Richards Ancestors – from the Pincock family line

I was going through some genealogy papers from my father-in-law LaMar R Pincock and found the following stories about several of his Richards ancestors.  Some if them were shared at various gatherings of the Richards Family Association.  These stories were all typewritten on the old long form family history records which didn’t lend themselves to be easily scanned fully.  They have been digitized and reformatted to a standard size (8 1/2 X 11) page.

Let me list his relationship to these ancestors:

LaMar R Pincock

Willaim Aaron Pincock            father

Alice Parker Richards              grandmother

Samuel W. Richards                great-grandfather

Phineas Howe Richards         2nd great-grandfather

Joseph Richards                      3rd great-grandfather

Franklin A. Richards gave a nice summary of the three sons of Joseph Richards who wound up in Utah including his grandfather Phineas Howe Richards.  They can be found here:  remarks-by-franklin-a-richards

The other documents all relate to Samuel W. Richards.  This first one describes how he received Oliver Cowdery’s last testimony of the restoration and includes that testimony.  It can be found here: samuel-richards-oliver-cowdery-testimony

There are other recollections of Samuel W. Richards by Ben Harries here: to-the-family-of-elder-samuel-w-richards and D. J. Watts here: recollections-of-d-j-watts-about-samuel-w-richards

I always like to find more information about ancestors than you can just find out from the family group sheets, pedigree sheets and even census records and this is a gold mine of such information.


Tappan Zee H.S. First Annual All Sports Banquet 16 June 1949

In going through the records and documents my mom had, I came across the program for the Tappan Zee H.S. First Annual All Sports Banquet.


The reason it was saved is because my mother’s brother John Post was one of the athletes.  This was his junior year.  In addition My mother Mrs. Frank Hess and my grandmother Mrs. Charles E. post served on the committee for the banquet.

Two of the Distinguished guests were Phil Rizzuto then shortstop of the New York Yankees and Peter Carlisimo who then coached Football at Scranton University and later let the NIT tournament.

John Post wound up his high school career with 16 varsity letters.  This was the most ever earned by any athlete in Tappan Zee High School history . His Senior yearbook lists the following:

Football        1, 2, 3, 4

Baseball        1, 2, 3, 4

Track             2, 3

Bowling        1, 2, 4

Golf               1, 2, 3


Fowler Certificates

I was going through some of my mom’s things and came across a large book (11 X 17) called “The Passing Show”  I could tell it was old but I didn’t know why she had it.  As I started to look at it, inside the front cover were the following two certificates.

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Then on the first inside page my Aunt Ethel Fowler wrote down an index of family names with pages listed.  On those pages were listed Births, Deaths and Marriages for the listed families.  This work of gathering this information was started in 1954 and it looks like it wasn’t updated after the beginning of 1956 since my cousin was listed but I was not.  I will need to compare this information with the information I already have in my files.

It is interesting to see that in the early 1900’s you were by law required to serve in the Fire Department.  Unfortunately for my Great Grandfather, he only lived 9 months after he became exempt.  He died at age 32 and left my Great Grandmother a widow with 3 small children to raise.  She did it by herself with the help of her parents and younger siblings.

From Aunt Ethel’s Certificate, it looks like not all students made it into High School.  It required an examination, good scholarship and correct deportment.  How many students today would meet these requirements?



Another Conversation with my Mom

Jeanne E. Post

Jeanne E. Post

Tonight I was visiting my Mom and we got talking about genealogy and family history.  Somehow the conversation turned to her friend Maxine Howell who lived in the big house across Haring Ave from her parents house.  We talked about several families that lived in that house (I remember when the Morrison’s lived there.) and that Maxine’s family rented it along with her extended family.  In any case she indicated that Maxine and her whole family worked on Handwerks Farms both in Blauvelt, NY and in Florida in the winter.  It was through this friendship with Maxine that my mother met my father who also worked on Handwerks farms.   My Dad had a car so he came to visit Maxine and her family. My Mom indicated that her and my Dad double dated with Maxine (she didn’t say who Maxine went with) to at least the Auto races in Patterson, NJ.

I always wondered how my Mom and Dad met each other.  I remember my mother talking about going to the Hess farm in Old Tappan NJ for strawberries and eggs, but that was when she was young.

I didn’t know that Handwerks had a farm in Florida and that my Dad had been down there before he met my Mom.  When they got married they moved to Florida and farmed.  Now I know why.

Mom mentioned Maxine’s aunt in Florida that she kept in touch with and I said “Is that the one who would send us Christmas gifts that were either the wrong size or something we would never use?” and she replied “Yes, at least she was thinking of you.”

Does anyone else have more to add to this story?

If you are interested in where Handwerks farm was, the old farmhouse is on the corner of Blauvelt Rd and Van Wyck Rd in Blauvelt, NY right next to the South Orangetown Middle School.  A large part of the area surrounding the farmhouse was part of the farm.  The school was built on part of the farm.  My sister Karen was in the first class to go through that school for all 3 grades, sixth, seventh and eighth. My cousin Debbie and I were in the second class to go there for three years.

Frank Hess Sr. Immigration Records and a new photo

On New Year’s Day, I was out searching the internet for genealogy information and came across a link to obtain  the immigration file for a German immigrant ancestor who had registered starting in 1940.  With this new resource, I hoped to find more information on my grandfather Frank Hess Sr.  So I sent off my $20 and the information I had on him and 5 days later I received a letter from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  They had identified his file, but they no longer had it.  It was at the National Archives in Kansas City.  They then proceeded to tell me how to obtain a copy of the file.  I sent off another email and after another $20 fee and a wait of another week, I received the six pages of the file including this picture taken in 1942 of Frank Hess.

Hess Frank Sr 1942 INS Photo

I have posted the rest of the file in the Family Tree in an Album attached to Frank Hess Sr.

A couple of things I learned from this new record is that he immigrated in 1910 as a crew member on the S.S. Kaiser Wilhelm II.  He entered the US at Hoboken, NJ.  He could not recall the exact date he entered the country except that it was in 1910.

I knew he served in the German Army before he arrived, because we have a picture of him in his uniform, but I did not know it was from 1904 to 1906.  That is another clue that we might be able to use to find more information about him.

Here is a postcard and a picture of the S.S. Kaiser Wilhelm II.




A conversation with my Mom

The other day I was visiting with my mother and she had just gotten off a phone call from her friend Frieda Mueller.  As we were talking she said she loved it when Frieda would tell stories from when she was young in prewar Germany.  We then discussed how important it is to capture those stories.  Mom said I hope she has them written down, and I responded yeah, but they are probably in German.  Mom then started telling me her own story that she was reminded of by talking with Frieda.

“When I was a little girl, probably around eight, I was in the garden weeding with my grandmother (Elizabeth Maria Moehring whose parents both came from Germany, and German was spoken in their home).  As we  were weeding, a garter snake came my me and I screamed.  My grandmother reassured me ” Don’t worry about him, he is more afraid of you than you are of him.”  I remember this like it was just yesterday.”

I don’t think I had ever heard that story before, and if I didn’t share it here, it would probably be lost forever.

Do you have similar stories that are a part of you that would be good to share that haven’t been written down somewhere?  What are you going to do about it?

LaMar R Pincock Book of Remembrance

LaMar R Pincock from his Book of Remembrance (1938)

The enclosed pictures are part of the scanned pages from the Book of Remembrance of LaMar R Pincock that was started when he was 8 years of age.  As indicated on the first page he was helped by his Grandmother Rance in writing this record.  It includes Personal Histories of his mother, Irene Rohner Pincock, his father William Aaron Pincock, and his grandmother Icevinda Pace Rohner Rance in her own words.  There are other pages that include pictures of his family, pedigree charts and Family Group sheets.  These remaining pages are included in the full record that is included in the Family Tree portion of this site that is password protected.

If you click on a picture below and then on the picture again on the new tab, the picture will be enlarged.


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First time Help for using “John Hess Family Tree”

If you have not already done so, go to the Family Tree tab and follow the link to the “John_Hess_Family_Tree”.  There you can request a sign-on if you do not have one.  It may take me a day to respond with the account information.

After you get your user account and password, sign on to the site and search for yourself using your given names.  You may need to click on a link of your name to get to your information. A page showing all of the information I have on you and your immediate family will appear. From this screen you can click on Ancestors or Descendents to see who else in your immediate path I have information on.  You can also click on any highlighted name to follow that link (for example your father or mother).

If you have information you would like to share with me, you can either just send it to me via email, or there are ways to submit text to my site.  There are two tabs available on an individuals page: one is to “Suggest” a correction or addition.  The second is an “Edit Family Worksheet” that allows more information to be submitted for a family (for example add a second spouse or additional children or additional dates or places)
Other things of interest might be to look at the Photos, documents, obituaries, cemeteries or Census information I have.  Adding more of these is where I am now spending my time.

There are many ways to get to the information.  On most pages there are links to other pages of information.  Links are usually underlined.


Thanks for your interest in my Family History records.

8 February 1972

As the 8th of February past, I started to remember what happened on that day forty years ago.  It had been cold enough for the ice to freeze at the local Ice Skating “Rink”.  It was really an old ice pond where they had harvested ice for preserving food in ice boxes through the summer.  But in my day we had refrigerators and didn’t need the ice anymore. Anyway, we usually only had a couple of weeks to skate and I wanted to take full advantage of the time I had.

I went to skate right after school and my dad came to pick me up for dinner.  I didn’t want to quit so I ignored him and he finally went home.  I had a scout patrol meeting that evening so my dad came back to get me.  I saw he was there and was getting ready to leave when I got into a play in the hockey game where we were all fighting over the puck.  The next thing I know, I am falling down and hear a loud crack.  I didn’t know if it was the ice or my leg. The other players helped me off the ice on one leg and they took me into the warm-up shack.  I was soon helped to my dad’s car and taken home.

Later that night I was taken to Nyack Hospital and x-rayed. I had broken both my right tibia and right fibula.  I spent the night at the hospital, and the next ten weeks in various casts.  The first was most of the way up my thigh. Eventually they were walking casts with a removable boot.  It was months before I could walk without a limp.

Looking back on that experience, how much pain and suffering could I have avoided if I had just gone home with my father when he came the first time? I knew I should have gone with him, but who would have seen the consequences?

The sad thing is this isn’t the only instance where I can look back and see the consequences of not doing what I should or not being where I should be.  What would have happened on 13 November 2003 if I had left for Church on time?  Instead, I was just leaving when I should have been there.  Again another accident, this time with a totaled car and multiple broken bones.

John Hess’ Elementary School Pictures

My mom has been saving these pictures for all these years.  I thought they would be good to share.  For most of you who have always had individual pictures, they used to only take class pictures.  The first 4 years I was in Sparkill Elementary School.  For Fourth grade they changed the school boundaries and I went to Tappan Elementary School so most of my classmates changed.  In each school we had 2 or three classes per grade so every year we had new kids in our class.

In the First grade picture, my cousin Debbie Post is in the center of the back row.  If I dug out my high school yearbook, I might be able to name most of my classmates.  I remember some of them but not all.


John Hess Kindergarten Class Sparkill Elementary School

John Hess 1st Grade Class Sparkill Elementary School

John Hess 2nd Grade Class Sparkill Elementary School

John Hess 3rd Grade Class Sparkill Elementary School

John Hess 4th Grade Class Tappan Elementary School

John Hess 5th Grade Class Tappan Elementary School

I don’t remember most of my teacher’s names, but the folder indicated my First Grade teacher was Mrs Bolander, and I remember my Fourth Grade teacher was Mrs Hartmuller and my Fifth Grade teacher was Mrs McConnell.

Mrs Hartmuller retired after my year with her.  She was the one elementary school teacher that had a big impact on my life.  We had to read 15 books as a minimum and do a report on each of them that year, and I really had a hard time finding a book to read.  She planted a book in the closet in her room and made me believe it was a special book that she thought I would like.  I read it and it kicked off a love for reading where I couldn’t get enough to read.  It was a part of a series and that helped me find additional books to read.  I still have a box of books from that series that I bought and read during 4th, 5th and 6th grades.