Grandma's Cabin, Genealogy by Nancy Machuga


      The Stickler family of Steuben County, N.Y. made its initial appearance in the Town of Painted Post according to the 1810 Federal census rolls.  George Stickler’s name appeared as Head of Household and his age was given as 45+.  In his household were listed a female who was, most likely his wife, age 26-44, three males age 16-26, three males 10-16 and one female age 10-16.
       On the 1820 Painted Post census roll George Stickler and his wife were in the 45+ age group and his household now consisted of two males 16-26, one male 10-16 and one female under 10.  There also was listed a John Stickler of the Town of Painted Post who appeared to be a fairly young married man, age group 26-45 with a wife in the same age group.  John, most likely, was a son of the above-mentioned early settler George Stickler.
      By 1830 George and John Stickler were on the census roll for Chemung County, N.Y. and were listed as residing in the Towns of Big Flats and Elmira respectively.
      In the year 1840 there were many Stickler households listed in the Federal census for Steuben County, N.Y. for the Towns of Caton and Painted Post.  It is very likely that the following Sticklers were either sons or grandsons of the original settler George Stickler who had reached the 70-80 age group in this census: a younger George, Jacob, Peter, Philip and Stephen.
      In 1850 Martin Stickler’s name was also on the census roll having been born in Lancaster County, PA in 1812/3 and he was probably another grandson of George and a son of John Stickler.
     On the Northside of Corning, N.Y., buried in the Old Presbyterian Church Cemetery, are the following:  Effie Stickler, spouse of John D., who died 21 May 1835, age 49 years and 6 months; Gilbert and John Stickler, sons of John D.; Harriett Stickler, spouse of John D., who died 24 August 1845, age 23 years; and Lucinda Stickler, spouse of John D., who died 6 December 1875, age 55 years and 5 months.
      It is noteworthy that Martin and Lucretia Griffin Stickler also resided on the Northside of Corning with their family and Lucretia’s mother Patience Griffin who was born in Orange County, N.Y.  Several of the Stickler men reported to the census-taker they were born in Orange County, NY while others stated their birthplace as PA.
      Another fact that may prove there is a connection between all the Stickler branches of Steuben and Chemung Counties is the use of the name “Effie”  in at least two different family lines.   Buried in Miller Cemetery in Big Flats is a young girl, a daughter of a William Stickler who was born in 1863 and who died in 1875.  The name is “F.E.” Stickler and this would be unusual to have initials for a son on a gravestone.  Perhaps the engraver mistook “F.E.’ for “Effie”?  Martin Stickler’s son George born in 1844 named his only daughter “Effie” who was born in 1874.  As Martin had once resided very near to John and Effie Stickler on Corning’s Northside it is fairly certain that the elder “Effie” was Martin’s mother.
     The repetitive use of the name “George” in at least three Stickler branches could be another clue to this connection.   Two of these Georges were born in the same year (1844) which could be an indication they were named for a mutual grandparent, George Stickler, the early 1810 ancestor
     Martin Stickler and his wife, the former Lucretia Griffin, a daughter of an early Steuben County, N.Y. settler named David Griffin and his wife Patience, were the parents of a large family.  Their children were Elizabeth, Mary A., George, Henry, Lydia, Charles, Nathan, Matilda, Sarah and Frances Stickler.
      Martin Stickler died in November of 1878 in Thurston, N.Y. and his widow Lucretia, most likely, died there too.  Martin and probably Lucretia were buried in the Village Cemetery off Route 333 in Thurston, N.Y.
      Their son George Stickler, born 1844, in New York had a short life with a tragic end.  From what has been handed down from generation to generation it is known that George was a congenial person, having belonged to a social lodge, and was a good provider for his family. ( A lock of his hair, naturally tightly-curled and dirty blonde in color, was in the possession of his great-great-granddaughter as late as 1989.)
      After his marriage to Clara Stull of Roaring Branch, PA, George worked in a store in the little mining town of Ralston, PA.   There his three children, Raymond, Charles and Effie were born.  In May of 1878 George was accidentally killed in a coal-car accident on the McIntyre Plane near Ralston as he was bringing down groceries from the store where he worked to take home to his young family.   A rope holding the car in which he was riding broke and the car careened him to his death.  He was 34 years of age.
     His widow, with no means of support for herself and her children, soon entered into a marriage of convenience.  This second husband, Ben Peffer, has always been described as a “mean man” by those who knew him.  Clara gave birth to a daughter Gertrude Peffer circa 1880 and, in 1881, Clara died of pneumonia.  This was more responsibility than Ben Peffer wanted so, on a cold winter day, he kicked out his three Stickler stepchildren.  The oldest, Raymond , as his descendants relate to this day, walked three miles barefoot in the snow, trudged up Old Joe Hill outside Roaring Branch to his mother’s relatives up on Stull Ridge where he found a home.  His brother Charles also found a home with friends while little Effie, born 1874 and age seven, went to live with her Aunt Nettie Howard, a sister of her dead mother.   Baby Gertrude Peffer was given to her father’s brother and his wife to rear.
      Raymond Stickler remained in the Roaring Branch, PA area, married and had three daughters while Charles and Effie, in their adulthood, went to live near their father’s brothers Charles and Nathan of Campbell, N.Y.  Effie was a servant in the home of the prominent Bemis family of Campbell until her marriage to Hiram Aldrich in 1891.
      Shortly after their marriage, Effie and Hiram Aldrich went to work in several logging camps near White Haven, PA.  He was a logger and she was a cook.  In 1902 they and several of their children returned to Hiram’s hometown of Thurston, N.Y.
     Effie Stickler Aldrich never let the hardships of her life ever get her down.  She was a very feisty and strong-willed woman who was also renowned for the biscuits she baked.   After a long life of nearly 94 years, she passed away and was buried by her husband Hiram in Hope Cemetery, Campbell, N.Y

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