Sunday, February 28, 2010

CENTRAL / WESTERN NEW YORK timeline / 1793

Williamsburgh now has 52 building lots sold. Williamson has a house, a barn and stables and a peach orchard, as well as 60 cows, 100 oxen, 8 horses and 100 pigs, on the site.

Feb 18
Charles Williamson, in Philadelphia on business, learns that his young son Alexander has died from fever back in Northumberland, Pennsylvania.

Feb 20
Lawyer and land speculator James Wadsworth writes from New York City to his cousin Jeremiah Wadsworth in Connecticut, suggesting he buy a particular tract of land in the Genesee Valley.

Charles Williamson buys himself a new horse in Philadelphia. He returns to Northumberland then heads for his lands on the Genesee.

Mar 19
Sarah Piffard is born to broker and future New York State pioneer David Piffard and his wife Sarah Eyre Piffard, in London.

After having inspected the Wadsworth lands in the Genesee Valley, James Wadsworth writes to Jeremiah that he feels the lands would be very attractive to Connecticut investors and farmers.

Apr 15
Charles Williamson arrives at Bath.

New Jerusalem resident Alexander Macdonald returns from Albany with four batteaux loaded with iron, steel, nails, hardware, chocolate, leather, scythes, rum, pork and earthenware, most meant for Williamsburgh. Williamson’s father and brother send seeds and fruit trees.

May 17
Indian commissioners Colonel Timothy Pickering and Beverly Randolph arrive at Niagara to observe British negotiations with the Indian tribes.

Jun 3
Amos Park, James Cameron, Nathaniel Seeley, Jr., Henry Sterrett, Peter Loop, Jr., Nathaniel Teal, James Seeley, and John Crabtree present a petition to the grand lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons of New York, for the establishment of a lodge at New Town (later Elmira).

Jun 10
Williamson's family arrives at Bath.

Jun 18
Union Lodge, No. 30 is chartered at New Town.

Jul 15
Charles Williamson runs an ad in the Albany
Gazette for an agricultural fair to be held at Williamsburgh, beginning on Monday, September 23rd.

Charles Williamson begins advertising his villages in Albany. ** The German settlers at Williamsburgh demonstrate against Williamson and threaten him. Tom Morris, son of financier Robert Morris, goes to Canandaigua for help.

Aug 26
Masons in New Town hold the first meeting of Union Lodge, No. 30. Officers are elected (Amos Park, president; Peter Look, Jr., secretary; and John Konkle, treasurer). William Dunn, future sheriff of Steuben county, is the first person initiated.

Aug 30
Berczy and four of his settlers air their complaints to the German Society in New York City.

Sep 23
Charles Williamson begins his first Williamsburgh Fair and Genesee Races, intended to attract new real estate prospects to the area.

Sep 25
Williamson holds a £50 horse race, on the flats of the Genesee River below the village.

Sep 26
Williamson holds a grand sweepstakes horse race. ** Broome County pioneer Joshua Whitney, 44, dies of yellow fever while on a trip, in Wind Gap, Pennsylvania.

Sep 27
Christy Williamson, young daughter of Charles Williamson, dies of Genesee Fever in Bath, New York.

Oct 30
An injunction and subpoena is issued by New York's High Court of Chancery in Berczy's name, against Williamson, forbidding him to take any further actions against the German settlers until further notice. Berczy personally deliver the subpoena.

Nov 8
Judges, assistant judges, justices of the peace and a number of residents, all from New York's Ontario County, meet at Canandaigua, resolve to fight attempts by other counties to succeed from New York State and so enable their residents to buy land directly from the Indians. Judge Timothy Hosmer is elected chairman; Nathaniel Gorham, clerk.

Robert Morris begins selling off large tracts of land because of bank failures in London that leave his credit weakened. He completes the sale of 3,600,000 acres of western New York land to Theophile Cazenove, agent for the Holland Land Company, a consortium of Amsterdam banking houses. ** Auburn is founded when Colonel John Hardenburgh of Ulster County settles there. ** The town of Seneca is founded. ** A treaty with the Onondaga reduces the size of their reservation. ** Moses De Witt and William Van Vleck become partners, erected a potash manufactory in Onondaga County. ** James Geddes begins manufacturing salt at Geddes. ** Williamson begins filing land records in Albany, registering three deeds and eighteen mortgages. He is appointed as a judge of the county's recently created Court of Common Pleas for Ontario County. ** Joseph Chaplin’s Oxford to Ithaca road is completed. ** The Painted Post supervisory district is created as part of Ontario County. Settler Eli Mead is appointed supervisor and attends the annual board session at Canandaigua. ** Williamson relinquishes the lease to his lands in Balgray, Scotland. ** Indian commissioners Pickering and Randolph travel west on Williamson’s road to treat with the tribes at Niagara. They are joined en route by General Israel Chapin and his interpreters from Canandaigua. General Benjamin Lincoln conveys presents for the tribes across the state by water. ** France’s exiled Prince de Talleyrand-Perigord visits the Genesee Valley, is pleased with what he sees. ** The Markham family rent a farm in East Bloomfield and begin raising potatoes. ** Canandaigua's first courthouse, jail and county clerk's office are built. ** West Bloomfield’s first church services are held. ** Massachusetts farmer Cornelius Treat arrives on foot in the Town of Mendon by way of the new Mendon-Iona Road, builds an elm bark cabin, then returns to New England to bring his family here. ** Seneca Falls settlers Job and Marion Gorham Smith leave the area. ** Christopher Dugan, brother-in-law of Ebenezer Allen, is granted a license to operate a tavern in Scottsville. ** Revolutionary War veteran Ephraim Sanford buys 1,864 acres of Mt. Washington land in the Town of Wayne from New York City promoter Jacob Hallett. ** Miller Solomon Hatch builds a saw mill on Allyns (Allens) Creek, supplying lumber for theBrighton area. **
Asahel Birchard purchases 160 acres in Mighell’s Gore (later Lima).

Bath - Charles Williamson founds the town, named for William Pulteney’s daughter, the Countess of Bath. He begins promoting it in Pennsylvania and Maryland newspapers. ** Charles Cameron runs a survey for the village; Thomas Rees, Jr. lays out the streets. ** Williamson's cabin, a land office and nearly 20 other log buildings are erected James Henderson builds a sawmill. A kitchen is added to John Metcalf’s Tavern by builder J. Glendinning.

Geneva - After a Pre-emption Line mix-up in 1788 the area is returned to Ontario County. ** Charles Williamson has streets and lots laid out by surveyor Joseph Annin.

Le Roy - Charles Wilbur erects a cabin in the area. ** New York capitalist Herman Le Roy and associates William Bayard, Matthew Clarkson and John McEvers purchase 85,000 acres of western New York land from agent Robert Morris — the Triangle Tract. ** Hinds Chamberlain travels through the area, camps overnight by Allen’s (later Oatka) Creek. He mentions the nearby cataract looking like buttermilk, giving the falls their name.

Williamsburgh - Captain Elijah Starr finishes his tavern in time for the September fair. ** Samuel Murphy begins teaching the first school in the village. ** A post office is established.

New Jersey - Abolitionist, minister and college president (Le Roy’s Ingham University) Samuel Hansen Cox is born.

© 2011 David Minor / Eagles Byte

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