BLOOMER FAMILY HISTORY ADDENDUM
This addendum is regularly updated and should be considered only a working draft. However, it does represent a considerable amount of research, and is intended to keep interested cousins informed with periodic updates. As a result there are various copies in circulation, but all are dated and have a word count. This addendum was created on Microsoft Word and contains a page numbers in the header (Page 1 of 34.) The header should appear if downloaded into Microsoft Word. Genealogical research is similar to solving a jig-saw puzzle. A piece of the puzzle is picked-upped and examined, if it has a logical place it is added, if is not obvious just where the piece goes, than it is set aside until the puzzle has better shape. Some of this information is just waiting for its correct place.
A concerted effort has been made to expand Bloomer Family History. After 1988 cousins began supplied additional information on material in the Bloomer Family History. After a few years that became a substantial amount of genealogy. A method for distributing this research was necessary; this method seemed logical. My interest also continued in various Bloomer lines and there was a desire to resolve issues left unanswered in my original publication and the research of previous family historians. Research is also posted on Roots using another format. During 2005 research focused on the Bloomers of Hawkins County Tennessee &, Ulster County, New York. Research conducted during 2006 and 2007 centered on New York City and Bergen County, New Jersey. This new information is reflected in the material below.
These pages contain information collected from living descendants, and selected research of various Bloomer lines compiled since 1988. Over the past few decades Bloomer Family research has continued with the major focus on New York State and identifying the Bloomer families recorded in the records compiled by Orrin Bloomer and Virginia Hanford. Both Orrin and Virginia had been residents of Marlborough, Ulster County, New York during the 1840s and their records often contained just a list of Bloomer names. Their information was, at times, difficult to expand. However, I believe all the families of Marlborough, NY and Ulster County have been identified and their pedigree established. Regardless, with each newly discovered fact other unanswered questions would appear that required additional research. I am resigned that my efforts will always be a work-in-progress, that real improvements will continue to trickle in from living descendants and computer enhanced sources.
It has been gratifying to resolve several of the ambiguities in the oldest Bloomer records. The identification and location of Uriah Bloomer (1768-1854) of Orange County, New York made it possible to establish the pedigree of several Bloomer families. [Uriah was discovered to be George Uriah Bloomer and a grandson of George Uriah Wygant, and brother of Rachel (Bloomer) Gavitt] The discovery of records compiled by James A. Whitlock concerning the Bloomers who lived under the Palisades near Englewood Cliffs in Bergen County, New Jersey has proven most rewarding. Jamesí 1855 diary provided his personal research to a large group of New Jersey Bloomers and their cousins.
The following pages contain some newly discovered material and contemporary information. Continued effort to locate and identify new family members has been a major effort. Other information has been made available via developments from the electronic age. With digital technology, genealogical material has become available for the older Bloomer generations and fragments of information have been pieced together to construct family connections. It is still exciting to discover old family Bibles and other records that have survived for hundreds of years tucked away in attics or old trunks. Several old Bibles have been discovered since 1988.