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John W. Race

Male 1803 - 1869  (66 years)


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  • Name John W. Race 
    Born 22 February 1803  Copake, Columbia County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 22 May 1803  West Copake Reformed Church Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Witnesses: John J. Smith & Polly Van Tassel [grandparents]
    Occupation Farmer 
    Died 6 June 1869  Potter, Yates County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Nettle Valley Cemetery, Potter Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • John and Margaret’s oldest two children Sobrina Lucinda and William Henry were baptized on the same day as their brother Killian’s and sister Eva’s daughter, Sobrina Arminda, was baptized: 8 Oct 1838, St Thomas Lutheran Church, Churchtown.

      Yates County Land Records Index (1823–1847)
      Grantee - Grantor - Page - Book - Year
      John Race - Burtch Braman - 219 - 1 - 1824
      William & Jonathan Race - John Race - 58 - 3 - 1828
      Joel Dorman - Jonathan Race - 520 - 7 - 1832
      Joel Dorman - William Race - 122 - 8 - 1833
      Henry Race - John Race - 605 - 20 - 1846

      1830 Federal Census. Taghkanic, Columbia County, New York
      Roll 87, page 214
      Family of John W. Race
      1 male under 5 [William]
      1 male 20-29 [John, 27]
      2 females under 5 [Sabrina & Frances]
      1 female 20-29 [Margaret, 23]

      1840 Federal Census. Taghkanic, Columbia County, New York
      Roll 277, page 176
      Family of John W. Race
      2 males 5-9 [Peter, 6, & Milton, 8]
      1 male 10-14 [William, 11]
      1 male 30-39 [John, 37]
      2 females under 5 [Margaret Jr., 1, & Almira or Celinda]
      1 female 5-9 [Frances, 10 &
      1 female 10-14 [Sabrina, 14]
      1 female 30-39 [Margaret, 33]

      1850 Federal Census. Taghkanic, Columbia County, New York
      Roll 491, page 73B
      John Race, 35, laborer
      Margaret Race, 34
      Sabrina Race, 25
      Frances Race, 21
      Milton Race, 18
      Peter Race, 16
      Margaret Race, 13
      Walter Race, 11
      Franklin Race, 9
      Morgan Race, 6
      Norton Race, 4
      All were born in New York.

      1855 New York Census. Copake, Columbia County
      John Race, 51, farmer, owner of land
      Margaret Race, 48, wife
      William Race, 26, child
      Peter Race, 21, child
      Margaret Race, 18, child
      Walter Race, 13, child
      Franklin Race, 10, child
      Morgan Race, 8 child
      Norton Race, 6, child
      Chs. Race, 2 child
      All were born in Columbia County and lived in Copake their whole lives

      The 1855 New York census also included an agricuture and doemestic schedule. Each landowner listed the crops grown and animals which were on the farm. The following is a list of agricultural statistics for John Race:

      Improved Acres 134
      Unimproved Acres 10
      Cash Value of Farm $5,000
      Cash Value of Stock $5,000
      Cash Value of Tools and Impliments $100
      Acres plowed year previous 28
      Acres fallow year previous 0
      Acres in pasture year previous 48
      Acres in meadow 8
      Tops of hay acres 5
      No green seed, winter or spring wheat

      Acres sown Bushels

      Oats 12 100
      Rye 40 300
      Buckwheat 3 35
      Corn 12 25
      Potatoes 1 150

      No peas, beans, turnips, flax, helm, hops or tobacco.
      100 bushels of apples.
      No cider, market gardens, maple sugar, maple syrup, honey or wax, or silk cacoons.

      Cattle:
      One under one year
      Three over one year, not working oxen
      Two working oxen
      Six cows total
      One cow killed for beef and six cows milked in the past year
      Five cow at time of census
      400 pounds of butter
      No cheese and no cows milked for market

      Four horses and no mules

      Eight swine over six months, none under six months

      19 sheep, 35 fleece, 120 pounds of wool

      $50 is the value of poultry sold, $48 the value of eggs sold

      No special manures were used

      No cloth was made for sale

      1860 Federal Census. Potter, Yates County, New York.
      Roll 885, page 863
      Post Office Potter. 18 Jun 1860.
      Dwelling 40, family 36.
      John W. Race, 57, farmer, $1752 real estate, $400 personal estate
      Margaret Race, 53
      Milton Race, 28, day laborer
      Peter Race, 26, day laborer
      Margaret Ann Race, 30, servant
      Walter M. Race, 19, farming
      Franklin Race, 15, farming
      Morgan Race, 13
      Seneca N. Race, 10
      Chas S. Race, 8
      Franklin, Morgan, Senaca N., and Charles all attend school. All were born in NY. John’s son William lives next door.

      1865 New York Census. Potter Township, District 2, Yates County
      John W. Race, 62, 1 marriage, farmer, owner of land
      Margaret Race, 56, wife, 16 children, 1 marriage
      Walter N. Race, 23, child, single, teacher
      Franklin Race, 20, child, single, farmer
      Morgan Race, 18, child, single, farmer
      Norton S. Race, 16, child, farmer
      Charles S. Race, 14, child
      Peter Race, 31, child, 1 marriage, carpenter
      Olive Race, 20, daughter-in-law, 2 children, 1 marriage
      Margaret Race, 2 months, grandchild
      Olive and Margaret were born in Yates County and all of the others in Columbia County. Furhter down on the page are the families of Milton E. Race and William H. Race, and just above is the family of Peter Smith.

      John W. Race’s will was filed in Yates County, New York, in 1869. Walter M. Race was the executor. John W. Race is buried in the Nettle Valley Cemetery, Potter, Yates County.
      In the will, the following are listed as John W. Race’s legal heirs:
      “Margaret Race his widow residing at Potter, Yates County, New York, William H. Race, Milton Race, Franklin Race, Morgan Race, Norton Race, Charles S. Race, Walter Race respectively residing at the town of Potter aforesaid, the said Norton Race and Charles Race being minors over fourteen, Frances Race residing at Gains, Kent County, Michigan: Peter Race residing at Grand Rapids state last aforesaid, and Subrina Race residing at Copake, Columbia Co., N. Y.: his only children him surviving - that Margaret A. Lafler a deceased daughter of the said testator left Jahn Lafler and Flora Lafler her only children her surviving, both of whom are minors under fourteen years of age and reside at Potter aforesaid. Your petitioner on his information and belief further states that the whole property left by the said deceased will not exceed $3000.00.”
      Milton Shutes and David Halstead did the appraisal for John W. Race’s will so that the property could be divided among his heirs. The following owed money to his estate:
      “One note of $400.00 against James R. Brodwell bearing date of Apr. 7th 1869, payable one year after date.
      Money due of Peter Race, $55.00.
      One note of $200.00 against John A. Lafler and Ezra E. Lafler bearing date of Apr. 3rd 1869, payable six months after date.
      One note of $54.00 against Milton Race bearing date of Apr. 5th, 1869, payable eight months after date.
      One bond and mortage on the farm of Mrs. Margaret Mc Intyre of the Town of Potter, Co. of Yates bearing date of Apr. 3rd 1869, payable in ten equal annual payments.”
      I addition, there was $81.20 on hand. The following items were also appraised:
      “One two-year-old colt $50.00
      One Democrat Wagon 10.00
      One Single Harness 2.00
      One Cradle Hoe Beetle & Wedges Hog, Hook Axes &
      Barrels & other articles 1.75
      One Cross Cut-Saw 4.00
      1 Bar .50
      1 Scoop Shovel .50
      3 Rakes .20
      Manure Fork .30
      3 Hay Forks .30
      One Cauldron Kettle 5.00
      2 Pork Barrels .60”

      Items which were described as, “personal property of the deceased, and set apart for the use of the widow and minor children of said deceased, pursuant to stature, without being appriased, viz:

      5 Beds and Bed Steads Complete
      1 Cow
      Books
      1 Cooking Stove
      1 Parlor Stove
      1 Bureau
      Dishes
      6 Chairs
      2 Tables
      1 Mirror
      1 Clock
      1 Stand
      1 Cask of Soap
      Pork & Barrel
      Minor Articles pertaining to family Use”

      Copy of a page from John W. Race’s Bible - In the Civil War pension papers of Peter Race, Walter M. Race provides what he states is a copy of a page from John W. Race’s Bible in order to verify Peter Race’s birthdate. Walter states that the bible itself was given to William H. Race, John W.’s and Margaret’s eldest son. Lewis W. Race of Seattle, Washington, has provided a typed copy of that page in October, 1999. The typed page also includes information on William H. Race’s family. As Walter M. Race moved to Sand Point, Idaho, about 1900, it is probable that this is a correct copy of the original page with the additions from William H.’s family. It is unknown which family member actually typed the following information. However, it was most likely typed following the death Lewis W. Race (b. 6 Nov. 1872) in 1964. The page reads as follows:

      “Records of the births of the Family of John W. and Margaret Race
      Walter M. Race

      John W. Race was born February 22, 1903 and died June 6, 1869.
      Margaret Thompson, his wife, was born five years later, date not known and death is not recorded.
      Their children:

      S-brina Lucinda Race, born March 31, 1826 (First name difficult to read)
      William Henry Race, born November 1, 1827. Died in 1872, buried near Grand Rapids, Michigan.
      Frances Ann Race, born December 9, 1829
      Eli Milton Race, born July 20, 1831
      Norman Race, born January 13, 1833
      Peter Edward Race, born June 1, 1834. Lived in Newaygo, Michigan, died and buried there.
      Celinda Race, Born March 1, 1836
      Margaret Race, born November 28, 1838
      Almira Race, born June 1, 1839
      Walter Monroe Race, born January 15, 1843
      John Franklin Race, born May 26, 1845
      Morgan Race, born February 22, 1847. Died Saranac, Michigan, March 19, 1917, buriel Saranac.
      Senica Norton Race, born June 11, 1849
      Charles Sidney Race, born August 2, 1851. Died at Holland, Michigan.
      One other child, a boy, was born but died before he had been named.

      Children of William Henry Race and Elizabeth Cook:
      Charles Henry, born Yates Co., New York, October 23, 1856. Died Saranac, Michigan, Nov. 22,    1815
      William Edward, born November 23, 1857. Died Lansing, Mich.
      George S., born February 17, 1860. Died at Pocatello, Idaho, 1913
      Rosetta, born November 20, 1861. Died at Butte, Montana, January 11, 1917. Buried in Pocatello.
      Ella J., born September 6, 1863. Died in infancy.
      Norman Chester, born September 13, 1865. Died Coral, Michigan, June 10, 1898.
      Lester J., born November 29, 1867. Died Saranac, Michigan, March 9, 1913.
      Lewis W., born Grand Rapids, Michigan, November 6, 1872. Died September 2, 1964. Buried in Pocatello, Idaho.

      After the death of her husband, Elizabeth married William Smith and one daughter, Lillian K., was born to them. She married Wm. Pease, lived and died in Grand Rapids.

      Charles Henry Race married Alwilda Morgan.
      William Edward married Eliza.
      George S. married Julia in Pocatello, Idaho.
      Rosetta married Nicholas Schander in Butte, Montana.
      Norman married Christina Kauffman in Coral, Michigan.
      Lester J. married Anna Hennessy in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
      Lewis W. married Annie Mae Bird in Pocatello, Idaho.
    Person ID I18843  Schirado
    Last Modified 22 March 2015 

    Father William Race,   b. 11 July 1781, Columbia County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 1850  (Age < 68 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Smith,   b. say 1782, Taghkanic, Columbia County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 December 1858, West Copake, Columbia County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Married about 1798 
    Family ID F2701  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Margaretha Thompson,   b. 1807, Copake, Columbia County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 1884, Croton Township, Newaygo County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 78 years) 
    Married about 1825 
    Children 
    +1. Sabrina Lucinda Race,   b. 31 March 1826, Copake, Columbia County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 1910  (Age > 85 years)
    +2. William Henry Race,   b. 21 November 1827, Copake, Columbia County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 March 1872, Byron Township, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
    +3. Frances Ann Race,   b. 9 December 1829, Copake, Columbia County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 1894, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 64 years)
    +4. Eli Milton Race,   b. 20 July 1831, Copake, Columbia County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1920, Gorham, Ontario County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     5. Norman Race,   b. 13 January 1833, Copake, Columbia County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 1840  (Age < 6 years)
    +6. Peter Edward Race,   b. 1 June 1834, Copake, Columbia County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 February 1921, Newaygo, Newaygo County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     7. Celinda Race,   b. 1 March 1836, Copake, Columbia County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
    +8. Margaret Anne Race,   b. 28 November 1838, Copake, Columbia County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 March 1864, Potter, Yates County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
     9. Almira Race,   b. 1 June 1839, Copake, Columbia County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
    +10. Dr. Walter Monroe Race,   b. 15 January 1841, Copake, Columbia County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1929, Long Beach, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     11. Mariette Race,   b. 15 September 1843, Copake, Columbia County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 1850  (Age < 6 years)
    +12. John Franklin Race,   b. 26 May 1845, Copake, Columbia County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1885, Fisher’s Station, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     13. Morgan Race,   b. 22 February 1847, Copake, Columbia County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 March 1917, Saranac, Ionia County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +14. Norton Senaca Race,   b. 11 June 1849, Copake, Columbia County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 August 1886, Newaygo, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
    +15. Charles Sidney Race,   b. 2 August 1851, Copake, Columbia County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 October 1938, Holland, Ottawa County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Family ID F4786  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S178] Baptism and Marriage Records of Rees, Race, etc. in Eastern New York State, Graham Louer.

    2. [S520] Yates County Office of Public History.


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