June 5, 2009 column

On Monday May 25 the Society held a memorial and rededication service at the grave of Revolutionary War patriot John Weed (1764-1834) in the old section of the Pulaski cemetery. Among those who attended were ten members of the Weed family, descended from three of the 13 children of John Weed and his wife Mary Townsend. Pulaski Social Studies teacher John Gosek read a first hand account of Weeds life taken from his pension deposition, Erin Bacon, Loyola College Class of “09 finished off the pension reading. Richland Historian Shawn Doyle spoke on Weed’s family contributions to the area communities. Members of the Robert American Legion and the Pulaski VFW assisted with a military salute to Weed, who not only served as a Private in the Revolution, but was a lieutenant in the War of 1812 serving at Plattsburgh, NY.

John Weeds brother Jehiel Weed and a kinsman Joel Harmon were also recognized with new markers located in the same section of the cemetery.

Following the event several returned to Half-Shire where a dessert reception was held under the direction of Trustees Erma Schroeder and George Widrig. Half-Shire thanks all who participated in this event.

Beginning Friday June 5, the Richland Historians files will be relocated to Half-Shire for the summer. Since May 1, we have offered research hours at the Court House in Pulaski as well as Half-Shire. Summer hours at Half-Shire will now be as follows: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 9am-1pm; Fridays 9am-4 pm. Closed Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday however, appointments may be available upon request for these days. Warm coffee and iced tea always provided guests.
The Oswego County Fair looms on our summer horizon; Work at the fair grounds has recently picked up speed in anticipation of the 152nd fair. Premium books were late being printed, but are out in the mail now. If anyone still needs one they can be found online at countyfair.oswegocountyfair.com/. This year’s theme is “for the love of flowers” and the grounds will reflect the beauty and scent of flowers from across the region. In the Heritage building Superintendents Doyle and Monette are coordinating many interesting exhibits, including a joint exhibit on the War of 1812.
The Pulaski Farmer’s Market season begins on Friday June 5, and will run each week through September. Half-Shire will have a booth at the market most weeks, and will rotate memorabilia and scrapbooks from the various eleven townships. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the booth on various nights, contact Shawn at 298-3620 if you are interested. There is music each week, and the booth always attracts many of our members and friends who stop by to visit.

Over Memorial Day weekend this writer met many people from across the region and nation visiting area cemeteries. Janet Rudolph of Massachusetts met us in Pulaski cemetery where we assisted her in locating graves of Sanderson relations. Mrs. Rudolph donated a very interesting and helpful family bible that once belonged to the family of Benjamin Franklin Taylor, a farmer from Albion-South Richland area in the 1800s. Our friends in Parish will have conducted their annual cemetery walk/tour as of this writing, and we hope other such tours can be organized in the near future in our area.

We have received many terrific photos over email in recent weeks from members of the Save St. Mary’s Committee of Florence, New York. The final stages of the painting of the inside of the church seem to be well underway, and the results are beautiful. The souls at rest in the surrounding historic graveyard must be truly content with the love shown to the church they all worked so hard to found and maintain. Half-Shire will be working with the St. Mary’s committee to set up a tour and perhaps a summer concert when work is completed. For more information go to the website at: freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~florenceny/

Work on our own second floor exhibit room at Richland will hopefully resume in the next couple weeks as grant funding arrives. In May a new floor, insulation and wiring was installed, sheet rock and finish work is next.
Half-Shire can be reached at P.O. Box 73, 1100 County Rte. 48, Richland, NY 13144
Or on the web at halfshire@hotmail.com

Above Photos: Descendants at John Weed’s grave, with their line of descent: John served in New York, 1780-82 He was 16 at enlistment:

1-Olga Patricia Weed (Lavera Weed Frye, Charles Weed, Newton Weed, John Weed, Jr., John Weed, Sr.); 2-Noreen Frye Robinson (Lavera Weed Frye, Charles Weed, Newton Weed, John Weed, Jr., John Weed, Sr.); 3-Charlene Weed (Charles, Glen, Charles, Newton, John, Jr., John Sr.);4-H. Douglas Barclay (Dorothy Moody Barclay, Anna Douglas Moody, Isaac Douglass, Anna Price Douglass, Lydia Weed Price, John Weed, Sr.);5-Leitha Matthews Borland Wills, (Blanche Weed Matthews, Charles Weed, Newton Weed, John Weed, Jr., John Weed, Sr.); 6-John Gosek, Pulaski Social Studies Teacher; 7-Richard Cooper, Half-Shire Volunteer**Eleanor Zufelt Trendell had left prior to the photo–(Frances Price Zufelt, Henry Price, Porter Price, Rebecca Weed Price, John Weed, Sr.)

Photo 2 featured speakers Erin Bacon of Orwell and John Gosek of Oswego at the ceremony

Photo 3 Erin Bacon, Shawn Doyle (Richland Historian, and Registrar of Sons of the American Revolution, Syracuse Chapter) and John Gosek

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