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Irvington is a village within the town of Greenburgh and was part of Philipsburgh Manor.

     "....In 1817, Justus Dearman, of New York, bought of William Dutcher one-half of his farm, and lived on it until 1848, when he sold it to Gustavo F. Sacchi, for twenty-six thousand dollars. During the same year it was sold to John Jay, who caused it to be laid out as the village of Dearman, and on Monday, April 25, 1850, at twelve o'clock noon, the lots were sold at public auction by Coles & Chilton, at the Merchants' Exchange, in New York. In 1848 a ferry-boat ran from Dearman to Piermont."

     "In 1854 the name of the village was changed from Dearman to Irvington. It was mainly due to the influence of Mr. George D. Morgan and the Hon. Moses H. Grinnell. The former requested the late Governor Morgan, who was then president of the Hudson River Railroad, to permit the name of the railroad station to be called Irvington, and to be so given on the time-table, and the latter requested the Postmaster-General to substitute Irvington, in place of Dearman, as the name of the post-office. It was, of course, gratifying to Mr. Irving in one way, although he expressed his regret that so good a neighbor as Mr. Dearman should be thus supplanted, and he wrote to Mr. George D. Morgan a modest letter, conveying at once his thanks and his regrets.
"The village was incorporated under the name of Irvington in 1872." [Source: Excerpt from Scharf's History of Westchester County,..., Volume 2, Chapter II, Greenburgh, page 190; published in 1886.]

Vital Records

Besides checking at the State level, you should also check to see what may be available within the town of Greenburgh

Also, see if there is any additional information on the Vital Records page at this site.

Historical Society

Irvington Historical Society

The Historical Society of the Tarrytowns

Don't overlook the many resources held at the Westchester County Historical Society.

Churches and Synagogues

Church of St. Barnabas (Episcopal)
Incorporated in August 1858.
St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church of Irvington
Located on Broadway; established 1871.
Presbyterian Church
Established in 1854. Originally located on Main Street, than Broadway. On building a larger church edifice in 1868 on the west side of Broadway, they sold the earlier church structure in 1872 to the Roman Catholics.
Roman Catholic Church
In 1872, purchased the stone building left by the Presbyterians after the latter had completed their new church edifice, farther north on Broadway.
Roman Catholic
Roman catholic churches in Westchester county are under the juridiction of the Archdiocese of New York. You can search their parish listing at the following web page: http://www.ny-archdiocese.org/pastoral/parishes.cfm
Episcopal Churches -- New York
See a list of Episcopal Churches in New Yorkhttp://www.episcopalchurch.org/webpages/p2.html#NewYork or use their Parish Finder search engine.

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"Hermit's grave" (Johann W. Stolting)
See photos of the gravesite at the official home page for Irvington: http://www.ci.irvington.ny.us/

Transcribed Cemetery Inscriptions

Carretta, Katherine A., compiler. A Guide to Listings of Old Cemetery Inscriptions and other Genealogical Aids for Westchester County, New York. [Westchester County Historical Society, 1977]

Horton, William P. Cemetery Inscriptions of Westchester County, NY. [Peekskill, NY: 1928] Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

Manville, Margaret. Revolutionary War Soldiers buried in Cemeteries in Westchester County, New York. [White Plains, NY: 1966] Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

Perry, William Graves. The Old Dutch Burying Ground of Sleepy Hollow in North Tarrytown, New York. [Boston, MA: Rand Press] c.1953.

Rankin, Rebecca. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. Cemetery. Person (sic) buried in the cemetery on Ashford Avenue, opposite Mohican Park Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., property of the South Presbyterian Church in Greenburgh.... [Dobbs Ferry, NY: 1956] Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

Spies, Francis F. Inscriptions copied from gravestones in West Chester County yards with genealogical notes. Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

The Westchester County Historical Society also has extensive manuscripts giving inventories of many old cemeteries located throughout the County. Also check with the local historical society for information about the above cemeteries.

Have you looked at the cemetery listings here at the Westchester NYGenWeb site?

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The Sanborn Map Company has issued Insurance maps of the town of Greenburgh, New York (including Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley, Greenville, and Hartsdale) , copies of which are available in the Map Division of the New York Public Library. Volume 2 includes Irvington, East Irvington, Elmsford, Glenville, and Tarrytown in the town of Greenburgh, also North Tarrytown and Philipse Manor in the town of Mt. Pleasant. Insurance maps were detailed to the point of showing each building on each street so that insurance companies knew what to pay the insurer in the event of fire or destruction.

International Map Company of Ridgefield, NJ has issued a map entitled "Sleepy Hollow Country" which covers Irvington, North Tarrytown, Tarrytown. A copy of which is available in the Map Division of the New York Public Library.

Many town historical societies hold maps of their vicinities, including copies of the Sanborn insurance maps. Be sure to inquire at such institutions as well as at local libraries.

Also, see additional information on the Maps page at this Westchester site.

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Irvington Library

Village Web Site

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Census Information

New York State Census

The only NY State censuses which survived are for the years 1905, 1915, and 1925. Check at your local LDS Family History Center for these films.

Federal Census

Fuller, Elizabeth Griffen. Index to Westchester County Names in the Federal Censuses, 1790-1840 [Elmsford: Westchester Cty. Historical Society] 1994.

Look under Greenburgh for any 1790 Federal census info.

Some census information for Westchester county can be found at the Census page.

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Directories and Newspapers

City Directories
Richmond's Directory of Tarrytown, North Tarrytown, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley and Hastings [Yonkers, NY: W.L. Richmond, 1914]. Copy available at NYPL; Years Available: 1914-1915 and 1918-1919.
Also see the City Directories page on this Westchester Site.
Microfilmed copies of the Greenburgh Register can be found at the New York Public Research Library. Check their on-line catalog to determine the years available.

Annotated Bibliography

___. Historical Resources Directory for Westchester County. [White Plains, NY: Westchester County Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Conservation] c. 1983.

French, J. H. Gazetteer of the State of New York. 2 vols. [Syracuse, NY: R. Pearsall Smith, c. 1860] [Reprinted in 1983 and again in 1995 by Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc. in one volume and included index of names compiled by Frank Place.] Note: This book is an invaluable aide to genealogical researchers of New York State.

Fuller, Elizabeth Griffen. Index to Westchester County Names in the Federal Censuses, 1790-1840 [Elmsford: Westchester Cty. Historical Society] 1994.

Fuller, Elizabeth Griffen. Index of Personal Names in J. Thomas Scharf's "History of Westchester County, New York...."

Hufeland, Otto. A Check List of Books, Maps, Pictures, and Other Printed Matter Relating to the Counties of Westchester and Bronx. [White Plains, NY, Westchester County Historical Society]c.1929]

Pelletreau, William S., Am. M. Early Wills of Westchester County, New York 1664-1784 Pub. 1898. Cornell University Library has scanned this book and placed it on the web at the following address: http://moa.cit.cornell.edu/MOA/bookp.html

Trustees of the Irvington Public Library. Portrait of a Village: Wolfert's Roost [The Washington Irving Press, 1971]

For other books with information relating to this town but covering a county-wide level, see the County section of the Bibliography page.

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Cultural and/or Historical sites

If you have any such information relating to this location, please contact the county coordinator for this web site.

Renowned Residents

If you know of any notable residents from this town, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.about adding them to this section and please identify when the person resided here as well as why you consider them to be notable.

Other Institutions of Genealogical Interest

Westchester County Genealogical Society

The Westchester County Genealogical Society has been publishing a series of articles in their monthly newsletter for some time which gives an overview of each town within the county. This Focus on (town name) [WCGS Newsletter, ] series includes a brief history of the town, a listing of some houses of worship, some cemeteries and often a bibliography. See the information about ordering back issues of the newsletter.

If you know any additional information relating to this town, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.about adding it to this page.

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Military Info

For records of World War I military serviceman, see the holdings of the Library.

See the Military & War Links page for more information.

As we find information relating specifically to this town, we'll post it here. If you have any such information or know of other web pages to link to, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.with particulars.

Loyalist Info

Have you a Loyalist in your family tree? If so, the Loyalist page may be of interest to you. If you have any specific information relating to this town and loyalists, please contact the county coordinator for this web site. about adding the information to this page.

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Picture Gallery

If you have a scanned picture relating to any location within Westchester and would like to add it to this site, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.with particulars.

Some Surnames associated with this town

See the Surname Web Pages for links to web pages of researchers in Westchester but not specifically associated with this town.

Query & Message Boards

Rootsweb.com has Some Query boards where you can post a query for others to view. Or join the Westchester mailing list and correspond with other Westchester researchers.

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