Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA - William H. Seward house - Auburn, New York
Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA
William H. Seward house - Auburn, New York
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Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA - Harriet Tubman house - Auburn, New York
Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA
Harriet Tubman house - Auburn, New York
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Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA - Harriet Tubman marker - Auburn, New York
Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA
Harriet Tubman marker - Auburn, New York
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Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA - American Hotel in Auburn, NY where George W. Salisbury and Caroline Smith were married -- believed to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad -- Source: Unknown
Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA
American Hotel in Auburn, NY where George W. Salisbury and Caroline Smith were married -- believed to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad -- Source: Unknown

Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA - Engine and Hose Co. No. 5, Truck A, Fire Department, Auburn, N.Y.
Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA
Engine and Hose Co. No. 5, Truck A, Fire Department, Auburn, N.Y.

Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA - Auburn, N.Y. - State Street from Genesee Street
Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA
Auburn, N.Y. - State Street from Genesee Street

Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA - Franklin St. School, Auburn, NY 1895
Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA
Franklin St. School, Auburn, NY 1895

Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA - Seymour St. School, Auburn, NY 1895
Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA
Seymour St. School, Auburn, NY 1895

Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA - Auburn NY - late 1800s
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Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA
Auburn NY - late 1800s
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Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA - First Baptist Church, Auburn, N. Y.
Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA
First Baptist Church, Auburn, N. Y.

Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA - Post Office, Auburn, N. Y.
Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA
Post Office, Auburn, N. Y.

Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA - North Street, Auburn, N. Y.
Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA
North Street, Auburn, N. Y.

Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA - Harriet Tubman's grave - Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn, New York
Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA
Harriet Tubman's grave - Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn, New York
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1836 - October 6 - A second early season snowstorm produced 26 inches at Auburn, NY

News 1854 - Convicts and Religion
Examinations made at Auburn, New York, showed that out of nine hundred convicts, only forty-seven had ever been in a Sabbath School, and that of these only seventeen had been regular scholars.
Daily Free Democrat
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
November 11, 1854

AUBURN, the cap. of Cayuga co., in the state of New York, U. S., 173 m. W of Albany, on the outlet of Owasco lake, Pop. 5,626. There is a Presbyterian academy here founded in 1821. One of the two state prisons is built here. It contains 555 cells, each 7 ft. long, 7 ft. high, and 3 1/2 ft. wide; arranged in 5 rows, or stories, opening into galleries. The convicts work together during the day, but are compelled to observe strict silence; and when not at work, or at their meals, are locked-up in t... Read MORE...

1860 - December 28 - Harriet Tubman arrives in Auburn NY, on her last mission to free slaves, evading capture for 8 years on the Underground Railroad
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News 1869 - Seward Trip
Hon. William H. Seward, accompanied by Hon. Frederick W. Seward and lady, and Abijah Fitch, Esq., of Auburn, N.Y., have started out on a tour of some six months in duration, comprising a trip to Omaha, and thence by Pacific Railroad to San Francisco, where they propose to take a steamer for Sitka. The party propose to visit India and China before their return home to Auburn.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
June 19, 1869

News 1869 - Emma A. Ridley, of Auburn, N. Y., was struck by lightning and instantly killed,
the other day, while standing at a table ironing. No injury was done to the house.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
July 3, 1869

News 1870 - Planing Mill Fire
AUBURN, N. Y., Aug. 19. - At 12 o'clock last night a fire broke out in the sash and blind factory and planing-mill of EVARTS BROS. The building, which was of wood, and the valuable machinery contained in it, were destroyed. The loss is $15,000, and the insurance $8,000.
The New York Times
New York, New York
August 20, 1870

News 1870 - Boiler Explosion at Auburn - A Building Demolished and One Man Killed
AUBURN, N. Y., Sept. 20. - The steam boiler in T. R. STALKER's planing-mill exploded at 6 o'clock this morning completely demolishing the large brick building in which it was located, and badly damaging other buildings in the immediate vicinity. The foreman having charge of the engine was buried in the ruins, and taken out dead, being scalded from head to foot. His name was JAMES HAMILTON. The boiler was of twenty-horse power. The total damage will reach $15,000.
The New York Times
New York, New York
September 21, 1870

News 1877 - Printers are upstanding citizens?
There are only three printers confined in Auburn, New York, prison. Among the convicts can be found twenty-seven clergymen, forty-two lawyers and thirteen doctors.
The Independent Record
Helena, Montana
September 9, 1877

1879 - Auburn
IN 1815, Auburn was the largest village in Central or Western New York. Rochester and Syracuse had not then been incorporated as villages, Buffalo had been reduced to ashes and Geneva and Canandaigua were behind the "loveliest village" in population and general business activity.

Hitherto it had been under the town government of Aurelius; but in April, 1815, it was incorporated as a village, with ample powers for the necessary improvement of the place. The first president was Joseph Colt, and... Read MORE...

News 1880 - Strange Series of Misfortunes
Daniel Cornwall, of Auburn, New York, was the victim within the twenty-four hours ending at noon yesterday, of a singular series of misfortunes. On Wednesday evening he was severely injured by the upsetting of a load of hay. At midnight of Wednesday, his house and barn, with all his furniture, hay, grain, horses and cattle, were destroyed by an incendiary fire. Yesterday morning his ice wagon was demolished by a runaway accident.
Delaware County Daily Times
Chester, Pennsylvania
May 14, 1880

News 1888 - The doors of the First National Bank of Auburn, N.Y., were closed on the 23d, the result of a defalcation of $200,000 on the part of its cashier, Charles O'Brien, who had fled.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 28, 1888

1890 - Q. Where was the first person electrocuted for a crime in the United States?
A. In the State Prison at Auburn, New York, August 6, 1890.
The Evening Independent
Massillon, Ohio
October 23, 1935

January 18, 1890?
A Pleasant Call - Last evening a number of the members of the class of which David Salisbury is a member, of Wall street M. E. Church, called at his residence to congratulate him on the 91st anniversary of his birth. A pleasant hour was passed in social converse and several tokens of remembrance were left by Mr. Salisbury's friends with which he is highly gratified. Mr. Salisbury is remarkable smart for one his age. He is also a member of the Victorious Lodge of Good Templars, and is probably th... Read MORE...

June, 1891 (exact date unknown) - The 111th Survivors
A Large Delegation From this County Will Go to Gettysburg

A large number of the survivors of the old 111 Regiment of this county are making active arrangements for their departure for Gettysburg to take part in the dedication of the New York monument on July 2. Among those who will attend are:… George Salisbury…

The party will leave the Philadelphia & Reading depot at 7 p.m. June 30 and will make the excursion in a special train with sleepers and drawing room cars attached, will make the t... Read MORE...

News 1902 - Big Freight Elevator Falls at Osborne's
One Man Killed and Three Others Injured Yesterday Afternoon

Lift Dropped From Within Three Feet of the Top and Men Were Thrown Beneath Mower Wheels, With Which It Was Loaded - One of the Injured Was Taken to the Hospital to Die and the Other Three to Their Homes

One of the large freight elevators in the shipping department of the extra building of D. M. Osborne & Co. fell yesterday afternoon and four men were injured. They are:

George W. Salisbury, the well-known bass singer, of No. 1 1... Read MORE...

News 1902 - All Show Improvement - Tult, Salisbury and Farrell Will Probably Recover - The Funeral of Harvey
George Tult, George Salisbury and James Farrell, the three men who were seriously injured in the elevator accident at D. M. Osborne & Co's are all reported as being considerably improved today. There were numerous reports about the streets last night and this morning that Farrell's condition had taken a turn for the worse and that he had passed a very restless night. Dr. F. E. O'Brien, the attending physician, said this afternoon that Farrell was very much better to-day than he was yesterday... Read MORE...

News 1910 - BEST REUNION YET - Ranks of 111th Are Thinning but Old Spirit Is There
Hospitality of MacDougall Home to Be Extended to Survivors Next Year

The survivors of the One Hundred and Eleventh N.Y.V. who attended the reunion of the regiment yesterday have nearly all departed for their homes. Before leaving they expressed themselves as delighted with the success of the gathering and with the cordiality of General and Mrs. MacDougall in inviting them to lunch at their beautiful home in South street...

A role of those present as shown by the r... Read MORE...

News 1911 - Joseph Nash was put to death in the electric chair at Auburn, New York, yesterday for murdering his son-in-law. Nash was a prominent citizen of Waterloo, N. Y.
The Caucasian
Clinton, North Carolina
May 4, 1911




Auburn, Aug. 13. - Five people were killed, four of them instantly, in an explosion of fireworks and high explosives in the home of RAPHAEL CHECHE at No. 19 Coon Street early today. The victims were:
COSMO CARMELENGO, a maker of...

1914 - Missing Auburn Man Believed in the Woods - Sherman S. Salisbury Who Disappeared at Malone. May Be Mentally Unbalanced.
Watertown - Feb. 5 - John M. Hyde, head of the Black River Paper & Manufacturing Company, by which Sherman S. Salisbury of Auburn was employed as a traveling representative when he disappeared at Malone on October 25th, has within the past few days, received information which leads him to believe that Salisbury is alive and working at some Adirondack lumber camp near Tupper Lake, and it is believed that the man is mentally unbalanced.

At Tupper Lake, the ? case ? By Salisbury was found co... Read MORE...

1914 - Missing Auburn Man is Located in Adirondacks - Sherman S. Salisbury Employed at Lumber Camp, Mr. Wallace Informs Friends
AUBURN - Feb. 8 - Sherman S. Salisbury of No. 17 Mary street in this city, reported to have been missing from Watertown for nearly four months, is in the Adirondacks about thirty miles north of Tupper lake, according to Richard A. Wallace, a local constable. Mr. Wallace has returned from the Adirondacks and made public the information today.

Mr. Wallace says he talked with Mr. Salisbury. The latter is said to be contently working in a lumber camp. Mr. Wallace said Mr. Salisbury agreed to retu... Read MORE...

Auburn, a city and the capital of Cayuga co., N.Y., is on the New York Central and Hudson River R., where it crosses the Lehigh Valley R., 173 miles W. by N. of Albany and 31 miles S. of Oswego. It is built on both sides of the outlet of Owasco Lake, which lies 2 1/2 miles SSE. of the city. The site is undulating and the streets present many elegant residences and beautiful gardens and shrubberies. Auburn is the site of a state prison, with accommodation for about 1200 convicts, who are employed... Read MORE...

News 1922 - AUBURN LANDMARK BURNED. Cayuga County Courthouse Destroyed With a Loss of $200,000.
AUBURN, N. Y., April 30 - The Cayuga County Courthouse was destroyed by fire of unknown origin this afternoon. The building was a handsme [sic] landmark of Colonial type, erected early in the last century, and was the scene of William H. Seward's defense of the negro murderer, Freeman, the first to use insanity as a defense in a murder case in the United States. The structure was surmounted by a dome, and this fell in an hour after the fire was discovered.

The vaults of the Cayuga County Surr...

1989 - This week in history… 75 Years Ago…
Jan 28, 1914: George W. Salisbury, 1 1/2 Lewis St., is the proud owner of a file of the "Free Press", a paper which was printed in Auburn's early days on the west corner of South and Genesee Streets, where Colby's Telegraph School is now located, by one Richard Oliphant.
The files of the paper extend from May 31, 1826 to May 21, 1828. The slogan of the paper is "The Tyrants Foe and the People's Friend." It was four pages, published every Wednesday.
The Citizen
Auburn, New York
Sunday, January 29, 1989

Ancestors Who Were Born and/or Died Here

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Ancestors Who Were Married Here

George Washington Salisbury (11 July 1836 - 18 September 1915) & Caroline Matilda (Carrie) Smith (3 March 1843 - 15 February 1927)
married 20 August 1862

George Wilhelm Feige (27 January 1867 - 28 August 1930) & Charlotte Marie Salisbury (21 March 1868 - 5 February 1935)
married 16 February 1887

Sherman Smith Salisbury (4 October 1869 - 22 March 1947) & Evelyn Galbraith (22 July 1868 - 2 December 1951)
married abt 17 September 1891

Will Claude Race (1872 - 22 April 1943) & Mary Zeta Crowley (1871 - 11 August 1943)
married 31 May 1892

Frank Cline Paul (April 1863 - 16 October 1950) & Mary R Galbraith (26 January 1867 - 25 October 1933)
married bet. 1891-1894

Edwin Hizer Dayton (31 October 1873 - 28 May 1922) & Grace Louise Augusta Shorey (22 May 1874 - 14 August 1897)
married 7 August 1895

Joseph A Miller (abt. 1891 - aft. 1935) & Helen L Shorey (1896 - 6 January 1935)
married 25 January 1915

Charles V Churchill (25 January 1894 - 1920?) & Pearl Margaret Frances Shorey (March 1894 - 17 August 1961)
married 26 January 1916

Paul A Kelley (2 October 1898 - 29 October 1969) & Pearl Margaret Frances Shorey (March 1894 - 17 August 1961)
married bet. 1923-1934

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Father and son in Civil War – How I “met” William Seward and Harriet Tubman
A fun weekend college searching with my son ended up with some unexpected finds. We brought both grandmothers along on a weekend trip. The purpose was to explore several colleges that my son was interested in attending. The journey had several stops: Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Troy, New York; Auburn, New York; Aurora (Ledyard), New York; Union Springs, New York; and Rochester, New York. Genealogy and college hunting were combined, with a few surprises added.

My son was exploring Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Rochester Institute of Technology.

One surprise came in Auburn, New York. We stopped at Fort Hill Cemetery to look for the grave of George W. Salisbury, a veteran of the Civil War. We weren’t aware of the history of Auburn, New York. We were surprised to stumble upon the grave of Harriet Tubman, not very far from the grave we were looking for. None of us were aware of Harriet Tubman’s ties to Auburn. This peaked our curiosity. It wasn’t long before we found Harriet Tubman’s house. Not far from there was the house of William H. Seward. A few of us had heard of him. Some knew more than others. They were giving tours of the house, so we decided to go inside. The tour was very interesting. The tour guide we had was enthusiastic and informative. This spur of the moment choice ended up being one of the highlights of the weekend.

From Auburn, we went to Aurora (Ledyard), New York. We stopped at Oak Glen Cemetery to look for the graves of the Burnham family and the Smith family. We discovered that Asa Burnham was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.

From Ledyard, we went to Union Springs (Springport). It was a nice, small town with beautiful views of Cayuga Lake. We were looking for the grave of David Salisbury, a veteran of the Civil War and father of George Salisbury, whose grave we found in Auburn. We located the grave in Chestnut Hill Cemetery. It was strange because the grave was all by itself. It leads me to believe that other family members are buried there, but (sadly) no one seems to be able to answer that question. For now, it’s a mystery.

In Rochester, we found a place that serves Krispy Kreme donuts, hot out of the oven. One free sample and we were hooked! We also took a nice walk along the shores of Lake Ontario.

All in all it was a fun weekend of college hunting, genealogy, history and family bonding.

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He Ran Away From Home
If you would have asked his wife, Evelyn, up until October 28, 1913, she would have never guessed that her husband, Sherman Salisbury, would run away from home. Everything seemed to indicate that Sherman was a good husband and father. He had a successful career in the printing industry, volunteered often for his church, and enjoyed fishing and vacationing at the family cottage at Farley's-On-Cayuga.

Sherman was born in Auburn, New York in October of 1869. He was the son of George W. Salisbury and Caroline Matilda Smith. He was raised in Auburn and attended the public schools there along with his older sisters, Helen and Charlotte. A younger sister, Harriet, had died in early childhood.

In 1891, Sherman married Evelyn Galbraith, daughter of Robert Ralph Henderson Galbraith and Mary Ann Hodgson. About 8 months later, a daughter, Caroline, was born.

The family remained in Auburn for quite a few years, vacationing at Farley's, attending the Central Presbyterian Church, and being active in the community.

In October of 1905, Sherman was accidentally hit by a car. It appears that he suffered some minor injuries to his knee, but nothing life-threatening.

Evelyn Salisbury was a very successful woman. She was president of the Young Woman's Bible Class at the Central Presbyterian Church. She was a recognized authority on social problems, traveling throughout the country giving lectures on various topics of city reform.

In 1910, Sherman accepted a job as a general agent at the Kavmor Automatic Press Company. His office would be based in Chicago and his territory would include: Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota.

In February of 1911, Sherman suffered from a case of appendicitis and returned to Auburn for an operation. About a month later, he was well enough to return to Chicago. The Salisbury family relocated to Chicago.

Sometime between March of 1911 and October 1913, Sherman returned from Chicago and took a job as a traveling salesman with the Black River Paper Company of Watertown, NY. Sherman made three complete trips through his sales territory and on the fourth trip, he disappeared. On October 28, 1913, he sent a telegram from Malone, NY to his wife, Evelyn, stating that he was on his way home to Auburn and would arrive on October 30th. He never arrived.

On December 4th, the chief of police in Watertown, NY reported that a man of Sherman Salisbury's description had been found at Tupper Lake working for a lumber company, using a different name. Because Salisbury typically wrote his wife every day when he was away, she assumed that he was dead due to foul play and did not believe the reports that her husband could be at Tupper Lake.

In February of 1914, it was reported that Salisbury's sample case that he used for sales calls had been found at Tupper Lake. The contents of the case contained memorandums of the amounts collected by Salisbury and letters from Salisbury's wife, Evelyn. The letters had been received by Salisbury two and three weeks before his disappearance. They were unopened. Upon hearing this news, Mrs. Salisbury continued to believe that her husband was a victim of foul play or an accident. Reports began to circulate that Mr. Salisbury was perhaps "mentally unbalanced".

On February 9, 1914, it was confirmed that Sherman Salisbury was alive and had been located at an Adirondack lumber camp. Nothing else is mentioned. Various newspaper articles indicate that the Salisbury family remained in Auburn, NY until late 1915 to early 1916, at which time they moved to Grand Rapids, MI.

In 1930, Sherman Salisbury lives in Grand Rapids, MI. He is a sales manager for a printing company. Living with him are his wife, Evelyn, and his daughter, Caroline. Caroline is an accountant in an auto garage. Sherman Salisbury died in Grand Rapids, MI in March of 1947. Evelyn died in December of 1951. Caroline never married. She remained in Grand Rapids until her death in November of 1971.

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Grandmother and Grandchild Die Together
Charlotte Maria Burnham was born in Shaftsbury, VT in 1803. She was the daughter of Asa W. Burnham, a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and his wife, Lucy Huntington. Around 1824, the family moved to Aurora, Cayuga, NY. Two years later, Charlotte married Sherman Smith. Sherman was originally from the New Haven, Connecticut area. His father, Abram, had also fought in the Revolutionary War.

Sherman and Charlotte were the parents of 6 children (4 daughters and 2 sons). Their youngest child, Caroline, was born in Aurora in 1843. She married George W. Salisbury in Auburn, NY on August 20, 1862. The next day, George went off to fight in the Civil War. While George was fighting in the Civil War, Caroline's father (Sherman Smith) died in Ledyard, NY. When George returned, the couple had 4 children (3 daughters and 1 son). Caroline's mother, Charlotte, moved in with her daughter at their house in Ledyard. In 1880, Charlotte is found living with another daughter in Auburn, NY. George and Caroline are also living nearby.

On January 30, 1882, Charlotte and her two daughters, Caroline and Elizabeth, went shopping. She was said to be in good health. The next morning, she made herself her customary hearty breakfast and sat down at the table. After finishing her meal, she rose from the table and became dizzy. She sat back down in her chair and lost consciousness. About 12 hours later, she passed away at the age of 79. The cause of death was stated as "apoplexy".

The family didn't have much time to grieve for the loss of Charlotte before another tragedy struck. The following day, February 1, 1882, Charlotte's granddaughter, Hattie E. Salisbury (daughter of Caroline Smith and George W. Salisbury), passed away at the same location. She was 3 years and 3 months old. The cause of death was not noted.

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