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Towns &/or areas in Cortland County, NY

Posted: 4 Jan 2013 10:30PM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm somewhat stumped and hope someone reading this in Cortland County quesry can help to clarify a location.

While reading portions of an application for military pension for a individual from McGraw, NY, I came across the portion of the document which asked "when, where and by whome were you married"? Written response was the date 13 Nov 1893, Summer Hill, Cortland County, NY by W. S. Warren, Pastor Baptist Church.

Can someone tell me if there's an area of Cortland County back in 1915 which was called Summer Hill??? I'm aware of an area in Cayuga County by that name but not Cortland County.

Sure would appreciate quidance with this mystery.

Thank you, Kem

Re: Towns &/or areas in Cortland County, NY

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 6:50PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: WARREN
I have checked with my maps and believe that Summer Hill is only in Cayuga County and suspect that the author of the pension papers made an error. However, be aware that the township map does show that the square shape town of Summer Hill borders the rectangle town of Homer in Cortland County. It is possible that the person in question was a resident of the western portion of Homer with a post office address of Summer Hill (the area is still rather rural today).


Note the following rather detailed article about Rev. W.S. Warren from the WARRENSBURGH NEWS (N. Y.), THURSDAY, JUNE 29 1911, front page --

BAPTIST PASTOR RESIGNS.
Rev. W. S. Warren Accepts a Call From
Church at Moravia.
The Rev. W. S. Warren, after a fruitful
pastorate of five years, has tendered
his resignation to the Baptist
society of this village, to take effect
Sunday, July 23.
Mr. Warren has accented a unanimous
call from the Baptist church at
Moravia, Cayuga county, near Auburn,
and only twenty miles from Cortland,
the home of his mother and three
brothers. It is also only ten miles
from Summer Hill, where Mr. Warren
began his first pastorate about twenty
years ago.
Moravia has a population of 1,469.
It is on the Lehigh Valley railroad and
is the shipping center of a fertile
farming region.
It has several flourishing industries,
manufacturing farm implements, water
wheels, flour, canned goods, gloves and
mittens. There is one newspaper, published
weekly.
During his pastorate here Mr. Warren
has labored faithfully for the interests
of the church and has accomplished
a good work. Ninety new
names have been added to the membership
roll, sixty-five on profession of
faith. The financial affairs have been
carefully and ably administered and all
departments of the church work are in
a flourishing condition. Mr. Warren is
highly esteemed by the members of his
congregation and the townspeople generally.
His departure will be regretted
by all. Following is the letter
of resignation, read to the congregation
at the morning service last Sunday:

Warrensburgh. N. Y., June 25, 1911.
My Dear People:—1 believe that in
the course of time the truth is born in
the mind of most pastors that they
have delivered their message to the
people of their field, and in many cases
the fact is realized by the people. I
have felt for some time that it would
be better if a change could satisfactorily
be made.
Recently there has been extended to
me a unanimous call from Moravia
Baptist church to become their pastor,
my name having been given to them
by a former pastor.
After careful and prayerful consideration
of all the facts in relation to the
call, I have come to the conclusion that
it is of the Lord, and therefore I have
no right to refuse it. But before I can
accept it duty compels me to hand to
you my resignation as pastor of this
church, which I herewith do, to take
effect Sunday, July 23, 1911.
I believe my coming here was of God
and we have worked together harmoniously
and in a measure successfully.
1 shall keep you all in loving remembrance.
Trusting you will act on this
resignation at your earliest convenience
and praying that God's blessing
may ever rest upon you. and that He
will guide you in finding a good man
for my successor I am
Sincerely yours,
W. S. WARREN,
Pastor Baptist church

Re: Towns &/or areas in Cortland County, NY

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 7:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you David for helpin to clarify my question regarding Summerhill.
I too thought the author of the pension papers (Ansel DeVer EUSON) or perhaps the person at the pension office made the error when submitting the information.

My mother and her siblings grew up in the Dresserville/Locke/Summerhill areas near Moravia so I was pretty sure the information was incorrect but since many towns have smaller, separate subdivision areas within them, I wasn't sure - especially since the pension application papers were dated 1890.

Appreciate the additional info about the minister.

Kem Hart-Baker
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