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
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
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.
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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
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.
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
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 email@example.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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