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Since New York State, and therefore Jefferson County, kept no official vital statistics until 1880 (except for a brief trial 1847-1849) we must turn to other souces for this information for the blank years. While these records we present are not all officially vital statistics, they are the best substitutions we can find, and some will be accepted by those societies demanding authoritative dates and places. As always, we advise you to see the originals, wherever possible, and keep in mind that whenever a record is copied, there is opportunity for mistakes, typos, and misreadings. Unfortunately, most of the sources quoted below have disappeared with time, and the best we can offer is copies of copies.

Jefferson County Vital Records 1847-1849

USGenWeb Archives - Jefferson County NY Archives Vital Records

1865 Census Special Schedule Vital Records

1875 Census Special Schedule Vital Records

Vital Records from War of 1812 Pension Applications, Surnames A - M


Jefferson County Bible Records


A Few Jefferson County Births from Crawford Co. PA

St Mary's Church - Clayton


St Mary's Church - Clayton


Church Index


Early Jefferson County Deaths

Deaths from the 1865 Special Census

(A - J) (K - Z)

Deceased Veterans from the 1865 Special Census

(A - J) (K - Z)

Jefferson County Cemeteries Index Page

Clayton Deaths, 1882-1913

Coroner Reports November 1885

Funeral Records of Rev. J. Stewart

Mortality Schedule From The 1850 Federal Census
By Town

Adams Alexandria Antwerp Brownville Cape Vincent
Champion Clayton Ellisburg Henderson Hounsfield
Leray Lorraine Lyme Orleans Pamelia
Philadelphia Rodman Rutland Theresa Watertown
Wilna Worth      

Note: By my count, 232, or 41%, of the 564 deaths for 1850 were 10 or younger.


Deeds have been moved to their own page in the Table of Contents.


Guide to Guardian Papers Index


Letters of Administration Index

Letters Testamentary Index


Marriage Records Index Page



(Ab-Ad) (Ad-Al) (Al-An) (Ann-Az)
(Bab-Bal)(Bal-Bar)(Bar-Bel)(Bel-Ben) (Ben-Bes) (Bet-Bla) (Bla-Bod)

Index of Naturalization Records at Jefferson County Cerks Office

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Newspaper BMD Notices

These newspapers may be found at NYS Historic Newspapers.

Some years are covered by more than one paper, researchers should check each paper for the year of interest,

Copies for crossed out years are not available.

New York Reformer, Watertown, NY

1850 1851 1852 1853 1854 1855 1856 1857 1858 1859
1860 1861 1862 1863 1864 1865 1866 1867 1868 1869    

Northern State Journal

1846, 1847,1848, 1849

Northern New York Journal

1850 1851 1852 1853 1854 1855 1856 1857 1858 1859
1860 1861 1862 1863 1864 1865        

Watertown Re-Union

1868-70 1871 1872 1873 1874 1875 1876 1877 1878 1879
1880 1881 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888  

Watertown Herald

1886, 1887

Cape Vincent Gazette

1858, 1859, 1860, 1861

Frontier Patriot (formerly the Cape Vincent Gazette):


Cape Vincent Eagle


Clayton Indendent: 1872-1884

Clayton Miscellany

Monroe County Newspapers with Jefferson County BMD

Watertown Re-Union Newspaper Errata

Errata from the Watertown Re-Union newspapers may include: obituaries, death notices not listed elsewhere, anniversaries, birthday parties, special testimonials of persons in Jefferson County, as well as other events that occurred in the county, state, national or international stage to bring into a timeframe what was occurring when ancestors lived in the county. Persons of note, such as Lillie Langtry, presidents, foreign dignitaries, and events such as warfare between Native Americans and the U. S. Army that were happening as late as the 1800ís, global warfare, technological advancements, farming highlights, industry news in fishing, boating, racing (both horse and boating), are sometimes included in Errata to give the visitor a better overview of the times. Articles are selected at random for inclusion in Errata. The political scene in Jefferson County was always lively and people from other states often contributed their views to the newspaper. From an historical perspective, the Watertown Re-Union did a remarkable amount of reporting and accessing the information has been made easy by the New York Historic Newspapers site. The technological advancement of the telegraph, which made news travel quickly, was a definite asset for the newspapers of the time and is reflected in the reporting process.


Obituary Index Page


By Surname

To obtain paper copies of these records,
please contact the Jefferson county surrogate court.

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History of the Surrogate Court

Surrogate Court News

March 1884, April 1884, May 1884


Jefferson County Wills

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