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Laurel Sicina Ralph of Central Valley, New York

Updated December 18, 2007

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I have been doing genealogy for the last 10 years. I wish I had taken my mothers advise and wrote more down but I am fortunate to have as much as I have.
My mothers side came from Ireland, England and Dutch. They came across the ocean around the time of the Pilgrims so it is hard for me to research them too far back unless I know where they are buried. My GG Grandfather fought in the Civil War and was prisioner of War at Andersonville Prison. He is on the records as is his brother. John Tompkins was his name and he fought with the Orange Blossoms from Cornwall. His daughter, Frances married Grant Lewis and had my grandmother, Emma. Most of my mother and my mother and brother are buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Mountainville, NY. They are Lewis, Greene, Sicina, Tompkins and Hevner.
My Great Grandmother was married twice. Her first husband, Charles Freeman came from Wisconsin and worked on a farm in Highland Mills, Sweet Clover Farm. They had two sons, Harry and Willie. Willie died at the age of 2 and is buried by my great grandmother. Harry Freeman lived well into his 90's and is buried in Highland Mills. I knew my GGrandmother quite well and remember many things about her. We were always at her house and she baby sat for me and my younger brothers. Her second husband, Grant Lewis passed away before I was born. She and Grant had my grandmother, Emma. My grandmother, Emma Lewis Wood Greene was married twice. Her first husband was John Wood from Highland Falls via Kentucky. They had my mother, Gloria Wood Sicina. My grandmother then married, James M. Greene from Tuxedo, NY. They were older and had no children.

My mothers father side came from Kentucky. I am told that my GGGrandfather on my mothers side fought in the Civil War so I have two GGGrandfathers who fought. One was a Rebel and one was a Yankee. My grandfather had an appointment into West Point. During his schooling he and the lady he was seeing became pregnant and had to get married. That was the end of his West Point Career. They had a mothers step brother. She never knew him even though they only lived 30 minutes apart. My step uncle (who I never knew) was Waldo Wood, one of Highland Falls most famous coaches. I think the field they play in today is named after him. That side of the family is very foreign to me but I do include them in the genealogy as much as I know.

My fathers side came from Poland and Ireland. My GGrandfather, William Sicina, and his wife Appolonia (Pauline) Pepka, came from Poland. They resided in Florida, NY where they were onion farmers. They had 6 sons and one daughter. The Sicina family is still quite large in and around the area today. Mostly my second and third cousins that I don't know. My father lived in Florida, NY and raised onions until he married my mother, Gloria Wood from Central Valley. Most of my mothers side of the family came from Cornwall, Mountainville area and lived in Central Valley later after marriage. I was raised as a young girl in Central Valley and lived there most of my life or at least in the area.

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