Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Family Bible of Emma Augusta (Horton) Rumsey of Yates, Ontario and Monroe Counties, New York; Wife of Samuel Randal Rumsey

Bible that apparently originally belonged to Mrs. Minerva Horton of Yates County, New York, who then passed it on to her daughter, Emma Augusta (Horton) Rumsey, wife of Samuel Randall Rumsey.

Minerva, born about 1821 in New York.  I believe her husband was Isaac Horton, born about 1808 in either Vermont or New York.  Someone, perhaps Minerva herself, wrote the names of her children on the page below; Emma was her second youngest child.

The Bible, which measures about 8" by 5", has handwritten genealogy, in the handwriting of more than one person, concerning the Horton and Rumsey families, with the included surnames of Parlett, Albro and Felps [Phelps ?], and a few items tucked in.

Some of the information contained in the Bible is at odds with what I found online, perhaps because entries, at least some of them, were entered at long remove by someone who may not have been in attendance at the actual event.

The facing pages below were inscribed by one of Emma's children.

"Samuel Randal Rumsey and Emma Augusta Horton was married January 12, 1873 by Rev. Braddish at Newark, New York.  Pa Born at Hornellsville, Mar 15 /1849.  Died at Rochester, Jan 19 /1918.  Ma Born at Naples, Mar 12 /1859.  [Died at] Rochester Nov 13 /1920.  Of this union 9 children were born."
  • Charles - Charles Burton Rumsey - born December 6, 1876 at Geneva, New York; died January 14, 1910 at Pittsburg
  • Emma - Emma Estella Rumsey - born at Penn Yan, New York, on February 3, 1880
  • Phoebe - Phoebe Ann Rumsey - born at Penn Yan, New York, on April 22, 1882
  • Freddie, born at North Bloomfield, New York, on May 16, 1886; died July 22, 1886 at North Bloomfield [The paper scrap gives his place of birth and death as Lima, New York.]
  • Samuel Rebecca Rumsey, born a Lima, New York, on April 26, 1888
  • Henry James Rumsey, born at North Bloomfield, New York, on August 7, 1890; died at Veterans Hospital, Staten Island, New York, on July 15, 1948  [The paper scrap gives his place of birth as Lima, New York.]
  • Harry Benham Rumsey, born at North Bloomfield, New York, on September 22, 1893; died at Rochester, New York, on April 21, 1934
  • Alza Louise Rumsey, "Allie", born at Honeoye Falls, New York, on January 7, 1897
  • Lulu May Rumsey, born at Honeoye Falls, New York, on July 19, 1899; died at Rochester, New York, on January 21, 1942
A paper scrap tucked in the Bible has much of the same information, with a few discrepancies.

Heading the page below:  "Minerva Horton, Her Book 185[?]"; the last digit is smeared.  Minerva's oldest child William was born about 1842, so she apparently did not have the Bible before her marriage, but a few years into it.  This page has the names: ? Horton; Sarah Horton; Lucy Horton; Alice Horton; Ella Horton; John Parlett; Samuel Parlett; Samuel Rumsey; Eddie Albrow.  Note:  Edgar Albro married Minerva's youngest daughter Eliza J. Horton.  I'm not sure how the Parlett fellows fit in.

Another page seems to be doodling, with the names of Minerva's daughter Eliza written twice; the name of Eliza's husband Edgar Albro written three times; the name of Lusey or Lucy Horton; and the surname Felps, possibly for Phelps.

Other items tucked in the album include two pressed flowers, the photograph of a house, with information on the reverse, and a scrap of cloth.

If you have information on the Horton and Rumsey families, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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