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The early history of the Town of Ellicott, NY.

Personal recollections of Dr. Gilbert W. HAZELTINE, 1887

Respectfully submitted by Dolores Pratt Davidson 
 
 

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Early Navigation

 
    In speaking of early roads, we should have mentioned the first road ever opened in southern Chautauqua and the third in the county. 
This road extended from what is now Shadyside on the lake to the 
Conewango at Pine Grove.  This road was cut between the years 1802 and 1804. 

    Robert MILES, father of the late  Fred. MILES of Sugar Grove, was one of the prominent men engaged in this undertaking, and the 
termination at the lake was in an early day, known as Miles' Landing. 

   The MARSH settlement, in what is now known as FARMINGTON, was of much earlier date than any other settlement in southern Chautauqua. The object of this road was to give settlers, there and on the lower Conewango and Allegheny, easy access to obtain the fine fish so abundant in it, and also to obtain from Black Rock, by way of Lake Erie, the Portage road, and Chautauqua Lake,  salt, and other necessaries. 

   Afterwards it was used by the early settlers of Chautauqua in driving cattle and hogs, and in drawing sleds during the winter from the MARSH settlement  and below,  corn, wheat and other grains potatoes and other vegetables for food, or for seed to be used in the spring.  This road was the great highway of the wilderness; a guide to the lost and bewildered pioneer, if he could strike this road, he was safe.

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