Brick wall: Dutch New York, Maxwell Palen

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So frustrated with my brick wall:
I am researching a Maxwell Palen from Greenfield, New York (most likely actually Greenfield Park in Ulster County.)
I suspect Paulus Palen b ~1775 to be his father.
I have not found a baptismal for Maxwell Palen. No grave for Paulus or his wife has been found. No probate records. I've searched every county of New York's probate records after 1830 and before 1900 for Paulus. Nothing. There ARE census records for him but nothing after 1830.
I've read the original records (handwritten) and all Dutch church baptismal records (handwritten) on Ancestry. I've also looked at deed exchanges to see if there was a property transfer involving Paulus. Nothing.
Does anyone know of other records I could search in? Counties of interest are Ulster and all surrounding. I feel like I've read literally every Palen record in New York.
I shifted the focus from Paulus to Peter Ezekiel Palen b 1774 and there IS a will and other documents but nothing I could find that listed all his children's names. I then moved focus to Hendrick Palen (son of Hendrick Palen b ~1775) mentioned in a birth record but I could not find anything else on him.
What I have on Maxwell: marriage record, 1850 census, 1870 census, 1880 census, mention in Michigan death record for one of his sons, US General land records for plats in Illinois and Iowa, his obituary stating he was from Greenfield New York, his grave, my DNA which shows relation to Dutch New York (primarily Ulster and Dutchess counties where many Palens lived) that can't be matched to other relatives.
asked in Genealogy Help by Melanie Shebel G2G2 (2.4k points)
Have you tried alternate spellings?  These things hide in plain sight - I would never have got anywhere in my family tree had I not guessed the spelling how it used to be - Dutch naming systems are quite different than what we have here in the USA - and although you have clues about folks that have the same name it may be a false clue - look if you do find birth records on anyone for the witnesses as often they are family too - good luck, do not give up

I'd have never gotten anywhere with family in Upstate NY or western NY without the aid of historical societies and county historians. They are generally wonderful

Ulster County Historian is Geoffrey Miller

This link has the town historian for each town

Ulster County Historical Society

1 Answer

+1 vote

James Palen records may reveal links?

1840 Census lists Henry M. Palen, Ulster County, I don't know if you've looked in those directions.

A Maxwell Palen married Harriet Augusta Brown 7 Feb 1844 in Du Page, Illinois. (Rev. Elihu Springer) I know it's not Ulster County, but might be worth a look.

answered by Norm Davis G2G2 (2.1k points)
Yep, that second one is my Maxwell. I'm trying to connect him from his life here in the midwest to where he was born: New York.

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