Haddock Family Sketches--Town of Watertown (a 136KB file)
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.
BIDDLECOM, THOMAS H.
GLASS, James Jr
IVES, TITUS, Dr
JEROME, Charlotte L.
MILES, JONATHAN E.
|PRIEST, JOSHUA |
WHITNEY, JOB, Capt.
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