James A. Colvin

Posted in Genealogy on May 13th, 2011

Recently, I was put in touch with Denise Collinsworth the great-great granddaughter of Verplanck Colvin’s half brother James A. Colvin.  Denise found us through our website and has been gracious enough to share her family history and pictures with us.

Note the strong resemblance of James to Verplanck:

and his final resting site located at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.

Also this very rare late photo of Mills Blake and Verplanck at the Elms. Inscription on the back of the photo reads “175  Western Ave. Albany NY, August 27,th 191?) It was taken by Andrew James Colvin who was Denise’s great grandfather and brother to Edward D. A. Colvin (E.D.A. Colvin worked on Verplanck’s survey crew)

     As told to me by Denise  “James was a Captain in the civil war and he was also in the Spanish American war. He passed away in Georgia while serving in this war, I believe he contracted the spanish flu and it turned into pneumonia and he died from that in 1899”.

Jim Vianna

Lake Placid follow up

Posted in Colvin points on February 28th, 2011

         On October 30, 2010, I was able to make a return trip back to Lake Placid to attempt to find the three points comprising V. Colvin’s “great baseline” extending from Signal Hill down to the southerly shore of Lake Placid and then across the lake to Hawk Island. The original measurements of the land segment of this baseline is detailed below under “measuring bars” and represents one of the more precise measurements ever made in the Adirondacks.

With the invaluable assistance of Bob and Dan Marvin who provided GPS services and a boat, we were able to recover the north base mark on Hawk Island.

Colvin’s signal over the mark is as shown here:

Unfortunately, the station on the south shore of the lake (if still in) rests under a newly laid, imported stone patio that I don’t think the owners would have taken kindly to if we dismantled it. We then proceeded to Signal Hill to search for the mark that was listed in 1946 as being destroyed by road construction. After numerous 3-4 feet deep test holes were dug in the gravel road nothing was found.

Special thanks goes out to Northern and Bob and Dan Marvin for their assistance in completing this recovery.

Jim Vianna