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Birth, 1908

Percy Arnold Land, Jr., known as Arnold, was born on October 27, 1908 in the town of Smithtown, Village of Hauppauge, Long Island, the son of Percy Arnold Land, age 23, carpenter, born in Canada and Meta Peterman, age 22, born in Hoboken, New Jersey.

University of Syracuse, 1927-1931

Arnold entered Syracuse Uiversity School of forestry in 1927. He was on the crew team. He graduated in June 1931 and was awarded a B. S. Degree from the State college of Forestry.

Minnesota, 1934

In August 1934 Arnold went to work for the "State Conservation" in Minnesota.

Marriage, 1935

Arnold and Jean were engaged in October 1935. They were married in November 1935.

Home from Minnisota, 1936

Arnold Land and wife home from Minnisota, July 31, 1936.

Jean Avery

Jean Avery, born 1911, was the daughter of Vance Avery and Benna Vincent.

Vance Eldridge Avery was born October 6, 1879.

1920 Census: Earlville Village, Hamilton Township Madison County New York, North Main Street, Avery, Vance head age 40, retail merchant hardware, Benna wife age 34 Eldridge age 10, Jean W. age 8, Eileen age 6, Hester R age 4,

1930: Same address, same info as 1920, with the addition of A. Wilma, age 4 and owning own house, retired merchant.

1910: D. M. Avery heard age 70, married 2 years, one child, own income, Sarah Avery, wife, age 75, Vance B. son age 30, merchant hardware, Benna, daughter-in-law, Eldridge, age 7 months.

1900: Genoa Town, Cayuga Co, New York, Orlando Avery, age 60, married 44 years, salesman hardware, Sarah M wife, age 65, 1 child 1 living, Avery, son age 20, at at school, Rhodney Shugur age 54, partner, Eunice Smith, 18, servant

1880 Census: Village of Genoa, Avery, Orlando, age 40, hardware dealer, Sarah age 44 wife, Sarah B age 8, "adopted", Rodney Shuger, 34, clerk in store, Margaret Mc Carthy age 15, servant

Note: Vance was not listed.

1908: Vance Eldridge Avery and Miss Daisy Benna Vincent class of "06 were married at South Dayton June 24, 1908. Earleville. (The Normal Leader October 1908, school journal of Fredonia, N. Y.)

Marriage certificate Vance E. Avery Earlville merchant, born Eaton, to Orlaldo M. Avery and Sarah Miller age 28, to D. Benna Vincent, school teacher daughter of Joseph E. Vincent and Lean Richardson, June 24, 1908

WWI DR: Vance Eldridge Avery born October 6, 1879, wife Benna Avery, medium build, medium height, brown eyes, Hair ??

1947: Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Washburn of Earlville, visited Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Land of Smithtown. Mr.s Washburn and Mrs. Land were sisters.

1966: Mrs. Benna Avery died age 80 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Liddle of Hamilton. Mrs. Avery was born in Chautaqua County in 1885. She graduated Fredonia Normal School and taught in Earlville. Widow of Vance who died in 1953. She was survived by four daughters: Mrs. Arnold Land of Smithtown, L. I., Mrs. William Liddle of Hamilton, Mrs Eric Mercer of Winter Park, Fla., and Mrs. Stuart Washburn of Lynchburg, Va. nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Buried in the family plot in Earlville Cemetery.

Jean at Smithtown High

Jean taught Physical Education at Smithtown Branch High School starting in 1932.

The Smithtown Branch High School Searchlight June 6, 1934

Class Will: Miss Avery a corpse on which to practice dissection.

Information from Helen Land

Arnold graduated from the University of Syracuse where he majored in forestry. Year unknown.

Percy Arnold Land Jr married Jean Avery, b. Nov. 14, 1911, on Nov 9, 1935.



  1. Jean Wilma, born Apr. 27, 1938

    Marriage: Donald Norton Bird, June 24, 1961.


    1. Daniel Norton Bird born Apr 13, 1962
    2. Douglas Arnold born July 2, 1964

  2. Joan Helen, born Apr 27, 1938

    Marriage: Frederick George Randell, Apr 21, 1962.

    Death of Frederick Randell: 1982 (Information from Joan Land Randell Davi, July 2005)

    Remarriage of Joan Land: Theodore S. Davi, PhD in 1986 (Information from Joan Land Randell Davi, July 2005)

    Joan writes:

    He is the son of Josephine Tripoli who was a New York milliner for over 50 years, whith a shop on E. 59th Street.


    1. Jarna Ann, born Oct 18, 1962 married Luc Maniquet
    2. Jessica born February 25, 1964 married John Davis


      Remarriage: Frank Regelski


      1. Frank

  3. Bruce Arnold Land (known as Bruce) September 19, 1940

    1956: Arnold Land, Jr of Smithtown visited Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Washburn of 229 N. Woodland, Liverpool (Post Standard, Syracuse, NY January 17)

    Marriage: Karen Kapp


    1. Johanna Land


    2. Bruce William Land

      Marriage: Tina


      1. Hanna Lee Land
      2. Sofia Avery Land

      Death: Bruce William Land died January 30, 2016 age 45. See Bruce William Land

    2003 - 2103:

    Florida State Prison Name: LAND, BRUCE Race: WHITE Sex: MALE Hair Color: GRAY OR PARTIALLY GRAY Eye Color: HAZEL Height: 6'02'' Weight: 222 lbs. Birth Date: 09/19/1940 Custody: MEDIUM Release Date: 12/18/2003

    BRUCE ARNOLD LAND Offense Date 10/22/1999 COCAINE-SALE/MANUF/DELIV. 07/16/2003 VOLUSIA 9936454 1Y 0M 3D Incarceration History: Date In-Custody - Date Out-of-Custody 08/01/2003 - 12/18/2003

    Bruce Arnold Land was arrested or detained on Mon Mar 31, 2008 | Daytona Beach, Florida

    He was arrested again in 2010.

    There are mug shots.

    His ex-wife, Karen, thinks he died in 2013.

Death of Arnold Land

Arnold Land died on September 13, 1992.

SS# 055-12-1345.

He was buried in the Land family plot in Hauppauge, Long Island.

Obituary of Arnold Land, 83, Former School board Member, Smithtown News-September 17, 1992

Arnold Land, 83, died at St John's Episcopal Hospital on September 13 following a short illness.

He graduated from Smithtown High School and the college of Forestry, Syracuse University. For five years he as a Technical forester for the United States Department of Forestry on the Chippewa National Forest in Minnesota. He retired from Municipal Machinery in 1974.

A past member of the Smithtown Planning board and the Smithtown School Board, he was a charter member of the Suffolk County Third supervisory district BOCES Board and served on the board for 18 years. A firm believer that the non-college bound High School graduates should be prepared in some trade, he championed the building of BOCES Vocational High Schools. The education fro the exceptional child was also a priority with him.

Mr. Land is survived by his wife, Jean, his children, Joan Davis of Pittsburgh; Jean Bird of Inlet, New York and Bruce Land of Mattituck. Also survived by six grandchildren; Daniel Bird of Auburn, Douglas bird of Atlanta; Jarna Maniquet of Pine Bush; Jessica Davis of Goshen and Bruce and Joanna Land of Mattituck; eight great-grandchildren; Shawn, Megan, and Caitlin Davis, Jacques and Elise Maniquet, Brittany and Jacob Bird, and Madelon Bird, also survived by his sister, Helen of St James and brother Edgar of Madison, New Jersey.

Funeral services were private, conducted by the Reverend William H. Edwards III of the Presbyterian Church. Burial took place in the family plot in the Hauppauge Rural Cemetery. Service were under the direction of Hawkins and Davis Funeral Home Smithtown

Death of Jean Land

Jean Land born November 14, 1911, died July 20, 1998 in Inlet, New York.


She was buried in the Land family plot in Hauppauge, Long Island.

Obituary of Jean Land

Jean Land, Former Teacher '86

Jean A. Land, 86, of Rt. 24, Inlet, New York, died July 26 at the Adirondack Medical Center after a short illness.

Mrs. Land graduated form the Cortland Normal School and began a teaching career as a Physical Education teacher in the Smithtown Branch High School in 1932. She completed her Master's Degree at Columbia University and retired a position as Reading Supervisor for the West Islip public schools in 1972.

Mrs. Land, the daughter of Vance and Benna Avery was born in Earlville in 1911. She was the widow of Percy Arnold Land who died in 1992. She resided in Smithtown until 1993, when she moved to Inlet.

Mrs. Land is survived by three sisters, Eileen Liddle of Morrisville, New York, Hester Mercer of Winter Park Florida, and Wilma Washburn of Lynchburg, Virginia. She is also survived by twin daughters, Jean L. Bird of Inlet , Joan L Davi of Pittsburg Pennsylvania, and a son, Bruce A Land of Daytona Beach. Florida. Surviving grandchildren include, Daniel Bird, Douglas Bird, Jarna Maniguet, Jessica Regelski Joanna Land and Bruce W Land. She is survived by five great grandsons and six great granddaughters.

Memorial services will be held on Long Island in September 1998.

Contributions may be made to the Jean Avery Land Memorial Fund, Earlville Free Library, Earlville, New York, 13332 or to the Inlet Public Library Inlet, New York 13360

Norton Bus Bird

Norton Bus Bird was born in the village of Raquette Lake, New York October 1, 1908, the eldest son of Norton and Jane Bird.

He married Laura Ford in 1932. They had two sons:

  1. Robert

  2. Donald born 6 Aug 1938 died 24 Apr 2004

    Marriage: Jean Land

When Laura passed away in 1968 Bus married, May Payne, the widow of a friend. When she passed away in 1977 he married another widow, Olive Clark. When Olive passed away in 1981 he married another widow, Irene Clark.

I didn't get very far in school, but being married to four different women has been an education beyond one's wildest dreams. If you don't believe me try it some time. I consider myself to be extremely lucky to have been married to four good and beautiful women. I sometimes wonder how they all put up with me.
Late in his life Bus Bird recorded his memories of growing up, guiding during the heyday of the great camps built by New York millionaires, and later being a bush pilot in the Adirondacks. His son, Don, and his daughter-in-law, Jean Land Bird, had his memoirs published after his death. Changing Times in the Adirondacks is an interesting tale of a long and varied life in the Adirondacks and contains many photos of hunting expeditions, the old camps, and the bush planes.

Bus Bird died at the age of 91.

Norton and Jane Bird with Bus, left, Joe, right, and charlie ca. 1913

Death of Donald Norton Bird

Adirondack seaplane pilot Bird, 65, dies

Tue., Apr 27, 2004

By KARI INGERSOLL Observer-Dispatch

INLET -- The Adirondack skies will be without a familiar face this summer season with the death of Inlet seaplane pilot and businessman Donald N. Bird.

Bird, 65, died Saturday after a seven-year fight against cancer.

As owner and operator of Bird's Sea Plane Service in Inlet since the early 1970s, Bird piloted planes for search and rescue missions, fire patrols and charters.

With more than 24,000 hours of flying time, Bird cherished everyone he met during his travels, Jean Bird, his wife of more than 40 years, said Monday.

"He loved to fly, but even more he loved the connections he made with the people," she said. His outgoing personality and love for his friends and family shone through in all his actions, she said.

A true Adirondack man who loved nature, Bird also enjoyed hunting and fishing, Jean said.

After graduating from the Town of Webb High School in 1956, Bird attended Clarkson University in Potsdam, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1960. Upon graduation, Bird worked as the lead test engineer with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, Conn.

In 1971, Bird returned to the Adirondacks to work with his father, Norton - a legend himself - in the seaplane business.

Bird served on the town board for more than 20 years, having a deep concern for the future of Adirondack towns and those who chose to live in them year-round, Jean said. Bird was town supervisor for two years and was instrumental in the closing of the area dump, she said.

Despite sometimes differing opinions, current Supervisor J.R. Risley said he could always count on Bird to offer an objective outlook on any issue.

"Although we didn't always see eye to eye on some issues, we were always able to see each other's points eventually," Risley said.

North Woods Lodge 849 F&AM will conduct ritualistic services at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Niccolls Memorial Presbyterian Church. Memorial services will follow at 3 p.m. Arrangements are with Eldridge-Dimbleby Funeral Home, Old Forge.


In the spring of 2005 Jean wrote:

As you know, I met him in college, he at Clarkson and me at Potsdam. For the first 10 years of our marriage he worked as experimental test engineer (developed the engines for the 747) for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, and we lived in Tolland, Ct. In 71 we moved to Inlet, after his mother died, and went into business with his father. I was principal and 5th and 6th grad teacher for the Inlet School until I retired in 1996. Don was active in politics, being on the Town Board and Supervisor for the town altogether for 22 years.

He was loved and respected by a huge number of people, in and around the Adirondacks, people he did business with, and flew, and knew in college and in his years in Ct. He was a wonderful husband (44 years) and father of 2 boys (Daniel, 42 and Douglas, 40) and grandfather of 5 grandchildren; Brittany, 15, and Jacob, 13 (Dan's) and Madelon, 12, Audrey, 10 and Oliver 7 (Doug's)

Information on the Avery Family From Jean Land January 2005

Jean wrote in regard to her mother's family:

As you probably know, my parents did extensive research on my mother's side of the family (Avery- father, Richardson, mother). The Avery's came to this country (Salem, Mass) in 1632, and my direct descendant, James immigrated to Groton, Ct in his 20's. Joannie and Ted and I attended an Avery family reunion in Groton in July. They have one every year. There are still over 30 Avery's in the phone book there, and three historic sites of Avery family history. A dozen Avery's fought at the battle of Griswold, one of the primary battles of the revolution, 8 were killed. My direct descendant, Daniel was 12 at the time, and home taking care of his mother while his father went to fight and was killed. The battlefield and museum are open to the public. The fort is the oldest unrestored revolutionary war fort in the US. On the grounds of the fort, there is an Avery house moved there from the waterfront where the wounded were taken after the battle. This also is opened to the public. Also in Groton is the Avery memorial church*, which has a Tiffany stained glass window*, donated by the Rockefellers*. John D's mother was an Avery. Years ago Don and I flew a very rich client of ours to the Avery Rockefeller estate at Ampersand Lake (near Saranac). He was in my direct line. At the reunion we learned that on our side of the family, there are 10,000 registered descendants- Avery 1000,000 descendants altogether. I found that amazing. The Avery's from Avery Island who make Tabasco sauce are also in the family, as are the Avery's that make the Avery labels you no doubt use on your computer. I had a very strong feeling after that reunion, that really we are all more connected than we realize, and our family history is very important.
In October 2011 Susan J. Blaisdell, Clerk of the Groton Congregational Church wrote that John D Rockefeller donated half of the funds for the window. The rest being contributions from "more than 50 donors (most of them Avery descendants)".
*"The window is not a Tiffany Studios window. It is the workmanship of the Church Glass and Decorating Company of New York City and the artist was a Mr. Edward Peck Sperry. We do have a Tiffany Studios window that was dedicated to Rev. John A. Woodhull on April 12, 1903 and was presented by Mr. John J. Copp."
Susan writes that the church is not called the Avery memorial church (although the window is the Avery Memorial Window):
*"The church was established in 1702 as the First Church of Christ, Congregational and at the dedicated of the new church building on October 16, 1902 the name remained the same.
See Groton Congregational Church under ABOUT US (HISTORY and GALLERY) for images of the church and the Avery Memorial Window.

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