JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK

TOWN OF WILNA


Wilna Map


A detailed 1864 town MAP showing residents.
An 1864 map of Carthage
An 1864 map of The Hamlet of Natural Bridge
1918 TOWN OF WILNA FARM MAP


A list of POSTMASTERS in the town in existing and discontinued postoffices.


Civil War Soldiers Buried in the Town of Wilna


NORTHERN NEW YORK BUSINESS DIRECTORY 1867-68 CARTHAGE


Family sketches from CHILD'S GAZETTEER for the Town of Wilna.
Child's Business Directory for the Town of Wilna.
Haddock's Family Sketches - Town of Wilna


Bartlett's Cemetery Inscriptions for the Town of Wilna.
Vital Records 1847-1849 for the Town of Wilna.


WILNA

OFFICE CONTACT PHONE ADDRESS
Town & Carthage Village Historian LAURA PRIEVO 493-2620 412 Budd St; Carthage 13619
Town Clerk MARY McMAHON 493-2771 307 Brown St; Carthage 13619
Carthage Village Clerk LINDA M. WIER 493-1060 Village Office; 120 Mechanic St; Carthage 13619
Deferiet Village Historian SUZANNE WILEY 493-3675 10 North Broad St; Carthage 13619
Deferiet Village Clerk GAIL LAPIERE 493-2707 PO Box 206, Deferiet 13628
Herrings Village Clerk ELIZABETH M. SLYE 493-2982 24539 First St; Carthage 13619
Carthage Republican Tribune (weekly nsp) 3 Front, W Carthage 493-1270 PO Box 549, Carthage 13619
4 Rivers Historical Society NELSON EDDY 773-5133 PO Box 504; Carthage 13619
Carthage Free Library PAULA WEAL 493-2620 412 Budd St; Carthage 13619


Four Rivers Historical Society

P.O. Box 504
Carthage, NY 13619
(315)773-5133
Website

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.


History of the Town of Wilna 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 Wilna from "Ray's Place", as found in OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE by EDGAR C. EMERSON, 1898.

History of the Town of Wilna, 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.

A List of People who contributed information about the Town of Wilna in 1878 to Durant and Peirce's History of Jefferson County.

History of the Town of Wilna, from Durant and Peirce's History of Jefferson County, 1878.


Town History

Little of the original physical Town of Wilna is left to the researcher, most of it having disappeared into the Fort Drum military reservation. The villages bordering the Black River, Deferiet, Herrings and Carthage, have undergone the changes common to communities on the fringes of a military encampment. The settlements in the south east of the township, Kacter Crossing, De Voice Corners, Ormiston Corners and Natural Bridge, share the same fate.

Black Creek and Indian River drain the town. The easternmost tip of Jefferson County, Town of Wilna borders Lewis County on the southeast. Clockwise, beginning in the southwest, the towns of Champion, Le Ray, Philadelphia, and Antwerp surround the Town of Wilna. In 1798 Henry Boutin made a clearing at Long Falls, now known as Carthage, so settlement began early here.

Wilna was erected on 2 April 1813 from the towns of Leyden in Lewis County and Le Ray in Jefferson County. Its name remains a mystery, though some have suggested Wilna, in Russia, as a source.


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

ACRES OF LAND
  Improved                    17,337 1/2
  Unimproved                  20,396 

VALUATION
  Real Estate                329,489
  Personal Property           72,268
  Total                      401,757

POPULATION
  Males                        1,706
  Females                      1,618

Number of Dwellings              600

Number of Families               615

Freeholders                      416

SCHOOLS

  Number of Districts             17

  Children Taught              1,339

LIVE STOCK

  Horses                         645

  Working Oxen and Calves        731

  Cows                         1,654

  Sheep                        1,322

  Swine                          713

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

  Bushels of Grain

    Winter                     1,797 1/2

    Spring                    35,604 3/4 

  Tons of Hay                  3,058 1/2 

  Bushels of Potatoes         24,983 

  Bushels of Apples              318

  Dairy Products            
    Pounds of Butter         142,220 

    Pounds of Cheese          47,850

YARDS OF DOMESTIC MANUFACTURE  1,477


Names of the early settlers


ADAMS, BENEDICT
ALLEN, HENRY
ALLEN, JOSIAH
ALLEN, LEWIS
ANDERSON, Diana
ANDERSON, ROBERT
ANDERSON, WILLIAM
BAKER, THOMAS
BALMAT, JOHN D.
BANTON, MARMADUKE
BARNES, ASA
BARNES, SAMUEL
BARNES, STEPHEN
BARNEY, JAMES
BECKER, COONWOOD C.
BECKER, COONWOOD J.
BECKER, LEWIS
BEDDLE, BANIA
BENN, NICHOLAS
BEVITT, WILLIAM
BEVITT, WILLIAM Jr
BLANCHARD, CALEB
BLANCHARD, HOWLAND
BLANCHARD, ISAAC
BLANCHARD, ROBERT
BOSSUOT, George
BOSSUOT, Jean Baptiste
BOSSUOT, Jean Baptiste2
BOSSUOT, John B.
BOSSUOT, Louis
BROTT, Elizabeth
BRAYTON, JEREMIAH
BRAYTON, THOMAS
BRAYTON, THOMAS Jr
BRAYTON, WILLIAM
BRINHAM, ABEL
BROOKS, VIRGIL
BROWN, JOSEPH
BROWN, NATHAN
BUDD, JOSEPH
BUNT, GEORGE
CADWELL, AUSTIN
CARRET, FRANCIS
CARRET, JAMES
CASTLE, PETER
CHAPIN, CALVIN
CHASE, JOHN
CHURCHILL, Henry
CLEVELAND, MOSES
COFFEEN, DAVID
COLSTON, JOHN F.
CONVERY, JAMES
COSS, JACOB
COTTWELL, STEPHEN
CROWNER, ALFORD
CROWNER, Alfred
CUNNINGHAM, MICHAEL
CUTLER, SETH L.
DARWIN, AMOS
DAWLEY, WILLIAM
DAYAN, CHARLES
DE VILLERS, Louis
DE VILLERS, Sophia Mary
DE VILLIERS, LEWIS
DEJ FERRIT, JENNIS
DEVOIS, FRANCIS
DEWEY, Sibel Ann
DODGE, CHAUNCEY
DRAPER, AMOS
DRAPER, SAMUEL
EDGAR, JAMES
EDICK, Joseph
ELLIS, Sally (Sarah)
FANNING, JOHN
FERRINGTON, ELIJAH
FERRIS, THOMAS
FITZPATRICK, DANIEL
FITZPATRICK, EDWARD
FITZPATRICK, JOHN
FLETCHER, STEPHEN
FORREST, Robert
FREEMAN, ALFRED
FRENCH, Ezekiel
FRENCH, John
FRENCH, Seth, Dr.
FRENCH, Seth--biography
FULTON, CALEB
GALVIN, EDWARD
GATES, EDWARD
GATES, FREEDOM
GATES, LEONARD
GOODRICH, HUBBARD
GOULD, ALBERT
GOULD, John II
GOULD, Levi
GRAHAM, JOSEPH
GRIFFIN, ENOCH
GROUT, ELIJAH
GROVE, ADAM
GUYOT, Barzilla
GUYOT, Harriett
HALL, BENJAMIN
HAMBLIN, JAMES
HASTINGS, OTIS
HASTINGS, ROBERT
HASTINGS, THOMAS
HAWLEY, HARLOW
HODGKINS, EBEN
HODGKINS, JAMES P.
HODGKINS, PEGGY
HOOKER, SETH
HOPKINS, STANTON
HOSFORD, TIMOTHY
HOYLE, SAMUEL C.
HUGHES, BARNEY
HUSTINS, CURTIS
INGALLS, SAMUEL
JOHNSON, CALEB
JOHNSON, JONAH
JOHNSON, JOSHUA
JOHNSON, MILLICENT
JONES, ELIHU
KEYES, PANE
KINNEY, Sarah
KNIGHT, CHARLES R.
LAMPHEAR, HIRAM
LANPHEAR, AUSTIN
LANPHEAR, Lewis
LANPHEAR, LEWIS Jr
LE ROUX, Mary (Mariette) Frances
LE ROY, FRANCIS
LEAKER, STEPHEN
LEWIS, EPHRAIM
LEWIS, HENRY
LEWIS, HENRY JR
LEWIS, STEPHEN
LLOYD, FRANCIS
MAIN, John
MARSHALL, SAMUEL
MARTIN, JOHN
MATTHEWS, ANDREW A.
MATTHEWS, LUTHER P.
MICK, MICHAEL
MINOR, ANDERSON
MIX, JOEL
MOON, AUGUSTUS
MOON, FRANCIS
MORGAN, PLINY
MORRIS, HEZEKIAH
MORRIS, JAMES
MURRAY, JOHN
MURRAY, MICHAEL
MURRAY, PATRICK
McCONNOR, EDWARD
NEAREY, FARRELL
NEWELL, HORATIO
NIMOCKS, WALTER
NOBLE, HENRY
NUTTING, CHAUNCEY
NUTTING, STEPHEN
NYE, WARREN
ODELL, PETER
OLDS, AVERY
OSBORN, CHARLES
OSBORN, Jonathan
OSTRANDER, ABRAM
OWENS, JONATHAN
PALMER, ICHABOD
PALMERSTON, LYMAN
PARISH, GEORGE
PEARSON, JOHN
PEARSON, MOSES
PECK, ALLEN
PELLET, D.C.
PETTY, HIRAM
PETTY, JOHN
PIERCE, JOSEPH S.
PIGGOT, EDMUND
POOL, JOHN
PURCELL, Michael
QUILLIARD, CLAUDIUS S.
READER, WILLIAM
RICE, BENJAMIN
RICE, NATHANIEL
RILEY, PATRICK
RUGG, Charles
SARVEY, WILLIAM
SAUNDERS, JOSEPH
SCOTT, ELIJAH
SEYMOUR, George
SHARON, PATRICK
SHATTUCK, ABEL
SHINDLER, FRANCIS
SLATER, AARON
SMITH, EPHRAIM H.
SMITH, JOHN
SMITHSON, Elizabeth
STANNARD, ORLO
STARKS, NATHAN
STEWART, ELIHU
STEWART, P.S.
STRONG, CHARLES
THAU, BENJAMIN
THOMAS, LEWIS
THORP, LAWRENCE
TIFFT, JOHNSON
TIFFT, REUBEN
TUBBS, BENAJAH
TUCKER, TIBA
TWINING, Susannah
VAN ANTWERP, JOHN
VAN DEURSEN, Amelia
WEAVER, JOHN
WEAVER, TABER
WELCH, JAMES
WELCH, JOHN
WEST, ELI
WILSON, NATHAN
WHELPLEY, Jeremiah
WOOLCOTT, JUSTUS
WORMWOOD, AMOS



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