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Madison County, NY history

Madison County NY history, genealogy, Americana

Madison County, NY: Historical and Genealogical material

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  • The Oneida and Wallingford Perfectionists, from Charles Nordhoff's The Communistic Societies of the United States (1875).

Many living today perceive the “flower power” communes of the 1960s as something new and different in America.  To the contrary, the United States has a long tradition of communes of various types, and Nordhoff made a study of them, visiting many of them of his era.  While the communes of the 1960s differed from those of a century earlier in philosophical underpinnings, in both centuries they were considered quite novel and a bit scandalous. 45+ pages, PDF format, $3.50.  Click the "buy now" button to download.

  Oneida and Wallingford Perfectionists

  • Presbyterian Church, Oneida, NY, Semi-Centennial Souvenir

This book, a particularly useful church history from the historian's point of view (light on the theology and heavy on the history), contains an official parish history, as well as historical recollections both of the church and the community by members and past clergy.  There are four pictures (one of the pastor, one of the "old church", and interior and exterior of the "new church".  Also present, and particularly useful to anyone involved in family history of the area, are lists of clergy, elders, trustees, and church members.  Covers the years 1844 -1894.  88+++ pages, PDF format, click the "buy now" button to download.  $3.00

 Oneida NY Presbyterian Church history

  • Unknown author's History of Northern Sullivan   First known publication of this document

    This original typescript, undated and compiled by an unknown author, details the history of the northern part of Sullivan Township in Madison County.  21 pages in length, we feel that it's definitely appropriate for publication.  We've also indexed it for your convenience.  It's now ready for download, priced at $4.50. Simply click the "buy now" button to download this PDF format document.

     History of Northern Sullivan

  • The History of Sullivan Township, Madison County, NY

This chapter, from Mrs. L. M. Hammond's History of Madison County (1872) is an appropriate supplement to the anonymous History of Northern Sullivan listed above.  This chapter, 52+ pages in length, covers the entire township, although at the time it was written, the northern part of the township was only lightly settled.  The download, in PDF format, is priced at $3.50.  Click the "Buy Now" button to download it.

 History of Sullivan Township, Madison County, NY

  • The History of Lenox Township, Madison County, NY

This chapter, from Mrs. L. M. Hammond's History of Madison County (1872) is unfortunately titled for today's historian.  What was Lenox Township to Mrs. Hammond is today three townships, more or less:  Lenox, Oneida, and Lincoln, as well as the City of Oneida.  Lenox comprised the area east of the Town of Sullivan, south of Oneida Lake, west of Oneida Creek, and north of the Towns of Stockbridge and Smithfield.  Included in its area were such historically notable locations as the Oneida Community.  This PDF format download is 65+ pages, and is priced at $3.50. Click the "Buy Now" button to download it.

 History of Lenox Township, Madison County, NY

  • The Cazenovian, yearbook of Cazenovia Junior College, for 1960

This yearbook, of 83+ pages, is of course, the 1960 yearbook of the venerable (founded in 1824) institution now known as Cazenovia College, but in 1960 called Cazenovia Junior College.  While its use as a document of family history is obvious -- and the photography is excellent, in case you are seeking a good picture of your mom or grandma as a young woman -- it is also useful for those interested in the subject of education of women in the United States at the dawn of the Women's movement.  It is available in PDF format, priced at $4.50, and is ready for download.  Please click the "buy now" button to purchase it.

 Cazenovian

  • The Madison County chapter, from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860)

8+ pages, PDF format.  This is something that everyone with even a passing interest in Madison County's history needs to have available. In just a few pages, this gazetteer provided a look at the county as it was 150 years ago.  Virtually every subsequent source about Madison County references it, and if it does not, it should.  Click the "Buy Now" button to purchase and download it for $1.75.

 French's Gazetteer

  • The History of Cazenovia Township, Madison County, NY

    This chapter, Chapter 4 of Mrs. L. M. Hammond's History of Madison County (1872) refers to another accident of geography; this one an early surveying error that required the addition of a gore to the maps, and lending this township and the surrounding area the title of "the gore".  Included in this township today is Cazenovia College, for which we have also republished a yearbook (see above).  This PDF format download is 47+ pages, and is priced at $4.00. Click the "Buy Now" button to download it.

 Cazenovia Township, Madison County, New York

  • The History of Brookfield Township, Madison County, NY

    This chapter, Chapter 3 of Mrs. L. M. Hammond's History of Madison County (1872) refers to a township that was taken off from Paris Township in adjacent Oneida County -- and, to that extent, the earliest history of this township belongs to that county.  This PDF format download is 36+ pages, and is priced at $3.50. Click the "Buy Now" button to download it now.

     Brookfield Township, Madison County, NY

     

  • About Madison County

Chapter II of The History of Madison County (1872) by Mrs. L. M. Hammond. This chapter concerns the creation of the county and development of its infrastructure.  It also deals with its government, with lists of elected officials, and organizations within the county including associations and churches.  Finally, it recounts some of the history of crime in the county, with anecdotes about some of the more lurid ones.  40+ pages, download now in PDF format for $3.50.

 About Madison County

 

  • The History of DeRuyter Township, Madison County, NY 

This chapter, Chapter 5 of Mrs. L. M. Hammond's History of Madison County (1872)describes a township that narrowly avoided being named “Tromp Township” – the name preferred by the purchaser of the Lincklaen Purchase, of which it was a part.  His originality also included “Road Township” – a portion of which is also located in DeRuyter.  The residents found that being named after a Dutch naval hero considerably preferable to either of these designations.  The chapter includes the first settlers in each of the locales in the township, some historical incidents, and the usual mentions of schools, churches and newspapers.  35+ pages, download now in PDF format for $2.75.

 DeRuyter Township, Madison County, NY

 

  • The History of Eaton Township, Madison County, NY

Chapter VI of The History of Madison County (1872)  by Mrs. L. M. Hammond.  Eaton Township, located near the center of the county, was originally set off from the Town of Hamilton, and named in honor of General William Eaton, commander of the US Forces at Tripoli.   The year of its founding was 1807, although it had been originally settled circa 1792.  The chapter traces many of the early settlers in some detail, provides a number of historical incidents, and offers the usual mentions of schools, churches and newspapers.  68+ pages, PDF format, download now for $4.00.

 History of Eaton Township, Madison County, NY

 

  • The History of Fenner Township, Madison County, NY

Chapter VII of The History of Madison County (1872)  by Mrs. L. M. Hammond. Fenner Township was formed from Cazenovia and Smithfield Townships in 1823.  At the time Mrs. Hammond wrote this volume, Fenner, especially the area around Perryville Falls, was highly regarded as a place where nature could be observed at its scenic best.  Early settlers came from Connecticut, Vermont, and Rhode Island, and the chapter traces many of them in some detail.  It also offers the usual mentions of schools, churches and newspapers.  29+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $2.75.

 Fenner Twp, Madison Cty, NY

  • The Madison County chapter, from Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York (1848)

Published only twelve years before French's Gazetteer (see above) but quite different, and difficult to find today.  While the rather short chapter is typical in length for upstate counties in this book, in its behalf we note that there is a lot of information in these pages. In any event, it is an important part of the historical record.   4++ pages, PDF format, download now for $2.00. 

 Madison County in Mather & Brockett (1848)

See also: Hotchkin's History of Western New York State, available on CD-ROM.

See also:  relevant material in the NYS Canal Commissioners Report for 1878 available for download on our New York State Miscellany page.

See also:  Native Americans: Herkimer County Historical Society.  Papers from Volume IV.  1.  History of Early Jesuit Missions in the Mohawk Valley, by the Rev. James H. Halpin (1905)   2.  The Iroquois Indian, by Dr. J. D. Fitch (1907) on our Herkimer County page.

 

Here's some other Madison County historical material we own and are in the process of publishing:
  • Mrs. L. M. Hammond's History of Madison County, State of New York

    (1872). This is one of the classic county histories of that period, covering a most interesting county, event by event and township by township.  We expect to publish this volume as a series of chapter downloads, six of which (Cazenovia Township, Sullivan Township, Brookfield Township, Lenox Township, DeRuyter Township and a general chapter about boundaries, infrastructure, politics, organizations, crime, etc.) are now available and are listed above. 

  • Charity in Madison County in 1906 (from a 3 volume official source). 

  • Historical Topographic maps of Madison County

  • The Paynes of Hamilton, by Augusta Francelia Payne White (1912) -- the genealogy of a prominent Hamilton, NY family.  245 pages, including index.  A possible future download?  Let us know!

 

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Madison County was separated from Chenango County in 1806.  You may also want to consult our Chenango County page for locations that may have been affected by this transaction.

 

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