(l-r) Marie McAnney [Tom's great aunt], little Marie Bishop [nee Doherty- Tom's mother], and Della McAnney [Tom's great grandmother]. Irene McAnney Bishop, Tom's grandmother, likely took the photo. (Photo courtesy of Margaret Cramer McAnney.)Ben and Elaine Allen at their 60th wedding anniversary party at the New Gretna Presbyterian Church on January 13, 2002. (Photo by Pete Stemmer.)Ben and Elaine don't have a computer, but if you wish to send Ben a 91st Birthday Greeting, attach it to the comments section below, and I'll print the comments out and deliver them to Ben. - Pete S.
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Sunday, November 30, 2008
(See Wednesday, December 3, 2008 for Part 2)
Tom Doherty sent me this email a few days ago, and it got me to thinking about who the oldest person currently living in New Gretna and/or the oldest person with New Gretna roots might be. Renard Wiseman, who I believe was the oldest New Gretna resident, recently passed away at age 94.
I'm sorry to burst Tom's bubble regarding his mom being the oldest person with New Gretna ties, but Bennie Allen will be 91 this December 10th. Ben was born in New Gretna and lived here all his life. By my calculations that would make him 11 years older than Marie McAnney Doherty, Tom's mom.
Anyone know of a New Gretna-ite [just invented a new word] who is older than Ben? - Pete S.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
First I would like to say how much I enjoy all the great and useful information on the Bass River history webpage, it has taught me alot and it is so well put together. I have a question about a stone that I came across a few years back near the firemens memorial off of Greenbush rd. The stone is marked WP 1700 and on the back it is marked JM 1742. Could this be a John Mathis property stone? This has been a mystery to me for a long time and I was wondering if maybe you could help me. I can send you pictures if you are interested. Thanks for your time!
I'm familiar with the marker. Attached are two photos, one on each side of the marker. They were taken in 2002. The JM is for John Mathis and the WP is for William Pancoast. It is a marker from an old survey.
The underside of the stone has the initials JM
and the year 1742 carved in the stone.
The top side of the stone has the initials WP
and the year 1700 carved in the stone.
Pete Stemmer (l) and Harry DeVerter
at the stone marker on 4/18/02. A State Park
concrete survey marker stands adjacent to
the old stone.
Happy Black Friday!
My family tree has some roots in New Gretna. Sears, Allen, Mathis, Cra(n)mer, Leek, Gauntt. I'll stop there for now! ;-)
Last night I had Thanksgiving with four generations of direct Mayflower descendants! If you descend from a New Gretna Sears, you too are likely a descendant of William Brewster.
I look forward to seeing Bass River genealogy and history discussed here.
And thanks to Pete for all his dedicated hard work preserving Bass River Township history!
Elihu M. Sears, John Yates' great grandfather, on the trail back to John's Mayflower descendants. Elihu is buried in Miller cemetery in New Gretna. (Photo courtesy of John Yates.)
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Our New Gretna History Committee publishes an historical newsletter called "The Bass River Gazette". You can read the article on "A New Gretna Thanksgiving" by Elaine Mathis at http://bassriver-nj.org/pdf/h-gazette20--oct-2007.pdf (See page2).
Rye Allen (standing to right of cranberry barrel) and some or his workers by his New Gretna cranberry bog. Bet that barrel of berries would make a lot of great cranberry sauce. Anyone out there with a good homemade cranberry sauce recipe is encouraged to send it in, especially if it comes from New Gretna. (See email address at the top of the blog.)
Rye Allen (standing) supervising cranberry pickers on his New Gretna bog. (Photo courtesy of Paul Steinhauer.)