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At the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, Lt. Col. Seth Reed, who had fought at Bunker Hill, was one of many pioneers who moved from Massachusetts into Ontario County. By trade with the Seneca, he bought a tract of land eighteen miles in extent. (This was illegal, as only the US government was authorized to make land deals with the Native Americans.) This occurred in 1787, while his wife Hannah stayed in Uxbridge, Massachusetts with their family. "Seth Read moved, his wife Hannah and their family to Geneva, Ontario County, New York in the winter of 1790".

The settlement at Geneva was not yet permanent; the Seneca continued to harass European Americans on the frontier. In 1795 Read and his family removed to Erie, Pennsylvania, where they became the earliest European-American settlers there.

The "Village of Geneva" was incorporated in 1806, 1812, and 1871, formally separating it from the surrounding area of Geneva Town. Later the village became a city.

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  • News 1842 - MELANCHOLY CASUALTY.
    It becomes our painful duty to record, in connection with the festivities of the fourth, one of the most melancholy accidents which has for many...Read MORE...


  • News 1849 - January 23 – Elizabeth Blackwell is awarded her M.D. by the Medical Institute of Geneva, New York, thus becoming the United States' first woman doctor.

    www.wikipedia.org
    January 23, 1849

  • 1854 - Geneva
    Geneva, a post-village of Seneca township, Ontario county, New York, is beautifully situated at the north end of Seneca lake, on the Auburn and...Read MORE...


  • News 1871 - Large Fire in Geneva - A Large Flouring-Mill, Elevator and Malt-House, the Canal Collector's Office and Other Buildings Destroyed - Twelve Horses Burned to Death - Loss Over $100,000 - Insurance $76,250.
    ROCHESTER, Feb. 6. - The Democrat of this morning gives from a correspondent an account of a disastrous fire which occurred in the town of Geneva...Read MORE...


  • News 1884 - Secretary of the Treasury, Chas J. Folger, died suddenly in Geneva, N. Y., on Thursday, in the 67th year of his age. He had been in ill-health for sometime.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    September 6, 1884

  • News 1885 - HOBART COLLEGE ON FIRE. THE OLD LIBRARY BUILDING ALMOST ENTIRELY DESTROYED - LOSS, $25,000.
    Syracuse, N. Y., Nov. 19. - At 5 o'clock this morning flames were discovered issuing from the upper story of the old library building at Hobart...Read MORE...


  • News 1888 - Prof. W. R. Brooks, of Smith Observatory, Geneva, N. Y., discovered a comet on the 7th.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    August 11, 1888

  • Geneva, New York, USA
    Seneca Street from Main Street
    Postcard
  • 1895 - Geneva
    Geneva, a beautiful town in Geneva township, Ontario co., N.Y., at the N. end of Seneca Lake, about 16 miles (direct) E. of Canandaigua. By railroad...Read MORE...


  • News 1900 - BY A FAST EXPRESS. SIX MEMBERS OF A FAMILY ARE HURLED TO INSTANT DEATH. DISASTER OCCURRED ON A CROSSING. DIN OF A WINTER'S GALE DROWNED THE THUNDER OF THE APPROACHING TRAIN, AND THE HORSE WAS DRIVEN INTO THE VERY JAWS OF DEATH
    GRUESOME FEATURES OF THE ACCIDENT.

    Geneva, N.Y., Feb. 26. - A carriage containing seven persons was struck by an express train on the Lehigh...Read MORE...


  • Geneva, New York, USA
    Fay & Bowen Motor Boat Factory
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  • 1916
    Geneva, a city of Ontario co., N.Y., at the N. end of Seneca Lake, 26 miles W. of Auburn, on the New York Central and Hudson River and the Lehigh...Read MORE...


  • Geneva, New York, USA
    A Picturesque View, Seneca Lake Park, Geneva, N.Y.
    Postcard


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Seneca Street from Main Street
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Fay & Bowen Motor Boat Factory
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A Picturesque View, Seneca Lake Park, Geneva, N.Y.
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  • News  1842 - MELANCHOLY CASUALTY.
    It becomes our painful duty to record, in connection with the festivities of the fourth, one of the most melancholy accidents which has for many... Read MORE...

  • News  1849 - January 23 – Elizabeth Blackwell is awarded her M.D. by the Medical Institute of Geneva, New York, thus becoming the United States' first woman doctor.

    www.wikipedia.org
    January 23, 1849
  • 1854 - Geneva
    Geneva, a post-village of Seneca township, Ontario county, New York, is beautifully situated at the north end of Seneca lake, on the Auburn and... Read MORE...

  • News  1871 - Large Fire in Geneva - A Large Flouring-Mill, Elevator and Malt-House, the Canal Collector's Office and Other Buildings Destroyed - Twelve Horses Burned to Death - Loss Over $100,000 - Insurance $76,250.
    ROCHESTER, Feb. 6. - The Democrat of this morning gives from a correspondent an account of a disastrous fire which occurred in the town of Geneva... Read MORE...

  • News  1884 - Secretary of the Treasury, Chas J. Folger, died suddenly in Geneva, N. Y., on Thursday, in the 67th year of his age. He had been in ill-health for sometime.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    September 6, 1884
  • News  1885 - HOBART COLLEGE ON FIRE. THE OLD LIBRARY BUILDING ALMOST ENTIRELY DESTROYED - LOSS, $25,000.
    Syracuse, N. Y., Nov. 19. - At 5 o'clock this morning flames were discovered issuing from the upper story of the old library building at Hobart... Read MORE...

  • News  1888 - Prof. W. R. Brooks, of Smith Observatory, Geneva, N. Y., discovered a comet on the 7th.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    August 11, 1888
  • 1895 - Geneva
    Geneva, a beautiful town in Geneva township, Ontario co., N.Y., at the N. end of Seneca Lake, about 16 miles (direct) E. of Canandaigua. By railroad... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - BY A FAST EXPRESS. SIX MEMBERS OF A FAMILY ARE HURLED TO INSTANT DEATH. DISASTER OCCURRED ON A CROSSING. DIN OF A WINTER'S GALE DROWNED THE THUNDER OF THE APPROACHING TRAIN, AND THE HORSE WAS DRIVEN INTO THE VERY JAWS OF DEATH
    GRUESOME FEATURES OF THE ACCIDENT.

    Geneva, N.Y., Feb. 26. - A carriage containing seven persons was struck by an express train on the Lehigh... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Geneva, a city of Ontario co., N.Y., at the N. end of Seneca Lake, 26 miles W. of Auburn, on the New York Central and Hudson River and the Lehigh... Read MORE...

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