The project

Several years ago I created a website to share the historical materials about Chateaugay Lake that I’ve gathered and collected. Sources include materials from the scrapbook of my father, John D. Miles [1918-1982]. The earliest newspaper cuttings from his scrapbook dated from before he was born, therefore this project actually began with his grandparents John D. and Settie Blow Miles, with whom he lived with his sister since about the age of 12.

My dad kept all kinds of records: he maintained numerous clippings from the NYS Conservation magazine, and kept a journal detailing the weather as well as other odd entries. His scrapbook consisted mainly of historical clippings, as well as items about cousins and neighbors. I hope that others will read, and perhaps even contribute to our history.
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20 thoughts on “The project”

  1. The John D. Miles you mention, I beleive was my third cousin once removed through the Bell family of his maternal grandmother and Third cousin through the Blows of his paternal grandmother.

    If it is the same John D. Bell, he is also a descendant of a revolutionary War Captain, one of the few French Canadians who crossed the boarder to fight the British yet again as they had a decade and a half earlier during the French and Indian War. This time they were successful.

    My father, James McPherson who was raised part of his life on Spears Hill Road, also kept an unbelievable amount of notes, articles and documents from Chateaugay Lake, but unfornunatley, after he died, one of my siblings uncerimoniously burned everything to “get it out of the way”.

    The little school on what is now 374, just on the Franklin County side of the line was still standing as a private home in about 1990, but has been gone for a decade or more. He remembers it as having been concidered to be in Ellenburg, as was the Graveyard where many of his ancestors were buried on the lakeshore. That would be the Lakeside Cemetery were many Robinson’s, Gadways and some of the Shutts familywere buried.

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  2. Anthony, thanks for the great tidbits; they’re quite welcome. Sorry to hear about loss of family memorabilia; that’s a shame.

    I’m familiar with the Lakeside Cemetery.

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  3. was your dad the john miles that the red fox for so many years.if so I remember the day he got it Iwas about 10 years old.

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  4. Hi! I’m in the process of writing a history of Brainardsville and am using a lot of your materials, the Chat. Record, Seavers, Hurd, etc., plus things you’ve written about your family.
    Is this okay, and are footnotes sufficient to cover my sources? Right now I’m looking for information on your site about Enoch Merrill.
    Sincerely, Jan

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    1. Hi Jan, yes this is fine, and footnotes/endnotes are sufficient, depending on the style you choose. Dunno if there’s much here about Enoch.

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    2. Dear Janet, I have been trying to research some information on the Sunset Inn House, which my great uncle, Dr. Stanton Hull, managed in the early nineteen hundreds on the upper Chateaugay Lake near Merrill. My mom would spend summers with him when she was teenager and helped him run the restaurant and the Inn. She passed many stories on to all of her children about the her summers in the Adirondacks. In your research, I would love to learn if you have any pictures or details on the date mention above of the Inn. She became friends with the Tony Blanch family who, at the time owned the local liquor store in Sunset Drive. I would love to hear back from you. Thank you so much for your consideration of my request.

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  5. My family has owned Squaw Island for many years, and I am trying to track down more information about the Johnson who built the house there, sometimes referred to as Johnson’s Cottage.

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    1. Ben, I think the house was built by the Johnson Family of Chateaugay, who owned a lumber company. Hence, the beautiful wood work, wainscoating, etc.
      Janet Sterling
      Buckhorn folks probably know more.

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  6. Hi,
    My great great great grandfather, family rumour has it , purchased some land at Shatagee/Chateaugay Meadows in about 1820 or early 1820s. His house/farm burned to the ground and he left, went back to Scotland and eventually died in the British Virgin Islands. Can anyone direct me to where I might find history of the Shatagee/Chateaugay area going this far back – if it exists – please?
    Thanks
    Cheryl

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  7. I am interested in re connecting with my roots
    which are partly in Chateaugay village. My Dad Olin Barnes was born in Chateaugay on Lake Street in 1920. his parents Ernest and Elizabeth Barnes, born in Chateaugay, married in Burke, (both buried in the south end of Chateaugay’s Eastside Cemetary

    I haven’t been in Chateaugay since summer 1987.I have since lost touch with all of my family from Chateaugay and Malone, all my aunts and uncle’s (except 2 aunts and an uncle)have passed.
    Anyone from Chateaugay or having great knowledge of Chateaugay who is interested in striking up an email friendship, please post!
    thanks-Mike Barnes

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  8. Hi, I was wondering if you had any more background on the Darius Merrill mentioned in your history of Chateaugay Lake . One of my ancestors was Darius merrill and I haven’t been able to find any record of his death in NH or MA and was wondering why. I am hoping this could be the reason, that he moved to NY!! Thanks in advance for any information you may have/find.
    Sincerly, Barry Merrill

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  9. I have many connections to Chateaugay would be happy to share information and stories.
    Family links are: Spear, Harris. Rounds, Chesmore, Fifield, Collins, dating back to 1950. Most of the family is buried in Lakeside Cemetery, in Franklin county NY

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    1. I have quite a “spider web” of genealogy (as opposed to a “tree”) and I have Fifields marrying into my Blow lines and Chesmores were distant cousins who married into my lines in the McPherson family. The McPhersons are buried at the Lakeside Cem, the Brainardsville Cem and Ellenburg Center and Corners. The Blows are mainly buried at The Star and Ellenburg.

      Tony
      gothisson@verizon.net

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  10. I am trying to locate the history of the former Sunset Inn on Upper Chateaugay Lake. My Mom, who’s Uncle managed the Inn around 1916, could have been a few years later, Perry Thurman Hull, from around the Albany area. She spent her summers with him as a teenager woking in the dinningroom of the Inn. She shared many stories with me about her summers on the lake from first loves, to going with her Uncle to the train station in Lyon Mt. to pick up movie stars, Hollywood producers, to summer camp residents. She even got the opportunity to ride in the boat with her uncle and the summer guest when they were transported to the Western side of the lake to their camps. One story is still very vivid in my mind. She and her uncle picked up a silent movie actress and her producer boyfriend and brought them across the lake to their camp. Little did they know that the two we escaping the clutches of the FBI in connection with the murder of the actresses husband. She shared their names, which I am forgetting, possibly Helen Nesbett was the actress. If anyone can share anything, please leave a blog. Thank you.

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  11. My husband & I have been kyaking on the Upper Chateaugay lake for the past few summers. We happened to come across some beautiful, extremely tall fireplaces on the western shore, in a peaceful cove, where a huge home had once stood. We were so mesmerized by the beauty of the spot and the work that must have gone into the building of such giant fireplaces that we decided to research the history of who must have built this once outstanding structure and what had become of it. I contacted a friend of ours in Merrill and he said he believed that it was built in the early nineteen hundreds by a well known Black American Boxer for his family. At that time he said, of course, everything had to be brought across the lake by barge. This was really all he could tell us. I am seeking more information on this most serene spot that someone years ago saw the beauty there, also.

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  12. I am from ogdensburg and my parents collected antiques of any shape and size from coins to furniture. I found a coin that says on one side Rozon’s Grill, Good Eats. on the other side it says, “Good For 10 cents in trade”. i looked it up and came upon this site with a picture of the Rozon which was very interesting. Great job setting it up! Mike

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