Jefferson County, created in 1805 from Oneida County, was named in honor of President Thomas Jefferson. Settlement started as early as 1794. The economy has always been heavily supported by agriculture — particularly dairy farming — and by some of the oldest paper mills in the state. The county is located at the east end of Lake Ontario, in a region of New York called the “North Country.” It is bordered on the northwest by the St. Lawrence River, on the northeast by St. Lawrence County, on the east by Lewis County, and on the south by Oswego County. The only city is Watertown, population roughly 30,000, located about 80 miles north of Syracuse, Onondaga Co., New York. Today, the county features numerous historic and tourist attractions, including the Thousand Islands Region and Sackets Harbor, site of two battles during the War of 1812.
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Townships of Jefferson County New York
Biographies of Jefferson County New York
- Biographies of Adams New York
- Biographies of Adams, Jefferson County, New York
These 123 biographies and biographical sketches were extracted from the Geographical gazetteer of Jefferson county, N.Y., 1685-1890, History of Jefferson County, New York, With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers, 1878, and Seventh Day Baptist Yearbook, 1922.
- Biographies of Adams, Jefferson County, New York
- Biographies of Alexandria New York
- Biographies of Antwerp New York
- Biographies of Brownville, Jefferson County, New York
These 91 biographical sketches were extracted from the Geographical gazetteer of Jefferson county, N.Y., 1685-1890.
- Biographies of Watertown, New York
- Life Sketch of William Huntington (1784-1846)
Cemeteries in Jefferson County New York
Census Records for Jefferson County New York
- Census Records for Jefferson County New York
The first census specific to Jefferson County New York occurred in 1810. From 1810-1840 only the heads of household were indexed by name, along with the number of other members of the household, their sex and a range of ages which varied between each census. From 1850 onward you are able to find all members of a family listed along with their age given at the time of the census.
Church Records for Jefferson County NY
- Funerals from the Records of Rev. J. Stewart, 1864 Only
- North Country Methodists
Selected Preacher Records, Principally from Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties 1839 – 1907
- Alexandria Bay
- Historical sketch of the Reformed Church of the Thousand Isles, Alexandria Bay, N.Y.. Alexandria Bay, N.Y.?: unknown, 1986. $$
- Evans Mills Charge
- Hammond Charge
- Church Records of the Evangelical Association, 1853-1903
Spoken of as the “German Evangelical Church.” This Church Was Located 3 miles South of Lafargeville in Jefferson County, N. Y.
- Church Records of the Evangelical Association, 1853-1903
- Plessis Charge
- The Black River Conference Memorials
- The Black River conference memorial
Containing sketches of the life and character of the deceased members of the Black River conference of the M.E. Church by Gorrie, P. Douglass (Peter Douglass), 1813-1884.
- Black River and Northern New York conference memorial
Second series. Containing sketches of the life and character of the deceased members of the above conferences, not included in the former work. Brought down to the present time, 1800, by Gorrie, P. Douglass (Peter Douglass), 1813-1884.
- The Black River conference memorial
- 1920 Year Book $$
Arlington Street Church of Christ, Arlington near Franklin, Watertown.
- Years of Faith $$
Kimball, Frederick H.. Years of faith: a history of the First Presbyterian Church of Watertown, New York, 1803-1953. Watertown, N.Y.: Hungerford-Holbrook, 1953.
- The Black River Conference Memorials
Directories of Jefferson County New York
- Child’s Gazetteer and directory of Jefferson County, New York, for 1866-7 $$
Digital black and white copy of the business directory of Jefferson County NY published by Child in
- 1866 Jefferson County Business Directory
Transcription of the list of businesses operating in Child’s directory above.
- 1866 Jefferson County Business Directory
- Businesses in Jefferson County 1867-1868
Transcribed from the Northern New York Business Directory 1867-68 published by Waite Brothers & Co.
- 1879 Kimball’s Jefferson county New York directory
Digital copy. Containing a classified business directory of the entire county, an alphabetical list of assessed farmers and property owners, the number of acres for which they were assessed, with their post office address; also much general information, interspersed with a few advertisements of the most liberal and extensive dealers.
- Watertown, NY, 1888. Watertown, NY: M.M. Kimball, 1888. $$
- Watertown, NY, 1889-90. Watertown, NY: M.M. Kimball, 1889. $$
- Child’s Gazetteer and directory of Jefferson County, New York, for 1890
- Watertown, NY, 1891. Watertown, NY: J. C. Kimball, 1891. $$
- Watertown, NY, 1892. Watertown, NY: J. C. Kimball, 1892. $$
- 1893 Kimball’s Jefferson county New York directory
- 1918 Jefferson County Farm Directory and Reference Book
Genealogy of Jefferson County New York
- Genealogical and family history of the county of Jefferson County New York
- Camp Genealogy of Jefferson County New York
Provides genealogies of the Camp families: George Camp, Talcott H. Camp, and Walter B. Camp. These families settled in Sackett’s Harbor and Watertown New York.
- Flower Genealogy of Jefferson County New York
Provides genealogies of the Flower families: Nathan M. Flower, George W. Flower, Roswell P. Flower, Anson R. Flower, and Frederick S. Flower. These families resided in Theresa and Watertown New York.
- Hungerford Genealogy of Jefferson County New York
Provides genealogies of the Hungerford Families: Thomas Hungerford Family of East Haddam Connecticut; Thomas M. Hungerford Family of East Haddam, Connecticut; Benjamin Hungerford Family of Bristol, Connecticut; Timothy Hungerford Family of Watertown, New York; Timothy Hungerford Family of Watertown Center, New York; Edwin Hungerford Family of Evans Mills, New York; Elbert Hungerford Family of Evans Mills, New York; James Montrose Hungerford Family of Clayton, New York; Dexter Hungerford Family of Brownville, New York; General Solon Dexter Hungerford Family of Adams, New York; and Orville Hungerford Family of Watertown, New York.
- Some descendants of Thomas Fortune (1821-1900) and Ann Hagan (1832-1902) of Jefferson County, New York
Thomas Fortune (1821-1900), a son of Garrett and Elizabeth Fortune, immigrated from Balleygarrett, Wexford County, Ireland to Ogdensberg, New York in 1848; he immigrated chiefly because of the potato famine. He married Ann Hagan in 1850, and lived briefly in Rennselaer County before moving to Alexandria, Jefferson County, New York. Descendants and relatives lived in New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Maryland, Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma, California, Alaska and elsewhere.
- Hubbard Genealogy and History
Hubbard and related families of Jefferson County, New York by Thomas James Hubbard.Published in 1997. Thomas James Hubbard was apparently born in New York City in 1790 and later moved into Jefferson County. He married Nancy Brown in 1814. Most descendants stayed in New York. Includes Aubertine, Bearup, Benore, Constance, Cornaire, Edus, Margrey, O’Conner, Peck, Reinagle, Vautrin & White. Includes name index.
- Descendants of the Laughlin Families of Wolfe Island, Ontario
Laughlin Descendants Settled in: Jefferson County, New York; Frontenac County, Ontario; and Oconto County, Wisconsin. Published in May 1996 by Linda Longway Malinich of Rochester NY. James Laughlin was born in 1784 in Scotland. He married Susan Jones. They lived in Northern Ireland. In 1841, James and four of his children immigrated to Quebec and eventually settled on Wolfe Island, Ontario. James died in 1857. Includes Related Families of: Minnick, Parkinson, Putnam, and Van Ness.
Historical Newspapers in Jefferson County NY
- Old Fulton NY Newspapers
- Adams New York
- Adams Herald 1876-1877
- Jefferson County Journal
- Adams New York
- NYS Historic Newspapers
- Cape Vincent
- The Cannon. (Watertown, N.Y.) 1992-current
- The Cannoneer. (Watertown, N.Y.) 1965-1966
- Jefferson Chronicle. (Watertown, N.Y.) 1991-1992
- Jefferson Community News. (Watertown, N.Y.) 1964-1964
- The New York reformer. (Watertown, N.Y.) 1850-1867
- Northern New York journal. (Watertown, N.Y.) 1849-1866
- Northern New York semi-weekly journal. (Watertown, N.Y.) 186?-186?
- Northern New York weekly journal. (Watertown, N.Y.) 1866-1868
- Northern state journal. (Watertown, N.Y.) 1846-1849
- The Watertown herald. (Watertown, Jefferson County, N.Y.) 1886-191?
- Watertown re-union. (Watertown, N.Y.) 1866-1918
- Watertown times. (Watertown, N.Y.) 1890-1894
- The Word. (Watertown, N.Y.) 1966-1989
History of Jefferson County New York
- Jefferson County New York Prior to 1797
- 1854 A history of Jefferson County in the state of New York
- 1878 History of Jefferson County NY – Everts and Holcomb
- Child’s Geographical Gazetteer of Jefferson County, N.Y., 1685-1890
- The growth of a century: as illustrated in the history of Jefferson county, New York, from 1793-1894
- Our county and its people. A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York, 1898
- Jefferson County New York centennial, 1905: speeches, addresses and stories of the towns
- The History of Penet Square
And herein a brief sketch of the life, character and operations of Peter Penet: an address delivered on the occasion of the observance of the centennial of Jefferson County, New York, at Watertown, N.Y., on June 22, 1905.
- The North Country
A history embracing Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis and Franklin Counties, New York.
- Folk-stories of the northern border. By Frank D. Rogers.
“Annals of the American settlers of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario regions, once popularly known as the Black River country.”–Pref. The localities mentioned appear to be mainly in Jefferson County, N.Y.
- The Sapbush Run, an informal history of the Black River & Utica Railroad.
- Cape Vincent and its History
Casler, Nelie Horton. Cape Vincent and its history. Watertown, N.Y.: Hungerford-Holbrook, 1906.
- A brief historical sketch of Carthage, New York $$
A brief historical sketch of Carthage, New York. Carthage, N.Y.?: Carthage Chamber of Commerce, 1986.
- 150 Years of Watertown $$
Landon, Harry F. 150 years of Watertown. Watertown, N.Y.: Watertown Daily Times, 1950. The history has been prepared largely from original sources, from old journals and recollections of the pioneers but principally from Watertown newpapers from 1817 to date.
- Outline of the object, work, condition, and needs of the society $$
Some historic facts and pictures of Jefferson County and the city of Watertown. Watertown, N.Y.?: A.W. Munk, 1928.
- Watertown, N.Y.
A history of its settlement and progress, with a description of its commercial advantages: as a manufacturing point, its location, its unsurpassed water power, its industries and general features of attraction to capitalists and manufacturers.
- Watertown and its mile of saloons $$
An economical and scientific study of a local matter of vital interest. Waterford, N.Y.: Hungerford-Holbrook, 1915?
- Through Eleven Decades of History $$
Monroe, Joel Henry. Through eleven decades of history: Watertown, a history from 1800 to 1912 with illustrations and many incidents. Watertown, N.Y.: Hungerford-Holbrook, 1912.
- Memories of the Old Homestead
Lyman, Henry H. Memories of the old homestead. Oswego, N.Y.: R.J. Oliphant, 1900.
- A souvenir of the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River from Kingston and Cape Vincent to Morristown and Brockville
With their recorded history from the earliest times, their legends, their romances, their fortifications, and their contests: including both the American and Canadian channels. Alexandria Bay, N.Y.: J.A. Haddock, 1896.
- 1000 Island House, season of ’86 $$
Alexandria Bay, River St. Lawrence. New York?: unknown, 1886.
- Historical Sacket [sic] Harbor museum and Madison Barracks $$
Located at the eastern end of Lake Ontario on the Roosevelt Highway. Watertown, N.Y.?: unknown, 1986. First published in 1948.
Transactions of the Jefferson County New York Historical Society
- 1886-7 Transactions
Some Causes of the War of 1812 – Sackets Harbor and the war of 1812 – Hon. Joseph Mullins – Mounds at Perch Lake, Jefferson County – Paper on “early Rutland” – Champion: Historical Incidents – Historical Reminiscences – The Aborigines – Hon. Moses Eames – Local and Economical Geology – Reminiscences of Adams – Early History of Adams – Jason Fairbanks
- 1895 Transactions
Recollections of Capt. Bortell Minor – Battle of Big Sandy – A Participants Recollections of Big Sandy – Reforesting since the Glacial Epoch – Swinestone – Intersting Pot-hole find – Glacial grooving – Gas and Oil Wells – Flying Squirrel and Owl Pipes – Indian Villages in Jefferson County – Odd Form of an Oneida Indian Pipe – Early Watertown – Mr. and Mrs. John A. Sherman
Photos of Jefferson County, New York
Military Records of Jefferson County New York
- Brownville Co. K 35th Regiment New York Infantry
- Jefferson County in the World War
A record of the activities of the various organizations and individuals who devoted their energies to the cause of freedom in the great conflict of 1914-1918, compiled by George W. Reeves. (Watertown, N. Y.: Hungerford-Holbrook, 1920)
Old Houses of the North Country
Articles written by David F. Lane about the old homes and the families who built and lived in them; published in the Watertown (NY) Daily Times, 1941-1956 in a series titled Old Mansions of the North Country (No. 1-87), Old Homes of the North Country (No. 91-99, 103), and Old Houses of the North Country. Placed online by the Genealogy Department of Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library, Watertown, NY.
- James R. Adams House at Adams Cove
- Andrew Blackstone House in Adams
- John C. Cooper House near Adams
- Syms A. Merriam House in Adams
- The Morton Home in Adams
- David Smith House in Adams
- Philander Smith House in Adams
- Joseph Sterling House in Adams
- Willis A. Waite Residence in Adams
- Historic Brick Mansion in Adams
- Adams Center
- Major General Jacob Brown mansion at Brownville
- Massey Mansion at Brownville
- Mrs James A Kilborne house at Brownville
- Henry Brown house, relative of General Jacob Brown at Brownville
- Dr L Otis Fox house at Brownville
- John Lfarge, LaFargeville-Brownville Highway
- Francis G Taylor, east side of the road to Perch river Brownville
- Colonel Newton B Lord, Brownville
- Edwin Coffeen White mansion near Watertown (Glen Park/Brownville)
- The Barrett Home in Brownville
- Biggers Residence few miles out of Brownville village on the Perch Lake road
- Schaber Residence 3 miles northeast of the village on the road from the Perch River road past the Arthur Biggers farm
- Old Aaron Brown House west side of the Perch Lake road not far outside of Brownville village
- Thomas L Knap Limestone House in Brownville
- Brownville Hotel
- Old Gilson Home – Washington St
- Robert Mullin House on the Mullin Street road in town of Brownville
- Daniel Hare House at Paddy Hill
- Nicholas Lawyer House at Lawyer’s Corners on Perch River Rd
- Calvin Britton Farm near Brownville
- Knight House on Brownville – Perch River Road
- John Paddock store in Brownville
- William M Lord Farm near Brownville – probably on Evans Rd map provided
- Alanson Skinner House northwest corner of Basin (Main St) and Franklin Streets in Brownville
- James Wood House at Glen Park
- Horace Skinner House in Brownville
- Thomas Y. How House in Brownville
- Bonny House located only a short distance west of the Clayton state highway near stone Baptist church in town of Brownville
- James I Hunt House in Brownville
- War of 1812 Hospital in Brownville
- Levi Torrey Place in Brownville
- William Stow Ely House in Brownville
- Joseph W Brown House in Brownville
- General Jacob Brown Mansion Doorway at Brownville
- Third Residence of Noadiah Hubbard at Champion
- Hiram Hubbard stone house at Champion
- Front Door of Hiram Hubbard Mansion at Champion
- Wilmot House near Champion Village
- Hiram Hubbard House at Champion
- Amos Stebbins House on Champion Rd.
- Whitney House near Champion Huddle
- Granger House near Champion Village
- Hiram Kilborn Large White Squarish Frame House in South Champion
- Rockwood House two miles north of the hamlet of Champion and a half mile east of Champion Huddle
- Colonel Elias Sage Brick House in South Champion
- Dr John P Johnson Wood Frame House in Champion
- Wait Wood Frame House Located on the old state stagecoach road
- William Case Wood Frame House in South Champion
- Jeremiah Babcock Wood Frame House north of Champion Huddle on the road from Champion to Great Bend
- Andrew Colburn Wood Frame House in the Town of Champion
- John Abbott Wood Frame House at Champion Huddle
- Early Brick Store in Champion Village
- Amos Stebbins Mansion Doorway on Champion Rd
Yearbooks of Jefferson County New York
Genealogical and Family History of Northern New York
Genealogical and Family History of Northern New York A RECORD OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF HER PEOPLE IN THE MAKINGOF A COMMONWEALTH AND THEFOUNDING OF A NATION. COMPILED UNDER THE EDITORIAL SUPERVISION OF WILLIAM RICHARD CUTTER, A. M. Historian of the New England Historic-Genealogical Society; Librarian emeritus of Woburn Public Library:Author…
The Birth of the Northern Counties
The Coming of the Pioneers
The Great Land Patents
The Onondaga War Trail
Historical Churches of Antwerp, New York
Genealogy of the Hough Family of Northern New York
Hungerford Genealogy of Jefferson County New York
Early History of Brownville, New York
History of St. Paul’s Church, Antwerp, New York
Rev. Robert Horwood held the first Episcopal service in Antwerp, and administered the first baptism, to Annis Elizabeth, daughter of Alexander P. and Elizabeth S. Sterling, at Sterlingburgh, September 6, 1855. In August, 1858, Rev. J. Winslow commenced his labors in Carthage, Champion, and Sterlingville. In 1866 he organized a…
History of the First Congregational Church of Antwerp
History of Sprague’s Corners, New York
History of Sterlingburgh, New York
1864 Map of Sterlingville New York On the southern bank of Indian river, about one mile above Antwerp bridge, is a cluster of buildings which, though hardly entitled to the appellation of village, is collectively known as Sterlingburgh, from James Sterling, who was its proprietor for…
History of Ox Bow, New York
History of Ives Seminary
Organization of the Town of Antwerp, New York
Antwerp was erected a town on the 5th of April, 1810. Its territory — the same which is included in its present boundaries — was partitioned off from Le Ray. Its name was given in honor of the Antwerp company, who owned large tracts of land in this and in…
Incorporation of the Village of Antwerp, New York
Antwerp was incorporated a village, by order of the court of sessions, under the general act, in the year 1851 and the incorporation was ratified, by a vote of fifty-three to three, at a special meeting, held at Stowell & Taylor hotel, on the 30th of July in that year….
The First Settlers of Antwerp, New York
It is doubtful whether the honor of having made the first settlement in the territory now forming the town of Antwerp belonged to Captain William Lee or to Peter Vrooman, for it appears evident that both settled during the same year, 1803, though both were then but squatters on land…
Jefferson County New York Newspapers
Jefferson County New York libraries, organizations, and societies have placed a considerable number of historical newspaper titles online. This set of Newspapers can be searched and we provide a link below along with each specific title available. Remember, that a search alone in online records like these is not considered…
Alexandria Township New York History and Genealogy
1864 Map of Alexandria Township New York The first improvement in this town was made about 1811 by Le Ray, who caused a clearing to be made at Alexandria Center, to afford facilities to the first settlers, by supplying them with grain until it could be…
Church History of Alexandria New York
1890 Business Directory of Alexandria New York
Flower Genealogy of Jefferson County New York
History of Westminster Park, New York
This place of resort for the summer months has been inaugurated by the Presbyterians, on the lower end of Wellesley Island, in the St. Lawrence river, in the confines of the town of Alexandria. The association under whose auspices the park is maintained is incorporated under the Act of the…
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My grandmother who is now 97 years old typed me her manuscript and in it was some fascinating information about a childless couple named duane and gertrude Shampine who took her in during summers (as part of the fresh air fund) from Harlem NY from age 6-17, they would take no one else. They fell in love with my grandmother antoinette mennona (she was known to them as nettie) they stayed in contact and wrote letters all the time, she lost touch with them after duane died and gertie lost the farm. I believe the farm was located at 84 mccallister ave antwerp NY but am not 100% positive, I don;t believe that address exsists anymore. It would be a great joy to some how give her en picture of the farm she spent every summer at, or even if she could find long lost relatives of the shampines and maybe they have photographes?? thank you for listening to our beautiful family story
Great web site – lots of sources for information. You are a credit to the county!
Great web site, but I had a g grandfather, John W. Chase, who died in Orleans, Jefferson county, and I have never been able to find out anything about his death or buriel. He died between 1800 and 1855. Seems those things are not posted. Would you know how I could find some records of cemeteries, Buriel places. or the like . My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of the recent pictures of houses listed under Mansions and Old Houses of the North Country” would benefit from a review. The color picture of the William Martin House in LaFargeville (#120) is a picture of the Rottier house (#68). The addition to the right of the structure in b/w is missing. I also wonder if #39 and #68 depict the same house, although I would not rule out that they had an architect in common.
I was directed to your site in hopes of possible help with my 5th Great Grandmothers family. My 5th Great Grandmother, Azubah Strickland, marrIed Richard Arthur on the 27 October 1796 in Westfield, Massachusetts. Richard and Azubah were living in Martinsburg, New York at the time of Richard Arthur’s death in 1841. The Arthur family lived in Lewis County, New York. The individual that referred me thought that since Jefferson and Lewis county are close and she had heard or been to Strickland Corners thought there possibly been a connection. I have found nothing on who Azubah’s parents were. The individual that referred me to you said that in Jefferson County, New York because there is, I believe, a large farm called Strickland Corners that possibly might be relatives of Azubah Strickland. I have unable to find any information other than it is on County Rd 29 and County Rd 30. I have also located on a 1855 historical map of land ownership in Jefferson County northwest of Lorraine a name of, R. Strickland. Azubah Strickland Arthur passed away on 10 February 1852 in Martinsburg, Lewis County, New York. This is obviously three years before this historical map.. I would be grateful with any assistance or direction to possibly locate information on Strickland Corners Latitude: 44.1153396 and Longitude: -75.7043751. Thank for any assistance in advance.
Greetings. I was wondering if you or someone else here could help me track down an ancestor of mine and her family. Her name was Elisabeth Smith (she was also known as Betsy or Betsey, likely a nickname), and she is listed as being born in 1818 (Feb 14 from some accounts) – Adams Center, Jefferson County, NY. I do not have a record of her parents. There is a possibility she had a sister by the name of Sarah, who was born around December 1815 or December 1816 and whose DOB is listed as being in Watertown, NY. I believe this family or some of this family emigrated to Canada West (now Ontario) in the 1830’s. Just wondered if anyone on here can point me in the right direction. I looked at the 1810 and 1820 Jefferson County Census and there are Smiths listed here, but alas, only the head of the family.