Old News--Abstracts of the DAILY SUN, Rochester, N.Y., 1839

Daily Sun Issues now online:
-April 10, 1839

-May 27, 1839

yes, I know, not much--but every project must start somewhere!

Some images of the Daily Sun soon to lead to link to larger images that can actually be read!


Abstracts of an 1839 Rochester, N. Y., paper made by Jim Miller. Please read the following if you have any questions.


About This Site

This website will contain abstracts of the Daily Sun, published in Rochester, N. Y., as I find the time to type them. Persons finding the names of ancestors in these pages are free to drop me a line and ask for a copy of the full article that their ancestor is mentioned in and I will send one as soon as I can. I have no index. I cannot do lookups--you'll have to do the grunt work of searching these pages yourselves--and unless otherwise noted I do not have any additional information on anyone mentioned in these pages. My own family, in the form of my great great grandfather James Clabby, did not arrive in Rochester until 1905!

All names are in bold red type. Many web browsers will be able to search each individual page by hitting "Ctrl" and "f" simultaneously on their keyboards. I strongly suggest searching for surnames only, as first names are usually listed in the paper as just initials. And remeber, the editor may have had no better idea how to spell the last name you are looking for than the census taker did... have fun!

If anyone still has any questions, please feel free to contact me!

The Story Behind the Site

In 1922, My grandfather, William John Miller, came to Rochester New York. A young man, fresh out of Port Allegany (Pa.) High School, he had dreams of working in the news business. He soon found a job at the now defunct Post Express and later worked for other area papers as a court reporter.

In 1927, he entered the University of Rochester as a journalism major (he changed to education his junior year) yet continued working for the Democrat & Chronicle as their night telegraph editor to finance his education. He also had a regular newspaper column called "Majoring in Life," that told humorous tales of his college experience.

With all this interest in journalism, it must have been at this time that grandpa acquired an old volume bearing the words "DAILY SUN" on its cracked leather spine. When he died in 1988, the book passed to my parents and still sits in our bookcase today. As a genealogist living in Rochester who also happens to have a strong interest in journalism--I'll be starting college next fall with that major--I have found the contents of this volume of great interest. Inside are the thin, yellowing sheets of a newspaper called the Daily Sun that was published in Rochester in 1839.

The book is in generally good shape--some pages are very faded and brittle, but nearly everything is legible--and issues of the Daily Sun from its debut in April of 1839 to June of that same year are included. The paper itself seems to have been set up mainly as and organ of the presidential campaign of Gen Winfield Scott.

When the papers were bound together I do not know. The job was done by the "City Bindery under the Museum" run by M. Morse according to a piece of paper pasted on the inside cover. At the back of the book is the signature "L. K. Faulkner" who may be the Dr. Faulkner/L. K. Faulkner that is mentioned several times in the papers.

 If you got here from The Miller/LeFevre, Berke/Bartash Genealogy Homepage, click on the name to return there. If you got here from someplace else, I'm afraid you're out of luck...