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Gouverneur, New York, USA - Main Street, looking West, Gouverneur, N.Y.

Gouverneur, NY

The Town of Gouverneur was formed in 1810 from part of the Town of Oswegatchie. The town economy was based in part on mining marble, talc, and zinc.


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  • 1854 - Gouverneur
    Gouverneur, a post-township of St. Lawrence county, New York, 26 miles S. W. from Canton. Population, 2783.
    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.
  • 1859
    GOUVERNEUR, a township in St. Lawrence co., in the state of New York, 181 m. NW of Albany. Pop. 2,538.
    A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
  • News  February 7, 1861 - The temperature at Gouverneur, NY, bottomed out at -40 degrees, a drop of 70 degrees in one day. Two days later the mercury hit 55 degrees.
    February 7, 1861

    GOUVERNEUR, N. Y., May 3. - At 11:30 o'clock this morning a terrible explosion occurred in the boiler room of the Whitney Marble Company's works about a mile from this village. The boiler room is in the saw-mill, and it contained two boilers of fifty-horse power each. The boilers had been out of repair since Wednesday, and Oliver Dashneau and Joseph Olive, of Watertown, had been sent on to fix them. Their work was nearly completed, and when steam was made this morning the gauges marked 90 pounds on one and 15 pounds on the other. Dashneau and Olive were on top of the boiler with the lowest pressure when it exploded with a tremendous report. Both men were fearfully mangled. The trunk of Dashneau's body was discovered hanging over a beam in the débris. His arms and limbs were scattered about the building, but his head has not yet been found.

    Olive's head was torn off at the upper jaw. Both bodies were entirely stripped of... Read MORE...

  • 1894 - Gouverneur
    The Town of Gouverneur - Organized in 1810.

    THIS town was erected by an act of the Legislature passed April 15, 1810. It comprised the original township of "Cambria," No. 10, lying in the extreme southwestern corner of the ten towns and was under the jurisdiction of Oswegatchie. It was patented by the State to Alexander Macomb, December 17, 1787, after which it passed through various owners to Gouverneur Morris between the years of 1798 and 1808, and in honor of whom the town was named. The territory was somewhat dimished by the erection of Macomb in 1841. The first town meeting was held at the house of John Spencer, where the following officers were elected: Richard Townsend, supervisor; Amos Comley, town clerk; Rufus Washburn, Isaac Morgan, Pardon Babcock, assessors; Amos Comley, Benjamin Smith, Ephriam Case, commissioners of highways; Jonathan S. Colton, Isaac Morgan, fence viewers; Israel Porter, pound master. A portion of the surface of the town is rolling, while in other... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Gouverneur
    Gouverneur, goover-noor', often pronounced güv'er neer', a post-village of St. Lawrence co., N.Y., in Gouverneur township, on the Oswegatchie River, and on the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad, 34 miles S. of Ogdensburg, and 36 miles N.E. of Watertown. It contains 5 churches, 2 banks, the Gouverneur Wesleyan Seminary, 3 newspaper offices, and manufactures of iron, machinery, lumber, &c. Iron ore, marble, fluor-spar, heavy spar, serpentine, and spinelle are found in the vicinity. Pop. in 1890, 3458; of the township, 5851.
    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

    Gouverneur, Nov. 8. - One of the worst freight accidents in the history of this division of the R. W. & O. railroad occurred this morning at 6:10 o'clock, in the vicinity of the St. Lawrence Marble quarry, in which ARTHUR SMITH, of Gouverneur, a brakeman, was killed, are EDWARD BEALS, a fireman, received injuries which will, it is believed, prove fatal.

    The accident was a head-on collision between shifter engine No. 1027 and through freight engine No. 2133, carrying 35 loaded freight cars. The shifting engine was running light.

    Just who is to blame for the accident is not known and the railroad officials are distrubed about the matter. The shifter engine and the crew, in charge of JAMES MURPHY, conductor, in the absence of Engineer JOHN McCORMICK, was taken out by Fireman BEALS are started across the river to pull our some cars at, the J. J. Sullivan quarry.... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Gouverneur, a banking post-village of St. Lawrence co., N.Y., in Gouverneur township (town), on the Oswegatchie River and on the New York Central and Hudson River R., 34 miles S. of Ogdensburg. It has manufactures of iron, machinery, marble, talc, wood-pulp, lumber, etc. Pop. in 1900, 3689 ; of the township, 5915.
    Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
  • News  1930 - October 18 - A big early season lake effect snowburst on the lee shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario produced 47 inches at Gouverneur NY and 48 inches just south of Buffalo.
    October 18, 1930

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female ancestorPaulina WILDER (29 September 1788, Waitsfield, Vermont, USA - 3 August 1864, Gouverneur, New York, USA)
photo of Aurelia Matlida RUSSAurelia Matlida RUSS (26 May 1840, Gouverneur, New York, USA - 17 July 1917, Fredonia, New York, USA)
male ancestorRobert Nelson BLACKBURN (31 October 1844, Gouverneur, New York, USA - 10 March 1885, Gouverneur, New York, USA)
male ancestorCharles Elmer PHELPS (25 November 1879, Gouverneur, New York, USA - 25 November 1938, Gouverneur, New York, USA)
male ancestorHarris Wesley SMITH (12 January 1879, Gouverneur, New York, USA - , )
male ancestorWarren Byron DENEY (17 February 1879, Gouverneur, New York, USA - , )
male ancestorFrank B BALDWIN (23 January 1880, Gouverneur, New York, USA - , )
male ancestorRobert P NOBLE (1 October 1880, Gouverneur, New York, USA - , )
male ancestorWilber Haskle WOODWARD (6 July 1881, Gouverneur, New York, USA - July 1965, Gouverneur, New York, USA)
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