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Steuben County, NY History

Steuben County, NY

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


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Steuben County in Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York (1848).  While brief (just four pages specifically about Steuben County), this 1848 account is certainly part of the historical record of the county.  We have also included the section in Mather & Brockett about the underlying land grants and patents in the state.  4++ pages, in PDF format, download now for $1.50.

 Steuben County, NY in Mather & Brockett (1848)


The Poster Yearbook of Painted Post, NY High School for 1945.   All high school yearbooks are monuments of social history to a greater or lesser extent.  This one is one of the most successful that we have seen in capturing the time in which it was compiled – inadvertently, of course – while providing some young people with a memento of their teenage years.  When the book was prepared, the war was over in Europe, but the war in the Pacific continued.  The extent to which WW II had shaped the high school experience of this class is evident throughout the book, in many ways.  The prominence of an “In Memoriam” page early on is simply a beginning – the tone of the entire volume reflects the extent to which the nation was involved in the war.  The fact that Painted Post was in the same general area as Ingersoll Rand and Corning Glass probably helped make that reality a daily one – we note in particular the photo of the sunken battleship being raised with the aid of Ingersoll Rand compressors as evidence of that.  There are other details that go with the times – for example, the fact that school opened a month late during this class’s senior year due to a polio epidemic – that are also notable.  The length of the class prophecy, and the topics involved in it, are also notable evidence of the seriousness with which this class already was taking life.  100+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $4.50.

The Poster, of Painted Post, NY High School for 1945


The Steuben County chapter from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860). Here is a look at Steuben 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:  Addison, South Addison, Addison Hill, Avoca, Wallace, Bath, Kanona, Savona, Sonora, Bradford, South Bradford, Cameron, West Cameron, North Cameron, Campbell, Campbelltown, Curtis, Canisteo, Crosbyville, Center Canisteo, Bennetts Creek, Caton, Cohocton, Liberty, North Cohocton, Bloods, Corning, Knoxville, Gibson, Centerville, East Painted Post, Dansville, Rogersville, Burns, Dotys Corners, Erwin, Painted Post, Coopers Plains, Fremont, Fremont Center, Haskinville, Big Creek, Greenwood, Rough and Ready, West Greenwood, Hartsville, Hartsville Center, Hornby, Hornby Forks, Hornellsville, Arkport, Almond, Howard, Towlesville, Buena Vista, Goffs Mills, South Howard, Jasper, Jasper Four Corners, Jasper Five Corners, West Jasper, South Hill, Lindley, Lindleytown, Erwin Center, Prattsburgh, Rikers Hollow, Pulteney, Harmonyville, Peltonville, Bluffport, Gulicksville, Rathbone, Rathboneville, West Addison, Cameron Mills, Thurston, Merchantville, Bonny Hill, Risingville, South Thurston, Troupsburgh, Troupsburgh Center, South Troupsburgh, East Troupsburgh, West Troupsburgh, Young Hickory, Urbana, Hammondsport, North Urbana, Cold Spring, Mount Washington, Wayland, Perkinsville, Patchins Mills, Loon Lake, Wayne, Wayne Four Corners, West Union, Wileysville, Rexville, Wheeler, Mitchellville, Wheeler Center, Woodhull, Newville, and Hedgesville.  12+ pages, in PDF format.  Download now for $2.25.

 Steuben County, NY in French's Gazetteer (1860)


Charity in New York State in 1906: State Institutions.  This chapter from volume II of the Annual Report of the State Board of Charities for the year 1906 contains a section about the New York State Soldiers and Sailors Home, located in Bath, Steuben County.  See our New York State Miscellany page for more information about this chapter.


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). 


Steuben County was separated from Ontario County in 1796.  You may also want to consult our Ontario County page for locations that may have been affected by this transaction.

Steuben County, along with two other counties, later was divided to form Schuyler County.  You may want to visit our Schuyler County page for more information.


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