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Town of Allegany-1831

Town of Allegany

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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 to 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.

Town Officials

Town Historian

Town Clerk

Nancy Phearsdorf
2986 N Nine Mile Rd.
Allegany, New York 14706
Phone (716) 373-2072
Deryle L. Pinney
52 W. Main St.
Allegany, NY 14706
(716) 373-0120 Extension 5 (B)
E-mail: [email protected]
Information from 2017 Cattaraugus County Directory


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


Five Mile Cemetery     Five Mile Rd, Allegany Nancy Vreeland, 4165 Five Mile Rd.,Allegany,NY,14706
Allegany Cemetery Maple Ave, Allegany Merle Schultz 2405 Keim Hollow Rd Allegany NY 14706
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!