A detailed 1864 town MAP showing residents.
An 1864 map of The Village of Theresa
1918 TOWN OF THERESA FARM MAP
A list of POSTMASTERS in the town in existing and discontinued postoffices.
Town of Theresa Chronology
Town of Theresa 1890 Census of Civil War Veterans
Civil War Soldiers Buried in the Town of Theresa
Town of Theresa Boys Drafted
1863 Civil war draft and exemption list
NORTHERN NEW YORK BUSINESS DIRECTORY 1867-68 THERESA
Family sketches from CHILD'S GAZETTEER for the
town of Theresa.
Child's Business Directory for the Town of Theresa.
Haddock's Family Sketches - Town of Theresa.
History of the Presbyterian Church in Theresa
Bartlett's Cemetery Inscriptions for the Town of Theresa.
Vital Records 1847-1849 for the Town of Theresa.
Oakwood Cemetery Burial Index
Linnie Nell Joles Smith Hammond's Book of Death, a record of deaths from 1901 to 1963, with notations.
|Town & Village Historian|
|Town Clerk||Website||315-628-5046||215 Riverside Ave, Theresa 13691|
|Theresa Village Clerk||Website||315-628-4425||Municipal Office; PO Box 299; Theresa 13691|
|Theresa Free Library||Kristy Perry||315-628-5972||Main & Pine Sts; Theresa 13691|
History of the Town of Theresa 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.
A List of People who contributed information concerning the Town of Theresa in 1878 to Durant and Peirce's History of Jefferson County.
History of the Town of Theresa, from Durant and Peirce's History of Jefferson County, 1878.
History of the Town of Theresa from "Ray's Place", as found in OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE by EDGAR C. EMERSON, 1898.
History of the Town of Theresa, 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.
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Carthage, NY 13619
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.
The Town of Theresa was one of the last to be settled in Jefferson County. Covered with thick timber, and the northern part of the town studded with lakes, settlers preferred more accessible lands. Though a road was opened from Evans Mills to Theresa High Falls, no permanent settlement was made until after 1817, when James D. Le Ray began to sell lots to pioneers. Theresa lies in the northern section of the county, surrounded by the Towns of Alexandria to the northwest, Orleans on the west, Le Ray on the south, and Philadelphia and Antwerp on the southeast. Northeast is St Lawrence County.
While today the lakes of Theresa, ranging from half a mile to several miles in length, are a sportsman's delight, they impeded the establishment of farms. They include Butterfield, Grass, Moon, Hyde, Crystal, Sixberry (named for Jefferson County's famous early hunter), Millsite, Red, Muskalonge, and Lake of the Woods. Not all are wholly within the Town of Theresa, some sharing borders with the Towns of Alexandria and Antwerp.
Theresa's main watercourse is the swift flowing Indian River, which enters the town from Le Ray and flows into St Lawrence County. Its high falls provided the site for Theresa village. The town was organized from the Town of Alexandria on 15 April 1841, named for a daughter of the early proprietor, James D. Le Ray. Theresa village is the only populated area within the town.
From the 1864 Jefferson County Atlas: a summary of statistics for Theresa ACRES OF LAND Improved 15,667 Unimproved 9,937 VALUATION Real Estate 357,934 Personal Property 89,380 Total 447,314 POPULATION Males 1,208 Females 1,200 Number of Dwellings 397 Number of Families 440 Freeholders 390 SCHOOLS Number of Districts 17 Children Taught 1,053 LIVE STOCK Horses 486 Working Oxen and Calves 1,065 Cows 1,808 Sheep 861 Swine 859 AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS Bushels of Grain Winter 2,427 Spring 40,000 Tons of Hay 4,177 1/2 Bushels of Potatoes 5,057 Bushels of Apples 640 Dairy Products Pounds of Butter 163,775 Pounds of Cheese 93,780 YARDS OF DOMESTIC MANUFACTURE 2,324
Names of the early settlers
BROOKS, JAMES, Dr
|CURTIS, Abiah |
CURTIS, Abiah C.
FLOWER, Nathan M.
HELMER, John G.
STROUGH, SAMUEL W.
YOST, NICHOLAS D.
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