Sylvester John Hemens, Jr

Sylvester John Hemens, Jr

Male 1847 - 1911  (64 years)

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  • Name Sylvester John Hemens  [1
    Suffix Jr 
    Born 1847  Port Ontario, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 Mar 1911  Syracuse, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Age 64 years 
    Buried Richland, Oswego County, New York, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I40783  Tree2020
    Last Modified 3 May 2021 

    Father Ancestors Sylvester Hemens
              b. 14 Oct 1810, Banwell, Somersetshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 24 Jul 1890, Leoni, Jackson County, Michigan, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ancestors Maria Ann Box
              b. 23 Aug 1812
              d. 22 May 1873, Richland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F64416  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ancestors Caroline Kate Hardie
              b. 17 Aug 1857
              d. 9 Nov 1906  (Age 49 years) 
    Children 
    Married: 1x1. Maude Estella Hemens
              b. 9 Aug 1880
              d. 25 Apr 1973  (Age 92 years)  [natural]
     2. Perry Sylvester Hemens
              b. 28 Oct 1877
              d. 12 Apr 1878  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
     3. Perry Hemens
              b. 1878
              d. 1879  (Age 1 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 May 2021 
    Family ID F15218  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Newspaper Article - Thursday, February 14, 1884 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - Sackets Harbor - The Old War Ship Falls - On Saturday morning last, while men were engaged in taking down the old ship, New Orleans, at Sackets Harbor, what was left of the structure split in two without warning, and one man was instantly killed and three others, including Mr. Sylvester Hemens, of Port Ontario, a brother of William Hemens, of this village, seriously injured. John Oats, the man who was killed, caught between two beams and a large spike was forced through his head and a large bolt through his back. The Watertown Times has the following account of the old vessel: The old ship, which for so many years has been the greatest objective interest on the American shore of Lake Ontario, thus fatally close as the last act in its history. The New Orleans was built in 1815 and was named after Gen. Jackson's victory over the British at the city of New Orleans, which was fought January 8, 1815, although peace had been declared December 24, 1814. But the peace commissioners had met in Ghent, Belgium, so that the news of the declaration did not reach Washington until in February, and it then took two weeks to forward it to Sackets. Meanwhile, the workmen who had begun work on the vessel about the first of January, kept on until the first of March, when the news of peace reached them and they were ordered to desist. They left the vessel with her main deck just completed, to be gazed by hundreds of visitors to the Harbor. The contract for building the New Orleans was let to Harry Eckford, of New York City, who had built several smaller ships for the government. She was 3,200 tons burthen, 187 feet length of keel and 40 feet depth of hold. She was pierced for 110 guns, but could have carried 120. Hough, in his history of the St. Lawrence River, says the New Orleans was intended as a sort of floating battery to be placed at the head of the St. Lawrence to keep the British fleet from entering the lake. As she was constructed entirely of green wood it was extremely improbable that she could have been navigated with any degree of success.

      Newspaper Obituary - Wednesday, March 29, 1911 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - Port Ontario - Sylvester Hemens died at the home of his son-in-law, E. H. VanAlstyne, at Syracuse, March 21st at the age of 63 years. Burial at Sand Hill Cemetery last week Thursday. Johnny, as he was familiarly known, was born at and lived in Port Ontario until in the early eighties moved with his family, to Sackets Harbor to superintend the taking to pieces the old warship, New Orleans, that was purchased of the government by Mr. Wilkinson, of Syracuse, and there he lived until about five years ago. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Maude VanAlstyne, two grandsons, five brothers and two sisters.

      Newspaper Article - Wednesday, March 29, 1911 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - Manwarren District - The remains of Sylvester Hemens were brought from Syracuse, last week and placed beside his wife in the family plot in Daysville Cemetery.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2264] U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;).