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In the Works

June 23, 2010

E.J. Tyler Post 288 banner, Pittsford, New York

Now that my Pittsford and Greenvale Cemetery tours are over, I’m working on some exciting projects for the summer and fall. 

First is the booklet I’m writing about the charter members of American Legion Rayson-Miller Post 899.  The Post was organized in 1920, taking over where G.A.R. – E. J. Tyler Post 288 left off.  One of the charter members, Howard R. Bacon, was a son of Civil War soldier John Buckley Bacon.  The booklet will also commemorate the two men after whom the Post was named – Homer Rayson and Henry L. Miller.  In conjunction with the booklet is my October 30th presentation for the Rayson-Miller Post, which is open to the public.

In October, I will once again pair with Pittsford Town Historian Audrey Johnson to give a tour of Pioneer Burying Ground.  Despite the inevitable rain, discussing the pioneers of the town is always interesting.  Soldiers of nearly every conflict from the Revolutionary War through World War II are interred at the Pioneer Burying Ground.

Also in the works is a research project for the Rochester Medical Museum & Archives.  I am in the process of culling the Rochester City Directories and census records in order to produce a comprehensive list of nurses in the Rochester, New York area from the Civil War through World War II.  Using newspaper reports and genealogical sources, an article I’m writing will feature the love story between a Civil War doctor and a nurse.  A second article is about a Rochester nurse who was accused of insanity…all because she chose to give away her personal belongings to friends instead of the family members she despised.

There are plans for the continued illumination of Civil War nurse Mary Jewett Telford.  She was an amazing woman with an incredible story to tell. 

It  looks as if it will be a busy summer.  Just the way I like it!

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Pioneer Burying Ground Tour on October 17, 2009

September 15, 2009

Pittsford Town Historian Audrey Johnson and I are hosting a tour of the Pioneer Burying Ground in Pittsford on Saturday, October 17th at 10:00 a.m. 

Over 30 soldiers now permanently reside at the Pioneer Burying Ground.  Those soldiers served in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, the Civil War and the Spanish-American War.  During our October 17th

Pioneer Burying Ground

Pioneer Burying Ground

 tour, the lives of Civil War soldiers Ezra A. Patterson of the 108th New York Volunteer Infantry and George Walter of the 1st Battalion U.S. Sharpshooters will be illuminated.  We will also discuss several of the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 veterans, as well as other notable pioneers of Pittsford.

The Pioneer Burying Ground is located at the corner of South Main Street and Mendon Road in Pittsford.  A limited amount of parking spaces are available at the brick schoolhouse on Mendon Road.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared for rain.


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