My Family History

My father's Johnson family ancestors were among the earliest Adirondack Guides, having crossed over from Vermont into Crown Point, Lake Placid, and the little place in the woods known as Coreys. My great-great grandmother was the second wife of Jesse Corey, who established the Rustic Lodge at the Indian Carry in the area that now bears his name. His sons and hers worked as guides in that wilderness, and the family remained in the Adirondacks until the 1940s, when work in the still-booming city of Schenectady drew them south. His Peck forebears moved in close proximity to the Johnsons and the Grahams, coming over from Vermont when the iron industry started booming in Jay, New York; many of them settled there on what came to be known as Peck Hill, others went on into the wilderness of Coreys. Eventually, most ended up in Jay, Wilmington, or Lake Placid.

My mother descended from a Goodrich line that settled in Washington County, New York, and about which we knew nothing until very recently. Littler still is known about her Cath line, a rare surname that is thought to have originated in England sometime in the mid-19th century, but the records are very weak. Her father was the son of an Italian immigrant, thus representing the most recent branch of the family tree to appear on these shores.

Our Peck line has been here since at least 1637; the Goodriches were similarly early, no later than the mid 1640s. Of the other lines, time of immigration is not known.

I am always interested in hearing from other researchers, even if the connection is tenuous. I am interested in any of these names in connection with eastern Upstate New York (especially Essex, Schenectady, and Washington counties): Peck, Smith, Cath, Williams, Goodrich, Johnson, Bomey, Burt, Graham, Seaman, Bradt, Clark, Cramer, Hamlin, Pitts, and Roberts.

Most of the Peck work you see here is by Rochester area researcher Joseph Peck, who has produced a very thorough and worthwhile book on the family.

I have included numerous other family lines that connect to mine but which I do not claim to research or verify. If you have further information to share on these lines, please e-mail me. I will be happy to include your information on my website in order to assist other researchers. Please include citations where possible; otherwise, I will cite the submitter. I will not share any information you wish kept private. Please note! My database and website are large, and changes take some time. Please be patient if you do not see your additions or corrections made immediately.

If you are interested in further information on these families, please contact me at the e-mail address below. I have considerable information that I have not included in this website.

The information in this document may contain numerous mistakes or data that is questionable or only proven to a surety level that may require more notation than can be written here to explain. Therefore, this data is unsuitable for reprint or general publication. It is strongly advised that researchers only use this data as a beginning reference. This information is periodically updated, edited, corrected, and changed. Please contact Carl Johnson for information on individual sources.

Index of Surnames
Local History Pages
My GEDCOM file database, at Rootsweb's WorldConnect Project
Peck and other headstones from Jay Central Cemetery
Cath family headstones from West Glenville Cemetery
Family Histories & Documents
Old Family Photographs at
My Non-Urban Life

Family history information kept with Reunion 8 for Macintosh OS X, from Leister Productions, Inc. Reunion automatically produced the webcard format you see here, the GEDCOM database found at WorldConnect, and can import and export many other genealogical formats. It's a tremendous piece of software!
And if you don't have a Mac, you can't use Reunion!


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Last fully updated 12-1-2009