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Ontario County, NY History

Ontario County, NY history

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


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The Ontario County chapter in Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York (1848).  In the 1840s, New York was still a growing state – still frontier, in parts – and the authors of this volume attempted, with uneven results, to capture the geography and history of the state.  We say uneven, because the counties receive uneven treatment.  Some are treated at considerable length and offer a complete view of the time of that county, while others are treated very briefly and one supposes that a few were scarcely researched at all.  Fortunately this was not one of the latter.  The treatment of Ontario County was on the brief side of typical: four pages.  We also include in this publication the section on land grants due to their importance in the state’s history.   4++ pages in PDF format, download now for $2.25.

Ontario County NY in Mather and Brockett (1848)


The Ontario County chapter from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860). Here is a look at Ontario County a bit over a decade after Mather & Brockett's treatment of the subject.  The localities mentioned in this chapter, most of which are still extant today, are: Bristol, Bristol Center, Baptist Hill, Muttonville, Egypt, Canandaigua, Cheshire, Centerfield, Academy, East Bloomfield, Griffiths Mills, Brag Village, Farmington, New Salem, Brownsville, East Farmington, West Farmington, Gorham, Reeds Corners, Hopewell, Chapinsville, Hopewell Center, Manchester, Clifton Springs, Port Gibson, Shortsville, Manchester Center, Plainsville, Coonsville, Naples, Phelps, Orleans, Oaks Corners, Richmond, Honeoye, Richmond Mills, Allens Mill, Seneca, Geneva, Castleton, Flint Creek, Halls Corners, Stanleys Corners, South Bristol, Cold Spring, Frost Hill, Victor, Fishers, East Victor, West Bloomfield, North Bloomfield, and Millers Corners.  There is also an etching or woodcut of the Ontario Female Seminary at Canandaigua.  11+ pages in PDF format.  Download now for $3.00.

Ontario County, NY from French's Gazetteer (1860)


See also: Hotchkin's History of Western New York State, available on CD-ROM.

See also:  Noted Women of the Genesee Country by Mary Hotchkin Hoag (undated). 


Ontario County was separated from Montgomery County in 1789.  You may also want to consult our Montgomery County page for locations that may have been affected by this transaction.

Ontario County was subsequently divided to form Genesee County, Livingston County, Monroe County, Steuben County, Wayne County, and Yates County.  You may want to consult our pages on each of these counties for further information.


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