|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|
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.
Contributors for the History of the Town of Wilna from THE HISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY NY by Durant & Peirce, published in 1878
History of the Town of Wilna from "RAY'S PLACE" transcribed from OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE by EDGAR C. EMERSON, 1898
History of the Town of Wilna, 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
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
BALMAT, JOHN D.
BECKER, COONWOOD C.
BECKER, COONWOOD J.
BEVITT, WILLIAM Jr
BOSSUOT, Jean Baptiste
BOSSUOT, Jean Baptiste2
BOSSUOT, John B.
BRAYTON, THOMAS Jr
COLSTON, JOHN F.
CUTLER, SETH L.
DE VILLERS, Louis
DE VILLERS, Sophia Mary
DE VILLIERS, LEWIS
DEJ FERRIT, JENNIS
DEWEY, Sibel Ann
ELLIS, Sally (Sarah)
FRENCH, Seth, Dr.
GOULD, John II
HODGKINS, JAMES P.
HOYLE, SAMUEL C.
KNIGHT, CHARLES R.
LANPHEAR, LEWIS Jr
LE ROUX, Mary (Mariette) Frances
LE ROY, FRANCIS
LEWIS, HENRY JR
MATTHEWS, ANDREW A.
MATTHEWS, LUTHER P.
|MURRAY, JOHN |
PIERCE, JOSEPH S.
QUILLIARD, CLAUDIUS S.
SMITH, EPHRAIM H.
VAN ANTWERP, JOHN
VAN DEURSEN, Amelia
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