A detailed 1864 town MAP showing residents.
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
Census of Watertown Orphans Asylum 1865, 1870.
Town of Watertown Refief of the Poor: 1860
Town of Watertown Poor Aid 1866
Town of Watertown 1890 Census of Civil War Veterans
Jefferson County Farm School, 1920
1863 Civil war draft and exemption lists
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.
Haddock's Family Sketches - Town of Watertown
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.
A List of People who contributed information about the Town of Watertown in 1878 to Durant and Peirce's History of Jefferson County.
A History of the Town of Watertown ny Durant & Peirce 1878
History of the Town of Watertown, 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.
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.
|ACRES OF LAND|
|Number of Dwellings||1,540|
|Number of Families||1,640|
|Number of Districts||21|
|Working Oxen and Calves||963|
|Bushels of Grain|
|Tons of Hay||4,305 ½|
|Bushels of Potatoes||11,766|
|Bushels of Apples||25,122|
|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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