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The Troy Sentinel – Death & Marriage Records
The Troy Sentinel was published semi-weekly from 1823 until 1832. In 1823 the editor was O. L. Holley with William S. Parker as publisher. In 1826, J. D. Willard was the editor and Tuttle & Richards was the publisher. In July 1827, O. L. Holley was the editor and Tuttle & Gregory as publishers. A daily edition was issued from May 1830 to August 1831 with O. L. Holley as editor and Tuttle and Gregory as printers.
On December 23, 1823, The Troy Sentinel was the first publisher of the world-famous Christmas poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (also known as “The Night Before Christmas” or “Twas the Night Before Christmas”). The poem was published anonymously. It’s author has long been believed to have been Clement Clarke Moore, but its author is now regarded by a few to have been Henry Livingston, Jr.
These records will be of particular interest to Troy area genealogy researchers since the dates of death and marriages predate the 1880 N.Y.S. law on reporting of this information. A number of the death records show the age of the individual at the time of death and for many of the married women, the first name of the husband is also shown. Military ranks (Gen., Lieut., Captain, Col., etc.) are indicated for a number of the names in both the death records and the marriage records.
Most of the marriage records show the residence of the bride and groom and for those records where the bride is identified as a “Mrs.” this is a clue that the marriage was a second one.
The numbers shown for page/column identifies the page and column number in the Troy Daily Press where the death or marriage notice was published. Death and marriage records published in newspapers for this time period were limited to very brief information such as the name, age and date of death or date of marriage. If the individual was of some prominence, then it is possible that there may be a further story in the paper.