JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK

TOWN OF THERESA



A detailed 1864 town MAP showing residents. (495K file)
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

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 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.

TOWN OF THERESA

OFFICE CONTACT PHONE ADDRESS
Town & Village Historian MRS. MARY WILCOX 628-5652 Theresa 13691
Town Clerk KIM A. DELLES 628-5046 215 Riverside Ave, Theresa 13691
Theresa Village Clerk SYLVIA BUSH 628-4425 Municipal Office; PO Box 299; Theresa 13691
Theresa Free Library CHRISTINE RAJNER 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.

Contributors for History of the Town of Theresa transcribed from The History of Jefferson County NY by Durant & Peirce published in 1878

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

History of the Town of Theresa, 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


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.


Town History

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

ALLEN, BENJAMIN
ASHLEY, NOAH
BAKER, ARTEMAS
BALDWIN, JONAS
BALL, SINESA
BARNES, BENJAMIN
BATES, AUSTIN
BAUM, Jacob
BENNETT, Jonathan
BODMAN, Sylvester
BROOKS, JAMES, Dr
CASTLEMAN
CHAPMAN, DUDLEY
CHEESEMAN, Anson
CHEESEMAN, JEREMIAH
CLARK, ERASTUS
COLE, ALLEN
COLE, JACOB
COLE, URSULA
COOK, MICHAEL
CORNWELL, Isaac
CURTIS, Abiah
CURTIS, Abiah C.
DOOLITTLE, JESSE
EMERY, ELIPHALET
EVANS, Eldad
EVANS, Reuben
EVANS, TALMON
FISHER, ARCHIBALD
FLOWER, Nathan M.
HALL, SAMUEL
HELMER, John G.
HOUSE, Peter
KEELER, Mrs
LADD, Bodwell
LAKE, JAMES
LAWTON, Benjamin
LULL, EBENEZER
MILLER, JOSEPH
MOREY, HENRY
MORGAN, DAVID
MORROW, ABRAHAM
MURRAY, SEYMOUR
PARKER, NATHANIEL
POOL, ZALMON
SALISBURY, ALEXANDER
SALISBURY, LODOWICK
SHERMAN, Jacob
SHURTLIFF, HANNAH
SHURTLIFF, JAMES
SIMONS, Rodney
SMITH, CURLEY
SOPER, Augustus
SPRAGUE, Charles
STARKS, NATHAN
STONE, ANDREW
STROUGH, DANIEL
STROUGH, SAMUEL W.
THOMPSON, JONATHAN
TOWNSEND, Hiram
UNDERWOOD, KATE
WHITNEY, JOB
WOOD, Horace
YOST, NICHOLAS D.



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