Historic Pelham

Presenting the rich history of Pelham, NY in Westchester County: current historical research, descriptions of how to research Pelham history online and genealogy discussions of Pelham families.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Second Anniversary of the Commencement of the Historic Pelham Blog

Today is the second anniversary of the unveiling of the Historic Pelham Blog. Publication of the Blog began on February 8, 2005. Every Monday through Friday since that date -- without missing a day (including holidays) - a brief "article" about Pelham history has been posted to this Blog. A mirrored archive containing copies of each and every such Blog posting is also available on the Historic Pelham Web site located at www.historicpelham.com.

The first posting to the Historic Pelham Blog was entitled "Searching Historic Newspapers Online for Information About Pelham". Indeed, enough time has passed that a review of that item suggests it is time for an update of the information it contains!

During the period February 8, 2005 to December 31, 2005, 244 articles on the history of The Town of Pelham were researched, prepared and posted to the Historic Pelham Blog. During 2006, 260 additional articles on the history of The Town of Pelham and surrounding areas were researched, prepared and posted to The Historic Pelham Blog. So far this year, including today, 29 more items have been posted to the Blog bringing the total number of history articles posted on the Blog to 533. A single index of all the items may be accessed by clicking here.

The 29 items posted so far this year exemplify the wide range of topics addressed on the Historic Pelham Blog. What follows is a list of the 28 most recent items posted to the Blog:


Wed. Feb. 7, 2007: Information About Thomas Pell in the Catalogue of the Names of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut Published in 1846

Tue. Feb. 6, 2007: October 14, 1772 Quaker "Marriage Contract" of Bersheba Pell of the Manor of Pelham and Moses Quinby

Mon. Feb. 5, 2007: Abstract of 1735 Will of David Pell of the Manor of Pelham

Fri. Feb. 2, 2007: 1670 Letter to John Winthrop, Governor of Connecticut, Describing the Arrival of John Pell in America to Receive Thomas Pell's Estate

Thu. Feb. 1, 2007: An Account of Operations in the "Neutral Ground" that Included the Area in and Around Pelham During the Revolutionary War


Wed. Jan. 31, 2007: A Large Distillery Once Stood on the Prevost Farm in Pelham During the 1790s

Tue. Jan. 30, 2007: Interesting Advertisement for Sale of Land on City Island in the Town of Pelham in 1800

Mon. Jan. 29, 2007: Palmer Family Offers One Thirtieth of City Island for Sale in 1785

Fri. Jan. 26, 2007: A History of the Early Years of City Island When it Was Part of the Town of Pelham, Published in 1927

Thu. Jan. 25, 2007: A Brief Account of the Early History of City Island, Published in 1909

Wed. Jan. 24, 2007: An Account of the October 18, 1776 Battle of Pelham and the "Grand Review" that Followed It, Published in 1897

Tue. Jan. 23, 2007: Another Brief Reference Regarding the Siwanoy "Tribe"

Mon. Jan. 22, 2007: Information About Siwanoy Native Americans Published in 1872

Fri. Jan. 19, 2007: The Harp of Pelham: A Book Published in 1844 by William Jay Bolton of Pelham Manor

Thu. Jan. 18, 2007: Three More British Military Unit Histories that Note Participation in the Battle of Pelham on October 18, 1776

Wed. Jan. 17, 2007: 1799 Advertisement Offering 225-Acre Farm of Caleb Pell For Sale

Tue. Jan. 16, 2007: Brief Biography of British Officer Who Served During the Battle of Pelham on October 18, 1776

Mon. Jan. 15, 2007: Brief Biographies of Henry Waters Taft and Horace Dutton Taft of Pelham Manor (and Other Family Members)

Fri. Jan. 12, 2007: A Brief Description of Scott's Grocery Store at Bartow Village in Pelham

Thu. Jan. 11, 2007: More 17th Century Commercial Records Involving Thomas Pell and Edmund Leach

Wed. Jan. 10, 2007: 17th Century Commercial Records Involving Thomas Pell and Edmund Leach

Tue. Jan. 9, 2007: 1648 Notarial Record by Boston Merchant Providing Power of Attorney to Collect Debt from Thomas Pell of New Haven

Mon. Jan. 8, 2007: Dutch Authorities Decide To Station a Ship With Men Off Today's City Island on February 9, 1654 To Keep Watch on the Activities of the English

Fri. Jan. 5, 2007: The Early Years of Grace Church, City Island -- Once a Church in Pelham

Thu. Jan. 4, 2007: Annual Report of The Office of The Historian of The Town of Pelham for 2006

Wed. Jan. 3, 2007: World War I Memorial Tree Plaques Honoring Pelham Citizens Who Died in World War I

Tue. Jan. 2, 2007: The Little Red Schoolhouse In Pelhamville -- Predecessor to Today's Hutchinson Elementary School

Mon. Jan. 1, 2007: Dating an Undated Glass Lantern Slide Showing the Little Red Church (Huguenot Memorial Presbyterian Church)

Much of the content on the Historic Pelham Blog consists of research notes that I have prepared and converted into Blog postings. There also are exactly 300 images that, to date, have been included within postings to the Historic Pelham Blog.

Given the lack of control that I have over my work schedule, I typically keep a collection of fifteen to twenty draft Blog postings "on file" so that material can be placed on the Blog quickly when my schedule and other commitments requires. Indeed, at present I only have eight such items because I was unable to do much research last weekend.

As the Historic Pelham Blog enters its third year, it has -- for me, at least -- become a valuable research tool. With the recent addition of "key word tagging" functionality by Google, I slowly will go back and tag earlier items to make the archive a more powerful research tool.

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