Kentner Trees

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Attached pages are family tree information for Kentner Family from upstate NY. Current oldest living member is Ray Kentner at 100+. Much of this information came from Ray. Additional data was obtained from New York Census records and recently Donald Maxwell and Dottie Clark. They have both contributed huge amounts of effort to the Kentner family tree.

Ray Kentner Photo and news article (written by Ray) at age 100 in Waddington, New York.

Kentner Coat of Arms:

Below is a recent email from Dottie Clark & Don Maxwell talking about a recent lunch with Ray:

> Hi Kent!
> ---------------
> > Had a grand visit with Ray (100 yrs old and counting!), and Don got to  hold the medal that Conrad ("Coonrad") KENTNER won for his participation at the Battle of Crysler Farm!  He also held a pair of dress boots of Ray's father.
> We looked at many, many old pictures in albums of our ancestors, and Ray kindly let me borrow a few to scan and make copies. I love the one of Coonrad!  There is also one of his third wife, Eliza of his sister Lovina's husband, David SHELL... and one of Lovina KENTNER herself.  Stats on the back of Lovina's pic: > Lovina KENTNER b 7 Jan 1816 Madrid Twp, St Lawrence Co, NY (Dau of Conrad (Coonrad) KENTNER b Osnabruck, Stormont Co, ONT, Canada 1793 and Elizabeth COONS b Matilda Twp, Dundas Co, ONT 1798)  Lovina m David SHELL 1832/33 - Left Madrid Twp 1850 for Wisconsin. Died
> Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin 30 Oct 1894
> Have any of you ever seen a hair wreath?   The "hair wreath" is intruiging! It was made of very fine wire all curly-cued up into different flower shapes - a real work of art!  BUT...fastened amongst the delicate wire flowers were locks of all different colors of hair. The ladies told me that it used to be  the custom that when anyone visited the KENTNER homestead, if their hosts thought they had really nice hair, they would ask the visitor for a lock of  their hair, right then and there! The locks of hair were intertwined in the wreath, then the whole shebang was hung on the wall in a glass-front frame about 4"-5" deep. Very unusual, but from what the ladies said, this was not just a KENTNER thing - it was fairly common, and the resulting 'work of art' was always hung in a deep frame and proudly displayed.  Have any of you ever heard of anything like that?
> While there, we saw the spinning wheel that belonged to Ray's grandmother, I think it was.  Also the flax wheel, which had beautiful woodworking detail on it. The ladies showed me love letters of ancestors, and we marveled at the expressions and phrases used, eg. from one suitor to his lady-love: "I pray that my dear friend gives me a fleeting thought now and then" or something akin to that. Not anything X-rated, that's for sure! Everything was ultra-polite.

After visiting with Ray, his daughters took us to lunch at a Diner/Restaurant near Ray's home. Next door to the Diner was a wonderful old barn built by Ray's father, Darwin KENTNER. Later we saw saw the house where Coonrad lived and died.  We went to the cemetery in Waddington!  We saw so many familiar surnames! Just a few: RUTHERFORD, SHAVER, KENTNER, COONS, MARCELLUS/MARSELLIS, CLINE, CASSELMAN, LEWIS, LEIZERT, EAMAN, UTMAN...etc.

It is a wonderful, warm feeling to meet cousins, and it was definitely no exception yesterday!  
 >   Dottie