Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Feb 22
The future Tompkins County towns of Caroline and Danby are formed from the town of Spencer in Tioga County.
Settler Abram Cole arrives in Mendon, builds a cabin on the Mendon-Pittsford Road.
Mar 2
The Canal Commission reports that a canal between the Hudson River and the Great Lakes would be impractical due to lack of sufficient water provided at the summit level.
Mar 5
Emily Bingham, teacher and women’s university founder, along with sister Marietta – LeRoy’s Ingham University - is born in Saybrook, Connecticut.
Mar 7
Canal engineer, geologist and meteorologist Increase Allen Lapham is born in Palmyra to Erie Canal contractor Seneca Lapham and Rachael Allen Lapham.
Mar 11                       
West Middlebury’s Baptist Church is organized.
Mar 28

Western New York missionary John Nepomucene Neumann is born in Prachatice, Bohemia.
Apr 5
The Oswego County town of Scriba is formed from the Oneida County town of Fredericksburgh (later Volney).
Apr 8
The New York State legislature authorizes the Canal Commission to seek funding from the federal government and from other states.
May 17
Holland Land Company chief agent Paolo Busti writes from near Philadelphia to his land agent Joseph Ellicott at Buffalo, asking him to enumerate the ways a canal across New York State, would benefit commerce and growth and inquiring as to the probability of one being built.
Boatbuilders Jacob Townsend and Sheldon Thompson’s schooner Catherine, built for Townsend, Bronson & Co., is completed and commissioned, near the Buffalo spot where La Salle had built the Griffin, to be commanded by Seth Tucker.
Jun 23
Lorenzo Niles Fowler, younger brother of phrenologist Orson Fowler is born to Horace and Martha Howe Fowler in Cohocton.
Oct 3
S. H. and H. A. Salisbury begin publishing the Buffalo Gazette, the first newspaper in Erie County.
Nov 18
The Pulteney Associates land sales begin at the future site of Rochester. Major Charles Carroll, Colonel William Fitzhugh and Colonel Nathaniel Rochester receive the deed for the One-Hundred-Acre Tract, purchased in 1805. Colonel Rochester surveys and begins offering a few lots for sale.
Nov 20
Lenox, Massachuetts, transplant Enos Stone buys the first lot in Rochesterville's Hundred Acre Tract, for $50. Agreeing to act as a land agent for Nathaniel Rochester, he accepts several bids for lots during the fall and coming winter.
Another inn is built at Riga. ** The printing press is introduced to Erie County. ** Portions of Allegany County are returned to Genesee County. ** An ox-powered ferry goes into service on Chautauqua Lake between Bemis Point and Stow. ** Robert Fulton is appointed to an Erie Canal commission. ** The Pavilion Hotel charges 6¢ a night for lodging and 12.5¢ for a meal. ** Le Roy judge Ezra Platt dies. ** Dansville’s Nathaniel Rochester frees two of his young slaves. He sells lots at Rochesterville on Buffalo, Carroll and Mill streets. ** Future governor Washington Hunt is born at Windham, to Sanford and Fanny Rose Hunt. ** The Reverend John Spencer conducts the first religious services in Alden. Samuel Slade, James Crocker, Samuel Huntington, and Jonas Stickney settle in the area. ** Future governor Edwin D. Morgan is born to Jasper A. and Catherine Copp Morgan, in Washington, Massachusetts. ** Governor Daniel Tompkins is authorized by the state legislature to appoint a committee of five to report on a system for the organization and establishment of public schools. ** Angelica land agent Philip Church travels to Europe on business, is prevented from returning by the upcoming war. His family is visited by a small party of Indians. His wife Anna feeds them while her visiting sister entertains them on the piano. Later in the year the two women are invited to a Indian New Year celebration. Chief Shongo adopts Anna into the tribe, naming her Ye-nun-ke-a-wa (first white woman). ** Lots south of Lake Erie’s Scajaquada Creek are sold - the future site of Black Rock (later part of Buffalo). ** The oldest stone to date in Hammondsport’s Elmwood Cemetery, bears this date. ** The Auburn Academy is built. ** Baptist preacher Elisha Brownson arrives in the Steuben County town of Cohocton the area's first minister. ** Mount Morris sawmill owner John McKay buys timber from Mary Jemison and, through the coming winter, will send it down a slide into the Genesee River at St. Helena (in today's Letchworth Park) for transport downstream. ** The old 100,000-acre Connecticut Tract in Orleans and Genesee counties, conveyed by Massachusetts to Connecticut and to Sir William Pulteney in 1801, is now divided by alternate lots.** Daniel Penfield builds a house near Irondequoit Creek on what will be named Penfield Road. Samuel Rich builds a house near the creek on the future Five-Mile-Line Road.
Dr. P. R. Hulbert sets up his practice. ** The original Auburn Academy is erected on Academy Street.
The first post office in Monroe County opens. ** Farmer and public official David Barker is born.
The hamlet of Castletown is founded. ** Colonel Nathaniel Rochester begins having some of the lots in the Hundred Acre Tract surveyed and put on the market. He has Mason Street laid out on the east side of the Genesee River, between the low and high water banks (it will later be named Front Street). He also lays out the site at the future northwest corner of Main and State Streets, which wlll become the site of the Eagle Tavern, then the Powers building. Ezra Mason settles in the Tract. The state builds a bridge across the river. ** A road is built (the future East Avenue) from Orringh Stone's tavern in the Brighton area to the falls of the Genesee. ** Learning that Francis and Matthew Brown had arranged to have the new bridge cross further up the river from the his lands Nathaniel Rochester has the state legislature make the road through his tract a state road. The original bridge site is reinstated. ** Twenty-year-old Vermont native Gideon Cobb arrives in the lower Allen Creek valley in his wagon pulled by a team of six oxen and settles. He begins hiring out his team.
© 2011 David Minor / Eagles Byte

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