Sunday, January 31, 2010


I have just finished the weekly update to Albany Hilltowns main pages. It summarizes changes made this past week and gives links to them: Civil War soldier biographies, Lot numbers, farm houses, farm activites, ideas for farmers, and much more. Here are a few of the new or updated pages:
  • William Henry Harrison Posson
    was born 1840 in the Town of Wright, Schoharie, son of William Posson and Mary Catherine Becker. He saw four years of active service in the civil war Co. G, 45th Inf. After the war he married Mary Zimmer of Gallupville. They moved to West Berne where William purchased and ran Posson's Store. William H. Posson was a member of Charles McCulloch post, No. 645 G.A.R., West Berne and served as commander of that post for three times.
  • William Henry Harrison Posson moved to West Berne after the Civil War and purchased and ran a Posson's Store until his death. After his death, his son Fred Posson took over the store. The Posson home was next door to the west.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Reformating Albany Hilltowns web site

The main page of Albany Hilltowns has just been updated. 

I have started adding 18th C. Van Rensselaer survey notes and leases.

 Westerlo barn, by Andy Arthur

The Albany Hillotwns wiki site will gradually be reorganized to emphasize the unity of the Albany hill towns. Now the basic organization of the site is by hill town. This will be overlaid with the same content also organized by subject. Think of the content as being organized on a grid or spreadsheet with the names of the towns heading the columns along the top and the subject matter heading each of the rows going down. Users of the site will be able to choose the subject in which they are interested and go to a page with all the links on that subject regardless of which hill town they are in.

The first subject to be consciously reorganized with this is mind is that of Hill town trails. The thinking is that is if someone wants to Head for the Hills - the Albany Hilltowns for hiking, they don't want to have to look at each of the following pages to find all of the various hiking opportunities:
This should work as well for history buffs and farm visitors as it does for nature lovers. Folks interested in visiting farms, exploring old cemeteries, or admiring our historic homes don't care in which town they are located, they want to have an easily accessible list of everything in the hill towns of interest to them.

The site will also retain the present organization by town.


 Dan Driscoll in Elsass Cemetery

A transcription of the stones at the Elsass Cemetery has just been posted. The name was a corruption of Alsace. It is located in the town of Knox at the corner of Pleasant Valley, Witter Road and Route 156. The cemetery has been abandoned and is overgrown. Dan Driscoll tells me that a Boy Scout is planning to clean up that cemetery as a Eagle Scout project.

Other Knox cemeteries transcriptions just posted:
Can anyone tell me the name of the cemetery in Knox on Quay Road?