My great-great-grandparents on my mother's side lived in the Tottenville from about 1880 to the 1920's. My great-great-grandfather, Edmond Taylor, and his father, William are listed as living in Princes Bay in 1880. Edmond was also listed as Edward in later documents. He is listed in the Westfield Marriage Record as marrying Annie Hussey of Tottenville in 1884. He was an oysterman and later a tugboat captain.
They lived at 150 Yetman Avenue. They had six daughters and three sons. The oldest was born in 1885 and the youngest in 1905.
Annie and Edmond are buried in the Bethel Church Cemetery.
My great-great-grandfather and his wife lived in Pleasant Plains. Albert Schoefer came from Germany in 1871. Elizabeth (Lizzie) was born on Staten Island in 1876. Albert's father, Carl, is buried in St. Lukes Cemetery in Rossville.
Her family is buried in West Baptist Cemetery. Albert worked in his later years as a foreman for the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co.
My grandfather, Albert, worked on the SIRT railroad and as kids he would take us from New Dorp to St. George then turnaround and go to Tottenville. Once there we would get an ice cream cone and get on the ferry to Perth Amboy, turn around, then get on the train back to New Dorp. This was before the Verrazano Bridge was built and Staten Island was really rural.