Schoonmaker, Samuel T.
He was a millwright
Marriage & Children
Before 1835 he married Elizabeth. They had 5 children.
Samuel died between 1860 and 1870
LETTER TO Mr SAMUEL T SCHOONMAKER in the TOWN of KNOSE [KNOX] ALBANY COUNTY
From his sister Dorothy Ulshoefer, wife of Henry Ulshoefer, june 25, 1837 from Conklin, Broom County, NY
- I now sit down with pleasure to inform you that we are all in a midling state of health at present and hope that these few lines may find you enjoying the same blessing I have been a great deal out of health since we have moved here but I think it was occaisconce by the fatiuge of the journy It took us four days and a halfe to come from duanesburg here The road was very rough and muddy and we had a heavy load besides our eight children and our selves my baby was but little over two month old but she stood the journy verry well I have been taken several times since I have been here with a suden pulsation of my heart which I thought would terminate my life but thanks to the Lord I feel some better of that complaint but it has left me verry nurves we have bought sixty acres of land here There is but eight acres cleared on it we have a good log house to live in and we have the frame of the barn nearly ready to put up The land is principle timber with white oak and hickery chesnut soft maple and some pine all of a verry tall and thrifty groath The soil is good and climate healthy as far as we know the canker rash was a bout here there were sise [six] children taken away by that disorder in a verry short time john seaverson loft two Mr harwood lost two Mr Craber lost one and Mr Hillcacks lost one but it is healthy The weather has been verry wet we have had rain all most everry day for some time back There is considerable wild land about here yet we have heard a place wich joins on ours with thirty acres of improvement on and about fifty apple trees on the same wich just begins to bear The place contains one hundred acres Henry pays the rent in clearing up sise acres of the land and puting it in fence Then henry has all the wood of the lot and the first crop he calulates to sow it with wheat this fall The same place is for sale Mr Birdsall offers it for twelve hundred dollars The place is finely situated but it has no bildings but log bildings ten miles from here there is a farn offered for sale that one hundred and five acres it is situated on the winsor road it lies sise miles from winsor and nine miles from Binghamton village There is a beautiful house on the place a barn & sheds wood house and other out houses with seventy acres improved land and a good orchard on the same and Mr dehart offers the same for twenty two hundred dollars we have got in a verry good neighbourhood I have taken a deal of comfort since we have been here our market verry handy we live sise miles from binghamton village and two from the canall and four from the Chenango river The market is good for everry kind of produce The wheat is worth fourteen shillings ----- is worth one dollar corn is worth seve shillings wheat is worth five shillings butter is worth-----pence per bound pork one shilling staves ----[ten or two] dollars a thousand hoop poles are worth ---dollars a thousand and shingles are worth from one dollar to ten shillings a bunch our oldest daughter is ten miles away from home to work in a pill bose factory She is to work for Mr james Curen [James Curran (ca 1807 -> 1860)] he formely used to live in bern we purchased our place from him he has commenced that kind of bisness on account of his health not beaing verry good it is the first that ever has been commenced in this part of the country he thinks he shall find it very profitable The great merchants at Binghamton village take all that he can make and sell them for Mr Curen I should be verry happy to have some of my connection near me I hope that some of you will come out to see us and I don't doubt that you will be pleased with the country for there is a great deal of land to be had hereat a verry great bargain The wheat stands exceading good here it all brgins to hed out nicely I wish to write as soon as possible I long to hear from you all direct your letter Town of Conklin Broom County Binghamton post office Chenango County no more at present but our kind love to you all
Conklin Broom County june 25th 1837
Letter courtesy of Allan Deitz. Found in a box of documents passed down through his great-grandmother Minnie Bell Onderdonk Ball whose mother was a Schoonmaker.