Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY
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McCORMICK. John McCormick, immigrant ancestor, was born in Ireland, about 1763. He came to this country and was a pioneer in Northern New York. He settled about 1838 in Oswegatchie, St. Lawrence County, and followed farming there. He died in 1853, at the advanced age of ninety years. He married twice, his second wife being Mary Burns, born 1798, died in 1874. Children by second wife: Michael (mentioned below), Ann, Rose, Ellen and Eliza.

(II) Michael, son of John McCormick, was born in Ireland, in 1826, and died in Oswegatchie, New York, December 19, 1908. He came to America with his father when he was about twelve years old. He had some schooling in his native place and also in the common schools of Oswegatchie. He worked on his father's farm. When he left home he became a clerk in a wholesale grocery house in Ogdensburg. When his father died he succeeded to the homestead, and he returned to Oswegatchie and conducted the farm there the rest of his days. He was a Democrat in politics. He married, in January, 1853, Amanda Olds, born in Greenbush, Ontario, in 1838, died in Oswegatchie, June 15, 1907, daughter of David and Rhoda (Taggart) Olds. Her mother was a native of Scotland. Children: 1. Eliza, married John Gilmour, a farmer of Oswegatchie; children: Charles J., Elmer, Stanley Mack, John Harold, and Lydia Gilmour. 2. John David, lives in homestead farm at Oswegatchie; married Elizabeth Day, and had Edith Day. 3. Burton D., mentioned below.

(III) Burton Davidson, son of Michael McCormick, was born at Oswegatchie, September 26, 1876. He attended the district schools of his native town and the Ogdensburg Free Academy, graduating in 1898, and entered St. Lawrence University, from which he was graduated in the class of 1902. He was appointed principal of the Tupper Lake high school in 1902, and superintendent of the schools of the district, in charge of seven schools, and has held these positions to the present time. In politics he is an Republican, and he was a member of the Republican county committee 1907-080. He was a delegate to t he county conventions of 1907 and 1908, and was a candidate for school commissioner in this district in 1908. He is a member of Mount Arab Lodge, No. 847, Free and Accepted Masons, of Tupper Lake; of Mr. Morris Chapter, No. 3612, Royal Arch Masons; of the Order of the Eastern Star; and of Altamont Lodge, No. 609, and Encampment No. 122, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Tupper Lake. He attends the Methodist Episcopal Church and is a teacher in the Sunday School. He married, August 1, 1906, Lena Bernice Broadway, born in Syracuse, New York, December 8, 1880, daughter of Rev. Dr. Augustine and Mary Elizabeth (Winskell) Broadway. Her father was born in England, November 16, 1854, and came here with his father when he was thirteen years old. The grandfather returned to England and died there. Mary Elizabeth Winskell was born near Brantford, Canada, June 19, 1856. Dr. Broadway is a graduate of Syracuse University and a well-known Methodist clergyman, a member of the Central New York conference, located at present at Waterloo. Children: i. Lena, mentioned above, also a graduate of Syracuse University in the class

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Of 1905, ii. Wilhelmina Broadway, born April 29, 1885, died in infancy, ii. Kenneth Broadway, born August 15, 1890. Children of Burton D. and Lena McCormick: Helen, Constance, born March 5, 1908, and Arthur Edwin, January 21, 1910.

KEMP. Simon Kemp, born in Scotland, died in Edinburgh, Scotland. He had a liberal education and was an educator and writer of note, having a private academy for many years in Edinburgh. He was prominent in the temperance movement. He married Wilhelmina Burns. Children: 1. James. 2. Rev. Alexander Ferrie, who was a Presbyterian minister; came to Canada as chaplain of a regiment of Highlanders; became pastor of St. Gabriel's Presbyterian Church at Montreal; was first lieutenant of the Ottawa Ladies College; editor of the Canada Presbyterian; pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Joliet, Illinois. 3. Simon, was a master mariner; died at sea; had charge of a government transport in the Crimean War.

(II) James, son of Simon Kemp, was born in Fort Glasgow, Scotland, 1828, died in British Columbia, 1894. He was a college graduate and a teacher in Scotland; came to Canada in 1854 and was a teacher of the classics in the Montreal high school; principal of the Royal Arthur School; removed to British Columbia and engaged in the real estate business, which he carried on the remainder of his life. He married (first) in Scotland, Jessie Laurie, a native of the Shetland Isles; children: 1. James Alexander, now a builder and contractor of Los Angeles, California. 2. William B., a marine engineer of Vancouver, British Columbia. He married (second) in 1868, Margaret Patterson, of Montreal, born in 1839, died in 1874; children of second wife: 3. Patrick Arkley, mentioned below. 4. Margaret Stanley, principal of the Winnebago, Minnesota, high school.

(III) Patrick Arkley, son of James Kemp, was born in Montreal, Canada, March 23, 1869. He attended the schools of his native city, and began his business career as clerk in the auditing office of the Grand Trunk Railroad at Montreal. After a year, he went to British Columbia, where he followed ranching for three years. In 1888 he became a compositor in the office of the Montreal Star, and worked at his trade as printer in various offices in that city until 1893 when he bought the Huntington Enterprise at Huntington, Quebec. He conducted this newspaper and a printing business there until 1894 when he sold out. He worked on various newspapers during the next two years in New York and New Hampshire, he became the editor of the Adirondack, at Lake Placid, New York, where he remained from 1896 to 1899. Since then he has been editor and manager of the Tupper Lake Herald at Tupper Lake, New York. In politics he is a Republican. He is a charter member of Mount Arab Lodge, No. 847, Free and Accepted Masons, of Tupper Lake, and has been its secretary from the first. He is a member of Excelsior Lodge, No. 17, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Huntington, Quebec; of the Independent Order of Foresters, and of the Maccabees of Tupper Lake. In religion he is a Presbyterian. He married, in 1895, Henrietta, born Ticonderoga, New York, daughter of Thomas and Betsey (Manley) Sinclair, of Ticonderoga, New York. They have no children.

STEWART. Charles Stewart is one of the oldest and most distinguished families of Scotland, lived in Edinburgh. He married Mary Hutchinson. Among their children was Nelson A., mentioned below.

(II) Nelson A., son of Charles Stewart, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and had his early schooling there. He came to this country with his father when he was fourteen years old, and settled at Johnstown, New York. He learned the trade of millwright and worked as apprentice and journeyman for ten years. He then embarked in business for himself at Johnstown, New York, and had contracts for the construction of most of the mills in that section. 

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He continued in this business all his active life. He was a Democrat in politics, and for a number of years was a justice of the peace of the town. He died in 1893. He married (first) Caroline Andrews; (second) Pauline Andrews, sister of his first wife; (third) Mary Hall. Children of first wife: 1. Mary, married L. C. Schermerhorn, of DeKalb, Illinois. 2. Emily, married Dillon B. Hutchinson, of Chicago, Illinois. 3. Charles H., mentioned below. Children of second wife: 4. George A., lives in Johnstown. 5. Nathaniel H., an attorney of Kalamazoo, Michigan. 6. Kitty, married Fred Taylor, of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Children of third wife: 7. Nelson. 8. Chauncey. 9. William. 10. Leah.

(III) Charles H., son of Nelson A. Stewart, was born at Johnstown, New York, in 1848. He was educated there in the public schools and academy. He learned his father's trade, and in partnership with his brother, George A., succeeded to the millwright business established by his father. In the course of time their business developed into mechanical engineering, in which he is engaged at the present time. He is active in public affairs, and has served on the board of water commissioners of Johnstown. He is a member of the local lodge of Odd Fellows and held the various offices, including that of noble grand, and has been district deputy grand master. In politics he is a Democrat. He married, in 1869, Cornelia Yost, born at Johnstown, in 1849, daughter of Jacob and Phebe (Snyder) Yost. Her father was also born in Johnstown, son of Peter Yost, who came thither from Holland prior tot he Revolutionary War when he was sixteen years old, and enlisted as a drummer boy, then as a private and eventually as a lieutenant. Children of Charles H. and Cornelia Stewart: 1. Charles H., Jr., born 1871, died, aged one year. 2. Jennie Emma, born 1873. 3. Edward Yost, mentioned below. 4. Harry Snyder, born 1879, an electrical engineer in Chicago.

(IV) Edward Yost, son of Charles H. Stewart, was born in Johnstown, august 19, 1876. He attended the public schools there and a business college at Gloversville, New York. He began his business career as clerk for the American Express Company, where he remained until 1898. He resigned to take a position in the Remington Arms Company, remaining until 1903, when he entered the employ of the Remington Typewriter Company and continued until 1909. He has held the office of clerk of the village corporation since 1905, and has also had charges of the business of the electric light company at Ilion. In politics he is a Democrat. He is a member of the local lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, No. 591, and of Iroquois Chapter, No. 236, Royal Arch Masons. He married, September 15, 1897, Cora Louise Deupser, born at Fort Plain, New York, July 24, 1876, daughter of Conrad and Caroline (Schmidt) Deupser, both natives of Germany, where she spent her early childhood. They have one child, Antoinette Louise, born at Ilion, August 6, 1904.

SEARL. John Searl, immigrant ancestor, was born in England. This surname is identical with Surles, Searles, and was also spelled Sale. He was among the first settlers of Springfield, Massachusetts, and the records of that town show that he was a lot-measurer for the proprietors as early as 1637, a proprietor and taxpayer in 1638. He married, March 19, 1639, Sarah Baldwin, and he died September, 1641. And was buried September 6. His widow married (second) April 28, 1642, Alexander Edwards. John Searl's will was dated December 21, 1640, and proved eight days before the widow's second marriage. Child: John, mentioned below.

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(II) John (2), son of John Searl, was born at Springfield, Massachusetts, May 30, 1641. He settled at Northampton, Massachusetts, and died there October 31, 1718. He was a subscriber to the Harvard College Fund, a well-to-do farmer. He was admitted a freeman in 1690.

John Searl married (first) July 3, 1667, Ruth, daughter of William Jones. She died November 20, 1672, and he married (second) May 10, or 30, 1675, Mary North, who died November 5, 1720. Children by first wife: 1. Child, unnamed, born and died March, 1668. 2. John, born March 11, 1669, died young. 3. John, born august 6, 1670. At the massacre March 11, 1704, at Passaconnuck, John Searl and children Abigail, aged seven, John, aged four, and Caleb, aged two, were slain; his wife Abigail (Pomeroy) Searl, was tomahawked, but recovered. Elisha saved his life by offering to carry a bundle and was taken to Canada. He was baptized in the Roman Catholic Church at Montreal, September 29, 1705. He lived with Mr. John Baptist Beloran, Esq., Seigneur de Blainville, and captain of a company of the detachment of the marine; John Baptist was godfather and his wife, Mary Anne le Mayne, godmother, the new name given the boy being Michael;. When he was twenty-eight years of age, he returned to Northampton, in 1722, to get his share of his father's estate. He could not speak English and was not recognized at first. It is said that he found a paid or stilts that he used to walk on, and that fact served as a means of identification. He was determined to return to Canada, but finally yielded to the inducements offered him and was commissioned sergeant by the general court, granted ten pounds and served at Deerfield in the War of 1724 and at Fort Dummer next year. 4. Child, died November 20, 1672. Children o f second wife: 5. James, February 12, 1676. 6. Mary, 1678. 7. Ebenezer, January 9, 1680. 8. Ruth, December 17, 1681. 9. Sarah, February 28, 1684. 10. Nathaniel, mentioned below. 11. Lydia, August 22, 1688.

(III) Nathaniel, son of John (2) Searl, was born at Northampton, May 3, 1686. He had a grant of three acres and a half at Southampton in 1748. His son, Nathaniel, Jr., had a grant at the same time. Nathaniel Searl was the richest settler of Southampton and the only one boasting of a house of two rooms. Before the meeting house was built, his house was sued as a place of worship. His homestead was a number of rods north of the house now, or lately, owned by George W. Foley, and on the same side of the street. The cellar hole is still discernible. He entertained the council when Rev. Mr. Judd was ordained. He drew his first lot in 1730 and built about 1732-35. He had nine sons, of whom Nathaniel is mentioned below. He had also James and Eliphaz.

(IV) Nathaniel (2), son of Nathaniel (1) Searl, was born about 1720. He came with his father, from Northampton to Southampton. His name first appears in 1748 as a grantee of land. He was an ensign in the French and Indian War in the Company of Captain Elisha Hawley, 1755. Sons or nephews of Nathaniel were Zophar, Abijah, Simeon, Darius, Bildad, Enoch, Moses, Aaron, Philip, all of Southampton, and served in the Revolution.

(V) Moses, Aaron, Enoch and Philip Searl, of the above family, settled in Addison County, Vermont, and had families there in 1790.

(VI) Quartus Searl, of the Vermont family mentioned above, was born October 22, 1793, in Vermont. He came with his father's family to Lewis County, New York, and settled in Lowville. He was a well-to-do farmer. He died at Lowville, May 2, 1858. He married Anna Ellsworth, born October 21, 1798, died June 12, 1859. Among their children was Gilbert, mentioned below.

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(VII) Gilbert, son of Quartus Searl, was born at Lowville, New York, May 20, 1822. He had a common school education, followed the occupation of farmer, and was a progressive, prominent and popular citizen. He was anti-slavery in his opinions before the war and strongly supported the administration of President Lincoln. He was honest,. Industrious and persevering, and accumulated a handsome property. His home was known as "The Willows." He married, February 20, 1850, Janette Mathews. Children: 1. Quartus M., born March 30, 1853. 2. Elvie J., October 5, 1855. 3. Ethelbert J., mentioned below.

(VIII) Ethelbert J., son of Gilbert Searl, was born December 24, 1860, at Lowville, New York. He was educated there in the public schools and Lowville Academy. He assisted in the management of his father's farm and soon had the entire management, continuing until 1901, when he bought a farm near the village of Lowville. It is highly productive and one of the most valuable in the county. Mr. Searl believes in having the best stock for his dairy and constantly seeks to improve his herd. In addition to the management of his farm, he is interested in various other properties, buying old farms from time to time and putting them in order, remodeling the buildings and making them profitable. He is thoroughly up-to-date in his methods, and very active and industrious. His own home is the best evidence of his thrift, good taste and success in business. He is a member of Harrisburgh Grange, Patrons of Husbandry. He and his family attend the Baptist Church. He married, September 15, 1897, Lydia A. Reape, born July 20, 1866, at Montague, New York, daughter of James and Harriet (Combs) Reape. Her father was born in Ireland and came to America with his widowed mother when a mere youth, settling at Chamont, Jefferson County, New York; married Harriet Combs at Chamont, in 1860, and shortly afterward located in Lewis County, where he became a prosperous farmer. Mr. Searl has a brother James, and sisters, Eliza, Emma and Mary. Children of Ethelbert J. and Lydia A. (Reape) Searl: 1. Gilbert E., born December 24, 1900. 2. Elvie M., May 27, 1905, died December, 21, 1907. 3. Hazel E., September 1, 1907, died November 1, 1907.

RYON. The Ryon family is of a north of Ireland stock. The first ancestor in this country came before the Revolution to Connecticut. In 1790 we find in the federal census, four families at New London, of which the heads were James, Irena, William and Rebecca Ryon.

(I) Roswell Ryon, born in 1780, probably in New London, of the family mentioned, settled first in Litchfield County, Connecticut. He removed to Hammond, New York, in 1810, and followed farming there the rest of his days. He died October 29, 1857, and was buried at Ogdensburg, New York. He married Eliza Smith, who was related to Governor Jonathan Trumbull ("Brother Jonathan," as he was called in the literature of his day). She was born in 1779 and died February 25, 1858. Children: 1. Daughter, died young. 2. Roswell S. 3. George P., mentioned below.

(II) George P., son of Roswell Ryon, was born in Oswegatchie, New York, April 29, 1812, and died September 6, 1893. He was educated in the public schools of Ogdensburg, and learned the trade of carpenter. He became one of the foremost builders and contractors of his day. Among other notable buildings he had the contract for the opera house at Ogdensburg. He continued active in business to the time of his death. In politics he was a Republican; in religion he was, like many generations of his ancestors, a Presbyterian. He married Elizabeth Lum, of Ogdensburg, born February 3, 1816, died June 23, 1883. Children: 1. Charles L. 2. George L., mentioned below. 3. Frank S.

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(III) George L., son of George P. Ryon, was born in Ogdensburg, in 1850, and has always lived in the house in which he was born. He attended the public schools of his native town, and at the age of fifteen enlisted in the Union army during the Civil War. He served three years in company G, sixteenth Regiment, regular Army, and was clerk at headquarters in the department of the South, most of the time during his service, though, he ranked as a musician. He became quartermaster's sergeant and had charge of the records. After the expiration of his term of enlistment he returned to Ogdensburg and entered the employ of the firm of Skillings, Whitney & Barnes, first as private secretary to William L. proctor, the manager, later becoming bookkeeper and cashier of the concern, and finally assistant treasurer, the office he now fills. This firm does a large business in wholesale lumber. Mr. Ryon is also a director of the Campbell-McLauren Company (limited), of Montreal, dealers in lumber; also interested in the Cavendish Lumber Company (limited), of Wakefield, Ontario; also the Strong Lumber Company of Canada. He is secretary and treasurer of the Marine Transportation Company of Ogdensburg, and one of the managers of the Town House Commissioners. He is on the board of trustees of the Ogdensburg Cemetery Corporation. In politics he is a Republican of influence; in religion a Presbyterian.

He married (first) in 1871, Grace E., who died in 1873, daughter of James and Mary Hill; (second), in 1881, Frances E., Daughter of Hollis and Hannah Davis, of Ogdensburg. He had one son by the first wife, Walter Gohring, born in Ogdensburg in 1873; now assistant physician at the state hospital at Ogdensburg; married Isabel, daughter of William Hall, of Ogdensburg; children, William Hall, George Ludlow, and Walter Gohring, Jr.

McCANN. Daniel McCann was born in county Tyrone, Ireland, 1707, died in Canada, 1896. He came to Canada when about twenty-one years old and was one of the first settlers at Huntington County, Canada. He cleared a farm and eventually owned nearly three hundred acres of land. He married Sarah Lavery, a native of county Armagh. Children: 1. Peter, died young. 2. Hugh, died in 1909. 3. Bernard J., see forward. 4. Arthur, lives in Paso Robles, California. 5. Daniel, lives on the homestead in Canada. 6. Mary (deceased), married William Haley. 7. Susan, (deceased), married Patrick Mooney. 8. Margaret (deceased), married (first) Patrick Mooney, aforementioned as the husband of Susan; Married (second), James O'Neil. 9. Catherine, married Patrick Farley, of Plattsburgh; their son, James Farley, has an international reputation as a strike-breaker and horseman.

(II) Bernard James, son of Daniel McCann, was born in Hinchinbrook, Huntington County, Canada, April 12, 1835, died there July 19, 1909. He received a common school education, and during his youth worked at home on his father's farm. Later he went to work in the railroad shops at Rutland, Vermont; in 1854 he went to California in quest of gold, by way of the Isthmus of Panama, and remained until 1858. On his return he bought a farm adjoining that of his father and followed farming there the rest of his life. he was a Liberal in politics and served on the town council. He married, July 3, 1860, Catherine McCann, born at Peru, New York, April 23, 1835, now living at Chateaugay, New York. She was a daughter of Bernard McCann, whose other children were; 1. Mary Ann. 2. Elizabeth. 3. Ellen, 4. Margaret. 5. Sarah McCann. Children of Bernard J. and Catherine McCann: 1. Dr., Arthur H., a dentist of Glens Falls, New York; married Julia Haley; one child, Arthur James Byron. 2. Margaret, lives at Winnipeg, Canada; married Owen Sandiford, of Ellensburg, New York, railroad engineer, son, Lyndon Sandiford. 3. Mary, married Michael Cross, hardware merchant of St. Chrysostom, Canada; children: Lyall, Iolene, Lorne and Harold Cross. 4. Susie, married Dennis Cross, dry goods merchant, at Winnipeg; chidden; Harold (deceased), and Beryle Cross. 5. Daniel Bernard, mentioned below. 6. Eva, married James Rowan, merchant of Winnipeg. 7. Clair, lives in Chateaugay, New York.

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(III) Daniel Bernard, son of Bernard James McCann, was born in Hinchinbrook, Huntington County, Canada, September 3, 1874. He attended the public schools of Glens Falls, the Chateaugay high school. He studied his profession in the Dental School of the University of Maryland, in Baltimore, and was graduated in 1900. He spent a year in proactive in the office of his brother at Glens Falls, and in 1902 opened an office at Chateaugay, where he has since practiced dentistry with notable success. He is one of the owners and managers of the Chasm Water Power Company, of Chateaugay. He is a member of the Wadhams Council, No. 469, Knights of Columbus, of Chateaugay; of the Independent Order of Foresters and of the Modern Woodmen of America. He is a Democrat in politics. He married, September 7, 2907, Mary Louise Samson, of Chateaugay, daughter of Robert Samson, native of the north of Ireland, of Scotch ancestry. Her mother, Elizabeth (Douglass) Simpson, was also of Scotch ancestry, being a direct descendant of the two noted Scottish clans of Scotland, Douglass and Brewster. John Douglass and Isabell Brewster being Mrs. Simpson's father's and mothers' names, grandparents of Daniel Bernard McCann's wife. John Douglass enlisted in the Civil War and died at prisoner of war at Andersonville.

TRENHAM. John Trenham was born in England, in 1782, and died at lee, Oneida County, new York, May 20, 1857. He came to this country in 1825, landing at New York City and locating immediately at Oriskany, Oneida County, where he followed farming the rest of his life. The monument in commemoration of the battle of Oriskany stands on his homestead. He married Mary Thompson, born in England, died at Lee, in January, 1857. They had fourteen children, twelve of whom came to this country with their parents and two died young in England.

(II) Octavius F., son of John Trenham, was born at Wompleton, England, October 31, 1824. He was educated in the common schools. He followed farming for an occupation at Lee, New York. He married, May 28, 1848, Mary Shepherd, born at Turin, in 1825, daughter of Noble and Theodocia (Smith) Shepherd, of Turin. Her parents were natives of Westfield, Massachusetts, and her father was a soldier in the War of 1812. Children: 1. Noble S., born May 14, 1850; married Jennie Ashton; resides in South Dakota. 2. John T., mentioned below. 3. Octavius F., born February 14, 1858; married Martha Warren, at Rome, New York. 4. Elizabeth, born April 8, 1861; died September, 1863. 5. Mary, born February 8, 1865; died April 22, 1866. 6. Anna, born December 24, 1868; died April 19, 1882.

(III) John T., son of Octavius F. Trenham, was born at Lee, April 21, 1853, He was educated in the public schools. He worked on his father's farm during boyhood, and naturally turned to agriculture for a vocation in life. In 1874 he came to Leyden, New York. He has an excellent farm, with a fine view of the picturesque Black River Valley in the village of Talcottville. He has a handsome herd of Holstein cattle and a number of well-bred horses of the Pagan strain. His is a most comfortable and attractive home. In politics he is a Republican, and he attends the Methodist Church. He married Cora E. Spencer, born October 28, 1854, daughter of David B. and Esther Ann (Arthur) Spencer, December 24, 1875. Her father was born at Leyden, New York, July 21, 1833; her mother in December, 1837, died March 1, 1890. David B. was son of Eleazer and Lena (Coe) Spencer. Eleazer Spencer came of an old Connecticut family, and was born at Higanum, Connecticut, July 16, 1803, died in May, 1889; Lena Coe was born June 2, 1804, at Leyden, and died March 21, 1837. 

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The Trenhams have in their possession a family Bible of the date 1606. Children: 1. Archie, born October 17, 1876. 2. Frank B., November 125, 1878. 3. Carrie E., November 1, 1880. 4. Grace B., May 9, 1883. 5. Ethel, May 25, 1888; married October 29., 1909. Clinton H. Seymour. 6. Bonnibel, July 17, 1890. 7. Spencer, June 22, 1892. Dewey R., December 22, 1896.


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