Tuesday, December 10, 2013


On September 18, 1850, the U.S. Congress passed the Fugitive 

Slave Act, serving as a compromise between Southern slave

holders (and their Northern financial supporters) and 

Northern Free-Soilers. To proponents of abolition it almost

immediately became known as the "Bloodhound Law",

permitting slaveholders and their agents to surge north and

legally recapture escaped slaves, usually happening without

the bother of a trial.

One resident of Rochester, New York, objected strenuously,

declaring that the only true remedy against the law was a

good revolver,  a steady hand and a determination to shoot 

down anyone attempting a kidnapping. Nine years later the

very same Rochestarian would condemn friend John Brown's

militant raid on slave-holding forces at Harpers Ferry, West 

Virginia. A controversial dichotomy held by Frederick

Augustus Washington Bailey. Or, as he's better known, 

Frederick Douglass.

In her book "Frederick & Anna Douglass in Rochester New

York: Their Home Was Open to All" a current  resident of

Monroe County's central city, author/historian Rose O'Keefe 

places the lives of Frederick and Anna Douglass in historical 

perspective. In her introduction she explains how a man saw

her reading a biography of Douglass in the Downtown

Rochester Public Library. "He told me  that some of the

Douglass children had attended  13 School on Gregory Street

in Rochester (which happens to be my neighborhood)". The

hunt had begun.

Readers familiar with Douglass' general history - well-

covered by online resources from his birth as a slave on a

Maryland farm, through his escape to the North at about the

age of twenty and his subsequent rise to fame as an

abolitionist speaker, publisher and advocate for emancipation

and equality for all, may be less familiar with the details of

his life in Rochester. And during most of that period his

steady companion was wife Anna Murray Douglass, an early

agent of the Underground Railroad, who had been born free

(by one month).  Frederick had known her back in Maryland

where she was a house servant to his owners' neighbors the

Auld family where he'd been sent to live. He'd kept in touch

with her and around early September of 1838, from New

Bedford, Massachusetts, where he'd found work as a ship

caulker after escaping north, he wrote to Anna, asking her to

join him. She followed him and on September 15th thy were

married in New York City by the Reverend James W. C. 


Over the next decade, a period O'Keefe covers in great detail,

Douglass became interested in the antislavery movement and

began lecturing and writing - and finally publishing in - the

growing debate over the subject, eventually becoming a major

spokesman for the issues involved, even traveling to Great

Britain. And spending periods in-between endeavors visiting

Anna back in Massachusetts, where over the next eight or

nine years giving birth to four children, Rosetta, Lewis,

Frederick, Jr., and Charles.

While all this had been going on Rochester, New York, was

becoming a central locale for the anti-slavery movement,

geographically as a main station on the underground, leading

to Canadian entrance sites across the Niagara River and Lake

Ontario. Susan B. Anthony and her family, active in the anti-

slavery movement had moved there n 1845. For these reasons

it had been attracting the attention of Douglass. More and

more he was becoming convinced it would become an almost

ideal geographical platform for his efforts. In February 1848

the Douglass family made the move, settling in a two-story,

nine-room  brick home on the eastern section of Alexander

Street, just off East Avenue; the later soon to become home to

some of the city's finest mansions - including, one day,

George Eastman's - as it departed the downtown area

heading south. But, at this point Anna and Frederick had

chosen the location due to its low prices. Wealth doesn't

always accompany fame. Back in December Douglass had

begun publishing The North Star abolitionist newspaper, a

project he would continue on into mid-1851, with a reach into

Australia, Canada, Mexico, and Great Britain. 

". . .  subscriptions didn't cover production costs. Shortly after

he and Anna bought their  new house, Frederick took to the

lecture circuit again in order to make ends meet."

Fifty-five dollars a week was not a small sum back then and

often costs rose another twenty-five weekly.

There was still a lot of pro-slavery activity in Rochester, so

most of the time Anna and the four children stuck pretty

close to home, especially with Frederick on the road. When he

was home he operated out of the Tallman Building on

Buffalo Street. He'd often arrive in the morning, to find

fugitives sitting on the from step. By evening they'd be off on

the Underground Railroad to Canada, via Lewiston or


But, as the book's subtitle state, "Their Home Was Open to

All". Often friends and supporters would arrive to visit and

remain in the home for extended periods of time. When

Douglass was at home these semi-residents and others who

just stopped by or an hour or two, listening as he played

"Nelly was a Lady" and "My Old Kentucky Home" on the

violin or sang ""Carry Me Back to Old Virginny".

Time passed. Eventually the family moved toward the

western section of Alexander Street nearer to the Genesee

River, and later to a nearby farm. In 1872 they moved again,

leaving Rochester for Washington, D. C. 

Anna would die there in 1882; Frederick would follow suit 13

years later. Both would be returned to the central region of

their lives, burial in the family plot in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Rochester, New York.

The History Press
paperback - $19.99

Sunday, December 1, 2013


Monday - Wednesday Dec 2nd - 4th
Silent Auction of Wreaths LAST DAY! 
10:00 a.m. – Noon
Sunday Dec.8th* 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

More than 30 hand-made holiday & seasonal wreaths will
be available for purchase by silent auction at the
Greece Museum (595 Long Pond Rd.). Winners will be
announced December 8th at 3:30 p.m.  Proceeds to

benefit the Greece Historical Society & Museum.

Give a Gift of History and support your local museum. Visit
the Greece Museum gift shop, 595 Long Pond Rd.
Sundays 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. or
Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – Noon
(through December 22nd.) Many items only available at our museum shop.

Charlotte Village Cemetery
Thursday, December 5th 2:00 p.m. at the Charlotte Library.
3557 Lake Ave.

This program will talk about the veterans and village pioneers who are buried in this cemetery, its deterioration and
subsequent resurgence thanks to many volunteers. Photos
will show the ongoing tombstone restoration by the Navy
Seabee Veterans, Island X-23. 

The presenters are Marie Poinan and Maureen Whalen.

Roc-The-Day for G.H.S.
Wednesday, December 11th

“ROC the Day”, a day for giving, is coming up soon! On
December 11th, the United Way of Greater Rochester
will hold a 24 hour donation drive for not-for-profit

organizations in the Rochester community.  On this
epic one-day giving event, thousands of community
members will be able to make an end-of-year gift to
help advance their philanthropic passions. We are
asking you to support the Greece Historical Society
on December 11th by going to www.roctheday.org and
making your donation.

Greece Museum Closed
The Greece Museum will be closed December 29th for

the holidays and reopen January 12th.

Thank You to every one of our volunteers for all you
have done this best year and to all the individual
members and businesses who contributed financially,
with gifts or with services.  Without your support and that of
the community we would not be able to offer our services to 
the community.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

October FL Boating Museum press release

HAMMONDSPORT, NY (Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013) – The Finger Lakes Boating Museum is pleased to announce that the Museum will be locating in Hammondsport thanks to the generosity of Mercury Aircraft, Inc.

“We are excited to be working on the permanent home for the Museum,” said Ed Wightman, President of the Board of Trustees. “We enthusiastically look forward to being an effective and worthy part of the community.”

Mercury Aircraft, which operates in Hammondsport, owns the former Taylor Wine Co. buildings located just south of the Village of Hammondsport on Pleasant Valley Road. The president of Mercury, Joseph “Bud” Meade III, is making a 14-acre parcel available to the Boating Museum.

Wightman and Meade met Thursday, Oct. 24, at the site to formalize the exciting development for the Museum. Wightman conveyed to Meade a letter from the Museum Board of Trustees confirming the board’s acceptance of Mercury’s offer. “The Trustees extend to you (Meade) their sincerest appreciation for your generosity in making this property and its buildings available to the Museum,” the letter stated.

Mercury’s donation of property includes the 30,000-square-foot storage building where the Museum’s collection of boats and related artifacts is now housed. The main building of the complex served as the Taylor headquarters and is a four-story building of 32,000 square feet.

Mercury has subdivided this property from its larger holdings in preparation to convey to the Boating Museum, which is in the process of applying to the Town of Urbana Planning Board for a use change from wine making to museum.

The Boating Museum also plans to make application to the Town of Urbana for lakefront presence and use in the Town-owned Champlin Beach at the head of Keuka Lake.  Wightman said preliminary and positive conversations have been held with members of the Town Council.

Wightman explained that the Boating Museum began looking for potential sites after withdrawing from a partnership with the City of Geneva when the Museum Board came to the realization that the City did not intend to continue with the museum project. The Board’s Site Selection Committee recommended the Hammondsport location and the Trustees approved going ahead with the project at their Oct. 8 meeting.

The Boating Museum has assembled a collection of more than 100 wooden boats built in the Finger Lakes over the past 100 years, as well as numerous related artifacts and extensive reference material. Education, restoration and preservation are the key elements of the museum’s mission.

The boating museum is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation and was chartered by the New York State Department of Education in 1997 to “research, document, preserve and share the boating history of the Finger Lakes region.”

For more information, contact the Museum at 607-794-4567 or  HYPERLINK "http://www.flbm.org" www.flbm.org.

Monday, November 4, 2013


Local Authors at the Greece Museum - Nov 10, 2013 The Greece Historical Society will host a local author day at the Greece Museum, Sunday, November 10th from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.  Patrons can visit the museum and talk with 12 local authors, and purchase autographed copies directly from the authors.  This is an opportunity to let the public meet local writers in this area whose books primarily highlight local history. It is also an opportunity to purchase holiday gifts. The following is a list of authors and their books:
Rulon E. Simmons - I Love Rochester New York
Rose O’Keefe - Historic Genesee Country: A Guide to Its Lands and Legacies and Frederick & Anna Douglass in Rochester NY
Linda Bartash-Dawley - Horses in Motion: The History of Carousels in Monroe County, NY and Beyond and Carouseling New York: A Historical Glimpse of New York State's Carousels 
Richard O. Reisem - Myron Holley: Canal Builder/Abolitionist/Unsung Hero, Gravestones in Mount Hope Cemetery, and Frederick Douglass and the Underground Railroad
Marilyn Lowden Koss Wright – Patchwork Pieces of my Life  Vol. I and Vol. II
Michael T. Keene - Mad-House-The Hidden History of Insane Asylums in 19th Century New York,  Murder, Mayhem and Madness-150 Years of Crime and Punishment in Western New York, Folklore and Legends of Rochester and The Mystery of Hoodoo Corner  and Anthology-Three Complete Audio Books with DVD.
Christopher Carosa - 50 Hidden Gems of Greater Western, New York 
Donovan Shilling - A Rochester Ramble, A Towpath Tale and Rochester’s Movie Mania
Marie Poinan Discover Charlotte, History of Northgate Plaza, Fire and Flames-History of Firefighting in Charlotte, History of the Elmtree/Yates Thayer Farm, A Blast from Charlotte's Past, Life in the Past Lane- Pictorial History of the Charlotte Community Association and Four Bridges - Story of the Bridges in Charlotte
Susan Gateley - Maritime Tales of Lake Ontario Shipwrecks, Legends and Lore of Lake Ontario, Twinkle Toes and the Riddle of the Lake, Passages On Inland Waters, The Edge Walker’s Guide to Lake Ontario Beach Combing, Ariadne’s Death Heroism and Tragedy On Lake Ontario Living on the Edge with Sara B
Sally Valentine - There Are No Buffalo in BuffaloThe Ghost of the Charlotte LighthouseTheft at George Eastman HouseWhat Stinks? An Adventure in Highland Parkand Lost atSeabreeze - It's not fair!
Dennis P. Bielewicz - Heroes in the Attic - the Untold Story of Two Civil War Soldiers
War of 1812 – Fury, Frenzy and Honor By Raya Lee
Tuesday, November 12th, 7:00 p.m. Greece Community & Senior Center Raya’s presentation weaves a colorful tapestry of the war that profoundly altered histories on several continents. The overall conflict will be examined through music, art, architecture and literature; illuminating a complex event with musical snippets and stunning images.   Ms. Raya Lee is a reference librarian and instructor with Medaille College in Buffalo. Lecturing extensively on historic and cultural events, she has also authored two books, Pan-American Exposition: a birds-eye view of sights & sounds and co-authored, with Ed Yadzinski, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra: First 75 Years. This Speakers in the Humanities eventwhich is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Silent Auction of Wreaths November 3—December 8, 2013 Crafters hand-made holiday wreaths will be available for bids.  Stop in at the museum any Sunday afternoon 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. between Nov 3th and Dec 8th.  We are also available on Monday mornings if you can’t make it on a Sunday. Winners will be announced Dec. 8th.

Upcoming Programs & Events

ROC-THE-DAY for G.H.S. December 11, 2013 “ROC the Day”, a day for giving, is coming up soon! On December 11th, the United Way of Greater Rochester will hold a 24 hour donation drive for not-for-profit organizations in the Rochester community. On this epic one-day giving event, thousands of community members will be able to make an end-of-year gift to help advance their philanthropic passions. We are asking you to support the Greece Historical Society on December 11th by going to www.roctheday.org  and making your donation.

*Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 7:00 p.m., Greece Town Hall. 
Hidden Gems of Western New York  Christopher Carosa will tell spell-binding stories of Greater Western New York’s hidden gems.  He will reveal some of the most delicious underexposed treasures of the region.  His book “50 Hidden Gems of Greater Western New York” will be for sale.

*Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 7:00  p.m., Greece Town Hall
Cycling the Erie Canal  Democrat & Chronicle Annette Lein and Justin Murphy will share with us the story of their bicycle trip along the Erie Canal as reported in the Democrat and Chronicle in July, 2013.

Sunday, October 6, 2013



Personal Qualities:
  • Must be knowledgeable about the documents, papers, and records pertaining to the Pulteney Associates and its principals.
  • Must be familiar with early New York state history.
  • Must be familiar with, and have access to national, state and local libraries, among others.
  • Must be able to communicate concisely (by way of the internet).
  • Must possess the personal traits of curiosity, discretion, precision and thoroughness for research purposes.

Scope of Project:
  • Will focus on one particular family of early settlers in Bath, New York (The Biggar family).
  • Involves researching relevant documents, papers, and records pertaining to the Pulteney Associates and its principals including: Sir William Johnstone (Pulteney) and Charles Williamson, among others.
  • Will note all references to the subject family,
  • Involves providing a report identifying all source documents, papers and records reviewed and the relevant references in detail.
  • Will focus on a fifteen year window from 1790 to 1805

Kindly provide a brief and relevant C.V. as well as your fee structure to the undersigned.               

Michael Biggar                        mikebiggar@look.ca

Thursday, October 3, 2013


RIVER ROMANCE “AUTUMN AT THE LAKE” Sunday, October 6th 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Ontario Beach Park --- The Greece Historical Society and the Charlotte Village & Transportation Museum will have exhibits on the Civil War soldiers who served form the Town of Greece (including Charlotte).  Books available for sale will include: children’s books, and “Eight Miles Along the Shore,” also Greece T-shirts will be for sale.  Also book signing by author Marie Poinan for the “History of Northgate Plaza”, “The Yates-Thayer Farm” and new books on Charlotte’s Blast Furnace and the History of the Charlotte Community Association.  Learn more about River Romance athttp://www.cityofrochester.gov/riverromance

CLARA BARTON PERFORMED BY ELEANOR STEARNS  Tuesday, October 8th, 7:00 p.m., Greece Town Hall, One Vince Tofany Blvd. --- Eleanor Stearns’ portrayal of Clara Barton will give glimpses of her life, her involvement during the Civil War, and her role in the founding and activities of the American Red Cross. She will also read portions of a Memorial Day address which Miss Barton gave in Dansville, NY in 1879.    Ms. Stearns, a graduate of Drew University, was a school psychology technician with the Geneva City Schools until her retirement. She is active in the Geneva Theater Guild. Reservations are not necessary. Greece Historical Society members, FREE. A $2.00 donation is appreciated from others.

CELEBRATE HOLLOWEEN WITH THIRTEEN GHOSTS OF GREECE   Sunday, October 13th Greece Museum 1:30 p.m. --- Our favorite story teller, Maureen Whalen will be telling stories of the ghosts and spirits of Greece, including Our Mother of Sorrows Church, phantoms, the hound of hell that plagues sailors on Lake Ontario and the Grey Lady of Dewey Avenue. At 2:30 pm, following the storytelling session, will be a scavenger-type clue hunt; participants will track down thirteen clues to identify the ghost who is haunting the museum. Admission is free, donations are gratefully accepted. There will be no tricks, but there will be treats!

WREATHS AND SWAGS WANTED FOR SILENT AUCTION   Attention crafters!  The Greece Historical Society is soliciting holiday wreaths or swags for a silent auction to be held November 3 through December 15, 2013.  Any materials can be used for the wreaths:  natural, silk, or fabric.  For more information or to schedule a delivery time, contact Vi White at 663-1991 or e-mail Cathy Anderson atcanderson22@frontiernet.net.  The Curatorial Committee thanks you for your help in this museum fund raiser.

THANK YOU  We would like to thank all of you who have contributed to our new roof fund.  So far we have raised  $6,250.00 toward our $10,000.00 goal. Tax deductible donations are still being accepted at Greece Historical Society Roof Fund, P.O Box 16249, Rochester, NY 14616.

Saturday, September 28, 2013


Jan 1                       
Total state canal debt reaches $7,706,013, which includes construction costs on the Cayuga, Oswego and Seneca canals.    **    Lodi farmer Philip S. Lott begins keeping an account book; he will make entries for more than fifty years.

Feb 3
Cohocton's Congregational Church, built on land donated by deacon Thomas Crosby, is dedicated.

Feb 13                       
Livingston County judge and congressional delegate Moses Hayden dies in Albany in his mid-forties.

Feb 14                       
Canandaigua lawyer and politician Edwin Hicks is born in Bristol, New York.

Mar 24
The Buffalo Journal and General Advertiser announces that businessman Nathaniel Rathbun will build the local headquarters of the Bank of the United States branch, at Main and South Division streets

Mar 25                       
The Oswego County town of Amboy is formed from the Town of Williamstown.

Mar 26                       
Joseph Smith begins selling The Book of Mormon in Palmyra’s Grandin Building bookstore, where the translation was printed.

Apr 6                       
The Mormon church (Church of Latter Day Saints) is organized by Joseph Smith, Jr. in Fayette, near Cayuga Lake. Hyrum Smith, schoolteacher Oliver Cowdery, David and Peter Whitmer, and Samuel H. Smith comprise the founding committee.    **   The electors of Canadice convene for the first time and elect town officers.

Apr 7                       
The Livingston County Bank opens in Geneseo, capitalized at $100,000.

Apr 11                       
Refinery operator Hiram Bond Everest is born in Pike.

Apr 16                       
Lawyer Sherman Skinner Rogers is born in Buffalo to Gustavas Adolphus Rogers and Susan Ann Campbell Rogers.

May 9
The Rochester-built steam-powered canal boat Novelty, recently towed on the Erie Canal to Utica to be fitted out with its engines, passes through to Lake Ontario on the Oswego Canal.

May 16                       
Stock subscriptions for the Bank of Buffalo are opened to the public at the Eagle Tavern. Capitalized at $200,000, within two weeks $1,654,250 is subscribed.

Jul 12                       
Very heavy rain begins falling in western New York, continues through the next morning.

Jul 13                       
The heavy rains cause a break in the Erie Canal in Bushnell's Basin near Pittsford's Grand Embankment . A culvert gives way a mile-and-a-half west of Pittsford and damage is done at Fairport.

Jul 25                       
Rochester optics manufacturer John Jacob Bausch is born in Gross Suessin, Germany.

Aug 24                       
Englsih traveler John Fowler tours Auburn Prison, goes on the visit the village, after having breakfast back at the hotel. He boards the stage and travels on to Cayuga, where they pass over the northern end of Cayuga Lake on the rickety wooden bridge, and continue on to the villages of Seneca Falls, Waterloo and Geneva. After looking around he contnues on to Canandaigua, arriving between eight and nine in the evening. He stays at Blossoms Hotel.

Aug 25                       
Fowler tours the village before breakfast. He goes on by stage, wagon, and on foot through Victor, Minden, Pittsford and Henrietta, arriving in Rochester late in the day.

Aug 26                       
Fowler tours the city, sees the spot where Sam Patch jumped, visits the market, then takes the stage to Geneseo, arriving around five PM. That evening he walks around down on the flats of the Genesee River.

Aug 27                       
After an unusually cold night Fowler awakes to dense fog. He leaves by carriage for Avon, arriving to find all that day’s coaches to the west have left. He spends some time hunting with the landlord’s son. The also visit a recently discovered mineral spring.  

Aug 28
Fowler encounters a dumb-waiter for the first time at his inn. He travels through Caledonia, Le Roy, Stafford, Batavia, Alexander, Pembroke, Alden and Clarence, arriving in Buffalo, and putting up for the night at E. Powell’s Buffalo House.

Aug 29                       
Fowler encounters occasional rain. He explores the Erie Canal within the city.

Aug 30                       
Fowler goes swimming in Lake Erie at five AM, later visits the nearby Seneca village. He takes a stage to Table Rock at the Falls. He takes the trip behind them, is given a certificate by his guide. He then travels to Queenstown, Ontario, crossesd the Niagara River to Lewistown (Lewiston).    **    The play Is He Jealous? is performed in Buffalo.

Aug 31                       
Fowler takes a stage back to Rochester, passing through and commenting on, Lockport.

Oct 24
Attorney Belva Ann Bennett (Lockwood) is born in Royalton.

Ira Carpenter builds a wooden bridge at the Cox Ferry site on the Genesee River near Rush.    **    Batavia editor Frederick Follett merges his Spirit of the Times with Daniel P. Adams' People's Press.    **    The Republican Aegis and Allegany Democrat is published at Angelica.    **    British actor Tyrone Power visits America, tours upstate.    **     A tavern is built at Gainesville, near Warsaw.    **     Hamilton businessman Lathrop S. Bacon moves to Le Roy with his father, soon opens a general merchandise store.    **    Vincent, a hamlet in the town of Bristol, becomes the largest processor of mutton in the country for the next twenty years, gaining the nickname Muttonville.    **     The population of the Ontario County Town of Canadice peaks at 1,386. By 1890 it is down to 730 people. Orleans County's population has risen to 17,632, over twice as many people as in 1820. **    A total of $1,066,922 in tolls is collected on the state's canals.    **    This year state ports clear 280,918 tons of domestic goods and 33,797 tons of foreign goods. **    The town of Mendon's population climbs to 1,922.    *    State courts convictions for the year total 1,058.    **    A state loan of $500,000 from 1786, distributed back then among a dozen counties, is retired.    **    The registration of steam vessels for foreign trade is begun. **    The first church in the Allegany County town of Allen is founded, by the Presbyterians.    **    Seneca chief Sa-go-ye-wath-a (Red Jacket) dies, in his early seventies.    **    The last wolf is killed in Monroe County.    **    The Cohocton school district votes to spend $2.00 to repair the schoolhouse. Firewood is put out to bid at 81¢ a cord.    **    A 35-foot-high, natural gas-powered lighthouse, the first to be so operated, is built On Lake Erie at Barcelona Harbor south of Fredonia.    **    Young Mendon farmer Brigham Young sees a copy of the Book of Mormon for the first time.    **    The approximate date the nearby Methodist Church in the Log Meeting House moves closer to Gorham.    **     The First Methodist Episcopal Church in Wellsville is organized.    **    The approximate date William Bradley opens a blacksmith shop in Elba.    **    The approximate date Orleans area farmer Ezra Jones adds a kitchen to his farmhouse.    **    Jonas Baldwin and John McHarrie complete their Seneca River gristmill.    **     Overland travel time to Chicago is about three weeks.    **    188,610 men are currently enrolled in the state militia.    **    The approximate date Fortunatus Gleason and his son Charles open a pottery and tile factory in Stafford.    **     Beach’s four-story, stone mill is built in Port Byron on the mill race paralleling the Owasco Lake Outlet creek.    **    The approximate date future diarist Mary Thorn’s family moves from the Saratoga region to the town of Chili.    **     Civil War nurse Sarah Graham Palmer (Young) is born in Ithaca.    **    Over the past decade Albany’s population has gained 96%, Buffalo’s 314%, Utica’s 183%, Rochester’s 512% and Syracuse’s  282%.    **    Newfane’s eight school districts teach 370 children – cost $427.10.

A population of 8,653 climbs to 15,661 by year's end.    **    The approximate date Augustus Porter, brother of General Peter B. Porter, builds a house  at the intersection of Amherst and East streets.    **    Lawyer Joseph Clary marries Maria Theresa Rathbun, daughter of New York City businessman Samuel Rathbun. The bride is a first cousin of Buffalo businessmen  Benjamin and Lyman Rathbun.    **        Lyman Rathbun and two other men are taken to court, accused of abducting and assaulting a local grocer.    **    Millard Fillmore returns from his term as state assemblyman to resume his law practice with Clary. He moves to Buffalo.    **    Over the past five years the Federal government has spent $71,000 on harbor improvements, including replacing wood in the works with stone.    **    The approximate date the Pioneer Line, a passenger and mail stage service between Buffalo and Albany not running on Sundays, goes out of business.    **    The Bank of Buffalo is founded. Israel T. Hatch, half-brother of governor Enos Troop, is named commissioner to the bank, along with David E. Evans, Pierre A. Barker, Guy E. Goodrich, and Stephen G. Austin.

The approximate date a house built by Augustus Porter at North Main Street and Scotland Road is moved to 91 Gibson Street.    **    Pomeroy and Bull’s steam-powered flour mill is destroyed by fire.

Erie Canal
Clearances through the Buffalo harbor double over those of 1826.

Population: 1,831, up from 1,582 in 1820.    **    A home is built on the future Monroe Avenue for general store owner Ira Buck.    **    A house is built on the west side of the first block of South Main Street for the Newcomb family, owners of a mortuary.

The population reaches 10,863, making it the 21st largest city in the country. In New England only four cities are larger; five in the southern U.S. are bigger.    **   Businessman Edwin Scrantom and his wife join Brick Presbyterian Church. He writes about a number of travelers who have come to see the aqueduct.   **    John Chattin purchases 55 acres of former Iroquois land south of the city for $660 from a speculator.    **    The evangelist Charles Grandison Finney brings revivalism to the city. Thousands come to hear him; 635 join the city's three Presbyterian churches; 203 join the First Baptist Church; the Methodists build a church with seating capacity of 2,000.    **    William A. Reynolds and Michael Bateham start the city's first seed business at the corner of Sophia and Buffalo Streets.    **    The Tinker family builds a home on their Henrietta farm property.    **    William Alling begins working for Quaker stationer and bookseller Elihu Marshall as an office boy.    **    The city has 188 churches. Well over 50% of the population attend services.    **    Newspaper editor Thurlow Weed move to Albany.

Skaneateles breaks away from Marcellus. Its population reaches 1,000.

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