Thursday, January 30, 2014

Otsego County New York Cones in 1917

While researching at the Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, I came across the "American Agriculturist Farm Directory and Reference Book of Otsego and Herkimer Counties, New York, 1917."  This book included a road map of both counties and was published by the Orange Judd Company of New York (and Minneapolis, Chicago, Atlanta and Springfield, Mass.) My Cone family ancestors were in Otsego County by 1800 but had moved on by the mid-19th century, so I wondered if there were any Cones remaining in the county by 1917.

Page 56 lists:
CONE, MONT S. (Bertha) 3ch "Cone Homestead" farmer engineer (asparagus) O 33a rd2 Unadilla Unadilla tn H54-1/2

The key to abbreviations helps us translate the entry.

Mont S. Cone and wife Bertha as well as 3 children are living on the "Cone Homestead". He works as a farmer and engineer and specializes in growing asparagus for sale. He owns 33 acres. His mail is delivered  to Rural Delivery 2. He lives in Unadilla Township. H indicates the highway on which he lives is 54.

It will require some further research to discover if this location involved any of the 300 acres owned by my ancestor Ira Cone.

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