Sunday, November 24, 2013

Will of Myron B. Wetherwax

Rensselaer county Will book116,pages 543-547

The last will and testament of Myron B. Wetherwax late of the town of North Greenbush in the county of Rensselaer deceased together with the proofs thereof as a will of real and personal estate. Recorded March 4th 1887

Will delivered to Alfred S. Lape June 12,1888

The Last Will and testament of Myron B. Wetherwax

I Myron B. Wetherwax of the town of North Greenbush county of Rensselaer and state of New York being of sound mind and memory do make publish and declare this my ladt Will and Testament as follows:

1st I give and bequeath unto each and every one of my daughters that are single and unmarrried a house and support on my premises so long as they remain single as long as they shall choose to remain there and perform reasonable services for my estate which house and support I make an incumbrance upon my real estate.

2nd I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Betsy H. Wetherwax the use and natural income of all my personal and real estate for the purpose of keeping my family together and subject to the above incumbrances until my son Samuel shall arrive at the age of twenty one years.

3rd I give and bequeath to my daughter Ida May Wetherwax five hundrd dollars to be paid to her by my executors hereinafter named as soon after my death as she shall arrive at the age of twenty one years.

4th I give and bequeath to my daughter Ester C. Wetherwax the sum of five hundred dollars to be paid to her by my executor when she shall arrive at the age of twenty one years.

5th I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elva Frances the like sum of five hundred dollars to be paid to her by my said executors when she shall arrive at the age of twenty one years which is considered by me to make them equal with the five hundred dollars heretofor paid to each of my three oldest daughters by myself.

6th I give divise and bequeath all the rest of residue and remainder of all my real estate and personal estate after paying the above legacies (subject however to the foregoing mentioned incumbrances of support of those my said daughters that are single if any there be) to my son Samuel Wetherwax when he shall arrive at the age of twenty one years to have and hold the same forever. And in case he orany of my three daughters last named shall not live until they shall arrive at the age of twenty one years and leaving no hiers then I direct that the sums they would have if living be equally divided between my heirs that are their living or to their heirs to have and to hold the same forever.

And lastly I do hereby constitue and appoint my said wife Betsy H. Wetherwax Exeutrix and my brother Andrew Wetherwax and my friend Sylvester J. Craver Executors of this my last Will and Testament whom I do hereby appoint Guradians of my minor children if any impower them to have full control of all of my personal and real estate to till cultivate let or rent said real estate and pay the income thereof to my said wife as before mentioned until my said son Samuel shall arrive at the age of twenty one years and should these not be sufficient money to pay the forgoing legacies as the shall become due then I direct my Executors to raise the deficiency by bond and mortgage or otherwise on my ral estate. In witness whereof I have herunto set my hand and seal the sixteenth day of April in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty.

             Myron B. Wetherwax l.s.

The above instrument was at the date thereof signed sealed and declared and published by the said Myron B. Weatherwax as and for his last Will and testament in presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in presende of each other have subscribed our name as witness hereto.

Wm. Morel West Sandlake Rensselar co NY

Youth Yanalake Renss co NY Edgar Y. Yhter

Albert O. Fellows West Sandlake Rens co NY


Whereas I Myron B. Wetherwax have heretofore made my lat Will and testamenr date April 16,1880, Now I make this instrument as a codicil to said last Will and testament and to be taken as a part thereof. In and by virtue of my said Will  I did among other things therein contained constitute and appoint my brother Andrew Wetherwax and my friend Sylvester J. Craver executors of my said Will. Now I revoke the appointment of the said Andrew Wetherwax and Sylvester J. Craver as such Eexcutors and appoint my son inlaw Alfred H. Lape and my son inlaw George P. Lape executors in their stead. Retifying and confirming my said Will in all other respects. I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eighteenth day of October in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty four.

                                                                        Myron B. Wetherwax l.s.


Edgar J.L.Yhter

Albert O. Fellows

The above Will when probated on March 4,1887 indicated the following:

Betsy H. Wetherwax Executrix

Alfred H. Lape and Goerge P. Lape Executors

Mary E. Lape heir  (minor)

Esther Wickes Frankie Wetherwax heir (minor)

Samuel B. Wetherwax heir (minor)

Alexander B. Slocum guardien of minor heirs

Transcribers notes:

Myron Burton Wetherwax b: 9 Aug 1829;d:23 Jan 1887;bur:Elmwood Cem. Sandlake NY

his wife was Elizabeth H. Tabor b:8 Jun 1832;d:18 May 1908;bur:Elmwood Cem. Sandlake NY

Samuel Burton Wetherwax b:10 Apr 1875;d:21 Jan 1945;bur Elmwood Cem. Sandlake NY

he married: Lillie May Coons

Esther C. Wetherwax b:4 May 1867; d:16 Oct 1892;bur: Elmwood Cem. Sandlake NY

she married: Frank Wicks

Ida May Wetherwax b:19 Jan 1863;d:9 Nov 1926

she married: Howard  B. Holsapple

Elva Frances Wetherwax b:7 Jun 1873;d:30 Apr 1943;bur: Elmwood Cem Sandlake NY

she married: Henry Heger

Amy T. or G. Wetherwax b:10 Feb 1854;d:25 Aug 1920;bur: Elmwood Cem. Sandlake

she married: George Peter Lape (executor of Myron Will)

There was a total of ten children born to Myron B. and  Elizath H. Wetherwax

twin daughters: Harriet and Charlotte b:1853,d:1853

                                 Martha Janet b:1865;d:1865


Friday, October 11, 2013

Gertrude A. Weatherwax (nee Lussier) wife of Clarence E. Weatherwax ((deceased) died on Saturday October 5,2013 after a brief illness.She was born March 27,1924 in Westfield, MA. She was the daughter of Emory J. Lussier and Eva Mae Venslette. Her husband died in 1998. She is survived by one sister Burnadette Lussier of Becket,MA. Sons: Wayne E. Weatherwax of Westfield, MA, Edward R. Weatherwax of GA..and  6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

I am working on the Weatherwax family Military history from the American Revolution to present day. I would like any Weatherwax military service information you may wish to share for my next book. I have most of the family Military history up to World War I. However a small bio with each individuals service, awards, and campaigns would add to the updated family history. From lowest private to Rear Admiral Hazelett P. Weatherwax the family has served in almost every War or Campaign. Some info on WWII and Korea has already been collected, but more from WWII until present day is needed. You may email me directly or post on this site

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The research on the Weatherwax Ancestral land purchased by Andreas Weatherwax in 1765 continues. Right now I do know that his son Martinus or Martin Weatherwax sold the farm he inherited from his father to James Brookins. Deeds found in Troy NY this summer indicate that in November 1792 Martin Weatherwax sold 185 acres of land for 600 pounds colonial money. This land was located along the Main road in Schaghticoke. Today this is NY Rte.40 located between Speigletown and Melrose. Since both Martinus and his brother Hannes both owned property with deed records originating in Albany co NY, and later deed records located in Rensselaer co NY. This pretty much is convincing proof that the original lands were in the Schaghticoke area, not at the Tomahannock Reservoir. It appears that the research cited in my book by R. Arthur Johnson (deceased) contains errors in actual location of these lands. Additionally Petrus or Peter Weatherwax is buried in the Brookins Family cemetery on NY Rte.40. I visited his grave this summer. The Cemetery is on a hillside on Rte. 40. The location of the Brookins family cemetery is adjacent to what was known locally as the Brookins family home . The Brookins family lands passed on to his son Wooster Brookins.
The sale of the property by Martin Weatherwax in Nov of 1792 matches with his migration to Clinton co NY by 1794 where he purchased a 300 acres farm adjoining his brother David Weatherwax's 300 acre farm. Also joining the migration was Benjamin Weldon and his wife. The Weldon's and Weatherwax's were members of Gilead Lutheran Church where their children were baptized. And Benjamin Weldon's wife was Hannah Goewey the sister of Martin Weatherwax's wife Elizabeth Goewey. When Martins wife Elizabeth died abt 1800 he remained widowed until 1805. When Benjamin Weldon died in 1803, Martin was appointed executor of Benjamin's estate. In 1805 Martin married Hannah Goewey. Marriage records were found in the records of First Lutheran church of Albany for the 1805 marriage

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


 The Weatherwax Genealogy 1710-1930

Ten generations of the descendants of Henrich C. Wiederwachs Hunters list #809

This is a sourced and documented genealogy covering all lines of descent from our common immigrant ancestor. This book is a 6"x9" format; Smyth binding on 60lb acid free paper. The book weighs a hefty 3.5 lbs.The book includes a short Palatine history. Early family migration and land information, known spelling variations; family records including: transcriptions of early family Bibles, Wills, Deeds and related Probate documents.

 The Ten Generation Family Journal report is 752 pages long and includes documentation within the Journal report covering over 6,000 direct descendants. There are 27 pages of separate source references; and the All Name index of 90 pages with over 18,000 names including all known or found spelling variations. Total page length of this book is 959 pages.


This is a limited Edition press run


Title: The Weatherwax Genealogy 1710-1930

Ten Generations of the descendants of Henrich Weatherwax a Palatine Immigrant

ISBN: 0-89725-879-7

LIB. Congress: 2010922439


Published by: Penobscot Press, Rockland, ME.

6"x9" format, Smythe binding on acid free 60 lb paper


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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Jane Anna Witherwax/Weatherwax (1816-1888)

Jane Anna Weatherwax b: 8 Mar 1816 in Dutchess co. NY was the daughter of Martinus (Martin) Weatherwax and wife Maria Martin. She married Charles Whitaker abt 1837 in Red Hook NY. They had the following children:
1.Eliza H. Whitaker b: 2 Feb 1838 Red Hook
2. John Whitaker b:c1839 Red Hook
3. Charles Whitaker b: 1843 Red Hook
4.Emily Serena Whitaker b: 13 Mar1842 Red Hook
5.Byron Whitaker b:1 Oct 1848 Red Hook
6 Joseph Whitaker b:c1851 Red Hook
7. Lydia Whitaker b: c1853 Red Hook
8. Carrie Whitaker b:c1855 Ted Hook
9.Eberle Whitaker b:c1863 Davenport,Scott Iowa
Jane d:23 Apr 1888;Davenport,Scott IA
Charles Whitaker d:8 Mar 1889; Davenport Scott IA
both are buried in Oakdale Cemetery Davenport Scott co. IA.
Their first born daughter Eliza Harrriet eas baptized in St. Pauls Luthern Church Red Hook,Dutchess co NY. No other child appears to have been baptized in the Red Hook area. I have most of the Churchbook records for Dutchess co NY and no where do any other children appear. This is not unusual. The family appears in USC1850 in Red Hook surname is listed as WITAKER there. It appears they migrated to Iowa between 1855-1863. They appear in USC 1870-1880 in Davenport Scott co IA.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Melvin was the son of Clifford H. Weatherwax (1879-1958) and wife Anna L. Arndt. Born 6 Jan 1907 in Des Lac, ND. He married first to Emma Bertha Handt on 19 Nov 1927 in Mitchell co. IA. They had one child a daughter Arlene Mildred Weatherwax b: 18 Apr 1928. Emma died 9 Aug 1928 and their daughter was raised by her mother Augusta Handt. Ref: USC1930 Floyd,IA). Melvin married second to Ruby L. Brandeau on 16 Nov 1933 in Charles city Floyd,IA. They hadthree children
Edna Mae b: 2 Aug 1934
Karen Kay b: 19 Feb 1937
Clifford b:8 Jun 1944.
Melvin d: Aug 1981 in Rockford,Floyd IA, He is buried in Nora Springs,IA

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Thanks to the efforts of Linda Wilbur my cousin in Michigan a correction can be made to the family of Alexander A. Weatherwax and wife Ruth Sterns. Located on page 222 of my book.
Listed as #1247 is Catherine or Cates Weatherwax b: 26 May 1821. This is an error she did not exist.
What should be included is the following.
Coles G. Weatherwax or Witherwax b: 26 May 1821
Source of correction are photo copies of actual Alexander A. Weatherwax Bible pages (pg 679). It is not confirmed if he was born in NY or MI. His mother Ruth Sterns died when he was 9 months old in 1822 in MI.
Coles would marry a Margaret L. Cheyeman (Cheeseman) c1842. They had five known children.
1. James A. Witherwax 1843-1843
2. Josiah S. Witherwax 1844-1859
3. Margaret M. Witherwax 1847-1870
4. Ephraim B. Witherwax 1850-????; marr:Luella M. Fitch
5. Mary Elizabeth Witherwax 1856-1858

Most of this family are buried in Wurtemburg Cemetery Rhinebeck,Dutchess co NY. Also known as St. Pauls Lutheran Church Cemetery. Note that most of the family died between1858-1859.
 The two children Margaret and Ephraim lived longer.
Coles is found living with his inlaws,in the household of Cole Cheyeman in USC1850 in the village of Clinton,Dutchess co NY. I have not been able to locate him in any other USC. By 1877 his son Ephraim has moved on to the SD and IA area where his son James W. Weatherwax was b: 7 Dec 1877.
I have located two extracts of letters of Administration that name Coles  one dated 1856 and the other dated 1859. I will have to look up these documents to see what is contained in them.
I had previously found Coles and his family but could not confirm his parentage until Linda Wilbur
indicated that we both had miss read the Bible pages in our research. So in the next edition of The Weatherwax Genealogy this correction and any additional information will appear.
Anyone with additional information please let us know so we can update our Databases.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Weatherwax reunion 2013. Some have asked me about a Reunion for Weatherwax's in 2013. In the past we have held these in NY State in various locations. Usually set up as a family picnic in area parks etc. Some have expressed an interest in holding one in 2013. Currently I am obligated for an appearance in one in July 2013, and I will be at the Palatine National Conference in Albany NY in June 2013. If you are interested let me know and I will obtain a location and information and post it on this page for all to join in.
Usual format has been to rent a site or pavalion in local state park and everyone brings there own picnic lunch and shares family history during the day
Wayne Weatherwax

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Along with the new year brings new research news. The Ancestral land of Andreas Weatherwax (1700-1784) was previously identified by Mr. R. Johnson (deceased)as lying under the Tomhannock Reservoir which is in present day Pittstown,Rensselaer co. NY. Late in December 2012 I was contacted by Christinia Kelly Town Historian for Schaghticoke. She questioned the location cited by Mr. Johnson. We managed finally to link up for a discussion of the issue in early Jan 2013. Additional research is ongoing but research so far seems to indicate that the correct location is not under the Reservoir, but actually in Schaghticoke near the site of the Brookins Family Cemetery.
Previous research efforts with the town historian of Pittstown failed to prove the the reservoir as the location of the 2800 acres mentioned in Andreas's Will  dated 1784. However research using the papers of John Peer Weatherwax and his ancestors clearly indicate the land of Johannes or Hannes Weatherwax's son Alexander was in the area of present day location of the Brookins Family cemetery
in Schaghticoke. Several issues including the changing boundaries of Lansingburgh,Schaghticoke and Troy all seemed to have confused Mr. Johnson's  research. It seems he chose the wrong end of Tomhannock brook of stream. The corrected location agrees with many early records, land deeds,voter listings and othe family  record citations all support Schaghticoke as the proper location. This year I will be working on documenting sources and to confirm a more accurate location of these important family lands.