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Contributors for the History of the Town of Rutland from THE HISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY NY by Durant & Peirce, published in 1878
History of the Town of Rutland, 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
Settled early and fairly quickly, the Town of Rutland attracted many people from New England. As early as 1800, a developer built a road into the interior of the town, and then disposed of two thirds of the land in less than four years. He kept a list of the purchasers, which forms the basis for our list of pioneers.
Rutland lies just east of the city and Town of Watertown, south of Le Ray and thus on the border of Fort Drum military reservation, and west of the Town of Champion. Its southern border is Lewis County. Black River flows along its northern border, at first supporting grist and lumber mills at places whose names later became Felts Mills and Black River. Settlers in the northern part of the county could, from a high place, "look away south to the Rutland Hills."
The township derived its name from Rutland, Vermont, from whence many of the early settlers came. Populated areas within the town include Rutland Centre, Tylerville, and Felts Mills. Black River village, at first in the township on the border with Le Ray, suffered a removal without moving, when the boundary was changed to locate it within the Town of Le Ray. Black River is today the chief village of the area.
From the 1864 Jefferson County Atlas: a summary of statistics for Rutland ACRES OF LAND Improved 20,768 1/2 Unimproved 6,470 VALUATION Real Estate 501,695 Personal Property 59,649 Total 561,344 POPULATION Males 1,021 Females 1,076 Number of Dwellings 400 Number of Families 420 Freeholders 383 SCHOOLS Number of Districts 12 Children Taught 731 LIVE STOCK Horses 568 Working Oxen and Calves 926 Cows 2,643 Sheep 966 Swine 928 AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS Bushels of Grain Winter 3,623 Spring 42,036 5/8 Tons of Hay 4,206 Bushels of Potatoes 16,832 Bushels of Apples 13,943 Dairy Products Pounds of Butter 234,065 Pounds of Cheese 247,331 YARDS OF DOMESTIC MANUFACTURE 1,815
Names of the Early Settlers
BARNES, AMOS 2d
BOSTWICK, William Buckley
DEXTER, LUTHER W.
EARL, JOHN Jr
FLINT, WILLIAM A.
HERMAN, PHILIP H.
KIMBALL, Dr C. P.
METTEY (MATTY), Jacques
MIDDLETON, ANDREW Jr
MOONEY, Thomas Sr.
OLLEY, ROBERT H.
SHERMAN, Dr. Abel
STEVENS, WILLIAM H.
TORME, FRANCIS & RELIEF
VIBBER, PERON or PERRON
WILLIAMS, JACOB A.
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