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 First Settlement & Settlers of Franklin County


The first settlement within the present bounds of the county was made at St. Regis by a colony of Indians* from Caughnawaga, under Father Anthony Gordon, a Jesuit, in about the year 1760.

The first white settlement was made in the town of Chateaugay, in 1796, by Benjamin Roberts, of Ferrisburgh, Vermont, and Nathan Beman, of Plattsburgh. The latter was the youth who piloted Ethan Allen into the fort at Ticonderoga on that morning when its surrender was demanded in the name of the "Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress."

Other early settlers in Chateaugay were John Allen, Samuel Haight, Lewis Ransom, etc.

Settlements in Bangor were made as early as 1806 by Benjamin Seeley, originally from Vermont, but who for several years had resided in Moira, and Joseph Plumb, originally from Middlebury, Vermont. Jehial and James Barnum were also early settlers in this town.

The first settlement of Belmont was made at a comparatively recent period. Among the first settlers were the Drew family, Ashley Collins, Apollos, Wrig, John Richey, and John Orcutt.

The first settlements in Bombay* were made prior to 1812. Among the pioneers were Wm. Gray, the Indian interpreter, Wm. Hogan, Joseph Hudley, James Luther, Jesse Clark, etc.

Settlement in Brandon commenced in 1820. The pioneers were Josiah Hastings, Aaron Conger, Wilson Spencer, Luther Taylor, and John Thomas.

Burke was among the first towns settled in the county. To Jehial Barnum is ascribed the honor of having been the first settler, in about 1797. He was soon followed by Noah Lee, John Allen, Azon Hawks, and Gilbert Reynolds.

The pioneers of Constable were Jonathan Hapgord and Christopher Austin, who came from Milton, Vermont, and located in the northern part of the town, on Trout River, in the year 1800.

The first settlement in the town of Dickinson was made by Jesse D. and Jonathan Rice, who came from Vermont, and located on what is now known as the St. Lawrence Turnpike, in about the year 1800. Reuben Cady, Homer Wood, and Samuel Foster were also pioneers.

The first settlement in Duane was made by James Duane in 1825: The title to a large portion of the town was acquired by James Duane in 1821 He commenced improvements and erected a dwelling in 1823 or '24.

Among the pioneers of Fort Covington were James and Alexander Robertson, Samuel Fletcher, Aaron McLean, Ambrose Cushman, John Hunsden, David Lynch, Robert Nutter, and Duncan Buchanan.

The first settlement in Franklin was begun by the erection of a forge and saw-mill by McLenathen & Wells, of Jay, Essex Co., in about the year 1827. This settlement was made at Franklin Falls, then known as McLenathen Falls.

Harrietstown was settled prior to 1812 by inhabitants from the adjoining counties, who located on the Northwest Bay road. One of the first settlers was Pliny Miller.

The pioneers of Malone were Enos, Nathan, and John Wood, who came from St. Albans, Vermont, and located in 1802. They were soon after followed by Luther Winslow, Newell Conger, Jehial Berry, Noah Moody, Roswell Wilcox, and David and Lyman Sperry.

The first settlement in Moira was made in 1803 by Appleton Foote, agent for Gilchrist & Fowler, the proprietor of the town. Other prominent pioneers were Jonathan Lawrence and Joseph Plumb. The latter subsequently located in Bangor.

Amos Welch, from Grand Isle, Vermont, and _____ Harkins, Elisha Sabins, Samuel Fletcher, John Reed, Alexander McMillan, Silas Cushman, John Livingstone, Jos. and Thos. Wright, and Alric and De Albon Man, mostly from Vermont, located here in about the year 1803.

* See History of Bombay.

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Source: History of Clinton and Franklin Counties New York, Publisher, J. W. Lewis & Company, 1880.

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