer57 on Feb 08, 2015 1:25 PM

Lucy Hall (Turing)
I'm not finding the Lucy you're referring to, so really can't answer your question. But the info was either in the cemetery list I used, or else someone sent it to me to add to the Bio section.

Added by RobMinteer57 on Feb 08, 2015 11:17 AM

Coleman Townsend had a sister Zillah Townsend
Coleman Townsend had a sister Zillah Townsend who married a Smith and there son was Edson

Scarlet fever is visiting families south of us. The school is closed, and one child of Mr. William Rodgers was buried last week, and another and only remaining child is not expected to live at last accounts. Mrs. Rodgers is daughter of Mr. Edson T. Smith, and resided in the house with her father. They have the sympathy of their friends in this their time of sorrow.



EIGHTY acres of the Sam Kent farm was sold at auction, February 27th by James Searle to Edson T. Smith, for eighty dollars per acre.




Deacon Edson T. Smith, well known throughout this part of this county, and in the Union Baptist Association, died at the home of his eldest son, Orlando, at Brewster, on Tuesday morning last, in the 89th year of his age. For years he had suffered from a cancer on his face, and the effects of that combined with the weakness incident to his advanced age, caused his death.

He was born in the town of Kent, on Aug 21, 1815 and was a son Peter and Zillah Townsend Smith. He married Miss Laura Kent and thirteen children were born to them, nine of whom, seven sons and two daughters survive; Orlando and James K., the well-known undertaker of Brewster; Albert of Bridgeport, Conn.; Samuel P. and Edson T. who hold positions in Riker's Drug Store, New York City; Alanson, a carpenter at Bedford ; Nathan B., Keeper of the County Farm, in Kent; Mrs. Laura Ryder, of Danbury, Conn., and Mrs. Jennie Field, wife of Orville Field, of Patterson. Peter Smith, the eldest, son of the family, who was a well-known druggist in Brewster, and a grown up daughter, Zillah died years ago, and two others passed away in childhood.

He began his married life on a farm, near Towner's, where long years of comfort and happiness were passed, broken some years ago by the death of his faithful wife. After her death he continued to reside on the old homestead, but about a year ago his feeble health condition induced him to go to his son's home to live, where he received every care and attention.

Deceased was an earnest and devout Christian who lived up to his profession every day in the year. For years he held the office of Deacon in the Patterson Baptist Church, and no man in the Baptist Association was more highly esteemed and respected than he.

Until within a few years past, he was a familiar figure at all religious gatherings of his denomination, ever ready to aid the cause with heart and hand. In politics he was a staunch Republican, but never cared to hold office. The fortitude and resignation with which he bore his afflictions was wonderful. A worthy devoted life has closed and a good and patient pilgrim entered into the promised rest.

The funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Baptist Church, his pastor, Rev. J. Johnson officiating. The remains were interred in the Four Corners Cemetery, beside his wife.

Putnam County Republican Carmel, N.Y. Sept 12 1903

Added by yorkies1 on May 13, 2013 5:25 PM

Charles Surine in 1790
Charles Surine in 1790 Fredericksontown is listed near Peter Badeau

Preaching services were held in the house of Peter Badeau near the Red Mills, (Mahopac Falls) in 1761, by Rev. Samuel Sacket of the Yorktown church, and religious services were held at an early day in the loft of the old Red Mill, but a church building was not erected until 1784 on the site of the present Presbyterian church.


Establishment and Growth


We have now reached a very interesting point in the series of local history papers, viz:, The establishment and growth of churches in this section. The first of these papers, begun this week, was written by Miss Emma J. Foster; and this, and the others to follow, are almost entirely new in historical detail, never having appeared in print before. Turning to the religious history of the primitive days which we are studying, we find that missionaries traversed this region soon after settlements sprung up and labored to establish churches. The Presbytery of New Brunswick sent men to plant gospel institutions in Westchester county and in the country north, while the Congregationalists of Connecticut came westward and fostered the feeble congregations that sought aid from them. The earliest churches formed in what is now Putnam county were Congregational in form of government, but afterwards became Presbyterian.

The earliest name of Carmel was "Woostershire,"applied for a time to the countryside embracing Patterson, Carmel and Southeast, and was also used in designating the churches. The name of "Philipse Precinct" or "Philippi" from the owners of the land, was given later; followed by Fredericksburg, in honor of Capt. Frederick Philipse, applied to the region embracing the three churches. There was still further distinction of the churches by their geographical relation to each other. Patterson being known as the north, Southeast as the east, and Carmel as the west, church.

The earliest certain information of the movement of church life was in 1743, when we learn from the records of the Eastern association of Fairfield county that " Mr. John Spragg, in behalf of the part of Woostershire in the New York government, applied to the association for a minister." (Mr. John Spragg lived on what is now known as the Allen Light place at the N.Y. & Putnam railroad crossing.)

This application was followed by the appointment of Rev. Elisha Kent, and from the minutes of the Fairfield association of the following year, 1743, we learn that "the church of Christ at Woostershire" was received into membership "the Tuesday next after Thanksgiving."

It never can be exactly determined whether the first church building in this immediate section was built by the congregation in east or west Philippi, (Southeast or Carmel.) The first church in east Philippi was a small log building that stood about a mile east of Dykeman's station on the New England railroad, in the rear of the James Barnes homestead. The date of its erection is unknown, but it was standing in 1745 when it is mentioned as a landmark. It was to this congregation that Rev. Elisha Kent came as pastor in 1743, and remained till his death thirty-three years later, this being the longest pastorate in the history of the county.

The "Western society in Philipse Precinct'' also built a log church on land now belonging to Elijah Fowler, very near the line between the towns of Southeast and Carmel. It stood on the west side of the road, on a rocky knoll that overlooks the Croton reservoir: opposite is the little old graveyard crowded with graves forgotten dead. Two stones bearing inscriptions dated 1758 and 1760, are the oldest tombstones bearing any date in the county, except the one in the Doanesburg cemetery over the grave of Mrs. Elisha Kent, dated 1751.

This log church is mentioned in surveys of 1751 as "an old meeting house" and was in all probability built about the same time as the one in east Phlippi that is about 1745.

Preaching services were held in the house of Peter Badeau near the Red Mills, (Mahopac Falls) in 1761, by Rev. Samuel Sacket of the Yorktown church, and religious services were held at an early day in the loft of the old Red Mill, but a church building was not erected until 1784 on the site of the present Presbyterian church.

The North church (in Patterson,) according to the history of Westchester Presbytery, was founded about 1758, and the first church edifice, erected somewhat later, stood on the top of the hill at the west hill at the west end of Patterson street.

At an early date members of the Society of Friends moved to the Oblong and the records of their organization in this section go back as far as 1757. A meeting house was built at Peach Pond about 1760 and one in Haviland Hollow in 1762.

We aim at this time to follow out only the history of the church in West Philippi, and trace briefly its story of one hundred and fifty years.

The old log church was "thirty six feet long by twenty-four wide, with one door on the side overlooking the Croton Valley. The seats were of slabs into which sticks were fastened underneath for supports, and were without backs or cushions. A plain box formed the desk for the minister, and the pulpit seats were like the other seats." The exact time when the old log meeting house was deserted for a new church is unknown, but surveys of 1762 mention a meeting house that stood where the "Old Gilead Burying Ground" now is, and the burden of evidence would seem to make it probable that this second in the series of church homes was built about 1756.

It was a frame building about fifty feet square, and faced the south. The single entrance was on the south; folding doors opened directly into the middle aisle in front of the pulpit, and on each side of the entrance stairs communicated with the broad galleries containing four rows of seats and extending around three sides of the building. On the ground floor were square pews around the sides of the church for families, while the central portion was occupied with straight pews on either side of the middle aisle. The pulpit was high and goblet shape, reached by winding stairs. In front of it were the deacon's seat and communion table facing the middle aisle. The whole church was painted white within and without except the roof, which was red. It was lighted through two rows of windows around the building, one row above, the other below, the gallery, without any obstruction of curtains or blinds.

In 1802 the building underwent some changes and the seats which had been so high that the heads of the congregation could scarcely be seen, were lowered.

In 1815 a stove was introduced; it was placed in the middle aisle, in the center of the church, the pipe passing up through the roof.

This house remained standing until after the erection of another, when in 1839 Samuel Kelley was appointed by the society to take it down and dispose of it by sale. It was sold for $100 to Peter S. Kent, of Patterson, who rebuilt part of it as a barn on the farm now owned by Edson Smith. A few years ago it was destroyed by fire.

In 1834 the society determined to erect a new church building and on May 5, a society meeting was held in the court house, Carmel, that resolved to raise $2,000 to purchase a site and build a new church. This sum was subsequently increased to $3,000.

The people were moved to this action because the village had grown up on its present site, away from "Old Gilead," and at another meeting July 23, 1834, it was agreed to sell thirty acres of land belonging to the society and apply the proceeds "to the purchase of a suitable site for a meeting house within a half mile of the court house in Carmel."

This land was the parsonage property, bought from Amos Belden in 1818. It was sold March 5, 1835, to Rev. Benaiah Y. Morse, by whom most of it was sold to William Watts in the same year. The old parsonage built before the revolution and is now owned and occupied by Lyman Craft.

The present site of the Presbyterian church was purchased of Messrs. Lewis Luddington, Benjamin Belden and James Raymond, and the deed received July 1, 1835.

The committee on the site consisted of Amos Fuller, Thomas Foster, Lewis Crosby, Nathaniel Travis and Samuel Everett. The building committee was Gilbert Travis, Harmon R. Stevens, Walker Todd, Benjamin Belden and Jeremiah Hine, although the latter resigned because of a pressure of other duties.

The new church building was erected during 1836 and was dedicated late in fall of that year, services meanwhile being held in the court house.

In October, 1837, the society resolved to raise money to add blinds to the new church and July 3, 1839, it was "resolved that Abraham Everett be appointed to secure the blinds of the church in some permanent manner.

In June, 1844, James Raymond presented to the society the bell which was re-hung in the tower of the present church, erected in 1893. (To be Continued.)

The Putnam County Currier, Carmel, N.Y., April 5, 1895.

Added by yorkies1 on May 13, 2013 5:12 PM

why I made the Find a Grave entries
in 1790 Fredericksontown, Dutchess the Surine family are listed near my 3rd great grandfather
Amos Rogers

in 1850

Coleman Townsend was my moms brother-in-law of 2nd great grand uncle

the Surine family was listed next to the Townnsend family

that's probably why I made the Find a Grave entries

1850 United States Federal Census
Surine John 59 1791 Male New York

231 Surine Pattey 86 1764 Female New York

231 Surine Sally 65 1785 Female New York

231 Smith Greachey 70 1780 Female New York

231 Bowins Pheba 9 1841 Female New York

231 Bowins Amandey A 20 1830 Female New York

232 Townsand Calman 53 1797 Male New York

232 Townsand Malindey 51 1799 Female New York


Added by yorkies1 on May 13, 2013 4:47 PM

Surine..... your a little patronizing
Surine Burials Not Kent Cliffs

The Surines are all family members of my husband's family. His direct ancestor, Peter, moved to MI, where he died. Sarah, John, and Phebe were his siblings. To say they are at Kent Cliffs is incorrect. They are buried at 2nd Kent Baptist Churchyard at Ludingtonville. Further, John Surine, son of Charles and Polly Smith Surine, was unmarried. The Elizabeth Ross you attribute to him as his wife married John M. Sirrine, a son of James "Canopus" Sirrine. John and Betsey lived in PA, MI, then Betsey came back to NYS after John's death.
Added by Carolyn Tusing Surine on May 04, 2013 3:40 PM

there are probably a zillion errors on Find a Grave.....should I just delete the entries...and you can do your thing and make a perfect word.....I'll just transfer them to you and you can delete them and start over

Added by yorkies1 on May 12, 2013 7:35 PM

Dave Burnisky

Just wondering if you have found any additional informatin on Peter or his family. I branch off from his daughter Jane who married Elias Heator of Phelps.

I would enjoy comparing notes.


Added by Dave Burnisky on Jan 15, 2013 4:33 PM

Genealogy Researcher
RE: Elizabeth Belle Shearhart
Thanks Carolyn...My great aunt is Bessie Daniel Shearhart. I have it right in my computer, but messed up putting it on Find A Grave. I'll correct it right away. Check my work, make sure the others are okay. I am going to focus on Wooden Cemetery hard core this summer, trying to get obits for any buried out there. Thanks again for the correction!

Added by Genealogy Researcher on Apr 01, 2012 5:02 PM

Peter Cortrite and Elizabeth Heater

There are two or three persons with info about Peter Cortrite and Elizabeth Heater. They don't have birth or death dates for her. Here is what one of them has for Peter Cortrite:

Peter Cortrite b. 29 Oct. 1768, Pike Co., PA (that's along the Delaware River across from Port Jervis, Orange Co., NY in what is known as the Minisink)
d. 13 Dec. 1861, Geneva, Ontario Co., NY.

Childen listed: Jonas Courtright 1793-1862
George Cortrite 1796; Barney Cortrite 1797; Jane Cortrite 1799-1892; Cornelius Cortrite 1801-1881; Senah Cortrite 1802-1887 (she mar. Samuel Westfall); Bingham Cortrite 1804; Mary 1806; Garret V. 1811-1857 (that's the one I found at Joslyn or Oaks Corner Cemetery, Phelps,NY. He d. 16 June 1856 age 46 y, 6 mo); Francis 1817.

Below is an entry in my Westfall Family book for Samuel Westfall and his wife,Senah Cortrite:

231. SAMUEL WESTFALL (Jacob 6, Cornelius 5, Benjamin 4, Jurian 3, Johannes 2, Jurian 1) son of Jacob Westfall and Delanah Westbrook; b. 10 Apr. 1802, Phelps, NY; d. 21 Feb. 1871, Phelps, NY; mar. about 1826, to SENAH CORTRIGHT b. 16 Oct. 1802, NJ; d. 29 Jan. 1887, Phelps. She was a daughter of Peter Cortright.

Children: WESTFALL (of Samuel Westfall and Senah Cortright)
i. Phebe Jane b. 28 May 1827, Phelps, NY; d. 23 Feb. 1901; mar. 1 Jan. 1849, to Charles Butterfield b. 24 July 1828, Geneva, NY; d. 16 Aug. 1901, Phelps, NY; both buried at Resthaven Cemetery, Phelps, NY, along with some of their children.
ii. Catherine b. 19 Apr. 1829, Phelps, NY; d. 5 Dec. 1870; buried at Resthaven Cemetery, Phelps, NY
iii. Alfred b. 1832, Phelps, NY; d. 1906; mar. (1) to Catherine J. Middaugh b. 1836; d. 1860; mar. (2) to Mary E. Van Akin b. 1827; d. 1906; all buried at Resthaven Cemetery, Phelps, NY
iv. Benjamin Franklin b. 1837, Phelps, NY; d. 1912, Phelps, NY; mar. to Harriet A. Peck b. 1836; d. 1906, Phelps, NY; both buried at Resthaven Cemetery, Phelps, NY
v. Harriet Ann b. about 1846; d. 7 Nov. 1886, age 40y; mar. to Henry Shepperd b. about 1832; d. 11 Dec. 1881, age 49y; both buried at Resthaven Cemetery, Phelps, NY
vi. William b. about 1854, Phelps, NY

Samuel had a farm in Phelps Twp., Ontario Co., NY. His will is on file at Canandaigua, NY, and lists these heirs: Senah Westfall, widow, of Phelps; Alfred Westfall, of Phelps; Benjamin F. Westfall, of Phelps; Phoebe Jane Butterfield; Willie Westfall, minor, of Phelps; Harriet Ann Shephard. of Lyons, NY.
Many members of Samuel and Senah Westfall's family are buried at Resthaven Cemetery, Village of Phelps, NY.

1850 U.S. Census; Town of Phelps, Ontario Co., NY
p. 417; 30 Aug. 1850
746/779 Samuel Westfall 48 farmer $10780 b. NY d. 21 Mar. 1871
Sena " 47 b. NJ d. 29 Jan. 1887
Phebe J. " 23 b. NY
Catharine " 21 b. NY d. 5 Dec. 1870
Alfred " 18 farmer b. NY d. Dec. 1906
Benjamin 2nd " 15 b. NY 1912
Harriet A. " 4 (?) b. NY

Good luck in your search of the Peter Cortrite descendants.

Clarice Coleman

Added by cjc47 on Apr 03, 2011 11:04 PM

RE: Cortrite/Westfall
Hi Carolyn,

Sorry I'm so late in replying to your message. I haven't read my messages lately.

I looked at Cemeteries in and near Phelps, NY for Cortrite (or other spellings) burials but found only one...Garret Cortwrite d. 16 June 1857 age 46 y. 6 m. at Joslyn or Oaks Corner Cemtery, Phelps. I'm sure there are many other Cortrites buried in/around Phelps. I will look on and see if I can find Peter Cortrite and Elizabeth (or Mary) Heater. I'll send you a message later.

Clarice Coleman cjc47 find a grave.

Added by cjc47 on Apr 03, 2011 3:27 PM


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