JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK

TOWN OF WATERTOWN



A detailed 1864 town MAP showing residents. (498K file)
1918 TOWN OF WATERTOWN FARM MAP


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

1855 Watertown City Directory

Town of Watertown 1890 Census of Civil War Veterans
Civil War Soldiers Buried in Watertown
Brookside Cemetery, Watertown

NORTHERN NEW YORK BUSINESS DIRECTORY 1867-68
WATERTOWN

Family sketches from CHILD'S GAZETTEER for the town of Watertown.
Child's Business Directory for the Town of Watertown.
Contributors for the History of the Town of Watertown from THE HISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY NY by Durant & Peirce, published in 1878

Haddock Family Sketches--Town of Watertown (a 136KB file)


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

History of the Town of Watertown, 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 existence of a township called Watertown confuses many people even in Jefferson County. When one mentions Watertown, the city is immediately called to mind, being the only city in the county. The Town of Watertown, while overshadowed by its much more populous neighbor, is an older entity. Centrally located in Jefferson County, the city of Watertown occupies nearly all of the township's northern border, the edges barely touched by the Towns of Brownville, Pamelia, and Le Ray. Easterly lies Rutland, south is Rodman with a touch of Adams, and west is solidly Hounsfield.

Surveyors first visited the area in 1796, and settlement began in 1800, both in what is now the city, and in the the township. The Black River, running along the northern border of the township, is the most important river in the county for the development of power. In the early days, all power was water power, but an electric plant is still producing power today within the city of Watertown.

Settlements in the township included Burrville, first called Burr's Mills, on Sandy Creek. Today all the mills that made it important to settlers are gone, but it still boasts a locally popular cider mill. Watertown Center, just outside the city, besides being the site of Town of Watertown's municipal buildings, has Brookside and Glenwood cemeteries. Rice's Corners still exists, but Huntingdonville has been swallowed up by the city of Watertown. A locality known as Dry Hill just south of the city is said to have derived its name from a distillery placed there. The stream of patrons finding their way up the hill to the still called it Dry Hill.

From the 1864 Jefferson County Atlas: a summary of statistics for Watertown

ACRES OF LAND
  Improved                    20,013 1/2  
  Unimproved                   5,186 1/2

VALUATION
  Real Estate              2,423,000
  Personal Property        1,519,960 
  Total                    3,942,960 

POPULATION
  Males                        4,142
  Females                      4,418

Number of Dwellings            1,540

Number of Families             1,640

Freeholders                      687

SCHOOLS

  Number of Districts             21

  Children Taught              2,648

LIVE STOCK

  Horses                         955

  Working Oxen and Calves        963

  Cows                         2,808

  Sheep                        1,499

  Swine                        1,078

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

  Bushels of Grain

    Winter                     8,022 1/2

    Spring                    55,329

  Tons of Hay                  4,305 1/2 

  Bushels of Potatoes         11,766

  Bushels of Apples           25,122

  Dairy Products            
    Pounds of Butter         222,247 

    Pounds of Cheese         111,240

YARDS OF DOMESTIC MANUFACTURE    817


Names of the Early Settlers


ADAMS, SEPTIMUS G.
AGAN, PATRICK
ALDEN, SILAS
ALLEN, BENJAMIN
ALLEN, ELIJAH
ANDERSON, ROBERT
AVERY, Jasper
BABCOCK, JOHN
BACON, AARON
BAILEY, SETH
BAKER, JONATHAN
BARROWS, TILSON
BARTHOLMEW, OLIVER
BATES, SAMUEL
BENT, DAVID
BENTLEY, JONATHAN
BENTLEY, JOSIAH
BIDDLECOM, THOMAS H.
BLIVEN, JOHN
BLODGETT, ADAM
BROWN, AARON
BROWN, CALVIN
BROWN, IRA
BUELL, JOHN
BUELL, ZEBEDIAH
BURNHAM, CALEB
BURNHAM, NATHANIEL
BUTTERFIELD, ASAPH
BUTTERFIELD, CYRUS
BUTTERFIELD, THOMAS
COLE, LEVI
CRANDALL, N.
CRANDALL, W.P.
CUSHING, Dexter
DAYTON, FRIEND
DELANO, THOMAS
DEMING, LUTHER
DOTY, DORIS
DRURY, LEWIS
EDWARDS, EPHRAIM
FAY, S.
FELLOWS, WILLIAM
FISK, ABRAM
GALLOWAY, CHARLES
GIFFORD, STEPHEN
GLASS, James Jr
GOTHAM, JOHN
GRAVES, ABRAM
GREEN, BENJAMIN
GUSTIN, ELISHA
HARRINGTON, SEYREL
HINDS, CORLIS
HOWK, HENDERSON
HOWK, SILAS
HUNGERFORD, TIMOTHY
HUNTINGTON, WILLIAM
IVES, JOEL
IVES, JOTHAM
IVES, JOTHAM
IVES, TITUS, Dr
JEROME, Charlotte L.
JEWETT, HENRY
JEWETT, N.
KLOCK, Stephen
LAZELL, Ebenezer
LAZELLE, EBENEZER
LEMMON, FRANCIS
LUTHER, Smith
MATHER, ASAPH
MILES, JONATHAN
MILES, JONATHAN E.
MOORE, JOSEPH
NORRIS, S.
PARKER, EZRA
PARKER, WILLIAM
PATRICK, JOHN
PECK, SETH
PETTIT, HEMAN
PRIEST, JOSHUA
PURCELL, JOHN
RANDOLPH, HOPEFUL
REYNOLDS, PETER
RICE, BENNETT
RICE, BENNETT
RICHARDSON, HEPZIBA
RICHARDSON, TILLEY
ROGERS, ELI
ROGERS, JAMES
SAMPSON, WILLIAM
SAWYER, JOHN
SAWYER, THOMAS
SCOTT, REUBEN
SHELDON, JOSEPH
SHERMAN, Phineas
SIGOURNEY, ANDREW
SIGOURNEY, ANTHONY
SIKES, J.
SPENCER
STANFORD, Giles
STANLEY
STEARS, JACOB
STEBBINS, J.
STEBBINS, L.
TALCOTT, JONATHAN
THURSTON, SAMUEL
TOLMAN, EBENEZER
TUTTLE, JOSEPH
WADLEY, JOSEPH
WHITNEY, JOB, Capt.
WILSON, JAMES
WILSON, JOHN
WOODRUFF, BENJAMIN
WOODRUFF, FREDERICK
WOODRUFF, Jonah
WOODRUFF, SIMEON
WOODWARD, James
WOODWORTH, CYRENUS



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