Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Jan 24
Future U.S. Representative and New York Times founder and publisher Henry Jarvis Raymond is born near Lima.
Feb 4
Buffalo attorney Dennis Bowen is born in Aurora to Jonathan and Vashti Wheeler Bowen.
Mar 1
Buffalo mayor and Civil War general William Findlay Rogers is born near Easton, Pennsylvania, to Irish-born newspaper publisher and Civil War general Thomas Jones Rogers and his wife.
Mar 14
The Genesee County town of Elba is taken off of the town of Batavia.
Mar 24
The Genesee County town of Stafford is formed from parts of Batavia and Le Roy.
Apr 13                       
The Erie Canal passenger boat Montezuma, built by C. Tyler is launched at the Seneca River. She is expected to begin service in another ten days.
Apr 21
The Lion of the West leaves Rochesterville, the first canal boat from there to Utica, on the Erie Canal.
The section of the Erie Canal between Utica and the Seneca River at Montezuma is opened for public use. Among the new ports created is Port Byron, with its aqueduct over the canal.
May 22
The Genesee River bridge at Carthage collapses.
May 23
Former New England congressman Daniel Webster addresses a crowd in Rochester's Reynolds Arcade.
Jul 1
The first toll is collected on the Erie Canal.
Jul 9
Dryden, New York, teacher Edward Rulloff (Edward H. Rulloffson) is born in St. John’s, New Brunswick.
Aug 20
A meeting is held at Canandaigua’s Mill’s Hotel to discuss the building of a canal linking Canandaigua Lake with the Erie Canal. John C. Spencer, James D. Bemis, Asa Stanley, Dudley Marvin, and William H. Adams are appointed to study a route. ** A waterspout appears in Lake Ontario off the shore of Oswego.
Sep 7
During a Lake Erie storm, two lake vessels are forced to tie up at the new pier being built by Samuel Wilkeson at Buffalo Creek (later the Buffalo River). The pier holds.
Sep 20
Rochesterville’s Methodist Episcopal Church opens. Abelard Reynolds is named first trustee.
Franklin Cowdery begins publishing the Angelica Republican.
Oct 2
Nathan Reed is the first child born in the town of Allegany.
Nov 20
The corvette Madison, built in 40 days, is launched from Henry Eckford’s shipyard in Sackets Harbor.
Fifteen men, mostly Quakers, knowing the Erie Canal will come through the area, have bought up the site of the future Lockport.
Dec 21
The Canandaigua Lake canal committee recommends a 19 1/2-mile route that would require 23 locks and cost $68,000. The Ontario Canal Company is formed.
De Witt Clinton wins the governorship, but with a Bucktail (Republican) legislature. ** A Lake Erie lighthouse is erected on Dunkirk's Point Gratiot. Another is built on Galloo Island in Lake Ontario’s Sackets Harbor. ** Joseph Cox begins operating a ferry on the Genesee River near Rush. ** Onondaga County area white population is over fifty people per square mile. Orleans County has a population of 7,116. ** The approximate date Geneva’s Ludlow House is built, at 388 Pulteney Street. Federal row houses are also built at 394, 398, 400 and 402 Pulteney this year. ** Carthage landing on the Genesee ships 67,468 bushels of flour, 5,310 barrels of pearl and pot ash, 26,743 barrels of beef and pork, and 709 barrels of whiskey, along with other goods, on 316 vessels. ** Three dry seasons reduce the clearance over the Genesee River sandbar from twelve to six feet. ** Connewango pioneer James Blanchard and his wife Eunice open a tavern on the old Chautauqua road. Carpenter David Davidson builds the first frame building in town. Stephen Nichols, David Cooper, Culver Crumb and Vermont farmer Ezra Amadon settle in town. Windsor, Vermont, Native Thomas Darling arrives from York, New York. Restless, he will soon move on to Ohio. Brothers Leonard and Aaron Barton arrive form Massachusetts but soon grow discouraged and return there.. Elias Wilcox arrives from Livingston County. ** Auburn’s Theological Seminary is incorporated. ** The approximate date a barn is built in Ontario County that will one day be part of the Genesee Country Museum. ** Ebenezer Reed of Connecticut settles near the mouth of Cattaraugus County’s Five Mile Creek, the future site of the town of Allegany. ** 14-year-old Palmyra farm boy Joseph Smith reports seeing God and Christ while praying in a maple grove. ** The Commissioners of the land office are authorized to survey and sell lots on the Onondaga salt spring reservation, as with other un-appropriated lands in the state, the proceeds to go to the Commissioners of the Canal Fund. $20,000, from the first sales is to be applied to the improvement of navigation on the Oswego River. ** The approximate date (or 1821) when Josiah Chadwick builds a tavern on the Geneseo Road just south of Avon. ** A brick courthouse-jail is built at Pulaski Village and a wood courthouse at Oswego City. ** Vermont-born physician Andrew Oliver opens a practice in Penn Yan. ** Methodist Episcopalian minister Austin Cowles holds the first religious services in the Allegany County Town of Bolivar. ** Esek Brown opens a tavern on the future site of Lockport. ** Ira Chubb's farm in the Yates County Town of Barrington is completed. The road by the farm will be named the Chubb Hollow Road. ** Cohocton's first frame schoolhouse is built, in front of Maple View Cemetery. ** The approximate date Ezra Jones builds a farmhouse in Ontario County. ** Stonington, Connecticut, native George Brown dies in his mid-forties in Branchport. The land there that he planned to build a tavern on reverts to landowner John Beddoe. ** The approximate date a law office is built in East Avon. It will later house a boot and shoemaker's shop. ** Artist/naturalist John James Audubon visits Niagara Falls. ** Rufus Conable travels from western Massachusetts to build a cabin for his family in Gainesville, New York. ** 122,553 men are currently enrolled in the state militia. ** Jonathan Gerry builds a house on East Main Street in Avon (it will later become a health spa, then the Avon Inn). ** Victor’s Springdale Farm homestead is established at Valentown Road and Mott’s Corners. It will one day become a Bed & Breakfast. ** The Cayuga Lake excursion steamboat Enterprise is built for Timothy Dwight Wilcox’s Cayuga Steamboat Company. ** The village of St. Helena begin planning its future form and structures. ** Monroe County has a population of 12,835; compared to 6,945 in 1814., broken down by town - Brighton (1972; 675), Mendon (2,012; 1,353), Penfield (3,224; 1,874), Perinton (1664; 821) and Pittsford (3763; 2,222).
It's loan protected by personal bonds, the state provides $12,000 for harbor improvements. ** The area now has 32 blacks. ** The steamboat Walk-in-the-Water leaves for Mackinac with $100,000 in trade goods for John Jacob Astor. ** Joseph Clary arrives from Oneida County to read law.
Improvements are completed along 1.72 miles of the Cayuga-Seneca Waterway. Locks are 64 feet long, and can handle boats up to 20 tons. Towpaths are no longer needed on the slack water portions.
The village has a population of 1,582. ** Samuel Hildreth builds a home at 44 North Main Street.
Azel Ensworth’s tavern becomes the Eagle Hotel, with the addition of a high attic to serve as ballroom and public hall. ** Court Street is extended. ** The population reaches 1,502, up from 331 in 1816. ** Miller Charles J. Hill is named a trustee of the village. ** Matthew Brown completes a sawmill and millrace at the High Falls. The race powers five mills and a distillery. ** Several private wells are dug near the springs on Spring Street. ** Everard Peck begins publishing the Farmer's Calendar, or Ontario and Genesee Almanac. Peck also publishes The Life and Adventures of James R. Durand for the author, probably the first book printed here. ** The first St. Luke's Episcopal Church, a wooden structure, is built. ** The settlement becomes the nation’s largest boat-building town, remaining so for approximately the next 75 years. ** The nearby small village of Allyns Creek has a larger population than Rochesterville. ** James K. Livingston acquires the Allens Creek property of Gideon Cobb. Cobb moves into town and starts a brickyard on Monroe Avenue (future site of the Monroe YMCA). ** The approximate date a carding mill is built on Irondequoit Creek near the Perinton line, William Fellows and J. Keys build a tannery nearby, Isaac Mott opens a cooper shop, Abner Cole builds a forge and an ironworks, Andrew Lincoln, John Lathrop and Samuel Rich build a saw mill, and Nathaniel Norton operates a shingle mill.
© 2012 David Minor / Eagles Byte

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