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Oswego County, NY History

Oswego County, NY

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


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Oswego County in Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York (1848).  In reading these four pages, one can understand why railroad executives might have concluded that Oswego would be a great place to terminate a railroad (as the New York, Ontario and Midland, later the O&W, eventually was to do).  Interesting reading, and gives one a sense of what "upstate" was like more than a decade before the Civil War.  In addition to the four pages specifically about Oswego County, we have also included the section of Mather & Brockett about New York State land grants and patents that applies to all NYS counties.  4++ pages, in PDF format, download now for $2.00.

Oswego County, in Mather & Brockett (1848)


The Oswego County chapter from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860). Here is a look at Oswego County a bit over a decade after Mather & Brockett's treatment of the subject.  The localities mentioned in boldface type in this chapter are:  Albion, Sand Bank, Pineville, Centerville, Dug Way, South Albion, Amboy, Amboy Center, West Amboy, Carterville, Boylston, Constantia, Cleveland, Bernhards Bay, Constantia Center, Granby, Oswego Falls, Granby Center, South Granby, Hannibal, Hannibal Center, Hulls Corners, Wheelers Corners, Kinneys Four Corners, Hastings, Central Square, Caughdenoy, Smiths Mills, Fort Brewerton, Mexico, Colosse, Texas, Union Square, New Haven, Butterfly, Orwell, Orwell Corners, Maline, Oswego City, Minetto, West Oswego, Palermo, Vermillion, Parish, Parishville, Redfield, Center Square, Greenborough, Richland, Pulaski, Port Ontario, Holmesville, Selkirk, Richland Station, Sandy Creek, Washingtonville, Schroeppel, Phoenix, Gilbertsville, Hinmansville, Pennelville, Scriba, Scriba Corners, North Scriba, Volney, Fulton, Seneca Hill, Volney Corners, West Monroe, Union Settlement, Williamstown, and Kasoag.  The chapter includes an illustration of the Oswego Harbor.  It's noteworthy that Oswego Harbor was widely expected to grow into a major center of trade and commerce, but did not do so.  14+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $2.75.

 Oswego County, NY in French's Gazetteer (1860)

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.


Oswego County was separated from Oneida and Onondaga Counties in 1816.  You may also want to consult our Oneida County page and our Onondaga County page for locations that may have been affected by this transaction.


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