Do you know the names of any of John's children? My gg-grandmother was Betsey Ann Whitbeck. She was born in abt 1815 in Taghkanic, very close to Copake. She married Horace Prior of Hillsdale/North Hillsdale, NY abt 1834 (also very close to Copake). We don't know who Betsey's parents are for sure but think we are looking for John and possibly Margaret as these names are names of Betsey's children and are not names that come from the Prior side of family.
I still have cousins out in that area of Columbia Co, NY. They are related on my Dad's mom side of the family. Unfortunately, they have been of no help in my search for ancestors. ha!
Small world...I also have cousins named Bedard in the Boston area, related through my Dad's dad side of family. Are you by any chance related to Hazel Gillies Bedard b: abt Jan 1914 and John Bedard? Hazel was my grandfather's youngest sister.
Thanks John, and I hope we have a Whitbeck connection. I have been hunting for my Whitbeck line for a very long time and haven't found anyone with the same connection yet.
Best regards, Gail Walsh firstname.lastname@example.org Orlando, FL