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On my father's side, most of my ancestry is English. I am descended from William Ripley of Hingham, MA and am from a branch of the Ripley family whose genealogy has never before been published. My branch settled in the Warren / Washington County, NY area in the late 1700's and early 1800's. I have uncovered, with the help of other researchers, the "missing link" between my 3rd great-grandparent, Doctor Ripley, an innkeeper in Queensbury, NY and the rest of the vast Ripley family who are descended from William of Hingham.

Some of my other paternal ancestors are well-known colonists from New England and include a few Mayflower passengers and early arrivals in Plymouth & Massachusetts Bay Colonies. They include Cooke, Chilton, Winslow, Washburn, Mitchell, Ibrook, and Hobart along with many others.

A few paternal ancestors were some of the first settler of Salem, Massachusetts: Samuel Skelton, the first minister in Salem, MA; the Feltons, who defended one of the condemned witches, Rebecca Nurse; Deacon John Horn of the Salem church; and the Wards.

Some other paternal ancestors moved into colonial Connecticut and Rhode Island. A few of these surnames are: Pendleton, Denison, Palmer, Breed, Jakways (Jaqueways, Jakway), Goodenow and Bartlett.

Some of these ancestors fought in the French and Indian Wars and played major roles in them, especially Capt. George Denison.

Other ancestors on my father's side were some of the earliest Huguenot settlers in New Amsterdam and Schnectady including the surnames:Truax, DeGroot, Buys, Bartlett/Bartley and related families.

One of my maternal ancestors, Ralph Dayton was one of the earliest settlers in the Hamptons in Long Island, NY. Also the Russells originally came from colonial Rhode Island and settled in Vermont.

Many of my paternal and maternal ancestors fought in the Saratoga, NY / Bennington, VT region during the Revolutionary War or were stationed at Fort Ticonderoga. Generations later their descendants continued living in the area and some still remain there to this day. These families include the Wickers, the Ripleys. the Parkers. The Jakeway(s) lived near Fort Ticonderoga from around the time of the Revolutionary War. And the

Doctor Ripley on my father's side and Seth Russell on my mother's side fought in the War of 1812.

I also have some ancestors from Germany who settled in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. Some of these surnames are: Hager, Boyer, Dumbauld, Stockbarger (Stockberger), Verner (Warner), Koch (Cook), and Risen.

Surnames on my maternal side are: Russell, Dayton, Hutchins, Langton, Connolly, Daniels, Case and Parker. Most of these families settled in the Rutland Co., VT area.

I would appreciate any information that anyone has on these families, whose descendents, in my case, settled around the very southern tip of Lake Champlain, in both NY and VT.

*****I WOULD LIKE TO THANK BRIAN RIPLEY OF OGDEN, UTAH FOR HIS MANY HOURS OF TEDIOUS AND EXTREMELY THOROUGH RESEARCH ON THE RIPLEY FAMILY. BRIAN IS A GENEALOGIST OF THE HIGHEST INTEGRITY AND I AM INDEBTED TO HIM FOR BEING THE FIRST TO CONTACT ME ABOUT THE IDENTITY OF DOCTOR RIPLEY, WHO HAD BEEN A MYSTERY TO ME FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS. BRIAN SPENT MANY HOURS OF INDEPENDENT RESEARCH ON JOHN & MEREBAH RIPLEY, ASA RIPLEY AND MY WHOLE LINE OF RIPLEY'S GOING BACK TO WILLIAM OF HINGHAM. BRIAN'S WILLINGNESS TO SHARE HIS RESEARCH AND INSIGHTS WAS INVALUABLE TO ME.*********
A Genealogy of Upstate NY Ripley's & Many Colonial Families
Updated January 19, 2005

Mary Lou Ripley-Petzoldt
4113 East 50th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55417
A-United States
ripleylady@aol.com

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  • Harriet Belle Stockbarger (79 KB)
    This picture was probably taken on my great-grandmother's wedding day in Illinois. She was born in Elkhart, IN and married George Ransom Bartley in 1888. Eventually she and my great-grandfather moved to Dresden, Washington Co., NY to the house that her father-in-law, Theodore Bartley, built. Her ancestors were German immigrants who came to Colonial America in the early to mid 1700's.
  • George Ransom Bartley (274 KB)
    This is my great-grandfather, George Ransom Bartley. He worked as a telegrapher for the railroad and moved at one point during this job, from Dresden, Washington Co., NY to the Chicago, Illinois area where he met his future wife Harriet Belle Stockbarger. This picture was probably taken on his wedding day. Eventually he and his family moved back to Dresden, NY and lived in the family home, built by his father.
  • Charles Coates Ripley & Anna Mary Adams (289 KB)
    Charles Coates Ripley (1849-1924) and Anna Mary Adams (1852-1923) owned and farmed the family property located in Whitehall, Washington, Co., NY. It remained in the Ripley family for over 100 years. The home was once called "Hillside House" during the mid to late 1800's when vacation boarders were taken in during the summertime. The boarders usually came from NY City by train and spent their time at "Hillside House" hiking in the nearby Adirondack mountains and fishing in Lake Champlain and Lake George.
  • Theodore D. Bartley in his gunshop in Dresden, NY (253 KB)
    Not only was Theodore Bartley a canal boat captain, but he was also an inventor. He obtained a patent for "a new and useful Improvement of Breechloading Fire-Arms." This included the constuction and arrangement of a breechblock and hammer, and shell-extractor. (Information about the patent paraphrased from "Life on a Canal Boat: the Journals of Theodore D. Bartley, 1861-1889", ed. Russell P. Bellico; p.28.)
  • Hillside House or the Ripley Family Farm (196 KB)
    Hillside House, the Ripley Family Farm, was located about 5 miles north of Lake Champlain's South Bay near Whitehall, Washington Co., NY and about 5 miles from Clemons Center in the Town of Dresden. Overlooking Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont, it was a vacation boarding house in the summer. The Ripley family operated a dairy farm on the property up until the 1950's. The house & property remained in the family until the 1980's and the house still exists today.
  • Ida Adams Ripley & Benajah Perry Ripley (201 KB)
    Ida Adams Ripley (187?-1935) and Benajah Perry Ripley (1886-1958) were the daughter and son of Charles Coates Ripley and Anna Mary Adams. Both lived all their lives on the farm north of Whitehall. Anna never married and worked as a practical nurse and midwife. Benajah inherited the farm from his father and remained there raising his family and farming until the end of his life. Benajah, my grandfather kept a diary account of every day of his life from the age of 17 until one month before he died at age 72.
  • Andrew Langton (540 KB)
    Andrew Langton is my great-grandfather. He appears here in his uniform for the Spanish-American War.
  • The Bartley Home in Dresden, Washington Co., NY (100 KB)
    This is the home built and occupied by Theodore Bartley, my great-great grandfather. Theodore was a captain on a boat that traveled on the Champlain and Erie canals, the Hudson River, and Lake Champlain. He would haul various types of cargo to and from New York City, Montreal and points along the way. Recently a book has been has been published based upon his journals written during the time period that he made these journeys. It is entitled "Life on a Canal Boat: the Journals of Theodore D. Bartley, 1861-1889." Edited by Russell P. Bellico and transcribed by my cousin-in-law, Barbara Bartley. This home in Dresden was occupied by him and his family and then handed down to his son, George and his family. It stayed in the family for until my grandmother, Theodora, sold it after her mother, Hattie Belle Stockbarger Bartley, died.
  • Benajah Perry Ripley, Sr. as a young boy. (123 KB)
    Benajah Perry Ripley was my grandfather. He was born and raised in Dresden, Washington Co., NY and had a dairy farm on the property where he was born. This property was called "The Farm", the house and other structures were built by his father Charles Coats Ripley and it remained in the Ripley family for over 100 years. Benajah kept a journal every day of his life from the time he was about 18 until a few months before he died.
 
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