Monday, September 3, 2018

    A story about trains:
    Samuel David Patrick Boylan, b 1766, Bedminster, Somerset, New Jersey d. 11 Jan 1852, Canaseraga, Allegany, New York, Age: 86. Buried Canaseraga Cemetery. Veteran: War of 1812
    Samuel pioneered in western PA with his older brother Aaron 2 b 1748 settling in what is now Crawford/Mercer Co's. He returned to NJ, married Elizabeth Van Deventer in 1797, in Dansville, Livingston County, New York and eventually settled in Livingston Co. NY at what was orig. Boylan's Corner,NY and is now Caneseraga, Allegany Co NY...
    Samuel and Elizabeth had 8 children:
    James Harris, Firman, Isaac, Samuel, Christopher Lane, Mary Elsie, Fanny and John. We have a photo of the 6 good looking boys taken later in life that you can see below. A certain longevity is a Boylan trait.
    I am Kristen Adame of Phoenix Arizona, USA. My 3rd great-grandfather, Firman, is the clean shaven one. This branch of the family ended up in Kansas.
Left to right on the Boylan Brothers is:
standing left  James Harris,                              standing right Christopher Lane
from left seated: Samuel,  John,                    Firman,                             Isaac.
Firman's son, Alonzo Bradner Boylan married Castella Walter and worked for the Santa Fe Railroad ending up in Lakin, Kearny County, Kansas in 1874.
On the right you can see a photo of the house Alonzo built in Lakin in 1874 which he and his family lived in while he was stationmaster at Lakin. Click on the photo for a great story. He had 3 children: Hannah, Lenora and Bradner. Hannah died at the age of three in Sioux City, Iowa when a wheel came off a train passing through the station and hit her while she was on the platform. Lenora died in Lakin in 1970 and Bradner died in 1938 either in Shreveport, Louisiana or Little Rock, Arkansas. He worked in the train yard there and was hit by a train while working. He is buried with his parents in Lakin. Lenora (my great-grandmother) married George Henry Tate, Jr. in 1894 and they had 5 children.
My grandmother, Susannah Florence Tate-Fletcher, turned 93 years old on l3 October 2001. She was born in and still lives in the second house Alonzo Boylan built in Lakin after he retired from the railroad and went into farming and ranching.
I think this is why I'm so lucky and have loads of old family photos and items still in my family. They've lived in the same place since the 1870's and my grandmother NEVER throws anything away! Kristen Adame of Phoenix Arizona has most of the above story in her large website: click on Boylan Link
Firman's son, Alonzo Bradner Boylan married Castella Walter and worked for the Santa Fe Railroad ending up in Lakin, Kearny County, Kansas in 1874. On the right is a photo of Alonzo and his daughter Lenora, who was 14 at the time.

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