Selected Families and Individuals


Sylvester Hamilton SLATE

1  CMNT Came to Grindstone in 1849 Father born in England

Sylvester was the first trustee of the first school on the island, and assisted in building the first school-house here.

Charlotte CRONK

1  CMNT Of Ontario


Obituary (from newspaper of March 1995):  GOUVERNEUR---Muriel W. Maneu, 89, Gouverneur, formerly of Alexandria Bay, died Monday at Kinney Adult Home.

    Graveside services wil be at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Riverside Cemetery, Wellesley Island, with the Rev. Mark Pierce officiating.

    Donations may be made to the Gouverneur Rescue Squad.  Arrangements are with Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Theresa.

    Surviving are a sister, Susan W. Liddle, Syracuse; a brother, Harold Waterson, Wellesley Island, and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

    A sister, Bertha W. "Bea" Paine, and a brother, James R. Waterson, died before her.

    Born Jan. 12, 1906, on Wellesley Island, daughter of Will and Charlotte "Lottie" Slate Waterson, she graduated from Alexandria Bay High School and attended Potsdam Normal School.

    A marriage to Clarence Maneu ended in divorce.

    A retired employee of General Electric in Syracuse, Mrs. Maneu moved to Gouverneur 15 years ago.


Obituary (from Watertown Daily Times of 26 April 1987):  CLAYTON---Mrs. Sylvia M. Garnsey, 75, Clayton, R.D.2, widow of F. Thornton Garnsey, died Saturday at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, where she had been a patient since March 23.

    The funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Clayton United Methodist Church with Rev. Dale Austin, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery.

    Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Cummings Funeral Home.

    Donations may be made to the Clayton Volunteer Ambulance Fund.

    Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Paul (Josie) Calhoun, Clayton; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; a brother, Edwin Clark, Watertown, and nieces and nephews.

    Born Sept. 7, 1911 in Redfield daughter of Ray and Ada Yurdon Looker, she attended schools at Redfield.

    She was married to F. Thornton Garnsey on Aug. 22, 1932 at the Methodist Church on Grindstone Island.  He died March 3, 1970.

    She was employed on the island by the Bacon family.


Obituary (from newspaper of 11 Dec. 1974):  CLAYTON---Edwin K. Turcotte, 70, of 236 Webb St., died at 6:10 p.m. Tuesday at the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown, where he had been a patient since Nov. 24.
    The funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Cummings Funeral Home, Clayton, with Rev. Richard Barton, pastor, Clayton United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Grindstone Island Cemetery.
    Friends may call at the funeral home from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
    Donations may be made in his name to the Clayton Volunteer Ambulance Fund.
    He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Robert V. (Audrey) LaShomb and Mrs. Robert G. (Ada) Bazinet, both of Clayton; three sisters, Mrs. Aletha Pettit, Mrs. Clara Garnsey, and Mrs. Verna Dwyer, all of Clayton; eight grandchildren and a
    Born on Grindstone Island, April 6, 1904, a son of Joseph and Clara Fowler Turcotte, he attended Grindstone Island schools and for years operated a general store on Grindstone Island.  He was also a river guide and boatman.
    He married Miss Ellen E. Slate, April 14, 1927, at Clayton.  She had served as postmaster on the island in the postoffice which was located in Mr. Turcotte's general store.  She died Aug. 9, 1956, at the age of 48 years.
    Mr. Turcotte also operated farms and served as a caretaker on the island.  He was a member of the Grindstone Methodist Church and the Clayton Guide's Association.


1  CMNT Died in infancy


Joseph emigrated to Clayton Oct. 1884, and was naturalized 18 Oct. 1889.


Clara immigrated to the U.S. in 1885 and was naturalized.