HISTORY OF CATTARAUGUS COUNTY, NEW YORK
Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent
Men and Pioneers.
L.H. Everts, 1879, Edited by Franklin Ellis
Transcribed from pages 369-374 by Cindi Clark
The town of Farmersville lies upon the east border of the county,
north of the centre.
Its surface is a hilly upland and forms a water-shed, from which
streams flow north into Lake Erie, cast into the Genesee, and south into
the Allegany. The highest point, near the centre, is from 800 to
900 feet above the railroad at Olean.
The only considerable stream is Ischua Creek, which flows south
through the west part. Mud Lake, in the north part, covers an area
of about 40 acres, and discharges its waters to the northward.
The soil upon the uplands is chiefly a vegetable mould, resting
on clay, slate, and shale; that in the valleys is a gravelly loam.
It is well adapted to grazing and stock-raising. The people
are chiefly agriculturists, and cheese is the chief source of revenue.
The milk of about 2400 cows in manufactured into this product by the different
cheese-factories situated within its borders.
The town contains a total area of 29, 843 acres, of which 19,
830 acres are improved. Its population in 1875 was 1094, a decrease
of 295 since 1860.
While the settlement in 1817 of Peter and Cornelius Ten Broeck,
Richard Tozer, Peleg Robbins, and Levi Peet, in its results, may have been
the first permanent one in the territory now known as Farmersville, it
is an established fact that settlements were projected some twelve years
previously. In 1805, Asaph Butler, Jeremiah Burroughs, John McClure,
William Vinton, Calvin Chamberlain, and Elijah Johnson entered into contracts
with the agents of the Holland Land Company for lands in township 5, range
4; and in 1811, Gideon Lewis, Ezekiel Runals, Samuel Blancher, Benjamin
Jenks, Jr., William Parks, and George Parks mode contracts with the same
company for lands in township 5, range 3.
It has not been ascertained that any of these contractors became
settlers. If they did, their stay was brief, and no improvements
were made. But we have very good evidence that settlers, other than
those named, were hear as early as 1810 or 1812.
Hon. Smith Parish, of Portville, became a resident of Farmersville
in 1821. The country was then a wilderness, comparatively; there
were but few settlers, and they had but a few acres of cleared land each,
and things as they then appeared to him are remembered with great
distinctness. He says that when he came here a deserted log house
and barn were standing on a small clearing, situated near the outlet of
Mud Lake. The rafters or poles that supported the roof of the house
had rotted, and were falling in, and that both buildings presented the
appearance of having been built some ten or twelve years. He learned
that the builder and original occupant of the premises was a man named
Pixley, who, after living here some two or three years, gave up the undertaking
of clearing away the large elms and other giants of the forest, which encumbered
the ground on all side, and removed farther west.
He also remembers that near the inlet of the same lake was another
small log house, surrounded by a little patch of cleared ground.
This house had been built and occupied by a man named Bradford; yet he
thinks that at the time Judge Ten Broeck and his comrades made their settlement
in the central part of the town, in 1817 these cabins were already deserted,
and there is justice in their claim that they were the first permanent
As Judge Peter Ten Broeck was the pioneer of those men who became
the first permanent residents of the town of Farmersville, and as he was,
during his lifetime, the prominent man of the town, as well as one of the
most prominent men of Cattaraugus County, we reproduce the following from
the Old Pioneers of Cattaraugus County:
In 1816, Peter Ten Broeck, a young man twenty-three years of
age and of German extraction, left his fathers house in Otsego Co., N.
Y., to seek his fortune in the far West. His outfit was scanty,
consisting of a single change of clothing, and barely ready money enough
to defray his traveling expenses. With his pack on his back he traveled
alone and on foot the entire distance from Otsego County to Erie, Pa.,
reaching that borough the latter part of May. He had examined with
considerable care the country over which he had passed, and after a rest
at Erie for a few days he set out on his return. Taking his route
across the country, through Chautauqua County to Connewango, Little Valley,
and Ellicottville, he reached a small settlement on Ischua Creek, now known
as Franklinville, June 6, 1816. Spending a day or two hereabouts,
for rest, he renewed his journey homeward, where he arrived in the early
part of July.
In October of the same year, accompanied by his brother, Cornelius
(who died in Farmersville in 1843), and Richard Tozer, he again started
on foot to seek a home in Cattaraugus. They carried their own provisions,
which were replenished by purchase from farmers and others living along
their route. They were nearly a month on the road, reaching Farmersville,
Franklinville, Ellicottville, Little Valley, Great Valley, and a part of
Napoli and Connewango. They saw nothing particularly attractive after
they left the valley of Ischua, and finally resolved to return to Franklinville,
or Farmersville, and take up farms in that vicinity. Soon after their
return to Franklinville, Mr. Ten Broeck was deputed by his associates to
go to the land-office at Batavia and contract with the Holland Land Company
for three farms. This he did, contracting for 600 acres, -- 200 for
himself, 200 for his brother Cornelius, and 200 for Mr. Tozer. Cornelius
and Tozer accompanied him out as far as the Genesee River, where they worked
by the day during Mr. Ten Broecks absence. On his return they had
earned money enough to purchase a months supply of flour, beef, and butter.
The flour was baked into bread, and the supplies divided into three equal
parts, and each taking his sack on his shoulder, they then again sought
their wilderness home. Arriving there in due time, they set about
staking and blazing out their lots. Winter coming on, and no preparations
having been made for a stay through it, they returned to Otsego County.
In February, 1817, the three returned again, their company increased by
the addition of Capt. Peleg Robbins and Levi Peet.
Before leaving the fall previous, the three new settlers had
erected a small log house, and completed it except the roof. The
first business of the party, on their return, was to procure the necessary
covering for their log mansion. The first two nights were spent
in the inclosure, which was partially covered with canvas. This illy
protected the stout-hearted pioneers from the storm, which began the evening
they reached there, and continued for thirty-six hours. Snow fell
to the depth of three feet; but notwithstanding this, as their necessities
were great, Ten Broeck and Tozer with an ox-team made their way through
the woods and snow to McClures saw-mill, 10 miles distant, for boards
to cover their log house, which was to serve as an abiding-place for the
whole party. The boards were obtained, the house finished as well
as it could be, and soon the curling smoke of an old-fashioned log fire
was making its way above the surrounding tree-tops. Here the five
new settlers labored together, ate, drank, slept, and whiled away their
leisure hours, until the following May, when various members of the party
erected two or three additional log houses, and the locality began to look
like a thriving settlement. This was the establishment of the first
settlement within the boundaries of Farmersville, and was upon the site
of the present village of the same name.
About the middle of May, 1817, Mr. Peter Ten Broeck caught the
Western fever, and disposing of his land interest to Levi Peet, one of
his companions, he, accompanied by Capt. Robbins, left for the West.
They returned to Farmersville the latter part of August of the
same year. Here they remained for a few weeks, when Mr. Ten Broeck
and his brother Cornelius returned on foot to Otsego County, by the way
of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Rochester.
The greater part of the fall and winter of 1817-18, the brothers
remained at their old home in Otsego County. In February, 1818, they
returned to Farmersville. The fall of the same year Peter Ten Broeck
contracted for 50 acres of land in the southwest part of the town, while
he brother settled in the central part, in the vicinity of Messrs. Robbins,
Peet, and Tozer. Peter Ten Broeck built a log house the same fall,
and in it kept bachelors hall until about 1822, when he married a Miss
Freeman, daughter of Judge Freeman, then one of the judges of the old Court
of Common Pleas of Cattaraugus County. Soon after his marriage, Mr.
Ten Broeck began to enlarge his landed possessions, adding a little year
by year for a period of forty years, until his acres were numbered by the
thousands, and his personal estate by the hundred thousands. His
farm was about six miles long by one mile wide, and raising, purchasing,
and fattening cattle became his principal business. In 1822 he was
appointed an associate county judge by Gov. Yates, and continued to officiate
in that capacity until 1827. In 1837 he was reappointed to the same
office by Gov. Marcy, and held the office and discharged its duties acceptably
until the adoption of the new constitution of 1846.
During the interim from 1827 to 1837 he was appointed an agent
of the Holland Land Company, charged with the duty of collecting the debts
due the company in the counties of Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Wyoming.
He held this appointment until the Holland Land Company sold their interests
to other parties, and was for two or three years the agent of the companys
successors, represented by the Hon. Staley N. Clarke.
Judge Ten Broeck was a man of iron nerve, and of large proportions,
being over six feet in height. In private life he was courteous,
of easy manners, cordial and confiding to his friends. He attained
his high rank as a private citizen, and became the largest land-owner in
Western New York by the closest attention to business, and the practice
of frugality, without being in the last degree open to the charge of covetousness
The settlers before mentioned were all unmarried men except Richard
Isolated as they were in their wilderness home, they found it
necessary to make some local laws for the government of their small colony.
They drew up a code, signed it themselves, and induced others to sign it
as they came in. One section of their mutual statute was as follows:
If any single woman who is over fourteen years of age shall
come to reside in out village, and no one of this Confederacy shall offer
her his company within a fortnight thereafter, then, and in such case,
our board shall be called together, and some one shall be appointed to
make her a visit, whose duty it shall be to perform the same or forfeit
the disapprobation of the Company, and pay a fine sufficiently large to
buy the lady thus neglected a new dress."
Few towns upon the Purchase have been more prosperous, and it
is quite likely that this early regulation aided essentially in the work
of founding a new settlement and speeding its progress. These pioneers
carried their provisions ten, and even twenty, miles upon their backs through
the woods; and, as a contrast between the past and present, as an example
of what industry and enterprise will accomplish, it is only necessary to
point to the remarkable success of one of their number, -- Judge Ten Broeck.
Peleg Robbins, Richard Tozer, and Levi Peet settled upon lot
36, the present site of the village of Farmersville. Here Tozer built
the first framed house, which he occupied as an inn for many years.
It is believed that he began keeping a place of entertainment about 1818.
He was also the first supervisor in 1821. Levi Peet erected the first
framed barn about 1820, and in it were held the early religious meetings,
as it was for some years the most commodious room in the settlement.
He was appointed postmaster in 1836.
Nehemiah Parish, a soldier of the Revolution, came from Henrietta,
Monroe Co., N.Y., and settled here in 1818. He was accompanied by
his sons, Roswell, Shubael, and Zabad. Jeremiah Parish, brother of
Nehemiah, also a veteran of the Revolution, accompanied by his son, Smith,
became a resident in 1821. The Parishes were from Vermont originally.
Smith Parish removed to Portville in 1831, and has since been one of its
most prominent citizens. Among other residents of the town of Farmersville,
in 1821, were William Adams, William J. Burns, Simeon Bradford, Solomon
Curtis, Jr., Ashbel Freeman, John Flagg, William Gilley, Russell Hubbard
(who represented the county in the State Legislature in 1831, and was supervisor
for several terms), Lyman Hubbard, Daniel Hodges (who represented the county
in the State Legislature in 1825), Joseph Hazleton, James Leland, Thomas
Leet, Caleb Lewis, Joseph Mills, John D. Older (a surveyor), William Older,
Jesse Older, Elijah Rice, John Rice (2d), Clark Rice, David Rood, Cyrus
Rood, William Stillwell, Chauncey Taylor, Lucius Tyler (an early justice
of the peace), Uriah D. Wood, Alfred Willey, Samuel G. White, Moses Wade,
and William Wareing.
The settlers of 1822 were Zachariah Blackman (a soldier of the
Revolution), Franklin Blackman, Jabez Blackman, Gain R. Blackman, Jabez
S. Blackman, Ora Bond (an early justice of the peace, and supervisor for
several terms), Brightman Brooks, Robert Bard, Michael Chaffee, Jeremiah
Freeman, John Hayford, Zaccheus Lawrence, Zachariah Lawrence, David Norton,
Edward Stone, Edmund Stone, Erastus Skinner, Frederick Swan, William Springer,
David Springer, Henry Saxton, Stephen Town, Alvah Town, and James Worden,
who built the first saw-mill, on the outlet of Mud Lake, in 1824.
Previous to 1825, Israel B. Abbott, Tracy Avery, John Aiken,
John Barnhart, Solomon S. Butler, Edward Bumpus, John Bowers, Samuel Butler,
Perry H. Bonney, Ezra Belknap, Harry Butler, Preserved Bullock, Artemas
Barnes, Alva Burgess, James E. Bishop, Asa Bullard, Solomon Burns, Frances
E. Baillet (who was county clerk in 1837, 1843, 1846), Eli Burbank, Jonathan
Carpenter, Curtis Carpenter, Zenas Carpenter, Elam Clark, Caleb S. Cooley,
Dyar Cowdry, Abram Cayter, Jacob Comstock (who kept the first store in
1828), Ashbel Carter , James Calkins, Curtis B. Devine, Willine Dunham,
Silas Dort, Salmon Dutton, Albert Fancher, Ezekiel Flanders, Frederick
Farrington, Timothy Henry, George W. Gillet, Charles Gary, Abner Grinnell,
Richard Goodwin, Ira S. Hatch, Ebenezer Harris, Ira Hatch, Hiram A. Hill,
John Henry, Peter Holmes, Cicero Holmes, Gordon Henry, Peter Hadlack, William
A. Harris, Samuel S. Henry, Ezra Kellogg, Samuel Milliken, Marcellus McGown,
Enoch Richardson, Ebenezer Reed, Ebenezer Reed, Jr., Nathaniel Rowley,
Gershom Rowley, Jr., Amos Rose, Benjamin Rose, Jonathan Rich, Jr., William
Ross, Simeon Smead, John Squired, Enoch Sanborn, Alvah Skinner, Asahel
Spooner, Nicholas Spoor, James Tarbell, William L. Thomas, Marvel Thayer,
Anthony Van Schaick, Jacob Wade, Henry Wade, John D. Wood, James Weston,
Oliver Wakefield, Joseph Wedge, James West, and George Wickwire were residents
of the town. From 1820 to 1825 settlements had been rapid and continuous,
for we find, by referring to the census reports of the latter date, that
the town then contained a population of 636 inhabitants.
Marsena Baker represented the county in the State Legislature
during the session of 1859.
The first marriage was that of Peter Ten Broeck to Miss Polly
Freeman, in 1822.
The first birth was that of Joseph A. Tozer, who was born in
Mrs. Magdalene Adams died Nov. 7, 1820, but it is claimed that
deaths occurred previous to this time; that children of Rice, Hollister,
and the widow McCaa, were buried near the southeast corner of lot 33, township
5, range 4, prior to 1818.
By an act of the Legislature of the State of New York, passed
March 29, 1821, the town of Farmersville was formed from Ischua, and the
territory embraced within its boundaries are, by that act, described as
follows: All that part of the town of Ischua consisting of the fifth
township in the third range, and the fifth township in the fourth range
of townships, shall be set off from the town of Ischua, and be erected
into a separate town, by the name of Farmersville; and the first town-meeting
shall be held at the house of Richard Tozer, on the first Tuesday of March
next, and annually on the fist Tuesday of March thereafter.
The following are the proceedings of the first town-meeting,
and are copied verbatim; At the first annual meeting of the inhabitants
of the town of Farmersville, holden in and for said town, at the house
of Richard Tozer, on Tuesday, March 5, in the year of our Lord one thousand
eight hundred and twenty-two, the following officers were elected, and
resolutions passed, viz.: Richard Tozer, Supervisor; Elijah Rice, Town
Clerk; Russell Hubbard, John D. Older, Peter Ten Broeck, Assessors; Peleg
Robbins, Collector; James Leland, Uriah D. Wood, Oversees of the Poor;
Lyman Hubbard, William Stillwell, Joseph Mills, Commissioners of Highways;
Solomon Curtis, Jr., Alfred Willey, Peter Ten Broeck, Commissioners of
Common Schools; Thomas Leet, Peter Ten Broeck, Russell Hubbard, Samuel
G. White, Inspectors of Common Schools; Moses Wade, William Burns, Jr.,
Peleg Robbins, Constables; Daniel Hodges, Levi Peet, John Flagg, William
Gilley, Zabod Parrish, Moses Wade, Joseph Mills, Solomon Curtis, Jr., Chauncey
Taylor, Alfred Willey, Joseph Haselton, Overseers of Highways.
Voted, by the freeholders and inhabitants of the town of Farmersville,
that pathmasters be fence-viewers, that there be one poundmaster, that
Levi Peet be poundmaster, and that his south barnyard be a pound for the
Voted, that hogs be allowed to run at large until they do damage,
and then that the owners of said hogs take care of the same and pay the
Voted, that there be the sum of $250 raised for the improvement
Voted, that there be raised the sum of $25 for the support of
Voted, that fence-viewers be allowed $1 per day.
Voted, this meeting be adjourned to the house of Richard Tozer,
in the town of Farmersville, the first Tuesday in march, 1823.
The supervisors, town clerks, and justices of the peace of the
town of Farmersville from 1822 to 1878 have been as follows. The
years inclusive, opposite their respective names, show the time those offices
were filled by them:
1822-24. Richard Tozer. 1850. Reuben Cross.
1825. Russel Hubbard. 1851. Russel Hubbard.
1826. Richard Tozer. 1852-53. Andrew C. Adams.
1827. Peter Ten Broeck. 1854-55. James Nichols.
1828. Russel Hubbard. 1856-58. Marsena Baker.
1829-30. Ora Bond. 1859-61. David Carpenter.
1831. Jonathan Graves 1862. James H. Day.
1832. Russel Hubbard 1863. J. T. Cummings.
1833-35. George W. Gillet. 1864. William Henry.
1836. Russel Hubbard 1865. Adelbert Carpenter.
1837-38. Peter Ten Broeck 1866. William Henry.
1839. Russel Barlow. 1867. Andrew Knight.
1840. Ora Bond. 1868-70. Levi L. Lines.
1841-42. Peter Ten Broeck. 1871. David Carpenter.
1843-44. Solomon Cummings. 1872-73. A. E. Robbins.
1845. Edwin Taylor. 1874-76. Henry S. Merrill.
1846-48. Solomon Cummings. 1877-78. James Caldwell.
1849. Jarvis Leonard.
1822-24 Elijah Rice. 1855. Reuben Cherryman.
1825. Jacob Comstock. 1856. James A. Parker.
1826-27. Lucius Tyler. 1857. Reuben Cherryman.
1828-31. George W. Gillet. 1858-60. Myron Older.
1832-37. Francis E. Baillet. 1861-62. J. T. Cummings.
1838-39. Solomon Cummings. 1863-64. Myron Older.
1840. George W. Gillet. 1865. Franklin Osborn.
1841. Solomon Cummings. 1866-67. J. T. Cummings.
1842-43. Francis E. Baillet. 1868-71. Albert E. Robbins.
1844. Grove B. Graves. 1872. S. C. Rowley.
1845-49. Luther Cross. 1873. D. G. Hubbard.
1850-52 James Nichols. 1874-75. John Worthington.
1853. M. Hayford. 1876-77. Scott Cummings.
1854. Deloss J. Graves. 1878. Melvin E. Smith.
JUSTICES OF THE PEACE.
1822. William Stillwell. 1838. Ora Bond.
Levi Peet. Solomon Cummings.
William Wareing 1839. George W. Gillet.
1823. Lucius Tyler. 1840. Ora Bond.
1825. Jacob Comstock. 1841. Clark Rice.
1826. Ora Bond. Gideon D. Walker.
James Leland. 1842. Solomon Cummings.
1827. George W. Gillet. Amos Wright.
Joseph Haselton. 1843. Edwin Taylor.
1828. Ora Bond. Stephen Hardy.
1829. James Leland. 1844. Ora Bond.
James Weston. 1844-45. Feliz Baillet.
Lucius Tyler. 1846. Solomon Cummings.
Jacob Comstock. Hiram Johnson.
1830. Cyrus Keyes. Russel Hubbard
1830-31. George W. Gillet. 1847. Edwin Taylor.
1832. Ora Bond. Samuel W. Wakefield.
Elijah Anderson. 1848. Jarvis Leonard.
1833. Ora Bond. 1849. Hiram Johnson
1834. Cyrus Keyes. 1849. Sheldon Squires.
1835. George W. Gillet. 1850. David Carpenter.
1836. Hiram Bond. George W. Swift.
1837. Solomon Cummings. 1851. George W. Stanford.
Clark Rice 1852. Duma Burr.
1853. Hiram Johnson 1868. David P. Hooper.
Benjamin G. Cagwin. M. J. Allen.
1854. Silas L. Peet. 1869. Clark Giles.
1855. Benjamin G. Cagwin 1870. David Carpenter.
1856. David Carpenter. Nathaniel Jewell.
1857. Andrew C. Adams. 1871. Samuel A. Thomas.
1858. S. A. Thomas. 1872. David P. Hooper.
1858-59. Gardner George. Dodge D. Persons.
1860. David P. Hooper. 1873. N. D. Smith.
1861. Gardner George. Edwin Hooper.
David Carpenter. 1874. H. M. Lawrence.
1862. Andrew C. Adams. Jedediah Hubbard.
1863. David Carpenter. 1875. S. M. Thomas.
1864. David P. Hooper. L. L. Carpenter.
1865. Ebenezer Hungerford. 1876. Samuel S. Thomas.
1866. Andrew C. Adams. Hiram N. Robeson.
John Rockwell. 1877. Abram A. Peet.
1867. Abram A. Peet. Rufus E. Cornwall.
Aaron G. Hovey. 1878. H. M. Lawrence.
The State road from Franklinville to Fairview, which intersects
this town diagonally from the southwest to the northeast, was the first
traveled highway, and was laid out prior to 1816. The road described
as leading from the residence of Cornelius Ten Broecks to Richard Tozers
tavern, was laid out by order of Pell Tidd and Joseph Cole, commissioners
of highways, of the town of Ischua, July 1, 1816.
The Buffalo, New York and Philadelphia Railroad crosses the southwest
corner of the town, intersecting lots 33, 34, and 35 of township 5, range
4. It was completed in 1872, and has no station in Farmersville.
The Rochester and State line Railroad enters the town on the
north border of township 5, range 3, and passing Bradford Flats, a station
in Farmersville, it leaves the town on the north border of township 5,
range 4, and again entering the town, crosses the extreme northwest corner.
This road was completed in the spring of 1878.
Comparative statement of the number of acres improved, assessed
value of real estate, value of personal estate, amount of live-stock, productions,
mills, manufactories, etc., of 1835 and 1875:
Assessed value of real estate
Number of cattle
yards of fulled cloth
Amount of county tax
Number of saw-mills
Public money expended
Number of scholars
Assessed value of real estate
Tons of hay
Bushels of barley
Pounds of maple-sugar
Number of horses
cows whose milk is sent to factory.
Pounds of butter made in families
pork made on farms
The village of Farmersville, situated on lot 36 of the fifth township,
third range, and a little southeast of the centre, contains 2 churches
(Methodist Episcopal and Baptist), 1 hotel, 1 store, post-office, district
school-house, cheese-factory, 2 or 3 small mechanic shops, and about 125
inhabitants. Its site was the point selected for settlement by the
Ten Broecks, Tozer, Robins, and Peet, in 1817.
Fairview, a post-office station in the extreme northeast corner,
and lying partly in Allegany County, contains a store, cheese-factory,
blacksmith-shop, wagon-shop, copper-shop, and a few dwelling-houses.
The first action taken by the first board of school commissioners
of the town of Farmersville is shown by the following:
We do certify, that in pursuance of the act entitled An act
for the better establishment of Common Schools, passed April 12, 1819,
we have formed for a common-school district all that certain part of the
town of Farmersville, in the count of Cattaraugus, situated as follows:
Lots 25, 26, 27, 33, 34, 35, and the west 100 acres of lot 17, in the 5th
township of the 4th range; and all that certain part of the town of Ischua,
in said county, situated as follows: Lots 31, 32, 39 and 40, in the
4th township of the 4th range, and lots 7 and 8, in the 4th township and
5th range, and have numbered the same School District No. 1.
Given under our hands, at Ischua, this 25th day of April, 1822.
Peter Ten Broeck,
Solomon Curtis, Jr.,
School Commissioners, town of Farmersville.
Moses Warner, Jr.,
School Commissioners, town of Ischua.
April 27, 1822, Alfred Willey, Peter Ten Broeck, and Solomon Curtis,
Jr., met at Farmersville and formed to additional school districts, described
District No. 2, to consist of lots Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9,
10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, and the east part of lot 17, in the 5th township
of the 4th range, and lots nos. 20, 27, 28, 29, 30, 35, 36, 37, and 38,
in the 5th township of the 3d range.
District No. 3, lots Nos. 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 31,
32, 39, and 40 of township 5, range 3.
In November, 1822, School District No. 4 was formed, and consisted
of lots Nos. 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 18, 19, and the east part of lot 17, in
the 5th township of the 4th range.
Jan. 1, 1823, the trustees of School District No. 1 made the
Time school has been taught by qualified teacher
Number of children attending school
children of school age residing in that
part of the district belonging
children of school age residing in that
part of the district belonging
Amount of money received and expended
At a meeting of the school commissioners, held at Farmersville,
March 22, 1823, for the purpose of apportioning the school funds in their
possession, amounting to $46.50, and finding that School District No. 1
was the only district which had complied with the law, the whole amount
was paid to said district.
In a report made to the superintendent of common schools of the
State of New York, dated Sept. 10, 1825, the school commissioners of the
town of Farmersville, viz., Daniel Weston and Elam Clark, report as follows:
Number of school districts in town, 5.
Number of parts of school districts in town, 4.
Number of whole districts from which reports have been received,
Number of parts of districts from which reports have been received,
And that from the said reports the following is a just and true
Whole time any school has been taught therein, 31 months.
Time such schools have been taught by qualified teachers,
Number of children attending school, 155.
Number of children between the ages of five and fifteen years,
Total amount of money received during the year, $32.88.
That the school-books most in use in the common schools of our
town are the Holy Scriptures, Websters Spelling-Books, American Preceptor,
Beauties of the Bible, American Reader, and Pikes Arithmetic.
In comparison with the foregoing, from the report of the school
commissioners of Cattaraugus County for the year ending Sept. 30, 1878,
the following statistics are taken:
Number of school districts
Number of school-houses
Value of school-houses, with sites
Number of volumes in library
Value of library
Number of teachers employed
Amount paid for teachers wages
Number of children of school age
Amount of public money received from State
Amount of money received from tax
Number of weeks taught
The first religious meeting was held by Rev. Elias Going a Baptist
minister---at the barn of Levi Peet, in 1821.
THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH AT FARMERSVILLE
was organized in 1823, and incorporated September 12 of the same year.
Among the first members were Jonathan E. Davis, Uriah D. Wood, Benjamin
Westcott, Ashbel Carter, and William Older. The society was re-incorporated
Sept. 13, 1834, and Hiram Carter, Richard Robbins, Peter Holmes, William
Adams, and Curtis B. Divine elected trustees. It was again incorporated
April 7, 1838; and for the fourth time, Nov. 15, 1853.
The church edifice, which will seat 300 persons, was erected in 1838,
at a cost of $1500. It forms parts of the Franklinville charge, Rev.
J. H. Freeland, pastor, and has a membership of about 30. The following
are the pastors names from 1851: Wm. Bush, 1851-52; W. S. Tuttle,
1853; William Scisne, 1854; N. Jones, 1855-56; E. G. Selleck, 1857; H.
Hornsby, 1858-59; A. McIntire, 1860-61; H. M. Ripley, 1862; J. Hills, 1863;
J. H. Rogers, 1864; J. Lathan, 1865-66; A. W. Willson, 1867; S. P. Gurnsey,
1868-69; J. K. Torry, 1870-71; J. C. Whiteside, 1872-73; T. E. Clayton,
1874-76; T. D. Goodrich, 1877; J. H. Freeland, 1878.
Present number of members in the church, 26; number of pupils
in the Sunday-school, 28; number of volumes in library, 75; James H. Day,
superintendent of Sunday-school.
THE BAPTIST CHURCH OF FARMERSVILLE.
was organized Jan. 17, 1826, with 18 members, by Rev. Eliab Going.
It was incorporated April 4, 1836, Rev. Adrian Foot and Levi Peet presiding;
and George W. Gillet, Cornelius Ten Brocek, David Carpenter, Joel Hayford,
Jonathan Graves, and Ora Bond, were elected trustees.
Their house of worship, which has sittings for about 300 persons,
was built in 1838, and cost $1600. The society numbers about 45 members.
Rev. William Hughes, pastor; Scott Cummings, Sunday-school superintendent.
THE WELSH CONGREGATIONAL SOCIETY OF SILOAM
was organized with 26 members, Oct. 5, 1836, by Rev. James Griffiths.
The society worshiped in a private house until 1870, when their church
edifice was erected. It cost $1200, and has sittings for 250 persons.
At a meeting convened at their house of worship, April 25, 1871, present,
David D. Morgan, Evan Griffiths, Morris M. Jones, Thomas T. Jones, Howell
R. Jones, Thomas Richards, David C. Richards, and Robert Richards, Daniel
D. Morgan and Evan Griffiths were elected Church-Wardens, and David D.
Morgan, Thomas Richards, and Morris M. Jones, Trustees. The society
was incorporated April, 1871.
During the war of Rebellion the town paid in bounties to her soldiers
$9000. The county paid to the same soldiers $3300, making a total
She sent into the field 97 soldiers and seamen, and 11 men who
were not accredited to the town.
* Official members of thee churches were respectfully requested
to furnish data from which a more complete history could have been written,
but in each instance they failed to respond.