My father always said our family came from Alsace Lorraine (which sometimes was part of France and other times part of Germany) before they came to New York. I am no where near being able to verify whether or not that is true.
I have "my Henry," on five census records (1851 - 1891) all in Sheffield Township of Lennox & Addington county. I have found his land record and have a map showing the location of his property. There are many variations of the spelling of his last name i.e. Polmateer, Polmater, Palmatier, Polmatier, Palmetier, etc. which makes searching for his records more complicated. The census records have several variations of the spelling of the name of his wife i.e. Almira, Almyra, Elmira, Arm. Extrapolating his age from the census records he would have been born in 1821.
Many years ago my father's oldest sister told me that Henry was born in Watertown, New York and just recently I found a marriage record for one of his children that stated that he, my Henry, was born in Watertown, New York. There are no civil records for that time period in that area and very few established churches so I have not been able to verify that information.
On the 1851 census when "my Henry" was 30 years old, a 70 year old woman named Christiana was listed in his household. The question remains, is she his mother, grandmother or an aunt? Also on the 1851 census on a nearby farm was a head of household John Polmateer, a farmer, born US, (big hint! but I recently found another document that states that John was born in New York). Religion E. Methodist, Age 40. Caton Polmenter, age 30, male, and a female Annie, age 22 were listed as a family in the same household. I have a copy of John's will and Henry is a witness on it. I feel certain that they are brothers but have no proof.
I'm searching for some document that will give me the names of Henry's parents.
Glenna Palmateer Webber
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