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Archard or Archer of NY
Posted by: Marcia Richardson (ID *****7772) Date: August 16, 2002 at 13:57:41
In Reply to: Re: Ida Anderson Archard by Don Gonella of 28

My Archer or Archard line is from NY also. I have seen the same people spelled both ways. This is some of what I have:


The Otsquago Church, the Giesenberg Church, and Lutheran St. Paulís Church:
The early Squake (Otsquago) church in the Kyle above Van Hornesville; the Geisenberg church near Hallsville; and the Sand Hill church at Fort Plain were established as societies about 1750, but the buildings were not erected until about ten years later. Little or no records of the "Squake" church exist. The first Geisenberg church was built about 1767, according to deeds showing the acquisition of the land on which it was built. This was a wooden structure and was superseded by a brick church in 1806. The early records of the church are missing and those on file in the State Library (copy of original) do not contain marriage and death records. The records of the early Sand Hill church were destroyed in Brant's raid, and few records have been found of the early years of the second church erected at Fort Plain. It is the unfortunate destruction of these records which makes genealogical research so difficult. The existing Stone Arabia, German Flats and Herkimer church records are incomplete and cover only in a very limited way the period under discussion here.
The town of Minden was formed 3-2-1772. . . . The town of Stark was formed from Danube, March 18, 1828 Otsquago Settlement, the site of the Otsquago Church was within the limit of the town of Stark, upon the Otsquago Creek.
. . . The second Geisenberg Church, having the corporate name of the Lutheran St. Paulís Church in the Town of Minden, was built of brick and stood upon the Geisenberg Glebe Lot . . .This spot is on a knoll, about one hundred feet west from the rear of the George Hall homestead, now the property of Mr. Fred H. Cronkhite. . . . The parsonage stood upon the Glebe Lot, about forty feet northeast of the George Hall homestead; the date of its erection is unknown. While both the Geisenberg and the Otsquago Churches were flourishing, services were held in them alternately; and some of the pious members of the Otsquago Church made the journey to Geisenberg, on Sundays when no service was held in their church . . . After Dom. Wietingís death, the Minden Church became a part of the charge of the Rev. Peter Wilhelm Domeier, who was also Pastor at Stone Arabia, Palatine, and Johnstown. Mr. Dormeierís pastorate closed in May 1824. Afterwards for about three years, the church suffered from an impostor.

From Geisenberg Church Records:
Children of Mattheus and Elisabeth:

Thomas        ger. d 28ten Aprill 1795 getauft 9ten May 1795, p. 11 (127)
              Parents: Mattheus Archer und frau Elisabeth
              Testes: Godlieb Schneyder und frau Rahel
Petrus        gebr. d 4t Juny 1797 getauft d 2t July 1797, p. 23 (312)
              Parents: Mattheus Archer und frau Elisabeth
              Testes: Petrus Resner und Catharina Coopman
Jacob               gebr. d 20t October 1799 get. D 1t December 1799, p. 50 (682)
              Parents: Mattheus Archer und frau Elisabeth
              Testes: Christoph Monk und frau Christina
Martinus       geb. d 1t January 1802 get. d 17t Jan. 1802, p. 70 (980)
              Parents: Mattheus Archer und frau Elisabeth
              Testes: Jacob Koehner und frau Elisabeth
Maria              geb. d 23tn Febr. 1805 get. d 2tn Maerz 1806, p. 100 (1388)
              Parents: Mattheus Archer und frau Elisabeth
              Testes: Adam Kessler un frau Maria
Catharina       geb. d 31tn Jan. 1806 get. d 14tn Feb 1808, p. 109 (1508)
              Parents: Mattheus Archer und frau Elisabeth
              Testes: Abraham F. Conterman und frau Catharina
Maria              d. 10tn Feb. 1808 get. d 14tn Feb. 1808, p. 125 (1733)
              Parents: Mattheus Archer und frau Elisabeth
John              geb. d 23tn Aug. 1809 get. d 3tn Sept. 1809, p. 137 (1891)
              Parents: Mattheus Archer und frau Elisabeth
              Testes: John G. Snyder and Margaretha Murphy

Child of Peter Archer (son of Mattheus and Elisabeth?) and Elisabeth:

Jacob              geb. 14tn Sept. get 27tn Sept. 1818, p. 216 (111)
              Parents: Peter Archer und frau Elisabeth
              Testes: Martin Archer und frau Elisabeth

From Collections on History of Albany:
Archard (Orchard?), Matthew, and Elizabeth Murphy. Ch. Rachel, bp. July 25, 1790.

Rachel Archer b. bef. July 25, 1790; m. Otheniel Preston, 1779, Albany Dutch Reformed Church, Albany, NY

From Compendium of Early Mohawk Valley Families by Penrose:
Archer, Matthew (son of Edward Archer) m. (married) Elisabeth Morphey (dau. Of Peter Morphey), 11/26/1789 (DFP: 41) at the Reformed Dutch Church, Fort Plain, Montgomery County, NY

Cherry Valley Cemetery Records, Alden Street, Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., NY:
Archer, John, d. 2/23/1828, age 36 years; buried Cherry Valley Presbyterian Church cemetery. Native to parish of Eckford, Scotland.

Archer, [?] (son of Matthew Archer), b. 10/24/1799; d. 11/27/1805. age 6-1-4. buried 11/30 1805. (DFP:90)

From Index to War of 1812 Pension Files Volume 1:
Archer, Thomas SC-12546 (survivorís certificate?)
Jemima (Kinsman), m. (married) in Minden, NY
Svc. John Failingís Co. NY Mil.
Lived in Herkimer County, NY (Stark)

I believe Mattheus/Matthew Archer/Archard may work into the Fordham Manor Archers, but I'm not sure. I descend from Thomas Archer. Do you have Archard information which may match mine in some way? I can send you more.

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