Monday, December 17, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012
People often assume that I have an extensive personal library. Actually, my personal library is limited to a particular genre, children’s Christmas and Hanukkah books. I have been collecting them for the last several years and this year gathered many of them to one spot creating a book tree for my living room. The “tree” will remain up throughout the winter and I look forward to many a chilly night tucked up with a quilt and a cup of hot tea perusing my collection.
A friend frequently tells me that I have to get with the times and get a Kindle. Sorry, but I’m not ready to take that step just yet. I spend so much time reading a computer screen in the course of my work, I look forward to holding an actual bound paper book in my hands and slowly, with great anticipation, turning the pages. Besides, try building a Kindle tree! It would not be the sameJ
Saturday, December 1, 2012
A Lady of Mystery
For years Marta and I have been gazed upon by the portrait of a beautiful woman with a long, graceful neck, lovely upswept hair and a serene gaze. Library lore told us that she was Dorothy Mather, grandmother or great grandmother of Judge Augustus Beardslee. In fact, that information was written on the back of the painting. It turns out that information was incorrect.
Locally, everyone knows about the castle, the supposed ghosts and the electrification of St. Johnsville but the family tree was not as readily known. Over the summer Marta tied on her genealogy cap and began to dig into the Beardslee line. Utilizing our collection, reliable on-line resources and Town of St. Johnsville records (thanks Town Clerk Lynn Stever!) Marta was finally able to properly identify “Grandmother” Beardslee as Faith Brewster Pardee.
Faith Brewster Pardee was born November 18, 1746 in Connecticut, a descendent of the Pilgrim, William Brewster. Faith married Captain Samuel Pardee in 1769. They had 9 children including oldest daughter Lavinia and son Samuel Augustus.
Lavinia married John Knickerbocker Beardslee. Lavinia and John were the parents of Judge Augustus Beardslee, and grandparents to Guy Roosevelt Beardslee.
The Faith Brewster Pardee portrait passed through her son Samuel Augustus Pardee’s line to his decendant, Dorothy Mather, who ultimately donated the painting to the library.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleasure we introduce Faith Brewster Pardee, a lady of mystery no more.