Much of the information for this page was taken from the HISTORY OF CATTARAUGUS CO. NEW YORK WITH ILLUSTRATIONS AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS,
by L. H. Everts, J. B. Lippincott and Co, Philadelphia, 1879. This
information was provided by Liz Burdick, and transcribed by Artie
Nichols. We appreciate their contributions to this site!
This is the third from the south of the western tier of towns in the
county, and is township 3, in range 9, of the Holland Company survey. It
derived its name form the principal stream, which is said to be an
Indian term signifying "walking slowly". As originally erected from
Little Valley, Jan 20, 1823, the town embraced the four lower townships
in range 9, but was reduced to its present limits--22,846 acres--by the
foundation of Randolph on its south, Feb 21, 1826, and Leon on its
north, April 24, 1832. It now lies in the form of a square, containing
64 equal lots of land, whose surface isvaried from a flat along the
Connewango to hilly uplands in the north and the east.
Connewango Town Historian
(Position currently vacant)
Connewango Town Clerk
Karen M. Belt
4230 Route 241, POB 72
Randolph, NY 14772
(716) 358-9577 (B) (716) 358-9466 (H)
Thanks to Artie Nichols for her continuing contribution to the Cattaraugus County nygenweb site.
She transcribed much of the information you see here. A big thank you also to Liz Burdick who provided
much of the information for transcription!!
It is said that a child of
Robert McGlashen was the first to die in town. In 1821 the wife of
John Farlee departed this life, being the first adult to die. In 1822,
the second adult, a Mrs. Crumb, died, and was the first person interred
in the Rutledge Cemetery. There is now growing upon her grave a black
cherry tree, nearly two feet in diameter.
first ground for this cemetery was donated by Sampson Crooker, but it
has since been enlarged by purchases. It is well fenced and tolerably
well kept, and is controlled by a board of trustees, at present composed
of S.B. Ellsworth, James Hollister, Daniel Fuller, Garrett Myers,
Harris Aldrich, George E. Seager, A. S. Lamper, and Norman Cowen. The
people of the southern part of the town inter in the Randolph
cemeteries, and those in the eastern part in Napoli burial grounds.