Saturday, June 2, 2007

Following up on Cornelia Bresee

My "to-do" lists sometimes get buried in my "stack of stuff" and I don't get around to doing the tasks until I find the paper in the stack.

One of the items on my Bresee research list was to email a fellow named Lance who submitted a database to the WorldConnect database on that includes the following information (when you request a Register report):

1. Cornelia BRESEE was born 5 Dec 1780. She married James BELL in Schodack,NY, son of Thomas BELL and Margaret LECKI. He was born 7 Aug 1777 in Scotland, and died in Smithville.

Child of Cornelia BRESEE and James BELL is:
+ 2 i. Betsy BELL was born 23 Sep 1808, and died 1 Apr 1887.


It is apparent from the rest of the genealogy report printed from the database that Lance is a descendant of Betsy Bell and therefore Cornelia Bresee.

Lance's database appears to have been obtained from family records of some sort - he has specific names and dates, but only for one line down from Cornelia, and doesn't have many localities listed.

The key factor here is that the birth date for Cornelia Bresee in Lance's database matches the date in the book of baptisms for St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Churchtown NY (Claverack).

If Lance does have family papers with this information, obtained independently from the church record book, then this is good evidence that the Cornelia who married James Bell is the Cornelia Bresie in the church book.

I sent the email today to see if Lance is willing to share his source for the information about Cornelia Bresee. I should have done this several months ago, but, as I said, my "to-do" list got buried in my stack.

I guess I'd better dig down into my stack and organize everything so that I can find more things to do today...and tomorrow...and ... I really am pretty organized, I just don't know where everything is!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I know just how you feel. I think I have everything organized and then I lose some important piece of info and spend 2 days trying to find it!

But, we are really organized well, aren't we!?