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Clinton County, NY History

Clinton County, NY History

We are happy to offer our first items of genealogy and local history from Clinton County, NY, and we plan to offer additional items of historical interest soon.


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The Clinton County chapter in Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York (1848).  Brief, at five pages, but still an important part of the historical record.  Includes supplemental material on land grants, patents, etc., in New York State.  5++ pages, PDF format, download now for $2.50.

 Clinton County, NY


The Clinton County chapter from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860). Here is a look at Clinton County a bit over a decade after Mather & Brockett's treatment of the subject.  The localities mentioned in this chapter, many of which are still extant today, are: Altona, Chazy, Ellenburgh Depot, Au Sable, Keeseville, Clintonville, New Sweden, Birmingham Falls, The Union, Beekmantown, East Beekmantown, Black Brook, Au Sable Forks, Clayburgh, Union Falls, Garlick Falls, Champlain, Perrys Mills, Rouses Point, Coopersville, Corbeau, West Chazy, Chazy Landing, Sciota, Ingraham, Clinton, Cherubusco, The Frontiers, Wrightsville, Dannemora, Ellenburgh, Ellenburgh Center, Mooers, Angellville, Centerville, Peru, Laphams Mills, Peasleville, Port Jackson, Peru Landing, Plattsburgh, Cadyville, Elsinore, Salmon River, West Plattsburgh, Saranac, Redford, Russia, Schuyler Falls, Morrisonville, and Norrisville.  9+ pages, PDF format, download now for 2.75.

Clinton Cty in French's Gazetteer


History of Peru, New York, by Lincoln Sunderland et al., (undated).  While this book is not dated, we suppose that it dates from around 1975-76, when much American local history was compiled and published.  Frankly, its a really good job; one of the best town histories compiled around that time that we have read.  The fact that it comes from Clinton County, in the Adirondacks scarcely a locale one associates with literary efforts makes it even more remarkable.  We were hard pressed to find an aspect of life in Peru that the author(s) did not touch on, and we found that their coverage of such subjects as musical groups in the town was outstanding.  There are lists aplenty.  How about a compilation of bandsmen over the years, complete down to the instrument they played?  How about a roll of landowners in 1850?  A list of subscribers to the Methodist church, along with the amount they contributed?  Residents on the 1869 map, with a list of subsequent residents (up to 1976)?  The library trustees?  The 1911 telephone directory?  All these, and more, are here.  If you have a genealogical or historic interest in this area, its hard to believe that this book does not have something of interest to you in it.  205+ pages, in PDF format.  Download now for $5.00.

 History of Peru, New York



Clinton County was separated from Washington County in 1788.  You may also want to consult our Washington County page for locations that may have been affected by this transaction.

Clinton County was subsequently divided to create additional counties.  You may want to check our Essex County page, our Franklin County page, and our St. Lawrence County page to learn about them.

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