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Oneida County, NY: history

Oneida County, NY

We are happy to offer a number of items of genealogy and history from Oneida County, NY, and we plan to offer additional items of historical interest on a continuing basis.

 

Now Available for Download

Oneida County, from Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York (1848).  Nine pages of Oneida County history, geography, and economics in this early gazetteer.  We think it's an essential part of the historical record of this county.  Also included in addition to the nine pages on Oneida County is the section of Mather & Brockett covering land grants and patents in New York State.  9++ pages, in PDF format, download now for $3.00.

Oneida County in Mather & Brockett (1848)

 

The following chapters from Wager's Oneida County, New York (1896): (We're currently adding the township chapters.  When we finish them, we'll do the county history chapters, and follow them with the biographical and family history sections.  Sorry it's taking as long as it is!  This is a massive book, packed with information).

City of Utica, Oneida County, New York from Oneida County, New York (1896), by Daniel E. Wager.  Oneida County has a complex history, and Utica is certainly central to it.  Wager’s treatment of its history is about as comprehensive as we have seen and, for the time period beginning with its settlement up until 1896, it is one of the best treatments around.  Included as well are numerous photographs, etchings, etc., of the eminent citizens of the latter portion of the 19th century.  There’s also a map of Utica – useful in itself but especially useful to have at hand while reading this chapter. Includes woodcuts, photos, engravings of several prominent citizens.  This is chapter XXV.  136+pages, in PDF format, download now for $3.50.

 Utica, NY history

The Annsville Township chapter from Daniel E. Wager's Oneida County, New York (1896). Chapter XXVI.  8+ pages, PDF format, download.  $2.75

 Annsville Township, Oneida County, NY

The Augusta Township chapter from from Daniel E. Wager's Oneida County, New York (1896).  For students of migrations, it is noteworthy that of the first 48 families to settle Augusta Township, 18 were from Litchfield County, CT, another area we cover.  Includes a photo of J. A. Douglass and a lithograph of Henry Farman.  Chapter XXVII.  18+ pages, PDF format, download now for $3.00.

 Augusta Township, Oneida County, NY

Ava and Boonville Townships chapters from Daniel E. Wager's Oneida County, New York (1896). Includes photographs of R. J. Helmer, G. A. Willard, and Walter Ballou.  Ava is chapter XXVIII and Boonville chapter XXIX.  18+ pages, PDF format, download.  $3.00  

 Ava & Boonville Townships, Oneida County, NY

The Bridgewater Township chapter from Daniel E. Wager's Oneida County, New York (1896).  Chapter XXX.  9+ pages, PDF format, download.  $2.25

 Bridgewater Township, Oneida County, NY

The Camden Township chapter from Daniel E. Wager's Oneida County, New York (1896). Chapter XXXI.  25+ pages, PDF format, download.  $2.50

 Camden Twp Chapter, Oneida Cty, NY by Wager

The Deerfield Township chapter from Daniel E. Wager's Oneida County, New York (1896). Chapter XXXII.  9+ pages, PDF format, download.  $2.00

 Deerfield Twp, Oneida Cty, NY history

The Florence Township chapter from Daniel E. Wager's Oneida County, New York (1896). Chapter XXXIII.  7+ pages, PDF format, download.  $2.00

 Florence Twp, Oneida Cty, NY history

The Floyd and Forestport Township chapters from Daniel E. Wager's Oneida County, New York (1896).   Chapter XXXIV, on the Town of Floyd, and chapter XXXV, on the Town of Forestport. Includes photographs of G. M. Studor and Philip McGuire.   Both are rather short chapters totaling 12+ pages.  In PDF format, download now for $2.00.

 Floyd and Forestport Townships, Oneida County, NY

The Kirkland Township chapter from Daniel E. Wager's Oneida County, New York (1896).  Includes a photograph of E. S. Williams.  This is chapter XXXVI.  16+ pages, PDF format, download.  $3.50  

Kirkland, Oneida County, NY

The Lee, Marcy and Marshall Township chapters from Daniel E. Wager's Oneida County, New York (1896).  Here we provide chapter XXXVII, on the Town of Lee, chapter XXXVIII, on the Town of Marcy, and chapter XXXIX, on the Town of Marshall.  All are fairly short chapters, totaling 21+ pages.  In PDF format, download now for $2.50.

 Lee, Marcy, and Marshall Townships, Oneida County, NY

The New Hartford Township chapter  from Daniel E. Wager's Oneida County, New York (1896). Includes photographs of Morgan Butler, Ladd J. Lewis, and Charles H. Philo. Chapter XL.  18+ pages, PDF format, download.  $3.50  

New Hartford, Oneida County, NY

The Paris Township chapter from Daniel E. Wager's Oneida County, New York (1896).  Chapter XLI.  15+ pages, PDF format, download.  $3.50   

Paris Township, Oneida County, NY

The Remsen and Rome Township chapters from Daniel E. Wager's Oneida County, New York (1896).  These are chapters XLII and XLIII from the book.  A photograph of J. S. Haselton is also included.   30+ pages, PDF format, download.  $2.50   

 Remsen and Rome Townships, Oneida County, NY

The Sangerfield, Steuben, and Trenton Township chapters from Daniel E. Wager's Oneida County, New York (1896). These are chapter XLIV, on the Town of Sangerfield, chapter XLV, on the Town of Steuben, and chapter XLVI, on the Town of Trenton.  Pictures of Reuben Tower, Squire Utley, W. P. Locke, Henry Hagedorn, and D. G. Dorrance are included. 40+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $2.50.

 Sangerfield, Steuben, Trenton Townships, Oneida County, NY

The Vernon Township chapter from Daniel E. Wager's Oneida County, New York (1896). Includes photographs of Timothy Jenkins and Silas Adams, and a lithograph of D. G. Dorrance.  Chapter XLVII.  14+ pages, PDF format, download.  $3.50  

Vernon Township, Oneida County

Oneida County, from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860).  This source is considered authoritative for the period just preceding the Civil War.  Most subsequent gazetteers borrow heavily from French's. 

The following Oneida County localities are mentioned in boldface type in this chapter:  Annsville, Glenmore, Taberg, Blossvale, Augusta, Knox Corners, Oriskany Falls, Ava, Ava Corners, Boonville, Alder Creek, Forest Port, Hawkinsville, Hurlbutville, Bridgewater, North Bridgewater, Babcock Hill, Camden, West Camden, Hillsborough, Deerfield, Deerfield Corners, North Gage, Florence, Empeyville, East Florence, Florence Hill, Floyd, Floyd Corners, Kirkland, Clinton, Manchester, Franklin, Clarks Mills, Lee, Lee Center, Delta, West Branch, Stokes, Marcy, Stittsville, Marshall, Deansville, Hanover, Forge Hollow, New Hartford, Washington Mills, New York Upper Mills, Willow Vale, Paris, East Sauquoit, West Sauquoit, Clayville, Cassville, Paris Hill, Holman City, Remsen, Forest Port, Port Woodhull, Rome, West Rome, Stanwix, Greens Corners, Ridge Mills, North Rome, Sangerfield, Waterville, Sangerfield Center, Stockwell Settlement, Steuben, Steuben Corners, Steuben Station, Trenton, Trenton Falls, South Trenton, Holland Patent, Prospect, Stittsville, Utica, Vernon, Vernon Center, Oneida Castle, Turkey Street, Verona, Durhamville, Verona Depot, State Bridge, Higginsville, New London, Sconondoa, Dunbarton, Vienna, North Bay, McConnellsville, Elpis, Fish Creek Landing, West Vienna, Western, Westernville, North Western, Big Brook, Delta, Westmoreland, Hampton, Lowell, Hecla Works, Lairdsville, Spencer Settlement, Eureka, Whitestown, Whitesboro, Oriskany, Yorkville, New York Mills, Walesville, Colemans Mills, and Pleasant Valley.  

16+ pages, PDF format, download now for $1.75. 

Oneida County, NY  

 

Educational Institutions in Oneida County, from Daniel E. Wager's Oneida County, New York (1896).  20+ pages, PDF format, download.  $3.75 

Educational Institutions in Oneida County, NY

 

The Whitesboro Central High School yearbook Che-Ga-Quat-Ka for 1943This quite extraordinary yearbook, only 18 pages in length, clearly reflects the dark years of World War II and their impact upon the home front.  The dedication -- to class members who would be in the Armed Forces -- and the statement that given the times they are a bit embarrassed to be publishing a yearbook at all, are unique in our experience.  Please note that water damage affects the legibility of a few pages.  Download now in PDF format, 18+ pages.  $4.00.

 Whitesboro HS 1943

 

The Whitesboro Central High School yearbook Che-Ga-Quat-Ka for 1944.  This somewhat unusual high school yearbook is the second in a series of World War II era yearbooks from this high school.  A clear awareness that “there’s a war on” permeates this volume as it did the one for 1943.  That pages four and five list the members of the classes of 1941 – 1944, as well as faculty, serving in the armed forces drives the point home.  The binding of this year’s thin volume is paper, as was the 1943 edition, and as will be the 1945 edition.  The timing of the yearbook makes clear why: at a time of scarce resources, the booklet appears to have gone to print in January, and January 1944 was still not a good time for the Allied forces.  There was a lot of war still to go, and the seniors in this year’s class could expect to be personally involved in its execution.  Download now in PDF format, 27+ pages. $4.00.

 Whitesboro HS 1944 yearbook

 

The Whitesboro Central High School yearbook Che-Ga-Quat-Ka for 1945.  This is the third number of the World War II yearbooks from this high school.  This class began high school in September 1941, and, from December 7 of that year, spent all their high school years in wartime. A clear awareness that “there’s a war on” permeates this volume as it did the one for 1943 and the one for 1944, but we sense that this class somehow knew that World War II was coming to an end.  The listing of graduates and faculty currently serving is shorter this year since photos from previous class members is omitted.  Nonetheless, there is still a war on, as the paper binding of this year’s thin volume (following the precedents of the 1943 and 1944 editions) makes clear.  This year’s seniors – at least the ones who waited for graduation to enter the service – would play only a very limited role in the war’s conclusion.  30+ pages.  Download now in PDF format.  $4.00.

 Che-Ga-Quat-Ka for 1945

 

The Hollander of Holland Patent Central School for 1962.  The class depicted in this yearbook were World War II babies.  Their class presaged the “Boomers” of the baby boom that followed the war, but not by much.  They would, for the most part, be done with college or Army by the time Woodstock occurred, and by the time it was evident that things had changed permanently – even  in small farming communities in upstate New York.   102+ pages, in PDF format.  Download now for $4.50.

 1962 Hollander of Holland Patent Central School

 

The Honorable Horatio Seymour: An address by Dr. George L. Miller on the occasion of dedication of a bust in his honor by the Oneida Historical Society (1903)  (re-published from the Transactions of the Oneida Historical Society at Utica, NY – No. 9). Horatio Seymour, twice governor of New York State, was a very important personage in the Democratic party nationally in the post-Civil War years.  The address provides a human side to events and people who were central to those tumultuous years, both in New York and the nation as a whole.  Once considered a serious candidate for the Presidency, Seymour knew everyone who was important to know, and this address offers anecdotes about some of them as well as of Governor Seymour.  17+ pages, PDF format, download now for $3.00.

 Horatio Seymour

 

Clinton High School yearbook The Trumpet for 1929.   This yearbook gives us a glimpse of Clinton at the end of the Roaring Twenties, truly the end of a way of life quite unlike the ones that were to follow.  We note that among the short characterizations of the graduating seniors, “popular” seems to be the leading term of approbation, and “quiet” – particularly when applied to a female – seems to connote something of a wallflower. Among the few activities, two stand out:  the orchestra (one wonders where they found scores for such an odd collection of instruments) and the hockey team – more than an oddity in upstate New York at the time.  That their schedule took them to Ithaca, Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, Albany, and Skaneateles for games suggests how few other schools played the sport. The passage of time and the economic hardships of the Great Depression may both have contributed to the fact that if any of the local advertisers in this book were still in business thirty years later, they were by then doing business under different names.  36+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $4.25.

 Clinton High School Trumpet for 1929

 

Rome, NY: Directory for 1903, Parts I and II.  Compiled and Published by The Utica Directory Publishing Company.  For a smallish city, Rome still merited a full-sized city directory in 1903.  For the purposes of making the files manageable in size, we’ve re-published it as two separate items.  Part I includes a healthy does of advertisements, some of which are quite interesting viewed more than a century later; the complete street directory (the kind of directory where the inhabitants are listed by house number on the street they live on); a section called Miscellany, which lists Federal, State and Local government agencies, provides population statistics, lists fraternities and societies, stage coaches, and locations of public halls and offices; and the centerpiece of any directory, an alphabetic list of heads of households, along with occupations and addresses.  The halfway point in the book falls part way through this section, so we have cut it off at the letter G.  Names beginning with G and later in the alphabet appear in the second part of this directory. Letters A – F are included in the first part.  As well as the later part of the alphabet, the second volume includes a rural directory (those who do not live in the tax corporation of the City of Rome) and a business directory.   Please note that the pagination of this volume is as found.  The compilers seem to have been whimsical about page numbering, and we can only say that we find it as quixotic as you no doubt will.

--Part I.  214+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $3.00.

 Rome 1903 Directory - Part I

 

--Part II.  222+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $3.00.

 Rome NY 1909 Directory - part 2

 

Charity in New York State in 1906: State Institutions.  This chapter from volume II of the Annual Report of the State Board of Charities for the year 1906 contains a section about the New York State government's Rome State Custodial Asylum.  See our New York State Miscellany page for more information about this chapter.

 

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.

 

Oneida County items currently in the process of publication:

Daniel E. Wager's Oneida County, New York -- see above!!

(1896). A three part book of local history about a section of New York State with plenty of it to recount.  Part 1, consisting of 636 pages, is a more or less traditional county history, including history of all the townships that make up the county. We've begun publishing this section as a series of downloads, one per township.  A number of these are already available (see above) and more will be coming soon.  

Part 2 is biography of locally eminent personages -- 211 pages of it.  That is followed by 382 pages of family history in Part 3. 

Since our Principal Partner is an alumnus of Hamilton College, in Clinton, Oneida County, NY -- where he majored in History and acquired a lifelong interest in the subject -- you can expect to see more Oneida County material from us in the future.

 

Oneida County was separated from Herkimer County in 1798.  You may also want to consult our Herkimer County page for locations that may have been affected by this transaction.

Oneida County itself was divided to form portions (or all) of the following counties: Jefferson, Lewis, and Oswego.  You may want to check our pages on each of these counties for additional information.

See also:  W. Max Reid's The Mohawk Valley: Its Legends and Its History (1907) listed on our Montgomery County page

 

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