JEFFERSON COUNTY, NY BOOKS


BOOKS YOU MIGHT LIKE TO OWN

This is a list of books known to be currently in print, with ordering information.



CONSTANCE FAMILY: 2600 descendants of Lawrence Constance, an early Town of Cape
Vincent pioneer.  120 pages plus an every name index, newspaper articles, chart.
$20.00 + $3.50 shipping and handling.  Order from: Phyllis Putnam, P.O. Box 58,
Chaumont, NY 13622

The Lyme Heritage Center

Ernest Cook: Volume I.  TALKS WITH MEN OF THE NORTH COUNTRY, THE FAMED GOODENOUGH
SCHOOL, and FORGOTTEN POSTOFFICES, all three bound in one volume.  These are
articles by Town of Theresa historian Ernest Cook, appearing in the "Watertown
Daily Times" at regular intervals beginning in 1912, and give information found
nowhere else.  Mr. Cook interviewed many elderly inhabitants and wrote lively
articles with an emphasis on the history of Jefferson County.  109 pages, plus
an every name index.  $10.00 plus $2.50 shipping & handling.

Ernest Cook: Volume II.  THERESA AREA QUAKERS; DR. SANTWAY, THERESA PHYSICIAN;
THERESA PIONEERS; ROBERT SIXBERRY; FRENCH NOBILITY IN THE NORTH COUNTRY; EDUS
EMIGRATION; OLD CHAMPION; SCOTCH PIONEERS.  As above, with an every name index. 
$10.00 plus $2.50 shipping and handling. 

ROSTER OF ABSENT SONS AND DAUGHTERS, also reprinted from the "Watertown Daily
Times" with permission, originally appeared in 1905.  It is a alphabetical
directory of natives and former residents of Jefferson County who have moved away
giving name, former location in the county, present (1905) address, and
occasionally, occupation.  122 pages, soft cover, $13.00 plus $3.50 postage and
handling.  

Available from: The Lyme Heritage Center; PO Box 285; Chaumont NY 13622.
Contact:  Phyllis Putnam

THE GRAVESTONE SCRIBES


                              

Note: These compilations cover every cemetery in the township, and verification
of inscriptions is augmented from other sources.  Soft cover.

TOWN OF ALEXANDRIA.  200 pages, plus the 1850 census of Town of Alexandria. 
     $22.00.

TOWN OF ANTWERP.  112 pages, $22.00

TOWN OF BROWNVILLE.  151 pages, $22.00.

TOWN OF CAPE VINCENT, updated to Jan 1995.  Includes 1850 Heads of Households.
     113 pages, $22.00.

TOWN OF CLAYTON.  Updated through 1992, including some people who died in
     Clayton, but have no gravestones.  $22.00.

TOWN OF HOUNSFIELD.  82 pages.  $22.00.

TOWN OF LE RAY.  Includes POW burials at Sheepfold.  25 known Revolutionary
     soldiers buried in this town.  $22.00.

TOWN OF LYME.  1850 census for Lyme included.  $22.00.

Town of ORLEANS.  Extensive addendum for Grove Cemetery with information taken
     from funeral home and town records.  $22.00.

TOWN OF PAMELIA.  Over 15,500 persons recorded.  $25.00.

TOWN OF PHILADELPHIA.  Includes 1850 heads of households and mortality schedule. 
     $22.00.

TOWN OF RUTLAND: Now available, $22.00 including postage.

TOWN OF THERESA.  Also personal sketches for Theresa from Child's 1890 Gazetteer.
     $22.00.

BRIDES AND GROOMS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY.  Approximately 2700 entries,
     alphabetically arranged.  Bound in Duo Tang report cover.  $18.00.

CORONERS REPORT.  Gives name, death date, cause of death, usually age, sometimes
     name of township.  Covers selected years from 1878-1946.  1373 entries.  
     $20.00.

Depauville.  A reprint of William H. Gillet's 1905 DESCRIPTION OF DEPAUVILLE and
     some of its early settlers.  15 pages.  $8.75.

Order from: Ellen Bartlett, 3866 Warners Road, Syracuse, NY 13209. Allow 4 to
6 weeks for delivery. All prices include postage and handling.

Pat James's books




                                 HAROLD SANDERSON
                                          
                        Jefferson County Civil War Veterans

WHISPERS FROM THE PAST, c1992.  Price, $16.95 includes shipping and handling.
Subtitle: A source book of Civil War Veterans' Personal Histories.

FALLEN HEROES, c1997.  Price, $20.00 includes shipping and handling.
Subtitle: Jefferson County New York Civil War Veterans.

Both books complement each other.  Excellent references for genealogy and
purist Jefferson County Civil War history.  There are some fine Lewis, St
Lawrence, and Oswego County overtones.  Pictures, newspaper sources, New York
State and United States records (NARA).  All sources listed, and proven by
research over the past 25 years.  Books may be purchased from:

Four River Valleys Historical Society                    Harold I. Sanderson
Post Office Box 504                                                                                               
Carthage, NY 13619                                                                                 
1-315-773-5133                                                                                        


A SECOND LOOK

In addition to the books listed above, which may be ordered directly from the
organizations publishing them, Sarah and Rick O'Connell try to keep all current
books on Jefferson County in their bookshop: A Second Look, 152 Court St,
Watertown NY.  Phone 315-782-5195.

Giblin, R. Joseph.  SIDEWALKS AND OYSTERS AND OTHER STORIES.  Thirty-one years
in the life of Carthage, 1860-1891.  Articles from "The Carthage Republican", May
10 1860 - December 11, 1891.  Compiled and annotated by R. Joseph Giblin.  Edited
by Robert C. Rich.  $7.95.

Lucas, Roger.  BOLDT'S BOATS.  Tracing the history of each of Mr. Boldt's boats,
it shows a picture of each, where available, and mentions the people responsible
for their care.

Lucas, Roger.  BOLDT CASTLE--HEART ISLAND.  Copiously illustrated, like the other
Lucas books, mentions many members of the huge Boldt staff, mostly of local
people.

Lucas, Roger.  WELLESLEY ISLAND FARMS.  A book in progress, after the same
pattern as the previous two mentioned.  A surname list of all the books will be
available.

Nesbit, Rosemary.  THE GREAT ROPE.  Primarily a book for the Junior High crowd,
it is the story of a great feat of manpower during the War of 1812, and relates
an historical event in an easy to follow manner.  Illustrated, with a fictional
story following the historical facts.  Great for background on the entire Lake
Ontario shore of Jefferson County.  $12.95

NEW TOPOGRAPHICAL ATLAS OF JEFFERSON CO  New York  from actual surveys by S.N.
and D.G. Beers and Assistants.  C.K. Stone. 1864.  41 pages.  At approximately
16 by 16 inches, each town has its own map, which shows the name of every
resident.  Villages and the city of Watertown each have their own maps, also
showing the names of residents in 1864.  Scale varies from one to one and a half
inches to the mile.  This is available, in slightly smaller size, as a reprint
from A Second Look at $14.95.

 
Powell, Thomas.  PENET'S SQUARE.  Hundred square mile tract comprising much of
the Town of Orleans, and some of the Town of Clayton, given by the Oneida Indians
to Pierre Penet.  Good local history, both white and Indian.  205 pages, cloth,
$9.95.  Order from A Second Look, above.

Sinclair, Ronald E.  THE HISTORY OF THERESA.  1980.  Reprint published by Four
River Valleys Historical Society 1993.  $16.95.

Thomas, Howard.  BLACK RIVER IN THE NORTH COUNTRY.  1985. 213 pages.  $9.95. 
This book covers the entire Black River Valley, but has especial emphasis on
Watertown, the only city on the Black River.  The valley, not the river, was an
important avenue for the early settlers of Jefferson County.

Wilder, Patrick.  SEAWAY TRAIL GUIDEBOOK to the War of 1812.  Michael Wilder,
illus.  Authorized by the St Lawrence - Eastern Ontario Commission.  This book
covers more than Jefferson County's contribution to the War of 1812, giving also
the Canadian viewpoint.


NAME INDEX TO 1864 TOPOGRAPHICAL ATLAS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, NY. In 2 vols, North and South halves of the county. Provides a short history of Jefferson County, as well as a brief description to introduce each town.
This book was compiled by Jean S. Wilson and is available for purchase from:
J. W. Enterprises Ltd
PO Box 260067
Highlands Ranch, CO 80163-0067
for $19.50 plus $4.00 S+H per volume. Vol II due for release July 1997.

King, Mina Herrick: THINGS I REMEMBER. 1990.  196 pages.  No index, but a table
of contents.  A must for anyone researching the Town of Alexandria.  $19.95,
available from the "Thousand Islands Sun", Alexandria Bay NY 13607



Litchman, Dr. William M.   AN EVERY-NAME INDEX FOR AGRICULTURAL
SCHEDULES, INDUSTRY OTHER THAN AGRICULTURE SCHEDULES, MARRIAGES, DEATH,
AND CIVIL WAR SOLDIER DEATHS IN THE 1865 NEW YORK STATE CENSUS FOR
JEFFERSON COUNTY, date published 1996, is an index, 218 pages, This has
a lot of information.  If farming, gives surname, given name, township,
election district, page number.  Marriages, gives bride, or groom, age,
spouse, and their age, date of marriage, township, page number.  Death, gives
surname, given name, date of death, township, and page number.  

All books are $35, except Vol. 1, which is $40, and can be purchased from
Dr. William M. Litchman 
Medley Publications
1620 Los Alamos, SW 
Albuquerque, NM 87104. 

Vol. 1 Watertown, 348 pgs, 16,486 names
Vol. 2 Adams and Alexandria 310 pgs, 14,076 names
Vol. 3 Antwerp and Brownville, 294 pgs, 13,314 names
Vol. 4 Cape Vincent and LeRay, 289 pgs, 12, 970 names
Vol. 5 Champion and Clayton, 289 pgs, 13,018 names
Vol. 6 Ellisburg and Lorraine, 306 pgs, 13,770 names
Vol. 7 Henderson, Rodman, and Theresa, 281 pgs, 12,264 names
Vol. 8 Hounsfield, Lyme and Worth, 261 pgs, 11,486 names
Vol. 9 Orleans and Wilna, 301 pgs, 13,548 names
Vol. 10 Pamelia, Philadelphia and Rutland, 282 pgs, 12,366 names




BOOKS TO CONSULT
RECOMMENDED REFERENCE BOOKS FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY

This list is the result of a small survey of Jefferson County researchers. There must be many more books which belong on this list. If your favorites are not listed, please send: Author, Title, Date published, Number of pages, whether or not Indexed, and a sentence or so of description to me.

Of first importance to the seeker of family background in Jefferson County are the various county histories:

Child, Hamilton: GAZETTEER OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. 1684-1890.  Bound in one
volume, but divided into two parts: Geographical Gazetteer, which includes the
history, early settlers, and biographies of selected families of each town in the
county, 887 pages.  Part two is a business directory of Jefferson County in 1890,
345 pages.  Published in 1890, with an index to the biographies, and photographs
of leading citizens.

Coughlin, Jere.: JEFFERSON COUNTY CENTENNIAL 1905.  Published by Hungerford-Holbrook Co., Watertown, N.Y., 1905. 440 pages. 
This book is chock full of genealogical data organized by town. 

Emerson, Edgar C.  OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE.  1898.  Laid out on the same
general principles as Child's Gazetteer, Emerson provides history of each
township as well as an overview of Jefferson County, a section on biographies of
various families, and personal references.  Illustrated, 936 plus 318 pages,
indexed.  

Evarts, L.H. & Co.  HISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, 1797-1878.  A "glory book", like
the previous, it provides town histories, with many biographies.  This county
history is more lavishly illustrated with photographs not only of the people, but
of their houses and farms.  It provides a history of Jefferson County in the
Civil War, including rosters of various regiments.

INDEX to the above Evarts' History of Jefferson County published separately in
1993.  234 pages.  Compiled by Merton Sarvay, Crystal Lake, IL, at $50.

Gould, Ernest C., ed.  JEFFERSON COUNTY - 1876, 1976,  132? pages.  No Index.
US Bicentennial Project.  Short histories of the 22 towns and city of
Watertown, 1000 Islands Bridge, etc.  Many photos.

Haddock, John.  THE PICTURESQUE ST LAWRENCE RIVER.  1895.  416 pages.  Indexed.

Haddock, John.  GROWTH OF A CENTURY, THE HISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY 1793-1894.
1895.  842 pages.  Indexed.

Hough, Franklin B.  HISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK.  The
earliest, and by many considered the best, it is the prototype from which the
other three copied largely.  Published in 1854.  601 pages.  A myriad  of
information on the towns, their histories, newspapers, biographical
information, etc. Index in separate volume.

Landon, Harry: HISTORY OF THE NORTH COUNTRY, 3 vols.  1932

Oakes, Rensselaer Allston.  GENEALOGY AND FAMILY HISTORY OF THE COUNTY OF
JEFFERSON, NY, volumes 1 & 2.  1349 pages; index at the beginning of volume 1. 
Gives the history of many of the early Jefferson County families.

NOTE:  KATHALEEN SMITH OFFERS TO DO LOOKUPS FOR GENEALOGY AND FAMILY HISTORY OF THE COUNTY OF
JEFFERSON, NY, volumes 1 & 2!  Email her  at kathaleensmith@gmail.com for lookups

Reeves, George W.   JEFFERSON COUNTY IN THE WORLD WAR, 1920, not indexed, 208
pages.  For World War I: gives names, town, addresses, branch of service, lists
those on committees, short biographical sketches regarding some of the nurses,
some death dates, and much more.  



TOWNSHIP AND VILLAGE HISTORIES:

Casler, Nellie Horton.  CAPE VINCENT AND ITS HISTORY.  1906,
indexed, 240 pages.  A history of the town, and its people.

THE CHANGING YEARS, A HISTORY OF DEPAUVILLE, by Depauville Bicentennial
Committee 

Dexter, New York.  INCORPORATED 100 YEARS, 1855-1955.  A history of the village
of Dexter.

Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce.  TOWN OF BROWNVILLE, VILLAGES OF DEXTER,
BROWNVILLE AND GLEN PARK.  A village history.

Gen. Jacob Brown Historical Society: BROWNVILLE, A WAR OF 1812 COMMUNITY.

Lee, Doris R.  A HISTORY OF PILLAR POINT.  Family sketches, photographs, local
history.

Lance, Joyce Weese Barr, FOLLOW THE NORTH SHORE, 1987, 116 pp, no index,
Folklore, tales, stories, historical notes on North Shore Rd and Pt
Peninsula, Town of Lyme, NY.

Frink, Samuel K. SAM REMEMBERS RUTLAND.  1979?  74 pages.  No index but
comprehensive Table of Contents.   History and personal recollections of
the Town of Rutland, including 124 photos, individual family histories,
businesses and agriculture, etc.



INDICES:

James, Patricia.  INDEX TO DAR BIBLE RECORDS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, NY. 

James, Patricia James.  INDEX TO EARLY RECORDS OF WATERTOWN, JEFFERSON COUNTY,
NY.  No date. 29 pages.  Gives surname, given name, and various records where
names are located, such as: 1835 census, 1854 History of Jefferson Co., NY by
Franklin B. Hough, 10 Cemeteries in Watertown.)

Litchman, William M.  AN EVERY-NAME INDEX FOR AGRICULTURAL SCHEDULES, INDUSTRY
OTHER THAN AGRICULTURE SCHEDULES, MARRIAGES, DEATH, AND CIVIL WAR SOLDIER DEATHS
IN THE 1865 NEW YORK STATE CENSUS FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY, 1996, 218 pages.   This
index has a lot of information.  If farming, gives surname, given name, township,
election district, page #.  Marriages, gives bride, or groom, age, spouse, and
their age, date of marriage, township, page #.  Death, gives surname, given name,
date of death, township, and page #.  One of the more helpful books I have, and
this man is publishing more to come on Jefferson Co.

Oakes, Rensselaer Allston.  GENEALOGY AND FAMILY HISTORY OF THE COUNTY OF
JEFFERSON, NY, volumes 1 & 2.  1349 pages; index at the beginning of volume 1. 
Gives the history of many of the early Jefferson County families.  The index for these volumes has been copied 
by Kathaleen Smith, at Index to GENEALOGICAL AND FAMILY HISTORY of the COUNTY of JEFFERSON, NEW YORK

Wilson, Jean S.  NAME INDEX TO 1864 TOPOGRAPHICAL ATLAS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, NY. 
In 2 vols, North and South halves of the county.  North Volume: 181p.  Names
alphabetical under the township.  Provides a short history of Jefferson County,
as well as a brief description to introduce each town.



DIRECTORIES

FARM DIRECTORY 1918, published by Orange Judd Co.

Watertown City Directories: beginning c1847, they were published irregularly
through 1900.  From 1900 they were published every year to the present.



THE WAR OF 1812 IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

Elting, John.  AMATEURS TO ARMS

Graves, Donald.  THE BATTLE OF LUNDY'S LANE

Hoard, C. Gerald.  MAJOR GENERAL JACOB JENNINGS BROWN.  Illustrated biography
     with maps.
Hickey, Donald.  THE WAR OF 1812

Jacobs, James.  THE WAR OF 1812

Lossing, Benson.  PICTORIAL FIELD BOOK OF THE WAR OF 1812

Mahon, John.  THE WAR OF 1812

Outerson, John.  THE OUTERSON FAMILY. 1995.  A genealogy.


THE CIVIL WAR IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

Shaw, Albert D.  HISTORY OF THE 35th NEW YORK VOLS. 1888. 12 pages.  No
index.  A report of the first reunion of a Civil War regiment raised
(primarily) in Jefferson County NY, with muster roll of regiment,
personal history of many members, battle history and timeline, etc.

New York's North Country and the Civil War:: Soldiers, Civilians and Legacies. 
Dave Shampine. 2012. The History Press. ISBN: 1609496515


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