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Town of Nunda - 1808

Livingston County, New York

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French's Gazetteer of New York State, 1860

NUNDA---was formed from Angelica, (Allegany co.,) March 11, 1808. Portage was taken off in 1827. It lies on the S. border of the co., W. of the center. Its surface is hilly, the highest summit, near the center, being about 1,200 feet above the canal at Nunda Village. The principal stream is Keshequa Creek, which flows through the N.W. part. The soil is sandy loam intermixed with gravel and clay. On Lot 53, stone is quarried for building purposes. A small spring on the same lot emits gas. Nunda,(p.v.,) in the W. part, on the G.V. Canal, was incorp. April 26, 1839. It contains 6 churches, the Nunda Literary Institute, a gristmill, saw mill, furnace, machine shop, and tannery. Pop. 1,125. Nunda Station,(p.v.,) on the B & N.Y.C.R.R., in the S.W. part, contains about 20 houses; Coopersville, in the N. part, a gristmill and about 20 houses. East Hill, in the S.E.part is a p.o. The first settlement was commenced near the village, by Phineas Bates and Beela Elderkin, in 1806. The first church (Bap.) was formed in 1819; Elder Samuel Messenger was the first preacher. There are 7 churches in town; Bap. F.W.Bap., Presb., M.E., Prot.E., Univ., and R.C.


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Chatauqua Hollow ---- Route 70, about 2 miles east of Dalton. ----
Coopersville ---- north of Nunda village, on Cheek Road(Co.15). ----
Dalton ---- Church Street in Dalton, southwest corner of town ----
Oakwood ---- in village of Nunda, on West St., between Second and Fourth St. ----
Union ---- south of Dalton, on Birdall Road. ----
Seagers ---- center of town, off Rte 436, on Telegraph Road. ----

For more information on Nunda Cemeteries, go to Nunda History and Oakwood Cemetery.


TOWN CLERK : Cindy Essler, PO Box 699, 4 Massachusetts Street, Nunda NY 14517

TOWN HISTORIAN : Valerie Griffing, Box 699, 4 Massachusetts Street, Nunda NY 14517

LIBRARY: Bell Memorial Library, 16 East Street, Nunda,NY

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Nunda Historical Society, Po Box 341, 24 Portage Street, Nunda NY 14517 (See the Society's web page at for additional resources and information relating to the Town of Nunda and surrounding area.)


  • Bonadonna, Sandra K. Development of the Nunda School System., Nunda Historical Society, 2009.* Print.
  • Byrnes, Thomas E. Two Centuries of Medical Care in the Town of Nunda and Vicinity., Nunda Historical Society, 2008.* Print.
  • Cook, Thomas S. Nunda, Portage, and Genesee Falls., Arcadia Publishing, 2011.* Print.
  • Cook, Thomas S. Yesterday..., Stories from Old Nunda., Nunda Historical Society, 2008.* Print.
  • DePuy, Hope and Sally Hall, Churches in the Town of Nunda and Vicinity., Nunda Historical Society, 2007.* Print.
  • Doty, Lockwood L. A History of Livingston County, New York., Geneseo, NY. L.L. Doty, 1876. Print.
  • Doty, Lockwood R. A History of Livingston County New York., Michigan, 1905. Print.
  • Doty, Lockwood R. History of the Genesee Country., Chicago, S.J. Clark Publishing Co., 1925. Print.
  • Frost, Marjorie. Early Years Town of Nunda 1808-1983., Burts Printing, Dalton NY, 1983.* Print.
  • Hand, Henry Wells. Centennial History of the Town of Nunda, 1808 - 1908., Reprinted by the Town Historian's Office and the Nunda Historical Society. With complete name index and errata.* Print.
  • Smith, James H. History of Livingston County, New York, Syracuse, NY., D.Mason & Co., 1881. Print.
  • (Please Note: All the books marked with an asterisk are available through
    the Nunda Historical Society. See for ordering information.)


Dalton Assembly of God, Route 408 Dalton, NY, 14836. (585) 476-2261.
Dalton United Methodist Church, Church St, Dalton, NY, 14836. (585) 476-2490.
Holy Angles Catholic Church, Church Street, Nunda, NY, 14517. (585) 468-3450.
Nunda United Methodist Church, 30 East Street, Nunda, NY. (585) 468-3456.
Trinity Church of Nunda, 25 East Street, Nunda, NY. (585) 468-2680.


Nunda Historical Society

Bell Memorial Library Nunda Public Library

Town of Nunda Town of Nunda

Village of Nunda

Oakwood Cemetery, Nunda NY Oakwood Cemetery

Updates provided by Tom Cook, Nunda Historical Society, 2011.


[Nunda Literary Institute] Opened in 1844. The building was burned in June 1859. (back)

[in 1806] Among the other early settlers were David Corey and brothers, Peleg and Reuben Sweet, Abner Tuttle, Gideon Powell, Wm P. Wilcox, John H. TOwnser, and James Paine. The first inn was kept at the village, by Alanson Hubbell, in 1820, and the first store by Wm. P. Wilcox, near the center. Willoughby Lovell built the first sawmill, in 1818, and Samuel Swain and Lindsey Joslyn the first gristmill, in 1828. (back)

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