JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK

TOWN OF ORLEANS



A detailed 1864 town MAP-River Section showing residents. (325K file)
A detailed 1864 town MAP-South (Penet) Section showing residents. (490K file)
An 1864 map of The Hamlet of LaFargeville
An 1864 map of The Hamlet of Omar
An 1864 map of The Hamlet of Stone Mills
1918 TOWN OF ORLEANS FARM MAP



A list of POSTMASTERS in the town in existing and discontinued postoffices.
Family sketches from CHILD'S GAZETTEER for the town of Orleans.
Child's Business Directory for the Town of Orleans.
Haddock Family Sketches--Town of Orleans

Bartlett's Cemetery Inscriptions for the Town of Orleans.
Vital Records 1847-1849 for the Town of Orleans.

Rocky Landscape with Cheese Factory a link
A menu of four pictures of Stone Mills and vicinity from the 1800's
Town of Orleans 1890 Census of Civil War Veterans
Civil War Soldiers Buried in the Town of Orleans
Orleans 1848 Tax Roll Index
Orleans--1881 List of Jurors

Listing of Civil War service records for the Town of Orleans
Orleans Civil War Index
Roll of Co. K 94th Regiment 1866
Names in Company C, 35th Regiment, 1861

TOWN OF ORLEANS

OFFICE CONTACT PHONE ADDRESS
Town Historian JOHN MARRIAM 658-9950 Municipal Bldg; Sunrise Ave, LaFargeville 13656
Town Clerk TAMMY DONNELLEY 658-9950 Municipal Bldg; Sunrise Ave, LaFargeville 13656
Town of Orleans Library KELLY ORVIS 658-2271 Sunrise Ave, LaFargeville 13656
Northern NY Agriculture
& History Museum
MARGUERITE RAINERI 658-2353 Stone Mills (PO Box 108 LaFargeville) 13656
Thousand Island Park Library MABEL HEATH 482-9098 427643 St Lawrence Ave;
Thousand Island Park 13692


History of the Town of Orleans linked from Shirley Farone's Home Page taken from CHILD'S GAZETTEER OF JEFFERSON COUNTY by HAMILTON CHILDS, published in 1890, transcribed by Shirley Farone.

History of the Town of Orleans from "RAY'S PLACE" from OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE by EDGAR C. EMERSON, 1898

History of the Town of Orleans, taken from A HISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK by FRANKLIN B. HOUGH, A. M., M.D. linked from Shirley Farone's Home Page Lorraine

A List of People who contributed information concerning the Town of Orleans in 1878 to Durant and Peirce's History of Jefferson County


MODERN TOWN OF ORLEANS


Penet Square is an integral part of the history of the Town of Orleans. In 1788 an Oneida Indian treaty ceded a tract ten miles square to Peter Penet "for services rendered". Penet gave his name to the land, but soon sold it, and it passed through many purchasers before it came into the hands of John La Farge sometime between 1817 and 1823. Litigation clouded settlers' titles to their farms until 1830. Penet Square, as it is called, lay wholly within the original Town of Orleans, but when the Town of Clayton was formed, the new town included two fifths of Penet Square.

Settlement began, despite the legal squabbles, around 1806 by squatters, who took the land and developed their farms, knowing they had no real title but hoping for the best. John La Farge had little sympathy with the squatters, some of whom disputed his ownership. The first of the farmers was Roderick Frazier, who built his log cabin in 1806 about two miles north of what is now Stone Mills. Peter Pratt followed in 1807, making his clearing south of Stone Mills. Word of this "free land" spread in the Mohawk Valley, drawing many penniless settlers from that area. No record has been kept of them, and when La Farge demanded payment, they left the area.

Dr. Reuben Andrus and Benjamin Page, both Vermonters, settled in 1816, heading a flood of legal settlers. On 3 April 1821, the Towns of Brownville and Le Ray gave birth to the Towns of Alexandria, Philadelphia and Orleans, Orleans being the only one to be created wholly from Brownville. Thus researchers find that people recorded in Brownville in the census of 1820 are found in Orleans in the census of 1825, without ever having moved.

Orleans is located in the northernmost range of towns, with a neck of land giving it access to the St Lawrence River, and cutting Wellesley Island in two pieces. The Town of Clayton is its west boundary, Brownville and Pamelia are on the south, while Le Ray, Theresa and Alexandria make up the eastern boundary. The St Lawrence River and the Town of Alexandria lie to the north, giving Orleans a Canadian border, made more important by the international Thousand Islands Bridge.

The principal village of the Town of Orleans is LaFargeville, named for the early proprietor of the town. Originally called Log Mills, it is the site of a once impressive stone mansion, now in ruins, built by Mr. La Farge. Stone Mills, originally Collins' Mills, was probably the first settlement in the town. Today, the Northern New York Agricultural Museum in Stone Mills houses extensive exhibits of early farming and housekeeping in the area, as well as a restored church, school and cheese factory. Orleans Four Corners, formerly Shantyville, is a crossroads in the eastern part of the town, today reduced to a church and a cluster of houses. More populous and developed are the later settlements on Wellesley, originally Wells, Island, one of the larger of the Thousand Islands. In the 1870s, a Methodist camp meeting association laid out lots on the upper end of the Island, today known as Thousand Island Park, a summer resort also having a year round population. Grand View Park and Fine View are other communities on the island, which also holds a large state park. Other places on the mainland are Fisher's Landing, De La Farge Corners, Port Orleans and Collins Landing. Collins Landing is now occupied by the approaches to the Thousand Islands Bridge.


From the 1864 Jefferson County Atlas: a summary of statistics for Orleans

ACRES OF LAND
  Improved                    13,765 1/2
  Unimproved                  15,157

VALUATION
  Real Estate                506,788  
  Personal Property           41,445
  Total                      548,233

POPULATION
  Males                        1,533
  Females                      1,463

Number of Dwellings              481

Number of Families               560

Freeholders                      436

SCHOOLS

  Number of Districts             20

  Children Taught              1,208 

LIVE STOCK

  Horses                         909

  Working Oxen and Calves      1,806

  Cows                         2,662

  Sheep                        2,269

  Swine                        1,262

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

  Bushels of Grain

    Winter                    12,874

    Spring                   100,261 1/2

  Tons of Hay                  5,488

  Bushels of Potatoes          7,531

  Bushels of Apples            1,681

  Dairy Products            
    Pounds of Butter         212,975

    Pounds of Cheese           8,320

YARDS OF DOMESTIC MANUFACTURE  3,047


Names of the Early Settlers

ADAMS, AMBROSE
ARNOLD, HENRY
AVERY, FREDERICK
BACON, COLBY
BALDWIN, BLAKE
BALDWIN, LEONARD
BARR/BAHR, Catherine
BARRETT
BAXTER, ROSWELL
BECK, William
BERGEN, ELI
BRETSCH, ADAM
BRETSCH, LORENZ
BRETSCH, PHILIP
BRITTON, GEORGE S.
BRITTON, LYMAN
BRITTON, OTIS N.
BUSKIRK, JOEL L.
CARTER, Braddock
CARTER, Merchant Stone
COLE, Nicholas
COLLINS, JOHN B.
COLLINS, WILLIAM
COLLINS, WILLIAM Jr
CONTREMAN, M.
COOK, HARVEY
COOK, HIAL
COOK, HIRAM
COOK, HORACE
COOK, PETER
CRANKER, CHRISTIAN
CUMMINS, CHARLES
CUPERNALL, WILLIAM
CUSHMAN, Dr
DARBY, MOSES
DILLENBACH, Johannes B.
DIXON, Curtis
EARL, LYMAN
EARL, MAJOR
EDDY, EBENEZER
EGGLESTON, GEORGE H.
EVANS, ABNER
EVANS, THOMAS
EVERETT, BRAINARD
EVERETT, JONAS
FLANSBURGH, Anthony
FLANSBURGH, Peter
FOLTS, PETER
FRASER, RODERICK C.
FROUE/FREER, Hannah
GARLOCK, Horace
GLOYD, JAMES
GREGG, DAVID
GUERNSEY, HENRY
GUILE, WILLIAM
HALL, ASA
HALL, WARREN
HALLOWAY, NATHAN
HEYL, HENRY
HOUGHTON, Roswell
HUSE, Moses
JEROME, R.T.
JOY, Abiathar
KIBBE, Sumner
KILBORN, Truman
KIRSCHER, Jacob
KLOCK, Daniel
LaGRAVES, Dennis
LARRABEE, WILLIAM
LATTIMER, William Henry
LEE, SHEPARD
LEE, THOMAS
LEE, THOMAS Jr
LINNELL, Samuel
LYMAN, MOSES
MITCHELL, ISAAC
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MONK, JOHN
McNETT, JAMES C.
McNETT, JOHN W.
NASH, HENRY
NASH, JOSIAH
NILES, ISAAC
PAGE, JOHN
PICKARD, ADOLPHUS
PINNEY, Dan
POST, Benjamin
PRATT, PETER
RHINES, PETER
RHOADES, JOSEPH
RIXFORD, SABIN
RUSSEL, JOSEPH
SCOVIL, HAMILTON
SCOVIL, STEPHEN
SCOVILLE, EBENEZER
SCOVIL, STEPHEN
SMITH, JOHN
SMITH, NICHOLAS
STONE, Martha
STOWELL, SOLOMON
SUMNER, Aaron
TALLMAN, JOHN
TANNER, ASHLEY
TAYLOR, BENJAMIN
TAYLOR, Betsey
TAYLOR, JOHN
TAYLOR, RICHARD
Van ALLEN, Peter
VISGER, Jacob
WAGONER, Alfred
WAGONER, Amanda Melvina
WHALEY, WILLIAM
WHITE, LESTER
WILLIS, CALEB
WOOD, George



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