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 descendant of the VOLKMAR family came to Greece about 1865 and helped found St. John’s Church. Cousins Deb Myers and Maureen Murphy are descendants of the COLE and Kenyon families 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

This Presentation was a follow-up to the program that JoAnn Ward Snyder and Marie Poinan put on in June 2021 over Zoom.

Volume 1 of The Pioneer Families of the Town Of Greece is out now,

Volume 2 of The Pioneer Families of the Town of Greece will be released mid to late 2023 depending on final revisions and last-minute touches on the book. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates on when the book will go live for sale.