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Books Presented At The Wayne Historians Organization Meeting

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Feb 2008 Preserve NY

The Project: Anti-Slavery, Abolitionism, Underground Railroad and African American Life in Wayne County for the Period 1820 to 1880. This project is funded by Preserve New York, a grant program of the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts...

March is Women's History Month

Susan B. Anthony & The Struggle for Equal Rights - A Women's History Conference at the University of Rochester was scheduled for March 30-April 1, 2006. Please click on the following link to view the Registration Form and Schedule of Events.

Wayne County Fair History

The history of the Wayne County Fair starts in the fall of 1849, when some citizens of Palmyra, NY decided to hold a fair in Hathaway's grove. Little is written what took place after that first fair until 1856. On June 26, 1856, seventeen men organized themselves as the Palmyra Union Agricultural Society, and held a three-day fair that October. During the same year, the society became a stock company and continues to remain so today....

Dr. Andrew F. Sheldon - Wayne County New York

Dr. Andrew F. Sheldon, one of the most renown surgeons of the Civil War, was born October 27, 1830, in the town of Huron. One of five children of Ralph and ...

William Fee

William Fee has the dubious distinction of being the only convicted murderer ever to be executed in Wayne County. Fee lived in the town of Galen, near what is known as the Lockpit, with his father and mother, James and Mary, and brothers, George and Thomas. On March 23, 1860, William Fee was executed by hanging at the Wayne County Jail on Butternut Street in Lyons...

Antoinette Brown Blackwell

In 1847, a worried father wrote to his daughter, who was about to graduate from Oberlin College, “Your mother and I are shocked by your boldness and lack of wisdom. I just can’t believe this thing. Your mother is prostrate. I am doing you a ...

Temperance in Wayne County

One of the most widespread social problems of the 18th and 19th centuries was the use of alcohol. To combat this “evil”, the Temperance Movement began to form, however, it gained little ground until the early decades of the 19th century. At that ...

The Military History of Wayne County, Part II

Since much of history is measured by the history of wars, it seems appropriate to tell the story of Wayne County's military history. It continues with the War of 1812.Wayne County and the War of 1812 The American Revolution brought political ...

The Military History of Wayne County, Part I

Since much of history is measured by the history of wars, it seems appropriate to tell the story of Wayne County's military history. It begins with the French and Indian War of the 1750s, which was not a war between the French and Indians, but ...

Settlement of Western New York

The Treaty of Paris of 1783, at the close of the Revolution recognized the independence of the United States from England. England agreed on the Mississippi River as the western boundary of the territory of the new nation. Before actual ...

Weavers of Wayne County

In 1996, the Wayne County Historical Society and the Alling Coverlet Museum, through a combined effort, published the book "Figured and Fancy: Weavers of Wayne County". Financial support for this project was also received from the ...

Seth Cole, Jr.

Seth Cole, Jr. was born October 20, 1829, in Great Valley, Cattaraugus County, New York. He was the youngest son of Seth and Lucretia Salisbury Cole. As a young man, Seth, with his family, moved to Wayne County. He lived the remainder of his ...

The Grand Army of the Republic

The Grand Army of the Republic, or G.A.R. was a large veterans' organization founded in 1866 by a Union Army Surgeon, Benjamin Franklin Stephenson. Membership was limited to veterans of the Civil War. The organization, originally, was ...

Settlers and Settlement of Wayne County, Part II

Following are more stories of the early settlers of Wayne County:Christianna and Nancy Richards Amos and Christianna Richards and their 13 year-old daughter, Nancy, settled on the lakeshore between what is now Sodus Point and Pultneyville ...

Settlers and Settlement of Wayne County, Part I

The permanent settlement of Wayne County began in May of 1789, when the Stansell and Featherly families arrived near Lyons. In that same year, John Swift took up land in Palmyra and Webb Harwood moved onto land in Macedon. During the next ...

Lisette C. Hotchkiss Parshall

Amendment XIX- The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. ...

Jerry Collins

Jerry Collins was one of Wayne County’s most colorful figures for over half a century. For fifty-one years, he served the county either as Sheriff or as Criminal Deputy, starting in 1883. During the fifty years from then until he retired in ...

Job Travice, A Wayne County Farmer

Job Travice came to Galen, in eastern Wayne County about 1847. He purchased his farm from Alonzo Hunt near what was called Pilgrimport. In the 1850 census Job Travice’s farm of 86 acres listed as having a cash value of $4000-a sizeable farm at the ...

Anthony Wayne

General Anthony Wayne, for whom Wayne County is named, was a hero of the American Revolution. He was a contemporary of Franklin and Washington and knew them both well. His public life spanned scarcely twenty years, yet in those twenty years he ...