I was contacted today by Marie Ashley who has been researching the D. Ketcham House in Hollis, Queens, New York for several years. The following is the history of the David Ketcham House with links to view it and most importantly a link to sign the petition to stop the demolition of this historic house. David Ketcham did not have any other descendants after his grandson so there is no one in his direct line to help save the property.
David had to be a descendant of our Edward Ketcham so we do have a connection to his family. I have worked with the Queens Historical Society for researching the Ketcham family. I only ask that you visit the links and read the history, it is a terrific story. Sign the petition, let the mayor's office know that this property has to be saved as a historical site and that there are Ketcham family members that are behind the preservation.
Here is Marie's Email message and links:
"We are attempting to preserve a dwelling that was used by the Ketcham family. This one is a hidden gem in Hollis, Queens that was owned by David Ketcham.
Here is David Ketcham's biography
Developers want to tear this historic landmark to put up 6 two-family houses. The community is up in arms. The Queens Historical Society has pledged their support to preserve hidden treasure, and First Deputy Mayor Lorraine Grillo has also become involved.
See Jason Antos (Queens Historical Society) in video in front of the house stating his commitment to the Ketcham House preservation.
Please sign and share our e-petition to stop demolition click on the following:
Marie's 2nd Email:
"It managed to survive through the years although not much was known about it. The people in the neighbourhood just thought it was an old haunted house. My research started some years ago when I found a picture of the house at the library in a photographer's collection. He called the house the D. Ketcham house and the research took off from there.
I think it's because this particular line of Ketchams ended with David Ketcham and his grandson David W. Ketcham; they were essentially the last surviving members of this line. Grandson David W. married twice but never had children.
We have been lucky enough to get the attention of the First Deputy Mayor. We will be having a follow-up meeting with FDM Lorraine Grillo tomorrow morning to see how the mayor's office can assist to save this amazing old house. Hoping for good news."
Even if you do not donate, please SIGN THE PETITION, SAVE HISTORY!
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My name is Vicky, and after researching my family history since 1999, I have found amazing stories that need to be told. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!