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Town of Sparta - 1789

Livingston County, New York

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French's Gazetteer of New York State, 1860

SPARTA---was formed in Jan. 1789. A part of Springwater was taken off in 1816, West Sparta in 1846, and parts of North Dansville in 1846 and '49. A part of Dansville(Steuben co.) was annexed in 1822, and a part of Groveland in 1856. It lies S.E. of the center of the co. Its surface is hilly, the highest summits being 800 to 1,000 ft. high. Canaseraga Creek flows on the W. border. The soil on the hills is a gravelly loam, and in the valleys a sandy, clayey, and gravelly loam. Several small sulphur and gas springs are found near Scottsburgh. Scottsburgh, (p.v.,) in the N. part, contains 2 churches, a steam saw and grist mill, a furnace, and 34 houses. North Sparta, (p.o.,) in the N.W. corner, Sparta, (p.o.,) in the W., and Reeds Corners, in the S. part are hamlets. Settlement was commenced near Scottsburgh, by Jesse Collar, from Penn., about 1794. The census reports 6 churches.
1872 map of Scottsburg provided by Paul T. Culley.


SIZE +/-
Clark ---- north part of town, off Liberty Pole Road.(hidden from road) ----
Kiehle(Old Dutch) ---- next to Firehouse, north of Reeds Corners +100
Rau ---- off Rte.256, on Powell Road. +50
Reed Corners ---- on corner of Reeds Corners Road and Strong Hill Road +40
Reed Family ---- across the road from Reed Corners Cemetery +5
South Sparta ---- on Rte 63, just north of village of Dansville. +300
Sparta Center ---- off Rte 256, behind Town Garages in Sparta Center. +200


TOWN CLERK : Sheila Duffy. 8824 Dansville-Conesus Rd., Dansville, NY 14437
TOWN HISTORIAN : Mary Jo Marks, 585-335-6323


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  • 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.
  • Smith, James H., History of Livingston County, New York, Syracuse,NY, D.Mason & Co., 1881.



[Scottsburgh] Named from Matthew and William Scott, early settlers at this place. (back)

[about 1794] Darling Havens settled at North Sparta; John Niblack, on Lot 28; John Smith, Asa Simmons, Robert Wilson, and Thomas Hovey, previous to 1798; amd Peter Roberts, on Lot 27, in 1799. Samuel and James Rodman were early settlers. Most of these were from Penn. The first school was taught by Thomas Bohanan, in 1800-01. The first inn was kept by Darling Havens, at North Sparta, about 1800; and the first gristmill was built by Wm. D. McNair, in 1810. (back)

[6 churches.] 2 M.E., 2 Presb., Bap., and Evang. Ref. (back)

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