A list of POSTMASTERS in the city and town in existing and discontinued postoffices.
History of Watertown by Durant & Peirce in 1878.
|Watertown High Classes||1865-1877||1878||1910.||1911|
Family sketches from CHILD'S GAZETTEER for the City of Watertown.
1863 Civil war draft and exemption lists
City of Watertown 1890 Census of Civil War Veterans, Part 1
City of Watertown 1890 Census of Civil War Veterans, Part 2
City of Watertown 1890 Census of Civil War Veterans, Part 3
City of Watertown 1890 Census of Civil War Veterans, Part 4
Civil War Soldiers Buried in Watertown
Davis Sewing Machine Migration
Ainsworth Marriages, Watertown
Index, 1900, 1905, 1910, 1915, 1920, 1925, 1930, 1940
Donna Dutton, (315)785-7769
245 Washington Street, 2nd Floor
Watertown, NY 13601
Ann Saunders (315)785-7780
245 Washington Street
Watertown, NY 13601
FLOWER MEMORIAL LIBRARY
WATERTOWN, NY 13601
(The primary source for all of Jefferson County. Covers Jefferson County, some information on Lewis, Oswego, and St. Lawrence Counties.)
JEFFERSON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
228 WASHINGTON ST
WATERTOWN, NY 13601
Director: Jessica M. Phinney
As with many people, the location New York invariably refers to the city, and the existence of the state is unknown, so it is with Watertown. The population and importance of the city overshadows the township. The city's site was dictated by the falls of the Black River, which afforded the waterpower badly needed in a new settlement. From a little crossroads on the south side of the Black River, Watertown has grown to be the principal city of northwestern New York State.
Surveyors first came upon the site of the town and city of Watertown in 1796, and even before Jefferson County was set off from Oneida, settlers began to trickle into the area. By 1800 the pioneers were picking out the best locations for farm and industry. When the county was created in 1805, Watertown was considered the best place for the county seat. By 1812 the village had 500 inhabitants, and on 5 April 1816, the village was incorporated.
The country village became a city in 1869. Located almost entirely in the Town of Watertown, the city sprawls across the center of its northern border, and the suburbs reach out into the Towns of Brownville and Pamelia. Nearly the whole course of the Black River from Carthage to Black River Bay is populated. The city has long prided itself on its residential character, but the proximity of Fort Drum, and the decay of the city center has eroded some of its once proud neighborhoods.
The county seat, Watertown boasts the home of the Jefferson County Historical Society, Northern New York Library System, and a zoo, as well as the usual city amenities. Of particular interest to genealogists is the genealogy department of the Flower Memorial Library. A volunteer organization housed within the library, it is the first resource for anyone researching family history in Jefferson, Lewis, or St Lawrence counties, with the emphasis, naturally, on Jefferson County. The county offices are located on Arsenal Street, and are generally friendly to researchers. The Mormon church maintains a Family History Center on Ives Street.
For specific details, see our Jefferson County Resources page.
Names of the early settlers
|ADAMS, SEPTIMUS G. |
BINSSE, Dr. John
BUCKLIN, DAVID W.
BURT, Charles S.
CALHOUN, Abigail M.
CALHOUN, Chauncey, Jr.
CALHOUN, Nancy C.
CALHOUN, Sarah E.
CLARKE, Charles E.
COOLEY, Olive M.
GILBERT, MARINUS W.
HATHAWAY, Pamela C.
MASSEY, ISAIAH, Dr
|OTIS, SETH |
PADDOCK, Sarah E.
TAYLOR, ABRAM, Jr
TEN EYCK, EGBERT
WATSON, SAMUEL, Jr
WOODRUFF, NORRIS W.
YOUNG, John Guinn
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