JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK

TOWN OF RODMAN



A detailed 1864 town MAP showing residents. (508K file)
An 1864 map of The Hamlet of Rodman
An 1864 map of The Hamlet of Whitesville
1918 TOWN OF RODMAN FARM MAP


A list of POSTMASTERS in the town in existing and discontinued postoffices.
1810 Census--Town of Rodman

Fairview Cemetery--List of Names
Family sketches from CHILD'S GAZETTEER for the Town of Rodman.
Child's Business Directory for the Town of Rodman.
Haddock Family Sketches--Town of Rodman

Bartlett's Cemetery Inscriptions for the Town of Rodman.
Vital Records 1847-1849 for the Town of Rodman.
David Taylor's Will, Town of Rodman

Town of Rodman 1890 Census of Civil War Veterans
Civil War Soldiers Buried in the Town of Rodman

TOWN OF RODMAN

OFFICE CONTACT PHONE ADDRESS
Town Clerk KRISTIN A. BENNER (B)232-2522, (H)232-2475 Main St; PO Box 523, Rodman 13682
Town Historian REBECCA STONE (H)232-2486 21355 Co Rd 69, Rodman 13682

Historical Association of South Jefferson

Contact person:
Debbie Quick



Early Settlement of the Town of Rodman from Durant and Peirce A History of Jefferson County 1878

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

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

History of the Town of Rodman, 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


The Town of Rodman is one of the six southern towns, with the Towns of Worth and Lorraine on its south, Adams, the mother town, to the west, and the Town of Watertown on its north. Rodman borders Lewis County on the east. Rodman, first called Harrison from an early proprietor, was formed from Adams 24 March 1804, Adams having been created from Mexico two years earlier.

Settlements in Rodman at one time included Rodman village, Unionville, also called Zoar, and Whitesville, all located from west to east along Sandy Creek. Lesser centers were Whitford's Corners, alternatively known as West Rodman or Toad Hollow, and Tremaine Corners.

TWO CENTURIES IN RODMAN


from Watertown Daily Times
Sunday, 26 Jan 1997 pB5
. History references from
"Our Heritage: Town of Rodman 1801-1985"

1801

Silas Stow, agent of Harrison and Hoffman, opens what is now Rodman for settlement at $3.50 per acre. Eight people settle there.

1801 or 1802

Walter Harrison Moody is the first child born there; he dies three years later.

1803

First school is formed, in a barn.

1804

What is now Rodman is separated from Town of Adams and named Harrison. The first town meeting is held and William Rice builds a sawmill in what will become the Rodman hamlet.

1805

First church in region formed in the Rodman hamlet that today is the United Church of Christ Congregational Church, the lone surviving church in the town.

1806

William Rice builds a gristmill in the hamlet.

1808

The Lewis County town of Pinckney separates from Harrison. Harrison becomes Rodman, named after a popular state Assembly clerk. (Harrison had been sometimes confused with Harrisburg in Lewis County.)

1809

First bridge built, over Sandy Creek.

1810

Town population is 1,281, with 214 families, four gristmills and six sawmills, including one that operated 80 years in the Rodman hamlet.

1813

A typhoid like disease kills 60 residents in three months.

1816 and 1817

Midsummer frosts and snow destroy crops.

1818

Lotus Ingalls born in town. He would found the Watertown Reformer, which would become the Watertown Times, and purchase the Watertown Post.

1821

Regular mail route starts to Rodman

1824

Town has population of 1,735 people, 490 horses, 4,312 sheep, seven gristmills, two carding machines, five distilleries and six asheries (places where wood is burned to ashes).

1835

Population 1,698.

1840

Population 1,702. Sawmill built on Gulf Stream that would saw 200,000 feet of lumber per year by 1890.

1845

Population 1,694.

1850

Population 1,784.

1852

Frank W. Woolworth born in town; family moves to Great Bend in 1859. He died in 1919 with a $65 million fortune.

1853

First Limburger cheese in United States made in Rodman (Jefferson County once had 40 Limburger cheese factories.)

1855

Population 1,752.

1860

Population 1,808.

1865

Population 1,654.

1866

Sawmill built on Fish Creek, one mile west of Rodman hamlet, that by 1890 would make 600,000 shingles per year.

1871

First band organized in town.

1890

Only a school, a cabinet shop and 12 houses remain in Zoar hamlet, once called Unionville. It had been the primary village in Rodman, with a church, school, hotel, two stores, shoe shop, furniture factory and two blacksmith shops.
Tremaines Corners on Route 177 has a post office and cheese factory.
East Rodman, formerly Whitesville, has post office, church, school, hotel, store, grist- and sawmills, cheese factory and blacksmith shop.
Rodman hamlet has two churches, school, hotel, creamery, seven stores, wagon shop, two blacksmiths, gristmill, tannery, post office and 35 houses.
West Rodman has gristmill and cheese factory.
Town makes 157,000 pounds of butter, 366,000 pounds of cheese, with eight cheese factories total.

1894

First round silo in state to be used for storing silage is built in town.

1905

Rodman has four cheese factories and 110 bridges, ranging from 10 to 140 feet long.

1910

Population 1,123.

1915

Population 1,167.

1916

Lighting district for Rodman hamlet is formed.

1920

Population 1,027.

1930

Population 935

1940

Population 856

1950

Population 816.

1953

Rodman volunteer fire department formed.

1960

Population 765.

1966

Last Rodman school--the Rodman Village School--closes.

1970

Population 772.

1980

Population 836.

1990

Population 1,016.
From the 1864 Jefferson County Atlas: a summary of statistics for Rodman

ACRES OF LAND
  Improved                    15,749
  Unimproved                   6,848

VALUATION
  Real Estate                522,530
  Personal Property          138,950
  Total                      661,480

POPULATION
  Males                          960
  Females                        958

Number of Dwellings              340

Number of Families               380

Freeholders                      319

SCHOOLS

  Number of Districts             13

  Children Taught                584

LIVE STOCK

  Horses                         540

  Working Oxen and Calves      1,200  

  Cows                         2,149

  Sheep                        2,830 

  Swine                          896 

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

  Bushels of Grain

    Winter                     2,018

    Spring                    68,289  

  Tons of Hay                  3,972

  Bushels of Potatoes         11,964

  Bushels of Apples           12,716 

  Dairy Products            
    Pounds of Butter         181,235

    Pounds of Cheese         121,325

YARDS OF DOMESTIC MANUFACTURE  2,179


Names of the Early Settlers

ADAMS, John
BABBITT, AMARIAH
BALCH, Abigail
BARKER, LEONARD
BARTON, Alfeus
BINGHAM, Augustus
BLACKSTONE, EBENEZER
BLANCHARD, ROSWELL
BOOTH, PHILO
BRAINERD, ANSEL
BROWN, James Wilder
BUCK, ALVIN
BUELL, JOHN
BUELL, ZEBE
BUELL, ZIBA
BURR, JOHN
BURTON, JOHN
BUTTERFIELD, JOHN
CASE, THADDEUS
CLIFFORD, CALVIN
COLE, ABEL
COOK, STEPHEN
COOLEY, Asa
COOLEY, David
COOLEY, John
COOLEY, Stephen
COREY, DAVID
CRANDALL, William P.
CROOK, NATHANIEL
CUMMINGS, ALANSON
DANA, JOSEPH
DAVIS, JONATHAN
DODGE, WILLIAM
DYE, RICHARD
DYER, SAMUEL
EASTMAN, D.
EASTMAN, LUTHER
EASTMAN, STODDARD
EDWARDS, ARIEL
EDWARDS, BENONI
ELMER, John
FARWELL, LEONARD
FASSETT, JOHN
FIELD, DANIEL
FLINT, WILLIAM A.
FULLER, DANIEL
GLASS, JOHN
GLASS, Marinda
GLEASON, BAZABEL
GREENLY, Timothy
HACKETT, JOHN
HARRINGTON, NATHANIEL
HARRINGTON, THOMAS
HEATH, JACOB
HILL, ASA
HUNT, SIMEON
INGALLS, Lotus
KELLOGG, ABIJAH
KELLOGG, GREN
KELSEY, SAMUEL
KING, TITUS
KING, TITUS
LARKIN, Covil
LARKIN, Erastus
LARKIN, Stephen
LAWRENCE, LYMAN
LOOMIS, AARON
LOOMIS, JAMES
LOVELAND, ABEL
McKEE, Jerushia
MOODY, AARON
MOODY, ANSON
MOODY, EBENEZER
MURRAY, ENOCH
NICHOLS, ALPHEUS
NICHOLS, JOSEPH
NICHOLS, NATHANIEL
NICHOLS, SAMUEL
PAGE, Zilla
PALMETER/PARMETER, CHARLES
PECK, JOHN
POST, ISAIAH
PRATT, JOSEPH
PRIEST, JOB
PRIEST, JOSEPH
PRIEST, SOLOMON
RALPH, JAMES
REED, John
RHODES, BELOVED
RICE, William
RUSSELL, ELIAH
RUSSELL, RETURN
SILL, WILLIAM
SMITH, JESSE
SMITH, REUBEN
STONE, ARNOLD
STONE, CYRUS H.
STOW, Silas
STRONG, NATHAN
SWIFT, HEMAN
TAYLOR, David (will)
THOMAS, BENJAMIN
THOMAS, GEORGE
TINNEY, JOSHUA
TODD, DANIEL
TODD, DANIEL Jr
TODD, DAVID
TODD, ENOCH L.
TOWNSEND, HORACE
TRACY, WINSLOW G.
TREMAIN, NATHANIEL
TREMAIN, REUBEN
UNDERWOOD, TIMOTHY
VAUGHN, JOHN
WAGONER, HARRY
WALSWORTH, ZACHARIAH
WARREN, BERNARD
WASHBURN, JACOB
WASHBURN, MOSES
WASHBURN, MOSES
WASHBURN, ROGER
WHITE, THOMAS
WHITMAN, NATHAN
WHITMAN, NATHAN
WINSLOW, WILLARD
WITTER, Tacy
WOODWARD, Caleb
WOODWORTH, LUTHER
WOOLWORTH, AVERY
WOOLWORTH, Frank W.
WRIGHT, JAMES
WRIGHT, JESSE
WYMAN, JONATHAN
YANDES, PETER



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