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TOWN OF Allegany

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Town of Allegany

The town of Allegany was formed from Great Valley on April 18, 1831. It was originally called Burton, and its name was changed to Allegany on March 28, 1851. Humphrey was taken off in 1836. It lies on the south border of the county, and includes part of the Allegany Indian Reservation.

There are 3 streams, Four Mile, Five Mile and Mill Creeks, which are tributaries of the Allegany River. Much of the town was covered by lumber in 1860, and lumbering was an important industry. Allegany, (p.v.) is located upon Allegany River, and in 1862 contained a tannery, door factory, and blind factory. It had 3 churches and 70 houses, and was a station on the NY and Erie R.R. A college, run by the Franciscans was located near the village. Five Mile Run is a p.o. that was first settled by Ebenezer Reed from Connecticut, who located near the mouth of Five Mile Creek in 1820. Other early settlers include: Andrew Allen, Hiram Wood, James Strong, Isaac Eggleston, and Amos and David Orton, who settled along the creek in 1821.
The first child born was Nathan Reed on 2 Oct, 1820. William B. Fox and Sally Strong were the first couple to marry, in 1825. The first deaths were children of Isaac Eggleston in 1823.

Leonard Cronkhite taught the first school, in a house of James Strong's in the winter of 1825-1826. The first innkeeper was Ebenezer Reed in 1820; and the first storekeeper was Aaron Wheeler, in 1833. The first sawmill was owned by Reuben Lamberton, on 5 Mile Creek, in 1826.

The first religion services, of the Baptist Faith, were held at the house of James Strong, by Elder Benjamin Cole, in 1823. The first church (M.E.) was formed in 1829.

Allegany Town Officials
Town Historian Town Clerk
Nancy Phearsdorf
2986 N Nine Mile Rd.
Allegany, New York 14706
Phone (716) 373-2072
Deryle L. Pinney
Mon through Thu 9am to 3pm Fri 9am to 1pm
Town Hall
(716)373-0120 Extension 101
Village Officials
Village Historian Village Clerk
None Listed Kimberly Roth
Hours: Monday to Friday 9 AM to 4 PM
PO Box 164
Franklinville, New York 14737
373-1460 (B) Cell: 801-2938
From Cattaraugus County Directory, dated April 1, 2023

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Allegany Citizen Newspaper

Newspapers are a great resource for genealogists.  Weddings and Obituaries often give great insight into families and thier relatives.  We are fortunate that a volunteer has submitted an index of acticles about  Allegany Organizations, Families and Life Events from The Allegany Citizen Newspaper  for the period November 30, 1901 - January 6, 1906  - View the Index


church Churches can be an important resource for early records. Visit the Church page for more information about Allegany area Churches.

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Allegany Cemeteries

Five MileCemetery Five Mile Rd, Allegany Nancy Vreeland, 4165 Five Mile Rd.,Allegany,NY,14706
Allegany Cemetery Maple Ave, Allegany Guthrie, Stephanie (716) 379-8081 or (716) 790-0048
Hall Cemetery River Road
St. Bonaventure Cemetery East Main St, Allegany Bernard Vossler PO Box 43 St. Bonaventure NY 14778
Horton Cemetery Unknown

Thanks to Margaret Parker for the information about the current curators!