Brick Wall: Eunice Salsbury b. 1800 New York

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Eunice Salsbury/Salisbury was born 1800 in Rensselaer County, New York. I'm looking for clues about her parents or siblings or where to look for clues.

See research notes on her profile and that of her brother

She appears to have been living with her brother Nathaniel Salsbury in the 1820 census, next door to Daniel Sands who was living with his father Ephraim and whom she married before 1825. She was an early member of the Methodist Episcopal Church with her brother the Rev Nathaniel Salsbury.

All records for the town of Camillus, Onondaga County, New York prior to 1829 were lost to a fire.

The area where they lived is now the town of Elbridge. The town historian has no info about this family/timeframe. There are no Salisbury/Salsbury stones still standing in the cemetery where Eunice is buried or the nearby Jordan Village Cemetery. Since Nathaniel was head of household in 1820 and the household included a woman over age 45, his father likely died before 1820.

At a quick glance I haven’t found any Salsbury/Salsbury land records between 1800 and 1820 in Onondaga county, New York.

Any suggestions where to look next?
WikiTree profile: Eunice Sands
in Genealogy Help by Kay Knight G2G6 Pilot (464k points)
edited by Kay Knight

3 Answers

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I haven’t found anything in those, but will go through them again. The only likely clue might be a probate or land record. There were no municipal records at that time. She was married before the local church was founded, probably by her brother the circuit preacher. The town historian had no info about any Salsbury. I found the land record for Ephraim, next door in the 1820 census, but nothing for Nathaniel.

Her brother was born in Vermont, and Eunice in Rensselaer county, New York. The father could have died anywhere between there and Onondaga county.

Afraid my next step might be to research all the Salsbury and Salisbury families in Onondaga and adjacent counties 1810 to 1870.
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I'm not an expert, but some early land sales were done through the state, and the records are at the NY State Archives. I don't believe that they are available anywhere else.

I was looking for the deed to follow up on a newspaper notice of a sale following default.  I found nothing in the county records, but then after re-reading it I realized it was NY State that was involved and not the county sheriff.

I don't know if you would need to go to Albany or if the film is available on loan.  I also don't know anything about how the records are organized.  Sometimes deeds are quite quick to review, and other times they are a mess.

If you decide to pursue it and find out anything new, let me know.  Its on my some day list right now.
by M Cole G2G6 Mach 4 (44.5k points)

I still need to go through the county level archives. It’s lots of work. From FamilySearch catalog search select the county then select Land and Property to eventually get here

Then you have to get creative. You might find what you are looking for in an index. Most of the deed books have an index at the beginning. It’s lots and lots of looking at images.

I've extracted all the Wheelock deeds from almost all of the counties in New York from the Online FamilySearch records, so I know them well. Usually, I mostly use the index volumes, and only if I really think I should find something, I'll go to the index at the front of an actual deed book.

The deeds that were done through the state are not in the county deed books.  They are a completely separate set of records.
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Dear Kay,

Did you ever get this brick wall resolved?  I may be able to help you if not,  I would be very interested to know how you resolved it if so.  I am a Salisbury decendent that has learned that I am actually a Salsbergen/Salsbury/ etc.  All very interested.  

Hope to hear back from you.  Denise
by Denise Ellison G2G Crew (300 points)

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