Saturday, December 15, 2018

James Dyer: From Niagara County to the Fiji Islands

“James, He went to the Sandwich Islands. Married and had children. No details available.”
By Kenneth Brown, Tessa Dyer, Max Dyer.
Most of us have at least one ancestor with little more than a name; This article is about one of those ancestors; including a little family history, a smattering of American history, some old newspapers, genetic genealogy, and the wonders of the world wide web.
The Fiji Islands
James Smith Dyer was the son of Jeremiah Dyer, an early resident of Niagara County, and partner with his son-in-law, Thomas Van Sickler, in the “Journeyman’s Boot and Shoe Store” in Lockport. James was born about 1807 in New Berlin, Chenango County, New York. His father was born in Rhode Island. They were descendants of William Dyer and Mary (Barrett) Dyer, the Quaker Martyr, and Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Jeremiah’s family lived in Brownsville, Jefferson county during the War of 1812, they moved to Lewiston, Niagara county by 1816, by 1820 they’d moved to Porter, and by 1830 they were Lockport residents. Jeremiah purchased lot 4 on South Street and Lot 27 on Genesee Street in 1835. Three generations of Dyers lived at the house 227 Genesee Street. 

Friday, December 14, 2018

Shenanigans Episode 58: Thou Shalt Listen to Ye Olde Podcast

We open this week with a very special opening. It's the best. Trust me. I know the best when I see it. An English high school bans high-end coats, and Vinnie wants nothing to do with it. Starbucks is banning porn on its free wi-fi, which i probably why the commander of a National Guard wing used his plane for a booty call. Who would eat a 3D-printed vegan steak? We were lost at vegan.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Book Reviews Reloaded: Real Santa

This article first appeared on East Niagara Post on January 13, 2015. It is repeated here as I work to put all my book reviews in one place. They will be posted on Thursdays or Fridays and only be altered from the original in that I will add publisher information and pages. Hopefully, by revisiting these reviews, other people might find a book they'd like to pick up for their own enjoyment.


Real Santa -- William Hazelgrove
Koehler Books
244 Pages

Real Santa by William Hazelgrove is the story of George Kronenfeldt, a divorced father with a new wife and family. His youngest child is nine years old and she is starting to question the validity of Santa Claus. He wants her to hold onto that childhood dream for as long as possible. As an engineer, he decided that he would give his daughter, Megan, a Christmas Eve visit from the jolly man in red. Intensive planning ensues, drafting the assistance of his elderly father who is also an engineer.