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THE LIBRARY

OF

THE UNIVERSITY

OF CALIFORNIA

LOS ANGELES



PIONEER HISTORY

OF

ORLE ANS COUNTY,

:N^ JE ^W YORK.

CONTAINING

SOME ACCOUNT OF THE CIVIL DIVISIONS
OF WESTERN NEW YORK,

WITH BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES OF EARLY SETTLERS, AND OF

THE HARDSHIPS AND PRIVATIONS THEY ENDURED, THE

ORGANIZATION OF THE TOWNS EN THE

COUNTY, TOGETHER AVITH

LISTS OF TOWN AND COUNTY OFFICEIIS,

SINCE THE COUNTY WAS ORGANIZED,

WITH ANECDOTES AND REMINISCENCES, ILLUSTRATING THE

CHARACTER AND CUSTOMS OF THE PEOPLE,

BY

ARAB THOMAS.



ALBION, N. Y.:

H. A. BRUNER, ORLEANS AMERICAN STEAM PRESS PRINT.
1871.



Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1871, by

ARAD THOMAS,

In tlie Clerk's Office of tlie District Court of the United States, for the

Northern District of New York.



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^fbicution.



TO THE

ORI,EANS COUNTY TIONEER ASSOCIATION,

BY KEQUEST OF MANY OF WHOSE MEMBERS THIS WORK

WAS UNDERTAKEN, BY WHOM THE AUTHOR HAS BEEN GREATLY AIDED

IN TREPARING IT, AND TO WHOM HE FEELS UNDER

OBLIGATIONS FOR MANY PERSONAL FAA'ORS,

THIS BOOK IS RESPECTFULLY

DEDICATED BY THE

AUTHOR.



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PREFACE.

The origin of this "book is briefly this : The Orleans
County Pioneer Association had collected a volume in
manuscript of local history of many of its members,
written by themselves, Vv^hich they desired to have
published.

Some difficulty existed in getting out the work by
the Association, and the author was requested Ty
many of his friends to get up a book on his own ac-
count, which should contain the substance of the his-
tories referred to, and such other matter connected
with the Pioneer History of Orleans County, as might
be of general interest to readers.

The author has used, the records of the Association,
taking some histories of Pioneers in full, as wTitten
by themselves ; and extracting and condensing from
others such parts as he thought of more general inter-
est, and as his space would allow.

Many of his facts he has collected from liis own
knowledge, and from the testimony of early settlers,
and others acquainted with the matter.

To those who have so kindly aided him by such in-
formation as they possessed, he returns his sincerest
thanks, particularly to Messrs. Asa Sanford, Matthew
Gregory and Hon. Robert Anderson, for their gener-
ous contributions of material for this book.

The character of tliis book being local, many names
of persons, and events of private history have been in-
troduced, of little interest perhaps out of the families
and neighborhood of the parties ; but with these the-
author has endeavored to collect and preserve the;



PREFACE. V

memory of such events of a more public character,
as marked the progress of settlement of this portion
of the Holland Purchase, and as may be worthy of
remembrance.

For this purpose O'Eeiley's Sketches of Eochester,
Turner's History of Phelps and Gorham's Purchase,
and of the Holland Purchase, and French' s Gazetteer



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