I visited the Catskill Village Cemetery yesterday in Catskill, Greene County, New York.
For years, I have been searching for the parentage of Nellie, wife of Abraham Brewer Duryea. Nellie died in Glen Ridge, Essex County, New Jersey at Mountainside Hospital on 5 December 1965. (The certificate was acquired in person from Glen Ridge- back when you could just walk in to town hall and do this. You can’t do this now.) Her mother was listed as “unknown.” Her father was listed as “? Commings.” Her birthdate was 26 January 1879 in “Catskills, N.Y.” She was cremated but not buried at Rosedale Cemetery in Orange, Essex County, New Jersey. The location of her ashes is unknown. The social security number on her death certificate is not listed in the social security death index. I wrote to the Social Security Administration for a copy of her application for a number and included a copy of the death certificate. I received a letter explaining that no such record could be found.
I was not sure if Nellie was born in the Catskills, which covers a vast region, or if she was born in Catksill, a town in Greene County, New York; or if she was born in a completely different location. I spoke with the town clerk in Catskill, New York, who advised me that birth certificates were sometimes issued in the 1870s and 1880s, but there was no birth certificate matching Nellie.
No matches for baby Nellie in the 1880 census have been found.
|Peter J. Hyser, 1796-1877|
|William H. Cumming 1856-1882|
|Annie Cumming Grant, 1793-1876|