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Ancestors of William Toporcer and Evelyn Andrus

Updated April 3, 2012

Judith Andrus Toporcer

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This is the current version of my family research on the Toporcer and Andrus lines. It is not complete, nor is all of it sourced. For some reason, ancestors of Lydia Palmer and Mary Jane Losee are not showing here. I have that information if anyone needs it. It's a working tree, and I do not guarantee any of it to be correct or accurate... use it as a guide and find the source of proof for yourself when I have not included it.

Special thanks to so many people who have helped and continue to help gather and verify the information I am accumulating, including Judy Oberto whose research on the Merrill family was very helpful.

Any questions, corrections or additions are most welcome and can be emailed to me at the address provided. I am also happy to share whatever information I have.

Judy Andrus Toporcer
February 2009

My Family History


Family Photos

  • Site of Silas' Cabin 1800 (34 KB)
    Just east of the village of Chateaugay, Frankline Co., NY, is the 200 acre parcel owned by Silas Pomeroy in 1800. Here he built a log cabin in what would have been virgin forest. Now, 200 years later, the land is cleared and the field cut for hay. Silas moved on to southern Ontario, Canada before 1812, possibly because of building tensions between the US and Britain over the border area, or possibly because he hoped for a better climate farther west. His brother remained in the North Country until at least 1850 where he is found in the Massena, St. Lawrence Co., NY census.
  • The Genealogy Fairy (33 KB)
    "Some things just can't be easily explained!" The Genealogy Fairy blesses all those researchers who help each other.
  • Bill Toporcer atop Mt. Marcy in 1931 (38 KB)
    Bill climbed Mt. Marcy, Gothics Mt., and Big Slide twice during his winter "vacation". He may have been the first person to climb Gothics on snowshoes. Remember, this is before the days of velcro, duct tape, thinsulate or Kevlar!
  • Sisters Edie and Evelyn (25 KB)
    Edith Andrus and her younger sister, Evelyn, about 1917. They are looking at their dad's photo album which contained pictures of Ontario and Rochester in the early 1900s. Some of the pictures on this site came from that album.
  • Polly Andrus and Five of her Sons (272 KB)
    Montage of Polly Andrus with sons Jonathan, Thomas, Jonas, Ben and William Henry. No known photos of Smith, Richard or the William who died in childhood. Polly and Palmer had no daughters. Polly was born in New Brunswick of Dutch ancestry. She moved to Northumberland County, Ontario, with her family when she was a young girl. She married Palmer Andrus, a neighbor, on December 20, 1825. They were members of the Haldemand Meeting of Friends (Quakers).
  • Andreas Toporczer and Anna Lugerte/Fritsch Family (259 KB)
    A family portrait taken at a picnic about 1904. Andreas (Andrew) with wife Anna, children Margaret and Gus (standing), George, Betty, Rudy and Bill (left to right). This is the only photograph I have of Andreas. He was a "schuster" (shoemaker) born in Hungary who came to New York about 1890. Anna joined him later, arriving at Ellis Island May 20, 1892 on the ship Trave with Margaret and Gus and a friend, Pauline Straus.
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