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Chemung, New York, USA - View of Chemung Valley from Waverly Hill

The town of Chemung was established in 1788 as the original town in the region. Chemung lost territory when Tioga County was formed in 1791. The town of Newtown (now the town of Elmira) was taken from Chemung in 1792. Chemung was incorporated in 1798 into Montgomery County, at the time of that county's formation. (Chemung County was not created until 1836.) Subsequently, the town of Chemung lost more territory to form all or parts of Erin (1822), Baldwin (1856), and Ashland (1867).

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View of Chemung Valley from Waverly Hill
Chemung, New York, USA

View of Chemung Valley from Waverly Hill
The Pyramids
Chemung, New York, USA

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Chemung, New York, USA

The Morley

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1855 - Chemung
Chemung, a post-township, forming the S. E. extremity of Chemung county, New York. Population, 2678.

Chemung, a post-village in the above town ship, on the New York and Erie railroad, 270 miles from New York city.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1869 - The county poor of Chemung, N. Y., are fed at the rate of sixty-three cents a week per head.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 30, 1869
1895 - Chemung
Chemung, a post-village of Chemung co., N.Y., is in a township of the same name, on the Chemung River, and on the Erie Railroad, 13 miles S.E. of Elmira. It has 2 churches, a cheese-factory, an academy, about 60 houses, and 2 grist- mills. Pop. of the township, 2002.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1972 - Hurricane Agnes
"In June 1972, Hurricane Agnes hit the East Coast with a monstrous and devastating force, bringing a deluge across multiple states and slamming four counties in the Southern Tier: Steuben, Chemung, Tioga, and Broome. Dozens died and property damage ran into the millions as Corning, Elmira, Owego, Binghamton, and other communities suddenly found themselves under water. The flood destroyed the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, staggered the Penn Central, shut down Corning Glass Works for weeks, and devastated the Corning Museum of Glass―a major cultural resource. Lives and landscapes were forever changed when homes and businesses washed away in a matter of minutes. Henceforth, the region’s history became permanently divided into the times before and the times after the 1972 flood. Through stunning images, The 1972 Flood in New York’s Southern Tier chronicles the extraordinary destruction of twisted rail lines, devastated streets, exhausted recovery workers, rivers bursting their banks, cars on... Read MORE...

2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Chemung:
Mark Twain Study:

Visit the study where Mark Twain wrote some of his famous works. It's located on the Elmira College campus and provides insight into the life of this iconic American author.

Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum:

Explore the beautiful trails of Tanglewood Nature Center. The museum features exhibits on local wildlife and ecosystems. It's a great spot for nature lovers and families.

Harris Hill Soaring Corporation:

For an adventurous experience, head to Harris Hill Soaring Corporation. You can take glider rides and enjoy stunning views of the Chemung Valley.

Arnot Art Museum:

Discover a diverse collection of art at the Arnot Art Museum. It features American paintings, European sculptures, and decorative arts. The museum hosts various exhibitions throughout the year.

Elmira Civil War Prison Camp Site:

History enthusiasts can visit the site of the former Civil War prison camp. There are informational plaques detailing the history of the camp,... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Chemung, New York, USA

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male ancestorJohn BREWER (1730, - 18 April 1821, Chemung, New York, USA)
male ancestorWilkes JENKINS (18 July 1767, New London, Connecticut, USA - 1 April 1838, Chemung, New York, USA)
female ancestorSally SALISBURY (20 August 1777, Salisbury Mills, New York, USA - 29 December 1849, Chemung, New York, USA)
female ancestorLydia JENKINS (10 August 1800, Elmira, New York, USA - 18 May 1877, Chemung, New York, USA)
male ancestorWilliam Ranson BREWER (20 April 1809, Chemung, New York, USA - 29 August 1896, Rankin Genesee County Michigan, USA)

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