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MAY 2 1944 

Alviri Countryman 


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Lux Bros. & Heath, Publishers 

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To show in a small measure our 
appreciation of his efforts in collect- 
ing and compiling this family his- 
tory, we affectionately dedicate this 
volume to our father, the late Alvin 
Countryman, horn February 4th, 
1835; d'ei January 13th, 1916. 

His Family 



The idea of family reunions and the compiling of a Countryman 
genealogy occurred to the late Alvin Countryman on August 15, 1901, 
when Mr. and Mrs. Countryman, their grandson, Arthur T. Guest, and 
Fred W. Craft attended a clan reunion at Silver Lake Assembly. New 

Heretofore, the members of the family in Steuben county, New- 
York, mostly descendants of John A. I. and Solomon, had held reunions 
attracting from fifty to one hundred of the relatives together, includ- 
ing an occasional member from other branches. But in the year 1901 
it was determined to lay the foundations of a more comprehensive 
organization which would be in touch with all possible members of 
the family and provide for accurate gathering of all possible data 
bearing on the genealogy of the family. 

President, Rev. A. F. Countryman, of Scottsburg, N. Y., pre- 
sided, and Alvin Countryman was elected President, and the next 
reunion was voted to Rochelle for June, 1902. 

The largest and most nearly representative reunion ever held 
was that of June 18, 1902, at Rochelle, Illinois, the first for this sec- 
tion. About one hundred and twenty guests assembled and some of 
these, own cousins, who had never m'St before. Among them were 
Rev. and Mrs. Abram F. Countryman and sister, Mrs. Margaret E. 
Bateman, of Scottsburg, New York, who for a first time greeting, 
met their cousins, Robert Emmet Countryman and his most estimable 
wife of Weeping Waters, Nebraska. Since the 1902 reunion, nineteen 
reunions have been held in Rochelle, Rockford, DeKalb, Dixon, Fair- 
dale and Lynnville. , 

For years Alvin Countryman revelled in these gatherings and 
faithfully collected data on the family. At the time of his death, Jan- 
uary 13, 1916, he was about to realize the ambition of his life, the 
publication of the family history. 

Since that time Miss Emma V. Countryman, a daughter; John 
E. Countryman, a brother; Arthur T. Guest, a grandson, and Mrs. Ida 
Countryman Craft, a niece, have carried on with the results as herein 
set forth. 

Alvin Countryman leaves to the clan a history that the name 
"Countryman" may be perp€tuated. He has not lived in vain. 



The name "Countryman" is the English translation 
of the German word "Lantzman." It is readily acknow- 
ledged to be the proper translation by German scholars. In 
the early history of the name in America, there were eight 
different translations by Germans, who attempted to trans- 
late the name so as to conform to an English brogue that 
would sound similar to the true orthography and pronuncia- 
tion of the English word. The attempt was a marvel in the 
eight different ways of spelling the name. The eight trans- 
lations as found recorded in the war archives at Albany, 
the state capital of New York, prove this contention. 

We list them as they were found and copied: 

1. Kunderman 5. Counterman 

2. Kunterman 6. Contreman 

3. Cunderman 7. Contryman 
|» '4. Conderman 8. Countryman 

I Perhaps to more fully establish that the rendering of 

I the name should be that of the eighth way given, we find 

I that in the first census taken in the state of New York in 

, A. D. 1790 there were no other names given beside the name 

I "Countryman." It follows that it must have been the rep- 
resentative name of all those who were the direct descend- 

I ents of ancestors who had severally assumed the names as 

I * given above. We however, find the name "Conderman" ex- 

I tant as the result of the choice of the early ancestors who 

I were known as "Kuntermans" to change the orthography to 

1 "Condermans." 




To gather the history and genealogy of a race after 
nearly two centuries has elapsed is found to be no easy task. 
Many of the early records are either lost or ai-e in unknown 
hands. But patience and perseverence has its just reward 
and a diligent search has brought information from many 
sources. The early history is composed of tradition, oral 
histor>-. and family records. The latter were all \\Titten in 
the German language, which should be a sufficient proof 
that the Countryman ancestry were of German descent. 

The earliest ancestral name given is that of Conrad 
Countryman, who, to escape religious persecution, emigrat- 
ed from Germany to France, continuing later to Holland 
and finally to the United SUtes of America. This emigration 
to Holland has given rise to the false impression among 
some of the Countryman posterity that they were Holland- 
ers. Conrad was accomf anied to America by his brother, 
the two men landing in New York harbor during the decade 
of 1710-20 A. D. Here they separated. Conrad proceeded up 
the Hudson and Mohawk river valleys, while his brother is 
said to have gone into the state of Pennsylvania. 

There is little known of the history of this brother. 
The names of few of his posterity who served as soldiers in 
the Revolutionary War are on record at the state capitol at 
Harrisburg. There is, also, the name of one soldier recorded 
in the capitol records of the state of Virginia. Likewise an- 
other small group of his posterity are in evidence in other 

Conrad Countryman is said to have first settled in 
Schoharie county, Ne\# Y'ork. Later he moved into Mont- 
gomery county where many of his posterity are known to 
have resided during tie Revolutionary War. Fort Willet 
was built on some of their land. It is further interesting to 
note that twenty-seven of his posterity enlisted as soldiers 
in the war. The date of Conrad's marriage and the maiden 


name of his wife are unknown. The issue of their union we 
are told was ten children, seven sons and three daughters. 
Their children were: Adam, Marcus, Frederick, Conrad, Jr., 
John, Jacob, George, Ann Eve, who married William Dillen- 
back; Rosana, who married John Pickard; and Mrs. John 
Plants, whose name is unknown. Of these children we are 
the most deeply interested in John, the fifth son, whose pos- 
terity constitute the larger portions of the membership of 
the Countryman Relative Reunion, either as direct descend- 
ants or through marriage relationships. John, having left 
his family records in the hands of his posterity who fortu- 
nately preserved them, we have access to an accurate his- 
tory and genealogy. 

We herewith insert a copy of his family i-ecord as 
translated and copied from the original records. 

A transcript of the family record of John Country- 
man, the fifth sen of Conrad, the first: 

"To the glory of God, I, John Countryman, was born 
at Canajoharie in County of Montgomery and State of New 
York in the year of Jesus Christ the second day of March, 
A. D. 1736. And my wife, Rachel, nee Richard, was born at 
Stcne Arabia in the same county and state, on the 29 th day 
of October, A. D. 1733. And in the year of our Lord, A. D. 
1758, on March the fourth, we entered into the state of Holy 
matrimony. And during married life we have given birlh 
to the following children, to-wit: 

1st, a daughter, Leah, on the 26th of December, A^ 
D. 1758. 

2nd, a daughter, Margaret, on the 20th day of Feb- 
ruary, A. D. 1760. 

3rd, a daughter, Rachel, on the 10th day of August, 
A. D. 1761. Died July 1, 1767. 

4th, a daughter, Dorothy, en the 1st day of August, 
A. D. 1762. 

5th, a son, Nicholas, on the second day of February, 
A. D. 1764. 

6th, a daughter, Catherine, on the 20th day of July, 
A. D. 1765. 


7th. a daughter, Susan, on the 1st day of November, 

A. D. 1766. 

8th, a son, John I., on the 12th day of February, A. 

D. 1768. 

9th, a daughter, Magdalena, on the 18th day of August, 

A. D. 1769. 

10th, a daughter, Mary, on the 15th day of September, 

A. D. 1771. 

nth, a son, Abraham, on the 31st day of March, A. 

D. 1773. 

12th, a son, Benjamine, on the 15th day of Septem- 
ber. A. D. 1775. 

In the year 1787, February 28th, my wife died." 


The following is a copy of the will of John Country- 
man, fifth son of Conrad the first. 

"In the name of God, Amen, and in the Year of Christ 
One Thousand seven hundred and eighty eight. That this 
is my last will and testament. My body I bequeath to the 
earth and to a soft rest therein. And my soul I entrust to 
God who gave it to me. Now I bequeath to my eldest son, 
Nicholas, as his prior claim, three pounds in money, and 
therewith he must be content with what I shall afterward 
bequeath him. I bequeath to my son, Nicholas, twenty-eight 
pounds in money, therewith he must be content. Further I 
bequeath to my son, John I., sixty-three acres of land which 
is located en the Geysenberg in a deed from Sir Wagner, 
number six, the western part, for his own forever. On the 
Geysenberg, further, I bequeath to my son, Abraham, sixty- 
three acres of land in number six, the eastern part, forever, 
on the Geysenberg. Further I bequeath to daughter Leah 
three pounds in money. Therewith she must be content. 
Besides, I bequeath to my daughter, Margaret, three pounds 
in money. Therewith she must be content. Besides I be- 
queath to my daughter, Catherine, seven pounds in money. 
Therewith she must be content. Besides I bequeath to my 
daughter. Lena, a cow and three pounds in money. There- 
with she must be content. Besides I bequeath to my sons. 


Nicholas, John I., and Abraham, all my remaining property. 
They pay and collect debts, and should either of my sons, 
John I., or Abraham, die without heirs, his part shall be 
willed to my other two sons. Done in the year of Christ one 
thousand seven hundred and eighty eight, August 20th. 
Signed and sealed with my own hand at Canajoharie." 

John Counterman. 


Thos. F. Chand 


Peter Wcmmer 


Three of the sons of John Countryman, fifth son of 
Coni'ad the first, died within a year in 1842-1843 A. D. 

The following lines written by John Countryman, 
fifth son of Conrad the first, were found among the papers 
transmitted to his son, John I., and by him to his son, Daniel 
Countryman, and by him to James Alonzo, his son. They 
breathe a true Christian spirit and are a worthy ancestral 
bequest to his posterity. 

Lord once more let me enter the portal 

Open for me the door of life by the sweet words. 

Let me in through thy outer court. 

Let me see eternal life. 

Then shall I comprehend thy divine word and power. 

1 have dwelt here since but yesterday. 
Little can I write (in verse) unless from above. 
Thou dost direct my spirit. 

Oft I wander over stony lands. Oft through deep val- 
Oft over mountains. Oft through beautious regions. 

When the lillies are open and the roses bloom, 
One sees with surprise how they wither soon. 
During my pilgrimage over hill and dale, 
God, oftime I am impelled to sing and dance for 




Copy of Land (Jrant. 

Goorge the Second, by the Grace of God of Great 
Britain, France and Ireland. King Defender of the Faith, etc. 
To all to whom these Presents shall come, greeting: Wher- 
as our living subjects. Conradt Contreman, Hartman Win- 
decker and Casper Leyp, all of the County of Albany, by 
their humble Petition presented to our trusty and beloved 
Rip Van Dam. Esq.. President of our Council of our Pro- 
vince of New York and now Commander in Chief of our Said 
Province and. in council— the seventeenth day of September 
last, did humbly pray that our said Commander in Chief of 
our said Province would be favorable pleased to grant to 
them, their Heirs and Assigns, our letters patent for a cer- 
tain tract or parcel of land situate, lying and being in said 
County of Albany (containing two thousand acres of land) 
in such manner as is directed in our Royal Commission and 
instructions to cur late Governor and Commander in Chief 
of our said Province for the time being — which petition 
being then and there read and considered by our Council 
of our Province, they did afterwards — to-wit — on the twen- 
ty-first day of the same month of September humbly be- 
seech our said Commander in Chief, to consent to the grant- 
ing of the prayer of said Petition. In pursuance whereof, 
and in obedience to our Royal Instructions to our said late 
Governor — given at St. James the twentieth day of October 
in the year Seventeen Hundred and Twenty-seven A. D. and 
in the first year of our reign — our said Commander in Chief 
together with Archibald Kennedy. Esfj.. Rev. General of our 
said Province, and Cadwalader Calden, Esq., Surveyor Gen- 
eral of the same Province — three of the Commissioners ap- 
\;ointed by our said instructions for the setting out of all 
lands to be granted within our said Province — Have and do 
hereby set out for the said Conradt Contreman, Hartman 
Windecker and Caspar Leyp, a certain tract or parcel of 
woodland situate, lying and being in the County of Albany, 
about three miles from the south side of the Mohawk River; 
Beginning at a certain marked tree standing in the north 
corner of the lands formerly granted to Peter Wagoner, 
Conradt Wyser and Johannes Sawyer, and runs thence about 


along their line north fifty-five degrees west, two hundred 
and thirty seven chains and one rod ; thence north thirty- 
five degrees east one hundred and eighty-three chains ; 
thence south nine degrees west one hundred and nine chains 
to the place where the same tract or parcel of woodland be- 
gan, containing (2000) two thousand acres of land and the 
usual allowance of Highways. And in the getting out of said 
lands our said Commissioners have had regard to the profit- 
able and unprofitable acres, and have taken care that the 
length of said tract does not extend along the banks of any 

Conformable to our said instructions for that pur- 
pose as by certificate under their hands bearing date of the 
ninth day of this instant ; to-wit : November and entered on 
record in our Secretary's office of our Province of New York 
as more fully and at large appears ; with tract or parcel of 
land set out as aforesaid according to our said Royal In- 
structions, we, being willing to grant to the said Conradt 
Contreman, Hartman Windecker and Caspar Leyp, accord- 
ing to the prayer of their said Petition. Now, therefore, 
know ye that of our especial Grace, certain knowledge and 
information we have given, granted, ratified, and confirmed 
and by these Presents, do, for us our Heirs and Successors 
give, grant, ratify and confirm unto the said Conradt Con- 
treman, Hartman Windecker, and Caspar Leyp, their Heirs 
and Assigns forever all the said tract or parcel of woodland 
above mentioned, so set out as aforesaid, and so lying and 
being, bounded and described as is above expressed, and 
containing in all (2000) two thousand acres of land besides 
the usual allowance for Highways, and also and singular the 
woods, and undei'woods, trees, timbers, feedings, pastures, 
meadows, marshes, swamps, waterways, water courses, riv- 
ers, brooks, riverlets, runs, rocks, mountains, quarries, 
mines and minerals whatsoever — except Gold and Silver 
mines, which are now standing, growing, lying, being in or 
upon the above named parcel of land, or any part thereof, 
or within the bounds or limits of the same, and all profits, 
benefits, liberties, privileges, hereditaments, appurtenances 
whatsoever, to the same lands and premises and every or 


any part tlieioof. and the reversion and reversions, remain- 
ders and remanders. yearly rents and profits, of the same 
land and premises and every part thereof; Except also and 
always reserved out of this our Present Grant, unto us our 
Heirs and successors forever all trees of the diameter of 
Twenty-four inches and upwards at ten inches from the 
ground for masts for our Royal Navy and also such other 
trees as may be fit to make planks, knees, and other things 
necessary for the use of our said Navy only; which now 
are standing, growing or being upon the above granted land 
or any part thereof, with free liberty and license for any 
person or persons whatsoever, under our own or their sign 
Manuel, with or without workmen, horses, wagons, carts, 
or other carriages, to enter and come into and upon the said 
lands and every and any part thereof, and thereto fall, cut 
down, root up, new square, saw and take and convey away 
the same, for the uses aforesaid. To have and to hold all 
and every the said tract or parcel of woodland, lands, ten- 
ements, heritaments, mines, minerals and premises, with 
their and every of their appurtenances by these presents, 
granted, ratified, and confirmed (or meant, mentioned or 
intended to be hereby granted, ratified, and confirmed ex- 
cept as is herein, before excepted) unto the said Conradt 
Contreman, Hartman Windecker and Caspar Leyp, their 
Heirs and Assigns forever to and for the several uses, in- 
tents and purposes hereinafter expressed, limited and de- 
clared, (that is to say) as for and concerning one-third part 
of all and every, the above granted land, tenements, heredit- 
aments, mines, minerals, premises, and appurtenances (the 
whole unto three e(iual parts to be divided) (except as before 
excepted) unto the said Hartman Windecker, his heirs and 
assigns, to the only proper use and behoof of the said Win- 
decker and to his heirs and assigns forever: And as for and 
concerning the other one-third part, being the remainder of 
all and every the above granted lands, tenements, heredita- 
ments, mines, minerals, premises and appurtenances (the 
whole into three equal parts to be divided) except as before 
excepted, unto the said Caspar Leyp, his heirs and assigns 


All of the said tract or parcel of land to be holden of 
us, our heirs and successors in free and common soccage as 
of our Manor of East Greenwich in the County of Kent, Eng- 
land, within our Kingdom of Great Britain, yielding and 
paying therefor yearly and every year forever, unto us, our 
heirs and successors, at our Custom House in the city of 
New York, unto our, or their Collector or Receiver General, 
on the day, the time being on the Annunciation of the Bles- 
sed Virgin Mary, commonly called "Lady Day," the yearly 
rent of two shillings and six pence for each hundred acres 
of the above granted lands, and so in proportion for any 
less quantity thereof (the land allowed for Highways ex- 
cepted) in lieu and instead of all other rents, services, dues, 
duties and demands whatsoever, for the above granted 
lands, mines, minerals and premises or any part thereof. 

Provided always and upon condition that if the said 
Conradt Contreman, Hartman Windecker and Caspar Leyp, 
their heirs or assigns, or some of them, shall not within 
three years next ensuing the date thereof, plant, settle and 
effectually cultivate, or at least three acres of every fifty of 
the above granted lands, which are capable of cultivation, or 
if our grantees (before named) their heirs or assigns or 
any other person or persons, by their or any of their privity, 
consent or procurement shall set fire to or burn the woods 
or the said lands, or any part thereof to bar the same (that 
is to say) to destroy, impair or hinder the growth of any of 
the trees there that are or may be fit for masts, planks, 
knees or other timber fit for the uses of our Royal Navy; 
That then and in either of these cases, this our present 
grant, and every clause, article and everything herein con- 
tained to the contrary in any wise notwithstanding ; declar- 
ing nevertheless, that nothing in these presents, reserved 
or contained, shall or ought to be construed to extend, or 
to be intended to prohibit, or otherwise hinder our said 
grantees or any or either of them, their, or any, or either 
of their heirs or assigns from such burning of the woods, 
cutting down or falling of trees that are or may be growing, 
or being on the above granted lands or any thereof, or for 
their use or uses. And we hereby further declare that by 


the burning of the woods, is only meant and intended that 
our said grantees, their heirs and assigns are to be re- 
strained only from setting fire to and burning any timber 
or trees whilst they are standing and growing on the above 
granted lands, and premises, or any part thereof, which 
are exempted ; And we do further declare that the reserva- 
tions of all trees of the diameter of twenty-four inches and 
upwards at twelve inches from the ground for masts for 
our Royal Navy, and of such other trees as may be fit to 
make plank, knees, etc., for the use of our said Navy, is not, 
nor ought to be construed to hinder our said grantees or 
any or either of them or any or either of their heirs or as- 
signs from clearing or effectually cultivating the above 
granted lands or any part thereof ; And we do further of our 
own especial Grace, certain knowledge and mere notion con- 
sent and agree that this our present grant, being entered on 
Record as hereinafter expressed, shall be good and effectual 
in the Law to all intents, purposes, and instructions against 
us, our heirs and successors, notwithstanding any misread- 
ing, misbounding, misnaming, or any other imperfection, or 
omission of or in any wise concerning the above granted 
lands, or intended to be hereby granted lands, tenements, 
herediaments, mines, minerals and premises or any part 

In testimony whereof we have caused these our let- 
ters to be made patent and the Great Seal of our said Pro- 
vince of New York to be hereunto affixed and same to be 
entered on Record in our Secretary's Office for our Province 
of New York, in one of the books of Patents therein said 
Office of Said Secretary. 

Witness our truly and well beloved Rip Van Dam, Presi- 
dent of our Council for our Province of New York, and now 
Commander in Chief of the said Province at the City of New 
York, this the twelfth day of November, in the fourth year 
of our reign. Anno Domini, one thousand seven hundred and 

Frederick Morris, Deputy Secretary. 



In that place wherein the division of the lands granted 
are to be divided into three equal parts, the words "to the 
only proper use and betroof" should be used after each, 
where as it has been omitted after two of the Grantees. 

Again in the recording of the aforesaid Patent of 
Conradt Countreman and others, the following mistakes and 
Erasures were made, viz. : in page 53 in line 5, erasure made 
from the word "the" to the word "sitting." In the same 
page line the 20th, erasure made from the word "same" to 
the word "do" and the word "Tract" wrote therein, also 
after words erasure made from the word "given" to the 
word "Granted" and in the next line the word "our" written 
after the erasure. In the same page the last line, save one, 
the word "pastures" intended to come in after the word 
"feeding." And on page 54, line the (obscure) erasure made 
from the word "or" to the word "found" and the words "to 
be" written thereafter erasure. In the same page, line the 
8th, erasure made from the word "reversions" to the word 
"remainder." In same page line the 19th the word "work- 
man" wrote after erasure. In the same page, line the 21st 
erasure made from the word "fall" to the word "down" and 
the word "cull" wrote therein after erasure. -In Page 55, 
line the 9th, the word "Leyp" wrote after erasure. In same 
page line the 18th the word "allowed" wrote after erasure. 
In same page, line 23 the word "or" wrote after erasure and 
in page 56 line the 21st, part of the word "imperfection" 
wrote after erasure. ,^ 

Compared and examined. 

Frederick Morris, Deputy Secretary. 

I do hereby certify the preceding Patent to be a true- 
copy of the original records (word obscure) on 36th line- 
page 53 as being obliterated. Compared therewith by me. 

Lewis Scott, Sec. 


Descendants of Conrad, John, and John I. Countryman, Sr. 

The following is the family record as given by the 
posterity of John I. Countryman, Sr., born Feb. 12, 1768, 
died March 6, 1843. wed July 19, 1791 to Elizabeth Hoke. 
She died in 1818. They were the parents of eleven children, 
vis., Isaac. Mary, Catherine, Rachel, Betsy, John I., Jr., 
David, Peter, Nancy, Daniel, and Moses. 

Isaac Countryman, born June 15, 1792, wed June 25, 
1812. to Delia Shenholds. born Oct. 4, 1792, died April 9, 
1856. Isaac was a soldier in the War of 1812 and died April 
16. 1875. Issue: Mary, Betsey, Frederick, John, Rebecca, 
Dolly. Catherine. Isaac Jr.. Rachel, Oliver, James 1st, and 
James 2nd. 

1. Mary Countryman, born Dec. 25, 1812, died JJan. 
:}, 1813. 

2. Betsey Countryman, born April 18, 1814, wed 
Jacob Hollenbeck. Issue: Solomon, Franklin, Helen, Adelia, 
Isaac. Maic^uis. and Daniel. 

Solomon Hollenbeck, soldier in the Civil War, born 
May 18, 1836. died Sept. 7, 1864; wed Charity Moyer, born 
August 18. 1857. Issue: one daughter, Rosellan, who wed 
Luther Degarmo, Aug. 17, 1858. Issue: Ander Degarmo. 

Franklin Hollenbeck. born May 8, 1838, died Aug. 30, 
1888; wed. Issue: two sons, Ira and Ford. 

Helen Hollenbeck, born Feb. 24, 1839; died Jan. 26, 

Adelia Hollenbeck, born Mar. 25, 1842; wed Alonzo 
Hardendorf, born Dec. 31, 1863. Issue: one daughter, Celis- 
tria. She died in 1890. 

I.saac Hollenbeck. born Nov. 19, 1847; died May 1908; 
wed. Issue: four sons, Jacob, Marquis, Ira and Raymond. 

Marquis Hollenbeck, born Oct. 3, 1851 ; died May 1908 

Daniel Hollenbeck, born Jan. 25, 1855; wed. Issue: 
Millie, Ada. Aura, Fred and Frank. 

3. Frederick Countryman, born June 4, 1816; died 
June 4. 1816. 

I. John Countryman, born June 17, 1817; died May 
26. 1877; wed March 26. 1837, to Elizabeth Backus, born 


Oct. 4, 1880; died Sept. 21, 1908. Issue: Martha, Alvira, Al- 
mira, Alzoa, Louisa, James and Ida. 

Martha Countryman, born Aug. 30, 1840; died Feb. 
16, 1877; wed April 25, 1858 to Uriah Borst, born Nov. 11, 
1835. Issue: Fenton Borst, born Jan. 22, 1865, wed Oct. 2, 
1895, to Maud E. Shaver, born Jan. 15, 1878. Issue: Edith 
M., born Sept. 17, 1897, died Nov. 28, 1914; Edna, born 
April 5, 1899 ; and Louise, born July 13, 1909. 

Alvira Countryman, born Jan. 1, 1843; died Dec. 
29, 1845. 

Almira Countryman, born July 30, 1845; wed Dec. 4,. 
1878 to Robert Evans, born Sept. 30, 1840, died Feb. 11, 1904 

Alzoa Countryman, born Jan. 11, 1848; died July 1, 
1913 ; v/ed June 30, 1867 to Louis H. Franklin, born Sept. 
22, 1848, died Oct. 2, 1881. Issue: Addie, Dorsey, Anna L., 
Antha J., and Edgar. 

Addie Franklin, born July 30, 1868. 

Dorsey Franklin, born Sept. 13, 1869; wed Dec. 27, 
1894, to Carri- S;:.eer, born March 22, 1878. Issue: Louis 
Edgar, born Dec. 9, 1895. 

Anna L. Franklin, born Jan. 28, 1873. 

Antha J. Franklin, born July 19, 1875; wed Dec. 26, 
1894 to Seymore J. Bellinger, born Feb. 23, 1870. Issue: 
Franklin, born Jan. 3, 1896, wed March 18, 1915 to Mabel 
Lasher; and James D., born Jan. 11, 1898. 

Edgar Franklin, born July 24, 1877. 

Louisa Countryman, born March 31, 1851; wed Dec. 
16, 1874 to John Nichols, born Nov. 29, 1849. 

James D. Countryman, born Nov. 18, 1854 ; wed Feb. 
13, 1889 to Carrie Moodie, born Dec. 5, 1864. 

Ida Countryman, born April 30, 1859; wed Dec. 18, 
1878 to Nicholas Vanhorn, born April 14, 1854. Issue: Leda 
E., born Sept. 23, 1879 ; wed June 14, 1905 to Rev. Albert 
C. Horsman ; and Victor C, born Feb. 11, 1883; wed July 27, 
1907 to Gertrude Theall. Issue: Helen C, born Aug. 21, 
1908, and Ida C, born Jan. 16, 1910. 

5. Rebecca Countryman, daughter of Isaac Coun- 
tryman and Delia Shenholds, born May 31, 1819; died Feb. 


17, 1906; wed Dec. 22, 1836 to John Backus, born March 16, 
1814; died August 10, 1889. Issue: Wilham, Isaac, Mary, 
Ellen and Julia. 

William Backus, born September 15, 1839; died June 
26, 1909; wed to Ellen McAva. 

Isaac Backus, born June 9, 1842; died May 8, 1862. 

Mary E. Backus, born May 8, 1845; died September 
28, 1853. 

Ellen J. Backus, born December 7, 1848; died Nov. 
22, 1881 ; wed May 8, 1866 to Arthus G. Miller. Issue: Wil- 
liam B., born Dec. 30. 1867, wed August 27, 1897 to Mary 
E. Stanley. Issue: Edith M., born February 5, 1876, wed 
February 27. 1915 to Roy Stacks; and Ethel, born Dec. 29, 
1905; died May 28, 1913. 

Julia Backus, born December 22, 1854; wed Decem- 
ber 12. 1882 to Arthur G. Miller (sister's husband.) Issue: 
Mabel E., born December 14, 1885; wed Aug. 31, 1904 to 
Fred Tetlock. Issue: Arthur F., born August 21, 1909; 
Mary J., born March 6, 1912, and Doris M., born March 23, 

E. Grace Miller, born April 17, 1888; wed July 16, 
1913 to Mark Remington. 

Blanche E. Miller, born August 10, 1890; wed July 
20. 1914 to Charles Mickel. 

6. Dolly Countryman, born June 30, 1821 ; died in 

7. Catherine Countryman, born June 16, 1823; died 
December 28, 1865; wed June 9, 1844 to Benjamin W- Aus- 
ten. He died June 5, 1864. Issue: James Almond, Melville 
Dayton, Willard Trask, Medora Matilda and Ersa Zora. 

James Almond Austen, born June 1, 1845. 

Melville Dayton Austen, born Sept. 5, 1846; wed Lib- 
bie Wormoth. Issue: three children, only one living. Home 
is at Salt.springville. Otsega County, N. Y. 

Willard Trask Au.sten, born June 3, 1848; wed 1872 
to Rcsanna Goodwell. Issue: Willie C, born March 19, 1873; 
George Ru.ssell. born Nov. 8, 1878; wed July 1896 to Rose 
Vorshaw. Issue: Edna. Second child's name unknown. 


Medora Matilda Austin, born April 18, 1850; wed 
Andrew D. Fritz. He died March 6, 1891. 

Ersa Zora Austen, born in 1852 ; wed David Green. 
Issue: Catherine Elizabeth, born Feb. 25, 1859; died Aug. 
22, 1887; wed W. S. Dodge. Issue, three daughters: Edna, 
born Jan. 6, 1876; Bernice, born Jan. 1, 1878; died in 1887; 
and Maud, born Oct. 17, 1887. 

8. Isaac Countryman, Jr., born Dec. 6, 1825; died 
Jan. 1, 1896; wed Hannah Cronkhite, born Sept. 20, 1825, 
died Dec. 2, 1876. Issue: James H., Alvira, Herman, Ellen, 
Fayette and Cora. 

James H. Countryman, born May 30, 1848 ; died Jan. 

29, 1881 ; wed Harriet Belgraves, born June 18, 1848. Issue: 
Nora, born June 8, 1872; wed to David Jones. Issue: Fan- 
nie C, born Nov. 3, 1S90 ; wed Frederick Austen. 

Alvira Countryman, born Sept. 8, 1875; wed Moses 
Jones. Issue: James W., born Aug. 1, 1899. 

Herman Countryman, born Nov. 13, 1851 ; wed Mary 
Catherine Lyden, born March 3, 1860. Issue: Andrew, born 
Nov. 28, 1886 ; Alfred, born June 28, 1880 ; and Clara, born 
Sept. 30, 1889. 

Ellen Countryman, born Sept. 20, 1857; wed Alfred 
Moyer, born May 22, 1857; died Oct. 27, 1904. Issue: Dan- 
iel, born Jan. 6, 1878; Grace Nelhs, born Aug. 28, 1879; 
Howard, born March 12, 1886; and Mabel, born Feb. 28, 
1892; wed Daniel Grace. Issue: Edna, born Dec. 12, 1904. 

Fayette Countryman, born Nov. 10, 1861 ; wed Helen 
Dewire. Issue: one daughter, Jennie, born June 1, 1884. 

Cora Countryman, born May 8, 1865 ; wed John S. 
Hennesey, born Nov. 21, 1860. Issue: Nellie M., born Jan. 
27, 1885; Arthur J., born Aug. 7, 1887; C. Pearl, born June 

30, 1891 ; and Millard, born Nov. 21, 1899. 

9. Rachel Countryman, daughter of Isaac Country- 
man, Sr., born Oct. 25, 1827; died Oct. 28, 1827. 

10. Oliver Countryman, born Aug. 10, 1828; died 
July 4, 1872; wed Nov. 18, 1852 to Margaret Moyer, born 
July 12, 1833; died April 27, 1892. Issue: Sarah E., born 
July 15, 1855; died Feb. 20, 1892; and Medora, born Dec. 
18, 1861, and died March 16, 1868. 


11. James Countryman 1st, born Oct. 19, 1831 ; died 
April 19. 1833. 

12. James Countryman 2d, born Feb. 19, 1834; died 
Nov. 9, 1854; wed Charity IMoyer, June 15, 1854. 

Conrad 1st. John. John I. Countryman, Sr., Ancestors of 
.Mar.\ Count r.\ man, Uaujjhter of John I. Countryman, Sr. 

Mary Countryman was born July 14, 1794 and died 
July 12, 1855. She was a bedridden invalid for 18 years. 
She was wed to John Moyer. The occupation of her pos- 
terity was that of farmers in Herkimer County, New York. 
Issue: John Jr., Betsey, Chauncey Spaulding, Caty Mar- 
garet, Nancy and Samantha. 

1. John Moyer, Jr., born April 21, 1822; died March 
22, 1861. Occupation, farmer in towns of Danube and Stark, 
Herkimer County, New York. Wed Mariah Dingman, born 
Oct. 15, 1822; died July 4, 1865. Issue: IMarvin, born Oc- 
tober 24, 1843; died Dec. 30, 1864. 

Melvina, born March 26, 1864 ; died Feb. 2, 1866. 

John Jr., born January 26, 1848 ; died October 4, 1871. 

Mary E., born April 13, 1850; died February 6, 1895. 

Viana, born May 26, 1853; died May 8, 1854. 

Alonzo, born May 31, 1855; died August 15, 1872. 

Ida May, born April 27, 1857; died April 5, 1890. 

Elnora. born June 14, 1859. 

Melvina Moyer wed Joseph H. Steadman, died with- 
out issue, after which Mary E. Moyer wed Joseph H. Stead- 
man, leaving eight children at her death, Feb. 6, 1895. Is- 
sue: Carrie E., born Nov. 15, 1866; died February 25, 1890. 

Ella M., born November 13, 1868. 

Grace B., born February 22, 1871. 

Lela E., born July 19, 1873; died Sept. 25, 1892. 

Mary J., born April 27, 1876. 

Ida E. and Edna M., twins, born January 17, 1883. 
Edna M. died October 4, 1886. 

Alonzo W., born October 5, 1884. 

Mary J. Steadman wed John B. Smith, born July 29, 
1870. I.saue: Clinton A., born June 23, 1899; and Percy J., 
born January 31, 1901. 


Carrie E. Steadman wed Benjamin Bardon, born May- 
ID, 1864. Issue: Freda, born September 14, 1888. 

Ella M. Steadman wed Clinton W. Northup, born Feb- 
ruary 11, 1869. 

Ida May Moyer wed Alonzo Walrath. 

Elnora Moyer wed Allen Hoover Dingman. Issue: 
Charles Willard, born July 4, 1888 ; Ashton Lloyd, born Oc- 
tober 5, 1891; died January 5, 1893; and Allen Ray, born 
June 7, 1894. 

2. Betsey Moyer, born November 18, 1823; died 
June 20, 1900; wed December 25, 1842, to John A. Dingman, 
born August 21, 1816; died August 9, 1895. Issue: John L. 
Menzo and Alonzo. 

John L. Dingman, born June 28, 1847; died June 7, 

Menzo Dingman, born August 21, 1851 ; wed Decem- 
ber 31, 1873 to Anna M. Farwell, born July 4, 1852. 

Alonzo Dingman, born June 25, 1858 ; wed December 
27, 1876 to Delphine Farwell, born June 15, 1858. 

3. Chauncey Spaulding Moyer, born October 18, 
1825; died April 5, 1916. Occupation, first a blacksmith, af- 
terwards that of a farmer. Wed July 31, 1851 to Martha 
Cronkhite, born February 2, 1831. Issue: son, born Septem- 
ber 2, 1857; died October 14, 1857; and Edwin, born Sep- 
tember 7, 1858; wed September 11, 1878 to Minnie Moyer, 
born January 13, 1860. Issue of Edwin and Minnie Moyer: 
Grant E. Frillie, Jennie L. and Burton. 

Grant E. Moyer born October 28, 1879; wed Alta Del- 
amater. Issue: Catherine J., born October 7, 1910; Spauld- 
ing E., born March 13, 1912. 

Frillie Moyer, born August 25, 1881, wed John Ar- 
thur Loucke. 

Jennie L. Moyer, born August 7, 1883; wed Willard 
Walrath. Issue: Cecil H., born June 8, 1905; Ruth M., born 
June 9, 1908, and Richard M., born June 1, 1915; died April 
6, 1917. 

Burton Moyer, born March 15, 1891; wed Sarah 
Steele. Issue: Burton Jr., born March 20, 1912, and Sher- 
wood S., born August 10, 1916. 


4. Caty Margaret Moyer, born June 4, 1828; died 
August 12. 1909; wed October 22. 1846. to James H. Cronk- 
hite. born February 11, 1823, died April 12, 1904. Issue: 
Moyer, Sarah E. and Elma. 

Meyer Cronkhite, born September 20, 1848; wed Oc- 
tober 19. 1870 to Hattie Miller. 

Sarah E. Cronkhite. born May 17, 1853; died Decem- 
ber 21. 1875; wed October 16. 1872 to Hamilton Baum. 

Elma Cronkhite. born December 5, 1862; wed Fayette 
Sanders. Issue, one daughter: Lelah, born April 16, 1885; 
wed November 3, 1915 to W. Talmadge Pie:-cc. 

5. Nancy Moyer, born July 28, 1830; died April 1, 
1901 ; wed May 15, 1847 to Isaac Schafer, born April 13, 
1822. Issue: Squire Shafer, Harry, Caroline and Adaline. 

Squire Shafer, born April 22, 1848; wed Olive Sim- 
ouson. born January 4, 1848. Issue: Carrie, born February 
14, 1867. wed Henry Moak. born October 10, 1864. Issue: 
Grace C, born Dectmbor 31, 1888. died February 20, 1889; 
Harry S., born January 9. 1890; Pearl C, born June 15, 
1895; Frank H. and Fred W., twins, born August 5, 1897. 

Harry Shafer, born February 21, 1871 ; wed Ida May 
Flint, born November 30, 1869. Issue: Harold F., born De- 
cember 2, 1899. 

Caroline Shafer, born January 26, 1853 ; died July 4, 

Adaline Shafer, born October 27, 1861 ; wed Frank 
Snyder, born August 30, 1859. 

6. Saniantha Moyer, born February 21, 1832; died 
October 21, 1881; wed Daniel Cronkhite, born January 15, 
1829. died June 15, 1913. Issue: Sanford, Mary and Fayette. 

Sanford Cronkhite, born October 29, 1854; wed Sep- 
tember 11, 1878 to Ida Wagner, born January 17, 1857. 

Mary Cronkhite, born September 10, 1858; died De- 
cember 2, 1906; wed September 19, 1877 to Philo Walrath, 
born April 1, 1855, died November 12, 1893. Issue: Frank, 
born PY'bruary 1879, wed Ada Dillenbeck. Issue: two sons, 
Raymond and Philo. Mrs. Frank Walrath died January 26, 


Maude Walrath, daughter of Mary and Philo Wal- 
rath, born February 28, 1881. 

Fayette Cronkhite, born November 12, 1861 ; wed 
Flora L. Jenkins, born July 9, 1869, died February 5, 1916. 
Issue: Wava J., born March 4, 1887, wed June 26, 1920 to 
Leroy J. Smith. Issue: Evelyn Ida, born October 4, 1921. 

Record of Ancestry and Posterity of Elizabeth Countryman. 

Ancestors, Conrad Countryman 1, John, John I. Sr., Eliz- 
abeth Countryman (Aunt Betsey) the daughter of John I. 
Countryman and Elizabeth Hoke, was born July 12, 1799, 
in Stark, Herkimer County, New York. Came to Illinois in 
1866 and died March 6, 1893. Was buried in Lynnville cem- 
etery. Wed John B. Shaul, born March 1798, and died No- 
vember 13, 1856. Issue: Peter J., Sebastian, John, Nelson, 
Catherine, Lovina, Eliza, John 0., Lany M., Almira, Du- 
lanah, Dulina, Ames, Simon and Martha. 

1. Peter J. Shaul, born May 23, 1815, in Herkimer Coun- 
ty, New York. Came to Illinois in 1854. Went to South Da- 
kota in 1881 and died February 3, 1897. Wed Margaret A. 
Crill on March 4, 1844. Issue: Julia Elizabeth Shaul, born 
September 28, 1846, died December 7, 1917. Wed, January 
1, 1873 to August Peterson, born May 14, 1838. Issue: Wil- 
liam Albert, born July 21, 1878 ; Olive May, born December 
7, 1879, died October 13, 1905; Bertha M., born April 15, 
1883, wed April 5, 1911 to George E. Welch. Issue: Bernice 
Welch, born May 12, 1913. 

James Henry Shaul, born March 4, 1849; died April 
19, 1917; wed April 30, 1879 to Mary Jane Malana, born 
July 12, 1856. Issue: Maude Elizabeth Shaul, born August 
14, 1882; wed Albert O. Rovve, June 7, 1911. Issue: Albert 
0. Jr., born April 4, 1914 ; died April 4, 1914 ; Mabel Rans- 
ford Shaul, born August 29, 1885; and Claude J. Shaul, born 
June 9, 1890. 

Alice V. Shaul, born June 5, 1851 ; wed June 4, 1876 
to Patsey Malana, born October 31, 1853. Issue: Fred K., 
born June 25, 1877 ; wed January 4, 1898 to Mabel M. Ous- 
ler, born January 28, 1878. Issue: Guila P., born June 8, 
1899, wed February 3, 1821 to Gerald Hines. Second mar- 

riage of Fred K. Malana en June 22. 1912 to :\lamie W. La- 
Point, born January 28. 1874, died February 12, 1923. 

Edith K. Malana. born June 19, 1879; wed November 

27, 1900 to Frank Drager, born June 22, 1877. Issue: Lloyd 
A., born September 2. 1901 ; Gladys I., born November 27, 
1902; wed July 23. 1921 to Leonard \V'ills. Issue: Doris, born 
March 5, 1922. 

Merle F. Drager, born March 19, 1904. Marjorie, 
born April 15. 1907. Dora M., born March 28. 1909; died 
October 4, 1910. Franklin J. Jr.. born June 20, 1911, and 
Richard, born June 6. 1916. Marvin J. Malana, born No- 
vember 6, 1881, wed August 1, 1906 to Mamie H. Speckeen, 
born February 18, 1886. Issue: Dorothy, born December 
20, 1908. 

Mamie E. Malana. born December 15, 1887; wed 
April 6. 1910 to Arthur L. Anderson, born June 13, 1886. 
l.ssue: Alice Caroline, born May 23, 1911, and Lorraine 
Marie, bcrn December 11, 1920. Thomas A. Malana, born 
August 28. 1836, wed September 3, 1917 to Lydia M. Nelson. 
Issue: Margaret Ann, born April 2, 1920. 

John Byron Shaul. youngest son of Peter J. Shaul 
and Margaret Crill Shaul, born April 1, 1861. Lived and 
died at St. Lawrence, Hand County, S. D. 

2. Lovina Shaul, born April 21, 1823 in Herkimer 
County, N. Y., died in Kansas in 1904; wed January 2, 1845 
to Oliver Furman, born October 26, 1811; died October 1, 
1890. Issue: John L. Furman, born November 14, 1845. 

Zerua Furman, born August 12, 1848 ; wed Frank 
Baum. Issue: Grace, Ernest, John and Paul. 

Ella Furman. wed Degraff. Issue: Claude, 

Oliver, Vina. George. Lester, Mabel and Anna. 

Carrie Furman, born May 2, 1860; wed Pat- 

Lester Furman, born October 3, 1850. 

Frank Furman, born June 9, 1866; died November 

28, 1896. 

Jennie Furman, born September 19, 1862. 

3. Eliza Shaul, born June 1, 1825; died June 27, 


1899 ; wed January 15, 1851, to David H. Weeks, born March 
29, 1821; died February 21, 1911. Issue: John H., Ida L., 
Alma C, Dayton N., Albert G., Henry D., and George A. 
George A. died August 21, 1877. 

John H. Weeks, born July 6, 1852; wed February 9, 
1881 to Emma Murphy. 

Ida L. Weeks, born November 27, 1854; died May 
22, 1915; wed January 27, 1887 to William Ritchie, born 
November 27, 1855, died February 8, 1904. 

Alma C. Weeks, born May 15, 1856; wed October 22, 
1873 to Horace Stocking. Issue: Dexter Stocking, born 
May 31, 1875, wed January 4, 1899 to Esther Holmes. Issue: 
Glenn H., born July 5, 1904; and Wilbur H., born June 12, 

Elmer Stocking, born February 7, 1878 ; wed Decem- 
ber 26, 1900 to Zillah Holmes. Issue: Elsworth W., born 
March 8, 1903; wed August 5, 1922 to Edna Reints; How- 
ard H., born September 28, 1908, and Eleanor, born June 
19, 1918. 

Howard Stocking, son of Alma and Horace Stock- 
ing; born December 3, 1880, and George Stocking, born 
July 11, 1883, wed February 12, 1908 to Lucy L. Holmes. 
Mr. Horace Stocking died April, 1919. 

Dayton N. Weeks, born May 6, 1858; wed October 

6, 1886 to Carrie L. Danforth, born October 25, 1862, died 
March 18, 1921. Issue: Irene Weeks, born August 8, 1887, 
wed June 3, 1908 to David Nelson. Issue: Carrie Sophia, 
born June 29, 1909, died January 12, 1910; Dayton Earl, 
born December 11, 1910; Leonard Nelson, born February 

7, 1913; Lloyd Nelson, born May 21, 1914; Edna Lucile D., 
born July 24, 1916, died May 19, 1917; and Kenneth David, 
born Dec. 1, 1922. 

Charles David Weeks, born June 13, 1891 ; wed Feb- 
ruary 17, 1915 to Lydia Klages. Issue: Mildred Irene, born 
Dec. 7, 1916; Maurice Charles, born April 26, 1918, and Ver- 
non Lazelle, born Sept. 14, 1920. 

Hazel Weeks, born September 21, 1895; wed Verne 


\V. Cution Sept. 19. 1917- Issue: Eilene Joyce, born Sept. 
14, 1920 . 

Ida Louise Weeks, born September 30, 1897; wed 
Clarence W. Cotton, March 8, 1922. 

Howard Dayton Weeks, born October 31, 1900; wed 
Sept. 28. 1921 to Sylvia A. Thomas. Issue: Marilyn Elaine, 
born Oct. 7. 1922. 

The occupation of Dayton N. Weeks is that of a far- 
mer. Hiss address is St. Lawrence, Hand County, So. Dakota 

4. John 0. Shaul. born February 8. 1827; died May 
28, 1896: wed Hannah Springer, born July 11, 1833, died 
December 6, 1897. Issue: Mary Emma Shaul, born August 
23, 1858; died September 5, 1916; wed Charles Atwood. who 
died May 30, 1913. 

Philip Dater Shaul, born February 28, 1862; wed 
Margaret Shottenkirk, who died December 13, 1914. Philip 
Dater Shaul wed for his second wife, Mrs. Mary Collins Kel- 
logg, February 15, 1917. 

Lewis Fay Shaul, born January 3, 1865; wed Minnie 
Dillenbeck. Issue: Oliver J. Shaul, born May 22, 1886, wed 
Emma Cox. Issue: Fay Clayton, born November 8, 1911. 

Nina, daughter of Minnie and Fay Shaul, born April 
28, 1888. wed October 18, 1911 to Earl K. Vibbard. Issue: 
John Wesley, born November 16, 1913. 

The second wife to Lewis Fay Shaul was Blanche 

Newton J. Shaul, born February 8, 1870; wed Lulu 
Rosekrans. Lssue: one daughter, Margaret. 

5. Lany M. Shaul, born December 26, 1828; died 
September 18. 1918; wed March 18, 1852 to Levi Wiles, 
born February 22, 1827, died December 22, 1905. Issue: 
Mary E. Wiles, born February 26, 1853, died April 5, 1923, 
wed April 6, 1870 to Charles E. Smith, born September 26. 
1850. died October 7, 1873. Issue: Orrin, born October 7, 
1873, and Daniel, born April 1, 1875. 

Mary Wiles Smith married for her second husband, 
Charles A. Sherwood. 

Byron Wiles, born May 21, 1859; wed Nettie Tunni- 


cliff, born October 21, 1862. Issue: Jessie Wiles, born July 
4, 1883, wed January 1, 1907 to Olen Smith. 

Leslie Wiles, born March 26, 1890 ; died July 18, 1914 ; 
wed July 31, 1912 to Helen Beattie. 

6. Almira Shaul, born February 19, 1831 ; died April 
15, 1900; wed in 1850 to Daniel Young, born in 1826 and 
died in 1865. 

7. Dulina Shaul, born December 25, 1835 ; died No- 
vember 21, 1913; wed March 19, 1863 to Anson Mowers, 
born July 5, 1833, died September 4, 1916. Issue: William 
M. Mowers, born May 6, 1864, wed Lizzie Eychmer on No- 
vember 15, 1886. Issue: Roy, born July 18, 1888; Maud, born 
December 16, 1890; Carl, born March 24, 1893, died Septem- 
ber 25, 1912, and Lloyd Anson, born November 1904. 

Libbie Mowers, born February 11, 1867; wed June 
26, 1884, to WiUiam O'Reilly. Issue: Addie N., born De- 
cember 11, 1891, and Libbie M., born March 31, 1898. 

8. Amos Shaul, born January 4, 1838; died May 15, 
1856, in Herkimer County, New York. 

9. Simon J. Shaul, born January 19, 1840, in Hei'- 
kimer County New York. Emigrated to Ogle County in 
March 1861. His occupation was that of a farmer. He died 
August 26, 1918. 

The following named sons and daughters of John B. 
and Elizabeth Countryman Shaul died in infancy and youth, 
namely: Sebastian, John, Nelson, Catherine, Dulanah and 


Desiendanls of Conrad Countryman, Jor.n, 

John I., Sr., John I., Jr. 

Family records of John I. Countryman, Jr., born Au- 
gust 8, 1801. died May 10, 1866, wed November 28, 1828 to 
Nancy Failing, daughter of John and Maria Timmerman 
Failing, born August 25, 1807, died December 12, 1878. Oc- 
cupation of John I., Jr., farmer. Issue: eight sons, Levi, 
Norman, Harvey, Alvin. Nathan, William, John Ervin, and 
Isaac Byron, all born in Herkimer County, New York. 

1. Levi, born August 30, 1829, died September 24, 
1909. wed to Martha Countryman (daughter of George the 
third of Conrad Countryman the first) October 11, 1854. She 
died April 20, 1914. Occupation of Levi Countryman was 
that of a farmer. Issue, Alvin, Charles and Cora- Alvin wed 
Alice Hoke (daughter of Nicholas Hoke for his first wife) ; 
second wife. Florence Eaton Cook. Charles died in infancy 
and Cora when about ten years of age. Alvin died March 
10. 1922. 

2. Norman Countryman born March 30, 1831, died 
February 24, 1911. wed December 21, 1854 to Elizabeth 
Wagner, born September 15, 1832; died August 19, 1924. 
Occupation of Norman was that of a farmer. Came from 
Herkimer County, New York, to Ogle County, Illinois, in 
1861. Issue: Fayette N., Lincoln A., Luetta Maude. 

Fayette N. Countryman born November 20, 1859 
in Herkimer County, New York, wed December 27, 1892 to 
Elizabeth Anna Stratford, born March 18, 1864, died April 
10. 1896; second marriage, September 12, 1899 to Harriet 
Louise Lewis, born February 24, 1872. Issue: a daughter 
born December 16, 1900. lived an hour; Leah Fayette, born 
July 21. 1902. Wed Nov. 7, 1923 to Rev. Allen Billman. 
Maud born April 2, 1904, died May 14, 1911 ; Harriet 
Elizabeth, born October 22. 1905; James Lewis born April 
14. 1907; Fayette Norman, Jr., born June 30, 1910. 

Lincoln A. Countryman, born April 12, 1864, wed 
February 7. 1894 to Kate Lyon, born August 27, 1871. Issue, 
Ruth Ara. born February 24. 1895, wed December 24, 1919 


to J. Brooks Parker. Issue, John Brooks Parker, born No- 
vember 18, 1922; William Norman Countryman, born De- 
cember 28, 1897; Leon Alva, born October 29, 1899, wed 
June 28, 1924 to Lola M. Parker. 

Luetta M. Countryman, born September 25, 1870, 
wed June 7, 1899 to Thomas E. Fouser, born March 25, 1867. 
Issue, George C, born April 6, 1902. 

3. Harvey Countryman, born February 7, 1833, 
came to Lynnville Township, Ogle County in 1857, died May 
16, 1914, wed February 13, 1861, to Laura Wagner, born 
May 24, 1841, died April 16, 1914. Occupation of Harvey 
was that of a farmer and dealer in farm implements. Issue, 
"Willie, Ida May, Mamie L., and Grace Maud. 

Willie Countryman born September 16, 1862, died 
April 19, 1863. 

Ida May Countryman, born August 15, 1865, wed De- 
cember 2, 1891 to Fred W. Craft, born October 3, 1866. Is- 
sue, John C, born July 5, 1895, 

Mamie L. Countryman, born April 2, 1867, died June 
22, 1867. 

Grace Maud Countryman, born November 8, 1870, 
wed December 29, 1891 to Arthur A. Phelps, born June 19, 
1867. Issue, Harvey John Phelps, born November 23, 1892, 
"Wed June 1, 1914 to Nora Mary Martin, born March 16, 1891 
Issue, Frances Laura, born January 21, 1917, and Harvey 
John, Jr., born July 11, 1919. 

Raymond A. Phelps, youngest son of Grace Maud 
Countryman and Arthur A. Phelps was born January 26, 
1899, wed June 19, 1924 to Mary Stewart, born April 22, 

4. Alvin Countryman, born in Herkimer County, 
New York, February 4, 1835, died January 13, 1916. Came 
to Ogle County, Illinois, June 12, 1855, wed February 11, 
1863 to Jennie E. Wagner, born June 18, 1843. Occupation 
that of a farmer. Issue, Minnie Louise, born October 17, 
1864 ; Emma Viola, born July 8, 1869 ; Mertie Estella, born 
March 31, 1871, died March 29, 1873; Merton Alvin, born 
July 27, 1875. 


Miiinio Louise Countryman wed to Aaron W. Guest, 
November 19, 1885, died May 29, 1889. Issue, Arthur T., 
born April 20, 1889, wed May 20, 1922 to Margery S. Kim- 
ball, born November 1, 1895. 

Merton Alvin, wed June 16, 1904 to Katherine Mary 
Stephens, born January 26. 1885. Issue, Mary Catherine, 
born July 15, 1905; Alvin Merton, born April 22, 1911; 
Marjorie Lucile, born September 13, 1913; Carolyn Marie, 
born August 6. 1919- 

5. Nathan Countryman, born November 8, 1837, 
came to Ogle County Illinois in 1866, died January 12, 1879, 
wed December 28, 1859 to Mary Reasoner, born October 2, 
1836. died February 24, 1912. Issue, Jacob Irving, Lillian 
Maud and Anna Louise. Occupation that of a farmer. 

Jacob Irving Countryman born in Herkimer County, 
New York. August 31, 1862, wed January 14, 1886 to Emma 
Ida Kendell. who died June 29, 1892. Issue: Edna May, born 
August 1888, wed Stanley Crouse, Nov. 16, 1914. Issue, 
Carolyn Emma, born February 2, 1917- and Stanley Jr., born 
July 11, 1919. Second marriage of Jacob I. was to Bertha A. 
White, March 19, 1902. 

Lillian Maud Countryman, born December 2, 1867, 
died July 5, 1910, wed January 6, 1886 to Clarence Slafter, 
born October 24, 1859. Issue, Herbert Edmund, born Oc- 
tober 31, 1889. died January 23, 1890; Edmund Farwell 
Slafter. born August 13, 1893, wed October 29, 1919 to 
Emily Bingham- born June 8, 1893. Issue, Clarence Edwin, 
born September 15, 1920; Lillian Mary, born June 26, 1922; 
Robert Farwell. horn March 1924; Carlos Calvin Slafter, 
born August 27. 1895, wed July 11, 1922 to Geneva Button; 
Mae Louise Slafter, born October 30, 1897, wed March 14, 
1917 to Samuel P. Rolofson, born June 8, 1895. Issue, Mil- 
dren Lorena, born February 14. 1918; Gayle Leonard, born 
February 16, 1921, and Warren Elbert, born October 24, 
1922; Dorothy Louise, born Jan. 25, 1924. 

Alice Mildred Slafter, born November 16. 1899, wed 
October 1, 1922 to Wayne Rolofson, born June 11, 1897. Is- 
sue, Wayne Edward, born August 8. 1923. 


Isaac Byron Slafter, born September 13, 1905. 

Anna Louise Countryman, boi'n October 19, 1872, 
wed December 25, 1892 to Charles F. Collins, born May 11, 

6. William Countryman, born March 31, 1840, died 
December 18, 1907, wed January 1, 1862 to Hannah Moyer, 
born October 4, 1842, died February 11, 1922. His occupa- 
tion was that of a farmer. Issue, Daniel, Ella, Emery D., 
and Mary. 

Daniel Countryman, born June 4, 1865, wed October 24, 
1894 to Nora Smith, born October 16, 1876. 

Ella Countryman, born August 29, 1868, died May 
7, 1908, wed January 8, 1886 to Burton P. Smith, born June 
22, 1868. Issue, Eugene B., born June 16, 1888, wed June 
25, 1911 to Ella Bowman. Issue, Lyman Burton- born No- 
vember 20, 1912; Ella, born December 4, 1914, and Jean 
Elizabeth, born March 25, 1919. 

Ray E. Smith, youngest son of Burton and Ella 
Smith, born September 8, 1889, wed September 9, 1919 to 
Florence Pearl Spoor. Issue, Gordon Stanley, born April 22, 

Emery D. Countryman- born April 5, 1871, wed June 
5, 1902 to Rebecca Schmucker, born March 18, 1876. Issue, 
Elizabeth, born July 11, 1903; Isaac Byron, born March 21, 

Mary Countryman, youngest daughter of William 
and Hannah Countryman, a school teacher, born February 
27, 1877. 

7. John Ervin Countryman, born December 1 i„ 
1844, in Herkimer County, New York. Came to Ogle County,. 
Illinois, August 8, 1867, wed January 11, 1865, to Rose L.. 
Wagner, born June 30, 1845, died December 16, 1916. His 
occupation was that of a farmer. Issue, Leah Viola, Elmer 
J., Alice Maud and Mabel Rose. 

Leah Viola Countryman, born May 21, 1867, in the 
town of Danube, Herkimer County, New York, wed May 14, 
1890 to Edward J. Austen, born April 19, 1868. Issue, one 
daughter, Mabel Rose, born Sept. 17, 1894, wed June 30, 
1915 to Paul H. Schantz, born June 2, 1893- 


Elmer J. Countryman, born September 17, 1870, died 
January 13, 1921, wed June 28, 1893, to Alice Maud Sheaff, 
born November 2, 1871. Issue, Irving Byron, born May 4, 
1894. wed June 22, 1917 to Avis Frances Thomson. Issue, 
Donald Allen, born May 10, 1918; Susan Alice, born June 1, 
1924; Willard Sheaflf Countryman, born January 4, 1901, 
wed January 15, 1920 to Blanche Chapman. Issue, Alice 
Virginia, born March 26. 1921; Janet, born April 19, 1923; 
Alice Eudora Countryman, only daughter of Elmer J. and 
Alice Sheaflf Countryman, born December 5, 1907. 

Alice Maud Countryman, born June 24, 1872, wed 
July 17, 1895 to George Arthur Lazier, born August 27, 
1871. Issue, Wilbur E., born March 28, 1900, wed Septem- 
ber 2, 1922 to Esther Leming ; Harold A. Lazier, born Sep- 
tember 21, 1901. and Alice Rose, born February 18, 1911. 

Mabel Rose Countryman, born February 9, 1882, wed 
October 10, 1906 to Edgar R. Alcock, born September 16, 
1884. Issue, Marion J., born February 27, 1909; Raymond 
E.. born March 27, 1912, and Robert H-, born July 21, 1920. 
Second marriage of John Ervin Countryman, April 17, 1919 
at Cleveland, Ohio, to Mrs. Mary C. Wagoner, born March 

1, 1849. 

8. Isaac Byron Countryman, youngest son of John 
I., Jr. and Nancy Failing Countryman, was born November 

2, 1846. died August 25, 1923. Came from Herkimer Coun- 
ty, New York, in 1866, wed Mrs. Elizabeth Becker. Home in 
Dixon, Illinois. Breeder of fine Holstein cattle, a real estate 
holder, and retired merchant. Mrs. Countryman died Sep- 
tember 30, 1922. 

Descendants of Conrad I.. John, John J. Countryman, Senior 

David Countryman, Ijorn October 4, 1803, died Oc- 
tober 19, 1881, wed March 15, 1825 to Anna Maria Ostrand- 
er, born March 27, 1808. He was born in Herkimer County, 
New York, came to Illinois in 1866 and was buried in Lynn- 
ville. Illinois, cemetery. Issue, Harriet, Webster, Milton, 
Mary p:iizabeth. Caroline. Henrietta, Margaret, Frances, 
Birney, Alice, Matilda and Charles. 


1. Harriet Countryman, born February 16, 1826, 
died January 8, 1915, wed March 18, 1846 to Rufus Ecker, 
born December 4, 1820, died July 26, 1914. 

2. Webster A. Countryman, born April 28, 1828, 
died May 28, 1872, wed Eliza DeCroff. 

3. Milton Countryman, born November 28, 1830, 
died January 21, 1890, wed August 24, 1854 to Eliza Maria 
Overacker, who died April 20, 1876. Issue, Viola O. Country- 
man, born June 19, 1856, wed June 19, 1878, to Myron Van- 
horne. Issue, Cora, born May 21, 1880, died May 31, 1880; 
Dud!ey M., born November 19, 1886. 

Herbert M- Countryman, born March 27, 1867, died 
May 16, 1910, wed Dot Adams, May 25, 1897. 

Milton Countryman, wed for his second wife, Mary L. 
Vanhorne, August 22, 1877. She died November 7, 1881. 

4. Mary Elizabeth Countryman, born February 20, 
1833, died August 5, 1891, wed March 1854 to Chauncey W. 
Gibson, born February 17, 1833, died January 19, 1891. 
Issue, eight children, three dying in early life of which we 
have no record. 

Annie Grace Gibson, born January 22, 1859, wed in 
1883 to E. B. Johnson, born June 30, 1847. Issue, Glenn C, 
born 1884; Chauncey E., born in 1890; Ralph L., born in 
1895; Earl E., born in 1901- Glenn C. Johnson wed in 1906 
to Julia King. Issue, Charles E., born in 1907; Bert A., born 
in 1912. Chauncey E. Johnson wed in 1911 to Mearle Mc- 
Colly. Issue, Hazel Bernice, born 1913. 

Alice Edith Gibson, born March 6, 1861, wed Novem- 
ber 17, 1881 to John Mutton, born December 23, 1849, died 
August 7, 1901. Issue, Leonard A. Mutton, born March 24, 
1883, died March 9, 1916, wed June 21, 1906 to Ellen Fur- 
land, born December 12, 1883. Issue, Ralph Vincent, bom 
June 19, 1910. 

Dean J. Mutton, born August 16, 1885, wed October 
22, 1910, to Belle Aska. Issue, Laverne Dean, born June 9, 

Zelma F. Mutton, born February 19, 1890, wed to 



Vanier Fruit, Deoeml)er 12, 1911. Issue, Russell Leroy, born 
December 6, 1912. and Helen Alice, born July 18, 1916. 

Irma E. Mutton, born October 9, 1901. 

Alice Edith Mutton wed for her second husband Geo. 
E. Robinson. 

Lulu Gibson, deceased; Mrs. Hattie Gibson Brom- 
bridge, deceased- and Lawrence Gibson, youngest son of 
Chauncey and Mary E. Gibson, born June 9, 1874. 

5. Caroline Countryman, born May 19, 1836, died 
July 23, 1922, wed three times, viz.: David Young, John W. 
Mason and Dudley Day. 

6. Henrietta Countryman, born 1838, died 1888, 
wed to John Land. Issue, two sons, Webster and John. Sec- 
ond marriage to Mr. Wliittaker. Issue- three daughters, 
Minnie, Nettie and Pansy. 

7. Margaret Elizabeth Countryman, born July 31, 
1840, died January 29, 1873, wed August 2, 1865 to Henry 
Warner Kellogg, who died November 20, 1908. Issue, Jes- 
sie Florence Kellogg, born July 29, 1866, wed October 3, 
1894 to William B. Thomas, born May 15, 1858. Issue, Flor- 
ence B., born July 21, 1901 ; William B., born July 6, 1903. 

Hiram Kellogg, born January 19, 1871, wed October 
23, 1901 to Jeanette M. Hood, who died April 23, 1911. Is- 
sue, Easter Lily, born April 12, 1903; John Henry, born 
February 24. 1904; Enzor Hood, born March 21, 1906, and 
Alice Jeanette, born April 23, 1911. 

8. Frances Countryman, born July 22, 1843, wed 
to Adrie Clark. Issue, Frank W- Clark, born August 3, 
1866, died November 13, 1908. 

George H. Clark, born August 16, 1868, wed Emma 
L. Kirch. 

Florence M. Clark, born January 18, 1871, wed Sep- 
tember 18, 1905 to Jay Ferguson, born June 1, 1868. Issue, 
Virginia C, born December 9, 1907; Frances L., born Febru- 
.ary 17, 1909, and Richard J., born September 20, 1912. 

Carolyn L. Clark, born July 16, 1873, died January 
:21, 1896, wed June 12, 1895 to Percival Hall. 

Grace A. Clark, born February 29, 1876, wed. to H. 
J- Williams. 


Charles A. Clark, born February 20, 1879. 

Frances Countryman Clark wed for her second hus- 
band George Owens. 

6. Alice Countryman, born in 1845, died September 
8, 1884, wed in May 1869 to Fred Elston, who died June 1, 
1887. Issue, Dora Elston, born July 4, 1870, wed August 
12, 1888 to George Pierce, who died October 23, 1913. Issue, 
Rena Pierce, born March 15, 1890; Electa Pierce, born April ■ 
14, 1892, wed Nathan Smolens, August 28, 1913; Alice 
Pierce, born October 28, 1897; Fred, born March 31, 1900; 
Victor, born April 3, 1903, and Doris, born September 25, 

Charles Elston, born June 15, 1872. 

Daisy Elston, born December 17, 1873, wed Charles 
Overacker, February 22, 1897. Issue, Baily B., born Decem- 
ber 1, 1897; Adelaide, born February 18, 1898; Mildred, 
born March 27, 1903; and Margaret, born November 21, 

Fred Elston, born August 31, 1883, wed to Bertha 
Kleber, December 29, 1912. Issue, Florence Virginia, born 
October 1, 1913. 

10. Birney Countryman, born in 1847, died Novem- 
ber 10, 1857, and is buried in Stark, Herkimer County, New 

11. Alida M. Countryman, born March 3, 1848, wed 
to Isaac Bibbins. She married for her second husband, Fred 
0. Griswold. 

12. Charles Countryman, the youngest child of 
David and Anna M. Countryman, was born March 3, 1852 
and wed November 24, 1885 to Eliza J. Phelps, born April 
6, 1860. His occupation was that of a postal clerk in Chica- 
go, and he is now living in St. Petersburg, Florida. 


Descendants of Conrad I., John, John I. Countryman, Sr. 

Peter Countryman, the fourth son of John I. Coun- 
tryman, Sr., was born June 2, 1808, died April 7, 1892, wed 
January 22, 1824 to Hannah Ellison, born August 1, 1809, 
died ^larch 27, 1856. Issue, Alida, George Liberty, Lucy 
De Ette, John Henry, Daniel, Lucy De Ette 2nd, Julia Ger- 
trude, Delia Anzolette, Olive Delia, and Frank William. 
Peter Countryman was elected the first Republican sheriff 
of Herkimer County, New York. Later in life he became a 
Prohibitionist and remained so until the time of his death. 
His occupation was that of a tanner and farmer. 

1. Alida Countryman, born November 2, 1829, died 
August 18, 1916. wed December 16, 1851 to Stephen E. Rich- 
erdson, born June 16, 1829, died July 24, 1862, a prisoner 
of the Civil War. Lssue, Cliff Warren, Ina E., and Peter 

Cliff Warren Richerdson, born Jan. 6, 1853, died 
March 12, 1912, wed March 19, 1874 to Mate Inez Thayer, 
born February 19, 1853. Issue, Ella Zeo, born November 25, 
1854, wed March 23, 1872 to Joseph Smith, born October 17, 
1849. Issue, Arthur Harry, born Dec. 28, 1905. Freda Ren- 
art Smith died and Harry A. Smith remarried- 

Ina E. Richardson, born Sept. 19, 1857, wed Oct. 13, 
1880 to Frank A. Thompson, born Feb. 19, 1857, died April 
22. 1899. Issue, P:dith A., born June 7. 1886, wed James A. 
Randall, U. S. Navy. 

Peter Stephen Richerdson, born June 19, 1859, wed 
October 8. 1880 to Ada Folts, born August 26, 1860. Issue, 
Glenn E., born June 22, 1884. 

2- George Liberty Countryman, born Oct. 14, 1831, 
died Feb. 19, 1836. 

3. Lucy De Ette Countryman, born July 31, 1833, 
died April 7, 1837. 

4. John Henry Countryman, born August 25, 1835 
died April 13, 1918, wed May 1857 to Elvira Gorton born 
Jan. 31. 1832. died Feb. 2. 1868. Issue, five daughters- Fanny 
Elvira, Mary Luella, Nettie Hannah, Grace and Harriet 


Fanny Elvira Countryman, born Nov. 22, 1858 wed 
Dec. 8, 1886 to Frank Slagle, born Oct. 3, 1855. Issue Helen 
born July 1, 1888, wed Oct. 1, 1913 to Luther G. McConnell' 
Issue, Graham S., born Feb. 14, 1915; Mary, born April 14,' 
1917, and Helen, born Nov. 10, 1919. 

. ,xr..7'''^'"''^ ^'^^'''' '''''■" "^"'y 25, 1890, wed Nov. 25, 1919 
to William Thomas Ham. 

Christian Seward Slagle, born April 25, 1896 wed 

iu 1^; ?nV ^"^ "^^"^^ ^^'■"^"- ^"'"^' A'i^e Kathleen,' born 
reb. 11, 1919; Seward Vernon, born Aug. 18, 1922. 

Mary Luella Countryman, born Nov. 15 1860 re 
siding at Forreston, Illinois. 

Nettie Hannah Countryman, born Jan 6 186'^ 

r«l^r • f^' ^^^^ ^" ^^'^^^' ^^'""^y Stillman, born S^pt. 26,' 
1855, died Nov. 15, 1916. Issue, Elvira, born Feb. 13 1888 
wed June 2, 1914, to Ralph Webster Read. Issue, Elizabeth 
Frances, born April 23, 1917. 

Frances Elizabeth Stillman, youngest daughter of 
Nettie H. and Edgar H. Stillman, born April 5, 1889. 

10 -,onn?''t^°""^''-''"'''"' ''''™ ^^^'^h 26, 1864, wed Nov. 
12, 1890 to Frank Steber, born June 25, 1859. Issue Frank 
Jarvis, Jr., born March 11, 1895. 

,a 10.?^'"'''^^ Countryman, born Dec. 16, 1866, died August 
lb, 1od7. 

John Henry Countryman's second marriage celebrat- 
ed March 18, 1869 to Eliza Berner, born March 3, 1841 died 
April 3, 1924. Issue by this marriage, five daughters and 
two sons, viz.: Maud Eva, Ada Florence, Jessie May, Peter 
Greeley, William Henry, Avis and Louise. 

Maud Eva Countryman, born Nov. 15, 1869 d^eri 
April 20, 1871. ' - ^ 

Ada Florence Countryman, born Nov. 7, 1871, wed 
Feb. 12, 1896 to Robert Henry Petrie, born June 20 1866 
Issue, Elbert John, born Nov. 13, 1904. 

Jessie May Countryman, born Oct. 22, 1873, wed 
June 6, 1894 to Charles Leroy Palmer, born March 16 1868 
Issue, Grace Marion, born Feb. 14, 1899. 


Peter Greeley Countryman, born April 1, 1875, died 
Aug. 11. 1903. wed June 24. 1903 to Margaret Murphy. 

William Henry Countryman, born Nov. 26, 1877, wed 
Jan. 8, 1913 to Maud Celia Dicker. 

Avis Countryman, born March 18, 1880. 

Louise Sophia Countryman, born Dec. 20, 1881, wed 
Oct. 4. 1905 to William F. Harter. Issue, John C, born 
July 6. 1908, died Oct. 13, 1918. 

5. Daniel Countryman, born Dec. 24, 1836, died Au- 
gust 30, 1907. 

6. Lucy De Ette Countryman, born March 13, 1840, 
died Nov. 3, 1904. wed Sept. 6, 1859 to Harvey M. Crego, 
born March 2, 1839, died Sept. 11, 1917. Issue, William 
Henry, Lizzie I., Charles W., and Harry Stedman. 

William Henry Crego, born Jan. 13, 1858, wed Dec. 5, 
1877 to Minnie Harter, born Oct. 2, 1858- 

Lizzie I. Crego, born Sept. 26, 1860, wed June 4, 1885 
to Thomas F. Budlong. born July 16, 1854. Issue, Lucy R., 
born March 11, 1888, wed June 5, 1913 to James Edwai'd 

Charles W. Crego, born Feb. 14, 1863, wed June 7, 
1893 to Katherine E. Leahman, born Dec. 30, 1870. Issue, 
Kathe'rine Isodene. born Jan. 11, 1895. 

Harry Stedman Crego, born May 17, 1877, died Jan- 
uary 17, 1905. 

7- Julia Gertrude Countryman, born July 29, 1842, 
wed Sept. 15, 1861 to Charles Mortimer Bradt, born June 9, 
1838, died Dec. 4, 1921. Issue, Frank Charles Bradt, born 
April 12. 1863, died Sept. 10, 1891. 

Lincoln Ellison Bradt, born April 9, 1865, wed Sep- 
tember 1890 to May Butterfield, born May 3- 1868, died Au- 
gust 20, 1910. Issue, Maurice Lincoln Bradt, born Jan. 3, 
1892, married Jan. 28, 1919 to Marie Martini. Issue, Lor- 
raine May Bradt, born May 11, 1921. 

Lorraine Bradt, daughter of Lincoln E. and May But- 
terfield Bradt, born August 4, 1896, wed Robert Judson. Is- 
sue, Lorraine May Judson, born Dec. 24, 1921. 

Peter Edward Bradt, youngest son of Julia Gertrude 


and Charles M. Bradt, born Nov. 1, 1867, wed Sept. 4, 1889 
to Edith Elizabeth Van Riper, born July 23, 1867, died July 
25, 1918. Issue, Lawrence Van Riper Bradt, born Nov. 11, 
1895, wed Sept. 26, 1921 to Esther Krause, born Sept- 1, 
1899. Issue, Edith Jane Bradt, born April 6, 1923. 

Peter Edward Bradt, Jr., born June 4, 1907 and Vir- 
ginia Rosemary Bradt, born August 6, 1909. 

8. Delia Anzolette Countryman, born Nov. 1, 1844, 
died Nov. 22, 1847. 

9. Olive Delia Countryman, born June 1, 1847, died 
Oct. 7, 1919, wed April 16, 1870 to Omar R. Brayton, born 
July 22, 1849. Issue, Belle, Jesse Merrill, Frank Howard, 
Thomas Johnson, Glenn Warren, Harvey Crego, Lee Omar, 
Lizzie Marion and Edith H. 

Minnie Belle Brayton, born March 3, 1871, wed June 
11, 1890 to Allen E. Brundage, born Jan- 12, 1868. Her hus- 
band died August 29, 1907 and she married Chai'les Snell, 
July 29, 1912. Mr. Snell died July 12, 1919. 

Jesse Merrill Brayton, born March 9, 1873, wed June 
18, 1902 to Susan E. Griffin. Issue, Jessie M. Jr., born Au- 
gust 18, 1911. 

Frank Howard Brayton, born August 17, 1874, wed 
March 5, 1905, to Florence T. Lindsay. Issue, Florence Car- 
oline, born Sept. 6, 1909, died Nov. 20, 1913 ; Teressa Delia, 
born March 12, 1915, and Lindsay Frank, born August 20, 

Thomas Johnson Brayton, born Jan. 17, 1877, wed 
Feb. 1, 1905 to Ernestine Hoxie. She died Nov. 22, 1908. 
Issue, Gladys, born Nov. 2, 1906, and Omar, born August 
30, 1908. 

Glenn Warren Brayton, born Oct. 19, 1878. 

Harvey Crego Brayton, born Oct. 14, 1883, wed Dec. 
30, 1908 to Amelia Elizabeth Hoflfman. 

Lee Omar Brayton, born Sept. 13, 1885, wed Dec. 23, 
1916 to Edna F. Schaefer. Issue, Lee Omar Jr., born Feb- 
ruary 14, 1918 ; Edna Augusta, born July 18, 1920. 

Lizzie Merriam Brayton, born Nov. 21, 1886. 

Edith H. Brayton, born July 5, 1888, wed Oct. 14, 


1914 U) WaUlo Griffeltes. Issue. Edith H-, born Nov. 13, 
1918, and Dorothy Marion, born August 21, 1920. 

10. Frank William Countryman, born March 24, 
1850, died July 7, 1918, wed Oct- 3, 1877 to Mary Kennelly, 
born Nov. 20, 1857. 

Peter Countryman's second marriage occurred in 
Sept. 1856 to Eiiza Ellison. She died April 7, 1892. 

Descendants of Conrad Countryman, John, • 

and John I., Senior. 

Nancy Countryman, the ninth child of John I. Cqun- 
Iryman. Senior, born July 1809, died October 21, 1872, wed 
in 1832 to David Petten, born August 9, 1810. He was the 
son of John Petten and Barbary Oaks Petten, who was the 
daughter of George Oaks and Susan Rappold Oaks. The 
Oaks-Rappold wedding occurred in Rotterdam, Holland. 
Oaks was a Prussian soldier. 

The name Petten was changed to Patten in 1857, 
both of David's brothers, Aln-aham and John, making the 
change at the same time. David Patten died November 14, 
1859. David and Nancy Patten were the parents of eight 
children, all born in town of Stark, Herkimer County, New 
York- Came to Illinois in 1850 via lakes. Settled first in 
Boone County, later in DeKalb County. The children were 
Matilda L, Oscar D, Sylvester W., John H., Caroline F., Julia 
E., Byron A., and Milton D. 

1. Matilda L. Patton. born July 9, 1833, died April 
12, 1919, wed February 14, 1856 to Henry Miller, born Mar. 
9. 1830. died January 25, 1919. Issue, Julia Miller, born Jan- 
uary 31, 1858, wed September 26, 1876 to Peter Hyser, born 
June 6, 1852. I.ssue. one daughter, Maude, born June 23, 
1884, wed September 22, 1904 to Bert Gunn, born November 
2, 1879. Issue, Laura Fern, born March 20, 1906, died Au- 
gust 20. 1907. 

Ruth Viola, born March 2, 1908, died July 20, 1910. 
Millard Earl, born March 6, 1911. 


Marvin Russell, born March 13, 1914. Howard Peter, 

born January 29, 1916, and Gladys Marie, born Feb. 22, 1919 

Holt D. Miller, born February 2, 1863, wed December 

19, 1883 to Edna J. Taylor. She died July 10, 1919. Issue, 
Cecil Miller, born June 17, 1889, died January 3, 1918, wed 
Harry Zuttlemoyer. Issue, Ruth, born April 26, 1914, and 
Laila May, born May 28, 1915. 6ladys Miller, born January 

20, 1897, wed September 1, 1922 to Walter W- Ralph. 

Florence Miller, born May 8, 1900, wed June 21, 1922 
to Clyde Cook. 

Second marriage of Holt D. Miller, October 2, 1921 
to Mrs. Jessie Laidlaw. 

Lillie May Miller, youngest daughter of Matilda and 
Henry Miller, born December 15, 1866, wed Februdvy 19, 
1890 to Charles H. Davis, born September 3, 1863. Issue, 
Jessie May Davis, born December 15, 1891, wed October 1, 
1914 to William Adee Bell. Issue, Beryl Jane, born July 10, 
1917, and Roberta Miriam, born June 6, 1922. Mildred 
Davis, born March 31, 1895. wed December 27, 1919 to 
Floyd Welty. Marion Davis, born October 11, 1899, wed 
Sept. 4, 1923 to George W. Collier, and Charles, Jr., born 
October 3, 1907. 

2. Oscar D- Patten, boi-n February 4, 1835, died No- 
vember 9, 1864, wed December 24, 1859 to Lydia A. Fancher 
died in California in April, 1896. Issue, one son, Mark D., 
born in South Grove, Illinois, wed in California to Lottie' 
Simmard. Issue, one son, Oscar Patten, of California. 

3. Sylvester W. Patten, born September 4, 1837, 
died March 20, 1910, wed May 1, 1860 to Elizabeth C. Cof- 
fin, born June 10, 1839, died November 22, 1913. Issue, 
Mary Leone Patten, born July 26, 1864, wed March 11 1903 
to Madison D. Shipman, born June 11, 1848, died July 4, 1915 

Emma Louise Patten, born November 6, 1865, wed 
January 9, 1889 to Frank G. Greeley, born October 13, 1864, 
died February 1, 1917. 

Frank Coffin Patten, born October 10, 1867, wed Au- 
gust 20, 1891 to Carrie M. Crane. Issue, Byron Crane Pat- 
ten, born June 14, 1892, wed August 4, 1917 to Lyndeth 



Shaffer. Issue: Anita, born August 20, 1917, and Helen 
born May 22, 1921. Barbara Annette Patten, born Septem- 
ber 1, 1893, wed September 1, 1916 to Orville Shipman. 

Everett Frank Patten, born July 7, 1895, wed July 
15, 1823 to Fern Foxon. 

Ralph Sylvester Patten, born January 2, 1898. wed 
August 4, 1922 to Beth Mclntyre. 

Edith Patten, daughter of Sylvester and Elizabeth 
Patten, born December 31, 1869, wed October 21, 1920 to 
Sim V. Clanahan. 

Alice Carey Patten, born May 17, 1873, died Septem- 
ber 11, 1904, of a noble character, highly educated, prepared 
lo grace the higher walks in life. 

Elizabeth Mary Patten, born December 9. 1879. died 
May 23, 1921, wed December 25, 1905 to C. F- Toenniges. 
Issue, Alice, born June 23, 1907; Paul, born December 18, 
1908; Marion, born March 31, 1910. 

4. Hon. John H. Patten, an ex-member of the South 
Dakota legislature, born April 4, 1839, died Nov. 4, 1923, 
wed March 20, 1861 to Martha Kendrick, who died Septem- 
ber, 1901, wed for his second wife, Mrs- Lula Jaquish. 

5. Caroline F. Patten, born August 31, 1842, wed 
P\-bruary 18. 1864 to D. H. Talbot, born August 16, 1834, 
died February 27, 1908 (was a soldier in the Civil War). 
Issue, Oscar D. Talbot, born January 18, 1866 (a soldier in 
the Spanish-American War from April 27, 1898 to January 
19. 1899). 

Charles Prescott Talbot, born July 2. 1868, died No- 
vember 9. 1918. wed December, 1892 to Floretta Hayes, born 
October 4. 1868. Issue, Clarence Prescott, born September 
27, 1897. wed June 14, 1919, to Florelle Guerrant. Issue, 
Clarence Prescott, Jr.. born May 22, 1920. Ralph Talbot, 
the youngest son of Charles and Floretta Talbot, born Sep- 
tember 28, 1903. Wallace H. Talbot, born December 12, 
1871. died December 16. 1921, wed September 20, 1899 to 
Maude Stuben. Issue, Caroline J. Talbot, born November 6, 
1900. wed August 23, 1822 to John Maxwell Houts. Wal- 
lace Harlend Talbot, born December, 1905. 



Mabel Grace Talbot, born March 28, 1873, wed De- 
December 31, 1896 to Charles Hayes, born March 25, 1864. 
Issue, Elmer Henry Hayes, born December 16, 1897, wed 
December 31, 1919 to Bernice Drummond. Grace Carol 
Hayes, born February 28, 1899, died May 6, 1907. Helen C. 
Hayes, born December 22, 1901, and Charles Oscar, born 
August 30, 1911. 

Robert Byron Talbot, born November 13, 1876, wed 
March 23, 1905 to Flora Dell Knight, born November 19, 
1883. Issue, Ethel Mabel, born March 29, 1907 ; Hazel Irene, 
born January 2, 1910, and Byron Robert, born March 22, 

6. Julia Elizabeth Patten, born December 30, 1844 
in New York, died in Illinois, December 17, 1851. 

7. Byron A. Patten, born December 20, 1846, died 
October 22, 1922 in Florida. Served in Civil War over three 
years in the 105th Illinois Infantry. Wed April 6, 1870 to 
Elnora Schoomaker, born September 4, 1851, died Februax'y 
24, 1905. Issue, Ethel Faye Patten, born October 7, 1873, 
wed November 18, 1898 to Frank W. Ames. Issue, Byron, 
Francis, Burton Weber and Helen Lucille. 

John Vernon Patten ,born March 5, 1875, wed April 
6, 1898 to E. Hortensia Harman. Issue, Donald Carl, born 
November 7, 1901 and John Harman, born April 22, 1909. 

Ernest Byron Patton, born February 23, 1879, wed 
June 3, 1903 to Edyth M. Cleveland. Issue, Dorothy Ger- 
trude, born December 31, 1905, and Byron Albert, born Oc- 
tober, 1912. 

Jeanette Patten, born December 23, 1884, wed Sep- 
tember 27, 1910 to William G. Conners. Issue, William 
Byron, born August 22, 1912, and Robert Milton, born Feb- 
ruary 20, 1914; Dale, born August 30, 1920, and Charles 
Evan, born April 22, 1922. 

8. Milton D. Patten, born March 10, 1848, wed April 
6, 1870 to Eva S. Graves. Issue, Fred B. Patten, born March 
22, 1873, wed September 9, 1896 to Mary L. Peters; Mark 
Patten, born September 22, 1875, died April 8, 1881 ; Jesse 
Patten, born May 24, 1877, died April 7, 1881. 


Claribel Patten, born January 23, 1884, wed Dece^i- 
ber 28. 1904 to Harry D. Wallace, born December 18, 1881. 
Issue. C. Kendall, born April 24, 1907; Harry Milton, born 
June 29, 1909. 

Descendants of Conrad I., John, John I. Countryman, Senior 

Daniel Countryman, the fifth son of John I. and Eliz- 
abeth Hoke Countryman, was born March 31, 1815, in the 
town of Stark, County of Herkimer and state of New York, 
and died in Ogle County, Illinois, March 14, 1883. He and 
his wife were buried in Lynnville cemetery. Wed February 
14. 1838 to Sally Phillips, born December 12, 1818, died Au- 
gust 10, 1893- Occupation, a farmer and stockman. Emi- 
grated to Illinois in June, 1855, and settled in the town of 
Lynnville, Ogle County. Issue, James Alonzo, Menzo, Cal- 
vin, Zerua, Carrie, Estella and Jennie Countryman. 

— . 1. Hon. James Alonzo Countryman (elected Repre- 
sentative to the state legislature of Illinois for two terms), 
born May 24, 1840, died Dec. 13, 1923, wed February 26, 
1873 to Caroline Clinkhart, born April 18, 1847. Occupation 
of J. A. Countryman, farmer and breeder of fine cattle 
and hogs. Issue. Floyd M.. F. Belle, Ralph A., and Jay. 

Floyd M. Countryman, born July 12, 1874, wed March 
15, 1900 to Marion B. Pullin, born May 25, 1874. Issue, Clare 
A., born January 9, 1902, wed April 5, 1923 to Elizabeth De- 
laney; J. Everett, born January 4, 1903; Dorothy M., born 
December 8, 1904; Daniel, born December 15, 1907; Frank 
K., born June 26, 1910; Helen Irene, born March 12, 1916, 
and Richard, born April 4. 1918. 

F. Belle Countryman, born August 14, 1877, wed 
June 4, 1903 to John G. Boyle. Issue, John G., Jr., born May 
9, 1907, and James Alonzo, born May 8, 1910, died May 13, 

Ralph A. Countryman, born February 11, 1882, wed 
June 2, 1903 to Margaret Seymore Hubbard, born October 
31, 1881. Issue. Caroline Elizabeth, born April 18, 1905; 
Clark Huljbard, born April 29, 1910; Mary Louise, born 


July 13, 1916, and William Douglas, born August 30, 1920. 

Jay Countryman, youngest son of J- A. and Caroline 
Countryman, born April 27, 1887, wed May 5, 1920 to 
Blanche Crawford. 

2. Menzo Countryman, born July 15, 1842 in Stark- 
ville. New York, drowned in American River near Sacra- 
mento, California, May 22, 1864. 

3. Calvin Countryman, born March 11, 1844, wed 
December 23, 1868 to Abby Slafter, daughter of Sylvester 
and Eliza Reed Slafter, born December 27, 1845, died Jan- 
uary 24, 1887. Occupation of Calvin Countryman was that 
of a farmer and wholesale fruit dealer. Issue, Cora Almeda, 
Charles Millard, Delia Viola, Howard Daniel, Fanny and 

Cora Almeda Countryman, born August 18, 1870, 
wed May 28, 1895 to Walter V. Boyle, born November 5, 
1869. Issue, Calvin James, born August 23, 1900. 

Charles Millard Countryman, born April 21, 1872, 
wed February 19, 1897 to Alta May Austen, born June 11, 
1873. Issue, Abby Ruth, born January 20, 1899, wed Au- 
gust 24, 1921 to Franklin Ritchie, born May 22, 1897. Issue, 
a daughter born September 25, 1922, lived an hour. Sons 
of C. Millard and Alta M. Countryman : Austen, born Feb- 
ruary 26, 1920; Charles Millard, Jr., born September 1, 1904; 
Carlos Slafter, born January 30, 1907, and Calvin, boi*n Jan- 
uary 2, 1912. 

Delia Viola Countryman, born September 18, 1873, 
wed September 14, 1899 to Orange Lee Shaw, born October 
15, 1873. Issue, Alice Gertrude, born September 18, 1902. 
Orange Edmund, born May 30, 1905; Gladys Viola, born 
April 22, 1908, and Robert C, born September 21, 1910. 

Howard Daniel Countryman, born December 9, 1875, 
wed June 5, 1901 to Helen Kerr Dick, born March 10, 1879. 
Issue, Howard Dick, born March 14, 1902; Wallace Edgar, 
born April 28, 1906, and Dorothy Jean, born May 6, 1910. 

Fanny Countryman, born December 30, 1876, died 
January 2, 1877. 


Edith Countryman, born June 4, 1884, died August 
6, 1884. 

Calvin Countryman wed for his second wife Anna Re- 
becca Slafter, daughter of Carlos and Rebecca BuUard slaf- 
ter. April 24. 1895. She was born in Deadham, Mass., Jan- 
uary 20. 1863. 

4. Zerua Countryman, daughter of Daniel and Sally 
Countryman, born August 15, 1850 and died January 15, 
1852, in Starkville, New York. 

5. Carrie Estella Countryman, born March 4, 1854, 
wed June 19, 1872 to Benjamin Franklin Allen. Issue, Adia 
Van Ness, born February 8, 1876, and Daniel Benjamin, born 
May 9. 1878, wed April 9, 1901 to Jennie Louise Curtis. 

6. Jennie Viola Countryman, youngest child of 
Daniel and Sally Phillips Countryman, was born in April, 
1863. wed June 18, 1883 to Wesley M. Longenecker. Issue, 
one daughter, Grace. 

Descendants of Conrad I.. John, John I. Countryman, Senior. 

Moses Countryman, the youngest child of John I. and 
Elizabeth Hoke Countryman, was born July 25, 1817 and 
died June 19. 1884 in Lynnville, Ogle County, Illinois. Wed 
to Biansa Sanders, daughter of Solomon Sanders, of Dan- 
ube. Herkimer County, New York. Issue, Jedua Country- 
man. l)orn Nov. 3. 1843. died 1862 at Fort Pickins, South 
Carolina, as a soldier in the war of the Rebellion; Julius 
Countryman, born in 1815, died in childhood. Moses Coun- 
tryman wed as his second wife, Mary Elizabeth Cooper, born 
April 28. 1830 and died Feb. 14, 1883. Issue, one son, 
Charles, who died in January 1862- Moses Countryman and 
second wife are buried in Lynnville cemetery. 

The only record we have of Catherine Countryman, 
the second daughter of John I. Countryman, Sr. and Eliza- 
beth Hoke Countryman, is that she married Daniel Lam- 
pert. Issue, two daughters, p:iizabeth and Peggy, and one 
son, name unknown. 

Rachel Coimtryman, the third daughter, married 
John Cain. Issue, two sons, Chauncey and Ira Cain 


War Record of Carlos Calvin Slafter. 

Enlisted August 16, 1917 in the 5th Nebraska. Went 
in training at Camp Cody, New Mexico. Left Camp Cody 
with a replacement June 15- 1918 and landed with the 41st 
Division in Coute. France, July 10, 1918. November 2, 1918 
was ti-ansferred to the 3rd Machine Gun Battalion of the 
First Division and was with the Army of Occupation in and 
about Coblenz, Germany. Left Coblenz August 20, 1919 by 
train to Brest, France, where he took boat for this side of 
the world. Landed in New York, September 5, 1919. Par- 
aded in New York City, September 9 and left for Camp 
Briggs, Washington, D. C, where he paraded again Septem- 
ber 10. Moved to Camp Meade, Md., then to Camp Dodge, 
Iowa, and was mustered out September 25, 1919, and re- 
turned home, September 29, 1919. 

War Record of Edmund Slafter. 

Edmund Farwell Slafter, of Lincoln, Nebraska, en- 
listed in the army December 10, 1917. Went overseas July 
26, 1918 with the 7th M. 0. R. S. Landed back in the United 
States, June 22, 1919, and was discharged July 9, 1919- 


War Record of John C. Craft. 

Entered service at Camp Grant, Illinois, on Septem- 
ber 21, 1917. Assigned to "M" Company, 342nd Infantry, 
86th Division. Trained at Camp Grant until August 22, 1918 
Made non-commissioned officer as follows: C )rporal, Nov. 
21, 1917; Sergeant, Jan. 8, 1918; First Sergeant, Feb. 25, 
1918. Moved with regiment to Camp Upton, N. Y. on Au- 
gust 22, 1918. Embarked on overseas duty Sept. 9, 1918. 
Landed in Liverpool. England, Sept. 21, 1918- Trained abo"t 
ten days in England and moved to South Hampton. i:sU-l 
from last named station to LaHarve, France, and ther-.ce by 
rail to training area in Bordeaux. Sent to Army Candidates 
School at Camp de la Valbonne (Ain) France on October 
10, 1918. Commissioned Feb. 21, 1919. Later stationed at 

IVIAY 2 1944 





Menton, Noves. St. Aignan, France. Assigned to "A" Com- 
pany 53rd Infantry. 6th (Regular Army) Division. Sailed 
for United States with regiment from Brest, June 6, 1919, 
and landed June 12. 1919. Passed with regiment through 
Camp Mills. N. Y.. to Camp Grant, for discharge on June 21, 

War Record of C'larance I*. Talbot. 

Clarence Talbot enlisted November 13, 1917. at Chi- 
cago. Illinois, and was ordered to duty December 13, 1917, 
at the School of Military Aeronautics at Austin, Texas. He 
completed his course there about February 16, 1918, and 
was ordered to Camp Dick, Dallas. Texas, a concentration 
camp to await orders to a flying field. On March 15, 1918, he 
was ordered to Park Field Memphis, Tennessee, for pilot 
training. He received his commission as Second Lieutenant 
here. June 4, 1918, and was ordered back to Camp Dick; 
from Camp Dick he went to Langley Field, Hampton, Vir- 
ginia, leaving there Novemljer 9th for Tolliferro Field, Fort- 
Worth, Texas. He was discharged from this field January 
9. 1919. He was out of the service from that time until No- 
vember 24, 1920. when he acceptod a First Lieutenancy, Air 
Service, in the Regular Army. January 2, 1922, he was or- 
dered to the University of Illinois as Assistant Professor of 
Military Science and Tactics. In May, 1923, he was notified 
that he would sail for the Hawaiian Islands in the fall. 

Service Record of .Arthur T. Guest. 

Arthur Thomas Guest, Army Serial Number 973,741, 
enlisted Jaiuiary 17. 1918. at Local Board. Ogle County. Il- 
linois. Assigned to Ordnance Training Course, Enlisted Ord- 
nance Corps National Army, at Northwestern University, 
Evanston. Illinois, January 21, 1918. Transferred February 
25. 1918 to San Antonio Arsenal. Texas. Transferred April 
24, 1918 to Camp Raritan, Metuchen, N. J., to the 14th 
Provi.sional Ordnance Depot Co., May 15, 1918, transferred 
to Raritan Arsenal headquarteis where he was assigned to 


Arsenal Company No. 1 as receiving clerk in the amunition 
section. Promoted to Corporal, May 15, 1918; sergeant. 
May 15, 1918; sergeant first class, Oct. 16, 1918; ordnance 
sergeant, December 24, 1918. Transferred March 7, 1919 to 
10th company 161st Depot Brigade, Camp Grant, Illinois. 
Honorably discharged because of convenience of the gov- 
ernment March 15, 1919, at Camp Grant, Illinois. 

Service Record of William Norman Countryman. 

William Norman Countryman enlisted in Chicago on 
March 23, 1918, as an ordinary seaman. He was first as- 
signed to the New York division and later transferred to 
the U. S. Cutter "Mackinac." He was honorably discharged 
in accordance with the provisions and regulations of the 
government for the Coast Guard on March 18, 1919. His- 
period of service extended over a period of eleven months, 
and twenty-three days. 


Chronological, Genealogical, Pictorial 


Biographical History 


Country mans in America 

Countryman Genealogy 

Part II 

John E. Countryman 







Those who do iiot look upon themselves as a link 
connecting the past with the future do not perform 
their duty to the world.— Daniel Webster 

In cherished memory of my Father, 
Mother, and sacred family ties — in kindly 
appreciation of my brother Alvin's initia- 
tive and marked success in Part I — and in 
highest regard for our patriotic and heroic 
ancestors, that had part in establishing, de- 
veloping and maintaining our priceless re- 
public; with all who in any way ^ave me 
assistance, I most cheerfully dedicate Part 
II of Cou7itryman Genealogy. 














The Trail 

Louis XIV 

Queen Anne 
George 1 George II George III 

George Washington 


Calvin Coolidge 





Oitr hJeighbors for Haifa Century 



The concept of a Countryman Genealogy Book origi- 
nated with my brother, Alvin. This thought was conceived, 
born and brought issue the last days of the 19th century. 
In 1901 he attended a Countryman reunion at Clifton 
Springs, New York, where he met representative members 
of different Countryman clans and families that enthused 
him to invite the eastern Countrymans to a reunion for 
which he would arrange to be held at Rochelle, Illinois, in 
June, 1902. At these gatherings he got data and inspiration 
that gave impetus to his new born project. With diligent 
effort he began gathering data that was basic to the enter- 
prise by correspondence with individuals whom he thought 
best informed in ancestral history. 

In Norman W. Countryman, of Fultonville, N. Y., 
Rev. A. F- Countryman, Scottsburg, N. Y., and L. N. Coun- 
tryman, of California, he found valuable informants. Inher- 
ited documents found in possession of J. A. Countryman, 
of Rochelle, 111., proved valuable in establishing the geneal- 
ogy of the John line. Realizing the largness of the task un- 
dertaken he naturally concentrated his efforts where he 
could realize quickest and best results. This he found in 
the John I. of the John line. To this he applied himself dil- 
igently with marked success. The tardiness of correspond- 
ents so retarded the work, and finding the burden of years 
and ill health at the door, he reluctantly refrained from any 
further effort, than to have published data acquired, which 
he purpsoed in doing in the spring of 1916, when death oc- 
curred January 13, 1916. 

The work thus deferred was left to family and 
friends to publish — which on account of the World War and 
incident hindrances was postponed indefinitely. 

Knowing something of the defeat my brother fell 
in his physical disability to reach the goal of his aspirations 
— a Countryman Genealogy — I felt challenged by an incited 


kindred ambition to supplement and complement as best I 
could, that which he had so complimentary begun. 

Part I of the Countryman Genealogy is as he had 
arranged it for publication, save bringing it to date by his 
efficient daughter. Emma V.. his grandson, Arthur T. Guest, 
and Ida Countryman Craft. 

Never assured of ever making my eflfort tangible on 
printed page, yet from a sense of personal satisfaction, I be- 
gan a correspondence in 1917 and with other available 
means I secured a mass of data far surpassing my initial 
conception. Some of my immediate friends and relatives 
becoming cognizant of data in hand, encouraged me to fur- 
ther prosecution and warranted me in bringing the matter 
of publication before our Countryman reunion June 27, 1923 

Presenting at this gathering my idea of an extended 
genealogy, with church, court and military records — compli- 
mented with pictoral, physognom'ic and biographical his- 
tory — also giving an approximate cost of publication. I was 
then and there authorized to go forward, with the guaranty 
of cousin Calvin Countryman that the cost of publication 
would be promptly met. 

Realizing the sole responsibility conferred and by me 
assumed, I found in securing further data and selecting 
from a mass of seven years' correspondence and memoranda 
data, the copying and arranging of same for press, a task 
wisdom counseled me as arduous and peiijlexing for a verg- 
ing octegenarian. A remove of five generations has proven 
the counsel correct. Generations have appealed in vain to 
flush and vigor, so hoary head must need respond. 

As Countryman historian I do not pose. Were I of 
college polish, might I in earlier years graced page in history 
full, of sires heroic, brave; and writ some lyric lines to note 
their praise — my hand, less foreign to plow, the spade and 

Malennial progress crowns the double century from 
pioneers to present date. To kinsman, filial, strong, of 
graphic mind and facile pen, is left the task to write the 
wordy, worthy record they deserve- 

Unfortunate indeed that contemporaries of three or 


four generations since, had not chronicled invaluable data 
from lips now silent and made tangible records now lost or 
unintelligible from age. For this there is no retrieve — so 
sense of duty calls on all to save a further loss to future 
generations. To this end and any needed corrections, blank 
pages are furnished in back of book. Delay and delays have 
consequented much added correspondence. Importuning let- 
ters for information, with self-addressed stamped envelopes 
enclosed (at times repeated) have been ignored. Prayer 
for vigor, patience and persistance has featui'ed the enter- 
prise. The content of this book is the generous response 
from appeal to many sources. Every page, a veiled sacrifice 
in persistent effort — spotless from sordid gain. Yours at 
publication price. 

The better knowledge of the Countryman clan and 
the many pleasant acquaintances made; the making tangible 
and of easy access kindred records, and privileged to dedi- 
cate to a common kinship and to the memory of a common 
and heroic ancestry my latest effort of filial respect, is a joy 
of ample recompense. 

John E. Countryman, 1924- 


- The Palatines 

/^ (Copied from Harper's Encyclopedia.) 

Early in the eighteenth century many inhabitants 
of the Lower Palatinate lying on both sides of the Rhine in 
Germany were driven from their homes by the persecutions 
of Louis XIV, of France, whose armies desolated their coun- 
try. England received many of the fugitives. In the spring 
of 1708 on the petition of Joshua Koererthal, evangelical 
minister for a body of Lutherans, for himself and thirty- 
nine others to be transported to America, an order was is- 
sued by the Queen in Council for such transportation and 
their naturalization before leaving England. The Queen 
provided for them at her own expense. This first company 
of Palatines was first landed on Governors Island, New 
York, and afterwards settled near the site of Newburg, 
Orange County, N. Y. in the spring of 1709. In 1710 a 
larger emigration of Palatines to America occurred, under 
the guidance of Robt. Hunter, governor of New York- These 
about 3000 in number, went further up the Hudson. Some 
settled on Livingston Manor at Germantown, where a tract 
of 6000 acres was bought from Livingston by the British 
government for their use. Some soon afterwards crossed 
the Hudson into Greene County and settled at West Camp — 
others went far up the Mohawk while a considerable body 
went to Berks County, Pennsylvania, and were the ances- 
tors of many patriotic families in that state. 

Palatines from Greene's Story of Old Fort Plain and the 
Middle Mohawk Valley: 

Their country desolated by war in 1708 a large body 
of German immigrants from the Palatinate on the Rhine 
landed in New York and were settled on the Hudson where 
their treatment by the province is open to great criticism. 
In 1711 their number was said to be 1761, but they had no 

idea of remaining in their deplorable condition 

In 1711 some of them moved to Schoharie Valley and some 
are suppo.sed to have settled in Palatine (Mohawk Valley) 
about that date. They are said to have threaded on foot an 


intricate Indian trail .bearing upon their backs their world- 
ly possessions consisting of a "few rude tools, a scanty sup- 
ply of provisions, a meager wardrobe and a small number of 
rusty fire-arms." In 1723, numbers of Palatines emigrated 
to Pennsylvania, others moved up and settled in the dis- 
tricts of Canajoharie and Palatine and along the Mohawk 
and by 1725 there were settlements of these Germans ex- 
tending up the river to German Flats, the eastern part of 
th valley being settled earlier by Dutch farmers. October 
19, 1723, the Stone Arabia patent was granted to 27 Pala- 
tines, who, with their families, numbered 127. The tract 
conveyed by this deed contained 12,700 acres. (An earlier 
settlement in S. A. in 1713.) 

Both Palatines and Dutch had suffered untold hard- 
ships for their religion. The presence of the Palatines in the 
Mohawk Valley was largely due to these facts- Under such 
circumstances they took their religion seriously. Hence Re- 
formed and Lutheran Churches were early organized in the 
various settlements. Preaching in these churches was in 
the German or Dutch language, or both at intervals. After 
the Revolution, English was introduced in some of the 

At the beginning of the Revolution it may be roughly 
estimated that in the entire valley one half of the population 
was of German blood, one quarter of Holland descent, and 
one quarter of other racial elements, or in other words 
three quarters "Mohawk Dutch." After the Revolution, 
with growing immigi'ation, the Teutonic element somewhat 
decreased, but the majority of the families of a great part 
of the valley possess some strain of this sterling blood. 

Immigration and Settlement of the Palatines in Mo- 
hawk Valley. Mccauley says: 

"Honest, laborious men who had once been thriving: 
burgers of Manheim and Heidelberg or who had cultivated' 
the vine on the banks of the N. Hecker and the Rhine, their 
ingenuity and their diligence could not fail to enrich any 
land which should afford them an asylum." 

They rather resembled the Huguenots, as tiiey were 
driven from their homes by the armies of France, who laid 

waste their lands and destroyed their cities and the perse- 
cution of their own Palatine princes who were alternately 
Calvinists. Lutherans or Romanists. 

They came to this country for freedom to worship 
God, and the Calvinists and Reformed built their churches 
side' by side on the Hudson and on the Schoharie and Mo- 
hawk. The exodus of the Palatines bears some resemblance 
to the exodus of the children of Israel from the fact that it 
seems to have been a movement of nearly the whole people. 
Some went to Holland, others to south Germany; but the 
larger number found their way to England and thronged the 
streets of London to that extent that they were lodged in 
warehouses and barns and in some instances buildings were 
erected, while on the Surrey side of the Thames one thous- 
and tents were pitched and the generous and charitably dis- 
posed people were taxed to the utmost to provide subsistence 
for this destitute army of immigrants. It became evident 
to Queen Anne and her advisers that something must be 
done to find employment or new homes for the wanderers. 
About 5000 were absorbed in various employments within 
the kingdom, while nearly 4000 were sent over to 
Ireland and about 92 families, or in the neighborhood of 600 
persons, were sent to the Carolinas in the charge of a Swiss 
gentleman named Christopher Graffenreid, a native of 
Berne, who named the settlement Newberne. 

While the Palatines were yet in London there came 
to England an important delegation from the province of 
New York. Among the notables from America were five 

Mohawk sachems It is said that in the walks of the 

Indian chiefs about the outskirts of London they became 
interested in the homeless and houseless Palatines and one 
of them voluntarily presented Queen Anne a tract of his 
land on the Scoharie for the use and benefit of the distressed 
Germans. This was in 1709- The next year a colony of 3000 
Palatines under the charge of Governor Robt. Hunter, as 
"servants of the crown," sailed for the port of New York 
and settled on the land provided for them near the Living- 
ston manor and on the opposite side of the Hundson at 


On this land and under the direction of Governor 
Hunter they attempted the production of turpentine, i-esin 
or pitch, which proved a failure. Becoming dissatisfied with 
their lot which was only little less than slavery, they pe- 
titioned to be allowed to go to the promised land of "Schorie"' 
(Schoharie) which the Indians and Queen Anne had given 

Permission being refused they rebelled and about 
fifty families migrated to the valley of "Schorie" as they 
called it, in the fall of 1712. In March 1713 "the remainder 
of the people (treated by Gov. Hunter as Pharaoh treated 
the Israelites) proceeded on their journey and by God's as- 
sistance joined their friends and countrymen in the prom- 
ised land of Schorie." 

They had hardly got settled in the several settle- 
ments before they found themselves again in trouble with 
the "Gentlemen of Albany" and various persons who claimed 

the land by earlier grants from the Mohawks Prolj- 

ably about three hundred remained in Schoharie Valley, 
some having already settled along the Mohawk 

With this initial, basic history, there opens a most 
alluring field, to one of lesser years, to search for earlier 
data. From this, I must desist ; at present be content, that 
in these excerpts of accredited historians — corroborated by 
subsequent traditional and contemporary history, we have 
found ample proof that our earliest American ancestry were 
of, and among these early German Palatines. Refugees from 
the "Great Monarch" — Louis XIV; hostages of a sympa- 
thetic, pitying Queen — forced, of necessity to embark them 
on a heartless ocean, subject to its pitiless winds and waves 
for weeks — yea, possibly months, to a haven within her 
i-ealm on the very boi'ders of western civilization — still her 
rationed hostages and nominal subjects — verily the slaves 
of heartless Lords of the Manor. 

Tears and joy,fittingly correlate, as emblematic of 
our pity and praise, for an ancestry of so conscientious, and 
heroic mould. Praise! without bound, to the memory of this 
most gracious Queen. 


Genesis of Names 

The genesis of names has been a problem for the wise 
and curious for many generations. The origin of some 
names seems simple and evident from their associations 
with time, place, vocation, environments and characteris- 
tics. That Countryman antedates all other names we think 
has warrant in sacred history. In the program of creation 
man had a place given him as Lord — with dominion over 
and the naming of all things. 

In the year one of our Lord. A. D.— A. M. — Adam, 
the only man in the only country could be none other than 
A. Countryman. No less authority says he lived 932 years — 
his progeny — what otlier tlian Countryman? — the name so 
native for centuries vainly we seek in history for any 
other than given names. When the genius and kaleidoscopic 
use of the alphal)ct was exhausted in the manufacture of 
given names; when title to home, wife, cliildren and posses- 
sions were jeopardized; then other than Countryman was 
substituted. As Countrymans were wedded to vocation and 
trade, we have Carpenters, Masons, Joiners and Smiths a 
multitude. When prestige for titles secular or religious was 
sought. Kings, Popes, Priests and Lords were born. When 
Countrymans so equatic they forsook land for water — Fish, 
Fisher, Craft, Shipman, names more homy theirs. Tem- 
perament beastly, foracious, bred Bear, Lyon, Wolf; the 
more doclie. Deer, Doe and Lamb. The elite, "400," choiring 
notes in upper realms, of needs must come to earth for food, 
to rest and nest — their fledglings, Hawks, Jays, Wrens, 
et-cetera. To nature, art. vocation, characteristics, resort 
has been — adinfinitum. Centuries have dug up names 
hierogliphic that men of letters have no key to meaning. 
Rampant, vampish fad and fashion have wrecked many a 
good name — from salvage, what hope have we. 

Providence (ever has a remnant) jealous of His own, 
caused to emerge from the babel of names and wilderness 
exile a John Cuntreman (landsman, strangely clad.) ♦Eng- 
lish Rolls Cam. Co. 1273 A. D. *English Rolls page 134. 


St. Peters Cornhill 1586, buried Eliza, dau. of William Clif- 
ton Cuntreman. 

Countrymans in the English Isles today may have 
been descendants of these or of a Palatine Countryman r«> 
maining there the time our ancestors came to America via 
England. To sacred history we are indebted for record of 
two great characters: Adam 1st, Gen. 1 to3, and Adam 2nd, 
Romans 5-14, consequenting two great eras from which all 
ancient and modern history date. Strangely similar in 
Countryman genealogy we have in an Adam Contreman, 
born Jan. 21, 1719, the earliest definite record of Contre- 
mans in America. 

Traditional history seems to cluster around one John 
Frederick Contreman, who is said to have settled in the 
Province of New York about 1708 to 1715. 

*Newberry Library, origin and meaning of sir names. 

Several acci-edited historians* record that many Ger- 
mans about that time fled from the Lower Palitinate to 
England and thence to America, freeing themselves from 
the tyi'anny of Louis the XIV. Tradition further has it 
that this John Frederick, wife and three lads — their ages 
about 6, 9 and 12, settled on the west bank of the Hudson 
river ,probably Ulster County. The first definite records of 
any Contremans in this country is the birth of an Adam 
Contreman, the son of a Com*adt Contreman, born Jan. 21, 
1719, and also a son, Marcus, born Oct. 21, 1720. These are 
found in the personal records of a Rev. J. J. Wock, a min- 
ister who lived and served churches in the Mohawk Valley. 

The next record of interest is that Conradt Contre- 
man with two others, in 1731, secured a grant of 2000 acres 
of land in Tryon, now Montgomery County, New York, of 
King George 2nd. In 1738 I find in Ulster County, New Yoi'k 
an Andraus (Andrew) and Henry Contreman serving in the 
militia of that county. In the same county in 1754 the Mar- 
bletown Reformed Church record has the names of a Fred 
Contreman and several of his children. May we not infer 
that Conradt, Andrew and Henry were the three traditional 
sons of John Frederick and the Fred last named was a son 
— American born. The roster of the New York Revolution 


soldiers shows a Fred Contreman from Ulster County, New 
York, serving in the same regiment with the Contremans 
of Montgomery County. The names of Andrew and Henry 
Contreman do not again appear in civil or military records 
of New York. In the earliest history of Countrymans in 
Pennsylvania we find the names of Andrew, Henry, Jacob 
and George. All of these save Henry were soldiers in the 
Revolutionary War. Jacob and Henry in 1772 owned land in 
Northampton County. In Virginia we find a Henry Coun- 
tryman a Revolutionary soldier. Later, in the first United 
States census, 1790, a Henry Countryman family of eight 
white souls. Conradt, of the Mohawk Valley, had a family 
of seven sons and three daughters. As will be seen all the 
sons were tenaciously wedded to family names: Adam had 
three sons: Conrad, Adam, John, and two grandsons, John 
and John A. 

Marcus had three sons: Marcus or Mar.x, Conrad M. 
and John M. ; Frederick had two sons: Frederick and 
John F. Conrad 2nd had four sons: John A., Henry, 
Conrad and Frederick. Jacob had three sons : Jacob, Conrad 
and John. John had a son: John, and four generations of 
Johns. George, the youngest son had a son, grandson and a 
great-grandson George. 

Noting the reverence cherished by our ancestors for 
family names, and their constant recurrence in later rec- 
ord. Complementing this that all the Countrymans however 
spelled, spoke the same ancestral German language. The 
three lads unguarded by parental care would not have em- 
barked to a strange land. And that in a fitting number of 
years they should be found establishing family and military 
records — is it a strain to credence that the traditional John 
Frederick Contreman is the progenitor of all the Contre- 
mans. Condermans and Countrymans in America, however 
spelled ? 

Migration seems a Countryman characteristic. They 
census in every middle and western state— few in New Eng- 
land, and but very few south of the Mason and Dixon line. 
Canada registers a few Countrymans as citizens. 

The first United States census taken in 1790 credits 


Countrymans in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and 
South Carolina. The Virginia Countrymans migrated to 
Highland and other southern counties in Ohio- I have been 
unable to locate any Countrymans by correspondence with 
officials in sections of Virginia and South Carolina where 
Countrymans lived in 1790 — so believe they migrated to 
other states- The exodus of Countrymans from eastern 
Pennsylvania to western counties dates late in the eigh- 
teenth century. In the first half of the nineteenth century 
some of the Pennsylvania Countrj^mans migrated to Ohio, 
Iowa and Michigan. Early in the nineteenth century the 
New York Countrymans began migrating to Jefferson, St. 
Lawrence, Steuben and Oswego Counties, and later to Mich- 
igan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa. True to name 
and vocation — home on land as fish in water. 

Three generations of our ancestors knew no steamboat, 
railroad or telegraph. Churches seemed an early requisite 
and were established and served by an eflicient German 
ministry. For English schools they were long waiting for 
lack of competent teachers, which accounts for many of our 
ancestors making their mark (X) or scrawling a barely legi- 
ble name to English indentures. 

The advantages of the Jamestown and Plymouth col- 
onies, almost a century older, were incomparably greater. 
The mother tongue; many versed in English literature; 
churches, schools, press and forum— forces for a cultured cit- 
izenship — all prophetic factors for a self-governing people. 
Meritorious indeed of our fathers to accept expulsion 
from native land for conscience sake and stake their all for 
weeks to wind and wave to anchor in harbor wholly foreign 
in custom and language. The isolations of our earliest an- 
cestors must have been tragically painful. Settling as they 
did on the very western borders of provincial civilization — 
a lone German colony surrounded on the east and south by 
the Dutch and English, on the north and west by the French 
and Indians. Merit is due them in conquering the wild 
beasts of the forest — too, in pacifying or expelling the wild- 
er and more dangerous savage. Added merit is theirs that 
the mighty forest made obeisance to their mandate and the 


vexing of Mother Earth twixt stump and stone yielded him 
her substance. In their flights of fancy and paradisical 
dreams they had no near approach to the mountain of priv- 
iliges their progeny enjoys today. Their markings, as most 
of their children for honors and distinction, have been large- 
ly by plow, harrow and hoe. From soil and rural environ- 
ments, some have Ijeen lured by our schools and colleges to 
capitalize the name with Hon., Rev., Prof., Att'y and Judge. 
The polish of our fathers was from the hard rubs of priva- 
tion — they lustered in the schools of industry and economy. 
To their religious status, church history and records will 
witness. The military rosters of state and nation we pre- 
sent as evidence of their patriotism. The value of their citi- 
zenship we cherish in their valor to sever themselves, from 
kingly tyranny to liave part in establishing, maintaining 
and developing our most glorious republic. 

May it ever be that Countryman, place and vocation 
are so harmonized in physical, intellectual and moral at- 
tainments that the country will be the abode of Country- 
man and countrymen so numerous and patriotic that our 
country may ever be safe for democracy. 


(lonealo^y of Conradt Countryman 

Conradt Contreman, the reputed son of John Freder- 
ick Coutreman, was born in the Lower Palitinate Germany 
about the last decade in the 17th century. 'Tis said he came 
to America with his parents when about 12 years old and 
lived with them for a time, on the west bank of the Hudson 
river. Later, we find him in the Mohawk valley in the Can- 
ajoharie District, what was then Albany Co. — later — Tryon 
and now Montgomery. He was married prior to 1719 — to 
whom, we do not know. He died prior to May 6, 1777, as on 
that hate his son, John, sold his interest in his father's es- 
tate. He evidently belonged to the Lutheran church in Stone 
Arabia, as in its records we find his and some of his chil- 
dren's names. The date of his and his wife's death and 
where buried we have no record. Probably buried at Stone 
Arabia or Sand Hill cemetery near Fort Plain. 

His family consisted of seven sons and three daugh- 
ters — all box*n and grew to mature years — married and lived 
in what is now Montgomery county. As to names of sons 
and the order of births, we are quite assured — of the daugh- 
ters, not so well. Sons were: Adam, Marcus, Frederjck, 
Conrad, Jacob, John and George. Daughters : Barbara, some 
say Anna JlosinaT^nd daHghter, Ann Eve; 3rd daughter, 
Mary (?). 

The first named daughter married an Isaac or John 
Pickard. Both were Revolutionary soldiers and had sons in 
the army with them. Ann Eve wed Wilhelm Dillenback- In 
the same regiment with Pickards and Contremans, we have 
the names of Henrich and John Dillenback. The third daugh 
ter married John Plants. They had a son, John Jr. Father 
and son were Revolutionary soldiers. 

The genealogy of the sons will be given in the order 
as above named : 

Adam, oldest son of Conradt Contreman, wed Eliza- 
beth, widow of Casper Lipe. Issue : four sons and one daugh- 
ter, viz. : Hannes, Adam, Conrad, John and Anna. Adam 2d 

married— died prior to 1802. Issue: John, Margaret, 

Catharine, Anna, Elizabeth and Maria. Conrad, son of 


Adam C. died prior to 1902. Married . Issue: Mar- 
garet. John, youngest son of Adam, born , died , 

wed . Issue: John Adam- Anna, only daughter of 

Adam, wed John Peter Dunkel. Issue: Daniel, who wed 
Catharine Countryman, his cousin. 

John .Adam Contreman, Son of John, of Adam, of Conradt. 

John A. Conterman, a descendant of Conrad Conter- 
man, (who had a land grant from King George the 2d), was 
born the 28th day of October, 1791— died July 19th, 1868. 
November 10, 1810, he married Margaret Welgemuth, as the 
result of this union eight children were born, namely : Maria, 
Betsey, Katie, Adam, Margaret, Abram, Rosanna, and Wil- 

He served in the War of 1812 and was stationed for 
a time at Sackett's Harbor, N. Y. The musket (a flint-lock), 
which he carried, is now in possession of his grandson, Ed- 
win Timothy, at Central S(iuare, N. Y. In 1836 he moved 
from Montgomery to Oswego county, settling in the town- 
ship of West Monroe, on a farm partly cleared, where he 
reared his family and upon which he died. 

The oldest daughter, Maria, married Abram Moyer, 
and settled down on a farm in West Monroe adjoining the 
old homestead. Betsey married Jacob Sneck and spent her 
life in the Mohawk valley. Buried at Mt. Hope cemetery 
Ford's Bush- 

1. Polly (Maria), born Jan. 1st, 1812. Died, June 
28th, 1888. Children: Adam, John, Jacob and Mary. 

2. Bet.sey, born May 9th, 1814. Died March 7, 1852. 

3. Sally, born Oct. 2, 1816. Died, June 14, 1849. 

4. Adam, born Jan. 10, 1819. Died, Jan. 27, 1891. 

5- Peggy, born June 22, 1821. Died, Dec. 23, 1868. 

6. Ro.sanna, born June 8, 1824. Died, Aug. 5, 1895 

7. Abram, born Sept. 5. 1826. Died, March 16 1906 

8. William, born May 12, 1831. Died, Nov. 28* 1912 


Abram Conterman. 

Abram Conterman, son of John A. Conterman, born 
in Minden, N. Y., Montgomery county, Sept. 5, 1824, came 
with the family to West Monroe, Oswego county, N. Y., in 
1836, and helped to clear the farm which his father bought. 
After leaving the farm he learned the blacksmith trade 
and conducted a shop at Constantia, N. Y., until the break- 
ing out of the Civil War, then responded to his country's 
/call, raised a regiment and served as 1st Lieut., Co. H, 147th 
v_Eegt., N. Y. S- Vols. After the war, he came to Central 
Square, N. Y., to live, became interested in railroad building 
and contracting and followed that the rest of his life. He 
married for his wife. Miss Phebe Hoyt, of West Monroe. 
There were no children. His body now rests by the side of 
his father, John A. Conterman, in West Monroe cemetery. 

William Conterman, the youngest son of John A. 
Conterman, was born in Minden, Montgomery Co., May 12, 
1831 ; died in Central Square, N. Y., Nov. 28, 1912. In 1856 
he married Hannah, daughter of Rev. S. W. Leonard, of 
West Monroe N. Y. Their children were : Margaret, who died 
at the age of three years ; Dr. William H., of Central Square, 
N. Y. ; Edwin Timothy, of Central Square, N. Y. ; Ella, who 
married Ben J. Shaver, of Euclid, N. Y., and Arthur, who 
died at the age of twenty-three from acute appendicitis. 

William H. Conterman, oldest son of Wm. Conter- 
man, was born Feb. 20, 1862. He married Florence E. 
Beeby. Issue: Frank, Fred and Donald. Mrs. Conterman 
died in 1917. His second marriage was to Mrs. Charlotte 
Bourlier, of Central Square. For further, see Biograpical 
Sketch with cut. 

For genealogy of Adam Conterman, eldest son of 
John Adam Conterman, see biographical sketch with cut. 

Honnes, son of Adam, of Conradt 1st. 

Hannas, (baptismal name), for John Adam Conti'e- 
man, was born Feb- 13, 1748. Died July 10, 1838. Married 
Catharine Horning, June 3, 1873. She died July 11, 1844. 


Both are buried in Dutch St. cemetery, Fremont, Steuben 
county, N. Y. Issue: Adam J., Solomon, Katie, Samuel, 
Daniel. Jacob J., and a son, David, who died at the age of 
seventeen years. 

Adam J., eldest son of John A. Conderman, was born 
Jan. 31, 1784. Died, Oct. 27, 1870. Wed Elizabeth Brunner, 
Feb. 10, 1807. She was born June 4, 1785 and died Feb. 16, 
1862. Both were buried in Dutch Street cemetery, Fremont, 
Steuben county, N. Y. Issue: Abram, born Sept. 9, 1807; 
died June 11, 1880; married Mahala Fox; issue: Anna M. 
and Branca. 

Katy, oldest daughter of Adam J., was born July 13, 
1809; died Dec. 28. 1892; wed Adam Fikes. 

lAIargaret. born Oct. 11, 1811; wed John Wells; died 
May 23, 1881. 

Mary, born Juluy 29, 1813; wed John Brownell. She 
died Sept. 3, 1850. Hannah, born July 26, 1816, and died 
July 6, 1836, unmarried- 
David Conderman, son of Adam J., was born In Her- 
kimer county, N. Y., July 30, 1818; died Jan. 1, 1886. Cath- 
arine E. Conderman, his wife, was born Dec: 3, 1820; died 
April 1, 1875. Issue: Catharine E. Conderman, born May 3, 
1845; died July 16. 1822; Rocelia, born Jan. 5, 1843; died 
Jan. 15, 1867; Marion D. Conderman, born June 23, 1851; 
died Oct. 17, 1874; Fred S. Conderman, born May 20, 1863; 
died Oct. 30, 1917- 

Catharine E. Conderman wed Franklin D. Sherwood, 
Jan. 9. 1872. He died Sept. 14, 1907. Kate Sherwood, their 
only child, born Jan. 8, 1877 ; siie wed Fay P. Rathbun. Fred 
S. Conderman wed Elizabeth Pechin; issue: Helitia Conder- 
man. who wed Fred M. Whettey, and Catherine Conderman, 
who wed Carl M. Gage. Fred C. Conderman's second mar- 
riage to Belle E- Merriman resulted in four children being 

born: Fred D. Conderman, born ; wed ; Rocelia 

J. Conderman, born ; married to ; Evelyn Co.i- 

derman. born ; wed to Clarence , whom she 

divorced, and Beatrice Conderman, unmarried. 

John D. Conderman, son of Adam J., was born Sept. 


30, 1820, and died July 17, 1890; wed Asseneth Spaalding; 
issue: Frank Laverne, Charles C. and George. Frank has 
no children. Laverne has two sons, Bert and John D. They 
are the firm of Conderman Bros., jewelers, in Hornell, N. Y. 
John D. has two children: Mary Adelaid and John D., Jr- 
Chai-les, unmarried, was accidently killed in 1902. George, 
an M. D., and wife, Mildred J., have no children. All of 
Hornell, N. Y. 

Caleb Conderman, son of Adam J., born Feb. 13, 
1824; July 26, 1898; married Sally Mullholland, born March 
16, 1821, and died Aug. 23, 1888; issue: Elizabeth, Emma S., 
Rose F., Jay Gould, and Wilbur Ray. 

Elizabeth A. Conderman born April 18, 1846, wed 
Russell M. Bradley Jan. 28, 1880; issue: Carl R. Bradley, 
born Nov. 5, 1882; wed Mary Elizabeth Hopkins, April 3, 
1920. Electa E. Bradley, born April 26, 1884 ; wed Louis A. 
Proudfoot ; and John J. Bradley, born Sept. 19, 1885. 

Rose F. Conderman, born April 4, 1857; wed DaviQ 
S. Chapin Oct. 17, 1882, born March 30, 1857 and died Oct. 
4, 1921 ; issue: Rose E., who wed Charles S. Farrow, Feb. 20, 
1902, who died Oct. 28, 1916. Second marriage to Edwin C- 
Smith, May 29, 1919. 

Arthur B. Chapin, born June 1, 1885 ; wed Elizabeth 
Mann, June 4, 1919, born Nov. 14, 1891. 

Margaret S. Chapin, born Dec. 1 — , 18 — . 

Dorothy C. Chapin, born Nov. 1, 1891 ; married Geo. 
M. Jacques, June 25, 1919; issue: Patricia Rose Jacques, 
born July 27, 1919, and George Maynard Jacques, born Oct. 
28, 1920. 

Emma S- Conderman, born May 20, 1850; wed Ferris 
W. Lattimer, Oct. 17, 1871, born July 23, 1846, died Nov. 
24, 1894; issue: Solomon V. Lattimer, born Oct. 12, 1874; 
wed Sadie E. Quinn, Oct. 31, 1906. 

Rose E. Lattimer wed Geo. S. Farrow, Feb. 20, 1902, 
who died Oct. 23- 1916. Second marriage May 29, 1919, to 
Edwin C. Smith, born Dec. 15, 1870. 

John Russell Bradley, son of Carl R. and Elizabeth 
Bradley, born April 8, 1921. 


Thomas Quinn Lattimer, son of Solomon and Sadie 
Lattimer. born Dec. 24. 1907. 

George Farrow Smith, born Oct. 18, 1905, and Edwin 
Farrow Smith, born May 1, 1910, were legally adopted by 
George C. and Rose E. Farrow Smith. 

William Arthur Chapin, born May 23, 1920. 

Daniel Mann Chapin, born July 3, 1921. 

Ruth Elizabeth Chapin, born June 16, 1923. 

These three are children of Arthur B- and Elizabeth 
Mann Chapin. 

Jay Gould Conderman, son of Caleb Conderman, was 
born April 16. 1859; wed Julia Long, June 24, 1890. She 
died Nov. 4. 1893. Second marriage to Alice Mary Bloom, 
June 8. 1897. born March 30, 1867 and died Feb. 7, 1922; 
issue: first marriage, Julian Caleb, born Oct. 30, 1893. 

Wilbur Ray Conderman, born June 23, 1861 ; died 
Nov. 10, 1922; wed Grace E. Montgomery, born Oct. 15, 
1865; no issue. 

Louisa Conderman, daughter of Adam J., born July 6, 
1822; wed Edwin Madole, and died Jan. 31, 1888. 

Rachael Conderman, born May 8, 1828; died March 
2. 1845. Maiden lady. 

Hiram, youngest son of Adam J., born April 16, 1828; 
married Loias Hurd, and died March, 1919; issue: one 
daughter, Elizabeth, living at Spring Water, N. Y. Adelbert 
and William, both deceased, and Dora, living at Spring Wa- 
ter. N. Y., and Fred S., at Henrietta, N. Y. Fred S. has one 
son, Ray F.. with whom he lives at Henrietta. Ray F. had 
one son. Hiram, deceased, and a son, Charles, three years 

Solomon Conderman, son of John A. and Catharine 
Horning Countryman, was born at Hartvvick, Otsego county, 
N. Y.. June 29. 1801. He wed Sophrona McFall, born Dec. 
24, 1798. He died at East Grove township, Lee county, Illi- 
nois. Aug. 25. 1893. She died April 23, 1898. Issue: Lucy, 
born April 26. 1828; wed a Mr. Pickell; John, born Nov. 25, 
1829; Katy. born May 20. 1831, wed Ed Knute, and died 
April 16, 1924; Solomon, Jr.. born June 15, 1833, bachelor, 


died Oct. 1923; Orin, born Dec. 12, 1835, was killed in Civil 
War and buried on battlefield; Jacob Henry, born June 14, 
1837, died 1923; Daniel, born June 5, 1839, wed Catharine 
Mahala Cadwell, April 10, 1864. He died Jan. 21, 1924. Al- 
theda, born July 21, 1841, wed a Mr. Taylor and died March 
3, 1903; and Betsy, born June 3, 1843, wed a Mr. Heintz, and 
died in 1917. These children of Solomon, Sr- were all born 
in Howard, Steuben county, N. Y. 

Jacob J. Conderman, youngest son of John A. and 
Catharine Horning Conderman, was born June 4, 1801, in 
Minden, Montgomery county, N. Y., and his wife, Lydia 
Ann Maydole, was born at Howard, Steuben county- N. Y., 
Oct. 14, 1814. They were married Oct. 14, 1831. She died 
June 29, 1890, and he April 10, 1899. Issue: Elias W., born 
Sept. 18, 1833, wed Aurelia C. Cadwell, born at Garrets 
ville, Ohio, Dec. 9- 1838, were married at Amboy, 111., Dec. 
31, 1827. She died Nov. 21, 1916. Issue: Lydia P., born 
Dec. 17, 1859, wed Holland L. Bissell, Feb. 19, 1889. He was 
born Dec. 5, 1858. No issue. 

Edwin J., born Aug. 15, 1863, wed Nellie E. North, 
May 29, 1918- She was born May 29, 1864. 

Nellie E., born Oct. 30, 1869, wed Frank E. Plume, 
Feb, 9, 1887. 

Juliet Conderman, elder daughter of Jacob J. Con- 
derman, born Dec. 2, 1835, wed Edwin Blair in 1854. She 
died Dec. 9, 1873. Issue: Ida A., born Oct. 11, 1856, died June 
15, 1877; Frank, born April 2, 1859, wed Sarah Boyd; Wil- 
liam, born Feb. 27, 1860, wed Lizzie Stone, Feb. 23, 1884; 
Ruth Blair, born June 27, 1866, wed George Berkley, March 
12, 1902. He was born June 20, 1859- 

Ruth Ann Conderman, daughter of Jacob J. Con- 
derman, born May 31, 1839, wed William McCarty, Oct. 14, 
1861. He was born in New York City, April 25, 1838, and 
died Dec. 28, 1896. Issue: George Milton, born at Amboy, 
April 22, 1864, died June 8, 1886; Frankie, born May 20, 
1871, died June 17, 1872; William J., Jr., born Sept. 25, 1876. 
He and mother now living at Abingdon, 111. 

Nellie E. Conderman, daughter of Elias W., was born 
at Walton, 111., Oct. 30, 1869- Her husband, Frank E. Plume, 


was born at Morristown, N. J., Feb. 25, 1862. Marired 
Feb. 29. 1887. He died Oct. 28. 1914. Issue: Klea A., born 
at Rockville, Nebr., Aug. 19, 1890, wed John P. Liggett, 
Dec. 18. 1910. He was born at Freeport, 111., Dec 10, 1891, 
and died June 23, 1918. Issue: John A. Liggett, born at 
Freeport, Oct. 11, 1911. Lloyd E. Plume wed Flossie F. 
Ford, June 21, 1916. She was born at Shirland, 111., Oct. 4, 
1894. Issue: Frank E., born at Amboy- 111., June 16, 1917, 
and Kenneth L., born at Amboy, 111., Jan. 24, 1922. 

Daniel Conderman, son of Solomon Conderman. Sr., 
born Jan. 5, 1839, died Jan. 25, 1924. His wife, Catharine 
Mahala Cadwell, born June 9. 1845, at Nelson, Portage coun- 
ty, Ohio. They were married April 10, 1864. Issue: Orin, 
born March 20, 1866, died May 13, 1876; Harriet A., born 
at Princeton. 111.. Jan. 6, 1868. wed John Nelson. March 21, 
1892- He was born in Sweden, March 21, 1861, and died 
Sept. 28. 1920. Addie A. Conderman, born March 11, 1871, 
wed Harry J. Coleman, Dec. 14, 1893. He was born June 16, 
1868. and died at Jacksonville, 111., Dec. 16, 1823. Jasper 
and Josephine F., twins, born Nov. 3- 1873. Josephine wed 
Luther P. Tabor, Oct. 25, 1897. He was born at Springfield, 
111.. Aug. 3, 1873. Ella May, born Feb. 1, 1876, wed William 
F. Perry, at Dixon. 111., Dec. 25, 1897. Albert A., born Jan. 
25. 1880. wed Lulu Bullington at Dixon, 111., July 3, 1901. 
Curtis E.. born Jan. 24, 1882, wed Vera Ida Bullington, at 
Dixon. 111.. Feb. 6. 1907. 

Issue of Harry J. and Addie Conderman Coleman 
are Verna May Coleman, born at Sterling, 111., March 30, 
1897. and Leta Marie, born at Monmouth. 111., Feb. 27, 1899. 
Verna May Coleman wed Elmer George Huss, at Beards- 
town, III., March 30, 1921. Issue: Elmer George Huss, Jr., 
born at Beardstown, April 13, 1923. 

Children of Luther and Josephine Conderman Tabor. 

William Daniel, born in Dixon, III, Nov. 27, 1898. An- 
drew Joseph. Ijorn in Luther, Idaho, Aug. 14, 1901. Cathar- 
ine May, born April 12, 1903, at Luther, Idaho. Earl Perry, 
born Feb. 19, 1907, at Luther, Idaho. Pheba Marie, born at 


Coeur'dalene,' Idaho, Feb. 29, 1908. Luella Roberta, born at 
Garwood, Idaho, Oct. 25, 1915. 

William Daniel Tabor wed Beatrice W. Johnston, at 
Seattle, Wash., March 24, 1920. She was born at Seattle, 
Feb. 12, 1899. 

Catharine May Tabor wed Arthur Lionel Taylor, May 
15, 1923. He was born at Abington, Berkshire, England, 
May 7, 1896- 

Ella May Conderman, daughter of Daniel Conderman, 
born Feb. 1, 1876, wed William F. Perry, Dec. 15, 1897. He 
was born at Waltham, Minn., Nov. 28, 1871. Issue: Violet 
Evelyne and Vernon Edwin, twins, born at Campbell, Minn., 
Dec. 15, 1898. 

Violet Evelyne wed Winfield Scott Briggs, at Seat- 
tle, Aug. 16, 1923. He was born at Twin Lakes, Minn., Dec. 
9, 1893. Pearl Lillian PePrry, born Dec. 28, 1900, wed Her- 
bert Minster, at Spokane, Wash., April 2, 1922. He was 
born at Ackley, Minn., April 25, 1900. Issue: Jeanne Pearl, 
born at Coeurd'alene, Idaho, Feb. 4, 1924. 

Albert A. Conderman, son of Daniel, was born Jan. 
25, 1880, wed Lulu Bullington, July 3, 1901. She was born 
in Taylor township. Ogle county, Illinois, May 19, 1880. Is- 
sue: Alton H., born Sept. 28, 1904; lola May, born Aug. 9, 
1907; Laura Arlene, born Dec. 18, 1909; Beulah Faye, born 
Dec. 15, 1913; Roy Leslie, born Feb. 10, 1916; Weldon Al- 
bert, born Feb. 15, 1921; Evelyne Bernice, born July 28, 
1922. These children all born in Lee county, Illinois. 

Curtis E., son of Daniel Conderman, born Jan. 24, 
1882; wed Vera Ida Bullington at Franklin Grove, 111., Feb. 
6, 1907. She was born Oct. 2, 1887. Issue: Alta Lucille, born 
Feb. 1, 1908; Arlo D, born April 19, 1909; Zada Fern, born 
July 17, 1910; Mildred Mae, born Nov. 24, 1912; Lyle James, 
born Jan. 15, 1916; Nellie Bernice, born June 25, 1918; Reta 
Jean, born June 4, 1924. These children all born in Lee 
county, Illinois. 

Beulah M. Blaii', daughter of Will and Lizzie Stone 
Blair, was born at Iron River, Mich., Nov. 27, 1897. 


Conradt Isl, Adam, Hannas, Samuel. 

Samuel Conderman, son of (Hannas) John Adam, 
was born in Minden. IMontogmery county, N. Y., in the last 
decade of the 18th century and died Jan. 8, 1838 in Fremont, 
Steuben county. N. Y. He moved from the Mohawk valley 
in 1815 and built the first frame house in Fremont. His 
first marriage was to Caty Deiflfendorf prior to 1815, as he 
had a daughter, Elizabeth, baptised in Minden, Oct. 1, 1815. 
His second marriage was to Catherine Bauter (or Bauder), 
^vho died May 11, 1821, and was the first one to be buried in 
wliat is now the Dutch Street cemetery. 

Gonealocy of Marcus Countryman, 2d Son 

. Marcus, the second son of Conradt 1st, was born Oct. 
21, 1920, and died Jan. 13, 1793. His wife, Catharine, born 
May 22. 1726, and died Jan. 21, 1812. Children were Mar- 
cus, or Marks; John M., Conrad M., and Adam. Of Marcus, 
or Marx 2d, little is known. He was living in Canajoharie 
in 1790. U. S. census. In his family were two males and 
three females over sixteen years old. 

John M. Conterman, son of Marcus, son of Conradt 

Conterman 1st, was born ; died 1805 or 1806; wed 

Barbara . Issue: Marcus, John, William, born Jan. 

10. 1797, and three daughters: the oldest married Elgle- 
hardt Wagner and lived to be nearly 100. and Elizabeth, 
born P^eb. 24. 1802; Barbara, born April 17, 1805. (See Will) 

Conrad M., son of Marcus, son of Conradt 1st, born 

; died 1817. Married Catharine Margarita . 

Issue: Marcus. Adam, Peter, Catharine, Margareta and 
Klizabeth. (See Will.) 

Adam, youngest son of Marcus, of Conradt 1st, was 
with his father in Ft. Willett and acted as guard near close 
of Revolutionary war. He moved to Fremont, Steuben coun- 
ty, N. Y., in 1818. He had a son, Corneilus, born in Minden, 
Montgomery county, N. Y., Jan. 3, 1812, who came with his 
parents to Steuben county in a covered wagon. He married 
Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Conderman. Jan. 8. 1835. 


Issue: Jacob R., died Nov. 25, 1890; Elizabeth, wife of Asa 
Phillips ; Harriet and Phoeba J. Two children died in infancy- 

Genealogy of Frederick Countryman, 3i'd Son 

Frederick, son of Conradt 1st, was born . He 

was killed in the Indian and Tory raid in Minden, Montgom- 
ery county, Aug. 2, 1780. His children were John F. and 
Frederick. You will note in his will made in 1778 he makes 
provision for minor children. 

Genealogy of Conrad 2d 

Conrad Contreman, son of Conradt 1st, wed Elizabeth 
Maria . Issue: John Adam, who wed Maria .. 

Anna Cunterman wed Jean Deiker (Decker), Jan. 
26, 1791. 

Conrad Cunterman wed Catharine Miller, Feb. 9, 1790 

Catherine Cunterman wed Johan Gardner, April 5, 


Frederick Cunterman wed Ablonia Hauss, Nov. 24, 

Heni-y Cunterman wed Sally Conklin, Dec. 3, 1793- 

Antonius (Anthony), wed Anna about 1803. 

John Adam, son of Conrad 2nd and his wife, Maria. 
Issue: John Adam Jr., Conrad, Jacob, Solomon, Milia. All 
born in New ork. Conrad and Jacob went to Iowa in an 
early day. Milia was born Sept. 27, 1809. John Adam Jr. 
and wife had a son, John, and a daughter, Eva Maria. 

Solomon, son of John Adam, of Conrad 2nd, of Con- 
radt 1st, was born Aug. 2, 1807, in Minden, Montgomery 
county, N. Y. ; wed Margaret Kill. Came to northern Illinois 
in 1842 or 1844. Children: Alfred, Alvira, John, George, 
Solomon Jr., Frederick, Daniel, James, Ervin. Five of these 
sons were in the Civil War, viz.: Geoi'ge, 12th 111. Cavalry, 
went to California ; Solomon, 74th 111. Inft., in Rockford, 111., 
1923; Daniel, 12th 111. Cavalry; James, 8th 111. Cavalry; Er- 
vin, 146th 111. Inft., in Rockford, 1923. Solomon Country- 
man, Jr. came to Illinois by way of the lakes with his par- 


ents when but a lad. He married Nancy Baker. Children: 
Willis, Georgia, Maggie and Maud. Willis wed Mary Car-. 
Issue: Floyd. Marion and Ida. Willis Countryman was born 
in Fond du Lac, Wis., May 24, 1867. When a child came to 
Rockford, 111. Was Captain of the Sons of Veterans for sev- 
eral years and for three years foreman of the Chicago, 
Northwestern freight house. Died in Rockford, 111. Georgia 
Countryman wed Wm. Baker. Issue: two boys and one girl: 
Clyde. Glenn and Margurite. Maggie wed Henrj' Miller. 
Children: Willis, Leta, Claude and Dorsey. Maud wed Isaac 
Denman. One child, Ruby. 

Genealogy of Conrad 3d. 
Conrad Countryman 3rd wed Catherine Miller, Feb. 
9, 1790. Children: Sarah C, born Aug. 3, 1795, married 
Snider; Conrad C 4th, born Sept. 18, 1797, wed Peg- 
gy Hill; Peter C, born Aug. 6, 1802, married, whereabouts 
unknown ; Elizabeth C, born Sept. 9, 1805, wed Jacob Coun- 
tryman, a cousin; John C, born Nov. 7, 1807, married Nellie 
Chri.stmas; Henry C. born Aug. 8. 1811, married Catharine 
Docksdater; Nancy C, born , mai-ried Young. 

Genealogy of Henry Countryman, Son of Conrad 3d. 

Henry Countryman wed Catharine (Katy) Docks- 
dater. Issue: Aln-am, born Nov. 30, 1930, wed Magdalena 
Miller; Conrad, born July 20. 1933, wed Catharine Miller; 
Katy Sophia, born April 5, 1836, wed Frank Ruppert, no is- 
sue; Philadna, born Aug. 27, 1839, wed Smith; L.. born April 10. 1842, wed Gotleib Zimmerman; 
Henry, born Nov. 6. 1844, wed Laura Blake; Daniel, born 
April 26. 1850, died in infancy; Helen, born Sept. 19, 1856, 
died in infancy. 

Genealogy of Ahram Countryman, Son of Henry and Katy 
Docksdater Countryman. 

Children :Mary Ann, born July 9, 1858, married Wm. 
Landwker; Frank W.. born Feb. 8, 1864, married Katy 
Vandermoon; Edwin, l)orn March 21, 1869, wed Lottie 


Goembel; William, born Sept. 21, 1871, married Sylvia 
Goembel; Adlaid, born Jan. 15, 1874, died in 1882; George, 
born Aug- 15, 1876, married Carrie G. Smith. 

Genealogy of Mary Ann Countryman Landwker. 

Edward Alvin Landwker, born Feb. 15, 1885, died. 
Horace Landwker, born July 15, 1896, wed Esther Hanson. 

Genealogy of Edwin Countryman (and wife) Lottie Goembel 

Ruth W., born Nov. 27, 1898 ; Lowell E., born Oct. 29, 
1902; Grace M., born April 26, 1906; Paul D., born Dec. 
7, 1912. 

Genealogy of William Countryman (wife) Sylvia GoembeL 

Clayton W., born Sept. 21, 1901; Myrlin G-, born 
May 4, 1904; Dwight E., born Dec. 21, 1909; Anita S., born 
May 21, 1916. 

Genealogy of George, Son of Abram (wife) Carrie G. Smith 

Issue: Winton U., born Jan. 11, 1903. 

Genealogy of Conrad and Catharine Miller Countryman, Son 
of Henry Countryman. 

Issue: Samuel, born Dec. 25, wed Emma Grubb. 

Genealogy of Claressa (Countryman) Zimmerman. 

Charles, born Sept. 26, 1866, wed Fredericka Bohm ; 
Barbara Philinda, born Nov. 8, 1868, died Oct. 9, 1885; Katy 
Sophia, born Nov. 8, 1868, died Nov. 8, 1886. ; Sarah, born 
July 28, 1871, wed Manning DeWolf; Clara, born July 28, 
1871, wed Francis W. Smith; Philip, no dates. 


Genealogy of Charles and Fredericka Zimmerman. 

Alba, born Nov. 13, 1888; Hazel, born June 6, 1890 
Arthur, born Feb. 8, 1892; Charles, born Feb. 26, 1894 
Earl, born Dec. 21, 1895; Catharine, born May 22, 1898 
Myrtle, born Aug. 9, 1903; Margurete, born Sept. 14, 1905 

Genealogy of Henry Countryman, Jr., wife, Laura Blake. 

Issue : Dora and Ida- Dates of birth unknown. 

Genealogy of Clara Zimmerman Smith. 

Children: William B., born April 18, 1892; Maud C, 
born Dec. 13, 1893; Hazel A., born Aug. 20, 1895; George 
R., born Oct. 18, 1897; Francis C, born Jan. 1, 1900; Emily 
E., born April 11, 1901 ; Lucinda, born April 11, 1901 ; Gladys 
M.. born Oct. 12, 1903 ; Oscar M., born Feb. 3, 1905, Edgar R., 
born Feb. 3, 1905. 

Genealogy of Sarah (Zimmerman) DeWolf. 

Issue: Paul F., born April 28, 1898; Adeline C, born 
Sept. 20, 1901 ; John A., born Feb. 9, 1903; Robert E., born 
Feb. 6, 1913. 

Genealogy of John Countryman, Son of Conrad 3d. 

Born in Herkimer county, N. Y., Nov. 7, 1807 Mar- 
ried Nellie Christmas. Both died near Clarion, Iowa, she in 
July. 1888. and he in 1892 or 1893. Children : Katy M Mary 
A., Nicholas v.. Lawrence, Henry, Nathan, Nancy A 
James, William, Martha, Isaac, Sarah A., and Adelia The 
last named married Ervin Countryman, youngest son of 
Solomon Countryman, her father's cousin. Ervin was a 
veteran. John and his cousin, Solomon, came west by lake 
to ^lI.nols in the earlj- forties. Nicholas V. wed Children: 
O E. C. of Canova. S. Dak., has four boys; Mrs. Mary Hol- 
1.S, of Hudson, Iowa; Nate A. C. of Wyoming, Ja^ and 


John C, Wyoming, la. The last named wed Ella; children: 
D. C, W. E., 0. E. and C. R. Dr. C. has two boys, Raymond 
and Wilbur. W. E. an dwife, Mary, have three girls: Ruby, 
Lenora and Leola- O. E. and wife, Sophia, have one girl; 
Helen Maria. C. R. and wife, Inez, have two boys: John Jr. 
and Cecil. C. R. C. was in the World War. Harold Coun- 
tryman, of Wyoming, Iowa, was also in the World War. 

Nancy A. Countryman, daughter of John, was born 
in Herkimer county, N. Y., Sept. 12, 1834, and died at La- 
porte City, Iowa, Jan. 24, 1924- She married Cyrus Taft. 
Children: Oliva, Eva, Mary, Ida, Orville and Charles Wesley 

Sarah A., daughter of John, wed Charles M. Carr, at 
Hicks Mills, 111., Oct., 1865, and died at Laporte City, Iowa, 
March 3, 1917. Mrs. Julia E. McClure, of Iowa City, Iowa, 
is a daughter. 

Frederick, son of Conrad 2nd, wed Ablonia Hauss, 
Nov. 24, 1792. Issue: Conrad, born May 9, 1796; Catharine, 
born July 7, 1800; Margaretha, born Aug. 6, 1803. 

Henry Conterman, son of Conradt 2nd, was born in 
Revolutionary times. He married Sally Conklin, Dec. 3, 1793 
His children were: Henry Jr., born Aug- 1794; Frederick, 
born Dec. 8, 1795; Thomas, born ; Anna, born Oc- 
tober 15, 1802; Nancy, born ; Louisa, born . 

Henry Jr's children were: Andrew, Joel, Aaron and Harry. 
Andrew's children were: John, Ellsworth, Mary and Clark 
A., John and Ellsworth, both dead. Mary lives at Broad- 
albin, N. Y. Joel was a soldier in the Civil War. His chil- 
dren were: Harry, George, Analizu and Louise (twins), and 
Mate. Harry had one son, Samuel. Clark A., son of An- 
drew, married Thankful Soules and is now living in Minden, 
Montgomery county, N. Y. No issue. 

Fi-ederick, second son of Henry, of Conrad 2d, was 
born Dec 18, 1795. 'Tis said he went in an early day to 
Potawotomie Nation, Kansas, and became quite wealthy. 

Thomas Countryman, son of Henry, son of Conrad 
2d, was boi'n at St. Johnsville, Montgomery county, N. Y. 
He wed Katherine Dygert, of Minden in 1833. Children of 
this union were : Aromintha, wed Joseph Fish ; Katharine 

wed Wm. J. Frank; ]\Iartha married Byron Holbrook ; Helen 
married Wm. Fowler: Maria married Philemon Wicks. Sey- 
mour lived at Plainwell, Mich., and died at the age of 96; 
and William B. Countryman, who was a Civil War veteran. 
By his second marriage he had three daughters: Francis, 
Vashti and Nora. Second marriage to Miss Julia Spauls- 
bury occurred in 1864. Thomas Countryman moved to Wis- 
consin in 1854, was a lock tender on the Erie canal for thir- 
teen years and held several offices in the town of Minden. 
He resided two miles south of Princeton, Wis. In politics 
was an ardent Democrat and a warm friend of Ex-Governor 
Horatio Seymour, of New York, who visited him in his 
Wisconsin home. He died April 13, 1878, from the effects 
of burns received while extinguishing flames that were con- 
suming the clothing of his youngest daughter, Nora. He 
was buried according to the rites of the Masonic oi'der, of 
which he was a Royal Arch, also a member of the Temple 
of Honor. 

Arthur P. Wicks, of 114 North Winnebago St., Rock- 
ford, 111., is a son of the above Philemon and Maria Coun- 
tryman Wicks. Arthur Philip Wicks- born 1869, married 
Rose Rock, June 27, 1907. Issue: Rosemary, born July 19, 

Jacob Countryman, Son of Henry, Son of Conrad 2d. 

Jacob Countryman, born in Montgomery county, N. Y., 

June 9, 1805, wed — Walrath. She was born in Penn- 

.sylvania, Jan. i:',, 1814. They were married Feb. 20, 1831, 
moved to Ottawa, 111., June 6, 1845, thence to Pontiac, 111., 
April 8, 1864. He died Nov. 6, 1883 and his wife died Aug. 
7. 1882- Family of thirteen children, six boys and seven 
girls: Nelson, born July 11, 1832; Catharine, born April 17, 
1834; Almira, born April 2, 1836; Rebecca, born Dec. 14. 
1837; Annatta. born Oct. 19, 1839; Mariah, born April 6, 
1841; Sarah Jane, born Sept. 9, 1842; Mary M., born Aug. 
1845: James, born March 12, 1847; George, born Sept. 29, 
1850; John Wesley, born Sept. 5, 1859; Franklin, born April 


23, 1853; Henry, born June 12, 1855. The father nor five of 
his boys neither drank or used tobacco. 

Antonius Countryman, youngest son of Conrad 2d, 

wed Anna — . Issue: Anthony (Tone), born Sept. 18, 

1804; Magdalena, born Jan. 18, 1806; Maria, born Sept. 3, 
1807; Anna, born March 6, 1809; David, born Feb. 28, 1811 ; 
Henry, born 1813 ; Isaac, born Jan. 15, 1815- 

Henry Countryman, son of Anthony, born 1813, had 
three sons: Henry, John, Abram, and two girls, Catharine 
and Amelia. Henry lived and died in the town of Stai-k, 
Herkimer county, N. Y. Abram moved to Jefferson county, 
N. Y., where he reared a large family. Catharine (Kate), 
wed Charley Etherton; children: Thomas, Amelia, Emma, 
Alexander- Charles. 

Thomas Etherton, dead; children: Mary, Margaret, 
Daniel, Clarence. Amelia Etherton wed Almarin Cotton, 
dead; children: Fred, Earl, Bert. Bert was killed in the 
World War. Emma Etherton's children: Herman, Lena, 
Fred and Charles. Alexander Etherton's children: Charles, 
Lena, Reba, Hannah, Carrie, Levi, William. Charley Ether- 
ton was a Civil War soldier and died in Nebraska. 

Isaac Countryman, son of Antonius (Anthony), the 
youngest son of Conrad 2d, was born in the Mohawk valley 
Jan. 15, 1815, and moved to Varick, Senaca county, N. Y. 
He reared a large family and lived to be about 90 years old. 
Some of his sons were: John, Andrew, Martin Jr., Gideon 
and George. The last named moved to Garfield, Kansas. 
There were two daughters: Kate and Betsy. Martin, son of 
Isaac was born in Varick, Mrach 21, 1836, and died at Clin- 
ton, Mich., May 25, 1910- He was twice married and a vet- 
ei-an of the Civil War. Some of his sons were : George, Mar- 
tin Jr. and Charles G. Had two daughters: Ida C. Marlatt, 
of Detroit, who has one son, Harold, married, with two 
small children, and Mrs. Campbell, of Denver, Colo. Martin 
Jr's children are: Walter J., of Jackson, Mich., no issue; 
Paul D., Howard L., Clio B., and Maud. Charles G., son of 
Martin, Sr-, lives at Ferndale, Mich., is married and has 
one son, Edward Walter. 

Abram Countryman, son of Heni'y, of Antonius, was 


born in the Mohawk valley, had three sons: John S., Henry 
and Abraham. John S. has a sister, Elmira Zeller, of The- 
resa, N. Y., and a brother, Duane, at Ramsen, N. Y. Charles 
Countryman, son of John S. Countryman, son of Abraham. 
had children, viz. : Ed, of Watertown, N. Y., a conductor on 
the N. Y. C. R. R. ; John, of Lowville, N. Y. ; Perl, Leon, Paul, 
Charles S., of Illion, N. Y. ; Mrs. Wm. Dailey, of Remsden, 
X. Y. ; ]\Irs. James Wardell, of Carthage; Eva and Ethel, of 
Barneveld, N. Y. Charles S., of Illion, N. Y-, has two girls, 
aged 1 Sand 8. 

(I(Mio:iI()ay of Jacob, ."Sth Son 
Jacob Contreman, the 5th son of Conradt 1st, had 
three sons: Conrad, Jacob and John. Conrad and Jacob were 
loyal to the colonies and served as soldiers in the Revolu- 
tionary War. Jacob, the father, was a "Loyalist" to Eng- 
land, (Tory), and after the war went to Canada — this 
youngest son, John, going with him. Jacob Jr. was a Rev- 
olutionary pensioner and died in Middleburg, Schoharie 
county, N. Y., in 1825. After the war Conrad went to Can- 
ada. He was by trade a blacksmith and bell-maker. Family 
consisted of four sons and two daughters: Jacob, Peter, Wil- 
liam, John, Katie and Mary. 

Peter Countryman, son of Conrad, of Jacob, of Conradt 
1st, was born in Canada, Jan. 15, 1803, and died Jan. 15, 
1898, at Columbus, Montana. He wed Margaret Nicholas, 
July 11. 1823. at Buffalo, N. Y. She was born in Maine, May 
20. 1807, and died at Moville, Iowa, May 19, 1888. Children: 
Horace, born Sept. 8, 1824; Lewis, born April 15, 1826; Al- 
exander, born Feb. 19, 1828; Eli, born Feb. 17, 1830; Sarah 
born June 8, 1832; Margaret, born Oct. 6, 1834- Lewis 2d 
born Feb. 27, 1837; John, born March 31, 1839; Dennis, born 
June 29, 1841; George W., born Aug. 1, 1843; Andrew J. 
born July 6. 1846. All of this family were born in Ohio ex- 
cept Andrew J., who was born in Wisconsin. Peter, the 
father was Colonel of Militia at Cleveland, Ohio in 1837. 


Names of Horace Countryman's Children and Addresses. 

Margaret Quinn, Columbus, Montana; Daniel Coun- 
tryman, now dead; Lizzie Woody, Missula, Montana; Henry 
Countryman, now dead ; Rebecca Reevs, Columbus, Mon- 
tana ; Rosie Countryman, now dead ; Horace Countryman, 
died Jan. 15, 1898 at Columbus, Montana. 

Names of Alexander Countryman's Children and Addresses. 

Alexander Countryman, Roundup, Montana; George 
Countryman, now dead : Katie Albertson, living somewhere 
in Idaho. 

Names of Eli Countryman's Children and Addresses. 

Emily Block, San Francisco, 907 Valenca St., Sylvester 
Apts. ; Joseph Countryman, Chico, Calif. ; Charlie Country- 
man, Oroville, Calif-; Peter Countryman, now dead; Maud 
Countryman, now dead. 

Names of Lewis Countryman's Children. 

Adelbert, now Dead ; Alexander, dead ; Leona Pence, 
Rapid City, S. Dak. ; Horace, Coleridge, Nebr. ; George, Chi- 
cago, 111. ; Nellie, dead. Names of Dennis Countryman's chil- 
dren : Ida Menter, dead ; Rosie, dead ; Clarence C, dead ; 
Sylvia, Ipswick, S. Dak. ; Lawrence, Webster, S. Dak. ; Pearl 
Cloud, Ipswick, S. Dak. 

Sarah Countryman, daughtet- of Peter, died Nov. 14, 
1835. Lewis A. died Jan. 12, 1836. Margaret died Aug. 17, 
1845, in Wisconsin. George W. died Dec. 29, 1861, in Cali- 
fornia. John died April 12, 1862, in California. Eli died 
April 30, 1880, in California. Alexander died Dec. 19, 1906- 
in Columbus, Montana. 

A. J. Countryman, Son of Peter, Son of Conrad, Son of Jacob, 
Son of Conrad 1st. 

A. J. Countryman born July 6, 1846, in Wisconsin, 
and Sabrina Adair, born Oct. 9, 1853, in Iowa, were married 
Dec. 31, 1874, at Shell Rock, Iowa. To tliem were born: Ma- 
ble Countryman. June 12, 1876, at Shell Rock, la.; Edith 
Josephine Countryman, born Nov. 22, 1879, in Ida county, 
Iowa; William A. Countryman, born Aug. 4, 1882, in Ida 
county, Iowa ; A. Leonard Countryman, born Aug. 18, 1885, 
in Moville, Iowa; J. D. Countryman, born March 11, 1888, 
at Moville, Iowa, a World War soldier; C. E. Countryman, 
born May 23, 1890, at Moville, Iowa, died Nov. 23, 1919; Lil- 
lian Countryman, born May 26, 1892, at Moville, Iowa; D. 
B. Countryman, born Sept. 18, 1896, at Moville, Iowa. 

Mabel, daughter of A. J. and Sabrina Countryman, 
married R. J. Rhue. Nov. 27, 1902, at Moville, la. Issue: 
Esther, born Sept. 23, 1903, in Moville, la. ; Robt. Rhue, born 
Dec. 30, 1904, at Moville, la. ; Charley A., born Feb. 13, 1905, 
at Moville, la. 

W. A. Countryman wed Mrs. Eva Hooper, July 27, 
1913, at Moville, la. No heirs. 

C. E. Countryman wed Susie Schaffer, Feb. 28, 1914, 
in Sioux City. la. Issue: Ardell, born May 3, 1916, at Mo- 
ville, la. 

Edith Josephine Countryman died Sunday, Oct. 8, 
1882, in Ida county, Iowa, at the age of two years ten 
months and sixteen days. 

A. J. Countryman, now 1925, lives in Moville, Iowa. 
When a lad of fifteen, in 1861, went with his father and 
some brothers on overland trip to California. Returned in 
1866 by way of Panama to New York, thence back to Iowa. 

Jacob, the 5th son of Conrad, }.ad three sons: Jacob, 
Conradt and John. Jacob termed himself a United Empire 
Loyalist— our fathers called him a "Tory." His sons, Jacob 
and Conrad, were loyal to the cause of independence. Jacob 
was a pensioner in 1825, and died later at Middleburg, Scho- 
harie county, N. Y. John, the youngest son, after the war, 


settled with his father in the Ottawa Val., Stormout coun- 
ty, Canada. He had one son, Martin, born in 1818 and died 
in 1882. He wed Ann West- Issue : Herman, John, Thomas, 
WilHam and Jacob. Herman, born 1844 and died 1874, mar- 
ried Margaret McConkey. Issue: Annis M. John, WilHam, 
Elizabeth, Thomas, Rachael, Albert and Frank. All were 
born in Hastings county, Ontario. John, Albert and Rachael 
are still living, May, 1923. Annis M. married Mrs. W. E. 
Windover. Issue: John Edgar and George Herman. John 
Edagr was born in 1870. He married Charlotte E- Cooper. 
Issue: Helen, born 1896; John E., born 1899, died 1904; 
Mary Elizabeth, born 1905; Lester, born 1906 and Edith, 
born 1913. George Herman, son of Annis M., wed Eva Pope. 
Issue: George Maxwell, born 1908; Mai-garet, born 1911, and 
Thomas, born 1914. John Edgar Countryman graduated in 
1893 at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, with the de- 
gree M. D. C. M., and later in 1914 received degree F. A. C. S- 
(Fellow American College of Surgeons.) Enlisted in the 
World War, Jan. 1918. Honorably discharged May 1919. 
Served in France with Evacuation Hospital No. 18, rank of 
Major. Dr. John E. is practicing medicine at Grafton, N. 
Dak. Frank (deceased), youngest son of Herman McConkey 
Countryman, had four sons and two girls : Charley, Howard, 
Harkness, Ray, Jean and Norma. The first three sons and 
daughter, Jean, live at Tweed- Canada; Ray, at Holland, 
Manitoba, Canada, and Norma, at Winnepeg, Canada. 


Ulster County, New York. 

In the U. S. census in 1790 there were three fam- 
ilies of Countrymans: Mathew. Frederick and Hendrick. 
There were three brothers born in Ulster county the last 
years of the 18th century: John, Henry and Cornelius. Cor- 
nelius, the youngest, was born March 24, 1799; his father 
died when Cornelius was six years old- and he was bound 
out to an uncle, Fred ("Fade.") Cornelius Countryman had 
three sons: John Watkins, Henry and Elias. All of these 
sons were in the Civil War, from Wisconsin. Cornelius 
Countryman died in S. Dakota, Nov. 1881. B. W. Country- 
man, son of John Watkins, was born in Grant county, Wis- 
consin, Feb. 28, 1867. His mother died when he was six 
years old and he never had a home until he was married 
to Alice Elizabeth Parkhurst, May 5, 1888. Issue: five chil- 
dren: Raymond Hugh, born May 27, 1889; Lydia Gertrude, 
born Nov. 28. 1890, died March 1, 1891 ; Olive Florence, born 
Nov. 21, 1894; Frederick Neil, born Oct- 12, 1901, and Edna, 
born Aug. 2. 1903, died Nov. 21, 1904. Hugh Raymond wed 
^lamie Harris in 1907, have two boys and two girls: Eileen, 
Bertram, Harris and Edna. They live in Colome, S. Dak., 
and operate a garage. Olive Florence wed Paul J. Guerney, 
in 1918. They have two boys: Raymond and James, ages 
six and four. They reside in Stockton, Calif. Frederick Neil 
wed Anna AltenhofFer in 1920. They have a boy two years 
old and a baby girl: Douglas and Rita May. They reside at 
Roswell, S. Dak., operating one of my company's elevators. 

B. W. Countryman's early life was on a farm and the 
last 25 years he was engaged in the grain business. He is 
treasurer of the Horse & Lueth Grain Co., Spencer, S. Dak. 

It is very evident that Hendrick (Henry), was the 
father of John, Henry and Cornelius, and the uncle "Fade" 
(Fred), is the F^rederick mentioned in the 1790 census, and 
that they with the Mathew mentioned in that census, were 
the sons of the Fred mentioned in the Marbletown church 
record, and the grandsons of our earliest ancestor, John 


This Mathew, son of Fred, mentioned in the Marble- 
town church records and also in census, we think, was the 
father of a Peter R., and a Fred we have records of through 
a Walter Countryman, of Hudson, Columbia, county, N. Y. 

Peter R. had three sons : Louis, Nathan and William 
H. Fred had three sons: John, Silas and George. Nathan 
is now living at High Falls, Ulster county, N. Y. Silas is 
living at Cocsockie, N. Y. Wm. H. had three sons: Walter, 
Wm. H. and Peter R. Peter R. has a son, Peter R. Wm. H. 
has a son, Ralph. 

Soli Deo Gloria 

Genealogy of John, 6th Son 

Family record of Johannes Contermann, translated 
from the German into the English: 

Johannes Conterman, born in the year of Jesus 
Christ, at Cana Johoarry (Canajoharie), on the 2d day of, 
March, 1736. and his wife, Rachel, nee Richard, born in 
Stone Arabia, October 29, 1733. 

In the year of our Lord Christ, 1758, on the 4th day 
of March, we were united in marriage and during the course 
of years, following children were born to us : 

A daughter named Lea, born November 26, 1758; a 
daughter Margretha, born February 20, 1760; a daughter, 
Rachel, born August 10, 1761 ; a daughter, Dorothea, born 
August 1, 1762, however, she only lived till July 21, 1767; 
a son named Nicolas (Nichalos), born February 2, 1764; a 
daughter named Catharina, born July 21, 1765; a daughter 
named Susanna, born November 1, 1766; a son named Jo- 
hannes, born February 12, 1768; a daughter named Mag- 
dalena, born August 18, 1769; a daughter named Maria, 
born September 15, 1771; a son named Abraham, born 
March 31, 1773; a son Aamed Benjamin, born September 
15, 1775, but he only lived till the 13th day of December, 


On February 28, 1787 my wife, Rachael. passed out 
of this life, and two years later her husband, Johannes Con- 
termann followed her into eternal rest- 
Lea Countryman Embody, eldest child of John, of 
Conrad, was born in Minden, Montgomery county, Nov. 26, 
1758; wed John Embody. Issue: Henry, John, Abram, Dan- 
iel, David, George, and two daughters: Catharine and Leah. 

Catharine wed Knouts. Leah wed Patten. 

Issue: two daughters. The whereabouts of the Embody pos- 
terity is unknown. 

Margaret ha Countryman Snyder, born Feb. 2, 1760. 
wed Capt. John Snyder. Issue: Daniel, John, Abraham, 
Benjamin, Jacob, Lany, Susan, Margaret, Catharine and 
Mary. Daniel lived and reared a family in the town of Stark, 
Herkimer county, with whom his mother, a Revolutionary 
pensioner, lived, (1840), age, 80 years. 

Lany Snyder Wendell, daughter of Margaretha Coun 
tryman Snyder, had five sons: John I., Rev. Jonas, Atty. 
Jacob, who practiced law at Fort Plain, N. Y. ; Atty. William, 
who practiced law at Coperstown, N. Y. ; Capt. N. 0. Wen- 
dell, a graduate of Hanover College, Ind., and professor in 
West Winfield Academy when he enlisted in the Ellsworth 
44th N. Y. Reg. as a private, but was soon promoted to a 
Captaincy of the 121st N- Y. Reg., and fell in death. May 3, 
1863, leading his comrades in a hotly contested battle near 
Fredericksburg, Va. Other prominent characters of the 
Wendell posterity, were Rev. Rufus Wendell, who died in 
Brooklyn. N. Y. ; Rev. Harvey Wendell, who lived and died 
in Albany, N. Y. ; Charles, for a number of years Assistant 
Treasurer of the New York and Hudson River R. R. C. ; 
Emory, a Ijanker, and John, a manufacturer, of Detroit, 
Mich.; Nathan Wendell, president of fthe Merchants Nat- 
iional Bank, Albany, N. Y., also Co- treasurer of Albany 
county, N. Y., and treasuruer of the state of New York; 
Wellington Wendell, proprietor of the Mohawk Valley Reg- 
ister and later connected with the Albany Evening Journal, author of a collection of peoms, title "Leisure Hours" ; 
Benjamin Wendell, who was a commissioned Captain by 
Gov. Seymour of the 1.38th Reg. Inft., and later commis- 


sioned Colonel of the same regiment by Gov. Stewart. A 
few years since, three sons of Benjamin were living in Fort 
Plain : James, a baggage master for the N. Y. Cen. R. R. Co. ; 
F. F., attorney-at-law and tax superintendent of West Shore 
and N. Y. Cen. R, R. companies, and Hon. John D., ex-judge 
and surrogate of Montgomery county and also since 1885 
attorney for the West Shore R. R. Co. John D. and F. F., 
(1923), are still living at Fort Plain, N. Y. 

Rachel, the daughter and third child of John, of Con- 
rad, born Aug. 10, 1761, died single. 

Dorothea, daughter and 4th child of John, of Con- 
rad, born Aug. 1, 1762, died single. 

Nicholas, the oldest son and 5th child of John, of 
Conrad, born Feb. 2, 17"64, wed Christina Oathout. Issue: 
John N., Nirhnla ajj:, Betsey, Rachel, Mary, Susan and Anna 
John N., 1812 poldier, born 17—, wed Anna — — . 
Issue: David; Benjamin, Anna, Peter and Nicholas (twins) ; 
David, born Feb. 2, 1810, issue: two sons, Jeremiah P., born 
Nov. 17, 1837, died April 21, 1918, soldier in Civil War; and 
John W., born Sept. 21, 1848. 

Benjarviin, born Aug. 12, 1811, had two sons and one 
daughter. David, the one son, lives at Syracuse, N. Y. 

Peter had three sens : David, of Rome, N. Y. ; Harvey, 
deceased, and Charles. 

Nicholas had one son, George, deceased, who had one son, 
Earnest G.,' Syracuse, N. Y. 

Jeremiah P. and Jqhn W. were both born in Lee, 
Oneida county, N. Y. 

Fred A. Countrynian, son of John W.. born in Mid- 
dleville, Herkimer county, N. Y., Oct. 31, 1877. 

Frank W. Countryman, born in Middleville, Herki- 
mer county, N. Y. 

Stanley Fred, son of Frank W., born in Whitesboro, 
Oneida county, N. Y., Jan. 23, 1903. 
[\Jt^^ ^ Nicholas Jr., born Jan. 1, 1800, died in 1873. Mar- 
ried Betsey Eckler, born 1800, died 1881. Issue :Jacob, Mary 
Ann, Nicholas 3r, Lydia, who died when two years old ; Ne- 
hemiah, Asa, Caroline, Alfred, Paul, Elizabeth and Eliza. 
Jacob, eldest son of Nicholas Jr., born March 25, 1817, wed 


Nancy Hayes. Issue: seven children, Delos, born Oct. 27, 
1839, wed Mrs. Addie Gage, died Jan. 17, 1912, in Dallas, 
Te.xas, no issue; Ira, was Civil War soldier in Co. B., Baker's 
1st Reg., N. Y. Volunteers; Jerome, was Civil War soldier 
in same regiment and died of disease. Ira was never heard 
of after the war; Romaine. Rozellen, Bertha, Rozetta. Ro- 
maine had three sons: Jay, Seward, Guy. Jay had two sons: 
Reyraond and Kenneth. Seward, no issue. Guy, three chil- 
dren: Romaine, Stanley, Sylphia. Rozellen wed Henry Dun- 
teman, of Little Falls, N. Y. Issue: George, Ora, Susan, 
Matie. George Dunteman, now of Little Falls, N. Y., wed 
Bernice Freeman; issue: H. F. Dunteman, born Dec. 5, 
1905; Caroline, born Sept. 19, 1911. 

Ellen, daughter of Jacob, wed W. C. Stewart, of 900 
Carbon St., Syracuse. N. Y. Still living in 1925. 

Rozetta, the youngest daughter, wed a Mr. Carter, 
of St. Johnsville, N. Y. Still living, 1923. 

Mary Ann, oldest daughter of Nicholas Jr., wed first 
husband, Dewitt Richardson, iasue: three sons, living. 
Henry, Leroy. Julius, of South Lynn, Mich. 

Nehemiah, son of Nicholas Countryman, Jr., (one of 
triplets), had seven children: Mary E., D. Emily, Orein G., 
Garrett S.. Charles. Flora. Addie. Garrett S., now of Flint, 
Mich, has one son, Everett H.. who has four children: Cecil. 
Margaurite. Eldon, Lyle. 


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Genealogy of John Connti-yman, of Conratl 1st 

Issue: John, born March 31', 1736, died 1789, (Mont- 
omery county, N. YJ Married a Miss Richards at Stone 
Arabia, N. Y., April 25, 1758. Issue: Nicholas^lst, born 
Feb. 17, 1764, died 1843. Married Christina, Oathout. Issue: 
Nicholas 2d, born Jan. 1, 1800, died 1873. Married Elizabetli 
Eckler, 1800, died 1881. Issue: Nicholas 3d. 

Extensive contractor and builder from 1852; came to 
New Haven in 1846. 

Countryman, Nicholas, born in Stark, Herkimer coun- 
ty, N. Y., October 24, 1825, died in New Haven, Conn., Jan. 
30, 1909. Married Hine, Louise Talmage, in Cheshii'e, Conii., 
April 30, 1848. She was born in Cheshire, Conn., May 8, 
1825, died at New Haven, Conn., Jan. 23, 1909. Childr^iK 
Franklin, born Sept. 23, 1849; William Arthur, born July 4, 
1852; Charles Lewis, born Jan. 16, 1855; Edwin, born De- 
cember 29, 1857; Louisa, born Oct. 26, 1860; Robert Eu- 
gene, born Feb. 18, 1865; Stella Elsie, born April 20, 1869, 
died March 19, 1870. 

Nicholas Countryman's father was Nicholas Coun- 
tryman, and his mother, Elizabeth Eckler, of , N. Y. 

Louise Talmage Hine's father was Hezekiah Hine, 
and her mother, Abigail A. Talmage. 

Countryman, Rev. Franklin, Yale '70, now pastor 
of the Congregational Church, East Haddam, Conn. Mar- 
ried Mary I. Pickett, of New Haven, Conn., Dec. 26, 1870. 
She died without issue, in Prespect, Conn., Aug. 24, 187^. 
He then married Ella S. Butricks, of New Haven, Conn., 
Nov. 18, 1880. Issue: Ella May, boim Nov. 9, 1882. 

She was reporter and editor of newspapers in New 
Haven and Hartford, Conn.; State and U. S. statistician for 
25 years, retired July 3, 1922. 

Countryman, William Arthur, married Mary A. Per- 
ry, of New Haven, Conn., Dec. 23, 1784. Issue: Emeline, 
born in New Haven, April 28, 1882; W. Arthur, Jr., born 
in Hartford, Nov. 16, 1884. Emeline married Arthur Edwin 
Hodgson, of New Haven, (Yale Sheff. 03), in Washington, 


D. C, May 20, 1908, (is assistant treasurer Winchester Re- 
peating Arms Co., New Haven, Conn. W. Arthur, Jr., (Yale 
'05, Harvard Law '08, member of Shipman & Goodwin, At- 
torneys at Law, 36 Pearl Street, Hartford, Conn. Clerk of 
Enrgossed Bills. Connecticut State Legislature, 1923; hav- 
ing held various other clerkships of the Connecticut Legis- 
lature.) Married Charlotte Whiting Burton in Hartford, 
Conn., June 24. 1916. Issue: W. Arthur 3d, born Aug. 17, 
1917; Louise, born Jan. 24, 1921; Janet, born Jan. 28, 1923. 

Charles Lewis Countryman, carpenter and builder. 
New Haven, Conn. 

Irving N. Countryman, born Aug. 13, 1883, and son 
of Charles Louis Countryman and Louisa Josephine Mann 
Countryman. Birthplace, New Haven. Both parents are 
living. Graduated from Yale College in 1905, being a mem- 
ber of Phi Bota Kappa and Alpha Chi Rho fraternity. Was 
in the graduate school of Yale University from 1905 to 1907, 
receiving an M. A. degree in 1906. For fifteen years had 
taught in New Haven high school, and was head of the his- 
tory department most of that period. This year is teaching 
in the Department of Education at Yale University. On 
July 7, 1909, was married to Elsie Minnie Tischer. Have 
one son. Arthur Irving, born October 24, 1915. 

Edwin Countryman, carpenter and builder. New 
Haven, Conn. Married Martha R. Barnett, Sept. 29, 1880. 
No issue. 

Louisa Countryman, now of White Plains, N. Y. Mar- 
ried Elliott H. Wright, at New Haven, Nov. 24, 1892. He is 
an expert tobacco salesman. Maiden Lane, N. Y. City. Issue: 
Sarah Louise, born May 13, 1894; Elliott Howell 2d, born 
March 26. 1896. saw service in the World War with the 
marines. 2d Div. A. E. F.. from Chateau Thierry to Coblenz, 
three times decorated for distinguished service under fire; 
Vera Josephine, born Jan. 25, 1901. Sarah Louise married 
John Henry Meyer, an accountant, of New York City, April 
30. 1914. Issue: Adele, born Dec. 15, 1914. 

Robert Eugene Countryman, carpenter and builder, 
New Haven. Conn. Married Lida Richards, June 2, 1886. 


Issue: Robert Nicholas, born May 31, 1887, was in the 2d 
Conn. Infantry, U. S. A., on the Mexican border in 1916, and 
with the headquarters detachment (corporal) 12th Div. 
U. S. A. at Camp Devens, Mass., during the World War; 
Bertha Louise, born Nov. 23, 1888; Mildred, born Feb. 3, 
1890. Bertha Louise married John A. Temple, (born at Rich- 
mond, Vt.,) in New Haven on Jan. 12, 1910. Mr. Temple is 
now attached to the clerical force at the headquarters of the 
Brotherhood of National Trainmen at Cleveland, Ohio. Is- 
sue: John A. Jr., born Aug. 20, 1910; Virginia Lee, born 
Dec. 9, 1912; Robert Eugene, born Apiil 5, 1915; Richard 
Cannon, born Nov. 16, 1916; Lorraine Dorothy, born Dec. 
17, 1918; Martah Caroline, born Dec. 17, 1920. 

Asa, son of Nicholas Jr., born in Herkimer county, 
N. Y., wed first wife, Lizzie Putnam. Issue: four children, 
a daughter, Ella Pickering, address El Paso, Texas; 2d mar- 
riage, two sons: Burton and Carl. Asa was a Congrega- 
tional minister and lived much of his life in Iowa, where he 
died. He attended the first Countryman reunion held in 
the west, in 1902 at Rochelle, III, the only representative 
of the Nicholas clan of John, of Conrad. He is in group 
cut of 1902. 

Caroline, daughter of Nicholas Jr., wed John H. 
Cronkhite. Issue: two children, both died young. Family 
is buried in Mt. Hope cemetery at Minden, (Fords Bush), 
New York. 

Alfred, son of Nicholas Jr., born in Stark, Herkimer 
county, N. Y. Wed Alvira Sweatland. No issue. Last known 
place of residence, Niagara Falls, N. Y. 

Paul, son of Nicholas Jr., wed Elizabeth Washburn. 
Issue: two sons: Darwin and Herschel, living at Flint, Mich. 
Soldier in Civil War. Died at Fort Plain, N. Y. 

Elizabeth, daughter of Nicholas Jr., born in Herki- 
mer county, N. Y., April 29, 1836, wed P. G. Cummings on 
Feb. 26, 1866. Moved to Iowa Feb., 1867. Issue: Alma E., 
Lester N., and Ida May. Alma E. wed John Cunningham 
and lives at Horton, Iowa. Lester wed Augusta Buchuster 
and lives on the home farm near Horton. Ida May wed Joe 


Alcock, and lives at Fredericka, Iowa- Mrs. Cummings died 
July 16, 1924, in her 89th j-ear. She had two grandchildren: 
]Mrs. Vera Thompson, of Gracemount, Okla., and Craig 
Alcock, of Fredericka, Iowa. Also five great-grandchildren: 
Kenneth, Pauline, Alva and Donald Thompson, of Oklahoma. 
Mr. Cummings died March 29, 1823. 

Eliza, youngest daughter of Nicholas Jr., wed Alonzo 
Sanders. No issue. Died April 17, 1822, at St. Johnsville, 
New York. 

Nicholas Jr. and family were born and reared in Her- 
kimer county, N. Y. The father and sons : Paul and Alfred, 
were masons by trade- The parents' later years were spent 
in the town of Danube and at Minden (Fords Bush), Mont- 
gomery county, N. Y. Their final resting place is Mt. Hope 
cemetery. Fords Bush, N. Y. 

Betsey, oldest daughter of Nicholas 1st, married 
Hazzard Steadman, Sept. 14, 1806. 

Rachel, second daughter of Nicholas 1st, wed John- 
a than Pickard. 

Mary Countryman Roof, third daughter of Nicholas, 
of John, of Conrad- married John Roof, of the town of Stark, 
Herkimer county, N. Y. Issue: Christian, David, Solomon, 
Fanny and Mary. Christian wed Betsey Shaver. Issue : one 
son, Anson, deceased. David wed Mary Walrath, daughter 
of Adolph Walrath, of the town of Stark. They had one 
son, Cola, who lives on the old homestead and has four chil- 
dren : Earl, Florence, Russell and Mildred. Mother's maiden 
name, Alice Getman. Russell wed Gratia L. Young, Dec 
24, 1824. Solomon Roof wed Nancy Walrath, also daughter 
of Adolph Walrath. Issue: Alice, who died at the age of 11 
years, and Seward, who died at 24. Fanny, the older daugh- 
ter of John Roof, wed Wm. Wormuth. Issue: four sons, 
Amos, John, George and Ezra- Mary, the younger daugh- 
ter, w«d Nicholas Casler as second wife. No issue. 

Susan, fourth daughter of Nicholas, of John, of Con- 
rad, wed George Moyer. 

Ann, fifth daughter of Nicholas, of John, of Conrad. 
wed Jacob Shaul. Issue: Solomon, who wed Elizabeth Kel- 


ler. Issue: a Mrs. W. W. Crannell, of Albany. X. Y., reputed 
a writer and lecturer of note. 

Catharine, sixth child of John, of Conrad, born July 
21, 1765, wed Henry Smith. Issue: Benjamin. David, Jesse, 
Nelson and Rachel. No knowledge where these are — lost in 
the multitude of Smiths. 

Susanna, seventh child of John, of Conrad, born Nov. 
1, 1766- wed John Augsbury. Issue: David, John, Abram, 
Benjamin, Nicholas, Daniel and Betsey, who married Con- 
rad Roof. Susan married Richard Shimel Rachel married 
Wm. Youngs. Margaret married Martin Kennedy. Nancy 
married John Gould. Katy Married Peter Bowman. John 
Augsbury, Sr. came to the Mohawk valley, N. Y.. from the 
Palatinate Bavaria about 1750, to escape war. This family 
moved from the Mohawk valley to Pamelia, Jefferson coun- 
ty, N. Y^., about 1812. David, eldest son, wed Betsey Coun- 
tryman, daughter of John George, son of Lieut. George, of 
Conrad. John wed Bernice Ballard- Issue: nine children, 
six girls and three boys. Boys' names : Jackson. Byron and 
Hiram. Abram, third son, wed Christina Countryman, 
daughter of John George, of George, of Conrad. Nicholas, 
the fifth son of John and Susanna Augsbury, had a son, Mor- 
gan, who reared a family of three sons and one daughter in 
Jefferson county. In 1868 h epurchased a flouring mill at 
Antwerp, and moved thence from Alexandria township. In 
1884, he changed the mill from the common to the roller 
process. The mill was run by water, and had the capacity 
of 80 barrels per day. Children's names were: Frank A. 
Augsbury, now of Ogdensburg, N. Y. ; John C. who resides 
in San Francisco, Calif; Willard S. and a sister. Gertrude 
Amanda, now residing at Antwerp. The sons have no issue 
and the daughter unmarried. Willard S- wife's maiden 
name was Mary Ellis, born April 25, 1863, and died June 
17, 1920. Willard S. was born in Alexandria township, Au- 
gust 31, 1858. At the age of twelve he removed with his 
family to Antwerp, where he has since resided. He was 
educated at Ives Seminary, Phillips Exeter Academy, and 
attended Yale University one year. He served in the New 


York State Assembly during the years 1915-16-17 and is 
now State Senator from tiie 37th Senatorial District. Mr. 
Augsbury is interested in farming and banking. 

Daniel, the youngest son of John and Susanna Augs- 
bury, moved from the Mohawk valley in 1812. At the age of 
twenty he married Mary, daughter of Conrad Shimel. Upon 
the death of his father, in Pamelia township, he became the 
owner of his farm. Issue: seven children, 5 girls and three 

The progeny of John and Susanna Countryman Angs- 
bury in Jefferson county, have been quite numerous and 
successful farmers. 

Johannes (John I. Sr), eighth child, born Feb. 12, 
1768. Issue: Isaac, Mary, Catharine, Elizabeth, John I. Jr., 
David, Rachael, Nancy, Peter, Daniel and Moses. The gen- 
ealogy of these families are complete in Part I. 

Magdalena, ninth child of John, of Conrad, born Au- 
gust 18. 1769, wed Sabastion Shaul, Feb. 9, 1789. Sabastian 
Shaul was born in 1766 or 1777. Was kidnapped by Indians 
near VanHornesville, N. Y., in the 1780 raid and was held 
captive five years. Issue: one son, John B., and a daughter, 
Catharine. John B. wed Elieabeth Countryman, daughter of 
John I- Countryman, Sr. Issue found in Part I. 

Maria, tenth child of John, of Conrad, born Sept. 15, 
1771. Wed Conrad Shimel. Issue: Christian and Conrad. 
Christian, .son of Mary Countryman Shimel, wed Catharine 
Shaul, daughter of Sabastian and Magdalena Countryman 
Shaul. I.ssue: Sabastian, John, Nancy, Lany, Caty and Lo- 
vina. Sabastian wed Nancy Jordan. Issue :Sarah Ann, Jor- 
dan, Rufus and John. Jordan and Rufus died in 1917. John, 
in 192;5, was living at Richfield Springs, N. Y. Sarah Ann 
wed George Hopkins. Nancy wed William Brown and had 
a daughter, Charlotte, who wed Daniel Overacker. Lany 
wed Plinney Willis. I.ssue: two sons, Walter and John. John 
died at Richfield Springs in 1923- Walter died at Coopers- 
town, N. Y., where he has a son who is a practicing attorney. 
Caty, daughter of Christian, died young. Lovina, youngest 
daughter of Christian, wed Henry Eckler. Issue: a daugh- 


ter, Matilda, (Tillie), and a son, Clinton. Tillie wed Jacob 
Monk. Issue: oneson, Clinton, who married Florence Mar- 
garet Marks. Issue: two daughters, Dorothy and Beatrice 
Ella. Clinton Eckler wed Minnie Moyer, daughter of Mor 
gan and Lovina Monk Moyer. Issue: one son, Percy, who 
wed Daisy Laffler. Issue : Russell, Ethel M., Robert C, and 
Mary Helen. 

John, son of Christian Shimel, wed Maria Wagner, 
daughter of Felix and Leah Pickard Wagner, July 2, 1846. 
Issue: Leah Rose, Catharine, Minnie L. and John, Jr. Cath- 
arine and John, Jr. died in youth. John Shimel, Sr. died in 
the town of Stark, Herkimer county, N. Y., and is buried in 
the family lot on Wilsy Hill. Marie Shimel ShuU died in her 
90th year at her daughter's home in Creston, Ohio, where 
she is buried. Leah Rose, eldest daughter of John and Maria 
Shimel, wed George Baum in the town of Stark, Jan. 24, 
1866. Issue: one daughter, Eva. Father died at Creston, 
Ohio, where mother and daughter now live. (1925) 

Eva, daughter and only child of George and Rose Baum. 
was born in Herkimer county, N. Y., April 12, 1870. Wed 
Frank Jordan, of Creston, Ohio, Dec. 30, 1891. Issue, five 
children: Eloise, Clare, Corinne, Mildred and Ruth. Clare 
died in Florida, Jan. 22, 1900. Eloise Jordan wed Lawrence 
Newberry, Nov. 1, 1922. Was a successful teacher several 
years in northern Ohio. At present he is editor of the Cres- 
ton Journal. Corinne wed Rev. Adam Hunter, July 11, 1922, 
of Lorain, Ohio. He was field secretary of Baldwin College, 
of which both are graduates, and now has a pastorate 
charge at South Euclid, Ohio. She has been a successful 
teacher for several years. Issue : Constance Elaine, born at 
Berea, Ohio, Aug. 17, 1923. 

Minnie L., youngest daughter of John and Maria 
Shimel, wed Wm. Henry Keller in the town of Danube, Her- 
kimer county, N. Y., Dec. 22, 1880, and came to Creston, 
Ogle county, Illinois, Feb. 24, 1881, and from there to North- 
wood, Iowa, March 1, 1884. To them were born three daugh- 
ters, Myrtle Laura, born in Illinois, July 24, 1882; Ida May, 
born at Northwood, la., Aug. 1, 1886; Eva Clara, born at 
Northwood, la., July 11, 1892. Has worked as clerk for a 


luimbei' of yoars at the court house and now (1924) is dep- 
uty clerk of Worth county, Iowa. Ida May wed Ralph More, 
Jan. 16, 1907. Issue: Wm. Glen, born May 6, 1908; Russel 
Clare, born June 25, 1913, died June 4, 1921 ; Evalyn Myrtle, 
born ]\Iarch 23, 1915, address Athboy, S. Dak. Myrtle L. 
Keller wed Albert F. Marshall May 18, 1915, lives at North- 
wood, Iowa. :\Ir. Keller died at Northwood, April 20, 1920. 
Mrs. Keller also died at Northwood, May 4, 1921. Mr. Keller 
was a successful butter maker in Illinois— the same a far- 
mer in Iowa. 

Abraham, of John, of C'onradt 1st. 

Abraham, as translated from the original German 
family record and called Abram I. later, was born March 31, 
1773. Wed Catharine Grouse, of Minden, Montgomery coun- 
ty, N. Y. Issue: Abram, Phillip, John A. I., Nicholas, Solo- 
mon. Peter, i\Iary, Rachael, Elizabeth, Magdalena, Cath- 

Abram, liorn in Montgomery county, N. Y., wed a 
;\Irs. Stoerns. was a millwright by ti'ade and moved to Can- 
ada about 1820. Issue: two daughters, Violetta and Fidelia. 
Second marriage, one daughter. Helen M. Third marriage, 
two daughters, Melvina and Henrietta. Violet wed E. 
Backus and had several sons. Fidelia wed A. Coats and had 
two girls, one lives in Canada, the other, Lillian Burrows, 
in Canistee, N. Y. Helen M. wed R. Biddle and lives in Bowl- 
ing Green, Ky. Melvina wed J. Dibble and had several boys, 
and died in Indiana. 

Phillip went with his l)rother, Abram, to Port Rowan, 
Canada. Wed a MissFick. I.ssue: Aljram and Jane. Jane 
married James Anderson. Issue: one boy and one girl. 
Abram and Phillip, brothers, and sons of Abram, of John, 
of Conrad, both died at Port Rowan, Canada. John A I ' 
son of Abram I., was l)orn June 1, 1802, in what is now the 
town of Stark, Herkimer county, N. Y. When a lad of four- 
teen he worked on a farm, later digging on the Erie canal 
and worked some at wheelwright and mason trades Was a 


great sufferer from asthma and could not lie in bed for twen- 
ty years or more. By economy and good management, ac- 
cumulated a farm in Steuben county, N. Y., of 150 acres 
and a few hundred dollars when he died at the age of 76 '/^ 
years. He embraced the Christian religion in his early mar- 
ried life and became a member of the M. E. church. He wed 
Lany Snyder, Aug. 24, 1825. Issue: Louisa Melvine, (Mrs. 
June) ; Catharine Maria, (Mrs. Walrath) ; Addison, Abram 
F., Marion Helen, (Mx's. House) ; J. Benson, Margaret Eliz- 
abeth, (Mrs. Bateman) ; Emma J., (Mrs. Boyer.) 

Louisa Countryman June had four boys and one girl. 
They live at Canisteo, N. Y. Youngest son an artist at Ad- 
dison, N. Y. 

Maria Countryman Walrath had three boys and one 
girl. Live at Jasper, Steuben county, N. Y. 

Addison, oldest son of John A. L, wed Ursula Stuart. 
Had six children : Alice wed H. White, has two boys, live in 
Rochester, N. Y. ; Emily, deceased ; Belle wed Wm. Preston, 
railroad superintendent, lives in Tennessee, has a girl and 
two boys ; Anna wed a farmer, lives in Pennsylvania, has a 
large family of boys and girls; Reuben Leroy wed Helena 
W. Gilbert, Dec. 31, 1901, has oneson, Gilbert Leroy, born 
August 28, 1903. Reuben L. lives in Geneseo, N. Y., is pro- 
fessor in State Normal School. Florence wed Dr. Lochner, 
of Albany, N. Y., no children. 

Abram F. Countryman, son of John A. L, was born 
in Minden, Montgomery county, N. Y., March 11, 1832. Wed 
Elizabeth A. Bateman, July 26, 1860. She died Oct. 22, 1922, 
no issue. Converted at the age of fourteen, united with the 
East Geneseo Conference of the M. E. church, August 1861. 
Retired from active ministry Oct. 1898. Lived his later 
years and died at Scottsburg, Livingston county, N. Y. He 
with his wife and sister, Mrs. C. A. Bateman, attended the 
first Countryman reunion at Rochelle, 111., June, 1902. 

Marion Countryman House lives at Rexville, N. Y. 
Had four boys and two girls. The youngest boy, David, 
entered a large tract of land near Alberta, Canada. Has one 
child. The rest of the family live in Steuben countj', N. Y. 


J. Benson Countryman, also a M. E. minister, had 
three children: Edith, deceased; Everett lives in Albany, 
N.Y., no issue ; Onnole wed Dr. H. E. Sperry, lives at 17 Park 
Ave., Rochester, N. Y., no children. Rev. J. Benson and wife 
have same address. 

Margaret Elizabeth Countryman, boi-n in Minden, 
N. v., Oct. 23. 1842. married Charles A. Bateman, June 20, 
1865. and died August. 1922. Issue: Roy C, born Nov. IS, 
1874, wed Daisy McDowell, and Claire, born April 1, 1879. 
Roy runs a Dodge garage in Danville, N. Y. Claire lives 
in Buffalo, N. Y., and is employed in a steel plant. Mr. Bate- 
man at 85 is still — Oct. 24. 1924 — living at Danville, N. Y. 

Emma Countryman Boyer had four children: Lee. 
lives at Corning, N. Y. and works in the glass works; Mag- 
gie, wed Mr. Crane, superintendent of coke ovens at Leba- 
non, Pa.; Louisa, deceased; Lizzie married a farmer at 
Camron. N. Y. 

Nicholas, son of Abram I., of John, of Conrad, born 
March 27. 1804, died in 1890. He wed Amanda Bamby, Au- 
gust 26. 1827. She was born in 1809 and died about 1866. 
Issue: Matilda, died single; Louis, died at fifteen years; Rob- 
ert Emmett, and Mary Catharine. 

Robert Emmett was born May 31, 1833, died Sept. 
24, 1919. His wife, Mary E. MacConahey, was born Feb. 24, 
1840. They were married in 1868. Issue: Carrie, born 1869, 
single; Clifton Louis, born 1871; Grace May, born 1872, 
single; Charles Orin, born 1874; Margaret Elsie, born 1876; 
infant son, deceased 1878; Elizabeth Eleanor, born 1880; 
Wilbur Emmett, born 1882. 

Clifton Louis, eldest son. wed Nellie Morrill. Issue: Dale 
Morrill. Allen Emmett. Helen was born Feb. 13. 1921, died 
March 12. 1922. Charles Orin wed Alice Oliver. Issue: Dor- 
othy Elizabeth. Orin Oliver and Ellis. Margaret Elsie Coun- 
tryman wed Ralph McCullum. Issue: Ralph Kenneth and 
Robert. P^lizabeth Eleanor Countryman wed Leonard Tur- 
ner. Issue: Mai-y Margaret and Elizabetli. born at Schenec- 
tady. N. Y.. 1920. Emmett Wilbur Countryman wed Helvise 
WoUen. Issue: Margaret Evelyn. l\Iarvin, Heloise, Dorothy. 


Carrie, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Em- 
met Countryman, has remained most of her life in the home, 
a faithful and helpful companion. 

Gi'ace, the second daughter, has been teacher in the 
public schools of Nebraska and New York, and now has 
chai-ge of the public library in her home town, Weeping Wa- 
ter, Neb. 

Clifton L., eldest son, is president of the Citizens Se- 
curity Bank at Ogalalla, Neb. 

Charles 0., second son of Robert Emmett, lives on a 
2000 acre ranch near Lewellen, Neb. 

Elizabeth Eleanor, fourth daughter, lives at Schenec- 
tady, N. Y. Her husband, Leonard Turner, is in the General 
Electric works. 

Wilbur Emmett Countryman, youngest son, owns a 
farm near Tekamah. Tekamah is about 35 miles north of 
Omaha. He lives in town for its school advantages for his 
three children. 

Mary Catharine Counti-yman, daughter of Nicholas, 
of Abram I., born Aug. 22, 1835, wed George W. Court- 
wright, Dec. 25, 1856. She died at Carthage, Mo., in 1873. 
Issue: Clarence Lewis, born at Dixon, 111., Oct. 16, 1857. He 
wed Emma Wilcoxen, April 29, 1887. Issue: Grace, Lila, 
Ruth, Helen, Byron and Claire. 

Grace Courtright, born Feb. 14, 1888, wed Frank J. 
Monday, March 1, 1908. Issue: a daughter, Pauline, born 
Dec. 1910, and a baby, name . 

Solomon Countryman, of Abram I., of John, of Con- 
rad, born in town of Stark, Herkimer county, N. Y., March 
22, 1808. Died in 1875, buried in family lot at Jasper, Steu- 
ben county, N. Y. Merchant, fai-mer and practiced law at 
intervals and a remarkable penman. Was married to Kath- 
arine Diefendorf, March 22, 1832, died April 20, 1836. 
Remarried April 20, 1837 to Jane Farquharson, died 
aged over 80 years. Issue : Edwin Countryman, born March 
2, 1833, lawyer, district attorney of Otsego county, N. Y., 
register of bankruptcy, judge of supreme court and member 
of constitutional convention of New York state in 1894, died 


June 14. 1914, married Mary Ann Thompson, of Cherry Val- 
ley, N. Y. She was born Aug. 31, 1833, died in Albany, 
N. Y., Dec. 9. 1897. Issue: one son, Charles, born Dec. 30, 
1859. Educated a lawyer as was his father. Died in Colo- 
rado Springs. April 30. 1899, and was cremated at Troy, 
N. Y., May 4. 1899. He wed Grace Ingalls, March 27, 1889. 
Issue: Katharine Countryman, born Feb. 3, 1890, in Albany, 
N. Y. She is now living in Fort Plain, N. Y. Alvin Country- 
man, born 1834. died 1849. Jonas D., born April 8, 1836, 
lawyer in Chetopa, Kan. Issue: Rollin J., Walter, Arthur 
and Bertha. Alfred Countryman born July 21, 1839, died 
July 14. 1863, member of Co. D., 141st N. Y. Vol., buried in 
Hampton National Cemetery. 

David F. Countryman, born July 26, 1841. married 
Emma Simpson. March 3, 1878. She died April 11, 1920, no 

D. F. served in Co. K, 86th N. Y. Vol. for three years, 
wounded at Mine Run, Va. After the war served as store 
keeper with New York Custom House at New York for five 
years, but .«pent most of his life on a farm. 

William B. Countryman, born May 11, 1843, died in 
1891. Wed Amanda Baker, of Camron, N. Y., who died in 
1921 at age of 74 years. Issue: one son, Edwin W. He mar- 
ried Anna Belle Beach, of Seneca Falls, N. Y. She died in 
1917. aged 42 years. Issue: two daughters, Pauline, the old- 
er died in 1917, aged 23 years. Bulah, the younger, wed 
Norman Diem, of 451 East Utica St., BulTalo, N. Y. 

Edwin W's profession for a number of years was pho- 
tography, later was connected with the Eastman Kodak 
Co. as commercial traveler for twelve years. For the last 
two years giving as a side line educational lectures on Indian 

Hannah Catharine Countryman, born Jan. 24, 1847, 
wed Rufus Park, who died Sept. 1872. Issue: Cora, now de- 
ceased, and Charles R.. connected with the Rochester Dem- 
ocrat and Chronicle. (Printer) 

Helen E. Countryman, born April 13, 1849, died Dec. 
1894. Wed Charies VanOrsdale. Issue: three sons, Clar- 
ence, John and David C. 


Peter Countryman, son of Abram I., of John, of Con- 
rad, born Sept. 10, 1810, died young. 

Mary, daughter of Abram I., of John, of Coni-ad, wed 
Nicholas Shimel. 

Rachael, daughter of Abram I., of John, of Conrad, 
died a babe. 

EHzabeth, born Oct. 4, 1794, daughter of Abram I. 

MagdaHn, born March 11, 1806, daughter of Abram I. 
wed John Fetterly, who died in Dixon, 111. Issue: Solomon, a 
49r, went to California and has not been heard from since ; 
Abram, went to Nebraska; Catharine and Myra, both mar- 
ried Beckers, in Canada. 

Catharine Countryman, daughter of Abram I., of 
John, of Conrad, was born in 1796, died in May, 1843. Wed 
John Becker. Issue: Abram, John and Elizabeth, who mar- 
ried a Mr. Meisner. 

Catharine Countryman's second husband was a Mr. 
Dills. Issue: Angeline Dills, who married A. J. Winters. Is- 
sue: Katy, A. J., Jr., Dr. J. A. Winters, (died Jan. 2, 1917, 
and Dr. 0. G. Winters. 

Katy Winters wed George Goodwin. Issue: G. 0. 
Goodwin, H. W. Goodman and R. J. Goodman. G. 0. Good- 
win's issue, Virgniia. H. W. Goodwin's issue, Robt. J. 

A. J. Winters, Jr. issue : J. A. Winters, Angeline Win- 
ters and Judson Winters. 

Angeline Winters Wheeler, no issue. 

Dr. 0. G. Winters, born at LaCrosse, Wis., Dec. 2, 
1858, died at DesMoines, la., June 4, 1922. Issue: Luella and 
0. G. Winters, Jr. Luella Winters Schaeffer, issue J. Win- 
ters Schaeffer. 

Dr.O. G. Winters, sonof Angeline Dills Winters, granddaugh- 
ter of Abram I., son of John, of Conrad, was a physician of 
repute as medical director for the "Yeomen" for seventeen 
years, till death at Des Moines, la. He was much loved by 
all his business associates and all who knew him best. He 
was a Shriner, Knight Templer and a 32d degree Mason. 
He, mother and wife, attended the first Countryman reun- 
ion at Rochelle in 1902 and are in group taken at that time. 

Excerpts from Manuscript of Norman W. Countryman and 
Will of George Countryman Isi. 

Statement and records on the genealogy of the Coun- 
trymans, Contremans, Kondermans lines as found and 
spelled by different writers in deeds and papers by Norman 
W. Countryman. Fultonville, N. Y., May 21, 1917, and June 
11. 1923. 

The first of the Countrymans that I learned came 
from Prussia in Germany over 200 years ago. It was said 
they left there for being persecuted and came to America, 
and John Fredrick Countryman settled at first along the 
west banks of the Hudson river, and that he had three sons, 
6, 9 and 12 years of age. In conversation with a German I 
was told Countryman name means "landsmann." It appears 
that John Fredrick Countryman (Conterman) lived in a 
Hudson river town and having the three sons in 1711 or a 
little later, moved to Schoharie county, New York, with 
other friends, traveling on foot through the wilderness in 
winter, with their goods carried on their backs and sleeping 
out in the woods where wild beasts were around, keeping 
fires to drive them away. It seems John Fredrick's one son 
was lost sight of (perhaps died young). One son, Conrad, of 
whom I am a descendant, lived in Schoharie, N. Y. for some 

Records show that some of the Germans in Schoharie 
went to Pennsylvania, and Conrad moved from Schoharie to 
the now town of Minden, Montgomery county, New York, 
and in the settlement along the road called the Dutchtown 
road or highway in the year 1723, with other friends and 
neighbors — Lipes, Keysers, Hawns, Sanders, Diefendorfs, 
Mayers (now called Moyer), Houses, Zimmermans, Klocks, 
Millers, Zollers. Windeckers and others. 

Conrad Conterman. Casper Lipe and Harmanus Win- 
decker in 1731 purchased from the Indians, 2000 acres of 
land and received a deed from King George the Second, of 
which I have a copy. If I remember, Countryman, Lipe and 
Windecker were to pay three shillings per acre to the King 


or his agents, but I think it was never all paid before inde- 
pendence was declared. Soon after the purchase of the 2000 
acres, the three purchasers divided the land, I think in the 
year 1731, and Conrad received 666 1-3 acres for his share, 
and some of it was situated where Fort Willett was built 
later. I was on the spot several years ago and found it a 
very sightly place. It showed that those who bulit it select- 
ed a spot where they could see the Indians and Tories and 
others coming a long waj^ off, I should guess eight or ten 
miles. An acre was enclosed for the fort and built of oak 
timbers a foot in diameter, 15 feet long, set upright in the 
ground three feet. The timber was cut mostly from Con- 
rad's woods, and others benefited, and in 1849, John George, 
a grandson of Conrad, when a lad drove a team to draw pai-t 
of the poles away when they were divided after the war. 
The ones who occupied the enclosure were George, Marks, 
and John Countryman, John Pickard, Henry Sanders, Fred- 
rick Walrath, Isaac Van Camp, Henry Apple, George Brice 
and Henry Walrath. There was a wagon entrance on the 
east side and a small gate on the north side, leading to a well. 
The enclosure is said to accommodate 1000 persons. 

The families had stables built of logs, but outside the 
enclosure. Powder was kept or secured in the hut of George 
Countryman, and each occupant had their own hut — they 
used one bake oven. The writer, Norman W. Countryman, 
saw the bottom of this oven in September, 1908. It was 
4i/jx6 feet in diameter and for three inches on the top it was 
discolered from using fat or grease in baking and cooking. 
I secured a sample of the stone bottom at the time of visit- 
ing there. 

The land was owned by Romaine Timmerman in 1908 
In the destruction of the Dutchtown settlements by 
the Indians and Tories, October 20, 1780, to the surprise of 
everyone, the house of George Countryman remained un- 
harmed, since it was well known that there was not a more 
staunch Whig in the neighborhood. This circumstance re- 
mained a mystery, however, until the close of the war. 
George had a brother who had followed the Johnsons and 
Butlers to Canada, who was with the horde of invaders on 


the occasion named. He was a masked man and supposing 
his wife was at the time at the home of his brother, his en- 
treaties to have it spared prevailed, and it stood a seeming- 
monument to savage mercy. After the war this brother sent 
word from Canada to George, informing him why his house 
was not burned and spared the incendiary torch — assuring 
him also that had he known at the time that his own wife 
was not in it, he would have seen that smoke with the rest. 
George was so angered by this message that he at 
once wrote his brother to never darken his door again, since 
he added, you have not only been a traitor to your country 
but a traitor to your king. He never returned to the home 
of his childhood, but sent for his wife, who joined him in 
Canada, where they remained. Some years ago I heard it 
was his brother, Jacob, that turned Tory; that he thouglit 
the British would be victorious and that he would be one ot 
those to get a farm by confiscation. Think it was my grand- 
father, George, .who told it. 

Norman W. Countryman, the writer, a great great 
grandson of Capt. George Countryman, has his powder horn 
he had in the Revolution. It is a large one and contains 
carvings of a man holding a sword in his right hand and 
representing, I suppose, him as a lieutenant which he was 
in the Revolution, and also his name and date carved on it, 
and several buildings, a deer, and an eagle, and dated Marcli 
1780. I also have the gun barrel, dated 1777, and I have seen 
the knapsack, made of leather with brass buckles, and the 
letters U. S. 

Captain George died in 1809. leaving a will. He was a 
lieutenant from 1778 to 1788, when he was promoted to a 
Captain of Militia in 1798, when he resigned. He married 
Christina Diefendorf, a sister of Captain Henry Diefendorf, 
who was killed at Oriskany. 

Following is a copy of the will of Capt. George Coun- 
tryman, son of Conrad Countryman : 

"In the name of God, Amen, I, George Conterman, 
of the town of Minden, county of Montgomery, and State of 


New York, being sickly in body, but of perfect mind and 
memory (thanks to God), calling to mind the mortality of 
my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men 
once to die, do this day make and ordain this to be my last 
Will and Testament, after recommending my soul into the 
hands of Almighty God, and my body I recommend to the 
earth to be buried in a decent Christian-like manner at the 
discretion of my executors, nothing doubting but at the gen- 
eral resurrection I shall receive the same again by the 
mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly affairs 
concerning my estate, wherewith it has pleased God to bless 
me in this -life. 

I give and bequeath to Christina, my beloved wife, 
her residence during her natural life in my dwelling house 
and to have the care of all my lands, to order and rent the 
same to whom she pleases, if my children should not manage 
well and do what is just and right, and further I give her 
the charge of all my personal estate during the time afore- 
said. 2d, I give unto my son, Jacob, all and singular that 
farm or lot of land known and distinguished by being part 
of lot number twenty in a patent granted to Jacob Lansing 
and others, containing seventy-five acres. 3rd, I give unto 
my son, John George, all the remaining part of that farm 
or lot of land over which he has as yet no conveyance, con- 
taining by estimation seventy-five acres, being part of Lot 
25 in a patent granted unto Jacob Lansing and others. 
4th, I give and bequeath to my son, Daniel, all and singular, 
that farm or lot of land whereon I now live, being part of 
Lot No. 6, in a patent granted unto Hartman Windecker and 
others, together with all buildings and improvements there- 
on. 5th, I give unto my sons, John George and Daniel, the 
remainder of a lot of land situated in a patent granted unto 
Jacob Lansing and others, and known as being part of lot 
number 26, to be equally divided between them, my son, 
Jacob, having received his equal share already out of said 
lot by conveyance in my life time. 6th, It is my will that if 
it should happen that either of the three sons should die 
without leaving any lawful issue, that then his estate shall 
be inherited by the survivors. 7th, My daughters, Cathar- 

ine, Anna. Delia. Christina, Magdaline, Elizabeth Margaret 
and Mary, shall have each of them the sum of 50 pounds 
to them, their heirs, executors or administrators or assigns 
by my three sons in the following manner, viz.: my son, 
Jacob, or his heirs, executors or administrators, to pay to- 
wards completing the amount of said monies thesum of 125 
pounds; my son, John George, or his heirs or administra- 
tors, the sum of 125 pounds, and my son, Daniel, or his heirs, 
executors or administrators, the sum of 150 pounds; to be 
paid within the space of four or five years, or sooner, if their 
abilities will allow, or in case any of said daughters should 
be in great need or want of it. 8th, It is also my will that 
if any of them, my said daughters, should die without bod- 
ily issue, then her share or sum allotted be equally divided 
among the survivors. 9th, Concerning my personal estate, 
it is my will that my youngest daughter, Delia, whenever 
she marries, shall have as much in cattle or other effects as 
any of my other daughters had, to be taken out of my stock, 
and also my son, Daniel, is to have as much of my personal 
estate as shall be equal to what his brothers have received, 
and if any shall remain the same to be equally divided 
among my aforesaid daughters. 10th, M yson, Daniel, shall 
yearly give some apples unto his brothers and sisters to such 
as have none, according to the quantity which the orchard 
on his farm shall any year produce, for the term of eight 
years. I do make and ordain my wife, Christina, to be my 
executrix, together with my beloved Abraham Coopman 
and my oldest son, Daniel, my executors of this, my last 
will and testament, and do hereby utterly disallow, revoke 
and annul all and every former testaments, wills, regacies, 
bequests and executions by me in anywise before made and 
named willed and bequeathed, ratifying this and no other 
to be my last will and testament. 

In witness I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 
28th day of April 1808. 

(X) George Conderman. 

Signed, sealed and pronounced as the last will and 


testament of George Conderman. In the pi-esence of us, 
Jonas Tar, John Blank, Christopher Glaiser. 
Proved the 11th day of March, 1809. 

James Lansing, Surrogate. 

George Conderman, with his wife, Christina, were 
buried in the Geisenburg cemetery, she having died in 1811. 

On the Dutchtown road in the town of Minden, where 
stood the house of Lieut. George Countryman, the cellar is 
still visible. The farm is now owned by a son of Alfred Wal- 
rath, deceased, and one lot is still called Countryman lot. 
I, Norman W. Countryman, stood in the cellar in Septem- 
ber, 1908, when Levi N. Countryman, of Minneapolis, Minn., 
took my picture. Levi N. is a grandson of Lieut. George, and 
is now at his son's home in Cincinnati, Ohio, in his 92d year.* 
I also have an old deed given George Countryman on pur- 
chasing 75 acres in Lot 25 of Lansing patent, dated Aprill, 
1777, consideration $300. This, with 75 acres bought later, 
in lot 26, sold in 1862 for $13,000. 

My grandfather, George 3rd, my father, William, 
and I were born on this farm located west of Ford's Bush, 
less than a mile, in the town of Danube, Herkimer county. 

*Died March 29, 1924, at Minneapolis, Minn. 

Of Frederick Countryman, a brother of Lieut. Geoi-ge, 
who was killed in the Indian and Tory raid, Oct. 20, 1780, it 
is said he was stabbed nineteen times with bayonet and that 
the Indian captain, Joseph Brant, on seeing what had hap- 
pened to Countryman, said : "It is as it is, but if it had not 
happened it would not have been." Capt. Brant and Coun- 
tryman were great friends, both Freemasons, and lived 
not far apart. Capt. Brant, 'tis said, had humane and kindly 
traits and saved the lives and scalps of not a few friends, 
women and children — so said my grandfather, George 3rd. 

George Countryman was appointed 1st Lieutenant in 
Capt. Jacob Diefendorf's Co. Col. Clydes Reg, of Tryon Co. 
Malitia, March 4, 1780. Received for services as lieutenant 
a certificate— 10734-of-25L-16c-4d, dated Dec. 4, 1779. An- 
other certificate, 10804-of-45L.-13s-7d, dated Nov. 1, 1880* 


and another of 34L-19s-ld. July 10, 1782. Officer's pay in 
Revolutionary War. Lieut. Col.. $60 per month; Major, $50; 
Captain. $40; Adjutant, $40; Lieutenant, $26 2-3; Ensign, 
$20; Sergeant, $8; Private, $6 2-3. 

Genealogy of George Countryman, as Compiled by 
John E. Countryman. 

George Countryman, youngest son of Conrad 1st, was 
born about 1738 to 1740. Married Christina Diefendorf, a 
sister of Captain Henry Diefendorf. Date of marriage not 
known. Issue: Mary, born Aug. 29, 1763, wed Wm. Wohlge- 
muth ; Jacob, born Feb. 24, 1765, wed Margaretha — 

Margaret, born March 12, 1767; Elizabeth, born June 6 
1769, wed John George Dunckle ; Lany, born March 23, 1771 
wed Jacob Copeman; George, Jr., born April 1, 1773, wed 
Regina Spraker, 1793; Dinah, born July 29, 1775; Cathrine 
born June 21. 1780. wed John Rice; Nancy, born Jan. 4 
1783, wed John Plank; Daniel, born Nov. 6, 1785, wed Maria 
Moyer, 1st wife, 2d wife, Mary Fort; Delia, born Nov. 28, 
1787, wed James Tenant. 

Jacob, the eldest son of George 1st, wed Margaretha 
— — — . Issue: Anna Rosina, born May 9, 1794; Catharine, 
born May 2, 1796; Christina, born June 8, 1798; Daniel, born 
Jan. 11. 1803; Delia, born June 27, 1805; Jacob, Jr., born 
Aug. 17, 1807; Maria, born Oct. 10. 1809; Jonas, born Dec. 
11, 1812. 

(John) George 2nd, married Regina Spraker. Issue 
Henry, born March 7, 1797; George 3d, born March 4. 1799 
Catharine, born Dec. 22, 1800; Mary, born Oct. 26, 1802 
Lucy Ann, born Oct. 29, 1809. George 2d died Aug. 3, 1851 
His wife died Oct. 13, 1858. 

David, born Dec. 23, 1815, married Lavina Shoemak- 
er, born Dec. 30, 1820, wed March 9, 1841. Maria or Mary 
wed Phillip Cole. Catherine wed her cousin, Daniel Dunk- 
el. Issue: three children, Menzo, Daniel and Catharine. Mar- 
garet wed David House, had fourteen children. Nancy wed 
Benjamin Shimel. Lucy Ann wed Jacob Reasner. Elizabeth 
wed David Augsbury. Christina wed Abram Augsbury. Hen- 


ry wed Betsey Walrath, Oct. 19, 1819, died June 16, 1875, 
and his wife died Dec. 25, 1878. 

George, the third from Conrad, born in town of Dan- 
ube, Herkimer county, N. Y., March 4, 1799, wed Elizabeth 
Balte in 1824. He died Nov. 4, 1883, at Fords Bush. His 
wife was boi'n June 30, 1806. Both, with his father and 
mother are buried in Mount Hope cemetery, Fords Bush. 
Issue: WilHam, born on homestead, Sept. 26, 1826, wed Katy 
Ann Cronkhite, born Nov. 1, 1825, were married June 11, 
1846. Wilham died Feb. 20, 1896, and his wife at the home 
of her son, Norman, Nov. 30, 1907. Both were buried at 
Ft. Plain cemetery. 

Katy Countryman, daughter of George 3rd, born 
Sept. 28, 1828, married Charles Sibel. She died in 1910. He 
was born Aug. 24, 1824, and died April 28, 1862. Issue: 
George F., born March 7, 1848; Mary E., born :\Iarch 15, 

1850, wed Snyder, deceased; Martha F., born April 

9, 1852, wed Brookman ; Ella, infant; Wm. B., born 

1859, wed, died in 1922. 

Norman W. Countryman, son of Wm. and Katy Ann 
(Cronkhite) Countryman, was born May 10, 1848, on the 
homestead of his great grandfather, in the town of Danube, 
Herkimer county, N. Y. Was married to Emma Strayer at 
her parents' home near Canajoharie, Dec. 13, 1871. She 
was born May 8, 1848, and died Feb. 16, 1911. and was bur- 
ied in Fort Plain cemetery. Issue: Josiah, born Aug. 24, 
1874, wed to Rettie D. Countiyman at her parents' home 
near Antwerp, Jefferson county, N. Y., Dec. 6. 1906. He 
was born in the town of Root, Montgomery county, N. Y. 
and died March 30, 1920. His wife was born Dec. 1875, at 
Antwerp, N. Y. Issue, a daughter, Mildred, born Dec. 6, 
1910. Josiah died at Little Falls hospital. 

Fayette, son of Norman, was born on a farm east of 
Canajoharie, Dec. 25, 1882, wed Carrie Leppert, of Palatine, 
N. Y., Dec. 14, 1910, at M. E. parsonage, Canajoharie, N. Y. 
Issue: Donald, born April 8, 1911, at homestead east of 


J. Edgar Countryman, son of Wm. and Katy Ann 
Countryman, born Feb. 8, 1850, wed Elizabeth Empie, born 
July 16. 1857, married April 16, 1879. J. Edgar died at Her- 
kimer village Oct. 30, 1922, buried in his father's lot at Fort 
Plain cemetery. Issue: two sons and three daughters, Percy 
A., born Sept. 5, 1887, wed Miss Hoag in 1915, have two chil- 
dren. J. Edgar, Jr., born July 15, 1894, married Miss , 

have one daughter. 

Milton, son of Wm. and Katy Ann, born in town of 
Danube, Herkimer county, June 24, 1852, died at his home 
in Ames, N. Y., of consumption. Buried in the Mapletown 
cemetery. Wed Mary C. Winnie, of Mapletown, N. Y., boi-n 
Sept. 20, 1860, died March 16, 1885. Issue: Winnie and Eliz- 
abeth. Winnie, born Aug. 27. 1880, and Elizabeth born Jan. 
1. 1885, both at Blaine, N. Y. Elizabeth died from injury 
and buried at Mapletown, N. Y. Milton for his second wife, 

wed Viola Garlock. of Ames. N. Y. She was born , 

died Feb. 19, 1902. Had a son, Leland, born May 23, 1892, 
died Aug. 13, 1899. Winnie, son of Milton, wed Irene Stan- 
ton, of Gloversville. N. Y. 

Martha, daughter of George 3rd, born March 9, 1835, 
wed Levi Countryman. Oct. 11. 1854. He died at Starkville, 
N. Y., Sept. 28, 1909, aged 80 years. She died at Richfield 
Springs. N. Y., April 20, 1914. Issue: a daughter, Cora, died 
young; son, Alvin, born in the town of Danube, wed for first 
wife Alice Hoke, no issue; second wife, Florence Eaton Cook, 
no issue. Alice, the first wife, died at Ilion, N. Y. He died 
at Richfield Springs, N. Y. in 1921. He was a merchant 
there for several years, where his surviving wife now lives. 

Mary, daughter of George 3rd, born Dec. 21, 1830, 
wed John Lighthall, Dec. 20, 1854. Issue: one son and one 
daughter, both dying young. Father and mother both died 
at Saratoga Springs. N. Y., and are buried in Mt. Hope cem- 
etery, Fords Bush, N. Y. 

Eliza, daughter of George 3rd, born on homestead in 
town of Danube, Herkimer county, N. Y., died at Paynes 
Hollow. N. Y. Wed Nicholas Conrad. Issue: three sons, 
John, Charles, Victor. 


Alvena, daughter of George 3rd, born on homestead, 
April 10, 1833, wed Abel Maxwell, born Aug. 8, 1837, at Car- 
lisle, Schoharie county, N. Y., married Jan. 6, 1858. Both 
died at Starkville, N. Y., she on Feb. 25, 1885 and he on 
Dec. 16, 1916. Issue: Allie, born Oct. 28, 1859, in Minden, 
N. Y. ; Emma, born Oct. 6, 1861, in Charleston, N. Y. ; Libbie, 
born Maj^ 31, 1865, in Starkville, N. Y. Emma wed John 
Drain, Nov. 10, 1881. Libbie wed Lynn Starkweather, Oct. 
17, 1888, in Starkville, N. Y. Allie wed Horace Bauder, Nov. 
4, 1896, at Starkville, N. Y. 

Emma and John Drain have two sons : Charles Wil- 
lis, born May 4, 1884, at Ames, N. Y., and wed Louise Ger- 
aldine Riley, of Brooklyn, N. Y., Jan. 11, 1918. Floyd Drain, 
born Nov. 6, 1886, at Starkville, N. Y., wed Helen Duggan. 
of Chatham, N. Y., June 16, 1914. Neither have children. 

Conradt 1st, George 1st, George 2d, Henry. 

Henry Countryman's Family Record. 

Henry Countryman, born March 7, 1797, died June 
16, 1875. Elizabeth Walrath, his wife, born April 16, 1800, 
died Dec. 25, 1873. Alexander Countryman, son of Henry, 
born July 9, 1820, died May 1, 1894. George Henry, born 
Jan. 1, 1826. Louisa Countryman, born Nov. 13, 1829. Lu- 
dentia Countryman, born Sept. 22, 1831. Lucy E. Country- 
man, born Aug. 21, 1835. Amos Countryman, born April 3, 
1838. Catherine Countryman, born March 22, 1823, died 
Jan. 28, 1894. Wilson Countryman, born Aug. 15, 1840. Os- 
car Countryman, born Sept. 7, 1843. 

Henry Countryman and Elizabeth Walrath married 
Oct. 19, 1819. Alexander Countryman and Catherine Smith 
man-ied June 7, 1846. Catherine Countryman and Samuel 
Zoller married Jan. 8, 1846. George Henry Countryman and 
Louisa Mills married June 16, 1850. Louisa Countryman 
and Abraham Zoller mai-ried Sept. 18, 1850. Ludentia Coun- 
tryman and Jeremiah Zoller married Sept. 12, 1848. Lucy 
E. Countryma nand Joseph Baum married Oct. 4, 1854. 


Henry Countryman's Grandchildren's Names. 

Henry M. Countryman, Dexter, N. Y. 

Clinton Countryman, Canton, N. Y. 

Fred D. Countryman, Pamelia, N. Y. 

Eddy Countryman, Theresa, N. Y. 

Henry Zoller, son of Catherine Countryman and Sam- 
uel Zoller. 

Frank Zoller, so nof Catherine Countryman and Sam- 
uel Zoller. 

Charles Zoller, son of Catherine Countryman and 
Samuel Zoller. 

Louisa, daughter of Catherine Countryman and Samuel Zol- 
ler. Louisa married Robert Welch, of Hammond St., Law- 
rence county. 

Alice, daughter of Ludentia Countryman and Jere- 
miah Zoller. Married David Welsh. 

Luella L, daughter of Catherine Countryman and 
Samuel Zoller. IMarried Harvey Hale, of Potsdam, N. Y. 

Florence, daughter of Catherine Countryman and 
Samuel Zoller, wed Fred Baum, of Potsdam, N. Y. 

Abbie M. Zoller, deceased, daughter of Louisa M. 
Countryman and Abram Zoller. 

Gershom J. Countryman, son of Alexander Country- 

William M. Countryman, deceased, son of Alexander 

Ellen Countryman, daughter of Alexander Country- 

Charles Countryman, son of Wilson Countryman. 

Ora E. Countryman, son of Wilson Countrvman. 

George Henry Countryman, son of Henry and Betsey 
Walrath Countryman, was born Jan. 1, 1826, and wed at 
first marriage, Louisa Mills, June 16, 1850. Issue: one son, 
Henry M. His second marriage to Olive A. Eddy. Issue: 
Clinton. Eddy and Fred Dewitt, born 1861. Third marriage 
to Mrs. Mary Lewis. No issue. 

Henry y\. wed Eva Brown, of Potsdam, N. Y. Issue: 


three children. Roy H., the eldest, wed Maude M. Law, of 
Ogdensburg, N. Y. Issue: Richard, Frances, Beatrice. Be- 
atrice wed Rex. F. Adams, of Dexter, N. Y. Issue: one child, 
Barbara, who died at six months. Gretchen, youngest child, 
wed W. D. Dodge, of Potsdam, N. Y. No issue. The Dodge 
family and Richard live at Massana, N. Y. 

Fred Dewitt Countryman, son of George Henry wed 
Hattie M. Lewis. Issue: Fred Herbert, born 1890, died 1891 ; 
George Dewey, second son, born 1898, wed Mayford Harris. 
Issue: Dewitt Harris, born 1923. Henry M., traveling sales- 
man, lives in Dexter, N. Y. Clinton, a farmer, lives at Can- 
ton, St. Lawrence county, N. Y. Fred Dewitt, a farmer, lives 
on the old homestead at Pame.ia, Jefferson county, N. Y. 
Eddy lives at Theresa, Jefferson county, a retired farmer. 

Conrad 1st, George 1st, George 2d, Henry, Alexander 
and Gershom. 

Gershom J. Countryman, son of Alexander Counti-y- 
man, and Cora Adele, daughter of Ruben Van Allen and 
Anna Catherine Countryman were married October 4, 1883 

Their children were: Norma Viola Countryman, born 
June 28, 1885. Elsie Vera Countryman, born Oct. 13, 1886. 
Jay Alexander Countryman, born Jan. 20, 1889. Verna 
Adele Countryman, born March 21, 1897. Harold Vernon 
Countryman, born August 8, 1898. 

Norma Viola Countryman married Ebbie G. Hoover, 
Nov. 22, 1905. Elsie Vera Countryman wed Warren G. Van 
Allen, Feb. 26, 1908. Jay Alexander Countryman wed Jen- 
nie M. Petrie, Dec. 25, 1907. Verna Adele Countryman wed 
Harold E. Borland, Nov. 11, 1919. 

Births of the Grandchildren of Gersham J. Countryman and 

Children of Norma Viola Countryman and 

Ebbie G. Hoover. 

Elsie C. Hoover, born February 28, 1907. 
Earl G. Hoover, born May 15, 1909. 


Elmer H. Hoover, born September 13, 1915. 

Elrena V. Hoover, born Aug. 6, 1916. 

Estella J. Hoover, born March 6, 1921. 

Born to Elsie Vera Countryman and Warren G. Van 
Allen, Geneva Norma Van Allen, Feb. 7, 1910. 

Born to Verna Adele Countryman and Harold E. Bor- 
land: Elmer Dale Borland, Aug. 9, 1920; Deane J. Borland, 
Dec. 18, 1921. 

Born to Jay Alexander Countryman and Jennie M. 
Petrie, Arland Alexander Countryman, Jan. 7, 1915. 

Genealogy of Wm. Countryman. 
Conradt 1st, George 1st, George 2d, Henry, Alexander, 


William Countryman, son of Alexander, was born at 
Pamelia Four Corners. Wed Ella. Baxter. Issue: two sons, 
Theron A. and Leland. Theron A. wed Kathryn Calvert, 
June 26, 1913. Issue: Jane Moore, born March 14, 1915; 
Calvert Theron, born March 5, 1920. This family lives in 
Watertown, N. Y., and the father is assistant manager of 
the H. H. Babcock Co. Wm. Countryman is buried at Cal- 
cium cemetery, near Watertown, N. Y. 

Conradt 1st. George 1st, George 2d, David. 
David Countryman's Family Record. 

David Countryman was born Dec. 23, 1816, died Aug. 
21, 1894. Lovina Shoemaker Countryman, wife of David, 
was born Dec. 21. 1820. Jo.seph Countryman, David's oldest 
child, was born Sept. 30, 1842, died in 1907. George E. Coun- 
tryman was born Sept. 11, 1845. Anna Catherine Country- 
man was born July 21, 1847, and died Dec. 5, 1823. Ruben 
Countryman was born July 14, 1849. Charles Herman Coun- 
tryman was born July 19, 1855. Mary Alma Countryman 
was born July 16, 1857. died Oct. 20, 1894. Orville and Orvis 
H. Countryman, twins, were born July 6, 1H60; Orville died 


at birth. Martha Luella Countryman was born Feb. 10, 
1866, and died Feb. 28, 1920. 

Joseph Countryman, son of David, married Mary 
Roof. George E. Countryman, married OHve Stevens. Ru- 
ben Countryman married Christina Stevens. Anna Cather- 
ine, daughter of David, married Reuben Van Allen. Charles 
Herman, son of David, married Sarah Frost. Orvis H. mar- 
ried Emma Sargent. Martha Luella married Edwin H. Corn- 
well. Mary Alma married Perry E. Wood. 

David Countryman's Family Record of Grandchildren. 

Cora Adelle Van Allen, daughter of Anna Catherine 
Countryman and Ruben Van Allen, born Aug. 17, 1865. 

Arthur R. Countryman, son of Joseph, born Feb. 12, 
1868, died Nov. 23, 1894. 

Estella L. Countryman, daughter of George E., born 
July 4, 1869, died — . 

May Elda Countryman, daughter of Joseph. 

Grace E. Countryman, daughter of Charles Herman. 

Lula M. Wood, daughter of Mary Alma Countryman 
and Perry E. Wood. 

Ruth Wood, daughter of Mary Alma Countryman 
and Perry E. Wood, born Oct. 13, 1894. 

Verna A. Cornwell, daughter of Martha Luella and 
Edwin H. Cornwell, born Nov. 17, 1894, died Oct. 1923. 

Wava Cornwell, daughter of Martha Luella and Ed- 
win H. Cornwell. 

Glenn Cornwell, son of Martha Luella and Edwin H. 
Cornwell, born May 19, 1898. 

Catharine Countrj'man, daughter of George 1st, of 
Conrad, was born June 21, 1780, wed John Reis (Rice), son 
of Rev. Frederick Reis, who was preaching at the Stone 
Arabia Lutheran church in 1751, and again in 1773. Issue 
of John and Catharine Countryman Rice: Jonas, Jacob, 
George, John Jr., Christina, who married John Shall ; Nancy, 
married Jacob Shall; Lany, married Moyer Diefendorf, and 


Polly, wiio never married. Jacob Reis, second son of Fred 
erick, wed Lany Shall. George Reis, third son of Frederick, 
wed Catie Klock; issue: Martha and Jacob. Martha died 
when a young lady. Jacob married Margaret Ann Nellis; 
issue: George and Martha. Second marriage to Christina 
Miller, no issue. George died at age of three years. Martha 
lives at Palatine Bridge, N. Y. John Jr., youngest son of 
Frederick, died young. Jonas Reis, eldest son of John Reis, 
Sr., married Eve Klock. daughter of George I. Klock, a son 
of Jacob G, Klock, colonel commanding a Tryon Co. N. Y. 
regiment, also member of assembly and state senator of 
New York state. Jonas and Eve Klock Rice had three sons 
and three daughters: George, Jonas and Josiah, Christina, 
Caty and Anna. This family of Reises (Rices) were pioneer 
settlers of Stone Arabia, probably from the Lower Paliti- 
nate. Christina wed Peter Monk, Jr., of Danube, Herkimer 
county, X. Y. Issue: Jonas, Mary, George and Emma. Jonas 
Monk wed Maggie Wagner, daughter of Andrew Wagner, of 
town of Stark. Herkimer county, N. Y. No issue. Mary 
died young. George Monk wed Libbie Sanders, daughter of 
Henry Sanders, of Minden, Montgomery county, N. Y. He 
died some years ago and his wife in 1924. No issue. Emma 
youngest child of Peter and Christina Rice Monk, wed San- 
ford Sanders, son of Henry Sanders, of Minden. Issue: one 
.son, Claud, living at home with his parents. Mr. and Mrs. 
Sanders are well-to-do farmers in the town of Minden. 

Caty Rice, second daughter of Jonas and Eva Klock 
Rice, wed Stephen Wagner, son of Abram Wagner, and the 
grandson of Jacob Wagner, a soldier of the Revolutionary 
VV^ar. Issue: one son, Fayette, and a daughter, Ida. Fayette, 
one of the stable farmers and business men of Danube, Her- 
kimer county, N. Y., wed Ida Walrath, daughter of Henry 
Walrath, of Minden, N. Y. This couple have always lived in 
Danube, where the father died some years ago and the 
mother, Caty Rice Wagner, died March 14, 1924, in her 96th 
year. Fayette is vice president of the Farmers and Mechan- 
ics Bank at Fort Plain, N. Y. 

Ida Wagner wed Sanford Cronkhite, son of Daniel 


and Samantha Moyer Cronkhite, of Danube, Herkimer coun- 
ty, N. Y. Mr. and Mrs. Cronkhite have spent their maiTied 
life very pleasantly on a farm north and near Fords Bush, 
N. Y., until the autumn of 1922, when they sold their farm 
and are now living at Palatine Bridge, N. Y. No issue. 

Anna, youngest daughter of Jonas and Eve Rice, wed 
John W. Davy, of Danube, N. Y., son of Wm. Davy. Mr. 
and Mrs. Davy proved very successful farmers and gained 
a competence — having no issue they gave it quite lavishly 
for church and religious work. Mr. Davy died a few years 
ago at a ripe old age. Mrs. Davy is still living, 1925, at her 
residence in Danube, N. Y. 

Conradt 1st, George 1st, J. George 2d. 

Lucy Ann Countryman, daughter of J. George 'Jd, 
was born in town of Danube, Herkimer county, N. Y., ;t. 
15, 1814. Died, Feb. 17, 1884, at Rosier, Jefferson county, 
N. Y. Her husband, Jacob Reasner, was born in Montgom- 
ery county, N. Y., Jan. 8, 1809, and died at Rosier, N. Y., 
Sept. 13, 1903. Mr. Reasner was a blacksmith a few years 
at Fords Bush, N. Y., then moving to Jefferson county, 
where he proved a successful farmer. Issue: seven chil- 
dren, five were born in Montgomery county, N. Y. Mary 
Reasner, eldest daughter, was born Oct. 2, 1836, and died 
at Lincoln, Neb., in 1912. Mary wed Nathan Countryman, 
in the town of Danube, Dec. 28, 1859, where they resided 
until the spring of 1865, when they came to Ogle county, Il- 
linois. Issue: Jacob I., born in New York; Lillie M. and 
Anna, born in Illinois. Jacob I. wed Emma Kendell, Jan. 14, 
1886, who died June 29, 1892. Issue: one daughter, Edna 
May, born Aug. 1888. She wed Stanley Crouse, Nov. 16, 
1914. Issue: one daughter, Carolyn, and oneson, Stanley, Jr. 
Address, Ladore, Colo. Jacob I's second marriage to Bertha 
A. White. March 19, 1902. Address, Ontario, Calif. Lillie 
M., daughter of Mary and Nathan Countryman, wed Clar- 
ence Slafter, Jan. 6, 1886. Issue: Edmund Farwell, Carlos 
C, Louise Mae, Alice M. and Isaac Byron. Louise Mae wed 


Samuel Rolofson, March 14, 1917. More complete genealogy 
of Nathan and Mary Reasner Countryman in Part I of Coun- 
tryman Genealogy. Anna, youngest daughter of Mary Reas- 
ner Countryman, wed C. F. Collins, Dec. 25, 1892. No issue. 
Home, Spokane, Wash., R. F. D. 8. Machinist and dealer in 
autos. Jacob Reasner, Jr., born April 18, 1830, died March 
17, 1854. Peter, born Dec. 13. 1839, died Dec. 4, 1844. George 
Henry; born Aug. 20, 1841, wed Louise Flander. Issue: Day- 
ton, Ethel, who wed Chester Lance. Issue: one son, Ralph. 
David Reasner. born Aug. 31, 1843, wed Jane Huff. Issue: 
Earl. Jay and Belle. Belle wed Harley Wells. Issue: Harold 
and Jay. Martha Reasner. born Nov. 28. 1845, married John 
W. Bird. Has two children, F. E. and Claija. Live in Rock- 
ford, Iowa. Mr. Bird was a teacher for several years in Illi- 
nois schools, then married and went to Iowa, where he in- 
vested largely and profitably in Iowa lands. Was elected as 
a Republican two successive terms to the Iowa legislature, 
1885-87, and served in extra session in 1888. Died at Rock- 
ford, Iowa, Dec. 15. 1907. Catharine, daughter of Lucy Ann 
Countryman Reasner. born Sept. 25, 1847, wed Wm. Cook, 
of Ogle county, Illinois. Issue: George, Birdie and Robert. 
George wed Anna Groan. Issue: Roy and Raymond. Birdie 
wed Alfred Symes. Issue: Ray, Walter, Ethel, Clara and 
Dorothy. Home, Rockford, Iowa. 

Norman Reasner, born Nov. 7, 1851, wed Dilla 
Wright. Issue: Jennie and Walter. Address, Rosier, N. Y. 

Herman Reasner, boi-n March 12, 1853. He first wed 
Phebe Ross, born Sept. 14, 1850, died March 26, 1893. They 
were married Dec. 17. 1884. Issue: Wm. H.. born June 17, 
1886; Wilson J., born June 17, 1886, died May 28, 1887; 
Carrie May, born Nov. 17, 1888, died March 26, 1890. Her- 
man Reasner's second wife, Francis Gilbert, born March 3, 
1859, wed Jan. 30, 1894. Issue: Lillian, born April 15, 1895; 
Ernest, born Sept. 9, 1899. Wm. H. Reasner's wife. Myrtle 
Ambertine, born Jan. 21, 1886, and died May 29, 1915, mar- 
ried Jan. 26, 1910. Issue: Harold W., born March 13, 1911; 
Jay, deceased. 


The genealogy of Geo. Countryman the 1st, as re- 
lates to one of his children, Daniel, was contributed by Levi 
Nelson Countryman, son of Daniel Counti-yman. 

Something of the ancestry of the Countryman (Kon- 
dermann) families, as affecting me. (Levi N. Countryman) 
John Frederick Countryman. Mythical. (German) 

It is rumored that a man by the above name settled 
in the Hudson river region, and that he had two sons (pos- 
sibly three), one of whom went to Pennsylvania, and the 
other, Conrad, our ancestor, settled in centi'al New York in 
Montgomery county, a few miles west of Canajoharie. 
Conrad Countryman. (Spelled in various ways. Earliest 
Kondermann, Conderman. Contreman, Countryman) 

Born about 1698, it is supposed. He, in connection 
with two companions, Casper Leipe and Herman Windecker, 
bought 2000 acres of timberland in what is now the town of 
Minden, Montgomery county. New York. The purchase was 
made in the form of a grant by King George the Second of 
England, as per deed in my possession. 

The three men were to divide the land between them 
as per terms of deed, making a trifle more for each one of 
them than a full section, as now described. In the summer 
of 1908, in the company of a relative of mine, Norman W. 
Countryman, I went over that part of the grant set off to 
Conrad Countryman. Not a Countryman owns one acre of 
it now, at the time of my visit. I was introduced to some of 
the families who now own the land. I must say that the 
farms were among the finest I ever saw anywhere and well 

This old farm is historic. On it was built the stock- 
ade j:ort known in history as Fort Willets, which served as'. 
a place of refuge in 1778 to 1789 of the families for many 
miles around and which withstood the attack of the British 
and Indians under General Brandt. Here and elsewhere my 
grandfather, George Countryman, fought, as a commis- 
sioned officer, and here a kinsman by the name of Fayette 
Countryman lost his life. There is nothing now to mark the 
place of the fort but a large, flat rock in which the families 


are said to have done their baking. I was at the place and 
brought away with me a small piece of the rock. 

Children of Conrad Countryman. 

(Just how they stand as to time of birth is not fully known) 
First List — Mark (Marcus), Frederick, Conrad, Jr., 
John. Jacob. *George (my grandfather), Adam, Barbara, 
Ann Eve. Mary. 

Second List — Beginning with Adam, Marcus, Fred- 
erick, Conrad Jr., John, Jacob, *George (my grandfather), 
and daughter Barl)ara, Ann Eve, and not certain as to a 
daughter, IMarj'. 

Whether there is any record extant from which we 
may get the birth dates of these people, no one knows. 

*George Countryman No. 1, So Degisnated. 

We are descended from this son of old Conrad. In 
both of the lists he appears as the last born of the sons, and 
may have i)een a young man at the commencement of the 
Revolution. There is a record of a George Countryman who 
died in 1808. and I have no doubt it is he. 

When in New York in 1908, as my companion, Nor- 
man W. Countryman, and I came back from our visit to the 
old farm of Conrad, we visited the old cemetery of Geissen- 
berg, where originally stood the church called the Geissen- 
berg church. Nothing but a lot of old bricks mark the place 
of the church. This cemetery lies west of Canajoharie, a 
little to one side, but about half way from Canajoharie to 
the old farm. It is thought that both Conrad, the elder, and 
our ancestor, George, are buried there. George, being the 
youngest of the boys, remained at home with the father, 
and buried the father there, and in turn was also buried 
there. My own father, Daniel, was born on the old farm, 
and I saw the place said to have been his birthplace. How 
much of late years have I regretted that I did not seek in- 
formation fiom him regarding many things which he knew 


of the old ancestors, which are now lost to us and cannot 
now be recovered. 

Children of George Countryman No. 1. 

Mury, born Aug. 29, 1763. Jacob, born Feb. 24, 1765. 
Died in 1815. Margaret, born March 12, 1767. Elizabeth, 
born June 6, 1769. Lany, born March 23, 1771. George 
No. 2, born April 1, 1773. Dinah, born July 29, 1775. Caty, 
born June 21, 1780. Nancy, born Jan. 4, 1783. Daniel, born 
Nov. 6, 1785, (my father), died in 1864. Delia, born Nov. 
28, 1787. 


Young, married Margaret . Caty (Katherine) 

married a man by the name of John Rice. Nancy married 
a Plank. Delia married James Tennant. 

With regard to the Young family, Aunt Margaret 
was nearly twenty years older than father. Her oldest son, 
David Young, our cousin, and family, always lived near us 
in Jefferson county and St. Lawrence county, N. Y., and his 
children and my brothers and sisters were always together 
in our early childhood. Their names were Philana, Mar- 
garet, Nancy, Caty, David, and one whose name I cannot 
remember. David Young, Jr., and I were for a number of 
years almost inseparable playmates. Nancy and Caty once 
visited our family when we were living in Hastings, Minn. 
I do not now remember the year. All of the young children 
are dead, (April 1917). 

(I will say that to the above named George Country- 
man tlie 2nd was born a son known as George the 3rd, from 
whom descended the Norman W. Countryman, with whom 
I have had more or less correspondence.) 


Children of Daniel Countryman, (my father), by Maria 
(Mary) Moyer. First Wife. (She Died in 1820.) 

Johan (George D.). born Sept. 18, 1805, died Jan. 27, 
1871. Christina (Tina), born April 1, 1807, died March 3, 
1883. Gertrude (Charity), born Dec. 6. 1808, died March 
8. 1845. Mary (Polly), born Jan. 11, 1811, died Jan. 23, 1897 
Sally, born Nov. 1, 1812, died when young. Daniel, born Oct. 
3, 1814, died when young. Jacob, born Feb. 11, 1816, died 
when young. Elizabeth (Betsey), born July 22, 1817, died 
July 2, 1868. Katherine (Caty), born July 2, 1819, died 
March 24, 1887. 

There was born another child, name to us unknown 
and when born or died, but is said to have died young. Mak- 
ing ten children by first wife. 

Children by Mary Fort (My Mother, 2d Wife, Born Feb. 27, 

1795, Died Oct. 5, 1855. 

Lany Ann, born Sept. 2, 1821, living in 1925. John 
Wesley, born Dec. 22, 1823, died Sept. 14, 1899. Henry Dan- 
iel, born Oct. 27, 1825, died April 19, 1908. Peter Fort, born 
Dec. 22, 1829, died Dec. 25, 1905. Levi Nelson, born July 11, 
1832, died March 29, 1924. Mary Martha, born March 24, 
1835, died Feb. 19, 1911. 

Remarks:— I do not know whom my half brother, 
George, married. I never saw him but two or three times 
before I went to the Mohawk to work in the spring of 1849. 
He was living east of Little Falls and I visited him there 
two or three times. He had a lovely family and Martha was 
well acquainted with the children. She visited them and 
^pent some time there. Christina (Tina) married Jacob 
Bush. Gertrude (Charity) married Alvah Mead, a very odd 
and comical man. Mary (Polly) married a Mr. Gardner, 
first husband, from whom she separated, afterwards marry- 
ing David House. Elizabeth (Betsey) married a Mr. Plank, 
first husband, who died, afterwards marrying a Mr. Hyde, 
who survived her. Katherine (Caty) married David Levi 


Waltz. In my minority I was thoroughly acquainted with 
the children of all these, my half sisters and brothers, ex- 
cept those of George, and not much acquainted with those 
of Katy. There was so much visiting back and forth with 
the families of Tina, Charfty, Polly and Betsey that we be- 
came playfellows for years, and now in my old age I look 
back to the old times with delightfully pleasant memories. 

Christina (Tina) Countryman, Daughter of Daniel Coun- 
tryman, Wife of Jacob Bush. 

George W. Bush, born Jan. 7, 1830, died Feb. 1832. 
William H. Bush, born Dec. 10, 1831, died 1834. Mary M. 
Bush, born Nov. 9, 1833, died May 5, 1916. Nancy E. Bush, 
born Sept. 21, 1836, died Jan. 17, 1896. Sally M. Bush, born 
March 24, 1839, died Dec. 4, 1915. Lorancy Bush, born April 
6, 1841, date of death unknown to me. Daniel Dewitt Bush, 
born May 2, 1843, died March 16, 1864, Civil War. Horatio 
Norton Bush, born June 10, 1846. Minerva M. Bush, born 
June 10, 1846, died May 30, 1899. 

Remarks: — The foregoing were my nephews and 
nieces, and married as follows: 

Mary Martha married a man by the name of Weller. 
I was well acquainted with him. 

Lorancy married a man by the name of Spring. I was 
well acquainted with him. 

Nancy married a man b ythe name of Johnson. I nev- 
er saw him. 

Sally M. married a man by the name of Horton, who 
died in the Civil War. Afterwards she married one Stevens, 
whom I never saw, and whom she survived. 

Horatio N. married and raised a family and for a time 
lived near us in Hastings, Minn. Is the only one living of 
the children at this time of writing, April 26, 1917. 

Minerva M., his twin sister, man*ied, I do not recall 
whom now. 


Gertrude (Charity) Countryman. Daughter of Daniel 
Countryman, Wife of Alvah Mead. 

John Nelson Mead, died in 1865. Eliza Maria Mead, 
born Jan. 3, 1832. died summer of 1916. Lavona Mead, born 
in 1835, died summer of 1846. Mary Ann Mead, born March 
13, 1837. Minerva Mead, born July 4, 1840, died summer of 
1916. Helen Mead, born July 2, 1842, died in summer of 
1916. Charity Mead, born March 1, 1845. 

Remarks : — Of all of my nephews and nieces these 
were the nearest to us. They were whei'e I could see them 
often and it was always a great treat for Peter and Martha 
and I when we could get the promise of a few days' visit 
to Alvah Mead. In the summer of 1845, after the death of 
sister Charity, we took Alvah Mead's farm to work, and 
lived with him a few years more, but I went to Fine in fall 
of 1845. It will be seen by the above that three of the girls 
died in 1916, not far apart. Eliza and Minerva were never 
married. Mary Ann had a large family and Helen had two 
girls. Charity married but never had any children. It is 
doubtful if any of these girls were ever out of the county of 
Jefferson, New York. Eliza lived and died in the house in 
which she was born and although within two miles of a rail- 
road, never road on a railway train. They lived at Water- 
town, N. Y. 

Mary (Polly) Countryman, Daughter of Daniel Countryman 

She had no children by first husband, Gardner. By 
second husband, David House: Adda House. 

I have no data concerning her birth or death except 
that she was troubled with epilepsy and died in St. Peters 
Hospital for the Insane. She was about 30 years old. She 
and her mother came to Hastings about 1870 and lived in a I bought for them to live in, until Adda was taken 
away to St. Peters. 


Elizabeth (Betsey) Countryman, Daughter of 

Daniel Countryman. 

James Eli Plank, by first husband, Mr. Plank. There 
was no offspring by second husband, Mr. Hyde. 

As in the case of Adda House, I am without date of 
birth of James Eli Plank, but it is probably in the '40s some- 
where. At the date of this writing, April 26, 1917, he is 
still living. He was born deaf and dumb and received a good 
education at an asylum for deaf mutes. He came to live for 
a time in Hastings, Minn. Last heard from him he was in 
Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Katherine (Caty) Countryman, Daughter of 

Daniel Countryman. 

Children by David Levi Waltz: George, Sarah, James 
and Daniel Waltz. 

I could not get dates of birth. I was a visitor at the 
home of Levi Waltz in the summer of 1868 and have not 
seen any of them since, and do not know to what quarter of 
the world they went, i. e., the children. They were living in 
Jefferson county, N. Y., in 1868 when I saw them last. When 
I went back in 1908 the parents were dead and no one knew 
where the children were. 

Lany Ann Countryman, Daughter of Daniel Countryman, 

Wife of Daniel B. Truax. 

Albert Hemperly Truax, oi^ly child of this union. 
Born June 25, 1843, now living in Hastings, Minn., at this 
writing, April 26, 1917. (Still living in 1925) 

The father, D. B. Truax, died Jan. 2, 1916, aged 97 
years, 7 months and 7 days, having been born May 25, 1818. 

Sister Lany Ann now living in Hastings. Minn., at 
the age of 103, in 1925. 


Henry D. Countryman, Son of Daniel Countryman. 

Children by wife, Sophronia Briggs: Preston K., born 
Nov. 24. 1850, Los Angeles, Calif., 1925. Rosabel, born Sept. 
22. 1852. Orville E., born Oct. 3, 1854, Hannah, N. Dak., 
1925. Alice A. born Nov. 5. 1858. deceased. Alonzo J., born 
Nov. 20, 1861. Eva M.. born Sept. 1, 1865, deceased. Edith 
O.. born Nov. 20, 1867. Martha M., born Jan. 5, 1870. Wil- 
fred E. and Winifred E.. twins, born Feb. 5, 1872. Wilfred 
E. is deceased. 

There were two children who died very young of 
whom I have no data. 

Preston married Fanny Willey, now living in Los 
Angeles, Calif. Rosabel married Leonard Knapp, now living 
in Wayzata, Minn. Orville married Ida Coffin, now living in 
Hannah. N. D. Alice, dead, married Tom Vincent, dead, 
went at marriage to Oregon. Alonzo married Alta Griswold, 
who divorced him. Eva M., dead, married Frank George, 
George remarried, living in New York. Edith 0. married 
Ed Todd, now living in Minneapolis. Martha M. married 
Irwin Coflin. now living on farm in Minnesota. Wilfred, not 
married. Winifred, dead, married Everett Wilson. All but 
those marked dead are living at this time, April 26, 1917. 

Brother John Wesley Countryman and Sister Martha 
M. Countryman never married. Both lived and died at the 
home of D. B. Trua.x. 

Children of Peter F. Countryman, Son of Daniel Countryman D.. born Feb. 8. 1850. Levi Alasco, born 
Nov. 16, 1851. Florence A., born Aug. 9, 1854. Emily J., 
born Jan. 11, 1856. Harriet L., born Dec. 9, 1857. Marcellus 
L.. born Jan. i:?, 1862. George E., born July 31, 1865. Dan- 
iel Melville C. born May 25. 1867. Minnie Lulu, born Dec. 
5, 1870. There were two who died very young, Mary and 

Ambrose married James Beswick. L. Alasco married 
Sarah Strathern. Florence married a widow lady. Emily 
marrie<i Llewellyji Cobb. Hattie married Daily Cecil. Mar- 


cellus married Cora Simmons. George married Kate Van 
Auken. Minnie Lulu married for first husband, Mr. Ma«- 
crae ; for second husband, Mr. Ruga. 

Children of Levi Nelson Countryman, Son of Daniel 


Mary Josephine, born Aug. 8, 1853, lived three weeks, 
died Aug. 21, 1853. Amplias, born Oct. 31, 1854, Hartsville, 
Ind. Theophilus Russell, born June 11, 1857, Hininger, 
Minn. Minnie Martha, born March 27, 1861, Ninger, Minn., 
died Jan. 14, 1863. Jason Melville, born July 2, 1863, Nin- 
inger, Minn., died Sept. 30, 1865. Gratia Alta, born Nov. 29, 
1866, Hastings, Minn. Lana Maria, born April 7, 1870, Has- 
tings, Minn. 

Amplias M. married Adda E. Short, no issue. The- 
ophilus R. married Ada Jaquith. Lana M. married Charles 
T. Conger, issue Constance V. Conger, now Mrs. Gilbert Buf- 

There was a child born, the first before Mary Josephine, 
did not live a day. We did not name it. There were born to 
us, therefore, eight in all. 

Theophilus Russell wed Ada Jaquith, Jan. 5, 1882. 
Issue: Alta, Russell Louis and Ralph. Alta, born March 14, 
1885, wed VVm. Ward Blackburn Sept. 22, 1909; issue: Mar- 
vin Jaquith, born Oct. 5, 1918; resides at Los Angeles, Cal. 

Russell Louis, born March 20, 1886, wed Muriel Con- 
stance Kelley, Sept. 22, 1915. She was born Feb. 17, 1886. 
Issue: Walter Kelley, born Dec. 1, 1916; David Russell, born 
June 17, 1918; Ralph Percy, born May 21, 1921. They reside 
at Piedmont, Calif. 

Ralph, born March 20, 1888, is unmarried, and re- 
sides at Long Beach, Calif. 

Daniel Countryman, son of George, of Conradt 1st, 
born Nov. 6, 1785, died in 1864. Married Maria (Mary) 
Moyer, who died in 1820. Their oldest son, (John) George 
D., was born Sept. 18, 1805, died Jan. 27, 1871. George D. 


Countryman married Nancy Putman. May 4, 18 — . in Min- 
den, Montgomery county, N. Y., the Rev. Jesse Bushnell 
officiating. Nancy Putman was born in Minden, July 21, 
1807. Tlieir children were: Amelia, born in Fort Plan, N. Y., 
April 18, 1837; Martha, born in Fort Plain, N. Y., July 7, 
1839; Mary, born in Minden, June 1, 1841; Adison Gardner, 
born in Stark, Herkimer county, N. Y., Aug .4, 1845; Char- 
ity Christina, born in Stark, July 24, 1848; Horace Marvin, 
born in Stark, Aug. 16, 1851. 

Amelia died at the age of sixteen years, and Charity 
at three and a half years. Martha married David F. Ecker, 
of Stark, Herkimer county, N. Y. Issue: two daughters, 
Emma and Lilly, both died, no children. Mary wed Menzo 
Calmon, of Canondaigua, Ontario county, N. Y., issue: Ev- 
erett E. Calmon, who wed Flora E. Parsons. Issue: Lona. 
Claud, Lester and Sidney, all young, not married. Horace 
M. Countryman wed Hattie E. Springei-, of Stark, Herki- 
mer county, N. Y. Issue: two daughters, Charlotte, single, 
and L. Maude, who wed Dudley B. Wade, of Albany, N. Y. 
Issue: Dudley R. Jr. and Benjamin B. Wade, both young. 
Addison Countryman died young, from injury. 


Church Records 

Lutheran Church at Stone Arabia, Montgomery Co., N. Y. 

Excerpts from Greene. 

The Stone Arabia Lutheran Church dates from the 
separation of the United Reformed and Lutheran societies 
in 1733. Rev. William Christian Buckmeyer was the first 
pastor. Rev. Peter Nicholas Sommer (1743), Rev. Freder- 
ick Rees (1751), Rev. Thopolis England (1763), Rev. Fred- 
erick Reis (1773), Rev. Philip Grotz (1780). It was in 
(1792) during the pastorate of Rev. Grotz, that the present 
frame church was built. The Rev. Peter Wilhelm Domier 
came here from Germany and was pastor from 1811 to 1826. 
All these pastors had preached in German and the dominie 
to have services in th eEnglish language as well, was Rev. 
John D. Lawyer, who was here from 1827 to 1838. 

It will be noted by comparing these dates with tlie 
records of the Minden Lutheran Church that this Rev. John 
D. Lawyer had as his charge both of these churches. 

After some correspondence with the pastor and clerk 
to ascertain as to Countrymans on the church record, Ro- 
mane Saltzman, clerk, kindly searched the four volumes of 
about 1000 pages, with results, viz: 

Anna, daughter of John Pickert, baptized March 11, 
1754; witnesses, Conrad Cuntraman, Rachel Pickard. 

Anna, daughter of Honness Aplens and wife, Mar- 
garetha, baptized April 10, 1754; witnesses, Anna Eva Cun- 
tramann, (daughter of Conradt 1st.) 

Eva Gertrude, daughter of George Wheeler and wife, 
Barbary, baptized March 15, 1754; witnesses, Conrad Cun- 
tramann, probably Conradt 1st. 

Anna Catharine, daughter of Johannes Loch and 
wife, Elizabeth; baptized March 21, 1755; witness, Anna 
Eva Cuntramann, daughter of Conradt 1st. 

Catharine, daughter of Peter Kilts and wife, Anna; 
baptized March 27, 1755; witness, Marx Cuntramann. 


Johannes, daughter of Enskish and wife; baptized 
August 16, 1755; witness, Johannes Cuntramann. 

John Fox Frederick, so nof Frederick Cuntramann; 
baptized June 24, 1756; witness, Eva Cuntramann. 

Maria Margareth, daughter of Henry Haberman and 
wife, Juliana; baptized Oct. 29, 1757; witnesses, Conrad 
Cuntramann and wife, Maria Margareth. 

Magdalena, daughter of Johannes Conterman and 
wife, Rachel; baptized Aug. 18, 1769. 

Lany, daughter of Geo. Cuntreman and wife, Chris- 
tina; baptized May 13, 1771; witnesses, parents. 

Gertrude, daughter of Conrad Cuntreman and wife, 
Christina; baptized April 14. 1771; witnesses, parents. 

Maria, daughter of Johannes Cuntremann and wife, 
Rachael; baptized Sept. 15, 1771. 

Johannes, son of Adam Buchal and wife, Cath- 
arine; baptized March 24, 1772; witnesses John Cuntremann 
and wife. 

Henrich, son of Johannas Cuntermann and wife, Eliz- 
abeth ; baptized Dec. 13. 1816; witnesses, parents. 

David, son of (John) George Cuntermann and wife, 
Regina; baptized Dec. 23, 1816; witnesses, parents. 

Beckky, daughter of Marcus Cuntremann and wife, 
Catarina; baptized April 20, 1817; v/itness, William Cuntre- 

Moses, son of John I. Cuntremann and wife, Eliza- 
beth ; baptized July 24, 1817; witnesses Jacob G. Schneider 
and frau, Catarena. 

Henry, son of Henry Horning and wife, Margaret; 
baptized Sept. 5, 1817; witnesses, Marcus Cuntremann and 
wife, Anna. 

Jacob, son of Nicholas Cuntremann and wife, Eliza- 
beth ; baptized Jan. 18, 1818; witnesses, parents. 

Nelson, .son of Theobuld Hans and wife, :\Iargaret ; 
baptized March 10, 1818; witnesses, George Cuntreman and 
wife, Catharine. 


Elizabeth, daughter of Rudolph Keller and wife, Su- 
sanna; baptized March 10, 1818; witness, Elizabeth Cuntre- 

Peter, son of Marcus Cuntremann and wife, Annar 
baptized March 23, 1818; witnesses, Peter and Delia Cun- 

Catarina, daughter of Isaac Pickert and wife, Anna ; 
baptized Sept. 27, 1818; witnesses, Johenn Cuntremann and 
wife, Margaret. 

William, son of Barkey French and wife, Nancy ; bap- 
tized Oct. 11, 1818; witness, William Cuntremann. 

Abraham, son of George F. Cuntermann and wife, 
Elizabeth ; baptized Nov. 8, 1818. 

Louise, daughter of Henrick Cuntremann and wife, 
Caty; baptized April 4, 1819. 

George, son of Anthony Cuntremann and wife, Anna ; 
baptized April 2, 1820; witnesses, John Geo. Cuntremann 
and wife, Regina. 

Elizabeth, daughter of Peter Reasner and wife, Sara; 
baptized May 14, 1820 ; witnesses, John I. Cuntermann and 
wife, Elizabeth. 

Elizabeth, daughter of Marcus Cuntermann and wife, 
Anna; baptized July 23, 1820; witnesses, Christopher Schu- 
macher and frau, Elizabeth. 

Eva Maria, daughter of Johenn Adam Cuntermann 
and wife, Catarina; baptized Aug. 6, 1820. 

Alexander, son of Henrich Cuntermann and wife, 
Elizabeth; baptized Sept. 3, 1820; witness, Geo. Cuntermann 

Joseye, daughter of Peter Brunner and wife, Cath- 
arine; baptized Oct. 15, 1820; witnesses Johenn E. Cunter- 
mann and wife, Margaret. 

Peter, son of Peter Hock and wife, Margaret; bap- 
tized Feb. 4, 1821 ; witnesses, William Cuntermann and 
wife, Maria. 

Beckky, daughter of William Cuntermann and wife, 
Maria; baptized July 8, 1821. 

Daniel, son of Conrad Cunterman and wife, Catar- 
ina; baptized Aug. 19, 1821. 


Frederick Schmidt, son of Conrad Cuntremann and 
wife. Margaret: baptized Sept. 30, 1821. 

Martin, son of Johenn Jr. Cunterman and wife, Mag- 
dalena; baptized Dec. 26, 1821; witnesses, Barbara Cunter- 
mann and Martin Pickard. 

Abraham, son of Henry Horning and wife, Margaret ; 
baptized INIay 27, 1822; witness, Peter Cuntermann. 

Peter, son of Johann Schneider and wife, Maria Eliz- 
abeth ; baptized Aug. 8, 1822; witness, Peter Cuntermann. 

Catarina, daughter of Marcus Cuntermann and wife, 
Anna; baptized Sept. 29, 1822; witnesses, Adam Cunter- 
mann and wife, Catarina. 

Charlotte, daughter of Henrich Cuntermann and 
wife, Catarina ; baptized Feb. 9, 1823. 

Caty, daughter of Henrich Cuntermann and wife, 
Elizabeth; baptized May 11, 1823. 

Daniel, son of Peter Hock and wife, Margaret; bap- 
tized July 2, 1823; witnesses, Johenn Cuntermann and Bar- 
bara Cuntermann. 

Henrick, son of Conrad Cuntermann and wife, Catar- 
ina; baptized Aug. 3, 1823; witnesses, Anthony Cuntermann 
and wife, Anna. 

Eliza Maria, daughter of Conrad Cuntermann and 
wife, Margaret; liaptized July 29, 1827. 

Levin, son of Henrich Walrath and wife, Polly; bap- 
tized May 9, 1830 ; witness, Jacob Cunterman. 

This churcli, in 1924, is maintaining regular services. 

-Marblclown Reformed Church, Ulster County, N. Y. 

In reply to a letter written to the pastor of the Re- 
formed Church at Stone Ridge (formerly called Marble- 
town) if that early church record showed any membership 
of Countrymans, Rev. C. N. Stevens, the pastor, made the 
following reply : 

Stone Ridge, Feb. 11, 1919. 
Mr. John E. Countryman, 
Dear Sir :— 

Replying to your inquiry of Jan. 31st, would say that 


I have examined the records of the Marbletown Reformed 
Church and find mention of the name of Countryman, as 
follows : 

Under date of Aug. 27, 1754, I find the names of 
Jacob Keyser and Elizabeth Countreman bracketed togeth- 
er, and the names of their children following. This evidently 
is the baptismal record of their children. 

Under date of Aug. 27, 1754, I find the names of 
Frederick Contriman and Elizabeth Scheef bracketed to- 
gether, and the name, Mathew, following. This is evidently 
the name of their son and is his baptismal record. Other 
children of the "bair baptized" as follows: Henricus, Mar. 
11, 1761; Levi, ab. 5th, 1762; Laura, Oct. 26, 1765; Paulus, 
ab. 23d, 1769. 

The Reformed Church of Stone Arabia was the old- 
est west of Schenectady, having been formed by Rev. John 
Jacob Ehle in 1711. This and much that follows I gathered 
from Green's History of old Fort Plain and the Middle Mo- 
hawk Valley. "This was a log church erected about 1711 on 
the lot now occupied by the Lutheran Church. In 1733 the 
joint Lutheran and Reformed Societies erected a frame 
church. A disagreement arose as to the name of denomina- 
tion of the new church and the Lutherans withdrew to the 
log church. Dominie Ehle was follow.ed by Rev. Johannes 
Schuyler, 1743-1751. Rev. Armilo Wernig, 1751-1758. Rev. 
Abraham Rosencrantz, 1759-1769. Rev. Rosencrantz came 
to this country from Germany when a young man and mar- 
ried a sister of Gen. Herkimer. From 1769 to 1787, Stone 
Arabia Reformed Church seems to have been without a reg- 
ular pastor. Both the Dutch Reformed and Lutheran 
churches were burned by the Tory and Indian forces under 
Johnson and Brant, Oct. 19, 1780. In 1788, Rev. D. C. A. 
Peck was called and a new stone church was built at a cost 
of $3,378, which was considered at that time the best church 
building west of Schnectady. 

The Rev. Mr. Peck preached here in the German lan- 
guage but kept the records in English. In 1799 the adjoin- 


ing parsonage was built and Rev. Isaac Labaugh became 
pastor, in connection with the Fort Plain church. The racial 
strains in the old Palatine district must have been much 
mixed, as the Rev. Labaugh was to preach in three different 
languages as follows: 'He shall preach two sermons in the 
German language; then one in English; then two again in 
German ; then one in Low Dutch.' In 1803 this order was 
changed to two sermons in English instead of one, which is 
significant of the growth of the English language in the 
Moliawk valley. Rev. J. J. Wack preached here in German 
and English, from 1804 to 1828, also ministered to the Fort 
Plain church. His salary was $200 from each church, $1.00 
for each marriage and 50 cents for each infant baptism" 

After an unsuccessful effort with the pastor of this 
church I persuaded Norman W. Countryman, of Fultonville, 
N. Y., to go and search the three volume record of this 
church for Countrymans whom I thought some time might 
have been associated therewith. This search was made by 
him Aug. 15, 1823, with results, viz: 

Johannes, daughter of Jaceb Mathis and wife, Anna; 
born Aug. 30, 1768; baptized Sept. 14, 1768; witnesses, Jo- 
hannes Gunterman und Anna Eva Mathis. 

Peggy, daughter of Wm. Wohlgemuth and wife, Peg- 
gy; born June 9, 1789; baptized Aug. 6, 1789; witnesses 
Jean Jung (Young) und Peggy Cuntermann. 

Anna N., daughter of Wm. Wohlgemuth mit Maria 
Cunterman; born July 31, 1791 ; baptized Aug. 7, 1791 ; wit- 
nesses Jacob Cunterman und Anna Wohlgemuth. 

Hannes, son of Adam Gunterman und frau, Eliza- 
beth ; born Feb. 13, 1748; baptized Feb. 14, 1848 by Minister 
John Jacob Ehle; witnesses, Hannes Lipe und Margaretha 

N. Peter, born Mart. 4, 1792; witnesses, Johannes 
Josh. Schnell and Catherina Cuntermann. 

Maria, daughter of Wm. Wohlgemuth and wife, Ma- 
ria Cuntermann; born May 31, 1793; baptized June 2, 1793; 
witnesses, Barnet Keyser, Maria nx, ej. 


Henrich N., son of Conrad Harth and wife, Appolonia 
Cunterman; born Aug. 25, 1792; baptized Sept. 2, 1792; 
witnesses, Henrich Harth, Applonia Snell. 

George, son of Wm. Wohlgemuth and wife, Maria 
Cuntermann; born June 9, 1795; baptized Aug. 3, 1795; 
witnesses, George Kress, Margaretha, ng, ej. 

John Adam, son of Conrd Hart und Applona Cunter- 
mann ; born Aug. 7, 1795; baptized June 20, 1796; witnes- 
ses, Adam Kilts, Betsy, nx, ej. 

Volume 1, Page 194. Marriages, Dutch Reformed Church, 

Stone Arabia. 

Date, Feb. 9, 1789: Sebastion Scholl (Shaul) met 
Magdalena Cuntermann. 

Date, Sept. 13, 1795: Martin Nestell met Catharina 

This record shows Adam Cuntermann an elder. This 
church, 1924, maintains a resident pastor. 

Sand Hill, Now Fort Plain Dutch Reformed Church. 

Excerpts from Greene. 

"The Reformed Dutch Church of Canijoharie District 
now the Reformed Church of Fort Plain, was erected in 
1750 on Sand Hill on the Dutchtown road. The German 
Palatines, who about 1720 settled in the town of Minden, 
at first located principally in the Dutchtown section. The 
road through that section led to Sand Hill and the Mohawk 
river. At this central point the German frontiersmen erect- 
ed the first known house of worship in the Canajoharie dis- 
trict. The Rev. A. Rosencrantz was its pastor for the first 
eight years. This structure was of wood and in the rear 
was a burial ground, still to be seen in 1923. This church,, 
with its records, was burned in the Tory and Indian raids, 
of 1780. After the war, on the old cite was a new, large, well 
proportioned church edifice built, with gallery on three sides 
In 1783, Gen. Washington visited this section and the Ots- 
quago valley and sixteen years later, 1799, at the time of 


his death, very imposing funeral rites to his memory were 
held in this church. Dr. John Daniel Gros sevred this church 
after the war, up to 1788. The Rev. A. Christian Diedrich 
Peck, from 1788 to 1796. The Rev. Dr. Gros again from 
1796 to 1800. The Rev. Isaac Labaugh from 1800 to 1803, 
also pastor of the Stone Arabia Reformed Church. The Rev. 
John J. Wack from 1803 to 1816. Tis reputed Dominie Peck 
left behind him the reputation of an unsurpassed orator and 
that Dr. Gros had been professor of moral philosophy in 
Columbia College. Rev. Wack was a man of commanding 
personal appearance, and a chaplain in the War of 1812." 

Had we the records of the Sand Hill Church from the 
time of its organization, 1750 to 1780, when they were de- 
stroyed in the Indian raid, I think they would disclose the 
names of not a few Countrymans associated with that so- 
ciety. It seems that the Rev. John J. Wack associated as 
pastor with the Reformed Church at Sand Hill from 1803 
to 1816, and with the Stone Arabia Reformed Church from 
1804 to 1828, kept some personal records in two separate 
books, from which Norman W. Countryman, of Fultonville, 
N. Y.. copied the following interesting information: 

Adam Conterman, born Jan. 21, 1719, and died Dec. 
22, 1802. 

Marcus Conterman, born Oct. 21, 1720, and died 
Jan. 13, 1793. 

Catharine Conterman, widow of Marks Conterman, 
born May 22, 1726, and died Jan. 21, 1812. 

Frothingham's History of New York says: Anna Ro- 
sina Countryman, daughter of Conrad 1st, married John 
Pickard, and children were: Nicholas, born 1752; Anna, 
born 1754; Maria Margaret, born 1756; Jacob, Henry and 
John, Jr. 

The Fort Plain Dutch Reformed Church, in 1924, is 
a very thriving and influential organization. 


Births and names of parents as copied from the per- 
sonal records of the Rev. J. J. Wack, of the Geisenburg and" 
Dutch Reformed Churches, by Norman W. Countryman : 

July 13, 1809, Catharine; parents, Adam Country- 
man and wife, Elizabeth. 

May 22, 1810, Eva; parents, Adam Countryman and 
wife, Elizabeth. 

Nov. 17, 1810, Maria; parents, Marks Countryman 
and wife, Catharine. 

Jan. 14, 1812, Maria; parents, John Countryman and 
wife, Margaret. 

July 29, 1813, Maria; parents, Adam Countryman 
and wife, Elizabeth. 

Sept. 12, 1813, Anna; parents, Marks Countryman 
and wife, Catharine. 

Feb. 6, 1814, Anna; parents, Samuel Countryman 
and wife, Catharine. 

May 15, 1815, Barbara; parents, Adam Countryman 
and wife, Eliza. 

March 1, 1815, Peter; parents, Marks Countryman 
and wife, Catharine. 

April 1, 1815, Elizabeth; parents, John N. Country- 
man and wife, Anna. 

Aug. 10, 1816, John; parents, John A. Countryman 
and wife, Catharine. 

Oct. 20, 1816, Caty; parents, John M. Countryman 
and wife, Anna. 

July 26, 1816, Anna; parents, Adam Countryman and 
wife, Elizabeth. 

Feb. 24, 1817, John Henry; parents, Marks Country- 
man and wife, Anna. 

June 15, 1817, John; parents, Adam Counti-yman and 
wife, Elizabeth. 

Jan. 10, 1819, Adam; parents, John A. Countryman 
and wife, Margaret. 

Jan. 10, 1819, Caty; parents, Marks Countryman and 
wife, Catharine. 


May 31. 1819, Betsy; parents, Jacob Countryman 
and wife, Anna. 

Nov. 2, 1820 Caty; parents, Samuel Countryman 
and wife, Elizabeth. 

Feb. 25, 1825, Lucy; parents, Jacob Countryman 
and wife, Anna. 

Dec. 29, 1825, Wm .Henry; parents, Henry Country- 
man and wife, Susanna. 

Sept. 5, 1826, Abraham; parents, John A. Country- 
man and wife. Margaret. 

Oct. 30. 1826, George William; parents, William Coun 
tryman and wife, Lena. 

Aug. 12, 1818. Maria: parents, Samuel Countryman 
and wife, Elizabeth. 

Jan. 17, 1829, Caty Maria; parents, John Country- 
man and wife. Nelly. 

May 22, 1826. Jacob Henry; parents, Jacob Coun- 
tryman and wife, Anna. 

Jan. 16, 1830. Solomon; parents, Solomon Country- 
man and wife, Polly. 

July 27, 1837, Jacob, parents, Anthony Countryman 
and wife, Christianna. 

Aug. 7, 1836, Pamelia; parents, Henry Countryman 
and wife, Sylvannia. 

April 9, 1835, John Henry; parents, Solomon Coun- 
tryman and wife, Peggy. 

July 5, 1837, Geo. Washington; parents, Solomon 
Countryman and wife, Peggy. \ 

March 24, 1838, Jeremiah ; parents, Abram Country- 
man and wife, Catharine. 

March 6, 1838, Lucy Ann; parents, Anthony Coun- 
tryman and wife, Tina. 

May 19, 1839, Lydia; parents, Abram A. Country- 
man and wife, Mary Ann. 

Jan. 21, 1841, Nancy C; parents, Thomas A. Coun- 
tryman and wife, Mary. 


Indian Castle Church, Danube, Herkimer County, N. Y. 

Excerpts from Greene & Lossing. 

Indian Castle (Danube) Church was erected by Sir 
Wm. Johnson in 1760 for the Mohawks then residing there. 
It is said Samuel Clyde, later Colonel of the Canajoharie 
regiment of militia, superintended its construction. (I might 
inject here that ten or more Countrymans constituted a part 
of this regiment and that I have attended church services 
here and the church still standing, 1923.) 

This Castle church and the Gen. Herkimer house con- 
stitute an interesting pair of pre-Revolutionary objects of 
the town of Danube. The state of New York in recent years 
purchased the Herkimer property with the cemetery, and 
have built a very imposing monument to his memory. Los- 
sing says: "This church stood on land owned by the Sachem- 
Brant and that Christian missionaries were often enter- 
tained at his house before he took up the war hatchet. 'Tis 
said hostile Indians attempted to steal the bell to install as 
a souvenir in a new Indian church in Canada. In this they 
failed, as they forget to secure the clapper, and its clanging 
roused the German patriots of the neighborhood, who sallied 
foi-th and recovered the bell and returned it to its place." 

In the town of Manheim Tryon, now Herkimer coun- 
ty, about three miles from Little Falls, was a considerable 
settlement with a church, blockhouse and mill, which was 
raided in April 1778. At this church are buried 35 Revolu- 
tionary soldiers. Before the war of independence a Dutch 
Reformed Church was organized in this same town. Their 
church building was burned during the Revolution but soon 
thereafter rebuilt. This is the only Revolutionary church 
society now in the town of Manheim. 


Sand Hill Reformed Church, Now Fort Plain. 

Copied from record now in Utica Public Library, de- 
posited by Daniel Crouse, of Fort Plain. 


Feb. 9, 1790, Conrad Cunterman, son of Conrad Cun- 
terman, to Catharine Miller, tochter of Gerhard Miller. 

Jan. 26, 1791, Jean Dekier, son of Jean Dekier, to 
Anna Cunterman, tochter von Conrad Cunterman. 

April 5, 1790, Heins Gardner, sohn von Johann Gard- 
ner, to Catherine Cuntermann, tochter von Conrad Cunter- 

July 19, 1791, John Cunterman, son of Johann Coun- 
terman, son of Conrad 1st, mit Elizabeth Hock, tochter of 
Jolianii Hock. 

March 27, 1791, Adam Knouts to Maria Elizabeth 

Nov. 27, 1792, Frederick Cunterman to Ablonia 

May 26, 1793, Adam Cunterman to Elizabeth Deefen- 

Aug. 27, 1793. John Gartner to Gertrand Cunterman. 

Dec. 3, 1793, Henry Cunterman to Sally Conklin. 

Feb. 1804, Daniel Tice to Catherine Countreman. 

Sept. 14, 1806, Hassard Stedman to Betsy Countre- 



July 3, 1808, Godfried Young to Barbara Counterman 
Oct. 14, 1817, Jacob Countreman to Nancy Keller. 
Oct. 26, 1817, Jeremiah Benedict to Elisa Counter- 

June 28, 1818, David C. Young to Anna Countreman. 
May 22, 1819, Frederick Harder to Elizabeth Coun- 

Dec. 19, 1819, Henry Counterman to Betsy Wallrad. 
Dec. 12, 1822, Ulerick Deck to Elizabeth Conterman. 
Oct. 10, 1824, Henry A. Countryman to Susan Ding- 

Aug. 1, 1824, Marks Conterman to Anna Wolkemuth. 


Jan. 5, 1826, Phillip Cole to Mary Conterman. 

Jan. 1, 1839, Godfrey Snyder to Catherine Conter- 


Feb. 10, 1822, Maria Counterman to Michael Helmer. 

Oct. 5, 1819, Sarah Counterman to Joseph J. Snyder. 

Feb. 10, 1807, John A. Conterman to Elizabeth Bron- 
ner. This last named should be Adam J., son of John A. 
Copied from Records Now in Utica Public Library, Baptisms 

1815, Peter, son of INIarks Countreman and wife, 


Oct. 1, 1815, Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Countre- 
man and wife, Caty. 

1815, John, son of John Ad. Countreman and 

wife, Catharine. 

1816, Caty, daughter of John A. Countreman 

and wife, Margaret. 

July 11, 1819, Caty, daughter of Marks Countreman 
and wife, Catharine. 

Jan. 9, 1820, Betsey, daughter of Jacob Countreman 
and wife, Anna. 

Jan. 26, 1823, Caty, daughter of Samuel Counterman 
and wife, Elizabeth. 

Jan. 11, 1824, Rosanna, daughter of John Counter- 

July 18, 1824, Betsey, daughter of William Country- 
man and wife, Maria. 

1824, Caty Maria, daughter of John Country- 
man, Jr., and wife, Lena Pickard. 

— — 1825, Wm. Henry, son of Henry Countryman 
and wife, Sussanna. 

Oct. 4, 1827, Maria, daughter of Samuel Countryman 
and wife, Elizabeth. 

Mar. 7, 1830, Solomon, son of Solomon Countryman 
and wife, Polly. 

— — 1833, Anna, daughter of Jacob Countryman and 
wife, Anna. 

1834, Jacob, son of Anthony Countryman and 

wife, Christina. 


1836, Parmely Ann, daughter of Henry Coun- 
tryman and wife, Sylvannus. 

1838, Lena Ann, daughter of Anthony Country- 
man and wife, Tina. 

Copied from Geisenburg Lutheran Church Records at Far- 
mers & Merchants Bank, Fort Plain, N. Y. 

John, son of Johannus Backus and frau, baptized in 
1793; witnesses, John M. Conterman and frau, Barbara. 

Sabastian, son of Conrad Shimel and frau, Maria 
Conterman Shimel; baptized Jan. 1794; witnesses Antoine 
Conterman and frau, Magdalena Miller. 

Petrus, son of Henrich Schaefer and frau, Maria Be- 
zinger; baptized May 21, 1794; witnesses, Petrus Miller und 
Elizabeth Conterman. 

Daniel, son of Johann Geo. Duncle und frau, Eliza- 
beth Conterman ; baptized April 1794 ; witnesses Johann T. 
Schmidt und Christina Conterman. 

Christina, daughter of Isaac Pickert und frau, Mag- 
dalena, born April 1794; baptized May 1, 1794; witnesses 
George Pickert und Christina Conterman. 

Ann Rosina, daughter of Jacob Contreman und frau, 
Margaretha; born May 9, 1794; baptized; witnesses, John 
George Conterman und frau, Kegina Spracker. 

Maria, or Mary, daughter of Johannus Conterman 
und frau, Elizabeth Hohck (Hoke) ; born Jan. 1794; baptized 
Jul 14, 1794; witnesses Antonias Conterman und Maria 

Henrich, son of Henrich Conterman und frau, Sally 
(Conklin) ; born Aug. 16, 1794; baptized; witnesses Fred- 
erick Conterman and frau, Ablonia Hauss. 

Elizabeth, daughter of Abraham Conterman und 
frau, Catherina (Crouse) ; born Oct. 14, 1794; baptized; wit- 
nesses Johannus Conterman und frau, Elizabeth. 

Catharina. daughter of Capt. Johaimas Schneyder 
und frau, Margaretha Conterman; born May 17, 1795; bap- 


tized; witnesses Abraham Conterman und frau, Catharina 

Sarah, daughter of Conrad Conterman und frau, 
Catharina Miller; baptized Aug. 3, 1795; witnesses Antonius 
Conterman und Magdalena Miller. 

Abraham, son of Adam Conterman und frau, Maria; 
baptized Nov. 16, 1795; witnesses Capt. Johannus Schney- 
der und frau, Margaretha Conterman. 

Frederick, son of Henrich Conterman und frau, Sally 
Conklin; baptized Dec. 18, 1795; witnesses Frederick Con- 
terman und frau, Ablona Hauss. 

Abraham, son of Johannus Schneyder und frau, Mar- 
gargaretha Conterman; born April 29, 1795; baptized May 

17, 1795; witnesses Abraham Conterman und frau, Cath- 

Christina, daughter of Martinus Conterman und 
frau, Leah; baptized Nov. 1796; witnesses Abraham Con- 
terman und Catharina Stitts. 

Jonas, son of Geo. Preis (Price) und frau, Catharine;- 
baptized March 30, 1796; witnesses Catharine Conterman 
and Johannas Conterman. 

Conrad, son of Frederick Conterman und frau, Ab- 
lonia Hauss; born May 9, 1796; baptized June 19, 1796; wit- 
nesses Johannas Conterman und frau, Elizabeth Hoke. 

Catharina, daughter of Johannes Countryman und 
frau, Elizabeth ; born Aug. 29, 1796 ; baptized Sept. 4, 1796 ; 
witnesses Johannas Schneyder und frau, Margaretha. 

Catharina, daughter of Abraham Conterman und 
frau, Catharina Grouse; born Oct. 13, 1796; baptized Dec. 

18, 1796; witnesses Henrich Gardner und frau, Catharina. 

Wilhelm, son of John M. Conterman und frau, Bar- 
bara; born Jan. 10, 1797; baptized ; witnesses Daniel Schney 
der und Anna Wagner. 

Abraham, son of Henrich Gardner und frau, Cath- 
arina; baptized 1797; witnesses Johannus Conterman und 
frau, Elizabeth. 

John George, son of Henry Embody und frau, Leah; 


baptized 1797; witnesses Johannus Conterman und frau, 

Christine, daughter of Johannus Young und frau, 
Margaretha ; baptized 1797 ; witnesses Christina Conterman, 
widow of Jonas Wetmore. 

Conrad, son of Conrad Conterman und frau, Cathar- 
ine Miller; baptized Sept. 18, 1797; witnesses Jonas Coche 
und Maria Elizabeth Conterman. 

James, son of John Maxfield und frau, Elizabeth; bap- 
tized : witnesses Henrich Conterman und frau, Sally. 

Maria, daughter of John A.dam Countryman und 
frau, Maria; born Feb. 12, 1797; baptized Feb. 19, 1797; 
witnesses Adam Keesler und frau, Maria. 

Henrich, son of John George Conterman und frau. 
Regina Spraker; born March 7, 1797; baptized March 12, 
1797; witnesses Henrich Dillenback und frau, Cathrine. 

Nicholas, son of Johannus Angsbury und frau, Sus- 
sanna Countryman ; born March 12, 1797 ; baptized April 16, 
1797; witnesses Nicholas Conterman und frau. Anna Oat- 

Margaretha, daughter of Petrus und Eva Maria ; 
baptized Sept. 9, 1797; witnesses Conrad Conterman und 
frau, Margaretha. 

]\Iaria, daughter of Phillip Feliling und frau, Margar- 
etha; baptized Feb. 1798; witnesses Lorents Gross und Mar- 
garetha Conterman. 

Christina, daughter of Jacob Conterman und frau, 
Margaretha; baptized Jan. 6, 1798; witnesses Christina 
Wetsomer, widow of Jonas VVetsomer. 

Henrich, son of Henrich Conterman uiul frau, Sally; 
baptized May 10, 1798; witnesses John Adam Conterman 
und frau, Maria. 

Abraham, sen of Johannas Conterman und frau, Eliz- 
abeth ; baptized July 16, 1798; died in infancy; witnesses 
Abraham Conterman und Catherine Schneyder. 

Abraham, .son of Abraham Conterman und frau, 
Catherina:born Oct. 23, 1798; baptized Nov. 4, 1798. 

Johannas, son of Wm. Overacker und frau, Maria; 


baptized Feb. 1799; witnesses Johannus Conterman unci 
frail, Elizabeth. 

John Adam, son of John Adam Conterman und frau, 
Maria; baptized April 12, 1799; witnesses Frederick Hohk 
und frau, Margaretha. 

Elizabeth, daughter of Johannus Conterman und 
frau. Elizabeth; born July 12, 1799; baptized Aug. 4, 1799; 
witnesses, Nicholas Conterman und frau, Anna. 

George, son of George Conterman 2d und frau, Re- 
gina; born March 4, 1799; baptized March 13, 1799; wit- 
nesses Jacob Copeman und frau, Catharina. 

Jacob, son of Conrad Shimel und frau, Maria; born 
Jan. 6, 1800; baptized Jan. 19, 1800; witnesses Abraham 
Conterman und frau, Catharina. 

Nicholas, son of Nicholas Conterman und frau, Ann 
Oathout; born Jan. 1, 1800; baptized Jan. 26, 1800; witnes- 
ses Johannus Conterman und frau, Elizabeth. 

Philipus, son of Abraham Conterman und frau, Ma- 
ria; born Sept. 18, 1800; baptized Sept. 21, 1800; witnesses 
Peter Weber und frau, Elizabeth. 

Daniel, son of John Geo. Duncle und frau, Elizabeth; 
born Dec. 3, 1800; baptized Dec. 7, 1800; witnesses Daniel 
Conterman und Elizabeth Dunkel. 

Catharina, daughter of John Geo. Conterman und 
frau, Regina; born Dec. 28, 1800; baptized Jan. 11, 1801; 
witnesses Jacob Copeman und Catharina Conterman. 

Peter, son of Jacob Conterman und frau ; born Dec. 
30, 1800; baptized Jan. 11, 1801; witnesses Johnathan Pick- 
ert und Anna Conterman. 

Catharina, daughter of Frederick Conterman und 
frau, Ablona Hauss ; born July 7, 1800; baptized Feb .15, 
1801; witnesses Thomas Grill (Grill) und frau, Margaretha. 

Johannus, son of Johannus Conterman und frau, 
Elizabeth ; born Aug. 8, 1801 ; baptized Aug. 9, 1801 ; witnes- 
ses Johannus Hock, Jr. und Catharina. 

Elizabeth, daughter of John M. Conterman und frau. 
Barbara; born Feb. 24, 1802; baptized Feb. 28, 1802; wit- 
nesses Conrad Mathews und frau, Elizabeth. 


Susanna, daughter of Fred Bachman und frau, Su- 
sanna ; born Feb. 27, 1802; baptized April 25, 1802; witnes- 
ses Abraham Conterman und Elizabeth Saybel. 

Johanna, daughter of George Conterman und frau, 
Elizabeth; born iMay 16, 1802; baptized June 6, 1802; wit- 
nesses Abraham Conterman und Rachael. 

Peter, son of Conrad Conterman und frau, Cathar- 
ina; born Aug. 6, 1802; baptized Aug. 8, 1802; witnesses 
Peter Miller und frau, Catharina. 

Anna, daughter of Jacob Wagner und frau, Eliza- 
beth ; born Aug. 1, 1802; baptized Sept. 19, 1802; witnesses 
Nicholas Conterman und frau, Anna. 

Maria, daughter of George Conterman und frau, Re- 
gina; born Oct. 26, 1802; baptized Nov. 21, 1802; witnesses 
Wm. Jenkens und Anna Conterman. 

Anna, daughter of Henrich Conterman und frau, Sal- 
ly Conklin; born Oct. 15, 1802; baptized Nov. 26, 1802; wit- 
nesses Lorents Hohok (Hoke) und Margaretha Conterman. 

Daniel, son of Jacob Conterman und frau, Margar- 
etha; born Jan. 11, 1803; baptized Jan. 30, 1803; witnesses 
Daniel Conterman und Anna Wagner. 

Nichalos, son of Johnatlran Pickert und frau, Rach- 
ael ; born May 21, 1803; baptized June 1, 1803; witnesses 
Nicholas Conterman und frau, Anna. 

Jacob, son of Johannas Conterman und frau, Eliza- 
beth ; born May 11, 1803; baptized July 24, 1803; witnesses 
Adam Schafer und frau, Delia. 

Margaretha, daughter of John Young und frau, Mar- 
garetha ; born July 24, 1803; baptized Aug. 7, 1803; witnes- 
ses Thomas Conklin und Anna Conterman. 

David, son of Johannu.s Conterman und frau, Eliza- 
beth (Hoke); born Oct. 14, 1903; baptized Oct. 16, 1803; 
witnesses Peter Resner und frau, Sara (Hoke) 

Margaretha, daughter of Frederick Conterman und 
frau. Al)lonia; born Aug. 6, 1803; baptized Dec. 11, 1803; 
witnesses Daniel Conterman und Maria Moyer. 

Johann George, son of Christian Hawn ; born Feb. 6, 


1804; baptized Feb. 18, 1804; witnesses John Geo. Conter- 
man und frau, Regina. 

Johannus, son of John Gaertner und frau, Gertrant ; 
born Jan. 6, 1804; baptized Jan. 6, 1804; witnesses Daniel 
Conterman und Maria Moyer. 

Frederick, son of George Conterman und frau, Eliz- 
abeth; born Feb. 26, 1804; baptized March 11, 1804; witnes- 
ses John Casparus und Anna Haerter. 

-John Frederick, son of Abraham F. Conterman und 
frau, Catharina; born Feb. 27, 1804; baptized March 15, 
1804 ; witnesses James Murphy und frau, Gertrant. 

Nicholas, son of Abraham Contei-man und frau, Cath- 
arina; born March 27, 1804; baptized April 29, 1804; wit- 
nesses Nicholas Conterman und frau, Anna. 

Nicholas, son of Johannus Gross und frau, Sybilla; 
born April 30, 1804; baptized May 13, 1804; witnesses Nich- 
olas Conterman und frau, Anna. 

John, son of Johnathan Pickert und frau, Rachel; 
born May 8, 1804; baptized May 15, 1804; witnesses Johan- 
nus Conterman und Anna Wagner. 

Anthony, son of Anthony Conterman und Jr^u, 
Anna; born Sept. 8, 1804; baptized Sept. 9, 1804; witnesses 
Conrad Miller und frau, Christina. 

Elizabeth, daughter of John Lamberth und frau, Eliz 
abeth; baptized Oct. 4, 1805; witnesses Thomas Crill und 

Barbara, daughter of Johannus M. Conterman und 
frau, Barbara; born April 17, 1805; baptized May 15, 1805; 
witnesses Johannus Backus und frau, Magdalena. 

Delia, daughter of Jacob Conterman und frau, Mar- 
garetha; born June 27, 1805; baptized July 7, 1805; witnes- 
ses David Augsbury und Delia Conterman. 

John George, son of Daniel Conterman und frau, Ma- 
ria Moyer; born Sept. 18, 1805; baptized Sept. 29, 1805; 
witnesses, Solomon Moyer und Anna Conterman. 

Elizabeth, daughter of Conrad Conterman und frau, 
Catharina; born Sept. 9, 1805; baptized Sept. 29, 1805; 
witnesses Peter Hohk und Elizabeth Knouts. 


George, son of Wilhelm Busch und frau, Margaretha; 
born Aug. 29, 1805; baptized Oct. 6, 1805; witnesses God- 
lieb Busch und Anna Conterman. 

Johannus, son of Henrich Moyer und frau, Maria; 
bor nSept. 17, 1805; baptized Oct. 13, 1805; witnesses Jo- 
hannus Conterman und frau, Elizabeth. 

Sara, daughter of Abraham F. Conterman und frau, 
Catharina; born Oct. 3, 1805; baptized Oct. 13, 1805; wit- 
nesses Johannus Conterman und frau, Elizabeth. 

Elizabeth, daughter of Johnathan Pickert und frau, 
Rachael; born Oct. 10, 1805; baptized Oct. 20, 1805; wit- 
nesses David Augsbury und Elizabeth Conterman. 

Lea, daughter of Frederick Conterman und frau, Ab- 
lonia; born Nov. 2, 1805; baptized March 30, 1806. 

Martinus. son of Jacob Sybel und frau, Martha; born 
Feb. 8, 1806; baptized March 15, 1806; witnesses Isaac Con- 
terman und Catharina Hohck. 

Rachael, daughter of Johannus Conterman und frau, 
Elizabeth; born March 27, 1806; baptized March 30, 1806; 
witnesses Sabastian Schall und frau, Magdalena Conterman. 
Benjamin, son of Cornelius Wendel und frau, Eliza- 
beth ; born June 5, 1806; baptized June 8, 1806; witnesses 
Marcus Conterman und Rachael Schneyder. 

Magdalena, daughter of Anthony Conterman und 
frau, Anna; born June 18, 1806; baptized June 29, 1806; wit- 
ness Abraham Zollenger. 

Joseph, son of John Geo. Conterman und frau, Re- 
gina Sprecker; born Jan. 7, 1807; baptized Feb. 15, 1807; 
witnesses Joseph Sprecker und frau, Cata. 

Christina, daughter of Daniel Conterman und frau, 
Maria Moyer; born April 1, 1807; baptized April 12, 1807; 
witnesses Nicholas Moyer und Delia Conterman. 

Maria, daughter of Anthony Conterman und frau, 
Anna; born Sept. 3, 1807- baptized Sept. 13, 1807; witnes- 
ses Jacob Wagner und Maria Ki-ess. 

Jacob, son of Jacob Conterman und frau, Margare- 
tha; born Aug. 17, 1807; baptized Sept. 13, 1807; witnesses 
Johannus Hohck und frau, Catharina. 


Jonas, son of Mathew Hohck (Hoke) und frau, Mag- 
dalena; born March 16, 1807; baptized May 17, 1807; wit- 
nesses John Adam Conterman und frau, Maria. 

Jacob, son of Jacob Wagner und frau, Elizabeth ; born 
Aug. 24, 1807; baptized Sept. 13 ,1807; witnesses Jacob Em- 
body und Anna Conterman. 

Solomon, son of Johann Ad. Conterman und frau, Ma- 
ria; born Aug. 2, 1807; baptized Sept. 20, 1807; witnesses 
Abraham Conterman und frau, Catharina. 

Peggy, daughter of Abraham Conterman und frau, 
Cathai'ina; born Oct. 5, 1807; baptized Nov. 22, 1807; wit- 
nesses Christopher Hohck und frau, Peggy. 

Rachael, daughter of John Snyder, Jr. und frau, Cath 
arina; born Nov. 16, 1807; baptized Nov. 22, 1807; witnes- 
ses John Conterman und Rachael Schneyder. 

Johannus, son of Conrad Conterman und frau, Cath- 
arina; born Nov. 7, 1807; baptized Dec. 27, 1807; witnesses 
John Ad. Schaefer und frau, Delia. 

John, son of John D. Young und frau, Margaretha ; 
born Jan. 3, 1808 ; baptized Jan. 10, 1808 ; witnesses Hen- 
rich Lieber und Delia Conterman. 

Peter, son of Johannus Conterman und frau, Eliza- 
beth; born June 2, 1808; baptized June 5, 1808; witnesses 
Henry Wermuth und Anna Hohck. 

Thomas, son of Geo. F. Conterman und frau, Eliza- 
beth ; born Aug. 13, 1808 ; baptized Sept. 21, 1808 ; witnesses 
Thomas Crill, Jr. und Maria Ford. 

Maria, daughter of Philip Hohck und frau, Eva; born 
Sept. 13, 1807; baptized Jan. 10, 1808; witnesses John Ad 
Conterman und frau, Maria. 

Margaretha, daughter of Johannes Augsbury und 
frau, Susanna; born Jan. 23, 1808; baptized March 6, 1808; 
witnesses George Conterman und fi'au, Regina. 

Solomon, son of Abraham Conterman und frau, Cath- 
arina; born March 23, 1808; baptized June 6, 1808; witnes- 
ses John Schimel und Maria Conterman. 

Gertrant, daughter of Daniel Conterman und frau. 


Maria; born Dec. 6, 1808; baptized Jan. 1, 1809; witnesses 
John Reis und frau, Christina. 

Anna, daughter of Anthony Conterman und frau, 
Anna; born March 6, 1809; baptized March 26, 1809; wit- 
nesses Johannes Monck und frau, Anna. 

Johannes, son of Marcus Conterman und frau, Cath- 
arina; born Jan. 7, 1809; baptized Jan. 15, 1809; witnesses 
Peter Hohck und Margaretha Conterman. 

Maria, daughter of Jacob Conterman und frau, Mar- 
garetha; born Oct. ]0, 1809; baptized Oct. 25, 1809; witnes- 
ses Wm. Wohlgmuth und frau, Maria. 

Anna, daughter of George Conterman und frau, Re- 
gina; born Oct. 29, 1809; baptized Dec. 14, 1809; Johannus 
Augsbury und frau, Sussanna Conterman. 

David, son of John N. Conterman und frau, Anna; 
born Feb. 2, 1810; baptized March 11, 1810; witnesses Jo- 
hann F. Eigenbrod und frau, EHzabeth. 

Jacob, son of George F. Conterman und Maria Fort ; 
born Dec. 25, 1809; baptized March 11, 1810; witnesses Pe- 
ter Ward und frau, Margaretha. 

Peter, son of Abraham Conterman und frau, Cathar- 
ina: born Sept. 10, 1810; baptized Sept. 30, 1810; witnesses 
Peter Hohck und frau, Margaretha. 

Maria, daughter of John Plank und frau, Anna ; born 
Oct. 8. 1810; baptized Oct. 28, 1810; witnesses Daniel Con- 
terman und frau. Maria. 

Maria, (laughter of Daniel Conterman und frau, Ma- 
ria ; born Jan. 18, 1811; baptized Jan. 27, 1811; witnesses 
Theobald Young und Sophia Moyer. 

David, son of Anthony Conterman und frau, Anna; 
born F^eb. 28, 1811; baptized March 17, 1811; witnesses 
Magdalena Kress und Goetner. 

Polly, daughter of George F. Conterman und frau, 
Elizabeth; born Jan. 13, 1811; baptized Jan. 27, 1811; wit- 
nesses Abraham Schneyder und Elizabeth Keesler. 

Amelia, daughter of John Lambert und frau, Eliza- 
beth ; born July 2, 1810; baptized Feb. 3, 1811; witnesses 
John F. Conterman und Hanna Watts. 


Benjamin, son of John N. Conterman und frau, Anna ; 
born Aug. 12, 1811 ; baptized Sept. 1, 1811 ; witnesses Chas. 
Eigenbrodt und Susanna Conterman. 

Henrich, son of Conrad Conterman und frau, Cath- 
arina; born Aug. 8, 1811 ; baptized Sept. 29, 1811 ; witnesses 
Henry Gaertner und frau, Catharina. 

Bastian, son of Christian Schimel und frau, Cathar- 
ina Schall; born Sept. 3, 1811 ; baptized Sept. 14, 1811 ; wit- 
nesses Bastian Schall und fi'au, Magdalena Conterman. 

Elizabeth, daughter of George Conterman und frau, 
Regina; born Oct. 10, 1811 ; baptized Dec. 29, 1811 ; witnes- 
ses Daniel Conterman und frau, Maria. 

Margaretha, daughter of Adam J. Conterman und 
frau, Elizabeth; born Nov. 1, 1811; baptized Jan. 11, 1812; 
witnesses John Calomel und frau, Catharina. 

Fanny, daughter of John Ruff und frau, Maria Con- 
terman ; born Dec. 27, 1811 ; baptized Jan. 26, 1812; witnes- 
ses Bastian Shall und frau, Magdalena. 

Joseph, son of Abraham F. Conterman und frau, Cath 
arina; born Dec. 9, 1811; baptized Feb. 2, 1812; witnesses 
Joseph Ilaus und Maria Conterman. 

Solomon, son of Johnathan Pickert und frau, Rach- 
ael; born April 11, 1812; baptized May 10, 1812; witnesses 
John Keywits und Susanna Conterman. 

Rebecca, daughter of Johannes Conterman und frau, 
Elizabeth; born Sept. 11, 1812; baptized Sept. 27, 1812; wit- 
nesses Bastian Shall und frau, Magdalena. 

Abraham, son of Nicholas Shimmel und frau, Maria 
Conterman; born July 8, 1812; baptized Jan. 21, 1812; wit- 
nesses Isaac Conterman und frau, Delia. 

Sally, daughter of Daniel Conterman und frau, Ma- 
ria; born Nov. 1, 1812; baptized Nov. 15, 1812; witnesses. 
Johann George Conterman und frau, Regina. 

Jonas, son of Jacob Conterman und frau, Margare- 
tha; born Nov. 8, 1812; baptized Dec. 11, 1812; witnesses 
John Young und frau, Margaretha. 

Catharena, daughter of Anthony Conterman und 


frail, Margaretha; born Nov. 9, 1812; baptized Dec. 13. 
1812; Abraham Conterman und frau, Catharina. 

Maria, daughter of Isaac Conterman und frau, Delia ; 
born Dec. 29, 1812; baptized Jan. 13, 1813; witnesses Ren- 
rick Shall und frau, Maria. 

Nancy, daughter of George F. Conterman und frau, 
Elizabeth; born March 9, 1813; baptized June 12, 1813; wit- 
nesses Isaac Seller und Anna Knouts. 

William, son of Jonas Dillenback und frau, Eva; boni 
May 22. 1813; baptized June 27, 1813; witnesses Marcus 
Conterman und Anna Conterman. 

Anna, daughter of John N. Conterman und frau, 
Anna ; June 5, 1813 ; baptized June 27, 1813 ; witnesses Nich- 
olas Conterman und Catharina Eigenbrodt. 

Anna, daughter of Henrich Horning und frau, Mar- 
garetha ; born July 23, 1813; baptized Aug. 8, 1813; witnes- 
ses Adam Conterman und Anna Conterman. 

Anna, daughter of Henrich Walts und frau, Maria; 
born Sept. 27, 1813; baptized Oct. 17, 1813; witnesses Dan- 
iel Conterman und frau. Maria. 

Maria, daughter of John Casperus und frau, Polly; 
born Oct. 27, 1813; baptized Jan. 2, 1814; witnesses John 
Adam Conterman und frau, Maria. 

Hiram, son of Joseph Ratli und frau, Margaretha; 
born Dec. 6, 1813; baptized P'eb. 6, 1814; witnesses John 
Adam Conterman und frau, Maria. 

Hii-am, son of Abram F. Conterman und frau, Cath- 
arina; born Dec. 6, 1813; baptized Feb. C, 1814; witnesses 
Frederick Held und frau; Sara. 

Solomon, son of Regnatus Deniuth und frau, Eliza- 
beth; born IMarch 16, 1814; baptized March 16, 1914; wit- 
nesses Johannus Conterman und frau, Elizabeth. 

Petei- Sedney, son of Peter Vrooman und frau, Ab- 
lona; born PVb. 4, 1814; baptized June 19, 1814; witnesses 
Henry Vrooman und Polly Conterman. 

John, son of George F. Conterman und frau, Eliza- 
beth; born July 20, 1814; baptized Aug. 3, 1814; witnesses, 


George, son of John Reis (Rice) und frau, Catharina; 
born July 24, 1814; baptized Sept. 11, 1814; witnesses John 
George Conterman und frau, Regina. 

Daniel, son of Daniel Conterman und frau, Maria; 
born Oct. 3, 1814; baptized Oct. 23, 1814; witnesses Adam 
Walrath und frau, Elizabeth. 

Johannes, son of Jost. Henrich Fox und frau, Maria ; 
born Dec. 25, 1814; baptized Dec. 26, 1814; witnesses Johan- 
nes Conterman und frau, Elizabeth. 

Isaac, son of Anthony Conterman und frau, Anna; 
born Jan. 15, 1815; baptized Feb. 12, 1815; witnesses Hen- 
rich Conterman und Catharine Miller. 

Daniel, son of Johannes Conterman und frau, Eliza- 
beth ; born March 31, 1815; baptized April 29, 1815; wit- 
nesses Jacobus Bauder und Christina Hohck. 

Margaretha, daughter of John Mabey und frau, 
Anna; born May 23, 1815; baptized July 6, 1815; witnesses 
Baldus Prehm und Elizabeth Conterman. 

Margaretha, daughter of Daniel Conklin und frau, 
Maria; born Nov. 4, 1815; baptized Nov. 26, 1815; witnesses 
John Conterman und frau, Margaretha. 

Jacob, son of Daniel Conterman und frau, Maria; 
born Feb. 3, 1816; baptized Feb. 11, 1816; witnesses Jacob 
Coopman und frau, Catharina. 

Peter und Nicholas, twins, sons of John N. Conter- 
man und frau, Anna; born May 26, 1816; baptized Sept. 6, 
1816; witnesses Margaretha Moyer und Barbai-a Petten. 

John Andres, son of John A. Dingman und frau, Mar- 
garetha; born Aug. 21, 1816; baptized Oct. 6, 1816; witnes- 
ses Henry Conterman und Cranckhite. 

Mary Ann, daughter of Wilhelm Conterman und 
frau, Anna Knouts; born Sept. 21, 1816; baptized Oct. 7, 
1816; witnesses David Gray und frau, Elizabeth. 

George, son of Abraham Augsbury und frau, Chris- 
tina; born Dec. 20, 1816; baptized Feb. 9, 1817; witnesses 
George Conterman und frau, Regina. 

Elizabeth, daughter of Anthony Conterman und frau. 


Anna; born Nov. 20, 1816; baptized Dec. 22, 1816; witnes- 
ses Jacob Walrath und frau, Anna. 

Peggy, daughter of Marcus Conterman und frau, 
Catarina; born March 15, 1817; baptized April 20, 1817; 
witnesses William Conterman und Peggy Seeber. 

Henrich, son of Henrich Horning und frau, Margar- 
et; born Aug. 13, 1817; baptized Sept. 26, 1817; witnesses 
Marcus Conterman und frau, Anna. 

Moses, son of Johan Conterman und frau, Elizabeth ; 
born July 24, 1817; baptized Aug. S, 1817; witnesses Jacob 
G. Schneider und frau, Catarina. 

Jacob, son of Nicholas Cunterman und frau, Eliza- 
beth; born March 25, 1817; baptized Jan. 16, 1818; witnes- 
ses, parents. 

Nelson, son of Thoba.d House und frau. Margaret; 
born Nov. 22, 1817; baptized March 1, 1818; witnesses Geo. 
Cunterman und frau. Catarina. 

Elizabeth Ann, daughter of Rudolph Keller und frau, 
Susanna; born Oct. 11. 1817; baptized March 1, 1818; wit- 
nesses Jacob Keller und Elizabeth Cunterman. 

Nancy, daughter of Barbary French und frau, 
Nancy; born Sept. 15, 1818; baptized Oct. 11, 1818; witnes- 
ses William Cunterman and Maria Yorden. 

Adam, son of George F. Cuntei-man und frau, Eliza- 
beth ; born April 7, 1818; baptized Nov. 1818; witnesses 
Christopher Schamaker und frau, Elizabeth. 

Elisabet, daughter of Peter Resner und frau, Sara 
(Hoke) Resner; born May 1, 1820; baptized May 20, 1820; 
witnesses Johann Cunterman und frau, Elizabeth (Hoke) 

Elisabet. daughter of Marcus Cunterman und frau, 
Anna; born June 20, 1820; baptized July 23, 1820; witnes- 
ses Christopher Schamaker und frau, Elisabet. 

Eva Maria, daughter of John Adam Cunterman und 
frau, Catarina; born June 10, 1820; baptized Aug. 6, 1820; 
witnesses Wilhelm Schal und frau, Eva. 

Alexander, son of Henrich Cunterman und frau, Eliz- 


abet Walrad; born July 9, 1820; baptized Sept. 3, 1820; wit- 
nesses George Cunterman und Maria Freis. 

Joseye, daughter of Peter Brunner und frau, Catar- 
ina; born Feb. 6, 1820; baptized Oct. 15, 1820; witnesses 
Johann E. Cunterman und frau, Margaret. 

Peter, son of Peter Hock und frau, Margaret; born 
Jan. 7, 1821 ; baptized Feb. 4, 1821 ; witnesses Wilhelm Cun- 
terman un dfrau, Maria. 

Bekky, daughter of Wilhelm Cuntei-man und fi-au, 
Maria ; born June 23, 1821 ; baptized July 6, 1821 ; witnesses 
Adam Jordan und fi^au, Beckky. 

Daniel, son of Conrad Cunterman und frau, Catarina; 
born July 26, 1821 ; baptized Aug. 19, 1821 ; witnesses Dan- 
iel Walrath und Polly Udel. 

Martin, son of Johann Cunterman und frau, Mag- 
dalena Pickert ; born Nov. 9, 1821 ; baptized Dec. 26, 1821 ; 
witnesses Martin Pickert und Barbara Cunterman. 

Abraham, son of Henrich Horning und frau, Mar- 
garet; born March 23, 1822; baptized May 27, 1822; witnes- 
ses Peter Cunterman und Anna Geiwits. 

Jacob, son of George Moyer und frau, Susanna; born 
Nov. 25, 1821; baptized July 7, 1822; witnesses Johann 
Moyer und Maria or Mary Cunterman. 

Peter, son of Johann P. Schneider und frau, Maria 
Elisabet ; born May 3, 1822; baptized Aug. 18, 1822; witnes- 
ses Peter Cunterman und Margaret Miller. 

Catarina, daughter of Marcus Cunterman und frau, 
Anna ; born Sept. 5, 1822 ; baptized Sept. 29, 1822 ; witnesses 
Adam Cunterman und frau, Catarina. 

Caty, daughter of Henrich Conterman und frau, Eliz- 
abet; born March 23, 1823; baptized May 11, 1823; witness. 
Die Kitern. 

Henrich, son of Conrad Cunterman und frau, Catar- 
ina; born July 19, 1823; baptized Aug. 3, 1823; witnesses 
Anthony Cunterman und frau, Anna. 

Rev. John Christopher Weiting was the first preacher 
of the Geisenburg Lutheran Church and preached to time of 
his death, Feb. 17, 1817. The Rev. John J. Wack also served 


this church. The Rev. John Eisenlord was its last preacher, 
1823. We have no further record of birth and baptisms in 
this church, it being abandoned about this time, as the Evan 
gehc^l Lutheran Church at Minden (Fords Bush) was or- 
ganized a little later, as the records of that church show, 
with the Rev. John D. Lawyer as its first pastor. So the rec- 
ords of the Minden E. L. Church show memberships, births 
and baptisms of quite a number of Countrymans. It will be 
noticed the different ministers of the Geisenberg church 
spelled the name differently and that in the Minden church 
it is spelled the more modern way — Countryman. 

The records of the Geisenburg church as given above 
belong to Jay E. Pickard, of Fort Plain, N. Y., who says 
there were earlier records that are lost. 

Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minden, N. Y. 

Copied from record on file in Farmers & Mechanics 
Bank. Fort Plain, N. Y., with later records given by its pres- 
ent clerk. Fayette Cronkhite. Rev. John D. Lawyer was its 
first pastor. 

William, son of George Countryman 3d and his wife, 
Elizabeth; born Sept. 26. 1826; baptized May 20, 1827; wit- 
nesses, parents. 

Geo. Alex. Wright, son of Jacob Wright and wife, 
Christina; witnesses David Moyer and Christina Country- 

Betsey Sophia, daughter of Wm. Burger and Betsey, 
his wife; born Jan. 15, 1827; baptized July 1, 1827; witnes- 
ses John Adam Walts and Lana Countryman. 

John, son of Peter Keesler and wife, Catharine; boru 
Oct. 24, 1827; baptized Dec. 2, 1827; witnesses John A. 
Countryman and wife, Margaret. 

Catharine E., daughter of Conradt Countryman and 
wife, Caty; born June 24, 1828 ; baptized July 13, 1828; wit- 
nesses Christopher Watts and Caty Vrooman. 

Nancy, daughter of Jacob Snyder and wife, Sarah ; 


born July 5, 1828; baptized. July 27, 1828; witnesses Jacob 
Wittenger and Nancy Countryman. 

Caty Margaret, daughter of John Mover and Mary 
his wife; born June 4, 1826; baptized July 27, 1828; witnes- 
ses John Countryman and Caty Moyer. 

Rebecca, daughter of John Wolcott and wife, Maria 
Anna; born Nov. 10, 1828; baptized Dec. 8, 1828; witnesses 
John M. Countryman and Rebecca Lewis. 

Nancy Maria, daughter of David Pickard and wife, 
Mary; born March 20, 1829; baptized June 7, 1829; witnes- 
ses Anthony Countryman and Nancy Countryman. 

Ezra, son of Daniel Bauder and wife, Betsey ; born 
Dec. 30, 1829 ; baptized Feb. 4, 1830 ; witnesses Geo. Coun- 
tryman and Lany Bauder. 

Maria, daughter of Abraham Miller and wife, Mag- 
dalena; born Feb. 3, 1831 ; baptized March 20, 1831 ; witnes- 
ses John Countryman and wife, Peggy. 

Jei'emiah, son of John Countryman and wife, Lana; 
born March 6, 1831 ; baptized May 15, 1831 ; witnesses Wm. 
Countryman and wife, Mary. 

William, son of John A. Countryman and wife, Mar- 
garet; born May 12, 1831; baptized Aug. 28, 1831; witnes- 
ses Abraham Miller and wife, Lany. 

Mary, daughter of George Countryman 3d and wife, 
Elizabeth •- born Dec. 31, 1830; baptized Oct. 16, 1831; wit- 
nesses, parents. 

Fanny, daughter of Anthony Countryman and wife, 
Dinah; born May 22, 1832; baptized Sept. 25. 1832; witnes- 
ses Godfrey Snyder and Peggy Keesler. 

Caty Maria, daughter of John M. Countryman and 
wife, Sally; born March 21, 1833; baptized April 16, 1833; 
witnesses, parents. 

Martha, daughter of George Countryman, Jr. and 
wife, Elizabeth; born March 9, 1833; baptized June 6, 1833; 
witnesses, parents. 

Confirmed the following persons, to-wit : Oct. 21st, 
1827: Nancy Countryman and Lucy Ann Countryman. 

Confirmed Nov. 26, 1829: Nancy and Maria Coun- 


1829. Communicant Members of Minden, to-wit: John 
I. Countryman and wife. Nancy ; Margaret Countryman and 
Maria Countryman. 

Eliza, daughter of George Countryman 3d and wife, 
Elizabeth; born May 3, 1838; baptized July 15, 1838; wit- 
nesses, parents. 

Joseph, son of David Countryman and wife, Lovina; 
born Sept. 30, 1842; baptized Feb. 5, 1843; witnesses, par- 

Norman, son of Joseph Countryman and wife, Nancy ; 
born Dec. 28, 1840; baptized Sept. 26, 1843; witnesses, par- 

(John) George Countryman 2d admitted to mem- 
bership May 29, 1839. Regina, his wife, admitted to mem- 
bership May 27, 1839. 

George Countryman 3d confirmed May 27, 1839. His 
wife, Elizabeth, confirmed May 27, 1839. 

Lydia Countryman confirmed May 27, 1839. 

David Countryman confirmed June 2, 1842. Lovina, 
his wife, confirmed June 2, 1842. 

William Countryman confirmed Sept. 1844. 

Mary Countryman admitted to membership March 
26. 1846. 

Caty Countryman admitted to membership March 
26, 1846. 

Early resident ministers: Rev. John D. Lawyer, Rev. 
G. VV. Hemperly, 1851 to 1859; Rev. N. Van Alstine, 1860 
to 1870; Rev. Weber, Rev. Ford. Under these pastorates 
this was a flourishing organization. Conditions are such 
this 1924, they have no resident pastor. 

Starkville Lutheran Church. 

Oil the 19th day of February, 1831, a meeting was 
called to organize an Evangelical Lutheran Society at the 
house of John I. Contraman, Sr., in Starkville. A call was 
given to the Rev. Phillip Weiting. to preach for them once 


a month at such time as was most convenient for him. At 
this meeting Isaac Contraman was elected an elder. 

Members: Isaac Contraman and Delia Contraman, 
his wife ; John I. Contraman Jr. and his wife, Nancy ; Mar- 
garet Contraman, Betsey Contraman, Elizabeth Shall, Nich- 
olas Contraman, Barbarah Contraman. 

Feb. 20, 1835, Isaac Countryman elected trustee. 
Feb. 29, 1836, at a church meeting, John I. Countryman and 
John I. Countryman, Jr., present. 

At church meeting Feb. 20, 1837, John I. Countx-y- 
man, Jr. elected trustee. 

May 10, 1839, David Countryman elected elder. Pres- 
ent at this meeting, David Countryman and John I. Coun- 
tryman, Clerk. 

May 9, 1840, Isaac Countryman present and John I. 
Countryman elected deacon for three years. 

Nov. 14, 1839, at church meeting, Daniel Country- 
man and John I. Countryman, Jr. each agreed to draw a load 
of wood and Bro. Robinson, (Minister,) was to be at the ex- 
pense of chopping the same. 

June 11, 1842, Daniel Countryman was elected deacon 
for three years. 

April 2, 1846, Daniel Countryman elected deacon for 
three years. 

May 11, 1850, Daniel Countryman elected deacon for 
two years. 

May 27, 1852, Daniel Countryman re-elected deacon 
for three years. 

May 7, 1855, Daniel Countryman re-elected deacon 
for three years. 

Daniel Countryman and Sally Countryman were con- 
firmed and united with the church Sept. 27, 1839. 

Catharine Countryman and Harriet Countryman 
united with the church March 7, 1841. Harriet married Ru- 
fus Ecker. 

At a special meeting called July 5, 1844, a church 
member admitted to Daniel Countryman that he had been 
intoxicated at the last town meeting. He was expelled from 


the church. Another at the same meeting had been heard 
to use profane language by Daniel Countryman. He also 
was e.xpelled. 

Levi, son of John I. Countryman and wife, Nancy 
Countryman ; born Aug. 30, 1827. 

Norman, son of John I. Countryman and wife, Nancy 
Countryman; born March 30, 1831. 

James, son of Isaac Countryman and wife, Delia; 
born Oct. 28, 1831. 

Martha, daughter of John and Betsey Countryman. 

iMatilda. daughter of David Petten and wife, Nancy 
(Countryman); born July 9, 1833; baptized Sept. 7, 1836; 
witnesses, parents. 

David Osker, son of David Petten and wife, Nancy; 
born Feb. 4, 1835; baptized Sept. 7, 1836; witnesses, parents 

This organization still e.xtant, 1924. 

Early ministers: Phillip VVeiting, VVm. Ottman, W. 
H. Watson, Jesse Robinson, Rufus Smith, G. W. Hemperly, 
George Young, 0. D. Markley, M. W. Empie. 

From the foregoing church records we feel warrant- 
ed in believing that the early generations of Countrymans 
in Amei-ica were members of the Lutheran and Dutch Re- 
formed churches. Today most of them are connected with 
some other Protestant denominations. Some have been un- 
denominational in .sentiment, worshiping and woi-king with 
any and all Christians — exemplifying in spirit and praying 
for Christian and church unitv. 


U. S. Census t>f Now York, 17J)(), Canaji>liari<' Dislrirt 

Heads of Males Under Females Over 
Family 16 Years 16 Years 

Adam Countryman,.. 2 1 4 

John M. Countryman . 2_ 1 3 

Conradt Countryman 1 1 

Marcus Countryman 1 Si 

John Countryman 3 2 Si.. . 

George Countryman 2 3 a. 

Marks Countryman 2 3 

John A . Countryman 1 2 3 . 

Conrad Countryman 1 2 3 

Ulster County, N. '^'., 17!)0, Marhlolown To\vnslii|> 

Mathew Countryman 1 3. 

Frederick Countryman 3 2. 

Hendrick Countryman 1 2 1. 

AlUaiiy C'onnty, N. '»'., NS'alerolct 'l"wi). 

Nicholas Countryman 2 2 4 Females 

Jr'ennsylvania Census, I T!)0, Bedford County 

Jacob Cunterman 1 2 -.2. 

Northampton County, Pennsylvania Census, l7iM) 

Frederick Countryman. _ _ .1 2 

Jacob Cuntryman 1 3 4. 

•Henry Cuntryman 2 2 2. 

Philadelphia, Pa. Census, 17!)(> 

John Countryman 1 3 2. 

Fayette County, Pa. ("ensus. I7!)(» 

Christian Countryman 1 3 3. 

\'irginia Census, 1790. RocKinshani County 

Henry Cuntryman 8 White Souls 


So. Carolina, Caiuden Dist., '^'ork County 

•Andrew Countryman 1 -3- 

John Countryman , 1 3 3_ 


New York Rev. Roster (Rockford Library. 

Conrad Countryman, private, Clyde Regiment, Deif- 
endorf Company. 

Coenraed Countryman, sergeant, Clyde Regiment, 
Leipe Company. 

Coenraed Countryman, corporal, Clyde Regiment, 
Leipe Company. 

Coenraed Countryman, private, Clyde Regiment, 
House Company. 

Frederick Countryman, private, Clyde Regiment, 
Deifendorf Companj'. 

George Countryman, lieutenant, 1st Regiment, Dief- 
endorf Company. 

John Countryman, ensign, 1st Regiment, Leipe Co. 

John Countryman, private, 1st Regiment, Ruff Co. 

John A. Countryman, private, 1st Regiment, Diefen- 
dorf Co. 

John F. Countryman, private, 1st Regiment, Diefen- 
dorf Co. 

John M. Countryman, private, 1st Regiment. Diefen- 
dorf Co. 

Marks Countryman, private, 1st Regiment, Diefen- 
dorf Co. 

Jacob Countryman, private, 2nd Regiment, Diefen- 
dorf Co. 

Frederick Countryman, private, 2nd Regiment, 
House Co. 

Fred Countryman, Clyde 2d Ulster Reg, July 31, 1780 

John Kunterman, Klock Regiment 

Nicholas Countryman was a pensioner. Regiment not 


Pennsylvania Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers. 

Andrew Countryman, private, 6th Penn. Reg., Con- 
tinental Line. P. 175. Penn. Archives 5th Series. Volume 3. 

Andrew Countryman, private (?), Fourth Regiment 
Pennsylvania Continental Line. P. 134 Penn. Archives, 
Vol. 4. 5th Series. 

George Countryman. Pa. County of Bedford. Heniy 
Rhoades Capt. Dec. 10, 1777. Among Court Martial men. 
P. 65. Penn. Archives, 5th Series, Vol. V. 

George Countryman. Pa. County of Bedford. Among 
Court Martial men. May 8, 1779. P. 8 OPenn. Archives, 5th 
Series. Vol. V. 

Jacob Countryman. County of Northampton, Jenn. 
7th Company. Captain Timothy Jane. Class 1st. Private 
Jacob Countryman. P: 435. Penn. Archives, 5th Series. Vol- 
ume vin. 

John Countryman. Vol. IIL P. 1094, 6th Series Penn. 
Archives. Militia Rolls 1783-1790. Philadelphia City. Pri- 
vate John Countryman. 

John is understood from family tradition to have 
have been a soldier in the Revolutionary Army ; to have 
crossed the Delaware river with the army then under com- 
mand of General Washington, and to have made the march 
to Valley Forge. 

The following names were found in "Revolutionary 
Soldiers of Virginia," published in 1912: 

Henry Countryman, L' P., D58. 

Benjamin Conderman, I. P.; D138. 

The reference was explained in the front of the book 
as follows: "L P, (followed by D and a numeral) : Illinois 
papers referred to by D and a numeral. A collection of loose 
manuscripts, rolls of militia and regulars in the Illinois de- 


Found in a supplement to Revolutionary Soldiers of 
Virginia," published in 1912: 

Christian Countryman, W. D. 249,2 

"\\. D. War Department photographs of the payrolls 
of the Virginia Continental Line, referred to by folders 
(353 folders) 

War Department. The Adjutant General's Office. 

Washington, April 2, 1923. 

Respectfully returned to Mr. John E. Countryman, Rochelle, 

The records of this office show that men surnamed 
Countryman or similarly surnamed served in the War of 
1812 from the states mentioned in the letter hei'ewith re- 
turned as follows: New York — Adam C, Anthony, Frank H., 
Isaac. Jacob A., John A., John G., John N., Henry and Sam- 
uel. Pennsylvania— Christian and Christopher. 

Robert C. Davis, The Adjutant Genei-al. 

Christopher Countryman. War of 1812. Vol. 8. P. 
481 6th Series. Penn. Archives. Christopher Countryman, 
private. Capt. Daniel Oldenbergh Company. Muster roll of 
a company of infantry under the command of Capt. Daniel 
Oldenbergh in the service of the United States commanded 
by Col. C. C. Biddle of the First Regt. Penn. Vol. 8. 

Christopher Countryman. War of 1812. Penn. Ar- 
chives 6th Series Vol. 9. P. 181. Capt. Daniel Oldenberg's 
Co. Private Christopher Countryman. Miscellaneous pa- 
pers. Pay master 1812-14. 

Jacob Countryman. P. 661. Penn. Archives 6th Ser- 
ies Vol. 4. A return of officers in the militia of the Somerset 
Brigade. Major Jacob Countryman. Military Abstracts. 
Executive Minutes 1790-1817. 

Henry Countryman, of Hilssboro, Ohio, son of Henry 
Countryman, a Revolutionary soldier of Virginia, was a sol- 
dier in 1812 from Ohio. 



The following appears in the U. S. Pension Roll, pub- 
lished in 1835 : Conrad Countryman, Montgomery Co., N. Y., 
died in 1817. 

Statement of Herkimer Co., N. Y. : Frederick Coun- 
tryman, private, annual allowance, $96.00; sum received, 
$1057.03; description of service. New York Line; placed on 
pension roll, Jan. 13, 1824 ; commencement of pension. Mar. 
1, 1823; age, 77. 

Statement of Otsego Co., N. Y. : John Countryman, 
private; annual allowance, $96.00; sum received, $799.13; 
description of service. New York Line; placed on pension 
roll, Sept. 21, 1818; commencement of pension, April 13, 
1818; age, 73; died, Aug. 9, 1826. 

Statement of Schoharie Co., N. Y. : Jacob Country- 
man, private; annual allowance, $96.00; sum received, 
$514.18; description of service, New York Line; placed on 
pension roll, Oct. 12, 1819 ; commencement of pension, Sept. 
17, 1819; age, 60; died, Jan. 25, 1825. 

V. "Tryon County Militia (Land Bounty Rights) 
First Regiment Enlisted Men": Adam Conderman, Conratt 
Conderman, John Conderman, Marx Condei-man, George 
Conterman, Jacob Conterman, John A. Contreman. 

VIL "Albany County Militia (Land Bounty Rights) 
Third Regiment Enlisted Men": Johannes Conterman. 

Califarnia Civil and Sanish American. 

We have your letter of recent date in which you re- 
quest certain data which would be of assistance in your ef- 
forts to genealogize the Countryman family. We find, after 
a careful scrutiny of our records, that we can contribute two 
names, Charles T. and Josiah Countryman. 

Charles T. Countryman enrolled in Company L, 8th 
Infantry, California U. S. Volunteers, June 22, 1898, at 
Marysville, California. He was mustered into Federal ser- 


vice for the Spanish-American War on July 7, 1898. He was 
mustered out of Federal service at Angel Island, California, 
on January 28, 1899, with the rank of Wagoner. 

Sergeant Josiah Countryman, we find, enlisted and 
was mustered into Federal service at San Francisco, Cali- 
fornia, on September 21, 1861, in Company C, 2nd Cavalry, 
California U. S. Volunteers. He was honorably discharged 
at Fort Crook, Humboldt County, California, on October 13, 
1864, with the expiration of his term of service. 

Very respectfully, 
J. J. Borree, The Adjutant General. 

Indiana Civil War Soldiers. 

James Countryman (Ricruct) mustered into service 
at Jeffersonville, Ind., March 13, 1865, for one year in the 
66th Regt. (unassigned) and was transferred to Co. I, 59th 
Regt., May 30, 1865, age 24 years. Mustered out of service 
at Louisville, Ky., July 17, 1865. 

Peter Countryman enlisted Set. 23, 1861, at Water- 
loo, Ind., and was mustered into service Nov. 22, 1861, at 
Ft. Wayne, Ind., by Lt. Stansbury, Co. F, 44th Regt., age 26 
years. Discharged at expiration of service, Nov. 22, 1864. 

Ludwig Countryman enlisted Sept. 23, 1861, at Wa- 
terloo, Ind., in Co. F, 44th Regt., and mustered into service 
Nov. 22, 1861, at Ft. Wayne, Ind., Lt. Stansbury, age 28 
years. Mustered out of service at Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 
14, 1865. Veteran Jan. 9, 1864. 

James Monroe Countryman served in the 12th Indi- 
ana Cavalry, Company F. 

Illinois Vol. Civil War. 

James Countryman, 8th Cav., Franklin Grove, re- 
enlisted as a veteran. 

Charles Countryman, 9th Cav., Monroe, discharged. 


Frank Countryman, 11th Cav., Monmouth, E., Nov. 
61, re-enlisted as a veteran. 

Geo. W. Countryman, 12th Cav., Monroe, E., Dec. 20, 
1861, deserted March, 1862. 

Wm. H. Countryman, 12th Cav., Monroe, E., June 17. 

Adam Countryman, 92nd Cav., Freeport, killed at 
Statesboro, Ga., Oct. 26, 1862. 

Wm. Countryman, 103 Inft., Lewiston, enlisted Au- 
gust 6, 1862. 

Conrad Countryman, 1st Cav., Monmouth, enlisted 
April 24, 1861, mustered out July 14, 1862. 

Joseph Countryman, 10th Inft., Plainfield, enlisted 
April 19, 1861, mustered out July 29, — 

Darias Countryman, 15th Inft., Marengo, enlisted 
Sept. 11, 1861, re-cniisted as veteran in 1863. Vet. prisoner 
of war transferred to Co. C, Vet. Battalion. 

Solomon Countryman, enlisted Aug. 14, 1862, 74th 
Inft., mustered out April 11, 1863, disabled. 

Irving J. Countryman, enlisted Feb. 4, 1865, 146th 
Inft., mustered out June 20, 1866. 

James Countryman, enhsted Jan. 1st, 1864, 8th Cav., 
mustered out July 17, 1865, as corporal. 

Orrin Conderman, died in Civil War. 

Byron A. Patten, son of Nancy Countryman Patten, 
three years in Civil War, 105 111. Inft. 

Iowa Vol. U. S. Civil War. 

James W. Countryman, age 18. Residence, Linn Co... 
nativity, N. Y. Enlisted Aug. 31, 1864. Mustered out July 
17, 1865. Savannah, Ga. Co. K, 24th Inft., Iowa. 

Jacob Countryman, Maquoketa, Iowa. Nativity, N.Y. 


Enlisted Aug. 10. 1861. Mustered out Set. 23, 1864. Co. A, 
9th Inft., Iowa. 

Alex. Countryman, Madison. Nativity, N. Y. Age 34. 
Enlisted Aug. 15, 1862. Died of disease March 3, 1863, at 
Helena. Ark. Buried in Mississippi River National Ceme- 
tery ]\Iiss., Tenn. Sec. 3, Grave 611. Co. K, 24th Inft., Iowa. 

Found in the "War .of Rebellion," Series III, Vol. V, 
A Comprehensive History. "List of persons who put in rep- 
resentative recruits and names of recruits" 

Iowa 2d District — Principal, Robert Smyth ; Recruit, 
James Countryman, Co. K, 24th Inft.; date of call, Julv 18. 

Michigan Vol. Civil War. 

Daniel Countryman, Co. K, 9th Mich. Inft., re-enlist- 
ed in the 28th. served to close of war. 

George Countryman, Co. H, 18th Mich. Inft. 

Isaac Countryman, Co. D, 15th Mich., Inft., mortally 
wounded at Shiloh. 

Jacob H. Countryman, Co. H, 18tli Mich. Inft. 
Joel Countryman, Co. H, 18th Mich. Inft. 
John H. Countryman, Co. G, 1st Mich. Sharpshooters 
Joseph Countryman, Co. I, 5th Mich. Inft. 
Joseph Countryman. Battery M, 1st Light Artillery. 
Daniel. Isaac and Joseph were brothers. Joseph was 
killed at Fredericksburg. 

Civil War List, State of Minnesota. 

Chas. C. Countryman, residence not given. Born in 
New York. Age 22. Private Co. K, 1st Minn. Vol. Inft Mus- 
tered May 22. 1861. Ft. Snelling. Three years. Transferred 
Nov. 3. 1862 at Bolivar, Va. to 7th U. S. Inf. Wounded at 


Peter F. Countryman, residence Nininger. Born in 
New York. Age 35. Private Co. D, 2d Minn. Vol. Inf. Mus- 
tered March 2, 1865. St. Paul. One year. Mustered out June 
19, 1865. Washington, D. C. 

Levi N. Countryman, residence Nininger. Born in 
New York. Age 32. Private Co. D, 2d Minn. Vol. Inf. Mus- 
tered March 2, 1865. St. Paul. One year. Mustered out July 
7, 1865. Washington, D. C. Corporal, May 1, 1865. 

Willis Countryman, residence Hastings. Born in New 
York. Age 18. Private Co. F, 3rd Minn. Vol. Inf. Mustered 
Nov. 8, 1861. Ft. Snelling. Three years. Re-enlisted Decem- 
ber 20, 1863. Mustered out Sept. 2, 1865, at Devalls Bluff, 
Ark. account close of war. 

John S. Countryman, residence Nininger . Born i n 
New York. Age 28. Private Co. F, 3rd Minn. Vol. Inf. Mus- 
tered Aug. 24, 1864. St. Paul. One year. Mustered out July 
28, 1865, at Jacksonport, Ark. 

Martin H. Countryman, residence Hastings. Born in 
New York. Age 21. Private Co. F, 7th Minn. Vol. Inf. Mus- 
rolled Aug. 2, 1862. Ft. Snelling. Three years. Mustered 
Oct. 3, 1862. Camp Reliease. Mustered out Aug. 16, 1865, at 
Ft. Snelling, account close of war. 

Edward C. Countryman, residence Rockford. Born 
in New York. Age 43. Private Co. C, 1st Minn. Mounted 
Rangers. Enrolled Sept. 26, 1862. Ft. Snelling. One year. 
Mustered Oct. 18, 1862. Ft. Snelling. Mustered out Oct. 31, 
1863, at Ft. Snelling, account expiration of term. 

John S. Countryman, residence not given. Age 26. 
Private Co. H, 1st Minn. Vol. Inf. Enrolled April 29, 1861. 
Ft. Snelling. Three months. Muster out not given. 

State of New York, Bureau of War Records. 

To John E. Countryman, Rochelle, 111. 

1. Rosters of soldiers in New York State organiza- 
tions in the War of 1812 and Civil War are on file in this of- 


fice. There are no records in this office of the Revolutionary 

2. On account of the limited clerical service and the 
large amount of routine work in this office, records for gen- 
ealogy purposes can not be furnished. 

For The Adjutant General. 
By Wm. A. Saxton, Chief, Bureau of 
War Records. 

Had to resort to other sources for list, viz. (J. E. C.) 

New York Civil War Volunteers. 

Ira Countryman, lost in Civil War. Jarome Country- 
man, a brother, Co. B, Bakers 1st Reg. 

Martin E. Countryman enlisted Seneca county, N. Y. 

Aljram Conterman, lieutenant, Oswego county, N. Y., 
147 N. Y. Vol. 

Amos B. Countryman, Jefferson county, N. Y. 

Joseph Countryman, Co. G, 56 N. Y. Inft., enlisted 
Oct.. 28, 1861. Mustered out Dec. 9, 1862. 

Jarome Countryman, New York City, Co. B, 65th 
N. Y. Vol., Aug. 3, 1861 to Sept. 2, 1862. 

David F. Countryman, Co. K, 86th N. Y. Vol., Aug. 
80, 1861, wounded Nov. 27, 1863. Discharged Sept. 9, 1864. 

Alfred Conderman, Calon, Steuben Co., N. Y., 141st- 

Samuel H. Conderman, Fremant, N. Y., 141st Reg. 

James Countermine, Co. I, 134 Inft., transferred to 
Co. D, 102 Inft. 

Jeremiah P. Countryman, enlisted June 4, 1864. and 
mustered out Sept. 9, 1865. 2nd N. Y. Heavy Artillerv. Died 
April 21, 1918. 

Joel Countryman, 3rd Batallion. Black River Artil- 
lery. Enlisted at Montigue, Aug. 5. 1862; transferred to 
veteran reserve corps Feb. 17, 1864. 


Chas. F. Counterman, Co. E, 140 N. Y. Inft. Enlisted 
at Schenectady, N. Y. 

Alfred Countryman, Co. D, 141 Reg. N. Y. Vol., Aug. 
16, 1862. Died of typhoid fever July 14, 1863. 

Paul Countryman, enlisted Dec. 15, 1863. Mustered 
out Aug. 9, 1865. 2nd N. Y. Heavy Artillery. 

Joseph Countryman, 20th Cav., Jefferson Co., N. Y. 

Charles Mortimer Bradt, husband of Julia Country- 
man Bradt. 1st Lieutenant in 121st Reg. N. Y. Volunteers, 
Herkimer, Herkimer Co., N. Y. 

Robert H. Countryman, Co. A, 120 N. Y. Vol. Cap- 
tured in action. Died of starvation in Confederate prison 
Aug. 9, 1869. 

Jacob Countryman, Co. C, 120 N. Y. Vol. Enlisted 
Aug. 11, 1862. Wounded in action July 2, 1863, at Gettys- 
burg. Transferred to veterans corps. 

James W. Countryman, (Rosendale,) enlisted Sept. 
8, 1863. Wounded Feb. 20, 1864. Died April 4, 1865, at Ft. 

Jadua Countryman, enlisted July 20, 1862, at St. 
Johnsville. Killed by explosion at Ft. Fisher. 115 Reg., 
Montgomery Co., N. Y. Vol. 

Charles T. Countermine, Co. H, 134 N. Y. Enlisted 
at Duanesburgh, Sept. 22, 1862. Discharged Jan. 16, 1863. 

William Countermine, Co. H, 134 N. Y. Transferred 
to Co. I, Sept. 22, 1862. Mustered out June 10, 1865. 

Solomon Hollenbeck, son of Betsey Countryman Hol- 
lenbeck, of Stark, Herkimer Co. Died in hospital at Annap- 
olis, Md., Sept. 7, 1864. 

Isaac Backus, son of Rebecca Countryman Backus, 
of Russia, Herkimer Co., was killed in Civil War. 


Slate of Ohio, Adjutant General's Department, Columbus. 

Mr. John E. Countryman, Rochelle, 111. 

Replying to your request of March 19th, 1923. The 
following are the given names, company and regiment of all 
Ohio soldiers in the Civil War, whose surname is Counti-y- 

.Alartin, 24tli Ind. Battery L. A. Enlisted at Cincin- 
nati, Ohio, October 8, 1862. Discharged June 24, 1865. 

Noah, Co. E, 1st Regt. H. A. Enlisted at Locust 
Grove, Ohio, August 22, 1862. Died May 9, 1865 at Knox- 
ville, Tenn. 

Henry, Co. G, 1st Regt. Vet. Vol. Engineers. Enlisted 
Aug. 22, 1862. Discharged June 30, 1865. 

Owen S., Co. I, 89 Regt. O. V. I. Enlisted at Hillsboro, 
Ohio, Aug. 22, 1862, transferred to Vet. Reserve Coi-ps. 

Chas. H., Co. E, 125 Regt. 0. V. I. Enlisted at Mans- 
field, Ohio, Oct. 25, 1862. Discharged July 20, 1864, for dis- 

]\Iichael, Co. G, 162 0. V. I. Enlisted in Darke Co., 
Ohio, May 2, 1864. Discharged Sept. 2, 1864. 

The name of Countryman does not appear on the rolls 
of Ohio soldiers in the war with Spain. 

Very respectfully, 
Frank D. Henderson, Adt. Gen. of Ohio 

Tennsylvania Volunteers in Civil War. 

Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions, Apr. 17, '24 

Isaac Counterman. I 186, Pa. Inft. Address on March 
2, 1914, Marshalls Creek, Pa. 

Daniel Counterman, G 142, Pa. Inft. Died Aug. 29, 
1898, Tobyhanna, Pa. 

Philip Countryman, C and I, 104 Pa. Inft. Died at 
Bevans, Pa., Feb. 4, 1916. 

James Counterman, G 142, Pa. Inft. Died May 27 
1864 at Fairfax, Va. 


Joseph W. Countryman, A 199. Pa. Inft. Died at 
Camden, N. J., May 28, 1882. 

Jonas Countryman, F 145 and A 53, P. Inft. Died at 
Oklahoma City, Jan. 18, 1922. 

James Countryman, A 52, Pa. Inft. Died at Morris 
Island, S. C, Nov. 24, 1864. 

Francis J. Countryman, E 171, Pa. Inft. Last known 
address, Jamestown, Pa. 

Adam Countryman, D 101, Pa. Inft. Died in Dauph- 
in county. Pa., in 1891. 

Wisconsin Volunteers, Civil War, 1861-1865, 

Joseph Countryman, private, Co. K, 44th Inft. 

Joseph Countryman, private, Co. D, 3rd Inft. 

Samuel Countryman, private, Co. C, 45th Inft. 

Solomon Countryman, private, 4th Batt. 

Wm. C. B. Countryman, private, Co. I, 47th Inft. 

Elias H. Countryman, corporal, Co. K, 14th Inft. 

Henry Countryman, private, Co. A, 33d Inft. 

J. Watkin Countryman, private, Co. A, 33d Inft. 

Elias, Henry and J. Watkins were brothers, born in 
Ulster Co., N. Y. The father of these three veterans was 
Cornelius Countryman, born in Ulster Co., N. Y., in 1799. 

Spanish American War. 

Roster of Iowa Soldiers. 

Charles C. Countryman, Co. I, 50th Inf. Residence, 
Birmingham. Nativity, Iowa. Enlisted April 28, 1898, as 
musician. Mustei-ed May 17, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 
1898, at Des Moines, Iowa. 


Spanish American California U. S. Volunteers. 

Charles T. Countryman enrolled in Co. L, 8th Inft., 
California U. S. Volunteers, June 22, 1898. at Marysville, 
Calif. He wa.s mustered into Federal for the Spanish-Ameri- 
can War on July 7, 1898. He was mustered out of Federal 
service at Angel Island, Calif., on Jan. 28, 1899, with rank 
of Wagoner. 

State of Minnesota, Adjutant General's Office, St. Paul. 

The records of this office show only one soldier by the 
name of Countryman in the Spanish War fi'om this state, as 
follows : 

Willie E. Countryman, residence Minneapolis, Minn. 
Born at Hastings, Minn. Age 26. Private Co. I, 15th Minn. 
Vol. Inf. Enrolled July 2, 1898, Minneapolis. Mustered July 
16. 1898. Camp Ramsey, Minn. Mustered out March 27, 1899 
at Camp McKenzie. Augusta, Ga. 


0. D. Talbot, grandson of Nancy Countryman Patten, 
enlisted April 27, 1898, in C). M., 3d 111. Reg. Discharged 
Jan. 19. 1899. 

World War Soldiers. 

Robt. Nicholas Countryman was in the 2nd Conn. 
Inft., U. S. A., on Mexican border in 1916 and with the Head- ' 

quarters Detachment (Corporal) 12th Div. U. S. A. at Camp ; 

Devans, Mass., during World War. I 

Elliott Howell, Jr., son of Sarah Louise Countryman , 

Howell, saw service in the World War with the Marines 2d 
Div., A. E. F., from Chateau to Coblentz. Three times dec- 
orated for distinguished service under fire. New Haven, 

Clair J. Conderman, of Fremont, Steuben Co., N. Y., ' 

son of Allison, was a World War veteran. 16 days on front 


line. Was wounded and now carries a piece of shell under 
his heart. 

J. D. Countryman, 18th Co., 20th Div. Engineers, 
A. E. F., sailed for France, Oct. 27. Armistice, Nov. 11. Was 
about last called home. Moville, Iowa. 

Frank A. Countryman, Regimental Buglar, Chicago. 
Lawrence Countryman, Co. C, Chicago. These brothers 
both married at Great Lakes Training Station. 

Carlos Calvin Slafter, son of Lillie Countryman Slaf- 
ter, enlisted Aug. 16, 1917, in the 5th Neb. Reg. Landed in 
France, July 10, 1918. Returned to U. S., Sept. 5, 1919, and 
mustered out at Camp Dodge, Iowa, Sept. 25, 1919. 

Edmund Slafter, son of Lillie Countryman Slafter, of 
Lincoln, Neb., enlisted Dec. 10, 1917. Went overseas July 26, 
1918. Returned to U. S., June 22, 1919. Mustered out July 
9, 1919. 

John C. Craft, son of Ida Countryman Craft, entered 
service at Camp Grant, 111., Sept. 21, 1917. Was corporal, 
sergeant and first sergeant. Embarked Sept. 9, 1918. Re- 
turned to U. S., June 6, 1919. Discharged at Camp Grant, 
111., June 21, 1919. 

Wm. Norman Countryman, of Rochelle, 111., enlisted 
as an ordinary seaman for coast defense, March 23, 1918. 
Was honorably discharged at close of war. 

Arthur T. Guest, son of Minnie Countryman Guest, 
enlisted in Ogle county, Illinois, Jan. 17, 1918. He was pro- 
moted to coi-poral, sergeant, sergeant 1st class and ordnance 
sergeant. Honorably discharged at Camp Grant, March 
15, 1919. 

Lieut. Lester Miller, son of Minnie Countryman Mil- 
ler, was in U. S. service from June 1, 1916 to 1919. Over- 
seas 13 months. Ottumwa, Iowa. 

Oliver Countryman, of Ottumwa, Iowa. In regular 
army, Spanish-American war and World War. Son of Mi- 
chael Countryman. 

Vaughn Davis, son of Nancy Counti-yman Davis, in 
World War, 1918. DeKalb county, Indiana. 


Dale Davis ,son of Nancy Countryman Davis, in the 
World War. 1918. DeKalb county, Indiana. 

Earnest Ambrose Countryman, son of Atty. A. D. 
Countryman. Appleton, S. Dak. 2d Lieut, in 20 M. E. 311 
Supply Co., national army. Overseas. 1918. 

Hobert Ruge, son of Lulu Countryman Ruge. 136 
Inft., U. S. army, in June, 1918. 

Maurice Bradt, son of Julia Countryman Bradt. En- 
sign in U. S. navy. World War. St. Charles, Mich. 

Lawrence V. R. Bradt, son of Julia Countryman 
Bradt. Served in A. E. F. during World War in aero division 

iMarcellus L. Countryman, Jr. During World War was 
commissioned lieutenant in the regular army and promoted 
to captain. St. Paul, Minn. 

Roger S. Countryman served a short time during the 
World War. as private. St. Paul, Minn. 

Donald F. Countryman, during war, engaged in Y. M. 
C. A. work, then enlisted in the naval aviation service, be- 
came ensign and remained in that service as aviation in- 
structor until spring of 1922. 

Howard Walts, son of Grace Countryman Walts, in 
World War service from Pamelia, Jefferson county, N. Y. 

Irving B. Countryman, of Dixon, 111., entered U. S. 
service June 24, 1918, at Camp Grant, 111. Was assigned to 
the 161st Depot Brigade, later transferred to an ambulance 
company, 33d Engineers, Black Hawk Division . Then to 
Harlem Plant of the Bethleliem Shipbuilding Corporation at 
Wilmington. Delaware. In Oct. 1918 he was again called to 
active service at Camp Di.x, N. J. There was assigned to 
70th Co. Inft, what was to be a new division. At Camp Dix 
his application for Officers Training Camp was approved 
and the signing of the armistice stopped his obtaining his 
commission. Was discharged at Camp Grant, Dec. 18, 1918. 
Guy A. Countryman, of Ashland, Ohio, enlisted for 
naval service May, 1917, and was called into service Jan. 27. 
1918. To the Great Lakes Training Station, Chicago. He 
was in goverimient service eight months, when armistice 
was signed. 


Frederick Elston, son of Alice Countryman Elston, 
of Trenton, N. J., served overseas in World War in the 27th 

C. R. Countryman, Wyoming, Iowa 

Howard Countryman, Wyoming, Iowa 

Ralph Harrison Countryman, of San Francisco, Cal., 

was drowned in the Appomatox river, Virginia, Dec. 4, 1820. 

Served as captain in the 62d U. S. Inft. Stationed at Camp 

Lee, Virginia. 

Wm. Arthur Countryman, Hartford, Conn., served in 
Red Cross at Camp Tyler, Louisville, Ky. 

John Edgar Countryman, Grafton, N. Dak., enlisted 
in January 1918. Served in France with evacuation hospi- 
tal, rank of major. Discharged May, 1919. 

Albert N. Countryman, Fort Plain, N. Y. 

Forrest Moore, son of Alta Countryman Moore, 
served in the 44th Ohio Inft., 4th Div. 16 months service 

Loyd A. Countryman, of Nampa. Idaho, was in the 

5. A. T. C. service from Oct. 1st, 1918 to Dec. 7, 1918. En- 
listed at Salina, Kansas, at the age of 18. 

Wilbur A. Lazier, son of Alice Countryman Lazier, 
was in the S. A. T. C. service at Illinois University from 
October to the signmg of the Armistice, Nov. 11, 1918. He 
was appointed 2d Lieut., Chemical Warfare Service, March 

6, 1925. 


Court and Probate Records 

February 7, 1924. 
3Ir. John E. Countryman, Rochelle, 111. 

Dear Sir: In the probate proceedings held in Mont- 
gomery county, before Surrogate Christopher P. Yatts, on 
the 27th day of January, 1786, it is reported in the minutes 
of the Court, that one of the Executors having died and the 
other renounced his appointment, the Court ordered that 
John F. Contryman, a son of Frederick Contryman, deceas- 
ed, be appointed Administrator with the Will annexed and 
he filed a bond and was duly appointed. 

Very truly yours, Walter J. Carley. 

This Will Recorded in Albany County, N. Y. 

In the Name of God, Amen. I Frederick Couderman, 
of Conajohary District in the County of Tryon, Yeoman 
being through the abundant Mercy and Goodness of God. in 
good Health of Body but calling to Mind the Mortality of my 
Body and knowing that it is appointed for all Men once to 
die, do make and ordain this, my Last Will and Testament, 
and direct it may be received by all as such. Imprimes I 
most humbly bequeath my Soul to God, my Maker, beseech- 
ing his gracious Acceptance of it through the all suf- 
ficient Merits and Mediation of my most compassionate Re- 
deemer, Jesus Christ, who gave himself to be an Atonement 
for my Sins and is able to save to the uttermost all that come 
unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make Intercession 
for them, and who I trust will not reject me, a returning 
penitent Sinner, when I come to him for Mercy, in this Hope 
and Confidence I render up my Soul with Comfort, humbly 
beseeching the most blessed and glorious Trinity, one God 
most holy, most merciful and gracious, to prepare me for the 
time of my Dissolution and then to take me to himself unto 
that Peace and Rest and incomparable Felicity which he 
has prepared for all that love and fear his holy name, Amen, 


blessed be God. And my Body I give to the Earth from 
whence it was taken in full Assurance of its Ressurection 
from thence at the last Day, and my Burial I desire it may 
be decent, without any Pomp or State at the Discretion of 
my dear Wife and Executors hereinafter named who I doubt 
not will manage it withall requisite Prudence. As to my 
temporal Estate I will, and positively order, that all my just 
Debts shall be paid. 

Item. I give to my Son, Johannes, by Reason of his 
Primogeniture, the Sum of five Pounds New York Currency, 
to be levied out of my Estate and paid to him after my De- 
cease, by my son, Frederick. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my son, Frederick, and 
to his Heirs and Assigns forever, all my Lands and Tene- 
ments whatsoever, together with my Horses, Cows and 
other Creatures, with all and singular my Utensils and Im- 
plements whatsoever, charging him with the Payment of 
my Debts and maintaining of my Dear Wife during her 
Widowhood, according to his Ability, and to bring up my 
other Children, and my Sons at the years of Capacity to be 
put to Trades, each One according to his Choice, but if any 
of my children go to live with other Persons during their 
Minority, he shall not be liable to maintain them. 

Lastly, I do nominate, appoint and constitute my 
trusty and well beloved Friends, Conrad M. Conterman and 
Nicholas J. Pickard, to be Executors of this, my last Will 
and Testament, to see the same performed. And I do hereby 
utterly disallow, revoke and disavow all and every other for- 
mer Testament Wills, Legacies and Bequests, and Execu- 
tors by me in any ways before named, will and bequeathed, 
Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my Last 
Will and Testament. 

In Witness whereof, I have hereunto set my Hand 

and Seal the Day of July, Anno Domini, one thousand 

seven hundred and seventy eight 

Frederick Cunderman (Seal) 

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared 


by llie saiii Frederick Conderman as his last Will and Tes- 
tament in the Presence of us, the Subscribers. 

Marcus Conderman 

Friedrick Wallratha 

John Pickard 

The Will of Adam Conderman. 

(Oldest Son of Conradt 1st.) 
Book of Wills 1, Page 311 

In the name of God, Amen, I, Adam Conderman, of 
the town of Minden in the county of Montgomery, of the 
State of New York, being well in body and of sound memory 
(blessed be God), do this si.xth day of September in the year 
of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and two, make and 
publish, this, my last Will and Testament, in manner fol- 
lowing, that is to say : 

First. I give to my son, John, that farm with the 
appurtenances whereon he now lives, situate, lying and be- 
ing in the above mentioned town in that part which is or 
was formerly known by the name, Hartmans Dorf. 

Secondly. I give and bequeath to my daughter, 
Anna, twelve pounds New York currency, to be paid unto 
her by said son, John, or his heirs, within two months after 
my decease. Should I happen to survive her, then the said 
sum shall be in manner aforesaid paid to her heirs. 

Thirdly. I give to my grandson, John, the son of my 
son. Adam, deceased, my farm whereon I now live, situate 
in said town, the part being known by the general name, 
Geisenbergh, and is constituted of lot number four and my 
poi-tion (amounting to twenty acres) of Lot number two in 
Condermans Patent, together with all the appurtenances, 
stock and chattel of every description, farming utensils and 
all my personal estate that she be left after my decease and 
a decent interment, which shall be defrayed out of the same 
with the proviso and conditions hereafter to be mentioned. 
Fourthy. It is my last will that in case mv said 


Grandson, John, should die without lawful issue, then and 
in such case it is my express will that the last mentioned 
parcels of land with the appurtenances, stock, cattle and per- 
sonal estate so left, shall devolve upon my grandson, John 
Adam, the son of my son, John. In case of his decease, upon 
his heirs, and in default thereof, upon the next surviving 
son of my said son, John, if there be any. In case there 
should be no surviving son of either my son, John, or Adam ' 
or no issue lawfully descended from them, then and in that 
case, under like pi'ovisos and conditions hereafter to be men- 
tioned, and which are intended to extend to every case be- 
fore mentioned, both the real and personal estate devised 
under the third and fourth head, shall be equally divided 
between the surviving children of my son, Adam, deceased, 
to-wit: Margareth, Catherine, Anna Elisabeth, Maria, and 
the wife of my son, Adam, in case she remains a widow, but 
not otherwise, and Margareth, the daughter of my son, Con- 
rad, deceased. 

Fifthly. It is my express will that my grandson, 
John, first named under the third head, shall not enter into 
the possession of the estate devised unto him, until he shall 
be of age ; and that in case he should die without lawful is- 
sue, none of the devisees mentioned under the fourth head, 
shall take place or have effect until the youngest child sur- 
viving shall have attained the age of eighteen years; said 
child being descended from my son, Adam ; and the eighteen 
years not falling within the term of 21. 

Sixthly. It is my last will that the estate devised un- 
der the third and fourth head, under the inspection and di- 
rection of my executors hereafter to be mentioned, shall re- 
main in the possession of the widow of my son, Adam, de- 
ceased, as long as she remains a widow, for the maintenance 
of herself and children, and for providing for their educa- 
tion until my said grandson shall become of age, or her 
youngest daughter as aforesaid, shall be eighteen years of 
age. Should that time, in case she remains a widow, arrive 
when the management and possession shall revert to her 
son or the other devisees aforesaid, then she shall have the 


right to hold and to occupy a suitable part of the house and 
other buildings, a part of the garden, one acre of land, hay, 
straw and pasturage for two cows, which cows are to be se- 
lected from the stock or its increase that is left after my 
death; the land to be prepared and properly cultivated, the 
hay and straw to be made and kept for said use, by the oc- 
cupant of the farm ; this right she is to enjoy as long as she 
lives and remains a widow of my son, but shall cease and 
determine as soon as she changes the state of said widow- 
hood ; It is also my express will that as soon as she ceases 
to be the widow of my son, my executors shall take the man- 
agement and possession of my estate aforesaid, under their 
own care for the purposes aforesaid until the time before 
mentioned towit, until my grandson, John, shall have at- 
tained his age, or the youngest child of my son, Adam, the 
eighteenth year. The widow when married shall go out with 
her own property and one cow, which she may select from 
my stock or its increase. 

Seventhly : It is my last Will that my said grandchil- 
dren, Margareth, Catharine, Anna, Elisabeth, Maria and 
Margareth, the daughter of my son, Conrad, as also the wid- 
ow of my son Adam (whether married or widow) shall each 
have five younds money of New York to be paid them at the 
time my grandson, John, if alive, shall or should have at- 
tained the years of full age. In the former case, said John is 
to pay said sums to the surviving persons of their heirs. 
But should another person succeed to the inheritance, then 
double said sum is to be paid at that time above said to each 
of them, or their representatives by such successor, except 
when the last mentioned <!ase under head four should happen 
to take place, then this devise under both modifications will 
of course cease and be void. 

Eighthly: My beloved daughter, Anna, shall have 
twelve pounds paid her or her representatives by my son, 
John, six weeks after my decease as aforesaid. 

Ninthly: It is my will that my grandchildren, the 
four youngest daughters of my son, Adam, above named, 
shall have each a cow, to be delivered unto them respectively 


immediately after their marriage, by my grandson, John, or 
the successor of the estate, or by my executors, from my 
stock or its increase, the rest of my children having had 
their share of stock from myself. 

Lastly : I make and ordain my beloved son, John, my 
beloved brother, George Conderman, and my beloved son-in- 
law, Johann Peter Dunkel, my executors of this, my Will 
and Testament, in trust for the intents and purposes therein 
contained. In witness whereof, I, the said Adam Conderman. 
have to this, my last Will and Testament, set my hand and 
seal the day and year above written. 

Adam Conderman, L. S. 

Signed, sealed, declared and delivered by the said 
Adam Conderman as and for his last will and testament, in 
the presence of us, who were present at the signing and seal- 
ing thereof: Johann Daniel Gros, Lawrence Gros, Adam 

Will of John M. Conterman. Vol. 1, P. 248. 

(Son of Marcus, of Conradt 1st.) 

In the Name of God, Amen, I, John M. Conterman, 
of the town of Minden, County of Montgomery, and State of 
New York, being weak in body (but of sound memory) 
thanks be to God, after commending my Soul into the hands 
of my God, hoping to find Mercy before his Throne, through 
the mediation of our Redeemer Jesus Christ, and my body 
to the earth by a decent burial, the expenses thereof to be 
paid out of my estate by my Executors hereinafter named, 
do this twenty-sixth day of November in the year of our 
Lord one thousand eight hundred and five, for the better 
distribution of my earthly estate, make and ordain this to. 
be my last Will and Testament, which is in the manner fol- 
lowing, viz: 

First: I give and bequeath unto my oldest son, Mar- 
cus, all my real estate consisting of the farm and, buildings 
thereon on which I now live and own, situate, lying and be- 
ing in the town, county and state above mentioned, at a 


plain called the Gausberg near Otthouts Mill, known by the 
name of Lott No. six in Astandy, to have and to hold the 
same unto him, his heirs and assigns forever, under the fol- 
lowing incumbrances, viz to pay unto my two sons, John 
and William, or their heirs, executors, administrators or as- 
signs, except in case of their or either of their deaths before 
of age, then and in such case such share or shares to be 
ecjually divided among my daughters or their heirs, the sum 
of two hundred and fifty dollars. 

Further: My said son, Marcus, or his heirs, executors 
or administrators besides the mentioned sums of money to 
give unto my said sons, John and William, each of them a 
young mare when they become of age, as also to send them 
to school so long till they have sufficient learning necessary 
for a farmer or tradesman, and in case either or both of 
them should choose to learn a trade, not to hinder them. As 
also my said son, Marcus, or his heirs, executors or adminis- 
trators to give to each of my daughters yet unmarried a set- 
ting out as good as my oldest daughter had, and in case any- 
one of them should marry before my said son is of age dur- 
ing which term my beloved wife, Barbara, is to have the rule 
over the whole estate, that the same setting out or dowery 
shall be paid by my said wife out of my estate herein be- 
queathed, and also my said daughters shall be sent to school 
by my said son or during his minority by my executors, at 
the expense of my estate till they can sufficiently read. My 
wife to remain in the house with my son, Marcus, or his 
heirs during her natural life, if remaining a widow, if she 
chooses under my express desire to have her weil used, suf- 
ficient maintenance found and not to be ruled by any but 
herself, so that she may have everything belcrging to her at 
her own disposal. And it is further my will that if it should 
be the will of my Creator to take me out of this world before 
next spring that my said wife shall have the sole and full 
power to demand, receive and pay all debts due to me and 
owning by me the ensuing winter and her receipt shall be a 
sufficient receipt to my debtors. 

Further, I ordain by this, my last Will, that after all 


my daughters have received their setting out, my said wife, 
Barbax'a, shall have two cows to be kept for her on my farm 
as her own and at her own disposal. And further, all my 
farming utensils as waggon, slays, etc., shall be and are 
hereby bequeathed unto my said son, Marcus, forever at his. 
disposal. And further, I ordain in this, my Will, that all my 
daughters (*) until they are married shall remain with her 
mother in and on my house and farm until married, and in 
case any one or all should choose to work out for their own 
benefit, that she or they shall not be hindered, but always 
under such circumstances shall have their father's house for 
their home. 

And lastly, I do appoint my beloved wife, Barbara, 
my beloved brother, Conrad M. Conterman, and my beloved 
son-in-law, Englehard Waggoner, to be the executors of this, 
my Will, praying them to take the burthen upon them to see 
this, my last Will, truly preformed. In Witness Whereof I 
have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first 
above written. John Conterman (Seal) 

Signed, sealed and pronounced as the last will of John 
M. Conterman, in presence of us : Daniel Tice, Adam Zielen, 
Adam M. Conterman. 

Probated Nov. 1, 1806. 

*Names of unmarried daughters were Elizabeth, born 
Feb. 24, 1802, and Barbara, born April 17, 1805. 

Marcus, Son of Marcus, of Conrad. 

Marcus Countryman, of Minden, died intestate, on or 
about the 13th day of May, 1830, leaving children: Mary, 
Nancy, Peter, Peggy, Caty, Jacob and Betsey. Letters of 
administration granted July 2, 1830 to John M. Countryman 
and Jacob G. Snyder. 

Will of Conrad M. Conterman, son of Marcus, son of Con- 
radt 1st. Book 3 of Wills, Page 56. 

In the name of God, Amen, I, Conrad Conterman, of 
the town of Minden, county of Montgomery, and state of 


New York, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, 
being weak in body but of sound and perfect memory, bles- 
sed be almighty God for thesame, do make and publish this, 
my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following: 
First. I give my soul to Him who gave it, my body to be 
buried in a Christianlike manner, the expenses thereof to be 
paid out of my estate personal, six weeks after my decease. 
First, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife the one 
third of all my personal estate, and further order that she, 
my beloved wife, viz: Catharina Margareta Conterman, 
shall be decently supported by my three sons, viz: Marcus, 
Adam and Peter, out of my real estate during her natural 
life or as long as she bears my name and remains a widow, 
and the executors I herein appoint, I authorize to see to her 
support as above mentioned ; I do also give and bequeath to 
my three sons. Marcus Conteiman, Adam Conterman and 
Peter Conterman. after the executors havedivided off to my 
wife, the one equal third of my personal estate, the remain- 
der to my three sons above named, to be equally divided to 
them by my executors six weeks after my decease. I fur- 
ther give and devise to my three sons above named, all my 
real estate lying and being in the town of Minden, Mont- 
gomery county and State of New York, and farm on which I 
now dwell, to be also equally divided by my executors within 
three months after my decease. I also oi'der that there be 
paid to my oldest daughter, Catharine, three months after 
my decease, to the care of my executors to see the same paid 
out of my estate the sum of three pounds, equal to seven dol- 
lars fifty cents lawful money of New York, which I order to 
be deducted from my three sons shares of the estate equally, 
also order the same sum in like manner to be paid to my 
daughter, Margaretta, also to my daughter, Elizabeth, the 
youngest, I order that there be paid to her out of the estate 
<levised and bequeathed to my said three sons, my executors 
to see to the payment thereof, viz: Seven dollars and fifty 
■cents, one cow, one heifer, two sheep, together with a wed- 
,ding garment should she ever marry, and do further order 
that my debts be discharged by my executors out of my real 
.and personal estate. And I do further and lastly appoint 


Adam Conterman, Wilhelmes Shall and John Ellwood, my 
trusty friends, executors of this, my last Will and Testa- 
ment, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In wit- 
ness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 
twenty-fourth day of March, in the yea rof our Lord, one 
thousand eight hundred and seventeen. 

Conradt M. Conterman, L. S. 
Signed, sealed and published by the above named 
Conradt M. Conterman to be his last Will and Testament in 
presence of us, who have hereunto subscribed our names as 
Witnesses in the presence of the Testator. 39th line (words 
seven dollars fifty cents) interlined.) John Rise, Tenis 
Relya, John Ellwood. 

Vol. 1, P. 483. George M. Conderman, Minden, April 
28, 1808. Pro. Mar. 11, 1809. Wife, Christena. Sons, Jacob, 
John George, Daniel. Daughters, Catharine, Anna, Delia, 
youngest; Christina, Magdalene, Elizabeth, Margaret, Mary 
Executors: Friend, Abraham Coopman, and oldest son Jacob 

This is the will of Lieut. George Conderman, found 
in Norman W. Countryman's contribution. 

Whereas, I, the subscriber, Abraham Oathout, have 
obtained this day a deed of conveyance from Johannes Coun- 
derman for all the land, saw mill and privileges that he 
owned in Coanderman's Pattent on conditions that I should 
saw yet eighty logs on the said mill, I do therefore hereby 
engage that the said Johannes Counderman, his heirs and 
assigns, that he shall have free liberty to saw the said logs 
yet in the past I have bought of him, and further that he 
shall have the same liberty to cut said logs that he had be- 
fore he signed the said deed of conveyance. In witness 
whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 6 day of 
May, 1777. Abrm Oathout. 

Witness, Ehpha Masten. 

This Johannes Conderman was a son of Conradt 1st, 
and my great-grandfather. (J. E. C.) 


Record Found at Fonda, Montgomery, N. Y. 
Vol. 19, Page 289. 

Adam Conterman (son of Conradt 1st) and others on 
March 18, 1799, convey part of a tract of land granted Nov. 
12, 1731, to Hartman Wendecker, Conterman and Casper 
Leyp, on south side of Mohawk river near Livingston Patent 
The others were: Henry Walrath, Peter Miller, Jacob Dev- 
endorf, Cornelius VanCamp, Jacob H. Moyer, Abraham Dev- 
endorf. George Conderman, John D. Young, Adam M. Con- 
terman, Jacob Walrath, Wilhelminus Dillenbock, Nicholas 
Dillenbock, Jonas Dillenbock, Nicholas F. Dockstader, Henry 
A. Zoller, Thomas Timmerman, Adam Conterman and Hen- 
ry I. Zoller. Conveyed to John F. Keller, John D. Timmer- 
man, Henry H. Devendorf and William Timmerman. 

Countrymans owning real estate in Montgomery Co. 
Vol. 17, Page 361. Jacob Countryman and wife, Margaret, 
of Minden. May 6, 1813. 

Vol. 29, Page 303. Henry Countryman and wife, 
Caty, of Palatine, May 2, 1826. 

Vol. 18, Page 24. Marcus Countryman and wife, 
Caty, town of Minden, July 18, 1823. 

Vol. 18, Page 534. John A. Countreman and wife, 
Caty, town of Minden, Oct. 12, 1822. 

Vol. 46, Page 83. Conrad Countryman and wife, Mar- 
garet, town of Palatine. March 23, 1840. 

May 21, 1923 
John E. Countryman, Esq., Rochelle 

Dear Sir:— I Hnd the following estates under the 
name of Countryman : 

Wills:— John I. 1843; John I. Jr., 1866; Webster A., 
1872 ; Isaac, 1875 ; Eliza E., 1883 ; Alice, 1904 ; John H., 1918 • 
P>ank W.. 1918; Elizabeth, 1922; Arthur, 1922; J. Edgar, 
1923. Administration :-01iver, 1872; Nancy, 1879; Levi. 

Charles F. Sprague, Clk. of Surrogate's Court, 
Herkimer County, N. Y. 


Will of John I. Countryman, Sr. 

The last will and testament of John I. Countryman, 
of the town of Starks, in the county of Herkimer, and state 
of New York: 

I, John I. Countryman, considering the uncertainty 
of this mortal life, and being of sound mind and memory, 
(blessed be Almighty God for the same), do make and pub- 
lish this, my last will and testament, in manner and form 
following, (that is to say) : 

First, I give and bequeath unto my two sons, Daniel 
and Moses, all that certain piece or parcel of land or farm on 
which I now reside, situate, lying and being in the said town 
of Starks in the County of Herkimer, to their heirs and as- 
signs forever, each of my said sons is to have an undivided 
half of the said farm and premises with the appurtances 
thereunto belonging. 

And I give and bequeath unto my son, Peter Country- 
man, the sum of two hundred dollars. 

I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Mary, widow 
of John Moyer, deceased, the sum of seventy-five dollars. 

I give and bequeath unto the heirs of my daughter, 
Catharine, deceased wife of Peter Lambert, the sum of sev- 
enty dollars. 

I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Elizabeth, 
wife of John B. Shaul, the sum of seventy dollars. 

I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Nancy, wife 
of David Petten, the sum of seventy dollai-s. 

I give and bequeath unto my grandson. Ira Kane, son 
of my daughter, Rachel, deceased, the sum of one hundred 

I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Mai-garet, 
the sum of fifty dollars yearly and every year during her na- 
tural life after my decease, also all such wearing apparel and 
bedding as my said wife brought with her at our marriage 
and such as she has made and may make until my decease, 
and I further ordain that my said wife shall have the right 
to be and remain with her effects and reside in the dwelling 
house in which I now reside with the general privileges of 


passing through and about in the said house, as occasion 
may from time to time require, and be entitled at the hands 
of my said sons, Daniel and Moses, to good and comfortable 
board such as we usually have had and do have in my fam- 
ily, as long as she may choose to continue her residence with 
my said sons, Daniel and Moses, while my said sons, Daniel 
and Moses, shall continue to reside on my said farm, and 
should it become necessary that on account of ill health and 
sickness my said wife might need medical assistance, such 
expenses for professional service and medicines are to be 
paid out of said annual fifty dollar claims. These bequests 
to my said wife are made upon the Express Condition that 
she shall not claim her right of dower in my estate. 

I further give and bequeath unto my grandson, Ira 
Kane, one bureau, one chest, one bed stead and a small trunk 

I give and bequeath unto Jane, a servant in the fam- 
ily, twenty-five dollars and one cow and two sheep and all the 
clothing and bedding she now claims as hers. 

I further ordain, that my sons, Daniel and Moses 
shall be entitled to all the debts due to my estate and shall 
be liable to pay all the debts which shall be standing against 
the estate at my decease. 

I give and bequeath unto my daughters, Mary, Eliz- 
abeth and Nancy, and the heirs of my daughter, Catherine, 
(deceased), all my household furniture and bedding except 
my stove and pipe, to be equally divided among my said 
daughters, each one fourth thereof, and the heirs of my said 
daughter, Catharine, one fourth. 

And Lastly, I do hereby bequeath unto my sons, Dan- 
iel and Moses, all the remainder of my personal estate, such 
as my stove and pipe, horses, cattle, sheep and swine, sap 
buckets, grain and farming utensils of all descriptions. 

The aforesaid legacies are to be paid by my sons, 
Daniel and Moses, as follows : To my son, Peter, one hundred 
dollars two years after my decease, and the remaining one 
hundred dollars four years after my decease. 

To my daughter, Mary, thirty-seven dollars and fifty 
cents one year after my decease and the remaining thirty- 


seven dollars and fifty cents two years after my decease. 

To my daughters, Elizabeth and Nancy, thirty-five 
dollars each one year after my decease, and thity-five dollars 
each two years after my decease. 

To the heirs of my daughter, Catharine, thirty-five 
dollars one year after my decease and the same amount two 
years after my decease. 

To Jane, the servant woman, the whole amount of her 
legacy whenever my said sons, Daniel and Moses, shall re- 
fuse her a home in the family, or whenever she may choose 
to leave the family. 

To Ira Kane, my grandson, the amount of his legacy 
(interest) to be added annually when he shall become twen- 
ty-one years of age. 

All of the aforesaid legacies which remain unpaid at 
the expiration of one year shall be at interest from such time 
and shall be a lien on my said farm until fully paid. 

I do hereby appoint my sons, John and Daniel, guar- 
dians of the personal property or legacy of my grandson, 
Ira Kane, with directions that if my said sons, Daniel and 
Moses, should pay said legacy, that it be put at interest on 
real estate security except that such security need not be 
had for the interest which may from time to time come to 
their hands and be again put at interest. 

I do also hereby appoint my sons, John and Daniel, 
executors of this, my last will and testament, hereby revok- 
ing all former will by me made. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and 
seal the twenty-eighth day of December in the year of our 
Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty Two. 

John I. Countryman (LS) 

The foregoing instrument consisting of one sheet was 
now here subscribed by John I. Countryman, the testator, in 
the presence of each of us and was at the same time declar- 
ed by him to be his last will and testament, and we, at his 
request, sign our names as attesting witnesses. 

Daniel Hawn, residing in Stark, Herkimer Co. 
Daniel Bauder, residing in Stark, Herkimer Co. 


Isaac, John and David, the three oldest sons, are not 
mentioned in will as legatees — they had their portion in the 
lifetime of their father. 

Jane (Aunt Jinny), colored servant, was well cared 
for during her life and buried on my father's lot in Mount 
Hope cemetery, Minden, N. Y. (J. E. C.) 

Will of John I. Countryman, Jr. 

In the name of God, Amen, I, John I. Countryman, of 
the town of Danube, county of Herkimer, and state of New 
York, aged 64 years, and being of sound mind and memory, 
for which I am thankful to Almighty God, do make, publisli 
and declare this my last Will and Testament, in manner fol- 
lowing, that is to say: 

First : I give and devise to my beloved wife, Nancy 
Countryman, all the real estate of which I may die seized, 
consistfng at present of two hundred acres, be the same 
more or less, on which I now reside, situate in the town of 
Danube, Herkimer county, New York, bounded substantially 
as follows: Southerly by lands of Levi Grey and one Conrad, 
now deceased, Westerly by lands of Daniel H. Moyer and 
John Walrath, Northerly by lands of the heirs of Solomon 
Sanders, dec, and of Levi Countrymans, Easterly by lands 
of Albert Walrath, to have and to hold the same during her 
natural life, subject nevertheless to the terms and condi- 
tions hereinafter set forth, unless she shall choose and select. 
to have the same sold and disposed of, as also hereinafter set 

Second : I give and bequeath to my said wife, Nancy 
Countryman, the free use and enjoyment of all my personal 
estate of whatever name or nature, during her natural life, 
except household furniture upon the terms and conditions 
hereinafter mentioned and subject to the payment of all my 
just debts and funeral expenses and unpaid legacy of 
twelve hundred and fifty dollars to my son, Byron Country- 
man, to be paid to him when he arrives at the age of twenty- 
one years, he having been paid a part of sixteen hundred 


Third: I further order and direct that whenever my 
said wife, Nancy, shall choose, select and prefer to sell and 
dispose of said real estate herein devised to her as aforesaid 
my said executors hereinafter named are hereby authorized 
and empowered by and with the written consent of my said 
wife to sell and convey the same and also in conjunction 
with my said wife and with her consent to sell all my per- 
sonal property except the household furniture hereinafter 

Fourth : My will farther is that out of the net avails. 
of said sale of the real and personal property and after aU 
my just debts and legacies are paid or provided for, that the 
net balance remaining shall be equally divided, share and 
share alike, between my eight sons, their heirs and assigns, 
to have and to hold the same forever, providing however, 
that each of my said sons or their heirs shall before any of 
said shares be paid to him or them satisfactorily secure to 
be paid to my said wife, Nancy, the sum of fifty dollars each 
annually during her natural life. 

Fifth : I give and bequeath to my said wife, all my 
household furniture, including all stoves, cooking utensils, 
beds, bedding, bedsteads, etc., to have and to hold the same 
to her and her heirs forever. 

Sixth' Having heretofore paid to my sons, Levi, Nor- 
man, Harvey, Alvin, Nathan, William and John Ervin, each 
the sum of one thousand and six hundred dollars, I make no 
further provision for them or either of them in this, my will, 
except as hereinbefore mentioned. 

Seventh : I hereby nominate and appoint my two sons, 
Levi Countryman and John Ervin Countryman, executors of 
this, my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former 
wills by me made. 

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand 
and seal this first day of April, 1866. 

John I. Countryman (L.S.) 

The above instrument, consisting of one sheet, was 
on the day of the date thereof published and declared by 
John L Countryman, above named, to be, as and for his last 


Will and testament, who at his request and in his px-esence 
and in thepresence of each other have subscribed our names 
as witnesses thereto. 

Jacob Wendell, Fort Plain, Montgomery Co., N.Y. 
Isaac Monk, Danube, Herkimer Co.. N. Y. 
Jacob Wagner, Danube, Herkimer Co., N. Y. 

Surrogate's Office, Bath, Steuben Co., N. Y, 

Mr. John E. Countryman, Rochelle, 111. 

My dear Mr. Countryman: I am inclosing herewith, 
as far as I have been able to find by our records, in 
the estates of the Condermans and Countrymans. There 
has been some little delay in this due to the fact that it en- 
tailed an e.xtensive search to secure the information you de- 
sired. I trust this will be of assistance to you. 

Yours very truly, 

R. S. Burrell, Clerk of the Court 

Phebe J. Conderman— Will admitted May 10, 1921. 
Heirs: Catherine E. Phillips, sister, Hornell; Harriet A. 
Schaumberg, Fremont; Jennie Smith, niece, Elmira; Eliza- 
beth Webber, niece, Atlanta, N. Y., Leslie Conderman, neph- 
ew, Buffalo; Winnie Hunt, grand-niece, Erie, Pa., Rfd. 1; 
Owen J. Dibble, grand-nephew, Toronto, Can.; Homer L. 
Dibble, grand-nephew, Union City, Pa. 

Lester Conderman— Will admitted April 11th, 1922 
Heirs : Emma F. Conderman, widow, 23 W. Genesee St., Hor- 
nell, N. Y. ; Floyd Conderman, son, Wellsville, N. Y. 

Aseneth Conderman— Will admitted May 7th, 1919. 
Heirs: George Conderman, son; Frank Conderman, son; La- 
verne Conderman, son; Burt Cinderman, grandson; John 
Conderman, grandson ; all of Hornell. 

Wilbur R. Conderman— Will admitted Nov. 17, 1921. 
Heirs: Grace E. Conderman, widow, Hornell; Elizabeth A. 
Bradley, sister, Chicago, 111. ; Emma S. Lattimer, sister, Chi- 
cago; Rose C. Chafin, sister, Chicago; Jay Conderman, 
brother, Chicago, 111. 


Maria Conderman— Will admitted April 30th, 1913. 
Heirs: William Hawley, nephew, Dundee, 111.; Delbert B. 
Hawley, nephew, Elgin, 111. ; Frank D. Hawley, nephew, Dun- 
dee, 111. ; Edgar C. Hawley, nephew. No. 3809 Michigan Ave, 
Chicago, 111.; George Nute, nephew, Dundee, III; Herbert 
Nute, nephew, last known residence, Portland, Ore. ; Eva L. 
Clark, niece, 3737 Wentworth Ave., Chicago, 111. ; Mary War- 
ner, niece, Hampshire, 111.; Belle O'Brien Poole, niece, 915 
Wells St., Chicago, 111. ; Frank O'Brien, nephew, last known 
address (blank) ; Emmett O'Brien, nephew, last known ad- 
dress, Seattle, Wash.; Edward Milton Bumstead, grand- 
nephew, Clinton, Wis.; Eugene Lercy Bumstead, grand- 
nephew, Beloit, Wis.; William A. Hawley, grand-nephew. 
New Castle, Pa.; George Hawley, grand-nephew, Chicago, 
111., Mamie Hawley Boland, grand-niece, Chicago, 111. 

John D. Conderman — Will admitted August 1, 1890. 
Heirs: Frank Conderman, son, Hornellsville, N. Y. ; Lavern 
D. Conderman, son, Fremont, Steuben Co., N. Y. ; Charles 
C. Conderman, son, Hornellsville, N. Y. ; George Conderman, 
son, Hornellsville, N. Y. ; Aseneth Conderman, widow, Hor- 
nellsville, N. Y. 

Caleb Conderman — Will admitted Sept. 30th ,1898. 
Heirs: Lizzie A. Bradley, daughter, Chicago, 111.; Emma S. 
Lattimer, daughter, Addison, N. Y. ; Jay Conderman, son, 
Anderson, Ind. ; Rose F. Chapin, daughter, Chicago, 111.; 
Wilbur R. Conderman, son, Hornellsville, N. Y. ; Caroline M. 
Conderman, widow, Hornellsville, N. Y. 

David Conderman — Administration granted Jan. 9, 
1886. Heirs: Maria Conderman, widow, Hornellsville, N. Y. ; 
Catherine Sherwood, daughter, Hornellsville, N. Y. ; Fred S. 
Condeman, son, Hornellsville, N. Y. 

Jacob R. Conderman — Admr. granted Jan. 30, 1891. 
Heirs : Lester C. Conderman, son, Howard, N. Y. ; Ella Dib- 
ble, Kent Co., Mich. ; Mabel Conderman, Arkport, N. Y. 

Eleanor Conderman — Administration granted March 
15, 1900. Heirs: Isaac Conderman, husband, Hornellsville, 
N. Y. ; Leona Conderman, daughter. 

Jacob Conderman — Will admitted March 26th, 1873. 
Heirs : Jane Baker, Lucy Ann Baker, Eneanor Baker, Sarah 



Conderman. Betsey M. Harter, Anna Conderman, Isaac Con- 

derman. I 

Sarah A. Conderman — Admr. granted April 26, 1882. I 

Heirs: Alzina Razey, Freemont, N. Y. ; Irena Sands, Hor- ' 

nellsville, X. Y. ; Matha Helmer, Lester Conderman, Phebe 
Conderman, Martin Conderman, Sarah Conderman, Delia 
Conderman. all of Fremont, N. Y. 

Sallie A. Conderman — Apptd. of Admr, with will an- 
nexed, Oct. 11. 1888. Heirs: Caleb Conderman, husband, of 
Hornellsville. X. Y. ; Will R. Conderman, son, Hornellsville, 
N. Y. ; Jay Conderman, son. Bay City, Mich. ; Elizabeth Brad 
ley, daughter. Bay City, Mich.; Rose F. Chapin, daughter, 
Saginaw. Mich. 

Abram Conderman— Admr. granted July 16th, 1880. 
Heirs: Almira Conderman, widow, Hornellsville, N. Y. ; Ann 
M. Sutton, daughter, Howard, N. Y. ; Branca Trowbridge, 
daughter. Hornellsville, N. Y. 

Anna Conderman — Admr. granted October 1, 1879. 
Heirs: Jacob H. Conderman, son, Fremont, N. Y. 

Samuel Conderman— Will admitted Feb. 14th, 1838. 
Heirs: Elizabeth Conderman, widow, Howard, N. Y. ; Mariah 
Conderman. daughter, Howard. N. Y. ; Catherine Conder- 
man. daughter. Howard, X. Y. 

Fred S. Conderman— Will admitted Nov. 23d, 1917. 
Heirs: Belle Conderman, widow, Hornell, N. Y. ; Fred D. 
Conderman. son, Hornell. N. Y. ; Rocelia J. Conderman, 
daughter, Hornell ,N. Y. ; Evelyn Conderman, daughter, Hor 
nell, X. Y.; Beatrice M. Conderman, daughter, Hornell, N. 
Y. ; Catherine .AIcKain Gage, daughter. No. Mills, Pa. ; Letha 
Whitley, daughter , Brooklyn, X. Y. | 

John A. I. Contryman— Will admitted March 6, 1879. 
Heirs: Lany Countryman, widow, Cameron, N. Y. ; Louisa | 

Melvina, wife of Elias June, Jasper, N. Y. ; Caty Maria, wife ' 

of Josiah Walrath. Casper, N. Y. ; Addison Countryman, 
Cameron, X. Y. ; Abram F. Countryman, Parma Center, in 1 

Monroe Co.. X. Y. ; Marion H., wife of Levi House, West Un- , 

ion. X. Y. ; Ben.son Countryman, Xunda, Livingston Co., N. ' 

Y. ; Emma Jane, wife of Lemuel Bover. 


Will of John A. I. Countryman. 

In the name of God, Amen, I, John A. I. Countryman, 
of the town of Cameron, in the county of Steuben, and state 
of New York, of the age of seventy-two, and being of sound 
mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this my last 
will and testament, in manner following, that is to say : 

First : I give and bequeath to my wife, Lany, the in- 
come of my fai'm or farms which I own, situate in the said 
town of Cameron (consisting of two pieces or parcels of land, 
one being the farm on which I reside, containing fifty-three 
acres or thereabouts and the other lying north of the first 
named containing one hundred acres) during her natural 
life and the control and direction of said farms. 

Second : I give and devise to my sons, Abram F. Ben- 
son, the farms described in the foregoing bequest to my 
wife, to each the undivided one half, after the decease of my 
said wife, to them and to their heirs forever. 

Third: I give and bequeath to my daughter, Louisa 
Melvina, wife of Elias C. June, the sum of , three hundred. 

Fourth: I give and bequeath to my daughter, Caty 
Maria, wife of Josiah Walrath, the sum of three hundred 

Fifth : I give and bequeath to my daughter, Margaret 
Elizabeth, wife of Charles Bateman, the sum of three hun- 
dred dollars. 

Sixth: I give and bequeath to my daughter, Marion 
H., wife of Levi House, the sum of two hundred dollars. 

Seventh : I give and bequeath to my daughter, Emma 
Jane, wife of Lemuel Bowyer, the sum of one thousand dol- 

It is further my will and I so order that my said wife 
shall have the entire control and use of all my personal es- 
tate, goods and chattels of what kind or nature soever, dur- 
ing her natural life, and she may at her pleasure dispose of 
any or all of the same and divide the same among her chil- 
dren or otherwise dispose thereof as to her may seem right, 
but if she does not dispose of any or all of my said personal 
estate, all that is not disposed of and which may remain at 


the decease of my said wife, shall be equally divided among 
all my children, share and share alike. 

The several sums above bequeathed to my daughters 
shall not become payable until the decease of my said wife — 
when they shall become due in the order following: the sum 
bequeathed to my daughter, Louisa Melvina, one year from 
the decease of my wife; that bequeathed to Caty Maria, one 
year thereafter; the legacy to Marion H., one year after that 
of Caty Maria; and that of Margaret Elizabeth, one year af- 
ter that of Marion H., and that of Emma Jane, one year af- 
ter that of Margaret Elizabeth. 

The said legacies shall be paid by my said sons, Ab- 
ram F. and Benson, and shall be a lien upon the real estate 
devised to them. My said sons, Abram F. and Benson, are 
also to pay a claim which my son, Addison, holds against me 
(and which will become due at my decease and be a charge 
against my estate) , of three hundred dollars — but the inter- 
est on said sum shall be paid to my sons, Abram F. and Ben- 
son, out of my personal estate from the time of my decease 
until by the terms of this will, my sons shall come into the 
possession of the real estate devised to them. 

And lastly I hereby nominate and appoint my wife, 
Lany, and Charles A. Bateman to be the executors of this, 
my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills 
by me made. 

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand 
and seal this sixteenth day of February, in the year of our 
Lord, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-five. 

John A. L Countryman (Seal) 

The foregoing instrument, consisting of two sheets, 
was at the date thereof signed, sealed, published and declar- 
ed by the said John A. L Countryman, as and for his last 
will and testament, in presence of us, who at his request and 
in his presence and in the presence of each other, have sub- 
scribed our names as witnesses thereto. 
David D. Sherwood, residing a tCameron, Steuben Co., N. Y. 
Martha E. Sherwood, residing at Cameron, N. Y. 

Will admitted March 6, 1879. Recorded in Book 15 
of Wills, at Page 111. 


Record of Countryman Estates Probated in Otsego Co., N. Y. 

John Countryman, of Roseboom township, died Oct. 
2, 1859. Will probated Dsc. 5, 1859. Executors, Martin and 
Jeremiah Countryman. Lany (Pickard) Countryman, wid- 
ow. Heirs: Martin, Jeremiah, George W., Alexander, Mary 
E., Maia C. 

Lany Pickard Countryman, (widow), died Nov. 18, 
1869. Letters of Adms. granted Nov. 30, 1869 to her sons, 
Martin and Alexander. Heirs: Martin, Alexander, Jeremiah, 
Catharine, wife of Wm. Vanalstine; Mary E., wife of James 
Chambers, and May Countryman, sole daughter of Geo. W. 
Countryman, a deceased son. 

Margaret Countryman, wife of Jeremiah Country- 
man, died Oct. 31, 1891. Letters of Adm. granted to Jere- 
miah (husband), Nov. 25, 1891. Heirs: Norman W., Avery, 
Arthur, Orville H. and John A. 

Christina Price Countryman died Jan. 3, 1895. Let- 
ters of Adm. granted to Pearl Countryman, a son, Jan. 1895. 
Heirs: Addie May Hutton, a daughter, of Center Valley, Ot- 
sego county, N. Y., and Pearl Countryman, of Cooperstown, 
New York. 

Mary Countryman died June 19, 1869, of the town of 
Middlefiekl, Otsego Co. Letters of Adm. granted Nov. 22, 
1869, to Amelia Thayer, a daughter, and Nelson J. Bates, no 
relation. Heirs: no husband; daughters, Hannah Pickens, 
Rebecca Nestle and Amelia Thayer. 

Sally Countryman died Feb. 26, 1892. Will probated 
April 18, 1892. Letters to Oren Avey. Heirs: John L A. 
Countryman, husband; Franklin L, son; Charles W., son; 
and Mary L. Avey, daughter. Legatees include Lottie Avey 
and Olia Countryman, granddaughters. 

Mary Jane Countryman died July 18, 1907. Will pro- 
bated Dec. 9, 1907. Executor, George E. Countryman, son. 
No husband. Heirs: Rosena N. Robbins, daughter; Marvin 
J. Countryman, son; and George E., son. 

Martha Countryman died April 19, 1914. Letters of 
Adm. granted to Alvin L. Countryman, son, April 27, 1914. 


No husband. Heir: Alvin L. Countrj'man, Richfield Springs, 
New York. 

Alvin L. Countryman died March 10, 1922. Will pro- 
bated April 24, 1922. Letters to Florence E. Countryman,, 
widow. Next to kin, Florence E. Countryman, Richfield 
Springs, N .Y., and John E. Countryman, uncle, Rochelle, 
111., and I. B. Countryman, uncle, Dixon, 111. 

John I. Countryman died March 27, 1906. Resident 
of Cherry Valley township. Letters of Adm. granted Oct. 
25, 1906 to Nancy M. Countryman, widow. Heirs: Nancy M. 
(widow), Charles W., Franklin I., of Schnectady, N. Y., and 
Lottie Vandusen, a grand-daughter. East Wooster, N. Y. 

Marvin J. Countryman died June 16, 1921. Letters 
granted Sept. 9. 1921, to his son, Isaac A. Countryman. No 
widow. Heirs: Isaac A. and Bert, son.'^, and Mary Merriam, 
of Wooster, N. Y., and Dora A. Simmons, of Cherry Valley, 
N. Y., daughters. 

Alice Countryman died May 8, 1918. Letters to Isaac 
A. Countryman, son. April 9, 1923. Next of kin: Isaac A.. 
Bert M., Dora Simmons, Mary J. Merriam. 

Adam F. Countryman died Sept. 24, 1852. Resident 
of town of Springfield, Otsego Co., N. Y. Will probated Nov. 
17, 1852. Letters to Martin Young and John J. Allen. Heirs: 
Mary Countryman, widow; Adam Countryman, Herkimer 
county, N. Y.; Haimah Pickins, Rebecca Nestle, Amelia 
Thayer, Looma Countryman and Perlina Countryman. 

Register of Wills, Somerset, Pennsylvania. 

Mr. John E. Countryman, Rochelle, III. 

Dear Sir: — We are herewith sending you the "Coun- 
tryman Estates" on which Letters were taken out in this 
county to date: 

Jacob F. Countryman, March 1, 1869. John Country- 
man, April 23. 1873. Benjamin Countryman, June 21, 1881. 
Jacob B. Countryman, Dec. 6, 1889. George J. Countryman, 
May 14, 1890. Lydia Countryman, Dec. 15, 1891. Frank B. 


Countryman, March 8, 1899. George F. Countryman, May 
19, 1903. Harry S. Countryman, Jan. 6, 1917. 

Other counties in Pennsylvania to which I have writ- 
ten report no Countryman estates settled in them since their 
organization. J. E. Countryman. 

Highland County, Hillsboro, Ohio. 

Sept. 3, 1924. 
Mr. John E. Countryman, Rochelle, 111. 

Dear Sir: — In reply to your letter of the 1st, the fol- 
lowing is a list of wills of the Countrymans filed in this 
Court : 

Henry Countryman, Feb. 20, 1818. Henry Country- 
man, Feb. 18, 1874. John Countryman, March, 1836. Joel 
Countryman, Oct. 6, 1874. Latha Countryman, June 4, 1908. 
William Countryman, July 25, 1914. 

The following estates have been settled by adminis- 
trators. As it would require a considei'able time to secure 
the dates of these appointments, we are simply sending you 
the names: G. E. Countryman, Isaiah, John, Jane, J. W., 
Oliver, Owen. Very truly yours, 

Martha P. Brouse, Deputy Pi'obate Clerk 

Will of Henry Countryman. 

The following is a copy of the Last Will and Testa- 
ment of said deceased : 

In the name of God, Amen, I, Henry Countryman, of 
Brushcreek Township in the county of Highland and State 
of Ohio, yeoman, being of sound mind, memoi-y and under- 
standing, being very sick in body, considering the uncertain- 
ty of this life, think fit to make this, my last will and testa- 
ment, in the following manner, viz : I reccomend my soul into 
the hands of God and my body to the earth to be buried in a 
Christian manner, and as touching such worldly estate 
wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, 
devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and 
form. First: I give and bequeath to Babary Countryman, 


my dearjy beloved wife, to hold and to have my plantation 
which I now live on in her possession and the profits thereof 
as long as she lives and remain a single life, and as soon as 
she would marry again she shall be disbarred of the same 
and it is my further will that she shall have her bed and all 
the furniture and my old mare, and one cow as she lives, and 
after her death the land and the property above mentioned 
to be sold and divided in the following manner, viz: I give 
to my eldest son, Martin Countryman, whom I likewise con- 
stitute, make and ordain the sole executor of this, my last 
will and testament, all and singular and to my son, Henry 
Countryman, and to my son, George Countryman, and to 
my daugliter, Polly Zite, and to my daughter, Elizabeth 
Washburn, and to my daughter, Christania Williams, and to 
my daughter, Susannah Countryman, and to my daughter, 
Polly Countryman, and when the land and property before 
mentioned tlicrefor being sold, then they are to have an 
equal share, and I also make and bequeath to my daughter, 
Barbara Shewmaker, the sum of one dollar, and it is further 
my will that my son, George Countryman, is to have four 
head of my young cattle, one bed which he has paid me for, 
and it is further my will that Susannah Countryman is to 
have two beds and cow and two calves which she made since 
she was of age, and it is further my will that my daughter, 
Polly Countryman, is t ohave one cow and calf and one bed, 
and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannull all 
and every former testament will legacies, bequeath and ex- 
ecutors by me in any wise before named, will and bequeath- 
ed, ratifying and confirming these and no other to be my 
last will and testament. 

In witness my hand I have hereunto set my hand and 
seal this tenth day of October in the year of our Lord, one 
thousand eight hundred and seventeen. 

Signed and sealed by the said Henry Countryman as 
his last will and testament in the presence of Phillip Road 
and John Road. 

Henry Countryman. 
Proved and recorded Feb. 20, 1818. 


Ulster County Surrogate's Court, Kingston, N. Y. 

John Countryman, Rochelle, 111. 

Dear Sir: — As I informed you in my letter of May 
17th, 1923, there is no record of any proceedings having 
been taken in the estate of anyone by the name of Country- 
man, or Contreman, or Conderman. I cannot find any record 
of either of these names. Very truly yours, 

C. K. Loughran, Clk. of Surrogate's Court 

I think it probable that in New York and in Penn- 
sylvania, that the wills of the older Countrymans were writ- 
ten in German and were never recorded, as this I know to 
be true of my great-grandfather's — (John, of Conrad.) 

(John E. Countryman) 

Excerpts from will of Judge Edwin Countryman, who 
died at Albany, N. Y., June 13, 1914: 

The will of Judge Edwin Counaryman disposing of an 
estate of $225,000, has been admitted to probate in surro- 
gate's court. The will was drawn by Judge Countryman, 
July 15, 1913, and was witnessed by Nellie F. Towner and 
Andrew Van Derzee. Pierre E. DuBois, one of his law part- 
ners, is made executor of the will. His granddaughter, Mrs. 
. Howard Byron Gray, now Katharine Countryman, of Fort 

I Plain, N. Y., is given $10,000 when the will is pobated, $10,- 

, • 000 when she becomes twenty-five years of age and the res- 

; idue of the estate at the age of thirty years. 

I The bequests are as follows: Jones D. Conderman, 

cousin, Chetopa, Kan., $3,000; David F. Countryman, broth- 
er, Jamestown, $1,000; Lulue A. Bleeker, cousin, Albany, 
t., $20,000; Nannie Bleeker Walrath, cousin. Fort Plain, II,- 

r% 000; Susan Larrenmore, cousin. New York, $1,000; Lovina 

V "' Riggs, aunt, Poughkeepsie, $1,000; Mrs. George .Emory 

\ Lochner, cousin, $1,000 ; Anna Galloway, cousin, Poughkeep- 

\ sie, $500 ; Charles R. Park, nephew, Rochester, $500 ; Edwin 

\ W. Countryman, nephew, Buffalo, $500 ; Leonard B. Moore, 

f cousin. Fort Plain, $500 ; Lillian M. Luby, Albany, "my 

\ faithful stenographer," $1,000. 


Clarence Van Orsdale, John Van Orsdale and David 
C. Van Orsdale, nephews, of Ackley Station, Pa., are to di- 
vide $750. 

The following are to divide the books in the miscel- 
laneous library : Mrs. Howard Byron Gray, Lulue A. Bleek- 
er, Floence C. Lochner, David F. Countryman, Nannie 
Bleecker Walrath, Walter A. Dunckel, Thomas Armitage 
Larremore, Clarence M. Bates, Joseph L. Moore, Mrs. Wil- 
liam Kirk. Jr., Pierre E. DuBois, Andrew J. Nellis, Thomas 
F. McDermott and Lillian M. Luby. 

Thomas F. McDermott gets the state reports of Con- 
necticut, New Jersey, West Virginia, Kansas and Nebraska. 

Joseph L. Moore, of Fort Plain, gets the state reports 
of Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana. 

Pierre E. DuBois gets all the rest of his law books 
and reports. 

Howard Byron Gray, of Fort Plain, gets his gold 
watch and chain. 

Edwin C. Kirk, of Troy, is bequeathed $1,000, to be 
spent by his father and mother in educating him. 

His property at 2167 Fifth Avenue, New York, also 
goes to Kirk. 

Excerpts of last will of (Rev.) Abram F. Country- 
man, of Scottsburg, Livingston Co., N. Y., probated at Gen- 
eseo, N. Y., Sept. 7, 1915: 

Legatees and Legacies. 

To his wife, Elizabeth Ann Countryman, all his real 
and per.sonal property for her comfort and maintainance 
during her natural life. 

From unexpended property after her decease: To 
Ella Louise June, fifty dollars; to Mrs. Virginia White, fifty 
dollars; to Mrs. Lena Grenolds, fifty dollars and Whedons 
Commentaries on Bible ; to endowment of Mission School at 
Hinqua, China, $1,000; also $1000 for the endowment of the 
mission school at Ajmer, India. These are through the M. E. 
Foreign Missionary Society. To the Home Missionary and 
Church Extension Society of the M. E. church in Pennsyl- 


vania, the sum of $1,000; also $300 toward building the A. 
F. Countryman Memorial Church. To the American Bible 
Society, $500. To the Genesee Wesleyen Seminary, $2000, 
one half for the general endowment fund, the other for ed- 
ucating worthy young men for the ministiy. To a Deacon- 
ness Home in Buffalo, N. Y., as an endowment fund, $500. 
Whatever amount left, one half to Foreign Missionary So- 
ciety for support of native preachers in China. India or Af- 
rica. The other half to board of Home Missions and Church 
Extension in cities on frontier, at board's discretion. 

Excerpts of the will of Isaac B. Counti-yman, of Dix- 
on, Lee county, Illinois: 

(Died without issue) Legacies. 

To Elizabeth Counti'yman, daughter of my nephew, 
Emery D. Countryman, $5000. 

To Jacob I. Countryman, son of my brother, Nathan 
Countryman, $5000. 

To Isaac Byron Countryman, son of my nephew, Em- 
ery D. Countryman, $5000. 

To Anna Collins, daughter of my brother, Nathan 
Countryman, $5000. 

To Isaac Byron Slafter, grandson of my brother, Na- 
than Countryman, $5000. 

To the children of my niece, Lillie Slafter. not includ- 
ing Isaac Byron Slafter, $5000. 

To Emery D. Countryman, son of my brother, Wil- 
liam, $5000. 

To Jacob Banta, nephew of my deceased wife, $5000. 

To Katy Cooper, niece of my deceased wife, $5000. 

To Grace Banta, niece of my deceased wife, $5000. 

To Nellie C. Bresnahan, of Dixon, 111., in regard for 
long and faithful services $1000 per year during lifetime. 

To the treasurer of the City of Dixon. 111., or some re- 
liable trust company, the sum of $1000 as a permanent fund 
for the care and maintainance of the cemetery lot in Oak- 
wood cemetery at Dixon, 111., where I desire my remains 
shall be interred. 


To the trustees of Christian Home Orphanage of 
Council Bluffs, Iowa, $10,000, as a memorial to his beloved 
wife, Elizabeth Countryman, now deceased. 

To the Board of Directors of Dixon Public Hospital 
of Dixon, 111., and their successors in office, $5000. 

To the trustees of the Illinois Manual Training School 
for Boys, the sum of $25,000, to build a dormatory or cot- 
tages to be dedicated to the memory of my beloved wife. 

To the trustees of the Nachusa Lutheran Orphanage 
at Nachusa, Lee county, 111., $10,000, to be invested and re- 
invested in interest bearing securities, the income thereof 
to be used in caring for children and carrying on work of 
the Orphanage. 

If after the payment of all the legacies heretofore 
provided for, together with the costs of administration of 
my .^aid estate, there should be any poperty remaining be- 
longing to my estate, then I give, devise, and bequeath to 
Elizabeth Countryman, daughter of my nephew, Emery D. 
Countryman, the sum of $10,000, and to Isaac B. Country- 
man the sum of $10,000, and to Irving B. Countryman, son 
of my nephew, Elmer J. Countryman, the su mof $5000. All 
the rest, residue and remainder of my estate of every name 
and nature whatsoever, I give, devise and bequeath to the 
said Elizabeth Countryman, Isaac B. Countryman and Ir- 
ving B. Countryman, in equal parts between them, share and 
share alike. 

Will filed for probate at Dixon, 111., Oct. 2, 1923. The 
court assessed the state inheritance tax at $13,944.53. Fed- 
eral tax was $2,737.99. Henry C. Warner, executor. 

Countryman Wills Probated in Ogle County. 

Daniel Countryman will filed April 13, 1883 Heirs: 
Sally, widow; son, James Alonzo; son, Calvin; daughter, 
Carrie E. Allen; daughter, Jennie V. Executors: Sally, wid- 
ow, and James A. and Calvin Countryman. Witnesses: Al- 
vin Countryman and Norman Countryman. 

Moses Countryman will filed for probate June 27, 


1884. James A. Countryman and Carrie Countryman, execu- 
tors. Heirs : J. A. Countryman and wife, Carrie Countryman 
and their children. Witnesses: H. 0. Perry, C. 0. Longe- 

Norman Countryman will filed for probate March 2, 
1911. Elizabeth Countryman, widow. Lincoln A. Country- 
man and Thomas E. Fouser, executors. Heirs: Widow; Fay- 
ette N. Countryman, Lincoln A. Countryman and Luetta 
(Countryman) Fouser. Witnesses: Fred W. Craft, Elmer 

Harvey Countryman will filed for probate June 30, 
1914. Heirs: Daughter, Ida M. Craft, and daughter, Grace 
M. Phelps. Executors: Ida May Craft and Grace Maud 
Phelps. Witnesses: T. E. Fouser and W. B. McHenry. 

Alvin Countryman will filed for probate Jan. 20, 1916. 
Heirs: Widow, Jennie E. Countryman; Merton A. Country- 
man, Emma V. Countryman and grandson, Arthur T. Guest. 
Executors: Jennie E., Merton A. and Emma V. Countryman. 
Witnesses : Fred W. Craft, Ida M. Craft. 

Nathan Countryman estate. John E. Countryman 
appointed Adm., March 7, 1879. Heirs: Mary Countryman, 
widow; Jacob I., Lillie M., and Anna Countryman. Lillie M. 
and Anna were minors. John E. Countryman appointed 

James A. Countryman will probated Jan. 4, 1924. 
Heirs: Carrie Countryman, widow; son, Floyd M.. ; Belle 
Countryman Boyle; son, Ralph, and son. Jay. Carrie Coun- 
tryman, widow, executri}^. Witnesses: G. D. Elmer, Maude 


Virginia Countrymans. 

Traditional John Frederick Contreman, we have rea- 
sons to believe, was the father of three sons: Conradt, An- 
draus (Andrew) and Henricus (Henry), who came with 
their father to America about 1708 to 11, and that a brother 
Fred was born later. Conradt settled in the Mohawk val- 
ley. New York. Andrew, later than 1738, going to Pennsyl- 
vania; Henry to Maryland. The Henry Countryman living 
and owning land in Rockingham county, Virginia, in 1779 
to 1792 (we believe was a son of the Henry who migrated to 
Maryland) and was a Revolutonary soldier — whose family 
is mentioned in the first U. S. census in 1790, consisting of 
"8 white souls." 

Scott's History of Highland Co., Ohio, mentions a 
Henry Countryman, who with fami'y, moved from Rocking- 
ham, Va. to Highland county in 1802 and settled in the vi- 
cinity of Sinking Springs. Henry purchased in Jan. 1811 a 
farm of 110 acres for $220.00. This deed is recorded in book 
1. page 177. This history mentions too, his being a Revo- 
lutionary soldier. Henry Countryman's wife's name was 
Barbary, and his children's namts were: Martin, Henry, 
John, George, Polly (Zite), Elizabeth (Washburn), Chris- 
tania (Williams), Susannah Countryman, Dollie Country- 
man and Barbara (Shoemaker.) 

Martin, the oldest son, built a cabin about three miles 
northwest of Sinking Spring. The Countrymans built the 
first water mill in Brush Creek township, on Brush Creek. 
There was born here an Eli Countryman, who had a family 
of fifteen children. Among them were: Daniel and Martin, 
who were soldiers in the Civil War. Eli probably was the son 
of Martin, and a tanner by trade. 

Daniel, his son, married Eliza Jane Everhart, and 
died Jan. 26, 1887, aged 45 years. Issue: Frank, Roxy, Eliza- 
beth, Eli, Florence, Lonzo and Hattie. 

Frank, son of Daniel, was born near Bainbridge, 
Ohio. Nov. 10, 1878. Wed Mary Daugherty, July 25, 1903. 
Issue: Virgil, Rose, Joseph, Louise, Ray, Margarie, Owen 


and Franklin the last two dead. His postoffice address is 
Bainbridge, Okla., Route 2. 

Roxy wed Albert Fi-ey. Elizabeth wed Harry Ogle, 
had one child, Harry ; second marriage to Frank Shoemaker, 
had four children. Florence wed John Vest, had one child. 
Hattie wed Nute Kern, issue four children ,two dead, lona 
and Bert still living. 

Henry Countryman, Sr. died in Highland county, in 
1818. (See will.) His son, Henry, a so'.dier in 1812 War, died 
about 1874, as his will was then probated. He was twice 
married. Children named in will were: Issiah, Quintilles, 
William, Abby, Eliza, George, Latha, Julia and Joseph. Quin 
t'Ues was still living in 1924. 

William, son of Henry, Jr. has a daughter, Bertie 
Countryman Patton, living on Route 4, Hillsboro, Ohio. 

Joseph Countryman, son of Henry, had one son, Geo. 
W. and two daughters. One daughter wed James A. Trumps 
and the other, J. C. Suiter. Joseph died in 1870. 

George W. Countryman, son of Joseph, wed Mary E. 

. Issue, seven children: Weaver W., Middletown, 0.; 

Oliver C, Dayton, 0. ; James A., Hillsboro, 0., and Minos, de- 
ceased ; Ina M., deceased ; Julia A., Franklin, O., and Joseph 
A., Middletown, Ohio. 

Weaver W. and wife, Ruth. Issue: Gladys and Lois. 
Oliver and wife, Jennie; issue: Pauline, Mary and Ruby. 
James A. and wife, Ollie C. ; issue. Hazel, Kartial, Louise. 
Julia, wife of Alvin McCabe ; issue : Maria, Thomas, Robert, 
Ina M., Mrs. Geo. Yorgen. Issue Nellie, Mary and George Jr 
Joseph A. and wife, Julia ; issue : Paul. 

The widow of George W., Mary E., is still living, Jan. 
1925, at Route 14, Hillsboro, Ohio. 

George Countryman, son of Henry, was born March 
29, 1794, in Rockingham county, Virginia, and married Ma- 
riah Gall, Sept. 12, 1820. In 1845 they moved from Highland 
county, Ohio, to Millsville, Henry county, Indiana. In 1846 
he moved to Cass county, Indiana, on a farm purchased of 
the government, where he resided until his death. There 


were four children born to this union: David, Isaiah, Kath- 
arine and James Monroe, all deceased. 

David was born Feb. 9, 1824, and married Mary 
Crull. To this union was born one daughter, Isabelle, who 
married Albert Hale, they having one son, Harve, whose 
residence is unknown. 

Isaiah was born Feb. 19, 1828, married Sarah Crull 
March 30, 1851. They had four children: Lucinda, who died 
in infancy ; John A., who was born July 22, 1855, and mar- 
ried Nancy Ellen Logan, (deceased) To this union were born 
three children : Ida, who married Clyde Shope, deceased, and 
has one daughter, Mabel, who married Ezekiel Scott. The 
son, George, deceased, and another daughter, Iva, who mar- 
ried Merritt McMath, and they have three children: Ellen, 
John and James. 

William E., son of Isaiah, was born Nov. 9, 1860, and 
married Sarah Florence Howard, deceased, June 26, 1881. 
They had two children: Maude, who resides at home, and 
Claude H., who married Gertrude Highley, they having two 
sons: Highley and Harold . 

Jennie M., daughter of Isaiah, born July 25, 1866, 
married Everett Gore and has three daughters: Ina, who 
married James Vawters and has two sons, John and James ; 
Elma, who married Lorn McCoy and has a son, Robert ; and 
Pansy, unmarried. 

Katherine Countryman, daughter of George, deceas- 
ed, born June 31, 1834, married Joseph Briggs. They had 
one daughter, Jane, deceased. Later, after his death, she 
again married Lewis Turner, and two sons, Alonzo A. and 
James were born. Alonzo married Vada Chatman and had 
two .sons, Raymond and Walter. 

The other son, James, married Drusilla Harness. 
They had one daughter, Eva, who married E. J. Gulick. 

James Monroe, youngest son of George Countryman, 
was born Oct. 3, 1844, deceased. He married Hulda Benson. 
Lssue: three sons and one daughter. John Wesley, the oldest 
son, was born May, 1874, and married Clara Louise Peker, 
Dec. 6, 1899. She was born Nov. 4, 1876. Issue: one son, > 


Jack Benson, born Dec. 1, 1908. Charles, son of James Mon- 
roe, is unmarried and lives at home. 

Everett, youngest son, wed Elva Wood. Issue : Clar- 
ence, Leona and James. Minnie, the only daughter of James 
Monroe, wed Charles Wood. Issue : Lorn and John. By sec- 
ond marriage to A. C. Suafford, three daughters : Luella, 
who wed Paul McCoy ; Lucille and Mary. 

James Monroe Countryman was a soldier in the Civil 

Dollie Countryman, a sister of George Countryman, 
came to Indiana and married Aaron Welty, of Carroll coun- 
ty, Indiana. Issue: five sons and one daughter. 

Lineage of Pennsylvania Countrymans. 

Contributed by Jonas M. Cook, Somerset Co., Pa. 

George Countryman was the ancestor of all of that 
name in this part of Pennsylvania; came as pioneer settler 
to Brothersvalley township, Bedford county, later this part 
called Somerset county. Pa. He made application for title to 
410 acres of land Dec. 9, 1772; same surveyed May 17, 1774. 
It was what was known as a "tomahawk claim." Some think 
he had come here in 1761 or 1763, before 1769 when lands 
were forest open to sale and settlement here west of the Al- 
legheny mountains. One story is that he bought the land 
from a "trespassing squatter" hunter for nine pounds, Eng- 
lish money. George Countryman emigrated with his family 
in due time from Conococheague Valley, that is, from what 
is now Hagerstown, Washington county, Maryland, or in 
that vicinity just below the Pennsylvania line. He would re- 
turn to his former home in the winter and work and come 
back in the spring with supplies. His land was in the vicin- 
ity of what is now called Hays Mills, Brothersvally town- 
ship, Somerset county. Pa. George Countryman married a 
Miss Griffith. We are certain he had at least three children, 
namely George Jr., Jacob and Susanna, and we are sure that 
the original Geoi-ge Countryman died prior to Nov. 12, 1799, 
and that he was a Revolutionary "Court Martial Man" sol- 


dier 1777-1779. It is our impression that George Country- 
man, Jr. moved to Illinois or Indiana and there died; that 
Susanna may have been his daughter - one named above 
The mere fact that original George Countryman came to 
this region from Maryland need not deter you from further 
investigation as this was the general direction for settlers 
Westward as many Pennsylvanians came by way of Con- 
ococheague Settlement on account of mountains and sparse- 
ly settled countr\- to northward on a more direct line from 
the east. 

The Countryman land is 12 to 14 miles southeast of 
Somerset, Pa., and Somerset township adjoins Brothers- 
valley township. Good coal was first discovered there and 
grst fuel for Somerset town came from that farm, and for 
many years, up to 1810. Simon Hay, ancestor of thewealthy 
family of Hays, came with original George Counti'yman on 
one of his trips and became a settler here. Simon Hay mar- 
ried Anna Mary Shaver. 

Jacob Countryman, the son of original George, was 
born in Bedford county, now Somerset county, in 1787 ; died 
March 4, 1869, aged 82 years, 2 mos. and 8 days. He mar- 
ried Hannah Lane, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Lane, of 
Berlin, Somerset county. Pa. Children of this marriage: 
Mary, married George Hay, who was the third child of pi- 

^ oneer Simon Hay; Catharine, Jacob J., Malinda, Caroline, 
Jerome, Samuel, Ephriam, Francis J. To these we think, 
should be added an Elizabeth. 

As to Francis J. Countryman. He married Laura 
Fritz, a daughter of George Fritz. Their children were Clar- 

i issa, George J., Jacob, Ellen, Henry. Elriam, Tracy, Milton, 
Herman, William. Francis J. Countryman died in Jenner 

J township Somerset county, Pa., in Oct., 1883. His wife died 

■ at Meyersdale, Somerset county, in Feb. 1887. 

As to George J. (Jacob) Countryman. He was born 
in 1854; member of German Reformed Church; a very in- 
telligent man. He married Belinda Hay in 1874, a daughter 
of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Hay, of Brothersvalley township, 
Somerset county. Pa. The children to this union were: one, 


William, who married Estella Pile, in Somerset county, on 
Oct. 21, 1901. In 1906 they had one child, James. Two, Har- 
vey, who married Edith Dysart, of Nachusa, Illinois, on De- 
cember 27, 1905. Three, Harry A. G., who was born in Jen- 
nerstown, Somerset county, April 1, 1880. He married Nel- 
lie Ardene Gaynor on Nov. 14, 1901, at Somerset, Pa., a 
daughter of Thomas and Frances (Fogle) Gaynor. In 1906 
this couple had one child, Thelma Marie, born March 31, 
1906. Harry A. G. Countryman worked on a dairy farm in 
Dixon, 111., present residence is Somerset, Pa. Four, Ellen, 
who married John Seibert on June 7, 1903. John Seibert 
died prior to 1906. 

George Jacob Countryman died in Quemahoning 
township, Somerset county, Pa., April 28, 1890. 

Hostetler Genealogy, Page 541, No. 4920: Miss Lillie 
G. Countryman, teacher, married in 1890, Alvn B. Gnagey, 
of Meyersdale, Pa. ; he was born Oct. 9, 1869 and died June 
1, 1899. They had one son born Dec. 22, 1890. 

Frank J. Countryman elected County Commissioner 
here 1872 ; Jacob B. Countryman, coroner 1861 ; Jacob Coun- 
tryman served by appointment several months as sheriff in 
1863; Francis Countryman, coroner 1864-1865; William F. 
Countryman, justice of the peace in Somerset township, in 

There were Countrymans in Northumberland coun- 
ty, Pa., during period of Revolutionary War, also in Phila- 
delphia. It is not improbable that original George Country- 
man was from Northumberland county (before Conoc- 

There was a Peter Countryman here pretty early. 

Christopher and Christian Countryman servevd in 
War 1812-14 from here. 


Later Countryman Notes. 

Later investigation would seem to indicate that the 
Jacob Countryman given on Sheet No. 1 (XX) was a son of 
a Jacob Countryman, who was a son of the original George 
Countryman, or that there was a brother to George Coun- 
tryman (the original) named Jacob Countryman, who had 
a son Jacob also. 

We find that this Jacob Countryman in question died 
prior to Sept. 9, 1805; that he had a warrant for land in 
Brothersvalley township, Somerset county. Pa., dated Sept. 
25, 1792. His children so far as can be learned in so short a 
time were Jacob, eldest son ; Benjamin, second son ; and 
daughters Mary and Elizabeth, who were both under four- 
teen years of age on Sept. 9, 1805. 

We find that a George Countryman, presumably 
George Jr., died prior to May 1801, and that his administra- 
tors were Barbara Countryman (his wife) and John Goe- 
dinger. Latter may have married a daughter. There are not 
any Goedingers in Somerset county at this date — a strange 
name here. 

We are now more than ever positive that Susanna 
(Suzanne) Critchfield Countryman mentioned in Sheet No. 1 
was a daughter of the original George Countryman, though 
there is a doubt because she was under age Feb. 28, 1809, 
therefore may have been a daughter of Geo. Countryman, Jr 

We find that a Jacob Countryman served in the Rev- 
olutionary War, 1778-1780-1782, from Northumberland 
county. Pa., and he may have moved here. 

The lands of these men were on or near Blue Lick 
Creek, this county. 

In the 1796 Assessment for Brothersvalley township, 
Somerset county. Pa., the first after Somerset county was 
organized from Bedford county, there appears the names of 
Jacob Countryman and George Countryman — in this order, 
as owners of land and taxable. 

In 1848 Francis Countryman is given as a deacon of 
Mount Zion Reformed Church, in Brothersvalley township. 


The name Countryman is distinctive here; does not 
appear in early records of adjoining counties. However, as 
Bedford, Pa., was the county seat town and Carlisle yet ear- 
lier the county seat town valuable information may be ob- 
tained from the court records at each place, more particu- 
larly in Bedford. 

The only Countryman given in the 1790 government 
census for Bedford county. Pa., later Somex'set county, in 
Brothersvalley township or anywhere here then, is Jacob 
Countryman, who had a wife and two sons over 16 and one 
daughter o^ ^ e r 3- 6 . This was the first government census 
taken in the United States. 

Countryman Family Notes. (As of Year 1899) 

Edward L. Countryman was born in Somerset town- 
ship, Somerset county, Pa., on Nov. 27, 1859, now living at 
Somerset Rfd. 6, Lavansville, Pa. He was a son of Jacob 
B. Countryman; his paternal grandfather was Benjamin 
Countryman, who was born Feb. 18, 1794 in Brothersvalley. 
township, Somerset county. Pa., and who died May 23, 1881, 
at Lavansville, Pa. This Benjamin Countryman married 
Catharine Lang, a daughter of Rev. Wm. F. Lang, of Som- 
erset, Pa., a Lutheran minister. In consequence this branch 
of Countryman family are mostly Lutherans. Catharine 
Lang was born Feb. 1, 1794, died May 12, 1880, as wife of 
Benjamin Countryman. Children of this couple: Eliza, wid- 
ow of Jacob Cable, had one child; George A., whose daugh- 
ter, Lavina, marr John Dietz; Frank B., who married Mary 
Ann Lichty ; Jacob B., born in Milford township, Somerset 
county, Pa., Dec. 16, 1819, and died Nov. 27, 1889, this Ja- 
cob B. Countryman married Miss Lydia Shaulis (Schallis) 
who was born in Jefferson township, Somerset county. Pa., 
April 10, 1823 and died Dec. 5, 1891. Children of this union: 
Mary K., wife of Simon P. Weimer, who have one child, Be- 
linda M., wife of Wesley Brougher, who have children: 
Grace, Frank, Clark and Edward ; Washington F., who mar- 
ried Sarah J. Gardner and have children : Elsie, Dora, Luth- 


er and Ray ; Edward L., whose name begins this informa- 
tion ; Harry (Harvey) L., deceased, who married Miss Ellen 
Musser whose father was Alexander Musser. Their chil- 
dren: Jacob and Elwood ; George L., died prior to 1899, the 
three children of said Jacob B. and Lydia Snaulis Country- 

Again as to Edward L. Countryman. He married 
Miss Sarah A. Saylor, Sept. 8, 1896. She was a daughter of 
Joseph J. and Sarah (Miller) Saylor, who were members of 
the Millerite Church. Joseph J. died at 61; Sarah (Miller) 
Saylor at 72, in Middlecreek township. 

As to George and Mary (Countryman) Hay. This the 
George Hay who was a son of pioneer Simon Hay. Simon 
Hay, a son of George and Mary Hay, was born July 9, 1807, 
named for grandfather; he married Lydia Walker who was 
a daughter of George and Catharine (Coleman) Walker; 
their children were Matilda, who married Cyrus Bowman — 
three children born to them (2) Dennis, of Berlin, Pa., who 
married three times: Lizzie Brubaker, Susanna Meese and 
Jane Wagner. Chas. 0. Hay, a son, lives at Berlin, Pa. (3) 
Catharine married John Altfather. (4) Melissa married Wil 
liam Dickey, two children. (5) Benjamin F. Hay married 
Harriet Glessner, daughter of Henry and Lydia (Suder) 
Glessnes. Benj. F. lives at Berlin, Rfd. 1, Pa. Their children 
Ellis S., Clarence H., Benjamin K., William F. and Lydia V. 
Several of them ministers in Reformed Church. The Ellis S. 
above, married Eve Ora Walker, a daughter of Joseph Wal- 
ker, had one child. Clarence H., above, married Miss Carrie 
Lentz, a daughter of John Lentz. 

Contributed by Jonas M. Cook, Somerset, Pa. 

Mr. John E. Countryman, Rochelle, 111. 

My Dear Sir: — The name Countryman, etc. does not 
appear in Berks county. A Jacob and Henry Countryman 
are taxed inf772 in Lower SmithfieM township, Northamp- 
ton county, and Jacob and Henry Conterman in Lower 
Smiihfield township in 1785 and 1786, showing them to be 
the same. 


Oeorge Countryman had a warrant, dated Dec. 9, 
1772, for 200 acres of land in Bedford county, and a warrant 
dated June 25, 1793, for 100 acres in the same county. 

Jacob Countryman had a warrant dated Jan. 29, 1788 
for 100 acres in Bedford county, and a warrant dated Sept. 
25, 1792 for 150 acres in the same county. 

George Countryman lived in Brothers Valley town- 
ship, Bedford county. 

A Christian Countryman was taxed in Union town- 
ship, Fayette county, in 1785. Was soldier in War of 1812. 

George Countryman was a court martial man, ap- 
pointed Dec. 10, 1777, from Brothers Valley township. 

Jacob Countryman was in a company from North- 
ampton county. May 14, 1778. 

(Mrs. C. M.) Mary Owen Steinmetz. 
545 Center Avenue, Reading, Pa., Jan. 14, 1924. 

Andrew Countryman, private 6th Penn. Reg., Conti- 
nental Line, P175 Penn. Archives, 5th Series. 

(Have written to many other counties and cities for 
further information without avail. J. E. C.) 

St. James, Minn., July 3, 1923 
Mr. John E. Countryman, Rochelle, 111. 

Dear Sir: — I want to thank you for your invitation 
of the 24th ult. to attend the family reunion held in your city 
and had it come a few days sooner would have been tempted 
to accept. "However, there are more coming and hope I may 
be able to meet some of the "folks" later. 

In conversation with A. D. Countryman, at Appleton, 
this state, some time ago, he informed me that one of the 
Countrymans at Rochelle had traced the genealogy of the 
Countryman family and put it in book form. Could you tell 
me whether I can get a copy? 

'■' Father's name was John G., and he was the son of 

William, who emigrated from Pennsylvania to near Mon- 

Again thanking you for your kind invitation I am 

Yours very truly, 
(Died Aug. 19, 1923) A. G. Countryman. 


Peter Countryman, Pobably the Son of George, a Descend- 
ant of Henry or Andrew, Who Emigrated from 
New York After 1738. 

Peter Countryman, born in Revolutionary times, was 
probably the son of Andrew, George or Jacob, Revolutionary 
soldiers, who in turn were the sons of an Andrew, whom we 
think emigrated from Ulster county. New York, to Penn- 
sylvania later than 1738, this Andrew being one of the three 
sons who came with his father, John Frederick, from the 
Lower Palatinate about 1709 to 1715. Ages of the three 
sons respectively: 6, 9, 12. The names of these three sons, 
as later history warrants it, are Conrad, probably the oldest, 
who settled in the Mohawk valley and had his first born 
son, Adam, born Jan. 21, 1719. Conrad, in 1731, with two 

A. G. Countryman, the son of John G. and Matilda 
Countryman, and the grandson of a William Countryman 
who migrated from Somerset county. Pa. to Canada near 
Montreal. John G. came to Minneapolis when 19 years old, 

later wed a Miss Matilda . Issue: A. G. and two sisters, 

a Mrs. Luella Erickson. now in California, and a Mrs. George 
Teithworth, of Minneapolis. 

A. G. Countryman was born in Minneapolis, Minn., 
Aug. 14. 1879. and died at St. James. Minn.. Aug. 19, 1823. 
He wed Jennie Knott, Feb. 6, 1904. Issue: one son, Gordon. 
He came to St. James in 1900 and worked in the Omaha rail- 
road offices until 1914, when he was chosen Deputy Co. Au- 
ditor. He was elected County Auditor of Watonwon county 
two successive terms, which office he held at time of death. 
He was a man of musica' repute and his services were much 
sought and freely given. 

Frater.nally he was a Mason and a member of the 
Knights Templer and Shrine orders. He also belonged to 
the Odd ellows, the M. B. A., the E. F. U. and the Royal Ar- ' 
canium lodges. (Presume his grandfather was the William 
Countryman previously mentioned as a Justice of the Peace 
in Somerset county in 1845. J. E. C.) 


other men, secured a land grant from George II of England, 
of 2000 acres of land, then Tryon county, now Montgomery 
county, N. Y. In 1738 the i-ecords at Kingston, Ulster coun- 
ty, N. Y., show an Andraes and Henry Conterman were pri- 
vates in Capt. Daniel Broadhead's Co. of Foot Militia. We 
have no later record of their living or dying in New York, so 
we naturally conclude they must have emigrated to some 
other state or states— Andrew to Pennsylvania, and Henry 
to Maryland, later to Virginia, where we find a Henry as a 
Revolutionary soldier. 

The perpetuation of the family name with our early 
ancestors seemed a religious duty, so these may, and proba- 
bly were the grandsons of the reputed John Frederick. Af- 
ter personal search and much correspondence, I find no tra- 
ditional or tangible Countryman records in this country that 
antedates these here given. Shall consider this record best 
until some other given is evidently better. 

Peter Countryman Descendants. 

Peter Countryman and Rosanna, his wife, lived and 
died in Somerset county. Pa. Their children were: David, 
the eldest, a bachelor, born in Pennsylvania, emigrated to 
Wisconsin, owned a farm, and died thei"e ; Jacob, Peter, 
Mary, George, Christian, John, Alexander and Isaac, the last 
two lived and died in Pennsylvania. John was living on the 
homestead farm near Somerset in 1871. 

Jacob Countryman was born in Somerset county, Pa. 
Sept. 6, 1806, and his wife, Lydia Freedline, Nov. 1810. This 
couple moved by covered wagon to Ashland county, Ohio, 
about 1842, and later moved to Wyandot county, Ohio. He 
died in DeKalb county, Indiana, April 12, 1873 ; his wife died 
Sept. 2, 1868, both buried in the Newville cemetery. To this 
couple were born eight children : Ludwick, Peter, Elizabeth, 
Wilson, Catharine, Frank, William, Alvira. 

Ludwick was born in Pennsylvania, in 1832 and was 
a Civil War veteran, 44th Ind. Died in 1903. He had two 
sons and one daughter, Charles and Pearl. One son died in 


Peter, veteran of the Civil War. 44th Ind., a son of 
Jacob, had five sons and three daughters: Fred, Butler, Ind., 
married Martha J. Grust. No children. She died in 1923. 

Austen wed Mary Gunsenhouser, had one son, Ivin, 
who died Sept. 21, 1888 at age of five years. 

Emma wed Wm. Baron. Issue: a daughter, Mabel, 
born in 1887, died 1906, and a son, Clarance, who married 
Nettie Cooley, Sept. 7, 1912 and have one son. 

Willis, Butler, Ohio. 1st wife, Emily Russell. No 
children. 2nd wife, Iva . No children. 

Allen, Hicksville, Ohio. Wed Minnie Christoffel. Is- 
sue, Glen. Wed Mary Scranton, Nov. 28, 1916. One daugh- 
ter. Kenneth wed Maud Lindsay, Oct. 12, 1918, have two 
girls. LaVera, wed Loren Carey, Aug. 7, 1920, have one son. 
Edna, wed Donald Miller, Aug. 7, 1920, have one daughter. 

Lillie, Portland, Oregon. Wed Cover. Issue: 

two sons and a daughter. Lloyd is married and has two sons 
and a daughter. Allen and Edith, both single. 

Alta, deceased. Wed Samuel Moore. Issue: Forest, 
Geneva, Lotis. 2nd marriage to L. D. Hart. Issue, Earl, 
Pearl, Lillie, May and Russell. Forest Moore wed Mildred 
Galloway, Sept. 14, 1921, no children. Geneva Moore wed 
George Lord, Feb. 10, 1921; issue: Helen Louise, born Feb. 
26. 1922, and one son, Charles Austen, born Oct. 15, 1923. 
Earl and Pearl Hart are twins. Pearl wed Amos Curtiss, 
October 21, 1922. 

Ora. Married Ida Howell, (deceased), Dec. 1901. Is- 
sue: a daughter, Bernice, who wed Ralph Beerbower in 1921 
and has a son. 2nd marriage to Ethel Hughs in 1912. No 

Elizabeth Countryman, daughter of Jacob and Lydia 
Countryman, born in Pennsylvania in 1836. Wed Amos 
Young. Issue: one son and two daughters. She died April 
21, 1865. 

Willson. son of Jacob Countryman. No children. 

Catharine Countryman, daughter of Jacob, born in 
Pennsylvania. Wed Ervin Yarnell. Issue: Willis and Harry. 
This family moved to Des Moines, la. 


Frank Countryman, son of Jacob, born in Pennsyl- 
vania. Moved from Ohio to Hood River, Wash. 

William Countyman, Hicksville, Ohio, son of Jacob 
and Lydia Countryman, was born in Wyandot county, Ohio, 
Feb. 9, 1854. He wed Pauline Smith, Aug. 21, 1877. Issue: 
Carl A., born Dec. 13, 1880. He married Jean Mallahan, Sep- 
tember 1, 1903, and have two children: Lucile, born April 
19, 1906, and Marjorie, born Jan. 23, 1918. Kenneth W., 
born Sept. 25, 1889. He married Blanche Andrews, June 15, 
1914. Issue: Betty A., born Nov. 15, 1914 ; Louise, born June 
3, 1917, and Leota Edna, born Nov. 3, 1918. Carl lives at Ft. 
Wayne, Ind. Kenneth at Coldwater, Mich. 

Frances Alvira Countryman, daughter of Jacob and 
Lydia Freedline Countryman, of Somerset county. Pa., was 
born Aug. 31, 1855, died June 5, 1881. Wed Alonzo Thomp- 
son. Issue: Chas. R., an attorney, Detroit, Mich.; Owen E., 
Aarchie G. and Minnie, who wed a Mr. Miller. Owen lives at 
Hudson, Mich., Rfd. 4. 

Peter Countryman, Jr., son of Peter and Rosanna 
Countryman, was born in Somerset county, Pa., Sept. 18, 
1808. Was married Feb. 11, 1830. In 1840 he moved his 
family and effects by wagon to Shanesville, Ohio. Again in 
1844 he emigrated to Douds Leando, Van Buren county, la., 
living there until his death, April 26, 1867. In this family 
were eleven children, seven sons and four daughters: Jo- 
siah, Eliza, Anna, Amos, Sarah, Lucy, Michael and William, 
twins; George W., Frank and Noah. 

Josiah Countryman, eldest son of Peter Countryman, 
Jr., was born near Somerset, Pa., March 23, 1831. He wed 
Mrs. Rachel Stevens. Had nine children: Emma, Minnie, 
John v., Lillie, Bertha, Earnest, Edward (killed on railroad 

Dec. 19, 1896), and Grace. Emma wed — Lewis. Issue: 

Velma, Josaphine, Bessie, William, Agusta, Winafried and 
Elmer. Minnie, 1st marriage to Mr. Miller. Issue: Lester. 
2nd marriage to Mr. Snyder. Issue: Grace, Charlotte and 
Hoover. Grace Snyder wed Geo. Jones, in Camp Cody. Is- 
sue: Mary, born in 1919; Lester, born in 1920, and Doma 
Charlotte, born in 1922. Lillie Countryman wed Mr. Par- 
son. Issue: John L., Mildred, Campbell, Robert, Foi-est. 


John V. Countryman, son of Josiah, boi-n Jan. 7, 
1872, wed Miss Rhoda Gabelman, Jan. 29, 1909. Issue: four 
children: Irma Viola, John Kenneth, Vera Evelyn and Gra- 
tia loia. Bertha wed a Mr. Stewart. Issue: Josiah, Maurice, 
Helen and Mollis. 

Earnest Countryman, son of Josiah, born June 27, 
1882, wed Fairy Johnson. Children: Marjorie Lucille, born 
in 1907, and Thorton Burdette, born in 1911. 

Grace Countryman, youngest daughter of Josiah 
Countryman, wed a Mr. Jamison. Issue: Opal, Gibbs, Paula, 
Orton and Francis. 

Eliza, eldest daughter of Peter Countryman, wed Ad- 
dison Kerr. 

Anna Countryman, daughter of Peter, died in Ohio, 
aged five years. 

Amos Countryman, son of Peter, died in Iowa, at the 
age of eight years. 

Sarah Ann Countryman, daughter of Peter, wed 
James Ferrell. Issue: Emeline, William and Katy, all dead. 

Lucy Countryman, youngest daughter of Peter, wed 
John Boyd. Issue: Samuel, of Gardner, Kansas; James, of 
Fairfield, la., and Clara, of Libbertyville, la. Mrs. Boyd still 
living in 1925. 

Michael Countryman, son of Peter, born in VanBuren 
county, Iowa, wed Martha Morrow. Issue: Cora, Oliver and 
Ida. Oliver was in Regular Army, Spanish-American and 
World Wars. 

William Countryman, a twin of Michael, and son of 
Peter, was a bachelor and a well-to-do farmer in Iowa. Died 
at Libbertyville, Iowa, and i.s buried in Zion Lutheran cem- 
etery, where his parents, brothers and sisters are buried. 

George W. Countryman, son of Peter, was born in 
Iowa. Wed Leanna Chalfant. Issue: Charles, was musician 
in Spanish-American War, now in Salt Lake, Utah ; George, 
an undertaker at New London, Iowa; Nellie, wed Fred Spell- 
man, and Jessie, living in California. George W. and wife 
in 1925 were living at Glendale, Calif. 


Franklin Countryman, son of Peter, born in VanBur- 
en county, Iowa, married Harriet Prince. Has one son, Leon- 

Noah Countryman, youngest son of Peter, wed Clara 
Stearns. Children: Frederick, Estella, Weltha, John Fre- 
mont, Jay and Clyde. The eleven children of Peter Coun- 
tryman are all dead now, 1925, except Lucy, George W. and 

George Countryman, son of Peter and Rosanna Coun- 
tryman, wa shorn in Somerset county. Pa., in 1815, and came 
to Ashland county, Ohio, in 1850, and worked for his both- 
er. Christian, two or three years, and then settled on and 
cleared a farm of 100 acres in Defiance county, Ohio. He 
wed Clara Sash, of Ft. Wayne, Ind. Issue: three children: 
Andrew J., Nancy A. and Walter, who died in infancy. An- 
drew J. is a bachelor living in DeKalb county, Ind. Nancy 
wed a Mr. Davis. Issue : four children, Stanley, Ethel, Dale 
and Vaughn. The last two were in World War. Stanley is 
married and lives on his uncle, A. J's farm. Andrew J., born 
Dec. 25, 1860. George, the father, died in 1887. 

Christian Countryman, son of Peter and Rosanna 
Countryman, was born in Somerset county, Penn., Jan. 6, 
1817. Wed Barbara Kline, of the same county, in 1840 or 41. 
Issue : Elizabeth C. Snyder, born in Pennsylvania, March 18, 
1842; Jacob, born in Ohio, Nov. 23, 1845; Nancy C. Davis, 
born in Ohio, Dec. 3, 1847; Peter Countryman, born Jan. 10, 
1849 ; Anna M. Countryman Hart, born Feb. 10, 1851 ; Mary 
E. Countryman Tilton, born April 30, 1853; Sarah Jane 
Countryman Johnson, born Sept. 30, 1855; Lydia Country- 
man Metzer, born Aug. 18, 1861. Anna M. Hart, Mary Til- 
ton and Lydia Metzer living, 1924. 

Christian Countryman, with wife and one child, Eliz- 
abeth, came from Somerset county, Pa., to Ohio, in a cov- 
ered wagon, hauling his entire outfit. About 1843 he bought 
a 160 acre wooded farm, six miles east of Ashland, Ohio, at 
$7.00 per acre. This land he cleared, made a home to 1903, 
when he died at the ripe age of 86 years. Mr. and Mrs. Coun- 
tryman were faithful members of the Lutheran church and 


always talked German. His politics, Republican, and was 
school director and assessor several years. 

Peter Countryman, son of Christian and Barbara 
Countryman, was born Jan. 10, 1849, in Perry township, 
Ashland county, Ohio, and was married to Celena Myers, 
also of Ashland county, Feb. 12, 1870. To this union were 
born two children, Preston Elsworth, born July 13, 1871, and 
Perry S.mon, born Jan. 3, 1875, both born in Ashland, Ohio. 
Perry Simon Countryman died Sept. 5, 1893, death caused 
by kick from a horse. 

Peter Countryman was born and reared and spent 
his entire life in Ashland county, Ohio. Both Mr. and Mrs. 
Countryman united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in 
early childhood. Politics, Republican. Mr. and Mrs. Coun- 
tryman spent the early part of their life on the farm, later 
moving to the village of Jeromeville, where they lived until 
the time of his death, April 13, 1924, from a paryletic stroke 
April 1, 1923. He was confined to his bed one year, a very 
patient sufiferer. Mrs. Countryman, his wife, still resides in 

Preston Elsworth Countryman was married to Emma 
Ellen Scott, Dec. 12, 1893. Both were of Ashland county, O. 
To this union were born four children, all of whom, are living 
except the youngest, a son, born August 27, 1908, who died 
in infancy. 

The eldest sen, Guy Countryman, was born 
Jan. 27, 1895. Miss Frieda Arminda Countryman, born Oc- 
tober 1, 1896. He'en Gould Countryman, born Feb. 4, 1900. 

Guy A. Countryman was a student in college at Ohio 
State University, Columbus, Ohio, when he enlisted foi- 
nava! service in the World War in May, 1917, and was called 
into service Jan. 21, 1918. to the Great Lakes Training Sta- 
tion, Chicago, ir. He was in government service there eight 
months. From there he was sent to Dunwoody Institute at 
Minneapolis, Minn., where he passed his examination and 
was ready to go overseas when the Armistice was signed. 
He then returned home and has since been employed in the 
Elite Mfg. Co. He was married to Miss Helen Lucile Whar- 
ton, Nov. 5, 1921. To this union one child has been born, a 


daughter. Jeane Rosalyn, May 26, 1923. She was christened 
in the Methodist Episcopal Church April 8, 1924. Both par- 
ents united with the M. E. church in childhood. Politically 
they are members of the Republican party. 

Miss Frieda A. Countryman was a student in the 
Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, two years, tak- 
ing a course in vocal and dramatics, and received her B. M. 
degree at Ashland College, June 1922. She was married to 
Emory Duncan Johnson, of Springfield, Mass., June 14, 1923, 
and is living in Pittsburgh, Pa. Both united with the church 
in early childhood, he an Episcopalian and she a Methodist. 
He is a member of the Masonic lodge, and she of the Eastern 
Star, and are identified in the Republican party politically. 

Miss Helen Gould Countryman graduated from Ohio 
State University, receiving & B. S. degree June 12, 1923. At 
present she is teaching English in the Ashland High School 
and is living with her parents at 903 Center St., Ashland, 0. 
She is also a member of the National A. A. Sorority. She 
united with the M. E. church in early childhood, and is a 
member of Kappa Phi. 

Mr. and Mrs. P. E. Countryman have lived in Ash- 
land all of their married life except four years which were 
spent en his father's farm, eight miles east of Ashland. 

In the year of 1905, Mr. Preston Countryman entered 
into a partnership of manufacturing business known as the 
Elite Mfg. Co., manufacturers of automobile jacks and sup- 
plies, also scaff'old brackets for carpenters, of which he is 
still an active member. Both Mr. and Mrs. Countryman have 
been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church since early 
childhood. Mr. Countryman is a member of the Masonic 
lodge and Mrs. Countryman an Eastern Star. 

We have been looking forward to the time when we 
could have a history of the Countryman family, so we shall 
most rertainly want a copy when they are finished. 

Anna Countryman Hart, daughter of Chri.^tian and 
Barbara Countryman, was born Feb. 10, 1851 ; married John 
S. Hart. Issue: Ulysses Grant, Altha Barbara Cole, Ann 
Arbor, Mich., Rfd. 6; Addie Alice Lower, Hicksville, Ohio; 


Charles Welson Hart, Warren, Ohio; Mary Margai'et Mae 
Bevington, Hicksville, Ohio; John Sherman Hart, Hicksville, 
Ohio; Elizabeth Bertha Jane Turner, Detroit, Mich.; Lydia 
Frances Laverne Lybarger, Hicksville, Ohio; Jessie lona 
Cromley, Hicksville, Ohio; Lelah Irene. Parents lived to 
celebrate golden wedding. Mrs. Hart living, Jan. 1925. 

Sarah Jane Countryman, daughter of Christian and 
Barbara Countryman, born in Ashland county, Ohio, Sept. 
30, 1855; married G. W. Johnson, March 28, 1878. Issue: 
Vera M. Johnson, born March 29, 1885, 6 a. m., in Defiance 
county, Ohio, married LeRoy Seely, at Defiance, Ohio. Issue : 
Anabel, born Dec. 8, 1913, Defiance, 0. Mrs. Countryman 
deceased. Father lives with daughter, Mrs. Seely, at Hicks- 
ville, Ohio., Jan. 1925. Mr. Seely has a bakery. 

John Countryman, Vol. Ill, P. 1094, 6th Series, Penn- 
sylvania Archives, Malitia Rolls 1783-1790, Philadelphia 
City. Private John Countryman : 

"Philadelphia, Penn. First U. S. Census 1790. John 
Countryman, males over sixteen, 3 ; females over sixteen, 2" 

John Countryman, a baker in Philadelphia, died about 
1810. John Countryman, we believe, was the son of Andrew, 
who we think moved to Pennsylvania from Ulster county. 
New York, after 1738. This Andrew, the son of John Fred- 
erick, who came with the Palatines to Ulster county about 
1709 to 15. Conrad, a brother of Andrew, settled in the Mo- 
hawk valley where his first son was born Jan. 20, 1719. A 
brother, Henry, settled in Maryland, later than 1738, whose 
son we believe was the Henry Countryman, a Revolutionary 
soldier in Virginia. The John Countryman above mentioned 
died Aug. 9, 1811. His wife, Ann, died Sept. 14, 1811. 

Christopher, son of John, wed Elizabeth Stiner, May 
11, 1809. Children: John, born 1810; Mary Ann, 1813; Em- 
ily, 1815; William, 1817; George, 1820; Catharine, 1823; 
Joseph, 1827. Mary Ann married Edward Parks in 1832. 
Second marriage to Isaac Lower. Joseph, son of Christo- 
pher, wed Jane McHenry. John wed Mary Davis, Nov. 24, 
1833. Emily wed John Smith, F'eb. 1834. George W. wed 


Margaret Goodman, Aug. 27, 1856. Elizabeth, daughter of 
George and Margaret, born 1858. Wm. Countryman, son of 
Christopher, wed Maria WilHamson. Issue : three sons, Wil- 
Ham, George and Charles. 

Joseph Countryman, son of Joseph, son of Christo- 
pher, now of 1725 Ferry Ave., Camden, N. J., was born Jan. 
18, 1863, 'and his wife, Annie Maria Hoover, was born 1868. 
Children: Joseph, who wed Jennie Barkly Johnson, Sept. 
1911 ; Issue: Matilda Ehzabeth, born May 7, 1913, and Leroy 
Joseph, born April 10, 1919. Matilda Countryman, daughter 
of Joseph and Annie Maria Countryman, born in Camden, 
N. J., May 10, 1891, was married to Ensign John Rowland 
Bairstow, June 16, 1915. Mr. Bairstow served the U. S. a 
year before the World War in carrying supplies to the allies. 
When the U. S. went into the war they took over the vessel 
in the navy and he served as lieutenant until September fol- 
lowing the Armistice. Is now chief engineer on boat running 
between Boston, New York and all ports on Pacific coast. 
Christopher was a soldier in War of 1812. 

Christopher Countryman married Elizabeth Steiner, 
May 11, 1809. The marriage ceremony was performed by 
Rev. Samuel Helffenstein, of the German Reformed Congre- 
gational Church, Philadelphia. Christopher Countryman 
was born Aug. 23, 1787, and died Feb. 14, 1828. His wife, 
Elizabeth Steiner Countryman, was born July 24, 1793 and 
died Jan. 17, 1867, in Philadelphia. 

George W. Countryman was one of the sons of Chris- 
topher and Elizabeth Countryman. George was born in Phil- 
adelphia, Feb. 29, 1820, and died July 12, 1870, in Philadel- 
phia. George W. Countryman was married to Margaret 
Goodsman on August 27, 1856. The marriage was perform- 
ed by the Rev. G. Washington Jerman. Margaret Goodsman 
Countryman was born May 22, 1833, in Scotland, and died 
Aug. 27, 1869, in Philadelphia. 

George and Margaret Goodsman Countryman had 
three children: Elizabeth Marion, Mary Ann and Robt. Ear- 
ner. Elizabeth Marion Countryman was born in Philadel- 
phia, Jan. 19, 1858. Mary Ann Countryman was born in 


Philadelphia. Sept. 15, 1861. Robert Harmer Countryman 
was born in Philadelphia, Sept. 11, 1864. 

George G. Thurgaland was married to Mary Ann 
Countryman March 7, 1882. The marriage ceremony was 
performed by Rev. Herman L. Duhring, Rector of the All 
Saints Church, Philadelphia. There were two children born 
to them, both in Philadelphia. Mabel Grace Thurgaland was 
born Oct. 22, 1882. Mary Rose Thurgaland was born Jan. 
14, 1888 and died Aug. 20, 1888. 

Mary Ann Countryman Thurgaland died Jan. 14, 
1888, in Philadelphia. Her husband, George G. Thurgaland, 
died Julq 1, 1892, in Philadelphia. 

Family of George G. Thurgaland and ]Mary Ann Country- 
man Thurgaland. 

Mabel Grace Thurgaland, daughter of George G. 
Thurgaland and Mary Ann Countryman Thurgaland, was 
born in Philadelphia, Oct. 22, 1882. She was married to Wil- 
liam Daniel Hearn, in Vallejo, Calif., Sept. 18, 1907. The 
marriage ceremony was performed by Rev. Theodore Burn- 
ham, of the First Presbyterian Church. 

Jeunevieve Roberta Hearn, daughter of Mabel G. 
Thurgaland Hearn and William D. Hearn, was born in San 
Francisco. Calif. June 24, 1908. Now resides in Vallejo, 
Calif. William D. Hearn was born March 22. 1884, in Val- 
lejo, Calif., and died Sept. 13, 1911, in San Francisco. 

Mabel Grace Hearn was married the second time to 
George Edward McGill, June 4, 1917, at Modesta, Calif. 
There are no children of this second marriage. George Ed- 
ward McGill was born Sept. 14, 1874, in Vallejo, Calif. 

Mrs. George Edward McGill and his wife, Mabel G., 
are residents of Vallejo, Calif. Jeunevieve Roberta Hearn is 
also a resident of Vallejo. 

Robert Harmer was born Sept. 11, 1864. He married 
Jennie A. McWilliams, June 26, 1889. The ceremony was 
performed by Rev. C. V. Anthony, of the Methodist Episco- 


pal Church, of San Francisco. His wife, Jennie A. Country- 
man, was born in San Francisco, Oct. 2, 1865. 

There were two children born, both sons, to Robert 
Harmer and Jennie A. Both were born in San Francisco. 

Harmer William was born March 20, 1890. He mar- 
ried Nellie Jane Leavitt, July 1, 1916. There are no children 
of the marriage of Harmer and Nellie. Harmer and Nellie 
were married by Rev. Charles F. Bazata, of Howard Presby- 
terian Church, San Francisco. 

The second son of Robert and Jennie was named 
Ralph Harrison Countryman, and was born Sept. 25, 1893. 
He married Grace Elizabeth March, in San Francisco, June 
8, 1918. The marriage cei-emony was performed by Rev. 
Thomas P. Boyd, Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of 
San Francisco. There were two children born of this mar- 
riage of Ralph and Grace ; one a son, named Robert Harmer 
Countryman II, born April 5, 1919, in San Francisco. The 
other child, a daughter, named Barbara Jane Countryman, 
born at Camp Lee, Virginia, Nov. 11, 1920. Both are living 
in San Francisco. 

Ralph Harrison Countryman was drowned near the 
Point of Rocks in the Appomatox River, Virginia, on Dec. 
4, 1920, in the line of duty while serving as a Captain in the 
62d U. S. Infantry, then stationed at Camp Lee, Virginia. 

Robert Harmer Countryman received the degree of 
L. L. B., Class of '88, University of California. He has al- 
ways practiced his profession in San Francisco. He is also 
a member of the Oregon State Bar and American Bar As- 
sociation. Was delegate from California to Republican Na- 
tional Convention at Chicago, 1904. In 1909 a candidate for 
Mayor of San Francisco. 

Harmer William Countryman graduated from the 
Agricultural Department of the University of Colifornia in 
the class of 1916. He is farming in Monterey county, Calif. 

Ralph Harrison Counti-yman was a member of the 
Class of 1919, University of California. He was commission- 
ed as 2d Lieutenant, and as 1st Lieutenant and as Captain 


in the United States Army. 

Robert Harmer Countryman, 
Oct. 21, 1924 San Francisco, Calif. 

718 Harrison Ave., Canon City, Colo. 
Mr. John E. Countryman, Rochelle, 111. 

Dear Sir: — I received your letter some time ago but 
have been too busy to give it proper attention. Regarding 
my family history will say that I can not give you as much 
of it as I wish I could, as my father's parents both died when 
he was small. To begin with, his gi-and-father came from 
Germany and settled in Pennsylvania. I don't know his 
name or any of the family history. His son, Peter, married 
Matilda Ames, a sister of Oakes Ames and Baker Ames, and 
moved to Ingham county, Michigan. Unto them the follow- 
ing children were born: Margaret Shipley, now 86, Ft. 
Wayne, Ind., Rachel, Jacob, Joseph, Isaac, Daniel and Peter. 
Peter died in infancy. Joseph, Isaac and Daniel served in 
the Civil War. Joseph was killed at the battle of Fredericks- 
burg. Isaac received his death wound at Shiloh and died 
some time afterwards. Daniel, my father, served in the 
Michigan 9th, and was discharged on account of physical 
disability, and re-entered in the Michigan 28th and served 
till the close of the war. He married Evlyn Clark, Sept. 1870 
and unto them were born the following children : Daniel 
Luther, now of Nampa, Idaho ; Eliza M. Snyder, of Bonners 
Ferry, Idaho; Baker A., Canon City, Colo; Thomas F. Spok- 
anne, Wash.; Mrs. Harriett E. Lindberg, Bonners Ferry, 
Idaho, and William T. S., of Maple Hill, Kansas. Also George 
Edward, who died in infancy. Daniel Luther has two boys, 
Lloyd A. and Merton. Mrs. Linberg has one girl, Evlyn. 
And I have one girl, Mary Lenora. Thomas F., has one girl, 
Mary Catherine. My brother, Thomas, is a lawyer. William 
is a druggist. Daniel L. is a farmer, and I am a physician 
and proprietor of The American Drug Co., Canon City, Col. 
None of us served in the wars, however, Lloyd was in train- 
ing at Manhattan, Kansas, for .some itme. Daniel Country- 
man was the first white child born in Wheatland township, 
Ingham county, Michigan. B. A. Countryman 



Adam J. Condcrman 

Adam Contreman, son of Conradt 1st, was born Jan. 21, 1719. 
His son, Hannes, later John Adam, was born Feb. 13, 1748, and his 
son, Adam J., was born in Herkimer county, N. Y., Jan. 31, 1784, and 
died in the town of Fremont, Steuben county, N. Y., Oct. 27, 1870. 
He served as aid-d-camp to General Winfield Scott in the memox-able 
battle of Lundy Lane. After the war of 1812-14 he followed the occu- 
pation of blacksmith, at Pages Corners, in the town of Warren, Her- 
kimer county, N. Y. In 1835 he migrated with his family to what was 
then known as the town of Howard, now Fremont, Steuben county, 
N. Y. He married Elizabeth Brunner, of Stark, Herkimer county, 
New York. Their sons' names were: Abram, David, John D., Caleb, 
and Hiram, all of whom spent energetic and prosperous lives in Steu- 
ben county, N. Y. 



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David Conderman. 

David Conderman began his married life on a farm located on 
what was known as Dutch Street, in the town of Fremont, Steuben 
county, N. Y., where he resided for several years and was one of the 
colony of Condermans who lived on Dutch Street and nearby territory. 
He subsequently left the farm and moved to Hornelisville, where he 
established a wagon factory, which he conducted for many years. The 
products of his factory are in sonrj instances in use today. They rep- 
resented the highest type of workmanship of those days, being excep- 
tionally durable and well built. He was an excei^tional fine salesman 
and dealer and as a result he accummulated considerable property, own 
ing at the time of his death several fine business blocks as well as 
houses and farms in this section. Some years prior to his death he 
|)ecame interested in farm lands in Iowa, near Oelwein. and died pos- 
sessed of about $50,000 worth of Iowa farms. He was one of the rep- 
resentative citizens of his day- a Rei)ublican in politics, and an at- 
tendant of the Baptist church. 



John D. Conderman 


John D. Conderman, son of Adam J., was born in the town of 
Warren, Herkimer county, N. Y., Sept. 30, 1820. With his father he 
moved to Fremont, Steuben county, N. Y., in 1835 He married Aseneth 
Spaulding-, of the town of Howard, and bought some land and built a 
log house and started housekeeping in the town of Fremont, where he 
resided until 1874, when he moved to Hornell, N. Y., where his latter 
years were spent. He died July 17, 1890, at the ripe age of 93 years, 
leaving a widow, who survived him nearly 30 years. By his industry 
and frugality he secured title to over one thousand acres of the coun- 
ty's best land and gave to each of his four sons a farm of 150 acres 
when having arrived at maturity. In his earlier years he was a drover, 
combining it with farming. He was a lover of fine stock — especially 
horses, of which he always had fine specimens and were his cherished 
hobbies. In politics — a Democrat. He belonged to no fraternal or 
church organization. Was a great lover of nature and recognized her 
laws immutable govering all things present and in the future. Was a 
humanitarian in the broadest sense, expecting his future would be the 
common lot of man. 



Caleb Conderman 

Was born in Minden township, Montgomerv county, New York, 
Feb. 1, 182-]. Died July 20, 1898 Married Sally" Ann MuUholiand in 
1815. Mother was born March 16, 1821, and died Aug. 28, 1888. Both 
are buried at Hornell, Steuben county, N. Y., where they had lived for 
many years, raising a family of five children: Elizabeth A. Bradley, 
Emma S. Lattimei, Rodaska F. Chapin, Jay G. Conderman and Wit- 
her R. Conderman, deceased, of Hornell, N. Y. Grandfather Adam J. 
Contreman and family, with his father, John A. and mother, who were 
very old, moved from Minden, N. Y. about 1830 to Steuben county, 
N. Y., locating on a farm on Dutch Street, a country road in Fremont 
township, starting a blacksmith shop, which trade our father followed 
on his own farm near by. Afterwards moving to Hornellsville (now 
Hornell, N. Y.) a few miles away, where he continued his trade and 
the manufacture of wagons and carriages, accumulating other prop- 
erty. As age came on he transferred his business to his son, Wilber 
R. Conderman, and did not engage in any active business thereafter. 

Note.— The original name Contreman did not change to Conder- 
man m my grandfather, Adam J's, family until after one of his daugh- 
ter's death m 1830, as evidenced bv a headstone at her grave in the 
Dutch Street cemetery. Fremont, N. Y., where also he and his father, 
John A., are buried 



Jay G. Conderman 

Was born at Hornell, Steuben county, N. Y., April 16, 1859. 
Married Julia Long, deceased. She had one son, Julian Caleb Conder- 
man, of Detroit, Mich., born Oct. 30, 1893. Jay G. was taught part of 
the wagon and carriage trade. In 1881 he went to Michigan and enter- 
ed into the manufacture of shingles, afterwards following the lumber 
business in its various forms in Michigan, Oregon, Minnesota. Wiscon- 
sin and Indiana, until about June 8, 1897, when he married Alice M. 
Bloom, going soon after into the making of wire jewelry at retail, in 
1900 he presented the first knock-down transportable Conderman pleas- 
ure wheel (Ferris wheel), following the state and county fairs and 
carnivals during the summer and fall season throughout the United 
States and Canada. Manufacturing at Hornell, N. Y. with his broth- 
er Wilber R., deceased, and selling the manufactured product through- 
out the world, he living at Troy, Bradford county, Pa . When the fair 
and carnival business got to be non-respectable, he gave it up, going 
t oChicago in 1908 to live. He built and managed the fourth out of the 
loop theater. The Julian. He was one of three to organize the Lake 
View State Bank, Clark and Belmont, Ave., one of the first outlying 
banks in Chicago, a very successful institution. Next he built the 



first exclusive Julian Bachelor Apartment Hotel in the city, which he 
managed to the present time at 924 Belmont Ave. He and his wife, 
Alice M., who died Feb. 3, 1922, interested themselves in the genealogy 
of the Contreman family and its many orthographical changes of the 
name from 1707 up to the present time. 

Jacob J. Conderman and Sister, Katy. 

Jacob J. Conderman, a grandson of Adam, the eldest son of 
Conradt 1st, and the youngest son of (Hannes) John Adam and Cath- 
erme Horning Conderman, was born in Minden, Montgomery county, 
N. Y., June 4, 1805. Married Lydia Ann Maydole, Oct. 14, 1831 To 
this union three children were born: Elias W., Juliet and Ruth Ann. 
Moved to Illinois, arriving at Amboy, May 3, 1850, coming via from 
Hask.nsville, N. Y. to Buffalo, thence by lake to Detroit, across Mich- 
igan by railroad to New Buffalo, again by boat across Lake Michigan 
o Chicago thence by canal to Peru, HI., then by team to what was 
then B.nghampton, Lee county, 111., later settling in Marion township, 



Elias W. Conderman 

Elias W. Conderman, great grandson of Adam, of Conradt 1st, 
and son of Jacob J. and Lydia Ann Maydole Conderman, was born in 
New York State, Sept. 18, 1833. Came west from Steuben county, 
N. Y., when a boy, with his father in 1850. Taking a three day drive 
by wagon to Buffalo thence by water to Detroit, Mich., thence by rail 
to New Buffalo, crossing lake Michigan to Chicago. Then by a canal 
boat drawn by a horse, arriving at Peru, May 2, 1850, driving by 
team May 3 to Lee county, Illinois. He is a member of the L O. 0. F., 
also the Daughters of Rebekah. Is still living at Amboy, 111. He wed 
Aurelia Cadwell, Dec. 31, 1857. She died Nov. 21, 191C. Children: 
Lydia, Edwin J. and Nellie E., all living at Amboy, 111. 




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Daniel Conderman 

Daniel Conderman, great grandson of Adam, of Conrad 1st, and 
son of Solomon and Sophrona McFall Conderman, was born in How- 
ard, Steuben county, N. Y., Jan. 5, 1839. When a young man he came 
with his parents to Illinois, locating in 1860 on the farm in East Grove 
township, Lee county, where he resided until his death, Jan. 25, 1924. 
He was united in marriage April 10, 1860, to Catharine Mahala Cad- 
well, of Amboy, 111., who preceded him in death March 16, 1907. Eight 
children were born to them: Orin, who was killed in the Civil War; 
Mrs. Harriett Nelson, Mrs. Addie Colman, of Beardstown. 111.; Mrs. 
Josephene Tabor, of Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Ella Perry, of Couer de 
Alene. Idaho; Joseph Conderman, of East Grove, 111.; Albert Conder- 
man, of Amboy, 111., and Curtis Conderman, of Amboy, 111. Two 
children. Orin and Harriett, preceded him in death. 



Adam Conterman 

William Canterman 

Adam Conterman, born in Minden, Montgomery county. N. Y., 
Jan. 16, 1819, died Jan. 27, 1891. Adam was the oldest son' of John 
A. Conterman and came to West Monioe, Oswego county, with his 
father in 1830. and continued to live on the old homestead which they 
(bought, until 1870, when he sold his interest in the same to his young- 
est brother, William, and bought a farm in Hilton. I»lonroe county, 
N. Y., where he lived and died. He married for his fisrt wife, (he was 
twice married), Nancy Hoyt, of West Monroe, N. Y. To them three 
children were born: George, who is now living at 39 Pag3 St.. Roches- 
ter, N. Y.; James, who gave his life for his country in the War of the 
Rebellion, and Betsey, who married William Fuller, of Central Square, 
N. Y. (Mrs. Fuller died in 1919.) Adam married for his second wife, 
a widow lady, Mrs. Betsey Smith. To them two children were born: 
Ferney and John. John is stil Hiving on the old farm in Hilton, N. Y. 
Adam was strictly honest, industrious and thiifty and showed well the 
"Good Old Holland Stock" that was in him. 

William Conterman, the youngest son of John A. Conterman, 
was born in Minden, Montgomery county, N. Y.. May 12, 1831, died in 
Central Square, N. Y., Nov. 28, 1911. As a young man he learned the 
trade of a cooper and followed that business for a number of years, a 
part of which time was spent in New York City. In 1870 he purchas- 
ed full interest in the old homestead, upon which his father settled in 
1836 in West Monroe, Oswego county, heie he continued to live the 
greater part of his life, retiring in 1806 to live with his daughter, Ella, 
in Central Square, N. Y. In 1856 he married Hannah, daughter of 
Rev. S. W. Leonard, of West Monroe. Their children were Margaret, 
who died at the age of three years. Dr. William H. Conterman, of 
Center Square, N. Y.; Edwin Timothy Conterman, of Central Square, 
N. Y.; Ella, wife of Ben J. Shaver, of Euclid, N. Y., and Arthur, who 
died at the age of twenty-three from acute a:^pendicitis. 



Dr. Wni. n. Center 


William H. Conterman, the oldest 
son of William Conterman, was born 
in West Monroe, N. Y., Feb. 20, 1862. 
He was born on the old homestead 
upon which his grandfather settled in 
1836. His early education was ob- 
tained in the rural schools and Central 
Square Academy. At the age of six- 
teen he began teaching school and 
taught thirteen terms. At the age of 
twenty, in 1882, he decided to study 
medicine and in the spring of that 
year entered the office of Dr. N. W. 
Bates as a medical student. In Sept. 
1883, he entered Albany Medical Col- 
lege and graduated from the Medical 
Department of the University of Ver- 
mont with the class of 1886. He be- 
gan his practice in Cleveland, N. Y. in 
the spring of 1887. He built up an ex- 
tensive practice. In 1895 he decided to 
take post-graduate work in the New York Poly-clinic, finishing his 
work there, he came to Central Square (his old home town) where he 
has since resided and enjoyed an extensive and lucrative practice. 
Dr. Conterman has always taken great interest in the affairs of life. 
He is president of the Board of Education, Central Square high school 
and has been for the past twenty years. He helped to organize and 
institute the First National Bank of Central Square in 1912, which 
now has assets of over a million dollars. He is vice president and 
one of the directors. In 1921 he was chosen president of the Oswego 
County Medical Society. He has always taken an active part in "pre- 
ventative medicine." In 1919 he took a course and graduated from 
the Department of Hygiene and Sanitation. Syracuse University. He 
is now Health Officer of the Consolidated Dist. Town of Hastings and 
village of Central Square. He has been a member of the Masonic or- 
der since 1888. He is chairman of the Board of Trustees, M E church 
which he attends. April 26, 1888, he married Florence E. Beeby of 
Central Square. She was at that time a teacher in Central Square 
high school. .4s the result of this marriage, three sons were born- 
Frank, Fred and Donald. Dr. Conterman gave his sons a liberal edu- 
cation, two of them have followed in their father's footsteps and are 
practicing physicians. Dr. Frank B. Conterman, of Ilion, N Y has 
a splendid reputation throughout the Mohawk Valley. Dr Donald H 
Conterman, Buffalo General Hospital. Fred A. Conterman is a me- 
chanical engineer with the Carpenter Bus-Line, Watertown, N. Y 
In 1917, Mrs. William H. Conterman died, leaving her husband and 
her three boys to mourn her loss. The doctor has since married, to 
Mrs Char otteBourher, of Central Square, whose husband was in- 
stantly killed at a grade crossing, a lady of splendid reputation and 
a great worker in the M. E. church. 



Henry Countryman. 

Henry Countiyman was born in Montgomery county, N. Y., Au- 
gust 8, 1811, and died October 1, 1878. He married Catharine (Kate) 
Dockstater, Jan. 27, 1829. In 1844, in company with his mother, a 
bother, John; a cousin, Jacob, a Solomon (not informed as to relation- 
ship), and a family by the name of Crills, he moved to Wheeling, Cook 
county, Illinois, where he engaged in farming. They came by way of 
the Erie Canal and the lakes to Chicago. For a short time he lived 
in Iowa; Decatur, 111., thence to Wheeling, 111. He also owned a farm 
in Hoophole, 111., where he died in 1878. 

The children are: Abraham, born Nov. 30, 1830; Conrad, born 
July 20, 1933; Kate Sophia, born April 5, 1836; Philinda, born August 
27, 1839; Clarissa Lucinda, born April 10, 1842; Henry, born Nov. 6, 
1844; Daniel, born April 21, 1850; Hellen P., born Sept. 19, 1856. The 
three last named were born in Illinois. 



Abraham Countryman. 

Abraham Countryman was born Nov. 30, 1830, in Little Falls, 
N. Y., and died in Hoopole, III., Sept. 13, 1897. Married Magdelena 
Miller, May 25, 1855. He was the eldest son of Henry and Catharine 
(Dockstater) Countryman. When fourteen yeais of age he came to 
Wheeling, Cook county, Illinois, with his parents. At nineteen he 
entered upon the apprenticeship of carpenter and joiner, which trade 
he followed until 1865, when he again took up farming. In 1867 he 
moved to Hoopole, Henry county. 111., where in 1854 he had purchased 
80 acres of unimproved land. Later 80 acres were added to this. The 
children are: Anna, Frank W., Edwin, William, Adlaid and George. 



George C. Countryman. 

Born August 15, 1876, reared on a farm near Hoopole, 111. At- 
tended the country school, and by working at the trade of a carpenter 
earned enough money to pay for his education at Dixon, 111., and grad- 
uated from Marion Normal College with the degree of A. B., 1900. 
Taught Latin and Greek at Dallas College, Dallas, Oregon. Came to 
Western Union College, 1902, filling the chair of classical languages, 
and later became head of the English department. Served four years 
as county superintendent of schools of Akron, Iowa. Was elected su- 
perintendent of the city schools of Davenport, Washington. Came to 
Everett, Washington, in 1913, as teacher of agriculture and manual 
training. Is now in the English department of the Everett high school \ 
and instructor of dramatics. Graduated from Western Union College 
with degree of Ph. B. A graduate of a school of dramatics and has 
done considerable post graduate work at the State University of Iowa. 
Is president of the Actors Club and has secured much commendation 
as an actor. Married Carrie Smith, of West Milton, Ohio, and has one 
son, Winston U. Countyrman. 



Edwin Countryman. 

Edwin Countryman was born in Hoopole, 111., March 21. 1869. 
Reared on a faim, attending the district school until eighteen years 
of age. Attended the Geneseo Normal School and graduated from 
the Dixon Business College in 1890. Clerked two years in a general 
store. In 1892 took up the trade of carpenter and joiner. Feeling the 
call to preach the gospel of Christ several years were spent in Wes- 
tern Union College at LeMars, Iowa. Entered upon ministry in 1906 
and at present is serving in the Evangelical church. Married Lottie 
Goenrbel, Dec. 15, 1897. The children are: Ruth V., Lowell E., Grace 
M. and Paul D. 


Towns of Danube and Stark, Herkimer County, New York. 

On April 17, 1817, the town of Danube was taken from the town 
of Minden, Montgomery county, and annexed to Herkimer county. 
The town of Stark was formed from Danube, March 28, 1828. In these 
three townships — Minden, Danube and Stark — most all of the early 
countryman families were born, reared and died. From this section 
of Montgomery and Herkimer counties early in the nineteenth cen- 
tury they began migrating to Jefferson, Oneida, Oswego, Seneca, Ot- 
sego and Steuben counties, and later to the western states. 

East of Starkville, on the town line of Stark and Minden, is 
where John I. Countryman Sr. reared his large family. He died in 
1843, a half mile west of Stakrville. 

'■""""^ It was in the town of Stark that the families of Isaac Country- 
man, David Countryman, Elizabeth Countryman Shaul and Nancy 
Countryman Patten were born, and from here numbers of them mi- 
grated to Illinois in the early .50s and 60s. 

In District 8, (Brown's Hollow), town of Stark, is where the 
families of Isaac and David Countryman attended school and near 
here, Isaac, an 1812 soldier, is buried. 

North of Vanhornsville a couple of miles, is where the family 
of Elizabeth Countryman Shaul was born. 

From the town of Warren, west of Stark, is where Adam J. 
Conderman migrated to Steuben county, N. Y., in 1835. 

The church at Starkville, north of road, is the Evangelical Lu- 
theran church. (See church records.) South of road the M. E. church. 
Starkville was the P. 0. address of many Countrymans. 

(D) in town of Danube (west of Cem.) is where George Coun- 
tryman 2nd and George 3d reared their families. In District 8 ("Frog 
City") town of Danube, is where the eight sons of John I. Country- 
man attended school. In Loyal Creek ("G. Dingman's Gulf") is where 
they went swimming. From this district the Daniel Countryman fam- 
ily and six sons of the John I. Countryman family migrated to Illinois 
in the 50s and 60s. In this district, John E. taught three successive 
terms prior to going west in 1867. (Salary $18 to $24 per month and 
"board around.") In District 2, Danube, Alvin and John E. each taught 
one winter term. 

(983) in Dist. 8, Danube ("Oak Flats") is where Norman, Har- 
vey, Alvin, John E. — four Countryman brothers, were reared, who 
wed Elizabeth, Laura, Jennie E., Rose L.- — four Wagner sisters, born 
and reared at (864) in Dist. 7, Danube. John E., in his second mar- 
riage, wed Mrs. Mary Catharine Wagoner (nee Wagner, widow of 
W. D. Wagoner), niece of these sisters and also born and reared here. 

In Dist. 8, Danube, noted by short dotted lines west of school- 
house and by F. north of same, is where lived Christina Rice Monk 
and Katy Rice Wagner. 


C. and R., near the east line of Danube, is where Katy Margaret 
Moyer Cronkhite and Samantha Moyer Cronkhite reared their fam- 
ilies — they were daughters of Mary Countryman Moyer, a daughter 
of John I., Sr., and granddaughter of John, of Conradt 1st. 

B., near town line, indicates where Sanford Cronkhite lived. 
In Dist. 2, at Indian Castle, stands a church built for the Indians prior 
to the Revolutionary War — here lived King Hendrick and Chief Brant 
of Indian fame. In Dist. 5, Danube, was the home of Gen. Herkimer, 
of Oriskany fame, and the monument as noted on map. 

In cemetery (noted thus, X Cem.) in Minden township, are 
interred: George Countryman 2d and Georgs 3d, with several of their 
families; John I. Countryman, Sr. and wife, Elizabeth; Mary Coun- 
tryman Moyer, John Moyer and many of his family; Samantha Moyer 
Cronkhite, John I. Countryman, Jr. and wife, Nancy; Levi Country- 
man and wife, Martha, and two children; Nicholas Countryman 2d 
and wife, Elizabeth, with some children; Betsey Conterman Sneck, 
daughter of John Adam Conterman — grandson of Adam, of Conradt 
1st; Christina Rice Monk and Katy Rice Wagner, descendants of 
George, of Conradt 1st. This cemetery has an adequate fund by which 
it is well kept. This fund was inaugurated some years since by I. B. 
Ccuntryman, of Dixon, 111., youngest son of John I., Jr., making the 
first contribution of .?]00. 


John Countryman, Son of Conradt 1st. 

He was born in what was then Albany county, N. Y., latei" 
Tryon, and still later, Montgomery county and the Canojoharie Dist., 
March 2, 1736. He wed Rachael Richards, born in Stone Arabia, Oct. 
29, 1733, on March 4, 1758. Thirteen children were born to this union: 
Lea, Marg-aretha, Rachel, Dorothy, Nicholas, Catharine, Susanna, 
John, Magdalena, Maria, Abraham and Benjamin, all these grew to 
maturity except Dorothea and Benjamin. The genealogy of all these 
with the exception of John (later John I.) will be found under: Fam- 
ily Record of Johannes Conterman, in Part II, and of John I. in 
Part I. 

There is record of his owning an interest in the land patent of 
his father, with a saw mill thereon, which he sold to Abram Oathout, 
May 6, 1777. About this date he enlisted as a Revolutionary soldier, 
serving as Ensign to its close in 1783. We have record of his being 
in the battle of Oriskany, and no doubt was in other nearby engage- 
ments. We have reasons to believe he was a member of the Stone 
Arabia Lutheran church, as its records show Jthe births and baptisms 
of some cf his children prior to his death, which occurred in 1789. 
As to wheie buried we have no positive proof — would infer at Stone 
Arabia, or Sand Hill cemetery near Fort Plain. Tangible evidence in- 
dicates he was a pious man. Recent records say he died at Starkville. 

Nicholas, the oldest son of John, of Conradt, was born Feb. 2, 
1764. He wed Christina Oathout, of a family with Revolutionary rec- 
ord. Children were: John N., Betsey, Rachel, Mary, Susan, Ann and 
Nicholas, Jr. Several of these were born prior to the first U. S. cen- 
sus in 1890, as that record shows; and church records show some were 
married early in the first decade of the nineteenth century. Nicholas 
Jr. was born in 1800, probably one of the youngest, as he had nephews 
and nieces nearly his age. John N., soldier in War of 1812, wed to 

Ann and moved early with his family to Oneida county, where 

many of his descendants live and where he died and is buried at 
Stokes in that county. Rachael wed Johnathan Pickard, and a son, Sol- 
omon, was born in 1803. Betsey wed Hazard Steadman in 1806. Fan- 
ny wed Wm. Wormuth and lived in the town of Stark. Mary wed John 
Roof and reared a family of five children. Susan wed George Moyer, 
of the town of Stark, and Ann wed Jacob Shaul of the same town. 
Nicholas Jr. wed Betsey Eckler, of Stark, and reared a large family 
there. Nicholas Sr., the subject of this sketch, was a Revolutionary 
soldier. He and his two brothers, John I. and Abram, died the same 
year, 1843. Am sorry more cuts could not be secured from this family. 



Mary Countryman. 

Mary Countryman, daughter of Nicholas and Christina Oat- 
hout Countryman, and granddaughter of John, of Conradt 1st, was 
born March 7, 1793, and wed John Roof, of what is now the town of 
Stark, Herkimer county, N. Y., Oct. 15, 1814. She was the mother of 
five children, who grew to mature years and respected citizens of the 
town of Stark, viz: Christian, David, Solomon, Fanny and Mary. She 
has one surviving grandson: Cola Roof, now a resident of Stark. She 
was a member of St. James Lutheran church at Starkville. She died 
April 10, 1863, in Stark, and is buried in the Roof family plot. (More 
complete genealogy elsewhere in Part IL) 



Franklin Countryman. 

Franklin Countryman, great-grandson of Nicholas, of John, of 
Conradt 1st., born in New Haven, Conn., Sept. 23, 1849. Eldest son of 
Nicholas and Louisa (Hine) Countryman. Graduated at Yale in 1870. 
Studied theology at Yale Divinity School. Ordained and installed at 
Prospect, Conn., Mav 28, 1874. ' Pastor at Prospect, 1874-1877; at 
Gengeton, 1880-82; North Branford, 1882-1906; Stony Creek, 1900- 
1909; East Haddam, Conn., 1909-1924. Served eight years as chaplain 
of Conn. State Grange. Chaplain of Conn. House of Representatives, 
1909-1910. Delegate to National Cong. Council, 1915. Pres. War Bu- 
reau, Fuel and Food Commissioner for East Hadam. 1914-1918. Mem- 
ber of County Committee (Middlesex) of Inter Church Movement, 
1919. Moderator of Conn. State Association of Cong. Ministei-s. Was 
member also of State Committee on Rural Life. 

First marriage to Miss Mary L Pickett, of New Haven, Dec. 20, 
1870. She died Aug. 24, 1877. Second marriage to Miss Ella S. But- 
ricks, of New Haven, on Nov. 18, 1880. One child by last marriage: 
May Ella Countryman. She has written several plays for amateurs 
and a child's book, "The Curmer Club," published by Geo. W. Jacobs 
& Co., Philadelphia, Pa. She is at home, unmarried, and is at present 
organist of the East Hadam Cong. Church. 


John I. Countryman, Sr., Son of John, of Conradt 1st. 

Was born in what is now Minden, Montgomery county, N. Y., 
Feb. 12, 1768. Wed Elizabeth Hoke, of what is now the town of Stark. 
Herkimer county, N. Y., July 19, 1791. To this union were born ten 
children; names and genealogy given in Part I. All were born in what 
is now Montgomery and Herkimer counties. He was a man of fine 
physique and had the reputation as a great wrestler. He was a farmer 
and in connection with farming he operated a home still and was what 
is termed a moderate drinker. Some of his grocer accounts show his 
purchase of rum by the gallon, as well as his making alcoholic bever- 
ages for sale. 

When past middle life he was converted to Christianity, and in 
1831, when living near Starkville, the Evangelical Lutheran Church 
of that place, was organized in his house. We have a copy of the or- 
ganization and pledge of the Starkville Temperance Society organized 
Feb. 3, 1834. This society was an auxiliary to the Herkimer county 
society, and the pledge was, viz: The members of this society believ- 
ing that the use of intoxicating liquors is for persons in health, not 
only unnecessary but injurious; and that the practice is the cause of 
forming intemperate appetites and habits; and that while it is con- 
tinued, the evils of intempeance can never be prevented — do therefore, 
agree that we will not, except as a medicine in cases of bodily infirm- 
ity, use distilled, ardent spirits ourselves, or produce them for the use 
of our families, or provide them for the entertainment of our friends, 
or for persons in our employment; and that in all suitable ways we will 
discontinue the use of them in this community. 

Only heads of families signed this pledge. Among the first to 
sign we find the name of John L Countryman, followed in the list by 
three of his sons and two daughters: Isaac, John L Jr., and wife, 
Nancy; David and wife, Maria; Mary and husband, John Moyer; Nancy 
and husband, David Patten. 

His wife, Elizabeth, died Sept. 7, 1819, and he March 11, 1843. 
Both are buried in Mt. Hope cemetery. Ford's Bush, with a monu- 
ment marking their final resting place. His second marriage was to a 
Mrs. Margaret Bauder, a neighbor resident. No issue. No daguere- 
otype nor photo of him is in existence, but cuts of children and grand- 
children, with sketches, are quite in evidence. 



Isaac Countryman. 

Isaac Countryman, a grandson of John, of Conrad, and son of 
John I. and Elizabeth Hoke Countryman, was born in what is now the 
town of Stark, Herkimer county, N. Y., June 15, 1792. Wed to Delia 
Shenholds, June 25, 1812. To them were born twelve children, names 
and genealogy given in Part I. He was a soldier in 1812 War. They 
lived and reared their family at Brown's Hollow, in the town of Stark, 
where he died April 16, 1875, and where both he and his wife are bur- 
ied. He and his wife were charter members of the Starkville Evan- 
gelical Lutheran church and trustee of same. Later he withdrew his 
membership, believing denominationalism unccriptural. His Christian- 
ity no one questioned and his catholicity of spirit and his church and 
Christian fellowship included all who lived and manifested the spirit 
of Jesus Christ. He was a joyous, singing and growing christian. His 
farnily devotions, prayer meetings and church services were the meat 
and drink of his life. He died as he prayed: that he might go to sleep 
on earth and awake in heaven. His second marriage was to Harriet 
U Ulard a noble Christian lady, with whom he ever lived happily He 
was a U. S. pensioner as was his wife after him 



John Countryman. 

John Countryinan, the great grandson of John, of Conradt, and 
son of Isaac and Delia Shanholts Countryman, was born in town of 
Stark, Herkimer county, Jan. 17, 1817. Married Elizabeth Backus, of 
the same town, March 26, 1837. Moved to Poland in 1860. A carpen- 
ter by trade and served as deputy sheriff of Herkimer county two 
terms. Politics, a Republican. Died at Poland, May 26, 1877. Reared 
a family of five daughters and one son, James D., now of Poland. 
Family genealogy in Part I. 



Mary Countryman, oldest daughter of John I. and Elizabeth 
Hoke Countryman, was born in what is now the town of Stark, Her- 
kimer county, N. Y., July 14, 1794. Wed John Moyer about 1820. Six 
children were born from this union: John Jr., Betsey, Chauncey 
Spaulding, Caty Margaret, Nancy and Samantha. Genealogy of these 
is found in Part I. This couple lived and their children were born on 
Oak Flats in the town of Danube, Herkimer county. He died there in 
1843 when a little later selling the farm to John I. Countryman, Jr., a 
brother. She with her family moved to a farm west of Starkville, 
owned by her father when he died in 1843. She, an invalid for many 
years, died there July 12, 1855, and is buried in Mount Hope cemetery. 
Ford's Bush, N. Y. She and her husband were members of the Lu- 
theran church at Starkville, and of the Starkville Temperance Society. 

Caty Margaret, second daughter of John and Mary Countryman 
Moyer, was born June 4, 1828, in Danube, Herkimer county, N. Y. 
She wed James H. Cronkhite, of ths same township, Oct. 22, 184G. He 
was born Feb. 11, 1823, and died April 12, 1904. Issue: Moyer, Sarah 
E. and Elma, all born in Danube, a short distance west of Ford's Bush. 
She died Aug. 12, 1908. She and husband are buried in the cemetery 
at Fort Plain. Both were members of the Minden Lutheran church. 
She was a memiber of the Ladies Aid Society and both were members 
of Minden Grange 503. Family moved to Fort Plain in 1903. 

Moyer Cronkhite, in above cut, son of James H. and Caty Mar- 
garet Cronkhite and grandson of Mary Countryman Moyer, was born 
in Danube, Sept. 20, 1848. Wed Hattie Miller, Oct. 19, 1870, Rev. N. 
VanAlstyne performing the ceremony. Both are members of Minden 
Lutheran church since 187G. He was trustee of the church for a num- 
ber of years and town assessor and charter member of Minden Grange 
503. Present home. Fort Plain, N. Y. 



Elizabeth Countryman Shaul and son. Simon. 


Eliz.abeth Countryman 

Elizabeth Countryman, daughter of John I. and Elizabeth Hoke 
Countryman, was born in what is now the town of Stark, Herkimer 
county, N. Y., July 12, 1799. She wed John B. Shaul at the age of 
fifteen, he a first cousin, the son of Sabastian and Magdalena Coun- 
tryman Shaul. To this union were born fifteen children, nine living 
to mature years. Further genealogy found in Part I. John B., the 
father, died in the town of Stark, near Van Hornesville, Nov. 13, 1856, 
and is buried in the family lot on farm inherited from father, he be- 
ing the only son. The mother ("Aunt Betsey") came to Ogle county, 
Illinois, in 1866, her youngest son, Simon, having come in 1861. Soon 
after the mother came west they settled in Lynnville township. Later 
her daughter, Almira (Young), lived with her until her death, which 
occurred March 6, 1893. She is buried on same lot with her brothers: 
David, Daniel and Moses, in Lynnville cemetery. She was converted 
quite young and lived a very exemplary Christian life. The last dec- 
ade or more of her life it was the custom of her relatives, with some 
of her neighbors, to gather at her home July 12 to celebrate her birth- 
day. These were very joyous occasions to her and all concerned. 

Her son, Simon, who appears with her in the above cut, was 
her youngest son, born in Stark, N. Y., Jan. 19, 1840. He lived on his 
father's farm until coming west to Illinois, March 1861. For a few 
years he lived in Monroe township. Ogle county, and ran a threshing 
machine and corn sheller until establishing a home with his mother 
in Lynnville township. He never married and continued farming until 
after the death of his mother and sister, Almira, when he retired from 
active farming. He died in Rochelle from an auto accident Aug. 26, 
1918. Was a very conscientious Christian man. The above cut was 
taken when the mother was 89. Is buried on same lot with mother in 
Lynnville cemetery. The mother and son in church relations were un- 
denominational, yet attended and contributed to the Bethel M. E. 
church. He was anti secret society and a Republican up to 1884, then 
until death a Prohibitionist. 



John Oliver Shaul. 

John Oliver Shaul, whose portrait appears on this page, was 
born February 21, 1827. He was one of fifteen children of John B. 
Shaul and wife, who lived on the Shaul homestead (which dates back 
to about 1770) in the town of Stark, Herkimer county, N. Y. He re- 
mained there until 1855, when he married Hannah Springer, born July 
11, 1833, who resided in the same neighborhood. They took up their 
residence on a farm in South Columbia, two miles from Richfield 
Springs N. Y., and remained there until about 1867, when they re- 
moved to a farm near Starkville. In 1871 he moved to Amsterdam 
and engaged in the sale of organs, pianos and sewing machines, con- 
tinuing the business until his death. May 26, 1896. Mr. Shaul was a 
man of temperate habits and was respected by all who knew him. 
His widow survived him until Dec. 9, 1897. Four children were born 
to them- Emma, who married Charles Atwood, of Rockford, 111.; Phil- 
lip Dater, Lewis Fay and Newton J. Shaul. Emma Shaul died May 
30 1913 ' Phillip Dater is junior member of the Holzheimer & Shaul 
department store of Amsterdam, N. Y., one of the largest between 
Albany and Utica. Lewis Fay, dealer in musical instruments. New- 
ton J., dealer in real estate. All live in Amsterdam. 



Mr. an 1 !M-s. Ans-n Mowers. 

Delina Shaul w s tho great-granddaughter of John, of Con- 
radt, and granddaughter of John I. Countryman, Sr., and the daugh- 
ter of John B. and Elizabeth Countryman Shaul. She was born Dec. 
2G, 183G, and died at her home in Jewell county, Kansas, Nov. 20, 1913. 
She came to Llinois in !8G0 and wed Anson Mowers, March 20, 18G3, 
at Rockford. Children: Will and Libbie, both surviving their parents! 
In 1880 they moved to Kansas, locating on a farm four miles south of 
Jewell. March 18, 1913, she and her husband celebrated their golden 
wedding at the home of- their daughter, Mrs. Wm. O'Reilly, Concor- 
dia, Kan., w:th all but one of the original wedding party in attendance. 



John I. Countryman. 

John I. Countryman, grandson of John, of Conradt 1st, and son 
of John I., Sr. and Elizabeth Hoke Countryman, was born in Minden, 
Montgomery county, N. Y., now the town of Stark, Herkimer county, 
Aug. 8, 1801. He married Nancy, the oldest daughter of Capt. John 
Failing,.. Nov. 28, 1828. To this union eight sons wee born, all grow- 
ing to mature years. Genealogy of family in Part I. For further his- 
tory consult sketches with cuts in Part U. He married at the age of 
twenty-geven and had a capital of $400. For a few years he operated 
a clover and saw mill on the Otsquago creek, a mile east of Stark- 
ville. In the 30s he purchased a farm of 100 acres on "Oak Flats" in 
the town of Danube, where he moved with his wife and his older chil» 
dren. This farm on the west joined the farm of a brother-in-law, John 
Moyer, who married his oldest sister, Mary. In 1843, Mr. Moyer died, 
leaving a landed estate of 100 acres with a new dwelling house, join- 
ing Mr. Countryman's land on the east, which he bought and to which 
he moved and reared his growing family. 1 think it well to mention 
here that I was the seventh .son (John E.) and am now the only sur- 
viving one to write this sketch to insert in Part II. In the fancies of 


youth, or he, in his maturer years and mind, could neither thought 
noi- dreamed of such an occurrence. 

On this farm I was born and lived with my father twenty-two 
years, till his death, which occurred May 10, 1866. My father's edu- 
cational advantages in youth were very meager. He was small in 
stature yet possessed much native ability. As I knew him, he was 
frail in body, but of strong religious and moral convictions. Was a 
bible man of which he had much at his command and from which he 
read daily to his children in connection with the family devotions. 
He ruled his family of sons in love and tact, so their obedience and 
reverence were ever his. He was baptized when a babe in the Geis- 
enburg Lutheran Church. In 1829, he and my mother were commun- 
cants in the Lutheran church, Minden, N. Y. In 1831 the Starkville 
Evangelical Lutheran Church was organized in his father's house, of 
which he and mother were charter members. But few years lapsed, 
when they withdrew, believing that denominationalism was unscrip- 
tural and not in keeping with the prayer of Jesus that his disciples 
might be one — and the admonition of Paul warning the early church 
against divisions. He was ever a supporter of gospel preaching, and 
his house was ever open as the rendezvous for prayer meetings, which 
were very frequent and of great spiritual significance. 

He was a tetotaler and belonged to the Starkville Temperance 
Society, which required stamina at that date, (1834), when drinking 
was so common, even among the clergy. In politics, he was adverse 
to slavery, so voted with the Liberty and Free Soil parties, until 1856 
when the Republican party was organized, as against the extension 
of slavery. He lived to read Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, in 
which he greatly rejoiced. By his business acumen and integrity he 
won a ^ood name, with a comfortable competence as an inheritance 
to his appreciative family. Father, mother and their oldest son, Levi, 
have their final resting place in Mt. Hope cemetery, Minden, N. Y. 



Levi Countryman. 

Levi Countrvman, the fifth from Conradt 1st, and son of John 
I Jr. was born in the town of Stark, Aug. 30, 1829, and died Sept. 24, 
1909. Wed Martha Countryman, Oct. 11, 1854. She died at Richfield 
Springs April 20, 1914. She too, was the fifth from Conradt 1st, being 
a daughter of George 3d. They lived all their married life in the towns 
of Danube and Stark. They farmed in their earlier wedded life, later 
he butchered stock and marketed the product. Their children were 
Alvin, Charles and Cora, who died at about ten years of age, and 
Charles, who died in infancy. Early in their married life both pi-o- 
fessed Christianity, later were Christian Scientists. Died at Stark- 
ville He and his wife and two younger children are buried in Mt. 
Hope cemetery. Ford's Bush. Their only son dying without heirs 
leaves this family without any living posterity. He was a Republican 
in politics. 



Alvin Countryman. 

Alvin Countryman, the sixth from Conradt 1st, on both the 
John and George lines, and the son of Levi and Martha Countryman, 
was born in the town of Danube, Herkimer county, in the year 1857 
or 1858. His first marriage was to Alice Hoke, of the town of Stark; 
and second marriage to Florence Eaton Cook, at Starkville, in 1905. 
No issue by either marriage. He was educated in the district schools 
and early in life learned to manufacture cheese, in which art he proved 
very efficient in charge of others, as well as in the factory he owned 
at Kast Bridge, Herkimer county. Since 1911, he lived and conducted 
a 5 and 10c store at Richfield Springs, N. Y., where he died Mach 10, 
1922, and is buried in Herkimer cemetery beside his first wife. In 
politics he was Republican; in religion a Christian Scientist. In his 
death the Levi Countryman family is left without any living issue. 



Norman Countryman. 


Norman Countryman. 

Norman Countryman, the great-grandson of John, of Conradt 
1st, and the second son (of eight) of John I, Jr., and Nancy Failing 
Countryman, was born in Stark, Herlvimer county, N. Y., March 30, 
1831, and died Feb. 24, 1911. When a lad of few years, with his par- 
ents he moved to a farm they had bought in Dist. No. 8, in the ad- 
joining town of Danube. Here he acquired a common school education 
— laboring on home farm and occasionally for neighbors during vaca- 
tions. On Dec. 21, 1854, he married Elizabeth Wagner, daughter of 
Felix and Leah (Pickard) Wagner, a resident neighboring girl, which 
proved to be the first of fotir Countryman brothers who wed four 
Wagner sistsrs. This proved a joyous event, in that they lived hap- 
pily together for moi-e than fifty-six years, rearing a family of three 
children to mature years. (See Part I) Mr. Countryman, after mar- 
riage, worked for two years with his brother, Harvey, working their 
father's farm, and then worked at ths carpenter's trade until moving 
with his wife and son, Fayette N., to Ogle county, Illinois, March 14, 
1861. His first purchase of land was 80 acres in Dement township, in 
the immediate neighborhood of his brothers, Harvey and Alvin. Later 
purchases secured him 320 acres. (See Lynnville map.) He retired 
from farming and moved to Rochelle, 111., Mar. 1894. Mr. Countryman 
embraced Christianity when a lad and grew to manhood in the at- 
mosphere of parental family devotions — a custom which he adopted 
and adhered to — reverently during life's pilgrimage. His church sen- 
timent was undenominational, yet by his presence and liberal support 
he shared in maintaining preaching, Sunday School and prayer service 
in the community in which he resided. Was not a member of any se- 
cret fratenral society. In politics, a Republican from the organization 
of the party in 1856 to 1884, when he became a Party Prohibitionist, 
and for life gave much time, effort and means for the promotion of its 
principles. Served his township ten terms as road commissioner and 
the same as school trustee. He and his wife arc interred in the fam- 
ily lot at Lawnridge cemetery, r.cchcllc. III. 




Ilirvcy Co-.-.nti-ynnn. 


Harvey Countryman. 

Harvey Countiyman, the great-grandson of John, of Conradt 
1st, and son of John, Jr. and Nancy Failing Countryman, was born in 
Herkimer county, N. Y., Feb. 7, 1833, and died May 16, 1914. His 
burial was made in the family lot in Lawnridge cemetery, Rochelle, 111. 
His boyhood was spent in New York state and there he received his 
education. He came to Illinois in the spring of 1857 and in company 
with his brother, Alvin, purchased a half section — Section 34, Lynn- 
ville township — of prairie land from their father. The two brothers 
broke the land with six pairs of oxen, living in a small cabin and test- 
ing out their own culinary art with some sport and much dissatisfac- 
tion. Of the original purchase of 320 acres, each of the brothers took 
160 acres. This acreage, with additions, they held until their death. 

On Feb. 13, 1861, Mr. Countryman was married to Miss Laura 
Wagner, of New York, with whom he lived most happily for fifty- 
three years, her death occurring one month to the day before his de- 
mise. To them were born four children: William, who died when nine 
months old; Ida May (Mrs. Fied V/. C:aft); Mary Lech, who lived 
but three months, r.nj G/r.c ^ MauJ (Mrs. Arthur A. Phelps.) 

Mr. Countryman accepted Christ as h!s i;ersonal saviour at a 
service held in his father's New York home. This was but a few days 
previous to Mr. and Mrs. Countryman's depariu'c for Illinois, where 
they soon founded a happy. Christian home. Mr. Countryman was 
three times lost on the Illinois prairies, twice when alone and once 
in company with his wife. After the shades of night had fallen the 
traveler in those days had only the far away lights of some very dis- 
tant home for his guide, and if those were snuffed out, he was at the 
mercy of the animal driven or ridden, or of walking to his own per- 
sonal instinct to lead him to safety. 

Mr. Countryman had large interests in land and city properties 
but while of an active and energetic turn of mind, he was never too 
busy to listen to the plea for help and responded with a generous hand. 
He and his family moved from their farm home to Rochelle in the 
autumn of 1880. He had served Lynnville township as commissioner, 
assessor and school director. He was an active Christian in church 
and Sunday School, serving for many years as trustee of the Rochelle 
Presbyterian church, always in Sunday School, serving in whatever 
capacity he was most needed. He was president of the Lynnville 
American Bible Society, for which he worked most zealously, and of 
which he was a life member. He was a liberal supporter of church 
and Sunday School work and of any organization that had for its 
object the uplift of humanity. His first vote was cast for John C. 
Freemont, but in later years he was an earnest Prohibitionist. Hs 
was a great lover of his home, and of the Countryman family at large 
and looked forward with much interest to the printing of the Coun- 
rryman Genealogy book, for which he was always collecting data. 

Both Mr. and Mrs. Countryman were of a genial, happy dispo- 
sition, and gave as well as received, much of this world's sunshine. 



Alvin Countryman. 


Alvin Countryman. 

Alvin Countryman, the great-grandson of John, of Conradt 1st, 
and son of John I., Jr. and Nancy Failing Countryman, was born in 
Herkimer county, N. Y., Feb. 4, 1835, and died Jan. 13, 1916. His in- 
terment was made in the family lot at Lawnridge cemetery, Rochelle, 
111. His common school education was acquired in District No. 8, 
Danube, Herkimer county, N. Y., and later supplemented by an aca- 
demic course of three years. He taught school one winter term in Dis- 
trict No. 2 of his native town before his coming to Illinois the follow- 
ing summer, in 1855. The winter of 1855-56 he taught in Lynnville 
township. In the spring of 1857, he, with his brother, Harvey, bought 
of their father, John I. Countryman, the east half of Section 34, 
Lynnville township, at $15 per acre — this was virgin prairie. Here he 
labored industriously with his brother until Feb. 11, 1863, when one 
of the most happy, if not happiest and most important events of his 
life took place, in his marriage to Miss Jennie E. Wagner,- of his na- 
tive town in New York. Their hearthstone was brightened by the 
birth of four children: Minnie L., Emma V., Mertie E. and Merton A., 
and sorely saddened by the deaths of Mertie at the age of two years 
and Minnie L., wife of A. W. Guest, May 29, 1889. 

Mr. Countryman was converted to Christianity in his mature 
years at a prayer meeting in his brother, Norman's, house and ever 
counted it an epoch in his life ,and was ever an aggressive Christian — 
living his religion and giving freely of his time, strength and means 
to the fostering of Christianity. While living on the farm in Lynn- 
ville township he and his brothers and families maintained preaching 
and Sunday School services in the schoolhouse on his farm. 

Mr. and Mrs. Countryman retired from the farm and moved to Ro- 
chelle in November, 1889, having by their wise management, industry 
and frugality accummulated as their possession many fertile acres. 
(See map of Lynnville.) 

Mr. Countryman was not ostentatious from prosperity, but 
rather felt added responsibility of stewardship. In his belief and 
church relations, was undenominational, yet ever active for Christ's 
church and kingdom. His activities in church work is shown by his 
record of twenty-two years as teacher of the adult bible class in the 
Presbyterian Sunday School, and a considerable of the time acted in 
like capacity in the Methodist Sunday School, teaching two classes in 
one Sunday. He was and his wife still is a life member of the Amer- 
ican Sunday School Union. He served as supervisor of Lynnville town- 
srip for three years, assessor one year and justice of the peace for five 
terms. He never joined any secret fraternal society. His first ballot 

Zll-X^l t\i^r''^^; ^'^'"^'^t, the first Republican candidate for 
president, in 1856— late years was a Prohibitionist. The inception of 
a Countrynian Genealogy book and the gathering of data for Part I 
IS a credit he richly deserves. 



Nathan Countryman. 

Nathan Count: y:-nan, the fifth from Conradt 1st in the John 
line, and son of John I. Jr. and Nancy Failing Countryman, was born 
in the town of Danube, Herkimer county, N. Y., Nov. 8, 1837. Wed 
Mary Reasoner,, Dec. 23, 1859, who also was fifth from Conradt 1st, in 
the George line. Issue: Jacob I., born in New York before the parents 
moved to Hlinois in the spring of 186G. In 1867 they purchased 80 
acres of land in Lynnville township, Sec. 29. Here Lillian M. was 
born Dec. 2, 1867, and Anna Louise, Oct. 19, 1872. The father died 
Jan. 12, 1879, and is buried in Lynnville cemetery. In 1884 the farm 
was sold to his brother, John E.„ and in the spring of 1885 the family 
moved to St. Lawrence, S. Dak. Here Lillie M. wed Clarence Slafter, 
later moving to Normal, Neb., she dying at Hot Springs Sanitorium, 
S. Dak., July 5, 1910. Jacob I. wed Emma Ida Kendall, of Kings, 111., 
Jan. 14, 1886. Second marriage to Bertha A. White, of Hammond, la., 
March 19, 1902, now living at Ontarip< Calif. Anna L. wed Chas. F. 
Collins, in Nebraska, Dec. 25, 1892, now living at SpokijB< Wash.- 
The mother died at Normal, Neb., Jan. 24, 1912, and is buried at Lin- 
coln. Genealogy of family in Part I. 



William Countryman. 

William Countryman, sixth from John, of Conradt 1st, and sixth 
son of John I. Jr. and Nancy Failing Countryman, was born in the 
town of Danube, Herk'mer county, N. Y., March 31, 1840, and died at 
Staikville, Herkimer county, Dec. 18, 1907. Wed Hannah Moyer, a 
neighbor girl, Jan. 1, 1862. She was born Oct. 4, 1842. To them were 
born four children: Daniel, now of the t'.wn of Stark, who wed Nora 
Smith; Ella, who wed Burton P. Smith, of Starkville and had two 
sons, Eugene B., who wed Merle Bowman and lives at Starkville, and 
Ray E.,. who wed Florence Pearl Spoor, and lives at Fort Plain, N. Y. 
Emery D., second son of William and Hannah Countryman, wed Re- 
becca Schmucker, and has a daughter, Elizabeth, and a son, Isaac 
Byron. The family lives at Dixon, 111. Mary, the youngest daughter, 
is a school teacher, has a state certificate, and is living near Cramers 
Corners, address Fort Plain, N. Y. William Countryman farmed his 
own farm of 206 acres and retired in his advanced years to Starkville, 
a close by village. In politics he was a Republican. He and his wife 
are buried at Fort Plain cemetery. (Family genealogy in Part I.) 



John E. Countryman 


John E. Countryman. 

John Ervin Countryman, the fourth John in line from John, of 
Conradt 1st, son of John I. Jr. and Nancy Failing Countryman, was 
born in the town of Danube, Herkimer county, N. Y., Dec. 14, 1844. 

His common school education was acquired in Dist. No. 8, Dan- 
ube; supplemented by attending a few terms at Fairfield and Fort 
Plain seminaries. He taught four successive terms in his native town 
— of which three were in his home district. 

He wed Rose L. Wagner, youngest daughter of Felix and Leah 
Pickard Wagner, a resident of Danube, Jan. 11, 18G5. On Aug. G, 1867, 
they, with their first born daughter, Viola, migrated to Ogle county, 
Illinois, where brothers and sisters had preceded them. In the spring 
of 18G9 they commenced farming a 240 acre farm he had bought in 
Lynnville township. Here three children were born: Elmer J., Alice 
M. and Mabel R. (Genealogy in Part I.) In 1884 he purchased an 
additional 80 acres that joined him on the west (See Lynnville map) 
to which they moved their family in February, 1886. Here they lived 
some thirty years, educated their four children and witnessed the mar- 
riage of their three daughters, when the wife and mother died Dec. 
16, 1916. Mr. an.l Mrs. Countryman made frequent trips to their na- 
tive state, extending the trips to Boston, New York City and Wash- 
ington. In 1911-12 they maie an extensive trip of nine months through 
the noi thwsst and along th2 Pacific coasts south to Mexico. As a far- 
mer and citlzan of Lynnviilo township for more than fiCty years he 
was interested in cnterprizes that conduced to the public good. All 
these yeais he was a school director or township trustee of schools; 
and further served officiaLy as town clerk, road commissioner and as- 
sessor. His early politics was Republican and Independent up to 1884, 
when he becEme a Party Prohibitionist. Up to this time there was no 
local Prohibiticn c:gan;zat:cn. In 1S£6, hf> with three others made 
the call for th3 first Prohibiticn convention in Ogle county. From that 
date to the times when the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Amendments 
were written in the federal constitution he was an ardent and untiring 
advocate of prohibiticn and woman suffrage. He spent years of ser- 
vice in township and county chairmanships and much time as delegate 
to county, district, str.te and national conventions. He represented the 
party as state committeeman from the Thirteenth Congressional Dis- 
trict and in cne national campaign as presidential elector. 

Unsolicited, his party frequently nominated him as their can- 
didate for responsible positions. In one campaign for minority repre- 
sentative in the 10th Senatorial District he was defeated by a bare 
majority of 25 1/^ votes. Many believe he was elected, as other Pro- 
hibitionists with larger adverse majorities, on recount, were seated. 
The present key of his politics is: Good government and law enforce- 
ment. Conteniperary with his pohibition activities he was vigilant for 
the reform and safety of the individual by his signing and presenting 


pledge cards to total abstinence — further not to accept or offer treats 
of alcoholic beverages or tobacco. His religious life first gave expres- 
sion in youth when he publicly professed a desire to live a Christian 
life. This desire enhanced and grew with years in the atmosphere of 
a Christian home, where at the family altar lives were rededicated 
daily to Christian living. At marriage, and establishing a home, family 
worship was as regular as day succeeded day. As a Christian he feels 
he belongs to the church Jesus founded — the only church mentioned 
by him or his apostles, and for which he prayed (John 17) that it 
might be kept in His name and be one, ss He and the Father were 
one. This, too, he feels is the ideal fraternal society— humanity its 
"pasword", love its "grip", and when ability and occasion met on the 
"Jericho Road" — Christian — the "Good Samaritan," irrespective of 
race, creed, sex or sect. His vocation, a farmer by choice and habit — 
loving the touch of nature and its c;os3 environments, believing that 
all labor is sacred that conduces to the physical, mental, moral and 
religious needs of humanity. Other than plant3d fields of corn and gol- 
den grains have lured him to purpose and effort through home, 
church, schools, state and their auxiliaries, to leave favorable impress 
upon society. Church, Sunday School and varied interests bear rec- 
ord of personal and official activities for more than a half century. 

His aesthetic characteristics when farming were manifest in a 
well kept farm, and domicile environments of fruit orchards, vegetable 
and flower gardens. His rythmic trait oft gave expression in miscel- 
laneous verse — as well as commemorating special social and kinship 
events. , 

Four events he cherishes as epochal in his life's span of 80 
years, viz: 1st., h".s youthful deci3ion to live a Christian life — with its 
resultant vision for growth and service. 2nd, the unique marriage of 
the girl — his first love — being the fourth Countryman brother to wed 
Wagner sisters, and that all enjoyed the felictious delight of nearby 
homes and kindred fellowship for more than half a century. 3d, in his 
early visions of the west with its alluring possibilities and the cour- 
age to break from his youthful, native environments. 4th, his second 
marriage in Cleveland, Ohio, April 17, 1919, to Mrs. Mary Catherine 
Wagoner (nee Wagner), a niece of his first wife,, born March 1, 1849 
(reared in same household), which is proving a companionable and 
joyous pathway in their declining years. 

(The wisdom of its inception and publishing of Part II (sup- 
plementary to Part I) of "Countryman Genealogy," he would leave to 
the impartial judgment of its readers.) 



Isaac Byron Countryman. 




Isaac Byron Countryman. 

Isaac Byron Countryman, the youngest of eight sons of John I. 
and Nancy Failing Countryman and the fifth from Conradt 1st, was 
borh in the town of Danube, Herkimer county, N. Y., Nov. 2, 1846. 
Here in Dist. No. 8, he acquired a common school education,, later sup- 
plemented by attending Fort Plain and Fairfield seminaries, also a bus- 
iness course at Utica Commercial College. In August, 1866, he sought 
the opportunities of the middle west, making his way to Rochelle, Il- 
linois, where he engaged in clerking in a general store. In 1868 he 
went to Dixon, 111., where he continued clerking until 1871, when he 
became a partner in the firm of W. G. Stevens & Co., and eventually 
became the owner of the entire business. He was thus closely identi- 
fied with mercantile interests in Dixon from 1868 until 1910, or for a 
period of forty-two years. At this time the store was incorporated and 
he admitted his nephev.', E. J. Countryman;^ into partnership. What- 
ever he undertook throughout his entire career, he carried forward to 
successful completion, brooking no obstacles that could be overcome 
by persistent, earnest and untiring effort 

In 1902, Mr. Countryman with others, organized the Union 
State Bank, of which he was chosen president, and under his direction 
became a strong financial concern. In later years he had large hold- 
ings of land in southern Minnesota and Lee county. 111., also a sub- 
division of sixty acres, now a part of ths town of Oelwein, Iowa. His 
investments were most judiciously made and his business sagacity 
proven in that he disposed of these lands at very remunerative fig- 
ures. Mr. Countryman might have justly been termed a scientific far- 
mer, as he purchased a much depleted farm near Dixon and brought 
it back to be one of the most productive in that vicinity. On this farm 
he established a pure bred Holstein herd, from which he was awarded 
many prizes. 

In 1898 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Elizabeth Becker, a 
native of Schoharie county, N. Y. No issue. They were membsrs of 
the Peoples Church of Dixon. Late years he was much exercised re- 
ligouslj' and became an ardent bible student. Fratenally he was a 
Knight Templar Mason and belonged to the Elks and Moose lodges at 
Dixon. Prior to his decease, Aug. 25, 1923, he had converted most of 
his holdings into government and other gilt edge securities, still re- 
taining the I. B. Countryman block with three resident buildings. Hav- 
ing no direct issue, see will as to disposiiton of estate. For his char- 
ities and benefactions to the worthy poor and unfortunate while liv- 
ing — many might rise up and pronounce him "blessed." 

Quoting from Lee county records: All through the years of his 
residence in Dixon his labors have been of a character that contrib- 
utes to general prosperity as well as to individual success. He never 
allowed personal interests or ambition to dwarf his public spirit or 
activities. His views have found expression in prompt action, there- 
fore have been fruitful of good results. 

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David Countryman. 

David Countryman, grandson of John, of Conradt 1st, and son 
of John I. and Elizabeth Hoke Countryman, was born in what is now 
the town of Stark, Herkimer county, N. Y., Oct. 4, 1803, and wed Anna 
Maria Ostrander, March 15, 1825. She was born March 27, 1808. To 
this union were born twelve children, all in the town of Stark. (Com- 
plete genealogy found in Part I.) Early in his married life he worked 
his father's farm near Starkville, later by trade a painter. Was a 
member and trustee of Starkville Lutheran Church, also member of 
the Starkville Temperance Society. In 1866 he came to Illinois to visit 
his many relatives and remained, laboring some at his trade and gar- 
dening until his death, which occurred Oct. 19, 1881. Is buried with 
many relatives in Lynnville cemetery. 

Frances Amelia Countryman 

Frances Amelia Countryman, daughter of David and Maria 
Countryman, was born in 1845 in the town of Stark, Herkimer county. 
New York, and received a district school education. She was married 
at Little Falls, N. Y., to Adriel E. Clarke, of Schenevus, Otsego coun- 



ty, N. Y., in 18G5. Children born of this union were: Frank W., George 
H.. Florence M., Carolyn L., Grace Alice and Charles A. She is a 
member of the Christian Science church and in politics Independent. 
Her home was made in Utica, N. Y. 

Charles E. Countryman, son of David and Maria Countryman, 
was born in Stark, Herkimer county, N. Y., March 3, 1852, and was 
the youngest of twelve children. He was educated .in the common 
schools. Went to Illinois in 1882 as bookkeeper for Oliver Drake, of 
Creston. As a Democrat, was appointed postmaster of Creston, hold- 
ing this position from 1885 to 1889. He was united in marriage to 
Eliza J. Phelps, at Creston, 111., on Thanksgiving day, 1885. They 
moved to Elgin, 111., in 1896, where he became editor and publisher of 
the Elgin Democrat, a weekly publication. He passed a Civil Service 
examination for the postal service in 1900 and was employed in the 
Chicago postoffice for 22 years, serving first as a utility clerk and 
later attached to the Inquiry Division. His Chicago home was in the 






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Lake View section, and on his request he was transferred to the Lake 
View station in walking distance of his home. He served at Lake View 
as a mail distributor an;l was noted for his accuracy, his record never 
dropping below 99 per cent. He ws retained in the service after the 
passage of the Retirement Act and resigned from the service in 1922,. 
and he and his faithful wife are now enjoying a home in St. Peters- 
berg, Florida. Their postoffice address is 449 11th Ave. North. Charles 
E. is affiliated with Creston Lodge No. 320 A. F. & A. M., and is a 
Master Mason. He and his wife are members of the Broadway M. E. 
church of Chicago. 



Peter Cauntryman. 

Peter Countryman, grandson of John, of Conradt 1st, and son 
of John I. and Elizabeth Hoke Countryman, was born in what is now 
the town of Stark, Herkimer county, N. Y.. June 2, 1808, and died in 
the town of Herkimer. April 7, 1892. He wed Hannah Ellison, Jan. 22, 
1824. To this union were born ten children, all in the town of Herki- 
mer. (Genealogy of family in Part I.) At the age of sixteen his 
father attempted to apprentice him for four years to a John W. Cook, 
of Canajoharie, a tanner; papeis were made out to that end, but 
Peter being in love with a Miss Hannah Ellison, a tanner's daughter, 
thought differently — so married the daughter and learned the trade of 
her father, which he followed with farming until n3ar the close of life. 
He was of anti-slavery sentiment, so affi.iated with the Republican 
party, and in its fii'st campaign in 1856 was elected sheriff of Herkimer 
county. He was an ardent Republican during the Civil War and the 
reconstruction period. Early in the organization of the Prohibition 
party he ardently championed that cause as long as he lived. Relig- 
ously he was Unitarian and Universalist. He died suddenly at his 
home on date mentioned and is interred in Herkimer cemetery. His 
second marriage was to Eliza Ellison, a sister of his first wife. In 



temperment, affable; this insured him many friends. The last surviv- 
ing daughter and child: Mrs. Julia E. Bradt, died at St. Charles, Mich.. 
April 15, 1924. Her body was cremated, by request. 

John Henry Countryman. 

John Henry Countryman, the fifth generation from Conradt 1st, 
and son of Peter and Hannah Ellison Countryman, was born in Her- 
kimer township, Aug. 25, 1855. He wed Elvira Gorton, born Jan. 31, 
1832, and died Feb. 2, 1868. Issue from this marriage were five daugh- 
ters. His second marriage was to Eliza Berner. March 18, 1869. Issue 
from this union were five daughters and two sons. (Complete geneal- 
ogy of family in Part I.) His education was secured in the district 
school, supplemented at Fairfield Seminary, Herkimer county. He 
was a tanner by trade. Was twice Master of Newport Lodge No. 455, 
A. F. & A. M., 1873-1874. He was a Democrat in politics and served 
as postmaster during both terms of Cleveland's administration. In 
religion, a Universalist. He died at his home in Poland, Aug. 13, 1819 
and is buried in Pine Grove cemetery at Poland. His second wife, Eliza 
Benner Countryman, died in 1924 and is buried in the same cemetery. 



Nancy Countryman. 

Nancy Countryman, grand-daughter of John ,o£ Conrad, and 
daughter of John I. and Elizabeth Hoke Countryman, was born in what 
is now the town of Stark,, Herkimer county, N. Y., July, 1809, and 
died in DeKalb county, Illinois, Oct. 21, 1872. She wed David Patten 
in 1832. He was born in Stark, Aug. 9, 1810. Eight children were 
iborn to this union, all in the town of Stark. Came to Illinois in 1850 
via lakes. She and her husband were members of the Starkville Lu- 
theran Church, organized in her father's house, and were also mem- 
bers of the Starkville Temperance Society. Records of the church at 
Starkville show the baptism of her daughter, Matilda, and son, Oscar. 
Their home was rededicated to Christ daily at the family altar. She 
and her husband were anti slavery in sentiment and Republican in 
politics. He died Nov. 14, 1859. Both he and his wife are buried in 
Fairdale cemetery. The farm on which they lived until his death was 
purchased from the U. S. government. Genealogy of family in Part I. 

Matilda Miller. 

Matilda, the oldest child of David and Nancy Countryman Pat- 
■iten, was born in Herkimer county, N. Y., July 9, 1833, and came to 
Illinois with her parents in 1850. Was married to Henry Miller, a 
neighboring farmer, in 1856, and spent all of her long and useful life 
within a few miles of the farm which her father bought from the 
:government. She died April 12, 1919, leaving three children: Mrs. 
Julia Hyser, of Esmond, 111.; Holt D. Miller, of Pomona, Calif.,, and 
Mrs. May Davis, of Sycamore, 111., also numerous grandchildren and 
great-grandchildren. Was a noble Christian lady and a member of 
the W, C. T. U. and the Fairdale M. E. church. 




John H. Patten. 

Born in Herkimer county, N. Y., April 4, 1839. Died at Fair- 
dale. 111., Nov. 4, 1923. Aged 84 years, 7 montjhs. Came with his par- 
ents from New York to DeKalb county in 1850, who purchased land of 
the government, on which they lived until the death of his father m 
1859, at which time he became in possession of same by will, and con- 
tinued to hold same until his death. Removed to Dakota for several 
years, during which time he farmed and operated an elevator. Was a 
member of the Constitutional Convention in 1885. Was elected to the 
territorial House of Representatives in 1887, also to the Council in 
1889, which met at Bismark. Was married to Martha H. Kendrick, 
April 20, 1861, who passed away Sept. 9, 1901. Also married to Lulu 
B. Jaquish in 1905, leaving no children by either marriage. Was a 
man of strong moral conviction. A faithful, active Christian during 
his long life, and leaves a host of true friends who will miss his ever 
friendly greetings. 



Carrie Patten Talbot. 

Carrie Patten Talbot, the fifth of eight children born to David 
D. and Nancy Countryman Patten. She was born in Herkimer county, 
New York, Aug. 31, 1842, and moved with the family to the then far 
West by the lake route when she was seven years old, arriving in the 
small town of Chicago in the spring of 1850. As there were no rail- 
roads then west of Chicago, covered wagons drawn by horses took the 
family and goods to a settlement about eighty miles west, where a 
farm was purchased from the government. She was very studious and 
under a brother teacher's instruction was able to teach her first school 
before her seventeenth birthday. Her father died that autumn and in 
the winter she attended high school at Belvidere, 111. She taught in 
summer and attended school during the fall and winter. Feb. 18, 18G4 
she married Lieut. D. H. Talbot, Q. M., 34th Reg. 111. Vol., who was 
home on furlough. He served in the Civil War nearly five years and 
returned home, discharged in the fall of 1865. They moved to his farm 
in 1866, where they lived 37 years— says the best crop was four boys 
and one daughter. When her husband's health failed they rented the 
old home farm and built a commodious house in Lindenwood, where he 
died in 1908. She was much interested in the church and its varied ac- 
tivities. Her oldest son, O. D. Talbot, served in the Spanish-American 
War. Her grandson, Clarence Talbot, was in the U. S. aviation service 
during the World War and is now (1925) in the U. S. service at Hon- 
olulu. Hawaiian Islands. 



Byron Alanson Patten. 

Son of David and Nancy Countryman Patten, was born in the 
town of Stark, Herkimer county, N. Y., Dec. 20, 1846. Came to Ilhnois 
with his parents in 1850, locating in DeKalb county, on what is still 
known as the Patten farm, north of Esmond. Mr. Patten was a resi- 
dent of DeKalb county many years. He served through the Civil War 
in the 105th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, largely a DeKalb county or- 
ganization, and during which service he was twice wounded m battle 
In 1870 he married Nora Schoonmaker, of Fairdale, and went West 
with the pioneers into Kansas, where he located on land he PUi;chased 
from the Pottawatomie Indians. He remained in Kansas until 1J04; 
brought up his family there, then returned to Illinois, living for a 
short time in Sycamore and later in DeKalb, where he looked after 
the factory interests of the Hero Furnace Co., of which firm he was 
for many years vice president and a director. During his residence in 
Sycamore in 1905 he suffered the loss of his wife, who had been many 
years an invalid. In 1914, on account of failing health, he went to 
Florida, purchased land there and in spite of his advanced years plant- 
ed and reared one of the finest young groves of citrus fruit to be 
lounSin that state. He leaves four children: Mrs. F^ W A^es of 
■Ki'.'.immee Fla • John V. Patten, of Sycamore, 111.; Ernest B. Pat- 
fen oTcrr'thage S. D., and Mrs. W. G. Conner, of DeKalb . He is also 
s^Vfved by one brother, M. D. Patten, of Sandwich, 111., and by one 
Sr Mrs Henry Talbot, of Lindenwood, 111. He was a staunch Re- 
pubHcan all bis life and during his years of residence in Kansas canie 
to be very high in the councils of the Republican party. He was not 
a member of Iny church but was a member of the Masonic fraternity 
tnd was at one time Master of the Sycamore lodge. He died at Kis- 
simee, Fla., Oct. 22, 1922. 



Daniel Countryman. 


Daniel Countryman. 

Daniel Countryman, the grandson of John, of Conradt 1st, and 
the son of John I. and Elizabeth Hoke Countryman, was born in what 
was Minden, Montgomery county, N. Y., but now the town of Stark, 
March 31, 1815. He wed Sally Phillips, Feb. 14, 1838. He lived on his 
father's farm of 164 acres near and west of the village of Starkville, 
until the death of his father in 1843, when he and his youngest brother, 
Moses, inherited the farm, as noted elsewhere in will of John I. Coun- 
tryman, Sr. In 1847 they sold the farm to their widowed sister and her 
son, John Moyer, Jr. He then moved to Oak Flats in the town of 
Danube and lived in the tenant house of his brother, John I., Jr., fol- 
lowing the drover's business until June, 1855, when he with his wife, 
three sons and one daughter migrated to Lynnville township, Ogle 
county, Illinois. Here, a few weeks before he had bought a farm of 
240 acres with the prospective crops — a small one story house and a 
pole barn covered with prairie hay . He was a man of poor health and 
frail constitution but of indomitable purpose to succeed, which he did 
with the aid of his frugal, industrious wife and sons: J. Alonzo and 
Calvin. To the original farm he added several hundred acres, besides 
building himself a substantial, fine brick residence and a well con- 
structed barn prior to his death, which occurred March 14, 1883. He 
was one of the first dairy farmers of Ogle county, manufacturing 
cheese from the milk of thirty to forty cows. "Uncle Daniel and Aunt 
Sally" proved themselves very genial host and hostess in their small 
cabin, with doors ever open to many relatives and friends who came 
from the East to visit or locate in the West. A man of strong relig- 
ious convticions, and belonged to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of 
Starkville, N. Y., of which he was deacon for several successive terms 
of three years each. He was the prime mover in organizing and build- 
ing the Union Church at Lindenwood, 111., in 1867. He advocated 
strongly Christian and church unity. Was strongly opposed to secret 
organizations. He and his wife, with many friends and relatives, are 
interred in the cemetery at Lindenwood, 111. 



James Alonzo Countryman. 


James Alonzo Countryman. 

James Alonzo Countryman, son of Daniel and Sally (Phillips) 
Countryman, was born in Starkville, Herkimer county, N. Y., May 
24th, 1840. He was the oldest of six children and accompanied his par- 
ents to Illinois when fifteen years of age, the family settling on a 
farm in Lynnville township, Ogle county, Illinois. Here he received 
a common school education, supplemented by a course at Mt. Morris 
College. On February 26, 1873, he wa? united in marriage to Carrie 
Klinkhart, of Canajoharie, New York, the wedding occurring at Mo- 
hawk, N. Y., and they began their wedded life on what is known as 
the Countryman Stock Farm. Four children were born to them: Floyd 
M., F. Belle, Ralph Alonzo and Jay A. 

Mr. Countryman was one of the first msn in northern Illinois 
to adopt modern methods of farming, especia'ly in the matter of rais- 
ing blooded stock. The Countryman herds of Shorthorn cattle and Po- 
land China swine enjoyed an intsrnationa' reputation. Cattle and 
hogs from his farm won many ribbons at county, state and interna- 
tional shows and fairs. J. A. Countryman was known far and wide 
as an expert judge of hogs and cattle and he frequently officiated in 
that capacity at many state fairs. He was one of the stock judges at 
the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. 

Politically, he was a Republican, but he was never offensive in 
his partisanship. For many years he served as supervisor and he rep- 
resented the Tenth Senatorial District of Illinois as a member of the 
General Assembly for two terms. He possessed the rare characteristic 
of never speaking disrespectfully of those who opposed him. 

In 1900 Mr. and Mrs. Countryman retired from active farm 
life, removing to Rochelle, 111., where they were privileged to celebrate 
the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage on February 26, 1923, and 
here he passed away on December 13th, 1923. 

"Lon", as he was familiarly called by his associates, had the 
rare faculty of making life-long friends of all with whom he came in 
contact, and those who differed with him on any question invariably 
respected him most, because of his sincerity and sterling honesty. The 
virtues which he cultivated in his heart grew into kindly deeds for all. 
He "loved folks" and radiated alike to young and old h:s cheer and 
sunshine. Although in his 84th year, he retained his spirit of youth 
until the last. His keen insight into community and public affairs 
served to make his advice and opinions carry more than ordinary 
weight. Much of the time of his later years wis spent in the cultiva- 
tion of flowers and it may truthfully be said, both figuratively and 
literally, that he scattered many flowers along the pathway of others 
and helped his friends without acclaim or ostentation. 

His achievements and the heritage he has left are a contribu- 
tion to society which stand out as examples that all might with profit 
to themselves and to society try to emulate. 



Calvin Countryman. 


Calvin Countryman. 

Calvin Countryman, the great-grandson of John, of Conradt 
1st, the grandson of John I. Countryman, Sr., and the youngest son 
of Daniel and Sally Phillips Countryman, was born in the town of 
Stark, Herkimer county, N. Y.. March 11, 1844. At the age of three 
years he went with his parents to what is known as Oak Flats in the 
town of Danube, Herkimer county, N. Y. Here he lived as a lad, at- 
tending school in what is noted on map of Danube as Dist. No. 8. 
At the age of eleven years, in 1855, he went with his parents to Lynn- 
ville township. Ogle county, Illinois. Here he grew to manhood and 
proved to his parents a very dutiful and efficient son. In 1868 he 
married Abby A. Slafter, and commenced farming on the 400 acres 
adjoining his father's farm. (See map of Lynnville.) Here their six 
children were born, two died in infancy. In 1886 his wife died. In 1887 
he moved his family to Rockford, 111., where his four children married 
and now reside. His second marriage, to Anna R. Slafter, occurred 
April 24, 1895. Since then their home has been in Rockford, but they 
spend most of their winters at St. Petersburg, Fla. As a farmer he 
was progressive and successful. Since living in the city his varied 
successes in investments have proven him a man of business acumen. 
He embraced Christianity early in life and when living in Ogle county 
was a member and a generous supporter of the Union Church at Lin- 
denwood. Since living in Rockford he is an attendant and supporter of 
the Court St. M. E. Church. A man of affable trait, generous heart 
and a responsive hand to the call of the unfortunate and any cause 
he deems worthy of support. His eriy politics were Republican, later 
might be termed Independent. An American citizen worthy the name. 



M,oses Countryman. 


Moses Countryman. 

Moses Countryman, grandson of John, of Conradt 1st, and 
youngest son of John I. Countryman, Sr., was born in what is now 
the town of Stark, Herkimer county, N. Y.. July 25, 1817. His first 
marriage was to Biansa Sanders, of Danube, Herkimer county, N. Y. 
To them were born two sons, Julius and Jadua. The first died in child- 
hood, the latter enlisted in the U. S. Civil War service in the 115th 
N. Y. State Vol., and served until 1865. when he was killed by the ex- 
plosion of Fort Fisher, North Carolina, when about to be discharged. 
His second marriage was to Mary Elizabeth Cooper, of Cold Brook, 
Herkimer county, N. Y. One son, Charles, was born to this union, 
in 1853, and he died in 1862. Mr. Countryman was a tanner by trade 
and supervised successfully tanneries in Poland, Herkimer county; 
St. Johnsville, Montgomery county, and in Ulster county, N. Y. He 
never followed farming, but on visiting his sister, Nancy (Patten) 
and brother, Daniel, in Illinois, he purchased different parcels of land 
which he sold at substantial profits. Mr. and Mrs. Countryman, un- 
fortunately, were bereft of all their children, and so for comfort and 
companionship sought some young person whom they could love and 
cherish as their own. which they found in a Miss Carrie Klinkhart, 
who most acceptably served this purpose until her marriage, Feb. 26, 
1873, to James Alonzo Countryman, of Lynnville, Ogle county. The 
subject of this sketch and his wife came to Illinois in May, 1874, to 
live with this cherished couple during their remaining years. These 
were years of mutual regard, to the time of her demise, Feb. 14, 1883, 
and his, June 19, 1884. Both are interred in Lynnville cemetery. Mr. 
Countryman was a man of unquestioned honor and integrity; of Uni- 
tarian and Universaltist faith religiously; anti-slavery in sentiment, 
so an ardent Republican; of jocular and jovial proclivities, with trend 
of cordial hospitality, which insured him many friends. 



Lynnville Township 

Lynnville Township is located in the center of the eastern tier 
of townships in Ogle county, Illinois. The township was organized in 
1850. Up to this time, Lynnville and Monroe were included in one 
voting precinct. In June, 1855, Daniel Countryman, wife and four 
children, moved from Herkimer county, N. Y., having purchased the 
west 240 acres of land designated on map. To this, during his life 
time, he accumulated G40 acres, which he disposed of to his two sons, 
James Alonzo and Calvin, leaving him at his death the original 240 
acres, plus 80 acres. At the time of his death in 1883, he and his 
sons were in possession of 1360 acres. Mr. Countryman was of frail 
constitution and poor health, so much of his success must be credited 
to his efficient wife and the two sons, who proved themselves among 
the best farmers and stockmen in the township. The year following 
his wife's death in 1866, Calvin Countryman moved his family to Rock- 
ford, 111., where some years later he organized the firm of Country- 
man & Co., wholesale dealers in fruit and produce. 

Norman, Harvey, Alvin and John E. Countryman were sons of 
John I. Countryman, Jr., and were born in Herkimer county, N. Y. 
Alvin came to Lynnville, Ogle county, Illinois, in June 1855. Harvey 
came in 1857, when they bought jointly the east half of Sec. 34; later 
Harvey bought the southwest quarter of Sec. 35. At the time of pur- 
chase the lands were wild prairie, which necessitated time and labor 
to make the place habitable. In a few years they both married and 
here their families were born. Both were successful farmers and ad- 
ded other landed possessions as noted on map. Norman came to Illi- 
nois with his ^vife and first born son, Fayette, in the spring of 1861, 
and settled in Dement township, purchasing at first 80 acres and later 
additional lands as noted on map. John E... the youngest of these 
brothers, came to Illinois from Herkimer county, N. Y., with his wife 
and oldest daughter, Viola, Aug. 8, 1867. His first purchase of land 
was the 240 acres noted by name on map in Sections 28 and 29. In 
1884 he purchased from his deceased brother, Nathan's,estate, the 80 
acres also noted in Sec. 29. These four brothers married four Wagner 
sisters, born in Herkimer county, N. Y. In these homes, on these 
lands, all their children were born except the two before mentioned. 
All these lands have, or are falling heir to Countryman kin. (Gen- 
ealogy of these families will be found in Part I and for further his- 
tory note sketches accompanying cuts in Part II.) 

After some contention by different church organizations, the 
Lynnville Union Church was organized, and the first church edifice was 
built in the summer of 1867 and dedicated in November or December 
by Rev. Geo. W. Crofts, a Lutheran minister preaching then at Ore- 

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gon, 111. In this enterprise Daniel Countryman was a prime mover. 
The church owned no parsonage up to 1904, when it appointed John 
E. Countryman and Wm. R. Somers as committeemen to solicit funds 
to purchase a site and the building of a new parsonage. The building 
was completed and dedicated free from debt on Thanksgiving day of 
that year. The pastor, Rev. O. T. Morgan, a deciple clergyman preach- 
ed the sermon. In 1909, Mr. Countryman and Mr. Somers were again 
appointed to solicit funds to erect a new church edifice — with spac- 
ious basement equipped to meet social needs of the community. This 
structure was completed and dedicated free from debt December 16 
of the same year, with a small surplus in the ti-easury, besides fur- 
nishing a sumptuous community dinner. The dedicatory sermon was 
given by Rev. James D. Abbott, a Baptist clergyman, of Rockford, 111. 
No monies solicited on day of either dedication. Local Countrymans, 
with some who had moved from the township, and others near of 
kin, were liberal contributors. Interesting documents are placed in 
the church cornerstone. In the township cemetery we have a just pride 
in that it has a growing fund — the interest of which is adequate to 
its perpetual upkeep. The interments here at present are: Daniel 
Countryman and wife, Sally; Moses Countryman and wife, Elizabeth; 
David Countryman, Nathan Countryman; Elizabeth (Countryman) 
Shaul and her son, Simon; Mrs. Calvin Countryman and two chil- 
dren; Mrs. John E. Countryman and son, Elmer J.; James Alonzo 
Countryman, with others near of kin but not of nams. 

Conradt Conterman patent 1731 
Fort Plain built 1776 
Fort Windecker built 1777 
Fort Plank built 1776 
Fort Clyde built 1777 
Fort Willett built 1781. This 
stockade had ample room for 
huts for all adjacent families. 
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Conterman, sons of Conradt 1st, 
had family huts. 

Frederick, third son of Conradt, was 
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Abraham Countryman. 

Abraham Countryman, the seventh child and third son of John, 
of Conradt 1st, was born March 31, 1773, and wed Catharine Crounce 
or Grouse, April 25, 1791. Had a family of eleven children, viz: Mary, 
Rachel, Elizabeth, Catharine, Abraham, Phillip, John A. I., Nicholas, 
Lany, Solomon and Peter. These were all born in Minden, Montgomery 
county, N. Y. All were born within the years 1791 and 1810. Abra- 
ham, by will, inherited of his father 63 acres of land in the Geisen- 
burg district. (See Will of John Countryman.) Many, if not all 
of his children were at some time residents of Steuben county, N. Y., 
some going to Canada as early as 1820. He died in Stark, in 1843, 
and is buried in the family burying ground of his nephew, John B. 
Shaul, not far from Van Hornsville, N. Y. It is a pleasure to present 
some cuts and sketchss of sons and grandsons of this family. 

.John A. I. Countryman. 

John A. I. Countryman was born in the town of Stark, Herki- 
mer county, N. Y., June 1, 1802, ?nd died in Cameron, Steuben coun- 
VT-'.-^- ^■' ^°^- ^•^' ^^'^- He early formed the habit of industry and 
diligence in business, which became the pracHce of his life. When he 
was but ten years oi' aga he left home to care for himself. When six- 
teen he spent nine months of continuous chopping in the forest in the 
Black River country. At twenty he was employed in digging the Erie 
Canal and also took a journey mostly on foot and by stage to western 
New York. He learned the carpenter trade and worked at that and 
farming- most of his life. His school advantages were limited but he 
made the most of them and acquired a good, practical education 

In 1850 he bought a farm of 153 acres in Cameron, Steuben 
county, N. Y mostly timbur, which he cleared and made his perma- 
nent home. He planned carefully and executed faithfully and never 




failed in his obligations. In militai-y requirements he was First Lieu- 
tenant of Artillery. In politics he was a Republican and Prohibitionist. 
When he was twenty-three years old he was married to Miss 
Magdalena Snyder, who proved a most valuable helpmeet. Eight chil- 
dren were born of this union. Their names in the following order: 
Louisa Melvina, Catherine Maria, Addison, Abram Fletcher, Marion 
Helen, J. Benson, Margaret Elizabeth, Emma Jane. The father lived 
to see them all married and settled in life and all professed Christians, 
and all the children stood at the bedside of the venerated and vener- 
able father as he passed to the celestial home. Ihe subject of this 
sketcr was converted in early life anJ was a life long member of the 
Methodist Episcopal church. After his marriage, in his new home, he 
established the family altar and its fires never went out. He died in 
the triumphs of the Christian faith and was buried in the beautiful 
rural cemetery at Jasper, N. Y. (Further family record Pages 108 
and 109.) 

Rev. J. Benson Countryman. 

Rev. J. Benson Countryman was born in Minden, Montgomery 
county, N. Y., April 13, 1840. He was the son of John A. I. Country- 



man. When he was ten years of age his father purchased a farm in 
Cameron, Steuben county, N. Y., and this became the home during 
his young manhood. This part of his life was spent in helping clear 
the farm, as it was mostly forest and he was early initiated into the 
experiences of hard work. He was given the advantages of education 
such as common school, Troupsburg Acamedy and finishing the aca- 
demic course at Genesee Wesleyan Seminary. When sixteen years of 
age he taught his first district school. When twenty years old he was 
associate teacher of Sonora Academy and afterward principal of Ar- 
cada Academy. 

He was converted at eleven years of age and united with the 
Methodist Episcopal church. He was licensed to preach in 1864 and 
given charge of the church in Bradford, Pa. After supplying that year 
he was admitted to the Genesee Conference, and entered cheerfully 
upon his life work, serving different churches in western New York 
for forty-four years, and now at the age of eighty-four he is still able 
to preach and assist in the work of the church he loves. He has preach- 
ed more than four thousand five hundred times and received scores 
into the church. Politically a Republican and Prohibitionist. 

On June 20, 1865, lie was married to Miss Eleanor M. Brow- 
nell, daughter of Rev. Veranus Brownell, who proved a valuable as- 
sistant in his ministry, and life-long charm in his home. Their chil- 
dren's names are Everett Clayton, Edith Florence and Onnolee. All 
three are college graduates. Everett is a lawyer now in the employ 
of the state in the capital building at Albany. N. Y. Edith married a 
minister, and Onnolee married a doctor. After the forty-four years of 
active ministerial work the subject of this sketch spent one year in 
Florida and then settled in Rochester, N. Y., where he and his beloved 
wife are in the enjoyment of their pleasant home. 


The fragrant, gladsome Easter air. 

In Springtime freshness floats around. 

To bless with inspiration sweet 

And cheer the hearts by sorrow bound. 

The earth shakes off her yearly sleep; 

The birds return and flowers bloom; 
The seeds long held in icy grasp, 

Now break the barriers of their tomb. 

The sunshine kiss of vernal warmth 

Awakens with responsive thrill; 
The bulbs and roots of sleeping plants, 

To clothe with beauty plain and hill. 

The South wind blows with mighty breath, 

The resurrection trumpet louJ, 
And nature rises from her death, 

And lays aside her somber shroud. 

On Easter morn give thanks and sing, 

For power divine, broke death's chill sway; 

And gave the promise we shall rise 
To joyous life, in endless day. 

— J. B. Countryman. 



Robert Emmett Countryman Abram Fletcher Countryman 

Alvin Countryman Harvey Countryman 

Norman Countryman 

Photo Taken at June, 1902, Picnic 

The above cut of five Countryinans are representatives of the 
John line, of Conradt 1st. The three sitting, from left to right are: 
Harvey, Norman and Alvin, sons of John I. Countryman, Jr. (Their 
cuts with sketches elsewhere.) The two standing, reading the same, 
are: Robert Eitimett and Abram Fletcher, sons of Nicholas and John 
A. I. and grandsons of Abraham, of John, of Conradt. 

Robert Emmet, the son of Nicholas and Amanda Bamby Coun- 
tryman, was born at Port Rowan, Canada, May 31, 1833, and died 
Sept. 24, 1919. He married Mary E. McConahey, of Johnstown, Pa., 
a school teacher in Nebraska, Feb. 13, 1867. He moved with his par- 
ents to Michigan when about three years old, and went to Dixon, 111., 
when 21 years old. While there he went to Freeport, 111., and heard 
the Lincoln and Douglas debate. In the spring of 1859 he left Dixon 
with an ox team for Nebraska. When in Iowa he was delayed by 
heavy rains, causing impassable swollen streams. So in camp several 
days, he with others of his party, entertained the crowd by joining in 
the Indian festivities — dancing around the campfire. The people called 
him the "Big Yankee" and named the place Emmettsville in his honor. 
He crossed the Missouri at Brownsville on a flatboat. Went to Ne- 
braska City and worked at the carpenter trade for awhile and joined 
by his parents, they went to Cass county, and there bought the home- 
stead farm that is still owned by the family. He lived on that farm 



until about 1897, when he moved about nine miles to Weeping Water, 
where he died at 86. In early life he belonged to the M. E. church, 
later to the Congregational, of which for a short time he was deacon 
and Sunday School superintendent. He maintained daily family de- 
votions. Was an Odd Fellow for a time. In politics a Republican, at 
times voting the Prohibition ticket — anti-saloon always. Retiring, yet 
brave — he died as he lived, in full Christian faith. 

Abram Fletcher Countryman, in group cut, was born in Min- 
den, Montgomery county, N. Y., March 11, 1832, and peacefully passed 
from his earthly residence to his eternal abode February 16. 1915. 

He was born in a humble Methodist home, where family wor- 
ship was maintained with daily regularity and where the Bible and 
Hymnal occupied a prominent place in the limited library. 

When fourteen years old he yielded to Christian influences that 
surrounded his boyhood and publicly confessed his faith in Christ and 
united with the church of his parents. From that day of blessed exper- 
ience his interest in the prosperity of the church never weakened. He 
was eminently and devoutly religious and ever ready to give a reason 
for the hope that was in him, and to persuade others to accept God's 
offered grace. His neighbors can testify of his readiness to introduce 
topics for conversation and to urge the unconverted to be Christians. 

His educational advantages were limited to the district school 
and academy. He taught school several years in his native state and 
one year in Kentucky. He spent one year in Kansas when that state 
was turbulent and needed staunch men to keep it from the agression 
of slavery. 

He was licensed to preach in 1860 and received on trial in the 
East Genesee Conference in 1861 and into full mmbership in 1863. For 
34 years he received his appointments and faithfully performed his 
allotted work and after his retirement, with unabated interest he la- 
bored and prayed for the cause he loved. The last winter he held 
weekly prayer meetings in his home to assist his pastor and for the 
encouragement and aid of those who were converted in the revival 
then in progress. One week before his death he held the last cottage 
meeting and was soon after taken ill with pnumonia. 

In his dclining years Missions and Missionaries were absorbing 
subjects for his study. He talked and prayed and gave for them. Three 
native preachers in active vv^ork in China were educated and assisted 
by his generous benevolence. He also educated two persons in India. 
In his will he remembers the Foreign and Home Missions and Bible 
Society, also Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, and left an amount to build 
a church under direction of the Church Extension Society. 

He practiced tithing- that he might be ready to assist in Chris- 
tian work. On every charge he served, the benevolent contributions 
were increased. His average salary was §488, but during his active 
ininistry he paid §900 to assist in building churches and parsonages 
and repairing the same and paying off old debts. All this demanded 
economy and profound faith. Conversions ^occurred on nearly every 
charge. He earnestly preached a full salvation and held special meet- 
ings to promote the higher Christian life. 

As a man he was fair-minded, companoniable, loyal and true 
in every relation of life. In the words of another: "he passed through 
the world as one may walk across a field of snow, leaving a track but 
no stain." That he appealed to men is evidenced by the honors con- 
ferred upon him by the fraternal orders to which he belonged and the 
esteem in which he was held by them, though he used these for no 


selfish and unworthy ends hut solely for the widening of his influence 
as a Christian and a minister. 

As a Methodist born and bred he was uncompi<omisingly loyal 
to our doctrines and polity; he knew our history and believed in our 
mission to "spread scriptural holiness;" he had the spirit of the mar- 
tyrs and would have gone to the stake rather than violate his con- 
science in things small as well as great; he was methtodical in his de- 
votions, study and work, and embodied and exemplified both the spirit 
and letter of the "Rules for a Preacher's Conduct." 

He had been the victim of pneumonia for several winters and 
expected the final result. In giving some directions concerning his 
funeral he requested that no unnecessary expense should be incurred. 
He said- "Use the money you would give for flowers to plant the Rose 
of Sharon in some heathen clime." When nearing the end, with calm 
resignation he said: "The will of the Lord be done." In the morning 
of his last day upon earth his wife repeated the hymn beginning My 
faith looks up to Thee," as she finished he uttered his last amen. His 
wife died Oct. 22, 1922. 

"There is no death, 

What seems so is transition; 

This life of mortal breath. 

Is but the suburb of the life Elysian, 

Whose portals we call death." 



Solomon Ccuntryman. 

Solomon Countryman, grandson of John, of Conradt 1st, and 
son of Abraham and Katherine Diefendorf Countryman, was born in 
what is now the to\vn of Stark, Herkimer county, N. Y., March 22, 
1808. Was educated in common schools and at Cazenovia Seminary in 
Oneida county, N. Y. In early years he taught school in Montgomery 
county, N. Y. — later served as justice of the peace at Fort Plain for 
six years, at the same time studying law. Was an ardent Methodist 
and local preacher. A Democrat up to 1856 — anti-slvery in sentiment 
— thereafter a Republican. Established a store at Jasper, N. Y., and 
continued in business for a number of years. Was postmaster from 
1861 to 1875. Died suddenly while on a visit to Fort Plain, N. Y., 
Sept. 21, 1875, and is buried at Jasper, Steuben county, N. Y. (Fur- 
ther records on Page 111.) 



Judge Edwin Countryman. 



Edwin Countryman. 

Edwin Countryman was the grreat-grandson of John, of Con- 
radt 1st, and son of Solomon and Catharine Diefendorf Countryman, 
and was born at Fort Plain, N. Y., May 2, 1833. Was educated in the 
common schools and his legal training acquired in a law office at Cher- 
__X^Valley, N. Y. He married Ann Thompson of that village in 1854. 
They had one son, Charles E.. (a lawyer, who died in 1899.) He was 
admitted to the bar in 1854 and elected district attorney of Otsego 
county, N. Y. in 1859, retaining that office for three years. In 1867 
was registrar of bankruptcy of the 19th Congressional District. Gov. 
John A. Dix appointed him justice of the supreme court to fill va- 
cancy caused by the death of Justice John M. Parker, for the sixth 
district. Judge Countryman removed to Albany and became a mem- 
ber of the law firm of Parker & Countryman, consisting of Judge 
Amasa Parker and himself. Judge Countryman was one of the lead- 
ing lawyers of his time and the history of his life work is written in 
the reports of the state of New York and in the United States. 

Among the many celebrated cases with which he was connected 
as attorney, or as counsel, and which gave him enduring fame, were 
the Cornell College Fisk and McGraw will case (so called,) and the 
Tilden will case. Among the products of his pen may be mentionsd 
his "Ethics of Legal Compensation." Another and his last was "Ths 
Supreme Court and Its Appellate Jurisdiction." 

His retiring nature more than any other factor, prevented him 
from becoming the best known lawyer in the state and it is probable 
that, except for this reason, he would have occupied the highest bench 
in the judiciary. He was good natured and always enjoyed a good 
story. Was painstaking and patient with everything except wrong. 
Temperate in his habits and his life above reproach. The possessor of 
probably the most logical and legally acute mind of his time in the, 
city of Albany, and was frequent contributor to legal periodicals of 
the day and what he wrote was always of live interest and of greafc 
value to the profession. Republican and Independent in politics. Died 
June 13, 1914. Body cremated and ashes placed in mother's grave at' 
Freys Bush, New York. 



David F. Countryman. 

David F. Countryman, great-grandson of John, of Conradt 1st, 
and son of Solomon and Katharine Diefendorf Countryman, was born 
in Montgomery county,, N. Y., July 26, 1841. He wed Emma Simpson, 
March 3, 1878. No issue. Served in Civil War three years in Co. K, 
86th N. Y. Vol., and wounded at Mine Run, Va. After the war, was 
connected as storekeeper with the New York Custom House for five 
years, but spent most of his life on a farm. His wife died in Steuben 
county, April 11, 1920. A Republican for years, but later Independent 
in politics. Belonged to no church — has leaning to the Methodists. 
Was a Mason once until lodge went down and since has affiliated with 
no other. Home at Jasper, Steuben county, N. Y. (1925). Spent last 
two winters in California. 




William B. Countryman. 

Wm. B. Countryman, a great-grandson of John, of Conradt 1st, 
and son of Solomon and Jane Farquharson Countryman, was born at 
Fort Plain, N. Y., May 11, 1843, and died May 16, 1891, at Jasper, 
New York. He wed Amanda Baker, of Camron, N. Y., Aug. 25, 1870. 
She died in 1891. Born to this union, on son, Edwin W., Aug. 25, 1870, 
who wed Anna Belle Beach, of Senaca Falls, N. Y. Issue, two daugh- 
ters, Pauline and Beulah. Mr. Countryman followed farming for a 
number of years. In later years he conducted a grocery store. He ob- 
1;ained his education in the common schools and the academy at 
Troupsburg, N. Y. Was a member of the M. E. church and a standard 
hearer in the Prohibition party in its earlier day— prominent in town 
affairs and respected by all. 



Daniel Countryman. 

Daniel Countryman, the third from Conradt 1st, and son of 
George and Christina Diefendorf Countryman, was born in Albany, 
later Tryon, now Montgomery county, N. Y.. Nov. 6, 1785. He wed 
Maria (Mary) Moyer about 1803 or 4. To this union were born nine 
children: Johan (Geo. D.), Christina, Gertrude, Mary, Sally, Daniel, 
Jacob, Elizabeth, Katharine. His second marriage was to Mary Fort. 
Issue were: Lany Ann, now, 1925, 103 years old and living at Hast- 
ings, Minn.; John Wesley, Henry Daniel, Peter Fort, Levi Nelson, who 
died at 91 in 1924 and Mary Martha. He moved to Jefferson county, 
N. Y., prior to 1820 — again in 1845 moving Ho the town of Fine in St. 
Lawrence county, and in 1854 to Minnesota, where a year later the 
companion and mother died. He died in 1864. The subject, in the 
above cut, is one generation closer akin to Conradt 1st than any other 
represented. He was the son of Lieut George and was born two years 
after the Revolutionary War. 



Lany Countryman Truax. 

Mrs. Lany A. Truax was born in Watertown, Jefferson county, 
New York, on September 3, 1821. She was the eldest of a family of 
six brothers and sisters, all of whom are dead. Her parents, Daniel 
and Mary Countryman, showed no special signs of strength or vital- 
ity, and died of ordinary ailments at the ages of 78 and 60 years, re- 
spectfully. On Sept. 8, 1842, she was married to Daniel B. Truax, 
moving a short time later from Jefferson county to the northern part 
of St. Lawrence county, N. Y., then a wilderness. After doing pioneer 
work there for several years, they mbved west, arriving at Point 
Douglas on the steamer Luella, Sept. 28, 1853. Four months later, 
they pre-empted a claim four miles west of Hastings in the township 
of Nininger, residing there until 1867, when they moved to Hastings. 

Jan. 2, 1916, her husband died at the age of nearly 98 years, 
and since then "Aunt Lany" or "Grandma" Truax, as she is familiarly 


called, has resided with her son, A. H. Truax. Besides her son, direct 
descendants of Mrs. Truax are three granddaughters, Willie L. Truax 
and Emma L. Truax, of Hastings, and Mrs. M. A. Knapp, of Minne- 
apolis, and two great-grandsons ,Lester T. Knapp and Milond E. 
Knapp. In addition there are a large number of nephews and nieces 
and their children. 

Grandma Truax is still very active mentally and physically for 
one of her advanced age, and is still interested in all current topics. 
She has always been a consistent member of the Methodist church and 
a strong, steady worker in the temperance cause. 

She is very sympathetic, and has helped in purse, advice, and 
influence to the extent of her ability in the uplifting of the downfallen 
and unfortunate. Practical proof that she is loved and respected by 
her many friends and acquaintances was given at the celebration of her 
centennial anniversary Sept. 3, 1921, when more than one hundred 
gathered in her honor to extend to her their greetings and best wishes. 

Has celebrated her 103d birthday, Sept. 3, 1924. She is yet in 
good health and spirits, mind clear, memory but little impaired, and 
always ready to greet her friends. 

Albert H. Truax. 

The subject of this sketch, Albert H. Truax, only child of Dan- 
iel B. and Lany A. (Countryman) Truax, was born in the town of 
Orleans, Jefferson county, N. Y. His parents first m'oved to Fine, on 
the western border of the Adirondack Reservation, in New York, and 
later, in 1853, migrated to Minnesota, at that time the center of pi- 
oneering activity. The family settled on a pre-emption claim four 
miles west of the town of Hastings, then a busy pioneer port on the 
Mississippi river twenty miles below St. Paul, the capital of the ter- 
ritory. In the years following, leading up to the time of the Uvii 
War he received a thorough common school education, and in 18bc! 
enlisted in the Second Minnesota Cavalry, where he remained to the 
end of the war, having received the commission of Second Lieutenant 
some time prior to his discharge. , •., u- u -j f^ 

Marrying late in the fall of 1865, he moved with his bride to 
Hastings, where he engaged in the sale of farm machinery until 1885, 
when he entered into the U. S. government, city, and railroad con- 
structing business, in which he has continued to the present time, do- 
ing wwrk in West Virginia, Missouri, Tennessee, Arizona, Wisconsin 
and Minnesota. In 1883 he was elected State Senator from Dakota 
county, Minn., and by reflection served until 1891. Now at the age 
of eighty he is still in the harness and engaged in contract work for 
the city of Hastings, for which he is thoroughly equipped because of 
his long experiencf. He is caring for his dear old mtother, who is now 
nLar^ng her 104th milest^ifebf life and in good health for one so aged 
His family consists of tMee daughters and ^ two grandsons. He says 
that he wants it understood that he is a Repul)lican, first by choice, 
second by habit, and third by historical experience. He is a member 
S the GAR , ; Mason, and a dyed in the wool 100 per cent American 




Group Cut of Levi Nelson Countryman Family. 

The parents, sitting, and reading from left to right, names of 
children are: Theophilus Russel, Cripple Creek, Colo.; Mrs. Lana M. 
C. Conger, Ontario Calif.; Amplias Milton, Cincinnati, Ohio; Gratia 
Alta, Minneapolis, Miss. 

Levi N. Countryman, the father of this family, was the grand- 
son of George, the youngest son of Oonradt 1st, and the son of Daniel 
and Mary Fort Countryman. He was born in Orleans township, near 
the village of LaFargeville, Jefferson county, N. Y., July 11, 1832. 
When he was thirteen the family moved to St. Lawrence county. Here 
in the woods of the town of Fine, located on the western edge of the 
great forest of the Adirondack region, he spent nearly four years 
helping to clear land and do other work that fell to the pioneer. At 
the age of seventeen he left for the Mohawk country, where he spent 
a few months of that year (1849) in farming and teaching a select 
school, the following winter near Little Falls, N. Y. In the spring of 
1850 he turned his face westward, landing in New Albany, Ind. In 
youth he was a diligent student in the common school of New York 
and now was aspiring for a college education. To attain this goal de- 
pended wholly on his own resources — not .daunted, he at once entered 
Greenville Academy, and a little later a school at Hartsville, Ind., 
now Hartsville University. In March, 1851, he married Miss Alta 
Chamberlain, living nd continuing his studies here up to his Senior 
year. In the summer of 1855 he had a violent attack of hemorrhage 
of the lungs. In October of that year, he with his wife and child, 
moved to Minnesota, where his parents and other relatives were living. 
Here he secured title to some government land and farmed for a term 
of years. In 1858, while teaching in winter, he had another like serious 
attack from which he dispaired recovery. In 1860 he determined to 
finish his college course, in which he succeeded in getting the degree 
of A. B. in June, 1861, and a little later that of A. M. Continuing liv- 
ing on the farm he had so recovered in health that he enlisted for ser- 
vice in the Civil War during the last year and was honorably discharg- 
ed at its close in 1865. To his home came four children, as are seen 
in the family cut. Interested that all his children should have a col- 
lege education— to this end he bent his every effort. How well he suc- 
ceeded you will note in their respective sketches which follow. After 
the war for fifteen years he taught school and found other employ- 
ment; which with the proceeds of his farm educated his two sons, then 
later moved to Minneapolis to give his daughters the advantage of 
attending the State University. By the "Buffalo Pitts" Threshing Ma- 
chine Co. he was employed 24 years; managing their interests at Pargo 
and Minneapolis, which at times involved much travel in the Dakotas, 
Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. His wife died Jan. 25, 192<d, they 
having lived together nearly 71 years. Their latter years were spent 
mostly with their daughter, Mrs. L. M. Conger, at Ontario, Calif. 
To his estimable wife he attributes much of his and his family s suc- 
cess. He was a Christian gentleman, full of love and labor for the 
cause. Was a member of the M. E. church. In politics a Republican. 



Amplias Milfcon Countryman. 

The subject of the following sketch, Amplias M Countryman, 
eldest son of Levi and Alta Countryman, was born m Hartsville In- 
diana October 31,. 1854, and moved to Minnesota with his parents in 
the early pioneer days of 1855. His early life was spent on a farm 
which his father pre-empted from the government, he meanwhile at- 
tending the neighborhood district school, which in those days was ot 
an unstable character, both as to regularity and duration. After the 
close of the Civil War the family moved Ko Hastings, and he entered 
the public school of that enterprising town, graduating from the high 
school in 1873 In 1874 he entered Oberlin College, Ohio, from which 
he was graduated in the Classical Course in 1878. After a brief respite 
he entered on a medical course in Cincinnati, graduating m 1881. i'or 
forty years he has been in the practice of medicine m 'one section of 
eastern Cincinnati, where he has always had a large clientele, and 
which at the present time, at the age of nearly 71, is not perceptably 
diminished. He married Adda E. Short, Sept. 26. 1895. No issue. 

Theophilus Russell Countryman. 

Theophilus Russell Countryman, son of Levi Nelson Country- 
man and Alta Countryman (nee Chamberlain) was born near Has- 
tings, Minn., June 11, 1857. Attended the public schools of Hastings 
from 'the age of nina, and graduated form the high school in June, 1874 
Went to Washington University, St. Louis, in 1874, and graduated in 
June, 1878, taking the degree of Mining Engineer. Shortly afterwards 
went to Pilot Knob, Mo., as engineer and assistant superintendent of 
the Pilot Knob Iron Mining Co. In January, 1881, he went to Mexico 
as transitman and topographer for the Mexican National Railway Co., 
surveying a line from the City of Mexico to the Pacific coast. Re- 
turned to the United States in the latter part of 1881 and entered 
the employment of the Great Northern Ry. Co. as traveling engineer 
and draftsman. In July, 1883, began working for the Burlington Rail- 
way Co. on the location and construction of their line from Minneapo- 
lis to Chicago. In August, 1886, was sent by the Burlington Co. to 
Denver, Colo., to locate a railway line from Denver to Salt Lake City. 

In December, 1889, he went to Uruguay, South America, to work 
on the location and construction of a railway line from Montevideo to 
Buenos Aires, for the g^overnment of Urugruay. Returned to the United 
States in August, 1891, and shortly afterwards established an office 
in the new gold mining district^ Cripple Creek, Co'.o., where he has 
ever since been engaged in the general practice of civil and mining 
engineering, superintendence of mining and tunnel operations. Has 
also been during that time a U. S. Deputy Mineral Surveyor, and for 
two years Chief Engineer of the Colorado Midland Railway Co. 

He was married Jan. 5, 1882 to Ada Jaquith, of Pilot Konb, Mo. 
To this union four children were born Marvin Countryman, born Jan. 
15, 1883, died Aug. 1883; Alta Countryman, born Mar. 14, 1885; Rus- 
sell L. Countryman, born March 20, 1886, and Ralph Countryman, 
born March 20, 1888. 


Miss Gratia Alta Countryman. 

Miss Gratia Alta Countryman, daughter of Levi N. and Alta 
Countryman, was born in Hastings, Minn.,, Nov. 29, 1866. After grad- 
uating from the Hastings high school in 1882 she entered the Univer- 
sity of Minnesota, graduating with the degree of B. S., in 1899. She 
belonged to the Delta Gamma Sorority and earned Phi Beta Kappa. 
Immediately after graduation she took a position as assistant in the 
Minneapolis Public Library, which was just opening under the librar- 
ianship of Herbert Putnam, afterwards Librarian of Congress. She 
became successively Head Cataloguer, Assistant Librarian to James 
K. Hoesmer, the famous author, and finally Chief Librarian, a position 
which she has held from 1904 to date. During her administration the 
library has grown to a collection of 400,000 volumes, with 17 branches 
and many stations, with service to hospitals, to factories and business 
houses, to schools and to the entire county. She was instrumental in 
establishing the State Library Commission, and was its secretary for 
many years. She was a member of the National War Service Com- 
mittee of the American Library Association, which furnished camp 
libraries to American soldiers, and is a member of the American Li- 
brary Institute, a member of the Executive Board and The Council of 
the American Library Association. 

She has also been interested in local, civic and welfare work. 
She was a promoter and charter member of the Woman's Club of Min- 
neapolis. She was the promoter and first president of the Women's 
Welfare League. She was the first president of the Business Women's 
Club, and is a member of the Board of Directors of many civic or- 
ganizations. Her interests have been varied and wide and her devel- 
opment of the public library has kept it in touch with every civil and 
educational movement. 

MrsL Lana M. C. Conger. 

Lana M. Countryman, youngest child of Levi N. and Alta 
Chamberlain Countryman, was born at Hastings, Minn., in 1870. She 
graduated from the University of Minnesota with degree of B. A. 
She married Charles T. Conger. Was teacher for several years in On- 
tario, Calif. She is the mother of Constance V. Cbnger (Mrs. Gilbert 
-BufRngton). It is pertinent to add that at time of this writing, June 
1923, Mrs. Conger is closing 24 years of teaching, twenty years of that 
period in the high school and junior college nf Onta^rio, Caljf.,Jiaving- 
charge of the Department of Foreign Languages. StiU at Ontario, 



Peter Fort Countryman. 

Peter Fort Countryman, son of Daniel and Eliza Countryman, 
was born in Jefferson county, N. Y., Dec. 16, 1829. (See Page 138.) 
When a young boy he removed to St. Lawrence county, N. Y., where 
on April 26, 1849 he married Miss Elizabeth E. Gleason. In 1855 he 
heard the call of the West, and with his wife and three children, he 
removed Co Minnesota, and settled on a farm near Hastings, where 
most of his life thereafter was passed. His wife, who died in 1899, 
bore him eleven children, nine of whom, namely: Ambrose D., Levi 
A., Florance A., Emily J. (Cobb), Harriet L. (Cecil), Marcellus L., 
George E„ Daniel M., and Lulu M. (Ruge), are living. 

He was a Republican in politics and a member of the Methodist 
church. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity. For several 
years he owned and conducted a grocery store in Hastings, Minn., but 
his farm was his chief interest. He was active in promoting local in- 
terests, and held various township offices. During the Civil War he 
was a member of Co. D, 2d Minn. Infantry. He died at Hastings, 
Minn., Feb. 14, 1906 



Ambrose D. Countryman. /^ 

Ambrose D. Countryman, oldest child of PetervFort and Eliz- 
abeth E. (Gleason) Countryman, and grandson of DanieKCountryman, 
was born in Fine, St. Lawrence county, N. Y., Feb. 8, ISSUT He came 
to Minnesota with his parents in May, 1855, and settled near Has- 
tings, Dakota county, and grew up on his father's farm. He was edu- 
cated in the country schools, at the Universit.v of Minnssota and Wash- 
ington University, St. Louis, and graduated from the latter institu- 
tion in June, 1874, with he degree of L. L. B. He was married Aug. 
30, 1874, tlo Miss Jennie Beswick, by whom hs had three children: 
Helen L., Ernest E. and Peter F. His wife died in February, 1916. 

He taught school to pay his expenses in coilsge. He practiced 
law for a time in Minneapolis, and removed to Appleton, Minn,, in 
1878, where he has since resided and practiced his profession. He was 
County Commissioner of Swift county, Minn., in 1879 to 1883; Judge 
of Probate 'of Swift county, 1882 to i889; Secretary Board of Educa- 
tion, Appleton, Minn., 1884 to 1915; Assistant Secretary Minnesota 
State Senate, 1897 to 1905. Republican in politics. Member and war- 
den of Episcopal church. Is a Mason and Shriner. Was Grand Master 
of Masons of Minnesota in 1892-1903; Grand Patron Grand Chapter of 
Order Eastern Star of Minnesota, 1901-1902. During the World War 



was a member of Motor Corps division, Minnesota National Guard. Is 
a member of Minnesota Society Sons of American Revolution. 

Marcellus L. Countryman. 

Marcellus L. Countryman, son of Peter Fort Countryman, was 
born Aug. 27, 1861, on a farm in Dakota county, Minnesota. He was 
educated in the country school, Hastings high school, Washington 


University, Law School, St. Louis, Mo. Admitted to the bar in 1885. 
Practiced law in St. Paul, Minn., until January. 1903, since which time 
he was in the service of the Great Northern Railway Co. Is now Vice 
President and General Counsel of that company. Residence, at 213 
South Avon St., St. Paul, Minn. He married Cora May Simmons on 
April 10, 1890. They have five children and three grandchildren. The 
children are: Dorothy May, born Feb. 6, 1891, married to William Rip- 
■»Iey Dorr; residence, Los Angeles Calif.; they have one son, Roger, 
three years old. Marcellus L., Jr., bbrn Jan. 12, 1894, educated at St. 
Paul grade school, high school. University of Minnesota Law Col- 
lege, admitted to the bar in 1920, now in the service of the Northern 
Pacific Railway Co's legal department, St Paul, title, General Attor- 
ney; unmarried, lives with parents; during the war was commissioned 
lieutenant in the regular army, promoted to captain of infantry. 
Roger S., born Feb. 20, 1895, educated in St. Paul grade school, high 
school, University of Minnesota College of Medicine, practicing in St. 
Paul associated with Miller Clinic, specialty, obstetrics; unmarried, 
lives with parents; served a short time during the war as private. 
Donald F., born June 18, 1898, educated in St. Paul grade school, high 
school. University of Minnesota; during war engaged in Y. M. C. A. 
war work, then enlisted in naval aviation service, became ensign and 
remained in that service as aviation instructor until spring of 1922; 
married, residence Spokane, Wash; occupation, claim investigator for 
Great Northern Railway Co.; wife's name, Edith Cboney; they have 
two sons: Donald, three years old, and Thomas, two years old. Mor- 
ton Alden, born Dec. 31, 1903; educated in St. Paul grade and high 
schools. Now in his junior year in University of Minnesota, College 
bf Electrical Engineering; unmarried, lives with parents. 

Mr. Countryman, Sr. does not belong to any church, his wife is 
a member of St. Clements Episcopal Church. Politically a Republican. 
Is a Mason, (Past Master); also Royal Arch and Commandery. 




George E. Countryman. 

George Edwin Countryman, son of Peter F. and Elizabeth Coun- 
tryman, was born July 31, 1865, at Hastings, Minn. Graduated in 
Medicine from the Missouri Medical College, St. Louis, in April 1888. 
Was married Nov. 15 1888 to Miss Kate VanAuken, of Hastings, Minn. 
To this union was born only one child: Marguerite, now Mrs. E. C. 
Brown, of St. Paul, Minn., born Aug. 27, 1889 

Since the year of his graduation he has practiced his profes- 
sion at Aberdeen, So. Dak., where he now resides. 



Henry Countryman. 

Henry Countryman, grandson of George, the youngest son of 
Conradt 1st, and son of John George and Regina Spraker Countryman, 
was born in Montgomery county, N. Y., March 7, 1797, and died in 
Jefferson county, N. Y., June 16, 1875. He wed Elizabeth Walrath, 
born April 15, 1800, and died Dec. 25, 1873. Both are buried in Evans 
Mills cemetery. They moved to Jefferson county in 1823. Nine chil- 
dren were born to this union: Alexander, George Henry, Louise, Lu- 
dentia, Lucy E., Amos, Catharine, Wilson and Oscar. He was a wagon 
maker by trade and interested in farming, and owned 600 acres of 
land at his death. In religious doctrine, a Universalist. In politics, a 
staunch Republican. He was justice tof the peace of the town of Le- 
roy, Jefferson county, N. Y., for a number of years. (See Pages 123 
and 124.) 




David Countryman. 

David Countryman, grandson of George, the youngest son of 
Conradt 1st, and son of John George and Regina Spraker Country- 
man, was born in the Mohawk Valley, Dec. 23, 181G; died Aug. 21, 
1894. He went to Jefferson county, N. Y. when a young man, with his 
•wife, Lovina Shoemaker Countryman, born Dec. 21, 1820. Nine chil- 
dren were born to this union: Joseph, George E., Anna Catharine, 
Reuben, Charles Herman, Mary Alma, Orville, Orvis H. and Martha 
Luella. For a number of years he lived at iPamelia, Jefferson county, 
later moved to Plessis, in the town of Ale.xandria. His occupation was 
farming. He was a member of the M. E. church and he belonged to 
the Masonic order. Was a staunch Republican. He gave up farming 
at the age of 74 or 75, after which he lived with his son, Reuben, at 
Antwerp, N. Y., where he died at the age of 77. Interred at Antwerp. 
(See Pages 126 and 127). 



Lucy Ann Countryman. 

Lucy Ann Countryman, granddaughter of George, the youngest 
son of Conradt 1st, and daughter of John George and Regina Spraker 
Countryman, was born in the town of Danube, Herkimer county, N. Y,. 
near Fords Bush, Oct. 15, 1814. She married Jacob Reasner, Jan. 20, 
1835, at Fords Bush, N. Y., where they lived until 1849, when they 
moved to Jefferson county and bought a farm near Rosier, where she 
and her husband lived until their deaths. She died Feb. 17, 1884, and 
he, Sept. 13, 1903, at the ripe age of 94 years. Their children were: 
Mary, Jacob, J.,r Peter, Getorge Henry, David, Martha, Catharine;: 
Norman and Herman now living on the old homestead. She and her 
husband are buried in St. Lawrence cemetery, near the home. Her' 
grandfather, George, was a lieutenant in the Revolutionary War, andi 
her father, John George, a soldier in the War of 1812. (See Pages 
129-130 Part IL) 



Martha Reasner Bird. 

Martha Reasner Bird, daughter of Lucy Ann Countryman Reas- 
ner, was born Nov. 28, 1845, and wed John W. Bird, Feb. 1, 1881, at 
Lynnville, Hi. After farming for three years near Monroe Center, 
Ogle county, Illinois, in the spring of 1884 they moved to Cerro Gordo 
county, Iowa, near Rockford, where they purchased a farm and con- 
tinued to farm until his death, Dec. 15, 1907. To this union were born 
two children: Frank E. and Clara. In the spring of 1915 the family 
mioved to Rockford, Iowa, where they are now living and renting their 
landed interests that consist of 685 acres of Iowa fertile soil. Her 
husband, John W. Bird, was elected as a Republican two successive 
"terms to the Iowa legislature, 1885-1887, and served in extra session 
in 1888. 



Peter Countryman's Family. 

■Sitting— Michael, Frank, William Josiah 
Standing-Eliza, Lucy, Noah, George W., Sarah Ann 



Peter Countryman. 

Peter Countryman, son of Peter and Rosanna Countryman, 
was born Sept. 18, 1808, in Sommerset county, Pa. He was married 
Feb. 11, 1830, and was the father of eleven children: Josiah, Eliza, 
Anna. Amos, Sarah Anna, Lucy, Michael Luther and Wm Schever were 
twins; Washington, Franklin and Noah. He emigrated by wagon to 
New Philadelphia, Ohio, in 1840, and in 1844 came to Ibwa by wagon 
and bought a farm in southeastern Iowa, which had been homestead- 
ed. and this was ever after his home. He died April 26, 1867, aged 58 
years, 7 months and 8 days. 



Josiah Countryman. 

Josiah Countryman, oldest son of Peter and Mary Countryman, 
■was born March 23, 1830, near Somerset, Somerset county, Pa. While 
quite young his parents emigrated by wagon to Ohio, only to live there 
a few years, when they moved westward by wagon and settled m Van 
Buren county, Iowa, in 1844. After obtaining as good an education as 
the schools of the country afforded, he taught school in winter and 
worked at his chosen trade of carpenter and cabinet maker in summer. 
He volunteered for service in the Civil War, but was rejected on ac- 
count of disability. March 13, 1866, he was married to Mrs. Rachel 
Stevens, of Batavia, Iowa. To them were born eight children: Emma 
May, Minnie Rae, John Valentine, Lillian Lucy, Bertha Gertrude, Wil- 
liam Edward (deceased), Ernest Marion and Grace Elizabeth. After 
biq marriaee he engaged in furniture and undertaking at Batavia, la., 
n akTng fufnitoe fnd caskets. He left this and moved to the farm 
near Batavia in 1872. In 1876 he bought a farm three and a half miles 
east of Selma and north of Douds, where he ever afterward made his 
home except a few years, when he lived in Birmingham to finish edu- 
catTng hTs children, where he was again engaged i^ the furniture and 
undertaking business. After a few years he moved back to the farm 
but Ilways followed the trade of carpentry, when not busy on the 
frrm He was among the first to unite with the Lutheran church or- 
ganTzed at Zion, two^ miles northeast of Douds, then known as Port- 
fS He was an active member until the time of his death. May 16. 
1914, ffter an illness of a few months, at the age of 83, and was 
buried at Zion Lutheran cemetery. 



John Valentine Countryman. 

John Valentine Countryman, oldest son of Josiah and Rachel 
Countryman, was born near Batavia, Iowa, Jan. 7, 1872. When a small 
boy his parents moved to the farm three and a half miles east of 
Selma and north of Douds, where he has made his home the greater 
part of his life. After obtaining a country school education, he moved 
with his parents to Birmingham, where he attended school, but has 
been studying all his life, being greatly interested in mathematics 
and architectural drawing. He followed the carpenter trade for twelve 
years, when he moved back to the farm with his parents. After his 
marriage to Miss Rhoda Gabelman, Jan. 29, 1909, they lived in Lib- 
ertyville, Iowa, for a short time, where he again engaged in architect 
work. They then moved to a farm a mile north of the father's farm, 
where they lived for three years, then bought an adjoining farm, 
where he lived until after his father's death, when he bought his old 
home and where he is still living. He has spent all his life in Van 
Buren and Jefferson counties, Iowa, except a short time spent in Ar- 
kansas and California. While living on the farm he spent part of his 
time building and drawing plans for houses. He has four children: 
Irma, Viola, John Kenneth, Vera Evelyn and Gratia Ida. 



Peter Countryman. 

Peter Countryman, grandson of Peter and Rosanna Country- 
man, of Somerset county, Penn., and sion of Jacob and Lydia Freedline 
Countryman', was born in Somerset county, in 1834, and died in 1913. 
He married Elizabeth Hart, born in 1835 and died in 1905. Both are 
buried in Newville cemetery, DeKalb, Ind. When a lad he came to 
Ohio with his parents in a covered wagon and lived with them until 
his marriage, when he bought 240 acres of wooded land in Defiance 
county, Ohio, which he cleared— where to close of life he lived. He 
enlisted in U. S. service in the Civil War, Sept. 23, 1861, at Water- 
loo, Ind., in Co. F, 44th Reg., and was mustered out of service at Nash- 
ville, Tenn., Sept. 14, 1865. In politics a staunch Republican. He was 
a member of the Christian church. (His family genealogy on Page 
232, Part II.) 



William Countryman. 

William Countryman, grandson of Peter and Rosanna Country- 
man, and son of Jadob and Lydia Freedline Countryman, waa born in 
Wyandot county, Ohio, Feb. 9, 1854, and wed Pauline Smith, daughter 
of Wan-en and Sarah Smith, of near Ottawa, Ohio, Aug. 21, 1877. 
Issue of this union are two sons: Kenneth, of Coldwater, Mich., and 
Carl, of Fort Wayne, Ind. William Countryman and wife have always 
farmed in Indiana until recently, when they purchased a home in 
Hicksville, where they have retired from strenuous labor. They belong 
to the P. of I., a farmers' club. Are members of the Christian church 
and have always been Republican in politics . (Family genealogy more 
complete on Page 233, Part 11.) 




Daniel Countryman. 

Daniel Countryman, son of Peter and Matilda Ames Country- 
man, was the first white child born in Wheatland township, Ingham 
county, Michigan. Here he grew to manhood and at the call of the 
United States enlisted in service in Co. K, 9th Mich. Reg. Was dis- 
charged on account of physical disability and later re-entered in the 
Mich. 28th and served to close of war. He was married to Evlyn 
Clark, Sept. 1870. To this union were born seven children: Daniel 
Luther, Eliza M., Baker A., Thomas F., Harriet E., William T. S. and 
Geo. Edward. The wife and mother, in 1924, lives at Bonners Ferry, 
Idaho. (Miore complete genealogy elsewhere in Part II.) 


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/ Middle and Eastern Mohawk Valley. 

The map here presented represents the middle and the eastern 
/ Mohawk valley, the first place of any tangible history of Country- 
/ mans in America. It was here that Conradt reared his family of ten 
children, the oldest one, Adam, born 1719. Here that Conradt got title 
to land in 1731. His death occurred prior to 1777. He was always a 
British subject. The title to his land antedates by one year the birth 
of Washington and of the first railroad in the valley by one hundred 
years, and more than a century before the first telegraph. The east- 
ern part of the valley was settled by Holland Dutch much earlier than 
the middle by the Gernian Palatines. Six of the seven sons, with all 
grandsons of military ?ge, proved loyal to the Colonies. In 1720, New 
York Colony had a population of only 27,000 whites and 4,000 negro 
slaves. Slavery was abolished in 1817 and took effect Jan. 1, 1827. 
The middle Mohawk was then the western boundary of white settle- 
ment. The Mohawk and the other Iroquois Indian tribes jealously 
guarded their hunting ground against further intrusion. Happily for 
the early settlers that England was in pacific relations with the Iro- 
quois, as they proved a barrier to the raids from the north and west 
by the French and Algonquins. 

The Mohawk valley east to the Hudson was their little world 
and the village of Albany the metropolis. Few ,if any, even of the 
third generation got beyond these borders. The means of travel until 
after the revolution was mainly on foot or horseback or by canoe or 
battaux on the river. Washington, in 1783, toured the valley on horse- 
back. The first mail stage west of Albany as far as Canajoharie was 
in 1790. Postage then was 6 cents for a letter thirty miles. Three 
generations of Countrymans had no common school advantages to 
learn English. These talked German or Mohawk Dutch exclusively — 
and the fourth generation spoke English very poorly. Children were 
robbed of the advantages and joys of school days. 

Their constituted farm equipments for a century or more were 
the axe ,saw and hammer, a horse and a home-made harness of breast 
collar with skin or rope tugs, possibly an ox team, a wooden plow 
with iron point, some improvised "drag", sickle and flail. The cast- 
iron plow, the more modern harrow, the leather hame collar harness, 
the grass scythe and grain cradle — these the heritage of the fourth 
and fifth generations. Mine was the pleasure to use the then modern 
improvements and have often rejoiced that I was not earlier born. 
More than two decades of my earlier life were spent here. Lingering 
memories of antiquated farm and household accoutrements are mine 
of vision — ^rather than history to later generations. Mother's spin- 
ning wheels to manufacture the yarn and thread, which by loom she 
deftly wove into fabrics to clothe her family. Knitting needles, the 
which every lass in her teens was plying for the household comfort — 
much of this was done in long winter evenings, by the light of tallow 







dips, at times supplemented by metal lamps in which was burned 
refuse fats or whale oil. 

• This section was the birth and burial place of three generations. 
With their environments and means of travel, naught else could they 
do. With better facilities the fourth and fifth generations sought 
other fields. Today. Countryman homes and communities are found 
in many states. Instead of exclusive farming as in earlier days, their 
vocations and professions are many. In the lightf of Countryman his- 
tory the study of this map with others given, I trust will be interest- 
ing. This, an historic section. For full knowledge r'ead Lossing's, 
Beer's. Sim's & Greene's histories. Greene, at this time, is compiling 
an elaborate history to date. With this brief outline I must be content. 



Outstanding Events Contemporary with the Countrymans in America. 

British subjects under George 1st from 1714 to 1727; George 
II from 1727 to 1760; George III from 1760 to 1776, and after treaty 
of peace, 1783, American citizens. 

Voted for George Washington in January, 1789, who was unani- 
mously elected, and inaugurated April 30, 1789, under federal con- 
stitution adopted March 4, 1789. 

First census of U. S. A., 1790, when population was 3,929,827, 
with nearly 700,000 slaves. 

In 1790 first American voyage around the world, by Captain 
Gray, of Boston. 

Whole number of post-offices in U. S., 1790, 75, and cost to send 
letter 30 miles, 6c; and 450 miles or more, 25c. 

Prior to 1791, mail from Albany through Moha.wk valley was 
carried on horseback. 

First turnpike in U. S. was from Philadelphia to Lancaster. 
Penn., 1792. First turnpike in Mohawk valley about 1795. 

First patent for nail machine granted to Samuel Griggs, of 
Philadelphia, in 1791. 

First common school recommended by Gov. Clinton, of New 
York state, 1795. 

George Washington died Dec. 14, 1799. 

Louisiana purchased from France, April 30, 1803 for $15,000,000 

The Clermont, a steamboat built by Robert Fulton, on Aug. 7, 
1807, made a successful trip from New. York City to Albany and re- 
turn in 72 hours. 

An act by Congress, March 2, 1807, prohibited the African 
slave trade. 

In 1808, first temperance society in American was organized at 
Moreau, Saratoga county, N. Y. 

1808, first printing press west of Mississippi river set up at 

St. Louis. 

June 18, 1812, second war was declared with England. Sept. 10, 
1813, Perry's victory on Lake Erie. Aug. 24, 1814, Washington burned 
by British . Dec. 24, 1814, treaty of peace with Great BriUin. 

1817, Erie Canal commenced, and finished in 1825. 

1831, 17 mile railroad built from Albany to Schenectady. 

Slavery abolished in New York, July 4, 1827. 

1819, The Savannah, first steam vessel to cross the Atlantic. 

1819, the first improved plow patented by Jethro Wood. 1834, 
McCormick mower and reaper patented. 

The lucifer match was patented by an American in 1836. 

May 27, 1844, first telegraph message sent from Washington to 
Baltimore — "What hath God wrought." 

Mexican War, 1846-1848. 


The Singer, the first successful sewing machine, came into use 
in 1850. 

First Republican National Campaign, 1856. 

Atlantic cable's first message, Aug. 5, 1858 — "Europe and 
America are united." 

Abraham Lincoln elected president in November, 1860. Eman- 
cipaiton Proclamation, Sept. 1862. Civil War, 1861, to Lee's surren- 
der, April 14, 1865. Lincoln assassinated April 12, 1865. 

The Alaska purchase was made in 1867. Price paid $7,200,000. 

Transcontinental railroad completed May 10, 1869. 

Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia, 1876. 

Edison's first phonograph, 1877. 

Bell's first telephone message, from Salem to Boston, 1877. 

World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago, 1893. 

Spanish-American War, 1898. 

1915, first wireless message between Washington and Paris. 

First cross-continent telephone message, 1915. 

World War, Aug. 1914 to Nov. 11, 1918. 

1919, first aeroplane mail service between New York and 

Jan. 16, 1920, 18th Amendment to the federal constitution. 

Aug. 26, 1920, 19th Amendment to the federal constitution. 

1924, Lowell Smith, Leigh Wade, Erick Nelson, Leslie Arnold, 
Henry Ogden and Jack Harding, round the world aviators. 

Nov. 28, 1924, first trans-Atlantic wireless photos taken of 
President Coolidge, Owen Young, Prince of Wales, and others. 

April, 1925, an X-Ray picture taken from New York to Chicago 
and returned to New York by aeroplane in nine hours. 

1925, number of automobiles in use, 17,500,000. 

In the more than two centuries of their occupancy (however 
desirous), I shall not attempt to say what share they have had in 
peopling and developing a country that has more than tripled its 
original domain and grown in population from less than half a million 
to more than 1110 millions, and a country of forest and wild prairies 
converted into gardens, orchards and productive fields. The history 
of these years are written in the physical accretions, the civil, intel- 
lectual and moral attainments of each succeeding generation and their 
complement is our heritage of citizenship in a republic of, by and 
for the people. 





After our wandering and cruising in the mazes of time and 
events we are anchoring with delight and content in the haven of 
"Countryman Genealogy." Winds, weather and waves have not always 
been propituous. so our landing has been materially delayed — with the 
ever harressing thought — will the cargo be worth the charges. 

Book-making has not been the vocation of the authors of Coun- 
tryman Genealogy, but a far-fetched and delayed avocation for the 
occasion — not adepts but novices in an experimental adventure. That 
so many have taken stock in the enterprise by hazarding the price of 
a book and books has made the project of its publication possible. 

To keep the book within the maximum of estimate price I made 
on soliciting subscriptions has had its influence no doubt to sacrifice 
best of form to save expense. May I say to the credit of the publish- 
ers their proffer of publication was much less than that of others, and 
that they and the author in after thought and vision are the most 
severe and painful critics for errors that appear. May I plead the 
covering of its defects (and there are some) the mantle of charity. 

The book has many more pages than first estimated and still 
very close to the estimated approximate cost. Time and incident ex- 
penses of gathering data, re-writing and arranging copy for press, 
with the reading of proof, have all been charged to personal account 
to keep book at minimum publication price. I would the book were 
more complete — and might have been so — had there been a more ready 
response to my solicitations. 

To the bark, I bid adieu, and have much personal satisfaction 
in the discoveries made. Should some young explorer choose to further 
cruise. I can but think what now's been done must vantage prove to 
new discovery. 




Page 48 — Seymore should be Seymour. 

•Page 50 — Fort Pickins, South Carolina, should be Fort Fisher, North 

Page 64 — pictoral should be pictorial. 

Page 64 — phyogognomic should be physiognomic. 

Pagt 64 — Malenial should be Millennial. 

Page 95 — Edgr should be Edgar. 

Page 177 — Sanish American should be Spanish American. 

Page 186 — 898 should be 1898. 

Page 188 — Appleton, S. Dak. should be Appleton, Minn. 

Page 224 — grst should be first. 

Page 228—772 should be 1772. 

Page 253 — Hoophole should be Hooppole. 

Page 253 — bother should be brother. 

Page 271 — Wee should be were. 

Page 291 — ws should be was. 

Page 317 — sketer should be sketch. 

Page 319 — Under cut names of Alvin Countryman and Harvey Coun- 
tryman should be tr'ansposed. 

Page 326 — on should be one. 

Page 332 — form should be from. 

Page 335 — he should be the. 




Title Page of Part I. 
Portrait of Alvin Countryman. 

The "Countryman" Name 9 

History and Genealogy 10 

Will of John, the fifth son of Conrad 12 

Copy of Land Grant 14 

Descendants of Conrad, John and John L, Sr 20 

Isaac Countryman, son of John L, Sr 20 to 24 

Mary, daughter of John L E., Sr 24 to 27 

Elizabeth, daughter of John L, Sr 27 to 31 

John L C, Jr., son of John L C. Sr 32 to 36 

David, son of John L C, Sr 36 to 39 

Peter, son of John L Countryman, Sr 40 to 44 

Nancy, daughter of John L Countryman, Sr 44 to 48; 

Daniel, son of John L C, Sr 48 to 50- 

Moses, son of John L Countryman, Sr 50 

Catharine, daughter of John L Countryman, Sr 50 

Rachael, daughter of John I. Countryman, Sr 50 

Relative World War Records 51 to 53 


Title Page of Part II 55 

Portrait of John Ervin Countryman 



Father, John I. Countryman, Jr.; Mother. Nancy Failing C 59- 

"The Trail" 61 

American Indians Our Neighbors 62; 

Introductory 63 to 65. 

The Palatines 66 to 69^ 

Genesis of Names 70 to 74: 

Genealogy of Conradt Countryman 7& 

Genealogy of Adam, odest son of Conradt 1st 75 to 84 

Genealogy of Marcus, second son of Conradt 1st 84 

Genealogy of Frederick, third son of Conradt 1st. : 85 

Genealogy of Conradt 2nd 85 to 92 

Genealogy of Jacob, fifth son of Conradt 1st 92 to 95 

Countrymans, Ulster Co., N. Y 96 to 97 

Family Record of John, sixth son of Conradt 1st 97 



Lea, oldest child of John, of Conradt 1st 98 

Rachael and Dorothea, daughters of John, of Conradt 1st 99 

Nicholas, oldest son of John, of Conradt 1st 99 to 105 

Catharine, sixth child of John, of Conradt 1st 105 

Susanna, seventh child of John, of Conradt 1st 105 to 106 

John I. Countryman, Sr., eighth child of John, of Conradt 1st. Com- 
plete Genealogy in Part I. 
Magdalena. ninth child of John, of Conradt issue in Part L 

Maria, tenth child of John, of Conradt 1st 106 to 108 

Abraham, of John, of Conradt 1st 108 to 113 

Excerpts from Manuscripts of Norman W. Countryman . . . .114 to 120 
Genealogy of George Countryman, as compiled by John E. Coun- 
tryman 120 to 130 

Genealogy of George Countryman the 1st, as relates to one of his 
children, contributed by Levi Nelson Countryman, son of Daniel 

Countryman 131 to 139 

Supplement to the above the Genealogy of (John) George, the oldest 
son of Daniel, by Mrs. Horace Countryman 139 to 140 

Church Records. 

Lutheran Church at Stone Arabia, Mont. Co., N. Y 141 to 144 

Marbletown Reformed Church, Ulster Co., N. Y 144 to 145 

Reformed Church, Stone Arabia 145 to 147 

Sand Hill, now Fort Plain, Reformed Church 147 -to 150 

Indian Castle Church, Herkimer Co., N. Y 151 

Sand Hill Reformed Church, now Fort Plain, copied from record now 

in Utica Library 152 to 154 

Copied from Geisenburg Lutheran Church records at Farmers & Mer- 
chants Bank. Fort Plain, N. Y 154 to 168 

Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minden, N. Y 168 to 170 

Starkville Evangelical Lutheran Church 170 to 172 

U. S. Census, 1790. 

Census of New York Canajoharie Dist 173 

Census of Ulster County, N. Y., Marbletown Township 173 

Census of Albany County 173 

Pennsylvania Census, 1790, Bedford County 173 

Pennsylvania Census, Northampton County 173 

Census of Philadelphia 173 

Pennsylvania Census, Fayette County 173 

Virginia Census, 1790, Rockingham County 173 

South Carolina Census, 1790, York County 173 

New York Revolutionary Roster (Rockford Library) 174 

Pennsylvania Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers 175 

Revolutionary Soldiers of Virginia 175 to 176 

War Department, The Adjutant General's Office 176 




California Civil and Spanish- American Soldiers 177 to 178 

Indiana Civil War Soldiers 178 

Illinois Civil War Soldiers 178 to 179 

Iowa Civil War Soldiers 179 to 180 

Michigan Civil War Soldiers 180 

Minnesota Civil War Soldiers 180 to 181 

New York Civil War Soldiers 182 to 183 

Ohio Civil War Soldiers 184 

Pennsylvania Civil War Soldiers 184 to 185 

Wisconsin Civil War Soldiers 185 

Spanish American War. 

Iowa Soldiers 185 

California Soldiers 186 

Minnesota Soldiers 186 

Illinois Soldiers 186 

World War Soldiers 186 to 188 

Court and Probate Records 190 to 219 

Virginia Countrymans 220 to 223 

Lineage of Pennsylvania Countrymans 223 to 242 

Cuts and Sketches of Descendants of Adam, of Conradt 1st 243 to 252 
Cuts and Sketches of Descendants of Conrad, of Conradt 1st 253 to 256 

Map of Danube and Stark, Herkimer County, N. Y 257 to 259 

Sketch of John Countryman, Son of Conradt 1st, with Cuts and 

Sketches of his descendants 260 to 305 

Lynnville Tonwship, with Map 306 to 308 

Map of Towns of Minden, Canajoharie, Palatine, St. Johnsville ..309 

Countryman Reunion Groups 309 to 315 

Sketch of Abraham Countryman, son of John, of Conradt, with Cuts 

and Sketches of his descendants 316 to 326 

Cut of Daniel Countryman, son of George, of Conradt 1st, with Cuts 

and Sketches of his descendants 327 to 338 

Cuts and Sketches of Descendants of George, 2d from Conrad 339 

Cuts and Sketches of Descendants of Peter and Rosanna Country- 
man 343 to 348 

Cut and Sketch of Daniel, son of Peter and Matilda Ames Country- 
man 349 

Comments, with Map of Middle and Eastern Mohawk Valley 350