JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK

TOWN OF PHILADELPHIA




A detailed 1864 town MAP showing residents. (409K file)
An 1864 map of The Village of Philadelphia
1918 TOWN OF PHILADELPHIA FARM MAP


A list of POSTMASTERS in the town in existing and discontinued postoffices.
Town of Philadelphia 1890 Census of Civil War Veterans
Civil War Soldiers Buried in the Town of Philadelphia
Misc. Marriages, Town of Philadelphia

NORTHERN NEW YORK BUSINESS DIRECTORY 1867-68
PHILADELPHIA

Family sketches from CHILD'S GAZETTEER for the town of Philadelphia.
Child's Business Directory for the Town of Philadelphia.
Haddock Family Sketches--Town of Philadelphia

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

TOWN OF PHILADELPHIA

OFFICE CONTACT PHONE ADDRESS
Town & Village Historian GWEN ACHESON 642-5502 5 Aldrich St; PO Box 46, Philadelphia 13673
Town Clerk MARY DIMOCK 642-3421 33019 US Rt 11; PO Box 297; Philadelphia 13673
Village Clerk SANDRA A. INGERSON 642-3452 Village Office, PO Box 70, Philadelphia 13673
Bodman Memorial Library BARBARA DINGLE 642-3323 8 Aldrich St; Philadelphia 13673

Bodman Memorial Library


Four Rivers Historical Society

P.O. Box 504
Carthage, NY 13619
(315)773-5133

Organized in 1977, this society averages over 600 members, and has microfilmed the Carthage Republican newspaper. The microfilm is deposited in the Carthage Library. They have published books. Their holdings include a working chapel, and a one room school. Carthage lies on the border of Lewis County, so that the society covers part of Lewis as well as the western townships of Jefferson County. The society collects material from three central school districts, the Copenhagen Central, Carthage Central, and Indian River school districts. This area includes parts of the townships of Theresa, Philadelphia, Antwerp, Le Ray, Wilna, and Champion. Their 21 directors represent the various communities within this area.


History of the Town of Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia The History of Jefferson County NY by Durant & Peirce published in 1878

Contributors to the History of the Town of Philadelphia from The History of Jefferson County NY by Durant & Peirce published in 1878

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

History of the Town of Philadelphia, taken fromA 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


Town History

The southeastern borders of Philadelphia include a portion of the Fort Drum Military reservation. Completely rectangular, Philadelphia is surrounded by the Towns of Antwerp on the northeast, Wilna on the southeast, Le Ray on the southwest, and Theresa on the northwest. The military reservation crosses township lines to include half of Antwerp, portions of Philadelphia and Le Ray, and most of Wilna, as well as lands in St Lawrence County.

Settlement began slowly, with the first settler arriving about 1804. During the first decade, when the part of the area was owned by a group of Pennsylvania Quakers, only a few families a year trickled into the land now occupied by the Town of Philadelphia. Legal controversies stifled early settlement. The three townships of Alexandria, Orleans and Philadelphia were all created in 1821.

Settlements include the principal village of Philadelphia, Sterlingville in the southern part of the town, now swallowed up by the military reservation, and Pogeland, a hamlet long gone. Because of the early owners, the town had at one time a strong Quaker flavor.


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

ACRES OF LAND
  Improved                    16,093
  Unimproved                   5,747

VALUATION
  Real Estate                389,394
  Personal Property           66,700
  Total                      456,094

POPULATION
  Males                          949
  Females                        896

Number of Dwellings              320

Number of Families               360

Freeholders                      267

SCHOOLS

  Number of Districts             10

  Children Taught                611

LIVE STOCK

  Horses                         564

  Working Oxen and Calves        848

  Cows                         1,729 

  Sheep                        1,181

  Swine                          534

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

  Bushels of Grain

    Winter                       218 1/2

    Spring                    50,541

  Tons of Hay                  2,994

  Bushels of Potatoes          5,762

  Bushels of Apples               83

  Dairy Products            
    Pounds of Butter         152,784

    Pounds of Cheese          90,790

YARDS OF DOMESTIC MANUFACTURE    691 


Names of the Early Settlers

ALLEN, LYMAN
ALLEN, WILLIAM
BAKER, STEPHEN
BOLTON, JOSEPH
BONES, JAMES
BONES, THOMAS
BONES, WILLIAM
BUCKLIN, ALDEN
CHILD, AARON
CHILD, CADWALLADER
CLARK, GARDNER
COFFEEN, DANIEL
COMFORT, ROBERT
COMSTOCK, ANNA
COMSTOCK, John Henry
COOLIDGE, ALFRED
COON, Florello
COOPER, ALLEN
COOPER, JAMES
COXE, THOMAS
DODGE, CYRUS
EDWARDS, JOHN
FOSTER, ANDREW
FOSTER, WARREN
FREY, SAMUEL C.
GILBERT, BENJAMIN
GILBERT, THOMAS
HAMBLIN, HARVEY
HINMAN, HIRAM
HOFFMAN, PLATT
HOLDEN, DAVID
HOWLAND, NEHEMIAH
INGLEHART
JACKMAN, BENJAMIN
LINCOLN, GEORGE WASHINGTON
MERRICK, JASON
MOSHER, DAVID
MOSHER, DUTY
MOSHER, JONATHAN
MOSHER, THOMAS
MOTT, Benjamin
MOTT, William
PADDOCK, Wilson J.
PETTY, JOHN
ROBERTS, DANIEL
ROBERTS, DANIEL
ROBERTS, ELIAS
ROBERTS, ELIZABETH
ROBERTS, GRACE
ROBERTS, HUGH
ROBERTS, STEPHEN
ROGERS, SAMUEL
SHATTUCK, AI
SHURTLEFF, ABIEL
STERLING, Daniel
STERLING, James
STRICKLAND, JOHN Jr
STRICKLAND, JOHN Sr
STRICKLAND, MAHLON
TAYLOR, JOHN R.
TOWNSEND, JOHN
TOWNSEND, THOMAS
TUCKER, EDMUND
WALTON, JOSIAH
WALTON, SILAS
WHITING, JOHN

YORK, WILLIAM



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