Up Close with Two Greece Pioneer Families

Recorded May 10th, 2022 at 7 p.m. at the Greece Public Library

Come visit with descendants of two early settlers – the Volkmar and Cole/Kenyon families. Jo Ann Ward Snyder and Maire Poinan interviewed family members when researching their book: Pioneer Families of the Town of Greece. Carolyn Kerhaert descends from the VOLKMAR family who came to Greece about 1865 and help found St. John’s Church. Cousins Deb Myers and Maureen Murphy are from the COLE family who settled in the area in 1814 before there was the Town of Greece or an Erie Canal. Community engagement was instrumental in preserving pioneer stories. These descendants became interested in tracing their families’ history and having their stories preserved in our Bicentennial book. Presented by Jo Ann Ward Snyder and Marie Poinan in cooperation with the Greece Historical Society.

The Volkmar, Cole/Kenyon Families are in the first volume of the Pioneers Families of the Town of Greece which you may purchase here or on Amazon.

These are the time codes for the chapters in this Tuesday’s program so you can jump right to the chapter you would like to view:

  • 0:00 – Intro
  • 0:15 – Tuesday Program Title
  • 0:39 – Introduction of A Visit with Pioneer Family Descendants
  • 1:04 – Celebrating the Pioneer Families Pre-1872
  • 1:43 – Pioneer Families of the Town of Greece Volume 1 is out
  • 2:07 – The Authors of the Two Volumes
  • 3:07 – Famous quote by Helen Keller
  • 3:51– Benefits from the Pioneer Families Project
  • 4:54 -Benefits to the Descendants and Contributors
  • 5:57 – Pioneer Families Volume 2 Release Update
  • 6:30 – Every Family Has A Story
  • 6:50 – Visit With 3 Pioneer Families Intro
  • 7:07 – The Volkmar Family by Carolyn Kerhaert
  • 18:15 – Abram Cole Family Deborah Cole Myers
  • 31:32 – Ida Kenyon by Mauren Murphy
  • 52:31 – Marie Poinan Wrapping up the Program
  • 56:10 – End Credits

Greece Pioneer Family Project, Vol. 2

Greece Pioneer Family Project, Vol. 2

If you are a member of a Pioneer Family who was living in the Town of Greece before 1872, we would like to hear from you. Co-authors Marie Villone Poinan and Jo Ann Ward Snyder are now accepting additional family submissions for Pioneer Families of the Town of Greece, Volume 2, which will be published in the fall of 2022.

This second volume will honor families who settled in the area before 1872 but were not included in volume 1. It will contain vignettes, photos, and input from current family members, highlighting each family’s contribution to the town.

If your family qualifies and you would like to be included in volume two, please download and submit the five documents below by August 1, 2022. You will be contacted by Marie or Jo Ann within 30 days.

Submit all supporting documentation, to us by e-mail at greecehistoricalsociety@yahoo.com or via US mail to: Greece Historical Society, PO Box 16249, Greece, NY 14616

Pioneer Families of the Town of Greece – Vol. 1 is available from Amazon, from our online museum gift shop, or by visiting our gift shop in the museum during our regular office hours. (Visit our “200 years” section above to see the complete list of included families.)

Apply for a Bicentennial Pioneer Certificate

Example of a Bicentennial Certificate
Example of a Bicentennial Certificate

If you have documentation that proves that your family was living in the Town of Greece before 1872, you can apply for a PIONEER CERTIFICATE to be issued by the Greece Historical Society. The certificate will include your family name, a GHS bicentennial logo, an embossed gold GHS “Pioneer Family” seal, and the signature of GHS president William Sauers. (Additional copies will be available for purchase.) To date, we have created and distributed nearly 200 individual Pioneer Family certificates.

If yours is one of the featured families in the Pioneers of the Town of Greece book, you will automatically receive a certificate for that family and do not have to supply the paperwork discussed below. If you have another family who was in Greece before 1872, you will have to submit an application and pedigree chart for that surname.

To  request a certificate, please download and complete the certificate application and “fillable” pedigree chart using the links below:

Submit those two completed forms, and any additional supporting documentation, to us by e-mail at greecehistoricalsociety@yahoo.com or via US mail to: Greece Historical Society, PO Box 16249, Greece, NY 14616

Museum Closed in January and February

The Greece Historical Society museum will be closed on Sundays from December 26th through February 27th. We will resume our Sunday hours on March 6, 2022.

Our next second Tuesday of the month educational program will be held at the Greece Public Library on the evening of March 7. View our calendar in the Upcoming Events section for details.

If you would like to meet with us during January or February, you may stop in during our regular Monday office hours or call us to make an appointment.

Greece Pioneer Families Book, Vol. 1, Available

In celebration of the Bicentennial of the Town of Greece in 2022, the Greece Historical Society is honoring the families who settled in the area before 1872 with a book set titled Pioneer Families of the Town of Greece. Researched and written by Marie Villone Poinan and Jo Ann Ward Snyder, the set contains vignettes, photos, and input from current family members that highlight each family’s contribution to the town.

Pioneer Families of the Town of Greece – Vol. 1 is available from Amazon by clicking here, from our online museum gift shop by clicking here, or by visiting our gift shop in the museum during our regular office hours. (Visit our “200 years” section above to see the complete list of included families.)