CITY OF WATERTOWN


A list of POSTMASTERS in the city and town in existing and discontinued postoffices.
1855 Watertown City Directory
1891-1892 Watertown City Directory
Family sketches from CHILD'S GAZETTEER for the City of Watertown.
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

St. Patrick's Orphanage Census

City Historian

Donna Dutton, (315)785-7769
245 Washington Street, 2nd Floor
Watertown, NY 13601


Watertown City Historian's Office



HISTORIC WATERTOWN



City Clerk

Donna Dutton (315)785-7780
245 Washington Street
Watertown, NY 13601



FLOWER MEMORIAL LIBRARY
WASHINGTON STREET
WATERTOWN, NY 13601
(The primary source for all of Jefferson County. Covers Jefferson County, some information on Lewis, Oswego, and St. Lawrence) JEFFERSON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
228 WASHINGTON ST
WATERTOWN, NY 13601
(315)782-3491
Director: Dr Timothy Abel

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 Jefferson County Resources.



Names of the Early Settlers


ADAMS, SEPTIMUS G.
ADSIT, Margaret
ADSIT, Philena
BACKUS, RUFUS
BACON, AARON
BAILEY, Seth
BENEDICT, AMOS
BINSSE, Dr. John
BRAINARD, DANIEL
BUCKLIN, DAVID W.
BURNS, Thomas
BURR, TIMOTHY
BURT, Charles S.
BUTTERFIELD, ZACHARIAH
CALHOUN, Alvin
CALHOUN, Abigail M.
CALHOUN, Chauncey
CALHOUN, Chauncey, Jr.
CALHOUN, Ebenezer
CALHOUN, John
CALHOUN, Mary
CALHOUN, Nancy C.
CALHOUN, Sarah E.
CANFIELD, MEDAD
CASWELL, GORDON
CLARKE, Charles E.
CLARKE, Henderson
CLARKE, John
COFFEEN, AMOS
COFFEEN, HENRY
COLLINS, ELA
COOK, JOSEPH
COOLEY, Olive M.
COWAN, JONATHAN
CUTLER, ISAAC
DOOLITTLE, JESSE
EDMUNDS, ANDREW
FAIRBANKS, JASON
FLETCHER, WILLIAM
FOSTER, JABEZ
FOX, AMASA
GILBERT, MARINUS W.
GOODALE, BENJAMIN
GOODALE, JOEL
GOODALE, REUBEN
HATHAWAY, John
HATHAWAY, Pamela C.
HATHAWAY, William
HENRY, JOSEPH
HUNGERFORD, ORVILLE
HUNTINGTON, WILLIAM
JEWETT, EZEKIEL
JOHNSON, PHILO
KEYES, AARON
KEYES, PERLEY
LYON, Rebecca
MASSEY, HART
MASSEY, ISAIAH, Dr
MASSEY, Jonathan
McCLURE, Samuel
OTIS, SETH
OWEN(s), Elizabeth
PADDOCK, JOHN
PADDOCK, Sarah E.
PHIPPEN, SAMUEL
PIERCE, OLNEY
ROGERS, ELI
SHELDON, JOSEPH
SIKES, JOHN
SIMMONS, JOHN
SKINNER, BENJAMIN
SKINNER, THOMAS
SMITH, THADDEUS
SMITH, WILLIAM
SMITH, WILLIAM
STAFFORD, DAVID
STERLING, MICAH
TAYLOR, ABRAM, Jr
TEN EYCK, EGBERT
THORNTON, ISRAEL
TUTTLE, GERSHOM
WAITE, J.
WATSON, SAMUEL, Jr
WELLS, PAOLI
WHITTLESEY, SAMUEL
WOODRUFF, NORRIS W.
YOUNG, John Guinn



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