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Descendants of Peter Lafler

Generation No. 1 

1. PETER LAFLER.

Child of PETER LAFLER is: 

2. COONROD LAFLER, b. May 11, 1759, Hillsborough, NJ (Somerset County).

Generation No. 2 

2. COONROD LAFLER (PETER1) was born May 11, 1759 in Hillsborough, NJ (Somerset County). He married AGNES DARCH. His birth date assumed based on ages of children. Not yet substantiated by research. He served as a Private in the Somerset County Militia in the Revolutionary War in 1776.

Children of COONROD LAFLER and AGNES DARCH are: 

i. SARAH LAFLER, b. October 12, 1782.

ii. ANNA LAFLER, b. February 19, 1784. 

iii. MARGARET LAFLER, b. May 25, 1785. 

iv. PETER LAFLER, b. June 25, 1787. 

v. JOHN LAFLER

vi. CONRAD LAFLER

vii. BENJAMIN LAFLER.

viii. AMY LAFLER

ix. WILLIAM LAFLER

3. JACOB LAFLER, b. February 04, 1798, New York; d. March 19, 1885, Cambria, New York.

xi. AGNES LAFLER, b. February 23, 1800. 

xii. JAMES LAFLER, b. September 06, 1802. 

xiii. PHOEBE LAFLER, b. November 13, 1804. 

xiv. SIDNEY LAFLER, b. October 18, 1807.

Generation No. 3 

3. JACOB LAFLER (COONROD2, PETER1) was born February 04, 1798 in New York, and died March 19, 1885 in Cambria, New York. He married EMILY BRYAN, daughter of NATHAN BRYAN and OLIVE.

JACOB was a farmer and lived near brother Peter Lafler in Newfane, Niagara County, NY. Newfane is a small town directly north of Lockport, N.Y. by about 15-20 miles. Population about 2,000. According to the will of Phoebe Lafler dated February 15, 1882, Jacob lived in Warren's Corners, Niagara County. Warren's Corners is about 7 miles north of Lockport and just a crossroad or four corners. Dates taken from Harriet and Edmund Holden Forsyth's Family Bible, which is in the possession of Laura (Mrs. Elwood) Taylor. Jacob was 87 years, 1 month, 15 days when he died in Cambria. A section of Cambria was called North Ridge. McArthur's Poultry Farm was located in North Ridge and was owned and operated by Nelson McArthur, the father of Ronald N. McArthur, who married Ethelyn Lafler, the great granddaughter of Jacob.

Children of JACOB LAFLER and EMILY BRYAN are: 

i. MARY JANE LAFLER, b. June 30, 1827, New York; d. February 14, 1843. 

ii. HARRIET LAFLER, b. September 02, 1831, Rochester, New York; d. March 06, 1915, Warren's Corner, N.Y.; married EDMUND HOLDEN FORSYTH, November 03, 1852, Warren's Corner. 

iii. EMILY B. LAFLER, b. October 01, 1833, Medina, New York; d. March 09, 1922, Unknown.

4. MILTON LAFLER, b. July 04, 1836, Medina, New York; d. June 08, 1915, Niagara County, New York. 

v. MARCUS LAFLER, b. August 21, 1838, Medina, New York; d. December 04, 1908, Unknown. 

vi. HELEN LAFLER, b. September 06, 1840, Medina, New York; d. October 01, 1926, Unknown. 

vii. MARY LAFLER, b. April 22, 1843, Lockport, New York; d. June 11, 1872. 

viii. ALICE LAFLER, b. October 12, 1845, Newfane, New York. 

ix. HUBERT LAFLER, b. May 03, 1848, Newfane, New York; d. 1938. 

x. CHARLES LAFLER, b. August 28, 1850, Newfane, New York; d. September 07, 1853, Newfane, New York. 

xi. VIOLA LAFLER, b. August 31, 1852, Newfane, New York; d. May 26, 1873, Unknown. 

Generation No. 4 

4. MILTON LAFLER (JACOB3, COONROD2, PETER1) was born July 04, 1836 in Medina, New York, and died June 08, 1915 in Niagara County, New York. He married HELEN PARKER in Niagara County, New York, daughter of NEHEMIAH PARKER and LUCY.

MILTON was born in Medina, N.Y., which is a small town north of Batavia, N.Y. between Lockport and Rochester. He, too, was a farmer. Milton's funeral was held in 1915 in North Ridge. His son, Harry Lafler, then of Kinderhook, Michigan, attended the services with his wife, Nellie and two daughters, Helen and Ethelyn. The farm house Milton lived in was located in the property next to the McArthur Poultry Farm and Hatchery.

Children of MILTON LAFLER and HELEN PARKER are: 

i. ALICE LAFLER, b. April 30, 1863. 

ii. EDWARD LAFLER, b. October 04, 1864. 

iii. ALBERT & ALFRED LAFLER, b. July 19, 1868.

5. HARRY MILTON LAFLER, b. February 01, 1873, Cambria, New York; d. March 07, 1955,         Coldwater, Michigan. 

v. EVA LAFLER, b. April 13, 1882. 

vi. GRACE LAFLER, b. July 30, 1887. 

 

Generation No. 5 

5. HARRY MILTON LAFLER (MILTON4, JACOB3, COONROD2, PETER1) was born February 01, 1873 in Cambria, New York, and died March 07, 1955 in Coldwater, Michigan. He married NELLIE ETHELYN JONES December 06, 1904 in Kinderhook, Michigan, daughter of GEORGE JONES and ALICE WELKER.

In his early years, HARRY was a Railroad Conductor on the New York Central Line. Traveled from New York to Chicago. Since the line went through Coldwater, Michigan, it is believed that on one of these stops he met his future wife, Nellie Jones, of Kinderhook, which is a small four corners south of Coldwater. During one of his stopovers in Chicago, he decided to work for the Chicago City Railway Company. After they were married, Harry and Nellie moved to Chicago and lived there for about two years, when Nellie became pregnant with my mother. In early 1906, they moved back to Kinderhook, where Helen was born. Harry became a farmer and carpenter in Kinderhook. Four years later she was joined by a sister, Ethelyn. The family made numerous trips back to Lockport, NY to visit Lafler brothers and sisters. When Nellie died at the young age of 43, Harry moved back to New York to work on the family farms in Lockport. When he got older and had to depend on help, he moved in with his youngest daughter, Ethelyn and her family, in Syracuse, NY. He lived there for many years when in his late 70's he moved back to Coldwater to stay with his older daughter, Helen and her family. Shortly after, he died of a heart attack at age 82. As his grandson, I clearly remember his infectious laugh. When television came on the scene he greatly enjoyed the comedy hours, such as Milton Berle, Red Skeleton, etc. He couldn't see well in his later years and would set nearly within three feet of the TV set and laugh. All of Harry's siblings were hard working farmers except Alfred (Burt), who owned the country grocery store and had a horse drawn wagon to deliver the groceries around the country side until his later years when he owned a truck.

NELLIE ETHELYN JONES: Nellie was considered a very bright young lady. She was in the top ten of her class academically, Vice President of her class and class Prophet at Coldwater High School. Following graduation, she became Branch County Deputy Register of Deeds for three years. It was during this time she met Harry Lafler and they were married in 1904. They moved to Chicago where Harry was a Conductor for the Chicago City Railroad Company. !n 1906, when Nellie was pregnant, they purchased a farm and moved back to Kinderhook, Michigan. They lived in Kinderhook until Nellie became very ill when they moved to Coldwater to be near medical care. Her situation became worse and she was transferred to the University of Michigan Hospital were she was diagnosed with pernicious anemia and at the age of 42 years, 2 months & 21 days she passed away in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Children of HARRY LAFLER and NELLIE JONES are: 

6. ALICE HELEN LAFLER, b. February 04, 1906, Kinderhook, Michigan; d. November 01, 1997, Coldwater, Michigan.7. 

ii. ETHELYN HARRIETT LAFLER

Generation No. 6 

6. ALICE HELEN LAFLER (HARRY MILTON5, MILTON4, JACOB3, COONROD2, PETER1) was born February 04, 1906 in Kinderhook, Michigan, and died November 01, 1997 in Coldwater, Michigan. She married LLOYD GRAVES HILL June 17, 1928 in Kinderhook, Michigan, son of ARDEN HILL and MAUDE GRAVES.

HELEN, as she was commonly known, was born in the small four corners village called Kinderhook, Michigan, Helen lived on a farm there for the first 15 years of her life. She enjoyed working with her father on the farm, milking the cows, driving the mules and various other chores. She attended the one room school in Kinderhook. She had many fond memories of visiting Lafler relatives in North Ridge and Lockport on several occasions during these formative years. When it came time for High School, she attended Coldwater H.S., some 10 miles north of Kinderhook. It was during this time that her mother, Nellie, became seriously ill, so the family moved to Coldwater, a town of about 10,000 and closer medical care. Nellie passed away in 1920. Harry sold the house and made arrangements for Helen and Ethelyn to live with friends so they could finished High School in Coldwater, while he went back to New York and worked the farms with his brothers. Helen graduated in 1924 and worked as a bookkeeper and cashier at a grocery store in Coldwater. Later, in 1927, Ethelyn graduated and went to New York to live with her father. Helen was supposed to go but met her future husband, Lloyd Hill. Lloyd and Helen were married in 1928 in Kinderhook at her Grandmother Jones home, the site of her mother and father's marriage. Lloyd owned the Hill Jewelry Store in Coldwater and lost it in the Great Depression of 1929. Meanwhile, Helen continued working at the grocery store until 1931 when their first child, Richard, was born. Times were difficult because of the economic conditions, but Lloyd found work where ever he could. In 1943, they had a daughter, Patricia. It would be several years before Helen returned to work. Patricia was not a healthy child but was able to stay on course with school. When she graduated, Helen decided to go back to work but chose a profession she was always interested in - the medical field. She received training as a Nurse's Aid and joined the local hospital in Coldwater. For several years, she became every new mother's helper and confidant. Over the years, she received numerous cards thanking her for the professional and warm hearted care she gave mother and baby. She was even privileged to care for her first granddaughter, Martha, who was born in Coldwater in 1958. Helen and Lloyd enjoyed retirement for a few years until Lloyd became ill with Alzheimer's. Helen put her nursing skills to work once again helping him for about 5 years until the disease took its toll on both of them. When she became ill from exhaustion, Lloyd had to finally go to a Nursing Home. When she got back on her feet, she visited him daily. Never giving up her care skills, she fed him and made sure he was well cared for. Two years later, he died. Four years later, her daughter, Patricia, passed away at age 44. In these later years, she enjoyed her family very much and always delighted in seeing her son, four grandchildren and four great grandsons. She maintained a close relationship with her sister, Ethelyn and her husband, Ron and her sister-in-law, Wilma Hill Hyland. Over the years she was very active in the First Baptist Church. Helen lived to the ripe old age of 91 years, 8 months and 27 days. She passed away November 1, 1997 of congenital heart disease.

Children of ALICE HELEN LAFLER and LLOYD HILL are: 

7. RICHARD LEE HILL

ii. PATRICIA JOANN HILL, b. February 18, 1943, Coldwater, Michigan; d. August 02, 1987, Coldwater, Michigan.

PAT, even though considerably hampered by illness most of her short life, was gifted both musically and through her writing skills. Like her brother, she played the Alto Saxophone in the Coldwater High School Band and sang in both the High School chorus as well as the Church Choir. With the latter, she was a soloist numerous times. Her writing talent was discovered when she was a secretary for the Branch County Foster Grandparents Association. There she created, edited and wrote many of the stories for the Newsletter. The major onset of Diabetes took its toll on her life and after three years in a Nursing Home she succumbed to the dreaded disease.

6. ETHELYN HARRIETT LAFLER (HARRY MILTON5, MILTON4, JACOB3, COONROD2, PETER1)  married RONALD NELSON MCARTHUR in North Ridge, New York, son of NELSON MCARTHUR and MARGARET ROBERTS.

ETHELYN was born in a farmhouse in Kinderhook, Michigan, on September 19. 1910. She and her sister, Helen, helped their dad do the chores and attended the one room school house in Kinderhook until they were ready for junior and senior high school in Coldwater. After graduation from Coldwater High School, Ethelyn moved to Lockport, N.Y. with her father. As a young woman, skilled in typing and bookkeeping, she worked in a bank for a short time. Moving to the Upson Company, she worked in the mailing department. While at Upson, she met her future husband, Ronald McArthur, who was a draftsman at the company. They were married in 1930 and lived in Lockport nearly another 10 years before Upson transferred Ron to Syracuse to work in Sales. Meanwhile, a daughter, Joann, was born in 1934. When WW II broke out, Ron enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 33 and Ethelyn decided to go back to work - this time at General Electric as a secretary. After working in several departments over the years, she was promoted to Executive Secretary in Community and Public Relations where she stayed until retirement in 1972. She spent nearly 29 productive years with GE. After Ron retired, the McArthur's spent several winters in Ormond Beach, Florida with close friends from Syracuse. In the early 90's, traveling to Florida became difficult, so they live in their townhouse at High Acres in Syracuse year round. They enjoy visits from their daughter and grandchildren - John, Jeff and Karen Jim. They are active in the Immanuel United Methodist Church.  Ethelyn reached the grand old age of 92 when she passed away on February 9, 2003 of cardiac arrest.  She had been living at the Alterra Assisted Living Center in Syracuse since 2000, when her health began to deteriorate.   She is buried with her husband, Ron, at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

RONALD NELSON MCARTHUR: Ronald McArthur was born in Ransomville, N.Y. in 1909. He was joined by a younger brother in 1910 by name of Douglas. Their father, Nelson, owned and operated a chicken hatchery in a little area known as "Northridge", about 31/2 miles from Ransomville. Growing up, Ron and Doug worked on a number of farms in the area. During his years at Lockport High School, Ron became very interested in architectural drawing. This interest was to kindle itself later at the Upson Company and in a rehabilitation hospital after the war. When Upson decided to form an Architectural Department, Ron was selected to head it up. This led to Ron moving into the field sales department where he called on architects, builders, contractors, etc. His work was interrupted by WW II. After basic training, Ron saw his first action in Italy as a machine gunner. Later, his outfit moved through southern France and into the Rhone River Valley area. During the Battle of the Bulge, Ron was critically wounded by a German sniper. After several weeks in the hospital in France and England, he was sent back to the U.S. for further surgery and long time rehabilitation. During this time, Ron began creating charcoal drawings of various places in Europe. The quality of his art work was such that several pieces were on display at art shows. Finally, a year after the war, Ron was discharged and went home to Syracuse, where he joined the Masonite Corporation in sales, calling on the same customers he once had at Upson. After 22 years with Masonite, Ron retired in 1971. During his later years at Masonite, Ron designed and built by his own hand a beautiful home on Onondaga Boulevard, which he and Ethelyn lived in for many years. In 1999, Ron turned 90 and lived until just past his 91st birthday.  He took suddenly ill and died March 26, 2000 of kidney failure. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Association and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.  He received the following medals: European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, The Purple Heart, American Campaign Medal, Heroic Meritorious Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, WW II Medal, Army of Occupation - Germany Medal, The French "Croix DeGuerre" Medal and the Conspicuous Service Award presented by the Governor of New York State.  He is buried at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Child of ETHELYN LAFLER and RONALD MCARTHUR is: 

7. JOANN MARIE MCARTHUR

Generation No. 7 

7. RICHARD LEE HILL (ALICE HELEN6 LAFLER, HARRY MILTON5, MILTON4, JACOB3, COONROD2, PETER1) married (1) MARY ELIZABETH WAY in Coldwater, Michigan. He married (2) MONICA LOUISE HELLNER in Saline, Michigan.

Children of RICHARD HILL and MARY WAY are: 

i. DAVID STEPHEN HILL. Adopted child of Richard. David & Bryce May were partners for well over 20 years.  Bryce passed away on August 12, 2006.

8. MARTHA LOUISE HILL

iii. REBECCA SUSAN HILL

iv. SARAH ANNE HILL

Child of RICHARD HILL and MONICA HELLNER is: 

v. JENNIFER ANN MILLER; Richard's Stepdaughter.

7. JOANN MARIE MCARTHUR (ETHELYN HARRIETT6 LAFLER, HARRY MILTON5, MILTON4, JACOB3, COONROD2, PETER1) married JOHN THOMAS JIM in Syracuse, New York.

Children of JOANN MCARTHUR and JOHN JIM are: 

8. KAREN LEE JIM

ii. JOHN DAVID JIM married JANA K. LAUDEMAN in Hagerstown, Maryland. 

iii. JEFFREY SCOTT JIM

Generation No. 8 

8. MARTHA LOUISE HILL (RICHARD LEE7, ALICE HELEN6 LAFLER, HARRY MILTON5, MILTON4, JACOB3, COONROD2, PETER1) married JEFFREY HURLEY in Coldwater, Michigan.

Children of MARTHA HILL and JEFFREY HURLEY are: 

9. MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER HURLEY 

ii. ERIC ANTHONY HURLEY

8. REBECCA SUSAN HILL (RICHARD LEE7, ALICE HELEN6 LAFLER, HARRY MILTON5, MILTON4, JACOB3, COONROD2, PETER1) married MICHAEL REED in Jonesville, Michigan.

Children of REBECCA HILL and MICHAEL REED are: 

9. ADAM MICHAEL REED

ii. JUSTIN LUCAS REED

8. SARAH ANNE HILL (RICHARD LEE7, ALICE HELEN6 LAFLER, HARRY MILTON5, MILTON4, JACOB3, COONROD2, PETER1)  married JAMES SETA in Gross Pointe Farms, Michigan.

Child of SARAH HILL and JAMES SETA is: 

9. OLIVIA CHRISTINE SETA                                                                                                                               

ii. JAMES VINCENT SETA

v. JENNIFER ANN MILLER (Monica Hill, Robert J. Hellner, Sr.) married PATRICK QUIGLEY in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Divorced.  Married ANTHONY KOPACZ in Brooklyn, Michigan.

Child of JENNIFER MILLER and PATRICK QUIGLEY is: 

i. TRENTON MERRITT MILLER QUIGLEY

Child of JENNIFER MILLER and ANTHONY KOPACZ is:

ii. BLAKE ANTHONY KOPACZ

8. JOHN DAVID JIM (JOANN MARIE MCARTHUR7, ETHELYN HARRIETT6 LAFLER, HARRY MILTON5, MILTON4, JACOB3, COONROD2, PETER1)married JANA K. LAUDEMAN in Hagerstown, Maryland. 

Child of JOHN JIM and JANA LAUDEMAN is:

9.  KARI LAURAN JIM