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History of the Settlement
of
Steuben County, New York

Including Notices of the Old Pioneer Settlers and their Adventures


By Guy H. McMaster
Published by: R. S. Underhill & Co, Bath, NY

[1853]

Contributed by Jean Morse.  Edited by Annette Campbell.

Note: Original Page numbers are not included in this electronic version but I have left the numbers for the chapters below.  The pages I have broken down by chapters and hyperlinks. Judy Cwiklinski.

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CONTENTS.

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[Preface & ] Notice of the Topography and Geology of Steuben County..........................1

CHAPTER I.

Preliminary History: Purchase: Title...................................................................................8

CHAPTER II.

Steuben County Immediately Before Its Settlement--A Journey Sixty-Five Years Ago--The Forest--The Rivers &C.--Sketch of Benjamin Patterson, The Hunter--Skirmish at Freeling’s Fort--Scuffle With The “Interpreter”--The Wild Ox of Genesee Flats...............................19

CHAPTER III.

The Settlement Made Under The Purchase by Phelps and Gorham--Painted Post--The First Settler--The Settlement of The Upper Valley of The Canisteo--The Canisteo Flats--Life in The Valley--A Wrestling Match--Captain John--Old Enemies--Major Van Campen and Mohawk--A Discomfited Savage--Capture of A Saw-Mill--The Lower Canisteo Valley--Col.Lindley --A Deer-Slayer Immortalized..........................................................33

CHAPTER IV.

The Great Air Castle: the London Association--Captain Williamson--Northumberland The German Colony-- The Passage Of The Germans Through The Wilderness--terrors and tribulations-- a “Parisian scene.”......................................................................................55

CHAPTER V.

The settlement of Bath--Serpents-- Narrative of General McClure: Early citizens, the Camerons, Andrew Smith &c.--An auto-biography--Emigration: the wilderness--Bath: Captain Williamson- Building: Speculation; navigation of the Rivers--Business fortunes and misfortunes: Crooked Lake navy--Indian traffic--River navigation--conclusion of the Narrative...........................70

CHAPTER VI.

Captain Williamson’s administration--Life at Bath--Grand Simcoe War-- Races -- Theatre --vindication of the ancients--Bath Gazette-- County Newspapers--the Bar--Physicians...99

CHAPTER VII.

Settlement of Pleasant Valley: Frederickton, including Wayne, Tyrone and Reading: Prattsburgh: Wheeler: Pulteney: Howard: Hornby: Conhocton: the towns south of Canisteo: Orange: Campbell: Avoca: Wayland...........................................................................................118

CHAPTER VIII.

The Air Castle Vanishing--The Close Of Col. Williamson’s Agency--His Character.......138

CHAPTER IX.

Steuben County Since The Period Of Settlement: Disasters--Progress--Prospects--The Citizens And The Land Proprietors............................................................................................146


CHAPTER OF MISCELLANIES.

The Indians: incidents--Indian names -- Game: deer, wolves, panthers, bears, beavers: “snake stories” -- anecdotes of the chase -- The “Plumping Mill”-- Incidents of the War of 1812--The Militia--The Steuben Company at the battle of Queenstown Heights: The fighting Chief Justice--an incident--The “Battle of Dansville”...............................................................162


APPENDIX.

Organization of Steuben County, and statistical tables....................................................188
Sketch of General History of settlement in Western New York......................................190
Settler - Life - Home - Pioneers....................................................................................198
The village of Corning...................................................................................................202
The “Great Windfall” of 1791
--The Settlers of Dansville................................................204


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