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(Harpursville) (Nineveh)

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Colesville, New York, USA - Eldorado House, Harpursville, N.Y.

The Town of Colesville lies in the northeast part of Broome County and is bounded on the north by Chenango County, on the east by the Town of Sanford, on the south by the Town of Windsor, and on the west by the Towns of Kirkwood and Fenton. The town was formed on April 3, 1821, from the Town of Windsor. Harpursville is the largest hamlet in the town although it is not incorporated.

Colesville derives its name from pioneer Nathaniel Cole, a revolutionary soldier. He settled here in 1795, on a hill south of Harpursville, known as Coles Hill. He built a tavern there which was in operation as early as 1800. It was the first tavern between Albany and Binghamton.
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Eldorado House, Harpursville, N.Y.
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1924 - Colesville
When John Lamphere in 1785 located not far from the site of the present village of Harpursville, being the first man to penetrate the unbroken wilderness in that part of Broome county, he found a country for the most part covered with a dense forest. It was no small undertaking to which he set himself. To clear up such land, to build a house which would be comfortable and to establish a home under such conditions, was a task before which a heart less stout than his might fail. It is no wonder that this pioneer succumbed after only three years of the strenuous life he had taken up. John Lamphere's' death was the first to take place in the township, and the remarriage of his widow to Benjamin Bird in 1794 marked the first event of that kind in that section.

The year after Lamphere came, Samuel and Nathaniel Badger, accompanied by Casper Spring, joined their predecessor, taking up land in that immediate vicinity. Two years later the neighborhood was still further augmented by one who... Read MORE...

2023 - Whether you're a local looking for something new or a visitor exploring the area, here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Colesville:
Dorchester Park:

Start your exploration with some outdoor fun at Dorchester Park. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the lake or bring a picnic to savor by the water. The park offers beautiful scenery and a peaceful atmosphere.

Pluto Water Tower:

Visit the iconic Pluto Water Tower. This historical landmark is a quirky sight, and it's a great spot for taking unique photos. You can't miss it – just look for the giant yellow and black structure.

Blueberry Hill Farm:

If you're in Colesville during blueberry season, make sure to check out Blueberry Hill Farm. Spend a sunny day picking fresh blueberries and enjoying the scenic views of the surrounding countryside.

Colesville Diner:

Head to the Colesville Diner for a taste of local cuisine. It's a classic diner experience, complete with friendly staff and hearty portions. Try their daily specials and don't forget to save room for pie!

Snowmobiling in Oquaga Creek State Park:

In the winter, Oquaga Creek State Park... Read MORE...

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

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male ancestorJohn C CASH (1784, Colesville, New York, USA (Harpursville) (Nineveh) - 21 June 1886, Dickinson, Broome, New York, USA)
photo of George Friedrich BLESSINGGeorge Friedrich BLESSING (12 June 1869, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - 25 January 1938, Colesville, New York, USA (Harpursville) (Nineveh))
photo of Edith Marie BOURGARDEEdith Marie BOURGARDE (11 September 1897, Colesville, New York, USA (Harpursville) (Nineveh) - 14 June 1973, Binghamton, New York, USA)
photo of Lester Francis BOURGARDELester Francis BOURGARDE (18 April 1899, Colesville, New York, USA (Harpursville) (Nineveh) - 16 July 1980, York, Pennsylvania, USA (Yorktown))
female ancestorArlene Minnie ORTH (1 September 1924, Colesville, New York, USA (Harpursville) (Nineveh) - 1 January 1999, Bainbridge, New York, USA (Bennettsville))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Colesville, New York, USA

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male ancestorCarl William CARLSON (6 April 1876 - 23 May 1934) and photo of Marie Katherine BOURGARDE Marie Katherine BOURGARDE (8 December 1873 - 16 December 1956) married 6 January 1899
photo of Lester George MERRITT Lester George MERRITT (17 February 1871 - 9 November 1946) and photo of Cecelia "Celia" Amanda BOURGARDE Cecelia "Celia" Amanda BOURGARDE (17 September 1881 - 2 September 1961) married 2 February 1899

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