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Town of North Dansville - 1846

Livingston County, New York

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NORTH DANSVILLE---was formed from Sparta, Feb 27, 1846. A part of Sprata was annexed in 1849. It lies on the S. border of the co., E. of the center. Its surface is hilly, the highest summints being 600 to 800 feet above the valleys. The hills are generally arable. Canaseraga Creek flows through the N.W. part, and Mill Creek through the S. The soil upon the hills is a clayey and gravelly loam, and in the valleys a sandy loam. In town are valuable quarries of building and flagging stone. Dansville, (p.v.) W. of the center, was incorp. May 7, 1845. It is the terminus of the Dansville Branch of the Genesse Valley Canal. It contains 9 churches, the Dansville Seminary, printing offices, a bank, a water cure, 5 flouring mills, 3 paper mills, 2 furnaces, a plaster mill, machine shop, pail factory, sash and blind factory, distillery, 2 tanneries, and 5 breweries. Pop. 2,879. Cummonsville, in the N.W. part, contains a sawmill, furnace, and about 25 houses. Settlement was commenced at Dansville Village, by Armariah Hammond and Cornelius McCoy, from Penn., in 1795. David and Jas. McCurdy, step-sons of McCoy, came at the same time. The first religious services were held by Rev. Andrew Grey, in 1798. The first church(Pres.) was formed in 1800.

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Greenmount ===== South end of village off Gibson St. to Greenmount Ave. +10000
Holy Cross ==== South of village off of Rte 63. +????
Kidd-Fronk ==== Northeast corner of town, on Kidd Road +????


TOWN CLERK : Tim Wolfanger, 14 Clara Barton Street, Dansville, NY 14437
TOWN HISTORIAN : Quentin Masolotte, 3 Greenmount Ave., Dansville, NY 14437
LIBRARIES: Dansville Public Library(see for Collections), 200 Main Street, Dansville


  • Bunnell, A.O., ed., Dansville 1789-1902, Dansville,NY, Instructor Publishing Co.,1902.
  • Doty, Lockwood R., A History of Livingston County, New York, Geneseo,NY, E.E. Doty, 1876.
  • Doty, Lockwood R., History of the Genesee Country, Chicago, S.J. Clark Publishing Co., 1925.
  • Moose, Lloyd, History of the Story Road and Vicinity(1932,Sparta-Springwater area), Hornell,NY, Alice M. Oakes, 1981. For Lookup Contact: Andrew Burdett
  • Smith, James H., History of Livingston County, New York, Syracuse,NY, D.Mason & Co., 1881.



[Canasaeraga] Can-a-se-ra-ga, an Indian name signifying "among te slippery elms." (back)

[Seminary] This institution was started in the spring of 1858. The building and grounds cost $12,000 to $15,000. It is under the supervision of the M. E. denomination. (back)

[same time] Among the other settlers were Daniel P., Samuel, and James Faulkner, Nathaniel and William Porter, from Penn., in 1796; Jacob Welsh, Jacob Martz, and his son Conrad, George Shirey, and Frederick Barnhart, Penn., 1798. William Phenix, James Logan, David Sholl, and John Vandeventer, were also early settlers. The first marriage was that of William McCartney and Mary McCurdy. Thomas McLain taught the first school, in 1798 of '99; Samuel Faulkner kept the first inn, in 1796; Daniel P. Faulkner, the first store, in 1797 and 1798; David Scholl erected the first sawmill, in 1795, and the first gristmill, in 1796. Mr Scholl was Charles Williamson's millwright, and built the mills for the Pulteney Estate. (back)

[church] There are 9 churches in town; 2 Presb., 2 R.C., Prot. E., M.E., Bap., Evang. Luth., and Germ. Evang. Ref. (back)

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