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Manzer Family at the Gifford Valley Cemetery

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Manzer Family at the Gifford Valley Cemetery

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Surnames: Barker, Bechler, Blodgett, Carl, Cole, Colson, Conyers, Crowter, Darling, DelCostello, Ellison, Fosmire, Gardner, Gifford, Goodbread, Graham, Hayes, Hunt, Kenney, King, Knapp, Knowles, Manzer, Mosher, Murray, Nallie, Orcutt, Palmer, Porter, Reed, Riley, Rooney, Ropeter, Scarati, Seible, Sherlock, Snell, Sumner, Squires, Steele, Sweet, Tallman, Tymchyn, Velicky, Wadsworth, Whittaker, Wille, Wilson, Woodin, Young
My brother and I are preparing short bios for the individuals buried at the referenced cemetery to post on the find-a-grave website. Here is the data for the Manzer family (which is actually my own family). In addition to any errata, we would particularly like to hear about the burial location of related individuals so we can photograph and link their gravesites with their kin.

*Manzer, Henry Y.; b. 27 Feb 1794 Town of Schodack, Rensselaer Cty, NY d. Feb. 14, 1872 Mayfield, NY; Son of the centenarian, John & Martha [Conyers] Manzer of Otsego Cty who briefly lived in Northampton Twp following the Revolutionary War with John's elder brother Lawrence and their families. Henry is sometimes attributed as a much younger son of his Uncle Lawrence, a Revolutionary War Veteran, & Elizabeth Manzer. Note also that Henry's middle initial is often shown as "Z." as it is on his headstone (inverted), but the documents of his christening at the Dutch Reformed Church indicate that his initial should be "Y." During his long life, Henry alternately lived on the Manzer family home farms in Benson near Cathead Mtn, Hamilton Cty, NY; in Gifford Valley in Northampton Twp; on the Mountain Road in the Town of Mayfield, Fulton Cty, NY; and also elsewhere in the area -- where he engaged in vegetable and dairy farming, as well as lumbering, while he raised a large family with his wife, Martha [Sweet] who is also buried here. Children: i. Infant son (1816) who died as a baby and is buried in Benson; ii. Myron C. (1818) who married Judith [Porter], raised their family on the home farm in Benson, and is also buried here; iii./iv. Twins, Truman and John (1819), the former dying as an infant; the latter of whom was a sawyer in Benson and married Mary Ann [Cole]; v. Henry (1821) who died young; vi. Sylvanus (1823) who 1st married Achsah Jane [Palmer], their children subsequently being raised by his parents and siblings, and 2nd to Anna Marie "Mae" [Hunt] with whom he had a second family; vii./viii. Twins, Elizabeth and Mary (1824) who married Horace Squires and Abner G. Kenney respectively and the latter of whom is also buried here; ix./x. Two Unknown daughters born in Northampton in the late 20's/early 30's who presumably died young; xi. Amasa "Amos" (1832) who never married and alternately lived with his brother Myron on the home farm in Benson and his brother William on the home farm in Mayfield; xii. Barnett "Barney" B. (1833) who served in the Civil War as a Private in Bat B or the 4th NY Artillery and married Catharine A. [Sweet] who remarried to George Fosmire following Barney's premature death in 1867 from wounds suffered during the war; xiii. Henry William known as "William" (1834) who first married Ann [Sherlock] of Ireland who died young and is buried in the Kingsborough Cemetery and second Mary Susan [Bechler] (who is the great-great-grandmother of this chronicler), served in the Civil War as a Private in Co.E of the 149th NY Infantry and is also buried here; xiv. Lawrence (1837) who married Martha [Darling] and took over the home farm in Gifford Valley; and xiv. William Henry known as "Henry" (1847) who was adopted by his grandfather after his father Sylvanus' re-marriage, who served as a Private in the Civil War in Co.D of the 152nd NY Infantry, married young to Mary [Unknown] and then 2nd to Lucinda T. [Riley], was the village barber in Mayfield, and with whom old Henry Y. lived at the time of his death.

*Manzer, Martha [Sweet]; b. 1798 Gifford Valley d. Sep. 12, 1864; Daughter of Sylvenus & Mary [Manzer] Sweet, early settlers of Gifford Valley. Martha married Henry Y. Manzer in Northampton. Her mother was a cousin of her husband's father, which was common among the Manzer's, Gifford's and Sweet's of this era. Children: i. Infant son (1816) who died as a baby and is buried in Benson; ii. Myron C. (1818) who married Judith [Porter], raised their family on the home farm in Benson, and is also buried here; iii./iv. Twins, Truman and John (1819), the former dying as an infant; the latter of whom was a sawyer in Benson and married Mary Ann [Cole]; v. Henry (1821) who died young; vi. Sylvanus (1823) who first married Achsah Jane [Palmer], their children being raised by his parents and siblings, and second to Anna Marie "Mae" [Hunt] with whom he had a second family; vii./viii. Twins, Elizabeth and Mary (1824) who married Horace Squires and Abner G. Kenney respectively and the latter of whom is also buried here; ix./x. Two Unknown daughters born in Northampton in the late 20's/early 30's who presumably died young; xi. Amasa "Amos" (1832) who never married and alternately lived with his brother Myron on the home farm in Benson and his brother William on the home farm in Mayfield; xii. Barnet "Barney" B. (1833) who served in the Civil War as a Private in Bat B or the 4th NY Artillery and married Catharine A. [Sweet] who remarried to George Fosmire following Barney's premature death in 1867 from wounds suffered during the war; xiii. Henry William known as "William" (1834) who first married Ann [Sherlock] of Ireland who died young and is buried in the Kingsborough Cemetery and second Mary Susan [Bechler] (who is the great-great-grandmother of this chronicler), served in the Civil War as a Private in Co.E of the 149th NY Infantry and is also buried here; xiv. Lawrence (1837) who married Martha [Darling] and took over the home farm in Gifford Valley; and xiv. William Henry known as "Henry" (1847) who was adopted by his grandfather after his father Sylvanus' re-marriage, who served as a Private in the Civil War in Co.D of the 152nd NY Infantry, married young to Mary [Unknown] and then 2nd to Lucinda T. [Riley], was the village barber in Mayfield, and with whom old Henry Y. lived at the time of his death.

*Manzer, Myron C.; b. Nov 1818 Northampton, Montgomery, NY d. May 20, 1909 Benson, Hamilton, NY; Son of Henry Y. & Martha [Sweet] Manzer. Married Edith W. "Judith" [Porter], who is also buried here, and raised their family on the home farm in Benson. Children: i. Robert Riley (1847) who married 1st Eleanor E. [Gifford] in 1871 and then 2nd Emma A. [Gardner] in 1911, lived in Giffords Valley, and who is also buried here with several of his children; ii. Mariah or Myra J. (1850) who married James Reed in 1873 and lived in Benson; iii. Matilda (1852) who married Oscar Sweet; and adopted nephew iv. Herman (1859) who was adopted by the Manzer's and worked as a farmer on the home farm in Benson where he married Harriet [Steele] and raised his family there and in Gifford Valley.

*Manzer, Edith W. "Judith" [Porter]; b. 1827 Northampton, Montgomery, NY d. Oct. 6, 1897 Benson, Hamilton, NY; Daughter of Charles and Saloma [Gifford] Porter of Northampton. Married Myron C. Manzer who is also buried here. Children: i. Robert Riley (1847) who married 1st Eleanor E. [Gifford] in 1871 and then 2nd Emma A. [Gardner] in 1911, lived in Giffords Valley, and who is also buried here with several of his children; ii. Mariah or Myra J. (1850) who married James Reed in 1873 and lived in Benson; iii. Matilda (1852) who married Oscar Sweet; and adopted nephew iv. Herman (1859) who was adopted by the Manzer's and worked as a farmer on the home farm in Benson where he married Harriet [Steele] and raised his family there and in Gifford Valley.

*Manzer, Robert Riley; b. Mar. 26, 1847 Benson, Hamilton, NY d. Jan. 19, 1917 Northampton, Montgomery, NY; Son of Myron C. and Edith W. "Judith" [Porter] Manzer who are also buried here. Married 1st Eleanor E. [Gifford] in 1871 who is also buried here and then Emma A. [Gardner] in 1911 and took over the Porter home farm in Gifford Valley.Children: i. Ida (1873) who died young and is also buried here; and ii. William "Willy" Jasper (1876) who married Viola [Sweet] in 1899 and Estella May [Unknown] and who is also buried here.

*Manzer, Eleanor E. [Gifford]; b. Jul. 4, 1852 d. Oct. 24, 1910 Northampton, Montgomery, NY; Daughter of Moses and Sarah [Collins] Gifford who are also buried here. Married Robert T. Manzer who is also buried here and raised their children in Gifford Valley. Children: i. Ida (1873) who died young and is also buried here; and ii. William "Willy" Jasper (1876) who married Viola [Sweet] in 1899 and Estella May [Unknown] and who is also buried here.

*Manzer, Ida; b. 15 Jun 1873 Northampton, Fulton, NY d. Feb. 2, 1877; Daughter of Robert Riley and Eleanor E. [Gifford] Manzer of Gifford Valley. Died young.

*Manzer, William "Willy" Jasper; (Note: Not in the Howe database; b. 30 Jan 1876 Northampton, Montgomery, NY d. 1943; Son of Robert Riley and Eleanor E. [Gifford] Manzer of Gifford Valley. Married 1st Viola [Sweet] in 1899 and 2nd Estella May [Unknown] in 1911 and worked as a caretaker and laborer doing odd jobs in Northampton. It is not known where Viola and Estella May are buried. Children: i. Iva "Ivy" Viola (1906) who married a Mr. Honeywell and worked as a glovemaker; ii. Eleanor E. (1912) who never married, worked as a glovemaker and is also buried here; and iii. Edith (1914).

*Manzer, Eleanor E.; b. 1912 d. 1972; Daughter of William "Willy" Jasper and Estella May [Unknown] Manzer. Eleanor worked as a glovemaker and never married. She is buried here with her father.

*Manzer, Clarence; b. Jun. 4, 1885 d. Jun. 16, 1956; Son of John Wesley "Johnny" and Mary Jane [Blodgett] Manzer of Benson. Great grandson of Henry Y. Manzer. Married Katherine [Knowles] in 1906 and moved to Gloversville where he was employed as a shipping clerk at the Holden Lumber Co. Children: i. Clarence Burton (1908); ii. Marion G. (1911); and iii. Geraldine (1914).

*Manzer, Katherine [Knowles]; b. Jul. 24, 1885 d. Jun. 11, 1950; Daughter of Revilla and Anna D. [Woodin] Knowles who are also buried here. Married Clarence Manzer and was a glovemaker at home in Gloversville. Children: i. Clarence Burton (1908); ii. Marion G. (1911); and iii. Geraldine (1914).

*Manzer, Henry William known as "William"; b. 1834 Benson, Hamilton Cty, NY d. Dec. 27, 1894; Son of Henry Y. & Martha [Sweet] Manzer. William 1st married Ann [Sherlock] of Ireland who died young and is buried in the Kingsborough Cemetery and then married 2nd Mary Susan [Bechler] of Bleecker (who are the great-great-grandparents of this chronicler), served in the Civil War as a Private in Co.E of the 149th NY Infantry, and was a farmer on the home farm in Gifford Valley. Children: i. Edith Idelia “Delia” (1865) who married Earl Sweet, lived in Northville and is also buried here; ii. Charles H. (1858) who died as an infant and is buried in the Susan Cleveland County Cemetery in Benson; iii. George M. (1872) who worked for the railroad and married Anna [Crowter], raising their large family in Gifford Valley (including the grandmother of this chronicler); iv. Margaret A. SUMNER (1875), the daughter of Albert Sumner, whom they adopted; v. (S)uther (1880) who worked as a farm laborer for George Hayes in Mayfield and never married; and vi. Norton (Martin) Lawrence (1887) who married Nellie [Knapp] and worked as a leatherman.

*Manzer, George M.; b. May 1874 d. 1949; Son of Henry William and Mary [Bechler] Manzer of Gifford Valley. Married Anna [Crowter] of Gifford Valley, where they raised their children on the home farm until about 1930 when they moved to Gloversville. George worked for the FJ&G railroad. Children: i. Mildred (1896) who 1st married Fred Wille in 1914, and then married 2nd Charles Mosher, a WWI Veteran in Mayfield abt 1927; ii. Henry R. (1899) who married Carrie G. [Wilson] and was a farmer on the Manzer home farm on the Mountain Road in Mayfield; iii. Waneata (1900) who 1st married John Rooney and then 2nd Fred Ropeter, and who is also buried here with her parents; iv. Florence E. (1903) who married Burt T. Hayes of Saratoga Cty and died young; v. Ruth Jesse (1905) who 1st married Harry Seible Goodbread and then George Day Young, a widower formerly of Gifford Valley, and who is the grandmother of this chronicler; vi. Beatrice (1908) who married Charles A. Graham of Indian Lake; vii. Marion (1910) who married Paul Velicky, a WWII Veteran and lived in Gloversville; viii. Robertina (1913) who married Frank DelCostello and lived in Gloversville; ix. An Infant (1914) who is buried in Kings Cemetery, Sacandaga Park; x. Evelyn (1916) who married young and then 2nd to Nicholas Tymchyn, a WWII veteran of Broadalbin; xi. Virginia (1918) who married Crawford Tallman of Saratoga Springs; and xii. George (1920), a WWII veteran who married Freida [Nallie] who remarried after his death to a Mr. Scarati.

*Manzer, Anna [Crowter]; b. Sep. 13, 1877 d. 1967; Daughter of Robert V. and Emily J. [Carl] Crowter of Gifford Valley.Married George Manzer of Gifford Valley, where they raised their children until around 1930 when they moved to Gloversville. Anna was a glovemaker. Children: i. Mildred (1896) who 1st married Fred Wille in 1914, and then married 2nd Charles Mosher, a WWI Veteran in Mayfield abt 1927; ii. Henry R. (1899) who married Carrie G. [Wilson] and was a farmer on the Manzer home farm on the Mountain Road in Mayfield; iii. Waneata (1900) who 1st married John Rooney and then 2nd Fred Ropeter, and who is also buried here with her parents; iv. Florence E. (1903) who married Burt T. Hayes of Saratoga Cty and died young; v. Ruth Jesse (1905) who 1st married Harry Seible Goodbread and then George Day Young, a widower formerly of Gifford Valley, and who is the grandmother of this chronicler; vi. Beatrice (1908) who married Charles A. Graham, a WWII veteran of Indian Lake; vii. Marion (1910) who married Paul Velicky, a WWII Veteran and lived in Gloversville; viii. Robertina (1913) who married Frank DelCostello and lived in Gloversville; ix. An Infant (1914) who is buried in Kings Cemetery, Sacandaga Park; x. Evelyn (1916) who married young and then 2nd to Nicholas Tymchyn, a WWII veteran of Broadalbin; xi. Virginia (1918) who married Crawford Tallman of Saratoga Springs; and xii. George (1920), a WWII veteran who married Freida [Nallie] who remarried after his death to a Mr. Scarati.

*Ropeter, Waneata [Manzer](Rooney); b. 3 Jul 1900 Northville, NY d. Mar 1979; Daughter of George and Anna [Crowter] Manzer of Gifford Valley. Aunt "Neata" was raised in Gifford Valley where she married John Rooney, a woodsman of Bleecker in 1919. They had a son who was known as Kenneth J. Manzer (1917) whose sons, Edward (1947) and Kenneth (1948), both army veterans of the Viet Nam era, were raised by Neata and her 2nd husband, Fred Ropeter in Gloversville.

* Manzer Stone: Manzer, Simeon; b. Feb. 17, 1860 Northampton, NY d. Mar. 29, 1944; Son of Lawrence and Martha [Darling] Manzer of Gifford Valley. Simeon married 1st Martha [Murray] in 1885, who is also buried here with her mother, Eliza A. Murray; 2nd on Oct. 29, 1927 to Caroline [Hayes]; and for a 3rd time to Sarah [Collins]. Simeon & Martha had 6 children: i. Martha (1886); ii. Bertha (1887) who died young and is also buried here; iii. Grace Martha (1889); iv. Ethel L. (1891) who married William Colson in1909; v. Barnet Lawrence (1894) who died young, unmarried and is also buried here; and vi. Leila "Lena/Lelia" (1897) who married Darwin Wadsworth.

* Manzer Stone: Manzer, Martha A. [Murray]; b. May 24, 1862 d. Nov. 2, 1918; Daughter of James and Eliza A. Murray, the latter of whom is also buried here. Married Simeon Manzer who is also buried here and had 6 children: i. Martha (1886); ii. Bertha (1887) who died young and is also buried here; iii. Grace Martha (1889); iv. Ethel L. (1891) who married William Colson in 1909; v. Barnett Lawrence (1894) who died young and is also buried here; and vi. Leila "Lena/Lelia" (1897) who married Darwin Wadsworth.

* Manzer Stone: Murray, Eliza A. [Unknown]; b. Mar. 23, {1888 s/b 1838} d. Mar. 9, 1908; Married James Murray, a farmer in the Town of Hope and had 3 children: i. Martha (1862) who married Simeon Manzer and is also buried here; ii. Alice (1868); and iii. Lemuel (1873).

* Manzer Stone: Manzer, Bertha; b. Apr. 22, 1887 d. Nov. 10, 1902; Daughter of Simeon and Martha [Murray] Manzer who are also buried here.

*Manzer, Barnett Lawrence; b. 10 Sep 1894 d. 1928; Son of Simeon and Martha [Murray] Manzer who are also buried here.

*Manzer, Franklin "Frank"; b. Jul. 22, 1867 d. Apr. 17, 1906; Son of Lawrence & Martha [Darling] Manzer of Gifford Valley. Married to Jennie [Orcutt] whose parents and sister are also buried here, and who remarried to John A. Willard after Frank's death. Children: i. Ednah (1892) who married Charles J. Snell of Benson; ii. an Infant daughter (1894) who died at 7 days old and is also buried here; iii. Mabel (1898) who married Dr. Fay R. Whittaker in 1921 and moved to TN; iv. Arthur Frank (1899) who married Eva L. [Ellison] of Edinburgh in 1922; and v. Ida (1904) who married Donald S. Barker in 1926 and died young in Gloversville.

*Manzer, Jennie [Orcutt]; b. Oct. 25, 1872 d. Jan. 25, 1923; Daughter of Caleb and Ruth A. [Crowter] Orcutt who are also buried here along with her sister, Mary (VanVranken). Married 1st Frank Manzer and then 2nd, after Frank's death, John A. Willard. Children: i. Ednah (1892) who married Charles J. Snell of Benson; ii. an Infant Daughter (1894) who died at 7 days old and is also buried here; iii. Mabel (1898) who married Dr. Fay R. Whittaker in 1921 and moved to TN; iv. Arthur Frank (1899) who married Eva L. [Ellison] of Edinburgh in 1922; and v. Ida (1904) who married Donald S. Barker in 1926 and died young in Gloversville.

*Manzer, Infant Daughter; b. Nov. 4, 1894 d. Nov. 11, 1894; Infant daughter of Frank and Jennie [Orcutt] Manzer.

*Gifford, Lonie "Lulu" [Manzer]; b. 1873 Northampton, NY d. 1917 Northampton, NY; Daughter of Lawrence & Martha [Darling] Manzer of Gifford Valley. Married Ira Gifford and died young without any children.

*Manzer, Archie R.; b. 1880 Northampton, NY d. 1927 Martinsburg, Lewis Cty, NY; Son of Lawrence & Martha [Darling] Manzer of Gifford Valley. Married Beulah [King] in 1920 in Frontenac, Ontario, the daughter of Cyrus Samuel and Betsy Edith [Williams] King. Children unknown.
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